Alison + Brent met at Texas A&M University and the rest is history! Their photographer, Jennifer Weems Photography, shared their fun outdoor engagement session with us. We love the way the colors pop in each photo. The couple live in Houston and plan to marry this fall in Bryan, Texas. Congratulations to this adorable couple!
Photographer: Jennifer Weems Photography / Location: Round Rock Park / Submitted via Two Bright Lights
Gorgeous is a complete understatement to describe this adorable style shoot with a distinct "woodlands" theme. It's overflowing with DIY ideas for a forest-inspired wedding by Amanda Lloyd. The models and photographers braved crazy weather in Skykomish, Washington.
The bunting, of course, captures my heart! What is your favorite?
With Father's Day right around the corner, we have a very sweet idea for you courtesy of Joice Ruffing PHotography. It is a special way to honor the unsung hero of the whole wedding (the one who usually foots the bill!), the father of the bride.
This is a special way to signify to your dad that he was your first love and will always have a special place in your heart.
You will need: Scissors, Needle, Thread, An Old Blue Shirt from Your Dad
Step 1: Have your mom snip out a little heart from one of your dad's old shirts. We love a blue shirt for this idea, of course!
Step 2: Hand-stitch the heart to the inside front of your dress. (Close to your heart, of course!)
And last but not least, you have a wonderful way of honoring your dad on your big day! And Happy Father's Day to our dear readers' dads!
Tell us in the comment section below how you plan or have seen sweet daddies honored at their daughter's wedding!
BHLDN, Anthropologie's sister brand, offers brides a little of everything - from wedding and reception fashion to gifts and decor - and never ceases to inspire the vintage bride-to-be. We selected a few of our favorites to showcase BHLDN's unique style that is also affordable. See our editor's picks below >>then check out our BHLDN Pinterest board.
Top: Onyx Gown - $1,800, Plumeria Blossoms Necklace - $485, Giltweaving Heels - currently $160 / Middle: Ribboned Silk Gown - $1,600, Rosecliff Gown - $800, Kayleigh Gown - currently $1,200 / Bottom: Pert Posy Bibi veil - $250, Water Gardens Drops - $160, Lille Flats - $280, Colette Comb - $220, Bougainvillea Comb - $460, Curvature Necklace - $300 via BHLDN
4056 Westheimer Rd Houston, 77027
Many brides, and vendors, ask us where they can find these one-of-a-kind items and we see their eyes light up when we tell them there's a boutique right down the road. Check out Houston's BHLDN Boutique on Westheimer. Did you walk down the aisle in BHLDN? We want to know what you wore, or how you decorated, in the comment section below!
Amanda + Kevin decided to take their portraits in their wedding day attire before the wedding, which many engaged couples are now choosing to do. Photography by Niki captured these photos of the couple overlooking the Houston skyline. What a fabulous gown!
Photographer: Photography by Niki
Sarah + Ricky were married on a quiet farm, complete with a white picket fence, where the Texas sunset filled the day. Burlap and Mason jars covered the barn reception. This beautiful wedding day was captured by Fidelis Studio out of Bryan-College Station.
Photographer: Fidelis Studio / Event Planner: A Moment in Time, LLC / Event Venue: Lillian Farms / Submitted via Two Bright Lights
What a stunning autumn style shoot! Jenny Bedard Photography shared with us this gorgeous woodsy "Fairy Tale in the Woods" session all the way from Minnesota. The beautiful, sophisticated florals and refreshing colors caught our eye, and we just had to share. We are in love with the color palette and inspiration for a fall wedding!
Photography: Jenny Bedard Photography / Venue: The Woods Chapel / Floral Designer: Studio Emme / Dress Designer: Tara LaTour / Cake: Cocoa & Fig / Makeup: Smart and Chic Bride / Jewelry: Retrospect Jewelry Design / Mens Attire: Heimie's Haberdashery / Paper Props: Tam Dandy / Submitted via Two Bright Lights
The Peruvian lily, also known as Alstroemeria, is a versatile wedding flower. While it usually plays backup singer to larger flowers in a bouquet, its unique shadings and vast color options make it pack just as big of a visual punch. There are over 150 hybrids so it is available in a wide spectrum of shades and color combination. It is also a readily available, low cost flower, so they can be used in abundance.
Nothing like a good wedding chick flick. You gather up your girlfriends and head over to the local theater for a good laugh, and maybe even cry. You know the drama is exaggerated and could never happen in real life. Or could it?
Today's guest post comes from writer Roger Kethcart. He gives us a humorous yet practical look at wedding drama or "bride wars" and how to avoid or deal with them. Because sometimes our own life events play out like a Hollywood movie.
Tips for avoiding a real life "Bride War" situation
No bride wants to deal with drama on her wedding day or while she's planning her big day. Every bride needs a maid of honor, best friend or sister to count on, but sometimes, feelings get in the way. Whether you're the bride, the maid of honor or sister of the bride, you can take some cues from movie weddings to hopefully avoid, or perhaps deal with a bride war situation of your own. Learn from the wedding mistakes and disasters of these movies on cable TV to keep your own wedding blissful, and leave the bride wars on the big screen.
The dilemma: You and your best friend/sister/acquaintance get engaged around the same time and choose close wedding dates.
From the movies: Bride Wars delivers an all-out battle between two best friends who are getting married at the same time and have always dreamt of the same wedding – a ceremony at the Plaza Hotel in NYC in June. All is well until their weddings are accidentally scheduled for the same day – that's when the battle begins, and it ends with the two fighting in their wedding dresses in the middle of the aisle.
How to deal with it: With any luck, your wedding won't fall around the same month, week or day as your best friend or sister. If it does, consider your reasons for choosing those dates – is it more significant to one couple than the other? See if it's possible for one or both of you to switch up your date in the early planning stages.
The dilemma: Your friend is planning your dream wedding for herself and you're not even close to walking down the aisle yourself – or you're planning your dream wedding and your friend is jealous.
From the movies: Among the other wedding-related disasters in Bachelorette, the big dilemma here is the jealously among these friends. When the friends were in high school, they picked on Becky (played by Rebel Wilson) who thought the four were all best friends. Now that Becky is the first of the group to get married, Regan (played by Kirsten Dunst) has bitterly agreed to be a part of the wedding.
How to deal with it: Remember that the wedding day is all about the bride, even if you think your day should have come first. Don't be that friend who ruins the day for another friend. Remember to be happy for the bride – your day will come! If you're the bride dealing with envious friends, sit them down and talk it out to keep the situation from getting worse.
The dilemma: Your younger sister is getting married first.
From the movies: Hollywood movies love to pit family members against each other, and wedding wars are no exception. In movies like 27 Dresses and When in Rome, the main character's younger sister is getting married first, leaving the star of the film to question her own life.
How to deal with it: Again, remember that the day is probably the biggest day of the bride's life so far and you don't want to taint a lifetime of memories with your younger sister just because she's getting married first. Like in these movies, things turn out okay for the older sister, and the same can happen for you.
Keep the lines of communication open if you know there may be an issue. Don't let a real life bride war happen to you, and don't be these dramatic girls from the movies. Keep these tips in mind for a happy wedding day whether you're the bride or not.
About the Guest Author
Roger is a writer with Cable.tv with experience in the entertainment world. You can visit his blog and view his work here.
Happy almost summer! By now, you probably know our obsession with Burnett's Boards. The blog is a great, great - did we say great? - resource for new brides choosing their wedding color palette. And anyone looking for some unique wedding inspiration!
Today's color inspiration: bright spring/summer colors (think bright yellow, coral, orange and pink's.) We love how versatile this color palette is. Planning a fall wedding? Just add a little ruby red! Don't want it too bold? Soften it with pastels.
Read all about this fierce color combo on Burnett's Boards blog. These colors make me want to plant some bright-colored flowers in my garden.
photo credits: dress, yellow flowers, frozen vodka slush, streamer wedding backdrop, striped cake,orange pops (with recipe), close up of coral daisy.