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Autumn Backyard Virginia Wedding

Anything Karson Butler Events touches turns to instant wedding gold, and the proof is in the pudding. We’re talking a classic-yet-contemporary autumn “I do” with rich, textured blooms by Sidra Forman and stationery handiwork from Meant To Be Calligraphy. It’s a celebration of two D.C. sweethearts – who met working the last presidential campaign! – and lucky for us the pretty is just getting started. 

From Karson Butler… Sarah & John are as sweet as they come, and we were so honored to plan & design their East Coast wedding with their families. The couple met while working on the last presidential campaign and now reside in Washington, DC.

They were married at the LDS Temple followed by a reception at the bride’s parents house in McLean, Virginia. We loved designing an event space that would foster a true celebration of love and family. From an incredible infusion drink station, to comfort food stations, and mixed seating throughout the tent, we were so very honored to help with this very special day!

Photography: Amelia Johnson | Videography: Simple Flare | Event Planning: Karson Butler Events | Florist: Sidra Forman | Cake: Fluffy Thoughts Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Reception: Private Residence | Catering: Main Events Catering | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Wedding Favors: Snickety Snacks | Bride's Gown: Augusta Jones From Alta Moda Bridal | Church: LDS Temple | Hair + Makeup: Amie Decker Beauty | Music + Entertainment: Jason Brown From DJ D-Mac | Tent + Lighting: Sugarplum Tents | Tuxedo: Theory

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15 Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses for Fall

Fall fashion is something I look forward to every year. But wedding fall fashion? Oh, I love it so. And I can’t help but swoon over all the lovely bridesmaids dresses that come through our galleries on the daily. So in honor of my slight obsession for gorgeous fall frocks, here’s a fab little round up of 15 faves.

15 Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses for Fall
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Elegant Backyard Wedding in Australia

Moet & Chandon, garden roses and an elegant backyard… if I could hand-pick elements for a wedding re-do, these would all be a part of the mix. Captured by Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography, this day is a collection of gorgeous images,  an intimate gathering of loved ones and a Bride who literally outfitted the entire wedding party with the help of her mom. See the images here!


From Bentinmarcs Fine Art PhotographySarah & Tristan had the sweetest intimate wedding held in their backyard with the closet friends and family members. To make the wedding even more amazing was the fact that Sarah and her Mum Kathy from The Ivory Gown made all the dresses, suits and Sarah’s beautiful wedding gown. I truly felt that I was part of the family, never feeling more welcomed at a wedding I even had my own table setting amongst the 18 guests.

From The Bride…I was never one of those girls who had her wedding dress planned in detail from a young age, which might be surprising considering I work with bridal gowns every day. I knew I wanted to include elements reminiscent of the glamour of the “Old Hollywood’ era, but largely let the design evolve as it was being made. I used all silk fabrics with the most beautiful, delicately beaded and sequinned lace and played around with the detail on the bodice until it looked just right. I had intended to sew silk covered buttons down the back of the dress, but I adored the way the lace looked without them, which meant I had to think of a new way to finish the back. The best and most seamless way was to be stitched into the dress! Although this might sound stressful to some, it actually felt really calming to have my mother slowly and carefully place the last stitches on the lace moments before the wedding. Having the opportunity to create my wedding dress with my mother was truly something special, and funnily enough one of the greatest fans of my dress became my dog, a 50kg Maremma, who sat right next to me on my silk train at every opportunity she could get!

Photography: Bentinmarcs Fine Art Photography | Flowers: Sarah Craker | Wedding Dress: The Ivory Gown | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Craker | Grooms Suit: The Ivory Gown | Film Lab: Raw Digital & Film Lab | Venue: Private Residence

Seaside Wedding Inspiration with Wedding Paper Divas

Now that my fiancé and I have chosen a venue and set a date for our summer 2015 wedding, the countdown is on and we’re ready to start the invitation hunt—my favorite part! I turned to the experts, Wedding Paper Divas, to scout out the perfect design for our seaside soiree.

Our Vision: After our beachside engagement, we knew a waterfront wedding was exactly what we wanted. To let our beautiful coastal venue speak for itself, we’re going for a soft, romantic style with a hint of classic elegance. Our color palette is blush, pale peach and a tiny bit of gold. With that in mind, we started the search for our design with a few must-haves: beautiful big lettering, the use of blush & gold, and texture.

Design 1: The Forever Laced design features those beautiful pink hues, inspired by the blushing sunset in our engagement photos. While the addition of lace patterning is the perfect detail for that elegant style we’re going for. I paired it with the Exquisite Artistry personalized coasters for a bit of reception fun.

Tip: If you’re feeling overwhelmed with choosing a design, narrow it down by selecting two to three must-haves.

Design 2: The second design we fell in love with was Forever Flair. A slightly more classic look, still featuring that stunning lettering but with the addition of gold foiling and more of our fun engagement photos. We added in the Diamond Sky marigold place cards to fancy up our tables.

The best part about picking our favorite designs? Wedding Paper Divas makes it super easy to customize, mix & match and truly personalize your wedding invitation suite so that it fits you and your wedding style. So my dears, I need all the help I can get—which one wins your vote?

Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits


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