Whimsical Botanical Gardens Engagement Shoot

Categories Real Weddings

Wanting to include as many flowers in their engagement shoot as possible, Jonathan and Victoria were extremely excited to settle on the Dothan area Botanical Gardens in Dothan, Alabama. They actually won their photo session by entering their “love story” in a giveaway hosted by Angela Crowe Photography. {Great job, guys!} The rustic and floral backdrops were perfect for their easy-going whimsical style. Adding to the fun were record album props and smiles all around.


Botanical garden engagement photo using a record cover prop

Engagement session at Botanical Gardens

unique engagement ring photo

engagement session at Alabama's Botanical Gardens

record cover props in engagement session

engagement session at Alabama Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens engagement photo

Congrats Jonathan and Victoria!

And if Jonathan and Victoria asked me to choose a Save the Date for them… hands down… I’d pick One Sweet Love  Save the Date Card. It’s fun, colorful and dynamic–just like they are!



Photographer:  Angela Crowe Photography
Event Venue: Dothan Area Botantical Gardens
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DIY Wedding of Pinks and Pinwheels

Categories Real Weddings

Much thanks to Jennifer Van Elk Photography for sharing Chelsea and Andrew’s pink and blue DIY wedding with us today. Not only is it full of fun twists on tradition, it’s also full of personality, pretty pinks, and handcrafted sweetness. Coffee replaced cocktails at Chelsea and Andrew’s dry wedding while yard games kept guests busy while help converted the ceremony area into a reception.

Donned in lace, a birdcage veil and TOMS shoes, Chelsea made a lovely modern-vintage bride. The bridesmaids wore an array of patterned pinks and instead of flowers, carried large pinwheels. The guys were casually dressed in khakis and wore pinwheel boutonnieres.

There is much to love about Chelsea and Andrew’s DIY wedding and a few favorite highlights include: their DIY ceremony backdrop, their twist on the unity candle tradition, their bunting cake topper, a surprise flash dance from the wedding party and their lavender send-off. Enjoy!

DIY pink and blue wedding

pink bridesmaid dresses and bride in TOMS Shoes

first look outdoor wedding photos

first look wedding photos

vintage bride and bridal party in pink bridesmaid dresses

blue groomsmen tie and pinwheel boutonnieres

wedding party dressed in pink and blue

A Memory and a Heirloom
Chelsea’s lace wrapped bouquet is her grandmother’s wedding dress!

lace bouquet wrap

large pink and white wedding bouquet

pinwheels: alternative to bridesmaid bouquets

father and daughter walking down the aisle

Alternative to the Unity Candle:
Instead of partaking in the unity candle tradition, Chelsea and Andrew performed a unity painting.

 alternative to unity candle: painting ceremony

unity painting as alternative to the unity candle

DIY Ceremony Backdrop
Chelsea and a friend made their ceremony backdrop out of cross stitching frames, yarn, tree limbs, and rocks.

DIY dream catcher ceremony backdrop

 bride and groom coming down the aisle, wedding party skipping down the aisle

outdoor bride and groom

diy wedding pink and blue decor

Quirky Pink and Blue DIY wedding

outdoor reception games

diy lemon and strawberry wedding cake

honeymoon fund jar and wedding card box

first wedding dance

Wedding Party Surprise Flash Dance
The wedding party and a few guests surprised the bride and groom with a flash dance to Beyonce’s, “Until The End of Time”.

wedding party flash dance at reception

wedding party flash dance to Beyonce's "Until the end of Time"

Lavender Send-off

lavender send off

lavender send off

Congratulations Andrew and Chelsea!



Photographer:  Jennifer Van Elk Photography
Floral Designer: Dandelions
Dress Store:David’s Bridal
Makeup Artist:MaNell Hembree
Reception Venue: Muncie Alliance Church
Caterer: OnSiteCaterer.com
Hair Stylist: Redhead Salon
Cake Designer:Under the Sun Bakery
Dress Designer: Vera Wang
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Intimate Winter Wedding + Snowboarding Groomsmen

Categories Real Weddings

We have a gorgeous and intimate winter wedding for you today from Will Pursell Photography. Bryan and Megan said their “I Do’s” at a ski resort in the mountain escape that is Whistler, British Columbia. To kick off the day’s festivities and add to the excitement, Bryan and his merry groomsmen went snowboarding–good thing they’ve got skills! And Megan looked so beautiful in her lace, dropped waist mermaid gown while her bridesmaids looked lovely in silver. It was truly a magical day that even ended with a horse-drawn sleigh. So fun!


Bride and Groom outside at winter wedding in Whistler, BC

Whistler, BC pre-ceremony photos

Beautiful bride photo

wedding dress and pink shoes

Groomsmen getting ready at winter wedding in Whistler, British Columbia

Groomsmen ready to snowboard at winter wedding in Whistler, British Columbia

groomsmen snowboarding at winter wedding in Whistler, BC  snowboarding at winter wedding in Whistler, BC

Snowboarding at winter wedding in Whistler, British Columbia

Bridesmaids at winter wedding in Whistler, British Columbia

Bridal party walking to ceremony, Whistler, BC  Bride being walked down the aisle by father. Intimate winter wedding. Bride walking down aisle toward Groom

Bride and Groom sitting in chairs during intimate winter wedding.

lighting unity candle during wedding ceremony

Vancouver wedding ceremony

Groom kissing bride's hand during wedding ceremony

Intimate winter wedding ceremony, Whistler, BC

Bride and Groom at their winter wedding in Whistler, BC

Wedding Party outside at winter wedding in Whistler, British Columbia

White bride's bouquet + outdoor wedding photos

Bride and Groom outside, Whistler, BC Bride and Groom photo outside in Whistler, BC

unique wedding ring photo

wedding card table in Whistler, BC winter wedding

Reception table in Whistler, BC winter wedding

Bird cake toppers on rustic wood round stand

rustic venue for winter wedding in Whister, BC

bride and horse drawn sleigh. Winter wedding in Whistler, British Columbia Bride and Groom on horse-drawn sleigh for winter wedding

Photo Credit

Photographer:  Will Pursell Photography
Event Planner: Milestone Events Ltd.
Heirlooms and extras: Noon Creative
Reception Venue: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
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Color Monday: Romantic Italian Destination Wedding

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Stationery

Many couples dream of a destination wedding–especially in a far off, romantic place like Tuscany, Italy. Imagine saying your vows in such a beautiful, cultural place. Every day would be a magical dream filled with rolling hills, Tuscan wine, fine art, and lovely people. In today’s Color Monday inspiration, we let the rich colors of the Italian Renaissance period be our guide in choosing the colors for an upscaled rustic dream destination. We’re in love–with an Italian destination and this rich, romantic color scheme.

Featured: Lace Country Square Wedding Invitation

European destination wedding inspiration and Wedding Invitation from MagnetStreet


Suite Details

Personalized to set the tone for an Italian destination wedding is Lace Country Square Wedding Invitation- an design that resonates with an upscaled rustic look. Soft and artistic, the Lace Country design can be easily personalized in any color scheme. Browse the entire Design Suite.


Love these colors? 

Visit the Color Boutique to share and shop with them–plus more!


Wine, Pink, Charcoal and Silver Color Palette from MagnetStreet



Photo Credits

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Photos by Simply Bloom Photography {via Elizabeth Anne Designs}

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