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There is just something about the Art Deco era that is so appealing to me! Maybe it’s the lines, possibly it’s the elegance, but it’s my go-to time period for the “ahhhhh” factor for sure. So when I found this inspiration wedding shoot, I just knew it was perfect to share with you. So lovely!

Take a peek at some of my favorite elements from this shoot.

  • Gold, gold, gold. I’m so glad that this metallic hue is back en vogue, and it has made a HUGE comeback. So stunning!
  • The cake is so sweetly layered, and it’s fun that a round was put on top of a square to add visual interest. The simplicity of the white and green floral elements adds to it’s texture.
  • Aqua pillows add comfort and style to the chairs, and who could resist those monograms instead of “bride” and “groom” on the back of the chairs? I adore those!! Plus they make for a pretty cool keepsake.
  • Accessories galore! Necklaces, earrings, shoes, the decked out gown – all of them are filled with glitz and glam.
  • Other touches such as the stylish paper products and the beautiful vintage rentals all add to the beauty of this session – not to mention the couple. Swoon!

I hope you have fun with a throwback to the Art Deco era today. Enjoy!

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photos from Brides, Shannon Leahy and Style Me Pretty

A lot of planning goes into your reception—including who will get an invite. Guests are chosen with care, each name the list one that is linked to you by ties of love and friendship. In years to come, you’ll look back and wish you could remember every person who came to share in your special day. If a traditional guestbook seems a bit too impersonal, here are 12 unique alternatives for keeping a record of your guests.

This print from Etsy seller Custom by Bernolli allows your guests to help you create a work of art that can be hung in your home after your wedding. Each guest adds to the picture by placing a colorful thumbprint and their signature.

Another Etsy seller, Your Wedding Project, offers a beautiful wooden sculpture, formed from small wooden pieces that your guests can sign before adding to the tower. It doubles as a unique piece of art and a visible reminder of your special day and the people who shared it with you.

Let’s be honest. Most guestbooks wind up in a closet somewhere after the wedding and aren’t seen again for years. So, why not embrace it and let your guests contribute to a time capsule? Think of how much fun you’ll have cracking it open in a year or two and finally finding out what’s inside. We can thank Casey Fatchett Photography for the picture of this creative gem.

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For the couple that plans to travel the world together, a blank globe from LoobieDesign is a fun way to commemorate the adventure you’re starting.

If you and your fiancé are game lovers, you can turn your guestbook into something you will enjoy again and again. Just have your guests write a short message on a block. Every time you play the game, you can relive your special day. The idea comes from DecentCraft.

A Mad Libs wedding game from Etsy seller PaintTheDayDesigns will ensure that you get more than a signature from your guests. Whether the completed forms turn out silly or serious, each page will hold a memory of someone special to you both.

A guestbook quilt from Style Me Pretty leaves you with a comfy keepsake the two of you can snuggle under for years to come.

Now that you’re getting married, you have a lifetime of a date nights to look forward to. Get a few fun and creative ideas from your guests by turning your guestbook into a date jar like this one from Something Turquoise.

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This mail-themed guestbook is another fun alternative for the couple who enjoys travel, although with different postcards, the idea could fit in at any reception. Just find some postcards that match your theme and see what kind of message your guests “send” you. The picture comes from Shannon Leahy.

Or you could opt for this bucket list idea from Etsy seller bragginbags and find out what your guests think are the most important experiences to share in your life together.

Your guestbook can be so much more than a simple book of names. Use one of these unique alternatives to create a piece of art, an heirloom, or a memory book that you will want to read over and over again.

  • Sarah - Mad Libs are a great idea. They are always funny!

You have a vision for your wedding day, which is wonderful! But just remember this if something goes awry. Plus, you still end up with a spouse at the end of it all!

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“Something will go wrong. It’s ok. Years later that’s the story you will laugh about and tell over and over.” ~ Joy, owner of Joy Leanne

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Let’s face it – rain isn’t what brides are wishing for on their big day, BUT when you see how sweet these images are, you’ll see how 6 years of love can totally overcome anything that tries to dampen your day (see what I did there, ha!). Meghan and Brian had so much to make their big day special, and here are some of my favorites.

  • The color palette! There is just something about navy blue as a neutral that sets my heart singing. That paired with orange brights were perfect to add a bit of pep to a rainy day.
  • Meghan’s shoes are oh so pretty with the jewels. I think they are stunning!
  • Yes, umbrellas and rain added a bit of sweetness to their day. From guests donning umbrellas to the bride and groom being covered as they said their nuptials. It’s so very quaint.
  • The favors are super cute! Homemade strawberry jam with the sentiment “spread the love” is just too adorable. And useful… and yummy, Im sure!

So much fun! I hope you enjoy this lovely Virginia wedding today.

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This wedding is so sweet, and when I read photographer Maria Grace’s recap, I couldn’t have said it better myself! Take a peek into this couple’s special day – including a hurricane plan.

A wedding day hurricane is not something I would wish on anyone, but if there was a bride who could handle the bad weather it was Kayla. We talked a few days before her wedding and she calmly told me that their backup plan (get married and party anyway!) would be intimate and meaningful just the same. When Hurricane Matthew blew back out to sea we knew the wedding was on in full force, but watching her maintain joy and excitement in a difficult situation is just a small testament of the person she is. And with Josh as her encourager, biggest supporter, and best friend, these two could take on anything with each other by their sides.

Kayla was the epitome of a bride creating a beautiful wedding day that also completely fit her and Josh’s personalities. Seeing each other before the wedding for a first look was a decision Kayla made when she realized that her sweet, introverted husband-to-be would love the chance to have a moment of calm before the nerves set in. Her selflessness was evident the moment she made that decision, and it continued on from there.

On top of that, the wedding itself was beautiful and absolutely fit their style! There was gold everywhere – from the gold-foil invitations to the adorable gold glitter reception centerpieces and even a pie bar – with accents of teal bridesmaids dresses and TOMS shoes, strung together by a soft white in between. Even in the rain, the Italian Garden at Maymont was gorgeous, and friends and family were more than happy to endure some bad weather to be by their side.

What a lovely day they had. Enjoy!

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