Customizable Wedding Invitations from Basic Invite

Selecting your wedding stationery can be an overwhelming task. There are so many designers and companies out there, all offering different packages, options and inserts, and so on. And, it seems that while there are many choices available, the individual styles are limited in their customizable details and color palettes. Our newest sponsor, Basic Invite, combats those difficulties and makes finding the right wedding invitation easier for you!
To start, Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers essentially unlimited color options for wedding invitations (and all of the matching pieces), along with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 160 different color options, allowing you to make sure the card is exactly how you want it, down to the smallest detail. You are no longer limited to a handful of pre-selected color palettes that are never quite right!

As with any online shopping experiences, choosing your wedding invitations online can bring a different type of stress: what exactly will those invitations look like? Basic Invite is one of the few stationery websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation, so you can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality, before you have to place an order for 200 invitations.

Along with wedding invitations, each of the Basic Invite wedding invitations are part of a matching set so a couple can keep the same design on the Save The DateWedding Invitations, RSVP, Direction, Reception, Accommodations, Registry, Menu, Program, and Thank Yous. Visit Basic Invite to find your wedding invitations with ease!

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09.12.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Delicate Bridal Boudoir from Jose Villa

Film photography is such an art form, and we’re totally inspired by this delicate, elegant bridal boudoir session from Jose Villa. This gorgeous set of images celebrates one of the most exciting moment in a woman’s life, and with simple lace lingerie, natural hair and makeup, and her delicate veil, it couldn’t be more perfect.

For more elegant bridal boudoir inspiration, see this lace session here, this beautiful at-home session, and some gorgeous ideas from Girl with a Serious Dream.

Photography: Jose Villa | Hair & Makeup: Mar of Team Hair & Makeup | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Veil: Vera Wang | Lace Robe: Girl With a Serious Dream

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

Wedding Day Essentials from Laura Geller


Plan as much as you want, inevitably something will go wrong on your wedding day. While we can’t control the weather and the fact that the caterer is suddenly MIA, we do have a few suggestions for creating an (almost) flawless occasion that are simple and small enough to fit into your bridal clutch:

Keep breath fresh and ‘I Do’ ready with floss, a travel-sized toothbrush, and mini-bottle of mouthwash. Having a compact-sized sewing kit will keep any last minute hems and straps in their place while safety pins make tricky zipper pulls a cinch! Ask your bridesmaids to help you carry an emergency stash that includes stain remover, static guard (for winter weddings), and a lint roller, as well as extra hair pins, earring backs, and a bottle of clear nail polish.

For brides hosting a tropical destination wedding, make your make-up work overtime by opting for primer and foundation that already contains SPF like this Spackle Treatment SPF 30 Make-Up Primer from Laura Geller to protect skin from the sun’s rays and provide the perfect canvas for a long wearing make-up application.

If an unexpected guest arrives (i.e. a wedding day blemish) take cover with a lightweight concealer like the Easy Cover Up Hydrating Concealer Crayon  from Laura Geller that delivers natural, undetectable coverage in a creamy, blendable stick formula.

Last but not least, make every kiss count and prevent feathering – no, not a reference to Aunt Jo’s exotic attire – we’re talking about the unsightly lipstick faux paus that occurs when your lipstick settles into the crease of your lips or onto your face. Before applying your favorite lip color, simply prep lips with the Ultimate Lip Spackle from Laura Geller to keep your pucker game going strong.

Photo 1 (Photography: Elisa Bricker | Hair and Makeup: Lora Kelley), Photo 2 (Photography: Joey Kennedy | Makeup: Lora Kelley | Hair: Yolonda Jones), Photo 3 (Photography: Lauren Balingit)

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09.11.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

A Romantic Charleston Elopement

Alexandra and Michael chose to elope in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. With just their pastor, photographer, and the desire to start their marriage with an adventure, they headed out to find the perfect place in the wilderness to say their vows. Read on for more from the bride!

From Alexandra, the bride:
“After Michael proposed last December, we began to unravel what we wanted our wedding day to be like. We decided early on that the day we would begin our marriage would be a romantic adventure. We peeled away expectations and traditions that didn’t really fit our personalities and desires and we came up with a styled elopement (termed by my good friend Joanna Ballentine).

We wanted to travel somewhere beautiful and capture the adventure with as many film photographs as possible. Since Michael and I both grew up in the south, we were naturally drawn to the historic beauty that expands over the Charleston area. We also wanted a destination that wouldn’t be too difficult to travel back to for anniversaries and spontaneous trips. Though most elopements are spontaneous, ours was the result of detailed planning and much flexibility. I had only a few expectations of my wedding day, to marry my best friend and have fun. Every other detail I just left in God’s hands and it turned out beautifully. That’s not to say we didn’t have problems arise because what would a wedding day be without a handful of trouble? After half a day of sideways rain, we were finally able to go outside to take pictures at the most beautiful boutique hotel, Zero George, in Charleston. Michael and I carefully chose Zero George as our first honeymoonlocation and were blessed with true southern hospitality.

For our ceremony, Michael and I did not know where exactly it would be until the moment of. We had heard about Edisto Island and Botany Bay so we had planned to travel and find our place amongst the natural beauty. After driving down oak-lined roads and walking half a mile through a glowing marsh, we found where we would say “I do.” It was captivating. The sand was covered with thousands of seashells and dried up trees created the most beautiful landscape. There was a storm off the coast, but not a drop of rain came. It was as if time stood still for us. I couldn’t have dreamed of anything more beautiful for our wedding day. Looking back I think about how our wedding day flowed with our beliefs on life. We made a commitment to go through the unexpected in life with joyfulness and love. We have decided to stay consistent through the rain and storms of life, to travel to unseen places together, and to expect the best. We did this together on our wedding day and we will do this together through our marriage. It’s a beautiful adventure.

We are also so thankful to our Pastor, John Larson, who is a spiritual hero to both of us. He traveled many miles to officiate our ceremony and it meant the world to us. Our photographer, Faith Teasley, was so good to us to capture this beautiful and spontaneous day. We are also so grateful to Jody Savage for all her help in the detailed planning and vision of this gorgeous day. Thank you, Thank you.”

Photographer: Faith Teasley | Getting Ready Location:  Zero George Hotel | Ceremony Location: Botany Bay, Edisto Island | Florist:  SYG Designs | Dress:  Gossamer Vintage | Men’s Suit:  Billy Reid | Calligrapher:  September Letters | Film Processing:  Indie Film Lab | Hair & Make Up:  Bride

09.10.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog