Fall Trends

Crisp cool air, colorful leaves, and the smell of pumpkin spice... Mmmm, bring on the fall season! 

Fall brings a warm and tasteful experience like no other season. Pumpkins are becoming a popular decor item as well as simple autumn shades such as sage green, slate grey, and blush pink for bridesmaid dresses. Plum and burgundy have also been on the rise to incorporate into your fall season wedding. We've had so many beautiful fall weddings here and we hope that the pictures below will give you a few great examples of how to spice up your enchanting day! 

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Photography: Blest Studios

Colors SchemE

The florals, the bridesmaid dresses, the arbor: everything about this is wedding is picture perfect. And how wonderful  is the natural sunlight coming through the greenery in the back? What a day to remember!

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Photography: Anderson Shore

Cake Design

This cake is so simple, yet so beautiful. The rustic icing look has become more popular in the past year. Adding a little greenery is all you need and your naked cake is ready to go! 

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Photography: Caroline Lima

 Table Settings

This wooden sweetheart table is perfect for a fall wedding. The glossy wood with the burgundy chair cover, a lacy table runner, and those simple green and white florals make this whole set-up unforgettable. 

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Photography: Blest Studios

Bride Attire

We cannot get over how gorgeous Stephanie was on her wedding day! The rustic gold hair piece with the fur coat was everything, and more! There are so many different ways you can add simple pieces to your wedding attire to add a special touch your guests will continue to talk about even after the wedding. 

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Photography: Blue Barn Photography

// Sarah

Pergola Perfection

One popular trend that has been hitting the wedding scene recently has been a giant statement front in center during the ceremony, which are pergolas. This is a perfect way to add something extra for a beautiful setting during the ceremony that can tie in floral designs from the rest of the wedding, or just a simple arbor with drapery flowing down the sides. Anyway one decides to decorate a pergola will add that final touch to make the day even more special!

At the Bradford, you do not need to look any further of ways to incorporate an arbor into your wedding day because we have one permanently located in the side garden perfect for any ceremony! The location of this pergola is breathtaking for pictures during a late afternoon ceremony with it backing up to lush greenery as the sun is setting behind the trees!

Here are a few examples from past weddings here to get inspiration flowing for your amazing day here at the Bradford, or wherever your life journey begins with your special someone!

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

Johanna Dye Photograpy

Johanna Dye Photograpy

Blue Barn Photography 

Blue Barn Photography 

Anna Taylor Photography

Anna Taylor Photography

Richard Barlow Photography

Richard Barlow Photography

Christina Forbes Photography

Christina Forbes Photography

Annie Watts Photograpyhy

Annie Watts Photograpyhy

Although this is not the pergola that lives in the side garden, this is a perfect example of how you can bring in an arbor or display piece if you decide to get married on the terrace, or just want a fun accent piece on the property during the reception!

 

Evan Moore Photography

Evan Moore Photography

Finally, this is another beautiful image of a pergola for a wedding inside the ballroom! The simplicity of the space makes for this breathtaking shot with the floral garland draped on top.

 

|| Carrie ||

Unique Food Bars

Step aside cocktail bar, food bars are making their way into the wedding scene. Having various food bars is a great way to have guests customize exactly what they want with all the different options. Couples are able to create personalized menu options that are interactive and fun for guests. From a brunch wedding with a waffle bar or biscuits and jam, to an ice cream sundae bar at the end of the night, the options are endless. 

Here are some creative ideas of food bars that will make any wedding special!

 

Potato Bar

Louisville Catering Company

Louisville Catering Company

If having customizable potatoes sounds irresistible, the most difficult decision will be to choose if the potatoes should be mashed or baked. This tasty food option is a savory one that is perfect for a wedding or event! Guests could have the option to choose from a variety of toppings such as cheese, sour cream, chives, different meats and sauces, and of course BACON. 

 

Fondue Station

whatitcosts.com

whatitcosts.com

The next interesting food table that could make a for a memorable night would be a fondue station. This could mean either having a savory cheese fondue selection, having creamy and dreamy chocolate fondues, or both! If you decide to have melted cheese at your wedding then some creative dippers to accompany it would be bread, grapes, apples, crackers, veggies, bacon, or anything that sounds good to you! On the other hand, dippers like graham crackers, marshmallows, brownie bites, rice crispy treats, fresh fruit, or pound cake would be the perfect compliments to the delicious chocolate!

 

Popcorn Bar

Johanna Dye Photography

Johanna Dye Photography

Pop! Pop! This inviting sound can be heard as guests munch on this late night snack at your wedding! This is one of the easiest food stations that can be served either hot, or pre-made in advance. Guests could be able to choose from flavors of popcorn such as salted, butter, caramel corn, candy coated, or even unusual flavors such as dill pickle! With the popcorn, fun toppings such as candy, melted butter, salt, cinnamon sugar, caramel, chocolate sauce, and any other sweet or savory topping to satisfy your palate!

 

Breakfast Food Bar

Blue Barn Photography

Blue Barn Photography

Another fun option for unique food to serve guests is perfect for an early wedding, or just a southern bride who loves breakfast food! This tasty option can showcase different kinds of biscuits or perhaps maybe even your grandmas homemade waffle recipe. The options are endless for this food bar, and will be one of the most creative ways to eat one of the tastiest early morning treats! Different types of butters, jams, jellies, country ham, bacon, cheese, and more are just some of the many items to jazz up your biscuit. Waffles, Sausage, bacon, grits, hash browns, and even cinnamon rolls can add to this fun food station!

 

Sushi Station

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dearpearlflowers.com

One of the more popular yet fun food stations to have at a wedding would be a sushi station. This is perfect for a couple who loves to travel and wants to incorporate cultural aspects into a wedding, or just loves some sushi! As a couple, you could choose your favorite sushi rolls for guests to munch on with soy sauce, ginger, and wasabi. To make this an even more interactive station, you could have a sushi roller actually preparing the sushi in front of the guests rather than having it pre made. 

 

S'Mores Bar

Anna Taylor Photography

Anna Taylor Photography

Last but not least, a s'mores bar is the perfect way to wrap up the end of a wedding on a summer's night by a fire, or to warm you up on a chilly night in the fall! These desserts are such a classic, but can easily be twisted up to accommodate different palates! The traditional graham cracker, chocolate, and marshmallow is a must, but other combinations with Reese's peanut butter cups for the chocolate, shortbread cookies with fruit and a marshmallow, or Nutella and strawberries between two chocolate graham crackers make for the perfect sweet treat!

 

 || Carrie ||

 

 

Say Hello to Our Newest Intern

Hey y'all! My name is Carrie Godbold, and I am a senior at Meredith College graduating in May of 2018. I was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina right down the road from Wrightsville Beach! I am currently studying Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management. I am extremely passionate about anything involved with Meredith College, so most of my free time is spent staying active on campus! Although I have a special place in my heart for Raleigh, my favorite place in the world is being at the beach soaking up rays, and enjoying the waves! After graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in the wedding industry. I have experience interning with a wedding planning and coordination company, but I am extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to work along with the amazing staff at the Bradford to gain even more experience in this field. I am so grateful for this opportunity to help every client of the Bradford with their special day!

Hey y'all! My name is Carrie Godbold, and I am a senior at Meredith College graduating in May of 2018. I was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina right down the road from Wrightsville Beach! I am currently studying Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management. I am extremely passionate about anything involved with Meredith College, so most of my free time is spent staying active on campus! Although I have a special place in my heart for Raleigh, my favorite place in the world is being at the beach soaking up rays, and enjoying the waves! After graduation, I plan on pursuing a career in the wedding industry. I have experience interning with a wedding planning and coordination company, but I am extremely thrilled to have the opportunity to work along with the amazing staff at the Bradford to gain even more experience in this field. I am so grateful for this opportunity to help every client of the Bradford with their special day!

 

 

2016 National Average Spending Part 3

Cake : $582
Groom Attire : $280
Photography : $2,783

Let's be honest, we all get really excited about cake!

On your wedding day, the flavor and appearance of your cake is important. The wedding cake is a such a sweet moment to taste and experience. It is the first activity for the bride and groom at their wedding, and together they cut and share this charming moment. We've seen so many different wedding cakes here at The Bradford so the options to create your dream cake are endless. The average spending on a wedding cake in 2016, according to The Knot, was $582. A lot of brides during the spring and summer will chose to do fruity cakes such as lemon or citrus flavored, as well as strawberry buttercream with fresh strawberries inside.. Yum! During the fall and cooler wedding seasons flavors such as pumpkin, apple spice, chocolate, and red velvet are more popular. You can go simple or you can go all out, either way your guests and their stomachs will be happy!

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 Photo: Blue Barn Photography

People sometimes get so caught up with the brides and their beautiful dresses, but we can't forget about our handsome grooms! Picking out the perfect suit for the groom is also a process that must be considered. Color options include (but are never limited to) navy, black, gray, and cream. Grooms also can think about vintage suspenders, unique socks, tie or bow tie, etc. According to The Knot, the average money spent on groom attire was $280. Though we might not think that grooms are involved in much of the planning process, they do have a job of looking their absolute best on their day full of love and laughter. Leon's attire looked spectacular here at The Bradford and we loved spending their wedding day with them! 

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Photo: Blest Photography

We all know how important it is to capture your big day and keep these moments that last a lifetime! Average money spent on photography for 2016 was $2,783. I promise it's money well spent.. Below are a few photographers we love here at The Bradford!

Anna Taylor Photography

Anna Taylor Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Blest Studios

Blest Studios

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

 

 

2016 National Average Spending Part 2

Wedding Invitations : $426
Wedding Dress : $1,564
Catering : $71/person

Wedding invitations give guests a first look at all the excitement that will come on the couple's big day. The importance of the invitation is to accordingly invite, inform, guide, and show off style. According to the knot, the average amount spent on wedding invitations in 2016 was $426. Wedding invitations can be customized to fit all of the desires of the bride and groom. Now, before you start to pick out your invitation, you should have a couple ideas in mind. For example, will your ceremony be formal, semi-formal, or informal? Formal invitations typically have white cotton paper with black inscription. Invitations with colored paper and ribbons, usually indicate a more informal wedding. Just remember, a wedding invitation is made up of these key characteristics; paper type, formatting style, and printing method. 

Photography: Blest Studios

Photography: Blest Studios

Now let's look at wedding dresses! 

Most will agree that one of the best things about planning a wedding is picking out the beloved wedding gown. Yes, it can be a stressful moment, but here are a few things to help ease the shopping process. First, understand the silhouettes of different gowns. Figure out which silhouette fits best with your body type. Here's a list of all the types of silhouettes; Mermaid, Ballgown, A-Line, Sheath, Tea-Length, Mini, and Trumpet. Once you've figured out which silhouette works best for your body type, choose the fabric you want. The most important factor when choosing the best fabric for your gown is how you want it to fit and feel on your body. For example, silk is great for a lightweight and resilient gown. Chiffon is great for those who want a sheer and delicate gown. Chiffon is typically used in making sheer sleeves, and skirts. The national average spending for a wedding dress for the year 2016 was $1,564. The process might seem overwhelming, but once you are happy in your dress it will all be worth it! (and beautiful) 

Photographer: Christina Forbes Photography

Photographer: Christina Forbes Photography

Let's talk food! 

Picking your caterer is an important decision for your wedding because not only will you and your family be eating the food, but all your wonderful guests too! And we all know people love food! According to The Knot the average costs was $71 per person. It is especially important when choosing the food to be aware of what guests have certain allergies, and vegetarian options for guests if they do not eat meat. These are things guests can notify you of when they RSVP. The food can also go along with the season and the theme of your wedding. Such as, if you are having a summer wedding then lots of fruit can be incorporated into the salad or even the main entree. It adds a colorful light addition to the hot summer air. Cooler weddings sometimes have warmer foods such as soups, roasted vegetables, a smores bar, hot chocolate, etc. Here at The Bradford we have a list of our recommended caterers that we love to work with. A new trend that has started with weddings are food trucks. Not all venues will allow it, but they can be an awesome unique touch to your wedding. This can also offer a variety of different foods for people to chose from. Below is an example of a few food trucks that came here to The Bradford. 

Photographer: Evan Moore Photography

// Sarah 

2016 National Average Spending Part 1

The Knot just released the National Average Spending on Weddings this past 2016 year. We are doing a 3 part series of blogs to fill you in on some of the main spending categories and all the beautiful ideas behind the price tag!

Engagement Rings : $6,163
Wedding Favors : $268
Flowers : $2,534

Let's start with engagement rings, because that is when all the magic begins right?

The average money spent this past year on engagement rings was $6,163. Engagement rings have flourished significantly over the past few years and keep getting more and more elegant. In 2016, popular engagement rings contained more color, as some bride's received colorful diamonds and gems, instead of just the traditional diamond. Rose gold bands and floral incorporated diamonds were also popular in this category. Whether its vintage or new, exquisite or simple, each ring is unique and beautiful in it's own way (there just might have to be a lot of pretty pennies spent to get it!)

Photography and ring: Etsy.com  

Photography and ring: Etsy.com

 

Another fun filled idea for your guests that is also a popular spending topic are wedding favors. Average money spent on wedding favors was $268. These can include coffee mugs, glasses, bubbles, candy boxes, cookies, a photo booth, etc. This is a great way to incorporate your own personal style and give your guests something to take home to remember your special night! 

This little jar of honey is a unique sweet gift for guests to take home, props to Stephanie and Blake's wedding for a perfect guest favor idea here at the Bradford.  

Photography: Blue Barn Photography

Photography: Blue Barn Photography

And of course.. Flowers! It is so ideal to have the floral decorations and bouquet that you want on your wedding day. Here at the Bradford we've seen bright flowers, to pastel, to dark florals, and all color schemes work beautifully for each bride's wedding day. According to The Knot, in 2016 the average money spent on floral decorations was $2,534. Floral decorations are a perfect way to take a blank space and make it colorfully stunning! 

Photography: Jennifer Haywood Photography

Photography: Jennifer Haywood Photography

Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 of our 2016 National Average Spending for your wedding day! 

Meet Our New Interns

Hello! My name is Sarah Horne and I am a senior at NC State University majoring in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with a focus in Event/Program Planning. I am graduating in December 2017 and after, plan to further my career within event planning. I am from the small town of High Point, NC but Raleigh became my home two years ago when I transferred schools and started at NCSU. I absolutely love living in Raleigh, and being from the lovely south. If I am not busy working, then you can find me out exploring nature at one of the many beautiful parks in the Raleigh area. You can also find me at TJ Maxx snagging some great deals, or at Barnes & Noble with my face pressed in a poetry book. I am more than thrilled to be apart of the Bradford team, and cannot wait to see the joy brought to each and every bride while they are here!


Hey everyone! My name is Emmy Snead, and I will be a rising senior at North Carolina State University. I am a Parks, Recreation & Tourism major, and I aspire to be an event coordinator. I am a southern belle from the beautiful state of North Carolina. I absolutely love the summer and fall time here in NC. When I am not at work or studying, I am either filming YouTube videos for my makeup and beauty channel, or I'm at the gym exercising. Family is everything to me, so I enjoy spending lots of quality time with my parents and two sisters. I hope to further pursue a career in the field of weddings and special events after graduation. I am so thankful to have gotten the opportunity and privilege to intern at The Bradford.

Bridal Suite Update: A Lovely Getaway

After hours spent staining the stairs, carrying a porcelain tub up two flights of stairs, and putting together furniture, the Bridal Suite at The Bradford is ready for our brides! The hard work definitely paid off after seeing the face of the first bride who stayed there. Although there are a few small finishing touches left, the Bridal suite is still a girly getaway.

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Need to relax before the chaos begins? Take a nice long bath in the Bridal Suite's clawfoot tub. Don't forget to take that pre-wedding power nap on the comfy day beds followed by a hot cup a coffee from the kitchenette. Once relaxing is over, then you can start the fun stuff: getting ready in the Bridal Suite!

 

Alaina Ronquillo Photography 

Alaina Ronquillo Photography 

Between the soft blush walls to the fluffy white pillows, everything about the space is designed to make our brides feel pampered. The wall of vanities (coming soon!) provide a perfect space for bridesmaids to do their hair and makeup while sipping on mimosas. The large windows give our brides a great view the venue all set up for their special day, plus the windows flood the suite with natural light!

 

We are so proud of our Bridal Suite and are excited for our brides to experience the loveliness! 

93 Days of Summer

Oh sweet summertime!

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and have a little fun in the sun. The official day of summer is June 21st! These wonderful 93 days can include outdoor cookouts, road trips to the beach, snagging cute new clothes for your summer wardrobe, and of course here at The Bradford, beautiful bright weddings. Below are some delicious summer cookout ideas on how to make your summer one you won't forget! 


Grilled Strawberry and Basil Dessert Pizza

Pizza and strawberries, count me in! This dessert is perfect for a summer cookout with grilled pizza crust, cream cheese spread, and fresh strawberries tossed with honey and basil. YUM!  Photography and recipe found at: readyseteat

Pizza and strawberries, count me in! This dessert is perfect for a summer cookout with grilled pizza crust, cream cheese spread, and fresh strawberries tossed with honey and basil. YUM! 

Photography and recipe found at: readyseteat

Zesty Salsa Burgers

These burgers will give you a spicy summer kick! Spicy tomatoes and green chilies are cooked right in the burger and then topped with pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, and fresh avocado slices.  Photography and recipe found at: readyseteat

These burgers will give you a spicy summer kick! Spicy tomatoes and green chilies are cooked right in the burger and then topped with pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, and fresh avocado slices. 

Photography and recipe found at: readyseteat

BLT Pasta Salad

A BLT can be just as yummy without the bread and here is how! This colorful dish includes bacon, lettuce, tomato, pasta, and ranch dressing.  Photography and recipe found at: life-in-the-lofthouse.com

A BLT can be just as yummy without the bread and here is how! This colorful dish includes bacon, lettuce, tomato, pasta, and ranch dressing. 

Photography and recipe found at: life-in-the-lofthouse.com

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork Tacos

These tacos are the perfect summer comfort food! From sweet to salty, and a little spice this meal will have your mouth watering. Toppings include cilantro, goat cheese, green onions, and pineapples of course!  Photography and recipe found at: glutenfreewithlb

These tacos are the perfect summer comfort food! From sweet to salty, and a little spice this meal will have your mouth watering. Toppings include cilantro, goat cheese, green onions, and pineapples of course! 

Photography and recipe found at: glutenfreewithlb


Trust me your taste buds will thank you for these awesome summer recipes!! 

 

 

 

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas

Wedding planning is such a busy time, that the rehearsal dinner is often one of the last things on your mind. Rehearsal dinners are a special time for family and friends to get together one last time before the wedding to celebrate the couple in a smaller, more intimate setting. So we want it to be special, thought-for, and fun! Here are a few rehearsal dinner ideas that are unique and very tasty!

1. Food Truck

There have been many Bradford Brides who have brought in food trucks for their rehearsal dinners or weddings. Food trucks are a unique way to feed your guests by spicing up a traditional sit-down rehearsal dinner. Why have one truck, when you can have three? Give your family and friends some fun options with the food trucks you choose. One can be BBQ, one can be seafood, and why not throw in a grilled cheese food truck!

Evan Moore Photography

Evan Moore Photography

2. Food Stations

Magnolia Photography

Magnolia Photography

Food stations are another way to give your family and friends options for the rehearsal dinner, and this time it's not on wheels! Setting up food stations around the room gives your guests easy access to all the different types of food. From a taco bar to a sushi station, there are endless options for individual stations. Don't forget about dessert! How about a fun s'mores bar or a cookies and milk station?

3. Sit-down Dinner

If you're more traditional, there is nothing wrong with an intimate plated dinner! Let your family and friends relax after the rehearsal as dinner and dessert is served to them. This limits the distraction of guests getting up to get seconds, so all the focus can be on you and your soon-to-be spouse!

Caroline Lima

Caroline Lima

With full bellies and full hearts, your family and friends will raise their glasses to the soon-to-be man and wife!

Live View Studios

Live View Studios

//Audrey

 

 

Saying goodbye to The Bradford - Interns Last Day

As I'm sitting here on my last day at The Bradford I cannot help but to be nostalgic. The Bradford team and Bailey have made my time here especially welcoming and such a fun experience. My time as an intern has been filled with wonderful experiences and new learned skills. Being an event management intern you get thrown into the fast pace industry of wedding planning but with the team by your side anything is possible.

From cleaning up a broken vase to helping shape the third floor into the complete bridal suite it is today I have grown as a person as The Bradford has expanded itself. I cannot thank the team enough for giving me such a fantastic opportunity. I have learned so many skills from my time here such as blogging, surveys, rentals, interviews, and so much more. 

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

At first I was very nervous walking in on my first day to meet the other intern, Audrey, and meeting the whole team. I had no idea what was going to happen and now as I look around the room in The Bradford office I see a family of friends. This internship was filled with a lot of laughs and coffee as we were running around making sure each bride has her perfect day. There was never a dull day here at The Bradford, from Audrey spilling her hot coffee on her shirt to springing into attention whenever something was thrown our way or on us.

Thank you Bailey for such a fantastic opportunity and for being a flexible and fun manager. I learned that in event planning you get what you put in and my time here will be valued for the rest of my life.

 

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

Interning at The Bradford has been a dream come true. Trying to decide what my favorite part about this venue or this internship is is nearly impossible because my experience here has been so amazing. The venue itself takes you to Tuscany, so coming to work each week was no problem. Although New Hill, North Carolina is no Italy, The Bradford is like a getaway from the busy college town that I’m used to. I had the privilege to see The Bradford become a blank canvas for all sorts of brides to make the venue their own. From simple chic to elaborate and elegant, The Bradford can compliment any wedding design.

Something else I loved about working here was being able to help with all of the behind-the-scenes work that leads to a successful wedding. I’ve noticed some nice definition in my arms from lifting so many tables and chairs so that’s a bonus! I never knew how quickly I could go from being a mess, sweating in work-out clothes during setup, to looking nice and presentable and smelling decent. If only they knew...  

I have definitely gained a new appreciation for professionals in the wedding industry. They all work so hard to make someone else’s day special. They deal with tough clients and crazy guests with poise and they have pride and joy in what they do. It was a pleasure to work with women who love their job and strive to work with grace and diligence.

I am so thankful I was able to intern for Bailey. She works so hard and loves people so well. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who is able to make people feel so welcome like Bailey does...which is probably why so many brides want to book The Bradford! It was a JOY to work with her this semester. I am so sad to be leaving The Bradford team, but I am beyond thankful I had this opportunity! 

 

//Robyn + Audrey

Flower Girls + Ring Bearers

Every little girl dreams of her wedding day: the dress, the flowers, the groom... So being a flower girl on someone's wedding day gives her a little glimpse into her big day in the future. Having a flower girl may not be a big deal to the bride and groom, but it is everything for that little girl who gets to walk down the isle.

On the other hand, boys may not dream of their wedding day, but they still take pride in their role as ring bearers. They ARE carrying the symbol of the bride and groom's love on a little pillow...so yes, it is a big deal!

If you're considering including a flower girl and ring bearer in your ceremony, here are a few ideas to make your guests go "awww" when the little ones walk down the isle.

1. Flower Crowns

Wearing flowers in your hair always makes you feel like a princess, so why not give her a crown of flowers! She will feel so loved when you give her a flower crown made especially for her. She might blush a little, but those rosy cheeks will be adorable coming down the isle.

Blue Barn Photography

Blue Barn Photography

2. Rings

Traditionally, the ring bearer walks the rings down the isle on a small pillow. You can make it your own by embroidering your new monogram on the pillow or you can go a different direction and have the little guy carry a glass box instead of a pillow. It's original and classy! Regardless, your ring bearer will feel very important carrying two very important rings.

Blue Barn Photography

Blue Barn Photography

3. You may not have any young family or anyone who could be a flower girl or ring bearer, but you still would like to include that in your ceremony. Here's a wild idea: ask your grandma to be your flower girl and your grandpa to hold the rings. Although they're on the other end of the age spectrum, your guests would love that original idea and how you included them in the ceremony.

And here's an idea just for fun, especially if you love your dog: tie the ring pillow to your dog's collar and let him trot down the isle! It's out of the box and original. Just make sure your guests don't have a dog allergy!

There's always something special about the way a flower girl looks at the bride. She might just be imagining herself in a wedding dress on her big day, but in the moment, she's just happy she's there!

Blue Barn Photography

Blue Barn Photography

 

//Audrey

 

 

 

Arbor Decor: Flowers, Fabric, and Foliage

Every ceremony at The Bradford is beautiful and special. We love how each couple personalizes little details of the decor to reflect their style. Some are more simple, while others love to go the extra mile. An arbor is one aspect of the ceremony that is so versatile. Just like a black dress is a staple for your closet, an arbor is a stable for a wedding ceremony - you can dress it up or dress it down.

Here at The Bradford, our wooden arbor has been decorated to fit each wedding perfectly. Weather that's with flowers, fabric, foliage or all three, the arbor frames the couple as they commit their lives to one another.

Everyone loves flowers, especially at a wedding. Whether you cover the whole arbor with flowers or bundle them in the corners, flowers add a delicate touch to your ceremony look and make the arbor look like it belongs in a rose garden. Plus, they smell amazing!

Jordan Maunder Photography

Jordan Maunder Photography

Lately, we've had many brides at The Bradford incorporate fabric in their wedding decoration. Fabric is a unique way to frame the bride and groom under the arbor. Drape white fabric over the arbor for a soft and whimsical ceremony. Let the fabric stand alone or add some greenery or flowers to accompany it. Whether your wedding decor is modern or rustic, fabric can be used to compliment any look!

Six Foot Photography

Six Foot Photography

Foliage perfectly hugs the arbor and gives your ceremony an organic look. Try adding some accent flowers here and there for some pop of color or to make the arbor more intimate. The deep green and soft sage colors of greenery on the arbor will balance out the other colors of your wedding and give your ceremony decor a fuller look.

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

If you aren't a flower, fabric, or foliage person, not to worry, arbors are extremely versatile. You have endless options for your ceremony. Try hanging small mason jars down from the arbor for that rustic feel or even hang a bright chandelier at the center of the arbor for that wow-factor. If you think less is more, an arbor looks great even standing alone!

Evan Moore Photography

Evan Moore Photography

Arbors are the perfect frame for the most beautiful picture of the bride and groom committing their lives together. Whether you decorate it with flowers, fabric or foliage, your arbor will fit your wedding ceremony perfectly!

// Audrey

HELLO SPRING!

Spring days are best spent out and about! 

Reasons why The Bradford LOVES spring:

1. Spring Weddings: The weather is gorgeous, not too hot, not too cold, JUST RIGHT! Spring weather is immpecable for outdoor dining and drinking.

2. Warmer Weather: The perfect time to enjoy the outside with your friends during the beautiful weather of spring. Perfect for spontaneous road-trips and hikes.

3. Flowers: Look around! There is something special about fresh blooming flowers that makes us happy. Everything is flourishing and surrounding us with vibrant colors and aromas.

4. Longer Days: It is no longer pitch black at 6pm making everyone ready for bed. Spring is the perfect season to maximize productivity with the longer days ahead.

5. Spring-cleaning: There is something so refreshing and welcoming about a clean house. Start with the kitchen, love your oven, dust, swipe, wipe into a fresher and brighter mood. Rub away the dirt from the winter and enter into the new season.

Five things to add to your spring bucket list:

1. Learn how to bake a pie: Do you smell that?!  The fresh aroma of fruit is in the air. Why not learn how to bake a pie from scratch with strawberries, apples or blueberries to jump into the happy mood spring puts us in!

 

2. Take a hike: This season, take advantage of getting a good workout and enjoying the views of the mountains or lakes.

3. Go strawberry picking: Picking your own strawberries is a family-friendly event to gather everyone together and indulge in the fresh heart-shaped berries.

4. Plan a spring break vacation: After the hectic weather of the winter time to getaway and get some vitamin D. Spring break is the best because you can go anywhere to the beaches of Florida or California to traveling around Europe with your best friends. Be sure to bring a camera to capture those beautiful moments.

5. Spring clean your closetThis is the perfect way to decide what you want to add to your spring shopping list. Go through your closet and donate items you haven't worn in a while for a fresh perspective and room for the latest spring trends.

 

Creative Classes

With the long days in our busy lives, it's always important to stop and smell the roses and take in what really matters. Here at The Bradford we take that literally!

This past week, The Bradford hosted it's first creative class: a floral arranging class with Julie from Bushel + Peck. Everything about the evening was wonderful! From the design of the workshop and the floral arranging lesson to the masterpieces the ladies created, the class was detailed and elegant.

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

Our friends from Greenhouse Picker Sisters provided us with three beautiful wooden farm tables which complimented The Bradford perfectly. The tables were decorated with personalized aprons, name cards, and of course lots of flowers and greenery! Julie taught the ladies that the pantone color this year is green, so each piece was designed with different shades and tints of green flowers and greenery.

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

After light refreshments, courtesy of Donovan's Dish, Julie shared her expertise with the class and the ladies were ready to sketch and arrange flowers! So they tied their aprons, picked up the clippers, and starting designing!

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

Sipping on champagne throughout the evening and helping each other, all the ladies were overjoyed with their finished products. Every arrangement was different and reflected the taste and style of each person. From tall arrangements with lots of movement to shorter and more compact designs, each creation was pleasing to the eye.

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

Our first floral arranging class at The Bradford was a huge success for us and the ladies! Big thanks to Julie from Bushel + Peck. We are so excited to continue these classes here at The Bradford!

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

Radian Photography

//Audrey

Friday Favorites

Friday is here! We've made it through a quite chilly March week and we're definitely ready for the warm weather. We all know what Friday means...Friday Favorites!

This week we want to share with you a few of our favorite wedding details that our Bradford couples creatively incorporated into their special day.

Six Foot Photography

Six Foot Photography

Sweetheart Tables


Sweetheart tables are a great way to make a wedding reception more intimate for the bride and groom. Decorated with a lace runner, candlesticks, or greenery, sweetheart tables frame the newly weds perfectly. We love how the couples can enjoy their reception, surrounded by family and friends, but also get the chance to enjoy one another at their sweetheart table. They're called sweetheart tables for a reason!

 

Evan Moore Photography

Evan Moore Photography

Seating Charts
It's amazing how Bradford couples get so creative in the way they display their seating charts. Whether the tables are written on the panes of a vintage window or the name cards are numbered with wine corks, seating charts and name cards are so versatile. We love how couples even use succulents for their guests' name cards. It adds an organic touch to the design of the wedding and it is SO cute!

 

Blest Studios

Blest Studios

Sparkler Exits
What better way to wrap up Friday Favorites than with sparkler exits! We love how couples leave The Bradford in a bright and joyful way with sparklers. It not only lets the guests have a little fun, but it is an amazing photo-op! After dancing the night away, a sparkler exit is the icing on the cake to wrap up a magical wedding in a magical way.

 

Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

 

// Audrey

Real Wedding: Hayden + John

Elegance, charm, simplicity...three words that just begin to describe Hayden and John's real wedding. From the small details to the big picture, this wedding reflected not only the Tuscan style of The Bradford, but incorporated the love and closeness of this couple's family and friends.

The design of the wedding was breath-taking. Hayden complimented The Bradford with her design palate because of the charming aspects of the venue. "My main inspiration was The Bradford! It has such an elegant, rustic and Tuscan feel all beautifully blended together." Without taking away from the natural beauty of the surrounding woods and the house, Hayden and John were able to draw to more simplistic and natural designs.

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Not only did Hayden and John want a beautiful wedding, but they wanted a fun one too! Their guests enjoyed a Photo Bus to capture some sweet moments and signed a Jenga guest book to help Hayden and John "build memories."

 

 

 

Guests were seated at long farm-house tables (which Hayden admitted her slight obsession with - us too!) decorated with greenery and candles. They danced the night away under a clear-top tent lit with market lights and chandeliers, providing a romantic and organic feel. The elegance of the reception was unmatched and the love between Hayden and John was priceless.

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Creating memories was a given with Hayden and John's wedding, but Hayden said that the feeling of walking down the isle to her future husband was the most memorable experience of all. John's face said it all as he saw his future walk towards him. Grab the tissues, everyone, cause this wedding was beautiful, elegant, romantic and a day that Hayden and John will never forget.

Congratulations Hayden and John! We wish you love and joy in all that the future holds!

Anderson Shore Photography

Anderson Shore Photography

Third Floor: UPDATE

The third floor of The Bradford has come a long way. It started as an attic of boxes and is slowly being transformed into a beautiful Bridal Suite for our brides and their bridesmaids to enjoy.

After weeks of dusty floors and footprints, the third floor finally has walls! Now it's easy to picture the space as a Bridal Suite and imagine the design. Our brides will definitely feel pampered in the soon-to-be lovely suite.

Although there are still some exposed outlets and other large tasks to complete, we are more than excited for what is to come! From the romantic vanities to the well-lit seating area, this Bridal Suite will be perfect for Bradford brides to get ready before her ceremony.

Here's to enjoying many mimosas and memories in our future Bridal Suite!

//Audrey

Friday Favorites

Hello ladies! Can you believe it is already Friday? I know we are excited to spend some time in the sun after such a busy week! Here are some things The Bradford has been loving this week.... click on the bold words and check out each fave!

 

1. Thank You Bouquet cards: Rifle Paper Co. has the cutest stationary and this thoughtfully designed bouquet is perfect to send your thanks to your divine guests or friends!

 

2. LOVE bottle opener: Looking for a cute inexpensive gift to give to your bridesmaids or guest? Well this week we have been in LOVE with this bottle opener. Fantastic gift to give out at your shower, reception, or party!

 

3. Royal Wedding Cocktail: This cocktail is picture-perfect for your big day or just to unwind with your squad. We are adoring how easy this cocktail is to make, you will only need 5 things including: Beefeater London Dry Gin, Dubonnet, pomegranate juice, lemonade, and Angostura bitters.... stir, sip, YUM!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

// Robyn