Elegant Beach Engagement Session

There’s no better way to prepare yourself to your wedding photos than with engagement portraits. We’re so lucky to share this elegant engagement session from Meghan K Sadler today, along with Elaine and Henry’s sweet story. The pair first met in college in the same engineering program and quickly became friends. Henry admits that his reasons for forming a friendship with Elaine were quite selfish. Elaine, a prestigious UC San Diego Jacobs Scholar, was always receiving top scores in all the engineering classes–most notably, all the hard ones that Henry wasn’t very good at. His strategy was simple: keep your friends close but your competition closer. This was the seed that started it all.

From the Bride:

Photography was one of the most important elements in planning our wedding and Meghan and our venue were the first things we booked–both on the same day! We chose Meghan because of her unbelievably artistic view on life (how amazing would it be to live in her lens!) and warm personality, but after months of corresponding via email, when we finally met in person the day of our engagement session it was evident that it was her warm personality that allowed her to capture people’s stories so effortlessly and why the day was so much fun (the beautiful moments she captured were more than delightful too, of course). After the session together, we realized how wonderful it was to surround ourselves with genuine, warm-hearted people who love what they do. The engagement portraits made us look forward to our big day even more because not only would we be getting married, but we would also get to reconnect with Meghan and this approach has helped us in selecting the rest of our vendors–choosing people we truly would be happy to share our big day with!

Credits: Photography: Meghan K. Sadler | Elaine’s outfits: Blush dress: Reem Acra, White dress and blush slip: Free People | Henry’s outfits: Blazer, dress shirt & chinos: Zara, Banana Republic,  Chambray shirt, khakis: Gap | Hair & makeup: Chloe Huang

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02.18.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Effortlessly Elegant Spring Wedding in South Korea

We love sharing how different cultures celebrate weddings. No matter where you’re getting married or what tradition you come from, we’re sure you’ll love the effortlessly elegant ideas from Youna and Jay’s wedding, which took place in Seoul. From the sweetly simple bridal bouquet composed of fragrant Lily of the Valley, to the unique architecture of the venue, to both of Youna’s choices in dress, this wedding captured by Utah photographer Chudleigh Weddings is one to remember.

From the Bride:

Jay proposed to me while I was visiting him in Seoul, and as we were planning the wedding, the city where we were both born and raised became our choice of venue.

 We both visited Shilla often when we were in Seoul. Whether it was for a family dinner or friend’s engagement party, their service was impeccable and a small place called Yeong Bin Gwan, mixed with traditional Korean architecture and the western interior, was perfect for small gatherings. It’s the most beautiful place in the spring. We spoke to their events department, and they were incredibly supportive of our plan to use Yeong Bin Gwan for our wedding ceremony, reception and even an after party. They made a beautiful flower arch up on the hill, filled center garden with 12 long dining tables, and we were ready to be married!

 We cannot thank the people who worked with us on our special day enough. Ms. Jayeoul of Shilla took care of little details and last minute requests. Ms. Suh, who knows how to win every bride’s heart through flowers, was beyond delightful.

 Britt of Chudleigh Weddings flew from Utah to Seoul to photograph our wedding, was our best choice ever. After seeing her portfolio, we knew she was the one. She and her assistant were both wonderful with guests and captured the most amazing moments that evening. We can’t imagine the day now without them there.

It truly was the best day of our lives.

Photography Britt Chudleigh | Planner: Jaeyeol Lee / Shilla | Dress: Lanvin / Chanel | Venue: Yeong Bin Gwan / Shilla | Floral: Shilla  | Rings: Graff / Cartier | Makeup: Lee Kyung Min Foret

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02.16.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Win Wedding Photography from Lucy Cuneo

One of the things we love most is being able to connect our wonderful readers with amazing wedding professionals who we know will help you create the wedding of your dreams. And, we get even more excited when these vendors want to sponsor a giveaway. Read more to find out how to win 8 hours of wedding photography from Lucy Cuneo!

If you’re inspired by classic elegance, film photography, and timeless beauty, Lucy may be the perfect photographer for you. With a masters in Fine Art Photography, she has photographed weddings across Europe and North America. She is passionate about working on film, which allows her to deliver a rich and vibrant backdrop to your day. And, Lucy wants to hear about your love story, your vision for your wedding, and those details that make you and your celebration unique!

The Prize from Lucy Cuneo– valued at $6500
• 8 hours of continuous wedding day coverage, shot on film
• Prints of all images and USB drive
• Couple’s shoot the day before the wedding
• Online gallery and print ordering

Lucy is a destination photographer and would love to travel wherever the winner is located. All travel fees and accommodations for the photographer and her assistant outside of South Carolina will be paid in full by the winner; travel and accommodations will be booked by Lucy. View more of her work here!

How To Enter:
Simply comment on this post (or if you’re shy, email giveaway@lucycuneophotography.com), with your wedding date, location, and a little about your love story!

*A standard wedding photography contract will apply. Additional hours of coverage, prints, albums and USB drives are available at additional cost that will be provided in advance and upon request.

This contest is closed- winner will be announced soon.

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02.16.15 / Contests, Featured, New Sponsor Blog