So, most couples, if they have a ceremony exit, choose something pretty tame like bubbles, (biodegradable!) confetti, rose petals, etc. Melissa and Matt, on the other hand, had a marching band. How fun is that? Their bridal party and the couple themselves also seem like rambunctious, fun loving people (check out that cake topper!), and this wedding had me smiling throughout all the images, both sweet and playful.
The first real winter storm has struck Bismarck, ND, and I am totally digging the light glittery snow that’s falling all around me. I think it can be so sweet and romantic and totally inspiring for a winter wedding and reception. Here are a few of my favorite snow-themed shots from newsboy caps to fur to softly falling snow itself.
Paige and Daniel had the perfect fall wedding day in Southern Illinois in late October. In the eyes of the bride, she had blinked and grown up from a little girl to a bride, there to experience her fairytale wedding day with her father, her family and most importantly, her groom by her side. Cheers to Paige and Daniel, and in the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the gorgeous details from their wedding day!
About the Big Day:
Paige and Daniel were married on October 19, 2013 at Orchardview Winery in Alma, Illinois. Their vintage chic wedding day was filled with creative personal touches perfectly suited for the bride and groom. Paige was a DIY bride who had the help of all of her bridesmaids, family and friends to make her dreams a reality when it came to the overall wedding décor. She had the help of these important people to assemble centerpieces and other decorations for the venue, and her dad and grandpa helped to build a lot of key pieces as well, including the freestanding doorway that lead the guests, and the bride, into the ceremony location and down the aisle to her prince charming. Paige’s favorite detail of the entire day was the arbor built out of old barn wood that stood behind the preacher during the wedding ceremony. Three strips of material hung from the arbor, and Paige and Daniel, along with their families, braided the strips together during the ceremony to represent their unity. Pins from Paige and Daniel’s college fraternity and sorority were carefully pinned to Paige’s bouquet.
During the reception, their wedding guests enjoyed a BBQ dinner followed by a night of fun and dancing. Paige and Daniel’s wedding day was a true representation of their relationship and their futures that they were soon to grow and build together. The two of them left for their honeymoon in Jamaica shortly after their wedding day, then came home and packed to head to their new home in England, where Daniel is stationed. The new Mr. and Mrs. have started their new journey together filled with love and adventure.
So, it’s about high-time I introduce our newest editorial team member. With a growing desire to want to feature more content and inspire brides, I was really looking to bring someone on board I knew would be full of excite and ideas. That’s where Kasey comes in. Some of you long-time readers may recognize her, as her very own wedding was featured on the blog a while back.
When seeking out someone to tackle trends, Kasey was the first girl I thought of. A lover of marketing and weddings, and the fact that she has her own planning business, I knew it would be great to have her expertise and ideas on the blog.
So, join me in welcoming the newest member of the Landlocked Bride team. She’ll be sharing ideas, real weddings, and trends every Tuesday.
Kasey – Editor, Trends
I was born and raised in the Midwest, and I have a love for all things city, currently residing in Downtown St. Louis, MO. With a background in PR and hospitality and event planning and management, I have a passion for events of all sorts, but weddings hold a very special place in my heart in many different aspects. Outside of my full time day job working in marketing and social media, I have the opportunity to assist some fabulous wedding planners and event coordinators on gorgeous weddings throughout the St. Louis area while also coordinating weddings and special events of my own. In my free time (whenever that does exist), you can find me shopping, reading a good book, blogging (both reading and writing) or spending time with my husband and our sweet Beagle pup. Life is too short to do anything but live the life you love and love every bit of what you do!
So, as I was glancing through these images and saw the bride’s getting ready outfit was Cardinals themed, and that made me like this wedding. I saw how legitimately happy the bride and groom looked in their photos together, and that made me more fond of this wedding. But then I started looking at the reception photos…and I totally lost it because I realized that this wedding was Clue themed and it was so genius I can’t believe I’d never seen it before. It’s likely been done before, as there is rarely something “new” in weddings, but this was so well done and I just adored it.
From the Photographer:
Ellen and Spencer were married in St. Louis, Missouri. Their ceremony and reception were held at The Mad Art Gallery in Soulard. They both were inspired by The Mad Art Gallery and decided that a conventional and formal reception just wouldn’t do it justice. Ellen is very much into antiques and both are very much into board games. In fact their favorite movie and board game just happens to be Clue. They thought a Clue themed wedding reception would be perfect! Ellen loved the idea of making the reception table into mini rooms featured in the game. both had way to much fun putting it all together. They also included classic black bridesmaid dresses from White House Black Market which they paired with fall inspired bouquets by Focus on Design. Ellen wore a vintage inspired lace gown by Casablanca – 1942 which she paired with her Seychelles heels. Ellen wore a vintage inspired necklace by BrassBoheme (etsy) and Spencer’s wood and titanium wedding band was custom designed by Custom Jewelry by Johan from etsy. Ellen and Spencer are such a fun and outgoing couple! I absolutely loved capturing their special day.
Photographer: Kristina Cipolla Photography//Jewelry:Custom Jewelry by Johan//Floral Designer: Focus On Design – Schnucks//Hair Stylist:Breathtaking Bride//Reception Venue: Mad Art Gallery//Shoes: Seychelles Footwear//Dress Store:White House Black Market//
Here at LLB, we believe in great love stories. Great weddings, of course-but we’re also all about the love stories and what happens leading up to and after the wedding. Jenna and John are still kindling their love 3 years post wedding, and got cozy for their anniversary session in Chicago.
From the Photographer:
Jenna & John have been married for just under 3 years, but still interact as if they were just engaged yesterday.Their chemistry and authenticity is stunning. When opportunity arose and they decided to move to California from the sweet midwest, they wanted to be sure they had photos in the place where they started their lives together: Chicago! Humboldt Park is a hidden gem on the North side of the city, with it’s trails, lagoons, and tons of landscape, so it was perfect for this couple who loved nature, but also their fabulous city. I had a vision for their sweet, simple, and romantic winter session. I wanted it to be warm and traditional, but with a unique twist. Jenna & John dressed warm & cozy without being overtly “Christmas-y.” Their natural style and chemistry is exactly what I envisioned for this session. I planned every detail to create a comfy living room scene in the middle of the forest, so John even helped me haul this vintage chair to the middle of these trees- what a champ! These two were naturals in front of the camera, and made some beautiful images on that chilly afternoon.
I am a sucker for lace. I love how intricate it can be, yet how simple and clean it looks on everything from a wedding dress to decor. There’s the traditional ways to use lace, especially for dresses, but there’s also ways to play with color, texture and visual appeal. We’ve collected some samples below.
What are some ways you would incorporate lace into your big day? Would you use lace in any other color than white?
From the Photographer:
Tara and I went to school together and since we graduated I have had so much fun seeing her and Dan’s cute pictures on Facebook and Instagram! Without knowing Dan, I knew that he was Tara’s other half! Shortly after getting engaged, Tara contacted me and said that she wanted me to photograph their wedding, and I was obviously beyond happy! And it only got better from there. They are getting married at the adorable New Children’s Museum in San Diego, California next year (that I CANNOT wait to photograph), AND she asked if I would go out to Denver (their new home town) for a destination engagement session to photograph their engagement portraits, yes please!!! I such had a fantastic time running around Denver with this super fun, adorable couple! Dan had Tara laughing the whole time, and they made me feel so welcome – it was seriously so fun!
So this backyard wedding we’re featuring today is a favorite of mine. It seems as if this bride searched all of Pinterest for DIY, rustic, & backyard weddings and then made everything that she found happen. I mean that as a compliment in the highest regard, as this wedding is precious, so obviously designed with thought and time, and I might have even clapped my hands and said, “yes!” when I saw all the photos. And then there are Chelsey and Josh themselves; They are too cute for words, you guys. Their images project life and giggles and excitement and all of the love and joy that were so evidently a part of this day and relationship. I’ll stop gushing and just let you look, because you’ll see what I mean.
From the Photographer:
Adorable, vintage, backyard wedding in Roland, Oklahoma. Wedding and reception were both held at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride’s father, a preacher, married the couple. The bride used an array of vintage pieces from family members. Doors from the home of the bride’s great-grandmother were re-purposed to serve as arches and place markers for the ceremony and reception. The bride took a normal pair of nude heels and added vintage flowers and lace to make them her own!