Sweet, Stylish and Shabby Chic; A DIY Wedding in California

Joshua and Jenna describe their California country wedding as rustic, whimsical, and creative.

And we couldn’t think of a better way to sum up their gorgeous DIY day.

From crafty wedding staples like mason jars and tassel bunting, to innovative details like a coffee bar, and literary table runners, their charming wedding day is a DIY dream – and every moment was captured beautifully, by Matt and Dannie of Matthew James Photographers.

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Joshua was ever the dashing groom, with a polka dot dickie bow and braces, while Jenna, was breathtaking, in an elegant strapless gown, birdcage veil, and some seriously sparkly statement earrings.

From their sublime ceremony in perhaps the most idillic chapel we’ve ever seen, to their fun BBQ reception complete with a popcorn bar, cupcakes and LOTS of dancing,  Joshua and Jenna’s wedding day was sweet, stylish, sincere, and chic.

And I think you’re going to love it as much as we do…

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The Theme

Our style/theme was country rustic with lots of antique/”shabby chic” features also. We hunted for treasures at local antique shops throughout our entire engagement to contribute to this wedding.

Everything from mason jars and picture frames, to suitcases and wooden doors. We love antiquing, it’s one of our hobbies, so we thought that adding that to our wedding would be suiting to our style and fun for us at the same time!

Our color palette was very soft, sort of springy pastel colors. We used lots of peach, mint green, pale pink, and added in some gold here and there also. We took these colors and used all different shades of each.

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The Attire

We kept it relatively simple, we wanted everyone to be comfortable. The boys just wore buttons ups and dress pants with bow ties and brown Oxfords.

The girls wore flowy peach dresses with mint green necklaces and nude shoes of their choice. Our junior bridesmaid wore a cute peach lacy dress from Forever21 that was a little more age appropriate and comfy for her.

Our flower girls wore tutu dresses from Etsy. We left the mothers with complete freedom to wear what was comfortable for them within our color palette. I think they did a pretty good job!

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The Flowers

For our flowers, honestly, we gave our florist a lot of freedom to pick based on our favorite colors and flowers.

She goes to the San Francisco farmer’s market the day before the wedding and loads up on all kinds of locally grown flowers.

She’s a personal family friend and we’ve seen lots of her work at friends’ weddings before and trusted she would understand what we were going for.

She used lots of roses and mums, and added in a lot of cool different flowers and greenery that I’ve never seen or necessarily know the name of.

We just loved it all and think she did a great job!

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The Photography

Matt and Dannie (our photographers) are friends of ours, and we also have seen quite a bit of their work with some of our friends as well.

We admire everything about their work and how comfortable they made us feel even at our first meeting. We knew we could totally trust them to capture our day exactly how we wanted it to be captured.

They are so fun and professional at the same time. They have a way of giving guidance while still letting us be ourselves.

We wouldn’t have rather had anyone else to photograph the day of our dreams!

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The Refreshments

We had a buffet style BBQ dinner. BBQ brisket, chicken, baked beans, jalapeño mac n’ cheese, corn bread muffins, beer, sweet tea, and lemonade.

Our cupcakes had a few different options in flavor. We had a chocolate caramel toffee, peanut butter chocolate, and a simple vanilla cake with almond frosting. So yummy!

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The Decor

For our centerpieces we used the blue mason jars and gold frames (that we painted with chalkboard paint for table numbers) that we acquired from local antique shops, polka dot bottles from IKEA, and wood slices that were provided by the venue ( they have a shed FULL of decorations that past brides had left behind that we were free to use!)

Our DIY projects consisted of our table runners/covers made out of second hand book pages and tissue paper tassel garland (tutorial found on Pinterest). We also ordered small muslin satchel bags and a custom made stamp from Etsy and hand stamped each bag for our favors.

Our guests filled their bags with scoops of French Roast coffee beans at our coffee bar. (We are coffee lovers also!)

We also rented a lot of decorations such as drinking jars, drink dispensers, wooden doors, galvanized steel tubs, lanterns, chalkboards and purchased paper straws from Simple Country Weddings. She has SO MUCH awesome stuff and very affordable!

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Advice for Other Couples

We used Pinterest A LOT. Also, Green Wedding Shoes and 100 Layer Cake were helpful references just to get some inspiration.

Ikea was a great place to find lots of cheap (but stylish) glassware such a bottles, candle holders, and glasses.

We used the app by The Knot. They have a wedding checklist and budgeting tool that was very helpful for us. I also bought a book called Bridal Bargains. It was recommended to me by one of my bridesmaids who had gotten married the year before.

It was really helpful as far as money saving tips and wedding etiquette. It even has a voucher in the back of the book that says if you follow the book’s guidance and don’t save at least $500 on your wedding, they’ll give you your money back for the book!

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Favourite Moment

I think our coffee bar was totally us. We have always been so in love with coffee and we thought sending our guests home with some to brew at home was the perfect thing.

Also, our personal communion during our ceremony. Our relationship with Jesus is what is most important to us before anything else and I think it was the perfect way to acknowledge that as we enter into forever with each other in front of all our friends and family.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

I just love this couple’s personal style, and how they let it shine through beautifully on their wedding day. And seriously, how lovely is that wedding chapel

DIY God’s Eye

DIY God’s Eye

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Today we wanted to share a tutorial for the beautiful God’s eyes we made on our FP Me Camping trip!  God’s eyes, or Ojo de Dios, are spiritual weavings consisting of yarn and sticks, and making them is thought to be a meditative practice.  Though their meanings vary from culture to culture, they are commonly thought to be symbolic of the spiritual eye, or power of seeing and understanding the unknown. Their four points represent the four elements earth, water, air, and fire, with the eye at the center.  Making them is a wonderful way to get your creativity flowing, and they can be as simple or as complex as you desire!

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What you need:

2 Sticks

Yarn, string, ribbon

Embellishments of your choosing (we used shells, pom poms, tassels, and beads)

Scissors

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Cross your sticks and tie a knot to secure the sticks together. Wrap the yarn around the sticks in a “x” pattern a couple of times to make sure they are held together well.

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Working clockwise, start to form the diamond pattern by wrapping the yarn under and around one stick, then under and around the next, and so on.

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Keep on going until you are ready to move onto your next color yarn.

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Tie a knot to the next color you would like to incorporate making sure the knot it ties in the back of the hanging so it won’t be visible.

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Continue on with your pattern until you’re happy with how your God’s eye looks!

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When you are finished wrapping the yarn, add embellishments by tying or gluing them on.

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And voila! A beautiful addition to your home or a wonderful personalized gift.

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Fashion Blogging — Sunday Rambling + Sneak Peek

Images (c) Lou at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Morning WWWers, as you can see, i thought id have another stab at fashion blogging after my first attempt went down so well 🙂

On Friday i headed out to meet with some local wedding suppliers in Hitchin at the coolest restaurant; Hermitage Road and this is what i wore. I didn’t brave eating with the others, but we had a lovely chit chat and giggle and i made some new friends 🙂

I brought this owl print blouse a few weeks ago and haven’t had the opportunity to wear it yet. Its so lightweight and i love the studded collar. I wore my trusty gap jean leggings which are my fav.

My new bag arrived this week and i love it. It’s perfect for a mum on the run that wants to look a bit cooler whilst dragging around bits and bobs for their toddler.

My shoes were my birthday present from G back in April, i have wanted some brogues forever, and this soft grey leather pair are so comfy.

Anyway, thats what i looked like on Friday hehe!! I now need some bits for the warmer weather. I have been dragging out clothes from years ago this week that don’t even fit properly! The shame haha… i need some shorts me thinks.

Blouse: Zara

Necklace: Gift from my nan 🙂

Bag: Alphabet Bags

Jean Leggings: Gap

Shoes: Dune

I hope you enjoyed that… i’ve gone all shy now hehe!! We’ve been pretty busy this week, we headed to the farm, the paddling pools, got A some new shoes, did a inspiration photoshoot, which will be on the blog next week… here’s a peek below.

It’s just a small part of the latest DIY inspiration shoot i have put together for you guys, which will be featured on Wednesday… so stay tuned 🙂

I will share some of my latest instagram images with you next week 🙂 I am looking forward to having some time with my family this weekend. WWW will have one post each bank holiday, so do pop by for your usual WWW fix 🙂

Here’s a peek of an incredible wedding heading your way this week.

Side Chignon Bridal Hairstyle Tutorial

I thought this DIY hair tutorial would be perfect for the bank holidays, if you are at home and fancy experimenting, or have an event to go to over the holidays, then this tutorial is ideal.

This super pretty messy style chignon is a gorgeous bridal hair style, easy to recreate and classic in look. Thanks so very much to Tiffony Simpson of Ony Salon for sharing her hair styling expertise with us today 🙂 over to you Tiffony;

“Your wedding day is such an exciting day in your life. You want every detail to be perfect! We are excited to present to you this Do-it-Yourself hairstyle, however I want to give my professional opinion. Specializing in wedding hair design for over 10 years and a licensed master cosmetologist for over 15 years, I have seen it all. On your wedding day emotions are flying high; you are excited to be marrying the person that you love. I would always recommend hiring professional hairstylist, makeup artist, wedding planner, florist, etc. Being a professional wedding hairstylist, I get to hear a lot of behind the scenes information and the last thing a bride should have to worry about is styling her own hair on her wedding day. However, circumstances may call for do-it-yourself option. This side chignon is perfect for hair that is at least medium to shoulder length. If you can get your hair into a side ponytail, you can wear this chignon. I chose this style because it is very easy to make it messy or classic. Our model Kelly has extremely long hair, so I went with a more uniform classic look. With a look like this, as with any hairstyle, you want to find a happy medium to suit your personal taste.

Before you start, be sure to have plenty of bobby pins, hairspray, and a curling iron. I would recommend doing a trial run first. Have fun…and thanks for letting us be part of your wedding day! Best wishes! – Tiffony Simpson, Hair Stylist.”

Step 1: Set hair on hot rollers or with 1 1/4 barrel curling iron.

Step 2: Decide where you want your front part and section your hair into 4 sections. Two front sections and 2 back sections.

Step 3: Twist bottom back section over to the right side and bobby pin. Twist top back section over to the right side and bobby pin.

Step 4: Twist right side section back and bobby pin.

Step 5: Twist left side section back and bobby pin.

Step 6: To create the chignon begin taking small sections of hair, make a partial figure 8 and bobby pin.

Step 7: Continue taking small sections of hair and making the figure 8′s until all of your hair is added into the chignon.

Thank you to everyone involved with the Shoot! Please check out Faith Thornburg’s bridal gowns. She was the Elle Fashion Next 2011 Winner and One of the Top 20 Bridal designers to Watch by WD Dally News.

Credits where credit is due…

Photographer: Ai-Ling Chang

Concept Design/Stylist: Mary Melissa Johnson

Hair: Tiffony Simpson of Ony Salon

Make-up: Megan Mateo

Dresses: Faith Thornburg

Model: Kelly Muhlenberg

Jenny Packham 2014 Bridal Collection Preview

Jenny Packham Amour

Amour

I was so excited to receive an email from Jenny Packham sharing their newest designs for the 2014 collection. So this morning i have a sneak preview for you to feast your eyes on… swoon!!

Jenny Packham is one of my favourite bridal designers, with fabrics to die for and the most beautiful details. I think Belle Magnolia has to be my favourite from the preview, with its unusual blush shade and mountains of romantic tulle. Please do leave a comment sharing your favourite design 🙂

“Jenny Packham’s 2014 Bridal Collection is inspired by the Belle Époque era of the early 20th Century.

A statement of romantically soft, feminine design, the collection encapsulates the spirit of Edwardian style and the Art Nouveau movement which defined it. The Belle Epoque or ‘beautiful era’ transformed fashion, abandoning restrictive corsetry and creating the flowing silhouette ever since associated with the Age of Elegance.

Intricate, light beading, delicate embellishment and clean, understated silhouettes play homage to an Edwardian inspiration, whilst romantically volumous ballerina skirts, graceful tulle sleeves and elegantly exposed backs bring to mind a very modern bride, evoking scenes of a chic European destination wedding.

Available in ivory, champagne and magnolia, luxurious silk mikado, sumptuous draped chiffons and exquisite French lace are adorned with delicate silk flowers and twinkling crystals in a spectrum of antique metallic silvers and champagnes.”

Jenny Packham Audrey

Audrey

Jenny Packham Belle magnolia

Belle Magnolia

Jenny Packham Carine

Carine

Jenny Packham Claudia

Claudia

Jenny Packham Daphne

 Daphne

Jenny Packham Florence

Florence

Jenny Packham Jean
Jenny Packham Kitty

 Kitty

Jenny Packham Minnie with necklace

 Minnie

Jenny Packham Molly

Molly

Jenny Packham Rose
Jenny Packham Summer

Summer

Jenny Packham Tilly

Tilly

Jenny Packham Utopia

Utopia

Jenny Packham Taylor

Sassi Holford 2014 Signature Collection

A little bridal fashion goes a long way. And with the New York bridal market over with for this year, next years bridal fashions are now filtering through.

I was delighted to receive these images last week and couldn’t wait to share these pretty dresses with you all. Let me introduce you to the Sassi Holford 2014 Signature Collection, with the most beautiful silhouettes, accessories and fabrics.

Veronica

Sassi Holford 2014 Veronica
Sassi Holford 2014 Sara
Sassi Holford 2014 Ruby

Rebecca

Sassi Holford 2014 Rebecca

Paloma jacket & Paola belt

Sassi Holford 2014 Paloma jacket & Paola belt

Niamh

Sassi Holford 2014 Niamh
Sassi Holford 2014 Mimi

Megan

Sassi Holford 2014 Megan
Sassi Holford 2014 Maya

Matilda

Sassi Holford 2014 Matilda

Martha

Sassi Holford 2014 Martha

Josephine

Sassi Holford 2014 Josephine

Josephine Jacket

Sassi Holford 2014 Josephine Jacket

Josephine & Josephine skirt

Sassi Holford 2014 Josephine & Josephine skirt

Josephine & jacket

Sassi Holford 2014 Josephine & jacket

Jessica

Sassi Holford 2014 Jessica

Jessica & Paloma jacket & Paola Belt

Sassi Holford 2014 Jessica & Paloma jacket & Paola Belt

Jessica & Jemima coat

Sassi Holford 2014 Jessica & Jemima coat

Ida & Beatrice sash

Sassi Holford 2014 Ida & Beatrice sash

Georgina Jacket

Sassi Holford 2014 Georgina Jacket

Evelyn

Sassi Holford 2014 Evelyn
Sassi Holford 2014 Esme

Emily

Sassi Holford 2014 Emily

Claudia

Sassi Holford 2014 Claudia

Clarissa

Sassi Holford 2014 Clarissa

Catrina

Sassi Holford 2014 Catrina

Catrina & Georgina jacket

Sassi Holford 2014 Catrina & Georgina jacket

Amelia

Sassi Holford 2014 Amelia

Ohh so many lovely designs, i just love the tulle and lace numbers. Do you have a favourite? XOXO Lou

BRIDESMAID FASHION — RED

red bridesmaid dress ideas http://www.hayleysavagephotography.co.uk/

Image by Hayley Savage Photography, full wedding here.

Welcome to a new mini series on WWW all about bridesmaids.

Your favourite girl (or guy) friends and loved ones can be a large part of your wedding day. Which is why I feel it is an important topic to help you all with, especially if you are in the beginnings of your wedding planning. Today I am focusing on the fashion. With the beginning of new collections hitting the shops ready for Spring/Summer, now is the time to start browsing.

Colour is a good way to start your planning and today we are looking at red. Red is decadent, rich and romantic, a perfect tone for your wedding day, and flattering on many a skin tone. Whether you go for a pretty coral colour or a deep burgundy there is something to suit everyone.

Here are some of my favourite rouge bridesmaid looks to give you an idea of how your maids could look at your wedding.

The Inspiration

red bridesmaid dresses http://www.epiclovephotography.com/

Images by Epic Love Photography, full wedding here.

red bridesmaid ideas http://www.georgimabee.com/

Images by Georgi Mabee, full wedding here.

red bridesmaid dresses http://elizaboophotography.com/

Images by Eliza Boo, full wedding here.

red bridesmaid ideas http://www.cgweddings.co.uk/

Image by CG Weddings, full wedding here.

red bridesmaid fashion http://www.ifocusphotography.co.uk/

Image by ifocus Photography, full wedding here.

red bridesmaids http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2013/10/a-quirky-diy-orange-wedding.html

Images by Ria Mishaal Photography, full wedding here.

red bridesmaids http://www.gemmawilliamsphotography.co.uk/

Image by Gemma Williams, full wedding here.

Get The Look

If you are loving the idea of having your bridesmaids in red then take a look below. I have found 4 of my favourite red dresses on the high street right now >>

Red Highstreet Bridesmaid Dresses

| £199 from Boden |£55 from Topshop |£125 from Coast | £45 from ASOS |

I have gone for dresses with simple silhouettes and plain fabric. But don’t be shy to give your maids mismatched looks, with patterns of different shades. Or have a go at making the dresses yourself.