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What I think is so wonderful about Erin and Dan’s big day is how they really played off of the overall feel of their venues – channeling a vintage vineyard appeal, but incorporating those retro elements – classic books, book page bouts and vinyl records.

From the Photographer:
Erin and Dan were married at the Daniel Boone Peace Chapel in Defiance, MO and had their reception at Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance as well. Daniel Boone Peace Chapel is on the property of the Daniel Boone Home and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Chandler Hill Vineyards is a lovely vineyard that is popular for weddings. Their beautiful details included handmade book page boutonnieres and wreaths for the door of the chapel. They used blue bell jars for their flowers, and antique books for their centerpieces at the reception, with their table numbers being classic book titles. They also had a DJ that spun records from their collection. We shot some gorgeous photos on the Daniel Boone Property especially by an old covered bridge and open field. We also shot some beautiful stuff by the old house at Chandler Hill Vineyards and in the vineyard itself.

Photographer: Cate Jackson Photography / Cake Baker: Sarah's Cake Shop / Flowers & Decor: Bloomin' Buckets / Invitations & Stationery: Paperkeet / Invitations & Stationery: Scorch Agency / Bride’s Dress: Simply Elegant / DJ: Millennium Productions / Ceremony Musicians: Daniel Boone Peace Chapel / Reception Venue: Chandler Hill Vineyards

Traditional wedding registries are filled with kitchenware, bed linens, fine china and home decor, however modern day couples’ homes may already be stocked full of these items. When thinking about items for your registry, not only should you consider items that help make your house a home, but also consider a registry that helps define you both as a couple. The details of your wedding from the flowers to the food are planned to your specific tastes, so choosing your registry shouldn’t be any different. So as you plan the details for your big day, consider these non-traditional wedding registry options.


With all of the planning, not to mention finances, that go into planning a wedding, some couples often postpone their honeymoon to ensure they have enough money to take the trip of their dreams.  With websites such as travelersjoy.com and honeyfund.com, couples can request cash for items such as a couples massage on the beach and airfare to exclusive island excursions, all of which will help make your honeymoon more memorable.


Websites such as cardavenue.com and cardhub.com allow couples to register for gift cards to go towards the purchase of items that they want. Although it may not be as personal as registering for actual items, this type of registries may work best for couples who plan to relocate after the wedding – this way they can pick out the items after they get settled.


To make life a little easier for the bride and groom, websites such as giftregistry360.com and myregistry.com allow couples to combine all of your registries in one place. This is not only beneficial for the couple as they are able to manage all of their registries in one place, it also allows guests to easily access all of their registry items in one place as well.


This may be my favorite! Websites such as Amazon, UncommonGoods and Etsy now have wedding registries available to their customers. These websites make it possible for you to register for just about anything and everything you can imagine!


Although it’s been considered ‘tacky’ to directly ask for cash for your wedding, with the website depositagift.com, guests contribute monetary gifts that go into a personal account which couples can access at any time. This allows the bride and groom to make purchase on whatever they like.


Home registry’s allow couples to build a house while building a house fund at the same time.  You can design a home, save for a down payment, save for renovations or simply home decor.  This is a fun, interactive way to get your family, friends and guests involved in helping you to soon own the house of your dreams.

I love these non-traditional registry ideas!  From something small and personal for something that will last for many years to come, these non-traditional wedding registries are definitely something all modern day brides should consider.   Have you, or are you planning on any of these registry options for your big day?

Nicole + Eric’s Love Story:
Nicole and Eric grew up in Florida. After several request for a date Nicole finally accepted. They immediately fell in love. After dating a short bit they decided to move and check out the scenery in Colorado. Once they arrived they knew this was where they were going to be (Winter Park, Colorado). They fell in love with the beautiful scenery and endless outdoor activities. During the winter they snowboard and ski and in the summer they hike and bike. Both work in the WP resort area. Eric proposed last spring while on a golf outing with some friends. Nicole happily accepted and it was only right for Nicole and Eric to marry in the place they now call home.

I love the simplicity of Amy and Chris’ Chicago wedding. And, their love story? There are no words. For the two of them, their wedding was very much about celebrating their love and the joining of their families.

From the Bride:
Chris and I found love a little later in life (he’s 42 and I’m 44) and we wanted the wedding to be a total joyful celebration that focused on the joining together of our families. We didn’t want it to be formal – just easy, elegant, and intimate – and fun! I have two kids (Griffin, 13 and Sophie, 10) and Chris has 7 nieces and nephews, so we wanted to make sure the kids had a big role in the wedding. The girls were flower girls (no bridesmaids!), the boys were ushers, and we made sure our food was kid-friendly yet elegant – like mini hamburgers and hot dogs and mini grilled cheese sandwiches with mini mugs of tomato soup for the appetizers. Neither of us likes cake and we planned on having doughnuts, but we had no idea the caterer could do a custom doughnut station, so dessert was made to order doughnuts from a special doughnut-making machine, decorated with chocolate syrup, powdered sugar, and sprinkles – served with little milk cartons on ice in silver bowls – I can’t resist milk with doughnuts. I could not have made this wedding happen without Etsy as well as awesome Chicago vendors – my favorite finds were the flower girls’ headbands (Little Hatchlings) and jewelry sets (made by the sweetest woman in Ireland) and the boutonnieres (Bloomin’ Cute). My dress was hand-made by Mignonette in Chicago (I started with a terrible internet ordered dress and Kpoene’ Kofi-Bruce completely redesigned/reconstructed it (she even brought it with her to Mode Fabrics in NY to hand-match the fabrics and we had so much fun at all of the fittings) and my floral hair clips, made by Stephanie Fontaine at Clark & Diversey — I had picked something else from her website and when I sent her a picture of my dress she designed something just for me — a total surprise.

Catering: Food for Thought / Flowers & Decor: D. Michael Floral Design / Photographer: Studio Finch Photography / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Bride’s Dress: Mignonette Bridal / DJ: Style Matters DJs / Bride’s Jewelry: First Fan Cottage Jewelry / Ceremony Venue: Bond Chapel at the University of Chicago / Paper Props: Paper Source

A couple months back, Lindsay posted a ton of lace apparel inspiration, and I’m not (nor do I suspect I will ever be) sick of lace yet. I gathered up some lovely lace bridal accessory finds, most of which are handmade, to add a delicate dose of pretty to your wedding.

Garters: Emily Riggs via SMP, Headpiece: Stitch From The Heart, Nail Art: Nature Nails by Tenshi no Hana, Necklace: Hallomall

Parasol: kolus79, Gloves: MySecretFace, Shoes: Chinese Laundry, Headband: Twigs & Honey

Do you have any lace accessories or details in your wedding?

I love a beautiful wedding photo. I don’t know what wedding blogger doesn’t. But, what makes that photo so much more beautiful (and memorable) is the story behind them.

Amanda’s stunning bridal portraits took place at her family home – but the lighting and blank canvas of the white walls and furniture were the perfect backdrop. And, she had the women in her family there to support and enjoy this time with her.

Some of my favorite photos of my own wedding day are the bridal portraits my photographer captured in our hotel room. It’s not very often you get to have photos of just yourself snapped, but when you do, they’re a great way to capture the joy and love in your eyes (and heart).

From the Photographer:
I hadn’t met Amanda in person until the day of her bridal shoot, but we meshed well in all of our phone conversations. We had to reschedule due to the extreme heat and her reaction to her bone marrow transplant. She is a survivor and is loved by so many, and I felt that energy the minute I walked in the door. Again, due to the weather and her low energy levels, we moved the shoot to her family home, which I was loving due to all the white floors and white carpets. It was so lovely and bright! Amanda was in great spirits and completely comfortable in her own surroundings, so we got to work capturing the essence of her spirit, the beauty of her gown, and all the details we wouldn’t have time to capture on her wedding day. As her mother, grandmother, and aunt watched, we did an entire bridal session in under an hour. Amanda was comfortable and relaxed, and I left feeling closer to her and her family for the wedding day. And as it turns out, we didn’t have any time for detail shots of the dress hanging or her jewelry on her actual wedding day. I’m so glad we did the bridal session (instead of a traditional engagement session). She has these lovely images to cherish forever, and she surprised her husband with a large print at the reception.

Photographer: Be Lovely Photography

With fall slowly coming upon us, I’m loving outdoorsy, rustic details. And what’s more outdoorsy than wood? Whether it looks like it was just chopped down, or it’s beautifully polished, or if it’s just a woodgrain pattern, these details bring an earthy yet sophisticated feel to a wedding.

Wooden Sign via One Wed | Tags via Etsy | Ring via Perfect Wedding Ring | Ceremony Decor via SMP | Invitation via Etsy | Wooden Centerpiece via Ruffled | Runner via SMP | Chargers via Wedding Chicks   | Centerpiece Base via SMP | Boutonniere via Etsy  | Luminaries via Spearmint Wedding | Escort Card Holder via Ruffled | Wedding Album via Etsy  | Aisle Markers via Intimate Weddings | Cake via Wedding Chicks

Kaylin and Tyler’s small town Minnesota wedding is filled with joy and cheer. When Tricia of Sweet Shibui Photography shared this wedding with me she told me about how much love the two of them had for each other. They were wrapped up in each other’s smiles and laughter nearly all day. And, it’s obvious in each of the photos she took of them.

From the Bride:
We were married on a warm, sunny day in May 2012 in a little prairie church in southern Minnesota. We wanted a rustic, country feel, mixed with the comfort of a more casual celebration. The girls were in tea length, light yellow dresses; the guys wore suspenders and bowties (and boutonnieres made of fishing bobbers!). Though we had a few funny upsets (the aisle runner wouldn’t unroll, one groomsman got the wrong color vest and tie), the ceremony was the perfect mixture of intimate, moving, and fun. On May 19, that little white church was filled to the brim with daisies, mason jars, laughter and love.

Since we met at the Northfield Golf Club in 2009, it only made sense to hold our reception there. After entering the reception under an archway of fishing poles, we sat down to an awesome dinner of… tacos! Our family and friends wrote beautiful speeches (including a rap by the Best Man!), and then it was time for our first dance. Since we planned the wedding without any professional help, it was satisfying to know that we made it all the way to the fun part of the night without any major problems. And when our song, “Then” by Brad Paisley, started to play… that was the moment when it all became real to us. We got to share our first dance as husband and wife in the very spot where we first met, as everyone we care about looked on… that’s a memory we’ll never forget.

Hairstylist: Cole's Salon / Makeup Artist: Cole's Salon / Flowers & Decor: Forget-Me-Not Florist / DJ: Generation Light and Sound / Bride’s Dress: David's Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Men's Warehouse / Bride’s Shoes: TOMS / Photographer: Sweet Shibui Photography

Wedding lounges are the perfect way to give your guests a little something unexpected while adding a unique touch to your wedding reception. The beauty of these lounges is that they can take on a variety of shapes or forms.  From the beach to the barn, lounges can range from big to small, simple to complex.  These areas offer guests the the opportunity to mingle and socialize, take a moment to escape the music and catch their breath and simply offers guests a place to relax.  Bringing the ‘inside-out’ by using sofas, end tables and decorative pieces that reflect your style is a great way to personalize your space from cocktail hour up until the very last dance.

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Photo via Wishahmon 

Be creative! From shabby chic, modern, rustic to romantic, lounges are a great way to provide your guests with a comfortable space and to truly showcase your wedding style.