Monday Moments | Beatles Style!

Happy Monday friends! I’m super pumped because this week is… Beatles week!! I teamed up with Laura Hernandez Photography and some other awesome vendors on a Beatles’ themed bridal shoot. Here are a couple of fun moments from the shoot.

This WHOLE week we will be featuring inspiration from the shoot and ideas for a Beatles’ themed wedding! I hope you’re as excited as I am! They are, after all, my favorite band. It’s about time they got the spotlight.

And don’t forget to check out our contest to win FREE wedding photography!!!

Photography: Laura Hernandez Photography

Dresses: Epiphany Boutique, Carmel

Stephanie - September 9, 2013 - 11:02 pm

These turned out awesome! I can’t wait to see more! You guys are a crazy good team!

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Inspiration & Mini-Playlists With Wedding Paper Divas

Happy Friday, friends! Today I am excited to partner with Wedding Paper Divas! If you don’t know of them, they are an awesome stationary company who makes beautiful wedding invitations, and they can also help you out with your wedding plans! I took some of their inspiration boards and picked out a few songs that would be suitable for that type of wedding. Enjoy!

Beach Wedding

Beach Wedding Inspiration Board

Bridal Entrance: Better Together – Jack Johnson

Recessional: Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves

Reception Entrance: Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin

First Dance: Sea Of Love – Cat Power

Father/Daughter Dance: Surfer Girl – The Beach Boys

Cake Cutting: I Melt With You – Jason Mraz

Listen to these and more of our beach/summer picks here.

Classic Black & White Wedding

Timeless Black & White Inspiration Board

Bridal Entrance: At Last – Vitamin String Quartet

Recessional: The Best Is Yet To Come – Frank Sinatra

Reception Entrance: Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin

First Dance: Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

Father/Daughter Dance: Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole

Cake Cutting: Sugar, Sugar – The Archies

Listen to these and more of our favorite classics here.

Winter Sparkle Wedding

Winter Sparkle Inspiration Board

Bridal Entrance: Song For A Winter’s Night – Sarah McLachlan

Communion: Winter Snow – Chris Tomlin featuring Audrey Assad

Recessional: Let It Snow – Frank Sinatra & B Swanson Quartet

Reception Entrance – Sleigh Ride – Fun.

First Dance: Snowfall – Ingrid Michaelson

Father/Daughter Dance: Winter Wonderland – James Taylor

Cake Cutting: Baby It’s Cold Outside – Lady Antebellum

Listen to these and more winter wedding songs here.

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Inspiration Overload | We’ve Revamped Our Pinterest Boards!

Happy hump day y’all! I like to pretend I’m from the south on occasion. And I like to put “we” in the title of things, even though it’s just me writing these posts… but it makes me feel cooler when I say “we.” Like I have a team. Anywho… Let’s talk Pinterest!

I’ve spent a ridiculous, unspeakable amount of time redoing “our” Pinterest boards. I’ve been wanting to do this for months. Here are the reasons this is awesome:

1. You will no longer be distracted from gorgeous and inspiring wedding pins by random quotes and recipes and pictures of animals. I have created my own personal Pinterest account for those things. If that makes you sad, instead of happy, feel free to follow my personal account as well. Warning: It’s random, and a work in progress.

2. There are no longer ANY pins that link to a ridiculous Tumbler page, or any other page where the photographer is not credited for their work. (To the best of my knowledge – I had to go through thousands of pins, y’all, I may have missed a couple.) This may not matter to you, but it matters to me, and my integrity as a blogger.

3. It looks so pretty!! Yep, that’s a legit reason.

4. There are fewer boards, which are more organized and easy to navigate. For you type A peeps. Or for people who get easily overwhemed. Pinterest can be very overstimulating, I feel your pain.

5. Most importantly… I have created two new boards so that you can easily find what you want and need from Soundtrack To I Do! The Music Ideas/Playlists board is where you can find all of our music posts in one place in case you are looking for something specific! That way you can easily pin it for future reference. And the board titled Your Wedding Soundtrack links to all the personalized playlists I have made, in case you need some musical inspiration.

Yay!! Come and follow us and pin pin pin!

Top 40 | August

I’ve decided that the top 40 posts can be monthly, since there are only 2-3 songs added to the charts each week, and much of the time they are not wedding appropriate. So here are the favorites from August. And by favorites, I mean songs you might like to use at your wedding. Not my personal favorites. See comments.

Chenin Boutwell via Wedding Chicks

1. Play Hard – David Guetta

Fun for dancing. Not much more to be said for this one.

2. Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift

I was a big fan of Taylor’s in the past. Recently I feel her music has taken a serious turn for the worse. Despite that, this is a sweet song with some pretty harmonies. I can get on board with this one. A good one for cocktail/dinner time.

3. Still Into You – Paramore

This song has one of those in between tempos that makes it challenging to place at a wedding. Too loud/fast for cocktail hour, and not quite loud/fast enough for dancing. This could be a cute recessional song or party entrance for a couple who loves Paramore, or a long lasting couple getting married. “After all this time, I’m still into you.”

4. Take Back The Night – Justin Timberlake

Everyone loves JT, but this one also has an awkward tempo. (And that 70’s feel that kills me – I don’t know why we’re bringing that back.) It’s a fun song but it might be a bit too slow for your guests to dance to. Fair warning.

5. Best Song Ever – One Direction

For One Direction fans. Which I am not. Different stokes for different folks. No judgment. Just didn’t want to leave it out in case you think it’s… the best song ever.

6. True Love – Pink 

I wasn’t going to list this one but I changed my mind. I’m guessing most couples won’t want this song at their wedding. Any song that starts out “Sometimes I hate every single stupid word you say, sometimes I wanna slap you in your whole face” is usually not going to be a top contender for a wedding song. But hey, it’s a love song. And like I said, different strokes.

7. First Time – Jonas Brothers

Ok, I’m sensing a pattern here. Again, not a Jonas Brothers fan. I suppose Top 40 is not my genre. However, this is where most of the current dance songs come from, so it’s worth sharing. And I try not to limit this blog to MY favorites only. This is for you, and your wedding. So here’s a Jonas Brothers love song for your special day. Enjoy.

Check out the full list of Top 40 songs (including those not listed here) on our Top 40 Spotify playlist.

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First Dance Fridays | Vegas Wedding

Happy Friday!! Since we’ve been collaborating with Kelly from Little Vegas Wedding, and we’re on a Vegas kick, I thought we’d share a handful of first dance songs for a Las Vegas wedding! And if you’re not getting married in Vegas… these still work! They are classics. Enjoy.

Ron Dillon Photography via Little Vegas Wedding

It’s Now Or Never – Elvis Presley

It’s now or never,
Come hold me tight
Kiss me my darling,
Be mine tonight
Tomorrow will be too late,
It’s now or never
My love wont wait

The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

Some day, when I’m awfully low,
When the world is cold,
I will feel a glow just thinking of you
And the way you look tonight

You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You – Dean Martin

You’re nobody ’til somebody loves you
You’re nobody ’til somebody cares
You may be king, you may possess the world and it’s gold,
But gold won’t bring you happiness when you’re growing old
The world still is the same, you never change it,
As sure as the stars shine above;
You’re nobody ’til somebody loves you,
So find yourself somebody to love

Let There Be Love – Nat “King” Cole

Let there be birds
To sing in the trees,
Someone to bless me
Whenever I sneeze
Let there be cuckoos,
A lark and a dove,
But first of all, please —
Let there be love

Come Fly With Me – Michael Buble

Come fly with me, let’s float down to Peru
In llama land there’s a one-man band
And he’ll toot his flute for you
Come on fly with me, let’s take off in the blue
Once I get you up there where the air is rarified
We’ll just glide, starry-eyed
Once I get you up there I’ll be holding you so near
You may hear all the angels cheer ’cause we’re together

For more first dance inspiration, look here and listen here. And check out our contest for FREE wedding photography!!

Kelly {Little Vegas Wedding} - August 31, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Viva Las Vegas, baby. Love these! <3