Erich McVey Workshop Welcome Dinner

We love the simplicity of this light and airy welcome dinner where Erich McVey and Ginny Au started their inspiring journey with each workshop attendee. This stunning dinner set the tone for a week full of beauty, and we would love to see some of these ideas translated into a real wedding. Take cues from Sarah Winward and forage for wildflowers and greenery to create truly organic and simple decor (bonus: you save money!).

More from Ginny Au on the welcome dinner:

Welcoming the Erich McVey Workshop attendees to Coffey’s Cove Ranch, Sarah Winward foraged wild flowers and foliage found around the property to decorate the tables and the barn. 12th Table in Nashville sent beautiful linens, flatware, glasses and farm plates for the simple and natural table design. The final touch was organic place cards and menus featuring the calligraphy of Meghan Kay Sadler. 

Erich McVey: Erich McVey Design & Styling: Ginny Au | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Paper and Calligraphy: Meghan Kay Sadler | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Table linens & rentals: 12th Table | Venue: Cuffeys Cove Ranch 

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

Afternoon Leisure with the Windward Family

From Ginny Au about one of the last shoots of the workshop:

The last shoot of the Erich McVey workshop was a simple family session with Sarah, David  & Ivy Winward.  There was a beautiful cabin surrounded by woods at Coffey’s Cove Ranch and we encouraged the attendees to photograph the family naturally within the environment; capturing simple moments of the every day life of a family.

Erich McVey: Erich McVey Design & Styling: Ginny Au | Photo lab: PhotoVision 

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07.17.14 / Featured, News Blog

How to Choose your First Dance Song

Anyone planning a wedding has probably heard a dozen times that the day will fly by. It’s a bittersweet truth of weddings that so much excitement and energy causes the most important day of your life to feel a bit like a blur.

That’s why first dance songs are so important – it’s one moment in the evening where everything slows down and all that really exists is you, your partner, and a song that represents the two of you as a couple. 

So, how do you go about making this monumental decision? Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a signature song from your first date or the band you two never miss when they’re in town. If the answer isn’t immediately obvious, how do you know which song is right?

Here are some tips on how to find the perfect first dance song: 

1. Compile a list together with your partner, giving each person veto power. This song is going to hold so much meaning for both of you, that it’s unfair to ask either person to settle on a song that they don’t love. Hop on Spotify or iTunes, and look through bands you already love, plus suggested bands based on your current preferences. Listen to each song a few times and narrow down the list to 3-5 top choices.

2. Practice dancing to it. There are plenty of beautiful, meaningful songs that just aren’t right for your first dance. We’ve all been to weddings where a DJ has mistakenly played one of those in-between tempo tunes and it kills the mood immediately. Make sure the song you’ve picked doesn’t make you feel awkward as you sway along to it.

3. Pay attention to the lyrics. Sometimes a beautiful melody can distract us from what’s actually being said in a song. Make sure you know what the song you’ve chosen is really about, and the lyrics aren’t indirectly strange or inappropriate. Your guests will notice. 

Like anything in the wedding planning process, make sure to have fun with this task! It can be a really romantic challenge if you both come into it with an open mind and an enthusiastic attitude.

Article: Stephanie Schertz

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07.17.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas Blog

Morning Light

From Ginny Au:

On the last day of the Erich McVey workshop we had the attendees split into two groups and photograph two unconventional sessions. Today’s feature of the couples boudoir was a favorite shoot for the attendees. We closed the room to the shoot and had the attendees enter in groups of 3-4 at a time. Giving the real life couple a serious of 4 tasks to complete in a 10 minutes time frame, the attendees gave little to no direction, instead shooting the natural progression of the couples moments. It takes my breath away to see these tender and authentic images from Erich McVey.

Erich McVey: Erich McVey Design & Styling: Ginny Au | Hair & Makeup: Mimi and Taylor | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Paper and Calligraphy: Meghan Kay Sadler | Photo lab: PhotoVision | Table linens & rentals: 12th Table | Venue: Cuffeys Cove Ranch | Female Model Attire: Zara | Male Model Attire: J.Crew | Bedding: Restoration Hardware

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07.16.14 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas Blog