Love List

‘Tis the Friday before Christmas…are you ready? :) I put together an extra-long love list this week to squeeze in enough Christmas inspiration to last me till next year. Enjoy!

{A darling Christmas tree-finding engagement session by Sarah Hasstedt via Grey Likes Weddings}

{I’m all about unique receptions, but when it comes to ceremonies, there’s nothing like a church ceremony with traditional vows to get me teary-eyed. By Meredith Perdue via Southern Weddings}

{I love the gorgeous colors and interesting elements of this mountaintop Christmas elopement centerpiece. By Casie Zalud Photography via Green Wedding Shoes}

{Possibly the prettiest and most delicious looking cake I have ever seen! Bake from Scratch via Hostess with the Mostess}

{Am I the only one who has watched Elf, oh, four or five times this December? This Buddy the Elf-themed holiday brunch is adorable, and the details are amazing! Luna Photography via Pizzazerie}

{Another too-cute-for-words Christmas engagement session? Don’t mind if I do! Carol-Ann Photography via Style Me Pretty}

{Just as a wedding…and Christmas…should be. :) She Wanders Photography via Wedding Chicks}

Wishing you a weekend  full of love, joy, and the blessings of Christ’s birth.
Merry Christmas!!

Love,

Lisa

Frequently Asked Questions

Today I thought I’d do something different and answer a few questions that I get asked a lot. Before you jump to conclusions thinking that readers I don’t know personally are emailing me for advice, know that most of these questions are from people that I know in real life who know I love weddings or write a blog. :P Some of them are questions about my favorite things, and others are more specific, but they’re all pretty fun!

What should I do for my engagement session?

I think the best engagement sessions are ones that are well styled and match your personality. Think back through your dating days for your best memories, favorite date spots, etcetera, and get creative! My all time favorite is this Coney Island shoot on Ruffled, shot by Jamie Beck.

What colors should I use in my wedding?

The colors that make you the happiest! Don’t be afraid to forgo a specific color scheme, and go with a theme instead. For example, rather than just “red and yellow,” pick a palette of warm-toned brights, tied together with ivory and touches of gold. I love this orange-and-brights Style Me Pretty wedding! Additionally, know that any color can work in any season if done the right way (upcoming post on that, I think!), and unexpected color combinations can work beautifully. Check out my purple and orange fall wedding inspiration board for an example!

What do you think I should splurge and save on?

This answer will be different for everyone, depending on your priorities for your big day, but one thing I will always, always, always recommend is going all out for incredible photography! Find a photographer whose style you love, who you get along with well, and who you trust to capture your wedding perfectly–you’ll be cherishing the pictures forever, so I definitely think this is one thing well worth the price. How amazing is this shot on Snippet and Ink? Beyond that, pick one or two other things that are the most important to you (anything from a fabulous venue to a designer dress), and plan the rest of your budget accordingly. On the saving side, if there are things you don’t particularly care for (such as a wedding cake or favors), forgo them altogether, or figure out something creative and more budget-friendly to take their place. For example, substitute a table of homemade cookies for the cake, if you have the time and an awesome family recipe.

What should I wear to a black tie/formal/semiformal/casual wedding?

Check out my old post on Guest Wear Etiquette for a breakdown of common dress codes, as well as some general rules to adhere to!

Wedding pros, what questions do you get asked the most? Everyone else, did I miss anything that’s been on your mind? Ask away! :)

Love,

Lisa

Romantic Dallas Engagement Session

I honestly cannot think of any way I would rather end the blogging week than with this engagement session by Sarah Kate, Photographer. First of all, have you ever seen such a gorgeous couple? Natalie and Rusty look like models in every single shot, and her hair is pretty much the definition of perfect. I am jealous! :P Beyond their outer beauty, you can see in the way they look at each other that they are so incredibly in love. Sarah Kate took these pictures at the White Rock Lake in Dallas, Texas, and between the flawless lighting, simple-and-sweet picnic setup, and  the perfect mix of edgy and natural backgrounds, I think she hit it out of the park. Enjoy!

Thank you so much, Sarah Kate! And congratulations to Natalie and Rusty–y’all will make a truly stunning bride and groom! :)

Have a great weekend!

Love,

Lisa

Thursday Love List

Happy Thursday! I have been smitten with gorgeous, summer-y images all week long, and they’re definitely getting me all pumped up for a friend’s wedding I’m attending this weekend! Enjoy this little round-up of romantic moments, fun engagement sessions, and pretty details.

{I am in love with this picture from an adorable e-session on Hey Gorgeous, because it reminds me of my boyfriend and I so much! He is to Fortune as I am to Glamour :)}

{These beautiful invitations on Style Me Pretty were hand drawn by the bride herself! They remind me of my sweet friend and stationary designer, Paige of Parachute Paper Company}

{I never post black and white pictures, but this one took my breath away. What a romantic moment, from an incredible Style Me Pretty wedding. Be sure to check out the full feature–it’s breathtaking!}

{These bridesmaids are so perfectly mismatched. They all look different and unique, but the look is completely cohesive. Beautiful! From Southern Weddings}

{Blush and gray will always be one of my favorite color combinations, so this 100 Layer Cake dessert table, complete with cake pops, macarons, cupcakes, and a truly adorable cake, stole my heart!}

{And saving my favorite for last… a little sneak peek of a beautiful engagement session coming up tomorrow, by an amazing Dallas photographer Sara Kate! So excited to share the rest!}

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Love,

Lisa

The First Event

The majority of the time, the weddings and elaborate engagement shoots are planned and styled by the brides, if not by professional planners. For the proposal, on the other hand, the groom-to-be gets to plan things his way. I love the different ways guys choose to be creative for such a special moment. As you’ll see from these fabulously photographed proposals, they can vary from incredibly elaborate to simple and sweet, but they’re all romantic, sentimental, and pretty darn perfect!

 {This couple’s first date was at Starbucks, so naturally, the groom created a Starbucks in the woods, complete with the same drinks they had on the first date, mugs from places they had been together, and a “Wi-Fy” sign! So adorable, and what a great story! Featured on Green Wedding Shoes}

{A scavenger hunt to an Anthropologie-inspired beach set up, a love letter, and the sunset… so romantic, and a beautiful spin off of the typical beach engagement. This is one of my favorites! Featured on Ruffled}

{Here’s the definition of elaborate! The groom surprised his bride with a package of letter-pressed instructions… leading her all the way to Rome, where he proposed! Read the whole adorable story on Style Me Pretty}

{I love how this proposal combines simplicity and uniqueness. A pretty white chair and a fence full of bright balloons and pictures of the couple is a sweet and simple backdrop. Then add a singing groom and his barbershop quartet, and you have a completely fun and spirited proposal! Featured on Green Wedding Shoes}

What’s your favorite proposal story? :)

Love,

Lisa