We already knew that everything Kate Middleton does is perfection, so it’s no surprise that her royal wedding sparked one of the most popular wedding trends that’s continued on since that beautiful day 4 years ago: having an all-white bridal party. Completely chic and classic, having your ‘maids don all-white — whether you choose to match or contrast in a bold or blush-hued dress — is practically a no-brainer for a beautiful summer affair.
If you’ve ever attended a 4th of July bash before, you know it can be easy to go a little over the top with the patriotic decor. Thankfully, it’s also just as easy to let the colors of the Stars and Stripes lend themselves to details that are both timeless and refined, and honor our nation’s Independence Day in the most beautiful way possible—my new Mr. and I did just that for our very own pre-Fourth wedding two days ago! Get inspired below to have your most beautiful 4th of July yet!
More 4th of July Inspiration:
Happy weekend loves! It may already be high summer (hello 4th of July!), but I’m still giddy about last season’s late spring blooms, and this gorgeously bright and romantic bouquet, by Watershed Floral from this Modern + Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration shoot is doing just the trick. Read on to see what’s in this late spring stunner and hear more from Sarah about her inspiration for the shoot!
- White Poppies
- White Ranunculus
- Coral Charm Peony
- Orange Parrot Tulips
- White Narcissus
- White Anemone
- White Bleeding Heart
- Jasmine Vine
- Queen Anne’s Lace
- Variegated Bush Ivy
- Holly Fern
From Sarah of Watershed Floral… The inspiration for this bouquet was a bride who is sporty and active, but also girly and romantic. Someone who likes to laugh and have a good time and go with the flow, but also appreciates refinement and beauty. And of course the glory of spring! Maine winters are long, especially this past one. By spring we are all yearning for some color and light. This entire shoot was about the explosion of delight that comes with the first blossoms of spring. Our team came together flawlessly around this vision, which is evident in the smiles on the models and the beauty of every little detail.
I wanted this bouquet to be both bold and delicate, which is why I combined wispy greenery with pops of colorful flowers. We had an incredible tulip year here in Maine (an upside of the cool weather), so I was able to showcase some stunning, locally grown parrot tulips. I had a very clear vision for this bouquet and feel that it communicates exactly what I wanted it to!
It’s time to get the patriotic party started! Your red, white and blue bashes are bound to be full of fireworks and sparklers so to ensure every picture perfect moment is just right, we turned to a couple pros who’ve snapped that sparkly shot with brides and grooms galore. Archetype Studio Inc. know the magic for that moment and with these tips in hand, we’re looking at some fabulous festivities ahead!
SELECT THE CORRECT (LEGAL) SPARKLERS
For great photos, use event approved sparklers, not the standard 4th of July fireworks type – they can cause serious burns and they burn out too fast! Wedding and event sparklers are usually 15” or longer and don’t produce as much smoke as the traditional firework sparklers. And check your local ordinances on the use of all firework varieties to make sure no laws are being broken and everyone is safe!
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Pre-light a few sparkler sticks and use the moments before the main event to test your exposure on these pre-lit practice sparklers.
BEFORE SNAPPING, LOCK LIPS
Want to up the romantic ante? Ask a couple to pause for a nice long kiss in the middle of the sparkler show. This will provide a chance to fire off a few shots while everyone isn’t moving and makes it easier to lock on the focus in the challenging low-light environment.
Stay low, or kneel for the shot. Being slightly below eye level usually allows the sparklers to frame the holder, and as a bonus, may save your own hair from catching fire!
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Photography: Archetype Studio Inc.