Some wedding inspiration to get you through the 2nd half of your Monday!

A few weeks ago our good friend {and associate photographer}, Jen, asked me if I’d like to shoot her inspiration shoot with her.   My response?  “HECK YES”!

Wedding planning can be very overwhelming.  Thanks to wonderful sites like Pinterest and Wedding Gawker, as well as numerous online inspiration blogs, which make planning a little easier.   After you have your vision down for your wedding, the most important, which, also happens to be the most difficult is executing your vision and bringing it to life.

DIY weddings are full of personal touches and style.  Why not put your wedding apart from the rest?  The best way to add personality in a wedding is through the details.  It’s all about the details!   Details enhance a story {your story}.  Weddings and parties are not the only times you can add creative details.  They also work well {and look great} in stylized shoots!

I think if I wasn’t a wedding photographer who loves photographing these wedding details, I would absolutely be a party planner of some sort, lol.   I love any opportunity that I can put my creativity into something and make it my own.

I’m happy to share this shoot with you 🙂

Vendor Details:

Wedding Planner: Becky Vanderbeck | Simply Chic Wedding and Event Design |

Photographer/organizer: Jennifer Baumann Photography

Photographer: M2 Photography

Beautiful models: Liz & Gus Alteri, friends of Jen.

Location: John James Audubon Center |

Florist: Heather Potter | Cottage Flowers |

Cupcakes: Tawny MacArthur | Vanilla Bean Cupcake |

Wedding cake: Maryellen | Cakes and Candies by Maryellen |

Petite Desserts: Brittany Davies | BDelicous Cakes |

Furniture, Linen, and Dessert stand rentals: Party Rental LTD |

Stationery: Sarah Higgins | Due Cuori Designs |!

Drinking glasses: Purchased at Anthropologie

Plates: Purchased at BHLDN

Groom outfit: Express for Men

Bride’s dress: White by Vera Wang

Bride’s hair and makeup: Tara Phillips |


Love this ribbon banner made by Becky.

Who knew moss would add such a great touch?  I use it for some interior decorating, although, Michael doesn’t like when I dig patches out of our yard ;0) haha.

Who needs an expensive cake topper?  You can very easily make this one!   Use burlap or canvas fabric (which also make great table linens)!

Now this is a sweets table!  Who doesn’t love a sweets table?  Okay maybe some people, but 97% of your guests will appreciate the sweets (and the cuteness too).

Use similar fonts throughout your wedding details.  Invitations, programs, labels, place cards, etc.  It’s a nice little touch and keeps everything consistent 🙂

A non-traditional way of showcasing name cards.  Again, this can be done by anyone.  You order the cards, buy some ribbon and antique frames (perfect thing to go thrifting for).  Antique frames may require some new paint and while you may be busy doing other wedding planning, this is a great project to pass along to your hubby to be.  Trust me, he’ll probably enjoy this more than most other honey-wedding-dos you’ll have for him.

In addition to the cards, frames, paint, and fiance…you’ll also need some glue and mini clothes pins.  Save on Crafts is a great place to get craft supplies.

The basket below is a perfect example by adding a small personal touch.  By wrapping ribbon around the handle, adding fake flowers and a personalized wooden heart, this plain wicker basket just went high on the cutness radar!

You can also find a lot of great detailed themed things on Etsy.   Again, with using the same font and colors, they attached little labels {which have different sayings} to ribbon on the back of chairs.

Flowers and candles in mason jars {on top of moss..optional :} covering the length of the tables look just as cute as really fancy (and expensive) centerpiece arrangements.

Taking a piece of twine and “tying a knot” with the sliver adds a nice personal touch.

Making your own signature cocktail is great for backyard and more intimate weddings.  Unless you don’t mind refilling frequently, lol, I suppose it could work for larger weddings too.

While packing up the shoot, Jen did the most graceful fall that I’ve ever seen.  I know it looks more like she’s relaxing happily in the grass, but nope, this is just shortly after falling.   This is why we love her…this girl always has a smile on her face!


I hope this gave present and future brides some wedding inspiration.  At the very least…detail eye candy!


Happy Monday!


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