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Today I’m excited to introduce one of our newest sponsors, La de da Photography. When I first heard from Melissa Mlejnek, the lady behind the camera, I spent some time drooling over her work. So many frame-able shots! Here are some of my very favorites…

Not very many wedding party shots are as frame-able as this one, wouldn’t you agree?

Even though Melissa is based in Minneapolis, she’s available to shoot weddings just about anywhere you can think to get married. Want more eye candy? See tons more over on La de da’s website and blog!


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I’m so sorry for disappearing on Friday – I had a raging headache that was more interested in a dark, quiet room than in a link round-up. Which just means that this week’s Friday post will have more fun links than usual! But first, we have a week of beautiful posts, starting with this sneak peek from the latest issue of Southern Weddings

Don’t you love it? You know I’m a sucker for gorgeous classic details. Check out the entire story in the fourth issue of Southern Weddings, available on stands tomorrow, or for purchase here. Oh, and keep an eye out for the “If I Had a Southern Wedding” story, which includes some of my dream Southern wedding details!



Photography: Katie Stoops / Styling: Courtney Spencer of Merriment Events / Gown: “Arabella” by Christos / Programs: The Lettered Olive / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Calligraphy: Moya Minns of MM Ink / Custom wine label: Magpie Paper Works

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You are going to love this sweet and simple wedding. The bride wore her mother’s dress and flowers in her hair, the groom wore a polka dotted bow tie and skinny suspenders, guests enjoyed homemade “Hostess” cupcakes. But the most wonderful thing about this wedding is the ceremony backdrop: an exquisite castle crafted entirely from cardboard.

How amazing is that castle! Amy is an artist and created the entire thing from cardboard. She also created the cake-like turrets for the dessert table.

The dessert table included red velvet, carrot, and filled chocolate cupcakes.

From the bride:

What was your favorite part of the day?  I was so nervous and stressed out, but as soon as I walked down the aisle and saw my husband waiting for me I felt only joy.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Have fun! Drink water! Take a break if you need one during the reception. Also, the day doesn’t need to be perfect. We had a few mishaps like scrambling the seating chart a little bit and me trying to put the ring on the wrong finger! But we just took it all in stride and tried to have a lot of fun.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Friends provided the music for the ceremony. One friend played “Strawberry Fields” for the processional, and two bridesmaids sang “The Book of Love.”

Photography: Josh Gruetzmacher / Venue: Berkeley Faculty Club in Berkeley, California / Bride’s reception dress: BCBGMaxAzria / Groom’s suit: vintage / Catering: Berkeley Faculty Club / Cupcakes: Noe Valley Bakery
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Gorgeous engagement rings anyone…? Or maybe a little bling just because (husband, are you reading?). Enter Bario-Neal. I love timeless, sophisticated designs, but I also love pieces that have that special something that makes them unique. It’s the reason I love these rings so much, and why I’m always so thrilled to share Bario-Neal with you!

Clockwise from top left: Yucca Thin Prong ring, Avens ring, Asymmetrical Avens ring, Allium ring


Clockwise from top left: Knottedrush rings, Eternity band, Stackable Single Diamond band, Crescent Diamond band


Clockwise from top left: Channel Narrow band, Chandler ring, Russet Diamond ring, Aldine Thin band


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Now that I’ve shown you some of my favorites, I just have to ask: Which piece do you love most?


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