There is so much dreamy golden light in this sweet and southern bridal portrait session from Designs by Karinda. The grounds of a beautiful Texan manor make for the perfect backdrop for this southern belle.

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

southern bridal portraits | Designs by Karinda | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Designs by Karinda | Location | Ashelynn Manor | Bouquet | Striking Stems

I love the blue, green, and gold color combination of today’s DIY wedding from Bee Mine Photography. It still feels very light and spring-y, even though there is the rich navy hue. My favorite detail is the cute gold YUM balloons at the dessert station. And the personalized playlist CD favors are perfect for a music loving couple.

We wanted a classic wedding, but with elements of personal style and a DIY aspect. We love succulents, so we incorporated them into our scheme in a minimal way as a small centerpiece to hold the table numbers, a few in the bride’s bouquet, and as the cake topper. We used classic looking baby’s breath bouquets with dusty miller for bridesmaids, the ceremony aisle decor, and reception centerpieces. I love the way they look with navy and gold. The bridesmaids wore mismatched navy dresses, and the men wore matching dark grey suits.

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue bridesmaids | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

We’ve lived in North Carolina for about 4 years, but we wanted to ensure we had it in Ohio. We love our roots, and wanted family and friends to gather where we both grew up. Additionally, we wanted to incorporate some meaningful things into the wedding, such as our love for music. We decided to create a mix CD for our wedding favor which features some of our favorite songs and staples from our early years as a couple up until now. 

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

soft make up | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blush bouquet | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

We chose to wed at my husband’s childhood church, Trinity Lutheran, which is connected to an Historic Ohio Home with beautiful grounds. The reception venue was a picturesque room on a small lake just minutes away from the church. The venue screamed “Ohio Wedding” for us (we live in North Carolina), and the building backs up to a corn field and faces west making for spectacular sunset lighting.

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

I designed our programs, our table numbers and name cards (I hand-cut all of the name cards!). We handmade our CD favors. My sister and I made the baby’s breath bouquets for the aisle decor as well as the centerpieces. My dad painted all of the centerpiece terra cotta pots gold and planted all of the succulents. 

CD favors | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

CD favors | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

eclectic centerpieces | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

YUM dessert table | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

To be honest, it was perfect, even with a blip in our transportation of the bridal party (we rode with our two photographers)! A primary highlight — kissing my new husband, then running out of the church doors into the fantastically beautiful day with all of our family and friends greeting us with bubbles blowing overhead. I’d received a lot of advice on the importance of taking a moment by ourselves and reflecting on the people who are around you. We did this more than once! I loved seeing all of the laughter and smiling faces, old friends meeting new, and our families colliding. Then, after dinner at the golden hour, Erin (our photographer) asked Ian and I if we would want to venture across the lake to the empty field for more photos. It was beautiful, and we got to see everyone having fun from afar just as the sun was setting. It was a party, and we loved every second.

blue spring DIY wedding | Bee Mine Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Bee Mine Photography | Ceremony | Trinity Lutheran Church | Reception | Water’s Edge Event Center | Planning | Eco Chic Events | Florist | Annette’s Victorian Garden | Cake | Every Now & Jenn | Caterer | Bella Bleu’s | Videography | Wedding Bug | Dress | Global Bridal Gallery | Jewelry | Kate Spade | Shoes | Walkin on Air | Hair | Studio 19 | Entertainment |  NYTE FLYTE | Transportation | Fox Limousine

There are some love stories that truly last the test of time, one of those is that of Johnny Cash and June Carter. I’m so in love with this shoot inspired by them from White Ivory Photography. It is such a sweet idea for an engagement session for a music loving couple. Below is a little bit about the shoot from the photographer.

I started listening to Johnny Cash after I saw a biographical movie about his life. I was moved to say the least. Despite the hardships he faced, right or wrong, or the problems that he dealt with, he had a love so deep which never died. The object of his affection; the beautiful June Carter. From the get go, this was going to be a difficult task and I wondered how they would ever wind up together. You don’t choose love, it chooses you. And there you have it. The epitome of their story. He worked so hard to win her over. My gosh, it was spectacular. It was truly inspiring to see and it deeply touched me. I wanted to photograph a session as a tribute to their love story. This shoot has a more modern feel to it, but nonetheless, I was more interested in capturing the essence of the pair including the sadness, the happiness, and the coyness.

Johnny Cash inspired engagement | White Ivory Photography | Glamour & Grace

Johnny Cash inspired engagement | White Ivory Photography | Glamour & Grace

Johnny Cash inspired engagement | White Ivory Photography | Glamour & Grace

Johnny Cash inspired engagement | White Ivory Photography | Glamour & Grace

Johnny Cash inspired engagement | White Ivory Photography | Glamour & Grace

Johnny Cash inspired engagement | White Ivory Photography | Glamour & Grace

Johnny Cash inspired engagement | White Ivory Photography | Glamour & Grace

Johnny Cash inspired engagement | White Ivory Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | White Ivory Photography | Dress | Modcloth | Makeup | Amanda Enos Freelance Make-up Artist

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