Today’s featured engagement shoot is actually a post-wedding trash the dress shoot, a fun way of getting one last use out of that expensive dress! Laura from GRITZ Photography gives us some of the details of the shoot, appropriately titled “Savage Menagerie”:

[The shoot was] held at a private residence in Magnolia Springs, AL. The model posed with two exotic cats: a carracal and a cougar cub. The dress is Jessica McClintock, the jewelry is Lucky Brand and the chair is a vintage piece. The cats were a handful and the dress was indeed slightly “trashed” afterwards, but it was a lot of fun!

Photos by GRITZ Photography Inc.
Submission via Two Bright Lights

portland wedding lounge

A few week’s ago, I had the opportunity to visit Sunny of Puddle Jumpin’ Cards and to get a tour of the Portland Wedding Lounge, a studio dedicated to showcasing Portland wedding vendors. Such a great idea, since it means that smaller vendors will get a place to display their work to couples and get more clients.

Here are my pictures of the visit and of Sunny, as she did a bit of work while I was there!

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

portland wedding lounge

Thanks again to Sunny for the visit, and best of luck to all of the vendors at the Portland Wedding Lounge — thanks for letting me come by!

This week’s roundup topic is one that I’m particularly fond of: birds. I don’t like birds in real life, but stick a bird on an invitation/poster/bag/receipt and I’m in love. Thought I’d share the aviary obsession this week, so here are ten great love bird invitations from our vendors:

weddinginvitelove invitation designer the white aisle


The White Aisle

weddinginvitelove invitation designer stelie designs

Stelie Designs

weddinginvitelove invitation designer three eggs

Three Eggs

weddinginvitelove invitation designer little flamingo

Little Flamingo Creative Stationery

weddinginvitelove invitation designer yellow brick graphics

YellowBrick Graphics

weddinginvitelove invitation designer anders printing

Anders Printing

weddinginvitelove invitation designer whimsical prints

Whimsical Prints

weddinginvitelove hello cupcake llc

Hello Cupcake LLC

weddinginvitelove invitation designer girl metro

Girl Metro Inc.

weddinginvitelove invitation designer to have and to hold

To Have and To Hold

weddinginvitelove invitation designer parlour press

The Parlour Press

I love these invitations that we’re featuring today: beautiful typography and a nod to classical design! Sarah from Foglio Press shares:

The design was inspired by typography and the simple yet powerful style of magazine layouts.

weddinginvitelove invitation designer foglio press

I’ve been enamored with magazines and the photography and design therein since I can remember, and I think this invitation is a great ode to classic understated style with just a bit of graphic detail in the striped border.

weddinginvitelove invitation designer foglio press

I’ve attached some images here, and you can also check out the listing in my shop, along with the listing for a coordinating photo save the date as well. These designs would be gorgeous printed in letterpress, but a budget-friendly flat printing option still does them justice!

weddinginvitelove invitation designer foglio press

Thanks Sarah!

View Foglio Press’ profile on WeddingInviteLove here or their Etsy store, here!


weddingplannerlove wedding planner and coordinator curated directory

After weeks (months?) of hard work, I’m proud to announce that has launched! WeddingPlannerLove strives to be as awesome as WeddingInviteLove is — listing only the best wedding planners in the industry and make it easy to narrow down your choices to find the best person to help you plan your wedding. Additionally, the blog (here!) will be adding planner and coordinator interviews soon. Our goal is to make the business of being a planner easier, and to make the process of finding a planner for a bride more fun and less stressful!

Are you a wedding planner or coordinator? We’d love to have you join! Basic listings are free (and always will be), simply sign up at

Thank you all for the support and ♥! Any suggestions you have, happily accepted in the comments. :)

This week has been so nuts for both Tracy and myself, both of us definitely were looking forward to the weekend (although, really? When you’re self-employed, there’s no such thing as a weekend.) Anyways, I snapped this picture at Blitz agency where I was doing some contract work yesterday, and I think many of you will appreciate it:

Here’s what you might have missed on the blog:

A big warm welcome to our newest vendors:

Best of this week on the web:

A great opportunity just popped into my inbox — UPrinting is giving away 500 full color letterheads to a lucky winner! UPrinting is one of the leading online printing companies that specialize in various printing services, from letterhead printing to quick and cheap business cards. Visit for more of their services and for more letterhead design ideas.

Also, you can print anything you want, not just letterheads! Need quick invitations? Here’s your change.

Prize details:

  • 500 pcs. Letterheads for One (1) winner
  • 5.5” x 8.5″
  • 70lb Offset
  • Front Only Printing
  • 4 Business Days Print Turnaround Time
  • *Free Shipping
  • Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only
  • Estimated worth: $89.83

How to win:

  • Comment on this post — what’s your favorite (or least favorite!) part of autumn?
  • Winner will be chosen Friday, October 7th at 9pm PST.

Good luck!

This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given and I will receive letterhead printing service by hosting. Please visit for available letterhead design and for more details.