In honor of today's National Championship Game, we thought you'd like these fun ways of including your alama mater into your big day! Check out these fun ideas!
1. Color palette
For those of you who prefer to keep it simple, choosing your school's colors as the theme for your wedding is great way to show school spirit and take pride in your alma mater. This purple and orange color palette would be the perfect fall combo for any Clemson Tiger grad.
2. Engagement Photos
Maybe you've already chosen the theme for your wedding, but you're still looking for a way to incorporate your alma mater. Engagement photos provide the perfect opportunity to do just that! Plus, this could be the perfect excuse to head back to campus and visit your favorite spots- making new memories that will last a lifetime!
3. Save the Date
Save the dates are a totally unique way to show school spirit as it relates to your wedding. This is chance for you and your fiancé to be creative and have fun while you continue to plan for your big day! Go casual like this Texas A&M couple who revealed their date on a rally rag or think outside of the box like these Penn State grads who emulated a Nittany Lion football ticket!
4. Cuff Links
Whether you are the bride-to-be, best man, or parents of the groom, surprising the groom with pair of cuff links from his alma mater is a gesture he is sure to appreciate. Not to mention, it's the perfect accessory to spruce up his wedding day ensemble. University of Alabama and University of Texas grads would love these timeless cuff links.
Similar to cuff links, garters are a fun accessory to express individuality and/or love for your alma mater. Show some pride by rocking a garter with your school's colors or mascot; or, surprise your spouse by wearing a garter that represents their school! They'll be totally shocked when they go to take it off during the reception. Either way, it could be the perfect something blue or just the final touch you're looking for before you walk down the isle.
6. Pom Poms
Instead of throwing rice, have your guests wave pom poms as you and your spouse leave the ceremony to enter the world as a newly married couple. Or, if you'd like, you can use them as you arrive and depart from the reception. No matter what you decide, your guests will enjoy themselves and they make for great pictures!
7. Wedding Photos
Getting married on campus or live near your college town? Your alma mater could serve as the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos, be it before or after the ceremony.
Throw the traditional guestbook out the window and grab your favorite jersey or college t-shirt to have guests sign! Frame it after the wedding and hang it up in your house to add a little spirit decor. Or if don't want to ruin your favorite shirt, use a sign related to your alma mater. Any one of these University of Michigan items would look great in a Wolverine home- and imagine how much more special they would be with signatures from friends and family!
9. Photo Booth
If you opt for a photo booth, having props that represent your alma mater is great way to get guests in the "game day" spirit. Plus, fellow graduates are sure to love it!
10. Grooms Cake
Grooms Cakes are becoming quite popular and what a creative way to show some appreciation for your soon-to-be husband! Any University of North Carolina grad would love this unique interpretation of a Tarheel and Mountaineers would take pride in this classic West Virginia University logo! Plus it's cake so, really, who wouldn't love it?
11. Cake Topper
How adorable are these mascots as cake toppers? We're obsessed and what's especially nice about these is it doesn't matter whether you and your significant other went to the same school! They're so fun and such an awesome way to show school spirit. Check out Garden4Arts on Etsy for more details!
You can never go wrong with dessert (...or food in general) so send your guests home with an alma mater inspired cookie! They'll be sure to thank you for this tasty treat after a fun-filled night.
Hiring your school's mascot to come take part in your wedding reception is a once in a lifetime opportunity! If you and your fiancé are die hard alumni, you should definitely consider trying to make it happen. It will be an unforgettable moment that you and your loved ones will cherish forever!
14. Fight Song
Play your school's fight song to get you and your guests amped for the long night of partying ahead! Not only is this a great way to take pride in your alma mater, but a great way to get everyone up and on the dance floor! This is the perfect chance to show off your moves and will without a doubt have you feeling like you're back at school for game day.
So it's been a year-hard to believe Marie and Michael married 12-13-14 and a year later we wish we were still planning their wedding at Congress Hall! We thought their 1 year anniversary was the perfect opportunity to blog their awesome day!
Venue: Congress Hall
Photography: Andy Todes
Florist: Twisted Willow
Stationary: Abbey Malcolm
Planning & Design: Kyle Michelle Weddings
It's time to break out those hats, mittens, scarves and cozy blankets because winter is coming, and we could not be more excited! In just a few short weeks winter weddings will be in full swing. In preparation for the winter wedding season we have listed our most favorite and festive winter wedding trends! Whether you are planning a cozy and intimate wedding or full force winter wedding bash these ideas will help make your special day one that your guests remember for seasons to come!
There are certain things that only work with winter weddings. Giving your guests a little taste of these once a year treats is a perfect way to say thank you for attending your special day. We love the to-go hot chocolate to keep your guests warm after your wedding ends and the unique take on succulents with festive evergreens!
Nothing screams cozy like a fur wrap or jacket for your winter wedding. Unless you live in the Caribbean for your winter wedding, chances are its going to be pretty cold. Keep yourself warm and seasonal with these looks.
Winter brings along with it rich colors and cozy fabrics. Break out the deep reds and greens for a classic Christmas look, knitted chair covers for a warm feel, or keep it sleek with all white and gold to bring the snowy outside in!
Winter is the only time you can break out the evergreen, holly and ornaments and not look like you are confused on what season it is. We absolutely love the antique ornament table numbers hung up so they act as decorations for your wedding as well!
If you are lucky enough to live in a part of the country where snow is a possibility for your winter wedding you may be able to capture adorable pictures like these! These snowy snapshots are the perfect way to capture all of the romance of your special day.
Happy almost winter!
It seems like just yesterday it was 75 degrees, sunny, and we were preparing for all of our summer weddings. Somehow it is now nearing the end of November and Thanksgiving is three days away. For those of you who just realized this (like me) and haven't planned your day-of decor, take a breath and take some inspiration from our favorite Thanksgiving trends.
Happy decorating and we hope you have a food filled and happy Thanksgiving!
Long Beach Island, New Jersey is one of our favorite towns on the shore of New Jersey. We have been blessed a couple times with being a part of weddings that took place on LBI. Each wedding different but each wedding making LBI the focal point due to the couples love for the island.
Jenny grew up spending her summers on LBI (I believe in her Dad's welcome speech he mentioned she was conceived on LBI) and when Jenny met Adam she brought him into the fold that is the love for LBI. Mallard Island Yacht Club was the perfect venue for their ceremony and reception.
Although, Jenny grew up spending her summers and holidays at the shore, she and Adam currently live in Boston, MA. So, our first conversation was actually with Jenny's mom, Lisa. From the get go, we fell for this family. Our first in-person meeting we met with the entire family and they are a riot. Jenny's family was awesome (if you can't tell by her dad's admission during his "Welcome Speech"), you could feel how close they were and home much they loved one another. It was a blast to be a part of this planning process!
Oh, the difference between the bride's day and the groom's day!
Jenny, you were perfection!
I just don't think I would tire from this view and this place, ever.
Jenny & Adam's guests danced all night long and when the choice came to get onto the shuttle and head back to the hotel or go downstairs for the after party came, guests of ALL ages made their way down to the after party which ragged into the wee hours of the next morning!
Thank you to this fantastic family for all of your awesomeness!
Congratulations Jenny & Adam, we wish you two the best of everything!
Ceremony/Reception Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club
Florist: MDS Floral Designs
Band: EBE Entertainment, Dreamtime
Photographer: Joshua Zuckerman Photography
Videography: Tweed Video
Lighting: Fennelli Design
Ceremony Portrait: Wed On Canvas
Transportation: Shooboo Shuttle
Wood Signs: Kyle Michelle Weddings
So, you got the ring and the love of your life. You called your mom, dad, sister, brother, best friends, grandparents, cousins, and a whole list of other important people in your life. But now it's time to announce to the rest of the world that you are engaged. For the social media savvy bride, Instagram is the new golden standard for engagement announcements. And whether you have 50, 500 or 5,000 followers, you still want the best post you can possibly have. Here are our favorite ideas on how to share with the world that you are #Engaged.
Include Your Soon-to-be
Becoming engaged is one of the most exciting moments for both you and your fiance. Why not take this opportunity to remind everyone why you two are perfect for each other?
Where It All Went Down
Where you got engaged is significant place for your finance and you; whether you took a trip to Paris or went to the beach down the road, it works as the perfect background for your new engagement ring.
Man's Best Friend
You may have owned your dog before you two met, or maybe you adopted the little guy together, or maybe it was part of your engagement! No matter how the fur ball ended up in your life, there is a growing trend to include them in your engagement announcement! (And who doesn't love these cute faces!?)
Keep It Simple
Sometimes simple is best. In these engagement announcements the sole focus is on the ring and the engagement itself!
Congratulations on being #Engaged!
As Clare and her father waited to walk down the aisle of St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, Geoff couldn't suppress a beaming smile from his face. The guests loved watching the flower girl and ring bearer being pulled in a small wagon, but they quickly fell silent when Clare appeared at the end of the aisle. The ceremony ended in applause, which didn't stop throughout the rest of the night. At every event including the couple's introduction, the first dance, and Clare's father's speech the guests applauded and cheered! We enjoyed every second of this wedding purely because of the true joy that radiated from the newlyweds and guests alike.
Clare and Geoff - thank you so much for including the Kyle Michelle team in your big day, we wish you a lifetime of happiness together!
Mary and Alex proved the perfect couple to kick off the Summer wedding season. Their wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception all took place in Morris Arboretum, located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The location, very much like the couple themselves, was bright and beautiful on the day of the wedding. We enjoyed every minute we spent planning Mary and Alex's big day and Sharyn did an incredible job capturing the beauty of the entire event!
The bridesmaids and the groomsmen had fun throughout the entire day - they were the perfect group of people to match Mary and Alex's playful personalities!
Alex was involved in the entire planning process, but his biggest concern was that Mary remained happy. Their love for each other was reflected in their emotional ceremony, where Alex couldn't take his eyes off his beautiful bride and Mary lovingly held her new husband's hand throughout the entire ceremony.
As Mary and Alex made their way down the aisle, Mary couldn't stop smiling and Alex mouthed "thank you" to us. The following cocktail hour and reception was filled with laughing and TONS of dancing. Leaves of Grass florals completely decorated the reception area into a woodland wonderland for the couple and the guests loved the photobooth and candy bar set up inside.
We loved that the newlyweds picked a unique song, "Everlasting Light" by The Black Keys, for their first dance - it couldn't have been more romantic! Thank you Mary and Alex for including us in your big day - we love you two and wish you the best in your new life together!
When someone compliments you on your dress and you're not even the bride
Every wedding is different, but there are definitely situations at every wedding that we can all relate to or find some humor in. If you've been to a few weddings this season I'm sure you'll recognize a moment or two!
When you find out it's an open bar
When they're butlering hor dourves and you haven't eaten all day
When you spot the ring bearer or flower girl looking cute as a button
When the buffet opens
When dinner is plated and you're waiting for everyone at the table to be served before you eat
During the bride and groom's first dance
When someone's toast goes on for way too long
When the DJ/band plays your jam but dinner is still being served
By the end of the main course
When you're single and spy a cutie
When things start to get a little out of control on the dance floor
When the photographer walks by
When they start cutting the cake
When you make your sober significant other or friend drive home
Okay, now that I got that out of the way…we LOVE this couple!!! Ariana and Ever were rightfully completely and unapologetically themselves throughout the entire planning process and their day reflected it perfectly!
This wedding was a massive celebration (i.e. party, bash, blast, fete, merriment, etc.) of two amazing people who love each other and we can not explain how honored we were that they picked us to be a part of their day.
Our first time meeting Ariana and Ever was at Old City Coffee in Philadelphia, PA. I don’t remember much of our conversation being about weddings. Instead, we chatted and laughed like old friends who hadn’t seen each other in years. We learned about each other, gossiped and realized we were in love with them.
Much like the rest of Ariana and Ever's wedding, they wanted a first look that was totally them. Having their families involved was important. So what's better than having their brothers stand between them and share a moment together before stepping aside to reveal the brides to each other?
Is this not perfection?!?! We were so excited to set up the ceremony in a circular fashion. Ariana and Ever wanted to make sure they were surrounded by their family and friends as they took the biggest step in their relationship. Erika and Andrew from Chicory Florals came in and worked their magic on this beautiful Chuppah. And of course, Ariana's amazingly crafty self who crocheted the Chuppah herself.
During the ceremony Rabbi Linda told a story of how she asked the girls how they wanted to be presented to their family and friends and that the girls looked at one another and said, "Call us bashert, because that is what we are."
(Bashert is a Yiddish word that means destiny or in terms of a spouse, soulmates.)
It was so much fun setting up this wedding! The beautiful, eclectic pieces of china were collected by Ariana's mother throughout the planning process to use on their day.
This picture is absolutely everything!! Thank you Carina for capturing this!
Ariana & Ever, we loved being a part of the planning process with you and being with you on your day. Thank you for allowing us to share this with you! Our Summer Solstice was such a great day!
Venue: Awbury Arboretum
Rentals: Ocean Tents
Band: Daniel Kahn and The Painted Bird
Florals: Chicory Florals
Catering: Miss Rachel's Pantry
Photography: Love Me Do Photography
Sound: D24k Sound