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A Fun Destination Wedding in California

From the bride, Alexandra: The thing we wanted most was a fun, outdoor wedding with our closest friends and family. That’s why we opted to do a wedding weekend (Friday through Sunday) and why we chose a venue where people could also stay the night. We rented out the entire venue for three days and filled all 50 rooms and cabins with our wedding guests. A Fun Outdoor Destination Wedding A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE STYLE
We have a love for both the outdoors and international travel, so we wanted that to come across in our theme. Our theme was a mix of outdoorsy/rustic, boho, romantic, and travel. We knew right away that we wanted an outdoor, mountain wedding and chose a wonderful venue where the ceremony, reception, and entire wedding weekend could be carried out under the trees and stars.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE FLOWERS
I knew I wanted a lot of flowers and greenery to match the outdoor venue. I chose mostly peonies and other flowers that were more boho, and avoided the traditional roses. My bouquet and floral halo were a mix of pink, coral, and cream flowers.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaPERSONAL TOUCH
My mother, brother, and I were born in Japan. According to Japanese tradition, anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish by the Gods. For the wedding, she folded 1000 origami cranes to wish Joel and me a happy marriage. We displayed the cranes at the ceremony and reception.
A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE CEREMONY
The ceremony took place in a rectangular clearing in the middle of the woods. The trees lined the space and were the perfect backdrop. The arch at the front of the ceremony was made of wood and adorned with large floral bouquets. We also strung some of the origami cranes from the archway. We lined the ceremony walkway with flower petals to give a romantic feel to the space. My brother officiated the wedding and told our love story. We both wrote our own vows. Because we aren’t very religious, our vows were the longest part of the ceremony and were the most meaningful for us.

A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE RECEPTION
Our reception was outdoors in a clearing right near the ceremony. Each table had lace doilies handmade by my great-grandmother and flowers matching the ones in the archways and bouquets. We also had a lot of green foliage on the tables. The tables themselves were dark wood.

A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in California A Fun Destination Wedding in CaliforniaTHE TABLE NAMES & FAVORS
Joel and I have traveled to 18 countries together so far. For the names of the tables at the reception, we chose the names of some of our favorite international cities, like Paris where Joel and I got engaged. To find their table assignments, guests had to go to a table where we laid out golden compasses with the names of each guest on them. Once they found their compass, they had to open the compass to see what city they were “traveling” to. The compasses were also functional compasses and doubled as party favors.

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Photographer: Clane Gessel Photography  //  Event & Floral Design: Quality Event Design  //  Caterer: Great Thyme Catering  //  Invitations:  The Stylish Scribe  //  Venue: Chalet View Lodge   //  Video: Ben Ridpath Films

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A Styled Mountain Elopement in Canada

From the photographer: Weddings at the heart of it, are most importantly about the bond between two people who are about to embark on of their greatest adventure of their lives. Sometimes, the simplest weddings are the most beautiful. When you realize all you need is the person you love, standing next to you. That is the real beauty. With the desire to be truly present with one another during your vows. No distractions from friends or family. Our couple decided to elope and be truly present for their special day. They hoped for an intimate and carefree ceremony, with their only distractions being the sounds of nature. A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement

For the overall design, we allowed nature to choose the colours and tones for this wedding day. Drawing inspiration from the beautiful mountains of Canmore, Alberta and the turquoise river, the florals displayed a lovely combination of creams, ivories greens, and accents of dusty rose and sandy tones.

A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement A Styled Canmore Mountain Elopement

THE STYLE TEAM: Photographer: Milton Photography  //  Floral Designer: Amy Sanderson  //  Event Designer: Birds & Honey  //  Dress: Hayley Paige from Delica Bridal  //  Hair & Makeup: The Pretty Haus  //  Heirlooms:  Stella Wolfe   //  Calligrapher: The Weekend Type

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A Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding

From the bride, Carey: Paul and I really wanted our wedding day to be about us and our love for each other. We’re both very introverted and planning a wedding ourselves was very stressful at times. We wanted to share our big day with family and friends because they mean so much to us, but we had to keep reminding ourselves throughout the whole process that it wasn’t about them and it wasn’t about making anyone else happy but us.
A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado

WHY OURAY, COLORADO
Ouray was a special spot for both of us separately before we even started dating – I liked the hot springs and Paul loves to ice climb. I said Ouray was one of my favorite spots in my Match.com profile and he totally picked up on that. It was one of our bonding moments. Since being together we have traveled to Ouray regularly and have decided we really want to move there someday. We are currently in the process of trying to figure out how to make that work, sooner rather than later. We almost instantly agreed that it’s where we should get married. It’s such a gorgeous little mountain town and we really wanted to share it with our family and friends.

A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado

THE FIRST LOOK
The first look was so special and important for us. It allowed us to take a breath, recenter and refocus on each other, and have a really profound and beautiful moment just the two of us, before heading into the blissful revelry of the wedding.

A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, ColoradoA Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Driving away together as man and wife – best 25 minutes on the road ever!

A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado

MY ADVICE
Have fun and make it about YOU and nobody else. Don’t stress the small stuff, but do as much as you can upfront so you don’t have to run around like crazy people on the days leading up to the wedding.

A Fall Rocky Mountain Teepee Wedding in Ouray, Colorado

RECOMMENDED WEDDING VENDORS: Photographer: Taylor Jones Photography  //  Floral Designer: Dahlia Floral  //  Hair Stylist: Salon Envy  //  Venue: Secret Garden

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