From your something borrowed and something old, there are lots of family heirlooms to incorporate into your wedding day. But if you are like most brides, you want a keepsake from your day to cherish and share with your loved ones and one day pass on to your offspring. These treasured items hold memories of a sacred moment in time that can’t be replaced. Here are a few items to hold on to long after ‘I do.’
Writing your own vows is becoming an increasingly popular trend. And for good reason. Focusing more attention on your vows and why you are getting married rather than fussing over the bridesmaids dress colors will serve you better in the long run. Next visit 10 Tips on Writing Your Own Vows.
You may not want to wear your mother’s or grandmothers wedding dress on your wedding day. But you can still bring a piece this family heirloom with you down the aisle. Try cutting off a sleeve from their dress and using it as a wrap from your bridal bouquet. Chances are a vintage gown has beautiful beads and lace that will look stunning and thoughtful wrapped around your bridal bouquet. The best part? This wrap can be reused by passing down generation after generation.
This is one of my favorite ideas. What better way of passing traditions down than recreating family wedding photos. Pose as your loved ones, have the same expressions as your loved ones, recreate the magic from your parents or grandparents wedding album. There is no greater gift back to your parents.
Guest books have come a long way from just a book full of signatures. Today guest books extend to things couples will use long after ‘I do.’ Think decor items for the home that are meaningful for the couple. From a bench made by the groom, to a hanging anchor, globe or horse shoe. There are many ways to cherish your guests signatures.
When you have a great team of vendors behind you, your vision can come to life. That was the case for this romantic chic barn wedding! From the nude bridesmaids dresses, ivory and greenery bouquets and barnyard setting, this wedding is the came together beautifully with every last detail. If you follow along on my Instagram you know I love sharing bride’s advice with other bride’s. Catch this bride’s vice for all bride-to-be’s below!
From the bride..
Mark and I got married on August 6th, 2016 in Colorado. When planning our wedding, we knew wanted an intimate wedding that truly captured us as a couple. The overall vision we had was a romantic chic barn wedding. The Barn At Raccoon Creek in Littleton CO did an amazing job on creating a venue that provided couples with a modern rustic barn retreat that felt intimate and romantic. From the bridal suite with a gorgeous vintage feel and natural light allowing the bride and bridesmaids a comfortable place to doll up and drink mimosas to the manly groomsmen loft with a cowhide rug and fooseball table, it truly made the setting a memorable one for ourselves and our bridal party.
Our ceremony took place outdoors in the courtyard in front of the mountain front range. The rustic wooden arch was dressed with natural blooms, garland, spray roses and dahlias. We have always bonded over the mountains so reading our personal vows to one another overlooking the Rocky Mountains was truly a special moment we shared together. Our guests kept themselves cool with our personal ivory and gold fans as they listened to the violinist perform songs from the classical Cannon in D to The Lumineers & The Beetles. Our longtime friend of 13 years officiated the ceremony. During cocktail hour, our guests enjoyed lawn games, a bruschetta bar and drinks.
The reception was held in the beautiful statement red barn, the natural wood, rustic bar and romantic lighting set the mood for the night. Milk glass vases held the bridesmaids dahlia bouquets. Each bridal party member had their own personalized gold drink stirrer that consisted of their names and also made for a great favor! Our sweetheart table had a touch of glam with a rose gold sequence table cloth and a freestanding “Table for Two” sign. We used a natural color scheme of champagne, blush tones, gold and emerald. The tables were accented with silver dollar eucalyptus, garland, dahlias, roses and candles. The bridesmaid wore different shades of neutral consisting of different textures like lace and poly chiffon. I gave them the option of choosing their own style as it fit their personality best which I loved. During our reception, a beautiful rainbow appeared over our cocktail hour. It was a beautiful symbol of our day.
The best piece of advice I can give to future brides is, appreciate each moment, even the unexpected ones. Take the time to breathe everything in. We decided to take a peak at our reception before any guests were allowed in, it was so special. The best moment of our day had to be our first look. It was a moment to appreciate one another by ourselves and it was truly the best moment of my life.
Deciding on the perfect invitation suite for your wedding is key to setting the vision for your big day. But if you think you can bypass the Save the Dates and head straight for the invitation, think again. Save the Dates play an essential role in prepping your guests for your wedding. Here are reasons why you should order them for your wedding.
GIVES GUESTS PREP TIME
Perhaps the must important reason to add the Save the Date to your invitation suite is that it shares the date with all of your guests. Unlike the invitation which should arrive in guests mailboxes 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding, the Save the Date should arrive six months prior to the affair. This gives them time to prepare and plan out the rest of their summer, for example. If they want to take a trip to Greece over the summer, now they can arrange their trip around your big day. It also give them time to plan travel to your wedding destination.
SETS THE VISION FOR YOUR DAY
Every bride should have a vision for their big day. The Save the Date is the first sneak peak into the vision of your day. Your colors, fonts, dress code, theme; these all help provide an inkling into what type of wedding you are having. If you are branding your wedding from the beginning starting with the Save the Date all the way to the end with the Thank you card, everything should be consistent if you want to have cohesive event.
SHARE YOUR WEDDING WEBSITE
A Save the Date card is pretty simple. It simply shares your date, location and gives you a chance to show off those adorable engagement photos you took. If you are creating a wedding website this should also be shared on the Save the Date card. The wedding website is a place where all your guests can go for updates on your wedding (and will save you a lot of phone calls and emails!). Your wedding website is the go-to- place where they can get information on accommodation options, an opportunity to share your love story, the bridal party, all the wedding weekend events, details about the venues, travel recommendations and your registry.
Any bride who’s ready to take the all pink wedding design plunge, take note from this bride. Her vision was to have a cohesive wedding from beginning to end, so sticking true to that simple yet wildly elegant palette felt like a perfect fit. And these shoes didn’t hurt either! She had amazing vendors come on board to pull this off, and it was no doubt a celebration to remember.
Sometimes there are engagements sessions that come across my desk that are oh-so-right. There are pretty engagement sessions, romantic ones and ones that hit it out of the park. This one was a happy accident captured so beautify by Steve Stanton Photography. The bride, Courtney Davis, actress and comedian is a friend of mine and I had the honor of being their for her ‘say yes to the dress moment.’ Read on to hear about about how this day came to be and her advice for other brides!
From the bride…
So our photographer was a maniac in the best possible way, he had us climb to the highest peak in Colorado (before he knew I was afraid of heights). Once we got there I refused to walk on the mountain and look at the view. I was crawling and praying he would just get a shot and we could leave..but then all the sudden my fiancé started making me feel really safe and our photographer was so sweet and encouraging..I felt like I was on an episode of the bachelor!! Now I know those girls aren’t lying that “challenges make you closer.”
It is so important to have a photographer you feel comfortable around. Steve just let us do our thing and totally had us run the show. It was like he was just following us around on our day. My fiancé hated the idea of “engagement pictures” at first, he said it was so “un-him” then once the camera turned on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight. I couldn’t turn this guy OFF. Guys don’t know what they want until you show them..that’s why they love us.