Real Wedding | Nina + Josh | Minneapolis, MN

Winter weddings are so magical, especially around Christmas time! With all the twinkling lights, snowfall, and evergreen decor, it is such a beautiful time of year.  Nina and Josh picked a beautiful day to celebrate!  Nina looked breathtaking in her lace dress paired with the Miss Bliss veil.  And you can tell her new hubby gave the approval too as he is all smiles in the pictures above!  I love how "in love" these two look!  Congrats on your wedding and to many years of love, happiness and laughter!


{Inspiration Board} Navy, Yellow, & Grey

While this nautical color combo is typically used for summer and spring, it surprisingly can work for any season, including fall. The navy sits nicely with the warm tones of autumn, the yellow acts as the accent color, and the grey is a beautiful neutral to throw into the mix. See for yourself! 


{Inspiration Board} Pumpkin Spice Latte

It's no secret that with autumn comes all things warm and sweet - hence why the Pumpkin Spice Latte, seasonal treat, is the current best seller at all major and local coffee shops. I apologize if I've just inspired a coffee craving, but first, I encourage you to take a peak at a wedding theme inspired by this autumn special before you run out and pick up your own.

The Pumpkin Spice Latte, what comes to mind when you hear this? Warmth, homeyness, and the colors of the changing leaves? Exactly! Here is a theme that captures all of this loveliness and then some. So grab your honey, share some heaven in a cup, and plan out your fall wedding together. 


{Wedding Planning} Top Wedding Day Music Picks!

Planning a wedding is tricky, and more often than not, one of the last elements put together is the music selection. But why is that? Music is one of the most unifying elements of the day - it takes the couple, venue, decorations, guests, food, and the romantically magical moments and ties them all together into one experience. Now for some couples, it's a no-brainer to go with the traditional bridal chorus as the wedding party approaches the alter. Others, may opt for a more personalized experience.

If you don't have your own song or your song is just a little too fast paced for a wedding ceremony - never fear! Here are a few lists for your browsing pleasure, in no particular order, of the most popular wedding day songs for the Processional, Bride Entrance Song (The Wedding Song), Recessional, First Dance, Father Daughter Dance, and Mother Son Dance. After searching countless sites, we have narrowed down these "Top Picks" by comparing sites. If a song was listed more than five times it made our list! We have included these sites at the bottom of this post in case you'd like to expand your playlists even further, enjoy!

Top Picks - The Processional, Bride Entrance Song (The Wedding Song), Recessional, First Dance, Father Daughter Dance, and Mother Son Dance! 

The Processional - (When the wedding party enters and important guests are seated by ushers)

1. "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry" - Darlene Love
2. "Can't Help Falling in Love" - Elvis Presley
3. "Come Away With Me" - Norah Jones
4. "Come To Me" - The Goo Goo Dolls
5. "Overjoyed" - Matchbox Twenty
6. "Kiss Me" - Ed Sheeran
7. "At Last" - Etta James
8. "Bless The Broken Road" - Rascal Flatts
9. "Endlessly" - Green River Ordinance
10. "Going To The Chapel Of Love" - The Shirelles

Bride Entrance Song (The Wedding Song) - (Plays as the bride approaches her groom)

1. "Everything I Do (I Do It For You) - Bryan Adams
2. "Clair De Lune" - Debussy
3. "A Thousand Years" - Christina Perri
4. "It's Your Love" - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
5. "I Knew I Loved You (Before I Met You) - Savage Garden
6. "Amazed" - Lonestar
7. "1 2, 3, 4” - Plain White T’s
8. "Marry Me" - Train
9. " You Picked Me" - A Fine Frenzy
10. "Wedding Dress" - Matt Nathanson

Recessional - (Played as you walk down the aisle as newly weds)

1. "Marry You" - Bruno Mars
2. "Signed, Sealed Delivered" - Stevie Wonder
3. "Stuck Like Glue" - Sugarland
4. "Lucky" - Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat
5. "I Feel Good" - James Brown
6. "Happy Together" - The Turtles
7. "Walking On Sunshine" - Katrina And The Waves
8. "I'm A Believer" - The Monkees
9. "Pocketful Of Sunshine" - Natasha Bedingfield
10. "Hey Soul Sister" - Train

First Dance - 
(The bride and groom are welcomed to the dance floor for the first time as husband and wife)

1. "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" - Aerosmith
2. "A Moment Like This" - Kelly Clarkson
3. "God Gave Me You" - Blake Shelton
4. "You Raise Me Up" - Josh Groban
5. "Truly, Madly, Deeply" - Savage Garden
6. "Love Me Tender" - Elvis Presley
7. "When She Comes Around" - Ben Rector
8. "Feels Like Home" - Chantal Kreviazuk
9. "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" - Iron & Wine
10. "Today" - Joshua Radin

Father/Daughter & Mother/Son Dance -

1. "I Loved Her First" - Heartland
2. "Butterfly Kisses" - Bob Carlisle
3. "Isn't She Lovely" - Stevie Wonder
4. "Sweet Child of Mine" - Guns N Roses
5. "You Are So Beautiful" - Joe Cocker
6. "Landslide" - Fleetwood Mac
7. "In My Daughter's Eyes" - Martina McBride
8. "Time After Time" - Cyndi Lauper/Quietdrive
9. "My Little Girl" - Tim McGraw
10. "My Wish" - Rascal Flatts

Online wedding music directories I searched: WeddingWire, Wedding Central AUS, The Knot, Music N Films, and All Around Raleigh DJ.

Personal Recommendations -
1. "Goodnight Moon" - Go Radio
2. "Changed By You" - Between The Trees
3. " She Is Love" - Parachute
4. "The Only Exception" - Paramore
5. "Lighting The Sky" - Lights Out Dancing 


{Autumn Weddings} Apple Orchard Wedding Venues

"Autumn", what comes to mind when you see this word? Pumpkins, apple orchards, hot chocolate, brisk nights, warm colors and leaves crunching beneath your feet? I most definitely agree. It's such a magical time of the year, it's no wonder couples find planning a fall wedding so appealing.

Inspiration is literally all around you! Nature hands you an amazing color palette, and there are so many new textures to work with as well. So, as you can imagine, decorating will be quite free flowing from the get go. But what about a venue? 

If you and your honey are totally in love with all things autumn, and this is truly your favorite time of the year, why not bring your friends and family together in one of the most autumnal venues ever? An apple orchard! 

Apple orchards are quickly becoming some of the most sought out venues for hosting weddings during the fall. It's almost a no-brainer. Not only in terms of visual appeal, but emotional as well. Maybe there's a certain apple orchard that comes to mind right away, whether it was the site of an amazing date, or a cherished family tradition. 

So, not only are they beautiful and fit the autumn theme, but they can be one of the most intimate venues.

When it comes to finding the right orchard, it might come off as a daunting task. Especially if you're located in the Midwest, it seems as though there are new apple orchards and pumpkin patches popping up now more than ever. 

So how do we choose one? 

Each state usually has their own directory of orchards. In Minnesota, we actually have a few --- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Explore Minnesota are a couple directory options. 

Quite a few orchards actually promote weddings on their own websites. Browse through and get inspired!


{Celebrity Inspired Weddings} Prince Charles & Princess Diana

{Link to images: Harper's Bazaar

Whether you plan on inviting 3,500 guests and rocking a 25 foot train or not, you can still plan a wedding royalty worthy. A wedding such as Prince Charles & Princess Diana's was achieved by combining both over-the-top elements and classic fairy tale elegance. With a lot of satin, sparkle and statement pieces - you too, can feel like a princess on your special day. 


{Celebrity Inspired Weddings} Headpieces from SB

We know many brides look to celebrities for inspiration. But who wants to splurge on expensive pieces you’re only going to wear once?! Something Borrowed continuously brings unique designs that are on trend and better yet—affordable. Here are some of the latest celebrity brides wearing veils or headpieces similar to those of Something Borrowed. We enjoy looking for inspiration just as much as you and hope that we can bring you closer to your dream wedding look!

Jonna Walsh vs. SB's "Wedding Bells" Veil

Links: Jonna Walsh, SB "Wedding Bells" Veil

Kate Middleton vs. SB's "Ta Ta Tiara" Headpiece

Links: Kate Middleton, SB "Ta Ta Tiara" Headpiece

Mariah Carey vs. SB's "Fleur" Headpiece

Links: Mariah Carey, SB "Fleur" Headpiece