Our favorite bride-to-be, Kristen from Maid of Henry, is back with some advice on what to do after getting engaged, and some of her very own behind-the-scenes photos of the day she said "yes". Hands down, Kristen + Kevin win the award for cutest couple ever, and we know you'll melt over her engagement story!
“Forever and ever, you'll stay in my heart and I will love you
forever and ever we never will part
oh, how I'll love you
together, forever, that's how it must be to live without you
would only mean heartbreak for me.”
-My Best Friend’s Wedding
You’re engaged. Congrats! You’ve admired your ring from all angles and know which lighting it sparkles most in. You’ve ugly-cried…more than once. You’ve even created your very own version of Monica Geller’s balcony “I’m Engaged!!!!!!” moment.
I’ve known for…ever that I wanted Kevin and my engagement moment to be just us. No family or friends. No distractors or bystanders. No paparazzi. And Kevin did just that. No one will ever know what that moment was like besides Kevin and me. That makes it the most special, intimate moment we’ve ever had and I will always cherish that. Whatever your moment may be, I encourage you to enjoy it before sharing your best news yet.
After we had breakfast at 6A Cafe, our favorite place in Cape Cod, we returned to the spot where Kevin popped the question to pop a bottle of champagne for mimosas. We cozied up on the beach with blankets and called our loved ones: our parents, grandparents, aunts + uncles, cousins, and closest friends. Hearing the most genuine, loving reactions helped us see that taking the time to personally call each of them was one of the best decisions we could’ve made. Once you’ve notified your VIPs, you can send out your mass-texts, snap your happiest selfie to date, update your Facebook status, and post your adorable engagement announcement on the ‘gram! #instaengaged
In the midst of it all, you will absolutely experience the “OMG, wait…what should I be doing?” moment. Within the first few weeks of being engaged, you will want to get yourself organized and prepared. Before you bring your new ‘fing-bling' (yes, I made that up) to meet your favorite people and places, make sure it’s insured! There is always, always that one girl who will ask to try your ring on. Believe me, I was her.
It’s a nice gesture to send thank-you notes to everyone who took part in your engagement and was sweet enough to give you a gift. I also encourage you to invest in an engagement journal where you can document your proposal details while they’re perfectly-clear. In mine, you can read about our most special phone-calls and our last words before Kevin got down on one knee. You can spend your nights setting up and organizing your wedding Pinterest boards. It’s also a great idea to create a wedding-exclusive email address that you will use to correspond with future vendors.
Remember to have fun! Consider posting your engagement announcement in your local newspaper or alumni newsletter. Seeing Kevin and my tribute truly made us feel like mini-celebrities. You can also submit your proposal story and ring-selfie to HowHeAsked.com and check their website compulsively until it’s posted and adored.
Please, please, PLEASE allow yourself to be cliché! Binge-watch the wedding shows, throw a post-it party with your bridal magazines, and read Girls in White Dresses. You also, of course, have to watch the classic movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding. I know, I know, you’ve seen it a hundred times…but this time will be different. Promise.
You’re now in your engagement-moon phase and the celebrations are just kicking off! Get ready for a tremendous amount of love and well-wishes. Enjoy every moment. This is YOUR year! Cheers to you and your FIANCÉ!
We're so excited to share the photos from the Big Fake Wedding Philadelphia with you today, and boy is it gorgeous. If you're not familiar with the concept behind the Big Fake Wedding: they've taken the traditional bridal show and turned it upside-down with a "fake" wedding, featuring a real-life couple renewing their vows, and a room full of vendors who brought the day to life. Starting with the same inspiration board, each vendor gets to bring their own unique talents, and the result... well, see for yourself! This entire day was full of inspiration: from the gorgeous bridal gown to the stunning florals, the elegant paper goods to the blush and floral bridesmaids dresses, this entire day was epic.
When plans for your outdoor engagement session get thwarted by freezing temperatures, you grab a bouquet of flowers and find the cutest coffee shop in town. Cynthia + Eric had made a special trip to Pittsburgh to see Breanna Elizabeth and certainly made the best of a chilly day. Snuggled up at The Common Place Coffee House in Pittsburgh, these two are absolutely adorable, and having us (quietly) dreaming of the cooler days ahead.
Kicking off this week with a good one, friends! Brides + Grooms, get ready for a big dose of pretty. With tones of blush and green, Liz + Jim's spring wedding in Briarcliff Manor, New York is full of elegance and grace. And if the wedding itself wasn't gorgeous enough, Sleepy Hollow Country Club provided the most breathtaking backdrop imaginable. The talented Sean Gallery Photography was there to capture every sweet moment and thoughtful detail, and that he did.
If you thought an elegant beach wedding was impossible, today's gorgeous Jersey Shore Wedding will have you thinking otherwise. Lauren + Nick's summer wedding at The Channel Club was one for the record books. From the costal decor to Lauren's incredible dress, their day was the perfect blend of seaside elegance. And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, their golden doodle Parker stole the show in his bow tie, and we're totally in love!
We've said it before and we'll say it a million times, we love classic weddings. Classic might mean something different to you, but to us, classic means timeless. The elegant, unfussy dress. The sweetest details, like your mother's pearls. The photos that could be from 10 years or 10 months ago. Catherine + Thomas had the most beautiful wedding at the National Society of the Colonel Dames and filled their day with lots of love and laughter.
Styled shoots are always some of our favorite posts. They're gorgeous, full of the most talented local vendors, and are chock full of inspiration. But when a styled shoot like this one comes along, that is not only gorgeous but also realistic, we're in love. Lindsay Eileen and Sara Fitzpatrick dreamed up an enchanted shoot in the Pocono Mountains, full of lush greenery and vintage decor, and that's exactly what they brought to life. From rustic rentals to Samantha's etherial blush gown, we're swooning over all the gorgeous details and the perfect blend of rustic and elegant.
Our favorite blogger bride, Kristen Henry, is back with one last post before we get to share her wedding photos, and boy, is it a good one!. Kristen's Central Park bridal portraits are stunning in every way. From her soft blush dress to the cherry blossom backdrop, these photos from Nicole DeTone are classic, elegant and timeless.
One of our favorite venues, one of our favorite photographers and one gorgeous summer bridal shower... today is the perfect storm of pretty. This summer bridal shower at Ninety Acres was in honor of Carly: a blogger bride and the gal behind the Cozy Curator. From the lush flowers to the sweetly simply decor, this celebration was beautiful at every turn. But of our favorite part has to be the genuine love between Carly + Jay: their smiles say it all, and with Cinnamon Wolfe behind the camera, they'll have these photos to cherish for a lifetime.
This romantic farm wedding in Central New York by Rob Spring Photography is as gorgeous as they get. Taylor + Dustin chose the picturesque Lakota's Farm for their ceremony + reception, and it was the perfect backdrop for their day. From their bold blooms to the rustic signage and an iconic red barn, every piece of their day feels intimate and personal. And when you add in a couple as photogenic as these two... well, you end up with stunning wedding photos like this.
We clearly love all things wedding, and adorable engagement sessions in NYC are right up there at the top of our list. Elise + Andrew's Manhattan engagement session is both quaint and personal, and quintessentially New York. From Battery Park to the cobblestone streets of downtown, these two enjoyed every moment of their time together with Kristina Staal Photography, and their love shines through in every image.