Weddings

My First Styled Shoot

Hey Babes!

Happy Wednesday!  This coming weekend is a wedding weekend for my family!!  Blake's little sister is getting married & we're both in it!!  Both the dress for me and the suit for Blake are so gorgeous!  I don't think we're going to look as fabulous as we are this coming weekend ever again LOL!  I'm so excited for all the festivities and to be surrounded by all the love & joy (P.S. I love the way weddings make me feel... so much so that I wrote a whole post on it last year!  You can read that HERE if you'd like).

So, anyways... In honor of our wedding festivities this weekend, I wanted to share a little wedding inspiration on the blog too.  I don't know if you follow me on Instagram or not, but in February I talked a lot about a Styled Wedding Shoot that I was going to be the model for.  I was so pumped!  It was SO MUCH FUN!!  And now, I have the pictures from that day to share with you! **Whoop Whoop**  This shoot was organized by one of my new friends, and local photographer, Rebecca Judy.  She booked the venue, organized the shoot, found a florist, a baker for the cake, we shopped for my dress together, and she invited other photographers to participate!!  For those of you that don't know (because I didn't) the point of a styled shoot is to have a controlled settling to make beautiful art to submit to magazines, to grow your portfolio, try out new techniques, and even for just some extra practice!

And let me tell you... It was an awesome experience to be apart of!!  

Venue: Rose Hill Estate

Flowers: Rachel Frisell Design Studio

Cake: Mrs. Delightful's Bakery

Dress: Elegant Bridals

Hair & Makeup: Jessica Melton Makeup

Jewelry: Hello, Darling

Photographers: Rebecca Judy Photography | Whitney Ann Photography | Nina Bashaw Photography

Models: The Furtick's ;)

 
 
 
 

So, if you're planning a wedding now, or will be in the future, these ladies were amazing to work with!!  I was blown away by all of them!!  Jessica Melton amazed me from the start!  Her hair and makeup skills are incredible!!!  Y'all know what type of hair I have & she was able to make it look like this!!!  And that makeup... O. M. G.  Enough said!  The dress was so gorgeous too!  The ladies that work at Elegant Bridals are SO friendly, and SO helpful!!  Their dress selection is infinite & they had the perfect dress for making Rebecca's "Garden Wedding" vision come to life!!  My earrings were handmade by a local business owner!  As a former jewelry maker myself, I was absolutely amazed by the craftsmanship and elegance of Hello, Darling's jewelry!  Everything floral was created by the amazing Rachel Frisell!  Not only does she have a pretty great name, but she is also absolutely fantastic at what she does!  My mouth literally dropped when I saw what I looked like in that gorgeous flower crown!!!  AND, she let me keep it ;)  Her use of succulents was so creative, absolutely on trend, and nothing like anything I've ever seen before!  LOVE!!  Plus, she also made the name sign shown in one of the pictures!  The cake in the photos isn't actually real, so I didn't get to taste it :(  But, Kelsie, the owner of Mrs. Delightful's Bakery, is making the cupcakes for my birthday party next week, so I can tell you after that how amazing I they are (watch for pictures on Instagram and Facebook)!!!  But that gold foil on the cake sure is real & it was absolutely picture perfect!!  The venue was gorgeous too, and it was so fun to go to a beautiful, historic home in Aiken since I'm new to the area!  Rose Hill Estate is perfect for an indoor, or outdoor wedding!  There's the main house, a small chapel on the grounds, and a beautiful ivy-covered arbor!  So, it can accommodate a variety of wedding visions!

Then, there's the photographers!  Each one had their own amazing qualities!  Rebecca & Whitney are based out of Aiken, SC, but of course are willing to travel.  And the same with Nina, she is based out of Columbia, SC, but is definitely willing to travel!  Rebecca was the best at giving Blake and I direction, and of course, the whole thing was her brainchild, so you can see how well she is at pulling off a vision!  Nina was so much fun to be around, and we had such a good time joking around with her!!  Trust me, our smiles in her photos are absolutely genuine!  Whitney captured our candidness the best!  You can see all of my sassiness in her pictures!!  A lot of times, the "bloopers" are the best pictures, in my opinion, LOL!!  Whitney is Rebecca's second shooter at weddings a lot of times, so to get those two as a photographer-duo would be a wedding day photo DREAM!!

Mostly, that just speaks toward their personalities, not their skill as photographers.  But really, their work speaks for itself!  They all produced fabulous photos!!  Several of which I plan to have printed!!!  And you would be lucky to have any one of them as your photographer - wedding or otherwise! :)

I'm leaving you with my favorite picture from the whole shoot LOL... Enjoy the rest of your week and weekend!  

Photo By Nina Bashaw

Photo By Nina Bashaw

It looks like he's choking me hahahaaaaa!

XOXO

-Rachel

Why I love Weddings

As Blake and I have been settling into the new house, it hit me the other day that we have 6 wedding invitations & save the dates to decorate our new refrigerator (3 weddings this Fall & 3 weddings, thus far, for Spring!)  

I love going to weddings!  And it makes me so happy to be invited to each new one!!  

As I sit and listen to newlyweds make their vows to each other, it always reminds me of the vow I made to Blake and God on our wedding day!  And, I must admit, sometimes those reminders come at just a right time!!  A lot of times I'm convicted: sitting there in my best dress, usually holding the hand of the man I love, realizing that I haven't been the wife I should be, lately... Haven't really been the wife I promised to be!  Weddings make me a better person!!  And then, weddings give Blake and I the opportunity to hit the dance floor and make so many wonderful memories doing something we love to do together!!  I. LOVE. WEDDINGS!

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We recently went to a wedding of a very young couple we've watched grow throughout their relationship with each other... We knew them before they even started dating, and now we've witnessed them get married!!  And after thinking back on their night over the last 2 weeks, I think it was probably the best wedding I've ever been to!!  Not because the food was good, or the music was good, or even the ceremony itself was good (though they all were), but because of the love that the couple showed for each other!!  Do you know anyone like that?  A couple whose love for each other exudes every wonderful thing a marriage is supposed to be!?  Watching those 2 love each other was such a blessing in my life that week!!

As a girl who has grown up in a Christian home, and who deeply desires to follow the Lord's will in her life everyday, I am well aware of why marriage was created and what its supposed to represent!   Wives are to love their husbands as the Church loves Christ, and husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the Church.  Impossible standards for any sinner to meet alone, but wonderful goals for any redeemed sinner to aim towards!!

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Weddings always seem to renew my desire to be the woman I stood in front of a church full of almost 200 people and promised to be... To cherish, forgive, serve, put before anyone else, take care of, and most of all LOVE Blake Furtick for the rest of forever!  For those of you who aren't yet married, its so much easier said than done, but is so worth the effort!!!

The couple at the wedding we just attended seem to do it all so well, and from such an young age!!  And I think that's simply because they put the Lord first in their lives, and in their relationship!!  As an audience, we all sang a worship song at the end of their ceremony because they wanted nothing more than for the first thing they did as a married couple to be worshiping their Lord and Savor!!!

I know what you're thinking...  But believe me, it wasn't just for show!!  This was the most simple ceremony and reception I've ever been to... One that was completely void of the typical pomp & circumstance that's stereotypical of a Southern wedding.  And because it was simple, there was more room for JOY!  Everything they said and did was 100% authentic and genuine, and full of LOVE!  Love for each other, and for God!!  It was such a beautiful evening, and I'm a better person because of it!!!

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The wedding was the Saturday before Hurricane Irma hit South Carolina on the following Monday.... It was actually a pretty chilly evening because of all the wind...  Not too cold, but not typical SC Summer weather either, giving me the perfect temperatures to test out this LOVELY dress from Tobi.com.  It was so fitting for such a perfectly LOVELY evening!!  It has a romantic cut, with a backless detail!  And is actually called "In Love Halter Maxi Dress"!!  It was too perfect for Fall wedding attire that I just couldn't pass it up!!!  The slit is high, so I had to be careful with the heavy winds that night, but since that was atypical weather, I don't see why this dress wouldn't be the most perfect Fall and Spring wedding-attending dress ever!!  Not to mention the fact that EVERY lady at the wedding except for the bride, the coordinator, and one other female were all wearing blue!  I usually pay more attention to trending outfit STYLES than COLORS, but seriously y'all, it wasn't something I could stop myself from noticing...  So keep it mind, that if you're attending a wedding this season, apparently BLUE is the color you need to wear!!  Which makes THIS periwinkle maxi dress all the more perfect, because its in the blue family, but different enough that you won't be wearing the exact same shade as everyone else, but will still be wearing the IT color for Fall wedding attendees!! 

I paired it with a metallic gold shoe, and NO HANDBAG!  Not carrying a purse is absolutely outside of my character, but ever since moving, and having my purse constantly stuffed with Home Depot receipts (from the renovations) and whatever junk I needed up until the last minute of walking out of our last house (so I just stuffed it in my purse), I don't carry my purse anymore...  I usually hand Blake my phone to keep in his pocket, and I avoid carrying my purse as often as I can!!  I don't know if its just because I don't want to clean it out or if its a personality change, but I'm just so sick of carrying it!!  I'll keep you update ;)

Now, Blake and I have a more formal wedding coming up in October!  Its at a fancier venue and is later in the evening!  Which means we get to dress up a little more!!!  So, for that wedding, I got this scandalessly low-cut dress from Tobi as well:

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I'm not 100% sure that I can even pull it off, but since Tobi was willing to collaborate with me on Fall wedding attire, I liked the idea of getting to try it!!  It may be more appropriate on someone with smaller boobs LOL, but I love it!!  However, they may be some body tape in our future together :)

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My advice on wearing this Backless Little Black Dress to a Fall/Winter/formal wedding would be to get one of those super trendy faux fur wraps to put around your shoulders later on in the evening!!  I don't have one yet, but plan to get one before that particular wedding!!  So excited!!!

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I hope the next time you go to a wedding, you really listen to what it is the officiant and the bride & groom are saying!  If you're married, the things you promised your spouse all those years ago are the same things that the newlyweds are promising to one another, and its good to remember that you DID ONCE PROMISE the same things!  Whether your marriage is doing amazingly well, or you're in a bit of a rocky spot, a little reminder to LOVE through any and all circumstances could never be a bad thing!!!  Until next time...

XOXO

- Rachel

These 2 dresses were provided to me by Tobi.com, but all photos, thoughts, and opinions are my own!