{ Industrial Weddings }

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As weddings are becoming less traditional and more inventive, wedding venues are also becoming more diverse. Industrial wedding venues are trending and it’s easy to see why. There is something about exposed brick, iron light fixtures, and high ceilings that set the stage for a very hip party.

Industrial Wedding Tennesee{Venue: The Church on Main, Photographer: Jac & Heath}

Industrial spaces provide the perfect backdrop for live bands, signature cocktails, and some spaces like Washington DC’s Lost and Found, even allow food trucks for a more causal party.  One of Lost and Found’s Owners, Hilarey Leonard said that people “book the space for wedding after parties mostly, but also rehearsal dinners.” They have one booked now and the couple is bringing in catering
and having a blues band.  Another couple is eloping in Fiji are doing a post-nuptials party there for family and friends.

Lost and Found DC{Venue: Lost and Found, Photographer: White Room DC}

While Industrial weddings sometimes have a “hard edge,” it’s easy to soften up the space with flowers and lights. Some couples even bring in their own art or choose a space that has a gallery. These raw spaces are open to customization, and thats what makes them very unique. It’s easy for a couple to put their own unique spin on the place.

NY Industrial Wedding{Venue: NY Wedding, Photographer: Isabelle Selby}

From Brooklyn to LA, and everywhere in between, Industrial weddings are hot right now and finding a modern venue like this is easier than ever. Check out our Pinterest page for some ideas.

Industrial Wedding PA

{Venue: Urban Outfitters Headquarters, Photographer: Love Me Do Photography}

What are your thoughts on Industrial Weddings? Head over to our Facebook Page and leave a comment.

xx

Sara

{ Winter Weddings }

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Although summer seems to be the official season for weddings, winter weddings are a gorgeous alternative. Full of luxe fabrics, rich colors, and gorgeous snowy backdrops, winter weddings are often underrated. Below is a visual roundup of some beautiful winter weddings. Hopefully these photos will inspire some to tie the knot “off season.”

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Sara

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Today, even those friends and family members who couldn’t make it to the wedding can instantly enjoy special moments by simply pulling out their smart phones and opening a few apps. It now seems customary for couples to create a wedding hashtag (ex: #joanieloveschachi or #jackandjill2014). Since guests are usually alerted, via social media, to the carefully chosen hashtag, everyone near and far can instantly enjoy images of the event. Guests can laugh over memorable moments during brunch the next morning, and newlyweds can easily peruse the organized photos together on their honeymoon.

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As it is with technology and social media these days, the level of its presence at a wedding spans a wide spectrum. On one hand, some couples prefer not to look out and see all of their guests typing away on their phones all night. After all, there is something to be said for living in the moment and allowing the experts to take care of the photographing. And let’s not forget that we can’t always invite everyone we know; some uninvited guests will undoubtedly see these photos online.

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On the other end of the spectrum, some couples choose to include a program like Instaprint — basically a modern photo booth, which allows guests to print photos with the chosen wedding hashtag at the actual event. With all of this in mind, couples will need to decide how much or little social media they wish to have at their wedding and alert their guests of their preferences, in some unobtrusive way. A few things to keep in mind:

* Do a little research: make sure your chosen hashtag is not already in use.

* Decide how you will share the hashtag – in the save-the-date or invitation, at the entrance to the wedding, or maybe as part of the place cards.

* For those brides and grooms who relish the many opportunities these technologies afford us, give your guests a chance to play a game of I Spy. Create a list of moments you wish to have captured. See here for ideas.

* After the wedding has passed, remind the guests of how they can share their photos.

* If you prefer to not have hashtags and social media, kindly share this message – perhaps with an insert in the save-the-date.

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Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La. Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

{ Holiday Gift Guide }

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It’s that time of year again, the chill in the air, the smell of pine trees, the twinkling lights…the holiday gift guides! With so many products out there the thought of holiday shopping can be overwhelming. Below are a few of my favorites to get you started…

For the Adventurer:

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I LOVE this mug from Wild and Wolf I even bought one for myself this past week. It’s a great reminder, at home, that there is always another adventure to be had and they also make camping mugs!

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How awesome is this scratch off map from Urban Outfitters? It’s a great way to keep track of where you have been, where you want to go, and it is an instant conversation starter when people come over.

For Her:

Jcrew Leggins

These cozy leggings from JCrew are so cute that they don’t have to be confined to the house. They come in two colors and are a best bet for any good friend.

Clare V Clutch

This Clare Viver clutch is kind of a splurge but very much a dream holiday gift. If you want to kick it up a notch, you can monogram it with her initials.

For the Fashionista:

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Ok yes, I am plugging my own product here, but what better way for a Fashionista to get ready for a big night out on the town, than in a glamorous super-soft Doie Lounge robe? Use the code: Sparkle for 20% off (cannot be combined with any other promotion)

Bite Lip Colors

I have been coveting this lipstick set by Bite Cosmetics, available at Sephora. This gift-ready collection contains four mini versions of BITE’s High Pigment Pencil in a purse-sized tin compact, perfect for travel. The collection includes Pomegranate and Rhubard, as well as the new limited-edition holiday shades Winterberry, a deep raspberry, and Sablé, a peachy nude. I will be purchasing this for myself and a few others in the very near future.

For the Kiddos:

Jet Air Camper Play TentOk, you clearly need a playroom or back yard for this one, but I love this jetaire camper play tent from Land of Nod.

wishbone-bike-recycled-edition-5This bike from Wishbone Design Studio, is great because not only is it made from recycled carpet, but it can expand as your child grows, and is really like three bikes in one. Not to mention, it’s the most stylish kid’s bike I’ve seen.

For Him:

EDC KitI feel like you kind of can’t go wrong with this tool kit from Kaufmann Mercantile Inc. It has things like a brass compass, a magnesium fire starter and a stainless steel pressurized pen. What guy doesn’t get himself into a situation where he needs a steel pressurized pen? Just kidding, I don’t know what that is, but it sounds important and every man needs one.

Leather CaseMen love leather, and they love their computers, so this seems like a can’t lose gift, a leather computer case from Stock and Barrel (note- not recommended for hard core vegans).

For Anyone:

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Where do I even start with Heath Ceramics? They are my go-to holiday gift– from gorgeous serving bowls to elegant vases, their understated collections are on everyone’s wish list these days. If you don’t live near one of their locations, you can always order online.

PlantsI don’t know anyone who doesn’t like plants, do you? I didn’t think so. A gift certificate to a local nursery is always a welcomed holiday gift. If you happen to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out Flora Grubb, it’s a wonderland of gorgeous plants both indoor and out.

Most importantly, give the gift of quality time with those you love this holiday season.

xx

Sara

{ Eco-Friendly Weddings }

Though it has been said the Princess Di’s lavish and extravagant wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 launched the extremely prolific wedding industry that followed over the past few decades, the current culture of brides and grooms seem a bit more aware of their carbon footprint. While magazines and newspapers still dutifully cover every aspect of wedding planning and execution, many smaller zines and web sites are covering the eco-friendly weddings side. After all, at the end of the day it’s truly about the marriage, not the wedding, right? With that in mind, we want to look at how brides and grooms have consciously considered their impact while planning their nuptials.

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{Chalkboard instead of printed programs, photo Alyse French}

Weddings begin, of course, with sending invitations in the mail. While most guests are still alerted via snail mail, many esteemed graphic designers have created e-cards, save-the-dates, and invitations that rival the most beautifully letter-pressed cards out there. Yes, you lose the physical object to hold in your hand and pin up on your refrigerator, but off the bat you cut down costs dramatically by keeping the invitations electronic, while also reducing paper waste. Recently married San Francisco couple Robin and Clarke Dempsey chose a hybrid, using Paperless Post for their save-the-date, and foregoing the multiple inserts that usually come along with the wedding invitation.

Also a DIY-er hobbyist, Robin selected fabric for her table runners and sewed them herself: “we’re currently using the table runners in my house! We’ve also have gifted a few of them, and I’m planning to re-use some of the fabric to make bags/coasters and other stuff too.” This often-overlooked aspect of interior design for the wedding became extremely resourceful and meaningful with just a few personal touches. Robin and Clarke were also able to gift the orchids they used for each table, in lieu of cut flowers, to local guests. The trees used to flank the couple during the ceremony are also now living in their apartment.

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{Eco-Friendly Bridesmaid Robes by Doie Lounge, Photo: Weddings by Scott & Dana}

A few others ways keep your wedding green:

* Not having a wedding party? Skip the program; use a chalkboard at the entrance to the ceremony to identify key people/family members, readers

* If you are having a wedding party, go with eco-friendly bridesmaid gifts

* Work with what you’ve got! Use household items, furniture, and treasures for wedding décor and natural items – rocks, large thick leaves, sticks, dried flowers, or tree stumps in lieu of place cards or seating.

* Avoid paper items – use linens instead of cocktails napkins. Forget about disposable coasters, matchbooks, or paper napkins in the bathroom.

* Choose recycled gold for wedding bands, and either antique jewelry or conflict-free jewels.

Remember, less is often more. What matters is the pledge and promise being made between two people in front of family and close friends.

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Liz Mathews is a Connecticut based mother, teacher, and freelance writer who blogs on children’s books and related topics at La La La (http://lalalaliz.com/). Her work has appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction, Town and Country magazine, and Literary Mama.

{Napa Nuptials}

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{Photo: Weddings by Scott & Dana}

There are so many details that go into planning a wedding – it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. When thinking about how I wanted to thank my bridal party for standing up with me for such an important day in my life, I wanted something elegant, beautiful and high-quality. I searched long and hard for bridal party robes that were appropriate for this one special occasion but also with a quality and modern style that would make them a treasured item well beyond the wedding day. As soon as I came across Doie, I knew it was exactly what I had been looking for. The quality is truly wonderful – it exceeded my expectations. Not only does it photograph beautifully but it is really a gift that you and your bridal party will cherish. I love my robe and wear it nearly every day, and my bridesmaids kept thanking me for a gift they actually liked and could use.

Sara was just wonderful to work with – she made the whole process so easy which only made the joy of opening up my beautifully packaged Doie box that much sweeter. Thanks so much, Sara, for helping to make our wedding all the more pretty and polished! 

~ Rosanna V. married, 09.07.2014, Napa CA

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