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A chat with Chicago photographer Emma Mullins (& why I chose her to capture my own wedding!)

Some of y'all may know that I recently got married in Chicago! It's been such a fun time to look back and reminisce about the wedding day, and that's been especially easy to do since we got our photos and video from our amazing photographer, Emma Mullins Photography.

I asked Emma to answer a few questions so that we could get to know her a bit better and understand why she's such a wizard with a camera and ALLLL about her new videography business. Spoiler: the video we received brings us to tears EVERY TIME we re-watch it. Let's meet the maker of all this magic…

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The venue at this black & white pop art-themed wedding inspiration is SO FUN

What’s black, white and red all over? This amazing pop art-themed wedding inspiration at the Joshua Vides Chapel installation at the Palms Hotel and Casino. Using his signature black and white sketch motif, Vides converted 800 square feet of the Palms into this fun interactive art space he titled, "Til Death Do Us Part." Guests are welcome to participate in multiple ways including everything from taking photos for their social media to actually getting married in the space.

Two ladies, their pups, & a fall foliage meets football-themed engagement

Erica and Sabrina wanted to have a fun, outdoor feel to their Minneapolis engagement shoot. They love their two pups (Kali and Arlo) and they wanted to make sure they were included, too. The adventure included multiple locations and an homage to their favorite football teams, lots of fall foliage, and even more adorable romantic moments.

Recent Real Weddings

A moody & glowing wedding in a 1949 Las Vegas warehouse

Perla and Stephen had some of the most amazing details at their gorgeous Las Vegas warehouse wedding. I'm talking growing garden centerpieces that doubled as ceremony decor, surprise quotes (that they BOTH used to surprise the other!), laser cut quotes above their welcome table, and a 12-man mariachi band that entertained guests as dinner was passed around. After cake, they kept the dessert train going with fresh made churros and ice cream.

This adorable couple got married on stage at the Northampton Pride Parade

Shienne and Victoria were the winning couple of a giveaway to have their wedding photographed at the 2019 Northampton Pride Parade in Northampton, MA. And when you see how amazingly in love and adorable these two are, you'll see why. With the joy-filled and colorful parade as their backdrop (and Hadley Farms as their reception venue), it was truly a celebration of who they are.

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Authentic, realistic wedding vows recognizing the shadow self

"I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we're all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labour has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we'll ever have, and I am in love with you…"

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Mission to not plan my wedding: Success

Maybe you are one of the dreamy people who has looked forward to your wedding your whole life, knowing exactly what you'd look like and how'd you feel on the most special of your days. It is safe to say that you are most likely not like me, because I think I broke the record for most laid-back bride, and the time I spent planning the wedding was barely, if at all, more time than the duration of the wedding itself. Here's how I did it…

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I bought my wedding dress on Etsy! Here are my tips for buying a custom dress online

One element of my wedding with which I was fairly obsessed was finding a fun dress. I'm not a white gown kinda gal, so I was on the hunt for something colorful. I decided to test the waters in customizing a dress online. There are lots of stores that do that theses days, but I knew I wanted something from an independent seller who could really personalize the look itself. I'm already an avid Etsy window shopper, so it was all just a matter of narrowing down the search to a reputable designer who made dresses I liked. Easier said than done? Actually, it was pretty easy…

Recent DIY

Eat 'em or take 'em: these s'mores wedding favors are a gooey gift guests will devour

S'mores are a staple of outdoor weddings in any season, but especially in the fall when the weather gets chilly and a bonfire is apropos. You're cooking them up over a bonfire, adding them to your sweets table, and even making them into cakes! But a perfect way to provide a dessert AND a takeaway gift is an easy-to-make s'mores wedding favor.

Here's how to make them super easily with a few staples from Michael's Weddings™…

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Lush florals go ring-shaped with this DIY floral hoop backdrop

I love a good hoop bouquet, but those handy floral hoops can be used for more than just a great alternative bouquet. I've created a series of hoops flowing with greenery and flora that can be used a wedding ceremony backdrop, reception decor, or even a place card holder.

With this DIY floral hoop backdrop, you can add as many floral picks as you like to make it as lush as you can imagine. Artificial flowers let you create a backdrop that can go from wedding to living room permanently. It's the beauty of realistic artificial flowers!

Here are the steps to go from a simple hoop to intricate backdrop in no time…

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A chat with Chicago photographer Emma Mullins (& why I chose her to capture my own wedding!)

Some of y'all may know that I recently got married in Chicago! It's been such a fun time to look back and reminisce about the wedding day, and that's been especially easy to do since we got our photos and video from our amazing photographer, Emma Mullins Photography.

I asked Emma to answer a few questions so that we could get to know her a bit better and understand why she's such a wizard with a camera and ALLLL about her new videography business. Spoiler: the video we received brings us to tears EVERY TIME we re-watch it. Let's meet the maker of all this magic…

These chic wooden wedding rings are our newest obsession & totally budget-friendly

If you're into a natural, rustic, or boho look that fits both your style and especially your budget, you're going to flip when you see these rings from Wooden Rings. They've got that gorgeous organic feel that we ADORE and you can make them totally your own. And that rainbow layered wood is calling someone's name, I just know it. Let's see a few of our favorites and learn how you can snag 10% off of their already super affordable pricing…

This company is changing how you shop for rings & it's a GAME CHANGER

If you're on the hunt for an engagement ring (or wedding band, anniversary ring, etc.), you're likely scoping out jewelry stores and online retailers seeing the same thing over and over and over. Maybe none of them feel like you? That's where our partners at Joseph Jewelry come in. Have an idea of what you'd really love in a ring? They can custom make it for you from start to finish. Working with them to custom create a ring is like getting to design it yourself… but with a ton of help, advice, and the knowledge that the final product is going to BLOW YOUR MIND.

Love public libraries like we do? Here's how you can use your registry to support one of the best

We're no strangers to charitable registries — they're some of our favorite ways to channel funds to awesome organizations (and so you don't end up with a bunch of stuff you don't even need!). If you're a bibliophile who loves to support your local public library, this wedding registry concept is stellar.

Instead of that traditional gift registry, you can easily create a wedding charity registry in support of The New York Public Library!

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I bought my wedding dress on Etsy! Here are my tips for buying a custom dress online

One element of my wedding with which I was fairly obsessed was finding a fun dress. I'm not a white gown kinda gal, so I was on the hunt for something colorful. I decided to test the waters in customizing a dress online. There are lots of stores that do that theses days, but I knew I wanted something from an independent seller who could really personalize the look itself. I'm already an avid Etsy window shopper, so it was all just a matter of narrowing down the search to a reputable designer who made dresses I liked. Easier said than done? Actually, it was pretty easy…

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9 hidden benefits of hiring a day-of coordinator (that I learned at my wedding!)

You're in the thick of wedding planning and it's starting to get hairy. Maybe you've hired an event planner, maybe a day-of coordinator, maybe a friend willing to lend a hand, or maybe you're going hard at it by yourself. If you're in the latter two camps, you may be thinking, "do I need to hire a day-of coordinator?"

Here are a few of the benefits, hidden and otherwise, that I discovered when I hired a day-of coordinator for my wedding…

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5 ways to save the planet (& your wallet!) while wedding planning

Trying to find sustainable solutions for an eco-friendly wedding isn't always easy, especially when you're on a budget and trying not to over-complicate things. But hosting an eco-conscious event doesn't have to be impossible. And making sustainable choices isn't just for tree-huggers.

Here are five Earth-friendly ideas that won't put any additional burden on your wallet or your special day…

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6 tips for making your wedding website useful AND stylish

Are you engaged? YAY! I have a feeling that a lot of you are thinking about wedding hashtags and websites and social media, oh my. Weddings are way more high tech these days and a wedding website is pretty standard fare now. When I got engaged in 2018, I went on a hunt for a really slick wedding website and have a few quick hit tips to share to make your wedding website both ultra useful and seriously captivating.

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