Meet a Wedding Photographer in Columbus, OH : Stephanie West Photography (1)

Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Stephanie West of Stephanie West Photography, based in Columbus, OH! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I started my photography business about 10 years ago with a Kodak point-and-shoot camera, photographing friends and family for extra money for our family. Now I have a stellar camera and my skills have improved immensely. I love shooting weddings more than anything and I’m constantly learning and improving my style and technical abilities. My style has evolved into a very authentic, lifestyle form, capturing real moments between real people. I love photographing love. And I love photographing light, whether it’s natural or artificial light that I have created with an off camera flash in the snow. Love and light. That’s what my business is about.

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Autumnal Al Fresco Boudoir Shoot (6)

This gorgeous outdoor boudoir shoot comes to us from Sotiris Tsakanikas, based in Athina, Greece! Here’s Sotiris to tell us more:

As a wedding photographer I’ve had my share of indoor boudoir sessions, which is certainly safe and cozy, but this time I wanted to do something different. Teaming up with an incredible crew of outstanding vendors we headed to Northern Greece and found the perfect woodland laden resort for an elegant boudoir session al fresco.

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Romantic Multi-cultural Wedding in Virginia (1)

Today’s real wedding brought to us by Veronica Yankowski of VeroLuce Photography (Bloomfield, NJ) is a gorgeous of cultural traditions and modern sensibilities.  Here’s Veronica to tell us more:

Claudia and Phil had a beautiful multi-cultural wedding in Virginia this spring. I have known Phil’s father for years and he wanted me to be there to capture his son’s wedding. I couldn’t let him down. Claudia and Phil live in Manassas, Virginia so we didn’t meet until the day before the wedding, which is unusual.

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Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Amy Zhang, Designer and Owner of Amy Zhang Creative, based in Denver, CO! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I’ve always been obsessed with paper goods, but it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I started on wedding invitations. I started doing some graphic design work for a small stationery company and immediately fell in love with the work and the process of helping couples celebrate their love.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Cocoa Beach, FL: Concertina Press (7)

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Ruth Bleakley, Owner/Designer at Concertina Press, based in Cocoa Beach, FL! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I’ve always loved paper and stationery stores – I remember one of my favorite hobbies as a kid was collecting and trading stickers! After college, I got my dream job working at a small stationery store on Cape Cod. It was there I put my graphic design degree to work creating wedding invitations for couples who came in the shop. When that store closed in 2011, it was a turning point for me because I decided to take my own designs online and started Concertina Press. I decided to specialize in nautical wedding invitations because I love the ocean and am fortunate to live close by (even now that I live down here in sunny Florida!). I also love old science illustrations, so I often use them to create unusual and beautiful invites for folks getting married at the beach or even at the aquarium. My Cape Cod Save the Dates and Cape Cod wedding invitations remain popular – that’s where I was married too, in 2007.

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We’re loving the delicate die-cut lace and subtle botanical illustrations in this gorgeous wedding invitation suite brought to us by Brown Fox Creative, based in Fort Worth, TX!

I met with Katerina and her mother for our consultation and the two couldn’t be on more opposite sides as to what the wedding invitation should look like. Katerina leaned more casual/informal, whereas her mother leaned more traditional/formal.

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5 Themes to Choose​ from for Your Destination Wedding (1)

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Today’s inspiring guest post comes to us from Wed Our Way, based in Naxxar, Malta! Enjoy:

Deciding on what kind of theme your big day should have might be one of the most crucial parts of wedding planning, and even more so when it’s a destination wedding. In my years of experience as a destination wedding planner, I’ve found that while this is a more laid-back type of event for couples, they feel pressured to create an experience for their guests that’s like no other, given the effort guests put forth to make the trip. If you’re one who’s determined to make your big day as unique as possible, take a look at these 5 lovely themes that are perfect for destination weddings and find one that inspires you.

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How many weddings have you been to where you received sunglasses as a wedding favor? Or Jordan almonds, or a wineglass with the couple’s name on it? Probably a lot. Wedding favor ideas aren’t always the easiest to come up with. And the truth is, when it comes to wedding planning, the favors tend to get pushed down on the priority list—with good reason. After all, your wedding is about you and your fiancé, not what favors to give out to your guests. However, that said, wedding favors are an area that, with a little creative effort, you can truly shine in and present your loved ones with very memorable gifts.

The wedding planning professionals at De Luxe Banquet Hall in Los Angeles, who know a thing or two about adding unique touches to weddings, weighed in on some of the most popular wedding favors they’ve encountered during their many years of hosting weddings.

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Theme (1)

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Today’s awesome guest post comes to us from freelance writer and wedding enthusiast Stacey Smith! Enjoy:

Classic, rustic, boho, minimalist, industrial, alternative, and the list goes on and on. When it comes to wedding themes, picking out the most authentic, personal, and meaningful one from the plethora of options can seem almost impossible. Not only do you want to pick an overarching style, but you’ll need to look into colors, decorations, fonts, and all the little details to perfect your wedding theme.

We don’t want to make this seem like a daunting task though. In fact, picking out a wedding style can be a fun and inspiring exercise in creativity. You get to daydream, look at tons of eye candy, and work with vendors to create a celebration that is truly unique to you and your fiance. So where to start? Here are some things to consider when choosing a wedding theme.

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