Personalized Vintage Engagement Photo Shoot

May 13 2015

Vintage Engagement Photo Shoot

+ 5 tips for personalizing your shoot with style, sass & confidence!

Jessica and Dan are high school sweethearts who have been dating for 10 years. According to Belkis, of BHullPhotography, this laid-back couple still “have the giggles for each other” and know how to have fun! For their engagement session, Jessica and Dan wanted to tailor the shoot to highlight “who they are as a couple.” And when they were deciding locations, Jessica mentioned that Dan had restored a vintage Vespa while in college and that they still had it. So, for the look and feel of the sesh, they decided to incorporate Dan’s Italian heritage and his restored Vespa into their vintage engagement photo shoot. They had a sparkling day–a mixture of gorgeous sun and cleansing rain. Beautiful! And Jessica couldn’t have looked more radiant in her Italian-inspired floral dress and hot blue wedges. We love this session as well as all the ideas it provides for a truly personalized shoot that showcases the couple in a style and setting that’s all their own. {See photo shoot tips below.}

NY vintage engagement shoot

5 Tips To Personalizing Your Engagement Shoot

Every couple wants to rock their engagement shoot with style, sass and confidence–and to show off who they are as a couple! To do that … it takes forethought and a conversation with your photographer about how to execute your vision. Here are 5 clues from Jessica and Dan’s personalized vintage shoot to help you with your own.

1. Theme: Dan’s Italian heritage and restored Vespa gave he and Jessica the idea for a vintage theme. Having a theme helps you tailor your look and keep your photo shoot in perfect focus.
2. Location: Just like the beautiful Italian countryside, Jess and Dan chose a sweet country road to ride their Vespa on and have their pics taken. Choosing a locale that fits your theme will enhance the entire look and feel of your session.
3. Style: Jess and Dan have a laid-back style. How do you define “style” … by your characteristics and how you carry yourselves. Still trying to figure it out? Ask yourselves … do we love all things modern? Tend to the classics? Bound for the beach? How do you see yourselves … What’s your style? Inquiring minds want to take this quiz.
4. Garb: Jess’ colorful floral dress and blue wedges coupled with Dan’s flat cap and suspenders were a fun nod to their Italian vintage theme. No doubt–outfitting your shoot will be a highlight of planning your engagement session. Use your sense of fashion to help translate your theme and personal style.
5. Props: Just like the Vespa, bring along one {or a few} of your favorite things to add unique elements and textures as an extension of your theme.

Vintage engagement session

NY Vintage engagement photo shoot with a blue vespa

Blue Vespa in vintage engagement shoot

Blue Vespa in NY engagement photo shoot

Gorgeous basket of sunflowers on a blue Vespa

Vintage engagement photo shoot

Vintage engagement photo shoot in New York

Vintage engagment session with couple riding a restored blue Vespa

Best wishes to Jessica and Dan!

BHullPhotography via Two Bright Lights

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Sleek, Sexy Navy and Pink Wedding

May 11 2015

Navy and Pink Wedding Inspiration

Today’s “Color Monday” celebrates a sleek, sexy and timeless navy and pink wedding. Your wedding photos will forever remind you of your color scheme–so a combo that you absolutely adore is a must! Navy and pink is a great combo and a beloved duo–for a variety of reasons. It’s both elegant and romantic and it appeals to masculine and feminine sensibilities. Navy looks great on many skin tones and plays nicely with so many other colors. And, pairing navy with light pink is a super fabulous option for summer and fall because the contrast is irresistible. Sleek meets soft and romantic! And to set the tone for such a timeless color scheme as this … an easy-to-personalize wedding invitation with whimsical floral graphics and bold typography that highlights your names. Geometric color blocking adds a trendy touch–perfect for putting a modern spin on a timeless look.

We’d love to hear about your wedding colors! What are they–and how did you finally decide on them?

Colors: Navy | Charcoal | Pink

Navy and Pink Wedding Inspiration for an elegant summer wedding

Featured: Rectangle Wedding Invitation from the Floral Envy design suite.

About the Wedding Invitation Suite
Personalized in navy and pink, this floral invitation and suite items pair modern elements with whimsical charms. Bold graphics and typography keep the look contemporary and on trend.

Request a Free Custom Sample …
Get a free sample of this pretty floral invite personalized in navy and pink. Of course, you can always change the scheme to to your wedding colors. 

Free Wedding Invitation Sample personalized in navy and pink

For the beautiful photography in our inspiration, much thanks to …

Mother and Bride by Milou and Olin Photography | Bridesmaid by Luna Photo | Groom and Couple by Jen Marino

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20 Inspiring Mother’s Day Quotes For Your Card

May 8 2015

Mother’s Day Quotes For Your Mama!

Moms–they’re amazing! No surprise there, right?! And until we’re moms ourselves, I don’t think we really get all the love, hope and faith {not to mention management skills} it takes to be a mom. That’s what I love about these particular Mother’s Day quotes–they’re full of appreciation and respect. Be inspired–to write something extra special in your Mother’s Day card this year. A simple thought from your heart to let your mama know what an important influence she’s been in your life!

Happy Mother’s Day–to moms everywhere!

Mother's Day quotes and poems

20 Inspiring Mother’s Day Quotes

I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.
Antonio Villaraigosa

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.
Abraham Lincoln

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Honore de Balzac

All mothers are working mothers.
Author Unknown

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
Rudyard Kipling

Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother.

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you–life.

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.
Maya Angelou

Don’t poets know it
Better than others?
God can’t be always everywhere: and, so,
Invented Mothers.
Sir Edwin Arnold

There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother…
Sarah Josepha Hale

I may not have her eyes, I may not have her smile, but she has all of my heart.
adapted from Unknown Author

Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.
Robert Heinlein

A Mother’s Love
A mother’s love,—how sweet the name!
What is a mother’s love?
—A noble, pure, and tender flame,
Enkindled from above,
To bless a heart of earthly mould;
The warmest love that can grow cold;
This is a mother’s love.
James Montgomery

And remember that behind every successful woman … is a basket of dirty laundry.

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.
Agatha Christie

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
Stevie Wonder

Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
Barbara Kingsolver

When my mother had to get dinner for 8 she’d just make enough for 16 and only serve half.
Gracie Allen

A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher

On a quest for quotes for your wedding, too?
Grab a cup of tea with your mom and browse through tons of wedding poems and quotes.

{Favor Tag from Fanciful Flowers design suite}

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Picturesque Montana Ranch Wedding

May 6 2015

Modern-Rustic Montana Ranch Wedding

Expansive skies and a mountainous backdrop told their own fantastic story in Allison and Tao’s Montana ranch wedding. As stunning as you can get, this gorgeous wedding was captured by Lauren Brown Photography and what an amazing job they did sharing the simple yet sophisticated style of our beautiful couple! Tao and Allison {an MD} have a great story all their own as well! They each share a passion for world health and met while working in Southern Africa’s, Swaziland, where Tao is from. It didn’t take long before the two fell madly in love. This stunning Montana ranch wedding {on Allison’s family ranch outside of Bozeman} was the first of two weddings they had. The other was held in Swaziland, of course. Oh, and they currently live in Laos, Southeast Asia.

Best wishes to Allison and Tao!

Montana Ranch Wedding

bride and flowers

Gorgeous lace cathedral veil and white orchid bouquet

Bride and Groom shot

Bride and Groom in Montana ranch wedding

Wedding party shot in Montana ranch wedding

Sand ceremony in family ranch wedding

Bridesmaids in blue dresses at the altar of outdoor  ranch wedding

Bride and Groom recessional

Expansive skies in picturesque Montana ranch wedding

Wedding guests walking to the reception

Signature drink station

Three-tier floral adorned white and black cake + weddings photo

Wedding reception in picturesque Montana ranch wedding

Wedding reception in Montana ranch wedding

Beautiful, romantic sunset photo of bride and groom at their Montana Ranch Wedding

Bride and Groom dancing in tent reception at ranch wedding

Full moon in over tent wedding reception

Gorgeous tumultuous skies in ranch wedding

Photographer:  Lauren Brown Photography | Cake Designer: Elle’s Belles Bakery | Floral Designer: Lukas Trudeau Event Co. | Event Planner: Lukas Trudeau Event Co | Hair Stylist: Theory Hair | via Two Bright Lights

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