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.”
Everybody wants to look fab on their wedding day, and let’s face it, it’s the one day in your life where you’ll be photographed the most! To avoid looking back at your wedding pictures with dread, we’ve collected the 5 best tips to keep you looking picture perfect.
Shift Your Weight - Never distribute your weight evenly on your feet, this creates a stocky look that can be unflattering for women. Instead, shift your weight, leaning with your hip to one side to complement the natural curvature of your body. To accentuate this curve, gently tilt your head to the side for a demure look.
The Knee Pop - If you find yourself standing to the side when you’re posing with your bridal party or during other group photos, angle your body at a ¾ angle facing the camera with your front knee popped. This goes back to the weight-shifting rule and will keep you looking lean in your photos.
The Skinny Arm - Show off those shoulders by placing your hands on your hips and bowing your elbows out. This is a surefire way to keep arms looking svelte in photos, even if you haven’t been going to the gym! If you’re posing with your bouquet, clasp both hands around it and keep arms slightly bent in front of you. Pressing your arms against your body can make them appear bigger than they are so keep them in a relaxed position.
Head, Neck & Shoulders - When you smile for the camera, allow your head to bow down and look up at the lens. This angle is very flattering as it accentuates the jawline and avoids creating a double-chin. Complete this pose with your shoulders back and your neck long for a favorable photo.
Don’t Forget to Smile! - The most important thing you can do for your looks in front of the camera is to be natural. Relax! Have fun and goof off with your spouse. Bare those pearly whites and smile! Your wedding day is all about the two of you, and the love you share, so be candid and allow the camera to capture your best moments.
Don’t forget to prepare yourself before you check off the last item on your to-do list–marry the love of your life!
1. Dress Alterations & Fittings – On average, brides go to three to four fittings. The key is to time them right–go too early or too late and you might not end up with a proper fit, especially if you have lost (or gained) weight. Remember to bring your undergarments, shoes and accessories, so you can envision your overall wedding day look.
2. Hair & Makeup Trial - During the planning process, it’s so important to meet with your vendors. A trial is the perfect opportunity for a hair and makeup artist to showcase what they do best and for you to share any concerns, whether it’s a skin sensitivity or even a bad hair day.
3. Check In & Confirm Honeymoon - Call ahead to confirm your reservation. If you’re traveling outside of the U.S., keep in mind that your passport must match the name on your airline ticket and hotel room.
4. Drop Luggage Off at Hotel - If you’ll be staying at the same hotel as your guests, drop off an overnight bag the day before.
5. Drop Dress & Accessories Off at Venue - If you and your bridesmaids aren’t getting dressed at the hotel, drop off your dress the day before.
6. Pack for Your Honeymoon Early – Consider just a carry-on suitcase. You won’t be needing a lot of clothes (just your bathing suit), if you’re going to an exotic location in the Caribbean.
7. Eat, Drink & Be Married - Don’t go through the day on an empty stomach, pre-order oatmeal with chia seeds for breakfast, salad for lunch and an afternoon snack like trail mix. The oatmeal along with the chia seeds will keep your skin glowing from head to toe, the salad will diminish unnecessary bloating and the trail mix will cure your hunger in between the ceremony and reception dinner. Hydrate with water before you pop the bubbly!
8. Gift Caretaker - Before you can rush back to the hotel to put the “do not disturb” sign on your door, designate someone to take your presents home. Give them a key in advance.
In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we wanted to highlight a traditional moment during the wedding reception that is often filled with tears–the father-daughter dance. Finding a song that encapsulates the relationship you’ve shared over the years can be hard, especially when the options are almost all classics and few modern. To help you choose, we’ve compiled our favorites below:
So the saying goes, “It’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day.” Symbolically, rain signifies unity, which means that a stronger bond is created when you are “tying the knot” in the rain. Water makes a knot harder to untie compared to a dry one. Just think: Your bond will not easily be broken. Even though rain is never quite welcome, being prepared is key. Here’s how you can keep dry with these rainy day wedding must-haves:
1. Rain boots: Treat your bridesmaids to a matching pair of rain boots that corresponds with their dress and don’t forget to get a pair for you and your husband.