From incorporating two different cultures on their wedding day to the bride’s parents singing I’ll Stand By You, this wedding was anything but ordinary. Jennifer and Edmar’s Brazilian and Puerto Rican wedding took multiculturalism to a new level. With help from their wedding planner Truly Yours Coordinator, they were able to incorporate their different cultures in the food, drinks, and yes, even Samba dancers.
To top off this spectacular ceremony, the wedding day fashion was straight out of a magazine. The bride’s gown gives Bridgerton meets modern-day princess vibes and the colorful teal groomsmen suits were a perfectly coordinated pop of color. But seriously, you’re not going to want to skip past this wedding. Keep scrolling and let pictures from Jessica Jones Photography sweep you off your feet.
Jennifer and Edmar
Sydonie Mansion, Mt. Dora, Florida
A Brazilian and Puerto Rican Wedding
The one thing we wanted most was to embrace both of our cultures and bring them together. Edmar is Brazilian and I am Puerto Rican so we incorporated a few of our favorite desserts and drinks from each of those places to add a special touch to our wedding. We served traditional beverages such as Coquito and Caipirinha. Guava pastries, quesitos, and brigadeiro were some of our favorite desserts to share with our guests as well.
Advice From The Bride
Stay true to yourself! It’s so easy to get caught up in beautiful styled shoots or wedding traditions. Although styled shoots are a great way to get inspiration and find vendors, it can sometimes make you feel that your wedding needs to meet a certain expectation. Remembering the true meaning of this big day and making it about what you both love will put your mind at ease, and give a unique touch to your wedding.
First Surprise: Parents Performing
The first surprise at our wedding was one from my Mom, Dad, brother, and Uncle. They dedicated to us the song “I’ll Stand by You,” by The Pretenders, and performed it for us. My mom sang beautifully in English for the first time. My dad held it down with the saxophone along with my brother and uncle, who accompanied on the guitar. They are all musicians and it was such a beautiful and emotional moment. I wasn’t the only one shedding a tear during their performance.
Second Surprise: Samba Dancers
The second surprise was from me. Edmar’s family is from Brazil and I wanted to incorporate a part of their culture into our wedding celebration. So, I hired Samba dancers and stilt walkers as part of the entertainment of the night. After cutting the cake, my coordinators snuck me back into my room to change into my festive gown for this part of the night. On cue, the Dj played Samba music as the Samba dancers and I walked out together into the crowd to start the Hora Loca (which translates to crazy hour). His family was so excited about the surprise and danced the night away reminiscing on popular songs from Brazil. You can see in the pictures how our families and guests were having such a great time celebrating us both.
Congratulations to Jennifer and Edmar on their spectacular Brazilian and Puerto Rican wedding. Major shout out to Jessica Jones Photography for capturing and sharing this day with us. If you’re looking for more multicultural wedding inspiration, check out this dazzling multicultural Western and Sikh wedding celebration and multicultural fiesta wedding at City Centro Oaxaca.
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A wedding complete with a seaside ceremony, handwritten notes to each guest, and five different food stations—talk about unique and absolutely beautiful. Emily and Calvin’s ocean meets greenhouse Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm wedding was California sunshine meets natural glam. With the color palette of terracotta, salmon, blush, and champagne, planner CCL Events created a moody yet dreamy vibe that perfectly contrasted the eco-friendly indoor and outdoor space.
After tying the knot with the Santa Barbara coastline as the backdrop, the couple celebrated with their guests in a greenhouse reception full of thousands of cafe lights, dancing and drinking, and food stations galore. We’re talking pie, churros, oysters, sushi, and even hot Cheetos.
Thank goodness photographer May Iosotaluno was there to capture every detail. One look at these photos, and you’ll be pining for a California sunset.
Emily and Calvin
Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Santa Barbara, California
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Personalizing The Ceremony With Music
To make our ceremony more personal, we decided to each be walked down the aisle with both of our parents. Our parents and family mean the world to us, and it only made sense that Calvin and I both were able to have our parents by our side during that special moment. We also chose songs for the ceremony that were lighthearted and fun, like Baby by Ariel Pink for our bridal party and The Bird by Anderson Paak for Calvin and his parents. For my walk down the aisle, we went with something more dramatic and classic, Unchained Melody. It was also important that we had our ceremony overlooking the ocean since many significant moments in our relationship took place on the beach where we had our first date or near the sea, where he proposed!
Why An Orchid Farm Wedding
We chose our wedding venue Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm because of the romantic yet breezy California coast that it encompasses. We wanted to honor the beautiful coastline that we love so much and throw in some contrast with the warm terracotta, salmon, blush, and champagne hues. We wanted the day to feel dreamy and romantic yet fun and bold. We wanted our guests to feel the love and joy on our day of celebration.
A Special Handwritten Note To The Guests
The most important thing about planning our wedding was that each and every one of our guests had fun and felt our love. They all mean so much to us, our individual growth as humans, and our growth as a couple. For our wedding day, we wanted to give it all back to them. We handwrote individual letters to each guest just to tell them how special they are to us.
Incorporating Unique Food Stations
We had plenty of snacks and appetizers that our guests could enjoy because we both love to eat! We had a sushi handroll and oyster station because…how could we not with that amazing ocean view? We also did a hot Cheetos station with all our favorite flavors. A churro station because we both love churros. My personal favorite was our pie station with our favorite pies from the Pie Hole. We both love pie over cake, and our wedding date was 3/14, so it only made sense that we opted out of cake entirely and had a pie cutting.
Congratulations to Emily and Calvin on their orchid farm wedding! We’re so glad that May Iosotaluno was there to capture every stunning detail of the day. Love their mismatched bridesmaids dresses? Then check out how to pull off the mismatched bridesmaids dresses for your own wedding
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Are you ready to see love take new heights? Then you’re in the right place. Because this dreamy aerial seaside elopement inspiration put together by photographer and Junebug member Maria Bryzhko is one of the most epic styled shoots we have ever seen. With the help of planner Officina Giuseppe Villa, the Aero Club Como flight school was transformed into the perfect ceremony backdrop using dried palms, pampas grass, and florals, all arranged by Gea Flora.
After the faux “I do’s,” the beautiful couple took to the water for some stunning portraits with the seaplanes, a small yet colorful dinner and cake cutting, and a champagne farewell. Have we piqued your interest? Good, then keep scrolling to see a shoot that will make your heart soar.
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Marisa and Kamil’s elegant Old Port of Montreal wedding is modern meets old Hollywood glamour, and we can’t get enough. The couple hired expert planner Elyna Kudish who transformed the Montreal Science Center into a space full of velvet accents, romantic candlelight, extravagant white florals from Atelier Carmel, and pops of sage green. We can’t get enough of the modern marble-inspired cake from Yuki Bakery.
Photographers and Junebug members Joel & Justyna captured the essence of the day, including a romantic taxi ride to the venue and love-filled portraits on Montreal’s cobblestone streets. So, keep scrolling to see the beauty of their day because these photos are truly worth a thousand words.
Marisa and Kamil
Montreal Science Center, Montreal, Canada
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A Memorable First Look
We had initially hesitated about seeing each other before the ceremony. We wanted to keep some tradition. However, we ultimately decided on doing a first look, and we are so glad that we did. It was one of the most intimate moments that we shared that day—apart from our vows, of course— the other was our first dance. We had the opportunity just to share some moments of calm with one another before things got hectic. Most of the day after that first look was a blur and seemed to pass by so quickly, so having that time before the festivities was priceless.
Why an Old Port of Montreal Wedding
Our venue was located in the Old Port of Montreal. We were both born and raised in Montreal, and the Old Port has special significance to us. We were looking for a blank canvas with lots of natural light and an open feel. Our venue provided us with an abundance of natural light throughout the ceremony and into the early evening.
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The Importance of A Planner
We had the privilege of working with an amazing wedding planner, Elyna Kudish, who helped us bring our vision to life. She was there with us every step of the way. We explained our vision of a clean, elegant, modern feel that incorporated our Caribbean roots. She was able to help us bring that to fruition through the venue, decor, entertainment, and food. We couldn’t have done it without her.
Congratulations again to Marisa and Kamil on their elegant Old Port of Montreal wedding. We’re so thankful that Junebug members Joel & Justyna were there to capture every sophisticated detail. To see more of their work, check out their profile in our directory of wedding photographers from all around the world!
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Calling all non-traditional wedding lovers! You’re not going to want to miss this one. Claudia and Jordan’s glam parking garage wedding 1111 Lincoln Rd was the perfect showcase of relaxed elegance. With the help of Junebug member The Creative’s Loft, the pair turned a parking garage into one of the most glamorous spaces we’ve ever seen.
With red, pink, and white florals mixed with tropical greenery–put together by Primrose Florals–and a bar overlooking all of downtown, this just goes to show you that you can turn a blank canvas into something incredible with the right vendor team.
Keep scrolling to see their tropulent affair–and don’t skip out on the video put together by Made in Video, which perfectly captures the lighthearted, fun vibes of the day!
Claudia and Jordan
1111 Lincoln Road, Miami, Florida
Laid-Back Wedding Day Vibes
We wanted to do something different. Neither one of us were huge fans of traditional weddings and—to be honest—we were considering not having one. When we decided we would it had to be unique and everything had to be done our own way. We wanted a party where people could do what they wanted when they wanted. If they wanted to dance, there’d be a dance floor. If they wanted to drink, there’d be multiple bars. When they wanted to eat, there’d be different food options the entire time. Chill and lounge? Couches, tables, and chairs available everywhere–but no ten-person round tables with assigned seats. We basically wanted a party that celebrated us getting married.
Personalizing The Ceremony
We had a very small private ceremony a few weeks before our wedding that included the traditional Jewish and legal requirements. Then we had Claudia’s brother officiate the ceremony, which added a very personal touch. He told the story about how we met and spoke about our relationship together. This personalized the ceremony and seemed to connect us with our guests more. We also wrote and read our vows to each other. This was one of the highlights of the night.
Why 1111 Lincoln Rd
We live in Miami Beach and a few blocks from our home is an amazing parking garage that doubles as an event space. We pretty much zeroed in on this as our venue because it was a beautiful structure, was close to home (you can actually see where we live from the garage), and was a completely open canvas to create whatever we wanted. The contrast between a concrete garage and a black-tie event was perfect for us.
Congratulations to Claudia and Jordan on their glam wedding at 1111 Lincoln Rd! Thank you to Junebug member The Creative’s Loft for helping organize the day and sharing it with us. To see more of her work, check out her profile in our directory of best wedding planners in the world!
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Caitlin and Farley’s Australian-inspired wedding at The Highlands Estate was full of tiki drinks, an oyster bar, a life-size cardboard cut out of Steve Irwin, and a 90-year-old grandpa dancing to Marvin Gaye. Sound fun? We know! The couple proved they know how to throw one serious party.
With the help of planner Brianna Lopez, the two combined their love for the land down under and San Francisco–where the two met. While we could do all of the talking about this colorful DIY affair, we love how their photographer Paige Nelson described the details!
Photographer Paige Nelson On The Couple’s Special Day
The couple currently lives in Australia and planned their destination wedding day at The Highlands Estate–just outside San Francisco, where the couple began their journey. Farley has a Ph.D. in Ornithology, and his research focused on the Australian magpie, so his suit jacket lining had a custom embroidery of the bird. All of his groomsmen had personalized Indochino jacket linings with embroidered inside jokes as well.
Caitlin, Farley, and her mom made the cheesecloth table runners. The mother of the bride made all of the bouquets. Her sister, Megan, made the three cakes that featured handmade toppers of their cat and dog. Her best friend and bridesmaid, Sarah, did her hair and makeup.
The oyster bar–one of Caitlin and Farley’s food obsessions–opened at cocktail hour. Farley is passionate about tiki drinks and Caitlin loves gin, so the couple offered a “his” and “hers” cocktail. For her speech, the groom’s sister brought in a life-size cardboard cutout of Steve Irwin.
Lauren and Erik
The Highlands Estate, Cloverdale, CA
Combining Australia and San Francisco
Our relationship evolved in San Francisco, and we spent a lot of time exploring the more rural areas of California. We both love the Californian landscape–vineyards mixed into the rolling hills and the surrounding forests. Australia became home for the last four years, so it was important to combine the two lifestyles together. Family and community are incredibly important to us, so we wanted to create a vibe that connected everyone and everything that matters to us. This is how the farm table, family-style meal came to be. Touches like the table names of where our guests traveled from, hints of our obsession with games, and our two favorite cocktails helped us create this personal “us” vibe.
Why The Highlands Estate
We wanted an outdoor venue. We liked the option of having the barn in case the weather was bad. What really sold us were the included farm tables. Those were non-negotiable for me, and including them in the venue cost sealed the deal.
Personalizing The Ceremony
Farley’s father and best friend were our celebrants. Mike told a personal story of us, and Jack (Farley’s Dad) did the official ceremony. We did a handfasting ceremony with rope from his family sailboat. We said our own vows. Then, we toasted with everyone after we said, “I do.”
Wedding Planning Date Nights
Farley established “wine wedding Wednesdays” where every Wednesday for most of the year in the lead-up, we ate dinner and drank wine while we planned. Not every night was productive, some ended in fights, but it meant the wedding was planned together, and it ensured both our voices were heard.
A Non-Stop Dance Party
The dance floor was incredible. We kicked the reception off with a shared first dance–inviting our guests to join us, rather than watch us. This ignited a dance party that had nearly every single guest on the dance floor most of the night. Caitlin’s Irish 90-year-old reserved Grandfather even grabbed her for a dance that shocked everyone.
Congratulations again to Caitlin and Farley on their colorful DIY Aussie-inspired wedding at The Highlands Estate. We’re so glad Paige Nelson Photography was there to capture every detail. If you’re feeling inspired to add some DIY touches to your wedding, check out our DIY wedding guide where we breakdown everything you need to know about planning your own!
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