Old San Juan Wedding Style

Oh, hello Old San Juan! We’re proverbially traveling in style today all the way to Puerto Rico for a gorgeous wedding in Old San Juan by Ben Elsass Photography. I always love a December + destination wedding {not even necessarily together} so this one checked both boxes – beautifully! With the ceremony held at the San Juan Cathedral in Old San Juan, it was hard to top that but with a reception at the Casa de Olimpica both ended up creating the perfect wedding day. And as if the pictures aren’t enough, I love the wonderful words of advice from the bride, Maria {below} about how to create the perfect DIY wedding!

 

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From Maria {bride}: How do you put into words one of the most incredible days of your life? This is how I feel every time someone excitedly asks me… ‘How was the wedding?!’… Well, the wedding was: magical, super fun, it was happiness in full bloom, it was smiles and pure joy, it was sacred and sublime. I woke up that morning feeling calm and giddy, ready to set into motion a day that had been planned lovingly for a year. No wedding planner, just a hefty dose of event planning expertise (courtesy of my career as a Marketing professional), and a collection of amazing people who all stepped up to create a marvelous day.

How do you DIY your way to the most perfect and meaningful wedding for you and your hubby to be? Well, the answers could be all around you.

Involve friends and family: The cake and dessert buffet were courtesy of our local family business, the two home-brewed craft beers were prepared weeks in advance by my brothers, the incredibly fun photo booth was a highlight thanks to a talented photographer cousin and another talented artisan cousin made the gifts for our guests. My best friend and sisters-in-law rolled up their sleeves to help in multiple ways and my parents made coffee for everyone at the end of the night.

Hire the right team: This is vital as your vendors make up the structure that supports your day. The pictures, one of the most important aspects for me, were left in the amazing hands of Ben Elsass Photography, a friend and noted photographer whose work continues to impress all who see our album. A local florist brought color and classic charm to the reception. The dress had to be beautiful but not break the bank, so I chose a gorgeous Oleg Cassini design from David’s Bridal. Since my husband and I met in a karaoke bar we definitely wanted to incorporate this into the party, hiring a DJ with karaoke equipment was key, DJ Rockhand stepped up to entertain and host. A December wedding in Puerto Rico would not be complete without a yummy traditional feast, nothing too fancy for this bride and groom, just a delicious home-style buffet prepared by Juan Bonilla Catering.

Choose a venue that is both significant and flexible: Our ceremony took place in the historic San Juan Cathedral which must be booked with plenty of lead time but was totally worth it. For the reception we chose a lovely turn of the century venue called Casa Olimpica, the low rental fee and flexibility to bring in any vendors of our choosing made it the right location.

Remember that your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple, with all your charms and quirks. Keep a level head, surround yourself with supportive friends and family, hire vendors that match your budget and personality, and have fun! It’s true what they say… the day goes by in what feels like a second, a magical second.

Credits: Ben Elsass Photography
Vendors: Ceremony: San Juan Cathedral / Venue: Casa Olimpica / Dress: Oleg Cassini / Dress Store: David’s Bridal / Groom Attire: Manny’s Formal Wear / Hair Stylist: Juan Rodriguez Escalera / Floral Designer: Manteleria / Cake: Bientesabe / DJ: DJ Rock Hand

For the Weathered {Effect}

Weathered what? In case you missed it, the “weathered” effect {commonly known as vintage or rustic} is trending big time on the wedding front, and for good reason! It’s that cool! You may not have even noticed it at a recent wedding because it can be used so sleekly in terms of decor; whether it’s the type of bouquet you choose, a few Etsy accessories that are part of your big day (check out the second and third photos), your favors (sixth photo – another Etsy find), or your general décor (last photo), there are plenty of subtle but obvious ways modern brides are incorporating a more vintage {or weathered as I like to call it} look into their wedding day.

 

Farmhouse Wedding Bouquet

Garland white cream shabby chic lace and ruffles wedding décor

Mr. and Mrs. Rustic Wedding Signs Reclaimed Wood Chair Hangers

Outdoor Wedding DoorsWeather Wedding Chair

Honey Wedding Favors

Weathered Wedding DecorCredits: Etsy, Etsy, Etsy, Interior Holic, Pinterest, Etsy, Pinterst

Dress of the Week – Sareh Nouri

I am {so} excited to share our dress of the week today by Sareh Nouri and while I’m not sure that one dress is good enough to sum up how incredible Sareh’s gowns are, I guess the “Priscilla” will have to do – at least for today. With gowns ranging from traditional to modern, using such a range of fabrics and designs my head was spinning trying to pick just one but I’m hoping that like me, you are sold on these gorgeous capped sleeves, keyhole back and incredible skirt. But just in case the Priscilla isn’t your style, I guarantee Sareh Nouri will have something for you…. trust me on this one!

 

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Sareh Nouri - Priscilla (back)Credits: Sareh Nouri

DIY Texas Affair

Summer weddings in Texas aren’t quite complete unless they are outside and DIY so obviously when I came across this one by Christine Gosch Photography I couldn’t help but gush over all the pretty little details like the simple but elegant chandelier hanging above the bride and groom as they exchanged vows, the adorable bar signage, the gorgeous invites, and the pale gray bows tied at the back of the bridesmaids dresses! Happy Tuesday!

 

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{Christine Gosch Photography} DIY SummerCredits: Christine Gosch Photography
Vendors: Venue: Bieri Lakes / Hair & Makeup: Chrystal Berry for Bellatype Photography, Headpieces: DIY / Shoes: Shoes.com / Dress: Allure Bridal / Dress Store: Something Blue

Board {#14} Bermuda Inspired

It’s been awhile since we headed down to Bermuda – wedding style so it feels long overdue for a Bermuda inspired post {complete with Bermuda shorts obviously}. Today is all about the colors, finding the right way to combine the vibrant pinks and blues with other palette options like… one of my favorites {and color of the year} – emerald green! This is a perfect way to incorporate your own favorite palette choices into a destination with a very distinct color scheme!

 

Bermuda Inspiration Board

Credits: {First Row} My own photo, Perryvaile Photography, Style Me Pretty via KT Merry Photography {Second Row} My own photo, Pinterest {Third Row} Style Me Pretty via Charlotte Jenks Photography, Perryvaile Photography, Pinterest, My own photo