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!
There are some features where words could never do it justice, and today's engagement session from Alicia King Photography and Monica Relyea Events is one of them. A boho engagement session, complete with a teepee, sparklers and a whole 'lotta love. Amanda and Matt are as cute as they come, and their engagement session is full of inspiration and thoughtful details. Globe Hill at Ronnybrook Farm in Ancramdale, NY provided the most breathtaking views, ensuring this session will be one of our favorites for a very long time!
We will always have a soft spot for the classics, and this Indian Trail Club Wedding from Idalia Photography will certainly be a favorite for a very long time. Courtney + John's wedding was romantic, effortlessly elegant and full of love. Inspired by their lakeside venue, they chose a neutral color palette with accents of blush and peach, and combined with stunning florals and thoughtful details, everything was breathtaking. We adore the gold bridesmaid dresses, the stunning grounds of the Indian Trail club and the rustic, hand-lettered signage... but our favorite has to be the never-ending smiles from Courtney and John as they said "I do".
We're deep into fall here in the Northeast, but today's Philadelphia engagement session is the sweetest reminder of warm spring days and everlasting love. Celia Ragonese was there to capture every last detail of Rachael and Scott's session, and these two were certainly a bright light on a cloudy day. From Rachael's stunning bright dress to the European-inspired backdrop of the Rodin Museum of Art, these photos capture the pure joy of a couple madly in love.
You know it's going to be a good week when you start it with a wedding THIS incredible. We fell in love with this wedding the moment it landed in our inbox, and friends, we know you're going to love it, too! Danielle + Zeke's spring wedding at Handsome Hollow was magical-bohemian perfection. From Danielle's etherial lace dress and wooden tambourine favors, to the feather accents and a tarot card reader, this wedding was non-stop fun. Elite Wedding Planning pulled off an epic event, and with a team full of incredible vendors, made Danielle + Zeke's wedding a night to remember.
Ok friends... blogger confession time: I've been counting down the days to share this wedding inspiration since the moment it landed in our inbox. Michelle Frederick Photography and Janny Haury Photography dreamed up the most incredible 1920's art deco styled shoot, inspired by The Great Gatsby, and we couldn't love it more. Held at the Antique Boat Museum in upstate NY, this wedding inspiration is pure perfection. From the deep green color palette and the breathtaking florals, to the vintage furniture and the stunning views, this is beauty on a whole new level.
Effortlessly elegant and eternally chic Tess+ Billy's spring Philadelphia wedding is one for the books. From Tess' blush pink dress and the perfectly mismatched bridesmaid dresses, to the stunning florals and breathtaking grounds of Tyler Arboretum, every details is more beautiful than the next. Emily Wren said it perfectly, and we couldn't agree more: "Their overjoyed smiles never seemed to cease throughout the entire day, and their love for one another is truly undeniable in the photographs". Brides + Grooms, grab your second cup of coffee and get ready for some endless inspiration!
The only thing we love more than fall, is fall in New York, and this engagement session from Kerri Lynne Photography is exactly what the doctor ordered. Jamie + Jessie's tour though Brooklyn is everything we love about the city: cobblestone streets, quaint cafes and that quintessential skyline. These two are clearly smitten with one another, and I'll be honest: their energy and excitement can be felt in every single photo. With a love like this, Jamie + Jessie are destined for a beautiful happily-ever-after.
It may have felt like summer here in the tri-state this weekend, but today's wedding from Be Photography is here to remind us that cooler temperates are right around the corner! Christine + Scott's Lancaster wedding is proof that December doesn't mean your day needs to be overly Christmas: deep bold colors, vintage candelabras and lush greenery makes this winter-wedding perfection. From Christine's gorgeous lace dress and colorful bouquet to the deep green bridesmaid dresses and the warm woods at the Riverdale Manor, this wedding is gorgeous on every level. And the only we love more than these two, is their adorable love story: high-school friends reconnecting later in life, and a fortune cookie that sealed their fate.
Styled Shoots are always some of our favorite posts to share, not only because they're gorgeous and full of inspiration, but also because they epitomize the beauty that happens with a group of talented vendors come together. Ashley from C&A Event Planning executed a rustic and elegant Bridal Shower at Gilbertsville Farmhouse in Central New York. Full of warm wood tones, luscious greenery and touches of gold, this styled shoot is what bridal shower dreams are made of. Oh, and these baby goats (!!!) are maybe the best thing we've see all week.
I had a moment of self-doubt after the shootings in Vegas, wondering if it was still appropriate to continue with our editorial calendar in the wake of a national tragedy. And today, looking at this wedding, I know why it is: because we need to remember that there's still a lot of love in this world. And despite our sorrow and broken hearts, these posts help us remember that love, in all forms, deserves to be cherished and celebrated. Ashton + Jay's summer wedding was quintessentially both rustic and elegant, and the joy these two radiate on their wedding day is contagious. There to capture every last thoughtful detail and stolen kiss, Amanda Dolly's perspective on the day is just the breath of fresh air we need today.