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Floating Lantern Engagement Over the Mississippi

Simply put, this creative engagement session is what style lovers dream of. With the Mississippi River as their backdrop, this couple lit lanterns and sipped on coffee to their hearts’ content, and the result is a gallery of gorgeous photos from The McCartneys. Cheers to love!

From The McCartneysLibby & Allen are the kind of people who you WANT to surround yourself with. They’re charming, genuine, and so thoughtful. Together, they’re one of the cutest couples ever, and when they mentioned lighting floating lanterns over the Mississippi River, we were ecstatic!! Their engagement session took place in Libby’s hometown and they incorporated both Allen’s background as well as their shared passion for coffee into their session. We cannot wait for their wedding next May in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

From Libby… Allen and I visited the Milwaukee Art Museum on our first date, and he took me to lunch there before he proposed! We are a fun couple that loves to find new local places to eat and we enjoy spending a day watching Netflix and reruns of Shark Tank. When Allen and I got engaged we knew we had to have our wedding at the MAM and we decided we wanted to share both my love of lilacs and tea parties with Allen’s Taiwanese background. I’m so excited to have my grown up version of a tea party and light floating lanterns at the end of the night. It’s something we did when we went to Taiwan to see family and something we do occasionally in Milwaukee as well!

Photography: The McCartneys Photography

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English Garden Wedding Inspiration Shoot

We have lots of pretty on the docket today lovelies, and we’re starting it off with a bit of garden shoot goodness, English-style. Inspired by Stephanie of Booth Photographics late Grandmother’s wedding cake serving set, every detail that follows took on a life of it’s own. From Alluring Blooms fresh white petals to the lovely cross-back chairs (oh, how I love cross-back chairs), dreaming in this gallery is easy to do.


From Booth PhotographicsEarlier this year, I lost my grandmother unexpectedly. When I traveled to my childhood home for her memorial service, my favorite way to reminisce was by pouring over her wedding memorabilia. It made such a deep impression on me that when my grandfather gave me their engraved cake cutter as a gift, I knew we needed to style a photo shoot around it.

This English garden inspired wedding shoot centers around the idea of leaving a legacy. We began with my English heritage and my grandmother’s cake cutter then began adding details that embody the idea of English gentry celebrating in their historic home village.

This is a delicate balance between the casual and the elegant. The bespoke gown and veil was designed especially for this photo shoot, and the lush florals make you wonder if the beautiful arrangements were foraged that morning in a field. Loose curls, champagne, stone fruits, and signing a family tree add to our vision of creating an event that becomes a legacy. It is casual enough for people to enjoy, but elegant enough to make them feel special.

Weddings are about so much more than pretty details. We wanted every detail to have significance and we wanted to show our brides that the stories behind this wedding are what drives us to capture it beautifully.

Photography: Booth Photographics | Event Planning: Canvas Weddings | Floral Design: Alluring Blooms | Wedding Dress: Monirose Bespoke Gowns | Cake: Cupcakes A Go Go | Invitations: Andra Delores Design | Decor: Anthropologie | Photography - Film: Laurelyn Savannah Photography | Rentals: Lakes Area Rental | Rentals: Event Essentials | Rentals: A La Crate Vintage Rentals | Venue: Allen Centennial Gardens

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DIY “Will You Be My Groomsman?” Box

Angela from Saffron Avenue here with my next blogger bride post! With all of the excitement around planning a wedding us brides sometimes forget about how to make the wedding process fun for our grooms, as well. Recently my fiancé saw me creating all of my ‘Will You Be My Bridesmaid’ boxes and wanted to do something similar for his gents. Of course, I obliged.

Since I made all of my bridesmaids a wooden box with goodies we did the same for the guys too. The boxes were also a good preview of what to expect for the wedding and the style. 

First we stained the unfinished cigar boxes and then I hand-painted each of their name on it, inside we included a short note about the wedding details, a small bottle of whiskey, and a cigar for celebration. Each box cost us around $10 to make and was well worth it and would recommend it to anyone.


Unfinished Cigar Box
Dark Wood Stain
Crinkle Paper
White Paint (for the names)
Cigar and/or Whiskey
5″ x 5″ Note about the wedding

Not only was it was neat to see each of their reactions but made it more special for them to be a part of our wedding. You could even have fun with it too and include something personal for each guy. I guarantee the groomsmen will love it!

Photography: Photographs By Jenna Leigh | Design Studio: Saffron Avenue


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