My Winter Wedding

This past weekend was full of two things – weddings and winter weather. After a beautiful day on Friday, temps dropped and freezing rain replaced the sunshine. Pair that with photographing a wedding on Saturday and setting up our Social Graces booth at the local Bridal Expo and I have found myself dreaming of a winter wedding. My own wedding, 4 years ago, was in the fall. It was classic, black and white, and simple. I’m in more of a frilly mood lately, so, I thought it would be fun to create a collection of attire I would incorporate if I was planning a winter wedding now.

For me, a flowing gown with all the right accessories:bhldn wedding dressWindswept Gown, Bhldn

veil:jacketEver Mine Ivory Fascinator, Ruche and Ranunculus Jacket, Bhldn

shoe:necklaceCloud Cover Peep Toe, Bhldn and Twin Bouquets Neckclace, Bhldn

For the bridesmaids, a mix of gray and deep yellow:
bridesmaidHydrangea Dress in Gray and Golden, Bhldn 

For my hubby, a slim-cut, wool suit paired with a pop of warm color:
groomThe Ludlow Suit and Fox Brothers tie, JCrew

For the kiddos, a nod towards the bride & groom’s attire:flower:ringGirls Lyla Dress and Boys’ Ludlow Suit, JCrew

How about you? Would your wedding change course if you were planning for a different season?

*top image via pinterest



Trend: Balloons


Balloons are no longer the “cheap” party decoration. They are a perfect pop of color or a sweet added touch to wedding or engagement pictures. In the past, balloons were mainly seen at a kid’s birthday party. However, balloons are being used more and more for all sorts of parties and photo shoots. Below you can find a few images where balloons were used in a very fun, yet classy way.






Something Borrowed: Patriotic Airplane Hanger Wedding

I am in love with this Patriotic Airplane Hanger Wedding that Green Wedding Shoes showcased back in February. It is a subtle nod to patriotism; not over the top and in your face but, instead, completely tasteful and sophisticated. So get your patriotic spirit going with this beautiful inspirational post.

Wedding Vendors:
Photographer: Brady Puryear; Venue: Planes of Fame Museum at Chino Hills Airport in Chino, CA; Hair + makeup: Eileen Garcia ; Necklace: Kate Spade, Ceremony dress: Vera Wang; Shoes: Vivienne Westwood; Veil and jacket: Forever 21; Reception dress: vintage ; Grooms suit: Indochino /; Grooms tie: DKNY; Grooms shoes: Clarks Desert Boots

Love Stories: Vintage Twist

Today we are looking at the fourth and final theme of the 417 Bride’s Summer Love Stories shoot. This theme was one of my favorites; based on one of my favorite books The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we give you a Vintage Twist.

Hair: Karma Salon, Melanie Gibbs
Make Up: Karma Salon, Chelsea Basham
Bride Model: Emma McClain

Shot on location Dwayne Holden and Beth Yarbrough’s residence. 

Nicole Miller 100 percent silk halter gown, $730 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design.

Headpiece by Felicita Studios.

Otreska black circle ring, $19.95 at The Market.  Fabulous Fur faux winter white mink, $99 at Normans Springfield.

1928 Ford Model A Pheaton available for rental through Vintage Arrivals.

18-karat white gold and black bangle, $9,999
white gold with white gold bangle, $8,199
vintage round white gold and diamond ring, $1,795
all at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants. 

1. Presidio Suite No. 1 invitations available at PaperWorld. Rolex watch, $26,650; Estate Collection bow pin, $875; both at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants. Color block necklace, $26.95 at The Market. Tablecloth available at Provence.

2. Bouquet of hydrangea, hyacinth, roses, tulips, miniature gerbera daisies and spray roses by Ron Johnson at The Nest. Vintage round white gold and diamond ring, $1,795 at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants.

3. Truffles by Elle’s Patisserie. Zig zag napkin, $20.25; Emily Henry plate, $37; both at Provence.

4. Chevron purse, $32 at Red Velvet. Allie Night Moves black shoe, $95 at Normans Springfield. Tablecloth available at Provence.

5. Console table, $298 at Pickwick House; art deco glasses with gold trim, $18 per set of six at Pickwick House. Three-tier cake by Pastries by Carla. Gold-etched votive, $19; white urns, $125–325; all at Obelisk Home.

6. Black Numbe place setting; Juliska napkin, $24.30; pomegranate napkin ring, $8.50; all at Provence. Oneida Patterns Forever Satin Aquarius flatware, $50 per five pieces at Dillard’s. 


Thanks to all the wonderful vendors we worked with that made the Love Stories shoot possible!

Love Stories: A Natural Approach

We are so excited that 417 Bride’s Summer issue hit the stands last week! This is our third issue to work on and we are particularly excited about it. If you are a local Springfield-ian, you can pick up your copy at area Price Cutters, Summer Fresh Markets, Country Mart, Harter House or Barnes & Noble. It is a great way to see what local vendors have to offer for your big day.

Now… to the fun part!

All of this issue’s themes were based on literary inspirations.

The first of four themes, inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden:

Hair: Studio 417, Jennifer Bridgman
Make Up: Grove Spa, Krista Murphy
Bride Model: Kylie Wright
Flower Girls: India Tru Lengyel and Ireland Kelsey

Shot on location at Enchanted Hills.

Wtoo Brides by Watters Devon gown, $1,115 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Headpiece courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey.

1. Hydrangea bouquet by Wickman’s Garden Village; 14-karat white gold, emerald-cut green tourmaline and diamond ring, $5,499 at Justice Jewelers

2. Yellow quartz and diamond necklace, $795; White gold leaf-style diamond ring, $895; white gold cushion-cut diamond ring, $6,995; all from Mitchum Jewelers

3. Custom-designed fabric flower necklace by Liddie Mae

4. The Diamond Collection Casablanca Dress, $750 at Gracie’s Bridal

5. Hairpieces courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; moss balls, $11.95 at The Market; Sweet Beginnings flower girl dresses, $144–158 at Gracie’s Bridal

1. Grass and moss courtesy Wickman’s Garden Village; birch vases courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; four-tiered fondant cake with fondant leaves by Cameo Cakes; cake stands courtesy Social Graces

2. Wood chargers courtesy Social Graces; Woodbury place setting, $6–12 at Dillard’s; Lenox Tuscany classics collection wine glasses, six for $40 at Dillard’s; cloth napkins, $4.50–26 at Provence; green chicks, $13 at The Market

3. The Hawthorn Suite invitation from PaperWorld; pinwheels courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; wood chargers courtesy Social Graces

4. Terrariums with moss and assorted greenery courtesy Wickman’s Garden Village

5. Paper banner courtesy Social Graces; pinwheels courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; Sweet Beginnings flower girl dresses, $144–158 at Gracie’s Bridal Opposite Page: Hydrangea centerpieces by Wickman’s Garden Village; hanging lanterns courtesy Swept Away Rentals.