Melissa’s Bridals

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I am so excited to share Melissa’s bridal portrait session with you today!! Isn’t she absolutely radiant?! These bridal portraits capture Melissa’s beauty, anticipation, and joy so well, and she glows so much! I adore the wind-blown hair and veil (it was a windy, chilly day!), the scalloped edge of her train, the delicate pearl buttons down her back, the gorgeous antique lace, the flowing blush + burgundy ribbons, her lush bouquet, and that happy smile of hers!

Melissa and Jonathan were married this past weekend, and goodness was it an amazing day! The weather was incredibly perfect — 60 degrees with the brightest blue sky and plenty of sunshine, which was amazing for an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. The entire day was calm, fun, and filled with so many sweet moments and lots of anticipation! The venue, The Pavilion at Carriage Farm, was such a beautiful location for Melissa and Jonathan to be married, as it felt like we were in the middle of the mountains (a special spot for these two!) with towering trees, a bright red barn, a stone fireplace, and gorgeous views. Their ceremony was so touching and so personalized (I definitely teared up!), and it was the happiest beginning to their married life! Out on the patio, we installed market lights and had a s’mores bar by the fire pit once the sun went down, and inside we had a hot chocolate bar (with all the toppings!), homemade by Melissa’s mom. Their first dances were so sweet, the food was delicious, their friends and family were so loving and excited for them, and was the happiest ending to the evening with a sparkler exit!

Photographer: Megan Kerns Photography

Wedding planning, design, & styling: Stephanie Shaul Events

Venue: The Pavilion at Carriage Farm

Florist: Daniels Florist by Kimberly

Hair: Jade Marion Hair

Makeup: Erin Kelly Makeup

I cannot wait to share the gorgeous wedding day images from Megan Kerns Photography with you so soon! It was the most incredible day celebrating Melissa and Jonathan, and you can see some iPhone sneak peeks here!

Endless congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Price, and have the very best time on your honeymoon!!

Preserving my Bridal Bouquet

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A couple months ago, I talked about saving my bridal bouquet. Today I’m back for a quick update and my solution! This glass box is super special to me, as it now houses the dried flowers from my bridal bouquet, along with the lace from my mom’s wedding dress that I tied around my bouquet. Ever since our wedding in April, I’ve been drying and saving the flowers and greenery from my picture-perfect bouquet. And now I found the perfect keepsake glass and gold box to store them in forever, much like my mom did with her bridal bouquet 36 years ago!

I adore having such a special memento and keepsake from our wedding, and it’s a simple yet effective solution. So many shops have a glass and gold box like this one, but I miraculously found this one at Homegoods in the clearance section for $7! Every day, I love being able to see the individual blooms, petals, and greenery from my stunning bridal bouquet. Sometimes the most simple solution ends up being the best, and I know I’ll treasure this forever!