ceremony Archive

10 Most Emotional Wedding Photos

Editor’s Note – 5.8.16: Hi, loves + Happy Mother’s Day! We published this post awhile back but thought it would be a great fit for today. Wait until you see the photos with the mother of the bride, especially #4 — it’s one of my favorites! We wish all moms a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Today, we’re talking about emotional wedding photos: those real, tear-jerking candid moments captured on film. While planning your wedding, one thing remains certain: your day will be packed full of emotionally-charged, fleeting moments in time. Today, we want you to take a moment to put down the peonies, step away from the mason jars, and put all your stress on hold. Remind yourself why you’re getting married in the first place: love.

My wedding was seven years ago, but I remember the details like it was yesterday. My sister woke me up early that morning with a super enthusiastic, “Happy Wedding Day, Bride! Wake up… the big day is here!” (Seriously, best MOH in the history of ever.) I remember my mom and sister helping me get ready, putting on my veil (my mom’s, worn on her own wedding day), and peeking through windows in anticipation as family and friends gathered. I remember my dad seeing me in my gown for the first time, our father-daughter chat before Canon in D began, and seeing my groom at the end of the aisle once the doors opened. Pure magic. These significant moments made my wedding day extra special, and your moments will be unique, too. Make sure you take time out to enjoy them. (Also, make sure your photographer is ready to capture those candid shots – I’m glad ours did!) Today, we’ve gathered up ten of the most emotional wedding photos. We hope it helps you create your own list of must-have wedding photos and remind you of what’s truly important. So, without further adieu, let’s begin…

10 Most Emotional Wedding Photos

1. The Bride Gets Teary Eyed

In this shot, the bride is teary as she recites her vows. I love how you can see the bridesmaids in the background.

10 most emotional wedding photos - #1. bride gets teary eyed at ceremony (photo by julie harris)

photo by julie harris photography

What Does a Flower Girl Do? – Ask Emmaline

Hello, loves! Today we’re answering an Ask Emmaline wedding advice question from bride-to-be, Ashley, who asks, “What Does a Flower Girl Do?” Here’s her full question…

Flower Girl Dress (by Olivia Kate Couture, photo by Michelle DuPont) - What Does a Flower Girl Do? via EmmalineBride.com

flower girl tutu by olivia kate couture, photo by michelle dupont

“Dear Emmaline, My niece is six years old and I want her to be my flower girl. She (and her mom) accepted, but now what? What does a flower girl do? Does a flower girl toss anything other than petals? What age is best for the flower girl? Thanks!”

Great question, Ashley (P.S. Six years old is a perfect age for a flower girl). Read on to find out what a flower girl does, the proper age for a flower girl, what she can toss, what to carry, and more!

50+ Amazing Mountain Wedding Ideas

Mountain wedding ideas await you in this post! But first, do you crave daily wedding inspiration like this? Be sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!

mountain wedding | http://emmalinebride.com/rustic/mountain-wedding-ideas/

photo: bwright photo via style me pretty

If you’re looking for the best mountain wedding ideas, look no further! Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding near the Smokey Mountains or a huge soiree with stunning Rocky Mountain views, you’ll find some of the most creative mountain ceremony spaces, reception decor, favors, gift ideas, and more right here. We’ve rounded up over fifty (plus!) amazing mountain wedding ideas to inspire the Best Day Ever, all mountainside! So, grab a cup of coffee and get inspired because the mountains are calling and obviously, you must go…

How to Decorate with Burlap and Lace

how to decorate weddings with burlap and lace

by ling’s wedding

Hi, loves! Today we’re fielding a new Ask Emmaline question from Jen who wants to know about decorating her wedding with burlap and lace — a popular combination. She asks a question we know other brides are probably wondering, too! ↓

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Hi Emmaline! My wedding is rustic and shabby chic. I want to use burlap and lace as decor but I’m not sure where to start. Do I buy a roll from the store and make everything myself? What do you recommend? I am trying mostly DIY projects and need advice. Thank you!

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Hi, Jen! Great question. Burlap is a tricky material to work with, even though everywhere you look you see perfectly executed runners, wraps, favors, bouquets, and more. While you certainly can give burlap a solid go with a roll from a craft store (I’ve grabbed some from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon online for a little savings), I generally don’t recommend it unless you’ve worked with it before. Here’s why: burlap is a tough, strong-smelling fabric that sheds everywhere. And while I love it, your best bet is to use imitation burlap (especially on tables because the smell really is that strong!) OR buy your supplies from a pro burlap designer (who uses both real and faux burlap). For accents like table runners with lace, for example, getting one pre-made is the best route because the designer has worked with it before and will have a custom table runner made to fit your specifications (and table sizes)…

6 Cute Signs for the Flower Girl/Ring Bearer to Hold

here comes the bride ring bearer walking down aisle with pennant flag

by the ritzy rose | photo: studio tran

Today we’re tackling one part of your ceremony: what the flower girl and/or ring bearer will hold or carry down the aisle. There is the traditional choice of a flower basket or ring pillow, but what if you don’t want to do what everyone does? If your venue won’t let you toss petals, your flower girl or ring bearer is shy, or you just want to do something unique, you’ll love these signs for the flower girl or ring bearer to hold from The Ritzy Rose. These range from cute phrases like, “You think I’m cute? Wait for the bride” to “Uncle ___, here comes your girl”. Check out our favorite six signs below including one for the reception! Enjoy!

16 Signage Ideas That Look Beautiful for Weddings (PHOTOS)

Whether you are newly engaged or about to cross the finish line with wedding planning, you absolutely need to see this post! One of the easiest ways you can personalize your ceremony and reception comes down to one thing: signage. Today we’re talking about personalized, beautiful, one-of-a-kind signage that guests will not only notice but remember for years to come. There are a handful of unexpected places where signage can be added and many of these might surprise you. Read on to find out more to beautify your space…

wedding welcome signage

by paper and pine co.

Giveaway: Win Monogrammed Bouquet Ribbons

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We have another fabulous (+ free) giveaway in store for you! But first, have you visited the lovely Oatmeal Lace Design lately? McKay is an inspiration: she’s always finding creative ways to make your wedding more personal and heartfelt. One of our favorite items in her collection is her monogrammed bouquet ribbon. We’re giving away a set of three bouquet ribbons to one lucky reader: one for the bride, one for the Maid of Honor, and one for a bridesmaid. You can buy more if you’d like to give one to every bridesmaid in your wedding party. Each ribbon is handmade and features an individual monogram in your choice of embroidery thread color. This ribbon can be wrapped around your bouquet handle for a charming and personalized touch, like this:

monogrammed bouquet ribbons | by oatmeal lace design | photo: lauren rosenau photography | http://emmalinebride.com/2015-giveaway/bouquet-ribbons/

by oatmeal lace design, photos: lauren rosenau photography

Read on to see how you can win!

How to Plan Your Ceremony: Order of Events

It’s Tuesday, time to tackle your ceremony to-do list! When we heard from Sarah, we knew it would be the next ‘Ask Emmaline’ feature because it is such a common question asked by couples. She writes,

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I am working on my ceremony right now. My fiancé and I are getting married outdoors in the woods. The officiant is a family friend (and this is his 1st wedding). What’s the proper order of events for the ceremony so I know we don’t miss anything? Thanks!

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Great question, Sarah! Whether you’re planning a religious or civil ceremony, the following order of events will be fairly similar. When you fill in the blanks with your own touches (particular readings or prayers, songs, etc.), that’s where you’ll see the personalized parts of your big day come to life. Here is an “Order of Events” you can follow to help you plan!

wedding ceremony order of events | http://emmalinebride.com/ceremony/order-events/ | photo: shutterfreek

photo: shutterfreek | see the real wedding here