Chicago Engagement Shoot on Lake Michigan

Categories Real Weddings

Hello gorgeous! Yes, I’m talking to you, engagement session. I love your Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan, and the way Julie and Travis are so artfully silhouetted against the expansive blue sky and water. You’re beautiful and impressive and you know it! And, here something else that’s impressive–how intentional photographer Tuan H. Bui, Photographer was in getting to know Julie and Travis’ style and interests before this stunning shoot.

Tuan said, “During my first phone call with Travis, I tried to get a sense of his relationship with Julie in preparation for the shoot. I asked the obvious questions … dutifully took notes. I also spoke to Julie and learned her history of sailing tall ships which also influenced my choices of location for the shoot. When I was in their Bucktown loft, I took in the minimal, sleek, modern decor, and decided that the photos had to match: clean compositions, simple lines, bold subjects. Travis had said that Julie might be nervous in front of the camera, but she was wonderfully happy and bubbly when talking to Travis, so I decided that most of the shots would involve the couple facing each other, talking or interacting.”

engagement photos on Lake Michigan

One of their bookshelves is full of Lonely Planets from 10 different countries. On top of that shelf is a plastic float that has “Will you marry me Julie?” on it. The travel books are a legacy of this couple’s love of adventuring to different places.

Chicago beach engagement session

Chicago engagement pictures

City engagement photos

Chicago engagement session

engagement photos with Chicago skyline

Chicago engagement session

Chicago engagement session

city engagement pictures

Do you have the travel bug like Julie and Travis? If you’re looking for ways to share it with your wedding guests, begin with a destination-themed wedding invitation. From the beach to wine country to great cities like Chicago, New York and Paris–share your love of travel with the people you love.

Photographer:  Tuan H. Bui, Photographer

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Color Monday: Beach Wedding

Categories Resources

Happy Color Monday!

From exotic and far away, to local and familiar, the beach has always been a favorite place to relax and get a way from the busyness of life.  Is it any wonder that beach weddings are so popular? So, if you’re thinking about trading in formality and aisle runners for bare feet in the sand, look no further than this dreamy beach wedding inspiration board. With mint, tan and gray as the color palette, this wedding takes on a rustic look to harmonize with a beach setting. Watercolor Ombre is the featured wedding invitation to introduce the beach theme and wedding colors. Perfectly romantic.

Tell us about your ideas for a beach wedding.

Beach wedding inspiration

beach wedding color palette


Image Sources

 For allowing us to use their photography, much thanks to … 

Bouquet by Erin Kate Photography {via Peter Loves Jane}, Bridesmaids by Vitalic Photo {via Junebug Weddings}, Sign by Christopher Nolan Photography {via Style Me Pretty}, Altar and Couple by Alea Lovely {via The Frosted Petticoat}

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Engagement Photos: from the Beach to the Boardwalk

Categories Real Weddings

Maria and Richard’s first date was at British Columbia’s, White Rock Beach–so it was only natural that they held their engagement session there too. For the first part of their dual session, Maria and Richard dressed the part for a soft and vintage vibe. The cool mist and gorgeous surroundings added to the relaxed look and feel. The second half of their session took an artsy, colorful turn as they moved inland to the mural-filled boardwalk. Casual and fun, enjoy this late summer dual engagement session. Best wishes to our Maria and Richard and much thanks to Vancouver’s Alexandra Hunt Photography for sharing these stylish photos with us!

White Rock Beach engagement photos

On the pier at White Rock Beach, BC Canada

White Rock Beach Engagement Photos in BC, Canada

Engagement photos on the pier at White Rock Beach

unique engagement ring shot

White Rock Beach Engagement Photos

colorful shots at White Rock Beach, BC, Canada

unique engagement ring in engagement photos

colorful shots at White Rock Beach, BC, Canada

Mural engagement photos

engagement photos at White Rock Beach by Alexandra Hunt Photography

engagement photos taken near White Rock Beach- by Alexandra Hunt Photography

Gorgeous, no?

Looking for a unique save the date for your unique destination engagement photos? From magnets to postcards, browse most popular save the date designs from MagnetStreet.

Photographer:  Alexandra Hunt Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Beach Wedding on the East Coast

Categories Real Weddings + Wedding Stationery

Stephanie and Taylor met when they were just 15 years old. And although they went to different colleges, they still managed to see each other just about every weekend. They got engaged last May on the West Coast and were married this June on the East Coast. True to themselves and their traditional style, they chose to marry at the lovely Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, CT. This beautiful coastal park features a 70 ft. tall lighthouse, built in the 1840′s, as well as a restored, historic carousel. Their photos and wedding stationery reflect their simple, clean and uncomplicated wedding style–so lovely. Enjoy.

Wedding Style: Simple Beach
Wedding Colors: Navy and Green
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Lighthouse Point Park New Haven, CT

Photography: VIP Events
Stationery Suite: MagnetStreet Weddings

East Coast beach wedding

beach wedding on the East Coast

navy blue and green wedding

sweet wedding photos of bride and flower girls

Did the location have special significance?
The wedding location reminded us of Martha’s Vineyard. We have a family home there in which we love to visit as much as possible. Save the date photos were from a park in Trumbull, CT, our home town, which had a beautiful lake.

Navy bridesmaid dresses

navy blue and green beach wedding

What were some highlights from your big day?
The photographer and the DJ are husband and wife and work for the same company. The DJ was amazing and I felt comfortable knowing the photographer was getting everything I wanted–it made me so happy. The weather was beautiful … Having our families under one roof was perfect and meant everything to us both … My dress and shoes fit me perfectly–Jack Rogers for me and the bridesmaids … And finally, the most simple, beautiful dress with buttons down the whole back.

black and white unique beach wedding photo

What advice are you glad you took?
Take in every second of the wedding from beginning to end and not to let small things bother you i.e. the curling iron caught on fire … the limo didn’t start … my dress wasn’t clipped right inside … There were a few more things but they are things we can laugh at now! Never sweat the small stuff!

beach wedding ceremony

groomsmen for an East Coast beach wedding

beach wedding ceremony

beach wedding on East Coast

East Coast Beach Wedding

What advice do you wish you would have taken?
Eat! I wish I had gotten to eat the good food and the cake! I was bummed I was not able to eat more.

beach wedding photos

diy thank you cardbox

simple beach wedding

Stephanie and Taylor’s Personalized Stationery Suite …
Flower Enchantment, Save the Date Classic New York, Rectangle Wedding Invitation Life of Luxury, Thank You Card

On their Save the Date: “We wanted to have two photos on our magnet and the magnet we chose was simple and perfect. Our Thank you note, I think, says everything about our wedding. We were able to have one photo on the front which was us in front of the beautiful lighthouse on a perfect blue sky day. It was again, simple and perfect. Everyone loved them.” Stephanie

On their wedding style: “I am a simple person, I do not like tons of words or clutter so when I found the save the date, invitation, and thank you cards it showed our simple, traditional, yet beautiful style.” Stephanie

Navy and Green wedding invitations and suite

3 tiered white wedding cake

first dance photo

What advice would you like to give?
Enjoy each second, even if something goes wrong–it’s still the greatest day of your life. Take everything and live it. It only happens once!

Lighthouse Point Park wedding reception

East Coast beach wedding photo

What was the best part of the whole wedding day?
Dancing with my husband and watching both of our families smile and have a good time

Shouts of Praise

VIP Events
VIP Events, LLC. Janie has an eye for wedding photography. I was comfortable with her there and knew I could relax and have a good time without needing to worry about if the photographer was getting good shots! She got everything I wanted and she really was amazing. I would recommend her to anyone. She made our special day perfect.

MagnetStreet Weddings
MagnetStreet was perfect. There were so many designs to choose from and each one had special qualities. There were so many good ones to choose from. I had one problem, e-mailed and received a message back within 12 hours. I used MagnetStreet for save the dates, invitations, and thank you cards.

Congratulations Stephanie and Taylor! Thank you for letting us share your big day with all of us! We wish you both every happiness in the world.


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