Celebrating Simple Beauty

We absolutely love the heart that went into these images. The photographer, Lauren Balingit, was inspired by a passion to celebrate our femininity as women. We cannot agree more that every woman has a beauty of her own, and that it deserves to be celebrated. This stunning series of black and white portraits reminds us that just as we are beautiful inside, every part of us is beautiful outside as well. How will you show your beauty today?

More from the photographer, Lauren Balingit:
“Growing up and into my early 20’s, I’ve always had this little flutter in my heart that wanted other girls to feel good about themselves and the way that they looked, probably because I knew how it felt to feel otherwise. Over time and after a series of small events in my own life, that feeling grew into a passion. I knew that we as women, no matter what shape, size, or ethnicity, were created so beautifully. Every curve and every freckle is something to be celebrated.”

Photography: Lauren Balignit | Film Lab: Photovision Prints

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06.19.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Dreamy Bridal Portraits Among the Magnolias

We love the opportunities that brides have to celebrate every special moment leading up to their marriage. Our culture places a huge emphasis on this time in a woman’s life, and the tradition of bridal portraits is such a beautiful way for a bride-to-be to memorialize her anticipation. This session from Amelia Johnson Photography and Wit Weddings is so dreamy — the blossoming magnolias provide the most romantic setting, emphasizing the bride’s sweetness. Read on for more.

More from Laura Long of Wit Weddings:
“Brides often describe the anticipating moments leading up to their wedding ceremony as surreal. We wanted Elle’s bridal portraits to capture this feeling. When photographer, Amelia Johnson, first saw the magnolia tree, she said it reminded her of a dream. The ethereal setting, with Elle surrounded by a cloud of magnolia blossoms, alludes to surrealism often felt by a bride before her wedding.”
Photography, Hair & Makeup: Amelia Johnson Photography | Planning, Design, and Styling: Wit Weddings | Dresses and Jewelry: Saks Jandel Bridal Salon Look 1: Oscar de la Renta Look 2: Vera Wang | Earrings: ibeautiful by Mia Elliott | Flowers: Sidra Forman | Model: Elle Einwaechter at T H E Artist Agency

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06.18.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Free Wedding Photography from Stephanie Hunter Photography

We love the opportunities we have to share with you the work of amazing wedding professionals who would be a great fit for your wedding day. Today, we’re excited to introduce you our newest sponsor, Stephanie Hunter Photography! Read on for more about Stephanie and enter to win a photography giveaway!

So often, we find ourselves overwhelmed with day to day life, anticipating the future and what’s to come. Stephanie believes it’s important to remind ourselves to enjoy “the here and now,” to appreciate the very moment we are living in. Her job is to capture that moment so that it can be treasured for a lifetime: “I am simply here to tell your story. With photos.”

As a hybrid film and digital photographer, Stephanie employs a fine art approach to weddings, cultivating images that tell the story of your wedding. From candid to editorial, her goal is to create images that the bride and groom will love. She takes an organic, natural approach to create imagery that is soft, romantic, and classic. Stephanie is based in Austin, Texas but loves to travel all over her great state and throughout the country.

The Prize 
WIN 6 hours of wedding day coverage! Package includes hi-resolution, retouched files and print release. Elopements, vow renewals & intimate ceremonies also qualify.

Terms: A wedding photography contract applies and must be signed within 10 days of notifying the winning couple. If the wedding is outside of Austin, the winning couple agrees to pay for travel fees upfront, with travel arrangements to be made by Stephanie Hunter Photography for 1 photographer + 1 assistant. Stephanie Hunter will be the exclusive photographer for the event.

How to Enter
Enter in the comments below, and be sure to include your:
1) Names
2) Wedding Dates
3) Wedding Location and Venue
4) Tell Stephanie a little about you as a couple, your wedding plans, or why you’d love to win her photography giveaway!

The winner will be selected within 2 weeks of the post date and will be notified via email.

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06.18.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Soft and Delicate Wedding Inspiration

We absolutely love sharing inspirational ideas for brides planning their weddings, and these soft and delicate style ideas from Michelle Boyd, Ginny Au and Amy Osaba are no exception. This effortless, elegant look combines a rich color palette, natural-inspired floral design, and sincere details that would be beautiful touches to your own wedding. Read on for more from the creative team.

More from the photographer, Michelle Boyd:
“As 2015 came around I began to wonder how I could dig deeper into photography and start capturing things with a keener, more sincere eye. I met Ginny Au last year at Erich McVey’s workshop and knew minutes into chatting with her that she saw things differently, and when I found out she offered one-on-one workshops for photographers, I didn’t even hesitate. I can say with all my heart it was the best thing I could have ever done–not only for my business, but even more so for my art.

Ginny has the incredible ability to look at you, your work, and your goals, and tell you exactly what needs to come next. She covered so much, from business strategy, refining my brand, how to direct a couple, and everything in between. She helped me understand the importance of authenticity when I’m shooting, and how to translate it across my entire body of work. She especially helped me to finally understand how to find a softness and strength that I’ve been striving to produce within my photography.

For our inspiration shoot, Ginny pulled the soft, delicate, and organic natures of both our florals and model and effortlessly paired them with a clean and modern kimono-styled gown for our bride. With natural makeup and a minimal hairstyle we were able to focus on the simplicity of the gown, our surroundings, and the delicate details throughout the shoot. The soft floral color palette included café au lait, cream, and deep burgundy, and was a perfect way to marry the softness of our bride with the strength of the forest.”

Photography: Michelle Boyd | Styling: Ginny Au | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Flowers: Mary McLeod of Amy Osaba Events | Paper: Script Merchant/ Kaela Rawson

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06.17.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog