Monthly Archives: November 2012

Real Wedding: Rachel + Chris in Ohio

Wow, talk about a dream venue! Captured by Studio Elle Photography, Rachel and Chris were married last June in a beautiful church ceremony in Akron, Ohio. The church was actually renovated by the bride’s father, Jay Crafton, a Youngstown, Ohio architect. Every detail of the day was expertly curated to reflect the couple’s modern sensibilities. Rachel is an aspiring architect and art enthusiast, so it was very important to her to have a clean, modern environment for her wedding. I absolutely love that the reception was held in a local modern art museum! The angular architecture and bold colors of the museum served as a fabulous backdrop for photos. The guests enjoyed a variety of cake balls instead of a traditional wedding cake, allowing each guest to pick their favorite flavor. Gray and yellow reception decor perfectly accented this modern event.

The couple’s story from the bride:

Rachel and Chris began dating in high school. In 2005, Rachel went to Kent State University to pursue a degree in architecture, while Chris studied mechanical engineering at the University of Akron. They successfully made it through four years of undergraduate school together, emerging as a stronger couple in 2009.

Chris’ job moved him to Birmingham, AL in 2010. After they realized that being apart was something that they never wanted to experience, Chris popped the question on July 4, 2011. Rachel happily accepted and after 9 years of friendship and fun, they tied the knot on June 30, 2012.

The modern concrete and glass structure of the Akron Art Museum was the perfect setting to celebrate with their family and friends. The wedding and reception reflected every aspect of their personalities and lives together: a simple and casual yet understatedly glamorous evening complete with many DIY touches. The decision to open the art galleries and include a blues band is a juxtaposition that wonderfully encapsulates their entire relationship together.

Photographer: Studio Elle Photography
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Reception Venue: Akron Art Museum
Catering + Rentals: Robert J. Events & Catering
Reception Lighting + Sound: Hubbard Music
Bridal Gown Designer: Allure Bridal
Bridal Gown Store: One Enchanted Evening
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Parisxox
Bridesmaid Dress Designer + Store: J.Crew
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Tommy Hilfiger
Groom’s Shoes: Converse
Cake Designer: The Cute Little Cake Shop
Cake Topper: Simply Silhouette Weddings
Bridal Party Flowers: Brookfield Gardens
Reception Flowers: Neil Leeson Decor Floral
Hair Stylist: Rachel Studer-Tarr
Invitation Designer: Bride
DJ: Steve Vuich
Band: The River Saints
Dinner Music: Steve Fazzini
Officiant: Deacon Robert Friedman

All images by Studio Elle Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Top 100 Wedding Blogs 2013: Voting Open!


It’s time to vote for BrideTide’s Top 100 Wedding Blogs 2013! I would absolutely love to be on the list this year and I need your help. If you love all the modern wedding inspiration you see here, please take a few moments to vote for Modernly Wed. Thank you so much for your readership and (hopefully) your vote!

This year you get three votes! Here are some of my favorite blogs for you to consider:

Glamour and Grace
Style/Region: Vintage, Handmade, DIY, Glamourous
Features: Weddings, Engagements, Bridal Shoots, Styled Shoots, Anniversary Shoots

Every Last Detail
Style/Region: All styles and regions… only requirement: DETAILS!
Features: Weddings, Styled Shoots, limited Engagement sessions

Mountainside Bride
Style/Region: All Mountain Weddings
Features: Mountain weddings, vendor and bridal advice, DIY projects, some bridal and engagement shoots. Love anniversary shoots.

Le Magnifique
Style/Region: All styles and regions (I even feature international weddings/shoots)
Features: Anything wedding related (weddings, engagements, styled/bridal shoots, etc…)

Kiss My Tulle
Style/Region: Strictly Budget Weddings ($10,000 and under) with an emphasis on rural and small town (community center, VFW, church hall) venues.
Features: Anything wedding related (weddings, engagements, styled/bridal shoots, etc…) Features weddings that have a little something different (military, Man-of-Honor, same sex, etc).

Burnett’s Boards
Style/Region: All regions, slightly offbeat style for real weddings.
Features: Real weddings on Wednesdays only. Occasional engagement shoots.

The Budget Savvy Bride
Style/region: Any region, all styles, but strict budget cap of $15k or less. Lots of DIY.

Fab You Bliss
Style/Region: All styles and regions and anything wedding related, engagement sessions, styled wedding shoots.
Features: lots of pretty details, but also highlights emotion and images that convey the beauty and sentiment of the day.

Heart Love Weddings
Style/Region: All styles and regions, with an emphasis on the love story of every bride and groom, and the details that bring love stories to life.
Features: Real Weddings, Engagement Sessions, occasional Boudoir Shoots (because we believe in the confidence it builds in beautiful women)

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Real Bridal Session: Anna in North Carolina

I have more lovely winter inspiration for you today! This time in the form of a stunning, editorial style bridal shoot in North Carolina. Captured by Ave Nocturna Photography, Anna’s bridal session is accented by unique accessories. A faux fur cape, top hat and modern headpieces are the perfect accompaniments to a winter white theme.

All images by Ave Nocturna Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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