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Consider a candy buffet at your reception- it works as a decoration, a party favor and as your reception food! This yellow candy buffet is not only bright and fun to look at, it tastes delicious!
Everyone loves candy, and your guests will be thrilled. Thanks to Candy Galaxy for providing all the beautiful yellow candy for this fun candy buffet inspiration!
1. The First Look
Photo by: Gideon Photography
You'll never want to forget the first time you see each other on your wedding day -- take some time before your ceremony to document this special moment.
2. The Classic Portrait
Photo by: Jillian Mitchell Photography
Face-on, big smiles, slightly leaning in to each other. Predictable, but this photo will likely end up on your office desk (or displayed in your parent's home).
3. The First Kiss
Photo by: Lindsey Gomes
Whether it's long and passionate or a quick peck (we're not judging either way!), the first kiss after your vows is an important one. Make sure your photographer is set up for a clear view.
4. The Signature Location Shot
Photo by: Gerber + Scarpelli
Getting married in a city? Or what about your hometown? Wherever you say 'I Do', there's a bound to be a spot nearby that's especially telling of your location. Find it and strike a pose -- we guarantee you'll be grateful for the context later.
5. A Quiet Moment
Photo by: Ulmer Studios
We know, we know -- the pressure's on to look perfect in your wedding pictures, and that can be hard if you tend to clam up in front of the cameras. If you're feeling nervous, take a tip from Heather and Tyler: close your eyes, take a deep breath, and lean in close to the person you love. You'll wind up with a gorgeous portrait you'll cherish for years to come!
6. A Laugh-Out-Loud Moment
Photo by: Paper Antler
The number one thing you'll (hopefully) remember about your wedding? How much fun you had. With any luck, your photographer will capture that sentiment in your smiles.
7. The Prop Shot
Photo by: Clary Photo
Weddings these days are all about showcasing your personality as a couple, so why not do it with props? We've got a soft spot for oversize inititals, but holding up a large ampersand (&) works, too.
8. The First Dance
Photo by: Davis Photography
Sure, you may not grace another dance floor this formally again in your life, but that doesn't make this more traditional moment any less sentimental.
9. The Cake Cutting
Photo by: Amelia Lyon Photography
Be sure at least one picture exists of the moments before you stuff it into each other's mouths.
10. The Faraway Shot
Photo by: Max Wanger
A Max Wanger signature, this long-distance portrait will remind you just how big the world is that you're about to take on together.
11. The Send-Off Shot
Photo by: Annabella Charles Photography
Sparklers, bubbles, confetti -- there's plenty of possibilities when it comes to spicing up a wedding exit!2
9 cute and creative ways to serve your cocktails -- Cheers!
Photo by: Michelle Warren
Water infused with mint, cucumber, and lemon -- sounds delish!
Photo by: Love Life Images
Rosemary lemonade and peach iced tea displayed in an antique white cabinet -- does an outdoor reception get any more chic than this?
Photo by: M. Norwood Photogrpahy
Does it get more refreshing than classic lemonade in the summer?
Photo by: Anjuli
Going for more of an indie, DIY vibe? Store your spirits in vintage crates.
Photo by: Hudson Nichols Photography
We love how Jessica and Matt repurposed an old cabinet to hold their beverage supplies.
Photo by: Karen Wise
Serve big batch punches in wide mouth jars. Don't forget the ladles!
Photo by: Neuschafer Photography
Don't think we'll ever get tired of mason jar mugs and striped straws.
Photo by: Jordan Ferney
A rainbow display of old fashioned sodas instantly doubles as reception favors.
Photo by: Katelyn James Photography
Mini chalkboards and log displays are the perfect finishing touches for a rustic beverage station.9
Bring an extra element of intrigue to your wedding table décor with any of these creative alternatives to traditional floral centerpieces. Lanterns The warm glow of lantern light creates a cozy, comfortable ambiance. Photos by (from left): Abby Grace Photography, Galaxie Andrews Fruit We love lemons, clementines or limes for a fresh pop of color and delicious fragrance! Photos by (from left): Union Photography, Paper Antler Photography Floating Candles Dim the lights and let the water flicker with candlelight for a romantic setting. Photos by (from left): Cameron Ingalls, Geoff White Photographers Topiaries Create the feel of a lush green garden with sweet, sophisticated boxwood. Photos by (from left): LSD Photography, Jose Villa Photography Branches Towering shoots of bare branches give a striking, dramatic look. Photos by (from left): This Love of Yours Photography, One Love Photography12
1. Boutique Farm Experience
Photo by: Shelly Kroeger
It doesn't get more idyllic than Northern California's organic Bear Flag Farm. Hosting a limited number of events each year, this hidden gem is known for its breathtaking vineyards, lavendar fields, orchards, and unique farm to table dining. It's extraordinary to find a property that offers so much, wrapped up in an exclusive, boutique farm and winery experience.
2. Trendy Art Gallery
Photo by: Abby Jiu
Marrying admist the deconstructed walls, amazing lighting, and the beauty of modern art at the Long View Gallery in D.C. is surely a contemporary couple's dream. This list wouldn't be complete without a venue that's the epitome of urban culture.
3. Artisan Ballroom
Photo by: Stella Alesi Photography
Let us count the ways we love Barr Mansion. First - it's green green green (certified organic) which is a big bonus in our book. You can also find both a dreamy Southern mansion and a rustic artisan ballroom with floor to ceiling windows housed on this beautiful Austin property.
4. Creative Museum Space
Photo by: Photographs by Anjuli
The New Children's Museum is a spot we adore for Southern California creatives who are looking for a venue that is everything they are: clever, trendy, playful and fun! The wide open space and contemporary decor make it smart without being a tiny but stuffy.
5. East Coast Escape
Photo by: Patricia Lyons
A tranquil oasis of vineyard, farm, barn, and winery, all with gorgeous valley views, is nestled just outside of Charlottesville at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards. One look at the luxe, rustic setting, and we're swept away by the serenity and romance of this East Coast escape.
6. Rustic Urban Sanctuary
Photo by: Braedon Photography
Set right in the center of bustling L.A., Marvimon is an urban sanctuary with super-hip style, a fabulous layout, and sweet amenities. How fabulous would it be to marry in their vertical garden-embellished courtyard, then transition to the bistro and grand hall for cocktails and dinner?
7. A Southern Plantation
Photo by: Mint Photography
For the couple whose hearts are rooted in the South, we recommend a ceremony and reception at a sprawling plantation. Kendall Plantation in Texas Hill Country is a winner for classic Antebellum-style architecture and old-fashioned Southern charm!
8. New York Night Club
Photo by: Robert Sukrachand
Who ever said you coudn't have a wedding at a night club! The Brooklyn-based Bell House is an old warehouse-turned concert venue, and a super unique place to plan a less-than-conventional city wedding in style.
9. Tropical Ruins
Photo by: Anna Kim Photography
If marrying admist the lush tropical overgrowth (and chandeliers)! of a transformed sugar mill in Maui hadn't crossed your mind, let us plant the seed. Hawaii's Haiku Mill is utterly breathtaking and completely unforgettable.
10. Sophisticated Cafe Seating
Photo by: Andrew Collings
A summer wedding at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is made even more magical by the sophisticated and majestic setting at the zoo's Cafe Brauer. It's an architectural marvel!0
Photo by Anni Cee Photography
The “first look” – a pre-ceremony peek between the bride and groom, accompanied by a photo session – is a rapidly growing trend on the wedding scene. Whether to go with this option is a personal decision for each couple, with factors like superstition, tradition and logistics weighing on either side. While it’s not for everyone, most couples who went for it say they don’t regret it. For those on the fence, there are a few major benefits to consider. Here are our three top reasons to do a first look:
1. It’s an intimate moment
The first time a bride and groom see one another on their wedding day is a special moment many look forward to and cherish forever afterward. Seeing each other before the ceremony provides a unique opportunity for a couple to share the romantic, exciting and often emotional experience privately. And with a jam-packed itinerary ahead and the hundreds of friends, family members and strangers soon to gather around them, it’s likely to be the only alone time they’ll get on their big day. When the whirlwind is over, most couples say they’re glad they took the chance to enjoy a special, intimate moment with just the two of them.
2. It makes sense from a scheduling perspective
One of the biggest benefits of opting for a first look is there’s no need to squeeze a rushed photo shoot between the ceremony and reception. Capturing nice images of the bride and groom and their family members, bridesmaids and groomsmen in various combinations takes time, and cramming the process into a 15 minute time slot could mean a lesser quality result. Taking these photos beforehand gives the photographer ample time to get plenty of beautiful, creative shots. Everyone will be more relaxed (key to looking great in photos!), the ladies’ hair and makeup will be fresh, and the couple will be left with a much wider selection of portraits to choose from in the end. Plus, guests won’t be stuck in that awkward post-ceremony lull waiting around for the party to begin! Win, win.
3. It calms pre-ceremony nerves
Needless to say, experiencing any major life-changing moment before hundreds of eyes can be nerve-wracking. An overwhelming majority of couples who opted for a first look say that seeing their spouse-to-be before the ceremony had a dramatic calming effect. Going into the ceremony at ease and collected allows the bride and groom to be completely present in the moment and enjoy every second of it. After all, a wedding is meant to be enjoyed by everyone, especially the guests of honor!1
Give your bridesmaids a little extra sparkle on your big day with some fun pieces of jewelry. We’ve rounded up our favorite bridesmaid jewelry looks for your inspiration! Bright Statement Necklaces You can’t go wrong with a fun, fresh pop of color! Photos by (from left): Jillian Mitchell, Jackie Cooper Photo Cluster Earrings These flatter all face shapes and look especially sophisticated and chic against a pulled-back ‘do. Photo by: Anne Robert Photography Cuff Bracelets We love the way these pretty cuffs complement the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Photo by: Geoff White Photography Costume Pearls Glam up those necklines with dramatic clusters of oh-so-lovely pearls. Photos by (from left): Ann Taylor, One Love Photography Cocktail Rings Your maids will be “cheers”-ing in style with these bold baubles! Photos by: Stephanie Williams1
Check out our jewelry picks for every bridal style! Bohemian Go for leafy gold earrings or a necklace of loosely braided beads for a relaxed, boho-chic look. Photos by (from left): Natalie Neal Photography, Anjuli Paschall Glamorous Sparkle and drama are a must for a glam bride. Get the look with a glitzy bib necklace or diamond chandelier earrings. Photos by (from left): Sarah Seven, Jessica Lorren Organic Photography Classic Go with something understated and elegant, like a single strand of pearls or delicate diamond drops, for a timeless look. Photos by (from left): Jen + Ashley Photography, Abby Grace Photography Vintage An antique locket, a classic symbol of love and romance, is the perfect choice for a bride going for vintage style. Photos by (from left): Oh Darling! Photography, Luna Photo Preppy Go for pretty and polished with oversized rose-pink pearls or simple halo studs. Photos by (from left): Erin Hearts Court, Paper Antler Trendy We love a chunky, geometric neckalce or a stack of shiny silver bangles for a contemporary, experimental bride. Photos by (from left): Jagger Photography, Shoot in Love Whimsical Playful, daydreamy pieces like this light dew-drop cuff or trickling quartz earrings are lovely choices for a whimsical look. Photos by (from left): Mikan Designs, Jose Villa1