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Garden Wedding Inspiration from Rome, Italy - with a Lemon Yellow Theme

I'm so excited to share this Styled Shoot with you today. This garden wedding inspiration is filled with lemon yellow goodness and takes place outdoors in a lovely garden setting in Rome, Italy. Come join Jess Palatucci Photography as she inspires us to plan a wedding abroad in the gardens of Italy.

Are you ready to plan your Italian Garden Wedding?

Wedding Vendor Credits:
Event Planner / Design: Alessia Marrone Event & Wedding
Photographer:  Jess Palatucci Photography
Videographer: Stefanie Murphy Media
Invitations: Pretty Ink Press
Cake / Desserts: Valentina Ricci - Sweet & Things Aranova
Florist: Paola Rossi & Elisa Constantini
Dress: Stefania Nacci
Venue: Villa dei desideri
Hair / Makeup: Ilaria - Pop Academy of Rome Pop Makeup Academy
Jewelry: Antonella Giuli-an

How to Create a Loft Wedding where Urban Meets Vintage {styled shoot in Chicago}

Today's styled wedding {which actually features a real couple that had been married for years but never had a formal wedding} has such a great inspiration behind it. Not only is the Chicago skyline a great backdrop to marry in front of - but marrying at City View Loft with panoramic windows and exposed brick walls is a beautiful setting. The following is a beautiful explanation behind the creation of this styled shoot from the design team - Vow & Knot Events, and Maria Nicole Photography . . .

"When designing this inspiration shoot we focused on bringing an old world charm to this urban oasis. Similar to bringing together a bride and a groom with their own styles, we wanted to bring together the feel of a urban venue with the details of a vintage affair. The beautiful juxtaposition of glass and steel to cobalt sky alludes to the rich history of Chicago, and we decided the perfect venue to show off both was the beautiful City View Lofts."

7 Design Ideas for Creating a Loft Wedding where Urban Meets Vintage Include:

1. Piling flowered vintage china onto gorgeous jade chargers
2. Layering hand printed tea towel menus at each place setting
3. Radiant florals that cascade out of the vase and onto the table
4. Top each place setting with a paper cone filled with mini blooms denoting seating arrangements
5. Rent a reclaimed wooden table to be reminiscent of Sunday family dinners at home
6. A hand-painted wedding cake
7. Display desserts on tiers above the dessert bar

The bride wore a one-of-a-kind Edith Elan custom wedding gown. With the gown being made right in Chicago it brought the entire styled shoot to a more intimate level. The bride was able to dance a first dance with her husband in a gown made by a woman who actually lives just blocks away from their apartment.

Making weddings is so very personal to us here at Vow & Knot Events, and Maria Nicole Photography. Whether it's the smallest of details, or the grandest of displays, we feel that your wedding should be a representation of who you are as a couple. In a city filled with possibilities, we're so glad to call this our sweet home Chicago.

Wedding Vendor Team
Photographer: Maria Nicole Photography — Ceremony + Reception Location: City View Loft — Dress Designer: Edith Elan — Invitation Designer: Lucky Invitations — Equipment Rentals: Rent Vintage Chicago — Event Planner: Vow and Knot EventsSubmitted via Two Bright Lights
Love Will Always Prevail - a Peachy Pink Styled Wedding Shoot in South Carolina

Today's gorgeous peachy pink styled shoot from Kevyn Dixon Photo has such a wonderful love story behind it as it features a real-life husband and wife as the models. When the couple first met, the then boyfriend, left for basic training for the Air Force after just 10 months of dating. For the next 10 weeks, they could only write letters to each other. As, the bride writes - "Handwritten letters…something so foreign to our generation, but so romantic." The proposal happened one month before the groom to be left for his first deployment. The wedding planning happened while he was away and a month after being home, the wedding of their dreams happened. I love what the bride wrote next . . . "Through this love story, there is a lot of distance. But in the end, love prevailed!"

On the day of the wedding, the couple {who says they are quite traditional} did not talk but exchanged letters and took a moment to pray together before our ‘I dos’. The bride writes ... "The day was beautiful! I remember crying during the last dance, realizing the day was almost over. It was the perfect day and I did not want it to end. I didn’t realize that the best was yet to come." Fast forward to the styled shoot . . . and here's what the bride writes: "I had the chance to put my wedding dress back on and my husband his suit for a styled wedding shoot. We of course jumped at the opportunity. The day of anyone’s wedding is amazing and crazy, but there is never enough time in the day. Pictures are missed and moments that can not be captured on camera. There is something magical about being a bride and groom again. The feelings and sentiments come flooding back. The reasons you fell in love are reawakened. My husband is leaving for his second deployment soon. As times get hard, and the distance gets further, I will always remember why I said I do then and why I would say I do all over again. He is my better half and together we are whole!"

Enjoy the entire styled shoot photo gallery here . . . be sure to click to see each photo enlarged and pin away :)

Wedding Vendors: Photographer: Kevyn Dixon Photo  //  Event and Floral Design: Kara Nash Designs  //  Venue: Sleepy Hollow Barn & Plantation  //  Jewelry: The Bead Lady  // Cake: Ella's Celestial Cake  // Paper Suite: Pretty Words by Erin  //  Hair and Makeup: Paper Scissors Beauty  //  Models: Marcie and Blaize Scott

A Romantic Floral Garden Bridal Inspiration Styled Shoot {under $100}

Today I have the perfect way to celebrate mid-week - it's a romantic garden inspired bridal inspiration shoot from Diana of Spark Photography that was put together for under $100. This was Diana's first styled shoot and she envisioned getting a model {Bethany} in a beautiful wedding dress and traipsing through gardens, holding lots of wild flowers, wandering in fields and capturing every minute of it.

Floral Inspired Bridal Shoot : handmade wedding bouquet with seeded eucalyptus, berzillia brunia, coxcomb, football mums, and a few red carnations wired together to look like peonies / by Spark Photography

The bouquet was handmade by Diana herself with seeded eucalyptus, berzillia brunia, coxcomb, football mums, and a few red carnations wired together to look like peonies. The ribbons were from a local craft store and Diana wanted long, wide ribbons to blow in the wind. She chose maroon and black to give the shoot a moody and mysterious feel. LOVE this little fact that Diana shared - Bethany, the model, was getting married ONE WEEK later, so no, she didn't purchase the rose-gold diamond ring for the shoot.

Wispy Twisted and Braided Uo-Do Bridal Hairstyle / photo by Spark Photography

I'm loving the wispy twisted & braided up-do hairstyle and since Diana had foliage left over, she decided to do a flower crown for the fun of it.

A romantic floral garden bridal inspiration styled shoot / photo by Spark Photography
Romantic Floral Garden Inspired Bridal Inspiration Styled Shoot / by Spark Photography
A romantic floral garden bridal inspiration styled shoot / photo by Spark Photography

From Diana . . . "I love these stunning images of her in the wintery branches. It makes me think of something from a Pre-Raphaelite painting."

A romantic floral garden bridal inspiration styled shoot with a handmade bridal veil / photo by Spark Photography

For the veil, Diana bought 2.5 yards of ivory tulle from Walmart and trimmed the edges and sewed it to a simple comb to make a chapel-length veil.

Finishing this lovely shoot with words from Diana . . .

I call this an inspiration shoot, because that's what I want it to be. I want this to be an inspiration to brides: you CAN create an amazing, fine-art and unique look for your wedding, for an amazing price! You just have to be open-minded and creative. Search e-bay and thrift stores for amazing deals. And, hit the wholesale places for flowers and details. Remember that if you give your photographer some creative control, and even set aside a separate day just for bridal portraits, you can get some stunning bridal images in really amazing settings!

Vendor List:
Photographer: Diana of Spark Photography
Venues: Birmingham Botanical Gardens / Oak Mountain State Park
Wedding Dress: Taryn by J.Crew {found brand new on ebay for $35}
Shawl: Mercury Bloom Capelet by BHLDN {from Diana's own wedding}
Florals: Davis Wholesale Florist {$50}
Accessories: Gold slim hinge bangle from Baublebar
Gold chunky bracelet and gold hoop earrings: WalMart, $6 for both
Veil: tulle, comb from WalMart, $6 {Handmade}
Florals, Hair & Makeup: Diana Martin
Bethany is wearing eye makeup from TooFaced and Stila and lips by OCC

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Top 7 Ways to Incorporate Neon Into Your Wedding Day

The neon color palette seems to be all the rage these days and this modern neon styled shoot provides the best wedding inspiration with these bright colors. You can't help but feel happy when you see pops of the bright orange, green and pink against white - like the white canvas background at this shoot's venue in NYC, The Sky Gallery. My festive-fetti™ can be seen sprinkled throughout this shoot that was photographed by Jessica Haley Photography and designed by Ashley Peraino + Caroline of Ivey Weddings & Events. Speaking of Caroline, I want to send her BIG CONGRATULATIONS as she launches her re-brand today. I consider myself pretty lucky to share this shoot on her special day. And, wait until you see the hot pink chandelier from Chandelier by NK - it's the perfect accent for any party {and it's re-usable}. Be sure to scroll down to see all the beautiful photos along with Top 7 Ways to Incorporate Neon Into Your Wedding Day ~ full vendor list follows

Want to Incorporate Neon Colors into Your Wedding Day?

Here are the Top 7 Ways to Bring Pops of Bright Color into your Wedding Day . . .
1. Wrap the bouquet stems with Neon Colored Ribbon or let the ribbon drape
2. Wear the color under your dress with Neon Colored High Heels
3. Scatter Neon Colored Confetti around the dessert table and the tablesettings
4. Make a statement with a Neon Colored Necklace
5. Add a pop of color to the decor {and focal point} with a Hot Pink Chandelier
6. Make the wedding dress look spectacular with a neon Sequin Hanger
7. Create a backdrop with large Neon Colored Paintings to then be displayed at home

Wedding Credits:
Venue: Sky Gallery — Planners: Ashley Peraino + Ivey Weddings & Events — Photographer: Jessica Haley Photography — Florist: Taproot Flowers — Stationery: Darling & Bliss — Make Up Artist: Mollie Parks — Rentals: Starling on Bond — Cake: Erica O’Brien Cake Design — Bridal Gowns: Designer Loft NYC  — Necklace: Charm & Chain — festive-fetti™ Confetti: Marketplace of Brenda's Wedding Blog  — Sequin Hanger: Frou Frou & Frill — Watercolor Paintings: Art by Megan — Hot Pink Chandelier: Chandelier by NK

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