Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session: Megan + Michael

Megan and Michael’s Brooklyn Bridge engagement session was so much fun! Their engagement photos include some amazing shots of themselves walking around the Brooklyn Bridge Park and under the city’s skyline. This cute couple teamed up with wedding photographer David from Butler Photography, LLC. Take a walk with Megan and Michael as they start off on life’s journey together by checking out their Brooklyn engagement session…

brooklyn bridge engagement session

brooklyn bridge engagement session

Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session

David tells us, “I will be shooting Megan & Michael’s wedding this October but earlier this year I traveled from Connecticut to where Megan & Mike live in Brooklyn, NY. There I shot their engagement pictures. We decided to shoot around the Brooklyn Bridge Park which Megan suggested. The park was was a great spot with plenty of scenic spots. The day was exceptionally beautiful. Megan and Mike did such a great job. They were very easy going and relaxed which make my job so easy and fun!

brooklyn bridge engagement session

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Session

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Park engagement photos

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Park engagement photos

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Park engagement photos

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Park engagement photos

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Park engagement photos

Butler Photography, LLC - Brooklyn Bridge Park engagement photos

If you enjoyed this engagement session and are in need of a wedding photographer, then visit Butler Photography, LLC. You can also see David’s wedding photographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Butler Photography, LLC. All rights reserved.

30+ Best Something Blue Ideas to Steal

Hi, lovelies! Emma here. If you follow the old custom of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and this for your shoe, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered up the best, most modern something blue ideas — thirty-two in all — to tie into your ceremony. We begin with one of the loveliest clutch purses ever…

Something Blue Ideas

1. Clutch Purse

Carry a clutch purse in your favorite shade of blue. Or, pick a purse with a beautiful blue brooch or floral clip attached to the outside; an inner liner of blue is another fantastic something blue idea.

blue clutch purse

davie & chiyo

#2 + #3: Blue Bouquet and Blue Ribbon

A bouquet of blue flowers (think: hydrangeas) is one of our favorite something blue ideas. We love the ribbon wrapped around the handle, too, for an extra dose of crave-worthy color. (Want a different color bouquet? Go for it and simply wrap your blue ribbon around the handle. Easy!)

blue wedding bouquet hydrangeas

photo: anastasiya belik via burnett’s boards

4. Shoes

Um, a pair of these sky blue pretties from Badgley Mishka? Yes, please!

blue badgley mishka heels randall d'orsay style

badgley mischka

5. Nails

One of the easiest something blue ideas is often overlooked: nail polish! Paint your fingernails or toenails a soft, pretty shade of blue, like this, appropriately named, no?

6. Dress Label

Have a small dress label with blue embroidery sewn into the back inside of your dress.

7. Handkerchief

Carry a handkerchief wrapped around your bouquet in a soft shade of blue. Or, have a white handkerchief made with your initials embroidered with blue thread. Happy tears only.

handkerchief-with-blue-embroidery-monogram

linen whites

8. Earrings

Go gorgeous with a pair of blue earrings that will make a bold statement.

blue dangling earrings

ava hope designs

9. Necklace

A pretty necklace is something you can wear again and again.

blue topaz necklace

ohkuol

10. Wedding Band

For a something blue forever + ever, pick a wedding band with tiny sapphires in it.

something blue wedding band

kristin coffin

11. Ring

Instead of integrating into your wedding ring set, you can wear a something blue ring just for the occasion.

blue topaz ring for something blue

house on hudson

12. Bridesmaid Dresses

Select a bridesmaid dress in your favorite shade of blue.

blue-bridesmaid-dresses

into the light via one fab day

13. Undergarments

A light blue undergarment (so long as it doesn’t show through, of course) is an exceptionally secret something blue.

14. Hair Pin

It doesn’t have to be extravagant: a simple, elegant hair pin with a bit of blue is all you need.

something-blue-ideas-hair-pins-with-blue-flowers

eden’s wake

15. Hem

One of my favorite something blue ideas: the blue hem.

16. Garter

One of the most beloved something blues: a garter. This something blue garter has feathers for a fanciful touch.

something-blue-garter-with-feathers

tessa kim

17. Cardigan

While a more modern idea, a blue cardigan or bolero is perfect for those non-conventional brides (especially in cooler weather).

18. Groom’s Tie

Your groom’s tie is one of the easiest something blue ideas…

19. Pocket Square

… and so is a blue pocket square!

20. Tie Patch

Have a little something embroidered on the back of his tie as a secret something blue he’ll notice before the ceremony.

embroidered-tie-patch-something-blue-ideas

the merriweather council

21. Locket

Wrap a blue locket around the handle of your ribbon and pin securely. After the wedding, you can wear it as a keepsake.

something blue ideas:  blue locket to wrap around your bouquet

the blooming thread

22. Petals

Toss blue flower petals down the aisle instead of the traditional white or pink.

23. Aisle Runner

A blue aisle runner, constructed from simple blue fabric, is one way to accent your ceremony space.

24. Aisle Decor

Use shepherd’s hooks to hang mason jars filled with blue hydrangeas as decor that looks lovely and doubles as your something blue.

25. Ring Pillow

Have your ring bearer carry a pillow with blue stitching or made of blue fabric. The ribbon that holds the rings can even be the smallest something blue (still counts!)

26. Ring Bearer’s Suit

The ring bearer can be your good luck charm, donning a blue suit or blue necktie and vest.

27. Flower Girl’s Dress

Or, ask the flower girl to wear a soft blue dress instead of traditional colors such as white or pink.

28. Boutonniere

A boutonniere can be wrapped in dark blue ribbon. You’ll notice in the image below that this groom also has a light blue checkered shirt, a dark blue necktie, and a pocket square with a tiny blue checkered pattern, all of which fit into something blue ideas mentioned above. It’s always good to have a visual.

blue-ribbon-wrapped-boutonniere

studio stems

29. Cuff Links

His cuff links can count as your something blue. Gift them in a box before the ceremony as a wedding day surprise.

These are pretty awesome.

vinyl blue cufflinks

asgard designs

30. Programs

Who says your wedding programs can’t don a bluish hue?

32. Flower Girl Baskets

Have the flower girl carry a basket painted with your favorite shade of blue.

blue-flower-girl-basket

rustic blend

I know there are even more little known something blue ideas. What’s your favorite? For my something blue, I wore a garter. What will you wear (or, what did you wear) for something blue? Comment below + let’s chat about it.

xo
-E.

Win a Pair of Sparkly Pearl Earrings

Happy Monday! We’re kicking off this lovely, September-filled book-launch-week the best way we know how: with a giveaway, of course! We’ve teamed up with jewelry-making maven, Maddy of Marolsha to offer a pair of sparkly pearl earrings to one lucky reader. Check out these stunners below + toss your name in the hat for a chance to win!

Sparkly Pearl Earrings: Giveaway

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sparkly-pearl-earrings-photo

Enter for a chance to win a pair of sparkly pearl earrings!

o Enter between 9/8/14-9/14/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Sparkly Pearl Earrings in blush and champagne by Marolsha (shown in image below)

sparkly-pearl-wedding-earrings

o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 9/15; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $26.50; no cash value
o Winner pays shipping
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

xo
-E.

30 Wedding Cakes: #1 – Naked Wedding Cake + Flowers

Hello, loves! Happy weekend! We’re popping in to tell you that our monthly series for September is 30 Wedding Cakes (you may remember our 31 Hairstyles in July, followed by 31 Giveaways in August). We’re a little late to the party, so to speak, but we’ll be filling in the blanks to ensure we hit the 30 mark before October. Let’s hit it and kick off the first of many gorgeous wedding cakes: the naked wedding cake with peonies.

Naked Wedding Cake with Flowers on Top via 30 Wedding Cakes - cake: deux bakery, photo: anna j photography

Naked Wedding Cake: Two Tiered with Peonies

This gorgeous two-tiered naked wedding cake is given its name of ‘naked’ because of its unique non-frosted exterior. Naked wedding cakes are trending and for good reason: they allow your cake’s fillings to be visible. Plus, it’s just fun to have something different, no? This particular naked wedding cake is topped with fresh peonies, ranunculus, and roses. It features a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling. By Deux Bakery. Photo by Anna J Photography.

xo
-E.

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces with Flowers, Table Numbers

Rustic brides: take note! If you’re looking for easy, do-it-yourself rustic wedding centerpieces with flowers and table numbers, we’ve found ’em! Check out these unique wedding centerpieces we spotted over at Country Barn Babe. Aren’t they lovely?

Rustic Table Number Centerpieces

It’s easy: if you are using a floral wedding centerpiece, you can incorporate these wood rustic numbers right into them with ease.

rustic-table-number-centerpieces

rustic wedding centerpieces with flowers

rustic wedding centerpieces with flowers

rustic wedding centerpieces with flowers

You can find these rustic wood table numbers over at Country Barn Babe, a Featured Artist at Emmaline Bride.

xo
-E.

Illinois Country Club Wedding: Jenna + George

This Illinois country club wedding has a elegant classic theme that you’re sure to love! Meet Jenna and George. Their wedding was earlier this summer at the Elgin Country Club in Elgin, IL. Their classic, yet simple theme included elements like Jenna’s gorgeous dress, George’s black tuxedo, and colorful flower pomander decorations. There’s only one photographer who could capture Jenna and George at their best, Rebecca from Rebecca Borg Photography. Watch their wedding unfold in 3…2..1.

Rebecca Borg Photography - illinois country club wedding - groom in black tux meets bride for first look

Illinois Country Club Wedding

Rebecca tells us, “Jenna and her family did all of the details for the wedding, her cousin who is like a sister to her, is a florist and created the decor and flower arrangements. (I met Jenna through working with her cousin at another wedding.) It was a seriously beautiful summer day in the Midwest. Jenna and George are two of the nicest people ever! She wanted a simple wedding and doesn’t love attention but they definitely appreciate beauty and good food! Jenna used to work at the country club and knew their food was awesome.

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - wedding flowers in vase and bride's shoes

Rebecca Borg Photography - illinois country club wedding - wedding flowers

Rebecca Borg Photography - illinois country club wedding - wedding bouquet

Rebecca Borg Photography - illinois country club wedding - big wedding ring

Rebecca Borg Photography - illinois country club wedding - pearl necklace for wedding

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - wedding dress/gown and bouquet

Rebecca Borg Photography - illinois countyr club wedding - wedding dress tightened

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - bride smiles getting ready - couple married

Rebecca Borg Photography - illinois country club wedding - bride and groom smile

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - bride and groom in classic look outdoors

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - bride and groom embrace for photos

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - outdoor ceremony chair setup

Rebecca Borg Photography - wedding band for outdoor ceremony

Rebecca Borg Photography - wedding aisle flower decorations

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - guitar player during wedding ceremony

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - wedding ceremony hanging pomanders

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - father walks bride down the aisle with guests watching

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - bride and groom hold hands at altar

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - baby's breath pomander ceremony decoration

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - bride and groom kissing in black and white photos

Rebecca Borg Photography - wedding flower table centerpiece

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - pomander table centerpiece

Rebecca Borg Photography - Elgin Country Club Wedding - bride and groom kissing at alter and under the moon

Location: Elgin Country Club

Need your upcoming Illinois wedding professionally photographed? Then visit Rebecca Borg Photography. You can also see Rebecca’s wedding photographer business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

All images courtesy of Rebecca Borg Photography. All rights reserved.

WIN THIS: Champange Bridal Hair Pin

It’s time for another wonderful wedding giveaway at Emmaline Bride! Enter for a chance to win this lovely champagne bridal hair pin for your wedding by Hair Blossoms Boutique

Champagne Bridal Hair Pin

Win This: Champagne Organza Hair Pin

About the Prize This handcrafted hair pin is made with elegant layers of champagne organza with pinkish accent and crystals shaped into a flower. The flower is attached to silver bobby pin. Flower measures about 3 inches/ 7.5 cm in diameter.

o Enter between 9/5/14-9/11/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Champagne Organza Hair Pin from Hair Blossoms Boutique
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 9/12; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to use prize
o Prize value: $15; no cash value
o Free shipping included to U.S. only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Good Luck!

xo
-E.

Map Wedding Ideas

When you’re planning a handcrafted wedding, you know how awesome it is to find unique, creative ideas for re-purposing ordinary, daily things. Maybe it’s because GPS has replaced maps so no one really sees them anymore, but we love how maps are being re-purposed into all sorts of wedding decor, from invitations to garland to home decor prints. Check out these map ideas we found to learn more…

Map Wedding Ideas

1. Map Silhouette Art

One of the cutest things ever made with maps; will look great on your guest book table

Map Wedding Ideas
agierdesign

2. Map Cufflinks

For the groomsmen

map-cufflinks

white truffle studio

3. Map Garland

For that one last decor wall you still need to decorate

map garland

bookity

4. Map Makeup Bag

For your getting-ready makeup

vintage-map-toiletry-bag

aristocrafts

5. Map Roses

Maps rolled into pretty rose flowers. Plus, they last forever!

rolled paper roses made from maps

dragonflies

6. Map Wedding Seed Favors

For guests to plant + flowers to bloom

map favor seed bags

recycled ideas

7. Map Wedding Invitation

For setting the tone and theme of your event right from the start

brooklyn antique map wedding invitation

powerhouse paper

8. Map Covered Monograms

For your ceremony space

map covered letter monograms

flea market sunday

9. Map Pendant

Great gift for your bridesmaids + has a real working compass on reverse side

custom-map-necklace-pendant-compass

paper and place

Which of these map wedding ideas do you love most? I’m totally digging that map fabric clutch and those map covered monograms. Both are totally my style!

xo
-E.