What is the Best Wedding Advice For Engaged Couples? A Planner Shares Her Secrets

What is the Best Wedding Advice For Engaged Couples? A Planner Shares Her Secrets

Getting engaged is such a blissful and exciting time! Do not let the stress of planning your “perfect” wedding get you down! Whether you are the couple that is looking for a planner to come in right after your engagement and help you plan the entire event, or you want to take on the task of planning on your own, there are somethings you should know!

What Guests Should Wear to a Wedding

What Guests Should Wear to a Wedding

With wedding season upon us, you might be scouring the internet seeking the PERFECT outfit to wear to your best friend or family member's wedding. Having been there myself, trying to decide what would be the most fitting to the wedding location without overdressing or showing up TOO casual can be a cause of unnecessary stress.

LA on Polaroids

LA on Polaroids

When it comes to new cameras, I’m sort of like a dragon. I want to hoard them all and create an overabundant collection just because I love them so much! Last year I added a few new ones to my arsenal. One of my absolute favorite additions was my polaroid camera! We purchased a higher quality Instax to use for weddings and on our random adventures. It’s not always easy or convenient to print off photos after every fun memory, and sometimes you just want to have a quick souvenir. So basically bringing it to LA for the trip was an absolute must! Hopefully you can see why.

Bringing your dog to your photoshoot? Here's what you should know.

Bringing your dog to your photoshoot? Here's what you should know.

One of the most commonly asked questions I get about engagement shoots is “can I bring my dog”? Um, YES! is always my answer. It’s no secret I’m an animal lover. After adopting Penny, one of the first things we wanted to do was take a million pictures with her. We get it. A family portrait isn’t complete without your sweet pup. But what’s the etiquette? How do you properly bring your dog to a photoshoot without overwhelming you, the dog, or your photographer? I’ve got some tricks in my back pocket!

Should you change your last name after your wedding?

Should you change your last name after your wedding?

More and more these days it's more common to hear of a bride who isn't taking her partner's last name. Whether she decides to keep her own last name, or choose to hyphenate, there is a lengthy decision process before she lands on her answer. And maybe you're at the point where you aren't sure what YOU want to do, but skipping the name change is on your mind. If this IS you, I have written a few things for you to consider below. There are some benefits women find in skipping the change, and some minor downsides as well. No matter what, without the influence of anyone around you, it is YOUR DECISION. Let your heart tell you what is right for you.

Keith + Jenny: Trillium Lake Proposal

Keith + Jenny: Trillium Lake Proposal

Shooting secret proposals is one of those session types that I wish we could shoot more of, but it's definitely NOT for everyone. But for those who opt to surprise their babe with not only a shiny ring, but also photos of the special moment, are definitely bring us photographers a lot of joy. Surprise proposals are also VERY tricky...because they're supposed to be a surprise. In our experience actually, we've never had to hide behind trees or cars to capture the event, but actually working with the couple before it even happens. The trick is, finding the RIGHT excuse to keep it a secret. Personally, I loved Keith's disguise. He promised Jenny I was just getting started in this business and needed couples to pose for me to grow my portfolio! At first, Jenny didn't believe him. But he swore up and down this wasn't the moment he would propose...whoops! 

What a perfect wedding looks like

What a perfect wedding looks like

Did I grab your attention? Admit it, you’ve been scouring the internet for advice on how to throw the best celebration for your upcoming wedding. You want to know what you must do, and what you must avoid. Good! Keep reading that advice. It will be helpful! In the same breath, make sure not to overwhelm yourself with all the do’s and don’ts. You want to know the secret to having a perfect wedding?