It’s Friday, and in honor of the highly anticipated weekend kickoff cocktail hour, we’ve got a sultry little engagement shoot from Craig Photography, which kind of screams (in the best way possible) Don Draper + a martini glass. Quite possibly the very best way to send you off into your weekend, don’t you think? Before you shut down the computer and head to the bar, check out the rest of this shoot. You won’t regret the extra few moments at your desk. Cheers to the weekend loves! xoxo

From the photographer… This was probably the most fun shoot my husband John and I have done in a very long time. Amanda  (bride) and Mike  (groom) told me they wanted a unique E-Session and when I asked what they had in mind, Amanda said “I want the Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt “Domestic Bliss” photo shoot in W Magazine meets a Dolce & Gabbana ad”. I was THRILLED! I immediately thought of a suite one of our brides used to get ready for her wedding at the Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh. I contacted them, pitched the idea and (thank goodness) they loved it! They said we could use their suite for the shoot.

Amanda allowed me to conceptualize, design and direct this session so I had the freedom to do what I wanted (which was pure bliss). Amanda and I started a Pinterest board and pinned what we thought might be good wardrobe ideas for both she & Mike. So this shoot is sexy and sultry but also fun and flirty.

Photography: Craig Photography | Hair + Makeup: Justine Kolano | Venue: Fairmont Hotel

This week was extra pretty, and it’s all right here:

an Alexandria wedding that is the absolute definition of pure beauty
a soiree in Washington D.C. with perhaps the prettiest ceremony I’ve ever seen
a very Gatsby-esque Pittsburgh affair, with lots of beautiful character
a stunningly fresh fête waterside in beautiful Jacksonville
a collection of enchantedly bohemian bridal headpieces
an Edmonton wedding that almost sings it’s beauty
a beautiful bit of Camarillo brunch nuptials
a sweet soiree in Little Rock which will put a permanent smile on your lips
a perfectly gorgeous Dallas party, with romance in every image
a (surprisingly) DIY fête in Brooklyn

A couple of sweet summery links from around the web:

a roasted strawberry + toasted coconut popsicle recipe via Lark & Linen
a roundup of seven hairstyles for any summer occasion via The Everygirl
a bit of elegant + classic wedding inspiration via Wedding Chicks

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