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This Beautiful Sunrise Shoot is all the Inspiration We’ll Ever Need

There’s already something innately romantic about a beautiful sunrise, but take that aforementioned sunrise and add in a talented team of vendors with an amazing story to tell and the results are beyond. From the stunning stationery from El’s Cards to the breathtaking gown from Kate McDonald, Leander Matos Weddings planned + styled every.last.moment to absolute perfection.  See it all captured in the sweet film from Selah Films below, and in gorgeous images by Rachel Buckley in THE VAULT.

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From Leander Matos Weddings… Oh, where to begin on detailing this gorgeous shoot. This was hands down my most favorite shoot to date, from the planning to the design and the styling, I was truly invigorated from the second I started planning it. I would get up at 2 am any day of the week to capture the gorgeous sunrise we were blessed with on this day. The inspiration for this shoot came from a story between two lovers, Ake and Paolina. Ake was a Swedish fisherman desperate to find love. He wrote his wish of finding his true love, sealed the note in a bottle, and tossed it out to sea. Two years later the bottle washed ashore along the coast of Siciliy where another fisherman found the message in a bottle and gave it to his daughter, Paolina. Over the next five years, Ake and Paolina exchanged letters, this time through the mail, until they eventually met, wed and lived happily ever after.

The combination of romance, fate and the depth of love they felt for one another in this story gave me goosebumps and recreating those same feelings in the shoot became my muse.

I was truly honored to feature the stunning Pollitzer gown from Kate McDonald Bridal in this shoot. Everything thing about this dress and our model, Lindsey James was magical combination. Her gorgeous hair by Chelsey Drapeau was the perfect nod to the old world, yet modern feeling we wanted to portray and the beautiful makeup by artist, Christine Flanagan of The Crown Boutique highlighted Lindsey’s natural beauty flawlessly.

El Braley of El’s Cards created the most perfect invitation suite. I adored the watercolor calligraphy and the map and nautical details added the perfect finishing touch. The quotes she wrote were the beautiful love messages anyone would hope to find in a bottle washed ashore.

The stunning bouquet designed by Betsy Scott from The Flower Kiosk could not have been more perfect. I wanted a large, airy and organic feel for the bouquet and she truly created a masterpiece that was perfectly captured in the photographs!

Photographer Rachel Buckley of Rachel Buckley Weddings and cinematographer Leah Richardson of Selah Films captured this shoot magnificently. Watching these ladies work their magic behind their lenses was awe-inspiring. Truly. The photographs and film tell the story better than I ever could have hoped for.

I don’t even have words to express my gratitude to the entire creative time behind this shoot. It came to life more beautifully than I ever could have imagined, thank you all for sharing your gift of creativity to this inspiration shoot!

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Photography: Rachel Buckley Weddings | Cinematography: Selah Films | Event Planning: Leander Matos Weddings | Floral Design: Flower Kiosk | Wedding Dress: Kate McDonald Bridal | Makeup: The Crown Boutique | Hair: Chelsey Drapeau | Stationery + Calligraphy: El's Cards | Model: Lindsey James

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This is Why At Home Weddings are the Absolute Best

Anyone who has seen Father of the Bride knows one thing: weddings at home are awesome. And this beautiful affair captured by the always amazing Kate Preftakes?  Everything you’ve ever dreamed. From the stunning florals from Posies by Trim to the breathtaking setting to the gorgeous bride + groom who just exude happy.  Get your Annie Banks on in THE VAULT.

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From Kate Preftakes… Annie and Ben were married on a glorious August afternoon in a field behind Annie’s childhood New England home. Annie and Ben are world travelers but their theme of coming home was touching. There was so much love and friendship surrounding this wedding. It felt as though the field itself embraced its guests as wildflower seeds were thrown into the grass to remember the day.

So many personal touches made the day unique and special. The beautiful sun print place cards were made with wildflowers from the field by Annie’s sister and her two sisters made a flower crown for Ben to welcome him to the family. Personal stories were shared by friends and laughter filled the tent. The rejoicing lasted well into the night and I was so honored to be there on this very special occasion.

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Photography: Kate Preftakes Photography | Floral Design: Posies by Trim | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Catering: Nancy Johnson | Venue: At Home

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Fabulous Wedding Ring Trends for 2016

You’ve been dreaming of saying “I do” for what seems like forever, so when it comes time to put that ring on your finger, you want to get it RIGHT. Enter Long’s Jewelers, our go-to experts for all things jewelry who also happen to know everything there is to know about this year’s most anticipated styles. Think gorgeous bands that will stay timeless even beyond 2016. Scroll below for a look.

Trend #1 – Unique Wedding Bands

You + yours are unlike any other couple you know, so obviously your wedding rings from Long’s Jewelers should be as unique as you are. From crazy cool details to uncommon designs to colorful gemstones, choosing a one-of-a-kind look is the perfect way to stand out amongst the crowd, add that extra spice to your classic e-ring or mix together two very different tastes and styles. It’s letting your personality shine through your jewelry and we.are.obsessed.

Trend #2 – Stacking Bands

Let’s be honest, you’re a total fashionista… and staying ahead of the style game also means showing off your wedding rings with a little more “flare” than the usual one band + one engagement ring. Which is why Long’s Jewelers’ stacking bands are the perfect option. Think thin rings that sit flush with one another to form a beautiful grouping OR a fabulous look spread out across each finger. Plus, with different shapes, colors, designs and price points, stacking bands are most definitely chic and original.

Trend #3 – Mixing Metals

You’re the type of lady who throws rules out the window and mixes and matches metals until your hearts content. In other words… those gold earrings and platinum bracelet? Perfect for your night out on the town. So why not apply those same principals to finding your wedding ring and choose a hue from Long’s Jewelers that is totally opposite to your engagement jewelry. I’m talking an e-ring in rose gold meets a platinum band that is super sparkly. It’s bold, fashion-forward AND unique. We love that.

Trend #4: Meaningful & Sentimental Wedding Bands

Your wedding ring is one of THE most important pieces of jewelry you will ever own, so why not make it extra special by adding an additional touch of sentimentality to this already meaningful piece. With Everband rings from Long’s Jewelers, you’ll start with a band that holds one interior diamond for your wedding day and, with each passing anniversary, add a diamond to the inside or outside of the band as a symbol of your love and partnership. Such an amazing statement.

Trend #5 – Halfway or Three-Quarter Diamond Bands

If you fell head over heels in love with eternity bands last year, you were not alone… 2015 was the year of the diamonds. This year, however, it’s all about scaling back to a half or 3/4 eternity band. Think cost-effective, more practical and easier to handle if you work with your hands. (Read: no cracking or damaging a diamond or losing a stone.) It’s rockin’ the bling from Long’s Jewelers sans the anxiety… we can get on board with that.

Excited to see these new trends in person? Head to Long’s Annual Wedding Band Weekend on March 18-20, 2016 for wall-to-wall wedding bands (including the new Everband collection!), chit chat with fab wedding ring vendors and selection and pricing that is all sorts of ah-mazing. You’ll even have a chance to win $1,000 off your wedding ring, plus even more spectacular prizes. Think a dream honeymoon, groomsmen suits, dinner + wine, a shopping spree, a pair of TAG Huer watches, gift certificates and MORE. RSVP here, because you absolutely don’t want to miss a moment.

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