5 Tips for Creating an Amazing Engagement Video (6)

Today’s awesome guest post comes to us from Laurel Shane, social media manager at VideoTov. Enjoy!

Many years from now, when you’re looking back on everything that’s happened in your life, one of the moments that will stand out the most is when he proposed. This used to be nothing but a fond memory for married women, but now you capture the moment on video and watch it again and again. You don’t need any fancy equipment or an expensive videographer: just a good plan, some willing friends, and a talented video editor.

All it takes to create a beautiful engagement movie is the right combination of footage, photos, and favorite songs. Just use the following tricks, and your engagement video will turn out perfect—just like the moment he dropped to his knee.

If you know someone who’s planning a proposal, make sure he reads this first:

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Vintage Themed Rainy Day Wedding (9)

Southern Vintage Themed Rainy Day Wedding (11)

This lovely real wedding, brought to us by Brandy Angel Photography, is proof that every cloud has a silver lining! Here’s Brandy to tell us more:

Chris Pharr, a 25 year old diesel mechanic and cattle farmer, and Kaitlin Pharr, a 25 year old staff accountant, were friends through high school. During freshmen year of college Chris asked Kaitlin on their first date. It was on that date that Chris and Kaitlin realized how completely different they were, but that only made them fall for each other even faster. Kaitlin and Chris dated for five years before Chris popped the question. It was an intimate and spontaneous proposal, where Chris asked Kaitlin to marry him on his family farm at dusk.

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Today’s stationer interview is with Dondrea Owens of Jenkins Rose, based in Atlanta, GA. Enjoy!

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I got started with wedding invitations in 2012 when a co-worker friend asked me to design her wedding invitations. I had been making greeting cards for a while and was just getting my feet wet with true design. She trusted me to create a suite she loved, and I’ve been designing ever since. Hers is still one of my favorite suites!

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We’ve partnered with Capcatchers to bring you this great giveaway of great groomsmen gifts! From our friends at Capcatchers:

The holidays have come to pass but wedding festivities are all-year round. For those who got engaged over the holidays, or for those getting married this winter, an early congratulations! To celebrate this exciting milestone, we are running a Winter Wedding Groomsmen Gift Giveaway!


This giveaway entitles the winner $250 worth of Capcatchers merchandise, ideally suited to purchase five standard Capcatcher Bottle Openers. The prize is also redeemable for all other products on the website.


Enter by providing a valid email address on the sign-up form found on the giveaway page. Better your odds by earning multiplies entries via social media shares. The luck winner will be revealed by the end of the giveaway – 11:59PM (EST) on February 14,2016.

Head over to this page on Capcatchers to enter!

For more about Capcatchers, check out their WeddingLovely vendor profile or head directly to their website.

Best of luck to all!

Medieval Village Styled Shoot on the Cilento Coast, Italy (1)

Medieval Village Styled Shoot on the Cilento Coast, Italy (1)

This utterly dreamy styled shoot comes to us from Johanna Jacobson of Ambientimage Photography, based in West Hills, California! Here’s Johanna to tell us more:

The Cilento Coast remains an off-the beaten-track secret destination wedding retreat that is filled with medieval villages, pristine beaches, and historical myths that date back to ancient Greek mariners. Considered the wild, undeveloped alternate to the nearby Amalfi Coast, Cilento enchants all who visit. Stretching along the Tyrrhenian Sea, with Punta Licosa on one end and the Amalfi Coast on the distant other, the romantic beach hamlet of Santa Maria di Castellabate is quickly becoming a haven for destination weddings.

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Today’s guest post comes to us from wedding planner Jessica Talbot of the Z Event Company, based in New Orleans, LA. Enjoy!

Weddings — so many rules, so many myths. Although traditional ceremonies and receptions occur everyday, remember, there is no rule that can’t be bent a bit. So here are my top 7 wedding myths ready for a twist:

1. The bride must wear a white

For several years, brides have been choosing wedding gowns in shades other than white. I’ve seen brides wear everything from a gold sequin, black, or even a multi-colored gown. Wearing a white wedding dress didn’t become popular until the 19th century, so technically this isn’t a “new” trend, but it’s a fun one! Who says you have to wear white on your wedding day? It is YOUR big day after all, so do what feels right for you. Blush or antique white may be you color!

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Elegant Country Wedding in North Carolina (6)

Today’s lovely real wedding, brought to us by Stephanie of La Cosa Bella Events, vintage elegance and country charm! Here’s Stephanie to tell us more:

Perhaps it was the sheer beauty and elegance of the Dutch-inspired venue, the perfectly blue Carolina sky, or the amazing love between the bride and groom… all of these elements came together to create an elegant country, vintage, magical evening that guests were reluctant to leave.

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Freelance writer and author Troy Lambert is back with us today to share his insight into wedding planning, from the groom’s eye view. If you missed his other posts, you can read them here and here. Enjoy!

Choosing a wedding photographer can be truly challenging. There are ton of things to consider, including price, quality, and availability. Once we booked the venue and my fiance selected and paid for her dress, we were ready to work on some of the other vendors we would use on our big day.

So we went to work on finding a photographer and a videographer. Besides the people we knew personally with photography and videography businesses (some couples do both, and some do one or the other), I set up a Google search string: Wedding Photography Boise, Idaho. There were five pages, with about 100 results. I did the same with videography. Some of the results overlapped, and some were new. Lots of choices. Fun. Then, when browsing other things, we found another photographer on Craigslist who wasn’t on Google. Nice portfolio, a style we liked, and a reasonable price. Yay! Except she was booked on our date already. Bummer.

So we started the sort. We used a number of criteria, and set aside the fact that we knew some people. Because even in that small group, quality ranged from good to fantastic, and prices ranged from low to “Oh my God I need a third job.” These are the things we considered.

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Rustic Romance Wedding Inspiration (6)

Rustic Romance Wedding Inspiration (12)

This whimsical and elegant styled shoot comes to us from Jennifer Tan of Reverend Tan, based in Davis, CA! Here’s Jennifer to tell us more:

The juxtaposition of a rustic ranch and romantic historic mansion, created the perfect venue for our inspiration shoot in Woodland, California. From “Gramp’s Truck” to the handbuilt bar, the sweet ceremony arch to the elegant bridal suite, The Yolanda Ranch is a haven for a wedding!

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Meet a Wedding Photographer in Portland, OR: Fritz Photo (5)

Today’s interview is with Portland based wedding photographer Fritz Liedtke of Fritz Photo! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

FritzPhoto is a boutique wedding and portrait photography studio, located in Portland, Oregon. We love what we do!  We’ve traveled the world photographing for magazines, agencies, weddings, models, non-profits, and personal projects. We’ve won awards from the likes of the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers, Portland Bride and Groom, Oregon Bride, WeddingWire, and MyPortlandWedding.  We’ve been the wedding photographers for the likes of NBA All-Star Brandon Roy and TV personality Drew Carney, and for ordinary people like you and me.  Our images have appeared on the cover of magazines and books, hang in homes and galleries, and are featured all over the web. Our team of professional wedding photographers offers this award-winning experience to artistically inclined wedding and portrait clients all over the country. We love to tell love stories.

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