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June 26, 2018

Today I want to chat about something that, as a photographer, just bugs me. This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine, so I want to give you all the reasons you shouldn’t use silk flowers on your wedding day. Opting for real flowers is absolutely the best way to go, and here’s […]

June 23, 2018

Weddings are stressful. As much fun as they are and even though it’s an incredibly happy day, there’s no denying that they bring on a little anxiety. Between all the planning, large amounts of family coming together, and plenty of money put toward the day, it’s easy for tensions to run high. Taking the stress […]

June 19, 2018

Today I want to spotlight one of my favorite venues, as I’ll be doing over the next couple of weeks. The DC War Memorial is an incredible historic site, but that’s part of what makes it such a cool space for a wedding! Only steps away from the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, the venue […]

June 14, 2018

We’ve talked before about the do’s and don’ts of etiquette for the wording on your wedding invitations before, but how do you actually address them? And what about the envelopes? If you want them to be properly addressed, there are a few rules to follow, so here’s an easy chart for you to keep up […]

June 12, 2018

It happens all the time…couples are dressed and ready, everyone’s excited, and it’s only a few minutes until the ceremony begins, when all of a sudden, someone realizes that something has been forgotten. Best case scenario: You hired a wedding planner and they either have a backup or an alternative to whatever it was you forgot. […]

June 7, 2018

Starting your wedding registry is something you’ll probably do early in your engagement. This part is always fun because you’re registering for all those household items you get to start your married life with, but it can also be a little overwhelming. There are so many things to remember to add, and so many different […]

June 5, 2018

The majority of newly engaged couples have never planned a wedding before. Even if you have, every wedding is different, and sometimes it’s hard to know what questions to ask and expectations to have when you’re out of your element. Many vendors will schedule consultations or phone calls with you prior to you booking them, […]

May 31, 2018

One thing that doesn’t get talked about enough in wedding planning is wedding insurance. Don’t think it’s a necessity? Not sure exactly what wedding insurance is? We’re going to chat about a few quick tips on why your wedding needs insurance. There are typically two types of wedding insurance: Cancellation insurance and Liability insurance. Cancellation […]

May 29, 2018

I’ve already talked about how to set your budget, but now I want to talk about how to cut costs and make room in your budget. You’ve figured out your budget with your sweetheart and family, and you’ve got a rough draft of the guest list, so what happens when you realize that you don’t […]

May 24, 2018

It’s official! The ceremony is complete, you’re happily married, the pictures have been taken, and now it’s time to get the party started. You’re about to walk in to your reception…what are you playing? Your grand entrance music will be an indicator to your guests for what they can expect the rest of the night, […]