VENUE TYPE: Estate / House / Mansion / Villa

Even the Rain Couldn't Stop This Rustic Farmhouse Wedding From Looking Perfect
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27059
VENUE:
Audrey's Farmhouse
LOCATION:
Wallkill, New York
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Rainy Wedding
Cozy Camp Vibes
Farmhouse
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



No one invites the rain to their wedding. It’s a rather unwelcome guest when it shows up. But the wild chaos that it stirs indeed makes for a good story—as long as the couple has a sense of humor. Hell, rain can even make the scene prettier, by bringing out nature’s dark colors beneath a hazy sky and testing two lovebirds right out of the gate.

That’s pretty much what happened when Leah and Anthony tied the knot at Audrey’s Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast in rural New York. The pair weathered the challenge spectacularly well and it only made them seem more in love. Wedding photographer Brogen Jessup captured the big day wonderfully and we had to know more.

Words and Photos by Brogen Jessup

 

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A Blush Crushworthy Wedding In Napa Wine Country
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27057
VENUE:
Beaulieu Garden
LOCATION:
Rutherford, California
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Outdoor Wedding
Blush Elegance
Garden Party
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

When your wine country wedding involves a Sycamore arbor, chandeliers sparkling under the moonlight, vineyard views, and beautiful sunken gardens, you know you’ve done a few things right. Go ahead and pour a glass of California sparkling before you read on, because this Beaulieu Garden wedding hit all the wine country wedding goals we could come up with and we have a feeling you’re going to want to toast to this special occasion.

With Jose Villa (perfectly) capturing the event, Shannon Leahy Events heading up the planning, and Atelier Joya designing this Napa Valley wedding, it was easy for this couple to expect absolutely stunning wedding photos. Not only did they hire a dream team to ensure a gorgeous and timeless wedding, but they also chose to celebrate at one of wine country’s most beautiful private estates.

Photography by Jose Villa

 

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Beth Kirby Introduces Us To Her Delectable Christmas Morning Secret: Brown Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Whiskey Eggnog Frosting
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27042
VENUE:
In The Kitchen with Local Milk
LOCATION:
Nashville
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Christmas Morning Recipe
Southern Comfort
In The Kitchen
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

In prepping for the holiday season, we couldn’t help but peruse some go-to recipes that give Christmas morning just a little extra sense of comfort and joy. And, as with every year, the philosophical question arises: Should we tinker with the classics or keep it traditional? Coming to our holiday rescue, the lovely photographer, stylist, blogger, and recipe guru, Beth Kirby of Local Milk introduces us to her favorite traditional pastries with a twist. Her recipe for soft brown butter cinnamon rolls with whiskey and eggnog frosting have us thinking she might actually be Santa. So, save your Christmas stocking treats for the afternoon, because these gooey pastries are going to be the sweet hit of the day.

Words + Photos by Beth Kirby of Local Milk 

 

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How To Upgrade Your Annual Friendsgiving To A Tropical Tacosgiving
Heather Ash
REPORT
No. 27037
VENUE:
Backyards Across The USA
LOCATION:
Everywhere
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Tropical Friendsgiving
Fall Fiesta
Backyards Everywhere
REPORTER: Heather Ash



It's that time of year where gathering and celebrating kick into high gear. We come together as friends and family to reminisce about the memories of 2016 and what's to come in 2017. Even though this season is about celebrating and connecting, it's all too easy to get caught up in the flurry of places to be and people to see. How do you slow down and truly appreciate everything and everyone around you? Cue friendsgiving.

Friendsgiving is by no means a new concept so how to do you make it fresh and unexpected? Maybe you ditch the traditional turkey and accoutrements for tacos with tropical flair, making the ultimate tacosgiving. Check the hostess stress at the door and hire a local caterer to whip up some gourmet Thanksgiving tacos with all of the fixings, or host your friendsgiving after Thanksgiving and use up all your leftovers (bye, cold turkey sandwiches)! Make it fun and swap the copper moscow mule mugs for pineapples with drink umbrellas. Think of it as the ultimate fall fiesta. 

Photography by Kate Becker Photography

 

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Downton Abbey Fans, This Photo Shoot’s For You
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27008
VENUE:
Port Eliot Estate
LOCATION:
Saint Germans, England
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Rainy Bridal Shoot
Romantic & Moody
English Countryside
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

As any Downton Abbey fan will happily reminisce over, the wedding scene when Lady Mary finally marries Matthew Crawley is easily the most beautiful wedding scene in all of TV history. With the perfect amount of light flooding into the big, airy mansion, and the abundance of gorgeous flowers in an otherwise dark and moody setting, there’s an air of old English gloominess that makes the celebration that much sweeter. You can imagine our excitement when we got our hands on this photo shoot with a similar vibe.

We recently had a fill-us-in session with the shoot’s creative director Amanda Rose of Oak and Cypress and photographer Kristen Marie Parker. The dream team gave us all the details of the inspiration behind this stunning photo series and the incredible property. Spoiler alert: there may or may not have been a sighting of a ghost.

Words + Photos by Kristen Marie Parker


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