Vintage-Handmade Southern Real Wedding

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Lauren and Zach had the sweetest, whimsical wedding! Seriously, it makes you smile. Darling DIY touches added a special charm to the overall look–from their vintage attire to their handcrafted decor. Captured by Watson-Studios, the ceremony was held outdoors at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens–a historic site in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The live “Avenue of Oaks” that decorate the drive make for a dramatic introduction to this awesome venue.

Just some of the sweetness that beholds this wedding includes: Lauren’s vintage birdcage veil and brooch bouquet, children donned in old-time clothes, handcrafted table runners, outdoor seating and oh, so much more!

vintage wedding attire in handmade southern wedding at a historic venue

vintage brooch wedding bouquet and birdcage veil

cute photo bridesmaids in vintage dresses getting ready

vintage multi-colored bridesmaid dresses

groomsmen in different colored ties and suits

groomsmen in different colored ties and suits

vintage southern bride in diy birdcage veil

vintage jewelry in southern wedding

wedding hair in vintage handmade wedding

kids in DIY southern wedding

First Look bride and groom-- in southern wedding

bride and groom in their southern vintage wedding

bride and groom in a field of poppies

Bride and Groom in a field of popies

diy ceremony decor

father walking bride down the aisle of southern wedding

groom waiting for bride to walk down the aisle

outdoor southern wedding ceremony

flower girls at vintage handmade wedding

vintage wedding tablescapes vintage wedding decor and table

vintage books and wedding decor

vintage wedding decor and seating vintage decorations on wedding chairs

southern wedding reception balloon lanterns

Bride and Groom in southern vintage wedding

Congrats to Lauren and Zach!



Photographer:  Watson-Studios
Caterer: simply southern catering
Equipment Rentals: Snyder Event Rental
White Orchid Bridal
Reception Venue: Boone Hall Plantation
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Ralph Lauren
Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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A Stylish Charlotte NC Engagement Shoot

Categories Real Weddings

We have another sweet North Carolina fall engagement session for you today–this one features Stephanie and Matt, an eclectic, stylish couple. With Erin of Erin Kranz Photography behind the lens, they started the shoot around uptown Charlotte (Matt’s idea) and then ventured out a ways for a few rustic shots just outside of uptown (Stephanie’s idea). Since Matt is a fireman, they finished up the shoot in front of an old station in Noda with Matt in his uniform. Their rustic-urban sensibilities came together for a fun compromise and blending of personal styles.

Congrats Matt and Stephanie!

Charlotte NC engagement photos

Charlotte, NC engagement photos

Charlotte, NC engagement photos

city skyline Charlotte, NC engagement photos

NC engagement photos with DIY wedding signs

rustic NC engagement photos in a field

rustic NC engagement photos in a field

rustic NC engagement photos

firefighter engagement photos

Charlotte, NC firefighter engagement photos


Fun & Quirky to Theme-based Sending  Save the Dates, of course, is a fun way to let everyone know your wedding date and plans. From fun and quirky to theme-based, let your design be a reflection of your personal styles. Here are a few of MagnetStreet’s most popular Save the Date designs along with a stylish fireman Save the Date design {for those in public service :)}–in a variety of magnet, card and postcard types.



Photographer:  Erin Kranz Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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UNC-Chapel Hill Engagement Session

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College sweethearts, Trish and Jesse attend UNC–The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Here’s a fun fact … UNC–Chapel Hill happens to be the first public university in the United States. They first began registering students in 1795. So, not only does the campus have history, but Trish and Jesse are forging a history of their own. For their session, they ventured to the quad to take their engagement pictures and have fun doing it! Amy Allen Photography did a great job of capturing the colors, the campus and Trish and Jesse’s relaxed, collegiate style. Enjoy.

UNC--Chapel Hill fall engagement photos with DIY wedding signs

UNC--Chapel Hill fall engagement photos with ampersand wedding sign

engagement ring photo on a fall leaf

UNC- fall engagement photos

UNC--Chapel Hill fall engagement photos

UNC--Chapel Hill fall engagement photos

Fun Chapel Hill, North Carolina engagement photos

UNC--Chapel Hill fall engagement photos against a brick wall

UNC--Chapel Hill fall engagement photos

UNC--Chapel Hill fall engagement photos at sunset

UNC--Chapel Hill fall campus engagement photos


We love university engagement sessions. Here’s one of our favorites … a fun football-themed sesh at the University of Tennessee.


Photographer:  Amy Allen Photography

E-session location: UNC Chapel Hill

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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10 Easy Holiday Centerpieces

Categories Inspiration

Need a few fast and easy centerpieces for your holiday gatherings this season? Well gather up your best hurricane vases, bowls and martini glasses … And with the following ideas + a little creativity of your own, you can DIY your holiday tables into looking festive, fresh and colorful this season!

10 Easy Décor Ideas for the Holidays

#1. Candle + Peppermint Candies in a Hurricane Vase 
Simply put a flameless pillar candle inside a large hurricane vase and surround it with green and red peppermints. Tip: find a friend to help you unwrap the candies!

easy holiday centerpiece


#2. Metallic Ornaments in a Glass Bowl/Vase
Mix and match or keep your ornaments all the same color and size. It’s up to you! Tip: use a shallow bowl for low centerpiece and easy arranging.

easy holiday centerpiece


#3. Pine Cones in an Hourglass Vase 
Take this simple idea to the next level of holiday glam by decorating the outside of the vase and dipping the tips of your pine cones in gold sparkle paint. Shown here is a pearl beaded garland.  Tip: put your largest pine cones in first.

easy holiday centerpiece


#4. Making Stemware Merry & Festive 
Turn your stemware into little works of holiday art. Fill them with candies, snowflake cutouts, glass beads, etc. Turn them over and onto miniature ornaments, candles, soaps, etc. Tip: Put a festive glass in front of each guest or make a centerpiece collage of varying heights, shapes and sizes in the table.

easy holiday centerpiece ideas

#5 Fancy Stemware {part 2}

easy holiday centerpiece ideas


#6. Bell Jar with Eucalyptus & Ornaments
Simple yet elegant. 4-5 ornaments on the bottom will help to stabilize the eucalyptus inside the jar. This easy centerpiece idea brings drama and height to the table. And stringing a cookie with bakers string adds a fun and whimsical element, too. Tip: Using ornaments in one color will keep the look elegant. Vary the ornaments and color to get the look you want.

easy holiday centerpiece


#7. Floral Beads and Clear Glass Balls
Glass balls are a wonderful item for your décor arsenal–not only do they reflect the light and colors, but they act as an anchor for whatever you plant inside them–and in this case, wire beaded flowers. So pretty in the light–looks like something right out of Narnia! Tip: Use this idea if there is natural light pouring in onto your table.

easy holiday centerpiece


#8. Textured Candle + Winter Greens + Shallow Bowl or Plate
This easy centerpiece idea brings texture and color to your table. Tip: choose your bowl or plate based on the size of your table. Bigger for bigger tables and smaller for smaller tables.

easy holiday centerpiece


#9. Orange Slices & Cinnamon Sticks
Festive and Fragrant! Cut up orange slices and add cinnamon sticks to a fun bowl. Tip: pump up the aroma with a few spruce sprigs and cloves stuck into the oranges {careful that the smell isn’t overpowering though!}.Vary the look and height by placing a candle in the middle of it all.

easy holiday centerpiece


#10. Candle in a Hurricane Surrounded by Pinecones & Winter Greens
Classic. Does it get any easier than this simple rustic décor idea? From the table to the mantle, send out warm holiday greetings with this rustic look and feel.

easy holiday decor


Do you have a favorite holiday centerpiece idea? Do share in the comments!

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