You are going to fall for this glam beach engagement session captured by Amy Allen Photography. This couple is adorable together and their outfits are so spot on. The bride’s pink tulle skirt paired with her red pumps and the pops of red in the groom’s tie and cummerbund make for the perfect styling choices. The result is a romantic and sweet sunset beach session that you can’t help but love!
From the proposal to planning, right up to walk down the aisle, there are so many amazing moments involved in a wedding. A lot of those times are the what I call ‘big butterfly’ moments. You know the ones: the heart pounding mixture of excitement, nerves, and joy that gives you those butterflies you can’t shake. Along with those big butterflies often comes the unfortunate side effect of sweat. I love that Simply Stylist introduced me to Dove‘s Amazing Moments campaign that highlights these joyful, exciting, amazing moments that make us sweat. It follows the absolutely adorable story of Louisa, who met and fell in love with her teenage boy band crush, Rob. Louisa has her ‘big butterfly’ moment when she plans a surprise proposal for Rob and uses Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. Watch the video below to see how it goes and see more of their story at Dove! (A warning that it is a bit of a tear jerker!)
So have you had your ‘big butterfly’ moment yet? Did feel them during the proposal? For me, it was right before I walked down the aisle. When you plan a wedding for a year, it comes down to the day, to the last moment before you get to say “I do”, and I was having some definite butterflies! The whole morning was so much fun getting all dolled up with my mother and sister and best friends. It didn’t hit me until we all lined up outside the doors. Suddenly, this was it. THE moment I’d been looking forward to for so long. The emotions of it all hit me like a truck and my sister and best friend tried to keep me calm. I’d like to say that I pulled myself together for the ceremony, but I was a blubbering mess the whole way through. Especially with my husband giving me the sweetest look and squeezing my hands during the vows. But, the plus side? I didn’t have to worry about sweat because I’ve been a loyal user of Dove for years. Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant offers undeniable wetness protection and 1/4 is made up of moisturizers to help care for skin while keeping it dry.
Images by Tina Sargeant
So the moral of the story? Don’t sweat the big moments because the end result is too beautiful, and you have Dove (and a handful of tissues!) to keep you dry.
I love weddings where all of the couple’s family and friends come together to help create a beautiful day for the couple. That is exactly true of today’s peach wedding from Karyn Johnson Photography that is filled with sweet handmade and heirloom details. How lovely is the bride’s veil that was created by her mother and aunt?
We were a long distance couple for years, and really wanted our wedding to be a midpoint for our families, but still someplace special. We chose Roanoke as our location for its historic, intimate feel and beautiful mountains. We were married at my late grandmother’s church, where my aunt was also married. Our theme was Vintage Southern Travel, and we chose a peach, mint, and gold color palette to tie all the details together.
My mother-in-law sewed her own wedding dress, and gave me the extra lace she’d saved for 35 years. My mother sewed it into my garter, the bag for our ring blessing ceremony, and I used another piece to decorate the bride’s skirt on our cake topper. My mother also took lace from her and my grandmother’s wedding dresses to make a special hanger for my wedding dress. Christian is a talented blacksmith, and created both of our wedding bands from a single piece of fine silver. My aunt handmade the lace trim for my veil.
Because our guests were traveling so far to celebrate with us, we wanted our wedding to be as family-friendly, unique and entertaining as possible. We were blessed to find a location that allowed us to bring in our own food, beverages, and caterer. One of the first planning decisions we made was to have a wood-fired pizza truck, and it was our favorite detail! We had giant Jenga at the reception, and the entire museum was open for our guests to explore.
Christian’s father is a wonderful public speaker, and was delighted when we asked him to speak at our ceremony. He wrote and delivered a touching wedding message just for us. We also wrote our own vows, which was incredibly special for us.
We discovered the Transportation Museum and fell in love the first time we toured the venue; the indoor car collection was perfect for cocktail hour, and the outdoor trainyard and pavilion was a fun setting for dinner and dancing. We are blessed with many talented family members who did everything including makeup, bridal party clothes, dress alterations, wedding cakes, centerpieces, decor, food, drinks, and DJ. Anything we could DIY, we did.
We scoured thrift shops and antique stores for months to find all the decor for the reception, which is how Christian discovered a collection of antique maps that we used to make all the paper decorations including: flowers and origami stars, 30 feet of heart garland sewed by my sister, and votive candles for the tables. We also sourced 15 vintage china plates and turned them into cake stands for all of the wedding cakes Christian’s grandmother made.
My favorite moments include cheering as three trains went by during dinner, dancing will our friends and family during the reception, and the impromptu cakewalk polka that occurred as the wedding cakes were paraded out to the tables.
Photography | Karyn Johnson Photography | Ceremony | Fort Lewis Baptist Church | Reception | The Virginia Museum of Transportation | Florals | George’s Flowers | Catering | Dogtown Roadhouse | Rentals | Grand Rental Station | Dress | Fancy Bridal from Church Street Bridal | Shoes | Modcloth | Invitations | Diana Tung