Moments Before the Wedding Ceremony: An Intimate Elopement

The act of eloping forces a couple to really think about what is important to them as they say their vows. Ashley and Morgan’s elopement is no different. They planned their wedding in just 5 days, and in looking at these beautiful photos of the two in the moments leading up to their wedding ceremony, it’s easy to see that what they focused on was the intimate connectedness they share.

More from the bride, Ashley:
“I’m pretty convinced I should’ve started drinking champagne a bit earlier than I did that day. I know it would’ve helped calm my nerves. Our elopement had been planned in five short days, so by the time it actually rolled around it was like I was walking through a cloud. A big puffy cloud. Everything seemed so surreal. Like it was all in slow motion.

Morgan and I both seem to have felt very reflective in the moments before the ceremony. Like everything we once were and all that we had been through together was culminating into this one day. Like it all had come full circle and everything was complete and whole and right in the world.

We were also just entirely moved by the love and effort of all the beautiful people that had come together to make the day happen for us. Our wonderful friends at Amy Osaba Events and our family members that had dropped everything to be there with us; it was so touching to watch it all unfold.

When my husband and I talk about our wedding day, we always come back to one word: sweet. I know that sounds completely cheesy, but it was like this thickness in the air. Like that warm and fuzzy kind of sweet. I can only describe it as, we just felt wrapped up in love.”

Photographer: Katie Hyatt | Location: Tate House | Flowers: Amy Osaba Events | Gowns: Samuelle Couture + shop gossamer | Cake: Sugar and Slate | Grooms attire: Jcrew | Paper goods: Signora E Mare | Hair /Makeup: Meredith Mejerle

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07.30.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Couture Flower Girl Dresses from Melijoe.com

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Cherished nieces, nephews or the child of a family friend, flower girls and ring bearers are an important part of any wedding party.  First to set foot down the aisle, they steal the show and our hearts with their adorable antics and precious style. As you’re busy planning the perfect ensembles for your bridesmaids and putting the finishing touches on your dream wedding dress, don’t forget to take a moment to reflect upon the littlest participants in your ceremony.

When it comes to choosing the perfect special occasion outfit for children, we have fallen in love with Melijoe.com. Melijoe was founded by a Parisian mother of 5 with a desire to create a premiere online shopping destination for fashion conscious moms (and brides!). With over 120 brands to choose from, including Little Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney Kids, her vision has been transformed into a reality. Whether your theme is relaxed and casual or a sophisticated black tie affair, delight over the dreamy ceremony selection of romantic designer dresses for girls and perfectly tailored suits and separates for little gentleman. We are smitten with the ever-elegant collection from Dolce & Gabbana, which brings Italian style from the runway to the aisle.

Simplify your planning and order this season’s must have fashion. Free delivery is offered on your first order, and have your fashion picks sent right to your door! The site’s editorial team is always working on the latest trends and their American customer service is ready to assist you in making your wedding a success for the littlest participants. Be sure to check out Melijoe.com today!

All items pictured here are available for purchase on Melijoe.com.

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07.30.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Breathtaking and Unique Wedding Gown Inspiration

We love to see brides who choose unique gowns for their wedding days, and these breathtaking dresses by designer Emily Riggs are two of our newest favorites. With modern silhouettes and romantic fabrics as the starting point, these bold shades of antique gold and coral take centre stage.

Looking for other unique (read: non-white) wedding dresses? Check out some of our favorites here, here, and here.

More from the dress designer, Emily Riggs: 
“I hand-selected the silks used on both gowns while traveling through France and Italy last summer.  The Antique gold is made from the finest silk tulle in France and the coral crepe satin was found in Italy. It’s always a pleasure being able to work with such fine materials and see them come to life. They literally flow like water.”

Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Dresses: Emily Riggs Bridal | Florals: Selva Floral Design | Model: Skye Sarenana-Velten | Makeup: Sokha Sok| Hair: Ambrosia Carey

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07.29.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Botanical Wedding at Cannon Green Charleston with Easton Events and Eric Kelley

The loveliest wedding designs are those with an overarching design element, subtly applied to the details of the day. With creative touches, the element that we are inspired by today is that of the botanical foliages. Whether an abstract illustration on the invitations, or layers of vine wrapped along railings, the overall effect is to bring a magical, botanical feel to the day. The delicate touch with which the greenery is applied throughout the details makes it even more special: rather than forcing a specific leaf motif at  guests, the varied uses of illustrated foliage, fresh vines, and repetition of green hues bring life and depth to the design.

More from the event design, Lynn of Easton Events: 

“This dreamy Charleston design collaboration drew upon the natural garden elements, the history, and the timeless elegance of our venue, Cannon Green. An ingenious reincarnation of a dilapidated 1840s Charleston Single House into a smart, airy, tripartite dining room, courtyard and reception hall, Cannon Green is a marriage of old and new, historic and hip, old world elegant and verdant contemporary.

The couple’s dining experience was set in the palm tree-lined courtyard with our favorite Estella tableware by Anthropologie offering a hint of a fairy-tale delight with its corners and curlicues.  The hand-made spiraled candles from Roxie Daisy were tucked into varied sizes of poured cement taper holders, and the cool grays were also woven into the paper suite. Designed by Kaela Rawson, with organic hand-lettering and simple, botanical illustrations by Signore e Mare, the paper suite is a nod to the understated personality of the couple.

We layered the farm table with a golden-flecked underlay and a gauzy scrim, and we lined it with fawn-colored infinity chairs from EventHaus. We love the muted cream tones of the bride’s tulle ivory strapless beaded gown by Naeem Khan. Her undone chignon and natural makeup by Lora Kelley complement the loose design of the table and soft, neutral palette of the gorgeous florals by Stems Charleston. It was a wonderful collaboration with photographer Eric Kelley and our Easton Events team.”

 

Photographer: Eric Kelley | Event Decor + Design: Easton Events | Venue: Cannon Green Charleston  | Florals: Stems Charleston | Video: East West | Dress: Saks Jandel | Jewelry: Croghan’s Jewel Box | Plates: Anthropologie | Linens: Custom | Hair and Make-up: Lora Kelley | Men’s Suit: J.Crew | Welcome Bag: A Signature Welcome | Paper Suite: Kaela Rawson | Calligraphy: Signora e Mare | Candles: Roxie Daisy | Candle Box: Roxie Daisy | Candle Holders: Anthropologie | Bowtie + Bowtie Holder: Roxie Daisy | Chairs: Eventhaus

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07.28.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog