Super Adorable Military Surprise Proposal

Sep 2 2015

Military Surprise Proposal

We have an adorable military surprise proposal and engagement session from Nicolette Sessin for you today. The backstory is great too! Chatham and Kenzie met after Chatham joined the military and before he was to be deployed. Kenzie arranged for a photographer to capture some beautiful images of them before Chatham left for deployment. Little did she know, Chatham had a big surprise for her! He waited until the photo shoot to make sure they got documentation of the proposal. Kenzie never had a clue. And midway through the sesh, Chatham got down on one knee … “Will you marry me?”

Here’s her answer!
Best wishes to the happy couple {getting married this week!!} Enjoy!

A beautiful surprise proposal--set on a private residence in Kansas

Beautiful photo shoot turned surprise wedding proposal

Beautiful photo shoot turned surprise wedding proposal

Beautiful photo shoot turned surprise military proposal

Military couple photo shoot and engagement session

She said YES! Beautiful photo shoot turned surprise military proposal

Surprise military proposal (she said YES!)

Photo shoot that turned into a surprise military proposal (she said YES!)

Surprise military wedding proposal on a beautiful country

Adorable military couple and engagement session

Engagement ring in rustic photo shoot

Sunset on a couple in beautiful engagement session and photo shoot

Sunset on a couple in beautiful engagement session and photo shoot

Gorgeous photo shoot and surprise proposal turned engagement session

DIY Save the Date sign and country engagement session

Thank you for your service, Chatham!

Photographer:  Nicolette Sessin via Two Bright Lights

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Labor Day Wedding Colors & Inspiration

Aug 31 2015

Laid-back & Country

Loving these Labor Day Wedding Colors

Americana–with a twist. Labor Day is right around the corner so for this “Color Monday” we’re inspiring you a laid-back fete filled with whimsical touches, comfy apparel, and relaxed messaging. So, put your feet up, grab some sweet tea, and get inspired! Labor Day is all about resting from your labors, right?! For a wedding on this holiday, we’re imagining an outdoor affair with a no-fuss approach, fun DIY signage, and an invitation suite that sets it up. What do you think of departing slightly from the traditional red, white and blue? Adding “sugar” to this palette recipe is a stylish softener that makes the other colors pop! Looking for more “red, white & blue” alternatives? This pin features 5 alternative color combinations for an Americana celebration.

What do you think of this color twist for a Labor Day wedding?

Colors: Navy | Strawberry | Monaco | SugarNavy, Strawberry, Monaco and Sugar: Labor Day wedding colors and inspiration.

In the Garden Design Suite

Super charming, this unique Rectangle Wedding Invitation hails from our In The Garden design suite. Twinkling lights gracefully drape above your invitation wording, while silhouetted blades of grass and dandelions fan across the bottom. A sweet design that’s full of allure and romance–perfect for a laid-back event or Labor Day wedding!

Request a Free Sample … in your wedding colors!

Labor Day wedding invitation idea--personalized in navy blue. Request a free sample personalized in your wedding colors!

Photo Credits:
For allowing us to use their photography … much thanks to

Ring Bearers and Couple by Char Photography {via Green Wedding Shoes} | Wedding Signs by Carla Ten Eyck Photography {via Brides} | Wedding Guests by Brandi Welles {via Inspired By This}

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Anatomy Of How To Write a Thank You Note

Aug 28 2015

How To Write Your Thank You Notes

Simply defined.

Learning how to write your Thank You notes is easy once you get the hang of it. A tangible expression of gratitude, there really is no substitute for the handwritten Thank You Card. It’s timeless. It’s powerful. A handwritten note translates to “I am taking time for you … no matter how busy I am.” Using the simple formula below, writing out your Thank You Cards will be a snap!

How to write a Thank You Note: it's not that complicated!

Writing your Thank Yous

2 Rules: Keep it sincere. No spelling or grammar errors.

Who gets one: Everyone who sends you a gift or performs a special service. Some of the more obvious recipients include your Parents, Wedding Party, and Officiate. You might even consider writing Thank Yous to those vendors that went above and beyond for you!

When to send: As soon as possible. A good rule of thumb is to send your Thank You within 2 weeks of receiving the gift and up to 1 month after the honeymoon.

What to include {3-4 simple sentences} 

  • Thank the gift-giver for sending a gift
  • Acknowledge any special effort on their part {travel, etc}
  • Mention the gift and perhaps how you will use it

Sample Thank You Note {Family/Friend}

Dear Aunt Mary,

What a blessing to see you at the wedding. We are so glad that you were able to make the trip! We also want to thank you for your generous gift and are looking forward to many wonderful homecooked meals in our new cookware.

With love,
Thomas and Josie


Sample Thank You Note {Vendor}

Dear {Vendor Name],

I am writing to thank you for the outstanding professionalism you and your staff provided on our wedding day. The {product} was excellent and the {service} top-notch! Our family and friends especially commented on how fabulous the {product} was!

Thank you again. I will gladly recommend you to all of my friends and family.

Thomas and Josie Burton

Sample Thank You Note {Even when you don’t like the gift}

{It happens. Even such, you can still be appreciative of their thoughtfulness.}

Dear Marci and Joe,
Thomas and I want to thank you for coming to our wedding. It was great to have you there to celebrate with us. Thank you for the carpet steam cleaner–such a generous gift! We feel lucky to call you friends.

Thomas and Josie

Thank You Note {Did the gift arrived damaged?} 

Bummer! If possible, don’t mention that it arrived damaged. First, do your best to work with the store to take care of the problem yourself.

Writing tips:

  • Use your guest list {with addresses} to keep track of “who gave what
  • Find a comfortable nook in which to write
  • Use a high-quality pen {makes a big difference}
  • Devise a plan of writing a certain number of notes each day {i.e. 5 or 10}
  • Keep a cohesive wedding look by coordinating your Thank Yous with the rest of your wedding stationery
  • Order extras! They won’t go to waste.

Browse Thank You Cards

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Nautical Wedding At The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Aug 26 2015

Classic Nautical Wedding

We’ve got a treat for our lakeshore lovers today: a nautical wedding at The Milwaukee Yacht Club! Jamie and Ilya’s outdoor wedding was intimate and on the water–as they have a love for sailing. Jamie has a sailing background, so when Ilya took her sailing on a date, well, the rest was history! The Yacht Club overlooks the Milwaukee Harbor so guests were treated to the lovely marina and the city skyline at the same time. We love their classy color scheme and their fun nautical wedding décor and maritime inspiration. Enjoy Jamie and Ilya’s sweet and sea-inspired outdoor wedding.

Nautical wedding at The Milwaukee Yacht Club (photos by Front Room Photography

Navy and white wedding accessories

BLue wedding shoes

Black and white shot of the wedding dress

Bride opening up letter from groom

Groom getting ready at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

White wedding bouquet with navy colored berries

Bride and bridesmaids dressed in ong one-shoulder assymetrical navy dresses

Groomsmen dressed in black with navy vests

Milwaukee Yacht Club wedding venue

Nautical wedding-bride being walked down the aisle by her father at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Outdoor wedding ceremony at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Bride and Groom at The Milwaukee Yacht Club outdoor wedding

Nautical wedding at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Bride and Groom photo. Milwaukee wedding

Sweetheart table with nautical wedding theme

Nautical wedding decor

Nautical wedding reception decor

nautical wedding reception table decor

2-Tier white and black wedding cake

Bride and Groom wedding dance

Bride and Groom wedding speeches

Garter toss

Bride and Groom photo in nautical wedding theme

Photographer:  Front Room  | Bakery: Aggie’s Cakes | Dress Store: Bliss Bridal | Event Venue: Milwaukee Yacht Club | via Two Bright Lights

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