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What Wedding Shoes Should I Wear?

You picked out your perfect dress, now it’s time to pick our the perfect wedding shoes. There are so many choices out there to choose from that it can seem a bit overwhelming. Well have no fear, we’re here to give you some ideas that we are sure you are going to love!

White Heels

If you are looking to keep your look on the more classic side, then a beautiful pair of white heels may be the choice for you! Many people consider the white shoe to be a traditional shoe style for a wedding. Heels are great for adding a little height and looking super elegant. What is also great about this choice is that within this option there are still many styles. You can choose open toed, close toed, and pick the heel height that works best for you. These shoes will never go out of style, so you can definitely find another event to wear them to again!

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Photo Credit – Tina Marie Photography

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Colored Heels

Add a little color pop to your dress by finding a cute pair of colored heels! Your choice of color could be what your favorite color is, or you could pick the color that matches your bridesmaid dresses. Just like white heels, you have open options for the style and heel height. It’s a sure way to create some fun pictures too!

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Wedding Sneakers

While heels are great option, sometimes they aren’t the best option for everyone. Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life, and you don’t want achy feet to get in the way of that! The most important thing is that you are comfortable. Jazz up a pair of cute sneakers to make it your dream wedding shoes!

Wedding Day Boots

Some weddings just call for a great pair of boots. If you are having a rustic or country themed wedding, then cowgirl boots may be the way to go. The great thing about cowgirl boots is that you can customize to match your personality. You can find a pair that is simple or find one with beautiful engravings, plus they are super comfy!

If you’re worried about a rainy day or having your wedding in an area with a wet grounds, then rain boots are also a super cute idea. They’re also a great idea if it reflects things you love to do as a couple, like fishing expeditions. Both these boots are great for adding that pop of color as well. Can’t go wrong here!

Photo Credit – Deer Pearl Flowers

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Photo Credit – Nikole Ramsay

Ballet Flats

As we said earlier, sometimes heels aren’t for everyone so ballet flats are a cute and comfy alternative to the traditional wedding shoe. There are so many styles of flats, you are bound to find the perfect pair. It is also easy to find a pair that looks exactly like the heels you were eyeing, minus the heel part!

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Photo Credit – Thorson Photography

Barefoot

If you’re having a wedding on the beach then the idea of shoes may not even cross your mind, but there are still cute beach “shoe” ideas out there for you! Dress up your feet with styles that are basically jewelry shoes. These are such a fun idea and there are so many different styles out there! One style mimics the tops of flip flops. If you’re someone that finds toe rings uncomfortable, then the second option may be more of your style. The second design are little ankle cuffs that add a cute but simple way to dress up your feet without having to wear shoes. No need to miss out on the shoe shopping for your beach wedding!

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Photo Credit – My Bare Sandals

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Photo Credit – Fulyak

We hope that you enjoyed these ideas and maybe found your perfect wedding shoe! No matter what you choose, we know that you’ll rock it! If you liked these ideas then you will surely love these bridesmaid dress ideas!

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Photographer Feature – Heatherley Bloom Photography

Today we want to introduce you to SnapKnot member Heatherley Doan with Heatherley Bloom Photography. She is a local photographer in Denver, Colorado and has a true passion for what she does that began when she was a child… and that passion shows in her beautiful photos!

We asked Heatherley a few questions so we could get to know her a little better. You will also get a see a sample of her beautiful wedding and engagement photos. Enjoy!

Tell us a little about yourself.

“I was recently married and just adore my husband to pieces! I have a 14 year old daughter who has the coolest love of music. I have been taking her to concerts since she was 7. I just recently moved from Jacksonville, Florida to Denver, Colorado. I always thought the beach was my “happy place” but I am really enjoying these mountain views. Not only am I a photographer, but I have a photography clothing line called “Photog Life” and I mentor about 10 photographers every three months to help them understand the business and how to be successful. I truly enjoy teaching others and helping them live out their passion for photography. I love seeing them grow!!!”

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heatherley bloom photography

Why did you choose to be Photographer?

“I really never felt like I chose this path. Not to get sappy, but when I was 7, my dad passed away and there were not many pictures of me and him together. I became obsessed with my mom’s 110 film camera (showing my age, haha) and was pretty much known for always having a camera in my hand and in a friends’ face. I even had my own darkroom in college. I still have it actually, it is just a bit dusty. Even though I loved taking pictures, it wasn’t until 2010 that I really went for it. It was the best decision I ever made.”

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heatherley bloom photography

How long have you been a photographer and what experiences do you have?

“Well I guess you can say I have over 30 years if you count my childhood. ;) But I feel like professionally I have been doing this for 7 years. I am self taught and have spent many sleepless nights teaching myself how to use my camera and how to edit. It was hard 6-7 years ago because there just wasn’t good content available when I started. I wouldn’t change it for the world because I love learning! I am still pushing myself to keep up with everything I can, mostly so I can share it with others and of course give my clients the best experience that they deserve.”

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heatherley bloom photography

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What is your style of photography?

“My style of photography is candid and photo journalistic. When I sit down with a bride and groom and they start mentioning Pinterest, I listen and politely tell them that I do LOVE Pinterest but I am here to create their love story. I don’t want to spend the day trying react someone else’s pictures. Pinterest is amazing for inspiration. I used it for my wedding planning, however I think it is important to capture the day as it truly happens and you really need someone that understands that.”

heatherley bloom photography

heatherley bloom photography

Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?

“I am pretty much obsessed with Sam Hurd. Even though my style is different, I love how he challenges himself to get creative, even in difficult situations. He always amazes me and I can’t get enough of his work!”

Do you prefer Nikon or Canon?

“I am a Nikon girl!”

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Do you have any good wedding stories?

“Yes! I have so many. A recent one I did the bride and groom were about to do the garter toss. The DJ put on a fun but naughty song. The groom started to get excited and slowly took off his jacket. He tossed his jacket in the crowd, which happened to be the brides dad! He dived under the brides dress right after. However, the jacket hit the dad right in the face! I know he didn’t mean it like that but it was hilarious and everyone got a good laugh out of it. Of all the people!”

What is your preferred camera equipment?

“I carry professional full frame Nikon camera bodies. I love my Nikon D750 and I have a D800 as a back up. I have 7 different lenses and I am obsessed with off camera flash. It really helps in harsh situations when we can’t control the weather or light.”

heatherley bloom photography

heatherley bloom photography

What would you recommend for a couple starting their search for a wedding photographer?

“I think it is SO important meet with them first. Making sure you are good fit with each other is key. You spend all day and MONTHS before talking and if you don’t click, it can make for an awkward day. I also believe that once you book them, you need to trust that they will be amazing!! Look at their work too. It’s important that you like their style so always ask to see a gallery or two.”

What is next for you and your business?

“My goal is capture as many love stories while I am colorado as I can. My family and I did not expect this move but we are excited to be here. I hope to see as much as this state as possible. So if it is Elopements or full wedding day coverage, I am ready for the adventure!”

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Thank you so much Heatherley for sharing all this great information about your photographic journey, your company and your love for photography. If you are getting married and looking for a photographer in the Denver or surrounding areas, be sure to check out Heatherley’s personal website at www.heatherleybloomphotography.com or be sure to see her work showcased on her SnapKnot profile.

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A Beautiful Garden Wedding In California

There is nothing more beautiful than an outdoor garden wedding where the couple and all the wedding guests are surrounded by the gorgeous colors of flowers and greenery.

Today, we wanted to showcase a beautiful garden wedding in California that Courtney and Cristian celebrated. This breathtaking wedding was photographed by Brittney and Andy Farra of Astray Photography. The couple celebrated their wedding in Fallbrook, California.

Here is what the couple had to say about their dream wedding:

“Cristian and I started dating in January 2015. We met at Ponte Winery, in Temecula, where we both worked. It did not take long for us to fall for each other’s vibrant, fun, and full of life personalities. There was no doubt in our minds that we were meant to be together. In September 2016, our adventure continued when Cristian asked me to be his wife. He surprised me at the happiest, and our favorite, place on earth, Disneyland! After celebrating our nine month engagement, we were married on June 30th at the Grand Tradition Estate and Garden in Fallbrook, California. Our wedding was an absolute fairytale and the perfect way to celebrate our love, dedication, and friendship to each other.

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Thank you Brittney and Andy for submitting these stunning photos. This gorgeous garden wedding took our breath away! To see more of their work check out their SnapKnot page or visit their website at www.astrayphotography.com.

If you liked this wedding then you will surely love this beautiful outdoor Portland inspired wedding!

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How To Make A DIY Flower Chandelier

When you are planning your wedding, many people want to incorporate beautiful flowers throughout the event. Whether you use flowers as your bouquets, in table centerpieces or even scattered throughout the wedding space, one great way to incorporate flowers is by having a flower chandelier and today we wanted to share how to make your own DIY flower chandelier from Pro Flowers like the beautiful one below.

Photo credit: ProFlowers.com

Flower chandeliers are quickly becoming a notable design element for many of life’s celebrations, both big and small. Whether you’re planning a bridal shower, hosting an outdoor dinner party or celebrating a birthday, taking your floral displays to new heights not only looks amazing, but smells amazing too.

If you’d like to make a floral chandelier for your upcoming wedding, but you really have no ideas where to start, don’t worry, this infographic below from Pro Flowers has everything you need to know. Their step-by-step guide and video tutorial will guide you through making a flower chandelier for any occasion.

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We hope this video tutorial and infographic has been helpful! If you decide to create your own DIY floral chandelier, be sure to share a photo of it with us.

If you are looking for other ideas for your own wedding day, be sure you check out all of our real weddings to get inspiration.

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Beautiful Aruba Engagement Photos

Today we are showcasing these beautiful Aruba engagement photos taken by Isaiah Stomp Photography. The couple, Alexandra and Steven, celebrated their engagement by creating a romantic and magical photo shoot in a place that is near and dear to their hearts, Aruba. Here is what the bride to be, Alexandra, had to say about the photos:

“My fiancé has been jet-setting to Aruba for over 12 years with his family. I have joined his family in the adventures for the last 3 years, and we consider this magical island our second home. It became so clear to me that there was no better location to shoot our engagement photos than a place that he holds so close to his heart. Our photographer drove us across the entire island through the local streets to capture these incredible images. Our favorite shoot was at Flamingo Beach. Isaiah admitted that out of all his shoots, the photos of us walking in line with the flamingos has never been done before. We thought that was pretty neat!”

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aruba engagement photos

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aruba engagement photos

aruba engagement photos

aruba engagement photos

aruba engagement photos

Thank you so much, Alexandra, for submitting these beautiful photos taken by, Aruba photographer, Isaiah Stomp. We absolutely love seeing the flamingos take part in such a fun day! If you loved this photo shoot, you will definitely enjoy this Santorini engagement!
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Cute Getting Ready Outfits For Your Wedding Day

So much planning goes into picking out the perfect wedding party attire for the ceremony that it can be easy to forget about all the cute getting ready outfits for your wedding day! Relax a little and take a look at these outfit ideas that are picture perfect and that you and your bridesmaids will love. We hope all the pre-wedding ceremony pictures give you some inspiration for you own wedding day.

Bridal Robe

Some hairstyles are easy to maneuver around, while others not so much. Don’t stress about messing up your hair or make-up with this adorable robe! The best part is that you can get matching ones for your bridesmaids for the perfect bridesmaids photo.

If you want cute robes like these for your own wedding party, you can get yours here!

 

Monogrammed Shirt

Another great idea that won’t disrupt hair and make up is this adorable monogrammed shirt. You can customize it with your new initials and make it memorable with your wedding date on the sleeve! GentryCalifornia sells them in men’s sizes to make it the perfect oversized shirt to get ready in.

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Oversized Cotton T-Shirt

Stay comfy and cute in this oversized T-shirt from DesignPunch. Everyone will love this catchy shirt and it makes for the most adorable pictures. Extra points if you get a pizza photo later that day!

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Bride Tank Tops

Check out these adorable, hand-made tank tops. There are tank tops for the entire bridal party to get ready in. These will definitely give you squad goal photos. Get yours today for only $22.95!

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We hope you love all these ideas as much as we do! Be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can love your getting ready photos too! If you loved these ideas, you’ll definitely love these bridal party photo ideas as well.

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A Beautiful Country Club Wedding

The wedding we are showcasing today is a beautiful country club wedding between Nick and Emily. The gorgeous couple celebrated their special day at the NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. The couple’s wedding photography was Kevin Lush of Kevin Lush Photography. Here is a little of what he had to say about the couple and their special day:

“This beautiful and talented couple found me through a work friend. Being that the bride, groom, my wife, and I are all Ohio University graduates, I shot their engagement session as a special one-off shoot in Athens, Ohio. The engagement images were my best ever, so I anticipated the wedding to be similar. I was correct. The wedding took place at a family tradition church in Englewood, Ohio. The reception followed at NCR Country Club which is just south of Dayton, Ohio. It was a gorgeous overcast day that provided perfect, diffused natural light.

Nick and Emily were easily the best couple I have worked with out of many others. Nick was incredibly classy and was up for anything I asked of him. Emily could have easily been a model based on how well she posed herself and how well she follow my directions. They gave me a full hour to create these stunning bridal portraits which was absolutely incredible.

The reception took place at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. This is my favorite country club between Dayton and Cincinnati. The clubhouse sits atop huge panoramic views of the entire golf course which provided an amazing backdrop for all of the bridal portraits. We were able to use the grass by one of the golf greens, as well as Adirondack chairs to create one of a kind portraits. Since the couple made photography a priority, I was able to create endless unique poses and situations with the bride, groom, and bridal party. This was by far one of the top five most amazing photography experiences I have ever had!”

We hope you enjoy these beautiful photos as much as we do!

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country club wedding

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Thank you so much Kevin Lush for sharing these wonderful photos with us! To see more work from Kevin Lush Photography, be sure to visit kevinlushphotography.com or visit his SnapKnot page. If you loved this wedding, you will also enjoy this golf course wedding in Long Beach!

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Photographer Feature – Courtney Hizey Photography

Today we want to introduce you to SnapKnot member Courtney Hizey with Courtney Hizey Photography, a local photographer based out of Boston!

We asked Courtney a few questions so we could get to know her a little better. You will also get to see a few of her beautiful wedding and engagement photos. Enjoy!

​Tell us a little bit about yourself. Why did you choose to be a photographer?

“Photography has always been a huge part of my life. I was always fascinated with the camera. I’m a bit of a nostalgia nut and will currently spend my spare time looking through old photographs or these days pictures on Facebook. Life is so short and the days come and go so quick that the only thing tangible we have from our memories are photographs. It was when my son was born that I began to really express interest in the technical side of photography. I documented his milestones with the camera and became​ more and more interested in perfecting each photo.

Being a “creative” by nature I loved the editing part of the journey. I took as many classes and workshops as I could. I always loved the detail and the photojournalism behind crafting the perfect wedding photographs.

In 2012 I was given an amazing opportunity to shoot and train alongside the resident photographer at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC, it was a huge experience that helped prepare me for photographing my own weddings.”

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How long have you been a photographer?

“6 years full-time.”

How would you classify your style of photography?

“My work is creative with a photojournalistic approach.”

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Who or what are some of your influences on either a personal or professional level?

“There are too many people to name. I am influenced by those people who do not give up on their dreams regardless of what others think. I believe anyone can do anything they set their mind to.”

Do you prefer Nikon or Canon?

“Nikon!”

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Do you have any really great wedding stories?

“Yes. When I got to a wedding reception a couple years back, I was looking all over the place for the cake so I could photograph it. I couldn’t find the cake anywhere. When I asked the coordinator where it was she took me to a back room and explained it had to be locked up because the Bride and Groom had a family member who was a “cake swiper.” I was very confused and she explained that this person runs their fingers through the cake before the wedding couple has a chance to cut it. OH my! There is a first for everything.”

What’s your preferred type of camera equipment?

“Prime lenses.”

What would you recommend for a couple starting their search for a wedding photographer?

“Look at their portfolio first to see if it fits your style. Meet with them to be sure your personalities mesh. Ask to see their back-up camera equipment. You never know what could happen on the day of your wedding and they need to have invested in back-ups of everything, flashes, lenses, camera bodies, etc.”

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What is next for you and/or your business?

“I have been lucky to travel and photograph weddings, in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts. I would LOVE to keep traveling and photography a wedding on the West coast or a Caribbean Island. I do have a couple other things in the works.”

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Thank you so much Courtney for sharing all this great information about your photographic journey, your company and your love for photography. If you are getting married and looking for a photographer in the Boston or surrounding areas, or even if you are planning a destination wedding somewhere else, be sure to check out Courtney’s company website at www.courtneyhizeyphotography.com or be sure to see the work showcased on her SnapKnot profile.

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5 Summer Wedding Photos We Love

The summer months are winding down and many people are anxiously awaiting the cooler fall months ahead. There is something wonderful about weddings during any time of the year but we do love the fun and unique things you can do during a summertime wedding.

You can have your entire wedding outdoors, with beautiful outdoor decor, fun games while you and all your guests can witness a beautiful sunset. Or, you want an indoor wedding if it gets too hot but you can still utilize the outdoors and take many of your photos outside! The lush greenery, flowers and sunshine can be a gorgeous backdrop.

Today, we want to share 5 summer wedding photos that we think embody all the beauty and happiness that is a summertime wedding! We hope you enjoy!

We love the beautiful bride and groom with the sunkissed look this photo gives! Perfect for summertime.

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Photo credit: Sarah Yates Photography

This couple found a perfect spot to take a photo… among a beautiful field of colorful flowers.

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Photo credit: Michelle Girard Photography and Design

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Nothing says a summer wedding more than being at the beach!

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This bride and her bridesmaids looks amazing in with the great summertime colors and the willow tree is a perfect backdrop for their photo.

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Photo credit: Daniel Kim Photography

This is the perfect summertime wedding ceremony with the gorgeous mountains in the distance!

Photo credit: D Coleman Photography

Are you planning your own summer wedding for next year? Hopefully this has given you a little bit of inspiration. And here are a few other blog posts you may want to check out:

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Romantic Beach Themed Engagement

Summer is here and there is nothing better than a romantic beach themed engagement session. Katie and Henry took advantage of the beautiful views and did just that for their engagement photos in Georgia.

Their photos were taken in Jekyll Island, Georgia by Virginia with Virginia Greene Photography. Here is a little of what Virginia had to say about the couple and their photos:

“Jekyll Island is such a beautiful and unique place, so I was thrilled when Katie told me she wanted to do the session there. Katie and Henry are such a sweet couple and it is clear that they adore each other, which made for some gorgeous engagement pictures! We started at Jekyll Island Club Resort, where Katie got to open her engagement ring that was once Henry’s grandmother’s. It was a magical and intimate moment since this was Katie’s first time seeing the ring. Then we ventured over to the old, historic Horton House, and eventually ended on Driftwood Beach. When we got to Driftwood Beach it had started raining, but that ended up being an asset rather than a hindrance. Once the rain had cleared, a rainbow appeared which ended up being a beautiful match to Katie’s dress. Katie & Henry’s engagement session was a joy to shoot, and I was thankful to be a part of it.”

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beach theme engagement session

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beach theme engagement session
beach theme engagement session
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beach theme engagement session
Thank you so much, Virginia, for sharing these beautiful beach themed engagement photos with us. Be sure to check out more work from Virginia Greene Photography on their website www.virginiagreenephotography.com.
If you liked this romantic beach themed session, then you will also love these beautiful outdoor engagement photos in Florida!

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