Black and White Film Couple’s Session

There is something so classic and romantic about black and white film photography, perhaps because the lack of color allows you to see all the beautiful grain and dreaminess of the film, or because the simplicity truly allows the subject to shine through the photos. In this case, we know the latter is the truth. Please read on for more from the photographer!

More from the photographer, Kelbert McFarland:
“Alone time is something that is desperately sought after yet rarely obtained. So when a couple offers a few minutes to me to document this rare time, I do my best to honor it in the most honest way possible. My time with Ryan and Rebekah is a perfect example of this. This shoot was a birthday gift from Ryan to Rebekah. With that thought in mind, I wanted to be the hidden guest and simply capture the love that was so evident between these two. Often time love needs a bit of space to be and to reveal itself. My job is to simply record what’s unfolding organically between the couple. The clothes you see are from their own closets. Rebekah’s hair and makeup were done with delight by her own hands and I would imagine with great anticipation of a wonderful time with Ryan. There were no candles, props or anything of the sort. Just two people in love surrounded by what nature created. I chose to photograph the last 15 minutes of the shoot on one roll of classic 35mm black and white film and that’s what you’re viewing. These are untouched, unrehearsed moments of love being captured on film during what I’m sure will be one of many beautiful alone times with Ryan and Rebekah.”

All images photographed on Nikon FE with Kodak Tri-X 400. Processed at Photovision.

Photography: Kelbert McFarland

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08.26.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Spring in Bloom Wedding Inspiration

Blooming branches are the perfect accompaniment to a spring wedding. We love the delicate accents of blooms and buds in this beautiful inspiration feature, and they were selected by the creative team for a very specific purpose. Read on for more!

More from the designer, Celeste Greene:
“You can draw inspiration for your wedding from anything around you. For this shoot, we found it in nature; the blooming branches that line the streets in spring. And after seeing these blooms–their complexity, their grace, their beauty, their reservation to be unleashed and to come fully into themselves, and then finally their wide openness to life and their freedom–we were inspired!

Don’t we often find ourselves in the process of opening, especially during the big moments in our lives? This concept shoot is about just that. It is about portraying the beauty in the process of opening. It is about capturing those moments of beautiful solitude, reservation, the letting go, the freedom and the joy of your wedding.

Your wedding day is a mini example of this process and we want to highlight all the real and truthful moments of your experience.”

Concept and Design: Celeste Greene | Floral Design: Studio Mondine | Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher | Hair and Makeup: Sherrie Long | Wedding Gowns: Loho Bride?

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08.25.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Plum Pretty Sugar Tropical Lookbook Part II

Planning a tropical honeymoon or lover’s getaway? We’ve got the absolute best pieces to pack into your suitcase, and they all come from Plum Pretty Sugar. Everyone wants to look chic on their honeymoon, and when you’re traveling to a warm destination, you’ll also need to think about comfort. Plum Pretty Sugar’s pieces can see you from from waking up to walking down the beach, lounging by the pool, and even stopping for a few cocktails in the evening. Their botanical prints bring that perfect touch of modern tropical-chic into your wardrobe, such as this breezy romper or these lounge pants, which can be easily dressed up with the right pair of bold heels.

Did you miss Part 1 of our Tropical Lookbook for Plum Pretty Sugar last week? Check it out here!

P.S. Head over to our Instagram today to get the delicious recipe for Little Palm Island’s signature cocktail, the gumby slumber cocktail!

Photography: Jesse Chamberlin Jesh de Rox | Location: Little Palm Island | Creative Direction + Styling: Joy Thigpen | Creative Direction + Scouting: Emily Newman | Model: Elite Miami Models | Shoes: Alice & Olivia

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08.24.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Designer Wedding Websites from Minted

We know that when it comes to wedding planning, some things are easier for couples than others. So, we get excited about anything that will make your planning processes simpler and smoother. That’s just one of the reasons why we’re excited to announce today that Minted, one of our favorite online resources for wedding stationery, has just launched a complete collection of wedding websites!

The websites are designed by Minted’s community of independent artists and match their large selection of wedding invitation suites and save the dates. They currently offer 117 matching wedding website designs, and each design is offered in multiple color combinations to correspond with your wedding invitations and stationery! This means that you can now match your wedding website to your save the date, invitation suite, and day-of decor (including escort cards, table numbers and menus). Each website template offers 3 different layouts to select from, to allow you to really customize the look for your wedding, in a simple way.

And back to the discussion of making your planning easier: you can change your theme, design, or layout at any time throughout the planning process. On top of that, Minted allows you to manage addresses in an integrated system. From your digital website (great for managing RSVPs) to your free guest name printing for save the dates and invitations! Plus, all of the websites are mobile responsive.

Even better? To celebrate the launch, Minted is offering the websites for free for a limited time.

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08.22.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog