Every year, the hostesses of A Country Bridal Affair put their their heads together and come up with a Styled Photo Shoot to showcase the amazing local talent that is featured in the group’s annual bridal show. This year, their goal was to capture a soft color pallet, paired with rustic lace, burlap and gold accents for a very current yet classic country chic Boho style. Using inspiration from the group’s Pinterest board and showcasing some of the fantastic vendors that make this intimate bridal show such a continuous success, the team got to work in late September setting the scene for this amazing shoot!
First up, we obtained some beautiful models; Josh and Aryel Grozav who were married in 2012 pulled off the bride and groom roles flawlessly. Bridesmaids Savannah and Brittney were gorgeous in grey and soft coral vintage gowns with cowboy boots. The bride’s dress was made by show organizer Cindy Boggs of CR Boggs Designs, Cindy also hand designed the hair clips and provided the jewelry. Hair and makeup for the bride was provided by the amazing Genevieve Blair Hair and Makeup Artist and stylist while Amanda Fox Styles worked up looks for the two bridesmaids. The gorgeous Bohemian floral halos, bouquets, and centerpieces were provided by Swoon Floral Design, another hostess of this year’s A Country Bridal Affair. To set the scene, U R Invited Custom Invitations by Safiyah provided stationary, Cowgirl Cupcake brought a beautiful Ombre teal and gold cake with coordinating cupcakes and cake pops, Busy Bee Catering provided delicious Pork Tenderloin with roast seasonal vegetables, potatoes and quiche. The rustic wooden table topper, gold chairs, settings and tablecloth were provided by show sponsor and beloved local rental company, Barclay Event Rentals. They will have a similar table setup at this year’s bridal show to see in person! Something Borrowed Portland provided table decorations and other finery to polish off our shoot. The location was hand picked as a featured venue in this year’s bridal show; Cedar Springs Country Estate. This venue is an elegant gem set in the country of Sandy, Oregon and features fields, fencing, a gazebo, rustic buildings, a pond, and lush meadow on the property. Finally, all of this was captured perfectly by local award winning photographer and show co-founder/hostess Becky Nerpel of Studio 623 Photography.
To see the full gallery of images from the A Country Bridal Affair Boho Chic Styled Shoot, click here:
A while ago I was contacted by Joseph Renzi of www.ourwishingwell.com about guest posting for our site. Since wedding registries were something that I personally struggled with in my own wedding planning (what do you MEAN that set of china and flatware we agonized over selecting is no longer available!!!???) I thought this might be helpful to a lot of our Country Bridal Affair brides!
Tips to setup your wedding registry
Setting up a wedding registry is the easiest way to let your wedding guest know what all gifts are on top of your priority list and allows them to gift those items in a matter of minutes. Wedding registries give your guests the chance to explore a large inventory of products and chose the best one within their budget. The items in the wedding registry can be anything. You can even set up a wedding registry with a honeymoon trip as a wedding gift.
Given below are some tips to set up your wedding registry.
- Figure out your house space: With the flood of gifts coming your way, it is very important to estimate the space in your house to store it all. Make sure to draft a list of things you need most and also make layout plans to have designated spots for them. Taking a measurement of the house where you will be placing big items like furniture will help you in your house layout plan. If you are planning to list seasonal items or décor stuff that you can use year round then make sure to have ample space for storage.
- Make a joint effect: Creating a wedding registry with the opinions of both bride and groom is the best way to work together on choosing things that make your house more homely and represent you as a couple. Whether you are visiting stores to create a wedding registry or setting up an online registry, make sure that the opinions and wishes of both the person are respected.
- Add things in your wedding registry including costly items: Many couples feel embarrassed adding costly items in their wedding registry like a couch or any other furniture. You don’t have to be embarrassed adding costly items as the best thing about wedding registry is that it allows guests to choose the gifts they are willing and able to buy. Registries also allow guests to buy gift cards which you can later use to buy costly items. Many stores offer discounts on items left un-purchased, which gives you the chance to buy them yourself after the wedding.
- Register at stores accessible to your guests: When setting up registry keep those guests in mind who live out of town. Setting up a wedding registry at your favorite neighborhood super store will not be the best idea as you will be able to cater those guests who live out station. Setup the registry at 2 or 3 stores and make sure the setup the registries in stores that operate countrywide. Setting up an online wedding registry will help you in a big way as guests can buy gifts from their house without having to visit any particular store.
- Make your guest list before setting registry: It is very important to know your guests before setting up a registry. For example if your majority of guests are going to be college aged kids or young adults then listing expensive items in the registry will not be the best option. Include items in the registry with a mixture of both expensive and inexpensive items.
- Keep your registry updated: Feel free to add as many items as you can in the wedding registry. If you feel some additional items need to be added in the list, then go ahead and do it. If you realize that an item listed in the registry is required before the wedding and decide to buy it yourself then remove it from the registry if no one has purchased it yet.
- Avoid adding cash as an item in the registry: The best thing about wedding registry is that it allows your guests to help you get important items for your house and assist you start off as a couple. However, asking for cash or checks as gifts is not the best practice to follow. Gift cards are the best alternatives in such situations.
- Follow your heart while setting up a registry: there is no jotted down a rule for setting up a wedding registry. It depends upon you what all items you want in your registry. There is no point adding fine china or a new blender if they don’t serve your requirements.
Joseph is the representative of Ourwishingwell.com, an online gift registry. He is a highly motivated and creative entrepreneur with leadership, project management and information technology experience.
Weddings are a huge and expensive undertaking and can leave an even bigger footprint on the environment. More and more couples are looking for ways to to host an eco-conscious wedding which can be difficult since weddings are typically associated with hyper-consumption and produce a great deal of waste. Invitations, decorations, food, travel, etc. the list is endless. Unfortunately, many items at a wedding only get used once and are tossed into the landfill. By incorporating any number of these suggestions for an eco-conscious wedding, you’ll be doing your part to sustain the earth while being a role model for others.
Invitations and Paper
Cutting down on paper invitations is one of the easiest ways to host an eco-conscious wedding. Opt for post-consumer recycled paper printed using soy ink, if possible. Also consider having guests RSVP online through your wedding website to save on postage, extra paper and printing. Want to eliminate paper all together? Why not go super-eco and send your invitations electronically through a site such as Glosite.com. Be sure to limit the amount of paper during the ceremony and reception as well. Instead of one printed program or menu per person, opt for a chalkboard instead which can be easily repurposed from any picture frame or old window using chalkboard paint.
Flowers and Centerpieces
Flowers can travel thousands of miles from developing nations where harmful pesticide usage is the norm, so why not make a statement and try something a little less conventional? Potted herbs or an array of succulents or terrariums make for great centerpieces, as do old books and simple DIY pinwheels. Make bouquets and boutonnières from one-of-a-kind, hand crafted buttons, vintage brooches or even recycled newspaper. Bring your centerpieces to life with bright colors of organic fruit which doubles as a snack for guests to nibble on. If you’re using candles, opt for soy or beeswax; they burn cleaner and use less soot than their paraffin counterparts. If you must have flowers, utilize locally grown flowers harvested in season or reach out to friends and neighbors who may be willing to donate a few of their own. They’ll be much cheaper and you’ll be supporting local business owners. Repurpose flowers by donating them to a local organization such as a hospital or senior care facility, giving them more than one life after the wedding.
If you feel wedding favors are necessary, consider giving organic, fair trade chocolate, homemade jam or honey. Know your audience and think about what they’re apt to use and not waste. You may have good intentions, but what will really get used? Is that CD going to get listened to? Are seeds or a potted plant really going to get planted? Remember, not everyone has a green thumb.
Be original and make a statement in vintage, organic or sustainable materials. A dress can be custom made from a vintage slip and several other unworn dresses that are hanging in your closet. Design your dress so you can wear it again – you can’t get any more eco-friendly than that! Consider a pre-owned dress or rent one, and if you have no desire to keep the dress after the wedding, donate it to a charity that can sell it to create funds and perhaps save someone else from needing to purchase a new dress.
When possible, use a catering company that sources local, organic, seasonal ingredients to eliminate carbon miles. Minimize the amount of meat on the menu and decrease your carbon footprint even more. Have a strict budget? Plan a potluck wedding and ask everyone to bring his or her favorite summer dish.
If you really don’t need any gifts, don’t ask for them. No one said you must have a registry and think how much better you’ll feel for saving another toaster from heading to the landfill. Another alternative is to register with a charitable registry like the I Do Foundation that donates a percentage of the money spent on your gifts to a charity of your choice. Still thinking you want presents? Consider setting up a green wedding gift registry with a wish list of earth friendly products you’d like (recycled, locally produced, fair trade, etc.).
When planning your eco-conscious wedding, be sure as much of your wedding goods has been or can be recycled or used again. This includes plates, cutlery, linens and tablecloths, glassware, decor, etc. (durable is preferred to “compostable”). Thrift stores can be great for items such as vintage, mismatched plates and other serving ware, or sheets which can easily be turned into napkins. Other miscellaneous items can be scouted via swaps, borrowed from friends and family or rented inexpensively.
Your Eco-Conscious Wedding
If you’ve followed all these tips, you will be long on your way to hosting a beautiful, eco-conscious wedding that won’t break the bank. A green, environmentally friendly wedding doesn’t have to break the bank!
Are you recently engaged? Come out to the country and visit wedding vendors from the Mt. Hood area. Showcasing the best talent east of Portland, “A Country Bridal Affair” will be held on January 5, 2013 at the classic Boring-Damascus Grange Hall in “The Most Exciting Place To Live”, Boring, Oregon off Hwy. 212 on Grange Street. Doors open at noon and stay open until 4:00 pm. It’s FREE to enter, there will be a VIP hour before doors open AND chances to win great prizes, giveaways and discounts from fabulous vendors. Come see what the country has to offer your wedding day!