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Monday’s Finding: 10 of my favorite styled shoots and real weddings

Happy Monday! Well, tomorrow is election day in the US and I cannot wait for the ads, the posts, the negativity, etc. to end. Get out there and vote your heart and conscience whatever that may be. Each of us has a variety of state and local decisions to make and whether you feel you are affected or not by the presidential race, your state and local issues will definitely be felt. So, get out there and vote if you haven’t already.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve come across some styled shoots and real weddings that have become some of my favorites. From a gorgeous take on Alice in Wonderland to a dark and awesome DIY Halloween wedding, there is a ton of inspiration in these ten shoots and weddings. I hope you enjoy!

Recycled Bride: Alice in Wonderland Wedding

Photography by Adrienne Gund:

Before the Big Day: Marie Antoinette Hen Party

Photography by Lucy Greenhill Photography:

Green Wedding Shoes: Traveling Musician Wedding Shoot

Photography by Erin of Papered Heart Photography:

Sweet Violet Bride: Garden Styled Shoot

Photography by Megan Robinson Photography:

Le Magnifique: Sunstone Winery Shoot

Photography by: Jose Villa Fine Art Weddings:

Love My Dress: The Amazing Wedding of Hannah and Henry at Aynhoe Park

Photography by Jay Rowden:

Love My Dress: Zita Elze ~ Unique and Enchanting Wedding Flowers

Photography by Julian Winslow Photography:

Green Wedding Shoes: Harry Potter Wedding Inspiration

Photography by Abby Grace Photography:

DIY Bride: Elegant Halloween DIY Wedding

Photography by Two Birds Photography:

The Knotty Bride: Gothic Wilderness Inspiration

Photography by Izzy Hudgins Photography:

Tips or Trends Tuesday: Whip that hair in to wedding-ready shape!

“You’re a wedding and event planner, what do you know about hair?” Well, my dear readers, my first dream in life was to be a top hair stylist. So, I did in fact go to cosmetology school and combine that with 22 years of processing my hair, I’ve also picked up a lot of tips along the way.

When it comes to wedding hair, I’m one of the “I’m growing it out” folk. Others already have long locks (jealous) and are good to go. Then, there are those who love their hair short and sassy and are keeping it that way. No matter which wedding hair camp you are in, you definitely want your hair to be at it’s best for your big day. Pre-wedding hair prep is a must to ensure your locks make wedding photo magic. Think of it like giving an artist a lovingly prepared canvas as opposed to a piece of sketch paper ripped out of a kids grocery store sketch pad.



How does one start the hair transformation? Step one: DIET. No, not starving yourself or eating gallons of cabbage soup…it’s about what you eat. Hair is essentially dead protein, so increasing your protein intake is key. Then, there is supplementation: gelatin for strength, silica for strength and repair, biotin for growth, and a full chain of amino acids.

Next, cut your hair. WHAT?!? Yep, to keep your ends healthy, you need to get your hair trimmed on a regular basis as it’s growing out. How often depends on the condition of your hair. So, see a well qualified stylist and follow his or her recommendations.

Then, talk to said stylist about hair care products specifically designed for your hair type and/or for those growing out your hair. Also, consider in-salon treatments such as keratin treatments and Nanomax (uses steam on dry hair to restore the amount of moisture in your hair to optimum levels). At-home treatments such as hair masks and leave-in conditioning treatments can do wonders for your hair as well. My fave is Morrocanoil.

Finally, be gentle with your hair. Stop brushing your hair to death and never ever brush wet hair. To do so is asking for breakage. Get yourself a wide tooth comb for taking care of wet hair. Take a break from your blow-dryer and other heat styling tools. When you plan to heat style, use a heat protector such as a spray or gel to prevent damage.

Following these tips and those of your stylist will make for a seriously great hair day on your special day!

RT @rocknrollbride: Pose in Your Wedding

RT @rocknrollbride: Pose in Your Wedding Photographs – What to Do (& What Not to Do) -You MUST read this

Monday’s Finding: Planning the Marriage and a 55th Anniversary

When we get engaged, we often dive head first in to planning the wedding. We pour through magazines and books and websites and blogs and…and…and. A few weeks ago, I came across a great quote regarding this, “We should spend as much time planning the marriage as we spend planning the wedding.” -author unknown

I admit that all of those things like trying on dresses, creating inspiration boards, buying accessories, etc. are loads of fun. However, keep in mind that planning for your future life together should be the priority. Getting those big questions such as finances, investments, whether you want children or not, name changes, anger management, communication styles, family issues, spirituality, etc. should be answered before the wedding. In addition, each of you should decide on what you can and what you cannot live with. Remember that people will change not just behaviorally and emotionally, but physically as well. People gain weight, lose hair, have accidents, etc. and you need to be sure to accept that reality and focus on what’s inside rather than outside. I highly recommend addressing these issues and getting outside help (such as a Marriage Family Therapist aka MFT, my mom was and MFT) if there is difficulty in getting them resolved.

If you do a great job addressing these issues before you get married and as they come up in the marriage, your chances of spending a lifetime with your wonderful fiancee are greater and you might just be able to do a 55th Anniversary photo shoot like the couple in the link below.

Today’s finding is a lovely 55th Anniversary photo shoot by Jesse Holland Photography and featured on one of my favorite wedding blogs, Style Me Pretty:

Friday’s Favorite: Piscean Dreams Photography

This week’s Friday’s Favorite is near and dear to my heart. Eric Murphy of Piscean Dreams Photography is one of the very few photographer’s who can capture pictures/moments of my son where he is looking at the camera. My son has autism and Eric is able to make a connection with him like no other photographer I know. I have appreciated this talent and have witnessed the report Eric develops with his subjects and most importantly couples such as the handfasting photos below of my dear friends, Tana Marie and Bear (who happens to be my wonderful ex-husband and his awesome wife). It is for these reasons that my fiancee and me have chosen Eric as our personal wedding photographer. Here are examples of Eric’s work and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do:

A boudoir shot of my fabulous friend, Carry.

Rocky Mountain School of Dance A Christmas Story performance.

A child enjoying the magic of nature.

This is me (Kristen) getting caught touching up my makeup at a party.

This is the ring exchange during the handfasting of two of my best friends (he just happens to be my ex-husband).

You may kiss the bride!

My adorable son in the Mad Hatter costume I made him for a friend's birthday party.

2nd Place - Judged Monochrome Mile Hi Con 2006

2nd Place - Judged Color Mile Hi Con 2007

Tips or Trends Tuesday: I’m late…

…for a VERY important date.

Running late on your wedding date almost seems inevitable. However, one thing to keep in mind is that many venues (yes, even churches) will charge you for every minute you run late or will subtract from the time you have allotted for your ceremony. In addition, it will keep your photographer from getting in all of those wonderful moments you hoped to capture. So, what are the typical reasons the wedding day runs late and how do you preserve your budget and those special moments you wanted your photographer to get? Well, Erin Youngren from is here to help:

Why the Wedding Day Runs Late (And 5 Ways to Prevent It)

Here is a link to the Youngrens website: The Youngrens

White Rabbit Pic: Public Domain: