A Bright Bohemian Wedding by Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

While the fall season is upon us, that doesn’t mean we can’t look back to the summer and relish in the summer sunshine and flower-filled wedding days that make it one of our favorite times of the year! Today’s wedding, captured beautifully by Chaz Cruz Photography, is one last lovely look back to summertime with a stunningly bright and bohemian wedding celebration. Jessie and Mike were married in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in an intimate, tear-jerking ceremony surrounded by family and friends (we’re not kidding…wait till you see even the groomsmen wiping away tears!). Decorated with bright summer flowers and featuring a one-of-a-kind beaded wedding dress, Jessie and Mike’s reception in the garden’s Palm House was filled with laughter and TONS of dancing.

Read on to see more of their special day!

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Chaz Cruz Photography

Chaz Cruz Photography

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The 8 DOs and DON’Ts of Bridal Accessories

Bridal Accessories

Erich McVey Photography

In my experience as a designer of handmade bridal accessories, accessorizing is often one of the last things a bride has on her mind when planning a wedding.

The venue, flowers, and dress are often the earliest items checked off the to-do list, but I can’t even count how many times I’ve received a frantic message from a bride saying, “My wedding is next week; how quickly can you ship?”

We LOVE our last minute brides, and fortunately, we have tons of gorgeous pieces already made and ready to go. But, thinking about accessories just a little sooner might save you some stress.

Not sure where to start? Here are just a few do’s and don’ts for big day accessorizing.

DO try a belt on a simpler dress

This can really take your look up a notch, and make the dress entirely your own. Plus, a dress without embellishment may be less expensive up front, saving you cash you can use on accessories or other essentials!

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Jill’s Boutique

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DIY Photobooth Backdrop: Entertain Guests with a Budget-Friendly Photobooth

DIY Photo Backdrop

There’s just something about a photo backdrop and props that make people say three words with the utmost confidence: “Let’s do this.” This is why, at my wedding, a mandatory for décor was a photo backdrop. As an actual photo booth not in the cards (our budget was quickly tightening toward the end of planning), a DIY photobooth backdrop option was the way to go, which turned out to be an adorable decoration addition while also providing the perfect opportunity to “Strike A Pose.”

DIY Photo Backdrop

Want to make one of your own? Here are the simple step-by-step instructions. Now all you have to do is practice that smile!

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Three Ways to Incorporate Fabulous Wedding Flower Decor Into Your Big Day

Wedding Flower Decor

Harwell Photography via Belle the Magazine

We’re saying bye-bye to the traditional take on wedding flowers. Whether faux or real, flowers can play a big role in a wedding! They can set the tone for your wedding to be fun, exciting, chic, rustic or lavish and be an integral part of your color scheme. Some of the more recent trends include using flowers as if they are an art installation and incorporating them into your ceremony and/or reception! It’s up to you where you want the statement for your wedding to be made – but rest assured if  you choose any of these options the outcome will be nothing short of gorgeous!

FOR THE CEREMONY

Use the flowers to be a statement at the altar. They can be the focal point behind you as you take your vows, surround you underneath a canopy or help you walk down the aisle to your love.

Wedding Flower Decor

Kristin La Voie Photography via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Flower Decor

Kamme June via Wedding Chicks

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