Happy Friday! Welcome back to our next installment of our wedding Fab Finds.

Weddings are a blast for (hopefully) everyone involved! But what we love most about weddings is, of course, what they mean. Two people pledging their commitment to one another in front of their family and friends and celebrating not only their love for each other, but the love between them and those witnessing. The marriage is truly what it’s all about and we love documenting such a meaningful and intimate time in a couple’s lives. And in that vein, the ceremony readings you choose can be a wonderful way to illustrate and personalize your ceremony to your personalities and tastes.

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Lately we’ve been seeing more and more couples getting creative with their chosen wedding readings. Corinthians certainly has its place, but unique ceremony readings can be very special, as well and can often better define you as a couple. What a wonderful thing and certainly a trend we like seeing. Your wedding should reflect you as a couple. Who wants a cookie cutter affair for their big day?!?

Jennifer & Briggs, who married this past Fall, chose an increasing popular excerpt from the Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams.

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“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.
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If you’re looking for ceremony readings, the internet is a wonderful tool. Our friend and colleague, Claire Goodman, one of our favorite officiants (she also runs the Charlottesville Wedding Blog, among her many talents!) recently shared one of her favorite readings sites with us: Wedding Ceremony Readings. Happy reading!

Blogs We Love

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You know how they often say the original is the best? Well, we’ve been honored to be have been invited into Style Me Pretty’s fabulous Little Black Book since it’s inception in Fall 2007. The LBB highlights a select few, handpicked wedding professionals across the region and selections are peer reviewed within each region.

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It was one first wedding blogs especially for the “style obsessed bride” and Abby has done an incredible job (and inspired many others to start similar wedding blogs!)  showing brides what is possible when they think outside the box a bit and find that inspiration can be anywhere. We love that so many of her features are DIY in nature and within the reach of the creative bride. If you’re planning a wedding, be sure to check out both SMP’s main blog and their Little Black Book blog which features the work of LBB members exclusively. And even if you’re not, it’s a great place for eye candy!

Magazines We Love

Martha Stewart Weddings magazine is one of the preeminent wedding publications out there. Its absolutely gorgeous design coupled with drool worthy photography is made even better with the DIY theme that runs throughout it. Nor surprising given whose name is on the masthead!

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After I was married, but before we began exploring our passion for photographing weddings, my only lament about my nuptials was that I no longer had a “good” reason to read MSW! Well, thankfully now that I have a business reason, I’m as happy as a clam again. But, I think there may be more than a few of us married chicks who still somehow get our hands on an issue here and there. In fact, one of our 2006 brides recently commented on her Facebook status about the looks she got sitting on the subway reading the latest and greatest issue of MSW, because she’s 9 months pregnant! Too funny!

And speaking of chicks…one of my favorite sections is Good Things. I found these Bird’s Nest Favors a while back and love the cool, unique twist on the venerable Jordon almonds as wedding favors. How fun for a Spring wedding!

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“In these lovely favors, sugar-coated Jordan almonds masquerade as robins’ eggs in a delicate faux nest, while parchment paper threaded among them acts as a simple place card. The almonds are available from confectioners in a range of colors — the nests are from a floral-supply company. Cut 3/4-inch-wide strips of paper long enough to reach across a nest, and write a name on each strip, finishing the ends in an inverted V.”

Places We Love

Another cool thing about our jobs is that we get to visit and photograph at some amazing locations. There are so many wonderful venues around, we’re sure it must be hard for couple’s to choose the perfect place to say their I Do’s. One of our favorite places, though, has to be The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia.

As many of you know, we’ve been lucky enough to shoot some beautiful weddings there, but we recently visited in a different work capacity. We took a few days early this Spring and got out of the office on a company retreat. Yep, there’s just two of us, but it really helps, when you live and work at home, to get out of the office when you want to brainstorm, plan out work goals and re-energize before the main wedding season kicks in. Each day we took a little time out from our work schedule to enjoy a few of The Homestead’s many delights. We can especially give high marks to the Spa and their entire staff. It was the perfect blend of work and play! While we didn’t take any photos this time around, we hope you enjoy a few of our favorites from previous weddings. We can’t recommend it enough for a wedding or retreat spot!

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Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend!

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