Gianna Jirak

European Inspired Wedding with Southern Touches

Photos and story by Ariel Cameron Photography  This Styled Shoot was inspired by the desire for the bride and groom to have their European dream wedding in a different way because of the pandemic many brides and grooms are facing today. StoneWood Farms in Tuscaloosa, AL, is a dream venue for couples in the Southern part of the US to experience the beauty of European-styled venues while remaining close to home. Kingsley (Kali) and William (Dean) were prom dates in high-school so being able to have both destination inspiration while remaining close to the home they love made the day even more special. The bride’s beauty in the Build-a-Bride dress is unmatched. From the grand entrance staircase to the small floral details, this timeless shoot will give hope to brides having to adjust their big days closer to home.

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Waterfront Sunset Engagement: Philippson and Brenna

Philippson and Brenna have been dating for 7 years before he finally decided to *pop the question* on the day before Thanksgiving right in front of Brenna’s fourth-grade students! Along with two of her favorite past students to accompany him during our big moment. It was very appropriate for him to ask her in school as they went to the same high school together.  Although he had a failed attempt at talking to her back in the day (or so he says… She recalls no such encounter) they reconnected a few years later when they began secretly dating. And here they are! Since they have been together for so long, their engagement has been moving pretty quickly. Their winery wedding is set for 11/28/20.

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Blue Beauty Wedding Inspiration

Photos and story by MPImages Photography This styled shoot is taken in a beauty event space named White Fallow Estate in Buford, GA. It was a bright warm Sunday evening when these couples joined us for some fun. One is a real couple, and you can certainly feel the love these newlyweds shared.

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Cathedral and Antique Church Turned Vintage/Modern Venue

Story and photos by Justine and Wayne Phillip and Katherine were able to keep their original wedding date and everything went perfect. They got ready at a new hotel downtown, got married at the Cathedral, and had the reception at a revitalized church that has been turned into a vintage/modern venue. The trolley transported the wedding party and the couple left on a Pedicab. Katherine’s colors were beautiful sea salt and white.

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Tang’s Bridal

Join Brides & Weddings publisher Rebecca Barnes as she speaks with the team at Tang’s Bridal about Maggie Sottero Designs, In-house alterations for wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, tuxedos and more! And their amazing stress-free memorable experience for all. Tang’s Bridal | 703-393-8458 www.tangsbridal.com www.tangsalterations.com https://www.pinterest.com/tangsbridal/  

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A Tahitian Anniversary Surprise

By: Dana Franklin, Independent Travel Advisor, Divine Destination Weddings & Honeymoons I surprised my husband for our 37th anniversary with a 17 day trip to French Polynesia.  We started the trip flying Poerava business class on Air Tahiti Nui for the 8 hour non-stop flight from Los Angeles.  Upon arrival into Pape’ete, the country’s capital and international airline hub, we transferred to an inter-island airline and flew to Rangiroa, one of the outer islands about 220 miles northeast of Pape’ete, where we spent two nights at the fabulous Kia Ora Resort & Spa. We went to the Blue Lagoon where we experienced a motu picnic and snorkeled with reef sharks and 6′ – 8′ lemon sharks! We also did a wine tasting at the only winery in French Polynesia! After flying back to Pape’ete, we boarded the Paul Gauguin, a …

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Marriage Proposal: Do it your way!

By: Wedding Stories by Tania This is the story of two small-town laid-back guys who met online. They went out on a first date in a big city with a lot of skepticism about ever finding love.  Something magical happened on that first date – tingling feelings of love fluttering for them.  And with each next date, they fell in love till one day, they decided that marriage would be their happily ever after. Planning a marriage proposal can be overwhelming and exhilarating at the same time.  And the best way to do it is your way.  Chris did just that!  He hatched a wonderful plan to surprise his beloved Christopher with his marriage proposal.  That is about when I got the call and we got down to work quickly.  It took us a couple of months of chatting on …

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COVID-19 Elopement: Kylee & James

Photos and story by Lisa Gemperline Photography Kylee and James had a wedding date planned then COVID-19 came along and they were married sooner than their wedding day with just their parents, a preacher, and a videographer.  They wanted to have landscape wedding photos once her dress was altered.    She was not married in this dress because her dress had not come in time for the sudden ceremony.  It was one of the most beautiful nights I’ve ever seen on the island and I can’t think of these pictures being taken on any other night so it must have meant to be.

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Romantic Evening Wedding: Aizia & Chase

Story and photos by C. Baron Photography In Mansfield lies a castle-like venue in Artiside – Chase & Aizia chose to marry in such a venue to create a dreamy gothic evening ceremony. Their super cute fur baby even walked down the aisle as well! Meeting in college, Chase & Aizia immediately hit it off with their love of baseball and all things gothic. We couldn’t be happier for these two!

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A MidSummer’s Wedding Dream: Madison & Drew

Story and photos by Brandy Angel Photography Madison is a bride that is used to overcoming hard things. She has had two open-heart surgeries since she was born and is undergoing her third this December. When she began planning her dream wedding to her high school sweetheart she had no idea that she would be dealing with a worldwide pandemic, nationwide protests, and CDC guidelines that caused her to cut down her guest list to 40 people and find a new venue just two weeks before her wedding date. Luckily her father’s friend had the perfect place for their wedding and everything came together seamlessly. Mother Nature even delivered the most perfect sunset I’ve seen all year.  It just goes to show that no matter what happens on your wedding day that seems like it could ruin everything if you …

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Same Sex Wedding in Surrey – Rivervale Barn: Shaun & Jean-Pierre

Photos and story by CG Wedding Photography Shaun and Jean-Pierre made a wonderful wedding couple and they chose to start their day in­ their own way. Taking more of an American approach, they had a first look moment on the grounds of Rivervale Barn. They decided to help each other get ready for their wedding and it was such a beautiful touch The reflections of them in the water are some of my favorite photos from the Surrey Wedding Photography portfolio. Heading back up to Rivervale Barn and these two were ready to become a married couple. It was such an amazing moment for not only them but all of their family and friends too. The lamp up the aisle was a simple touch that added to the bright colors of the room and the couple lead each other down …

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