Lindsay and Chris Bartholomew – 11/12/16

Duncan Estate – Spartanburg, SC

With 2016 coming to a close I’m doing a lot of reflecting on the past year (isn’t everyone?), but when I look back, there’s a reason I saved this one for last.  There are so many things that I loved about this wedding.

I love this venue.  Watching others say I Do in the exact place where you said I Do is beautiful and I’ll never get over it.

I love this photographer.  I’ve known her since middle school and have always known that she’s incredibly talented, but wow!  Looking at these photos takes my breath away.

I loved this day.  We planned and planned and everything came together seamlessly.

But most of all, I LOVED this bride!  Lindsay is the type of client that everyone wants, and I couldn’t be happier that I, of all people, got to work with her this year.  But I really, really love the way she looks at Chris, and I know you will too once you take a look at these stunning photos.

Photography Credit: The uber-talented Maggie Calton Photography

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Sarah and Grey Pittman – 10/01/16

Duncan Estate – Spartanburg, SC

It was difficult to pick the few of these that could be added to this album.  The emotion in all of these photos is nothing compared to the feelings that were shown on Sarah and Grey’s wedding day.  Their families were so connected and they were so completely wrapped up in each other that it made everyone’s job (especially the photographer) that much easier.  I’m so happy to have been a part of their day and that I was able to share in the details.  This Fall wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful 🙂 And congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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Photography credits: Southern Jewel Photography

Ashley and Spencer Cadwell – 09/24/16

Duncan Estate – Spartanburg, SC

If you take a look at any of these pictures, you’ll see a smile on both Ashley and Spencer’s face that never lost it’s place the day of their wedding.  They were both so excited to be in each other’s presence that it made everyone around them equally happy.  Lavender details, sweets made by the bride’s sister in law and family wedding pictures helped the wedding to feel relaxed and inclusive to all who attended.  Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Cadwell!

Photography Credits: Southern Jewel Photography

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Lauren and Will Baynard – 09/23/2016

Duncan Estate – Spartanburg, SC

This sweet couple came to me all the way from Hawaii and I’m so glad we got the chance to work together!  Lauren and Will were an absolute joy and so was their wedding day.  The Duncan Estate could not have been a more perfect venue for them, and every aspect of both the wedding and reception was planned with sweet, sentimental details.  There were pretty place settings with vintage china, a very special guest that made appearance for the first dance and a great team of vendors, but the love between them was what really made September 23rd special.

Photography Credits: Tamra Turner Photography

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Kayla and Dillon Barber – 06/04/2016

Duncan Estate – Spartanburg, SC

Rain on a wedding day means “Good Luck,” right?  It certainly did for Kayla and Dillon, whose wedding was absolutely gorgeous despite the small rain shower before the ceremony.  The wedding was filled with sweet, sentimental details like the bride and groom showing a love of service by washing each other’s feet.  There were also moments of pure joy and hilarity when the wedding party and guests choreographed their own special dances.  I was happy to be a part of their special day and I hope that their marriage is just as happy and loving as their special day was.

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Photography  – Southern Jewel Photography

Amandela and Osric Harris – 04/22/2016

Nothing, including the rain and weather, could stop these two from thoroughly enjoying their wedding day! Amandela and Osric were joys to work with and were a great example of unconditional love shared between two people 🙂 Congratulations on becoming the Harris’s!

Here are a few of my favorite shots from their April wedding at the Duncan Estate in Spartanburg, SC.

Photography Credits: Southern Jewel Photography

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Table For Two

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With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, my mind has been more on the subject of {L.O.V.E} than usual.  How is this possible?!  I always have the L-word on the brain anyway, but this is actually one of my favorite holidays.  I know, I know, it’s cliche and corny and all the singles HATE it.  But to me, there is nothing better than a day dedicated to chocolate, oh, and the love of your life 🙂

I was searching through Valentine’s Day pins the other day when I scrolled past the picture above.  I was just recently talking to a bride about “Sweetheart Tables” and thought what a coincidence.  The idea of a special table for the Bride and Groom has been around in some form or another for a long time, but the trend BLEW UP after photos of Lauren Conrad’s wedding surfaced.  If you remember, she used a loveseat in the place of the more traditional chairs and it soon became THE set-up.  Below are a few of my favorites for you to use as inspiration!

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Give your table a customized backdrop for great photographs!

Whether you decide to use one or not, you can see that they make for beautiful photo opportunities and you can decorate as little or as much as you want, depending on your theme.  Reasons why I’m PRO sweetheart table…

  1. It’s a great place for you to stash your things, especially if you don’t have an extra room, like a bridal suite/groom’s den.
  2. It’s much easier to sit and let guests come to you than it is the other way around.  You’ll get a chance to speak to alot more well wishers this way, than if you and your new hubby try to make your way to all the guests.
  3. It gives you a space all to yourself for your first moments together as husband and wife.  Gossip about a crazy relative’s dance moves, say I love you, or pose for pictures, whatever you do, you have a quiet space to yourselves amidst the chaos.

All of these photos and more are found on the Emblem Weddings Pinterest page.  Follow this board and all the others at https://www.pinterest.com/emblemweddings/sweetheart-tables/.

Thanks for reading!

 

La Vie Boheme

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Bo·he·mi·an – adjective

  1. having informal and unconventional social habits
     

Besides the wedding biz, scrolling through Pinterest is one of my MAIN hobbies.  I could spend hours pinning, but then again, what girl doesn’t waste all her valuable time on this site?  I try to make my time on here count (by calling it research) by limiting my searches to one particluar thing, and lately I’ve fallen in love with the “Boho Chic” trend!

Now let’s get something straight here.  I’m the FARTHEST thing from bohemian.  I’m about as Southern as you can get, and that means that I’m drawn to a classic, dare I say “Preppy” style.  I like traditional and though my physical makeup is pretty much all sass, I don’t really have a free-spirited bone in my body.  But I’d like to! Maybe that’s the best thing about Pinterest; that you can visualize (or just pretend to see) yourself in the photos you’re pinning.  And this is what’s been happening to me lately.

What I’ve come to realize from my “research” is that a bohemian wedding, isn’t that hard to pull off, even if you don’t embody this particular trend yourself.  Here are the main ingredients for the PERFECT boho-chic nuptials…

  1.  DON’T look like you’re trying too hard.  You don’t need tons of feathers, or tribal patterns all over the place.  You don’t have to master tricky braided hair-styles or only choose groomsmen with man-buns.  It’s true that some of these things might come in handy, but don’t overdue it.  Choose whimsical pieces or looks that are still meaningful to you and not just for decoration.
  2. GO with the flow. Bohemian almost literally means freestyle.  This is one of those themes you CAN’T over-plan.  Not everything needs to match and by the same token, not EVERYONE needs to match.  If you like the mix’n’match style, let your maids choose their own dresses and jewelry.  When it comes to decor, different shapes and sizes are a GOOD thing (see the pictures above), and if something goes wrong, just roll with it.  That’s what a true bohemian would do 🙂
  3. Take inspiration from the 70’s.  Go full-on flower child all the way.  I was witness to a boho wedding once and it was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.  The wedding party went barefoot, there were sunflowers everywhere and everyone’s outfits were loose and flowy.  Vintage is another characteristic of the bohemian style.  Choose a wedding gown with lace sleeves and a romantic train, adorn your loose waves with a flower crown or headband and you’re halfway there.
  4. Bring in natural elements.  Feathers are a boho staple, as are dreamcatchers, but I bet you didn’t know that to plan a wedding centered around la vie boheme, you also have to center it on the outside.  You’ll rarely see bohemians use a church for their ceremony.  Connect with Mother Nature and choose a sentimental, outdoor spot to say “I do.” Use wildflowers, LOTS of greens, garlands and/or foliage to decorate. Extra points if you find a way to incorporate wood, succulents and other earthi-ness 🙂

Hopefully these tips have helped you connect with your inner-free spirit.  If not, do as I do and daydream.  Adults can still play pretend right??

If you feel the need for more bohemian goodness, visit out Pinterest! Search Emblem Weddings, give us a follow and we’ll follow you right back.

2016 Wedding Trends

981dda0fb2a02cdf478d2c36415f3857.jpgRecently I shared a post on Facebook from Allure Magazine about upcoming wedding trends for 2016.  I love this sort of stuff.  I like knowing what to look for and the cool, new thing to suggest to my brides, so I am constantly in search of articles like this.  But good articles… Let me explain.  Anyone can write down 9 things that might happen this year in the wedding biz.  Most of this stuff is just regurgitated from previous years and repackaged in a new way or on a new website.  But if you’re like me, waiting for this year’s trend list to be published or are only semi-interested in this business, this one is a good share for you.  The full spread is linked for you at the bottom 🙂

While some on the list are a little harder for me to see than the others, I was really into #5 – a step away from centerpieces.  At first I thought “No, it can’t be!”  If you’ve spent any time on this blog you know I L.O.V.E. flowers.  With the right florist or arrangement of florals, a whole wedding can turn around.  Literally!  It’s one of the things I get most excited about on a wedding day.  But Alexia Conley, the author of this list, is right.  It’s something we’re seeing more and more of these days (or should I say less of?)  Gone are the huge, overflowing centerpieces that brides and florists alike slave and worry over for half a year.  It’s been nothing but garlands and long runners and even hanging arrangements on Pinterest and Instagram of late.  And you know what?  I’m on board with this trend!

I mean, how can you NOT be a fan??  The flowers they chose, the way it drapes to the floor, the fact that people wont have to move them out of the way to talk to each other across the table, its all a plus in my book.

Take a deeper look at all nine.  What I see is a year for fun, un-fussy, less dramatic weddings.  It’s not all about the formality of the venue and the attire or holding the guests or the couple to ridiculously high standards. These “trends” (I’m hoping they’ll turn into traditions) speak to a willingness to think outside the box, enjoy the party and still celebrate love being in the air.  These 9 wedding trends are paving the way for a very laid-back 2016.  That’s ok with me in my personal life and definitely ok in the professional one too.

To view the full article, please visit http://lover.ly/planning/trend-predictions-2016/5659d5672f268bcce50f44fb/.