How cute is this?! Someone made a movie about the love story between Barack and Michelle Obama and it’s pretty much adorable.
How cute is this?! Someone made a movie about the love story between Barack and Michelle Obama and it’s pretty much adorable.
Part I: The Photographer
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, it’s so important to figure out you and your fiance’s priorities from the beginning of the wedding planning roller coaster. If your fiance’s priority is beer and yours is music then those are the two things you should focus your time, energy, and money on. Photography has always been top of our priority list for our wedding so finding the perfect photographer was crucial. First and foremost we knew posed portrait style photos were not our thing. Eric and I have never taken professional photos together and are pretty silly people generally so imagining ourselves standing together like we’re going back to high school prom doesn’t suit us. Based on our preference, documentary style photography is what we were looking for. It was also important for us to take into account our venue, Yosemite National Park. We wanted to choose someone who is no stranger to photographing the outdoors and not just any outdoors, basically the most magical and dreamy outdoor space imaginable. Having these qualifications we set out, with our amazing wedding planner, to find the perfect match.
Greg Balkin of Brightwood Photography is a genius. He is one of the most talented photographers I’ve ever seen and that’s just taking into account his outdoor photography. The emotions and love he is able to capture between the couples he shoots is even more extraordinary. It took us all of ten minutes to decide we had to have him photograph our special day. Finding out Greg recently relocated from Southern California to Seattle was just the icing on the cake. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, my fiance and I met in Seattle therefore making this a match made in photography heaven.
Part II: Adventure Love Story
Instead of the usual engagement shoot, our photographer specializes in what he coined as “Adventure Love Stories”. Adventure Love Stories reframe engagement pictures as an excuse to get outside and explore together as a couple while getting to know Greg and documenting the entire weekend or “adventure”. The best part about our weekend was that Eric and I have already spent our last 7 years together exploring the outdoors, going on incredible camping/backpacking trips, and adventuring so this was a huge selling point in choosing Greg to be our photographer. I do have to be honest though, as much as I absolutely love camping and backpacking and as much fun as an adventure sounded I was somewhat anxious about how I was supposed to pull myself together for a weekend photo shoot after camping?! How’s a girl, who’s not that photogenic to begin with, supposed to be photographed with bedhead and after sleeping on the ground all night with day old makeup? It sounds ridiculous and vain, but if you had 200+ photos taken of you, you’d consider this a legitimate fear as well. I obviously decided to suck it up and trust Greg and also figured worst case, no one has to know these photos exist.
Eric and I chose to have our adventure with Greg in one of our favorite places in Washington State, the state that brought us together. And so, two weekends ago we hopped on a plane from San Francisco, drove several hours in the car, and took a ride on a ferry boat to Olympic National Park, and if you haven’t been, consider this your plug that you should immediately plan your trip. Olympic National Park has some seriously wonderful memories for Eric and I so choosing it for our engagement shoot was a no brainer. We have summited its mountains, hiked along its rivers, explored its rugged beaches, and watched the infamous Elwha Dam removal over the years all the while knowing it to be one of the best kept secrets in the country. Naturally, the camping trip turned into a spontaneous backpacking adventure leading us to one of the Olympic Coast’s most beautiful beaches near La Push. This spur of the moment decision also led to hilarious pictures of myself and Eric in formal clothes (including heels mind you) carrying our hiking boots, tent, sleeping bags, and REI backpacks. Note: should you choose to do your own outdoorsy photoshoot, keep in mind that heels, no matter how chunky, are a poor decision.
Lucky for you, I’m here to share a handful of my favorite photos from the weekend. While looking through them just remember we hadn’t showered, we slept on the beach overnight, and my naturally curly hair doesn’t tend to agree with that damn misty coastal climate. Also, huge thanks to Julia for the last minute Tyra Banks modeling tips, without them I would have looked like a limp noodle neck monster.
So we couldn’t figure out how to embed the video into this post. We’ll just lead you straight to it…here!
Just a few words about this video though…
I’ve always said this and I still believe it – the song you use for your video is sometimes all that makes it. You can’t tell me that you watched this video and didn’t feel like dancing along with it. Also, for years we loved up on Sharkpig. This is no different. They’ve really perfected something here and it makes watching their videos all the more enjoyable. With G’s grand California wedding just around the corner, we are getting so so excited for it. I can’t believe I’m seeing one of my favorite girls get married. It’s unreal.
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It’s interesting sometimes to have Wedding Mondays on what is sometimes the hardest day of the week for me. Sometimes I come home, exhausted from work, and I can’t even think about opening up Yow Yow! for fear that I might end up writing something that comes across a little heated or a little frustrated. Today is kind of one of those days, but today is also a day when Wedding Mondays is reminding me to just get pass the Monday that sucks and that watching something so happy and romantic means that tomorrow is Tuesday and we can forget about that shitty Monday we just had.
I’ve been saving this one for awhile now though… and it’s kind of a favorite of mine. We also love it because Amber Stevens and her husband Andrew West are in the bridal party! But also, how could you not tear up at those vows? We did.
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Happy Monday readers! Today, we’re sharing a video that we wouldn’t normally share, but the reason why we’re sharing it is because Taylor Swift is the Maid of Honor. Since we found out that she was going to be standing alongside her first friend on her big day and after seeing the photograph of the two of them together, I thought that that was all we would be getting. To my surprise, we got a wedding video too! So many articles and posts mentioned that Taylor Swift’s speech at the wedding was the sweetest thing they ever heard and you know what? They weren’t wrong. It’s easily the best part of the entire wedding video.
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Taylor Swift, but I don’t mind her. I actually in a lot of ways admire her. She’s like everyone’s friend and while yes, I do know that people can manipulate social media to make them appear a certain way, but I like to believe that she really is a good friend to all her friends in real life. Haha in so many ways she actually reminds me of Mandi. This really was a beautiful wedding though so we’re happy to be sharing it today.
Happy Monday evening everyone! I came across this wedding video pretty randomly a couple of weeks ago – not even on a wedding blog I don’t think. After watching this though I remember thinking, “Wow, I have not seen a video like this before.” And then I proceeded to watch six more wedding videos from the same filmmaker! This one was our favorite though. I think what I loved about this wedding video the most is that there were so many different elements to it. Not only did we get to see the wedding day, but we were shown footage pre-wedding day – a glimpse of Preston and Amber’s life together and who they are as a couple. These are some of my favorite moments.
We haven’t featured too many winter weddings recently, but this one is one of our favorites! Winter has never ever been my favorite season. In fact, tbh – it’s my least favorite season, but there’s something really beautiful about snow and winter being so quiet and calm that brings a lot of warmth to a winter wedding. It’s where we see a lot more greenery instead of florals and it’s where we see more candlelight. If you’ve been following Yow Yow! lately then you know that candles are a recent obsession for us.
The details in this wedding are stunning and we hope that you’ll enjoy this video and this feature by Green Wedding Shoes as much as we do. <3
I think I’ve always loved putting these posts together because these are the types of photos I’ve always wanted to take. They’re so simple and minimalistic, but yet they say so much and they say something different to everyone. I’ve asked Veronica a couple of times now why she enjoys these posts and now that I think about it – I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten a real answer. Veronica, can you let us know so I can include it in the next post? All I know is that in college she would hound me to get these done and out. And then after she had spent some time scanning over the photos (a few minutes) she’d ask for another one. (DJ Khaled) I think I would always just laugh and say, “Veronica, these take time.” And they do! This one post took about three months to put together.
I’ve done 44 of these now. That’s an incredible number to me. And it’s interesting to me that each one of these tells a different story though I’m not sure what that story is. I look through some of the older “A Collection” posts and sometimes I wonder why I chose a certain photo. I’ll look at it and scrunch up my face and be like, “Why? What did this mean to me?” But I guess what it just means is that it was all about timing. In that exact moment that I saw that photo as I was scanning over lots of photos, that one spoke out enough to me that I had to include it. Maybe I was feeling sassy, meek, contemplative, curious…I’m not able to put my finger on it for every photo and I like that I don’t have to.
Sometimes I write posts on Yow Yow! that are very personal and I look at the words and I question if that’s what I actually wanted to convey or if people will interpret it in a different way than I attended. With these posts, I don’t have to worry as much, but these are just as personal because I’m really saying how I feel, but in the most visual way.
I know what you’re thinking. Another 13-minute long video. I hope you all know that when we share one of these on the blog that we’re completely serious about it. Because there’s no way I could make anyone sit through a 13-minute long wedding video if I didn’t enjoy it. I mean, I clearly had to sit through the same thing at least once to make sure it was worth having for a Wedding Monday.
There’s a lot to love and hate with a long wedding video. You find that there are sometimes equal parts that you love and hate at the same time, but the most positive thing of all is that you get to spend a little bit more time with the couple. You get to hear more of their story. You get to see the entire day and there’s something really magical about that. Very rarely do you see me posting those videos that are so short and sweet that are under two minutes and that’s because we can’t find a connection. In the blink of an eye, it’s over and then you’re like – “who was I just watching?”
Brenda and Trevor were just the opposite. And okay – so we have a soft spot for that Ed Sheeran song that’s used in all of these wedding videos! No, actually though – it was sweet to see a wedding that revolved so heavily around their family. The two also had the opportunity to incorporate their young daughter into the festivities as well, which added a nice touch. It’s funny how much I’ve developed a soft spot for wedding speeches over the last few months – remember when we used to hate them?
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Let’s talk bridesmaid dresses. As we move further and further into the 21st century and we embark in 2016 there is one major trend in bridesmaid dresses and that is, wearing all the same dress is not as popular as it used to be. Of course there are still the more traditional weddings that follow the classic matching dress route, but for our wedding I decided to go rogue.
At first, I wasn’t sure just how different I wanted my bridesmaids to be and so I took one of my bridesmaids dress shopping. I first want to say how lucky I am to have six of the most obliging besties out there willing to wear just about anything I ask of them, but I really wanted to include them in the decision making process. For months I took note of each of their preferences of colors and styles, knowing that Katie hates strapless dresses as much as I do and that Amelia would prefer not to be in a dress made completely of tulle. Knowing what makes each of my girls feel their best made the shopping day 100x easier because that was my ultimate goal. While I’m dressed up in the prettiest of white dresses, I want the women next to me glowing, comfortable, and happy as well.
I narrowed it down to two stores, mostly in order to get an idea for what various styles and fabrics would feel and look like in person. And so, Sara and I set out to Weddington Way and the Nordstrom Wedding Suite. I have to say, neither experience was particularly special or deserves any spectacular accolades, but it was helpful to see the dresses in person. Weddington Way, for those of you who aren’t engrossed in the wedding world, is an online bridesmaid shopping bonanza where they have a zillion different colors, styles, and brands of dresses. Lucky for me, they have a pop up shop in their San Francisco office meaning we were able to show up and see a lot of their dresses in person. Nordstrom was similar in that they had some of their dresses, but do not stock all of the ones they advertise online, making it somewhat of a disappointment. For example, the brand Sara and I ultimately fell in love with were Donna Morgan dresses. We happened upon her catalog sitting at Weddington Way and then again at Nordstrom and Sara had tried on one of her strapless dresses in the Chantilly color, a champagne color of sorts, but with a fancier name. We were in love with the mismatched styles of dresses in this pale pink color and that was where our vision was born.
Now I hate to be cliche, but I wanted to choose a color that complimented the outdoors and didn’t outshine it by any means. We’re getting married in Yosemite National Park for pete’s sake, we don’t need to go crazy! I was drawn to the paler colors that would blend in nicely with green sequoia giants, natural grasses, and earth tones. After a quick search Sara and I realized that the three styles of dresses we liked the most unfortunately didn’t come in all the same color and so our grand plan evolved. We settled on this sort of crazy, sort of brilliant idea that we should have mismatched colors and mismatched styles and include a gorgeous floral print that would somehow tie it all together and become a gorgeous bridesmaid set. Once again, because I have the greatest bridesmaids in the world, everyone happened to agree with our crazy idea and went all in, purchasing their dresses during perfectly timed Black Friday sales.
Choosing your bridesmaid dresses should be fun and should actively include the women wearing the dresses. As set “wedding colors” and wedding trends go in and out of style, choosing bridesmaid dresses becomes easier and easier. It becomes about what makes the ladies you care about most feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful while finding dresses that compliment your own dress and style of wedding. If your dress is of a vintage inspiration, have your bridesmaids wear dresses that tend towards a similar era instead of something modern. And I mean really, at the end of the day it’s most important that you can twirl in it, you can spread your legs apart, and that it’s a Fritz Bernaise. You really can’t do much better than that.
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for a really weird reason. I guess it’s not that surprising though, right? Wedding Mondays… Wedding Wednesdays… we’ve got a serious crush on the love stuff. We can’t help it, we’re romantics! Honestly though, Valentine’s Day came up quick this year and I’ve barely given that much thought to it (way less than last year when I planned a great date for my friend Vo and I) and we haven’t even written any posts about it. I guess to make up for it though, we’re sharing a pretty darling wedding video tonight.
Cass and Lara, who is actually a wedding photographer herself, had a beautiful Australian wedding. And this wedding video is one that you can’t miss. The details, the shots, ugh – all stunning and gorgeous. I felt like as I was watching the video, I couldn’t predict what would come next and I think that was probably the most exciting part of it. I think with how many I’ve seen, it can be easy to know when they’re going to pan to the ceremony, to the cake, to the exit, etc, but not with this one. I also loved the element of Cass and Lara taking care of each other in that they were helping each other get ready for the big day, which was so so adorable.
And as you all know… sometimes it’s just the song that can completely MAKE a wedding video.
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It’s been weeks since we’ve sat down to have some quality wedding video viewing time. Honestly, I’m taking a quick break from work right now and trying to write and finish this post within 30 minutes to still make it on a Wedding Monday and trying to juggle The Bachelor at the same time. Welcome to my Monday, every. single. week. We haven’t been able to post a lot lately and with our trip to Mexico coming up, we’re going to be even MORE behind on post. At some point we’re not even going to be playing catching up – it’s just being able to keep afloat. ;)
Well, let’s get to it. I watched this video a few weeks ago and I couldn’t stop taking my eyes off of this stunning dress from Anna Campbell sold at The Dress Theory. They have a store in Seattle and one of my favorite girls bought her wedding dress from there as well. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll skimp on that boutique either when it’s… you know… my turn!
Okay, sorry, was that too many pictures?
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