Delicate Bridal Boudoir from Jose Villa

Film photography is such an art form, and we’re totally inspired by this delicate, elegant bridal boudoir session from Jose Villa. This gorgeous set of images celebrates one of the most exciting moment in a woman’s life, and with simple lace lingerie, natural hair and makeup, and her delicate veil, it couldn’t be more perfect.

For more elegant bridal boudoir inspiration, see this lace session here, this beautiful at-home session, and some gorgeous ideas from Girl with a Serious Dream.

Photography: Jose Villa | Hair & Makeup: Mar of Team Hair & Makeup | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Veil: Vera Wang | Lace Robe: Girl With a Serious Dream

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

Wedding Day Essentials from Laura Geller

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Plan as much as you want, inevitably something will go wrong on your wedding day. While we can’t control the weather and the fact that the caterer is suddenly MIA, we do have a few suggestions for creating an (almost) flawless occasion that are simple and small enough to fit into your bridal clutch:

Keep breath fresh and ‘I Do’ ready with floss, a travel-sized toothbrush, and mini-bottle of mouthwash. Having a compact-sized sewing kit will keep any last minute hems and straps in their place while safety pins make tricky zipper pulls a cinch! Ask your bridesmaids to help you carry an emergency stash that includes stain remover, static guard (for winter weddings), and a lint roller, as well as extra hair pins, earring backs, and a bottle of clear nail polish.

For brides hosting a tropical destination wedding, make your make-up work overtime by opting for primer and foundation that already contains SPF like this Spackle Treatment SPF 30 Make-Up Primer from Laura Geller to protect skin from the sun’s rays and provide the perfect canvas for a long wearing make-up application.

If an unexpected guest arrives (i.e. a wedding day blemish) take cover with a lightweight concealer like the Easy Cover Up Hydrating Concealer Crayon  from Laura Geller that delivers natural, undetectable coverage in a creamy, blendable stick formula.

Last but not least, make every kiss count and prevent feathering – no, not a reference to Aunt Jo’s exotic attire – we’re talking about the unsightly lipstick faux paus that occurs when your lipstick settles into the crease of your lips or onto your face. Before applying your favorite lip color, simply prep lips with the Ultimate Lip Spackle from Laura Geller to keep your pucker game going strong.

Photo 1 (Photography: Elisa Bricker | Hair and Makeup: Lora Kelley), Photo 2 (Photography: Joey Kennedy | Makeup: Lora Kelley | Hair: Yolonda Jones), Photo 3 (Photography: Lauren Balingit)

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09.11.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

A Romantic Charleston Elopement

Alexandra and Michael chose to elope in the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. With just their pastor, photographer, and the desire to start their marriage with an adventure, they headed out to find the perfect place in the wilderness to say their vows. Read on for more from the bride!

From Alexandra, the bride:
“After Michael proposed last December, we began to unravel what we wanted our wedding day to be like. We decided early on that the day we would begin our marriage would be a romantic adventure. We peeled away expectations and traditions that didn’t really fit our personalities and desires and we came up with a styled elopement (termed by my good friend Joanna Ballentine).

We wanted to travel somewhere beautiful and capture the adventure with as many film photographs as possible. Since Michael and I both grew up in the south, we were naturally drawn to the historic beauty that expands over the Charleston area. We also wanted a destination that wouldn’t be too difficult to travel back to for anniversaries and spontaneous trips. Though most elopements are spontaneous, ours was the result of detailed planning and much flexibility. I had only a few expectations of my wedding day, to marry my best friend and have fun. Every other detail I just left in God’s hands and it turned out beautifully. That’s not to say we didn’t have problems arise because what would a wedding day be without a handful of trouble? After half a day of sideways rain, we were finally able to go outside to take pictures at the most beautiful boutique hotel, Zero George, in Charleston. Michael and I carefully chose Zero George as our first honeymoonlocation and were blessed with true southern hospitality.

For our ceremony, Michael and I did not know where exactly it would be until the moment of. We had heard about Edisto Island and Botany Bay so we had planned to travel and find our place amongst the natural beauty. After driving down oak-lined roads and walking half a mile through a glowing marsh, we found where we would say “I do.” It was captivating. The sand was covered with thousands of seashells and dried up trees created the most beautiful landscape. There was a storm off the coast, but not a drop of rain came. It was as if time stood still for us. I couldn’t have dreamed of anything more beautiful for our wedding day. Looking back I think about how our wedding day flowed with our beliefs on life. We made a commitment to go through the unexpected in life with joyfulness and love. We have decided to stay consistent through the rain and storms of life, to travel to unseen places together, and to expect the best. We did this together on our wedding day and we will do this together through our marriage. It’s a beautiful adventure.

We are also so thankful to our Pastor, John Larson, who is a spiritual hero to both of us. He traveled many miles to officiate our ceremony and it meant the world to us. Our photographer, Faith Teasley, was so good to us to capture this beautiful and spontaneous day. We are also so grateful to Jody Savage for all her help in the detailed planning and vision of this gorgeous day. Thank you, Thank you.”

Photographer: Faith Teasley | Getting Ready Location:  Zero George Hotel | Ceremony Location: Botany Bay, Edisto Island | Florist:  SYG Designs | Dress:  Gossamer Vintage | Men’s Suit:  Billy Reid | Calligrapher:  September Letters | Film Processing:  Indie Film Lab | Hair & Make Up:  Bride

09.10.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Fashionable Wedding in Italy

Is there anything that needs to be said about this amazing Italian wedding? We’re sure that the amazing images from Erich McVey do all the storytelling, but we can’t help ooh-ing and ah-ing over a bit more. From the bride’s amazing Marchesa gown to the stunning floral designs (she let her floral designer do whatever she pleased!), to these breathtaking photos, every image is filled with beauty.

The bride and groom share a special love and connection to Rome and Castelli Romani. They took their wedding as an opportunity for loved ones from all over the world to get together to celebrate their love while enjoying the views, the food and the wine. They wanted the event to be romantic, timeless and elegant — did they ever! They also incorporated Russian, Norwegian and American traditions into the perfect set of the Roman hills.

We can’t help but share the couple’s sweet love story:
“Back in 2008, we met on the Couchsurfing forum! Denver used to have a very vibrant and friendly community of Couchsurfers. I logged onto the forum to ask questions about the city and its neighbourhoods while I was looking for a place to rent, and Christopher reached out to me with a welcome message.

At the time, my cousin and I were coming to the USA for the first time to spend a few summer months. Christopher was kind enough to pick us up from the airport on a hot summer day, and this is where our story started.

Rainy days are made for lovers and sweet gestures: in the day Christopher proposed, a train was taking us away from Oslo through the moss covered tunnels of Norwegian mountains, down to the boat across the fjords waters and into the valley of Voss. We finished our trip with a fabulous dinner in the heart of Bergen, and walked the empty cobblestone streets back to our hotel, hiding under a single umbrella while it was pouring cats and dogs. Back in our room, we played the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, talked about life and listened to the sound of rain and waves. It was a moment of life where everything just seemed perfectly peaceful and happy. Christopher took my face in his hands, looked into my eyes and then went down on his knee and proposed!”

Photographer: Erich McVey | Venue: Park Hotel Villa Grazioli | Florist: Noosheen | Stationery: Antiquaria Design Studio | Bride’s gown: Marchesa ‘Resort 2013 | Shoes: Valentino Rockstud pumps | Hair & Makeup: Janita Helova | Grooms attire: Boss Hugo Boss apparel  ; Brioni accessories | Caterer: Park Hotel Villa Grazioli | Band/DJ: Sombras live music 

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09.08.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog