Married in a Magazine!

In January, Carolina Bride magazine released their January/March issue and included our wedding. For those who don’t live in the Charlotte area, you can read the article online and check out the photos. We didn’t hire a wedding photographer with the plan of getting our photos in a magazine – but some do.

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Most wedding magazines are looking for the details: the creative/personal touches you put on your day. Interesting cakes or dessert bars, cute sayings or quotes, chalkboards, floral designs, inclusion of family heirlooms or trinkets, all of those make for great photos and are clearly personalized. Also, while corrected photos can be absolutely gorgeous, most magazines want photos with natural light and very little correcting.

JPRBv.St.138Some magazines will tell you exactly what they like to include. If you’re set on having your wedding featured in a magazine, be sure to check out their requirements before you sit down with your photographer for the first time. Setting an expectation up front for what you want to happen, can make the process much easier. As I mentioned in this article, sharing photos with your photographer of what you want to be captured can help them understand your style and plan for specific poses.

8ptWa.St.138Be sure to understand the magazine before setting your heart on submitting photos. Some magazines only accept photos from vendors who advertise with them, such as Carolina Bride Magazine based in Charlotte, NC. Also, they only accept photos from weddings in Charlotte or from Charlotte based couples. Southern Weddings magazine based in Chapel Hill, NC, features only Southern weddings (duh!). Making sure you have the right amount of southern will be a key to being featured in their online blog or in print. The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings are other magazines that you could shoot for, but understand that they get a lot of submissions!

15om1u.St.138Make sure who it is that needs to submit the photos and ensure all forms are properly completed. Each magazine accepts a different number of photos, and some just want a “preview” of your wedding to see if they will consider it.

nzr2U.St.138Understanding what the magazine’s current views are will also help. If you’re submitting a DIY wedding to an upscale wedding magazine, your chances of getting accepted may be slim. The same goes if you only submit posed and corrected photos to a magazine that’s requesting candid shots, creative shots or natural shots.

OfULY.St.138Make sure to include photos from throughout the day, as well. You want some from the moment you start getting ready…

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Both posed and having fun… (and with matching umbrellas in case in rains)mFOZW.St.138While posed photos can be perfected with multiple shots, sometimes the candid ones are the best:

1nPika.St.138Make sure photos are taken of all the DIY items you put time and energy into:

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And those special “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” items:

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It goes without saying that you want your first dance captured from start to finish (consider how you want this to look – people in a circle around you? Semi-circle? Only you two? Do you want guests pictured at all?):

WtR8Z-1.St.138More importantly than getting magazine perfect photos, you want to make sure that the photos represent you and your husband (or wife). They should capture your day, your personalities, and be keepsakes that you want to hang in your home for the rest of your life. Getting the right mix of posed and candid shots is key, and adding in some of those fun shots with your wedding party will make you smile for years to come. DSC_6686As I’ve mentioned before (and you can see from the photos), it rained on our wedding day. We were able to get most photos done before the ceremony and then ones with everyone together afterwards in between showers. Every time we tried to go outside after the ceremony, it seemed to rain harder, so I do believe we missed out on a few shots that we would have gotten otherwise.

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Our photographer (all photos by Pixel Photo and Design) has offered to come back and capture some more shots for us – which we are debating. A) Not sure we want to get all dressed up again (rent suit, clean dress again, hair/make up) which could be upwards of $500 and B) we wouldn’t have our guests or wedding party there to participate (unless we have a 2nd wedding!). So we’ll see about a second round of wedding photos, but that’s why it’s even more important to make sure on the day of that you have all the ones that you want – and have a rain plan in your back pocket so you aren’t figuring out poses and new spots the day before the wedding.

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I did not capture all the magazines that will feature real weddings, so be sure to search for wedding magazines in your local area or region and don’t be afraid to aim high. While styled shoots can be inspirational, brides love to see real weddings, especially in their venue so they can get ideas. Share your best photos and best ideas (and go with a photographer you’ve seen featured in the magazine  if you want to up your chances) and make sure to scoop up extra magazines for your parents if you do get published!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your wish is my command!

Now that I am a bride-to-be, I understand all the things brides don’t want to hear. Griping. Complaints about dresses/shoes/jewelry. Anything negative that’s directed at YOUR wedding. Thankfully, I have incredible friends and bridesmaids who have all said “whatever you want!” (I seriously love them!)

We are getting ready to place the order for our J. Crew bridesmaid dresses and I couldn’t be happier. I LOVE that my bridesmaids and I will be wearing J. Crew on my big day. Their dresses are just SO classy! And can definitely be worn again, right? I know everyone says that but I really believe it with J. Crew. They are very versatile and who doesn’t love to dress up fancy for a night out? I truly did want to find a dress that they would be comfortable in, loved, and could potentially use again. Maybe not as a “wear every-other week” dress or “wear to work” dress, but something that could be reworn to an event later on.
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For a while I was torn between the J. Crew ones and Alfred Sung styles (pictured above) – but ultimately, the girls picked the J. Crew ones. They’re going to look so stunning! Color and styles will remain secret – until the big day of course! Both J. Crew and Alfred Sung offered FREE sample swatches – which helped us decide the color. We had a very specific look in our minds, so it was easy for us to decide the color.
I have yet to book the florist (or even call any)… and time is ticking. But I did get this really adorable stamp for our post-wedding thank-you notes!

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Wedding Paper Divas has a 50% off deal on their stamps today – check it out and order one! Great deal for brides-to-be, single folks and those of you that have already tied the knot! Something you can use long after the thank you notes are written and you’re on your way to growing old together!

Don’t ya wanna eat my cornbread?

The hubby-to-be and I have a joke going about a Dave Matthews Band song and cornbread being at our wedding. I told him if we have it, he has to go around to all the tables offering it up and singing “Don’t ya wanna eat my cornbread?” It’s probably not as funny to you… guess that’s why it’s an inside joke. Regardless, we are having cornbread at our wedding.

We met with our darling caterer yesterday – I loved that she hugged us instead of shaking our hands. We narrowed down our menu and trusted her opinions on what foods were “must-haves.” Now, I’m not going to TELL you everything that we’re having but if you are lucky enough to join us, you’ll see for yourself the delicious spread of southern goodness that will fill our guest’s bellies.

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I opted out of fried pickles for an appetizer (too greasy + messy) and also out of a shrimp & grits bar. I originally INSISTED on having this because it’s one of my FAVORITE foods (top 5, for sure!). But my Virginia family, although they are in Southwest Virginia, they aren’t quite Southern enough to love grits with the same intensity that I do. Or at all. I’m actually pretty sure they would all turn up their noses at grits. Maybe for a shower or something we can do a shrimp and grits bar… with andouille sausage, cheese, texas pete, bacon, mushrooms, onions… all the fixins!

We will have 3 delicious hor d’ouevres to accompany cocktail hour (with our signature drink!) and two very Southern, very delicious meats, with 4 sides, 3 kinds of bread and dessert… well… dessert is the most important part and I cannot pick just one. So I’m thinking of 5… and we just have to figure out what those 5 are going to be, then we’ll dedicate a whole post to desserts.

Anyway, now that we have picked what we want (well in advance!) – we are going to taste it on March 16th and confirm or change the menu. Y’all, it sounded so good, we were both hungry when we left! Is it August yet?

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Y’all, it’s been a good week! We are still reeling from that spectacular engagement party last weekend, gifts were still trickling in this week (Kate Spade towels + glass mixing bowl set, LOVE!), our save-the-dates arrived last night and look AMAZING, we made a purchase today that is going to raise the level of fun at our wedding from a 12 to 15 (GET READY!), and on top of that – it might snow tonight! Doesn’t get much better than that!

But NEXT week, we are meeting with the caterer… whose name is Evelyn and I LOVE that because it was my grandma’s name. If I could have it my way, we’d bring in Mac’s BBQ for the reception, with chicken wings and fried pickles for appetizers and collards, mac & cheese and baked beans for sides – unfortunately, the deal they have worked out with the caterer works better if we use THEIR choice.Pinned Image
I knew this would be the part of deal when we signed our contract – and either way the food will be delicious, even if it isn’t Mac’s. We LOVE us some Southern food, and comfort foods too. I think our biggest decision will be between biscuits or cornbread. I actually see it as a blessing that they have a deal with a caterer, so that we don’t have to go out and search for our own. As much as I love food, and would enjoy food tastings, I am happy to clean anything off of my plate that will simultaneously remove stress.

We’ve had some really good food at weddings… carving stations, jumbo shrimp, and the 5-course wedding in Cleveland that we still talk about! I love food so much that I’d probably have them do one of everything if it wouldn’t cost a fortune!

More to come on the catering after our meeting, this will just be a walk through to see where things will be set up and what we’re envisioning. Food tasting to come next – yum! I would LOVE to hear what you all would pick for the perfect Southern food at a wedding reception! Ready… set… post!

Happy Thursday + fingers crossed for snow!

Meet the Fockers

I spent this weekend with my soon-to-be in-laws. My fiance’s sweet parents and his brilliant sister who graduated from UNC-W this weekend with her Masters! Every time we are with them it is just delightful. Whether we are playing Apples-to-Apples, watching Bad Santa, hanging out with Will Ferrell or picking up sand dollars on the beach, it is always a wonderfully enjoyable time. (Not to mention his parents love food in the same way I do… so we eat, a lot!).

546787_10100298185530913_673317564_nI’ve heard so many horror stories about in-laws and especially the mother-in-law not getting along with the girl who is spending forever with her son, but that is in no way the case! I love, love, LOVE my soon-to-be mother-in-law. She is a wonderful woman, very admirable and sweet and perfectly Southern! I honestly could not have hand-picked a better woman to be my mother-in-law. Landon’s dad is also amazing, he’s incredibly smart, can always make me laugh and always makes a point to ask about my family, which makes me smile inside. Quite possibly the best part of this is that I also get a new sister (I already have one sister-in-law  in my brother’s wife).

Today, my newest soon-to-be sister-in-law and I had a private warm vinyasa yoga class in Wilmington. Seriously, we get along great. I can’t imagine him having a sister that was any more perfect! We love the same things, can share clothes, ran our first half marathon together and somehow always kick-ass when we’re on the same game team. I love her and I feel very lucky to be joining her family.

I love my family. I’m very passionate and protective of them (even though more than 48 hours with them usually results some sort of “I’m adopted” rant). I can’t wait to see them in just 9 days and hug my little cousins, spend yet another Christmas with the sweetest and best grandfather anyone could ever have and spend our first Christmas with my adorable nephew. I love that even after all these years, and after we’ve all grown up, we all still make our way back to our small town and have a huge Christmas breakfast together with 30+ people. I’m also very happy that just a few days after that, we’ll be spending Christmas in Fearrington with my fiance’s family for our very first engaged Christmas. yay!

I said yes to the dress!

So, remember the J. Crew dress that I fell in love with initially? The one that I didn’t order because I wanted to go to stores and try on dresses… and then they sold out… and then they got one back…. and it went on sale? Well, I ordered it, this second time around when it went on sale and it arrived last Friday in the prettiest brown box I’ve ever seen. And inside of that box, was the prettiest white box I have ever seen. And inside that box… was the prettiest wedding gown I have everrrrrrr seen!

j crewMy sweet aunt helped me get situated in the dress and then we just stood there marveling over how beautiful it was. How perfect the material was, how the neckline was amazing. Oh my heavens, I fell in love right then and there.

I tried it on again the next day when my MOH game to see me and she loved it every bit as much as I did. And this past weekend, I tried it on for my brother and sister-in-law (sorry Mom!) and they fell in love with it too (I may be speaking out of turn for my brother when I say he loved it, I think he actually said “it looks nice”).  It’s the one. I said yes. It’s mine, all mine.

And I can’t wait to wear it next August and become Mrs. White in my beautiful white dress!

Tough Decisions

I would like to order a bunch of different save-the-dates because I am terrible at picking JUST ONE. We were trying to finalize our invite list this morning and simultaneously looking at save-the-dates. I plan on sending these out after the holidays (don’t want any to get lost with all those holiday cards!).

A few weeks ago, we ordered samples of wedding invitations from Wedding Paper Divas to see if we picked any of the same ones. I thought that would be a cute way to decide on the invitation, however, I have more of a classical style and my groom is artsy-fartsy. We did find one that has a burlap design with a blue design… I mean, hello! It doesn’t get more perfect than that… luckily, we have a little while to decide on the invitations, response cards, menus?, and whatever else we have to order… but the save-the-dates are a little more immediate.

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I have always loved magnet save-the-dates… something to keep it right there in people’s faces versus being put in a “junk drawer” and forgotten. I also HAVE to have a photo on the save-the-date … after all, we have just taken a million more adorable photos together, so we have to put them to good use.

Just two more weeks of classes for the both of us and then we have a few weeks to relax and wedding plan our little hearts out before Christmas, New Years and the start of our Spring semesters. Lots of decisions to be made… soon… but probably not today.