Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless)

Wedding family portraits…ugh.  I bet you're dreading them already, aren't you?  Not because you don't love your crazy (in a good way) family, but because this part of a wedding day can be STRESSFUL!  Trying to corral a dozen or so people and snap a million photos in 15 minutes flat when everyone is hugging you and your nephew is stepping on your train and your niece is screaming her head off and all you want to do is kiss your new spouse and celebrate with a glass of champagne…whew, even the calmest of brides is bound to start sweating a little bit.  But with a little planning before the wedding, the family portrait session doesn't have to be painful.  In fact, it can be totally amazing!  My friend (and one of my favorite wedding photographers) Christina Montemurro is sharing her five ways to do just that!

1.) Prior to the wedding, create a list of the group shots you want.
Those few moments right after your ceremony are so euphoric and joyful.  You don’t want to spend them deciding whether want your sister’s kind-of serious boyfriend in your family photo.  Should you do a photo with your grandparents and parents together, or separately?  These decisions should be made ahead of time.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

2.) Don't forget to tell everyone on the list that they’re on the list!
Otherwise, they are likely to leave.  Even if your ceremony and reception are in the same place, guests start to wander off toward food and drink.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

3.) Smaller groups > larger groups.
Larger groups take longer to organize.  It can be a little bit of a game of Tetris to make sure we can see everyone’s faces in a large group.  Four groups of 12 will likely take longer to arrange than 12 groups of four.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

4.) More people = smaller faces
The more people you squeeze into a photo, the smaller their faces are. It can be fun to have a “big family photo,” but keep in mind as you add people, their faces will take up less and less of the frame.  Unless you’re planning on an enlarged print, consider breaking those big family photos into smaller groups (also, see above!).

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

5.) Know how much time you're working with.
Some churches, especially the busy churches in Oakland like St. Paul’s Cathedral and Heinz Memorial Chapel, have very tight time limitations.  Even without a time limit, think about how you want to spend the time on your wedding day.  If you also have a large bridal party, or if you really want to go to more than one destination for photos, try to limit the number of family groupings.

Wedding Family Portraits: 5 Ways to Make Them Amazing (And Painless) from Christina Montemurro Photography and Burgh Brides

BB here…

Your photographer can help with all of this!  He or she can look at your list and let you know if you have enough time for all that you have planned.  Plus, they'll help herd everyone into the shot, letting you just stand up straight and smile.  So fear family portrait time no longer, Burgh Brides!  While you won't often see this type of photo on a wedding blog, it's actually the very type that you're bound to cherish for years and even generations to come.  Some of my favorite images from our wedding are those that include my grandfather who is no longer with us.

Thanks so much for all of the great advice, Christina!  Be sure to check out more of her work in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

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Sage, White, & Copper Wedding Inspiration

A sage, white, & copper wedding is about as fresh as it gets.  It's organic, clean, and could encompass any number of styles.  My personal favorite?  A little boho meets modern.  Picture this – hand-lettered pieces of mint sea glass or even copper piping could lead guests to long wooden farm tables that are dressed with greenery table runners and crisp white dinnerware.  Signature drinks are served in traditional Moscow mules mugs.  Gentlemen are dressed in sage bow ties while ladies wear gowns of the same shade but in a light, airy fabric like chiffon or lace.  If you really want your bridesmaids to wow, give them a floral print, one of this year's hottest bridesmaids fashion trends.  Speaking of florals, go for the classic white blooms – ranunculus, peonies, garden roses, lily of the valley – and pair them with and abundance of seeded eucalyptus, lamb's ear, or even fresh sage.  Throw in a few scabosia pods too for some added texture and dimension.  If you like a little more color, add accents of teal, navy, or even emerald green for a look that is sure to wow!

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of sage, white, and copper!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

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Win a Copy of Weddings in Color from Sandrachile!

One of the earliest wedding planning decisions you'll make is to choose a color palette.  (But don't forget to read the 5 things to consider when choosing wedding colors first!)  And if you're still finding yourself in need of a little inspiration, there is no better resource than the Weddings in Color book.  This rainbow-come-to-life guide presents all kinds of modern day wedding inspiration in the prettiest of palettes.  According to the online reviews, “Lusciously designed and bursting with vivid photography, Weddings in Color has everything brides need to design a stunningly colorful affair.”  Lucky for you, Pittsburgh's most colorful photographer – Sandrachile – is giving away a copy to one reader!  Keep on scrolling for full details and to submit your entries!

P.S. How cute is Sandra?

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French Inspired Bridal Shower Styled Shoot

Le swoon.  This styled shoot puts a French twist on the traditional bridal shower and my heart is feeling all kinds of amour.  With the idea of a bride saying Bon Voyage to single-dom and Bonjour to a married life, the creative brains of JPC Event Group and Garnish Event Design set to work with a Parisian theme in mind.  In classic French style, black and white provided a chic and modern color palette while soft pink, gray, and metallic gold added pizzazz.  So many tiny details came together beautifully to bring the look to life – menu cards printed on linen fabric then tied to French toile paper, mini champagne favors, a vintage Eiffel Tower and Paris postmark printed on vellum used as tray liners, pink Antoinette charger plates from Event Source, and passport invitations and luggage tag escort cards designed by JPC themselves.  Even the cuisine was inspired by the City of Love, with quiche lorraine, tarte a l’oignon, and a French cheese board on the menu.  These tasty hors d'oeuvres were followed by le sucre like macarons, crepe stack with raspberry crème, and croquembouche with spun sugar.  A Bubbly Bon Voyage Mimosa Bar was the main attraction with peach nectar, hibiscus flowers, and lavender ice as just a few of the accoutrements.  From the food and beverage to the decor and tablescape, no detail was left unturned.  You're bound to be inspired.

Photos by Rachel Rowland Photography

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Vendors
China: Event Source | Event Concept & Design: JPC Event Group | Flatware: Event Source | Florals: Garnish Event Design | Food & Beverage: JPC Event Group | Furniture: JPC Event Group | Glassware: Event Source | Linens: Over the Top Linens | Photography: Rachel Rowland Photography | Stationery: Garnish Event Design | Vintage Bike: JPC Event Group | Venue: Greenhouse at Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa

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Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours

Sending wedding save the dates is one of the first things you’ll cross off your planning to do list.  But before you can do that, there are a few things you have to know!  You're probably asking yourself, “What is there to know?”  I mean, it seems easy enough, right?  Well, it is a bit more complicated than just selecting an engagement photo, picking a design, and slapping some stamps on them.  In order to avoid a total save the date faux pas, read these 7 tips from my favorite local stationery designers.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Blush Paper Co.

 1.) Don't send them too early, but don't send them too late.
We recommend sending your save the dates out about six months before your wedding date, unless you're getting married abroad.  Then, you'll want to give your guests a generous 10 – 12 months time to prepare travel arrangements.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

2.) Choose the right photo.
It's important to choose the right photo for your announcements.  Not all photos work with every save the date layout!  You won't want to submit a vertical photo for a horizontal layout.  Your photographer will likely take photos of you with white space, allowing your designer room to place with text around you, and a trained designer will be able to make most photos work!

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Fresh Cut Prints

3.) Plan ahead.  
You don’t want to offend someone by sending a save the date, but then deciding later that you really don’t have room to invite them to the wedding.  You’ll need to plan your invite list well in advance to avoid this faux pas!  It’s also best to be clear as early as possible who you’re inviting to the wedding – think plus ones and kids.  Addressing the save the date correctly can reinforce exactly who is invited to your wedding, and will help avoid any sticky situations later.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

4.) Include the right information. 
What info should you include on your save the date?  The date, location (city and state), and a wedding website (if you have one).  You’ll also want to include a mention of “formal invitation to follow” somewhere on the save the date.  You do not need to include specific times and venues at this point; you can save that for the invitation.  Also, please do NOT include your registry information!  Instead, include extra details like this on your website.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Purple Wagon Designs

5.) Be cohesive.
It's great to have an overlying theme for your wedding stationery – from the save the date to the invitation straight through to the “day of” items, like ceremony programs and place cards, and even all the way to the thank you notes.  They can have different levels of formality, but you should incorporate elements that tie them all together, such as the same fonts or colors.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

6.) Save the dates don't have to break the bank.
Postcard save the dates are a good way to keep your costs down.  You don't have the added cost of the envelope and you save on postage, too!

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

And here is one final tip that ALL of the designers agree on…

7.) Make them personal!
Blush Paper Co. – Your save the date is the first glimpse your friends and family will have of your wedding.  You'll probably still be undecided on a color scheme, so don't stress too much about making sure they match your wedding stationery.  Pick a fun, memorable design that captures who you are as a couple.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Fresh Cut Prints – Save the Dates are generally less formal than your wedding invitations.  It's a great place to incorporate some of your personality!  Use photos, fun illustrations, and more casual wording than on your invitations.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Purple Wagon Designs – Let your personality shine!  Save-the-dates can be casual, fun, and should be infused with your personality.  Don’t feel like your save the dates need to be too matchy-matchy with your wedding suite.  Instead, let the invitation design be dictated by the style of the wedding, and let loose with the save the dates!  Anything goes – photos, text, or beautiful artwork are a great way to infuse some personality.

Wedding Save the Dates: 7 Tips for Totally Nailing Yours from Burgh Brides

Now go get your save the dating on!  But before you do that, be sure to check out more work from Blush Paper Co., Fresh Cut Prints, and Purple Wagon Designs in the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide!

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9 of the Best Wedding Planning Tech Tools for Brides

Who is still using a good old fashion three ring binder to keep their wedding planning organized?  Hey, there is nothing wrong with a modern day Trapper Keeper!  But in this day and age, technology makes it easier than ever for Type A personalities (like mine) to stay on top of tasks, especially when it comes to wedding planning.  If you prefer nerding out instead of traditional pen and paper, here is a list of the 9 best wedding planning tech tools for brides!

9 of the Best Wedding Planning Tech Tools for Brides from Burgh Brides

1.) Google Docs
Now you can keep track of RSVPs in Sheets, make sure your bridal party has the most up-to-date information with live Docs, and even embed a song request form on your wedding website thanks to geniuses at Google.  Sounds similar to Microsoft programs, right?  But can you access Word or Excel on your phone or iPad?   Google Docs let you manage your wedding planning documents from anywhere.  The best part is that you don’t ever have to worry about “saving” anything again; all of the docs are live and updated in real time.

2.) TripIt
Don’t forget about your honeymoon!  This free travel planning app lets you keep all of your flight numbers, reservations, confirmation numbers, and other travel details in one handy place.  It syncs with your calendar and email so you don’t need to spend extra time inputting information.  You can create itineraries to keep track of all those can’t miss-sites.  And because mom and dad will still worry about you even after you’re married, you can even share your trip information with loved ones back home.  You’ll never print out travel docs again.

3.) Flower Wheel
Head to your floral consultations and look like you know what you’re talking about even if you actually don’t.  For $2.99, Flower Wheel allows you to scroll through a library full of hundreds of floral options.  Search by color, by month, or just read the description attached to each image.  You can even save favorites to show to your florist later.  Make their job a little easier by sending yourself to bloom boot camp.  Plus, this app is just pretty to look at.

4.) Pocket Planner
This app, brought to you by Social Tables, helps with event calculations, including number of beverages, appetizers, waiters, even trash cans based on your total guest count.  Nothing is worse than not having enough of something at an event, be it beer, hors d’oeuvres, or dance floor space.  Running out shows poor planning and no one wants to look like they don’t know what they are doing.  Let this free tool help you with the right calculations from the start!

5.) Sunrise Sunset
Is there anything more beautiful than sunset photos?  Make sure yours are perfectly timed with Sunrise Sunset.  Linked to your GPS, this app gives you the exact sunrise and sunset times based on where you are down to the minute!  You can get some beautiful night time photos, or even catch that romantic sunrise you’ve been meaning to witness your whole life.

6.) Dark Sky
Another app that uses your GPS location, Dark Sky will predict the weather down to the very minute based on where you are. Worried about that rain cloud above your outdoor ceremony?  Use Dark Sky to determine exactly when that storm is going to hit.  You may have just enough time to sneak in vows or bridal portraits before those clouds open up!

7.) IFTTT
Known as If This Then That, this free app has a world of uses but can basically make your life a million times easier by connecting your favorite apps.  For example, you can sync up your Instagram with your Twitter so that a photo posted to IG automatically also gets tweeted.  I use several “recipes”, as they are called, just to keep the blog up and running each day.  How could this be useful to brides?  Using a wedding hashtag?  Create a recipe that saves all photos using your specific hashtag to a Dropbox folder.  Collect your friends’ and family’s snaps in one fell swoop.  You can then set those same photos to be shared on Facebook.  Want a reminder email two weeks before your wedding anniversary every year?  IFTTT can do all of this, plus more.  All automatic so you can set it and literally forget it!

8.) Spotify
Looking for the perfect father/daughter dance song?  How about something to get the party started as you and your bridal party are introduced into the reception?  Let Spotify help with this.  Search through literally millions of tracks to put together the perfect playlist for your big day.  You won’t be able to download and save music to any devices, but you’ll at least be able to hand off a kick butt list of tracks to your DJ.

9.) RoomScan
Measuring tapes are so last decade.  RoomScan is to go to tool for room dimensions.  Draw up a quick diagram by tapping your phone on each wall of the room.  It works much the same as a laser measuring tape and it draws up a quick diagram.  You can even add doors, pillars, and other obstacles to create the most accurate look at available floor space, which is crucial for determining just how many guests you can squeeze into your backyard or that old school venue that can’t provide a floor plan.

Any other brides opting for a little help from technology?  What apps or programs are you using?  Comment below and fill us in on some other helpful tech tools!

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6 Steps to Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer

One of the most important wedding planning decisions you'll make is finding the perfect wedding photographer.  I mean that.  Your wedding photos will be one of the only living memories of the most important day of your life, so they need to be good!  Plus, between the engagement sessions, getting ready shots, the first look, the I Do's, and your first kiss as husband and wife, you'll be spending A LOT of up-close-and-personal time with your photographer.  So choose wisely!  My gal pal Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers is guest posting today with her six tips to do just that!

From Leeann…

You're engaged!  Now on to the wedding planning – where to even start when it comes to finding the perfect photographer for you?  As a wedding photographer, I know that nothing really comes close to being invited into such a personal event in someone’s life and having the opportunity to photograph your lifelong memories.  That's kind of a huge deal!

As a bride, having somebody you trust to capture all the moments that will become keepsakes to pass down for generations is kind of important – after all, you want a photographer dedicated to getting your best side, right?  So, that’s why it’s so, so important to take your time and find the right one for you.  I put together these steps to help you on your way!

1.) GET REFERRALS FROM FRIENDS & MAKE A GOOD LIST

6 Steps for Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers and Burgh Brides

Asking people who know you well and trust can be a great resource for finding a wedding photographer.  I personally love getting my couples on referral because I know that if I had a great working relationship with a bride, there’s a pretty good chance that her friends are pretty wonderful to shoot too.  If my first bride is awesome – you're probably awesome too!

On the flip side of this, you'll want to know if your friends had any bad experiences that you may not have anticipated based on the photographer's online presentation.  Perhaps their photographer was actually too hands-on…Or hands-off.  Or late.  Or disorganized.  Who knows – but ask your friends about their true experience, good and bad.  If they rave, you'll know you're on the right path!

2.) CHECK THEM OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

6 Steps for Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers and Burgh Brides

Checking out websites should be your first order of business when determining if your referral might be the one.  Read the bios, the blogs, and all the other information on the website to get a sense of whether you might connect with them personally.  Is this someone you could imagine having a chat with over coffee (or a glass of wine :))?  Is their lifestyle something you love?  Do you feel like you connect with their online presence, and are they showcasing their business in a professional manner?

You can get a really great feel for how a photographer views their business by searching through their social media a bit: What kind of photos do they focus on – couples, details, moments, wide-angle, tight-shots, color, black & white?  Is this what resonates with you?  What do they talk about?  Are they positive or negative in the way that they speak?  Are they actively posting their recent work?

3.) CHOOSE A SHORT LIST TO CONTACT

6 Steps for Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers and Burgh Brides

After you’ve spent some time looking over websites and images, you may start to see that you're drawn to a specific style.  At this point, narrow down what you like, and reach out to the small number (maybe two or three) of photographers whose work really spoke to you.  Don’t get hung up on trying to figure out pricing just yet!  At this point, it’s all about discovering the photographer who makes the best impression on you and whose work inspires you.

An important thing to remember – Pittsburgh wedding photographers are people.  And we're all pretty nice!  So reach out to us and be personal.  Tell us what you love, what you're looking for, what inspires you.  Even if your first pick of photographer doesn't work out due to budget or availability, we'll likely help to point you in the right direction!

4.) COMPARE YOUR EXPERIENCE

6 Steps for Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers and Burgh Brides

Once you’ve contacted a few photographers, use their responses to judge how professional they are.  Their responses will go a long way to giving you a feel for how they’ll work with you.  You’ll know you’re on the right track if they get back to you right away, are friendly with you, and send along all the information you need to know.

When it comes to meeting with photographers, everyone has their preference.  I typically find that I can answer all of my brides' questions via a phone call or Skype, since I put so much of myself on the internet.  It's easy to find out what I look like… 🙂  I even think that it's harder to make a connection via a phone call sometimes, so if we can chat on the phone to each other, we'll definitely mesh well throughout the course of wedding planning!

When you chat with your potential photographer, think above and beyond the photos.  How organized are they?  How do they speak?  What's the vision for your wedding day coverage?  You'll be spending all day with this person, so make sure.

5.) GO WITH YOUR GUT FEELINGS

6 Steps for Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers and Burgh Brides

So, now that you’ve gotten a good feeling for a photographer, look through their full galleries from different weddings.  Looking through their entire body of work is a great way to gauge how a photographer will work in different types of venues and how they shoot large and small weddings too.  And then, when it’s time to book, take all these things into account and hire the one that feels best to you and your fiance.

Another point to remember: all of your wedding vendors work on a first-to-contract basis, so once you've decided, ask for that contract!  I've had couples lose out on their wedding date on my calendar because they just took too long.  It always makes me sad, but that's the way it is out of fairness to everyone.

6.) KEEP IN TOUCH THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING PROCESS

6 Steps for Finding the Perfect Wedding Photographer from Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers and Burgh Brides

Take time to really get to know your photographer so that you can feel comfortable with each other and truly understand how you want the wedding day to go.  I personally like to call my clients and keep in touch on the regular, but if your photographer hasn’t called you yet, reach out and make some time to chat.  Engagement sessions are also a great time to get to know each other better, and as your wedding date nears your photographer will be able to answer your timeline questions.

Happy planning!  🙂

BB here…

Be sure to check out more of Leeann's work in the Vendor Guide!

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Cranberry & Dusty Blue Wedding Inspiration

Hey newly engaged ladies…how about a cranberry and dusty blue wedding?  If you're in the color selection stage of wedding planning, this month's idea is downright beautiful, if I do say so myself.  Dusty blue is a bit gray, a bit chambray, and a 100% lovely.  It's modern but still girly.  And when it's paired with a deep, rich shade like cranberry red, it's utterly show-stopping.  Think Parisian influence meets woodsy chic.  Hello, I'm in love.  I say keep the whole look organic with tons of fresh flowers.  And you're in luck because many of my favorites – peonies, tulips, celosia, amaranthus, and even orchids – come in shades that would match perfectly.  Let your florals be the focal point and opt for long farm tables dressed with dusty blue table runners in spun silk or another sheer, light fabric.  Incorporate cranberries or pomegranates into the menu to bring these colors to your taste buds.  A beaded dusty blue wedding dress is sure to wow and cranberry bridesmaids dresses flatter just about every skin tone.  However you make cranberry and dusty blue come to life, I guarantee it's going to be gorgeous!

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette.  And then tell me what you think of cranberry and dusty blue!  What do you like about these colors?  Are you using any of them in your wedding day?  How so?  Comment below!

Or revisit some of my other favorite color schemes!

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10 Save the Dates from Minted That I’m Totally Obsessed With

Affiliate-LinkYou got the fiance, the venue, and the date.  Now you just need to announce all of that to your family and friends.  Minted will help you do that in style with their selection of artisan save the dates.  Beautifully designed, expertly printed, and customizable in all sorts of ways, Minted's save the dates will have your guests counting down the days until your wedding.  From floral to minimalist to traditional, here are 10 that I'm currently loving.

1.) Agate Inspired
Pressed with real foil and about as pretty as can be, this agate inspired save the date is 1000% YES!

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

2.) I'm Here For the Cake
I know Pittsburghers are all about those cookie tables, but this wedding cake save the date is the clear winner in my book.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

3.) Black & White All Over
This chic, modern save the date is anything but boring.  I am loving the large numbers and the minimalist approach.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

4.) Foil Flowers
Lush garden roses and real gold foil make this floral save the date perfect for a spring or summer wedding.  Plus, it's so pretty, I'd keep it hanging on my fridge long after the wedding day.

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5.) Cue the Confetti
You know I love a little sparkle and this confetti save the date is a party in postcard form.  The real foil adds a little bit of extra pizzazz.

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6.) Fancy Fonts
A little vintage-y and a little whimsical, this hand lettered save the date will help set the tone for one hell of a party.  It reminds me of an old school carnival billboard!

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7.) Museum Worthy
As if Monet himself painted it, this brush stroke watercolor save the date is a work of art in and of itself.  Hey, I'd frame it.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

8.) Fresh Floral
Bright colors and fun stripes make this floral save the date feminine and flirty.  It's Kate Spade meets garden chic.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

9.) When You Can't Pick Just One
I love that this photo save the date allows you to choose not one, not two, not even three, but four of your favorite engagement pics.  Because let's be honest…you know you love them all.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

10.) Rustic Charm
With the craft paper look, stamp-like fonts, and even the wheat stalks, this rustic save the date will set to tone for your farm wedding.

10 Save the Dates from Minted that I'm Totally Obsessed With

Which one is your favorite?  Comment below and then head over to Minted to see their endless save the date selection!  You're bound to find so many that you love that narrowing it down to just one might be kind of difficult.

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Dramatic Blue & Gray Winter Wedding Inspired Styled Shoot

Embracing the dramatic blues and grays of a Pittsburgh winter, this styled shoot is sure to inspire and delight!  Combining natural and barren backgrounds with deep colors and lush fabrics, Garnish Event Designs' concept was one of contrast, yet they pulled inspiration from the very season and settings.  Mirrored displays, beaded accessories, and metallic place settings look strikingly sparkly against the starkness of the dead trees.  Fluffy white snow led to cotton candy cocktails, velvet linens, and tulle skirts.  Oversized, textural floral arrangements dripping with variety bring color and life to the otherwise lifeless park.  With the help of other members of the Burgh Brides Vendor Guide – Event Source, Clarissa Boutique, and the catering division of JPC Event Group – Garnish's vision was brought to life with a little camera magic from Rachel Rowland Photography.  And goodness, what a beautiful vision it was!  This styled shoot is proof that a winter wedding can be really gorgeous.  Take that summer.

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From Jody Wimer of JPC Event Group…

My favorite things about this shoot include:

The Flowers
This was my first time making such a large statement piece of a floral headpiece and we ALL loved it!  I also used a lot of neat things in the florals – raspberries on the branch, pheasant feathers, baby burgundy artichokes, astrantia, mint, jasmine vine, sweet pea in the most lush purple, pieres japonica, etc.

Gray, Gray, Gray
….. against the white snow.  I love the gray velvet couch, the gray velvet table linen, and the gray fur of the jacket.

The Model's Eyes
They were so blue with the anemone and the privet berries of the head wreath!

The Food
The chefs had fun with a seasonally appropriate wild game type menu – venison, duck – then ethereal fluffy things for winter snow – cotton candy cocktails, toasted marshmellow tarts with silky chocolate ganache inside….it was really nice.

The Snow
We had to be very mindful of where we stepped and walked to avoid marking up the beautiful bed of snow we worked in everywhere.  We had a broom handy at all times for snow fluffing.

NATURE!
The water and snow covered trees in the background, the sparse juxtaposition of bare trees across the pond against the luxury of the fabrics and beauty of the clothes, and the setting of snow and trees with the clear napoleon chairs and the sumptuous sweetheart table.  I just really liked this shoot more than almost any we have done before or after it.

Vendors
China, Place Settings, & Ghost Napoleon Chairs: Event Source | Crystal Headpiece: Clarissa Boutique | Culinary Concepts: Chefs of JPC Event Group | Design Concept: Garnish Event Design | Gray Tulle Dress: DIY by Garnish Event Design | Florals: Garnish Event Design | Fur Coat: Forever 21 | Furniture: JPC Event Group | Hair: Ashley Scuilli | Lace Dress with Blue Velvet Waistline: Glitter & Grit | Locations: JPC Event Group office, Hell's Hollow Bridge, & Moraine State Park | Makeup: Ashley Scuilli | Menu Design: Caitlyn Wimer of JPC Event Group | Peacock Bow Tie: Brackish | Photographer: Rachel Rowland Photography | Sparkly Belt: Clarissa Boutique | Velvet Linen & Gray Table Runner: Nuage Designs | Veil: Clarissa Boutique
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China, Place Settings, & Ghost Napoleon Chairs: Event Source | Crystal Headpiece: Clarissa Boutique | Culinary Concepts: Chefs of JPC Event Group | Design Concept: Garnish Event Design | Gray Tulle Dress: DIY by Garnish Event Design | Florals: Garnish Event Design | Furniture: JPC Event Group | Menu Design: Caitlyn Wimer of Garnish Event Design | Sparkly Belt: Clarissa Boutique | Veil: Clarissa Boutique

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