Relaxed Outdoor Maine Wedding

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Love this beautiful Maine wedding by JESSICA LORREN… it’s just so effortlessly gorgeous! The bride wears a gown by MISS TASHINA which looks like one of the most comfortable wedding dresses I’ve ever seen!

Most of the wedding was DIY. We are so incredibly blessed with the amount of help and support we received from our closest friends and family. Let me first start by saying that photography was the most important aspect of our wedding, besides marrying my best friend of course. We were so fortunate to have Jessica photograph our wedding. It’s one thing to say that a friend photographed our wedding, but another to get to say that it was our dream photographer as well… it was just the most amazingly perfect day. I have to say, though, the highlight of it all has been being married, at home with my husband.

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Photography JESSICA LORREN / Catering SEA COAST CATERING / Wedding Dress MISS TASHINA / Cake GEORGIA HANSON / Desserts, bow ties, napkins, wedding favours KRYSTEN JAUME GRIMES / Wedding Shoes ALDO / Groom’s suit J.CREW / Groom’s socks ASOS / Groom’s shoes JOS. A. BANK / Bridesmaid dresses EBAY (vintage), FREE PEOPLEFOREVER 21 / Rental company PARTY SHOP MAINE / DJ BOB WILSON
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Montana Mountains Inspiration

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When Samantha from ORANGE PHOTOGRAPHIE sent over this beautiful shoot in the mountains of Montana, it had me wanting to go and watch the Sound of Music again, and dream of frolicking through long grasses!! No really… it did!! Darci from BEARGRASS GARDENS FLORALS & EVENTS both styled and did the incredible florals for the shoot and was inspired by the natural beauty of the hills of Eureka, Montana – close to the Canadian border. Wanting to show off the natural splendour found there, she designed the bridal shoot in an old abandoned apple orchard high in the hills, with tall grasses, aged trees, and sweeping views of the wide-open valley below – a place she used to spend summers picnicking with her family. Pulling inspiration from her childhood haunt, Darci styled a table under an apple tree that was sweet, nostalgic and utterly charming… I mean doesn’t this have you wanting to grab your girlfriends for an afternoon in the sun? Upon the table was a handmade quilt Darci had stitched together herself, and colourful Depression glass, a bowl of perfectly ripe strawberries, and lively, vibrant blooms bedecked the table. Inspired by summertime this shoot shows off all the best things about the season – long days, bright colours, warm light, and summer love.

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Gown SARAH SEVEN from VELVET BRIDE

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Chic California Wedding

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With its commanding view of the Pacific Ocean, The Valley Club of Montecito provided the perfect venue for Leslie and AJ to get married, since they wanted to be outdoors and hold it in their hometown of Santa Barbara. They wanted their wedding to blend California cool – fresh, clean and classic – with a modern and glamorous look and that’s exactly what ELIZABETH MESSINA has captured in the way only she can.

The ceremony was set up on a beautiful expanse of green lawn facing out towards the ocean, with large stone pedestal urns overflowing with white blooms at both the start and finish of the aisle. A jazz trio playing in the background provided the perfect ambience on the warm summer’s day.

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Following the ceremony, the cocktail reception was held on the expansive terrace of the clubhouse, once again making the most of the ocean vista on display. The traditional country club style of the venue was transformed using a ‘spa green and white’ colour palette. Custom, elegant window dressings accented with pearls and crystals were designed to cover the existing ones. An assortment of different table shapes and sizes were set with gold rimmed china and water glasses. Gold mercury candle holders and vessels filled with abundant displays of flowers were showcased on each table. Later in the evening the outdoor terrace was transformed to a night club with a white dance floor, translucent glass cocktail tables lit from within, white leather lounge seating, and a nine-piece band that had every one of the 180 guests on their feet and dancing under the stars and strings of piazza lights.

I chose flowers I love, which were in season and stayed within my color scheme. The flowers used were white garden roses, succulents, gardenias, and a few white peonies.

Leslie and her mom shopped for her dress together in Houston. Leslie thought she knew exactly what she wanted – long sleeves and lace – but quickly changed her mind when she found her glamorous and sexy, yet fresh and clean, beaded, sleeveless gown. Leslie looked absolutely stunning in the dress and it served to inspire the design of the entire wedding event.

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Photography ELIZABETH MESSINA / Videographer COUTURE MOTION / Planner MARY MAC EVENTS / Florals CODY FLORAL DESIGN / Stationery BERINGS / Venue VALLEY CLUB OF MONTECITO / Bride’s Gown INES DI SANTO / Bride’s Shoes JIMMY CHOO / Jewellery ELIZABETH COLE / Cake CHRISTINE A DAHL / Hair ANDREA RIDGELL-MISHAY / Make-up BRIDE / Bridesmaids’ Dresses J.CREW / Groom’s Attire HUGO BOSS / Music BLACKLIST BAND
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