Meg Haley Photographs

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Meg Haley is a wedding photographer based in the village of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, though she travels anywhere work takes her. She works with many couples who love the outdoors and nature, and want the natural beauty of the landscape to be a big part of the documenting of the their wedding. She shoots mainly in a documentary style, while incorporating fine art portraiture and landscape. She uses both film and digital cameras. Depending on the wedding details she will bring along an old Argus 75, and old polaroid land cameras as well!

View all of Meg Haley Photographs’ gorgeous work 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.

meg haley photographs

Categories: Happy Hour Vendors

Green Garden Wedding in Louisiana

white wedding shoes

Lauren and Zach’s green garden wedding in Louisiana was all about embracing the gorgeous greenery that surrounded them at LSU’s Hilltop Arboretum. The natural beauty of their venue was only enhanced by the soft whites and neutrals of their big days color palette. Full of elegant southern class and great green ideas like a natural mosquito repellent for guests, you simply can not miss this fabulous wedding!

Naturally you will be looking for more green ideas from Lauren and Zach’s wedding. If this is the case, be sure to check out the full gallery here. You can see even more of the details that Cassidy Carson Photography captured so beautifully.

photography by Cassidy Carson

getting wedding ready

organic themed wedding invitations by Serendipity Beyond Design

How gorgeous are these wedding invitations? They were designed by the lovely ladies at Serendipity Beyond Design, who use their passion for design and little details to ensure each invite is unique and unforgettable. They especially love working one-on-one with clients to create something completely different and never before seen….after all, life is too short to be ordinary!

outdoor grounds of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum

cream bridesmaids dresses

cream bridesmaid

white bridal bouquet

simple lavender boutonnieres

strapless watters wedding dress

cassidy carson photography

From the bride :
The moment Zach and I walked into the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, we knew it was our place. We would become husband and wife under one of the beautiful oaks and celebrate in the open-air pavilion, overlooking the water, under an amazing tree branch chandelier.

We live in South Louisiana and wanted our celebration to reflect our love of the music, food, nature, and literature. We planned for over a year—my mom and I attempting to think of every detail: making tiny bottles of all-natural mosquito spray and calling mosquito abatement (best decision ever; it is the South!), transporting guests to and from the off-site parking in a streetcar-style trolley, creating a self-guided walking tour of the grounds, handing out ribbon wands for our guests to dance with during our second-line exit and the list goes on.

outdoor wedding with trolley transportation for guest

diy insect repellent for guests

brass band ceremony music

lavender aisle decor

here comes the bride

saying i do

Our caterer suggested Zach and I have a private dining moment before we joined the reception. It was a moment to be completely alone and unbelievably happy, husband and wife. Our first dance was to La Vie en Rose, performed by Big Fun Brass Band, and I don’t think we ever stopped dancing. It was a perfect night.

Using vendors who had worked together in the past made planning easier, and our day-of coordinator was a lifesaver. When you plan such an important event for a long time, it starts to feel like your baby, and handing it over to a coordinator on the day of your wedding felt wrong, but she was a fabulous firecracker who prevented anything from ruining our day—I’m even convinced she stopped the rain.

private dinner for the newly weds

private sweetheart table

wedding photography by cassidy carson

organic decor ideas

rustic wood plaques as a guestbook

elegant organic outdoor wedding

vintage soda bottle box

wedding food

meringue cookies in card catalog boxes

lemon blueberry meringue cookies and lemonade

What would I have done differently? I would have chosen a venue with sufficient parking. The Hilltop Arboretum was our dream venue, but it has very limited parking. So, I had to figure out who would get parking spots at the arboretum (older guests, close family, etc.), and who would park in a different area and be shuttled over.

We found a really great streetcar-style trolley that shuttled the guests to and from the off-site parking, but it was a big expense and we had to organize the extra inserts in the invitations that explained the parking situation. It worked out great in the end, and was actually a lot fun for the guests, but parking was definitely a big issue throughout the whole planning process.

wedding cake by Ambrosia

cutting the cake

second cake

photobooth upload all of your photos to our wedding party album sign

brass band and streamer wedding exit

To get a closer look at this green garden wedding in Louisiana check out the wedding film Lonely Eskimo Productions created below!

Photographer: Cassidy Carson Photography
Venue: LSU Hilltop Arboretum
Cake: Ambrosia Bakery
Caterer: Heirloom Cuisine
Cinematography: Lonely Eskimo Productions
Music: Big Fun Brass Band
Dress Designer: Watters
Flowers: Fleur du Jour
Groom's Attire: JCrew
Jewelry: The Gilded Lily
Shoe Designer: BHLDN
Veil or Hair Accessories: Town & Country Bridal
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Vintage House, Doug Olinde, LLC
Event Designer, Hair & Makeup: Bride | Coordinator: Kendall Hebert | Officiant: Fr. William Patrick Edwards

Read on to see how much this green garden wedding in Louisiana 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.

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Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: green, white
Styles: garden

Soft Summer Vineyard Wedding

elegant romantic vineyard wedding

Pop Quiz! What do you do when you wake up to 111 degree temperatures on your wedding day? There really isn’t one right answer, although we do think this adorable couple did a spectacular job keeping their cool through a record level heat wave. Looking through all of the beautiful photos of this soft summer vineyard wedding captured by Marianne Wilson Photography, the only evidence of heat you’ll find are the warm and loving looks between the bride and groom!

There were so many gorgeous elements to this Still Waters Vineyards wedding, not least of which were the flowers! Designed by a favorite of ours, April Flowers, who was able to set the soft tone of the day with truly amazing florals for the bride and her maids as well as for the reception! As always you can see more of the florals and everything else in the full gallery here.

wooden wedding sign

getting wedding ready

From the Bride:
Despite all of our planning, one thing that can’t be controlled is the weather and on our wedding day there was a record temperature of 111°F! At that point you have to rely on the expertise of your vendors and trust everything will come together. Marianne and Joe from Marianne Wilson Photography did such an amazing job with the photography that you really can’t tell it was that hot! A few flowers may have wilted, but the spirits of our friends and family did not, which made for a fun day that we will always remember.

twist sweetheat top wedding dress by Reem Acra

bridesmaid bouquet

bridesmaid bouquet

cute first look

For us, the venue was probably the most important aspect of the wedding because it sets the mood for the entire event. Having visited many wineries in the Paso Robles area, we knew Paso would be perfect for the wedding due to its central location and stunning scenery. Internet research quickly narrowed down the potential wineries and the day we visited Still Waters Vineyards we knew the search was over. It combined a beautiful setting with the laid back, intimate feel we were looking for. Kasey, the site manager, was great to work with and helped us all along the way.

photography by Marianne Wilson

saying i do

Still Waters Vineyards wedding

We wanted the ceremony and reception décor to be simple and classic. The rustic wooden farmhouse tables with white runners that we rented from All About Table Tops fit well with the setting.The welcome sign was a fun project to construct and paint, even though it kept falling down during the wedding from the wind! We bought cheap chalkboards online to make signage for the food, drinks, and favors. As personal touches, we featured photos from family weddings and put the place cards in mini-envelopes so we could write a personal note to each guest; it was fun reminiscing over memories and inside jokes while thinking of what to write to each person.

ladder escort card station

spring wedding arrangement

garden wedding ideas

wooden table number

garen wedding ideas

The cake and catering vendors were initially chosen based on stellar online reviews but you should always taste the goods before you buy so we made arrangements with Jenny from Cake Cathedral and Dawn from Pacific Harvest Catering. Jenny worked with us on creating custom flavors and we ended up with a beautiful 3-tiered cake with pink champagne, almond, and Kahlua. The selection and quality of the food were very important to us but we had to work within a relatively tight budget. Dawn helped create a menu that fit our budget and incorporated many of our ever changing ideas.

spice it up wedding favor station

toast

cake flavor chalkboard sign

white wedding cake with bright floral accents

frist dance

Flowers: April Flowers

Photography: Joe and Marianne of Marianne Wilson Photography
Venue: Still Waters Vineyards
Cake: Cake Cathedral
Caterer: Dawn White of Pacific Harvest Catering
Hair: Chelsea of Twist Studio Spa
Dress: Reem Acra
Shoe Designer, Groom's Attire & Veil or Hair Accessories: J Crew
DJ: AMS Entertainment
Props or Furniture Rentals: All About Table Tops

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: green, peach, white
Styles: classic, vineyard

Win $1000 To Outfit Your Bridal Party

Joielle and Black Lapel Giveaway

Win $1000 from Joielle and Black Lapel to outfit your bridal party! $500 from each store to apply to bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen wear, or anything offered on their sites. You can even use it for yourself and order a dress in ivory/white for a low-key bridal gown or a dapper suit for your groom.

Read on to hear how to enter such a dreamy giveaway, and check out a few examples of how utterly fabulous your wedding party can look outfitted by Joielle and Black Lapel.

Alfred Sung Bridesmaids Dresses

groomsmen ideas

gray groomsman ideas

black and white groomsman ideas

How to Tie a Trinity Knot

The Trinity Knot is not your everyday knot. For a special occasion, like a wedding, it can really help a your groom and groomsmen stand out. The step-by-step tutorial shows you how to tie this knot that looks great on your groom while you tie the knot. Love it!

Before you scroll down and enter – know that online brands like Joielle and Black Lapel make it easy to coordinate outfits with your wedding party so that everyone can look great on your big day. Joielle and Black Lapel will send you swatches to see and touch the fabrics. It’s always a wise idea to make sure that blush pink and light gray are the exact pink dresses and gray suits you are envisioning.  Both sites also have fabulous blogs with fun bridal party tid bits like the above graphic from Black LapelJoielle offers sample dress loaners, the ability to track the status of your bridesmaids’ dresses, and for a limited time, free shipping on U.S. orders over $49. Black Lapel’s concierge team walks you through the 18 fit and style customizations available on each of their suits. Since their suits are custom, Black Lapel offers ring bearer outfits, and Joielle carries flower girl dresses and accessories. One-stop shops are always fabulous in our book.

gray bridesmaids dresses

Joielle Wtoo Bridesmaids dresses

Joielle Wtoo Bridesmaid Dress

gray and yellow groomsmen

Since their suits are custom, Black Lapel offer outfits for ring bearers, and Joielle carries flower girl dresses and accessories. One-stop shops are always fabulous in our book. These are just a few of the many reasons to go with Joielle and Black Lapel. The most important one? No matter where you live and how far-flung your bridesmaids and groomsmen are, both brands make it a breeze to coordinate your outfits with the entire group, echoing the theme of your big day: uniting individuals into a beautiful whole.

Dessy bridesmaid dress

purple bridesmaids dresses

classic groomsman ideas from Black Lapel

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How to Win $1000 to outfit your bridal party! There are two ways to enter. Do both and get two entries! Enter by next Thursday March 6, 2014. The winner will be notified via email.

1. Hop over to Joielle and Black Lapel’s sites and comment on the entry form below with your favorite product from each store.
2. Use Pinterest to pin your favorite products from both Joielle and Black Lapel’s sites with the following hashtags: #blacklapel #shopjoielle #weddingchicks.

Congratulations Cara Chadwick! You are the winner of this contest! Thank you so much everyone for entering. This contest is now closed.

Black Lapel Royal Blue Suit
Alfred Sung Midnight Blue Dress
Pink Angle Strap Shoes
Garden Rose And Sweet Pea Wedding Bouquet: Amy Merrick via Bride's
Aqua Alfred Sung Bridesmaid Dresses captured by Anna Wu Photography
Groomsmen in Royal Blue and Charcoal Suits captured by Sam Hurd
Gray Alfred Sung Bridesmaid Dresses captured by Mango Studios
Wtoo Long Pink Bridesmaid Dresses captured by Ruth Eileen
Gray and Yellow groomsmen captured by Amy Lashelle
Dessy Purple Bridesmaid Dresses captured by Aurelia D'Amore Photography

 

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