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Classic + Romantic Texas Engagement

Picture perfect? Well, that’s a major understatement when it comes to these two. Because not only does their Southern e-sesh serve up some serious style, it also happens to be set on an Italian style property with major curb appeal. I’m talking stunning gardens and sweet kisses and it’s all lives in a gallery that is just too good not to share. See it all here!

From Vasia PhotographyI was so excited to have the opportunity to travel to Texas for the first time to visit some dear friends. The trip was made even better when Aman & Justin asked me to do their engagement session while I was in town!

Le San Michele is a heavenly location, just outside of Austin it is a beautiful rustic stone cottage nestled on a gorgeous Italian style property. I hope you love this one as much as I do!

Photography: Vasia Photography | Dress: Free People | Reception Venue: Le San Michele | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Lace Dress: Jen's Pirate Booty

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7 Little-Known Floral Tips From Petal Floral Design

Do you ever wish you could get professional advice right from the source for your wedding day prep? You’re in luck. The lovely and talented Becca from Petal Floral Design shared some of her must-have secrets to ensure your flowers are picture-perfect on the big day. Watch the video below for 7 of her little-known floral tips!

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Becca Olcott’s 7 Little-Known Floral Tips

Word-Numbers_23Don’t stress too much about the vases you choose, they are usually covered anyways.
Word-Numbers_15Flowers can be one of the most expensive parts of your wedding. So if they are a priority for you, budget between 15-20% of your total budget.
Word-Numbers_12A great florist can always get the gorgeous flowers you want into your arrangement, even if it means swapping out some other greenery.
Word-Numbers_18Single bud vases aren’t always cheaper than a traditional arrangement.
Word-Numbers_06Don’t be afraid to use a wider spectrum of colors in your flowers than you are in your overall wedding. A great florist will be able to make sure it all looks cohesive.
Word-Numbers_04If you want to DIY part of your floral decor, gather your friends to make your tablescapes a few days before. Just keep them cool (50-60 degrees) until the big day!
Word-Numbers_02Book your florist as soon as you’ve locked a wedding date.

Florals: Petal Floral Design | Film: Elysium Productions

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A Provence Engagement Session in Fields Lavender

I dream of France on the daily and today Greg Finck has brought my fond hopes into existence. Set in a lavender field (in Provence!) it’s an e-sesh filled with romance and it’s giving me major wanderlust with each violaceous hue. Graced with never-ending beauty and one happy in love pair, the golden hour gallery is one you won’t want to miss!

From Greg Finck… Anna and Nuri came all the way from St Petersburg, Russia, to get engaged in the middle of Provence lavender fields. When Anna contacted me a year ago, she admitted that being photographed in the stunning Provence lavender fields was her child’s dream.

I can actually understand that, as lavender is a full part of Provence imagery and these landscapes are stunning during the summer. The only stretch with lavender, that most people don’t have in mind, is that it only blooms in Provence between June 15th and July 15th. After these dates, the lavender is cut to be used in Provence fragrance industry, wether it is to produce essential oils, perfumes, soaps, etc.

We had the luck of a beautiful summer day with Anna and Nuri, and we positioned the session exactly for golden hour. We started the session on the hills overlooking the Provence valley, where Anna and Nuri could enjoy a refreshing homemade cocktail made of local Limoncello and sparkling water. Anna looked stunning in her purple dress, that she had chosen for the occasion so as to match the lavender color palette.

We then headed to two beautiful lavender fields to enjoy the sunset and the golden hour. Anna and Nuri looked stunning and really enjoyed the moment. This is honestly one of my favorite engagement session so far.

Photography: Greg Finck | Venue: Provence France

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Rustic + Romantic Tuscan-Inspired Vineyard Wedding

A California vineyard wedding infused with a touch of Tuscan elegance might just be the definition of paradise. And in this case, the romantic reality for these lucky lovebirds. Honey Honey Photography captured every moment, from Bella Flora’s soft bouquets to the rustic chic reception. Join me in the gallery for more smile-inducing snaps – and in our Vault for even more rustic wonders.

 

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From The Bride…When I first knew I loved Kyle was when he surprised me with a date to the pier in San Clemente. Before this date, I had never visited the pier even though I lived in Orange County my whole life. Once we got to the pier the sound of crashing waves hitting the shore automatically set the mood for the perfect night that lay ahead. The pier was completely empty and we walked hand and hand as we talked under the twinkling stars. That night we sat and talked for hours and I found out that he was more like me than anyone I had ever met. When it became too cold to stay outside anymore Kyle and I didn’t want the night to end so we returned to Kyle’s car to talk some more. Even though I needed to wake up at five in the morning for work I stayed out until three just talking to Kyle, wanting to know more about this wonderful person who seemed too good to be true. This pier has a special place in my heart, and is also the place where Kyle proposed to me.

I wanted our wedding to be soft and romantic with just a hint of a Tuscan elegance. I wanted a close family atmosphere where our guests could relax and mingle while enjoying our wedding. The best part of the whole wedding for me was sitting at our sweetheart table and looking out towards all our friends and family who were laughing and having a good time. This made my day seeing everyone happy for us and seeing all our hard work and planning come together.

My best advice for future couples is to stay true to what you want. Weddings are a lot of hard work and determination, but in the end everything is worth it. Don’t sweat the small stuff and be happy. Because remember at the end of the day you are marrying your best friend and that is all that matters.

From The Groom…I hold the “L” word in high regard. Erika knew this early on in our relationship. But with more and more time spent together things started to become more and more natural. I knew that I felt more for her then just some girl after spending a lot of time just talking with her. Night after night, talking and spending time together until the wee hours of the morning, I started to know she was the one. Then one evening as we were hanging out and laughing and getting to know each other even more, we had a moment, and without even thinking about it, the words came out of my mouth… “I love you” and she sat there startled, and I did too, but we smiled at each other and I explained to her how much she meant to me, and how I truly did love her.

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Floral Design: Bella Flora | Wedding Dress: Essense Of Australia | Cake: Cakes To Celebrate | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Catering: Europa Village | DJ: Local DJ Boy | Venue: Europa Village | Bridesmaids' Robes: Silk And More | Flower Girl Dress: Tea Princess | Garter: Garter Queen | Groom's And Groomsmens' Attire: Men's Warehouse | Guestbook: Kowaikuma

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