Organic Style Wedding Inspiration

A far cry from last year’s hot industrial look, the latest wedding trend is naturally chic.  Take the rustic style, remove the mason jars and burlap, add a touch of sophistication and femininity, and what do you get?  A light, airy, organic look that is sweeping wedding days across the country.  As if Mother Nature herself designed it, the organic style infuses natural and soft elements to create an ambiance of dream-like romance.  While most other trends fade fast, this look is timeless. If you’re looking for some beautiful ways to infuse this style into your own special day, look no further.  Here are my ideas on how you can make the organic style work for you!

Venue
Lucky for you, this style is versatile!  It can work in just about any venue, from a ballroom or tent to a museum or barn.  That’s what makes it so special.  It can be paired with the wooden beams or marble floors, chiavari chairs or barnwood tables.  My personal preference is a space with lots of natural elements.  Think wood, exposed brick, or other gritty, un-done aspects.  The contrast is undeniably beautiful.

Colors
The perfect palette for this style is soft and light.  You won’t find jewel tones or dark colors here.  Instead, it’s all about pastels, ivory, white, and even gray.  Muted tones keep the look minimal while still infusing healthy doses of beautiful, natural color.  Think water colors and pale hues!  Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year were literally made for this look!

Fabrics
Airy fabrics reign supreme with this trend.  Choose flowy chiffon dresses for your bridesmaids (or let them go casual in tulle skirts!), opt for a lace gown for yourself, and dress up your tables with sheer organza overlays.  Satin and other heavy fabrics just don’t fit in with this look.

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Left: via Pinterest; Right: Milamira Bridal

Florals
Lush, voluminous flowers bring this look to life!  Choose big blooms that have big impact.  The result is an overflowing bouquet that’s oozing with beauty.  For the reception, incorporate lots of greenery and even fresh herbs.  A garland of greens down the center of the table, magnolia leaves with calligraphy names as escort cards, and even a sprig of fresh rosemary at every place setting – bring nature indoors by incorporating fresh anything wherever you can!

Hair & Makeup
Allow your natural beauty to shine on your wedding day.  Save the smoky eye and winged liner for another time.  Instead, keep it fresh and simple.  Highlight your best feature and let the rest of your face breath.  Hair is best when it’s carefree.  Think big, loose waves or a messy up do.  Top it off with the hottest accessory – a flower crown – and you’ll look and feel like a million bucks.

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Left: Bridal Musings; Right; OnceWed

Décor
Use lots of natural textures.  Wooden slabs, driftwood, and even fresh fruit and vegetables can act as decor and help this style come alive.  Add a hint of sparkle with metallic pieces, mercury glass, and twinkle lights.  Throw a sequin linen down to highlight the cake or sweetheart table.  Fabric ceiling swags help to bring an airy feel to the space.  And go overboard on the candlelight!  Lots and lots of candles will make your space ooze with romance.

Photos by Alison Mish Photography

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Organic Style Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Paper
Stick with designs that incorporate classic designs with feminine fonts.  Scrolls, scripts, and pastels on textured paper will set the tone for your naturally styled day.  Stay away from anything too modern.  Instead, stick with the classics.  Floral prints fit right in here, and hand-lettering will give your paper the organic feel you’re striving for.

What do you think of this new trend?  What other ways can you bring it to life?  Comment below and check out my Pinterest board for even more organic wedding day inspiration!

Silver & White Wedding Inspiration

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If you're on the hunt for a chic, sophisticated, and classic color palette, look no further than silver and white.  This combo is almost monochromatic but the metallic component of silver makes it dynamic.  Incorporate lots of sparkly decor by using silver chiavari chairs, rhinestones, sequin linens, and mirrored pieces.  Add in lots of candlelight and accent lighting to pick up the metallic and really bump up the sparkle factor.  Lucky for you, the metallic cake trend is really on the rise!  Consider yourself a bold bride?  Turn the tables and wow your guests by donning a stunning silver sequin gown while dressing your maids in white.  When it comes to florals, remember that most flowers aren't truly white, but rather ivory or cream.  Be ok with the dimension that these other hues will bring to the table.  If the silver and white look is a little too monotone for your taste, add accents of pale pink, muted gray, or even navy blue or black.  This palette works beautifully for a NYE or winter wedding.  Wouldn't photos in the snow would be absolutely amazing?!

Silver & White Wedding Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Clockwise from top left: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Check out my Pinterest board for even more ideas in this pretty palette!

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Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series with Inky Agnes

Ahhhh the world of wedding paper…it can be crazy confusing!  Save the Dates, vellum, foil press, hand press, emboss, deboss, what does it all mean?!?!  No one knows.  Ok, that's a lie.  Sue (of Burgh Brides Vendor Guide fame) knows.  And lucky for you, she's sharing her expertise in this new series dedicated to all things wedding paper!  This first installment is all about Save the Dates.  But keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for even more tips and advice about invitations, calligraphy, and more.

And without further adieu, I give you the guru herself!

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

From Sue…

So here’s the scenario, you’ve been going about your business crushing life and living in a world of texts, snaps, and emails… and then you get engaged.  Congratulations!!!

Now, you need to have an opinion on formal envelope addressing, paper weight (yes, that's a thing), tissue or no tissue, edge-beveling, CMYK colors, types of inks, and more.  All on top of having an opinion on wedding dresses, photographers, seating charts, flowers, menus, and picking your wedding party.

Here’s the good thing…you’ve got Burgh Brides!

Welcome to the Wedding Paper Series here at Burgh Brides!  I’m Sue AKA Inky Agnes, the resident snarky calligrapher here to discuss all the questions you never knew you had about the paper for your wedding.

First stop is the Save the Date.  Save the Dates are great because, as the first glimpse guests have of your wedding, they help to set the tone.  These days, the only limitations are imagination and budget.

With that being said, let's dive into the anatomy of a Save the Date, shall we?

The Style
The style sets the tone.  Is it soft and romantic with flowers and flourished script?

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Or does it have palm trees for your destination wedding?

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

A formal wedding can opt for creamy letterpress and gold foil, while custom calligraphy looks great with any save the date.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Here are my top three Save the Dates styles:

1.) Postcard – A postcard Save the Date is a great option for those with a destination wedding, or a wedding that most people are traveling to.  Postage for a postcard is cheaper (woo hoo!) and it's envelope-less.  Again, this is less expensive and greener, and also great if you're going for a minimalistic look.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

2.) Photographic – You got those engagement pictures for a reason right?!  A photographic Save the Date is a beautiful way to include the two of you and use the pictures that you paid for!  It also makes a complete set if you’re going to do an illustration or photograph in your invitation suite.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

3.) Romantic – What is a wedding if not a celebration of love?!  If you’re looking to showcase that love, a soft, romantic, and often formal invite is the way to go.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

The Who
That would be the bride and groom….just wanted to make sure we’re on the same page with that one 😉  Less formal?  Go with the first names only.  More formal?  Use first and last.

The When
At Save the Date time, the “when” really only means the month and date.  But if you know the time of day, it could be helpful to include it since guests are going to immediately start travel-planning.

The Extras
Nowadays, most couples have wedding websites that where guests can find additional information and your registries.  This is great, particularly if you’re doing a more modern invitation suite.  The Save the Date is the perfect place to share your URL with friends and family.

Breaking Down Save the Dates: A Wedding Paper Series from Inky Agnes & Burgh Brides

Last but not least, when to send the darn things….

Option A: As soon as you know, within a year.  This is especially true if your guests are going to have to make significant travel plans ( e.g. weddings abroad).

Option B: 6 – 9 months in advance of the wedding date is the traditional time frame.  Although be-ye-warned.  As soon as you’re engaged, you’re going to get asked, “So did you pick a date yet?”  Waiting until 6 months before the wedding may be the death of your patience.

Alright Burgh Brides, go forth and save some dates!

– Sue

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions

Last year, the wedding world brought us such trends as the industrial chic look, flower crowns, and sequin linens. 2016 is gearing up to bring us looks that are just as hot, but a bit different than what we saw in 2015.  Now that the new year is here, let me fill in you in on what I think we'll be seeing a ton of these next 12 months!

Unique Ceremony Sites
Weddings will always take place in churches, but non-traditional ceremony venues are on the rise BIG TIME!  Why?  It's a break from the norm.  Guests experience something new and it allows the bride and groom to infuse their style into yet another aspect of their wedding.  Plus, logistically speaking, it's often easier to hold everything in one location versus two.  Help your wedding stand out by saying “I do” is a unique spot.  Look for something with a nice framework or backdrop and use your imagination.  Almost any location can serve as a ceremony site!  My Pittsburgh favorites include the Grand Concourse, the Pump House at the Waterfront, the Broderie Room at Phipps Conservatory, and the Hall of Sculptures at the Carnegie Museum!

Organic Style
In 2015, industrial chic was THE wedding look.  This year, things are a bit softer.  Organic and natural is the way to go.  Imagine taking the rustic style, removing the mason jars and burlap, and adding a touch of sophistication.  This look is feminine and versatile; it works well in almost style of venue!  Bring it to life with light colors and light fabrics.  Think chiffon, tulle, lace, and even organza in pastels, ivory, white, or even gray.  You won't find black or jewel tones.  Lush florals, lots of fresh greenery, and other natural elements help to bring Mother Nature indoors and alive in this look!  Stay tuned for more inspiration for this style!

Photos by Alison Mish Photography and florals by The Blue Daisy Floral Designs

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides: Organic Style

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides: Organic Style

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides: Organic Style

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides: Organic Style

Shades of Blue
Before Pantone announced Serenity as one of 2016's colors, I knew blue was going to be huge.  And rightfully so…blue is gorgeous!  Plus, it's a break from the jewel ones that have been so popular for so long.  Blue is versatile and you can find any shade to fit your mood: soft and romantic with gray blue, energetic and vibrant with turquoise, or even rich and dramatic with navy.  Any hue is going to be big and you can incorporate it into your wedding day in so many ways.  Of course, there are your bridesmaids' dresses, shoes, or garter, but what about a blue wedding dress?!  Gents look very GQ in navy suits.  Dress your tables in blue linens or use the color in your invitations.  A navy envelope with gold calligraphy looks ah-maz-ing!  Think thistle, hydrangeas, and delphinium for blue flowers!

Photos by Kelly Adrienne Photography

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides: Shades of Blue

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides: Shades of Blue

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides: Shades of Blue

2016 Wedding Trend Predictions from Burgh Brides: Shades of Blue

Textural Bouquets
Gone are the days of symmetrical bouquets that resemble fluffy clouds.  Not that an all-peony look won't always be beautiful!  But this modern spin on bouquets is the hot new trend.  Textural bouquets are made with a mix of different flowers, all with varying looks and feels.  Soft and lush, long and fuzzy, layered and coarse, they all come together for a look that is eye-catching!  You'll usually see other enhancements as well, like peasant feathers, super long ribbons, or even fresh fruit or succulents.  All of these add color to a bouquet, which I just love to see popping against a white dress.  Let your flowers be a conversation starter by going with this look that will definitely set you apart from traditional brides!

What do you think of these trends?  Which one do you like the best?  Any that you aren't crazy about?  Comment below!

 

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2016 Bridal Fashion Trends

Some say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.  I say it's Bridal Fashion Week.  For one week in October, all of the wedding world is on the edge of their seats as the bridal designers unveil their looks for the next year.  And this past BFW left us all with our jaws dropped.  With trends like prints and lace to non-whites and asymmetrical hems, 2016 is sure to be chock full of gorgeous frocks.  Here are some of the hottest looks you can expect to see more of in the new year!

Color

It started with blush pink a few years ago and it wasn't stopped since.  If you're a bride who isn't afraid of a little color, then you're in luck.  The look is becoming increasingly popular, with shades from ice blue to peach to silver and even a mix of pastels hitting the runways.  Want to partake in this trend but still be traditional?  Look for a white or ivory dress with colored lace or beading accents.

Floral Print

WOW!  A floral print wedding dress isn't for the faint-hearted bride but this look certainly gets my blood pumping.  I love the idea of totally standing out on your wedding day.  A floral print is the statement piece you need to make sure your bridal gown isn't soon forgotten.

Heavy Beading

No doubt thanks to glam designers like Hayley Paige and Badgley Mischka, heaving beading is a look that quickly became highly sought-after.  Bling-y and bold or dainty and feminine, lots of beading gives a dress dimension while making sure you're the center of attention.

Hi Low Hems

Show a little leg with this new trend that is sweeping the runways.  An asymmetrical hem keeps things nice and interesting, but doesn't take away from the formality of a wedding gown.  It works well on both long and short dresses, and on ballgowns and A-lines too!

Interesting Backs

This look is HOT!  Whether cut outs, crossing straps, illusion lace, or even an out-of-this-world train, an interesting back is the way to go for 2016 brides.  This trend allows you to make an exit just as memorable and jaw-dropping as your entrance!

Lace

This quintessential bridal fabric has always been a classic and I think it's a look that's here to stay.  All-over, just a bodice, or perhaps even sleeves, lace instantly makes a dress more romantic and feminine.  I've noticed that the lace patterns are becoming a bit bolder, thicker, and larger, but the dainty and delicate look is still a hot one!

Two Pieces

For the bride who isn't afraid to bare her midriff, a two piece wedding gown is the way to go.  The pieces can either match entirely, like those on the left below, or simply coordinate, as you'll see with the satin and lace in these pictures.  Contrary to what O Magazine said, the secret to nailing this look isn't a flat stomach.  All you really need is a little bit of confidence and bad-assery.  #rockthecrop

What trend are you most excited about?  Does your dress include any of these?  Any look that you aren't loving?  Comment below!

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Leonisa: The Wedding Day Must Have + A Giveaway!

How a wedding dress makes you feel is just as important as how it makes you look.  That's why you need to pay attention to what you're wearing underneath your gown!  Feeling frumpy, dumpy, or just like things aren't in place (if you know what I mean) is no good.  Instead, you want to feel confident, secure, and sexy!  That's why I'm so excited to introduce you to Leonisa.

On your wedding day, you should feel more beautiful than ever before.  But let's face it…we all need a little help sometimes.  If you have some problems areas you'd like hide, some assets you'd like to play up, or if you just want to wear something fun and flirty, Leonisa has you covered…literally.  This company doesn't just produce lingerie and shapewear – they create pieces that are unmatched in design and quality.  From bras, bottoms, and everything in between, Leonisa's products are stylish, functional, and affordable.

They make shopping for wedding day lingerie and shapewear so easy with their website's Bridal sections.  I specifically love the slimming strapless bra for all of those sweetheart neck dresses.  And almost any bride will love their lace hiphuggers.

Leonisa: The Wedding Day Must Have from Burgh Brides

If you're looking for a little extra help, turn to their shapewear.  The high waist cincher slims your middle section, while the boyshort shaper takes care of just about everything from the neck down.

Leonisa: The Wedding Day Must Have from Burgh Brides

If you're like me and your lower half is your problem area, try the minimizer bottoms or control shorts.

Leonisa: The Wedding Day Must Have from Burgh Brides

For the honeymoon or even after the wedding, Leonisa also features a number of beautiful everyday bras and bottoms.

While Leonisa has been featured in a crazy number of high profile magazines, I think its their corporate social responsibility and their commitment to the fight against breast cancer that makes them a superb company.  Great products AND a big heart?  You don't find that too often these days.

With free shipping, their 100% satisfaction guarantee, and a hassle free return policy, you literally have nothing to lose by giving Leonisa a try!

But before you do, I say try to win some goodies from them first!  That's right…Leonisa is gifting one lucky reader with a $50 gift card!  Each step below wins you an entry (or 2!) in the giveaway. The contest runs through January 20.  A winner will be selected and notified shortly after that.  Good luck!

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2016 Pantone Colors of the Year Inspiration

Affiliate-LinkA few weeks ago, Pantone shocked the world by choosing not one but two colors of the year for 2016…rose quartz and serenity!

2016 Pantone Colors of the Year Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Last year's pick, marsala, took the world by storm.  It was literally everywhere!  And rightfully so; it's a beautiful, rich shade.  However, 2016 is shaping up to be a bit softer.  Pantone recognized the world's “yearning for reassurance and security”.  They describe this as the reason for the selections that “demonstrate an inherent balance…as well as a soothing sense of order and peace”.  Pantone goes on to say that, “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

Who knew so much thought went into choosing the Colors of the Year?!  While I don't know much about color theory, I do know these two shades would look extraordinary at a wedding.  Remember my pale pink and pale blue inspiration post back in April?  I was so ahead of the times.  Well, today I'm back with even more ways you can incorporate these colors into your wedding!

Dresses
Your bridesmaids will look ravishing in either of these colors.  In my opinion, light, airy fabrics, like chiffon and tulle, embrace the essence of serenity and rose quartz best.  If you consider yourself a bold bride, opt for a blush pink or ice blue wedding dress!  Colorful bridal gowns hit the scene a few years ago and they have continued to be a hot trend ever since!

Flowers
While there aren't very many blue flowers, luckily there are a ton of pink ones.  Opt for bouquets and centerpieces that are mostly pink but accented with a hint of blue.  Or incorporate serenity using non-floral elements, like ribbon.  Thinks peonies, dahlias, garden roses, and hydrangeas.  This palette is a florists dream!

2016 Pantone Colors of the Year Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Left & Right via Pinterest

Makeup
Stay with me on this one.  I'm not saying to channel the 80s and wear blue eyeshadow or anything!  BUT a soft, natural look with rosy cheeks and a pink lip does a class bride make!  Maybe for this aspect of your wedding day, it's better to pretend like rose quartz is the only color of the year 😉

2016 Pantone Colors of the Year Inspiration from Burgh Brides

Left: via Pinterest; Right: Brides

Accessories
From your garter to your shoes, it's easy to use serenity on your wedding day as your something blue.  Rose gold is also a really hot look this year.  Look for earrings or a bracelet that uses this metal and you can wear both colors at once!

Menswear
Real mean wear pink.  Or light blue.  Either of these shades can work well with a navy or khaki suit or gray tux.  Look for ties or pocket squares that use rose quartz or serenity and complete the look with a coordinated boutonniere.

Signature Drink
Whip up a Pretty in Pink cocktail or almost anything with blue curacao in it to infuse serenity and rose quartz into your bar offerings.  Time to pop the pink champagne and dance on the tables!

Paper Goods
Your save the dates and invitations help set the tone for your entire wedding style.  Look for a design that features beautiful florals or water colors for an easy way of using this year's hottest colors.  Burgh Brides Vendor Guide Members Blush Paper Co. and Diva Gone Domestic both offer suites that might suit your fancy!

Sweets
I bet rose quartz and serenity taste as good as they look.  From cakes to macarons, and every sweet in between, look for tasty treats in these two shades to bring Pantone's Colors of the Year to your wedding's final course.

Some aren't wild about rose quartz and serenity.  They say Pantone's picks resemble a gender reveal or a baby shower.  If you're one of those people, remember that Pantone never said to only use these two shades!  As a matter of fact, they even offered up a whole slew of multi-colored palettes that incorporate rose quartz and serenity with many other shades.  As you can see, these colors are very versatile and work well with other pastels, jewel tones, and even earth tones!

2016 Pantone Colors of the Year Inspiration from Burgh Brides

What do you think of rose quartz and serenity?  Will you be adding these colors to your big day?  If so, be sure to check out my Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

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Best of 2015: Advice from former Burgh Brides

Since we are in the midst of proposal season, I thought I'd offer up some advice to all of you newly engaged gals.  Except it's not my advice per se.  It's straight from those brides who have already been there.  From staying calm and being yourself to scheduling your hair trial the day of your dress fitting, this year's brides had a lot to say.  To wrap up this Best of 2015 series, let's revisit the best tips, tricks, and ideas from those who were featured on the blog!

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Advice from Former Burgh Brides

Jessica
Our best pieces of advice for future brides and grooms would be to relax, EAT, and don’t follow tradition if it’s not you!  Brian and I did a first look and decided to forgo the formal bridal party introductions, cake cutting, and bouquet and garter tosses. We also made it a point to sit down through the entire dinner and eat with our wedding party.  Having that time allowed us both to relax and enjoy ourselves. Everyone kept commenting on how calm the bride and groom were, and to them we would say, “Shouldn’t we be? It’s the happiest day of our lives!”

Molly
Be creative.  Pittsburgh has A LOT to offer!  Start by figuring out what is important to you and build upon those ideas.  We wanted a party so we started with the concept of a cocktail reception rather than a sit down dinner and went from there.

Erika
The best advice I can give is to just be you.  Corny, I know, but so true!  It feels wonderful looking back on our wedding knowing that Mike and I decided on details regardless of what the “norm” was or the heart attack we may have induced in our mothers.

Kelly
If you’re planning to do an engagement shoot, try to schedule your makeup practice run the same day.  The practice run is often the same cost as the real one, so why not get something out of it?  I did this, and it was such a great call.  I got to have beautiful, professionally-done makeup for my engagement photos and I also got to see how it photographed to decide if I needed to tweak anything before the wedding.

Try to schedule your practice hair appointment the same day as one of your dress fittings.  This way you get to see the whole look put together before the big day.

Rachel
Let others help you!  I couldn’t have done all the decorating and planning without my mom and bridesmaids.

And don’t stress about EVERY detail that day.  As long as you have each other and someone to marry you – everything else could go wrong and that’s all that matters!

Aubrey
My advice to other brides is to try to stay calm!  Things are going to happen during the planning.  Our church music director quit days before the wedding, then our honeymoon had to be canceled 10 days before because of a hurricane. We then had to book a new trip even though we couldn’t get refunded for the original one for 10 days…and lots of other little things along the way.  Just stay calm and everything will work out!

Lauren
I would tell future brides to definitely talk with their fiance and get a clear idea of what they both want for the wedding and reception.  Find a few things that are important to both people and focus on those first.  I would also tell brides to not let the opinions of other people influence how the wedding day will be.  This is your and your fiance’s day and you should plan it together.

Heather
Planning a wedding is like planning your own Christmas but better!  Don’t worry about what you think other people expect from or want for you!  The day is about you, your husband, and the beginning of your forever.  Trust me, once everything comes together, NO ONE will leave saying “I wish she would have….”  There is no other time in your life when you can have a day ALL ABOUT YOU!  Embrace every second of it!

Christen
It doesn’t take money to make it nice!  Save your money for the important stuff (house, savings, etc.!).  There are plenty of ways to make your day special without splurging.  And don’t fret about the guest list.  It’s a day between you, your significant other, and God!

Janae
Everyone always told me not to sweat the small things and not to stress, that everything would fall into place.  Of course, being a crazy bride, I thought this was the worst advice ever and that no one knew what they were talking about!  Sure enough, they did!  The night goes by so fast; those details that you stressed over day in and day out aren’t going to matter.  Your wedding is going to be perfect, even if the napkins aren’t centered or someone forgets to include something.  The fact that you and your hubby, family, and friends are together is all that matters.

Lastly, consider a sweetheart table.  We integrated our bridal party in with the guests so those with significant others or dates weren’t stuck at a table with no one they knew.  We had our sweetheart table, just the two of us, on top of the staircase.  We were able to enjoy the food and really spend time together.  The rest of the night, we were apart from each other, so I’m thankful for that dinner and the time to talk without interruptions other than the clanking of glasses.

What was the most helpful piece of advice you read on Burgh Brides this year?  Have any of your own advice to offer?  Comment below!

Don't miss my other Best of 2015 picks!

P.S. Things will be a bit quiet on the blog until the new year!  You'll see a fun post on Monday and some social media activity.  Other than that, the next week and a half will be filled with Christmas movies, baking, yoga pants, dirty hair, dog cuddling, and QT with family.  I hope everyone has a FABULOUS holiday!  2016 is shaping up to be a BIG year!  I can't wait to see you then!  🙂

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Best of 2015: Moments

While I love flowers and linens and dresses and all the other frilly details as much as the next girl, I know they aren't the most important part of a wedding day.  What is?  Moments.  The little moments and the big ones and all of the sad, funny, or crazy ones in between.  Those are what matter.  The look of pride your mom and dad have on their faces when they see you in your dress for the first time.  The innocent way your new husband kisses your hand at dinner.  The look on your face when your maid of honor told that embarrassing story during her speech.  The flower girl and ring bearer sharing a hug on the dance floor.  The first kiss as Mr and Mrs.  Whether monumental and witnessed by everyone or subtle and quiet, these moments are what you want captured in photographs.  Of course, it will be nice to have pics of your centerpieces…but those won't be what you cherish in 20, 30, 40 years.  Today, I'm recounting the ones I loved the most from this past year!

What was your favorite moment from 2015?  Comment below!

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Best of 2015: Dresses

THE dress!  You spend a lifetime dreaming about it, probably a few weekends shopping for it, and maybe 10 hours wearing it, if you're lucky.  Doesn't seem fair, right?  Luckily, you can relive every beautiful stitch in your wedding photos.  Over the past year, I've become increasingly convinced…Burgh Brides have some crazy good taste when it comes to wedding dresses.  Ballgowns, all over lace, or even color, area ladies aren't afraid to pull out all the stops for this once-in-a-lifetime look.  Today, I'm revisiting some of my favorites from 2015!

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Brynne
Stripes?!  On a wedding dress?!  I DIE!  This number from JLM Couture, that Brynne purchased at Bridal Beginning, is simply stunning!  The asymmetrical layers and the dainty encrusted sash allows this dress to be chic but still classic.  The main attraction is the stripe-on-stripe organza though.  A perfect combination of a timeless bridal look and modern fashion!

Photos by Steven Dray Images

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Julia
Only a ballerina could look this good in this dress.  Julia's art deco-inspired Lazaro gown fit her gorgeous dancer's figure like a glove.  The gray-blue beading that encrusted the piece from head to toe gave it a cool vintage vibe, along with a pop of color.  Julia looked like she stepped right off of the red carpet and she oozed classic Hollywood glamour.  A favorite indeed!

Photos by A Fist Full of Bolts

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Lauren
I couldn't get enough of Lauren's bridal look.  Maybe it was because her dress reminded me so much of my own?  Or it could have been because she chose a Monique Lhuillier piece from Anne Gregory for the Bride and anything Monique Lhuillier makes is incredible.  This one was no exception, of course.  The pleated bodice transitioned to layers upon layers of flowy chiffon, allowing for both a form-fitting yet princess-y look.  Lauren topped the dress off with a beaded pearl belt, also from Anne Gregory.

Photos by Ann Louise Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Sarah
When Lazaro shared Sarah and Greg's feature on their social media pages, I did about about 879823 million cartwheels.  Because why shouldn't the world know about this incredible dress?!  The blush pink ballgown and its structured, satin bodice were completed by a tulle skirt and beaded, floral waist.  Sarah looked like a classic beauty and allowed the dress to take center stage by keeping jewelry dainty and hair and makeup fresh and natural.  Wowza!

Photos by Leeann Marie, Wedding Photographers

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Erika
After attempting to find her dream dress at a boutique, Erika turned to online shopping.  She took a gamble with PreOwned Wedding Dresses and it paid off beautifully.  This Matthew Christopher number takes me right back to the roaring twenties with its smooth satin and cord details.  But it's the scalloped hem that will leave you totally awestruck.  I've never seen anything like it.  Erika also wins the award for Best Accessories.  Her faux fur wrap and teal gloves kept the winter at bay for her March wedding.

Photos by Beth Insalaco Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Jaymie
Last, but certainly not least…who could forget Jaymie and her out-of-this-world, black Joelle by Vera Wang?!  It takes a certain bride to wear color on her wedding day but it takes someone even more extraordinary to wear black.  But Jaymie totally rocked it!  This dress was dramatic while still being dreamy and romantic.  Good luck 2016 brides; your dress has some big shoes to fill!

Photos by Beth Insalaco Photography

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

Burgh Brides Best of 2015: Dresses

What 2015 dress was your favorite?  Why did you think it was the prettiest?  Comment below!

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