July 20

Rustic Glamour Bridal Shower Ideas

A bridal shower is the perfect occasion to shower the bride with love and to have a little fun! A bride is confronted with many big decisions to make when it comes to her big day and those planning her shower have big decisions to make as well! With so many fun bridal shower ideas, themes, and color schemes out there it can be very difficult to choose the perfect fit for the special bride-to-be. Don’t panic! We have everything you need to get inspired with these unforgettable rustic glamour bridal shower ideas. First, think themes, colors, and invitations! We really wanted the theme to represent the almost Mrs. so we decided to go with a rustic look. We didn’t want to be too countryside so we stayed classic with white and glammed up where we could with party glasses and other décor.

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Photo Source: Cake | Sofa | Glasses | Dress | Succulents | Cabinet | Cupcake Liners

Featured Bridal Shower Invitation: Rustic Glamour Shower Invitations. See our full collection of bridal shower invitations here.

  • Cake: Muted green, tasty, and classic! This cake has it all, add cake decorations like these white flowers for an even more special touch.
  • Sofa: This statement piece can make any shower feel rustic and antique-y. A sofa is a great way to incorporate your shower colors in a big way.
  • Glasses: Glam up your shower with some elegant glasses that make for beautiful décor.
  • Dress: Shower the almost Mrs. in a special way with some fashion! Style the bride-to-be in a beautiful lacy and delicate dress!
  • Succulents: Adding some floral décor is always a good idea. Look for flowers or even plants that are in bloom during the shower and pick one some that go with the color scheme. Here, we chose some beautiful succulents!
  • Cabinet: What another great way to really make a statement! Add some more of your colors to the shower with a cabinet. Then glam the cabinet up with beautiful dish ware.
  • Cupcake Liners: Add a cute and easy theme related touch to the tasty treats at the shower! Patterned liners like polka dots are another great way to add more fun to the shower!

With this inspiration we made beautiful and unique choice by going with a muted green color scheme. This color shouts dainty and classic and is easy to incorporate in almost all of the bridal shower decorations. Not to mention, the invitations for a shower are a sort of “sneak peak” of what the day will be like. These stunningly rustic bridal shower invitations are the perfect way to excite the guests and give them a taste of the shower to come. There is really no other way to honor the almost Mrs! Get the theme, color scheme, and decorations right with this inspiration that we love and we hope you enjoy too!

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July 19

Wedding Theme Ideas for Chalkboard Wedding Invitations

Every girl dreams of the day she will say those two little words that mean forever. When I say she’s dreaming, I’m not just talking about the hunk at the end of the aisle. I’m talking perfecting every little detail from the cake topper to cutesy wedding centerpieces and sweet thank yous. I’m talking endless pinning on Pinterest and long talks with girlfriends about what her big day will be like. When it comes to wedding planning it’s of course important to keep in mind the theme, color and season, but you will also want to keep on top of current trends. A trend the Wedding Paper Diva’s are saying “I do” to is the classic and sweet chalkboard theme. From a hand drawn chalkboard sign and endless wedding decoration ideas to menus and thank yous for the guests, wedding chalkboard themes continue to be a hit on the wedding scene and in a big way! It’s no wonder why either, the beautiful chalk script writing adds a classic darling touch and the boards are versatile as well as reusable making them that much more of a great idea!

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Featured Tiny Prints Chalkboard Themed Program: Chalked Beauty Programs

See our full collection of Wedding Programs here.

  • Wedding Centerpieces: It’s all in the details. This centerpiece is the perfect and easy way to add just the right touch of pretty n’ pink to your big day. With this piece, we not only get more color splash, but also a fun way to welcome the love between the couple with a heart chalkboard sign including the first initials of the newly weds. What a cute idea!
  • Bouquet: For floral inspiration look to the season blooms. The Campanella garden roses, coral charm peonies, light purple clematis, lisianthus, ranuculus, and spray roses in this bouquet make for a classic and sophisticated look.
  • Wedding Cake: Who doesn’t love cake? This cake topper says it all and ties into the unique wedding invitations.
  • Framed Chalkboard Thank You Signs: Are you loving the framed chalkboard? Well we are! This is a great use of the chalkboard script and what a cute way to thank your guests!
  • Wedding Menu Cards: All heads turn when it comes to food! The trendy and simple menu uses beautiful chalkboard script to let all guests know what’s for dinner! What a great match for our chalkboard wedding invitations!

Turn your dreams into reality with this chalked up beauty inspiration board.  Wedding planning and dreaming is all about discovering the best reflection of your style. With this soft, subtle and pretty n’ pink inspiration that takes advantage of some beautiful chalkboard wedding invitations, you brides to be better be prepared to impress! We know you are in need of some wedding ideas for summer and we are loving this theme, especially for this hot, hot season! Now go get inspired girls and make your dreams a reality the day you say “I Do!”

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July 15

Murrieta’s Well Winery Wedding in Livermore California

This week’s Real Wedding features Lauren and Scott’s formal celebration at the beautiful Murrieta’s Well winery in Livermore, California.

In Scott’s own words…

April 12, 2015 was a perfect day. I got married to my beautiful bride on our three-year anniversary, and we couldn’t have asked for a better setting or better weather. We did a ton of research on the venue, taking into account our somewhat small guest as well as some of the more important items that I was in charge of – food, drinks and music!

We were surrounded by our closest friends and family. My father, father-in-law and brothers-in-law looked good in our all black-and-white tuxes…if I do say so myself. It was the ideal atmosphere for the “look” we were going for.

My wife-to-be looked enchanting, and it’s a day I wish I could relive!

In Lauren’s own words…

Scott and I tied the knot on our three year anniversary and I truly couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. From the location and weather to all the little details in between, I’m happy to report that our big day went off without a hitch (pun intended!).

From early on in the planning process Scott and I knew that we wanted…

  • A small, black-tie affair. Who doesn’t love getting dressed up?!
  • Destination. Most of our guests were traveling from afar (15 states and 2 countries!) and we wanted them to turn their trip to California into a vacation for themselves.
  • A winery wedding, complete with barrel room. Murrieta’s Well in Livermore, CA was the perfect fit due to its quaintness and over-the-top charm.
  • Delicious food and drinks (insert winery).
  • Awesome music! Scott and I love all types of music, so we chose to have string musicians throughout the ceremony and cocktail hour, and a popular local band got the party started after dinner.

After that, all of the details just fell into place. We had amazing photographer, Joe Krummel who flew out from Minneapolis (my hometown) to capture our special day.

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I found the most beautiful royal blue flats while on a trip home to Minneapolis, and I knew instantly that they would be my “something blue.” They also got bonus points for being comfortable, and helped me dance the night away!

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Working for a fabulous company like Wedding Paper Divas I was able to find a wedding invitation suite that complemented the look and feel we were trying to achieve. Blooming Together had the right mix of watercolor and elegance, and it paired beautifully with peacock feathers.

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Customization was key! We were able to work with Wedding Paper Divas designers to create personalized wine menus, coasters for our pre-ceremony cocktail hour and #SelfieStick station signs (complete with our hashtag) from our wedding invitation design. Since we both work in social media the social coverage at our wedding was important, plus it was a blast scrolling through all the photos the next day!

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Scott and I decided to write our own vows – it was another thing that helped make our big day extra personal. It was so touching for both of us to hear what the other wrote, and surprisingly (or not) we both said a lot of the same things…a moment we’ll never forget!

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At the end of the day one of our favorite moments was walking into the reception together and seeing all of our closest family and friends celebrating. It reminded us what wonderful people we have in our lives and we would love to celebrate like that every weekend (if we could!). #BecomingKegley part two will need to be a vow renewal ceremony. Hawaii, anyone?

Do you have a Real Wedding or Engagement Submission? We would LOVE to see it! Please see our submission guidelines here and we hope to hear from you!

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July 10

Look Your Best With These Wedding Picture Ideas

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog with advice for looking and feeling your best on your big day with these wedding picture ideas and poses. Amber Harrison is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. Being in front of the camera daily means that Amber knows just what it takes to have that “picture perfect look” that feels comfortable and natural. With the help of some professionals , in this segment, Amber is here to provide us with advice for classic wedding photos that will take anyone back to the big day!  She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

Look and Feel Great in Front of the Camera at Your Wedding

Hey it’s Amber. Do you ever feel awkward or uncomfortable when having your picture taken? You’re not alone. And today’s episode of Small talk Big day is for you. I have three world-class photographers giving their best tips on how to feel amazing in front of the camera.

Dennis Kwan (Dennis Kwan Photography) – When photographing people at weddings, I tell them to look at each other and say something nice and that brings out a good, natural smile in people. You can also give someone a hug and that’s instantly slimming.

Kristi Drago-Price (Kristi Drago-Price Photography/Editor’s Edge) – Not sure what to do with your arms while you’re being photographed? Take a tip from my favorite celebrity. It’s not exactly straight, it’s not exactly Barbie, it’s just a little Beyonce.

Carla Ten Eyck (Carla Ten Eyck Photography) – I get my clients to be comfortable by giving them a lot of feedback. I am easily excitable and I love, kind of, interacting with them in that way and yelling and swearing and getting excited. I love watching them reflect that energy back to me and me back to them, and then we end up creating great portraits.

Now you’re all ready for your big red carpet moment! Be that walking down the aisle, any major celebration or just laughing with friends and family. I’m sure you’re going to look and feel your best.

After your big day in front of the camera comes to an end show off your photogenic poses and ideas with these wedding thank you cards and more from Wedding Paper Divas of course!

For more inspiration and tips, visit www.smalltalkbigday.com

I want to hear from you! Fill me in on all your secrets for looking great in photos and don’t forget to post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

Don’t forget to follow along and show me all *your* favorite wedding inspiration. #SmallTalkBigDay

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July 9

6 Questions to Ask A Wedding Photographer Before Hiring

Today we are so delighted to welcome Kate from West 5th Love, who is here to assure us that finding the perfect wedding photographer can be made easier with the proper steps. Kate is an expert when it comes to wedding planning seeing as the bride-to-be is already a year and a half into planning her own big day. With her tips all bride’s-to-be can keep calm and take initiative with these wedding photographer questions and steps! We can hear the wedding bells ringing, but we want to see them too, right?! 

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When you start to plan a wedding, I think most are surprised to find out how many details are needed and how many decisions need to be made. Questions like what kind of cake do we want? What will we wear? Should we choose blush or mint napkins? The details are endless, but at the end of it all everything comes together to make one beautiful day you’ll never forget.

I know all about this process as I’m currently planning my own wedding and have been for about a year and a half. Over that time we have had to make some pretty big choices and meet with a ton of different vendors to find the perfect fit for us.

One of the biggest wedding related decisions we have made was regarding our wedding photographer.  We wanted to find someone who captured our style and vision well, while still keeping our budget in check.

After following a couple of crucial steps, we found a wedding photographer that is perfect for our big day! So, the next question is what steps should you take to find the perfect wedding photographer?

  • Research, Research, Research:  Start your search with the ever helpful Google. Start by looking for photographers in your area and then start narrowing it down to a few that you love. You want to look at their style, previous work and how long they have been in the wedding industry etc. Make a shortlist of those you want to meet with. Also, make sure to check them out on social media or on their blog if they have one. This will give you an insider look at how they shoot and if they fit your style.
  • Ask Questions: Whether it be about pricing, camera equipment or available dates, ask any questions you might have. Having open and honest communication with your vendors is really going to help in the long run, so why not start off on the right foot? Get a feel for the way the photographer communicates with you as this will be really important later on in the planning process. Also, make sure to keep any correspondence between you and your vendors in case something comes into question later in the process.
  • Meet In Person: This may seem like an obvious one, but don’t book anything until you have met your photographer in person. Not only will you get a feel for them as your wedding photographer, you will also see how they are in a social situation. It can be really helpful to have a meeting face to face, as you will be able to tell how you and your partner gel with your photographer and you’ll be able to give them an overview of what you’re looking for.
  • Fine Print: Before signing a contract or paying a deposit, make sure to ask all the important questions such as:
  1. What will the price of the whole package be?
  2. What is included in the photography package? Also, how many hours will be included?
  3. Will an engagement session cost extra? (Most are included)
  4. What will happen in case of an emergency?
  5. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due?
  6. Will you have a second shooter or assistant?

Once you have chosen your wedding photographer and all the paperwork is signed, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing one of your big decisions is taken care of. From here it is really important to keep in contact with your chosen vendor and plan for an engagement shoot! Setting up an engagement photo shoot is extremely important as it will be your test run before the big day. You will get time to work with your photographer in a less hectic time and it will give you time to get comfortable being in front of the lens.

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On a personal note, we had our engagement photos taken this past summer and I don’t think I could be any happier with our choice in photographer. We ended up hiring the very talented Juan and Paula from SixTwoNine Photography. The great thing about the shoot was that it gave us time to get to know them and share some laughs, resulting in pictures that turned out even better than we expected.

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We loved our first engagement shoot so much, we chose to book a mini session to use for our save the dates! It’s something I highly suggest to couples looking into engagement photos as it gave us that extra room to get comfortable with getting our pictures taken and allowed us to make some really amazing memories on camera.

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Our first set of engagement photos were taken on 3 different beaches in West Vancouver, BC. Brandon and I spent a lot of our dating time on these beaches and we hold them close to our heart as they are filled with so many beautiful memories.

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Our second set of photos were taken in the famous Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC, as this shoot was to be more of a winter/fall theme to go with our winter wedding. Let me tell you, our wedding photographer did not disappoint!

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engaged couple holding hands with their feet in leaves

engaged couple hugging in the forest

One thing I am really excited to do with these pictures is show them off.  For me, there is no better way to do that then display them in our home where we can see and love them every day. I love using Wedding Paper Divas for this as the options are absolutely endless for anything from wedding items to personalized wedding wall art! My first project will be a wedding photo books that can sit on our coffee table, for us and our guests to look through.

I hope you enjoy this peek into our engagement photos from our summer and winter shoot. Happy Wedding planning!

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July 8

75 Wedding Quotes to Express Your Love

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A wedding is a special time for everyone involved. The engagement, the ceremony, the reception, everything is meticulously planned so that those in the wedding party or simply attending can have the best time possible. But if you are the happy couple at the center of all the attention, sometimes it can be difficult to express in words what makes you want to marry your significant other. After all, most of us aren’t poet laureates or songwriters. That’s where having the perfect quote that describes your love for each other can come in handy.

Whether for writing your own vows or for a daily reminder as to what makes your soon-to-be spouse so special, we’ve assembled 75 funny, inspirational, guiding and religious quotes from celebrities and historical figures to help you articulate just how special they are to you.

From Literary Figures

  • “You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” -Dr. Suess
  • “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” -Maya Angelou
  • “In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.” -Janos Aranay
  • “Walking with your hands in mine and mine in yours, that’s exactly where I want to be always.” -Fawn Weaver
  • “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” -Mignon McLaughlin
  • “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” -Robert Quillen
  • “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strength each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” -George Eliot
  • “A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.” -Pearl S. Buck
  • “The highest happiness on earth is the happiness of marriage.” -William Lyon Phelps
  • “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” -Emily Brönte
  • “Love doesn’t make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” -Elizabeth Browning
  • “Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.” -Henry David Thoreau
  • “To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.” -Robert Brault
  • “True love stories never have endings.” -Richard Bach
  • “Now join hands, and with your hands your hearts.” -William Shakespeare
  • “To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.” -Ogden Nash
  • “I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” -Roy Croft
  • “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always reason in some madness.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “The half-life of love is forever.” -Junot Diaz
  • “Love is our true destiny. We do not find meaning of life by ourselves alone, we find it with another.” -Thomas Merton
  • “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect. You love them in spite of the fact they’re not.” -Jodi Picoult
  • “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” -Robert A. Heinlen
  • “I ask you to pass through life at my side – to be my second self and my best earthly companion.” -Charlotte Brönte
  • “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow – this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” -Elizabeth Gilbert
  • “Yes it’s crazy. Love is either crazy or it’s nothing at all.” -Milan Kundera
  • “Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.” -Erica Jong
  • “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” -Mark Twain
  • “Never say love is “like” anything… it isn’t.” -Michael Chabon
  • “Love is a fire that feeds our life.” -Pablo Neruda
  • “Marriage is like a golden ring in a chain, whose beginning is a glance and whose ending is eternity.” -Kahlil Gibran
  • “We love because it’s the only true adventure.” -Nikki Giovanni
  • “When people care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.” -Langston Hughes
  • “A good marriage is that in which each appoints the other guardian of his solitude.” -Rainer Maria Rilke
  • “That love is all there is/Is all we know of love.” -Emily Dickinson
  • “A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.” -Dave Muerer
  • “A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” -Andre Maurois
  • “Marriage is a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.” -Beverly Nichols
  • “What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.” -Leo Tolstoy

From Historical Figures

  • “Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” -Unknown
  • “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” -Lao Tzu
  • “A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.” -Unknown
  • “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance.” -Corinthians 13:7
  • “You don’t marry the person you can live with … you marry the person you can’t live without.” -Unknown
  • “There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.” -Mother Teresa
  • “In a marriage, each partner is to be an encourager rather than a critic, a forgiver rather than a collector of hurts, and enabler rather than a reformer.” -Unknown
  • “Love me when I least deserve it, because that’s when I really need it.” -Swedish Proverb
  • “The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.” -Unknown
  • “Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” -Barnett Brickner
  • “Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.” -Unknown
  • “The spaces between your fingers were created so that another’s could fill them in.” -Unknown
  • “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” -Martin Luther
  • “To the world you are one person, but to me, you are the world.” -Unknown
  • “The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation. It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through all eternity.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.” -Unknown
  • “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” -Aristotle
  • “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” -Antoine de Saint-Exubery
  • “Insomuch as love grows in you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.” -St. Augustine
  • “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” -Plato
  • “Without love, the world itself would not survive.” -Lope de Vega
  • “When love reigns, the impossible may be attained.” -Indian Proverb
  • “In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” -Marc Chagall
  • “Love is a friendship set to music.” -Unknown
  • “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.” -Sophocles
  • “We never live so intensely as when we love strongly. We never realize ourselves so vividly as when we are in full glow of love for others.” -Walter Rauschenbusch

From Celebrities

  • “Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades. But to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, now that’s a real treat.” -JoAnne Woodward
  • “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford
  • “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” -David Viscott
  • “Age does not protect you from love but love to some extent protects you from age.” -Jeanne Moreau
  • “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” -Rita Rudner
  • “The heart wants what it wants. There’s no logic to these things. You meet someone and you fall in love and that’s that.” -Woody Allen
  • “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” -Eden Ahbez
  • “Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.” -Leo Buscaglia
  • “Love is like a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.” -John Lennon
  • “A marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s the way you love your partner everyday.” -Barbara de Angelis
  • “The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.” -Henny Youngman (King of the One-Liners)

If you’re searching for the best way to express yourself on the big day, we hope you found something in our favorite quotes to help communicate your love.

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