We have said it before and will say it again, but styled shoots are some of our favorite submissions to share… and there’s a good reason for it! Styled shoots bring together some of the best wedding professionals around, and shine a light on their talents in a way that sometimes real wedding can’t… and this blush wedding inspiration from Nicole Weeks and C&A Event Planning shows us just that. Gorgeous stationery and calligraphy (from our favorite, Handmade Darling!), wild + lush florals, simple decor and a venue with the prettiest backdrop. This entire shoot feels like it could be a real wedding day, and is proof that sweet and simple is sometimes best!Read More
I've said it before, and will continue to sing their praises from the mountaintops, but styled shoots are some of my favorite features! Why? Because not only does a group of local friends get to come together with a common vision, and see it come to life... but also each wedding vendor gets to share their talents with the world. This Upstate New York modern bohemian wedding inspiration from Jenny Haury is both of those, and boy, is it gorgeous! From the incredible hand lettering of Handmade Darling and the curated vintage pieces from Pretty Little Vintage Co, to the stunning florals from Asherwood Florist, every detail is more gorgeous than the next! I'll be here dreaming of my next visit upstate... enjoy, friends!Read More
Some of our absolute favorite posts are when we get to introduce you to our Red Oak Vendor Guide Members, and today is certainly no exception. Friends, meet the insanely talented Rachel from Handmade Darling! We first saw Rachel's work when we from our incredible Bridal Blogger, Kristen, last year, and instantly fell in love! Rachel's talent is endless, and her Instagram feed is always full of the best impromptu lettering and quotes. Get to know her and the story behind her brand, below, and then head over to the Handmade Darling vendor page to see even more of her incredible work!Read More
The perfect ending to this week: a moody boho styled shoot in Upstate New York, from some of our very favorite vendors! Rachel from Handmade Darling, one of our newest Vendor Guide Members, and Jovial Photography sent over this incredible shoot at Pretty Little Vintage Co in Adams Center, NY, and we were immediately smitten. C & A Event Planning organized the best of Upstate New York's local wedding vendors for this styled shoot, and the result? Beautiful. From the bold fall palette and vintage decor, to the VW bus and incredible dessert table, there's inspiration at every turn. Go grab your coffee and get cozy, this one is SO good!Read More
Well friends, today is the day! We get to share the wedding we've been waiting all year for... our Blogger Bride, Kristen! When we first started looking for our very first Blogger Bride, Nicole reached out to us nominating Kristen, and she was literally the blogger bride dreams were made of. She loved weddings, had been dreaming of hers since she was a little girl, and most importantly, could not wait to marry the man of her dreams. Kristen's wedding was even more beautiful than we imagined it to be, and the joy she is radiating in every photo is proof that is truly was the best day of her life. Congratulations Kristen + Kevin! Cheers to a marriage as beautiful as your wedding day!Read More
The countdown is on! Our favorite bride-to-be, Kristen Henry, is getting married this summer, and we're honored to be sharing her incredibly gorgeous bridal shower today from Nicole DeTone! In April on the most beautiful day, Kristen celebrated with 100 of her closest family and friends. The entire day was full of surprises and thoughtful details, including a "bachelorette rose ceremony", and Kristen's mother's wedding dress on a mannequin. Her bridesmaids wore ivory as a way to honor them throughout the shower, and each table was named after a children's book that told part of Kristen + Kevin's story! If you ever thought a bridal shower couldn't be as beautiful as a wedding, than this shower will prove you wrong. With inspiration at every turn, this shower was the perfect sendoff for Kristen before she says "I do!".Read More
Our favorite bride-to-be is back sharing some wonderful advice for all of you getting ready to start planning your wedding day! Kristen and Kevin planned their party on the exact same weekend as their wedding, so that it felt like an actual trial run of their wedding day (so smart!). I won't ruin the surprise, but the intimate details and personal touches that Kristen added throughout their engagement party was pretty incredible, and the party itself was simply gorgeous. And thanks to the talented Nicole DeTone behind the camera, we have all the pretty to share with you today!
“If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.” –Love Actually
What comes before Part B? PartAY! I learned that motto from Lauren Conrad in the Laguna Beach days, but I learned like forever-ago that an engagement party is a wedding-prequel. Since this is the most special, magical time of your life, I encourage all newly-engaged couples to have an engagement party! It is so nice to kick off the wedding festivities with your favorite people who are over-the-moon happy to celebrate you and your fiancé. It is also the perfect opportunity for a bride-to-be to give wedding planning a practice-run!
Our backyard engagement party fell on the exact same weekend that our wedding will be next year. Coincidence? Absolutely not. As a teacher with a summer wedding, I wanted to test out how to manage my time between the end of the school year and the big day. I also wanted to see for myself what the weather would be like throughout the day! It’s a good idea when planning your engagement party to have a subtle theme which coordinates with your wedding. We have been sticking to a clean, crisp, all-white theme with a “splash” of rustic. Our wedding venue is on a lake so we brought in canoes and oars for some lake-side love! I even found a mini-canoe that I couldn’t pass up for the kiddie drinks. It’s a really smart idea to book your wedding trials for this day to see how your hair and make-up will look in photos. Which brings me to another point: book your wedding photographer for your party and have him/her come a half hour early for detail and couple shots! My photographer was amazing and created a modified wedding photography questionnaire for me to complete ahead of time. I also sent her a checklist of all the details I wanted captured before everyone arrived!
Knowing that many of our friends and family members would be meeting at our party, Kevin and I decided to have everyone wear name tags. I wish I could take credit for this amazing idea, but it goes to my family friend Mrs. Stip who did this at my bestie Sarah’s bridal shower! Kevin and I still agree that it was the best thing we could’ve done that day. On the name tags, each person also wrote their relation to the bride and groom. Of course as the drinks flowed, so did our guests’ creativity! By the end of the night, we had therapists, priests, ex-lovers, and the most hilarious memories floating around. It was the best ice-breaker for our super-happy group of framily who was eager to meet to begin with! Little wedding details have always held a special place in my heart so custom drink tags, monogrammed napkins, decorative straws, and specialty signs were a necessity!
My best planning tip: incorporate details that are YOU. You can start by making a list of things that sum you up as both individuals and a couple. Yes, Pinterest inspires me, but I like everything to be relative to Kevin and I. What do you and your fiancé do for a living? Where was your proposal? Where did you meet? What are your favorite things to do? Those make for perfect details to tie into your party! As a teacher, I knew I wanted to set up a “Kiddie Corner” to keep the kids happy and “engaged” (teacher humor!). Getting engaged in Cape Cod was of course our most special day so I created a “Where it all Began” station which had photos of our proposal, a map of Cape Cod, and Cape Cod chips! Kevin and I love our beer so we thought it was only appropriate to have “his” and “her” kegs. If it were up to me, a signature drink and a witty hashtag would be mandatory for all occasions! Kevin and I had so much fun finding our specialty drink. We gave it a creative name tied in with the “love” theme. Our “KC’s ‘Main Squeeze’ Strawberry Lemonade” was delicious and so refreshing for a day outside in July! We displayed our hashtag for our guests on a wooden ore and created a Snapchat filter (where your guests are, you need to be!). We also brought in our favorite Disney song and used it for our keg canoe sign: “Can’oe feel the love tonight?”. You have to let your personality shine through in all of your wedding festivities!
As picture-perfect as our engagement party was, it was a beautiful day because of the people who were there with us. Kevin and I love our families and friends more than anything and being able to watch them meet, laugh, and make memories was more than we could’ve ever wished for! Since we first got engaged, our parents have truly been wedding-planning angels and have been amazingly positive and supportive in our planning. We can’t thank them enough! Love most certainly was “all around” at our engagement party and for that Kevin and I feel very blessed!
photography: Nicole DeTone | Hand Lettering: Handmade Darling