• Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    You know your guests are looking forward to the sweet last course, but that doesn’t have to mean tiers upon tiers of fondant. Wedding cake costs often come with sticker shock for many couples. The national average cake cost last year was $451, but cakes can run as high as $1,200, which doesn’t include the per-slice cake cutting fee your venue or caterer may charge. While a wedding cake alternative may seem like a break with tradition, it’s an opportunity to personalize the sweetest aspect of your wedding day. Modern couples want their weddings to reflect their personal style, and moving away from traditional tiers and sugar paste flowers is one way to do this. So here are 5 wedding cake alternatives that will satisfy each and every guest’s sweet tooth while saving a heap of money for the honeymoon!

    1. Think small: If a wedding cake alternative just isn’t classic enough for you, choose a smaller wedding cake to display and cut, and serve your guests from non-stacked sheet cakes. This can save around 50% from your cake bill, since the most expensive aspect of a wedding cake is the labor, not the ingredients. A smaller cake will take less time for your baker to create. And opting for buttercream over fondant can also be a big source of savings.

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    2. Rustic appeal: A pie table is perfect for a rustic wedding! Pies are an all-American wedding cake alternative that can be set out on cake stands of varying heights for a beautiful dessert station. You can either ask any of your wedding guests with culinary talents to bring a pie as their gift, or order them from a bakeshop. Take notes from this helpful how to and then let your guests happily decide between strawberry-rhubarb, apple, cherry, lemon, peach, and blueberry!

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    3. Glazed or jelly-filled: Imagine your guests walking into your reception venue, perusing the lovely centerpieces and looking around to find the cake…only to see a doughnut tower instead! Doughnuts are trending as a wedding cake alternative right now, on their way to surpassing cupcakes as a go-to handheld dessert. Cheaper than cupcakes, doughnuts have been having a renaissance in the foodie world. Not only are there lots of varieties, from cake doughnuts to crullers, malasadas to beignets, there are different ways to serve them too!

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    4. Pittsburgh Tradition: Cookie tables are a long-held tradition in Pittsburgh, where most brides can’t imagine their reception without plates piled high with linzers and biscotti. Cookie tables are filled with tons of varieties thanks to the efforts of moms, aunts, grandmothers, and friends, who bake and freeze in anticipation of the wedding day. Make this tradition your own with a DIY dessert table filled with all your favorites, like lemon tarts, peanut butter blossoms, thumbprints, and macarons. Be sure to get creative with your display and leave out little take-out boxes or bags to make the cookies pull double duty as your dessert and wedding favors.

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    5. Ice Cream Bar: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! An ice cream Sunday bar is perfect for a summer wedding. An assembly line for putting together ice cream sundaes will quickly banish any lingering thoughts of wedding cake. Have a few different ice cream flavors and a fruit sorbet on hand, and then display the toppings creatively, offering up sprinkles, chocolate shavings, berries, sliced bananas, nuts, shredded, coconut, crushed oreos, and anything else your heart desires. Let your guests top it off with hot fudge, caramel or whipped cream. You can even give it a vintage spin with these cute tips!

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    We’re sure you won’t miss the standard tall white cake (or the associated cost!) with these delicious and budget-friendly wedding cake alternatives.


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  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014

    What's not to love about a 1920's traveling-circus inspired wedding? From the handmade bouquets, to maps and old books, Rebecca created a swoon-worthy low-budget wedding. Keep reading to find out what she had to say about it!

    "We really wanted our wedding to be a reflection of who we are and what we care about."

    Matt and I both love adventure, we love travel and we love vintage odds and ends. It worked out perfectly because as we started looking at all the old antique suitcases and vintage travel items that had been passed down through the generations of my family, we realized we already had all the props! As we pieced everything together, the theme evolved into a Jules Verne style travel with the hot air balloons, maps, and the old books we used as centerpieces. Since we were on a budget, we got creative!

    My bouquet had six varieties of flowers in it including white heather, pink wax flowers, and two paper flowers! One was printed with a love sonnet by Shakespeare and the other with the love passage from 1st Corinthians. They were both meaningful to me, and it was another way to add significance to even the smallest of things. My sister-in-law gave all the bridesmaids a lesson in bouquet-making, so each one was handmade the night before! We also made the boutonnieres and corsages mostly out of paper.

    The location was a house owned by my aunt and uncle in the heart of Vacaville. It was built in the early 1900's in the gorgeous Art Deco style of craftsmanship.The classic house itself added so much to our vintage theme. The backyard was the area we used for the ceremony and reception, which was perfect as it had beautiful landscaping, a gazebo, and even an outdoor bar!

    Pulling a wedding together in only 6 weeks is definitely a challenge, but it is possible! Having a clear vision, staying organized, and not stressing over the details are all essential.

    "But at the end of the day, the focus shouldn't be on the wedding but on the beginning of a beautiful marriage."

    Photography: Cayton Heath Photography, Location: Family home in the heart of Vacaville, Catering: Buckhorn Catering located in Winters, CA


    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

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  • Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    Last New Year’s Eve, blogger and photographer Amanda, and her high school sweetheart, Tyler, tied the knot in the most glam and glitz way imaginable, under a canopy of twinkly string lights. Gold accents, bits of sparkle and glitter, rosy pink florals, and a profusion of white details made this one gorgeous wedding for the books. Besides, what could be more beautiful than ringing in the new year as newlyweds? With confetti, noisemakers, and their closest family and friends, their celebration was filled with love and dreams of all that 2013 would hold.

    "The whole day was truly magical. I always feel like there’s never a whole lot I can say about this memorable day because the photos say and show more expression than I could ever voice."

    Florist: Kate Foley Designs, Venue: Hickory Street Annex, Band: Identity Theft Band
    Catering: Black Eyed Pea, Photo booth: 4 Flashes Photo Booth Dallas, Videographer: Smith Family, Decor: BHLDN, Photographer: EE Photography

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with us, Amanda! We wish you and Tyler are very happy anniversary!


  • Wednesday, December 18, 2013

    Every bride knows that the perfect bridal look starts with a dream wedding dress! Finding the right wedding dress, the gown that makes you feel beautiful and ready to walk down the aisle, is one of the must fun aspects of wedding planning. And it starts with inspiration, with finding a gown that embodies your vision. We were thrilled when talented artist, Shy Davis, shared her lovely sketches inspired by two of our favorite Ruche wedding dresses! Our Angeline wedding dress is a dazzling combination of ivory tulle and glittering ivory sequins, complete with an asymmetrical silhouette and ruched details.There is truly nothing more beautiful and ethereal than a bride floating down the aisle in a delicate chiffon wedding dress, except for maybe Shy's artwork of one!

    Here is Shy's gorgeous illustration of our Angeline bridal gown.

    Shy's second illustration was inspired by another one of our stunning wedding dresses, featured in our Lace and Lavender bridal lookbook.

    Thank you for allowing us to showcase your amazing artwork, Shy! Be sure to stop by Shy's blog here to marvel at more of her bridal inspired illustrations and stylish wedding fashion musings!


    Do you love art and fashion and want your pieces to be featured on our blog? Email your artwork featuring Ruche to!

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013

    We love when Ruchettes let us be a part of their special day! Ruchette bride Alyssa looked especially lovely in our Angeline dress as the light filtered softly through the trees. The woodland setting along with the rustic touches created the perfect atmosphere for an autumnal wedding. We truly can't think of a more beautiful way to say "I do"! Here is her story:

    I had always dreamed of having a wedding in the woods. The idea of having the trees and the speckled spots of sunshine around us just seemed so romantic to me. So Craig and I were thrilled when we found the perfect setting at a small local ski club just minutes from our house.

    Even though we had 120 people at our wedding, the forest felt so intimate. After the ceremony we had a cocktail reception out on a large deck off of the chalet and dinner in the chalet.

    Craig and I had opted for a late summer wedding because I wanted there to be as little chance of rain as possible and we ended up being very lucky. The day was absolutely gorgeous.

    Picking out the dress was probably the most difficult part of the whole planning process. I knew that I wanted something different in a wedding dress. Since we were going to be in the forest I wanted something soft and whimsical. I went to as many bridal stores as I could find and tried on at least 40 dresses but nothing was even close to what I wanted. When I finally found the Angeline dress on Ruche I knew that was my wedding dress.

    I loved the tulle overlay and the way it sparkled. But I was worried about buying my wedding dress online. What if I was unhappy with the fabric or the fit when it arrived? But watching your bridal video that features all of the dresses (sorry, I can't remember what it's called) gave me a much better idea of the fabric and how it flowed. That video was what really made me buy my dress. And since, you have a 30 day return policy I figured that if I was unhappy with the dress once it arrived then I would just return it.

    But, as fate would have it, the dress fit me absolutely perfectly! I needed to take up the hem slightly but otherwise, it was a perfect fit. 

    We're absolutely swooning over the charming, whimsical details of Alyssa's wedding. From the delicate pink pastel bridesmaid dresses to the ceremony's backdrop, we love the attention she gave to all the little things! We are so happy to have been a part of her lovely wedding.

    Photography: Jenn Huynh, Venue: Chicopee Ski Resort, DJ: Liquid Cube Productions, Photobooth: PhotoBooth2Go, Flowers: Zehrs, Cake: The Cake Tutor, Alyssa's Dress: Ruche, Craig's Suit: Moore's, Bridesmaid dresses: Aritzia and Ruche, Cake Topper: handmade by the bride and groom, Bride's hair piece: Christie Lauren


    Do you have "real wedding" photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your wedding photos to Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account too for even more wedding inspiration!

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  • Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    Today’s guest post comes from Nicole of Sorella Muse Photography, a Los Angeles wedding photographer who specializes in photojournalistic, fine art wedding photography, with an abundance of whimsy, creativity and natural light…who also happens to be our marketing copywriter! We're not kidding when we say that she's a woman of many talents!

    Amidst the flurry of decisions that have to be made while wedding planning, choosing your wedding vendors is daunting. These are the companies whose services and products will help fulfill the vision you have for your wedding day, and there are seemingly endless options for venues, planners, caterers, florists, and of course photographers. You have probably heard the refrain that when there is nothing left of the cake or the decorations, when the ceremony and dancing are just memories, the only tangible thing that will remain are your photos (Sidenote: my foodie sister thinks the most important decision you will make is the cake, and judges every wedding she second shoots with me according to moistness, frosting, and filling.) So it’s fair to say that choosing your wedding photographer is one of the most important wedding planning decisions you will make (aside from the cake of course!)

    But how should you go about choosing a wedding photographer? If you search Google for “wedding photographer”  literally thousands of local search results will come up which is beyond overwhelming! And once you have found photographers either through your Google search, recommendations from friends, or wedding blog vendor guides, how do you decide between the wedding photographers you are considering?

    After narrowing down your search according to style and price, I suggest you look for an awesome fit. Your florist will drop off your bouquets and your caterer will serve the dinner, but your photographer will be there from the moment you curl your lashes in the morning through the tearful moments as your mom zips up your dress, from the moment you say I do through the dancing, merriment, and fun sparklers exit. For me, great photography happens when I’m not photographing “clients” but friends, couples who I love hanging out with and whose love stories I care about, and that happens when we click in that initial consultation and spend time together during an engagement session. One of my brides even dubbed me her honorary seventh bridesmaid! Whether you find someone’s work that you love right away or are deciding between a few, I hope these questions prompt conversations to help you find a photographer who will be a great fit with you and your fiancé.

    1. How would you describe your photography style?
    You have likely encountered the terms photojournalism, fine art, editorial, modern, and traditional as you have conducted your wedding photography search. Most wedding photographers are actually a mix of these. For example, a photojournalist is someone who documents the day as it unfolds without interfering to pose or set up shots, but most wedding photojournalists these days will take posed couple portraits or ask you to stand in the spot with the best light while you put on your dress. Rather than focusing on the definition of these terms, ask a photographer what any term they identify with means to them and how it shapes the way they tell the story of your wedding day.

    2. What’s your approach to shooting a wedding?
    Continuing on the previous question, make sure you understand how their style impacts their approach to shooting. Are they a fly on the wall photojournalist who only does any posing or arranging during couple and family portraits? What is their goal in posing: to create fine art or dramatic compositions, or to create situations that lead to natural and candid moments? Do they photograph wedding details in a photojournalistic manner, or do they arrange details in an editorial manner for magazine-like compositions?

    3. Can I see two full weddings you have shot (preferably of similar wedding types/venues to mine)?
    It’s important not to judge a wedding photographer’s work on the 30-50 best images they have chosen for a blog post or online portfolio. By looking at an entire wedding, you can get a feel for the photographer’s consistency, for their ability to deal with different lighting situations, and ensure that you love how they cover every part of the day, from getting ready to posed family and couple portraits to the candid party photos.

    4. Do you have liability insurance?
    This is a simple question, but one you should be sure to ask. Every professional wedding photographer should have liability insurance, plain and simple.

    5. How many weddings have you photographed?
    Great wedding photography takes both a creative eye and technical expertise. Someone who has 20 years of experience isn’t necessarily a better photographer than someone who has 2 years of experience, but it is good to get a sense of how many weddings a photographer has done. Wedding photographers need to be able to handle the unexpected and capture moments that happen in the blink of an eye, which takes a thorough knowledge of their equipment, preparation, and experience shooting weddings.

    6. Why are you a wedding photographer?
    Personally however, I think this question is more important than how many years or weddings someone has shot. Is this a photographer who thinks of photographing weddings as a way to pay the bills, or is it someone who absolutely loves weddings? Trust me, there will be a difference in the photos if your photographer views wedding photography as a “job” or as their creative passion.

    7. How would you describe your post-processing style?
    The three most popular editing styles right now are clean, matte, and high contrast. Clean editing is natural feeling, organic, and minimal. Matte editing is more of the vintage filters/film look. High contrast editing uses really vibrant and saturated colors for a punchy, more dramatic look. One isn’t better than the other, it just depends on what fits with your style and vision. Every photographer should edit for exposure and color in every single image, but most only hand retouch (think blemishes, bags under eyes, distracting objects, skin retouching) images that you order as prints or in albums, so be sure to ask about this as well.

    8. How do you plan on lighting our wedding?
    A popular term in photography right now is “natural light photographer”. This means that the photographer works with natural light to create images, unlike a studio photographer who uses artificial light. But a wedding in a dark church or a reception hall will almost certainly call for some kind of artificial light, so be sure to see examples from the photographer’s portfolio of similar weddings to feel comfortable about your photographer’s lighting ability. I don’t like the look of flash and think that natural light creates luminous, natural, romantic images, so I don’t bring it out until the last moment, when all the light has left the sky, but other photographers use their flash throughout the day for more dramatically lit pictures.

    9. What’s included in your packages?
    Every photographer organizes packages differently, so make sure you understand what’s included. Does the package you’re considering include an engagement session? Enough hours to cover everything from getting ready through the reception? An album? The digital files?

    10. Do you bring an assistant or second shooter?
    There are many benefits to having a second photographer at your wedding (which I’ve written about more in depth here and it’s worth asking your photographer if this is something you can add on if it’s not already included in your package.

    I hope these questions help you find the best wedding photographer for your big day! But keep in mind, ultimately it comes down to two things: Do you love the photographer’s work, does it make you feel something? And, do you click with the photographer, will you be happy to have him or her with you throughout your wedding day? After the bouquet has been tossed and the cake has been eaten, the photos will be the only tangible thing left from your wedding, so make sure you are going to love them!

    -- Nicole, Sorella Muse Photography

    We all know that with the beauty of a wedding can come overwhelming stress, especially when it comes to memorializing that special day. The photographs of a wedding are not only images of the day's beautiful moments, but they are the means by which all emotions and memories flood back to you when reminiscing years into the future. Thanks to Nicole, we can make the planning process a little easier for ourselves or a friend or family's upcoming nuptials!


  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    When it comes to your wedding day, there are so many options regarding the perfect day-of accessories. To make it easier for you to decide, a beloved blogger and photographer friend, Amanda Marie, recently took our breath away when she modeled one of our all time favorite Ruche wedding dresses and styled it up four different ways. In this ethereal photo shoot, Amanda showcases our wedding dress by pairing it up with staple bridal accessories to get your inspiration going!

    Fresh flowers are a must for every wedding! Consider wearing a crown of your favorite blooms on your special day.

    For the unconventional bride, try an adorable pink hat to complete your wedding look.

    Pearl necklaces are an elegant, tradition touch. Mix it up by wearing a beaded pearl headband or a statement pearl necklace!

    A lovely white headband adds a seamless finishing touch to this bridal ensemble.

    A special thanks to Amanda Marie for being the model & Stephanie Davis for being the photographer behind this dazzling photo shoot. Check out her complete feature of our wedding dress here and be sure follow her blog! To find your dream wedding outfit, be sure to check out our swoon worthy collection bridal dresses and accessories for the picture-perfect, modern vintage bride!


    Do you have a styled shoot or wedding photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your photos to Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account for even more wedding inspiration too!

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  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    From vintage touches like antique furniture and the gorgeous bouquet of wildflowers, this beautiful wedding inspiration shoot looks like something out of a daydream. Love is in the crisp air, and the enchanting woodland atmosphere along with the muted color palette comprised of soft greens, ivories, and hues of purple make this series of photos something we could stare at all day long! 

    The soft glimmers of light peeking through the forest tree branches perfectly compliment the romantic setting of this shoot. Cascades of flowing white and the hint of sparkle in the floral belt give our Daphne gown the ideal combination of tradition and vintage inspiration. Like the loose tendrils of her effortless hairstyle, the hem of the dress and billowing fabric sways and falls perfectly. We're simply smitten!

    Pictured in our Noelle dress below, the one shoulder detail and delicate floral hem create a look that is unaffectedly ethereal. Both brides are pictured with effortless updos and hints of antiquated charm and the styling and composition of these photos are equally gorgeous and a timeless treasure. On top of the already impressive images, the photographer captured each of these moments on film instead of digitally! Every movement of the gowns, sparkle in the accessories, and flawless smile is immaculately portrayed. We're so glad she put in the extra effort because we are in love with this shoot! 

    Photographer, Melissa Perlman, discusses the shoot:

    The thought of shooting in a beautiful location like Highland Springs Resort was a dream but to turn that into reality was like shooting in heaven. It’s not too far off of my main inspiration for almost every shoot…Romance. The way the sun hit the lavender fields at sunset reminded me of a scene out of Pride and Prejudice.

    Thankfully, Highland Resort provided us with the beautiful green velvet loveseat to use in the middle of the olive trees to create a more intimate setting. Those pictures ended up being my favorites. I had a great group of people that contributed to the shoot -- starting with Ruche Bridal!

    Jane Austen inspiration and antique charm... what more could anyone ask for? If you adore this shoot as much as we do, be sure to check out all the talent and vendors that made it happen!

    Organizers: Jon Cu - Jon Cu Photography, Kurt Boomer - Kurt Boomer Photography, Nina Suh - Love & Lemonade Photography, Ning Wong - Ning Wong Studios

    Venue: Highland Springs Resort

    Models: Lizzie Metcalf, Corrie Grier, Brian Bolton

    Vendors: Flowers: Star Events Floral Design by Jennie, Bridal Headpieces: Lacielle Roselle, Hair & Makeup: Joyce Luck Style, Set Design: Jon and Amy Cu, Dresses and Accessories: Ruche


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  • Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Step through the garden gate and prepare to be enchanted by this gorgeous bridal inspiration shoot! Elisheva, of Elisheva Golani Photography, is a talented Houston-based natural light photographer with a love of romantic images and all things vintage. She set out to collaborate with Houston wedding vendors to bring her vision to life, and we’re sure glad she did because these images have us floating through a daydream.

    We love seeing our Isla wedding dress as the centerpiece of a romantic bridal look, and it is perfected by the lovely makeup from Makeup by Rivki and a profusion of paper blooms from Paper Floral Artistry. The Isla gown, with its delicate pleats of cream chiffon, moves with ease and grace, making it an ideal dress for a garden wedding. The unexpected juxtaposition of paper florals in a lush green garden setting is just the kind of dreamy bridal inspiration we needed to give a fresh burst of prettiness to our day!

    I met Khrystyna Balushka from Paper Floral Artistry at the Houston Arboretum. Together we set up the set while our model Tammy was getting her hair and makeup done. I had tried my best to describe to each of the vendors what my vision was and I am thrilled to say that it came out even better than what I envisioned!

    -- Elisheva

    If you’re similarly enchanted by the idea of paper flowers, take a look at Paper Floral Artistry’s Etsy shop or go the DIY route and craft your own with the help of our tutorial featured on the Design Sponge blog. And you can find our Isla wedding dress here or browse our collection of vintage-inspired and modern wedding gowns.

    Paper Flowers: Paper Floral Artistry, MUA: Makeup by Rivki, Hair Stylist: OnSite Hair Design, Dress: Ruche, Model: Tammy Heskia.


    Do you have a styled shoot or wedding photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your photos to Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account for even more wedding inspiration too!

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  • Wednesday, October 2, 2013

    A bridal shower is a chance to celebrate your dear friend’s upcoming nuptials, but the prospect of planning and hosting can be daunting for any MOH. Never fear, we have a bridal shower inspiration shoot to share with you with all the ideas and little details for planning the loveliest afternoon imaginable for the bride-to-be!

    Simply Put Vintage Rentals teamed up with Simply Jessica Marie to put together a vintage-inspired tea party bridal shower, which was recently featured on Wedding Chicks. Remember when you were a little girl and you would play dress up, inviting your friends over for a tea party and looping your mother’s pearls around your most honored guest, teddy bear? This charming shoot has the sweet nostalgic feel of those girly tea parties, combined with the romance of a vintage-era aesthetic and ladylike sophistication. And it was all beautifully captured by the talented Kait Winston Photography. So make a pot of earl grey and stay a while – this is bridal shower inspiration you won’t want to miss!

    Our vintage-inspired bridal gown and bridesmaid dresses were used for the shoot, and they fit so wonderfully into the romantic vision for the shoot. The bride and her maids look elegant with soft curls, braids, simple make-up. The bride wears our Isla dress, one of our most popular bridal gowns for good reason! Crafted in effortless chiffon, it’s the definition of graceful simplicity. Our bridesmaid dresses featured in the shoot are perfect for a bridal shower or wedding with a blush, champagne and pink color palette.

    As much as we love all the thoughtful details in this bridal shower inspiration shoot, from the letterpress invitations to the floral teacups, it’s the sweets table that we can’t stop ooh’ing and ahh’ing over! A great bridal shower needs pretty décor and mouthwatering cakes and sugary confections like those baked to perfection by Sweet Melissa.

    One idea we can’t wait to steal from this styled shoot is filling vintage trunks with the freshest of flora. These pretty florals, with shades of pink and purple and green, fit in perfectly with the look and feel of the Tatton Hall grounds. And adding flowers to slender white vases, tea cups, and vintage silver pots gives a sweet garden party feel to the shoot.

    We’re so smitten with this vintage tea party that we might not wait until a bridal shower comes along to throw one of our own!

    Photography: Kait Winston Photography, Dresses: Ruche, Flowers: Embellished Blooms, Make Up: S. Davis Make Up Artistry, Hair: Gia Peebles, Cakes + Sweets: Sweet Melissa, Paper Goods: Winifred Paper, Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar, Jewelry: Palm Beach Vintage Jewelry, Design + Styling: Jessica Clinch, Furniture + Props + Design + Styling: Simply Put Vintage Rentals, Venue: Private Residence - Tatton Hall.


    Do you have a styled shoot or wedding photos you'd like to share? We’d love to see them! For your chance to join our Blogger Family and become featured on our blog, send your photos to Don't forget to browse our bridal Pinterest account for even more wedding inspiration too!

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