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Vintage Meets Modern in this ’20s Inspired Wedding

Designed around the idea of “vintage nostalgia with a modern spin”, Emily and Patrick’s wedding day deserves a style category all its own. Think Southern elegance with a touch of roaring ’20s glam, and bold black and white stripes for a modern punch. Graham Terhune worked his magic behind the camera and we have the entire affair right at your fingertips.

From the Bride & Groom… Emily and Patrick met on Labor Day weekend of 2014; ten days after Patrick had moved to Raleigh for a job in the tech industry. A mutual friend was in town, and so over cheerwine and brownies in Emily’s sister’s kitchen, sparks began to fly. Emily, an illustrator and owner of Emily Brooks Designs, accepted Patrick’s request for a tour of Raleigh after he had seen a recent map she had drawn for a local magazine. Two days later, they went on their first date at Poole’s Diner, which they would recreate a year and a half later for their engagement photos. Patrick popped the question the day before Thanksgiving before they were to drive up to Virginia to celebrate the holiday with his family.

When planning for the wedding, they knew they wanted to incorporate their loves for their home states in the details. The Save the Date was the first nod to this – a watercolor of Virginia and North Carolina, with the star over both the groom’s hometown of Salem and the bride’s hometown of Raleigh. The color palette for the wedding was pulled from a textile project Emily had created while in New York based on a Vermeer painting. The rich hunter green was paired with a light blush pink, along with the accents of black, white, and gold. Both the ceremony, held at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, and the reception, held at the North Carolina Museum of Art were blank canvases, as both are mostly a brilliant white; both inside and out. Patrick and Emily loved both traditional and modern spaces, so these two venues were a perfect melding of worlds. Their love for vintage nostalgia with a modern spin was expressed through the bride’s Jenny Packham dress, which fit Emily’s desire to have a 1920’s era feeling gown.

She had always loved her great grandmother’s look on her wedding day; especially her grand bouquet with tiny flowers tied into rich cream colored streamers flowing to the ground. Her florist was able to recreate a vintage airy garden bouquet with roses, hypericum berries, lisianthus, tuberoses, chocolate Queen Ann’s lace, and trailing vines of jasmine and passion flower. Patrick wore a peak lapel tuxedo and Res Ipsa black suede formal loafers. The nod to a vintage feel also extended into the traditional silhouette portraits of the two of them; the original print was matted and signed by guests, and was also seen on some of their wedding weekend paper goods.

Emily’s calligraphy was seen throughout the details; from the invitation suite to the ceremony programs, to the reception signage. She also created a map of Raleigh that was put in boxes for guests, that were filled with sweet and savory snacks from North Carolina and Virginia. The map was also put into use through the mobile app that Patrick created for guests, with a wedding weekend schedule and places to check out in Raleigh. To bring in more of a cabana feel to the reception, monstera leaves, palms, black and white striped runners, and white paper lanterns were used throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Cinda's Creative Cakes | Invitations: Emily Brooks Designs | Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Anglican Church | Reception Venue: North Carolina Museum Of Art | Catering: North Carolina Museum Of Art | Makeup: Onloktion Makeup Artistry | Band: EastCoast Entertainment | Ceremony Flowers: Artfully Arranged | Photography - Assistance: Sarah Der Photography | Reception Flowers: Watered Garden Florist

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Rustic Montana Wedding Infused With “California Cool”

Lindee and Todd’s wedding day wasn’t just about celebrating their love, but about bringing two families together in a meaningful way. Goldfinch Events & Design helped blend their California style with the rustic Montana setting, and even the couple’s children got in on the fun. “We made sure that each of our kids’ personalities were especially incorporated somewhere within the wedding,” added Lindee. Watch how the day unfolded in the gallery captured by Jeremiah and Rachel Photography.

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From Jeremiah and Rachel Photography… Lindee and Todd are some of the kindest people we’ve ever met, and spending just one minute with them you’d understand why these two are so perfect together. Lindee and Todd live in California, but chose the beautiful state of Montana for the joining of their families to honor Lindee’s family and upbringing. Cara from Goldfinch Events did an amazing job at blending their cool California vibe with the rustic side of Montana. One of our favorite parts of this wedding was the obvious love they have for their children. Everyone was so involved and caring, and it’s not often that I cry at weddings, but I definitely cried at this wedding. Todd’s three stunning daughters and Lindee’s handsome son all seem as if they have been siblings all their lives and it was so touching to see how happy everyone was that this day had finally arrived!

From the Bride… Our inspiration came from the blending of our families. Every decision, every detail was all about everyone being comfortable and having a good time. We made sure that each of our kids personalities were especially incorporated somewhere within the wedding. From my teenage boy wanting to wear his first bowtie, Todd’s oldest daughter using her wedding coordinator work experience for our ceremony, Todd’s middle daughter loving 50’s music, to Todd’s youngest begging to wear Converse at the reception…we made it all happen! It makes our photo album that much more special when we see those little details, and the huge smiles that accompany the details!

It was also very important to Todd and I to incorporate my rustic Montana farm girl upbringing with his casual California surfer style. Thank goodness for Cara Finch at GoldFinch Events for helping us to bring our ideas and visions to life! It was such a joy to share all of this with friends and family who came from near and far to be with us on this very special day.

Our wedding day was most certainly a celebration of us…”us” as in Todd and I, but it was also so much more… It’s now “us” as a family of 6, and for that we are forever blessed. A special thanks to Jeremiah and Rachel for capturing our big day and big love on 8/8/16 with your beautiful photography!

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Photography: Jeremiah and Rachel Photography | Event Design: Goldfinch Events & Design | Floral Design: Mums Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Rivini | Cake: Cakes By Debi | Ceremony Location: West Kootenai Community Church | Reception Venue: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | DJ: Sidecar Audio | Favors: Huckleberry Haven | Groom's Suit: Nordstrom | Dress Shop: Kingsley James | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: The Party Store | Table Top Rentals: The Top Collection

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Say Hello to the Gown of Your Dreams

You can’t work at a place like Style Me Pretty and not be completely obsessed with wedding gowns… and we sooo are. But what we love even more? A boutique that offers a gown for every lady we know, no matter her shape, budget or size. That place is David’s Bridal, your very own slice of wedding heaven with a plethora of beautiful gowns and 60+ years of experience making you look fabulous.  Scroll to check out their new Spring 2017 WHITE by Vera Wang collection below.

Guys, we know looking amazing on your Big Day is a really big deal, and so is being the most genuine version of yourself you can be. David’s Bridal totally gets that, which is why they’ve made it their mission to help you find that gown of your dreams… for you AND your besties. Think awesome online planning tools, totally knowledgeable stylists and expert seamstresses all coming together to make that dress buying journey the best part of planning your wedding.

Not that you need proof of just how amazing David’s Bridal truly is, but just in case you do: check out their gorgeous Spring 2017 WHITE by Vera Wang collection. Think a stop-you-in-your-tracks assortment of gowns that are the definition of stunning with body-defining silhouettes, modern details and crazy cool fabrics. It’s plunging v-necks, beaded fit and flares, ballet-inspired ball gowns, trumpet skirts and sooo much more, all boasting that modern meets romantic aesthetic that Vera Wang is so well known for.

With their insanely beautiful Spring 2017 WHITE by Vera Wang collection, David’s Bridal knows what it takes to make you and your bridal party happy. Not to mention sizes ranging from 0-26 and price points from $998 to $2048 (for brides), $199.95 to $299.95 (for bridesmaids) and $39.95 to $349.95 (for accessories). You can even follow them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to be constantly inspired. #DavidsBridal #WHITExVeraWang

Make an appointment at one of David’s Bridal’s 300+ stores located across the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Puerto Rico and Mexico City and be prepared to fall in love with their breathtaking bridal gowns, chic accessories (hello, shoes, handbags, jewelry and headpieces) and fab bridesmaid attire. Then enter the amazing giveaway below for a $1,500 gift card, because it’s awesome, loves.

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What: David’s Bridal is giving away a $1,500 gift card!

How: To enter, complete the entry form by EOD on March 14, 2017!

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Photography: Patrick Demarchelier

An Engagement With Sophisticated New Yorker Style

Any engagement that ends with drinks on a city rooftop is my kind of photo session. Especially when it’s set in one of the coolest spots in New York City. Nancy Ray photographed these two loves in their DUMBO, Brooklyn neighborhood and you can see their entire session this way in the gallery.

From the Bride-to-be… We moved to the beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) shortly before getting engaged last year, and we love everything about it-from the waterfront and the downtown Manhattan views to the brick streets. When it came time to pick a spot for our engagement pictures, we knew we wanted to have our pictures taken in a place special to us a couple. We chose our neighborhood because it’s the place where we started the New York chapter of our lives together!

Our wonderful photographer Nancy Ray was able to fly up to New York from North Carolina for the weekend, and we set a date for late October, hoping that the fall leaves would be in full swing. Unfortunately, we woke up the morning of our session to a torrential downpour! Nancy and I talked about rescheduling, but decided to wait a few hours and hope that it would clear up. Right before our scheduled meeting time, the rain completely stopped and the sun came out!

We had a beautiful afternoon walking around DUMBO and braving the Brooklyn Bridge. We finished our session with a glass of champagne on our rooftop, which is one our favorite places to spend our evenings! Because we wanted to be sure we had enough time to take photos before any rain moved back in, we decided to stay in one outfit for the whole session.

I searched high and low for an outfit that reflected my style now that I consider myself a New Yorker, and my DVF dress made me feel stylish while still comfortable. Drew wore a Smathers & Branson personalized needlepoint belt that I gave him when he graduated from law school and his favorite Paul Stuart sport coat. We cannot thank Nancy enough for the beautiful photos!

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Photography: Nancy Ray Photography | Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg | Shoes: J.Crew | Belt: Smathers & Branson | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Jeans: Imogene + Willie | Men's Coat: Paul Stuart | Men's Shirt: Kamakura | Men's Shoes: Brooks Brother | Watch: Rolex

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