Sunday Morning Waffle Making Engagement

Does life get any better than Sunday morning waffles with the one you love? Absolutely not. At least in my book. Photographed by Rebecca Yale, this at-home engagement captures that exact sentiment with everyday moments Aisha and Ben will treasure for a lifetime. Head to the full gallery this way, and if you’re newly engaged kick off the wedding planning adventure right here.

From Rebecca Yale… I often describe engagement photos as a little slice of life, capturing a little piece of who you are at this special time in your life- young and in love right before you say your vows. Years later these photos can become just as special as your wedding day portraits and become a little time capsule for future generations. Ben and Aisha absolutely embraced this idea and chose to have their engagement session be a typical Sunday morning, which for them means making waffles and enjoying them together in their beautiful sun-drenched backyard.

From the bride… On our very first date, we bonded over food. Aisha was worried Ben would judge her for ordering a veggie burger at a burger place and launched into a lengthy, nervous explanation. After a beat, Ben casually remarked that he had never had a burger in his life and was also ordering the veggie burger. We both let our a sigh of relief and have continued to weirdly and accidentally order the exact same thing as each other ever since. When it comes to food, we’re always in sync. We love cooking together.

We actually had our worst meal ever on the night Ben proposed. We were in a small city in England, and while the proposal was lovely, the meal afterward was … not. We started laughing as soon we took our first bites. It was actually great because it made the meal more memorable. We’ll definitely never forget that toasted beans ravioli. Yes, “toasted beans ravioli” is as upsetting as it sounds.

When we started planning our wedding, we liked the idea of using cooking as a metaphor for building a life together. We’re blending lives, families, and cultures — creating our own recipe for love and happiness. Our photographer Rebecca suggested our kitchen as a setting and it immediately made sense. Every Sunday, we make waffles (Aisha has always been a fan and Ben is a recent (and enthusiastic) convert), so we just did what we normally do — except way better dressed than usual and with a camera documenting our every move. You know: normal, casual Sunday! Despite the fact that it was an engagement session, Rebecca has a very natural, documentary style, so there were many moments when we were able to forget about the camera and just be ourselves. Those are our favorite shots. They show what makes us light up: each other & really good waffles!

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Event Planning: All You Need Is Love Events

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Do You Really *Have* to Invite Them to Your Wedding?

One of the first steps in planning a wedding is making your guest list. After all, the number of guests you invite will determine multiple big-day decisions, including your venue. Your parents, siblings, grandparents and BFFs are obviously the first to make the list, but what about your freshman year roommate? Or your work wife? Finalizing your guest list is no easy task, but we’re here to help with a list of questions that will take the headache out of wedding planning — for now, at least.

The Considerations

Are they family?

Are they living with or seriously dating a member of your family?

Are they married or engaged to a member of your family?

Are they dating one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen?

Have you been friends more than 10 years?

Have you spoken to them in the past year?

Do you see them on a regular basis?

Have you seen them within the last six months?

Do you like them?

Does your future spouse like them?

Will it be awkward if you don’t invite them?

Will you care if they get mad they’re not invited?

Were you (or will you) be in their wedding?

Were you (or will you be) invited to their wedding?

Did they help you plan your wedding?

Were they there for you during your bridezilla moments?

Are they a coworker you hang out with outside of work?

Have they always supported your relationship?

Are they always one of the first on the dance floor?

Have you told them at any point they’re invited?

Are they a fun drunk?

Would you be OK if they end up in the background of your pictures?

Are they fun?

If You Can Check Off 1-5

Unless you’re having a 500-person wedding, save your $150 per head plate for someone else. If it’s not going to cause major drama or a huge family rift, you can skip them.

If You Can Check Off 6-10

Consider these your “B List” guests. You don’t have to invite them, but if, a few weeks after sending out your gorgeous invitations, you receive more regrets than expected, consider sending your B List guests an invitation.

If You Can Check Off 11-15

The short answer? Yes, you should probably invite them. Obviously, we can’t force you to invite anyone, but if you want to avoid to avoid uncomfortable situations and drama on your big day (and trust us, you do), you should send them an invite.

If You Can Check Off More than 16

To state the obvious, yes, you need to invite them. But, chances are if you can answer yes to more than 16 of the questions above, you already knew that.

Now That You’ve Got the List, Find the Perfect Invites

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This Isn’t Your Grandma’s China…

Think registering for china is passé? We dare you to think a bit differently! With today’s fresh, fabulous designs, wedding china gets a major update and we’re loving it. And don’t think you need to save it for those (rare) super special occasions only! Decadent dinner parties and ladies brunches? Pull those pretty pieces out! The ideas – and designs – are endless and these are some of our current favs! Adding to our wedding registry lists pronto!

Not Your Grandmother's Fine China
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#SMPWedding101 – Choosing Your Wedding Jewelry

My grandmother wore a beautiful little ring on her pinky finger when she got married, and my mom wore the same one. So when it came time for me to walk down the aisle, it was a given, and as I slipped that petite piece on my finger, I felt the specialness wash over me. The jewelry you don on your wedding day instantly sparkles a bit more and Lauren Hartman of Trousseau Style couldn’t agree more – and she’s here sharing more tips and ideas for making those special stones shine even brighter!

Go Classic

Your wedding jewelry should be something you cherish for years to come, not a reminder of the season’s hottest trends. Opt for timeless pieces that complement your dress and offer a touch of sparkle. Vintage or vintage inspired pieces are usually a safe bet as the trends have already withheld the test of time. When it comes to gems, you can’t go wrong with pearls. Bright luminous pearls stand out and complement your white dress. Plus, they never go out of style.

Mind the Metals

Your wedding jewelry doesn’t have to match the metal of your engagement ring and wedding band; mixing metals is totally acceptable, and welcomed! But, if you have major metal accents or beading on your dress or shoes, the metal on your jewelry should match.

But Not Too Much…

Your engagement ring and wedding band do not have to match the metal of your husband’s wedding band. You’ll be wearing these rings for the rest of your life, so go with what reflects your personality!

Switch It Up

For the style conscious bride who is just dying to spice things up, consider switching up your look for the reception! Make a statement as a new Mrs. with bold earrings or necklace.

Check Out What You Already Own

Your wedding jewelry can become some of your favorite, most treasured pieces in your jewelry box. Not only do they spark memories of your special day, they tell a story. I commissioned a gold necklace and bracelet with three heirloom pearls I got on my 13th birthday. I gave my mom and sister matching bracelets (talk about a tear jerker!). We all wear the jewels everyday and cherish the memory.

Take Care

Since so much time and effort goes into choosing the perfect pieces to wear on your wedding day, you want to make sure they will last for years to come. Choosing jewelry made of high quality materials like white gold, yellow gold or platinum are great choices. Be sure to store your jewelry in a clean dry place away from other jewelry to avoid tangles.

See pretty pieces right this way from Trousseau Style!


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