Real Weddings

Garden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.com

When we first laid eyes on this gorgeous Pennsylvania wedding, we were completely smitten with all the beautiful garden details and outdoor setting.  The greenery and plant elements are just so unique, what a lovely backdrop for a wedding.

From the Photographer: Most wedding photographers have that one dream venue that they have been dying to shoot a wedding at…for me, it was Terrain.  Melissa and Truman had their first look in front of the historic mushroom house. Truman was so sweet, wiping away the happy tears from Melissa’s cheek. We strolled through the grounds, which included a horticultural garden center, shop, and cafe.

Garden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comThe ceremony site is actually an Indian temple decorated with white drapes and floral garland. Truman and his new bride exchanged vows and rings in a short, but very sweet ceremony.

Garden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.com

Garden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comThe reception was held in the restored barn and was filled with gorgeous farm tables adorned with chalkboard table numbers, linen runners, and the centerpieces had mismatched vases on top of wood slices with delicate florals all created by Just Because Flowers.  There was also an abundance of pretty string lights throughout the entire barn, including the backdrop for the dance floor. The room itself had a truly organic feel, with bookshelves lined with tin vases and plants everywhere you looked.

Garden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.comGarden Wedding at Terrain as seen on Smitten Magazine | www.smittenmagazine.com

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Photographer: Something Blue by Susan Elizabeth | Location: Terrain at Styer's | Flowers & Decor: Just Because Flowers | Invitations & Stationery: Minted | Cake Baker: The Frosted Fox Cake Shop | Hairstylist: Bauhaus Hair Design | Groom’s Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: Silver Sound Entertainment

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by Cynthia
05.04.17

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten Magazine

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineWhen we first saw the images of Kari & Scott’s Chicago wedding, we were totally smitten!  It is the perfect mix of industrial edginess paired with black tie formality.  And the custom crafted chuppah and centerpieces made out of air plants and copper pipe make for one of the most creative weddings we have seen!

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From the bride, Kari:
Scott and I attempted to pull off an oxymoron of sorts: we wanted to create a natural, industrial glam aesthetic. To do it, we used lots of warm copper, living green plants, great lighting, vintage pieces and black and white accents with hints of brass and gold. As artists, we wanted to find ways to assimilate our art into the wedding without turning it into an art show. We had already been working with copper to make sculptures and functional pieces like coffee pour-over stands, so creating our own centerpieces out of copper was a natural choice. We got our artist friends involved to help us create the sculptures (we may have bribed them a bit with beer and food!) and each sculpture is different. We loved seeing what our friends came up with! We also used airplants instead of flowers — we wanted to create the effect that living plants had taken over the industrial-looking sculptures – sort of in the way nature slowly reclaims abandoned buildings!

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Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineOur good friend Edward Cabral, a sculptor and cake decorator, made our cake (he also made a few of the centerpieces). His cake design went perfectly with our décor – it was all black with a copper structure painted on it.

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Instead of place cards, we cut out a picture of each guest and hung them on a copper stand we made. We edited all the pictures to be black and white to give it a bit of a vintage glam look, like when you see actors’ headshots in an old playbill. It was a lot of work hunting down a photo of each guest, but it was totally worth it! It was a great way to “welcome” the guests and it set a nice tone in the beginning of the evening.

Industrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineIndustrial Glam Wedding as seen on www.smittenmagazine.com | Smitten MagazineWe can be a bit unconventional at times, and our wedding contained a bunch of seemingly improbably mash-ups. We tried to balance our less orthodox decisions with more widely accepted wedding traditions. While we broke with tradition by both changing our names to one we made up together: Otteburn, we still exchanged vows, cut the cake, and danced to Modern Swing for our first dance. Our bridal party had boys and girls on both sides (my brother Kyle was my Man of Honor and Scott had grooms ladies), but I tossed my bouquet.

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Photographer: Two Birds Photography | Location: Bridgeport Art Center | Catering: Beyond Events Chicago | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Events by Carolyn Labahn | Event Design: Chicago Vintage Weddings | Makeup Artist: Makeup With Nikki | Cake Baker: TipsyCake | Lighting: Art of Imagination | DJ: Toast and Jam

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by Cynthia
03.14.17

We are so smitten with the idea of getting married at an antique carousel, or as we like to call it, the “Marry Go Round”.  Especially when the carousel is on the beautiful Connecticut shore with stunning vistas of Long Island Sound. 

The details from the photographer Joanna Fisher:

Hayley & Alex wanted to celebrate their love somewhere unique and fun, hoping to capture the essence of their relationship on the day they became husband and wife. At Lighthouse Point Carousel, a Connecticut historic landmark, they achieved just that. Built in 1916, the historic carousel is housed in the pavilion building, a large, open building right on the Long Island Sound. Guests spent the evening alternating between fun on the dance floor, and fun on the unique hand carved wooden horses – a piece of New England history! The bride wore a blush pink gown encrusted in rhinestones and dripping with ruffles – a perfect nod to her fun, artistic spirit. The flowers, designed by Bleached Butterfly, were the perfect complement to the day, showing off unique and unexpected blooms, playing off of the quirky spirit of the location.

Photographer: Joanna Fisher Photography | Bridal Salon: Kleinfeld Bridal | Reception Venue: The Carousel at Lighthouse Point | Catering: Ciao! Catering | Flowers & Decor: The Bleached Butterfly | Hairstylist: Utopia Salon | Cake Baker: You Take The Cake | DJ: DJ Richy Steele

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2017 Wedding Trend – the Elopement

We are #smittenwith the rise in elopements collecting in our inbox.  This new trend encompasses all of our favorite elements of a styled shoot with the true love and commitment of a wedding.  Of course a big dreamy wedding with lots of loved ones in attendance will never go out of style, consider a new idea, […]

Norwegian + Indian Texas Wedding

You can’t get much more original a combination than the cultural blend of this Norwegian and Indian wedding.  Set in the coastal town of Galveston, Texas, photographer, Endless Exposures gives us the inside perspective… When I first heard from my bride Nadia and asked about her love story, she said “I’m a Texan, he’s Norwegian,..and […]