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    {Behind the Veil} Emma from Emmaline Bride

    Today’s blogger bride is Emma from Emmaline Bride, and since we both love DIY and handmade details, I know she’s got lots of inspiration to share!

    As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?
    I love the handmade details and the stories behind how they were created.  I especially love to hear the story in the bride’s own words, like how she crafted the table numbers, how her fiancé built the cake stand, or how the bridal party assembled invitations with the bride to make it easier.  Those sweet little details are always a labor of love!
    What was your favorite part of your wedding?
    The season!  It was early December and we selected a wedding palette of deep red and ivory.  Mistletoe pomanders, faux evergreen branches, and large red full-bloom roses decorated our ceremony and reception sites.  The slight chill in the air meant I wouldn’t sweat away my makeup, either. ;)
     
    What was the first piece of wedding planning you did (booked venue, bought dress, etc.)?
    The first thing I did was dress shop with my mom.  We went to so many stores and made a few days out of it -  we had such a blast!  I even tried on a few fun dresses, just for laughs.



    In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?
    No wedding can be without a photographer!  The day flies by in an instant… it’s crucial to be able to relive those memories after the day is over.  Plus, you’ll find so many shots that you would have missed throughout the night, since you can’t be everywhere at once!
    In your opinion, what is one thing or vendor that you think brides can do without (or at least do sparingly)?
    It depends on the couple.  If you love flowers, make it a large portion of your budget;  if not, use sparingly and allocate the funds to another area, like a fun photo booth or a unique wedding favor for guests.  Make the most of your wedding by highlighting areas about which you are most passionate.
    What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?
    I planned before I was part of the wedding industry, and before many wedding blogs were popular, so I definitely used wedding magazines to help plan. My favorite was Martha Stewart Weddings magazine;  I still have a few issues saved with pages bookmarked, ripped out, and highlighted.
    Your favorite wedding memory?
    Walking down the aisle and seeing him for the first time.  I thought I’d be nervous with all those eyes on me, but everyone seemed to disappear and all I could see was him.  What a memorable moment!


    Did you do an inspiration board?  (Would you share it with photo credits or a link to where you may have posted it with credits?)
    I did not have an inspiration board, but I did tear out photos of magazines and place them in a folder for inspiration.  I bookmarked tons of wedding sites, always checking back to them in between class or after work.  My laptop went with me everywhere.

    Your favorite wedding detail?
    After the ceremony, we were greeted by the most beautiful snowfall.  It was perfect.  Plus, there was a massive snowstorm the next day with over three feet of snow, which just missed us!  Thank goodness.



    Were you a DIY bride?  If so, what did you DIY?  (feel free to share a DIY or link to one if you’d like!)
    Most definitely!  I DIYed everything… the flower girl bouquets, the programs, the save the dates, the favors… It was the true start of my newfound DIY wedding love.
    Describe your wedding style.
    Modern, elegant, and chic.

    If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?
    Be yourself:  your wedding day should be all about you and your soon-to-be spouse.  And, remember to keep date nights weekly for a movie, romantic dinner, and other couple-y things (with no wedding talk).
    How did you make your wedding YOU?
    We were able to hand-pick songs for the reception thanks to our awesome DJ Aaron of A-Team Productions.  We included favorite songs shared with friends through the years, along with crowd-pleasers Aaron suggested to make sure everyone would get up and dance… and they did!  Plus, my husband and I spent the entire night on the dance floor and enjoyed every minute.

    Such great advice!  And don’t you love her winter bride style?  Thanks Emma for sharing with us today!  :)
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    {Behind the Veil} Rhiannon from Hey Gorgeous

    Sorry this post is a little late today.  I’m on vacation and scheduled this ahead of time, and blogger ate my post!  So, I had to get to a computer and try to re-do it.  It is just too good a feature not to run, plus Rhi from Hey Gorg was so sweet to get it to me so I could post it while I was gone.  So, better late than never :)

    As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?

    As a wedding blogger, I have to say I am continually looking to see how an entire wedding comes together. I love seeing every single element from the centerpieces and the ceremony back drop, to the dessert table and programs come together to create a cohesive final product. I’ve also been dabbling in floral design for the past year and of course have a special place in my heart for anything floral. Give me an artfully designed arrangement or a beautiful bouquet and I’m one happy happy girl :)



    What was your favorite part of your wedding?
    The favorite part of our wedding easily was our balloon release. So many people thought we had those giant peach balloons just for fun and I can’t deny that they looked sweet in photos! But the real reason we had them was to release after our first look in honor and memory of my Nan. She was my best friend and the kindest person I’ve ever known; I wanted to find a way to pay tribute to her and releasing those balloons seemed right. In lieu of a funeral when she passed, we release dozens of pink balloons with notes attached to each from friends and family. I loved being able to mimic this tradition and tribute again on our big day. 



    What was the first piece of wedding planning you did (booked venue, bought dress, etc.)?
    Honestly, I’m not sure I remember what detail we secured first for our wedding since we were engaged for a very long 2.5 years! I think before anything, I had a vision in my head and perhaps even a few colors picked out but I do remember that once we truly started to plan, I kept making decisions one after the other (and sometimes without giving much thought to each decision, oops!) After two and a half years of waiting and waiting to make it official, I was really ready to marry my husband, fancy wedding or not :)



    In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?
    This sounds a bit cliche since I’m a wedding planner, but I really think a wedding planner or at least a day of coordinator can be your saving grace on the big day. Believe me, they are worth every.single.penny. I’m also a huge advocate on hiring someone to rock out on wedding photography and videography for you because after your cake is gone, presents are opened and your dress is tucked away in storage, you’ll want meaningful memories to look back on. Don’t be afraid to splurge on the person who will capture all those wonderful moments for you! And save money for a honeymoon even if it’s just for a few days. It’s so so worth it!



    What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?
    Style Me Pretty and the Wedding Chicks have always been one of my fave sources of inspiration but as a former journalist with a background in the mag industry, I do have a soft spot for bridal magazines like The Knot, WedLuxe and BRIDES. Something about ripping out pages of a magazine or flipping through a publication while curled up on the couch; it’s just my kind of thing.



    Your favorite wedding memory?
    My fave wedding memory is easily walking down the aisle with my sweet Dad and saying my vows to my husband. I’m such a softie and a sucker for a love story so being a part of my own was really an out of body experience of sorts. 



    Were you a DIY bride?  If so, what did you DIY? 
    I planned my wedding completely on my own while my husband was 13 hours away and most of my bridesmaids were scattered around the nation. As I was finishing my graduate program and was in school full time, plus juggling a part time job, I really felt like I took on everything absolutely on my own with little time and money to do so. I did a ton of DIY projects to save money on little details, honed in on things that weren’t necessarily trendy but rather reflected my husband and I as a couple, and in the end was able to just be content with how things unfold. Your wedding day will be one of the greatest days of your life, Louboutins on your feet or not :)

    All photos by Amanda Wilcher
    GAH!  Don’t you just love Rhi’s gorgeous wedding!?  She is a girl after my own heart and she did such a fab job.  If I was getting married now and lived in her area, I would SO want her as my planner!  Thanks, Rhi!  xx
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    {Behind the Veil} Lauren from Every Last Detail

    I have another fantastic blogger bride for you today in this week’s Behind the Veil feature.  Lauren from Every Last Detail started her blog because she didn’t feel like she had really made her wedding her and she wanted to help other brides find inspiration that she didn’t have during her planning.  I think this is a different experience than we’ve seen before and can really help you ladies out.  So, without further delay here’s Lauren!

    Disclaimer: My wedding occurred before I entered the wedding industry. It was actually the reason I started blogging- because I wanted other brides to avoid making the same mistakes that I made. :) 

    As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?

    I absolutely love seeing First Looks. The look on the bride and groom’s faces, the emotion… I just love it. In addition to that, since I’m a detail lover, I love finding out how a couple incorporated their relationship and personalities into a wedding. 

    What was your favorite part of your wedding?

    Unfortunately I got married before discovering wedding blogs and prior to working within the industry, so I always say that my wedding could have been so much better than its as. But I did have a few favorite parts that stand out. Getting married in the church that I grew up in was awesome, and seeing my husband at the end of the (very long) aisle added such an amazing piece of sentimentality for me. And my favorite detail of my wedding was my extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar favors. We gave to all guests in a little set, and it was an excellent tribute to my husband and I’s love for good food and cooking. 


    What was the first piece of wedding planning you did (booked venue, bought dress, etc.)?

    The very first thing I did was book my venue. It’s a good thing too, because in my small hometown, there are only a handful of venues, and my first ideal date was already booked more than a year and half in advance! 

    In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?

    I’m sure everyone says this, but no wedding can be without a photographer. It’s so very important to have someone there to capture the moments and the memories. The day goes by so fast, and having those photos to look back on will allow you to relive the day over and over. 

    In your opinion, what is one thing or vendor that you think brides can do without (or at least do sparingly)?

    Hmmm, the thing that comes to mind for me is cocktail napkins. Yes, they’re cool to have personalized, especially if you have an awesome theme, but if you don’t, they’re just napkins and just get thrown away. Your venue or caterer should have plain cocktail napkins. Having personalized cocktail napkins is a fun extra detail, but your guests aren’t going to remember that you didn’t have them. 

    What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?

    Oh my goodness, I’m sad to say that I really didn’t have a great source of inspiration for my own wedding. I planned my wedding before I got into the wedding industry and I discovered blogs a little too late in the game. However, I was incredibly inspired by the things that I saw on Style Me Pretty, which was one of the only wedding blogs around back then. 

    Do you do an inspiration board?  

    Aw, it was so long ago- I had a Word document with photos, but that’s about 2 computers ago 



    Your favorite wedding memory?

    My favorite wedding memory was 1) walking down the aisle to my husband in the church that I grew up in and 2) taking photos at the restaurant where we had our very first date back in high school. :) 

    Your favorite wedding detail?

    My favorite wedding detail was my favors. My husband and I love to cook, and so we gave duos of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar as our favors. Everyone loved them and years later, they still talk about them. 

    Were you a DIY bride?  If so, what did you DIY?  

     I only DIY’d a few things, and they were mainly things that I forgot that I needed! I made my own menus and table numbers, and I definitely do not recommend doing them the night before your wedding like I did. And of course I don’t recommend forgetting that you even need them! ;) Oh I also did DIY my favors. We purchased bottles from a container distributor, filled them, and I made the labels for the bottles. 


    Describe your wedding style.

    My wedding’s style was very classic and elegant. It was beautiful, but if I had had more time to put towards planning, it would have been more modern than classic, which is what my style is now. 

    If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?

    Make sure your wedding reflects you and your fiancé, not anyone else. Not the trends, not what your cousin did, and not what your mom wants. Go with what really resonates with you and don’t question it. If you do that, you will never look back on your wedding and wish you had done things differently. Oh, and hire an awesome wedding planner! 

    How did you make your wedding YOU?

    I would say that the one thing about my wedding that really reflected my husband and I was our favors. I wish I had taken that thought process further into our wedding, but honestly, I just had no clue about planning a wedding! I hope my experience will help others! :) 


    Thanks so much Lauren!  I think your advice and insight is really spot on.  And you were a lovely bride!

    Any thoughts about Lauren’s advice?  Do you love these Behind the Veil features?  Do you find them helpful?  I’m trying to gauge interest in future features…  Thanks!


    {photos by CvB Photography}
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    {Behind the Veil} Megan from Glamour and Grace

    Hi all!  So I know we haven’t had a Behind the Veil feature for a while, but with the holidays and all my lovely blogger friends out there being so busy with their own blogs, I’ve gotten behind on getting new features for you.  But I’m making up for it today!  Today we have Megan from Glamour and Grace sharing her wedding advice and details with us.

    As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?

    I really love all the intimate moments. I’m such a sucker for the first dance and the father/daughter, mother/son dances. I’ve even teared up at weddings where I don’t even know the couple, I’m such a sappy romantic.

    What was the first piece of wedding planning you did (booked venue, bought dress, etc.)?

    My first purchase was actually my dress. Right after I got engaged, I had to go back to school out of state for my last semester in college. I wanted to go dress shopping with my mom and sister while I was down there with them so we went to a couple shops. The dress I ended up loving was a trunk show gown they just got in, I couldn’t take pictures of it and there would be no other way for me to ever try it on again, so I went back the next day and got it. Honestly, afterwards, I wish I had looked around more. Don’t get me wrong, the dress was gorgeous, just not quite as ‘me’ as I would have liked. I think having the pressure of the ‘it’s a trunk show gown, if you want it get it now’ made me rationalize any doubts I had. 


    In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?

    Definitely an awesome photographer! Being a photographer myself, this was my top priority. It took me a while to finally find Tina (of Tina Sargeant Studios) and I’m so glad I did! I know everyone says it, but it really is the only thing that you are left with at the end of the day and what your grandchildren will have later to remember you by. Finding someone whose work you love and also whose personality you click well with is very important.


    In your opinion, what is one thing or vendor that you think brides can do without (or at least do sparingly)?

    I think favors are something that don’t need to be a big priority in the scheme of things. Ones that are minimal cost and maximum usage from guests are the best (usually food works best). We had a dessert bar at our wedding so we just made little to go boxes for everyone to take home. We were already having the desserts so it just made sense for the guests to help us clean house and take some of their favorites home.

    What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?

    I didn’t really come across wedding blogs until the end of my planning so most of my inspiration came from The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Grace Ormonde. My favorite blog when I found them was Vintage Glam Weddings (which is now Ruffled).

    Do you do an inspiration board?  

    I wish I did have an inspiration board, but all my inspiration was torn out of magazines. Brides have it so easy these days with Pinterest!

    Your favorite wedding memory?

    I think my favorite memory was coming out of the ceremony and just holding Mark and being excited that I was now his wife. We were waiting there in the hall for the rest of the bridal party to come out, everyone was talking and happy, but there were a few moments then where it felt like time stood still and it was just the two of us absorbing our wedded bliss :) I also loved when Tina snuck us away during the reception to take some amazing pics in Lyceum’s old elevator.

    Your favorite wedding detail?

    My favorite detail was definitely my custom made birdcage veil with pearls and black and white feathers from Unveiled Bridal Designs. I had mine right before birdcage veils became so popular, so I loved having something so unique and so me! 


    Were you a DIY bride?  If so, what did you DIY?  

    I DIYed quite a bit. I designed all of the table numbers, escort cards, programs, and other paper goods for the reception. My dad made my cake stand and my sister made a beautiful illustrated map for our invitations. We also made our own photo booth with a damask print shower curtain and a box of fun props. The whole cocktail hour decorations were all DIY as well, including the centerpieces.

    Describe your wedding style.

    Definitely vintage glamour. 

    If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?

    It would definitely be stick to who you are and what you want, don’t let anyone deter you from your vision. I had quite a few vendors I met with that didn’t understand what I was doing (one even insulted my color choices) and they tried to get me to do things ‘the way they had always done them’. Stay true to you and be sure and find vendors who follow and support your vision.

    Was there anything about your wedding you would change?

    If I could change anything, it would definitely be to do a first look. I was perfectly calm and collected through the whole time getting ready, then right when we lined up to walk down the aisle, I lost it. My emotions got the best of me and I was blubbering through the whole ceremony. I would have loved to have a moment to release some of the emotions with Mark and then be able to enjoy the ceremony rather than fighting back tears trying to audibly say my vows. 


    Element you think is most overlooked when it comes to planning a wedding:

    I think a lot of people forget to think about music. The sound you hear when entering a space is just as important as what you see. I have been to too many weddings where the decor gives off one feel while the music something completely different. I made sure to collect the perfect old Havana songs for our Cuban cocktail hour and 1940′s tunes a la Sabrina for the reception dinner. You can design the most elegant space, but if 98 Degrees is playing in the background, there is a huge disconnect.


    How did you make your wedding YOU?

    I really wanted everyone to come into the reception space and say “This is so Megan” and they definitely did. Everyone knows I love everything vintage and Audrey Hepburn, and my favorite colors are black and white and turquoise so it was perfect and very classy. Vintage can be a bit girly, but Mark got his own space with the cocktail hour. Both his parents are from Cuba, so we did an old Havana night club theme with fun Cuban music and dominoes for guests to play and hang out.


    {all photos by Tina Sargeant Studios}

    A big thanks to Megan for sharing with us today!  Such a lovely wedding.  xx

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    {Behind the Veil} Cathleya from Weddingbee & Lover.ly

    I am super honored to have today’s blogger bride participate in Behind the Veil.  Cathleya is the Editor-in-Chief of Weddingbee and also the Director of Community Relations at Lover.ly (which, by the way, is such an awesome new addition to this wedding-internet-blogging-universe-community-thing and you really MUST sign up while it is still in beta, like ASAP!)  Given those credentials, and the experience they bring, you are getting some fantastic advice and inspiration today!  Take it away, Cathy!
    As a wedding blogger, what is your favorite part of other people’s weddings?
    Father of the bride speeches never cease to delight (or sometimes horrify!) me.  I am fascinated by father-daughter relationships, and hearing what a dad has to say about his grown daughter is always something I remember most about weddings I attend. I sometimes think of what my husband might say one day if we have a daughter and she gets married!
    What was your favorite part of your wedding? 
    What is it with me and speeches? My favorite part of our wedding was hearing my husband give words of thanks to our friends and families at the end of the night. He’s such a soft spoken man of few words, that hearing him pour his soul into words of thanks for so many people made my heart burst with pride. My husband is so good at expressing his love through touch and giving, but rarely puts his emotions into words—I just about died listening to his sweet words.

    Sarah K. Chen Photography

    What was the first piece of wedding planning you did?
    The first thing we did was book a local photographer—which we subsequently canceled (and lost our deposit on, of course) six months later. (No hard feelings with the first photographer, but we ended up finding a photographer (Sarah K Chen) we really loved and who ended up shooting our wedding.  Our engagement was a year and a half long, and the worst part of a long engagement is indecision at every turn! If I could do it all again, I wouldn’t start planning our wedding and booking vendors until I was well within the one-year-to-go mark.

    Sarah K. Chen Photography

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    In your opinion, what is one vendor no wedding can be without?
    A day of coordinator or wedding planner. Even if you’re a DIY bride, you simply cannot take the helm on your wedding day. The peace of mind that comes with a good planner or DOC is always, always worth it and something that I feel like most brides think they can do without. I didn’t have one, and I sorely regret it. Putting the wedding into the hands of my family and friends, who really should have been there enjoying themselves and not sweating it out, was the one thing I wish I could take back.
    In your opinion, what is one thing or vendor that you think brides can do without (or at least do sparingly)?
    Brides can definitely do without pressure to include or exclude details that aren’t important to them. I know this is really hard to achieve—often times family members are contributing lots of time, effort, and money into a couples’ events and I definitely think that family requests, within reason, should be honored. But I think it’s really important for couples to sit down together and write down 5 things that are really important to include in their wedding days, the way that they want to do them, and provide a united front to not budge on those details. I truly do believe that weddings are not just about a couple, but their entire family and support circle that brings them together, but it’s DEFINITLEY a celebration of you and your significant other, and your personalities and wants should not be lost in the mix. Stand firm on the key things you want, and be willing to compromise on everything else.
    What was your favorite source of inspiration for your own wedding?
    My fellow bees at Weddingbee were of course my obsession! After that, I’d say that I spent a lot of time on Snippet and Ink, Jordan Ferney’s Oh Happy Day, and Hostess with the Mostess. Not surprisingly, I read a lot of wedding blogs back then…I read even more now.
    Do you do an inspiration board? 
    Surprisingly I did not! I regret it. It really helps to keep you on track with your vision for the day!
    Your favorite wedding memory?
    Taking in our friends and family’s faces during our ceremony. I thought having so many eyes on us would make me really nervous; instead I burst with joy seeing all our people’s faces, all in one place, all for us. I distinctly remember who I made eye contact with during our ceremony:)  it was a thrill!

    Sarah K. Chen Photography

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    Your favorite wedding detail?
    I loved our groom’s cake. We were lucky enough to have Lien Sanchez at a Crazy Cake Company craft us a cake as a tribute to our alma mater, the school that brought us together. I gave her a picture of the bear’s face and she took complete creative control and we ended up with this 3D bear defying gravity in a basketball hoop—I couldn’t believe it!

    Sarah K. Chen Photography

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    Were you a DIY bride? If so, what did you DIY?
    Oi. What didn’t I DIY. I think I went a little DIY crazy :) It’s not that I regret it but I got unexpectedly busy at work the month leading up to the wedding and getting everything finished was a real struggle. My favorite project had to be our boxed invitations that I screenprinted.
    Describe your wedding style.
    We wanted to keep things simple, clean, and modern. If we could get married anywhere, I definitely would’ve chosen a loft space or a museum atmosphere. But, I really wanted to get married near my hometown, and the area is ripe with wineries and Tuscan charm. Plus, so many family members were traveling from Thailand and Minnesota, and we really wanted to give them a Northern California experience, so a winery was a natural choice, but I still wanted to incorporate simple, modern decor.

    Sarah K. Chen Photography

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    If you could offer one piece of advice to planning brides, what would it be?
    Have a clear vision and don’t start buying, booking, or planning anything until you’re SET with your vision! We booked a venue with a capacity of 120 people pretty early in our planning process, naively thinking that we didn’t really even KNOW 120 people. By the time we sat down with our guest lists, our immediate family and cousins alone pushed our list over 100 people! We had to sacrifice a lot of invitations for the sake of our venue capacity, and that was a huge bummer. Know what you want, and what you need, before you book anything!

    How did you make your wedding YOU?
    Our wedding was a reflection of our everyday style. Mark and I both like things modern, with no muss, no fuss. We tried to keep it simple and guest-centric—as long as the wine was flowing, we knew we’d be happy. :)

    Sarah K. Chen Photography

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    I totally second Cathy’s advice about having a clear vision before you book or buy anything.  I too got super excited when I got engaged and started buying things before I had a clear vision and I wasted a little money doing that.  It is so much easier when you can get focused and stick to whatever that focus is.  I also think a day-of coordinator or wedding planner is extremely important, especially if you have it in your budget.  
    Thanks again to Cathy for stopping by and taking the time to share with us.  MUAH!
    xx
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