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2014 is almost here, and many brides and grooms envision celebrating their marriage surrounded by family and friends leading into the new year. I think this is a fabulous way to close out one year and start off another. I’ve been stumbling across a lot of gorgeous New Year’s Eve wedding celebration details and wanted to share them with you future brides-to-be who are considering ringing in the new year by saying ‘I Do.’ Happy New Year!

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Elisabeth Carol Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Elisabeth Carol Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Rachel May Photography via United with Love

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Holly Graciano Photography via Wedding Window

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Concept Photography via The Bridal Detective

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Edyta Szyszlo via 100 Layer Cake

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Hetler Photography via Oh Lovely Day

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Hetler Photography via Oh Lovely Day

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Emily Steffen Photography via Minnesota Bride

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Emily Steffen Photography via Minnesota Bride

 

Christa and Nick chose their hometown of Cape Girardeau in Southeast Missouri as the perfect spot to become husband and wife and celebrate the day with family and friends. Both Christa and Nick are from Southeast Missouri, were engaged in Cape Girardeau, and although their current home is St. Louis, MO, they both thought that their childhood home in the Bootheel of Missouri was the perfect fit for the two of them.

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About the Big Day:
Christa and Nick had a beautiful, southern style wedding, and it was filled with details that truly made the day meaningful. From the getaway car that was once her father’s mother’s car which Christa’s father fully restored, to the doors of Christa’s great grandparents’ house as a backdrop to the cake, to the barn doors from a close family friend’s barn used as the backdrop to the head table, there were so many truly personal touches in this wedding day, making it beyond memorable for more than just the couple. The wedding gowns of the mothers of both the bride and groom were displayed next to their own wedding photos.

Christa added a twist to the traditional something old, new, borrowed and blue, and instead of using objects to display these things, she used friends. Her Something Old was a high school friend, Something New was a coworker and best friend, Something Borrowed was a newly married friend and Something Blue was Nick’s cousin, as something blue symbolized family and continuity.

In between the ceremony and the reception, the couple, who now calls St. Louis home, had to make a stop at a favorite local college bar to watch the end of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game because in October, true Cardinals fans can’t miss even the tiniest bit of the playoff madness.

Christa and Nick have a very real love for one another, and a true love and appreciation for family and friendship, all of which were displayed on their wedding day.


Photographer: Simply Stated Photography / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral / Reception Venue: Drury Lodge / Flowers & Decor: J Maries / Cake Baker: Kim Goodpasture / DJ: Charlie's Review / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Theresa Kern / Videographer: Claire Bira

Paige and Daniel had the perfect fall wedding day in Southern Illinois in late October. In the eyes of the bride, she had blinked and grown up from a little girl to a bride, there to experience her fairytale wedding day with her father, her family and most importantly, her groom by her side. Cheers to Paige and Daniel, and in the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the gorgeous details from their wedding day!

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About the Big Day:
Paige and Daniel were married on October 19, 2013 at Orchardview Winery in Alma, Illinois. Their vintage chic wedding day was filled with creative personal touches perfectly suited for the bride and groom. Paige was a DIY bride who had the help of all of her bridesmaids, family and friends to make her dreams a reality when it came to the overall wedding décor. She had the help of these important people to assemble centerpieces and other decorations for the venue, and her dad and grandpa helped to build a lot of key pieces as well, including the freestanding doorway that lead the guests, and the bride, into the ceremony location and down the aisle to her prince charming. Paige’s favorite detail of the entire day was the arbor built out of old barn wood that stood behind the preacher during the wedding ceremony. Three strips of material hung from the arbor, and Paige and Daniel, along with their families, braided the strips together during the ceremony to represent their unity. Pins from Paige and Daniel’s college fraternity and sorority were carefully pinned to Paige’s bouquet.

During the reception, their wedding guests enjoyed a BBQ dinner followed by a night of fun and dancing. Paige and Daniel’s wedding day was a true representation of their relationship and their futures that they were soon to grow and build together. The two of them left for their honeymoon in Jamaica shortly after their wedding day, then came home and packed to head to their new home in England, where Daniel is stationed. The new Mr. and Mrs. have started their new journey together filled with love and adventure.


Ceremony Venue: Orchardview Winery / Reception Venue: Orchardview Winery / Photographer: SHD Photography / Catering: Wheelan's BBQ Shack / Cake Baker: Covered in Chocolate / Rentals: Kelly's for the Occasion / DJ: Dwonka and Funke

I am a sucker for a good antique. It may be because I’m a bit of an old soul, but something about real, wooden furniture and armoires of old just make me giddy and ponder what their past lives were. I’ve noticed that more and more brides are utilizing them for their ceremonies and receptions in a variety of ways. We’ve collected below a few of our favorites.

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How would you incorporate antique pieces into your wedding? Just a touch for table numbers or a full seating area?

Kacie and Anthony were wed on a cool 105 summer day on Catawba Island in Lake Erie. And according to their photographer, despite the extreme heat, they still had a successful party – which is apparent from their photos! Kacie wanted to infuse a bit of nautical feel into their day so used a color palette of blush pink and navy and also had guests sign a small wooden paddle instead of a traditional guest book. The details were pulled together beautifully! Now, as Fall nears, lets all take a moment and imagine the breeze blowing through out hair like it did for Kacie and Anthony on their post-ceremony boat ride… Ahhhhhh.

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From the Bride

When Erin asked me to write something about our wedding I worried that I wouldn’t be able to cleverly tell the story of us – Kacie and Anthony. How would I tell the story of how we met in college and then were reintroduced to one another in Chicago? How would I begin to describe our love for one another and Lake Erie summers? How would I explain our laid back but sophisticated style? I spent a good week worrying about the words I would use to describe our wedding -my gown, the groom’s cake, the flowers, the heat, the crazy fun dance party. Then I realized I didn’t need to find the perfect words because our wedding photos tell our story better than any words could 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hairstylist: Scarlett O’Hair Salon and Spa / Flowers & Decor: Otto & Urban / Band: E3 Detroit / Ceremony Venue: St. Peter & Paul's Catholic Church / Reception Venue: Catawba Island Club

The days of traditional guestbooks are gone, and it seems as if new, creative, and fun ideas are popping up everywhere! The guestbook has turned from a way to document guests, and keep track of the gifts they gave you, to a unique way for your guests to share a favorite memory, or into a treasured piece the bride and groom can reflect back on years from now. Take a look at some of these new and creative guestbook ideas that you can incorporate into your wedding day.

1) Postcard Guestbook postcard-wedding-guestbook

{Photo via Wedding in HD by Shannon Confair Photography}

2) Library Card Guestbook

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{Binding Bee via ETSY}

3) Photobook Guestbook
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{Photo via Ruffled  - You Look Nice Today Photography}

4) Wine Cork Guestbook

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{Photo via Oh Lovely Day}

5) Wedding Tree Guestbook

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{Wedding Tree Guestbook via ETSY}

6) State Guestbook

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{Peachwik via ETSY}

7) Mad Libs Guestbook

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{Photo via OneWedAugust Press Via ETSY}

8) Anniversary Wine Guestbook

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{Photo via Bridal GuideEVCreations}


Have you seen, or do you plan on incorporating any of these creative guestbook ideas into your big day decor?

This is one of my favorite trends that has become a staple for almost any wedding ceremony and reception. It doesn’t matter what your style is for the big day, you can find garland that matches it. You can get so creative with it and incorporate it into your theme so well. I’ve seen metallic, DIY, cupcake liners, even silverware! We’ve collected a few of our favorites below.

 

 

How would you use garland for your wedding? Would you go with traditional or more funky colors and styles?

One way a bride can really get creative and add a small touch of personality to her reception decor is through table numbers. These numbers don’t have to be the dry, run-of-the-mill ways to merely get your guests to their table destination. Use your imagination, the sky is the limit in utilizing a number of objects and ideas to tie in your wedding theme in a unique way. We’ve collected a few of our favorites below to get your imagination flowing!

 

 

A return to formal is something the wedding industry has seen come back full force in 2012 and it seems to be staying strong in 2013. From chandeliers to plated dinners, brides are bringing back formality and pomp to their celebrations. One aspect of this comeback I am swooning over is how brides are incorporating formal chinaware. Whether their grandmother’s vintage set or mismatched cups and plates as centerpieces, we’re seeing these adorable and beautiful pieces being utilized in such creative ways! We’ve collected a few pieces below for inspiration:

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What are some ways you would incorporate chinaware into your celebration? Would you be a stickler for matching or crave mismatching sets? Would you utilize it as centerpiece inspiration only?

Where would you go hunting for pieces, do you have a favorite antique store?

Investing effort into designing place settings is something a lot of people don’t think to do or don’t find important because they use the rentals that come included with their venue or caterer. While it isn’t necessary to choose uniquely designed place settings, they can really bring a lot to the table, literally. The table is often the place the majority of guests spend the most of their time during the reception, so if you have the option to dress it up a little, it’s a good investment.

1: Photo by Jill Thomas, via Inspired by This 2: Photo by Trent Bailey, designed by Desiree Spinner, stationery by Cherish Paperie via Inspired by This 3: Photo by Sarah Yates, design by Sitting In a Tree 4: Photo by: Jillian Rose Photography via A Charming Occasion 5: Photo by Kim Le Photography via SMP 6: Jose Villa via Design Sponge 7: Photo by Swoon Over It Photography, design, styling and stationary by Momental Designs via GWS 8: Photo by Jeanna Hayes, design by: Amy Atlas Designs via The Sweetest Occasion  9: Photo by: Daniel Mast, design by: Events by Sarah Elizabeth via Wedding Chicks 10: Photo by: Marisa Holmes Photography via Canvas & Canopy Events