Engagement Announcements You Haven’t Seen a Million Times on Facebook

Announcing your engagement? It’s a big, big deal. And since you + yours are totally unique and crazy cool (obviously), you want to do it, well… a little bit against the norm. Enter this slideshow and 10 fabulous ways to say “We’re getting married!” that you haven’t seen a million (or trillion) times before. (PS – Get all the inspo you need for your engagement right here, y’all.)

Engagement Announcements You Haven't Seen a Million Times
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Tailgating Must-Haves for a True Touchdown

Fall means pumpkin lattes, leggings and cozy sweaters. But fall also means Sunday’s spent on the couch, cheering on our favorite teams. It’s officially football season and for those of you lucky enough to NOT be on the couch, but at the actual game itself, let’s make sure your tailgate is decked out with every single essential. Thanks to Food52 and Macy’s, we’ve got the 411 on what to register for to ensure you and your man are properly prepped for kick off!

Everything You Need for the Perfect Game Day
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The Sweetest Picnic Proposal!

Just when we thought we’ve seen every possible proposal out there, Sarah Pascutti Photography sends along this pretty lil’ picnic. Sun-kissed and totally sweet, this vineyard affair is sure to set your hearts ablazing and we’ve got every delicious bit waiting for you in The Vault!

From Sarah Pascutti Photography I recently traveled to Italy for the first time and let’s just say, when your last name rhymes with “spaghetti,” there’s a good chance you’re going to be hooked! I came back feeling inspired by the colorful streets and passionate people and refreshed from the laid-back lifestyle, that puts family over career, and never turns down a good meal to be shared among friends! Growing up a southern girl, I was ready to put my own spin on what that Italian life would look like back here in the North Carolina summertime. I knew the little details– like including stripes, a linen dress, and my very favorite summer hat, but there also needed to be a mix of cheeses, wine, and, of course, a whole lot of love involved! I then started thinking back on the days I felt most loved and special– of course there was the extremely thoughtful, adventurous day my husband proposed to me but there are also the simpler days, when we spend quality time together, normally outside somewhere, sans phones, being fully present on a spontaneous date (where good food isn’t too far behind). I wanted to create and capture that same joy that comes from the “big” things like proposals, along with the smaller (but just as important) things, like random date nights! And, well, a beautifully styled picnic (thanks to Tiffany at Hart and Co Events) and sunset proposal seemed like a great place to start! All that was left was finding the love. Insert these two passionate people who just so happened to be celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary THE DAY OF THE SHOOT! It seemed like fate was really stepping in now! Since recently purchasing their first house and saving up for graduate school, Madisson and Bryant, being the responsible people they are, planned on having a low-key celebration that day, trading in a romantic getaway for assembling a newly needed shed for their lawnmower (now THAT would be a true lifestyle shoot). Needless to say, I was thrilled when they said they’d give up shed duties for the night and let us take them on a dreamy summer picnic date for their special day instead! They were so deserving and their natural chemistry and love for one another really set the tone for the entire shoot– they’re basically ready to take on Nicholas Sparks’ next project! Well I hope you enjoy my take on the perfect summer engagement! From picnic blanket snuggles to proposals, thunderstorms rolling in to sunsets going out, Summer, thanks for all the fun and romance you bring with you wherever you go! Until we meet again!

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Photography: Sarah Pascutti Photography | Floral Design: Willow Floral Boutique | Dress: Anthropologie | Hair + Makeup : Lovely By Lindsey | Venue: Childress Vineyards | Event Planner + Event Stylist: HART & CO. Events | Picnic Supplies: The Whimsical Rose | Rentals: Old South Vintage Rentals

#SMPWedding101 – What To Consider When Choosing Where to Get Ready

I’m pretty confident in saying that I thought of almost everything when planning my wedding. Except when it came to where I’d get dressed. I assumed I’d primp and prep where I stayed all weekend but it wasn’t until that morning, with my makeup artist setting up shop and family and friends running about that I realized a different space might’ve been a good idea. Still55 Photography is here to save all you brides-to-be from this mistake – read on for their advice on the easily forgotten getting ready spot!

As Fine Art wedding photographers we are continuously swooning over the inspiring details our couples incorporate into their wedding. With amazing forethought they seem to cover every detail to ensure it aligns perfectly with their style for the day. Every client we work with has their own unique look and feel. Whether it’s a clean, modern look or a whimsical, romantic day, every bride has her own vision. While it usually seems that they have thought of everything, more often than not, a lot of couples overlook the cornerstone to their day, the prep location. If you are in the process of planning your wedding these are 8 MUST KNOW things to consider when choosing a space.


When you and your soon to be husband our researching places to stay for the wedding weekend keep in mind the size of the space. Many times couples don’t realize how quickly a space will fill up on a wedding day. Whether you are renting a home or staying in a hotel, be sure to ask questions about the size of the space you are considering, the height of the ceilings and number of rooms. If you have the chance to visit the space before booking, do so. It may seem large at the time but ask yourself what it would feel like during a party and if you think it will be cramped, it most likely will be.


Nothing can set the tone as wonderfully as a getting ready space that blends perfectly into your whole wedding. So often the couple has planned their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception to the nines but neglected to consider the decor at the prep location. Don’t make this mistake; take time to research the home or hotel: its colors, floors, furniture and design. Nothing helps create a more cohesive look than paring the prep location decor with your other venues.


They say location, location, location… well not always. Most couples fall into the trap of picking a spot based on location. I tell brides and grooms that adding an hour to their day because the perfect prep location isn’t right next to the reception is totally worth it. If you are concerned about where you will be at the end of the night, book that space separately for late night convenience but don’t compromise on your prep location just for travel convenience. When you look back at your wedding photos you won’t care how long it took you to get to the ceremony.


During your research, consider the amount of natural light the space offers. If it doesn’t have a lot, move on. If it does, your photographer and videographer, along with your makeup team, will be able to perform at their best. Take note of the size and number of windows in the space you are considering. This may seem like a strange thing to think about but trust me when I say you’ll be glad you did when you see your photos!


Whether you’re getting married at home or you’re planning a destination wedding, you are going to be visiting venues at some point. It’s the perfect time to visit the spaces you are considering in person to make your final decision. We all know most rentals showcase the property in the best way possible but don’t always believe what you see online – go in person to be sure.


Something you need to think about is not only what the space offers on the inside but also on the outside. Most photographers will want to take the bridesmaids and/or groomsmen outside for group shots, so be sure to tour the grounds to ensure that there will be plenty of options for the photographer to create beautiful images that coincide with your wedding.


With the advent of VRBO and AIRBNB, renting has never been better! Many times couples think they should be in a hotel but they aren’t always the best choice for pre-wedding activities. Renting a home for the weekend is an incredible way to check all of your must-haves off your list! Online rental platforms allow you to refine your search to narrow down your top picks. Another big bonus to renting is the array of home decors to choose from; homes have so many more options that hotels. As photographers we believe getting ready in a home brings so much more to the table than a hotel.


Lastly, imagine yourself in the space with your friends and family. Think about the overall vibe and what it will look like when putting on your dress. If you feel all warm and fuzzy and excited about your daydream, then you’re in the right spot! I encourage you to consider these elements during your planning process. You’ll be so glad you did, you’ll be ensuring a great start to your day, your family and friends will be comfortable and your vendors will be able to perform at their best!

20 Things Brides Forget
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The Registry at Bloomingdale’s Trip to Vermont with Simon Pearce

We’re excited to share that Shine invitations is currently offering FREE SHIPPING on orders over $500 (US orders only) as well as a free sample kit featuring the invitation of your choice, color charts, paper samples, and an example Save the Date! Don’t miss out!


For our California Brides… Discounts from The Ranch at Laguna Beach and Weddings by Susan Dunne

For our Destination Brides… Discount from Hitch’d Weddings & Events

For our Southwest Brides… Don’t miss upcoming trunk shows at Lovely’s in Dallas, Phoenix and Houston!

For our Tri-state Brides… Discount from Femina Photo + Design, giveaways from NST PicturesOLLI STUDIO, and Craig Paulson Photography, and don’t miss the Solo Merav Trunk Show September 22nd – 25th at Bridal Reflections!

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