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October 16, 2012

Today we have a special Wedding Feature; Meet Lena and Anders, all the way from Norway!

Lena and Anders's wedding was held at Eidene GÂrd in Tj¯me, Vestfold in Norway. If you need to touch up on your geography, this particular location can be found on the south-east coast of Norway right by the sea! The Eidene GÂrd is a Red Cross center equipped with a restaurant that doubles as a party house. This beautiful location walked guests down a narrow pathway to a huge pier (1076 square feet!) which held all seventy guests for a private ceremony.

Now, unless you have a deep love for snow and ice, June through September are the best months to visit Norway, the Land of the Midnight Sun. But for Lena and Anders they held their wedding late May and were rewarded the warmest weekend of the year; 77 degrees and sun!

Lena bought her dress in a bridal store called "Dinn" in Oslo. Lena found herself a Cinderella-esque dress. Anders wore a traditional Norwegian folk costume, a red vest made by his mother.

Lena and Anders held a non-religious wedding arranged by the The Norwegian Humanist Association. This particular organization bases their ethics on human values, and can wed couples virtually anywhere - which is very difficult to do if you don't know someone from the church of Norway. Overall, the ceremony was simple and they let the beautiful seascape do all of the work. Lena's father walked her down the aisle to "Staralfur" by Sigur Roos, an Icelandic singer. Poems were read by Norwegian songwriters and songs were sang by Norwegian bands.

For the reception, Lena wanted to stick to comfortable and simple themes. She bought plenty of vintage vases for colorful flowers, bell jars to use as candle holders for the dinner tables, and customized garland that read "Lena <3 Anders" in red and black - all from Etsy and shipped from the USA! Instead of a guestbook, Lena and Anders opted for a guestbox where guests wrote greetings for the bride and groom. Polaroid pictures were taken, and guests rocked out on fun blow up instruments. There were red and white striped candy bags with confetti and wedding program designed by Creative Start Design. Their wedding cake was decorated with a hand-made crochet heart for a cake topping.

To complete their big day, Lena and Anders left the reception in style; rolling out in two little vintage Mini Morriss'; one bottle green and one beige!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Wedding with a Water View
Wedding Programs in Popcorn Bags with Confetti
Traditional Norwegian Wedding
Traditional Norwegian Groom OutfitPrincess Bridal Gown
Bride Applying Makeup
Father of the BrideLena and Anders wedding on Tying the Knot
Flower Girls
Exchanging of Rings
The first kissWedding guests throw confetti
Lena and Anders wedding on Tying the Knot
Bridal bouquet, roses
champagne glasses, strawberries
wedding reception, appetizers
bride and groom, forestLena and Anders wedding on Tying the Knot
fake lips on a stick, fake mustache on a stickWedding Chalkboard Heart
Bride and Groom
Mustaches on a Stick
Best Man KissLips on a Stick, maid of honor
Chalkboard heart, initials
Bride, groom, mini morris
bride, groom, green mini morris
bride, groom, mini morris
Green mini morris

Photos By: Michal Tomaszewicz

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October 12, 2012

Who said Friday the 13th was unlucky? For some, it ís one of the most memorable days of their lives. Echoe and Craig met as freshman at Michigan Technological University and were together over 5 years when Craig proposed - on a Friday the 13th!

Craig had been out of town and was supposed to return on a Saturday due to a bad blizzard that had hit. It was about 8pm that Friday night when Echoe heard a knock at the door and Craig was there, in a suit, holding flowers. He got down on one knee, and the rest was a blur to Echoe!

Here are their fantastic engagement photos! With their adorable dog Lucca (named after a town in Italy where Echoe had visited).

The colored powder wars was inspired by this blog. Echoe and Craig wanted to go with something fun and unique, and they loved the idea so much that they tried their own version of it!

A big congratulations to Echoe and Craig!

Photos by Kristina Stockton
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Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
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Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
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Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
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Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot

 

Want to see more?? Go here to check out more of Kristina's blog post about her photo shoot with Craig and Echoe!

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October 1, 2012

Karyn and Brandon had their marriage ceremony and small dinner reception in the old castle library of the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec Old City Canada. Their guest list was small and stress-free, only inviting their immediate family and a few close friends.

Karyn and Brandon maintained a strict budget for their wedding, spending no more than $5000 for the dress, meal, cake, hotel, flowers, programs, menu and favors. Karyn's gorgeous dress was from the Vera Wang White collection, one that is only carried in select David's Bridals. In memory of Karyn's grandfather, her flowers were Yellow Billy Balls, Queen Anne's Lace, and Peonies; the same ones that always grew at her grandfather's farm. Their photographer was a former student of Karyn's, Dustin Genereux, and it was his first wedding.

The ceremony was very personal; Karyn & Brandon both wrote their own vows, and family members read poems and messages that had everyone laughing and crying.

Karyn's love for art, design, and deer were prominent at the reception. She personally handmade and designed wooden place cards for her guests. Each card was printed with the names alongside an image of a deer; females received a doe and males received a buck. She even bought two handmade deer toppers for the cake. Karyn also designed the invites, menu, programs, and canvas tote bags which were filled with goodies for the ride home.

Karyn and Brandon's wedding invites carried a different theme from the overall wedding. Since they both loved music and many guests were travelling more than seven hours, they created CD album invites for the long car rides. Her chalk-typography design and the silk screened CD with a vinyl press varnish made it look and feel exactly like a record.

Karyn and Brandon had one more thing to add to their wedding to make it special: both got tattoos of Karyn's wedding logo.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Place Holder Cards Deer theme for Wedding
Wedding Deer Theme Matches
Wedding Menu for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Deer Theme Goodie Bag Tote for WeddingWedding Vows for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Wedding Rings for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the KnotKaryn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Beautiful Teal Wedding Shoes and Rings
Karyn's Bouquet of Beautiful Country FlowersWedding Deer themed Cuff Buttons
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the KnotKaryn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
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Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Appetizers for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Wedding cake with custom Deer ToppersWedding cake with custom Deer Toppers
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the KnotKaryn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Wedding Couple under an Umbrella
Karyn & Brandon's Wedding Couch Portrait
Karyn & Brandon's matching Wedding Tattoos

 

Want to see more?? Go here to check out more of Karyn's fabulous designs!

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September 28, 2012

At Tying the Knot, we hold a special place in our heart for wedding invitations. No, really, we love them!

Our co-founder, Courtney, is a seasoned veteran of wedding invitations and she’s always intrigued by innovative ways to invite guests to a wedding. Recently, we sat down with a bride for a wedding day feature (coming soon!) but were extremely excited when we were given some extra design goodies to look at…and we just had to share!

Karyn and Brandon are lovers of music. Despite the overall theme of the wedding, they decided to take a different approach to personalize their invitations. And they are fantastic. Guests were travelling more than seven hours for the big day, so Karyn and Brandon created CD album invites for the long car rides.

Here’s a sneak peek at these unique wedding invitations by Karyn:

 Photo Wedding Invite with CD and Chalk Details

Wedding invite with a matching mixed CD

Her chalk-typography design and the silk screened CD with a vinyl press varnish made it look and feel exactly like a record: incredible!

Wedding invitation designed as vinyl record

Be sure to check back to get the whole story on this wedding feature!

 

Want to see more?? Go here to check out more of Karyn's fabulous designs!

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August 21, 2012

Our good friends Beth and Eleanor were recently wed in Baltimore, Maryland and graciously allowed us to share some photos!

Their venue was at Chase Court. The Gothic former-Episcopal parish house was built in 1879 and is now privately owned. The place is known for its lovely leaded-glass windows, private Shade Garden, and Gothic ballroom.

Eleanor found her dress at a local venue in the DC area called Curvy Girls Bridal. However, Beth’s gown was custom made by her mother.

Beth and Eleanor had a small ceremony with approximately 60 guests. Their families gave them off to symbolize the merging of both themselves and the two families. The officiant was Beth’s best friend, Theresa.

They had a sand ceremony (the couple pours various colors of unity sand from separate containers into one special container, the unity vase, symbolizing their coming together as one), and traded wedding bands which were engraved with two lines cut out around the band to represent two separate lives running side by side forever.

Beth and Eleanor’s reception was not typical: choosing a casual cocktail hour allowed guests enjoy a table with family photos, RSVPs were mad libs that were filled out from the invitations, and a small bar. There were heavy appetizers and an abundance of delicious Italian food.

Instead of the usual stuffy seated service, guests were welcome to casual seat picking and grabbed custom name place cards made from scrabble tiles. Centerpieces were old books and lit lanterns to match the cozy reception hall. Beth and Eleanor’s colors were turquoise, magenta, and grey.

Wedding Headline Invitation
Creative Headpiece for BrideSmiling Bride
Applying Makeup to a BrideBride Smiles into a Mirror
Brides at their Ceremony
Brides conducting a Sand CeremonyBrides kissing for their ceremony
Close Up of a Bridal Ring
Creative Custom Name Place Card
Colorful RSVP Invites for Ceremony
Creative Scrabble Name Places
White Shoes and Teal Shoes for BridesAntique Table Decorations for Wedding
Beautiful Dinner Table for Wedding
Two Brides Eat CakeTwo Brides in Gothic Candlelight

Their wonderful photographer was Sergey Gogolev.

Congratulations and much happiness to the new married couple!

 

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