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Hot Air Balloon Engagement Session: Carly & Dillon

When Carly and Dillon proposed the idea of a hot air balloon engagement session to their photographer, Eric Boneske, he was immediately on board! We are honored to share this colorful, romance-filled engagement with you today! Read on to see the shoot, which took place in Raleigh, North Carolina. Special thanks to Tom of Above and Beyond Hot Air Balloons for making it possible. Enjoy!

Hot Air Balloon Engagement Session

Hot Air Balloon Engagement Session | Photo: Eric Boneske

A Beautiful Wedding at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Meet Theresa and Matthew! Their wedding was magnificent and you are sure to enjoy it. Dennis from Dennis Drenner Photographs tells us, “Theresa and Matt’s wedding was pure Baltimore. From their ceremony at the hundreds of years old St. Ignatius, to their reception on the harbor at the Museum of Industry, this Maryland couple celebrated their hometown along with their love. And the city returned the favor with perfect weather.”

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A Beautifully Modern Wedding at Morais Vineyard (Real Weddings)

This is one of the prettiest Morais Vineyard weddings ever! When you have a beautiful bride and groom, a vast vineyard, a bright color palette, modern handmade details and Esme Krahn of BodaMaestra at the design helm, you just know it’s going to be an amazing wedding! Esme did a fabulous job planning this elegant wedding and Misty Rodda Photography captured the details beautifully. Michelle and Carols chose bold colors including hot pink bridesmaid dresses, black groomsmen suits, and pops of vibrant aqua and orange throughout their decor. Their wedding cake is one of the prettiest we’ve seen yet and features an elaborate lace-inspired design by Unique Cakes. Other memorable details include the chalkboard inspired ceremony sign, aqua ceremony fans, place cards, favors, orchid centerpieces, exceptional peony bouquets, and more! Read on to be inspired…

Real Wedding: Morais Vineyard Weddings | Planner: BodaMaestra | Photo: Misty Rodda |

The Best Engagement Session at Stony Creek Metropark: Katrina + Jeff

Today we’re featuring an absolutely amazing couple, Katrina and Jeff! Both of them are great friends of ours and we couldn’t be happier to share their photos with you. Their recent engagement session was at one of Metro Detroit’s most beautiful parks, Stony Creek Metropark. The park is filled with rolling trails and wide open fields. Two locations were perfect for their photos: West Branch and Oak Grove picnic areas. No one knew the best photo locations better than Sandy and Tim from The Camera Chick. Gorgeous smiles, romantic moments, and the start of a lifelong journey between best friends awaits your eager eyes…

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A Beautiful Wedding in Juneau, Alaska — Real Weddings

Are you planning a wedding in Juneau, Alaska? You will want to after seeing this beautiful Real Wedding feature captured by Michaela from BrightEyed Photography! Amy and Jess’ love story began eight years ago. Amy says, “Jess and I met nearly 8 years ago at our friends pool party…”


“I was in the kitchen, frosting a cake when he walked in. In his description, he couldn’t take his eyes off me and I was the only thing on his mind at the time.” While they did not start dating immediately, they kept thinking about each other; five years later, the timing was right! They rekindled their romance after reconnecting on Facebook and had their first official date making haunted Gingerbread Houses and watching a favorite movie, Hocus Pocus. Amy tells us, “I knew he was the one.”

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

Real Weddings: A Beautiful Beach Wedding on Bald Head Island

The Bride and Groom - Portraits - Bald Head Island Wedding - Photo by Eric Boneske

Gentle rolling waves, blue skies, sandy shoreline… there’s so much to love about a beach wedding! Today we’re sharing a stunning Bald Head Island wedding captured by Eric Boneske Photography at the Shoals Club on Bald Head Island in North Carolina. Blaire and Ben chose a beach wedding theme with a pretty aqua and coral color palette. To accentuate these colors, they chose bridesmaid dresses in aqua and groomsmen bow ties in coral. This wedding has many details to inspire you including handmade wedding chair signs, pretty hydrangea centerpieces, a modern take on the “First Look”, romantic beach portraits, a s’mores bar, and a bubble grand exit! See their day as it unfolded…

The Bride and Groom - Portraits - 17 - Bald Head Island Wedding - Photo by Eric Boneske