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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.




From the Photographer:

A gorgeous warm summer day in a beautiful garden created the perfect day for Amanda and Jeff’s wedding. Their wonderful wedding party and family not only made the day run smoothly, but made the day very fun.

I’ve always loved the Efroymson Wedding Garden at the Indianapolis Zoo. When I started to think about my own wedding, I quickly fell in love with the location. I decided to keep my wedding closer to home though. You could imagine my excitement when I heard Amanda and Jeff were having their wedding at the zoo. I was thrilled to be capturing it.

We stayed late in the night with a full dance floor. After the reception ended, they continued the celebration in Indy with friends and family. I love celebrations like that. Nothing says a successful night like being surrounded by friends and family.

Photographer:  Jennifer Van Elk Photography//Caterer: Centerplate//Dress Store:David’s Bridal//Hair Stylist:Flipped Out Hair Salon//Officiant:Mandy Baldwin//Invitation Designer: Minted//Floral Designer:The Farmer’s Daughter’s Market//Bridesmaid Dresses:Vestique Boutique//Event Venue: Indianapolis Zoo//

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

Jody and her handsome groom Drew tied the knot at a beautiful local community support farm. All the details of the wedding reflected on their relationship and the things that are important to them. There are truly too many wonderful parts of it to name and it seems more fitting to just let them be observed and enjoyed for what they are.


Photographer:  Julia Vandenoever//Caterer: Pastry Chef Samm Sherman//Dress Store: ECO-Bridal Gowns//Culinary:Garnish Mobile Craft Bartending//Musicians:Touchstone Coyote//Caterer: eat, llc//Other Location: Lyons Farmette//

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//

Christina and Aaron had their wedding at her parent’s home in Union Pier, Michigan. The ceremony was held on the private beach overlooking Lake Michigan.  Not only was this an awesome combination of beach and backyard weddings, but it had unique details throughout. Personalized papel picado, luchador catering staff, and an expanding paper cake topper definitely made this wedding one both their guests and this blog will remember.

Photographer: Justin Bursoni Photography / Catering: The Tamale Spaceship / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Stephanie Smith / Flowers & Decor: Dilly Lily / Bride’s Dress: Badgley Mischka / DJ: Style Matters DJ


The talented Amy Meyerott Photography styled and photographed this e-session with Danielle and Justin in Forest Park early this spring. Amy spotted the perfect secluded spot in the park complete with a bottle of wine, Kate Spade stemware and the most romantic sunset for this gorgeous couple.




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From the Photographer:

We are absolutely smitten with Danielle and Justin. They are the kind of couple you want with you on a bad day. They just make me so happy. They each have wonderful personalities and you can just see their love for one another every time their eyes meet. Justin is in absolute awe of her.

He is the kind of guy who isn’t afraid to let the world know how much he loves her. Danielle has the same feelings towards him. She is his encourager, supporter, and kind heart by his side. When stylizing their shoot, we kept the thought of their September wedding at Chandler Hill Vineyards in mind. The pastel color palette was just perfect for the early spring light… I couldn’t resist letting it pour into my lens.

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!


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

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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!