Romantic Weddings by Disney

The earliest experience that most of us had with romance was watching our favorite princesses fall in love, all thanks to the wonderful world of Disney. While we’ve all grown up and come to realize that love isn’t quite as simple as our childhood heroines made it seem, don’t we all still long for a few fleeting moments of being swept off our feet? If that’s true in your case, we suggest that in planning your wedding, you look to the masters for their help: Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings.

A Disney wedding does not have to a cartoon-centric festival of color and knock-off fairytales. If you’ve been to a Disney theme park, you know that they truly are the best at what they do. From the enchanting atmospheres they create to every single detail perfectly chosen to excite their guests, Disney is amazing at what they do. So why would a Disney wedding be any different? Whether you’re sailing the seas aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship, planning a destination affair in Hawaii, or choosing to wed in the excitement of Florida or California’s theme parks, a Disney Fairy Tale Wedding is customizable to your wedding day dreams. Their one-stop-shop planning  includes full service arranging of your ceremony and reception, securing accommodations and entertaining your guests.

When you trust your wedding to the experts at Disney, rest assured that whether you’re envisioning an elegant evening for an intimate group of friends, a casual gathering on an exotic beach, or a simple fete in a garden, a Disney’s Fairy Tale Wedding can check off all the wishes on your list, romance included (whether or not you want Cinderella’s crystal coach is up to you).

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03.31.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Unique Outdoor Wedding with DIY Details

There is something special with every wedding, and with Lauren and Jordan’s wedding, many of those special details were DIY and designed with intention. Lauren and Jordan wanted their wedding to reflect who they were as a couple. The day was intentionally kept simple, and focused on their relationships with each other, their family, and their friends. From a large bridal party to asking several of their friends to provide different services for the wedding, their photographer described their wedding as “truly intimate and special.”

They chose the South Saskatchewan River Valley for their ceremony, and love how the natural beauty of the grassy knolls created the perfect backdrop for Lauren and Jordan to exchange their vows. The groom made log benches for their guests, and repurposed them in the newlywed’s new home. Lauren knew she wanted a unique gown, and found it in this detailed Mara Hoffman design. To her surprise, Jordan sent her a link to the exact same dress, thinking she might like it. The creative bride also foraged for, and designed, her own bouquet. A highlight of the day was the foot washing ceremony. This act of service to each other was so powerful and beautiful, not a dry eye could be found on the river bank that day.

Photography: Adrian Michael Photography | VenueCranberry Flats, SK | Dress:  Mara Hoffman purchased at Free People | Headpiece and bracelet: Oneiro Designs | Make-up: Sarah Korchinski, (friend) | Hair: DIY by bride | Floral Design: DIY by bride | Bridesmaids Dresses: Free People | Groomsmen Attire – Luna and Hill

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03.30.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Stunning Wedding Dresses from Karen Willis Holmes

We know that every bride is on the search for a wedding gown that perfectly captures her individual style. Luckily for you, we love the new collections from Australian designer Karen Willis Holmes, designed for the trend conscious bride, with unfaltering attention to detail and exceptional fit. Even better, the new collections cater to women wanting couture-like quality, but with the ease and price of a ready-to-wear wedding dress.

Some of our favorite gowns are from the Wild Hearts Collection. Each piece has distinctive style and a sophisticated aesthetic, creating romantic, ethereal silhouettes with their unique overlays, jackets, and skirts to top a simple gown.

The KWH by Karen Willis Holmes Collection is another favorite collection, capturing the imagination of the modern bride. Focusing on exceptional fit, the designs centre on exquisite embellishment and embroidered details. Some of the details we’re loving the most are sheer sleeves, boat neck necklines, and a little old-world glamour.

Even better, each of the KWH Collection is available off-the-rack, nation-wide around the US. Find a complete list of stockists and more information here!

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03.30.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Romantic Blush Wedding Ideas

Blush has been a popular color for weddings for the past few years, and for good reason. This soft, beautiful shade of pink brings a romantic feel to any celebration, and after reading through Chelsea and Austin’s wedding story, you’ll find that the color palette wasn’t the only romantic part of their day. Read on for more, and be sure to Pin some of these ideas to your wedding board. If you’re looking for more blush wedding ideas, check out a few of our favorites here  and here!

From the bride:

“The entire day was perfect and I tend to never fall short of words [or feelings!] when moments like that grace my life. There are two moments that were especially wonderful. 

First, Austin and I  wrote letters to one another. The photos of me reading Austin’s letter to me are some of my favorites. Seven years ago, when Austin and I first started dating, his mother passed away from breast cancer.  I never had the opportunity to meet her, but on our wedding day, in that moment, reading Austin’s words and him giving me a couple of her beloved items meant everything.

And secondly, during our reception we had the band surprise my parents by playing their wedding song and inviting them out on the dance floor to have their own special dance. The song is “Something So Right” by Barbra Streisand. And as this story goes, every year on my parents’ anniversary, my mom puts on her wedding dress and they dance to this song. Every year! Even the years she was pregnant, the dress would be on, the back of it wide open, and they would be dancing. As part of their tradition, my brother, sister and I would always sit on the couch and watch. When we were little, we found the whole thing to be very interesting and would sit there with big eyes, when we got a bit older, we would just sort of roll our eyes and wonder how much longer we had to sit there, but as we’ve grown up, we have developed such an appreciation and incredible love for this sweet tradition of theirs. I think it is so important for children to grow up in an environment like that, to see their parents’ bold love for one another. It’s a special song to us all, and actually the song Austin and I danced to before he proposed!”

Photography: Ali Harper | Wedding Venue: Swan House | Wedding Reception: Atlanta History Center’s Grand Overlook Ballroom | Videography: Timm Young Films | Calligraphy & Paper Goods: Chelsea Petaja | Florals: Amy Osaba Events |  Planner: Stella Harper Events | Gown: Cheryl Taylor | Groom’s suit: J-Crew | Bridesmaid dresses: Kennedy Blue | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Band: Rhythm Nation | String Quartet: Piedmont Strings | Catering: Affairs to Remember Caterers | Wedding Cake: Frosted Pumpkin | Engagement & Wedding Rings: Jonathan Shapero | Vintage Rolls Royce Getaway Car: Atlanta Vintage Rides | Getting Ready Location: St. Regis Hotel | Photobooth Rental: The Majestic Photobooth

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03.27.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog