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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…

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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)

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

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Loving these custom dress hangers from Black Label Decor:

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

Cute idea — and reusable, too.

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3. This naked wedding cake

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

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photo: justin & mary

4. The head table

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

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5. The unique bookmark escort cards

The calligraphy on these bookmarks is everything!

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Bonus Finds

The groom’s socks as your “something blue”

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

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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! :)


Traditional Maryland Wedding: Seth + Marnina

Are you planning a traditional wedding and need inspiration? We’re bringing it to you thanks to Preferred Baltimore Photographer, Dennis Drenner! Seth and Marnina planned a traditional themed wedding in Baltimore, Maryland, with classic and vintage details throughout. The groom wore a classic black tuxedo with a bow tie, while the bride stunned in a cathedral length wedding gown, complete with train and lace bolero. She paired her dress with a classic wedding veil and a vintage inspired brooch bouquet. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed an elegant reception complete with dinner, dancing, and the Hora (as you can see in the first image below!) It looks like everyone had a fun time, especially the bride and groom! See Seth and Marnina’s beautiful day as it unfolded, complete with memories of the day as told by their photographer, Dennis. Enjoy!

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Dennis tells us, “I had a front row seat when Seth first saw Marnina in her wedding dress, and was watching her face through my zoom lens as she looked at her husband to be. The joy and depth of emotion in their faces was so intense, if they had been actors I would have thought they were overdoing it. But this was the real thing, and for a photographer it was a blast to photograph, and for a human being… well, gives you faith in humanity!”


“The ceremony and reception were held at the Beth Tfiloh Congregation near Baltimore. My day started out calmly with some getting ready photos, photographing some details and overalls of the scene and the beautiful sanctuary… and then things began to happen. There was a kabbalat panim where people greet and pray with the bride, and then the men’s and women’s tisch. I particularly enjoyed the bedeken, where Karen (my wife and second shooter) and I worked in unison to capture the amazing moments happening all around us.”





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“After the bedeken, the wedding just seemed to take off like a rocket ship, a non-stop whirl of intense emotion and activity that continued for hours. Towards the end of the reception things finally calmed down and we collapsed in a heap, happy and tired, precious gigabytes of family memories safely zipped up in our bags.”

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Wedding Vendors:
Catering: Prestige Catering
Wedding planning and design: Pam Brown
Hair and Make-Up: Miracles on Main Street
Videographer: Black Tie Video, Jim and Barbara Skipper
Band: The Mark Novak band

If you enjoyed this wedding, check out this Baltimore wedding photographer! You can also visit Dennis Drenner Photographs preferred Maryland wedding photographers listing in our wedding vendor guide.

Maryland Handmade Wedding: Lina + Matthew

Lina and Matthew’s Maryland handmade wedding will inspire your planning! This incredible couple’s wedding was this past fall in Baltimore, Maryland. Their wedding has some beautiful handmade touches that you’re sure to enjoy. To create the perfect event, Lina and Matthew sought the creative planning talents of Esme Krahn from BodaMaestra. Esme tells more about how this couple met, their proposal, and the styling ideas.

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above: the mason jar guest book | guests were given paper hearts to write Lina and Matthew their best wishes.

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Esme tells us, “Like a growing number of couples in the digital age, Lina and Matthew ‘met’ for the first time via Skype. Incredibly, they were separated by nearly 2,500 miles, with Lina living in Bogota, Colombia and Matthew in Baltimore, MD. Their initial connection was prompted by Matthew’s sister-in-law, Sara, who – as the constantly shrinking globe would have it – also happened to be Lina’s friend from college! Although both Lina and Matthew were nervous about getting to know each other this way, their nightly Skype sessions soon became the most exciting part of the day.”

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“I fell for her instantly,” Matthew recalls. “We would spend hours talking about life and our stories. We quickly realized that we had so many things in common and we both had this strange feeling that we had known each other for a long time. After about a week of talking with Lina, I decided that I needed to buy an airplane ticket to Bogotá. I very politely asked if that was OK. The smile Lina gave me was all the answer I needed. It would be five long weeks until we would meet in person.”

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“It seemed like a dream to me,” says Lina. “I didn’t think that a man like him would be real.”

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When they saw each other at the airport for the first time in person, Lina couldn’t believe Matthew was finally there. As for Matthew, any sense of anxiety or nervousness that he had going in disappeared the moment he laid eyes on her.

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On August 2, 2014, Matthew was ready to ask Lina to marry him. It happened at Lina’s parents’ home, during a gathering where friends and family were present. At dinner, while everyone was visiting, Matthew held Lina’s hand and told her that she made him the happiest man in the world. He then went down on one knee and, in front of the group, asked Lina: “Will you marry me?” Lina gave him a resounding yes!

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above: personalized succulents as favors

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With only two months to plan the wedding, Lina found Esme of BodaMaestra through her videographer, Clif Matheson. Lina arrived to Baltimore just three weeks before the big day. By then, the planning and styling of the wedding was done (thank you, Pinterest!). Lina and Matthew had several online meetings with Esme in order to discuss and refine all the important details, including the flow of the ceremony, wedding flowers, cake design, Lina’s wedding dress, and Matthew’s attire.

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“Lina and Matthew wanted an intimate fall wedding with lots of bright colors mixed with a sense of romanticism and elegance,” said Esme, who happens to specialize in planning weddings for multicultural and Latino couples. “Although Lina is fully bilingual, she found it refreshing and comforting that we did all the planning in Spanish. Since the wedding took place in Baltimore, I also provided Lina with wedding etiquette advice that is not necessarily a part of Colombia’s customs.”

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above: personalized napkin rings made of burlap ribbon and wooden hearts with the bride and groom’s initials

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above: wedding welcome sign

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above: mr & mrs wedding cake banner

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Wedding Vendors:

Venue: Kali’s Court
Wedding Planning: BodaMaestra
Floral Design: EightTreeStreet
Photography: J Stuart Harris Photography
Celebrant: All Faith Weddings
Posters: Paper Blossom Socials
Cake: Patisserie Poupon
Videography: Matheson Communications, Inc.
Ceremony Music: Alan Oresky – Violinist & Mandolinist

Did you enjoy this wedding? If you’re planning your wedding, check out BodaMaestra! Esme’s hands-on experience will help guide you through the entire wedding planning process. You can also visit her preferred Washington DC wedding planners listing in our wedding vendor guide.

Sparkly Gold and Black Wedding: Alice + Ian

Today we’re featuring Alice and Ian’s Coto de Caza wedding! This gold and black wedding boasts a gorgeous color palette, DIY details throughout, and tons of steal-worthy ideas. The bride, Alice, wore a stunning white floor-length gown with a sweetheart neckline and finished her look with a pair of metallic sparkle heels. The bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses in shades of gold with different necklines, many of which sparkled with gold sequin detail. For a classic look, the groom wore a black suit and black bow tie, while the groomsmen wore matching black suits and grey neckties. You’ll love this entire Coto de Caza wedding from start to finish with wedding coordination by Splendor & Bliss captured chock-full of emotion by William Kim Photography. Find out how Alice and Ian met, read about their proposal story, and see their wedding day as it unfolded…

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Alice and Ian met in law school. Alice tells us, “We met in law school over 5 years ago. It was at 7am in the same class, all year long. After our first year, we became close friends bonding over school misery and eating our way around Los Angeles.” When we asked about the proposal, the groom chimed in. Ian tells us, “She was flying back from Denver that day, and I had about 12 hours to plan because I knew it had to happen that day. I picked her up from the airport & dropped her off at her house. She was heading to my place after, so I raced to my home and changed into a suit. I had invited her closest friends to set up candles and roses on the floor of my living room. When she came in, she almost burned her bags as she dropped them too close to the candles. She may or may not have run away to hide in the hallway a couple times in embarrassment when she realized we weren’t the only two people there. The rest is a blur, but it doesn’t matter because she said yes!” What a sweet story! Congrats to the happy couple!

Here’s how their wedding day unfolded:

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When we asked about their fondest wedding moment, Alice said, “Sitting at our sweetheart table gazing out at all the joy & love from our family and friends, many who traveled from across the USA and Asia. Really just laughing until we cried, crying until we laughed at practically each moment of the wedding (i.e. vows, speeches, surprise videos, and dancing).”

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And, when asked to describe their wedding in three words, they answered: “Euphoric, Intimate, Us.” We love that.

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We wanted to know about some interesting facts about the couple. They said, “We’ve watched more movies in the theater than any other person that we know.”

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What a beautiful day! Thanks for sharing it with us, Alice and Ian!

Also, thanks to the vendors who brought this wedding to life!


Wedding Coordination + Design: Splendor and Bliss
Photographer: William Kim Photography
Videographer: Studio205
Venue: Coto De Caza Golf + Racquet Club
Hair + Makeup: Elizabeth Hickman
Florist: Case Floral
DJ: MyBridal DJ
Photobooth: Make it Last Photobooth
Grooms Suit | Ted Baker Suit and Bowtie; To Boot New York Shoes
Bride’s satin peplum gown | Demetrio’s Bridal; Bride Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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