Real Wedding: Julie and Ben’s Steampunk Wedding by James Ramsay Photography

Real Wedding: Julie and Ben's Steampunk Wedding by James Ramsay Photography (10)

This fun, Victorian themed wedding comes to us from James Ramsay Photography, based in St Paul, Minnesota! Here’s what James has to say about the wedding:

Julia and Ben were studying abroad in Japan, when they met each other. Since then, the’ve been inseparable, building their lives in Minnesota, with Ben working as a YMCA Youth Director and Julia as a Merchandising and Promotional Specialist at the Target Corp. Designing their wedding day, they knew they’d incorporate their family histories along with their own story. They chose Steampunk inspired elements and Victorian costumes. Their color palette consisted of metallurgical elements in antique golds, coppers and aged steely greys; along with peacock colors of deep purples, plum and teal.

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Real Wedding: Erica and Adam’s Hawiian Wedding by Rachel Robertson Photography

Real Wedding: Erica and Adam's Hawiian Wedding by Rachel Robertson Photography (13)

This gorgeous tropical wedding comes to us from Rachel Robertson Photography, based in Honolulu, Hawaii! Here is what the lovely bride has to say about the big day:

We met in high school, but didn’t begin dating until seven or eight years later. We dated for four years before getting engaged. When Adam proposed, we were living in a very cold region of China, near Adam’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend (now wife). Adam had been helping his brother choose a ring for BingBing, which was a great cover story for why he was looking at rings all the time. I didn’t suspect anything, so maybe that shows how gullible I am.

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Get to Know a Wedding Planner: Amanda Douglas Events

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Today’s planner interview is with Amanda of Amanda Douglas Events based in Winnipeg, MB, Canada!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Amanda Douglas Events is a calibration of my 8 years of experience in events, hospitality, and decor design, and my love for all things elegant, unique, and beautiful. I’m a certified Planner/Coordinator through the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, have diplomas from the University of Winnipeg in Public Relations, Marketing and certification in Project Management. I’m an active member of the WPIC Alumni, Winnipeg Wedding Industry, was recently nominated for the Reader’s Choice Planner of the Year Award through Canadian Special Events and am currently adding to my certifications and portfolio through the Wedding and Event Institute in Event Design. I brought my creative and organizational strengths together as well as my passion for great and beautiful events, and founded Amanda Douglas Events.

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Look For That Perfect Ring Abroad

Look for that Perfect Ring Abroad

Look for that Perfect Ring Abroad

What could be more romantic than getting engaged while travelling with your sweetheart? Not much — and today’s post shares some great tips about buying the perfect engagement ring abroad.

One way to make your holiday with your girlfriend truly special is to buy her a diamond engagement ring to show her exactly how you feel. If you are looking to surprise her, then this could literally blow her socks off. There are some really good locations where you can not only have a great holiday together, but also get yourself a great deal on an engagement ring.

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Get to Know a Wedding Planner: Yasmen Katrina Events

Get to Know a Wedding Planner: Yasmen Katrina Events (1)

Today’s planner interview is with Yasmen of Yasmen Katrina Events based in Orlando, FL. Enjoy!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Hi! I’m the proud owner of Yasmen Katrina Events, a comprehensive wedding planning company that takes the pressure out of your planning. I absolutely adore helping couples and brides-to-be design their big day. Nothing gives me a greater thrill than seeing a beautiful bride walk down the aisle, meeting the loving gaze of her handsome groom.

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Real Engagement: Maria and Jason’s Engagement Shoot by Pottinger Photography

Real Engagement: Maria and Jason's Engagement Shoot by Pottinger Photography (6)

Today’s real engagement comes to us from Brenda Pottinger of Pottinger Photography, based in Cincinnati, OH! Here’s what she has to say about this shoot and the happy couple:

When Maria and Jason suggested a rowboat for their engagement session I was very excited. And then reality kicked in – hmm how do you pose a couple on a rowboat? How do you not fall in while taking photos? The end result – a very humorous engagement session. I am sure the fisherman thought we were crazy! I used a peddle boat (you know the ones you steer with your feet and move forward like a bike) and the couple had fun working their boat together.

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Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: Luca. Wedding photographer in Venice

Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: Luca, Wedding photographer in Venice

Today’s photographer interview is with Luca Fazzolari, based in Venice, Italy! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

When shaping my career as photographer I looked for areas where my experience could add value, the solution came from the fusion of two elements: love for Venice and languages / cultural sensitivity, the latter was developed in the years I spent abroad for professional reasons and the former growing up here (I arrived at the age of 15). This of course on top of the technical foundation acquired at the Italian institute of photography in Milan.

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Real Wedding: Levana and Casey’s Bohemian Wedding by Bernadette Pollard Photography

Real Wedding: Levana and Casey’s Bohemian Wedding by Bernadette Pollard Photography

This free spirited real wedding comes to us from Bernadette Pollard Photography based in Minneapolis, Minnesota! Here’s more about the wedding and the happy couple from Bernadette:

Levana + Casey’s “Love Party” destination wedding was inspired by Great Gatsby style and the natural beauty of Sebastopol, California, with the Bride wearing a custom-designed, retro-style silver gown. These two planned an unforgettable weekend celebration for their wonderfully helpful friends and family, including camping and pool parties!

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Get to Know a Wedding Stationer: Invitation Consultants

Get to Know a Wedding Stationer: Invitation Consultants

Today’s stationer interview is with Allison, the founder of Invitation Consultants based in Tampa, FL! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I started Invitation Consultants 15 years ago on a whim. I was thinking of starting a side business, and paper seemed like something fun! When I was laid off from my marketing position, it soon turned into the full-time gig. I wish my story was something more exciting, but really the everyday is the most exciting part, not how I got here.

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Real Wedding: Kelli and Andy’s Wedding by Vivian Chen Photography

Real Wedding: Kelli and Andy's Wedding by Vivian Chen Photography

Today’s real wedding comes to us from Vivian of Vivian Chen Photography based in Oakland, CA! Here’s what Vivian has to say about the wedding:

Kelli and Andy’s wedding at the beautiful Villa Montalvo was full of celebration and tradition. They had a Chinese tea ceremony during their wedding vows and also had a traditional Korean ceremony before dinner. My favorite details of the day were the modern and sculptural florals that Ingela Floral Design provided! The evening continued with a choreographed first dance by the bride and groom and wedding party which kicked off a night of dancing!

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