19 Dec

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

The way Brittany described her wedding to us makes us wish we could have been a part of the whole process. A wedding with 90% of it being DIY, including those adorable floral bridesmaid dresses, made by Brittany’s mom, was sure to have a handful of fun craft nights, right? Plus, the benefit of having that much control over all the details meant she could mis-match colors, portray her artistic side (love the invitations she designed!), and have the perfect beachside, whimsical English garden inspired wedding she wanted.

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Bouquet recipe: Gold painted eucalyptus, Garden Roses, Lambs Ear, Hypericum Berries, Heather, herbs, Dusty Miller.

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Brittany’s sister, Heather handmade all of the jewelry that the bridesmaids wore. So pretty! We’re sure they’re really happy that they can wear their outfit + jewelry well after the wedding too.

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

You can see Brittany’s love for watercoloring and graphic design in all of their paper goods, like that sweet little sign guiding guests to grab a hanky for their happy tears.

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

Their cake topper is super cute and such a simple little project to make for your wedding. You can follow our DIY tutorial for sparkle cake toppers and make them in a jiff!

Vintage, modern beach wedding | photo by Jessica Barley of A Darling Day

A few words from Brittany: Don’t focus on details, trust me I know it’s hard not to, but in the end it won’t matter. Don’t worry about making everybody happy, worry about your own needs and what you want. Focus on your instincts and trust them; you are the bride and you should have all your dreams come true. Also, trust your wedding planner. They know exactly what they’re doing and will always have your best interest at heart. And above all…have fun! 

Well said. Congrats you two!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photographer: Jessica Barley of A Darling Day / Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Westin Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC / Event Coordinator + Designer: Julia Dodson / Invitation Designer: Bride, Brittany Von Lanken {contact: bsalm9 (at) gmail (dot) com} / Hair & Makeup: Bride’s sister Heather Boyce / Florist: Gardenias, Hilton Head Island, SC. / Cake: Sweet Carolina Cupcakes, Hilton Head Island, SC. / Catering: The Westin Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC / Rentals: The Westin Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC and Big Time Events / Wedding dress + shoes: BHLDN / Veil: made by mother of the bride / Floral crown: Etsy, by Roses and Lemons / Accessories: vintage gold bracelet, blue amethyst ring from Bergners, blue topaz and pearl earrings from Overstock / Groom’s suit: Banana Republic, tie from JC Penney / Shoes: Sperry Top Sider / Bridesmaid dresses: designed by bride, hand sewn and put together by mother of the bride / Ring bearers: Polo and pants from Bergners, shoes are Sperry Top Sider / Flower girls: Dress from Elite Bridal

 
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18 Dec

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Just a few photos down, you’re going to see Lisa holding a cute little sign that reads: Living the dream. That’s pretty much an understatement. Her and Alex are living the dream and beyond. For one, they’re on a HUGE adventure around the world, and they’re not just visiting each country, they’re having a wedding in every single one! This Irish wedding we’re about to show you… oh, it’s just their 41st wedding in their 40th visited country, NBD. If you’ve ever been envious of some of the weddings on the blog, we promise, this one (and all the others they’ve had) takes the cake. But you know what? We love why they’re doing it. It’s all in an effort to raise awareness of UNICEF. You can read all about their commitment here. Now, let’s see how they celebrated their love and said “I Do” in Ireland…

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

You’d never guess, but her blue dress is from H&M!

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

Intimate Ireland wedding | photo by  Poppies and Me | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/

There is SO much more to their story (plus so many other weddings of theirs to see), so make sure to check out their blog to follow along! Congratulations and best wishes Lisa + Alex!

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Wedding planning: Fly Away Bride / Photography: Poppies and Me / Videography: Show and Tell / Location: Doonbeg Lodge / Styling: House of Hannah / Florist: Wild Floral Couture / Makeup: Kathryn O’ Neil / Hair: Upstyle Junkie / Cake: Cloudberry Bakery / Celtic Priest: Dara Molloy / Stationery: Farrell and Chase / Wedding dress: H&M / Grooms attire: Salingers and Miss Daisy Blue

 
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18 Dec

We’re going to chat about two very important things. You can’t, and shouldn’t have one without the other. First, there’s your engagement ring. Below you’ll see some beautiful engagement rings we found, that are more on the unique side. They have different cut diamonds, some have an unfinished look to them, and others have a vintage flare to them that we absolutely love. Secondly, you need to find the right jewelry insurance to protect it. The last thing you want to think about after saying yes to the proposal of your dreams, is losing the ring. Horrible thing to bring up after you’ve invested in it both financially and emotionally, we know. Sadly, it does happen.

In fact, according to claims received by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, provider of Perfect Circle® Jewelry Insurance, loss accounts for nearly one third of all jewelry claims received.

Unique engagement rings

Acquiring jewelry insurance is an easy and important step in protecting your ring. Insurance is a cost everyone should build into their budget for purchases of valuable jewelry items. Sites like PerfectCircleInsurance.com offer handy premium calculators so you can easily get a quote and apply for coverage. Finding the appropriate insurance for your engagement and wedding ring in advance will alleviate the anxiety associated with even the most extreme cases of loss.

All kinds of accidents happen to rings. So what should you watch out for? Here are the top six reasons individuals typically report claims to Jewelers Mutual:

1. Mysterious disappearance. This may mean anything from setting your ring down and forgetting where you placed it to having it stolen without drawing your attention.

2. Lost at the beach or swimming pool. Water makes skin slippery, so if you keep your ring on your finger at the pool or beach make sure you keep a careful eye on it.

3. Left it in a public restroom or flushed down the toilet. Double check that your ring is still on your finger before you exit any room, especially a public restroom.

4. Lost while traveling. Your normal routine is completely thrown off while you travel, and there are many ways to lose your ring. You could forget to pick it up after going through security, lose it at a hotel, or have it slide off in a strange place without your knowledge.

5. Accidentally threw it in the garbage. You can accidentally throw away your ring when doing things as commonplace as drying your hands over the trashcan or tossing out a lunch tray that you had placed your ring on.

6. Chipped a stone when bumping something. All of your daily tasks will be different with your new rock, so decide which activities may be dangerous for your ring. If you remove it, designate a ring spot and make sure you only set your ring there when you take it off.

There are a variety of companies that insure jewelry, and costs can be similar among them. However, coverage can vary a great deal. Moral of the story? Do your research and make sure you’re covered in the event of any loss. That way, you’ll have confidence that your ring is protected so you can focus on creating more memories.

perfect-circle

Underwritten by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Neenah, Wisconsin. Coverage is subject to underwriting review and approval, and to policy terms and conditions.

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