Seth and Ellie’s Stylishly Classic Winter Wedding

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Joy! Joy! Joy! It’s written all over Seth and Ellie’s faces and threaded throughout their lovely winter wedding. From Ellie’s beautiful, Art Nouveau-esque wedding look, to their impeccable florals, sparkly shoes and argyle socks, to all the meaningful details–this wedding makes us smile! Grab a cup of tea and enjoy this sweet wedding that includes some pretty sound wisdom from the bride.


Vintage Banner Wedding Thank You Card from MagnetStreet

Wedding Colors: Navy Blue, Sage Green, Blush Pink, & Silver
Ceremony: Risen Savior Catholic Church, Brandon, SD
Reception: Holiday Inn City Centre, Sioux Falls, SD

Photographer: AC Ellis Weddings
Wedding Stationery: MagnetStreet Weddings

love note from groom

pre ceremony wedding photo

What was the best part of the whole wedding day?
The best part of the day was right after the ceremony, when we drove ourselves to the reception hall (with a stop at the local Juice Stop and Falls Park!). It was wonderful to spend some alone time with each other as husband and wife and get to take in the huge life event that we had just taken part in.

winter wedding

pre-ceremony wedding photo

winter wedding bouquet and glittery shoes

Dress Swoon
My dress was by Mori Lee, Style 1822. It felt so elegant with the beading and buttons, and the satin and ruching made the dress really comfortable to wear all day. I wore Fergalicious Utopia shoes in Pewter Glitter. Who can say no to glitter? (I certainly couldn’t!) Something that I loved–is that I got to wear the earrings and necklace that my mother wore at her wedding, along with my grandmother’s pearls.

pre-ceremony bride photo

First Look!

first look wedding photo

traditional church wedding

What advice are you glad you took?
We felt especially blessed by how much our families and friends wanted to help. We got the advice to let people help, because even though it may not be “picture perfect”, what they do will be full of love, and that makes it perfect. We cannot agree more. If you let control go of things, the people who love you will take and run with it, and you will be so surprised with what they do!

What advice do you wish you had taken?
I wish that I had broken in my shoes like I was told! I had a different pair, but the glitter shoes called my name–two days before we got married! But in the grand scheme of things, we wish that we would have enjoyed our engagement more, instead of stressing about the wedding.

Bridesmaid bouquet and purple bouquet wrap boutonniere

wedding party in blue and silver

royal blue bridesmaid dresses and white bridesmaid bouquets

A few details that we loved …
The boys had bright argyle socks and got a kick out of showing them off! We had a Jenga guestbook for our love of games. At our reception, we had a spot for photos of our grandparents who were unable to be with us. Lastly, my mother made our wedding cake and did a phenomenal job.

groomsmen in argyle socks

Brides glitter shoes and groom's argyle socks

bride and groom

Favorite Highlights
One of the highlights was when our priest, Father Terry, read what we had written about each other. We had no idea that he was going to read them verbatim and it was very touching to hear what the other person had written. We had decided to exchange notes with each other instead of getting each other gifts and Seth and I both referenced How I Met Your Mother in how our marriage was going to be “Legen-wait for it…Dary!”

baby's breath aisle flowers

bride walking down the aisle with her father

bridesmaid bouquets

What advice would you like to give?
What you will remember from your wedding day will not be how the tables looked, or how you had to use reindeer stamps, or any of the other material things. You are going to remember how your loved one squeezed your hands as you were reciting your vows … or how it was so wonderful to meet your cousin George after 20 years … or how much joy there was in dancing to Gangnam Style about a bazillion times … or going to the bar down the street afterwards and just hanging out with your brand-spanking-new spouse and friends and family and just feeling the love from everyone all day long.

So, don’t stress about the details. Plan things out as best as you can, but it’s okay if something falls through the cracks. Odds are, six months down the line, you’re not going to remember that detail, but all the memories that you and your loved ones made that day.

Catholic church wedding ceremony

winter wedding

Ellie and Seth's winter wedding

Jenga game

Navy blue and silver wedding reception

guest table and Jenga game pieces

hotel wedding reception

wedding cake and name cake topper

homemade wedding cake

wedding reception speeches

bride and groom feeding each other wedding cake

first wedding dance

Congratulations Ellie & Seth! Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding with us!


Shout Outs

Flower Mill We absolutely loved working with our florist, Stacy Schaap. Our florals were absolutely gorgeous and Stacy did such an amazing job of bringing our vision to life!

Sieff Style Adam jumped right in and helped get our party going. Once the dance started, we were on our feet until the very end! He really personalized the music to us and our family and friends.

Dress Consultant
Elegant Expressions Boutique Missy and the other ladies at Elegant Expressions were so helpful when I was choosing a wedding gown. I felt like I was with friends helping me choose a gown, rather than sales people. They were all so sweet!

AC Ellis Weddings Thank you for capturing the fun and excitement of our day! It was like you were a member of our wedding party with how seamlessly you joined us and we LOVED our photos!

Reception Venue
Holiday Inn City Centre Chris Polkinghorn and the staff at the Holiday Inn City Centre did an amazing job of pulling off our reception. The food was delicious and the whole day was stress free working with them.

Father Terry and the staff at Risen Savior Church
Father Terry and the rest of the staff at Risen Savior Church helped us celebrate our union in a very special way. We appreciated how inclusive they were and how comfortable they made us feel.

Wedding Thank You Cards
MagnetStreet Weddings We had actually done save the dates and our invites elsewhere and I wish that we had found MagnetStreet earlier. The quality and presentation is gorgeous and there are so many designs to choose from. We had been searching for the perfect Thank You cards and hadn’t had much luck finding something that fit our wedding as well as let us use a photo and personalize. It was extremely easy to use the words that we wanted and we even could adjust elements of the thank you card on our own which was really cool.

About Vintage Banner, Thank You Card design
We chose the Vintage Banner design because it was classy, had photos and fit with our soft feel to our wedding. It was very well designed and we both appreciate something that pays attention to the little details. It allowed us to showcase one of our favorite photos from the wedding and not look cheesy.

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Central Park Wedding Proposal

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Chelsey and Chris are from Lafayette, Louisiana, and had never been to New York City before. Being first timers to the Big Apple, Chris decided it was a perfect time to propose to Chelsey and contacted Josh Wong Photography to document the historic event. The momentous spot: the gorgeous Bow Bridge in Central Park. We’re glad Chelsey said “yes” because these candid shots are full of fabulous emotion and beautiful backdrops. And how great that Chelsey wore her red coat that day for an added pop of color in this winter wedding proposal.


Surprise wedding proposal

Suprise wedding proposal by Josh Wong Photography

Suprise winter wedding proposal

Surprise Central Park wedding proposal

Surprise Central Park wedding proposal

Surprise Central Park wedding proposal

Surprise Central Park wedding proposal

Surprise Central Park winter wedding proposal

unique engagement ring shot

Central Park engagment photos

Central Park engagment photos

Central Park engagment photos

Want to highlight your city’s skyline on your Save the Date? MagnetStreet has a few fun options for doing just that. Browse City Skylines Save the Dates.

Photographer:  Josh Wong Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Intimate, Eclectic Texas Wedding

Categories Real Weddings

Eclectic. Romantic. Fantastic!

As soon as Justen popped the question to Renee’, they knew two things: they wanted to marry as soon as possible and they wanted to share their wedding day with their closest relatives. Within a short amount of time, both sets of parents flew in to Texas and they held the wedding in the small town where Justen’s family was originally from–and in the same church that Justen’s parents were married in. After the ceremony, they took some fun shots outside. They then continued the celebration at a steakhouse where Justen’s family have dined together many times in the past: another special place in their hearts and another perfect venue. Meaningful, emotional, we love everything about this small, intimate wedding–from Renee’s large bow headpiece over her beautiful, expressive eyes, to her short dress and cowboy boots. Oh, and Justen cleaned up pretty well too.

Thanks to Bethany Erin Photography for the sweet rendering of events. Enjoy.

Small, intimate wedding

small, intimate wedding

Small, vintage country Texas wedding

Quirky Texas wedding by Bethany Erin Photography

bride on her wedding day

Bethany Erin said, “I was in no way prepared for the overwhelming emotion that would fill the rest of the day. They were both so quiet and reserved (with the exception of the bride’s light-hearted interactions with her mother and sister), but when Renee’ walked down the aisle that day, she radiated with such happiness. Throughout the entire wedding, these two were just beaming, eyes brimming with tears and all smiles. After the ceremony, I could see that they just came alive with happiness in each other’s presence. They were so sweet, fun and filled with love and life in a way that just felt very deep, not superficial. It was like they really did complete each other.”

small Texas wedding

Small Texas wedding

Eclectic Texas wedding

bride and groom at the altar

Small Texas wedding

bride crying during ceremony wedding photo

Touching moments at the wedding ceremony

Restaurant wedding reception

wedding bouquet

guests at a small, intimate wedding

cupcakes and cupcake toppers

getaway car

after ceremony wedding shot

Congratulations Justen and Renee’! Best wishes for a wonderful life!! xo

And you dear reader, will you be having a small, intimate wedding or a larger one?

Grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and get your inspiration on with more real weddings and engagements.

Photographer:  Bethany Erin Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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City Session and Surprise Proposal

Categories Real Weddings

Love love city sessions! There’s something so romantic about engagement pictures taken amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Life is happening all around–yet time is forced to stand still while sweet moments get captured.

Our bride-to-be, Rebecca, may have thought that she was going to have just another normal day … but boyfriend Peter had other plans. He surprised Rebecca with a marriage proposal at the Navoo Grill in New Jersey’s downtown Red Bank borough, in front of family and friends. All captured by Nelson J. Photography, enjoy this vibrant fun in the city session. Congrats Rebecca and Peter!

New Jersey engagement and proposal

New Jersey engagement photos

New Jersey engagement photos

unique city engagement photos

{Great boots, Rebecca!}

black and white engagement photography

city engagement photos

surprise proposal at the Nauvoo Grill

New Jersey wedding proposal at the Nauvoo Grill

surprise wedding proposal at the Nauvoo Grill

New Jersey engagement photos

New Jersey engagement photos

Love the idea of a city engagement session? Browse city skyline save the date templates to show off your moments in time.

Photographer: Nelson J. Photography

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