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Romantic French Garden Inspired Photo Shoot

Three words: French, Garden, Toile and from that comes this gorgeous inspiration awash with a simple outdoor dinner, a champagne toast and a cake that nearly steals the show. This is a modern version of that classic french pattern crafted by Bee’s Wedding And Event Design + Mrs. Vintage + imagery by Marissa Lambert. And the cake? That beauty was designed by Melissa’s Fine Pastries. See it in all its toile glory right here.

Perfection is simply the only way to describe this styled shoot. This utterly romantic shoot was pulled together so seamlessly by some of the best vendors in New Orleans. The photos tell the story of a dreamy wedding day that includes the perfect mix of blue french toile and lovely pinks, reds, purples, and greens. From the prep to the exit, this shoot is sure to inspire any bride or groom planning their BIG day!

Photography: Marissa Lambert | Floral Design: Bee's Wedding And Event Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Hair: Ginger Dickey | Beauregard & Keyes House And Garden Museum: Beauregard-Keyes House And Garden Museum | Bridal Garments: I Do Bridal Couture | Headpiece And Veil: Sarah Gabriel | Makeup: Melissa Vaccaro | Paper Goods: Ebb & Flow Ink | Sash: Amanda Judge | Styling And Rentals: Mrs. Vintage

Monique Lhuillier and Sara Gabriel are members of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Mrs. Vintage is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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Gift Ideas for your Bridesmaids!

We’re all about gifting your girls pre-wedding. But let’s be real – finding that perfect something doesn’t always come easy. *Enter* A Pinch Of Lovely who’s here to share unique gift ideas your ‘maids will L-O-V-E. From the prettiest phone cases to a sparkly Kate Spade clutch, she’s taken the leg-work out of shopping and all you have to do is buy, wrap and go!

From A Pinch Of LovelyA girl’s bridesmaids are one of the most important (and first!) decisions a bride will make. Bridesmaids can be the operative difference in helping guide their BFFs wedding experience sail right into smooth waters. In addition to all of the emotional support, they also take on the huge monetary responsibility as being a member of the bridal party – the dress, the shoes, the showers – your maids deserve a little love too!

On the morning of the wedding or the night before, shower your maids with pretty gifts they can use both the day of the wedding and to keep forever, and don’t forget the bubbly and sweets! It’s a thoughtful gesture to thank your besties for their lifelong friendship, support of you and your groom’s relationship and all their assistance leading up to your big day.

Beauty products like flattering lip colors, body bronzer (this Kismet brand won’t budge until you wash it off) and girly polish will help your bridesmaids look their best all day long. Include a fragrance sample or two that you’ll think they will love. Also, picking product packaging with a touch of gold will feel oh-so-luxe!

One always-popular option is picking out coordinating jewelry for the bridesmaids to wear on the wedding day. Try to look for transitional pieces that can be re-worn afterwards. You can even choose individual pieces depending on each bridesmaid’s personal style – a bracelet for the friend who loves bracelet stacks and earrings for your more minimalistic maid. Jewelry lines that have many styles utilizing the same stones like Kendra Scott provide endless possibilities.

And, since your bridesmaids are always on the phone with you, treat your bridesmaids to personalized phone cases. These embossed leather cases by Graphic Image come in a rainbow of colors with the option of customization. Gold lettering can signify monograms, acronyms (like BFF) and words (like SIS for sisters or future sister-in-laws).

And finally, they are going to need somewhere to keep all of their new favorite gifts. A hand-painted jewelry box, sparkly clutch or pouch make for a thoughtful gift and a way to stay organized on the day of the wedding. Again, look for versatile styles that can double as a makeup pouch or a small, clutch so they can use your gift over and over again.

It’s easy to get caught up in the planning and countless decisions that need to be made, and that’s why your bridesmaids are there to help support you in the process. Remember to shower your BFFs with thoughtful gifts they can appreciate after the wedding and treasure for years to come!

Photography: A Pinch Of Lovely | Styling: A Pinch Of Lovely | Jewelry: Kendra Scott | Bronzer: Kismet Cosmetics | Bronzer: Kismet Cosmetics | Glitter Clutch: Kate Spade | Gold Pouch: Target | IPhone Cases: Graphic Image | Lipsticks: Kismet Cosmetics | Painted Jewelry Boxes: A Pinch Of Lovely | Perfume : Joe Malone | Robes: Silk & More

New Orleans Engagement Session

Falling in love with this southern e-sesh from Robert and Kathleen Photographers was an easy fete for me. For starters, these two lovebirds are A-dorable. Second, how could you not be enamored with the richness and romance of NOLA? It reels me in every time and I don’t fight it one bit. Get lost in the sweet, sweet gallery here.

From Robert and Kathleen Photographers… Maureen and James met when they were both thousands of miles away from home, spending a year studying abroad in Ireland. They each came from Irish families and loved being immersed in the Irish Culture as students of Trinity College in Dublin.

They didn’t tell me for sure, but I would say it’s easy easy guess that James was drawn to Maureen at first by her smile. It’s bright and unrestrained, the kind of smile that makes her eyes sparkle and implores you to smile in return. And when Maureen got to know James, she was no doubt captivated by his crystal-blue eyes and Southern-gentleman charm.

Maureen and James got to know each other over the course of that year in Ireland. When their friendship turned to something more, they were pleasantly surprised. They had been a bit tentative at first, not knowing how in the world they would manage a long-distance relationship when they would return to the US, to home states over 1,500 miles apart. But as Irish novelist James Stephens says, “What the heart knows today, the head will understand tomorrow.” Their hearts knew they wanted to be together, their heads would just have to figure out the logistics. Because when you really love someone, obstacles like distance don’t seem so challenging.

They spent the next few years in school – James at graduate school while Maureen completed her undergrad and then Maureen going to grad school in Boston while James started law school in his home state of Louisiana. This year, after Maureen completed grad school, she moved down to Louisiana to join James. They are finally living in the same city (something they haven’t done since the very first year they met), enjoying all of the same things that they did way back then; hearing about each others day over a drink in their favorite local pub, finding a new place to explore over the weekend.

And there’s little doubt that the same things that drew them to each other so many years ago, her bright smile and his undeniable charm, are the very same things that make every day together that much sweeter, especially now that they are finally back in the same place once again. This summer, they’ll stand in front of their family and friends and pledge what their hearts knew back on the campus of Trinity: that they are meant to be together and that no matter what the obstacle, their love will always find a way.

Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Dress: Tibi | Venue: New Orleans, LA

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