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Happy Fourth of July!! Maybe you’re celebrating at the lake and enjoying picnics, canoeing and some much-needed relaxation? Maybe you’re planning to take in some fireworks at the pier? Either way, this adorable summer engagement shoot from the fabulous A Love Supreme Photography is sure to get you pumped to take in the scenery and enjoy a beautiful summer day with your guy. We’re especially crazy about the super cute styling by Emily Elizabeth Events.

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How they met: Nick and I were introduced during a typical summer boating trip out on Sebago Lake. Nick’s college roommate happened to be my long time friend from grade school. In the winter of 2009 Nick asked me to help him navigate the basics of getting a tan, in preparation for his upcoming trip to Mexico. He was crafty in finding a way to spend time with me and it eventually led to him asking me out on our first date.

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The proposal: Nick and I take an annual trip to Acadia National Park each summer. We spend 4 days camping, hiking, biking, and enjoying the beauty of Maine summer. It is our first tradition that we created together and one that we look forward to every year. During this particular trip we were looking forward to seeing the sunset on Cadillac Mountain, since the year before we had woken up at 4:00am and rushed to the top to see the sunrise. (It is the first place in the US where you can see the sunrise and the view is undoubtedly worth the early wake up time)! While we were walking up Cadillac Mountain to see the sunset, Nick led me down a secluded path where he found a large boulder you could stand on and see above the treeline to view the entire harbor. He held his hand out for me and hoisted me up onto the rock. It was there that he asked me if I would marry him and spend our lives together. That was certainly the most memorable trip to Acadia we have had, but each year we go back to Cadillac Mountain and look forward to reliving that first sunset.

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Vendors: Photography: A Love Supreme Photography // Styling: Emily Elizabeth Events // Location: Bath, Maine

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It’s time for a little Charleston Chic! We were so excited when Amy Nicole of Amy Nicole Photography sent us over this gorgeous southern culinary inspired concept shoot. We’re crazy about the pops of mandarin and yellow in the fabulous florals by  Karis Floral Design as well as the luxe-meets-industrial-meets-southern styling by Kelly Dellinger Events. See more details about the shoot from Amy Nicole below. We know you’re going to love these gorgeous images as much as we do!

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Our inspiration was to create a springtime/summer luxury wedding shoot inspired by Restoration Hardware’s sophisticated culinary-industrial style with a color palette of buttercream yellow, taupe, and metallics. Our goal was to mix elements of luxe, industrial, and culinary all while bringing some of the best elements of Charleston to life (southern style and divine food).

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We designed a simple table with culinary elements that were brought to life with simple pops of color and delectable dishes from Cru Catering featuring a spring watermelon salad, a luxe twist on the classic banana pudding and many more dishes all the while still featuring twists on the classic biscuit and cornbread. I can of course get you the full menu and share more food shots! There’s nothing like community built around the southern table.

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With the simple table concept, we wanted to bring in some heavy florals to give the tablescape a flair in unusual spots, such as the chair backs and we also created floral placemats, as you’ll see.

 

Vendors: Photography: Amy Nicole Photography // Location: Charleston, South Carolina // Planning + Styling: Kelly Dellinger Events // Floral Design: Karis Floral Design // Venue: Legare Waring House at Charles Towne Landing // Catering: Cru Catering // Gowns: Modern Trosseau (Dixie + June are both exclusive to Charleston store) // Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaid // Jewelry: Gemma Jewels // Rentals: EventHaus Rentals // Hair + Makeup: Studio M + Jonny Cosmetics // Paper Goods: Hardink Calligraphy

Lindsay filmed an episode of Say Yes to the Dress and said “yes” to—not one—but two dresses! She ended up only wearing the one she loved best all night long at the gorgeous event she shared with her husband Phil. We especially love the adorable boxed centerpiece florals by Peony and Plum. Of course,  you can blame all the perfectly orchestrated details on Orange Blossom Special Events, who did all the design and coordination! See all the peachy-hued sweetness of Lindsay and Phil’s big day in these beautiful images captured by Josh of Mi Belle Inc.

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What made the wedding special and unique?
The best part about the wedding is that we were finally able to have all of our friends and family from around the country together in one place. Both of our families live on the East Coast (Atlanta & Tampa). To me, the most unique part was the ceremony itself. Neither of us are religious and we just wanted something fun and lighthearted. Our good friend, Michael Buckley, got ordanied just for us and delivered the perfect ceremony. It was hilarious, short and personal. He had everyone cracking up, including us. It was better than I could have ever imagined. Also, having our son there was sop special and having him walk down the aisle with Phil was super sweet!

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
12 weeks after I had my son, I filmed an episode of Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta! I was not even close to being back in shape, so I really didn’t think I was going to find a dress. I had no idea what I wanted. It had just always been a dream of mine to be on the show! We pulled probably 15 dresses from the racks, and on my way back to the dressing room, my sister in law, Ashlee, saw a beautiful blush colored Eve of Milady ballgown on a mannequin and I added that one to the pile. After trying on two dresses and not loving them, I tried on that one and fell in love with it. So did my family. The only problem was that I thought Phil would want one that was more form fitting. So Monte ran and grabbed a gorgeous 20’s style beaded mermaid style dress by Lazaro. I tried that one on and loved it too! Eventually we decided that the ballgown would be for the ceremony, and the mermaid dress would be for the reception. I was thrilled with that decision and couldn’t wait to debut both dresses. But on the big day, I ended up just wearing the ballgown! I tried the reception dress on for Phil and he said he liked the ballgown better! Which worked out because I forgot my Spanx at the hotel! So I still have the Lazaro dress hanging in my closet. It doesn’t exactly look like a wedding dress, so I’m sure I’ll find something to wear it to in the future. Or I can pass it down to my daughter if I have one!

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What was the most memorable part of the day?
Just standing back and seeing all of our friends and family finally meet and have a good time with each other was so special. In a dream world, I’d have a party like this, with these same people all together, every year.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.

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Phil and I met in 2007 after seeing each other’s youtube videos. He lived in Tampa and I lived in Atlanta. We had chatted online a bit, and finally met in person at a YouTube gathering in Washington, DC. Youtube wasn’t what it is today. It was definitely not a “normal” thing to put videos of yourself on the internet at the time. So we were both part of this “weird” group of people who had a passion for and believed in something that would ultimately change the world! A few months later, he packed up all of his belongings and moved to a small apartment in Atlanta! Five and a half years later, we got engaged at one of his live shows in Arizona. He added to the surprise by having my dad and step mom fly in for the event, too! A week later I found out I was pregnant! We had been trying for over a year, so this was really just icing on the cake!

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Vendors: Photography: Josh of Mi Belle Inc. // Design, Planning, and Coordination: Orange Blossom Special Events // Paper goods: Orange Blossom Special Events // Event Rentals: Archive Rentals // Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch // Catering and Dessert Bar: Tres LA // Rentals: A Rental Connection // Videography: Studio 205 // Florals: Peony and Plum // Ceremony Musicians and Ceremony PA: Organic String Quartet // DJ: RedShoe LA // Cake: Superfine Bakery // Hair and Makeup: Emily Dawn Artistry

It may be bright and sunny outdoors, but this dark and moody inspiration has our full attention. Inspired by Black Swan, Bluebird Productions styled the shoot and pulled together some pretty gorgeous details—an embroidered black gown, lush florals and a modern-gothic tablescape. Did me mention the lighting?? See all the moody beauty for yourself in these images photographed by the fabulous Andy Barnhart. 

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Vendors: Photography: Andy Barnhart // Coordination and Styling: Bluebird Productions // Dresses: 1) Sareh Nouri from Emma and Grace Bridal (one with long sleeves) and 2) Galia Lahav from Little White Dress // Shoes: Camscio Black by Gianvito Rossi // Model: Emily Proctor, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet // Hair and Make Up: Salon Tullio // Floral: Carolyn’s Flowers // Ribbon: Silk and Willow // Paper Goods: Victoria Lane Calligraphy // Cake: D’elissous Cake Studio // Plates and Glassware: Crate and Barrel // Flatware: Anthropologie // Venue: Grey Lady Aspen and JR’s Gym

Talk about inspiring! We love a fresh, new take and this inspiration shoot from Cadence Kennedy and her team is nothing short of museum-worthy. Read on to learn more about Cadence’s masterful inspiration. (P.S. We can not get enough of Gregory the parrot!!)

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Tell us about the shoot:

My most recent inspiration has been still life paintings by the masters. I have been draw to these paintings depicting aspects of the natural world. Many floral still lives, for instance, show combinations of flowers, lavish banquet tables set with partially uneaten meals, interrupted midcourse by the creatures of the season. I then began to think, why not create this in a modern day scene?

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How did it all come together?

As I prepared references for the shoot, many master still lives are dark and moody. I thought it would be quite an interesting approach, being that my work is light and airy. I found the perfect combination of vendors to help express my vision. The main color scheme directly taken from the Carol Hannah gown was creamy white with accents of gray, silver, gold and blush. I am truly even more inspired after this shoot. From the incredible rings, the grand tablescape, and our newest friend Gregory the parrot; this is a still life brought to life.

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Vendors: Photographer: Cadence Kennedy // Dress: Carol Hannah // Floral Design: Days of May // Invitations: Design House of Moira // Ribbons: Silk & Willow // Tablescape: L’Atelier Vert // Hair Accessories: Bobby Pin // Coordination: Orchard + Broome // Grooms Attire: Zara // Hair: Sum of all shears // Make up: Kristen Therese // Jewlery: Macha // Location: Sky Gallery NYC