What are you all up to this weekend? I’m heading back East for the wedding of one of my dear TFA friends – nothing quite like an autumn wedding! I’m don’t remember if I felt this way before my own wedding, but now, my favorite part of a wedding is always the ceremony – what a special thing to be invited to witness! And yes, I’m a crier.

What a beautiful image by Lillian Bassman, 1951.

Dying over this dress from Monique Lhuillier.

Triple chocolate hazelnut praline tart. Need I say more.

Loooove these Wendy Mink earrings.

Totally dreamy wedding from Jose Villa.

I love stars right now.

Grooms’ faces when they see their brides for the first time. (Number 5 is my favorite!)

This post from Miss Moss makes me want to take a trip.

Have you checked out our new galleries?

If the Jetsons played cards.

Someday my kitchen will be this organized.

Great round-up of wood cake stands.

Have a happy weekend, everyone!

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With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was time to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a new series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage. 

Just a few months after Adam and Paulina met, Adam was deployed to Bosnia. When he returned, they married, moved from Florida to Maine, and Adam started law school. Five years later he was deployed again to Iraq for a year, where he was just missed by a suicide bomber. And where he did miss the birth of his first child.

“When Adam returned from Iraq, we decided to go to couples counseling because we were having a hard time communicating – it was the best decision we ever made,” Paulina told me.

Now after adding four more children to the family (making up the Fab Five, as they call their gang), Adam and Paulina still carve out time for each other. No kids, phones, television or other distractions. Whether it’s occasional short trips, date nights or simply a few minutes in the morning or evening to talk, it’s an important part of their relationship. “The kids have learned to respect that time as ours,” says Paulina, “because we have made each other a priority.”

And advice for newly-weds? Paulina shared, “Love is a choice. All the thoughtful, sweet, selfless things that you do and receive while dating and during the honeymoon stage are not a given. You both chose to be that way and you have to continue to choose to do those things.”

Photo by Lauren Bodwell.

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Two of my dear friends are getting married next year, and I was so excited when they told me they’d hired InTandem to photograph the day. I know the results will be gorgeous, dramatic, and playful – maybe I’ll get to share them with you! In the meantime, here are some of my favorites from InTandem‘s portfolio…

Adam and Sarah are the husband and wife duo behind InTandem, and they take the kind of photos you want to frame and hang on your wall for everyone to see – “frame-worthy” shots. Photos that remind you of exactly how happy, beautiful, silly, or loved you felt on that day.

Why do Adam and Sarah make such a great team? Even though I think their photography speaks for itself, I love this quote from their website: Through the lens, Sarah sees tenderness and humor, infused with fairytale-like whimsy. Adam sees drama, scale and perspective, and transforms a real life moment into art.

Love what you see? InTandem loves love to travel, so near or far, they would love to shoot your wedding! Check out their site and blog for lots more examples of their beautiful photography.


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In Angela and Tony’s wedding, a palette of pink and red (with some accents of black and charcoal gray) pops against the backdrop of an all-white studio venue, for the perfect blend of modern and romantic…

Angela’s favorite part of the day? “When Tony and I kissed before we were supposed to at the ceremony – oops! But the best thing was that we got to do it a second time. Win!”

The groom is originally from Moscow, and the bride is of Italian heritage, so the signature cocktails reflected that: a Moscow Mule and Italian Lemonade.

Miniature versions of the wedding cake (carrot cake with cream cheese frosting) were passed around to guests, along with other small dessert bites.


A few tips from Angela:

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Know what you want. I made an inspiration board that really helped my vendors see our vision which resulted in exactly what we were looking for, including things I hadn’t even thought of.

What advice do you have for other brides?  Some things, like the weather, are out of your control. For us, rain and humidity forced the ceremony inside. But if you just let it all go, you’re going to have the best day.


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Photographer: Stylish & Hip Weddings / Planner, Designer: Shira Savada from Shiramisu / Venue: Studio 450 in New York City / Stationery: Mr. Boddington’s Studio / Calligraphy: Love Jenna / Bride’s Dress: Carolina Herrera / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Hair: Ryan Cotton / Bridesmaid Dresses: Allsaints Spitalfields / Groom’s Tuxedo: Hugo Boss / Flowers: The Green Vase / Cake and Catering: Starr Restaurants / Lighting: Levy Lighting / Music: Vali Entertainment
  • Romantic Modern Wedding at Studio 450

    3 October 2012
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    Married almost seven years, Stephanie and Brandon are in the midst of building the house of their dreams, literally. “I had this dream that our house was falling down hundreds of years from now and the new owners saw some writing behind the layers of paint,” says Stephanie. “As they started to peel back the layers, they saw our vows.”

    Stephanie shared the idea with Brandon, to write their wedding vows on their home before the walls were painted over, and he loved the idea, so the two donned their wedding attire and asked Ali Harper to photograph this sweet vow “renewal.”

    Says Stephanie, “I wanted to do this because the words that we spoke to one another on our wedding day were the most important words either of us will ever say in our entire lives. In the years since our wedding we have been through some difficult, emotional experiences with our families and the meaning of those words have only gotten stronger, as has our love. Each day I love my husband more than the day before. Building this house was a dream come true for us and it felt like the perfect opportunity to recommit ourselves to one another. Now when we go to bed our words will be there to remind us of our love and every morning we will begin another day in our journey through life together.”


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    Photography: Ali Harper
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