It’s time to give thanks this Thanksgiving season. Here’s a little Thanksgiving wedding inspiration from photographer Heather Hawkins.
Let’s face it, life’s hectic, but this is a time to slow down and appreciate all you have with family and friends while autumnal leaves fall in magnificent shades of gold and ruby or as delicate snowflakes glisten in the sun.
So get that Butterball turkey or turducken basting in the oven as mashed potatoes and gravy await eager palettes. Let mouthwatering aromas of pumpkin pie envelope your home as you surround yourself with the ones you love most this Thanksgiving.
Then break out the cocktails or crystal, get creative with your table décor or invitations and enjoy a glorious feast. Strictly Weddings revels in the idea of using colorful flowers, pumpkins and candles as a centerpiece, but not too much that it takes away from your delicious meal. Do you have a photographer in the house? Don’t forget to capture the memories of Thanksgiving dinner 2013 and consider what you’ll give thanks to this year.
- As far back as 1000 A.D. Native American Indians raised turkeys for food. Aztec Indians in Mexico were raising them as early as 200B.C.
- Turkeys originally existed in the eastern US. and Mexico.
- The turkey industry grosses over $1billion a year.
- The Average American consumes over 15 pounds of Turkey per year.
- Americans consume over 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
- Turkey, like poultry, is lower in cholesterol than beef and many other meats. The dark meat (thigh, legs,) contains more fat and cholesterol than white meat. So, that’s why dark meat tastes so good.
- Male Turkeys are called “Toms”, female turkeys are called “Hens” and baby turkeys are called “poults”.
- Turkey eggs are tan in color and speckled with brown. They are about twice as large as chicken eggs.
- That long, loose skin that hangs down from a turkey’s neck is called a “wattle”.
- Sleepy after the big meal? Turkey contains an amino acid called “Tryptophan”. Tryptophan sets off a chemical chain reaction that calms you down and makes you sleepy.
Let kisses soothe your soul. Let love carry you away. Let nature fuel your bliss.
For the most romantic of outdoor weddings, let fairy tale like woods or meadows be your backdrop to happily ever after. Shot for Ireland’s Wedding Journal magazine in Leitrim, Ireland (some two hours northwest of Dublin) near the dreamy landscape around Benbulben Mountain, which inspired many of William Butler Yeats writings, true romantics will be inspired to dream big and live bigger.
Make the most of natural trellises or embellish your surroundings just so. Get as creative as you wish by posting your wedding details carefully onto trees and even your delectable menu. We love the wild flowers and fake butterflies that accent napkins and vases just so.
“We are happy when for everything inside us is corresponding to something outside us.”
~ William Butler Yeats
Shot beautifully in dappled light by wedding photographer, Paula O’Hara, this stunning brides wedding makeup is so sweetly and naturally applied, but you could also go for a dramatic or glossy lip. The flower headpieces are a colorful contrast that can carry into other wedding flowers to grace gorgeously set tables, archways and more. The lacy headscarf is a unique on-trend, vintage-inspired piece to surprise and delight. And don’t you just love the arm cuff that offsets the oh-so-romantic one-shoulder dress?
Whether your wedding day dreams carry you to the magical woods of Ireland or another romantic natural treasure, use your surroundings to create your picture-perfect wedding.
“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind
and dance upon the mountains like a flame!”
Location: Teapot Lane, Co. Leitrim, www.glampingireland.ie
Photographer: Paula O’Hara www.paulaohara.com
Prop stylist: Alise Taggart www.alisetaggart.com
Wardrobe and accessories: The ladies at Wedding Journal Ireland
Model: Jennifer Milligan from Style Academy www.styleacademy.com
Hair: Kathy Fitzsimmons at Blue kathyfitzsimmons.com
Make up: Claire McEvoy, The Vintage Bride
Florals: Floral Earth www.floralearth.co.uk
Take a peek at the Downton Abbey inspired wedding by photographer Joseph Matthew below. This wedding shoot took place at the exquisite Dorchester Hotel in London and captures the look of a truly beautiful era gone by—English style of course. From the sheer feminine brilliance of a Claire Pettibone wedding dress (that just screams Lady Mary) to perfectly polished plate settings amongst a pale palette of wedding flowers byKaren Tran Events. Enjoy a little sparkle and a lot of high style to inspire and delight your bridal fancies and wedding day dreams, no matter what wedding style you choose to say “I do” to. (See video of wedding shoot). As seen first on StrictlyWeddings.com … just for you.
If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, I’m sure you’re waiting with baited breath for the greatly anticipated fourth season airing in the USA on Sunday, January 5, 2014. How on earth will the family react to Matthew Crawley’s tragic and untimely demise? What scandal, hopes and plot twists will new and beloved characters revel in and endure? Will Lady Edith continue her “affair?” Will Thomas become kinder? And what arsenal of witty and poignant one-liners will the irrepressible Lady Violet Crawley (Maggie Smith) sling? We can’t wait!
Downton Abbey has become an international hit and is shaping the world of fashion and weddings in the most sophisticated and glamorous of ways. Susannah Buxton, Downtown Abbey’s original fashion designer, is responsible for the impeccably feminine and stylish WW1 and post WW2 eye candy, and these looks are spilling over into everyday contemporary life. Dresses are lavished with lace and intricate details, oversized hats and coats are so en vogue and sparkly hairpieces have hit the streets and the wedding aisles. In fact, according to Vogue UK, there will soon be a new Downton Abbey vintage-inspired fashion line unveiling.
Photographer: Joseph Matthew Photography
Wedding Organizer: White Avenue Weddings
Venue: The Dorchester Hotel
Event Design & Florals: Karen Tran Events
Dress: Claire Pettibone
Hair: Ondine Cowley
Shoes: Harriet Wilde
Jewelry: Andrew Prince
Make up: Lina Cameron
Dessert and Cake: Olofson Design
Video: Allora Visuals (See video)
Vintage Tea Set: The Crockery Cupboard
Wedding Hired items: Wedding Day Hire
Hired Furniture and Tableware: Options Hire
Calligraphy : Paul Antonio Scribe
Stationery: J Grace Luxurious Event Stationery