Posts Tagged ‘real weddings’

Danielle & Linus: Great Wedding Video

Oxnard, California

March 8th, 2012

linus+danielle • rainy barn wedding from Paperback Weddings on Vimeo.

This is one of the best wedding videos I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them. Every once in a while, I really push the envelope when it comes to the water element at a wedding, but, hey, what can I say….I’m allowed. At this wedding, the water element is the rain that fell that day, forcing the outdoor ceremony into the gorgeous old chandelier-lit barn that was also the location of the reception. Paperback Weddings shot a wonderfully emotional wedding video with lots of moody, rainy drips and drops and lots of joyful tears.

Nadine & Arno: Riverside Wedding

Sonoma County, CA

February 8th, 2012

It’s pretty rare for me to kick off a wedding with photos of the reception before anything else, but when the bride and groom kick off the reception with a blindfold and a pinata, I feel I have no other choice! Nadine and Arno held their wedding and reception at Dawn Ranch Lodge, a charming “summer camp” resort on the banks of the Russian River in Sonoma County, CA. I first spotted this wedding on 100 Layer Cake and couldn’t decide what I loved more; the perfect photography (thanks to Jesse Leake, the charming venue, the bride’s Vera Wang with the gorgeous ruffles along the bottom, or the playful spirit of the bride and groom. Usually I’m drawn to one particular element of a wedding. But this time, they were competing equally for my attention. So I decided they all win.I absolutely love the idea of having dinner in an orchard. The flowers and decorated dining tables fit the location beautifully. Have you ever seen a better father-daughter dance? Me neither.And as if the Russian River wasn’t enough water for this wedding, there was this classic swimming pool flanked with cute guest cottages.  I can’t get enough of this nostalgic location. Makes me want to float for hours in an inner tube and see a drive-in movie with my pajamas on in the back of an old station wagon.  Nadine and Arno had a great vision for their wedding and it was executed brilliantly.  Once again, wish I’d been a guest at this one!

Waterside Wedding: Coreen & Steven

Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington

December 9th, 2011

Waterside weddingCoreen and Steven were high school sweethearts who grew up on the coast of British Columbia. They decided on a not-so-far-away destination wedding and got married along the water at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington, right across from the bay where they first met. waterside weddingwaterside weddingwaterside weddingCoreen and Steven’s wedding was a crisp mix of lime green, navy blue and white. These polka dot bridesmaids’ dresses look perfect in this setting. Bright green kermit mums in the boutonnieres carried the green theme for the groomsmen. waterside weddingwaterside wedding waterside wedding Not only were so many of the details of this day handmade by the bride and her family, but Coreen even made the gorgeous invitation suite! waterside weddingwaterside weddingwaterside wedding waterside weddingLove the idea of alternating graphic napkins at each place setting. Adds just the right touch of color and energy to the tables.waterside weddingwaterside weddingwaterside weddingMany, many thanks to Alexandra Hunt Photography for sending these photos. Thanks, too, Two Bright Lights.

Liza & Victor: Farewell Brunch Video

St. Tropez, France

September 27th, 2011


I’m so excited that I just found this video! I thought I’d lost track of it forever. It was shot by Studio Artifice from France, and it always makes me smile. Now, something to know about me…I love Europe and Europeans, so this video, shot at the brunch the day after Liza’s and Victor’s St. Tropez wedding, is heaven to me. The lip dubbing isn’t perfect, but that’s the charm of it. Be sure to watch the bloopers at the end. C’est magnifique.

Posting Soon: Kestrin & Jonathan

Carmel, CA

September 22nd, 2011

beach weddingThe best part of writing a wedding blog is looking at and reading about all the different ways couples interpret the idea of a wedding. I can’t even begin to explain how compelling it is. At least it is for me, and if you’re reading this, then it probably is for you, too.

I’ve had my eye on this particular wedding for quite a while, and I’m so excited to finally have it on Waterside. Kestrin and Jonathan, two very creative people, had a unique vision for their wedding, and Feather Love Photography took a very cinematic approach when shooting the day, wait…2 days, of this wedding. The results are amazing. This is just a teaser today. I’ll post the first wedding (the waterside one) in the next few days, and their second wedding (in SF – has nothing to do with water at all, but it’s too cool to miss) soon after that. Keep in mind that Kestrin and Jonathan met at Burning Man, and if you’re unfamiliar with that annual event, do a little research before the next post. It makes the whole story even more interesting.

Ocean Inspired Wedding: Courtney & Michael

Bayshore, New York

September 16th, 2011

Courtney and Michael met while working on the Fire Island Ferry together, so the ferry was an integral part in their wedding day. How great is that?This could be my favorite photo of the day. Thank you to Robert & Kathleen Photographers, who shared these photos with us. Of course, the next photo could be my favorite of the day, too, seeing as I’m a big Audrey Hepburn fan, just like Courtney (I have a big, framed Breakfast at Tiffany’s movie poster hanging in my house to prove it). Courtney received a gorgeous pair of classic pearl studs from her soon-to-be-husband, who obviously thinks very highly of her. What better way to kick off the day? After a wedding ceremony at the Church of St. Patrick in Bayshore, the wedding party and family took the Fire Island Ferry to the lighthouse for photos on the beach. Courtney and Michael used the ocean as inspiration for their wedding. They incorporated the color navy blue in their decor, used nautical knots in some of their printed material, had sand and shells at the bottom of the hurricane candles they used as table centerpieces, and this all added to the cohesiveness of their theme. I’ve got to point out the best sand dollars-as-place cards that I’ve seen so far….Courtney and Michael made the wise decision to use ribbon to secure a printed piece with name and table number. Too many couples try to write directly onto the sand dollar with marker. Don’t do it. The surface is too rough and porous for this. The ink bleeds and the end result looks like a kindergarten project. The idea is great, but take the lead from Courtney and Michael. It makes a world of difference. Also, when line the shells up alphabetically in sand, as they have here, please use craft sand. You can find it in the craft stores like Michael’s and even the craft department of store like Walmart. Don’t rely on sand from the beach. Trust me on this one. Beach sand looks great when you’re walking on it, but it’s never as pale as you want, as dry as you want, or as debri-free as you need it to be when it’s used indoors to decorate.

Kate & Greg: Oceanfront Wedding

Oahu, Hawaii

August 29th, 2011

Beach weddingHawaii holds a special place in my heart, and as anyone who’s been there knows, it’s simply magic.  Not sure if it’s the air, the ocean, or the generous aloha spirit, but whatever it is, Kate and Greg have felt it, too, and they wanted to spread the love.  They chose the North Shore of Oahu for their destination wedding and made an equally wise decision to have Sarah Yates photograph it. Get comfy, crack open a coconut, and devour the photos from this awesome wedding. beach weddingbeach weddingHow amazaing are the surfboards at the ceremony?  Kate’s short, floaty dress by Sarah Seven was the perfect choice for this easy, breezy, backyard-on-the-beach wedding.  beach wedding beach weddingWould you believe that Kate’s and Greg’s original location fell through at the last minute because the venue double booked the date?? Luckily for this couple, things worked out in their favor, and they were able to have their reception at this private residence. It worked out for the best as far as I’m concerned!! There’s a quiet lesson here…always hire reputable vendors, even if they’re a bit more expensive. beach weddingbeach weddingbeach weddingbeach weddingThis wedding looks like it was a ton of fun.  The happiness in these photos is tangible.  Kate and Greg probably suffered a little stress when their wedding plans started to unravel, but sometimes Plan B ends up being more than Plan A ever could have been.  No doubt the island’s aloha spirit had something to do with it.  There’s a saying in Hawaii that certainly applies here: Hawaii No Ka Oi, or, Hawaii is the best.  Couldn’t agree more.

Lisa & Keith: Oceanfront Wedding

Little Compton, Rhode Island

August 17th, 2011

We’re back in Rhode Island with Lisa’s and Keith’s wedding at Bicentennial Farm in Little Compton. A working cow farm that’s been in existence since the 1600′s was the perfect venue for this laid back, unconventional couple. Not only did Lisa and Keith fall in love with the location (farm on the water!) and its history, but the farmer rents out houses on the property, so they had the perfect home base, as well.Beach weddingBeach wedding Beach weddingLisa’s smile is so warm, and her eyes so beautiful. Love the shell necklace and red cowboy boots! Beach wedding The muted sea glass colors of the bridesmaids’ dresses complement the moody light of the overcast weather. Lisa and friends made the whimsical fabric pinwheels and picked the day’s flowers right from the farm’s historic garden.Beach weddingBeach weddingBeach weddingEverything about this wedding is so simple, sweet, and pretty. Many, many thanks to Jagger Photography.

Waterside Reception: Central Park Boathouse

New York City

June 30th, 2011

Thanks to Orchard Cover Photography, we see photos of Hannah’s and John’s waterside wedding reception at The Central Park Boathouse. Hard to believe this location is in the middle of one of the most populated cities in the world. It looks beautifully peaceful and romantic. While their wedding ceremony took place in a NYC church, Hannah and John had pictures taken at Bethesda Fountain, in Central Park. Bethesda Terrace is one of the locations in Central Park that can accommodate a large group for a wedding ceremony, as mentioned in the last post.

Beth & David: Lakefront Wedding

Clearlake, CA

March 23rd, 2011

This is the second half of a post that I started, as a guest blogger, on the blog called Delightfully Engaged. It features the beautiful lakefront wedding of Beth and David Bruce, who were married at Beth’s parents’ house in Clearlake, CA. Beth knew right away that she wanted her wedding at the lakehouse, and with a few simple ideas, just the right amount of decoration, and a couple of personal touches, the whole thing was perfect. It goes to show that sometimes everything you need is in your own backyard.

Thanks to photographer Zoe Lonergan for sending these great wedding pix and to Kara at for the invitation to blog for them. weddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by waterweddings by water