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August 31, 2017

My husband and I just celebrated our 14th anniversary this past Tuesday!  14 years!  And yes, we still celebrate our dating anniversary even though we are married.  After all, when you have been dating for 10 years prior to getting married, the biggest anniversary is your dating anniversary.  In honor of our 14 years together, I wanted to bring your 14 tips on why I believe we have had such a successful relationship for so long.

August 29, 2017

One of the smaller details in planning your wedding that is not thought of until the wedding rehearsal is the processional and recessional.  Pro what?  Re what?  This is the order that everyone walks down the aisle together at the beginning of the ceremony (processional) and end of the ceremony (recessional).  You may know who is walking the bride down the aisle.  But have you thought of if the groom is going to walk down the aisle?  Will his parents?  Will the officiant walk down the aisle?  The options are really endless and up to you!  If you are having a traditional religious wedding ceremony, ask your officiant what the order should be.  If you had your heart set on something different, ask if there is any wiggle room!

August 24, 2017

I suppose the title of this weeks post would more accurately be called: Date Your Future Spouse!  Helping each other plan your wedding is a great way to spend time together during your engagement.  Bonus: if you are both involved throughout the process, you will be able to create the dream wedding you both want!  It’s a win all around!  Without further ado, here are my top tips for making planning your wedding together fun!

August 22, 2017

Little known fact, I worked retail in floral shops in high school!  I had an internship at a flower shop that turned into a part-time job.  It has been almost 10 years since then, but I can still make a simple boutonniere or bouquet.  (In fact, I DIY’d the floral for my wedding.)  I am by no means and floral expert, but I do know a thing or two about wedding flowers!  Here is some information to get you started thinking about what you want for your wedding day.

August 17, 2017

It’s time for another post of 10 quickfire questions to get to know me a little better.  This round of quickfire questions is all about my favorites!  So read on for my favorites of 10 random categories!

August 15, 2017

Hey all I’m here to tell you, I LOVE Wedding Planners!  (And not just because I thought I wanted to be a wedding planner, until I planned my own wedding and realized I like planning small parties but not huge events.)  It is because they make my job as a wedding photographer run so much more smoothly!

You may not be aware, but without a wedding planner, the wedding day coordination details often fall on the shoulders of the photographer.  While I am more than happy to do anything for my couples on their wedding day, I am able to do my best work when the only hat I wear on the day is that of photographer.

August 10, 2017

Do you love dogs as much as my husband and I do?!  Then why not include them in your date nights?!  Our dogs are truly a part of our family so we love including them in different things that we do.  And that includes the occasional date night.  Here are some ideas on how to include you favorite furry friends into your date!

August 3, 2017

Oh, Stormy.  My rough and tumble first born.  The one who listens very well, but likes to talk back while she is doing it.  The one who jumps on us and barks if we want to cuddle in bed for too long on a lazy Sunday morning.  My little girl who always wants to be near us and loves licking feet.  The one who will let me use her as a pillow whenever I want.  The one who is always ready to defend us from scary things like fireworks, weird cats, delivery men, and the neighbors cleaning their pools.  This is the story of how she came to be part of our family.

July 27, 2017

You maybe thinking, why would I want to include my family on a date with my spouse?  I get it, I get it.  But the truth is, anytime you are spending quality time together is great for your relationship.  And, if you are married or soon to be, you are a part of each other’s families.  So, why not spend some quality time together with your families?!  Here are some tips for pulling off a great Family BBQ.

July 25, 2017

So, you are thinking about having a DIY wedding?  I had a very DIY wedding, and I can tell you from experience that is is a lot of hard work.  Deciding to have a DIY wedding is not a decision that you should take lightly.  The more items you DIY, the more time you will spend on your wedding, and the more physical space it will take up in your life too!  My husband and I had boxes upon boxes of decorations, cake stands, food, beverages, etc. in our house leading up to the wedding.  We filled up his pickup truck and the back of a large SUV to get everything to the venue!  

But DIY weddings can be very rewarding too!  For us, we were able to have the super personalized wedding we wanted at a price within our budget.  So here are some things to consider when choosing to go the DIY route for your wedding.