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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Real Wedding: Christine + Grant's Colorful, Cozy and Eco-Friendly Affair (1)

Today we have another gorgeous affair by Stacey & Company, this time a beautiful colorful wedding filled with rich hues! Stacey has a lovely story about the planning:

Christine called from Houston, “Help! I can’t sleep at night because I don’t know how to make my plans reality!” She and Grant had planned to come to California to elope and invited a few friends. When word got out the few grew to 40. Luckily we we’re able to score Cavallo Point just 8 weeks before the wedding as well as put together a colorful, cozy and eco-friendly affair.

After just one face to face meeting and tasting we were able to design a day with creative touches that were important to both the bride and groom.

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Real Wedding: Christine + Grant's Colorful, Cozy and Eco-Friendly Affair (2)

Real Wedding: Christine + Grant's Colorful, Cozy and Eco-Friendly Affair (3)

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Another infographic by Simply Bridal! Find your perfect wedding shoe — it’s not as simply as simply picking a stiletto!

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See our other previous infographics here!


Today’s interview comes from WeddingPhotoLove’s very own, Aaron Riddle Photography. It’s no joke, that he does beautiful work (I’m also sure he’s heard that one before). We were able to catch up with Aaron and have him tell us more about himself and his business behind the camera.


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Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am a professional photographer residing in Winchester, Virginia. I specialize in wedding photography, portrait photography and special event photography needs. My style as a wedding photographer is unobtrusive, friendly photojournalism. I capture the moments of your day as they naturally unfold.

How did you get into wedding photography?

With a background in art, drawing and design, I fell in love with photographing weddings, events and people while serving as photographer for one of the largest community colleges in Virginia. One day a co-worker requested that I take photos at his wedding. I had never thought about myself as a wedding photographer, but decided to give it a try…and absolutely fell in love with it. Things took off from there and I started my business, Aaron Riddle Photography, shortly after.


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What is your favorite part of the wedding day to capture?

This is a hard question because I love every aspect of the wedding day…from the excitement of the bride getting ready to the dancing and partying going down during the reception. But if I had to pick only one, it would be the moment after the bride and groom kiss for the first time and the ceremony is over. It is usually during that instant that all the nervousness of the day washes away and the bride and groom are elated, happy and so excited about finally being married to one another.

What is the most awkward moment you’ve experienced while on the job?

Haha…very good question. I’ve seen quite a few awkward and humorous moments happen to others during my many weddings, but if it had to be narrowed down to a moment I experienced, it would be the one time I was photographing a wedding this fall. I was taking some photographs of the pumpkin decorations on the tables, and a guest asked “What are you taking a picture of?” I said “Oh, just that camel……PUMPKIN!” To this day I do not know why I said camel, but every time I tell that story it gets a laugh :)


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What’s the best thing you ever ate at a wedding?

I’ve eaten at weddings catered by many great chefs and food services, including Wolfgang Puck, but one time I photographed a wedding for a couple who held there ceremony and reception on a local farm. They had it catered by a local southern BBQ company…”Mr. B’s BBQ”. It was the most mouth-watering BBQ I ever had, so that is the top of my list.

What is your favorite venue and why?

Since I live in the Shenandoah Valley, nearly all of the venues have gorgeous settings full of mountains, forests and trees so many breath-taking views. The one venue that pops into my head is CrossKeys Vineyards near Harrisonburg, Virginia. I have only photographed one wedding there, but everything about that day was perfect. The venue had so many views of the surrounding mountain ranges and vineyards, that I could have spend all day taking photographs there. Photos of this wedding can be seen here.


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Nikon or Canon?

Canon….the only reason being that I started photographing with Canon cameras, have loved the results, so I have stuck with the brand.

What is your dream location to shoot a wedding?

I would say Myrtle Beach, SC. I have been going there once a year for a beach vacation with my family since I was a little boy (I now take my wife and kids there annually), so it would be a lot of fun to photograph a wedding there :)

If you could shoot any celebrity wedding (past, present or future), who would be the lucky couple?

My choice would be one of the British Royal Family weddings. They are world-wide events that are part of history, so it would be nice to be a part of it.

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Thank you for your time, Aaron!  Check out Aaron Riddle Photography on WeddingPhotoLove or go to his site for even more!

If you ate too much yesterday and plan on spending today doing a little online shopping for pretty paper goods, you are in luck! We are thrilled to share great deals from some of our vendors!


Wiley Valentine Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

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Cartoules Press Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

The next deal is from Cartoules Press. Visit their Etsy Shop on Friday, November 25th to Monday, November 28th, enter the coupon code “BLACKFRIDAY25” while checking out to receive 25% off all ready-made items.*

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Inky Livie Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Inky Livie has a deal for you! Visit their Etsy Shop between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, enter the coupon code “THANKS2011” while checking out to get 15% off from Inky Livie.*  Their SF Collection will be having a sale on Cyber Monday: get 20% off with the coupon code “CYBER.”

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One Bella Design Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

One Bella Designs even has a deal! Shop online between Thursday, November 24th and Saturday, November 26th and get 20% off ALL Holiday Photo Cards from One Bella Designs.


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Invitations by Ajalon Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Here’s a deal from Invitations by Ajalon. Until December 31, Invitations by Ajalon will be offering 15% off all wedding day stationery (table markers, programs, menus, escort cards etc.). Click here for the offer.


Lasso'd Moon Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Lasso’d Moon has a great offer! Through Monday, November 28th, there will be a coupon up on Facebook for free thank you cards with any custom invitation order placed by 3/1! Mention code “Gobble Gobble” when ordering.


Puddle Jumpin' Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Puddle Jumpin Cards wants to prepare you for 2012. Letterpress and block printed calendars will be 15% off, along with free shipping. Dog Calendar coupon code is “BLACKFRIDAY” and the Botanical Calendar coupon code is “BLACKFRIDAYB.”


Figlio Press Stationery Designer WeddingInviteLove

Foglio Press has quite the deals! Go to their Etsy shop for these offers:

  1. Complimentary personalization inside all folded holiday notes.
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Marit Hanson Weddings Stationery Design WeddingInviteLove

Marit Hanson Weddings is ready to roll into 2012! Purchase a desk calendar thru Cyber Monday and get FREE SHIPPING. Enter the code “2012CAL” at checkout. You can order the full calendar or a refill pack for cards only.


Sophisticated Floral

Sophisticated Floral Designs & Accessories has an offer, too. Visit her Etsy Shop and enter the coupon code “SHIP4FREE” at checkout to receive FREE Domestic Shipping on everything from Sophisticated Floral Designs & Accessories’ Etsy Shop.


Thank you for sharing all these great deals with the WeddingLovely crowd! And if you’re back at your desk on Monday morning, just now reading this, have no fear – some of these offers are a Cyber Monday deal as well. Score!