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Our wedding was a financial wake-up call (and our lessons learned!)

After catching up post-wedding and entirely overhauling our finances, I can see all the places we went wrong. Whenever people ask how we knew it was time to restructure our finances, I answer with one thing — our wedding. This one event clarified a world of issues with our financial well-being, or lack thereof. And so, in addition to the standard simplifying and DIY projects that helped me through the process, here is some invaluable advice with which we walked away…

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Punk meets rockabilly meets skulls meets Simpsons at this retro wedding

"After getting engaged at a historic 1940s San Francisco tiki bar, we decided to theme our wedding to match. Everything including our cocktail choice, wedding party dresses, shoes, centerpieces, boutonnieres, guest book, and drinking glasses had a tiki vibe with hints of our nerdy and punk rock/rockabilly backgrounds." Yep, this retro tiki wedding is KILLING IT with awesome themes and massive style. You've got to see it…

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An intimate and majestic Middle-earth elopement in New Zealand (with a rainbow!)

Kyle is an extrovert and wanted a large wedding in our hometown with all of our family and friends. I wanted a small elopement on top of a mountain in New Zealand where they filmed The Lord of the Rings. I wanted to feel like I was journeying across Middle-earth with the one I love. I wanted our wedding to be an adventure.

We decided to do both! Here's our magical Middle-earth elopement…

Meet the BWPFFs: Best wedding photographer friends forever

In all my years writing about wedding photography, I've seen a lot about married couple teams, but this is my first time highlighting a a photography business made up of two best friends! Our sponsor M.Studios is the Rhode Island wedding photography team, comprised of besties Melissa and Marisa. (Seriously? That's adorable.) Even cooler than that… they have a special discount just for our readers.