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The Positive Impact that Covid-19 Has Made on Weddings

I would fully understand if you read that headline and thought, “what could the positive impact of this possibly be?” Because honestly if you would have told me that I would be writing those words this time last year I would have asked the same question. Covid-19 drastically changed a lot about our world, our culture, our plans, and our weddings. While there is a lot of hurt and tears that comes with planning a pandemic wedding, I think it would be a miss to not look at the bright side of the way that wedding culture has shifted over

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Covid-Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas for the Summer

If you’re between the ages of 20 and 35, chances are high that you’ve attended a virtual bachelorette party (or Bridal shower for that matter) in the last year. And while they are absolutely the safest alternative to an in-person celebration, it’s understandable that there would be some fatigue involved in another zoom party. We want to help you brainstorm some ways to still have your bachelorette party be fun and exciting, while also keeping your bridesmaids and friends safe and healthy! Here are some alternatives that may be worth a try!  A Lake Day  Anything that you’re able to

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Tips for Dating During Engagement

Getting engaged after you’ve been dating is one of the most joyful feelings in the world! You’re so in love and now you know for certain that you’ll be with your boyfriend or girlfriend for the rest of your life! It feels like walking around in a cloud of excitement and you constantly feel like you might be dreaming. I remember the morning after I got engaged, the first thing I did was check to see if I still had a ring on my finger because I was just sure that I had dreamt it. But it was real, and

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10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

If you’re in the midst of wedding planning, it’s probably not news to you that picking out a venue is a big deal! In fact, it’s probably one of the things that you need to do first to ensure that you get the venue you want! It may even be important enough that you’d plan your wedding date around whether or not your desired venue is available. It’s a huge part of the day and sets the tone for your wedding, so it’s worth it to do everything you can to make sure that it’s the perfect fit for you

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Top 6 Reasons To Do a First Look on Your Wedding Day

As you’re planning your wedding, you’ll realize that whether or not to do a first look is a big question! There are a lot of ways in which it can affect the day, and there are arguments on both sides of it. As a wedding photography team, we are pro-first look! While it may seem more traditional to see your bride or groom for the first time while walking down the aisle, there are still a lot of really sweet reasons to have your first look be earlier in the day. Here are our top 6 reasons to do a

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How I Fell in Love with Boudoir Photography

My journey into boudoir photography was not love at first sight.  It was slow and gradual, with hesitations and doubts.  Probably not all that dissimilar to some of the nerves or reservations we hear from clients curious about boudoir sessions.  But how I fell in love with boudoir photography is an important story and connects with one of the major reasons I believe every woman should experience a boudoir photo shoot. I remember first learning about boudoir photography many years ago when I was engaged to be married, and I was considering at as a wedding present for my husband.  At the

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Tips for Including Dogs in Your Engagement & Wedding Photos

If you’re someone who has a furry babe at home, you know that they hold an incredibly special place in your heart! Which means that you’re of course going to want to include them on one of the most important days of your life – your wedding day! Especially now that there are all sorts of cute bandanas, collars, and even some flower crowns for the pets in our lives to dress up for the wedding! If you’re planning on including your little buddy in your engagement or wedding day photos, here are some tips to make that go as

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The Positive Impact that Covid-19 Has Made on Weddings

I would fully understand if you read that headline and thought, “what could the positive impact of this possibly be?” Because honestly if you would have told me that I would be writing those words this time last year I would have asked the same question. Covid-19 drastically changed a lot about our world, our

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Covid-Friendly Bachelorette Party Ideas for the Summer

If you’re between the ages of 20 and 35, chances are high that you’ve attended a virtual bachelorette party (or Bridal shower for that matter) in the last year. And while they are absolutely the safest alternative to an in-person celebration, it’s understandable that there would be some fatigue involved in another zoom party. We

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Tips for Dating During Engagement

Getting engaged after you’ve been dating is one of the most joyful feelings in the world! You’re so in love and now you know for certain that you’ll be with your boyfriend or girlfriend for the rest of your life! It feels like walking around in a cloud of excitement and you constantly feel like

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10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Venue

If you’re in the midst of wedding planning, it’s probably not news to you that picking out a venue is a big deal! In fact, it’s probably one of the things that you need to do first to ensure that you get the venue you want! It may even be important enough that you’d plan

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