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Can’t you just feel the warmth of the sun in these?!






k.holly photography

P dot S. Happy Royal Wedding Day!

With a venue like the Sundance Resort, you hardly need any decoration. The backdrop truly speaks for itself. Soft details, an outdoor ceremony and an intimate reception are the elements that really make this wedding what it is.






Justin Hackworth Photography


Photographer: Justin Hackworth Photography | Floral Designer: Artisan Bloom | Ceremony / Reception Venue: Sundance Resort | Dress Designer: Diana Tran | Band: Salamander Music | Equipment Rentals: Alpine Event Rentals


The Schultzes

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I featured a photo from this wedding a while back because I fell in love with the church exit. As a pilot’s wife, I was a sucker for those paper airplanes. And, what is even better is that the bride was not afraid of a bold use of color. That orange is a true sign of a summer wedding.







Under Grace Photo


Photographer: Under Grace Photo | Hair Stylist: Shear Paradise | Reception Venue: Andre’s West | Ceremony Location: St. Paul’s Evangelical Church






Jaclyn Simpson Photography






Serendipity Studios

Photographer: Serendipity Studios | Caterer: Classic Fare Catering | Event Planner: Bliss Events, Events by JD | Floral Designer: Boise at it’s Best | Reception Venue: Stueckle Sky Center | Cinema and Video: Serendipity Studios | Cake Designer: Amaru Confections | DJ: Almost Famous | Ceremony Location: First Baptist Church of Boise

Perfectly spring pump in a bold pink and sweet rosette. Yes please!


A&A Photography

And, we’re back. With a gorgeous pair of glittery Badgley Mischka‘s. Tre chic!

Clary Photo

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Nothing quite excites me as much as a Midwestern wedding with personality and flair. Sarah and Brian stayed true to their personalities and carried their theme of vintage throughout their entire day. Plus, how can you not love when a bride really looks to her surroundings to find the perfect palette?









RoJo Foto


From the bride:
Right from the start of our planning, Brian and I wanted a very personal and intimate wedding for our family and friends. We wanted each guest to feel as though they were coming to the joining of two lives and not just to another wedding. We incorporated many personal details to make our overall “feel” just so. Most of those details were DIY projects. Since my mom and I are kind of the crafty ones, we decided to tackle most of the projects together.

The theme we went with was a twist on a romantic-vintage feel. The color scheme was green with touches of light pink and ivory. I wanted each detail to be thoughtful, soft and romantic. The bridesmaid dresses were from a vintage vogue pattern and turned out better than I could have imagined. For inspiration I would take walks through a local garden (Olbrich Gardens) where the deep, vibrant greens and the outstanding pinks of peonies jumped out and made lasting impressions. Also, online blogs and wedding magazines didn’t hurt.

I just loved the simplistic beauty of our centerpieces. We had an array of hydrangeas and roses in two designs. Next to them we had the table “number” cards. Instead of having numbers we had cities that meant something special to us, such as our hometowns and where we had our first kiss etc… Also at our reception, we had an adorable reading room where we had our hors d’oeuvre hour. In this room we displayed wedding pictures of our families up to five generations back. For our favors, my grandmother agreed to make 125 jars of her famous strawberry-raspberry jam. It was amazing! My mom and I then hand crafted a unique thank you tag on each jar.

Some of my favorite details were the flower girls’ tutu’s (made by my Mom), the “I Do” stickers on the bottom of my shoes, the lockets sewn into my bouquet (pictures of my late grandfather and great-grandmother), writing our own vows, the wood burned wedding signs (made by my aunt and uncle), wearing the same veil that my mom did when she walked down the aisle and our sparkler lit departure!

If I could share any piece of advice for brides-to-be it would be to have FUN! Although the planning process can be stressful, take the time to Stop. Relax. And Reflect… Enjoy your day and remember the real reason that you are walking down that aisle—the wonderful man waiting for you at the end of it and the love that you share!


Photography: Robert Johnson, RoJo Foto | Ceremony Venue: Pres House | Reception Venue: University Club at The University of Wisconsin – Madison | Wedding Gown: Judd Waddell | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bride’s Lace Jacket: Etsy | Bride’s Purse: The Perfect Pair | Groom / Groomsmen Ties: The Tiebar | Florist: Blooms | Stationery: Bride and her mother | Videography: Silverback Productions | Cake: Carl’s Cakes

That last chill of winter is still in the air and Spring is peeking around the corner.  Jennifer from Jennifer Kathryn Photography sent me this adorable engagement session of Lesley and Matt, complete with adorable outfits and a sweet couple. Oh, and did you see those boots? Want!

From the photographer:
Lesley and Matt had an on-again off-again relationship that first began in high school. He broke her heart. She broke his. And then one day finally decided they couldn’t live without one another. Because when it came down to it, not only were they madly in love with one another, but they had an unshakeable friendship that could weather any storm. The stuff real life love stories are made of.

For their engagement session, we decided to head to an abandoned barn in Sugar Grove, IL for a rustic sassy look. We ended on an outrageously playful note at the beloved Naperville River Walk, where Matt proposed. Lesley donned a chic scarf with matching wrist warmers and red Cole Haan boots for the Riverwalk. Her pink scarf and pumps were chosen to offset her adorable turquoise and navy Anthropologie coat at the barn.






Jennifer Kathryn Photography