Romantic Washington Prairie Wedding

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After a six year long distance relationship this gorgeous duo began a whirlwind of wedding planning whilst still living in different countries. “We saw our wedding as being an intimate event that was a reflection of us as a couple. To balance my fiancé’s rugged, organic tastes and my penchant for beautiful, feminine things, we chose an ethereal, rustic theme for our day. We began by deciding on a barn venue, envisioning the wooden building and natural surroundings as a perfect backdrop for our whimsical, romantic affair. We did not want a standard color scheme and instead chose to use multiple, soft colors and a more personal, eclectic array of decor centered around the use of vintage and DIY pieces, wood, lace, flowers, brass, and candles.

MEGAN ROBINSON captured all the beauty of the day, which involved so many touches from the bride & groom and their families. As a nod to their favourite meal they served up tacos, and to enhance the fun, family-oriented atmosphere they had popcorn and lemonade stands alongside the ‘adult drinks’ during their cocktail hour and a s’mores station to entertain the kids in between the dinner and dancing. Sounds like a fun wedding to have been a guest at! For adults and children alike!

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ANY DIY ELEMENTS? All this said, I had so much fun being a DIY bride! I loved planning and styling the day, putting together homemade strawberry jam as favors, painting the wooden and tin signs, and creating the gold animal place cards, milk bottle aisle decor, and seating chart. My fiancé found and cut all the wood for free, along with snagging the metal jugs we used for some of the center pieces. I also put together a wooden frame to display the Polaroid’s of our guests at the sign-in table and a wooden and ribbon backdrop for our cake station, both using cuttings from the trees in our yard.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: Since we saw a main decor item as flowers and greenery, we purchased these through wholesale companies and arranged them ourselves to maximize our budget. We ended up with an assortment of 750 flowers spilling over our tables, cake, stations, and ceremony space, and made into lavish bouquets and delicate boutonnieres and corsages. It turned out better than I could have imagined.

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FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: To enhance the fun, family-oriented atmosphere, we had popcorn and lemonade stands along with our wine and beer bar during our cocktail hour, and a s’mores station to entertain the kids between dinner and dancing. We attempted to personalize everything, from the decor to the small, intimate guest list to the customized playlist, and we had the best time doing it all as a couple.

WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?The only reason we were able to enjoy every moment of the day and avoid all stress was by hiring a day-of coordinator. She coordinated the whole event from the rehearsal to the clean-up, took care of all the last minute styling details, and directed all of our amazing vendors. Our favourite vendor was one that took priority in hiring right from the beginning – our photographer! We are thrilled to have amazing, unique photos that document our love and the memories of our day.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Altogether, the day felt entirely exclusive to us, we focused on the importance of our vows and our family and friends that surrounded us, and it was a beautiful start to our lifelong love letter.

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Photographer MEGAN ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHYVenue THE BARN ON WILD ROSE PRAIRIE / DJ & Videographer COMPLETE MUSIC / Day-Of Coordination BELLE JOURNÈE EVENTS / Catering CHARLEY’S CATERING COMPANY / Cake BATCH BAKESHOP / Rentals EVENT RENTS / Stationery KATIE LEUTE DESIGN / Florist COSTCO & FIFTY FLOWERS / Make-up SHASTA HANKINSBridal Gown TEN FASHIONS / Bridesmaid Dresses: BEAUX.COM, ETSY, & NORDSTROM RACK / Grooms Outfit NORDSTROM & BIRLINGTON / Rings JEWELRY DESIGN CENTER
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Inspired by the Element of Wind

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Forget not that the Earth delights to feel your bare feet and the Winds long to play with your hair.

I’m delighted to finally share with you these gorgeous images from LOVE, THE NELSONS that Shalyn captured at the ERICH MCVEY WORSKHOP in Bend, Oregon last October. Expertly styled by GINNY AU this shoot was inspired by the element of wind and features a bride in a RUBICON gown and her groom in a dapper pale blue suit. The amazing ASHLEY BEYER put together some beautiful florals in fresh whites and greens. 

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Photography LOVE, THE NELSONS / Captured at the ERICH MCVEY WORSKHOP / Creative Direction & Styling GINNY AU, assisted by ASHLEY NICOLE  / Flowers ASHLEY BEYER assisted by BRENNA WILLIAMS / Hair & make-up AMY CLARKE for THE HALCYON AGENCY assisted by BETH LEVEL / Gown ‘SCARLET GOWN’ BY RUBICON / Veil MONVIEVE FROM IVORY & WHITE BOUTIQUE / Jewellery J CREW / Groom’s attire J CREW  / Paper goods MON VOIR / Ribbon FROUFROU RIBBON / Models SYDNEY BABCOCK OF MUSE MODELS and GARRETT RIGHELE OF OPTIONS MODELS / Location SMITH ROCK STATE PARK / Sponsors RED LEAF BOUTIQUE and NEVE ALBUMS  / Photo Lab PHOTOVISION / Film Sponsor FUJI FILM 

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South African winelands wedding

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After an extremely romantic proposal (read below for details) Elna & Hendrik went about planning their wedding in Stellenbosch where their romance had begun as students. Offering them the most incredible views of the surrounding winelands, they took advantage of the beautiful landscapes as you can see in these gorgeous photos by JENNI ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: Hendrik knows me so well and combined my favourite things all into one jam-packed day. We started the day off at Uva Mira Wine Estate in Stellenbosch – he took me back where it all started. Uva Mira is a boutique winery at with amazing views of Stellenbosch and surrounds. We had a private tour of the cellar where after they spoiled us with a wonderful wine tasting. It was a mini fairy-tale with white tulips – my favourite – all around the cellar and tons of candles. After our wonderful morning at Uva Mira we moved on to Clifton. Hendrik knew that my favourite place on earth is the ocean. We had bubbles on the beach, where after he took me to the most beautiful spot in Cape Town, Cape View Clifton. This boutique hotel has the most incredible views of the most beautiful beaches in the world. They had the deck made up with my favourite flowers, orchids and tulips. All white. Views stretched out on all sides of us, and a private chef. The spoils continued. We spend the afternoon on the deck and as the sun started to set over Cape Town and Clifton, Hendrik bent down on one knee and popped the question. A true fairly-tale as he spoiled me with my most favourite things in the world and I got engaged to my most favourite person in the world.

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TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: My dream dress was made by Kluk & CGDT in Cape Town. Two wonderful designers that knows how to create ideas into a wonderful masterpiece, made my dress. There was no question as to who would make my dress as I was already in love with these two designers.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: I absolutely LOVE flowers and would always have a fresh pot of flowers in my house. We wanted to create a romantic, yet elegant feel at our wedding using flowers. Okasie did a wonderful job in creating and using special flowers to complement our ideas. Our flowers arrangements incorporated an organic feel (using greens), along with a romantic, soft, edgy yet elegant feel, using all different types of white flowers and raspberry colours.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Our most memorable moment would definitely be where we caught a glimpse of each other, me waiting outside the church with my dad ready to walk down the aisle and Hendrik waiting in front of the altar. That first glimpse and the feeling that followed – that made it real. That glimpse said – you are finally marrying the man of your dreams.

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Photographer JENNI ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY / Videographer MARIUS VAN RENSBURG / Cake WADE CAKES / Florist OKASIE / Stationery SECRET DIARY / Ceremony Venue NG CHURCH STELLENBOSCH / Reception Venue LANDTSCAP STELLENBOSCH / Bride’s gown KLÛK CGDT / Bride’s shoes FOREVER NEW / Jewellery FAMILY HEIRLOOMS / Hair CECILIA FOURIE / Make-up LISA BROWN / Bridesmaids’ dresses ADRIE / Grooms Attire MOOI STYLING / Planning & styling KARLA OETTLER from ABSOLUTE COLLECTIONS / Caterer TWO CHEFS
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