A shabby chic country wedding by Gage Blake Photography

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There’s nothing lovelier than seeing a wedding where a bride and groom actually have FUN on the big day — and today’s couple, Janelle and Tyler, did just that! It’s clear that the bride and groom are best friends and were so excited to get married on the big day. Janelle looked gorgeous in her strapless lace gown and Tyler and his groomsmen were perfectly dapper in gray suits. With pops of pink and rustic decor like mason jars, burlap and lace, their rustic, shabby chic country wedding in Ohio was perfect. Luckily, Gage Blake Photography was there to capture the entire day from start to finish!

A few words from the bride:

The most memorable moment of our wedding was the ENTIRE day! I loved every part of the day and I would not have changed a thing. From the start with the moms and my girls, to the ceremony where everything became “official”, to the pictures where the weather was perfect, and ending with an awesome party filled with food, fun, family, and friends. 

Click through to get inspired by Janelle and Tyler’s wedding day!

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Win $2000+ for your bridesmaids’ style with our Bridal Party Bash giveaway

Win $2000+ for your bridesmaidd with the Bridal Party Bash giveaway!

From the moment you get engaged to the moment you say “I Do”, your bridesmaids are with you every step of the way — so why not treat them to something nice every once in a while? If you’re getting married later this summer or fall, we’ve got just the thing for you! We’ve teamed up with Union Station, Rocksbox, Sole Society and Minted to gift one special bride and bridal party almost everything they need for the big day.

How much is almost everything, you ask? Our amazing, stylish prize package comes out to over $2000 in goodies, which is sure to help you and your bridesmaids out in the budget department! It only takes a few seconds to enter, and one lucky group of ladies can win:

  • 8 bridesmaid dress rentals from Union Station
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Tips to handling your mother-in-law during wedding planning (and starting off your relationship right!)

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Ellie Asher via Bridal Musings

Are you struggling with the in-laws? Wish you had an easy solution to family disharmony? Is your mother-in-law driving you bananas? Okay, I’ll stop that now because it’s reading more like an infomercial…

I really hoped I could open this article with a historically accurate yet hilarious anecdote about how and why in-laws, (especially mother-in-laws) have established themselves as the Kim Jong-Un of family members… but I can’t.

I’ve just found lots of angry websites where people can vent anonymously about their awful in-laws stories, so I’ll move on.

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The one thing I do know, is that I’m going provide you with some deep breathing exercises and steps to keep calm and hopefully nurture your relationship with your in laws (you mother-in-law, MIL, in particular). Hopefully these tips help you to enjoy the wedding planning process together, so you can go back to trying to figure out how to get your hair to grow faster so that you can achieve that luscious fishtail braid that you spotted on Pinterest.

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8 unique wedding theme ideas from real weddings

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Gideon Photography

Themed weddings are growing in popularity and for good reason – it’s the ultimate opportunity for the bride and groom to showcase their personalities and love for something special to them, whether it be pop culture, travel, music and so on. Divulging in interests that are unique to the bride and groom and planning a wedding day around a specific theme typically leads to an unforgettable experience for both the couple and their guests. (Case in point: this adorable red tandem-bike themed wedding!)

If you want to have a specific and unique wedding theme for your big day, you’re probably wondering where to even begin – hosting a wedding is tricky enough before diving into revolving the décor, food and music around a specific vision! Ultimately, remember that a themed wedding still needs to include all the aspects of a traditional wedding. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • To choose your theme, think of something meaningful to you and your significant other – what are your hobbies? Are you more of a fun or serious couple? Do you prefer things to be more elegant or edgy? The sky is really the limit when choosing a theme.
  • Consider your theme when choosing a location for the wedding – think a large estate or mansion for a fairy tale theme, an outdoor stage for a music festival theme, etc.
  • Introduce the theme through your save the dates, invitations, décor and favors.
  • The food and music also should reflect your theme – perhaps there’s even an era-specific dance that you and your spouse want to perform or get the entire crowd involved with!

Looking to get theme inspired? The creativity of the following couples from these real weddings are bound to get you in the mood to either host your own or attend a themed party.

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