This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Michelle and Heart, held Putah Creek Lodge in the UC Davis Arboretum, Davis, CA. Since the groom is a student and the bride is an employee of UC Davis, they decided to celebrate all things Davis on their special day, including renting the vintage double-decker bus from the campus, using the Davis pedi-cab as their getaway “car” and hiring the Cal Aggie Band-Uh Marching Band to surprise everyone (including the groom) mid-ceremony right after the pronouncement.
Photos courtesy of: Julia Aue Photography
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Katie and Billy, held at a private residence on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, NH. The bride is a daughter of a florist and she wanted to find a place they could bring their own creativity to and create a laid-back, relaxing atmosphere. They spend each summer at the lake, so it was fitting to have the ceremony in a place they both love.
It turned out to be quite the undertaking. After a full week of pouring rain, and a 911 call for an unresponsive groom resulting in 7 stitches, the wedding stress settled in. The bride had her hair done the morning of the wedding while looking out the window at the grey sky and swaying trees and feared another storm was on its way. About 30 minutes before the ceremony the sky turned sunny, the clouds diminished and they were able to have the ceremony outside of the tent where she had dreamed of. It didn’t start raining again until 10:00…right as the night ended.
Photos courtesy of: Matt & Ash
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful destination wedding celebration of Sara and Matthew, held at St. Pius X Church in Plainview, Long Island, NY., with a reception at Majestic Gardens in Rocky Point, Long Island, NY. The couple really wanted a wedding that reflected both of their personalities, while capturing the glam of the 1920s. So, they had a church wedding, and a ballroom reception – both of which reflected the couples love of good music, fashion and cocktails. They couple are both teachers, and met teaching in the same school, so the choir from the high school in which they work sang at the ceremony, and a younger woman they both taught sang old standards at the cocktail hour.
Photos courtesy of: North Island Photography
Pantone Comfrey, a muted, mossy jade, is the perfect green shade to use when playing up natural tones at your wedding. Whimsical touches, like the dragonfly motif in this invitation, will complement a fairytale forest ambiance.
L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Naturally Divine invite, Bridesmaids, Favor Bags, Bride Sign, Bouquet, Outdoor Chandelier
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Adrienne and Luke, held at Holland Ranch, San Luis Obispo, CA. The venue features a barn with a bridal suite above, a pond, horses, and spacious lawns all with a majestic mountain in the foreground. The groom’s father wrote a song for the couple and performed it with the bride’s father at the wedding. The groom’s father sang and played the guitar while the bride’s father played the fiddle.
Photos courtesy of: Matt Weins of HeyDay Photography
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Jessica and Robby, held at the Bluemont Vineyards in Bluemont, Virginia on top of Mt. Weather. The couple met in college while studying to be meteorologists so when they got engaged they decided to have a weather-themed wedding. There were many little things that came together to make their wedding special and represent exactly who they are as a couple. The program fans had weather backgrounds, the table names were named after famous hurricanes, and the cake topper was uniquely made to look like the bride was forecasting the weather. The cupcakes had clouds, sun, and lightning bolt decorations on them and the wedding favors were wine glasses that had umbrellas with rain showers on them.
Photos courtesy of: Life Gallery Studio
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Bethany and Sean, held at the Apple Barn Farm in Germantown, NY. The couple fell in love with the location moments after they arrived thanks to Chicken the rooster, who came waddling at full speed towards their car to welcome them. Ironically the best man owns a restaurant in Rhode Island known for their broasted chicken. Another detail we love is that most of the decorations were DIY. The brides mom, a.k.a. Babs spent about a year prepping for the wedding creating almost everything by hand.
Photos courtesy of: Aaron Almendral
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Jasmine and Kenneth, held at St. Dominic’s Church and Stern Grove Park in San Francisco, CA. The couple met six years prior at the Stern Grove Concert Festival, so they chose the same spot for their wedding reception.
The big day reflected the groom’s Southern roots and the bride’s Chinese-Filipino heritage. The cover of their wedding program read, “So you’re going to sit through a Catholic Filipino-Chinese Southern wedding.”
They had Filipino phrases incorporated into the wedding décor and favor tags, traditional Filipino “barongs” for the groomsmen, Chinese lion dancers, a New Orleans-style jazz band and a delicious Filipino-Southern menu that included sweet tea, ‘lechon’ whole roasted pig and purple yam ice cream.
The bride DIYed a lot of the decorations herself. She designed her infographic-style save the date cards, a friend designed her wedding invitation and she also used a lot of stylish stationery from Tiny Prints, Shutterfly and Wedding Paper Divas. Menus, escort cards, place cards, rehearsal dinner invitations and ceremony programs are from Wedding Paper Divas, ceremony bubble wands are wrapped with Tiny Prints address labels, bridesmaid gifts and welcome guest bags also used Tiny Prints and Wedding Paper Divas stationery.
Photos courtesy of: Nick Arora
Detail shots of product by Gabriel Teague
I come from a traditional Catholic background and my fiancé is Indian. How do we find an invite that melds both of our cultures and what is the best way to word our invitation to tell guests that we will be celebrating both our faiths?
Wording your invitation can definitely be tricky depending on who is hosting the wedding and what kind of ceremony you will be having. For multi-faith wedding invites, I have three suggestions depending on how traditional each family is and how the wedding day events will be organized.
1. When in doubt keep it simple.
When two families are coming together, find wedding invitations that represents the two of you, your style and your story. Use the enclosure cards to let guests know the details of your wedding events (i.e. what time of the day you might be having a Sangeet or Mehndi or if you are planning on blending both traditions in one ceremony).
2. Send separate invitations for separate ceremonies.
If you are holding two separate ceremonies on your wedding day or weekend, it is best to send out two invites that represent those events. For instance, send a traditional Indian wedding invitation to those attending your Indian Ceremony and a Catholic invite for those attending your Catholic Ceremony. This solution eliminates the possibility of offending either side of the family and gives you an opportunity to celebrate and unite both cultures.
3. Ask our Professional Design Team for help.
Our design consultants work one-on-one with brides every day. They are here to help you customize your invitation so that you can have the wedding of your dreams. One solution they can offer is to forego the back design for an identical front design. This way you can use the traditional wording for each faith on either side of your invitation. *The double-sided invitation is by special request only and cannot be done on every invitation design.
I hope this helps, Elaine!
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