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25 Fishing Themed Ideas That Look Great for Weddings

Around here, we’re crazy over details, themes, and ultra-fun ways to put your own personal touch on your big day. There’s no single theme we can’t turn into an ultra stylish fete, with just enough creativity to make it all seamlessly blend together. So when Mia wrote to us about her fiance, Tom, and his love for fishing, we were all over it. We couldn’t wait to answer her question and prove that she could wow him with a few secret fishing ideas thrown into the mix that he’ll love — without compromising on the stylish wedding of her dreams. Here’s what she wrote:

My fiance and I are planning a June wedding and he LOVES fishing. He goes fishing as often as he can and I’ve even started fishing with him. I want to surprise him with a few fishing details, without it turning into a fishing themed wedding or going overboard. Any ideas on what I can do?Mia

Not only is it possible, it’s so easy to do!

First, plan your engagement shoot around an outdoorsy / fishing theme, complete with a tackle box that has your wedding date on it. You can have this photo printed onto a postcard and sent to guests as your save the date. (Save the date cards are less formal and do not need to follow any sort of theme or palette, which means you don’t have to necessarily follow it up with a fishing invitation). ;)

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photo: katelyn james

Real Weddings: A Magnificent Rustic Wedding at Bellamy Mansion

Today we’re sharing a gorgeous Bellamy Mansion wedding in downtown Wilmington! But before we get started, we have to share the story of how this couple met. It sounds like it came from a romantic comedy! Vanessa tells us,

I was sitting at my gate at Wilmington International Airport at 6:30 am, reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Seth came and sat a few chairs diagonally across from me. From this moment on, I was only faking to read! I could not concentrate, as we kept staring awkwardly at each other making eye contact here and there. As we boarded the plane, Seth got in line behind me. My heart was racing with butterflies. I sat down in my seat on the plane and turned to see Seth standing there as he said, “I think that’s my seat…” pointing to the window seat, with a smile on his face. I responded, “No it’s not!” and we both laughed. In a two-seater row, there we were, just the two of us… and we talked the entire flight! We hit it off so seamlessly and discovered that we only lived a few miles apart from each other! At the end of the flight, Seth asked for my number and the rest is history!

So, what happened next? They fell in love, he popped the question, and they wed in a rustic setting at Bellamy Mansion! And we’re thrilled to share their beautiful day with you with photos and a video captured by Chris Lang Photography. In the video, you’ll see the day from start to finish including getting ready, the First Look, and a perfectly choreographed First Dance. Don’t miss it!

Real Weddings – Bellamy Mansion

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Is the Cost of Open Bar at Weddings *Really* Worth It?

Hello, loves! Today we’re tackling the hot topic of whether the cost of an open bar at weddings is worth it. Yesterday we received an email from soon-to-be weds, Ben and Sophie, who are getting married in May. They recently picked their wedding venue and now they’re tackling the high cost of an open bar. They ask,

Hey, Emmaline! We’re torn on this one: should we have an open bar at our wedding? Or do you think guests are OK with cash bar instead? It’s more of a cost issue than anything and we can’t decide if we should cut our bar budget. What do you think?Ben & Sophie

Open Bar Set Up for Wedding | photo: gina and ryan | http://emmalinebride.com/planning/cost-bar-weddings/

photo: gina and ryan via style me pretty

Let’s dive into this one, shall we?

Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificate to Papermints

It’s time for another wonderful wedding giveaway! This week, we’ve teamed up with Papermints to offer a $50 gift certificate for one lucky reader. This shop offers beautiful wall art gifts, stationery, and custom canvases in a variety of sizes and styles. Read on to see some of our handpicked finds you’ll want to get your hands on PLUS enter for a chance to win!

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Gift Certificate – Papermints

The lucky winner can use her gift certificate towards anything in their shop, including wedding invitations, like these beautiful finds…

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by papermints, photo: maria healey

“Wearing My Hair Down for the Wedding, But… ?” – Ask Emmaline

Bride-to-be Liz wrote to us with a new Ask Emmaline question about hairstyles for her wedding. She asks…

Dear Emmaline, I am getting married in a few months and don’t know what to wear in my hair. I’m not crazy about veils but I know I want to wear my hair down and curled (it’s pretty long). I’m worried without a veil it won’t look elegant enough for my wedding day. Do you have any advice on what I can do to make it look more formal?Liz

lace and crystal hair piece

by sibo designs

Pearl Earrings to Wear on your Wedding Day — and Beyond

Hi, loves! Emma here! Pearl earrings are one of my favorite styles. Yes, I also adore crystal earrings and gemstone drop earrings and druzy has stolen my heart, but pearls are *always* a classic choice for the bride.

When shopping for your bridal accessories, it is a huge bonus to find a piece you’ll love to wear even after the wedding. I’d say that’s money well spent — and most importantly, enjoyed — for years to come. Today we’re sharing a beautiful collection of pearl earrings from the lovely Jacaranda Designs to show earrings versatile enough to take you from the big day to forever after. Read on to see what we’ve found!

Pearl Earrings for the Bride

scroll gold and pearl earrings | by jacaranda designs | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/pearl-earrings-bride/ | pearl earrings bride

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3 Dresses You’ll Absolutely Love for Winter Weddings

When you’re shopping for the *perfect* wedding gown, it tends to be easier in the spring or summer. Strapless! Halter! One-shoulder! Any of these designs are readily available and you’re more than happy to wear any of them outdoors since spring and summer boasts pretty incredible weather. But if you’re getting married in the winter — and you don’t want to be cold — you’ve come to the right place. We’ve found three beautiful dresses for winter weddings we know you’ll love from Milamira Bridal and we can’t wait to show you how perfect they are! Read on for more…

Long Sleeve Dresses Winter Weddings (by Milamira Bridal, Photo: Ksenia Milushkina) | http://emmalinebride.com/bride/dresses-winter-weddings/

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Real Weddings: A Beautiful Buhl Estate Wedding at Addison Oaks

Meet Jacquie and Kevin! Despite having one of the worst weather days for a wedding — it rained continuously with accompanying high winds — they didn’t complain or get upset at all. They just rolled with it, a great rule of thumb for every couple to follow! Instead, let it go and enjoy every moment. That’s exactly what they did and, as a result, their wedding day was everything they dreamed it would be! Their wedding was held at the Buhl Estate at Addison Oaks in Leonard, Michigan, one of the most beautiful wedding venues in the state. This venue dates back more than 100 years and offers an elegant distinctive English Tudor-style manor home, surrounded by a formal flower garden. Read on to see the beautiful images by The Camera Chick

Addison Oaks Wedding - Photo by The Camera Chick

How to Plan the Perfect Wine Tasting Bachelorette Party

Happy Monday! Emma here and we are so excited to be kicking off a brand new month at Emmaline Bride! Can you believe it’s already November?! This month, we’ll be bringing you some pretty exciting stuff, so be sure you’re on the list so you don’t miss it! First up, we’re talking about how to plan a wine bachelorette party complete with wine tastings, cheese samplings, and a girls weekend bash so epic your girls won’t stop talking about it for days. How do you get started? Read on to find out more!

how to plan a wine bachelorette party via emmalinebride

Chris + Krystle’s Metro Detroit Wedding (Plus Zombie Shoot!)

Meet Chris and Krystle. Their Metro Detroit wedding was this past August and it was fantastic! They started the day off by getting ready at the local Hyatt Place Hotel. From there they traveled to Bay Court Park in Independence Township for their ceremony. It was a beautiful day and the weather was perfect. Their photographer Melissa from MC Photography did an amazing job capturing the details and this great couple…

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