Asking your fiance questions should be an easy task, right? Wrong. There are some questions that are so obvious you never got to ask about them, or that you don’t know how to phrase so it doesn’t seem you are troubleshooting, just curious to know the opinion the person you are about to spend the rest of your life with has about a certain subject.
We are advocates of learning about another person as much as possible before putting a ring on it. Not to make sure sure they are 100% aligned with our beliefs, but to comb out any opinion knots that might appear afterwards, and work through them to find a consensual agreement. Because that’s what love is all about: not finding a perfect person, but finding the person you can spend the rest of your life for, flaws and all!
Summer is nearly here, and with it comes wedding season. But before your big day, comes your engagement, and with that engagement comes engagement photos. We know it’s not always easy to decide on the right theme and brain-storming can be hard when you’re in the midst of planning one of the biggest events of your life so to help out, we’ve curated some of the most creative and cute ideas out there.
At Home Shoot
We love this casual and relaxed (but still romantic!) shoot that was shot by photographer Marissa Maharaj in the couple’s own home. If you want to stay in budget and keep it lowkey then make like Brooke and Tyler, and keep it behind closed doors!
Train Station Shoot
This sweet couple did the long-distance thing for over a year, and all the travelling back and forth was the inspiration behind their sweet train station engagement shoot. With fun accessories and even a little dog – these images taken and shared by a guy + a girl photography are inspiring for any couple having a summer wedding!
This shoot may be one of our favourites! The bride and groom wanted to “survive a zombie attack and then hug because we’re in love!” which led to this super quirky and super creative engagement shoot by Amanda Rynda. Definitely one for any fans of The Walking Dead.
First Date Shoot
Love is in the air! This couple staged a sweet “first date” picnic in the woods which was photographed by Blush Wedding Photography. The lace teepee and berry-coloured accessories makes this a perfect shoot.
Lake & Canoe Shoot
We love the sweet and playful vibe of this engagement session shot by Marissa Maharaj! The couple took to the water in a vintage canoe (complete with flower garlands!) – to show their love for the great outdoors, and each other.
We can’t get enough of these outdoor engagement shoots! This wonderful image is from a session captured by Caroline Tran in sunny California. The couple wanted their engagement photos to have a “whimsical and sunny daydream” vibe and they definitely do. Love!
“Have An Unplugged Wedding!” articles are popping up everywhere but it’s 2015 so let’s face it – technology is everywhere and if Instagrams user stats are anything to go by, we all love to take photos and share them! Photographers often complain that guests and their smartphones get in the way, but isn’t it possible for both the photographer to get their job done and for guests to enjoy themselves without tech restraint? Your guests are there to celebrate your wedding and live in the moment. In this day and age, living in the moment includes capturing every second with images and video clips. Stop fighting it! Embrace it and be creative with it!
More and more couples are turning to tech to save time and money on their wedding, and by integrating tech into your big day, you can make things so much easier and less stressful. When it comes to the actual big day, hopefully you will no longer be stressed but you will be busy! Between getting ready, the ceremony and greeting guests and generally just being the bride – you can miss out on a lot of moments. Moments that your guests can capture on Twitter and Instagram which you can scroll through later that evening.
So instead of banning technology at your wedding, encourage it. A great way to do this is to create a wedding Twitter hashtag so your guests can get involved and share the moments. You can go the extra mile by creating an ii.do live wedding photo feed – wedding guests can share photos from the day on their Instagram which is then shown on a big screen throughout the day, and afterwards you can get all your favourite photos put into a traditional wedding album with your hashtag on the spine! Just make sure you have wi-fi!
Veering away from the Top of the Charts, and even playlists compiled by Spotify – we have created our own wedding playlist with a contemporary feel to give any brides-to-be some ideas for their big day! It’s always a good to keep an open mind when it comes to planning these things, and how many can say they walked down the aisle to an Icelandic post-rock band?
Planning a wedding can be stressful at the best of times – but what if you were to squeeze months and months of work in to just a few weeks? First of all, don’t stress. All you need is free time and the ability to make fast and informed decisions. Below, we’ve listed some whirlwind planning suggestions and some important things to bear in mind…
Create A Timeline
One of the most important tasks to complete is getting together a timeline of all of the tasks you need to achieve in the run up to your wedding and setting some deadlines against them. Even with over a year to plan a wedding, time can just fly by so any whirlwind wedding should always start with this.
Keep A (VERY) Open Mind
One of the biggest obstacles for a whirlwind wedding is availability. Be prepared that your first choice of venue, or photographer, may not be available, so you may have to compromise. Discuss this with your partner, and consider what are the most important priorities for you both, and make decisions based on this.
Don’t Stress About Your Dress
Surprisingly, a short timeframe is not a big problem when looking for your dream dress. You can get a custom-made gown in under three months but it comes with a big price tag. A more affordable option would be to check out designer sample sales, vintage stores or ready-to-wear bridal shops.
Find An Easy Venue
If time is really pushed, you want to try and find a venue, which doesn’t require huge amounts of creative work before you start. Try thinking sensibly when looking at the venue about how easy it will be to work within the space depending on your timescales.
Don’t Be Afraid To Get Techy
Forget hiring a DJ and don’t even think of sticking your iPod in the dock and hitting shuffle – use Spotify which lets you curate your own wedding playlist. For memory-making entertainment, try an ii.do live wedding photo feed. Wedding guests can share photos from the day on their Instagram which is then shown on a big screen throughout the day, and afterwards you can get all your favourite photos put into a traditional wedding album with your hashtag on the spine! Just make sure you have wi-fi!