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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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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!
Hooray! It's the morning of your wedding (and you've probably started hair and makeup at 7 a.m.) but that's what it takes to look absolutely picture perfect before you walk down the aisle to meet your handsome husband. Just as your photographer arrives, make sure he/she gets a few of these snapshots in the making:
1. Patterned Robes - Gift your bridesmaids floral patterned robes, oversized monogrammed button-up shirts, or rhinestone tank tops and shorts to wear. Get more outfit ideas here.
Photo: Andi Mans Photography
2. Curlers In, Eyelashes Out - There's nothing better than being pampered, right? That should definitely be worth smiling over.
Photo: LeAnna Theresa Photography
3. Sharing an Intimate Moment With Your MOH - Reminscence of the good times with your maid of honor on the couch with a comfy blanket.
Photo: Katelyn James
4. Reading a Love Letter While Sipping Champagne - You'll need at least one libation to relax those nervous jitters.
Photos (from left to right): Rachel Marie Photographie and Clary Photo
5. Opening a Gift - OMG, it's a _______!
Photo: Katelyn James
6. Zipped or Buttoned Up by Bridesmaids - Whether it's just one, two, or maybe three helping hands, it takes a lot of work.
Photos (from left to right): Katelyn James
7. Or Zipped or Buttoned Up by Mom - Let the woman who loved you first do the honor.
Photo: Kristina Cipolla Photography
8. First Reactions - Obviously, there won't be a dry eye around. Be prepared to have tissues.
Photo: Katelyn James
9. Standing in the Mirror - Don't hesitate to check yourself out from head to toe.
Photos (from left to right): Kurt Boomer Photo and iZO Photography
10. Putting On Your Shoes - Last but not least, the final touch.
Photos (from left to right): Joshua McDonald Photography and Sequins and Candy
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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Celebrating your wedding day without a family member or friend who has passed on can feel bittersweet, but there are several ways to make sure his or her presence is felt throughout the day. Here are a few ideas.
Include His or Her Photo in Your Bouquet
A locket or pendant featuring a photo of a loved one can make a unique and lovely addition to your floral arrangement.
Photo by Clary Pfeiffer Photography
Carry an Heirloom
Whether it’s a handkerchief or a religious element like a rosary or Bible, you can carry a special possession that belonged to your late family member or friend as you walk down the aisle.
Photos by Erin Leigh and onelove photography
Heirloom rings provide a memory that you’ll wear every day.
Photo by Emily Alt Photography
Wear Jewelry and Accessories
From necklaces to brooches, veils to hair combs, there are lots of ways to incorporate heirloom accessories into your wedding-day look.
Photo by J. Masciana Photography
Add a Note to the Programs
Honor loved ones by including their names and a special message in your ceremony programs.
Photo by Crystal Satriano Photography
Save a Seat
Reserve a seat at the ceremony and place your family member or friend’s favorite flower on the chair as you walk down the aisle.
Photo by Caroline + Ben Photography
Play Special Music
Whether it’s walking down the aisle to his or her favorite song or playing a beloved tune during the reception, appropriate music can be a subtle but poignant reminder of your family member or friend.
Photo by The Nichols
Share photos of your loved ones (perhaps alongside candles) during the reception.
Photo by Arte de Vie
Make a Donation
In lieu of or in addition to favors, you may wish to make a donation to a cause that was meaningful to your family member or friend.
Photo by Kate Harrison Photography
Add Vintage Décor
If appropriate, you can utilize your loved ones’ favorite items in your wedding reception décor. We love how this bride used her grandfather’s film projector, among other items.
Photo by Marie Skerl Photography
Share a Favorite Hobby or Activity
If you and your grandmother loved to bake cookies together, why not serve her famous recipe as favors? Another idea from a real wedding: This bride shared her late father’s favorite cigars with her guests.
Photo by Michael Moss
Looking for more sentimental touches to add to your wedding day? Check out this inspiration board full of great ideas!
This inexpensive material is more versatile than you think.
By: Sarah Zlotnick
1. Ring Pillow
A simple, rustic way for the ring bearer to present the rings. View this rustic country wedding.
2. Centerpiece Cover
Save on renting vases and other flower vessels by using old tins and covering them in burlap instead. View this yellow garden wedding.
3. Silverware Holder
A simple burlap packet holds the silverware for Heather and David's charming Annapolis nuptials.
4. Bouquet Wrap
A strip of sturdy burlap will hold all your flowers in place—and look sweet while doing it! View this rustic whimsical California wedding.
5. Favor Bags
You could hide any kind of sweet treat in one of these adorable burlap sacks. View this fun fall wedding.
We love this simple wedding sign. View this Texas ranch wedding.
7. Candle Accent
A mossy green candle collection gets a little texture from a simple burlap wrap. View this country chic wedding.
8. Table Number
Such a sweetly country table marker. Burlap wine bag table numbers, $150 for 10 at Lil Missi Etsy Shop.
9. Table Runner
Thinking about using a burlap table runner? Be sure to strech and distress the fabric a bit before you lay it down. This creates dimension by allowing some of your tablecloth color to peek through. It also gives the fabric a little more grip.
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Photos By: Mary SwensonCandles are that one favor you know your guests will use, and they're easier to make than you may think! Forget special candle-making equipment -- microwaveable soy wax is easy to use, and add a package of candle wicking (both available at craft stores) and you're ready to get started! Begin by choosing an interesting container for your candle: vintage tins, miniature clay pots, and teacups all make lovely and unique statements, and are easy to coordinate with your event. For our project, we used inexpensive cobalt blue jars found on eBay. First, we cut the wicking to fit the depth of our container. To keep the wick straight, we tied the top loosely around a wooden stick long enough so that it was able to rest on top of the jar, and then centered the wick over the jar. We put the soy wax flakes in a microwave-safe container with a spout (which makes it easier to control the wax when we're ready to pour it into our jars) and melted the wax according to the package instructions. You can personalize your candle's fragrance with a huge variety of fragrance oils, or leave them unscented. We added a few drops of lavender oil to our hot, melted wax, carefully poured it into the jars, and let them sit undisturbed until completely cooled and solid. While the candles cooled, we prepped the packaging for our candles. We made simple gift tags and cut sprigs of dried lavender to tie around each jar. The finished product: fragrant soy candles, personalized for each guest! Use each candle as a place setting, or display them all together on a favor table. Your guests will love them! Photos By: Mary Swenson
Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotography By: Pictilio This 3-D heart bunting is pretty and a great project to incorporate some handmade charm into your wedding. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor. For a bunting of good length, purchase a heart punch from your local craft store. The small investment (about $10) will save your wrists from cutting hundreds of hearts out! You will also need colored craft paper, glue, and string. Stamp out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts. Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process. Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect. Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.