Real Couples: Michelle & Harry's Fall Engagement Session

Tis' the week of Thanksgiving, and we have a delightful engagement/save the date session to share with you that has a beautiful fall feel to it, including pumpkins, hay bales, and corn stalks, all perfect for this festive week! Oh, and joining the couple is their adorable pup to help spread the save date announcement! The submission comes to us from New Jersey Photographer Vanessa Joy, and we're so happy she saw our call for fall engagement sessions! 

Vanessa had this to say of the aisle bound couple: 
Michelle and Harry met through mutual friends just around Thanksgiving a few years ago. Since then they've been inseparable and can't wait for marriage and where life takes them together. This session was done at a family members house in Medford.

Bridal Beauty: The Ultimate Mermaid Braid Tutorial

the ultimate mermaid braid tutorial

We just looooove hair tutorials! So grateful to receive them, and to then be able to send them along to you lovely readers! We have a pretty tutorial showing how to make the Ultimate Mermaid Braid, and there is a video to go along! This would be perfect for a wedding, rehearsal dinner, or just because. Makes me want to grown my hair out again. Check out process and enjoy the video!


You don’t have to be a mermaid to have a tail! "I am here to tell you that the mermaid braid is the newest thing in hair," explains Latest-Hairstyles.com guest contributor Melissa Cook. "They’ve been all the rage this season! Just think of it as the upgraded French braid. This beautiful hairstyle can be dressed up for a night out or worn in a more casual way for an everyday hairstyle."

"What is neat about this type of braid is that if you already know the basics of braiding and have mastered the French braid, then it’ll be a piece of cake to do. The technique behind the braid is exactly the same as French braiding, but when strands are pulled in, they are thinner and smaller so that the hair underneath shows through. This gives it a more intricate and detailed look since the individual pieces are showing up a lot more."

The Ultimate Mermaid Braid Tutorial:


1. Start with a deep side part and pull all the hair over the opposite shoulder.
2. Divide out a section of hair at the back of the head on the heavy side of the part.
3. Divide this into three pieces for the braid.
4. Cross the back strand over the middle.
5. Cross the front strand over the middle.
6. Cross the back strand over the middle, then bring in small section of hair directly below where the braid began.
7. Cross the front strand over the middle and add in a small section of hair directly in front of the braid.
8. Repeat steps 6 and 7, pulling in skinny sections until the braid reaches the bottom of the hair.
9. Once all the hair is braided, tie off the end with an elastic band.

Watch the Video:


Real Couples: Jessica & Ryan's Cozy Fall Engagement Session

We have a sweet fall engagement shoot on a farm to share with you today, sent over to us by Idalia Photography. Jessica & Ryan set up a cozy scene for their sweet session, and their smitten stares at one another just make us saw "awe"! It was as if they didn't have a photographer around them, but just enjoying their time, celebrating their engagement, plans for their future. 

Photographer Alexandria and Jessica shared a little bit of their session, and their story with us:
Jessica and Ryan were engaged this past summer and scheduled their engagement session almost as quickly as they shared the news of the engagement with friends and family! I just love that kind of excitement! They knew they wanted fall engagement photos and planned the most adorable farm engagement session, complete with blankets and pillows in the back of Ryan’s truck. This engagement session is what fall is all about – cuddling with the one you love while you breathe in the crisp autumn air.

Advice: 5 Topics to Discuss Pre-Vows

We were sent over these 5 uncomfortable but necessary topics to share with our lovely readers, especially those that are destined for marriage. These might make you shift in your seat, but they are good to sit down to seriously discuss you and your future spouse's wishes and plans in areas of family, careers, money, etc. We hope you get some helpful insight from these topics.


These days couples tend to get married later when they're well into adulthood. But being a fully qualified grown-up doesn't mean you're quite ready for the complications that arise when you find yourself sharing not just a bedroom but a bank account.

Real Weddings: Victoria & Charlie's Fair Weather Farms Wedding

If the thought of a shabby chic rustic wedding, full of pretty lavender and purple hued flowers, outdoor chandeliers decked out with roses, lanterns filled with flowers down the aisle on wood stumps, celebrated at a venue called Fair Weather Farms makes you swoon, this couple's wedding is for your eyes! It's just lovely, and captured beautifully by Andie Freeman Photography.

Real Weddings: Lindsay & Peter's Playful Summer Camp Wedding


Any of you lovely readers here ever been a girl scout or boy scout, or any other type of scout, and attended camps during the summer months? I sure did! I went to three camps in my youth, and enjoyed them all implicitly! Although those days are long past me, and I do remember many camp fun moments, this couple's amazing wedding we are sharing with you today, captured by Amanda Summerlin, held at a summer camp in Minnesota, is fun, adorable and timeless.  

Real Weddings: Kelli & Blake's Charming Antique Acres Wedding

Happy Tuesday! When Georgia Wedding Photographer Andie Freeman Photography sent this wedding over to us to feature, I was smitten with the rustic barn vibe of the venue in Georgia, quaintly named Antique Acres. I was also won over by the beautiful imagery that was captured of the gorgeous bride, dashing groom, and the many details for their very special day! It is quite apparent much thought went into every single aspect of this couple's most special day.

Andie shared a bit of "behind the scenes" with us about Kelli & Blake's day, which is also very touching:
Kelli and Blake were planning a wedding for the summer of 2013. Sadly, Blake's father unexpectedly passed away before their wedding. Kelli and Blake decided to move their wedding up to the spring instead so that they could live together (they had chosen not to due to their religious beliefs). They wanted a rustic wedding with cowboy boots, cotton and pale colors.

Real Couples: Estrela & Shawn-Patrick's Bride & Groom Session

We have a special feature to share today, submitted to us by Brittany Weiss of B. Weiss Photography. What is special is the story of this young beautiful couple that Brittany was able to share with us. The photography itself, which you soon shall see, is stunning, having been shot on a Florida beach with a looming storm in the distance.

I'm turning this over now to Brittany with Estrela & Shawn Patrick's love story:
Estrela is a 21 year old Brazilian beauty passionate about her faith in Christ and her passion for people – particularly the sick in body and spirit. She came to study in Pensacola, FL in 2009. Having completed a BA in International Relations, a minor in Spanish from UWF and an AA in Education from PSC, she is currently back in school finishing the science pre-requisites required for medical school. She spent a lot of time praying about her future husband, and chose not to date until she met some one she felt God was calling her toward. In the meantime, she began to pray that God would unite their ways so that she would be able to develop a strong friendship with him. The very next day, she met Shawn Patrick. Shawn-Patrick is an incredibly sweet and well rounded guy who has moved all over as the son of a military family. He and Estrela hit it off and found they shared many common interests. However, only a week later, Estrela moved to Spain for missions and to study abroad while Shawn Patrick stayed in Florida.