The “First Look”: Should You or Shouldn’t You?

A “First Look” is when a Bride and Groom sneak a peek at one another before the ceremony. It’s entirely up to you if you want everyone there to witness it or have it be just the two of you sharing a special moment together. Typically, the “First Look” is followed by the formal wedding party pictures.

Really, there is no right or wrong here, it’s all just a matter of personal opinion. Some people say it’s bad luck to see each other before the ceremony and that it ruins that moment when your Groom sees you for the first time walking down the aisle. Others say it’s a great photo op for one of those really special, candid moments you’ll want to remember.

So, to gain a little insight into this somewhat controversial topic, I took to our Facebook fan page and asked our fans what they thought about the “First Look”. Continue reading

Shweta + Jason: A Hindu Celebration

Bright jewel tones, intricate patterns, elaborate jewelry and the hum of tradition are what makes this Hindu wedding celebration so wonderful to witness.

You won’t believe your eyes when you see how beautiful this Bride is!

Shweta Agarwal and Jason Bhardwaj were married on May 20, 2011 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Continue reading

20 Unique Wedding Favor Ideas for Under $2

Every Bride knows that sticking to a wedding budget can seem like an impossible task at times.

So, to help your budgeting journey along, I thought I would show you some of my favorite Weddingstar guest favors that won’t break the bank. Here are 20 inexpensive, unique and totally fun favors for every wedding theme.

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Wedding Accessories for Lovers of the Great Outdoors

Whether you are adventure seekers or just love being outside, Weddingstar has wedding accessories to suit your style. I have created two inspiration boards: one for true nature lovers and the other for all of the campers out there. Enjoy!

For the Tree Huggers & Nature Lovers

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2 Virginia Weddings by Ever After Visuals

These two weddings by Ever After Visuals are from a couple of years ago but I still wanted to share just a few of the details with you. Modest and intimate but still full of life, these two weddings are sure to inspire your own cozy, family-orientated celebration. Enjoy!

Ester + David

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Dawn + Derek: Tiffany Blue with a Sand Ceremony and Starfish

With such a pretty Tiffany Blue color palette, starfish theme and amazing cake and candy bar, how could you not totally swoon over this wedding?

Oh, and check out their sand ceremony  it’s just so romantic and a great way for the Bride to incorporate her wedding colors into the ceremony!

Dawn Livesay and Derek Dubbe were married on May 14, 2011 in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States. Continue reading

A Classic Vintage Inspired Wedding Photo Shoot

This vintage styled fashion shoot has all the classic elements to help inspire your perfect vintage day including romantic florals, dangling crystals, candelabras, bow ties, tea sets and lace gowns.

These images by the talented Keith Cephus Photography are set on the picturesque backdrop of the historical Hermitage Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Enjoy! Continue reading

Ambra + Aaron: Immaculate Romance

Joy Marie Photography does it again  every last detail of this immaculate Nashville wedding was captured so flawlessly, right down to the Bride’s fabulous sparkly stilettos and the soft fuchsia glow that brightens the reception area.

Ambra Heard and Aaron Duncan were married on May 30, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Continue reading

Brianna + Dylan: Black and Yellow Sophistication

If you would have asked me before what I thought about a black and yellow color scheme for a wedding I would have thought you were crazy. Honey, anyone?

But wow, does this wedding ever pull it off! The bridesmaids look so chic and sophisticated in their long black satin dresses holding yellow rose bouquets, and the reception venue looks so demure with that amazing pop of yellow. Kudos to the Bride and Groom, (with no sign of bees buzzing around the décor) this black and yellow wedding is gorgeous!

Brianna Billings and Dylan Hacker were married on February 4, 2012 in Naples, Florida, United States. Continue reading