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Winning our Photographer
Within a week of getting engaged, I told my fiance that there was no way we were skimping on the photographer.Â I made it clear that this was one of the top 3 priorities I had and would work night shifts as a waitress to make sure I got who I wanted.Â I grew up with old photographs of my parents and grandparents in our home and know how pictures and the stories they tell transcend generations.
Greetings + Salutations!
Once upon a time there was a girl named Cyd. One day, Cyd met a boy. She fell in love with this boy and after he bought her a very shiny ring they decided to plan a wedding. Subsequently, the girl found herself playing around online one night when she unknowingly tripped and fell into the land of wedding blogs. Needless to say, she never looked back and today she is incredibly excited to be joining the incredible talents of Ami and Rebekah and all of the fabulous bloggers at Elizabeth Anne Designs to share her wedding journey…
Fly Away Contest!
Shannon and Shari are giving away free photography packages to two lucky couples!Â That’s right, all free!Â You can find all the details on their blog, but here are the basics. The winning couple will receive full wedding day coverage from either Shari Bare or Steeves Photography, AND rehearsal or day after coverage.Â Holla!Â You’ll need to send in your story with the location and date, and you’ll need to be able to pay for airfare and accommodations.
Introducing Carey MacArthur Photography
Our hearts are aflutter for the beautiful documentary photography byÂ Carey MacArthur. At its heart, photography is about preserving memories, and this is what Carey does so well. Her powerful images are able to transport you into the moment, capturing the storyÂ as it unfolds. Carey makes a genuine connection with her couples and brings aÂ wedding to life by documenting the day with the same care and compassion that two people have for one another. From capturing the small, personal details toÂ celebratingÂ the important moments, Carey’s documentary photography style insures that each part of the day is recorded with elegance and simplicity. Carey is based in Brooklyn, NY, but travels the world makingÂ images of couples in love. Visit her EAD Vendor Guide portfolio and Instagram to view more of her gorgeous work!
Announcing Aisle Society!
In my 8 years of blogging, today may be cause for the single biggest celebration yet! Why you ask? At long last, it’s time to debut the brand-new Aisle Society website to the world! For the past several months, a group of more than 30 of the bestÂ wedding bloggers from across the world have been working to create a brand new way to find wedding inspiration!Â Aisle SocietyÂ is the onlyÂ wayÂ to catch the latest contentÂ from your favorite bloggers, all in one gorgeous place. And best of all, you can curate your very own personalized feed of your favorite wedding styles, design elements, wedding pros, bloggers, and more, making it a cinch to plan your perfect day!
Win Wedding Photography With Brittany Lauren Photography
If you are a bride-to-be getting married in 2016 and have been dreaming about finding a fine art film photographer to capture every single moment and detail to perfection, then you are in luck because the ever so lovely and talented Brittany Lauren Photography is giving away free wedding photography to one lucky EAD reader!
Lowcountry Bridal Portraits
South Carolina’sÂ River Oaks CharlestonÂ was the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous bridal storyÂ captured byÂ Exquisitrie by Kelly Sauer. Though set in the Lowcountry, the shoot evokes the romance and history of Europe, with the Old World textures of River Oaks and magical Ivy gown fromÂ Saint Isabel Bridal. Bridal portraits always seem to tell the story of “waiting” – preparing dreams of the wedding day, holding bated breath, settling in to begin the story of married life – and this feeling is perfectly encapsulated in the stunning images directed byÂ Kelly Sauer Ltd. Co.Â We are positively smitten!
Elegant Styled Anniversary Session
It’s been a year since Christian and Susie wed, and on a rainy Utah afternoon they gathered together withÂ Mariel HannahÂ for a romantic anniversary shoot, creating beautiful memories to celebrate their first year together.Â Flower AfternoonÂ created perfectly styled blooms for this magical set of imagesâ€”we are swooning over the lush marigold, pale coral, crimson, and green bouquet.Â Kali ChrisÂ styled Susie with the most lovely sideswept updo and soft makeup. We’re so in love with the love these two share as captured byÂ Mariel Hannah!
Jessica D’Onofrio Photography
Pardon us while we gush a bit about the exquisite talent that is Jessica of Jessica D’Onofrio Photography. Jessica’s images are full of light and love and the way she captures emotion is pure and natural. Every photographer has a specific style all their own, and we’d describe Jessica’s as feminine and timeless. There’s a sweet simplicity in her fine art photography that captures romance in an authentic way. Jessica is based in Southern California, but travels wherever your wedding takes her! Visit her website, blog, and vendor portfolio to see more of her gorgeous images!
Rachael Schirano Photography
Your wedding day is made up of so many perfectly unscripted moments, each over in an instant. Photography is about capturing these flashes of time, and that is exactly what Rachael Shirano does so well. Her work is so beautifully raw and real, each frame reflecting the emotion of the event inside. Rachael is based in Central IllinoisÂ and is able to capture both the modern ChicagoÂ wedding, rustic Midwestern soiree, or destination wedding with flair. We simply love Rachael’s images, each filled with light and love, and are thrilled to introduce you to her portfolio!
Same-Sex Wedding Giveaway from Anna Wu Photography
Ladies and ladies, gents and gents, we are so excited to share with you a fabulous giveaway from Anna Wu Photography! We are all excited about the recent wins for marriage equality (yay, love!!), and Anna is generously giving a maximum of two lucky same-sex couples in San Francisco or NYC free wedding photography and some other fabulous goodies!
Romantic + Pretty Boudoir Inspiration
This lovely and romantic boudoir shoot from Brittany Lauren Photography is effortlessly dreamy! We love the contrast of delicate vintage lace lingerie with leopard print, and the sweet mint, pink, and turquoise color scheme of the surroundings, styled by Betsy Miller. Cassandra Kennedy Beauty created a makeup look that is soft and subtle with the dramatic lingerie. We’re swooning over the adorable cake from Sweetly Aimee, a light pink confection with white fondant that resembles vintage lace. Swoon!
Vintage Romantic Bridal Inspiration
Ethereal dresses from Adored Vintage, filmy veils, and romantic dried florals from Primal Flower lend a vintage feel to this boudoir bridal shoot by Ashley Dang Photography. Delicate touches like lace and a gold leaf hairpiece up the elegance factor without distracting from the simple lines of these stunning vintage gowns. Understated peach and pink makeup by Kelly Tran Artistry let model Lani Valentine’s dramatic eyes steal the show in this glamorous inspiration shoot. We are mesmerized by each perfect detail!
Win Wedding Photography from Diana Marie Photography!
This amazing week just keeps getting better and better! Today we have the most wonderful of giveaways to share. Are you searching for your perfect wedding photographer? Do you adore the romantic look of film? Well, my dears, you are in luck!
Romantic Italian Wedding Inspiration
The inspiration for this moody, romantic shoot by Erica Brenci of Les Amis Photo comes from the beautiful venue, Villa Ida Lampugnani, near Milanâ€”and we absolutely see why! In keeping with the Art Nouveau period, referred to as Liberty Style in Italy, stationery by Cristiano Guerra of Princess Event Design + Wedding Planning takes its cues from the homeâ€™s intricate furnishings. To complement the white anemones and lisianthus in florals by Sofia and Cosetta of Il Profumo dei Fiori, the team at Princess Event Design + Wedding Planning incorporated blush pink, cream, and gold into the dÃ©cor. Elegant table settings are like an extension of model Vivianaâ€™s ethereal Jenny Packham gown and glittery platform heels, and weâ€™re swooning over the romantic hairpieces she incorporated! For a sweet ending, a simple cake embellished with pomegranates from Sweet Pastry Lab marks the final flourish. There are so many gorgeous images to swoon overâ€”visit the gallery to lose yourself in them all!
Rome Engagement Photos
There may be no more appropriate setting for engagement photos than Rome, “the Eternal City”. Zora and Fely wanted to capture the beauty of one of their city at a place that has always fascinated Zora, the Pantheon. Together with Teresa of In Love In Italy Photography, they spent an afternoon strolling from Ara Pacis Augustae across the river Tevere to sit for a cappuccino at Splendor Parthenopes. They then headed to the Pantheon, crossing Ponte Sant’Angelo and watching the sun set behind the castle. Although they arrived at the Pantheon at the most crowded hour of the day, Teresa captured a stunning image of them standing still with people milling all aroundâ€”Zora says: “It is my absolute favorite, it captures us and our love profoundly.” We love the enchanting city of Rome and these stunning photos from In Love In Italy Photography!
Chic Autumn Engagement Session
Wes and Olivia’s engagement session is so terribly chic, it’s almost too much to handle! In my next life, I hope to be as stunning as Olivia, who effortlessly rocks a baby blue knit frock, a gold headband, and plum tights. And let’s not forget Wes, whose worn-in ankle boots and skinny striped tie are the perfect laid-back look. Add in absolutely dreamy photos fromÂ This Modern Romance at San Juan Capistrano’s Serra Plaza and you have an engagement session that’s pure autumn perfection!
Date Night Engagement Photos
Lisa and Ryan’s date night engagement session is all about their favorite thingsâ€”first a picnic with their pup and then a dinner date in downtown Wausau, Wisconsin, wandering along the town’s charming cobbstone streets and then visiting one of their favorite patios, theÂ Back When Cafe!
Colin Lyons Wedding Photography
Your wedding day is likely the most photographed day of your life, and it’s oh-so-important to find a photographer that you connect withâ€”one who takes the time to learn about you and gives attention to the process of being in front of the camera starting with the engagement session. Colin Lyons is just that person! Colin brings a photojournalist’s eye to your wedding, but what I believe makes him so unique is his ability to capture a couple’s personality in his photos. From the bridal party to the reception, his images evoke true joy, and that’s exactly what you want to remember from your wedding day!