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Thursday Tips: Let Your Personalities Shine


I love weddings where the bride and groom let their personalities shine through. Like at Nikki & Blake’s wedding. And Charlene & Ron’s wedding. And Liz & Ryan’s wedding. Whether it’s cultural heritage, favorite things, or items that speak to your relationship, anything that shares pieces of you are perfect complements to your wedding day.

So I thought I’d share photos from our wedding to show what I mean. I guess you could say I’m putting my money where my mouth is. Is that how it goes? I’m TERRIBLE with American idioms. But that’s a subject for a whole other post!

Cent and I met at Disneyworld, so after we were engaged, on a trip to Disneyland, I picked up these bride and groom Mickey hats.


And had our names embroidered. A pair of Mickey ears is incomplete without your name on the back!


I DIY-ed our programs and used the monogram of sorts from our invitations on the front of our program.


In addition to honoring my heritage and doing the Filipino traditions of Cord, Veil, and Coins, we also jumped the broom.


I have a feeling that Jumping the Broom will become even more popular with the movie coming out this weekend. Back when we were planning the online resources were few and far between!


Our bridal party was awesome. Enough said.


So the groom’s cake was a surprise for Cent. We had talked about it, but never really set it in stone. I had casually asked him what his favorite video game and system was…and this was brought to life:


Yes, we had a blue cake. I encourage brides to think outside of the white cake box and be bold! When Nikki told me her cake was going to be orange I was so excited. I told her mine had been blue! I totally get brides who love thinking outside the box.


Each of our tables were marked with Disney Movies instead of numbers. The head table was Lilo & Stitch. Other tables included The Lion King, Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid.


And below you’ll see at every place setting a Martha Stewart paper pom pom. I must have made at least 200, and at the time I didn’t know how I wanted to use them. I just gave bags full to our coordinator. I love that they became napkin rings. Later, the girls put them in their hair! See my tutorial here.


I’m a huge believer that your wedding should be about YOU, the bride and groom. I think that your personalities and relationship should be reflected through and through. With hints of who you were, who you are, and who you will become as a couple. There are so many way that this can be done – from the invitations to the ceremony to the favors and all the elements of the reception. And this doesn’t mean that your wedding has to be grandiose, I’ve totally seen weddings where most of the items were DIY projects that turned out beautifully. Having DIY’ed some of the items for our wedding, I will say that DIY-ing is not for the faint of heart – it’s A LOT of work! But when done right, definitely worth the effort.

So let your personalities shine!

Happy Thursday!

[All photos by Travis Hoehne]

A new series I’m participating in: Thursday Tips! Check out these posts for photography advice and be sure to visit Lauren at Every Last Detail, Jenna & Elizabeth at Little Bit Heart, Becky at Bowties and Bliss, Lauren at Love Milk and Honey, Mel at The Oceanside Bride, Colleen at Soundtrack To I DoShay Cochrane Photography, and Stremel Photography for more great wedding planning tips + more.


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Fun Details: The Ranch House in The Colony


I love details. Details from a wedding really make the day. It allows the personalities of the bride and groom to shine through. I wanted to share a few of the fun details from Kathy and Cary’s wedding that I was invited to shoot with Allison Davis.

Since the ceremony was in a different location from the reception, they provided these great maps for their guests.

I loved their cake.

This was my first wedding where they had pie. So fun!

This is a clear labor of love: each stone was labeled with each guest’s name.

And I loved this: a popcorn buffet! A fun spin on the candy buffets that have been a big trend for the last year or so.

Details help set the tone, the personality, and the feeling of the wedding day. Think about all the fun things you can bring together!

Happy Thursday!


For Brides: Online inspiration for your wedding


Now I love me some magazines, but I’m also a big fan of online wedding inspiration. When I was envisioning the look of our wedding, I would totally scour for photos, ideas, and traditions online…while at work. It was a way less obvious way of browsing for wedding inspiration than flipping through a wedding magazine. I used to work in a cubicle, staring at a computer screen all day, so a little respite into the blogosphere was very welcome.

Are you looking for online inspiration for your wedding beyond The Knot?

Well good news! A brand spanking new online wedding magazine launched today! Introducing Nonpareil Magazine:

Nonpareil Online Wedding Magazine
It has tons of DIY goodness, affordable, yet stylish centerpieces, and tutorials!

Another online wedding magazine that I’m a big fan of is Utterly Engaged. Having launched last year, they are now in their seventh issue:

And of course, it wouldn’t be a blog post of mine if I didn’t offer a few more blogs to peruse for inspiration and entertainment galore!

Happy Tuesday!

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  3. See more inside scoop with other posts on wedding advice for brides & grooms here.


My First Texan Wedding: Kathy & Cary


Cowboy boots.

Cotton-Eyed Joe.

Warm apple pie.

This was my first official Texas wedding, where I truly got the “Texan” vibe, including cowboy boots and country music. It was the first time I heard Cotton-Eyed Joe played at a wedding and the first time I got to witness the line dancing to go along with it. It was so fun! And so different from any wedding I’ve ever been to.

The ceremony was at the Frisco Heritage Center with the cutest chapel! There was also a train depot with fantastic spots for wedding photography. The reception followed at The Ranch House at Austin Ranch, and since the weather was being quite cooperative, it was a beautiful venue, with a gorgeous sunset. The Event Studio did a fabulous job of coordinating the details, including a popcorn station and a pie station. Not to mention that the cake was gorgeous, and delicious! I had the pleasure of shooting alongside Allison Davis, who invited me to join her for Kathy and Cary’s wedding.

Does this not speak Texas, or what? I know, I’m such a California girl and I’m wowed by everything.

A moment of prayer before the big moment.

Right before the ceremony started, to keep the mood light before the serious moments started, Cary and his nephews asked for this shot, so I obliged. So funny.

Florals were arranged by the Urban Blossom.

They had fresh, warm apple pie! How awesome is that? This Texan wedding rocked!

The Cake Guys did an awesome job of assembling this beautifully rustic cake.

The wedding cake had beautiful details.

So this isn’t something I see at every wedding! Again, my introduction to the Texan wedding was awesome. So maybe now, it may be something I see more often. My first exposure to line dancing! Only in the south.

Right behind Kathy and Cary is Allison Davis, lovely wedding photographer in action. Thanks for having me!

Happy Wednesday!

Ceremony: Frisco Heritage Center
Reception: The Ranch House at Austin Ranch, The Colony
Flowers: The Urban Blossom
Cake: The Cake Guys


My First Texan Wedding: A Teaser


I’ve been running around for the last week with ideas running around in my head at a million miles a second. I’m making things happen this year, and inviting you all to join me on this wild ride!

But I wanted to get this post out. And more is coming.

So because I love cake, and currently can’t have any, here’s a teaser shot from my first Texan wedding that Allison Davis invited me to shoot with her.

Look out for more next week.

And, if you happen to be in the wedding industry in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, join us tonight for the monthly Thursday Therapy, a casual, laid back, and FUN networking group, organized by the fabulous Kelly Simants of Sweet Pea Events.

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