Jenna and Scott had a beautiful red & wine inspired wedding. The seating chart had an amazing detail with the wine cork place holders. Their thank you gifts were individual bottles of wine with the couples in a loving embrace on the label. We loved all the little details from the elegant yet simply decorated cake to the center piece with a single rose in the vase and a bouquet topper. We also think the bridal party totally nailed the Bridesmaid pose too.
Normally we would gush about how much we loved the use of feathers in this wedding shot by Mary Dougherty Photography. Or how they have passed down the cake topper through four different weddings starting in 1949. Even the use of jewels and tiny details like the groom’s locket. But that’s not what grabbed our attention. It’s the story that Mary told about the couple.
So here is their story in her words:
It was meant to be. There are times in each person’s life when you wonder what the future holds, what your purpose is and where life will take you. The friendships you form in high school are tested when life starts to unfold – and do so unexpectedly with twists and turns that take you in a new direction. No relationship is tested more than a romantic one, and Chris and Collen have weathered the storm.
They still remember that first prom, back in their awkward teenage years, and as Chris recounted in his vows, he never understood why Colleen loved him. She was everything to him, and it wasn’t until a few years later when she was facing life threatening illness that he fully realized his purpose in their relationship. He was there to love her, and when there was the possibility that she might not be there, he stood by her side and loved her more. To be there – in good times and in bad, in times of plenty and need, and in times of sickness and in health – is a promise they made on their wedding day. It was a promise in many ways they had already fulfilled, but on this day they pledged to do so for the rest of their lives.
There are few times when I cry at a wedding, but as Chris and Colleen read their vows written specifically for each other, my eyes welled up and hid behind my camera and I continued to document. Here was a relationship so meaningful, so real, you could not help but recognize what they had and celebrate their love… and celebrate they did. Chris and Colleen know how to throw a party and it was an absolute joy to document their day.
Spring has been a symbol of new growth, warmth, blooming, and life itself – therefore a spring wedding embraces these meanings and incorporates them into the ritual of binding love. Seasoned wedding planners know that spring is the busiest wedding season. However, this does not mean that your wedding cannot be unique…in fact there are so many ways to make your wedding fun, fresh and memorable for everyone, especially with fashion!
The best way to pick a wedding dress is to choose one that reflects your personality – are you a little bit out of the box? Perhaps a wedding dress of shorter length would suit you most. If you want something a bit more untraditional, this spring many brides will be foregoing the customary white dress for dresses in shades such as blush, champagne, and even shades of blue. As for the details of the dress itself, there are some interesting new trends that are showing up in the world of wedding fashion. Laser-cut lace is a way to incorporate a traditional fabric with the modern technology of precision laser cutting. Other big trends you can expect to see include peplum style dresses, detailed backs, and vintage inspired styles.
Another great way to bring the spirit of spring into your ceremony is with your bridesmaid dresses. There are plenty of fresh, bright colors to choose from. Pantone, the world renowned authority on color, recently release their Spring 2013 Color Report based on the colors designers are using in their latest collections. If you need some ideas check out the below colors that will be big this spring, especially Emerald, which was announced as the 2013 Color of the Year.
While many spring brides choose short styles for their bridesmaids, it is by no means unacceptable to go with a long gown. There are beautiful longer styles that have a fresh feel such as this chiffon dress from the White by Vera Wang line at David’s Bridal. Choosing a bright color in a light fabric such as chiffon will definitely get across the spring feel.
When it comes to weddings in the spring, really the sky is the limit. Even though there are many weddings during the spring season, you can find plenty of ways to make yours stand out from the status quo. Take inspiration from the season around you and welcome your new life with a fresh perspective.
THIS is what true love looks like! The sweet pre-wedding shoot was taken by Radelle of Eternal Reflections Photography in Entwistle, Alberta, Canada at the gorgeous Pembina River Provincial Park. The photo session was conducted the week before Allison and Stephen tied the knot in July. Radelle said that she was booked the day of the couple’s wedding, but agreed to the pre-wedding shoot as a gift for the bride, who lost her mother just over a year ago in a tragic accident.
“Having been married with a parent who had passed away as well, I really wanted to help make her day extra special,” said Radelle.
We love the gorgeous, carefree backdrop of the park, and especially the rich red, purple, and yellow florals in the bride’s unique bouquet. This couple has us dreaming of summer again!
Dawn and Mike were true lovebirds when they tied the knot. Phillip of PhillipVN Photography captured their beautiful bird-themed wedding in Santa Barbara, California. The couple chose rose red as the main color for their wedding, then added touches of sunny yellow. Following the traditional ceremony and reception, the lovebirds flew off to a second smaller reception at the charming Stella Mare’s Restaurant for dinner and dancing.
The couple’s love story is as sweet as their wedding theme.
Scarves, fuzzy boots, and mugs of hot apple cider. September is nearly here, and we can already feel that crisp autumn breeze.
Spring may be the most common season for weddings, but autumn also offers gorgeous color and style possibilities. For today’s inspiration board, we spun a variation on this year’s popular color pairing, bright blue and poppy red, and muted both colors for a rustic fall wedding.
Cool shades of teal and turquoise offset the warmth of cinnamon reds and browns. A bouquet of desert flowers beautifully blends these colors. Clusters of burgundy autumn leaves warm a centerpiece with a variety of lanterns and candles, like this simple DIY tea light candle surrounded by cinnamon sticks. Infuse your menu with autumn delights, such as honeycrisp apple sangria, maple-glazed squash, and pork tenderloin marinated with cinnamon. Pretty tins of cinnamon breath mints, custom made with the couple’s names or initials, make sweet wedding favors.
We LOVE fun and unexpected color combinations. For their wedding, Anna and Michael paired cool shades of turquoise blue with vibrant cherry red. The couple had an intimate outdoor ceremony in Jackson, Mississippi, surrounded by a circle of their family and friends. Anna looked elegantly vintage in her tea-length Lazaro gown, birdcage veil, and brooch bouquet. The couple’s reception space was decked with brilliant red flowers, blue birdcages, lots of red candy, and strawberry flavored Jones soda customized with the couple’s photograph. The groom’s cake sported a whimsical Pokemon cake topper, and adorable bird toppers adorned the wedding cake. Each sweet moment of this wedding was captured by Adam + Alli Photography.
Food, family, fireworks–all you need is a wedding dress! If you’re a future Independence Day bride, consider having a late afternoon ceremony followed by a dinner menu of savory barbeque and sangria. Snag free reception fireworks by choosing a venue near the city’s 4th of July firework show, usually in the downtown area. And while you’re celebrating today, grab inspiration from our favorite parts of America’s birthday: rich shades of red and blue, chilled blueberry pie, and LOTS of fireworks.
Have a fabulous 4th!
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This wedding’s coral red details pop against the beautiful, turquoise waters of Mexico. The destination wedding took place at the Ocean Coral & Turquesa Hotel in Puerto Morelos near the Riviera Maya. Vancouver-based photographers Radelle and Kari of Eternal Reflections Photography captured these intimate seaside moments between newlyweds Kailin and Chris.