Garden Wedding Photos at Lairmont Manor -- Jason & Joy

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Joy & Jason & their puppers Jack decided to make the most of their wedding portraits by NOT doing them on their actual wedding day! Yep, you read that right. This is not their actual wedding day and let me tell you why they made the best choice ever. The hour before sunset is always the most glorious light of the day but often falls during dinner on your wedding day. It's usually not feasible to schedule all your wedding portraits during this time on an actual wedding day because you'd miss out on valuable celebration time with your friends & family. Joy & Jason is getting the best of both worlds by opted to spend more time with friends & family on their wedding day and shooting their wedding portraits at sunset on a day leading up to the wedding. 

Why this is a great idea:

  • More time for friends and family on the wedding day
  • No time crunch for portraits
  • We can shoot at sunset when the light is the most flattering!

 

Custom Designed Gown By Han Wen

Hair and makeup: Seattle beauty agency

Florals: lavassar florists

Ring: Tiffany

Suit: Nordstrom (Ted Baker)

Grooms shoes: Versace 

Vivian & Victor | A Modern Floral Dream Wedding at Monte Cristo Ballroom | Everett, WA

VENDORS: 

Venue: Monte Cristo Ballroom
Event Planning & Design: Town & Country Weddings
Dress Boutique for Bride's Gown: Laineemeg Bridal
Bridal Party Dresses: Azazie
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: London Fog
Florals: Bloom by Tara
Catering: Monte Cristo Ballroom
Videographer: Pixel Dust Weddings
DJ: Monte Cristo Ballroom

European Market Themed Wedding Decor at Jardin Del Sol

hello lovelies! This past weekend I did my very FIRST bridal show EVER, the Snohomish Wedding Tour. I joined the Snohomish wedding guild this past fall and signed up for the tour on a whim. I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived onsite Sunday morning but was completely dazzled & in awe of the unique European Market themed wedding decor at Jardin Del Sol

Decor Highlights:

-The non-traditional guestbook: A Terracota plate with the couples monogram that guests could sign.

-Grand exit: a lavender toss! 

-A macrame & potted plants chandelier over the head table

-The fully styled food & beverage stations that look like something out of a magazine! Twelve baskets catering provides all their own serving peices and they are a stunner!

-The DIY flower crowns station. Craft projects are totally my jam and I was crying a little on the inside because I didn't get time to sit down and craft one of my own!

-A favor your guests will actually want! A create your own bouquet station. 

-TWO FIRE PITS included with the venue -- A glam irredecent blue glass fire table near the dance floor and another rustic wood burning fire pit surrounded by adirondack chairs with plush throw blankets.

-Hanging rose buds on the arch covered path between the ceremony & reception areas. 

-Ascetically pleasing ivory patio umbrellas dotted the venue adding style and functionality when it began to sprinkle.

-Rose gold flatware for each place setting

-hand lettered terracotta place cards

-The artichokes tucked into various floral displays. 

-Custom floral displays cascading out of the fountain

-The vintage bike at the make your own bouquet station.

 

Vendors: 

-Andrea from Pink Blossom Events & Courtney from Designs by Courtney- Wedding and event floral design are putting together a European Market themed decor that's sure to end up all over the pinterest boards of 2019 brides! 

-YUMMY & Beautifully presented catering by Twelve Baskets Catering

-Rentals by Seattle Farm Tables & Grand Event Rentals

-Ambiance filled music by Bugsie Productions

-Videography by Best Made Videos

-Beauty Team: Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar

-Photobooth by Fun Frames Photo Booth

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Tea & Zac's Whimsical Floral inspired Wedding

 Bothell Wedding Photography, Snothomish Wedding Photography, PNW Wedding Photographer, B. Jones Experience, Bosnian Wedding, Cultural Wedding, Summer Bride, Garden Wedding, Kirkland Wedding

Their Story:

How did you and your fiance meet and end up falling in love?

Zac and I met in middle school in our youth group at church. We had a lot of mutual friends and some time in high school I developed the biggest crush on him! Little did I know, he felt the same way. But of course, we were too shy to do anything about it at the time. Eventually, I graduated from high school and moved to UW so we lost touch for a few years. My junior year we reconnected at an event and FINALLY went on our first date!! After dating for 3.5 years, we got engaged in Disneyland in October. I still can't believe I get to marry my best friend!!

Tell me about yourselves. What are your hobbies? What do you like to do together? Are you integrating any of those things into your wedding?

We love being outside...any chance to escape on a new hike or explore a new town is so fun! We also love reading and watching movies, so on free nights there is nothing better than cozying up with a new book or LOTR movie.

What is the inspiration behind your wedding theme & decor?

Whimsical garden wedding.....minus the garden location ;)

I love spring and the soft romantic colors it brings!! I want LOTS of flowers, it reminds me of the memories we shared exploring nature.

 

Vendor Information: 

Photography: B. Jones Associate, Rosanna

Ceremony Location: Cedar Park Church  

Reception Venue Info: Redmond Ridge Community Center

Florist: North Creek Florist, 

Cake Artist: Taryn Leising

Hair Stylist: Brooklyn Matthysse, Plum Hair Studio, brooklyn.styling@gmail.com

Makeup ArtistJericha Jensen

 Gown: Laineemeg Bridal

Bridesmaid Dress Brand: Weddington Way

 

Join me for the Snohomish Wedding tour at Jardin Del Sol!

Join me (B. Jones Photography) for a day of immersive wedding planning and inspiration at the My Snohomish Wedding Tour. I'll be at the gorgeous garden venue, Jardin del Sol Garden Wedding Venue, surrounded by some of the best wedding vendors in Snohomish county! 

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Vendors Featured at Jardin Del Sol:

-Andrea from Pink Blossom Events & Courtney from Designs by Courtney- Wedding and event floral design are putting together a European Market themed decor that's sure to end up all over the pinterest boards of 2019 brides! 

-YUMMY & Beautifully presented catering by Twelve Baskets Catering

-Rentals by Seattle Farm Tables & Grand Event Rentals

-Ambiance filled music by Bugsie Productions

-Videography by Reid Johnson

-Beauty Team: Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar

-Photobooth by Fun Frames Photo Booth

 

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Come by and enter my giveaway! I'll be choosing TWO lucky couples to receive either a

FREE 8x8 Wedding Album or a FREE engagement session

 

To Enter the giveaway: 

1. Take a quick selfie in front of my booth

2. Post it on instagram with the #Bjonesbride & tag @bjonesphotos

3. Fill out your name & email on a contact form at my booth so I can notify you if you win! ♥ 

-BONUS ENTRY-

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Tickets are FREE ya'll. Your ticket gets you access to all the venues on the tour. Each venue is decked out for a wedding and chocked full of the best wedding vendors in Snohomish county. PLUS -- Free food & delicious drinks. 

 

No matter where you are in the planning process, it's worth attending!

 

I look forward to seeing you all!! ♥

Get your tickets here

(They are free. #noexcuses)

 

Q&A WITH B. JONES

Q&A WITH B. JONES

What style(s) do you specialize in?
My aesthetic is bright & airy, inspired by Fuji film and filled with authentic emotion.

Will the photos be retouched and color balanced? Is that done before I see the proofs?
I hand edit all the images before delivery. It’s all part of the luxury experience I provide. 

Wedding Humor Courtesy of my Mama

A little 'funny' courtesy of my mama.

One day, when I was attending Western Washington University and still living at home, I opened the fridge to find a sticky note attached to a bowl of fresh cut cantaloupe. "Cantelope without a man."

Every time I cut cantaloupe now, I smile and remember the sweet little sticky note my mama left for me. :)

Wedding Pun

Tips for Planning a Wedding in The San Juan Islands: Part One

Tips for Planning a Wedding in The San Juan Islands: Part One

As a Bellingham native and a devoted PNW’n’er, the San Juan Islands are basically my backyard. After many years of family vacations & destination weddings on Orcas, San Juan & Lopez Island — I’m a pro at getting the best deals on places to stay and navigating the ferry system. I know the best places to get married on the islands and I have a list of adventures/booze/bites that’ll make you want to visit each island at least once! 

Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress in (Greater) Seattle

 
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There is nothing more personal to a bride on her wedding day, than the dress she’s picked to wear.  The dress that makes you feel fantastic, look stunning and is forever immortalized in your wedding pictures.  You know the dress as soon as you put it on, it’s just a matter of finding it.  I’ve gathered five of my absolute favorite dress shops in Seattle that you should definitely stop by on your search for THE dress.  In no particular order…

MeaMarie Bridal Altelier

30 Lake Shore Plaza 

Kirkland, WA 98033

 

      MeaMarie Bridal Altelier is a must have in my top five.  Proudly boasting as Seattle’s Premier Couture Bridal Experience, MeaMarie has the class and style to back it up.   Run by Rachelle Witt and Mea Mendez, MeaMarie carries some of the most gorgeous wedding dresses I’ve ever head to good fortune of photographing.  With decades of experience between the ladies, Rachelle and Mea have taken a private-suite and transformed it into an experience in and of itself.  

     “My love for bridal started over 20 years ago.  I had a strong passion with playing dress up and was mesmerized by beautiful gowns. When we purchase dresses from designers from all over the world, we don’t just see dresses we see the art and design of that dress.”-Mea

      Looking through the walls of gorgeous dresses you can take your pick of designers, from Eve of Milady, Cristiano Lucci, Pedram Couture, and Anny Lin, just to name a few.  If you are looking for that fairytale wedding dress, MeaMarie needs to be on your short-list.  MeaMarie is by appointment only, which means you will get their undivided attention, and you can give your undivided attention to finding that perfect dress.

Dress range: $2000-$10000;

most range between $2500-$5000

 

Alicia’s Bridal & The Formal House Tuxedos

1400 N State St, Ste 102

Bellingham, WA 98225

 

     My top five list would be completely amiss without including my favorite Bellingham based bridal shop.  After all, Alicia’s is where I knew I had to shop when it was time for me to pick the dress I’d been dreaming about since I was a little girl, and where I really started in the industry.  A family-owned business for over 60 years, Alicia’s wide selection of designers, not only in dresses, but tux’s as well, makes it a top contender in the industry.  Pam Reed and her team of bridal consultants have all the know-how of a big city bridal shop, with a small-town feel.  

     “I love what I do…working with the brides, hearing their vision for the wedding and making it all happen! Over the past 30 years I’ve formed such close bonds with our designers and our brides.  We honestly love what we do, and just want our brides to feel the same way about us!”

     To top it off they support on of my favorite designers, and Bellingham local, Heidi Hull who designs absolutely stunning, one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories and veils.  Alicia’s also has a fantastic outlet right next door if you’re on a more modest budget!  So, take a trip up north, check out the city of subdued excitement (oh, Bellingham, nothing but love for ya) and check out Alicia’s!  And by the way, no appointment needed!

Dress range: $700-$2800;

most range between $1400-$1800

 

LaineeMeg

1212 First Street

Snohomish, WA 98290

 

Celebrating their 10th year in business this year, LaineeMeg is an Instagram worthy bridal studio located in the Historic Snohomish Shopping District.  Ladies, it is a must-see.  Seriously, grab your girls, grab you Mom and plan a girl’s day in Snohomish because you are going to need to grab lunch after to GUSH about how much you love LaineeMeg.  Aside from carrying gowns from top designers, LaineeMeg boasts their own line, Ma Nani Anake, which is designed by studio owner, Zerlinda and her fabulous team.  These ladies are going to make you feel like you found a part of your family you hadn’t realized you were missing.  Their passion to make your experience as perfect as it can be is evident from the moment you walk in.  

“We believe in honesty, kindness and want you to leave feeling like you have made new friends! My favorite part of what we do is when a bride leaves having found the perfect dress, gives me a hug, and says she loved the experience, us, and most importantly, her dress.”-Zerlinda

The store is by appointment only, so be sure to plan ahead and reserve your private bridal suite.

Dresses start at $1100

 

Cicada

90 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

 

      If you are looking for a custom gown, come to Cicada.  I’m talking, you’ve created a vision board and aren’t sure how to put it into words kind of custom gown…Jen and Elizabeth are who you need.  These ladies know how to decipher your hard to express ideas and transform them into THAT dress.  Of course, you can also book an appointment, take a look at their sample dresses and get started there as well.  Either way, all you need to do is be honest and they’ve got you, girl!  Cicada offers you the flexibility to have complete creative freedom, and you can rest assured that you’ll have a one-of-a-kind gown on your big day.  

Dress range: $2000-$5000, depending on fabric type, amount, design time etc.

($10 3-hour valet parking available through Alexis Hotel next door)

 

The Dress Theory

1423 N 45th St.

Seattle, WA 98103

 

     Last, but definitely not least, we have to talk about The Dress Theory.  Their site boasts that their dresses (or maybe their brides?) are “commanding, comfortable, & very, very cool.”  Either way, I couldn’t agree more.  This isn’t the store you go to for that “classic” gown.  This is the store you go to for a romantic, free-spirited, fashion-forward, classy yet bohemian gown.  Yes, I’m aware there are a lot of adjectives going on there, but you have to trust me, their dresses encapsulate them all.  The Seattle location is one of three sister-owned locations (San Diego and Nashville being the other) by Camille & Summer Wynn.  These ladies have traveled far and wide to find the absolute best of the best when it comes to designers, and it shows.  If you are looking for a timeless dress, make an appointment at The Dress Theory.  They won’t disappoint.

Dress range: $2000-$8000; most range between $2500-$4500

Wedding Photography: You Get What You Pay For

Wedding Photography: You Get What You Pay For

“You want to charge how much?”

“You seriously charge that much just to show up and take photos?”

“All It takes to get good photos is a good camera…my cousin can do it, she just picked up a new camera from Costco”

*Cue eyeroll*

Why I became a Wedding Photographer 5.5 years ago

Before I even met my future husband, I had our wedding ALL planned out. Yep. I was that girl. I was SO obsessed with weddings that I took any job that would allow me to be within the wedding industry. I started off selling engagement rings for a local jeweler and spent more time dreamily trying on rings then actually selling. #whoops Clearly, it wasn't the right job for me. ;) 

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After my brief stint in fine jewelry, I began work at one of the sweetest family own bridal shops in Bellingham, Alicia's Bridal. I LOVED being around the hustle, joy & giddyness of brides searching for their dream gowns. AND, I was always happy to volunteer to try on the newest samples that arrived in the store so the owner could 'see them on a real person.' Needless to say, I got particular REAL quick about what type of wedding dress I wanted. But I digress... 

When it was finally my turn to be the bride, I received the most beautiful photos I girl could ask for. Those photos and the experience made me feel beautiful & special...and I had SO MANY PROFILE PICS to choose from...and I received SO MANY COMPLIMENTS on my gorgeous wedding photos. At the time, many of my friends were also getting married. I heard so many stories from my girls about their 'horrible wedding photos.' It was disheartening, I believe every bride deserves to have the quality of photos & a amazing experience I had.

A month after our honeymoon, I returned to me grown-up-big-girl-insurance-company day job. ugh. Another job choice that was doing nothing for my creative spirit & need to be around weddings. As I was listening to the audio book, the 4-hr workweek and brain storming potential careers, it hit me!

I LOVE WEDDINGS.

PHOTOGRAPHERS MAKE A SHIT LOAD OF MONEY.

I'D ONLY HAVE TO WORK ONE DAY A WEEK!!

I SHOULD TOTALLY BECOME A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER. 

I called my husband and hashed it out with him. He's so used to my 'latest obsession' phone calls that he was fairly unfazed by my latest brilliant idea. I think one of his first questions was, "how much is this going to cost?" hah!

Welp, 5.5 years later and that 'latest obsession' of becoming a wedding photographer is not only still going strong, but I'd like to not-so-humbly say, I feel like I'm doing a pretty great job!

Side note: let me dispel some myths from my earlier thoughts about becoming a wedding photographer. 

I LOVE WEDDINGS. -- Yep, still true! 

PHOTOGRAPHERS MAKE A SHIT LOAD OF MONEY. - hah! Yes I make a large gross but my take home is like 50% after business expenses & taxes. The reality of 30% of my income going to taxes is still SO DISAPPOINTING. I'd rather buy more boat shoes.

I'D ONLY HAVE TO WORK ONE DAY A WEEK!! - Nope, not even close. I work 3 hrs every day during the off season and closer to 30-40 hrs a week during wedding season. BUT, it does come with a fair amount of flexibility that means I get to stay home with my kidlets.

I SHOULD TOTALLY BECOME A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER. - Still the right choice. <3

 

Talking the Talk (Engagement Ring Style)

Talking the Talk (Engagement Ring Style)

POP QUIZ! Tell me the 4 Cs! Okay, you may know all of those, most ready to be engaged person does…but does your significant other?  They really should.  Unless your love plans on popping the question with a family heirloom, or you two are planning on tattoo rings (you do you!) then you should know how to speak the engagement ring lingo.  An engagement ring can be a HUGE investment; months of salary saved up.  You don’t want to have buyer’s remorse because you didn’t do your research, so consider this your engagement ring class: Ring Speak 101.  By the way, those 4 Cs are cut, color, clarity, and carat. Okay, let’s dive in.

Rattlesnake Ledge Adventure Engagement Session

3 Tools to Automate Your Wedding Photography Business

Tools for Wedding Photographers

Start your year off on the right foot by getting your systems dialed in so that once the busy season picks up, you can still maintain your momentum & feel/look super professional!

A CRM with customizable automated workflows: 17hats

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I use 17hats. It allows me to create a consistent workflow for each wedding and engagement client. Below is the workflow I used for all my 2017 weddings. I have email templates set with reminders to send them out at a designated amount of time prior to their wedding. For example, every one of my couples receives a series of planning tips emails 6 months, 3 months, 1 week and 3 days before their wedding. Providing this planning information helps set expectations for their wedding day and ensures we're both on the same page. 

Here's the template for the email I send out 3 months before their wedding day. 

"Dear [Brides Name],

3 more months to go! 

I just wanted to check in to see how things are going with the wedding? If you have questions about anything, please feel free to reach out to me. I'm here to help! Within the next few weeks, you will start getting additional helpful hints from me. They will help you to achieve the perfect timeline for your wedding, reduce the stress typically associated with family photos, and many other helpful tips. Please be on the look out for those emails! 

In the mean time -- check out this blog post about swanky newly wed discounts #freestuff #swag
https://www.bjonesphotos.com/blog/newlywed-discoun...


Again, please feel free to contact me if I can be of any help! 

xoxo,
Becca"

Easy Bookkeeping Tracking -- Quickbooks Small Business

Previously I was using the bookkeeping options available within 17hats but found their available reports to be lacking. Quickbooks small business has this neat feature that offers insights into what to expect to pay on your taxes based on your current income & expenses. I still hire a professional CPA to do our taxes because our finances/investments are pretty darn complicated and going DIY is too intimidating. What I love best about this bookkeeping system is that it is EASY. I sync my business credit card & checking account info and it automatically pulls all my transactions into the system daily. Every few days, I'll go in and categorize a few transactions and that's it! At the end of the year, I hand my accountant a few reports available through Quickbooks and I don't have to do anything else. SO GREAT. It also has the added benefit of offering a mobile app. As a mom, finding time to sit in front of the computer to work is a commodity! So being able to do bookkeeping from my phone in the playroom while the kids do their Legos is a huge win! 

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Pre-scheduled Instagram & Pinterest posting -- Tailwind

I use Tailwind to schedule all my pinterest & instagram posts. I feel like Pinterest is sort of an under the radar way to reach brides that isn't super saturated with a bajillion other photographers. I received 6 wedding inquiries from brides who found me on Pinterest last year and 3 of them ended up booking me. #WINNING I recently started using Tailwind and boosted my Pinterest reach from 75,000+ to 105,000 in a month. I also use it to schedule my Instagram posts. One of my favorite features about Tailwind for Instagram is that it suggests relevant hashtags and then ranks them to let you know whether they a Niche, Oversaturated, Ok, Good, or Great.

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Pet Wedding Inspiration | "Our Humans are Getting Married!"

Tips: Being a Nursing Mom & Wedding Photographer

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Many of my fellow momtogs have lamented about the difficulties of being a nursing mom and trying to shoot an ALL day wedding. During an 8-10 hr wedding, there is limited time to eat, drink, let alone pump. It's stressful because this can cause a mommy to lose her milk. 

So I want to share my experience and things I've learned that have helped maintain my milk supply. 

Tips:

1. Quick & Easy Snacks! I always carry tiny snacks in my camera bag & pump bag. I often scarf them down between locations while shooting or while the bride & groom are wrangling their people for family photos, I'll take a few steps away from the group, turn my back and stuff as much food in my mouth as I can manage.

Snack options that are easy and convenient:

  • Individually packed nut butter 
  • Granola Bars
  • Apple Slices
  • Fruit Leather
  • Trail Mix
  • Baby food squeeze packs. (I'm obsessed)
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This is really what I take with me! I just pulled these out of my camera bag. 

 My husband teases me that I still use my hospital water bottles. (Baby Jack is 3 months old.)

My husband teases me that I still use my hospital water bottles. (Baby Jack is 3 months old.)

2. Make sure you are drinking TONS of water. I always bring two full water bottles with me to a wedding. I drink half of one on my way there. I drink another full one when we are driving between locations and right before the ceremony. Then I drink another half on my way home. Another easy way to get water is to send your second photographer to fetch you some during family photos or when he/she is not busy. No need to feel like a diva, you're a nursing mom and need your fluids!

3. Find time to pump. I know, it's hard, it's inconvenient, and it's awkward doing it anywhere other than home. A few ways to over come this:

  • Pump in your car while driving between locations
  • Pump during your dinner break
  • Pump on your way home at the end of the night. 

Even if you're only at one location, that's still two pumping opportunities! 

 

 

 Mommy's Milk Smoothie

Mommy's Milk Smoothie

BONUS: Drink mommy's milk smoothies! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 lb of chia seeds
  • 2 tbls Brewers Yeast
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  •  2 scoops of Barleans Chocolate Greens

Blend until smooth.

 

 Photo Credit: Sarah Sweetman Photography

Photo Credit: Sarah Sweetman Photography

From Bridal Consultant --> Bride --> Wedding Photographer - I'm wedding obsessed!

I've been obsessed with weddings & LOVE & pretty bridal details since waaaay before I became a wedding photographer.

 

Things I've learned along my journey:

As a Bridal Consultant at Alicias Bridal

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  • Order the gown in the size you measure for, even if you plan to lose weight! It's SOOOO much easier to alter a gown smaller, it's A LOT harder to let it out. Often times, there is only an inch or so of seam to let out on a gown. 
  • Bring 1-2 people gown shopping. Too many opinions will make the experience stressful and it's often hard to decide when you have to factor in so many voices. 

As a Bride: 

  • Hire a day of coordinator. She took care of EVERY detail on the wedding day and I got to be blissfully unaware of any issues. <3
  • Do as many photos as you can BEFORE the ceremony. Our day felt relaxed & carefree because we didn't have to cram all our photos into the 1 hr between the ceremony & reception. 
  • During our cocktail hour, we opted to spend 20 min together on the beach sipping drinks and just reveling in the magic of being freshly married. It was one of the best parts of our wedding day. My advice: if you can, take a few minutes to be together without cameras or guests.

As a Wedding Photographer: 

  • Once you book your photographer, ask them to create a timeline for you. Having a timeline at the beginning of your planning process makes your wedding vision tangible. Being able to share this timeline with all your wedding vendors at the beginning makes the whole process run smoother and ensures everyone is on the same page. 
  • Go all out for your engagement photos! Buy the longest/most fabulous gown you can afford and get your hair & makeup professionally done! These photos are going to be displayed in your home for a lifetime....and all over social media. Get dolled up, jus' sayin'.

Nudge, Nudge! I'm ready for you to propose.

Nudge, Nudge!  I'm ready for you to propose.

Take the hint; I’m ready for you to propose!