Fall Wedding at Botanical Gardens

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With summer coming to a close we thought this would be a great week to get you excited for fall, and what better way than to showcase one of our gorgeous fall weddings from last year! Kristina and Chris were … Continue reading

Keep Calm and Go Shopping

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Shopping is a task that most women enjoy, dare I say it is even a close second to spending time with their fiancé, and one major plus about wedding planning is that you pretty much get free reign to shop as much as you’d like. Shopping for bridesmaids gifts was definitely one of the most fun shopping aspects of wedding planning for me. It was my big chance to show my very best ladies a little appreciated for all of their help, support, and not defriending me for my Bridezilla moments. Here are a few tips for purchasing bridesmaids gifts:
-Be Original
Not all of  your bridesmaid’s gifts need to be the same. It makes things so much more personal if you really put thought and effort into a gift that is tailored to that girl. Perhaps your friend is a teacher, a new planner would make a great gift.
-It Does Not Have to be Something They Will Wear
Yes we know that you are very excited to be getting married, and your bridesmaid’s are thrilled for you. But lets be honest, how many of your bridesmaid’s will really wear the tank top with “BRIDESMAID” written in rhinestones across their chest again? Instead try something fun like a monogrammed clutch. You can keep to your wedding colors and your girls will definitely love the new accessory.
-Make Your Gift Reusable
Do not buy a gift that is either completely in your personal taste or in the wrong size. If you are taking your time and money to buy your girls bridesmaid’s gifts then you want them to be something that will actually serve a purpose.
Remember that your girl’s are devoting lots of time, energy, and even money into assuring that your big day is as perfect as possible so the gifts they receive from you are a wonderful way to thank them.

The Secret Garden

A few weeks ago the most amazing group of vendors came together to create an amazing Secret Garden inspired stylized shoot. The whole inspiration for this shoot was an amazing set of 9ft doors that I saw on the River Designs Vintage Rentals Facebook page. They literally blew me away, and I just knew right.then. that they needed to be the center of something spectacular. Well my goal was achieved ten fold.

I kept imagining a perfect couple walking through a garden on their big day and stumbling across these beautiful doors.  The doors were the entrance to a magical, secret garden and everything is reflective of that feeling. From the antique china, to the mismatched chairs, the skeleton key place cards, bright and lush flowers, an amazing boutonniere made with watch pieces, the gorgeous invitation suite with subtle flowers and lace detail, and the amazing romantic dress that appears to just float through the grounds. We had so much fun giving a new look to a common wedding setting, don’t be afraid to transform any space into something more your own.

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Be sure to check out the amazing vendors that made this dream shoot possible.

Vendors:

Photographer: Jen and Ashley Photography

Invites/Paper Goods: Aliya Rinaldi Designs

Gown: Pure English Bridal Salon

Tux: Miguel’s Custom Clothier

Hair: Lissa Littles

Makeup: Makeup by Cristal

Cake: Sweet Temptations Dessert Cafe

Flowers: Bloom the Art of Flowers

Vintage Rentals: River Design Vintage Rentals

China Rentals: Table Seven

Never Let Me Go sign: Whitney Ward

What Kind of Bride are You?

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After you get engaged there are 1001 things to get done before the big day, but the first step before making an major vendor decisions is… What Kind of Bride are You? The answer to this question will completely set the tone for your wedding. It will help with choosing your wedding site, your dress, your decor, pretty much everything. Here are a few examples to help in your decision making…

Boho/Vintage Bride

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This bride is all about being relaxed and being true to herself, even if that means going against the grain. She might wear a colored gown or a floral crown and lots of her decor will probably be repurposed or thrifted. This bride will probably bring in lots of elements that have tons of sentimental value to her and her groom. This wedding is bound to have a very homey and romantic feeling.

D-I-Y {Do It Yourself} Bride

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The DIY Bride is one crafty lady and is not afraid to get a little dirty. She takes on any task with gusto and is probably a Pinterest pro.  This bride will be busy from the day after her engagement up until a few days before the big day {and then hopefully she takes time to relax and let her coordinator take over}. There is no task too big or too small for her from creating her own paper goods, to putting together her own florals, or even building her own centerpieces.

Ballroom Bride

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A ballroom bride is not necessarily a princess bride, I might even venture to say that she is a Type -A personality bride. She leaves nothing up to chance. There is no possibility of rain ruining an outdoor wedding, the temperature is perfectly controlled, lighting and plumbing won’t be an issue. This bride wants a big space to work with and wants to make a big impression on her day.

Garden/Outdoor Bride

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The Garden Bride is all about her setting, she wants to be surrounded by beauty. She must definitely not be super anxious, as the weather is always a factor with outdoor weddings. This kind of wedding doesn’t require elaborate details or tons of props, the background is usually a major part of the decor. These brides tend to wear more flowy or romantic dresses, and usually incorporate a softer color palette.

Glam Bride

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The Glam Bride is all about the details. Her day will be perfect from the second you approach the ceremony site to the big send off at the end of the night, and there are bound to be lots of special touches along the way. This bride will have flawless makeup, a jaw dropping gown, more than likely some pretty fierce shoes, and that is just with regards to her attire… The whole day is bound to impress.

Beach Bride

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The beach bride is another bride that has to have a certain amount of zen to her, there really isnt a back up plain for a rained out beach wedding. This wedding is bound to be relaxed, the kind where you end up barefoot halfway through the night and wakeup with sand in your sheets the next morning. Nautical touches sprinkled through out will just add to the fun atmosphere. The lighting and backdrop of a beautiful ocean are enough to make any guest swoon, but throw in some amazing color and it is bound to be a day that you will never forget.

I’m sure there many other types of brides out there that we failed to mention, but hopefully this will help get some creative juices flowing and possibly shed some light on aspects that you might not have considered. Not matter what type of bride you are just be sure to set yourself up with a wedding that is true to you and your future groom and there is no way that it won’t be the best night of your life.

WeddingWire World Extravaganza

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Last week I had the amazing opportunity to go and represent As You Wish at WeddingWire World. I’m sure everyone is familiar with the WeddingWire website, as it’s a wonderful tool to utilize for finding your wedding vendors. WeddingWire World was a chance for vendors from all over the country to get together and discuss the industry. It was an amazing experience. So much was learned, so much fun was had, and there is so much that I cannot wait to carry over into our every day business practices. I won’t bore you with the information I heard on better email communication + search engine optimization + so much more, but I will share a few pictures of the fun that the amazing 757 vendors had.

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A big hello to Veil Studios, MorLina Events, Waterford Event Rentals, The Girl Tyler, Maya Couture Bridal Salon, Show Bride and Lil at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens. I had a fabulous time with y’all!

Engagement Picture 4-1-1

Today marks our first post of Trendy Topics that we will be bringing to you weekly. This week’s topic is

Engagement Pictures!

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With summer winding down, and the heat finally beginning to show some reprieve, we know that a lot of our engaged couples are prepping for engagement photos. So, we figured it would be a wonderful opportunity to shed a little light on the whole idea. We will give you our opinion and also share the opinion of some fantastic photographers as well, and hopefully you can walk away feeling a little more sound regarding the process.

Why is it so important to get engagement pictures done?
-Well, who doesn’t love beautiful photos around the house? But also, it is the perfect time to get to know your photographer as well as to start to feel more comfortable in front of the camera. After all, on your wedding day the camera will be all over you like ice cream on a hot summer day.

Tips for your Engagement Session:
-Dress comfortably. Yes you might be dying to show off those 5 inch stilettos, but unless you are a seasoned shoe vet they are probably not the best idea with all of the walking and standing that you will be doing.
-Don’t be afraid to incorporate props. Props are fun, and they add some serious punch to your pictures. So don’t be afraid of a handmade sign, a little glitter, or a full on stylized shoot {this is the perfect way to get acquainted with your wedding coordinator as well}.
-Be true to you. Are you a beach couple that loves to surf or paddle board? Do you share a love of comic books? Do you cheer for rival football teams? Incorporate it into your session. This makes it fun and timeless, but most of all it shows the true YOU.

Brea from Photography By Brea also shared her fabulous opinion:

• It is SO awkward getting  your photo taken by a stranger. It’s a weird thing to say as a photographer, but it’s true! When better to get rid of that awkwardness and allow your photographer to become more than a stranger than by having an engagement session? I love getting to walk around town with my couples, get to know more about them, see what makes them tick, and help them open up in front of my camera. By the time the wedding rolls around it’s like we’re old friends! For my own wedding the engagement session was SO helpful! I was incredibly awkward and just froze in front of the camera. Now keep in mind I had already been a photographer for a couple of years at this point, but it didn’t make it any easier! Our wedding day was perfect and we could jump right in and already understood the directions that Jen gave us since we had worked with her before, and we were able to make the best use of our time and the light before sunset!
• My other major tip is to choose a location that has meaning for you as a couple. These photos are capturing an important and fleeting time in your life. You want to be able to capture a snippet of that time aside from how you look! The location you choose is another big piece of telling your unique story. One of my couples planned a destination wedding but loved the town they lived in. We took photos in front of their favorite burrito joint, and a boutique shop that they registered at, and other cute little corners in their town. Jamie and Tommy (this is the couple in the Baltimore images below) are big Baltimore City people, so getting photos on Federal Hill with the Baltimore skyline was a must have. Maybe places that matter in your relationship aren’t exactly photo worthy– for example, my husband and I met and got engaged at a retirement community… not exactly the best place for photos. At least make sure you pick a location that is right for you as a couple! We chose to do ours in the city and we are so NOT city people. I look back on the images and while they’re GORGEOUS, they’re just really not us and I wish we had chosen a nature-y location rather than going with what I thought would “look cool”.
Here are some of Brea’s amazing pictures, and these are sure to inspire you to rush out and take engagement pictures:
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The amazing Jen from Jen and Ashley Photography also shared some amazing advice about engagement photos!
1.  Outfits – Typically we encourage our couples to bring two outfits to an engagement session.  One would be more casual and one would be more dressy!  The outfits don’t have to be “matchy-matchy” at all!  It’s best to stay away from crazy patterns because they usually won’t photograph as nicely.  As far as accessories go, don’t be afraid to go for the super bright colors that pop!  The most important thing to consider when choosing outfits is to make sure that you’re both comfortable!  Don’t feel like you have to wear something super fancy and then feel uncomfortable wearing it!
2.  Professional Hair & Makeup – A lot of times our brides like to do their own makeup and hair for their engagement session, which is absolutely fine!  However, this is also a great opportunity for a trial run of wedding day hair and makeup.  You can see how well the makeup photographs, and see if you like how it looks!  Also, you’ll feel that much more confident while having your pictures taken!
Here are a few fantastic pictures from Jen + Ashley, and they show the use of outfits extremely well!
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