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Rustic Bonny Doon Wedding with Scandinavian Traditions

We’re all for family traditions. The more the merrier in our opinion. They are the ultimate personalization – taking a wedding like this rustic affair and weaving it with unique details that are both meaningful and heartfelt. For this Bride and Groom those traditions are of Scandinavian flavor and add to an already gorgeous day captured by Onelove Photography. See so much more right here.

From the Bride…We dreamed of having an outdoor wedding. We wanted our wedding to have a quiet, simple elegance and an intimate feel, and we wanted it to reflect the natural and harmonious beauty of the outdoors. We got married on a private property that my grandfather and great-grandfather worked on and knew well. It was special to get married in this setting–it felt like the closest we could get to having them there. We loved how this property held sentimental value for us, but we also loved the natural setting. The ceremony was in an open meadow surrounded by redwood forest and we chose a clear tent for our reception so while we were inside we could still see the stars and the silhouette of the trees against the sky at night.

I wanted chandeliers at our reception, but didn’t want to pay the steep rental prices. I found a rustic wrought iron chandelier at a flea market and found two more I could borrow. The chandeliers were meant to hold candles, but of course we weren’t allowed to have the open flames. Lukas drilled holes in wax candles so we could insert little flameless candles into each of the wax candles. From the ground, the candles looked like they were actually lit!

Seeing each other for the first time as I walked down the aisle was a memory neither of us will forget. The entire ceremony was meaningful, but reading our vows to each other our in front of our dearest friends and family was incredibly special. My eyes teared up. We felt surrounded by so much love and support.

Our friends Andreas and Alexander from Denmark flew out for our wedding to play the violin and piano. These two play all over the world and for the Danish royalty. We felt so honored to have them there. Their music is incredible–and it made the day especially memorable.

Photography: Onelove Photography | Cake: Buttercup Cakes And Farmhouse Frosting | Stationary: Meg Barclay | Bride's Shoes: J Crew | Jewelry: Laurie Lehman | Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Feel Good Foods Catering | Hair: Kaycee Griswold | Lighting: Classic Party Rentals | DJ: Manny Roldan | Groom's Attire: Tiger Of Sweden | Officiant: Don Johnson | Bridal Gown: Allure Bridal | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Private Residence | Makeup: Chelsey Cueva

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Customize Your Dream Wedding Invitations with Wedding Paper Divas

The true beauty of a wedding comes in the personalized details; those moments that really capture the spirit of a couple. The same rings true for wedding stationery and Wedding Paper Divas is making it easier than ever to let your personality shine bright. With their customization service, the options are endless letting your style and story come to life. And what better way to showcase this than to dive into paper planning with a real life Bride and Groom. So without further ado, meet Megan and Sasha. 

These cuties wanted an invitation suite that was all at once modern and elegant. Something that captured the essence of their upcoming Modern Bohemian Barn nuptials. Wedding Paper Divas rolled up their sleeves and got to work crafting an invitation unique to Megan and Sasha and so wildly beautiful. It’s a modern typography version of this gem with a golden sparkle that Megan adores.

With a huge array of gorgeous and affordable options, Wedding Paper Divas is making it easier than ever to find just the right fit. And by personalizing colors, fonts and trims — it makes it yours down to every last detail. Here are just a few features that offer the ability to really personalize your wedding stationery:

Multiple color options, including custom color matching
Option to upload your own designs
A variety of trim options for most designs
Unique and customizable back layouts
Multiple font options
Photo filters

But the beauty of customization doesn’t end with the invitation. Not even close. Think everything from belly bands, colored envelopes and ribbons to day of details, favor packages and thank you’s. The Wedding Paper Divas world is your oyster, my friends, and a pretty one at that. Start perusing their collection of goodies to see just how you and your love are going to add your style stamp.


DIY Mint Julep Favors

On a warm summer day, there’s nothing quite like a chilled cocktail. The ever so classic Mint Julep fits that profile to a T. And what better beverage to offer up for a summer wedding? Better yet, give your guests the gift of the Julep with these cute as can be favors crafted by our resident DIY goddess, Jess, and photographed by Ruth Eileen. Read below for instructions. Spoiler Alert: They’re crazy simple!

MaterialsGlass bottles with corks
Liquid gilding
Paint brush
White twine
Fresh mint
Gold glitter tape
Label paper

instructions step-1Paint a circle of liquid gilding on the backside of the glass bottle. Make sure the gilding is an even, opaque layer, then let dry 30 minutes. Repeat with remaining bottles.

step-2Fill one bottle with bourbon and cork it. Fill the other bottle with homemade mint simple syrup (here’s an easy recipe) and a few fresh mint leaves for garnish. Repeat with remaining bottles.

step-3Download and print out the bourbon & mint labels. Cut out along the gray lines and apply to the front of each bottle. Add a bit of gold glitter tape to each label.

step-4Wrap the neck of each bottle with twine and mint leaf garnish and hand out to guests! They have everything they need to whip up an awesome mint julep at home.

Photography: Ruth Eileen 

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In Loving Memory of Sarah

When we shared Sarah and Colin’s vow renewal last fall, our hearts were gripped by their story, their joy, and their stronger than oak love. They reminded us of what a wedding – but more than that, a marriage – is all about, and it’s with the heavy hearts we share Sarah has lost her battle with breast cancer. She leaves behind her military husband, Colin and two beautiful children, and it’s our deepest hope that we, as a wedding community, can be a blessing to the ones Sarah loved most.

Our friends at Newlywish have set up a trust to support Sarah’s two children, and you can click here to help, no matter how big or small. Thank you, thank you for your generosity and love.

xoxo, The SMP Team

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