Hand drawn Mint & Red Mason Jar on Light Wood Wedding Invitation Set
Our newest invitation suite for 2013 has, guess what, mason jars — uh-huh, I can tell that this rustic wedding staple isn’t going away anytime soon so I thought of whipping up a hand-drawn design in a fresh mint and red motif. Here’s a closer look at the main invite.
Red & Mint Mason Jar Wedding Personalized Invite
Red & white bakers twine tied around the jar’s neck holds a tag where you can place your initials. As always, simply replace the names and wedding information with your own. Matching items for this set include Save the Dates, RSVP, Thank You, and even Table Number Cards as well as postage and mailing address labels.
To complete the look, a light wood background texture and an optional red gingham pattern for the backs of the cards and envelope lining has been added. (example below)
Red Gingham & Mint Mason Jar Wedding Envelope
Save the Date Photo Card versions are also available (see below) because we don’t want you to let your fabulous e-session photos go to waste now, do we?
Red Gingham & Mint Mason Jar Photo Save the Date Cards
* Visit the [ shop ] to see all the matching stationery for this collection.
* Don’t forget to check the [ shop showcase ] often to see all of our latest wedding invite designs. There are new ones in there that are perfect for spring weddings!
Happy hump day everyone! I’m making a few changes to my blogging schedule this year and one of them is freeing up Wednesdays for inspiration-type posts. As much as I love sharing real wedding & engagement features, I do want to add some variety to what I post about. So yes expect to see a lot more funky wedding ideas from around the web, DIY projects and printables, indie music selections, vendor and product spotlights + whatever else presents itself in the coming months!
For today, I thought I’d start with a look back on 20 creative, fun, unique, memorable, and couple-defining e-session ideas from our 2012 Poptastic Bride couples. Hopefully they can inspire you to veer away from “cookie cutter” and put a stamp of individuality on your own engagement session too!
20. Center your e-session on a favorite sport or hobby. A fun way to personalize your e-session is to base it around a sport or hobby you enjoy doing together! Check out some fun examples below.
Kimberly & Chris’ Bowling Engagement Session, photos by Kristin Chalmers Photography
Some more sports and hobbies-themed e-sessions:
* Melissa & Marc’s Boxing, Starbucks, Comics, & Retro Vegas E-session
* Bethany & Eric’s UT College GameDay-inspired Engagement
* Alexcee & Dale’s Flag Girl and Racer Boy Engagement Session
April & Ward’s Giant Scrabble Engagement Session, photographed by GetzCreative Photography
19. Set your e-shoot in a carnival. If you want your e-session to reflect your playful selves, have your photographer tag along as you go on a date in a carnival! The colorful surroundings will also naturally complement the fun mood of your shoot.
Camilla & Ian’s Quirky-Cute Fairground Engagement, photographed by Kama Catch Me Photography
More fairground e-session fun:
* Kim & Martelle’s Colorful and Vintagey Atlantic City Engagement
* Heather & Adam’s Fun & Frolicsome Disneyland Engagement
* Jo & KC’s Bright and Cheery Carnival Engagement
18. Have a cozy At-Home e-session. Are you homebodies? Have a nice apartment? You may not have to look too far when deciding where to hold your e-session! This will also really ensure unique-to-the-two-of-you photos and is also a great way to document your pre-married home life.
Ashley & Ryan’s Ice Skating and Home Living (with a Cat) Lifestyle E-session, photographed by Bit of Ivory Photography
Some more home-life e-sessions:
* Anne-Sophie & Yohann’s Lifestyle Engagement Session in Barcelona
* Marie & Corentin’s Laid-back Living E-session in Paris
Laura & Dan’s In-Bed-with-a-Muppet + Downtown Boston Stroll E-session, photographed by Kristin Chalmers Photography
17. Take photos against colorful street art and graffiti. If you’re city dwellers and would like your photos to look like they could hang in a hip urban gallery, getting photographed in front of street art will quickly do the trick!
Janell & Steven’s Streets of New York Engagement, photographed by BACD Photography
More graffiti-backed e-sessions:
* Joanne & Nick’s Fun and Quirky E-session around Street Art-filled NYC
* Victoria & Darius’ Sweet Downtown Decatur Engagement
* Kristin & Winfield’s Love, Grit, and Graffiti in Philly Underground E-session
16. Pretend to be celebrities and get snapped by paparazzi. If you want some journalistic-style photos, then get your photographer to capture you at your sweetest while you’re not looking!
Stefania & Daniele’s Paparazzi and Graffiti Engagement Session, photographed by Alfredo Falcone and Luciana Ognibene of Fibre di Luce
Another restaurant cafe-situated e-session worth checking out:
* Lydia & Michael’s Vibrantly Hued Cafe Olé Engagement Session
15. Include animals in your e-session. Are you pet lovers? Why not include your little furry pal in your photo shoot? That should make for fun and unexpected moments!
May & Kelvin’s Kitty Cats and Balloons Engagement Session, photographed by Hilary Cam Photography
Take it a step further and have your session in a zoo:
* Chelsea & John’s Oakland Zoo Engagement
14. Go for a stark contrast. Combine total opposites like high fashion and grit, for example.You might be surprised at how gorgeous the photos will turn out such as in the examples below!
Catherine & Adam’s Crazy-Cool and Cinematic Abandoned Rail Car E-session, photographed by King Street Studios
Bry & Rick’s Industrial Love Engagement, photographed by EYE Photography
* Krista & RJ’s Grunge Chic Downtown Flagstaff E-session
13. Go thrifting! Or take a stroll around a street fair — or even a mall, as in one of the examples below — and have your photographer take your photo on your “date”.
Kelly & Ryan’s Antiquing Lifestyle E-session, photographed by Garrett & Co. Studios
More strolling-around e-session examples:
* Stefani & Jason’s Virginia Beach Farmers Market E-session
* Elizabeth & Bryce’s Mall of America Engagement Session
* Kristina & Adam’s French Quarter Stroll Engagement
12. Have a cooking session. And then enjoy the food you cook with your honey afterwards. (Don’t forget to share the food with your photographer too! )
Laura & Mike’s “Private Cooking Class” Engagement Session, photographed by Calculated Style Photography
11. Base your e-session on your favorite food. Sushi, s’mores, think out of the box and center your shoot around something yummy that you both like. And then make fun props to add some quirk factor!
Hunter & Justin’s Fun & Quirky Sushi and Coke E-session, photographed by GetzCreative Photography
10. Go wild with fun DIY crafts and props. If you have the artistry, inclination and time, this is a fun and colorful way to commemorate your engagement!
Mica & Marc’s Happy Puppy-Lovey Playground Engagement, photos by MangoRed
Leila & Don’s Quirky Pop Culture and Polka Dots Engagement Session, photographed by Osep & Mimi Photography
9. Run around town and let your photographer capture you at play. This is another great way to end up with dynamic, vibrant photos like the ones below.
Christine & Kenny’s High-Energy Coney Island E-session, photographed by Laffler Photography
Other playful engagement sessions:
* Atsuko & Kenta’s Everyday-Fun-and-Play Engagement in Tsukuba, Japan
* Angela & Andrew’s Milk Tea, Balloons, and Pinwheels Engagement
* Niki & Aaron’s Hip and Happy Brooklyn Bridge Engagement
* Dep & Ping’s Vibrant & Dynamic High Line Park Engagement
* Laetitia & Nicolas’ Charming and Playful Palais-Royal E-session
8. Incorporate fireworks into your shoot. Aside from providing you with memorable photos you can show your grandkids one day, this will definitely produce astounding, talk-of-the-town images! (When I posted this pic on FB, it got a ton of shares!)
Ashley & Jonathan’s Fantastic Fireworks-and-Flames Engagement, photos by 2&3 Photography
7. Take inspiration from non-wedding-related sites. That’s right, step away from wedding blogs (like this one) every once in a while or else you’ll end up with photos that will look like everyone else’s! So much inspiration can be had from elsewhere, like rock and roll magazines or band record covers as the couples below prove.
Chelsea & Andy’s Super Cool Band Photo / Record Cover-inspired E-session, photographed by (PA) Photo
Alyson & Andy’s Rock & Roll Seattle Engagement, photographed by Firstlight Photography
6. Center your photo shoot around what you do professionally. Nothing says “you” like what you’re known to be an expert of. The couple featured in the photo below are architects so they had a totally awesome e-session on a construction site, among other locations!
April & Manny’s Architecture and Construction-themed Engagement, photographed by Joel H. Garcia Photography
Some more profession-based e-sessions:
* Faith & Jared’s Fun Flight-themed Engagement
* Megan & Josh’s Red Hot & Romantic Fire Truck Engagement
5. Get messy! Express your artistic selves with a fun and colorful paint fight like this couple did. Once you’ve become responsible parents, you won’t have an excuse to act this goofy anymore so do it while you still can!
Carly & Jeff’s Creative and Colorful Paint War Engagement, photographed by Lakshal Perera
4. Get chased around town by monsters. This couple put a fun and unique spin on the strolling-around-town-e-session by running from a couple of cute cardboard creatures.
Sabrina & David’s Monster Chase Around DC Engagement Shoot, photographed by Maggie Winters Photography
3. Take inspiration from pop culture. Have a favorite movie, TV show, book, film genre, or stage musical? Re-enact it complete with costumes, props and post-processing effects.
Andreea & Dan’s Cinematic Love, Crime, and Passion E-session in Romania, photographed by David Postatny Photography
More pop-culture inspired e-sessions:
* Susana & Gustavo’s Alice in Wonderland-themed Engagement Session
* Michelle & Daniel’s Phantom of the Opera Engagement Session
* Christy & Chris’ Superman-Inspired Rooftop Engagement Session
* Rachel & Max’s Dr. Who-inspired Engagement Session
2. Stage an intricate silent film parody and take the photos in Black and White. If you think you can pull this off with your photographer, go for it! The best thing about taking a series of photos like this is that they can be stitched together to make a vintagey film that you can play at your wedding reception!
Love Derailed: Lindsey & Mark’s Dudley Do-Right Silent Film Parody Engagement, photographed by Carolyn Scott Photography
1. Combine your geeky interests and pull all stops to come up with a fantastic, out-of-this-world shoot that totally reflects the two of you. I don’t think I need to explain this further. Just click on the link below the photo to see how awesome this couple’s e-session turned out.
Rachel & Jake’s Magic the Gathering, Anime and Steampunk Engagement Session, photographed by GetzCreative Photography
Did you enjoy this list of fun and creative e-session ideas from our featured 2012 couples? I hope it helps you to come up with a unique and meaningful twist for your engagement shoot. Feel free to share it with your bride friends and photographers!
* For even more inspiration, you may click [ here ] to see all of our featured engagement shoots.
Where have you always pictured your dream wedding taking place? A grand ballroom to rival any fairy tale princess’s? A rustic garden with a gazebo and trellis? Perhaps a secluded location by a waterfall or a beautiful lake? The options these days are endless — but that’s also quite a problem, right? All these choices can be daunting which is why I want to share with you a fantastic website aptly called Perfect Wedding Venue.
A waterfall location in Vegas
Now, finding the perfect wedding venue in Southern California, Dallas, Houston and Las Vegas is easy as 1-2-3! Perfect Wedding Venue has a free (yes it’s really free!) online wedding venue search and wedding venue comparison tool that will match you with your perfect wedding venue in just seconds! Their database is filled with hundreds of beautiful ceremony and reception sites, allowing you to search easily & quickly. Plus you can instantly find answers to important concerns such as the starting price and seating capacity. Such convenience!
And because all the venues listed on the site have been personally visited by their team of experts, you don’t have to worry about ending up with a location that doesn’t match your needs. Or paying too much for a venue, because their expertise includes the average price of weddings at each venue in their database, so you’ll always know that you’re getting a fair rate. The venue team will even work closely with you to help identify a match made in wedding heaven!
An oceanside terrace in LA
Here’s how the site works:
1. Browse their huge list of specially hand-picked venues.
2. Fill out a short form specifying your wedding date, location, budget, and specialty needs.
3. Within minutes, their team of experts will help you search for ceremony and reception sites that best match your vision for the day. Appointments with your shortlisted venues will then be scheduled so you and your fiance can see the properties firsthand!
Didn’t I say it was easy? This way you can spend more time on other pressing matters — yes, no more scouring the internet for hours and hours trying to find a dream venue that fits your vision, personality, and budget!
Are you ready to find your dream wedding location? Visit Perfect Wedding Venue now and enjoy stress-free wedding planning!
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Love will literally be in the air on Valentine’s Day 2013 because YOU can have a chance to win a dream wedding at the Empire State Building designed by premier event designer Preston Bailey! How cool — or should I say red hot — is that???
THREE lucky couples will get to celebrate their special day with a customized wedding or vow renewal ceremony at the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day 2013! And yes, event designer to the stars Preston Bailey will create a personalized motif for each couple’s ceremony, making it an unforgettable experience for you and your guests!
Here’s how you can join this exciting contest:
1. Make a video that talks about your love story as well as why it would be a total dream to get married in the Empire State Building with Preston Bailey as your wedding designer!
2. Upload the video to the Love is in the Air contest page on Facebook.
** The deadline for video submissions is January 11, 2013 so hurry and submit yours now! **
** The winners will be selected and announced on (or around) January 18th, 2013 **
Important: Both the Entrant and his/her bride or groom must be legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and 18 years of age or older.
Good luck dear readers, I’m rooting for you! (If any of you join from this site and win, I would love to hear from you! )
When it comes to wedding music, I’m only able to blog about what I know which is mainly in the arena of indie rock. Electronic Dance Music is quite alien to me so when EDM expert Douglas Welch a.k.a. “DJ Dig-Doug” touched base (we met through a common friend, photographer Kristin Chalmers who used to be a rapper/dancer!), I asked, pretty please, if he could compile a *Poptastic Bride Exclusive Top 20 Electronic Dance Music Wedding Playlist* for you readers.
And he did! He even wrote about its history which I am now leaving you to enjoy so… over to you Dj Dig-Doug!
Image from Lisa & Nick’s Hip Rock Music Party in Chicago Wedding, photo by JPP Studios
EDM: A NEW PARADIGM + A TOP 20 WEDDING DANCE MIX by Douglas Welch, Artisan DJ Productions
There is no arguing that Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has experienced and explosion in popularity in recent times. In fact it seems that EDM has found a way to seep into just about every aspect of popular culture. What started-out as experimentation with the programming of different sounds with rudimentary electronic “instruments” and reel-to-reel recording in basements and “House” parties in Detroit and Chicago in the 80’s, went to Europe and back gaining underground traction in the “Rave” scene of the 90’s, slowly started to work it’s way into mainstream credibility when electronic music DJ’s and producers started working with Hip-Hop and Pop music artists in the 00’s, is now turning the music world and pop culture on it’s head.
“DJ Culture” has literally taken-over popular music. Everybody wants to be a DJ. DJ’s are the bona fide rocks stars headlining concerts and festivals around the World. Since 2010 it seems that nearly every Pop song, most Hip-Hop tracks, and many of the biggest Rock hits are produced by EDM artists. If a rare song isn’t produced by an EDM artist, it’s only a matter of time until the remixed tracks (authorized and bootleg) hit the market (sometimes concurrently as-is the case with David Guetta singles). It seems that everyone wants to be a DJ. Festivals with names like “Ultra Music Festival” and “Electronic Daisy Carnival” have popped-up all around the country and sell-out large venues for multi-day “concerts” featuring all of the top DJ and Producer talent from around the World. I’m not even going to get into the argument of DJ – vs. – Producer here, as that is for another time and could have an entire article dedicated to only that issue.
Image from Christine & Kenny’s Eclectically Gorgeous Anachronistic Vintage Wedding, photo by Laffler Photography
It was only a matter of time until brides and grooms started requesting samples of their potential DJ’s “mixes” and really looking for DJ’s who can beat-match and use harmonic key matching (techniques that club and festival DJ’s use to keep the party going) to create the “club vibe” for their weddings. The best EDM DJ’s are able to build “sets” that take their audiences on a journey, read the crowd, and create a vibe that is both memorable and unique to that moment in time. The days of the cheesy wedding DJ’s with radio voices who haphazardly cross-fade from one song into the other without any regard to how the songs relate to one another are over. Today’s brides and grooms want to create one coherent message or feeling to convey to their guests who they are as a couple, and more and more they are using music to do this. Music evokes emotion, and emotions create memories, and everyone wants their wedding to be the most memorable, leaving their guests talking about it for years to come.
That being said… At Artisan DJ Productions we specialize in creating the club vibe with cutting edge couples for their receptions. I’ve been putting together and hour or two of live mixing toward the end of the night for years now, but in 2012 it is becoming more and more requested and I foresee it becoming the norm for 2013 and beyond. I’ve put together a list, in order of popularity with the crowds (1-20), of the “Top-20 EDM Wedding Dance Tracks” of 2012 on Spotify. I also mixed them all together using the techniques of beat-matching and harmonic key matching so that you can get the idea of what a skilled EDM DJ can do to help you create the perfect vibe for your reception.
Listen to the songs as a continuous mix:
* For more electronic dance music playlists by Douglas, do subscribe to Artisan Dj Productions’ website and FB page where Doug regularly posts mixes like “TOP-10 GENDER-NEUTRAL PARENT DANCE SONGS” or “UNIQUE WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC”.
You may get in touch with him through the info below:
Artisan DJ Productions
Based in the Boston/Central MA area.
Will Travel throughout New England