Today’s guest post is by Laura Segall Photography. Thanks for sharing with us today!

As the weather in Phoenix finally drops out of the triple digits I start to got more and more requests for engagement photo shoots. Engagements are one of my favorite things to photograph because it is all about having fun and the only goal is to take lots of good pictures. I include an engagement session in most of my wedding packages because I find it is a great way for me to get to know you and for you to see how I operate behind the camera.

The majority of my couples have never had professional photos taken (beyond their yearbook photo) so don’t worry if you think you will be awkward or uncomfortable in front of the camera. You are not alone. I encourage engagement sessions in part to get any of that insecurity out of the way before the wedding.

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Do you remember Nathalie Portman and the ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied’s  magnifique wedding? They decided to incorporate her Jewish faith and the French touch into a sumptuous Vegan Style Wedding.  A successful ceremony conducted by the famous Yifat Oren.

Not only did this celebrity couple show their love for their partners, but also their love for Mother Nature as well as their eco-friendly values. With more and more couples wanted to have a healthier lifestyle and being eco-conscious, tying the knot vegan style is no longer unusual.

Whether you have Nathalie Portman’s budget or just $1000 in your pocket, everything from the food to the decorations can be vegan, recycled and DIY’d! By thinking outside the box, you can reduce the cost and the ecologic footprint of your wedding. Here are some helpful ideas to make your eco-friendly vegan wedding memorable.

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It’s no secret that your invitation is the first thing your guests are going to see that will give them a glimpse into the magic of your big day.  So, why not add as much of your personality and style into designing them as you do your ceremony and reception?  When it comes to wedding stationery and today’s unique and creative couples, there are countless ways to personalize your paper.  But let’s try counting them anyway, shall we?

Photo credit:  Denise Ante Photography

No. 1:  Color

It’s a given, right?  Although a somewhat obvious choice, how the colors of your wedding are used in your invitations can be a powerful reflection of your personality and the tone you’re trying to set for the big day.  Whether using bursts of bright colors or just a few subtle accents here and there, color can provide a wonderful preview of what’s to come.  (And that grosgrain ribbon is a great way to add a bit of texture, but we’ll get to that in a minute…)

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One and Only Palmilla Resort, Los Cabos Mexico

Your wedding is an event that you’ve dreamed about for years, possibly your whole life.  You already know that you want your big day to be someplace special, but you may not be aware of everything you need to  think about when planning a wedding far from home. From fairytale castle to sun-swept beach, here are the things to consider when booking the destination wedding of your dreams.

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Choosing an engagement ring can be a daunting process. The pressure to find a ring that you’ll love for years to come, the overwhelming number of choices on the market, and the ethical implications of deciding on which stone to get all add up to create an intimidating process.

The mining of jewels is a big business with a tainted history, and you need to be aware of the environmental implications of buying a particular ring. Unique engagement rings are relatively easy to come by – ethical and eco-friendly engagement rings require a little more investigation. Below you will find some top tips and ideas on how to choose an eco-friendly engagement ring:

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Today’s guest post is all about the wedding gifts for your bridal party and friends/family who support you through your wedding planning journey. Enjoy!

On your wedding day, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. You have to pick the perfect place, send invitations and manage myriad other details, big and small. While it may seem a bit counterintuitive to give gifts to friends on your wedding day, don’t forget to show your appreciation for important wedding guests who are helping to make your big day a success. Amidst the stress and chaos, here are some thoughtful gifts you can give to your loved ones who play crucial roles in your wedding party.

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Today’s guest post comes from Weddings by Kennedy, a full-service wedding planning company in Austin, Texas! I love their examples on how to make a wedding all about the couple — check it out below!

You’ve found your soul mate, best friend, and permanent plus one and now it’s time to start planning the wedding! Some of our favorite, and most memorable weddings, are the ones that showcase the couple’s personalities; what makes them great, and why they are such a perfect match. Trying to incorporate what makes you and your special someone one-of-a-kind may seem daunting, so we’ll show you where to start and how some of our couples have made their big days uniquely their own.

As it happens, the best place to start is at the beginning. Reflect on your background, where you came from, and family traditions that are near and dear to your heart. Maybe you are proud of your strong Polish background, like one of our brides, Kari. We recommended some delicious Polish cuisine and traditional Polish music during her cocktail hour to represent a little bit of her heritage. American’s are famous for being a melting pot of races and traditions so don’t be afraid to represent where you hail from.

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Uggh! Another wedding invite that will require travel!

That’s the reaction most people have when they receive an invite for a wedding that will require travel.

After all, a wedding can cost out of town guests between $500 to $1000 per person when you factor in the airfare, hotel, car rental, activities, food, and lost time at work (some of us work weekends, you know).

In this article, we will go over five very simple, yet effective ways to help your out of town wedding guests save money on travel. And doing these five things will not take up a lot of your time (which you have none of anyway) or money.

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Today’s guest post comes from Genevieve Coates and we’re so pleased to have her reviews of the most popular wedding planning apps!

Whether you are currently planning your wedding or plan to plan a wedding in the near future, chances are that you will need a little help. Keeping track of guest lists, ordering the cake, finding a venue, saying yes to that dress, and keeping your mother off your back can be exhausting and frustrating. But you can alleviate some of that stress with a little help from these seven crucial wedding apps.

myPantone Wedding & Events (iPad)

I’m a little color blind (not actually color blind – more color challenged). If you’re looking for a little direction on which colors to use in your wedding, look no further than myPantone Wedding & Events. The color experts from Pantone and the wedding style specialists from The Dessy Group teamed up to bring you this cheap app, which helps you coordinate colors, apparel and accessories for your wedding. The app includes thousands upon thousands of images to help guide you, as well as the option to upload your own images to get that custom feel. I hear seafoam and salmon are really in this year.

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We love this guest post all about finding a band/entertainment for your wedding. Keep these tips in mind!

Photo from Licence To Ceilidh

Planning your wedding can be a pretty stressful time if not handled properly, and although I am only tackling one element of planning your wedding day, I think it well help make the process as stress-free as possible.

You want a wedding band that looks great and suits the style of wedding you are going for, you want them to sound great and perform amazingly, and finally you want them to be professional. Professionalism is a topic I will come onto in a moment, but first how do you even find a wedding band?

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