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So many of our members aren’t exclusively bridal; moreover, they offer a wide range of services and products for loads of other occasions and events! With Mother’s Day coming up, we thought we’d help you out with some beautiful and inspiring gift ideas for all of the moms in your life!
The Little Gift
Big things can come in small packages! Many of these items are handmade and perfect for any budget.
Adorn Jewelry and Accessories | Little Blueberrry by Brooke | Little Button Craft and Press | Shampain’s Baubles
Doolittle Custom Engraving | Louelle Design Studio | Papercraft Miracles | Lace & Day | Stacy K Floral | Petrichor Paper
An Evening or Weekend Getaway
From the traditional Mother’s Day Brunches, to exciting nights out on the town, or a relaxing weekend relaxing in a local hotel – these options will definitely let your mama know you love her!
Public House 189 | The Inn on Broadway | Templeton Landing | Woodcliff Hotel & Spa | The Foundry Suites
The Inn On The Lake | La Galleria | The Mansion on Delaware
Or maybe you’d like to stay in for the weekend! Clean the house, do the chores and gardening, then have some food prepared and catered for your family!
Private Knives Catering | Peerless Events Catering
Obviously, you want to give your mom something just as sweet as she is and spoil her for the entire day! Carry home treats like artisanal chocolates, growlers for the beer lovers, or tea parties with cupcakes in tow.
Whimsy Confections | Boxcar Donuts | Fairy Cakes Cupcakery | Big Ditch Brewery | The Cake Place | Buffalo Cake Pops | That Popcorn Shack
Duh. The most classic Mother’s Day gift of all time! Get more creative with your heart-filled arrangements with our creative members!
Buds & Blooms 716 | Buffalo Floral Art | Costamagna Design | Flourish | Williams Florist Gift House
Share a DIY Experience
There are so many fun and exciting activities you can do with your mom that she will love! Plus, you get to spend that time together. Win, win!
Studio Hue Craft Parties | Buffalo Collective | Makers Buffalo | Rochester Brainery | Roycroft Campus Corporation
We hope you all have a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend, and make sure you’re following up with us on social media to stay inspired by our talented vendors, creative ideas and giveaways! You can even submit your own real love story to us for a chance to be featured on the blog!
For spring 2018, the majority of designers are showing so much love for the unconventional bride! Which we happen to love, because we are all about creating your own traditions! That being said, if you’re more of a traditional bride that’s OK too! There is plenty to love from the 2018 bridal trends, and our fashion shows sure did show some of them off! Delicate Chantilly laces are being replaced with textural and dimensional Guipure laces in wild, beautiful floral patterns as well as intricate geometrics. Shoulders are going bare, with fun capes and capelets to cover up for the ceremony. Another big idea that is definitely sticking around for a while longer are textural, 3-dimensional laces and appliques!
Lovely Bride brought so many incredible wedding gowns to our Spring bridal shows that definitely showcase some of these big ideas. Check out some of our favorites here! Starting with some really romantic gowns that are all about that textured lace!
The other half of the bridal fashion show highlighted some of the most glamorous ball gowns and modern sleek dresses Lovely has to offer. Ball gowns are making a comeback next season, but in new and inventive ways with lots of drama! We just love the intricate lace appliques and unique use of patterned fabric used on some of the fuller styles. Of course, clean and chic styles never go out of style, so the elegant styles for the modern bride are to die for!
I mean… come on with the movement of these gowns, though, right!? Sue Egan Photography really captured the romance perfectly! Lovely Bride has just about everything to offer for brides (and maid’s, but that’s for another blog post!). Go visit them and see their amazing assortment of gowns, dresses, accessories and veils!
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We’ve been documenting weddings together since 2009. When the church goes quiet right before your vows, we know what the other is thinking and can move silently to perfectly capture the moment. We push each other to do better, be more creative, and keep each other dancing on long nights. We work hard to capture every person, moment and detail for you. Because this day, with these people will only happen once. It’s such an honor to be included, surrounded by a couple in love and the most important people in their lives. Every single time.
One of our favorite wedding days, was the day when it seemed the worst happened. Three minutes after all of the guests were seated at their outdoor ceremony, it started pouring. Rather than run everyone back to the building, the Bride and Groom decided to get married anyway. And even as the storm got worse, they smiled, laughed and persevered. Luckily we’d done most of our portraits right after their first look, so it all worked out perfectly. Back inside, they were slightly soggy during their first dance, but they were so thrilled finally be married that they didn’t care.
We love being a part of your relationships, and not just yours with your fiancé but all of the relationships you hold dear. We love capturing the moments between you and your parents before the ceremony, or you and your best friend of 15 years, and obviously you and your new spouse. Each one matters now, and in 50 years as you relive the day with your grandchildren through your wedding album.
Usually, when we ask our couples what they’re looking forward to most they say “just being together with everyone” and/or “just being married.” Our couples know that the details of the day are beautiful and important, but what matters most is the people they love being there with them celebrating their marriage.
This styled shoot was inspired by the new Beauty and the Beast film that was released March 17th. This live version has a moodier vibe and look to it, and so the stylist, Rebecca Duda of Quaint wanted to create a shoot that represented the essence of this. Quaint is a vintage rental & design company in the Western New York area. She wanted to showcase how vintage and specialty rental pieces can be styled to create a one-of-kind, and inviting celebration for guests. This shoot can give brides ideas of how to incorporate the Beauty and the Beast theme into their big day, without being too literal.
Photographer Bridget James | Wedding Planner Rebecca Duda | Venue Roycroft Inn Chapel | Florist Fern Croft | Stationer (Invitations) Queen B Lettering | Baker Blue Eyed Baker | Bride’s Dress Something Blue by LeeAndi’s | Hair and Makeup Salon Elizabeth | Groom’s Attire Richel Formal Wear | Models Jaycie Fontaine Jacob Fontaine
There are two scenes, one to represent the “castle” and another to represent the winter season in the movie, so an outdoor wooded area was chosen. The Roycroft Chapel is an intimate and historic site in East Aurora, NY that had the presence of a castle-like feel. To create a romantic and intimate ceremony scene, candles were placed all around the 9ft mantel and greenery on top to have it look more woodland and as if the greens have been growing at this space. Added details, such as the nesting tables and bar cart, with the vintage books, the beautiful cake, and candles, all contributed to the idea of Belle and her love of reading and sense of adventure. There had to be a lumiere throughout this shoot, so shots of this candelabra around the different locations, and with “Belle”, all help to bring the story to life. Instead of wearing a typical wedding gown, Belle wore a gold sequined dress to represent the gold/yellow dress in the film. Her custom-made vintage veil was specifically made for this shoot, and it paired perfectly with this particular dress! Throughout the scenes, a deep plum shawl and cardigan were worn to bring that down to earth style of Belle to this elegant look. “Beast”, wore a navy blue suit to also represent the blue suit in the movie, but instead of a royal blue, we went with a darker shade to better pair with the darker vibe. Berry tones were used throughout to bring a rich and different look to this theme.
The second scene was in a wooded area at a private residence. This little nook created quite a magical scene! The 8ft farm table was used, along with our vintage chairs and chandeliers, to represent the dining scene in the movie. The lit chandeliers outdoors in the woods, allowed for that romantic look/feel to be present in the cold weather conditions. Bunches of greens and florals on the table, along with the fur, made this a more seasonal look, and the goal was to have it be imperfect, as if it was thrown together. Our secretary desk held the goblets for drinks, and to show brides how these pieces could be used at their wedding. The “Be Our Guest” frame features hand calligraphy, and welcomes the guests to the space, and our invite suite beautifully coordinates with the overall theme and style of this particular shoot.