Etsy Round-up: Wedding Cake Toppers

from the desk of: Veronica

Are you deep in the process of planning a wedding? Know someone who is? Love to look at wedding stuff even though you don’t have a wedding to plan? Love etsy as much as I do? Then this is the post for you!

Below are my favorite cake topper finds.

Wedding Cake Topper Monogram Mr and Mrs Topper Heart Design with YOUR Last Name

Custom Last Name Topper, $30, ThePinkOwlGifts

Lots of great fonts available!

All You Need is Love, $28.95, MissSarahCake

I couldn’t resist adding this one, since I walked down the aisle to this song. She also has other fun sayings, like “Eat Me” (for an Alice in Wonderland wedding?) and “It’s a nice day for a white wedding.”

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Cat cake topper, $60, JasminBlancBoutique

When the catlady finds her catman, it’s a beautiful day, indeed.

Custom Wedding Cake Topper Personalized with YOUR Silhouette

Custom cake topper personalized with YOUR silhouette, $60, Silhouetteweddings

I learned two things by visiting this shop: 1) I never would have been able to chose a pose/design from all those listed, 2) I don’t know how to spell silhouette.

Rustic Wedding Cake Topper - Any Two Vine Letters with Ampersand

Rustic wedding cake topper, $62, AprilHilerDesigns

If you’re getting married in a barn and your cake topper doesn’t look like this, I don’t know about you.

Just Married Wedding Cake Topper Banner with Custom Color Glittered Hearts, bakers banner

Just Married banner with custom colored glitter hearts, $25, TheGlitteredBarn

These banners are very on-trend. If you’re a banner gal, this shop looks like the place to be.

Bird Wedding cake toppers in robins egg blue  love birds in a wedding dance

Blue love birds in a wedding dance, $39, Claylicious

Love birds. LOVE BIRDS!

Best Day Ever Wedding Cake Topper - Gold

Best day ever wedding cake topper, $35, betteroffwed

I feel like this is a good way to end the post, since I saw this one and actually teared up. It really WAS the best day ever!

Excuse me while I go sniffle into my cup of coffee. Happy Wedding shopping!

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Five Wedding Pinterest Accounts I Love

from the desk of: Veronica

You already know we love Pinterest up in here, so today I thought I’d share five Wedding Pinterest accounts I love. All with thousands of pins, great ideas, and overflowing with inspiration. Click over and enjoy!

Junebug Weddings

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Bridal Musings

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Southern Weddings Magazine

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Colin Cowie Weddings

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Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine

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Re-evaulating your priorities .. your dream might not be as far out of reach as you think!!

From the desk of: Amanda

Is there something that you’ve always wanted, but think you can’t afford?

A vacation? A new ring? A portrait session?

Family portrait, Sean Purcell Photography, Virginia PhotographerIt might not be as far out of reach as you think.

We’ve all been there, and most of us are probably there now. There’s one big ticket item that no matter how badly we want it, we constantly talk ourselves out of buying. We have a very hard time justifying spending the money on it.

Recently, I was on one of the blogs I read on a semi-regular basis, Psychology for Photographers, and Jenika had just posted an article that broke everything down, and delved into the psychology of it all. I won’t re-invent the wheel, if you want to read it, you can find it here. Basically, people are afraid to spend money if the amount is something that they consider high, but they have no problem spending the same amount of money, broken down into several smaller expenditures. For example, I want an iPad. Almost need one these days, and I keep telling myself that there are plenty of other things I have to do first, like front end work on my car. However, last month, taking a quick look at my bank statement, I realized I’d spent at least half, if not close to three-quarters the cost of an iPad on… nothing. I went out to eat a few times. There went $75. I rewarded myself for a long week’s work with a clothing spree. I limited myself to $50, but I did that at three stores. Oops. A trip to the jeweler. A trip to the salon, where I had not just my nails done, but my hair cut and highlighted. Numerous trips to the coffee shop. All of these “small” expenditures added up so fast! Almost to the cost of the tablet that I want so badly. It really didn’t feel like I was spending the amount of money that I did. Eating at home, staying away from the tank tops, being happy as a less caffeinated brunette, and I could have had my iPad.

Coffee, Sean Purcell Photography, Virginia Photographer

So, I challenge you. Take a glance through your bank statement. I’d guess yours looks an awful lot like mine, and the money you don’t think you have for that dream item? I bet you’re still spending it, but able to justify it because each expense isn’t as large. Trust me, you’ll be far happier with yourself if you go for it, and get what you really want. Look at it this way. What would make you happier, dinner at the steakhouse downtown, that’s gone in a few hours, or a falling asleep to a gorgeous family portrait hanging on your wall? I think I know what your answer is. 😉

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The Deep Dark Secrets of the Photography World .. kinda

From the desk of: Amanda

So, you’re planning on hiring a professional photographer. No matter the event, whether it’s a wedding, a newborn, or a family session, the deciding factors are still the same – price, personality, and whether or not they’re going to meet your needs. And the internet is a very helpful resource in helping you determine who is right for you. There are countless lists out there, chock full of questions you should be asking your potential photographer. Things such as:

  • Do you have my date available?
  • How far in advance do I need to book with you?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?
  • How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)?
  • What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
  • Do you have a portfolio I can review? Are all of the images yours, and is the work recent?

…and so on. These are all very important things that you SHOULD be asking. However, we all know that there are other questions burning in the back of your mind. The things you’re REALLY dying to know. Here’s a link to 12 Things Wedding Photographers are dying to tell you, but can’t. I guarantee everything you really want to know is in there. Including the answer to the ever-popular question “Why can’t I have ALL of the images you shoot?”

This, my friends, is a universal response from all photographers:


There are some things that just can’t be unseen folks. Happy reading!

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Prepping for a Photo Shoot

From the desk of: Amanda

You’ve made the decision to schedule a portrait session. These days, most photographers refer to them as an “investment”, and I really like that term. If you’ve taken the time to research and select a professional photographer for your photos, you’re showing that it holds substantial value to you. And because of that, it is very important that you are able to take advantage of what the session has to offer. Don’t let the research stop just because you’ve found the perfect photographer. There are a few more things that you can do to make sure that you get the most out of your experience. Plus, the more you’re prepared beforehand, the more relaxed you’ll be, and it will show.

The number one issue that most people run in to is …What on earth will I wear?!

The biggest thing that I cannot stress enough is, be comfortable. I’m not saying wear sweats. Dress nicely, but do wear something that is you. Something that you not only look natural in, but feel comfortable in as well. Remember that everything comes across on the camera, so if you’re feeling the slightest bit uncomfortable, it’s going to show.

If you’re really unsure of what will look good on camera, take Sean’s post from the other day into consideration. He talks about how to determine the type of skin tone that you have, and how to select colors that work well with you.
Warm colors

Cool colors

For family sessions, everyone is all over the board as to how each family member should dress. Some people think that everyone should match. Some people that everyone should wear the same color, but in different styles. Others think that it doesn’t matter, and you can wear whatever you want. There’s no real wrong answer here, it boils down to what YOU want on YOUR walls. My personal preference, and what I generally recommend to clients, is coordinating colors. I think that a variety of color is a great way to go, as long as they all complement each other. Here’s an awesome site that we use all the time to help us find coordinating colors. Don’t be shy. Test it out. I can guarantee that you’ll find an amazing color palette in there that you never would have dreamed of putting together.

color scheme homepageThe next thing I advise clients to take a look at is posing. I don’t mean picking out your poses. We know how to pose you in order to flaunt your strengths, and diminish your (for lack of a better term) weaknesses. But something that will help beforehand is to take a look at this site. It goes over all of the common poses that most photographers use, and it explains why we ask you to do what we do. I know, from personal experience, that sometimes when a photographer is firing off posing instructions, you can feel like some kind of a contortionist. But trust me, we’re not trying to get you to play Twister, there’s a reason for us asking. If you know ahead of time that we’re going to ask you do something that sounds odd, you’ll be expecting it, and feel a little more comfortable doing it in front of the camera, and in turn, you’ll look relaxed in your final images.

That’s really it. The rest is in our hands to show you just how amazing you look.

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To Pin or not to Pin? Here’s a closer look at the Pinterest phenomenon!

Ohhhh, Pinterest. So many of us are addicted to you. So many will be as the days go by.

The question on the uninitiated’s minds is likely: Why?

I’ll tell you why. It’s the one place to find all your ideas and see them organized visually. You can bookmark everything in one place AND get millions of new ideas every day from everyone else pinning their inspirations. Here’s the kind of great things you can find there:

Your new go-to dessert:

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars (Soooo scrumptious)

Brilliant cleaning tips:

Simple Shower and Tub Cleaner (this is totally in my shower RIGHT NOW)

Insanely simple dinners:

Slow cooker shredded beef sandwiches (TWO INGREDIENTS! And sooo good. And I don’t even like red meat all that much!)

Great ideas to make your kids’ lives more magical

Spray glitter on tooth fairy money

Tips for gardeners:

35 disease and pest remedies

Approximately ten million activities, games, projects, and things to keep your kids happy/busy/learning:Marble painting

Craft ideas:

Busy Book

Inspiration to decorate your house:

I can’t wait to fix up my kitchen!

Ideas to make your holidays even more festive:

Centerpieces are just the beginning

Simple projects up the wazoo:

Rubber bands + spray paint = brand new vase

Sewing projects GALORE:Sweetheart dress tutorial

And, of course, inspiration for photography sessions:

LOVE

Now you can also find (drumroll, please) Sean Purcell Photography!

Sean Purcell Photography is just dipping their toes in the water, but you can find news on what’s happening:

See amazing portraits:

And get inspired by wedding photography:

If you’re not already a Pinterest addict, then what are you waiting for?

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), on TwitterInstagram, (and Pinterest!). Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.