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Valentine’s Day Love Letter Shoot

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Let the Valentine festivities continue! There’s no fighting our love of Valentine’s Day-inspired photo shoots, especially when it includes a collaboration between two great vendors like Juli Vaughn Designs and photographer Amber Wilburn. Read on for the duo’s inspiration behind their shoot and a special DIY Project!


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Valentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration Shoot

From the stylists: Nobody – and I mean nobody – really wants to get Kroger flowers and cheap chocolates for Valentine’s Day. And they definitely don’t want a tweet or a facebook message. But an old fashioned love letter? One that is straight from your love’s heart and dripping with meaningful inside jokes and true romance? That will melt any disillusioned Valentine’s heart. This was the inspiration behind a project that Amber Wilburn Photography and Juli Vaughn Designs concocted: An old fashioned love letter “updated” in a coffee table book format and personalized for anyone wanting to tell their love to “be mine.” These images are from the shoot for that project. They are inspired by the idea of a romance that is both playful and timeless. A “Mars” sweeps “Venus” off her feet and tells her he’s “Her biggest fan; She’s his “Honey Bun” his one true “Sweetheart.”


Valentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration ShootValentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration Shoot

Valentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration Shoot

Valentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration ShootValentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration Shoot

Valentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration Shoot

Valentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration ShootValentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration Shoot

Valentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration Shoot

Valentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration ShootValentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration Shoot

Valentine's Day: An Old Fashioned Love Letter Inspiration Shoot


View all images from this Valentine’s Day shoot here

The sign/markers above could be used as table numbers! To make them yourself, you will need the following:

-Heart Shaped Egg Molds (Found at cooking.com)
-Wooden Circles (Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
-Small White Frames
-Brown Craft Paper
-Letter Stamps + White Inkpad
-Decorative Ribbon
-Hot Glue + Scissors

1. Open the Egg Molds and hot glue the Wooden base to the Wood Circle
2. Cut out the Brown Paper into 1 inch strips and then cut to arrow shape
3. Stamp desired name on Brown Paper
4. Glue strip of ribbon on end of “Arrow”
5. Hot glue the arrow to the Egg Mold and hold until dry
6. Place the wooden base on the small white frame (you can glue it if you want to.)


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Douglasville, GA):

Wedding Venue: Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club / Event Design, Flowers, and Styling: Juli Vaughn Designs / Wedding Photographer: Amber Wilburn / Wedding Caterer: Mrs. Meister

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Coco Red Events

At Coco Red Events, we want to help create, facilitate and implement weddings that will make our client’s vision come to life. We also love to help clients imagine what their wedding can be, to collaborate creatively to enhance every experience of their guests. We work hard to maintain a high level of customer service throughout the whole planning process. We will be with you every step of the way. At the end of the day, a win for us is when our couple says, “today was the best day ever!”

We are a family-owned and operated company. Colette, or “Coco,” started our company almost 3 years ago. Since then, we’ve worked with many brides – budgets big and small. We love what we do and we love working together as a team to create exceptional weddings.

Although we are based in Atlanta, our team has executed events with excellence all over the country. Each person on our team has a specific strength–from environment design to logistics to building sets and crafting props–we will collaborate to make your wedding the one that every one talks about for years to come.

Thank you for considering us! We would be honored to work with you on your big day!!

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Elope Malibu + Giveaway!

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What’s a more romantic thought on Valentine’s morning than a spontaneous elopement on the dramatic California coast of Malibu? Elope Malibu, offers a beautiful cozy venue with a stunning vista, perfect for a romantic, intimate elopement. They are giving away three elopements on their lovely property as a Valentine’s Day treat!


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Photo by James Johnson


We have an old California farmhouse nestled in an acre of gardens on top of a hill overlooking the ocean in Malibu. Our house is not a mansion, it has always been a family home, with wide wooden verandas, and a big lawn. The garden is rustic, filled with roses and lavender and volunteers from the sage covered slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains right out our back door. Vintage weddings are a perfect fit for our white washed walls, our wrought-iron screens and our much-loved ancient love-seats. We decided to do vintage elopement weddings because it seems like a great idea in the current economy. A last minute wedding can be as beautiful as one that has been planned for months. So this Valentine’s Day we’re starting Elope Malibu’s Vintage Elopement Weddings and we’re offering three of these free to three Ruffled readers!


Photo by Next Exit Photography

We can’t imagine a more dreamy, romantic place to say your vows! For your chance to win this unique venue for your elopement, just leave a comment below indicating why you would want to elope in Malibu. Winners will be announced on Friday in the Weekly Wrap Up.
* offer is valid through December 31, 2012

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Fine Day Press

Fine Day Press is an Austin-based design + paper studio specializing in wedding invitations, custom designs & stationery with a modern, painterly feel. Our watercolor invitations are printed on luxe, cotton cardstock and can be mixed and matched with our envelope liners. Each design encompasses a full invitation suite, including Save the Dates, Directions & Information cards, and Day-of pieces.

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Local Wedding Guide: Texas

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It’s that time again — time for another installment of our Local Wedding Guide! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their tried-and-true recommendations. First we tackled North Carolina, and next up on the list is Texas. Love their work but not in Texas? They all love to travel :)



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Above images by Austin Photographer Taylor Lord

Austin, TX:

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Katherine O’Brien: Barton Springs!
Margaret of Three Apples Events in Austin: Any of the murals around town are always great! Or anywhere around Town Lake where you can soak in the fabulous views of downtown.
Shannon Cunningham in Austin: South Congress, East Austin, any of our glorious open, rolling fields, a fun bar/restaurant in town, any place in Austin that is special to the couple!
Heather Curiel: Any place outside with trees and water. Hamilton Pool, Barton Springs, check out any of the springs hike trails too.


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Above images by Austin photographer Shannon Cunningham

What are the best places for out-of-town guests to stay?

Katherine O’Brien: Camp Verde
Margaret of Three Apples Events: Austin has the gamut of types of places to stay! We’ve got all of the big hotels downtown like the Hilton, Sheraton, Radisson etc which are all within walking distance of fantastic restaurants and our famous 6th street. But if you want a more unique experience while in town, there are tons of cool unique options as well like the historic Driskill Hotel or boutique hotels like the San Jose, Kimber Modern, or St. Cecilia.
Heather Curiel: Somewhere out of the ordinary! Try a hotel along South Congress or even the new Heywood Hotel on the east side. Lots of venues also have on site overnight properties. An excellent choice for guests who want to enjoy the hill country views.
Shannon Cunningham: Four Seasons, Hotel St. Cecelia, Hotel San Jose, Kimber Modern, SFA Intercontinental, The Driskill

Margaret of Three Apples Events in Austin adds: Austin has everything for everyone! From Hill Country venues with incredible views to grand ballrooms, historic mansions to wineries, your wedding can really be whatever you want it to be! And that goes for every vendor, not just the venues – your flowers, your cakes and other sweet treats, your paper goods – Austin vendors are able to pull off any style of event with amazing aplomb. We do vintage, we do rustic, we do classic, we do glamorous. And don’t forget that Austin is also the live music capital of the world! So music can be a huge part of any event and we’ve got every kind of band or DJ you could hope for! Weddings in Austin are truly unique and really are in a category of their own!


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matthew moore texas wedding photographer

Images above by Dallas/Austin Photographer Matthew Moore

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Matthew Moore: Katie and I feel that brides photograph much better when they forget about the camera and the photographer altogether. In fact we encourage them to forget about us and think about what’s actually happening, which is… drum roll please… GETTING MARRIED! We believe there are two types of brides: the self-conscious bride and the marriage-conscious bride and, inevitably, brides will fall into one of these two categories. The self-conscious bride becomes preoccupied with “looking good” for the camera, worrying whether or not they are “doing it right,” or pleasing the photographer. However, the marriage-conscious bride is simply relishing the moment and looking forward to what’s ahead with great hope and great anticipation. In our opinion, the latter makes for much more honest, natural, and sincere portraits. If ever there were a day when you knew that you look good, a day that felt like you could do no wrong, a day where a photographer wouldn’t really have to tell you to “smile” because you couldn’t stop smiling… that day would certainly be your wedding day! Remember that the photography exists for the wedding not the wedding for the photographer. So think about the wedding… Think about your spouse (or soon to be spouse) and all that you’ve gone through, fought for, overcome, and triumphed over to get to this point. Do that, and we guarantee you that you’ll come away from this with three-dimensional portraits that contain richness, depth, and soul.




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ryan price texas wedding photographer

Above photographs by Houston Photographer Ryan Price. See wedding feature here.



Dallas

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Lisa of Period Charm Rentals: White Rock Lake & the Bath House, Las Colinas Canals, the Cotton Mill in McKinney for engagements. Must see- Fair Park has some great architecture.
Stephanie Hunter: Anything with a natural or organic feel really does it for me…think open, rolling fields, wheat grass and massive trees and rivers. I always love vintage homes too – especially if they have picket fences!

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caroline joy texas wedding photographer
Above photographs by Dallas Photographer Caroline Joy. See wedding feature here.

What are the best places for out-of-town guests to stay?
Lisa of Period Charm Rentals: For those visiting downtown Dallas we have the W, the new Omni, Hotel Zaza, Hotel Crescent Court and the Hilton Anatole. If you are looking for something closer to the airport and midway between Dallas and Ft. Worth the Gaylord Hotel is a great bet in Grapevine. That hotel encompasses all parts of Texas and is also a great venue for events.
Stephanie Hunter: Hands down my favorite places are B&B’s & little inns. It’s a chance to really feel the Texas charm! There are a TON, but the one I’m submitting is “The Inn on Lake Grandbury” – great place for a wedding AND guests to stay (why not kill two birds with one stone)?!


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stephanie hunter texas wedding photographer

Above images from Dallas photographer Stephanie Hunter




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heather curiel texas wedding photographer

Image by Austin Photographer Heather Curiel. See this wedding feature here.

Texas Wedding Resources:

Venues:
Lytle Bend, Lytle Cove Cottage (Abilene)
Howell Family Farms (Arlington)
The Allan House (view portfolio) (Austin)
Barr Mansion (Austin)
Le San Michele (Austin)
Vintage Villas (Austin Laguna Gloria; Wild Onion Ranch; The Driskill
Edisons, The Filter Building (Dallas)
Vista West Ranch; Camp Lucy (Dripping Springs)
Houston: Agave Estates
Casa Rio de Colores (Liberty Hill)
Cotton Mill (McKinney)

Photographers:
Apryl Ann Photography (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Jonathan Ivy (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Kimberly Chau (view portfolio), Houston + will travel worldwide
Stephanie Hunter (view portfolio), will travel worldwide
Ryan Price (view portfolio), Houston + will travel worldwide
Caroline Joy (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Meegan Weaver (view portfolio), Wichita Falls + will travel worldwide
Christina Carroll (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Taylor Lord (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Heather Curiel (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
She-N-He Photography (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Lindsey Shea (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Shannon Cunningham (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Two Pair Photography (view portfolio), Abilene + will travel worldwide
Matthew Moore (view portfolio), Dallas + will travel worldwide
Katherine O’Brien (view portfolio), Austin + will travel worldwide
Clayton Austin (view portfolio), Austin TX + California + worldwide

Florists:
Z’s Florist (Dallas)
Unexpected Elements (view portfolio) (Austin)
Bows and Arrows (Dallas)
The Arrangement (Abilene)

Catering:
Pink Avocado Catering (Austin)


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Above images from Austin photographers and design team She-N-He Photography

Bakery:
Frosted Art Bakery (Dallas)
Sweet Art Bakery (McKinney)
Layered Bake Shop (McKinney)
Society Bakery (Dallas)
Cupcake Cachet (Houston)
Central Market

Beauty:
Tisha Corcoran at TC Makeup Studio and Academy (Dallas)
Erica Gray (Austin)
Angel Parker with LucieMarie (Austin)
Mindy Orsak (Austin)

Planners and Stylists:
Unexpected Elements (view portfolio) (Austin)
Three Apples Events (view portfolio) (Austin)


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katherine obrien texas wedding photographer

Above images by Austin Photographer Katherine O’Brien. See past wedding features here.

Rentals:
Period Charm Rentals (view portfolio)

Stationery:
Southern Fried Paper (Dallas)

Calligraphers:
Marcy Feldman of Ink Pen Inc. (Dallas)
Rachel with Anibella Ink and Paper (Austin)

Registries:
Antiquaria (view portfolio) (Austin)

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Bella Lily Bridal

Bella Lily Bridal….Redefining the Bridal Experience!

We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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