by: Lauren

I’ve had a late start to my day, as I had to take family to the airport at 5 AM.

Here are few things I’ve seen in the past few weeks that I wanted to share with you all!

If you haven’t discovered Etsy yet, go there NOW! It’s not a physical store, it’s an online community of “stores” where creative people sell their handmade items. They have everything from furniture to hair pieces. It’s a GREAT place to find items for your wedding!

The Etsy store PaperEclectiques sells unique and custom paper items. She currently has a slew of different items that can be used for so many things! Here a few items that would be perfect in a wedding.

Another Etsy store, EmiciBridal, has gorgeous ringbearer pillows. The ones shown below are on sale until Monday! Get one for yourself!

FIAZCO makes handmade clutches from high quality fabrics and fine silk. They would be a great gift idea for that special bridesmaid, or for yourself to carry on your wedding day!

Friday's Finds: Etsy Shops via TheELD.com
Gwyneth Collection

OrangeSlice offers beautiful, innovative pieces of jewelery carved from handmade wood laminate. The designs are incredibly intricate and beautiful. A piece of jewelery from this collection would be great for bridesmaids, your mother, or yourself. Perfect for a vintage wedding.

I hope you find something you like! If you find another Etsy store that you think is amazing, please share it with me! There are SO many Etsy stores out there! It can take hours out of your day!

Have a happy Friday!



by: Lauren

Okay, I confess. I LOVE custom invitations. They are what led me to stumble upon the wedding blogosphere. Therefore, I am forever in debt to, and in love with, custom invitations.

Your wedding invitation is going to be the very first glimpse of your wedding that your guests will have. You want your invitations to reflect what your wedding will be like, as well as your personality. Custom invitations are perfect for achieving this.

Just a little background information about custom invites:

  • You have the ability to match the theme and feel of your wedding
  • You can make them yourself (if creatively and graphically inclined)
  • You can work closely with the designer, in lieu of choosing from a collection
  • You can choose from a collection and have the wording and colors customized

Depending on the designer or company, the design process is done in different ways. But altogether, the possibilities are endless with custom invitations!

Here are some gorgeous invitations that I’ve come across as of late.

The Love of Custom Invitations via TheELD.com
*Studio on Fire

The Love of Custom Invitations via TheELD.com

The Love of Custom Invitations via TheELD.com
* Nothing But Bonfires

Custom invitations are a great way to give your guests a preview to your wedding! It will be guaranteed that they’ve never seen an invitation like yours before!


by: Lauren

I saw a few more adorable First Looks, and I just had to do an encore to yesterday’s post!

Encore: The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.comEncore: The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com
*Kricia Morris Photography

Encore: The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com
*Studio 222

Oh the love and emotion! It makes me want to get married again!


by: Lauren
The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.comThe Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The First Look. Very often the thought of it is immediately brushed aside. Yes, it’s tradition to not see each other before walking down the aisle. However, the First Look is something that I would highly recommend including in your wedding day photography. More and more couples are choosing to do a First Look. The emotion, love, and excitement that comes with that First Look is captured beautifully with photography. It’s something that can rarely be captured any other way.

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

When walking down the aisle towards your future husband, you’re not able to hug each other, kiss each other, or talk about how excited you are. You just look at each other and stand or sit next to each other (sometimes for a long time if having a long ceremony). We had a full mass, and we were whispering to each other throughout the whole 45 minutes. I felt like we were kids talking during class!

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The emotion that you feel when you see your future husband is indescribable. But being able to act on that emotion and capture the happiness, love and excitement? Those are the moments that you want to capture!

Here are some examples of that emotion and excitement in the First Look captured by photographers.

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.comThe Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com
The Many Faces of "First Looks" via TheELD.com

*Sources: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7, Photo 8, Photo 9

The decision of doing a First Look is completely up to you! Don’t let your planner, friends, family, or photographer talk you into it or out of it! It should be a personal decision that you and your fiance discuss. Weigh the pros and cons, evaluate your personalities, your wedding day schedule, and your photographer.

I hope this will help brides in making their decision! If I
had seen something like this before my wedding, you would be seeing a First Look photo of me and my husband! If you have your own First Look photo that you love, I’d love to see it!