A Beautiful Bridal Experience: Garnish Boutique

Searching for your bridal gown can be either enjoyable and simple, or terribly difficult. Thanks to reality TV, we all know that there are many factors which affect how your shopping experience will be, and today we’re excited to introduce you to one boutique that has become a destination for all East coast brides: Garnish Boutique.

Located in Baltimore, Garnish is widely recognized for its elegant, intimate atmosphere and dedicated shopping experience. Since their recent renovation and expansion, the boutique is a must-do for every bride on the East coast. With a long list of exclusive sought-after designer labels, and Garnish’s intimate and inviting approach to the bridal shopping experience, brides (and their moms and best gals!) will find that the dress search doesn’t need to be stressful, difficult, or painstaking.

So what is it that sets Garnish apart from every other bridal salon? First, their stunning interior makes you feel like a million bucks. What bride wants to feel like she’s trying on the most important dress of her life in a dimly-lit closet? Thanks to a luxe, inspiring interior with plenty of natural light, brides can really see the true color and lustre of bridal fabrics. Next, the curated selection of designers exclusive to Garnish is amazing (we’re talking about some of our favorite designers: Amsale, Amy Kuschel, Catherine Deane, Christos, Hayley Paige, Leanne Marshall, Liancarlo, Nicole Miller, and Romona Kevezaas well as bridal accessory designer Twigs & Honey), and each gown is hand-selected to ensure that every stylish bride can find what she’s looking for, whether her wedding is indoor or outdoor, boho or classic. And last, but certainly not least, we introduce you to the Garnish Girls: highly-skilled and educated consultants who are eager to get to know a bride’s likes and dislikes and how she wants her wedding day to be, to best help every girl who walks through their doors.

Garnish Boutique believes that searching for your wedding dress is a process, and should be one that is both memorable and  fun as well as educational. Now, go make your appointment!

Design: Stephanie Gamble Interiors | Photography: Krista A Jones | Flowers: Petal and Print


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03.23.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Outdoor Anniversary Photos

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: amazing photography shouldn’t just be reserved for the wedding day. We love that Andrea and Mamadou wanted to celebrate their wedding anniversary with a beautiful photo session. When you’re planning your photo session, we encourage you to find as beautiful of a location as this one — an overgrown landscape, a trickling creek, a moss-covered tree…and this lucky couple had it all in one! Check out some of our favorite outdoor anniversary and engagement sessions here, here, and here!

Photography: Austin Gros

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03.20.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Elegant Fall Wedding in Chicago

There’s nothing quite like an elegant fall wedding, and Sarah and Finn’s day was as gorgeous as they come! From the bride’s sleek dress, custom-made for her Juan Carlos Obando, to the minimalist table decor, the couple wanted to keep things simple and heartfelt. Read on for more from the bride!

From the bride:
“We wanted the day to be simple, heartfelt, and feel a bit rustic but yet elegant. The tables were laid with garlands made from olive branches and eucalyptus, which a crew of family members assembled the day before the wedding. We wanted the food to be simple and tasteful, to contrast with the most important part of the night to me: the dance party. The venue (in the Chicago Park District) had a checkered marble floor, and its high ceilings provided excellent acoustics. We also have some wildly talented friends, so the music and the dancing was definitely a highlight.
One of the most important aspects of a wedding, to me, is the pictures that will make the day live forever. A photographer who can capture the spirit of the day is a rare and special find, and we definitely found him in TIm Coulson. Tim has a way of finding the purest moments of love in the most unexpected moments. He was right next to me whenever I needed him, but then for much of the night he was invisible, just part of the environment. Weeks later, after the excitement of the wedding had died down and I had a little “post wedding blues,” we saw the photos and the spirit of the day came rushing back to us. He was without a doubt the best decision we made for this day.
We had grand dreams to drive away in a fancy getaway car, but ended up driving away in my parents Subaru, which was actually the most poignant thing we could do – that car has literally driven us across the country twice and is still kicking. It took us back to our hotel, ending the most amazing journey of all.”


Photos: Tim Coulson | Dress: Custom Juan Carlos Obando | Veil / hair piece: Juan Carlos Obando | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Flowers: Dilly Lilly | Rings: Jacob Estate Jewelery  | Jewelery: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids dresses: Their Own | Grooms Tux / Shirt: Calvin Klein | Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen suits / shirts: Their Own | Bow ties / ties: Their Own | Ceremony venue: Columbus Park Refectory | Reception venue: Columbus Park Refectory | Catering: Berghoff Catering | Cake: Berghoff Catering | Stationery designer : Cindy Kim | Hair: Irene Jones of Restoration Salon | Music: Devin McNichol | Celebrant : Kara Wagner Sherer | Day of Planner- Tiffany Razo


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03.19.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Mallorca Studio Sessions by Ana Lui

One aspect of your wedding that should always be at the top of your importance list is amazing photography. This gorgeous collection of images is from film photographer Ana Lui Photography from our Once Wed Studio Sessions in Mallorca last spring. When you’re hunting for your perfect wedding photographer, we encourage you to check out the amazing talents in our Once Wed Preferred Vendor Guides!And for all of our photographers out there, there are some exciting details about to be announced about the Studio Sessions  soon! Check out what Ana had to say about her time in Mallorca:

“Joy and Emily are such an amazing, creative and inspiring individuals! When I saw that they will be over in Mallorca for their Studio Sessions I booked without hesitation. Being with them for 3 days in stunning boutique hotel in Mallorca made me feel fresh, excited and happy about where I am with my photography business. Their eye for detail and effortless storytelling skills are out of this world! It was a totally life-changing experience for me… I wish I could spend my entire days surrounded by such beauty, creativity and sense of calmness. The way Joy sees the world is so unique. It was like reconnecting with my heart and mind to everything that surrounds me and looking for inspirations in smallest details. Seeing the way Joy sees was very emotional and eye opening for me! Talking about details, color palettes, feelings, moods, materials, compositions and objects made me want to shoot and experiment with film more and more.

Emily helped us to watch out for the story behind every single image, to focus and select the moments that make the story stand out. She talked about how to publish your photos, how to edit them and how to submit to create a story. Shooting alongside the others there made me appreciate every moment and every click of the camera. Making each second count. I feel like my eyes got opened again and I am totally hungry for more!”

Photography: Ana Lui Photography | Styling: Joy Thigpen | Hair + Makeup: Joy Thigpen | Robe + Lingerie: Joy Thigpen

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03.17.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog