A Dreamy Coastal Engagement Session

Who could say no to this beautiful collection of dreamy engagement photos?  There is a reason why we love fine art photography, and a quick scroll through these images from Lauren Kinsey will tell you why. It goes beyond just taking pretty pictures of a couple in love, to capturing emotions, the scenery and what kind of impact it has on the couple, the way a couple moves together and orients themselves around each other. If you’re planning your own engagement photos, our best suggestion is to keep it as simple and naturally beautiful as possible.

More from the stylist, Em Jayne Scott: 
“When Lauren and I dreamed up concept for Olivia and Jesse’s engagement session, we were inspired by the natural and simple beauty of the California coast, so we wanted to choose something uncomplicated, yet elegant, to complement the natural colors and textures of the coastline.

We thought the wardrobe should reflect Olivia and Jesse’s laid back style – so black and white seemed like the perfect balance of all these things.”

Photography: Lauren Kinsey | Styling: Em Jayne Scott  | Hair + Makeup: Kelly Jones  | Floral: Farm Girl Flowers  | Black gown: Asos | White gown: Asos | His black cardigan: Everlane | His chambray: crew | His white cable knit sweater: LLBean

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07.09.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Start Your Honeymoon Exploration at Casa De Campo

We’re thrilled to share a little bit about an awesome honeymoon destination in the Dominican Republic today! Emily’s sister Hannah and her husband Andrew took a little trip south to Casa De Campo. Keep reading for more on their experience.

From Emily’s brother-in-law, Andrew Mcclure:

We were ecstatic when I received an invitation from Casa De Campo to visit their sprawling, beautiful coastal resort. Nestled on a massive 7000+ acre property on the Southwest coast of the Dominican Republic, we spent three amazing days and nights experiencing everything the resort had to offer. Just an hour drive West from Punta Cana airport, Casa De Campo is a lush resort that is part country club and equal part oasis. From to the first glass of champagne as I checked in, to my last breath of ocean air when I departed, I was treated like royalty.

On my first day at Casa De Campo, we were whisked away to Catalina Island where couples can escape for the day and enjoy crystal clear water, pristine white beaches, scuba lessons and the freshest pina colada they’ll ever have! When we arrived back on dry land I was given a tour of the village of Altos De Chavon. Modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean village, it’s complete with shopping, a Grecian amphitheater and even an arts school for local artists as well as a sweeping view of the Chavon river. Perfect for an evening stroll…

The next day would prove to be just as amazing. Horse riding, kayaking and of course, a trip to the spa were just a few of the activities offered to newlyweds at Casa De Campo. Nothing could be more relaxing than an outdoor couples massage, as you listen to the sound of the waves crashing outside the villa. I know I enjoyed it!

Each night brought something new, especially their many restaurants located throughout the resort. Exceptional dining options were always a golf cart ride away. Whether at The Beach Club, La Cana or the Italian inspired La Casita, the seafood could not have been fresher and the beach side sunsets could not have been any more majestic.

So if you’re looking for a honeymoon where the possibilities for romance and adventure are limitless, Casa De Campo is waiting. Whether you enjoy the spa, the ocean, golf, hunting, or polo, Casa De Campo provides a perfect combination for every couple.

Photos: Hannah Bargainer 

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07.09.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Warm Coastal Wedding Inspiration

We always find coastal weddings and editorials to be so inspiring. There is something about a seaside view that just takes your breath away, and makes it the perfect setting for a wedding! In this gorgeous editorial, we also cannot get enough of this truly amazing MXM Couture gown. Have you ever seen such subtle detailing create such a major impact?

More about what inspired the stylist, Paper Diamonds:
“I wanted to take a soulful approach to the design of this editorial. Hidden in a cove, our little patch in the sand was a warm, inviting, and familiar setting. Raw, rugged, and resplendent, crystal blues, soft shimmering greys and washes of lavender play against jagged sandstone rocks.

For the table I pulled in treasures of the old world, pieces that might have travelled the oceans many years ago on ancient voyages. Silver chargers, candelabras and serving spoons paired with velvet textured ribbons and hints of raw crystal elements. I paired the linen with a tulle overlay to resemble the ocean shimmering gently at dusk.

The incredible gown was almost other-worldly, as though it was from a bygone era of royalty and utter decadence, even reminiscent of a divine mermaid lost along the shoreline. With every angle we saw something new, with layer upon layer of tulle, ruffles, crystals and intricate beading playing perfectly against the ocean.”

Photography: Feather & Stone | Planning, production and styling: Paper Diamonds | Wedding gown: MXM Couture | Hair & make-up: Odelia Sarre | Model: Rebecca M represented by Viviens Models | Flowers: Lua Leuca | Cake: The Cake and I | Furniture and table decor: Her Handpicked Harvest | Stationery: The Little Press | Crystals: Sharon Settineri

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07.08.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Lilac Bridal Portrait Session

We love the tradition of bridal portraits, and Maegan’s gorgeous session from Heather Hawkins Photography is no different. This girl has serious style–just look at her amazing dress and hair! We especially love her bouquet, designed by Andi at Bows & Arrows Flowers. Anytime lilac is an ingredient in a bouquet, it’s going to be good. The addition of caramel toned garden roses, iris, and pieris with the rust hued fritallaria makes that lilac pop.

Love this unique color combination? Check out some of our other favorite floral palettes here, here, and here.

More from Andi at Bows & Arrows Flowers: 
“I met Maegan last fall at a workshop that she attended at our studio and almost immediately a friendship began between us. As the months went on and she approached me to do the floral for her upcoming wedding, I considered it a pure joy and privilege to be a part of my dear friend’s day. For our time together, her bouquet was composed of moody purples, greens and pops of peach, with fritallaria, David Austin garden roses, clematis, hellebores, andromeda, irises, lilac and wild honeysuckle. The beauty of these photos perfectly captures the essence of my sweet friend—lovely, effortless and beaming with joy.”

Photography: Heather Hawkins | Styling and Floral Design: Andi Jamison for Bows and Arrows | Hair and Makeup: Tracy Melton Artistry | Ribbons: Silk and Willow | Gown: Enzoani | Film Processing: Photovision

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07.07.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog