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Pretty Picks with Wedding Paper Divas

We’re no strangers when it comes to pretty paper goods. Case in point? These fabulous and fresh off the press premium options from Wedding Paper Divas. Setting the style bar high, these pretties will have your guests reaching for a frame rather than a fridge magnet. From laser cut details to marbled beauties, we’re sharing some of our stare-worthy favorites below!

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Denver Rowboat Engagement Session

If you’re looking for a recipe for dreamy engagement photos, look no further than this sweet love sesh from Tamara Gruner Photography—a floral adorned rowboat floating two cuties through Denver City Park, complete with a champagne toast, floppy hat and cherry blossoms dotting the shoreline. Adorable? We’d say so. See it all here in the full gallery!

From Tamara Gruner PhotographyThe delicate waves of the lake created the rhythm. The blossoming trees on a spring evening provided the light. This was a picture perfect setting for our couple to enjoy their moment before the big day. The soon-to-be-bride along with her beau enjoyed a gentle row down the waters in their charming boat adorned with flowers. Sipping a glass of champagne, exchange words, they dreamed about their lives ahead. It was simply a beautiful day!

Photography: Tamara Gruner Photography | Flowers: A Bloom | Hair Stylist: Stephanie Koehl Hair Design | Venue: Denver City Park | Floral Skirt: Haute Hippie | Hat: Nordstrom | Jacket: Theory | Lace Top: Top Shop | Pink Skirt: Rag And Bone | White Blanket: Pottery Barn

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Romantic Rustic Chic Farm Wedding in Virginia

Pastel details are the quickest way to make my heart happy. And this charming southern affair? Well it’s bursting with plenty. Pretty pink hues married with outdoorsy, country details, it’s rustic chic from Pure Whimsy Events done oh-so-right. With that said, I’ll be spending the rest of my days ogling every detail Gabe Aceves captured here!

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From Gabe Aceves… Kelly and John got married on John’s parents private home in Warrenton VA. It was a beautiful day with southern charm and outdoorsy, country details.

From the beautiful Bride… John and I met at a local restaurant where I was waitressing one summer during college; he was a patron that left me the best tip a handsome man could give – a date! He proposed along the cobblestone streets in Old Town, Alexandria where we’d had our first date five years ago.

In the beginning stages, we only had a couple things we knew we wanted to incorporate into the wedding: pink (against John’s wishes!) and personal touches that felt like we were more at home than in a grand ballroom. With Eric Church’s “Springsteen” as our inspiration, we chose a July Saturday night date and went from there…

We started with the venue – the beautiful home and property of John’s parents that they designed with John’s aunt and built with their family business Thorsen Construction. Located on top of a hill in Warrenton, Virginia, it was the perfect backdrop to begin building upon. We had so much fun incorporating touches that were dear to our hearts and reminded us of a summer party that you just don’t want to end: A cocktail hour featuring martinis – my sister and I’s favorite – and Bell’s Oberon beer for the boys. Mismatched blush bridesmaid dresses selected by my sisters/ best friends; from floral to feathers they looked every bit beautiful and one-of-a-kind. John’s dad’s green tractor equipped with goodies trailing the wedding party up the hill for pictures with a blue mountain backdrop. A grand pole tent at the bottom of the property strung with café lights acting as a cozy makeshift sky of stars. Virginia pulled pork with Virginia sweet sauce paired with pink champagne. Tiramisu cake designed and baked by John’s aunt and carried to the tent by John’s uncles for the cake cutting. A soulful big band playing Motown music for dancing the night (and those cornbread calories!) away. And last but not least, a 1977 Scout II getaway car from my dad and uncle’s personal collection to escape the sprinkling that started just as the last sparkler went out.

As we drove down the driveway away from our friends and family, we looked at each other and knew it was the best night of our lives and just how we had pictured it all those months of planning. Our family, friends, and each of our vendors played such a large part in turning our ideas into a real life dream.

Katie, our amazing planner, assisted with every little thing from signs to timing to layout. And our brilliant photographer, Gabe, is a close Del Ray neighbor who captured our day with the most stunning and special photos. We couldn’t have done it without the talented team we built around us, and its one July Saturday night that we’ll never forget.

Photography: Gabe Aceves | Floral Design: Affordable Arrangements | Catering: Old Blue BBQ | Band: Class Act | Bow Ties: Murray's Toggery Shop | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Venue: Private Residence | Brides Dress: Watters | Cake Design & Creation: Aunt Of The Groom | Getaway Car: Father Of The Bride's IH Scout | Hair Makeup: Salon Emage | Music: Doug Allen Music | Planning: Pure Whimsy Events | Rentals: Capitol Party Rentals | Rompers: Plum Pretty Sugar | Tent: Gibson Rental

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#BridalBeautyBreakdown—Pretty In (Hot) Pink

One of the best things about makeup is that you’re allowed to take risks. If a soft, romantic look doesn’t feel quite like you, go for a bridal beauty look that seriously wows: gold eyeliner to make your eyes glimmer and a hot pink lip that’s oh-so-kissable! Jackie Schneider, the artistic genius behind the Clean Plate Pictures photo below, breaks down step-by-step exactly how to achieve this flirty, fun look.

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PREP | Clean, soft skin is essential to a natural look. Start with a nourishing cream that will make the skin supple and ready to act as a canvas for the makeup. Try Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, which actually has three uses: cream cleanser, moisturizer, and primer—talk about a triple threat.

FOUNDATION | Though many people gravitate toward silicone foundations for their dewy quality, water-based foundations are ideal for weddings. Silicone eventually rises to the surface of the makeup, and it doesn’t take long to go from dewy to shiny. I used Make Up For Ever HD foundation on this model, which has a semi-matte finish. It’s oil free and comes in 26 shades, making it easy to accurately match to skin tone. It works well on people with sensitive skin because it’s such a breathable, medium-coverage base. Buff it in with a rounded foundation brush and blend well with a damp sponge. Because the finish of this product is so smooth, you only need to set it with a light dusting of loose powder. 

EYES | Instead of an eye primer, try MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre—a matte yellow-beige, highly-pigmented but blendable cream shadow—as my base. Use the warmth and oils from your finger to blend it across the entire lid then brush over the base with a beige powder shadow. To create definition in the crease, apply a matte light brown shadow with a pencil brush in back-and-forth motions, focusing on the outer corners of each eye. Choosing the right liquid or gel liner for your wedding is essential, as the product will likely be put to the test with sweat and tears! Try LORAC Front of the Line Pro—it’s applicator is actually a synthetic-haired brush, rather than a felt tip, so it glides along the skin easily. Then trace along the edge of the black liner with Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Eldorado, a glittery gold hue to give your eyes that ‘Wow Factor.’

BROWS | For the brows, I used taupe brow powder, tapping in the product with an angled synthetic brush and then blended with both a spoolie brush and a boar bristle brow brush before setting them with a semi-translucent taupe brow gel.

CONCEALER | After the eyes are complete, clean up any fallout the has made its way beneath the eyes—blend a full coverage creamy concealer, like Keromask’s, onto your palette and add in a bit of the original foundation to make it less intense. Using a flat concealer brush, apply a bit into the hollows of the inner eye socket, pulling the product along the under-eye areas, making sure to cover any dark circles. Then tap a little product onto any blemishes with your fingers. Blend everything first with my fingers, then with a beauty sponge. To make sure everything is completely blended, go over your face one last time with a clean, small fluffy brush dipped in NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. 

CHEEKS | So as not to compete with the bold lip and eyes, go for a subtle blush. To add just a hint of color, apply a rosy cream-to-powder blush by patting it into the apples of your cheeks. Then, blend it up towards the temples with the foundation buffer brush I’d previously used. To seal the color, swipe on a powder blush using an oval shaped brush with a pointed tip that will give you precision of placement and great blending capabilities.

LIPS | The key to creating this hot-pink lip is to start with MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Anticipation and blend it with a pointed lip brush. Then, alternate between applying and blotting the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Fuchsia Tourbillon. To complete the look, take a small concealer brush dipped in the original foundation, and trace the outer edges of the lips to make the pink more crisp and precise. Finally, blend the foundation outline with a fine-tipped damp sponge and voilà, bright bold lips waiting to be kissed. 

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Hair and Makeup Tips: Jackie Schneider Beauty | Photography: Clean Plate Pictures

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