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Riley & Grey wedding website photo

We love wedding websites — such a great online way to showcase your wedding! We’ve partnered with wedding website provider Riley & Grey to let you know some great tips and tricks to make your wedding website shine. Enjoy!

Yep, wedding websites are the new norm. And just FYI, that’s a good thing. Long gone are the days of scrolling through endless email chains and manually counting collected RSVP after RSVP after RS— you get the picture. Ultimately, your wedding website should significantly relieve your planning stress, not add to it. If you pick the right provider, editing your wedsite should actually be, dare we say, fun (think: an easy, electronic wedding DIY).

But you know, a few pointers never hurt, so here are some of our insider tips and shortcuts for creating an amazing wedding website.

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Photo Credit: Falcusan Photography

Today’s wedding planner interview is with Nora Sheils of Bridal Bliss, based in Portland, Oregon! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Born and raised in Portland, I had been smitten with weddings since I was a child. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a degree in Psychology & Business and working several years in the bridal industry, I decided it was time to take my expertise to the next level. Bridal Bliss opened its doors for business in 2002 and has since risen through the ranks as Portland’s top event planning firm. I’ve led my talented team to earn several awards as well as national and international recognition. We were recently named “Portland’s  2015 Best Wedding Planning Firm”  by Oregon Bride Magazine, and “Portland & Seattle’s Best Wedding Planning Company” by Wedding Industry Experts.   Our team is not only professional  detailed and educated on all things wedding-related, but we are personable and fun.  While we may be doing business together, our clients become our friends and we take a personal interest in ensuring their wedding is PERFECT.

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Meet a Wedding Photographer in La Paz, Bolivia: Pkl Fotografía (3)

Today’s interview is with Bolivian based wedding photographer Pankkara Larrea of Pkl Fotografía! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

I’m a french-bolivian wedding photographer based in La Paz, Bolivia. I studied wedding photography in Madrid, Spain and being running Pkl Fotografía for the last four years. I’m all about capturing true moments and real feelings.I love been part of people’s special day and making their memories last forever.

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Darin Crofton Photography

This beautiful rustic wedding comes to us from Darin and Stephanie of Darin Crofton Photography, based in Tampa, Florida! Here’s Darin and Stephanie to tell us more:

On this special day in March, so many lives were changed for the better. Chad and Heather, both with heartbreak in their past, were blessed to have found each other and to have found a special kind of happiness. Their wedding day, surrounded by family , close friends, and their children, was a great celebration of love. They are so thankful to have had their bumps in the road, because it led them to each other and to this special day.

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Meet a Wedding Stationer in Seattle, WA: Greenenvelope (7)

Meet a Wedding Stationer in Seattle, WA: Greenenvelope

Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Lauren Fennell, the Creative Director at Greenvelope, a company specializing in elegant online invitations! Enjoy:

How did you get started doing wedding invitations?

I have a background in art history and fine art curation, so I was looking for work in a creative field after returning to Seattle from two years of teaching English in other countries. I met our CEO, Sam, through a mutual friend who mentioned he was looking for some help with the aesthetic direction of the site. At the time, Greenvelope was only Sam, our remote developer, Kyle, and a freelance UI designer. He needed someone with a good eye to curate the collection while he focused on customer service and development.

I didn’t initially intend to work in the wedding industry specifically, but it’s been absolutely wonderful to blend wedding and tech into one career. I feel so lucky to have been exposed to this industry! I get to work with couples to make sure the best day of their life is announced in style, without too many weird font combinations! The designers I work with are just bursting with creativity, and they never fail to amaze me with their fresh ideas and techniques. I think the wedding industry is lucky to have them!

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Meet a Wedding Videographer in Toronto, ON: Giancarlo Studios

Meet a Wedding Videographer in Toronto, ON: Giancarlo Studios

Today’s wedding videographer interview is with Giancarlo of Giancarlo Studios, based in Toronto, Ontario! Enjoy:

Tell us about your company, how did you get started?

We do wedding videos. We are a small, bespoke film company based in Toronto, Canada and we love to express our artistic visions through storytelling, We specialize in wedding films as we sincerely believe a story is best told through moving pictures.

Back in 2011, my sister, who now works with me as my second shooter, got herself a DSLR and started getting into photography and videos. She would come to shoot random family events and other subjects of interest and I was always impressed with her video edits that I started to play around with videos soon after. I’ve always been interested in video in my younger years but back in the day, I didn’t own a computer powerful enough to render them. With the advent of more powerful computers, I now have the opportunity to really play around with NLEs and unleash creative potential. To make this long story short, I was inspired by my sister to really get into this type of work and the positive responses we get along the way is enough fuel for us to keep going and strive to be better after every shoot.

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Venue Walkthrough: Willowdale Estate (Topsfield, MA) (3)

Venue Walkthrough: Willowdale Estate (Topsfield, MA) (2)

Today’s venue walkthrough is of the beautiful Willowdale Estate in Topsfield, Massachusetts, and our tour guide is Willowdale’s Sr. Sales & Marketing Manager, Sarah Boucher. Enjoy!

Tell us a bit about your venue:

Willowdale Estate is an Arts and Crafts field-stone mansion; our property today sits on about 4 acres of the 720-acre Bradley Palmer State Park. Our historic venue is not only an ideal location for weddings, but it also hosts our in-house catering company and dedicated team of planners who help make each event personalized and unique.

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Intimate Beach Wedding in Hilton Head, SC

This festive beach front wedding comes to us from Michel Berda of King Street Photo Weddings, based in Charleston, SC! Here’s more about the happy couple and their big day from Brittany, the lovely bride:

As cliché as it sounds we actually met at a bar. I had walked into a bar with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday and a group of guys were there watching the Buckeye football game. Patrick approached me and we chatted for a bit and I gave him my phone number. Being the quirky hopeless romantic I am I wrote my number on a napkin and slid it over to him. He laughed and said “I’ll just put this in my phone, it is 2013″. After weeks of talking on the phone and texting I finally agreed to go on a date with him. I was a little skeptical; after all we did meet in a bar.  We met one evening and sat and talked for hours. There was never a dull moment. I went home and called my mom and said I am going to marry this man!

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