A sophisticated and romantic winery wedding by Mandilynn Photography

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Ready to get swept away in an utterly gorgeous celebration today? Great, because we’re ready to deliver! Amanda and Silas’ sophisticated and romantic winery wedding was 100% fairytale-worthy. Set against the backdrop of Wilson Creek winery and manor, their elegant day included touches of sophistication with the bridesmaid’s stunning black gowns and a beautifully lit, intimate reception.

Photographed by the talented Mandilynn Photography, this is one pretty wedding you can’t miss. Read on for more!

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The don’t-miss guide to creating your wedding registry!

Wedding gifts setup for the big day

Emily Elizabeth Photo

Setting up your wedding registry can be tricky — with so many traditions and expectations surround your wedding and the gifting process, it can be hard to navigate what’s proper etiquette! How should you share your registry with guests? Why do some your relatives hate the idea of a honeymoon registry? And about when is polite to send thank you cards? Well, we’re answering all those questions and more for our friends over at Dot and Bo, who asked us to write a comprehensive guide to wedding registries on their blog! We’re including a tidbit below, but make sure to read the whole thing on their blog!

Creating a registry for your wedding is one of those traditions that goes way back. It serves as a simple way to let your guests know what items you’ll need to fill your newlywed home and start your life together, so they can send you an appropriate wedding gift. While wedding etiquette dictates that gifts should never be expected, most guests do want to contribute something special to the couple in this exciting part of their lives, and appreciate knowing exactly what to give the couple.

Time are changing quickly though — and chances are your wedding registry isn’t going to look like your grandmother’s from back in the day! The modernization of the wedding registry has caused some contention between generations, with old rules and etiquette shifting to accommodate the attitudes of new couples. So how is a couple to navigate proper wedding etiquette and create a modern registry that they are truly excited about? Here are some hard and fast tips for etiquette and how to set up your registry for gift-giving success!

Read more on Dot & Bo today! Let us know in the comments how you set up your own registry!

Engagement photo ideas & advice to plan the best e-session ever!

Lovely springtime engagement photo idea in Dublin!

Ashley Ludaescher Photography

Are you recently engaged? Congratulations! Your engagement is such an exciting time, filled with lots of dreaming and planning about your wedding day. Some of the planning for the big day can get a little stressful, so one of the most fun things to do at the beginning or middle of your engagement is to take a break for an engagement photo shoot. Looking for engagement photo ideas and wondering what you can do with your engagement photos? You can use your engagement photos for your save the date cards, or engagement announcement photo in the local paper, and of course, your family will always like to see photos of you two!

Engagement photos are also great practice and research for you both in preparing for your wedding photographs. My husband and I are really snuggly in private and around friends and family, but put a photographer with a big camera in our faces and one of us (surprisingly, me!) practically hyperventilates! The idea of having to be smoochy in front of a camera can be a little uncomfortable, so it’s a great idea to have a little practice before your wedding day.

So let’s talk tips! Here’s what you should consider when planning and preparing for your engagement photos.

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A rustic garden wedding by Town Country Studios

Romantic rustic garden wedding bride & groom

Things are starting to bloom around here, and the pretty flowers popping out of the ground is certainly a nice change of pace! We’re celebrating on the blog today with this beautiful rustic garden wedding, shot elegantly by Town Country Studios.

Why do we love it? The gorgeous bride Kelly and her groom Jason were married in San Luis Obispo, where they met while in school. Surrounded by family and friends, their beautiful rustic garden wedding celebration had the most unexpectedly pretty pops of marsala (color of the year, right?!) and fuchsia. Read on to see more of this gorgeous day and get inspired for a gorgeous summer garden wedding of your own!

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