The Runaways…

All the feels for Arizona, Route 66 and The Killers, in the middle of the Essex countryside.

We have an awesome shoot for you today, inspired by The Killers, Route 66 and Arizona…quite literally some of our favourite things! The colours, the detail and the models are all just completely stunning…and definitely bring a gorgeous tribute to the Arizona desert to Essex, UK.

Caroline, the photographer, explains her reasoning behind the shoot, and why it was important to utilise the references she did…

“A few years ago, driving through the Arizona desert on Route 66, a shoot idea began to form in my head. It was largely inspired by The Killer’s song ‘Runaways’: I pictured newly-weds driving out into the sunset across the desert, ready to start a new adventure together. I’ve always loved tribal and native American influences and these drove the style for the shoot. I really wanted to create a feeling of an exciting, nomadic fresh start and a couple ready for their next free spirited adventure.” Caroline

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The Venue

Caroline held the shoot at the Barns at Lodge Farm; a venue local to her in the Essex countryside. It’s rare you find somewhere local,  sustainable and so beautiful with all the rustic vibes and an awesome blank canvas to create exactly what you want…

“Obviously being in the UK and not the desert, we drew in some english influences from the location. With the combination of rustic barns, industrial style grain stores and hay stacks, Lodge Farm kept the original influences while adding an interesting range of backdrops.” Caroline

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Amy from Anthology Vintage Hire did an incredible job of bringing Caroline’s ideas to life. She sourced an amazing collection of tribal soft furnishings, a low dining table setup and beautiful ceremony area with a wooden arch and peacock chairs. Vanderhume and Bohotanical also added some finishing touches, such as the handmade hanging on the arch (Vanderhume) and a huge macrame hanging as a backdrop (Bohotanical).

Flowers

“For this shoot I really wanted to use sustainable suppliers and Bohotanical was the perfect choice. With her range of faux flowers we could create the perfect florals whilst not needing any new stock. We opted for dried flowers and pampas to add interesting texture. Pampas are so versatile and blended in with the colour palette in such a beautiful way.” Caroline

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Models & Hair/Makeup

Caroline had worked with Katie before and knew her look would be perfect for this shoot. Katie brought along her friend Claire to shoot with.

“I absolutely love when friends model together as it means you get real connection and joy in the photos. I am in love with the fierce, feminist vibes from our models.” Caroline

Lauren Siddons was on hand for hair & makeup – she was so enthusiastic about the shoot and came up with super creative looks for both the models. We absolutely adore the way she styled Claire’s hair with braids and hoops – it looks so fierce and unique. For Katie, Lauren opted for dark, smoky makeup to work alongside her hat and accessories, whereas Claire’s was a more subtle look to go with her eye catching hair and large earrings by Vanderhume. 

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Aneberry Bridal provided two incredible dresses for this shoot. Caroline opted for two different styles: Claire wore an effortless and elegant dress with a short train, while Katie wore a bohemian lace dress. We love the slit at the front and little lace details around the shoulders and chest.

Finishing Touches

Wonderland Invites was Caroline’s only choice for this shoot. Jenna created a bespoke suite of stationery with a rusty colour palette, tassels, dreamcatchers and tribal skulls, perfectly in keeping with the tone of the day.

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Keeping with the sustainable requirements, Cakes and Leaves provided a vegan three tier lemon and poppy seed cake which went down a treat with the team! We absolutely love the shots at the dining area cutting in to the cake – it’s a rarity to see.

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Caroline stumbled across Denim & Bone on Instagram a few months ago and approached the team there straight away about featuring a jacket. Inspired by her travels, Denim & Bone’s jackets stand out as boho treasures evoking a wild and fearless feeling. Her ‘Formally Wild’ leather sat so beautifully with the overall vibe of the shoot and complimented the other bridal accessories wonderfully.

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The Car

The whole premise of this shoot centered on a road trip. To add the English flare, Buttercup Bus took part with beautiful Pushka the Camper! The 1972 babe was the perfect colour fit and totally brought the adventurous and nomadic side to the concept.

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today

This shoot exudes cool…from the bride and groom fashion, to the gorgeous wicker furniture.

Seriously. Cool. Yep. This shoot exudes cool in so many ways…from the bride and groom fashion, to the gorgeous use of bang-on-trend wicker furniture. Oh, and not to mention the beautiful blue-eyed canine companion.

Today’s feature shoot comes in the form of a quaint glamping tale, set in beautiful Cherry Hill Park in Maryland.

“An amazing group of vendors and I came together to create this moody Glamping Boho styled shoot! Our shoot took place in an eco friendly environment in a secluded Glamping location in Maryland. Our trendy bohemian couple was paired with a sweet blue-eyed husky as they shared pizza with each other around our nature inspired tablescape” Jessica, Event Planner

Honestly, we can’t really think of a better way to spend your wedding day than out in nature, round a campfire eating pizza!

Enjoy!

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Colourful Bohemian Feels

A gorgeous play on the popular boho trend, with beautiful styling and colour pops!

We’re loving the colour pops from todays gorgeous styled inspiration shoot…with wicker furniture galore, bountiful, colourful florals and the most perfect boho tipi, this collaborative effort is bang on trend!

If you are looking for great inspiration for your boho wedding, then this wonderful little story has it all. From the beautiful, abundant floral displays to to the peachy perfect wedding stationery, featuring pretty lined envelopes with hand lettering. The juxtapositioning of the modern suits and dresses are such a great contrast to the rustic, bohemian feels of the lounge styling and the floral-adorned tipi.

Check out the images, and the great team involved below…

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Wild & Free at Browning Bros

With a focus on sustainability, this wedding inspiration shoot is seriously beautiful!

What do insane floral installations, reclaimed wooden backdrops, tipis and bohemian styling all have in common? We love, love, love them! Thats what! So we’re unbelievably thrilled to be bringing this glorious wedding inspiration shoot to you today!

Conceptualised and coordinated by Wed in The Wild Editor, Jenna, the shoot combined creams, golds, whites, browns and greens in a neutral palette perfect for a bohemian wedding. The focus was also on sustainability – all styling and hire items were either repurposed, recycled or sourced from vintage shops, the hop wreaths utilised by the florist was used again after the shoot for a wedding, and all the gorgeous linens were all repurposed and dyed using natural, plant or recycled metal dyes.

“When dreaming up this shoot, I had no venue in mind other than Browning Brothers, and their Chalkney Water Meadow site. I love their tipi; the colour is perfect for the palette I had assigned to the shoot, and I knew it would also provide the necessary drama. Their site is brimming with beautiful little pockets of nature; including a beautiful lake and an open field where we shot the models running through the grasses. And luckily, their bell tents were available for the models to get ready in.” Jenna

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The shoot focused on three key installation areas, with a number of smaller setups interwoven throughout the day. Anthology Vintage Hire had just finalised their three part reclaimed wooden backdrop, which can be made longer or shorter based on requirement. We utilised all three panels for the tablescape and seating area, and it provided the perfect frame.

Mia Sylvia worked her fabrics into two beautiful swathed installations, whilst Emma Spowage created a bold and dramatic pampas and hop-filled foliage installation, littered with dainty little flowers. The Rock The Day team styled the tablescape utilising a rust-dyed runner from Mia Sylvia, a hand-worked hop garland by Emma Spowage and a gorgeous collection of vintage sourced brass candlesticks and deer. The bohemian nods were continued in the two other installations; the low grazing table and the gorgeous, abundant a-frame setup, which flanked The White Mules drinks trailer.

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“When I approached Emily from Maid of Gingerbread, I was so excited by her enthusiasm in creating a tipi out of gingerbread. I had admired her work for eons and I knew her unique creativity would provide an amazing statement creation which would be worlds apart from the naked cakes we see so often. The detailed macrame piping and the gorgeous matcha green tea infused piped grasses and flowers were mindblowingly pretty, and the whole confection just worked so well with the larger setup and styling. It was also yummy.” Jenna

Emma Spowage, in sheer determination the day before her biggest wedding of 2018, provided the most stunning corner piece for the wall setup alongside a gorgeous bridal bouquet which we trailed with silks by Mia Sylvia. Emma also created a really unique succulent inspired headdress for the models to wear, which included some of the hops she had foraged for the shoot too. The bouquet was abundant and utilised white florals, pops of yellow, oodles of foliage and green amaranthus.

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Two models were chosen for the shoot; Louise and Rachel, who both have completely different looks and personalities. For Louise, the team selected gorgeous Chantal Lauren and Otuduy dresses, which worked perfectly with her Texas-native cowboy boots and relaxed hair and makeup. Rachel rocked Rembo Styling and Francis Bridal gowns, which provided a beautiful contrast to her more structured, plaited hair. All dresses were supplied by Rock The Frock Bridal who were extremely accommodating and fabulous at recommending dresses to pair with the moodboard. Lisa Alger provided hair and makeup services.

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“I decided to use ASOS accessories as I hadn’t come across anything I similar elsewhere – I wanted a hat, and I also wanted to utilise a draping gold headpiece that I had come across on the website, which Rachel wore. On the day, we noticed that Louise already wore a gorgeous Texas state necklace, which we decided to use; Louise is a country singer and her boyfriend lives in the states, so it actually worked perfectly with the tone of the shoot. Lisa also worked in some beautiful gold clips into the girls hair. I had approached She’s Lost Control who sent us a gorgeous box of goodies to utilise as part of a number of styling setups, including crystals, candles and love sprays from their online collections. We also lent a couple of dried sage bundles which we ended burning to ward off the wasps on the day; however, the burning sage fit so well that we decided to include it in the images!” Jenna

For the stationery, Jenna decided to utilise succulents in order to tie in with the styling on the day, and also incorporate celestial nods in the shape of watercolour moon graphics. The stationery also included feathers, dreamcatchers and antler charms.

“I wanted to provide something different to the norm, so I created a bohemian lanyard style order of the day booklet, which included a who’s who of the wedding party, an order of service sheet, a poem and a drinks token page. I also decided to create a beautiful organic cotton printed banner, with a gorgeous quote. To this, I sewed in tassels to the corners for a textural feel”. Jenna

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The shoot was captured by British Wedding Photographer of the Year 2018, Kelsie Low, who’s direction, patience and willingness to contort herself into various positions to get the money shot is nothing short of inspiring!

“Working with Kelsie and the rest of the team was such a pleasure – each supplier went above and beyond, and the result was our magic.” Jenna

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Amazing New Furniture at AVH

The gorgeous new seating and dining packages from Anthology Vintage Hire are beautifully boho!

If you are based in the UK, and are looking for the most unique and extensive collection of reclaimed, vintage and handmade furniture items for your wedding, then look no further than Anthology Vintage Hire. With a warehouse packed full of tables, chairs, sofas, rugs alongside large and small props, their collection really has it all. Especially now, with some if their amazing new collection additions.

Owned and run by Amy and her husband Ben, the collection has significantly grown over the past few years. Born out of a lack of available vintage and reclaimed furniture for their own wedding, Amy decided to take the matter into her own hands and launch AVH.

And with trends and demands for lower seating areas, chill out corners and bohemian style wicker furniture ever increasing, Amy has been keen to listen to what her couples want for their big days.

“Over the last 6 months, we have been busy collecting some gorgeous new furniture to add to our collection. We have been asked a lot for more low seating areas for guests to chill out, and furniture with a more boho feel. So we have listened and we have created some gorgeous seating area which we hope you love as much as us!

Low seating has become a real big trend over the last year, and our low seating areas are perfect for you to enjoy gorgeous food, drinks, or just conversations with friends. They are also perfect as a kids area for them to hang out and play if they’re getting a bit bored of the speeches! Amy

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With so many different seating options available, you can either book set packages which Amy has carefully curated based on trends and customer requests. Most packages also include styling elements too, such as lanterns, rugs, etc…so you don’t have to worry about all the extras…they are already taken care of! Or, there is always the option to mix and match different pieces and styling accompaniments to create your own perfect seating/eating spaces.

“Our Chesterfield Sofas are the perfect piece to add some warmth and richness to your seating. Paired with our peacock chairs they instantly create the perfect boho corner for people to relax in. Our new bamboo furniture is perfect for outside seating, whether you only want a few armchairs, or a large seating area, we can create the right package just for you and your event.” Amy

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If you are interested in hiring from Amy,  check out her website here or get in touch via email on info@anthologyvintagehire.com

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Real Wedding: Daryen & Markus

A super fun real wedding set in a ghost town, Wild West open air venue.

After a week long hiatus, following a major technical fault on Jenna’s laptop, we bringing gorgeous wedding inspiration back with this beautiful, super fun real wedding. Daryen & Markus were already legally married the day of their ceremony and party, but that didn’t stop the lovely couple from sharing their devotion and love for one another with their nearest and dearest. 

Ross, the couples photographer, tells us more about this gorgeous couple in love…

“These two were actually already hitched before their wedding day. They wanted to buy a house and they had to be married, so they went to the courthouse to say their I-do’s. A few months later they finally got to have a beautiful rustic wedding with family and friends to witness and celebrate with them” Ross

Excited is an understatement when Daryen and Markus told Ross that they had decided on the ghost town in Searchlight, Nevada called Eldorado Canyon. It’s a playground for a photographer, with countless places to take epic photos. The day started off in the Golden Gate at Fremont Street in Downton Las Vegas, which was actually the first ever Las Vegas hotel. How cool is that?!

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The bride made her bouquet from flowers at Hobby Lobby, and after the girls got ready they all headed to Nelson in a party bus for the wedding. The men got ready in the main building, putting on their suspenders and brushing their beards.

“Daryen hid behind one of the sheds while Markus headed to the big rustic barn for their first look. How sweet was his reaction?! The black box in his hand is his gift to his Daryen; a new gun with a love letter written on it. The ceremony took place amongst cactuses, followed by eating and drinking under the stars, a pyramid of Pink Box donuts, the removal of one curious rattle snake and dancing in the old barn” Ross

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Daryen explained that her decor for the day utilised bohemian inspiration but also, a lot of personal touches. She has always been a big fan of old-school floral pattern, lace and the couple were lucky enough to have the perfect place to decorate for their first dance and dance floor.

Most of the deck decor was DIY, from the table lighting to the flower arrangements to the bridesmaids bouquets and the brides bouquet.

“It was our special day and we worked really well together making sure it was perfect for us.” Daryen

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The couple chose laid back outfits, and we love the fact that Daryen didn’t care about her beautiful gown getting a little bit dirty in the mud…just shows that she embraced her day and had a good old time!

“I wanted something that would be elegant and classy, yet allow for a good body movement, and always having been a fan of classic lace my choice was easy. I also wanted something that would complement my skin tone, but conceal my tattoos a little bit, so I opted for a dress that had longer but see-through sleeves. The dress itself had a 12” train and was made by Wear Your Love XO. The flower crown was another personal touch of my own.” Daryen

Markus chose an ensemble which wouldn’t detract from Daryen’s dress but would be bold enough to stand out from the desert landscape.

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When it comes to advice for couples arranging their wedding day, Daryen and Markus’s advice is simple…

“Don’t stress about it! You probably will anyways, I know I did, but it’s about being with the person across from you saying “I do” and not so much about the stuff you know your soon to be hubby is going to get wrong. Live it up, let loose, and have fun! You’ll only get to do it one time!” Daryen

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Boho On The Farm

A sweet shoot full of bohemian, rustic charm and some little animal friends.

We’ve a beautiful, sweet little shoot on the blog today…full of bohemian, rustic charm and including some gorgeous little animal friends…and hailing from Hekluhestar, Netherlands no less.

Whats great about this shoot is that it shows just how the simplest of venues can be transformed with minimal input – some macrame details, florals and a great cake can make all the difference, and can transform an agricultural space really effectively.

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Kilkenny Beach Elopement

Real couple Jordan & Freddie joined photographer Roshni for a beach elopement.

We’re loving how elopements are becoming more visible in today’s wedding industry…they used to be clandestine, secretive operations, but nowadays, so many couples are embracing the opportunity to get married in a small intimate ceremony together…saving the big party for a later date!

Jordan & Freddie shot this beautiful, simple but emotive elopement scene on Kilkenny Beach last November, with photographer Roshni. And despite the wind and cold, the trio created some beautiful, love-filled magic.

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“A beach elopement shoot was always my dream and I had a chance to just do that when I went to Belfast in November for a weekend. Jordan and Freddie were just perfect for this shoot as they both are madly in love with each other and athletic too. They love surf boarding, playing football and are in love with Ireland just like me.” Roshni

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Roshni sourced a dress from Susanna Greening before she left the UK, and the suit was the grooms own. The concept was really based on how a real life elopement would look like, come rain or shine; and the team certainly braved the cold November weather…exposed to the elements on the beachside shoot.

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Amazingly, the flowers were sourced from Aldi on the morning of the shoot and hand-tied by Roshni…just showing that if your budget from flowers isn’t great, and you have the patience, you can create a beautiful bouquet on very little money.

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WiTW Hearts: Beneath The Canopy

Beneath The Canopy supply beautifully furnished bell tents for weddings, festivals and events.

We love outdoor weddings with lots of character…especially weddings where guests are able to stay overnight and hang with you late into the evening and into the next day. Beneath The Canopy offer just that.

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They provide tiered levels of glamping for special occasions and creating magical bell tent villages, delivered to your chosen location. Their bell tents go hand in hand with festival style, bohemian and outdoor weddings and they have a range of guest tents and honeymoon bell tents for couple to spend a luxurious night under the stars.

What could be better huh?

We caught up with the wonderful Elise to find out more about Beneath The Canopy…

How did you come to be doing what you do? 

My husband and I are both musicians. We have performed and stayed at festivals over the years, and stayed in some weird and wonderful spaces. But I do love having the space & freedom of waking up to nature, so it was the bell tents that really appealed.

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They have oodles of space and standing room, given their footprint. The romance of the great outdoors, fairy lights and fire pits just had me sold! From there I started to think more about it, more about the concept of creating these pop up magical spaces for people to enjoy and what better time to create something special than for someone’s wedding day!

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What aspects of weddings do you love the most? 

Most of all, I love the fact that weddings really are one of the happiest and memorable days for people and we get to be part of that process. It’s a privilege. Your wedding day is one of those rare times in our busy lives that we get to have everyone we love surround us and share a moment that we can keep forever. It brings out the best in people and it’s wonderful to witness the excitement and joy of our couples & their loved ones.

What is your USP? How do you set yourself apart in the market? 

Our personal approach. I know how stressful & chaotic wedding planning can get, so I try to keep in simple. After all, you are probably going to speak to us a lot during the planning of your big day, so I think it’s nice to deal with someone that gives you reassurance they can deliver and that our clients can pick up the phone to when they feel they need to discuss anything.

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I purposely don’t take on masses of events simultaneously, as I think this detracts from personal service we provide. I always end up knowing the names of our clients bridesmaids, groomsmen, family & friends almost off by heart by the time each event rolls around, so there’s a sense of familiarity when we set up their tents.

Are you keen to or have plans to launch any other products or services? 

There’s always something in the pipeline. We have some additional tents arriving in spring and have some interesting collaborations in store for summer, so it’s always a case of ‘watch this space’. Mostly I’m keen to work into our spaces more and make them better each season.

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What does love mean to you… 

Good lord! What a question, but I’m sure we’ve all thought about it. Ultimately I think love is the only thing in the world that will make you put someone else’s needs equal to or above your own…selflessness. Saving the last chocolate digestive so that someone else can dunk it in their tea. THAT is love. 

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Real Wedding: Shaney & Brant

Shaney & Brant’s wedding incorporated so much attention to detail, set by a log cabin in the woods.

Ever wanted to get married in the woods, surrounded by your family and friends, right by a secluded lakeside log cabin treehouse? If the answer is yes, then today’s real wedding is total goals…and more.

Shaney & Brant’s wedding incorporated so much attention to detail; from the handmade turkey feather bow ties for the boys to the handmade-by-grandma fur bolero for the bride. Captured by Trinity Photography, this delightful wedding in the woods is as wild and as close to nature as they come…

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Set on the beautiful Lake Jocassee, South Carolina, Shaney and Brant rented the treehouse setting for both bridal prep and their first night as man and wife. And all the details of their wedding nodded to the natural surroundings in which they had chosen to marry.

“My husband and I have always loved the lake! When I found the awesome venue, The Lost Treehouse of Lake Jocassee, I knew it was just the spot to say “I Do”! The setting and location of the venue was absolutely perfect! I felt that it really represented Brant and I. The secluded, but welcoming, woods with a touch of the lake hidden in between the mountains was the perfect spot for our close friends and family to witness the start of the next chapter of our lives. We opted for a bohemian, rustic woods theme to pull off the entire look. Earthy colors with a pop of color were my go-to! We both grew up in small churches, so our ceremony was very intimate and traditional” Shaney

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The couple were married in a traditional ceremony before a constructed log arch, draped in vintage cloth and adorned with foliage and seasonal blooms, and a skull with antlers. Guests were seated on heavy, natural wooden pews, which were decorated with feathers, more flowers and candles on tree stumps; all contributing to the warming, nature-filled theme.

“Every part of my wedding decor was DIY. My mother and I came up with all the ideas of how we wanted the ceremony and reception to look. With the help of friends and family, we were able to make it happen!” Shaney

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Shaney and Brant really wanted their day to be personal; they played on this need for super personalisation to make their day as unique and as much ‘them’ as possible.

“It is hard to pick a favorite part about the day. Overall, it was nothing short of what I could have imagined! I loved having our dogs a part of our special day! Our dogs are like our kids, so of course they were in our wedding!” Shaney

The antlers used throughout the day were all from Brant’s families collection, and Shaney’s dad and uncle cut most of the pieces of wood which were used for various focal points. Even the wooden chairs used for the reception were either found or donated by family members. Family members even helped set up tents, decor and picked up food…so the whole day was a real family affair.

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Shaney and Brant have such a wonderful back story…friends since children and high school sweethearts, Shaney says they never looked back.  On the eighth year they were together, they got engaged on the lake with their dogs! Brant proposed as they were floating in a boat in the back of a cove around sunset.

Shaney always knew she wanted to have her great-grandmother’s ring incorporated into her own ring, but was completely surprised when she found out that her ring consisted of not only her great-grandmother’s ring, but Brant’s grandmother’s as well!

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For the lovely couple, their day turned out just as they had hoped for; surrounded by family and friends, on a day where they had had a hand in every single detail. Indeed, when asked what advice she would give to people planning their own day, she said:

“The best advice I can give to anyone is that it is your wedding and your life! Try to incorporate the things that mean the most to you!” Shaney

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