Wedding Escort cards that star your gorgeous guests are a fun alternative to the traditional small card with name and table number. Check out these creative takes on this fun, photo escort card idea.

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Now that you’ve exchanged vows, it’s time to party! Guests will be making a beeline for the bar but they’ll also be looking for their reception seats. The escort card—typically a small card printed with their name and table assignment—is their guide to get there.

These days, though, couples are coming up with crazy-creative ways to direct guests to their seats. One of our favorite escort card ideas? Repurposing a photo of each guest as the escort card itself. Start by collecting pictures of every guest (labor-intensive, yes, but you could start with Facebook and use everyone’s profile pictures). Next, print them out with their name and table number. Then, display them at cocktail hour in a fun and unique way. All your guests will get a kick out of seeing their mugs up on display!

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I love this clever idea! Ask guests to replace their escort card with a photo. Here, the couple strung traditional calligraphed escort cards onto twine with clothespins. Then, they set up a station with Instax instant cameras so guests could snap their photo and replace their escort card with the picture (for the couple to keep). Such a fun way to repurpose an escort-card display!

Or, for something a bit simpler, print out photos of your guests to resemble Polaroids, along with their names and table number. Cut them out so that they are tented and able to stand on their own, then arrange the photos in alphabetic order by first or last name.

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Turn a simple framed chalkboard into a creative escort-card display by attaching lengths of twine to create rows. Use miniature clothespins to affix photos of your guests with their seating information, then finish the display off with a fresh garland of greens.

Source: http://www.brides.com/gallery/escort-cards-that-use-guest-photos

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If you’re the soon-to-be-wed couple who can’t say “I do” without a little java running through your veins, then your registry is the perfect place to begin setting up your new coffee bar. I probably don’t have to tell you what coffee to buy, or if you need cream and sugar, but I can suggest to you what a few products I personally need to brew the freshest — and best — cup o’ Joe at home. Check out these registry gifts for coffee lovers.

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A Coffee Maker
Let’s start with the basics: The drip coffee maker. Not only does Cuisinart’s Coffee Maker brew at exactly the right temperature to create the perfect cup, it also can be programmed to start percolating when your alarm goes off. You’ve got the option to brew 2 to 14 cups of coffee (we’re a long way from your parent’s one-option coffee maker!) and an insulated carafe that keeps your coffee hot if you forgot about it — oh did we mention the freshness timer? It lets you know just how long that coffee’s been sitting there. Basically, it’s got you covered if you want the precision of hand-crafted coffee with the ease of ordering at your favorite local coffee shop. (Cuisinart 14-Cup Perfectemp Programmable Coffee Maker in White, $99.95)

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A Coffee Grinder
As any coffee snob will admit, we know you don’t like anything but freshly ground beans. That’s why your registry should include a coffee grinder. OXO’s Conical Burr Grinder will produce consistent grounds every time, and includes a built-in scale that measures your grounds in cups or grams to take the guesswork out of the process; or, you can grind manually without the scale if you prefer. It’s also designed to minimize mess while grinding, so you won’t have to clean up ground coffee dust when you should be enjoying your brew. (OXO Barista Brain Conical Burr Grinder with Integrated Scale, $199.99)

A French Press
This is a registry item you may want to have two of — one for home, and one for the office. This classic French press coffee maker combines flair, style and sophistication, while bringing the full, fresh flavor of café culture into the comfort of your own home! This means your brew will be protected and insulated — plus, you get a crystal-clear view of the coffee brewing process. With a 34-ounce capacity it’s the perfect maker to use for breakfast in bed (hint hint: think about this for your first anniversary!) or at work. One batch in this press could get you through even the toughest day. (Bodum Copper French Press, $50)

A Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Did you and your fiancé jump on the cold brew trend this year? Save yourself those daily trips (and that daily expense) to the coffee shop and make it at home instead — it’s a lot easier than you think with the proper cold brew coffee maker. After steeping grounds in OXO’s cold brew maker for 24 hours, you’ll brew up a concentrate (the maker filters out the grounds so you won’t end up with the “sludge” at home techniques can often produce) that will provide cold brew coffee for a week at a time. Yes, your wallet will actually thank you. (OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $49.99)

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An Airtight Canister
Great coffee starts with great beans, and you’ll want to keep yours fresh and safe in a sealed container until they’re ready for the grinder. Accented with an eye-catching copper-plated top, this set of glass storage jars comes in three sizes—17, 34 and 64 ounces—to provide attractive countertop storage. And because the containers are stackable and easy to store, you should register for more than one if you’re the type of couple who likes a variety — French roast, espresso, and decaf anyone? — on hand. (Bodum Chambord Classic Copper Storage Jars Set of Three, $54.95)

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The larger families grow, the more difficult it is to get everyone together for family portraits. Thankfully, this second of two families I’m featuring made good use of their holiday time together and scheduled family portraits!

The second lovely bunch I had the privilege of serving over the holidays was the Mtenga family. Look at their beautifully coordinated outfits! Just gorgeous! And their super fun, laid-back personalities made for truly wonderful family portraits that captured their personalities.

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Can we please look at Dad in the top left photo? Look at him tipping his hat! What swagger he has! He was such a gentleman, always being funny, making jokes and keeping the session light-hearted. Mom looked utterly sophisticated with her ruffle-neck dress in the bold red print. Moniaishi, in the blue cardigan, reached out to me via a mutual friend of ours (thanks Portia!) and did a wonderful job coordinating everyone’s tight holiday schedules as well as their wardrobes!

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I adore the Bloxham Annex next to Cascades Park. It’s white walls everywhere! I feel like my mind is a catalog of white walls and open spaces. Give me all that natural light! The abandoned buildings of the Bloxham Annex lend themselves beautifully to timeless, simple, clean family portraits. I lucked out yet again, because this family naturally knew where to stand and how to arrange themselves. Clients like these spoil me! And for that, I’m ever so thankful.

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The red blooms and moss swaying in the wind made for perfect Tallahassee embellishments so we made sure to take full advantage of them in everyone’s individual portraits.

The Mtenga’s are humble, kind and truly a joy to serve. When I dropped off their “thank-you” gift a few weeks later they invited me to sit in their home with them to just chat awhile. They had a family friend visiting from Africa who extended an invitation to me in hopes that I’ll visit them there. And I whole-heartedly agreed. I truly hope to see their beautiful continent one day.

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The larger families grow, the more difficult it is to get everyone together for family portraits. Thankfully, these next two families I’m featuring made good use of their holiday time together and scheduled family portraits!

The first lovely bunch I had the privilege of serving was the Olson family. They did a fantastic job of coordinating their outfits, posed so naturally with very little direction from me and were so photogenic it made our session so much fun!

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Kelley was one of the very first people I came to know after I moved to Tallahassee. And she’s been a huge champion of my talents ever since. So anytime she sends an inquiry my way, I’m honored to serve her.

This family has two sets of multiples! Kelley is the older sister to her twin brothers, featured below on the left. And in case you missed that opportunity for a pun, that means they’re the male Olson twins! What are the odds? They take it in stride and all in good fun.

The youngest siblings, featured in the middle below, are absolutely precious aren’t they?! She asked for a photo of just her and her brother and immediately slid into this pose *insert all the heart-eyes here* Beautiful girl and I have a feeling she has an even more beautiful heart. And little brother was a charmer too.

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The other set of multiples are these gorgeous triplet sisters, featured below! They are just stunning in their black and white ensembles. And their smiles are totally beautiful! Before the session they expressed concerns of looking natural or too stiff. But after the formal family portraits, these ladies knocked it out of the park – don’t you agree?

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I adore this big family and it truly means the world to me anytime I can serve them. Whether it’s headshots, family portraits or graphic design marketing pieces for them. It’s always a pleasure and always leaves my heart happy.

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Happy Holidays to you and yours from Poppie Studios!

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What a year it has been! From buying a new house, to adopting Frank and then of course getting engaged! It’s been a year full of love and excitement! I’m so thankful to have shared these memories with my friends, family and fellow-Rising Tiders (who witnessed our engagement during August’s meeting). And I’m so humbled by the clients that trusted me to capture their special moments on film.

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What more can I say, except cheers to the New Year! Here’s to grand adventures, strength and happiness. I’m so excited to see where 2017 leads us!

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Shout out to Stephanie, yet again for our fun holiday card photos! I had the idea for a classy, whiskey and wine session. With our dog-children in coordinating red accessories of course! Tim and I love dressing up and going out for a nice dinner and drinks so we wanted to capture that for our holiday photos. Stephanie did a great job, as always, meeting us Black Friday morning for a quick mini session and I love how the images turned out!

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