Nathan and Alissa’s Sportsy Engagement Session

Categories Real Weddings

Campus Love Story
So many love stories get their first chapters written “at school” and going back to the very halls and walls where love first rooted is a really fun way to relive some of those sweet memories. Nathan and Alissa met in high school and shared some very special memories. For their engagement session, they went back to those halls … to laugh, reminisce, and celebrate their 8 years together. So, equipped with great memories, DIY save the date signs, a football and letterman’s jacket, Nathan and Alissa set out to where love first began. Enjoy!

Sports Themed engagement session

Are you football fans? Want to share your love for the game and each other on a unique sports-themed Save the Date? Browse these sports Save the Date designs.

Sports engagement session by Celeste Unique Photography

Congrats Nathan and Alissa! We’re rooting for you too :)

University of Tennessee Love Story
And in case you missed this one… check out Lori and Thomas’ awesome engagement photos at UT.


 Photo Credit
Photographer:  Celeste Nicole Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Doable DIY: Chalkboard Wedding Signs

Categories Budget + Inspiration

You may remember Mandy and Travis’ DIY southern vintage wedding from a little while back. You may also remember their sweet signage tucked here and there throughout their ceremony and reception. Fun, charming, great communication tools, DIY chalkboard signs are simply irresistible and still hugely popular for any wedding style. Today, Mandy is giving us a behind the scenes look at how she and her bridal party pulled off their DIY chalkboard signs including: where to find frames, supplies you’ll need, plus wording and placement ideas. Enjoy.

Mandy + Travis

Tutorial for DIY chalkboard signs

“I got most of my frames from my work. They were redoing an office space and had frames they no longer wanted to hang on the walls. They were going to give them to a thrift store so I took them off their hands instead. I also had old picture frames that I no longer needed and my mother had old frames in her attic. Most people or offices have a ton of old pictures and frames they no longer want hung up.


  • thrift stores
  • parents’ attic
  • estate sales
  • work/office spaces


  • Frames of all shapes & sizes.
  • Spray paint chalkboard paint {we used Rust-oleum}
  • Sidewalk chalk {we used Crayola, 24 different colors, 52 sticks}
  • Cardboard {optional}

NOTE: We also used cardboard. We wanted a double-sided sign to hang so we took cardboard and cut it to the size we wanted. We then sprayed both sides to be able to write on both sides with chalk (the chalk on the cardboard does not erase well, so this type of sign can really only be used a few times).

DIY save the date chalkboard signage

DIY wedding chalkboard signage


1. Take out the glass, clean them off and spray them with the chalkboard paint.
2. Let them dry and then put them back in the frame.


  • Keep a cup of water sitting beside you.
  • Wet the chalk before writing as this will brighten the color and thicken the line.
  • Keep wetting the chalk between writing. It makes the wording brighter, cleaner, and stand out more.

DIY Chalkboard signs

DIY wedding signs


Chalkboard signs can be used anywhere and everywhere at a wedding. We had a total of 12 signs:
2 really big, 4 medium, 4 small, 1 extra small, and 1 double sided.

Here is where we used them:

  • Timeline/schedule at beginning of ceremony site
  • Food menu and bar menu by food/drink
  • List of names for Bridal party in front of the head table
  • Photo booth directions
  • “Sit anywhere” sign in front of the reception area
  • Shout-out to the hand painted parasols hanging from the tent
  • Parking
  • “I spy” photo game at the reception site where most visible by guests
  • Our love story at beginning of reception site
  • Cake table
  • Memorial table for loved ones lost
  • Dancing in front of DJ table


Bridal party in diy southern vintage wedding


What’s best … chalkboard spray paint or chalkboard paint?
It was easier to use the spray paint on the glass and cardboard but the paint could work too. I think the spray paint leaves it smoother {and with no streaks} on the smooth surface of the glass.

Styling the chalkboards according to wedding style
Since our wedding was a vintage theme, I did not alter the frames I had since they were older and vintage looking already. I also used all color chalk to give it a fun, vintage feel.

Styling the chalkboards according to your wedding style
Upcycling: I just gave all my frames to another bride who then painted all the frames a teal color to match her wedding colors. She is also using one color chalk to align with her other wedding color. This allowed her to make all the frames match her wedding theme. TIPS: You could also embellish the frames to match your wedding style whether that is adding a certain type or color flower or bow to each frame or even writing in a certain style font. Keep in mind your overall wedding style, theme, and ambiance to keep your project in line with the rest of the look and feel of your wedding.”

DIY chalkboard wedding signs

DIY wedding chalkboards

DIY wedding chalkboard sign

DIY soutern vintage wedding

Thanks for sharing your DIY wedding signage “how to” Mandy! See all of Mandy and Travis’ southern vintage real wedding and how all of their DIY chalkboards fit into their vintage theme.

What kinds of wedding signs will you be using?


Photos by Jamie J Photography

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Chalk Color War Mini E-Session

Categories Real Weddings

It’s colorful. It’s fun. No matter how old we get, we all love to play with chalk–from drawing on the driveway, to doodling on chalkboards, we never tire of it. Rachel and Clark love to play with chalk too … they even had a chalk “color war” for their mini engagement session. By the laughter on their faces {plus all the chalk dust!} you can see just how much fun they had. Photographer Brittany Graham had this to say about Rachel and Clark’s non-traditional e-sesh, “I loved how playful this session was, and how comfortable they were in front of the camera and in front of each other. There was no fixing hair, or wiping things away, it was just the two of them exactly how they were. It was definitely one of the most fun E-Session’s I’ve had the pleasure of photographing.”

Looking for non-traditional ideas for your engagement session? Chalk it up and have a color war! Enjoy.

Chalk-themed engagement session


Chalk-themed engagement photos

Chalk-themed engagement session

Chalk-themed engagement session

Chalkboard-themed engagement session

color war mini engagement session

Save the Date chalk wedding sign

Chalk-themed engagement photos

DIY chalk sign

chalk war mini engagement session

Chalk themed engagement session

Chalk themed engagement photos

All this talk of chalk… we’ll see you tomorrow for a”Doable DIY” tutorial on creating chalkboard wedding signs–as in the ones from Mandy and Travis’ DIY vintage southern wedding.


Photographer:  Brittany Graham Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Fresh, Fun Wedding with Backyard Reception

Categories Real Weddings

Congratulations to Carol and Josh! What an adorable couple with a sweet color scheme. Their delicious wedding colors were seafoam green, blush, and lavender. Carol’s lace dress also had a slight blush color to it as well. The wedding ceremony took place in the LDS temple in Los Angeles and the backyard reception–decorated with a vintage-charm–was at Carol’s mother’s home in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. AlliChelle Photography did a beautiful job of capturing the spirit of the couple as well as all the pretty–plus, she was even one of the bridesmaids, too! Enjoy.

seafoam green

soft color palette

California wedding photography

unique ring shot

groomsmen at LDS temple

California wedding photography

pastel wedding colors

California wedding photography

bride and groom wedding photography

unique wedding photography

Mormon wedding couple

bride and groom wedding photography

California wedding photography

backyard wedding reception

California backyard wedding reception

diy wedding reception decor

DIY wedding reception decor

DIY wedding flowers

diy outdoor wedding reception

DIY wedding decor

wedding cake and wedding reception ideas

Mr. and Mrs. picture

Love love love this color scheme of seafoam green, blush and lavender! And it’s easy to imagine it on one of our newest and already most popular invitation designsOne Sweet Day.

Photographer:  AlliChelle Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights


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