Monochromatic Desert Wedding Shoot

Sometimes our vendors have words to describe their shoots that we can’t gather on our own. Read more about this stunning monochromatic wedding shoot from Sarah’s Garden and Brushfire Photography:

From Sarah’s Garden:

“No place on Earth is quite like Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona. A forest of thousands of Saguaro cacti inhabit the base and as you climb, the foliage transitions into Manzanita as you reach sheer rock formations and cliffs, until you reach it’s Alpine summit. The rocks ravaged by wind and erosion stretch out in all directions creating a sensation that if one reached enough momentum, they could launch into flight. The ominous clouds of the seasonal monsoon filtered the sun to cast the most ethereal light, as they rumbled with thunder around the lookout point. As dusk settled, the luminaries created glowing towers to light the way. We styled minimally and soft to juxtapose the hard rock and jutting edges. The colors kept light to blend with the otherworldly landscape.”

From Brushfire Photography:

“The inspiration for this shoot came from the cliffs that overlook the desert below.  You can see for miles and it is so open.  Whenever we sat up on these cliffs we have felt a sense of being up in the clouds high above watching the world below.  We wanted to bring these feeling into a shoot along with a desire to soar higher and explore the sky.  We choose the Lina gown by Jenny Packham because it could catch the wind and lift up in flight. We had planned on a sunny day shoot but as the time drew near, the monsoons moved in and we had the most beautiful clouds moving in all around us, creating such a beautiful backdrop, almost painted into the sky.  It really helped us set the mood for this shoot and we loved the sound of the distant thunder along with the cool crisp air that accompanied the clouds.”

Photography: Brushfire Photography | Styling & Floral: Sarah’s Garden | Location- Mt Lemmon, Tucson AZ | Dress: Jenny Packham from the Dress Theory San Diego | Menswear: J Crew | Coordination: Karen Podrasky of KDP Events | Hair and Makeup: Jessica Fierro | Calligraphy: Jenny Sanders of Graceline Art | Models: Hannah & Matt

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

Postable Mails Your Wedding Stationery For You

GettingHitchedcropIt doesn’t really hit you how much work goes into planning and executing a wedding until it’s your turn. At first, it’s fun and exciting, but soon enough, you realize how quickly all of the little tasks add up and start sucking the fun out of everything.

This is where Postable can be a lifesaver. Their FREE (yes!) address book collects all of your guests’ mailing addresses for you, and once you have them all perfectly organized, Postable will also mail your save the dates, invitations, and even thank you notes. Who wants to go to the Post Office? It’s 2014, people! Their free address book is simple to use and saves a ton of time and especially headaches! Tracking down everyone’s mailing addresses can drive even the most organized couples crazy but with Postable, they’re instantly in one place!

SaveTheDatesCropAnd once you have all of your guests’ contact information, you can choose  save the dates and invitations from amazing paper designers like Rifle Paper Co, Felix Doolittle, OneCanoe Two, and so many more! Each invitation is printed on eco-friendly, tree free paper, and remember that Postable prints and mails each card directly to the people on your list! It really couldn’t be any easier.

WritingDeskcropAnd when the wedding is over and you’re back from your honeymoon, the last thing you want to do is write and mail 100 thank you notes. Postable lets you type them all using handwriting fonts so realistic that even Martha Stewart Weddings approves. Still totally personal but with a modern twist that will save you weeks of time (and years of sanity).

Postable wants you to try and see how much of a difference using their mailing service will make in your planning process, so use the code OnceWed14 to receive 20% off of your first purchase!

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09.09.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Delicate Outdoor Bridal Portraits

Don’t you just love the dream-like quality of this bridal session sent to us by Amelia Johnson?

Here’s more from Erica of Wit Weddings about their time with Olivia:

“When we first introduced young Olivia, a free and adventurous soul, to her delicate Rue de Seine gown, warmth transpired over her. Keeping Olivia’s spirit in mind, we surrounded her in a natural landscape of golden wind swept grasses and overgrown paths. Just as she embraced her adored bridal gown, we encouraged her to embrace moments of wind and stillness. The movement of Olivia’s dress mirrored the rolling hills of the Virginia countryside, and the warm rays from the summer sun enhanced all of the natural beauty of this bridal session.”

Photography: Amelia Johnson | Designing, & Coordination: Wit Weddings | Hair & Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Florals: Sidra Forman | Dress: Rue de Seine | Veil: Rhapsodie Paris |
Ribbon: Froufrou Chic

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

Rue De Seine Trunk Shows

Design is an emotional process, and wedding dress design is an especially emotionally-charged art. When designing a wedding gown, you’re not only designing an article of clothing, you’re trying to create something that a bride will emotionally connect with. Rue De Seine has perfected this craft and has successfully created a line that embodies the excitement, restlessness, and exuberance one feels when they fall in love. We stand in awe of this amazing designer, and each one of their ethereal, detailed, delicate gowns leaves us breathless. The imagination and originality of Rue De  Seine has inspired us so much in the past, and we’re excited to share even more of their designs with you today.

The newest Rue De Seine collection is called “Young Love,” and was inspired by the grace and beauty of a modern bride. As they put it, “It has nothing to do with when we fall in love but more about the restless spirit of it.” Each design is the embodiment of that feeling, expressed through flowing silhouettes and bohemian-inspired embroideries and laces. We’re especially excited to see new gowns featuring crochet and beautiful beaded floral designs set against a nude fabric. The entire collection is romantic, feminine, and embodies the carefree spirit of the Rude De Seine Bride.

To see the newest Rue De Seine collection, visit one of their trunk shows in either Denver or Los Angeles! See these gorgeous designs on September 26 & 27 at the  a & be Bridal store in Denver, and October 3-5th at the Lovely Bride in Los Angeles. To make an appointment with a & be, email hellodenver@aandbebridalshop.com  or call 720-627-5760, and if you’re planning on visiting Lovely Bride, call (310) 659-2050 or email la@lovelybride.com to schedule a time.

Photography by Jean Laurent Gaudy

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09.08.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog