by: Lauren

Taking place among the rolling hills of a lovely Georgia estate, Courtney and Ray’s vintage inspired garden wedding is going to take your breath away! This southern fête, captured by Rustic White Photography, is full of love, joy, and some of the most stunning florals by Amy Osaba Events that I’ve ever seen. Seriously absolutely gorgeous…

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I know I already gushed about the gorgeous florals, but… aren’t they stunning?! And did you catch the gospel choir at the ceremony? Talk about some awesome ceremony music!

From the bride’s wedding day fashions to the lovely placesettings, a vintage style paired with garden elements was perfectly displayed all throughout this gorgeous wedding, and I just love it!

How are you planning on carrying your wedding style or theme throughout your wedding?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Rustic White Photography / Event Design, Coordination & Florals: Amy Osaba Events / Catering: Epting Events / Rentals: Goodwin Events / Rental Furniture: Crush Event Rentals / Rental Furniture: Epting Events / Vintage Placesettings: Southern Vintage / Linens: BBJ Linen / Lighting: Goodwin Events / Band: The Drive By Big Band / Makeup Artist: Haley Bidez / Hairstylist: Drew Delaney of Velvet Salon / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore / Bridal Salon: Kelly's Closet / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: White Orchid Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Venue: Private Residence / Cinematography: Dekmar Films


by: Lauren

Eclectic, unique, and absolutely amazing, these marsala wedding ideas might be one of my favorite inspiration shoots to date! Emily Grace Design created a wedding design that is both gorgeous and creative, using a rich color palette incorporating mustard yellow and marsala, and pairing with lush, organic florals from Shea Hopely Flowers.

This is the last of the ELD Blogiversary shoots this year, and lucky for us, Emily incorporated one of my favorite brand elements- lightbulbs! From the standpoint of the ELD brand, the lightbulb represents inspiration, and my goodness, this shoot is most definitely inspirational! If you didn’t catch the very first ELD Blogiversary shoot, I explained that on this particular day of shooting, we had two photographers present to showcase the difference in photographers’ styles of photography. So once again, we had two photographers- Caroline & Evan Photography and Brian Sumner Photography- present to capture this lovely eclectic design. We’ll start things off with the images from Caroline & Evan Photography

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And now for the images captured by Brian Sumner Photography

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This color palette is amazing, don’t you think? And how fun are the lightbulbs used throughout the design?! Using unexpected elements in wedding designs is one of my new favorite things, and I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of that around here in the coming months! :)

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Caroline & Evan Photography / Photographer: Brian Sumner Photography / Planning & Design: Emily Grace Design / Flowers & Decor: Shea Hopely Flowers / Stationery & Chair Signs: Oh Deer Creative / Farm Table, China & Flatware: The Treasury

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by: Lauren

So if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that a little while ago I went on a few trips to places around the Caribbean! I was doing some research on destination weddings and honeymoons, and throughout the next few weeks I’ll be highlighting some tips and best practices on having a destination wedding and planning a honeymoon.

We’re starting with a fun and exciting concept… a Sandals WeddingMoon®! A WeddingMoon® is the concept of celebrating your wedding and honeymoon in the same beautiful location and was first conceived and created by Sandals Resorts… sounds awesome, right? Before we get into more details, I want you to know that have something exciting for you regarding a WeddingMoon® (maybe winning something…), but you’ll have to read through the whole post to find out at the end!

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Having a destination wedding is a great option if you’re wanting something a little different. It’s also a great option if you’re having trouble with your guest list- whether it’s too many people, or you just want those closest to you attending your wedding. If you choose a destination wedding, you also don’t want your guests who are there to just be thrown to the wayside while you and your honey enjoy yourselves, and luckily, Sandals Resorts offers an unforgettable experience for not only you, but for your guests as well.

What I love about the concept of a WeddingMoon® is that you can enjoy both your wedding and your honeymoon at the same time. I always say that one of the best parts about planning a wedding is the honeymoon, and this just takes that one step further and puts you in your honeymoon immediately! Sandals Resorts are all-inclusive, which means that just about *everything* is included- food, drinks, activities, etc- it’s truly an awesome experience, and I highly recommend an all-inclusive resort no matter what you do!

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So now for the fun part! I was able to “TestDrive” a Sandals WeddingMoon® at Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa in Jamaica to learn more about how the process goes so I could share with you…

1. Getting Started | You can browse the Sandals WeddingMoon web page for inspiration and insight to all the possibilities and amenities Sandals WeddingMoons® have to offer. And to help you online, Sandals Resorts has created an exclusive Online Destination Wedding Designer, an interactive tool where you can browse island destinations and specific resorts, color palettes, floral, ceremony and reception décor, entertainment and more.

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You will contact Sandals’ Wedding Concierge to help plan your budget, and review room prices for your guests + honeymoon suites. You can learn all about their destinations and options for your Sandals Wedding, and they will even hold your wedding date for 72 hours for free! Once you’re ready to book, all you need is a $400 deposit to get started with booking your suite and deciding on your wedding date!

2. First Steps | Once you have your date, your personal wedding planner will contact you to schedule a kick-off call and get you started with planning your dream wedding! You will receive a group code to share with your friends and family so that all the rooms that are booked are tied together. (The more rooms booked with your code, the more inclusions you will receive for your wedding!) You will be able to setup a free personal Sandals wedding website that will have all the information your guests will need.

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3. Inspiration & Design | You can use Sandals’ interactive Wedding Designer tool to save your ideas to share with your wedding planner during your kick-off call! With Sandals Resorts, you have the option of customizing your wedding or choosing one of their fabulous predesigned themes – both of which your expert pre-travel wedding planner will help you in bringing your vision to life.

4. 6-11 Months Before | About six to eleven months before your wedding date, you will “meet” with your pre-travel wedding planner via phone on your “kick-off ” call to plan your wedding design, make appointments for wedding day salon services, select your photo and video packages, and make any excursion plans. At this time you will usually also confirm all events such as the cocktail hour, reception and rehearsal dinner.

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5. 2-3 Months Before | Two to three months prior to your wedding, it will be time to finalize details! You will confirm the guest list and room requirements, and finalize all of the details and special events that have been planned with your Sandals pre-travel wedding planner.  All final payments will have been made at this time also! You can make any last minute additions, like a sunset cruise for your guests or extra floral details. At this time, you will so be introduced via email to your personal resort wedding planner, who will welcome you at the resort and work with a dedicated team to bring to life all the details of your wedding!

6. Wedding Week | It’s suggested that you arrive at your resort 48-72 hours prior to your wedding so that you can meet any residency requirements, take the time to experience the resort and decompress before your guests arrive. Once you’ve relaxed and settled in, you will have a final wedding detail meeting with your resort wedding planner. It is at this meeting that you will choose your wedding cake flavor (yes, you get to taste the cake too!), your wedding location, and make any final entertainment and décor choices! Once this is done, you get to sit back, relax and leave everything in your wedding team’s capable, expert hands!

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Left: The view of resort grounds at Sandals Whitehouse. Right: My personal favorite choice for a possible ceremony location at Sandals Whitehouse.

7. Wedding day! You can get your hair and makeup done at the resort’s exclusive Red Lane® Spa, and then you just wait for your resort wedding planner to handle everything else for you!

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Jessica from The Budget Savvy Bride and I both love the same color- so what do you know, we looked like bridesmaids with our matching dresses and lovely bouquets!

If you’re wondering about documentation needed to have a WeddingMoon, no need to worry! Sandals’ Wedding Concierge will ensure that you are aware of any required residency and documents that will be needed to wed in your destination. With each island the requirements may be different, so they will make you completely aware of all the necessary documentation and submit all of the applications for your marriage license!


What I love about a Sandals WeddingMoon® is that Sandals Resorts takes a single-day event and transforms it to a multi-day celebration of activities for you and you loved ones. In fact, you can even keep things intimate and have a WeddingMoon® with just you and your future spouse.

Oh, and did I mention that you can have a “Test Drive” to see if a Sandals WeddingMoon is the right fit for you? That’s right- you can have a little getaway and test out a destination wedding at the same time… sounds like an awesome way to celebrate your engagement if you ask me!

And on that note… I have some incredibly exciting news for you!

Sandals Resorts has teamed up with Every Last Detail to give away a Test Drive Your WeddingMoon®!

Click here for details and enter for a chance to win!

 

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What better way to get a sneak peek of what’s in store for your dream destination wedding than hopping on a plane to the Caribbean and Test Driving Your WeddingMoon® at Sandals Resorts? The Test Drive Your WeddingMoon® program includes a 3 day/2 night getaway where you will chat one-on-one with wedding experts, look over venue, décor, cake and flower options, and take-in the surrounding tropical beauty as you experience first-hand everything the Luxury Included® resorts have to offer. To enter for a chance to win our Test Drive Your WeddingMoon giveaway with Sandals Resorts, CLICK HERE


Friends, I’d love to hear from you- are you thinking about a destination wedding- and maybe a “WeddingMoon”?

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by: Lauren

Going along with the theme of their 1920s inspired wedding, Shannon and Aaron changed back into their wedding attire the day after their wedding for a special session with Regina As The Photographer! Since Shannon changed into her 1920’s inspired attire later on in the reception, there weren’t really any chances to do portraits. So instead of an engagement session, Shannon and Aaron did a “day after” session with a bit of a Gatsby theme!

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Oh I just LOVE Shannon’s 1920s inspired dress from BHLDN! What a GREAT idea to do a Day After session to showcase such a stunning dress- well worth it indeed!

Have any of you considered doing a Day After session? It’s a great idea if your wedding day doesn’t allow for a lot of portraits, or if you’re like Shannon and you have an awesome reception dress you want photos in too!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Regina as The Photographer, LLC // Veils and headpieces:Gadegaard Design // Invitation Designer: Hello Tenfold // Makeup Artist: MOORE MAKEUP ARTISTRY // Dress Designer: Sue Wong at BHLDN // Location: The University of Tampa // Equipment Rentals:Tufted Vintage Rentals // Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Vera Wang