Guthrie Theater // Jason + Rodney

Happy anniversary to Jason + Rodney! In honor of their anniversary, we are re-blogging their story and showing images from their special celebration!

In 1999, Jason and Rodney met after joining the same fraternity at the University of Minnesota.  After an immediate connection, their story began and the two started dating.  In 2003, Jason and Rodney had a civil union ceremony in Vermont.  Unfortunately, they weren’t able to celebrate with all of their friends and family due to the distance from home.  Fast forward some years and crazy enough, their 10-year anniversary falls just days after gay marriage was legalized in the state of Minnesota!  What better way to celebrate their 10-year anniversary than to legalize their long time union in their home state of Minnesota with their closest friends and family at the Guthrie Theater?

We incorporated the couple’s theme of “I Do, Take 2”, a perfect play off the couple’s unique story and their theater venue, and branded all of the paper elements with this overarching theme.  There was an intimate ceremony on the Endless Bridge {which offered gorgeous views of the Mississippi} followed by passed champagne, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, delectable desserts, and lively DJ sets throughout the night!

Credits:
Event Planning + Design:  Style-Architects Weddings + Events
Photography:  Thea Volk - Rivets & Roses
Venue:  Guthrie Theater
Catering:  Culinaire International
Desserts:  Cocoa & Fig
Florals:  Indulge and Bloom
Rental:  Après Party & Tent Rental
DJ and lighting:  LEVEL11
Invitations:  Spark Letterpress

Ceremony Backdrop Inspiration

Your I Do's and first kiss are magical moments from your wedding day so make sure that smooch happens in front of a STUNNING backdrop.  Not only does it create a beautiful frame for your ceremony photos, but it can add needed decor and a focal point for guests' wandering eyes {especially outdoors where there can be a lot of distractions.}  We are all about making good use of funds, so create something that can be repurposed as décor for your reception by placing it behind the head table, the band, the dessert table or use it as a stand-up photobooth backdrop!  Whether your style is full-blown floral or minimalistic, SPLURGE on that backdrop!  {We know you want to!}

Take a peek at our {Backdrops} Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

Shoes Made for an Outdoor Wedding

Whether you're having a beachy ceremony or a vineyard celebration, these stunning shoes are perfect for outdoor comfort and style!  Choose a thick bottom heel to avoid sinking into the grass or go barefoot and flaunt some gorgeous foot jewelry!

See our {Outdoor Wedding Shoes} Pinterest board for more inspo!

Minneapolis Event Centers // Ashley + Patrick

Happy two year anniversary to Ashley + Patrick!  In celebration, we thought we'd share their beautiful story and a few stunning images from their wedding.  

Ashley and Patrick share a mutual love for travel and making big moves. They met in 2011 when Ashley took a last minute trip to Chicago from Michigan to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends.  Patrick, who happened to be at the same party, tried to strike up a conversation with Ashley about his goofy panda shirt.  However, this technique was unsuccessful since she was going to veterinary school.  With her uninterested response he walked away speechless, but later in the night he tried once more and won her attention.  Ashley flew down to Texas three weeks later to visit Patrick, who had just made the move to Texas.  After another eight months, it was Patrick’s turn to make a big move which landed him in Minneapolis with Ashley and their dog, Daisy.

After Patrick proposed, they celebrated with a night of surprises and friends. Afterward, they flew to San Francisco to continue the celebrations with friends!  For their wedding, a fun-loving party was required. They flew in The Pete Saunders Band from New York for an incredible night of music and dancing.  The look was soft and romantic with billowing baby's breath garlands and baby's breath clouds that had cascading orchids above the tables, which were accented with pops of soft corals, pinks, and gold.  These elements created the whimsical feel they were hoping for.  

Check out their gallery for more images!

Vendor Credits:
Event Planning + Design: Style-Architects Weddings + Events
Photographer: Photogen, Inc.
Venue + Catering: Minneapolis Event Center
Videographer: Sky Focus Films
Cakes/Desserts: Cocoa & Fig
Florals: Martha’s Gardens
Linens: Linen Effects
Hair + Makeup:  Haus Salon
Event Rental: Après Party and Tent Rental // Rudy’s Event Rentals
Band: Pete Saunders Band, New York
Paper:  Spark Letterpress
Transportation: Eclipse

Cocktail Time!

Looking for some inspiration for a yummy summer cocktail or the perfect signature cocktail for your wedding? Well, you've come to the right spot!  Find the recipe you've been looking for below!


E L D E R F L O W E R   F R E N C H   7 5
https://www.garnishwithlemon.com/elderflower-french-75/

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Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin 
  • 1 ounce elderflower liqueur
  • 1 ounce lemon juice 
  • 2 ounces champagne

Instructions

  • Pour gin, elderflower and lemon juice in a shaker and combine.
  • Pour into champagne flutes and top with chilled champagne

Be sure to top it off with gorgeous, edible flowers!

 

 

G R A P E F R U I T - L I M E   C O C K T A I L   with   G I N G E R  +  R O S E M A R Y http://www.useyournoodles.eu/grapefruit-lime-cocktail-ginger-rosemary // via Style Me Pretty

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Ginger + Rosemary Syrup Ingredients

  • big chunk of ginger (~30g)
  • 10 small rosemary stems (~10g)
  • 4 TBSP honey

Cocktail Ingredients

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 1 cup ginger and rosemary syrup
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup white rum

Instructions

  • Simmer syrup ingredients until fully dissolved, then bring to room temperature.
  • Mix cocktail ingredients in pitcher and serve over crushed ice.

Garnish with rosemary sprigs and a slice of pink grapefruit.

 

B L A C K B E R R Y  M O S C O W   M U L E  
http://www.cakenknife.com/blackberry-moscow-mule/

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Ingredients

  • 5 blackberries
  • 1 lime wheel
  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • ginger beer

Instructions

  • In the bottom of a copper Moscow mule mug, muddle together the blackberries and lime.
  • Fill the glass halfway full of ice.
  • Add the vodka and fill the rest of the way with ginger beer.
  • Stir to combine.

Garnish with a blackberry and mint sprig.

 

 

G R A P E F R U I T  +  S A G E   C H A M P A G N E   C O C K T A I L

http://www.floatingkitchen.net/grapefruit-and-sage-champagne-cocktails/

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Sage Simple Syrup 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bunches of fresh sage leaves

Cocktail Ingredients

  • 3 oz pink grapefruit juice
  • 1.5 oz sage simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 4 oz champagne 

Instructions

  • Simmer syrup ingredients until fully dissolved, then bring to room temperature and remove sage leaves.
  • Combine cocktail ingredients, add ice and top with champagne.

Garnish with fresh sage sprigs.

 

P I N E A P P L E   P U N C H   with   G I N G E R   B E E R
http://www.abeautifulplate.com/pineapple-punch/) // via Style Me Pretty

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice 
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice 
  • 32 to 34 ounces chilled ginger beer 

Instructions

  • Mix cocktail ingredients in pitcher.
  • Serve over crushed ice.

Garnish with mint spring and orange, lime and grapefruit wedges.

Aria // Kaylee + Ryan

We can't believe it's already been four years since Kaylee + Ryan's gorgeous wedding! We're reposting their wedding blog in honor of their anniversary and we've included new details from today's reposted Minneapolis St. Paul Weddings magazine blog!

Kaylee + Ryan began their story at Cretin-Derham Hall through their shared love for hockey. As Kaylee told MInneapolis St. Paul Weddings magazine, "We'd always see each other around the rink, and we ended up hanging out and skating with each other outside of the rink too."

After high school their hockey careers lead them into a long-distance relationship, with Ryan playing Division 1 hockey at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Kaylee playing at Bemidji State University {later transferring to University of St. Thomas}. In 2010, hockey took Ryan to New York after signing to play with the New York Rangers, but two years later Kaylee joined him there.

Kaylee and Ryan knew their dream wedding would hold true to their Minnesota roots and include Irish and Urban New York touches. Their ceremony was held at St. Kate's and they continued the celebration at Aria with an Irish whiskey bar, a live band + DJ, and late-night snacks from Davanni's. They wanted their big day to be relaxed, laid-back and fun! Their reception displayed a gorgeous natural palette that played off silver and gold details. See the images from their gorgeous rustic-meets-glam wedding!

Event Planning + Design:  Style-Architects Weddings + Events
Photography:  Canary Grey
Videography:  Sunset Blue Productions
Venue:  Aria
Catering:  CREATE Catering
Cakes/Desserts:  Cocoa + Fig
Gown:  L’Atelier Couture
Florals:  Martha’s Gardens
Linens:  Linen Effects
Hair + Makeup:  Emily J
Band:  Synergy
DJ:  LEVEL11
Invitations + Paper:  Beau Paperie
Transportation:  Eclipse
Transportation:  Shamrock Bus

 

Place Cards for the Modern Bride

Nothing completes your wedding style more perfectly than gorgeous and unique place cards! Not only do these place cards make for a stunning touch on your special day, but double as a {personalized} wedding favor for your guests! Along with designing breathtaking place cards, make sure to display them in a way that shows off their beauty.

We love the use of calligraphy for place cards and it allows you to pick nearly any base for that perfect added touch to your tablescape. If you chose stationery, get creative with the presentation by using geometric shapes or displaying them in notches of gorgeous tree branches!

See our favorites below and check our {n a m e c a r d s} Pinterest board for more inspiration!

The Perfect Wedding Welcome Box

Your family + friends are willing to drop everything to travel distances and celebrate your wedding, so what better way to thank them than with a thoughtful welcome box filled with goodies waiting for them at the hotel! Not only is it a {sweet} way of showing gratitude, but it makes their stay more comfortable as well. 

To create the perfect wedding box, find a fun container {wicker basket, canvas bag, wooden box} and make sure the overall look aligns with your wedding style to get your guests excited. Be sure to include some local additions {local beer, popcorn, cookies} that help guests get to know the area better and then mix in some inexpensive goodies like bug spray, trail mix or hangover remedies. Add a cute, personalized insert which expresses your appreciation, outlines event details and transportation logistics and recommends where to go and what do to as they relax before the big day!

Here's some of our favorite local Mpls items you should consider adding!
Chocolat Celeste  |  Maddy & Maize Popcorn  |  The Cookie Creative  
Indeed Brewing Company  |  Green Bee Juicery

Be creative and don't be shy to ask your maids for help organizing the boxes! 

Lake Minnetonka Residence // Anna + Chris

Happy anniversary to Anna + Chris! This lovely couple met in 2013 and felt an instant connection and trust for each other. After a few dates, Chris met Anna's close-knit family and was adored by all of them. He soon joined family cabin trips and annual vacations. Once Chris received the blessing from Anna's family, he proposed on a family trip to Istanbul {with the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia as the backdrop!} 

They knew they wanted to wed in Minnesota, and chose a personal and special place, Anna's father's home on Lake Minnetonka, where she grew up. Anna was unsure of what she wanted but was drawn to Gatsby design and lots of greenery. We pinpointed the perfect style for her wedding:  black-and-white stripe with lots of greenery which we carried through the linens and dance floor. Anna's family even decided to paint the pool to match the theme! We then incorporated pops of greens and yellows to bring some warmth with a stunning ombre ruffled cake, floral chandeliers and centerpieces. They wanted a casual and fun feel for their wedding, so in place of a formal sit-down dinner, they opted for lots of lounge seating and food stations that offered kebabs, sliders, and late-night snacks.

Not only did they style their wedding perfectly, but they added breathtaking details including a hookah tent with exotic accents {"As a nod to Instabul", says Anna} and a fireworks show toward the end of the night! Anna + Chris completed their special day by wading into the black-and-white family pool and shortly thereafter had friends and family join the fun. “It seemed like a moment out of some commercial, where you’re like, ‘People don’t do that, that’s not real, no one would do that... Well, we did that!” Chris told Mpls. St. Paul Weddings Magazine, which featured the wedding.

See the photos of the gorgeous couple {with Anna in her Anne Barge gown} and their special day below!

Vendor Credits:
Design & Week-Of Coordination: Style-Architects Weddings + Events
Photography: Photogen, Inc.
Photo Booth: Time Into Pixels
Venue: Lake Minnetonka Private Residence
Catering: CRAVE Catering
Cakes/Desserts: Cocoa & Fig
Florals: Munster Rose
Linens:  Linen Effects
Brides Dress: Anne Barge // Posh Bridal Couture
Hair + Makeup: Emily J
Event Rental: Après Party and Tent Rental, Metro Connections
Lighting: Phos Events
Band:  Bluewater Kings Band
String Quartet:  Lake Minnetonka String Quartet
Transportation:  Schmitty & Sons

Green Bee Juicery

Exciting news! One of our brides, Mallory, formed Green Bee Juicery, a company that cold-presses juice from fresh local produce! And guess what... their raw, organic juices {especially the 8oz jars} are PERFECT as a wedding favor or to put in a welcome bag!

With all the drinking that often accompanies weddings, what better way to prep your body or to recover from a fabulous night of celebration? The morning of her wedding day, Mallory shared a couple juice growlers with her bridesmaids while they were getting ready to get some rich nutrients into their systems. Turmeric Glow and champagne makes for a tasty {and healthier} mimosa! And if a little recovery is in order, Mallory states their Classic and Watermelon Cooler juices are great for hangovers! 

We are super excited for Mallory and her new adventure and wanted to share the love {because we are all about LOVE!}

A'bulae // Sam + Aaron

I was so excited to see Sam + Aaron at Saturday's wedding this past weekend, just one day before they hit their one year anniversary! It was wonderful to catch up with this gorgeous couple.  So fun to look back and relive this beautiful day over again! 

Aaron and Sam met at the University of Minnesota during their freshman year. After a few months of building up some courage, he finally asked Sam out on a date! Seven years later, Aaron proposed to Sam at the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus where they started their story. At sunset, he got down on one knee and Sam said "YES!" before he could even finish asking! They've supported each other through many stages of life, including Sam graduating with a doctorate in Pharmacy and Aaron starting his career as a NHL hockey player for the Washington Capitals. Sam's letter to Aaron on their wedding day even stated, “After these last few years of long distance, chaotic moving and facing the unknown, I’ve come to realize you are my home.”

They celebrated their special day at A'bulae in St. Paul with their family + friends. We suspended gorgeous candlelight and florals that emulated chandeliers and decorated the head table with tall floral centerpieces. We then alternated between three stunning floral and linen looks throughout the rest of the seating to make for a cohesive and elegant look.  The roof top popped for cocktails with striking black and white striped linens and bold peonies. 

Just look at how amazing their wedding was!

Also see Sam + Aaron's wedding video!

Vendor Credits:
Event Planning + Design: Style-Architects Weddings + Events
Photography: Betsy Wall Photography
Venue: A'bulae
Videographer: Vibrant Films
Catering: Mintahoe
Cakes/Desserts: Cocoa & Fig
Gown: Custom by Joynoelle
Florals: Sadie's Floral Couture
Linens: Linen Effects
Hair + Makeup:  Lianna Colestock
Bridesmaid dresses:  Bella Bridesmaids
Event Rental: Après Party and Tent Rental
Band: Northstar - Elan artists
Paper: Spark Letterpress
Transportation: Eclipse Transportation

Lose the Guest Book!

Oh yes we know {and completely agree}, you need a "guest book" to document all your family + friends who came to celebrate your special day!

But let's be honest, what are you actually going to with a book filled with names? You guessed it... read it, pack it away, swear you'll adore it forever, but forget it exists after a couple of months. So, we have a few solutions!

In lieu of a guest book, have family and friends leave you a note, advice, {or even better} an idea for an adventure on something that you can enjoy! Combine your style with their messages to create something you could use as home decor. Showcase your guests' notes on a bench for your backyard, a globe to keep in your office or a reclaimed wooden piece to display in your living room! As long as you can write on it, it works!

If you prefer to skip the home decor, we still love the idea of having a book but spice it up with your wedding images or Polaroid images of your guests to go along with their notes! Another alternative to a guest book is having family and friends leave messages on a video, which you can piece together later to make one special file! These options allow you to truly cherish the love you receive on your special day.

See more inspiration on our {Guest Book} Pinterest board!

Minneapolis Event Center // Alyson + Geoff

In honor of Alyson + Geoff's two year anniversary today, let's take a look back at their special day! Alyson and Geoff went to the same high school where Geoff graduated with Alyson's brother. However, they didn't meet until a few years later at a Jack Johnson concert in Somerset, Wisconsin, where they officially began their story. 

When we asked Alyson about the style for her wedding, she described it as “rustic industrial" and followed it {with a laugh} saying "I’m not even sure that’s a real thing!” Whether it is or isn't, we made it happen! The Minneapolis Event Center fit their vision perfectly with gorgeous steel details, exposed brick and open spaces. She stated that they “wanted to keep it elegant but casual” and that was executed perfectly down to the crystal, flower-filled ornaments we suspended above the head table. They also didn’t want to have any tall flowers on tables obstructing views because they wanted to keep things intimate, so we combined beauty and a petite structure to create flawless center pieces.

Look at all these amazing photos from the day!

Vendor Credits:
Wedding Planner: Style-Architects Weddings + Events
Photographer: Betsy Wall Photography
Florist: Sadie’s Florals
Linens:  Après party & tent rental
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
DJ: Prime Time DJ (Adam Welz)
Musicians: Loring String Quartet
Videographer: Ideatap Studios
Makeup/Hair:  Julie Swenson
Wedding Dress/Shoes: Ramona Kaveza - L’Atelier Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale (Flutter)
Invitations and paper goods:  Spark Letterpress

LGBTQ Wedding Trends

With the Gay Pride Festival this weekend, we wanted to celebrate a few of our lovely couples we've been fortunate enough to plan weddings for and to give inspiration with trends we have noticed for same-sex couples!

Original Attire Choices  We love it when couples embrace the freedom to wear anything that fits their personal style! Of course we love wedding gowns and the traditional suit and tie, but Lawrence + Johnny looked very handsome in their casual attire.

Ceremonies in the Round  Most of our couples are choosing to modernize traditional ceremonies by having a less structured bridal party and ceremony. We see a lot of standing ceremonies where guests surround the couple and officiant, creating a very intimate setting.

Exceptional Venues  There are no limits to where you can celebrate your special day. Jason + Rodney had an intimate ceremony with their closest friends and family on the Guthrie Theater's Endless Bridge, which offered gorgeous views of the Mississippi River.  Lawrence + Johnny chose to transform Studio 1414, a photography studio.

Free Flowing Receptions  Couples are moving away from formal sit-down dinners and are utilizing the same space for both a ceremony and reception without the need for a flip. This format is more intimate, requires less space and gives you the option to have food trucks or stations. 

Decor + Aesthetic  Overall, most couples want to break the mold and have unique details that speak to their long standing, committed relationships. Andrew + Brendan created a flawless wedding cake that told their love story from start to finish.

Unique Entertainment  If you're looking for a more relaxed feel, plan a reception like Lawrence + Johnny's where they included fun activities such as pool and darts.

With no set traditions for same-sex couples, we have complete freedom to create an unparalleled event and to uniquely personalize their special day.

Images 1-8  Andrew + Brendan // Pixel Posey 

Images 9-17  Lawrence + Johnny // Melissa Hesse  Rivets + Roses

Images 18-25  Jason + Rodney // Thea Volk  Rivets + Roses

Wedding Send-offs

One of the best photo-ops on your wedding day is when your guests send you and your groom off after the ceremony or reception. Make this traditional celebration modern by having your guests throw a little something that fits your wedding style! Choose an eco-friendly option such as wild flowers or greenery to maintain a boho feel, make it a party with confetti, or light the way with sparklers or LED balloons! Little details like this add a special touch to starting your new lives together.

Mother of the Bride Attire

Your daughter's wedding day is just as special for you as it is for her. It will be a day you both look back on and cherish forever. So, don't hold back on your wedding day attire and don't let the decision sit on the back burner in lieu of other wedding planning! Of course you don't want to steal any attention from the beautiful bride {and frankly how could you - she's your daughter}, but who says you can't look fabulous as well?

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Here's some advice. Stray away from white + ivory {for obvious reasons} but don't limit any possibilities! Bridal shops do offer Mother of the Bride dresses, but don't be afraid to extend your search to a boutique or the formal section of any good department store. One of our favorite MOB options is a classy jumpsuit that is both trendy and flattering. Make sure your attire matches your style as well as the event's formality.

Pinspiration // Drip Cakes

Every bride wants a wedding cake that is [almost} too gorgeous to eat, yet has everyone craving a bite. Styling your cake with a perfect drizzle will achieve that goal by creating a trendy and tasteful look.

It's easy to design a drip cake that will flow flawlessly with your wedding style. From a stunning three-tier wedding cake that is elegant and detailed to a simple one-tier beauty that screams perfection, this trend is sure to complete your wedding decor. Decorate it with greenery, fruit or flowers to add some "flavor", or leave it bare to let the drip take all the attention!

See more inspiration on our {Drip Cakes} Pinterest board!

Bar Lurcat // Karla + Tim

We had so much fun being a part of Karla + Tim's special day. As you know, our goal for each wedding is to make it a personal expression of the couple's style, and our lovely bride wanted bling so... we gave her bling {and lots of it} on her big day! Diamonds are a girl's best friend, am I right?!

For their ceremony, we suspended gorgeous, crystal chandeliers amongst flower garlands and hanging jewel strands. Cafe lights wouldn't do so we draped jewel strands above the ceremony seating instead! The centerpieces displayed hanging gems, and we also incorporated jeweled details into their wedding cake {that seemed just too beautiful to eat} in order to keep the look cohesive throughout.

Karla is such a beautiful woman with a great sense of style {did you notice that Inbal Dror gown?} and from the look on Tim's face, he thinks so too! 

Full Service Wedding Planning:  Style-Architects Weddings + Events

Photographer:  Graddy Photography

Venue:  Bar Lurcat

Gown:  Inbal Dror from l’atelier couture

Bridesmaid Dress:  Tara LaTour

Florals:  Martha’s Gardens

Rentals:  Linen Effects

Chandeliers:  Phos Events

Cake:  Farina Baking Co.  

Paper:  Paper, Rock, Scissor

Band:  Chris Koza

Gathering Wedding Photos From Your Guests

Making sure you capture every precious moment of your special day is a must. While you're eagerly waiting for your professional photos, you are sure to want to gather shots from your family + friends! We agree that using a unique hashtag on Instagram can be fun and easy, but let's be honest, it can be difficult to save those posts without losing quality, and what about your Instagram-less guests?!

Below are some easy ways to compile those photos!

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WedPics is a FREE option {with premium features available for a price} that allows you to gather those lovely photos from an unlimited number of guests with unlimited storage! Guests can upload photos from their phones OR on the website if they use a digital camera.

Burner is an app that creates a temporary phone number and has a Dropbox Burner Connection that stores all your guests' photos! As a new user, you can use the app free for 30 days and costs $4.99 a month thereafter. Simply have guests send photos to your Burner number and you can enjoy them in a private folder with the option to share it.

Eversnap {a more expensive option} is a full-service app costing between $99 and $399. This app works with or without screening services and even includes 200 instruction cards for your guests! Plus, the folder will pull and add all of the photos from social-media channels with your personalized hashtag.

 

In order to successfully use these applications, be sure to share instructions on your website, program, table numbers, menu and other signage! Once you have all those beautiful photos, be sure to back them up, share them on social media, choose your favorites for around the house and use them to personalize your Thank You cards!

 

Photo Credits:

monfriese

Engagement Photos

Now that it's getting warmer, it's the perfect time to get those engagement pictures taken! These photos mark a special time of your life so it's important to do them right! Personalize your shoot and emphasize your story by taking them up north, where you first met, or even at home. Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone! 

Here's some things not to forget:

Flaunt your style.

Be adventurous.

Favor the golden hour.

Make it meaningful.

Complement your love story.

And lastly, SHOW OFF THAT BLING!