Lord Byron Says It Best, “She Walks In Beauty”

Romance is at the center of this styled shoot crafted for the Michael and Carina workshop and it’s taking a page out of the English poetry book. Inspired by the words of Lord Byron, East Made Event Company along with La Fleur Du Jour and Emily Artistry dreamed up this photo shoot perfect for the lover of old world elegance. And with images by the experts themselves, Michael and Carina, the vault is a sea of artistry.

Our bridal portrait session was rooted in the authenticity of a real wedding day: with a period of preparation, portraits, a lovely tablescape for celebrating, and an evening gown that flowed with energy. We specifically took inspiration from English poetry of the early Romantic period: ‘She Walks in Beauty’ by Lord Byron and ‘She Was a Phantom of Delight’ by William Wadsworth. Each piece, from the rings by Susie Saltzman to the jewelry and headpieces by Liv Hart, was carefully selected to echo this idealized statement of grace found in these poems. We ended the bridal portrait session in a meadow as our bride and groom ran into the distance, embracing and happy, a vision of an ideal world.

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Photography: Michael and Carina Photography | Floral Design: La Fleur Du Jour | Cake: Catherine George Cakes | Invitations: Signora E Mare | Shoes: Bella Belle | Ring: Susie Saltzman | Makeup and Hair: Emily Artistry | Venue: Retreat at Cool Springs | Bridal Designer: Carol Hannah | Decorative dishes: Marbella Dish | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Garter: The Garter Girl | Headpiece & Earring Designer: Enchanted Atelier | Model: Modelogic Wilhelmina | Model: Liquid Talent | Rentals: White Glove Rentals | Styling and Event Planning: East Made Event Company

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Intimate Boho Bridal Shower Inspiration for the Laid Back Gal

Boho Inspired Bridal Shower

We will try to refrain from overusing the word, “darling” to describe this intimate bridal shower inspiration at The Darlington House but we just can’t help it…this event is simply…darlingLauren Weidley of Chancey Charm San Diego designed the day with a very specific type of bride in mind:

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DIY Marble Escort Card Coasters

DIY Marble Escort Card Coasters

Happy Thursday! Today we are sharing a fun DIY that will add a modern + customized touch to your reception (and will make for amazing favors to use at home for your guests too!) with the ever-so-popular marble trend going on right now! We partnered with Avery to use their White Square Labels + a simple DIY inspired by Homey Oh My‘s post to create these fun coasters for your wedding.

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A Wedding Draped Head to Toe in Greenery

It’s no secret that greenery is making a major comeback, and this Texas wedding captured by Mustard Seed Photography embraces those fresh greens in a beautiful way. From ceremony to reception, you’ll find this organic floral alternative making its way into every detail, and we can’t get enough of the fresh, natural look. Have a look below and don’t miss the clip from Cakewalk Films.

From the bride… If I’m being honest our entire wedding day is a blur to me now. I don’t remember what I ate, what I talked about with my bridesmaids as we got ready, or how many songs we danced to. What I will never forget is the amount of love that was evident on this day. Our families had been awaiting this day for a very long time since Isaac and I were high school sweethearts. I will always remember the moment I first saw Isaac standing at that alter and I knew that he had been placed in my life for that moment, for the two of us to become one.

Isaac and I met when we were two kids in elementary school we didn’t know it then but we would eventually fall in love. We became high school sweethearts and have been inseparable ever since. After many years of dating Isaac surprised me with a trip to Paris, France! I had no idea that I would be proposed to in front of the Eiffel Tower, but there Isaac was down on one knee asking if I would spend the rest of my life with him. The moment I had prayed for had finally arrived and I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough!

During the planning process we knew we wanted to be as close to Houston as possible since that’s where our love story began. I had always wanted to be married in a white barn so we did some research and found a white barn themed venue that was just being built. We immediately drove out to Montgomery, Texas to view the venue. When we toured the venue they had just began building it so all we saw was literally just a frame of the venue. As we stood inside the center of what was to be the reception space we looked at each other and knew this was it. We took a leap and booked the venue while it was being built. The venue wouldn’t be complete until two months before our wedding day. When we toured the completed Farmhouse a month before our wedding I couldn’t help but tear up. The venue was absolutely stunning on it’s own. We couldn’t get over how bright the venue was and the beautiful marble details. I knew I wanted to incorporate the marble details into the decorations for the wedding and the wedding cake.

We wanted to have mostly greenery throughout the wedding with pops of blush. Our florals from Jenna Lynn Events were absolutely breathtaking and the greenery flower crowns she made for us really gave the wedding an ethereal touch. At the family table, our florist created a stunning greenery garland and we added a special touch with laser cut wood names as the place cards. We added gold touches with the hammered gold silverware and the gold rimmed plates. Our gray table clothes that covered the majority of the tables were an organic material that brought an extra special touch to the reception space.

We incorporated a few DIY projects into our wedding and I’m so happy we did. I love looking back at the pictures of the DIY projects and knowing the love and dedication we put into creating each project. My father and Isaac worked together to build the table in the entrance of the ceremony space and the boxes that held the programs. We created a wood board filled with polaroids from over the years of our relationship. Lastly, we used terrariums on some of the tables and filled them with twinkle lights for stunning budget friendly centerpieces.

Our ceremony was held in the chapel behind the reception space of The Farmhouse. The altar was draped in greenery and had pops of blush florals. The aisle had two huge greenery garlands down each side. We wanted to keep our ceremony as traditional as possible except for our string trio, Third Floor Strings, that played the Game of Thrones theme song as our wedding party walked down the aisle! We decided not to do a first look because I’ve always loved seeing the reaction of the groom when he first sees the bride step into the chapel. Seeing Isaac’s face as he saw me walk down the aisle is a moment I will never forget. I thought he would be the one to cry but it was really me doing all the crying!

The most important thing about our wedding was to involve our daughter, Ava. She was with me the entire time I got ready with my bridesmaids and we danced the night away with her. She wore a dress very similar to my wedding dress with long sleeves and lace detailing.

Charlie Whiskey really created such a stunning calligraphy invitation which included a map of the venue. Paper and Pine Co-created our calligraphy welcome sign and various other signs that were scattered throughout the wedding.

For the bridesmaids’ dresses, we decided to go with a long, off the shoulder, blush gown from Vow To Be Chic. The gowns were paired with greenery floral crowns and custom made Kendra Scott earrings. Our florist created ethereal greenery bouquets for the bridesmaids.

One of my favorite moments was our father and daughter dance. My dad and I had prepared choreography to a music mash-up! We were so excited to surprise our guests and Isaac with our fun dance moves. Needless to say, Isaac loved it and even cried because he was so surprised! My dad and I have always been super goofy so doing this fun mash-up really showed our father and daughter relationship.

Everything was captured by the amazing Mustard Seed Team. They were amazing throughout the entire process. We’re so thankful to everyone for their love and support. Our wedding was a dream come true because of all the amazing vendors involved.

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Photography: Mustard Seed Photography | Cinematography: Cakewalk Films | Floral Design: Jenna Lynn Events | Wedding Dress: Essense Of Australia | Cake: Dolce Designs | Invitations: Charley Whiskey Design | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Vow To Be Chic | Catering: Alma Latina | Hair + Makeup: Butter Artistry | DJ: DJ Enloe | Favors: Couldn’t Smell Better Candles | Groomsmen’s Attire: The Black Tux | Day-of Coordination: Jennifer cortez | Rentals: Aztec Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Signage : Paper & Pine Co. | String Trio: Third Floor Strings

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Lush Bohemian Styled Shoot Turns Into a Surprise Wedding!

Surprise Wedding

Have we got something fun for you guys… Today’s lush + bohemian editorial at The Hangar at Stanley in Denver came together when designer + planner Adina Michelle Events called upon all of her creative vendor friends. The idea: raw and industrial, modern, bohemian, and lots of greenery. Adina tells us I wanted it to feel as though you were in a trendy flower shop with interesting green specimens rather than feeling like you were at a wedding. To bring that feeling, it really helped that our models are an actual couple… and engaged, at that!

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How to Survive All Those Opinions (+ Personalities) When Wedding Planning

We sat down to chat with an expert in planning weddings, Cristen Faherty of Cristen and Co.. She’s doling out some much needed advice on navigating the planning waters with so many personalities – and lots and lots of opinions being thrown your way. Getting ready to start planning your “I Dos”? Then this is a must read.

Photography: Love and Light Photographs

Plan of Attack

Before the planning begins and family members get involved, have a discussion with your fiancé to ensure you both are on the same page when it comes to troubleshooting issues that come up with family during the planning process. You should always have each other’s back and never become a divided front, because you’re each other’s future. You need to make decisions together that are good for the two of you – even if it means upsetting a family member because they want something specific for your wedding that you don’t.

Photography: Annamarie Swift Photography

Take It With a Grain of Salt

Take everything with a grain of salt and be willing to listen to others. Everyone has an idea of what a wedding should be, so your parents, close friends, and other family members might voice opinions and suggestions on what they think you should be doing during the planning process or for your wedding. Some of their suggestions might be great, and others you might cringe at, but remember it’s your wedding day. It is about you and your fiancé, and it is okay to do your own thing! Be up front and honest with them from the beginning, explaining that you will listen but you may not take all of their suggestions.

Photography: Kim Lyn

Dole Out Tasks

You know your family and their personalities better than anyone – give your parents or close friends that are in your bridal party certain planning tasks or projects to keep their mind off of everything else. That way, you can focus and make decisions on things you don’t want them involved in, and they can contribute meaningfully in a way suited to their strengths and interests. Ask them to help with the bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or farewell brunch; those events alone will take a significant amount of time to plan. Or have them join in on the dress shopping experience or help you create the guest list. This will keep their minds busy so they won’t have as many strong opinions on what vendors you should be booking and what your wedding will look like.

Photography: Kim Lyn

Hire a Wedding Planner!

I always say, “I’m your wedding planner, friend, and therapist!” Wedding planners can act as a middle man when times get frustrating with family members, and we can discuss certain aspects of the wedding with the family to guide everyone to a compromise. We can give suggestions or ideas that will make everyone happy in the long run. And, honestly, most of the time when the couple has a wedding planner, family members and friends tend to stay out of the planning process more because they know the couple has hired an expert to handle all of the details.

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