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Been there, seen that—yep, even that. When it comes to wedding portraits, we love a good eyes-closed-and-kissing shot as much as the next person, but we also love a twosome willing to get a bit creative with how they pose. Need some inspiration for your own pictures? Look no further than these 14 examples.
1. Flowers over Face
Photo by Bryan and Mae
Because the groom is just an accessory anyways, right? (Kidding, kidding)
2. Dance Off
Photo by Kelly Stonelake
Break it downnnnn.
3. The Signage Speaks for Itself
Photo by J. Wiley Photography
In case anyone is confused about who is who.
5. Let Your Hands Do the Talking
Photo by Josselyn Peterson
That pic on the right would actually make a super cute "We're Engaged!" Instagram, don't ya think?
6. Standin' on the Dock of the Bay
Photo by Paper Antler
Very artistic, very beautiful
7. Gool Ol' Amersand
Photos by Lili Durkin Photography and Catherine Ann Photography
Not exactly a new wedding trend, but we love the way these couples let the symbol take the forefront and speak for their togetherness.
8. Laying Down
Photo by Unique Design Studios
Sounds a little iffy in concept, but how beautifully did this portrait turn out?
9. Hide In Balloons
Photos by Mike Arick Photography and Bryan and Mae
Having trouble with a natural smile? This from-childhood prop should bring it of ya! (And, if all else fails, you can always hide behind them.)
10. Umbrella Time
Photo by Jennifer Longaway Photography
Speaking of hiding: We adore the private kiss happening behind those parasols. Too cute!
11. Do's & Don'ts
Photo by Maria Mack
Steal a smooch while reading up on how to keep your spouse happy. (Get your own copy of these books here and here.)
12. Landmark Moment
Photo by Gerber & Scarpelli
Try being a tiny, tiny part of one spectacular background.
13. The Notebook Moment
Photo by Allyson Magda
If you're a bird, I'm a bird.
14. At the End of the Night
Photo by Kyle Hale
Sparkler exits are great and all, but how about returning to the emptied-out reception space for one final moment together?
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Photo by Jack Looney Photography
For some couples, choosing a first dance song is super-easy. Maybe you have a song you danced to in high school or a tune you always blast in the car. But for other couples, choosing a first dance song can be a little more complicated. So we looked at our recent real weddings on Project Wedding to see which songs were resonating with couples to provide some inspiration.“Better Together” by Jack Johnson “Close Your Eyes” by Michael Buble “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne “Hey Pretty Girl” by Kip Moore “All of Me” by John Legend “Marry Me” by Train “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Ingrid Michaelson “Then” by Brad Paisley “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young “At Last” by Etta James “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran “The Book of Love” by Magnetic Fields “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan (Adele cover) “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
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Due in part to their versatility, tree slices have become popular among brides wishing to bring an organic flare to their wedding decor. Here are our 10 favorite ways to style them!
1. Charger Plates
Photo by Laura Murray Photography
Tree slab chargers are a great way to bring texture to a rustic tablescape.
2. Serving Platters
Photo by Clarence Chan Photography
Have your cateres pass cocktails and hors d'oeuvres on these makeshift trays.
3. Guest Book Alternative
Photo by Vallentyne Photography
Instead of a traditional guest book, have friends and family jot notes on a large wooden slab you can display as artwork in your home.
Photo by Wren Photography
Carve script into smaller slices for festive signs.
5. Tea Light Votives
Photo by Your Story by Jeremy
Use these romantic, woodsy votives to accent your reception tables or give them to guests as favors!
6. Ring Pillow
Photo by Christa Elyce Photography
What a clever detail for a countryside ceremony!
7. Lounge Tables
Photo by Coco Tran Photography
Add a natural touch to your cocktail lounge with tree stump ottomans.
8. Centerpiece Pedestals
Photo by Julie Cate Photography
Prop your centerpieces on stacked tree slices for a little more impact.
9. Makeshift Lanterns
Photo by Laurelyn Savannah Photography
Create romantic, glowing centerpieces from hollowed-out tree slices.
10. Cake Stand
Photo by Shaun & Skyla Walton
For a rustic dessert display, serve your wedding cake, cupcakes, and other treats on tiers of bark.
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By: Mary SwensonThat of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it! Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom. Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container. Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy. Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint. Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table. Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card. Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail. Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day! (photos by Mary Swenson)
Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson Flowers can end up being a huge part of a wedding budget, but luckily there are easy ways to create beautiful arrangements on your own without a big expense. If you're thinking about tackling the flowers for your day yourself, we've come up with three types of arrangements that will make this an easy feat. The simplest, can't-go-wrong type of arrangement is to fill your container with only one color of one type of flower. Flowers en masse - whether they be hydrangeas, roses, or tulips (like we show here) - are a sophisticated look that you just can't go wrong with. The best part? Not only is this strategy the easiest way to arrange flowers, but it also means that you can use inexpensive flowers and still have a stunning centerpiece. With our tulips, we left most of the leaf on each stem, which helped this arrangement look lush and casual, and allowed us to buy fewer tulips to fill the container. For a more formal, modern look, you can strip all of the leaves off your flower's stem and bunch them together tightly. Another simple arrangement is one that consists of different colors of one type of flower. The color variations will add visual interest to your table, but the use of only one type of flower still keeps the look cohesive and clean. For our arrangement, we used dahilas in complimentary hues, and we spread the different colors out so that they were balanced among the arrangement. The third option is to use different types of flowers in the same color to create an interesting yet put-together arrangement that will rival what any florist could do! With this look, it's important to make sure most of the leaves are removed from the flower stems, and that the flowers are bunched together tightly. This will help your arrangement to look neat and professional. Also, make sure to spread out the different types of flowers throughout the arrangement - using floral foam inside your container will help with this. No matter what type of arrangement you go with, keeping it simple is the best way to go if you're thinking about doing the flowers for your event. They'll look beautiful!
Photos By: ohhappyday.com This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor. We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend. Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is. Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape. Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs. Happy Celebrating!
Photo: KT Merry
Since your aisle is the focal point of your ceremony decor, dressing it up a bit will go a long way to achieve a gorgeous overall look. Here are ten creative ways to decorate your ceremony aisle.
Photos (from left): Lane Dittoe, Rylee Hitchner
Drape garland from chair to chair or let it wind down either side of the aisle.
Photos (from left): Abi Q Photography, Leila Brewster
Lanterns are a popular aisle decor choice and come in an endless variety of styles, from preppy and nautical to romantic and shabby chic.
Photos (from left): Jodi Miller, Ryan Ray
Pom poms are a cute, colorful way to decorate your aisle, whether you string them along either side or scatter them down the center. You might even consider having your flower girl toss pom poms instead of flower petals!
Photos: KT Merry
Add a little extra sparkle and glamour to an indoor ceremony by sprinkling sequins or glitter along the aisle.
Photos (from left): JAC Photography, Meg Perotti
Rocks are a unique, eco-friendly option for lining your path.
Photo: Christa Elyce Photography
There's nothing more classically romantic than soft, flickering candlelight.
Photos: KT Merry
We love the look of these densely packed, color-blocked petals!
Photos (from left): XOXO Bride, Jose Villa
Roll one long runner down the aisle, or lay several rugs in succession.
Photos: Toast! Event Planning and Design
Big, fluffy crepe paper globes are a fun, pretty, do it yourself alternative to floral pomaders.
For more inspiration on decking out your aisles, be sure to check out our Ceremony Decor board or head over to our Flowers Editor's Floral Aisle Markers board!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Make store bought meringues feel like custom treats for guests, with this simple watercolor-inspired DIY. They may look like tiny pieces of art, but they are also completely edible (and delicious). Since this project uses gel food coloring, they're 100% safe to eat. Materials: Meringues Gel Food Coloring (assorted colors) Small Paint Brush (cake decorating brushes work great) Water Small bowl Paper Towels
How-To:1. Using a paint brush or toothpick, grab a small amount of gel food coloring (a little goes a long way) and place in a bowl. 2. Next, add water and stir. 3. To create color blocked watercolor meringues, simply dunk the meringue into the food coloring mixture quickly and remove. Set on a paper towel to dry. 4. To create a painted pinwheel, dip a paint brush into the food coloring and use as you would any other paint. Set on a paper towel and let dry. 5. Place into small bags or decorative boxes. Showcase the finished meringues on a dessert table or wrap them up to give as takeaways for guests. They make great favors!
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have Autumn on our minds. Here are 10 gorgeous fall floral arrangements guaranteed to inspire those September-November brides.
Photo by Stewart Leishman
This bouquet wows us with a contrast of soft pink roses and calla lilies against deep red dahlias and amaranthus, with golden coxcomb and hypericum berries mixed in for texture.
Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz
Feminine meets rustic with this unique blend of traditional peach and salmon garden roses and earthy elements like scabiosa pods, rust red oak leaves, and cascading berries.
Photo by Live View Studios
This festive fall bouquet features honey colored hydrangeas, dried wheat grass, preserved eucalyptus, bittersweet berries, and pepper berries.
Photo courtesy of Alicia Jayne Florals
Our top pick for a fall color palette? Shades of bold grape and soft, dusty mauve. Alicia Jayne Florals nails it with this bouquet of stock, parrot tulips, and roses.
Photo by Christina McNeill
If you're going for a sweet, whimsical aesethetic, this bouquet of fluffy dinner plate dahlias and blushing bride protea is a sure winner.
Photo by Katie Osgood
This bouquet has some serious personality with anemone and chocolate cosmo accents and a single "Festiva Maxima" peony taking center stage up front.
Photo by Frenzel Photographers
Create the perfect caramel palette using waxflower, dark gold cymbidium orchids, orange mokara orchids, pheasant feathers, hypericum berries, auburn leaves, and cascading millet.
Photo by Feather & Twine
Antique roses are a must-have for a fall vintage style wedding. Combine them with peach David Austin Juliet garden roses, ivory ranunculus, and disty miller for a soft, old world look.
Photo by Jodi Miller
This hand-tied bouquet of burgundy dahlias, pink roses, green hydrangeas, and two-tone chrysanthemums would be a perfect pick for a fall barn wedding.
Photo courtesy of Liz Rusnac Floral Design
Get pretty in plum with an arrangement of roses, ranunculus, heather, and riceflower.
For more fall floral inspiration, don't miss our Fall Bouquets and Fall Centerpieces boards!
Top off a wow-worthy tablescape with these creative table number ideas!
Photo by Joielala Photo
Stick vinyl numerals onto colorful geo rock slabs for a hint of bohemian glamour.
Photo by Flora + Fauna Photography
Mix things up with cutout cardstock!
Photo by Loft Photographie
Paint numbers onto bright, patterned tiles.
Photo by Catherine Mac Photography
Make a statement with wooden lasercut signs.
Photo by BrancoPrata Photography
Add a touch of vintage style with numbered bell jars.
Photo by Flora + Fauna Photography
Paint numbers onto pretty antique salad plates.
Photo Courtesy of Foglio Press
Channel modern glamour with lucite and glitter.
Photo by Joielala Photo
Incorporate a pop of pattern with a painted canvas.
Photo by Julia Wade Photography
Give your tablescapes a whimsical touch with fun flag table numbers.
Photo Courtesy of A Good Affair Wedding and Event Production
Make a scholarly statement with repurposed hardback books.
Photo by Flora + Fauna Photography
Paint table numbers onto carafes for a relaxed, eco-friendly feel.
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