Archive for November, 2010

We love seeing how couples use their engagement photos in their wedding day plans. Today we received a Save The Date from Cassandra & Terrance, who are getting married in less than 6 months! Of course, we already had their date saved, but seeing their Save The Date by my desk every day will give me a reason to smile!

We’ve seen and heard of all kinds of Save The Date ideas (Stacey & Mike sent out painted coconuts to announce their Bahamas destination wedding), but the most popular ideas are postcards and magnets. If you’re looking to design a Save The Date that reflects your wedding style, you should definitely take a look at our friends at MagnetStreet! They have a TON of templates that can be customized with your wedding colors and photos. AND… they are having a sale right now!

Save The Dates, Wedding Invitations, Thank Yous and more!

Stock up on your Save The Dates and your wedding invitations, check it off your wedding to-do list, and use all the money you save to buy yourself something cute on Black Friday!

I couldn’t resist the urge to make a Save The Date using a photo from our recent engagement session at the Jacksonville Fair with Jessica & Bubba! Their design tool is so easy to use and the possibilities are endless. After playing around for a while, I ended up with this design. What do you think?

Save The Dates, Wedding Invitations, Thank Yous and more!

We get so excited to receive Save The Dates and invitations in the mail, so don’t forget to send them our way! Michelle & Josh used MagnetStreet to design their wedding invitations, and Melissa & Alex and Rachel & John chose to create magnet Save The Dates! We can’t wait to see where your creativity takes you!

It’s so hard to believe that we’ve been back from California for a week already! We headed west after shooting Ali & Natan’s wedding in Key Largo on Veteran’s Day. We love going to the west coast so much and keep saying we’re going to move out there some day. Though we didn’t grab any housing magazines on this trip, we have in the past. Don’t be surprised if we end up out there. Awesome weather, awesome friends, wine, and fish tacos? Do we need any more encouragement?

This trip was a bit of business and a bit of pleasure. Our album company is located in LA, and we love them so much that we’ll grab any excuse to head out there to see them! Also, the albums are handcrafted and come in a custom box made with wood and silk moire… and they are HEAVY. One of the albums we picked up weighed about 13lbs. So shipping would have been expensive, and we’d have to ship one of the albums BACK to California because one of the couples lives there so… I think you get the point! When Continental had a sale and we were able to get flights for less than $150 roundtrip, it was a no brainer!

After picking up the albums in LA, we headed to northern Cali for a day in Napa. We visited a total of 7 wineries:

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V. Sattui – It really is the tourist trap that everyone says it is, but the market inside has a nice assortment of cheeses. The wines were just okay, but we bought a couple bottles of the family red (only $15) and had one opened for our picnic. Not the quite picnic we imagined, but we still enjoyed our snack! And not all of the wineries have a permit for you to picnic, so that’s something that V. Sattui has going for them.

Freemark Abbey – This place was very low key and had an older crowd. We bought a bottle of 2007 Zinfandel.

Heitz Cellars – They have a complimentary tasting, but as you can imagine the good wines aren’t a part of it. We weren’t looking to spend $150 on a bottle on this trip, so that was fine by us. We picked up another bottle of Zin (also from 2007) for around $30.

Duckhorn – A seated tasting with a friendly server! Duckhorn was suggested by my friend Anna Kim (a photographer from Hawaii and one of my roomies at WPPI) after I posted on Facebook how disappointed we were with our Napa experience. We enjoyed the wines, but $85 and up wasn’t in our budget for taking home. When we plan a full Napa trip we’ll go back!

Clos Pegase – We found this place by accident. We just turned down a random road and saw it. The guy behind the counter was an Ohio State fan, so we talked about that a bit. The place seemed lifeless inside. Outside, it had weird pieces of modern art… including a 7 ft tall bronze thumb. Ew! But we thought the 2006 Merlot was okay enough to take home.

Trinchero – One of my favorite bottles of wine came from here – a 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. We stopped here as we were leaving Napa and we’re glad that we did!

Louis M. Martini – The last two stops were the best! At Louis M. Martini, we had a tasting paired with wine-infused truffles. And it was only $5 to add the truffles to the tasting! We bought 2 bottles of their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, and have already had one of them since returning home! No truffles this time, though. : (

Fall is an absolutely gorgeous time to visit Napa, too. Good thing we brought our cameras, eh?!

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After a day in Napa, we drove to San Fran for the evening. It’s not a far drive, but Saturday night traffic was a nightmare! But even with the horrendous traffic, I still love California! We finally got to San Fran and we stopped for dinner downtown at The Stinking Rose, which was recommended by one of our October couples, Holly & Brock. They went to San Fran for their honeymoon and raved about it so much that we had to try it out. It’s a garlic lover’s paradise! Thanks for the suggestion, you guys! : )

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After dinner, we checked into our hotel and walked around Fisherman’s Wharf for a little while. The next morning, we were up bright and early and drove across the Golden Gate to take in the view. The air was cool and there was a light breeze. I wish we had more time to spend there, but we had more to do before leaving Cali!

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Six hours of driving through the California countryside and we were back in the LA area to visit with Maricel & EJ and deliver their gorgeous album and parent albums! We even got to watch the video from their wedding day and re-live the whole day! But wait, it gets better!! Sammy & Allen (who are getting married in February) also came over! It was so awesome to see them again before the wedding!

We were only in California for 3 days, but we sure packed a lot into our trip! We can’t wait to come back out there soon! : )

If you know anything about me, you know that I am a Selena fanatic! You could say I’m slightly obsessed, but when I first heard her voice I literally stopped what I was doing to listen. And I’ve been a fan ever since.

On Saturday I received a set of Selena commemorative stamps that I won on eBay, so it seems fit that I post one of her songs on this Music Monday! When we were in Mexico we went to one of the clubs and Matt kept requesting Selena songs for me and everyone went crazy when a new one would come on. She will be loved forever!



A warm Florida sun and cool ocean breezes. What more could you ask for on your wedding day? Ali and Natan picked the beautiful Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort to host their closest friends and family to help them celebrate their important day.

As Ali was escorted by her mother and father towards Natan, they shared a look of joy and serenity, knowing that soon their lives would be joined and all the excitement had finally lead up their perfect moment with each other.

Ali and Natan had an interfaith wedding ceremony, incorporating many important elements of the Jewish faith, including the Ketubah signing prior to the ceremony, the sharing of wine between them, and of course, Natan smashing the glass.

Ali and Natan had some great ideas for taking photos after their ceremony while their guests enjoyed a cocktail hour. We also took advantage of an amazing sunset to let them have a few quiet moments to themselves and to capture their love as the sun dropped below the horizon.

Ali and Natan’s used an ocean theme for their reception, including lots of seashells, starfish, and little crates as table cards. Natan and his guys also had boutonnieres featuring ocean tones and little starfish. Their beautiful cake, provided by Publix, included seashells, along with a very elegant cake topper.

The rest of the evening was pure fun, with lots of dancing and music. A favorite highlight of the evening has to be when Ali dedicated a song to her mother and they both laughed and cried as they danced. It was an amazing and heartfelt moment that touched everyone in the room.

Before we said goodbye to Ali and Natan, we HAD to get a photo with them and two of their closest friends, Erin and Aaron, who were a bridesmaid and groomsmen, respectively. You may remember Erin and Aaron’s Marineland wedding last year. We can’t thank Erin and Aaron enough for recommending us to such a sweet couple!

We want to thank Ali and Natan for the pleasure of photographing their wedding and wish them the best as the start their new life together!

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The last photo was taken by the awesome Nicholas Kaufman! : )

I’ll admit, I was one of those brides who felt like I HAD to wear a veil for my wedding. Because it was the “bridal” thing to do and I actually feared that my look would be incomplete without it.

Like a lot of brides, I wore my veil for the ceremony and ditched it for the reception. But more and more brides are going sans-veil altogether, so I wanted to dedicate a post to some of our brides who were bold enough to go un-veil-ed!

Did you wear a veil for your wedding? If you could go back, would you wear it again? And if you’re still in the planning phase, will you wear a veil? Why or why not?

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Bright lights, ferris wheels, and deep fried everything! Is there anything not to love about the fair?!

Jessica & Thomas (better known as Bubba) wanted to shoot their engagement photos at the fair. The only problem was that we had to wait for one to come around! It all worked out because we set the date for 11-09-10… which are the same numbers as their wedding date… 09-10-11! Clearly, Jess gets just as excited about little coincidences as I do! : )

The fair was such a great fit for them, because they are so cute, fun, and playful together! Jess made these adorable posters for their Save The Dates:

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The rest of the night we snapped shots in between rides on the ferris wheel, carousel, and slides and took time to indulge in some “make you wish you hadn’t” fair food – including deep fried Twinkies and Oreos! Sounds so terrible, but it’s oh-so-goooooood!

We can’t wait for Jess & Bubba’s big day next year, but lucky for us we’ll get to see them in just a few weeks at Stacie & Tim’s wedding! Until then, we have these fun memories from their e-session last week:

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We’re on our way to the Orlando airport and I should be catching a nap, but I can’t sleep! We just finished shooting Ali & Natan’s beautiful wedding in Key Largo a few hours ago and we had to post a sneak peek! We’re so inspired by the beauty of the setting, the message of their ceremony, and the laughter and love that they share! Congratulations Ali & Natan!

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On Tuesday night, we met up with Jessica & Thomas for their engagement photos at the Jacksonville Fair! With back to back trips taking us to Key Largo and California, we wanted to make sure we posted a sneak peek until we can do a full blog post:

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There’s more sweetness where that came from! Check back next Tuesday for more!

And we usually don’t blog family sessions since our focus is weddings, but I couldn’t resist posting pics from some of our recent sessions! They are too cute not to share!

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Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

Something old, something new, something fun, something blue. That’s right, I just altered the time old saying. But your wedding should be fun right? More and more often I talk to brides who want something “different,” “unique,” and a “standout piece.” Sound like you? Well how about these trendy eyelashes? They’re fun and flirty and would look awesome in a photo shoot!

Great for a dramatic look, these eyelashes really make your eyes pop! I can definitely see these paired with a cage veil and satin mermaid wedding gown!

The designs come in a wide variety. From peacocks to zebras, there is a design for every personality. Each design represents a traditional Chinese symbol. For example the bunny falsies represent long life, and the peach blossoms represent love.

Not feeling so bold? The smaller falsies are great for the corners of your eyes to really make them pop. You can also purchase the lashes in a small or large, depending on how audacious your feeling.

These eyelashes can be bought at Luna & Curious, a trendy odds and ends boutique based in England. You can order them online for only about $18. Hows that for an affordable standout piece!

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One of my favorite things to do while I’m editing is to listen to Slacker or Pandora internet radio. Music is my first love, so I thought I would start a new weekly post – Music Monday – to get the week started off right and share some of my favorite music!

To kick off Music Mondays, I’ve selected Sara Bareilles’ cover of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” from her “Live at the Fillmore” show. As Matt and I were making dinner the other night, he decided that we needed some music and he put this DVD in for me. Every song on there is incredible, but I had to choose this song to share in honor of our upcoming trip to California! One of our stops will be in San Francisco, and this will be my first time there! I cannot freaking WAIT!! The main purpose of our trip is to pick up some albums and shoot a Trash The Dress session with Maricel & EJ, but we’re also taking some time to go to Napa and San Fran!

I don’t think we’ll have time to sit on a dock, but we will be staying down by the water! Hope this song gets your week off to a great start, and I’d love to hear what some of your favorite songs are! I’m always looking for new music to put into my playlist!