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What new photographers NEED to know about photography pricing

The sky isn't falling and the photography industry doesn't need another "price justification" blog post to share with clients. Yes, owning a photography business is tough. Owning any business is tough. Especially "fun" businesses. I still have hard days, weeks, and months. There is more competition than ever, yes. There are also lots of photographers who have successful businesses… based on solid business principles. Mike Allebach is here to keep it real with new photographers about their photography pricing.

Spot all the famous book couples at this literature-themed Welsh wedding

From Molly and Arthur Weasley to Lizzy and Darcy, these two gorgeous ladies paid homage to their favorite couples from books at their literature-themed Welsh wedding. From ceilidh dancing to curry to some pitch-perfect readings, there is so much to love about this wedding. Just wait until you see their fantastic book-themed cake, too!

We're bowing down to the majesty of this gold leaf crown

Becca and Sean's woodland wedding in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains had a magical setting in Nestldown. One feature in which we fell in love was Becca's lovely look including this gold leaf crown from Etsy seller Delos Artist. Are we down to bring back the wedding crown in the form of magical gold leaves? Oh hell yes. Let's bask in the magical splendor of Becca's look…

Dreaming sparkly dreams of custom diamond rings from Diamond Mansion

We were recently scheming with the designers at Diamond Mansion and realized just how rad they are with pricing, customer experience, and seriously GORGEOUS ring design. It was love at first bling. The hearts in our eyes were shaped like marquees. We wanted to propose to them with our own custom-designed rings. But seriously, LA-based Diamond Mansion wooed us with their perfect storm of wild design talent, solid pricing, and tons of customization options to craft up any ring you can conceive. If you're in the market for a ring (or just want to bookmark ideas for later!), you'll want to go shopping with us at Diamond Mansion. Let's pull out a few of our favorite styles for your ogling pleasure.

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We're bowing down to the majesty of this gold leaf crown

Becca and Sean's woodland wedding in the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains had a magical setting in Nestldown. One feature in which we fell in love was Becca's lovely look including this gold leaf crown from Etsy seller Delos Artist. Are we down to bring back the wedding crown in the form of magical gold leaves? Oh hell yes. Let's bask in the magical splendor of Becca's look…

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We NEED to see someone get married in one of these wild suits

Grooms and dapper brides take note: these patterned, geeky, and short suits are making our lives. We're so jonesing to see someone rock one of these suits at a wedding. Wild suit brand OppoSuits has an array of patterned suits, short summer suits, and ultra colorful suits to match anyone willing to stray from that basic black suit. And by stray, we mean really stray. But hey, it's your one chance to look as rad as you like… do it! Let's peek (and pun!) at some of their seriously awesome, seriously weird, and just plain kick-ass suits.

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6 industrial chic wedding ideas that are turning our cranks

We are digging this whole industrial chic wedding trend. We already knew we loved rustic weddings and steampunk weddings, but industrical chic weddings brings some serious legit grit to a wedding theme. And when you're being indudated with glitter and pastels and sweetness and light, sometimes you need a little edge, amirite?

Let's explore the world of industrial chic weddings in the form of killer venues, underground Mad Max-style weddings, reclaimed wedding decor, and perfectly "ugly" outdoor spaces.

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You'll dig this bacon, beards, and brews wedding styled shoot

The Striped Pig Distillery in Charleston, SC was the eclectic backdrop for this killer styled shoot. We're talking an industrial feel with fauna-themed decor, gold accents, rustic wood, huge stills, and cozy nooks. The florals and fashion are giving us happy feels all over the place. The theme was bacon, beards, and brews, which is basically my perfect day come to life. Let's peek at the bride's gorgeous lacy dress, flower crown, and the groom's retro-inspired vest suit. Don't miss the many forms of SO.MUCH.BACON.

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Spot all the famous book couples at this literature-themed Welsh wedding

From Molly and Arthur Weasley to Lizzy and Darcy, these two gorgeous ladies paid homage to their favorite couples from books at their literature-themed Welsh wedding. From ceilidh dancing to curry to some pitch-perfect readings, there is so much to love about this wedding. Just wait until you see their fantastic book-themed cake, too!

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Cat shoes and tattoos: a queer D.C. elopement

This is one gorgeous, intimate, and plain awesome Washington D.C. elopement between two ladies. The only way they let their families know about the marriage was through an April Fool's Day Facebook status change… that ended up being real. Don't miss the tearful vows, the amazing D.C. War Memorial ceremony venue, and the post-ceremony tattoos. And just wait until you see what one of the bride's did to her shoes to honor some missing wedding party members!

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A rustic 1920s wedding with an epic first dance lift

Shannon and Paul DIYed their 1920s-themed wedding with tons of rustic and vintage finds, gorgeous florals, and burlap and lace touches. They also included their children from their previous marriages, which brought them all together as a new family in some seriously chic duds. D'aww. Don't miss the killer first dance (lifts included!), the super stylish 1920s-inspired wedding party fashion, and one-of-a-kind venue.

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This vintage travel-themed wedding is killing us with retro style

Growing up on opposite ends of the world, we always thought it was magical how fate brought us together in the same place at the same time. We decided on a vintage travel-themed wedding! From our flight attendant-inspired bridesmaids to our vintage airmail favors filled with candy from around the world, every detail was carefully selected to bring out the adventure of travel for our guests.

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A Friday the 13th barn wedding with coffee, skulls, and floral prints

This wedding combines so many disparate things into one cohesive blend of awesomeness. It's a Friday the 13th barn wedding featuring a gorgeous rose-printed skirt, lots of creepy and elegant skull decor (for Friday the 13th, natch!), Jason masks, a Nightmare Before Christmas cake topper, pop culture Mad Libs, and a lovely outdoor ceremony. Don't miss the killer coffee truck with accompanying lovey-dovey latte art!

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What new photographers NEED to know about photography pricing

The sky isn't falling and the photography industry doesn't need another "price justification" blog post to share with clients. Yes, owning a photography business is tough. Owning any business is tough. Especially "fun" businesses. I still have hard days, weeks, and months. There is more competition than ever, yes. There are also lots of photographers who have successful businesses… based on solid business principles. Mike Allebach is here to keep it real with new photographers about their photography pricing.

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Essential unplugged wedding tips from real couples who went device-free

Have you been down with the unplugged wedding concept yet? If you've ever wanted to avoid a thousand iPhones hovering in front of your highly paid pro photographer, you've likely considered it. The biggest reason, in our eyes, of asking guests to be nice and turn off the device is to make sure they're actually present. It's super easy to get tugged into tagging photos or liking others while you're trying to convey your love and commitment. We decided to follow up with some readers who chose to go unplugged to see how it all went. They shared unplugged wedding tips including some logistics, some successes, and one or two tiny regrets.

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Wedding music drama-fest? A DJ's advice on minimizing music stress

After helping over 100 couples curate the music for their weddings, I've just about seen it all, including elaborate choreographed Disney princess dance medleys, uncles doing the worm, belly dancers, a Mariah Carey ceremony processional, and even a Backstreet Boys karaoke battle. I've worked with couples who've kept things easy going and simple, achieved elegant and traditional decadence, or have had full-blown raging parties and everything in between. No matter the overall goal for your wedding, here's a little wisdom I've extracted from being a part of these very special events.

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We NEED to see someone get married in one of these wild suits

Grooms and dapper brides take note: these patterned, geeky, and short suits are making our lives. We're so jonesing to see someone rock one of these suits at a wedding. Wild suit brand OppoSuits has an array of patterned suits, short summer suits, and ultra colorful suits to match anyone willing to stray from that basic black suit. And by stray, we mean really stray. But hey, it's your one chance to look as rad as you like… do it! Let's peek (and pun!) at some of their seriously awesome, seriously weird, and just plain kick-ass suits.

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What happens when a wedding blogger gets engaged?

Big fucking news, y'all: I'm fucking engaged! So what happens when a wedding blogger gets engaged? Let's find out together with Wedding Planning Wednesdays. We thought, however, that y'all might like to get down on the wedding planning with me! So every(-ish) Wednesday I'll be posting about what I'm thinking about, bumping up against, and searching for this week. That way, those of you on the same path can commiserate and brainstorm with me, and those of you who have been there/done that can drop some knowledge.

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Essential unplugged wedding tips from real couples who went device-free

Have you been down with the unplugged wedding concept yet? If you've ever wanted to avoid a thousand iPhones hovering in front of your highly paid pro photographer, you've likely considered it. The biggest reason, in our eyes, of asking guests to be nice and turn off the device is to make sure they're actually present. It's super easy to get tugged into tagging photos or liking others while you're trying to convey your love and commitment. We decided to follow up with some readers who chose to go unplugged to see how it all went. They shared unplugged wedding tips including some logistics, some successes, and one or two tiny regrets.

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Watch 100 years of vintage ring styles in one short video

Mode's most recent 100 Years of Fashion video highlighting 100 years of vintage ring styles was pretty illuminating for those of us who are so used to seeing vintage rings that it's actually hard to remember from which era they originated. It might also make you realize how susceptible you might be to trends (I know I am!) AND why that's totally okay. Let's watch the vid and see what vintage ring styles are still popular today.

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Why read wedding blogs?

Why are you here right now? If the data I have is accurate, chances are pretty good that you're looking for wedding ideas (you KNOW we have a million for you to steal) or trying to get inspired. Neither of these are especially surprising, right? I see the same cycle happen every year, with a wave of freshly engaged folks flooding in looking for ideas and inspiration… and then at a certain point being like "Oh my god, I'm overwhelmed with ideas! I have too much inspiration! I need to stop looking at wedding porn and start, like, actually getting some shit done."

But let's talk over all the other reasons you might be reading…

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Dreaming sparkly dreams of custom diamond rings from Diamond Mansion

We were recently scheming with the designers at Diamond Mansion and realized just how rad they are with pricing, customer experience, and seriously GORGEOUS ring design. It was love at first bling. The hearts in our eyes were shaped like marquees. We wanted to propose to them with our own custom-designed rings. But seriously, LA-based Diamond Mansion wooed us with their perfect storm of wild design talent, solid pricing, and tons of customization options to craft up any ring you can conceive. If you're in the market for a ring (or just want to bookmark ideas for later!), you'll want to go shopping with us at Diamond Mansion. Let's pull out a few of our favorite styles for your ogling pleasure.

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