Seriously, even if you’re not a city kind of person, these photos may make you love it! Olivia and Randy are stunning on the rooftops and well twirling around town in Texas.
Modern Elegant Canadian Wedding
Andrea and Nikolas’s gorgeous wedding at the Chatham Armouries was the epitome of a modern, elegant wedding. From the black tie tuxes to the beautiful Allure bridal gown it was an elegant Canadian affair. Below are a few of our favorite images from their wedding.
Photographer: John Lyons // Make-Up: Jaclyn Rottier // Reception Venue: Chatham Armouries // Flowers: B’s Hive Thamesville // Decorator: To Suit Your Fancy // Wedding Dress Designer: Allure // Wedding Dress Boutique: Nicholas & Elizabeth, London, ON // Disc Jockey: Corbett Productions // Videographer: Brightside Films // Photo Booth: Photostars, Cambridge
Romantic Trash the Dress in Mexico
We literally said OHHHHH when this session was emailed. Come take a springtime ride with us to Mexico for Anthony and Brittany’s day after session.
Weddings. It is that day that most women have dreamed of since they first understood what marriage was since they first got their hands on a picture-perfect size -2 Barbie doll, and since they could first use their imagination. From that day on the wedding-book starts to fill with ideas about everything, from the venue to the dress, the guests to the humidity levels; all of it gets planned in uncompromising detail. But one thing is usually missing; your groom may like a little romance too.
Yes. We said. Your groom may well be a sucker for the more romantic things in life; after all, we now live in a day and age where men can embrace their emotions (thank you, The Smiths). So why not go and retrieve your wedding book, find a little bit of blank page and fill it with little ideas for little presents you can surprise your man to be with? After all, it is going to be the most important day of his life too. Okay second, the time his team won the Super Bowl is the first. Or that time where Jack Nicholson signed his face on a night out. Either way, your wedding day is going to be in his top 3, and that means you should mark it with a little to surprise gift to make it that much more special. Awwwww.
Something More Traditional
This is often the way people go. They want something that will fit in with the whole vibe of the wedding, something traditional that goes with the flow and will be remembered even when you are both old and losing your marbles. The question is, what is traditional and classy and right for your fella?
Well, you can never go wrong with a watch. Seriously. You could splash all of your savings on a Patek Philippe (which he’ll never own, he’ll just look after it for the next generation) or you could spend $15 on a classic Casio watch, both of which would tick the watch box. You could even get him a pocket watch. Whatever you go with, add a little engraving to it, both of your initials, or the date, or the chat up line he used; something personal.
Jewelry. So you and he walked 36 miles of high street in search of your perfect wedding ring, and you didn’t stop the hunt until you found the one. But what about wedding bands for men, did you even once consider that? Okay, that was a bit judgy. You probably did but, men being men, he probably wasn’t that fussed and just said something completely unromantic like, “oh, just surprise me on the day.” So surprise him with some gorgeous and striking and personal and him, so very him. Why not get his favorite movie quote engraved on the inside too, unless that quote is by Tony Montana and goes, “All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’t break ‘em for no one.”Something A Little More Personal
A big favorite in the personal category is a hip flask. We’re not sure why this is, as far as you’re aware, marriage to you will be utter bliss, so why he would need to sneak off for a stress-smashing snifter is confusing. Nonetheless, it is considered a top gift. The great thing about this idea is the variation; there is the old school style of a 1920s gent or you can get one with a sleek twist for the contemporary-embracing modern man. Then just get it engraved and fill it with a drop of his favorite hooch and voila, you’ve made his day.
Another winning present and one that you would love too are getting him a piece of personal artwork made up. There are tons of ideas littered across the time-snatching platform that is Pinterest, but one of our favorites is the idea of framing a vinyl of your first song with a couple of wedding details added for good measure. Or why not get those silly photo booth pictures you guys got on your second date printed out, blown up and framed? That’s a winner.
Something He Will Really Love
You know your man better than anyone, and that means you probably knows what he loves best in this world, so why not treat him to it. What do we mean by this? Come on, we mean to get him floor tickets to the next Lakers game, buy him a season ticket to his beloved Patriots, or send him to see his guilty pleasure in concert (cough, John Mayer). Why not send him and his boys away to Ozzyfest for a weekend. What more can a girl do to say she loves her man? Answer: nothing.
Something For The Honeymoon
Your first night as a married couple is going to go down in your own private history. It is going to be etched into your memories of one another for eternity, so why not make it memorable for how goddamn sexy you looked and surprise him with some classy, sassy and saucy underwear. Chances are, you have this incredibly vivid expectation of how that first night of passion will go, and chances are it won’t live up to expectation. He’ll hit your head on the doorframe as he carries you into the hotel room, or you’ll both fall asleep due to a food coma, or drink too much and, you know, there’ll be downstairs problems. But while these memories will make you laugh one day, the image of you in something saucy and the fact you did for him will be the best present ever. Trust us. Or, of course, you can go one step further and make that image last forever (literally) with a boudoir photo shoot, something you can slip into a little box of personal things foolishly labeled “For Your Eyes Only’, which will inevitably grab the attention of anyone else that ever stumbles across it. But hey ho. At least you looked fantastic.
Destination Wedding Florence
We are honored to have the love story of Sharlene and Craig featured today on the Bride Society. Pretty sure the shoes are my favorite detail, what is yours?
From the Couple:
There could not be a more beautiful day imagined, with 40 of our nearest and dearest traveling from Melbourne, Australia to share the most magical experience of our lives. It was simplicity meets grandeur combining our decoration with the villa and views. After 10 years Craig and I have shared together, with our love for family, friends, travel, and our engagement in Florence, this day encapsulated everything we ever wanted, needed or dreamed possible.
The original plan was to get married in our home town Melbourne, Australia with a guest list of 120 people. With the venue booked, and plans unfolding, my Grandmother sadly lost her battle to cancer 9 months prior to our wedding date. With heavy hearts, we continued with the preparations, never anticipating losing my Grandfather 3 months later.
With a giant void in my life, this great loss was enough for us to reassess what we truly believed our wedding should be. The decision was made to cut our losses and stay true to ourselves, to travel to a beautiful destination with our closest friends and family, and what place would be more meaningful than Florence.
On the day of my wedding, once I was dressed my mother handed me a ring my grandfather had given her, it was a pearl and topaz ring. This was my something old, borrowed and blue, along with a lace and pearl horse-shoe she had made for me for my something new. It was a perfect day.
Photographer: Facibeni Fotografia http://www.photographertuscany.com/
Dress: Steven Khalil http://www.stevenkhalil.com
Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent
Accessories: Dior & Love On http://www.loveonjewellery.com.au/
Grooms Suit: Bespoke
Stationery: Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Flowers: Stiatti Fiori http://www.stiattifiori.it/
Ceremony Venue: Villa La Vedetta overlooking the city of Florence, Italy. http://www.villalavedettahotel.com/en/
Reception Venue: Villa La Vedetta
Cinematography: Gattotigre – Destination Wedding Videography
A Fireman Engagement
Excited to share with you this stylish, fun, and beautifully personalized engagement of Andree and Jeremy! D. Park Photography did an amazing job of capturing the uniqueness of this couple.
Reception Catering? Check!
Okay, so you’ve sorted all the big things for your wedding. These are the things that you can not do without at all – if you don’t get these sorted, there will be no wedding day! As these are such huge things that need planning, there is no way that you are going to forget them.
But what about the details that are fairly small and easily forgettable. Sure, forgetting them won’t ruin your entire wedding day, but it might not feel quite as extra special. As the famous saying goes, the devil is in the details, and that is entirely true when it comes to weddings. Here are some small details that will make a big difference on the day.
Ok, so you might not forget about your bouquet entirely, but you could stand a chance of leaving it until the last minute and rushing your decision. This is a bad idea! Ideally, you need to remember to speak to a florist in plenty of time so that you can discuss your perfect flower choices. For instance, you might want to pick a type of flower that holds a special meaning to you, and the florist will then be able to tell you which other flowers will work well with it in a bouquet. If you leave it till the last minute, you might just have to go with a random flower arrangement!
Wedding favors are very small gifts that the bride and groom leave at each guest’s place setting at the reception. These are a really nice touch, and your guests will love opening theirs to see what is in them. Usually, couples give small tokens to thank the guests for their attendance. You could wrap up some homemade truffles or candied almonds, for example.
Do you know how your guests will get home or back to their accommodation once the day is over? If you are getting married in a town or city, they will be able to get cabs. But if you are getting married in a rural location, transport could prove tricky. Not everyone will be able to drive as they will have been drinking. For this reason, it’s a good idea to organize transport, such as booking a minibus, so that your guests aren’t worried about getting to and from your wedding.
Safe Space For Gifts
Each guest will bring a wedding gift for you; these are normally given to you just before the reception. You won’t be able to carry these around with you all the time, so you need to plan a safe space where you can store the gifts. If you have booked a reception venue, ask the owners if they can keep them somewhere for you. If not, set a table to one side where guests can place their gifts. You can then gather them all up at the end of the day.
Have a great wedding day!
If you are planning on getting married, then you hopefully have a decent budget to work with. One of the hardest decisions of all regarding any wedding day is in relation to your budget. You need to know where you are going to spend it -how much on each part, and so on. If you get this right, it really bodes well for the day itself, so this is a hugely important issue. In this article, we are going to look at some of the major expenses that you will need to consider above all else. As long as you make allowances for these first and foremost, you should be fine.
The invitations are much more important than people usually give them credit for. In many ways, a decent invitation offers your guests a great opportunity to get a gist of what the day itself will be like. With an invitation, you will have the chance to introduce important elements such as the colour theme for the day, and other things of that nature. It is important that you keep budget aside for the invitations; people often forget about them until the last minute, and then it is often a shock to see just how much money they can cost. Prepare yourself, and get them sorted as early as possible. This will reduce the amount of shock associated with the cost of your invitations, and will ensure that everyone receives their invites on time.
For the actual day, let’s not forget that you will need to stock up the room with the desired furniture and decorations. This is going to be one of the most important aspects of all, as generally this is how you achieve the overall look that you are actually going for. Whatever your style or theme, this is one area where you will want to set aside a lot of the budget – just to make sure you get it right. It is also worth shopping around and finding places like La Pinata Party Rentals if you want to save a little cash. Done right, you will be able to fill out your function room with style, and without breaking your budget.
It probably goes without saying, but something you will definitely want to save money on is your dress. The dress is often one of the most expensive elements of all, so it makes perfect sense to save up for it for as long as you can. It will probably also be one of the first purchases that you make, so you will want to ensure that you keep it within the realms of the budget. Sometimes, it can be tempting to go over slightly on this, but you should try to avoid this temptation if at all possible. As long as you stay under, you will have a much less stressful time of it on the whole. And reducing stress should definitely be one of your main goals here.
There has been a dominant trend lately, moving away from the big old formal style weddings to a more relaxed bohemian, country vibe instead. In fact, it’s a pretty easy wedding style to pull off, whether you have a load of money or are working on a stricter budget. Read on for some tips and inspiration.
Getting a suitable location for a boho wedding can make a big difference to how effective it is. Some particularly great locations and venues for this relaxed hippy style include outdoor weddings. Which are obviously much better in warmer climates. Or tents and tepees which add a sort of festival vibe to proceedings.
As things are a little more relaxed, you can dispense with the formal seating plans and go for some less structured options. Which can work particularly well with a buffet or hog roast meal.
Now, your wedding dress has a lot to do with setting the tone for your day. So you are going to want to get this element just right. But how does boho translate into wedding dress styles? Well, there are several ways that you can do it successfully.
The first is by using lace, this can give a very romantic and bohemian vibe. Especially if worn in the style of a fitted dress.
But simplicity can also work just as well. Think flowing fabrics that drop to the floor, but without the bulk of any petticoats.
Remember too that the success of the effect can have to do with how you dress the outfit. So consider accessorizing your dress with fresh wildflower crowns, tousled ringleted hair, or even bare feet? As these can all enhance the boho feel of your look too.
Now you will want the groom and groomsmen to be in keeping with your theme as well. But what exactly should the fellas wear to fit in with a boho theme? Well, some of the best outfits I have seen have a vintage, rural vibe to them. Think country style in brown tones with suspenders.
Remember, you want something that looks like they have made an effort. But is far removed from the tails and cummerbunds of a very formal affair.
Now, with a boho wedding, something that you can really get your teeth stuck into is creating some truly quirky touches to make your day as fun and personalized as possible.
For example, try making dream catcher decorations yourself from old lace doilies fixed to embroidery hoops, with ribbons hanging from them.
Or how about giving your guests some serious pampering by putting together a paper gift bag of items for them to use on the day as it suggests in this article? You can even fill with things like flip flops so the women can change out of their high shoes for dancing. Or wraps to keep them warm in the evening. As well as fun stuff for boho theme picture like sparklers!
You will want some epic entertainment to get everyone on their feet and dancing that is also in keeping with the boho theme. So what about hiring a live band to give it that art-house sort of vibe? Or you could even include some cool carnival games for the guests to play, to keep everyone amused.
Ah Weddings! A wonderful thing, committing to spend the rest of your life with one person. A day to share your love with your family and friends, or perhaps not. There are loads of different ways to get married and not all of them need to cost you the earth. We’ve pulled together three different weddings shared by three very different couples that will hopefully inspire you when choosing your special day.
The Slight Hitch
Chris lived in Kabul, Afghanistan for 8 months of the year. Whilst Nancy was based in the south of England. The pair knew that they would need to plan their wedding around his breaks from Afghanistan. Except Chris had a pretty epic idea for his stag do. He wanted to ride home to the UK from Kabul on his motorbike. The only issue was the trip was going to be unpredictable when it came to timing. So the two decided not to tell anyone else what they were up to and to head to Gretna Green where they could be more flexible with dates. Chris made the 4000 mile journey on his motorbike for the charity Mission Motorsport. He was delayed by 2 weeks at the Caspian Sea and arrived in Dover 24 hours before they were due to get married. They jumped in a car and raced to Scotland. Got married. He returned to Kabul 3 days later. The couple said the wedding cost them the grand total of £600 (£300 being the Christian Louboutin shoes Nancy bought to go with a £40 dress) and Chris raised £40,000 for the charity.
The Home Stayers
Tom and Aisha both had a love for family and decided straight away that their family home was the perfect place to hold a very boho wedding. The whole event was staged in their garden with Aisha wearing a vintage wedding dress which was the inspiration used when designing Caroline Bramley. The guests sat on hay bales and the bride rode her beautiful white horse bareback down the aisle. All food was produced from their own customised vintage catering van. The couple said they spent less than £1000 on the whole wedding which was less than half what they spent on a month long honeymoon!
The Modern Couple
Ned and Pauline were based in Calgary, Canada. They knew that a lot of members of their family wouldn’t be able to travel from Europe to share in their special day. So instead of having guests, they nipped off on their work lunch break, to a stunning waterfall in the Rockies and set up a live feed for all their relatives at home. It was winter and Pauline wore a dress borrowed from her mother whilst Ned opted for jeans and a shirt. Both the bride and groom went back to work and spent their first night as a married couple at home doing exactly what they would normally do on a wednesday night. The wedding cost them $300 and they both said it was the best $300 they have ever spent.
Make your wedding completely unique for the two of you. Because it is your love that matters. That should come first.