Honey and I ate a strawberry today that was so good, like it was so sugary and scrumptious, that we couldn’t even enjoy it for a second before jumping to conclusions about the strawberry being artificially flavored or genetically engineered to taste like that.  ”Probably added sugar to it. Bastards,” said Honey.  ”NO way is this naturally how a strawb (he calls them ‘strawbs’) would taste.”  Look at how jaded we’re getting, you guys.

I shared this anecdote with you not as a cry for help, but as a message to couples everywhere: this is how hard it’s become to genuinely impress us with a thing.

Enter, this wedding. 

Thanks to The Bird & The Bear (aka, Caryn and Bryan)‘s boundless talents in the areas of photography and film, and the bride Elena’s impeccable 6th sense for styling a wedding with eye-popping retina candy, today’s wedding is quite literally the wind beneath my wings.

That’s right- literally.

literally the definition of literally

You’re killin me informal definition.

As I was saying, Elena and Tony achieved what we, I thinkif I may speak in sweeping generalizations about the populace at large – all want to achieve, in our wedding days.  And that is a personal and visually intoxicating atmosphere that is also totes friendly and relaxed and easy to have fun in.

Elena - I am blown away by what you and your mother (and anyone else who helped that I am leaving out) made happen with the decor.  And the way you guys used the landscape… I’m jealous of your guests!

Random aside: My mom visited for a few hours while I was arranging this wedding and when she saw this photo

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she was like, “I would hang that photo in my house, I don’t care.  That photo is GORGEOUS.”  She added, “that girl should hang that photo in her house, maybe the living room even,” and “all brides should hire photographers like this who know how to take photos like these,” and I’d have to agree with her.

Readers have I sold you yet on this wedding and how great it is/how much I like it?  If not- may I present my pièce de résistance:

“Little Girls in Ruffled Dresses Holding Balloons the Size of Their Bodies, and Each Other’s Hands.”


Now check out what the newlyweds had to share with us about their Big Day…

1. Do you have any tips for readers about the wedding planning process or the wedding day?

I think one of the best tips would be to make yourself a dream board.  I had a large black project board that I would tape all my ideas on.  I had it sectioned off into different categories, and would take cuttings from magazines and tape them to it. There are so many ideas out there that you can get overwhelmed.  This helped me compare new ideas with the old ones, but most of all I could see an overall theme coming together.  It allowed the theme to develop organically rather than forcing it. I know you could argue that that is what Pinterest is for, but this helps with the magazine clippings.  Plus there is something about being able to see it all at one time, and being able to move it around.

The theme is a reflection of you, so go with your gut. This is your one shot to express your vision, so be organized and decisive and it will all come together perfectly.

2. Any personal meaning in the details you’d like to share?

A lot of the pieces at my wedding were very meaningful, from the flowers on my cake to the officiant.  My aunt married us, and it was a beautiful, happy and personal ceremony.

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My mother has been collecting antiques for years, so many of the unique pieces were from her personal collection.

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The porcelain flowers on my cake were a souvenir from a trip she took with her mother to Mexico.

3. Your favorite moment from the day?

My favorite moment of that day was the walk down the aisle.  


My dad and I were all smiles, the crowd was whistling and cheering and I finally got to see my handsome groom.

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bohemian wedding bouquet

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diy wedding card suitcase

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Wait a second I DIDN’T SHOW YOU THE CRANES YET!!  Check it >>

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Creative use of cranes, AMIRITE?

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A little detail on the details, from The Bird & The Bear:

Elena and Tony’s bohemian, desert wedding was amazing!  They’ve traveled all over the world together, and the wedding truly reflects their eclectic style.  We love all the origami birds pinned to the cacti, and the maple syrup favors with hand written notes on each place setting.  Every tablescape was unique, with all different jewel tone scarves, and special details they’ve collected.



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Thank you, Elena and Tony, for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us!  It looks like it was freaking awesome and I’m super jeally I wasn’t there.  :)

xo Alison

p.s. cupcake close up:

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p.p.s. Elena and Tony’s wedding film (shot by the The Bird & The Bear)!!!!!! 



The Bird & The Bear Photography is a member of Vendor Love.  Explore more work here, in our guide.

Photo & Video: The Bird & The Bear / Museum: Quartermaster Depot State Park / Submission: Two Bright Lights / Coordinator: Erica Gonzales / Catering: Carla Renee / Dress: Monique Lhuilier / Groom’s Attire: J Crew / MUA: Marissa Alexander / Hair Stylist: Kelly Waclawczyk / Venue: Quarter Master Depot Museum / Decor: Bride and her mother’s collection

Label(s): Blue, Color, Green, Multi, Pink, Purple, {Real Weddings}

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  1. sweetquinceaneradress on August 24, 2013

    What a colourful and gorgeous wedding.

  2. on August 25, 2013

    WOW. Made me speechless as I look at the photographs!Totally amazing!Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lena on August 25, 2013

    Use of the word “literally” in the definition of the informal use of the word “literally” LITERALLY made my day. This loveliness was just icing on top.

  4. Caryn on August 26, 2013

    Yippee! Thank you so much for featuring Elena & Tony’s uber gorgeous wedding!

  5. elena on August 26, 2013

    This was my wedding, I am Elena :) Your blog made my day! Thank you for the kind words! I can’t tell you how exciting it is to be featured on your site!
    Thank You!

    • Elena Curtis on August 27, 2013

      I am Elena”s Mom and a very beautiful blog and this also made my day, THANK YOU!!! I am so proud of my beautiful daughter and so fortunate that she had you to feature her wedding along with her fabulous photographers. And to you too Tony and my son who made the beautiful arch :-).

  6. Julia on August 26, 2013

    This was the best wedding I have ever attended, bar none. Elena and Tony love and respect one another in a way that is so pure and so contagious. It was my 12-year-old son’s first wedding, and he danced until midnight. I am so glad that you featured their special day. They are an amazing couple — one I feel so proud to know — and they both worked so hard to make the day a joy for everyone who attended.

  7. Bethany on August 27, 2013

    I was fortunate enough to attend my cousin’s beautiful wedding. It was very guest friendly and relaxing. I had a 3 year old with me and she loved having her face painted and the bathtub full of bottles of Coca Cola. The place settings were beautiful and I am so glad that the pictures taken of her wedding were able to do it justice.

  8. Expert DJ on August 27, 2013

    Looks like an awesome wedding, glad the sun was shining, couple look fantastic.

  9. Charmaine/ All in a Soiree on August 27, 2013

    Wow! Loving the colors throughout this wedding!

  10. Jacqueline on August 30, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful wedding day with us. Love very much the color of this wedding!

  11. Austin DJ on August 30, 2013

    The shoes were fantastic! I really loved the color scheme of your wedding. Literally fantastic!

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  12. Kali Chandler on August 30, 2013

    Oh my gosh those plates! That table setting! So many creative details. A beautiful wedding and couple. The wedding planner in me is so in love right now.

  13. Organizare evenimente on September 1, 2013

    you’re such an inspiration for any wedding planner!

  14. Achim Drescher on September 1, 2013

    What a lovely wedding. Great photos congratulations.

  15. Renee Eden Weddings on September 1, 2013

    We love this beautiful wedding, absolutely gorgeous and so colorful!

  16. Marc on September 3, 2013

    The desert is a magical place to get married and their colors complimented the surroundings. I love to travel and save money with my personalized travel website. Connexion World Travel

  17. Selina on September 4, 2013

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love all the bright colors!

  18. Bridepower on September 4, 2013

    Very impressed!

  19. Beautiful Wedding Accessories on September 8, 2013

    I love the dream board idea! I think it’s so important that we visualize the big day, and not just what we think is realistic, but what we dream of. That’s how we can make those dreams come true:)

  20. φωτογράφος γάμου on September 11, 2013

    The featured Elena & Tony’s wedding is absolutely beautiful! Thank you!

  21. Organizare nunta on September 14, 2013

    Garden weddings…my favourite!! i like the table arrangements,the cupcakes and the testimonials!Great work!

  22. Reportage on September 16, 2013

    The porcelain and decorations are exquisite. Love the origami cranes on the cactus too.

  23. sukienki na ślub on September 19, 2013

    Great inspiration! Beautiful colours!

  24. BridesmaidWear on October 1, 2013

    What can i say? So beautiful!

  25. Mandys Diamonds on October 4, 2013

    Awesome wedding. Love the boho details a loadz and it seems like everybody has rocked the event. It’s really a gorgeous wedding.

  26. Vietnam Wedding Planner on October 4, 2013

    Amazing photos and the atmosphere is cozy

  27. Hawaii Wedding Planner on October 6, 2013

    What a lovely wedding! The colors remind me of watercolor paintings. Very vibrant!

  28. Charlottesville Wedding Flowers on October 6, 2013

    I love the little maple syrup favors – how stinkin cute!

  29. Westside Photo Booths on October 17, 2013

    these colors are brilliant!

  30. Chloe Bellagala Intern on November 11, 2013

    Everything about this wedding transports you to a magical scene! I have never seen such a sweet wedding with such unique details.

  31. Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony on November 13, 2013

    Great wedding and wish you have sweet marriage.

  32. Fábio Azanha Studios on December 18, 2013

    What a gorgeous warm coloured wedding! Everything about the details is pure cuteness and the china´s lush! Beautiful couple completes it all! Kudos!

  33. Robert Knapp on January 3, 2014

    Great wedding photographer. The photos are perfect. I love how this comes together.

    Thanks for the post.

  34. Jessica Park on January 7, 2014

    I so love the color of the dress of the children. It’s so attractive. The gown of the bride is elegant and fabulous.

  35. Thai Wedding on January 20, 2014

    Beautiful. The bride is gorgeous and the details are stunning. Congratulations for creating a great event.

  36. The bride looks absolutely stunning and the photography is beautiful x

  37. David Williams on January 23, 2014

    The wedding pictures are so vibrant… specially the photos of children. Just love the pictures !!!
    Great photography.

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    love this colours ;0

  39. Merinda on January 24, 2014

    The wedding is so colorfull !! Love the pictures..

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    Beautiful wedding with lots of super cute details…LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. The table settings are wild! Those colours are so awesome, looks like everyone had a great time. Congrats!

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    Lovely wedding. I so love the style and the color the dress the girls are wearing.

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    I like their color. Purple is really a lovely color for the wedding.

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    Love ALL the details of this wedding, the hat in particolar is amazing! Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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    Beautiful work for a beautiful wedding. These are incredible!

  46. Joe Martin on March 5, 2014

    Great colors in this wedding. Love the little girls. Can wait to shoot a wedding with this much color and dazzle

  47. Harriet | The Zoots on March 13, 2014

    Wow. How simply amazing. The landscape is just awesome. I love how they’ve worked with it, decorating the trees and the cactus. *thinks of ways to intagrate large cactus’s around the house*

    Congrats Elena & Tony

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    Really in love with all these bright colors!

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    Simply beautiful. Love the vibrant colors. the location the ceremony was officiated and of course the beautiful bride.

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    Like everyone else has been saying – Those colors are wonderful! Bold, but tastefully done. And that Cake! It would be a battle in itself to cut that piece of art! Great post. Thank you!

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    Love the colors!!!! Beautiful!!!

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    Elena’s gown is one of the simplest yet most elegant I’ve seen so far. Such a beautiful dress and an even more beautiful bride! Kudos to you both.

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    Amazingly beautiful. I love when people take the decorations to this level. Most of the ones I photograph, they go with a simple/cheaper route. I say make it over the top and make it your own. Love this bright color palette.

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