Today is a pretty exciting day in the world of letterpress wedding invitations! Not only are we hosting a fabulous giveaway with Don’t Press Me right here on EAD, but Bella Figura is having an amazing Election Day Sale you can’t miss. In honor of Election Day, Bella Figura is offering 25 free invitation sets when you order 75 on orders placed before November 30. All you have to do is get out today and vote and send Bella Figura a photo of you at the voting booth when you place your order. Visit the Bella Figura blog for more details.
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Elegant Ballroom Wedding at Bourne Mansion
Nestled in the tiny Long Island hamlet of Oakdale is the exceptionally beautiful Bourne Mansion, which played host to Alexis and Geoffrey’s elegant and romantic June nuptials. Alexis was a positively radiant bride, selecting a dramatic lace Galia Lahav gown and veil, with loose curls and a fluffy blush bouquet of roses and peonies. Treated to a picture-perfect blue sky, Alexis and Geoffrey exchanged their own written vows beneath a dramatic floral branch arch on the lawn, and afterwards guests moved into the stately ballroom for a seated dinner at elegant tables with towering centerpieces of lush hydrangea, rose, and greenery created by Flowers by Brian. Topping off the night was a dance party to the tunes from Sound House, which ended with glow sticks and not one but three pairs of split pants! Alexis describes the day of their wedding as “so incredibly full of love it could be physically felt and seen with every detail” and we couldn’t imagine truer words to be spoken after gazing upon the simply perfect images from Cassi Claire!
Announcing Aisle Society!
In my 8 years of blogging, today may be cause for the single biggest celebration yet! Why you ask? At long last, it’s time to debut the brand-new Aisle Society website to the world! For the past several months, a group of more than 30 of the best wedding bloggers from across the world have been working to create a brand new way to find wedding inspiration! Aisle Society is the only way to catch the latest content from your favorite bloggers, all in one gorgeous place. And best of all, you can curate your very own personalized feed of your favorite wedding styles, design elements, wedding pros, bloggers, and more, making it a cinch to plan your perfect day!
Intimate Maryland Garden Wedding
We are absolutely charmed by Jessica and Will’s pretty Maryland wedding. Theirs was an intimate and relaxed affair, with classic touches and a graceful garden setting at Strong Mansion. Everyone who plans an outdoor wedding envisions picture-perfect weather, and several days before, the couple had made peace with having a rainy wedding day. But imagine their delight when on the day of the wedding, the rain ceased just in the nick of time, allowing for their outdoor ceremony! Their non-traditional vows included the best man acting as the officiant and a special surprise for Jessica, as Will surprised her with a recorded version of “She’s Got a Way” for her walk down the aisle, featuring him as the vocalist and her father playing the piano. Pretty peach and blue centerpieces from Love Blooms peppered the reception tent and everyone danced the night away to the tunes of DC Fusion (including rocking the togas for “Shout”!) We adore every beautiful image from one of our favorites, Michael and Carina!
Cherry + Bourbon Wedding Inspiration
We’re hopelessly in love with the whimsy and elegance in this stunning summer editorial from Nature’s Grace Design. Bright cherry red brings a youthful, lighthearted feel, while the sophisticated setting of Fort Collins County Club adds a classic touch. Fresh white formal wear, a stunning sleeved gown from Encore Bridal, and a 1958 Ford bring in a sense of nostalgia, and and tall glasses of Cherry Bourbon Cream Soda make you long for the long hot days of summer when country club weddings were the affair of the season! The timeless grace is infectious, and we adore each stunning image from Danielle DeFiore!
Romantic Mint + Peach Wedding
Jennifer and Daniel fell in love with the French-Vietnamese chapel and covered barn at Camp Lucy the moment they set eyes upon the venue just outside of Jennifer’s hometown of Austin, Texas. With a short engagement, the couple pulled together a dream team of vendors to create their rustic, elegant day. Beautiful florals from Posey Floral and Event Design brought the outside in, with eucalyptus and hydrangea trumpets flanked by low-lying peach and ivory blooms in wooden boxes. Personal details were peppered throughout, from the lace sachets handcrafted by Daniel’s grandmother, which were filled with French candies to honor Daniel’s French heritage, to the grapefruit fizz signature cocktail, the recipe crafted by the couple. We adore the fresh seafoam green bridesmaids dresses from J.Crew and Jennifer’s sleek Pronovias gown from Brickhouse Bridal,with a chic updo by Mandy Silver. Each image from Forever Photography is perfection!
Elegant + Colorful Vineyard Wedding
Bold and pretty are the perfect words to describe Angela and Michael’s Santa Rosa wedding, held at Annadel Estate Winery. The beautiful blues, red, and purples of the flowers by Elyse Litt of Willow Floral Design are somewhat unexpected, making that much more of a statement. Bret Cole Photography did a stunning job capturing the day’s details, including the intricate beading on Angela’s Lazaro gown and the rustic, elegant surroundings of the vineyard and barn-style space where the ceremony was held. On the lawn for the reception, Melissa Panico of MAP Weddings & Events coordinated lovely centerpieces along long tables with gold touches and pretty linens from La Tavola Fine Linen Rental. We are completely head over heels for this chic and colorful vineyard wedding—swoon over all of the details in the gallery!
Spring Wedding at Bryant Park
Jessica and Daniel opted for an intimate ceremony atop the roof of the Bryant Park Grill, which we find sweetly romantic! Jessica remembers walking through Bryant Park as straight out of a fairytale, with locals and tourists sharing their congratulations and taking photos. It was a celebrity moment! Romantic pink and gold was the theme of the day, with a bubblegum pink Bill Levkoff bridesmaids dress, NYC skyline invitations from Bella Figura, and the pretty spring florals—featuring Jessica’s adored peonies—from Verde Flowers. Our hearts are aflutter over the vintage look of Jessica’s Allure Bridals gown, Pronovias veil, and gold glitter Kate Spade heels. Lindsay Madden Photography captured the grace and elegance of the day so perfectly, we almost feel as though we are there, too! Join in the fun in the gallery!
Aqua + White Waterfront Wedding
Andrea and Luke’s waterfront wedding in Menasha, Wisconsin, is the stuff spring dreams are made of! Lovely J.Crew bridesmaids dresses in a mint green-aqua color pop against the lush green landscape at the outdoor ceremony. The couple’s dog, Kobe, even wore a coordinating bow tie from Silly Buddy! Sash & Bow helped coordinate the affair at North Shore Golf Club, where customized details ruled the day. From stationery by Bella Figura and graphic designer Jessica Michels to guest mugs from Sunset Hill Stoneware, the fabulous Kim Thiel Photography captured it all. We love everything about Andrea’s Liancarlo gown and the spring bouquets dotted with succulents from Branching Out & Company! Of course, no wedding is complete without a fabulous confection, and the dessert table filled with cakes by Cakescapes is simply pretty. Congratulations Andrea and Luke on a stunning day!
Classic + Elegant Utah Wedding
How lovely are the details of Ariana and Marcus’s wedding? The ceremony, held at the gorgeous Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, gave way to an elegant reception at The Country Club in Salt Lake City. Beautiful images from Jacque Lynn highlight the different styles of bridesmaids dresses from Dillard’s, Lily & Iris, and Nordstrom, all in shades of cream. Ariana’s ethereal dress is from Alta Moda Bridal Boutique. We love the soft florals by Blooms & Co. and the flower detailing on the cake from Pastry Arts Barrani, which feature the same palette of creams, blush, and light pink. A departure in a vintage limo from Antique Limousine Service of Utah, LLC carried Ariana and Marcus off into the sunset after this fabulous day! See all of the beautiful images in the gallery!
Mint Green + White Waterside Wedding
Ahh, a fresh take on nautical wedding décor! We’re in heaven! Cara and Nicholas met in Hawaii (hello—how romantic!), but they wanted something truer to their New England roots for the biggest day of their lives. That meant heading to Cara’s home state of Connecticut for a traditional ceremony at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Brookfield, followed by one of our favorite receptions ever at The Candlewood Lake Club. Everything is just so crisp and pretty, from the lush bouquets to the hydrangea and orchid arrangements from The Garden Party. We adore the sweet mint green bridesmaids dresses from Jenny Yoo Collection. Cara wore a simple but stunning Badgley Mischka gown with an awesome pair of strappy Ralph Lauren heels, and Elisabeth Millay Photography made Cara and Nicholas feel like “we were in a magazine shoot!” A basket weave design on the cake from Lindsay Wallin Cakes complemented the entire theme, and we love that guests sailed “wish boats” across the lake!
Soft + Pretty Vineyard Wedding
Sonoma Valley weddings are one of the few guarantees in life: always breathtaking! Kristy and Charles chose B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company in Glen Ellen for their festivities, and they got a picture-perfect day, which shows clearly in the images from photographer Julie Mikos. The short, salmon-colored lace bridesmaids dresses—custom made by Eileen West—are sweet and romantic paired with small bouquets of dahlias, parrot tulips and small succulents from PoppyStone Floral Couture. Olive topiaries placed at the ceremony site and on reception tables gave a nod to the vineyard locale. Kristy’s simple but fabulous Romona Keveza Collection gown complemented the surroundings as well, a timeless but statement-making strapless dress topped with a Swarovski Crystal necklace that’s fit for Cinderella! Meritage Catering took care of all the delicious details, including a small cake topped with the most adorable bride, groom and dog we’ve ever seen—the perfect ending to a fairy tale day!
Natural + Ethereal Napa Wedding
Gabrielle and Chris wanted to get married somewhere that felt enchanted and once they saw the natural beauty and elegance of Meadowood Napa Valley they knew it was the right place! Their outdoor ceremony was held in front of a marvelous birch altar adorned with hanging sweet pea and although they did not have a bridal party, their adorable puppy, Lola, acted as their ring bearer. The flowers by Cherries Flowers are the epitome of natural elegance and included garden roses, ranunculus, sweet peas, jasmine, and astilbe. I’m absolutely in love with their unique escort cards: a sparkling display of natural crystals and gemstones wrapped in copper wire and set upon a bed of moss. Each table had an explanation of the spiritual meaning of its stone, the head table being Amethyst which symbolized “pure and true emotional love.” Enjoy these incredible photos by the amazing Gia Canali!
Real Weddings: Kerali + Ryan
Every now and then, a wedding comes along that I just can’t get enough of, and Kerali and Ryan’s Newport Beach wedding is absolutely one I can sink myself into and never come out! Equal parts rustic and romantic, each little detail is perfection – from the beyond (beyond!) fabulous Ark & Co. bridesmaids dresses to the succulent accepts and burlap bouquet wraps and table runners. And what better place to celebrate than your parents’ backyard? I’m completely captivated by all of these gorgeous images from Rebekah Westover Photography!
Things I Love: Metallics
I’m a huge fan of all the shine I’ve been seeing lately! Of course I love glitter and sequins, but right now I’m more inspired by two different metallic details. Up first is foil stamping! Just about any invitation can look fabulous with some foil whether they are modern, elegant, or romantic. It brings in a bit of glam!
Let’s Help Needy Doggies + $50 gift card
UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner Amanda, who won the $50 gift card by random.org draw. And I have amazing news! One Tail at a Time won the online voting!! Kriser’s is now counting up any mail-in votes, and will officially announce a winner on July 28th – paws crossed for them and THANK YOU for helping such a great cause by voting!
Real Weddings: Hadley + Brian
There are some weddings that we just simply adore and can’t resist sharing, such as this lovely Utah wedding spied on Style Me Pretty. Leo Patrone Photography is one of the hands-down most wonderful photographers in the world, we always love the ethereal and classic images that he captures, and Hadley and Brian’s wedding is no different! Meredith Parsons of Bluebird Events created lush and organic florals, perfect for the stunning backdrop of Park City. I am utterly in love with the gorgeous bouquets of anemones and roses, and the elegant peach and blue color palette. Thanks Leo for sharing!
Real Weddings: Abigail + Andrew
I am completely and utterly smitten with Abby and Andrew’s wedding. There’s just something about at-home weddings that is so personal and intimate, letting your closest friends and family into your home and into your new life together… it’s so perfect and so fitting. Their Main Line Philadelphia wedding was all about elegance and tradition, from the ceremony set in the wood paneled living room to the reception tent featuring elegant gold and ivory decor and lush, rich florals from Evantine Design. Marie Labbancz is one of my absolute favorite photographers, and as usual, she captured the love between Abby and Andrew perfectly. And can we just talk about how gorgeous Abby’s Oscar de la Renta gown is? Swoon!
National Stationery Show II: Construction
Hi everyone! Christen here with part 2 of my NSS wrap-up (check here for part 1 where I discuss trends in stationery design). For the second half I want to take a look at a few trends in the actual construction of invitations, going beyond the pocketfold and plain white 80# cardstock to create something that truly stands out and sets the tone for your wedding.