Torrie and Jerome: Pink and Passionate

Pastel pinks and chocolately browns are the stars of this real wedding color palette! So pretty, so passionate, and the bride’s adorable, larger-than-life smile just lights up these photos!

The lovely Torrie Barnes and Jerome Grady were married on June 18, 2011 in Stockton, California. Continue reading

Tips: Seating Plan or No Seating Plan?

Deciding whether to go with pre-planned seating at your wedding or not doesn’t have to be a difficult choice to make, but it’s important to weigh all of your options first.

After all, having a seating chart doesn’t have to mean a huge bulletin board fastened to the wall, and your guests don’t have to search for their names as if they’re rushing to find out if they made the cut for the high school baseball team.

There are so many seating chart, escort card and place card options out there, all you have to do is find the right style that works for you. Continue reading

Wedding Themes from Around the World

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As you begin to figure out what you want your wedding to be like, consider these inspirational wedding traditions and themes from across the globe. There sure are some amazing colors, patterns and rituals out there that just may help you put the finishing touches on your dream wedding.

While researching this topic, my eye continuously wandered over to three worldly influences: Indian, Celtic and Asian. They are colorful, unique and packed full of longstanding cultural tradition.

So, here’s the color palette:

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By no means do you have to incorporate all five colors into your wedding theme, but just take a look at what happens when you do…

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Tips: Foolproof Wedding Day Checklists

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably woken up in a sweat at night dreaming of your wedding day gone tragically a-rye. Your mother-in-law’s lost and doesn’t make it to the ceremony, your groom has only one shoe and you have a zit the size of Texas on the tip of your nose and your concealer is nowhere to be found!

Instead of stressing out over the possibility of these things happening, I suggest we heed the advice of all the brides before us…and make a list! Continue reading

Gretchen and Tom: Sweet Sophistication

Wow, talk about romantic! Surrounded by family and friends, this couple no doubt had the wedding of their dreams.

I just love the simple elegance of the wedding cake, and the oh-so-cuteness of the four little flower girls make my heart melt! What amazing wedding photos from JC Page Photography!

Gretchen Kelley and Tom Petersen were married on June 18, 2011 in Sonoma, California. Continue reading

Style Theme: Incorporating Stripes, Tastefully

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Oh, stripes — you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em. They can be a tad frightening, especially if you’re not 100% sure how to pull them off. But let’s face it, when done right stripes can add a ton of interest, dimension and character to your wedding.

So don’t be afraid. If you’re a lover of all things stripey, then I say, ‘stripe away!’

I’ve put together some stripe-themed looks I think will really help you incorporate your favorite stripes into your wedding, without being too overpowering or cheesy.

The trick is to be smart with stripes, and use them in moderation. Continue reading

My Story: A Surprise Proposal!

I’m engaged!!

…wow, it’s five days later and saying that still puts butterflies in my stomach!

My fiancé, Brett, and I (ohh saying the word fiancé still gives me goosebumps!) got engaged last Friday. His proposal was more romantic than I could have ever imagined, and I was totally surprised.

He had me believing that I was going to have to wait another six months before he’d pop the question…six months!

But without further adieu, here’s how the happiest night of my life (so far) unfolded… Continue reading

Jessica and Joe: Urban Romance

Who says you need an expansive natural landscape of flowers, trees and never ending fields of greens and golds to have spectacular wedding photos?

The stunning photos of this couple’s big day in a California metropolis prove that all you really need is love.

Jessica and Joe Dang were married on July 9, 2011 in San Diego, California. Continue reading

Theme: An Origami Wedding

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One wedding tradition that has long stood the test of time is displaying colorful origami animals at the reception or ceremony to bring good luck — and splashes of color — to the wedding celebration.

Origami [awr-i-gah-mee] — derived from ori, the Japanese word for “folding” and kami, meaning “paper” — is a long withstanding Japanese tradition started in the 1600s. It has since become a popular decor accessory at weddings around the world. Continue reading