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etiquette / article Dec 28 2017

Best of 2017

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It's hard to get an engagement shoot just right. Often, couples are uneasy in front of the camera (at least on their wedding day, they have booze to calm their nerves!). And engagement sessions can be super corny. So, how do you avoid that? My advice? Comfy clothes and a heavy dose of you being you.  

I love when couples snuggle up at home for their engagement sessions. I know my home is where I am most comfortable and it always feels so genuine seeing a couple in their own space. When Meghan and Amanda's engagement shoot came my way, it was love at first sight. They are so loving and at ease. It felt like I got to spend a Sunday morning with them, which was so beautiful. {Photo Credit: Brina Debalinhard}

Jorie and Jaime's seaside e-sesh feels like the epitome of Pacific Northwestern beauty. It's romantic, it's moody, it's scenic. Also, can we please talk about that tee? {Photo Credit: Peter Amend}

One of the most important ingredients in a successful engagement shoot? SNUGGLING. Ally and Jac had this down to a science. They set up a picnic blanket, snuggled. They wandered their city, snuggled. They sat on ledges, snuggled. I love that it really gives you a sense of how much these two love each other. {Photo Credit: K. Willerick Photography}

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etiquette / article Dec 27 2017

Best of 2017

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A couple of years ago I did my first round up of the best weddings, engagements, styled shoots and such. It was kind of surreal, to be honest. As a blogger, my mind lives months in advance of today's date. You have to be prepared for upcoming holidays, you get posts ready to publish weeks in advance. That National Donut Day post that looks so nonchalantly featured? It's not. I essentially live my life in the future. That being said, it's nice to slow down, to look back and to relish at the joy and beauty of what I do on a regular basis.

I want to welcome you to 2017's round up! It is probably my favorite yet. It is diverse. It is inclusive. It represents the full breadth of what I always hoped H&H Weddings would be. It's fun. AND, the best part? It is brimming with inspiration for weddings and engagements. Which, frankly, is why you're here. 

So, let's start with Eleanor and Charlotte's moody London wedding! This beauty stopped us dead in our tracks. The attire, the floral crown, the pom poms thrown as the couple exited the ceremony. Pure magic. Check out more of this stunner here! {Photo Credit: Dale Weeks Photography}

You know when you have a secret so good you don't tell anyone for a while? You just keep it to yourself and revel in the joy it brings you? Yeah, that's exactly what I did when Erica & Cierra's Detroit wedding hit our inbox. I mean...LOOK AT THESE TWO! They are babes and their subtle art deco themed wedding really is beyond beautiful. You can see more of their wedding here! {Photo Credit: Meghan Melia Photography}

Kean and Corina were married in one of the best NYC locations I've found - The Metropolitan Building. This couple's love is palpable. They bring so much joy to each other and we were lucky to be able to share their story! {Photo Credit: Levi Stolove Photography}

Bobby & Caesar are one of those unfair couples. They are ridiculously good looking, their wedding was a dream (in Cabo!) and they are SO sweet together. It was incredible featuring their classic, elegant Mexican fête! {Photo Credit: Emma Hopp Photography}

I'd be lying if I said that I hadn't basically stalked this wedding before it was ever sent to me. I am a die-hard Cassie Rosch fan (how can you not be?!) and these brides were the epitome of really f*ing cool. Those ensembles? The way they look at each other? These are the brides I will forever wish I could be. Their wedding did not disappoint. The details were impeccable and it will go down as an all time fave, without question! {Photo Credit: Cassie Rosch Photography}

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etiquette / q & a Aug 16 2017

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We're getting married out of the country. How far in advance should we send our save-the-dates?

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Generally speaking, if you are getting married out of the country, or if you're planning a wedding around a major holiday, you should send your save-the-dates about a year in advance. This allows your guests the time make travel arrangements. If this is the case, we suggest you contact your hotel to make sure they take reservations a year in advance. 

If you're having a wedding that will not require major travel by your guests, four to six months is standard.

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etiquette / article Aug 1 2017

Golden Hour

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You know that moment when the sun starts to set and sky is on fire with brilliant shades of orange and pink? We call that golden hour and it's one of our very favorite things about summer weddings.

As we say good-bye to summer, we wanted to wrap up with a few golden hour photos that will surely make you feel the warmth of the setting sun! (Just remember this post when the snow starts falling!)

Nothing screams romance quite like the glowing sunlight, shining down on a couple in love! *heart eyes*

Want to see more from of these gorgeous couples? Click on the photographers name here:

Cassie Rosch 

Thompson Photography Group

Unique Lapin

Zoom Theory

Rad + In Love

Todd Wilson Images

C10 Studios

Paige Nelson Photography

Meredith McKee Photography

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etiquette / article Jul 19 2017

The First Look

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A lot of couples have a hard time deciding whether to honor tradition and not see each other until the aisle OR break tradition and do a first look. If these first look photos don't make your heart burst, then we don't know what will!

Whenever we get wedding submissions and the couple does a first look, they always mention that it was hands-down, the best moment of their day. If you are going the traditional route and not seeing each other until your both fully ready, it’s even more powerful. Because there is not a sea of eyes, all on the couple, the pair is more likely to express their emotions. Who is going to break down crying in front of 150 guests if they can avoid it? If it’s just you and your spouse-to-be, it’s going to get raw. And beautiful. Our favorite images are always those from the first look. They are so genuine, unfiltered and moving.  

Outside of the emotional realness, it’s the only time you have together during the day! Every other moment of the day will likely be spent making sure things are going okay, talking to guests, being in the spotlight. We love the idea of being able to take a deep breath together as you prepare for a huge step in your lives and a very hectic day.  

If you opt to not do a first look, we won’t hold it against you, but we will advise a mini portrait session, after the ceremony, with you and your spouse. Get away from the craziness, leave the cocktail hour and spend a few minutes, enjoying each other’s company.  

Call us radical, but isn't this day about the newlyweds? So often, it seems as though it is more about the guests and whether they are having a good time.

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