That we have gone MIA. Why’s that you ask?
Well, here’s the short version: Life sometimes gets the best of you. But, not only that, your passions and appreciations change over the course of your life. Due to life changes, new projects, and a desire to travel, I’ve chosen to “retire” Landlocked Bride.
The long version?
Well, when I started this blog more than five years ago, I never thought it would turn into the blog it has today. With the following and incredible readers, and the amazing staff writers I’ve had on board. But, there came a time in my life when weddings were no longer a central focus (hence why I brought on board four amazing writers in the last three years). I let the girls man the blog and write to their hearts’ content.
But, as with any and everyone — things changes. We all agreed that it would be best to step away. Devoting time to the blog became increasingly more difficult. But, the hardest part was deciding to walk away from something that has been a part of my life for five years.
Don’t worry — the content is not going anywhere. I’m going to leave it up to continue to inspire and serve as a research hub for any and all brides and grooms to be. Who knows, maybe I’ll come back. Maybe a new wave of writers will want to step in.
But until then, it’s been real, friends.
Bow tie or necktie? Patterned, bright colored or traditional? Which do you prefer? Whatever it may be, there are lots of options out there today to make your groom and groomsmen stand out or look classic in photos that you will look at forever. Here are a few of my favorite options for all sorts of different tie types for your mr. Take a look!
Brett & Jessica via Ruffled Blog
Dasha Caffrey Photography via Bridal Musings
Birch Blaze Studios vis Rustic Wedding Chic
Inlighten Photography via Polka Dot Bride
Junebug Company via Wedding Chicks
Deidre Lynn via Ruffled Blog
Diamond Cake Photography via Uschi and Kay
Jackie Wonders via Wedding Chicks
Nicole Dianne via Wedding Chicks
b. flint photography via Wedding Wire
Some people say you should marry your best friend. In the case of Marie and James, this was obviously the only choice. Not only are they clearly exceedingly happy on their wedding day (having just achieved some other unrelated great life things!), but they also managed to have a beautiful, unique wedding. Her fabulous dress juxtaposed with his dapper uniform, nontraditional bridesmaid dresses, a guitar guestbook, and a gorgeous stained glass backdrop make this one of my favorite eye-catching weddings of the season.
From the Photographer:
Marie and James met while working at a local hospital. She was a student working part-time in an administrative position, and he was a PA student making his clinical rounds. They had an instant connection, and soon after Marie found herself writing James an email that began, “Hi James. It’s your best friend Marie here….” That email led to lots of time spent together, and eventually, James knew that Marie was indeed his forever best friend.
Life ticked by, and James earned his degree and a full-time PA position. He also became a medic in the Army National Guard. Marie continued to work hard to finish her degree in Social Work, and as she was finishing her final year of school, James proposed at one of those paint-your-own pottery places that had become a frequent date night activity. His proposal, written on the side of a pitcher, began, “Hi Marie. It’s your best friend James here….”
Aside from being stunningly beautiful, Marie is also Superwoman in her own right. She managed to plan a beautiful hometown wedding that took place just a week after she graduated (with honors, mind you) with her Bachelor’s degree while working full-time assisting developmentally disabled adults live independently. And just a few short weeks after the wedding, she and James moved to Tulsa, where Marie was sent after joining the Teach for America teaching corps. James is pretty awesome too. He learned on their wedding day that he was had received a promotion in the National Guard. What an honor to receive on such a special day!
Helping me capture James and Marie’s wedding memories was the fabulous Melissa of M Failla Photography.
Photographer: Christa Donald Photography//Dress Store:Elite Bridal//Reception Venue: I Hotel//Dress Designer: Martina Liana//Event Planner: Nuptiae//Ceremony Location:Wesley United Methodist Church//
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!!
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!
Katelyn James Photography
KT Merry via Inspired by This
Antiquaria via Burnett’s Boards
Kelly Hornberger via Southern Weddings
Bloom Designs via Hostess with the Mostess
Shannon Cronin Photography via Project Wedding
Kaitie Bryant Photography via Style Me Pretty