Madison James Wedding Dresses

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Looking at beautiful wedding dresses doesn’t get old. We never tire of sharing beautiful designs and designers with you, and we’re so excited about the newest Madison James Bridal collection. Over the next few months, you’ll be seeing a lot more from us about these beautiful dresses. The 2015 Spring Collection has blown us away, and we can’t wait to share more of it with you soon!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for “the dress,” Madison James is hosting trunk shows all over the country where you can see these stunning designs in person. Whimsical and delicate, the Madison James spring line borrows inspiration from international textile patterns, striking floral embroidery, and vintage design. No matter your wedding aesthetic or personal style, we’re sure you’ll find a Madison James dress to fit your dream wedding. Classically designed with timeless lines, fabrics, and textures, each dress is perfectly assembled to make you feel and look as beautiful as you can on your wedding day!

Madison James is hosting trunk shows to introduce their new 2015 Bridal Collection from California to New Jersey! Click below for the full list complete with dates and contact information. Keep coming back for more about the 2015 Spring Collection!

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11.18.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Autumn Wedding Ideas

Come with me. from Josh Gooden on Vimeo.

We love the fall and seeing so many beautiful inspiration shoots from creatives around the country that embrace the rich colors of Autumn. This lovely shoot from Lora Kelley and Joey Kennedy is the epitome of fall elegance. We hope you can glean some new ideas and twists on fall wedding decor.

From Lora Kelley:

Flannery O’Conner said, “The basis of art is truth, both in manner and in mode.”

Mallory and I started dreaming about this concept probably 6 months ago. We were talking to Joey about doing something in Virginia in the fall and had been working with Stephanie Fishwick for a few editorial pieces. I was simultaneous talking with my friend Yolonda about natural hair, and the movement of natural hair in our culture. All of us wanted to do something romantic and fall­color­oriented. I had a model who I fell in love with. (her hair!) We had the pergola ­ taken in with how the light bore through the shades, and Stephanie was doing a lot of marbling and wanted to incorporate that into a paper suite.

As artists, we have the power to write truths into the fabric of our culture. It is one of the most powerful abilities we have as people. To create something and to share it, is to write a line in a story ­ a story about where we are and a story that shapes where we are going.

From these prose, be they visual, audible, internal ­ we build a current truth ­ an artful moment. It’s a simple shoot with simple people and simple ideas, but’s also about honesty and beauty and love.

Photography: Joey Kennedy | Creative Direction + Design: Lora Kelley | Collaborative Design + Florals: Mallory Joyce | Venue: The Clifton Inn | Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick | Hair: Yolonda Jones | Make-up: Lora Kelley | Dress: Designed by Lora Kelley – custom made by Stepha O’Brien | Suit: J.Crew | Linens: La Tavola | Film: Josh Gooden | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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

Most Pinned Bridesmaids Dresses

most-pinned-bridesmaids-dressesWe love that brides are choosing to mix up their bridesmaids dresses, and it’s great to see how much creativity they’re embracing when it comes to mixing and matching. We’ve seen some really beautiful bridesmaids on Once Wed, and we’re excited to show you some of the most pinned bridesmaids ideas!

1. (Pictured above) Starting off, we have this lovely group of ladies wearing different shades of blues and greys, which was the perfect choice for this outdoor fall wedding!

2. (Pictured below) Another all-time Pinterest favorite is this lovely Cheekwood Nashville wedding. Although these maids wore the same color, the bride chose to mix up the styles, and this soft shade of blue went perfectly with her blush dress.
light-blue-chiffon-bridesmaid-dresses3. You’ve probably seen this photo from Jose Villa of these beautiful bridesmaids all sporting a different shade of blush. We are so in love with this original choice, and think this dress is perfect for a summer wedding! pink-bridesmaid-dresses4. This bride also knocked it out of the park when she chose the same color dresses but in all different styles! See the entire feature to see where she got these lovely dresses. eric-kelley-wedding-bride-bridesmaids-pink-dresses15. And finally, we finish this roundup with another great mix and match set of bridesmaids! We love how elegant and timeless these grey and navy dresses look together. See the full feature for more shots of these lovely gowns. alder-manor-vintage-wedding

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11.14.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Do We Need a Wedding Video?

Wedding videography has changed so much over the past few years, and what was once viewed as a last minute rush to have your special event captured by the old traditional guy with the massive camera and blinding spotlight, has evolved into a cinematic art form that puts your story at the heart of it.

So, what should couples look for when they go about choosing or researching a cinematographer?

When trying to choose a cinematographer to capture your big day, approach your search in the exact same way you would choose your photographer, wedding planner or dressmaker – their portfolio.  Look at their body of work and the style of their films – can you picture yourself being in one of them. If you find yourself cringing at a lot of the stuff, then move on quickly. You want to feel an emotional connection to what you are watching.

My advice would be to research both cinematography and photography together. It’s also important to remember that both of these creative teams will be working very closely together on the day. Ideally, you want both of their styles to sit comfortably side by side. Your photographer is often responsible for choosing where the portrait or couple shots are taken, so you want to avoid creative personalities that are pulling in different directions. It’s always a good idea to get suggestions from photographers about who they have enjoyed working with and vice versa.

The key is to find work that you resonate with. Something that makes you smile or cry. If it makes you feel like this watching a film with people you don’t even know, imagine how emotional you’re going to feel watching your own!

Most of my budget has gone on the photographer! Do I really need a wedding video anyway?

People say it all the time but your wedding day will go by so quickly. So many things are happening, with so many people to meet and greet that it will feel like it’s your first dance in the blink of an eye.

Moving image has the power to take you back to those moments in ways a still image cannot – reliving the sounds, movement and atmosphere as it happened. When all else is gone, and time has faded our memories, all we will have left are these captured memories. And they will become more valuable in time, to the generations to come.

What questions should I ask when I meet with the cinematographer?

It shouldn’t feel like an interview. It’s nice to meet for a coffee or somewhere away from each other’s workplace and just chat openly about the plans for your wedding day. Your cinematographer wants to come away feeling excited about capturing your wedding, and you want to feel that they are someone you can spend your wedding day with. If you can chat openly and honestly throughout the conversation and have a bit of a laugh then you’ll usually find this will be someone you can relax around on the day.

We wish you every success in your wedding planning and search for the perfect cinematographer. Do your research, make contact, speak to other wedding vendors for suggestions and go grab a coffee to see if they are the right fit for you.

Oh, and Story of Eve are happy to travel anywhere in the world to capture your special day, so why not give us a Skype and say Hi! 

Andrew & Rebecca: Wedding Preview from story of eve on Vimeo.

Article by Story of Eve | Photo: Tec Petaja | Research Links: Belfast Telegraph |  Whispering Willow 

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11.13.14 / Featured, Uncategorized, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog