A stylish Charleston engagement by JoPhoto

Gorgeous stylish Charleston engagement photos!

Whether your engagement photos are on a mountain, in your favorite restaurant or at home, all brides and grooms want at least one thing: to look amazing in your photos. Like, jaw-dropping, stunning, your-friends-and-family-are-speechless amazing. Well, if you’re about to take engagement photos and want to achieve amazing e-photo status, look no further than today’s stylish Charleston engagement.

Trevor and Allison did their engagement photos right from the beginning to end, start in downtown Charleston and ending at the Isle of Palms, right on the beach. Their photos are equal parts romantic and utterly stylish — from Allison’s pink tulle skirt to the gold sequined romper (!!!) she rocks on the beach, I have a feeling that this is one bride and groom who will be looking back very fondly on their engagement! Captured by the artistry of JoPhoto, this is one shoot we guarantee you’re about to be obsessed with.

Read on to see the happy couple’s gorgeous engagement photos!

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Five unique rehearsal dinner ideas to get the party started early

Unique rehearsal dinner ideas

Laura Ivanova Photography via Style Me Pretty

The night before the wedding has become just as important and memorable as the big day itself.

Whenever I reflect back on my wedding day, I always first remember the fun and intimate rehearsal dinner that my in-laws hosted. They went above and beyond to decorate in ways that were personal to my husband and I, and it was an opportunity for us to spend quality time with our bridal party and close family that we otherwise may not have been able to focus on the following day.

So, exactly what is a rehearsal dinner and why in the world is it included in most pre-wedding activities?

  • The rehearsal dinner is an opportunity for both sides of the family to get to know each other, if they don’t already, in a relaxed, nonthreatening atmosphere. This also allows the bride and groom to spend quality time with their bridal party and close family members where they otherwise may not have as much time to dedicate to them on the wedding day.
  • Traditionally, the dinner is held the night before the wedding after the bridal party attends a walk-through at their ceremony space.
  • The groom’s parents typically host the dinner, but the bride and groom may choose to take matters into their own hands or both sets of parents may share hosting duties.
  • The rehearsal dinner should not upstage the main event, therefore not nearly as many people should be invited. Every family is different, but at the absolute minimum, immediate family (parents and siblings) and the bridal party and their significant others and spouses should be on the guest list. It also is polite to invite the wedding day officiant and their spouse or significant other.
  • Most rehearsal evenings will start with a cocktail hour that includes drinks and appetizers before moving onto dinner and dessert.

The wedding rehearsal is an integral event in setting the overall tone for the wedding and surrounding activities. Regardless of who is hosting the night, the rehearsal is a chance to honor the bride and groom’s personalities and to break the ice between both sides of the families.

That being said, a formal sit-down dinner may not be for everybody. By thinking outside the box and breaking some tradition, you instead can opt for a more inventive rehearsal that can be just as memorable as the wedding itself.

Here are five fun and unique rehearsal dinner ideas to get the planning started.

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7 tips for hiring a wedding photographer

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Brosnan Photographic

As a wedding blogger, I deal with wedding photographers and brides all the time. I’ve heard complaints and horror stories from both of them, and there’s just no doubt about it, wedding photography is a tricky business. Couples have big expectations of their photographers, and wedding photographers work really hard to make those dreams come true. Most wedding photographers I know feel like they’ve run a marathon the day after they shoot a wedding! But if those expectations don’t line up perfectly, there can be disappointments on both sides. I hope today to help prepare you to have a great experience hiring and working with a wedding photographer for your big day!

When I got married, the craze of artful, incredibly styled weddings and wedding photography hadn’t hit my part of the world yet. My husband and I hired a friend of my mom’s who was just getting into photography and had only photographed one wedding before. We paid her $500 and she gave us 100 edited photos…and over 3,000 unedited photos on CDs. There was no contract, and we handed her a shot list on the morning of the wedding of the photos we thought we wanted. Thank goodness it worked out okay! They aren’t wedding blog worthy, but they remind us of our wedding day and they captured the joy of the celebration.

Now that I work in the wedding world, I might do things differently. And I certainly have a lot of advice to dish out to couples about how to choose and hire your wedding photographer!

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10 Reasons why a Valentine’s day wedding is an awesome idea

Beautiful love themed wedding cake, perfect for Valentine's Day.

Paperlily Photography

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, and on a Saturday, it is hard not to fantasize about a gorgeous love filled wedding day! Really there is no better way to celebrate your love and love in general, than by marrying the love of your life on valentines day! Another amazing perk is that it will bring together all the people you love, and none of your friends will be sitting at home lonely.

I mean what is Valentine’s day all about, if not love, friends, family and marriage? If you ask me I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the day of love than with a wedding!

Read on to see our 10 favorite reasons to marry your soulmate on Valentine’s day!

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