This is Asia’s final post for us! It has been such a pleasure having her share her fabulous wedding planning adventures, and  now her and her hubby Cory are enjoying married life. :) In case you missed it, you can see her gorgeous southern wedding right here which was featured earlier this week. Today Asia is sharing all about the music that she chose for her wedding. Enjoy, and make sure to leave her lots of love!

xoxo, Becky

One of the most daunting tasks of planning a wedding is choosing music. There are so many places that you need a special song. There are obvious moments that we all think about like the walk down the aisle or the first dance, but what I didn’t realize while planning was that you need a song for every little moment! I had never thought about a song to play while we cut the cake or when the garter was tossed.

Photo by Lesley Kerr Photography

To make things more difficult, there are a lot of songs that sound wonderful and sweet, but when you listen to the lyrics, the song has a completely not-so-sweet meaning. Southern Girl by Amos Lee is beautiful and one of my favorite songs, but it is about a break-up. Totally inappropriate for a wedding!

So from one bride to the next, I am here with some inspiration. My husband and I are music lovers to the core. Rarely do we talk on road trips – most rides are spent with the windows down and both of us singing at the tops of our lungs. We put a lot of thought into what songs set the mood but also describe us as a couple. We wanted to use music as another way for our friends and family to know us better.

We love music so much that our favors at the wedding were CDs. We included songs that were played during the ceremony, at special moments during the reception and some that we just love to sing along with on the road.

So, without further ado, here are the songs we used for those special moments in our day:
Prelude: Unfailing Love – Jimmy Needham
Processional: Divine Romance – Phil Whickham
Bride’s Entrance: Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert
Communion/Prayer: Don’t Forget His Love (Psalm108) – Ellie Holcomb
Recessional: You Make my Dreams Come True – Hall n’ Oats
Reception Entrance: We Found Love – Rihanna
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son (we did these at the same time): Never Alone – Lady Antebellum
First Dance: Love me Tender – Norah Jones cover of Elvis Presley
Cake Cutting: Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
Bouquet & Garter Toss: I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
(That was one of my favorite parts of the wedding because right after the garter was caught, Whitney hit the chorus and everyone flocked back to the dance floor singing at the top of their lungs.)
Dollar Dance (This is a mid-west tradition that I grew up with and all our Southern guests loved. Essentially all the gents get their last chance to dance with the bride and the ladies get their last chance to dance with the groom before it’s all over. Each group forms a line and pays to dance with the bride or groom for 10-20 seconds until the next person cuts in. It’s also such a fun way to get to interact with more guests! We had a lot of guests so we used two songs for our dollar dance): A Woman like You – Lee Brice and The Way I Feel – Matt Wertz
Getaway Song: You and I – Ingrid Michaelson (This felt like a movie with the sparklers lit up all around us!)

{photo by Lesley Kerr Photography}

And on our CD’s we included most of those and a few other gems. That line-up is here:
1. Heavenly Day – Patty Griffin
2. Swept Away (Sentimental Version) – Avett Brothers
3. Makin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert
4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
5. Loving You is Easy – Ben Rector
6. Divine Romance – Phil Whikham
7. Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
8. Free (Extended Version) – Zac Brown Band
9. Just You and Me – Zee Avi
10. What You Thought You Need – Jack Johnson
11. You and I – Ingrid Michaelson
12. For Me, It’s You – Train
13. Nothing Fancy (Acoustic Version) – Dave Barnes
14. Love Me Tender – Norah Jones cover of Elvis Presley
15. Unfailing Love – Jimmy Needham
16. I Love You – Lecrae
17. When I’m Sixty Four – The Beatles
18. Don’t Forget His Love (Psalm 108) – Ellie Holcomb
19. You Make my Dreams Come True – Hall n’ Oats

CD Wedding Favor

We had a blast deciding what music reflected our lives (as you can tell, we pretty much like it all) and know that our guests loved it as well. I hope you have found some inspiration of your own!

One of the most daunting tasks for us was picking out our wedding colors. There are so many options, and everywhere we looked for ideas, there were gorgeous featured weddings with all different colors which didn’t exactly help us narrow it down!! We finally decided to stop looking at other weddings (and Pinterest!) for ideas, go to our venue and see what colors are already incorporated there naturally and go from there.

Since we are getting married at a barn, there are a lot of browns and neutral colors, so we decided to go with that theme, incorporating burlap, twine, wood accents, and other neutral colors. We also decided to add in some soft colors– pastel blue, light aqua, and blush pink. After we decided on the colors, I went back to my Pinterest board and found that a lot of the ideas that I had loved already featured those soft colors and neutral accents; I just hadn’t noticed!

You may notice that gold is also in a lot of my inspiration boards…that kind of got added in after I looked through all of my inspiration and realized that there was a lot of gold sparkles in the ideas I was in love with. But come on, I grew up showing quarter horses, and anyone who has seen us show knows us quarter horse girls take our sparkles seriously!!

Take my flower girls dresses from Chasing Fireflies for example:

Chasing Fireflies Flower Girl Dress

Or these sparkly bottles that I posted before that I want to try to make:

DIY Sparkly Bottles

I also find this table quite adorable…but is there such thing as too much sparkle?

BHLDN Inspired Tablescape

Even my dress (which I’m debating sneak peeking soon) is a gorgeous  sparkling Sarah Seven original!!

Here are some of my color inspiration boards…let me know what you guys think!

Tiffany Blue & Baby Pink Inspiration


Mint Pink & Peach Inspiration


Pastel Pink Blue & Yellow Inspiration


Blue & Pink Inspiration


Pastel Dreams


Here is a pretty little color palette that is perfect for a spring or summer wedding. It also has a vintage vibe to it and reminds me a bit of the 50s era. When I was originally searching for photos for today’s inspiration board, I was shooting for lavender, plum, & teal… and it ended up morphing in to this instead. I love the bright pops of pink/fuchsia against the light aqua backdrop. Yum!

Aqua, Fuschia, Lavender

{sources: aqua chair with flowers | invitation suite | bridesmaid bouquet | handpainted masons | centerpieces | wedding cake | lavender | boutonnires}

Have a lovely, Thursday, friends!



Whimsical Boho Bridal Shoot

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Good morning, loves!

Today’s gorgeous styled shoot comes to us from husband and wife photography duo, Trish and Patrick Hadley. Trish and Patrick are based in Midland, Michigan, and they have a truly unique photography style that I can’t help but be drawn to.

Dow Gardens provided the perfect ethereal and whimsical backdrop for this boho bridal shoot, and Racquel Viilo took care of the stunning hair and makeup, as well as the unique veil and wreath designs.

Enjoy the breathtaking images!

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Boho Bridal Shoot by Patrick Hadley Photography

Are those girls gorgeous or what!?

Many thanks to Trish and Patrick of Patrick Hadley Photography for sharing this gorgeous shoot with us today.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Venue: Dow Gardens / Photographer: Patrick Hadley Photography / Hair & Makeup: Racquel Viilo / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Racquel Viilo / Models: Cassidy Viilo, Dasmyn Langston, & Brooke Brannan

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