Teal and Coral Wedding With Succulents in Healdsburg by Off The Beaten Path Weddings

Succulent BouquetStephanie and Jeremy’s wedding was one of our absolute favorite events of 2013. With a stunning color palette, succulents galore, a great team to produce the design, and Matt Edge Photography there to capture it… How can you not be 120%, head over heels in love with this wedding?

Steph and Jeremy 1It truly was an honor for Off The Beaten Path Weddings to create this day for Steph + Jeremy. Everything from the earth-to-glass cocktails to the extra touches that made the event shine even more in our minds.

Steph and Jeremy 2The mercury glass, teal napkins, and even the vintage wood boxes are SINGING when combined with the perfect color palate and the perfect touch of simplicity.

Steph and Jeremy 3 Did we mention that the location was pure magic? A true dream on a summer night!Steph and Jeremy 4To make this day even better, Steph was kind enough to say a few words
about her experience with us…

steph and jeremy bride We had a wonderful experience and I would absolutely hire Mary Ellen and her team again! They did a fantastic job with our wedding from start to finish. Conceptually Mary Ellen and I were on the same page as far as styling, food selection and over “feel”. It was executed flawlessly. We flew up to meet with Mary Ellen 3 times (we live in San Diego) to do a site visit, pick out details at the showroom, food tasting and final overview. I was the type of bride that knew what I wanted from a big picture perspective but didn’t necessarily have every detail outlined and Mary Ellen did a great job of taking my vision and making it a reality beyond my imagination. Our guest still continually tell me how amazing, elegant, romantic, personalized and touching our wedding was. Everyone had a great time, raved about the food and kept saying over and over that they had never been to such a stunning wedding. As a bride, that was music to my ears. :)


steph and jeremy thank you

Credits: Event Production + Styling: Off The Beaten Path Weddings / Wedding Location: Healdsburg, CA / Photographer: Matt Edge Wedding Photography / Floral: Mary Ellen Murphy of Off The Beaten Path Weddings / Venue: Private Estate / Wedding Dress: Pronovias La Sposa / Shoes: Adrianna Papell / Veil: handmade by bride’s mother and grandmother / Jewelry: Banana Republic and Stella & Dot / Hair and Makeup: Veronica Passalacqua / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bill Levkoff / Flower Girl Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar / Caterer and Wedding Cake: Off The Beaten Path Weddings / DJ: Walt Vega of Off The Beaten Path Weddings / Table and Chair Rentals: Wine Country Party And Events / Videographer: Dave Waldorf / Stationery: Rachel Thornton

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Bridechilla™ Tip #57

Tip #57 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Make the love of your life smile before you even walk down the aisle with this chill idea!

Love-noteThings you’ll need:

  • Flower girl
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • And a few sweet words of LOVE

Chances are you already have 75% of these things, so all you need to know now is what to do with them. Remember, this will take you 5 minutes to do and it can even wait until the day of your wedding (yes, this is a procrastinator friendly tip!) because it is so simple and such a sweet gesture for that person waiting at the end of the aisle for you.

Love note (by EmDashPaperCo on Etsy)

Simply ask your flower girl to walk down the aisle as planned, except at the end, have her hand a note to the groom as soon as she’s there. Your note can say something sweet, like “I can’t wait to marry you” or “I can’t wait to kiss you”, anything your heart desires to say GOES! This Bridechilla™ Tip is soooo simple and will definitely put a smile on his/her face right before you come in to view.

Love youWe love these love notes by elyellapaperdesigns on Etsy too!

This big

Happy love note writing ‘chillas!


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Bridechilla™ Tip #56

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Tip #56 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Have an OYSTER BAR at your wedding or next party! Let’s turn your wedding in to a celebration with something fun, fresh, AND unique. Oysters, … Continue reading

Blush Wedding With Lavender in Healdsburg by Off The Beaten Path Weddings

onelove photoShannon + Simon’s wedding was the perfect balance of class, glam, and a little bit of a rustic touch. Mary Ellen and the team at Off The Beaten Path Weddings created a style customized to this Bridechilla™ and her husband’s needs and desires. See the full day below…

Styling by Off The Beaten Path Weddings, Photo by onelove photographySimon + Shannon wrote each other letters before the ceremony instead of seeing each other, a good alternative to the First Look photo if you ask us! Styling by Off The Beaten Path Weddings, Photo by onelove photography

We enjoyed designing with the rustic chic white tables, birch vases, hydrangea, and touches of lavender around every corner..  including the cocktails! Who knew that a tiny garnish like lavender could make such a HUGE difference in presentation. Sometimes less is more isn’t it?

Styling by Off The Beaten Path Weddings, Photo by onelove photographyCredits: Event Production + Styling: Off The Beaten Path Weddings / Location: Private Estate in Healdsburg, CA / Photographer: one love photography / Caterer+ Chef: Cheyenne SimpkinsOff The Beaten Path Weddings / Hair + Make-up: The Bride and her sister / Production and Rentals: Wine Country Party / Officiant: Nigel Staton / Dessert: Sweetie Pies / Ceremony Music: Patricio @ Off The Beaten Path Weddings / Bar: Chris @ Off The Beaten Path Weddings / Guest Lodging: Hotel Healdsburg & Dry Creek Best Western / Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation

lavender tossCheers to Shannon and Simon! See their full wedding gallery here.

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Bridechilla™ Tip #55

Tip #55 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Talking table decor? Let us inspire you with some of our earth-to-table designs.
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As our wedding season is approaching, we can’t help but have our blog bursting with tons of inspiration from our recent seasons. Spring has begun which means there are florals, herbs, succulents, and many other elements we love to design with available. Paired with carefully chosen linens, moss and vintage wood boxes, birch, mercury glass, and much more, these are our original designs that are made to inspire and be the foundation to a beautiful day – from start to finish.

off-the-beaten-path-weddings-design1These images are straight from real Off The Beaten Path Weddings, and completely original! So start saving your favorites so you can have your event designer see what you want!

Off The Beaten Path Weddings DesignWe are in love with each and every one of these details and hope you’ve found more than enough to get you thinking about your tables. To make sharing easier for you, save this online lookbook of our table designs!

Happy designing!

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Photo Credits: onelove photography,WENDY K YALOM PHOTOGRAPHY, Michelle Kim Photography, Matt Edge Photography

Bridechilla™ Tip #54

Tip #54 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Start thinking about YOUR bouquet recipe and get inspired with some of our personal floral designs!

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsLast week we introduced some really chill cocktails, and before that we were helping you choose that perfect craft beer to serve at your wedding, and the previous week we were talking about including rosemary in your tablescape… SOOOO I guess you can say we are getting excited for the upcoming season and want to help prepare our readers.

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path Weddings So this week, we are at it again! In the spirit of SPRING, we can’t help but talk blooms. Yes, those pretty little things popping out of the ground lately. We’re loving all the colors growing around us and want to share some with you!

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsReady to be inspired? Straight from some real Off The Beaten Path Weddings, here are some of our bouquets from the 2013 season… Save your favorites so you can have your floral designer see what you want!

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsOr stick with us until the end and see how you can DIY your own Bridal Bouquet… it just might be easier than you think.

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsIs your favorite bloom something as simple as a coral Tulip? Simplicity is elegance, if you ask us. Take your favorite flower to use strictly  in your bouquet… use what inspires you! Fall in love with simplicity…

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsRemember choosing a bouquet ingredients and colors for your bridesmaids includes using florals that will go with the overall look. That means contrasting the colors in their bouquets with the color of their bridesmaid dresses… make those florals POP!

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsOr go softer with a classic white bouquet if you’re doing a neutral color palette. You can’t go wrong with this these soft tones…

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsThe choice is yours! Colorful bouquet or classic white bouquet? Choose your bloom.Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path WeddingsAnd now for the DIY Bridechilla™… this is for you! It’s time to put those hands to work and create your own wedding bouquet (or simply something pretty to have around the house). Below you will find a bouquet recipe you just might love as much as us!

Bouquet recipe!Recipe for the PERFECT SPRING BOUQUET:
You’ll need…

  • Astilbes
  • Ferns
  • Seeded eucalyptus
  • Succulents
  • Garden roses

This vintage peach bouquet is soft, perfect for spring, and also has a statement succulent that has us absolutely in love with it.

Personal Florals by Off The Beaten Path Weddings

Hopefully this floral inspiration has gotten the ideas in your head BLOOMING!

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Photo Credits: onelove photography, LILI DURKIN PHOTOGRAPHY, Michelle Kim Photography, Matt Edge Photography, ISA PHOTOGRAPHY // RECIPE BY J.F. FLORAL COUTURE

Bridechilla™ Tip #53

Tip #53 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Get inspired with these earth-to-table cocktails, and bookmark this cocktail recipe for tonight!

LibationsLast week we introduced some really awesome ways to bring rosemary to your next tablescape. If you haven’t seen the post yet, check it out here and be ready for another way to pair nature’s elements with what’s going on your table tonight. Straight from some real Off The Beaten Path Weddings, here are some of our most favorite craft cocktails.

Guests love the welcome cocktail! The perfect reason to have a welcome cocktail for your guests arriving to your wedding… keep note, summer Bridechilla’s!

SpikedSpiked or not spiked?

1799151_10152278339178482_2090184914_oKeep an eye on those lovely little details! We’ve got plenty to go around :)

DetailsEmbellish your next cocktail with what ever inspires you!

Cocktails for all! Whether it is adding a small flower, mint, sprigs of lavender or rosemary with your recipe, making an earth-to-table cocktail is easier than you think… you just need the right inspiration.

CHEERSTo make a single serving of BLACKBERRY MINT LEMONADE:

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 18 mint leaves, torn
  • 2 cups frozen/fresh blackberries
  • ice
  • 3 mint sprigs
  • 4 cups natural store-bought lemonade
  • mint sprigs
Instructions
  1. Bring the water and sugar to boil in a small pot. Stir the water/sugar mixture until the sugar is dissolved then turn off the heat. Add the torn mint leave and give the pot a stir. Allow the simple syrup to cool.
  2. Add the blackberries to a blender. Place a strainer over the mouth of the blender and pour the mint simple syrup into the container. Discard the mint leaves. Blend the simple syrup and the blackberries on low speed for just a few seconds at a time, just enough to break the berries apart but not enough to puree them.
  3. Fill a juice pitcher halfway with ice and add the mint sprigs. Pour the lemonade and the blackberry mixture over the ice. Stir the blackberry mint lemonade and add more ice if necessary before serving.
  4. If not, serve, enjoy, and SAVOR THE EXPERIENCE!

Refresh yourself

CHEERS!

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Photo Credits: onelove photography, Michelle Kim Photography, Matt Edge Photography // RECIPE BY SAVORYSWEETLIFE.COM

Bridechilla™ Tip #52

Serve craft beer at your wedding!

Tip #52 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Try something more chill and serve a selection of craft beer at your wedding!

Sasha PhotographyChampagne is a great way to celebrate, sure, but let’s talk about something more savory to toast to the newlyweds with: CRAFT BEER. If you’ve been pondering the idea of serving craft beer at your reception, you might as well give up the fight now because below you will find 5 strong reasons to have it:

  1. More options! And no, we definitely aren’t talking about Bud, Miller, or Coors. We’re talking CRAFT BEER. There are almost 1,600 craft breweries in the U.S. brewing beers with their own unique ingredients in their own unique way. This is why craft beer is different. Don’t settle for the same beer found at your local Circle K, go to your LOCAL Craft Brewery and do a tasting! Your guests will thank you later for showing them the goodness that is Pale Ale, Lager, or something stronger. Remember, you have tons of choices!
  2. Brewed with perfection. Craft beer has been described as, “10 minutes of pleasure, pure happiness in a glass, authentic, archetypical, an intellectual beverage that is to be savored not swilled and much, much more. It is enjoyed for everyday celebrations and is viewed by many as one of the special things in life that makes the day taste and feel a little better.” by CraftBeer.com and we couldn’t of said it better! Serve your guests a highly respected beverage by beer enthusiasts all over the world.
  3. Hello, fewer calories. Need we say more? You probably worked out for MONTHS to have that perfect bridal bod, why ruin it with a beverage packed with empty, flavorless caloriest? Have something that you can *savour* the entire night!
  4. Less expensive! If you serve your guests “beer-water” A.K.A. the other beer (let’s not do any name calling), they will most likely consume more of it to catch a little buzz. So you will have to supply more. Here’s our question: Why serve guests multiple, flavorless beers when they can savor a couple IPA’s and catch the same buzz and enjoy something with better quality?
  5. Life is short, drink better beer.  ‘Nuff said.

There you have it. Five awesome reasons you can blame for the best wedding planning decision you’ve made yet. So you’re planning to serve craft beer, but what should you serve? You should keep in mind that although craft beers are made with a complexity of amazing ingredients and treasured by millions all over the world, including Off The Beaten Path Weddings Chief Inspiration Officer, Mary Ellen Murphy – not everyone has tried the versatile beverage that is craft beer so you want to be careful about choosing ones that are too strong.

Serve craft beer at your wedding! Another tip – be sure to visit the local breweries in your area to find the right selection. And again, please keep your guests in mind! You will have the serious beer drinkers, the uninitiated beer-water drinkers (whose lives are about to be changed forever), and the people that are in between. A good selection of craft beer at your reception would include a Pale Ale and Lager for your guests new to craft beer, and then a few other special selections for the more passionate craft beer fanatics.

Serve craft beer at your wedding! Also another thing to keep in mind when choosing your craft beer – the food. You definitely want to pair your craft beer with your chosen entree so be thinking of how the flavors will flirt with each other.

Serve craft beer at your wedding! In conclusion, craft beer is something that is treasured by many and should be enjoyed in moderation, shared, and revered. As you can probably tell, we’re big craft beer fans here at Off The Beaten Path Weddings  + Bridechilla™, so of course we’re going to be a little bossy when trying to help you do it right. But now it’s your turn! Tell us your favorite craft beers, what selection will you be serving at YOUR wedding?

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Enjoy responsibly!

Photos by: Kat Braman, and sasha photography (second from top) Planner/Designer: Desiree Dawn Events, Stationery: Make Merry!, Floral: Julia Rohde Designs, Bridal Gown: Bacio Bacio Bridal, Beer: Due South Brewing Co. via Grey Likes Weddings

Bridechilla™ Tip #51

Tip #51 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Use touches of rosemary for your earth-to-table look.

Off The Beaten Path Weddings is known for being able to combine elegance and nature all on one table scape. We love bringing nature in to our event design process, but only just enough to embellish the already beautiful location of the event. The key is to use just enough, so that the event has a balance of sophisticated decor and organic touches. One of our favorite elements to use is rosemary. And why is that? It works in SO many different ways; and it is so delicate, simple, and plus – it smells amazing! See for yourself below and prepare to be inspired.

2013 Bridechilla Julia and husband Tom had a little touch of rosemary slipped in with their menus.  (Event Design by Off The Beaten Path Weddings, photo by onelove photography)

2013 Bridechilla™ Julia and husband Tom had a little touch of rosemary slipped in with their menus. (Event Design by Off The Beaten Path Weddings, photo by onelove photography)

Ways to use rosemary in your wedding decor:

Rosemary PlacecardsDID YOU KNOW:  During the middle ages, all elegant weddings utilized the herb rosemary, which is the symbol of remembrance and fidelity. Sprigs were dipped in gold, tied with a ribbon and given to the wedding guests.

Use rosemary to play up your placecards. Simple and easy to DIY! (photo via OnceWed)All you need to do is type out names, print on cardstock, punch a hole, and stick a little rosemary in… or even tie it with a strand of twine… so easy and it looks beautiful!

This wedding was a stunner! The couple gave each guest baguettes as favors to take home. And to embellish those delicious favors? Rosemary.  (via SMP, Planning Soiree by Simone Lennon, Photo by Delbarr Moradi Photography)

This wedding was a stunner! The couple gave each guest baguettes as favors to take home. And to embellish those delicious favors? Rosemary.
(via SMP, Planning Soiree by Simone Lennon, Photo by Delbarr Moradi Photography)

Rosemary infused olive oil with escort cards... LOVE. Thanks for creating this, Live View Studios, and thanks for sharing this, Wedding Chicks!

Rosemary infused olive oil with escort cards… LOVE. Thanks for creating this, Live View Studios, and thanks for sharing this, Wedding Chicks!

Are you looking for an informal, yet stunningly beautiful escort card and favor idea for your big day? This rosemary infused olive oil is the perfect solution for adding a stunning (and tasty) wine country touch for your guests to enjoy.

cranberry and rosemary cake

The perfect winter cake! Embellished with rosemary AND cranberries… and a little frosting never hurt anyone :) (via thenaturalweddingcompany.co)

Don’t these two cakes just capture what a natural wedding is? Something as simple as sprigs of rosemary can make something look so lovely and cheerful.

rosemary wreathed cake

We love this rosemary wreathed cake, it’s even topped with more of elements of nature. What’s not to love? (via thenaturalweddingcompany.co)

If anything, a cake topped, wreathed, or surrounded by rosemary would be the perfect way to add just enough natural elements to your outdoor wedding. The best part about being set between earth and sky is all the beautiful and simple things to be found right where you stand. Now, go put this inspiration to work!

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Bridechilla™ Tip #50

Tip #50 – How to be a BRIDECHILLA™ by Off The Beaten Path Weddings – Get to know your wedding VIBE with Off The Beaten Path Inspiration Boards.

Off The Beaten Path Weddings has recently begun creating inspiration boards for every future Bridechilla™ to help guide us and each couple through the wedding design process.  So, what is an inspiration board? An inspiration board is a collection of imagery chosen to evoke the style and essence of each wedding. Each board is designed based on the desires and vision each couple wants. Below you will find examples for each couple… which one would you choose for your wedding? Remember you can share it on Pinterest!

Kate and Patrick's inspiration board for a May 2014  Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

Kate and Patrick’s inspiration board for a May 2014 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

The couple requested blues, yellows, greys with a mixture of succulents and flowers on the tables. Kate says, “I want it to look natural and blend with the environment.”

Chine and Robert's inspiration board for a June 2014 Off The Beaten Path Wedding

Ching and Robert’s inspiration board for a June 2014 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

The couple requested shades of coral and greyish blue hues. They wanted their wedding to be a “rustic, romantic, foodie paradise, nature inspired and a big banging party!” and we plan for it to be just that!

Callie and Ralph's inspiration for a June 2014 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

Callie and Ralph’s inspiration for a June 2014 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

This animal-loving (And saving! Did we mention they are soon-to-be veterinarians?) couple requested shades of pale/pastel yellow, charcoal grey and pink as an accent color. They want a pet-friendly, summer wedding with a casual + elegant vibe.

Courtney and Benjamin's inspiration for a July 2014 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

Courtney and Benjamin’s inspiration for a July 2014 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

With shades of sage, olive, white with some peach accents and dark wood, linen and mercury glass… Courtney and Benjamin’s day will be the perfect outdoor wedding and we can’t wait to execute this look!

Carli and John's inspiration for a July 2014 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

Carli and John’s inspiration for a July 2014 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

We love the touches of succulents and the “anthropologie-esque” feel of this wedding! With shades of orange, beige, and succulent green, their day will easily be a beautiful day full of nature-inspired elegance.

Erin and Ross' inspiration for a July 2015 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

Erin and Ross’ inspiration for a July 2015 Off The Beaten Path Wedding.

Erin and Ross were extremely helpful in helping us create this vibe board! Erin described their wedding vibe to be rustic, organic, casual yet sophisticated, simple, vintage, farm-to-table, with natural tones such as whites, greys, and taupes. They wanted to leverage the natural beauty of the surroundings and let “nature do the work”, could they be more chill?

We’re looking forward to creating more and more inspiration for our future couples and still have plenty more inspiration to share. Upcoming vibe boards for Lisa + Keary, Maggie + Brian, and Natalie + Michael are coming up so stay tuned!

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