Mix and Match, DIY, and Rustic. Perfect! By Hibben Photography

Bethanie and Mitch took this barn’s country appeal and turned it into a party like no other! From colorful bridesmaids to witty memorabilia and decor, this beautiful couple made sure to give their guests (and themselves) a wedding they would never forget.

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FROM THE BRIDE: Planning for our wedding began in November 2013, the month we got engaged. Our wedding included family from the very beginning. We went over to some good friends house for dinner. Mitch ask me to go out to the barn with him. I was surprised to see my 18 month old niece and nephew walking towards me with t-shirts on that said, “Mitch wants to be our uncle”, and “So say yes!!” I turned around to find him on one knee and of course I said yes!!

Our first chore was to find a venue. A friend of a friend told us about a barn venue that was just being built. We went out to visit. There was a wood floor and roughed in walls. The concept was elegance and rustic combined. We were able to have the ceremony and reception all in one place. Best of all…..they would take care of set up and tear down. I was sold. I dont like to shop, plan or worry about the details. We set a date August 2nd, 2014. Next on the list, the dress. I went to one shop, checked out the sale rack and fell in love with the second dress I tried on. I wanted to simplify the process from here on out. I like the basic concept of mix and match. I had ten bridesmaids … yes 10! Three were sisters, one a cousin and the rest were friends from middle school, high school and college. I ask them to be in the wedding with a gift of a personalized wine bottle and coasters. I gave them a choice of four colors for their dresses, (sent them a poem with color chips from Lowes) and told them to pick any dress they wanted. The guys wore gray slacks and vest with mix and match ties!!! . The most time consuming part of the entire wedding was the Invites. I had awesome invitations made by a close friend at The Honeypot on Etsy.

McLaughlin_Lied_Hibben_Photography_DSC8061_low McLaughlin_Lied_Hibben_Photography_SAM1714_lowI loved my “get ready time” with my friends and family. I had gotten each of my bridesmaid’s different colored floral robes and a tote. We had a suite at a hotel near the venue. We ate, hung out, fixed our hair (my local hairdresser came) and did each other’s make up. It was so relaxed and fun!! I have to admit; we finalized the bridesmaids dress selection the day of the wedding. Thus, the picture of all of the dresses on the back of the bed.

I loved the chiming of the hour! There is something peaceful about the gong of a large bell in a quiet room. Also, the girls got to pick a vintage hanky to wipe their “happy tears”, before walking down the aisle. That was fun! A friend of mine, Jamie Bramble, played the guitar for us. He was amazing. I am not sure if it the southern girl in me or what, but there is nothing else like the acoustic guitar strumming some great music.

McLaughlin_Lied_Hibben_Photography_SAM1788_low McLaughlin_Lied_Hibben_Photography_SAM1904_low McLaughlin_Lied_Hibben_Photography_SAM1898_lowI wanted our bouquets to look like bunches of wild flowers. I was able to order just that “bunches of wild flowers” from a small flower shop inside our local super market. They were actually grown locally, which I loved! On my bouquet we attached an antique broach that all of the women in my family have carried on their wedding day.

My mom, sister and sister in law made all of the table and alter flower arrangements. They used wood slabs with mason jars, vases and twine. Surprisingly, they got most of the flowers for the tables at Homeland grocery store!!!

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Sparks of Love at Highland Country Club by Sarah Tew Photography

Noelle and Tim’s wedding was filled with the type of warmth only true love can offer. With the changing leaves providing a colorful backdrop for their vows and fire pits giving heat to guests on a beautiful autumn evening, this special day was truly romantic.

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From the Photographer: Noelle & Tim planned a fall wedding not far from New York City in lovely Garrison, NY at Highlands Country Club. I was thrilled when we arrived early to scout the grounds (they let us take a golf cart out!)– so much pretty stuff within range, I couldn’t wait to start shooting with the couple. Noelle had her hair and makeup done prior to arriving so I photographed her details and then on went the dress– Noelle and her mom both got emotional (in a happy way of course) and of course her father was thrilled to see her in it as well. We took Tim out to a pretty shaded area under a row of big pine trees and faced him away from the building so as to bring Noelle out for the first look… she snuck up and tapped him on the shoulder so he’d turn around! I love the shot of the hug that followed. After we went around for some portraits we met the wedding party and family for group shots back on the green next to the club and then got ourselves in place for the ceremony as guests started to arrive. The weather was so nice, at one point Tim commented that it was like they were having a summer wedding after all, and it’s true! I swear I’ve had the best luck with weather this year– crossing my fingers this luck continues! The pleasant temperature didn’t stop us from enjoying a fire in the fireplace (so cozy!) in the ballroom and guests enjoyed the intimate moonlit chairs around a firepit in the yard behind the club… Highlights of the evening included the beautiful, funny, and emotional toasts and of course their amazing SPARKLER EXIT! So much fun!!! Congratulations to Noelle & Tim!

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Emerald Green Passion by Kate Wenzel Photography

With a color that represents hope and growth, this emerald-themed wedding was filled with laughs, loved ones and beautiful moments this couple will treasure forever.

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From the Photographer: Adrienne and Brian married in an outdoor ceremony at Shakespeare’s Garden with their reception at The Hamon Observation Tower in San Francisco, CA, whose floor-to-ceiling windows provided scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. “My wife wanted a beautiful outdoor garden, and I wanted something architecturally modern,” Brian said. Following the reception, guests were given a penny to make a wish with at the fountain, also used as a way to remember loved ones from above who couldn’t celebrate. “Having all your family and friends in one room supporting you is such an amazing experience,” she said. In lieu of a traditional guestbook, Jenga pieces were signed to build memories.

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Photography: Kate Wenzel Photography | Ceremony Venue: Shakespeare’s Garden | Reception Venue: The Hamon Observation Tower | Dress Designer: Romona Keveza | Hair and Makeup Artist: Cetana Salon and Spa | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Selix | Officiant: Nick Christiansen | Ceremony Musicians:Innocenti Strings | Stationery: Chain O’Lakes | Floral Designer: Urban Flowers | Catering: Grace Street Catering | DJ: DJ Blest | Videography: John Von Seeburg

Inspiration for the Boho Bride

SWOON!!! This Bohemian-inspiration shoot is right up our alley. There is really nothing more romantic and beautiful than a boho bride. Check out the simplicity of the hair styles and the soft and natural makeup.

With a floral installation, a delicate lace tipi, a few feathers and gorgeous flower print dresses from the marvellous fairytale collection of Anna Sui’s Spring 2014, this Bohemian-inspiration courtesy of Moscow based Warm Photo is sure to inspire.

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Love of Bleu – A Real Wedding

This couple’s stunning array of blues brought the day’s clear sky down to their very own wedding. From delicate turquoises to bright aquas, this special day was filled with smiles, laughs and colors that make us all very happy!

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Photographer: Jaime & Chase Photography

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Barn Wedding in New York – A Real Wedding

This barn’s rustic nature gave Emma and Zak’s wedding a homey feel, making it easy for loved ones to cozy up along the bonfire and celebrate the couple’s love and union.

The Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographersThe Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographersHow did you meet?  Zak showed up at my front doorstep! I was moving out of my Brooklyn apartment and the girl moving in brought Zak along with her to take some measurements for her furniture before I moved out. Unbeknownst to me, when she met me during the open house a few weeks prior, she thought to herself, “this girl would be perfect for my friend Zak”, and so she brought him along to meet me. Turns out, she was right! The Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographers

Why did you select your venue? Zak and I enjoy hiking in upstate New York so we knew we wanted to get married in or near the mountains, and we loved the idea of a barn wedding. When we found Shadow Lawn, we knew it was perfect for us!The Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographers

What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day and why? Everyone dancing to the last song of the night, and then retiring to the bonfire; it was a great transition from high-energy celebration to intimate moments with our friends (the last song was Dire Straits – Walk of Life)The Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographersThe Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographersThe Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographersThe Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographers The Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographers The Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographersThe Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographersThe Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographersThe Westchester Wedding Planner/ValerieCoPhotographers

Photographer: Valerie & Co. Photographers

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All That Gold And A Pop Of Pink

Wedding Color PalettesPhotographer: LeAnna Theresa Photography | Venue: The Reeds at Shelter Haven | Shoes:Manolo Blahnik | Diy: Metalic spray painted wine bottles |  Wedding Dress: “Alma”Pronovias, from Blue Bridal in Denver, CO | Bridesmaids Dresses: LulaKate from Bella Bridesmaids Madison, NJ | MOH belts from Anthropologie | Bride’s Accessories: green earrings (ceremony, cocktail hour): Margaret Elizabeth, white earrings (reception): Kate Spade, rhinestone belt (reception): Cara New York (from Nordstrom), Gold Sandals: Sigerson Morrison | Groom and Groomsmen: J.Crew | Grooms Tie: Vineyard Vines

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