Romantic Outdoor Couple Photos

When you see a beautiful wedding photo, chances are that the reason you love the image is because there’s something about it that speaks to you. Maybe the subject is a loved one, or you can’t take your eyes off the scenery. We love the unique, artistic way that photographers view their surroundings, and that’s very evident in these romantic outdoor photos from Nirav Patel. There is a beautiful point of view here, and we hope that it will help you gather your own inspiration!

More from the photographer, Nirav Patel:

“When I moved here from India, my family and I lived with my Aunt and Uncle for several years. I consider their two daughters, Reshma and Gaurisha, my sisters because of the relationship and bond we’ve developed from growing up under the same roof. Reshma taught me the importance of moon walking, living life as a muppet, following your dreams and working hard to make them come true, and loving unconditionally. She has played such a crucial part in moulding me into the person I am today. I love her with all my heart and am so proud of her.

When I met Miles I was blown away by how perfect he is for Resh. He’s the kind of person you make best friends with from the moment you meet. I couldn’t have asked for a better brother. I love these two more than words can describe.”

Photography: Nirav Patel

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08.19.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

DIY Low Knot

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We love a good hair tutorial, and we know that you do, too! This low knot is an incredibly versatile hairstyle, easily dressed up with a slinky gown and casual enough for a Sunday brunch. This style works well with mid-length to long hair, wavy or straight. Keep reading for the full step-by-step tutorial so that you can recreate this look for yourself!

-Dry shampoo
-Texturizing spray
-Elastic hair tie
-Handful of bobby pins


Low Knot:
1: Spray a dry shampoo into the roots and mist the ends of the hair with a texturizing or surf spray. Flip the head over and massage fingers through hair to work product in evenly and to give lift at the roots. A little texture will give the hair more interest and also help hold the style in place.
2: Gather all of the hair low on the neck in a ponytail and secure with an elastic.
3: Loop the tail of the pony through the elastic halfway, leaving several inches of the tail out.
Rough up the loop portion with your fingers by tugging on pieces of hair to make the knot fuller and more textured.
4: Take part of the tail/loose hair and twist it around the loop to cover the hair elastic. Secure the end of the tail on the underside of the elastic/knot with a couple of bobby pins to finish the style.
This style can be as lose and messy, or as neat as you like. Feel free to finish by loosening pieces around the face or spray final style in place to keep it neat.

Photography: Katie Hyatt (Laura Catherine Organic Photographs) | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Linen Top:  Linen Cortese Top from Shoppe Signora

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08.18.15 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Once Wed and Plum Pretty Sugar Tropical Lookbook Part I

We’re so excited today to release the first images from a recent campaign we created for one of our favorite brands, Plum Pretty Sugar. If you frequent wedding blogs, then you know how popular Plum Pretty Sugar is with brides. Their gorgeous robes are frequently offered as gifts for bridesmaids, and you’ll likely recognize the lighthearted, botanical print designs. We wanted to show you that you can take your favorite Plum Pretty Sugar pieces from getting ready on your wedding day, to your honeymoon and into your everyday life. We styled some pieces in unique ways that you can easily do, too–that turban our model is wearing is actually this tank top! Plum Pretty Sugar is so much more than just robes and pajamas: cute rompers, skirts and dresses, bathing suit cover ups, and even a well-designed selection of maternity pieces are all part of their collections.

We had so much fun shooting at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, in the Florida Keys. Accessible only by sea-plane or boat, this discreet resort is the perfect setting for a post-wedding getaway. And doesn’t it perfectly fit the vibe of the Plum Pretty Sugar lifestyle?

Keep your eye out for more next week from our collaboration with Plum Pretty Sugar. Plum Pretty Sugar has also just launched a collection of amazing bridesmaid dresses, and will be launching more new collections throughout the year, so you won’t want to miss anything!

Photography: Jesse Chamberlin Jesh de Rox | Location: Little Palm Island | Creative Direction + Styling: Joy Thigpen | Creative Direction + Scouting: Emily Newman | Model: Elite Miami Models

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08.17.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Finding the Perfect Wedding Band to Match Your Engagement Ring

From the day you received your engagement ring, it became the most precious piece of jewelry you have ever owned. But, that special day will come, when you will be given away to the person you love. Your engagement ring will soon need to move over and make space for another ring: your wedding band. Unless your fiancé has purchased a matching set, it can be difficult to find that perfect wedding band. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our newest sponsor today, Diamond Registry!

Finding unique ways to match your most precious jewelry pieces together is a trend which makes it possible to wear both rings every day. Elaborately shaped wedding bands are becoming more and more popular with brides- to-be around the globe. Diamond Registry — a unique, well-established diamond wholesaler and educational platform in loose diamonds — sees more and more clients asking for elaborately shaped wedding bands mounted with matching diamonds. Why? The choices for matching or coordinating wedding bands available in retail jewelry stores is limited, and price tags are skyrocketing. Through Diamond Registry, customers are able to purchase the diamonds before they reach the retail sector, effectively cutting out the retail margins that easily mark up to 50% of the diamond price. In addition, by buying loose diamonds, the design of the ring is open for you to decide! Customers can make use of Diamond Registry’s in-house jewellers to create their perfect matching wedding band, or bring them to a local jeweller. Your wedding band will be personalized, unique, and not to be found in any retail store!

If you choose an elaborately shaped wedding band, note that it does need precise and accurate craftsmanship, allowing the rings to fit to each other without looking separate. Therefore, creating your own rings together with a  jeweller is recommended. Give Diamond Registry a call to learn how to buy a diamond, to see what is possible and to allow yourself a larger, better quality, or more unique wedding ring for the same budget. Whatever kind of ring style you choose, creating a coordinating set of engagement ring and wedding band will allow you to wear and show off both rings at the same time.

Credits: First Image: Tec Petaja | Second Image: Jose Villa | Third Image: Lani Elias Fine Art Photography | Fourth Image: Rylee Hitchner | Fifth Image: Bryce Covey


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08.15.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog