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Nile Inspired Wedding Ideas

From the delicate jewelry to the Sphinx cat to the buttery images from Debbie Lourens Photography, how could you not be enthralled? Debbie and floral designer extraordinaire Anli Wahl teamed up to create this inspiring shoot with nods to the Nile and springtime colors, and I have to say we’re pretty smitten with the result!

Nile inspired wedding ideas - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

From the photographer, Debbie Lourens: Our main source of inspiration for the Girl of the Nile shoot was definitely our Sphinx cat model, Romeo. We wanted to incorporate a cat in one of our shoots and planned everything around the Egyptian theme. Instead of going with heavy golds and coppers, we wanted to use fresh vibrant colours giving the feel of Spring. We infused corals, mints, and blues with oranges and yellows to get the vibrant colour palette. Because of the rich tones in our shoot we wanted to have our ‘bride’ wear understated clothing with just little pops of colour in her jewellery.

illustrated paper goods - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

hair accessories - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

tropical tablescapes - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

braided wedding hair - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

lemon wedding inspiration - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

tropical tablescapes - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

nile wedding ideas - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

tropical bouquets - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

delicate jewelry - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

place settings - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

Egyptian wedding ideas - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

delicate jewelry - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

tropical wedding inspiration - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

romantic wedding jewelry - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

wedding inspiration - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

tropical centerpieces - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

simple place settings - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

bohemian wedding jewelry - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

watercolor wedding cake - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

tropical centerpieces - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas

Nile inspired wedding ideas - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas
Nile inspired wedding ideas - photo by Debbie Lourens Photography http://ruffledblog.com/nile-inspired-wedding-ideas


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa / Photographer: Debbie Lourens Photography / Flowers: Anli Wahl / Venue: Cultivar Guest Lodge / Wedding Dresses: Janita Toerien and Alana van Heerden / Jewelry: Quench Jewellery / Hair and Makeup: Marnel Toerien / Caterer: La Petite Patisserie / Wedding Cake: Simply Cake / Stationery: White Kite Studio

Romantic Hickory Street Annex Wedding

This wedding has so much to love, so you better start preparing yourself right now. Apryl Ann Photography and Blue Lotus worked to make Danielle and Benjamin’s wedding day a magical event, and it’s a no-brainer to say they had total success. Truly, how stunning is that ceremony setup?

romantic Hickory Street Annex wedding - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

From the bride, Danielle: I had always envisioned a jazz band at my wedding so I kind of built the theme around that. It had an inviting classic elegance about it that really did make the whole night magical! The classic elements were subtle: skinny black ties and slim fitting suits, lace, the font on the invitations, twinkle lights and music choice. The venue, food, flowers and lighting made it feel very relaxed and accessible.

yellow white invitations - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

wedding flowers - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

pastel boutonnieres - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

pastel bouquets - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding
Bouquet recipe: hydrangea, spray roses, cabbage roses, succulents, dusty miller, stock, and dahlias.

bride and flower girls - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

romantic Hickory Street Annex wedding - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

rustic wedding ceremony - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

I told my bridesmaids to choose a dress in the neutral color palette (nude, blush, tan, cream, gold or silver). I really liked the way metallics looked with the neutral colors! It felt like winter without being Christmasy. The flowers gave the needed pop of color. My good friend Krista made the lace runner for the head table. My mom, sisters and I potted the individual succulents for each place setting as the wedding favor. Most everything else was outsourced as I planned the wedding from out of state haha!

wedding menu - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

wedding tablescapes - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

glam receptions - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

painted table numbers - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1. Don’t take out wedding stress on your fiance!!! The whole process is very taxing but it only makes things 10x worse if your relationship suffers for it. 2. Don’t procrastinate. Just don’t do it! 3. Delegate. It was really hard for me to do this. I was planning a wedding in Texas from North Carolina so I needed to trust my friends and family to handle things for me but it was really hard to give up control of every little detail. They were perfectly capable and did an amazing job, but I would have been a lot more relaxed if I had delegated more. You will drive yourself crazy if you don’t let people help you! I was even worried my fiance would put the stamps on the invitation crooked so I let him seal them but I put the stamps on haha! I promise I wasn’t a Bridezilla, just a little neurotic :).

amber bottle centerpieces - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

naked wedding cakes - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

reception centerpieces - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

naked wedding cakes - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

romantic Hickory Street Annex wedding - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding

romantic Hickory Street Annex wedding - photo by Apryl Ann Photography http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-hickory-street-annex-wedding


View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Reign of Love,” Coldplay
Bride’s Processional: Wagner’s Bridal Chorus
Recessional: “Hoppipolla,” Sigur Ros
First Dance: “Make You Feel My Love,” Bob Dylan
Father Daughter dance: “I Loved Her First,” Heartland
Last Group Dance: “Will You Be There,” Michael Jackson
Last Newlywed Dance: “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” She & Him (this was “our” song through our relationship, so was really special for us to end on that)

Wedding Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Apryl Ann Photography / Floral Design: Blue Lotus / Venue: Hickory Street Annex / Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones / Hair Piece: Whitney Alyssa / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Caterer: Gil’s Elegant Catering / Wedding Cake: Cakewalk Bake Shop / Table Numbers: Sweet Carolina Collective / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas






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Los Osos Engagement Session

Photos By: Danielle Poff

Danielle Poff, what you’re able to do with engagement sessions never ceases to amaze me. Today we’ve got a darling proposal story to accompany some of the most romantic images we’ve seen, taken where else but in picturesque San Luis Obispo, California. If you’ve got an engagement session coming up (or just love looking at pretty images), this shoot is sure to inspire:

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

From the bride-to-be, Kourtnie: Nathan and I were introduced by a mutual friend years ago, but it wasn’t until we ran into each other out of town 3 years ago that we randomly hit it off and something sparked. For the earlier part of our relationship I lived in Chicago and he visited me every few weeks until I made the move out to Southern California so we could be closer. I never saw the the engagement coming which was so incredibly special because I love surprises, and he knows that. We were out in Chicago on vacation and spending the day with friends. Nathan had a date planned that evening that he called a surprise, which I thought nothing of since he’s always planned little dates in the past. We got all dressed up and he took me for a walk down on Lake Michigan- the same route we took on a walk the very first trip he came out to visit me – a memory that was very special to both of us. Eventually he dropped down on one knee and I honestly didn’t see it coming until it happened. He had a photographer nearby that caught everything on camera. I just about died… couldn’t believe all of the thought he put in it!

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement portraits - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

romantic engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

engagement sessions - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

For the engagement shoot we were definitely set on something very scenic and outdoorsy, since we had the city-based pictures from our proposal. We wanted to find a setting that was woodsy with greenery and trees and also something near the water – but not the typical beach and sand backdrop you see all the time. With helpful tips from our wedding photographer, we decided on Montana de Oro state beach which is on the Pacific Ocean but is unique in that there are several cliff and rock areas that make for great scenery. For the woodsy option, we chose Los Osos Reserve (tree park). We had so much fun at our shoot! Outfits were selected with the mindset of seeming casual and along the lines with something we would wear any day of the week. We definitely made an effort to make sure we wore colors that complimented each other and weren’t too match-y.

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

engagement sessions - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

Los Osos engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement portraits - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement portraits - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session

beach engagement session - photo by Danielle Poff http://ruffledblog.com/los-osos-engagement-session


View all images from this engagement session in the gallery

Shoot Location: San Luis Obispo, CA / Photographer: Danielle Poff / Kourtnie’s Dress: Ms Chevious Boutique (Temecula, CA) / Sandals: Sam Edelman / White Jeans: Flying Monkey / Top: H&M / Flats: Lucky Brand / Nathan’s Attire: Banana Republic / Nathan’s shoes: Steve Madden / Hair and Makeup: Sammy Williams / Film Scans: Photovision

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