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Erin's Winter Wedding Inspiration Board- SMP Style Circle

My darling friend Erin is getting married in late November at a ski resort in Maryland. Her wedding colors started as green, black and white and then traded the green   for the red in order to match her fiance’s dress blues. (He’s in the army). So now, she’s sticking with winter whites, black damask patterns and hints of red. Personally I’m pushing for red shoes. If you can’t wear them on your wedding day…

Besides… a little bit of surprise is good for the soul.

Here’s the inspiration board I created on the SMP (Style Me Pretty) Style Circle for Erin’s wintry wedding in Maryland. Click here to read more on my Style Circle blog about Erin’s wedding here.

Summer Garden Inspiration Board- SMP Style Circle

My friend Caitlin is getting married next June in the beautiful botanical gardens outside of Chicago. I mean could you ask for a better backdrop. Please. Anyway, I’ve been playing around with the Inspiration boards on the Style Me Pretty (SMP) Style Circle and this is the board I created for Caitlin. Originally she had started with navy and yellow as her base colors. Whatever she ends up going with is going to be elegant and easy, just like her. Check out what I had to say about Caitlin’s upcoming wedding and the inspiration behind her beautiful summer garden wedding here

I’m so excited to share this beautiful wedding with you! Jennifer & Stephen married in Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands this past August. Not only did Jennie use up my favorite wedding color combo (Navy and Pink), but the location made for some amazing shots from photographer Heather Morrisey.

I love when boats and weddings equal subtly wonderful nautical weddings. My favorite.
Enjoy!

I created a subtly nautical inspiration board I created on SMP’s Style Circle plus some more fun nautical style thoughts on the SMP Style Circle Blog click here.

Dress...

flowers

Getting Ready...

Bridesmaids...

The blushing bride...

Groomsmen...

Groomsmen on Pier

From the bride… Iit was the most beautiful day of our lives and the best part was having our friends and family by our side as we started our life together. I was so excited to walk down the aisle with my dad and have Stephen see me for the first time.

Jennie & her dad

Sand Ceremony...

The Happy Couple...

The Bridal Party

On the pier...

Newlyweds...

place cards...

Reception...

Table cards...

From the beautiful bride… I think both Stephen and I would agree the most fun we have ever had in our lives was from 730pm to 1030pm on August 22, 2009. Pictures were done, we had made our rounds to all the guest tables, and it was time to dance and listen to a great band. We danced the night away and even got to sing a couple songs with the band. We wouldnt change a thing…..and I’m seriously considering joining a band 🙂

Waiting for the bride & groom...

SInging with the band...

Groomsmen's turn...

Check out the nautical inspiration board I created on SMP’s Style Circle for Jennie & Steve too!

Oh. my god.

I’ve died.

Seriously.

I cannot explain how much I adore Merrilee Liddiard’s whole entire world.

I love this so much that my whole entire WED Favorites post today, is all about her.

My friend Shauna who works with me in my “real life day-time job” sent me this magical link, of Merilee, who moonlights as a pretty amazing illustrator.

I clicked on the link, where I subsequently died.

Immediately.

Look. Not many people these days can pull off amazingly crafty and cool well. Ok so I don’t even know where to start. First, her illustrations are amazing. Her line drawings of couples are my absolute fave, WHICH, she has parlayed into super fab wedding gifts. Seriously how awesome is that? Best wedding gift ever. She even has an ETSY STORE! Hooray! I love Etsy.

Josh & Lauren

Gemma & James

This photo was just after she gave her best friend Angie’s husband Jonathon a sneak peak at their wedding gift- a customized portrait. The actual portrait is below.

Merilee Portraits

Angie & Jonathon

Also, and I don’t know if miss Merilee would do this, but it’s probably worth asking if Save the Date’s are possible as well with these super fab couple drawings.

Ok moving on. So little to see, with so much time. Strike that. Reverse it.

Fabulous hostess she is. Check out this Moody Mod Tea time party she threw, with all the amazing details.

Moody Mod Tea Time

Ready… the tablecloth is Ikea fabric, and the fabric banner is all vintage fabric she sewed together herself. Love.

But the absolute best part… is these crazy invitations. DIY- Easy peezy.

Bananas.

Moody Mod Tea Time Invitations

Cut out a little fabric tape, and sewing a stitch across the invite. Plus it doesn’t hurt it your everyday handwriting is this amazing…

DIY Invites...

Easy Peezy Invites...

Ok so clearly I think Merilee’s work is insanely amazing. She’s also super fabulous, and her husband and two boys are totally charming and vintage. I love it. Check out all of her amazing work at her blog here, and her illustrators work here.

Have I mentioned that I LOVE wedding photography, and really good wedding photography blows my mind. In some previous life I think this was my destiny, so I make it my business to meet and greet as many wonderful photographers as I can. These days wedding photographers have so much more to offer than your standard church photos, and the latest trend is seriously hot.

Boudoir photos are the hottest trend in wedding photography. Think sexpot, pin-up, Moulin Rouge… whatever you envision, wedding photographers are bringing it to life.

Personally, I think this is an amazing addition to your world ladies! I think every girl should bring that sexy back for herself, and her hubby. Whether it’s a single shot as a pre-wedding gift for your soon-to-be husband or an artistic book of sexy photos for  your first anniversary, this is a gift he definitely won’t forget.

Randi Voss, one of my favorite and totally talented wedding photographers started offering up Boudoir Sessions to bride’s and works with each individual client to create exactly what she’s looking for in the session.

“Beforehand, I take the time to send the model some clothing suggestions or talk with her on the phone about what she wants and expects from the session.” Randi said. She also recommends hair & makeup for the session to make sure the “I feel pretty” effect really comes through in the photos. Who doesn’t want to get all dolled up for a little sexpot session? I mean. Let’s be honest. Even if you aren’t the kind of girl who flirts with an above the knee hemline from time to time, these photos are for you and your hubby’s eyes only, not for your downstairs powder room, so there’s nothing to blush at.

When you’re looking for a photographer to “step out of the box with,” make sure that you feel comfortable with them. If you don’t, it’s definitely going to show.

“I ask her what she wants me to focus on (and what she wants me to hide.)  The sessions are always a little rocky for the first 10 minutes.  You never know how comfortable someone is going to be in this situation.  After the first few shots, I’ll show my model an image on my camera’s LCD screen so she can make any adjustments she wants.  Then, smooth sailing.” said Randi.

The other great thing about Randi. She opts out of Photoshop on these shots. She believes that true beauty doesn’t come with point and click photoshop, so why should these images. I love this actually. While I think some people would be all for “hiding” whatever your least favorite parts about you are, the truth is, your guy is marrying you for all of you, not the photo shopped version of you. So relax, strip down to your skivvies and ENJOY it and it will make for some super hot, and super fun photos.

Here are a few sample shots from Randi. Special thanks to these BEAUTIFUL brides-to-be for sharing their sessions with us! For more information on what to expect from a Boudoir session check out The Knot’s take on this sexy new trend.

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Randi Voss

Photo Courtesy of Rand Voss

Style Me Pretty Inspiration Board

Style Me Pretty Inspiration Board

Ok. I am seriously OBSESSED with the new Style Circle on Abby Larson’s AMAZING site Style Me Pretty. If you are living under a rock and have never had the good fortune of stumbling across this site, go now. Seriously. Right now. Her site is beautiful, and her vendors are the best of the best.

Her latest incarnation is the Style Circle tool, which allows you to build Inspiration boards from existing images on her site. PLUS, you can blog. This is a great test run for those of you who might be al ittle nervous about testing the waters in the great white ocean of the Internet. Start small. Go swim in the stream at Style Me Pretty and get your little feetsies wet.

I signed up today, and I cannot get enough. I want to build 9037503590 inspiration boards. And I’m not even getting married. Imagine what you ladies with a ring can do. It’s really great! Here’s what I built earlier today using her super simple inspiration board template. You can see my blog on Style Me Pretty here.

I’m so excited to share this wedding with you today! I’ve been waiting awhile to share this very special day with you all. Chris and Jill are two wonderful and super fun people that I have the pleasure of having around in real life. Which is pretty great.

Chris and Jill got married at St. James Church in Binghamton, NY and then boarded a trolley with their bridal party to head to Brackney, PA for a lakeside reception with their closest family and friends, at Quaker Lake, where Chris’s family lives.But not without a quick stop at the State Street bar, Tom & Marty’s where the couple met at Wednesday Night Trivia.

Mother Nature was not cooperating that day.The side panels of their dinner tent went up and down about three times before the sun peaked through and everything dried up just in time for cocktails. It turned out to be a perfect summer night… finally!

Here are some beautiful photos from Maria at Strinni Studio Photography. Enjoy!

Getting Ready...

Descending the Stairs...

Jill...

On the way to the church...

Groomsmen...

Ceremony...

Bridesmaids...

The Newlyweds aboard the Trolley

Groomsmen aboard the trolley which carried the couple and their bridal party from the ceremony to the reception and everything in between.

The Groomsmen aboard the Trolley...

The couple met at Tom & Marty’s a local bar, where the bridal party and close friends joined the couple following the ceremony.

Chris & Jill at Tom & Marty's

Wedding at the lake...

The Newlyweds at the Lake...

Chris & Jill...

The bridal party enjoyed cocktails on the dock at a close family friend’s home while the bride and groom took pictures. The newlyweds joined them aboard a pontoon boat, to head to the reception.

Cocktails on the dock...

The Groom's son takes a spin on the boat...

Party Boat...

Guests were bused from town, where the ceremony was held, to the lake for the reception, on a school bus. This was perfect, and easy to come by for the groom, a local elementary school vice-principal.

Guests were bused from their hotels in town to the reception...

Details...

Centerpieces...

Toasting the Bride & Groom...

The Groom dances with his Mother...

The bride gets a dip from her father...

Fireworks closed out the evening…

Fireworks to finish off the night...

I wanted to share a few of the super cute photos from Jill & Chris’s rehearsal before I hit you with a seriously beautiful, laid back lakeside wedding that was so, so amazingly fun. I know… I was there. These lovely photos are from Maria at Strinni Studio Photography.

Chris & Jill...

A little help from the best man...

Jill...

Here’s another beautiful wedding from the super talented photographer (and bridesmaid) Randi Voss. I’m kind of amazed how she managed to shoot this wedding and still stand where she needed to be. Smoke and mirrors. Enjoy! Sara and Nigel ( a Welshman) married in Warrenton, VA in August of this year. Enjoy these beautiful pictures! You might even recognize some of our other couples in the group here, like our Hokie Bride Jamie!

From the bride… Our wedding was totally super stellar and more perfect than we could have ever imagined! I know we look so happy we just might pop and we were/are just that happy!  Our theme was fun and stress free.  We had the best time from the moment we started planning our wedding until the very end of our fantastic day.

Rings...

Shoes...

From Randi, the photographer… Their wedding began at 11:30 am and this is a photo I grabbed during their “first look” at 9am.  Look at that expression on Nigel’s face!

First Look...

So in love...

From Randi, the photographer… Nigel is Welsh and many of his groomsmen came over from Wales to be with Nigel and Sara for the day.

Groomsmen...

Bridal Party...

From the bride… I let all of my bridesmaids pick their own dresses, part of that stress free theme.  They all look totally amazing as they know what they fancy!

Bridesmaids...

From the bride… Randi managed to capture all the most special moments!

Dancing...

Cake...

Girls...

Newlyweds...

These photos are simply stunning, the wedding details are impeccable and the couple is damn good looking to top it all off. In short, a seriously beautiful wedding with all the beautiful details. The wedding was shot by the amazingly talented guys at Lexi Photography in Boston, MA.

Beautiful Bride...

Here Comes the Bride...

And the Groom...

Walking with the Father- of the-Bride

Inside the church...

Mr. & Mrs.

Beautiful...

By the lake...

Again...

Bridal Party...

The Men...

The Men...

The Ladies...

Flowers...

Sunset...

Ok, on to the decor…AMAZING. Check out their adorable Ann Wood Sweetharts cake topper. AMAZING. Super natural,  super chic, super unique to Courtney and Jeff.

Decor...

Courtney & Jeff...

Newlyweds...

Swings...

Let the Party Begin...

Party Pictures

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