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Our Engagement Photos

Although we had our pictures taken a lot later than most engaged couples, I think our decision to wait allowed us enough time to come up with a concept that really showcased our relationship, and we were able to find Brighten Photography which perfectly complements our style. Ben and Whitney of Brighten effortlessly work together as if they can read each others minds, and they make the entire process so much fun. (You can see us hysterically laughing in a lot of our pictures.)

As a wedding planner, I have seen a lot of creative engagement sessions. I knew I wanted a lifestyle shoot rather than posed portraits because I wanted the photos to capture how Rich and I interact. I also knew this photography style would help me overcome my camera shyness.

Brighten took our pictures as Rich and I browsed the Lincoln Farmer’s Market. We chose this location because it’s important to us to reduce our carbon footprint and cook with local and fresh ingredients as much as possible.

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Ben of Brighten chose our second location. He helped us “MacGyver” our way into an old school building. Most of the building had been refinished, but the auditorium and gym hadn’t been touched. They looked like they had been frozen in time.

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Wedding Awards

Last week was filled with beautiful wedding inspiration. Take a look at what I found:

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Inspiration: Drusy Quartz

I found these earrings last week, and I was immediately obsessed with the sparkly goodness wrapped inside of those rose gold studs. I did some digging and behold: Drusy (or druzy) Quartz. Every girl loves some shimmer and sparkle (especially this girl), and these naturally-occurring stones do just that! If only I hadn’t already purchased my wedding earrings…

As I was searching for more drusy treasures, I notice Bri pinned this lovely picture. I think I’d like to make a ring out of each of those stones.

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Outfitted: Groom's Attire

I always perceived men’s formal wear to be limited and boring. Other than the plaid suit my friend’s date wore to senior prom, most suits and tuxes I had seen worn were poorly styled and in shades of black, gray or white (cringe). My interest and curiosity for men’s fashion was perked once I was introduced to the well groomed man through JCrew catalogs and blogs like The Sartorialist. I am truly in awe of any man with great style simply because I think it’s a hard skill to master.

Rich was completely disinterested in fashion for the first few years we dated. He would have rather worn one of his five pairs of high school basketball shorts with a cotton t-shirt than fitted jeans and a button up, but with some mysterious shift in the universe, he became intrigued. True to form, Rich began methodically researching men’s fashion. One of his favorite resources is Put This On. Jesse and Adam really know their stuff stuff, and I always read their blog posts and watch their video series when I have a men’s style quandary.

When planning our wedding, the grooms and groomsmen attire completely threw me for a loop. There are surprisingly a lot of rules to follow when dressing a man. Read this article for some help, and check out the inspiration below.

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I had to include this picture of a smartly dressed kitty. I’d allow any cat this finely dressed to come to my wedding (although Rich might not agree with me).

So now you tell me: What resources do you use for men’s fashion? Or how did you select your groom’s attire for your wedding?

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Wedding Awards

Last week was filled to the brim with amazing wedding inspiration especially in the wedding attire department. The dresses showcased below are some of the most unique gowns I’ve ever come across. Enjoy!

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