Our friend Brittani, of Britt Croft Photography, is in the midst of a huge wedding photography giveaway, and boy do I mean huge! (First place wins 8 hours of wedding day coverage, DVD, an online gallery AND an engagement session…yes,please!) Entering is simple, just send Brittani an email telling her a little bit about yourself (see complete details here) and a sweet story about why you two deserve to win. Myself and Sarah of Dodeline Design have been dealt the challenging task of helping Brittani determine the winner (and we couldn’t be more excited)…so show us what you’ve got!
So here’s the nitty gritty:
To enter: Between December 19th and January 5th, send an email to email@example.com with the subject: 2012 Wedding Giveaway and include the following information…
- You and your fiance’s name (or a friend and his/her fiance’s name! You can absolutely enter on a friend’s behalf so long as they are getting married in 2012!
- A short but sweet story about you two as a couple, something that makes you unique, something funny or special, or just flat out why you deserve to win
- Up to 3 photos of the two of you together
- Wedding date & venue/location(s)
- Just for fun: Your favorite way to spend your time together on the weekends?
- Contact information (email and phone)
How it works: Up to five finalists may be chosen by Brittani, Erin from A Lowcountry Wedding, and Sarah from Dodeline Design based off of their story submitted. A blurb from each story accompanied by an image will be put into The 2012 Wedding Giveaway album on the Britt Croft Photography Facebook page, and you send your friends to “like” your image between January 10th and January 24th. Remember they must first “like” the Britt Croft Photography page! The picture with the most likes by 6 p.m. on January 24th wins, the picture with the second-most likes wins 25% savings, and the following morning, one finalist couple will be chosen for a free engagement session!
What you could win:
1. First Place: 8 hours of wedding day coverage with Brittani, an online gallery for sharing with friends and family, a DVD of all final high-res images (500-800) with a personal print release, a complimentary engagement session
2. Second Place: 25% savings on wedding day coverage and add on’s if booked within 3 months
3. All finalists: 10% savings on wedding day coverage if booked within 3 months and one free engagement session given away to a randomly chosen (using random.org) finalist couple
Well, my holiday vacation officially started last night…which meant I had to sleep in this morning So, sorry for the delayed post! But, since we’re in the Christmas ‘home stretch’, I just had to share this rustic winter wedding shoot from the talented twosome of McGowan Images and MegB Designs. I know it’s been unseasonable warm in our neck of the woods, but these images may just help put you in the holiday spirit!
“My idea for this shoot was really simple – I wanted to convey a beautiful winter wedding scene, without being overtly Christmas or using any holiday cliches. I tried to stick with a few basics – neutral colored china and linens, antiqued silver and mercury glass, various sizes of pinecones, and just a few touches of bright red. We were so lucky to be granted the use of a local Christmas tree farm, which was the perfect backdrop for this scene. When I’m designing, it’s helpful for me to think of what I what I already own, what I can probably borrow, and what I might be able to source cheap, or second-hand. That’s pretty much the basis for my philosophy: beg, borrow, or thrift. I guess my point is, you don’t need a lot of money to set up a fabulous-looking event, or table-scape. We did two table settings, a desert station, and styled a bride and groom, and did it for cheap – my final total for this shoot was less than a hundred bucks: $20 for the whoopie pies ingredients, $20 for the florals/materials, $15 for 5 yards of cotton muslin to recover the chairs cushions/cloth napkins, $10 for a few well-priced Goodwill finds, and about $20 for the candles, peppermints, cranberries, and rock salt. As I did on my own wedding day, I trusted McGowan Images to capture this shoot the way I imagined it. We talked about wanting it to feel wintery, but at the same time, warm and sun-drenched. That’s the kind of Christmas you get in Central Texas. I think the images turned out even better than we were hoping for, and I hope they help inspire a cash-strapped bride to think outside the box for winter wedding design.”
Don’t you just love the bride and groom’s accessories? That red jacket and scarf are just perfect.
We’ve been loving how our Charleston brides are pairing their swanky designer dresses with fabulous statement necklaces. Our Lowcountry ladies have been incorporating these bold pieces into their Southern wedding day attire and their personalities have really been shining through! Whether it’s a little touch of vintage, a colorful chunky geometric piece, a fantastic strand of pearls or some serious bling, you’ll be sure to be the belle of the ball!
I’m so thrilled I finally get to share Ashleigh + Shane’s fabulous North Carolina nuptials with you! After becoming engaged at The Biltmore Estate, it was no question that Asheville’s one-of-a-kind venue would have to host their wedding, as well. If you’ve never been, you really must plan a trip to this breathtaking home. With over 250 rooms, this immaculate mansion is the largest privately owned home in the States. The grounds feature perfectly manicured lawns and gorgeous pristine gardens. With that being said, it’s really no wonder it has collected numerous accolades as one of the top wedding venues on the East Coast. It’s absolutely magical…and Ashleigh + Shane’s Southern affair was no different! The couple selected the Estate’s Deerpark Restaurant to host their outdoor ceremony and romantic reception. Ashleigh enlisted the talents of Christi Falls Photography and Honey Darling Events to assist and execute her perfect Summer wedding which incorporated a gorgeous palette of pink, coral and green.
I don’t know about yall, but down South we’ve been experiencing some pretty fabulous (and unseasonable) weather. We’re talking it’s suppose to hit 70 degrees by the end of the week. It’s like heaven, I hope Fall never ends. Best. December. Ever. So, today I thought I would share one of my favorite Autumn Engagements from KLP Photography. I’m absolutely obsessed with these perfectly timeless and Southern images. Not only are Kirsten + Travis adorable but they took full advantage of their Eastern Tennessee surroundings. What’s not to love about gorgeous horses, rustic barns and breathtaking views?
This week we’re highlighting another one of our favorite wedding details…aisle decor! Whether you’re tying the knot in a church or planning for an outdoor ceremony, there are plenty of ways to spice up your stroll to the alter. From a classically Southern arrangement of white hydrangeas to a romantic evening aisle lit by candles, we’re sure our round-up will provide you just the ceremony inspiration that you’ve been waiting for…
With the help of some of Nashville’s most sought-after wedding vendors, Jennifer + Sean tied the knot this past Fall. The couple hosted fifty of their closest friends and family at one of Nashville’s premier wedding venues, CJ’s Off The Square. Evin Photography was on hand to capture Jennifer’s simple, yet modern wedding with the perfect jewel-toned color palette that was executed by CJ’s on-site wedding planner, Amy Parman. The bride looked stunning in her Casablanca gown from The White Room that was accessorized with a fabulous pair of pink heels. The maids sported blue, knee-length Alfred Sung dresses from Arzelles that were paired with vibrant bouquets from the Carriage House. The entire bridal party looked flawless thanks to talents of Amy Lynn Larwig (makeup) and Melissa Taylor (hair).
Tell us a little bit about how you met your husband. How long have you known each other? Where did you meet?
I met my husband at Kroger where I began working in 2005 . He was assigned to train me (set up by him and his manager) and we have been together ever since. It was our six and a half anniversary we when got married on October 9th.
How did he propose? How long were you engaged for?
In the summer of 2010, he took an internship in California for two months. He drove his car out there and I was flying out there to make to trip back to Tennessee with him. When I arrived in California, we had an entire day planned of sites to see since I had never been there. We had been talking a lot about getting married and I even picked out my perfect engagement ring before he had left. I was REALLY hoping that he would propose to me at some point during our trip back home. We went to all the places we had planned to see and he said he wanted to take me to Venice beach. We got there and were walking along the beach when he stopped and gave me the longest hug ever. He then got on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was the PERFECT place to get engaged!
Jennifer’s favorite image of the day…
Your wedding was filled with gorgeous details. Did any have special meaning? What was your favorite?
I cannot say that there is one specific thing from my wedding that was perfect. I know that everyone says this, but I truly feel that every part of our wedding was perfect!
How did you choose your venue?
We wanted a small wedding with close family and friends. We knew that we wanted a venue that had a very intimate atmosphere and CJ’s Off the Square in downtown was perfect! I also liked that at CJ’s the ceremony and reception were at the same venue.
Color palette: We chose a palette of jewel toned colors. There was blue, purple, and pink incorporated throughout the ceremony and reception site. We also used charcoal gray table clothes with white chairs and linens so that the rich colors in the table arrangements would stand out. We wanted a modern and simple atmosphere.
Tell us a little bit about your menu…
We wanted a menu that everyone could enjoy, so we chose to have eight heavy hors d’oeuvres. I was afraid that if we went with a sit down dinner with only two options that some people would not like the food we had chosen. Some hors d’oeuvres that we had were: spinach and artichoke dip, twice baked potatoes, meatballs, praline chicken tenders and fruit skewers. Everyone seemed to love it and I think it was a good choice.
Out of the entire day, what was the most memorable moment?
A special moment for me was seeing my grandfather at my wedding. I honestly thought that his medical diagnosis would take him away before our October 9th nuptials. It made me EXTREMELY happy to see him sitting there when I came down the stairs. I was so thankful that he was physically able to be a part of our day! I experienced a lot of memorable moments throughout our wedding. I was excited to be marrying my best friend and the person that I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with!!
Looking back on your engagement and wedding, is there any advice you would give to brides in the planning process?
I would say ENJOY your engagement! The wedding day goes by EXTREMELY fast and I feel like I let the stress of planning a wedding interfere with enjoying our engagement time. I also would suggest to choose a photographer that you want to be around you for your entire wedding day. Our photographer, Evin Krehbiel, was AMAZING!