1950s Weddings

A Sweet Mid-Century Inspired Maryland Wedding

MEGHAN ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY

Tricia & Aaron’s Celebrations At The Bay wedding was full of sweet, heartfelt moments but hosted a day more full of laughter and partying! From the retro invitations to Tricia’s tea length ModCloth wedding dress and blusher veil, to the homemade jam wedding favors and the vintage suitcase for collecting their cards, Tricia and Aaron showcased their love of classic retro style, without ignoring a romantic contemporary touch thanks to their gorgeous greenery aisle arch and centerpieces. All in all, it is chic vintage perfection!

“My husband is from Kent Island (just over the Bay Bridge) and my family is from the Baltimore suburbs, so we chose Pasadena as a middle ground for the two. Celebrations’ was a beautiful setting on the water at sunset. We really took a risk having it outside on the water in November, but I feel like it was worth the chill! It was truly beautiful.

I am a lover of all things retro or mid-century, I also know that I’m a total klutz so I could never wear a long dress! For me, I drew inspiration from my grandmothers wedding photos and as many mid-century brides as I could find on Pinterest. As much as possible, I tried to draw from the mid-century décor I had, like my vintage train case I found for my make-up I used for my card box.

Our wedding colors were dark teal and mint. I decided to let the bridesmaids chose their own dresses, I always felt that makes it affordable for them and they can chose a style that really fits their body type!

 I went back and forth on what types of flowers and in the end just went simple with pillar candles and the eucalyptus on the tables. I feel like it was clean and pretty and the table number added the retro touch.”

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“I literally bought my dress online the day after I got engaged. I had seen it when I was browsing their website and I just wanted to see what a short dress looked like on. I knew as soon as  I put it on that it was perfect for me. I have extremely short legs so I knew with the right heel it would look perfect. I chose the mint shoes because, well why not? My flower girls wore mint as well. I loved the t strap of the heels, I think it gave the extra retro touch I was looking for.  My hair, done by one of my best friends was exactly how I imagined. I thought that a little beehive with that adorable short veil and a little retro flair to my makeup.”

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“I wanted to make my own bouquets originally, but then I realized I was biting off more than I could chew. I didn’t even know what they’d look like until the day of (which was scary) but Brigid knew my vision. I wanted pale pinks and creams that wouldn’t over shine the dresses. I said I liked wild open roses and hypericum berries for the corsages. I also love greenery, so I asked for a lot of eucalyptus to be used & small bouquets for the bridesmaids & jr. bridesmaids to add another retro touch.”

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“As far as Aaron goes, I wanted him and the guys to be comfortable. I liked the idea of a 3 piece suit, but I also just liked the vest.”

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“My grandmother passed away about 3 years ago and she always made jam for holidays. So I made her jam recipe for our and everyone got one as their place card/favour. The whole process made it feel like she was there, from making the jam with my mom and Aunt, to tying a ribbon and nametag on. I wanted something people could actually use & I felt like jam had a retro feel to it also.”

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“For our wedding cake we each got a layer of flavour we liked – red velvet & strawberry short cake. I decided to keep the cake design simple with a retro polka dot and a laser cut topper with the words “the best is yet to come”. It was really delicious! “

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….

“Stop worrying about making everyone happy. Remember that is your day!! Don’t let the little things discourage you, even if your friends bringing a plus one you didn’t plan on! You just have to roll with it, because before you know it the day is here!”

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Tell us a little about your photographer…

“First of all, Meghan is amazing, I can’t say enough good things about her. She is so thoughtful and really great at what she does. She and I knew each other from years before where we attended the same church and reconnected when I got engaged. She is patient and meticulous at her craft, and SHE WILL ask you to stand in a bush, but speaking from experience, it is one of my favourite pictures!”

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See what I mean? Tricia & Aaron’s wedding was perfection! Many many congratulations to them both, as well as a big thankyou, to them and of course to their wonderful photographer Meghan of Meghan Elizabeth Photography – who captured the whole celebration so beautifully. If you love her photography and would like to see more of her work head over to her website meghanelizabethphotography.me and be sure to follow her on InstagramFacebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Or if you love this retro and super romantic wedding, and are looking for more inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see Caitlin & John’s Museum garden wedding, and Amy & Patrick’s city garden wedding (Amy’s dress is an absolute MUST see!) or Sonia & Jule’s Woodland wedding with their high tea reception.

 

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Meghan Elizabeth Photography // Venue – Celebrations At The Bay // Wedding Dress – ModCloth // Bridesmaids Dresses – J.Crew, Betsey Johnson, Torrid & Nordstrom // Bridal Shoes – Dolce Nome // Veil – Me & My Girl Vintage // Earrings – Kate Spade // Invitations – Cate Joyce // Floral Design – Mobtown Florals // Makeup – Charm City Skin // Hair – Lauren Ward // Groom’s Attire – Macy’s // Bow Tie – My Bowtiful Creations // Wedding Cake – Catering by Uptown // DJ – DJ Denise // String Players – Heather Stebbins & Greg Jung // Favors – Jam Made by the Bride // Table Numbers & Sticker Labels for Favors – Pangea Printing

Wedding Wisdom

Choosing Your Wedding Photographer – Digital vs Film

Choosing someone to capture your wedding can be a daunting task. Your photographs last a lifetime, a much loved reminder of one of the most magical days of your life, long after the day is over. So getting your choice of photographer right, is quite possibly the most important decision you will make when it comes to your wedding – more so than even the dress! Knowing this I wanted to start a small series of wedding wisdom posts, with advice on how to pick a wedding photographer. Today I am sharing the first one with help from Emily of The Ganeys, starting with the difference between film and digital photography.

Choosing Your Photographer - Digital vs Film

With film photography seeing something of a resurgence, medium has become another key factor in the decision making process. But its important to understand the difference and some of the pros and cons of each before choosing your photographer. So allow me to hand you over to an expert, Emily of The Ganeys, who photographs with both, to get a low down.

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“Aside from stylistic differences, there are two big buckets that photographers fall into. There are digital shooters and there are film shooters. Most of the film shooters also shoot with digital (doing a little of both and using the camera that best fits the scenario – making them hybrid photographers). There are a few photographers that shoot exclusively in film.

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Digital Photography

Digital photography became popular, for a reason. You can take an endless amount of photos. It is cost effective. Thousands of images can be saved on a memory card the size of two quarters. You can see how you’re doing throughout the day. There is instant gratification. It is fast to replace a memory card when it fills up. You can manipulate the images in a variety of ways. You can shoot well in low light situations. Digital photography is incredible.

However, on the flip side, digital photography also became “easy.” You can “spray and pray” taking 10 or 20 photos of the exact same scene, and hope that one or two comes out as you had hoped. It has made some photographers careless, saying “I can fix that in post production.”

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Film Photography

Film photography is timeless. The photographer is required to slow down and double check their setting. When I’m shooting film, I feel more present with the couple, as I’m not looking down at the back of my camera. I believe the colors of film are more true to life. Film forces the photographer to understand light and know exactly where the subject should be positioned to get the best images possible. Finally, I love the softer quality (you can’t see every wrinkle or pore) aspect of film.

On the flip side, there’s a lot of risk with film – in almost every aspect. You can expose the film incorrectly by accidentally bumping one dial on your camera. The film can be lost in the mail. The film could be developed incorrectly by the lab. There’s risk there. And that is terrifying – which is why many film photographers shoot with digital as well, making them hybrid shooters. On top of the risk, film is also expensive. The cost of film, developing the film, and shipping adds up!

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See for yourself….

To see more differences between digital and film, search for hashtags on instagram. #digitalphotography or #filmphotography would be a good starting point. You could also search for cameras such as #5dmarkiii (digital camera) or #contax645 (film camera).

Think about the options and decide what fits your needs for your day. You may not care. You may be attracted to one or the other. But it is definitely something to consider when looking for a photographer.

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Even more important than the difference between digital and film, I would say that when picking a wedding photographer, you should like their style and ensuring that you feel comfortable with the photographer you’re working with. Personalities matter a lot. You’re probably going to spend more time with your wedding photographer on your wedding day than your future spouse! This is a big decision – and film photography versus digital photography is just one element of that decision.”

With benefits and risks for both, I think it all comes down to personal taste, and I couldn’t agree more that style and personality are just as important! A huge thankyou to the lovely Emily of The Ganeys for sharing her expertise and words of wisdom with us. If you loved these glimpses of her beautiful photography, you should take a look at Alex & Amanda’s romantic wedding, she captured it so perfectly! You will find lots more over on their website at theganeys.com – and don’t forget to follow Emily & Thomas on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Be sure to check back here too, as I will be sharing more advice from Emily on finding your perfect photographer, as well as some engagement session tips!, over the coming months.

Amy

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Groom & Groomsmen

Vintage Groom’s ‘Morning Of’ Editorial

FRANCESCA FRANCESCA PHOTOGRAPHY

Today we turn our attention to our gorgeous grooms! Because whilst a wedding is often said to be all about the bride (and her dress of course!) the truth is there are two people stood at the aisle, and modern couples put just as much focus on the style choices (and grooming) of the groom – and rightly so!

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As brides we put so much time into planning our pampering for the morning of, its easy to forget that the getting ready ritual is just as essential for our grooms! Dedicated to grooms and their all important ritual the morning of the big day, this styled shoot showcases the barber art (both a traditional wet shave, and a beard groom) and was shot in the most charming vintage B&B in Jesi, a town in the Le Marche region of central Italy. Meticulously restored some years ago, the B&B, its architecture and decor recalls the elegance of eras past perfectly.

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Isn’t it fabulous?? And so great to see the focus on the groom for a change – more grooms styled shoots please! A big thankyou to everyone involved in this stylish vision, and especially to Francesca Francesca for photographing it so perfectly. If her dark and moody photography has you head over heels, you can seen more of it over on her website www.francescafrancesca.com. You will also find them on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest.

If you loved this and are looking for more ideas for the man in your life, do take a look at this dapper wedding inspiration shoot, or if its more style you’re after then The Gentlemanual‘s insights on rocking a colored suit on the big day, and some of the key groom’s accessories:  the humble pocket squaresuspenders and the tie bar, are must reads!

 

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photographer – Francesca Francesca // WP & Floral Design – Loving Marche Wedding // Barber – Roxy Rose // Barber Products – Proraso // Location – Le Conce // Groom’s Shoes – Lanciotti De Verzi

Rustic Vintage Weddings

A Sweet Vintage Inspired Wedding with Pops of Red

GLORIOUS MOMENTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Morgen & Dillon chose a heartfelt venue in which to exchange their vows and become husband and wife. Morgen explains “My father is the pastor of a beautiful historic church in Commerce, GA that included a nature trail, an expansive patch of greenery and an easily accessible bride and groom prep area. Not to mention the church has a very special place in our hearts.”

Keeping the decor simple, and largely DIY, the couple chose a color palette of mostly white, grey and green with accents of red, an important color to them, as well as hints of copper to compliment a vintage pin Morgen inherited from her grandmother and chose to wear on the day. Throughout the planning process, they didn’t forget what their day meant and was all about.

“The most important thing for us was to try to have fun with everything and not care so much about the details. We skipped having a flower girl or ring bearer mostly because we didn’t know any small children that would be up for the task; we skipped sending out save the dates because we were planning a wedding in six months; we also skipped the bouquet toss and the garter toss because we thought it was a little embarrassing and nobody seems into it anymore at weddings these days. Wedding planning is stressful enough, and we were also determined to spend as little money as possible because the most important thing was that we were going to be married.”

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“Dillon landed on a classic grey suit chosen for its timeless stylish appeal. The tan shoes and leather suspenders complemented the grey well and this neutral color palette was able to support the tiny pop of red that he chose for the bow ties.”

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“I needed a dress I could move in and breathe in. I knew I wanted a simple frame covered in lace with vintage inspiration but with a modern flair.”

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“We loved the letter exchange that we did before the ceremony. Instead of a first look and instead of gifts, we just exchanged letters and prayed together before the event took place.”

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“Dillon said his favorite parts included seeing me for the first time as I was walking down the aisle – and getting to dance with everyone at the reception!”

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“Our flowers were mostly greenery and included white wild flowers. They also included spots of red to tie into our color scheme and were surrounded by copper ribbon. We wanted and hoped to use bright red poppies as our flower, but unfortunately they do not hold up very well in the heat and outdoors so we used Gerberas instead.”

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“Our wedding cake was made by our cousin, Rebecca Harper of Becca Ann Bakes. It was a delicious marble cake with copper and white frosting.”

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“Most of our wedding was handmade and DIY. This included the invitations, signs, centerpieces, and decorations. We also had my brother MC and my dad even built the dance floor himself.”

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride…

“We highly recommend premarital counselling as you prepare for the big day. There are a lot of big conversations that need to take place and high stress levels as wedding planning takes place. It is easy to get swept up in the event and the food and the flowers and forget about the other person (your future spouse) and the important, live changing decision your are making together. We also recommend asking other people for help in prepping for the big day. It helps lower your stress level, gets tasks off your plate, and allows you enjoy this time verses running around and worrying about little things.”

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Tell us a little about your photographer…

“Our photographers were amazing and did such a incredible job. Gloriana, owner of Glorious Moments Photography, and I knew each other from years ago, and when she heard I was engaged, reached out to me to both congratulate me and offer her services. Her wedding package was beyond a fair price and she was prompt and detailed with her contracts keeping me on track and making my life 1000% easier. She went above and beyond for us scheduling an engagement shoot, meeting with us in person multiple times to plan the ceremony, find out what was important to us, and just to get to know us a little better as a couple. She went above and beyond the day of the ceremony, bringing an extra photographer in, keeping us on schedule, making me feel beautiful and confident.

She captured all the pictures we wanted and was able to capture little details that make looking back on that day even more special. She was professional and kind and knowledgable and considerate. After we were married she and her husband invited us over for a preview session that included a short video and recommend printing options in case we wanted to order large prints or make a photo album. And then to top it all off, she gave us more photos that we originally thought we were going to get ahead of schedule! And…she even gave us a christmas present this year. An ornament to go on our tree that wished us a Happy First Christmas. Above and beyond. Amazing work. We would recommend Glorious Moments to anyone.”

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Huge congratulations to the happy couple, Morgen & Dillon, and a heartfelt thankyou to them and their photographer Gloriana of Glorious Moments Photography who captured their celebration so perfectly, for allowing me to share it with you here. If you would like to see more of Gloriana’s work be sure to pop over to her website www.gloriousmoments.org – and don’t forget to follow her on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Or if you love this relaxed vintage wedding with all of its DIY details and are looking for more inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see Laura & Jake’s heartfelt rustic-vintage woodland wedding, Shelby & Zachary’s bright and beautiful floral affair and Seana & Brian’s 1920s inspired celebration.

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Glorious Moments Photography // Ceremony Venue – Hebron Presbyterian Church // Reception Venue – Hebron Presbyterian Church // Floral – Enchancted Florist // Stationery – Morgen Billingslea // Wedding Cake – Becca Ann Bakes // Wedding Dress – BHLDN // Headpiece – vintage from grandma // Bride’s Shoes – Tommy Hilfiger // Submitted via – Matchology

Inspiration Shoots

Greenery Filled Rustic Vintage Wedding Inspiration from Greece

SOTIRIS TSAKANIKAS

Today we’re being taken all the way to the city of Syros in Greece, with this oh-so-romantic wedding editorial set in a turn of the 20th century textile factory – a venue far more breathtaking than it sounds! Inspired by their location the creative team incorporated items from the factory; bobbins, spindles, needles, textile books, sewing machines, fabrics, and looms, to beautiful effect. Brimming with greenery, that compliments the neutral color palette so perfectly, you can’t be anything but completely captivated by it!

Greenery Filled Rustic Vintage Wedding Inspiration from Greece

By way of a proper introduction, here are a few words about this shoot from the team….. “Threads, fabrics, lace were our basic elements. An embroidered stationery suite. Brown thread on off-white cotton cloth.  Garlands with white roses and eucalyptus leaves draped elegantly over a wooden table added the element of nature missing from the factory. We gathered various old chairs. We created a long table with workbenches that we kept untouched to maintain the image of their aged and tired surfaces.

The 40’s porcelain dishes, painted with an oily color and golden designs were in keeping with the green garland. Embroidery threads from Dimitris’ collection and retro glasses and cutlery with golden details made the table setting unique. Rose Loukoumia, a traditional sweet of Syros, with its covering of powdered sugar was delicately placed in retro cut glass bowls. White candles added a warm touch to the room while the classic bistro lights made the setting like a fairytale. 

We chose a Yolan Cris wedding dress. A mix of different French laces stitched on an A line that fell loosely and delicately to the floor. The bride’s bouquet consisted of various species of eucalyptus, as well as astilbe or ‘false goat’s beard’, lisianthus, and roses in a relaxed formation. The groom’s suit in a navy blue combined with a checkered waistcoat and a blue bow tie lent him the appearance of a classy gentleman.

The wedding cake also followed the colors of the space. White, gold and beige – with gray watercolor detailing. With the backdrop of exposed firebricks, their presence and strength proving the impossible possible.”

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Isn’t it just lovely?? I am so in love with the muted palette, and who would have thought an old Cotton factory could make such a perfect wedding venue?! Huge and heartfelt thankyous as always, to all the wedding pros and creatives who lent their talents to create this inspiration for you. But especially to photographer Sotiris Tsakanikas who captured it all so flawlessly. If you love his Fine Art style of photography and would like to see more of Sotiris’s work do pop and take a peek at his website sotiristsakanikas.com, and be sure to find and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

And if you’re this elegant take on rustic has you swooning, you will love this stunning editorial inspired by Legends of the Fall, or this greenery filled shoot all the way from England – it has a similar muted color palette! And speaking of palettes, this wedding inspiration board and its rich fall colors is perfect for a rustic vintage wedding!

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Credits & Contributors

Photography – Sotiris Tsakanikas // Film Lab – Carmencita // Stylist / Planner – La Fête // Floral Design – Red Box Days // Wedding Dress – Yolan Cris // Bridal Boutique – Primalicia // Veil – Pronovias // Wedding  Cake – Alexander Pavlov // Hair & Make-up – Iosif Hair Experience // Groom’s Attire – Christakis Athens

Inspiration Boards

Muted Greenery – Spring Wedding Inspiration in a Chic Neutral & Green Palette

Greenery may no longer be the color of the year but it’s destined to be a trend throughout 2018 (at least) – and always remain a favourite of mine! Especially when it comes to creating a chic color palette and a lush look, on a purse-friendly budget. Today’s inspiration board, and its restrained neutral tones, highlights just how lovely this look can be…. and why I hope it never goes out of fashion!

Muted Greenery - Spring Wedding Inspiration Board

Muted Greenery - Wedding Inspiration Board

Bride & Bridesmaids – Cottrell Photography via Coastal Bride on Aisle Society // Engagement Ring – Susie Saltzman, Photography by Tamara Gruner Photography via Hochzeitsguide // Stationery Suite – Jose Villa Photography via SMP // Place Setting – Erich McVey via Magnolia Rouge // Groom’s Shoes – Samantha James Photography via Magnolia Rouge // Drinks – Rachel May via Wedding Sparrow // Wedding Cake – Kendalls Cakes, Photography by Rachel May via Wedding Sparrow

The key to this oh so chic look is simplicity, it is the ultimate sophistication after all! Keeping the palette to muted neutrals, silver and pops of green. Which makes this palette not only perfect for Spring but any season really! Whatever time of year you decide on though, give your celebration a garden vibe with lashings of seasonal greenery.

For a Spring, or Summer, wedding choose somewhere like a vineyard or country estate and allow the natural beauty of your venue’s grounds be your decor. An aisle arch and vintage pews for your ceremony, then rustic, wooden cross back chairs with farmhouse style tables for the reception – to add to the sense of relaxed elegance. Layer textures and add  coloured glassware and silverware to your tablescape for a hint of vintage luxury, but keep the linens neutral and any florals in shades of white to maintain the understated color palette.

Of course if greenery isn’t your thing there are plenty of other wedding colours and inspiration boards perfect for Spring. like this citrusy soft yellow, which looks oh-so-lovely paired with slate blue! Or this romance-fest in rose quartz and serenity blue, and this elegant aquamarine affair. Oh and you won’t want to miss these 10 pretty Spring wedding colour ideas!

Amy

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Rustic Vintage Weddings

A Romantic Rustic-Vintage Barn Wedding

MILTON PHOTOGRAPHY

We’re off to the picturesque prairies of Alberta, Canada for today’s beautiful celebration; where, with the help of friends and family, Tyler & Alison combined vintage inspired elegance with rustic charm, to create the most romantic wedding with a ceremony nestled between waving wheat fields and a delightful barn reception…..

Elegant Vintage Barn Wedding

Drawing inspiration from their venue, the welcoming Willow Lane Barn, and the natural beauty of its surroundings, the couple styled their celebration with DIYed decor and details to give it a rustic and relaxed feel. An abundance of greenery and delicate florals in white and the palest pink softened the look, whilst vintage treasures were used to add some timeless elegance.

Following a romantic dinner at the restaurant where Tyler first asked Alison to be his girlfriend, he asked her to be his wife whilst eating ice cream in Edworthy Park. From that day the couple gave themselves just over a year to plan their wedding, and their journey all started with finding the perfect venue. Alison explains “I’ve always dreamt of having a large wedding, and it was important for all of my family to be there so I searched a million and one venues. I chose willow lane barn because we had such a large guest list it really limited our choices, but it was perfect for us! It was a little different than your average hotel conference room and provided its own charm.”

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The ceremony setting couldn’t have been more simple. The couple let the backdrop of the Alberta plains shine, and against a blue sky it couldn’t have looked more stunning. There was more than a hint of good luck though when it came to the weather, “We were so lucky to have the weather we did because the night before had weather warnings about extreme tornado watch followed by a torrential downpour!”

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Don’t you just love the color of Alison’s bridesmaids’ dresses, and those sweet floral adorned bodices!

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And how dapper does Tyler & his groomsmen look in their navy blue suits?

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“I was amazed at how well my flowers turned out – Calyx Floral Design was amazing to work with!”

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The couples reception was held in the 7000 square foot barn, which fitted their large guest list perfectly, and provided just the backdrop for their DIYed rustic decor. “The wedding decorations were for the most part made by me, our friends or family. My dad made the tree cookies for our center pieces and table number holders.”

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“We wanted the wedding to be stress free, which it was! My favorite part of the day was the speeches. It’s amazing to hear your story being told by people you love. It was the most incredible day, I wouldn’t have changed a thing! We were surrounded by all of our favorite people! I would do it all over again!”

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“We also so incredibly impressed by our DJ, Local DJ. They were the last ones to leave and had the dance floor full all night long.”

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Tell us a little bit about your photographer…

“Justine and Alan of Milton Photography were so much fun to work with. We can’t thank them enough for helping make our day so special!”

Oh now this is my type of wedding!! Don’t you just love Alison & Tyler’s laid back style? A huge congratulations to them and a big thankyou to their photographer Justine of Milton Photography for letting me share their wedding with you. If you love these photographs and would like to see more of her beautiful fine art photography be sure to take a peek at this gorgeous Spring greenery garden wedding inspiration, and then make your next stop head across to her website www.justinemilton.com. You can also find and follow her on InstagramPinterest & Google+ for daily doses of beauty.

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If, as I do, you love this wedding and are looking for more rustic vintage inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see this gorgeous greenery-filled vision, this colourful country meet’s city wedding and the glamorous rustic affair of designer Anna Campbell is not to be missed – it is quite simply stunning! Or if its the barn reception that has you feeling inspired, do check out Lea & Matt’s romantic celebration.

 

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Contributors & Credits

Photography ~ Milton Photography // Wedding Dress ~ Mikaella Bridal // Boutique ~ Ethos Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses ~ Bridal Center // Groom’s Attire ~ Espy // Groomsmen Suits ~ Rented from Tip Top Tailors // Venue ~ Willow Lane Barn  // Caterer ~ Rajapaksa Catering // DJ ~ Local DJ – Tyler Hogan  // Floral Design ~ Calyx Floral Design  // Hair Stylist ~ Mallory Ryan // Makeup ~ Rouge Makeup Artisty // Wedding Cake ~ The Icing Bag

Inspiration Shoots

Chic Garden Wedding Inspiration in Burgundy & Blush

KRISTEN KAY PHOTOGRAPHY

We’re continuing the romantic theme today with this oh-so-lovely garden wedding inspiration. Set in the grounds of the Red Rock Country Club; with flowers in a palette of burgundy & blush, and plenty of greenery too, from Layers of Lovely, a stunning long sleeve gown and an enticing courtyard tablescape, all impeccably styled by Heather Benge Events; it is my idea of modern-vintage heaven! So, grab a cuppa, sit back and soak up every detail of this flawlessly captured creation…..

Chic Garden Wedding Inspiration in Burgundy & Blush

The lovely Kristen of Kristen Kay Photography  shared these words about the shoot…. “The inspiration was to create a high end, backyard feel with romantic colors, loads of floral elements and hints of vintage, everywhere. The ceremony was set on the front lawn facing the mountains and pond. The archway of florals defined the space and the candles and vintage boxes brought in that eclectic, romantic feel.

The color palette was burgundy & blush, with gold and splashes of a deep blue. The floral elements, which include a beautiful floral archway, have pops of dark burgundy against white and blush tones as well as loads of greenery; whilst deep blue showed up in the details, the ribbons and the bridesmaid dresses. The invitation suite continued the floral theme and kept with the color scheme as well. The envelope with the deep blue in the inside as well as the deep red raspberries was my favorite added detail touch to tie it all together.

The cake was a dusty blue on the bottom and white with burgundy florals. The super tall and long backdrop for the cake was hand lettered by Liz with EG Letters. It was a gorgeous addition and really gave the cake cutting area it’s own defined space. As well as the perfect backdrop for the couple and cake cutting portraits.

Our bride’s dress was chosen for it’s gorgeous illusion neckline which played up the romantic feel. It had just the right amount of train for this backyard, outdoor ceremony and patio reception.

The table was set in an outdoor patio space surrounded by greenery. The table reflected the space with the use of greenery and the outdoor furniture chairs. The blush and burgundy florals gave the table a softer romantic feel while playing with the darker tones of fall. The gold chargers gave the table that high end feel.”

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A huge thankyou to everyone who lent their talents to create this vision of a So Cal Winter wedding, but especially to Kristen Kay Photography who captured it all so perfectly and allowed me to share it with you here. If you love Kristen’s luminous photography and would like to see more of her work do pop and take a peek at her website www.kristenkayphotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest!

For more garden wedding inspiration cast your eyes over this stunning blue & copper So Cal wedding editorial and this romantic citrus infused inspiration shoot. Or if its a real wedding you’re looking for, you’ll love Cheyenne & Raymond’s romantic affair with a vintage tea party reception!

Amy

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Photography – Kristen Kay Photography // Ceremony Venue – Red Rock Country Club // Event Planning – Heather Benge Events // Floral – Layers of Lovely // Stationery – EG Letters // Wedding Cake – Las Vegas Custom Cakes // Rentals – Dogwood Party Rentals // Hair & Makeup – Sin City Makeup // Wedding Dress – Fit For a Bride // Bridesmaid Dresses – Bella Bridesmaids // Model – Jesus & Sommer Luna // Drinks – Hug L’Originale // Submitted via – Matchology

Inspiration Shoots

Valentines Day Wedding Inspiration in a Striking Palette of Red, White & Black

Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies! Today we’re celebrating the day of love with this vibrant editorial captured at the beautiful Felicity Church in New Orleans. It beautifully combines an historic venue, and all of its vintage decor, with contemporary details, in a palette that is nothing short of modern. Romance is added with the lush florals, in a rich shade of red (of course!), which includes a stunning floral choker!

Felicity Church Valentines Day Wedding Inspiration

From Amanda Lankford of Amanda Jewel Floral + Design talked me through the team’s vision for this Valentine celebration…. “One of our favorite vintage elements of this shoot was the venue itself! For 125+ years, Felicity Church has been a treasured gathering place for the NOLA community. But after Hurricane Katrina when the Gothic Revival structure faced severe damage, the church was sold. In 2011, new owners with a desire to bring back its historical beauty renovated and restored the building and Felicity Church is now a place that couples can celebrate their most special day for years to come!

With such a classic and neutral setting, we wanted to choose a bold accent color that would pop. Red was perfectly fitting, especially for Valentine’s Day! Other favorite aspects of this shoot included working with Distressed Rentals, a local vintage rental company who takes vintage finds and upgrades them to make them new. They’re all about bringing history to a space in an authentic way, using just the right vintage pieces to give wedding guests good vibes + make them want to linger a little longer. Finally, Kinfolk Brass Band, came out for “second line” inspiration! A second line is a New Orleans tradition that dates back many decades! The main line or first line is the main portion of a brass band parade. Those who follow along with the band just to continue enjoying the music are called the second line. It’s truly an amazing thing to watch, so being able to convey this in our shoot was a special treat.”

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Isn’t it stunning? Now if you love that floral bridal necklace as much as I do, it would make the perfect DIY project and Amanda kindly shared how she created it….. “Statement blooms are so in right now, so why not create an actual real live floral choker to add an unforgettable touch to your bridal look? It’s a fun make ahead accessory (should last 2-3 days depending on the bloom) that adds that wow factor you’re looking for! We used ranunculus blooms because they hold up very well, but feel free to play around with various blooms that are fitting with your wedding florals.

I started with finding a really great base for the necklace and selected a velvet ribbon. Velvet is so in right now and it sits well with florals. Floral glue works best, but hot glue works well too (no, it doesn’t hurt the bloom). I snipped the blooms off at the very neck so no stems were showing and the ranunculus bloom would lay flat. For added texture, include a few little snippets of greenery and smaller blooms with glue tucked in between the bigger blooms. You can do a full choker and place the blooms all around, or accents so that the velvet ribbon shows off a little (a fun way to tie in a pop of color). Fasten it with a jewelry fastener to complete the whole look and make it look like an extension of your wedding day jewelry!”

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Many thanks, as always, to all of the talented creatives (listed below) who brought this Valentines Day vision to life, but especially to the oh so sweet Natalie of Four Corners Photography who captured it all so perfectly and allowed me to share it with you here. If you love Natalie’s documentary style of photography and would like to see more of her work do pop and take a peek at her website www.4cornersphotography.com, and of course be sure to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook!

Now if this has you looking for more Valentines Day wedding inspiration you might like this enchanting Little Red Riding Hood inspired affair, and this inspiration board in the prettiest palette of red and pink is sure to get you in the mood for love! Or for something a little less traditional you might like this lavender infused inspiration board. Or for another beautiful bridal necklace you should take a peek at this Fall urban Secret Garden wedding editorial – the florals are just breathtaking!

Amy

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Contributors & Credits

Photography – Four Corners Photography // Planner – Sapphire Events // Hair & Makeup – Anne Timss // Floral Design – Amanda Jewel Floral + Design // Venue – Felicity Church // Music – Kinfolk Brass Band // Paper – BRYLO // Wedding Cake – Melissa’s Fine Pastries // Rentals – Distressed Rentals // Textiles – Silk & Willow, La Tavola Fine Linen // Wedding Dress – Town & Country Bridal // Rings – Trumpet & Horn // Table Accessories – West Elm // Virtual – VR Arcade Nola // Models – Sarah Mattix and David

Vintage Inspired Weddings

A Romantic, Vintage-Inspired, Garden Wedding in the Algarve

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Kirsty & Sam chose a breathtaking destination to celebrate their love. In an intimate ceremony the couple exchanged their vows surrounded by friends and family, on the clifftops of the Algarve in Portugal. Kirsty explains “We choose abroad to keep it small and intimate and less stressful. To be honest we were both very laid back. We loved Passionate our photographers so let them guide us and help with some decisions – and we’re glad we did, because they had great taste.”

A neutral color palette, with hints of pink and lashings of gold and greenery kept their celebration natural and complimented the lush gardens of their beautiful venue – Pine Cliffs. The sun shone throughout their wedding and Kirsty looked stunning in her strapless embellished gown by Sottero and Midgley with its romantic sweetheart neckline. Whilst Sam was super stylish and remained cool in a tan suit and a dapper blue bowtie.

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“I found dress shopping a struggle. I ended up with the opposite to what I imagined. A gorgeous heavily beaded vintage Sottero and Midgley dress, which I paired with soft pink/nude shoes from L. K. Bennett.”

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“Our flowers were gorgeous! (the pictures show them off perfectly) Tulips were my main flower to honour my late mother as these were her favourite. In a mix of pinks, natural colours and greenery.” 

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Pearls of wedding wisdom from the bride….

“Take it easy. The day will go smoothly it always does…… And don’t get caught up on the smaller details – life’s too short!”

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“I loved the ceremony. But our favourite part of the day was after getting to spend time with all our guests and enjoying the intimate food setting. The sunset from the cliff tops was pretty special!”

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“We didn’t have traditional favors, instead we donated to Cancer research in memory of my mum.”

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“Our wedding cake was 3 tiers of pure yumminess. We went for a semi naked cake with fresh green florals…. It was perfect!”

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Tell us a little about your photographers…..

“Simple.. It wouldn’t have been the same without them. I couldn’t recommend them more they were perfect.. Knew exactly what to do and the pictures prove that. We can’t thank them enough!”

Romantic Destination Wedding in Portugal

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You can’t beat a good destination wedding! And Kirsty & Sam’s wedding was perfection – many many congratulations to them both! Plus a big thankyou to them, and of course to their wonderful photographers from Passionate who captured the whole celebration so beautifully. If you love their photography and would like to see more of their work, take a peek at this enchanting woodland elopement before heading over to their website www.passionate.pt and be sure to follow her on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.

Or if you love this timelessly romantic wedding and are looking for more inspiration for your own big day, then you might want to see Alex & Amanda’s rustic-vintage affair in the mountains of North Carolina, or Betsy & Joel’s showstopping floral affair, or Elizabeth & Louis’s chandelier filled celebration at Carondolet House

Amy

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Credits & Contributors

Photography – Passionate // Venue – Pine Cliffs // Floral Design – Oura Flores // Linens – Seidenband // Hair & Makeup – Bianca Pereira // Wedding Dress – Sottero and Midgley // Bride’s Shoes – L. K. Bennett // Groom’s Attire – Next // Bridesmaid Dresses – ASOS // Veil – Cupid Blue Bridal // Headpiece – ASOS // Submitted via – Matchology