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Everyday Wedding – Patrick & Crishaun

I love that this posting has a plethora of Hill City Bride and clutch vendors … plus the fact that it’s stunning.

I would like to preface this post by saying that I like to follow a logical order when doing a posting … getting ready, ceremony, reception with details, leaving … etc. For this posting, I thought you may want a glimpse into the day of a photographer, so I decided to leave the images in the order that they were given. You will see that many of the detail shots are in the daytime at the beginning, and you will also see some again during the reception photos. It just goes to show that hiring a professional photographer is such a benefit, and they are there from beginning to end (if you hire them to do so!). Brides spend so much time planning out the details that to have someone there to document all of the elements of the day is so helpful, and the images will be there for years and generations to come.

Allegra of Allegra’s Studio was the photographer, and here are a few questions that she asked Crishaun and Patrick:

How did you meet? Patrick and I met in High School – we both went to E.C. Glass and knew of each other as acquaintances.  Then our senior year of college we reconnected.  My mom wanted new tennis shoes so we went to Lady Footlocker, Patrick was working there for Christmas break, and he helped her out. From that point on, we were inseparable. 

Tell us about your dress, shoes and other accessories. My dress was a ball gown by Eve of Milady, and my shoes were by Badgley Mischka. My jewelry was a combination pieces from Betsy Robinson’s and gifts from Patrick.

Describe your decor and how you chose it. Our décor was what I like to call sophisticated elegance. Our colors were various shades of pink, gold and ivory. I truly wanted to create a classy, warm and intimate mood.

What was your favorite moment during your wedding day?

Crishaun: My favorite moment was walking down the aisle with my dad to meet Patrick. I was able to have a special moment with just my dad, see all of our family and friends, and ultimately see Patrick’s face light up with a big smile as I approached him!

Patrick:  My favorite moment during the wedding was when I was waiting with the pastor and father of my bride; having that breath taking moment staring down the aisle at my wife to be.  That moment of joy, happiness and tranquility was the moment of the day for me.

Tell us about your food and cake. Our food was provided by Chef Michelle Hamrick, and everything looked and tasted fantastic! Our guests raved about the bacon wrapped chicken bites that were served during cocktail hour. Our cake was provided by LaBella Torta, and it had 3 delicious flavors of Strawberry Lemonade, Death by Chocolate and Snickers.  Simply divine!

Why did you choose Allegra’s Studio for your photography?  As soon as I saw Allegra’s website, I knew that she had to be our photographer! Her work is captivating and it speaks for itself. I particularly fell in love with her infrared photographs because they are so unique and beautiful.

What’s next on your calendar as a couple?  Enjoying the holidays as a newly married couple with our family and friends!  We are also looking forward to celebrating the New Year and anticipate many great things to come for 2013!

Ok, enjoy these photos. You are in for a big treat visually! Also, please take a peek at the full vendor listing at the end.

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Again, great kudos to the amazing team of vendors!

Photographer: Allegra’s Studio

Caterer: Michelle Hamrick

Cake Artist: La Bella Torta

Lighting: Official Entertainment

Minister: Pastor Sean Womack

Wedding Gown by Eve of Milady

Everyday Editorial – Summer of Love

The summer issue of clutch, the girl’s guide to everything essential is out, and we were so happy to feature this Summer of Love shoot. It’s perfect for this time of year! If you haven’t picked up a copy of the publication, you can see it online here, but until then, enjoy this beautiful session.

Summer of Love Shoot by Rabiah Khwaja Gohar

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Concept - Jeana Wright Aaron

Dress, Shoes & Accessories – Letterbox Estate

Florals – Creative Occasions

Food – Fresh Market

Hair/Makeup - Jolina and Samantha of Les Cheveux

Location - Private Residence

Models - Brittany and Spencer

Photography – Rabiah Khwaja Gohar

Props – Studio Eleven

Craving more editorial inspiration? Click here to see our Nancy Drew photo shoot.

DIY – Lace Pendant

Joy writes for our publication, and she always has creative ideas up her sleeve. I’m excited to share her DIY project with you today! 

This past fall my mother gave me an incredible gift, her wedding dress. She wanted Christmas ornaments made out of it for my siblings. I had a lot of fun working on them, but I also wanted to make something for each of the women in my family that was a little more for day to day use. I came up with a whole list of cool ideas for wedding dress re-purposing, but the one I finally settled on was a simple necklace.

The beauty of this projects is that it is…

  • so simple any one can do this. It takes no sewing/crafting skills whatsoever.
  • very inexpensive. I bought the needed supplies for these pendants for under $10.00 and had enough supplies to make seven necklaces.
  • only takes a really small portion of the dress, so if you are doing trash the dress photos or using your dress for another repurposing project you can still do this without really affecting the overall structure of the dress.

DIY Pendant Made from Wedding Gown by Joy Niehaus

Supplies:

  • Pendant tray – A simple search on Etsy will give you a number of color/size/shape options. I used Shop Dog Craft Supplies for mine because she seemed to have the best prices, and I received amazing customer service.
  • Glass dome – Make sure whatever pendant tray size/shape you purchase has a coordinating glass dome size/shape.
  • Glue – Really any strong, clear craft glue will work. You don’t want Elmer’s or hot glue, but other than that whatever you have on hand should work.
  • Small piece of wedding dress – The lace and embroidery were great for this. Because it needs to be flat you should avoid bead work… etc.
  • Pen
  • Sharp scissors

DIY Pendant Made from Wedding Gown by Joy Niehaus

DIY Pendant Made from Wedding Gown by Joy Niehaus

Directions:

  • Take your glass dome, and place it on your piece of dress. Move it around till you like what is centered underneath. Trace around the dome with pen.
  • Cut the fabric out making sure you cut on or just inside the pen line.
  • Glue dress cutout piece to tray.
  • Add another thin layer of glue, and top it with the glass dome (If you are working with lace, the glue should seep through, and you can skip the second layer of glue).
  • Let dry, and hang it on ribbon or chain. This can also be made into a key chain or small Christmas ornament.

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Well, there you are! I hope that you enjoy this way to turn a dress into a wearable keepsake for several members of your family. If you are interested in more DIY projects, just click here.

  • Shannon - I love this! Saw someone is selling them on Etsy, but I wanted to do it myself! So easy :-) Do you have a picture of the Christmas ornaments? I would love to see them!

  • Jennifer - I don’t have a photo of the Christmas ornaments, unfortunately. It is easy to do, and I’m glad you stopped by the blog. :)

Everyday Wedding – Kellen & Colby

Ok, I may be just a teeny bit partial, but I feel that we have SUCH amazing wedding vendors in our area. We truly are fortunate! I love the styling of this wedding, and the florals are amazing. Even the photography is unique in the detailing of the shots… it’s all just perfect!

I also adore Colby’s shoes, and the gazebo at Mount Ida Farm provides a beautiful focal point to an already gorgeous backdrop for a wedding. The macaroons tempt the tastebuds, and who wouldn’t want to take a ride given by lovely horses? My favorite part of this wedding is the sweet first look between the bride and the groom. So heartfelt! I hope that you enjoy a glimpse of this beautiful wedding today.

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So lovely in every way! Be sure to check out this listing of local vendors who can help make your day a spectacular one, too.

Florals – The Arrangement Company

Photography – Ron Dressel Photography

Planner – Amanda Gray of Ashley Baber Weddings

Venue – Mount Ida Farm

Want to see more stunning florals from The Arrangement Company? I love this posting we did on them not so long ago, so be sure to check them out!

DIY Roundup – Pedestals and Cake Stands

So fun! Whether you are hosting a birthday party, shower or even a wedding, the cake is often the center of attention (besides the person you are honoring, hopefully!). I know that I consider cake to be a work of art, worthy of display. Here are a few options for crafting your very own pedestal, which can be used to hold just about anything (pretty spices in the kitchen, perfumes in the bathroom, books in the bedroom) when it’s not displaying beautiful edibles.

Terracotta pots and glossy paint make these stands from Tara Dennis such a cute option! Click here for instructions on her website.

Cake Stand out of Terracotta Pots from Tara Dennis

The following one is made from old, vinyl records. What a cute idea from Craft & Creativity!

Craft and Creativity Vinyl Record Cake Stand

If you have a love for the beach or are having an event at the beach, this stand from Nellie Bellie is perfect!

Gold Shell Cake Stand from Nellie Bellie

All Things Heart & Home has these rustic, wood pedestals… they take some effort, BUT the end result is so very worth it.

Rustic Wooden Pedestal from All Things Heart and Home

This next one has GOT to be my favorite. It’s made of wire and hails from The Merry Thought. Adorable!

The Merry Thought Cake Stand Out of Wire

This one makes a lovely display from Jennifer’s Mentionables (and it’s from vintage silver!).

Vintage Silver Cake Stand from Jennifers Mentionables

Wandering Chopsticks demonstrates how to use found/thrifted glass to make a multi-tiered stand. Pretty!

Wandering Chopsticks DIY Cake Stand

And last, but certainly not least, these wooden cake stands from Bee in Our Bonnet are so cute!

Bee in Our Bonnet Wooden Cake Stands