Rainy Day + Cupcakes E Session

Braden and Melanie are in a long distance relationship. Braden is finishing his studies in California – Melanie is working in Northern Virginia. Their love is strong – and they are just crazy about each other. But finding just the perfect time for their engagement photos tooks some doing! So when they finally had a date set aside for their engagement session in Carytown, a lovely little part of Richmond, VA, wouldn’t you know it… It rained. Some people would have been disheartened. Not Braden and Melanie. No, these two weren’t even phased by the weather. They went ahead with their engagement session anyway! And when the rain got a little too heavy, they stepped into the famous Carytown Cupcakes for a snack, along with their photographers – Michael and Carina Photography – and they just kept snapping away!

E Session Highlights

We had a blast shooting Melanie and Braden’s engagement session…he actually flew in from California just for their e-session! They didn’t let the rain get to them, that’s for sure. They embraced it! And when the rain got too much, we had some fun and delicious cupcakes! Braden and Melanie are a fun couple. They are naturals. The rain was almost a blessing in disguise, it made for some awesome shots! 

 

Photographer: Michael and Carina Photography // Other Location:Downtown Carytown // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Yellow and Purple Wedding Theme in Redondo Beach California

If you’re having a surf looking for something fabulous today, you’ve just found it. It’s a brilliantly gorgeous summer wedding from William Innes Photography that will break out your biggest smile. It’s full of happy hues of sunshine yellow and lush purple, plus a bunch of succulents to boot. The best part is… a beautiful outdoor reception under Californian skies, with pretty fairy lights and chinese lanterns swinging from the palm trees. Proving that love + a lovely Summer affair really do go hand-in-hand!

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Eco Friendly Las Vegas Wedding by KMH Photography

Say Hello to a gorgeous eco-friendly couple – Heather & Jose. Not only are they are ardent hikers and mountain climbers, but also dedicated organic produce consumers and friends of the environment. Of course their love of nature and respect for mother earth equated to a pretty cool wedding. An all-out environmentally friendly modern affair complete with earth-themed decor, sustainable paper products, eco-friendly favors and plenty of fabulous succulents. Oh and not to mention, some wonderful photography by KMH Photography making this one all-out gorgeous ‘green’ affair!

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From the photographer: Heather & Jose are friends of mine, and I was absolutely delighted when they asked me to be their photographer. I knew their wedding would be super cool, DIY and earthy-themed, with Heather’s fabulous flair added to it. Their wedding took place on a beautiful Spring day at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada – the premiere LEED-certified location for ‘green’ brides and grooms. 

Some of their green details included: Invitations made from plantable seed paper, sustainable paper made from the Lotka bush and eco-paper ribbon from Earth Invitations. Ceremony programs and reception menus printed on Elephant PooPoo Paper. Bridal jewelry from Green Diva Jewelry. Centerpieces and bouquets made from succulents and tillandsia, using no cut flowers at all, which the guests took home at the end of the day. Little planted succulents as escort cards. Homemade pistachio lime wedding cookies for favors, packaged in compostable cellophane. Reclaimed wood for the guest book, cake stand and ring pillow. When the bridesmaids’ wanted a break from their heels they wore foldable flip-flops made from recycled tires. Save-the-dates that Heather painted herself to look like vintage national park postcards.

They also had their first dance choreographed by A Perfect Wedding Dance, and it was seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Heather & Jose are a beautiful couple and planning their day with these special details really added their personal touch to the wedding, creating memories that will never be forgotten. I’m so thankful they chose me to photograph their wedding.

 

Photography: KMH Photography / Event Planner: Tory L Cooper / Dance Instructor: A Perfect Wedding Dance /Venue: Culinary Arts Catering at Springs Preserve / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Tamworth Scottish Themed Wedding by Wanted Imagery

If you are all about classic style and rustic charm then you’ll fall head-over-heels with this beautiful wedding. Set in the gorgeous grounds of The Pavillion in Tamworth and featuring a Scottish theme (a nod to the groom’s heritage) it’s a delightful garden wedding brimming with joy. We are talking white blooms with pretty succulents, rich purple bridesmaid dresses with statement pearl necklaces, plaid kilts and countryside greenery for days. Not to mention the gorgeous bride and her handsome groom, who are so darn cute! All the romance and fun is photographed by the wonderful Wanted Imagery who now has me dreaming of Edinburgh Castle, the Isle of Skye, and hagis…(ok, maybe not hagis – ew!). Enjoy.

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From the photographer: This wedding was a dream to photograph. A stunning bride, good looking groom, amazing bridal party, and a day full of emotions, excitement and just good fun. Not to mention all the behind the scenes details which brought this amazing day to life. Chris’s family who have Scottish heritage (hence the kilts!) live in New Zealand. Whilst Amber’s family live on property near Quirindi and Chris and Amber live in Newcastle – hence the reason for getting married in Tamworth.  Chris’ three brothers were his groomsmen, whilst Amber had her sister, sister in law, and close friend/new cousin! (I love close bridal parties). At the ceremony, Amber walked down the aisle to bagpipes playing and at the reception, the groomsmen, Chris’s Dad and friends, surprised everyone (especially Chris and Amber!) with an amazing rendition of the Haka. So loud….so awesome! Chris also surprised Amber and sang her a song…. and he was good! All the decor was DIY and made by Amber, her mum and sister. Their decorations made the already beautiful Pavillion in Tamworth, just that little extra special (all that Pinterest time does pay off!) 

 

Photography: Wanted Imagery / VeVeStationery: Amber (the bride) / Ceremony/Reception: The Pavillion Function Centre, Tamworth / Celebrant: Reverend Geoff Hearne / Bagpipes: Grayson Gulliver / Band: Foxy Morons (Newcastle band) / Hair: Simply Shine / Wedding Gown:  Anniston by Maggie Sottero /Dress Store: Belles and Beaux / Bridesmaid Dresses: Handmade by Merrilyn Binny, Tamworth / Cake: Marker’s Bakery Tamworth / Flowers: Designer Bunches by Jan Fagan / Girls Shoes: Wittner / Grooms & Groomsmen Outfits: The Kilt Company, Glasgow

Succulent Inspired Beach Wedding from Carrie Wildes Photography

You know when a beach wedding is in Florida, it’s already miles ahead in the stunning stakes. But when viewed through the lens of Carrie Wildes, it takes beach beautiful to an entirely different level. Inspired by succulents and classic “Tommy Bahama” style this beautiful beach soiree is decorated with green succulents, burlap details and white orchids from the flowers to the tables, from the cake to the favors and everywhere in between. With pure white sandy beaches, pretty blue bridesmaids in flowy dresses and organic decor which beautifully blends with the natural landscape, it can only be summed up with one word – fabulous!

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From the bride Jennifer: I didn’t grow up fantasizing and dreaming about my wedding day, so I had no idea where to start after Jason’s sunset proposal on the lake near our home in Dallas, Georgia. Having lived in Tampa for years, it was Jason, actually, who had always dreamed of getting married at the Don CeSar Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. The first time he took me there I knew it was the perfect place. 

I knew I wanted to keep the decor and other essentials somewhat muted. I wanted the decor to flow with the ambiance and beauty around us. Comfortable, casual, classy and elegant. Those were the key elements in my vision. I believe that everything came full circle when I found the bridesmaids dresses – the movement of the crinkle chiffon WToo by Watters dresses in the stunning ‘Mediterranean Blue’ hue. They were a perfect example of how our color scheme and decor could perfectly complement the natural beauty around us. As the planning continued, our various vendors starting referring to our theme as “Tommy Bahama Rustic”.

I’m not a big fan of flowers, thus planning our centerpieces and bouquets was extremely difficult for me. I searched endlessly for ideas and always came up short! I knew I wanted all green and white to keep with the natural, simple elegance theme, but beyond that I was having a tough time describing the look I was going for. Jana Stall, with Events in Bloom, was absolutely amazing at translating my scatter-brained thoughts and ideas into beautiful, cohesive reality. Her exquisite use of stock, succulents, manzanita branches, and other “non-traditional” elements in the bouquets, aisle runners, cake decor and centerpieces completely brought our natural, beach rustic theme to life.

Aside from the floral decor, I knew I wanted to do the remaining details myself. (Who doesn’t love a good DIY project?) I wrote numbers on extra large, real sand dollars for our table numbers. For our table assignments, I found a fabulous antique window at a thrift store for $3. With a little sanding, paint, and chalk pens, we brought new life and purpose to the old window. I sent burlap to our wonderful Pastry Chef, Tara Bishop, at the Don Cesar to use on the cake. For our favors, we adorned burlap sacks filled with local salt water taffy with ribbon and sand dollars.

Although the inclement weather required us to move our outdoor reception indoors, we were lucky enough to have a break in the clouds to still hold our ceremony outside, facing the beach, at sunset, under a covered pavilion. The weather even allowed the sun to appear just in time to snap some amazing photos on the beach. I remember Sylense, our lead photographer, telling us we had maybe 5 minutes before the rain would start up again. We finished up just as it began to spring, and moved inside to eat, drink, and dance the night away among our closest friends and family. It was truly everything we could have ever dreamed of!

Thank you Jennifer and congratulations on a truly stunning beach wedding!

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Photography: Carrie Wildes Photography / Floral Designer:  Events in Bloom / Bridal Gown & Bridesmaid Dresses: Wtoo by Watters / Groomsmen’s Attire: Tommy Bahama / Reception:  Don CeSar Beach Resort / Cinema and Video:  Expert Productions / Makeup Artist:  KyleLynn Weddings / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

{Bouquet Inspiration} Succulent Bridal Bouquet

Here is a dose of beautiful blooms inspiration for you! If you’re a lover of succulents then I know you’ll be smitten for this stunning poppy, ranunculus and succulent bridal bouquet. With a soft and neutral background of white hydrangeas this lush bouquet features cool toned green succulents and berzelia against the vibrant fall tones of golden yellows and oranges, with delicate pops of rich reds and scattered blackberries. Just exquisite. I think this would make the perfect bouquet for a modern bride wanting to include earthy and botanical details into her style along with fresh bright colors.Succulent Wedding BouquetBouquet by Bel Fiore Design