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October 31, 2017

This one is for the gentlemen.  Grooms and groomsmen tend to be overlooked on the wedding day in regards to getting ready tips.  All the tips and inspiration seem to be about the ladies!  While it generally does not take as long for the guys to get ready on a wedding day, it is still a crucial part of the day!  Here are my tips for all my dudes to have an amazing wedding morning.

October 10, 2017

When was the last time your family had professional photographs taken together?  You know, the kind you frame and decorate your home with.  Years ago?  Never?  At my wedding it had been about 9 years since my dad and I had professional photos together.  For my husband’s family, our wedding was the first time they had professional photos taken together, EVER!  If you fall into either of these camps, then you (or mom) is going to put high importance on the family pictures from you wedding.  So, you want to make sure they look extra amazing.  (And if you don’t fall into one of those camps, read on because you will still want amazing family portraits!)  The best way to making your family photos really stand out is with outfit coordination!

October 3, 2017

I absolutely love when couples put pieces of themselves and their relationship into their wedding!  I always love seeing the new and unique ways that they personalize their wedding.  Beings it is one of my absolute favorite things, I wanted to share with you some ideas on how to add your personality to your wedding!

September 26, 2017

My husband and I are introverts through and through.  You may never have guessed because we both put ourselves out there through our social media and he used to play in bands in front of hundreds of people!  But in all reality, we prefer small social gatherings or just spending an evening on the couch together.  We never really gave much though to this until it came time to plan our wedding.  Then there it was, staring us in the face.  How were we going to feel comfortable at our wedding in front of all those people with all the attention on ourselves?!  Good news: we figured it out!  We had an amazing wedding and did not feel awkward or uncomfortable once.  Here is how we did it!

September 5, 2017

I am not going to sugar coat it.  One of the hardest items to DIY for your wedding is a Day of Coordinator.  I speak from personal experience, as I had my cousin’s fiance coordinate my wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, she did an amazing job.  But after being in the wedding industry for so long, I appreciate the difference between a DIY coordinator and a professional Day of Coordinator.  But, this post is not about why you should hire a professional.  It is about to DIY the best damn Day of Coordinator for your wedding!

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 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 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.

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.

July 11, 2017

Eeeeep!  You’re engaged!  This is such an exciting time in your lives full of love and wonder.  All of your friends and family congratulating you and cheering on your love.  Maybe even throwing you an engagement party!  And then it happens.  You start actually planning your wedding and realize how much everything costs.  You are not alone, we have all been there!  The first step in navigating this new ocean of wedding planning is to create a budget for your wedding.  Here are my top tips for determining your budget!