Destination Engagement Photography in Spain

Today’s sweet couple share a beautiful story: as family friends, the pair have known each other their entire lives. So when it came to planning their wedding, they envisioned a celebration that would bring together their loved ones from around the world. Read on for more about their engagement session in Spain.

We’ll be sharing more from the couple’s mehndi and sangeet ceremonies today and destination wedding tomorrow!

More from the bride:
“Niraj and I have known each other our whole lives. Our families are deeply intertwined, but our relationship is a fresh twist in their decades long friendship. We wanted our wedding to reflect that same juxtaposition between history and modern innovation. Barcelona perfectly encapsulates this spirit, and is a picturesque midpoint between the States and India, where the majority of our friends and family live. To weave this narrative through our engagement shoot, we chose two historical locations in Barcelona as a canvas, which we contrasted with modern attire and accessories.

The shoot took place just an evening before our wedding events began. The intimate moments fueled an organic transition from the months of meticulous, grueling planning into the serenity of our wedding. Our anticipation for the upcoming week grew as we wandered knitted streets and paths searching for secluded spots to capture our interactions.

Our comfort with Erich McVey, our photographer, also grew as we chased the last bits of sunlight around the Gothic Quarter and Parc del Laberint together.  Having a natural relationship with Erich made documenting the intricacies of the rest of our wedding week seamless and joyful.”

Styling: Ginny Au | Photography: Erich McVey | Videography: CinemArt | Hair & Makeup: Larisa Astahova and Igor Losada from Estilista Barcelona

03.28.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

American-Made Bridesmaid Gift Ideas from Swell Forever

“There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time and distance.” – Dodinsky

The relationship you share with your bridesmaids are those amazing friendships that you will always hold close to you. These women have been your go-to for years: the first calls you made when he proposed, the steady shoulder you leaned on throughout college days, the little girl down the block with whom you gossiped about boys with in junior high. You chose each of these women to stand beside you on your wedding day for a reason, and while they’re there to support you, we know you want to find a beautiful way to thank them. And so, the search for the perfect bridesmaid gift ideas begins.

Swell Forever is our favorite new find for bridal party gifts. They have created a line of luxurious, heirloom quality blankets that are completely American-made (they make the perfect gift for your parents, too!). Each includes a personalized fabric message tag and can be monogrammed, so your heartfelt thanks will always be present. These unique, beautiful blankets and throws are especially perfect for those hard-to-buy-for friends.

What we love the most about Swell Forever is that these gifts are more than just a thank you – these are gifts that do more. Each Forever Blanket funds adoption grants for families all over the US. They also offer a “Foster Swell Fund,” allowing you to select a gift that provides specialty needed items for children in foster care. Each blanket is a gift with a lot of meaning, a way to say thank you or I love you in an unexpected and special way.

Follow Swell Forever on Instagram here.

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03.26.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

7 Details To Make Your Wedding Golden

Nothing says elegance and glamour quite like a healthy dose of gold. We love seeing couples incorporate different shades of this stunning color into their wedding day, whether it’s in their attire or décor. Below we’ve gathered some of our favorite ideas to show you how infusing gold into your wedding can still look organic and natural. You can find our full guide here.


03.25.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Digital Course by Ginny Au: On Sale Today

Process Driven Design

In the world of weddings, Ginny Au is regarded as one of the pioneers of organic, minimal design. Her aesthetic is not only visually beautiful; it is brimming with meaning and life.

We are thrilled today to officially launch Ginny’s new course, Process Driven Design, developed in partnership with Once Wed and If I Made.

Process Driven Design is an in-depth exploration of creative direction for weddings and photography. No matter your role in the industry, be it as a stylist, planner, floral designer, stationery artist, photographer, or other, this course will speak deeply to the challenges we all face in our personal growth as creative entrepreneurs.

We had Process Driven Design tested by a cross-section of wedding industry professionals. They each identified the following as their greatest takeaways from Ginny’s teachings.

  • Finding your creative voice and defining your brand
  • Understanding the importance of unique inspiration imagery, and how to source it
  • Creating minimal, cohesive, and original designs to transform your portfolio
  • Rethinking the way an environment can inform your creative process
  • Strengthening your styling and humanizing designs for more authentic imagery

If you are looking to forge your own path as a creative and attract clients that appreciate and value your uniqueness, Process Driven Design will resonate with you on so many levels.

The course is officially ON SALE TODAY. Register before March 31 and save $200 off the regular retail price.

Click here to learn more.

03.24.16 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured, News Blog, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Vendor Newsletter