CHIC DIY-TO-THE-MAX AUTUMN WEDDING | 1. OMGTHESEFLORALS. 2. This is how I want my wedding shot. No SERIOUSLY. | By Cassandra Eldridge Photography

↑ LOL.  You can already tell I love this couple, right? :)

Happy Tuesday, friendlies!  Hope you had a splendiferous Halloween night, with no surreal trips to the emergency room, no misplaced children and no tummy aches.  If that’s the case, you’re doing quite well today.  In other news, I have a stellar wedding to share with you, that does something only the best can do… and I can’t even BEGIN to tell you how much I adore it…

Submitted by Cassandra Eldridge Photography, it’s the kind of wedding that takes me full throttle to the land of pretty.  Pretty emotional, that is.  Well pretty AND emotional.  Whatever what I’m trying to say is I’m all emo and s*** right now and than means I’m having trouble putting words together.  It’s not something I can help; not when a photographer presents to me the prettiest arrangement of images, each one playing a critical role, however small, in telling the sweet, personal story of a couple in love.  Ok I’m really getting all verklempt about it now.  Here, I’m gonna throw these photos at you, now-style, because I just want you to see the magic already.  Ya dig?

A few lovely words from Cassandra, before we jump in:

One would think that being a wedding photographer and meeting with clients on a weekly basis, you’d hear “we just knew” to the question of how that ring landed on her pretty little finger. On the contrary! It’s actually something I’ve heard only once; from Kristen & Stephen. As I ventured into a local coffee shop, I found them tucked away in a booth awaiting my arrival. Initially I scan what my clients are wearing, you know, to get a sense of their style. But I was so drawn to their interactions that I totally missed that he was wearing BOAT SHOES and she had the prettiest hair I’d ever seen. Their comfort was recognizable – its one we’ve all hoped to feel, and one that so few of us actually have; Its the kind that grows within a love that’s familiar, and within a love that’s secure. So there was no grand anticipation as he presented her with her (massive, sparkly) ring. There was no shock. There was no disbelief or sudden heart palpitation. He knew she was the one, and she knew that he was hers forever; and that together, they were timeless. This is the word that comes to mind when I think of Kristen & Stephen. It embodies both of them to a “T”. Their grace in front of the lens is identical to the effortless motion they display behind the scenes. They radiate a sense of calmness for a life that breathes chaos, and a sense of quirkiness that’s hard to come by (and even harder not to fall in love with) Shooting this wedding was a journey in itself. With DIY details handcrafted by the entire bridal party, and no vendors other than a DJ (seriously, the bride made the cake the night before with her very own hands and close friends handled everything else) my eyes were on overload as I turned each and every corner to find something new, something warm, and something I wanted to eat. The whiskey flew and the dancing gave way to the (incredible) beats within the urban loft. To say that this event was a labor of love, is the understatement of the century.

Oh, and by the way, this here wedding is one of those rare October weddings that show you the other extreme, when it comes to handling a wedding that happens to fall within the month of Halloween, a difficult-to-process month for wedding decor.  Wedding wedding wedding.  Wedding wedding.  They kept it to a chic, simplified minimum, in other words.  And Cassandra let me know that everything – EH. VRUH. THUH. – was DIY’d by the bride, the groom, and their bridal party.  WOWEEWAWA.  LOVE, you will.  Yoda say.  Ok I’m officially writing like a crazy person.  I’m a little ashamed of how redonk those sentences back there probably look.  But I don’t want to go back and read them because I’m sure they’re pretty ridic sounding.  Between you and me, let’s just leave it all back there, and pretend those sentences never happened.  Honestly I don’t know why I keep going!  I don’t.  I’ma stop.  Yeah.  I’ma just let you see these pictures already…

↑ Blowin’ bubbles ceremony exit… I’m likin’ it, as always. ↓


Uhhh… flower garland all over the place?  I AM OFFICIALLY THE NUMBER ONE FAN OF THIS.

If I was the one giving the toast, that ↓ would be my third pour in 20 minutes.

You guys.  Like SERIOUSLY.  There are just too many cool images, I can’t manage to leave any out.  I have this weird urge to include them all.  This has got to be one of my longest posts ever, AMIRITE?  But the inspiration, it’s too good.  Must…. post…. everything….

K I’m done.

So, my questions to you are…

1) How DOPE is this wedding/couple?!!!!!

2) When you think about wedding photography, is it important to you that your wedding photos tell the story of your day?   Or do you just want to make sure to get those key shots of your family and friends, and that’s enough for you.

Brief or long, I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this!

xoxo!  - Alison

Photography: Cassandra Eldridge Photography / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / All Dresses: David’s Bridal / DJ: Sound Q Productions / Event Venue: Co Prosperity Sphere

Label(s): {Holiday}, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Rebecca on November 1, 2011

    I LOVE when wedding photos tell a story and that’s exactly what I want my photo album to be; a series of photographs that paint a picture of our special day.

    You should check out Daria Bishop who is also phenomenol at this!

  2. Jen on November 1, 2011

    Amazed that this is a mostly DIY wedding! It’s flawless! And love the couple too, they look really happy and fit perfectly with one another! :)

    I can’t stop obsessing on the gold and lace wrapped around the stems of those bouquets… it just looks so divine. It’s those little accents that make for the prettiest pictures, I think.

    And now all I can think about is wrapping my bouquets in gold ribbon and lace. Not kidding. Probably going to go out and try to diy this today, bc I’m THAT OBSESSED. It really seems so simple, and came out beautifully in these photos! (Can you tell I’m waaaay too obsessed with pretty pictures? I promise, I care about the marrying part too!)

  3. Sami on November 1, 2011

    Hearing the description of this couple so in love is absolutely refreshing. To hear that they are so perfectly matched for each other reminds me of everything that I love about weddings. It’s so clear from their pictures that they care about nothing besides each other’s presence that you can’t help but smile.

    And can we talk about those snapdragons?! I’m in love. I’ve never seen that flower look so playful yet so elegant at the same time. Perfect choice for the bouquets and boutonnières.

  4. Claire Martine on November 1, 2011

    What. A. Beautiful. Wedding.

  5. Brooke on November 1, 2011

    Beautiful photographs, beautiful wedding, beautiful post – Nice work Cassie. Pretty awesome =)

  6. Diana on November 1, 2011

    1. People underestimate snap dragons! HERE IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE WHY I LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! DIY Brides out there is is such an easy arrangement to make all on your own!!!!!

    2. The color scheme is breath taking. When a bride asks me about using snapdragons I am bringing them to this page because this is there perfect display great ways to save money by using less expensive flowers.

    3. Thank you so much for sharing! I will post on my facebook and twitter!

  7. Nicole on November 1, 2011

    1 – love the flowers!
    2 – LOVE the flower garland for reals
    3 – love the purple taper candles and the paper lanterns
    4 – there are so many freaking gorgeous pictures of this couple together, if this were me my walls would be covered in these beautiful pictures!
    5 – i wish i had taken a picture of myself with my veil over my face … it’s just so pretty!

  8. Simon on November 1, 2011

    Fabulous looking wedding. Great photographs!

  9. Lena on November 1, 2011

    HOLY MOTHER OF PRETTY, I LOVE THIS WEDDING! Really, those portraits with the leaves make my heart melt. But I am completely, 100% for photos that tell the story of the day. When someone sends me a wedding with no photos of the ceremony, I always hope for the couple’s sake that they asked those not be released.

    I had a cousin who got married not long ago, and BOTH of her photogs missed the most gorgeous shot of her and her new hubby kissing at the top of the stairs-they were too busy snapping everyone else as they came down the aisle. LAME.

  10. Chelsea on November 1, 2011

    Carved pumpkins, vertical paper garlands, and chevron wall? I die.

  11. sarah*thegreendandelion* on November 1, 2011

    I LOVEEE the beautiful fall leaves in those outside shots! So amazing.

  12. Lynsey on November 1, 2011

    Awesome garland – can we get a DYI guide on how to re-create these?

  13. Megan on November 2, 2011

    A personalised wedding shoot is an absolute must for me! The photos should not only tell a story about us, but encompass our personalities throughout…I want to look back in 10 years and see how much fun we had just by looking at the photos:)

    Love the idea of DIY, I am attempting to do as much by myself for my wedding in January, its tricky and time consuming…BUT…Im absolutely LOVING!!! it and wouldnt do it any other way!

    I am a South African, but read your blog religiously every day (even though I only get it a day after it was posted:))…your blog has given me SOOOOO many inspiring ideas for my wedding!! Love love love IT!! Xx

  14. bridal girlq on November 2, 2011

    The pictures are beautiful. Love the theme.

  15. Stephanie on November 2, 2011

    I LOVE when wedding pics tell the story of the couples day, and not just posed, forced pics. That is so important to us when choosing our photographer (we really need to get on that). As my fiance put it “I want the photographer up in my grill from the minute I wake up until the party ends”. A little unnecessary, but you catch his drift. He has a way with words sometimes! :)

  16. Heidy Brakenhoff on November 2, 2011

    What a perfect wedding! The styling, (wheather… ;D) and such a nice pictures. Lovely lightning!

    Thank you for sharing!

  17. aurea @ pricewise events on November 3, 2011

    I love the look on the face of the couple when they entered that room, at the third photo. :D

  18. Barn Weddings on November 14, 2011

    All the details of the wedding are great and wonderful. Congratulation guys!

  19. Anjolique Bridal on December 5, 2011

    what a gorgeous wedding and great photography!


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