Monday, May 31, 2010

The Red Balloon

Some background information before you check out these Save the Dates -
"After ten years together, Jen and Kevin got engaged in Paris--a location they subtly acknowledged in a nod to Albert Lamorisse's short film The Red Balloon when designing their save the date announcement"

All I can say is YES! It's love at first sight.

Who made these unique Save the Dates? For Print Only.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Photo #25

Engagements caught on film - it just never gets old.

*End note*
Speaking of how much LMV loooooves engagements caught on film, one of my favorite new photographers posted this on her blog just this morning.

Favorite photog (Andria) + favorite thing (engagements) caught on film  = two thumbs up from LMV!

Happy Friday Everyone!

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm Getting Hitched : The Guestlist

I'm sure you have heard before that narrowing down the guest list is one of the hardest things you will have to do in the planning process. Well, I'm here to confirm that unfortunately you heard right! :(
Ever since Clint and I started talking about getting married, we knew that a smaller to medium size wedding was the way we wanted to go.

  • Clint always envisioned an extremely intimate wedding with us, the witnesses, and the minister...I, on the other hand, never wanted a huge wedding, but also have way too many friends to ever go that small. Time for compromise!

  • We are planning on paying for the wedding completely on our own and having a reduced guest list is the number one way for us to stay within our budget.

  • It is very important to us to be able to share quality time with all of our guests.
Ideally we wanted our total count to stay below 100, which means only inviting about 40-50 people if everyone has a guest. So how did we finally come up with our final list? We decided to go the route of sharing this day with only our closest, closest friends and family. Since Clint is in the military keeping his side small was relatively easy. Between deployments, changing duty stations, or returning to civilian life, his friends unfortunately have a tendency to come and go quite often. As bittersweet as it may be, this definitely forces you to hang on to the most important people in life and really cherish those friendships that mean the most. Family wise, his side isn't very big so that helped a lot as well.

 For me, the story is a little different. I am so thankful to be lucky enough to live in the same general vicinity as a majority of many of the great friends I have made over the years. In a perfect world I would be able to invite every friend that I have been so blessed to have, but unfortunately that just wasn't a realistic option for our wedding. I know everything will turn out the way it should be but to be perfectly honestly this was, and still continues to be, a really hard situation. I just really hate the idea of hurting someones feelings unintentionally. Anyway, after lots of thought we finally made decision that I needed to limit myself to the closest 5 (give or take) friends from each period of life: home, sorority, college, and post-college. In terms of family, since I didn't really grow up around many of them it wasn't as difficult of a decision to choose those nearest to me.

 Were our methods the best? Not really sure, but I can sincerely say that we are pretty darn happy with our current guest list. And at the end of the day, that is what matters most right? It definitely wasn't always a breeze to get through, but by staying true to what we wanted for our special day we are on track to achieving exactly that.

 Here are some things I have learned over the process:
  • Figure out your budget and style, and determine a guest list size that will allow you to realistically achieve that. For example, a 5 course plated dinner for 150 people on a $10,000 probably won't work.
  • Decide early on a general number that you do not want to exceed and try to stick with that. It is very easy to let your list balloon out of control.
  • Be flexible! If you can't cut your list anymore, re-prioritize how you spend your money to make that number happen. Consider a daytime wedding, nixing wedding favors, buffet hour d'ourves rather than passed, beer and wine instead of a full open bar...
  • Your closest friends today are just as important, if not more important, than the friend from 3 years ago that you never talk to anymore.
  • It is likely that at least one person's feelings will get hurt. It sucks and isn't an easy feeling, but keep reminding yourself that this day is about you and your fiance. No one else. Do what makes the both of you happy.
  • Don't forget to include plus ones, photographers, DJs, videographers, and yourselves into the number of mouths to feed!
  • Number of guests will limit or expand your venue options.
  • Don't stress too much about it. Enjoy the process and remember that everything will work out the way it should.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Some Wedding Wisdom

It happens - brides will get an RSVP card back with no name and no return address. What to do then?
Number Your RSVP Cards!

When you are putting your wedding invitations together, number the lower corner of the back of the RSVP cards and make a list - on paper or on your computer (maybe on an excel sheet that also tracks your will/will not attend) - where a guest name or couple corresponds to each number. This way when you get an RSVP card back in the mail with no name or return address you can easily figure out who sent it back and you won't have to worry about calling everyone you are waiting to hear back from to see if they were the nameless guest!

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Paper Bag Favors

These DIY download paper bag favor labels are insanely easy, inexpensive and adorable! All you need are lunch bags and a color printer. You could even buy small white bags from a craft store! They come in three colors - red & white, black & white, and yellow & white! Fill them with cookies, candy, popcorn, etc.
Love 'em? Me too!
Download them here at Flights of Fancy.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

The 80's Mixed Tape - Invitation!

I'm a huge fan of couples really thinking outside the box in every aspect of their wedding and making everything very personal and unique.

That said, check out these invites. They are RAD!!!

They were designed by Adam Ramreth at Lark and printed by Studio on Fire.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Photo!

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Screenprinted Napkins - Yes Please!

Serrrrrrrriously, check these napkins out!

What incredible black and white napkin templates from Wedding Style Guide!! Such great vintage images that would add the perfect personal aspect to your reception tables.

Simply download the pdf, email it to the screenprinter of your choice, and voila!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

And now introducing...Aubrey Joy Photography!

Hi all!
As promised, I now officially introduce you to Aubrey Joy Photgraphy. I tried to pick just a few of my favorite photos but as you can see, a few turned into was impossible to decide! Haha! I hope you love her as much as I do!
1. What’s your primary style? (Posed and formal, relaxed, photojournalistic, creative, artistic, candid, traditional?)
My primary style I would say is a mixture of artistic and candid. Of course some of the shots I get are "posed" but I try to steer away as much as possible from the traditional photos. I like my photography to be fresh, and to reflect my clients style and relationship... as well as my own artistic eye.

2. What are the reasons you think brides should hire you? What makes your photographs better or different than anybody else's?
First and for-most I think brides should hire me because I love what I do. I am a true romantic so this whole wedding business never gets old. I enjoy telling peoples love stories in the form of images, its an honor to be able to do this for someone. This love for my job is really what I think sets me apart from other people... and hopefully you can see that in my style. I can never promise my clients that I will make all their "photography dreams" come true, but what I can promise is that I will give 100% to capturing your wedding the best I can, and I haven't disappointed yet. I am constantly looking at ways to generate better photos and keep growing as a photographer and artist. It only takes a few minutes of looking through my portfolio to see that my work is always changing and evolving... I think that is a key part of why I can keep my work fresh and unique. Just like in a relationship... if you want to keep the spark alive, you have to work at it.

3. Who is your most favorite photographer (not necessarily a wedding photographer)?
Hmmm... this is a tough one. I definitely have role models out there, inspirations from all over. I am obsessed with National Geographic photographers, I know that seems a little strange since alot of people don't relate any of their footage to wedding photography... but I think that documenting someones most memorable day is a huge privilege... and photographers like Sam Abell and Karen Kasmauski are so inspiring to me. Work from painter Maxfield Parrish always encourages me to capture light in the most beautiful way I can.

4. Are there any new wedding photo trends that you have noticed?
Wedding photography trends go with the style and flow of what is around us. I think vintage is definitely going to be taking full swing in the next year or so. In the last few years I think that couples are really making it a priority to hire photographers that will go the extra step in making sure their individual personalities show in the photographs. I strive to make that possible for every bride and groom I work with.

5. What do you do the rest of the week, when you aren't shooting weddings?
Ahhh.. this is a question I get so often. I think that alot of people assume that wedding photographers have an easy job cut out for them, only working on the weekends and then kicking back the rest of the week. Nothing could be further from the truth! Don't get me wrong... I LOVE my job, but it's alot of work. The day that I take photos on your wedding day is only the beginning. For each hour I spend shooting I spend at least 5 hours doing other tasks that go along with it. My work week is spent sorting, editing, emailing, blogging, networking, building proofs with my lab, purchasing new equipment, researching and taking classes. Its a full time job, and its great! When I am not working I am of course playing! Hiking, picnics, tea parties with my seven year old sister, playing frisbee with my dog, reading, painting, cooking, and camping with friends are just a few things I can think of that I love to make time for when I can.

Check out Aubrey's full portfolio and pricing information at

Monday, May 10, 2010

Welcome Totes!

I really love Welcome Totes.
They really add such a personal touch and its a wonderful little gift for your out of town guests.
Look at how cute these new Welcome Totes are from Navy & Lavender!

They have new summer, vineyard, island, and nautical totes as well as several that pay homage to a few of their favorite cities and states, including New York, Boston, Florida, Texas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco! They all run $30-$40 which makes them a perfect little gift!!

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

I'm alive!

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

The good news is that I am back in the States! (YAY!!)

The bad news is that I caught every little bug that was floating around those airplanes - and I am one sick girl.

But! I'm feeling much more human today and should be back to full blogging ASAP.

Thanks for being so patient everyone! I've got some fun stuff planned for this summer - stay tuned!

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