Gorgeously Detailed Union On Eighth Wedding P

Gorgeously Detailed Union On Eighth Wedding P

Matching wedding party baseball jerseys, furry friends in flower collars, and epic bridal fashion complete with a fringe wedding dress and seriously killer bridal pantsuit–what more could you ask for in a wedding? Whitney and Haley’s Union On Eighth nuptials were focused less on trends and more on details that they loved. The results were stunning, to say the least. 

With the help of planner Simply XO Events, the couple transformed the old mechanic shop into a wedding venue. The building was filled with bold florals from Ida Mayes Floristry, romantic table settings, and a huge hanging neon sign from Brite Light Tribe. But enough about the decor,  the fringey free-spirited Tara Laurenwedding dress looked dazzling paired with the clean-cut Rime Arodaky and Kira Kouture bridal suit combo.

The photos captured by Map + Compass Photography are sure to inspire more boho “I do’s,” so keep scrolling and get ready to save every last photo.

The Couple:

Whitney and Haley

The Wedding:

The Union on Eighth, Georgetown, Texas

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Memorable Wedding Gifts

I did a boudoir shoot and gifted Haley a leather book of the photos. I wanted this to be something that we could look back on when we are older and remember who we were at this stage in life. Haley gifted me a ring that she had custom-made for me. She took a few stones from one of my Nana’s rings and had a jeweler create the most perfectly dainty gold ring. My Nana was my favorite person in the whole wide world, and unfortunately, she passed away years ago. She wasn’t able to attend our wedding or ever know Haley. So Haley wanted me to always have a piece of her with me, especially on such a special day. One of the stones was a blue sapphire, which made it my “something blue” too.

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A Special Ceremony Musician

We had a musician perform during the ceremony, and he was someone that we had heard at dinner one night a couple of years prior to us even being engaged. That night years ago I told Haley that if we ever got married, I wanted him there, and proceeded to wait for him to finish so that I could get his contact information.

Creating The Wedding Day Aesthetic

I try not to decorate or design based on trends because I know that those will fade. We applied this same thought process to our wedding. We began choosing designs and items that we loved and that we knew we would love for a long, long time. Once we had narrowed things down, we created a mood board to get a good idea of how everything would work together. 

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Why A Union On Eighth Wedding

We chose our venue because it felt like us. It wasn’t a brand new building with brand new light fixtures and no character. It was an old mechanic shop turned wedding venue, and the moment you walk in, you just know that those walls have held love, life, and stories.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Map + Compass Photography
Event Planning – Simply XO Events
Venue – The Union on Eighth
Floral Design – Ida Mayes Floristry
Catering – The Peached Tortilla + P. Terry’s
Cake – Iced Cakes and Confections
King Cake – Antoine’s Famous Cakes New Orleans
DJ – Brian Weber
Live Music – Isaac Routh
Videography – The Portos
Invitation Design – Eliza Fahrenholz
Hair Styling + Makeup Artist – Lux Beauty and Bridal
Wedding Dress – Tara Lauren
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Jenny Yoo + ASOS
Bridal Suit – Rime Arodaky + Kira Kouture
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Studio Suits
Rings – Melanie Casey
Rentals – Loot Rentals
Neon Sign – Brite Lite Tribe


Congratulations again to Whitney and Haley on their Union on Eighth wedding! Big thank you to Map + Compass Photography for capturing and sharing their special day with us. To get in on the bridal two-piece trend yourself, be sure to check out our favorite bridal jumpsuits and pantsuits that are perfect for the non-traditional bride!


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The perfect gender-neutral wedding playlist P

The perfect gender-neutral wedding playlist P

Photo by Creatrix Photography

Even in 2021, it’s hard to find gender-neutral wedding songs, let alone a gender-neutral wedding playlist. The world is so binary, especially in the mainstream media. But you’re on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and as such, you want/demand/hope for something that is a bit more unique. As a transhuman, I want to help others find ways to celebrate their love and commitment together, while not feeling awkward as your first dance song plays, singing about a gender that neither you nor your partner identify with!

This playlist was built with pronouns, or the lack-there-of, in mind. As such, a significant amount of modern and even past songs are scratched off the list. These songs can be great for your first dance or even a dance with another significant other such as a parental unit!

However, as a wedding photographer, I’m also avoiding some popular songs because of their insane overuse at weddings. Sorry Bruno Mars, but today just simply isn’t your day. Uhm, if you chose this song, my deepest apologies. I’ve just been to way more events than you have, I guarantee.

But ignore my hypocritical ass, because I love the shit out of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Makes me choke up every time. I’m also a massive sucker for “Fools Rush In,” by any singer. That is probably my favorite and my skin is covered in goosebumps every time I hear it! It does mention, “men,” but I take it in abstract form. I’m sure you’ll find something to love on this LGBTQIA+ wedding playlist. These gender-neutral wedding songs are on repeat for me!

A modern gender-neutral wedding playlist

Arro Verse – Marry Me
Norah Jones – Come Away with me
Stevie Wonder – For once in my life
Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
Bright Eyes – First Day of My Life
Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You into the Dark
Etta James – At Last
David Gray – This Years Love
Train – Marry Me
Sara Bareilles – I Choose You
Brett Every – What a Beautiful Day
The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
The Beatles – I Will
Culture Club – Love is Love
Sam Smith – Latch (Acoustic)
He is We – Skip to the Good Part
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Queen – Love of My Life
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
Audrey Hepburn – Moon River
Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply (hello, nostalgia!)
Extreme – More Than Words
Little Mix – Secret Love Songs, Pt II
Miley Cyrus – Obsessed
John Legend – All of Me
Ella Henderson – Yours
Jason Mraz – Love Someone
Sam Smith – Latch
Ray LaMontagne – You Are the Best Thing
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
Maren Morris – The Bone (loooove this song)
Calvin Harris – Feel So Close
Calum Scott – You Are the Reason
Cat Power – Sea of Love
Mariah Carey – Dreamlover
Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Ben Folds – The Luckiest
LP – When We’re High
Billie Eilish – Ocean Eyes
Labrinth – Sexy MF (dirty but upbeat)

There you have it! If you have any gender-neutral romance songs that aren’t mentioned here, be sure to add them in the comments!

Fresh, Modern, and Minimalist Micro Wedding at Tops’l Farm P

Fresh, Modern, and Minimalist Micro Wedding at Tops’l Farm P

Winter may be coming to a close, but we still can’t get enough of cozy winter wedding inspiration. Photographer Hope Allison Photography–who also happened to plan the entire shoot and do the invitation design–organized a small yet talented group of vendors to bring this contemporary minimalist micro wedding to life at Tops’l Farm.

After tying the knot in front of a small A-frame cabin, the two sharply dressed grooms moved to the barn, which was decorated with white florals arranged by Sarah’s Floral Design, black dinnerware and chairs which contrasted the natural wood of the venue beautifully, and Instagram-worthy charcuterie boards from Boards by Mo. And of course, we can’t forget the cake from Charlie’s Cake Co. that looks like it’s covered in fresh snow.

Whether you’re looking to say “I do” in a dreamy snowy affair, or you’re looking for modern inspo, this styled shoot has a little bit of everything.

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The Talented Team:

Photography, Event Planning  & Invitation Design – Hope Allison Photography
Venue – Tops’l Farm
Floral Design – Sarah’s Floral Design
Catering – Boards by Mo
Cake – Charlie’s Cake Co.
Groom’s Apparel – Hugo Boss & H&M

Thank you again to Hope Allison Photography for planning, capturing, and sharing this minimalist micro wedding at Tops’l Farm! Although smaller than typical weddings, we know how much work goes into planning micro weddings. That’s why we’ve put together a guide on hosting your own creative micro wedding!


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2021 Spring Wedding Guest Dresses P

2021 Spring Wedding Guest Dresses P

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The weather is warming up which means wedding season is upon us. If you’ve got a wedding to attend but don’t have anything to wear, don’t stress. We’ve rounded up our favorite spring wedding guest dresses. From floral prints to pastel hues to wrap dresses with flutter sleeves, get ready to add one—or more!—of these spring wedding guest dresses to your online shopping cart.

Short Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

When we think of spring, we think of lots of sunshine and warmer temps. That means shorter dresses in pastels and floral prints. However, we know that this isn’t always the case and that it can still be pretty frigid well into early summer. If you fall in love with a short dress but are worried about being cold, pair it with a scarf, jacket, or tights.

Dress The Population Catalina Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress

Reformation Colleen Dress

Bardot Triple Frill Long Sleeve Minidress

Fraiche by J Colorblock Tie Waist Long Sleeve Dress

Lulu’s Much Love Swiss Dot Long Sleeve Tie-Front Mini Dress

English Factory Solid Minidress

Dress The Population Elisa Floral Applique Embroidered Fit & Flare Dress

Saylor Zulu Minidress

Believe It Or Knot Long-Sleeve Tie-Front Dress

Midi-Length Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

Midi dresses have taken the fashion world by storm and they come in a wide variety of colors and prints that are perfect for springtime. Plus the extra length gives you a little more warmth while still looking chic.

Dress The Population Nicole Sweetheart Neck Cocktail Dress

WAYF Beatrix Bustier Midi Dress

Euphoria Ruffle Sleeve Dress

Lulu’s Simply Stunning Satin Floral Jacquard Midi Dress

Adelyn Rae Carleigh Floral Chiffon Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

Reformation Juliette High Slit Sundress

Lulu’s Always Beside Me Swiss Dot Tiered Midi Dress

Lulu’s Evalina Floral Print Mock Neck Midi Dress

ASTR the Label Square Neck Bubble Sleeve Dress

Know Your Heart Polka Dot Ruffled Midi Dress

Elliatt Reception Dress

Long Spring Wedding Guest Dresses

If you’re worried about being too chilly and don’t feel like layering, these long spring wedding guest dresses are great options. They still come in colorful florals and light colors perfect for the season, while protecting you from the cold weather.

ASTR the Label Floral Print Dress

Lulu’s I’m All Yours Ruffled Maxi Dress

Lulu’s Lost In The Moment Maxi Dress

Billabong Dreamer Floral Dress

WAYF The Bea Faux Wrap V-Neck Dress

Moriah Satin Wrap Maxi Dress

Spring Wedding Guest Jumpsuits

Who says you have to wear a dress to a wedding? Let’s face it, jumpsuits are way more comfortable and allow you to really get down on the dance floor. Opt for pinks, blues, and greens to tie in the seasons trends.

Vince Camuto Tie Front Wide Leg Jumpsuit

Eliza J Ruffle Sleeve Crepe Jumpsuit

Lulu’s Call for Me Faux Wrap Jumpsuit

Love these options and want to add some fun accessories? Check out these cool jackets that will keep you warm!


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10 Amazing Vermont Wedding Venues P

10 Amazing Vermont Wedding Venues P

Planning a Vermont wedding? Don’t miss these incredible reception sites! Though just a select few of the many wonderful places to tie the knot, these properties showcase all the reasons why couples keep coming back to the Green Mountain State. From mountainside resorts and cozy inns, to lakeside estates and functioning farms, there’s a little something for everyone! Nestled on 700 beautiful acres in the heart of the Green Mountains, this working farm is the destination for an elegant rustic wedding. The property has six restored barns, multiple lodging sites and still functions as a working farm. Riverside Farm serves a limited number of weddings per year to create a truly exclusive experience. This lakefront venue is a private escape that you and your guests will simply love.

The restored Inn showcases quintessential Vermont charm with modern amenities to ensure the utmost in comfort. The lawn offers ample reception and ceremony space, while the house itself can accommodate up to 32 overnight guests. So many mountains, so little time! Stratton Mountain Resort is one of the state’s premiere ski and wedding destinations. The resort’s indoor event spaces and accommodations reflect the cozy elegance of an alpine lodge. Outside, you can enjoy mountain views and activities year round. Located in the center of picturesque Warren Village, this Relais & Chateaux inn is an intimate destination wedding venue. An expert wedding planner, on-site gourmet chef and helpful staff will bring every aspect of your vision to life. You’ll love the refined decor and sumptuous rooms and suites.

Enjoy a mountainside resort with the spirit of a country homestead. The resort is set on 350 acres overlooking views of the surrounding Green Mountains and lake. Multiple ceremony and reception sites offer options for celebrations of any size. Amenities include a private beach, pool, luxe accommodations and year round activities for outdoor enthusiasts. This luxury bed and breakfast specializes in elegant weddings set in the countryside. The lawn is perfect for open air ceremonies and tented celebrations. Inside, you’ll find well appointed guest rooms, a spa and dining space to enjoy cuisine from the chef, owner. The property also has a barn space for larger events. Celebrate in the heart of the storied Northeast Kingdom. This country estate is located just outside of Burke Village overlooking the Willoughby Gap. The property’s many perks include hilltop ceremony sites, an expansive lawn, rose gardens, gourmet dining, comfortable guest rooms and the newly renovated Morgan Horse Barn.

Tucked on the shores of Lake Champlain just outside of Burlington, Shelburne Farms is a pastoral gem. The property has two incredible event venues: The Coach Barn and The Inn. Both offer polished country decor, restored architecture, open air ceremony space and views of the sparkling lake. The perfect choice for couples seeking a private and laid-back atmosphere. This summer camp on Lake Fairlee doubles as a beautiful wedding venue. You and your guests will enjoy exclusive access to the 20 cabins, Main Lodge, six tent cabins, waterfront and grounds all weekend long. The Main Lodge offers ample space for up to 170, while the lawn can cater to parties even larger. Locals and visitors alike have been vacationing and celebrating at this historic resort for over a century. Today, the Basin Harbor Club also serves as an elegant wedding escape. The property has several indoor and outdoor event spaces to choose from, each outfitted with quintessential New England decor and views of Lake Champlain.