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A Wedding on the Water
Water is a sanctuary for a lot people. It is where peace, a sense of calmness and tranquility can be found. Many engaged couples are drawn to saying their vows with the water as the backdrop for this special moment in their lives.
The sun reflecting like diamonds off the surface adds a glow and warmth that makes us all smile from the inside. Amanda & Lee chose a venue on the water and utilized it as the backdrop for the exchanging of their vows, for photos before and after the ceremony, and as the view during their reception. A serene elegance and calmness was captured in their pictures.
Following, we have selected a few of the details that they chose to implement into their forever day
Can Style & Comfort Exist as One?
Walking down the aisle you want to concentrate on looking into the eyes of your intended, NOT on the fact that your feet already hurt. When dancing that first dance as a married couple, or dancing with family and friends you want to be enjoying every moment, NOT thinking again about how your feet hurt. From pinched toes, blisters on heels and more, you don’t want to be limping around on your honeymoon.
What Shoes Should I Wear to My Wedding?
Whether scouring the internet or shopping in a local store, here is exactly what to look for, according to podiatrists –
- Cushioning or padding under the ball and arch of the foot
- Rubber soles to absorb shock
- Enough room to wiggle your toes
- For high heels, look for a block heel or a wedge for support and stability
Our online research led us to PashionFootwear.com this company provides shoes with interchangeable heels. Their shoes also have extra padding for more comfort and arch support. They believe that “High heels should never slow you down”. You choose the basic shoe and then add a high heel, kitten heel or block heel AND they can be covered in rhinestones, pearls, animal patterns, metallics and more.
Wear a beautiful high heel down the aisle, then with a simple twist remove the heel so you can dance the night away in flats and then twist on a fun new heel for a great shoe with a whole new look to take on your honeymoon.
For some people it truly is all about the style, and they will switch to flats after the ceremony, put on an elaborate pair of flip-flops and some have been known to wear beautiful foot jewelry in the sand. The bottom line is you have options!
Robes, Rompers, & Pajamas:
The Perfect Look for Your Attendant’s in the Before Photos
You and your attendants will spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes on your wedding day with hair, makeup, before photos and more. What better way for everyone to truly feel unified than by rocking adorable robes or rompers. They make the perfect gift and because they offer easy closures, they will help to avoid hair and makeup casualties.
What Should I Buy My Bridesmaids or Attendants?
First think about your group and what they would like the best: Something long or short? Floral or lace pattern? Satin, silk, or cotton? You can also add a personal touch by embroidering their attire with their monogram or name!
Rompers are fun, flirty and offer a variation from the more traditional robe. They come in luxurious fabrics that feel great to wear while everyone is getting ready. A tie at the waist or ruffles around the legs add an extra feminine and flattering touch.
If you will all be together enjoying a fun sleepover before the actual wedding or staying together the night before a stylish, cute pajama set would make a great gift. From solids with fun piping, prints, flattering button-front shirts in comfy satin or light weight cotton. Cute Boxer Shorts with elastic or tie waists will make these everyone’s favorite go to for sleepwear.
A great time to give any of these is at the beginning of the planning process when you ask each person to be an attendant (the Attendants’ Proposal). If you prefer to gift these closer to the actual wedding, you can do it at your Shower or at the Rehearsal Dinner. Even the actual wedding day is an acceptable option; that way no one will be missing their robe in the photos because they forgot to bring it!
Lashes: How Long and For How Long?
All of us from time to time choose something that gives us that extra dose of self – confidence; a fun manicure, a fabulous new pair of shoes or a statement piece of jewelry. For your wedding day a great set of lashes can provide that little extra something to help you feel super special in photos and for your overall wedding day look.
False eyelashes are chosen for many reasons. They can provide the finishing touch on a glamorous look, bring attention to the eyes, and keep you looking bright and awake even at the end of your wedding day!
What Kind of Lashes Should I Wear on My Wedding?
Natural Lashes – These are more soft and refined. They will add length and thickness and you don’t need to fear looking overly dramatic. Great for daytime, when you want a more natural look; long light lashes.
Full Lashes – Offering a much thicker look than natural lashes. While very heavy for every day, they will make your eyes have that extra special look in photos. Perfect for photos that are not close up. These lashes have a blunt, even shape to the ends of the lashes giving them a vintage 60’s mod appearance.
Individual Lashes – Theses are attached individually, not in a strip. They take longer and more skill to apply, but they give a more natural look where your eyelid meets your lash line. Customize your look by choosing your length and how many you use. Individual lashes last longer you can usually get a few days to a full week out of them.
NovaLash – For something that will last from your Rehearsal Dinner, through your wedding, honeymoon and for several weeks after, there is NovaLash. These lashes offer durability, texture and curl allowing you to experience volume and length without a ton of time in the lash artist’s chair
Notes Affirming Love,
Promise & Intention
Nothing could be more intimate than writing or receiving words of love. Notes and letters that are hand-written provide the opportunity to read, and experience the feelings these precious keepsakes provide, over and over again. Your wedding day is all about declaring your love; through your vows, the song you choose for your first dance, a toast you may make to each other and a wonderful love note.
A note or letter is usually exchanged at the beginning of your day. Amanda and Lee shared theirs before the ceremony, slipping away for a few private moments to read the heartfelt words they penned for one another. It has become customary to have this private moment captured forever, by your photographer.
Here are a couple of ideas if you are wondering what to write in your wedding day note or letter.
- Convey why you love them and reveal the moment you fell in love
- Include your hopes and promises for your united future
- Share how you want this day to go. Mention special things that are important to you, or that you know are important to them, to make sure you both take the time during the wedding to do
- End the letter with how they inspire you
Remember to keep everything simple and direct. It is ok to use a little humor for something that you both have experienced. You don’t have to use flowery language, just honestly put down in words how your intended makes you feel.
Creative Aisle Style for 2021 and Beyond
Many couples put the emphasis in décor on the reception but remember it is the aisle where everyone gets the first glimpse of both of you and where the reason they have come together takes place – witnessing the reciting of your vows, stating your love and commitment to each other. This is where you share the first kiss as a married couple. All of this should be framed in something beautiful for the moment, and for years to come in your photos, video and memory.
Trending for aisles today are arches, trellises, gates and more. However, you need to rethink the wedding arches of the past. Today they are highly personalized. These are amazing and will frame both of you and your officiant. They can be simple or elaborate. Once you determine your location, the time of day/night, how many guests, and the overall vision you are working towards achieving, then this element will easily fall into place.
Options for decorating this element in your weddings include – flowers, grasses (which are currently very popular), plants/greenery, paper flowers, colorful ribbon streamers. . . you are only limited by your imagination!
Here are some styles and variations on this one décor element that will help to set the stage, atmosphere and look on your wedding day.
Circle of Blooms ~ Geometric Trellis ~ Wrought Iron Gates Perfect Frame ~ Floating Garlands (great for weddings under trees) Triangular Arches ~ Rustic Wooden Cross ~ Rustic Arch and there are many more!
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