Sam and Tori chose an intimate church setting for their Nashville wedding. After exchanging vows at a tiny chapel on Vanderbilt University’s campus with their 11 guests, they opted out of a reception and enjoyed an intimate dinner with each instead. If you are the kind of couple that is looking for a quiet and private union, I can’t imagine anything more romantic! Very special thanks to Cassidy Carson for sharing her gorgeous images with us.Click to expand for more
We think you will too.
One of the hardest decisions we had to make for our wedding was choosing a photographer. Not only do we look at gorgeous images every single day, but we also have so many incredible friends who just so happen to be killer photographers. But when it came time to decide, I knew Jen Huang was a perfect fit. Not only has she already shot Bryan and me (which means we are super comfortable with her) but we are obsessed with her images. I love that Jen shoots film (duh–that was a no-brainer!) but I also love how beautifully she captures color. Her images are clean and refreshing, yet still possess the capacity to pop! Plus, Jen is a pretty rad girl to hang out with!Click to expand for more
If you are a photographer who wants to understand HOW Jen actually makes magic, then now is a perfect time to check out her brand new “Workshop-in-a-Box”. Jen Huang has been offering professional wedding photography workshops for the past few years for film and digital shooters, and has just announced her new book, a “Guide to Fine Art Weddings”. But she’s always getting inquiries from photographers who are hungry to learn from but aren’t able to attend her workshops in person. To meet the needs of a growing group of photographers who are hungry to learn about “Fine Art Photography” in a more interactive way, she has created a “workshop-in-a-box,” a unique new concept to bring the workshop experience home.
The guide includes her new book, a “Guide to Fine Art Weddings” which offers advice and anecdotes from Jen’s career on how to succeed in the fine art wedding industry; including passages on equipment, branding, pricing etc. In addition to the written portion, the book pairs image galleries with technical specs about each photograph so that information can be accessed in a visual way. To assist in branding, printing and shooting – each kit includes a DVD audio interview with Jen and RichardPhotoLab.com, medium format film, sample papers for fine art prints, InDesign album templates, a DearJendo.com correspondence kit with a rubber stamp, and hand made cards for clients – all wrapped in muslin bags and presented in a gorgeous wooden keepsake box. It’s like a D-I-Y workshop chock full of goodies!
The book can be purchased at JenHuangWorkshops.com, but we’re giving one away here! WOOHOO! Just leave a comment and let us know you’d like to win! You can also head over to SnippetandInk.com for images from a recent shoot and a sneak peek INSIDE the book, and also to 100 Layer Cake to get a discount code to purchase the kit at JenHuangWorkshops.com (only till Friday!)
If you are looking for the perfect dress for little attendants in your wedding (or for any little lady for that matter!) then you absolutely must meet our newest sponsor, Tutu Du Monde. Their most recent collection, “In the Wings” is inspired by the excitement and nerves of little girls as they prepare to leap on stage, twirling away in their tutus. The images convey just that–the innocence, elegance, and hope that so easily emanate from young ballerinas. Tutu Du Monde designs are reminiscent of art deco detailing, sparkly accents, and exquisite materials–which we’re more than obsessed. In comparison to all of the other mass produced, polyester, bright pink tragedies we find all over the place, these little ballet inspired dresses are the kind your darlings will save for their own daughters.Click to expand for more
Andrea, the designer, describes her line so beautifully, we had to share a little snippet:
Glittering sequins, plumes of feathers, shimmering beads, silk ribbons, and organza flowers embellish soft cotton tops, tiered tulle skirts, delicate caplets and a dazzling array of hair clips and headbands. Dreams of the bright lights and the thrill of the stage, the adrenaline pulsing through the veins of ballerinas as they leap and twirl and pirouette, and the applause from an audience on their feet – all has gone into the creation of this very special collection. In keeping with Tutu du Monde’s ethos of encouraging daydreams and free play, where fantasies are indulged, IN THE WINGS is inspired by the hopes and dreams of a myriad little girls to be prima ballerinas, performing to audiences across the globe.
To enter for the giveaway, leave a comment! Worried you won’t win? Well, there’s another chance to nab a dress by liking Tutu Du Monde’s Facebook page. Once they reach 10,000 likes Tutu Du Monde will be giving away 10 dresses to 10 lucky likers! Still can’t get enough? Follow them on Instagram: @tutudumonde.
Tutu du Monde is available online at www.tutudumonde.com as well as selected boutiques in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, US and the Middle East. Prices range between $49 and $179. Sizes range from age 1 to 11, selected styles will be available in infant sizing.
We absolutely love that Taylor and Johnathan’s getaway car! Here’s an little idea gem to take with you this weekend!
**The winner of our chevron bridesmaid giveaway from Ooh Baby Designs is: Mrs. Newlywed now Preggers Who Loves Chevron! She said: Aww married last summer and would LOVE to win these bags! for 3 hostess for baby shower (and would buy 4 more since I have 6 gals) and one to use as a diaper bag for moi! Love the reversible-ness! Adore the red and gray…dying…looks like amazing quality!
Congrats, Mrs. Newlywed! For those of you that still want a monogram chevron bag, you can nab one at 15% off for a limited time, so rush on over to Ooh Baby!
Ever since visiting Italy two years ago, I’m counting down the days until I can return! There never was a more romantic (or tasty) place on earth–at least as far as I’m concerned! So Melisa and Christopher’s wedding in Lake Como, Italy is an absolute dream. And if I can’t actually live the dream, I suppose these images of the dream by Shawn Connell of Christian Oth Studio will have to do!Click to expand for more
From Christian Oth Studio:
Melisa Moehlman and Christopher Melling had crossed paths many times before they began dating at the end of 2009. They shared a circle of friends that kept insisting they were made for each other. It turns out, their friends were right. Chris proposed in January of 2011 aided by a scrapbook filled with the reasons why he loved Melisa and a diamond ring tucked into one of the pages.
Intrigues by the idea of an overseas destination wedding, the couple was elated when they secured an historic Italian setting, Villa del Balbianello, for their September wedding. “We loved the idea of a celebration with a timeless, Old World feel,” Melisa admits. “Because the venue was so beautiful, we kept everything very elegant and simple.”
They recited their vows under a romantic ivy-covered loggia overlooking Lake Como. Cocktails were served in the garden and a candlelit dinner for 100 followed. “I would not have changed a thing,” the bride reflects. “It was a wonderful time to spend with our family and friends, and the perfect beginning to our lives together.”
The newlyweds spent the next two weeks in Africa on a safari and exploring the beauty of the Seychelle Islands.
Venue: Villa del Balbianello // Photography: Shawn Connell/Christian Oth Studio // Cake and Caterer: AFM Banqueting // Planner: Daughter of Design // Floral Design: Figli dei Fiori // Tuxedo: Domenico Vacca // Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier