Sweet and Joyful Outdoor Engagement Session

You may have noticed that we’ve been featuring more engagement sessions recently. We’re so inspired by the intimacy, emotion, and overall happiness that photographers are able to capture during these sessions. The months before your marriage are precious, and the fragility of your relationship is gone. You’ve promised to be together forever, and we simply adore the calmness that shines through in images like these from Ciara Richardson.

We’re thrilled to share Madeline and Ryan’s engagement today, and we can’t wait to share their stunning wedding with you tomorrow.

Photography: Ciara Richardson | Her dress: Hatch | Her dress: Ann Taylor | Her white shirt: J Crew | Her pants and wedges: Madewell | Her heels: Seychelles | His khakis and button-up: J Crew | His suit: H&M | His shoes: Aldo

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

The Photography of Haley Sheffield

It’s been a while since we’ve had the pleasure of introducing you to a new photographer, and today we’re really excited to tell you a little about Haley Sheffield! Haley is an insanely talented wedding photographer in Georgia, but she adores traveling the world to capture beauty and your special moments.

Haley wanted to tell you a little more about why she got into the business of weddings:

“Like most women, I started dreaming about weddings and marriage at a very early age. I remember sitting for hours with my cousins and siblings looking through our grandparents’ old photographs. I was fascinated by the idea of a love that grows old as you do. To this day, I still consider those moments as the start of my love for photographing weddings and capturing real memories. I believe in quality over quantity. The value of a moment captured in time. The pricelessness of holding a photograph of someone you love. These things are the core of my business–and the essence of what keeps me going as a photographer.”

If you’re looking for a photographer with a beautiful spirit, who is also one of the best wedding photographers in Georgia, please visit Haley’s website to check out more. She’s already booking 2015 brides!

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09.15.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog, Uncategorized

Top 5 DIY Wedding Paper Projects

top-5-diy-paper-projectsCreating your own DIY wedding paper projects is a fantastic way to save a little money during your wedding planning process. Check out our top 5 favorite DIY wedding paper projects!

1. Easily recreate these DIY watercolor escort cards for a colorful addition to any wedding!

sun-print-wedding-escort-card-ideas2. Another great way to add some more color and interest into your wedding is to try these sun-printed place cards!

diy-gold-leafing-placecards-table3. And for a super elegant version of a DIY placecards, try and recreate these stunning gold leaf placecards! 

diy-wax-paper-invitations4. If you’re bold enough, you could easily re-create these DIY Wax Paper invitations.

ombre-dyed-escort-cards15. One of our favorite (and one of the easiest) DIY wedding paper projects is this ombre dyed escort cards tutorials.

Try any one of these for a quick and easy way to save money as you plan your dream wedding!

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09.12.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Wedding Etiquette for Blended Families

When I agreed to write this article, I had no idea it would take me back 17 years to when my husband and I planned our own wedding. Anxiety and lost sleep over which parent would help with different wedding expenses, who would walk me down the aisle, who would sit where and how do we word the wedding invitation.. Obviously we made it over each hurdle, but thinking back just makes me cringe!

As a “child of divorce,” I am well aware of the delicate balance others with divorced parents have learned. Sure, our parents divorced one another, but is it really that simple? There are the rare divorced, or blended families, where everyone gets along, and in fourteen years of wedding planning, I can assure you that they do exist. I’ve seen them, but they are definitely not the norm. The bottom line is that even as you plan your wedding day, you will need to be prepared to perform a balancing act.

You are about to take a very adult step in your life, so don’t be afraid to have a very adult conversation with your parents about the wedding. Tackle issues early in the engagement. This is not to say it will be an easy conversation, after all they are still your parents, but it is important to head off problems in advance. It may be too much to expect to meet with them together, so be prepared to do it twice and cover all the wedding details.

In the best case scenarios, divorced parents will be able to put their differences aside for the sake of their child’s happiness. Hopefully your best interest is what they have at heart, but their ideas of what that is may be very different. They could even be quite different from yours! If necessary, take a stand for what you want.

With a divorce rate of 50% in America, it is often an inevitability for many couples, whether it’s your parents, your partner’s parents, or a close family members, you may encounter a sticky family situation. Couples today are paving the way for new customs that will work for them. Discuss everything with your fiancée and come up with solutions together. The ability to communicate and compromise will serve you well in the life you are building together.

Finally, call upon the knowledge and experience of your wedding professionals. Don’t be afraid to tell them about the family dynamics and what concerns you. Believe me, they have seen and heard a lot and don’t scare easily. Ask them about their experience in handling difficult issues. They will help you and your family members avoid embarrassing or uncomfortable situations that could cast a shadow on the perfect wedding day.

Remember that you can’t change the past and you can’t change who your parents are, you can only change how you choose to respond to them. Their past is not your future. Don’t allow the anger or sadness of divorce to eclipse your happily ever after.

Article: Nancy Nolan-Kuperberg of No Regrets Events | Graphic: Hannah Lee | Photography: Jillian Mitchell Photography

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09.11.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog