When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And, darkly bright, are bright in dark directed.
 Then thou, whose shadows doth make bright

How would thy shadow's form happy show
to the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so?
How would I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,


 All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.

Sonnet 43

--William Shakespeare--

Gowns and headpieces by Amy-Jo Tatum Bridal
 Model: Natalie Sudia

E Session ~ Kristi and Aaron

We couldn't wait to share this incredibly beautiful engagement session photographed in Tuscaloosa, AL by w+e photographie. Kristi and Aaron met while they were in college, fell in love and decided to pursue their dreams together. We're so inspired by their dreamy, romantic images! To see more, visit the w+e photographie blog.


{Steal Worthy Weddings} A Contemporary DIY Event

Good morning, lovelies! What are you up to on this crisp, fall Friday? I’m excited to end the week with this sophisticated, steal worthy wedding packed with dreamy DIY elements.
You know… sometimes it’s a perfect detail that really gets me. Other times it’s a fabulous dress, a gorgeous decor or a stunning cake. But today, it’s the ENTIRE event. Yes, it is a beyond-beautiful, stylish affair overflowing with steal-worthy deets…. a marriage between the old and the new, featuring classic elements with the modern touch of a present- day couple.
Get inspired by my breakdown on every worth-to-steal piece from these nuptials. And don’t forget to keep your eyes open for fabulous DIY ideas you may want to borrow for your own wedding!

The Ceremony Decor: I love the contrast between the vibrant pinks and aquas against the simple white background. It's elegant...it's modern... it's timeless!

Bridesmaids' Look: The bridesmaids wore Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired black cocktail dresses, that they would be able to wear again, with vintage stud earrings, and fuchsia satin peep toe pumps with bow accents. To give the contemporary twist of the mismatched bridesmaids to this classic look, they each wore a different brooch... genius!
The Bouquet: You know I'm a sucker of peony bouquets, but this one takes the cake. The colors are gorgeous. The clouds of aqua tulle are a lovely way to bring in the something-blue. Notice how this bride kept a comprehensive look by wearing an aqua bracelet and pink lipstick that matched the bouquet colors.

The Modern Venue: With clean lines and minimalist design, this is the perfect setting for a couple with a unique style and vision. With the bride's art background, and the groom’s carpentry skills, this couple took advantage of this blank canvas and really made the space our own.
The Color Palette: The fuchsia, aqua, black and white color palette of this wedding is just perfectly coordinated right down to the spots on the contemporary glam.

DIY Details: From custom welcome sign, hand-painted aqua vases and frame collage, this couple had a very hands-on approach to planning their  special day. They also created vintage birdcages and ruffled clam shells, adorned with glossy white driftwood, tulle and fuchsia flowers.

The Home Made Cake: OMG! can you believe this bride actually make this gorgeous cake by herself. She's definitely an artist. But even if you're not as talented as she is, this is, hands down, a steal-worthy cake. Take the picture to your baker and you are good to go, my friend!
The Flower Girls Outfits: Let's take a moment to admire this dazzling flower girl dresses. Beautiful, right? If you're using any vibrant color on your wedding day, the flower girl dresses are the perfect place to bring them to play. Little girls look adorable in bright colors!
Wedding Photography: Kay English Photography | Wedding Ceremony & Reception Location: One Atlantic  |  Floral Design & Decor: Gerad’s Florist & Decorators | Second Photographer: Vanessa Joy | Wedding Gown: Jim Hjelm via Exquisite Bride | Bride’s Shoes: Lauren Jones via Nordstrom | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Via: Style Me Pretty

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 . . . . .Over on One Wed introducing you to Nha Khanh of Dallas who designed the above gemmie.  Nha not only creates swell bridal,  she designs RTW and has an atelier label as well.  But of all her pieces my faves are the ones Nha designs for herself.  Check out her own absolutely off the charts wedding gown with a full skirt that would make Ginger Rogers green with envy.  See it  here . . .

Lace Back Wedding Dresses - Part 2

Are you a lace-loving bride? Or are you looking for a wedding gown with a romantic twist on the traditional? Then these masterpieces are your dream come true. Romantic and feminine Lace Back Wedding Dresses are bursting at the seams with elegance and charm. They’re graceful...they're show-stopping... and they have a feeling of royalty that you can't resist. I'm specially loving those 80's inspired, long-sleeve pieces that remind me so much of my mom's wedding gown. Enjoy this gallery and stop by Lace Back Wedding Dresses - Part 1 for more lovely lace.
Rosa Clara Spring 2012 (source)
Allure Bridals
Claire Pettibone (source)
Allure Bridals
Jim Hjelm
Alma Novia 2012
Blue by Enzoani (source) | Enzoani (source)
Marchesa Bridal Fall 2012  (source)
 Rosa Clara Spring 2012 (source)
Rosa Clara Spring 2012 (source)
Unknown | Watters
Anna Schimmel (source) | Allure Bridals

Head over  Lace Back Wedding Dresses - Part 1 for more lovely lace. Or go to Lace Long Sleeves Wedding Dresses for more 80's inspired dresses.

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