Monday, September 28, 2009

Engagement Photo Inspirations


Ross Oscar Knight Photography


This is an AMAZING photographer! I am a huge fan! He has some awesome work. Here is a couple that did a engagement photo session with him in Atlanta, Georgia; they were in the Inman Park area........such a beautiful photo shoot. This would be a nice added touch for all those engaged couples out there!
Have a Sweet day!

Engagement Photo Tips

Urban vs. Nature: Do you like cities? Or trees & greenery? Or gardens?

Some photographers have great photos with an urban city setting; often the grungy parts of cities provide the most clever, beautiful backgrounds. Picture a couple posing next to a wall of graffiti. In black and white. Could be very cool, if that’s what you’re looking for!
Other photographers prefer the outdoorsy setting. A couple peeking their heads out from behind a tree. Cute, right?

If you like both of these ideas — or want the option of having both types of photos — I recommend going to an urban setting, near a park. Most cities, large or small, have some kind of a park and some kind of a downtown area. And usually they’re not too far apart, making it easy to go from one setting to another.

Studio Setting: Like a clean-cut photo? Want to be able to control the lighting and background? Or want to have access to props?
The studio setting might be a good option if you like to have more control over the photos. There are a lot of different poses you can do: romantic, traditional, creative — you name it!

A Place with Meaning

If you are completely at a loss about what you might be looking for, how about picking a location that has meaning to you, as a couple! Maybe a park where you once strolled together or the restaurant where you met. These are great ideas and, with the right photographer, you can get amazing photos!


There are some photos that are very traditional: the couple in various locations, looking into each others’ eyes, smiling side by side, kissing, laughing. Of course, these can be as creative as you want.
Other photos are completely creative and show the couples’ personality. I really liked these photos because they’re creative AND I feel like I already have an idea about their personalities.

What to Wear, How to Look

I’m a big advocate that you should look how you look! Don’t dress differently because of this photo shoot; that’s not the point. That said, there are some great tips for photo shoots: wear colors that match the location (eg. beach should be tans and blues) and ladies might want to consider foundation (even if you dont usually wear it) because it will look better in the photo.


You want to make sure that people get to see these photos, right? Consider putting them on your wedding website, including them in your Save the Date (or making a postcard with that photo as the postcard), or post them on The Wedding Lens so that your friends and family can see, download & print whichever photos they love.

Do you have other tips for engagement photo shoots that you want to share? Let me know!

~ Natasha


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sunday Morning Inspirations

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;make known his deeds among the peoples!Sing to him, sing praises to him;tell of all his wondrous works!
Psalm 105:1-2

Saturday, September 26, 2009

How to plan a Engagement Party

Setting the Engagement Party Date

An engagement party usually takes place within a couple months of the proposal. That said, if you're planning to have a longer engagement, feel free to wait several months. Just make sure that your engagement party takes place closer to the time of your engagement than it does to your wedding date.

Compiling the Engagement Party Guest List

Anyone invited to your engagement party should ultimately be invited to your wedding, so the size of your engagement party guest list is really dependent upon your actual wedding day guest list. You might have as few as 10 or as many as upward of 100. When the host asks you to come up with a guest list, set it up so your closest family is first, followed by your best of friends, then go from there.

Engagement Party Invites

Your invites can be as simple or formal as you like, and really depend on the style and vibe you're going for. Word of mouth or an Evite is totally appropriate for a small, casual gathering at home. Then again, if your parents are throwing an elegant dinner at the country club, you may want to look into sending out formal paper invites. Get those invites out about a month in advance to give guests a good heads-up, or within four to six weeks if guests are from out of town.

Engagement Party Menu and Cocktail Ideas

You certainly don't have to serve a five-course sit-down dinner. Passed hors d'oeuvres, tasting menu stations, and family-style buffets are all great ways to go. Another idea: Theme your food. If you had your first date over Asian food, order up dumplings and sake-tinis for your guests.

Engagement Party Decor

Choose a style and theme that are completely different from your wedding day. So if you're planning a formal ballroom wedding, go for a laid-back beach-themed engagement party with vibrant tropical colors and a casual outdoor setting. The real trick here is that you don't want to upstage the wedding day. So if you're planning to have simple decor at your wedding reception, it would be odd to order over-the-top floral centerpieces for the tables. That said, a few small arrangements from your local florist will instantly perk up any space. Look beyond flowers too. Get colorful fabric for the tables and food areas and work with your theme.

Engagement Party Timeline

It's tradition for the father of the bride to make the first toast of the party, officially announcing the engagement. But your mother, your fiance's parents, or the host of the party could also step in to do this. After the first toast, you and your fiance might want to take a moment to thank everyone before opening up the floor to other friends and family who may want to speak. Other than the toasts, you'll want to have a little music. Hire a DJ, a local band, or keep it simple and ask a friend to man your iPod.

-- Elizabeth Narins

(photography pictured above by Ross Oscar Knight)
He does amazing work! Based out of ATL~
This is for all the lovely couples out there that need a little help planning their upcoming engagement party!
Have a Sweet day!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Engagement Pary Dress Inspirations


;the period when a couple has agreed to get married but the wedding has not yet taken place

It’s the first time that a couple really celebrates their decision to share lives together with their family and friends. A bride-to-be wants to stand out at her engagement party but not look overdone and that is a fine line.
I am so excited! One of my good friend's got engaged over the weekend! I just had to post these engagement party dresses! Congrats to you both! Tune in because all this week I will continue to post more engagement inspirations. Enjoy...have a Sweet day!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Unique Wedding Favors

a. Something given as a token of love, affection, or remembrance.
b. A small decorative gift given to each guest at a party.

These wedding favors are so unique and nice! It's nice to give your guest a nice little gift for coming to your special event (give favors no matter what the occasion) your guests will feel well appreciated.

Have a Sweet day!

Happy Autumn!

The air is cool and crisp outside and I came across this picture it really put me in the mood for the Fall season!
Have a Sweet day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wedding Bouquet Inspirations

Tia Mowry’s wedding to Cory Hardrict

These bouquets are so beautiful. I love the colors! So pretty......I had alot of fun making my bouquet the one you see above pictured at the top of my BLOG page. I used beautiful satin pink ribbon along w/pins and fresh cut mixed colored roses, pink gerber daisies, and calla lillies.
Enjoy! Have a sweet day!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Non Traditional Wedding Shoes & Accessories


Bottom row left to right: Vintage 60s white patent leather and crochet t-strap heels from BlackRavenVintage; Miranda Venetian white clutch from leighannkline; Vintage 50s metallic brocade babydoll shoes from moonbeamsandmemories.

Additional Resources:
Junebug Weddings
Saying "I do" with color is not only cute but fun! Add splashes of color to your special day!! I decided to continue to add more non traditional wedding day inspirations to all those brides out there or anyone thinking of renewing their vows.
Enjoy have a sweet day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Non Traditional Wedding Dresses Inspirations






Say "I do" in color!
Brides are changing trends and choosing not to settle for the white wedding dreams of the past. They are becoming a bit more edgy with their attire and looking fabulous. The long belief and tradition of women in white wedding dresses symbolizing purity and wholeness seems to have fallen aside, while chic eye-catching fashion has become the front runner.

My sister is engaged and we were discussing non-traditional wedding dresses...so I just had to share some of these dresses with you all!
Have a Sweet day!