A Classic Carnival Wedding

Better clear your schedule for the next hour because if you’re anything like me, you’ll be swooning over this carnival wedding for at least that long!

This wedding literally has it all. Beautiful bride, check. Gorgeous ceremony, check. Carnival games, check. Ferris wheel, check. Butterfly release, check. Snow cones…. well, you get the point!

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The save the dates echoed a classic carnival poster by inviting guests to join the bride and groom for a “one night only, truly exuberant, magical, jubilant, unforgettable jaw dropping time.”

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Before the party was a traditional ceremony set in the California redwoods. Even if the wedding stopped here, it would be a stunning day. But the night went on, and so started a carnival for the ages!

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Their venue, a private residence in Woodside, California, was decked out in everything carnival themed. From the Ferris wheel, to the fish bowl toss, to the caricature artist, everything was good, clean, old fashioned fun.

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Food was catered by Taste Catering & Event Planning and included soft pretzels, watermelon, popsicles, snow cones, milkshakes, and churros. Dinner was served fair food style with fried chicken, fried mac n cheese balls, corn dogs, and sweet potato fries.

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No detail was overlooked. Yes, that’s both a butterfly and balloon release!

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Even the simple tablescape was gorgeously set in the wedding’s colors, a light blush and grey, with romantic string lights over the reception.

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To see more of this whimsical wedding, see the full story on Style Me Pretty here.  For the full gallery, click here.

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{Photos by Michael Segal Photography} { Event Design + Planning by Trisha Dean Events} {Catering + Flowers by Taste Catering & Event Planning} { Invitation + Save-the-Date Design by Alchemy Fine Events and Invitations} {Wedding Dress by Ever After Private Label} {Rentals from Hartmann Studios} {Event Resources from The Bridal Bar} {Ferris Wheel Rental from Classic Amusement}

Tropical Wedding Ceremony Inspiration in Paradise

As the last of the summer season’s weddings are flying by, let’s take a moment to think about all the great things about summer weddings. The list goes on and on, but what other season gives stunning sunsets for a ceremony like this?

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This gorgeous wedding is from a real ceremony that Studio Ooh La La designed with a tropical theme. Set on the bay at Paradise Point in San Diego, a wedding can’t get much better than this.

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Red, White, and Blue: a Fourth of July Themed Wedding

A red, white and blue wedding? It’s not for everybody, but for those who have a deeper love for America, a patriotic colored wedding might be perfect. Whether you or your spouse-to-be has served in the military or are having a military wedding, a Fourth of July wedding, or you’re just a fan of the red, white, and blue, here are a few ideas inspired by the colors of the American flag.

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With the current trend of an old school and vintage-y feel wedding, a patriotic wedding can be executed with elegance, while still having that personal feel that most brides want. One neutral color paired with two bold colors can be easily overdone and can make decor look tacky and outdated. However, as the weddings below will show you, old school and outdated are very different things.

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An Unexpected Twist on a Rustic-Chic Ceremony

Feeling a little rustic-chic? Check out this beautiful ceremony from an outdoor Vermont wedding. The soft, romantic wild hydrangeas and leaves in combination with the elongated curve of the arch juxtaposes well against the surrounding pine trees. Though all of these elements help create a rustic outdoor ambiance on their own, the combination of the delicate feel of the arch and the sturdy trees enclosing the ceremony site provide an intriguing contrast that guests haven’t seen or considered before.

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Almost everything at this ceremony is some element of nature, with the exception of the metal stands that hold flower arrangements at the beginning of the aisle. However, even the metal flower stands reflect a rustic feel. From the wooden chairs that line the back and front rows at the ceremony, to the wooden pews for other seating, to the arch’s framework and flowers, everything gives guests an experience that would typically be found in a lush garden, but instead located in an open space surrounded by woodland. Continue reading

7 Tips for Your Vintage Wedding

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the top wedding trends of the year. This has been the year for many firsts- it’s been the year of the wedding hashtag, naked cakes, macaron favors, wooden crates, and birdcage decorations. But the most popular trend for the year has by far been the vintage theme. Here’s a few tips to help you have the perfect vintage wedding.

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I know this seems obvious. You probably started planning your wedding as soon as you got engaged (or since you were 8, like most girls), but vintage weddings take a little more preparation than most other weddings. You can take a vintage theme in a number of different directions. How much do you want to DIY? Do you want to rent or buy your own decor? Do you want actual vintage items or new items with a vintage flair?

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Spectacular Succulents

Normally when people think of wedding flowers, they usually imagine hydrangeas, roses, and baby’s breath. But with changing wedding styles and a sweeping trend towards eco-friendly weddings, succulents are becoming the go-to flower for everything from bouquets, to boutonnieres, to centerpieces, and even cake decoration. Here’s how you can incorporate this hardy flower into your wedding!

Bridal Bouquets

When styling succulents for bridal bouquets, combining them with more traditional flowers keeps the look soft and gentle. These succulents blended with coral and blush makes this bouquet trendy and modern but still classy. See more of this New York City wedding here. Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com This bride asked her florist for an “asymmetrical and unrestrained” bouquet for her New Mexico destination wedding and her florist delivered! This look was created with flowers such as air plant, succulents, purple dahlias, burgundy scabiosa, scabiosa pods, and jasmine vine. Though this bouquet was specifically created with the desert in mind, it would look fantastic in a tropical setting as well. See the Urban Santa Fe Desert wedding here. Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com

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Another option is focusing all the attention on the succulent. This bouquet works because the textures and colors of the succulent and its surrounding flowers balance each other out. It complements a lace wedding dress perfectly! Boutonnieres 

When it comes to succulent boutonnieres, keep the colors and flowers simple. It’s easy to go overboard with too many elements tied together. Using few flowers for a boutonniere keeps it light and keeps your man looking sharp. Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com

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Centerpieces and Decoration Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com This centerpiece is doing double duty: providing a green and trendy aesthetic to the reception tables and setting some romantic lighting with its candles. There’s no need for extra candles on the tables to keep things lit up after dark. Plus, since this centerpiece doesn’t look too ‘wedding-y’, it could be used around the home after the wedding or given to guests as favors. Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com An English Cotswolds wedding is not the typical setting for succulents, but in this case they are blended beautifully. The combination of rustics and metals give a whimsical, almost fairy tale like ambiance. See the rest of this stunning wedding here. Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com If you had to guess what the theme of this wedding shoot was, what would it be? It’s dinosaurs! This theme could go horribly wrong in so many ways, but the creative minds behind this shoot brought it together exquisitely. The table feels modern with a twist of Jurassic from the colors of the succulents and mosses. With the right elements, the most wild ideas (pun intended) can look chic and pulled together. So if you didn’t invite any dinosaurs to your wedding but you still want a similar look, this could fit a rustic, retro, or Renaissance themed wedding. See this fun themed shoot here. Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com Cakes

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How cute is this cake topper from Oh Dier Living? This cake is simple yet elegant with a few succulents and other flowers added in. Succulents work with almost any theme and are gorgeous almost everywhere, as you can see by this Library Love themed wedding in LA. Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com Since succulents come in a variety of colors, you may be able to match them with your wedding colors, like on this cake. The purples of the ribbon on the icing match well with the purple and green of the flowers. Succulents also work with any icing texture, from very textured like the cake above, to smooth fondant like this one. But if you’re really bold… Spectacular Succulents- Using succulents in your wedding on earlyivy.wordpress.com

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Go with a naked cake! Naked cakes aren’t iced or covered in fondant so they may need some extra decoration. Fresh fruit and flowers are the perfect solution and both are featured on this cake. I must admit, this type of cake is not for everyone, but if you love it, be bold and go for it! Hands down, succulents are amazing and versatile flowers. They can be used in practically every element of your wedding, but there are some basic guidelines to keep them from overpowering any design. First, keep designs simple. Don’t crowd succulents together. They are eye-catching, and too many put together can ruin a design. If you are using large succulent flowers, keep surrounding flowers small and airy. Small succulents can be added to give an arrangement a pop of texture and color, but use them sparingly. Second, keep colors similar. With the variety of succulent colors available, this should be easy to do, but don’t add extra colors (like blues and purples) if they don’t coordinate with your wedding colors. Do you have a favorite succulent color or design? Share it in the comments!

Ceremony Decor- Roses and Lanterns

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I adore these hanging lanterns decorating the ceremony arch at Retro Ranch. Katie Doyle of Studio Ooh La La is the best! The roses and hydrangeas pair perfectly with the wood and metal lanterns hung with rope at varying lengths.

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That’s me (the blonde) and my best friend Abbie with the almost finished ceremony site. On this day, we had a unpredicted storm roll in in the late morning and the reception site was rained out! But the floral team set up everything at the ceremony site through the rain, wind, and thunder. The wedding must go on!