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15 Wedding Photos That Will Completely Melt Your Heart

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 09, 2015

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Photo by Katelyn James Photography

Every wedding has dozens of precious  moments that are captured on camera. From the first kiss to the first dance, there’s bound to be countless heart-warming snaps that you and your significant other can bond over for years to come. There are, however, some especially adorable photos we came across and just couldn’t resist sharing. From jaw-dropping backdrops, to a sentimental moment between a groom and his mother, there’s no shortage of aww-worthy snaps in this slideshow. Grab the tissues and prepare for your heart to melt!

20 Things NOT to Say During a Wedding Toast

Posted by Caitlin on Dec 12, 2014

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Photo by Natalie Franke Photography 

If you’re given the opportunity to give a toast at a wedding, it’s definitely an honor, and not something to be taken lightly. This is your chance to let the couple know how great it is that they’ve found each other, and let them know how much they mean to you. This is NOT a time for crass jokes, or to bring up ghosts of boyfriend or girlfriend’s past. There are certain things that are totally off-limits, and we’ve rounded up a few of them for you. Make sure you avoid these at all costs!

Selfies at Weddings: When Is It Okay To Take Them?

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 24, 2014

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Photo: Katelyn James Photography

Remember when Ellen DeGeneres took an infamous, single selfie with star-filled celebs like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawerence, and Meryl Streep at the 86th Academy Awards? While that may have been the ideal situation to snap one with her IPhone, there are times at weddings when it totally is NOT okay — 11 to be exact. Answer in the poll below!

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Photos (from left to right): Katelyn James Photography

In our tech-obsessed society, it’s hard to imagine any kind of major life event happening without our gadgets in hand. Some couples have started asking guests to leave their smart phones at home and be in the moment as they celebrate. While we love the idea of being unplugged, there are plenty of other opportunities for that (like your honeymoon). From paparazzi candids to your own wedding hashtag, there are many reasons to keep them handy all night long. See the complete list here.

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Julie and Steven were married at Clover Forest Plantation in Goochland, Va. on September 14. “It reminded me of the house I grew up in,” Julie said. “They were both built during the same time period, so I felt right in my comfort zone.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with a layered skirt, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. Notice the polka dots? “They were on the bodice of my wedding gown, which inspired me to use this pattern in other parts of the decor like the invitations, linens, and even the paper straws,” she said. Fun fact: Julie is a graphic designer! Bridesmaids wore short purple chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and seeded eucalyptus. “The ceremony location had a beautiful pergola that overlooked a private lake for us to say our ‘I do’s’ underneath,” Julie said. “It had an overall romantic, Southern charm to it. Having our dog, Madison, as the flower girl was really important to both of us. We had a little flower collar made for her and had a ‘maid walk her down the aisle.” Guests were asked to write well wishes and advice on cards for the new Mr. and Mrs. Tables were decorated with gray linens, pink napkins, and mini pots filled with succulents. “Steven’s brother, Michael, performed ‘Thank You’ by Led Zepplin on his guitar for our first dance,” she said. “This unique song means a lot, and we thought it was special to hear it played live. It also took some attention off of us while we were dancing, since we ran out of time to practice.”

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Photography: Katelyn James Photography | Videography: MPA Weddings | Venue: Clover Forest Plantation | Event Planner: Ashley Baber Weddings | Dress Designer: Hayley Paige | Dress Store: Garnish Boutique | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Jewelry: Fink’s Jewelers | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: The Green Flamingo | DJ: Dynamite DJs | Cake: Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe | Transportation: Winn Bus Company | Hair and Makeup Artist: Salone Debonaire | Stationery: Jules Design | Favors: SANPEDROCACTUS | Officiant: Elizabeth Givens | Photo Booth: LOL Richmond

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