Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bridal Party Thank You Brunch

Bridal Party Brunch Ideas
via Marquise Style
Brunches seem to be all the rage in the wedding world, whether it's a pre-wedding brunch get together or a bridal shower brunch. But I've come across another kind of brunch party that I think is pretty sweet - a bridal party brunch. The difference between a bridal shower and a bridal party is that the focus turns to celebrating the bridesmaids. And what's a more perfect way to say "thank you" to the girls than a lovely, relaxed brunch the day after the wedding? Here are some ideas on how to throw a sweet soiree in honor of your bridal party.

Invitations

Whether you want to send out invitations before the wedding or do a casual invite through email and phone calls is entirely up to you. It may be harder to find an invitation specifically stating that the brunch is in honor of the bridesmaids, but you can always customize to fit your needs. 

1. Bridal Brunch: Wedding Paper Divas | 2. Mimosas & Brunch: Give With Joy | 3. Bridesmaids' Brunch: Sunnyside Print and Party Shop

Decor

The bridal party decor can be as simple or extravagant as you want. Generally, you'll want to keep it casual so guests don't feel like they're attending another wedding extravaganza, but of course, it's entirely up to you and what you think they'll enjoy. A backyard setting with a few tables and brunch bars works nicely and you can include little handmade details for an extra special feel. Not into crafting? That's what Etsy's for! Another idea: put all those beautiful gifts you received from friends and family (dinnerware/trinkets/champagne glasses) to good use. 

1. Garden Party: Joss & Main | 2. Heart Garland: Jamie D. Photography via Wedding Chicks | 3. Backyard Bridal Shower: Oz Visuals via Wedding Chicks | 4. Patio Party: The Sweetest Occasion

Food

Of course the food is the most important part (aside from the guests!) and when it comes to brunch, the sky's the limit. Pancakes, bacon, waffles, quiche, cereal, biscuits, bagels, fruit, ham, omelettes, sandwiches, donuts, salad, oatmeal, yogurt, french toast, coffee, juice, mimosas...

1. Mini quiche & raspberry pancakes: Courtney Jade Photography via Hostess with the Mostess | 2. Mini pancakes: The Sweetest Occasion | 3. Pumpkin pancake: Carly Taylor via Hostess with the Mostess | 4. Milk and french toast: Lauren Blair Photography via Hostess with the Mostess




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hot Tips for a Bridal Boudoir Session You (and groom!) Will Love

If you've been dreaming of starring in your own sexy bridal boudoir photo session, but just haven't taken the leap, I've got some hot tips to help you bust through your fears and let your inner bombshell shine.

I know it can be a bit scary stripping down to your skivvies in front of a stranger and trying to look sexy. Doing it front of the mirror is one thing, ya know? But there are so many awesome things about participating in a boudoir session.

These types of photo shoots are meant to showcase your beauty, confidence, and strength as a woman. Not only will your groom love getting the photos as a wedding gift, but you'll love looking at them too! And don't think you have to be a bride to get in on the fun. Do it to celebrate your birthday or because you've healed from a tragic time in your life or just because you wanna get pampered and show yourself some love.

Hot Tips for a Bridal Boudoir Session You (and groom!) Will Love
Photographer: Teneil Kable Photography via Grey Likes Weddings

If you've been putting a boudoir session off because you're "not ready" just know that you'll never feel ready. Whether it's because you want to lose more weight or you're waiting for the right event to celebrate, the longer you put it off the more excuses will build up. Before you know it, life will have passed you by and you'll wonder, why didn't I do it sooner? Just do it already, lady! You're sexy enough, young enough, worthy enough. Your groom will adore them (he adores you!) and you'll get a new perspective on your beauty.

Photographer: Jabez Photography

Once you've decided to take the plunge, find a boudoir photographer you feel comfortable with. Have a face-to-face consultation and let her know what you hope for the shoot, your ideas, concerns, fears, whatever. Basically, cultivate a relationship before the actual photo session so your photographer isn't a "stranger" once you get in front of the camera.

via Crazy for Us

Before the photo shoot, pamper yourself silly. Get your hair done or a mani/pedi, spritz yourself with your favorite perfume, and pick out which lingerie you want to wear during the shoot. Most photographers will tell you to bring a few options to work with. And don't forget the little details like stockings, jewelry, hair accessories, etc. You can also put together a mix of songs to listen to during the session to get you pumped up and feeling your best.

Photographer: Own Boudoir via Modernly Wed

Eat breakfast the day of the shoot to avoid that I'm-about-to-pass-out feeling. Arrive early so you don't feel rushed - that flushed look will show up in the photos. Better to be early and relaxed. Most of all, remember to have fun, be in the moment, enjoy the experience. Take a few risks, go outside your comfort zone, even if just a little. This is all about you, babe, so make it count!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Jenny Packham 2015 Bridal Collection

I just saw these gorgeous wedding dresses from the 2015 Jenny Packham collection and had to share. 

From the company:

"The Jenny Packham 2015 Bridal Collection is inspired by the photographs of British society photographer, Madame Yevonde. 

In the 1930's, the dawn of colour photography, Yevonde created a series of portraits of society ladies dressed in classical costumes, known as 'The Goddesses'. Her stylised images of mythological heroines – Helen of Troy, Persephone, Venus - captured an ancient world of antiquity, within a modern and hauntingly beautiful treatment. 

The colours Madame Yevonde used; soft, tonal, always romantic, and the feminine way she played with light and colour to create a hazy, neoclassical ambiance, directly influence the design and palette of this season's collection. Soft buttermilks, champagnes and warm blush caramel tones in sumptuous silk chiffon and ethereal tulle compliment traditional classic ivory.

Celestial capes, whimsical tiered hemlines and exquisite veils add a romantic, mythical affection to the collection whilst delicate French lace is adorned with signature beading and twinkling crystals in an array of molten golds, antique metallic silvers and rich alabasters."









Saturday, September 27, 2014

7 Reasons to Have a Winter Wedding

Photo by: Vail Studio Photography via On the Go Bride

The winter season may only be known for Christmas, colds, and terrible snow storms, but I think there's a lot more to it than meets the eye. Weddings, for instance, are mostly held during the spring and summer months, and for good reason, but I think winter has its own treasures to give a happy couple. The weather's frosty, which makes inside so much cozier, and there are so many beautiful options when it comes to decorations, themes, and winter wedding wear. Plus, if you want to build your theme around a holiday, you have three major ones to choose from: Christmas, New Year's, and Valentine's. Here are some more reasons to get hitched in the winter.

1. Venue Selection
Normally, you might have to reserve your spot at your ideal venue a year in advance, but booking a winter wedding almost guarantees you'll get the date you want since most couples don't consider the season of snow.

2. Don't Sweat It
During the cooler months you won't have to worry about a makeup meltdown, hair gone flat, or sweat dripping down your back.

3. Guest Availability
Winter is a notoriously slow time for most people, unlike spring and summer when vacations reign supreme. So the possibility of more guests being able to make it to your wedding is quite high.

4. Deals and Discounts
Vendors are more willing to give discounts during the slow, winter season. Talk with your top picks to see what kind of deals they're offering.

5. Great Photo Ops
Winter provides nice lighting for photographs, especially earlier in the day. And if it happens to snow, all the better. A winter wonderland wedding sounds so dreamy, doesn't it?

6. Be Different
People expect a spring or summer wedding, but getting an invite to a winter wedding will stand out. They won't be able to forget the beautiful decor, winter atmosphere, and glamorous details simply because it's different from the norm.

7. Anticipation
Winter can be a real drag, especially the months after Christmas when all the cheer and merriment has subsided. Having a winter wedding gives you something else to plan and look forward to, extending the seasonal spirit and magic.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Texas Vineyard and Lavender Fields Wedding: Alex + Mandy

Being a Texas native, I thought it would be fun to feature a wedding from my neck of the woods. Before I moved to the Philippines I called San Antonio home and this beautiful wedding was shot right around the corner in a little Texas town called Fredericksburg. The small community is big on hospitality, authentic German food, and tucked away bed & breakfasts. Alex and Mandy took advantage of Fredericksburg's hill country landscape and held their wedding at Becker Vineyards. Oak trees, lavender fields, and of course the gorgeous couple is only a slice of the beauty of this wedding photographed by Bend the Light Photography.







From the photographer: Alex & Mandy love photos… like, almost as much as we do. Mandy wanted lots of bride/groom portraits and bridal party images, and she didn’t want to be rushed for time… the solution? Alex & Mandy saw each other before the ceremony. We love first looks! It’s such a sweet, intimate moment between the bride and groom where they can have a few minutes of alone time and calm their nerves. The photos below are a few shots from the moment Alex & Mandy first saw each other.  
















After the ceremony, the newlyweds headed to the lavender fields for sunset photos. I can almost smell the soothing scent!








The reception was held in the Barrel Chai room at Becker Vineyards. Notice the barrels of wine, limestone fireplace, and banquet table made from Texas mesquite. So elegant! And wait until you see the photos at the end: light-strung trees and dancing under the moon. *sigh* Can't get more romantic than that.








Vendor info:

Photography: Bend the Light
Wedding Coordinator: Cristol Corpus
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Becker Vineyards
Wedding Reception: Becker Vineyards
Bride's Hair/Makeup: Misty Rockwell
Bride's Dress: Pronovia - Uceda
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lynn Lugo
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A. Banks
Wedding Cake: Sophie's Choice
Floral: Viridian Design Studio

Friday, September 12, 2014

Activities for Young Wedding Guests

If you've invited little ones to your wedding and are looking for some simple ways to keep them entertained during the ceremony and all those speeches, take a look at the super cute activities Wedding in a Teacup (UK based) offers. I found them while perusing the interwebs (no affiliation) and wanted to share their creative, cute, and affordable products. Especially the favors for young guests because you can never have too many well-behaved children at your wedding. :)

My favorites:

For girls
Color-in Fairy Wings Set
For boys
Color-in Super Hero Cape Set


For both
Vintage Heads & Tails Card Game