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Sponsor Spotlight: Wedding Futures

When Wedding Futures was interested in becoming a part of the blog, I knew my financial minded husband would be thrilled to hear about their company. The principal is this - instead of a traditional wedding registry, you can create an account on Wedding Futures and your guests can gift you different securities. Have an interest in Apple stock? In a few steps your guests can gift you how ever many shares they chose instead of some pots and pans!

What do you think? Would you be inclined to use something like this versus a traditional registry?

Quick Palette: Warm Neutrals

As I mentioned yesterday, after I found Lo Bjurulf's work via Green Wedding Shoes, I spent an embarrassing amount of time admiring her talent! This particular origami tablescape was made up entirely of Ikea products - certainly an attainable idea for a wedding. And I've always thought there would be something really warm and romantic about a palette made up entirely of neutrals...this certainly proves it can be done! {View the rest of the images here}

Botanical Wedding Inspiration

A few weeks ago I was introduce to stylist Lo Bjurulf via Green Wedding Shoes, and I was mesmerized by her talent. There are origami tablescapes, beautifully styled homes and this brightly colored fete! I think this would be so lovely as a shower or a bridal brunch, and of course makes me wonder if there are nurseries and greenhouses that rent out their space. But even if you can't have it in a similar venue, you can easily incorporate some of the details. Cabbages as centerpieces and bottles capped with fruit...adorable!

Free Invitation Template

How adorable is this invitation from Gia at Betsywhite? She designed it to coordinate with an inspiration board that she created, and now she is offering it up so you can all download it for free! Head over to her blog and click the "download" link at the bottom of this post. Beautiful work, Gia!

Real Wedding: Wheaton, IL

There are so many things to love about Dana & Michael's wedding, but I am about to say something I nearly never write about here - I adore their couple portraits! And truly, are the first shots of Dana in her dress not stunning? And this is another strange thing to say, but I have serious hair envy when I look at those pictures! I had such high hopes of my hair performing something similar for our wedding, but it isn't capable of anything besides hanging completely straight. But I digress...

The couple were married at Dana's old school, the Benet Academy in Lisle. The couple's portraits and the reception took place at the beautiful Danada House in Wheaton - a venue I didn't know about until this post but now adore. There are horses at the venue and one was so enamored with Dana's flowers that he followed her around the entire time they were snapping pictures - love it! I also think this is the first time I've posted a wedding where the bride's mother walked her down the aisle, which is close to my heart because my Aunt & Cousin did the same at her wedding. And you can see the emotion on their faces! The remainder of the vendors are listed below:

Photographer: Deonna Caruso (you can see more images on Deonna's blog)
Event Planner: Dream Filled Weddings
Music: Elle Musique
Make Up: Antonette White
Videographer: I Do Films (I adore these guys!)
Florist: Ocie Floral

Inspiration Board: Yellow, Gray and Dusty Pink

A few weeks ago I received an email from a reader who is planning a vineyard wedding. While she wanted to use a yellow and gray palette, she also wanted to incorporate some pink into the day to add in a garden-esque vibe. It was a little hard to find images to fit into the palette but I have to say that I love the results! I've always been a fan of yellow and gray, but normally I've seen more of a marigold shade so I really like the light buttery yellow in this board. What do you think? Are any of you using a similar palette?
Row 1: Bridesmaid photo by Stephanie Williams | Yellow & White Arrangement from The Knot | Boutonniere from The Knot | Bouquet photo by Elissa Keno via Ruffled

Row 2: Cake from k.rosecakes | Invitation by Delphine Press

Row 3: Bouquet photo by Elissa Keno via Ruffled | Flower photo by Stephanie Williams | Macaroons by Paulette

Sponsor Spotlight: Santa Barbara Preserves Co.

I am really excited to introduce you to our newest sponsor, who I know you will love as much as I do! Santa Barbara Preserves Co. specializes in small batch preserves, and they also offer adorable wedding favors. You can pick from a variety of jellies, jams and apple butter and customize the flavor, the size of the jars, the colors, etc. And get this - they will even work with you to create a custom flavor!

The company is run by a mother and daughter team, and they work with local ingredients and homemade flavor. I truly wish I had heard of them before my own wedding...preserves are such a great way to add a personal touch but also send your guests home with something you know they'll use!

Idaho Engagement Session

There have been some arguments lately against overly "stylized" weddings and engagement sessions, and for the most part I agree. The goal of any event shouldn't be to land in a magazine or on a blog, but rather to capture who you are on film and freeze it in time for future generations to enjoy. This engagement session from Tana Photography certainly fits into the latter category, and not only is it beautiful it perfectly suits the couple!

Anne and Paul met in a reading class and they are both bookworms, hence the same worn copies of a favorite book. He is an Air Force pilot stationed in Arkansas, but they made a trip to her family farm in Idaho to have their photos taken at a place that is special to them both. And of course if they were bringing along things that were special to them, they couldn't leave out their pup Sam!

This is such a perfect example of how to incorporate a few things that represent who you are, so you can capture the essence of yourselves as a couple without a lot of fuss. And people, there is a baby duck! I have to say, with an engagement session this gorgeous I can hardly wait to see what they create for their wedding this fall. You can see more images from the session on Tana's blog!