Magnolia Rouge Newest Issue + Beach Bridal Session Tips

Magnolia Rouge cover

It has been decided that if we were to get married all over again, a bridal session would be on the top of our list. They would most definitely be captured by Erich Mcvey, and if dreams came true we would hop on a plane and travel Auckland, New Zealand to have our picture snapped on a rugged black sand beach.  It would be identical to the beach from our next inspirational bridal shoot for the newest issue of Magnolia Rouge. Sounds dreamy …. right?

Perhaps you won’t be able to travel to Auckland, but we are sure there is a perfectly lovely beach close to home for your beach bridal session. To help you prepare – we have a few tips that we hope come in handy. After you are done perusing all the prettiness captured by Erich and have read our tips, you simply must see more wedding inspiration in the latest issue of Magnolia Rouge here. As always, you can see so many more photos from this shoot in the full gallery here.

Auckland, New Zealand

Beach bridal session captured by Erich Mcvey

New Zealand Beach Bridal Session

New Zealand Beach Bridal Session

perfect wedding lashes

Beach Bridal Session Tip #1 – Prepare for your wedding dress to get dirty
More than likely if you have a beach bridal session, your dress might get a little dirty. Luckily there are plenty of ways to clean up your gorgeous frock. Speak to your dry cleaner before going out on your bridal session, let them know you are planning on going to the beach and your dress will have a light dusting of sand and a bit of salt water on it. Be sure that your dry cleaner has enough time to clean your dress before your wedding. If you schedule accordingly, you’ll have less worry.

If you will be wearing a vintage dress to your beach bridal session, be extra careful as fabric weakens over time and older fabrics were not made to withstand chemical cleaning processes.

vintage inspired wedding dress by Rue de Seine

vintage inspired wedding ideas

white and green wedding bouquet

Beach Bridal Session Tip #2 – Have a bridal bouquet made
Have your florist create a bouquet especially for your bridal session. Since it does not have to coordinate with an event, you can have something completely different than your day-of wedding bouquet. We are simply swooning over the dazzling white and green wedding bouquet above designed by New Zealand wedding florist leaf & honey.

Bridal Session Ideas

flowers on the beach

New Zealand Bridal Session

beach bridal session

Beach Bridal Session Tip #3 – Bring your sister, maid of honor or bestie
Bringing  your maid of honor, sister, or bestie to your bridal session- someone who will help you be comfortable in front of the lens and will not only give you an extra set of hands, but you can also include her in some of your photos. A great opportunity to have some fun photos of the two of you together, all dolled up!

beach inspired bridal session

beach bridal session ideas

beach wedding makeup

Beach Bridal Session Tip #4 – Have your hair and makeup professionally done
Having your bridal session captured on the beach will look extraordinary, but the elements can be tricky. Why not give your hair and make up stylist a chance to perfect your look before the big day, anyway? The air will be a bit more humid, and not to mention the sun’s reflection on the ocean. Let your chosen professional handle these elements to ensure you look your very best. Beauty on Demand did an utterly fabulous job on the wedding makeup at this beach bridal session. Pure perfection! We love an all natural look for a beachy bridal session just like this one.

In the case that you will be doing your own makeup and hair for your beach bridal session here a few tips:
1. Be sure to wear waterproof mascara. After all, you will be around a large body of water.
2. Powdered foundation tends to holds up better when faced with heat or perspiration. We love bare minerals powder, and personally use it.
3. If it is a windy beach day, cream-based blush tends to withstand the wind better than powdered blush. Although, if it’s a hot beach day, powdered blush tends to do a bit better.
4. More than likely it will be windy, and your hair will get caught in sticky gloss. So, go with a matte lip.
5. Bring a touch up kit. Blotting papers, powder, along with your extra eye shadow and lip color. You will for sure need to touch up your makeup when faced with all the elements the beach has to throw at you.

beach bridal session ideas

how to have a beach bridal session

lace wedding veil

Beach Bridal Session Tip #5 – Bring  wedding accessories
Be sure to bring your wedding veil, headpiece or anything that you feel will add to your photo session. Consider even purchasing a special veil or headpiece for your bridal session. Another great idea is to use a family heirloom – perhaps your Grandma’s wedding veil. You could then present her with a photograph of you in her veil. She will Love it.

Take note that on longer veils – like the one above – might be a bit more difficult to clean prior to your wedding. Keep that in mind if you plan to wear it at your wedding as well. To see more dazzling veil photos check them out in the full gallery here.

Erich Mcvey Photography

Erich Mcvey Photography

Rue de Seine Wedding Dress

watching the sunset

New Zealand Sunset

From Kate of Magnolia Rouge:
When Erich Mcvey got in touch to say he was heading to New Zealand to shoot a wedding, I couldn’t let the opportunity of working with him pass me by. I wanted to show him some quintessential New Zealand landscapes in the hope that they would be different to anywhere he had captured before, so we headed out to Bethells Beach – a rugged black sand beach on Auckland’s West Coast.

Rue de Seinee has some of the most beautiful bridal gowns in New Zealand and the juxtaposition between their delicate and textural fabrics and the raw landscape offered us the perfect contrast. Naomi from Leaf & Honey created a gorgeous fern sash bringing it a little taste of some native New Zealand flora, and we had the girls from Beauty on Demand create some nature and subtle beach inspired hair & make-up. We battled a little bit with an fast incoming tide and had to hold Erich back from wanting to take the models further out onto the rocks!” This was the first cover shoot that I was actually present for which was so fun, and even more so we get to see this issue in print!

evening bridal session

Photography: Erich Mcvey

Flowers: Leaf & Honey
Dress designer: Rue de Seine
hair & makeup: Beauty on Demand
stylist/creator: Kate of Magnolia Rouge

Categories: Inspirational Shoots, Things We Love

How To Sweeten Up Your Anniversary With Love Letters

today i marry my best friend sign

After 9 months of extensive planning, and with the incredible vision from Ever After Wed and her talented vendors, Amanda and Angelica were blessed to have the day of their dreams. A rustic vintage themed wedding , in one of the most incredible venues imaginable, Schnebly’s Redland Winery. Plus a super cute idea for how they intend to keep the spark alive for years to come! Keep scrolling readers.

The gorgeousness never ends! See more of this love letter vintage wedding in the full gallery here, beautifully photographed by Claudette Montero. Yippee!! They also included their full budget breakdown on how much their magical wedding costs. Scroll down to read more.

diamond bejewled wedding shoes

sunkissed wedding photos

pastel wedding boutonniere

From the Brides:
I met Amanda unexpectedly at the hardware store I shopped at while extensively remodeling my newly purchased property. Although few words were exchanged the first time our eyes met, Amanda and I later reconnected through social media. Like any young couple interested in one another, we dated, introduced each other to our families and friends, and fell madly in love with each other. Despite social, state, religious, or political opinions, which often plague relationships similar to ours, we fought hard for each other to allow our love to flourish.

vintage crate for wedding cards

winery barrels for decor table

How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways:
We showcased a love letter wine box ritual during the ceremony. With this, we included one bottle of wine, two letters written by each other on the eve of our wedding, and the vows we read to each other on our wedding day. Each letter was to be directed towards our partner, and contained our current emotions towards our wedding day, what we both hope to accomplish in sharing our lives together, and what we wanted each other to know if we were ever to come across a road block in the relationship. While the wine box was nailed shut on the day of our wedding ceremony, we each committed to reopening the wine box on the evening of our 5th year wedding anniversary. As we celebrate and reminisce the day our lives and love became one, we recommit to each other by re-inserting two newly written letters, a fresh bottle of wine, and re-sealing the box for another chosen set of years.

wedding programs in rustic box

outdoor tropical wedding

burlap wedding runner

The truth is, through the ups and downs of our wedding planning, it came so beautifully together because of those that had become involved. It was their passion, ideas, and commitment that pulled it all together for us. From taking photos galore, to having our first look, walking down the aisle, exchanging rings, our first dance (I Won’t Give Up- by Jason Mraz), speeches, cake cutting, and long anticipated open floor dancing, it all genuinely blew our expectations. We had more then our dream wedding… ultimately we created, strengthened, and formally untied a lasting partnership.

diy wedding cocktail favors

made with love labels

orange and mint wedding cake with custom topper

From Claudette Montero:
When the wedding planner contacted us, one of the most important thing to them as a same-sex couple was that their photographer was 100% LGBT friendly. When we met with Angelica & Amanda in Miami and then saw the location with really cool spots for outdoor photos we knew that would be fabulous. It is always so touching for me to shoot same-sex weddings in Miami. We loved working with this couple and had an awesome time taking pictures on their wedding day.

chalkboard seating chart idea

flower box ideas

vintage china mix and match place settings

gold wedding plates

chalkboard dinner menu idea

shabby chic details

mason jar candles

shabby chic vintage wedding ideas

rustic box floral centerpieces

Photographer: Claudette Montero

Photographer Assistant: Andre ML from Alucinarte Films
Event Designer & Coordinator: Ever After Wed
Venue: Schnebly Winery
Cake: Gigi Mamma Cakes
Caterer: Amelia and Carmen
Dress Shop: David's Bridal
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Unearthed Vintage
Dj & Lighting: LR Entertainment
Tuxedos: Mens Wearhouse
Flowers: Yireh Flowers

Read on to see how much this love letter vintage wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.


Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: green, pink
Styles: vineyard

Happy Together Films

Wedding Chicks Vendor Guide

Happy Together Films is a couple from Portugal who are madly in love and love being part of other love stories. They started this business because they felt they could offer truthful and clean wedding films. Simplicity, candid and natural moments are evident in their films! They strive to create the quality of film that they wish to have someday for their own wedding.

View all of their wedding films here and don’t forget to take a peek at their Wedding Chicks vendor page. Join us again tomorrow for another Wedding Chicks vendor happy hour. To get information on becoming part of The Wedding Chicks, and join all the fun, email us by clicking here.

Happy Together Films

Categories: Happy Hour Vendors