Elegant Bridal Portraits with Old World Style

Inspired by old-world European style and blended with classic details, Abigail’s bridal portraits are the absolute picture of elegance. When searching for a venue for your bridal or your wedding day portraits, consider what suits your style and the style of your wedding day. For Abigail, the choice was simple: a picturesque home in Virginia, filled with rich history and charming details. Carrying this aesthetic over into the details of her wedding is the perfect choice: handmade, deckled-edge paper coupled with calligraphy and delicate illustrations, a classic veil, and a lush white bouquet complete the look.

Looking for more classic, elegant wedding inspiration? This old-world inspiration shoot dripping with lush florals will fit the bill, and this French-inspired editorial showcases some gorgeous ideas for you!

Photography: Laura Gordon | Film Lab: Photovision | Styling & Florals: Mallory Joyce | Gown: Sarah Seven | Veil: Emily Riggs | Headpiece: Twigs & Honey | Bridal Salon: Wren Bridal | Hair & Makeup: Anna Breeding | Paper & Calligraphy: September Letters | Cake: Favorite Cakes Kathy | Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana | Venue: Dover Hall Estate | Ribbon: Silk & Willow

03.10.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Classic Outdoor Wedding with Family Traditions

Madison and Michael’s wedding was a beautiful and classic outdoor affair, but more than that, it was made special by the many family traditions that the couple was intentional about including. From the heirloom gifts they gave to each other (his grandfather’s pocket knife and her grandmother’s wedding picture), to the sugar-coated almonds and baklava per the bride’s Egyptian heritage, and even the bride’s excitement to wear bridal henna at her grandfather’s request, the couple knew that they wanted to bring in little bits and pieces of their various traditions to celebrate their day: “It’s sometimes the small things that trigger your memories.”

The way their loved ones gathered around the couple to help them plan their wedding was also very special. The bridesmaids assisted in all the floral design, while Michael’s mother searched the whole city to find one maiden hair fern for Madison’s bouquet. “It was such a special gift to have loved ones play a visible roll in our celebration,” she says.

Read on for more reflections from the bride:
“We were married on May 23rd at half past four, on our four and a half year dating anniversary. Clever right? The officiants were three of the pastors that have we have known in different seasons of our lives. My uncle flew from Egypt to be with us on the wedding day and give the sermon. One pastor was from the church where we first met and the other from where we attend now. We chose to have Song of Songs 8:6-8 as our reading:

Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
its jealousy as enduring as the grave.
Love flashes like fire,
the brightest kind of flame.

Many waters cannot quench love,
nor can rivers drown it.
If a man tried to buy love
with all his wealth,
his offer would be utterly scorned.

My favorite moments of the day were simple. After we walked down the aisle, Michael and I walked in the gardens by ourselves and stopped under a tree. That moment seemed to stand in time and in my memory.  I loved standing in the dressing room with my bridesmaids looking at them all dressed up! It felt surreal! When everyone was dancing, the dance floor was so crowded that Michael and I danced in the grass together. I was barefoot and my hair was flying everywhere, but it was a perfect moment. We loved that Michael’s groomsmen and my cousin provided live music for our first dance.  I loved running out to the car together, tossing my bouquet, and getting to see everyone who had stayed to send us off.”

Photography: Justine Milton | Venue: Kingwood Center | Event Planning and Design: Bride | Day-of Event Coordinator and Styling: Birds and Honey | Event Coordinator: Umbrella Barrel | Florals: Bride’s Family and Friends | Videography: Little Tree Studio | Bride Make Up: Columbus Wedding Makeup | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bride, Cloty Julca, ChristineMcWherter | Henna: Bindu Verma, Creative Calla Corner

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

Wedding Photography Tips for Couples

One of the things that wedding photographers hear all the time is: “the groom doesn’t like having his photo taken.” Today’s photographer, Michele Hart, speaks right to that with a styled shoot she designed specifically to help couples feel more comfortable in front of the camera (and we can’t deny, that we love how she styled the couple’s wardrobe, too).

Here are some of Michele’s tips and thoughts!
“This is a real couple, Abbie and Andy.  I chose them because I love the way Andy touches Abbie, and I think that the groom can make or break couple portraits. Many grooms who don’t like having their photo taken will tough it out for their bride, but if they don’t, it can be hard to get great photos.  Sometimes, because they are uncomfortable, grooms rush the session, and it becomes a bad experience for the bride. 

It is your photographer’s job to make you look and feel great in front of their camera, so that he or she can get natural looking portraits that show your love. My top tip if your groom is hesitant about photos is: be sure to talk with your photographer – all together – about the groom’s concerns and ways to ease them. Meeting up to get to know one another and talk through the session is helpful. Or maybe your groom could do some photo “homework” to browse through images and get ideas – it’s possible that he isn’t comfortable with PDA or that there are certain images that he feels are cheesy, and talking through them in advance will help your photographer navigate your session better.”

We also love Michele’s styling ideas for the groom: “I wanted to show that grooms can add a little extra style to the wedding day. Andy is wearing a herringbone suit coat layered over a grey cardigan. It adds a cozy touch to a crisp, early spring day.”

Photography: Michele Hart Photography | Venue: GOZO | Florist: Park Floral | Makeup: Beth Walker | Dress: Anne Thomas Couture | Invite Designer: Jolie Stationery | Hair: Treehouse Hair Spa

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03.08.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

How To Host The Sweetest Spring Wedding

It should be no mystery why spring is one of our absolute favorite seasons for weddings. The bursting blooms in soft pastel colors and the blossoms littering the once-bare trees should be reason enough. You can find our full guide here, and below are a few ideas to implement into your own wedding for that quintessential spring feel we love:


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03.07.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning