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Blair’s First Birthday

This festive 1st birthday from ONEHOPE Wine & Kylie Chevalier is everything a party should be- bright, cheerful, and full of treats! All designed around this bear print, the perfect inspiration for a birthday girl nicknamed “Blair Bear”. The end result? Chic, summery decor that will get anyone into party mode. After looking at the gallery, I’m ready to throw on a sundress and kick back with a mimosa!


From Megan at ONEHOPE: When one of our co-founders at ONEHOPE Wine had a baby girl, we knew she was going to be cute as can be. Flash forward a year and she’s become an adorable, lively and delightful little 1 year old that we just had to shower with love for her 1st birthday. Tiffany stumbled across this Circus Bear artwork at The Land of Nod and ever since Blair has become little “Blair Bear” to all those around her. The print soon became the inspiration for the color palate and theme for her entire 1st birthday soiree. We decided to stick to coral, mint, gold and shades of pink for the party and integrated those into everything from the linens to the florals and favors.

Inside, for the adults, was a Mix & Muddle Mimosa bar comprised of ONEHOPE Sparkling with an assortment of juices and fruits to choose from. Being that every case of ONEHOPE’s Sparkling provides 25 meals to children fighting hunger, it was a perfect fit for the birthday party – providing over 50 meals total to children in need. Outside near the bounce house, was a juice + snack bar for the kids that replicated the Mimosa Bar for the mommas (minus the Sparkling of course!) and both were outfitted head-to-toe in tissue paper fringe and poms from Koyal and sparkly chevron linens from La Tavola. Guests snacked on adorable bear themed treats from Take Two Etc. and the bright signage and invitations were designed by Meredith of Five Two Eight. It was truly an incredible afternoon!

Photography: Kylie Chevalier | Floral And Event Design: Megan At ONEHOPE | Desserts: Take Two Etc. | Lanterns: Koyal Wholesale | Linens: La Tavola | Mimosa Bar: ONEHOPE Mimosa Pack | Sparkling Wine: ONEHOPE Wine | Tissue Paper (fringe, Garlands, Poms): Koyal Wholesale

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5 Tips for Romantic Engagement Photos

As a recently engaged bride-to-be, one of the first wedding to-do’s on my mind is an e-sesh. Being a wedding blogger, it’s sort of a no brainer! But still, the process can be intimidating. So, how do couples end up with gorgeously effortless engagement photos like these? Having a fab photog like Megan W behind the lens is the first order of business. The other lovely details? Keep reading for Megan’s tips!

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From Megan W Photography In my opinion, the most romantic engagement photos are those where the couple look over-the-moon happy and blissfully in love. Translating these emotions into photographs isn’t always an easy task. Let’s face it, we aren’t all models and being in front of the camera can be downright terrifying for some. Over the years, I’ve found a few tips that have been helpful in creating genuine, romantic engagement sessions.

1. Cultivate a relationship. From the first emails to the first cups of coffee,​ ​​finding a connection and ​cultivating an authentic relationship with​ ​​a photographer will make all the difference. Even if you’re meeting for the first time the day of the engagement session, plan to meet ahead of time at​ ​​your home, a favorite coffee shop or bar; somewhere​ ​​you feel​ ​​comfortable and​ at ease.

2. Location. I encourage couples to choose sentimental locations for their engagement session. A quaint restaurant where​ ​you shared​ ​a first date, a quiet corner of a frequented park, or possibly where​ ​​you got engaged. A mix of indoor and outdoor locations will offer interesting moods and lighting to play with. Soft evening light can add tons of romance to the shoot, and with this in mind, I​ ​​recommend start​ing​ your session​ ​​a couple hours before sunset.​​ Save your favorite location for last so​ ​you’re relaxed and comfortable for the best light of the session.​

3. Communication. Collaborating on the styling​ ​and inspiration​ ​of the session​ ​​with your photographer​ ahead of time can make a tremendous difference. I typically suggest that a couple bring several outfits and accessories to the session and we can​ ​​collectively​ pick which works best for each location.

4. Posing. Trust your photographer’s direction as you progress in your shoot. If a certain pose feels awkward, change it up and make it your own. ​Hugs, sweet forehead kisses, and practicing your first dance often yields romantic, authentic interaction with little input needed from the photographer.

5. Props. Props can be a wonderful supplement to an engagement shoot when kept tasteful, minimal, and true to​ ​​your personalities. Keeping props as simple as a favorite quilt or a loose handful of flowers can add visual interest to the session​ ​​and inspiration for the photographer​ without taking away from ​your interaction.

Photography: Megan W Photography

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Whimsical Woodland Garden Wedding

It would take me pages upon pages of adjectives to fully describe my love for this whimsical wedding, but instead of boring you with my outpouring of love for every detail, I’ll let Mason And Megan Photography‘s images speak for themselves. They tell the happiest of stories of a day that was vibrant, fun and full of love, and you can get lost in every last moment right here.

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From Mason And Megan PhotographyWe are excited to submit this gorgeous wedding to you! Every detail was perfected to the style of Nate and Jenna, from the bride’s unique wedding dress and pink wedding ring to the touches of colorful goblets at each place setting. Flowers were everywhere, bringing life to each table and a smell of Spring in the air. You would never know this wedding was in November because Jenna brought light and warmth to the venue. Jenna and Nate’s wedding is creative and full of life! We hope you love this beautiful wedding and fun-loving couple! 

From the Bride…Nate and I were only engaged for 4 months, so we had to make some quick decisions for our wedding day. The good thing was that I knew exactly the style I loved, my own little “Jenna version” of a woodland garden party. I saw our wedding as a blank canvas, and I had 4 months to perfect anything and everything that I felt would create the perfect painting of a woodland garden wedding. And it was such fun! I found what I loved and I went with it…the Madwell floral bridesmaids dresses were the only ones I ever looked at. My wedding dress was the only one I ever tried on from Peppermint Pretty, made for modern brides with a strong sense of style. My talented mother collected vintages brooches to create the spectacular brooch for the back of my sash. I picked the most uniquely beautiful things within my reach. If I ever had the option of plain or patterned, I always picked patterned. If the pallet in front of me was ivory or floral, I always picked floral. I wanted bursts of color and pattern everywhere, and picked everything in muted pastels as my color scheme. I wanted people to walk into the The Newland Barn and feel like it was magical, light, colorful, natural, unique, really just all together whimsical. I told our florist, Magnolia Designs, that I wanted flowers…literally e-v-e-r-ywhere…and that she did! With the flowers, I brought pieces of the great outdoors into a small garden with woodblocks and moss spread throughout the tables of desserts. I know most people say their details made their wedding stand out, but I think the details that made our wedding special were the unexpected ones like having colored goblets as our water glasses. I wanted guests to be surprised with the small things we decided to make unique, like the silverware or gold rimmed plates which as usually left plain. It’s the simple things they usually go untouched but I wanted every inch of the place to be different- even down to my husband’s JCrew colorful plaid shirt! I may hate that shirt in 30 years, but as for now, I think it was just another part of our day that reflected who we want to be as a couple- out of the ordinary, surprisingly lovely, and a whole of a lot of fun!

Photography: Mason And Megan Photography | Florist: Magnolia Design | Wedding Dress: Peppermint Pretty | Shoes: BHLDN | Necklace: BHLDN | Bridesmaids Dresses: Madewell | Catering: Seabird's Kitchen | Grooms Attire: JCrew | Antique Brooch Sash: The Storied Sash | Bride And Groom Signs: Rive Road Rustics | Bride's Headband: BHLDN | Flower Girl Dresses: Posh Peanuts | Flower Girls Dresses: Little Andreas Closet | Groom's Bow Tie: The Tie Bar | Table Numbers And Menu : Heather Strianese | Venue: Newland Barn | Videogarphy: Forestry Films | Vintage Linens: Dish Wish | Vintage Rentals: This And That Vintage Rentals | Wedding Invitaion: Jade And Eve

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