I love all the sweet touches of lavender in today’s Washington state barn wedding from Courtney Bowlden. It’s the perfect pop of color for their neutral palette. I think the groom wins most unique groomsman gift award, giving them custom handmade hatchets. But the dreamiest detail of this wedding is the gorgeous Sarah Seven dress!

Looking back on our special celebration, everything came together beautifully! We went for a romantic and rustic theme with touches of elegance.

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

Sarah Seven gown | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

mauve bridesmaids | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender bouquet | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

handamde groom gift | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

custom hatchets for groomsmen gifts | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

first look | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

With my husband being Canadian, he was living up in Canada until the wedding. With that being said the majority of the planning was left to me. With our wedding date being only a few months after graduating college, studying and taking my nursing boards and only 15 days after starting a full time job, wedding planning was stressful to say the least. When planning got overwhelming it was important for us to focus on our love for each other and the root reasons behind our marriage. Doing so helped keep the stress from taking away the excitement around finally starting our life together!

welcome chalkboard sign | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender aisle decor | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

lavender flower girl | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

Our reception was held in a large rustic barn with stunning large chandeliers that hung from the barns ceiling beams, which added the perfect element of charm and sophistication. When it came to our color scheme I wanted to keep things really neutral. The only color we added was a “dusky mauve” hue which my bridesmaids wore and the small pop of color in our hand-picked lavender bouquets. 

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

ruffle cake | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

The entire day was just so special and was by far the best day of our lives! Our ceremony was definitely one of our most favorite parts. The overwhelming love that we felt from all of our friends and family was indescribable. We also LOVED the dancing. It was so fun to see all of our loved ones letting loose and having the time of their lives on the dance floor!

rustic barn wedding | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Courtney Bowlden Photography | Venue | The Kelley Farm | Cake | The Sweet Side | Catering | Gallucci’s Catering | Paper Goods | Papersushi | Videography | Matthew Ballard | Gown | Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory | Veil | Parisienne Luxe | Jewelry | Kate Spade | Bridesmaids | BHLDN | Makeup | Katherine Bell | Groomswear | Men’s Wearhouse

Continuing our Get the Look series with another famous wedding gown, Wallis Simpson’s famous “Wallis blue” Mainboucher dress.

get Wallis Simpson's wedding day look

Wallis Simpson’s famous “Wallis blue” dress was designed by the American designer Mainbocher for her 1937 wedding to Edward, Duke of Windsor. Their wedding may have been scandalous, but her wedding day look was sublimely chic. The gown was long sleeve with a high ‘petal’ neckline with rows of buttons at the shoulders and wrists, accompanied by a jacket with another row of buttons at the waist. It is still in great condition, but unfortunately the blue has faded because of dye instability, so there are no images that convey the gorgeous subtle blue that was Wallis’s favorite color and from her wedding day on, dubbed “Wallis blue”.

Left is the gown as it looks today, the right is a replica by Michael O’Connor for the 2005 film Wallis and Edward

wallis simpson wedding dress

The closest dress I could find that had a very similar long sleeve style and also that blue hue is this dress by Beulah.

Wallis Simpson wedding dress look alike

This romantic gown from Maria Luisa Rabell also has that soft powder blue color, along with the stylish front buttons.

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image by Darcy Benincosa from Style Me Pretty

If you really love Wallis Simpson’s look for the understated elegance, here are some favorites I found that would be perfect.

get Wallis Simpson's wedding look

Temperly London

get Wallis Simpson's wedding look

3.1 Phillip Lim

Johanna Johnson-Wallis Simpson look alike

Johanna Johnson

get Wallis Simpson's wedding look

Maria Luisa Rabell

Alexander McQueen- get Wallis Simpson's wedding look

Alexander McQueen

get Wallis Simpson's wedding look

Roland Mouret

get Wallis Simpson's wedding look

Badgley Mischka

Wallis wore a gorgeous blue feathered hat, with an almost crown like look in lieu of a veil. Here are some favorites of mine that give that same feel.

Agnes hart

Agnes Hart

feather comb

Hushed Commotion

Carlee Sizemore

Carlee Sizemore

What do you think, are you in love with Wallis Simpson’s wedding day look? Would you be bold enough to wear a blue gown on your wedding day? Or do you love the understated elegance of some of the look a likes?

Be sure to check out my other Get the Look posts including Grace Kelly and Jackie O.

You are going to fall in love with this amazing styled shoot turned surprise vow renewal from Jessie Holloway and Wedding 101 Nashville. The bride thought she was just modeling for a shoot, little did she know that her husband had been working with a whole team of vendors to help give her the wedding she had dreamed of. This is such an adorable couple and story, and along with the amazing details, makes it a shoot not to miss!

Months ago Matthew and I were asked to model for a Wedding 101 {Nashville, TN} Bohemian styled wedding photo shoot. When Jennifer asked me if we would be interested in modeling for a boho themed wedding I was ecstatic. What an awesome opportunity it was to play bride for a day. Matt told me once (after I mentioned how lucky we were for being able to model for the themed shoot) “I am so sorry I will never be able to give you the wedding of your dreams, but I am thankful we have been given this opportunity, God has really blessed us” little did I know, how truly blessed Matt and are.

colorful invitation | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho bouquet | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

Matt and I showed up at the gorgeous The Wrens Nest- An Elegant Rustic Venue to get ready for the shoot. Hair and makeup is finished and then I’m told we were going to go shoot the “First Look Photos”. As I walk up to Matt surrounded by a gorgeous forest on a blue skied perfect day, I begin to cry. Seeing my husband with his back toward me in his uniform made it so real. He was going to see me in a real wedding gown for the first time. As I quietly walked up to him, and he turned around, the look on his face, was absolutely priceless. Before I even have a chance to tell him how handsome he looked, he looked me straight in the eyes and said “This isn’t just a styled shoot today, this is for real, we are renewing our vows”. Again I begin to sob. For months Matt and many incredibly talented professionals planned my dream wedding without me ever knowing.
It was not in my wildest dreams that Matt and I would ever have a real wedding, the walking down the isle with my Dad by my side, first look, real wedding dress kind of real. I was blessed enough to be married to the man of my dreams, and my dreams of having a big wedding were just mere distant thoughts that began to fade as my business grew, talk of babies came around and Matt got busier with work.

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

I walked down the isle to my groom with my arm linked in my Dads while “She’s like Texas” played over the speaker, and I married my best friend again, making September 22nd, one of the best days of my life. Our renewal complete with gorgeous flowers, reception, first dance, beautiful cake, Jessie Holloway Photography, videographers and everything.

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

I cannot thank everyone that was there, and made yesterday possible. The amazing vendors DONATED their time and talent to make my dreams come true. And thank you to my amazing husband for having the biggest heart of anyone I know, and helping plan the dream wedding that “you could never give me”. You’re the best thing to ever happen to me, and for that, I am blessed beyond words.

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

yarn hers chair sign | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

boho vow renewal | Jessie Holloway Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Jessie Holloway Photography | Venue | The Wren’s Nest | Planner | Wedding 101 Nashville | Design | Modern Vintage Events | Florist | Greenfinch Floral Design | Cake | Sweetface Cakes | Linens | Southern Events Party Rental | Paper Goods | Something Detailed | Catering | Michael’s Catering | Videography | Details Nashville | Gown | The Dress Theory | Suit | Street Tuxedo | Makeup | Katie Russo Makeup Artist

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