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    Where the Wild Things Are

    Welcome to our Friday series. Each month we bring you a multi-part blog series centered around one or two themes. This May our theme is “wild.” To us, wild means letting loose and having fun. This week we were inspired by Maurice Sendak’s beloved childhood classic Where the Wild Things Are. I have a confession. I’ve never seen the movie Where the Wild Things Are but I’ve read the book dozens of times during my childhood and to kids at the local library’s Story Hour. I’ve also watched Lady Gaga’s music video Bad Romance Max is sent to bed without supper for donning on his wolf suit, terrorizing the dog,…

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    Wild Wild West Wedding

    Welcome to our Friday series. Each month we bring you a multi-part blog series centered around one or two themes. This May our theme is “wild.” To us, wild means letting loose and having fun. This week we were inspired by old western movies about the Wild Wild West. One of my friends’ boyfriend loves Westerns and when they got engaged one of the themes on the table was –you guessed it! the Western. While they ended up going in a different direction, ever since she brought it up, I’ve been playing with the idea of a Western-inspired wedding. At first glance, Westerns seem to be part of the boy’s…

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    Five Weird Weddings

    1. A Funeral Parlor A couple chose to tie the knot at their families’ funeral home. Not only did they say their vows, but they also held the reception there as well. Creepy! 2. Underwater Do you like scuba? Several organizations will help you put on a wedding underwater. It usually takes place in a location without a strong tide. In addition to human witnesses, your vows will also have fishy onlookers! 3. At the Zoo The London Zoo allows you to get hitched surrounded by your favorite animal and human friends. 4. Up in the Air After winning a competition to ‘wing walk’, a Welsh couple decided that this…

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    4 Wedding Lessons from Game of Thrones

    Everyone’s favorite show about mythical kingdoms, dragons, and warring nobles is coming back this Sunday! To celebrate the return of Game of Thrones, we’re bringing in a post on family politics. Even ignoring the super complicated Lannister family, the Game of Thrones is full of interesting sibling, parent-child relationships. While taking a leaf out of Game of Thrones may seem counterproductive, it does show that family relationships are never simple. Here are four tips to minimize family drama and have fun during your wedding festivities. Tip 1: Wedding Planning is Not a Game of Thrones Cersei says to Ned Stark at one point, “You either win at the game of…

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    Themed Engagement Shoot

    Unlike the typical styled portrait shoots, its really important to incorporate elements of your story into the engagement shoot, such as the first meeting, any relationship history that they appreciate. Young Love The “first love” theme is one that focuses on innocence and nostalgia. A vintage theme seemed appropriate to highlight this. Military Couples For military couples, a vintage “greatest generation” theme is awesome, especially of a recreation of the celebratory kiss on Victoria Day. We wanted to create photos like what may be seen from flipping through their grandparents photo albums. Memorable Places Hold your engagement photo shoot at a place that is meaningful to you. Perhaps it’s the…

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    How to Throw a Themed Wedding

    I’ve posting a lot on themed weddings lately, because most weddings do have a theme from ultra-specific Hunger Games-themed bashes to looser vintage-inspired ones. 1. Pick a Theme Rather than listing off the most popular themes of Spring 2012, I’d like you and your fiance to brainstorm about meaningful hobbies and places. Was your first date at an ice cream parlor? How about an old fashioned soda fountain reception! No matter how ridiculous your theme sounds, remember that your wedding is about you and your fiance and it should reflect who you are as individuals and as a couple. 2. Pick out a Fun and Fitting Location As more and…

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    Themed Weddings: Superhero Wedding

    Kitschy or classy, superhero themed weddings hold a special place in our hearts. Under the neon colored costume is a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons or reading stacks of comic books or pretending to have super powers on lazy summer afternoon. Superheroes wedding is just another variety of the fairytale princess wedding, except with more swashbuckling! Superheroes celebrate truth, justice, loyalty, and adventure! And isn’t that what marriage is all about? Like I mentioned in the Harry Potter themed wedding post, the key for a grown up themed wedding is the tasteful details. However, we have nothing against declaring loudly and clearly the things we love. The Attire Ironically, this…

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    Snowy Wedding

    What happens if it snows at your wedding? Did you know that in many cultures it’s considered a sign of good luck? Unfortunately, it might mess with your wedding plans from traffic jams to power outages. If you’re getting married in an area that does historically snow on your wedding date. Here are some ways to prepare. 1. Talk to Your Venue and Vendors Since they’re professionals, they should have an action/ back up plan in case of unexpected snowfall. Listen to their strategies and make some of your own. For instance, you may want to stockpile candles. It helps if your venue is close to a main road which…

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    5 Super Bowl-Inspired Wedding Appetizers

    It’s the day before the Superbowl and so many of my guy friends are stocking up on chips and dip and frozen chicken wings. I’ve seen a few cute sports-related weddings recently — even a fishing one — and I thought that some of you DIY-style ladies would like to test run a few appetizer recipes before handing it off to caterer or handing it to a trusted friend. 1. My Mom’s Chili The wonderful thing about chili is that freezes fantastically! A friend of a friend’s mother made chili every week for months to serve at her wedding. My mom’s version is super easy and vegan: one can of…

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    Woodland Wedding

    Quicker than you can say Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, we’ve seen a bevy of woodland weddings. Maybe it’s the rustic trend, maybe there’s something romantic about trampsing through the woods with the one you love, or maybe it’s an environmental thing. Whatever it is, we’re loving these low key woodsy weddings. Here are five things that woodland weddings need! 1. Wildflower Bouquets Non-fussy and locally sourced means less headache and it’s also better for the environment and your wallet. 2. A tree altar Whether it’s the flowery wonderland that we saw all too recently at Bella and Edward’s wedding in the movie Twilight: Breaking Dawn or a big…