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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

Northern California Wedding: A Wedding Video You Need to See!

Jesus and Rebekah’s California wedding was beautiful! What makes their wedding day that much better was the fact it was captured on video by Wilson from Baby Blue Film. The following video you’ll watch is full of love, bright colors, great decorations, and a wonderful couple. You’ll love it!

Bay Area Wedding Videographer / Jesus + Rebekah's Wedding from Baby Blue Film on Vimeo.

Jesus + Rebekah’s Northern California Wedding

Wilson tells us, “Jesus + Rebekah’s Wedding was truly a perfect day for shooting. The venue (St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael, CA) was what really blew me away. Everything was centered around an old beautiful Catholic Church that stood high amongst the blue skies of Northern California…

A Dreamy Seaside Wedding Shoot at Glen Cove Marina

Do you envision a classic wedding infused with a soft pastel color palette, sophisticated touches of glamour by way of lustrous pearls and vintage inspired lace, and an elegant seaside wedding venue? Then you’ll fall head-over-heels in love with this styled shoot captured by Christine Glebov Photography and designed by Your Moments – Wedding & Event Planning. The venue they selected was an exceptional choice. Christine tells us, “When the idea for this wedding shoot initiated, we knew right away The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina in Vallejo, California would be the perfect venue. Surrounded by majestic yachts and sailboats and lovely bay views, the pristine newly restored Lighthouse is a 1910 historic landmark with large windows throughout and grand white column verandas. Adjacent to the estate is a private boat dock where newlyweds and guests can charter their own yacht or sailboat. Courtesy of Bay View Charters, that is exactly what our couple, Nick and Laurel, did to enjoy the warm sunset and refreshing bay breeze.”

In this seaside wedding styled shoot, you’ll find pastel inspired floral design by Megan Haney Designs, pearls, lace, silver mercury glass, candlelight, crystal, elegant calligraphy, and much more. As Christine put it so eloquently, this shoot is “seaside meets classic Hollywood“. We couldn’t agree more! Take a look…

Sea Inspired Wedding Ideas / Styled Shoot

To set the tone for this seaside wedding, A Quaint Soiree created a customized handwritten watercolor calligraphy invitation suite and linen banner. The linen banner (shown below) was displayed alongside a sailboat with the saying Like the Sea has Pearls, You Have My Heart.

As the Sea Has Pearls, You Have My Heart | photo: christine glebov | linen calligraphy: a quaint soiree | via A Dreamy Seaside Wedding Shoot at Glen Cove Marina

photo: christine glebov, linen banner: a quaint soiree

Colorado Engagement Session: Love Never Looked So Good!

Who loves Colorado engagement sessions? We’re excited to share with you Courtney and Kirby’s lovely engagement session! Their session was taken in downtown Denver by Emmy from Searching for the Light Photography. Emmy tells us, “When I first meet Courtney & Kirby I knew they were going to be so much fun to work with. Courtney is so adorable and fun loving. Kirby is calm, quiet and genuinely happy, but most importantly these two are crazy about each other – which of course makes my job so much fun! I love how much they laugh together and how comfortable they are in each others arms. They moved together to Denver not knowing anyone and starting new with nothing. I love how it seems that transition really bonded them well and how much they are in love with this city. So it was very fitting that we took pictures at Union Station and in LoDo near Commons Park. I hadn’t been inside Union Station before but man is it gorgeous, good job Denver on hiring amazingly talented architects and interior designers!”


Courtney + Kirby’s Colorado Engagement Session

Courtney says, “We chose Commons Park and Union Station because its what we love about downtown Denver! All the historic buildings and the charm from Union Station paired with the mountain views and small town park feel of Commons are exactly what Kirby and I wanted captured in the pictures… aside from our deep connection & love for one another, obviously.”

Looking for Italian Weddings? See this Destination Wedding!

If you’re looking for destination Italian weddings, you’ve found it! Janice and Steve’s wedding was a magnificent event that took place in Sorrento, Italy. One of the most breathtaking details from their wedding were the incredible views of the Bay of Naples. Their wedding was planned and coordinated by Jayne from Venice Events. Jayne’s an expert in coordinating weddings in Italy. She tells us all about Janice and Steve’s wedding in the following story…

Italian wedding destination overlooking Bay of Naples| Planner: Venice Events | via

Janice and Steve’s Destination Italian Wedding

“Janice and Steve enjoyed an amazing week of celebrations, starting with ‘hen’ and ‘stag’ evenings in local restaurants (the ‘hen’s definitely outdid the stags by the ladies dancing until the early hours in a small typical night club), the evening before their wedding was spent with all their family and friends in a lemon-grove restaurant – a relaxed evening enjoying local specialties.”

Real Weddings: Watch this Beautiful California Wedding (Video)

Danielle and Eric’s beautiful California wedding video looks amazing! Prepare to be swept away as you watch their wedding day unfold. Their California wedding video was captured by Wilson from Baby Blue Film at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton, California. Throughout the wedding film you’ll see two best friends interact as they set off on their new journey together. Some DIY details from the wedding day include custom wood signage, a cake topper, and candy bar monogram. Hear more about their day and see the video…

weddings california video

Fun and Elegant Kentucky Wedding (Real Weddings)

Casey and Rhonda’s fun Kentucky wedding was an absolute blast! You’ll love all the emotions flowing from this cute couple’s day. This wedding’s beautiful details include blush color bridesmaid dresses, the bride’s blue ring, an immaculate church ceremony, and best wishes from guests written on wooden blocks. Their fun Kentucky wedding was captured by Raven from YouAreRaven Photography. See all the photos and find out more…


Fun Kentucky Wedding

Raven tells us, “Casey & Rhonda are two of the most real and kind people I’ve ever met. (And that’s saying a TON, because all of my clients are both amazing and nice.) They brought my second shooter, Sooji, and myself out to their little corner of the world, Philpot, Kentucky, for their Friendship Baptist Church wedding. Philpot, for those of you who don’t know, is home to some amazing properties and views, and close to some really awesome barbecue {and I’m obsessed with BBQ}. Everything about their wedding felt like them. It was elegant, and natural, and real to who they were; seemingly effortless, and adorable. They kept us giggling the whole time, and even protected us from snakes like some kind of formally dressed superheroes.”


















“They also set up a pinata for the kids during the reception! The first dance was played by the bride’s brother on acoustic guitar, many of the getting ready images were taken in the bride’s home, and the post-wedding shots were taken on the bride’s property where Casey proposed to Rhonda!”







Wedding Vendors
Florist – Welborn Floral
Caterer – Connie Hamilton, 270-316-0799
Venue – Friendship Baptist Church, Philpot, KY
Hairstylist – Gracie Murphy, 270-903-0395
Wedding Planner – Tootie Finkbone, 270-791-5999
Dress & Clothing – Arzelle’s Bridal Boutique, Abbington’s Bridal,
Rings – Nick T. Arnold Jewelers

If you enjoyed this wedding and you’re looking for your photographer, visit You Are Raven! You can visit this photographer’s preferred Georgia wedding photographer listing in our wedding vendor guide.

To see more fun Kentucky weddings…

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Beautiful Southern Plantation Wedding: Tanya + Trevor

This beautiful southern plantation wedding is one for the record books! Tanya and Trevor were married this past May at the Litchfield Plantation in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. It was designed by Gigi Noelle Events, who handled an unexpected visitor well: Tropical Storm Ana. Although Tanya and Trevor planned to get married outdoors, they had to tent the wedding at the last minute. Many couples would have been bothered by a last minute change to plans, but Tanya and Trevor just rolled with it! In fact, Tanya was so high-spirited and happy to be marrying the love of her life that the storm did not upset her plans for the best day ever.

The bride and groom worked on wedding details together including making their own invitations, building an awesome beer trestle, and even a huge lawn Jenga game that was painted to match their wedding colors. There were rustic farm tables and a dessert/cake table, which featured “naked” cakes and yummy homemade desserts. They even had a kids table with activities to entertain them. As wedding favors, the couple made their own moonshine to give away to guests. They even had a custom corn hole game made, which was used as a guest book alternative! This is a beautiful handmade wedding at its finest! Read on to see the photos captured beautifully by Feuza Reis Studios.

Beautiful Southern Plantation Wedding
















Heidi + Jeremiah’s Wine Country Wedding Video

Heidi and Jeremiah’s wedding was absolutely beautiful! That’s why you need to see their wine country wedding video. The video is full of wedding day highlights and details all captured by Wilson from Baby Blue Film. So take a few minutes and enjoy Heidi and Jeremiah’s wine country wedding video…

bride and groom under veil in their wine country wedding video

Wine Country Wedding Video

Wilson tells us, “Heidi + Jeremiah’s Wedding at Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, California on May 24, 2015 was a picture perfect wine country wedding. This video features a stunningly beautiful couple in a fun, upbeat style and it truly embodies what modern wedding videography is all about: crisp, clean, colorful shots artistically edited with a super happy, wine country vibe. Northern California Weddings are notorious for blue skies, lush vineyards, rich backdrops, down to earth couples, and rustic decor. Heidi + Jeremiah’s Wedding Video touches on all of these elements and leaves the viewer with a warm smile and a greater understanding of how to celebrate love amongst a field of green grapes.”

SF Bay Area Wedding Videographer / Heidi + Jeremiah's Wedding from Baby Blue Film on Vimeo.

Video Highlights

If you’re looking for your California wedding videographer, make sure you check out Baby Blue Film for details. You can contact Wilson through his business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book, where we feature the best wedding vendors.