Kathleen + Allan’s Relaxed Desert Engagement

A chill couple down for anything.  A cool photographer with great ideas.  A brilliantly vast relaxed, roadside, desert-like backdrop.  Put them all together and you have have Kathleen + Allan’s engagement shoot that has left me simply smitten.  With chemistry that jumps off the screen (even from behind the cute masks), this lovely love shoot will stop you in your tracks like Caleb John Hill Photography’s stop motion pics.

Thank you Caleb John Hill Photography for adding yet another offbeat reason for me to love engagement shoots.  Congratulations Kathleen + Allan!  We hope you’ll share your big day with us too!


Vendor Information:

Date: April 19, 2013

Photographer: Caleb John Hill Photography

Soureia + Johann’s Intimate NY City Hall Wedding

I love when I get to feature weddings from my home state!  And this next wedding is my perfect description of New York City, and weddings combined: simple sophistication.  Soureia + Johann wanted a small, non- flashy wedding.  With the equally edgy and modern eye of Michael Simonitsch Photography, we’re sharing a wedding that’s my kind of everything.  Minimal. Modern. Magnificent. Simple. Elegant.  And while it might not be flashy, it sure is gorgeous.

This awesome duo got married at City Hall with Johann’s musician parents playing in the background.  Soureia created the beautiful birds nest centerpieces used at The Mermaid Inn. And even though Birds of Paradise aren’t typically associated with NYC’s favorite feathered friends, these florals are just divine!

Each of these images from Michael Simonitsch Photography captures the magnificently simple, elegant and overpoweringly beautiful world that is Manhattan.  Soureia + Johann created everything that is New York to me, intimate and grand, elegant and edgy, romantic and oh, gosh!  I have to stop gushing over my new favorite wedding and my always favorite city.  Thanks for sharing this wonderful wedding Michael Simonitsch Photography.  Congratulations Soureia + Johann!


Vendor Information:

Date: June 13, 2011

Location: New York, NY

Photographer: Michael Simonitsch Photography

Reception Venue:  The Mermaid Inn

Christa + Marvin’s Easel Inspired Wedding

When a super creative couple goes from “Will you?” to “I do”, you know the whole ride is going to be pretty fabulous!  Are you ready for a super cute proposal story?  With a shared love of all things artistic and creative, Christa had always wanted to arrange a sketching date with her sweetie Marvin at a small, nearby art studio.  Needless to say, time often gets in the way of our best intentions and the two never quite made it.  So Marvin arranged for an impromptu creative date where they set up easels on a street sidewalk and sketched facing each other.  (Swooning at the romantic gesture alone)  He quickly called Christa over to view the sketch of  “Will you Marry Me?”  on his easel where he waited with a ring for Christa’s response.  (Chills anyone?!)  Needless to say anything artsy is important to these two.  Full of easels, and budget crafty goodness, Chloe Austin Photography has snapped up a gallery of gorgeous photos, in this photo and art inspired wedding that can’ be missed!

As another homage to the sweet easel proposal, a timeline of the darling duo’s childhood in photos on easels led guests to the a fantastic frame backdrop that was borrowed from Christa + Marvin’s church.  Don’t you just love the way it creates a focal point without blocking the gorgeous views of Stetson University?  With a graphic designer groom, you can bet all of the printed material from invites to signs were going to be fabulous, but you have to check out the personalized invites for the twenty person (Whoa!) bridal party!  And you have to love Christa’s fabric flower craftinesss.  Bouts, bouquets, the flowers on her shoes and veil (and even the veil itself) were all made with bride’s budget savvy ability.  Most of the fabrics were re-purposed from things around the house or finds from local thrift shops.

And though you can’t deny that this one heck of a crafty couple, you’ve got to give some props to their friends.  MOB helped with all of the fabric sourcing and centerpieces, a friend of the grooms created the sand ceremony shadow box that is a work of art in Chrsita + Marvin’s new home, and the getaway car…Well there is no lack of creativity for this kind of guest book, and it’s surely never to be forgotten!  You also have to add Chloe Austin Photography to the mix who captured every last detail perfectly to document this momentous occasion.  Thanks Chloe Austin for sharing this.  Congratulations Christa + Marvin!


Vendor Information:

Date: March 10, 2013

Location: Deland, FL

Photography: Chloe Austin Photography

Bridesmaids Bouquets: Global Rose

Ceremony Location: Stetson University 

Reception Location: Clarion Hotel 

Music by: Don’t Sigh Daisy

Cake: Linda Kotch of Kotch Cakes 

Invitations: Marvin Eans (groom)

Dress: bought from Doralynn’s Bridal – Designed by Alfred Angelo

Shoes: Charlotte Russe 

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Charlotte Russe, Laceaffair.com, Windsor 

Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse 

Hair: Lucy’s Hair Studio 

Wedding Director: Elina Morgan

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Stevie + Dan’s Eclectic Vintage Wedding

You remember that feeling in high school you got when there were a couple of kids you knew you just wanted to be around?  They were just so cool and down to earth, you knew they’d be nice, yet you had know idea what to say or how to introduce yourself.   Well, I’m feeling a little wedding gawkward, because this is that kind of wedding.  It’s everything comfortable and crafty, vintage and cool, beautiful and friendly that you would want your wedding to be.  There is one bad thing I can say.  And that is, there aren’t nearly as many awesome images from Christina Heaston Photography as I would like to see.  This gallery is going to keep you wanting more.  More vintage goodness, more rockin’ party, and more pandas and monkeys.

Stevie and Dan own their own vintage and handmade shop- which can only mean one thing: uber creative wedding full of radtastic style comin’ at’cha!  From the altar made of vintage ladders and tulle and the succulent centerpieces crafted by Dan with vintage rulers, to the groomsmen’s ties and all the bunting created by Dan’s mom, this wedding was a DIY goody fest!  The months of collecting doilies and baby food jars paid of when you see the adorable favors with hand painted baby animals and baby’s breath, and I would have totally stolen the vintage suitcase card box which is just totally awesome!  And the panda and monkey head, well those are from ebay and Etsy, but you have to admit they are freakin’ great!

So while I’m still not sure I’m cool enough to hang out with this wedding, I’m going to take my chances.    Thank you Stevie and Dan for letting us hang out with you!  Congratulations!  And thanks to Christina Heaston for capturing this wonderfully whimsy wedding!

Vendor Information:

Date: September 15, 2012

Location: Schoolcraft, MI

Photographer – Christina Heaston

Event Venue: Friendship Farm

Catering- Scott’s Pig Roast

DJ –  Music Host Entertainment

Video – Coastline Studios

Desserts- Mandy Carson

Centerpieces- Whisky Ginger

Wedding cake toppers- Pegged

Bridesmaids skirts- ktjean

Hair was done by Jennifer Costa

Ties were made by Irene Knispel

Kayla + Brad’s Sweet Spiritual Engagement

These two?  You’re going to love them!  They just couldn’t be any cuter!  Kayla and Brad were high school sweeties that drifted apart but were reunited through faith.  With an everlasting love for their faith and each other,Live View Studios captured this sweet picnic engagement session that will warm your heart like an heirloom quilt.  Oh hey!  Look at that!  There’s one of those in this darling e-sesh too!

The beautiful heirloom quilt has been passed down through several generations of Kayla’s family adding some sentimental value to this totally adorbs shoot complete with show-off style dance moves.  The save-the date mugs also had a special verse these two sweeties hold dear while nodding at their shared love of coffee.

The gorgeous grounds of Duke Gardens is just a perfect setting for romance, so don’t miss all of the photos in the gallery from Live View Studios.  Thank you for sharing this lovely session with us!  Congratulations Kayla + Brad on you r engagement and your recent new Mr. and Mrs.  moment!


Vendor Information:

Date: March 10, 2013

Location: Durham, NC

Photographer: Live View Studios

Event Venue: Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Kim + Jim’s Classic Alternative Wedding

Today’s wedding got me to thinking.  Because for all of the things frilly, girly, romantic, and elegant that create fantastic fetes,  I get super excited when a wedding is classified as “alternative” or “offbeat.”  But what makes a wedding “alternative?”  Is it the fashion, the music?  Are they any less chic, love-filled,or ruffly?  NAH!!  In Kim and Jim’s case, it’s the teamwork form their friends, fam and fab photographer Now Fly Away who has captured every sweet personal embellishments that has created a perfectly classic alternative wedding!

From the photographer:

This was one of those super sweet weddings where you see the couple’s friends and family all come together to make it happen.  Kimberly and Jim were married by their long time friend, Anna. In lieu of boutineers the groomsmen wore pins made by Jim brother and best man, Jared.  They all walked down the aisle to a song of Jim’s choice, “Baptized in Flames.” The bridesmaids walked to “The Way I Feel Inside” by The Zombies, and Kim walked to “Crimson and Clover.”
The wedding bands came from Ash Hilton, and they chose pine trees to remember their wedding day in Lost Pines and because the pine tree is sacred to The Cherokee.  For dinner they served frito pie! The cake table featured pies, ice cream and a small cake from Central Market with topper made by Kim.

So if, this amazing combo of Kimberly’s gorgeous and feminine dress, modern and sleek bands from Ash Hilton, and the rustic Cedar Bend backdrop isn’t enough to turn you into alternative wedding junkie than frito pie, the Zombies, and ice cream have to do trick!  Just in case, be sure to check out the gallery from Now Fly Away to see all of the vintage, rustic, alternative goodness Kim, Jim and all of their loved ones so brilliantly created proving that there’s no alternative to beautiful!  Congratulations Kim + Jim!

Vendor Information:

Date: October,  26 2012

Location: Cedar Creek, Texas

Photographer: Now Fly Away

Floral Designer:  The Coral Boutique,Central Market

Dress Designer:  Peppermint Pretty

Jewelry:  Ash Hilton Jewelry

Bakery:  Wimberly Pie Co.

Event Venue:  Cedar Bend Events

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Morgan + Ty’s DIY Plantation Wedding

I couldn’t wait to share this modern day fairy tale with you today!  It’s the kind of wedding that makes you dream of being a southern belle, or a princess, or both.   With a sweet tale of love, some crazy-cray crafting, a touch of nostalgia and whole lot of step off a magazine pretty, Morgan and Ty’s wedding is the kind of wedding that will just have you at hello.  Throw in the perfect images of Kaylan Bradley at Happy Everything Photography, and you will see why this “once upon a time” doesn’t need any evil witches or plot twists to get to “happily ever after.”

From the Bride:

Our parents still live in the same houses where my husband and I grew up; I had no idea that the future love of my life was just down the street. I have crushed on Ty my entire life. I will never forget our first encounter at the local softball field; he asked if he could marry me one day; I said yes.

With a love that grew so close to home, Morgan and Ty’s choices to incorporate a lot of nostalgic and homey antiques created a wonderfully charming  and comfortable atmosphere.  All of the centerpieces were borrowed or personally curated antiques.  And the “rentals” were antiques from home too.  I love the buffet that served as the appetizer station for the yumscious appys handmade by Morgan’s mom.  And the frames and decor on the buffet accent wall, GAWGEOUS!!!!  Morgan has a great MIL too!  She made every table cloth and the bride’s cake!  We can’t forget to mention the beautiful handmade milk glass and teacup cup candles that were poured by a local candle maker into antique vessels, and the magnificent monogram that adorned the doors and archways.

And while I was swooning over the perfection of the Tucker Plantation venue, every photo from Happy Everything Photography that captured the sweet southern charm of Morgan and Ty made me get lost in this updated fairy tale.  Thanks Happy Everything Photography.  Congratulations and happily ever after wishes to Morgan and Ty!

Vendor Information:

Date: July 1, 2012

Location: Colbert, GA

Photographer: Happy Everything Photography

Venue-Smithonia Farm (formerly Tucker Plantation)

Caterer- Wagon Wheel

Florist- Southern Floral’s

Wedding Party Attire:

Bride-Bella Bridal

Groom- Ralph Lauren by Macy’s

Bridesmaids-David’s Bridal

Other: Candles by Humble Candle

Event design by Lindsey Haynes, family friend


Sharon + Jonathan’s Travel Inspired Wedding

Happy Humpday lovely crafties!  If there’s one theme I love to see incorporated into a wedding it’s a travel theme because it is absolutely impossible to reproduce the same journey between two couples.  Sharon and Jonathan’s voyages inspired them to share their favorite destinations (minus the jet lag and lost luggage) with their favorite people in this awesome nouveau-classic wedding captured as pretty as a postcard by Elizabeth Scott Photography!

Perfectly planned by the girls at Mean Party who suggested the use of the vintage maps enveloping the ridiculously sweet invites and creating the custom cuff links and cool color palette in this wedding, this bash was equal parts bon voyage and bon appetit!  Self professed foodies, Sharon and Jonathan continued their theme by incorporating some of their favorite dishes from some of their favorite cities. Umm.  Can you say cheese steaks and pie?  It doesn’t get much better that!  Or does it?  Looking out the floor to ceiling windows of The Mint Museum in Charlotte was an experience in itself for all of Sharon and Jonathan’s out of town guest.  And it’s easy to see why!  The sweeping views, modern vibe, yet perfectly intimate feeling looks astonishing!  When you throw in the photography of husband and wife duo Elizabeth Scott Photography, you get one heck of a wedding journey!


I think the bride Sharon said it best:

With a clear vision and enthusiastic help from vendors, family, and friends we were able to give our guests a trip of a lifetime! Each and every detail came together beautifully and painted a picture of our love of travel and most importantly, our love for each other!  My advice to each couple starting out on their own wedding planning journey would be to make your wedding day your own. Incorporate fun aspects into your special day that are important reminders of the relationship between you and your significant other; I promise it will only make your day that much more meaningful and most importantly, memorable!

What a lovely vision they all created indeed!  We can’t thank you and Elizabeth Scott for sharing it with us!  Congratulations and many bon voyages ahead!

Vendor Information:

Date September 22, 2012

Location: Charlotte, NC

Photographer: Elizabeth Scott Photography

Caterer:  Best Impressions Caterers

Event Planner:  Mean Party

Favors and Gifts:  Amelie’s French Bakery

Reception Venue:  The Mint Museum

Cinema and Video:  Cinemotion

DJ:  All The Right Grooves DJ Services

Equipment Rentals:  Party Time Rentals,Party Reflections,AFR Furniture and Event Rentals

Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  J. Crew

Lisa + Heinz’s Iridescent Garden Wedding

Envision a wedding that’s soft, feminine, romantic, intimate, charming, and totally glam.  I bet the picture in your head is going to be pretty close to Lisa and Heinz’s gorgeous garden party soiree!  Full of iridescent pastels and the lush surroundings of a private residence near Stanford University, Shanti Duprez has captured all the pretty for you see to in this lovely little gallery of summertime goodness!

There’s just something about a garden wedding that’s the epitome of weddings for me.  They are just, well, so, PRETTY!!  Surrounded simply by the purest and most genuine states of  nature and love, that really is the only one word to describe them.  I love the birdcages and hanging votives that add just a touch of vintage whimsy and elegance to beautifully classic day!


Thank you Portrait Design by Shanti for sharing this stunning soiree!  Congratulations Lisa + Heinz!


Vendor Information:

Date: July 14, 2012

Location: Palo Alto, California

Photographer: Portrait Design by Shanti

Hair Stylist:  Wiyanna Rose hair & Makeup

Caterer:  Schumann’s Four Seasons Caterers

Reception Venue:  12 Oaks

Cake Designer:  CakeAbakin

DJ:  Denon & Doyle

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Taylor + Eric’s Epic Summer Engagement

Raise your hand if you love a good high-school sweethearts story! Alyssa Michelle Photography  has graced us with a tale of sweeties that have shared an epic ten year journey of  love, craziness, sacrifices, adventures, successes, and challenges by each other’s side.  What started as innocent glances between Taylor and Eric has built up into this phenomenal outdoor love shoot.  Complete with rustic picnic, Alyssa Michelle has snapped up all of the style, love, and romance that these two share!

From the bride-to-be:

After we both graduated from college, Eric was drafted by the Angels and had the opportunity of a lifetime!
These last 10 years have taught us the value of supporting, encouraging, missing, motivating, and loving each other through the best and the worst of times.

What awesome words of wisdom from Taylor for all couples!  We couldn’t be happier for Taylor and Eric and wish them continued success in all of their adventures!  Congratulations!  We hope you’ll share your wedding day with us too!  Thank you Alyssa Michelle for capturing this tale and life lesson in the prettiest way imaginable!


Vendor Information:

Date:  June 13, 2013

Photographer:  Alyssa Michelle Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights




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