October 12, 2020 - Comments Off on Our Top Resources to Plan Your Elopement

Our Top Resources to Plan Your Elopement

Bride and groom running in road

Tis’ the season for elopements! Choosing to celebrate with just you and your future spouse can save a lot of time, stress, and will provide more room in your budget. Elopements can also open up the chance for adventure that might not have been possible with a large guest list. We are all for putting on our hiking boots to the ceremony! If you are planning your elopement right now, you may have discovered there is a bit more behind the scenes work to consider. To help bring your dream day to life, we have narrowed down the top resources to plan your elopement created by wedding professionals along with their advice.

Ultimate Elopement Checklist with ‘Cause We Can Events

You may have discovered there are many details to remember as you plan your elopement. From a packing list to important to do’s, our free checklist will keep you on track for the day. For a full perspective on your elopement, we have even included tips from our favorite wedding vendors!

Gabby’s advice: We know not everyone can afford to hire a wedding planner for their elopement but do make sure to assign someone in your group to help you. That person can help pick up your bouquet, set up the arch if you have one and carry your backpack with snacks and water!

Photo by The Hendrys

How to tell Your Family and Friends You’re Eloping with Evangeline Lane

While you may have all of the planning aspects in place, breaking the news to others can be intimidating. Elopement photographer, Evangeline has written a complete guide for telling your family and friends you are eloping. Thinking ahead? After you let others know about your decision, here’s what to expect.


Evangeline's advice: Give yourself permission to dream. This year has been a lot but consider this an invitation to get excited and ultimately have the best elopement ever!

Bride and groom smiling leaning on car with champagne
Photo by Evangeline Lane

The Ultimate Elopement Planner with Artful Elopements

It is incredibly important to stay organized when planning any event. Angie with Artful Elopements created a planner specifically devoted to couples planning an elopement! You can store any important planning information in one place either digitally or in a printed version

Angie’s advice: Remember that the day is about YOU - and no shutdown,  pandemic, family member, or otherwise can stop you from having an amazing day.

The ultimate elopement planner

Elopement Timeline Tips with M. Laine Photography

The ceremony is just one part of your elopement! Whether you are planning an eight-hour elopement or full week elopement, an organized timeline will keep everything on track. Not sure where to begin? Meghann with M. Laine Photography has created an elopement timeline resource with tips to assist you in the process.

Meghann’s advice: Allow yourself to dream big, imagine your best day ever and do everything you can to make it happen! No one ever regrets going on a crazy adventure! 

Non-traditional bride and groom kissing in front of water
Photo by M. Laine Photography

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

October 6, 2020 - Comments Off on Easy Halloween Dining Room Decorations

Easy Halloween Dining Room Decorations

I may have started to decorate for Halloween in August this year but if you're just getting to it now, I have a fun idea for you! These Halloween decorations can be modified however you want with whatever you have in your home.

If you were following our blog recently, you saw that we hosted a Halloween Tablescape contest that featured over 20 amazing designs from some of our Instagram friends.

Well on today's blog, I wanted to zoom in on our design so you can take a look at all the fun details. I called this design my Werewolf Themed Tablescape because of that faux fur runner in the middle!

Special thank you to Darcy Ferris for coming over and getting photos of my tablescape! She's a talented photographer here in Nashville. She does everything from weddings to family sessions and now interior design photography haha.

Bats on wall and table settings are decorated for halloween

List of Supplies

I'm not going to lie I started decorating in August this year woops. I happened to already own a few of the items you see in the images. I want to give you a proper list of what I bought so you can recreate this at home. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

  • Faux-fur fabric. I purchased mine at Joann Fabrics
  • 6 Charger Plates. I got mine at Kirkland's on sale for $3 each.
  • Dinner plates & salad plates. I used the ones I had at home. You'll notice that I snuck some white ones in there because I didn't have enough black ones!
  • Napkins. I bought these at Kirkland's. Set of 4 for $16.
  • Bell Jars. I ordered these on Amazon because I knew I could reuse them for something else later! I ordered the 9.8" and the 5.9".
  • Black candle holders. I love these from Amazon.
  • Black candle sticks. I had these already but I know you can get some on Amazon as well.
  • Skull glasses. I found these at my local Dollar General but the quality isn't great. I found these way cooler ones on Amazon!
  • Cobwebs for the chandelier were from Amazon. I used them on my outdoor bushes too. You don't need a lot!
  • Bats for the wall. Another great Amazon find. They come with little double sided sticky things and I plan to reuse them next year too.
  • Science beakers. I used these to put my flowers in and I thought it looked really fun! Here are the ones I ordered.
Halloween table decorations with bats on the wall
Fall and halloween table decorations
black candles and plates for halloween table setting

What did you think of my Halloween decorations this year? It's so fun now that we own our own home because we can continue to add to our collection. We'll get spookier and spookier every year!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Lifestyle, Styled Shoot

September 30, 2020 - 229 comments

Best Halloween Table Designs (of all time!)

Are you ready to see the best Halloween Table Designs? Welcome to the official blog post for #TablescapeSpooktacular ! In case you haven't heard of this yet, it's a Halloween Tablescape Design contest put on by our team here at 'Cause We Can Events and by our amazing interior design friend, Ginny from Au Petit Salon Design.

We wanted to get our creative juices flowing again so we decided to have a little fun while staying at home. Get ready to feast your eyes on some INCREDIBLE halloween table designs!

Best Halloween Table Designs of 2020

Here's how this will work. Below you will find all of the Halloween Tablescape design submissions. Each will have the Instagram handle of the designer next to the photo.

To cast your vote, you can:

  1. Comment with your favorite design's Instagram handle on THIS blog
  2. Head over to our Instagram stories (and highlights) and vote by sending us a DM of your favorite design.
  3. Comment with your favorite design's Instagram handle on Au Petit Salon's blog
  4. Head over to Au Petit Salon's Instagram stories (and highlights) and vote by sending her a DM of your favorite design.

Ready? Here we go for #TablescapeSpooktacular !

Colorful Calavera Night Halloween Table by @Adornbypriscilla

A beautiful and colorful tablescape inspired by Priscilla's Mexican culture. She mixed color and spookiness for a really fun Halloween design! Some of those butterflies truly look like they are flying, don't they?

Colorful halloween table decor on rainbow runner with prayer candles and butterflies

Cozy Halloween Table Design by @Aupetitsalondesign

Halloween doesn't have to be about orange and black. Ginny decorated her Halloween tablescape with a beautiful pink color palette. I love the red candles as they bring a cozy but slightly spooky atmosphere to the dinner table.

Classy Halloween Table Design by @Bestsypepsii

I would love to be a guest at this Halloween dinner party, wouldn't you? A nice white neutral color palette makes for a classy table design look. If you look closely you can see a skeleton hand making it's way to your dinner plate!

Neutral halloween table decor with blush florals and white skeleton hands.

Bohemian Witchy Halloween Table Design by @Bohofrisco

I wish all witches were this cool! With cauldrons turned into flower pots, this witch knows how to host a great Halloween dinner. Now, who's to say what kind of potion is in those martini glasses though.

Halloween table decor with orange cupcakes and red floral filled black cauldrons on wooden table in plant filled room.

Werewolf Halloween Table Design by @Causewecanevents

A werewolf-inspired halloween dinner party for 6! I hope there's no red meat on the menu though. Light the candles, dim the lights and enjoy this halloween feast tonight!

Halloween table decor on fur runner with six black and white place settings with artificial bats adhered to background.
Photo by @DarcyFerris

Whimsical Halloween Table Design by @Champagneprojects

Whimsical creatures and fairies of all sorts should be decorating their Halloween table like this! But what's that under the bell jar? Our first course are eyeballs!!

Nautical Nightmare Halloween Design by @Deannanashevents

Could this be a table from a ghost ship? If so, sign me up for dinner with the ghouls! Do you think those scorpions come as the first course or are they for you to eat as an appetizer? Enjoy!

Table with two place settings of marbled navy and white plates on with scorpions and mini skulls.

Trick or Treat Halloween Table design by @Featheredarrowevents

Trick or treat? You don't get to decide. Have a seat and you'll find out! That cobweb isn't just here for fun. There's an 8-legged lady who likes to visit her dinner guests from time to time. Beware!

Dollhouse Disaster Halloween Table By @Heartandsoulfloral

You best dress up for this spooky dinner set up! As you dine, don't be surprised if you feel like someone is watching you. Remember, the crows have eyes MUAHAHAHA!

Photo by @Kansasgirlvintage

Witchy Boho Halloween Design by @Heartsandhoneydoevents

Does this not remind you of Hocus Pocus for some reason? “I suggest we form a calming circle.” Gather around this table and let's chat about the latest poisons and potions, shall we?

Photo by @NolaFontanezPhotography

Minimalist Halloween Table Design by @jesspancake_

Who says you have to go dark and moody on Halloween? This minimalistic tablescape with crisp white mix-matched seating is a breath of fresh air. Gold detail, candlesticks, and delicate dried florals are a dreamy way to celebrate the season!

White and gold place settings with dried florals in mini vases on rectangular  table.
Photo by: Katelyn Mallett 
Florals by Bad Rabbit Flowers
Rentals by A Plus Party Rentals Maine

Velvet Vintage Halloween Design by @kansasgirlvintage

Crushed velvet and dried florals, oh my! This design turns back time with vintage place settings and a centerpiece that seems to grow out of the table itself. Can you spot all of the skeleton creatures hidden within?

Poisoned Apple Halloween Table Design by @Langfloraldesigns

I dare you to take a bite of that shiny apple. Only one of these is poisoned, so WITCH one do you think it is? This design is so fun for both a Fall and Halloween tablescape don't you think?

Yellow florals and pompous grass halloween centerpiece with six place settings of black plates and white stone bowls with a red apple in each bowl.

Desert Dia de la Muertos Tablescape by @Sarah__pearl

Bringing Day of the Dead inspiration to the desert! Fellow adventurers will be ready to celebrate at this table. From colorful florals to sugar skulls, each element within this design draws from the traditional Mexican holiday.

Midnight Fog Spooky Design by @Lengebretsen.legacy

We can feel the chill in the air! This design is ditching the classic orange of the season. Ready to dine at this metallic silver, black and white table just as the fog creeps in?

Six place settings on round table with black and white halloween table decor and pumpkins surrounded by fog.
Rentals: Legacy Event Rentals

Apothecary Witchy Floral Table Design by @Letaverbena

Pick your poison! If I were a witch, this is what my home would look like for sure. Covered in dried flowers and candles all around the house. Can you picture yourself here? Perhaps if you'll stay a while we can do a little magic trick on you. Don't worry it'll only hurt a little.

Bouquets of dried florals with halloween table decor and tarot cards.
Florals by @LetaVerbena

Spookiest Graveyard Picnic by @Nicoleburbankevents

How about we go on a nice little picnic....at the local GRAVEYARD! I feel like someone is watching us eat. How this team got the candle sticks to look like that is beyond me but I am digging it (no pun intended)!

 Halloween table decor on ground in graveyard with white tapered candles in gold candle holders.
Photo by @jennyto_
Florals by @NicoleBurbankEvents

Millennial Witches Hangout Spot @Rosewaterfloral

Halloween doesn't mean dark and moody. This team brought it to the year 2020 with pops of millennial pink and some trendy ceramic plates. This tablescape is the hippest one with its glass skulls and knotted napkins!

Photo by @Shannacphotography
Venue & Specialty Rentals by @Provenancerentals
Table Top Rentals by @Theark_

Wine & Skeletons Tablescape by @4_seasons_settings

Up for a wine tasting at this table? There are skeletons in every direction and the touch of sparkle certainly catches our eye. Just look at the wine glasses!

Skulls & Roses Dinner Design by @tambramoultrie

I dare you to take a sip of this drink. The spook-factor is high on this tablescape! From bloody cocktails to cauldron bowls, I can feel the chill creeping up my spine. Can you see what that cake topper is? RIP.

Rentals by @LegacyEventRentals
Cake by @cupcakejulie

Spooky Backyard Tablescape by @Thepopupbnb

Want to impress your guests this Halloween? Check out this fun witchy backyard dinner set up! Complete with bistro lights and tall candelabras. This tablescape just gives me chills. What if you heard a crunch in the leaves behind you!?

Magical Al Fresco Halloween Design by @Thriftedsisterevents

Imagine gathering here for a beautiful dinner al fresco! Can you smell the chill in the air? Who knows what'll happen when the sun sets and the full moon comes out!

Florals by @Moonriverfloral

W-O-W what did you think? How will you ever decide who to vote for? Remember, you can vote up to 4 times for you favorite Halloween table design on this blog post, Ginny's blog post, our Instagram and Ginny's Instagram.

Voting ends October 4th at 8pm PST. Winner will be announced October 5th at 9am PST!

PRIZE for the winner:

Hope you enjoyed Halloween contest as much as we did! Tell us if we should do it again next year!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

September 14, 2020 - Comments Off on How to Create Your Wedding Budget (Stress-free!)

How to Create Your Wedding Budget (Stress-free!)

As you begin planning your wedding, determining your wedding budget can be an intimidating feat. While this is certainly not the most exciting part of wedding planning, it is the most important. With a set budget, you and your future spouse can focus on enjoying the process, stress-free! We have compiled a list of 5 useful tips for creating your personal wedding budget. 

Hire a Wedding Planner 

Our free Wedding Budget Guide is a great place to start as you search for the perfect planner. With plenty of weddings under their belt, a wedding planner will work with you to create and manage your budget based on your preferences. They also can connect you to the best vendors for your wedding, saving the time and stress. As you fill more portions of your budget, your wedding planner will keep all information up to date.

Be Flexible

Determining which aspects of your wedding day are most important you may require some flexibility in order to bring your dream day to life. If you know you want a live band and videography for example, you may need to find another portion of the day to allow flexibility in your budget. We always advise checking with your vendors on their suggestions. Their professional experience in the industry can provide solutions you may not have considered previously. 

Get Back to the Basics

Understanding the portions of your budget that are a ‘have-to’ can set the baseline for the rest of your budget. The venue, travel fees, and marriage license fees are all basic portions of your wedding that are essential. Thinking about these costs can save you from surprise later on during the planning process.

Stay Organized

Creating a digital spreadsheet outlining your budget takes away the confusion as you set more portions of your wedding day. You will be amazed at the amount of emails wedding planning brings! A spreadsheet is your opportunity to list every cost related to your event. This can range from wedding prints to cake tasting fees. 

It’s YOUR day

While it is important to make your guests feel welcome and entertained, remember that your wedding day is about you. Do not include aspects in your wedding day (and budget) that you will not enjoy. If you don’t like cake, no problem! Feature your favorite dessert instead; we can attest that your guests will love anything sweet. There are no requirements for what you choose to include in your budget and on your wedding day.

Every wedding and every budget is unique. These 5 general tips for creating your wedding budget are sure to get you on the right track to your event. We understand beginning wedding planning can be intimidating but don’t forget to have fun! Keep in mind, things take time and everything will come together for your special day. Have a question or need assistance? Contact us today for a free 30 minute consultation. We can’t wait to hear about your event!

Want more wedding planning tips? Check out How to build a wedding website like a pro next!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

September 7, 2020 - Comments Off on Intimate Coffee Shop Wedding in Escalante, Utah

Intimate Coffee Shop Wedding in Escalante, Utah

It's a coffee shop by day known for it's spectacular views and delicious coffee and by night it turns in to one of the coolest desert wedding venues I have ever been to. It's plopped in the middle of nowhere in Escalante, Utah but once you're there, you'll never want to leave. Have you ever considered having a coffee shop wedding? If not, you might want to reconsider!

View from the Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante, Utah. Perfect small venue for intimate wedding

The Set Up & Decor

First of all let me mention that the couple, Megan and Michael, drove all the way from Florida to Utah with a trailer full of everything you will see in these photos. Megan was starting her own wedding rental company called Gathered Co. and the big debut was their very own wedding! It took a couple days to unload and set up but once we were set, it made for the most unique wedding ever.

Adventurous wedding planner Gabby Pinkerton sets up coffee shop wedding

Set of pink velvet chairs in the middle of the desert for wedding at Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante, Utah

Intimate wedding reception set up at Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante Utah. Tables of 4 with white linens, terrarium and gold chargers

Glass geometric gold planters with little succulents, gold candlesticks and vintage crystal class for intimate wedding at Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante, Utah

Intimate wedding at Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante, Utah. Ceremony set up on back patio of coffee shop overlooking the desert.

The Wedding Ceremony

With less than 40 people, this officially became an intimate coffee shop wedding. The ceremony was held on the back part of the coffee house overlooking the desert and the red rocks. The couple had a special blessing and song by Nino Reyes, a Native American who is a member of the Northern Ute and Laguna Pueblo Indian Nations.


Both bride and groom were saged (a purification ritual) as they walked down the aisle to heal any old wounds and to spiritually start with a clean slate. This is something I personally do from time to time in my home and on myself. You can easily get dried sage on Amazon. I like using this brand

Coffee Shop Wedding Party

You know what's particularly amazing about intimate weddings? It's that there's no pressure to "entertain" your guests. Everyone sat at their 4-person tables for dinner, enjoyed the toasts and music and then gathered outside for dances.

The couple danced together under the stars and then opened up the dance floor for all guests to join in. It was such a perfect evening with no light pollution anywhere in sight, making the stars stand out bright.

It's these moments that I, as a wedding planner, enjoy the most. I get to step away and watch people dance, laugh and feast and, without sounding cheesy, it warms my heart. There's a reason us wedding planners do what we do and this is it.

Ready to plan your adventurous wedding? Send us an inquiry, we would love to chat!

Want more desert wedding inspiration? Read about this Burning Man Wedding we did on a dried lake bed!!!

Vendor Team

Photography The Hendrys // Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Rentals Gathered Co. // Venue Kiva Koffeehouse // Hair and Makeup Theresa Patton // Photo booth Bus // Live Music Robyn Cage // Lighting Lumen Lighting

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

August 31, 2020 - 1 comment.

Build a Wedding Website like a Pro (that won’t break the bank)

information you need to build a wedding website

At this point you have your wedding date, your venue, a guest list in place and now you’re on to designing the invitation. It’s in that moment you realize that you’re limited on the information you can share with your friends and family so you make the decision to build a wedding website. It may seem like a daunting task but take a moment and think about it, you already have the information in place. Creating a wedding website should be pretty easy! BONUS POINTS: Covid has really shed some light how important a wedding website can  be. It's a quick way to update your guests with revisions. 

WHAT IS THE BEST WEDDING WEBSITE PLATFORM?

We get this question quite often so we thought we'd do a quick breakdown.

  1. SquareSpace
  2. Zola
  3. Minted

Photos: Lauren Mihae

LESS IS MORE

Obviously you will want to add personal touches and handy information to your website but keep it to a minimum. Your family and guests most likely know your story so give them the Spark Notes version. You want to engage your reader and not overwhelm them so make sure the information is presented in a clear and simple format. This is where templates would come in most handy! Building a website is not for everyone so you may be inclined to ask a friend for some help.

Photo: Huckleberry Creative

EXCLUSIVE EVENTS

If you are hosting a multi-day wedding and have a private dinner or brunch planned for an intimate group of people, I would suggest leaving it off the website. You don’t want there to be any confusion when it comes to who is invited or hurt any feelings.

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD HAVE

Keep your guests up to date with information such as wedding registry, hotel room blocks and transportation information. If a destination wedding, you may want to include nearby airports that are best to fly into or perhaps your favorite local spots you've visited in the past! I always love when couples explain why they chose that location too.

Photo: Lauran Mihae

TEST RUN

Before sending out your invitation with a personalized URL, you should send the website to your planner for a test run. They may be able to spot some mistakes that you did not see.

Now you're ready to start planning your website! Want more wedding tips? Read our tips on taking engagement photos. P.S. you'll want those for your wedding website.

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

August 24, 2020 - 1 comment.

New Nashville Wedding Venue: Cranford Hollow

We're always on the lookout for new wedding venues to recommend to our clients. From vast plots of land to intimate cabins, we know our couples want a venue that is unique and customizable. Today we're sharing a brand new wedding venue with you: Cranford Hollow.

When we moved to Nashville from Los Angeles, the first thing I wanted to do is meet new venue owners and vendors. It's a great way to make friends but also great for us to keep a list of local venues and vendors.

My new friend and talented photographer Darcy Ferris, who actually wrote a blog post we were featured in called " Why You Need a Wedding Planner", invited me to join her on a site tour of the brand new venue, Cranford Hollow. The venue is located in Columbia,TN which is just about 40 minutes south of Nashville. It's hidden between the hollar (a term I had never heard of until moving to the South) on a beautiful 50+ acre property.

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white barn wedding venue

The Barn

Cranford Hollow is a first-generation farm and we actually saw the barn being built the first time we were there. We literally got the hard hat tour! The barn is a climate controlled 6000+ sq. ft. Amish built modern barn with a beautiful white washed exterior. What's important to note is that it's modern as opposed to rustic. No one wants burlap and mason jars anymore.

Design tip: Add a welcome sign to greet your guests as they arrive. We recommend a personalized option so you can match your aesthetic to the venue.

Inside the barn, you'll find two huge open areas: one for dinner and one for dancing but if your guest count is large enough you may want to use both for dinner. They even have their own custom bar that comes with the venue rental! Oh it get's better. This venue includes tables and chairs for up to 200 guests as well. Yup!

Design tip: Label each table number with acrylic signs so your guests can easily find their seats. Use the extra signs to label other aspects of your wedding such as the cake table or bar! To add to the romantic feeling of the day, place clear glass votives around the venue, focusing on reception tables. For the newlyweds, hang cute labeled signs on the back of their seats. You can use the signs later for photo opportunities!

The Ceremony Space

So wait, do you have to get married inside the barn? Nope! Like we mentioned, they have 50+ acres so you have A LOT of outdoor options. One option is right in front of the modern bar on a concrete platform that overlooks the valley.

The other option, for those who are a little more adventurous, is to get shuttled to the top of the property's hill and really get a bird's eye view during your wedding. Keep in mind that you'll need to buffer a little extra time here to transport all your guests.

When we were there for the tour, the venue also had a custom wood arch that may be available to rent. Feel free to bring your own decor too, this venue is very DIY-friendly!

Design tip: Line the aisle with modern lanterns for a simplistic ceremony design. You can repurpose the lanterns after the ceremony for cocktail hour and reception decor!

Getting Ready Rooms

Why rush from your getting ready location to your wedding venue? Cranford Hollow has a bridal suite complete with shower and beauty bar. Pop some champagne and get ready with your girls while the boys sleep in or maybe sneak in a round of golf. Typical!

Rental Package & Pricing

Let's recap what's included in the rental package and talk about what brand new venue costs, shall we? I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. After seeing the cost of weddings in Los Angeles, I'm here to tell you that Tennessee wedding venues give you way more bang for your buck if that's what you're looking for!

What's Included?

  • The Barn at Cranford Hollow (Reception / Ceremony)
  • Tables & Chairs (Reception at The Barn)
  • Chairs at the Ceremony Site (Multiple Locations)
  • Custom Built Farm Tables for Food & Custom Built Bar
  • Chandelier Lighting in Barn & String Porch Lighting
  • Bride & Groom Suites
  • Lawn Games
  • Parking Attendant
  • Onsite Representative

Additional Options:

  • Full Event Coordination / Event Planner
  • Back Hillside Ridge (Ceremony Site)
  • Chairs at the Ceremony Site (Hillside Ridge)
  • Hillside Ridge Cocktail Hour
  • Transportation via Tractor Wagon to Hillside Ridge
  • Transportation via Shuttle Bus to Hillside Ridge

What does this venue cost?

For a One Day Rental and exclusive use of the venue for the ceremony and/or reception on a Friday is $5000, Saturday is $5500, and Sunday is $5000. VERY reasonable you guys but prices are increasing January 2021.

Have questions? Want to schedule a tour? Feel free to email us or reach out to the venue owner, Rachael directly. She's SUPER sweet and so so helpful. Want another Nashville wedding venue recommendation? Check out our tour at 14Tenn next!

Photos by Darcy Ferris

Happy Planning!

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding
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August 17, 2020 - 3 comments

How to Take Engagement Photos

Engagement Photo Tips by a Professional Photographer

We reached out to Bree from Parallel33 Photography to get advice on how to take some of the best engagement photos. We totally understand that it can be completely nerve wracking to have your photos taken by a professional for the first time. Let's start right there, hire a professional. Our number one tip would be to hire someone with experience! Your photographer will guide you through the poses and make you feel the most comfortable. You will most definitely want to connect with your photographer before your wedding day.

How to Pick Out your Engagement Photo Outfit

Our first question was, what the heck do you wear to an engagement session? After hearing what Bree had to say, we all agree that you don't want the outfit to be too distracting.

Comfy

My shooting style is to give little posing guides that will make them laugh, have fun, sit on the ground, twirl, and make out just a little bit. It’s all about being comfortable and focusing on real movement. So being comfy is #1.

Colors

This one is SO important. Remember, the goal is to keep our outfits from distracting from you. With that said, Bree always recommends keeping the colors neutral. Now before you both show up wearing grey shirts and blue jeans, there are actually neutrals in every color. For example, instead of wearing an ultraviolet purple t-shirt, wear a Taupe or Mauve sweater that does not distract but still adds a slight colorful aspect. And also make sure that you wear colors that compliment your unique skin tones. In short, pick natural colors you see in nature that complement each other.

Options

You will most likely change 2-3 times, so I recommend bringing 5 pairs of shirts, 3 different pants/bottoms, 2-3 different dresses, and a few pairs of shoes. Your photographer can help you decide what will look best together and on location!

Best Locations for an Engagement Shoot

If a location doesn't pop in your head immediately, that's okay! We recommend writing a list out of places you've been together. What's important to you? Bree says she wants her couples "to really think about the special places in their relationship, even if it's not the 'cutest' for photos." At the end of the day, you want these photos to be special to you. Bree explained that it's, "a piece to their overall story, and a fun memory to look back on."

Feeling Comfortable During Your Engagement Session

Personally, I think this one is my biggest fear when the time comes to take engagement photos so I was curios how Bree gets her clients to keep cool, calm and collected. First and foremost, Bree agrees that comfortability is key. She says, "I want couples to not only feel natural in front of the camera, but also close with me. I try my hardest to become more like a friend to them. I text them gifs, offer coffee or boba dates, and make sure they have all they need to feel good BEFORE the session. At the session, I tell them they can take a shot or bring a drink if that would help them relax, I play music so there are no awkward silences, and I make sure to coach and talk them through everything. Natural posing and candid prompts get people feeling fun and relaxed, so they can focus on being together, and not about where their hands are."

Photos: Parallel33 Photography

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding

August 10, 2020 - 57 comments

Wedding Ring Tattoos – Love or hate?

We've seen quite the engagement ring trends over the last few years. From the nesting rings to raw gems and now...wedding ring tattoos?! What do you think? Do we love this wedding trend or are couples going to regret this one? Let's discuss!

Wedding trend: Wedding Ring Tattoos

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wedding ring tattoo

Pros of ring tattoos

Before deciding whether you love or hate this idea, let's take a look at a few pros and cons.

IMPORTANT! You might also want to consider buying some tiny temporary tattoos to test them out before you get inked! Nothing says "permanent" like a tattoo so let's not live in eternal regret, shall we?

It never gets lost

The first thing I think about as a pro to having a wedding ring tattoo is that it will never get lost! If you're someone who is active or just doesn't think to remove jewelry when going to the beach or on a hike, a tattooed ring might be the thing for you. Not only will it never get lost but it can never get stolen either! Bonus!

Size doesn't matter

The next thing I consider when I think of how great a wedding ring tattoo would be is that the sizing wouldn't be an issue. We've all experienced that finger swelling during hot days where our rings feel so tight. A wedding ring tattoo wouldn't give you this problem at all. For all those brides who want kids, your wedding ring tattoo won't be an issue when you're pregnant either. Maybe I'm starting to like this ideal after all.

It's Cost effective

Well, we can't deny that a tattoo is much less expensive than a diamond (well, in most cases). If you're on a tight budget, a ring tattoo could be a great alternative to the expensive diamond engagement rings. According to Woman Getting Married, ring tattoos cost anywhere from $50-$300 on average. Some splurge on them and could leave with a $2000 bill but that's still cheaper than a lot of diamond rings these days!

wedding ring tattoo of trees

Cons of ring tattoos

It's permanent

Okay, this might seem obvious but the ring is going to be permanent. While I don't want to jinx anything, what happens if your marriage falls apart or you just don't like the tattoo style anymore? It's like those tattoos with a person's name...that's never a good idea. The good news is you could always have it removed but that can be costly at about $1000 or more. Worth it? You tell me.

wedding band tattoo in black

It's painful

This is coming from a girl who has NEVER had a tattoo so take it with a grain of salt. However, my husband has a full sleeve and there was definitely some pain involved in his tattoo process. I'm told that fingers are a really sensitive part of the body when it comes to tattooing. Take this into consideration if your pain tolerance is low. A ring tattoo may not be a good solution for you!

It can fade

While I haven't gotten a tattoo, I HAVE had my eyebrows micro-bladed before so maybe that counts? What I have noticed from my eyebrows is after about a year, the ink will start to fade. I would imagine over time, your ring tattoo would go from black to grey as well.

So while I think there are definitely great perks to getting a wedding ring tattoo, I don't know if it would stand the test of time. If you have a ring tattoo, I would LOVE for you to reach out and tell us your story. What made you get it? Do you love it? What would you have done differently?

Caring for your Ring Tattoo

Even though a ring tattoo is pretty small, it's still ink on your body and needs to be properly cleaned & moisturized. 

My husband has a full sleeve tattoo and he's told me all about tattoo care over the years! Here are some products he loves:

Wedding Ring Tattoos

Curious about our thoughts? Even if you're not, we're going to tell you anyway!

We'd first recommend testing out a temporary tattoo on your ring finger and see how you feel.

If you love it, then go for it because YOLO! Keep it small, don't add someone's name (duh) and, personally, I wouldn't add color to it because that tends to fade.

If you're reading this right now and you have a ring tattoo, please come share your photos with us on Instagram! Just shoot us a DM because we really want to see them!

If you like tattoos and weddings, you're going to love to see this Black and Gold Tattooed Wedding next!

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August 3, 2020 - 7 comments

2020 Fall Wedding Trends

A boho, creative wedding in the desert inspired by Burning Man.

Photo: Melissa Gayle

Fall 2020 Weddings Trends to Watch For

With so many changes in the wedding industry due to COVID-19, we are going to see adjustments in fall trends this year. For those who were on top of their game and published posts at the beginning of the year, I'd be curious to see how they would write about trends now. There will be old trends that will be forced out such as self-serve anything, cheeseboards and over the top wedding decor but that's not to say you can't modify these  trends to make them work. COVID-19 is a historical moment and one that is taking the cake this year.

Rimrock Ranch a desert venue in Pioneertown, California

Photo: Olivia and Dan

Intimate Weddings Are Here to Stay

Elopements, Microweddings, intimate weddings... Whatever you want to call them they are going to be the top trend this fall. To be quite honest, I think we were heading in this direction regardless as our elopement package inquiries have been up for the last year!  What makes a wedding intimate? We are thinking guest counts will be 40 or less this year.

 

champagne toast at Joshua Tree elopement

Photo: Lauren Mihae

Plexiglass Cake Display

Okay, this one may be a bit of a stretch but I've seen a lot of discussion on various Facebook groups about bride and grooms not wanting to give up their wedding cakes this year. With new COVID restrictions in place, you're going to have to have a "sneeze guard" to protect that cake from possible germs. My thought? Put that cake in a really cool plexiglass container like this.

Lets Go Wild cake topper on simple white cake

Photo: Lauren Mihae

Simple minimalist wedding cake with delicate flowers

Photo: Olivia and Dan

Timeless Wedding Videography

We have been put to the test this year and are coming out wanting all the positive memories. I think it's on the top of everyone's list this year to hire a videographer as it will help preserve the memories of being together with friends and family. A video is the perfect way to relive those moments, funny or emotional. The only trend I wish that would go away, "we don't need a big production just a couple of minutes."

Bride and groom dance under the stars in the desert after weekend wedding at Under Canvas Moab

 

Ceremony with triangle arch at Under Canvas Moab in the middle of the desert

Photos: Lauren Mihae

Personal Small Bite Appetizer Plates

As mentioned earlier, there are ways to take past trends and modify them to work in this new environment. Instead of a large grazing board filled with cheese, cured meats and fruits, we can take this idea and make it small. Using small plates, such as this one, you can create mini grazing boards for people to take with them during cocktail hour.

Room Forty catering serves up a delicious wedding dinner at Rimrock Ranch.

Photo: Olivia and Dan

Flatbread pizza at Hotel Figueroa

Photo: Kari Dirksen

Paella served in the desert by Big Blue Q, a Tahoe wedding caterer.

Photos: Melissa Gayle

An Adventurous Wedding of Your Dreams

You can officially say good bye to the wedding of your parent's dreams. You've been through the ringer this year planning a wedding so I think all bets are off! It's about high time that you plan the wedding of your dreams. Perhaps an adventurous wedding in the desert like this Boho Joshua Tree Elopement? Or personal festival style wedding? Whatever you choose to do make sure it's something you'll look back on and be glad you did it your way!

A remote and creative desert wedding ceremony inspired by Burning Man in Black Rock Desert

Photos: Melissa Gayle

It's always fun to look back and see what the trend of the year was. What do you think will be the top wedding trend of 2020 will be?

 

Published by: Gabrielle Norton in Wedding