June 27, 2013

“I could tell that these two were planning something special from the get-go. We were introduced by a mutual friend whose wedding was also unusual, but theirs is a story for a different day. Devin and Pete are special because they have amazing family and friends who love them. Their plans to DIY nearly everything for their wedding kind of hooked me. Knowing that their family and friends are going to pitch in so much got me weepy…

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..We had great plans for our engagement shoot that involved paint and other crazy fun things. Instead? It rained. So we did the next best, not-too-crazy but still as much fun thing. We headed to Deep Ellum area of Dallas for a few shots of them near a mural that’s near and dear to Devin’s heart. She may or may not have picked the colors of her boots to match; I never asked but I wouldn’t doubt it! Afterwards, we headed to Watermark Community Church which is where their wedding and reception were going to take place. To be sure: the interior of the church provided some incredibly fun backdrops for their photos. We avoided the spots that were typically used for engagement shoots and did a lot of playing with light and poses and…cards. Pete’s an avid collector of card decks so we had to make sure we used them. They made this shoot even more fun because they were willing to try so many new things with me. Really, what’s not to love? They were a dream to work with. No…make that: they were a dream to play with! – Mercedes Morgan Photography

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“Oh, the world is so so so small sometimes! I was actually in a rock climbing class my last semester of college and met another girl in my class who was engaged (shout out to Cat)! We bonded over being each other’s life savers on the terrifyingly tall wall (literally) and gal-paling about wedding things.  So, we decided to make our friendship official and added each other on Facebook. She got married during our class and as I stalked her wedding photos I fell in LOVE with them. They were absolutely stunning and romantic. After many hours of looking up wedding photographers on Google, realizing I could afford none of them and still being in love with Cat’s photos, I decided to contact her photographer, Mercedes Morgan. The rest is history!

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…What aren’t we DIY for our wedding?! I feel like every person I know is going to be involved in making something for our wedding! My husband and I made all the Save-the-Dates and wedding invitations. Some amazing women I know spent an entire evening cutting fabric out for our flowers. A woman at our church is making cupcakes and cookies for our dessert bar. My husband cut and edited all the music for our ceremony. Cake stands have been made and painted in my brand new apartment, our centerpieces were designed on my parents’ kitchen table, programs printed in our office, playing card boutonnieres assembled hunched over a card table, bow ties for the boys were sewn by my mom/hubs and mason jars were painted with chalkboard paint in my living room for guest favors. My sister and husband spent several hours dumping out thousands of cards on my floor and tying them with twine for our “52 pick-up” departure. And best of all?  My mom made my wedding dress. Seriously, y’all, my. wedding. dress. She freakin’ rules!!!

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..Honestly, I am most looking forward to busting some moves on the dance floor! Anyone who has known me for more than a hot second has seen me dance awkwardly to just about anything. But I’m incredibly excited about experiencing our ceremony as well! We have special touches planned like hand picked music which should make things super meaningful. We hope it will be a beautiful reminder of Christ’s love for His people, how faithful He is, and how far His grace extends to bring two royally weird, crazy, screwed-up but forgiven and committed people together!” – Devin, the bride-to-be

June 18, 2013

“I always get nervous when I get an email from a client asking what we’re going to do if it rains. I tell them to hope for the best and as long as it’s not pouring we’ll keep our appointment. Well… that’s exactly what happened with Michael and Heather’s session. Lucky for us, the rain stopped about an hour before we started and we had the most amazing fog roll in along the Clinch River in the middle of our session. Michael and Heather were a joy to work with and I can’t wait for their wedding day!” – John Shim Photography

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“I have actually looked for wedding photographers for years. Pictures are one of the most important elements to me because they are one thing that last forever. Before I was engaged, I saw my friends pictures and thought that they were amazing, so I had John in mind already when we got engaged. To compare prices, I contacted several different photographers and I was SO thrilled when I found out that in addition to being my favorite, he was also the most reasonably priced! I also saw more of his amazing work when I was searching a site for our wedding venue. I found this beautiful barn in GA and funny enough, most of the pictures that they featured were from a wedding John shot. It must have been fate because that is also where we have chosen to have our wedding, and the owners couldn’t stop singing his praises when they found out who our photographer was!

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..I hired an amazing wedding planner, Jennifer Laraia, and she has added some DIY touches to our design plan like torn fabric strips for our programs and chairs and a stamped monogram table cloth for the head table. We are also going to make a little banner for our son to carry down the aisle that says, “Here comes my Mommy” as well as making up our signature drink!

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..The thing I am definitely looking most forward to about our wedding is sharing a last name with my fiancee and our son! Besides that, we are having a Barn wedding and I am really excited about some of the more unique elements we are adding in. I don’t want to give too many things away before the wedding but my wedding planner found an AWESOME unfrosted cake with strawberries that I am in love with, and I am not much of a fan of cake, but I can’t WAIT to try this one! We are also planning on having a moonshine bar for our wedding favor where guests can flavor their own jar of ‘shine!

***We were SO incredibly lucky that the woman who did my makeup, Suzanne Clayton, offered up her farm for us to use for our engagement pictures. We went four wheeling on our first date so I really wanted to include that somehow into our engagement setting, and her farm offered plenty of space to ride, as well as plenty of gorgeous spots to shoot! I got my dress at an awesome little boutique in Turkey Creek called Tula Boutique. The owner provided such amazing service, I couldn’t recommend her enough. When I went in she didn’t have anything out on the floor that caught my eye, but when I told her what I was looking for she told me she had just gone to market and brought several gorgeous dresses out for me to try on that this one was exactly what I was looking for!” -Heather, the bride-to-be

June 13, 2013

“Sara and Tim are a very down-to-earth and cozy couple. Their candid affection for each other shines through in this engagement shoot. They are also a great example of how a simple wardrobe with solid, neutral colors really support the images, without taking attention away from the moments captured. The photos were taken partly in the small downtown area of Edmond, and partly at Hafer Park (also in Edmond). The recent spring rain made some vibrantly green foliage among the rustic, woodsy setting.” – Anna Lee Media

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“I found Anna Lee through Brides of Oklahoma ~ I was playing around on the internet and was blown away by her feature in their magazine, so I went to her website and set up an appointment with her. I am VERY picky and I am grateful to have found her! On our first meeting she sold me when she brought me a few bridal magazines (free of charge!) before I had even booked a thing with her. She’s very good with the details and that’s what I enjoy most about her…

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..We are DIY-ing our centerpieces, our invitations (bridal shower, bachelorette party, and wedding), as well as the table decorations, and my shoes!

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..I’m looking forward to marrying my best friend! That’s really all it comes down to, but as far as the event goes I’m very excited to wear the dress ~ dressing up is one of my favorite things to do, and I can’t wait for the day I REALLY get to dress up!” -Sara, the bride-to-be

June 6, 2013

“I personally know the bride Jamie, and was so excited when she asked me to be her wedding photographer! I knew these two were going to really have some great ideas and style when it came to this session. The two of them met in while in school and were friends for a time before they actually started dating. They are so wonderful to each other, and as you can see in these photos, they truly bring joy to each others lives! Picnic’s, wine, the outdoors, and country is very reflective of them. They really are very country at heart so the chic style of cowboy boots in an apple orchard in the hills of California is the perfect blend of Jamie & Andrew.” – Marcella Treybig Photography

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Marcella and I used to wait tables together MANY years ago, and I would always follow her postings on social media sights, etc. and was continually BLOWN away by her work. It was a no brainer when we got engaged last year that she would be at the top of our list for photographers. I knew Andrew and I would feel comfortable being in front of her camera because she was a friend and a professional. We couldn’t be more THRILLED at how our engagement photos came out, and are SO looking forward to the wedding!

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..we are DIY-ing as much as we can! We have created vintage chalkboards to use for our programs, menu and sweet signs all along the path from the House to the Barn for our guests to read along the way. We created confetti systems (tissue tassels) and garlands to sawg behind the head table and had stamped and embossed our favorite chevron print on all the place cards in gold…

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..the most – we are just beyond excited to be married already! Andrew and I knew the moment we met that we were destined to be together, and after being engaged for 16 months we are overjoyed that the day will finally be here. The second most – we chose Dana Powers House in Nipomo to get that rustic feel we wanted instead of at the beach or at a hotel where we live (Orange County) specifically to create a wonderful weekend for our family and friends. Everyone is traveling up on Friday for a huge BBQ on the beach to kick off the weekend and we can’t wait!” – Jamie, the bride-to-be

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photography: Marcella Treybig // venue: Riley’s Oak Glen – Apple Orchard // Jamie’s dresses: Zara, Urban Outfitters // Andrew’s shirts: H&M //  hair and makeup: Bride // beautiful bouquet: Bride // Garland: ETSY

June 1, 2013

Kiss, kiss… how cute is this!!?? Happy Saturday!

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Image Courtesy of: Hazelwood Photo // color inspiration: Jen | ST

best wedding blog 2013

Monday: { happy memorial day }

Tuesday: super cute shabby chic DIY bridal shower by Sun & Sparrow Photography

Wednesday: gorgeous Hampton’s wedding of Luke + Ashley by Tirzah Photography

Thursday: darling downtown LA engagement of Drew + Allison by Andy Bangs Photography
~ Bridal Showcase /// The Wedding Salon + Ticket Giveaway!!!

DIY Friday: how to make super cute wedding bouquet charm bracelets!

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