Category: Engagement

Oregon Coast Shoot: Cape Kiwanda

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Oregon Coast Shoot: Cape Kiwanda

Looking for some inspiration for your Oregon Coast or Portland area engagement shoot or upcoming elopement? Get swept away (just like we did!) by the love and emotion captured in these breathtaking images taken at the Oregon coast recently by talented local photographer, Lindsay Blair Photography.  Stunning!
 

In Lindsay’s words:

“I have been wanting to photograph a couple at Cape Kiwanda (off the Oregon Coast) for as long as I can remember, and after meeting Lauren through a friend, I knew that she and her boyfriend Ryan would be the perfect couple to ask to come along for the adventure. It was important to me to work with a real couple, as my ultimate goal is to capture the unique emotional connections between everyone I photograph. When I told them my vision and more about the project, they were so excited to participate. I wanted the focus of this inspired engagement session to be the the connection, love, and most importantly friendship between these two in an amazing scenic location. With that said, other than one dress change, we went very minimal on the details of this styled shoot. “

 

All photos: Lindsay Blair Photography

Oregon Coast INSPIRATION

Spring and Summer is the perfect time to plan your own engagement or wedding photos at the Oregon coast! Be sure to watch for weather, plan ahead, and find a photographer that blends well with your personality.

Portland Vendor Shout-Out: Make Up & Lashes by Melissa Pope

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Portland Vendor Shout-Out: Make Up & Lashes by Melissa Pope

We are so excited to feature this talented lady! And yep, this photo below is of HER…not a model. She is gorgeous inside and out. You will absolutely fall in love with Melissa and be blown away by her talents in the make up and lash department. If you are in Portland and have a wedding (or any special event coming up) you need this awesome gal on your team. She will make you look and feel your most incredible.  Meet Melissa! And check her out at www.makeupbymelissapope.com!

                                    Melissa Pope, photographed by: Sara May Photography

 

AOW: Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?

Melissa: I am originally from Huntsville, Alabama and have lived in Portland for 4 years now.

AOW:  What is your favorite thing about Portland? 

Melissa: The food, the people, the constant fluorescent greenery, so much! I love this city so much.

AOW: What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?

Melissa: My favorite spot in Portland is probably Washington Park, there’s just something magical about it.

Photo credit:  Danielle Elizabeth

AOW:  How long have you been working as a professional make up artist?

Melissa: I started working as a professional make up artist 6 years ago and an eyelash extension artist 1 year ago.

AOW: What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path? 

Melissa: Make up I fell into as I was pursuing a modeling/acting career years ago in Los Angeles. I learned tips from other artists and the more I did my own, the more I started doing my friend’s and I started to see a possible career path. Then I took a bridal makeup artistry class from celeb makeup artist Jena Perry which took my skills to a new level. Training with her was a game changer.

AOW: How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional make up artist for their wedding day?

Melissa: There are so many aspects to a professional, competent makeup artist. Makeup artistry is of course key but what I find to be of equal importance is the presence they bring to the day. Weddings can be chaotic and emotional and my job is to infuse calm and make that bride feel like the most beautiful girl on the planet. Then of course showing up on time, (which means early) fully prepared and getting the job done perfectly and within the time constraints. That’s what you get when you pay a professional.

Photo credit: Sara May Photography

 AOW: What is the best part of your job?

Melissa: When the bride is all done with hair and makeup and puts on her dress. I’m usually cleaning up/getting ready to leave, but I always take a moment to watch her family and friends have a meltdown over the bride.

AOW: What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?

Melissa: Clients not knowing what they want can be very challenging. But that’s why I require bridal trials, we figure it all out long before the big day so we go in with a game plan.

AOW: Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?

Melissa: I work solo but am hired on by other artists as needed and vice versa. I have a great community of artists and we’re all very supportive of each other.

AOW: What do you attribute to your success as a wedding make up artist? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?

Melissa: In terms of artistry, my focus is always on enhancing the natural beauty. My brides still look like themselves and I’ve built up a little reputation for being more of a “natural makeup up artist”. But don’t be fooled, I can slay a smokey eye too. In terms of experience, I really take the time to get to know my brides and connect with them. Many of them become friends and I then watch them go on to have babies, it’s a beautiful thing.

                                     Photo credit: Andrea Zajonc

AOW: At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?

Melissa: I get hired on average 6-9 months before the wedding day. Portland has a somewhat limited wedding season so I recommend snagging the artist you want ASAP.

AOW: Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?

Melissa: I follow a lot of artists on Instagram and of course YouTube. I’m currently a sucker for dewy skin, soft eyes and a bold lip.

AOW: What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?

Melissa: I’d say it’s less about asking them questions but more about seeing their work and making sure you like their energy.

AOW: What is your best advice for wedding clients?

Melissa: Take your time to find the vendor that suits you and your needs.

AOW: Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?

Melissa: I think that about covers it!

 

Thank you Melissa! We love your work and will promote you every chance we get! Here is her website again: www.makeupbymelissapope.com

 

 

 

Diamonds Are Forever: What To Look For In An Engagement Ring

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Diamonds Are Forever: What To Look For In An Engagement Ring

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An engagement ring is probably the most important piece of jewelry a woman will ever own. Not only does it signal that she’s in a committed relationship, but it’s also a physical token of the love that she and her partner share. With such emotions at stake, from going into a jewelry store alone, without her to guide him, right up to planning the proposal itself guys can often find themselves confused when choosing the perfect ring.

Diamonds Have Colour

It sounds strange to talk about color when describing diamonds, but there’s quite an extensive color chart that most jewelers follow. White or colorless diamonds are the rarest, and so cost the most, these are graded with the letter D and subsequent diamonds with slight hints of color are graded all the way to Z. Most good, reputable jewelers tend to use diamonds from between D-H and I-J however; there are also diamonds known as ‘fancies’ who are prized for their intense, distinct color but they are usually only found in pieces of jewelry worth thousands of dollars. Fancies appear to contain hues of pinks, blues, and greens and are incredibly beautiful.

What Sort Of Cut?

Surprisingly, the cut of the diamond itself is almost more important than the color as the cut is what gives the diamond its shape. It’s vital you look carefully at the cut of a diamond as any inferior workmanship will be highlighted and tends to compromise the jewel’s sparkle. Diamonds come in many shapes, but the most common are pear, marquise, princess, oval and heart shaped so check out all of these in person. Proposing is an intense business for most guys, so you want to be certain on engagement ring settings and shapes before you make the grandest gesture ever. Your almost fiancé may already have given you an idea of what she likes so stealthily borrow a ring she already has, to obtain her ring size, and if you feel comfortable talk to her best friend about style, although, be subtle you don’t want to ruin the surprise!

Flickr Photo Credit: Rubyran

Check The Clarity

Normally people tend to have quite a strong opinion on this. Either they love the idea of tiny inclusions, completely natural, in a gemstone or they hate them. Sometimes jewelers will need to use a specific tool called a loupe, or magnifying eye glass, to even see them so as long as there are no glaring imperfections it’ll be fine. You also need to pay attention to the karat, no not the orange vegetable, as that determines the weight and size of the gem so the higher the karat, the more expensive it’ll be.

Think About The Cost

Contrary to what De Beers believe an engagement ring doesn’t need to be two, or three months salary, in fact updated statistics now show it’s around a month or less. There’s no point in giving her a beautiful, priceless ring and then having no money left over to plan the wedding. Having said that it should also symbolize your feelings of love, devotion and respect towards the person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life.

 

Engaged: Now What?

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Engaged: Now What?

 

Just got engaged? Congrats!! – Here’s what you need to do next.

Make The Announcement

Some couples just don’t feel right if anyone knows their big news before their parents and other close family members do. So if possible, tell both sets of people in person, face to face. If your parents don’t live nearby, put in a special phone call, or surprise them with a visit!

Think About Ideas

Sit down with your fiancé and talk ideas. Think about the style you’d like, whether it’s a beach bash, a sit-down dinner in a ballroom or a ceremony on a mountaintop. Get creative! It is your wedding day after all – you can do what you want!

Decide On A Date (ish)

While you don’t have to set a firm date now, it’s smart to have an idea of what month or season you want to marry in. Then you’ll know how long you have to get things organised. Because your wedding’s size determines where you’ll hold the party, how much it will cost (prices usually rise per guest) and whether travel will be involved, creating a guest list is one of the most important things to do. So make your list! – Your fiancé and both families should do the same. You can, and likely will, cut later, but this first number will be your base.

Settle On A Budget

It’s rare these days that the bride’s parents pick up the whole bill, so decide on your bottom line. Find out from both sets of parents how much they can contribute (if anything!) Never expect everything to be paid for!

Organise Yourselves

Buy a notebook and separate it into sections for each budget category. This way you can write down the amount you want to spend on the item and then note your expenditures. As you get to your limits, you can start to figure out ways to cut costs.

Pick A Venue For The Ceremony

Finding an officiant and a ceremony site can be simple. Maybe you like the idea of country house wedding venues, but moved away from there a long time ago. – Even if you’re no longer living in the area – you may have family who still are, and can help out. Sometimes for the sake of convenience, couples choose a place that’s in between their homes and their parents’. And then there’s the destination wedding; just make sure that everyone you really want to join you and your groom can afford to travel and is able to make it.

Pick A Reception Venue

Think again about those wedding dreams, and see how they mesh with reality. Perhaps you envision an outdoor garden. Great, but what if you can’t find just the right place, or the weather becomes an issue? Maybe there’s a quaint hotel with a pretty courtyard that would suit. Use local resources to narrow down options like a wedding planner or a recently married friend. Check wedding websites and bridal magazines. Then start scheduling visits.

Want A Wedding Overseas? Everything You Need To Consider Before You Start Planning!

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Want A Wedding Overseas? Everything You Need To Consider Before You Start Planning!

There are lots of reasons why people are considering heading overseas for their big day. For one thing, it can be more intimate with fewer guests. And you can get hitched in a stunning location. Or you might have somewhere that is special to you both that you want to play a significant role in your wedding day. However, there are some downfalls to having your big day abroad. Therefore, before you put pen to paper and start planning, here is everything you need to consider about getting married abroad.

There are lots of reasons why people are considering heading overseas for their big day. For one thing, it can be more intimate with fewer guests. And you can get hitched in a stunning location. Or you might have somewhere that is special to you both that you want to play a significant role in your wedding day. However, there are some downfalls to having your big day abroad. Therefore, before you put pen to paper and start planning, here is everything you need to consider about getting married abroad. Pixabay Who will be able to travel to the wedding? Although some couples might like a small wedding, it can be stressful if your loved ones can’t make it. After all, it does make your wedding extra special if you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest when tying the knot. Therefore, tell your guest list about the plan to get married abroad. That way, you can find out who can realistically afford the travel and accommodation for your big day. For people you really want at your wedding, you ought to lend them some money so that they can attend. After all, you don’t want to look back with regret that couldn’t make the wedding! And for the guests that are attending, you can read our blog for some tips to tell your guests, so they are ready for your big day. Where would you want to hold the wedding? Before you start planning your wedding, you need to consider where you want to hold your big day. After all, you want to choose wisely so that you have an amazing wedding which no one will forget. You ought to choose a destination which means something to you and your other half. For example, if you have relatives in France, you might want to go there to get hitched. Or you might want to head somewhere which is known for romance such as Italy. Once you have decided on where to go, you can hunt down wedding venues which will be perfect for your big day! Would you be able to plan the wedding from home? As you will know, weddings take so much planning. In fact, the average wedding can take up to 18 months to arrange. And if you are thousands of miles away from your wedding venue, it can be a challenge to organize it. Therefore, before you decide on any particular destination, you need to look for suppliers in that location. That way, you can work out if you can arrange it from the comfort of your home. You might also want to look into hiring a wedding planner at the destination to organize everything for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about sorting everything. Or if you can stretch your budget, you might want to head out there for a week or two before your big day to get as much organized as you can. Remember to figure out how much the wedding will cost you before you fork out a ton of money on an overseas wedding. And ensure you check out the laws and regulations about getting married in the particular country. There might be a lot of documents to fill out before you can get hitched!

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Who will be able to travel to the wedding?

Although some couples might like a small wedding, it can be stressful if your loved ones can’t make it. After all, it does make your wedding extra special if you are surrounded by your nearest and dearest when tying the knot. Therefore, tell your guest list about the plan to get married abroad. That way, you can find out who can realistically afford the travel and accommodation for your big day. For people you really want at your wedding, you ought to lend them some money so that they can attend. After all, you don’t want to look back with regret that couldn’t make the wedding! And for the guests that are attending, you can read our blog for some tips to tell your guests, so they are ready for your big day.

Where would you want to hold the wedding?

Before you start planning your wedding, you need to consider where you want to hold your big day. After all, you want to choose wisely so that you have an amazing wedding which no one will forget. You ought to choose a destination which means something to you and your other half. For example, if you have relatives in France, you might want to go there to get hitched. Or you might want to head somewhere which is known for romance such as Italy. Once you have decided on where to go, you can hunt down wedding venues which will be perfect for your big day!

Would you be able to plan the wedding from home?

As you will know, weddings take so much planning. In fact, the average wedding can take up to 18 months to arrange. And if you are thousands of miles away from your wedding venue, it can be a challenge to organize it. Therefore, before you decide on any particular destination, you need to look for suppliers in that location. That way, you can work out if you can arrange it from the comfort of your home. You might also want to look into hiring a wedding planner at the destination to organize everything for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about sorting everything. Or if you can stretch your budget, you might want to head out there for a week or two before your big day to get as much organized as you can.

Remember to figure out how much the wedding will cost you before you fork out a ton of money on an overseas wedding. And ensure you check out the laws and regulations about getting married in the particular country. There might be a lot of documents to fill out before you can get hitched!