Our Favorite Spring Bouquets

Here at VOF, we are ready for spring. It’s been pretty balmy in our neck(s) of the woods lately (sorry, Northerners), so we thought we’d put together some floral inspiration to match our cheerful moods. Enjoy!

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City E-Session Inspiration

This past week I got a little obsessive over city engagement sessions while doing some research for a friend. Obviously C & I love our outdoor, natural settings (as you can see in our e-sessions here and here), but part of me secretly wants to go for round two in an urban setting. Cityscapes lend themselves to more formal attire, more candid photos, and sometimes even a air of romance. Check out the collection below for some tips on making the most of a urban e-session! Click through the photos for links to even more inspiration and details on these talented photographers.

smp4smp5Date night or e-photos? Who cares when you capture a moment this adorable.

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100lc1smp3A no-fail photo op? Find a stunning backdrop, grab your S.O. and plant one on them.

smp1smp2 This photo is so simple, no props, no formal wear, but I love it. It truly looks like a scene from what could be their everyday lives.

100lc6Skyscrapers not necessary, storefronts with character may be all you need!

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Before you run off in search of the perfect field or barn, consider what your own city or neighborhood has to offer. It might surprise you!  If you’re having trouble thinking of creative backdrops, consult your photographer. They may have a go-to location that consistently produces stunning results, or perhaps they have a place in mind they’ve been dying to do an e-session. You won’t know unless you ask!

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Blush & Indigo Wedding Inspiration

Once you’re gotten most of your major vendors booked, you can really focus on the fun part of the wedding planning process – design and styling. There’s no lack of inspiration out there, particularly on some of our favorite wedding sites, Snippet & Ink, Style Me Pretty, and 100 Layer Cake. One of the most helpful ways to hone in on your vision and to share that vision with others is to create an inspiration board. Pretty much every blush/white/gold wedding I see makes me swoon, but I’m spotting that wedding palette pretty regularly these days (read: lots of swooning). To do something a little different, add some accents in a contrasting color. I’m loving both deep hues and vibrant colors this season. Click through the pictures below for more information and inspiration (I spy some work of our very favorite Amanda O’Shannessy). Enjoy!

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Steven & Colleen’s Southern California Engagement Session

Today, we are happy to share S and C’s engagement photos with you. These beauties were shot by the lovely Jessica Peterson at Malibu Creek State Park this past November. C focused on using personal touches when setting up her table arrangement for S and her to enjoy some tea and cupcakes during the session. For those of you who have been following for awhile, you may remember this DIY Glitter Banner. The “I Do” and “Me Too” forks were a special gift to S and C for their engagement and made the perfect addition to the table. Enjoy!

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Photographer: Jessica Peterson | Location: Malibu, CA | Red Dress and Printed Coat: Anthropologie | Coral Dress: Diane Von Furstenburg

Whitney & Mike | Southern Fall Engagement Session

Today, we’re excited to share M & W’s engagement photos! We’ve been kind of secretive with them as M and W build their website, but today you’re getting a sneak peak of our favorite snaps. These photos were taken by the uber-talented Lauren Liddell in October on M’s land in Central Mississippi. After being rescheduled for rain in June, the couple was relieved to finally find the perfect weather and lighting to capture the e-session. Enjoy!

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Photographer: Lauren F. Liddell | Location: Pattison, MS | Red Dress: Anthropologie | White Dress: Banana Republic (no longer available)

Do-it-Yourself Wedding Makeup

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In preparation for my upcoming engagement shoot, I did some research on makeup that photographs well. If you’re not a makeup guru, doing your own makeup (for photos that will be around for a lifetime) can be a daunting task. I’ve only recently developed an real interest in makeup, for which my mother is so pleased, but I feel totally behind the curve on perfecting the smokey eye and other beauty trends.  Below is a compilation of the best tips and tricks that I’ve found, the best rated products, and some seriously helpful YouTube tutorials.

Tips and Tricks:

  • You hopefully already know the importance of SPF in your daily beauty routine, but I’m going to tell you to forget all that, just this once. SPF in your foundation and primers can leave you looking shiny in photographs, so select a primer and foundation without SPF for your engagement photos or big day. If you absolutely require SPF, test out some primers with SPF before the big day by photographing yourself under different types of lighting.
  • Your everyday makeup will likely not be enough. Photographs can leave just about any one looking washed out without a decent amount of product. So for your big day, think darker eyes, bolder lip color, and a bit more blush than usual. If the thought of caking on the makeup scares you, check out some expert YouTube tutorials below for foolproof application methods.
  • Use you right concealer for different areas of your face. Check out this comprehensive concealer guide from Lauren Conrad for everything you need to know.
  • Use a setting powder or spray to extend the life of your makeup. Many brands are coming up with makeup setting products these days, so you may have to test a few to see which one you like best. See our recommendations below for our favorite products.
  • Start a beauty regime early and try to follow it strictly to get your skin in tip-top shape. Keeping your skin type in mind, find a moisturizer, cleanser, toner, and mask that works for you. You might also consider getting regular facials. You never know how your skin might react to a facial, so you’ll want to do a test run a few months in advance and get into a regular habit of getting them until the wedding. This also means drinking lots of water, which will also benefit your metabolism. Double duty!

Products for making your look last:

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Best YouTube Tutorials:

  • My personal favorite is Jen of “From Head to Toe.” The girl always looks stunning and has some great tips I had never heard before. Check out her Bridal Wedding Makeup Tutorial and her million other helpful videos.
  • I could listen to Lauren from LaurenBeautyy talk all day. It doesn’t hurt that she has great product recommendations and covers all areas of the bridal beauty look in one video. Also, can we talk about how easily she puts on those falsies?
  • I love Nitraa B’s video because she’s a fellow bride-to-be, and she manages to bring color into the wedding day look without looking crazy.
  • Okay, maybe I’ve got a thing for accents, but Lisa Gregory’s romantic bridal makeup tutorial is easy to follow and she does a great job of contouring. Seriously, it’s amazing.
  • Noticing a trend here? Makeup artists love their Urban Decay Naked Palette. Sona Gasparian is no exception. She also uses a facial serum with 24K gold in it. How could you not feel like a million bucks?

Here’s to looking beautiful on your big day! Let us know what your favorite wedding makeup tips and products are in the comments! Check back next week for the last installment of our Bridal Beauty Guide.

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How much booze do you really need? (answer: more than you think)

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Hmmm, we think this calls for a taste test…

Calling all brides-to-be! Can you accurately guess the number of beers your future hubby’s frat-boy friends will toss back during your reception? How about your wino “book” club ladies? Try out this handy wedding wine, beer, and liquor calculator from Real Simple. There’s one difficult to-do list item checked off!

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Wedding Day Makeup: Product Recommendations

We’re super excited to kick off our three-part beauty series today with loads of beauty product recommendations for you to use on your big day. No matter what size budget you’re working with, you can (and will) look absolutely stunning on your big day. Our perfect wedding-day regimen leaves us looking like the best, glowing version of our natural selves, but if a bold lip is totally you, we say rock it, girl. Don’t be afraid to steal these recommendations for your engagement photos either!
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Next Monday we’ll be spilling the details on how to create the perfect wedding day look yourself using the products listed above. What products do you plan to incorporate into your beauty routine on the big day?
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Five Pairs of Bridal Shoes that aren’t Boring

Here at VOF we love a little bling (if you’ve followed our posts at all, you already know this). Needless to say, typical bridal shoes leave us feeling a little underwhelmed. While Kate Spade and BHLDN have some bridal shoe options that make our hearts beat a little faster, we totally encourage you to break out of the mold and look for your wedding shoes in unexpected places. If you’ve got a long time to plan, sales can be your best friend. Below you’ll find a few of our current favorites. Please share yours in the comments!

For the Black-Tie Affair:

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Glint ‘Radiance’ Pump, $80.36

For the Glamourista:

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Kate Spade New York ‘Charm’ Slingback Pump, $259.98

For the Vintage Obsessed:

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Mimosa T-Straps, $270

For the Outdoor Wedding:

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Cole Haan Jen & Oil Mary Jane Patent Platform Sandal, $328

For the Traditionalist (with a twist):

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Kate Spade New York Grande Bow Heels $598

A Thought for the Day

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Sipping a warm cup of coffee and reading a novel… One of the many things I rarely have time for anymore (minus the coffee, I rarely go a day with out that 😉 ). Yesterday, one of our favorite blogs, Thought Catalog, posted a wonderful list of 18 Things Everyone Should Start Making Time For Again.

This past weekend W came for one of the most amazing weekends of my life. We went wedding dress shopping and stumbled upon a killer deal for Rag & Bone bridesmaid dresses as well. I’m trying to keep the details a secret, but I cannot wait to share photos with you in the future. The primary realization of this weekend, however, was how lucky I am to have the most amazing MOH and mother in the world, and while I sipped my coffee this morning and read Thought Catalog’s article, it struck a chord with me. Wedding planning, grad school, and work tend to consume W & my lives, and at times we both forget to make time for ourselves, but maybe it’s time to make that change.

I hope you all enjoy this article as much as I did, and maybe it will help you make some changes as we start to approach the New Year.

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