A beautiful wedding took place this past summer we couldn’t wait to share with you. Crystal and Aston were married in the gardens of Glendalough Manor with one hundred and seventy of their closest friends and family.
Crystal and her bridesmaids arrived to get ready in the spacious bridal suite that is provided for all brides at Glendalough Manor.
The bride chose a gorgeous strapless beaded ball gown with side ruching at the waistline. She accented her wedding gown with a crystal tiara and veil. For her bridesmaids Crystal chose floor length, pool blue dresses and all of her girls wore crystal necklaces to match the brides tiara. The bridesmaids carried bouquets in coral and ivory flowers to match the wedding colors.
The groom and his groomsmen chose champagne colored tuxedos worn with a tie and pocket square.
Ciao Bella Weddings did an incredible job on the flowers and design of the ceremony and reception spaces. A white aisle runner was laid down at the ceremony site and coral lanterns with pool blue ribbon were hung under the arbor where the guests are seated. Crystal decorated the pergola with white draping and a centerpiece in the center with gorgeous coral flowers.
After the ceremony the guests were invited to the cocktail hour and reception in the Avondale Ballroom. Crystal choose pool blue sashes on the chairs with coral charger plates and ivory napkins for the guest tables. Crystal and Aston chose to sit at a romantic sweetheart table during the reception. The cake was ivory with a bow and crystal accent.
One of A Kind Music Productions kept everyone dancing throughout the night including the emotional father/daughter dance.
Crystal changed in to another beautiful gown during the reception to wow her guests one more time. The new husband and wife left to guests holding sparklers.
I am sure most of you have heard of trashing your wedding dress. For those of you who haven’t, this is a photo shoot done after the wedding involving activities that may ruin or “trash” your wedding gown. So many brides say they will never wear their dress again and they don’t plan to keep it as an heirloom. Their thought is why not take some amazing photographs that you couldn’t take on your wedding day? Of course this trend is not for every bride! You have to make sure that you don’t mind seeing that beloved gown get ruined!
My favorite time to do a trash the dress photo shoot is on your honeymoon. Take advantage of the location and enjoy a shoot inspired by your honeymoon destination. If you are traveling somewhere tropical, how beautiful are these photographs on the beach?
Think about some of your favorite hobbies, likes, or interests to come up with a unique idea for your trash the dress session that has significance to you. If you or your fiance play sports think about a trash the dress session involving that sport like football, soccer, or baseball!
You can even choose the great outdoors as your backdrop. And don’t be afraid to get a little dirty!
For a bold and unique photo shoot think about a paint war or a food fight (all in good fun of course) with your new hubby!
What do you think about a trash the dress photo shoot? Is it a do or a don’t?
We want to know your thoughts so leave us your comments!
It has been said that rainy wedding days bring good luck and fortune but many brides would trade that luck for a sunny wedding day. After all of this rainy weather in our area it made me think about how many brides don’t prepare for the chance of rain on their wedding day. My biggest advice for any bride, especially those with an outside wedding, is to have a backup plan. There are a few easy ways to combat rain and prepare you in the event of rain.
An ideal situation is that your venue provides an alternative location in the event of rain however many venues do not offer an alternative space. For an outside ceremony or reception look at renting a tent. If rain is in the forecast, look at renting a tent the week of the wedding to avoid any anxiety.
Remember that your day is what you make it! Try not to get upset in the event of rain and embrace what comes your way. It may not be your ideal situation but the more you prepare and have fun with it, the better. Look at getting cute, fashionable umbrellas for you and your bridesmaids.
Also, look at you and your bridal party wearing galoshes. Think about how many cute pictures you can get!!
Speaking of pictures, a rainy day is the best lighting for outdoor photography. Don’t think just because it rains you can’t go outside. Find a covered area and take some pictures with the landscape in the background.
Or go out in the rain with your umbrella and take some romantic pictures with your new hubby!
Rain or shine at the end of the day you are marrying the man of your dreams so don’t let the small things get to you! You may feel disappointed if it rains on your big day but the more you prepare the better you will feel. You could end up getting some of the most amazing photographs, not to mention a lot of goof luck and fortune!