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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 |

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: 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

Winery Style Wedding Shoot at B.R. Cohn Winery

Are you dreaming of a winery style wedding? You’ve come to the right place! Today we’re sharing a winery styled shoot with d.Royal Engagements at the event styling helm and the lovely Olivia Smartt Photography behind the lens. A handful of talented wedding vendors came together to bring wine themed ideas to fruition, including a stunning location — B.R. Cohn Winery — and a full video by Spencer Sarson Visuals. In this post, you’ll find a breathtaking ceremony arch with chandelier, ceremony seating inspiration, gorgeous dresses (and handsome attire), extravagant floral design, a stunning wedding cake with custom cake topper, appetizer ideas, and more. If you’re thinking of planning a wine themed wedding, now is the time to start planning — and this shoot is sure to get your creativity flowing! Read on to begin…

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride and Groom at Winery (photo: olivia smartt)

Winery Style Wedding Shoot

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - ceremony arch with chandelier (photo: olivia smartt)

I’m obsessed with this chandelier — it’s gorgeous! It was rented from Wine Country Party.

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - lavender wedding arch with chandelier (photo: olivia smartt)

Loving these custom dress hangers from Black Label Decor:

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride's Dress on Custom Hanger (photo: olivia smartt)

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride's Dress on Hanger (photo: olivia smartt)

I love all of the bride’s accessories… but this dress sash from Something Treasured is amazing!

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride's Accessories (photo: olivia smartt)

See the sash on the bride’s reception dress, below:

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - Wedding Gown on Satin Hanger (photo: olivia smartt)

The invitations from Throne Invitations set the color palette of this theme perfectly, right from the start:

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Wedding Invitations (photo: olivia smartt)

The floral design of this shoot was exceptional — right down to the boutonnieres! By Enchantment Floral.

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - Boutonnieres (photo: olivia smartt)

I love the bride’s white robe for getting ready. It’s by Doie (you can visit their website here).

Winery Style Wedding Shoot - The Bride in Robe Getting Ready (photo: olivia smartt, robe: doie)

Take 5 → Vintage Summer Wedding + Creative Ideas

It’s time for a fun new series at Emmaline Bride! Be sure you’re following along so you don’t miss any inspiration along the way.

When we spotted these vintage Real Wedding details captured by Justin & Mary and designed by mStarr Event Design, it was the bouquets (from Petal Floral Design) that first caught my eye. Then it was the escort cards, and those chic centerpieces, and the boutonnieres! So, today we’re kicking off a brand new series every Monday called Take 5, where we bring you five stunning ideas from one single real wedding. We’re all about the details here (especially handmade ones!) at Emmaline Bride, so we know you crave creativity as much as we do. For our first feature, we’re sharing five unique ideas including a naked wedding cake, a decorative way to hold wedding cards, a reception table to dream of, and more. We even threw in two bonuses just because we couldn’t help ourselves. ;) Enjoy!

Vintage Summer Wedding

1. These bridesmaid dresses

… and those bouquets!

bride and bridesmaids

photo: justin & mary

2. This inventive card drawer, instead of a card box

Cute idea — and reusable, too.

card drawer

photo: justin & mary

3. This naked wedding cake

I like the flowers on top, in lieu of a traditional cake topper.

naked wedding cake

photo: justin & mary

4. The head table

Just the right amount of everything: flowers, taper candles, a draped ceiling and romantic lighting. Perfection.

reception seating

photo: justin & mary

5. The unique bookmark escort cards

The calligraphy on these bookmarks is everything!

photo: justin & mary

Bonus Finds

The groom’s socks as your “something blue”

Fun idea — and one we haven’t seen done before.

something blue groom socks

photo: justin & mary

And the outdoor games, like corn hole

Lawn games are a terrific idea, especially for entertaining guests during cocktail hour or before dinner. You can get custom corn hole games here.

photo: justin & mary

There are dozens more — see the original Real Wedding here.


Real Wedding in Italy: Tricia + Mark

Have you dreamed of a destination wedding in Italy? If so, you’ll love today’s Real Wedding feature! One of our preferred Bridal Book vendors is Venice Events, a wedding planning team that is an expert in the area. They recently coordinated Tricia and Mark’s Real Wedding in Italy and today we’re showing a few shots from their ceremony and reception by photographer Adrian Wood.

Tricia and Mark’s wedding was held at Bauer Palladio on Giudecca Island, which is located in the Venice lagoon in Italy. A few raindrops made their way into the ceremony, but it didn’t stop the couple (and their guests) from having a perfect day from start to finish. The couple chose a religious ceremony outdoors celebrated by a priest, who, according to the wedding planner, was a wonderful celebrant and made guests laugh. The wedding reception lasted from sunset into the wee hours of the night, with an elegant dinner, dancing, and a jazz group thoroughly enjoyed by guests. And, during the ceremony, a white rabbit hopped into the area which was quite unusual to see. We looked it up and apparently a white rabbit is a sign of good luck, so we think that’s pretty wonderful to see for the happy couple. We wish Tricia and Mark a wonderful marriage together! Enjoy a sneak peek into their Real Wedding in Italy, below.

Real Wedding in Italy


Wedding Planner | Venice Events
Wedding Photographer | Adrian Wood

If you’re planning a Real Wedding in Italy and looking for a wedding coordinator, contact Venice Events, Preferred Wedding Planner in The Bridal Book at Emmaline Bride. You can view their official business listing here.

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Happy Planning! Happy Weekend! :)