Vintage Chic Fall Wedding by J+A Photography

This next little piece of  vintage chic gorgeousness is lovely as you can possibly get. With handmade DIY details infused into every corner, a warm and rustic fall color palette, and the most beautiful flowers to make your heart melt you would hardly believe it was all achieved on a budget. That’s why we know this North Carolina wedding, photographed by J & A Photography is one you’ll want to ponder over again and again. 

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From the bride & groom: Our wedding day was simply perfect and I could not have asked for a better day!  When I began planning for our special day, I knew that I wanted it to have a vintage feel with an elegant touch. Immediately, my first stop was my Aunt Janice, our decorating extraordinaire.  I gave her my vision, my colors, my random ideas that didn’t make a lot of sense, and told her to run with it… I trusted her 1,000% to make it perfect! 

We had a little over a year to prepare, so we began collecting family heirlooms and portraits to add the special touches to our day.  We had old pictures, family bibles, and other special pieces that we wanted incorporated.  Aunt Janice turned my random thoughts and MANY Pinterest snapshots into something wonderful and unforgettable. There were many nights spent making flower arrangements and decorations.  In fact, every flower (including my bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, and all boutonnieres) were handmade by my Aunt Janice and Aunt Sharon!!!  They are some AWESOME ladies!  My family and I bagged all of the favors and birdseed and the delicious deserts as well.

The aim was to create my dream wedding on a budget… and we DEFINITELY accomplished that!  We truly had a great team on our side that kept things running as smoothly as possible!  Of course there were challenges, but we were determined to not let anything stand in our way.  The most memorable part of the day was the First Look! (seeing each other before the wedding) I will forever and always be grateful to J+A for suggesting it to me… despite my wishes to be super traditional!! Experiencing that moment… just the two of us… was priceless! THANKFULLY, I have the pictures to help me remember that moment (and our entire day) for the rest of our lives!

 

Photography: J+A Photography / Ceremony Venue: Sandy Plain Church– Pink Hill, NC / Reception Venue: Duplin Commons (Kenansville Agricultural Center) – Kenansville, NC / Dress: MoriLee from Carolina Bridal World, Smithfield, NC / Tuxes: Busy Bee – Beaulaville, NC /Hair Artist: Hair Exchange – Beaulaville, NC / DJ: Weekend Dance Party / Linens: Cornerstone Florist and Gifts – Beaulaville, NC / Dance Floor/ Rentals: Grand Rental Station – Clinton, NC / Florals/centerpieces: Family + Friends

Invitations by Betsywhite Stationery

Casual Fall Fete by Jeremy & Kristin

Fall is quickly becoming one of my favorite seasons…. golden hues, rich coloured blooms, cool crisp air – what’s not to love? Combine that with a relaxed casual vibe and a hint of vintage and industrial style, like this wedding by Jeremy & Kristin, and then you really have my attention. But if you also happen to throw in a stunning Vera Wang gown, a hip industrial venue and the natural beauty of the great outdoors – well, I’m in serious danger of catching bad wedding envy!  Take your time to enjoy this one lovelies and cherish all the poised pretty!

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 Beautiful bride Sarah shares the details:

1. What was the vision & theme for your wedding?

I wanted to keep things simple and casual. I also wanted to incorporate the season because I love Fall. It helped me pick the colors and decor.

2. What was the size of your wedding?

Average. We had around 90 people at the ceremony and reception.

3. Tell us about the details

Venue

We chose an art gallery in Fort Worth called Artspace111 because we loved the outdoor space. It had everything we were looking for- a place for an outdoor ceremony and a separate space for the reception. It was the perfect mix of eclectic, industrial, and vintage. We had to move the reception inside because of weather worries but it still turned out beautifully because of the artwork on the walls.

Color Palette

Our colors were brown, orange and a light robin’s egg blue.

Decorations & Flowers

The ceremony decor was very minimal. Our wedding was held in one of the sculpture gardens at the gallery so I didn’t want to interfere with the natural setting. We hung fall themed wreaths on the doors into the ceremony space and placed DIY floral arrangements on either side of the bride and groom. We had some DIY signs painted with “dinner” and “dancing” with arrows pointing the way into the reception space.

The table centerpieces were made my bridesmaids and myself. We used a collection of bottles in different shapes and sizes and painted them on the inside with different shades of robins egg blue. Then, we filled them with wheat stalks in them instead of flowers.

Wedding Cake

Our cake was 3 tiers with 2 tiers of lemon cake and 1 tier of spice cake with a white buttercream frosting. The frosting was done as all white rosettes except for 3 orange rosettes- 1 on each tier. Texture was more important to me than color but Robert didn’t want an all white cake so he came up with the idea to do the 3 orange rosettes.

Favors

I wanted to incorporate Robert’s heritage in some way so we decided on Mexican hot chocolate favors. They also struck me as very fall appropriate wedding favors. It’s a hot chocolate mix that has ancho chile powder and cinnamon added to it. I bought small jars and one of my bridesmaids made the mix and put the jars together. I bought Kraft paper tags and some twine from the store, hand wrote the recipe on the back, stamped “gracias!” on the front, and assembled them a few days before the wedding.

4. Tell us about your Wedding style

Wedding Gown & Accessories

I found my perfect dress at David’s Bridal. It was all lace with some draping on the top that gave it a nice texture. The salesgirl was spot on to recommend a belt with the dress. It gave it a nice vintage feel. I didn’t want to wear white so my dress was ivory instead. Again, I wanted to keep it simple and most importantly, not poofy. I wore ivory Toms that were an engagement gift from a friend. I love the concept behind Toms (get one, give one to an in need child) and also couldn’t deny the comfort factor. I wore my mother’s pearl necklace (my borrowed), some earrings I already had (my old), and a sapphire and diamond ring my dad gave me as we were all getting ready that day (my new and blue).

Bouquets

The bouquets were orange gerber daisies (my favorite flower!) and sunflowers, with some cream colored roses mixed in. I loved how bright and happy they looked! The bridesmaid bouquets were wrapped in brown ribbon and the bridal bouquet in ivory ribbon.

Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids wore robin egg blue dresses from Alfred Sung. They each chose a style to fit them and their personality. I wanted each girl to be comfortable in what they wore. I also liked the eclectic look it provided. 

Groomsmen Attire

Robert wore a dark gray suit, an ivory dress shirt and an orange tie. His boutonnière was the same rose that was part of my bouquet with some coffee berry in there also. The groomsmen wore matching gray suits with either a blue or orange tie. Their boutonnières were made of mini sunflowers.

5. Did you include any DIY or personalized details?

A lot of the small details were do-it-yourself. I bought a basic guest book and added details to make it my own style. Other DIY details included the favors, reception centerpieces, a wedding wish tree I made, and some hand painted signs to direct guests from the ceremony to the reception. I loved being able to look around and think to myself “I love that because I made it.”

6. Was there anything that made your wedding unique?

I like to think my venue was a little unique and the overall feel to the wedding was a lot less formal than weddings I’ve been to. I had a lot of guests tell me later that they had a great time because of how relaxed everything was.

6. What did you find challenging?

Making decisions! I’m usually a fairly decisive Type A person but there were several moments throughout the planning process that I couldn’t make a decision to save my life! Another struggle was trying to balance wedding planning with my regular life – I ended up getting a little behind on other things because I was so focused on wedding planning.

7. What were your favorite moments?

My dad surprised me and the bridesmaids while we were getting ready at the gallery with a bottle of champagne and a beautiful ring he gave me. I also loved the moment right before I walked down the aisle because I was so excited to see Robert! Robert’s favorite moment was seeing my Dad walk me down the aisle. I’m usually not good at keeping secrets but I managed to not tell him anything about how I would look that day.

8. Any advice to Bride’s & Groom’s planning now?

Try to not sweat the small stuff. At first, I was really upset about having the reception inside the gallery instead of outside like we had originally planned. However, everything still turned out beautifully. We still got married, and everyone still had fun.

Also, do things little by little and don’t let it pile up. The more I procrastinated, the more stressed I felt. One last thing- find vendors that you love because it makes the wedding day much less stressful if you have full confidence that they will execute your vision.

 

Photography: Jeremy & Kristin / Hair Stylist: Magnolia Avenue Salon / Caterer: Euro Cater / Floral Designer: Blossom on the Bricks / Dress Store: Davids Bridal / Dress Designer: Vera Wang / DJ: DFW Tunes / Ceremony Location: Artspace111 / Equipment Rentals: Celebration Event Rental / Tuxedo & Mens Attire: Al’s Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

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{Guest Post} 3 Pearl Jewellery Suggestions for an Autumn Wedding

Autumn is still an incredibly busy season for weddings and most brides will be planning their big day long before the trees begin to shed their leaves. Whilst a wedding is a magical occasion for all concerned, it’s particularly so for the bride who wants to get her style ‘just right’ on the day.

Autumn Wedding Jewellery Ideas

Pearls are traditionally a first choice of jewellery to be worn on a wedding day. Now, with the increased popularity of vintage and classically styled weddings –  where elegance and sophistication are a must – more and more brides are falling under the spell of pearls. The unique qualities of cultured pearls meet all these expectations and you’ll discover that you are able to incorporate the classic look of pearl jewellery into whatever style of wedding ceremony you choose.

Besides the single strand pearl necklace, let’s take a look at three of our other jewellery suggestions if you are getting married this autumn:

1. The White Freshwater Pearl Bracelet

White pearls are a perfect wedding jewellery choice given their elegance and understated sophistication, and the beautiful piece pictured will definitely complement any bride’s choice of wedding dress this Autumn. Stunning and breath taking – freshwater pearls are an autumn wedding favourite.

 

 

 

 

 

2. A South Sea Pearl & Diamond Pendant

A stunning example of just how timelessly exquisite and luxurious pearls can be. This exceptional South Sea pearl and diamond pendant has no shortage of sophistication – something which makes it a perfect choice as a piece of bridal jewellery. Flawlessly crafted and finished, with a curve of pave diamonds set in 18 carat white gold, the pendant is a piece of jewellery that will truly stand the test of time.

 

 

 

 

3. Triple Strand Freshwater Pearl Necklace

No wedding outfit would be complete without a classic pearl necklace. We love the vintage styling of this beautiful triple strand freshwater cultured pearl necklace. Large enough to be eye-catching, the graduated strands of these white pearls will gracefully enhance the neckline and the look of the bride as she makes her way down the aisle.

 

 

 

 

 

Pearls are such a perfect choice of wedding jewellery that it is easy to fall in love with these unique gemstones. Their strong sense of history and tradition can easily add a touch of elegance to a bride’s outfit for her big day. If you are getting married this autumn, hopefully some of the suggestions above may give you some ideas for choosing the right wedding jewellery for you.

 

All jewellery images are copyright and used with permission of Winterson Pearl Jewellery

{Guest Post} Rain or Shine: Chocolate Wedding Cakes for Every Season

You don’t have to twist my arm too hard, to get me to eat chocolate! In fact, I LOVE good quality chocolate in any shape or form – especially decadently beautiful cakes. That’s why when Zucchero Patisserie sent over this wedding cake feature, I knew I was in a heap of trouble. The “I-won’t-stop-for-anyone” chocolate-binge kind of trouble! Yep. Damn it!…there’s goes my diet again!

Calling all chocolate cake lovers! If your ultimate indulgence is cocoa-based, a chocolate wedding cake is the only choice for your big day. Your wedding is all about celebration and indulgence, making chocolate the ultimate matrimonial treat. 

With the demise of the traditional white marzipan-and-fruit cake concoction (which, let’s face it, isn’t the scrummiest or most exciting of options) a whole new era of wedding cake creativity has been ushered in. We now have more choice than ever and this can be fantastic, but also more than a little confusing!

Way back when, fruit cake was the only established option and you didn’t have to worry about whether your guests would enjoy it, what it said about you and your relationship, whether it was in keeping with your ‘theme’ or even whether your cake was right for the season.

Don’t panic! The expert purveyors of chocolate at the creative Zucchero Patisserie have come up with some delicious chocolate wedding cakes everyone will love, perfect for all styles and seasons.

Light and Lovely Chocolate Cakes for Spring Weddings

The spring is a favourite time for weddings. It’s warm, but not scorching, nature is just beginning to burst back into life. As a time for fresh beginnings and fertility, it’s perfect for your big day, but how do you choose the perfect chocolate cake for a spring wedding?

Floral flavours are particularly fashionable at the moment. Rose, lavender, violet – these delicate flowers have romantic associations which are ideal for your big day. You’ll need to select a delicate chocolate too, so as not to overpower the floral notes. Choose a high quality white or milk chocolate with a relatively low cocoa content and make sure your pâtissier knows how to blend the flavours perfectly – this is a tricky one to get right!

Zesty Chocolate Cakes for Summer Weddings

The key to a perfect chocolate summer wedding cake is to inject a little zest and to play with the chocolate options available to you. A really dark 70% cocoa chocolate alone will be much too heavy for a hot summer wedding, one option is to incorporate fruit into your recipe – citrus fruits in particular offer a zesty edge which can turn an over-heavy dark chocolate cake into a tangy, refreshing summer treat.

Raspberry works particularly well with dark chocolate and Seville orange is also especially scrumptious. Take care not to overcomplicate though – too many flavours can really overdo it, leaving your guests with a funny taste in their mouth. One strong flavour to balance out the chocolate is often more than enough to tantalise taste buds. A flavoured liquer can also be used to add an extra, sweet dimension to your concoction. For dark summer chocolate cakes consider Grand Marnier syrup or Cointreau.

Meanwhile, if you’re considering a less intense summer chocolate choice, white chocolate and strawberry  cake with a champagne syrup is particularly yummy. Perfect for a hot summer’s day.

Sweet, Autumnal Wedding Cakes

As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, autumn is prime time for a lovely nutty chocolate cake, with all the delicious ingredients nature has to offer. Think hazelnut, almond, pistachio, cherries and warm, wholesome flavourings like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. A spiced chocolate orange cake is also a divine option. If you’d rather leave out the healthy stuff, a praline chocolate concoction is also divine and is guaranteed to be well received. A Ferrero Rocher wedding cake, who could resist?

Rich, Indulgent Winter Wedding Cakes

Winter is the perfect chocolate cake season. The richer your wedding cake, the better! With the nights drawing in and the weather giving everyone the chills, indulgence is the order of the day. Choose your very favourite chocolate and then double it, triple it! (If you’re a chocolate lover with a twist, try combining dark or milk chocolate with a chilli kick for an extra warming touch – be warned though, not all of your guest will be so adventurous!)

When it comes to pure chocolate wedding cakes, chocolate quality is essential, whether you’re a white chocolate fan or a dark chocolate diva, choose the very best chocolate available, with a good cocoa content, and your wedding’s centrepiece will leave everyone with a smile on their chocolate-covered faces!

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Zucchero Patisserie are the creative chocolate wedding cake specialists. To discover more tantalising flavour combinations and wedding cake inspiration, visit Zucchero today.

 

Autumn Arboretum Love Shoot by Evelyn Alas Photography

Evelyn Alas Photography sent us a breathe of fresh air with this sweet Autumn engagement session in an Arboretum. We never tire of looking at images of two gorgeous people in love especially when it’s in a beautiful outdoor setting such as this. You can see this adorable pair are totally in love and obviously made a wonderful impression on Evelyn during their pretty love shoot.Washington Arboretum Engagement ShootAutumn Arboretum Engagement SessionWashington Engagement ShootAutumn Arboretum Love ShootArboretum Love ShootWashington DC Engagement SessionWashington Autumn Engagement ShootEngagement Session Washington DCAutumn Washington Love ShootAutumn Love Shoot Washington DCFrom Photographer Evelyn: Bethany and Mickey were meant to be together. But had missed connections a couple of times. They both attended the University of Delaware, and Mickey was a former classmate of Bethany’s older sister. But they finally met at work. They are such a sweet couple who share a love of traveling and the great outdoors. When looking for a shooting location they chose the National Arboretum because it is a place they often like to go and enjoy the greenery. They have been one of the sweetest and tender couples I have had the privilege to photograph. 

Congrats to Bethany & Mickey on your engagement, and thanks so much to Evelyn for sending us this lovely shoot!

Photography: Evelyn Alas Photography / Location:  U.S. National Arboretum / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Fall Wedding Colors ~ Pumpkin, Mustard & Terracotta

Wedding Colors For Fall

Classic wedding colors for fall tend to always include rich warm harvest colors. Visualize the enticing colors of changing autumn leaves, juicy harvest fruit, and glowing sunsets. Vibrant shades of terracotta red, mustard yellow and pumpkin orange make a striking backdrop for a wedding. Also soft greens such as moss and mint work beautifully within a fall color palette. Outdoor fall weddings easily lend themselves to include rustic details. Lots of natural timber used in the decor, a leafy outdoor setting and bold autumn colors used in flowers and centerpieces make a charming effect. For an elegant style fall wedding you can tone down the bold colors by just using muted autumn shades or by adding just a touch of  orange, red or yellow throughout your decor. Here are some of my thoughts when it comes to beautiful wedding colors for fall.

 

 

 

Image Credits: 1: Vera Wang Wedding Gown, Outdoor Reception, Pumpkin Place Settings (Tiny White Daisies) / Row 2: Gold Leaf Place Setting, Persimmon Place Card, La Fete Wedding Invitations / Row 3: Bridesmaid Bouquet, Fall Twig Centerpiece, Aisle Decor, Groom, Fall Landscape via Pinterest