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I feel like everyone I know that isn’t already married has been getting engaged this spring, and a lot of them are planning fall weddings. Today’s wedding is wonderful inspiration for a fall soiree, with the rich color palette, lawn games, and apple cider bar. Danielle and Shane’s personalities also shine through, whether they’re skipping through a field, sipping from some special “wine glasses”, or holding their little boy. This was definitely a day of celebrating love, pulled together with the help of family and friends.


From the Bride:

Shane and I met on what is not the fairly obsolete MySpace. We welcomed our son Gray 3 years later. Shane and I talked on/off about getting married from the beginning. FINALLY in late February of 2012 Shane took me ring shopping… We went to Wedding Day in Burnsville and I picked out 4 rings that I absolutely loved. On April 9, the same day, Shane picked it up!! It burned a hole in his pocket so bad he almost proposed in the middle of Menards…but was able to hold out until we got home later that day. He met me in the door way of our house, got down on one knee and asked me to be his hunting buddy for life, to be his best friend and his wife (not the exact wording, but it’s a little fuzzed in my brain from the good kind of shock). Of course I said YES!
 We originally were not going to set a date right away, but in the end we did: Saturday October 19, 2013. 
 First thing on the list…find a venue that would hold his enormous family! I came across the Crow River Winery out in Hutchinson MN…could hold up to 400 people–our kind of place! It was still in the process of being finished construction wise, but Shane and I took a tour and knew it was the place. We booked it that day… May 2012.
 The process really wasn’t anything truly exciting. I bought things here and there, scoured Pinterest for ideas/inspiration, and leaned quite a bit on my dear friends Stefanie and Stacy who did all my flowers, pulled ideas together for me and thought up the awesome cider/cupcake bar! They also decorated the entire reception…they were the best!
 The day went wonderfully! It was cold, but beautiful. I was so calm and collected through my hair and make up. The girls started getting their dressed on and when that big, beautiful dress came down over my head, that was the end of it…! :-)
 I will never forget our first dance to Trampled by Turtles “Alone” or when it all hit me during the Grand entrance that it all happened…finally making that step with my love that we had talked about taking for 6 years.
 I wouldn’t change a thing about that day or the people in it.  We were surrounded by loved ones and dear friends and that is how it should be!!

Photographer: Sweet Shibui Photography / -- Select Vendor Type --: Creative Beate- Makeup-Lianna, Hair-Priscilla / Flowers & Decor: Personal friends Stefanie Beilby and Stacy Erickson / Videographer: Maggie Wilkinson / Bride’s Dress: Essense of Australia / Groom’s Attire: Savvi / Catering: B and P Catering / Cake Baker: Sweet B's Cakes

Monograms are chic and preppy and the perfect addition to any aspect of your wedding day. Monograms are especially fun on wedding day because the bride gets to begin using her new monogram and what better time to start? Not only can monograms be used as decor throughout the ceremony and reception or on stationery pieces, but monograms also make great gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen too. Monograms are also great to incorporate into a bridal shower.  Not to mention, there are so many different ways you can make a monogram your own (not just with your letters) but by various different styles and placements. Here are a few fabulous ways to incorporate monograms into your every aspect of your wedding day!

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Katelyn James Photography

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KT Merry via Inspired by This

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Antiquaria via Burnett’s Boards

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Kelly Hornberger via Southern Weddings

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Bloom Designs via Hostess with the Mostess

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Shannon Cronin Photography via Project Wedding

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Kaitie Bryant Photography via Style Me Pretty

 


This traditional church wedding in Milwaukee has gorgeous vintage details and colors: Peach and cream, a refurbish mother’s dress, romantic hanging votives, and unique bridesmaid’s dresses. But hands down, the best detail of this entire wedding is the genuine perma-smile on the groom’s face. It is so evident how joyful and glad he is to be there with his equally sweet, yet more quietly excited bride.


From the Photographer:

Melinda and Patrick wed on a warm late fall day in Wisconsin. Their day was infused with personal touches, vintage, rustic and modern details and had an overall laid-back styling. Mindy’s dress was fashioned from her mother’s vintage wedding gown, reworked to fit her modern/vintage taste. The day was simply perfect! 



Flowers are an intricate part of every wedding day from the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets to the boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen to the ceremony decor and reception centerpieces. There are so many different combinations that can be done with flowers to set the perfect mood for your special day, but lately, pink peonies have been blooming just about everywhere, and I love the elegant touch they add to any bouquet. Take a look at these gorgeous shades of pink peonies.

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Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

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DelbarrMoradi via Wedding Chicks

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BRAEDON PHOTOGRAPHY via Ruffled Blog

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One and Only Paris Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Kristin Vining via Style Me Pretty

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Simply Bloom Photography, LLC via Style Me Pretty

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Tara Donne via Real Simple

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The Nichols via Elizabeth Anne Designs


Though in a lot of landlocked states it doesn’t quite feel like spring yet, this wedding might change that! With the looming thunderstorm, succulents everywhere, and lighthearted feel, Tasha and Adam’s nuptials in my hometown had me almost able to smell the rain in the air at Forest Park.


From the Photographer:

Tasha and Adam’s wedding had a very laid-back, organic feel.  The style of the day was a little vintage garden, a little country and a little industrial.  Being a very laid-back girl at heart, Tasha’s look was very natural, with simple hair and makeup.  She had two pairs of shoes:  one sparkly pair for the ceremony, and her cowboy boots for some pictures.  The ceremony, at the Jewel Box, in St. Louis’ famous Forest Park, was beautiful.  A small thunderstorm rolled through during the ceremony, and it was actually really lovely to listen to the low rumble of the thunder.  Luckily the rain stopped just in time to leave for pictures in Forest Park!   The lush greens, whites, and purples of the flowers and trees, after the rain, perfectly matched Tasha and Adam’s wedding theme.  The reception, at Sqwire’s, was a very laid-back party.  Tasha and Adam’s friends gave them bean-bag goals, that featured their home states, which guest could play outside. It felt like a fun family get together; no pretenses – just love.


Photographer: Kelly Pratt Photography / Getting Ready Venue: Moonrise Hotel / Ceremony Venue: Jewel Box, Forest Park / Caterer/Reception Venue: The Annex at SqWires / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Friend - Reena Karan / Flowers and Cake Topper: Poppies Design Studio / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Filmore, Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Hairpiece / Jeweler: Lindwedel Jewelers / Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie / Hairstylist: Philip Johnson Salon / Makeup Artist: Sister; Korey Starkey / Invitations & Stationery: The Firecracker Press, Matty / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids / Groom/Groomsmen's Attire: Stallone's Formal Wear / Cake Baker: The Cakery / DJ: Tom Rogers

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Ashley Rose Photography via Ruffled Blog

There is something so sweet and decadent about a French macaron for a dessert or a sweet treat. These dainty, delicate delights taste as good as they look, but the beauty of these treats makes for the gorgeous display at any high class event, especially at a wedding or bridal shower. Here are a few gorgeous macaron displays worth swooning over.

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Bryce Covey via Style Me Pretty

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Paula Luna via Wedding Chicks

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joielala via Style Me Pretty

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Jade & Matthew Take Pictures via The Knotty Bride

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Elisabeth Millay via Style Me Pretty

 

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The Photography of Haley Sheffield via Style Me Pretty

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Jemma Keech Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Jose Villa via Brunch at Saks

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My Heart Skipped via Wedding Chicks

 


A wedding of high school sweethearts is always a very special event. Not only is the story of the couple great, but having been together for so long, the friends and family surrounding the couple often know each other well too, so the party is full of familiar, close guests. This wedding has all of that, in addition to romantic soft details that feel just right for kicking off spring!

 


From the Coordinator:

Kelly and Andrew have such a fun story. They are high school sweethearts who have been together for over a decade! This dynamic made their whole wedding weekend a blast since their families and friends have been intertwined for so long.

After setup was complete and photos were done, it was time for cocktails! Even the occasional sprinkles couldn’t keep guests from the terrace as they enjoyed the amazing string quartet Artistrings and the spectacular setting.

After cocktails, guests made their way into the Pavilion for dinner. The reception was kicked off with bridal party announcements followed by the couple’s first dance. Both sets of parents welcomed guests with heartfelt toasts before the delicious dinner was served by Bauer’s Catering. During the salad course, Kelly and Andrew cut their cake, which was both beautiful and delicious.

After dinner, it was time for dancing. An important moment in the evening was the sibling dance, which really brought Kelly and Andrew’s families together. During dancing the photo booth by The Traveling Photo Booth was open and late night snacks were served. As the evening came to a close, the party really started. The bride and groom provided glow sticks, sunglasses, and other fun items for those left on the dance floor, and it made for a raucous celebration. Style Matters kept the party going strong until the very end. It was a joyous celebration for all involved!


Photographer: Erica Rose Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Five Grain Events / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary Parish--Buffalo Grove, IL / Reception Venue: Cuneo Mansion / Catering: Bauer's Catering / Flowers & Decor: Forget Me Knodt / DJ: Style Matters / Lighting: Elegant Event Lighting / Ceremony Musicians: Artistrings / Photobooth: Traveling Photo Booth / Transportation: Windy City Limo / Beauty: Elena Fantucchio of Bobbi Brown

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Braedon Flynn via Inspired by This

I am seeing the glow of marquee signs in a lot of weddings as of late, and I love the detail they bring to the table. These are perfect as a backdrop, an addition to a bar or sweets table or with your new monogram or new last name. How would you love to see a marquee sign incorporated into your wedding day? Here are a few fun ideas to take a look at!

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Elisabeth Carol Photography! via Wedding Chicks

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ALLY MICHELE PHOTOGRAPHY via Ruffled Blog

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Stephanie Rose Photography

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Birds of a Feather Photography via Inspired by This

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CarolineRo via Ruffled Blog

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Erin Forehand Photography via Ruffled Blog


Though we’ve been seeing quite a few gold glittery inspiration boards from St. Patrick’s Day a few days ago, this wedding rewinds back to a different sparkly soiree. Coryn and Jake chose to wed each other on New Year’s Eve with an awesome black and white and gold glitter color scheme. Aside from the fun of a holiday wedding, they had so many other unique elements like the fire department nods everywhere (from the truck itself and the groom’s cake, all the way down to the little hat on the cake topper), fun socks and fur coats, detailed wedding programs, and even a wedding app!

 


From the Bride: 

Both Jake and I don’t like New Years Eve, at all. The hype and pressure to have the best night ever is always a set-up for disappointment. We have always stayed home and complained about how overrated it all is. Naturally then, we decided we should get married that day. From day one we looked at it as throwing a big party for all our favorite people. We really embraced the glitz of new years with gold and glitter everywhere! I even was determined to have a gold sequin dress to fit the evening.  

One of my very favorite things we bought was our aisle runner which was from My Modern Home on Etsy. We did very minimal decor on the ceremony side seeing as our ceremony was barely 10 minutes, so the pop of pattern on the runner was the perfect touch. 
 
The best decision we made was having one of our friends marry us. We wanted it to be personal and wanted someone who knew and loved us individually and as a couple. Joe did an unbelievable job. He opened with personal tidbits about each of us and had the whole room laughing. He then mirrored our emotions during the vows and I thought all three of us were going to need a minute to compose ourselves. He was the detail we received the most compliments on from the entire evening.  
 
The whole day turned out even better than we imagined. We passed out cheesy New Years favors and were surrounded by our most cherished family and friends when midnight rang. Needless to say New Year’s Eve is now definitely our favorite holiday. 

Photographer: Christine McGuigan Photography / Second Shooter: Jennie Davis Photography / Reception Venue: Livestock Exchange Building / Bride’s Dress: Sarah Seven / Cake Baker: The Cake Gallery / Flowers & Decor: Wedding Creations by Marcia / DJ: James Cloyd with Complete Music / Videographer: Digital Solutions / Hairstylist: Lyndsey Golden at the Hills Salon / Makeup Artist: Simone at Reve Salon

Stationery is an important aspect of a wedding from save the dates to invitations to ceremony programs to menus. With spring just about here, these pretty floral stationery pieces are making their way into inboxes all around the globe. Here’s a peak at a few favorite uses of floral patterns and designs on wedding day invites and stationery. Take a look!

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Adrienne Gunde Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Michaela Noelle via Anastasia Marie Cards

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Kat Willson Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Katie Stoops Photography via Wedding Chicks

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Love Me Do via Ruffled Blog

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Shannon Kirsten

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Lisa Lefkowitz via Rue Mag

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Nessa K Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Becca Rillo Photography via Love and Lavender

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