eye to eye

Monday, October 5th, 2015



I’ve seen it way too many times: couples nervous at the altar, clinging to the minister like a life preserver. Don’t do it! Don’t recite your vows to the minister while your spouse is left searching desperately for eye contact. Worry more about maintaining eye contact with your significant other as you recite your vows and less about reciting the lines perfectly. Katie and Max did it beautifully, as shown above!

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to be on display in front of 25 to 350 of their nearest and dearest friends and family, no doubt. The silver lining in this whole thing is, though, that if you do make a mistake, no one will know, except maybe you and your minister. Take it easy on yourself and enjoy!


photo by Jodi Miller

Monday, March 30th, 2015

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word of the week: first look

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Classic Richmond Wedding The Jefferson

First look photographs happen before the ceremony. They’re called “first look” because it is the first time you will see each other as bride and groom in your gown and suit. First look photographs are wonderful if you’re tight on time following the ceremony, or if you’d rather spend your time cocktailing rather than photographing. But, they’re nearly crucial during fall or winter months when the sun sets earlier. First look photos allow you to take advantage of natural light outdoors, rather than having to rely on artificial lighting to light your portraits indoors.

above: Ashley and Paul seeing each other for the first time at The Jefferson before their ceremony at University of Richmond. Photography by Don Mears.

beautiful ceremony styling

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

ceremony styling

images: 1 – Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty; 2 – Tealily Photography via Style Me Pretty; 3 – Gayle Brooker Photography via Clader Clark; 4 – Liz Banfield and Tara Guerard; 5 – Jose Villa

clever ceremony send-offs

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Love these sweet ideas for ceremony recessionals (and wouldn’t some of them be lovely for grand getaways at the end of the evening too?).

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photos: flags by jordan ferney at oh happy day!; calder clark designs and leigh weber photography; ritzy bee event design and kate headley photography; confetti exit via martha stewart weddings; ritzy bee event design, paper moss and kate headley photography as featured in martha stewart weddings

banner day

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

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photos: 1- via Martha Stewart; 2- programs by Bird & Banner featured in Martha Stewart via Invitation Crush; 3- Weather balloon sign by Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day; 4- Letterpress cards by Seesaw Designs via Paper Crave; 5- Banner via Green Wedding Shoes photographed by Ali Degraff Photography}

wedding program inspiration

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

"preppy modern wedding program"

A friend illustrated these darling programs for Katie, and included her pug, Alfred, of course! I love that nearly every bride is united by the story of a last minute trip to Kinko’s in the days (or the night, in Katie’s case) before the wedding day. Katie had these printed at Kinko’s, and her friends tied each one with a different color of ribbon over mimosas the morning of her wedding.*

{program via Katie Armour, photographed by Cooper Carras}

*Planner warning: Katie just had 25 programs. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time — hand tying programs can take quite a bit of time. : )

wedding bells

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I’ve always loved the idea of celebrating an exchange of vows with the ringing of bells. Collect vintage bells or more common hand bells for guests to ring at the end of the ceremony. And, since many venues do not allow petals or sparklers, bells are also a beautiful alternative for exits at the end of the night.

{image via Vintage Interiors}

A pillow as pretty as your ring

Monday, July 6th, 2009

You’ve likely heard of Llubav – she participated in the Brooklyn Pop Up Chapel and she’s been featured on several blogs. Llubav has been kind enough to share some of her work here today with us.

Her work is stunning – truly a collection of modern heirlooms.

Interested in an order? This is how it works. To place an order, all clients need to do is email Llubav with their wedding date in the subject line of the email, then include details and inspiration of their wedding: stationery, flowers, bouquet, color, theme/mood, and all the fun stuff that us girls love to talk about, which can also include the couple’s story of how they met and/or got engaged. Llubav requests a deposit in order to send sketch ideas and color palette. Pricing for custom made pillows currently starts around $250 (pillows with more detailed work and/or embellishment do cost a little more). Once the design is chosen, she starts sewing! There is a 5-6 week lead time for sewing and shipping.