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From the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park This NYC Elopement Took Our Breath Away

July 28, 2016 | gabby

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This NYC elopement’s sophisticated style is the epitome of Big Apple romance! KNW Photography set out to create the ultimate city styled elopement shoot, so she took to the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park for those romantic industrial backdrops that only a city like NYC can offer. Perfect bridal details like a crystal headband, a loose fishtail braid, and seriously stunning florals complete the bride’s effortlessly chic look.

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The Talented Team:

Photography – KNW Photography
Floral Design – BAHTOH
Invitations – Kara Hill Calligraphy
Makeup & Hair Artist – Yoshiko Iwasaki
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – Susie SaltzmanBHLDN
Rings – Susie Saltzman

 

A huge thanks to KNW Photography for submitting this styled elopement shoot to Junebug! Want more NYC wedding inspiration? Take a look at this bohemian meets industrial NYC wedding at Greenpoint Loft!

xoxoGabby

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Simply Beautiful Shreveport Wedding at The Magnolia Place

July 28, 2016 | gabby

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This intimate Shreveport wedding at The Magnolia Place channels simplicity, modernity, and romance! Brittney and Andy knew they wanted their closest friends and family to feel as included in their wedding day as possible, so they chose a charming event space to accommodate the small guest list and had family members cater the reception! A dreamy color palette of sage green, gold, and light pink allowed the couple to fill their venue with lovely details like greenery garlands, modern terrariums, and tons of florals. From the first look to the first dance, we absolutely love how Kristen Soileau Portraits captured the whole day.

The Couple:

Brittney and Andy

The Wedding:

The Magnolia Place, Shreveport, Louisiana

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We chose our venue because the inside was beautifully decorated, big enough and small enough for the amount of people we wanted, and cost effective.

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The most memorable part of the day was honestly, probably almost anything involving our son. He wasn’t feeling well that day so during the middle of the wedding ceremony Brittney and I were passing him back and forth holding him so he would be calm. Also, he was smack dab in the middle of us during our first dance!

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Our advice: Keep it simple. If going big is what you want then do it but we chose a very small venue and invited only the people who mattered to us the most. Don’t go cheap on a photographer/videographer either. Sure, your cousin might have a decent camera with a little bit of photoshop skills but you just can’t put a price on a professional.

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I think our favorite photo/photos taken were the ones she took of us in our new home. We had just finished painting and had barely moved any ofAndy‘s stuff into the house so it was still pretty barren. But Kristen took photos of us together in our bedroom and our sons room and those are just the most memorable photos for sure!

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Processional: Bethel Music – It Is Well (Instrumental)
First Dance: Ellie Goulding – How Long Will I Love You

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Kristen Soileau Portraits
Event Styling – Amanda Jameson
Ceremony Venue – The Magnolia Place
Reception Venue – Private Residence
Floral Design – Botanical Occasions by Leanne Graves
Catering – Phyllis Koglin & Paula Methvin
Cake – Lisa Massingill
Officiant – Ryan Dean
Geometric Pieces – Pursuing Eden Rentals
Makeup Artist – Bailey Haynes
Hair Styling – Total Changes Hair Salon
Wedding Dress – Happily Ever After Bridal

 

Congratulations to Brittney and Andy, and a huge thanks to Kristen Soileau Portraits for sharing this gorgeous elopement with Junebug! Want more intimate wedding inspiration? Take a look at this uniquely artistic elopement at Noah Purifoy Outdoor Art Museum!

xoxoGabby

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Friends and Family – What to Delegate When Your Loved Ones Offer to Help with Wedding Planning

July 27, 2016 | nicole

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These days, weddings are a labor of love that come together with the help of a whole community. In addition to your talented photographer and videographer, attentive coordinator and skillful florist, caterer, and makeup artist, there’s another team of people who make your dream wedding a reality. The people who’ve been by your side long before you said “yes” to the dress or even “yes” to the proposal. The same people who asked “when are you getting engaged?” and “when are you setting a date?” are now asking “how can I help?”

Answering that question can be as overwhelming as wedding planning itself. Where do you even start? We know that delegating tasks can be a doozy, so we’re here to break down what to assign your loved ones, and what to leave to the pros.

Your mother-in-law who loves baking

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She’s known for baking the most delectable cakes for each and every family member’s birthday, but you may not feel comfortable having her build your six-tier wedding cake. Instead, give her control of the dessert table. Allowing her to plan the array of treats accompanying your cake is a sweet substitute that takes one more thing off of your plate, while giving her a chance to shine. Homemade pies and cupcakes are most delicious when baked with love!

Your crafty & creative bridesmaid

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With so many DIY ideas on the Internet, Pinterest can be an endless rabbit hole of inspiration. Before you get sucked into the crafty madness, take your bridesmaid up on her offer to help. Having her make a shared Pinterest board for ideas allows you to simply scroll through a streamlined selection of projects to decide what’s right for your wedding. Once you’ve determined what to DIY and what to outsource to a professional, have your bridesmaid create a spreadsheet of each project, the materials needed, and a priority timeline. If you’ve got lots of idle hands to help, have her assign different crafts to trusted friends and family members.

Your mom’s friend who owns a really nice camera

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We can’t advocate enough for hiring a professional wedding photographer to capture your big day. It seems like everyone knows someone who’s tried their hand at photography — and may even be quite skilled — but that doesn’t mean they should be put in charge of documenting one of the most important days of your life. Instead of hiring your mom’s friend to take on your whole wedding or even your engagement photos, enlist their help for one of the smaller events leading up to the big day. Your engagement party, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner are the perfect, low-pressure settings for a family friend to photograph.

Your handyman father

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We know your dad would build you the venue of your dreams if it would make you happy, but perhaps a handcrafted sweetheart table or ceremony arch would do the trick. Fathers can often feel left out of the wedding planning process, so letting him build you something with his own hands helps him feel needed and included in your special day. Some of our favorite farm tables and cake stands have been thoughtfully crafted by a bride’s father, and you’ll appreciate those one-of-a-kind pieces long after you’ve said “I do.”

Your detail-oriented aunt

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Unless your aunt is a professional wedding planner by trade, it may not be the best idea to give her free reign on coordinating your big day. However, that doesn’t mean her attention to detail and stellar organizational skills have to go unused! Making her the point of contact for your hired planner or day-of coordinator ensures that no questions will come to you as you prepare to say your vows or enjoy your first dance. Entrust her with a binder full of every vendor and wedding party member’s contact information, and maybe even cc her on your email communications throughout the planning process to keep her in the loop.

It’s true what they say: it really does take a village to pull a picture-perfect wedding together! Thinking of hiring a wedding planner? Read this first!

xoxoNicole

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