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We try our best to plan our events around rain, but… rain happens! So here are 5 Ideas for Your Fun Rainy Day Wedding.

The most important thing about rain on a wedding day is we can take it as an opportunity for something fun and different! That rainy day wedding may just wind up being one of your most cherished memories.

Bride and groom walking in the rain

Be sure to check the weather daily in the days prior to your special date, but if it just doesn’t look like a sunny forecast, here are some neat ideas to help you prepare:

Umbrella Gifts as Guest Favor:

How cool would it be to have umbrellas made specifically for your wedding day? Umbrellas are something everyone is inclined to use at some point or another, so why not have a great memento of your special day? Not to mention personalized umbrellas for the bride and groom and bridal party! What a fun photo prop!

Rainboots

Alright, the high heels are not going to be happy walking in the rain and sinking in the wet grass. Let’s make a fun fashion statement- rain boots! Hey, cowgirl boots are in, so why not rain boots? Once again, rain boots are something else that can be personalized. And all those different patterns that are available!

Photography

Photographers love different and unique opportunities and especially love clients who are willing to participate. After all the formalities are said and done, and the evening is winding down, a romantic photo session in the rain in wedding attire would be portrait perfect.

Make Up and Hair

Ladies, we know how important your hair and make up are on your special day. We all know about waterproof mascara, but airbrush foundation and some hairsprays are also water-resistant. Your professional stylist will make sure you are good to go for a drizzling day.

First Look

The bride and groom having a first look before the ceremony is ideal on a rainy day. Since rain can be somewhat challenging for photographers, having a first look will allow that extra time for the photographer to get those shots that are an absolute MUST in the rain!

Bottom Line

Your photographer will more than likely have some pretty awesome ideas for cool shots in the rain. Take a little while talking over ideas while you’re getting ready. We love that stuff!!!

 

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Emily and Justin are a beautiful couple both inside and out. Here’s a bit of their wonderful story.

When we first met them and heard the story about how they dated long distance, talking every day via Skype, we knew the rest of their wonderful story was going to be awesome.

Bride and groom getting close
kiss capturedend of the wedding receptionbride and groom singing a duoentering the wedding receptionkissing by the blue doors
tender moment with bride and groomshowing off the ringsbridal party by the barnhusband and wife say I do
bride and groom write in their diariesabout to say I Do!smiling father of the brideholding hands around the corner of the chapelbride swirling by the willow tree
bride photo by the blue doorsbride and all the bridesmaidshandsome groom poses for a portraitGroomsmen portrait time

In Emily’s words… Justin and I officially met our freshman year in college when my family moved to Virginia Beach. Our dads were working at the same church so our families were around each other a lot but I was living several hours away for school so we never got to know more than each others names. 

My senior year in college, Justin transferred to Liberty! I was supposed to be leading worship for my grandparents Sunday school class but for some reason, my usual guitar players were all out of town! I frantically asked around and a mutual friend mentioned that Justin played guitar. So I reached out, and we met up a few days later to practice. What should have been a thirty minute practice session turned into a couple hour conversation and when we left that night we both knew this could be a pretty special friendship. We hung out on and off that semester and began dating in November! 

The only catch was I was planning on moving to India to do some mission work for two years after graduation. But we decided to give long-distance a shot and 10 months after we started dating I got on a plane! The next two years were hard for both of us but the Lord really had his hand on our relationship and we came out of it loving each other even more. We are best friends 🙂 

About 4 months after I got home, Justin proposed and obviously the rest is history! 

Our wedding was so special to us because we loved having the family and friends who had shaped our lives and our relationship around us. We wouldn’t be who we are if it weren’t for the Lord and for the people He has surrounded us with. Each of those people have been praying with and for us for YEARS so our wedding day really was an answer to a lot of prayers 🙂 

Thank you so much for all you do! We are thrilled by the way everything turned out 🙂 

We were so happy to share this wonderful story with our blog followers and the Bluff Mountain Inn staff was thrilled to be working with this beautiful couple. We wish them the very best blessings in their life together. See more images from this wedding on the RIK Photography Facebook Page!

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What can you learn about wedding flowers by talking to one of Gatlinburg’s top floral designers? Quite a bit.

Gaynell Weeks has spent most of her life creating floral designs for brides, wedding venues, hotels and commercial events. If you’re planning a wedding Flowers of Gatlinburg is one of the top shops in the Smoky Mountains. Their creations are always stunning.

Portrait of the bridebridebridal bouquet in a boxBride standing in front of barn

Bride standing in front of a barn in winter wedding attire.

A couple of days ago I stopped by to ask her a few questions I thought might be helpful to our clients.

For a spring what wedding flowers would you suggest?

Tulips, dehlias, ranunculus, hydrangeas.. there aren’t really many flowers that can’t be ordered in the spring.

What about summer?

Pretty much the same except for peonies. We can get them in the summer but they’re much more expensive because they have to be ordered from either Canada or Holland. Also garden roses can be expensive because they’re grown by specialty growers. They’re in high demand because of their popularity on Pinterest.

But your average everyday flowers like carnations, callas, iris, daisies, astilbe can be ordered about anytime. If you want fresh succulents or lavender we just need more notice to get them.

What about fall and winter weddings?

Just about anything except for peonies. Those are about the only popular wedding flowers you can’t get year round now.

So if a bride comes in and just wants a beautiful bouquet what would you tell her?

I’d advise her to use a mixture of hydrangeas, roses, gerber daisies, tulips; just whatever their favorite flower is. Orchids take a special order and more time. Gardenias are very fragile and sometimes won’t make it through the day. Same with lilies of the valley. I’d stay away from those.

We just need to know what the colors are and then their favorite flowers. I advise brides to choose their colors early and the best first step is to pick out the bridesmaids’ dresses and buy them. Sometime you might pick the dresses for the bridesmaids but the style and size you can’t get so that will affect the colors for the wedding. So it’s best to contact the florist after you get those dresses.

Tell me about different kinds of wraps for bouquets?

These days with shabby chic in style it could be burlap or twine but typically the bridesmaids bouquets are wrapped in the color of the dress. The bride’s dress (typically) will be white or cream and I suggest they use the same color as the dress.

How did you learn so much about wedding flowers?

I’ve done just about everything in decorating and flowers. I have been doing everything in a flower shop for over 40 years; weddings,outdoor weddings, tent weddings, decorating malls and department stores for Christmas. We did the Backstreet Boy’s manager’s wedding at the Four Seasons in Atlanta. Also some really big weddings at the Art Institute. We’ve hung flowers from tent poles, strung tule with lights in it climbing ladders all the time… the reason I love Gatlinburg so much is because the wedding venues take care of all that so we can just concentrate on the flowers.

Any words of wisdom for a bride on picking out her flowers before the wedding?

Just make sure you get your colors right before you get with the florist or get a good wedding coordinator or find a great all-inclusive venue like Bluff Mountain Inn where they take care of everything for you.

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Sara and Barker got Married in the Mountains near Gatlinburg.

When they were married it was a great day for a great couple and their families and friends. We’re excited to share some of the photos of this real mountain wedding here.

Their love story as told by Sarah:
“We met in kindergarten when he had my mom as a teacher, and then when we met and actually started “talking” and liking each other it was in Walmart haha. Our first date was to Riverbend to see Sam Hunt and then to steak and shake and I wanted to kiss him so bad but he didn’t and I got worried.

But we went on another date the next day to El Metate and he did 🙂 he later told me he wanted to respect me and that’s why he waited until the second date<3 🙂 he popped the question in our old apartment when I was completely not expecting it and I was so excited. I laughed and cried all at the same time and I couldn’t stop kissing and hugging him! :)”

Beautiful bouquet by Flowers of Gatlinburg

Sara’s bouquet was designed by Gaynell at Flowers of Gatlinburg. She’s a real artist with flowers.

First look

Barker was hiding behind the tree when Sarah walked down the stairs. While we distracted her by taking photos he walked up and surprised her from behind.

Sweet moment with bride and groom

You can see the love between these two just in the way they are around each other.

Bride and groom exchange rings.

Ring ceremony at their wedding. They got married in the mountains alright!

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The happy couple walking down the aisle following the wedding ceremony.

Sweet kiss on the forehead

Bride and groom photos following the ceremony. A sweet kiss on the forehead with Bluff Mountain in the background. A perfect wedding day.

Groom & groomsmen by the fence

Barker and his groomsmen pose for a photo on the fence by the barn. Great bunch of guys.

Bridal party in the mountains.

Big wedding party for this wedding in the Smokies. The yellow really made the photos pop!

Bridal party having fun

A fun candid shot while catching some cool photos of the bridal party.

Bride and Groom Kissing

Sara and Barker had a lot of fun with the bride and groom photo session. Another romantic pose in the mountains.

Special decorations for the reception.

Wanting something special for this couple, we had special decorations hung by Campbell’s Party Rental. Table decorations by the Bluff Mountain Inn Wedding team. The reception was in the Garden Reception room.

Beautiful Wedding Cake

A gorgeous wedding cake provided by Confectionista’s Kitchen in Seymour, TN.

Bride and Groom First Dance

Sara and Barker’s first dance as a married couple.

Bride and Groom make a heart out of fire

Having a little fun experimenting with sparkler art in front of the chapel.

Reception in the Garden Room

Sara’s dad proposing a toast to the happy couple on their wedding day.

We want to thank Campbell Tent and Party Rentals for setting up beautiful drapery and lights in the reception hall. As always, Flowers of Gatlinburg does an incredible job of making dream bouquets come to life and Confectionistas Kitchen does beautiful, intricate detailing with cakes! Photography at Bluff Mountain Inn by RIK Photography

Congratulations to Sara, Barker and their great group of friends and family. They’ve now been happily married for few weeks! Cheers!!!

Call 865.908.0321 today to talk about how you could have a beautiful mountain wedding!

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Wedding Photographer

Once you find that perfect wedding photographer who matches your style and uniqueness, here are 5 things to discuss with your photographer before the Big Day:

Theme

If your wedding is going to have a unique theme, let the wedding photographer know! This way they can do their homework to come up with some one-of-a-kind portraits. It is a great idea to bring some props that matches your personalities.

Timeline

Timing is very important on wedding day. It is a great idea to let your photographer know what time your hair and make up start and end, the time guests start to arrive, etc. This will help the photographer strategically plan their day for portraits and family photos.

Your Ideas

You have more than likely chosen this particular photographer because you love their style, but it doesn’t hurt to give them some of your ideas. Photographers are more than happy make your ideas pop with their own creative style. Sometimes photographers are even willing to go off-site to get that cool shot you want so badly!

Family and Friend Dynamics

Let the photographer know what family and friends will be there; and also what specific family members and friends you want photos with. This will help them map out the style and time for family portraits. Sometimes with the broad family dynamics, some people chose to not have their photo taken with others. It is a good idea to let the photographer know ahead a time to avoid any awkward situations when calling family up for photos. Better yet, have a list of family photo combinations for your photographer.

Packages and Contracts

More than likely, your professional photographer has a couple of packages to choose from. This topic of conversation is also a good time to ask about the rights to the photos and to find out where some of the best photo labs are. You will probably have to sign a contract with the photographer, but this is to not only protect the photographer, but you as well!

Now that you have discussed your wedding day with the photographer, it is very important that you feel a connection with them. After all, you will be seeing the photographer more than any other vendor!
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