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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017

    A Pro's Top 5 Proposal Tips

    Words by Courtney Cox
    Photos courtesy of George Street Photo & Video

    The fab folks over at George Street Photo & Video are loaning us their proposal and engagement savvy and sharing some of their top tips to ensure these moments are truly once-in-a-lifetime! Below, find their advice and top five tips for ensuring a successful and special proposal. Once he or she has said “yes,” it’s time for engagement photos. Thankfully, George Street Photo & Video is also sharing their top ten spots around the country for amazing engagement photos. Happy Planning and good luck!

    You finally found “the one” and are ready to pop the question. Saying those four little words can be challenging – even for all those hopeless romantics out there. You want to plan something the love of your life will never forget, so you’re going to have to put a lot of thought into it – no pressure.

    Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Here are five tips for creating the most magical moment:

    1. Pick the Place

    A place with sentimental meaning is always a great option. This could be where you had your first date, where you had your first kiss or even where you met! It could also just be a place where you two lovebirds frequent – like your favorite coffee joint, bookstore, restaurant or park.

    2. Consider Your Fiancé

    Be sure to think about your fiancé when planning your happily ever after. Is he or she more private or outgoing? Before deciding to pop the question in a public place, consider how your partner might feel in that environment. Proposals tend to draw attention from bystanders, so keep this in mind!

    3. Scout the Location

    It’s important to visit the desired proposal spot ahead of time. This will give you some time to plan out where the proposal will happen, so you aren’t blindly walking into what may be the most important moment of your life. 

    If you’re planning on having a photographer on site to capture the proposal, be sure to think about where they will be stationed. It’s important the photographer remains hidden so your soon-to-be Mr. or Mrs. doesn’t get a sneaky suspicion.

    4. Go All Out

    The common saying “less is more” is true for most things, but not for a proposal! There is no such thing as a plan that’s too complex. In the age of social media and viral videos, elaborate marriage proposals complete with original songs, choreographed dances and flash mobs are growing evermore popular.

    5. Do Your Research

    You want to steer clear of any interferences, so it’s important to do some research ahead of time to be sure there aren’t scheduled events happening at the desired location – especially if you’re hoping to have the place to yourselves. For example, you don’t want to assume you will have privacy in Chicago’s Grant Park when Lollapalooza is happening. Call around, look online and make sure your desired venue and date is free of conflict.

    Once he or she has said “yes,” here are our top ten picks for the most photogenic places around the country for engagement photos:

    1. The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada
    2. St. Agnes Church in Detroit, Michigan
    3. The Oakland Aviation Museum in Oakland, California
    4. Point Reyes Lighthouse near San Francisco, California
    5. Milton Lee Olive Park in Chicago, Illinois
    6. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida
    7. Roxborough State Park in Denver, Colorado
    8. Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York
    9. Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California
    10. Point Dume State Beach in Malibu, California 

    Click “more photos” above for stunning examples of George Street Photo & Video’s work at each of these chosen destinations.

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    Nuptials in Sweet Home Alabama

    Words by Courtney Cox
    Photos courtesy of Krisandra Evans Photography

    Brandy and Andrew first met after being set up on a blind date by friends. Flash forward several loving months and the two were set to say “I do” in a chic, Southern destination wedding. Deciding on their Mooresville, Alabama setting was refreshingly simple. “I grew up in Alabama very close to our venue and my husband also has family there,” explains the bride. Not surprisingly, Brandy and Andrew’s friends and family were extremely supportive of the couple’s decision.

    The couple opted out of hiring a wedding planner, so they frequently visited their chosen destination to dial in all the planning details. “The only issues were planning,” says Brandy. “I would go over and stay with my family and plan. We were there about once a month.” When it came to deciding on and booking vendors, the couple largely relied on referrals. They explained that this would be have been an excellent area for a wedding planner’s help.

    We asked the bride how she was able to communicate and work with her vendors from afar. “We communicated a lot by phone and email. I also would plan to meet with them when I was in town.” A critical part of this process for the bride was securing a proper hair and makeup trial.

    Thanks to the couple’s hard work and their gorgeous venue, everything came together perfectly come W-Day. “I loved it and wouldn’t change anything,” says Brandy. The couple’s guests also had an easy time of it since most of them drove to the event and the couple had previously blocked off hotel rooms.

    We asked Brandy and Andrew if they had any expert advice for other couples currently planning a destination wedding. “Enjoy every minute, don’t stress and don’t try for perfection.” 

    Vendors: Photographer: Krisandra Evans Photography, Ceremony/Reception Site: Creekside Plantation in Mooresville, Alabama, Florist: Weddings by Jeannie, Staitonery: Invitations by Dawn, Cake: Jamie Renno in Albertville, AL, Hair & Makeup: Kristin Colvin with J Curtis Salon, Gown Designer: David’s Bridal, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Tom James

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