Month: May 2017

Plum and Orange Wedding – Ideas and Inspiration

Connecticut and New England Fall Wedding Inspiration

I absolutely adore fall weddings. I love the colors and the leaves and a crisp breeze on the night of a still warm autumn day. It’s magical. And that’s exactly what this wedding from Deborah Zoe Photography was. Magical. I love the deep plum bridesmaids dresses, the colorful orange fall bouquets, the throwing of the leaves as if they were confetti, and the mini pumpkin escort cards. It makes me wish for fall already and then I remember that summer’s only just begun. Still makes me smile though, and it’ll make you smile too 🙂 The colors of the leaves and flowers scream everything that is amazing about Connecticut and New England in the Fall!

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

fall-inspired wedding invitation, vintage marquis diamond engagement ring, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

custom embroidery for the bride and groom, weeding keepsake, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

Debra and Brian met when they were both home from school for summer vacation. He was already in college and she was just getting ready to start her senior year of high school. She thought it was just going to be a summer romance, as he would be returning to school in the fall. But they were so smitten with each other that Brian ended up coming home almost every weekend so they could see each other.

lace embroidered veil, pretty fall colored bouquet, plum wedding shoes, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and her maid of honor, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

pretty fall colored bouquet, bridal portraits, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

When Brian proposed, it was a complete surprise. They’d been dating for more than ten years, and had no plans to marry. They hadn’t even really talked about it.

red-orange calla lily boutonniere, bride and groom, first look, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

They were out exploring Connecticut wineries on the day that he proposed. It was a really lovely, unplanned sort of day that turned surprising almost as soon as they got home. He’d planned to propose another day, but after such a wonderful day, decided he just couldn’t wait anymore. He proposed, and she of course, said yes!

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

pretty fall colored bouquet, bridal portraits, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

groom's attire, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bridal portraits, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

pretty fall colored bouquets, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

deep plum colored bridesmaids dresses, bride and bridesmaids, bridal party, flower girls, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

deep plum colored bridesmaids dresses, bride and bridesmaids, bridal party, flower girls, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

pretty fall colored bouquet, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

Twelve years later, the two have finally wed!! Read the more in-depth version of their love story, right here on Heart Love weddings, a year ago with their engagement session from Deborah Zoe.

deep plum colored bridesmaids dresses, bride and bridesmaids, bridal party, flower girls, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

men's attire, groom and groomsmen, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

wedding party, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

hanging mason jar fall floral decor, ceremony aisle decor, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

groom and groomsmen having fun, pretty fall colored bouquets, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

deep plum colored bridesmaids dresses, bridesmaids, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

{From the Bride} We were married on a lovely autumn day. It was just before hurricane Sandy so it was a little windy, but very nice. We were pleased that it was warm enough to have the ceremony outside. The morning was very busy because we were still finishing the caramel apple favors! Brian and the groomsmen were already at The Barns when I showed up with the bridesmaids. Brian and I saw each other at the first look and he looked so handsome in his suit. At that point, we did photos until guests started to arrive. The ceremony is a bit of a blur. I just remember smiling at each other with such big smiles through the whole thing. After that, we did a few more photos and then just enjoyed the night. We truly had a blast at the wedding. We danced and talked to friends and family all night. Our wedding plan had been to make sure we enjoyed every minute of the day, and it was truly accomplished.

mini pumpkin escort cards, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

fall wedding decor, signature drink fall sangria, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

fall leaves wedding cake, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

homemade caramel apple favors, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

mini pumpkin ring shot, wedding and engagement rings, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

fall floral centerpiece and table number, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

fall floral centerpiece and table number, twinkle light and Japanese lantern lit ceiling, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

twinkle light and Japanese lantern lit ceiling, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

bride and groom, purple and orange New England fall wedding, Deborah Zoe Photography

Congratulations, Debra and Brian! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding and love story with us!! We wish you both so much love and laughter in the many years you’ll share together! Many, many thanks to Deborah Zoe for sharing their very special day with us today!!

And as luck would have it our HLA Featured Wedding Photographer is also based in Connecticut. Award Winning and featured all over the world Chris and Becca Photography are considered some of the Best Photographers in CT! With breath taking images and fun and friendly personalities be sure to check them out!

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Image by Connecticut Photographers, Chris and Becca Photography

Photographer: Deborah Zoe Photography / Venue : The Barns at Wesleyan Hills / Ceremony Officiant: Reverend Bill Hawley of the First Congregational Church / Flowers: Melissa Bonoffski of Stylish Blooms / DJ: Jeff Bromley / Hair and Makeup: Dana Bartone / Bride’s Dress: the Adela Dress by Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Mariella Creations / Bridesmaid Dresses: Belsoie

Sharpie Paint Pens Christmas Glassware – DIY

Sharpie Paint Pens on Glassware

I dont know what it is about Sharpie paint pens, but I love them! Fine-tip or bold, in every color, especially gold and silver. One of my happy places is doodling with them on paper and even more fun is being creative with them on glass or ceramics. The other day I started doodling, and all of a sudden the idea of Christmas glassespopped into my head, and then a Christmas tree appeared! Yes, literally. Now when I start my doodling, I kind of cant stop. I start winging it. I grabbed both the silver and gold Sharpie paint pens, a box of stemless wine glasses I had lying around, and well, got a little crazy. I started doodling, squiggling, and then these happened

sharpie-on-glass-permanantly

 

Oh my gosh, arent these SO pretty?! I love it when a project just kind of happens organically. You MUST try this. Its so much fun and super easy ????

sharpies-permanantly-on-glassware sharpie-paint-pens-on-glass

 

Gold and silver Sharpie paint pens are readily available at craft and office supply stores. The stemless wine glasses I found at a great price, in sets of six, at TJ Maxx. You can also find them at Home Goods and Marshalls.?? These would make a GREAT hostess gift filled with Dove chocolates ???? Theyre also perfect for serving yummy desserts and bubbly at holiday parties!!

sharpie-wine-glass-diy

Tips:

  1. Keep a wet wipe handy so??you can wipe off a mistake. However, on glass, you do have to work faster and scrub a little harder. Dont wait to fix something!
  2. I let them set for??24 hours to make the Sharpie paint pen permanent. If youre in a hurry, you can pop them in a 200 degree oven for an hour. Set the temperature on the oven and place the glasses in right away. No preheating necessary. Set your timer for an hour. Turn off the oven and allow glasses to cool inside the oven before removing them.
  3. I recommend hand washing the glasses. Even the manufacturer recommended hand washing

See Editors note below.

sharpie-on-glassware

Let the doodling commence! Cheers!

Well be blogging more for our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies and Crafts blog series this weekend, so be sure to stay tuned and come back then!! ????

xoxo

Editors note: These glasses are delicate and should not go into the dishwasher. HAND WASH ONLY. Also, in order to make the paint pen more permanent, I would recommend baking the glasses at a very low temperature in your oven. Just place the glasses on a cookie sheet in the oven and preheat to 150-200 degrees. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the glasses to cool in the oven. Remove carefully from the oven and allow to set for 24-48 hours before using.

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Peacock Wedding Theme – Teal and Vintage Decor

Peacock Wedding ideas – Teal accents and Vintage decorations

I must preface this post with an apology for my gushing. Not only is today’s vintage peacock wedding gorgeous beyond measure (we’re talking a brilliant shade of teal, vintage birdcages filled with moss and peacock feathers, a million personal handmade touches and succulents, people), but the love story is as sweet as the thought behind every single detail. The bonus? Today’s real wedding and sweet.as.can.be love story are none other than the amazing Katelyn James Photographys very own wedding and love story. I’m in love with her work. Seriously. A bonus to the bonus? Katelyn chose the one, the only and the fabulous Jasmine Star Photography to capture every detail and moment of her very special day. Ladies, it doesn’t get much better than what you’re about to experience.

vintage teal Ford convertible, Katelyn James Photography, Jasmine Star Photography

Katelyn can’t remember the first time she met Michael. He’s been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Their parents are great friends and so the two grew up going to church together, going to school together, even going on vacations together. They started dating in high school when she was a freshman and he was a sophomore. Their dates included choir practice at church, movie nights with her whole family and football games. She was only 15 at the time after all and too young to date, and Michael was barely driving! As the years went on and the two started going on “real” dates, the two childhood friends began falling in love.

Some of Katelyn’s most treasured memories of their relationship are the family vacations Michael went on. Many of which were before the two even began dating! She says that Michael was always like the older brother she never had. Who then became one of her closest friends, then her boyfriend, then her BEST friend and then her fiancé. Sounds like the most perfect of perfect paths to me.

Katelyn and Michael never rushed into anything. At the age of 14 and 16, they made a commitment to stay pure for their future husband/wife. And they dated two whole years before they said I love you.

Michael wrote Katelyn a letter the day he moved away to college and told her not to read it until she got home. After dropping him off at his freshman dorm, and crying the whole way home, Katelyn sat on her bed that night to read it. In it he talked about how hard it was going to be to be away from her and that he promised to come visit as often as he could. He ended the letter by saying I love you for the very first time.

While Katelyn isn’t sure she knew he was The One in that moment (she was only 16), it was the moment she decided that she didn’t want to waste time dating anyone that didn’t have the potential to be her husband someday. Because really, what’s the point? Wiser words have never been spoken. She always knew though that there was a possibility, and the longer they dated, the more and more she thought about marrying him. My heart be still.

modern groomsmen attire, silk teal ties, scabiosa boutonnieres, Katelyn James Photography, Jasmine Star Photography

teal vintage handmade mr and mrs chair decor, vintage reception decor, mahogany chivari chairs, Katelyn James Photography, Jasmine Star Photography

white and ivory bride and bridesmaids bouquets, teal bridesmaids dresses, Katelyn James Photography, Jasmine Star Photography

A few years later, Michael was living in North Carolina and about to move back home. His mom asked Katelyn if she wanted to host a “coming home” party for him, which of course she said yes! They invited 100 family and friends and planned a big surprise. She told Michael to meet her at the church because she had a few copies to make, and together, they’d go to her house for dinner.

When she arrived at the church to meet him that day though, his car was already there. Music was playing in the sanctuary, there were candles everywhere, and Michael was waiting at the front of the church with one long stemmed lily and a chair. When she finally reached him, he sat her down and talked about how long they’d waited for this before getting down on one knee and asking her to marry him. After she said yes, he read her 1 Corinthians 13 and washed her feet, symbolizing that he wanted to serve her and love her for the rest of her life. A photographer friend captured the entire memory for them in images they’ll treasure forever.

It was a long moment before Katelyn realized she was supposed to be bringing Michael to his surprise party. He quickly informed her that the “surprise party” had been his idea all along and that the party was really a surprise engagement party for them. It was also a surprise for the guests as they were under the impression they were surprising him and welcoming him home. They had no idea that he’d just proposed! Needless to say, everyone was ecstatic for the newly engaged lovebirds! My heart is swooning.

vintage type writer ring shot, wedding rings on vintage typewriter keys, Katelyn James Photography, Jasmine Star Photography

{From the Bride} We dated 8 LONG years. Michael was two years ahead of me in school, so we waited until I was done with college to get married. We tied the knot on 10/10/10, our 8 year anniversary! We’ve been celebrating on 10/10 every year and last fall was the biggest celebration of all! We absolutely LOVED our wedding day!

There were over 400 guests yikes! Our ceremony was held at the church where Michael and I grew up and where my dad has been the pastor for the last 21 years! Michael also read his vows off his iPad typical. Daddy married us, my sister was my maid of honor and my little brother was Michael’s best man so the WHOLE family was on the altar poor Momma had to sit by herself! I don’t think she minded:) The band played the same song that was used in our video as I walked down the aisle. The bridge of the song is when the doors opened and I walked in! I was SO excited!!! It was PERFECT!

Our reception was in my parents’ backyard and we had to demolish our POOL in preparation for the wedding! Talk about dedication!! It wasn’t an in-ground pool that would have just been ridiculous! 🙂 There were 93 glowing lanterns under our 6,000 sq. foot tent. Party Perfect said that 20-30 was about average. It took a whole DAY for them to hang them! We saved thousands by not having alcohol at the reception. Obviously that didn’t hinder the dancing!! Crazy kids. Our signature drink was Peacock Lemonade it didn’t taste spectacular but it was TEAL!!! Haha. One of my many crazy ideas

teal vintage modern bridal party, Katelyn James Photography, Jasmine Star Photography

Our Vintage Peacock Wedding was extremely detail oriented. I loved planning it and even though it was overwhelming to decorate 45 tables, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat! We used vintage birdcages, my great aunt’s antique furniture, a good friend’s vintage teal Ford convertible and so much more! The list could literally go on and on. 

The day was a blur but a BEAUTIFUL blur! I have hundreds of images and videos to remember it by! One of my FAVORITE moments was when we were announced as “Husband and Wife” and ALL of our college friends that were PACKED in the balcony of the church started cheering and shouting for us! Loved that! I also loved my daddy/daughter dance. I worked with my DJ to insert my voice over the song and surprised my dad. I BAWLED through the whole thing! (You can watch that here! Have tissues handy, you’re going to need them. For both the writeup and the video. I bawled.)

vintage reception decor, teal and brown vintage table setting, succulent side centerpiece, vintage birdcages, vintage bird's nest placecard, Katelyn James Photography, Jasmine Star Photography

teal vintage Ford convertible getaway car, bride and groom say farewell with a kiss, Katelyn James Photography, Jasmine Star Photography

{One last thing from the bride that I added from her website because it’s just.that.beautiful And because it’s what every girl wants.} You see, girls dream of this day. They dream of the dress and the bouquet and the centerpieces but I really never had a vision for all of that. The only thing I remember thinking about as a little girl was WHO I was going to marry. I thought about that a lot. My parents have modeled such an incredible marriage for me. I wanted that. I wanted someone to be my best friend. I wanted someone to love me with makeup off and sweatpants on. I wanted someone who would take care of me and fight for me. I watched my parents and I knew I wanted to marry a man that loved Christ more than anything else in this world because that would mean that he would never leave me. I wanted a man of integrity, who respected me and loved me like Daddy loves Momma.  The amazing thing is… I was given all of that and more. Not only does Michael do all of those things… he also clears my CF cards when I’m behind on wedding prep, he comes home from work to eat lunch with me whenever he can, he cleans the house when I’m shooting weddings so that I’m not stressed when I get home… he doesn’t get frustrated that I’m not an amazing cook and he loves me unconditionally… even when I’m a horrible person to be around.  It’s so easy for me to say that besides salvation, Michael is the GREATEST gift God has ever given me. I couldn’t do life without him.

I don’t think there have ever been two people born more perfect for each other than Katelyn and Michael. That was truly God’s will. Their love is a beautiful gift, one that I can’t believe that I had the pleasure (but am so thrilled I did) to share with all of you today. Thank you, Katelyn, for sharing your very special day with me, and allowing me to share your story with everyone else. Your wedding, the thought you put into every detail was simply amazing. No other word to describe one of the most beautiful and thoughtful weddings I have ever laid eyes on. Thank you for inspiring me and so many others.

A very special thank you also to Jasmine Star who captures love and details in effortless beauty. Every time you pick up a camera, you capture, not just images, but moments that are forever. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world. It’s by far a more beautiful place when you do.

I take back what I said at the beginning of this post, I am not at all sorry for my gushing.

Happy Monday!

xoxo

Photography: Jasmine Star Photography  Event Design/Coordination: Anna Burke

Floral Design: Janie Medley of The Brides Cafe

Officiant: Kevin James  Venue: Salem Baptist Church & Brides parents house

Caterer: Mosaic Edibles  Cake: K Rose Cakes

Wedding Dress: Camille La Vie  Shoes: Davids Bridal Mackenzie

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Rosa  Mens Attire: Ralph Lauren

DJ/Band: Richard Green Entertainment

Rentals: Party Perfect -Lighting: Big Top Entertainment

Rustic Resort Wedding

Rustic Lakeside Wedding

I can’t even believe that this is the last love story and wedding of rustic month. I’ll be honest with you, I’m a little sad. Only because I’ve LOVED every single feature, and moment really, of our rustic month. It’s been a good run, hasn’t it? (I make it sound like we’re never going to feature a rustic wedding again, which is so not the case. We’ve got like six lined up for the coming months.) Thank goodness we have this rustic Wisconsin resort wedding from Emily Steffen Photography to send us out with a bang! A very, very pretty bang that is!! With the most incredible floral arrangements (bouquets and centerpieces), the cutest pint glass favors with chalkboard stickers in the shape of the bride and groom’s home state (Wisconsin), and the most adorable flower girls and ring bearers also known as the cutest “here comes the bride brigade”. The details are just so pretty, and so perfectly rustic, and in so many shades of pink. The light strewn dock is just so romantic, and the cake oh my goodness, the cake it’s incredible!! Everything about this wedding, including the bride and groom (their love story is adorable by the way) is picture perfect. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to close out rustic month. Truly. Enjoy every single second.

bride and groom, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

bride and groom, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

moss covered letters spelling love, chair decor, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

Karlee and Matt have been together since they were fourteen and fifteen. Matt was friends with Karlee’s neighbors and surprised everyone (including her parents who thought for sure he was there for one of Karlee’s sisters and not their fourteen-year-old) by coming to the house one day asking to see her. Their summer love rolled on throughout high school… and college… and grad school… True love that lasts. Sigh.

pink flowers in moss covered jars, wedding floral centerpieces, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

lace wedding gown, sparkly wedding sash, beautiful bridal portraits, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

bride and groom portraits, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

lakeside wedding ceremony, lakeside bride and groom portraits, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

purple bridesmaid dresses with pink floral bouquets, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

Their first kiss was during their small town’s annual summer festival. Karlee told her parents she was with her girlfriends, but then snuck off with Matt for a walk by the river. It was there that he made his move! Meanwhile, a mini-search party was looking for Karlee little did they know 🙂

groom and groomsmen in blue checkered shirts and blue ties, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

bride and groom kiss on lakeside dock, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

bridal party with bridesmaids in purple dresses and groomsmen in blue checkered shirts, pink roses bridal bouquet, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

rustic groom's ring shot with bride's diamond ring and wedding band, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

ring bearer with rustic wedding heart-shaped sign, here comes the bride sign, ring bearer with groom and groomsmen, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

photos of family at wedding reception, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

ribbon backdrop for wedding ceremony, rustic welcome sign for wedding guests, pick a seat not a side welcome sign, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

Karlee and Matt always say that they were lucky to grow up together and grow closer instead of apart. High school was wonderful, but typical high school with occasional two-day breakups, etc. For college, Matt went to UC-San Diego and Karlee went to UW-Madison. They realized that they had to make a decision make it work with the distance, or go their separate ways. They chose to make it work, and it did nothing but make them stronger. They were able to create their own lives and friendships while still building their relationship at the same time.

flower girl in pink dress, bridal bouquet with pink roses, purple bridesmaids dresses, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

purple bridesmaids dresses, pink bridesmaids bouquets, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

father escorting bride down the aisle, flower girl in pink dress, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

ribbon backdrop for wedding ceremony, bride and groom, first kiss as husband and wife, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

bride and groom first kiss at reception, moss covered letters spelling love, chair decor, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

After graduation, they decided to move to Montana (and enjoy the mountains) for six months before Karlee started a nursing program in Denver. It was there that their love moved to the next level. They were finally done with the distance and their shared passion for the outdoors brought them together in such a special way. They’d gone backpacking before, but in Montana they went almost every week and created memories that will last forever.

bride and groom portraits, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

escort cards, seating chart, seating flags on map, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

rustic drink sign at wedding reception, chalkboard glasses, unique wedding favor, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

cute recycling barrel, galvanized bucket for drinks at wedding, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

canoe paddles as guestbook for rustic wedding, burlap table runner with floral centerpiece, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

Six months later, they moved to Denver, and finally to Minneapolis for Matt to start Law School. They truly just love spending time together. They have such a history and share such excitement for their future 🙂 They know there is no other person to spend this life with than each other.

outdoor lakeside reception, rustic table setting, moss covered letters spelling love, chair decor, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

names of national parks as table numbers, pink floral centerpieces in beer growlers, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

bride and groom, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

rustic moss covered table centerpieces, rustic table setting, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

Matt planned to propose on a backpacking trip to one of their favorite places Pictured Rocks in the UP of Michigan. The ring, however, got delayed and he couldn’t do it. So he waited until their next trip to Door County on a fall weekend getaway.

When they pulled into town, they stopped to pick up some sandwiches to take to a favorite secluded beach they’d been to before. As Karlee set up their picnic spot, Matt suggested she set up the camera so they could take a picture (something they did on all of their trips) while he ran back to the car to get chairs. When she saw him coming back, Karlee set the timer to start and ran to Matt so they could get their picture before the timer went off. As she ran, he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. The camera went off at the most perfect moment and they now have the most amazing picture of an incredibly special moment.

Karlee was completely blown away by him and the ring!! She loved that he surprised her, that he did it at the start of the trip, and that he asked her dad secretly ahead of time 🙂

mexican family style menu for a wedding, corn salsa served at wedding, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

pint glasses with a Wisconsin shaped chalkboard sticker as drinking glasses and favors, jicama salad served at wedding, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

outdoor lakeside reception, rustic wedding table settings, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

dockside lighting for rustic wedding, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

{From the Bride} Looking back on our wedding is extremely emotional. It was a long-time coming and there was so much heart and soul poured into the planning by all of our dear friends and family. Everything took off once we decided to have it at Matt’s grandparents’ property on the lake a place we’ve been coming to since the start of our relationship. We wanted the setting to speak for itself and to show our guests an amazing evening at the lake and under the stars. Mother Nature more than cooperated and we were able to go without a tent and have the outdoor wedding and reception we had always dreamed of. We would never had any of it, however, without our unbelievable family and friends. We had an army of help the days leading up to the wedding. Everywhere we looked, our loved ones were overwhelming us with how incredible they were!

To make the wedding truly represent who we are, we wanted every aspect to be personal and have meaning. One of our best friends and Matt’s roommate from college was our officiant, my sister sang during the ceremony and for our first dance, we had our favorite Mexican food for dinner, flower vases were beer growlers we’ve collected over the years, tables were named after national parks we’ve visited, guests signed canoe paddles for the “guestbook,” almost all of the signs and crafts were made by family and friends, favors were pint glasses with Wisconsin chalkboard stickers where guests could write their names, the band (drummer was a former neighbor) played some Badger football favorites, and guests were boat taxied at the end of the night to our favorite lakeside bar.

Everywhere we looked we saw something that represented our relationship and the family and friends that mean the world to us. One of the best moments of the night was when we slipped away onto the dock and tried to take it all in. It was a full moon without a cloud in the sky, our guests were dancing under the stars, and we were married! We’ve never felt so loved and so honored to have such amazing people in our lives.

names of national parks as table numbers, pink floral centerpieces in beer growlers, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

names of national parks as table numbers, pink floral centerpieces in beer growlers, rustic wedding table settings, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

gorgeous rustic wedding cake with pink roses, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

bride and groom, first dance, cutting the cake and kiss, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

{Advice for Couples} If we were going to give advice to future bride and grooms it would be…

Choose a place to get married that has meaning to you. Put a good chunk of your budget towards a phenomenal photographer like Emily Steffen. Your day goes by as fast as everyone says it does. Your experience with the photographer and the pictures are worth every penny. (Emily you’re truly amazing!) Put a lot of thought into lighting! Our outdoor lighting was one of our favorite parts of the look of our wedding. Thanks to my Clark Griswold of a brother-in-law, the property came to life when the sun went down! (Make sure to have the power you need for the lighting too!!) Enjoy the planning! The days of crafting with my mom, the brainstorming with sisters and friends, the dress shopping, the excitement of the families, the showers, and the new bond with your fiancé it’s all things you will remember long after the wedding is over. It’s definitely not just about the day. Soak in the special moments when they happen I took a short walk with my dad the morning of the wedding (even though I had 80 million things to do!) it was so special and calming! Let people help it’s easy to want to micro-manage, but people want to be included and a part of the experience! Go on a long Honeymoon! 🙂

wedding dockside lighting, wedding twinkle lights, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

bride and groom, Rustic Wisconsin Resort Wedding, Emily Steffen Photography

Congratulations, Karlee and Matt, and thank you so much for sharing your wedding and love story with us!! We wish you both so much love and laughter in the many years you’ll share together! Many, many, many thanks to Emily Steffen for sharing their very special day with us today!! We couldn’t have dreamed of a better way to end rustic month 🙂

Love great pictures, but not in Wisconsin? Then check out our Featured Wedding Photographers, Chris & Becca Photography. They started as Connecticut Wedding Photographers and soon after becoming some of the best wedding photographers in CT, they began taking their services on the road. Working as internationally featured and award winning Destination Wedding Photographers. Regularly shooting in some of their favorite places, like as Puerto Rico Destination Wedding Photographers. Don’t worry, the best will go wherever you are getting married!

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Photographer: Emily Steffen Photography / Videographer: Shawn Christensen for Visual Productions / Venue: Placid Bay Resort Grandparents of the Groom’s Cabin and Resort on Long Lake in Northern Wisconsin / Cake Baker: Jans Custom Cakes / Catering: Savories Catering / Rentals: Festivities Tent Rental / Rentals: Aprés Party Rental / Rentals: Ultimate Events / Rentals: Camrose Hill Flowers / Restroom Trailer: Jimmy’s Johnny’s / Band: The White Keys / Bride’s Dress: Allure 8634 / Bridal Salon: Bella Bridal Boutique, Woodbury, MN / Dress Sash: The “Claire belt” from Amalee Accessories on Etsy / Bridesmaid Dresses: Ann Taylor / Flower Girl Dress: Us Angels / Flowers: Cozy Creations / Invitations and Programs: My Sweetie Pie (Etsy) / Hairstylist: Tara Richter for Belissio Salon and Spa / Makeup Artist: Holly Lucas

Simple Lakeside Wedding – Wonderful theme and ideas

Beautiful Lake Wedding

There is so much beauty in simplicity, but too often I think we forget that. Let today’s simple lakeside wedding be a reminder to us all that simple can be very beautiful, too. It can also be sweet, and that’s exactly what this wedding exudes sweetness. The peach, pink, beige, cream, and mint colors of the flowers are simply so pretty. It actually makes me sigh in a dreamy kind of way. The bride and groom are beautiful in their own right and perfectly captured by Ruth Eileen Photography. I love the peonies decorating the top of the simple wedding cake, the lace, the twine, the succulent placecards and favors, the bride’s beautiful BHLDN dress, the lakeside ceremony, and the green lawn where they said I do. And that ring!! The story behind it makes my heart all warm and happy. I hope you love it as much as I do. I promise it won’t be hard to do.

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Jeanine first met Jordan in Telluride, Colorado in summer of 2001, where he was wading in a creek while playing his fiddle with some friends. They were both in town from Boulder for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. There at the creek, Jeanine and Jordan were introduced by mutual friends. It was a quick meeting, and then he went back to playing his fiddle. Jeanine was immediately attracted, but said nothing about her feelings. For the next six months back in Boulder, Jeanine would see his band play and secretly admire him from afar.

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Late winter of 2001, she saw him at a mutual friends party and got up the guts to say hello. She was pleasantly surprised that he knew her name. They spent the night hanging out with a group of friends before going back to her house for a little after party, where Jordan enthusiastically taught Jeanine how to chop wood. That’s right, their first few minutes alone with each other were spent outside in t-shirts on a cold December night, Jordan’s arms wrapped around her, both of their hands on an ax. Those first few moments alone together helped her realize how much she really liked him. And it wasn’t long before Jordan enthusiastically moved in for their first kiss.

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The next afternoon, Jeanine received a message on the answering machine from him. He invited her to join him that night at a friend’s Christmas party, even offered to send a cab to pick her up, and ended with, Call me, don’t be shy. It was the beginning of something beautiful to say the least.

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Valentine???s Day came just two months after that first memorable night together. Jeanine was leaving town that night, but Jordan still came over before she left to bring her a dozen red roses and schedule another time the following week to celebrate Valentine???s Day together. For Jeanine, it was a sign that he was serious about their relationship, which became the first serious and long-term adult relationship for them both. Jeanine is six years younger than he, and still in college when they first met, so they took things slow. They enjoyed many outings including concerts, movies, parties, and group date nights with friends.

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After five months of courtship, holding hands, and getting to know one another, Jordan finally made it official by asking Jeanine if it was okay to call her his girlfriend. It was sweet and she, of course, was thrilled! She liked that they waited and took things slow. It made everything, including a year later when Jordan said those three little words, more meaningful. She knew that he meant it and believed him without a doubt.

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Four years later, they moved in with one another, and eight years later, got engaged. Some people think this is a long time to wait, but for them, it just worked. Being the first serious relationship for the both of them, they followed their hearts and did what was right for them.

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In May of 2011, Jordan finished business school and accepted a job offer in Boston. Before he left, they took a road trip to Moab, Utah for some camping, hiking, and sight-seeing. After a few nights, Jordan woke Jeanine early to drive up to the top of the canyonlands to watch the sunrise. They drove up and stopped at a beautiful point where the sun was just coming up. It was the most peaceful and beautiful place overlooking deep canyons. It was here that Jordan got down on one knee and asked Jeanine to marry him. After eight years together, it was the perfect moment and the perfect spot to begin the next chapter of their lives together.

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The ring is something both Jeanine and Jordan will cherish forever. Jeanine???s parents so graciously offered their engagement diamond to them, and Jordan???s mom graciously offered a beautiful setting she???d bought at an estate sale years ago. The stone and setting together make the most beautiful and meaningful ring. They love that they now have a piece of both of their families together, something they will cherish forever and hopefully pass down to future generations. Oh my heart.

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{From the Bride} Our wedding day was just perfect. After much thought and consideration, we decided to have a small wedding. We are blessed with many friends and both have large families, but decided that it suited us to have an intimate ceremony with our immediate family only. After being engaged for about a year, we finally chose a date and a location for our small wedding. Family members so kindly offered their lake house on Lake Sunapee, New Hampshire, for us to hold our small wedding. It is a beautiful home with a green lawn overlooking the lake. After the location and date were chosen, the planning began and everything just fell into place. With the help of our family, we planned a beautiful ceremony at the lakeside and luncheon reception at a local Inn called Pleasant Lake Inn. Having a small wedding offered many opportunities for DIY elements. After lunch, we all went back to the house and boated and swam and celebrated until late in the evening. We remember every moment and would not change a thing.

Our favorite part of our wedding day was the ceremony and our personal vows to one another. Capturing our feelings for each other and our memories of the last 10 years together was so special and emotional. We also loved that we decided to have a morning wedding. We had a luncheon reception, which allowed us to go back to the lake house in late afternoon for some swimming and boating. We decided to cut the cake and have our first dance late in the evening, which helped to mark the end of the day with some wedding traditions, and extended our celebration to the very last minute of the day.

To make our ceremony unique and about us, we had a planting the future ceremony, where we both took soil from our hometowns and combined them in a jade plant that was planted in soil from our ceremony site in Lake Sunapee. Three important places in our lives. I have been a gardner all my life, and Jordan grew up with gardens all over his property that his dad tended, so having a planting element helped to make our ceremony special.

Our small wedding offered many opportunities for DIY elements. We had our wedding at a family member’s lake house, so we had the freedom to design our ceremony site and how we wanted the chairs, aisle and alter set up. We pieced together our ceremony set-up with inspiration from wedding blogs and pinterest and the beautiful setting of a great lawn overlooking Lake Sunapee. We planted all of the flowers pots around the property two months before the wedding with our families, so by the time our wedding day came, all the flower pots were blooming, lush and full of white flowers. We collected jars from around our home that we wrapped with lace and twine for little candle vases. We ordered buckets on eBay to be filled with babys breath and create our aisle. We made a photo collage of photos together from the last ten years, and it was fun to look at them with our families and remember all of the fun places we’ve been together. We decided to tie in the planting the future ceremony into our reception by making our guest’s place cards little mini succulent plants.

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Looking back on our day, we are grateful for so many things. But we are especially grateful that we got to share this intimate day with Jordan’s mom, Elizabeth, who we lost a few months after our wedding. We will never forget how happy she was that day, to see us get married after so many years together. I am so grateful to have had her in my life for the last 10 years. She is loved and will be missed.

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{Advice for Couples} Make your wedding unique and special the way the two of you want it. You can listen to family and friends advice, but it ultimately comes down to what you want and how it will be special and memorable for you.

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Congratulations, Jeanine and Jordan! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding and love story with us!! We wish you both so much love and laughter in the many years you’ll share together! Many, many thanks to Ruth Eileen Photography for sharing their very special day with us today! xoxo

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Photographer: Ruth Eileen Photography / Ceremony Venue: Private Home on Lake Sunapee / Reception Venue: Inn at Pleasant Lake / Flowers: Winston Flowers / Cake Baker: New London Confections / Catering: Inn at Pleasant Lake / Wedding Rings: Stardust Jewelers / Engagement Ring: Family Stone and Setting, Carla Morrison (who melded the stone and setting together) / Groom’s Attire: Joseph Abboud / Bride’s Dress: BHLDN / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Hairstylist: New Beginnings Hair / Makeup Artist: Faces Spa

Rustic French Wedding

France Wedding – Rustic Barn and Beautiful

The bride describes her wedding as magical and we’d have to very much agree! This French rustic wedding with its sweet bride and groom, portraits by a vintage carousel, the most romantic ceremony, and beautiful reception details will make you swoon. Especially since everything was expertly captured by the one and only Sarah Kathleen! The bride has some wonderful wedding planning advice too!

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Rachel and Kevin met in San Francisco. Kevin actually mixed up the date of their first meeting (which should have been a warning to Rachel about future memory lapses, but she fell in love with him anyway). They bonded over beer, good conversation, and an evening walk. She thought he was easy to talk to, on the go, extremely giving, and kind.

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For their first (official) date, they went for sushi at a delicious place in the city — a restaurant he actually helped remodel and build. He felt he had to make up for the little mix up when they first met, so he provided flowers, great food, and a memorable evening — and all-around nailed their first date!

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He was really excited about Rachel, which also made him a bit nervous at times. She lovingly likes to recall how it took him over three weeks to finally kiss her.

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One of Rachel’s favorite dates was when Kevin took her on a full-moon run. She’s a runner and he was training for a race, so it was the perfect way to spend some time together. They met up with some of his friends, were creatures of the night for a while, running wild and free, and then headed home. On the way home, the conversation got real — she knew after that that they could talk about anything.

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One of Kevin’s favorite dates was when he decided it would be fun to go to a roller derby in Fort Mason. The only problem was that about a thousand other people thought so too. While waiting in line, Kevin realized he should have bought tickets ahead of time. He turned to her then and said, “What about bowling?” Her eyes lit up, so they left and had a great time knocking down pins and laughing at each other.

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Rachel loves that Kevin introduced her to San Francisco in a new way. They did so many fun things together. He took her to her first Bay to Breakers a race in San Francisco where people dress up, or go sans clothes as people in San Francisco like to do as part of the Jersey Shore float (hilarious). This allowed him to see firsthand how free-spirited she was and how much she loved to get lost in a crowd.

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Kevin was the first to say I love you. He told her a few months into their relationship on their way out one night. It was hard, but she didn’t say it back right away. Even though she knew he was amazing, she wasn’t ready to open herself up that much. Not yet anyway.

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It was when he told her he wanted to go to Costa Rica with her for a trip she’d planned over the summer that she knew she was in love with him too. His patience, support, and love had finally won her over. Of course, his blue eyes and dimples didn’t hurt either. 😉

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Kevin remembers the first time he ever saw Rachel. He thought she had such a beautiful smile, and so many charming qualities, but it was her artistic nature that really intrigued him. Her paintings and sculptures showed him a part of her soul that loves to create and express herself in different ways. He knows that he can trust her with anything and that she’ll always be there for him. He couldn’t be happier knowing she’ll be by his side forever.

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He decided to pop the question while on a weekend getaway to Paso Robles. On the way there, to throw her off, he asked her (again) if she was sure she wanted a certain kind of ring (the very same ring he had sitting in the backseat). Miffed, she told him exactly what she wanted again. It did the trick because she never saw the proposal coming, which is hard to do with Rachel because she kind of knows everything.

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Lucky for Kevin, who was starting to get nervous and antsy, the winery he wanted to propose at was their first stop. When he saw the barn at Thatcher Winery, he knew it was perfect place. The letters “KR” (their initials) are emblazoned on the front of it.

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After a quick tasting, Kevin told Rachel that he thought it would be cool to get a picture of them in front of the barn with their initials on it. He asked a very nice wine steward girl to take their picture and then whispered to Rachel that he was about to propose to her!! Rachel’s face went bright red. She thought he was just joking around. Then she saw the ring… 🙂

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{From the Bride} Our wedding day was a beautiful thing! In the beginning, we wanted almost opposite things. I wanted small. He wanted large. I wanted bluegrass. He wanted a band. I wanted winery. He wanted open (read: Coachella-like) arena, camping friends included. What we agreed on was that we both wanted our closest friends and family to celebrate with us, a rustic, wine country vibe, and lots of dancing! After that, every detail seemed to fall into place like magic!

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For me, a vintage look, and feeling of family and history were important as it paid homage to my Southern roots and Francophile tendencies. This gave rise to our “French Rustic” theme.

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I wanted to do the flowers and decor myself, so I used my own collection of vases, glasses, and other decorative elements from around our home, including rocks, sea glass, and driftwood collected over walks, trips, and time.

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Having the energy and spirit of loved ones through a collection of family photos was important and also inspired our hubby and wifey sign.

 

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A love of food is another thing Kevin and I celebrate. We wanted to share a meal on our wedding day and have the chance to relax and take in THE MOMENTS happening around us. We chose our menu in the hopes of offering food options ranging from epicurean to comfort.

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We had our first look when we began our wedding photos a couple of hours prior to the ceremony. Kevin was so cute like a little boy and a handsome man all rolled into one. He looked dashing in his tuxedo.

 

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While much of the evening is a blur, I tried to take it all in and appreciate small moments. One such memory is when we were standing under the glass star and magnolia arbor after first walking up the steps during the ceremony. We were holding each other up — both drawing from and giving each other strength. When I think about it, it’s as if I am looking down from above. I can see our happiness and joy in that moment together shining unabashedly into the world. 

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Other special moments include saying our vows with conviction and love, my dad’s heartfelt and emotional toast, purchasing flowers with my mom at the Flower Market a few days prior, walking out on Kevin’s arm for our first dance to La Vie en Rose by Louis Armstrong (and getting the dip just right!), photo booth shenanigans, dancing with my nieces, nephews, and husband (yes, he really is now!), and listening to the bluegrass band at the beginning of the cocktail hour.

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Our wedding was magic and I am so happy I had the best partner in the world to help me plan it!

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{Advice for Couples} Get to know your partner. Help each other. Listen and have opinions — COMMUNICATE! Do you like to do enough of the same things? Do you bring out the best in each other? Do you share similar values? Are you prepared to support him or her through the good and the bad? To see his or her dark passenger and love them anyway? Then appreciate and love one another with abandon.

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My best advice for planning your wedding is to decide what you want and put (scream, shout, laugh) it out into the universe. Then let go, because that’s when things just work. Nothing is going to be perfect, so try to appreciate the imperfection. Have (at least) a day-of coordinator. Give yourself 2 hours more than you think you need to get ready, and 1 more hour at your venue at the end (to soak it all in!) and prepare yourself for the magic to end (and begin)!

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Congratulations, Rachel and Kevin, and thank you so much for sharing your love story with us!! Wishing you both much love and laughter in the many years you’ll share together! So many thanks to Sarah Kathleen for sharing their very special day with us today!!

Photographer: Sarah Kathleen / Venue & Catering: Calamigos Ranch / Wedding Planner: The Bride / Day-of Coordinator: Neda Davari Events / Cake Baker: Vanilla Bakeshop / Cake Baker: Big Man Bakes / Cake Baker: Susie Cakes / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Floral Design & Table Arrangements: The Bride / Bouquets & Boutonnieres: Neda Davari Events / Bluegrass Duo/Live Music: Cliff Wagner and the Old #7 / DJ, Photo Booth & Lighting: Level Weddings / Hairstylist: Abigail McCaffree / Makeup Artist: The Bride / Bride’s Dress: Modeca Collection / Fringe Dress: Haute Hippie / Bride’s Jewelry: Edie Couture by Abigail McCaffree (Etsy) / Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank / Groomsmen’s Bow Ties: Bagzetoile (Etsy)

Blue Wedding Ideas Themes and Inspiration

Blue wedding Theme and Decor

You might remember a post I put together just a few short months ago, filled with some of my favorite green wedding ideas and inspirations. Due to its wildly popular response, I’ve decided to start a series around color and various wedding ideas and inspirations. And because I’m off to one of my very favorite places in the world a resort famous for its fifty shades of blue I was inspired to continue on with the color blue. Get ready for as many shades of blue as I could pack into a post, fashion, florals, favors, and more, galore!

Pretty blue bridal fashion:

long cobalt blue bridesmaids dresses by Jade Water Designs, blue wedding ideas

royal blue bridesmaids dresses from Dessy with a ruffle neckline, blue wedding ideas

navy blue lace overlay bridesmaids dresses from Anthropologie, blue wedding ideas

blue ruffled toe Badgley Mischka peep toes, blue wedding ideas

long peacock blue sheer tulle bridesmaids dress, tea length light blue pleated bridesmaids dress, BHLDN, blue wedding ideas

light blue seersucker wedding dress, blue wedding ideas

light blue bridesmaids dresses, light blue with floral detail Nina shoes, blue wedding ideas

blue mismatched J.Crew bridesmaids dresses, blue wedding ideas

Image Credits From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: (1)Virgil Bunao via Southern Weddings | (2)Amanda K Photography via Heart Love Weddings| (3)Nathan Westerfield Photography via Southern Weddings | (4)Phoebe Joy Photography via Style Me Pretty| (5,6) BHLDN, BHLDN | (7)Joey + Jessica via Southern Weddings| (8,9) Carrie Patterson via Style Me Pretty| (10) Corbin Gurkin Photography via Style Me Pretty

Men look pretty in blue too:

navy blue seersucker suit jacket, navy blue tie, navy blue handkerchief square pocket, classic men's attire, royal blue polka dot bow tie, blue wedding ideas

light blue men's button down shirts, khaki pants, men's beach attire, blue wedding ideas

Image Credits From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: (11) Jessica Smith Photography via Style Me Pretty | (12) Chris Moncus Photography via Style Me Pretty Georgia | (13) Jules Bianchi Photography via Style Me Pretty

Pretty blue wedding paper and other details:

light blue Advice for the Bride & Groom coasters from BHLDN, navy blue eat, drink and be married reception signs, blue wedding ideas

dusty blue hummingbird and wildflower wedding invitation suite, blue wedding ideas

navy blue pinwheels, blue wedding ideas

Image Credits From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: (14) BHLDN | (15) Frenzel Photographersvia Style Me Pretty | (16) Ulmer Studios via Southern Weddings | (17,18) Jenna Cole and Meredith Perdue via Southern Weddings

And pretty blue sweets too:

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pale blue fondant wedding cake with peach fondant peony, light blue ruffled wedding cake, blue wedding ideas

Image Credits From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: (19) Souder Photography via Style Me Pretty | (20) Hello Naomi | (21) Pobke Photography via Style Me Pretty

What I love most about the color blue? It goes with just about every color in the most beautiful way. Like these bouquets:

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navy blue rustic bridesmaids dress, yellow bridesmaids bouquet, bright red bridesmaids dresses, light blue hydrangea bouquets, blue wedding ideas

navy blue sheer overlay bridesmaids dress, pink and white bouquet, blue wedding ideas

light blue strapless bridesmaids dresses, succulent bridesmaids bouquet, beautiful peach rose and scabiosa pod bouquet, blue wedding ideas

blue gray bridesmaids bouquet, blue and wheat bouquet, antique and blue hydrangea bouquet, blue wedding ideas

Image Credits From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: (22) Erin Hearts Court via Style Me Pretty| (23) Corbin Gurkin Photography via Style Me Pretty | (24) Shannen Norman Photographyvia Style Me Pretty California | (25) Ali Harper via Southern Weddings | (26) Frenzel Photographers via Style Me Pretty | (27) Katherine OBrien Photography via Style Me Pretty??| (28) Apertura via Style Me Pretty | (29) Caroline Tran via Style Me Pretty | (30) Joey + Jessica via Southern Weddings

And you can’t forget the blue decor:

blue nautical wedding decor, first mate chair decor, blue table linens for bistro tables at outdoor reception, blue wedding ideas

aqua blue chevron table runner, blue shutter escort card display, blue wedding ideas

Image Credits From Top to Bottom, Left to Right: (31) Justin & Mary via Style Me Pretty | (32) Corbin Gurkin Photography via Style Me Pretty | ??(33) Nancy Ray Photography via Style Me Pretty | (34) Jessamyn Harris Photography via Style Me Pretty

Phew! That’s A LOT of blue!! But I love it so 🙂 Do you have a favorite shade of blue? Is it navy, cobalt or royal blue? Have you been to a wedding of late that incorporated this pretty hue? Tell me all the details in the comments below!

Wedding Tosses and Exits – What to throw at the Bride and Groom!

Did you know that throwing things at a newly married couple is actually a very old tradition? Dating back to the Ancient Roman and Egyptian times, the intention was to wish the newlyweds good luck, sometimes even fertility and abundance depending on the items thrown.

Nowadays, many items are thrown or tossed at the newlyweds during the recessional (the walk back up the aisle as husband and wife) or the exit at the end of the night. Some of my favorite modern day tosses include rose petals, pompoms, confetti and beach balls. I’ve rounded up these favorites and more to inspire you today, along with the pros and cons of each and where you might be able to purchase them. Plus, a myth or two debunked along the way. Let’s get this party started!

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It was tradition for a long time to throw (uncooked) rice at the bride and groom as they exited the church following the ceremony. It was then said that the uncooked rice would be ingested by birds, expand in their stomachs, and cause the birds to explode. People, concerned for our feathered friends??? well-being, chose to switch to birdseed after that.

PROS: Very light, inexpensive, won’t hurt (much) when thrown, visually pretty

CONS: Slippery, possibly painful cleanup, birds go poof!

MYTH DEBUNKED: Contrary to what people may have heard, the whole birds-going-poof!-after-eating-uncooked-rice thing is a load of hooey.

WHERE TO BUY: Many companies will say they sell special wedding rice. Don’t be fooled. They are simply taking giant bags of rice from your local supermarkets, packaging it up all pretty, slapping a fancy label on it, and charging you WAY MORE than is necessary. Especially when you can do all of that yourself.

Photo by Ed Peers Photography via Snippet & Ink

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Confetti. Any shape or size, as long as the word confetti is there, you know it???s going to be a good time. Why? Because confetti is the bestest. Yes, you heard me, the bestest 🙂

PROS: Colorful, light, completely customizable, can be purchased in bulk, visually very pretty

CONS: Painful cleanup (indoors it???s not so bad because you have access to a vacuum cleaner, but outside you might not be so lucky)

WHERE TO BUY: There are dozens of shops on Etsy, and Amazon, Artistry in Motion, to name a few.

ECO-FRIENDLY: Confetti is now eco-friendly and biodegradable. Places like saveoncrafts, Beau-coup and others now sell it in an array of colors.

Photos: via Martha Stewart Weddings, by Angelica Glass via Martha Stewart Weddings

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One of my very favorite sendoffs the balloon release! Isn’t it so pretty?

PROS: Visually very pretty, completely customizable

CONS: They fly away, cause problems for the ozone, and may be hazardous to animals

WHERE TO BUY: Your local Party City

ECO-FRIENDLY: Balloons are now eco-friendly too. Note that while the balloons are biodegradable, the ribbons oftentimes attached to them are not. Sad trombone.

Photo by Landon Jacob via Southern Weddings

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And the award for the funnest recessional toss ever goes to the silly string (aka spray string) toss!

PROS: Totally fun for both the guests and the bride and groom

CONS: Messy, sticky, slippery Does anyone know if this stuff breaks down?

WHERE TO BUY: Party City, Walgreens, Amazon

Photo by JL Photographers via Oh Lovely Day

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One of the most popular recessional tosses involves rose petals. Personally, I love the idea of showering the bride and groom with rose petals as they walk back up the aisle together as husband and wife.

PROS: Visually very pretty, light, fragrant, colorful, Earth-friendly

CONS: May be slippery, may wilt quickly in high temperatures

WHERE TO BUY: Local flower shops and online wholesalers like FiftyFlowers.com

Photos: by Andrea Murphy Photography via Style Me Pretty, by Miranda Laine Photographyvia Style Me Pretty: Texas

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A rather unique and very pretty getaway doesn’t involve tossing of any kind, only twirling and swirling of ribbon wands 🙂

PROS: Visually very pretty, no messy cleanup

CONS: Very girly, some of your more manly grooms may not approve, slipping on one of these babies could end not-so-pretty

WHERE TO BUY: Romancing Juliet

Photo by Corbin Gurkin via Southern Weddings

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Another of my very favorite recessional tosses because who wouldn???t want to pelt the bride and groom with pompoms? 🙂

PROS: Totally fun for everyone, colorful, cute, light

CONS: Messy, messy clean up, not so eco-friendly

WHERE TO BUY: local craft stores like Michaels and A.C. Moore and Joann Fabric

Photos by Amelia Lyon via Style Me Pretty

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This is one recessional tossing item I hadn???t thought of before oatmeal!

PROS: Smells good, wouldn???t taste half bad if caught in an open mouth, eco-friendly

CONS: Very dusty, possibly slippery

WHERE TO BUY: Your local grocery stores, of course.

Photos by Jessica Claire via Green Wedding Shoes

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You won???t find a prettier smelling recessional tossing item than lavender! Showering the bride and groom with bits of lavender is simply dreamy, no?

PROS: Heavenly scent, visually very pretty, Earth-friendly

CONS: May be slippery

WHERE TO BUY: LocalHarvest, Etsy, saveoncrafts

Photos: by KT Merry via Dreamy Whites, by Julianna Collett Photography via Style Me Pretty: Canada

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Another popular sendoff that makes my heart flutter is the beautiful and delicate butterfly release! If I???m being honest, I actually like this a bit more than the also-popular dove release.

PROS: Visually stunning, completely sweet, Earth-friendly

CONS: May be costly, you???ll have to tread carefully (you don???t want to step on one of these delicate beauties)

WHERE TO BUY: Swallowtail Farms, Butterfly Release Company

Photos by Michael Segal Photography via Style Me Pretty

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In the South, black eyed peas are a source of good luck. Southern Brides have begun incorporating them into their big day either by serving them as a delicacy at the reception or having guests throw them during the recessional or sendoff.

PROS: Unique, relatively light, inexpensive, a source of good luck, eco-friendly

CONS: Might hurt, may be slippery, messy clean up

WHERE TO BUY: Your local grocery stores

Photos by Millie Holloman Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Last but not least, is another of my personal favorites the mini-beach ball toss! All I can say for this one is yay! Because, really, who doesn’t love a mini-beach ball? They’re so cute! 🙂

PROS: Unique, light, relatively inexpensive, totally fun, easy cleanup, can double as a favor

CONS: Might sting if thrown too hard, popping possibility

WHERE TO BUY: Oriental Trading Company, Amazon

Photo by Kay English Photography

So there you have it! A TON of wedding recessional/exit/sendoff/getaway ideas for you to peruse and drool over. Honestly, there are TONS more, but I had to cut myself off sometime. Is there a unique wedding toss you’ve witnessed, been a part of, or even had at your wedding? Let us know in the comments below!

Rustic Red and Green Wedding Ideas – Themes Flowers and Decor

I love Christmas. And I love weddings. What I can’t understand is why more people don’t have Christmas weddings! It’s the most wonderful, love-filled time of the year!! What better time to get married than Christmas?!  The possibilities for decor are endless. Evergreen, ornaments, pinecones, twinkle lights, and twine. Candy canes, cookies, chocolate, hot cocoa, and s’smores. Never mind the Christmas trees 🙂 Everything is red, green, and glittering gold with loads of warmth and love. They would make for one heck of a celebration wouldnt you say? I can’t tell you how much I love these rustic Christmas wedding ideas from Aubrey and Kayleigh of Alluring Events and Design, captured perfectly by Kim J Martin Photography. This styled shoot is like a Christmas dream come true!! It’s romantic and magical and I’m just COMPLETELY in love with it all!!

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{From Kim J Martin Photography} I loved working on this shoot with Aubrey and Kayleigh of Alluring Events and Design, because they are both super creative and I knew they would design something amazing. Aubrey sent me the inspiration board and I was immediately in love. The fusion of rustic with lots of country charm and a cheery Christmas feel made for such a unique combination. All the details were thoughtfully chosen and placed, and the way they brought everything together was amazing.

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Our couple was an absolutely perfect fit. They are both a little country themselves (she brought her own cowboy boots!) and they are ridiculously in love, so of course they were a blast to photograph! I had so much fun incorporating them into each of our scenes and they had a blast since a lot of them involved eating cookies and candy 🙂

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The other goal for the shoot was to show off the amazing venue, Avio Vineyards, which has just recently started doing weddings. I first saw Avio a few weeks before and my mouth dropped just as I was going up the driveway. There are rolling hills of vines, tuscan inspired buildings, and amazing nooks and crannies everywhere. Not only was the design by Alluring Events amazing, but our backdrop was amazingly gorgeous and especially perfect thanks to the fall leaves. It was definitely a photographers dream to have an adorable couple, a gorgeous venue and amazing design!

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{From Aubrey and Kayleigh of Alluring Events and Design} The Alluring Events and Design team love doing styled shoots. It’s a chance for us to come up with an entire theme completely on our own and bring it to life. After some thought we knew we had to do something that we felt passionately about: The Holidays!

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The inspiration for our Rustic Winter shoot really did come from the heart. We love the style and look of rustic décor and are absolutely in love with the holidays. It’s such a magical time of the year. From the treats and music to family and friends, it has such a warm and comforting feel. We wanted to capture that feeling by combining yummy winter treats and the great outdoors. Of course any winter set up would not be complete without a nice warm fire and a hot chocolate station!

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We started brainstorming and first came up with the Treat Station. We wanted to gather as many delicious ‘wintery’ treats as we could find. From there we came up with the S’mores Station, which created such a cozy and romantic atmosphere. And last but not least we created a little hot chocolate station complete with Christmas mugs and whipped cream!

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The couple we used for the shoot are dear friends of ours who were married about a year ago. They were SO much fun to work with and loved the treat stations. They had no problem getting into the theme and feeding each other lots and lots of yummy snacks.

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Not only was the weather perfect and sunny, but the venue was gorgeous and full of animal life as well! There were horses, llamas, chickens, peacocks, dogs, cats, and turkeys! The venue owners were gracious enough to let us roam all over the beautiful property and take tons of awesome photos. Kim, our amazingly talented photographer, did not waste any square inch of opportunity for pictures. Every vendor involved was just so sweet and awesome to work with and the whole day was just so much fun.

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If this doesnt put you in the Christmas spirit, I dont know what will. I mean that treat station, hot cocoa station, smores station, Christmas signs, his vest and scarf, her flower crown, and so much more!! These are just a few of my favorite things 😉 Thank you, thank you Alluring Events and Design and Kim J Martin Photography for sharing this rustic Christmas dream wedding with us today!! So perfect to share just before the holiday 🙂

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We will be taking a few days off to celebrate what matters most and enjoy the holidays with those that we love the most. We wish you and yours a wonderful and Merry Christmas!! xoxo

Photographer: Kim J Martin Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Alluring Events and Design / Floral Designer: Bloomers Floral Design / Venue: Avio Vineyards/ Invitation Designer: Invitations Ink / Bridal Salon: Enchanted Bridal Shoppe / Rentals: Simple Country Weddings / Hair and Makeup: Kayci Stoots

Handmade Rustic Vintage Barn Wedding Ideas

Rustic Vintage Barn Wedding

I’m going to do a lot of gushing over this wedding today Not only is the love story completely smile-worthy, but the details are out-of-this-world AMAZING!!! From the exquisite brooch bouquet handmade by the bride, to the tree planting they decided to do at their ceremony, the mini saplings of the same tree they chose to give away, to the “find your photo, find your seat” seating chart, the chocolate milk toast, sparkler getaway, all the way to the bride and groom’s request that everyone wear TOMS on their wedding day. What I love most is that everything was completely, utterly and perfectly them. For a complete play-by-play of all the handmade, heartfelt details, see the bride’s description at the end of this post. But first, indulge in the most beautiful set of photos you ever did see! All captured fabulously by Marvelous Things Photography!

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Janelle met Danny through her best friend, Alex, at the beginning of her junior year in college. Danny and Alex were in the same group of friends at George Mason University. Neither of them can remember the exact moment they first met, just that Janelle told Alex, “Hey! That Danny guy’s kind of cute!”

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Their first conversation however, was very memorable. Janelle had made a spontaneous trip to visit Alex in September 2009. After a CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ) worship gathering, Danny went up to Janelle and said, “Why didn’t you tell me you were here?!” Janelle carried on conversation as normal all the while thinking, “I didn’t know I was supposed to tell you I was here :)”

The next day, Janelle found herself back in Pittsburgh, and decided to say “hi!” to Danny on Facebook. They literally haven’t gone a day without talking since!

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They were long distance, but when Danny and Janelle were able to hang out, they honestly just loved hanging out!! For their first date, they went to a thrift store, got dinner, and wandered around for the entire day just talking and laughing. One of their favorite things to do together is to take canvas and paints, go to a park, and paint!

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Their first kiss happened when Janelle went to visit Alex (and by then, Danny, too) two days before the Snowpocalypse hit DC in 2009. She and Danny spent a lot of time just hanging out in his apartment watching movies. They became “official” the night before he kissed her for the very first time. They were on the couch, watching the movie “Just Friends” when he leaned in. Ironic, huh? 🙂

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Instead of asking the normal “will you be my girlfriend” question, Danny looked at Janelle and said, “I don’t want to scare you off, but I don’t want to date you just to date you I want to pursue you for marriage.” DANG! But, of course, it didn’t scare Janelle away. As she’d always had the mentality that you don’t commit to a relationship with somebody unless you saw them as possible marriage material, she knew (in that moment) that he was the real deal 🙂

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Danny and Janelle are VERY goofy people, so many of their best memories revolve around silly inside jokes. They love going on adventures, poking fun at their opposite-ness (she LOVES the Pittsburgh Steelers, he hates them, he LOVES spicy food, she can’t stand too much pepperetc), and playing board and card games (the rivalry of which can be pretty intense).

The very first time Danny ever said “I love you” was perfect. They were laying on Janelle’s bed, goofing off, pushing each other and laughing hysterically. All of a sudden, he got super serious and looked at her and said, “I am SO in love with you!”

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They took turns driving between Pittsburgh and DC, but the more serious they got, the more they had a tough time saying goodbye. Neither Danny nor Janelle are the kind of people that believe you need to have everything figured out before jumping in, but, at the same time, for them, they felt like they needed to be able to be in the same vicinity to make sure what was between them was right and true. So, Danny moved to Pittsburgh!

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On the night Danny proposed (March 8th, 2011 exactly 7 months from their wedding day!), both his sister and Janelle’s brother were in town visiting. It was the only day they were in town at the same time, so when Danny asked Janelle to get dessert just the two of them, Janelle was really confused. Of course, she immediately thought that this was “IT!”. What else would be important enough to pull them away from their family?!

And because Danny knew that that’s exactly what she would be thinking, he spent the entire night doing things like telling her how much he loved her, reaching into his pocket, pulling out his phone, and telling her the time basically psyching her out and toying with her each time. With great affection, Janelle refers to him as a butthead for doing so 😉

By the time they got home, Danny still had not popped the question, and Janelle was more than a little annoyed and upset. So when Danny disappeared to change and returned with the journal they’d started at the beginning of their relationship and asked her to write in it, she told him no. When he insisted, she snapped that he better get her a pen instead of the pencil he’d brought her. Up until then, they’d always written in the journal in pen. She was being such a stinker! Danny just said, “OPEN. THE. JOURNAL.” And when she did, she saw the space where he’d cut out part of the journal to make room for the ring, a note about how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, and the question “Will you marry me? Circle Yes or No.” By the time she looked up, Danny was already on his knee in his PJs 🙂

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{From the Bride} Our number one goal for our wedding was that it was US. That being said, even though our wedding day was about us and getting married, we wanted it to be selfless. We tried to forget about all the stereotypes and expectations that typically come along with planning a wedding, and just focused on doing everything from our own hearts, and what would be a blessing to as many people as possible.

For our ceremony, we wanted the biggest focus to be on the fact that our faith was the most important thing in our lives individually, and that it would now be the most important thing in our marriage. We each wrote our own vows because we felt it was really important for us to express what was in our own hearts. We also wanted to make it really clear that the end of our ceremony wasn’t just the end of a ceremony, but the beginning of our lives together serving God, serving others, and serving each other! And what better way to celebrate that than with a huge party with all of our loved ones right there with us! 🙂

As for our decor and ideas, like I said, we wanted to be original! I LOVE bright colors, and we love that vintage, relaxed, rustic feel. We didn’t have a color palette, except that my favorite colors are yellow and teal. We also knew we wanted to make everything we could, so that’s what we did! Here’s what we did and why 🙂

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  • PAPER Since Danny’s degree is in graphic design, he made the invitations, the programseverything!
  • MY BROOCH BOUQUET I found a picture of a brooch bouquet before we were even engaged that I knew I would want for my wedding day! I started collecting immediately (a lot of friends and family came together to donate to the cause) and I made it completely by hand! I was in LOVE with it! 🙂
  • TREE PLANTING We didn’t want to do a traditional unity candle or sand ceremony, but we still wanted to do something physical to signify our unity. Danny and I decided to plant a tree to not only signify our unity, but also because we wanted to “give back” by being able to plant it!
  • RECESSIONAL HEARTS I (and a bunch of my friends) spent hours throughout our 7 month engagement punching thousands of those little guyswe wanted something bright and cute to be thrown at us as we danced our way back up the aisle!
  • THE YELLOW TABLE Was my great grandparents’. We painted and distressed it to use as our altar.
  • GUESTBOOK #1 One of our favorite dates is going painting. We had gotten a large canvas as a gift a while back, and we set it out with paints and asked each guest to “paint a stroke for a piece of art for our new home!” It now hangs above our kitchen table!
  • GUESTBOOK #2 Danny is a photographer, so we set up his camera for a photobooth with goofy props (that I handmade), and had colorful card stock to write notes on. We later put the notes and photographs together in a scrapbook!
  • SEATING CHART I found a picture of every guest (NOT an easy task as I found out mid way through). They had to find their picture to find their table!
  • TABLE NUMBERS Danny and I took a frame with chalkboard paint, wrote each table number, and took a goofy picture of us holding it. We got some super cheap wooden frames from the dollar store, painted and distressed them, so each table had a different crazy picture of  us holding their number!
  • TABLE SETTINGS We collected/borrowed vintage-looking table cloths from anyone who could contribute. A family friend had a tree fall down, so we chopped it up and set pieces of wood on the tables for the flowers to sit on. We collected a TON of blue mason jars from yard sales for all of the flowers!
  • BOUTONNIERES I made them out of fabric and wire!
  • BRIDESMAID BOUQUETS Each bridesmaid made her own bouquet the morning of the wedding! We asked the florist to just bring buckets of wild flowers and they each created whatever they wanted! 🙂
  • ARROWS SIGN Made by my Daddy! 🙂
  • GUEST FAVORS A sapling of the tree we planted during the ceremony, and a list of the songs that mean the most to us as a couple.
  • FABRIC STRIP BACKDROP Hung behind the head table and totally made by my bridesmaids 🙂
  • CHOCOLATE MILK TOAST I told Danny on our first date about my unadulterated LOVE of chocolate milk, and that I loved it so much that it was going to be what I toast with at my wedding someday. And it was 🙂
  • SPARKLER GETAWAY I know everyone does it now, but we LOVE sparklers. That’s all 🙂
  • MASHED POTATO BAR AND RIBS My favorite food is Mashed Potatoes, so we had a bar of themregular and sweet potatoes with every imaginable topping for both!! We both LOVE RibsI had no fear of my dress. Ribs are worth it. 🙂
  • TOMS SHOES Danny and I both really believe in their cause, so we asked everyone to wear them guests, bridal party, parents, pastor, us EVERYONE!

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I know I’ve given more details than you know what to do with, but our wedding was literally everything and more than we ever imagined. It took a ton of work, but we didn’t have to leave out anything. It is only a blur in the sense that the day went too quickly, but Danny and I were able to really sit back, take everything in, and enjoy the day because everything fell together perfectly. We’re so grateful! 🙂

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Sparklers, twinkle lights, bunting and cupcakesoh my goodness, I love these things so much! In all honestly though, I love every single bit of this wedding. I love that it was handmade, heartfelt, and completely about the bride and groom. They even made their own cake! Amazing, right? Their love story made me smile at every turn (but you knew that from the million smiley faces throughout this post). lovelovelove it all! Thank you, Danny and Janelle for sharing your love story with all of us, and congratulations once again! So much love, luck and hugs to you both! Thank you, also, to Marvelous Things Photography for sharing this very special day with us today! xoxo

Photographer: Marvelous Things Photography / Venue: North Glade Inn Bed and Breakfast / Flowers & Decor: Country Gardens Expressions Florist / DJ: Pittsburgh DJ Company / Cupcakes: Jennifers Desserts / Cake: Made by the Bride and Groom / Bride’s Dress: Angelique / Bridal Salon: Renaissance Bridals / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Renaissance Bridals / Hairstylist: Brides Cousin / Makeup Artist: the Bride / Groom’s Tie: Petite Peanut / Men’s Ties: Me and Matilda / Shoes: TOMS / Men’s Attire: Self-Selected / Bridesmaid Dresses: Self-Selected / Bridesmaid Accessories: Forever 21 / Hair Accessories: Made by the Bride

Turquoise and Coral Wedding Ideas

Turquoise and Coral Wedding Ideas

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Your bridal party will look spectacular in coral or turquoise dresses, and the color really complements your beautiful wedding dress. Enhance visual interest in your wedding photos by letting your bridesmaids choose varying shades of coral or turquoise – it creates an amazing palette of color around you. !

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Turquois and Coral just radiate a fun and upbeat vibe. Do you want your wedding to be joyous!? Of course you do and these colors scream that happy go lucky feeling a wedding is all about!

Chalkboard Mason Jars – DIY

Chalkboard Mason Jars

There’s always a lot of excitement around here when we create a fun, simple DIY and I have to say I think that this is one of my favorites. Mason jars have certainly come a long way over the last few years. Or let’s say, uses for them. Certainly more than just for weddings and lest we forget, for canning fruits and vegetables. Remember we used to solely use them to preserve food? And I know, some areas of our country have always used them for drinks too. We in New England are a little slow to embrace anything new except for technology, so mason jars are not as popular up here like they are in the South and Midwest. When I called a few hardware stores and even grocery stores to check if they carried the limited edition blue mason jars, I might as well have been asking if they carried alien snack food. I’m not kidding. I got a lot of cricket noises or just plain old silence on the phone. All I can say is that we must have a little Southern in our blood because we LOVE mason jars and all the possibilities that they can be used for! Today is a perfect example of us using them for something other than preserving food and it’s not just for a wedding! They can certainly be used in other home decor as well. Added bonus? Super simple!

Special shout out to our Heart Love Always Featured Photographers – They are seriously The Best Wedding Photographers!  Chris and Becca Photography will help you feel at ease knowing all of your photographic needs are taken care of. If you are getting married go check them out, it’s a must. And thanks to them for the help with pictures.

DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Candle Centerpiece

Here are the list of supplies (many of which are readily available at your local craft, hardware, grocery stores, or online):

  • 1 Mason Jar
  • 1 Baby Food Jar yes, baby food. It’s a jar and super cute!
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Sharp knife
  • Black Chalkboard Spray Paint
  • Chalk
  • Baker’s Twine or other rustic twine
  • Candles

DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Candle Centerpiece supplies

Step One Place a strip of the painter’s tape on the jars and draw a heart. Using your knife, cut around the heart and remove the excess tape, leaving the heart taped to the jar.

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Step Two Take your jar and your spray paint to a well ventilated area (meaning outside) and spray the jar(s) evenly. (Notice Alexandra’s boots we had a very wet, cold spring!!) Let the jars dry.  It won’t take long. Once dry, take the sharp point of your knife and carefully remove the painter’s tape heart. You can say ooooh and ahhhhh now 😉

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Step Three Once thoroughly dry, use the chalk to trace little dotted lines around the heart. Take the baker’s twine and wrap around the top part of the jar and you’re done!! Now you can place candles in the jars, or, an even better idea are those flameless candles that will last all night and be safe too!

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Isn’t the baby food jar so adorable?

DIY Chalkboard Mason Jar Candle Centerpiece

As you can see, this DIY is super simple and you can make a whole bunch of them in an afternoon. Mason jars can be found everywhere (only clear ones in our neck of the woods), but that’s what you need. And you’re going to have to find someone with a toddler for those baby food  jars. Unless of course you can get creative and make a special recipe with applesauce or strained carrots. Mmmmm.

Enjoy!