Real Weddings: Rachel & Jared's Romantic New York Palace Wedding

When photographer Farnaz, of Farnaz K Studio, reached out to me to feature Rachel & Jared's wedding, I was immediately drawn into the couple's timeless elegance. They held their wedding at historical The New York Palace in New York City. The gorgeous architecture dating back to 1800's, displaying the beauty of a bygone era, and this couple's sleek and modern style, with a splash of old Hollywood glamour, makes a stunning combination.

We are pleased to also share the couple's love story, their planning process and the details of their beautiful day! Please enjoy Rachel & Jared's New York Palace Wedding, beautifully captured by Farnaz K Studio.

Real Couples: Abby & Justin's Rustic Cowboy Rehearsal Dinner

Check out this couple's fun rustic cowboy rehearsal dinner, captured by Pepper Nix Photography! It's a rustic lover's dream, especially for a rehearsal dinner! Love the laid back cowboy atmosphere, yet it's also quite elegant.

Notes from the photographer | This fun couple from Texas that flew out to Park City Utah for their black tie wedding, wanted to do something totally different for their rehearsal dinner. So they had a Cowboy Casual Texas style BBQ at a historic building/local distillery the night before! High West Distillery is a historical landmark site in Park City, and they had the cowboy band Hired Guns to do door security and play for the evening! 

Real Weddings: Charina & Carlos' Country Club Wedding

This sweet couple's wedding was captured by a friend of the blog The Bruks Photography, whom we've had the pleasure to share many weddings.

Charina & Carlos' wedding is full of beautiful gray and purple hues, a sweet first glance moment, and this couple's adoring love for one another. Please enjoy their beautiful wedding, captured by The Bruks Photography

Congrats to these two lovebirds, and thanks again to The Bruks Photography for another beautiful submission! 

Photographer: The Bruks Photography//Venue, Caterer & Cake: River Run Country Club//Hair/Makeup: Friend//DJ: Friend

Real Weddings: Caroline & Jamie's Rustic Chic Southern Wedding

When this couple's beautiful wedding landed in my inbox, from Ryan and Alyssa Photography, I was was immediately drawn to the lovely springtime color palette of coral, aqua and yellow mostly, with additional pastel hues...perfect for a springtime outdoor affair. Its a cheerful wedding, with elegant rustic chic touches. The bride and groom are stunning, as you shall see, and are beaming with joy from ear to ear. 

Bride Caroline shared a note with us | We knew when we started planning our wedding that we wanted it to reflect who we are so we went with a rustic, laid-back feel. My dad used cedar wood to make tree trunk vases and our cake stand. We used a lot of items from our home in the wedding such as the lantern with our initials, wreaths Jamie's mom made, picture frames, and a letter "S" that one of my students parents made for me. I began to draw some inspiration from Pinterest and was able to build off those ideas to create the details that made our wedding so magical.

Signature Cocktails: Sparkly Sangria Cocktail with Sociologie Wine

Submitted from Sociologie Wine


.5 cp Orange-flavored cognac liqueur
1 cp Frozen Pineapple and Honeydew Melon
2 Limes, sliced
1 Orange, sliced
2 Apples, red and green, cored and cut into .5 inch wedges
1 tbsp Superfine sugar
1 cp Orange juice
.5 bottle Sparkling Wine
1 bottle Sociologie Wine Red Berry, chilled

How To:

Combine all the ingredients in a punch bowl and let stand at least 30 minutes. Then stir the orange juice and wine, and serve in crushed ice-filled punch cups or stemless wine glasses topped with a cute paper straw.

Real Couples: Traci & Grey's Rustic Late Summer Engagement Session

Love this couple's engagement session from Andie Freeman Photography! It's full of rustic touches including hay bales, a red barn and a vintage sofa, set in a wooded area of rural Georgia. 

Photographer Andie describes the setting | Traci had originally wanted a rustic wedding but instead chose the classic elegance of the Classic Center in downtown Athens. In order for her to get the best of both worlds, we chose to do her engagement session in a rustic setting. So we chose a farm with hay bales, a red barn, and a line of pecan trees down the dirt driveway. The weather was beautiful on the day of their session and we had amazing light! It was the perfect summer engagement session!

Bridal Beauty: The Easy Knotted Updo Tutorial

knotted updo tutorial

This super cute updo tutorial was sent our way from Melissa Cook, a contributor to She provides pics and the how-to for putting together this lovely knotted updo, that is perfect for any wedding event, for brides, bridesmaids, flower girls and guests! Enjoy!

I am excited to share this ridiculously easy knotted updo tutorial with you today. For once it pays to have your hair all knotty because this hairstyle is done by actually tying it.

Real Weddings: Nicole & Kenny's Rural River Landing Wedding

Have you had struggles in life as you planned your way to your best day ever? Well, this beautiful couple surely did, and Open Aperture Photography was there to capture their complete joy, with not a hint of struggle for their beautiful wedding day! 

Photographer Bob explains what they endured as they made their ways to their "I do's":
Kenny and Nicole did an amazing job of jumping over a number of obstacles to make it to, and survive, their wedding day:

Advice: 5 Ways to Verify a Wedding Vendor's Credibility

Having been there done that, the subject of verifying wedding vendor's credibility is a crucial subject. Below are 5 tips to consider before you set out to meet with your wedding vendors:

The average wedding costs more than $27,000 according to XO Group. Vendors like florists average a price tag of $1,894, a reception band coming in at $3,122 and videographers at $1,486. Spending a small fortune on a wedding can offer a memorable experience and is often worth the investment. But the expense mandates finding reputable vendors to ensure the quality and service you’re paying for. Before you book your next vendors, measure their credibility with a few simple tips.

Ask for an Interview

Reputable vendors act with professionalism and understand the time spent on interviews with clients is part of the job. Ask in advance if they are available for your date and then set up an in-person meeting to discuss the work you want done. Request to see a portfolio and spend a little time chatting to see if their personality matches your needs. Move on if a vendor balks at the request, is too busy to grant more than five minutes or continues to cancel.

Boudoir: Fresh & Flirty by the Shore Styled Boudoir Shoot

Dani Fine Photography has embraced us with a sensuous boudoir photo session yet again! This shoot is sexy, sultry and down right gorgeous! I've had the pleasure of featuring the work of Dani Fine Photography in the past, and am delighted to share with you more of their amazing boudoir work! This type of shoot is a goal of mine, hands down, and I can't wait to do one myself, and it'd be a dream to have them do this for me. To capture women in a state of beautiful self awareness, and let their sexy selves shine, it's truly inspiring. Not to mention these sessions make amazing wedding night or anniversary gifts for the intended recipient!