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Wedding Registry Inspiration: Anthropologie

Every time I see an Anthropologie, I always insist on wandering through the store. Because the brand calls Philadelphia it’s hometown, I was especially excited to adventure to the flagship store. The two photos above are from my adventure. There’s stained glass on the ceiling and part of the store has a beautiful view of Rittenhouse Square. I didn’t snap a photo of the chandelier, but I died!

I have always loved interior design and the details that one can use to fill a room or an entire home. I fall for so many of Anthropologie’s items, especially those for the kitchen, even if I don’t necessarily purchase them. I love the home items that they carry because each has a uniqueness to it that makes it feel as if it’s not something you are going to come across in a traditional department store. And the bright colors don’t hurt either! With these facts in mind, below are some of my favorite Anthropologie finds for your registry or as an added surprise to give to the bride and groom.

{Clockwise from left: Window Pane Lanterns, Handmade Weddings, Desert Rose Frame, Twinkling Luz Vase}

{Clockwise from left: Paisleys Spoon Rest, Monogrammed Mug, Just Picked Recipe Cards, Coloring Tab Measuring Spoons}

Do you have any recent Anthropologie finds that you are loving? Comment below and let me know!


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Weekly Wedding Favorites

Well, biking through Washington, D.C. while viewing the cherry blooms did not happen last weekend because of the serious threat of rain (which did not happen, mind you). I wasn’t bothered though because relaxation and a spontaneous shopping trip always make up for botched plans. Are you searching for a creative Philly photographer or wondering if you need to tip your wedding day vendors? Both are detailed in this week’s favorites along with a lot more.

Favorite Engagement Photo:

photo courtesy of Amanda Young + SWOON OVER IT

The above photo of Annalily & Michael’s engagement is my favorite from their session because you can tell that Michael adores Annalily plus they both exude happiness. Yes! Amanda Young of SWOON OVER IT captured the couple and shared the photos as part of the Photographer Q&A series, which she participated in this week. Wondering about Amanda’s favorite hidden gem locations in Philly or photos she loves to capture at weddings? Learn more about Amanda and read all of her answers right here.

Favorite Place Card Idea:

photo courtesy of Pinterest + Every Last Detail Blog

This idea, which I originally stumbled upon on Pinterest, has been getting repined a whole lot this week (along with this pin). As a result, I thought I would share it here too. I was on the hunt for fun place card ideas and I liked this idea (and still do!) because a.) Polaroids are fun, b.) the photos provide a visual representation of the wedding guests for the bride and groom for a vintage-style album, and c.) I like the idea of a give and take. For a more modern take, you could also choose to have guests snap photos with a digital camera for the same effect without the vintage feel.  Side note: if you’re not on Pinterest, considering joining. It’s so helpful to “pin” your likes and loves from around the web rather than saving links that do not provide any visuals.

Favorite Detail for Your Envelopes:

photo courtesy of Staples

How perfect are these labels as an accent for your favors? I also like these metallic seals to close your save-the-dates, invitations, or thank you notes. If you choose to seal your own envelopes, the task at hand will be made much quicker and easier (without losing any of the pretty!) with these labels, and you don’t have to worry about writing on each of your favors if you so choose. Oh, and by the way, Martha Stewart designs both for Staples. Are you with me now? Wedding details and so much more designed by Martha Stewart…sign.me.up (hmmm…maybe hold me back because I love office supplies a little too much).

Favorite Informational Post:

photo courtesy of Southern Weddings

Tipping your wedding vendors is tricky, y’all. Whom do you tip? How much should you give? Is tipping even necessary? Although the title begins with “Southern Etiquette,” I think these very helpful tips from Southern Weddings apply to all Northerners, too. The post details when to tip your wedding planner, how much to give your hairstylist, and why a gift is one of the most appropriate options for your photographer. An added bonus is the chart pictured above – it’s perfect to print and keep with your wedding file to use as a reference point.

Favorite Hair Style:

photo courtesy of Pinterest + Brides

I believe my exact reaction when I saw this hairstyle was “AHHHHHH!” Fun fact: I often incorporate a side braid a la Lauren Conrad (here’s a great how to) into my every day look. As a result, I am head over heals in favor of this side swept braided updo for your wedding day or even for your shower from Brides’ Pinterest page. It would also be perfect for bridesmaids too. The best part? If it’s pinned well, that puppy is not moving at all throughout the day. LOVE BRAIDS.

I have high hopes for this weekend with friends! Enjoy yours, readers!

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Mirror Inspiration: Engagement & Wedding Photos

Last week’s mirror inspiration board was only the beginning of the mirror love fest (think mirror backdrops, centerpieces, and menus). These mirror details reflect light and add to the overall ambiance of your reception whether it lasts all afternoon or well into the evening. However, the fact that mirrors also reflect emotion may win…ever so slightly. Photos filled with double the emotion? Yes, please!

As promised, today’s post is filled with beautiful shots of dresses and bouquets; brides, grooms, and flower girls preparing for the big day; as well as an engagement shot that I really adore. All of these photos were captured by some of Philly’s best photographers. Seriously, these ladies are awesome.

Mirror Love Round 2 awaits…

Photo credits: 1, 2, 8, & 10: Jenna Walcott Photography; 3, 4, 7, & 12: Swoon Over It; 5, 6, & 11: Sarah Schulte Photography; 9: Heather DiPiazza Photography)

Tell me, are mirrors up your alley too? 

For more information and to get to know these photographers better, be sure to visit their respective websites, which are linked above. They really are fun to work with!


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Weekly Wedding Favorites

After I pieced together this post, I realized that this week my favorites are…a little random. However, they’re favorites nonetheless! Keep on reading for a fun save-the-date by an equally fun designer, a new take on a “first look,” as well as a Philly event that you really might want to pay a visit to.

Favorite Save-the-Date:

photo courtesy Dodeline Design

Created by Dodeline Design, this save-the-date is definitely a favorite. I love the idea of creating a timeline highlighting some of the most memorable moments in your relationship. This save-the-date would be perfect for a couple that has dated for a long time. I was also lucky enough to meet Sarah Reed, the oh-so-creative and sweet designer behind it all, this past week. Contact her – you won’t regret it!

Favorite Shoes:

photo courtesy Ritzy Bee & BHLDN

I confessed my love for TOMS (and flats in general!); however, I cannot deny the fact that heals can be so gorgeous. I love the pair pictured above by BHLDN because of the bows. I honestly cannot get enough of them, as well as this post by Ritzy Bee. However, because the price is definitely steep, I also found a couple of much more affordable options. Be sure to look at this pair by Nina and this pair by Lulu Townsend.

Favorite New Idea:

photo courtesy Southern Weddings

The emotional moment above showcases a father seeing his daughter for the first time in her gown, which also happened to be worn by her mother. It also represents a new take on an already new trend: sharing a “first look” with your dad as apposed to your fiancé. Y’all already know how I feel about “Daughters” by John Mayer. As a result, I was clearly dying when I read this post by Southern Weddings about this trend. It’s surely one to consider if you are feeling more traditional and want to see your fiancé for the first time as you walk down the aisle but still want those first moments in your gown photographed with someone you love.

Favorite Detail:

photo courtesy Pinterest & The Knot

Oh, lanterns. I happened across this photo on Pinterest (it’s originally from The Knot) this week, and I had to stop what I was doing for a second. Lanterns are so classic and elegant and just beautiful whether they are hanging from trees, lining your aisle, or sitting on your reception tables. They’re a simple detail with a lasting impact.

Favorite Philly Event:

photo courtesy The Philadelphia International Flower Show

Signals spring, gorgeous creative arrangements, and awesome florists…these are just a couple of the reasons why I love the Philadelphia Flower Show. This awesome event held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center happens to start this weekend, and it runs throughout the entire week. I’ve also heard there is special Wedding Wednesday night for brides. Need I say more? Be sure to check out the Flower Show’s website for more info!

Is anyone heading to the Flower Show this weekend? I hope so! Enjoy your weekend, readers!

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Flower Girls & Ring Bearers: Accessories to Carry Down the Aisle

photo courtesy Going to the Chapel

That’s me in the above photo! A long time ago, I was the flower girl in my cousin’s wedding. As you can see, things didn’t go very well. In fact, I think it was a slight miracle that I even made it down the aisle considering the fact that I was very, very shy, and the teddy bear that I was  holding clutching definitely deserved the award for MVP. With all of this in mind, my flower girl mishap was not a precursor for my cousin’s marriage. In fact, she’s happily married with three great kids!

Even though my trip down the aisle didn’t go as planned, I love when couples include a flower girl and ring bearer in their wedding party. It allows the kids whom the couple is closest with to play a special part in their wedding day, while providing extra meaning and sometimes lightening the mood – aka: kids are fun and almost always make guests smile.

Although what your flower girl and ring bearer wear is important (attire is clearly a plus!), today it’s all about what these special members carry down the aisle individually or as a team.

Flower Girl:

photo courtesy Morgan Hill Designs

photo courtesy Pinterest & Style Me Pretty

photo courtesy Pinterest

photo courtesy Pinterest & Green Wedding Shoes

One of the most obvious accessories for any flower girl is a basket of flowers. Sometimes flower girls will toss petals down the aisle, while others (like my three year old self!) will simply have an arrangement inside. Pomanders are one of my favorite ideas because they are gorgeous, and the fact that most are accented with ribbon handles for easy carrying purposes is an obvious plus.  A small bouquet similar to the bride’s or bridesmaids’ provides unity, while a corsage looks pretty and allows this bridesmaid-in-training to have a worry free walk down the aisle because she can’t drop anything.

Ring Bearer:

photo courtesy Wise Impressions

Photo courtesy Southern Weddings

photo courtesy Romancing Juliet

Unlike the flower girl, the options for the ring bearer are a little more limited. However, this little guy has a serious purpose: carry the rings down the aisle. The ring bearer bowl is one of the newer ideas (although not shown, the option in the above photo can be customized with the Liberty Bell), and it can easily transition into an accessory for your home. Of course, pillows are still very much in style. Anything with a ribbon works well, in my opinion, because you can tie the rings to the pillow. If you’re worried about your ring bearer carrying such valuable items down the aisle, ask one of your groomsmen to carry the rings in his pocket.

Group Effort:

photo courtesy ReadyGo

photo courtesy Pinterest

photo courtesy Ritzy Rose

If you are planning to have your flower girl(s) and ring bearer(s) walk down the aisle as a team (good idea: two is better than one for confidence), why not unite the two? A DIY or Etsy purchased “Here Comes The Bride” sign provides an added fun element to a casual outdoor ceremony, while a banner adds a hint of royal elegance to a more formal ceremony. Beyond signs and banners, flags are possibly my favorite idea because they’re not just for the ceremony. The flower girl and ring bearer can introduce the bride and her father during the ceremony; but, if you purchase other flags, this duo can also introduce other important moments (think cutting the cake, first dance, etc).

Are you having a flower girl or a ring bearer in your wedding? What is she or he carrying down the aisle? 

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Photographer Spotlight: Love Me Do Photography

The best wedding blog inspiration moments are when I can’t stop smiling because I know I’ve found someone or something special. That’s exactly what happened when I came across today’s featured photographer.

My holiday gift to you: photography. We’re marking the return of my favorite series – the photographer and real wedding spotlight – which today focuses on both engagement and wedding photos!

From the font, colors, and silhouette that I first viewed upon entering Love Me Do Photography’s website, I knew I had found someone special. Then I scrolled down to the photos (oh, the photos!), and I couldn’t wait to see and learn more. What did I learn first? Carina, Amanda, and Nadine are the Philadelphia and New York City based photographing ladies behind the Love Me Do Photography…team!

Sharing info on behalf of the team, meet Carina, who graduated from the Tyler School of Art. She often works with her studio partner and fellow alum, Amanda, to photograph weddings in Philadelphia and the areas that surround. Carina started her career as an assistant at Littlewig Studio where she learned some of the ins and outs of wedding photography. She then segued into being a WPPI Hy Sheanin Scholarship recipient and all the while captured environmental and documentary style photographs in order to pay back her student loans while furthering her career.  Now, of course, Carina and her team focus on capturing the best moments of engagements and weddings.

Carina talks about why she loves living and working in Philadelphia, locations she loves to visit to take photos of couples, as well as her favorite types of moments to capture. A photography blog wouldn’t be complete without photos and a fun story thrown into the mix, too. Take a moment and learn more about Carina and Love Me Do Photography in today’s Q&A.

Going to the Chapel: Why do you enjoy photographing engagement sessions and weddings in the Philly area?

Carina: Philadelphia is where I grew up and continue to live.  I love all the hidden gems throughout the city, which is on its own bursting with art and character.  Philadelphia is also one of those big cities that can feel like a small town.  Everywhere I go, I run into people I know; friends, clients, business associates.
Photographically, Philadelphia has everything I could ask for: big abandoned buildings, historical cobblestone roads, parks and gardens, amazing murals, and some really great modern architecture as well.

GTTC: What are some of the most iconic places couples should plan to visit with their photographer for engagement or wedding photos?

C: I love the west Philadelphia Love Letter murals. But really, when I plan engagement photos with a couple, I like to have them pick out places that are significant to them as a couple.  It’s important to me to have their photographs reflect their personality and tell a story.

GTTC: Where do you feel are some Philly’s hidden gem locations for photos?

C: Again, the murals are definitely hidden gems.  Some are on rooftops are hard to get to, but you can see them all from the train.  Another really great place is the Magic Gardens.

GTTC: Can you describe a couple of photos that couples can’t miss taking during their sessions?

C: It’s great to have a bunch of nice photos of the couple looking at the camera smiling, but I love it when the pictures actually tell a story.  So if I were to recommend a type of photo, I’d want something where the couple is interacting with each other, doing something fun like sharing a bowl of ice cream, riding bikes together, walking their dog, etc; the scenarios are endless.

GTTC: Do you have a story about a couple whose photos you really enjoyed shooting in the Philly area? What were some of your favorite moments during their session?

C: Leigh and Aaron were one of our couples from last year.  They booked us for an engagement session and while brainstorming what we would do, we asked them what were some of the things they liked to do together.  They both looked at each other, shrugged, and said, “We like to drink beer?”  So we ended up going to their favorite bar and took photos of them sharing a beer sampler.  It was really great to photograph them doing something they enjoy doing, as simple as it may be, and get great pictures out of it.  We also took photos of them hanging out in their home, on their roof and around their neighborhood.  Overall I thought it was a great session because every part of every photo told a story about the couple and turned every day things into works of art.

There’s more information waiting for you throughout Love Me Do Photography’s website, as well as more photos (!!) in Carina and Amanda’s profile, as well as Nadine’s profile. The team also details the experience you can have if you choose to hire Love Me Do Photography to capture your day. Blogging, Facebook, and Twitter play parts in their business too, so don’t forget to comment, like, and follow. Of course, you can also send a note

Have you worked with the ladies of Love Me Do Photography? What about the experience did you love? What are some of your favorite photos? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! 

*all photos courtesy Love Me Do Photography

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Photographer & Real Wedding Spotlight: A Q&A with Jenna Walcott

I don’t know about you, but I love wedding photography. And by love, I mean love, love, love everything about each photo. It seems fitting, then, to introduce you to some of the Philadelphia area’s photography pros. These guys and gals will document everything from your engagement to the moments before, during, and after your walk down the aisle, and you want these photos to be winners.

Shall we get started?

Let me introduce you to our first photography pro, Jenna Walcott. From the moment I first contacted her about this new series, she was on board. Let me tell you, Jenna is fun and very easy to talk to. All of which are important when choosing your photographer.

Prior to beginning her photography studies at the University of Delaware, Jenna discovered the Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work “In India,” and she realized she was really interested in the medium. After graduating and working for a photographer formerly affiliated with National Geographic, Jenna had a (decade long) stint in marketing before rediscovering her love of photography by photographing a wedding, no less. Jenna hasn’t stopped capturing weddings ever since, and on December 6, she launched her redesigned (!) website, which includes her updated brand, logo, and portfolio.

Below you’ll find a Q&A where Jenna talks about her love of photographing weddings in Philadelphia and beyond (she travels, too!), her photography aesthetic and favorite moments, as well as the reasons why she loved one couple in particular. Oh, and let’s not forget the Real Wedding photos of Phyllis and Brendan’s day, which took place in September 2011 at the Phoenixville Foundry. There’s one photo of Phyllis and Brendan sharing a kiss with her veil blowing in the wind. Oh my. Just wait.

Going to the Chapel: Why do you enjoy photographing couples in the Philadelphia area?

Jenna Walcott: Philadelphia and the surrounding areas have so many hidden gems – from the textured urban landscapes of the city to the quaint environments tucked away in Bucks County to the small but charming towns along the Schuylkill – the variety is endless. I also love Philadelphia couples because (at least in my experience) the area is full of wonderful, down to Earth people who are genuinely lovely to work with. I photograph weddings and couples from metro Philly to DC locally, so I am lucky to enjoy the charms of many of the Mid-Altantic geographies and in the end it all comes down to truly enjoying photographing couples in love – no matter where they come from.

GTTC: Some of the moments you capture are set in black and white while others are in color. Is there one that you prefer? Why?

JW: When I learned to shoot it was on Black and White film. And there is something so timeless and classic about a black and white shot.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love color photography, and the advancement in digital photography has made using color such a different experience and I think color photography has become a very powerful tool. I take careful consideration in converting an image to black and white because I think there are certain qualities in an image that lend itself well to that presentation: the strength of the moment caught, the light used to capture it, the composition and its ability to communicate visually without the use of color. In many ways, when you take color out of photograph, the photo must be able to speak for itself – thus the decision becomes an important one.

GTTC: What is your number one favorite moment at a wedding that you try to capture at every event?

JW: That’s an incredibly difficult question! There are so many moments that I look forward to at every wedding that it would be nearly impossible to choose just one. But I think the “favorite” moment I work hardest to capture at each wedding is the one that I haven’t captured yet before – at any other wedding. The key moments during every wedding are all unique, because every couple and their bond is truly unique, but I am always looking for that true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch tenderness, joy, love and genuine emotion that no one can predict will overcome them.

GTTC: Some couples look forward to taking photos while others dislike the attention. What are your top five ways for couples to relax and have fun at their shoot?

JW: I think it all starts with trust – I work hard to build a relationship with my clients so they can feel at ease. And doing an engagement shoot really helps with working out the “in-front-of-the-camera” jitters. I highly recommend doing one if you are getting married! This dress-rehearsal of sorts gives couples a pressure free environment to practice feeling natural in front of the camera and it helps to establish a level of trust between us in working together. I started creating Pinterest boards with my couples to inspire ideas about wardrobe because I receive so many questions about what to wear. This way we get to explore the style of the shoot together and I learn from them what they really are attracted to visually. It’s a great ice breaker! I also sometimes pop some music on my iPhone to either create mood or lighten it up. What seems to work best though is helping the couple to understand that focusing on each other will help the camera to disappear altogether – allowing those authentic moments to come alive.

GTTC: Do you have a story (and photos!) about a couple whose session you really enjoyed photographing?

JW: Phyllis and Brendan were a pleasure to photograph – from the engagement session to their fabulous wedding day – they always were a romantic and intimate couple that just made you want to curl up in front of a fire with the one you love.

They are honest and gentle and loving – toward one another and toward the world.

From the moment I met them, I instantly felt this genuine sense of tenderness and warmth that you just don’t get all that often from people. Needless to say, it was an emotional ceremony and an extremely touching day – the type of wedding that makes me not just love what I do, but live for it.

The Phoenixville Foundry is a stunning venue, with their loft-style ballroom and full- length windows they provide a dramatic and modern atmosphere in the middle of a charming little downtown locale. Their timber-framed open-style bridge makes for a great location to shoot portraits and group shots and leads into a nice field where you can take advantage of some green and open space. Rustic, modern and urban, this spot is a photographer’s dream!

If you would like to contact Jenna, you can do so here on her website. Be sure to visit Jenna’s new site, in general, become a fan on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter (or you can do all three!).

Featured vendors: Photography: Jenna Walcott {} Venue: Phoenixville Foundry {} Catering: Queen of Hearts Catering

Be sure to keep checking the blog for our next photographer spotlight; however, have you every worked with Jenna? What about your experience did you love? What are some of the photos you are most looking forward to from your engagement session and wedding day? Make sure to comment below! 

*all photos courtesy Jenna Walcott Photography

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