Savannah Riverfront Area Engagement Photos

Categories Photography + Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

Jessica and Michael are high school sweethearts, saving the date for October 20th, 2012. Michael proposed in December 2011 on the “Architect tour” at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Michael had bought out all the tickets for the rooftop/balcony tour so they were the only ones up there when he proposed! *Ah, pause for romantic sigh*

Located on and near an historic bridge in the lovely Riverfront Area of Savannah, Georgia, we love this texture-filled photo shoot. Relaxed in feel and loaded with interesting angles and close up shots, enjoy this down-to-earth couple and delightful engagement session.

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Wedding Style: Simple yet elegant
Wedding Colors: Deep apple red, silver, ivory
Engagement Session Location: Augusta, GA on the Savannah River Front Area.

Photographer: Steven Nakajima
Save the Date Magnet: MagnetStreet Weddings


Save the Date magnet

Jessica & Michael personalized “Living Dream” Save the Date Magnet design.


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Vendor Shout Out

Photographer, Steven Nakajim
Our Photographer Steven Nakajima graduated from pharmacy school with Michael but has always had an interest in photography, taking photos for college and professional sport events and of his family and friends.We can’t thank Steven enough for the wonderful and fun engagement session that he did for us! All of the photos came out amazing!

MagnetStreet Weddings
We loved MagnetStreet design and the personalization tool! It was so simple, the design program worked great, and it was good to be able to change pictures or wording and immediately see what it looked like to determine exactly what we wanted. The Save The Date Magnets came out great, we couldn’t be happier!


Congratulations Jessica and Michael on your engagement AND on your accomplishments. Jessica and Michael BOTH just graduated from professional school at UGA in May … Jessica as a veterinarian and Michael as a pharmacist! WOW! We’re looking forward to seeing your soon-to-be wedding photos next!


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Beach Save the Dates: Jennifer & Greg

Categories Photography + Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

Jennifer and Greg are perfectly-adorable and the consummate beach couple! Because they spend so much of their time on the beach and in the water, it’s only natural that they would choose Honey Moon Island in Dunedin, FL for their engagement session. Their beach photos are so fun–and a great snapshot into their relaxed and playful sides.

And we love that Jennifer couldn’t choose just one Save the Date–but four! I can’t say I blame her–their photos are fab!


Beach Save the Dates

Wedding Style: We are going for a rustic beach wedding look. I want all the dresses to be very flow-y–nothing stiff or heavy. {I feel so lucky to have Pinterest in my life!}

Colors: Coral, Tan and Light Aqua/Teal.

Ceremony, Cocktail hour & Reception:
Our ceremony will be toes in the sand followed by cocktail hour on the grass under a gazebo overlooking the beach. The reception will be in the ball room at the Tradewinds Resort on St. Pete Beach, FL.

Photographer: Alicia Danene Photo–on Facebook.
Alicia is a friend of the family and she photographed us at Honey Moon Island in Dunedin, FL.  We had so much fun doing the shoot! Greg and I live on Indian Rocks Beach, FL so it was appropriate to have the shoot at a beach. We are ALWAYS in the water, beach cruising, surfing or hanging out at a local beach bar.

Beach Save the Dates: MagnetStreet Weddings
“I loved using Magnet street! I played on it for hours … I went on several sites and yours was the most user friendly and had the most options. I couldn’t just choose one style!!

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Thanks Jennifer & Greg–for sharing your fun, engagement photos. We look forward to seeing rustic beach wedding style realized. And we couldn’t agree more–thank goodness for Pinterest!


Jennifer & Greg personalized these Save the Date Magnet designs:

top left: Devoted top right: Snapshot Sweetness

bottom left: Simply in Love  bottom right: Western Charm

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New York City Engagement Photos

Categories Photography + Real Weddings

Remember Danielle and Eric’s real wedding and the hurricane that took them by storm? Well, we simply could not pass up sharing their engagement session too … this time taking New York City by storm. This mega metropolis impromptu location couldn’t have played out more perfectly for documenting Danielle and Eric’s love story. Lights, camera, action–so much excitement and  loads of visual interest. Here’s Danielle to tell us about their session in the city that never sleeps, their fearless photographer and the rest of their unforgettable weekend.

Locations: Times Square, New York City … Morgan Park in Glen Cove, NY … Long Island, NY.
Photographer: Zac Thomas


“Our engagement shoot was so amazing!! After almost two years of going back and forth with Zac Thomas {who I initially found via a Facebook ad} about how amazing his photographs were and how different his work was from traditional engagement shoots, Eric finally popped the question. Zac was one of the first people I contacted upon being proposed to. I knew, even years prior, that I wanted him to capture our day. The engagement shoot was included as part of his package, as he uses it as a way to get to know the couple prior to the big day and get a feel for the kind of photos they are looking for at their actual wedding. He flew into New York and decided to stay in the city for the weekend–this was his first time.



The original plan was just to find a park or a beach that we could go to and get some shots that Saturday for our engagement shoot, but Zac emailed me as he landed in NY, “What are you guys up to after work? Why don’t you come meet me in the city and we’ll get some city shots tonight and do the park stuff tomorrow?” Well, we raced out of our 9-5’s and met him by 7PM, casually dressed, no frills, just out to take some pics in the city and get a feel for Zac’s photography. Needless to say, we all became fast friends.

Zac was literally laying down in the middle of Times Square, stopping traffic, just to get the shots he wanted. There wasn’t a cab driver in the city that was a fan of Zac that night!



We expected to have traditional city shots in front of notable buildings, since Zac was a tourist of New York–but we wound up in random staircases of restaurants, outside parking garages, and in front of random candy trucks.  Zac made it a point to go past a few barriers in Rockefeller Center to get a couple shots he wanted to! I have a theater background, so we stopped to take a few pics in front of one of the theaters I had worked in and used the parking garage attached to it as a “theater space” for photos–which wound up coming out amazing- so amazing. I actually used a few of them as head shots, eventually.



We also took a few shots in a random subway hallway, which to this day, I recognize every time we pass it in the city- it was a little grimy and disgusting, but the shots came out gorgeous!



We went back to the parking garage and he decided to take a bunch of shots of Eric and I in the elevator, as it was closing and got an amazing stream of shots of the doors closing.



As we drove Zac back to his hotel, he decided to take a shot of my ring in the back of Eric’s car … going full speed down the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and it managed to come out like he did it in a perfectly still room!



The next day, we did our shoot as planned, going to Morgan Park in Glen Cove, NY–which was always a special place for me to take photos as it has so much variety–as far as backgrounds go.



We finished up in Long Beach, New York and Zac even managed to get us to “go a little crazy” getting soaking wet in the ocean for some amazing shots!! We finished up by taking a picture on the very bench that we shared our first date, and that Eric eventually proposed to me on …

It really was an amazing experience and I really can’t say enough about Zac Thomas’ work!



Amazing indeed! Courageous, audacious … we love every urban and beach-y detail of this weekend-long engagement session! Congratulations to you all three of you on your fun, adventurous session! Interested in learning more about Zac Thomas? Well by all means, learn more about his fearless photography style here

Congratulations Danielle & Eric!




Dogs and Weddings

Categories Attendants + Photography

Dogs and weddings … does it get any cuter than a well-behaved and adorably dressed dog to get guests oohing and ahhing? And, they make for such great photo opportunities too! Are you considering having your pooch walk your rings down the aisle or hang out at the reception?  Well if you are …

Here are 5 things to keep in mind:

Ensure your pup is up for the challenge.

1. Are dogs even allowed? Check with your officiant, venues to make sure it’s A-ok to have pets at the ceremony and/or reception.
2. Guest Safety: Your dog needs to be well-trained, friendly. You don’t want any biting, jumping, or lots of barking from your pet.
3. Guest comfort: Delegate the doggie doo patrol. And, keep in mind that some guests might be afraid of animals–no matter how sweet you know your pet to be …
4. Pet comfort: Make sure someone is overseeing to the dog’s care, watering and feeding throughout the day. And, about the adorable outfit–if your pet is physically uncomfortable in it, they won’t be happy.
5. Pet safety: Check with the florist to ensure the flowers are safe–just in case a petal or two gets ingested or that their bow-tie isn’t too tight, etc.

Tell us about your pet … will you be having him or her or at your wedding?

images: {top} Elizabeth Anne Designs {photo by Dottie Photography} &{bottom} Rose Pedals Vegan Weddings {photo by Flickr: gomattgolson}

“Pets at Weddings” article: Wedaholic
Contributing Writer: Kathryn Hagan

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