Rustic Outdoor Fall Wedding

Before we head out for the week to celebrate Christmas, I am sharing this gorgeous wedding submitted by Landon Jacob. The beautiful bride, Meredith, was sweet enough to share more details behind their wedding below…

We chose to have an intimate garden ceremony with only our immediate families and wedding party at a Historic House. After the ceremony we enjoyed a farm to table dinner with our ceremony guests and spent a few hours simply celebrating! Later in the evening we welcomed more guests to a cupcake reception in the carriage house on the Historic grounds. We vetoed a dj and in place enjoyed our favorite “hipster” beers to the sound of vinyl.

Our wedding was inspired by a series of images from a Tuscan style garden wedding, numerous greenery wreaths and anything with a natural bohemian flare! We wanted an intimate and casual affair from the beginning, more dinner party less traditional event.

Our favorite memories from our wedding day: we’re into collecting vintage cameras and have quite the Polaroid collection; for the same experience on our wedding day we used an instax camera to capture the ceremony and exchanged photos of ourselves before the ceremony took place. We also used these instant photos to display for our guests at a larger reception later in the day so everyone could experience the ceremony. We will always cherish these.

If I had to give advice for anyone planning their wedding I would hands down without a doubt recommend to go small and invite the people that mean the most and will always be around, the immediate family and the lifelong friends. Getting to actually spend time and have good conversations and laughs with them on our wedding day was the best. Don’t be afraid to ditch the traditions and enjoy the day!

Photography:  Landon Jacob | Designer: Jessica Rourke | Venue: Robert Mills House | Dress: Grace loves Lace| Bride’s belt: Anthropologie | Floral: Fern Studios | Ties: Jcrew | Hair and Makeup: Brittany Cox with Clines Salon | Cake: A friend of the bride | Linen: Dropcloth | Caterer: Rosso | Bride’s earrings: Piperlime

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12.23.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Easy DIY Holiday Wreath

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Today we have a gorgeous holiday wreath how to from Laura Murray. Wreaths can be a bit daunting, but the tutorial Laura sent over makes the whole process really easy…..

I wanted to make some organic-styled wreaths to decorate my home over the holidays. I gathered much of the materials used to make these wreaths from my in law’s property in the mountains.  I like how these wreaths feel more organic in style and are a bit imperfect.  Plus they are a special reminder of my time spent up in the mountains of Colorado.

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First gather the materials you would like to use from nature.  I used scissors to clip greenery from each plant.  To be environmentally friendly, I pulled a little bit from the bottom of a few different trees, as not to harm the tree.

Materials

Blue Spruce Clippings
20 Inch Box Wire Wreath Frame
Scissors
Ribbon
Floral Tape
Floral Design Wire
Hot Glue Gun

Instructions

1. Arrange the blue spruce clippings around the wreath frame, until you have no blank spaces remaining.
2. Use a mix of floral tap and wire to attach the clippings to the frame.
3. Tie a bow and hot glue it to the bottom of the wreath.

Photography and Tutorial: Laura Murray Photography

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12.19.13 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Sandals Royal Bahamian

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When you’re looking for a location for your destination wedding, or honeymoon, it’s important to find a place that will feel like a home away from home; find a place of peace and relaxation that will help you celebrate your new marriage. Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island, in Nassau Paradise Island, has created an oasis for newly married couples or those wanting a gorgeous location for their destination wedding that meets all of these criteria. Sandals is a luxurious all-inclusive resort that looks out over the crystal clear turquoise water of the Bahamas. Along with being an all-inclusive resort, Sandals is an oasis full of old world charm and understated elegance that creates an environment perfect for relaxation in the days leading up to your wedding in the Bahamas or after the stress of planning and executing your perfect day back in the states.

Sandals was so generous in allowing me to visit their beautiful resort to learn more about the wedding amenities, entertainment, and spa on the island, and I’m so excited to share with you more about Sandals Royal Bahamian and how easy they make it to plan a destination wedding or honeymoon in the Bahamas!

The service at the Royal Bahamian is unmatched- upon our arrival at the resort, we were handed warm towels, and we were even assigned our own personal butler during our visit. The butler service at Sandals is truly amazing. They have a staff of specially trained butlers that are at your service any time of day or night. The resort provides you with a cell phone for the duration of your visit for you to use to contact your butler at any time during your stay. Along with personal butler service, some of the suite packages at Sandals come with luxury vehicle service to and from the airport. The resort makes planning your honeymoon easy by providing a large selection of room packages for you to choose from to ensure that you have an absolute perfect stay.

The relaxation continued for us as we were treated to a day at the spa at Sandals’ Red Lane Spa that is famous for its classic European spa services with a Caribbean flair. We loved that they only use all natural and organic products. We enjoyed an amazing tropical bliss massage, which is similar to a traditional stress-relieving Swedish massage. The spa also provides couples massages, scrubs, wraps, skin treatments, eco-vegan friendly nail treatments, and different spa packages for you to choose from if you want to spend an entire day a the luxurious spa. After a beautiful day at the spa, we dined at Gordon’s on the Pier, which is situated over the gorgeous water where we enjoyed stunning views of the ocean! We then returned to our room to find chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us. I just can’t say enough about how amazing the service was during our visit!

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Sandals has made planning your destination wedding at Sandals Royal Bahamian incredibly easy- even easier than if you were getting married back home. Weddingmoons is the Sandals wedding experience where you can design your wedding in your style. They make planning your destination wedding incredibly easy with their online wedding designer tool. Start by choosing a color theme for your wedding and then you are able to choose venue locations, flowers, linens, and even photography packages. They couldn’t have made it easier for you to plan a perfect destination wedding. Sandals also has a special for couples: if your wedding party books 20 rooms, you get your wedding for free!

Sandals has so many activities for you to enjoy during your honeymoon or to keep your wedding party entertained during the days leading up to or after the wedding. Sandals has great wine nights, jazz shows, and reggae music on the island. Explore the offshore island, fresh water pool with a swim up bar, zen garden, and Red Lane Spa during down time. There are also sports activities all over the island for active couples on their honeymoon or for your guests to enjoy. Play basketball, billiards, darts, and beach volleyball on the gorgeous white sand beaches of the Bahamas.

All in all, we were blown away by the service at Sandals Royal Bahamian and how beautiful everything was. WeddingMoons makes planning your wedding and honeymoon an absolute breeze, and we’re still reeling over having our own personal butler during our stay. Visit the Sandals Royal Bahamian website to learn more about their wedding and honeymoon packages! Thanks again for inviting us!

We recently found out from Sandals they are launching “Soon to Moon”,a service offering the assistance of a concierge, who will help couples bring their wildest proposal dreams to life. No request is too big or too small when it comes to setting the perfect scene for popping the question. To celebrate the season of proposals and to help launch Soon to Moon, Sandals Resorts is bringing back its popular ‘12 Days to Engaged’ sweepstakes, counting down to Christmas Eve with twelve days of giveaways. Starting Dec. 13, followers of @SandalsResorts and @WeddingMoons will be invited to answer daily questions on Twitter using the hashtag #12DaysofSandals, with a new prize being offered each day. The grand prize winner will receive a 6-day, 5-night Luxury Included® WeddingMoon® at Sandals Resorts. For more information, visit www.sandals.com/12DaystoEngaged/.

12.19.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Flowers in Her Hair

How pretty is this little photos series from Honey of Thousand Flowers, Aubrey Nelson, and Jessica Peterson? It was my favorite find from over the weekend.

12.17.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog