This photo shoot feels a little like a modern fairy tale – there’s just something so romantic about woodland inspired details! Says photographer Kate Osborne: “Ashley [Tinge Floral] and I wanted to collaborate on a shoot that incorporated ferns and a monochromatic color palette that really highlights the details and wasn’t relying on color to catch your interest. Bride, Jann, contributed her talent with amazing handmade elements including her hand sewn dress and hand silkscreened booklet invites.”
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Ashley on the floral design: “The flowers in this shoot were focused primarily on different kinds of ferns in all shades of green. The shape of a fern immediately creates an organic aesthetic and feel, and when paired with the right blooms they can add to a more romantic shape. In these arrangements I was lucky enough to get a few tree peonies! Contrary to popular belief, peonies come back into season late in the fall. Limited varieties are available but the big blooms pair beautifully with the richness of fall.”
From Shelby: “I don’t consider myself a particularly aesthetically savvy person, so I was nervous about the design and colors of our wedding. Several weeks after we got engaged though, I went over to a friend’s apartment and saw this stunning floral painting on her wall. My nerves about aesthetics all subsided. I knew the painting had the colors for the wedding! We used an online print of the painting for handwritten notes to our guests, for the DIY signs throughout the venue, and to inspire the flowers and the vivid poppy bridesmaid dresses.”
Says the bride, “We loved how the venue communicated elegance without extravagance. The beautiful white barn allowed us to have a dressier affair with the groomsmen in tuxedos, yet it didn’t necessitate fancy linens and china as a country club venue would have. We also chose our venue because it had a viable rain location on the second story above the main hall. We actually ended up using it because there was a downpour during our ceremony!”
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What was your favorite moment or part of the day? My father’s toast completely wowed me and everyone else at the wedding. He had asked me just the day before what he was supposed to do for the four minute toast. Little did I know, he had actually been preparing his toast ever since we got engaged in December. In those four short minutes, my dad had all the guests falling out of their seats in laughter, and reaching for their napkins to blot tears away. He joked about Douglas’s Eagle Scout award and his piano skills, and my mom’s love for shopping that will help them “retire early,” and expressed his heartfelt enthusiasm for our future life together.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? My favorite tradition we included was a family tradition. For as long as I can remember, my family and Douglas and I have communicated love and appreciation for one another through notes. We wanted to show this love and appreciation for all of our 180 guests and so we decided to hand write notes for each of them. While Douglas and I worked on the notes during the months leading up to the wedding, my mom used her calligraphy on the vellum envelopes. Even though Douglas and I didn’t get a chance to speak to all of our guests during the reception, we knew they felt honored and appreciated when the notes were delivered to their tables during dinner.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Our wedding planner advised that we schedule 10-15 minutes after pictures for Douglas and me just to be by ourselves and to soak in the fact that we were married all before we got introduced to our guests at our reception. It was a brilliant idea, and was some of the most memorable moments of the entire weekend.
What advice do you have for other brides? Make sure to plan ahead and have a timeline so that the last month before the wedding isn’t full of stress and you can focus more on your upcoming marriage than on all the last minute details of the wedding.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Don’t be afraid to bargain and/or to ask for lower quotes from your vendors. We were able to save a lot of money on the wedding because my dad encouraged me to negotiate with the vendors. After I got over my initial nerves about it, the negotiating ended up being kind of fun!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? My dress had been altered to fit very tightly around my waist – so tight that I had to put the dress on over my head. We only realized this after I had gotten my hair and makeup completely done! In order to keep it all from getting messed up, a bridesmaid suggested putting a trash bag over my head to protect me and putting the dress on over the bag. We all thought she was crazy, but it ended up working. All the pictures of me putting my dress on look very peaceful and calm, but just before they were taken, we were all laughing at the trash bag on my head and sweating because we were worried it wouldn’t work!
Baby and I are feeling a little under the weather today, so unfortunately I don’t have any fun links for you this week. But I did want to share this darling (and very quick!) Christmas 8mm before signing off for the weekend. Thanks to Snippet & Ink Select vendor A Bryan Photo for sharing!
A lovely lighthouse wedding from Erin McGinn today… how gorgeous is this bride’s dress?! She was inspired by her rose gold engagement ring, and I can totally see that blush color echoed in the sequined ribbons on her gown…
The bride’s bouquet included pale pink and yellow garden roses and a variety of foliage. Says the bride, “I had my grandmother’s lace handkerchief wrapped around my floral bouquet. As my mother walked me down the isle, it was great to know that my grandmother was right there with us.”
“As residents of Newport, Rhode Island, we could not have chosen a better place to encompass all that we love and enjoy together then at the Hyatt Regency Newport. The location is absolutely beautiful, with a panoramic view of Newport Harbor.”
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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?What truly inspired me when planning our wedding was my engagement ring. The ring is made of rose gold and diamonds, and its whimsical and vintage look really helped me choose the overall theme and elements of our wedding.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day?Our favorite moment of the day was when we were introduced as husband and wife at our reception. We came out as Mr. and Mrs Anton. to one of our favorite songs, “Howlin’ For You” by the Black Keys. As we were dancing, we were completely in our own element and enjoying every part of the moment.
What was the best advice you received as a bride?Your ceremony concludes, and you are introduced as husband and wife for the very first time. As you turn toward your family and friends, pause together and take that moment to look around at all the people who came to share and join in celebrating your marriage. It is truly an amazing experience.
What advice do you have for other brides? Stop, breathe, pause, and look around you. Take in and really enjoy every moment with your new husband. It is the beginning of your new life together, so make sure to take mental snapshots of all of your favorite moments.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Budget tip number one, STICK TO YOUR BUDGET! Financial stress is not a good way to start off a marriage. Although it is very difficult to not get caught up in the trendy fashions of designing your ultimate wedding, just remember that the day is about you and not all of the accoutrements.