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Honeymoon Attire

I LOVE white clothes so the second I've got even a hint of a tan, I am decked out in them. After I posted pictures from my vacation to St. Lucia where Jay proposed, I had so many people ask me if I knew I was getting engaged because I wore so much white on the trip. It hadn't even occurred to me because I just think that the perfect things to wear on a tropical vacation are white bathing suits and sundresses. I also just love how feminine and chic white clothing is...especially white lace! Well...those people were right in that it is also the perfect bridal wear. Whether you are headed to explore the streets of a city or lounge on the beach, I've got you covered. I know that the honeymoon costs are high enough already without buying a super expensive honeymoon wardrobe so I included lots of affordable pieces in this list. You've got enough wedding planning tasks on your plate...let me help you shop for the perfect honeymoon wardrobe!

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How To Photograph Your Engagement Ring

If you are are like most brides-to be, you want your diamond to sparkle and look big in the photos.  I have had the most luck creating that ‘Wow’ photo by incorporating some props into the picture. The key to capturing the sparkle is in the lighting. You should set up your shot close to a window that has sunlight streaming in. If you have another person help you, the process will be seamless. You can have your assistant stand a short distance away from you in the sunlight. Have you helper hold the ring so that the sunlight shines into the diamond.

I have created interesting and feminine shots by using props such as flowers, ring boxes, and mirrors. If you are using a flower as a prop, have your assistant hold the flower upside down. Have the helper hold the stem so that the flower head is closer to the floor. Next, slip the ring onto the stem in order to create a clean, natural.  You can also use a more plush flower, like a peony, by resting the ring on top of the petals. You should keep playing around with the positioning of the ring until the light captures the stone’s radiance.

Get in close to your ring when photographing it. If you are shooting with a DSLR camera, use a tripod and a macro lens. If you are using a cell phone, be sure to prop the phone on a steady surface. Tap the phone’s screen in the spot that you want the camera to focus. Move your body’s positioning until you find an angle that you love. You may have to go above or below the ring in order to get the perfect viewpoint.

If you are not a fan of photographing your ring in a flower, you can fold a piece of white computer paper in half and roll it up to use it as a prop for your ring.  Leave some distance between the ring and the backdrop of the paper ‘wall’ behind your ring.  Flat lay photography is very ‘in’ right now and is fairly easy to create. Be sure to work in a brightly lit area and create a little scene. Photographs are always more striking when they tell a piece of a story and encourage the observer to imagine the rest of it. Props add interest and create a mood for your photograph.

Happy Clicking!!

DIY Premarital Counseling

Did you ask a family member or friend to officiate your wedding? This is a great way to make your ceremony feel intimate and personalized. We asked my fiance’s sister to officiate our wedding. I love that our family member who knows us very well will be the one marrying us. 

The traditional route is not the only route that you can take while planning your wedding. However, it may be nice to incorporate some of aspects of a transitional wedding ceremony into your own ceremony. For example, my fiancé and I plan on reading the traditional vows in addition to our own vows. We also want to do some premarital counseling. I feel like the tradition of premarital counseling is important because it prepares us for the entire reason that the wedding is happening in the first place…our marriage. 

You don’t have to miss out on premarital counseling just because you are not getting married by a religious institution. Try this DIY Premarital Counseling with your fiancé: 

  •   Set aside a couple of blocks of time to sit down with your partner and crack into the book, “1001 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married”. Make it a fun date by bringing some wine and cheese! While you may know your partner’s answers to a lot of the questions already, the questions will spark conversations that go far beyond what is written on on the pages. One of my favorite questions was, “What are some things that you want and do not want to take from your parents relationship?” I discovered that I didn’t even know my own answer to a couple of the questions. The book served another unintended purpose of inspiring self reflection.
  •   Download the book, “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. You and your groom can read this simultaneously. You could also download the audiobook and listen to it on your commute to work. Write down some of the passages from the book that really stood out to you and share them with your fiancé. They might also serve as useful material when you help create your wedding ceremony. 
  •   On a lazy Sunday, skim and read passages aloud from the book, “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail” with your fiancé. This author’s research suggests that it is not disagreements that tear apart marriages. Instead, he says that couples tend to get divorced when they have different argument styles. Spark a discussion with your partner about what you think each other’s argument styles are. 
  •   Write down two goals for yourself as a wife during your first year of marriage and have your groom do the same. Then, agree on five goals as a team that you want to achieve during your honeymoon stage of marriage. Select a date each year that you review your goals from the previous year. Have a discussion on that day about what you think that you are doing really well in your marriage and what you think you could be doing better. 
  • Complete a value’s assessment online. Have your fiancé complete the same assessment and then compare and contrast your results. Discuss the implications of these results in your relationship.