These days, when it comes to wedding favors, brides and grooms are thinking outside the box of chocolates and coming up with inventive, one-of-a-kind ways to show guests their appreciation for celebrating with them on their special day. Whether it's a scrumptious treat to satisfy a late-night sweet tooth or a personalized item that reflects location or theme, here are a few favors that caught our attention and most certainly sent guests home with smiles on their faces. Compass. These compasses helped guests navigate to their seats and doubled as a symbolic take home souvenir of this nautical-themed wedding.(M. Bénédicte Verley Photography) Candy Filled Swans. This wedding took place on a farm that had a large pond where two beautiful swans resided, so these favors incorporated a memorable aspect of the location and provided guests with a yummy treat. (Simone & Martin Photography) Jars of Jam. Homemade by the bride's ... Read More »
As the days get longer, we can't stop dreaming of summer -- and that naturally makes us think about beach weddings. What better way to decorate a seaside ceremony than with a playful starfish motif? Check out a few fantastic examples featuring weddings' favorite echinoderm below. Dara Blakely PhotographyJon Barber PhotographyPaul BarnettMelissa MerminMelissa Mermin and Earl ChristieMelissa Mermin and Earl ChristieMelissa Mermin Read More »
Continuing our series on our favorite must-have wedding photographs, some of our top shots of the ceremony are taken well before the rings have been exchanged and the couple has had their first kiss as husband and wife. Resourceful photographers capture every element of the ceremony location prior to when guests arrive in order to document the vision of the decorators, designers and florists right after it is brought to life. Chairs perfectly aligned like soldiers, rose petals framing the aisle, newly lit candles, chuppahs adorned with fresh flowers, and ribbons tied tightly on programs are a few of the details which should be captured in these first-look photographs. Long shots of the ceremony space are also important for demonstrating the scope of a venue and its decor (and for us to include in the extra-long Real Wedding features we publish). Take a look at some prime examples of shots ... Read More »
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