Weddings For Freedom Campaign

Photos By: Paper Antler

When styled shoots can fuse together great design ideas with an even greater cause, the result is far beyond the realm of inspiring. Paper Antler and Weddings for Freedom recently worked together on a styled shoot that not only shows us beautiful wedding inspiration, but also highlights the realistic threat of the sex trafficking industry. Take a look at Weddings for Freedom‘s website to learn more about their cause and motion to raise both awareness and funds for sex trafficking victims in the United States.

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

From the photographers, Jonny and Michelle of Paper Antler: Talking about sex trafficking is not easy and it’s often difficult to know where to start. While most people understand it is an issue “over there” it’s far more difficult to acknowledge the fact that it is a growing and rampant problem in the United States.

coral wedding invitations - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

hanging wedding bouquets - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

bohemian bridesmaid looks - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

With that said, the purpose of this photo shoot is to raise awareness about sex trafficking in the United States by showcasing statistics utilizing both traditional and non-traditional wedding details. We incorporated wedding elements such as a bride and groom, tablescapes, an invitation suite, and flowers and then interlaced statistics about modern day slavery in the United States into said elements. Our main color palette was shades of melon and touches of gold and soft greens.

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

flowers in hair - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

geometric wedding inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

geometric wedding inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

We hope this shoot is not only inspiring in a wedding sense, but on a social justice level as well, and that it encourages wedding vendors and couples across the country to check out Weddings for Freedom to help take a stand against modern day slavery.

coral wedding inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

cute engagement sessions - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration

Weddings For Freedom bridal inspiration - photo by Paper Antler http://ruffledblog.com/weddings-for-freedom-bridal-inspiration


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Photographer: Paper Antler / Concept: Weddings for Freedom / Art Director: Angelique Salzmann / Floral Design: Angelique Salzmann / Dress: Free People / Hair and Makeup: Kelsey Moravec / Groom’s Shirt: J.Crew / Styling: Erin Venable / Printing/Canvas: Loktah / Wedding Invitations: Splendid Supply Co.

Romantic Australian Wedding in a Library

Photos By: Lara Hotz

I may be a bit biased as a lover of classic literature, but today’s wedding from Lara Hotz and Jardine Botanic Floral Styling is right up my alley. As soon as newlyweds Jen and Andrew saw Bendooley Estate, home to a unique book store, they knew it was their perfect venue. Building around such a stunning setting was a breeze, and their entire wedding day was a smash hit!

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

From the bride, Jennifer: We wanted an old romantic style for our wedding. I am a lover of books and as soon as I saw the venue which was a Book Barn we fell in love with it. There was no doubt in our minds that this place was where we wanted to celebrate our first day as husband and wife. What better backdrop for the Bridal Party table than to have a showcase of books behind you and all around you. The location was sentimental to us because the Southern Highlands was the location of our first getaway as a couple and nothing was more fitting than to have our wedding at a location so dear to our journey together.

blush pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

unique wedding dress - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

unique engagement rings - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

groom and groomsmen - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

Bouquet recipe: Notes from our florist: lush slightly unstructured bouquet in creams, pale peach, apricot and a touch of blush with greenery and texture such as sea holly. Florals to be included are David Austin garden roses, peonies, hydrangeas, sweet pea with touches of jasmine vine. Natural stems to be showing and to use long trailing ribbons to complement the bouquet – I just left it up to my amazing florist to choose whatever she wanted as she is such a creative talented person and the flowers were the talk of the party form the table arrangements to the church flowers to the flowers in each bridesmaids hair to even the scented floral arrangement she created in the ladies bathroom.

ceremony programs - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

wedding ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

ceremony recessionals - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

wedding portraits - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

For the favors for the guests we got a local jam shop “Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop” in Berrima (location we got married) to make us some jams and we designed the labels and dressed them up in doilies with navy ribbons around them. We wanted to incorporate some local produce in our wedding. My sister also baked lemon biscotti as an addition to the favors for each guest and had a cute message saying “Sweets to end the sweetest day”. We also created the seating chart and named the guest tables old romantic movies that we both love which were Casablanca, Gone with the wind, Breakfast and Tiffany’s, Officer & a Gentleman.

double exposed wedding portrait - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

bridesmaid portraits - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

framed seating chart - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

library wedding reception - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

yellow rose centerpiece - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

organic centerpieces - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

I love the color Navy Blue and had to have that color in our wedding. We had the boys in Navy Blue suits and the ribbon for our Jam favors was also blue. The bridesmaids gifts were blue Swarovski earrings which they wore on the day. I’ve always been in love with Red Roses and the red rose was incorporated in all our stationery from our invites to our wedding programs, place cards and menu cards. We wanted a different wedding that no one has experienced before. Something that they went back home to and talked about how different it was. We wanted to create a modern vintage, unique, romantic, whimsical wedding. Because it was most guests first destination wedding and we wanted to create a relaxed feel out of the city where guest can let their hair down and enjoy the magic that our wedding would bring and just enjoy themselves and leaving all the stresses of work and anything else back at home.

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

wedding reception tables - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

library weddings - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It could be such a stressful thing to plan but every time you think it’s too much just take a moment to stop and think that this is the most amazing thing you will ever plan and enjoy the ride – it’s not worth the stress. Also, don’t cut corners – if you really want something then do it. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive thing but if you want it then get or do it, because it will only be a regret after. Also, research suppliers and ideas. We spent pretty much every night getting ideas of what I wanted and researching the best suppliers that would fit into my wedding and I can say with all honestly that I got the best for me and there is not one thing I would change.

receptions in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

wedding cake with flowers - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

sophisticated wedding reception - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library

romantic Australian wedding in a library - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-australian-wedding-in-a-library


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen (performed by Michael Duchesne)
Recessional: “All You Need is Love,” The Beatles (instrumental, performed by Michael Duchesne)
First Dance: “Stand By Me,” Ben E. King (performed by Michael Duchesne)
We had a guitarist/singer and a violinist perform at our ceremony and at our reception up to the cake cutting. The guitarist Mike I found by chance after a lot of YouTube videos and fell in love with his voice instantly. It was after I booked him that I realised he was a finalist in The Voice Australia the previous year.

Wedding Location: Berrima, NSW, Australia / Photographer: Lara Hotz / Florist: Jardine Botanic Floral Styling / Ceremony Venue: St Francis Xavier Church / Reception Venue and Caterer: Bendooley Estate / Wedding Dress and Veil: Pallas Couture / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridal Headpiece: Viktoria Novak / Earrings: Swarovski / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Review Australia / Junior Bridesmaid Dress: Moonsoon UK / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Roger David / Junior Groomsman Suit: Indie Kids by Industrie from David Jones / Wedding Cake: Alison Lawson Cakes, flowers on cake by Jardine Botanic Floral Styling / Music: Musical Functions – The Violinist was Jeremy Curran and the Guitarist was Michael Duchesne / Wedding Invitations: Shabbyscrap from Etsy / Videographer: Lightnoise Films / Transportation: The Vintage Factory. We had a 1927 & 1963 Rolls Royce. The 1927 Rolls Royce was actually used during the filming of the Great Gatsby in Australia.






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Romantic Styled Wedding at Terrain

Terrain at Styers has, for ages now, been one of our favorite venues. So when we heard Colleen Stepanian Photography and Belovely recently wrapped up a styled shoot there, we knew we had to share it with you all! With the help of Maggpie Rentals, this team is showing us how to use furniture rentals to their full potential during the wedding ceremony.

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

From the event designers, Belovely: Maggpie Rentals approached us wanting to showcase their upholstered furniture as a ceremony seating option for weddings. No, mismatched furniture isn’t exactly a “new” thing, however most of the time they’re a mix of finishes, colors and textures, while here we kept everything vintage but cohesive by using all white upholstery and dark wood work. Not only are you able to use the seating for an intimate ceremony, but move it around and you’ve got lounges for your guests to hang on during the reception as well! (talk about getting the most bang for your buck!) Or, in our case, we showcased how you can then also use the furnishings for portraits; be it for just the bride and groom, or even your entire bridal party.

garden wedding ideas - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

fuchsia wedding bouquet - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

wedding hair with flowers - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

wedding ceremony seating - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

Everything about an all-white upholstered furniture ceremony screams romance to us, so we filled this shoot with candles, gold and bright fuchsia florals. The gown provided by Lovely Bride was a perfect classic and elegant look for the bride paired with a high bun for an Audrey Hepburn look softened with a floral accent. Timeless with a twist!

romantic bridal looks - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

ceremony seating - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

ceremony decor with lanterns - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain

romantic styled wedding at Terrain - photo by Colleen Stepanian Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-styled-wedding-at-terrain


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Glen Mills, PA / Photographer: Colleen Stepanian Photography / Event and Floral Design, Styling: Belovely / Venue: Terrain at Styers / Wedding Dress: Lovely Bride / Hair and Makeup: True Beauty Marks / Furniture Rentals: Maggpie Rentals

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