Signature Drinks Galore!

by Lizzy S

There has been a growing trend at weddings to have a signature drink. Usually the drink is a mixture dependent on the bride and groom’s favorite libations. What a fun and unique way to serve delicious drinks for adults to enjoy! You can even toast to a long and happy marriage while your guests sip on these drinks. Check out the drink mixtures below as well as how newlyweds decided to present their drinks to their guests. Don't worry I have included some non-alcohol options as well!...

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A Day at the Winery

by Bride Chic

Today, I have something extra special that I've been waiting on pins and needles to share with you. Awhile back a few incredibly talented wedding professionals teamed up for a styled shoot at Asti Winery in Cloverdale, California. What a day we had in the wine country!  And just look at what can come from a collaborative brainstorm of ideas! For me the beauty of this shoot has to be the fusion of the rustic and elegant - fine china sitting atop a beautifully set distressed wood...

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Captivating Love in a Beautiful Abandoned Church

by Lizzy S

John and Taylor got married on a blustery winter day in Missouri. However, the cold couldn’t stop this couple from capturing magical shots throughout their big day! The couple decided to take a portion of their photos in a beautiful abandoned church to try to stay warm. This idea couldn’t have ended up any better! The shots turned out absolutely stunning! At times it was so cold when taking pictures that the photographer had asked if they could hold their breath so that the camera...

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Drapery Ideas to Stun Your Wedding Guests

by Lizzy S

Drapery is a popular way to create a luxurious setting for your reception.  From rustic to romantic themed weddings, drapery just adds a little magic to the day. Brides can choose from different textures, colors, lights, flowers, etc. The right draping can transform any simple room to an extraordinary affair. Browse through the amazing images below and you might even be inspired to use drapery in your wedding décor! Don’t forget to pin your favorites!

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The Liquid Satin Dress

by Bride Chic

Today I want to focus on a totally swoonworthy fabric, perfect for long and sleek bridal gowns. It's called liquid satin.  A client recently asked me to define liquid satin and I clued her in that it is a shiny, bright, clingy, body hugging crepe satin that looks absolutely luscious in evening gown silhouettes. Tune into almost any 1930’s movie and you'll find all kinds of inspiration if your wedding dress is going this direction.  Here's a roundup of some of the best and...

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A Romantic Affair at a Grand Estate

by Lizzy S

For almost all of Kayla and Michael’s relationship they were long distance.  After hundreds of love letters, long car rides, flights and phone calls, Michael chose to pop the question.  As the couple began planning their wedding they knew they had to have some Disney influence in their decorations since that was a big part of their long distance love story. From the cake topper to the guestbook you can see the Disney inspiration. It’s great when you look through a wedding album...

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Elegant and Dreamy Wedding Trains

by Lizzy S

As you are looking for your perfect wedding dress, there is another aspect to consider: the train. Whether you want the length of your train to be long or short, dramatic or simple, there are many sizes and designs to choose from. You can go with a sweep train for comfort and dancing the night away or a cathedral train for your fairytale wedding. Here are a few ideas to inspire you when you are searching for your ideal train. Don't forget to pin your faves!

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A Picturesque Fall Country Wedding

by Lizzy S

I can’t help but smile when I browse through these wedding photos. Allyn and Mobley are madly in love with each other and their happiness translates perfectly in their photos.  Allyn and Mobley got married on a beautiful fall October day in a grand Catholic Church downtown Decorah. After the ceremony concluded, they were escorted by horse-drawn carriage to their reception venue that overlooks the breathtaking countryside. Could you imagine! This day couldn’t be anymore perfect...

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The Quest to Find the Perfect Groom’s Gift!

by Lizzy S

For all the brides out there determined to find the perfect gift to give to the man of your dreams on your special day, we have created a blog just for you! Take a look at these adorable presents that your soon-to-be husband will most definitely love! Who knows you might find the perfect gift for your perfect man. Make sure to pin your favorites!

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Winter Whites

by Bride Chic

Lucky you if you're a winter bride! There are so many tuned in designers out there using those heavier weight fabrics like taffeta, satin and dupion to jazz up looks for the chillier weather. But don't forget the snowflake effect of lace draped over summery lightweights like chiffon and organza to create a real snow princess look! Want to go sleeveless inspite of the chill? Warm yourself up via long gloves, a fur shrug or bolero in a heavier fabric. Whether your wedding is in the next...

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A Romantic Tale of the Couple that Fell in Love at Their Venue

by Lizzy S

Rudy and Liz chose to get married in the very same venue that they first met each other. How romantic is that! The couple started working together at Elmcrest Banquets in Chicago Illinois about six years ago. Little did they know then that many years later they would be celebrating their wedding at the same location! Having their reception at the same place where their love first started only made perfect sense for them. These two are head over heels for each other! One can’t help...

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Ingenious Ideas on How to Entertain the Kiddos!

by Lizzy S

Whether they’re your nieces, nephews, children, or best friend’s kiddos, those little ones will keep you busy even on your wedding day! So, what better way to keep the munchkins entertained by having activities for them to do throughout your wedding day. Whether you choose to delight the youngsters through lawn games, treats, scavenger hunts or kid tables there are plenty of ideas to choose from. Take a look these cute ideas and maybe you will find inspiration from them! Don’t...

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Trend Alert! The Shirtwaist Wedding Dress

by Bride Chic

  I haven't written about the shirtwaist dress in ages and it seems as the runways are showing many of these classic gems these days.  Did you know the shirtwaist is a variation of the ball gown silhouette?  It’s actually a more relaxed version of the hourglass, more of a tailored look focusing as much on the detailing of the bodice as the skirt. Generally a shirtwaist will have long shirt-like or billowing sleeves and full gathered skirt.  A shirtwaist dress for a bride...

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A Perfect Surfer’s Paradise DIY Wedding

by Lizzy S

After many sleepless nights and endless mornings, Dewi and Colin created their handcrafted dream wedding hosted in a private residence in sunny California. These two didn’t miss a single detail in their DIY wedding! From the dessert table to all the ceremony and reception décor, everything was beautifully crafted. The countless days of crafting was worth it in the end as this couple had the best day of their lives exactly how they wanted it. The couple even set up all the décor on...

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Darling and Innovative Ways to Include Your Pup in Your Wedding Day

by Lizzy S

Can’t say I do without your furry loved one? You’re not alone! Many brides and grooms choose to involve their pups in their special day. Whether you choose to involve them in your favors, photography, the ceremony or décor, there are many ways to incorporate your dog in your big day. Check out these creative and adorable ideas and don’t forget to comment below on which images are your favorites!

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For All the Girls that Love the Bling! Check out These Stunning Dresses

by Bride Chic

This time of year is a perfect backdrop for the blinged, glitzed, glittering and sparkling bride to make her entrance.  Defined sparkle can be sequins or metallic’s, as well as crystals or jewels that can be sewn onto your wedding dress--sometimes incorporating intricate embroidery into the mix. Since your guests will be looking at you up close throughout your big day, there is no substitute for fine workmanship. Below are some contemporary versions of ‘bling’ in all its...

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A Beautiful Rainy Day Wedding with a Vintage Twist

by Lizzy S

Erin and Ricky got married in a stunning industrial cotton mill in Georgia call the Engine Room. The exposed brick throughout the cotton mill was the perfect backdrop as it complemented the romantic ambience of the venue. Although it was raining cats and dogs on their big day, the two love birds took advantage of the rain and created a breathtaking vintage-inspired intimate affair. The reception was exquisitely adorned with baby’s breath, vintage mantles, and sheet music in...

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Falling in Love with This Time of the Year? So Are We!

by Lizzy S

Fall in love with autumn this year by finding inspiration through all the fun colors this season has to offer. Autumn is a popular time for weddings, so why not explore décor possibilities that match the array of vibrant colors you can see outside your window. From centerpieces, bouquets, deserts and escort cards; there are endless opportunities to incorporate your love for fall on your wedding day! Brides, how would you incorporate autumn into your special day? Comment below and let...

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Creative & Delightful Ideas on How to Ask Your Girls to be Your Bridesmaids

by Lizzy S

Every bride needs her girls. From wedding dress shopping, pinning bustles, tasting cake, and spending countless of hours smiling, crying, and laughing. Bridesmaids play an important role in supporting you throughout the planning process and day-of-festivities. Take a look at these fun ideas on how to ask your friends to be a part of your special day. Be sure to add your favorites to your Ideabook!

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An Intimate Occasion With Personalized Details

by HannahN

Although Justin & Rachel are from Arlington, TX, the couple fell in love with South Dakota's Black Hills and were wed in the serene outdoors at the Custer State Game Lodge. This untraditional wedding was truly special! Rachel walked down the aisle by herself, and then along with her bridesmaids sang a beautiful song to Justin as he walked up. The officiants were best friends of the bride and groom and held an amazing ceremony. Since Justin loves literature and English, members of the...

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Fall In Love With These Engagement Rings from Jared® The Galleria Of Jewelry

by HannahN

I was thrilled to be asked to participate in the #BRIDEnBEYOND program, sponsored by Jared® The Galleria Of Jewelry. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. Jared® The Galleria Of Jewelry is the bridal jewelry destination. From engagement or wedding rings, to wedding day jewelry, bridal party and bride and groom gifts, to anniversary gifts, Jared is an incredible destination with hundreds of gorgeous options for all of your gift needs! With a greater selection (5x)...

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The Timeless Beauty of Saja Wedding’s 2015 Bridal Collection

by HannahN

This lovely 2015 bridal collection by Saja Weddings embodies refined, timeless beauty. I absolutely love the inspiraiton behind the collection: the formation of pearls inside oysters. With this in mind, the designers used ethereal fabrics like silk chiffon and silk organza coupled with pearls and glass bead accents to create an incredibly beautiful end result. Lose yourself in these romantic creations, and be sure to pin your favorites!

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Glam, Vintage Inspired Styled Shoot

by HannahN

This gorgeous vintage glam shoot is inspired by the cool, crisp air & rich colour pallate that Autumn has to offer. The florist's mother's estate in LaSalle served as the perfect backdrop for this session; the brick walls, wrought iron gates, lush gardens, and unbelievable French provincial styled master bedroom truly set the tone for the vintage feel of the shoot. The tableware, including the china, silverware and glasses are from a personal vintage collection. I am obsessed with the...

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Something Borrowed: Her Mother’s Wedding Dress

by HannahN

I've always been intrigued with the idea of a bride wearing her mother's wedding dress.  Thinking back, women in my day were lucky if they chose to sport mom's white frock. Our mothers got married in the 1950s so the dresses were hands down gorgeous! As well as absolutely adoring the style your mother wore add the element of sentiment and you may just have the ideal wedding dress. These shots are of Katie who is wearing her mom's wedding dress for her wedding portraits (taken...

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