One of the hardest parts of wedding planning is finding the perfect gown. You want it to be chic and stylish, but you also don’t want to pay a fortune. I’ve fallen in love with the gorgeous, yet affordable gowns from Fame & Partners. They are a dream world for dress lovers and their new wedding collection does not disappoint! If you are wanting serious style but are on a serious budget, Fame & Partners is going to be your new go-to place. Thought finding a wedding dress for under $300 was impossible? Check out these stunning designs!

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Belladonna Dress $299

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Aspen Dress $249

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Devynne Dress $299

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Leila Two Piece $199

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Ethereal Whisper Dress $259

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Laced Heartline Dress $299

My favorite part about Fame & Partners is that all of their dresses are customizable. Love the dress, but want to change the sleeves or add a longer train? Each dress has their own customization options to make yours one of a kind with a few clicks of a button. Bonus: They have a fit guarantee. So if you end up ordering the wrong size, you can exchange for free. Add to that their free shipping and they’ve just taken all of the stress and time out of wedding dress shopping!

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Isla Dress $249

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Lolita Dress $249

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Aspen Dress $249

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Odessa Dress $229

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Odesza Dress $279

chic wedding dresses under $300 | Fame & Partners | Glamour & Grace

The Estelle Two Piece $279

Their new Love Lace collection is perfect for the modern vintage bride. You get that classic lace look, but in fun modern cuts that are just what you’ve been looking for. So you’ve got a stunning custom gown you feel great in and more time and money to spend on starting your new married life off with a bang!

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I am so excited to share this beautiful Chesapeake Bay backyard wedding captured by Nikki Santerre. Set at the bride’s family bayside home, this summer wedding couldn’t be sweeter. I love how the whole family came together make this couple’s dream wedding come true. All the florals were made by the bride’s grandmother and her father created the driftwood arch for the ceremony, making this a real family affair.

When we were planning our wedding we wanted our everything to feel relaxed and personal. My dad came up with the idea of having it at Caroday, my family’s bay house on the Chesapeake Bay in Deltaville, Virginia has been shared by my dad’s family for over 70 years. I grew up spending time here every Summer swimming, catching crabs, and relaxing in the sun. We wanted to keep our wedding small and intimate.

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

wedding sandals | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

pink and white bouquet | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

The house in which we were married by is an heirloom in itself, it was built in the 1900s and has been shared by my dad’s extended family for 70 years. My jewelry was heirlooms from Alex’s (my husband) grandmother and I wore a bracelet borrowed from my mom. We also used a few nautical decorations from the house itself.

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

My dad created the ceremony arch which was made from collected driftwood from Deltaville. My grandmother and her friend did all of the floral arrangements. I wanted our colors to be very natural and relaxed. Later on we decided to add a few nautical accents. I let my bridesmaids select their own dresses in a range of neutral colors. We wanted to have the view of the bay be our main backdrop for the wedding so I did not want to overwhelm it with decorations. We tried to keep everything simple and heartfelt. A lot of the decorations and signs we created ourselves and also bought some handmade items. 

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

It was important to us that our whole wedding reflected things we loved. We tried not to be influenced with what we were supposed to do, or have, and just went with what we wanted and what we felt. I wanted everyone who was there to feel connected and feel the love that we have for each other, and our loved ones. 

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

The ceremony arch was built by my dad. We spent weeks collecting drift wood and designing this piece to be the main centerpiece of our ceremony. I worked with my best friend, and bridesmaid Cassie to design the invitations, and programs for the wedding. Most of our decor was home made- wood slices my dad made, signs, thrifted vintage decor, handmade table runners and florals. My grandma planned and created all the flowers at age 87. It was such a group effort and I love that so many people I love got to contribute to our day.

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

mason jar glasses | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

The day was very hot and we were expecting rain, so it was a small miracle that when the ceremony time came there were no clouds and the breeze picked up for our bay-front ceremony. Our ceremony itself was my favorite part. I loved how intimate it felt so we were able to express ourselves in such a sincere way. We wrote a portion of our vows and they were so loving and wonderful. Once the ceremony was over everything felt very relaxed. Some of my favorite photos from the wedding are of my girlfriends and I sitting on the pier taking in the sunset over the bay. I never knew I would feel so at-home at our wedding. We were dancing, we actually ate a lot (I have heard this is rare), played corn hole, and rode on a swing by the bay. Having everyone I loved at place that was so important to us was perfect, it was just a dream. 

handmade backyard wedding | Nikki Santerre | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Nikki Santerre Photography | Venue | Family Home | Cake | Carried Away Cuisine | Catering | Willaby’s | Rentals | Rappahanock Rentals | Paper Goods | Cassie Neece | Videography | Lavender Haze | Entertainment | DJ Neals Barkley | Dress | Jasmine Bridals from Bridal Elegance | Veil | Bridal Elegance | Shoes | Jack Rogers | Hair | Tara Shaw- Davidson

I am so excited to share this amazing shoot from Haviland Events captured by Roots of Life Photography with you! I talk a lot about incorporating heirlooms in your day and this whole shoot was inspired by a set of beautiful china the planner was handed down after her grandmother passed away. It is such a lovely and unique way to honor your loved ones! 

A wedding is so much more than the dress, music and food, and, with that in mind, a styled shoot should be more than just selecting colors, flower types and models. I work with my clients to plan events that showcase their heart, celebrate their heritage, and make guests feel like family. For this shoot, I developed the storyline of bride Caroline who inherited a beautiful set of Haviland Paradise Birds china after her grandmother passed away. To honor her grandmother on their wedding day, she and fiancé, John, based the wedding on the china and had a personalized crest created which would be incorporated into everything from their stationery to table numbers. I wanted these photos to draw you in and show how important I think it is for couples to take something special to them and integrate it into their wedding. Every detail of this shoot was designed from Caroline and John’s viewpoint with the intention of creating moments where they would feel her grandmother was present.

heirloom china inspired invitation | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

orange bouquet | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom china place setting | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

watercolor table number | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

heirloom wedding inspiration | Roots of Life Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Roots of Life Photography | Design and Coordination | Haviland Events | Venue | Piper Hall at Loyola University | Styling | CoChic Styling | Paper Goods | Emily Rose Ink | Florals | May Floral | Placesettings (except Paradise Birds plates) | Vintage Place Settings | Rings and bride’s earrings | Susie Saltzman | Dress | Leanne Michelle from Alice in Ivory Bridal Boutique | Tuxes | Black Tie Formalwear | Bridesmaid Dress | Jenny Yoo | Bridemaid’s earrings | Rach B Jewelry | Hair | Unwana Rose | Make-Up | Anna Yakimchuk

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