I do love a good proposal story, don’t you?

I do love a good proposal story, don’t you?

Although the words may change slightly over time and the memory of all the little details may fade, you’ll never forget how excited and happy you felt that day!

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I’m thrilled to feature this eclectically beautiful collection of real proposal stories from real couples who kindly agreed to share them via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and emails.

Some of the stories are filled with big, romantic gestures, others are laced with sweet, subtle moments. All of them ended with a resounding ‘yes’.

So grab yourself a nice hot cuppa and put your feet up, it’s story time…

And be sure to share your own proposal stories in the comments section below!

 photos by Ciara Richardson from this magical proposal shoot

Proposal Stories

Some of my favourite bloggers and wedding industry folk chimed in with their stories…

Christie of Mountainside Bride

We both stood, hand in hand, looking at the Great Smoky Mountains. “I thought of proposing in a nice restaurant,” he said, “but I wanted to pick a place that would be here forever for you.”

Sara of Burnett’s Boards

I was still living in Houston at the time, he flew me out to Honolulu for Valentines weekend and proposed at our favorite beachside restaurant, where 6 years earlier we’d made a deal (as friends) that if we weren’t married in 10 years date we’d get married. I’m glad it didn’t take us the whole 10 years to fall in love!  Everyone along the beach and at the restaurant’s lawn tables started cheering and clapping when he went down on one knee.

Louise of Bow Occasions

Hubby booked a trip away to Turin, Italy for my birthday and as I always said I didn’t want him to propose at Christmas or on my birthday, I really didn’t think it would happen then… First surprise!

Two days before my birthday he was so keen to take the cable car up the mountains but when we got there it was shut…He was really upset about it and I really couldn’t understand why we had to go on that day. He then tried to look for a bus up there but they weren’t running either. Bless him, he was very disappointed but as there was no way up there, we made plans to go to the old Winter Olympics village instead which is now pretty much a shopping centre. As we were walking back out over the Olympic bridge, he got down on one knee and proposed. It was so sweet but not as I think he had planned it bless him.

The reason we had to get engaged on that day was he had a ring made with the date stamped on it so it couldn’t have been any other day. It’s a great reminder of the date he proposed and every time I look at it, the story comes flooding back.

Our Proposal Story 

The short version? We were on a boat just for two off the coast of Amalfi. And I said yes, obviously. The long version – with all the twists and turns, ins and outs, romantic and not so romantic details? Why I wrote a post about it, of course!

Click for my proposal story.

Stephanie of Fab You Bliss

Kevin and I got engaged one night on a trip to Paris while sitting on a park bench across from the Eiffel Tower at Jardins du Trocadéro. It may be cliché, but it was the most special night of my life. Kevin took this self portrait of us right after I said yes, also after we wiped tears from our eyes. He was trying to get the tower in the picture.

But as you can see…only a peek of it can be seen behind his head. That’s why I am the photographer 😉

 

Kitty Westhorp (via Facebook) 

Our proposal was premature, he was planning to do it a few weeks later on our anniversary weekend in London, but after our film night included two wedding related films he couldn’t wait and did it there and then in our living room!

Tamiya Tim Tam O’Rourke (via Facebook)

It was christmas morning, I opened the massive box he gave me to find two presents inside. Opened the first and then the second which was a Bryce Courtenay book. I was excited to get the book as I love Bryce. I opened the book as there was a bookmark inside. Looked at the bookmark that said ‘love’ and I was all like aww, then noticed that there was a ring tied to the book mark. I thought it was all part of the bookmark till my now fiance said babe that ring is an engagemenr ring.

In front of his four beautiful children he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry us. I was so surprised and shaking I couldnt get the ring off the bookmark so he had to! It was so sweet. He told me he had it planned for weeks and asked my father’s permission on christmas eve and called my mother and step father to ask permission about two weeks before. My mum and his helped with the ring choice. That was special as my mum lives interstate, so it was nice he involved her.

Travel Themed Proposal

The folks behind The Proposers, a proposal planning company in the UK, shared one of the proposals they planned for a travel loving couple:

We hired out a penthouse suite in Cambridge for this proposal. During the day the couple went for a walk in Cambridge and Rhea kept getting handed tiny paper planes made out of maps by random strangers. This continued throughout the day (yup, we arranged it all!) with the final plane being given to her by the doorman of her hotel.

When they went up to their room, she opened the door to find the entire suite decorated with travel related props – old fashioned globes, paper airplane’s, hot air balloons, maps and luggage tags with the reason why he loved her written on them!

Final surprise was a personalized  passport that we had made for her that had stamps of all of the places they had visited together but also, hidden inside the cover, was her engagement ring.

via The Proposers

Pinterest Proposal Stories

Click the links to follow each pinner of pretty things and be sure to check out the proposal pin that got this whole conversation started as there are lots more stories where these came from!

Veronica S

We went of a day trip to new york city with or closest friends. He had a list of everything I ever wanted to do in NY which included everything from the wax museum to ice skating at Central Park. Then he took me away from the group and we went on a carriage ride in Central Park and he proposed and it started snowing!

Michelle Gravel

We watched the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor, Maine…after the sun came up he proposed!

Jenni Houghton

He proposed to me on New Year’s Eve in London. He timed it so when I said yes the fireworks would start. So romantic and magical.

shelbycal We were at Disneyland, we’re both annual pass holders and he decided to pop the question in front of Cinderella’s Castle. It was perfect!

Aryelle Lawson

He proposed at the animal sanctuary where we volunteer and had one of the volunteers who was a photographer take pictures. It was so creatiive and personal.

Lexi Culshaw

We were down at the Vietnam Memorial that is outside of Camp Johnson in NC. It was raining, and we were the only ones there. After admiring the beautiful memorial for a few minutes, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife!

Nicole Lajoie

My fiance proposed to me in Epcot, after running 26.2 miles in the Disney Marathon. He had his friend wear the go pro camera, every mile through the marathon he stopped and filmed a memory of me. The 26th filmed memory was the proposal and he asked me to be his Disney Princess!

Valerie Moreno

He proposed on top of the Rockefeller center after singing a song in front of 200 people.

Jessica Scrogham

My husband asked me while I was recovering from a very bad car wreck. It was definitely original.

Photo by Chris Emeott Photography

samantha hanssens

He asked if we could swing by a favourite coffee shop before heading to Vancouver. While there he seemed to get lost while going to the bathrroom, but came back with a huge bouquet of every flower I had ever mentioned I loved, a song we fell in love with playing in background, and of course a beautiful smile as he dropped to one knee.

All I remember is kissing, and the sound of clapping from everyone else in the shop. Oh and of course, I said yes!

Elizabeth Heersche

After coming home from a deployment.

Kirstin Bowdler

He took me to one of my favorite gardens on my birthday. It had recently snowed and their Christmas lights were still up. He asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Then he took me to a building downtown over looking the river and had all of our friends and family there for a surprise birthday/engagement party.

Sarah Perry

We went camping for the first time together in a spot where he had been going since he was a kid and he wanted to show me this waterfall they used to be able to drive to. We drove around all day and finally found out that the road was closed – it only took us a moment to decide to hike there. We had to climb down this super steep cliff to get to the waterfall, it was gorgeous! As soon as we did he plucked a blade of grass, got down on one knee and asked, with the grass as the ring! I said yes and he put the ring on the wrong hand he was so nervous.

I still have the grass ring, and we are getting married at that camp ground this summer!

Lori DeBri

He set up sky diving with my best friend. When my parachute opened I saw marry me on the ground. When I landed he was on one knee. Funny part though I was still attached to the instructor when he proposed. Another man attached to me will always be remembered in the photos.

tanya tournavitis

My hubby was very original – he changed his Facebook status to engaged then sent me an email to accept the proposal. That night we sat under the stary night sky and spoke about everything we wanted to do…

Lacey Buksar

I came home from work and he called me up to our bedroom. I look out on our balcony – him and my 4 yr old son from a previous relationship were on one knee each holding a single red rose. He asked if I would honor him by being his wife and making him a father. Still puts me to tears.

 

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Carey Mulligan – the new Audrey Hepburn

By CHRIS TOOKEY
UPDATED: 09:28 GMT, 30 October 2009

Here’s a hit movie that’s small in scale, but big in heart – the most charming British film of the year.

It has a female protagonist who’s flawed, pretentious and frequently misguided, but grows into a character as memorable as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

Best of all, it introduces a sensational British actress who combines the gamine innocence of Audrey Hepburn with the warmth, intelligence and mischief of the young Judi Dench.

Learning curve: Carey Mulligan makes us care about the 'silly' schoolgirl JennyLearning curve: Carey Mulligan makes us care about the ‘silly’ schoolgirl Jenny

It isn’t only me whom she has impressed. Thanks to rave reviews from virtually every American critic, she is now the front-runner to win Best Actress at next year’s Oscars.

The chances are that you haven’t heard of Carey Mulligan, even though she had a small role in the Keira Knightley Pride And Prejudice, and a bigger one in the BBC’s serialisation of Bleak House, but she’s going to be gracing the big screen for decades to come.

 

The camera loves her, and her face has a miraculous transparency of emotion. A star is born – and, more importantly, a wonderful actress.

Based on a memoir by journalist Lynn Barber, this is the potentially sleazy but ultimately uplifting story of a 16-year-old schoolgirl who – bored with her staid, suburban parents’ ambitions for her to study hard and get into Oxford – allows herself to be seduced by a man more than twice her age.

Played by Peter Sarsgaard, David is a sophisticated smoothie with just a hint of Jewish exoticism, who offers an alluring world of classical concerts, art auctions and cabarets.

He’s glib enough to persuade her domineering but socially insecure father (Alfred Molina) and easily flattered mother (Cara Seymour) that he wants the best for their daughter.

Rosamund Pike, (Helen) and Dominic Cooper (Danny) also star in An EducationRosamund Pike, (Helen) and Dominic Cooper (Danny) also star in An Education

He offers to introduce her to his old tutor, C.S.Lewis, who might be able to help her get into Oxford. Even early on, we suspect that David is too good to be true.

But he’s good-looking, generous and offers Jenny more fun and excitement than her hesitant teenage boyfriend Graham (Matthew Beard, the promising young actor from And When Did You Last See Your Father?).

David and his chums (Dominic Cooper, amusingly shifty, and Rosamund Pike, hilariously vacuous, like a less fearsomely intellectual Holly Willoughby) show her an entertaining mixture of high life and low pleasures, such as a visit to the dog track and an introduction to property racketeer Peter Rachman.

Though Carey Mulligan is bound to attract most of the critical plaudits, Sarsgaard is terrific in the role of tempter. His smile is engaging, but reserved.

His eyes are friendly, but watchful. His easy self-assurance is just a little bit too manufactured, but what is it concealing. Shyness? Weakness? A guilty secret?

But he knows how to give a girl a good time – driving her around in his maroon sports car, buying her presents, taking her to Oxford and Paris . . . who could resist?

Certainly not Jenny, who disappoints her English teacher (Olivia Williams, delightfully prim and buttoned-up) and enrages her headmistress (Emma Thompson, who makes a splendidly blue-stocking, anti- semitic gorgon).

David seems like a short-cut to a life that Jenny previously had thought she could achieve only through higher education and a successful career.

Nick Hornby’s screenplay contains a handful of speech anachronisms and a couple of moments when the dialogue teeters on the edge of soap opera and caricature, but is a likely Oscar nominee for its quiet wit, and the way it offers every member of a superb cast their moment.

Sally Hawkins, so delightful in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky, has a late, moving cameo that confirms her as an actress of rare versatility; and Pike shows talents as a comic actress that have never been obvious before.

It’s a tribute to the writing that virtually every subsidiary character has so much vibrancy and texture that it’s easy to imagine an entire film being constructed around each of their lives.

Hornby’s books have all had humour and humanity, and he fleshes out Barber’s short memoir with a real feeling for Sixties glamour, adolescent longings and adult insecurities. From High Fidelity onwards, he’s been skilled at noting how people let their cultural tastes define them, both as they are and as they would like to be.

Jenny sees herself as a French, bohemian sophisticate in the Juliette Gréco mould, which makes her all the more delightful as she fails to be as worldly as she thinks she is.

The title, An Education, is deliberately ambiguous, referring both to academic training and the process by which life leads us towards maturity.

Although Carey Mulligan was 22 when she played the role, she doesn’t condescend to her 16-year- old character. It’s easy to empathise as she makes choices that don’t exactly go the way she planned.

Female director Lone Scherfig (who made the promising Italian For Beginners) handles the sexual side of the relationship with delicacy, never allowing it to become exploitative.

The story could easily have been treated more sensationally, over-seriously or melodramatically, but even as comedy it remains a moral, cautionary tale.

Hornby has softened Barber’s memoir to make us see David through Jenny’s eyes and understand how she makes some foolish choices. But he remains true to its bittersweet essence.

It depicts life as a cruel kind of farce, in which everyone makes mistakes, but most people somehow pick themselves up and make the best of a bad job.

Its stiff-upper-lip bravery, and refusal to wallow in self-pity or see its leading character as a victim, is peculiarly British – and refreshingly rare in modern cinema.

Some will dismiss this as a film about not very much. The only thing at stake is a silly, middle-class girl’s place at university, so why should we care?

The extraordinary thing is that we do. And though the film may appear small and slight, it takes on a deeper resonance because of its impeccably observed sense of period.

Jenny is not just a silly girl. She represents Britain emerging from the austerity of the post-war era and experiencing the dangerous allure of entrepreneurial capitalism and the Swinging Sixties. Her story is our story.

 

From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/reviews/article-1223931/Carey-Mulligan–new-Audrey-Hepburn.html

It’s Lorraine Kelly-GoLightly! ITV presenter dons Audrey Hepburn’s iconic Breakfast At Tiffany’s look to launch Little Black Dress Diet

By BIANCA LONDON
PUBLISHED: 15:18 GMT, 9 November 2012 | UPDATED: 17:14 GMT, 9 November 2012

Audrey Hepburn was synonymous with grace, poise and immaculate style.

And although TV presenter Lorraine Kelly may never quite live up to the actress and humanitarian’s iconic style status, she did a pretty good job of emulating her for a striking photo shoot today.

The 52-year-old recreated Hepburn’s character Holly Golightly from 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany to launch the Little Black Dress Diet for her ITV1 show.

 

Lorraine Kelly dressed up as one of her favourite Hollywood stars, Audrey Hepburn, to launch the Lorraine Little Black Dress DietLorraine Kelly dressed up as one of her favourite Hollywood stars, Audrey Hepburn, to launch the Lorraine Little Black Dress Diet

 
The presenter recreated the star's trademark look with pearls, long black gloves and a cigarette holder
The presenter recreated the star's trademark look with pearls, long black gloves and a cigarette holder
 

The presenter recreated the star’s trademark look with pearls, long black gloves and a cigarette holder

Lorraine wowed in her little black dress and hopes to motivate women to feel great in theirs too with her new diet scheme
Lorraine wowed in her little black dress and hopes to motivate women to feel great in theirs too with her new diet scheme
 

Lorraine wowed in her little black dress and hopes to motivate women to feel great in theirs too with her new diet scheme

The Scottish TV host’s diet plan will feature on her breakfast show Lorraine from 12 November for four weeks and is set to include guest stars such as Dannii Minogue sharing diet tips, fashion advice and exercise plans to help women nationwide be little black dress ready in time for the festive season.

 
 

For the shoot, Lorraine donned a sleeveless black dress, pearls, sunglasses and long black gloves – all key looks that her Hollywood idol made her own.

 

Behind the scenes Lorraine was helped by the crew as she pulled off the look with poiseBehind the scenes Lorraine was helped by the crew as she pulled off the look with poise

 
With her hair scraped back into a perfect bun and the addition of big black sunglasses, Lorraine looked just like her Hollywood idol
With her hair scraped back into a perfect bun and the addition of big black sunglasses, Lorraine looked just like her Hollywood idol
 

With her hair scraped back into a perfect bun and the addition of big black sunglasses, Lorraine looked just like her Hollywood idol

Speaking about her diet plan, she said: ‘I think in the lead up to Christmas you want to look and feel sensational as there are a lot of parties and gatherings.

‘There are so many temptations around Christmas time and it’s easy to overindulge in mindless eating when you are grazing on crisps and nuts at the office party or in the pub.’

 

Lorraine looked like a natural as she posed for the photographs as she prepares to launch her new diet schemeLorraine looked like a natural as she posed for the photographs as she prepares to launch her new diet scheme

 

The inspiration: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany'sThe inspiration: Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s

From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2230489/Lorraine-Kelly-dons-Audrey-Hepburns-iconic-Breakfast-At-Tiffanys-look-launch-Little-Black-Dress-Diet.html

Risqué business! Tom Cruise ‘spotted dirty dancing with pretty brunette at New York night club’

Love is in the air for Tom Cruise it seems. 

 

The Mission: Impossible star may have found romance again – six months after his divorce from Katie Holmes. 

Cruise is said to be ‘enamoured’ with a 26-year-old New York restaurant manager after a date night of drinking and dancing at a French-themed night club in Chinatown, NY.  

 
Christmas romance: Tom Cruise is said to be smitten with New York restaurant manager Cynthia Jorge. Actor reportedly called her work place to ask her out after dining their with friends
Christmas romance: Tom Cruise is said to be smitten with New York restaurant manager Cynthia Jorge. Actor reportedly called her work place to ask her out after dining there with friends
 

Christmas romance: Tom Cruise is said to be smitten with New York restaurant manager Cynthia Jorge. Actor reportedly called her work place to ask her out after dining there with friends

 

According to In Touch magazine, Cruise, 50, met brunette beauty Cynthia Jorge on December 18 when he was dining at Lower East Side’s Beauty & Essex – where Cynthia works as the manager. 

An eyewitness told the magazine: ‘He was mesmerized by Cynthia.

‘She had her hair in a bun, wore tight black pants and looked gorgeous.’

After a meal of sashimi and empanadas, Cynthia apparently handed Cruise her card… and the bold move paid off.  

 

Seductress: Cynthia is the manager of the restaurant Beauty & Essex located on the Lower East Side of NY

It is believed that Cruise called Beauty & Essex twice the very next day to track the young woman down and eventually got a message to her after being ‘put on hold for a very long time’. 

Less than 24 hours later the duo – along with some friends – were seen at La Baron night club where Tom was ‘sweeping her round the dance floor’, reports In Touch. 

An eye-witness told them: ‘They did the salsa. He took her in his arms and spun her around the dance floor. Tom looked like a pro.’

 
 

Then things started to get a bit racy, continued the witness. 

 
Le Baron: The French-themed club where Cruise was reportedly seen twirling the 26-year-old brunette round the dance floor

Le Baron: The French-themed club where Cruise was reportedly seen twirling the 26-year-old brunette round the dance floor

 

Six months single: Katie Holmes and Cruise divorced half a year ago and the former Dawson's Creek star has not been linked to any one else yet

Six months single: Katie Holmes and Cruise divorced half a year ago and the former Dawson’s Creek star has not been linked to any one else yet. Pictured at the Music Box theatre in New York on Wednesday

‘At one point, they began grinding together,’ they said. 

‘It was straight out of Dirty Dancing. Tom seemed to be in his own world, completely smitten.’

But ever the gentleman Cruise reportedly made sure a private car was waiting outside the club to whisk the Queens native back home safely. 

The Mail Online contacted Cruise’s spokesperson for a comment but have not received a response. 

The Scientology-loving actor recently denied claims he has been romantically involved with Jennifer Ackerman, sister of actress Malin Ackerman. 

Cruise and Jennifer were apparently spotted spending time with each other at a Stockholm nightclub after the Swedish premiere of his latest film Jack Reacher but a representative has denied anything is going on. 

A source told E! News: ‘The whole thing is completely ridiculous. Jennifer was there with her whole family who were cropped out of the picture. 

‘She happily lives with her boyfriend in LA.’

 
 

Comfortable: Bush is staying at Methodist Hospital in Houston and has promised ‘not to get too grumpy’ for the extended visit to the hospital

A persistent fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a hospital over Christmas has gotten worse, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Jim McGrath, Bush’s spokesman in Houston, had said earlier in the day that the fever had gone away, but he later corrected himself.

‘It’s an elevated fever, so it’s actually gone up in the last day or two,’ McGrath told The Associated Press. ‘It’s a stubborn fever that won’t go away.’

Medical woes: A spokesperson for George H.W. Bush said that a 'stubborn' fever that has plagued the former president over the Christmas break is on the rise, which forced his doctors to put him on a liquids-only diet Medical woes: A spokesperson for George H.W. Bush said that a ‘stubborn’ fever that has plagued the former president over the Christmas break is on the rise, which forced his doctors to put him on a liquids-only diet

Doctors at Methodist Hospital in Houston have run tests and are treating the fever with Tylenol, but they still haven’t nailed down a cause, McGrath said. Doctors also have put Bush on a liquid diet, though McGrath could not say why.

The president has been in intensive care since Sunday, KHOU 11 News learned on Wednesday, and his condition is said to be ‘guarded,’ although Mr Bush remains alert and talking with family and his doctor.

The bronchitis-like cough that initially brought Bush to the hospital on November 23 has improved, McGrath said. The 88-year-old is now coughing about once a day, he said.

Bush was visited on Christmas by his wife, Barbara, his son, Neil, and Neil’s wife, Maria, and a grandson, McGrath said. Bush’s daughter, Dorothy, will arrive Wednesday in Houston from Bethesda, Maryland.

The 41st president has also been visited twice by his sons, George W. Bush, the 43rd president, and Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida.

Recovering: Bush appeared at the Houston Texans game on November 29 and walked with a caneRecovering: Bush appeared at the Houston Texans game on November 29 and walked with a cane

George H.W. Bush spent Christmas with his wife and other family members in a Houston hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a month-long, bronchitis-like cough.

A hospital spokesman had said the 88-year-old ex-president would be released in time to spend the holiday at home, but that changed after Bush developed a fever.

‘He’s had a few setbacks. Late last week, he had a few low-energy days followed by a low-grade fever,’ Jim McGrath said. ‘Doctors still say they are cautiously optimistic, but every time they get over one thing, another thing pops up.’

Bush, the nation’s 41st president, and his wife, Barbara, live in Houston during the winter and spend their summers in a home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The former president was a naval aviator in World War II – at one point the youngest in the Navy – and was shot down over the Pacific. He achieved notoriety in retirement for skydiving on at least three of his birthdays since leaving the White House in 1992.

Comfortable: Bush is staying at Methodist Hospital in Houston and has promised 'not to get too grumpy' for the extended visit to the hospitalComfortable: Bush is staying at Methodist Hospital in Houston and has promised ‘not to get too grumpy’ for the extended visit to the hospital

Being in the hospital for such a long time has not been easy for Bush, who is accustomed to being active, McGrath said. But the president has said he’s determined ‘not to get grumpy about it.’

‘He’s just the most relentlessly positive person,’ McGrath said, and ‘he does enjoy joking with the nurses.’

 

Real Wedding: Rachel + Chris in Ohio

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Wow, talk about a dream venue! Captured by Studio Elle Photography, Rachel and Chris were married last June in a beautiful church ceremony in Akron, Ohio. The church was actually renovated by the bride’s father, Jay Crafton, a Youngstown, Ohio architect. Every detail of the day was expertly curated to reflect the couple’s modern sensibilities. Rachel is an aspiring architect and art enthusiast, so it was very important to her to have a clean, modern environment for her wedding. I absolutely love that the reception was held in a local modern art museum! The angular architecture and bold colors of the museum served as a fabulous backdrop for photos. The guests enjoyed a variety of cake balls instead of a traditional wedding cake, allowing each guest to pick their favorite flavor. Gray and yellow reception decor perfectly accented this modern event.

 

The couple’s story from the bride:

Rachel and Chris began dating in high school. In 2005, Rachel went to Kent State University to pursue a degree in architecture, while Chris studied mechanical engineering at the University of Akron. They successfully made it through four years of undergraduate school together, emerging as a stronger couple in 2009.

Chris’ job moved him to Birmingham, AL in 2010. After they realized that being apart was something that they never wanted to experience, Chris popped the question on July 4, 2011. Rachel happily accepted and after 9 years of friendship and fun, they tied the knot on June 30, 2012.

The modern concrete and glass structure of the Akron Art Museum was the perfect setting to celebrate with their family and friends. The wedding and reception reflected every aspect of their personalities and lives together: a simple and casual yet understatedly glamorous evening complete with many DIY touches. The decision to open the art galleries and include a blues band is a juxtaposition that wonderfully encapsulates their entire relationship together.

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Real Wedding: Rachel + Chris in Ohio yellow red by color real weddings by color

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Real Wedding: Rachel + Chris in Ohio yellow red by color real weddings by color

Photographer: Studio Elle Photography
Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Reception Venue: Akron Art Museum
Catering + Rentals: Robert J. Events & Catering
Reception Lighting + Sound: Hubbard Music
Bridal Gown Designer: Allure Bridal
Bridal Gown Store: One Enchanted Evening
Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridal Veil/Headpiece: Parisxox
Bridesmaid Dress Designer + Store: J.Crew
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Tommy Hilfiger
Groom’s Shoes: Converse
Cake Designer: The Cute Little Cake Shop
Cake Topper: Simply Silhouette Weddings
Bridal Party Flowers: Brookfield Gardens
Reception Flowers: Neil Leeson Decor Floral
Hair Stylist: Rachel Studer-Tarr
Invitation Designer: Bride
DJ: Steve Vuich
Band: The River Saints
Dinner Music: Steve Fazzini
Officiant: Deacon Robert Friedman

All images by Studio Elle Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Isadora + Omar’s Handmade Wedding in California

Hello, hello! Happy Friday! Today’s Real Wedding feature has it all: a gorgeous couple, a beautiful California location (The North Ranch in Westlake Village), handmade wedding details, a stunning gown, hot pair of heels, purple bridesmaid dresses, one of the cutest cake toppers I’ve ever seen, and pink and white wedding details abound! Yesterday I gushed about our amazing readers and today’s Real Wedding is an example of a bride who stayed happy-as-can-be, even when a little drama happened on her wedding day. Her priest was being flown in from South Africa but had to cancel due to weather, and her hair and makeup appointment ran a few hours behind. But, instead of going into freak-out mode, her photographer, Shillawna, tells us this gorgeous girl didn’t stop smiling – not once! Isadora and Omar included charming handmade details like a ‘bride’ wedding dress hanger, custom photo booth chalkboard sign, paper poms, bunting, hanging candle votives, custom favor bags, and more… even delicate teacups (one of my many wedding obsessions, as discussed here) and charming miniature teapots. So, without further adieu, read on to see this lovely pink and white California wedding and find out more by the bride! (Wedding styled by Featured Artisan Thoey of EcoMonsterand photographed by the lovely Shillawna Ruffner). Enjoy!

handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

This is one of the most adorable cake toppers I’ve ever seen. The bride made it herself and tells us, “I made [the cake topper] using wood doll heads and wood clothespins. I painted the head and eyes and bought little pieces of fabric from a local fabric store. I used some of the extra pieces from the wedding dress to make a little belt and added a flower to the hair from the same little pieces. The platform the bride and groom are on top is half 3/4 of the salt cylinder that I wrapped with pink paper that I used from the wedding menus, and covered it with veil material I used from the headpiece on the bride. I spent about $20 and they were so much fun to make!”

handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

The bride also made the centerpieces. She tells us, “For the center pieces I collected glass Martinelli bottles and Italian soda bottles from Trader Joe’s, washed off the label, and turned them into chic vases that were placed on top or beside vintage books found in yard sales.”

handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

Isadora tells us about other details she handmade herself: “We used EcoMonster’s DIY tea bag kit for our favors that included tea bags and honey sticks. One of our favorite pieces of the wedding where the gorgeous flowers! They were purchased wholesale at the flower district of Los Angeles and were so fresh and smelled lovely! To entertain guests we set up a photo booth with a backdrop of ribbons purchased at wholesale, tied to a dowel from Home Depot and numerous props.”

handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

Isadora + Omar’s Handmade Wedding in California

Congratulations, Isadora and Omar – we wish you many happy years! Thank you toEcoMonster – stylist extraordinaire – and the lovely Shillawna Ruffner Photographer who captured these incredible photographs. Shillawna Ruffner is a Preferred Emmaline Bride Photographer and would love to capture your wedding: check out her listing in The Bridal Dress Book to get in touch and view her portfolio. She is based in California (+ happy to travel!)

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Happy Planning!