Real Wedding ~ Ashley and Will

Ashley and Will were married in Charleston, SC in a classic Southern affair photographed by Captured by Kate Photography. The wonderful team at WED designed the event in a fresh summery palette of soft pink, apricot, green, pale blues and cream. Ashley wore a beautiful Amsale gown with lace bodice and organza skirt, while her bridesmaids wore short flowing chiffon gowns in a brilliant pacific blue. The couple exchanged vows at the gorgeous Cathedral of St. John the Baptist followed by a reception at the historic Mills House Hotel. Cream linens draped over the tables, which were paired with mahogany chiavari chairs creating a contrast to the softness of the tablescape. WED created a mixture of centerpieces from low arrangements of hydrangea and roses to tall tumbling arrangements featuring hydrangea blossoms, roses and strands of dendrobium orchids set in tall silver engraved trumpet vases. White couches add some elegant soft seating that wrapped around a towering centerpiece of branches adorned with strands of hanging crystals. Don't miss a single detail, including the couple's incredible piped confection from Weddings Cakes by Jim Smeal and their getaway rickshaw decorated with a "Just Married," sign and strands of pale blue ribbon. Enjoy!

Captured by Kate Photography. Wedding Coordinator: WED. Invitations: Calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones. Hair: Hailey Nagel of Allure. Makeup: Kory Mahoney of Trish McEvoy. Gown: Amsale. Shoes: Kate Spade. Florist: WED. Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Reception: The Mills House Hotel. Band: Soul Function. Cake: Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal. Transportation: Absolutely Charleston.



Can you believe there's a designer out there who makes these dream dresses totally out of upcycled materials?  That means salvaged and reclaimed stuff that's about as green friendly as you can get.  Tawny Holt of Armour sans Anguish creates beauty from what might be considered by some as cast offs.  Contemporary and a bit Boho all at once, her dresses are just the thing for those weddings with character or country-rustic theme.  I love all these gems, each so unique. Tawny's Etsy shop has more to look at. 


E Session ~ Melyssa and Kevin

These gorgeous, sunkissed images were sent to us by photographer, Holly Lorain who treated her dear friends to an engagement session at Fort Ruckers in Alabama. The warm and lovely images were taken on the dock overlooking the lake providing a scenic backdrop, that coupled with the brilliant orange sunset resulted in series of radiant imagery. To see more of Melyssa and Kevin's engagement session, visit the Holley Lorain Photography blog!



Photographer John Truong has a few subjects he addresses in his photography.  For me weddings are his finest for capturing the true spirit and beauty of a bride.  These images of Brandi in my YOLANDA dress illustrate the skill of an artist who knows the right use of light and a beautiful composition can create a masterpiece . . .

Photography by John T Photography
Makeup . . . Julianne Chai
Hair by Intertwine
Model . . . Brandi


Over Coffee
What could be more inspirational on a Sunday morning to get going than a cup of coffee and lots of pretty stuff to match?  black and white make a powerful (or empowering) statement.  Ponder b&w and maybe some shades of gray for anything from a wedding theme to some new decor.  It's all good!  Thanks to Sticky over at SMP Style Circle for bringing us this novel medley of ideas . . .


Pretty things come in so many forms, sometimes dream-like.  I'm in love lately with blushed neutrals like these with a layer of white light spread over.  ThanksTuyet Nguyen over at SMP Style Circle for these pretty thoughts . . . .

Kallima Photography ~ West Palm Beach, FL

Rebekah and Ben are the husband and wife team behind the spectacular imagery of West Palm Beach, FL based Kallima Photography. Describing themselves as storytellers, their photography does exactly that. Letting their clients be the authors of the day, Rebekah and Ben document the day as it unfolds capturing every moment creating a cohesive wedding story with imagery filled with emotion and that tugs at your heart. Read on to learn more about Rebekah "Bek" and Ben and the inspiration behind the lenses of Kallima Photography.

Kallima Photography is based in West Palm Beach, FL but are available for assignments worldwide. To contact Kallima Photography, visit their website here or call 850.980.1274.

Weddings Unveiled: Tell us a little bit about Kallima Photography.

When I was neck deep in getting my Event Planning degree at FSU, I realized that one day I wanted to have a family and be home with my kids. Everything was high stress and fast paced and lots of hours. I'd been toying with photography and cameras and shoots for years, and knew I loved it AND had a bit of a knack for seeing & capturing emotion in people. Once I realized I could make a living doing something I loved? I fell in love and never looked back. After shooting a few weddings on my own, I asked my husband Ben to come along. He ended up having a blast and has become an artist right along with me. We shoot every wedding together as a team:)

WU: How did you become a wedding photographer?

Bek: My dear friend Tracy called me and said, "I told my friend Courtney you shot weddings. She wants to hire you." Well, I didn't shoot weddings...up to this point I'd only photographed couples and families. I was mad at Tracy and terrified for her friend to call me. She did, she hired me...and I loved every nerve-wracking stress inducing moment of that first wedding. Marriage and love has always been something that I crave and desire to see people fall into. It's sacred and messy and beautiful and heart-wrenching, and I love being able to photograph how it all begins.

Ben: Bek brought me along.

WU: Digital or film or both? Why?

My husband Ben and I shoot digital, but Ben is getting into film something fierce. It is romantic and beautiful, and challenging. He loves a challenge! I love to shoot digital for the immediate gratification, and the freedom it gives me to shoot as much and as fast as I want.

Ben: I'll be honest and say that I'm torn. I love the instant gratification of digital, and cameras are so good now that there is really no excuse for a poorly exposed image. But, I love the look of film. I love the complication of film backs, I love the way it slows me down and makes me think more about the image. So, I'll probably continue on in both worlds.

WU: Describe your wedding photography style.

The whole "style" category has always cracked us up. I think tons of people have the same "style" and shoot very similarly. I was talking with some amazing clients of mine at an engagement shoot the other day, and I told them this. Look, if we can capture emotion, moments, intimacies, whispers that evoke laughter, smiles that are genuine and melt your heart....then it doesn't matter to us what you're wearing or doing or where we us, photography is all about what you're saying to the next generation. I always try to think about this portrait of my bride being on her grand-daughters nightstand one day. What would I want her to see? We love photography and images that cause you to feel something.

Ben: Rebekah and I completely agree here. we really want to tell the story of a wedding. There are so many small moments throughout the course of the day that would be forgotten without photography. Those are the images that will last and bring back the greatest memories.

WU: Show us your favorite wedding image and tell us why it represents who you are as wedding photographers.

I loved this image as soon as i took it. It reminds me of a painting. this is the brides brother reading over his notes for his speech later on. It's a moment that no one would remember, but now it sums up a part of the day to me.

Bek: The main thing I always strive to show through a picture is interaction. Jodi and Luke are one of our favorite couples, simply because they were in love despite who was around. I love the way she's looking at him here.

WU: What inspires you?

Bek and Ben: Every day life. Our son Josiah and our daughter Darby! How other people see and view and capture the world. God's creation. People's idiosyncrasies. Travel. Movies!

WU: What inspires your photography?

Our couples. Every one of them are different....everyone has a different story. Every one of them are unique in how they interact with each other.

Ben: Images are all about the people in them. Every wedding has a feel, and every couple as well. You have to take inspiration from that.

WU: How do you keep your wedding photography fresh?

Bek: Always be moving and always think outside of what you see right off hand. Lots of times it's not whats happening with their faces....but with their hands. We try to keep everything we do as unique as if this was the first wedding we've ever seen.

Ben: I think it's tough. I have to really think about what I'm going to do to grow during this wedding. It's easy to sit back and take the same shots that you always have, but you have to challenge yourself to improve.

WU: Do you do non-wedding photography work? If so, how does it influence your wedding photography?

Bek: Ben is a video producer at our church, so he is always learning and coming home with ideas we put into place with our business. I love to shoot my kids. It requires patience and for me to be FAST (they are 2 years old and 8 months!), so it's a challenge to get amazing images and for that I'm grateful. It is a constant reminder at weddings to be patient and wait for the moment, and to always be looking.

Ben: Yes, I'm in the video world now as well as photography. It's teaching me a lot. I always felt that lighting was one of my strong suits in photography, and video has improved that. I think I'm composing images a little differently now. Photography is still my first love, but I'm starting to appreciate the storytelling strength of video.

WU: What makes you different from other wedding photographers?

Our main goal with our couples and our weddings is to make a connection and make everything about THEM; Leave the wedding having created friendships. If we connect with you, you'll connect with each other and our cameras naturally....and your images will be amazing. We love to do life with people, and to capture stories unfolding. We are not your 'show up, do our job, eat some cake and peace out photographers. We want to know you. We want to be able to breathe your love story through our lenses. We know these pictures will be around for the rest of your life, and we take that responsibility on with severity...knowing how sacred they will be to you. We do what we do because we love our couples and because marriage is something we are very passionate about.

Ben: Rebekah is spot on. We are there to support our couples however we can. Yes we are there to do photography, but I've sewn lots of buttons back on to dress shirts.

WU: What would be your ideal wedding assignment?

We love to shoot in natural light and be outdoors. The pictures are beautiful, nothing replaces the sun! We love backyard weddings. Couples that put their whole LIFE into the details of their wedding day. Couples who care about the uniqueness of what they wear. Couples who are close to their families. Friends who are there for what they can give, not what they can get. Weddings that are focused on the bride and groom.

Ben: Italy. Tuscan villa. Enough said.

WU: Tell us three things you can't live without.

Bek: my Saviour, STARBUCKS, and my community here in West Palm Beach!

Ben: God, Family, Starbucks.

WU: What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

Be yourself .

Ben: God first, others second, I'm third. Thanks Kanakuk.

WU: What is the best advice you can give to an engaged couple?

Make your wedding a reflection of you, and don't get caught up in the tradition. Tradition is constantly being changed and modified. If you love Chick-fil-A and your wedding is in your parents backyard? Get Chick-fil-A. Wear those cowboy boots you never take off in the winter. Skip the bouquet toss if you hate the cliche. Make your wedding an event that SCREAMS the two of you and never look back.

Ben: Take the time to do it right. I'm a big fan of classic style, mixed in with some new stuff. Tie bars, awesome shoes, etc. Don't go rent a tux from a big box-get a nice suit you'll wear again and again. This is your comfortable...but be intentional.



Another great Etsy find.  Check out this gorgeous little white dress by Lily Fleur The baby doll dress is one of Boho's chicest options lately especially if you're going for a more informal look.  Just the right dress for summer, this one's semi-sheer, made of ivory and white fabrics, an under layer of organza with triple layer of tatter organza at the hem. Vintage battenburg lace and handwork at the mid hem line, while vintage crochet work has been couture fitted and hand sewn onto a nude lace bra with white charmeuse satin sides and hook back fastener.

Real Wedding ~ Nicole and Larry

Nicole and Larry were married in a sophisticated outdoor affair at the spectacular Ringling Museum of Art photographed by Audrey Snow Photography. NK Productions designed the event in a palette of deep pink and purple accented with silver. The open-air reception was held at the property's magnificent center courtyard where statues, fountains and the amazing architecture of the museum provided a stunning backdrop. Round guest tables were draped in regal purple linens paired with silver chiavari chairs and clear glass bead rimmed chargers and fuchsia napkins. Tiger Lily Flowers created colorful centerpieces of purple and pink blooms, including hydrangea, calla lilies and dendrobium orchids with shades ranging from deep purple to amethyst. Paper lanterns hung from the perimeter of the courtyard adorning the trees, while Affairs in the Air lighted the space with washes of pink and purple. To see more of Nicole and Larry's elegant outdoor soiree, visit the Audrey Snow Photography blog!

Audrey Snow Photography. Venue: The Ringling Museum of Art. Wedding Coordinator: NK Productions. Florist: Tiger Lily Flowers. Lighting: Affairs in the Air. Dessert: Pastries by Design. Videography: A Wedding Moment.


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