Kelly & Jay: Engagement photo shoot

Kelly and Jay were chosen as the winning couple in our 2012 Dream Wedding Contest. As the winning couple they won $1,500 towards her dream wedding dress and custom designed wedding invitations from www.peartreegreetings.com. Follow their story as they share wedding planning highlights on our blog, Pear Salad.
Kelly & Jay
It has been a busy month of wedding planning! Jay and I were able to meet with our photographer from Pretty Pear Photography at the end of the summer to do our engagement shoot. We did a sunrise shoot and had an absolute blast. Our photographer is really talented and so much fun to work with. We’ve enjoyed spending some time going over our photos and deciding which ones to use for save the dates, for the guest book, and of course new profile pictures.
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His+Hers=Ours: The planning begins!

Wedding PlanningAfter coming home from our engagement/skiing trip we went to my mom’s house to pick up our puppy, Lola. To our surprise, my family and friends were there to greet us with an engagement party. Such a fun way to come home! They had the room decorated with balloons, flowers and signs to welcome us – it was great! For one of the gifts, my friend had bought me this huge binder with everything you could ever possibly need to know about wedding planning – I was slightly (ha understatement) overwhelmed when paging through it. Am I going to need this? How am I going to pull this off?!

Save the Date CardWe got back home late Sunday evening, exhausted, but I squeezed what energy I did have left to play with our save the dates! I know, we don’t have a date, church, photos or reception site picked out, but those things will come in time. All I wanted to do was play with our names and colors; S+D, Scott & Dani, Scott + Dani, save the date magnets or save the date cards? Ohhh, I’m going to love this!

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Real cards created by real people like you!

save the date cardsAndrea and Justin’s wonderful Save the Date cards started with the photo shoot. They had a good friend shoot their engagement photos, and they turned out fabulous! Though they hadn’t thought about a save the date card at that point, the photographer suggested using the framed chalkboard as a prop to incorporate their engagement and wedding dates into the photos–one of the all-time-great save the date ideas! (See our blog post on engagement photos for more ideas.)

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Have fun with engagement photos

We see lots of great engagement photo ideas here at Pear Tree, happy couples filled with excitement, sharing their joy in very creative ways. But the pressure to be creative and stand out while staying true to your personalities can be daunting.

For those who may need a little help getting started, we’ve created a Pinterest board to share the engagement photo ieas we love. Feel free to use our ideas, or create your own board of ideas you love.Unique-engagement-session-Michelle-Gardella-11
Image by: prettylittleweddings.com

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Save the Date Etiquette

proposalCongratulations on your engagement! A few of my newly engaged friends have asked me about save the date etiquette, so I thought I would share the advice I was given when planning my wedding.

A save-the-date announcement is a great way to inform your guests of the date and location of your wedding, so that they can plan accordingly. It is especially nice if you are planning a destination wedding, or if a lot of your guests will be coming from out of town. There are a few rules of save the date etiquette to follow:

  • Send save-the-dates to everyone on your list, even if you already know whether or not they are attending.
  • Address the announcement only to those who are invited to the wedding. This will eliminate confusion about whether a boyfriend or girlfriend is invited, or whether they can bring the kids.
  • We recommend mailing save-the-date announcements as much as six months before the wedding. This will give your guests ample time to make travel plans.

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