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Widowed Father Recreates Wedding Photos with Daughter

October 19, 2014 2 Comments

We spotted this heartfelt and awe-inspiring story and wanted to share it with you. Break out the tissues — this is one sad and heartwarming story that will remind you what’s truly important in life. Photos by Loft Three Photography.

Father Recreates Wedding Photos with Daughter to Say Goodbye

In Moving Without Mom, Ben Nunery and his daughter, Olivia, recreated wedding photos to say goodbye and honor late wife and mother, Ali. Ben and Ali got married in 2009 after recently closing on their house. Since they hadn’t moved in yet, they utilized the empty house as an opportunity to have their wedding photographs taken inside. Four and a half years later, Ali tragically passed away from cancer. When Ben and his daughter, Olivia, were preparing to move into a new house, they wanted to find a way to honor Ali and say goodbye to the memories the three shared together. So, Ben decided to recreate their wedding photos as father and daughter. These photos are so real. So raw. So emotional. Take a look at the beautiful memories they created thanks to Melanie Tracy Pace, Ali’s sister and talented photographer.

Father Recreates Wedding Photos with Daughter - photo by loft three photography

Father Recreates Wedding Photos with Daughter - photo by loft three photography

Father Recreates Wedding Photos with Daughter - photo by loft three photography

Father Recreates Wedding Photos with Daughter - photo by loft three photography

Father Recreates Wedding Photos with Daughter - photo by loft three photography

Father Recreates Wedding Photos with Daughter - photo by loft three photography


What a remarkably moving and inspiring story. We wish Ben and Olivia all the best and we are sorry to hear of Ali’s tragic passing. This is a beautiful way to remember and honor her life, and will be a lasting memory for Olivia as she grows up.

Each day is so precious.


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Superhero Groomsmen >> Photo of the Day

October 18, 2014 Leave a Comment

Superhero groomsmen rock! These superhero groomsmen with groom busted out their masks and tees during wedding portraits. How fun! The team from LinneaLiz Photography captured this stellar crew as they prepared to save the world…

Superhero Groomsmen

superhero groomsmen linnealiz photography emmaline bride

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Truck Ring Bearer Pillow

October 17, 2014 Leave a Comment

While not exclusively for vintage weddings, this vintage inspired 1956 Ford toy truck ring bearer pillow is a creative twist! Instead of a traditional ring pillow, this toy truck can be used in its place. A small white satin pillow in the bed of the truck features ribbon to hold your rings; the pillow is removable so your ring bearer can play with the toy truck and keep it after the ceremony. We love dual-purpose wedding ideas! Your ring pillow + your ring bearer’s gift? Consider those two crossed off your list this week!

Truck Ring Bearer Pillow

This adorable handmade truck ring bearer pillow is by By The Seashore.

Truck Ring Bearer Pillow

Get this truck ring bearer pillow now or see other adorable wedding decor items at By The Seashore.


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20+ Boho Arrow Wedding Ideas

October 17, 2014 1 Comment

Of all the creative thematic details I’ve seen in Real Weddings lately, arrow wedding ideas are my favorite! These tribal pretties are popping up anywhere you can imagine, from cake toppers to backdrops to invitations. Embrace this bohemian totally tribal look and get inspired with today’s feature including 20+ lovely arrow wedding ideas! Enjoy!

Arrow Wedding Ideas

To kick off the arrow wedding ideas inspo, check out this amazing cake topper! Cupid’s arrow just shot right through this gorgeous tiered cake.

arrow wedding cake topper via 20+ Boho Arrow Wedding Ideas
arrow wedding cake topper | icing101

Every wedding reception needs cute chair signs, like these arrow ‘mr’ and ‘mrs’ signs we spotted.

his and hers arrow chair signs via 20+ Boho Arrow Wedding Ideas
via 100layercake, photo: the sparrow and the crow

I love those gold arrow place cards!

via martha stewart weddings, photos: allyson magda

This shop on Etsy makes these colorful arrows and I want all of them.

decorative arrow wedding decor | sepia smiles

From arrow buttons (or bottle openers) to a return stamp with arrow decor to temporary tattoos with your name and an arrow design: it’s amazing how many arrow wedding ideas we’ve seen.

arrow buttons or bottle openers | big yellow dog designs
arrow wedding tattoo favor | kristen mcgillivray
arrow wedding return stamp | olive berry paper

Kick off the celebration with an arrow themed wedding invite. This one is in black and white…

black and white arrow wedding invitations | daydream prints

… while this one boasts a navy blue and white palette. Both designs are exceptionally lovely.

love arrow wedding invites in blue + white | amanda day rose

Here’s a twist on the fingerprint guest book we showed you in the past! This time with cupid’s arrow shot right through it.

heart and arrow fingerprint guest book via 20+ Boho Arrow Wedding Ideas
heart and arrow wedding guest book print | flutterbye prints

I love this gold print, among these other charming arrow wedding ideas. The pillow can be used on your sweetheart chairs as a way to reserve them (in lieu of a chair sign). More comfy, too./p>

keep calm and say i do print | gogobook art
mint arrow coasters | turquoise and lake
arrow wedding pillow | home living ideas
gold arrow print | dapper dachshund shop

I adore this save the date idea!

photo: dan&anne

This wedding backdrop features many cut-out arrows, which can be customized in your color palette. It’s simple but makes a statement.

via style me pretty, photo: sweet root village

Show guests where the dancing will take place…

dancing wedding arrow via 20+ Boho Arrow Wedding Ideas
dancing wedding arrow | host and toast studio

… and grab one of these as a keepsake for your big day.

cubic zirconia arrow necklace via 20+ Boho Arrow Wedding Ideas
sparkly arrow necklace | curated collection

I’m obviously still obsessed with marquee lights… and, holy smokes, these cufflinks are incredible!

arrow marquee | the rusted key
arrow wedding cufflinks | white truffle studio

And, last but not least, a cute wedding favor to give to guests, complete with a chic arrow pattern.

rustic wood slice heart arrows via 20+ Boho Arrow Wedding Ideas
wood favors | pnz designs

Are you planning an arrow wedding?


What are your favorite arrow wedding ideas?

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Bust a Move! » Photo of the Day

October 16, 2014 Leave a Comment

It’s time to bust a move! We hope this photo of the day has you gearing up for this weekend’s weddings. The photo was taken by Christina from Nina Lily Photography a couple’s wedding at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. For wedding-goers this weekend, get ready to work your stuff!

Bust a Move

Bust a Move Philadelphia wedding, bride and groom dance at the national constitution center

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Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses Done Right

October 16, 2014 Leave a Comment

Oh, how we love mismatched bridesmaid dresses, especially when done right! Although it sounds like a piece of cake, the loveliest mismatched bridesmaid dresses done right actually requires a little pre-planning on your part.

mismatched bridesmaid dresses done right

If you’re wondering what mismatched bridesmaid dresses are, it is a trend where bridesmaids don dresses that are similar but not exactly the same. You are essentially asking bridesmaids to pick a dress they love in a particular shade, typically one that complements your color palette. You can pick the same style of dress and have each bridesmaid pick their favorite color; or, they can have free reign and pick any style dress in any color. However, to get this look right, we recommend providing a color palette with complementing shades so they look lovely and harmonious, without having to be exact carbon copies of each other. Complementing shades = a more cohesive look. Your photos will look awesome. You’ll be happy. She’ll be happy. She’ll actually wear the dress again. She’ll love how awesome she looks in her dress, and she’ll love you 1000x for it, since you’re pretty much Bride of the Year for being so flexible.

mismatched bridesmaid dresses done right

And, if you want to add one teensy element that will pull them all together, an accessory piece like this embellished dress belt will do the trick.

mismatched bridesmaid dresses done right

You can get these mismatched bridesmaid dresses over at Armour sans Anguish.

lovely photos by ktmerry


Are you having mismatched bridesmaid dresses at your wedding?

Why or why not?

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Giveaway: Win a Guest Book Puzzle

October 16, 2014 12 Comments

Brides: want a unique guest book idea? Check out this guest book puzzle from The Missing Piece Puzzle Company! Here’s how it works: you send them a favorite engagement photo, they turn it into a guest book puzzle, and guests sign the back of the puzzle pieces instead of a traditional book. Cute idea! We’re giving one away to a lucky reader in a special giveaway — check out the details below to win a guest book puzzle of your very own absolutely F R E E!

Guest Book Puzzle Giveaway

Giveaway Details

o Enter between 10/16-10/22/14 (11:59pm EST)
o Prize: 16×20 White Puzzle — winner’s choice of piece count

From the Sponsor: Unique Wedding Guestbook that is a great deal of fun! White Puzzle Pieces that are perfect for your Guest Book Alternative and add an element of fun and excitement for your guests. Our White Puzzle is perfect as a Wedding Guest Book Alternative, Bridal Shower Sign In, and Engagement or Anniversary sign in book. These beautiful and vibrant Puzzle Pieces are in a vibrant glossy White and are perfect as a unique Wedding Guest Book.

The completed puzzle measures approximately an extra large 16×20 inches and features very thick glossy white pieces. Our puzzles are made of the very best puzzle board in the WORLD and is used by the top makers in the World. Our puzzles are designed to last for decades. Very affordably priced, order more then one to accommodate your Guest List and assemble and frame them together.

o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o FREE shipping included to the U.S. and Canada
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 3 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $25 | No cash value
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter

Entry Form

Good luck!

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7 Letterpress Invitations That’ll Make an Impression

October 16, 2014 Leave a Comment

make an impression with letterpress

Pop quiz time: what’s the easiest way to make a wedding impression right off the bat? With invitations! And, quite literally, letterpress invitations will make an even stronger impression. Letterpress is a technique that means the invitation was printed from a hard, raised image, one you can feel with your fingertips. You’ve probably seen letterpress invitations in the past, but you’ve never seen letterpress by Crafty Pie Press. We have the privilege of sharing these gorgeous new letterpress wedding invitations with you today complete with seven fabulous designs in all. There’s a little something for everyone! Take a look!

Letterpress Invitations by Crafty Pie Press

1. Modern Banner Invitations

2. Parisian Chic

3. Modern Script

4. Calligraphy Script

5. Rustic Letterpress Invitations

6. Playful Poster

7. Rustic Script

You can see all of these letterpress invitations (and a few other designs) over at Crafty Pie Press, Featured Artist in The Marketplace.


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