Happy 4th of July! Well, almost...I don't know about you but Independence Day is my all-time favorite holiday. It always gets me thinking about those men and women who have sacrificed and served to earn and keep our freedom. So, I thought it only appropriate that we feature one of these brave soliders on the blog today. This Marine Wedding, shot by Ivory Lime Photography, came across my desk and I though, "Perfect!"
Alta and Ryan were a match made in heaven, and their wedding day was nothing short of perfection. The day started with a beautiful ceremony at the Salt Lake Temple with an amazing temple exit...Ryan serves in the Marines and wore his full dress blues, and Alta was a dream in her amazing lace wedding dress among the gorgeous spring blossoms.
Their reception at The Barn in Kaysville Utah was a beautiful marriage of elegant meets rustic. Every last detail was planned and executed to perfection, and in the center of it all, a huge American flag hanging, honoring our country and those who serve it.
While the entire evening was amazing, the couple's exit stole the show.
Angela, the couple's photographer says,
"The bride and groom exited the reception at the end of the evening with a formal Marines Arch of Swords Wedding Ceremony. Ryan’s fellow officers comprised an honor guard and formed the arch – as the bride and groom proceeded through the arch, they were detained by two opposite swords and required to kiss before passing through to the next set of swords. It was such a great salute to the newlywed couple and I was honored to be able to witness and capture such a memorable welcome into married life!"
Thank you, Ryan, and all you men and women, for your service to our country. Many of use will celebrate this Monday by attending parades, biting into a big juicy watermelon, and watching fireworks light up the night sky. Let us remember those who are far away from home, away from their families, serving so that we can enjoy these celebrations. And as we watch those beautiful fireworks, take a moment to send up a thought or a prayer of gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy.
Happy Independence Day!
Being engaged is such a fun and exciting time. Along with the excitement of getting everything ready for the big day comes the stress. There are just SO many decisions to be made! From your dress, the flowers, your colors, etc… it can get a bit overwhelming trying to get so many things planned at once. One of the first decisions to be made is one of the first things your guests will see in tie to your event- the invitations! The invite you choose is what will set the tone for the entire wedding day itself, so choosing something that reflects who you are as a couple is a must. It can be a lot of pressure finding the invite of your dreams, but sites like Basic Invite has had brides backs since 2008 serving up completely customizable stationery that will make your hunt for the perfect invite anything but stressful!
Your invite should obviously match the theme and color scheme of your wedding. Some sites don’t give you much to work with when it comes to their options of colors, but not Basic Invite! With over 160 different color options, customizing your invite has never been so fun or easy! This way, you can make sure your invite represents who you are as a couple personally, which will definitely impress your guest. Customize each element on your invite down to the tiniest detail and to make sure you love what you’ve created, you also get instant preview online!
Basic Invite is just as colorful with their envelopes as they are with their invitations! Being one of the few sites that allow colored envelopes, you can make sure your invite stands out even more to your guests by choosing from over 40 different colors. All of envelopes are also peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed without having to lick each one!
Now that you've customized your invite and envelope to be fun and colorful, it’s time to place your order! It can be gut wrenching as you check out your online shopping cart, not exactly sure how your invite will appear in hand opposed to online. Can you imagine placing an order of 500 invites only to hate them once they arrive? Basic Invite wants to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your invite, which is why you can order a sample of your actual invitation before you ever have to place your order in bulk! This way you can make sure it’s perfect down to the tiniest detail, as well as the paper quality.
Everyone of Basic Invite’s wedding invitations is part of a set. So you can find everything from the save the date and bridal shower invites for before the wedding to the your wedding invitations and enclosure cards, wedding menus, wedding programs for the wedding and even matching thank you cards! Creating a bespoken and beautiful invitation has never been so easy, check out Basic Invite’s site now to find the perfect wedding invitation ideas!
Here are just a few examples of what Basic Invite has to offer!
We want to thank BraKell with Basic Invite again for being our guest blogger today and giving some great tips on finding the perfect invitation and giving us some great inspiration from Basic Invite!
So, you're planning a wedding, right? And you unfortunately aren't the daughter of the guy who invented duck tape so you don't have a bazillion dollars to spend on the perfect wedding dress. But of course, you still want to look and feel absolutely fabulous in your beautiful and modest wedding dress. Have no fear...the LatterDayBride collection at Gateway Bridal and Prom in Salt Lake City, Utah is home to the largest collection of modest wedding dresses in the world! Yes, that's right. The world. Big place. Anyway, that's not the best part. The best part is, they have over 60 dresses that are UNDER $600! And they are all gorgeous. Take these 4 for example...
The 'Peregrine', 'Leonora', 'Sophia', and 'Coretta' are just a few of the amazing choices for a budget wedding dress at LatterDayBride.
First up, the 'Serrano.' This chiffon gown features a round pleated neckline with beaded sleeves, and comes with an adorable beaded belt at the natural waist. 'Serrano' comes in white or ivory and the sleeves and neckline can be completely customized! At under $500, this gown is an amazing steal.
Dress number 2 is the 'Austen' and is totally swoon-worthy. This simple modest wedding dress offers a soft flowy lace with a darling sweetheart neckline and a soft ribbon accent at the waist. An optional belt will give it a little pizzazz! Available in Porcelin. Did I mention this beauty is under $500? Well, it is. You're welcome.
Next up, one of my personal favs. The 'Dillinger' is 100% modest, yet it provides an option for the non-traditional bride. And it's 100% gorgeous too. Finally, the perfect knee length modest wedding gown. Complete with lace, a sweetheart neckline, an elbow length sleeve and a lovely lace scallop, this darling dress is a dream come true! Dillinger is available in white or ivory! And coming in under $400, it's a tough one to beat.
PC: Amy Cloud Photo
Next up is one of LatterDayBrides best-selling modest wedding dresses...the 'Leonora. This elegant gown is an instant classic. The lovely lace bodice, illusion sleeves, and the flattering v-neck blend seemlessly with the flowy chiffon skirt, making this a wedding gown for any season. The Leonora comes in under $500 and is available in white or ivory!
PC: BL Photography
Rounding out our 5 cheap wedding dresses to adore today is the 'Coretta' gown. This stunningly unique modest wedding dress features a flattering ruched bodice cinched by a wide beaded belt and completed by a pleated skirt and rich taffeta fabric. The Coretta is available in Dark Ivory/Silver, Ivory/Silver or White/Silver and comes in just under $400, which is absolutely crazy. And get this...it has pockets. I'm in love.
Thanks for joining us on Wedding Wednesday as we explore the amazing possibilities of having your dream wedding dress without breaking the bank with the LatterDayBride collection at Gateway Bridal! To see our amazing selection, make an appointment for your personalized bridal consultation or shop our online collection here!