Harry Potter Themed Wedding by Pottinger Photography (2)

Harry Potter Themed Wedding by Pottinger Photography (2)

This fun, whimsical wedding comes to us from Brenda Pottinger of Pottinger Photography, based in Cincinnati, Ohio! Here’s Brenda to tell us more about the lovely couple and their magical day:

It is no secret that I adore the Cincinnati Nature Center and Krippendorf Lodge. And if you were to ask me where I would host a Harry Potter wedding this would be my top pick. It was such a delight to see all of the unique details the couple created and found.

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This lovely, rustic farm wedding comes to us from Cathy’s Elegant Events, based in Hudson, NY! Here’s Cathy to tell us more:

This spent a year creating details for their wedding and planning non traditional touches to make their wedding an unique as they are. They have a love for farm to table, rich colors and travel which showed in their detailed choices. They brought pomegranates, fresh cut oranges and other foods right into their tablescape.

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Venue Walkthrough: Ash Mill Farm in New Hope, PA (4)

Venue Walkthrough: Ash Mill Farm in New Hope, PA (2)

Welcome to another lovely venue walkthrough! Today we’ll be touring Ash Mill Farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania and our tour guide will be the venue’s event planner, Lisa Ryan. Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about your venue:

Well, Ash Mill Farm is a sheep farm set on a 10-acre piece of property.  The farm works, which means we have actual sheep on the property, we also have goats and a couple of barn cats. It’s also a bed and breakfast! We have 5 rooms in the Manor House as well as 2 detached cottages on the property. Late April – November we have a massive 100’ x 40’ semi-permanent tent installed to host gorgeous outdoor Spring, Summer and Fall weddings.

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Hand Illustrated Floral Wedding Invitation Suite by Laura K Invitations (6)

This whimsical yet modern invitation suite comes to us from Laura K Invitations, based in Toronto, Ontario! Here’s Laura to tell us more:

I loved going back to my love of pencil and paper for this invitation suite. I wanted to create a monochromatic and organic design and these flowers turned out exactly as I imagined. Paired with a rough handwritten font and textured paper the stationery feels like each piece is hand drawn art.

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Five Gorgeous Invitation Designs by 4 Love Polka Dots (1)

We were recently introduced to the 4 Love Polka Dots online handmade wedding stationery and gift shop and wow, what lovely designs! I really appreciate online shops that really add a lot of detail, texture, not to mention a lot of variety into their stationery designs. There is something in this shop that can appeal to nearly every aesthetic.

I got the opportunity to share some of my favorite 4 Love Polka Dot products with you over the next few weeks, and my first roundup features my favorite lovely invitation designs. Check out all the lovelies below!

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Colorful Springtime Engagement Styled Shoot (3)

Colorful Springtime Engagement Styled Shoot (3)Photo credit: Edward Lai Photography

Am I the only one who did not know that April was National Couple Appreciation Month? I’ve honestly never heard of this observation before! Shame on me… since I do kind of work in the wedding industry. Hah! According to Examiner, it was founded by Blissful Escapes “to encourage couples to do something special to re-enforce and celebrate their relationship.”

Totally missed that one… but hey, let’s check out a few of our lovely couples and the amazing vendors that support them in our best in weddings, April edition. :)

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Interview Highlights

Meet a Wedding Photographer in Atlanta, GA: Katie Snyder Photography (10)

Meet a Wedding Photographer in Atlanta, GA: Katie Snyder Photography

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are looking to hire a photographer to cover their big day?

Hands down – ask to see an entire wedding they’ve shot. It’s sooooo easy to make a nice website with decent photos these days. Make sure they have shot several weddings – without doing that, there are going to be lots of moments they won’t be prepared for. Make sure they have experience in the same lighting situations that you are planning. Make sure they have professional gear and professional backup gear. And make sure their second photographer is experienced as well. Don’t be afraid to ask for references. This is an investment in your first official family heirloom – it’s important! :)

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Meet a Wedding Photographer in Toronto, ON: Kelvin Young Photography (10)

Meet a Wedding Photographer in Toronto, ON: Kelvin Young Photography

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding photographers just getting started?

The biggest advice I give and the number one thing I look for when hiring and expanding my team is learn and strive to take every photo with accurate exposure. With the rise of digital photography and the ease of use of the latest post processing software, many newer photographers tend to have a mentality of shoot now, fix later. RAW files allow a huge magnitude of flexibility for recovering blown highlights, bringing back detail in the shadows and more, but nothing beats simply nailing the correct exposure in camera. Not only does it yield the best image quality possible, it also saves you a ton of time in post production trying to fix things.

I aim for always exposing within 1/3rd of a stop, allowing me to breeze through post production with minimal time spent trying different sliders to fix an image that is poorly exposed. I believe technical skills should be the first thing a new photographer should master before working on creativity and posing. A photographer can be the most creative photographer and know the best angles for every situation, but if their photos are technically subpar, then it will reflect in their work. Don’t be lazy and get it right in camera, even if it takes a bit longer during your photo shoot. You’ll save more time in post production!

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Meet a Wedding Photographer in Madison, GA: Brandy Angel Photography (7)

Meet a Wedding Photographer in Madison, GA: Brandy Angel Photography

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company?

I have always loved photography. I mean LOVED it. When I was 10 years old, I would dress up my nieces and nephews (who were closer in age to me than my siblings), throw up a backdrop and take pictures. There was nothing more fun than playing photographer. I can fondly recall every camera I have ever received and can sit and look over photographs for hours on end. My dream was to grow up and be a national geographic photographer.

I ended up being a surgical technologist for 10 years and loved every minute of it. Helping people in their time of need was a wonderful thing for me. However, when I had my daughters I stayed home and rekindled my deep love for photography. I bought my first digital camera and with my friends, taught myself how to use it. From that, Brandy Angel Photography has evolved. Not only have I been able to capture incredible moments for brides and grooms but also continue to help people in their time of need with my own non profit origination, Be the Change, Brandy Angel Foundation. I could not be more blessed and happier with where I am today.

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Feature Highlights

Black and White Striped Gift Box Wedding Invitation by Tangé Design (Costa Mesa, CA)

Black and White Striped Gift Box Wedding Invitation by Tangé Design (Costa Mesa, CA)

With an upcoming wedding in New Jersey, the bride-to-be Melissa came to us with the idea of having a box style wedding invitation that resembled a gift. To convey her color theme of black and white, we chose a bold vertical stripe design. When guests open the fluffy silk peony topped box, they unfold a dramatic long accordion fold invitation, with type set in modern sans serif type and romantic script. Details of shimmer ivory paper, couple’s nameplate highlighted with a tiny rhinestone, and delicate dotted thick black ribbon tie the invitation together into a really elegant and lovely package.

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Superhero Themed Wedding Video by Best Men Films (Gold Coast, Australia)

Superhero Themed Wedding Video by Best Men Films (Gold Coast, Australia)

When we first met Amy & Matt, we were surprised about their affinity for gaming, and that this was going to be a theme for the event. It’s not often that you get so excited to shoot a wedding over a year before its date, but as we are gamers at heart too, this one was going to be special. A young couple with a plan to have their wedding the way they wanted it, not the uniformed nuptials we are used to seeing. Batman accessories adorned the styling of this wedding. Batman shoes, batman cufflinks, batman bouquet, batman belt, batman everything. They had their own unique take on a classic wedding that gave us free reign to get creative.

We sat down together in the edit and thought “how can we make this different to any other wedding video we’ve seen?”. To suit the theme, we came to the conclusion that a 90’s video game opener was the only solution! Creating the introduction to this video was a time consuming, but extremely fun production. First we used Photoshop to create the elements in pixelated form, then we transfered this over to After Effects to do the animations. The church is an actual image of the venue where they had their ceremony, even the characters are designed with what they were wearing on the day. It turned out to be a nostalgic start to a beautiful wedding video, thanks to an amazing young couple, deeply in love.

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Nautical Wedding Invitation Suite by Laura Macchia (Montpelier, VT)

Nautical Wedding Invitation Suite by Laura Macchia (Montpelier, VT)

Nolie and Greg were married on Martha’s Vineyard and the​y wanted the seaside reflected in their wedding invitations. We started with a​ custom​ illustration of the Edgartown lighthouse as the focal point and​ then incorporated some iconic nautical motifs into the other pieces. The double-sided weekend events postcard was a fun addition, as it features a monogrammed map of the Vineyard. ​I also helped the couple with their day-of stationery, which included a beautiful ceremony program, featuring a custom illustration of the historic Federated Church. ​The classic navy and white color palette, 220lb double-thick cotton paper and bold design elements, give this suite both a touch of modern charm and traditional New England elegance. The suite was letterpress printed by May Day Studio.

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Wedding Inspiration Highlights

We’ve been fortunate to have so many amazing real wedding, engagement and styled shoot submissions this month. It’s honestly been impossible to narrow it down to our top three, so we’re giving you our top five. Enjoy!

Retro Style County Fair Wedding Fun

Retro Style County Fair Wedding Fun by Laura Segall Photography (Chandler, AZ)

I had been looking forward to Rhonda and Dereck’s wedding for over a year, ever since Rhonda told me about her ambitious wedding ideas. The planning and coordination for this day had been in the works for well over two years. Rhonda and Dereck were married on the last day of the Arizona State Fair in early November. The day, the unique details and the overall style and aesthetic were everything I had imagined and hoped for and more. The day was filled to the brim with color and joyful emotion.

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An Intimate Hawaiian Destination Wedding (11)

An Intimate Hawaiian Destination Wedding by Elusive Visions Photography (Honolulu, HI)

I can honestly say that I have loved each and every wedding that I have had the pleasure of photographing. I consider myself extremely lucky to be working in paradise doing what I love, but once in a while I shoot a wedding that sets a whole new standard for me. It might be that I just fell in love with the couple during their session, it might be the location, but I think the most important factor which contributes to a successful shoot is a couple that isn’t afraid to go out of their way, to do something different, something that reflects them!

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Rocky Mountain Wedding With Handmade Details (7)

Rocky Mountain Wedding with Handmande Details by Third Eye Photography (Crested Butte, CO)

Soaring through the air, Bernida looked down and saw WILL YOU MARRY ME? written on the ground. Nearby, where she would land, Adam knelt on one knee waiting for her answer. Avid hikers, boaters, bikers and nature-lovers, Bernida and Adam knew they wanted a mountain wedding to start their life-long journey together. Living in Denver, they often escaped to the beautiful mountain town of Crested Butte to enjoy the outdoors. Bernida and Adam got married on Crested Butte Mountain overlooking the Paradise Divide Mountain Range.

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Boho Steampunk Styled Shoot

Boho Steampunk Styled Shoot by Reverend Tan (Northern California)

Our vendor team married bohemian with steampunk themes with twin sister brides and matching bridesmaids at a rustic ranch! Sophisticated, ethereal, Victorian, romantic and homespun, all in one. Utilizing the venue’s crane, grain storage tin, intimate cantina, and secret little nooks, our two brides and bridesmaids explored the ranch! A lovely horse from next door came to visit us for the day.

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Goth-Glam Styled Shoot (6)

Goth Glam Styled Shoot by After The Engagement (San Diego, CA)

We wanted to illustrate a more offbeat wedding design with this shoot, something a little darker and more goth-glam. For example, the arch was draped in black vs the traditional white chiffon. My most favorite detail was the double-sided cake, which I dreamed would show one half of the room one cake, and the other half of the room an entirely different cake. It was also super fun to take some couples’ portraits in the pool after the “wedding”.

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Congratulations and thank YOU for being a part of the WeddingLovely community!
-Jani and the WeddingLovely team

Valentine's Day Design Roundup 2015 - Part 1

We made the call to our vendors for lovely and inspiring Valentine’s Day designs early last week ~ and whoa, did they deliver!

We’ve got it all this year, from traditional and beautiful to clean and modern to quirky and fun.

It’s just so awesome to see such creative talent and unique designs, and we know that you lovebirds are going to adore what we’ve got in stall for you in the upcoming days. :)

Be sure to check back with us on Wednesday for Part 2 and Friday for Part 3 of our Valentine’s Day Design Roundup for 2015!

Valentine’s Day Roundups Part 1:

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 Bridesmaid Gifts: 2 DIY Gifts That Your Bridal Party Will Love to HavePhoto Credit: Wiki Commons

Lacey Blackwood is here with us today to share a couple of fun DIY projects that make thoughtful bridesmaid gifts. Enjoy!

Picture this. Your bridal party gathers around a table. They are helping you iron out the seating arrangements for the formal dinner. An exhausting endeavor considering your family is full of clashing personalities. At the end of a long and frustrating session, the bridal party successfully manages to come up with a seating plan that will keep the peace. This is just one moment out of dozens where they have made your life far easier during this stressful and exciting period. How do you repay that kind of commitment and loyalty?

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