Simple Wedding by the Sea in Rhode Island

Hooray for a very belated new post! Sometimes life just gets too hectic. Anyway, on to the beautiful wedding…

Captured by Jamie Ivins Photography, Meg and Dan were married on a lovely October day in a church ceremony in Bristol, Rhode Island. Their seaside wedding was filled with simple, thoughtful details and subtle nautical elements. A classic navy color palette tied together all the details. I especially love all the getting ready images; they really set the stage for this understated, elegant event!

A few words from the bride:

Dan and I met as “just-barely teenagers” and formed an instant friendship. By the time we entered high school, we had become each others’ lab-partner, confidant, and best friend. This friendship kept either of us from asking for more out of the relationship, since neither wanted to ruin what we had built. However, by the time we entered junior year, we decided to take the leap into the dating realm- and it was so worth it! Fast forward through the rest of high school and college, and we were getting married on our ten year anniversary!

We were striving for “classic elegance” throughout the wedding design. We didn’t want anything too elaborate, we just wanted timeless. Our colors were champagne and ivory, which we tried to incorporate from the twinkle lights, to the table cloths, to the candle lit centerpieces.

However, the thing we cared about the most was that we made the wedding about us and our families. We added little touches throughout the ceremony and reception to signify who we are and to thank our family. They helped make our wedding spectacular and we are so grateful for their support over the past ten years!

In addition to our friends and family, our team of vendors made our wedding day perfect! Everyone that we worked with was amazing and the relationships went so far past those contractual in nature. Every bride and groom wants beautiful, timeless photographs to remember their “big day” and we definitely got those, but we also got so much more from our photographer, Jamie Ivins Photography, who reminded us to have fun and enjoy the entire process! Likewise, our caterer, Arolin Hughes from Russell Morin Catering, was so patient and accommodating that she made everything about the reception perfect (extending past the delicious food)! On The Rise Bakery topped off the dinner with a fantastic cake as well! Adding to that lineup was our singer/DJ, Tom Conte, from Conte Sound Productions, who brought an amazing voice to our dinner and a party-atmosphere to the dancing! Finally, to round out the fabulous team was our florist, Valley Falls Florist; tent designer, Ryan Designs; and Blithewold coordinator, Karen Bellevance who made the church and tent beautiful!


Photographer: Jamie Ivins Photography // Videographer: Conte Sound Productions // Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Parish // Reception Venue: Blithewold // Catering: Russell Morin Fine Catering // Bridal Gown Store: Vows // Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: family heirloom // Jewelry Designer: family heirloom // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Watters // Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo // Groomsmen’s Attire: Tuxedo // Cake Designer: On The Rise Baking // Tent Designer: Ryan Designs // Floral Designer: Valley Falls Flower Shop // Invitation Designer: RSVP Stationary // DJ: Conte Sound Productions // Photobooth: Shutterbooth New England // All images by Jamie Ivins Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Fun Toy Emporium Engagement Session in Charleston


A toy store engagement session? So fun and unique! Captured by Taylor Rae Photography, Angie and Brady began their summer engagement session at the Magnifilous Toy Emporium in downtown Charleston, SC. The store owners allowed them to stay after hours, so the couple had the entire store to themselves. From hoola hooping to cuddling with giant giraffes, Angie and Brady let their fun personalities shine. Next, they headed to a few more industrial locations in downtown Charleston for edgier images. I adore the contrast in locations!

All images by Taylor Rae Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Yellow + Pink 60s Themed Wedding in Palm Springs

Get ready for a bright and bold wedding! Captured by Andy Rodriguez Photography, Lindsay and Scott were married on a gorgeous June day in an outdoor ceremony in Palm Springs, California. The couple chose a 50s/60s theme with a vibrant yellow and pink color palette. They also incorporated their love of music into the event with customized records, a cd of music and guitar pick keychains for each guest along with music themed table names. Since Lindsay and her bridesmaids are NFL cheerleaders, it was fitting that guests threw brightly colored mini pom-poms at the newlyweds as they walked down the aisle!

A few words from the bride:

Scott and I meet years ago at the YMCA. We would workout the same time everyday and smile at each other for MONTHS! Finally one day I got up the courage to say hello…That was the day I knew he was the one. No one had every made me feel the way he did. In fact, I called a friend of mine the very same day we met and told her “I think I just met my husband!” Eight years later we were married! Scott also surprised me a while back when the YMCA was getting redone and asked if he could buy the ab machine we met on. They of course gave it to him! He’s very romantic and thoughtful.

Our inspiration for our big day was 50s/60s retro glamour mixed with modern day glam. Palm Springs is one of our favorite places in the world and was also our first vacation together! We knew it was the perfect destination for our wedding! We choose our colors pink and yellow (two very popular 60s wedding colors) and from there we added our details. We are both huge music lovers so we definitely wanted to include that. We painted each guest a hot pink record with a center label with info about the band. It was used as a charger and also as a favor they could take home! We made a cd of songs that are meaningful throughout our relationship. Made a custom label with Led Zeppelin and a case with a stamp that read Scott and Lindsay Palm Springs 6.15.13. We also had custom keychains made out of  records in the shape of a guitar pick and had a “All you need is love” on them! Other little favors we had were, custom pink and yellow beer coozies, yellow sunglasses, candy, with striped bags to put them it! Also we made 12 different gold painted records one for each table. Each had a different band/musician. Some of our favorites: Prince, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pearl Jam, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Bob Marley, The Doors. Other accents were chevron ( my mom handmade all the chevron napkins and table runners). Daisies were also apart of our wedding. My mom and I made at the daisy ball centerpieces! Another fun detail to our wedding was the pom-poms we had our guests throw at us as we walked back down the aisle! Our photographer got some great shots of that! Special moments other then The first dances, and cutting into the cake and the toasts were our slide show that my sister and brother-in-law made for us. It was the first time we saw it and tears were flowing. It was amazing and truly was one of the highlights from the entire night! During the reception we wanted it to feel like a concert and a real party! We transitioned from dinner to dancing by toasting to my parents (who just had their 30th wedding anniversary a few days prior) with a shot for everyone who wanted on in custom shot glasses that said “Cheers to Mike and Sally 30 years!” From that point on it was a party! Everyone was dancing and having a great time! Our band was amazing! At the end of the night we kept the concert feeling going by exiting down a row of our guest with glow sticks! We! hopped in our vintage 70s red Mercedes and my dad drove us away… It was the best!

Our wedding was by far the best day of our lives. It really was perfect to us. From the location, the sunshine, making our wedding party stay with us, my brother-in-law who we chose to marry us, dancing with my daddy to Led Zep (our favorite band) kissing for the first time as a married couple, kissing my mom before leaving on our vintage Mercedes, watching everyone dance laugh and have a great time! It was truly a night to remember for everyone who was there!

Photographer: Andy Rodriguez Photography // Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Cree Estate // Catering: Katherine King Special Events & Catering // Rentals: Signature rentals // Bridal Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero // Bridal Gown Store: New Beginnings Bridal Studio // Bridal Shoes: Vintage Jeffrey Campbell // Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Vintage // Jewelry Designer: Grandmother’s Jewelry // Bridesmaids’ Dress Store: Victoria’s Secret // Groom’s Attire: Black slim fit tux via Men’s Warehouse; black bow tie purchased by the bride while she was traveling in Bahrain // Groom’s Shoes: Vintage black and white spectators // Groomsmen’s Attire: Tan slim fit Tux via Men’s Warehouse; pink bow ties and suspenders via eBay // Cake Designer: Roman Blas of Over The Rainbow Cupcakes and Desserts // Floral Designer: Mary of Jensen’s Florist // Makeup Artist: Sequoia Leopold, also a bridesmaid // Hair Stylist: Beauty by Cassie // Invitation Designer: Lindsay Moen // Wedding Planner: April Seuss // Band: Micheal James // Officiant: Jason Koontz // All images by Andy Rodriguez Photography // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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