Wedding Invitation Ideas from Shine Wedding Invitations

If you’re planning a summer 2015 wedding, chances are, this is the perfect time to check “wedding invitations” off your task list. Shine Wedding Invitations  is our newest sponsor, and we’re excited to show off what they offer for couples!

Shine Wedding Invitations has just launched their new 2015 collection, which features 17 beautiful designs. Suites have a complete set of enclosures and matching collections items such as save the dates, programs, menus, place cards, thank you cards, and so on, which makes your ordering that much simpler! We also love the option of personalized belly bands and envelope, which you can add to your invitation suite to bring in an accent color or pattern to design a suite that’s uniquely yours. It’s the perfect way to show a little personality at the same time as giving your guests all the info they need.

So, how to get started? First, check out their wedding invitations to get an idea of what you like. Then, you’ll work with a Shine Wedding Invitations designer one-on-one, who will help you every step of the way in creating your personalized suite and making sure that you’re not forgetting anything. They even offer guest addressing to give your envelopes a professionally finished and elegant look!

Even better, Shine Wedding Invitations offers each couple:

  • Free Sample Set – Like them on Facebook for a free sample set (value $8.50) that includes the invite of your choice as well as a sample of luxe papers and color charts.
  • Free Shipping over $500 – Free shipping on orders over $500 (for a limited time). No code needed – free shipping will automatically apply if you add $500 of stationery to your cart (US delivery only)!

Helpful tip: Not sure what your wedding stationery timeline should be? Shine Wedding Invitations suggests that your invites should be mailed 6-8 weeks in advance of your wedding. Be sure to add in some buffer time for you to get them post-office ready and out-of-state mailing!

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02.28.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

EXTENDED! Wedding Pictures Giveaway from Lucy Cuneo

Beautiful wedding pictures are something that every bride wants. And lucky for you, we’re giving away a HUGE photography package from one our favorite photographers, Lucy Cuneo Photography! All you have to do is leave a comment below!

The Prize from Lucy Cuneo
• 8 hours of continuous wedding day coverage, shot on film
• Prints of all images and USB drive
• Couple’s shoot the day before the wedding
• Online gallery and print ordering

This package is worth a whopping $6500! And we just know that the lucky winner is going to be one happy bride or groom!

Lucy is a destination photographer and would love to travel wherever the winner is located. All travel fees and accommodations for the photographer and her assistant outside of South Carolina will be paid in full by the winner; travel and accommodations will be booked by Lucy. View more of her work here!

How To Enter:
Simply comment on this post (or if you’re shy,, with your wedding date, location, and a little about your love story!

*A standard wedding photography contract will apply. Additional hours of coverage, prints, albums and USB drives are available at additional cost that will be provided in advance and upon request.

The competition will close for new entries on March 6, 2015. A final four will progress to phone interviews with a winner announced on March 23, 2015. Good luck!


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02.27.15 / Contests, Featured

Behind the Scenes: Wedding Floral Design

We’re always thrilled to share the results when creative wedding professionals come together to explore their beautiful crafts. This incredible collaboration between the floral masterminds at Saipua and Lucy Cuneo Photography is completed with organic florals that we’re excited to share with you today.

From Lucy Cuneo Photography:
“This past December, we had the great privilege of tagging along with Sarah from NYC’s Saipua to record her creative journey from start to finish.

Clinging to a steaming cup of tea, we cracked open the taxi door and stepped out into the icy Manhattan gloom — it was 7am on a Friday morning in deep December, but already the flower market was jumping. We peered across the street wondering where to begin our coverage of the city’s famous flower district. A familiar face popped out of a nearby shop and we were greeted by Sarah, the creative energy behind Saipua.

For an hour we did our best to keep up with Sarah and Deanna as they weaved purposefully across their familiar beat, gathering and loading great quantities of beautiful flowers into their van. Clutching our cameras tightly for fear of depressing any petals, we traveled among the stems to their Brooklyn studio where we recorded Sarah turning potential into glorious reality. On the Saturday we joined the team at a stately Manhattan venue and shot the table settings fully formed, such an incredible experience!”


Vendors: Floral Design: Saipua | Photography: Lucy Cuneo Photography

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02.26.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

A European Inspired Wedding

A far-away land can hold so much romance and story, even when you just think about them. Europe is one of these inspiring places. Even if you’ve never been, thoughts of European history and architecture feels inherently romantic, and like one of the best places to begin your story as husband and wife. However, if you’re hoping to share your wedding day with many friends and family and you live state-side, then Europe may not be an option. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take the idea of somewhere rich in history, with lush beautiful surroundings and oozes romance and find it closer to home. This beautiful photo shoot encourages you to find inspiration in your dream wedding locale, and bring it into your own wedding.

From Rebekah of A & B Creative:

“Napa is one of the most beautiful areas for weddings. It has so much of the charm one might imagine Europe to have, and so many locations have buildings actually made from stones brought from the cities it so closely resembles. One of the things I love most about Napa, in addition to its accessibility, is how many little-known locations there are where you can create the story with your husband you dreamed of and it can be a unique one.”

Vendors: Photography: Jessica Burke | Creative Direction + Design + Styling: Rebekah Carey | Hair & Make Up: Melissa Hoffmann | Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas | Gown: Revini from I Do! Bridal Boutique |  Veil: Sara Gabriel from I Do! Bridal Boutique | Florals: Twigss | Calligraphy: The Bloomery Co | Models: Lauren Pritchett and Colin Gough | Vintage Ring: Esqueleto | Venue: V Sattui Winery & private estate

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