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4th of July Wedding Inspiration

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Happy Fourth of July to all of our American readers! We’re all familiar with the traditional Independence Day palette — bold red, white, and blue — but we love seeing the sophisticated and fresh twist as dreamed up by McKenna Anne Designs and so beautifully shot by Caroline Joy. Inspired by was inspired by the phrase “amber waves of grain” from the song America The Beautiful, this gorgeous shoot is sure to send you off to a fabulous 4th of July!

red mixed drinksgold glitter shoes

From the photographer, Caroline Joy: Our vision was to celebrate a Fourth of July wedding with understated style. Our setting was inspired by the phrase “…amber waves of grain…” from the song America The Beautiful. The cherries brought in a natural element of red, so we let that inspire the color palette.

newlyweds in white

red mixed drinksgold glitter shoes

coral wedding invitations

books about piemini cherry pie

peach paper goods

books about piesbaskets of cherries

coral paper goodscoral wedding invitations

pie place settings

coral paper goodscoral wedding invitations

4th of july newlyweds

red rustic tablescapesred wedding bouquets


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Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Wedding Photographer: Caroline Joy Photography / Event Stylist: McKenna Anne Designs / Wedding Flowers: Lindy Floral / Wedding Dress: Alia / Bride’s Shoes: INC via Macy’s / Paper Fans: BHLDN / Calligraphy and Paper Goods: Chips & Salsa

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Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Little White Dress is the premier bridal salon in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. We offer unmatched service, and a beautiful selection of designer wedding gowns, accessories, and shoes in a wide variety of price ranges and styles. Little White Dress is proud to offer the very best bridal designers, all of which are unavailable elsewhere in Colorado. Get ready for one of the best parts of wedding planning – finding your gown at Little White Dress!

Gown designers: Anne Barge, Charlie Brear, Claire Pettibone, Enaura, Galia Lahav, Jenny Packham, Justin Alexander, Liancarlo, Lis Simon, Marchesa, Matthew Christopher, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Rivini, Robert Bullock Bride, Sassi Holford.

Located at 3420 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211 in the Historic Highlands Neighborhood. Tel.: 303-814-8972

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Durham Food Truck Wedding

DIY Weddings

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One of our favorite new additions to weddings is the food truck — such a stress-free way to add a little fun and uniqueness to your big day, like this one from Oh! Darling Photography. Mary and Tommy brought on three different food trucks to feed their guests, crafted pom pom garlands to decorate their reception space, and decorated their maids in pretty frocks from Whitney Deal. Make sure to read through to get some tips from the bride in dealing with hiccups on your wedding day!

newlyweds by brick wall

From the bride, Mary: We wanted a laid back evening wedding with children running around barefoot, people drinking bottles of beer and lots of family and friends on the dance floor.

bride getting ready

colored pencil invitations

watercolor flowers pastels

vintage bride with veilgroom in blue tie

watercolor bridesmaids dresses

There was a lot of community support that pulled this wedding together. We made pompom garlands over several craft and wine evenings and friends met early the morning of the wedding to arrange flowers, set up chairs and hang decorations. If we had a theme it would be that there is beauty in the small imperfections of many hands contributing.

groomsmen in black suits

blue green boutonnieressimple bridal beauty

pom pom garland decor

bride and groom outdoors

bride and groom hugging

strawberry wedding cakeschalkboard reception menus

black and white cake cutting

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? On your wedding day, let go of all the details and minutia that you spent the last months poring over, even if it’s a conscious decision you have to remind yourself of multiple times. Accept however you feel throughout the day even if it’s not what you expected to feel at a certain moment. Also, remember that what you see on wedding blogs and photos is one small slice of the day. It poured on our wedding day so the natural lighting that attracted us to the reception hall was replaced with fluorescent lights that made me feel like I was at a gym. One of the food trucks arrived an hour late. Our DJ accidentally played from the “do-not-play” list. Don’t fret about having the perfect day, but focus on planning a celebration that is meaningful for you.

rainy day food trucks

bride and groom

locopops for guestspacked food for guests

whole foods cakes

black and white first dance


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Wedding Location: Durham, NC / Ceremony Venue: Blacknall Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Trotter Building / Wedding Photographer: Oh! Darling Photography / Wedding Dress: Halcyon Vintage (Richmond, VA) / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo / Bridesmaids Dresses: Whitney Deal / Bride’s Hair: Posh Salon / Groom’s Suit: Banana Republic / Wedding Flowers: Whole Foods / Food Trucks: Tacqueria Don Fily, Sympathy for the Deli, and Cafe Prost / Wedding Cakes: Whole Foods / Frozen Pops: Locopops / DJ: A+ DJ / Wedding Invitations: Bride

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Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Little White Dress is the premier bridal salon in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. We offer unmatched service, and a beautiful selection of designer wedding gowns, accessories, and shoes in a wide variety of price ranges and styles. Little White Dress is proud to offer the very best bridal designers, all of which are unavailable elsewhere in Colorado. Get ready for one of the best parts of wedding planning – finding your gown at Little White Dress!

Gown designers: Anne Barge, Charlie Brear, Claire Pettibone, Enaura, Galia Lahav, Jenny Packham, Justin Alexander, Liancarlo, Lis Simon, Marchesa, Matthew Christopher, Naeem Khan, Reem Acra, Rivini, Robert Bullock Bride, Sassi Holford.

Located at 3420 W. 32nd Ave., Denver, CO 80211 in the Historic Highlands Neighborhood. Tel.: 303-814-8972

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Wool and Lights Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

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This morning’s photoshoot by Katie Pietrowski and Cole Gorman of Blest Photography is just plain gorgeous inspiration for any day of the year. The photographers took elements from the couple’s own wedding and spun it into a styled shoot in Raleigh, North Carolina. We love how a strategically placed string of twinkle lights can transform any space!

string light wedding ideas

orange pink bouquetsrustic wedding details

From the photographer, Katie: Cole Gorman is a good friend of mine as well as a fellow photographer, so we decided to join forces and do a styled shoot together. I’m based in Boston and he is based in Raleigh, so I guess you can spin it as two photographers putting their ideas together to do a styled shoot in North Carolina. One of Cole’s couples from December agreed to be the models, so we took some elements from their actual wedding to create the theme of the shoot. Jared gave each of his groomsmen hand-knit ties to wear on the wedding day, and Amy had incorporated elements of wool throughout the wedding day. Our brainstorming sessions led us to our theme: Wool & Lights.

rustic pink tablescapes

rustic bride and groomrustic pink centerpieces

bride in barn wedding

paper chair monograms

bride holding lambrustic pink roses

cake on hay bale

rustic place settingstwine wrapped flatware

pom poms on strings

rustic salt and peppergroom in wool tie

rustic barn newlyweds

From there, we found the perfect spot for the shoot: a quaint little farm in Wake Forest complete with chickens, lambs, and a cute cat named Bolt. Incorporating the lamb into the shoot was incredible as it tied the entire theme together. Cole and I found all of the silver, plate and glassware at local antique shops or thrift stores, and we worked with two incredible vendors who brought our vision to life. TreBella Florist in Durham is to thank for all the beautiful flowers, and they did a fantastic job taking our ideas and creating beautiful arrangements with pops of orange, pink & lavender. We also worked closely with Jamie Morehouse from Cakes to Envy for the super-unique cake she put together for the shoot. We told her the theme, and by the end of our meeting, she had an idea for a three-layer cake with balls of yarn as accents.

woodsy wedding couple

bride in faux furgroom orange boutonnieres

woodsy wedding shoes

bride and groom barnwool inspired cakes

orange wedding cakes

pink flower arrangementsrustic place settings

woodsy wedding shoot


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Shoot Location: Raleigh/Durham, NC / Wedding Photographers: Katie Pietrowski (based in Boston, MA) and Cole Gorman of Blest Photography / Wedding Flowers: TreBella Florist / Wedding Cake: Cakes to Envy

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Beacon Lane

From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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