4 Oct

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

The moody vibe that White Willow Photography captured in this engagement shoot is so cinematic that you kind of forget you’re looking at a real engaged couple, and not movie stills. There are even a couple of photos that feel very The Virgin Suicides-esque. Let’s see if you can spot them.

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Yep, this is one of those shots we were talking about. Such inspiring photography, right?

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

And this is another one. We hope they print these out in large format and frame them, they’re stunning.

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Their love story, as told through Carolyn:

Myself and Rory are both originally from Newfoundland, Canada, however we were both living apart when we met. Rory was living in Houston, Texas as an oil and gas engineer and I was living in Ontario, Canada training as a pediatrician. We met in Newfoundland, while both home for Christmas in 2010 at a mutual friend’s Christmas party. Rory asked me out for coffee the next day, as he was soon leaving again for Texas. I hesitated for a moment, as I wondered the likelihood of actually seeing each other afterwards. My mother was the voice of reason with, “Sure, its only coffee, what’s the worst that can happen?”. After our first date, Rory went back to Texas and I to Ontario. That was the start of our daily text messages, phone calls, Skype and eventually a whole lot of trips taken between Texas and Canada. 

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

After almost two years, we were both able to transfer our jobs back home to St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada and put an end to all the frequent flyer miles! I’m glad I listened to my mother’s advice.

Rory proposed while we were on a hike along the East Coast Trail. It is a beautiful hiking trail that runs along the coast of Newfoundland, which is the most eastern point in North America. He proposed on a portion of the trail that looks back over Quidi Vidi Village, a small fishing community. I turned to admire the view and when I looked back he was down on one knee. After saying yes and shedding a few tears, we ate a little picnic before heading back home to tell our friends and family.

Canadian Lakeside Engagement Shoot | photo by White Willow Photography | 100 Layer Cake

For more engagement photo inspiration check out past posts here + our Pinterest board!

 
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4 Oct

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Happy Friday, Cakies! We’re starting the day off with a romantic daytime brunch wedding from Amber Vickery. The idea of a brunch anything (bridal shower, bachelorette party, etc) always sounds like such fun, doesn’t it? It’s definitely one of the best meals of the day, so being a guest at Sarah + Jay’s wedding with a spread of open-faced egg sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, and mimosas to munch and sip on must have been amazing. And in case you’ve wondered what kind of send off you could have with a daytime wedding, since sparklers wouldn’t really work, wait until you see what they had.

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Sarah saved a lot of money on her paper items (programs, invitations, table numbers) by ordering online and using smaller independent vendors from Etsy. Good tip!

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Sarah’s bridal bouquet recipe: Juliet garden roses, chrysanthemums, eucalyptus, dusty miller, and scabiosa pod flowers.

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Now, about that daytime exit… they had a bubble send off! How cute is that?

Texas wedding | photo by Amber Vickery Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Now looking back, here’s what Sarah learned from the whole wedding planning process: Don’t forget to give your ceremony planning as much attention as your reception! We left choosing music, readings, and even our ushers until the last minute, but it ended up being the most memorable part of the whole day. We also saved a lot on alcohol by having a daytime wedding with just a few “brunchy” drinks served (bloody marys, peach sangria and, of course, mimosas).

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

Photographer: Amber Vickery / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Mansion at Judges’ Hill (recently rebranded Hotel Ella) / Event Coordinator, Designer: DIY, with help from the day-of coordinator at the venue / Invitation Designer: Storkie.com / Program Designer: WedDesigner (via Etsy.com) / Hair: Divine Weddings / Makeup: Hint of Shimmer / Florist: Petals, Ink / Cake: Uppercrust Bakery / Catering: Mansion at Judges’ Hill / Rentals: Dessert table & guestbook table items provided by Bee Lavish Vintage Rentals / Wedding Dress: Watters / Shoes: Seychelles / Groom’s Suit & Shoes: Men’s Wearhouse / Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew

 
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3 Oct

DIY Floral Necklace | photo by Jess Wilcox | 100 Layer Cake

Floral crowns are a pretty way to give your bridal wardrobe an ethereal look, and we’ve loved seeing them on brides, but we haven’t seen brides with floral necklaces yet. Maybe it’s because you need a tutorial on how to make one? Ok then, look at what we have here… Kelly Oshiro and Jess Wilcox shot this moody, perfect for fall wedding look that caught our attention a while back and we just had to share their DIY secret on how to make this jewel-toned floral gem.

DIY Floral Necklace | photo by Jess Wilcox | 100 Layer Cake

Flowers you’ll need to recreate this necklace: pink and red ranunculus, blue muscari, lavender clematis, and light pink gomphrena.

DIY Floral Necklace | photo by Jess Wilcox | 100 Layer Cake

Materials needed for necklace:

Chicken wire (you can find this at your local hardware store)
Pliers or wire cutter
Floral wire
Floral tape
1 yard of lace ribbon

Use the chicken wire as the base to hook your flowers into. Bunch 3 or 4 flowers together, and then wrap the stems together with floral tape. Make several bunches like this and then attach them to the chicken wire. Using the floral wire, attach the chicken wire to the lace ribbon. And tada! A flower necklace.

DIY Floral Necklace | photo by Jess Wilcox | 100 Layer Cake

DIY Floral Necklace | photo by Jess Wilcox | 100 Layer Cake

If you want to think ahead for a spring wedding check out this pastel colored floral necklace for inspiration, and browse our Flowers Pinterest board for all types of pretty flowers to use in your wedding!

Photography + Hair & Makeup +Wardrobe: Jess Wilcox / Styling + Concept: Kelly Oshiro / Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance / Model: Alison of Sirena Models / Dress: Free People

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