White Wedding Ideas from Belle Lumiere Workshop

By now, you all know how we feel about a classic white wedding. We love the simplicity and tradition behind a white wedding, and we are enamored with these ideas sent to us by J. Layne Photography that they captured during the Belle Lumiere workshop.

More about the workshop:

These images were taken at Belle Lumiere’s first film workshop in Charlottesville, Virginia. “With Ginny’s beautiful styling, we were able to create a shoot that was detailed and simple enough for everyone to slow down and experience film, but also breathtaking enough to be captured in film perfectly. We created the day to be very relaxed and to allow everyone to not feel rushed. It was as if they had all the time in the world to learn this new craft…” – Authored by Lexi Vornberg

Workshop: Belle Lumiere Workshop | Photographer: J. Layne Photography | Designer/Creative Director/Stylist: Ginny Au | Teacher: Elisa Bricker | Model: Sarah Parry | Botanical Elements: Beehive Events | Hair Styling & Makeup: Lora Kelley | Calligraphy: Calligraphy for the invitation suite- Script Merchant Calligraphy for the Belle Lumiere Invites- Signora e Mare | Venue: Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard | Videographer: Bubblerock | Rentals: 12th Table | Wedding Dress: Nearly Newlywed |Sponsors: Contax RentalKodak AlarisArtifact UprisingPeach Linen | Film Developing: Film Box Lab | Misc: FrouFrou Chic Ribbon

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09.03.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Join Wedding & Portrait Photographers International

After working with hundreds of photographers over the years, we’ve realized some things about these artists that you may not observe as an outsider. Photography as an artistic expression is a talent that lies within your soul; it seems like a talent that you’re born with rather than one you can simply learn. That being said, photography, specifically wedding photography, is an ever-evolving industry full of talented creatives who are always eager to learn and on the search for new technology.

WPPI, or Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, is an international organization that works to help foster the careers of both amateur and professional photographers by providing continuing education courses, networking opportunities, and year-round support. The WPPI Conference and Expo takes place ever year in Las Vegas where photographers can learn from others in the industry and take seminars on subjects like lighting, posing, and business.

Members of WPPI receive benefits that include subscriptions to photography publications Photo District News and Rangefinder, special pricing for the WPPI Conference along with exclusive events at the conference, discounts to other photography conferences, and discounts associated with post-production, insurance, printing and cleaning vendors.

Some of our favorite photographers, Jose Villa, Elizabeth Messina, Ben Sasso, and Jessica Janae are members of WPPI, and if you’re an up-and-coming photographer looking to network with these incredible talents, WPPI is the perfect organization for you. Click here to find out about membership costs and more information about WPPI. Find WPPI on Facebook and follow their blog for updates!

Image 1 & 3: Elizabeth Messina | Image 2: Jose Villa | Image 4: Jessica Janae | Image 5: Ben Sasso

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09.03.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Intimate Outdoor Spring Elopement

There isn’t a rule that says you have to have an elaborate wedding. Some of the most beautiful moments in life are simple, where you’re surrounded by just a few friends and family. This intimate elopement, sent to us by Heather Payne, is the epitome of that philosophy. The darling couple gathered just a few friends and family around them to watch them say their vows and start a new life together. Every detail of their small ceremony was divine, and we simply adore the florals by Kelly Perry.

We would love to know if you would consider having a small elopement-style ceremony like this as opposed to a full-scale wedding. Maybe you’re already married, and you would do it differently if you had the chance to do it over again. We’d love to hear from you!

Photographer: Heather Payne Photography | Florals: Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers | Getting Ready Venue: The Carolina Inn | Ceremony Location: The Old Well | Reception Venue: Fearrington House

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09.02.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Top 10 Wedding Braid Hairstyles

Top10BraidsWe have loved sharing these round-ups with you over the past few weeks! We hope it makes it easier for you to find some inspiration for your wedding hair, and today we’re excited to share our favorite ideas for integrating an old classic into your wedding hairstyle- the braid!

1. Try this waterfall braid tutorial (pictured above) for a sweet and simple wedding style! (By the way- this has been one of our most pinned hairstyles!)

messy-braid-tutorial2. This is a twist on a fishtail braid like we’ve never seen! Wear this for a casual, yet elegant braided style on your wedding- see the tutorial here.

diy-interwoven-braid-tutorial 3. We loved styling this interwoven braid with Mimi & Taylor at the Erich McVey workshop, and would love to see a classic bride wear a style like this down the aisle. See here for the tutorial!

diy-rope-braid-updo4. There’s no rule that says your braid has to be traditional. Try out this bold braided updo and you’ll definitely turn some heads!

diy-tousled-ponytail5. And this bold braid would be stunning on a bride wearing a flowing and non-traditional gown!

braid-halo-with-ribbon-600x3986. And another classic that we are simply enamored with is the braid crown! Find the original tutorial here.

diy-crown-braid-hair-tutorial17. And if you’re looking for a more dramatic version of #6- try out this elegant crown braid tutorial!

diy-side-braid-tutorial-ideas8. And for brides with long, lush locks- try out this romantic side braid!


9. ….And there’s always a classic fishtail braid! See the entire tutorial here.

crown-braid-chignon10. And this may be our favorite crown braid variation ever! Try it out for yourself.

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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08.29.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured