3 Big Differences Between an American and Chinese Wedding (7)

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Today’s lovely guest post comes to us from Sophie Darling of WeddingDresses.com. Enjoy!

I attended a wedding in Taiwan last August, and the first thing that jumped into my mind as guests departed was “where’s the dance party?” It was a beautiful ceremony that involved a stunning bride and dashing groom, excellent food and great company, but I couldn’t help wonder why my dancing shoes went unused all night. It turns out that getting down on the dance floor isn’t how people celebrate weddings in Taipei!

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Cinnaminson, NJ: Shelly's Touch (2)

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Michelle Nicosia Coyle, Owner and Creative Director of Shelly’s Touch, based in Cinnaminson, NJ. Enjoy!

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I graduated in 2007 from The Art Institute of Philadelphia with a BS in graphic design. My first job out of college was a graphic designer at Blue Tulip in Princeton, NJ. This was a retail location that had wonderful gifts and accessories. They also had a whole section of their store dedicated to invitations. We were able to set up our own proofs and print everyday occasions on site. I also worked with brides using our albums, but we could do custom as well. I would always talk brides into letting me do something custom! This is the place where I truly fell in love with paper. I was only employed there for a year when they suddenly laid me off and went out of business. The disappointed brides became my first clients. I decided to work for myself, doing what I loved.

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Alpine Wedding in St.Moritz, Switzerland (5)

This incredible alpine wedding, brought to us by Lightplay Fotografie (Wil, Switzerland), combines effortless elegance with a fun, laid-back vibe! Here’s Lightplay Fotografie to tell us more:

Claudia and Adriano had their wonderful wedding in the breath-taking scenery of the Swiss Alps. And even though the mountains hid a little bit in the clouds, the wedding party knew how to make an unforgettable day for and with Claudia and Adriano.

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To Look or Not to Look? Having a First Look on Your Wedding Day (5)

If you’re on the fence about including a First Look in your wedding day, then today’s awesome guest post by Carina Photographics (Saint Paul, MN) is for you! Enjoy:

As a wedding photographer, one issue I see a lot of couples struggle with is if they should do a First Look on their wedding day, or if they should wait to see each other when they first walk down the aisle. I have worked with couples in both scenarios. While both ways can work well, there are a few distinct advantages to going with a First Look prior to your wedding ceremony.

The First Look begins with some quiet time for just the two of you…alone. Unlike your walk down the aisle in your very public ceremony where all eyes are focused on you, your First Look, where you see each other alone before your formal portraits, are often extremely special for you both. This quiet time helps to re-center and prepare yourselves for the day’s events. You are able to exchange letters, gifts and hugs and simply calm your nerves. It is amazing how much more relaxed couples are once they have held their First Look!

Another benefit of First Looks is that your hair and makeup are still fresh and you are still comfortable in your wedding attire. Often times, wedding days and wedding wardrobes can be heavy and hot, so people look less and less fresh as the day moves on. Seeing each other in top form will happen if you choose to do your First Look right away.

After the First Look has finished, photographers often take some posed photos of the two of you. These photos are the ones that most often end up on walls and in prints or albums. Photographers like to take these photos privately, away from bridal party and family members, if possible, to continue to capture candid emotions and moments together.


Once your portrait time is finished, you are able to regroup with bridal party and family members and complete as much of your posed, formal group portraits as possible prior to your wedding ceremony. Once your ceremony is complete, you are then able to spend as much time as possible mingling with your guests and are not forced to break into posed photos afterward while wishing you could be somewhere else.

All-in-all, including a First Look at your wedding day, is an amazing experience and one I highly recommend!

Joanna Carina is owner and lead photographer of Carina Photographics in Minneapolis MN. She specializes in wedding, engagement and portrait photography. Her background is in photography as well as design. She likes to think of herself as a visual storyteller. Her focus is simple: to preserve your story artfully and authentically. To learn more about Carina Photographics, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.

Meet a Wedding Photographer in New York, NY: Adam W Cohen Photography (4)

Today’s wedding photographer interview is with Adam W. Cohen of Adam W. Cohen Photography, based in New York, NY! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

My wedding and family photography studio is based out of NYC and we cover the Tristate and New England area.  I love this work because of who I am and what I care about. I’m a romantic realist. Photographing proof of the feelings that drive people to marry each other is not only a big part of my job, it’s also deeply, personally fulfilling for me.

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Peach and Blush Southern Garden Wedding (5)

Today’s gorgeous real wedding brought to us by Eric Boneske Photography (Wilmington, NC) is brimming with lush florals and sweet moments! Here’s Eric to tell us more:

Danielle and Jason were a great couple to work with. Danielle was very laid back throughout the planning process but always had a clear vision for the day that she wanted.  Florals were a priority to her and I knew that Jeff with Design Perfection would be able to bring her vision to life.  Along with great flowers we were able to rent a bar set up as well as some specialty tables to use throughout the design.

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This sweet, intimate backyard wedding comes to us from Kimberli Lowe Photography, based in Fort Worth, TX!

When I first met Rebecca she was so delighted with the prospect of moving her new family into their brand new home in the quiet little town of Grandbury.  To celebrate their blended family and new beginnings, Rebecca and Dustin were planning a  a gorgeous and intimate backyard wedding.

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Rebecca jokingly said that they were having the wedding for the little girls who all wanted to be flower girls. Watching her and Dustin that night however, I’m not so convinced. Their love and devotion for each other was playfully shown throughout the evening in the gentle way they interacted with each other and their kiddos.

Blending soft romance with a nautical theme, the event was full of amazing DIY details. Hands down, my favorite item was string of 5 pink rosebud vases hanging on jute over the cake table. Embracing the current trend, Rebecca had chosen a Naked Cake for the main cake. Getting it’s own masculine table, Dustin’s groom cake was all about the local sports scene. Two cakes means two chances to do a playful cake smash with your new spouse.

Surrounding the backyard were fun details that added up to one beautiful event. Bundles of giant balloons ushered guests down the side of the house. Mason jars filled with florals decorated the aisles of the white wood chairs. The arch was created with a giant captain’s wheel, and photos of the new family playing and having fun together dotted the gardens. An open photo booth backdrop was set up with props, and an anchor was waiting to be signed rather than a guest book.

The kiddos had their own party favors waiting, with a row boat full of goodies making it’s way to a corner of the yard. Full of coloring books, glow necklaces and bubbles, even some of the adults found their way over to the small boat. Next to the boat, a corn hole game was set up for the big kid’s at heart.

While we captured their family photos and the groomsmen playfully photo bombed the girls photos, the guests enjoyed a tower of fresh fruit, cupcakes and a wine selection. After the wedding party was announced in, a seemingly endless buffet of local BBQ was offered to the guests. Rebecca and Dustin finished out the night with a romantic first dance under the stars and a sparkler sendoff.


Congratulations to the happy couple and thank you for sharing! For more information about Kimberli Lowe Photography, please visit her Wedding Lovely Vendor Guide profile.


What do you think of today’s real wedding? Let us know in the comments below!

Photographer: Kimberli Lowe Photography
Dress Store: David’s Bridal
Caterer: Mesquite Pit on Lake Grandbury
Design and Decor: Paris Party and Event Rentals
Floral Designer: Town and Country Floral
Heirlooms and extras: Rent Our Vintage
Bakery: Sugar Bee Sweets

Chinese New Year Wedding Inspiration (13)

This luxe stlyed shoot comes to us from Formosa Events, based in Toronto, ON! Here’s Formosa Events to tell us more:

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is an annually celebrated holiday period that lasts for 15 days until the Spring or Lantern Festival.  If you are to take a poll of all the various Asian populations of the world and where they have immigrated, about 1/6th of the world’s entire population celebrates this special occasion.  Lunar New Year is celebrated by not only the Chinese population, but Vietnamese, Malaysian, and more.

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Pink and Gold Garden Floral Wedding Invitation Suite (4)

We’re loving the gorgeous florals and romantic script in this beautiful wedding invitation suite, brought to us by Brown Fox Creative, based in Fort Worth, TX! Here’s more about the design from Brown Fox Creative:

This styled shoot was coordinated by Kemistic Events. The idea behind the shoot was to create a Napa Valley, floral-styled look. I framed the invitation in a wood textured gate card with metallic gold ink printing on the inside. A pop of bright green behind the invitation draws the eye as well as colorful florals. We decided on a circular menu to go perfectly in the charger and muted blush place cards.

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Why You Should Hire A Wedding Planner (1)

Today’s lovely guest post comest o us from Maria Travlou, owner of Make Happy Memories, based in Athens, Greece! Enjoy:

If you’ve just gotten engaged – congratulations! Once you’ve had time to absorb your new status as fiancé, no doubt your mind is now turning to thoughts of your special day and how to make sure you have the wedding of your dreams. No matter whether you’re the world’s most or least organized person, here’s the lowdown on why you should hire a wedding planner. In fact, before you Pinterest a single thing, the best place to start your wedding preparations is to look into hiring a professional wedding planner. Read on to find out why they can be the key to making sure you have the wedding you want at a price you can afford.

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