Laidback California Engagement Session

When engagement photos are styled in such a way that they could hang on the walls of your home forever and not go out of style, or make you cringe about the trends displayed in them, you know you did them right. Monica and Darren’s Big Sur engagement session completely fits the bill. The couple chose to keep their session laid-back and simple, and photographer Erich McVey perfectly incorporated the breathtaking natural scenery and the couple’s easy-going feel.

From the bride:
“We chose to shoot our engagement photos in Big Sur because we both love the ocean and California. Darren is originally from California and we both love to road trip up the California coast. A couple of years ago, I spent some time in Big Sur and fell in love. The area exudes romance and magic. When I told Darren about the idea to shoot our engagements in Big Sur, he was all for it! When  choosing my outfits, I wanted something that meshed well with the scenery. I stayed away from dark or bold colors because I wanted to keep it very natural and simple. I had my eye on the blush colored Free People dress and thought it would look great with the colors of the surrounding environment. I already owned the other two dresses which are also from Free People.”
Photographer: Erich McVey

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04.08.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

The Perfect Proposal

Every marriage proposal is special in it’s own way. We have a special love for proposals that are carefully planned to include an amazing photographer standing by the wayside – there’s just something so romantic about being able to look back on the exact moment when the question was asked, so that you can at least remember how it felt even if you can’t remember the words that were spoken.

From the Photographer:

Brandon planned the perfect proposal. He kidnapped Amanda from work, flew her to Portland, drove her to The Gorge, and arranged to have photography A Fist Full of Bolts to wait at the waterfall for the moment when Brandon dropped to one knee. The following day, they photographed their beautiful engagement session. In the words of A Fist Full of Bolts, “The emotion and love was so thick, it was as though you could reach out and touch it.”

Photography: A Fistful of Bolts

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04.07.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Inspiration for an Outdoor Wedding

There is just something about an outdoor wedding that has the ability to take your guests’ breath away. And since we’re all anticipating the arrival of summer, Vanessa and Mike’s outdoor Toronto wedding is the perfect combination of warm summer light (which ALMOST tricks us into believing it’s really here) and tiny touches of citrus popped into a blush and peach palette to tie us over.
More from the planner:

“Vanessa & Mike love spending time at their cottage north of the city.  The Toronto Hunt Club allowed their guests to be in Toronto, but feel like they were miles away.  Their outdoor ceremony took place on the cliffs facing Lake Ontario, a view that truly takes your breath away.  While Vanessa and her girls got ready in the clubhouse, guests waited for the ceremony to begin while filling in a crossword puzzle about the bride & groom.  

Vanessa had a clear vision of her wedding day, wanting to bring a romantic, garden inspired feeling with a palette of white, blush and peach.  As guests dined under a tent, they had the pleasure of enjoying lush centerpieces, interspersed with vintage rose gold & mercury candles, wood based pillar candles and cloches with bud vases.

A four-course dinner was enjoyed in the open air, after which the band The Digs kicked things into high gear and got everything grooving on the dance floor.  A late night candy station, as well as classic grilled cheese sandwiches and a French fry bar quenched the guest’s hunger after dancing the night away.  It was truly a spectacular day!”

Photographer: When He Found Her | Band: Sole Power Productions | Cupcakes: Prarie Girl Cupcakes | Florist: Sweet Woodruff | Furniture: Contemporary Furniture Rentals | Hair & Make-up: M Salon | Invitations: Smitten On Paper | Linens: Chairman Mills |  Musicians: Wellington Music |  Officiant: Jeremy Citron | Planner: Lisa Garofalo of Bliss | Tables: Event Rental Group | Tent: JJL Events Inc. | Transportation: White Shadow Limousine Service | Venue: Toronto Hunt Club |  Videographer: Andrew Mark

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04.06.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Romantic Seaside Wedding Ideas

Visualizing a seaside wedding turns your thoughts to the romance of warm ocean breezes and breathtaking sunset vistas. This inspirational editorial brings that in spades, at the same time as completely re-defining the standard style of a seaside wedding. Pulling inspiration directly from the sunset itself, we have to say that this fresh color combination, simple tablescape, and natural hair and makeup style is an exciting change from the blue-and-white nautical ideas often offered for weddings. This bold choice is perfectly completed in a bouquet that encapsulates the shades of warm reds and oranges in a sunset, with its own movement and shape that undulates like the gentle lap of the waters.

From the photographer:
“The inspiration for this shoot was the ethereal sea. We wanted to bring together the raw, rugged beauty of the rocks along with the delicacy of the dresses and the light. Our model understood our vision perfectly and had beautiful movement throughout the shoot. The florals, although simple, were stunning and added the perfect amount of color to our shoot. The florals ended up matching the sunset perfectly. It was definitely a majestic editorial shoot.”

Photography: Jenna McElroy | Styling & Florals: Katy Bohls with Without Wax, Katy | Film Lab: PhotoVision | Model: Irena Kukh | Calligraphy: Whitney Farnsworth | White gown with sleeves: Elizabeth Dye | Gown with beaded top: Rebecca Schoneveld | Makeup & Hair: Andrea Juarez

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04.02.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog