First Look Friday: Father + Daughter by Anna Delores

Happy First Look Friday! Last week we shared a shot-by-shot of Julia + Tom’s First Look… Tom’s face was incredibly endearing as he watched Julia walk down the aisle. That is why we love the first look… but is it always going to be about the groom? No way! The only thing more “awww” worthy than a tear-struck groom is seeing the father of the bride’s face when he FIRST sees his little girl… see below!

FIRSTLOOKFRIDAYannadeloresSee? Sweetest. Thing. Ever. Thank you SO much to Anna Delores for capturing this special moment between this father and daughter! And be sure to check out our Bridechilla™ Tip on why it’s so great to capture the first look between bride and father. With that being said, Hopefully everyone has a great weekend… see you on our next #FirstLookFriday!

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First Look Friday: Julia + Tom by Off The Beaten Path Weddings, Photos by onelove photography

Welcome to another First Look Friday! We have absolutely loved sharing bits + beautiful pieces of Julia + Tom’s Off The Beaten Path Wedding. From a pre-wedding interview about planning like a Bridechilla™, to a recap of their wedding day, it would be kind of crazy if we didn’t include them in our FLF Series!

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Thank you SO much to our friends at onelove photography for capturing this special moment between Tom and Julia! Tom’s face is just too endearing NOT to share! Enjoy the rest of this Bridechilla™’s chill day on the onelove photography site. And of course, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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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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First Look Friday: Tara + Justin by Off The Beaten Path Weddings, Photos by onelove photography

This play-by-play first look gets more and more heart-warming with every photo… We can’t
deny that Tara + Justin’s First Look is one for the books. Enjoy this series and come back again
next week for another First Look Friday!

tara + justinThank you SO much to our friends at onelove photography for capturing this special moment between Tara and Justin! Enjoy the rest of this Bridechilla™’s chill day on the onelove photography site. And of course, HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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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

First Look Friday: Ronnie + Jennifer by Michelle Kim Photography

Happy Friday! This is why we love the First Look Photo. This groom’s face describes how we feel about today being FRIDAY. But more importantly, we’re soooo in love with how much happiness is shown between these two…you just know they cannot wait to marry each other.

First Look Photo by Michelle Kim Photography Thank you SO much to Michelle Kim Photography for capturing this special moment between Ronnie + Jennifer! Michelle Kim also beautifully photographed our 2013 Off The Beaten Path couple + Bridechilla™, McKenzie and Tim. See them here… and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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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.

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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

First Look Friday: Matt + Allison by Michelle Kim Photography

First-look photos are FULL of heart-warming emotion, and really touch those of us who can’t resist that very instant the couple sees each other.  So why not end the week on something sweet? Last Friday, we kicked off our new column, First Look Friday. So every week, it will be our pleasure to share a first-look to start your weekend off with… enjoy!

Matt + Allison by Michelle Kim Photography FIRST LOOKNow this groom has to be in our top 5 best groom photos – isn’t his expression AMAZING? Now this guy is ready to say “I do” (or shout it!). This is the kind of love we LIVE for here at Bridechilla™. Thank you SO much to Michelle Kim Photography for capturing this special moment between Matt + Allison! Michelle Kim also beautifully photographed our 2013 Off The Beaten Path couple + Bridechilla™, McKenzie and Tim. See their here… and HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

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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