A hip vintage wedding at the Smog Shoppe by Steve Cowell Photography

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We’re rounding out the week with another dose of prettiness for all you brides. On Monday we featured a gorgeously romantic beach engagement session by Steve Cowell, and you all loved it so much that we knew we had to feature Steve’s work again! This time though, we’ve got Nick and Shannon’s wedding day. You have no idea how much we oooh-ed and ahhh-ed over this beautiful day when we saw it, and we’re sure you all are bound to have the same reaction.

Shannon and Nick were married in Southern California, with the day starting out at Culver Hotel and ending with a lovely ceremony and reception at The Smog Shoppe in LA. I love how the whole day was styled marvelously by Jessi Haack to have a wonderfully subtle hip, vintage wedding vibe. Shannon’s style was reminiscent of a vintage, art-deco bride, but with a modern touch — I mean, her tattoos are pretty amazing and totally complete the look. On top of it all, they had a taco bar for dinner, hanging floral centerpieces, and a ring bearer that is just. Too. Cute.

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All Rise: Owning Your Wedding With Your Officiant

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For an event that revolves so largely around the concept of marriage, it’s somewhat surprising to read all these in-depth wedding planning tales and hear very little about probably the most important person in the ceremony (besides the bride and groom). That’s right, I’m talking about the officiant here.

The officiant, the minister, the rabbi, the whatever you want to call him/her is in charge of leading the wedding ceremony. Additionally, he/she is vested by the powers of the state to make your marriage legally binding, which means that your officiant is a pretty big deal. Admittedly, trying to find your perfect officiant is less glamorous than trying to figure out what kind of flowers you want to have at your wedding, but someone has to sign the marriage license and pronounce you spouses!

Although it’d be pretty hilarious if you had The Impressive Clergyman from Princess Bride officiating for you.

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Anyway, there is quite a bit of effort involved in finding an officiant that won’t (these have actually happened, taken from personal accounts):

  • ding-dong-ditch with your $100 and leave your wedding photographer to be the surprise officiant
  • take the opportunity to turn a meaningful sermon into a homophobic, politicized rant
  • call your tasteful choice in classical walk-down-the-aisle music “pornographic” (C’mon, “Air on G String” pornographic?!? You gotta be kidding me!)
  • forget to sign the marriage license altogether, rendering your expensive wedding somewhat meaningless in legal terms

Nowadays, it seems like finding a great officiant is sort of striking it lucky, but it honestly just takes a bit of research, some phone calls, and communication to figure out who exactly you want as an officiant (and who you can promptly ditch).

See what’s legal in your state & county

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I feel like one of the biggest reasons why looking for an officiant is a huge pain in the arse is because there are so many laws regarding marriage that differ not only by state, but by county as well (the ‘federal rights’ vs. ‘states’ rights’ debate never fails to give me a headache). Because there are so many religious denominations out there, it’s sort of hard to keep track of what sort of officiant works under that county’s specific jurisdiction. But this is when I emphasize doing your research, because if your officiant isn’t able to legally wed you in the location of your venue, then you’re going through a LOT of trouble without reaping the most important reward! For instance, in Pennsylvania, you cannot use an officiant who has been ordained online.

The Monastery does a great job of breaking down the legal requirements in each state (as well as showcase the complexity of the law via a nifty meter!) For county requirements, you’ll probably have to contact the county clerk for more information regarding the specifics.

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From Drab to Fab: Adding Color to Your Wedding

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Turn your special day from drab to fab with these fun and easy tips for adding color to your wedding. Color is a simple way to add character and show off your personality. And now that summer is here, you have an even bigger excuse to incorporate color into your wedding. Summer is all about big, bold, bright colors. And, summer is all about weddings. Put the two together, and you get color-filled weddings. Because life (and weddings) are more fun with color.

You can choose a coordinated color scheme or use every color in the Crayola box. You can use color as an accent or as the main feature in your wedding. No matter what you choose, color can help make your wedding extra special and extra festive.

Check out this list below of ideas and inspiration for adding color to your wedding. Let us know what you think!

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Win a colorful and custom cake topper from Hello Plum Studio!

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***This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Alyssa Elliot!***

Anyone who’s planning a wedding knows it’s easy to get swept up in the details, details, details of their wedding day — and for good reason! Sometime’s it’s the details that makes the big day truly special and unique. By now, you all know that we at Wedding Party are all about having a wedding that’s uniquely you — and we want to help you with a small detail of your wedding day. The cake topper!

This week, we’re giving one lucky bride the change to win colorful and custom initial cake toppers for the happy couple’s wedding cake/cupcakes/desserts! These lovely little toppers, created by the amazing Etsy boutique Hello Plum Studio, are just too adorable! Brides and grooms can choose the letters, colors, and even textures of these fun alphabet cake toppers to match the look and feel of their wedding. They look perfect on wedding on pretty much every kind of dessert (cakes and donuts pictured below…yum!), but can be used for other aspects of your wedding decor as well!

Hana of Hello Plum Studio handcrafts every item in her shop, so you know that your cake toppers aren’t just going to be ordinary — they’ll be extraordinary! Besides cake toppers and wedding goodies, Hana also makes tons of other stylish home and event decor items that lends a colorful and modern touch.

Ready to learn how to win your cake toppers? Read on!

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Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

1. Follow Wedding Party on Pinterest here: Wedding Party

2. Comment on this post & tell us why you’d love to win the Hello Plum cake toppers!

3. That’s it — you’re entered!

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Get your cake topper initials in all sorts of letters, colors and textures!

So who’s excited to get their cake topper for free?! Hopefully all of you! Make sure to enter our giveaway before next Wednesday, July 22, at 12pm PST. You’ll kick yourself for missing this opportunity if you don’t!

Big thanks to Hello Plum Studio for working with us on this giveaway! Make sure to visit their Etsy shop here to see more of their products, and Hana on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest to stay updated on the latest with Hello Plum Studio!

All images via Hello Plum Studio. Curious George? Giveaway terms are here.

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