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Pinterest is Your New Best Friend

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So the amazing thing about the internet is the endless amount of options and variations of ideas we are presented with! Now we have thousands of wedding blogs, websites, and search engines to help us plan the big day. This could get a tad overwhelming since most brides love A LOT of different things. Hopefully, you have heard of this great website called “Pinterest.” 😉 Now is the time to use Pinterest to your advantage! If you are having a hard time nailing down a theme or consistent ideas, it’s so easy to create a couple different boards that you can contrast and compare themes to! Here are some wedding themes I love and used my Pinterest to compare them:

Pinterest boards

Industrial Wedding- Exposed brick, pipes, minimal florals, mismatched chairs, think, “Less is more.” This style allows the venue space to be a blank canvas and for the decor to ‘paint’ on the simplicity of the walls. Get creative and think out of the box; industrial weddings are all about turning nothing into something to really catch your eye like that wooden crate turned floral chandelier on one of my pins.

Industrial photo grid

Old World Wedding- Every last detail is completely ornate yet delicate at the same time. (Make’s me think of Rose from Titanic: extremely intricate and complicated, yet she had the most graceful beauty.) That’s the look you’re going for with an Old World Wedding! Bring in old books, maps, your grandmother’s china, old passports, etc. It’s in the tiniest of details that bring this style to life.

Old World Photo Grid

Bohemian Wedding- Be one with nature with lots of wildflowers, tall grass, trees, and maybe even opt for no shoes!  This type of wedding is made to look effortless (even though there is much effort applied). Let your hair and decor fly with the wind with ribbon in trees, relaxed fit dresses, the more ‘thrown together’ the better!

Bohemian Photo Grid

Glam Wedding- Time to get your Gatsby on: glitter, sparkle, spot lights, shine…there is no limit here! You want glitz, lace, pearls, AND feathers? GO FOR IT. Love the idea of sparkly bottle of champagne as a favor.

Glam Photo Grid

Western Wedding- Western weddings are so fun and cutesy but can still bring that glam to a wedding! Using boots as a floral vase and a symbol like a horseshoe for all your paper goods gives the western vibe a cohesiveness.

Western photo grid

Tuscan Wedding- There is something so romantic and simple about olive branches, speaking Italian, and long tables with a view of the sunset. Wine, pasta, and food food food everywhere!

Tuscan Photo Grid

Timeless, Classic Wedding- All weddings are beautiful; and of course when it is your own it is absolutely unforgettable. For those who love the classic looks of white, lace, splashes of pinks and gold these timeless elements can last forever. Candles and simple colors are easy on the eye and draw all the attention to the Bride and Groom.

Timeless Photo Grid

Bright Wedding- Colors are a great feature for any wedding! They make statements and add pops that bring a fun element without saying, “Welcome to Wonderland.” To incorporate these pops of colors, focus on a core group of 4-5 colors and put them in your accents. (i.e. flowers, escort cards, ribbons, shoes, etc.) The rest of your decor can be a backdrop for these gorgeous hues to shine!

Bright Photo Grid

Being engaged is one of the most testing times in decision making. So many decisions are made (hopefully with your fiancé) in a short amount of time, it’s tempting to want to second guess yourself. But don’t look back! Choosing a central theme and gathering all of your elements around it, make your day that much more unique and memorable and help push you to keep moving forward to the big day! Happy Planning!


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#shootandmeet at Shangri La

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We are fortunate enough to have had the amazing Shauntelle Sposto and the Shoot and Meet team of professional photographers join forces for an amazing styled shoot at our gorgeous Shangri La Mansion in Temecula, Ca. Over 60 photographers attended this great event to support each other in their quest to capture the beauty that the mansion has to offer, from lush green landscaping, to its very own vineyard. With a great team of vendors and models the team was able to capture thousands of photos that we can’t wait to share with the world!

Check out some of our less impressive, yet equally as fun shots from behind the scenes this weekend!

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All photographers on site were members of Shoot and Meet! Their professional photos are coming to our blog soon!


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Holiday Photo How To’s

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If you are newly married, you are probably thinking about doing your first Holiday Card as husband and wife. Now is the time to start thinking about whether you want your card to be funny, romantic, or filled with holiday spirit. Our easy to follow tips will have your holiday card adorning family and friends displays in no time.

1. Choose a Theme. Our favorite holiday cards have a little bit of everything…holiday cheer, romance, and a good laugh. Don’t forget to coordinate your outfits to fit your theme. Matching, but not too matchy match usually looks best!

2. Find a photographer. As you know from planning a wedding, photography can be quite pricey. Luckily, most photographers offer “mini shoots” this time of year. It’s a much more affordable way to capture the moment professionally than a full blow photo shoot. Tight on cash? Ask a friend or family member with a good eye if they mind shooting your photo, just make sure to use a good camera.

3. Pick a location. A lot of times the best shots can be taken right in your back yard. Find a snowy area in a forest, a pretty stream, or an old barn and you have yourself the perfect photo location. tip: ask your photographer for ideas. They might have some cool spots that you would never have thought about.

4. Decide if you want props. Mistletoe? A sign? Your loving pet? Make sure that if you are going to be using any sort of prop on the day of your photo that it is ready to go beforehand so you aren’t having to pull something together last minute.

5. Don’t send your cards too late. Most people will take down their holiday cards by new years. If you don’t get cards out to people until Christmas Eve they are only going to be displayed for a short time. We like to recommend sending your cards by the first week of December so family and friends have plenty of time to display your creation.


Still trying to think of a theme or idea for your holiday card? Check out some of our favorites we found on Pinterest.

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Rustic Styled Photo Shoot at the Beautiful Hamilton Oaks Winery

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It’s no surprise that the lush landscape, blossoming citrus grove, and historic 1920’s carriage house make Hamilton Oaks Winery a photographers dream, but can we say that the icing on the perfectly moist buttercream cake is that this gorgeous venue is located in San Juan Capistrano, recently named “America’s Paris”. What better place to say “I DO!”

Thank you to Colorful Snapshots for these breathtakingly beautiful photos. And thank you to the rest of the hardworking team of vendors that made this shoot our favorite to date!

Needless to say, we are head over heels in love with everything about this shoot!

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Venue: Hamilton Oaks Winery
Photography: Colorful Snapshots
Event Design & Rentals: Jake Duke Studios
Hair & Makeup: Katelyn Alford Makeup Artistry
Flowers: A La Carte Flowers
Deserts: Sweet Misty’s Custom Cookies
Bridal Gown & Stylist: Mary Me Bridal
Models: Dani McElwee & Josh McCuistion