GUEST BLOGGER | ‘Postcards and Pretties’ | City vs. Country Weddings!

Hello Knotty readers… I’m Chris from Postcards and Pretties and I’m so honored to be a guest blogger on The Knotty Bride!  Today I would like to share with you two completely different weddings that share a similar color palette of magenta and gray.

The first wedding takes place in New York City {representin’ Alison’s hometown} possibly a city hall wedding with a small reception to follow with a few family and friends.  Centerpieces of potted orchids decorate an airy space and in lieu of a traditional wedding cake… pink frosted cupcakes are served to the guests.

City Board: couple on the bridge {simply bloom photography} piano {this is glamorous} escort cards {martha stewart weddings} bouquet {the knot} orchid centerpiece {martha stewart weddings} chalkboard {design sponge} pink cocktails {martha stewart weddings} white utencils and tufted couch {this is glamorous} hydrangea centerpiece {brides} cupcakes {my little things}

The country wedding is sweet and a bit rustic.  A garden shed makes a great backdrop for this outdoor wedding that is surrounded by potted flowers.  Bridesmaids will hold hand-tied bouquets wrapped with magenta ribbon and pashmina wraps are available to keep the chilly air at bay.  The homemade cake is as simple as this wedding.

Country Board: greenhouse {country living} bride {d magazine} garden utencils {kiss the groom} ice cream {tartelette} potted plants {martha stewart} peony bouquet {poppies and posies events} cake {oh joy} bouquet wrapped with velvet ribbon {country living} violets {martha stewart weddings}

So tell me: what are your thoughts on these two distinct settings?  What would you say is more your style?  I’d love to know!

xoxo!  -Chris of Postcards and Pretties

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E-SESSION LOVE | whitney + mike | Photos: SimplyBloom Photography

Ok, first things first: thank you guys SO MUCH for all the rad feedback on yesterday’s post.  I don’t know if you realize this, but when you comment and tweet (and even email me!) with your individual doses of love re: an idea I’ve shared or story I’ve told, it just makes my freaking day.  Don’t think I don’t check the comments and click my Twitter name to see who’s mentioned me, because I do.  And the great thing is that each time I do, I’m reminded yet again how lucky I am to be a part of such a positive, supportive and inspiring community of people.  If you were here right now, beside me, I’d kiss you full on the lips.  Nothing weird.  Just a passionate kiss between friends.

Ok, on to the main event…

Want a beautiful, heartwarming e-session?  Awesome, I just happen to have one right here.

Vania and Christine, the fabulous femme photography duo {Continue reading…}

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REAL WEDDING ❦ Louisa + Justin ~ Bali, Indonesia ❦ Sloan Photographers

THIS WEDDING = MAXIMUM AWESOMENESS.  And, in my opinion, a hot pink/fuchsia fête has never looked so good.

Seriously, when I saw this wedding by Matt and Angie of Sloan Photographers, I wanted to do the Homer Simpson running around in a circle on the floor dance.  Because the beauty, the colors, the details… EVERYTHING about this wedding is outRAGEOUS.  It’s bursting at the seams with jaw-dropping inspiration!

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I officially need a shot in front of a fireworks display at my wedding now.  Which means I just added fireworks to my wants list.

So awesome, right?  Amazing work, Mr. & Mrs. Sloan!  Gotta love husband and wife photography teams.  Click here to check out the rest of this fantastic party over on the Sloan Photographers blog!

Photography: Sloan Photographers

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WILL YOU MARRY ME? | the great cake lollie proposal…

Bakerella does some amazing things with a little bit of flour, sugar and some lollie sticks.  But this project takes the cake.

It goes on, as you can imagine…

But, here’s the beauty part:

And, stop right there. That’s it – that’s where I start to tear up.


Find out what prompted all of this and more, over at Bakerella.  If you have feelings, the story will touch your heart like crazy.  I tear up a bit every time I read it.  I have never met these people, and I tear up a bit.  You want to make fun of me?  Go ahead.  I may be ridiculous, but at least I have copious amounts of feelings that cannot be contained.

Happy Thursday, to all.


P.S. – Want more stuff related to engagements/proposals?  Here’s a whole category for you.  Enjoy!

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Meg Duerkson = Funny {Great at Taking Pictures, Too}

Check this out on her blog, where you can purchase one that looks like this:

… though I’m sure she’d let you buy the former if you know George personally.  In fact she’d probably give it to you for free, seeing as the potential for the gift you’d be giving her is that much greater.

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Wedding Photographer Spotlight | Jessica Claire Has Rocked My World… And She’ll Rock Yours. Oh Yes, Yes She Will.

There are quite a few photographers out there who rock me.  I’m talking every image, every time of day, every subject, every setting – SWISH.  Nothing but net.  Many of these artists have truly honed their talents, and that’s what keeps me so pumped up as I set out each day to find yet another wow factor wedding.  After all, when the wedding’s over, we’re left with our family, our friends and our precious photos.  Hire right, and you haven’t just bought professionalism, you’ve bought peace of mind; one of the key ingredients in the recipe for having fun on your wedding day.  Here’s one example of a photographer who will bring you all of that and more.

Now, before I was introduced to the incredible artistry of wedding photographer Jessica Claire, whose work was recently featured on Style Me Pretty, I was heading down a path of disillusionment…

Among other things, I had begun to accept that, quite possibly, there was no such thing as a good dress shot.

Maybe you know what I mean (or maybe you disagree with me, but); the photos I’ve seen of wedding gowns hanging in all of their weighty whiteness, still, straight, see-through… sad.  At least, to me.  The dress shot I so often see leaves me wanting more – like, for starters, a body inside of it to liven things up.  I’ve begun to understand the importance of the shot (I think), but the result is so often lackluster in my eyes that I was rather close to trashing the idea entirely.

Enter: Jessica Claire.  Profession: Photographer.  Noteworthy skill: pictures that’ll BLOW YOUR MIND.

Of course, when we’re dealing with a photographer THAT good, it can’t just be about a dress… oh, no.  Jessica has skills that are limitless, and it would be a shame if I featured only her ability to capture a wedding dress properly.  While that image, alone, is STUNNING, I was swept away by all of her work, and I just had to bring a handful of that perfection back here for your eyes.  This is just a taste, so I encourage you to visit her site, where she has loads more delicious eye candy, PLUS one of the coolest things a photographer can do – teach others through special posts she calls, “TOTALLY RAD! Stuff for Photographers.” Teach a man to fish.  Right on, Jessica.

Here we go… and, of course, we begin with the dress shot:

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But you know it doesn’t end there.  Not at all…

hand in hand

I’m swooning over these colors and details:


How ’bout some lovely flower shots?  You got ‘em.

flowers by Kate Holt from Flower Wild

{Flowers by Kate Holt of Flower Wild}

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Look at that CAKE:

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This has got to be one of my favorite shots of all time:

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Here’s one of her Before & After back-to-back images, used to teach other photographers the tools and techniques of the trade (bravo, Jessica):

Jessica's photoshop actions tutorial

By the way, did I mention she offers a workshopSigh.  The things I would do if I lived in California.  Oh, the things I would do!

Jessica's workshop

Jessica, more than your expert images, your talent has captured my heart.  Please, be careful.  It beats for you!

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