This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Michelle and Heart, held Putah Creek Lodge in the UC Davis Arboretum, Davis, CA. Since the groom is a student and the bride is an employee of UC Davis, they decided to celebrate all things Davis on their special day, including renting the vintage double-decker bus from the campus, using the Davis pedi-cab as their getaway “car” and hiring the Cal Aggie Band-Uh Marching Band to surprise everyone (including the groom) mid-ceremony right after the pronouncement.
Photos courtesy of: Julia Aue Photography
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Megan and Tommy, held at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Lake Tahoe, CA. Two feet of snow had fallen the weekend before the wedding, making for a beautiful winter backdrop. The couple spends every weekend possible in Lake Tahoe together in the winter so the location was the perfect place for their wedding celebration.
The wedding ceremony was a quick 25 minutes outdoor setting, with classic Christmas tunes playing in the background. They served their guests hot chocolate, coffee and tea along with hand warmers and shawls to keep them warm. Unique touches like cones full of biodegradable snow was placed on all the aisle seats to throw at the end of the ceremony which made it very fun and playful for their guests. To keep warm the bridesmaids wore Uggs and Sorel boots under their long gowns.
Photos courtesy of: Toki Cavener
We’re always inspired by the beautiful wedding dresses and decor from BHLDN, so we were thrilled when they wanted to create an inspiration board for us. Inspired by the Exquisite Love wedding invitation from The BHLDN Collection for Wedding Paper Divas, the board is pure romance. From soft hairstyles to ethereal chair banners, this is for a timeless bride who knows her big day is all about love.
Exquisite Love wedding invitation, Hair, Flowers, Cake, Chair Banners, BHLDN Elisa Gown
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Katie and Billy, held at a private residence on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, NH. The bride is a daughter of a florist and she wanted to find a place they could bring their own creativity to and create a laid-back, relaxing atmosphere. They spend each summer at the lake, so it was fitting to have the ceremony in a place they both love.
It turned out to be quite the undertaking. After a full week of pouring rain, and a 911 call for an unresponsive groom resulting in 7 stitches, the wedding stress settled in. The bride had her hair done the morning of the wedding while looking out the window at the grey sky and swaying trees and feared another storm was on its way. About 30 minutes before the ceremony the sky turned sunny, the clouds diminished and they were able to have the ceremony outside of the tent where she had dreamed of. It didn’t start raining again until 10:00…right as the night ended.
Photos courtesy of: Matt & Ash
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Ashley and Lance, held at the Villa at Sunstone Winery in Santa Ynez, CA. The couple lives in Texas and decided an outdoor wedding in July was out of the question so they chose a beautiful sunny California winery for their wedding location.
Photos courtesy of: Ashleigh Taylor Photography
Pantone Comfrey, a muted, mossy jade, is the perfect green shade to use when playing up natural tones at your wedding. Whimsical touches, like the dragonfly motif in this invitation, will complement a fairytale forest ambiance.
L to R: Wedding Paper Divas Naturally Divine invite, Bridesmaids, Favor Bags, Bride Sign, Bouquet, Outdoor Chandelier
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful destination wedding celebration of Ann and Joe, held at Beaches Resort in Negril, Jamaica. The couple shared a week with 40 of their family and friends that flew in from all over the world to help them celebrate. Their wedding included many DIY elements that the couple made like the arch for the ceremony, aisle markers, girls bouquets, shell ring holders, favor tags for the fedoras, sweetheart table, and coral chevron table runner.
The couples wedding day started off with thunder and lightning, but quickly cleared up before the ceremony, which made for some beautiful Caribbean sunset photos.
Photos courtesy of: Justin Tinapay
This week’s Real Wedding is the beautiful celebration of Adrienne and Luke, held at Holland Ranch, San Luis Obispo, CA. The venue features a barn with a bridal suite above, a pond, horses, and spacious lawns all with a majestic mountain in the foreground. The groom’s father wrote a song for the couple and performed it with the bride’s father at the wedding. The groom’s father sang and played the guitar while the bride’s father played the fiddle.
Photos courtesy of: Matt Weins of HeyDay Photography
Choosing your Save the Date card is an important part of wedding planning. After all, it is the first impression guests will have of your wedding, and provides a great moment for you to convey your personality as a couple. Today we’re sharing a few tips on how to style the perfect photo for your Save the Dates.
Start by taking the time to think about what style of Save the Date would best represent both your wedding, and you as a couple. Browse our new Save the Date collection, and get a general idea of what you want. Knowing whether your Save the Date design will be portrait or landscape will help your photographer capture the best shot for the design, and let you be creative with the photo shoot.
Destination Beach Wedding
If you are heading someplace tropical to say “I Do”, get your guests excited with nautical or beach images. Take a look at how the text is placed on the Save the Date, and see if you can get creative with your photo, like this beach picture. Remember to send Save the Dates even earlier for destination weddings, as guests will need to make travel arrangements!
More ideas for destination wedding Save the Dates: Think travel – suitcases are a great and easy prop to incorporate into your engagement shoot.
Are you and your fiancé extra crafty? Give your guests a small taste of the DIY goodies they can expect from your wedding with a cute infographic Save the Date. Add in a few handmade props for the photos, and you guests will know to expect something extra special.
Play With Your Background
If you can pick your design before your engagement shoot, you can really get creative! We love this chalkboard idea – it really shows the playfulness of the engaged couple.
Keep It Simple
At the end of the day, your love is really the most important part of your Save the Date cards. A photo doesn’t need props or an exciting location to make an impact. Tip: keep extra space around you so you can adjust the cropping to fit your chosen design.