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10 Tips for Beautiful Wedding Preparation Photos – Part 1

The wedding preparation time of a wedding day is one of my absolute favorites! The anticipation, the excitement, the ‘buzz’ of good wedding juju in the air! That feeling of ‘It’s all happening….’ I live for those moments! And they can end up being some of the most fun and wonderfully emotional of a wedding day. Popping bottles of champagne. Laughing with your life long friends. Opening a sentimental wedding day gift from your love. Mom helping you into your dress and clasping the necklace around your neck. Your sister holding your hand as you step into your shoes. All of it! It’s wedding day magic if you ask me! Not to mention all of the pretty wedding details as far as the eye can see!

So, I wanted to share some tips on how to get beautiful wedding preparation photos on your wedding day for all my brides, grooms, and those in the to-be-wed pack! A little planning goes a long way to having beautiful, bright, and oh so memorable images from those getting ready moments leading up to your ‘I do’! Moments full of anticipation, excitement, and a whole lot of pretty details!

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Click through for my tips for the best wedding preparation photos!

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Christy Tyler - April 15, 2015 - 2:13 pm

LOVE THIS! :) Great post!

Learning and Growing in 2015 – The Laura Hooper Calligraphy Workshop

Many of the items on my 2015 List were goals to finally set aside the time to learn some fun new things that I have been wanting to try. And, without even really thinking about my list, I have been making the time to do just that lately and I am absolutely loving it! From taking classes on braiding and eye makeup at the fabulous Goldplaited (More on them soon!) to an intro calligraphy class from Laura Hooper Calligraphy just yesterday, I am loving trying out new techniques, hobbies, and activities across the board! Getting to spend some of my free time on doing something just for me, just because I am interested and it makes me happy, is such a treat!

I live for all things paper (I seriously can spend HOURS in Paper Source!) and absolutely love sending hand written cards, but always feel like I am messing all the pretty paper goodness up once I slap my handwritten names and notes on it…I just have the worst hand writing and printing! So, I buddied up with the fantastically fun, Debbie , to take Laura Hooper’s Calligraphy class this Sunday and, though we may have been the worst calligraphers in the class (okay, maybe that was just me…), I am so glad we took the class! First of all, just spending the day at Workshop Chicago with the windows open on a decidedly perfect Spring day, with scrumptious treats from Elysia Root Cakes to nibble on and gorgeous blooms by Fleur to admire was oh so lovely! And then getting to try my hand at calligraphy with someone as talented as Laura to teach and guide me was the absolute best way to try calligraphy for the first time!

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Click through to see more from my first foray into calligraphy!

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Elizabeth - April 13, 2015 - 9:53 am

This looks like so much fun! I’m attending a flower arranging workshop Sunday and can’t wait, Id love to try calligraphy someday!

Lauren Fair - April 13, 2015 - 2:26 pm

This looks like so much fun! I love new creative attempts – if you can find a flower crown class, do it! I did one yesterday and it was such a creative fun day!

The Zoe Report’s Box of Style – Spring Box Review

Well, if it isn’t obvious by now, I am here to tell you that I am totally hooked on to the whole subscription boxes thing! So, when Rachel Zoe announced she would be starting a quarterly subscription box, I signed up right away! I would much rather spend a little more to ensure I am getting more high end and high quality items that are totally on trend then spend a small amount for a handful of mediocre quality items that are all over the style map.

My first Box of Style from Rachel Zoe  arrived for Spring this week and I dropped everything at the door to sit down and open it! First of all, I absolutely love me some good packaging and consistent branding…and the Box of Style is totally on point with this! From the fantastic quality black box with silver foil to the meticulously wrapped items inside. All black and silver. And all super chic. (If you want to see Rachel Zoe, herself, show you what is in the box, you can see that here.)

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Deliciously Styled Shoot at City View Loft – Chicago Wedding Photographer

Since this ever so lovely shoot was featured over on Mod Wedding a few weeks ago, I figured it was time that I shared some of my favorites from the shoot! With the incredible Ashley of La Belle Fleur Events at the helm of an amazing team of vendors, a gorgeous bride, and the loveliest of details to work with, I was such a happy camper behind the camera for this shoot!

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Event Design: La Belle Fleur | Photography: Amanda Megan Miller  | Venue: City View Lofts | Farm Table: Hall’s Rental | Florals: Forget Me Knodt | Place Settings: Vintage Place Settings | Prop Rentals: Re:Find Joy | Lounge Furniture and Dresser: Shadowbox Dreams | Bridal Gown and Accessories: Mignonette Bridal | Cake: Elysia Root Cakes | Stationery: Made Divine | Hair and Makeup: Nika Vaughan Bridal Artists | Model: Christiana Herbert

Wedding: Rebecca & Joe – Ravenswood Event Center

I absolutely relish the opportunity to document weddings steeped in deep tradition, they are always full of beautiful emotion and I eat all those meaningful moments up! And Rebecca and Joe’s Ravenswood Event Center wedding was no exception! From their beautiful and emotional ceremony to their fantastically fun dance party, it was one truly amazing day!

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