Tips From the Pros: The Importance of an Engagement Photo Session

The following is a guest blog post by Rob Holley, a professional photographer with over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry! In this post he shares his thoughts on why an engagement shoot is a good investment not only for the memories but also for the lessons that it unfolds.  Enjoy!

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Indie Romance: A Bicycle Built For Two

When it comes to Engagement shoots, the ones that always stand out for me are those that well and truly capture the personality of the couple. It’s more than just great photography and a beautiful location – when people incorporate props and bits of their personality into the photoshoot, you can get a true sense of who they are when they’re together. The pictures become more than just a pretty keepsake, they become a reminder of all the things you love about each other and that… is never a bad thing!

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Rianna + Mark: BC Engagement

Seeing as it is Christmas Eve, I thought we should celebrate by focusing on sweet love. This engagement photoshoot is so full of happiness that I knew immediately it was exactly what I wanted to feature today. Every picture submitted by Justine Russo Photography was exquisite – choosing just a few of these breathtaking engagement photos was next to impossible!

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Tips from the Pros: What Every Groom Should Know About Buying A Diamond Ring

The following is a guest blog post by Ilaria Lanzoni, Director of Design at Hearts on Fire Jewelry. Enjoy!

A groom’s very first introduction to diamond jewelry may begin with a purchase of an engagement ring. If you’ve never given a diamond to a significant other, you may not have even the slightest clue about how to tell a $1,000 diamond engagement ring from a $10,000 ring. Acquiring some basic knowledge on diamonds can ease your apprehension about this major purchase. Continue reading

Great New Trend: Flash Mob Marriage Proposals

How sweet is that?! Trang and Nam’s flash mob marriage proposal video got more than a million views on YouTube in one week and is one of the most-watched flash mob videos ever.

I had the opportunity to chat with co-founders of Flash Mob America, Staci Lawrence and Conroe Brooks about the company’s instant success and their thoughts on why people are so enthralled by dance and the element of surprise.

The two started the company in November, 2009 and since then, their flash mobs have hit the streets all over the U.S. and have even inspired flash mobs around the world. Flash Mob America’s flash mobs have also been featured on the hilarious TV sitcom, Modern Family, as well as the hit reality series, The Bachelorette.

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Julie and Caleb: A Colorful Chicago Engagement

OK, I know, we don’t typically feature engagement photo shoots on our blog. But this one is so absolutely stunning…and, admittedly, I’ve been gushing over engaged couples ever since my own engagement last month!

There’s no gimmicks here. No costumes, no staged backdrops — just downtown Chicago, two people in love…and a ton of outfit changes.

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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!

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