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The Wind & Sea of Big Sur

The Wind & Sea of Big Sur

Big Sur has one of the most stunningly beautiful coastlines, so it makes perfect sense that these two PA natives/Atlanta transplants, Lisa + Dylan, took advantage of the view for their engagement photos.

We’re just excited to share more of that buttery delicious warm lighting from our absolute favorite vendor, Sparrow and Lace Photography!

Although both are from Pennsylvania and later discovered they had mutual friends, Lisa + Dylan actually met in Florida while attending the same chiropractic school. Crazy right?! They were inseparable after meeting and now four years later, they are planning their wedding!

In October, they spent the week in Big Sur, CA for a friend’s wedding. With the blessing of the bride, her wedding photographer Sparrow and Lace captured these stunning photos on the beautiful beach of Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur.

One of their favorite parts of the engagement session was hiking a part of the coast they did not explore yet. They may have been a little lost for awhile, but it added to the adventure!

We wish Lisa + Dylan peace, love, and happiness into their new journey as husband and wife! We can’t wait to see the wedding!

xoxo,

Braids + Waves

Edgy Boho Wedding Inspiration at Echo Lake

Edgy Boho Wedding Inspiration at Echo Lake

Calling all gypsy spirits + wild hearts!

This whimsical wedding inspiration was dreamed up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This edgy bohemian design features gorgeous + edgy florals, and a bold and unapologetically dynamic Rue de Seine gown with dip dyed tassels that drape over the blue gradient embroidery creating a true gypsy aesthetic. This wedding even had a tarot card table! Check it out.

The stunning Aegean Gown by Rue de Seine fit this bohemian + gypsy spirited shoot perfectly.

These florals from Fleurish Floral and Design Studio added so much character to the modern shaped ceremony structure. We love the warm colors contrasted with the soft shades of blue to tie in with the event design!

The feather details throughout the design add a unique edge added a natural element to the design.
Mugs are from The Odysea.

Stationary by Sugarhouse Stationery

This beautiful warm and edgy bouquet is from the amazing Fleurish Floral Design and Studio.

We are obsessed with the blue ombré effect added to the macrame decor by C/hill. It ties in the featured cool tones of the shoot and brings some fun to the overall design!

THE FLORALS – WE CAN’T EVEN.

A custom leather jacket designed by Sweetly Signed.

Every queen needs their crown! This beauty featured is from MJFBridal.

Vendors

xoxo,
Braids + Waves

A Cozy Chic Fall Wedding

A Cozy Chic Fall Wedding

Calling all gypsy spirits + wild hearts! We are happy to share the beautiful and cozy wedding of Eda + Matt, photographed by Elizabeth Tsung. This rustic chic wedding at Blooming Hill Farm in Monroe, NY showcases the warmth of their love and reminds us all how beautiful florals + puppies create the best wedding photos!

The bride’s gown was designed by the magnificent Alexandra Grecco.

Florals by Entriken.

DIY + Money Saving Wedding Decor Inspo

DIY + Money Saving Wedding Decor Inspo

When it comes to wedding decor, there are endless opportunities to make the space come alive with your vision. Sometimes once we start to look for the decor that is fitting the vision in our head, we realize that it doesn’t exactly fit the dollar signs in our budget. In this post you’ll find some DIY ideas to save you the money while still not giving up the dream envisioned for your wedding celebration.

Signage + Calligraphy

For your signage + calligraphy, we have found that going to antique shops and thrift stores have been an easy way to gather mirrors and other decor to use as your signage. It’s more cost effective because you have the opportunity to either resell your purchase to other brides or use it for decor in your own home! Most of the mirrors below were purchased for $20-$40 – way cheaper than most wedding rental businesses!

Calligraphy by Flourish Grace

Table cards from Minted 

Cake design by Electric City Bakehouse

Table Assignments

If you’re a bride that enjoys to make each detail personal to you + your future husband like I was, then here is one way to add a personal touch to your table assignments.

Instead of just doing table numbers, you can have each table be named after a special destination. If you’re super ambitious, you can even have those destinations match with the guests seated at them. It did take some time for us to perfectly match destinations with the guests – but it was a touch that we received so many compliments on and everyone was so excited to read our little blurbs about each location once they got to their table!

The framed descriptions of each location were created on Google Docs and the water color added designs were PDF’s purchased through Etsy for $2 and inserted into the documents. We printed them as photographs at Walgreens and framed them.

They were such a hit and if a description directly addressed our guests, they took theirs home as a keepsake. My grandmother’s is still on display in her house!

Table Decor

Macrame by Ropes and Roses
Chair floral decor by Splints and Daisies

A great way to save money + still create the elegant and romantic decor you’ve dreamed for your main table is heading back to those antique and thrift shops for candlesticks. I shopped all around for mine and even got some from my grandmother that belonged to my great grandma!

We found the silver water pourers at a thrift shop and shined them up and bought the tea lights in bulk for .89 cents each!

Macrame is another great way to add some texture to the table. These macrame table runners pictured above were purchased through Anthropologie. We were able to use them for our small California reception and again for the main table at our big hometown reception photographed below.

The napkins and napkin holders were purchased on sale in a Pier 1 sale bin – we got all of them for $35 total. They were a last minute decision but were a great touch out at our California wedding.

Party Favors

Party favors can be a time consuming detail when planning your wedding because you want them to be something a guest would actually want but the closer you get to an ideal gift – the price begins to rise.

Edible party favors usually seem to be the best option as most guests can take them on the way out and eat them on their ride home. However, if you’re looking for something to have that personal touch like we addressed earlier – you can do an alternative approach to the “party favor.”

My husband and I decided to instead spend the money we would have invested in party favors to donate to a scholarship fund in memory of a friend. This was a great way to take the stress away from wrapping individual favors but still kept our guests happy knowing something was donated in honor of their attendance.

We addressed this by the guestbook so guests were aware upon their arrival.

Dessert Design

Wedding cakes can become very costly – especially if you are having a large guest list. There’s nothing more frustrating than having close to $1,000 or even more invested into a cake that only a few people actually eat! Most caterers even pay per person to plate and serve that cake as well!

We suggest getting a small 2-3 tiered cake so that there is enough for those cake eaters, but providing other dessert options so that you aren’t stuck going home with 2 sheet cakes worth of wedding cake by the end of the night.

Cake design by Electric City Bakehouse
Floral design by Splints and Daisies

Truffles, macaroons, donut wall layered in glazed Krispy Kremes, and whoopie pies were huge hits at ours and they allowed for a beautiful dessert display as well! Anything that allows guests to grab + go gives them more time on the dance floor too!

More thrifted items, our cake + dessert tables were found locally and retreated to fit the design of our day. Our dessert table was filled with unique plates thrifted, donated from family members, and found in antique shops across Maryland + Pennsylvania.

Our donut wall was handmade and stained by my father-in-law which helped us save close to $300! If you know anyone good with wood working, this took him no time at all and it came out beautifully.

Filling in Blank Spaces

Creating a space that is completely decorated on a small budget can be time consuming + stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Getting cheap frames from yard sales, discount stores, or craft store sales with some eucalyptus draped around them can make all the difference.

Give your guests a chance to see inside your relationship + meet your families through photos! It’s a great option especially for cocktail hour to provide them something to look at.

These were our table assignment descriptions we had on each of the tables! We added them to a display as well so guests could read about every location!

Most Importantly - Remember to ENJOY THE DAY

Way too often we get caught up in the details and forget the reason we’re planning this whole thing to begin with. Enjoy the process and the design. If you aren’t enjoying it – it’s not that important. Move on to the things that excite you and come back to the project later if you think it’s necessary. The most important part of the day is the happiness of you + your loved ones because that is all you take with you!

Vendors Featured

Photo | Sparrow and Lace Photography 
Venue | Friedman Farms 
Catering | Grico’s
Floral Design | Splints and Daisies
Wedding Cake | Electric City Bakehouse 
Calligraphy | Flourish Grace 
Macrame Design | Ropes and Roses
Macarons, Assorted Desserts | Christa Lynn’s 
Truffles, Assorted Desserts | Emerald City Delights
Linen Rentals | Lavender Linens 

Canyon Lake Love

Canyon Lake Love

Happy summer to our gypsy spirits + wild hearts! We’ve spent the summer exploring National and State Parks across Utah, Arizona, and Nevada. It was absolutely breathtaking and exactly what our adventurous souls needed after a hectic year.

We’re excited to share a beautiful styled shoot by photographer Paige Withee showcasing Morgan + Memo at the beautiful Canyon Lake in Mesa, Arizona. 

What makes a styled shoot even easier? Having your model also be the florist! These florals are from Desert Blooms Floral Design, Morgan’s floral business.

Photo | Paige Withee
Florals | Desert Blooms Floral Design

Southern California Coastline Bridal Session

Southern California Coastline Bridal Session

Hello adventurous spirits + wild hearts! This intimate California coastline bridal session shot by Stephanie Hardwick Photography is absolutely breath taking. Shot at Windansea Beach in the community of La Jolla in San Diego, this session features bohemian florals, huge waves + stunning rock formations.

The bride, Ellie, began her dress search in thrift stores, and stumbled upon an original DB Studio gown. The elegant but minimal look of the gown provided for the perfect base for Ellie to steal the show with her luscious curls and striking green eyes.

This breath taking bohomian floral arrangement was designed by Untethered Flowers.

This Mikado High-Low Wedding Dress by DB Studio catches the wind so elegantly.

That buttery light, though.

THE FLORALS – WE CAN’T EVEN.

An Arizona Sunset Point Anniversary

An Arizona Sunset Point Anniversary

This romantic + charming first anniversary shoot holds so much warmth from the couple to the person behind the camera. Jenive + Tony received this lovely anniversary gift from their sister, Monique Perez of Luna Marie Photography on sunset point in the beautiful fields of Arizona.

J + T have conquered and achieved a lot within their first year of marriage. From graduating from college to buying their first home. They have been together for over a decade now, and are the true definition of high school sweethearts.

They say the first year of marriage is your toughest but these two made it look easy breezy. They ended the evening with popping bottles of champagne, naturally.

This beautiful bouquet was designed by Hannah Bell’s Floral Design.

A Romantic Arkansas Adventure

A Romantic Arkansas Adventure

Hello gypsy spirits + wild hearts! It’s been quite awhile since we’ve shared some wedding inspo, but we are happy to be back with this amazing shoot from Kylie Farmer Photography.

This romantic and free spirited shoot was taken on the cliffs of Petit Jean State Park in Arkansas and showcases an elopement/wedding inspiration that focuses on the love between two people and skipping all the traditional stuff! The models of this shoot are Tara + Bernard. Tara is a nurse and Bernie is a pilot, so they know the long distance thing by heart, but that doesn’t stop the irrevocable love that they have for one another. 

The stunning custom Reclamation gown fit this bohemian + gypsy spirited shoot perfectly.

These florals from Double R Florist and Gifts provided a deep and moody touch with just a pop of light to fit the mood of the shoot.

The beautiful landscape of Petit Jean State Park provides for a perfect backdrop with little extra details needed.

An Intimate Carribean Elopement

An Intimate Carribean Elopement

The story of Sarah + Chris has been one of our favorites throughout this Braids + Waves Weddings journey. The spontaneity of their elopement, the wholesome story of how they met, and the relationship that was destined later in their lives makes this couple one that we admire.

We are so thankful to the bride, Sarah, for sharing their story with us. From new neighbors to wedding planning (and cancelling all those plans), the bride fills us in on all of the details of their wild + adventurous elopement in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

All photos captured by Nathaly Norman, photographer and friend of the bride + groom, who was ironically on her honeymoon in Punta Cana at the time!

Chris and I have known each other for 14 years. When my family relocated while I was in 6th grade, I moved in right next door to him. He was a senior in high school at the time but he was always the cute guy next door that I had a MAJOR crush on. Because he was 7 years older than me, he went off to college and we rarely saw each other except for holiday breaks. We both dated other people throughout the years and just politely waved to each other from across the driveway when we saw each other; although, he always remained the cute guy next door.

This stunning Abronia Gown by Laudae fits the relaxed + romantic vibe of the elopement.

It wasn’t until my senior year of college that my mom mentioned to Chris’ mother that he should ask me on a date. He put it off for awhile because of our age difference but always kept the idea in the back of his mind. A few months later, he finally reached out to me. We met up with friends at a local spot for our first date and we immediately hit it off. We continuously dated for a few weeks until it became too much with my schedule during nursing school. We mutually decided to go our separate ways.

The elopement was held on the beaches of the luxury resort, Excellence Punta Cana.

THE FLORALS – WE CAN’T EVEN.

One night while I was up late studying, I received a call from Chris asking if we could try things again. It had been about 5 months since we had seen each other, but we picked up right where we left off. A little less than a year later, Chris proposed outside of my parents house, in the spot we first met 14 years ago. It was the easiest question I have ever answered.

I have never been the type of girl that dreamt of her wedding day, but I knew I wanted something small and intimate. Originally, we planned have the ceremony and reception in Seaside, Florida underneath a beautiful oak tree. We had vendors booked as well as family and friends invited, but about five months into the wedding planning we realized that it just was not for us and was not what we wanted our special day to be. We decided to scratch the entire wedding. 

We decided that we would get married on the beaches of the Dominican Republic, where we had planned to go for our honeymoon. We decided to keep it from everyone and told them we still wanted to take the vacation, but the wedding plans were on pause.

The sand beaches were beautiful. It was a perfect golden hour on the beach with just us two and the ocean. I can not imagine a better way to commit my life and heart to my best friend.

The ceremony was private and quiet. A perfect place to say our personal vows. After the ceremony, we strolled down the beach taking pictures, playing in the water, and enjoying our newlywed bliss.

Our story and our wedding is very non-traditional but, it is our story and I would not change it for the world.

A take away from this amazing love story is that moments in life all come down to timing. It is important to trust in the way things happen naturally. Also, stay true to yourself in the wedding planning process. Do not let others sway you on what your journey into marriage should be. Only the two of you can decide that.

Congratulations Sarah + Chris! We wish you many years of love and happiness!

xoxo,

Braids + Waves

Golden Hour in Colorado

Golden Hour in Colorado

Okay adventurous + wild hearts, this styled shoot with the stunning Colorado landscapes will give you all the feels.

Photographer Chandler Collen was looking for a quirky couple to join her for a styled shoot in Evergreen, Colorado and that is when she met Alex + Hannah.

Fun fact: The shoot was ironically scheduled on their four year wedding anniversary and could not have been a more perfect reason to spend the time reflecting and remembering their big day. They also felt like it was a great way to document their last days in Colorado before they moved the following week. Talk about perfect timing!

We love a bride in Vans – they leave room for more adventure!

We can’t think of anything sweeter than sitting in a field in Colorado, sipping on soda and eating gummy bears with your person.