Inspiration for your road to the altar

I will always have a soft spot for including beloved pets in a wedding, and this adorable pooch has to be one of the cutest I’ve seen!  Don’t you love his floral collar? His name is Jack, and he was the ring bearer for his parent’s destination wedding in Asheville, NC. The image of him holding his head up for a little love during the ceremony is just too sweet!  Our little Lola joined us for pictures before our wedding (and sported a pearl collar, which you can see here) but was unfortunately not well behaved enough to join us for the actual ceremony.  I think she could have used some pointers from Jack!

Photographer:  Two Ring Studios
Event Planner:  Wedding Inspirations
Floral Designer:  A Flower Gallery
Reception Venue:  Biltmore Estate
Makeup Artist:  Val Ingram

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There is a lot to love about Monique and Tim’s wedding at the Bryn Du Mansion – the gorgeous flower arrangements, the relaxed vibe, the gorgeous cake on a wood pedestal and the barefoot moments – but I have to say, their dog “Monster” completely steals the show. According to their photographer, Kevin Keefer, he was one of the best behaved dogs he’s ever encountered! If you look through all the pictures you’ll see him between Monique and Tim during the ceremony, sitting stoically beside them while they have their first dance and then chilling out at the reception with all the guests. So sweet!

Aside from all that, I also adore Monique’s J.CREW dress…I’ve always thought it would make such a beautiful wedding dress and this was certainly the perfect event. Monique wore it beautifully. To complete the relaxed vibe of the evening, the couple had blankets out on the lawn, a game of crochet set up for guests and children activities like hoola hoops and coloring books. They put a lot of work into making sure their event was green by utilizing organic and recyclable items as much as possible (the wooden ceremony altar, reception tableware, decor, etc). A wedding that is easy on the environment and equally beautiful is about as good as it gets in my book.

Cake Designer: Bakery Gingham

{All Images by Kevin Keefer Photography – you can see more images from Monique & Tim’s wedding on his blog}

Admittedly, I don’t post a lot of engagement sessions on the blog. In my opinion, engagement session posts should either give you all some inspiration or display some really gorgeous photography, and these photos from JasonG certainly qualify! I can’t get enough of that light and the scenery is beautiful, but I also always love it when people bring their pets along. The picture of Allyssa where she has her forehead against one of the puppies is too cute. Hooray for the furry friends in our lives! To see more, head over to Jason’s blog.