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Real Weddings: Brooklyn Arts Center in Downtown Wilmington

When you have a stunning couple like Mallory and Travis gracing the blog and photographer Eric Boneske behind the lens, you just know it’s going to be a stunning Real Wedding! Their wedding was held at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. This venue boasts exceptional architecture including 50-foot cathedral ceilings, original brick walls, and stained glass windows, just to name a few. It’s a vintage wedding dream come true! They chose a soft coral color palette infused with pops of blush and orange, along with coordinating botanical decor and paper goods. I especially love their elegant ceremony decor including mason jar vases along the aisle and a pallet-turned-sign which read “Come as you are, stay as long as you can, we’re all family here, so no seating plan“. It is easily one of my favorite handmade wedding details this year. I adore the bridesmaids’ mismatched dresses in shades of pink, the string lights which served as an elegant ceremony backdrop, and the rustically modern wedding cake. The inspiration begins below…

The Happy Couple | Real Weddings Brooklyn Arts Center | Photo: Eric Boneske

Gift Ideas for Yoga Lovin’ Bridesmaids

When you’re picking out bridesmaid gifts, one of the *best* ways to knock it out of the park is by picking one of her hobbies. What does she like to do in her free time? Read? Shop? Drink coffee? Bike? Travel? Perhaps yoga? If yoga is her favorite thing to do, you’re in luck! Today we’re rolling out some cute gift ideas for yoga lovin’ brides. Whether she’s a certified Yogi, loves to do a mix of yoga and pilates at the gym, or just watches Scandal in yoga pants and drinks wine (ha!) you’ll find a gift (or two) she will love in this handmade gift guide. Enjoy — or shall I say, Namaste.

Yoga Gift Ideas

First up in the collection is this coffee mug from Fox and Clover Boutique that reads, It’s a yoga pants and messy bun kinda day. When is it not?

its a yoga pants and messy bun kinda day

by fox and clover boutique

Which Return Address to Use on Wedding Invitations?

Hello, hello! Happy Thursday! Did you enter this week’s wedding giveaways yet? You should. They’re FREE and pretty amazing. Click here!

Which return address should you use on your invitations and reply cards? That’s what bride-to-be, Kyra, wanted to know in our most recent Ask Emmaline question! She writes,

Dear Emmaline, I am ordering invitations right now but I have a question. What return address am I supposed to use? My parents? Mine? Help!Kyra

We’re here to help! Read on for the answer!

return address invitations

by chicks and hens

Giveaway: Win a $50 Gift Certificate to Geezees

After the wedding, there are two things you must do: make an album and create art for your walls! Today we’re helping you tackle the latter with a gift certificate giveaway from Stephanie of Geezees. Find out how you can win a gift certificate towards personalized wall art of your choice, below. And, I have to say, our wedding giveaways just keep getting better and better! Enjoy!

Win a Gift Certificate Geezees Custom Canvas
by geezees custom canvas

21 Most Beautiful Welcome Signs for Weddings

What is the first impression you will make on guests at your wedding? The entrance! A beautiful welcome sign will give your guests an instant warm welcome and add a little decor to your space. When you are picking the perfect welcome sign, choose one that complements your wedding theme, color palette, and style. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up twenty-one unique wedding welcome signs with ideas for rustic, modern, classic, beach, and more! Which of these signs is your favorite? I love #1… #11… and #18 is my favorite! Grab a cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired… enjoy!

Wedding Welcome Signs

1. Can I Get a Witness?

can i get a witness wedding sign by country bliss designs | signs entrance weddings | http://emmalinebride.com/decor/signs-entrance-weddings/

sign by country bliss designs

This Anniversary Book Makes a Perfect Gift for Weddings

Planning your wedding is an adventure to be remembered forever. The decisions you make together as a couple become instant memories. Some of my favorites? The first time you visit your venue, how you asked your wedding party, when you said yes to the dress, the fittings, the cake tastings… the list goes on. You should keep a record of these things in a journal from engagement to wedding day because it goes by so fast. But what about after the big day? That’s where the Wedding Anniversary Book by Sylvia Stremming Designs comes in!

Your first day married begins a brand new adventure. Each year goes by so fast — it’s true! — and keeping everything from photos and jotted down notes to ticket stubs and vacation plans is a must! From year one to twenty-five (and twenty-five through fifty, though you’ll need a second book to hold it all!), you can keep a beautiful account of your most cherished memories in this unique book. You’ll enjoy flipping through it as you celebrate each anniversary and reflect on the year. It also makes a beautiful keepsake to show to future generations. This book makes an awesome gift for soon-to-be weds, newlyweds, or as a first year anniversary gift. After all, year one’s traditional anniversary gift is paper — so this is perfect! Read on to see more…

Anniversary Book for Weddings

the wedding anniversary book

3 Reasons Why Every Couple Should Have a Wedding Website
(Plus, a $500 Giveaway!)

Do you have a wedding website for your big day yet? If not, you should! Today we’re telling you three reasons why a wedding website is something every couple should have. We’ll also share some of our favorite wedding website designs and let you in on how to get a FREE wedding website from Minted for a limited time. Plus, we’ve teamed up with Minted to give away a huge $500 gift card to one lucky reader as a special giveaway! Read on for more…

wedding website 1

Why This Groomsman Flask Is a “Real Man’s Flask”

Flasks are one of the most popular groomsmen gifts because there are so many styles, sizes, colors, and custom options to choose from. But some flasks look cheap and flimsy. In fact, most flasks we have seen aren’t as well-made or durable as we’d like them to be. And when you’re giving a groomsmen gift, you want to pick something that is going to last. So, you can imagine our excitement when we stumbled upon SWIG Hip Flasks. We were blown away by their unique look, feel, and quality of craftsmanship. This is a “real man’s flask” because it is strong, durable, and more handsome than any other flask we’ve seen. Today we’re sharing our favorite SWIG flasks to inspire your groomsmen gift selection. Which flask is your favorite?

tweed pouch groomsmen flasks | http://emmalinebride.com/groomsmen/groomsmen-flasks-swig/