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Wooden Groomsmen Gifts for a Good Cause!
by Christina Child

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If you're anything like me, you've been struggling to find a groom or groomsmen gift that the guys will actually want AND that you can feel good about purchasing.  We recently discovered a company that provides a wide assortment of awesome wooden groomsmen gifts for a good cause!  For each watch, bow tie, or pair of sunglasses that Rusticlub sells, a tree is planted through the National Forest Foundation.  We love this idea and we are excited to share their products with you!

Rustic Club features artisans, manufacturers, and brands from all over the world. Their catalog includes wooden, rustic accessories that can be custom engraved... which is so perfect for special wedding messages!  Here are a few of our favorites from their shop.  And if you see something you love, use code WEDPICS10 at checkout for $10 off!

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The Ridge watch features laser-etched a portrait of the Grand Teton Ridge.  Great for outdoorsy loved ones.

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We love the light-on-dark zebra wood of the Havern watch.

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Here's a sandlewood Havern with custom Best Man engraving.  How cool!

This one features a leather band that we love.

Rustic Club also carries sunglasses and wooden bow ties!

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Available here.

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Available here.

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Available here.

What do you think of these unique gifts?!  We love knowing that every purchase is providing a service to nature, and that these options are something different than the standard groom/groomsmen gift... because we all own enough flasks by now!  Be sure to check out all of their other product options; there are some seriously cool ones!

Use code WEDPICS10 at checkout for $10 off!

2017 Wedding Color Trends - Blue and Blush
by Christina Child

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Ask any wedding planner and they'll tell you that one of the BIG color trends of 2017 is a palette of blue and blush tones!  Love these colors but not sure about how to incorporate them into your big day?  We've got you covered!

SUITS & TUXES Blue tuxes and suits are a timeless classic with a hint of color. We love these chic rentable options from Black Tux (they're also SUPER affordable!).

BRIDALBlush wedding dresses are having their day in the sun.  We love these looks from 2017 Bridal Fashion Week.

First up, Naeem Kahn...

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Pretty in Pink vibes with this Romona Keveza gown.

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Any bride would stun in this Monique L'huillier gown.

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BRIDESMAID DRESSESWe love this David's Bridal halter gown with a tasteful split.

And this pretty floral pattern by Plum Pretty Sugar.

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Photo by Jennifer Wilson.

We love how well different shades mix and match together.

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Photo via M2 Photography.

DECOR Simple navy candles stand out against a more neutral palette.

 Photo by Erin L Taylor Photography.

Photo by Erin L Taylor Photography.

This backdrop was made from coffee filters!

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Photo by Kate Headley Photography.

Can't go wrong with a chinoiserie vase!

Are you planning to have a blush and blue color palette for your wedding?  Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out our Pinterest page for more wedding inspiration!

Brands we Love - Moon and Lola (Plus an Exclusive Discount!)
by Christina Child

We are excited to bring you a brand that we've been fans of for quite some time.  Founded right around the corner from us here in Raleigh, Moon and Lola is a one-stop-shop for beautiful jewelry, accessories, and lifestyle items with southern charm.  They've been featured on Oprah's Favorite Things (twice!) and their pieces can be found in over 1000 retailers including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.  Needless to say, they're pretty great neighbors to have. :) They also have a fantastic wedding and bridal party collection.  Whether you're looking for bling for your bridesmaids, cufflinks for the boys, fun party decor, or custom monogram pieces, they have you covered!  M&L even offers a discount program for brides!

And to make things even sweeter, M&L is offering an EXCLUSIVE WedPics discount for our readers!  Take 20% off using the code WEDPICS20 (one time use only).

Here are some of our favorite pieces from their current collection...

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Image via Summer Wind

Maybe it's our Southern roots shining through but we can't say no to a custom monogram... especially when it's for a bride with a new last name!

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Image via Katey McFarlan

Another great monogram style is the Hampton Block Monogram necklace, available in 6 different sizes and 5 different metal options.

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The Calypso Clutch was featured in the Oprah Magazine edition of View Your Deal on ABC's The View!  We love the on-trend tortoise shell acrylic and mother of pearl inlay...  Not to mention this clutch can also be customized with up to 8 letters!

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Choose from unlimited jewelry options for the bride, no matter what kind of wedding day look you might be going for (it's no surprise that this pearl necklace was featured in Southern Living, right?).

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M&L has an awesome selection of cufflinks, lapel pins, and tie clips for the boys... I may or may not be eyeing the Metal State Cufflinks for my own groom :)

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Stylish cake toppers and party decor for every occasion! M&L also offers matching acrylic table top "Guestbook" and "Gifts" signs and drink stirrers for a totally cohesive look!

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Can you say #CakeGoals?  *Adding this pic to my wedding photo wish list now..."

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Cheers to YOU Moon and Lola!  Don't forget that M&L is offering an EXCLUSIVE WedPics discount for our readers!  Take 20% off using the coupon code WEDPICS20 (one time use only).  Plus, weddingveil store, hair wigs store, bandage dresses store Blushwish all is perfect.

A romantic boho garden wedding by Joel Bedford
by Stephanie

You're definitely going to swoon when you see today's stunning and romantic boho garden wedding, shot by Joel Bedford! Giovanna and Nic were married at the lush and beautiful Twin Oaks Garden Estate in San Diego. And this is one gorgeous garden, people! With picturesque garden statues, verdant greenery and the prettiest wedding-worthy gazebo, everything about this wedding day was perfect. Giovanna's stunning lace mermaid gown is a show-stopper, and their tented reception was decorated with elegant boho wedding details.

You must see more of this big day — there's tons of amazing real wedding inspiration ahead. You don't want to miss those golden hour photos after the ceremony... Read on for more beautiful images of Giovanna and Nic's big day!

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How beautiful are they? Congrats to Nic and Giovanna, and thanks to Joel Bedford for sharing his photos of this beautiful day!

Vendors:

Venue: Twin Oaks Garden Estate | DJ: Earl Henry | Cake: Cute Cakes | Hair: Tara Huston | Make-up: Maya Roget | Flowers: Barbara Butsko | Photographer: Joel Bedford

3 dapper summer style ideas for grooms and groomsmen
by Biana Perez

Let me paint this little picture for you — your handsome groom is standing alongside his best guys at the altar... and all of them dripping in sweat. Not so glamorous, right? Is anyone likely to notice, probably not. But why not have everyone that's a part of your wedding day feel comfortable?

Dark suits are not the end all be all for weddings, but not anymore. Keep reading for three fun summer style ideas for grooms and groomsmen to look dapper and keep cool!

LIGHT SUITS

If you've always imagined having the men in your wedding dressed in suits, it's still possible with a summer wedding! Keep the color light with a grey, blue or tan suit. If you're having an outdoor ceremony, the guys will be thanking you for not having them in dark suits that are doing more harm than good in the hot sun!

SKIP THE JACKET

No jacket, no problem. If your groomsmen are budget conscious, they will say a big thank you for not requiring them to rent (or possibly buy) a full suit! Matching ties can pull this entire look together, and the bright side is your groom can still stand out by wearing a full suit. You can have fun with this look by having them show off accessories like suspenders or just wear vests — either way, it's a great summer wedding look. And, most importantly, it keeps your guys looking hot without being hot!

BOW TIES TO DRESS IT UP

Another fun alternative to the full suit is to dress up the guys with bow ties. You can go the dressy route with black bow ties for the groomsmen and then have the groom in a tie, or have them all match with bow ties! You'll see below that this look good with or without suspenders.

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Photo by Jo Photo

For the most part, the groomsmen will happily take part in your day without uttering a word (if they are uncomfortable!), but these are just a few more things to keep in mind if a large portion of your wedding is taking place outside. If you have some men in the bridal party that tend to sweat a lot, have them order a second white shirt so that they can easily change into that between the ceremony and reception! If that still doesn't help ,these mini hand held personal fans are sure to keep them cool before they have to make their way down the aisle.

What do you like to see groomsmen wearing at a summer wedding? Let us know in the comments! Biana Perez is a twenty-something newlywed that is quite simply giddy over weddings. She's co-owner of Bespoke Boston Weddings & Events in Boston and you can read along as she writes about food, fashion & fitness (and lots more in between) on her blog, Bloved Boston, and follow her @blovedboston on Twitter!

A timeless outdoor wedding by Majesta Patterson
by Stephanie

There details that you can't deny are elegant and timeless when it comes to weddings: lace dresses, pink roses, a dapper tux and impeccable decor are just a few things that come to mind. Which is why when we see an elegant and timeless outdoor wedding like today's Saratoga Springs celebration, we can't help but immediately be drawn to it!

Majesta Patterson did a superb job of capturing Stefanie and Rich's wedding day, which took place in the gorgeous green forests right above Santa Cruz. Stefanie's bridesmaids are a vision in shades of purple and periwinkle, but of course no one tops the bride! And together, Stefanie and Rich look unbelievably happy under that fantastic chuppah. Read on for more of this charming and timeless outdoor wedding!

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How adorable are they? Congrats to Stefanie and Rich, and thanks to Majesta Patterson for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us!

Vendors:

Venue: Saratoga Springs | Videography: Patterson Films | Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Cherise Hughes | Florist: Unique Touch Florals | Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes | Film Scans by: Richard Photo Lab

Score $3000+ for the ultimate summer wedding outfit!
by Stephanie

Ultimate summer wedding outfit sweepstakes: Get $3000+ from Rent The Runway, Indochino, Brilliant Earth and Wedding Party!
Ultimate summer wedding outfit sweepstakes: Get $3000+ from Rent The Runway, Indochino, Brilliant Earth and Wedding Party!

Chances are, your summer calendars are filling up with getaways, exciting weekends and — perhaps most of all — weddings! Whether you're a wedding guest, a member of a wedding party or the bride or groom-to-be, it goes without saying that you want to look amazing at every single summer wedding on your calendar.

Well you're in luck, because we've banded together with some of the most stylish brands in the biz to give you and your plus one the ultimate wedding outfits this summer! From gorgeous designer dresses to a custom suit and conflict-free diamonds, be prepared to get SO hooked up in the style department.

What's in it for you? One lucky winner will score...

  • $1000 from Rent The Runway for designer dresses and style
  • $1000 from Brilliant Earth for ethically-sourced, conflict free jewelry
  • $800+ from Indochino for a custom suit for your plus one
  • $500 from Wedding Party for all your other wedding-related expenses... because weddings ain't cheap!

ENTER TO WIN $3000+ FOR THE ULTIMATE WEDDING OUTFIT HERE!

Yep that's right — you could win over $3000 just to look amazing at every single summer wedding, and make at least one part of going to a wedding a little bit easier. Now the hard part is going to be choosing which jaw-droppingly beautiful styles you'll be rocking!

Hurry up and enter soon though, you'll only be able to enter the Ultimate Wedding Outfit giveaway until May 29th, 2015. Curious about the finer print? You can find our giveaway terms here.

Best of luck to you all — we'll be announcing the winner June 1st via email, so make sure to stay tuned once you're entered :)

A rustic spring wedding by Krista Mason
by Stephanie

Lovely bride and groom photo at golden hour
Lovely bride and groom photo at golden hour

With a hint of rustic and a lot of romance, today's rustic spring wedding is sure to bring some charm into your Monday! Photographed beautifully by Krista Mason Photography, Jade and Grieg's special day at the Braemer Country Club in Southern California was a classic and simple celebration with lots of pretty touches. For starters, Jade's elegant bridal gown is totally timeless, and her bridesmaids look perfectly lovely in their long dusty purple dresses!

From their gorgeous wedding ceremony with a stunning floral arch to their rustic reception with fun spring wedding details like watering cans and baby's breath, this is one fun wedding you won't want to miss out on seeing!

Classic wedding dress
Classic wedding dress
Gorgeous cushion cut halo engagement ring set
Gorgeous cushion cut halo engagement ring set
Beautiful glam silver pumps for the bride
Beautiful glam silver pumps for the bride
Pretty side swept wedding updo
Pretty side swept wedding updo
Getting ready photo with the bride and her maids
Getting ready photo with the bride and her maids
Beautifully classic wedding dress
Beautifully classic wedding dress
Stunning bride in her wedding dress
Stunning bride in her wedding dress
Gorgeous wedding bouquet with white flowers and green succulents
Gorgeous wedding bouquet with white flowers and green succulents
The bride and her bridesmaids in purple
The bride and her bridesmaids in purple
Stunning bridesmaids in periwinkle
Stunning bridesmaids in periwinkle
Groomsmen in gray and periwinkle ties
Groomsmen in gray and periwinkle ties
Spring wedding decor
Spring wedding decor
Rustic ceremony wedding arch
Rustic ceremony wedding arch
Adorable flower girl and ringbearer
Adorable flower girl and ringbearer
Classic country club wedding ceremony
Classic country club wedding ceremony
Rustic springtime wedding arch idea
Rustic springtime wedding arch idea
Beautiful bride and groom at a rustic spring wedding
Beautiful bride and groom at a rustic spring wedding
Fun bridal party in lavender
Fun bridal party in lavender
Golden hour bride and groom portraits. Magic!
Golden hour bride and groom portraits. Magic!
Golden hour bride and groom portraits. Magic!
Golden hour bride and groom portraits. Magic!
Golden hour bride and groom portraits. Magic!
Golden hour bride and groom portraits. Magic!
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
Beautiful rustic spring country club wedding decor
The bride and groom making their big entrance. Must get this photo!
The bride and groom making their big entrance. Must get this photo!
Bride and groom first dance — the groom is so happy!
Bride and groom first dance — the groom is so happy!
Lovely nighttime bride and groom photo
Lovely nighttime bride and groom photo

Congrats to Jade and Grieg, and thanks to Krista Mason Photography for sharing! What was your favorite part of this rustic spring wedding? Let us know in the comments!

Vendors:

Venue: Braemar Country Club | Photography: Krista Mason Photography | Coordinator: Especially For You Designs | Band: RedShoe | Make-up: Roy Haidar | Hair: Sabrina Silvers