This cute little wedding was so fun to capture! It gave me vintage vibes with modern twists. Her ring, which was Mitchell’s grandmothers gorgeous set paired beautifully with the color palette of soft pinks, light greens and navy and is so timeless. Yet Meghan paired it with the very trendy rose gold and fabric draped from the ceiling. This Tallahassee wedding was quaint, not overdone and put all the focus on what matters most: two families coming together to celebrate this new, growing love.
Her bouquet was full of peonies and hydrangeas in romantically soft pinks and white. Next to his classic navy suit, they looked stunning. Not to mention his fun bowtie – love!
His mother and brother got a few moments with Mitchell before walking down the aisle. She pinned his boutonniere on as they shared laughs and happy tears. Meghan’s beautiful hair was braided into a crown and her long curls cascaded down the back of her beautiful dress.
The church was surrounded by perfectly manicured, yet simple landscaping and featured full-wall windows. The perfect backdrop for these detail shots of her gown.
This couple is so cute, and so in love. So easy-going and stress-free. We spent time, just me and the two of them, capturing their first moments together after saying “I do” walking around the church and talking about how they loved planning this together.
And that ring! Meghan is so lucky to have Mitchell’s grandmother’s keepsake for her own ring now. It’s beautifully vintage yet timeless, like the whole wedding was.
Thank you, Meghan + Mitchell for letting my capture your Tallahassee wedding. It was beautiful, and refreshing, to attend such a light, romantic, simple ceremony. Many, many years of love to you two xoxo
Citrus hues are not only perfect for sunny summer affairs, but they’re also great for couples looking for something out-of-the-box for their bold summer wedding. “Our couples are choosing yummy orange and raspberry tones more than ever,” say the pros from CCL Weddings & Events. “Many of the venues we have the honor of working with have a white base. Incorporating vibrant colors in such a clean space makes a statement, and it also creates a cheerful, fun and quirky ambiance for you and your guests,” they add.
Archive Rentals tells us that it’s possible to incorporate unique pops of color while still maintaining a classic feel: “The trick is pairing it with minimal textures and keeping it simple.” Limit your color palette to no more than three complementary hues to avoid overload. Here are 28 ways to add a little zing to your bold summer wedding day!
This boho-chic bouquet consists of parrot tulips, lisianthus, and roses, combined with loads of greenery and filler (including stock, Queen Anne’s Lace, dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus). Kumquats are an unexpected, bright addition to a jasmine and peony bouquet.
Flower Girl Accessories
Deck out your darling flower girl in an eye-catching floral crown or clip.
How dreamy is this watercolor-inspired invite? Set the tone for your celebration with stationery featuring a bold font and a colored border. Go for the gusto with an illustrated vineyard motif, matching stamps, and a patterned envelope liner, or pick just one element to jazz up your invites.
Getting married outdoors? For a tangy twist, line the aisle with lemons. A ceremony arch that’s ripe with fruit perfectly complements a vineyard setting.
Affix printable cards to oranges using pushpins to create a delightful (and budget-friendly) escort card display. Display fruit bowls of varying heights with garden-gorgeous pomanders made from greenery. Breathe fresh life into a standard all-white tent with multicolored centerpieces, patterned linens, and ribbon ties at each post.
White porcelain vases, jugs, and pedestals pop against these floral arrangements and fizzy sodas for a tablescape that’s stunning to behold. Mix-and-match centerpieces and fruit-topped pedestals are perfect for a whimsical bash. A peony at each place setting, along with table arrangements grouped by color, makes for a wow-worthy first impression. If you prefer tall centerpieces, this lush version with lemon and sorbet-colored ranunculus and tulips will certainly make a statement.
Quench guests’ thirst by having servers pass out refreshing lemonade and pink lemonade before the ceremony. Ask the mixologist at your venue to incorporate seasonal ingredients and to put their own twist on classic drinks that guests already know and love, like this Orange Crush Bellini concoction. Don’t forget to include a fun garnish!
How cool is this quirky variation on the ubiquitous ombré cake? The inspiration for this dessert display was the orange grove setting — the vendors wanted the setup to feel welcoming in its natural environment.
Whether you’re camera shy or love to strike a pose, partaking in engagement photos can be uncharted territory for most couples. Get the 411 on what you can do to ensure you end up loving your engagement photos—and the process too.
Although wedding planning might be a bit (or a lot) stressful, do your best to put that aside, relax, and have fun with your photo shoot. Engagement shoots should be a fun time for us to get to know each other and for you to spend time focusing on being in love and being fiancés—and I get to photograph it! I much prefer candid photos, which unfold from a relaxing, enjoyable time.
If you’re camera shy or anxious before the shoot, that’s normal—but you should find a photographer you’re comfortable with. This is a must. I liken finding a photographer to dating. You need to have chemistry!
Think beyond the engagement photos, and remember this is most likely the person who will be by your side through your wedding day too. You and your photographer should click. I’ve had many self-proclaimed camera-shy couples who tell me they had a blast at the end of their session.
Dress to Impress
What you wear for your shoot is often the second most important outfit you’ll need throughout your wedding events, but where should you begin? I tell people to try to avoid all black or all white. Cobalt blue looks good on a woman. If you notice, that’s why a lot of news anchors and reporters wear it! The main thing is to keep it simple. You’ll want to avoid brand names and distracting patterns to avoid regret down the line.
I also believe it’s best to stick with one outfit versus showcasing a wardrobe, complete with outfit changes and props. However, if you’re craving an outfit change, I suggest one formal look and one more casual option. (Engagement shoots) are one session, so you want it to look cohesive. I’m all about storytelling through imagery, and it helps if the outfit is singular to thread the needle all the way through. As for props, I find props to be prohibitive on a shoot, having to find somewhere to put them when they’re not in use while walking around a location.
Location, Location, Location
Where to shoot is nearly as important as what to wear. Couples should choose a location important to them. Or, the opposite of their wedding, so that their wedding and engagement photos are different when they look at the scenery or season. Winter wedding? Opt for a summer shoot. City venue? Pose in a park with lush greenery. The contrast will help balance your collection of images and change things up a bit.
You can also change the timing to fit what you’re looking for. I encourage you to schedule your shoot whenever you want it. I’ve had couples do an engagement session two years from their wedding, after they get engaged, not yet knowing their wedding date, or even weeks before the big day.
Remember, It’s All About You
If nothing else, I want couples to remember something: These photos are so you can look back on this time in your lives when you’re old and gray. Though you may choose to post some great photos from the session (and if you do, please credit your photographer!), at the heart of the matter is, it’s not about social media or what other family members want. This is a great time to simply focus on what the two of you desire for the session, to get to know your photographer, and to produce photos of the time you were engaged before becoming spouses. Enjoy it!
See More: 45 Engagement Photo Ideas to Steal From Couples Who Totally Nailed It
Today and tomorrow are big days in our house. Today is Bailee’s adoptiversary! She came home with me on this day 9 years ago! Which means that tomorrow is Bailee’s birthday! Her 10th birthday to be exact! Bailee has been my ride or die since 2008 when we were single-ladies living the college life. She’s from Ohio (I’m an Indiana native btw). I met her online and it was love at first sight 🐶💕 In Bailee’s honor, and because I’m a HUGE advocate for #adoptdontshop and all things rescue dog, I thought I’d share some tips for the first 30 days after you bring home a new pup. Hopefully this time next year, you’ll be celebrating your rescue pup’s adoptiversary too! Now please enjoy all these photos of Bailee and her previous birthday celebrations!
The first few days in your home are special and critical for a pet. Your new dog will be confused about where he is and what to expect from you. Setting up some clear structure with your family for your dog will be paramount in making as smooth a transition as possible.
Before You Bring Your Dog Home
- Determine where your dog will be spending most of his time. Because he will be under a lot of stress with the change of environment (from shelter or foster home to your house), he may forget any housebreaking (if any) he’s learned. Often a kitchen will work best for easy clean-up.
- If you plan on crate training your dog, be sure to have a crate set-up and ready to go for when you bring your new dog home. Find out more about crate training your dog.
- Dog-proof the area where your pooch will spend most of his time during the first few months. This may mean taping loose electrical cords to baseboards; storing household chemicals on high shelves; removing plants, rugs, and breakables; setting up the crate, and installing baby gates.
- Training your dog will start the first moment you have him. Take time to create a vocabulary list everyone will use when giving your dog directions. This will help prevent confusion and help your dog learn his commands more quickly. Not sure which commands to use? Check out How to Talk to Your Dog.
- Bring an ID tag with your phone number on it with you when you pick up your dog so that he has an extra measure of safety for the ride home and the first few uneasy days. If he is microchipped, be sure to register your contact information with the chip’s company, if the rescue or shelter did not already do so.
- We know moving is stressful — and your new dog feels the same way! Give him time to acclimate to your home and family before introducing him to strangers. Make sure children know how to approach the dog without overwhelming him. Go here for more on introducing dogs and children.
- When you pick up your dog, remember to ask what and when he was fed. Replicate that schedule for at least the first few days to avoid gastric distress. If you wish to switch to a different brand, do so over a period of about a week by adding one part new food to three parts of the old for several days; then switch to half new food, half old, and then one part old to three parts new. For more information about your dog’s diet, check out our section on Dog Nutrition.
- On the way home, your dog should be safely secured, preferably in a crate. Some dogs find car trips stressful, so having him in a safe place will make the trip home easier on him and you.
- Once home, take him to his toileting area immediately and spend a good amount of time with him so he will get used to the area and relieve himself. Even if your dog does relieve himself during this time, be prepared for accidents. Coming into a new home with new people, new smells and new sounds can throw even the most housebroken dog off-track, so be ready just in case. Need more housetraining tips? Check out our Dog Housetraining section.
- If you plan on crate training your dog, leave the crate open so that he can go in whenever he feels like it in case he gets overwhelmed. Also, be sure to check out the do’s and don’ts of crate training your dog.
- From there, start your schedule of feeding, toileting and play/exercise. From Day One, your dog will need family time and brief periods of solitary confinement. Don’t give in and comfort him if he whines when left alone. Instead, give him attention for good behavior, such as chewing on a toy or resting quietly (Source: Preparing Your Home For A New Dog).
- For the first few days, remain calm and quiet around your dog, limiting too much excitement (such as the dog park or neighborhood children). Not only will this allow your dog to settle in easier, it will give you more one-on-one time to get to know him and his likes/dislikes.
- If he came from another home, objects like leashes, hands, rolled up newspapers and magazines, feet, chairs and sticks are just some of the pieces of “training equipment” that may have been used on this dog. Words like “come here” and “lie down” may bring forth a reaction other than the one you expect.Or maybe he led a sheltered life and was never socialized to children or sidewalk activity. This dog may be the product of a never-ending series of scrambled communications and unreal expectations that will require patience on your part.
- People often say they don’t see their dog’s true personality until several weeks after adoption. Your dog may be a bit uneasy at first as he gets to know you. Be patient and understanding while also keeping to the schedule you intend to maintain for feeding, walks, etc. This schedule will show your dog what is expected of him as well as what he can expect from you.
- After discussing it with your veterinarian to ensure your dog has all the necessary vaccines, you may wish to take your dog to group training classes or the dog park. Pay close attention to your dog’s body language to be sure he’s having a good time — and is not fearful or a dog park bully. If you’re unsure of what signs to watch for, check out this video on safety at the dog park.
- To have a long and happy life together with your dog, stick to the original schedule you created, ensuring your dog always has the food, potty time and attention he needs. You’ll be bonded in no time! For more information on creating a feeding schedule for your dog visit How Often Should You Feed Your Dog?
- If you encounter behavior issues you are unfamiliar with, ask your veterinarian for a trainer recommendation. Select a trainer who uses positive-reinforcement techniques to help you and your dog overcome these behavior obstacles. Visit Dog Training for more information on reward-based training.