Outdoor Wedding

A Boho Meets the Beach Wedding Filled with Amazing Surprises, a Few Setbacks and a Brilliant Comeback!

See Kristen + Ben just walking along like it’s no big thing? Like they don’t have a care in the whole wide world? Kristen is just stunningly strolling in that fucking GORGEOUS wedding dress, avoiding pelican poop, while holding the hand of her handsome husband… No big deal. Right? Wrong. Amazingly enough, the story of this B+G is much deeper than this beautiful photograph. Kristen + Ben endured a ton of drama which could have turned their wedding planning experience into a living hell, but instead, was something they got through together… Well, together, and with their wedding planner. What “hell” am I referring to? Read it from the bride herself, and then go be inspired!!

From the bride: The best advice I could give a future bride would be to hire a wedding planner (especially if you are trying to plan a destination wedding). We had some major setbacks throughout the wedding planning process- Hurricane Irma- and along with that came two changes of venue, date changes, vendor changes, guest list changes and multiple invitations. Even though you may think you don't want to spend the money, it was well worth it for my sanity. Nicole from Simply You weddings was a rock star!

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Kristen! You’re incredible!! I love everything about you!!!

Bridey, are you dying over Kristen’s kickass wedding dress? I am!

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OMFG. That bouquet of flowers! I’m losing my mind! WHOA!

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From the bride: The most anticipated moment for me was seeing Ben, my fiancé's face, when we had the first look. It is just such a special moment to know that your about to commit to that person for life and I'm so glad Mike was able to capture that so well.

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From the bride: The first time I tried on wedding dresses at Olivia Bowen bridal boutique, I knew right away that I did not want to have a traditional wedding day style. I went with the Australian based designer, Made with Love, for my gown who I feel made the ultimate dress by incorporating a natural color pattern into the dress but still the traditional feel with an all lace gown. 

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Bridey, remember how this is plan B??? THIS is PLAN FUCKING B!! Just look how breathtaking this ceremony is!

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Sniff, sniff… I can’t get past this moment…

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Cheers!!! Two for me, please!

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The lighting, the venue, the wedding… OH MY!

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Kristen, I LOVE your facial expression here!

From the bride: I personalized the wedding with a gourmet donut bar including fresh fried donuts and just about any topping imaginable. The self serve bar included custom"to-go" bags that read "Glazed and delicious from the new Mr and Mrs". (PS- See the date on the bags? Different than the actual wedding day. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that they still used the bags with the original wedding date!)

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Thank you K+B for sharing your A MAZ ING wedding (part two). It’s clear that you persevered through the cray and had an incredible wedding day!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Freas Photography
Event Planner: Simply You
Transportation: Old Town Trolley
Cake Designer: Key West Cakes
DJ: DJ Buggy
Equipment Rentals: Keys Audio Productions, LLC
Floral Designer: Marathon Florist
Ceremony + Reception Location: Southernmost House
Hair Stylist: Bella Luxe Hair & Makeup

An Intimate, Backyard Wedding Filled with Tons of Charm, Warmth and Some Mischief

On occasion, I can get a bit corny. It’s a rare occurrence, saved only for special moments, and today is definitely one of those days. Betsy and Suliko are a super chill, super romantic couple, and I am absolutely OB SES SED with them and their awesomeness. Seriously, they are like the couple of my dreams (totally corny!). First of all, they did something I could never do… They kept their relationship private for a very long time! Right? OMFG! Usually after a first date (provided it went well), I’d be blabbing to anybody who will listen. I couldn’t imagine keeping anything quiet, let alone meeting my soulmate! But, more than the cool nature of their relationship, the B+G got married in their backyard, right in the heart of Raleigh. The best part? They moved in less than a month before their wedding day! That alone is completely badass and totally risky!

Betsy and Suliko’s gorgeous wedding was made up of only their closest friends and family (20 people), and their friend Meredith, whom they work with, became ordained so she could marry the B+G. Awwwww…. Bridey, there are so many exquisite details for you to absorb. The mismatched chairs, the twinkle lights, the food, the cakes (yes CAKES!), their dog, Olive… But, my favorite part? I love that these two stayed true the nature of their relationship, and had a super lovely, super chill at home wedding, and did it well. Enjoy!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ceremony seating!

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Olive! You’re such a cutie!!!

This truly made me laugh out loud! When Suliko went to read his vows, he pretended that they were so long they spilled to the ground. Hence the mischief! YAAAASSSS!!

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They did it!! And Olive is just chillin’!

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So, I have cats, and they don’t do cool shit like this.

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See what I mean about the corny-factor? How could I NOT be corny about the B+G?!!

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First of all, I love the blue door! Secondly, Betsy wore a stunning David's Bridal gown, and added the ribbon sash tied around her waist. LOVE IT!

The MOG, Inga, made all of this totally delicious food!

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Love this beautiful, backyard table!

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Love a good cake smash!

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The garden gnome was a gift to Betsy from Suliko, and it kept making an appearance during the course of the evening. HAHA!

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Thank you Besty and Suliko for sharing your awesome wedding, and letting us get a glimpse of your lovely relationship!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Rose Trail Images
Cake
Designer: Linda's Cakes
Dress: David’s Bridal
Floral Designer: Fallons Flowers

A Totally Awesome, Insanely Cool, Rockabilly Tennessee Wedding

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Bridey, when I tell you that David's first look reaction is amongst the most incredible, emotional and straight out gut-wrenching reaction I've EVER seen in person and on Bitchless Bride, believe me. When I tell you that Holly + David are madly in love, and created a wedding entirely representative of that love, believe me. When I tell you that YOU too can create a wedding that is entirely about you and your sig other, believe me. Whatever you are doing that doesn't feel like it is about the two of you, stop. Remember that you can and deserve to have a wedding which represents who you are together. Just scroll down for proof of that sentiment.

Bridey, this wedding will absolutely blow your mind. I'm OB SES SED with this backyard throw down party filled with raw emotion, tons of delicious treats, WAFFLES and a l'il debauchery. H+D definitely know how to throw a party! But, beyond the party, it's apparent that these two belong with each other and put together a celebration symbolic of their love. You should try it.... I give you permission to have the wedding you want and to be has happy as Holly + David. Enjoy!

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I needed you to have a close u of this STUN NING dress. OMFG.

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You're gonna love her by the end of this post...

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Damn girl, you are beautiful!

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Are you ready for this? David is already wiping away tears and he hasn't even seen Holly yet!

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Right? Are you crying right now? Go get a tissue...

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Like... THE SWEETEST!!

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Holly, that dress fits you like a glove! Your bod is smokin' hot!

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<3 this...

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Can you hear it? It seriously came to life for me when I saw this pic!

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Awwwwww....

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I want to be sandwiched in-between these two pictures! Candy, cupcakes and cake, oh my!!

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Look how warm and inviting H+D's wedding is!

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Fucking WAFFLES people!!! 

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He looks like somebody I'd like to have some whiskey with, right??

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Right? Don't you LOVE her? And them together!! I wonder...

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Thank you for sharing your incredibly emotional and fabulous day with Bitchless Bride! 

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Wilde Company

A Lush, Mountain Wedding Filled with Extraordinary Colors, Creatures + Décor, Disguised as a Rockin' Party!

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Bridey, Sarah + Andy's wedding looks absolutely nothing like this pic. Like, not even a little bit... I mean, if I told you that this pic was part of an engagement shoot, you'd believe me. Right? Well, it's not. Not at all. Not even remotely. This shot is of the B+G sneaking away for a few photographs after the ceremony, and before the RAGER that was their wedding reception. And, I mean RA GER! The kind of party filled with overflowing shots, men rockin' some HOT makeup, the bride with a bottle of booze on the dance floor, and clothes disappearing. Honestly? It's fucking awesome!!! And, the décor?? Dreamy. Delicate. Delicious. A complete contrast to the vibe, and for that, I am OB SES SED!

So, why did I choose to open this rockin' party of a wedding with this particular photograph? Because, I love that while these two clearly love to celebrate, they also clearly love each other. There is a tenderness and ease captured here that would 100% get lost in the scroll, and I really wanted you, bridey, to see every corner of this wedding day. Remember, you can have the wedding of your dreams, and celebrate with your friends and family, but please don't lose sight of the why. YOU TWO!!! Enjoy every.single.photograph. It's truly impossible not to!

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You're not imagining the glittered fabulousness... It's there, and it's wonderful!!

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I can't even with this wedding dress. OMFG!

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Sarah, you are incredible! Everything about your look is stunning. EVERYTHING!

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I feel like this pic could be in a perfume ad... "SexyFab".

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Totally breathtaking...

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You just can't manufacture this kind of emotion. These guests are not only in attendance, but they are present. 

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There is so much to love about this photograph!

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I mean... Such amazing tenderness between these two.

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WOW! Just WOW!

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch... Bridey, just look at how incredible this escort card "table" is! OMFG. It's so well done, that the planner in me is going to cry.

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Speaking of a crying wedding planner, the décor at this wedding is simply phenomenal. The details are absolutely exquisite!! I truly love everything about everything!

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Like, this is a summer wedding, and yet S+A are rockin' deer as part of their décor. How fucking awesome is that?

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It's clear to me (and probably to you too if you have even a shred of emotion), that the guests at Sarah and Andy's wedding WANT to be there to support the B+G and celebrate with them.

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I'm thinking that the photographer thought it was a good idea to get a group shot before things got super cray... Keep scrolling, bridey. All I gotta say is, HOT DAMN!

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I dunno know who she is, but I love her and would be holding her hand if I was lucky enough to be at this wedding!

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Soooooo.... YAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Party! Party! Party!

Look at the faces of the peeps in the background of these pics. Totally awesome!

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Sarah, Andy, you had EXACTLY the right mix of emotion and celebration (not to mention your incredible décor). Thank you for sharing the first day of the rest of your lives together with Bitchless Bride!!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Adam Kealing International Wedding Photography
DJ: DJ Mitch Fourtune @ Remix Weddings
Flowers: Beth Hohensee @ Studio Flora Diva
Dress: Cleo & Clementine
Event Venue: Hawkesdene

An Intimately Awesome, Super Spiritual, Breckenridge Mountaintop Wedding

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I think it goes without saying, that if you meet your sig other at a concert and connect because you both share the same love and passion for music, it's 100% meant to be. I mean, music makes everything better. Right?! I'm definitely one of those people that always has to have music playing wherever I am or whatever I'm doing; it dictates how I feel, my energy and my mood. Music is quite literally a soundtrack for particular moments; one that spills into whatever we are doing. And, our kickass B+G, Eleanor and Erik? Yeah, they met at a concert. And, I think that when you meet at magical place like a concert, it's like getting extra relationship credit. 

Eleanor and Erik exchanged their vows in front of 11 people. ELEVEN. On a fucking mountaintop (Breckenridge to be exact). How amazing is that, bridey? And their wedding reception? Gorgeously colorful, incredibly DIY and deliciously cool. And as usual, I am completely obsessed with the cake (And, I could totally use some sugar in my life right now, but that's another post for another day...). Anyway, go get scrolling and get inspired! Because you won't be able to NOT to be!

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Um, OMG Eleanor... This headpiece is absolutely A MAZ ING!!! YOU'RE amazing!!

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I love all of the smile-kisses in this post!

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Hello handsome Erik! I have to admit, if I were there, I'd have a hard time resisting the desire to touch your beard! 

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How FAB is this bouquet??

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I mean you gotta pit stop at Erik’s glass blowing studio on the way to the reception. Right?? Look how fucking awesome this is! Okay, now, look down!

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Lovin' this super cute sign!!

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YAAAAASSSSS!

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The cake! OMG with the cake! I want to stick my face in it!

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Thank you Eleanor + Erik for sharing your fantabulous wedding with Bitchless Bride! I wish I got to be one of the eleven peeps!! 

Industry Peeps:

PhotographerAshley Hamm Photography
Event Venue: Carter Park Pavilion

A Micro-Wedding Rockin' Some Big Love and Smashingly Awesome Deets!

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I fucking LOVE this photograph. Like LOVE.IT. I love it because it's obviously filled with raw emotion, but I love it even more because Missy + John have been married for five years and have kids together and STILL look at each other like this. Hot damn! YAAAASSSSSS! I don't know what your situation is bridey, but no matter what anybody tells you about having kids, your marriage will 100% come last for a little while, and to still emanate such passion and love is a big deal. 

This micro-wedding/vow renewal/styled shoot was dreamt up by the FAB Christina Campbell of Nina Lily Photography. Christina met M+J in 2010 to shoot their impending nuptials, but life had a different story in mind... A baby. So, Missy and John decided on a civil ceremony instead of the large wedding they had initially planned. By happenstance, Christine and Missy kept running into each other and these chance meetings laid the groundwork for this amazingly awesome idea to create "real" wedding pics for such a lovely couple. Bridey, go! Go get inspired by this lush and delicious micro-wedding, vow renewal and styled shoot! 

Bridey, aren't you already in love with the surroundings?

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Stunning.

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Is that not the most beautiful bouquet you've ever seen?

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Look at them, bridey! And, take note! They have kids together, and still clearly adore one another! Sometimes that is easier said than done!

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Sniff. Sniff.

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This pic gets me too... So raw and so beautiful.

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So so so gorgeous! LOVE all of the greenery and color!!

I'm kinda obsessed with this one... Love the angle of the shot.

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A MAZ ING dress! And the jewels too!

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Like, seriously, bridey... Absorb and aspire to achieving THIS in your marriage!!

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Thank you Missy + John (and Christina) for sharing a glimpse into your world with Bitchlesss Bride! You are an inspiration to brides everywhere!

Industry Peeps:

PhotographerNina Lily Photography
Invitation Designer: Honeybliss Design
Cake Designer: Kitchen Chemistry
Makeup Artist: Meraki Beauty
Hair Stylist: Apotheca Salon
Tuxedo + Mens Attire: Topman 
Dress Store: David's Bridal
Jewelry: L2 Creations
Equipment Rentals: Forget Me Not Vintage Rentals
Floral Designer: Allium Design
Officiant: Alisa Tongg
Event Venue: The Living Wall at Promise Ridge

A Nautically Perfect, Sensationally Sweet and Incredibly Relaxed Beachfront Wedding

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Meet Shelby and Jake. This fun-filled B+G met on a boat! I mean, kinda makes me feel like a degenerate for meeting my hus in a bar! But, it's been thirteen years, so I guess we're doing something right! Anyway... Shelby was working as a camp counselor for Reef Relief and Jake happened to be working on the same boat. And, according to the adorably cute pic above, sparks were totally flying. They beat the odds and withstood the difficulty of a long distance relationship while Shelby earned her Masters in Marine Biology from the University of Miami. After graduation, Shelby moved to Key West and began her career researching corals, while Jake transitioned from working in the water sports industry to a teaching career. 

Bridey, THIS WEDDING IS EVERYTHING! It's so lovely and well designed, but at the same time, supremely relaxed and fun. And you know that I preach how important perspective is during wedding planning and on your wedding day, and this B+G fucking nailed it! The details are stunning AND they are clearly having the best.day.ever. So, scroll down and absorb the vibe and the take in the beauty of Shelby + Jake's kickass wedding!

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Are you completely dying over these two pics? This incredible building is The Southernmost House, a historic beachfront Key West boutique hotel. Just wait until you see the backyard!

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Lovin' the flowers with the beautiful bridesmaid dresses in the background.

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I love this picture. It's entirely honest and beautiful.

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Meanwhile as the girls are getting ready... I can't even! LOVE IT!

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Jake, you look charming and handsome! He didn't want to wear a tie "because I feel like I am choking!" While I don't wear ties too often, I can appreciate feeling a bit claustrophobic with something wrapped around my neck!

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Seriously? It really doesn't get much sweeter!

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I love that as somebody who has never met Shelby + Jake, I can clearly see how much they love each other. I can also tell that they have a fucking fantastic time together too!

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That is one hell of a swirl! Totally GORGEOUS!

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Shelby said that, "The backdrop was simply baby's breath with the deep blue ocean behind it." 

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I mean... These pics of the ceremony. Sniff, sniff...

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Love the Florida Keys map the B+G are using as a guest book!

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Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Freas Photography
Equipment Rentals: Prestige Party Rentals
Makeup Artist: Crystal Smith's Theatrical Makeup
Floral Designer: Petals & Twigs 
Event Planner: Soiree Key West, LLC
DJ: SoundWave Productions
Reception Venue: Southernmost House
Caterer: Three Fine Cooks
Officiant: Weddings Key West

A Beautiful Summer Wedding Rockin' a L'il Bit of Star Wars and a Lot of Love!

I love this wedding. I know I say that a lot on Bitchless Bride, but Ying + Kevin's wedding is just so lovely! It's a perfect mix of elegant and fun. As you scroll down, bridey, you'll clearly see that a lot of thought went into all of the details, and yet it's not overdone or over-themed. The B+G love Star Wars and incorporated this angle gently into their wedding day; something that is hard to do, but was done well. And, OMG! Just wait until you see the incredible flowers at the altar! Holy shit they are amazing!

Ying + Kevin met at the University of Alberta while completing their masters program. And while they moved to the US after graduation, they decided to get married back in Canada where Kevin is from originally. Bridey, I know you're going to enjoy this beautifully romantic and simply elegant wedding! 

Look how stunning and luscious those flowers are!!  

I mean... Holy shit. This is a truly stunning arch...

Kevin! I love how you're looking at Ying! I'm gonna need a tissue!

I can't with the flowers... Totally exquisite bouquet!!

I love how they're totally giggling!!

It really doesn't get much sweeter.... Right?

I love the B+G's take on Star Wars!!

Thank you Ying and Kevin for sharing your beautiful wedding day with Bitchless Bride!!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Daphne Chen Photography
Event Planner: J'Adore Design and Events
Dress Designer: Maggie Sotteso
Floral Designer: Studio Bloom
Reception Venue: The Faculty Club
Hair Stylist: Umi & Co. Beauty Shop

An Incredibly Romantic, Super Whimsical and Highly Gorgeous Summer Wedding

The back of Caitlin's dress is A MAZ ING. Right? Like, fall over amazing! But, just wait until you see the front, bridey! Holy.Jenny.Packham. Wow. Just, wow! Not to mention that our beautiful bride has the most exquisitely fabulous figure, and is just rockin' the shit out of this dress! Anyway, aside from the show-stopping wedding gown, the wedding in it's entirety is simply captivating. Maybe it's because I am craving summer, and all of the juiciness that comes along with it, and this wedding epitomizes summer to the soul, but no matter what, this post is just awesome!

I love the elegant earthiness encapsulated throughout the details all the way down to the wedding cake. And, I love how the B+G are so at ease and in love. I really just love everything about Caitlin + Ryan's wedding, so I'm going to stop blabbing and have you start scrolling. Enjoy!

I mean.... And, when you see Caitlin in it? AMAZE!!

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STFU! Caitlin you are so stunning!

Not sure what that's all about, but I love it.

Last moment of obsession with the dress...

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Uh-oh! Cuteness overload!

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Ryan! I can't get enough of how you're taking in Caitlin.

Love a fun group of 'maids + 'men!

LOVE.IT.

LOVE.LOVE.LOVE. Truly a great way to "provide" a favor.

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Oh yeah!!

Caitlin's father said in his speech that he believed that Caitlin's mom was looking down on them and sending her blessings.... Sniff! Sniff!!

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The fun is totally starting!!

Thank you Caitlin + Ryan for sharing your gorgeous wedding with Bitchless Bride!!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer:  Abbie Mae Photography
Event Venue: Anthony Wayne House Weddings
Floral Designer: Buttercup
Caterer + Cake Designer: Jeffrey A. Miller
Band: Felix Brown
Cinema + Video: From Here I Stand
Dress Designer: Jenny Packman
Groomsman Attire: Jos. A. Bank

An Incredibly Romantic, Extraordinarily Beautiful, Rustic German Wedding

I love this photograph. It's so simple and sweet while at the same time, utterly romantic and  full of passion. This photograph was taken in the midst of AnneMarie + Charles' wedding vows, and to me, it completely encompasses everything you could possibly want on your wedding day. All of that aside (I'm getting way to mushy!), can we talk about how cool A+C's wedding was? The B+G (and their guests) began the day with a hike through the German countryside, strolling down dirt roads, walking past corn fields and taking in the beauty of their surroundings until they reached a lovely little hilltop. That hilltop was the backdrop for their ceremony. I mean... WOW!! Super stripped down, super casual and super intimate.

Following the ceremony,  guests enjoyed a "picnic" cocktail hour and were spoiled with locally sourced cured meats & cheeses, some delicious champagne and horseshoes. Once everybody was brimming with charcuterie, the celebration continued at AnneMarie + Charles' home in the city center. The photographs are really incredible (and the food and the cake look A MAZ ING!), I could go on and on, but, I won't. So, go, enjoy!!

Hilltop ceremony anybody?

So gorgeous...

STFU with the dog!! He so sweet...

Seriously, I really may have to get a dog after these last few wedding posts...

I can't. It's too good.

Holy charcuterie batman! That.looks.amazing.

Now, that is an unbelievable table!

Damn, AnneMarie! Your back looks beautiful in that dress!

That cake! OMG! Simple and completely stunning!

Thank you A+C for sharing your lovely wedding with Bitchless Bride!!

Industry Peeps:

Photographer: Roya Ann Miller Photography

A Beautifully Casual, Beautifully Bitchless, Stunning Outdoor Wedding...

OMG, bridey, I'm think I'm on to something... like, for real, really on to something (potentially life changing). What has me so excited? Well, as you scroll, you'll see the B+G's adorable golden retriever walking down the aisle, and captured in quite a few of the photographs. Not only is he a beautiful dog, but he's happy too. So, it got me thinking that dogs should be at every wedding! Right? Seriously, how soothing would it be for a bride + her guests to have a sweet pooch to pet and enjoy throughout the wedding day? I mean, they do say that petting a dog (or cat) can lower your blood pressure and relaxes you. I'm sorry, but isn't that PERFECT for a wedding?! It's probably the best prescription for wedding day stress, like ever! The crazy thing is that I am a cat person, but I do melt over a sweet dog.

Anyway, Erin and Nick had the coolest, most laid-back, outdoor FAB wedding that I've seen in a long time. The beer was a flowin', the weather was perfect, and they had a delicious looking red velvet cake. What else do you need? Enjoy!!!