I am so excited to be sharing this gorgeous wedding with you today, because if there is anything I can’t get enough of it is Downton Abbey! And through every detail, from the couples elegant attire, to their historic venue The Glidden House and lavish reception with cut crystal, towering centerpieces, candelabras, chandeliers and a champagne tower; Elizabeth & Matt conveyed the grandeur, opulence and drama of the era perfectly, creating a celebration that once seen will never be forgotten!
Beautiful bride Elizabeth is here to tell us all about her big day and how it came together… “I wanted our wedding to reflect who we are as a couple and where we are headed in life. Basically, Matt and I come from hardworking middle-class families who fell on a lot of difficult times, but through that we both managed to become really successful in our academics (through scholarships and work), and to me that personifies a lot of what it means to be American. In that sense, I wanted the 1920’s vibe because to me it reflects a glittering time of success and celebration.
We are also both big nature buffs so we wanted to tie that in tastefully, through big blooming bouquets, lush cascading vines and the beautiful formality of Downton Abbey times. We worked with our planner to create a magical 20’s Garden Party inspired design, down to the details on the cakes and the curated menu. I LOVED that feeling of seeing it all come together on the day of the wedding. I could tell each of the guests were stunned by it too, people are still talking to my parents and I about how it was the most beautiful wedding they’ve ever been to.”
“Living in Chicago I had access to a great number of wedding dress stores and pretty much tried all of them. After a few months of looking I finally ended up at the small boutique, Alice in Ivory, where I fell in love with the Stella dress by Leanne Marshall. It had everything I was looking for – a simple, elegantly sculpted bodice and a soft, buttery silk skirt made from multiple panels of fabric. It was just a fabulous dress both to wear and to look at. I look forward to hopefully hemming it into a formal gown length because I would love to wear it again! I paired the gown with a lace top, also from Leanne Marshall, for the ceremony and a Twigs & Honey belt for the reception.”
“I couldn’t actually say all the blooms in the bouquet (I know there were at least some cabbage roses and peonies), Lowe’s Greenhouse really took the vision A Charming Fete and I discussed with them and developed it in their own creative way. I was stunned with the end result!”
“Matt and his groomsmen wore classic black tux with a silk/satin lapel, silver pearl buttons/cufflinks, and a personalized velvet and silk, Gatsby-style bowtie that Matt picked out for each of them. He then changed into a stunning black velvet jacket for the reception.”
“The vision for the wedding was inspired by the colors of the late spring season: nudes and pale pinks, accented with dark burgundy and greenery; and the early-1900s charm of the venue we chose. From there I pulled in some favorite, but somewhat random, elements that I wanted to come together like silver antiques, lush flowing greens, looping calligraphy, flowing fabrics and vintage books. A Charming Fete really helped me solidify these thoughts into a cohesive vision and, eventually, a beautiful reality!”
“Saying my vows to Matthew in front of everyone was really emotional for me and I just felt like the luckiest person in the world. “
Oh and if you thought their wedding ceremony was beautiful, just wait until you see their reception!
“As a baker the cake was one of my favorite displays and was surprisingly hard to chose from the many amazing options Luna Bakery & Cafe laid out for us. We ended up going with five cakes (all different sizes) with two flavors – either vanilla almond cake with swiss meringue or chocolate with salted caramel icing. I was very insistent that we stick with buttercream over fondant because I’m such a frosting flavor diva. The end result was five stunning cakes, each with a unique fluffy buttercream design, topped with gorgeous flowers from Lowe’s! Of course this was all surrounded with half a dozen other varied desserts Luna made for the wedding as well.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
It’s the biggest and most exciting art project you’ll ever undertake! Listen to each other and to the professionals to help guide your vision.
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
I LOVE Addison as a person and photographer. Addison was the first vendor I chose because I knew right away her photography style was like nothing else I’ve seen, and I can’t wait to (hopefully) have her with us at other life events down the road J ! She’s simply the best there is.
Isn’t it so absolutely stunning? Every single detail of Elizabeth & Matt’s big day had me swwoning! A huge congratulations to them and a big thankyou to their photographer Addison Jones for letting me share their beautiful wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Addison’s work, head over to her website addisonjonesphotography.com – and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
The historic Palo Alto Plantation in Onslow County takes centre stage and provides the perfect backdrop to this super romantic Southern affair. Showcasing summery floral arrangements with a ‘just-picked’ feel, a beautifully styled tablescape, and a drizzle cake deliciously topped with seasonal berries; everything about this styled shoot is utterly charming…..
Here’s a few words from photographer Danielle Hutchinson to tell us all about it…. “When I began to put together this styled bridal session, I had a vision. I was looking for a venue that embodied old world southern charm and the Palo Alto Plantation did not disappoint. Sitting on 3 acres of land and surrounded by quaint farmland, this historical mansion is complete with its sweeping porches and farmhouse tables. Details of lace, chiffon, pink roses and gems lend to the southern appeal, embodying the local aesthetic.
What a beautiful venue, so perfect for Summer garden wedding! A huge thankyou to all the wedding professionals and creatives for their hard work behind the scenes of this shoot, and especially to the lovely Danielle Hutchinson for capturing it all so perfectly. If you love this shoot and would like to see more of Danielle’s beautiful photography, pop and take a peek at her oh so pretty website at www.daniellehutchinson.com, and be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!
I am more than a little in love with today’s light and airy Summer wedding inspiration board – in fact it has to be my favourite yet! Because instead of the traditional bright and beautiful hues we so often associate with Summer, I took one of 2017’s biggest trends, greenery, and gave it a splash of cool grey and blue to create a look that is vintage but with an understated elegance that is unmistakably contemporary…..
With a Summer wedding you want to make the most of the season with an outdoor ceremony and reception I am sure. But whether you go backyard, vineyard or country estate don’t forget to provide some protection from the Summer sun for your guests – think parasols, hats and suncream. Or find a spot under the canopy of a tree to offer some natural shade, as well as a perfect place to hang some lighting!
Whilst Summer is the perfect season for a floral affair, foliage is the flower of choice at the moment, so when it comes to your bouquet, centerpieces, aisle decor, wedding cake or even your hair, think greenery, greenery and more greenery. Ferns lend a contemporary feel and work beautifully with this soft, cool color palette.
Let the lush greenery and the backdrop of your chosen venue shine by keeping the decor in neutral colors. But keep your celebration from looking too modern with calligraphy stationery, vintage furniture, and cut crystal ware. And yes, that soft grey or cool blue are the perfect shades for your groom’s & groomsmen’s suits! They will look so summery in a 2 (or even a 3) piece suit, paired with a crisp white shirt and tie.
When the bride names Audrey Hepburn as her style muse you know you are in for a treat! And from Caitlin’s tea-length wedding dress to the couple’s marquee reception, everything about this bright and breezy Summer garden wedding epitomises mid-century elegance…..
Much as I love an intimate celebration (we had just 30 guests at our wedding after all) they’re not for everyone, and when Caitlin & John got engaged they knew their wedding was to be a big – joyful – bash!Caitlin explains “John and I had already been together for seven years when we got engaged. That meant we were close to each other’s big families, and we shared fantastic groups of friends, so John and I knew we weren’t going to have a small wedding. There wasn’t a lot of talk about themes or colors; we let a classic, timeless sense of style inspire us and it all started coming together. We just wanted to throw a huge party with everyone we loved – and look really good doing it!”
And as is often the case, finding the right venue was key to bringing their romantic celebration to life…. “We both loved the idea of getting married in Baltimore, so we looked at a lot of venues in the city. John knew right away that the Evergreen Museum and Library was perfect for us. This place had everything — a stunningly elegant Italian-style gardens for our ceremony, a classic art deco patio for our cocktail hour, and a chic carriage house setting for the reception and dance floor. Tons of green space, brick, marble, and romantic dark wood meant that we didn’t have to do a lot of decorating.”
“I wish I could look like Audrey Hepburn every day of my life, so naturally I had my heart set on a tea length wedding gown. I fully committed to old Hollywood glamour with vintage-detailed wedges, a short blusher veil, and crystal stud earrings.”
“I’ll never get over John’s look. His perfectly tailored navy suit from Suit Supply is the best thing he’s ever worn. Luckily for him (and me) he can wear it over and over again. The groomsmen wore matching gray suits with different black and white ties we selected just for them from The Tie Bar.”
“Our ceremony was very personal, and we made an effort to select the readings and songs to represent the happiness and honesty we wanted our marriage to be built on. John’s cousin married us and my brothers each read something that spoke to not only John and my relationship, but to their own personalities, too. “
“My bridesmaids all wore slate gray Alfred Sung dresses in the style they liked best paired with coral shoes. “
“I could not have been more clueless about choosing bouquets and centerpieces, but I trusted our florist Wicked Willow immediately. They created the most unique and gorgeous arrangements, with only very vague direction from me. The flowers were the perfect pop of late-summer color in our mostly neutral palette.
John made the table numbers by cutting and staining wood blocks before nailing house numbers to them. I designed our programs and the thank-you cards we placed at each seat in the reception, along with the art on our pint glass favors. A local artist created a gigantic one-of-a-kind quill art piece that hung behind our sweetheart table during the reception. And my dad did all the calligraphy, including the invitations and the place cards.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Communicate! We learned very quickly that communicating exactly what we wanted was crucial to the entire process and eliminated a lot of stress. We involved our parents and friends in the planning process, but our whole wedding day was very much a reflection of us as a couple. That was mostly because John and I stayed on the same page, made decisions together, and kept everyone constantly in the loop. I sent a LOT of emails and made a LOT of spreadsheets. I’d also say: choose vendors who have style and talent you trust, and treat yourself to a day-of coordinator!”
Those bright summer colors and Caitlin’s gorgeous gown….. it’s all just fabulous! Huge congratulations to the happy couple, and a big thankyou to their photographer Katie DeLorme for not only flawlessly capturing every moment and detail, but also for letting me share her gorgeous images with you here. If her film photography has captured your heart pop over to her website at www.katiedelorme.com, and be sure to follow her on instagram, Facebook and Pinterest to see more of her work.
Heartland Meadows and the rolling hills of Knoxville Tennessee form an idyllic backdrop to today’s elopement styled shoot. The rustic vintage styling adds a layer of richness deserving of such a special occasion; and the intimate table infused with copper, citrus, and this year’s biggest trend greenery, invites the happy couple to continue their celebration in style……
Simplicity was key for this particular editorial, with the creatives involved, led by Heather of The Bride Link, wanting to showcase the romance of a wedding celebration with just the bride, groom and the flowing meadows. A neutral, earthy color palette of light greens and browns was chosen to compliment the natural surroundings, whilst lush wild flowers and greenery were used for the decor and bridal bouquet to reflect the setting.
Mismatched vintage velvet chairs lent some luxury and a sense of age to proceedings, contrasting nicely with the landscape and rustic, solid wood table used. As well as working perfectly with the color palette, the copper elements on the table also brought a warmth and contemporary twist to the tablescape. And the bride & groom couldn’t look any more relaxed or stylish in an ethereal gown that moved beautifully with the breeze and a dapper navy suit and bow tie.
Boudoir shoots not only make a great gift for your groom, they’re also a wonderful way to celebrate your body and capture one of the most important times in any girls life. Today’s breathtaking bridal boudoir comes from Koby Brown Photography, and it uses a rustic venue and a rugged landscape to full effect as the perfect backdrop to a gorgeous bride….
Elizabeth of Avery Lane explains “We love an adventurous bride who knows what she wants, and Laura was exactly that! We all travelled many hours by plane and car to reach her dream photo destinations, Big Bend National Park and the Gage Hotel – and it was well worth the effort.
Laura wanted to include boudoir images to gift to her groom along with a stunning scenic backdrop for her bridal portraits. We started with boudoir at The Gage Hotel, incorporating some beautiful lace elements to add romance to the rustic setting. “
“After the boudoir, we loaded up the car for a couple hour drive into Big Bend National Park, being careful to time our arrival for the perfect light of the setting sun. As any adventurous bride must be willing to do, Laura was happy to hike a bit to the location we had scouted the day before – a stunning place overlooking a view called, The Window. Her gown was a perfect choice for this adventure – she chose a beautiful Martina Liana low backed gown with fabric that had some stretch and did not wrinkle (who knew there was such a thing in wedding gowns?!). The stretch and flexibility of the gown was also important since she planned to ride her horse to the ceremony on wedding day!”
“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Oh how I love it when couples abandon the traditional on their wedding day, in favour of something wow. Especially when the bride shies away from ivory and rocks a wedding dress in bold and beautiful color, like the beautiful Amy! Amy chose to walk down the aisle in a flower adorned, tea length dress in deep shades of pink and red, that couldn’t have been any more perfect for her city-garden venue…..
Amy & Patrick met through work after Amy assisted in the hiring of Patrick – although she assures me nothing inappropriate happened at work, as they were friends for many years before they started dating. The couple had a very short engagement after deciding in the April that they would get married in September – giving themselves just 5 months to plan their big day..
But, by having a clear idea of what was important to them it was more than enough time for this stylish couple to create the intimate celebration they dreamed of. Bride Amy explains “We love seeing our friends and family happy. So guest experience was the most important thing to us when planning, and to ensure that the wedding reflected who we were. We wanted a beautiful venue that wasn’t just a white room in a function centre that could be absolutely anywhere.” And I would say they couldn’t have found a more perfect spot than The Grounds of Alexandria, a garden event space in Sydney.
Both bride & groom also had a clear idea of what they wanted to wear – although finding it was another matter altogether. Patrick wanted a bespoke suit, but unable to choose between two materials he loved he ended up with two! Whilst Amy was firm that there were to be no white, cream, ivory or champagne wedding dresses! Finding her dress maker (magician) was somewhat serendipitous.
When looking for the perfect material for her wedding dress she stumbled across Bewitched Fabrics. There the staff were so helpful that before Amy knew it, they had taken her (with material) two doors down from their shop to La Bottega Di Barbara. After explaining what she wanted, Barbara sketched a dress that embodied it perfectly. Amy says “Barbara put in so much time and work on the dress, it looked better than I could have ever imagined.”
“The florist was provided by our venue and I wanted to ensure that the flowers matched my dress. I also wanted ranunculus, roses and sweet peas, but no silver foliage or baby’s breath. The florists did an amazing job of the bouquet, head piece and table flowers which included the flowers I wanted, along with paper daisies, peppercorn tree and other native foliage.”
“Patrick loves dressing in a suit, so finding just one was always going to be a tough challenge. Patrick knew that he wanted something made just for him rather than a suit off the rack that gets worn to work by some people day in day out. When he approached Ron Bennett and their tailor making service all he was worried about was the unique materials and finishes they could offer. Hence he ended up with two suits that he wanted to wear on the day. Given he would be spending a lot of time in the shirt, he wanted to ensure that it fit him well across the shoulders, arms and waist and again, a tailor made shirt was the only way to go, along with cufflinks in the shape of roses.”
“The first thing we did when we started planning our wedding, was recall weddings we had been to before and what we remembered the most as guests – it became easy from there – number one and two were food and music! With that, we wanted to plan an amazing experience for our guests, so that meant delicious food, great music that we would love and a relaxed party feel that put all of our guests at ease. Everything was done with our guests in mind, from the food, blankets on seats for our older guests, a photo booth for those that wanted some happy snaps to remember the night by and evening organising a mini bus to take guests between the train station and venue.”
Skip or splurge…..
“SPLURGE – definitely the venue/catering and the music. We had two different styles of music in the form of a string quartet for the ceremony and cocktail hour while we had a four piece band for the reception.
SKIP – formal transport. Amy drove Patrick and some close friends to the venue (in her wedding dress!) in a rental van that we had used to deliver items to the venue the day prior and the day of the wedding.”
Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Don’t sweat the small details or spend a lot of money on things guests don’t remember, invest it on things people will remember.
Try not to take on too much DIY yourself. Now is not the time to be stressing about putting together flowers, order of service booklets or sewing dresses.
Try not to agonise over seating charts, it’s for one night only and sometimes people just need to be polite to the strange person sitting next to them.
Don’t feel the need to do or not do something “because that’s what happens at weddings”. If you love a trend, run with it. It’s not about making anyone else happy other than yourselves, after all it’s probably the only time there will be a lot of time, money and effort spent on the celebration of your love, so make sure the majority of the decisions are about you.”
“One of our dear friends owns a cupcake business (with the best buttercream icing I have ever had) and we asked her to create us a small cake for the two of us to cut at the wedding and then enjoy (alone!) afterwards. Lisa created us a four tier six inch vanilla cake with her amazing buttercream icing throughout. It made for great snacking over the weekend! The cake topper cost me $3 from a craft shop and was spray painted the morning of the wedding!”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Bless Photography was the result of a google search! Once we had secured our venue we then looked for a photographer that had previously shot weddings there. Bless Photography stood out for all the right reasons! All of their photos had a great feeling about them, people looked relaxed, candid, non-posy, as though they were actually having fun and made us think, “yeah, I would want that on display in my home”.
Tamar offered an “Engagement Shoot” prior to the wedding which allowed us to all get to know each other a bit more and assisted in us being far more comfortable in front of the camera. This definitely made things easier on the wedding day.
Tamar ensured that we got the best out of our day by suggesting we move the ceremony forward an hour so we could have daylight and night time photos – something we hadn’t even considered at the time of booking the ceremony, but this definitely made all the difference! We had asked that they almost appeared invisible during the reception, which they managed to do but we still ended up with the most amazing photos. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographic choice.”
Today’s wedding inspiration shoot took place in the beautiful state of North Carolina but abounds with European elegance, inspired by the architecture and old world charm of the venue that serves as its backdrop, The Bradford. The lush florals, splashes of gold and vintage details create a rich and romantic visual feast, and all in the prettiest palette of peach and purple!
Before we jump straight in to all the gorgeous details, here are a few words from photographer Alaina Ronquillo… “The Bradford is a charming European inspired wedding venue with a breathtaking terrace. The goal was to create something romantic, elegant and fresh as we prepared for spring around the corner. Our colors were soft pastels including shades of pink, lavender, dusty blue and peach. Cottage Luxe’s European parquet table paired with two Alexandrian chairs fit the look we were going for. Touches of gold from the candlesticks to the flatware tied in with the natural tones of the house.
The florals from North Raleigh Florist were so elegant and lively. Our table arrangement featured roses, greenery and baby kale. And hand painted ribbons fell gracefully from the bride’s bouquet. We wanted the day to imitate an actual wedding day. So we started with the details all the way to those romantic sunset photos. The bride’s simple tulle dress from Gilded Bridal was perfect for that golden dusk light.
My favorite part of the shoot though was seeing our models, who are actually engaged, together! When they saw each other for the first time, you could definitely feel the love. The way they looked and smiled at each other was so precious. And at the end of the day, that is the most important aspect of the wedding; the love a couple shares for each other!”
Isn’t it perfection?? It’s left me wanting to plan a trip to Europe…. or a weekend at The Bradford! A huge thankyou to the lovely Alaina Ronquillo for capturing the whole shoot so beautifully, and too all the wedding creatives involved for their hard work behind the scenes. If you love this and would like to see more of Alaina’s beautiful photography do pop across to her website at www.alainaronquillophotography.com, and don’t forget to follow her on Facebook and Instagram.!
I am more than a little in love with today’s inspiration board because if truth be known I have always been green with envy of those gorgeous old barns you built so beautifully over there in the US. Their rustic charm and pastoral grandeur never fail to wow me, making them my absolute favourite wedding venues! And this inspiration board captures that, mixing it with a little modern vintage elegance and an alternative color palette to create the most delightful fall wedding…..
I do so love an unexpected color palette, and so when creating my barn wedding I decided to go with an array of soft and dusky blues, rather than the ubiquitous mustard yellow, burnt orange and rich reds (much as I adore them!)
Whilst this is predominantly rustic wedding inspiration, I added a hint of vintage elegance with a gold calligraphy invitation suite and cut crystal glasses, as well as the groom’s tweed 3 piece suit bride’s delicate lace bodice. The lush organic florals too give a nod to the dutch masters, whilst lending some much needed softness to the wooden venue.
Layer with rich fabrics such as silks, velvet and to add further softness to your celebration. And when it comes to lighting, another consideration for these rustic venues, I always say go with the 3 Cs – chandeliers, candelabras and candlesticks! I love the mix of rustic, vintage and contemporary design details.
Long gone are the days when vintage meant either shabby chic, a tea length wedding dress or flapper style headpieces. Today’s vintage loving couples are taking their love of eras past and infusing it into a modern celebration in the most stylish ways, and I absolutely love it! And Meagan & Adam are the perfect example of this. They tied the knot at the Jackson Terminal in Knoxville, and took the industrial feel of the space with its vintage brick walls and exposed beams, and added a layer of romance to create the perfect backdrop for their summer celebration!
Meagan’s chosen color palette of blush pink, mint, cream and gold, alongside the Summer blooms and mismatched bridesmaid dresses, added more than a hint of softness and romance to their industrial venue. But the couple kept their decor minimal, allowing the architecture of the historic building to shine, and included modern elements such as geometric terrariums filled with succulents, which they mixed with old bicycles, rustic DIY signs and vintage suitcases. And Meagan’s Granddad’s old truck made a special appearance, as a surprise gift for the bride, unveiled during their emotional first look!
Here’s the lovely bride herself, to tell you all about it….. “We got married at the historic Jackson Terminal in beautiful downtown Knoxville. We knew we wanted to get married downtown (that’s where we met, worked together for a long time, and love hanging out in our free time), and there were many beautiful downtown venues. But when I walked in JT, I knew it was the right space. The size was perfect, not too big or too small, and we could have both the ceremony and reception in the same space. I loved the historic and somewhat industrial feel, and Adam loved all the dark wood and architecture. We found it by just driving around and exploring downtown venues.”
“My perfect dress was the first dress I tried on at the first appointment I made to try on dresses at the first dress boutique I visited. I orginally spotted my dress on the BHLDN website and started following the designed (Watters) on Instagram. The more photos I found of my gown, the Penelope, the more I fell in love with it and knew that it may be the one. When I walked into White Lace & Promises in Knoxville, TN I asked for the Watters Penelope by name and tried it on first. It was love at first sight. I tried on many others, but just kept coming back to that first dress.”
“I searched high and low for the perfect shoe. I had envisioned a dainty gold sandal with a small heel. After ordering and sending back many pairs of not-quite-right shoes, I finally found the perfect shoe (again on the BHLDN website), but they were out of my size. So, I went directly to the designer and purchased them from Klub Nico. They were exactly what I was hoping for, and were comfy all day long!”
“My bouquet was absolutely gorgeous. I chose Lisa Foster Floral Design Studio for my florist and she and her team were wonderful! My color palette was blushes and pinks, mints and light greens, creams and golds. My bouquet included mostly roses, succulents, dusty miller, and seeded eucalyptus. My bouquet was medium sized and round shaped- simple and elegant.”
“I finished my look with a sweet, simple flower crown. During the ceremony and for part of the reception I wore a fingertip veil with gorgeous eyelash lace detail. My jewelry choices were simple- no necklace or bracelet, only teardrop opal earrings from designer Everything Angelic (also purchased at White Lace and Promises).”
“My sweet groom wore a light grey, slim fit suit that we found at Jos. A. Bank with a white button-up shirt, handmade light brown leather suspenders (made by leather artist, Carol McCoy of Real Leather Stuff), and a mint, striped bowtie that we ordered from Etsy shop Tangled Ties. He wore paisley blush/grey socks and cognac colored leather wingtip shoes. He looked more handsome that I could have ever dreamed.”
“I chose eight bridesmaids to stand by my side as I married the man of my dreams. I chose friends from each stage of my life- ladies that I consider to be lifelong friends. Several of the girls were best friends from college, a couple were old roommates, a couple were my closest friends since I’ve moved to Knoxville, and one was my new sister-in-law (and great friend).
I was going for a romantic and airy look for my bridesmaids. I gave my ladies a couples of shades of blush to choose from and described my style and vision to them, and let them find a dress of their choosing. Half of my girls chose long dresses and the other half chose short dresses- it just happened to work out equally! They all chose different styles and fabrics (each fitting their own unique personalities), but all of the dresses they ended up choosing came from BHLDN. The dresses ended up looking AMAZING together – I couldn’t have planned it better if I had tried to do it all myself. Each bridesmaid wore gold sandals (some with a heel, some wore flats), but all shoe styles were different yet beautiful together.”
“My groom chose the attire for his groomsmen. The eight groomsmen and one junior groomsman were dresssed in various shades of light grey, slim fit suits. Groomsmen were not given one specific suit to purchase, but the suits all blended and worked well together. They wore white button-up shirts, brown leather suspenders, cognac colored wingtip shoes, and each had their own special bowtie and fun patterned socks in shades of blush, mint, and grey.”
Since March Adam he had been restoring Meagan’s grandfather’s vintage Ford truck. On Saturdays, he would say that he was going to “work,” which he technically was… but he was working on making the old truck run again. When they did their first look the truck was placed behind the two of them, and after they saw each other, he surprised her with the key.
“My dress made me feel beautiful, lovely, and everything I had imagined I would feel on my wedding day. It was completely comfortable all day long. I loved it so much that I didn’t want to take it off by the end of the night. My groom couldn’t take his eyes off of me in my perfect dress, which was exactly what I had hoped for. It fit me in all the right places, and was great for lots of twirling on the dance floor.”
“The reception was in the same venue as our ceremony – Jackson Terminal. We wanted both events to be in the same space to keep it simple and to best use the beautiful space. The reception area was delineated by gorgeous ivory drapes from floor to ceiling. I rented these romantic drapes from All Occasion rentals. There was lots of greenery, moss, and flowers. I wanted everything to look natural, lovely, and romantic. All signage was done with cute chalkboards. Our gift table was set-up with a vintage white suitcase to house any cards that were given. Myself, my florist, my family, and my event coordinators decorated the reception area perfectly!”
“We had a large piece of furniture that displayed not only pictures of us (recent and childhood photos), but also displayed an entire shelf of photos of those family members that have passed on before our wedding. We truly wished they could have been there to celebrate the joyous occasion with us.”
“I really loved our wedding guestbook. Adam got me a polaroid camera a couple of Christmases ago, and I absolutely love the thing. I take it everywhere, and I am obsessed with the vintage look of the photos it produces. So, for our guestbook, we had guests take a polaroid photo, and them post it into our book with a small area to write a little message to us. It was one of my favorite touches!”
“Our wedding cakes were crafted by Sweet Beginnings by Elaine. Elaine makes some of the most delicious cake I have ever tasted, and we were very happy with her beautiful work. Instead of one large cake, I chose three smaller cakes. The “bride’s cake” was a two-tier cake in the middle decorated with lots of lovely pink flowers. The two smaller cakes on each side were one tier and had fun icing textures/patterns. The wedding cake flavor was strawberry with vanilla buttercream icing.
Our serving-ware for our cakes was borrowed from my mom. It was the same serving pieces she used at her and my dad’s wedding back in 1983. It had lovely mother-of-pearl handles, and was perfect for our wedding style. I loved the extra personal touch it added.”
Pearls of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride…
“Start early! Give yourself time for planning mishaps! Give yourself a planning cut-off date- mine was the Wednesday before the (Saturday) wedding. I needed a few days to celebrate and NOT worry about the details. Make a word document with all those little details, DELEGATE, and then drink wine and relax. : )”
Tell us a little bit about your photographer…
“Erin Morrison was a dream to work with. I actually found her through another photographer I had contacted. When this other photographer told me she was booked they recommended Erin …it was MEANT TO BE. Erin was the perfect match for us. Erin herself is lovely and real, and her work truly reflects that – it shows raw emotion and real moments. She does an amazing job of capturing little moments throughout the day, and those are the moments I didn’t want to miss. She was great to work with, and I was extremely pleased with her work. Erin made us feel like we were the coolest, cutest couple in the world, and she made the whole day flow effortlessly. I liked that she took the reigns with planning the day’s photographic opportunities, and really embraced all the beautiful moments and details throughout the day. If I did it all over again I would choose her every time!”
Isn’t it just gorgeous?? I love that couples no longer feel their wedding must fit a certain style or period. A huge congratulations to the happy couple Meagan & Adam! And a big thankyou to their photographer Erin Morrison for not only beautifully capturing every moment and detail, but also for letting me share her gorgeous images with you here. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of Erin’s work, pop on over to her website at www.erinmorrisonphotography.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.