Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe

Mar 24 2017

From kicking-up cowboy boots to a stunning venue, Katie and Mike’s rustic barn wedding is simply magical! The lovely couple invited guests to their rustic-meets-modern wedding soiree with our modern So Sharp! wedding invite, and we were pumped when their photographer, Lauren Allmond, shared shots from their big day.
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Nestled in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, The Barn on Bridge is a fully-restored event venue with origins in the 18th century. The barn itself is abounding with vintage details and rustic flair, while stunning scenery surrounds. It all tied together to provide the perfect backdrop for Katie and Mike’s unforgettable rustic barn wedding!

You’ll definitely swoon over their wedding day photos. The romance, fun, and great times abound. And while you’re at it … grab some wedding photography tips from the pro, Lauren!
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Their invite is ahh-mazing! It’s modern, fun, and full of modern-meets-rustic flair. Stripes, polka dots, zigzags and bold patterns are showered throughout pieces in this suite. We love the gorgeous golden yellow and navy blue color combo Katie and Mike went with!
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

The guys relaxed with some darts before the festivities.
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Lauren’s #1 reminder
The most important thing is not to stress! Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the the happiest days of your life, and my goal is to help you make memories. That includes the photo session! The best thing you can do is to enjoy your day so that I can capture those moments for you.
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Even the darling flower girl donned some sparkly cowboy boots!
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Seriously … these kids! So.cute.
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Married!
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

The photo(s) you must get …
Well, there’s always the one for mom/grandmom/aunt’s mantle – and that’s the classic bride and groom looking at the camera. Aside from that I really just try to capture the moments. We’ll do a ton of posed stuff, but don’t worry so much about *which* photo you’re getting, worry about making moments that I can then capture. You want your images to be unique to your day!
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Helping your photographer on the big day:
The things I find that help the most are an accurate timeline (which we work on together, prior to the event), and also communication with all vendors. So, for instance, if we’re doing some more photographs right after the ceremony to capture that gorgeous sunset it’s important to make sure your venue coordinator knows that ahead of time. Things go so much smoother when everyone is in the know!
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

The spring sprinkles didn’t put a damper on Katie and Mike’s day. In fact, it made for intimate shots with an umbrella against the lush green scenery!
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

The swing is super fun … and super cute!
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

The loft overlooking the dance floor … wow!
Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Charming Rustic Barn Wedding With A Modern Vibe (+Cowboy Boots)

Congrats to Katie and Mike! <3

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Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot To Celebrate Spring’s Arrival

Mar 20 2017

It’s official … today’s the first day of spring! There’s no perfect way to celebrate than with a dreamy cherry blossom bridal shoot.

Cherry blossoms only peak during certain times of the year, and for a very short time. So when you live in an area that has clusters upon clusters of them during the warm weeks of spring … you HAVE to take advantage and grab a photo shoot among the dashing blooms!

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Engaged couple, Mitzi and Tyler, did just that. They held their session among beautiful pink cherry blossoms in southwestern Utah. The punchy pink cherry blooms, azure blue sky, and pretty peaches in Mitzi’s stunning bouquet paints beautiful color inspiration to kick off spring!

So let’s all start the week off on a cheery note with a dose of sunshine, beautiful flowers, and their oh-so-romantic cherry blossom bridal shoot!

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Wedding Invites shown: Sweet Sentiment | This Joyful Day | Botanical Bliss

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Springtime Cherry Blossom Bridal Shoot In Utah

Special thanks to the contributors of this gorgeous cherry blossom bridal shoot:
Photographer: Paige Hurst Photography//Floral designer: Bloomers flowers & decor//via Two Bright Lights

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Elegant St. Patrick’s Day Wedding Shoot With Irish Flair

Mar 16 2017

St. Paddy’s Day is here! Bright greens, shiny golds, rainbows, leprechauns, dancing a little jig … the list goes on with Irish imagery and traditions. And believe it or not, there is a way to incorporate the Irish spirit into an elegant St. Patrick’s Day wedding event that’s full of sophistication and class.

Well, get excited. Because a fantastic team of Topeka, Kansas-area wedding vendors put together an elegant St. Patrick’s Day wedding photo shoot just this past weekend … and they’re sharing it with us {and you!}

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Sit back with your Irish coffee, and enjoy this stunning session featuring married couple, Rachel and Heath. Learn a bit of Irish tradition from their photographer Emma, and be inspired by the prettiness and elegance of the day {oh … and be jealous of their gorgeous red hair!}.

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

The apple cake is an Irish tea cake, made bridal by making it a double layer cake with a whipped cream filling. {Yum!}

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Styled Shoot Full of Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

The table runner is inscribed in gold ink with an Irish blessing, while the back of their chairs have horseshoes for good luck.

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Bells are added to the place settings, as they are traditionally intended for the couple to ring them when they are having marital disputes to remind them of their vows.

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

The vision for the shoot was to have a red-headed couple showcasing Irish wedding traditions against a backdrop of green hills. But … snow happens. So instead, we’re treated to a dreamy, wintery spin of St. Patrick’s Day elegance!

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

At the end of the session we had a mock handfasting ceremony, which is an Irish tradition intended to literally bind their hands for a moment and to symbolically represent their commitment to one another. The couple would typically keep and display the ribbons somewhere in their home.

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Styled Shoot Full of Inspiration

Elegant St. Patrick's Day Wedding Inspiration

While shooting, it was so clear to me that their five years of marriage only grew their love for one another with the way. Heath absolutely treasured spending time with Rachel. Despite being chilly, they were nothing but joyful! 


So many thanks to the following talented vendors for sharing this dazzling and elegant St. Patrick’s Day wedding session with us!

Photography & calligraphy: Emma Wheatley, Rose Wheat Photography//Couple: Rachel & Heath//Linens, chairs & table settings: Along Came Abby//Wedding dress: “Hila by La Sposa, J. Lynn Bridal//Bouquet & chair swags: Englewood Florist//Make-up: Jami, Posh Artistry//Locations: Topeka-area, Gage Park & Kaw River State Park

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Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Luxe Details

Mar 13 2017

“Wow” is what I’d use to describe this stunning Napa Valley wedding! Gorgeous couple, Lisa and Heath, got married at last spring at the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, CA. The beautiful inn is nestled on a hillside among an olive grove, and it’s a breathtaking location for a wedding. The inn is renowned for its culinary roots and fantastic views in Wine Country … captured perfectly as the stunning backdrop for Lisa and Heath’s wedding day.

And a dash of spring is just what we need on this chilly late winter day! The colors of the ravishing scenic backdrop and attire is refreshing and oh-so-chic. We’re inspired by the warmth and sunshine feel of Lisa and Heath’s Napa Valley wedding day soiree … and know you will be, too.

Happy Monday!

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

Special thanks to this gorgeous couple’s wedding day vendors!
Photographer:  Clane Gessel Photography//Reception Venue: Auberge de Soleil//Musicians: Bellarosa String Quartet//Veils & headpieces: BHLDN & Marina Morrison Bridal Salon//Transportation: California Wine Tours //Makeup Artist: Carrie Aldous makeup + hair artist//Professional: Clane Gessel Photography//DJ: DJ Dave Tutton//Groomsman Attire: Indochino //Bridesmaid Dresses: J Crew//Shoes: Jimmy Choo//Cinema and video: Phillip Alan Films//Hair Stylist: Rion Designs//via Two Bright Lights


Gentle Color Palette | Marigold, Slate, Ashwood, Custom Green

Breathtaking Napa Valley Wedding With Stunning Scenery

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