Picking out your wedding gown is, hands down, one of the best parts of the wedding planning process. With so many bridal lines to choose from, however, the hard part is knowing where to start!

We believe experience, quality, and attention to detail are key when choosing a bridal line, and with over 30 years in the business, Jasmine Bridal has grown from a one-brand bridal gown company to encompass nine different luxury brands including Jasmine Couture, full of exquisitely hand-detailed show stopping gowns for one-of-a-kind brides.

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Staying on top of the trends, Jasmine Couture redefines contemporary bridal wear with looks like this long-sleeved fit and flare gown covered in Alencon lace that is both elegantly sexy and classic.

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For brides looking for a gown with urban sophistication, their flirty mermaid gown with vintage lace embroidery and unique vertical beading is a romantic choice.

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Another popular trend in wedding gowns is two-tone embroidery lace which Jasmine Couture employs beautifully by contrasting gold and ivory to produce a rich and elegant textured gown.

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And if you’re looking to jump on the super sexy low-back bandwagon, Jasmine Bridal now also offers brides the option to lower the back waistline on a number of its popular styles to 3.5″ or 5″ from its original waistline.

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To keep up with all the latest styles and trends, get expert advice, and view real Jasmine Bridal weddings make sure to sure to follow the Jasmine Bridal blog, From Jasmine with Love. You can also follow them on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all their latest news.

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10 Ideas for Escort Card Favors

It can take countless hours to decide on the style of escort cards that you want. Once you have it figured out, you have to spend more time choosing favors. Why not make your escort cards work harder by doubling them up as favors? It’s a great way for your guests to use their “escort cards” again and it will also help to cut your wedding budget. We’ve picked out 10 ideas for escort card favors.

1. Lavender Bundles 

Lavender looks and smells divine and makes for a great gift. Tie them with a ribbon and a name tag to use them as escort cards. You can also work them into your color palette and decor too when you display them.

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2. Plant Pots

Potted plants are a lovely idea as they continue to grow after your wedding day. These mini succulent pots only need a small flag with names and table numbers to transform them.

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3. Salt with a Twist 

Edible favors are much appreciated, especially ones that can be used in the kitchen after the wedding. You can make large batches of flavored salt in advance and transfer them into individual favors.

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4. In a Teacup

You can never have enough teacups! Especially, pretty ones. These favors create a lovely display. If you want to spend more on the teacups to ensure their quality, having them double up as escort cards makes sense.

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5. A Compass 

For a camp or travel themed wedding, a compass will work well. You can also keep it compact by fitting the names into the lid.

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6. Macarons 

A sweet treat is always welcome as a pick-me-up before your reception gets going. Macarons will add to your decor, especially for a regal theme or if you’re having a dessert only reception.

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7. Bottle Opener

You can never find a bottle opener when you need one. This one has a tongue-in-cheek saying on it which helps to add a personal touch. These would look great for a brewery wedding.

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8. Infused Olive Oil 

Olive oil infused with rosemary is a great gourmet gift. By decanting them into small bottles they can be used as favors and escort cards by adding a tag. It’s a nice way to add something homemade to your wedding.

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9. Chocolate Bites 

Chocolate doesn’t even need a reason, and for a wedding on a budget this is the way to go.

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10. Second-Hand Books 

This is such an exciting way to give guests a meaningful gift. Second-hand books are inexpensive favors for a literary wedding, it will also be fun for your guests to find their names and see what book they have waiting for them.

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NY Wedding Venues: Intimate Weddings at Brecknock Hall

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Looking for a drop dead gorgeous venue in NY for your intimate wedding? Brecknock Hall, situated near the Long Island Sound in New York, is a restored historic manor with distinct elegance and chic details that will make you swoon!

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Couples can say ‘I do’ inside the gorgeous historic manor, or head outdoors to the sprawling lawns for a glorious outdoor wedding. Brecknock Hall hosts only one wedding or event per day, so the entire property is yours!

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One thing we love about Brecknock Hall is that you can select and utilize a caterer and vendors of your choice. The venue offers a list of recommendations but respects that you may already have someone in mind. We also love that the venue celebrates the unions of all loving couples regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

If you’d like more info on Brecknock Hall, visit their wedding venue listing on IW.

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Styled Elopement in Iceland

We can’t think of a more magical setting to elope than Iceland. If you agree, you will love today’s styled elopement by destination photographer Ashleigh Hobson.

Here’s what Ashley had to say about the shoot:

Iceland is one of the most visually stunning places on earth. The variety of colors and textures can be so overwhelming, it creates an epic landscape for small ceremonies, intimate celebrations, and personal elopements. I wanted to create an inspirational shoot for couples looking to let mother nature take care of all the decor and keep their wedding beautiful and laid back. It can be pretty tricky to plan from abroad, and doubly so in small countries with minimal wedding industry infrastructure, so I teamed up with some rad folks to provide some ideas.

We worked with a real life super in love couple, Sóley and Kristófer and explored the Reykjanes peninsula in Southwestern Iceland, around the iconic Blue Lagoon, and through the eerily beautiful mud pools and fumaroles of the Gunnuhver geothermal area.

I hooked up with Morna Fell, an especially creative florist to create a number of different styles of bouquets, boutonnieres, crowns, and floral pieces. She foraged for some blooms, and used untraditional materials to create unique pieces. We kept referencing back to the Icelandic landscape, incorporating wool ties woven through a floral crown, and a mossy base for a pin cushion style bouquet dotted with delicate blooms. The cool muted tones lent a natural look to the florals, allowing shape and texture to be paramount. I loved her floral cuff, a play on the corsage you may have rocked to a senior prom, but this time with a much cooler vibe. Her pieces are delicate and carefully constructed, but were sturdy enough for climbing through lava fields and tight embraces.  Benedikta Ársælsdótir is a wicked talented makeup and hairstylist based in Reykjavik, and she styled a casual updo for Sóley, rolling her long hair under to keep it in place through the strong Icelandic winds. She made sure to leave make up natural enough to see Sóley’s awesome freckles, but used pretty gold hues and a little bit of smoke around her eyes, and a sweet berry stain for her lips. We styled their wardrobe with light fabrics that let our couple move, climb, and play, a soft long sleeve gown, chunky ice blue jumper, (as they call sweaters in Iceland) and hunter suede ankle boots for Sóley, and a casual navy jacket and bowtie combo for Kristófer. 

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Vendors:

Photography: Ashleigh Hobson

Florals:Morna Fell

Hair and Make Up-  Benedikta Ársælsdóttir

Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Sóley’s shoes: Sam Edelman

Sóley’s Dress: Dainty Hooligan

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April and Dawson’s North Carolina Mountain Inn Wedding

With only a month and a half to plan and her military fiancé Dawson out at sea, bride-to-be April decided that an intimate wedding made the most sense logistically. To keep costs manageable and stress low, they chose to invite immediate family and a few close friends – for a total of 20 guests – to their Mast Farm Inn wedding in the North Carolina Mountains. Despite the practical nature of their choice, April and Dawson’s wedding day proved to be an incredibly beautiful and meaningful affair for the couple focused on the things that mean the most to them: their love, their commitment, and their future.

Special thanks to Heather Barr of Revival Photography for capturing and sharing all the beautiful moments with us!

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April, 29 & Dawson, 25

Valle Crucis, NC 

Wedding Date: January 4, 2015

Number of Guests: 21 (including bride and groom)

Wedding Cost: $4,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Mast Farm Inn (outdoor ceremony)

Wedding Reception Location: Mast Farm Inn (inside the restaurant of the B&B)

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

To be completely honest, we went with an intimate wedding for logistical reasons. My husband is in the military so everything had to be planned around when he could get leave to come home. He had been in Alaska the six months leading up to the wedding and was actually out to sea the two months prior to the wedding. We had a total of about 1.5 months to plan it due to the short notice of his leave being approved. So, I made the executive decision to keep it small and intimate. It was easier on me to plan so quickly and it kept the expenses manageable.

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

The guest list was definitely the biggest challenge. It wasn’t so hard deciding who we would invite, – immediate family and a few friends – the difficult part was breaking the news to everyone that we were keeping it small. Everyone was very understanding, but it was hard seeing people be disappointed that they couldn’t be there.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

I didn’t think so. We decided to invite roughly 20 guests due to the constraints of the venue so we just stuck with immediate family and we invited a few friends to cap off the remaining spots. We decided it would be easier to not invite any extended family so as to not offend anyone. Though I’m sure family members were disappointed, they were understanding and didn’t give us a hard time about it. We will likely have another party/family gathering at a later date for extended family to meet and mingle.

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Not so much. We were just honest in our explanation that due to the constraints of the venue, limited amount of time for planning, and to keep costs manageable, we were unable to invite a lot of people that we would have liked to have been there.

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outdoor wedding ceremony
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
Our officiant passed our rings around to every guest. I thought the symbolism in this was really nice and unique. This wouldn’t have been something you could have done at a large wedding.
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Outdoor family wedding portrait

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mast hill farm wedding What were the highlights of the reception?

I think the highlights for me were just being around people who mean a lot to us. I’ve been to a lot of weddings and most brides and grooms don’t get a chance to relax at their receptions. From taking photos and entertaining many guests, there’s not much time to just breathe and enjoy the moment. So, for me, it was nice to be able to relax, enjoy the food, and have good conversations with everyone present.

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

There were so many good things:

1. Low stress. I was able to work with the wedding planner at the Mast Farm Inn and she communicated with all of the vendors and was my point of contact for any issues. Also, less people equals less stress. The more people you invite, the more opinions you have to deal with.

2. Budget friendly. By having an intimate wedding, you can still have a very nice wedding without having to go into debt.

3. The people who are there are the ones who matter most.

4. At the end of the day, it helps emphasize what matters most. It’s easy to get lost in all of the little details but having an intimate wedding helped me focus on our relationship, commitment to one another, and future together.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding? 

Do it! The guest list is always going to be the hardest part, but just be honest with your family and friends in letting them know what you want. Otherwise, enjoy the planning experience and remember that it’s just one day.

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Vendors:

Hair & Makeup: Shear Shakti; Boone, NC

Flowers: Peggy Mendel

Dress: Oleg Cassini

Venue: The Mast Farm Inn, Valle Crucis, NC

Wedding Planning Services: Danielle Deschamps — The Mast Farm Inn

Photography: Heather Barr of Revival Photography

 

 

 

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