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}

kraft paper

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

kraft paper menu

Love the versatility and simplicity of kraft paper!

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{menu via oh so beautiful paper; hooray bags via ritzy bee; bags with calligraphy via design*sponge; kraft paper bags printed with hearts via Once Wed; placemat via design*sponge; place setting designed by shana faust via flickr}

ceremony decoration ideas

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

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{1- via 100 Layer Cake photographed by W. Scott Chester; 2- via Intimate Weddings; 3- designed by Kelly Oshrio and photographed by Beaux Arts Photographie; 4- designed by Soiree via Classic Bride; 5- designed by Joy Thigpen via Once Wed and photographed by Tec Petaja; 6- via 100 Layer Cake photographed by Michele Waite}

jodi + kurt’s wedding film

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Jodi + Kurt // Wedding Highlights from Josh Gooden on Vimeo.

Jodi and Kurt are two very talented photographers who were recently married at Jodi’s family farm in Mt. Crawford, Virginia. Josh Gooden filmed their celebration, using Super 8 film for several of the shots — a perfect match for all of the vintage elements Jodi and Kurt wove throughout their wedding day. The double rainbow takes my breath away…congratulations guys! xoxo

{flowers by the forever fabulous Janie Medley}
*this is simply a wedding feature..merriment had no involvement : )

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. : )

ceremony decoration

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Loving these graceful and simple decorations for outdoor ceremonies…


{grace bonney’s wedding martha stewart; #2 by elizabeth messina; #3 by one love photo; #4 by ian grant via snippet & ink; last image unknown}

fabric garlands

Friday, May 14th, 2010

anthropologie wedding ideasSo inspired by these fabric garlands created by Anthropologie

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