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{Real Weddings} Brittany & Casey’s Movie Theater Merriment

Brittany and Casey’s beautiful wedding is full of personal details and meaningful DIY touches. The bride even took the time to fold a thousand paper cranes for their ceremony backdrop (seriously, this girl is amazing).

Read on for all the lovely details from the bride herself…

We love seeing great movies together and loved the idea of getting married in a movie theater. It had a great feel with the art work and it was located in the Heights, where we first moved in together. We tried to play off the movie theme with the decorations and made this into a total DIY wedding! I bought and made my own flower jars for the tables. I made my bridal bouquet when I had found I couldn’t get the peonies I had ordered in time.

On etsy people sell bouquets made out of antique brooches. I decided to make one by going to forever 21 and buying bracelets and taking them apart, rings, pins,etc. I also found a cute fingerprint guestbooks on etsy. With the movie theme, I decided to go with the Up (movie) house with the fingers being the balloons. I bought a frame at Michael’s and I drew the house myself on paper with fine tip markers and got finger paint and picture holder stands from Michael’s.

The biggest project? I folded a thousand paper cranes for our ceremony backdrop. I had heard of the idea before and absolutely fell in love with it. I bought a huge stack of 12″ by 12″ paper from Michael’s and cut each page into four 6″ by 6″ squares and folded each into a crane, and then strung them together using beads, fishing string and a needle… It took several months! My awesome friends hung them on the alter before the wedding. The art inside this place was incredible and was a total compliment to our theme and creative personalities.

Thanks for sharing, Brittany!

Photographer: Mustard Seed Photography / Hair Stylist: Visible Changes / Caterer: Coode Co. BBQ / Floral Designer: Fannin Flowers / Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas / Dress Designer: Mori Lee / Cake Designer: Who Made the Cake / Shoes: Kenneth Cole / Transportation: Monarch Limousines / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Al’s Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal / Veils and headpieces: Nordstroms / Event Venue: Heights Theatre Venue & Art Gallery

{Real Weddings} Victor & Pilar’s Day After

I’m not always the biggest fan of “trash the dress,” but this session has me begging for more.  Miguel Varona took these gorgeous shots of Victor and Pilar the day after their wedding in Valencia, Spain.  They were shot entirely on film (be still my heart) on Malvarosa beach and in the surrounding area… and with such a beautiful place and such a beautiful couple, really, how can you go wrong?

Photographer: Miguel Varona

Mandy & Dominic’s Miami Engagements

I have to admit, I have a huge soft spot for engagement shots.  There’s just nothing better than a couple in love and in their element… no fancy dress, no tux, just two people in love.  It makes me melt every time.  Sometimes even more (dare I say) than the wedding shots themselves.

From the photographer

When we asked Mandy and Dominic how they met, the two of them looked at each other and giggled. Apparently Dominic had a plan from the beginning to win Mandy’s heart, but Mandy only saw him as a friend. After a while of Dominic taking Mandy to dinner and a movie as a friend and as he described it, “slowly working his way into her heart”, Mandy said she realized she was head over heels in love with him. Since then they’ve been inseparable and are currently planning their November 2012 wedding at the Ron W. Shane Center in Miami Beach. Mandy and Dominic wanted their engagement session to reflect their laid-back personalities and pay homage to their backgrounds. They chose the beautiful backdrop of the Deering Estate at Cutler in the heart of Miami. Photographing Mandy and Dominic was like following the couple on a romantic date, complete with champagne and a blanket to watch the ocean on. To represent their hometowns, each of them brought their favorite beer to toast with. Dominic chose Red Stripe to represent his family’s Jamaican heritage and Mandy chose Oberon beer to represent her home state of Michigan. We’re looking forward to their wedding day in November!

Photographer: Rubber Boots Photography / Event Venue: Deering Estate

{Real Weddings} Amos & Justine’s Vancouver Bash

I heart this wedding and this adorable couple.  From the colorful bridesmaids dresses and matching groomsmen’s socks to the gorgeous flowers and personal touches, Justine and Amos’ day looks like so much fun!

From the photographer:

Justine and Amos met when they both worked at the same law firm for a couple of years. Justine says, “Our firm had a Breakfast Club every Friday morning and Amos and I would often end up arriving before our co-workers. That is where I got to know him and his humour, good nature and blue eyes.” Amos said he is attracted to how sweetly outspoken Justine is, “she says what is on her mind and calls a spade a spade.” This is how you know you have found an amazing guy, Justine moved into Amos’s neighbourhood and before she got cable, Amos kindly invited her over to watch The Hills at his house so she wouldn’t have to miss any episodes. {Sorry ladies Amos is now married!!}

After a tricky week of on and off rain, the wedding day was here and so was the sunshine and almost summer like temperatures. It was a day that went so fast, Justine looked stunning and Amos looked so GQ. Their wedding party was FAN-TAS-TIC. I think one of the things I loved were the girls being able to choose their dresses and the colour of their dresses, then the guys matched their socks to the girls dresses. LOVE. Justine created a lot of the details at the reception herself which I love when a couple puts their own personal touch on their wedding. It truly was an amazing day.

Photographer: Daydream Weddings / Event Planner: Down the Aisle / Floral Designer: Celsia Florest / Dress Store: Frocks, J. Crew / Ceremony Location: Burnaby Village Museum / Jewelry: Twigs & Honey / Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Harry Rosen / Restaurant: Boneta

A Little Inspiration: Hi-Fi Hues

Table Setting / Throw / Concert Poster Invite / Bridal Inspiration / CD Programs / Flowers

Today’s inspiration board isn’t just filled with gorgeous bright hues, perfect for any season, it also contains some of the best musical inspiration I’ve seen.  A concert poster as an invite, a program that imitates a CD with “all you need is love” printed on the front and a mock playlist on the back.  Take that and mix it with a little vintage romance… the combination is sheer perfection.

Have You Heard About Entwined 2012?

If you haven’t entered this awesome giveaway… you’re in for a real treat.  This December (entries are due by October 15th) Entwined 2012 will give one lucky couple the wedding of their dreams… and not just a few elements.  The group — including Country Sugar Events and Anne Marie Photography, among many many others — will provide a venue, full planning and design services, a live band, and every other thing you could possibly imagine… for a value of over $75k.

They’ve put together an unreal list of vendors, and judging by this inspiration shoot (one of two, if you’re more into glam… check this out, you’ll love) the event will be nothing short of amazing.

Entries must be postmarked no later than October 15, 2011 (that’s this Saturday, in case you’re wondering) so hurry on over to their site and get your entry in today.

Photographer: Anne Marie Photography / Caterer: Sullivan Street Caterers / Event Designer: Country Sugar Events / Floral Designer: Statue of Design / Invitation Designer: Lilly & Louise / Event Venue: The Studio at Fischer

A Little More Carnival-Themed Inspiration

I thought I’d run with the earlier inspiration shoot and share a few more carnival-themed bits from around the web… there are so many great ideas out there for gorgeous carnival-themed events! I blame Reese Witherspoon for looking so unbelievably fabulous in all those promo shots for Water for Elephants. Granted, that was the circus… but (at least in my mind) there’s a lot of overlap there.

… I may have also just (finally) seen the movie.

Carnival Engagement Shots / Carnival Print / Carnival Poms / Carnival Ticket Invitation / Cotton Candy Martini / Lollipop Pic

Carnival Inspiration Shoot

The Great Frederick Fair just recently left town and I’m already in mourning… it’s a little known fact that I spent a week out of nearly every summer of my childhood at the Coos County Fair as a proud 4-H’er and later, a rodeo queen (oh ya… that’s right).  To this day, nothing quite spells summer like the fair.  Caramel apples, kettle corn, scones (or elephant ears, whatevs), and those spinning rides I still don’t know how I stood as a kid.  The thought makes me so nostalgic.  It’s easy to see how someone might want to draw on some of that same nostalgia for their wedding… or maybe even their engagement party?  There is so much fun to be had!

Thank you so much to Eventity Inc and Iliana Morton Photography for sharing this fun shoot!

Photographer: Iliana Morton Photography / Event Planner: Eventity Inc / Floral Designer: Sweet Pea Flower Company / Invitation Designer: Nic. Roc. Designs / Cake Designer: Hey there, Cupcake! / Equipment Rentals: Raphael’s Party Rentals / Other: Old Poway Park

{Real Weddings} Briean & Casey’s Hurricane Party

Remember that little hurricane we had here in DC? And how I joked about having a hurricane party? Well Briean and Casey really did! And along the way they managed to prove just how amazing your wedding can be when you roll with whatever the day may bring.

The couple were unlucky in weather, but they and their amazing photographer, Lisa Boggs, embraced the day and ended up with something so special I almost find myself wishing for rain!

Lisa was sweet enough to share a few words about the day. I just love that she was so on board for anything. Briean and Casey were lucky to have such an awesome photographer:

I remember the leadup to Hurricane Irene here in DC. Every concert was cancelled, there were long lines for sandbags… was it hard to make the decision to go forward?

For me, it wasn’t a difficult decision. I had already done a walk-through with Briean (the bride) at National Harbor the week prior to the hurricane craziness, and we had actually scoped out some indoor locations that I thought would make for great photographs even if it was sunny outside. I was really confident leading up to the wedding even though I knew a hurricane was now going to be part of the picture! Don’t get me wrong, part of me was definitely nervous because I had never photographed in those kind of conditions, but at the same time, it was something new and exciting that I liked. The only way I would not have photographed this wedding is if National Harbor had called it off, thus having Briean and Casey call it off.

What technical issues did you run into while shooting in a hurricane, and how did you overcome them?

Other than rain getting on my lens and manipulating some of the photos, I really didn’t run into technical issues! My husband, Mike (my second shooter), was my designated umbrella-holder for the outdoor shots. He was also the napkin-retriever for when we had to wipe all the equipment down. Luckily, we dried everything off immediately after the outdoor photographs and everything worked perfectly for the rest of the night!

What else did the storm throw off in your usual workflow? Any fun surprises?

The one photograph I had planned prior to the wedding day was a shot of Briean and Casey out on the Sunset Room deck overlooking the harbor. At 9:30 pm on Saturdays during the summer, the Gaylord National Harbor has a firework show, and I knew I wanted to get a really stunning photo of the two of them in front of that scene. Well, obviously the firework show was cancelled that night and it sort of crushed my dream of that photo. However, throughout the reception that night, I was noticing how cool the rain on the floor-to-ceiling windows of the Sunset Room looked. Especially with the lights coming in from other buildings, the beading of that rain just looked really cool. It was right then that my new concept for their night shot was born! So, doing exactly what I was going to do for their firework shot, I set them up in front of a window and fired away. I honestly could not be more happy with the way that photo turned out. It was definitely my favorite surprise of the evening, and I really think I like it more than what I had in my head for the firework photo! It doesn’t get any better than that!

Would you change a thing?

Absolutely not. I can’t emphasize enough how fun this wedding was, even in a hurricane. Briean, Casey, their family and friends all had the most upbeat attitude about the entire occasion. Everyone pulled together to make this wedding the most beautiful, memorable occasion ever, and I can’t thank them enough for having me be a part of it!

This whole wedding just goes to show that this is one of the most amazing days of your life, and it will stay that way no matter what obstacles might arise… so enjoy it to the fullest! And maybe in the end you’ll even come to appreciate those obstacles.

Thanks Lisa for sharing these amazing shots!

Photographer: Lisa Boggs Photography / Church: St. Joseph Parish / Reception: The Sunset Room at National Harbor / Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca / Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Groom & Groomsmen Suits: JoS. A. Bank / Hair: Maude Hair / Makeup: Brush Strokes Salon / Florist: Total Wedding Kama / Caterer: Purple Onion Catering Co. / Videographer: Visual Sketch / DJ: DJ Blazin Hot

Coming Up With Colors

Oh, Pinterest, let me count the ways… I know that nearly everyone is obsessed with you at this point and I’m no exception.  I keep coming up with new and exciting ways to use my boards, and I couldn’t be happier about the latest.

The thing is, I’m kind of an analytical person.

I don’t like to admit this, but much to my dismay, pretty much anyone who knows me will list it as one of my top three traits.  Ultimately, it’s a good thing… I’m organized, clean, I make lists… I’m a pretty good nuke wonk.  I really don’t mind.

… but when it comes to things like planning out colors, sometimes I have a hard time envisioning it all in my head… the calculations and logical estimations take over and I’m left with a whole lot of doubt.

Inspiration boards are amazing for this (one reason I love making them so much!) but for some reason, in this case, I just didn’t feel like one inspiration board was enough… or two or three… my vision just wasn’t coming through the way I wanted.

Enter Pinterest.

I just love that I’m able to pin anything I come across that fits within my (kind of odd) color scheme.  You don’t see the combination of coral, jade, aqua, and yellow a lot… so it really helps to be able to mash a bunch of pictures together and see what comes out.

It also helps to have the ability to keep adding.  One thing that this board has really helped me to do is refine the shade of my colors.  Early in my board I pinned a lot of lemony yellows, but I’m moving now to more of a mustard… hoping to tailor the colors a little more to fall.  Since my board can constantly change and evolve, I’m able to see how well that works!