Say Yes to the Dress Dream Wedding Contest

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Shop Your Way and TLC will “Sweep” One Lucky Bride off their Feet with a Dream Wedding!

If you’re like most brides, weddings can be both emotionally and financially stressful. There is often a struggle to find the perfect dress and accessories, not to mention plan a honeymoon – all within a budget. That’s why Shop Your Way Sweeps & TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” are offering you access to win a dream wedding prize worth over $30,000. The prize includes a dress credit, a fitting from one of the top bridal shops in Manhattan, a dream honeymoon, & jewelry and apparel from Sears and Kmart.

We picked a few of our favorite dresses above from Kleinfield that you could use your credit for – gorgeous, right?!

Enter now through April 14, 2014 at this link. While you’re there, check out all the other great benefits of Shop Your Way Sweeps. 1000’s of sweepstakes live now and lots more added daily. Good luck!

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Pennsylvania DIY Barn Wedding: Lauren + Kyle

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Like so many of you can surely relate, Lauren + Kyle were on a tight budget for their big day. Funny thing is, at first they thought their budget was huge, but they quickly realized after getting a few quotes, that they’d have to get pretty crafty in order to have their dream wedding. And crafty they got! They spray painted vases, crafted playful signage – and even handmade their sweetheart table out of old floor boards. In the end, their DIYs ended up being one of the most memorable aspects of their wedding, and they have the fondest memories of their Saturday morning thrifting trips and weekly sushi + craft nights! Here’s a bit more about being a DIY bride from Lauren:

With no budget for a wedding planner, we got to really reap the rewards of our hard work on that perfect September day. We are creative, crafty people who know how to stretch a dollar. We wanted the wedding to feel like us – fun, but not too flashy. And definitely not cookie-cutter. We wanted everything to mean something to us. We were thrilled with how everything turned out, and so grateful.

Definitely relatable and wise words that I’m sure other budget + DIY couples will be happy to hear! Big thanks to Lydia Jane Photography for the beautiful photos + congrats to Lauren + Kyle on a super rad day!

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Didn’t Lauren make the loveliest bride?! We have a super similar Sarah Seven dress in the GWS shop right now if you’re loving her stylish, romantic vibe, too!

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From Kyle: My favorite moment of our wedding was the first look. I know I was hesitant at first, but looking back, I'm so glad we did it. It was OUR moment and it was OUR love to share with each other and no one else, if only for a few seconds of the day. Lauren's face showed all the trials in the past we had gone through to make it to that day, and all the joy we look forward to in our life together.

From Lauren: I agree with him. My favorite moment was the first look also. I was so nervous (not to marry him but just to be the center of attention for the day - scary!) and as soon as I saw him for the first look, I breathed a huge sigh of relief (after crying, ha!). I could finally relax for a bit and was so happy and suddenly way more calm and comfortable.

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Processional: Bridal Party: Sea of Love – Cat Power; Bride: Untitled 3 – Sigur Ros

Recessional: Tonight, Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins

First Dance: My Love for You is Real – Ryan Adams

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Lauren + Kyle saved some cash on table florals by purchasing wholesale and arranging with friends + family the night before the wedding. And if you were admiring Lauren’s bouquet + flower crown, those pieces were designed by Amy of Crimson & Clover, a friend of the couple’s!

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We wish we could try this funfetti cake with strawberry buttercream frosting! We’re thinking it was probably the best-tasting wedding cake of all time. Y-U-M! :)

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To see more of this sweet couple’s big day, don’t miss the video by Tyler Davis of Monolith!

Have fun! Get crafty - your friends and family WANT to help you - let them! The wedding will be all the more personal for it. Don't take on too many projects. Pick a few and get started ASAP. That way, you can really take your time over many months, instead of feeling stressed and overwhelmed at the last minute. It's so tempting to do nothing wedding-wise in the middle of your engagement. But you'll be kicking yourself when it gets closer to the big day for not starting those projects sooner. Also! Stand your ground. If you have a vision for your day of how it should feel, or look, or what food will be served - make it happen!! People can be quick to question your plans, or suggest alternatives to things you're really excited about - and that can really bring you down. Don't let it! Thank them kindly for their suggestion and then ignore it and move forward with your vision. This day is all about you and your fiance. The only opinions that TRULY matter are yours.

photography: Lydia Jane Photography // venue: McDonald Barn, privately owned in Pennsylvania // flower crown + bouquet: Amy of Crimson & Clover // bridesmaids bouquets + other flowers: wholesale // wedding dress: Sarah Seven // bridal belt: Untamed Petals // hairpieces: Amy of Crimson & Clover Floral Designs // shoes: J.Crew // bridesmaid dresses: They all picked their own from any store they wanted. I just gave them a color // hair + makeup: Roxanne Farias-Walsh (friend) // groom suit: Zara // videography: Tyler Davis of Monolith // paper goods: August Schwartz (bridesman), Jess Soulen (friend) // catering: Pizzeria Moto // cake: Providence Divine // music: Ryan of Mixing Maryland

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Timeless Bridal Portrait Inspiration

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Brides-to-be! Tell us, have you thought about setting aside some time to take bridal portraits on, before, or after the big day? If you haven’t, this shoot may be just the nudge you need. Rebecca Schoneveld is the talented designer behind the beautiful dresses featured in this session and Rebecca Shepherd worked her magic with the florals. I mean check out that stunning couch swag above. Love. And don’t even get us started on the moody, dramatic feel of the gorgeous photos by Chellise Michael

A few words from Rebecca: I wanted to create some interesting, artistic images to inspire brides looking for a modern, emotional, and sensual style for their own bridal portrait sessions. I felt inspired by boudoir portraiture and a play on light and shadows as a fresh way to capture the drama of these bridal looks, which I styled with some of my favorite 2014 collection gowns.

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The Green Building in Brooklyn couldn’t have been more perfect for this session. And the elegant veils + accessories by  Twigs & Honey, Hushed Commotion, + Jaclyn Jordan really gave the bride such an ethereal look + helped set a romantic tone for the shoot.

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Majorly love the 30’s-inspired look present in the next few images…

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So ladies, what do you think? As Elizabeth says, Bridal portraits seem to capture a behind-the-scenes, private moment, the quiet before the “show”. We totally agree. Definitely something to consider, right? Big thanks to everyone below for sharing this gorgeous shoot with us today!

photography: Chellise Michael // dresses: Rebecca Schoneveld // florals: Rebecca Shepherd // accessories + veils: Twigs & Honey, Hushed Commotion, Jaclyn Jordan // hair: Tina Mercurio // make up: Face The Day NY // venue: The Green Building Brooklyn, New York // green velvet couch: Rent Patina // model: Anastasia Zima

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryTwigs & Honey is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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