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Winterbourne Inn Wedding

Photos By: Flora + Fauna

Blues, greens, and ivory – such a classic color palette, yet it’s always a winner in our books. Parker and Chandler’s Florida wedding was relaxed elegance at its best, with the added bonus of a tropical setting twist (I mean really, those forest portraits? Come on). Thanks to the wonderful team behind their day, including Flora + Fauna, Bash, Please, and Rubys Red Floral & Garden!

Winterbourne Inn wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

From the bride, Chandler: We wanted to go with something that would complement our personalities. We are both very laid back and down to earth, so having any crazy colors or loud decorations just wasn’t us. We went with soft greens and a clean and simple set up to keep everything feeling ethereal and elegant. Some adjectives that would best describe our wedding would be organic, elegant, ethereal, soft, and romantic. Our color scheme was filled with velvety blues, all different sorts of greens, some ivory, and a touch of pink (in my bouquet!). We were able to hire Bash, Please to be our coordinators, so we did not do any DIY projects.

botanical wedding invitations - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

bridal accessories - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

Winterbourne Inn wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

leafy green bouquets - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

groom accessories - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

ceremony chairs - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

ceremony chair decor - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

flower girl processionals - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

Winterbourne Inn wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

leafy wedding bouquets - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

tropical wedding portraits - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I am a wedding photographer and I can appreciate good wedding photos, but we didn’t really think we needed videography. I had known Flora + Fauna personally since we work in the industry together, and I knew that they offered videography. A the very last minute, Parker and I decided we should do a video of our wedding day. It was hands down the BEST decision we made from the whole wedding planning process. I remember being so stressed and overwhelmed leading up to the wedding and on the actual wedding day before our “I Do’s”, but looking back at our video, I can remember how happy I was and how beautifully everything turned out (it all becomes a blur on the day of)! It is so nice to have that documented not only for ourselves but for the generations to come too.

wedding signs - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

aqua escort cards - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

chalkboard signs - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

Winterbourne Inn wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

Winterbourne Inn wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

wedding reception ideas - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

Winterbourne Inn wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

Winterbourne Inn wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

dessert bars - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

cake with fruit - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

Winterbourne Inn wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

wedding games - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

Winterbourne Inn wedding - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding

nighttime wedding receptions - photo by Flora and Fauna http://ruffledblog.com/winterbourne-inn-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bride’s Processional: “Promises,” Ben Howard
First Dance: “Ends of the Earth,” Lord Huron

Wedding Location: Orange Park, FL / Photographer and Videography: Flora + Fauna / Coordination and Wedding Invitations: Bash, Please / Floral Design: Rubys Red Floral & Garden / Venue: Winterbourne Inn / Wedding Dress: Vintage / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Hair: Casey Does Hair / Bridesmaids’ Dresses and Men’s Ties: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit, Groom and Groomsmen Shoes: Banana Republic / Desserts: Sweet N’ Flour / DJ: Feedback Entertainment / Lighting: St. John’s Illuminations / Farm Tables and Furniture: Wish Vintage Rentals

Rivini Fall 2015 Bridal Collection

I’ve been a fan of Rivini‘s impeccable wedding gown for years now, so you might think I would know what to expect from her runway shows by this point. But believe me when I say this Fall 2015 show blew me away with its clean lines, delicate beading, and fresh implementation of lace. Which could you see yourself wearing?

Rivini Fall 2015 Bridal Collection






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A Brooklyn Wedding For Two Actors

I find it difficult to put into words just how much I love this wedding. There’s something to be said for two members of the arts and performers marrying — as photographer Sarah Collins of Love Katie + Sarah says, “It’s the people who are used to being watched, that think they’ll have it all under control who often crumble the most in a ceremony.” Francesca and Matt’s day was full of emotion, creative touches, and an abundance of love that’s nearly infectious.

A Brooklyn wedding for two actors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

From the bride, Francesca: Matt and I wanted an intimate, and nurturing event that fostered authentic meaningful connection between our guests, many of whom were meeting for the first time! Matt’s family is from LA, mine is from New York, and we had family friends traveling in from as far as the UK. We wanted to celebrate in a cocoon of our nearest and dearest. This feeling extended into the style – our lounge was made up of chairs and floor pillows my mother gave us as a wedding gift, On a family visit, Matt and I found a gorgeous Kantha Quilt at one of our favorite shops in Tarrytown (Nine Streets NY) that was later used as a backdrop for the ceremony. Candlelight, Persian rug runners, tassel garlands blowing in the wind, and lush florals all helped to create this secret garden, bohemian, backyard-wedding-in-the-city that we hoped would make our guests feel completely at home.

illustrated wedding invitations - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

A Brooklyn wedding for two actors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

modern wedding bouquets - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

bride getting ready - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

red leafy bouquets - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors
Bouquet recipe: Peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, magnolia, laurel, eucalyptus.

wedding lounge area - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

We wanted our evening bathed in warmth, and light, unmanicured but thoughtfully curated with personal elements. A total garden cocoon full of vibrant touches of color, with a bouyant, carefree energy. A centering, connective space for Matt and I to exchange our vows and for us all to celebrate some LOVE! The color scheme was inspired by my floral crown; I loved the saturated, celebratory pinks, and raspberry tones. So much of the wedding was done with our own hands, and the hands of dear friends and family. I designed, hand-illustrated and calligraphied the invitation suite, programs, signage, menu and had them reproduced using a local printer near my hometown in Mt. Kisco. I built the escort board from a gold frame sourced at BlickArt Supply, fish eye hooks, raffia and twine, watercoloring and handwriting each tag. A total labor of love but absolutely worth it! For our gift to the guests, Matt’s mother made kumquat marmalade jam from the tree Matt’s dad had planted in his childhood home’s backyard, and we packaged them in brown paper, and hand written tags. My dear friend Susan sang accompanied by her bandmates on the guitar/banjo and fiddle. Matt is a huge lover of astrology, so we placed horoscope books in little nooks for guests to enjoy. The wedding cake was made by Helene Godin, a dear friend and owner of our favorite local bakery and the tablecloth that dressed our dessert table belonged to my great grandmother.

A Brooklyn wedding for two actors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

ceremony seating signs - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

ring bearers - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

wedding processional - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

wedding ceremony - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

wedding ceremony guests - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

ceremony kiss - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

As New Yorkers, a primary mode of transportation is walking so we thought it would be lovely to leave our guests hand in hand and walk through the streets of Brooklyn back to our Airbnb. I changed into a sweet jumpsuit, threw on a pair of Dieppa Restrepo oxfords and Matt and I attached “Just Married” garlands to our backs before leaving the venue. As we strolled, we continued our wedding celebration with our larger city community with sweet strangers wishing us well as we passed… The list goes on and ON! It took a village!

A Brooklyn wedding for two actors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

fuchsia wedding bouquets - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

pink gold tassel garlands - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

colorful wedding reception - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

A Brooklyn wedding for two actors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

watercolor escort cards - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

A Brooklyn wedding for two actors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

colorful wedding reception - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? You are not alone! Draw on your talents and the talents of your community to help you bring together the personal elements of your big day. It is not only budget friendly, but it will make your wedding feel uniquely yours; stamped with the love of your nearest and dearest. I loved serving our dinner family style. There was nothing lovelier than watching our guests pass plates, serve each other, and have a giggle in between. It helped to gel everyone beautifully. Matt and I are both artists and were keen to work within our budget. Don’t be shy to talk with your vendors very honestly about your spending limits. They may be willing to work around charging tax, if you offer to pay in cash. If you have friends and family who are willing to help deliver vessels at the end of the night, vendors may hold their breakdown charges. Totally something to think about, when narrowing down your team of collaborators! Hire a day-of coordinator!! We asked our dear friend, Karli, who had an incredible knack for organization and detail to work with us. Karli and I worked together for two months before the wedding, building a binder of vendor contacts, floor plans, prop lists, and a timeline. As a result, during the wedding weekend I was able to pass the reins off to her knowing that Matt, myself and my immediate family and friends would be able to be 100 percent present. She was a complete lifesaver.

bride and groom - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

colorful wedding reception - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

colorful wedding receptions - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

chocolate wedding cakes - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

chocolate wedding cakes - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

A Brooklyn wedding for two actors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors

A Brooklyn wedding for two actors - photo by Love Katie and Sarah http://ruffledblog.com/a-brooklyn-wedding-for-two-actors


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Matt and I fell in love over music. and I trusted no one (not even myself!) with the task of creating a playlist for the evening more than him. When our guests RSVP’d we asked them what their favorite love songs were. Matt intertwined some of their favorites with ours; Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Andrew Bird, Luke Temple, Bowerbirds, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Beirut, and Nina Simone.
Processional: “RE: Stacks,” Bon Iver; “Somebody to Love,” Valerie June
Recessional: “Obvious Child,” Paul Simon
First Dance: “Now You Know,” Anais Mitchell
Family Dance: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles; “Happy,” Pharrell Williams

From the photographer, Sarah of Love Katie + Sarah: Matt and Francesca contacted me to shoot their wedding a little over a year ago. When I got the email, I was of course in Melbourne and the thought of being flown to shoot an international wedding in NYC was of course both overwhelmingly exciting and also scary. You know if it goes well it’s going to be the greatest experience ever, but there’s also a part of your brain just thinking “What if I get mugged or the airport scanners somehow erase the photos off my memory cards?!!” It was officially the loveliest predicament I’ve ever been in, and was so so unexpected to be asked. I honestly could not have asked for a greater wedding. It was intimate, colourful, bold, full of emotion – and so much FUN – and held on possibly the most perfect summer’s day that a bride, groom and photographer could hope for. I always feel like I can tell the vibe of a wedding from the second I walk into the ‘getting ready’ part of the day. It’s so strange, but after shooting for so many years, if there’s a stressed kind of vibe in the morning, there’s a stressed vibe all day and even into the reception. I walked in to both Matt and Francesca’s apartments and it was just so serene and warm. Everyone was smiling and just enjoying every moment, and it was like “YES! This is going to be a good one!!! I am SO happy I get to do this!!” We all felt so good about the day ahead, and just kept looking at each other with total disbelief that everything felt so so perfect. When I got to Frankie’s Spuntino and saw the setup and all the details I knew it would photograph like a dream. Everything just worked and felt so right for the couple. I really feel as though I can’t ever top this wedding, it was definitely a career highlight!

Wedding Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Love Katie + Sarah / Planning and Styling: Bride / Floral Design: KatFlower and Rawan Rihani of Stone Fox Bride / Venue and Caterer: Frankies Spuntino / Wedding Dress: The Flower Bride “Boheme Dress” / Bridal Veil and Crown: Rawan Rihani Stone Fox Bride / Wedding Shoes: Club Nico / Hair: Family Friend / Makeup: The Bride / Bridesmaid and Flower Girl Dresses: Watermead Boutique and Vintage / Groom’s Suit and Shoes: J. Crew / Rings: Kathryn Bentley Engagement Ring, and wedding bands were by Bario Neal / Wedding Cake: Chocolate Cocounut Cake and Almond Cookies by By the Way Bakery, Organic Carrot Cake by Red Barn Bakery / Musicians: Susan Goodwillie, Ian Unterman, and Cormac Bluestone of The Grand / Party Favors: Judy Damico and Aimee Crouse of Mason Jar Creations / Party Favors: Temporary Tattooes by Tattly, Animal Masks by NinnApouladaki of Etsy, Tassel Garlands by Studio Mucci of Etsy, Wedding Party Crackers: Nan Happ / Wedding Invitations, Programs, and Signage: Bride / Videographer: Birdhouse Films / Transportation: Uber

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