I thought I would share a bit of pure romance to carry you through the weekend! Captured by Lauren W Photography, Megan and her boyfriend, Taylor, walked into a room lit solely by 350 tea light candles on a snowy Valentine’s Day in Louisville, Kentucky. When the pair reached the center, Taylor knelt down in a ring of candles and asked Megan to be his wife. The surprise event took a bit more planning than one would initially realize. Read more from the photographer (Megan’s sister-in-law!) below:
I was so excited when my husband told me that Megan’s boyfriend, Taylor, was planning to propose and that he wanted me to photograph it while my husband played his guitar and sang City and Colour. Taylor had planned for his parents to come in from Texas and for Megan’s parents to come down from Northern Kentucky. The only thing he didn’t plan on was a torrential downpour. When I realized it would not only be raining, but dark and freezing in the beautiful park he had originally planned on I had to get involved.
I made a million calls and finally got in touch with a contact from a previous wedding at The Foundry at Glassworks, they are so amazing and let us in only a couple hours before he planned to propose. I set up the candles, my in-laws helped me light them, and my husband’s voice and guitar sounded incredible in the open space. The rest was like a movie.
A story of the proposal from the bride-to-be:
My proposal was as truly romantic as the pictures make it appear to be. I was meeting my family for “appetizers” when we walked into a room lit with nothing but 350 candles and one dimmed light in the center of the room. I looked at him and he had the biggest smile on his face as he took my hand and led me out to the center of the room.
Taylor proposed to me with the ring that my grandpa proposed to my grandma with almost 60 years ago. It is the most beautiful and sentimental thing that I have ever owned. My whole family was involved in this proposal. My brother was playing and singing our song as we walked through the door. Both sets of parents were watching us with smiles and eyes filled with tears of joy. My beautiful sister-in-law was taking photographs so that we could cherish this special occasion with pictures for the rest of our lives.
It was the most wonderful, precious moment to be able to share this with the ones that we love most. It also meant a lot to us to have our parents there. Usually parents do not get to witness the actual proposal but Taylor knew how much it would mean to me to have them there. My whole life my parents prayed over the man God had set aside for me and I knew Taylor was the man they had been praying for my entire life. I am so thankful and blessed they were able to watch the man of my dreams get on one knee. I feel like the luckiest lady in the world and I am so blessed to have a man who loves me the way Taylor does.
Today’s feature wedding is bursting with personal details and fabulous DIY touches! Captured by Kaysha Weiner Photographer, Janet and Richard were married on a sunny May day in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony in Long Beach, California. The couple’s event perfectly mixed DIY charm with modern styling to create a day that reflected their personalities. A beautiful, soft color palette of blush pink and gray was used throughout the decor and attire. Be sure to read about all the DIY projects below!
A few words from the bride:
I’ve always been fascinated by how incredibly unique weddings can be. I’ve attended many over the years and found that some are simple, some are quirky, some a bit traditional but nearly all speak of the bride and groom in some way. It’s truly impossible to pinpoint a single moment or single source of inspiration for our wedding. All we knew was that we wanted this to be a reflection of us, our loving friends and our wild family.
With that in mind, Richard and I set off to conceive, plan and personalize our Southern California wedding in true do-it-yourself fashion. Everything from our invitations to our candy & dessert table to the handcrafted mustaches and top hats at our photo booth came from the countless hours spent at our local craft stores. Fortunately, we didn’t go at it alone. We enlisted our home-kitchen-pastry-chef cousins to bake elegant pink macarons and irresistible cake pops. We even assembled a small army of vendors and worked with them to select every detail including grey pin-tuck linens, delicate lace icing on our three tiered cake (which I absolutely adore) and a wide selection of single malt whiskies & spirits to get the party started.
One thing that is simple to identify is what made our day special… it was the people. Our vendors made our beautiful day come alive and captured our memories. Our bridal party and brother-in-law-officiant ensured we… I mean I… kept it together. And, more importantly, our family and friends ensured we had incredible memories and endless love to take with us on our journey together. We had the wedding of our dreams because of them.
Throughout our wedding planning the wedding blogs & wedding magazines were an incredible source of knowledge, guidance and inspiration. The dream wedding that we had envisioned had definitely come to life and been fulfilled.
I love the candlelit romance of today’s winter wedding! Captured by Blue Rose Photography, Brittney and John were married on a February day in Everett, Washington. The bride originally dreamed of a summer wedding, but she created lots of warmth at her winter wedding with hundreds of candles lighting the ceremony aisle and reception space. A classic color palette of navy and white paired perfectly with the romantic atmosphere of this beautiful wedding.
A few words from the bride:
My husband and I met in the 4th grade where we were both in the school orchestra. We began dating at age 14 and always had music to connect our very different lives (John plays Cello, I play Violin.) Our wedding day was exactly 11 years after the first time we said I love you. I always dreamed of getting married outside during the summer at sunset, however, after serving a year as Miss Washington (you cannot be married as Miss Washington) with a term that ended in July, I couldn’t wait to marry the love of my life and we decided to go for a winter wedding and thus, I created a sunset wedding indoors in the middle of winter. We brought in over 300 candles for the ceremony and dimmed all of the lights to create the ambiance of pure romance. Music is so important in our lives that we wanted this to be an especially unique piece of our wedding. My sister (and Maid of Honor) lead the bridal party down the aisle while performing live on the ukelele the hawaiian version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Both of our parents and grandparents married in Hawaii). We had a ring warming ceremony and John’s ring was tied to the bridge of a cello, and mine was tied to the tuning peg of a violin. To make it even more special- our junior high school orchestra teacher attened our wedding as a guest of honor. We wanted our ceremony to be very intimate and emotional so we did not do a first look, and we wrote our own vows which were a surprise to eachother in the ceremony.