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If you are engaged and already have all of the traditional wedding registry items you need (and then some), Gift Gather may be just what you’re looking for. Used alone or as a great supplement to your already existing registry, Gift Gather is about getting your dream gift. That one big gift that depends on the collective efforts of your family and friends. Whether you want to make an offer on your dream home or would like to travel the globe for your honeymoon, Gift Gather is a great way to organize group gifts.

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Gift Gather is easy, fun, and fast. They know you are busy planning your wedding, so creating a registry should be simple. The Gift Gather team is there whenever you need them with a very dedicated staff. Have a question? They will never send you to a call center in a faraway land. In fact, you may even find yourself chatting directly with one of the founders, Cynthia, Colin, or Adam.

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If you register for your wedding celebration with Gift Gather, you can ask your guests to contribute to your big day, instead of just giving you a new tea pot. And, if giving to a cause you care about most sounds even better, don’t worry. You can also create a registry in honor of your favorite charity!

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Sign up is FREE! All transactions are safe and secure and you’ll get a custom URL, and your own custom, ad-free Gift Page. You can make an awesome, personalized video telling your guests about your gift, why it’s so important to you, and how excited and grateful you are that they are a part of it. Once your registry is ready, you can show off your fun page and share it via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and your wedding website.

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The folks at Gift Gather simply love gift giving. They don’t replace the experience, they just enhance it. Gift Gather wants to help you get a bigger, better, more personalized gift. So every detail, from your family’s gift receipts to the packaging on your gift when it arrives at your doorstep, truly is a celebration. Create your free account at Gift Gather and happy registering!

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Lynnique

What’s in your heart? Is it filled with dreams? Dreams of memories waiting to be created and moments to be shared? Moments that shine down around you and add that extra sparkle to your life? We are here to make those dreams come true and to add that extra sparkle! Because every girl needs a little extra sparkle in her life….

Hi! My name is Lynne and I am the Owner of Lynnique, a Custom Design Jewelry Boutique. As a little girl my days and nights were filled with hopes and dreams for the future. As I began to follow those dreams I earned my Degree in Psychology and History from Fordham University. Along the way I began to pursue another passion of mine, jewelry. It all began with a simple beaded bracelet. This led to experimentation with newer styles, working with genuine precious stones and other materials. Today, thanks to the love and encouragement of my friends and family, my dream has grown into the business that it is today. In 2012, I married the man of my dreams and in doing so began to design some amazing wedding jewelry.

Here at Lynnique, we are a family business, fully committed to working with you to custom design the perfect pieces for your occasion. We will work with you during a consultation session to design each piece of jewelry, ensuring a pleasant and friendly experience. As you can see by reviewing our website, Lynnique.com, we offer not only custom pieces for those special occasions but also everyday bling. Our everyday collection can easily be dressed up or down for any event.

I love working with brides in creating the perfect look for their big day. In addition to my everyday jewelry, I currently specialize in bridal earrings, bridal necklaces, bridal bracelets, bouquet photo charms, boutonniere charms, groomsmen cufflinks, bridesmaid jewelry, flower girl jewelry, mother of the bride jewelry and mother of the groom jewelry. If you would like items made for your bridesmaids or mother of bride please contact me.

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Fort Mill Barn Wedding

DIY Weddings

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Emily Chidester

Much like the bride in today’s wedding, autumn is my all-time favorite season. There’s just something so romantic about it being just chilly enough to cuddle up, but not too freezing to find beautiful flowers and locations for incredible portraits. The bride, Caroline, shared this tidbit about her husband: “I never would’ve imagined that I would’ve ended up with someone like him, and he came out of nowhere, but he fit me perfectly.” How darling is that? Caroline, who owns Foxberry Farm, worked her magic with event design as you’ll see in the images here captured by Emily Chidester!

handdrawn wedding invitations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

From the bride, Caroline: I always wanted an autumn wedding, but with a very subtle color palette of mainly cream, hints of blush, frosted green, and, since it is fall, a heavy touch of gold. The venue we had envisioned (and did end up with) was a barn. I wanted a casual venue that I could glam up with personal touches instead of a stiff expensive atmosphere, and we found just that!

Fort Mill Barn wedding - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

illustrated wedding invitations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

pink bridesmaids dresses - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

pink bridesmaids dresses - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

unique wedding bouquets - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

groomsmen with tattoos - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

lush wedding bouquets - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding
Bouquet recipe: garden roses, persimmons, hydrangea, ranunculus, anemones, and dahlias

giant handwritten backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

script ceremony backdrops - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

I would describe the wedding as relaxed country (and vintage) glamour. I didn’t so much have a theme as much as I had a vision: big farm tables (which I succeeded in securing), lots of brass candle stick holders (achieved with months of thrifting), real china plates (again, thrifted), spectacular lighting, full table settings and decor, and good food. The DIY involved: floral arrangements were done by myself and the bridal party (including bridesmaids bouquets and men’s boutonnieres), all the endless thrifting, cutting the table runners, spray painting endless objects gold, chalkboards (hand written by the same girl that designed my invites: Evane Corder), my cake was made by one of my sister-in-laws, friends baked tarts, I hand painted the ceremony backdrop (it was one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite series: Anne of Green Gables), even the hair and make up was done by my sister-in-laws, and my sash was made by my godmother. I love that every part of my wedding had a very personal touch; it’s the only event where you can really fully express the depths of who you are, and we were surrounded by pieces that make up who we are individually and who we are as a couple.


bride during processional - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

handdrawn wedding programs - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

unique ceremony ideas - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

Two of my favorite moments were: walking down the aisle was so different from what I thought it would be. You wait to walk, and you wait to walk, and you keep waiting watching everyone go ahead of you while butterflies are rattling inside your stomach, but the second I was starting down the aisle and locked eyes with Samuel all I could feel was confidence and I felt comfortable, because I was walking towards the safest place I knew. And the second best moment was when we finally escaped and were in the car on the way to the hotel, because it finally set in that our future together was permanently in place and we could finally enjoy knowing that we get to be together from now till the end.

group bridal shot - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding
tilt shift portraits - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

groomsmen in gray vests - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

bouquet and decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

indoor reception lighting - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

autumn wedding ideas - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

fall wedding decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

chalkboard wedding signs - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

reserved table sign - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t take your time of engagement for granted! We only had a little over 6 months, but it’s easy to keep putting off tasks for the first few months, and that definitely added to the stress! Engagement is such a short and sweet transitional period, it goes by extremely fast, and you’ll truly enjoy it more if you get a heads start on the planning and crafting.

fall wedding decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

fall wedding ideas - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

fall wedding decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

fall wedding decorations - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

giant wreath backdrop - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

naked wedding cakes - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

honey wedding favors - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

honey wedding favors - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

wedding dessert ideas - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

unique wedding desserts - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

newlyweds after reception - photo by Emily Chidester - view more: http://ruffledblog.com/fort-mill-barn-wedding

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Wedding Music:
One of our friends is a great DJ, and we just sent him a list of requests and gave him freedom to add or remove as he pleased! I think our only requirements were: 70s hits, Katy Perry, and Beyonce. The processional was great. We have friends that are in an amazing band called Jude Moses (you can find them on iTunes and Spotify), the frontman is a close friend and doubled as a groomsman. I asked him if he would write the music to the lyrics I had written, he agreed. The men walked out to beautiful improv, and then my bridesmaids, ring bearer, flower girl, and myself walked out to the song the band and I co-wrote. The recessional was a nice upbeat improv again, but I’ll never forget walking out to that song I had given words to – I’m hoping it’ll be recorded soon :)

Wedding Location: Fort Mill, SC / Photographer: Emily Chidester Photography / Second Shooter: Erica Serrano Photography / Event Planning, Design, and Flowers: Bride, Foxberry Farm / Bouquet: Philosophy Flowers / Day-Of Coordination: CeCe Hampton Wedding Planning & Design / Venue: The Dairy Barn / Ceremony and Reception Dress: BHLDN “Victoria’s Reign” and “Tea Rose Dress” / Wedding Veil: Melinda Rose Design / Wedding Shoes: Seychelles “Evelina” via Anthropologie / Headpiece: Sibo Designs / Hair: Leah Preslar / Makeup: Elizabeth Queener / Groom’s Jacket and Vest: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Caterer: Roots Catering / Wedding Cake: Jenae Crowell / Wedding Music: Jude Moses / DJ: Bruce Thomas / Rentals: Upper Barn and Foxberry Farm / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Evane Corder

Globetrotter Glam Inspiration

Wedding Design

Being whisked away on a romantic trip for a proposal pretty much sums up the dreamiest setup for popping up the question. This inspiration shoot that Kelly Benton Photography, Grace Whalen and Skye Eaton from Whalen Creative Group is great for couples with the traveling bug. What better way to celebrate a wedding than with a globetrotter glam inspiration?


mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography

mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography

From the photographer, Kelly Benton: There’s not much to do when it’s March and you’re a wedding photographer in snowy Northern Indiana. Consultations and the occasional engagement shoot have kept me mildly entertained, but I was ready for wedding season! With it getting snowier and colder each passing week, I knew if I wanted some real wedding fun, I’d have to create it myself! So I came up with a color scheme: gold, mint, and a touch of light pink. I added globes and vintage maps because I love them (and who doesn’t)! It was time to start calling local vendors.


mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography
mint wedding inspiration // photo by Kelly Benton Photography

This shoot could not have come together any easier. Every single vendor I contacted was immediately on board. I don’t know if it’s because inspiration shoots are sort of rare in Fort Wayne… or if they were just as bored as I was, but each vendor seemed more excited than the last.

Some fun tidbits about our details…
• The watch our bride is wearing was a $5 score from the thrift store.
• The glittered champagne glasses were created in less than an hour using Mod Podge and loose gold glitter from the craft store.
• The globes were found, borrowed, or purchased off Craigslist for less than $20 each.
• The cake stand was made by gluing together a $1 ceramic pillar from the thrift store and a platter from IKEA, then spray painting them gold.
• The old cart was found in A Party Apart’s warehouse, being used to move large wall pieces.
• The map garland was made from cutting up an old atlas, then threading bakers twine through it with an upholstery needle.
• The backdrop to the cake table is a brass headboard I found on Craigslist.
• The quote on the canvas is from Dave Matthews Band’s “You and Me”, which was my husband and I’s first dance song at our wedding.

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Shoot Location: Fort Wayne, IN / Photography: Kelly Benton Photography / Coordinator/Designer: Grace Whalen and Skye Eaton from Whalen Creative Group / Flowers + Hair Piece: Be Married / Dress: One Fine Day (Ginny by Modern Trousseau) / Cake: For Goodness Cakes / Hair + Makeup: Tangles Salon / Rentals: A Party Apart / Invitations: Oak & Orchid / Menu + Place Cards: Be Married / Loft: Private space owned by A Party Apart

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Hair and Makeup by Stylisted

Stylisted is an online platform that allows women to book on-location hair styling and makeup appointments from a network of vetted beauty professionals. Brides can browse stylist profiles, sort & filter by price & star rating, and book right through the site. Services include Wedding Trials, Wedding Day hair and makeup for the bride & her bridal party, and basic services for wedding guests!

Skip the salon, select the professional for your needs, and wait for beauty to knock at your door. It’s your wedding day, hair and makeup should come to you!

Need help selecting a stylist or planning out your beauty prep? Email Weddings@Stylisted.com for a seasoned bridal concierge to help make your day as seamless as possible!

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