The moment I got this gorgeous wedding in my inbox, I immediately knew you would all love it! For starters, it’s at The Biltmore Estate. This gorgeous venue is not new to my site, I did an entire Venue Spotlight on this great American castle. Actually, that is how I got to “meet” the fabulous photographers I am about to feature! Derek from Two Ring Studios reached out to me after I featured some of his photos on my Biltmore feature!
This wedding is absolutely breathtaking and the photographs capture each gorgeous aspect. The rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, the beautiful bride, Julie, with a perfectly embellished ivory ball gown and the stunning speckles of purple and pink flowers and decor. The cloudy summer sky made for some stunning photographs and the brides sparkly ball gown provides a crisp contrast to the lush green backdrop. When I first saw these photos, I had to stop myself from drooling! Julie and Chandler’s summer nuptials took place in the gardens of the Biltmore Estate, with the reception following in the Inn. The affair was coordinated by the talented team at Asheville Event Company with floral design done by Bloom Room and ceremony music by Allegro music.
The photo booth is one of my favorite wedding trends as of late. As a kid, my cousin and I would have lemonade stands at our summer cottage. Even though we sold our glasses at merely 25 cents a pop, we still often walked away with 30-50 dollars a piece! At the ripe old age of 7 and 8, that money went to two places, the island arcade and candy bar. After we’d spend a majority of our money stocking up on liquid candy and Big League Chew, we’d spend our last few dollars on the arcade photo booth. [The photos in question are still hanging on the fridge at the cottage!] Every time I see those, I laugh [at my hair and outfit mostly, but also at the goofy faces we'd make] and each time I remember how much fun we had. That is one thing I love about photos, the memories and the joy they bring, even years after the fact.
If you are going for the nostalgic look and feel at your wedding, I highly recommend renting an actual photo booth. Many companies have a few different booths they rent out, ranging from very vintage to very modern. Most offer many different photo options and allow guests to print their photos on the spot. Prices vary greatly, but some booths can cost over 1,000 dollars. If your budget does not allow for an actual booth, ask your photographer to stage one for you! If your photographer will be bringing an assistant, see if the assistant can assemble a “booth” area for 30-60 minutes of the reception, where guests can come and stage their own goofy/cute photos! If you want the look of the booth, design a fun backdrop using frames or mirrors or find a well decorated/fun area of your reception!
Photo booths are fun entertainment for guests of all ages! [Via]
This bride made her own backdrop with frames and wallpaper! This adds a very vintage and DIY vibe to the makeshift booth! [Via]
A makeshift DIY photo booth with different cameras for totally different looks. Leaving the film behind gives the bride and groom an extra gift at the end of the wedding. [Via]
This post is not about my wedding, well, directly. It’s about a wedding I was just recently at [and in] and the entire affair was such an incredible event and inspiration to me. This wasn’t just an ordinary wedding either. It was the wedding of my VERY best friend! I knew, from the moment she got engaged, it was going to be gorgeous. But I was just…blown away…with how amazing it looked. I can only hope mine is half as beautiful as hers. [And I'm 1/3 of the bride she was.] Here are a few snapshots of her special day. I’m so thankful to have spent it with her :)
Her hair was so pretty! I love the flower!
Me and her other amazing bridesmaids. I loved the simple black dresses.
Everyone dancing! [I loved her short reception dress!]
The happy couple at their first dance! [I'm stealing the bright shoes idea, just with a different bright color!]
I love how simple and elegant these chairs were!
Very cute table numbers!
Even though I’m making a weird face, I’m having a blast dancing into my announcement at the reception!
In the end, a wedding is a night to celebrate your love and your future. So let loose, smile, laugh, cry and dance. It’s a party after all :)