Outdoor Jewish Wedding in Austin: Danny & Maya

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Danny and Maya were married at Cedar Bend Events, just 25 minutes outside of Austin. They chose their venue because they wanted an outdoor wedding and this place was beautiful! “We both really wanted the wedding to be outdoors and to embody the relaxing feel of a backyard barbecue”, wrote the groom. “Our original plan was actually to have a family barbecue style event and handle all of the food/catering as a family, but that proved too difficult logistically, so we opted for a wedding venue that could provide the same relaxed feeling.”

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“Throughout the planning process, we consciously chose to ignore any rules that were inconvenient or contradicted our values”, he continued. “For example, when it came time to decide on a dessert, we opted for catering from Amy’s Ice Creams instead of expensive wedding cake(s). When we were choosing friends for our wedding party, we disregarded the traditional gender guidelines, because some of my best friends are women. It felt inappropriate for my BFFs to stand with Maya just because they are women, and Maya felt the same way about her male BFFs. It took a little extra work to color-coordinate everyone, but it ended up looking great!”

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12 Reasons Your Dog Needs To Be At Your Wedding

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It’s all too easy to forget about our furry little friends on your big day. I’m going on record and saying your dog needs to be there. And if you’re working to a strict headcount, just uninvite that weird aunt you never actually visit.

Here’s why you shouldn’t leave those poor little guys at home:

1. He’ll be really sad without you

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Source: An Orchard Elopement

2. He’s already sorted his outfit

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Source: Thrifty Maine Cornfield Wedding

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Thursday Treats: Rainbow Magic!

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I was so excited to speak at Cosmopolitan’s Superblogger’s Masterclass on Monday, especially as Gareth and Lisa were coming along too. It’s so much more fun when you rock up with an entourage! I jest of course, but Lisa did bring her camera with her and before jumping onto the stage we had a play with coloured gels and in-camera double exposures.

Aren’t these so fun?

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The event was amazing. The 200 strong audience were friendly and excitable, and any nerves I had went away as soon as I saw their happy, beaming faces in front of me. I even managed to get a few laughs which in my book means a job well done! Meeting so many of them afterwards and hearing about their plans and ideas is so inspiring !

It was such a fun way to spend a Monday evening. You can read a little more about what went on over at Cosmo’s blog.

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In other news, don’t forget about my first (eeek!) solo livestream which I’m doing on Sunday afternoon! From 4pm GMT I’ll be tackling as many wedding planning questions as possible. Be sure to RSVP to the event beforehand and if you want you can submit your questions ahead of time too. Just hit the Q&A button.

I (nervously) can’t wait!

Weddings & Weddingy Things

Handcrafted wedding in Singapore
Colourful Malibu ranch wedding
BHLDN’s Fall 2014 dresses are glorious
DIY canvas and wood bouquet
This sequinned wedding gown by Eileen Kirby is so beautiful!

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Bek Grace Photography

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Urban Bohemian Wedding: Kristin & Eric

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Kristin and Eric were married on 28th December and so they wanted their wedding to have a festive, gilded vibe. They day was held at 1927 Events, a historic space in Seattle. “The time of year really guided our choices”, wrote the bride. “We always wanted a wedding close to the holidays, so we really went for a romantic cocktail and dinner party vibe rather than a wedding. We wanted it to feel really informal instead of the traditional agenda burdened wedding.”

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“I’ve had several people tell me how connected they felt to Eric and me that night and that they weren’t just audience members watching from afar”, she continued. “That made me feel like our wedding was so special. In fact my favorite thing about our wedding was how much me and Eric just felt like hosts of a great party celebrating our marriage. We wanted to create a party for people and not a formal gathering. We cherished all our guests and wanted them all to feel important, and also have an amazing time. ”

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Join Rocker in Love On Their US Wedding Tour!

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If you’re getting married in America during 2015 then you’re going to want to pay attention to this! Brazilian photographers Grasi and Dani of Rocker in Love have spent the last eight years conquering the Southern American market, but have recently decided they want to expand and have a play north of the border. So, they’ve decided to embark on an epic year-long tour, around the United States, shooting weddings as they go!

The reason I’m so excited to share this with you today is because they particularly love working with alternative couples who want to have fun with their wedding photographs. They love pushing themselves to be as creative as possible, they’ve even recently started creating amazing cinemagraphs for each of their lucky couples. Like, whoa:

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Starting in Florida in January, Grasi and Dani are going to travel all around the US for the whole year, wrapping up in Alabama in December. Although they have a rough itinerary of where they want to go and when, their dates are completely flexible. They’re travelling around in a motor home and so are more than willing to make a quick detour if your dates don’t exactly match up. 

At the end of the tour, they plan to publish photos from each wedding in a book about American weddings. Amazing!

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How Do We Tell People We Don’t Want Their Children at Our Wedding?

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Most of our friends now have children. If we invited them all to our wedding there would be nearly 35 kids, we were only planning a guest list of 75 and don’t know how to let people know without upsetting them. We know some people will struggle to get sitters but I’m worried it will turn into a screaming child frenzy if we invite them all. Do we do a blanket no children or invite some, the ones we are closest to and risk upsetting people on the day? Added complication is my two nephews will be there who will be 1 and 3 and my flower girl who is 6. Any help/advice appreciated! – Sarah-Jane

Sarah, I completely empathise, this was the exact situation we had with our wedding too! While we didn’t have a flowergirl or ring bearer, we did have a couple of nieces and nephews there, but chose not to invite our friend’s children.

I want to kick off my reply by saying I am not anti-children, or criticising people who choose to have them, but they’re not really for me. While some people can’t imagine their wedding without kids running around all day, I certainly fall into the camp of those who can.

Although proper wedding etiquette states that unless there is a +1 on the invitation, only people whose names are on the invite should actually rock up, there will always be some people who ignore, or don’t understand, this and will assume their whole brood is more than welcome. To avoid any potential confusion we phoned our friends with kids to explain the situation outright. Pretty much everyone was fine with this, and some were thrilled to have a night away from their sprogs! Babysitters for the win!

If you’re struggling to figure out how to explain why some children (like your flowergirl) are invited but others (like your work friend’s three little darlings) are not, then you can always cite ‘budget constraints’, or ‘space limitations’ as the issue, even if it’s not true.

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