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WEDDING BLOG

8 Bridesmaid Gift Ideas That Will Improve Your Photos

September 17, 2020 | brooke


photo by Autumn Nicole Photography

Is your love language gift-giving? Do you want to spoil your friends with lovely gifts? What if we told you that the gifts you choose can actually make your wedding photos better? It’s a win-win situation at this point. Toss out the generic gift ideas you’ve seen on Pinterest, and let us guide you to thoughtful items your ‘maids will surely love. 

After you “add to cart” on the below items, read these bachelorette party ideas that will help you reconnect with your nearest-and-dearest

Minimalistic Overnight Bags for the Getting Ready Room

Why we love them: Clutter in the “getting ready room” is distracting. It’s hard to get ready around and you’ll cringe seeing it all when you get those photos back. We know your ‘maids need their things, so make it a little easier on the eyes with a simple bag. Bonus: They’ll totally use it again.

MODAEMB Monogram Weekender Duffle Bag ($48.00)

Water Bottles to Stay Hydrated All Day Long

Why we love them: Hydration is incredibly important on your wedding day. Go the sustainable—and photo-friendly—route by gifting your crew with these awesome water bottles. Slip them a Liquid IV packet to help with those next-day feelings, too. 

Welly Bamboo Water Bottle via Free People ($33.00)

Super Cute Heart-Shaped Sunglasses

Why we love them: Your bridal party will love posing with these super cute heart-shaped sunnies. Wear them while you get ready, have your photographer stash them away for bridesmaid photos, and—most importantly—rock them on the dance floor. 

ModParty Heart Shaped Sunglasses ($8.95)

Denim Jackets to Wear for a Chilly Reception Forecast 

Why we love them: If you’re planning a wedding in Fall or Winter, the chilly weather should be on your mind. Follow this DIY bride’s lead and gift your bridesmaids matching—or thoughtfully mismatched—jackets to wear during the reception. Trust us, they’ll look much better than they would stealing coats from the groomsmen. 

Pearl Denim Jacket via Amazon ($32.99)

PJ’s that are Totally More Comfortable than a Robe

Why we love them: While we do love a cute bridesmaid robe, they really aren’t the most practical option. You don’t want to forever remember the time they accidentally flashed the camera while sitting, bending, or jumping with excitement because their bestie is getting married. Plus, if you’re having bridesmen they’ll appreciate the ability to match with similar PJ styles. 

Women Tie Dye Button Long Sleeve Pajama Sets Ruffle Sleepwear via Amazon ($36.99)

Press-On Nails That Won’t Break the Bank

Why we love them: It’s expensive to be a bridesmaid these days—hair, make-up, nails, and all the money spent primping to look lovely for the big day. Help your pals save on expenses by providing them with these awesome press on nails that look totally chic. 

AB Ready to Wear Gel Nails ($7.99)

Matching Koozies for their Beverage of Choice

Why we love them: Do we have any seltzer fans in the house? These koozies are custom made for Truly and White Claw lovers. Bonus: Get them customized so there’s no drink mix-ups through the night. 

SoKoolCreations Monogrammed Skinny Can Cooler ($18.00)

90s Inspired Scrunchies for When the Dance Floor Gets Hot

Why we love them: If epic dance parties are your thing, pull your hair back and get into it! Even if your ‘maids choose not to put their hair up, these scrunchies make fun arm candy during the reception. Bonus: If you’re having a micro wedding you can place a bulk order and offer different colors to get your guests in on the fun. 

Mulberry Silk Scrunchie via SilkSpiritStore ($12.00)

Now that your bridesmaids are photo-ready, make sure you know how light can affect your ceremony photos. Looking for a photographer who can guide you through all of these tips and more? We’ve got you covered with the world’s best wedding photographers


photo by Autumn Nicole Photography

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Vintage-Inspired Nashville Wedding at Wilburn Street Studio

September 17, 2020 | riley

Audrey and Isaiah are the quintessential vintage-loving couple who wanted every detail of their wedding at Wilburn Street Studio to emit classy old-school vibes. Inspired by Audrey’s love for thrifting, she–along with her sisters–went on endless trips to Goodwill to collect glassware, books, and figurines to use as decor for their special day. Doing all of the planning themselves, the couple created a day that was nothing short of rustic and charming. 

One of our favorite aspects? Audrey’s Grace Kelly inspired Emmie Phelps Thompson wedding dress! She looked as if she had stepped out of the Golden Age of Hollywood as a rising starlet. Ready to see the chic affair? Keep scrolling to see the beautiful photos captured by Swak Photography–and be prepared to be transported back in time.

The Couple:

Audrey and Isaiah

The Wedding:

Wilburn Street Studio, Nashville, Tennessee

The Vintage Hollywood Inspired Bridal Look

I knew I wanted more of a vintage, Hollywood vibe for my hair and make-up. I have always loved Grace Kelly’s look, so I did have that in mind when I described the general aesthetic I wanted for my wedding day look. The dress was inspired by one I had coveted for a long time by a New York designer but knew I would not be able to afford it. I had a wonderful friend who made the dress for me, and it turned out so wonderfully! I decided on this dress because I felt it was a nod to the vintage era, but still very modern.

DIYing the Entire Wedding

I DIYed almost everything. My family was such a HUGE part of it all, and we could not have pulled it off without them. The archway made out of PVC pipe was my Dad’s handiwork, and we spray painted it gold. My older sister helped me thrift for weeks and designed all of my flowers–even my bouquet! My younger sisters helped decorate and painted signs for gifts, the entrance, etc. I pulled my apartment apart for the decor and used glassware, books, and figurines for almost all of the decorations. I was even collecting greenery the day before the wedding while walking around Nashville! It was a lot of work, but it was truly my style and a dream to collaborate with my sisters on this big day!

Wedding Advice From the Bride

Don’t get too caught up on the small, truly insignificant stuff. A lot of our day in the planning stages was dictated by what we could afford and make happen in Nashville while living in Atlanta. So many factors changed from what I wanted to what we could physically make happen. When frustration set in, I always told myself not to lose sight of why I was doing all of it–to marry the man I love and celebrate our new life together. I always made an effort to enjoy the moment and not get caught up in what I simply couldn’t make work. 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Swak Photography
Venue – Wilburn Street Studio
DJ – Steven Mullan
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Ana Monique
Wedding Dress – Emmie Phelps Thompson
Rentals – Liberty Rentals

 

Congratulations again to Audrey and Isaiah on their vintage-inspired Nashville wedding at Wilburn Street Studio! Thank you to Swak Photography for sharing their special day with Junebug. We hope you loved it as much as we do. To see more vintage wedding inspo, check out Elizabeth and Dan’s Vintage Celestial Wedding at The Outdoor Club!

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Fashion-Forward Sicilian Wedding at La Tenuta Del Baloo with an Edge

September 16, 2020 | riley

Italian culture is known for its chic style, delicious food, and stunning scenery. It’s no surprise that Ama and Pete’s Sicilian-inspired wedding at La Tenuta Del Baloo was the embodiment of all three. With the help of Junebug member and expert planner Blooming Eventi, the couple’s special day was untraditional, colorful, and edgy. 

The venue–perched at the bottom of the Etna volcano–was covered in lush greenery and citrus fruits put together by Panta Rhei and white statue busts that helped maintain the historic elements of the villa. We love that Ama had not one, but two stylish wedding gowns–the second being red!

Photographers and Junebug member Andrea and Federica perfectly captured every small detail, and we’re so excited to share each carefully planned detail. Keep scrolling to see the wedding that belongs in a fashion magazine!

The Couple:

Ama and Pete

The Wedding:

Tenuta del Baloo, Viagrande, Sicily, Italy

The Edgy Yet Stylish Wedding Day Vibes

Pete and I were never a traditional couple. With this in mind, we wanted a celebration of our love in a very culturally, edgy, and stylish way in a place that really represents who we are–mystic, bold, unique, and quirky. So without a doubt, we decided on a proper Sicilian celebration with colorful, cultured, and intense moments by the Etna volcano.

Researching the Wedding Theme

We really spent two years researching, learning, and traveling to Sicily–particularly to the area of the wedding—to understand the intrinsic cultural elements and how to add them to our wedding weekend to provide an experience to everyone who joined us.

The Most Memorable Part Featuring a Sicilian Tradition

Everything was memorable–full of character and intensity! We will never forget when we saw all our guests from all over the world dressed in black–a Sicilian tradition to protect the couple from bad vibes–dancing the tarantella for 45 minutes.

Sicilian Legend Inspired Favors

Our wedding favors were unique and, again, all linked to the history of Sicily. All our guests received a Testa di Moro–a ceramic vase from Sicily. They were created many centuries ago to represent the legend that during the Moor’s domination in Sicily’s 11th century, a lovely young girl lived in the Kalsa neighborhood in Palermo. Every day, she spent time on the balcony of her house taking care of her plants and flowers. One day a young Moor passing by saw her and was captured by her beauty and declared his love to her, which was immediately returned.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Andrea & Federica
Event Planning – Blooming Eventi
Ceremony Venue – Tenuta del Baloo
Floral Design – Panta Rhei
Catering – La Torre
Officiant – Clara Corallo Celebrante
DJ – Adriana Criscione
Invitation Design – Misfit Creative
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Aga Drosdowska
Rings – Alessandra Semeoni

 

Congratulations again to Ama and Pete on their fashion-forward wedding at La Tenuta Del Baloo! Thank you to Andrea and Federica for sharing their special day with Junebug. And thank you to Junebug member Blooming Eventi for helping put together such a stunning event! If you want to see more of Andrea and Federica’s work, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!

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