Monday, July 26, 2010

I am dreaming of an autumn wedding

So it is blazing hot in Columbia, SC right now. With a daily temperature of 100 degrees I am craving the brisk fall weather. The smell of the air, the crunch of the leaves, the beautiful warm elegant colors. Sigh.

Here is what I see...

Your guests arrive to the beautiful site of your wedding. Fields of cotton in front of you and the apple orchard to the right. The beautiful barn lies in wait for the party that will celebrate the new life you have just begun. The sun has not set but will soon. Maybe it looks a little like this image by Robbie Bellamy...

Your best friends and sister are helping you get dressed in your beautiful white gown. You are wearing something classic and simple. They are wearing earthy brown or tan. Maybe something like these gorgeous dresses from JCrew...

And I bet they are wearing these shoes from Marc by Marc Jacobs...

If their $125 price tag turns you off go for these for under $10 from AmiClubWear.

Your future initial marks the burlap aisle runner that is staked down and mounted with these gorgeous not at all jack o lanterns.

Burlap aisle runner by Shannon Summerlin-Pfingsten and Pumpkins by Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge (check out the tutorial

The sun is beginning to set and the candles in those pumpkins are creating pure magic as the sky now matches your color scheme filled with the beauty of sunset.

You clutch your perfect wheat bouquet to top it all off with effortless grace. The chocolate ribbon picks up the brown of your bridesmaids' dresses and you walk down the aisle to meet your groom.

Image by C

Check back tomorrow for how I would do the reception to end this perfect ceremony.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

How it all began...

In maybe ninth grade (lets just go with in high school) my best friend Keeke and I used to spend a lot of time thinking about future our weddings. We picked out our dresses, our flowers, our bridesmaids dresses, and planned every little detail.

So I guess it should be said that we:
  1. Lived in a small town
  2. Watched a lot of a show that was new then called "Whose Wedding Is It Anyway"
  3. We're both incredibly girlie
The love of planning every last tiny thing and searching for the most perfect font to use on my perfect invitations should have clued me in that this would have made an amazing career choice. Sigh, I chose Political Science (which to me turned quickly into nothing but a big yawn). Fast forward through some boring details and here I am, close to age 25 and after the engagement of my current best friend I realize my calling. Sure, now I am a recent college grad who is on my way to becoming a household name as a family photographer (actually that is just a dream... I am in no way a household name nor anywhere in the vicinity). No I am just a lady with a camera and a small portfolio of some interesting shots of cute kids.

Ever since Melinda got engaged I have done nothing but revert to ninth grade Kyla scouring the web for my dream wedding. I should add that I have about 3 dream weddings. After sharing this embarrassing fact with my dear friend she said, "Kyla you should be a wedding planner. It is perfect for you." All day I have been thinking maybe she is right. I think I am a planner at heart. I have a keen eye for details, love flowers, love cake shows about weddings, love shows about wedding dress... this list goes on infinitely.

I guess to sum it all up, I am in love with weddings. I am a wedding planner at heart.

Melinda and Brian...They will be getting married in December in ALASKA!!!!!!!!