GSS Featured Wedding :: Kelli & Jason’s Romantic Black & White Wedding :: Pam Cooley Photography

Today’s featured wedding comes from Pam Cooley of Pam Cooley Photography. She is an Illinois based wedding photographer. Pam has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Kelli and Jason were married on May 21, 2011 in Peoria, Illinois.  Kelli was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Jason meet?  We met freshman year of college.   I think the second week into school. :)

How long have you been together?  We have been together for over 8 years.

How did Jason propose?  Jason proposed on April Fool’s day in Aspen, Co. We were there with his family skiing. We went in to the down town and he had found a gazebo that he thought would be the perfect spot. After some persuasion he got me inside the gazebo, all I was thinking about was how cold I was and I wanted to go home.  All of a sudden he ran ahead of me and as I approached he got down on one knee and proposed to me.  It was the best day of my life!

What sold you on your wedding venue?  My wedding ceremony was at the Contemporary Art Center– Fell in love when I walked in! We had our reception at The Conerstone Building– we chose this because of the unique and romantic feel.

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?   I found my dress at Boutique Victoria Couture Bridal in  Chicago on Madison street. It was across from my apartment.  I walked in not thinking I would find a dress- But once I put on my dress and jewelry, I knew I had to have it.  She is a local dress and jewelry designer that only sells/carries her own brand in her store.

 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?   Something old- My Aunt’s ring from when she turned 16. It is beautiful!   Something borrowed-  My  Sister’s purse she wore on her wedding day.   Something new- My jewelry and dress.   Something blue-  I didn’t do this one but I have blue eyes does that count??

How did you choose your wedding color palette? I chose soft colors-  white, champagne and cream colors with black accents.  I chose these colors because I wanted a vintage and romantic feeling to the wedding and I thought these colors represented that well.

Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Enjoy every moment and don’t stress about the small stuff!

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Marrying the man of my dreams!  I LOVED how our ceremony turned out.  It was perfect. The Contemporary Art Center was romantic and was very intimate.  I loved the exposed brick and dark wood. It was just the feel I wanted! We had someone playing acoustic music throughout the ceremony which I loved.

One thing I really loved that I did was letting my bridesmaids pick out their own dress. I said they could wear whatever as long as it was black. Worked out perfect!

What song did you dance to for your first dance?  We chose Be Mine by David Gray.  What made this moment really special was his Brother’s live acoustic performance of the song.

Vendors:

Venue:  Ceremony:   The Contemporary Art Center             Reception:    The Conerstone Building 

Dress: Victoria Sdoukos :: Boutique Victoria Couture Bridal

Cake:  Cracked Pepper 

Floral:  Heaven on Earth Floral Designs

Linens:  Heaven on Earth Floral Designs

Catering:  Cracked Pepper 

DJ/Band:  Pete Fleming Orchestra 

Invitations/Wedding Stationery:  Invitations:  The Bronze Frog,  Peoria, IL        Wedding Stationery:  CWG Invites 

Event Planner:  Lisa Ragan with Happily Ever After Weddings

Thank you so much, Pam, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and show her some love!  And thank you, Kelli, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Jason a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Jessica & Jeff’s Vintage Handmade Wedding :: SWOON by Katie

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  If you LOVE vintage, handmade and outdoor weddings, then boy, are you in for a treat today!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Katie Scott of SWOON by Katie, a California based wedding photographer. Katie has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Jessica and Jeff were married on August 20, 2011 in a beautiful ceremony at the Willow Creek Ranch in Valley Center, California.  Katie was kind enough to share a little bit about the big day with us:

“To say I adore this couple would be an understatement. I love their chemisty, their excitement and their sweet genuine spirits. I go way back with Jessica, as she was one of the models for Lo Boheme’s Lookbook last year! Then I got the priviledge of shooting her engagement and then her wedding. It has been such a pleasure to get to know her and Jeff’s families. They really are incredible people, and even better together than they are apart. They put SO much work into their wedding and it was so ridiculously pretty. I was just in awe. The light, the details, the portraits, the people…everything was just perfect. Thanks to my friend Harmony for shooting with me for this one! Enjoy!” 

 

Vendors:

Venue: Willow Creek Events
Makeup & Hair : Friend of the Bride
Cake: Made by Family friend
Caterer: Jalisco Taqueria
Dress Designer: Watters In Cabo Dress
Flowers: Sue Williams (venue owner) and Karen Williams (friend)
Groom’s Attire: Alfani Red Label
Jewelry: Banana Republic/Nordstrom
Shoe Designer: Ivanka Trump
Hair Accessories: Lo Boheme
Officiant: Father of the Bride

Thank you so much, Katie, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by her website and show her some love! Jessica and Jeff, we hope your wedding was everything that you have ever dreamed of and wish you a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com. We HEART submissions!

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Black & White :: Pinstripes & Polka Dots

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  Today’s  inspiration board started out as a classic Black and White wedding… but we found it quickly started having a  vintage 1950’s feel.  So we ran with it and began incorporating the pinstripes and polka dots.  Minus bright colors and Tommy Guns, this board looks like it came straight out of Dick Tracy!  We LOVE this board!  It’s so fun and flirty- yet super classic with the black and white!

Black Satin Pumps:  Steve Madden

Black and White Bridal Bouquet:  Image Courtesy of Nashan Photographers

Black and Silver Vintage Getaway Car:  Image Courtesy of Caferati

Black and White Polka Dot Wedding Cake:  Venus Cakes

Black and White Pinstriped Suits:  Matthew Lawrence Bespoke                         Photography by Blumenthal Photography via Alannah Rose

Black and White Polka Dot Bridesmaid Dress:  Vivien of Holloway

Black and White Wedding Dress:  Stephanie James Couture

Black and White Polka Dot Wedding Invitations:  Invitation Consultants

Black and White Tablescape:  Image Courtesy of Blumenthal Photography via Alannah Rose

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Kristen & Frank’s 11.11.11 Antique Wedding :: Tara Swain Photography

Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Tara Swain of Tara Swain Photography.  Tara Swain is an East Texas and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Tara has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Kristen and Frank were married on November 11, 2011 at the Hickory Street Annex in Dallas, Texas.  How cool is that date (11.11.11)?!  (Frank wanted that date so he would always remember their anniversary!)  Kristen was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Frank meet? We met through mutual friends at a bar called “The Flying Saucer“.  It’s amazing really that we didn’t meet until we did because we’ve had a lot of the same friends a couple years before we actually met. Which means we happened to miss each other at parties and strangely enough at the “saucer”.   And I won’t make it too long, its been a long running joke that was brought up many times at the wedding, my nana told me for years while I was living with them that I would never meet a nice boy at a bar.

Side Note:  Did you notice that the design on Frank’s wedding band is a fingerprint???  Here’s the story behind that: Frank’s ring is my finger print. It’s actually my entire first finger, I wish we had gotten a better picture of what I call the “top” to his ring with the swirls of my fingerprint. But the thought is that my finger is wrapped around his. It was actually a surprise, he didn’t get to see his ring until our “first look” pictures before the ceremony.  LOVE!!!

How long have you been together? We have been together going on 4 years now :)

We LOVE these signs!  They are absolutely TO. DIE. FOR.  Where did you get them?  Our beautiful signs were made by my uncle and myself.  I’d say for the most part, that since a lot of work went into them, it was a family effort. But the two of us did most of the work on them . As I said before, with my grandparents owning the Uncommon Market, they actually had the frames that I painted and then we turned them into chalkboards. They gave us one of the frames for a gift so we can always have it in our home :)

How did Frank propose? I am not an easy one to surprise, I will tell you that.   He wanted so badly to surprise me.  Every Wednesday (whether we were together or not, so for the past 5 years or so) we go to the saucer for “glass night”.  When you go, they have a beer of the night and you get to keep your glass.  A group of us go every Wednesday and we collect glasses and it’s a time we can all hang out.  On random Wednesday, September 1 to be exact, we did our usual thing and went to the saucer. I never thought anything of it, just because that’s what we always did on Wednesday. Well, when they brought our glasses out, turns out mine was just a bit different :) Frank had a glass made that said marry me. Took me a while to realize that my glass was different, he had already started talking when I realized what exactly was going on.  And the rest is history :)

What sold you on your wedding venue? My grandparents own a big antique store in the design district of Dallas called The Uncommon Market. So my entire life, I’ve grown up around unique items and things that are generally just “old”. So we knew we wanted something different, and Hickory Street Annex was perfect for us. The building itself I feel could stand alone without much decoration, which was very important for us.

 

 

Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? Everyone who knows me, knows that I am not a “dress girl”. I still don’t even wear make up. So I was terrified of the dress process. I happened to find my dress online and wanted to go try it on. It really was the only one that I felt was really “me” in looking online and through magazines.  It was a Melissa Sweet Fern dress and we got it at Priscilla of Boston that sadly is closing its doors after more than 60 years :( It was the first one I tried on and the only dress I’ve worn that I didn’t want to take off.

 

 

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? My nana has a gold coin that she wore in her shoe during her wedding and every girl in our family has had in in their’s, this served as my something old and borrowed.  My something new and blue was my garter which was an amazing Etsy find.

 

 

How did you choose your wedding color palette? As you probaby saw in some of the pictures, my sister and Grandad found an amazing sign in Europe that they gave to us for a Christmas present. It is an old pub sign that amazingly enough says “the Flying Saucer”. We took colors from the sign and used it as inspiration for our palatte.

 

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Don’t be afraid to go against the norm. I was told time and time again that I wasn’t a “traditional bride”.  I hated to hear that because other than our decor, maybe we were very traditional.  But do what makes you happy. We had a very comfortable wedding, it wasn’t super structured at all.  I used to bartend at Southfork Ranch during weddings and I learned what made guests happy and what made guests bored. We have had tons of compliments on how “easy going” our wedding was for everyone.

 

What song did you dance to for your first dance? We had Ricki Derek and the Vegas Six as our band. I have some serious love for the old crooners. I’ve been a Sinatra fan since before I can remember which is exactly who they are. I’ve heard Ricki Derek be called the Frank Sinatra of Dallas. Loving so many of his songs it was hard for us to choose. Our “real” song he actually didn’t have on his playlist which is “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by the Platters (which I will tell you we snuck a dance to while we were getting ready for the reception when it was playing on the ipod) but for our official first dance with guests we danced to “It Had to Be You” we found it very fitting for the both of us.

 

What was your favorite part of your big day? It is so hard to nail down a favorite part.  But our entire reception was just perfect.  Every toast that was done, ALL the dancing, our amazing band.  Our goal was to have a celebration of bringing two families together and to celebrate our love for each other…and thats exactly what we had.  A big party of family and friends with good drinks, fabulous food, and amazing music.

Vendors:

Venue: Hickory Street Annex 

Dress: Melissa SweetFern

Cake: All desserts were made by friends and family

Floral: Brianne Denton with Blue Lotus

Linens: BBJ Linens

Catering: Glory House Catering

DJ/Band: Ricki Derek and the Vegas Six

Videographer: sadly none :(

Wedding Favors: My father and I made all the jam you saw in the pictures. Which it took a long time to make 144 jars of jam, but by far my favorite party favor!

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Bella Figura

Event Planner: The Bride herself (Along with her amazing family!)

Thank you so much, Tara, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Kristen, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Frank a lifetime FULL of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: Bella Figura

Event Planner: The Bride herself (along with her amazing family)

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Caroline & Jeremy’s Vintage Farmhouse Wedding :: Kate Takes Photos

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  You’re all in for a treat today!!!  Man, our submissions just keep getting better and better!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Kate Miller of Kate Takes Photos, a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Kate has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Caroline and Jeremy were married on June 24, 2011 at an 1800’s Texas farmhouse and their wedding was FILLED to the brim with amazing details!  (Side Note:  Remember Emily and Landry’s awesome Ranch Wedding that we featured last year? The groom of this feature, Jeremy, is the brother of Emily.  Apparently amazing wedding planning runs in their veins! Side Note 2:  Make sure you read about Jeremy’s proposal.  Sweetest. Proposal. EVER.)  Caroline was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and Jeremy meet? We both went to Texas Christian University—we were introduced through a mutual friend and got to know each other through Disciples on Campus, University Christian Church, and the TCU Religion Department.

How long have you been together? 2.5 years

How did Jeremy propose?  One day in early 2009, several of our friends were planning an evening at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  By the time we left TCU, however, all but two of our group had cancelled. Who was left? You guessed it: Me and Jeremy. We decided to go anyway, just the two of us. Jeremy loves photography, so, of course, he brought his camera. In one of the halls of the museum that looks out over the reflection pool is a piece of art created from THOUSANDS of pieces of green, cellophane-wrapped hard candies. You can take the candy as a memento or as a snack, and the museum replenishes it intermittently. Jeremy took a great photo of me that day–a photo which later graced his nightstand. We had an incredible time laughing, talking, enjoying the art and each other’s company. We have come to call this our first “pseudo-date.”

A few pseudo-dates and a few regular dates later, we are in December 2010, completely in love. Unfortunately we are also in two states separated by 1,700 miles, since he was starting a masters program in Berkeley, and I was finishing up at TCU in Fort Worth, TX. Anxious for December 20, when we were to meet at SFO airport, I was trying to make it through the last couple weeks of class.

Over Thanksgiving, my best friend, Sarah Parker, asked me if we could go to the Modern on her next day off, which happened to be the next Thursday. I said we could go between my classes since I have a four hour break. We headed to the
museum, and I was excited for a girls’ afternoon. We stopped and talked about a few of our favorite pieces, but Sarah did not linger long at any of them. Then, we turned a corner. There, by the windows, standing where I am standing in the picture from 22 months earlier is Jeremy (wearing my favorite shirt of his!).

I stood there in shock for a moment, confused at how he was there. He was supposed to be in Berkeley. He was supposed to be cramming in research for his term papers. He had just texted me on Tuesday that I should make three weeks go by faster. Tricky. When I was convinced I was not hallucinating, I asked him what he was doing here. He responded, “I think you know why I’m here.”

Getting down on one knee, he told me he loves me and that I make him smile like nobody else can. Then he said I would find a special present hidden among the green candies. I started eyeing every pocket and dent in the sea of green, looking for a spot that looked like it had been messed with. Realizing how long this task would really take, I turned back to Jeremy and pleaded, “You have GOT to be kidding me!” He laughed, said “Yes,” pulled the perfect ring from his pocket, and asked if we could be married.

I think you can guess my answer. :)

What sold you on your wedding venue? It was outdoors. Jeremy and I really wanted an outdoor wedding, and our venue had a beautiful grove of trees, which was perfect for the ceremony and had a great pavilion for our casual, fun reception.

Your dress is gorgeous (seriously, we’re obsessed with it!), where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? I’ll be honest. The one thing I HAD dreamed about was the dress. For the few months prior to the proposal, I had my suspicions and I started scouting dresses. I love the vintage, Audrey Hepburn look. With my figure, higher necklines are more flattering and more comfortable, so I knew I wanted a bateau neck. My back is one of my favorite parts of my body, so I wanted to show that off. And, I knew I wanted a tea-length dress, for many reasons (the TX heat in June, my inability to dance in a long dress, etc.) SO,
this dress was perfect. I found it on UniqueVintage.com, and ordered it right away (I mean within a week of the proposal!). When it came in, I found that dress sizes have changed DRAMATICALY since the 50s, so I had MAJOR alterations done (lowering the V in the back, adding the lace at the waist, letting out EVERY seam allowance) at Margo West Bridal Alterations in Dallas.

I absolutely love it. It is truly one-of-a-kind. Plus, the lace we added was salvaged from my aunt’s graduation dress slip (I wore thedress for the rehearsal dinner)! Hooray for repurposing!

What was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”? I had multiple “something olds:” my dress (and the lace), my veil (tulle was taken from a hat that belonged to my great-grandmother), vintage pearl necklace.

“something new:” my fabulous purple shoes! (from Anthropologie).

“something borrowed:” I wore my mother’s pearl earings.

“something blue:” I carried a baby blue hankie.

How did you choose your wedding color palette? Purple is (and always has been) my favorite color, plus it is the school color for TCU. Green is Jeremy’s favorite color, and we both liked the combination of moss
green with purple and lavender. We added some pale blue with vintage glass jars and some cranberry/pink with my dad’s zinnias and the gladiolas in the ceremony just to add some brightness.

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?

  1. RECRUIT HELPERS! Especially if you do everything DYI, like we did, helpers are invaluable. My mother is a school teacher, so we both had the few weeks prior to the wedding off, and we worked tirelessly for those
    few weeks.
  2. Do things according to your strengths—Jeremy, who is very artistic, drew our invitations, save-the-dates and painted the signs for the reception, etc. I am more artsy-craftsy, so I put the invitations together, made napkins, etc. But, be sure to do some things together, as well. It makes the whole process more fun.
  3. Don’t take things too seriously. You will forget things the day of—we forgot to put out the 15 pounds of grapes we bought! Oops! But, remember that while the little things are wonderful and create an amazing atmosphere, they are not really what the day is all about.

What song did you dance to for your first dance? “The Very Thought of You” by Billie Holiday.

What was your favorite part of your big day? Really, the whole day was wonderful. Even setting up was fun! Our whole wedding party helped, along with our families, and we had a great time. The ceremony was
beautiful, with many meaningful words and actions, and the reception was a blast! That being said, my favorite moment:

We served communion during our ceremony, so after a friend of mine sang a few songs, everything was quiet. Jeremy and I really had a special moment to ourselves when we could just be together. Even though everyone was still there, it felt like a very private moment. To make the perfect moment more surreal, a cool breeze came through (blessed relief!) and two cardinals started calling back and forth in the trees.

 

Vendors:

Venue: 1899 Farmhouse, Princeton, TX

Dress: UniqueVintage.com

Cake: Jeremy’s mother made the “wedding cake” and various friends and family members baked the rest of the tasty treats on our dessert bar. (My mother made upwards of 600 cookies!)

Floral: We bought the flowers from 7th Street Flower Market in Fort Worth, and our good friend Anna Ross did the arrangements and bouquets.

Linens: provided by 1899 Farmhouse

Catering: DIY

DJ/Band: 1899 Farmhouse provided basic sound equipment, and we had a friend manage an iTunes playlist we created

Videographer: n/a

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: DIY

Event Planner: n/a

Thank you so much, Kate, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by her website and show her some love!  And thank you, Caroline, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and Jeremy a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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GSS Featured Wedding Professional :: Heather Annette Photography :: Katie & David’s Vintage Photo Session at the Salt Lake City Temple

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s fabulous feature comes from Heather Ferguson of Heather Annette Photography, a Utah based wedding photographer.   Heather saw Madelyn and Justin’s Anniversary Session by fellow Utah wedding photographer, Andee Tate of Crave Photography on our site and wanted to get in on the fun too!  Heather has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature.

Here’s a little bit about the session from Heather:  “This was actually a staged shoot, they were my lovely models. They got married last year around the same time in the Salt Lake temple. It snowed on their wedding day. A few weeks ago I was looking for some models to shoot at the SLC temple and they were up for it! It worked out perfectly! We shot this in 17 degree weather and freezing cold wind! You’d never guess it, they were so great. David and Katie are great friends of mine. I’ve grown up with David. They both live in Highland and are SUCH wonderful people!”

Katie and David were married on March 31, 2010.  Katie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did you and your David meet?  David and I met while I was in cosmetology school with his cousin. David was in our hair show, and begged his cousin to set us up. He then pursued me from June until February when I attended a Valentines Day party at his house. Sparks flew, and we were inseparable from then on!

How long have you been married?  March 31st will be our one year anniversary!!!

What has been your favorite part of being married?  Having your best friend with you and TOGETHER you work through the hard stuff.

What advice do you offer to newlyweds? Think before you speak, enjoy the little things, and pick your battles.

What one item off of your wedding registry do you love the most?   Honestly, we couldn’t pick just one! I would recommend making sure you have all the basics.

What made you choose Heather as your photographer?   We love the way she edits pictures! She has a very creative mind, and is so easy going and friendly, that it’s easy to be yourself during the shoot. She can also come up with unique locations, and set ups for your photo’s. Heather is also very good at communicating with you so it’s clear what you want as a finished project. I would recommend her to everyone! She is so talented!

Thank you so much, Heather, for sharing this amazing engagement session with us!  Please stop by her website and blog and show her some love!  And thank you, Katie, for taking your time to answer our questions!  We wish you and David a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com.  We HEART submissions!

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Kara & Levi :: Bohemian Meets Farm :: Part 2 with EE Photography

We’re back with our second installment of Bohemian Meets Farm! Yea!  Today’s images were captured by the extremely talented Erin of EE Photography.  Again, this photo shoot was a group collaboration that turned out to be pure perfection!

Here is a little bit about the shoot from Erin‘s point of view:

This entire fun shoot originated from one lunch at Mi Cocina about three months ago with Amanda.  Months later, after many conversations, much networking and planning, this fun event came to fruition. 

As you look at the photos and if you see any vendors you may be interested in learning more information, let me know!  Below are all the vendors that were involved in making this greatness come together. ,

Location: Rockwall, Texas

Cakes – Katie and Amber – Ganache Custom Cakery
Hair stylist – Shelley Sheets
Session stylist – Crystal Duran
Make-up artist – Gracie Evans
Photographers –
Erin Woolsey (me) and Amanda Marie 
Models – Kara and Levi Gates
Venue – Tina and Dean Sweat
Florist – Blooms Forever

Below the images are more detailed information of our great vendors!! Boutique located at Legacy in PlanoBleuHair pieces and accessories – Ella

And the fabulous group that made all of this happen:

More from Erin:

YAY!!!  Gracie wasn’t able to make it to the shoot, but was there in spirit (hence her name to the left of Shelley :) ). 

Here’s the info on those cute little cakes!!  The mini cakes are just mini versions of full sized wedding cakes, in almond, chocolate, vanilla, lemon, or white cake.  Fillings are buttercream, whipped cream, ganache, preserves, fresh caramel, lemon or lime curd.  Frostings are buttercream, whipped cream, ganache, fondant.
Petit fours are tiny layers of almond cake and raspberry preserves, enrobed in either chocolate or fondant and custom decorated.

Erin, thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous images with us!  Please check out her website and stop by her blog and show her some love!

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Kara & Levi :: Bohemian Meets Farm :: Part 1 with Amanda Marie Portraits

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  We have a special treat for you this week!  One of our fabulous preferred vendors, Amanda Marie Portraits submitted this beautiful Bohemian Meets Farm photoshoot to us and we’re so excited to share it with you!  Amanda actually teamed up with Erin of EE Photography to capture these gorgeous images.  However, we loved both photographers images SO MUCH that we’re breaking this shoot down into two parts in order to give each artist the appropriate recognition!  So, today, we feature the images captured by Amanda Marie Portraits and tomorrow we’ll be featuring the images captured by Erin of EE Photography.

Here’s a little bit about the shoot from Amanda Marie Portraits blog:

Erin & I started brainstorming a while back about a shoot we could put together to stretch our norm and get our creative juices flowing. Welp, after many-a-emails back and forth, we did it!! Our “Bohemian Meets Farm” shoot came to life with the help of many talented wedding vendors and one adorable real life couple. I absolutely love getting to be involved in shoots like this, I always meet the sweetest people!

Kara and Levi were married just a month ago, and they are 100% newlywed and precious! Love just oozes out of them. Thank you both for driving out for the day and letting Erin and I pose you in every which way, you guys are a wonderful!

The talented crew::

Styled by: Crystal Duran

Photographers: Erin Woolsey & Amanda Marie

Cakes: Katie Woitalla

Couple: Levi & Kara Gates

Hair: Shelley Sheets

Florist: Blooms Forever

Make-up Artist: Gracie Evans

Venue – Tina and Dean Sweat

Hair pieces and accessories – Ella Bleu Boutique located at Legacy in Plano

And here it is, Bohemian Meets Farm.

Side Note:  This gorgeous gown was found at Goodwill by Erin !  What a find!

And the adorable photographers: Amanda Marie (left) and Erin (right)

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing this gorgeous photoshoot with us!  Please stop by her website and her blog and show her some love!

And stayed tuned for part 2 of this amazing shoot tomorrow!

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Cornflower Blue & Silver

Hello, Lovelies!  We decided that since we put together so many wedding inspiration boards, that we would show you exactly how one can be used… How to take an inspiration image and make it your own.  With that said, this week we will have a three part post.  Today is the first, showing you the inspiration board, itself.  Tomorrow we will reveal how the inspiration images were interpreted.  And Friday we will show you how the entire wedding came together! 

This inspiration board is actually the inspiration board that I created for my own wedding in May 2009.  This is a very personal post for me.  I’m not doing this to showcase my wedding, our wedding was nothing spectacular.  But it suited us perfectly and was within our budget.  I’m doing this because I want to share with everyone what I’ve learned.  I want brides to see the process and how easily inspiration can be made into something real, something tangible. 

Here’s what inspired me:  I’m a very old fashioned gal and I really loved the idea of wearing my mother’s wedding dress especially since I am the exact size she was when she married my father… Except for the fact that she got married January 1973… Which means that the dress is empire waisted, long poofy lace sleeves, with a turtle-neck.  (See picture below) No, no, no, not happening.  Sorry, Mom!  However, my mother had this gorgeous, chapel length lace veil and I knew I had wear it.   My parents have been happily married for 37 years now.  HAPPILY.  Like high school kids in love still.  It’s truly amazing.  I thought maybe the veil would bring us just as much love and happiness… Thus the veil became my complete inspiration for our wedding.  It was truly a vintage piece and I knew I wanted a vintage feel to our wedding. 

Side Note:  I love this picture.  My mom was 20 and my dad was 19… AND it was the 1970’s… Seriously, how about that HUGE bow on my mom’s head and that rockin’ lace printed tux with a pink  shirt!!!  Hahaha!  I get a ridiculously large grin on my face everytime I look at it.  Random fact about my parents wedding day:  They BOTH had the Swine Flu that day.  They’re such troopers!

Getting back on subject… So I started pulling images off of the internet immediately.  As I begun pulling images, I realized that my wedding colors were just falling into place on their own…. Here’s what I came up with: 

Images: From Left to Right, Top to Bottom:

Wedding Cake & Cake Topper:  Image Courtesy of  Wedding Cuts

Flowers Hanging From Chair:  Image Courtesy of Floral Arrangements Created by Janet Daniels

1950’s Era Rolls Royce:  Romantic Remebrances

In order to keep with the vintage theme, I thought that a Rolls Royce would be perfect.

Wedding Dress:  Alfred Angelo

Wedding Favor Gift Boxes:  Jean M.

Bouquets:  Berghaus Flowers

Venue:  Oakmont Country Club, Corinth, Texas

Wedding Invitations:  Jean M.

Boutonniere:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

Bridesmaids Dress:  Alfred Angelo

Tablescapes:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

Centerpiece:  Floret

Bridal Shoes:  Gwendolyn Carrie

Wedding Ceremony Program:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

Flower Girl Dresses:  Bridals by Lori

Polaroid Guestbook:  Image Courtesy of The Bride and Groom Blog

So that was the inspiration board that I used for our wedding in May 2009… Be sure to check back with us tomorrow!  Tomorrow we’ll be showing you how the inspiration images were made into something real!  Stay Tuned!!!

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