• Magazine Issues

    Issue: Spring/Summer 2020

    Issue: Spring/Summer 2020

    Well Wedded Magazine is a FREE wedding planning magazine that has the essentials of what bride and grooms need to plan their wedding day.

    Well Wedded Magazine was created by a team of the best wedding vendors in Toronto, Canada to give you the latest advice and tips for planning your wedding in 2020. Includes latest stylish wedding trends, wedding style inspiration and ideas, expert beauty tips, how to navigate the new wedding era, and beautiful real wedding photographs and stories.

    Bridal magazines can assist even the busiest bride in making her wedding day go smoothly. We make it easy for you to have the best stress-free wedding day. Also includes exclusive wedding offers too!

    Click the above link to download your free copy!

    Our Spring/Summer wedding vendor contributors are:

    Photography: Samantha from Samantha Ong Photography
    Florals: Paulina from Fete Flowers
    Planning: Alana from Swoon Events
    Live Entertainment: Brent from Brent Miller Live
    Hair & Makeup: Stephanie from Blush Pretty
    Groom Attire: Justin from TYTAN Ties.

  • Elopement in the Columbia Gorge
    Real Weddings,  Wedding Photography

    Columbia Gorge Elopement Photos

    If there’s one thing the pandemic proved we were better off with – it is elopements! We hope the popularity of elopements are here to stay and here’s proof of why!

    Sierra Jessup Photography photographed this beautiful styled elopement of a real life married couple who wanted to do their vow renewal in their wedding clothing. She says “It was a super moody and beautiful day, where the lighting changed every few minutes from moody to intense sunlight peeking through the clouds.”

    Columbia River Gorge is such an incredible area for wedding photography, what do you think?

    Columbia Gorge Elopement Photos
    Columbia Gorge Elopement Photos
    Columbia Gorge Elopement Photos
    Columbia Gorge Elopement Photos
    Columbia Gorge Elopement Photos

    Location: Government Cove
    Photographer: Sierra Jessup Photography

  • Smithville Texas Elopement Photography
    Real Weddings

    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam

    We LOVE elopements! This is such a gorgeous and happy elopement that took place at their local Catholic Church in Smithville, Texas. It is proof that elopements can be really fun and beautiful!

    Carhart Photography:

    Adam Hahn was the talk of the town. And Kacie was sure talking about him. In high school, Adam moved from Austin, TX. to Smithville, TX., so his parents could settle outside of the big city. As they found their footing in a new town, they joined a cute little Catholic church near the downtown square. As they walked into a normal Sunday service, Kacie was there with her own parents, and when she turned to see Adam walk in, she knew that was it. So they chose to have both a traditional wedding, and a catholic blessing in the church where they first met. This is the story of where it all began.

    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam
    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam
    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam
    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam
    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam
    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam
    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam
    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam
    Smithville Texas Elopement: Kacie + Adam

    Venue: Private Residence
    Floral Designer: Jordan Flowers & Events
    Photographer: Carhart Photography

  • Real Weddings

    Toronto Bayview Golf Club Wedding: Stephanie + Dickson

    Sharing this beautiful and classic Chinese wedding at the The Bayview Golf Club in Toronto.

    From Samantha Ong Photography:

    Stephanie and Dickson met all the way back in high school. With all of these years of being together, they knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. As both of their families are Chinese, they had a tea ceremony at each of their family homes in the morning before the wedding ceremony. Stephanie wore a traditional red Chinese qipao for the ceremonies and matching red shoes. It was cute that Dickson matched in a red tie and red socks! When we headed over to the Bayview Golf & Country Club, Stephanie changed into a stunning lace ballgown from Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique which suited her tall elegant frame so nicely! With the help of Stephanie’s bridesmaids, she was dressed to perfection! La Belle Fleur had brought over some fresh blooms for the centrepieces and the bridal bouquets in an array of pastel pink and purples. They were so romantic and pretty! Right before the wedding ceremony, we captured Stephanie and Dickon’s first look in the gardens. It was so cute to see and capture their reactions! Stephanie and Dickson’s wedding ceremony took place out on the patio which overlooked the golf course down below. It was a pretty sight! The grounds of Bayview Golf Club was such a perfect setting for all their wedding portraits and bridal party photographs. Despite the fact that it was calling for thunderstorms all day – there was not a raindrop at all! It was very reminiscent of Stephanie and Dickson’s engagement session where there were dark clouds all around like a tornado! But instead, we got rainbows and a gorgeous magical sunset at the very end. So so lucky! It was at Stephanie and Dickon’s reception where we got to see their beautifully choreographed first dance which was just all too romantic! 

    Toronto Bayview Golf Club Wedding: Stephanie + Dickson
    Toronto Bayview Golf Club Wedding: Stephanie + Dickson
    Toronto Bayview Golf Club Wedding: Stephanie + Dickson
    Toronto Bayview Golf Club Wedding: Stephanie + Dickson
    Toronto Bayview Golf Club Wedding: Stephanie + Dickson
    Toronto Bayview Golf Club Wedding: Stephanie + Dickson
    Toronto Bayview Golf Club Wedding: Stephanie + Dickson

    From the couple:

    The first time I saw Dickson was in our high school cafeteria when I was in Grade 11. He approached a couple of my friends and started talking to them as if they had all known each other for a while. I remember asking someone who he was because I had never seen him before and thought I knew everyone in my year and everyone my friends were friends with. At the time, I was told “he’s your future husband” and I laughed it off because it seemed impossible that I would get married to someone I didn’t know (and never planned on talking to).Maybe it was fate, but the following term we ended up in the same Grade 11 chemistry class. He sat by himself at the back of the class, while I sat at the front with my friends. I learned his name while the teacher was taking attendance and although I was curious about him (how did he know my friends and why haven’t I seen him before?), I was more focused on class than on making new friends.Back then, a couple of us used to chew gum before class and it was the most rebellious thing I had ever done! One day before chemistry class, we realized that none of us had any gum. I watched as they approached Dickson to ask him for some, but I was too afraid to do the same. The same thing happened in the following weeks and my friends encouraged me to go ask Dickson (I guess they were getting tired of sharing). Eventually and rather reluctantly, I went to ask. I was afraid he would say no, which would have been extremely embarrassing and even worse than not being able to chew gum. I was so surprised to find out I was wrong and that he had much better gum flavours than my friends did!From then, we would occasionally talk in class until he asked one of my friends (Rebecca) for my email. Knowing how hesitant I was about talking to new guys, Rebecca asked me if it was okay for her to give Dickson my email address. She told me it would be for homework help and I agreed. He added me on MSN a couple days later and he would message me while I did my homework or send me emails after I logged offline. We continued talking to each other over the summer and I found myself looking forward to school starting so that I could see him again.On a Thursday evening (September 21st, 2006 to be exact), he messaged me to say that there was something he wanted to ask me in person. Regardless of how much prodding, he refused to tell me over MSN. I waited until the next day and I saw him from afar during lunch, but he never came over to talk. I remember waiting for him after school, but he never showed up! I messaged him that night to ask, but he still insisted that it had to be done in person. I had a suspicion of what he might be asking and it ended up being a weekend full of anticipation for what Monday would have in store. On Monday, I made sure to look for him during lunch and approached him to demand that he tell me about this “important thing”. He told me that we needed to talk in the hallway, not inside the cafeteria, and we sat by the window in silence for a while. It was almost the end of lunch when he finally asked me to go out and I told him that I would have to think about it. Luckily for me, the bell rang and I had to rush off to class, so I didn’t have to see his reaction. That evening, he messaged me to ask and I told him exactly what he told me the last couple days – I couldn’t tell him over MSN and it had to be done in person! Although I had very strict parents and wasn’t allowed to date until I turned 18, I decided that I should take a chance and told him the next day. I still remember how he gave me a hug after I told him the news and proudly grabbed onto my hand when we walked into the cafeteria. I was surprised by how bold he was, but I decided to go with the flow. I was also still a little overwhelmed by the thought and feeling of how nice his hug felt and I’m glad that’s something that still hasn’t changed! We ended up spending a lot of time together that year. Dickson waited with me before my first class started, we saw each other during lunch, and we had a couple classes together. Sometimes he even walked me home after school even though he lived in the opposite direction! We were each other’s partners in group projects and were lucky enough to attend prom together (he didn’t want to go). However, the end of the summer came too soon. It was scary knowing that I would be starting university in a different city and wouldn’t be able to see Dickson every day.Little did I know, university wasn’t a huge difference from high school. We still talked to each other every day – constant MSN conversations (later we upgraded to Skype conversations) and late night phone calls became the new norm. I came home often on weekends to visit my family and tried to squeeze in a date with Dickson whenever I could. Things got slightly easier when I was home during my co-op terms, but working as an accountant involved longer hours than I thought – it wasn’t uncommon to be working late into the evenings and even on weekends. Dickson was always a good sport about it and never failed to lend an ear (or shoulder) whenever I needed it. I really couldn’t have done as well in school or gotten as far in my career without him. In May 2016, right around Mother’s Day, Dickson and I were at his house after dinner. After watching him play video games for a while, he suggested we go to his room to watch something before he drove me home. I walked into the room, he closed the door behind him and told me he wrote something that he wanted to show me. He asked if I wanted to read it off his phone or if he should email it to me. Thinking it was another job application, I told him slightly impatiently that he should email it to me. I was a little annoyed because he was acting funny and he should have known that I would always help him with job applications if he needed it. A couple minutes later, he told me that he sent me the email and continued standing. I thought that was odd, but didn’t mention anything until I saw the email. Before opening the email, I could read the preview and I got nervous. Instead of opening and reading the email, I looked at him. I could tell he was nervous, but I wasn’t sure why and it was making me feel nervous as well. He asked me why I was staring at him and I told him, “well, it says here that you’re sitting next to me, but you aren’t.” I knew I was being difficult, but if I had to read bad news I wanted to make sure he was next to me. After all, when the first line says, “I want you to read everything before making any comments”, what was I supposed to think? I truly thought he was going to break up with me. He had joked a couple times about proposing and having a ring, but I tried looking for it once and came up empty handed. We also talked about proposals before and I remember telling him it didn’t matter how it was done, as long as it was cute and meaningful. In my mind, I always thought it was going to happen after a special dinner and flowers, but with Dickson, you can never be too sure. I remember telling him that I wanted someone to capture my reaction when it happened and he told me that I’d know because he would be wearing a Go-Pro. As I was reading the email, I felt a lump slowly grow in my throat. It was such a sweet email and I wasn’t sure if what I thought was happening was actually occurring. When I reached the end, I was waiting for the image to load – I thought Dickson made me something with my favourite one of his designs. It was at this time he asked me where I was in the email and when I told him I was waiting for the picture to load, he freaked out. He asked me why I didn’t tell him I was done and why I didn’t say anything. I was very confused (the picture still hadn’t loaded yet) and I showed him my phone. Shortly after the picture finished loading, he proposed!—–Dickson’s Response:To be honest, I don’t exactly remember when I met Stephanie. I remember seeing her in Chemistry class and thought she was very pretty and I wanted to get to know her more. I remember asking a lot of my friends at the time who that person was, and if she was dating, and to introduce me. I was kinda shy back in high school, so it was definitely hard for me to just walk up to someone random and make small talk. During high school I used to carry a lot of gum because my mom used to bring back a lot of packs of gum from work. Over the course of the term, I used offering gum as a way to start talking to Stephanie. It definitely worked as we started talking a bit more and we would occasionally be lab partners, which I would screw up at as I was never really good with Chemistry. I don’t remember if Stephanie remembers that! Sometime after I finally got Stephanie’s MSN, I used the excuse of needing to get notes for something I missed. I remember the first time I messaged her, she replied so bluntly that it made me think if I did the wrong thing by messaging her! Luckily it didn’t end that way and I started talking to her more and more. During the that semester we didn’t have a lot of classes together, but I remember always going to Chemistry because I wanted to talk to Stephanie. I wasn’t a model student, I skipped a lot of classes but I would always try to not skip Chemistry! During the summer Stephanie wasn’t on MSN a lot so instead I used to send her a lot of e-mails (which I still have some to this day). I remember waiting for her e-mails because it made me very happy reading it. I would say how pretty she is in my e-mails and I would always get a “I’m lying” reply or something like that. Actually I still get those replies even today! Fast forward to beginning of Grade 12 (essentially I spent the whole summer chasing her!) I got the courage to ask Stephanie out. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a answer right away as she had to think about it. I remember going to my final class pretty sad, and when I got home I just took a nap because I didn’t feel like doing anything haha. The next day is when she agreed and we have been dating ever since! (Its been 11 years)After high school, Stephanie went to Waterloo and I stayed in Toronto taking a year off before going to school again. I never truly had a problem with the long distance as we always found ways to talk to each other either through the phone, MSN, Skype, or e-mails. It made the distance much shorter than it really was. I sometimes found ways to borrow the car and drive up to Waterloo but with both my parents working a lot it wasn’t a very common thing. Stephanie did come back to Toronto often to visit her parents, and me, so the distance wasn’t too bad. A lot of our friends always asked us why we weren’t bothered by the distance or friends would ask me if I was worried if Stephanie would find someone else closer and not tell me etc. Honestly, I never thought about any of that stuff, and I trust Stephanie fully, so I was never worried about stuff like that, and vice versa I know Stephanie trusted me to not do anything like that as well. So it went on like this for a few years, and when we graduated we both started working right away. Unfortunately, Stephanie’s career involved super long hours and my hours were too random sometimes to make anything work. It wasn’t too bad since we always found ways to go see each other, have dinner, go to the mall and shop, watch movies etc. Fast forward a year or two later, I started saving money to purchase a ring for Stephanie because I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. I kept that a secret from her for a good while, and Stephanie never saw it coming because about a year before I proposed, I bought a sports car, and Stephanie thought I was spending all my money on that, which was only partially true! Since I already had the ring and didn’t need to keep paying it off. I remember trying super hard to come up with a way to propose to Stephanie. I remember wondering if I should do a fancy one? Maybe make it super public? My friends told me that it should be something special between the both of us, and it should mean something as well. After thinking about long and hard, I decided to write a proposal through e-mail as it was something we constantly used when we were talking to each other during school and its how we really bonded in the beginning of our relationship. When I finished writing the e-mail, I attached a picture of the ring. I asked Stephanie to come over, and we hung out, and I asked her if she could read something for me. I told her I would send it through e-mail. I told her to read all of it first before saying anything. When she finished the e-mail and saw the ring, I pulled out the real ring, and asked her if she would marry me. Although there wasn’t a huge crowd, or tons of people taking pictures of the proposal, I feel this was the best way to continue our relationship as we started out like this as well. Random thought, I remember being extremely nervous when she was reading the e-mail, and I was super worried she was going to be upset because I didn’t do some fancy or extravagant proposal!

    Event Venue: Bayview Golf and Country club
    Officiant: Robert Anning
    Makeup Artist: Miss J Hair and Styling
    Groomsman Attire: Moores
    Floral Designer: La Belle Fleur Floral & Decor
    Bakery: I Do Wedding Cakes
    Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
    Dress Store: Amanda-Lina’s Sposa Boutique
    Photographer: Samantha Ong Photography

  • Como Agua Para Chocolate Wedding Inspiration Photos
    Wedding Inspiration

    Mexican Like Water for Chocolate Wedding Inspiration

    We love wedding themes inspired off culture and especially when there’s so much COLOUR! This is such a fun wedding styled shoot and we are excited to feature this today!

    From Ruth Terrero Photography

    This Like Water For Chocolate Wedding Inspiration pays homage to Mexican culture with beautiful details from the film and book that portray the magical love story of Tita and Pedro.

    Food and passion is the basis of “Like Water For Chocolate,” or “Como Agua Para Chocolate,” the famous Mexican film based on the novel by Laura Esquivel. Through magical realism, the tale portrays the life of two forbidden lovers: Tita and Pedro, as they navigate their yearning for each other which has many hard obstacles.

    One reason that makes the film so unique, is the importance of the food that Tita cooks. Characters in the film physically react to Tita’s cooking because she literally pours her heart and soul into her creations. Naturally, some of the key details of this Like Water for Chocolate wedding inspiration are intertwined with food!

    Starting with the centerpiece, it’s basically all food-based items: a molcajete stone, limes, Jarritos sodas, dried peppers. There is also a charming mini camper solely used for a drink station.

    There are matches on each plate that serve as a symbol of the ultimate act of love made by Pedro and Tita so they could live in bliss together in the spirit world forever. The union of their bodies and spirits set fire to the entire ranch, and the only remnant left of their love was Tita’s recipe book. Luckily, the matches for the shoot were made out of pretzel sticks so there wouldn’t be any spontaneous fires created from love!

    At the sweetheart table, you see a quote from the book and rose petals sprinkled everywhere. Alluding to when Tita was yearning for her lover so intensely, she manifests her passions for him through a special meal made with rose petals given to her by Pedro.

    All of these touches truly capture the essence of Tita and Pedro’s unwavering love for each other, and are sure to reflect on the love between the bride and groom.

    What better place to host this Like Water for Chocolate wedding inspiration than at Covington Farm. Since “Like Water For Chocolate” is set on a ranch, this Covington Farm was perfect!

    Mexican Wedding Details

    This shoot wouldn’t have been complete without the incorporation of Mexican culture. There were many unique touches that made you feel you were transported right into a hacienda!

    Colorful Wedding Dress

    The one-of-a-kind embroidered wedding dress adds beautiful colors and patterns that mimic traditional Mexican dresses.

    Mariachi Band

    Mexican weddings typically enjoy a Mariachi serenade during the cocktail hour or after dinner! The wonderful band at the shoot was Mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara. This is a great addition to the typical DJs or bands.

    Wedding Floral Patterns

    Beautiful floral patterns are woven through this Covington Farm Wedding: on the cake, wedding dress, wedding invitations, flower pots, even the arbor uses the same vibrant floral pattern. The floral patterns truly define the color palette of this wedding. Vibrant pinks, greens, yellows, and blues are seen everywhere – really drawing attention to the small details.

    Pottery

    Clay pottery was placed throughout the venue, used as a menu board and even the Mr. and Mrs. cups. The muted clay color made the white lettering on it pop.

    The Burro (Donkey)

    Donkeys became a symbol of rural life renown for their ability to carry large loads over Mexico’s difficult terrains. Having a donkey at the shoot definitely added to the feeling you were on a ranch.

    Mexican Like Water for Chocolate Wedding Inspiration
    Mexican Like Water for Chocolate Wedding Inspiration
    Mexican Like Water for Chocolate Wedding Inspiration
    Mexican Like Water for Chocolate Wedding Inspiration
    Mexican Like Water for Chocolate Wedding Inspiration
    Mexican Like Water for Chocolate Wedding Inspiration
    Mexican Like Water for Chocolate Wedding Inspiration

    Model: Amber Wilson
    DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Kate Knots
    Shoes: Bella Belle
    Apparel: Benedict Bridal
    Jewelry: Pandski Labs
    Jewelry: Estylo Jewelry
    Apparel: LumiFae
    Cake Designer: LuBelle’s Cakes
    Bakery: Daisy Delights
    Professional: Furry Ventures Pet Care
    Other: The Sippin’ Sidecar Mobile Bar
    Invitation Designer: Christina Tiffany Design Co.
    Makeup Artist: Bella Balanced Beauty & Wellness
    Band: Mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara
    DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Channel and Teak
    Beauty: B.r.b._.art
    Invitation Designer: The Cross-Eyed Fox
    DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: MODESIGNS
    Apparel: New Crop Shop
    Favors and Gifts: alma candles
    DIY or Handmade Goods Designer: Jessiecreativedesigns
    Floral Designer: Kendi Bella Bouquets & Things
    Floral Designer: Lee Forrest Designs
    Event Planner: Mad Oddities Weddings & Events
    Event Venue: Covington Farm
    Photographer: Ruth Terrero Photography

  • Lancaster PA Woodsy and Whimsical Engagement Session
    Real Engagements

    Lancaster Whimsical Engagement: James and Abby

    Sharing this warm and magical engagement session with James and Abby in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

    From John Malloy Photography:

    James and Abby’s engagement shoot was awesome! They have such great chemistry and look amazing together! They’re definitely a couple with a determined commitment and patient devotion to each other and their future marriage.

    Let’s start with their first date. They had been texting and FaceTiming for three weeks, thanks to a mutual friend encouraging James to contact Abby. He decided to drive from Philadelphia to Frederick, Maryland to finally meet face to face with this girl who was so easy to talk to. Just steps away from Abby’s apartment, they went to a local brewery, had drinks and talked for hours. Right away, Abby felt an attraction to James, not just because of his good looks and perfect smile, but also because conversation flowed so effortlessly. As they finally decided to order some dinner, James was excited to try the restaurant’s famous crab cakes. What had began as the picture-perfect romantic date, ended with James getting violently ill with food poisoning! Abby said it wasn’t the most romantic first date, but it was definitely memorable. And it wasn’t enough to dissuade them from continuing the relationship because about 2 years later James returned to the same spot that he first saw Abby in person (in front of her old apartment…not far from the dreaded crab cake) and got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! Of course, she said yes, but that’s not all there is to the story.

    Abby had moved away from her old apartment but the area was still so special to her. James had suggested they go back to Frederick and spend the day walking around the shops, having brunch and reminiscing when they first met. Abby, being totally clueless of James’s plans to propose, invited 3 of her best friends from college to come along with their significant others. The party had gone from an intimate affair for 2 to a party of 8, but nothing was going to stop James from asking Abby to spend the rest of her life with him. As they stopped in front of her old apartment, James proposed. Abby was shocked! (so were her 6 friends) It only took a few seconds for more people to come running down the street congratulating them. Their families had been in on the secret and were watching! It was a perfect day, in a perfect place with all of Abby’s favorite people celebrating in their lifelong commitment to one another.

    James loves Abby’s loyalty and genuine happiness toward their relationship. She loves being by his side on the good days and the bad. Abby loves that James is so encouraging and strong. Through a lot of changes, he’s been her number one supporter. He always puts family and friends before his own needs and is such a hardworking and selfless man. She can’t wait to marry him next year at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens.

    Here is what Abby had to say about their chosen venue: “When we first walked onto the Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens property…we instantly fell in love! From the beautiful Tobacco Barn to the romantic feel of the Grand Barn, we knew it was the perfect venue for our wedding day! We can’t wait for golden hour pictures by the corn crib and in the gardens throughout the property. The Stoltzfus team has been wonderful, and we are so excited to work with them!

    Lancaster Whimsical Engagement: James and Abby
    Lancaster Whimsical Engagement: James and Abby
    Lancaster Whimsical Engagement: James and Abby
    Lancaster Whimsical Engagement: James and Abby
    Lancaster Whimsical Engagement: James and Abby

    From the couple:

    Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?
    James and I met through a mutual friend. Allie, who I knew for many years from the Frederick area and who James knew from college, thought we would be a good pair! She encouraged James to text me…and one night out of the blue, James sent me a text that said “hey what’s up, Allie told me to text you.” James is from the Philadelphia area and I am from Maryland, living in Frederick, MD at the time. After three weeks of hours talking on the phone, endless FaceTime calls and countless text messages…James decided to make the three hour trip to Frederick so we could finally meet! We decided to go get something to eat at a local brewery/restaurant in downtown Frederick, just a few steps away from the apartment I was living in at the time. We spent hours talking and getting to know each other! After a couple of drinks, James decided to order a crab cake (which Frederick is not known for) which left him violently ill with food poisoning, just a few hours later. Not the most romantic first date…but certainly memorable!

    What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique?
    James and I both LOVE “The Office” and he even proposed…in a Dwight Schrute shirt (Bears, Beats, Battlestar Galactica). A lot of people who watch The Office hope to find the Jim to their Pam…but those who know us think we are more of the Michael to their Holly. We also both love donuts and will be bypassing a traditional wedding cake for donuts instead!

    We both love spending time with each other, whether we are vacationing in Estes Park, CO (our favorite spot to visit!), or trying a new brewery…we love exploring life together. We are both incredibly supportive of each other – pushing each other to new limits and encouraging to go after each other’s goals.

    How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?
    Abby’s perspective:  James and I dated long distance for the first year of our relationship. Both of us are very career driven, making it very difficult to visit each other while dating. After several months of dating, I realized seeing each other every other weekend or every three – four weeks…just wasn’t enough. I wished for longer weekends and more time with him! I decided I didn’t want to keep up the long distance relationship any longer…and he was the one so I decided to make the move from MD to PA. His loyalty, selflessness, and his support has always been there since we first met – he has the qualities of someone I’ve always dreamed of in a partner.
    James perspective: Abby is (And always has been) a true Maryland girl – when she decided to leave her hometown, family & friends to move to PA to be closer to me it was a surprise. My love for Abby was growing each day up to that key point in our relationship but upon learning she wanted to change her whole life for me, it confirmed we were madly in love. I knew she was the one! Ever since we met, her genuine happiness and care for others has been apparent. She has the qualities of someone who I’ve always wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

    Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?
    James proposed back in September of 2019! In August, James suggested we go to downtown Frederick for the day. It had been some time since we had been there, and he knows how much I absolutely love the Frederick area so I instantly said yes, let’s go! We talked about getting brunch at one of our favorite restaurants then spending the rest of the day walking around to the various shops and stopping by a few of the local breweries.

    James is not much of a planner…so I didn’t bother to tell him until the night before that I invited 3 of my closest college friends (plus their significant others) to brunch that morning. Our brunch reservation went from 2 people to 8 people! They are all from the Frederick area, and we have been best friends since college so I didn’t think twice about inviting them to a casual brunch. The day came and we met everyone for brunch. After brunch, James suggested we walk to a nearby truffle shop, which was really his excuse to me back to where we first met in person – outside of my downtown Frederick apartment. I am not the biggest fan of the truffle shop so I complained the whole walk there. We walked in the truffle shop…and after about 30 seconds we came out.A few steps later…we were standing in front of my old apartment, where James got down on one knee! My friends and I were all shocked! Needless to say, I said yes! Everyone was crying tears of joy! A few seconds later, our families came running down the street! They had been watching the whole time! We spent the day celebrating with our family and friends….a perfect day!

    We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!
    James had an idea of what Abby would like in a ring through some of her best friends. James went to a jeweler with his brother-in-law to design the perfect ring for her. After several trips and few design changes, he picked it up several months before the engagement waiting for the perfect time to propose.

    What are you most excited about when it comes to your wedding planning?
    We are most excited about planning a wedding that truly captures both of our personalities and a day that will celebrate our love! We’ve enjoyed the entire process so far!We loved the romantic feel of Stoltzfus Homestead & Gardens the moment we stepped onto their property and could picture our wedding day there! We both can’t wait until the Tobacco barn doors open…and we meet each other at the end of the aisle to say “I do!” We loved sampling Hess’ BBQ and meeting their kind owner and team!

    John Malloy made our engagement photos fun and captured our love & personalities perfectly! We both never had professional photos taken before so this was a first-time experience for us. He put us at ease…and made it fun & effortless! We can’t wait until next year to (finally) be able to tie the knot surrounded by our loved ones.

    Other Location: Overlook Park
    Event Planner: Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens
    Photographer: John Malloy Photography

  • Real Engagements

    Costa Mesa Noguchi Garden Engagement Photos

    A fun outdoor engagement session at at the modern Noguchi Garden in Costa Mesa photographed by Alaina Feinberg Photography.

    Costa Mesa Noguchi Garden Engagement Photos
    Costa Mesa Noguchi Garden Engagement Photos
    Costa Mesa Noguchi Garden Engagement Photos
    Costa Mesa Noguchi Garden Engagement Photos
    Costa Mesa Noguchi Garden Engagement Photos

    Ceremony Location: Noguchi Garden
    Beauty: MakeUp By Nikki James
    Photographer: Alaina Feinberg Photography

  • Wedding Inspiration

    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement

    If anything, this is truly what elopement dreams are made of! From the gorgeous chateau views to the natural elegance of the outdoors. Getting eloped in a French castle is the most romantic of ways to celebrate your love story!

    From DO IT PARIS WAY:

    An intimate elopement shoot at the historical French castle is a dream come true. Inspired by nature, France and french art. We love this place so much and are inspired by château’s interiors and decor.

    Domaine du Reveillon is a beautiful castle with family-owned history. The château has been in the same family for the last 150 years and has opulent interiors, particularly in the apartments.

    The floral style by Emily Alarcon for this romantic shoot is inspired by the stunning views of the park and château. She created a wild natural look, mixed with delicate garden roses and greenery. We decided to use natural greenery from the château’s forest.

    Alesia Solo, the wedding hair and makeup stylist, creates romantic soft curls for Valerie’s beautiful long blonde hair. Bride’s natural beauty just radiates and we love this soft natural look.

    We can’t forget to mention how handsome this sunset ceremony was. The wild floral arch fits perfectly with the natural setting. Everything was kept simple, letting the stunning scenery speak for itself.

    We had such an incredible time at Domaine du Reveillon and can’t wait to plan other château weddings here. Can we all agree this is the dreamiest location ever! One of the best french castle venues. What do you think about this wedding at a castle in France?

    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement
    Dreamy Paris Castle Elopement

    Venue: Private Residence
    Shoes: Bella Belle
    Calligrapher: Shasta Bell Calligraphy
    Floral Designer: Laurie Lavaud
    Makeup Artist: Alesia Solo
    Floral Designer: Emily Alarcon
    Event Venue: Domaine du Reveillon
    Event Planner: DO IT PARIS WAY
    Photographer: DO IT PARIS WAY

  • Real Weddings

    Newlywed Shoot at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas

    Sharing a very authentic, fun and romantic newlywed photo session at the majestic Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas. Hope you enjoy this very joyful session!

    From Nikk Nguyen Photo:

    “A beautiful couple is walking up the steep trail at Enchanted Rock. He is in a perfectly fitted suit and she is in a gorgeous white wedding dress that’s flowing in the wind. If that sight doesn’t beg to be captured on camera, I don’t know what will! Princess and David dressed up in their full wedding attire for this newlywed shoot. This was a unique opportunity to take wedding photos in a spectacular location!

    Princess and David booked me over a year ago, but due to special circumstances, they decided to get married privately instead. However, their love is still so worth capturing, so we decided to wait a while and do a shoot in their formal wear later on.

    We met at Enchanted Rock for a day of hiking and taking photos. They were very nervous when we started, but they broke out of their shell quickly. Everything looked like a real-life fairytale. The bouquet, the flowing white fabric, the chivalrous gestures of David as he helped his bride along the way – and sometimes the other way around too. ???? I’ve walked this trail quite a few times, but never in formal attire, let alone a long wedding dress or heels! I have a whole new level of admiration for Princess and David!

    The walk up to the summit was already quite picture-worthy, as they held hands and carried the picnic basket with them. At the top of the mountain, they opened the champagne bottle, had a little picnic and let me take more photos with a stunning view as the backdrop.

    I haven’t had this much fun in a while! Because this wasn’t a traditional wedding shoot in the midst of a full day, I had way more time to play around with different lenses. I even got my film camera out! Princess and David are such a gift to each other, and I’m so glad they picked me to photograph them.”

    Newlywed Shoot at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas
    Newlywed Shoot at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas
    Newlywed Shoot at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas
    Newlywed Shoot at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas
    Newlywed Shoot at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas
    Newlywed Shoot at Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Texas

    Makeup Artist: Jackie Borja
    Hair Stylist: Jade Lee
    Other Location: Enchanted Rock State Park
    Other: Crystal Nguyen
    Dress Designer: BHLDN
    Dress Designer: Jenny Yoo
    Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Bar III
    Floral Designer: Posey Floral and Event Design
    Other: Picnic Time
    Apparel: Patagonia
    Photographer: Nikk Nguyen Photo

  • Wedding Inspiration

    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire

    From Events By Sorrell:

    “This collection of colors, textures and florals creates the dream fusion of a modern yet vintage wedding. There is something so pleasing about the bold punch of this color palette- he drastic black details created a clean and contemporary look. Florals from Birds of a Flower make sure that this dramatic aesthetic doesn’t get by without a touch of romance. Even the cake and signature drinks from Autumn Nomad were showered with flowers adding total sunshine vibes to the table arrangements.

    The table set could not be complete without La Tavola Linens and Peak Event Services for providing all of the table essentials that make this design pop! There was no better place to set the scene but at The White Room which gives a sophisticated twist on the urban and industrial setting.

    Utilizing contrasting elements was something I loved about this shoot, and what makes it stand out! This design work played with the idea of linear and circular, bold and delicate, rustic and chic, and modern yet vintage. The sleek tuxedos from 9 Tailors were a show stopping choice. The stationary from Timberwink Studio takes simplicity and turns it into a chic component of this shoot.”

    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire
    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire
    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire
    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire
    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire
    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire
    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire
    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire
    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire
    Elegant Chic Wedding Inspiration at The White Room in Jackson, New Hampshire

    Event Venue: The White Room at Crompton Collective
    Invitation Designer: TimberWink
    Bakery: Autumn Nomad
    Floral Designer: Birds of a Flower
    Equipment Rentals: Peak Event Services
    Event Planner: Events By Sorrell
    Photographer: Kate Preftakes Photography

  • Wedding Inspiration

    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion

    So obsessed with all the dreamy styled wedding shoot that took place in Georgetown, Texas but has all the romantic feels of a Parisian wedding. We hope you love this wedding inspiration as much as we do!

    From Elina Rose Studios:

    “Beautiful French-inspired wedding at a renovated historical Texas venue. A true utopian feel in the middle of Central Texas is hard to find but this styled shoot was exactly that – showing couples you can achieve a very classic look, one to last you a lifetime, right here in Georgetown, Texas. All of the small details truly live and breath old country and it feels so much like a European wedding.”

    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion
    French Inspired Wedding at Woodbine Mansion

    Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
    Dress Designer: Rue De Seine
    Event Designer: Elina Rose Studios
    Invitation Designer: Sugared Fig Paperie
    Cake Designer: Artisan
    Bakery: Simply Delicious Custom Cakes
    Makeup Artist: Makenzi Laine – Professional Makeup Artist
    Floral Designer: Clementine Botanical Art
    Event Designer: Drops Of Honey Designs
    Event Venue: Woodbine Mansion
    Photographer: BearMoose&Fox