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A bridal session offers a glimpse into what you will look like on your wedding day… how exciting! It’s also a way to get to know your photographer a little bit better and also capture detailed photos of just the bride. Sometimes the wedding day doesn’t allow for as many portraits as a bride would like. Giving your hair and makeup a test run is also a great idea, or you can do a completely different look altogether.

This lovely estate bridal session was captured by Karin Nicole Photography at West Manor Estate in Forest. The variety of backgrounds and options are so stunning – as is Lindsay! Take a peek at this inspirational session today.

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Vendors:

Crepe Paper Pinata

I just couldn’t resist when I came across this cute pinata. It would add such a fun element to a wedding, and you could even hang it as a decor element. What a fun way to entertain kids (and adults), plus a pinata isn’t that difficult to make. Truly! Head here to Lia Griffith’s blog for full instructions on this fun DIY heart pinata project.

Heart Pinata

  • Oliver Manse - When I first saw this I thought Wow that’s really quite cool, but as I thought about it further I wondered if it is really sending the right message at a wedding. Beating a heart with a bat until it splits in two? Hmm…. maybe something for the cynics 😛

Here is a French inspired wedding we featured in our 2015 wedding issue! When we think of romance and love, France often enters the mind… this is how it was for Sara, a student of art history who fell in love with Versailles and Marie Antoinette while on a trip during high school.

She creatively incorporated a French theme for her wedding day – one in which both of her sisters, Anna and Alexa, were instrumental in helping plan. Sara and her sisters have a history steeped in wedding wear as they grew up surrounded by the work of the YWCA and Church Street Bridal.

FRENCH INSPIRED ELEMENTS

Sara speaks French and has been to France several times, including studying abroad. She was determined to incorporate a French influence into her day. 

  • The color palette of pink, gold and blue was inspired by the regal-ness of Versailles.
  • Marie Antoinette’s signature monogram contained an “M”, which was perfect for this wedding since the groom’s last name is Morris.
  • Pastries, macaroons and champagne are all French delights that were incorporated as favors and food elements.
  • The first Christmas that Sara and Logan were dating, Sara’s mother gave her a pink pair of shoes. They reminded Sara so much of Marie Antoinette that she saved them to wear on her wedding day… almost 5 years later!

Sara’s advice to future brides? Do not let the stress of planning make you lose sight of why you are getting married! My husband and I would take one day a week during our engagement to go out on a date and not talk about the wedding. It was my favorite night of the week because it put back into focus that the wedding is one day but our marriage would be forever. 

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Vendors

  • Alterations – The Gilded Thimble
  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Becky’s Bridal
  • Bridesmaids’ Jewelry and Hairpieces – Charmingly (Etsy, Anna Barksdale)
  • Cake – Coffey Cakes
  • Ceremony Gown – Becky’s Bridal
  • DJ – Official Entertainment
  • Florals – Rod Meek
  • Hair – Studio Style and Spa
  • Harpist – Renee Hall
  • Macaroons and Pastries – Our Daily Bread
  • Makeup – Thomas Dunn Studio
  • Planner – Rod Meek
  • Photography – Crystal George Studios
  • Reception Gown – Church Street Bridal
  • Tuxes – Men’s Wearhouse
  • Veil – Kleinfeld’s (her “something borrowed” from her sister, Anna)
  • Venue (Ceremony) – Greene Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Venue (Reception) – Corinthian Ballroom
  • Videography – Shaking Hands Productions
  • stéphanie - Hello,
    It is a French-inspired wedding but then the French there a long time lol
    A wedding in Louix VIX, at present, the French weddings are American-inspired :)
    Thank you for your site that I love and sorry for the bad English, I used google translation ^^

This couple’s lovely personal wedding had so many meaningful details, and a refreshingly lovely color palette. We loved it so much that we featured it in our 2015 issue of clutch, the bride’s guide to have and to hold!

Your wedding day is all your own, and it is the perfect time to celebrate family while creating personalized elements to incorporate throughout your day. A personal touch was so important to Brittany and Tanner, and their wedding was truly full of personality!

Here are some unique elements we loved about their day:

  • Brittany chose the color of the dresses, but the bridesmaids were able to pick their own dresses online, which made for an eclectic, yet cohesive, array of gowns.
  • Her grandmother’s suitcase, mason jars (which were then decorated with burlap and lace!) and candlesticks were incorporated into the wedding day decor.
  • Brittany personalized thrifted frames, chalkboards and chicken wire to add personality into her day.
  • A coffee and cookie bar was set up during the cocktail hour for guests to enjoy… complete with cookies baked by the bride’s family and personalized B&T coffee sleeves! Guests were able to pack some cookies to go in cute little “Mr. & Mrs.” bags.

Brittany got creative and used recipes tied up with twine and a cookie cutter as favors for her guests. “Each of the recipes was special to me because they all played a part in a special era of my life,” she reminisced. She grew up baking with both of her grandmothers, who taught her the gift of giving homemade. What a great way to honor them on her day! Here are the recipes she chose to share with her guests:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
  • No Bake Energy Bites
  • Oatmeal M&M Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate Blossoms
  • Snickerdoodles

We were able to snag one of Brittany’s recipes to share with you. Yum!

No Bake Energy Bites 

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup flax seed, ground
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Stir all of the ingredients together until combined. Once combined, pop it in the fridge for 45 minutes so that it will slightly harden. Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls. Keep refrigerated and serve.

Now that we have tempted your taste buds, let us give you lots of ideas from Brittany and Tanner’s lovely day. Enjoy!

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Vendors:

  • Banners – Bride’s Sister
  • Bride’s Bracelet and Earrings – Penelope
  • Bride’s Ring – Lautares Jewelers
  • Bride’s Shoes – Toms
  • Bridesmaids’ Dresses – ForHerAndForHim.com
  • Cake and Cupcakes – Jenn Anne Cupcakes
  • Catering – Charley’s
  • Chairs – Lynchburg True Value
  • Coffee Service – The Muse
  • DJ – Music, Music & More Music
  • Exit Wands – Ginger Ray Vintage
  • Florals – bloom by Doyle’s
  • Getaway Dress – J Crew
  • Getaway Shoes – Payless
  • Gown and Belt – Bridal Mart
  • Groom’s Ring – Fink’s Jewelers
  • Hair – Cuttin’ Cottage
  • Headpiece – Michael’s
  • Invitations – Bride (on WeddingChicks.com)
  • Makeup – Bride (and Sister)
  • Necklace – Charming Charlies
  • Photography – Jane Bradley Photography
  • Prints on Tables – Naptime Diaries and Honeysuckle
  • Program – How Lovely Paper (Etsy)
  • Venue – The Trivium

Well, this wedding is definitely one for the books. Honestly, it was one that I heard about even before it happened because the vendors were so excited about how unique it would be. Once I saw the photos, it definitely didn’t disappoint! Lauren and Danny were so creative with their wedding day… down to every little detail. They used local vendors and Etsy to its fullest to find those special touches to incorporate things for the perfect steampunk wedding.

Lauren even utilized her interest in photography (note her camera tattoo!) into the day by incorporating her camera collection. Mini gears were made out of chocolate for the reception, and the cake is amazing! You will also notice that Danny and Lauren used a handfasting cord at their wedding, which is an outward showing of the couple coming together. So fun!

I know that you will have fun with this wedding today, and be sure to take a peek at the full vendor listing below. Enjoy!

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Vendors:

  • Bride’s Belt – Ayelet Shachar (Etsy)
  • Bride’s Mini Top Hat – Mini Top Hat Boutique (Etsy)
  • Bride’s Earrings – Elaina Louise Studios (Etsy)
  • Cake – Love Is in the Air
  • Cake Topper- Builders Studio (Etsy)
  • Cane – Dellamorteco (Etsy)
  • Catering – West Manor Estate
  • Decor – Love Is in the Air
  • Flowers – Love Is in the Air
  • Gown – David’s Bridal
  • Groom’s Suit – Express
  • Groom’s Tie – Cyberoptics (Etsy)
  • Groom’s Top Hat – Emily Way Hats (Etsy)
  • Groomsmen’s Hats – Village Hat Shop
  • Hair and Makeup – Studio Style and Spa
  • Invitations – DIY
  • Photography – Jason Jarvis Photography
  • Pocket Watches – Schimmels Shop (Etsy)
  • Program Fans – DIY
  • Ring Box – DIY
  • Venue – West Manor Estate
  • Linda Hall - Love Is In The Air - Thanks for the shout out, Jennifer! This wedding was so much fun to design and put together. Lauren and Danny loved stepping out of the box and let us really use our creativity. They added so many of their own touches which truly made this a unique wedding that their guests will always remember.