Alder Manor Vintage Wedding

So dreamy, right? When Bryce Covey sent over the wedding of Donovan Baddley and Becka Citron, I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Becka owns an adorable store in NY called Modern Anthology. Alder Manor was an abandoned Yonkers estate built in the early 20th century before the Irish American cultural organization bought it from the city and restored it.

This vintage wedding is such a refreshing mixture of nature and glamour. Alder Manor provides the perfect backdrop against the sparkle of her Jenny Packham Eden wedding dress and beautiful vintage wedding jewelry. Are you planning to incorporate any vintage wedding elements for your wedding?

Photography: Bryce Covey // Venue: Alder Manor // Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham // Flowers: Ariel Dearie // Cake + Desserts: One Girl Cookies // Doughnut: Doughnut Planet // Catering: Chef’s at Work // DJ: DJ Goldteeth and Lord Easy // Makeup: Anita Nouryeh // Jewelry: Vintage Costume from bride // Engagement: Doyle + Doyle // Flower Girl Dress + Gold Shrug: Tutu Du Monde

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01.14.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog



Davina+Daniel are fine art wedding photographers who are known for traveling the extra distance- literally. Together, the duo has over 100 weddings from around the world under their belt. With such experience and talent, it’s no wonder they were included in Rangefinder Magazine’s Top 10 most sought-after wedding photographers of 2012. Davina+Daniel’s intimate and documentary style allows them to create wonderful imagery with depth and emotion. Every photograph is a moment capturing the meaning of family, celebration, and love. Be sure to check out their website for a more in-depth look.

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01.14.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Knotted Chignon Wedding Hair Tutorial


I’m excited to see what 2013 for weddings especially if it means bringing back the chignon. We teamed up with hair and makeup extraordinaire, Jordan Byers, to bring you a wedding hairstyles for long hair twist on the classic chignon.  Scroll down further to see the complete tutorial for wedding hairstyles for long hair. Enjoy!

Here’s a simple twist….with a twist! (Well, knot, really.) Here’s the step-by-step of each image:

1. Pull hair into a low pony tail.

2. Section hair into two parts: about one third in one section and two thirds in the other.

3. Twist the larger section into a bun and secure with bobby pins.

4. Smooth out the smaller section and pull it up loosely over the bun–secure the middle of that section to the top/base of the bun leaving the tail loose.

5. Separate the tail into two equal sized sections and tie them together once like you would at the beginning of tying a bow or shoe lace.

6. Wrap around and pin down the rest of those tails underneath the bun.

Ta-da! A simple yet chic updo for your very long hair.

Photography: Tec Petaja // Hair and makeup: Jordan Byers // Styling: Joy Thigpen

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01.11.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Elegant Outdoor Charleston Wedding at Fenwick Hall

I can’t think of a better way to launch the new than with this beautiful shoot from Jose Villa and Easton Events. Beautiful and elegant doesn’t seem to cut it for this shoot, a visual feast of perfection is more like it…

Inspired by the old world allure of 18th century Fenwick Hall Plantation, we wanted to create a scene with layered textures, fine heirloom china, and perfectly polished silver. We set the table beneath the canopy of an amazing oak tree which created a room surrounded by dripping Spanish moss. The soft blush and champagne palette was a lovely backdrop for the loose flowing flowers and printed suite with classic fine point calligraphy. Harkening back to the 18th century, one of our favorite textures was a beautiful open weave linen. From the loose layering on the tabletop, the pressed linen wedding invitation, to the gorgeous faint blush linen skirt of the Carol-Hannah gown, this airy and lovely texture defined the relaxed elegance of the shoot. By bringing interior heirloom luxuries outside, such as the oriental rug, polished silver, fine bone china, we created a scene of old world elegance paired with the relaxed plantation lifestyle.

Photography: Jose Villa // Event Design, Styling, and Production: Easton Events // Floral Design: Southern Blooms by Pat’sFloral Design // Venue: Fenwick Hall // Printed Suite: Sideshow Press // Calligraphy: Tara Jones // Catering: Cru Catering // Wedding Cake:  Elaine’s Events – Elaine Mincey // Oyster Plates, Dessert Plates, Fine China, Sterling Silver Baseplates, Specialty Drink Glassware and Footed Tray: George C. Birlant & Co. – Charleston // Silverware, Silver Pitcher, Salt Cellars, Candelabras: The Silver Vault of Charleston // Oriental Rug: Khoury Rugs // Additional Tabletop Rentals: Festive Fare  // Vintage Car: Absolutely Charleston // Wedding Dress: Carol Hannah // Dress Boutique: Maddison Row // Women’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Men’s Suiting: Grady Ervin // Men’s Shoes: Stubbs & Wootton // Jewelry: BHLDN // Hair: Charlotte Belk of Wedding Hair by Charlotte // Make up: Elina Mille of Bellelina // Models: Tout // Backdrop: Anthropologie // Escort Card Concept: Antique Ledger

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01.08.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog