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We always love a twist on a wedding tradition and this one from Ooh Events is adorable. Bridal portraits are a longstanding Southern tradition and real bride Kate and her friends joined a team of fabulous professionals for “Brunch and Bridals.” Kate invited her wedding party out to Rockville Retreat to celebrate with her and enjoy the sea breeze at an al fresco brunch the morning before her photo shoot. The girls had a light brunch and enjoyed the serene views afterwards while Kate did her portraits. Stylist Candice Lorraine created a fresh, breezy look highlighting an organic vibe with watercolor invitations by Olive Juice Press and a delicious spread from Harvest Catering and ABCD Cakes. We love the mood and how perfectly Marni Rothschild Pictures captures it all!

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from Ooh Events: Here in the South, bridal portraits are kind of a big thing. Rather than post an engagement photo of the bride and groom together in a newspaper announcement, a formal bridal portrait is typically published the day after the wedding to announce the news. Shooting formal bridal portraits beforehand also offers a great opportunity for the bride to get comfortable in front of the camera and do a trial run with her hair and makeup team.

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Real bride Kate Francis chose to do her portraits in Rockville, just outside of her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Rockville is a 45 minute drive from the city and is a charming, laid back, waterside village, boasting little more than a historic yacht club, grand live oaks and winding dirt roads.  Kate invited her wedding party out to celebrate with her and enjoy the sea breeze at an al fresco brunch the morning before her photo shoot. The girls had a light brunch and enjoyed the serene views afterwards while Kate did her portraits.

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Anna at Olive Juice Press printed a stationery suite and escort cards using colors that reflect the calm nature of the surroundings. Harvest Catering prepared a sumptuous brunch with seasonal produce that included a spring asparagus tart and local crabs served benedict style and topped with a quail egg. After Kate’s portraits were complete, the group previewed a taste of the cake Kate chose to serve her wedding guests…a lavender almond cake with whipped wild berry filling and a blackberry compote drizzle from Charleston cake artist Ashley Brown at ABCD Cakes.

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Event Planning: Lisa Thomas, Ooh Events // Photography: Marni Rothschild Pictures // Styling: Candice Lorraine // Paper Suite and Calligraphy: Olive Juice Press // Producer: Vail Duggan, Loulu Agency // Venue: Rockville Retreat // Rentals: Ooh Events // Hair: Michelle Atwood // Catering: Harvest Catering // Makeup: Charlotte Yeager // Cakes: ABCD Cakes // Engagement Ring: Croghan’s Jewel Box // Looks: Out of Hand and BHLDN // Wedding Gown: BHLDN // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Lab: Indie Film Lab // Bar: Batch Bar Service

 

 

 

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We’re loving this hauntingly beautiful boudoir shoot from Haley Nord Photography. The deep reds and burt oranges of the incredible bouquet by The Potted Pansy offer stunning seasonal inspiration and the breathtaking scenery is out-of-this-world. The intricate, vintage-inspired intimates from Siobhan Barrett shine against the backdrop of mountains and streams while the veils and hairpieces by Danani Handmade give the look an ethereal editorial appeal. Go ahead and get lost in these daydream inspiring images by the talented Haley Nord Photography.

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Photography: Haley Nord Photography // Florals: The Potted Pansy // Intimacies: Siobhan Barrett // Hair / Makeup / Nails: Salt Lake Hair Design // Veils & Hairpieces: Danani Handmade // Model: Amy Arburn, McCarty Talent Agency

 

YOU GUYS! This gorgeous photo session is the perfect seasonal inspiration for a sparkly and personalized engagement shoot. We love Veronica and Ryan’s fab style—a perfect blend of vintage-inpsired and timeless-chic. And, we’re completely mezmerized by the way photographer Sarah Libby navigates a beautiful visual tour of Oklahooma City featuring both the couple’s favorite hip, local haunts and their contagoius smiles and love for eachother. Make sure to read on for Sarah Libby Photography‘s words on what made this such a successful session and enjoy all the stunning images!

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from the photographer: Ryan and Veronica love a fancy night out! They love to dress up, dance around, have so much personality and know have a good time. They have serious style and wanted an engagement session that reflected their love for each other, their city, and their love for fashion. We had a perfect night running around downtown Oklahoma City, full of laughs and non-stop fun. We started at their favorite spot for coffee, hit up the farmer’s market, and ended on the cutest roof in Midtown. Ryan and Veronica love each other big and have huge hearts. They are the kind of people you feel like you have known forever after about five minutes with them. They never stop smiling and absolutely adore one another. They are a photographer’s dream.

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Photography: Sarah Libby Photography // Venue: Kitchen 324 // Venue: Midtown OKC // Hair: Blo // Makeup: Sam McCloud

 

We are LOVING this bright, adorable, and oh-so-stylish engagement at The Belmont Hotel, a historic 1940’s Dallas hotel. Photographer Jenny McCann spearheaded the creative direction capitalizing on the retro vibe of the location capturing the couple’s chemistry beginning with cozy drinks in the hotel to delightful tromps around the grounds. We’re totally into the styling and love the way Ashley’s wardrobe of bold tomato red and lavender silk stands out against the graphic colors of the venue while TJ keeps things grounded with his tailored Mad-Men-esque suit. Check out all the feel-good images by Jenny McCann for some major engagement session inspiration!

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From Jenny McCann: While planning her 25th birthday celebration, one of Ashley’s friends asked if they could invite a new acquaintance to the party. “I know this guy, he’s new to Dallas and needs to make new friends.” Ashley casually agreed saying, sure, why not, there’s going to be a bunch of other people there. Little did Ashley know that upon meeting this tall, dark and handsome “mystery man” they would immediately connect. TJ, who was obviously experiencing the same instant chemistry, did not hesitate to ask Ashley out for sushi and drinks and now a year later, the adventure continues!

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Ashley and TJ both loved the idea of shooting at The Belmont, which is a historic 1940’s hotel on Ft. Worth Avenue here in Dallas. We came up with a loose concept; first getting cozy inside the hotel, and then enjoying the outside surroundings. I helped style the clothing to compliment the retro environment while still keeping it modern and timeless. Ashley did a great job with her own hair and makeup and looked gorgeous in the sheer lavender dress and two-toned silk wrap dress. TJ rocked his modern cut suit pulling off the ‘mad men’ look effortlessly. It was a gorgeous day with a beautiful couple in love and we had the best time exploring all that The Belmont had to offer.

Styling and Photography: Jenny McCann // Location: The Belmont Hotel // Lavender dress: Shop Gossamer // Film Processing: ProPhoto Irvine

We’re loving Mariana and Ian’s engagement session from Madison Hope Photography. Captured at the very scenic Epping Forest Yacht Club, the images are breezy, bright, and dare-we-say sexy? We’re loving the couple’s clean styling and the way Madison captures their relaxed and carefree vibe. Enjoy!

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Photography: Madison Hope Photography // Venue: Epping Forest Yacht Club