Phil and Miranda’s Cozy Log Cabin Engagement Shoot


log-cabin-engagement-photo-3If there is one ideal way to sum up Phil and Miranda’s engagement session, it’s cozy and not just because of the flannel blankets and hot cocoa. The comfort and compatibility that Phil and Miranda emanate in their photos, captured by Carlyn K Photography, is effortless. Phil and Miranda snuggled up for their photo shoot in the historic Old Log Cabin in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio — coincidentally located at the bottom of the hill where Phil proposed — and their love for one another is glowing hotter than those fireplace embers in these adorable pictures!

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Leonisa Shapewear for Women AND Men (Plus a $100 Shapewear Giveaway!)

leonisa-shapewear-giveawayI’ve been on the hunt for truly great shapewear to wear under my wedding dress. My expectations were high: comfortable, affordable, effective and I needed to be able to dance in it. Turns out, this is a mighty tall order that few companies can fill. But I tested out a waist cincher from Leonisa and I do believe I have found my day-of pick. And when I say I tested it out, I mean I put this thing through the ringer — a friend’s 80s-themed dance party with free food and champagne. My tummy remained comfortably tucked — even during a particularly intense Whitney Houston dance-off.

And they have a whole inventory that goes beyond the traditional waist cincher, ranging from contouring bras to butt lifters, bodysuits and bustiers. They even have a special bridal collection and a full menswear line with butt enhancers, bodysuits and control tanks (love that!).  (more…)

Saturday Shopping: Jetsetters, Baubles and Nudes…Oh MY!

online-shopping-deals-weddingsBeing that one of our many passions is making your wedding plans sail along smoothly, seamlessly and in style, our new weekly series will keep you in the loop with our latest product crushes plus all the best online promotions and discounts! This Saturday Shopping list has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a fresh-faced, natural look, some vintage party decor or a suit that puts no limits on your dance floor mojo. Happy shopping!

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The Big Fake Wedding NYC


Twice a year, I look forward to The Big Fake Wedding in New York City. Not only does it provide an evening full of eye candy, but it allows me to meet the latest in New York wedding vendor talent (and keep you guys updated on the Who’s Who in the wedding scene!) and this year did not disappoint.

A little background info: The Big Fake Wedding is precisely what it sounds like — a wedding show in the form of a fake wedding. Ceremony, reception, even wedding cake! Couples are able to witness a team of hand-selected vendors in day-of action while also meeting them in-person at traditional booths in the “Tunnel of Love.”

smokeandmirrorsVendors are given an inspiration board (seen above) and from there, each one designs a table or area of the event. We spotted oodles of inspo in this year’s “Smoke and Mirrors” theme, held at 26 Bridge Event Space. Here are some of our favorites:

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Cache Stores Closing–Swoop in for Major Discounts!

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The women’s retail chain Cache is going out of business and while it’s always a little sad to see a longstanding brand shut its doors, it’s incredibly good news for those who want to score a sweet deal.

Their 150 stores nationwide currently have 30-60 percent discounts and the prices will only drop as their doomsday nears (which is March 30 for the majority of locations). Their Facebook page is doing a pretty swell job at keeping shoppers updated with the latest savings.

And before you dismiss the deals based on your childhood memories of the store (trust me, I almost did — 80s fashion was bad for everyone), you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that their racks are stocked with some really cute dresses that are perfect for wedding guests and pre-wedding events. You might even be able to spot some bridesmaid-worthy or bridal options!

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This watercolor print chiffon gown is the spitting image of a certain designer option but at a fraction of the cost.  (more…)

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