by: Lauren

Full of color, fun, and tons of glitter and sequins, this Great Gatsby inspired wedding planned by Atlanta Event Studio and captured by Tulle and Grace is definitely going to put a smile on your face! If black and white stripes, gold sequins, and shades of pink, yellow, and orange aren’t enough to win your heart, then some of the most amazing wedding details I’ve seen certainly will! But I’ll stop right there so you can see everything for yourself while the gorgeous bride, Lauren, tells you all about her awesome wedding!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My husband helped throughout the planning process- from searching for venues and coming up with the play list for the DJ. He was also supportive and encouraging during all my crazy wedding crafts-including hand painting and glittering 200 gold bottles for the tablescapes. My parents were also helpful with logistical details and out of town guests.

Hiring our wedding planner, Amanda, was the best choice we could have made. She made our day run smoothly, and I don’t know what I would have done without her. Amanda was able to create a timeline that fit all of our events, and kept us running on time. She kept us organized throughout the planning process, and confirmed all our vendors for us. On our wedding day we were able to enjoy the day and spend it with friends and family and didn’t have to worry about a thing.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

Glitter & The Great Gatsby.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Being an interior designer, the tablescape design and other design details were important to me. I wanted the decor to be really unique and reflect details about who we are as a couple. My favorite part of the day, other than getting married, was dancing the night away with all of our friends and family.

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And we even have proof that this wedding was amazing thanks to this awesome highlight film from White Dress Media

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 What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

HIRE A PLANNER! A wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. Especially for the day of- The day goes by so fast, you want to be able to enjoy every second and not have to worry about all the small problems and details.

The most perfect advice ever- y’all know I say to hire a planner all the time, but hearing it from brides always means so much more!

I’m still SO in love with every single aspect of Lauren and Chase’s wedding! Not only are they the most adorable couple, but the design and details are just absolutely amazing! And the glitter and sequins… hands down my favorite part of this fabulous wedding!

So are any of you going to be incorporating glitter and/or sequins into your own wedding? Please say yes!!! :)

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Amanda Ready of Atlanta Event Studio / Photographer: Tulle and Grace / Flowers & Decor: A Legendary Event / Catering: A Legendary Event / Cake Baker: A Legendary Event / Reception Venue: Piedmont Estate / Invitations & Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Videographer: White Dress Media / Bridal Salon: Fabulous Frocks / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff, Bridals by Lori / Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank / Transportation: Cooper Transportation / DJ: DJ Josh Whitlock / Rentals: A Legendary Event / Jewelry: Stella and Dot

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by: Lauren

From the editor: So we all know that having amazing wedding photos is so very important. One half of this equation is to have a fabulous professional photographer, but the other half is… YOU! So the question ends up being… what can YOU do to ensure that you have awesome photos? Well friends, I’m excited to let you know that the amazing photographer Angela Shae is here with us today, and she’s sharing insight about just that- how to have amazing wedding photos!

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How To Have Amazing Wedding Photos

By: Angela Shae, Seattle Wedding Photographer


There are definitely ways that you can make what is already an incredible, love-filled day look even more amazing in photos. The truth is, sometimes really small adjustments can play a big part in how your photos turn out. Throughout my years of photographing weddings, I’ve seen and captured many types of weddings. To be completely honest with you, the key to having great photos isn’t always about the wedding itself- it’s more about understanding how you can work with your wedding photographer to achieve great results. So here are some tips on how you can ensure that you have awesome wedding photos…

 

Hire a photographer you can trust.

Make sure you know exactly what their work looks like- not just their main portfolio, but their blog posts as well. This allows you to see how they would capture the entire wedding day. There are so many photographers out there right now, and I’m certain that every bride can find someone whose work she loves.

There are many different styles of shooting as well, so focus on finding someone who would photograph the wedding the way YOU want to remember it. Are you hoping for someone to capture a lot of emotions and candids? Or someone who can create artistic and creative portraits? What’s more important to you? Figure out what kind of style you like. Do you like the colorful contrasty look or do you prefer high-key look with not much contrast?

When you hire someone you trust, their suggestions in regards to lighting and locations are easier to agree on because you have the assurance that the photographer knows what will be best for photos. One thing that’s important to remember as well is that the wedding is about you and your partner celebrating your love- not about photography. A good photographer will be able to get all the shots they need without making the whole day about themselves and without being super disruptive.

Getting ready photos.

Sometimes a getting ready location isn’t a big, beautiful bridal suite with fabulous light. It could be a crowded hotel room or your parents’ home, complete with with dark rooms and small windows. I believe that no matter what the location is where you get ready, it can still be photographed in a beautiful way- you may just need to make a few small “tweaks” to achieve this. For example- instead of trying to get your make up done in a tiny bathroom, consider what would look better for photos. Grab a mirror, your hair stylist and makeup artist and find a naturally well-lit area.

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Hire professionals for hair & makeup!

On the note of hair stylists and makeup artists, please hire professionals- especially for your makeup. A professional makeup artist understands what kind of make up will look good in photos- that’s why they are the professionals. Also, no matter how many years you’ve been wearing makeup, you could never achieve the incredible result a makeup artist can. They just know how to work magic, and I’ve seen it demonstrated time and time again.

Invest in a wedding stylist.

Another great professional to invest in is a wedding stylist. Not only will they help you in the initial planning phase to make sure your wedding looks cohesive and well styled, but they will be present during most of the wedding day to make sure everything looks beautiful. And now you’re probably wondering how is a wedding coordinator different from a stylist! Well, a coordinator makes sure that things run smoothly, that vendors are on schedule, etc; whereas a stylist makes sure everything looks beautiful and admirable. Coordinators often have a lot on their plate with running the wedding day, and sometimes they can’t notice every last detail. A stylist also works with the photographer to arrange details that need to be photographed. Even though most photographers do just fine on their own, I don’t know a single one who would turn down the opportunity to have a professional style the details for them, giving them extra time to photograph all of the getting ready action!

Have a first look.

First look photos are honestly one of my favorite parts of the wedding day. If you’re a couple that has decided not to see each other until the bride walks down the aisle, that’s totally fine. However, I always encourage my couples to do a first look. While a first look while walking down the aisle is very classic, there’s not much room for emotion. You’re surrounded by a crowd of people, everyone is watching… the father somewhat hastily gives the bride away and you jump straight into the ceremony. There’s usually no time for the groom to tell the bride how breathtaking she looks or to pull her close for a tight hug. The first look before the ceremony gives the two of you time alone with each other to take the moment in. I always encourage my couples to meet at a place that’s sentimental to the two of them (if possible), like a park where he proposed or their favorite hangout spot. Also don’t rush through this part- you want to be present in the moment. Sometimes it’s better to ask the bridal party to wait somewhere while the bride goes to see the groom so it’s more intimate and private. And of course, don’t forget to ask your photographer what spot has the best lighting for photos!

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Invest in a second photographer.

If the photographer you are hiring offers the option to bring a second photographer, do it. You seriously won’t regret this decision. The main photographer cannot be in two places at once and having a second shooter will give you two completely different perspectives of the day. Having a second photographer will also provide extra coverage. For example, when the main photographer is taking photos of the bride getting ready, the second can document the groom and groomsmen; when the main photographer is taking family photos or bridal portraits, the second can cover cocktail hour. And finally, while the main photographer is covering all the important things that are happening right after the ceremony, the second can make sure to grab photos of the venue and decor before the guests arrive, while it’s still perfectly set up.

Family formal location.

Even though the family formals aren’t always the most fun and creative photos, they are still important. Consult your photographer about where the best spot to take these would be. Also make time for these photos in your wedding day timeline. Most couples assume/hope that this part happens fairly quickly but it usually takes twice as long, if not longer than expected. While the photographer may have met some of your family, you can’t expect them to remember and know everyone who needs to be in the family photos. Designate an outgoing bridesmaid or relative who knows everyone on both sides of the family to coordinate this part. Provide this person with a list of all the photo combinations you want to have. Be specific and list each family member you want in each photo combination so that the person directing these photos doesn’t accidentally forget someone. Having a list also helps this part go a lot smoother, quicker and more organized.

Make time for “the golden hour”!

When I go over the wedding timeline with my couples, I always insist that we make time for photos during “the golden hour” (slightly before sunset), even if it’s only 20 minutes. These are always my (and later the couples’ as well) favorite photos. The light is usually pretty magical and the couple is more relaxed, making for incredible photographs. The reason these photos turn out so great is because of where the sun is located. During this time of day, the sunlight is softer, making skin tones look creamy. This time is also great because the newlyweds get to escape from all the noise and get to spend some alone time together- talking, giggling, being close, laughing and hugging. It’s also very essential not to stage these photos- aside from a couple formal portraits. I believe that the best type of photographs are those that have genuine emotion. Years down the road you want to look at your photos and experience what you were feeling that day all over again. Don’t concentrate on what pose looks good- just enjoy a few minutes with your love away from the party. Get lost in that moment and in each other.

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Have a realistic timeline.

In order not to feel stressed during the day and have everything run smoothly, make a realistic timeline and leave extra time in between each part of the day. This will help to keep you happy and relaxed and will give the photographer plenty of time to capture everything they need. Although most photographers are used to working under pressure, you can’t expect them to deliver mind-blowing, creative images with a wedding party of 16, while being rushed to get all the different combinations of images in 15 minutes. Be realistic and understand that most likely, things might run behind schedule. It’s better to have an extra 30 minutes to sit down and relax with the wedding party than to be “go-go-go” the entire day with everyone stressing out.

And there you have it! If you follow these nine guidelines, chances are good that you’re going have some *amazing* wedding photos!

If you have any questions about any of these tips, please ask in the comments, or feel free to contact me!

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by: Lauren

Chic, sophisticated, and absolutely stunning, this southern wedding inspiration from Allison Kuhn and Ivory and Beau is filled with the most gorgeous literature-inspired details! The rich burgundy and plum color palette brings in a bit of style, while beautiful calligraphy adds an elegance that is matched perfectly with gold accents and lush, textured florals. And of course you can’t have anything Southern without a few adorable farm animals…

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The calligraphy details are phenomenal… did you catch those plates? Such a great wedding detail and keepsake! And the burgundy and plum color might be a new favorite of mine. Lush, rich, and absolutely gorgeous… there’s just so much to love about this southern wedding inspiration!

So tell me- which do you prefer? Chic and rich colors like we’re seeing in this inspiration, or pretty and pale pastels? I’d love to know- comment below!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photography: Alison Kuhn // Styling: Ivory and Beau  // Dress: Lena Medoyeff // Sash: Hushed Commotion // Venue: The barn at The Mackey House // Hair and Makeup: Marie Bramlett // Bridesmaid dresses: Copper Penny // Pew and Door rentals: RentIquity // Calligraphy + Stationery: Kaitlin Slattery // Vintage Furniture + Table Rentals: In Any Event // Sequin Linens, Silverware + Books: Ultra Pom // Cake stand and more books : Simply Southern Weddings  // Cake: Rum Runners Bakery  // Cupcakes: Gigi’s Cupcakes // Vintage China rentals: Lillian’s China 


by: Lauren

With a hint of vintage style and bright pops of color, this New Orleans garden wedding captured by Arte De Vie is so much fun! The bride and groom, Courtney and Rey, drew their inspiration from the city and culture of Havana, and their wedding details reflected this perfectly. From cigar boxes used in the centerpieces, to Cuban cuisine, this Havana-inspired wedding is absolutely gorgeous!

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I just love the array of bright colors used! And how gorgeous is this New Orleans wedding venue?!

Drawing inspiration from vintage Havana is such a great idea! Are any of you getting your inspiration from a favorite city of yours? Even if you’re not… do you have any suggestions for other cities that could inspire wedding decor? I think mine would be Verona… how about you?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Arte De Vie // Event Venue: R + R // Event Planner: Rock the Diamond Events // Caterer: cowbell/green tomato productions//Floral Designer: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events//Lighting: Luminous Events of New Orleans, LLC//Linens and Coverings: Perrier Party Rentals//Hair Stylist:Two Sisters//Dress Store: Wedding Belles// Shoes: Badgley Mischka