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Elegant Beach Elopement

Wisconsin,

Despite its tendency to sit quietly as “America’s Dairyland,” is a state that is incredibly special. The land flows effortlessly from fields of golden wheat to breathtaking rock formations, from rolling green hills to waterfalls; and while its neighbor claims the nickname of “Land of the Lakes,” Wisconsin actually hosts a few thousand more. For brides and grooms who dream of a quiet vow ceremony against a backdrop of waves and gulls, there are two Great Lakes in particular that can claim to be as large as some seas. We wanted to showcase the pristine beauty of Lake Michigan with this styled beach elopement, so we chose a location just ten minutes outside of Milwaukee that is rich in views and boasts over 800 feet of sandy shoreline.

'She loved the sea.

She liked the sharp
salty smell of the air,
and the vastness
of the horizons
bounded only by a vault
of azure sky above.

It made her feel small,
but free as well.’
―George R.R. Martin

We kept the details elegant and minimal,

using what a bride and groom would likely bring to the shores themselves for a very intimate setting. The colorful and beautifully untamed florals provided by Vy’s Floral Design out of Chicago added the perfect accent for a free-spirited beach elopement. Our bride wore a flowing, ombré MinkMaids gown, paired with makeup that highlighted her features with a soft touch. Quartz bridal accessories completed the raw, simple elegance of her look, and our groom kept his own look natural and effortless. To highlight the tones of the water and surrounding vistas, our colors were organized around soft blues, blue-tinted greens, and white, with a touch of the delicate blush of a beach sunset.

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shop the accessories

The Starling Tiara

Genuine crystal quartz attached to a tiara base with wire.

Rachelle Necklace

Double layer genuine crystal quartz choker pendant adorned with a Swarovski crystal.

Raeghan Earrings

Genuine crystal quartz earrings with Swarovski crystals.

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Wedding Day Timeline Tips

Hi All,

I am so excited to be guest blogging on Alyson’s blog! I am a photographer, and I love all things weddings & events. Today I will discussing wedding day timelines. Being a photographer my main concern with the timeline is ensuring we have ample time to get the photos of the day but in order for this to happen seamlessly the whole day needs to go smoothly. Generally, I photograph things as they happen but there are a few exceptions that must be accounted for in the wedding day timeline.

Wedding day timelines have a lot of benefits and purposes. Wedding day timelines are a good basis for the wedding day; setting a pace for the day and keeping things on track. It also sets clear expectations, allowing family and friends to know when they need to be where (for photos, transportation, etc.).

A few tips for your wedding day timeline. Start with the meat and potatoes (my husband always uses that phrase!). What time does your ceremony start? What time does it end? Is there a cocktail hour, if so, what time? What time does your reception start? What time does your reception end? Get those into the wedding day timeline because those are the core of the wedding day.

Think about transportation, how long will it take to get from the getting ready site to the ceremony site, and from ceremony to the reception? Make sure you leave margin for travel time. Time of day, week day/weekend, Holiday Season, traffic from vacationers, all this plays a part in your travel time. Try to leave extra time in case the unexpected comes up!

Start adding in vendors. What time is the makeup artist arriving? How long did they tell you it would take? What time is the photographer arriving? When is the cake being dropped off? When will flowers be delivered?

 

You’ll see below, this is a wedding day timeline from a recent wedding I shot.

Wedding Day Timeline Example

The bride was working with a planner, who did an amazing job, and then the bride and I worked together to add in the allotted time for the photos. For this wedding, the planner’s wedding day timeline (not included) is much more detailed than mine because they note things like prelude music, lining up the bridal party for the ceremony, final walk through of reception space, etc. (You can include these too!! Details, details, details).

For my clients, I prefer to arrive about 30 minutes prior to bride putting on her dress. This allows me to get detail shots (about 15 minutes) and some getting ready photos before the bride puts on her dress. I LOVE capturing my clients when they put their dress on. It’s such a special moment.

You’ll notice that there are specific times for certain photos. For this wedding I had a second photographer with me, so we were able to do bride photos and groom photos during the getting ready. At 2:30 we scheduled ALL family photos at the church after the ceremony-the bride let everyone know prior to the ceremony which was super helpful because then we could dive right into the different family groupings after the ceremony before anyone departed.

Having a wedding day timeline of the reception not only keeps the pace of the event, but also allows all your vendors to know what to expect. For this wedding, I knew running to the washroom at 7:15 wouldn’t work, so I could plan accordingly.

If you have specific wedding day timeline questions comment below and I’ll happily help where I can! Or shoot me an email.

Happy Planning!

Katy

 

about the author…

Katy Murray

Katy Murray

Katy Murray Photography, LLC

I am Katy Murray. I am a red head, a believer and a wife.
I love adventure. Any adventure.
I love to travel. Anywhere.
I don’t laugh out loud during movies, even when I find them funny (Ask my husband and close friends). I tend to plan, too often. I like routine. I am more a pessimist than a optimist. I’m learning to fully trust God and his plan for me. I dream, way too much.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

http://Katymurrayphotography.com
503-951-1639

 

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Modern Winter Wedding Inspiration

Modern Winter Wedding Inspiration

Its been over a year since this lovely winter wedding styled shoot was published on Artfully Wed and The Reverie Gallery, but I just couldn’t help myself… I had to share this lovely collaboration with you, again! Working on this shoot was just an amazing experience filled with wonderfully talented vendors and incredible details that will spark inspiration for any bride or groom planning a winter wedding.

This stunning and modern affair was planned by Details By Chelsea Ann and captured by For The Love Photography. The color palette includes bold rich colors with a pop of citrus which brings a whole new look to a winter theme. The beautiful wedding invitation suite and calligraphy was provided by Eliza Gwendalyn and brought extra originality to this shoot. The multi-tiered cake by Cake Heights was accented with a gorgeous edible flower and lace-like details, almost too good to eat!

I styled the beautiful bride in a handmade sheath wedding dress with a plunging neckline that had delicate lace detailing, a full open back, and a removable Swarovski crystal embellished cape. The dress was accented with crystal embellished illusion gloves, the bold Lux crystal earrings, the head-turning Starling Quartz tiara, a beautiful wire wrapped Cyrene quartz pendant, and the oh-so-lovely shoes by Emmy London. Her look was completed with hair by Erica Starr and flawless makeup by Kiki Takos!

The groom wore a tux by the Black Tux accented with a handmade tie and matching pocket square by Alyson Nicole, a boutonnière accented with a wire wrapped quartz pendant, and citrus colored alligator cuff links.

Drooling over the details already? But, wait! There’s more…

From For the Love PhotographyDetails by Chelsea Ann set out to create a glamorous, modern winter wedding inspiration shoot with a palette of soft winter whites, surprisingly paired with bold pops of citrus and deep winter tones. To create a dreamy, romantic setting, she mixed textures to transform a clean loft into an intimate space where guests would want to linger. Ice Chiavari chairs surround a rosette draped table, while a private oasis for the couple with a sheepskin rug, Lucite tables, and a tufted settee offer respite to indulge in a citrus and white sangria cocktail. An oversized garland comprised of pine, eucalyptus, kumquats, anemone and ranunculus created a focus point on the monochromatic table scape.

Guests find their seats by the hand calligraphed cards tacked on the custom designed marshmallow pin board. The custom fine art invitation suite by Eliza Gwendalyn set the tone, combining a modern typeface delicately letterpress printed on Crane Lettra paper with her signature calligraphy style in a vibrant orange ink. As guests exit through a crystal curtain with dangling hot chocolate favors, hand lettered notes remind them that “love is brewing.” This intimate, modern loft affair was captured by For the Love Photography. Proving that modern can still be romantic and dreamy, this lovely shoot brings winter wedding inspiration to life with a citrus twist.

We felt that wedding blogs and magazines are so focused on spring and summer weddings, and winter weddings tended to be kitschy or holiday focused. We were inspired by a modern day Elsa from Frozen, who we imagined would have eloped in an intimate loft affair in Manhattan but added a little brightness to the cold winter palette with accents of citrus. Of course, our Elsa glammed it up with deep berry lips and an elegant, hand sewn gown but kept her crystal tiara and Swarovski studded accessories and cape. It was so fun as a photographer to photograph such a dream inspiration shoot.

It was definitely a dream shoot to participate in and THANK YOU to everyone who helped make this happen. Now, take a look, pin some of the lovely details on Pinterest, and just get inspired!

MODERN WINTER WEDDING FEATURED VENDORS

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Photographer

www.forthelovephotography.com
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Planning & Floral Design

www.detailsbychelseaann.com

Alyson Nicole

Alyson Nicole

Bridal Gown & Bridal Accessories

www.alysonnicole.com

Eliza gwendalyn

Eliza gwendalyn

Invitation Suite/Calligraphy

www.elizagwendalyn.com

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Makeup Artist

www.makeupwithkiki.com

Erica starr

Erica starr

Hair Stylist

emmy london

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Bridal Shoes

www.emmylondon.com
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Cake Designer

www.cakeheights.com
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Specialty Cocktails

www.theliqny.com
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Custom Leather Accessories

www.bryantparkbelts.com

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Venue

www.breather.com
Patina Rentals

Patina Rentals

Vintage Furniture Rentals

www.rentpatina.com
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THE BLACK TUX

Tuxedo

www.theblacktux.com
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Top 25 Fun Wedding Video Songs

Top 25 Fun Wedding Video Songs
Let’s take a moment to talk wedding videos, shall we? Your wedding video should fill you up with joy and make you want to burst from a rush emotion and excitement.  After all, it’s created so you can re-live the day that will forever go down in history as the best day ever.
We’ve found that the most daunting task, when it comes to planning for your video, is choosing fun wedding video songs. It needs to represent the two of you as a couple and be something you won’t mind listening to together when you’re old and gray, replaying your video on your 50th anniversary for the grandkids. It’s kind of a big deal! At least we know it’s something our couples sometimes struggle with. But let’s face it, you’ve got a lot going on when it comes to wedding planning and could probably use a little inspiration! That’s why this blog post is here to the rescue.
In an ongoing mission to veer couples away from the ever-so-popular “Thousand Years” by Christina Perri (no hard feelings, Christina), we’ve come up with this playlist! It’s our top 25 fun wedding video songs for you to consider. And because we’ve filmed our fair share, we can basically promise yours is going to be absolutely full of fun and love-filled moments- and that calls for something upbeat with great vibes! Take a look and have a listen! We hope you find something you love.

25 Fun Wedding Video Songs & the lyrics we love:

Brand New, Ben Rector
I feel like windows rolled down, new city, streets and cabs/ I feel like anything can happen, laughing,/ You take me right back, when we were kids/ Never thought I’d feel like this
HAPPINESS, NEEDTOBREATHE
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness/Singing oh, happiness/ Singing oh, happiness
A Sky Full of Stars, Coldplay
‘Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars/ I’m gonna give you my heart
Latch, Sam Smith
I’m so en-captured, got me wrapped up in your touch/ Feel so enamored, hold me tight within your clutch/ How do you do it, got me losing every breath/ Why did you kiss me to make my heart beat out my chest?
Good to be Alive, Andy Grammer
I think I finally found my hallelujah/ I’ve been waiting for this moment all my life/ Now all my dreams are coming true, yeah I’ve been waiting for this moment
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
When I come home (when I come home) well I know I’m gonna be/ I’m gonna be the man who comes back home to you/ And if I grow-old (when I grow-old) well I know I’m gonna be/ I’m gonna be the man who’s growing old with you
I Do, Colbie Caillat
You can trust I never felt it like I feel it now /Baby there’s nothing, there’s nothing we can’t get through/ So can we say I do?

Ho Hey, The Lumineers

I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart/ I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweet (Ho!) (Hey!)
Mess Is Mine, Vance Joy
Hold on, darling/ This body is yours/ This body is yours and mine/ Well hold on, my darling/ This mess was yours/ Now your mess is mine
Mountain Sound, Of Monsters and Men
Hold your horses now (We sleep until the sun goes down)/ Through the woods we ran (Deep into the mountain sound)/ Hold your horses now (We sleep until the sun goes down)/ Through the woods we ran
You Are the Best Thing, Ray LaMontagne
We’ve come a long way/ And, baby/ You know I hope and I pray /That you believe me/ When I say this love will never fade away/ Oh, because/ You are the best thing
Love Someone, Jason Mraz
Oh, ain’t it nice tonight we’ve got each other/ And I am right beside you/ More than just a partner or a lover/ I’m your friend
All I Want, Kodaline
‘Cause you brought out the best of me/ A part of me I’d never seen/ You took my soul wiped it clean/ Our love was made for movie screens
Something I Need, OneRepublic
I know that we’re not the same/ But I’m so damn glad that we made it to this time/ This time now, around, yeah/ You got something I need
Feel Again, OneRepublic
But with you, I feel again/ Yeah with you, I can feel again, yeah/ I’m feeling better since you know me/ I was a lonely soul but that’s the old me
Ends of the Earth, Lord Huron
To the ends of the earth, would you follow me/ There’s a world that was meant for our eyes to see/ To the ends of the earth, would you follow me

Tonight, Secret Nation

Turn down the lights tonight/ The moon’s our guide/ We dance, we sing, we live/ We love tonight
No Love Like Yours, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
But in the morning light, spinning like a 45/ I’m in love with you/ I don’t know love/ No love, no love like yours, woman/ Show me love, show me love
Only Love, Tim Halperin
Say you’ll stay with me forever/ Say you’ll be my only love/ We can make it through whatever/ Say you’ll be my only love
Forever Starts Today, Tim Halperin
This adventure/ We were meant for/ Everyday is a chance to discover/ You give me reason/ Through every season/ Together we can do anything
Light Up, Tim Halperin
Eyes open wide and the world is before us/ We are the sound of a beautiful chorus/ Holding to the feeling, you and I/ When we are together, we are bright
With You, Tim Halperin
All I know, when I’m with you/ This life is better/ Everything as it should be/ When we’re together/ You and me, we’ll see it through/ Oh I know it’s true/ This life is better when I’m with you
On Top of the World, Imagine Dragons
‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ey/ I’m on top of the world, ‘ey/ Waiting on this for a while now/ Paying my dues to the dirt/ I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ey/ Been holding it in for a while, ‘ey/ Take it with me if I can/ Been dreaming of this since a child/ I’m on top of the world
I Choose You, Sara Bareilles
My whole heart/ Will be yours forever/ This is a beautiful start/ To a lifelong love letter/ Tell the world that we finally got it all right/ I choose you

Now that you read why we picked these fun wedding video songs, we hope you take a listen to our playlist (link below) we created especially for you!

Top 25 Fun Wedding Video Songs, Playlist by Harrison Films

about the author…

Harrison Films

Harrison Films

Deanna & Grant

Deanna is the co-founder of Harrison Wedding Films alongside her fiancé and best friend, Grant. When they’re not filming and editing weddings, they spend their time producing content for businesses and personal brands, dreaming about owning a puppy ranch, and trying out new craft beers.

 

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Harrisonweddingfilms.com

hello@harrisonweddingfilms.com

631-644-6358 | 267-614-4923

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A Sunny, Lakeside Dream Come True Wedding

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Tell us your story… Patrick and I first met through some mutual friends while we were both attending Cazenovia College. As fate would have it, we were actually from neighboring towns, but it took going away to college for us to actually meet!

Where did you two tie the knot? The Otesaga Resort in Cooperstown, NY. The very first time I had ever been there was in 2008 with my cousin and a high school friend. I fell in love with the location and thought to myself, “This is where I would want to get married.” Fortunately, Patrick and I both love historical buildings, and small town charm. The Otesaga was the perfect combination of both. It was the first venue we looked at in person during our search, and we knew right then and there that we had to search no more. 9 years after the fact, my wish came true- the weather cooperated like it never does in Central New York and we had a magical ceremony by the lake.

Spill the details about your wedding! I am very much into the whole shabby chic look. I pulled ideas from here and there (Pinterest mostly) which resulted in a mix of new and old. Quite a few of the details were hand made by me- from the table numbers to the hand painted backdrop banner. The end result was what I called “The Secret Garden” look. Peonies and greens decorated the tables, candelabras with greenery wrapped around the stems were scattered throughout, and vintage books and brass candle holders were the perfect addition. Our “place cards” were little honey jars filled with local honey from a family friend’s beehives. My bridesmaids were in varying pastel hues of the same dress while the groomsmen provided the perfect contrast in their navy pants, bow ties and suspenders. Patrick somehow managed to tolerate the heat in a three piece suit from Suit Supply, and I felt like a million bucks in my bespoke wedding gown. It was a family affair in every way- my sister was my Maid of Honor, and my cousin and Patrick’s sister were my two other Bridesmaids. Patrick’s cousin was his Best Man, and my two brothers were his Groomsmen. My baby brother was my ring bearer, and my niece and nephew played the roles of Flower Girl and Junior Ring Bearer. To top it all off- my cousin helped to design and decorate my dream wedding, while another cousin was our MC! The ceremony was held outdoors under a decorated arbor that Patrick made for our day. It was a gorgeous, sunny, 80-something early summer afternoon. Our reception was filled with laughter and wonderful memories- complete with a poem my cousins dug up that my eleven-year old self wrote about love. We were surrounded by family and friends- it was the perfect day. Patrick and I continued to remark how we couldn’t believe that this was our wedding. After all the hard work- we had pulled it off!

It was truly a dream come true wedding!

What was your favorite moment? Patrick and I took the traditional route of not seeing each other AT ALL the morning of the wedding. We even exchanged wedding gifts and letters at the corner of the building so as not to get a glance of one another. By the time I was waiting to walk the aisle with my father I was such an emotional mess, but it made that moment all the more memborable. Having my father by my side as I walked (okay, maybe speed walked) to my future husband’s side left my heart swelling with so much emotion I thought it would burst.

Vendors:

Photographer – Nicolette Media
Bespoke Wedding Dress – Alyson Nicole
Groom’s Attire – Suit Supply
Venue & Caterer – Otesaga Resort hotel
Florist & Wedding Planner – Snezhana Vahtin
MUA & Hair Stylist – Lidiya Brishchuk

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Donna & Joseph’s Rustic Inspired Wedding

Tell us your story… We met in high school [Boyertown Area Senior High], during band practice back in 2005…. many moons ago!

Where did you two tie the knot? Lake of Isles Golf Club Resort at Foxwood Casino in North Stonington, CT. I  [Donna] chose the location due to the casino being convenient for out of town guests (half of the people who came to celebrate were from out of state!) and due to the beautiful deck that overlooked the lake and gorgeous scenery.

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Spill the details about your wedding! We decided to go with a rustic-inspired wedding theme using grey and mint green as our main colors. We used burlap and lace accents along with crystal brooches to embellish all of our decor.  Table centerpieces were wooden crates that were handpainted & handmade (by the bride’s Aunt & Uncle) with floral arrangements that consisted of beautiful white hydrangeas with succulents and other greenery.  All bridesmaids wore mint green dresses in the style they prefered, matching hair clips & earrings. Groomsmen wore grey suits from David’s Warehouse with mint accents, and super hero socks & pocket squares which was made by the mother of the bride. I wore a beautiful beaded embellished strapless sweetheart a-line gown with matching jewelry & a bespoke rustic inspired wedding garter set made by Alyson Nicole. My bouquet was handmade by myself with burlap hydrangeas, an assortment of gorgeous brooches, and lace accents.

It was the perfect accent to our rustic inspired wedding theme!

What was your favorite moment? Announcing when we became man and wife. The excitement of finally becoming legally joined in front of all of our family and friends- them accepting, appreciating, acknowledging our love- was definitely the best part of our entire rustic-inspired wedding!

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Vendors:

Photographer – Lillie Fortino
Bridal Garter Set- Alyson Nicole
Florist – Beachwood Florist
Hair & Make-up – Samantha D. 
Bakery- J-Cakes
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Nika and Emeka’s Woodland Fairy Tale Wedding

Tell us your story… I met my husband on a dating app called OK Cupid! I was in a season of my life where I felt very ready to be in a long-term relationship. Living in New York City, I found it very difficult to make a deep connection with someone I felt chemistry with (especially with similar faith and values). I decided to go online because several of my friends recommended it as a great way to meet people! I had been a member of the app for only one week when I met my future husband!

Where did you two tie the knot? Our wedding venue was Poetry Springs in Texas. We chose that venue because both of us have family that live in that area and we figured it would be easier for everyone to get together. Also having a wedding in Texas would be a lot less expensive than having it in New York.

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Spill the details about your wedding!  The theme was ‘Woodland Fairy Tale Wedding’. I was very inspired by the deep jewel tone color scheme of the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda runway show. There were plenty of flowers and greenery… So romantic!

What was your favorite moment?  Saying I do to the man of my dreams.

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Read more about Nika and Emeka’s beautiful wedding here:  “I WAS LOVED BEFORE I MET YOU”, “MY FINAL MOMENTS AS A SINGLE LADY”“BEYONCÉ SHOWED UP TO MY WEDDING”, “THE PARTY TO THE MAIN COURSE”“EVERYTHING ELSE I FORGOT ON MY WEDDING DAY”.

Vendors:

Photographer –  Brant Smith Photography
Dress –  Alvina Valenta
Bridal Jumpsuit- Alyson Nicole
Pearl Tiara & Flower Crown- Alyson Nicole
MUA & Hair Stylist – Rocelyn Citzman
Venue – Poetry Springs
Caterers – Cheryl Reyes Catering
DJ – Ugonna Onyekwe