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Note: This article is based on my own observations and experiences working in the wedding industry since shooting my first wedding in 2011. Not every couple, parent, person, cultural or religious community, or wedding vendor is going to agree with me and that’s okay. My purpose in writing this is to emotionally support couples (especially […]

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May 13, 2020

The COVID-19 Wedding Trend I Hope We Keep

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I sat down with my recent bride Kelly to talk about how to plan a Mackinac Island destination wedding. We get into the nitty gritty of planning her out of state wedding in northern Michigan. Kelly had been dreaming of a wedding on the island for years and when her Fiance Bobby agreed to it […]

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October 17, 2019

How to Plan a Mackinac Island Destination Wedding

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Mission Point Resort Mackinac Island destination wedding

Hiring a wedding photographer (or any wedding professional for that matter) can feel daunting. I remember going through the process with my husband, my Real Simple Wedding Guide in hand (may it rest in peace) trying to ask the right questions. If you’re anything like us, you’re excited, but also a little overwhelmed. You might […]

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June 12, 2019

Bride and Groom kissing on Main Street on Mackinac Island

5 Details to Consider Before Hiring a Wedding Photographer

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If you’re recently engaged and you’ve even briefly considered having a wedding at a Disney Resort, this post is for you! My husband and I went through the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings process ourselves back in 2009 for our Walt Disney World wedding. While there have been lots of updates including how events are structured […]

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March 12, 2019

Resources for Planning a Walt Disney World Wedding

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Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World

Congratulations on your engagement! I’ll never forget the day Mr. B and I got engaged. It’s such a life-changing moment. And the time spent between dating and marriage is exciting and busy, but it’s also kind of weird. There’s kind of a flood gate opening situation that happens during this time of your lives and […]

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February 6, 2019

LGBT couple at Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

8 Tips for Newly Engaged Couples

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You just got engaged…Congratulations! You’re probably getting ready to change your relationship status, upload a proposal photo or ring selfie and tell your grandma the news. Those seem like obvious first steps to take right? Getting engaged is so exciting, but after the initial high, it can be really stressful. There are some things you […]

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January 23, 2019

Just Engaged? What to Do Before You Start Wedding Planning

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Pear shaped diamond engagement ring

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Meghan Markle is this weekend and the world is abuzz. This week, as I was hearing little news snippets (gossip really) , I started thinking how Harry and Meghan’s wedding story can teach us commoners some valuable lessons about the process of going from fiancé to spouse. 1) No one knows […]

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May 18, 2018

5 Lessons the Royals Can Teach Us About Wedding Planning

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You’re recently engaged and you just booked your venue! The date is set, deposit paid and you’re ready for whatever comes next. It seems like the next logical step is to let everyone know the when and where so they can mark their calendars and get excited, but deep down you’re wondering…do I really need to send […]

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March 29, 2018

Do I Have to Send Save the Dates?

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