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Wedding Mondays

I had a few moments at work today where I kind of glanced off and started thinking about my own thoughts and what I happened to be thinking about was wedding videos. I hadn’t picked a video for today yet when I was at work. When I went to my bed last night and closed my laptop I had three videos up at the top of my tabs. Would one of them be it? Sometimes none of them are for that week. I started to ask myself why I loved wedding videos as much as I did. How could I possibly become very emotional about something that has absolutely nothing to do with me at all most of the time? It wasn’t just because of my background in event planning. It’s not cause I love romantic comedies. One of those reasons is because I love the work that goes into making an incredible wedding video. I currently work for a company that is heavily involved with media and I grew up in a family surrounded by the arts. It has been there for me since before I could remember and it’s still a part of my life now. A wedding video is a couple’s story, sure, but it can can convey so much more than that.

I hope you all will enjoy this wedding video. There are so many beautiful elements to this New York City warehouse wedding and their story will tug at your heart strings. For the full feature, click here.

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Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me

When photographs of Demi Lovato in a wedding dress started popping up in the media, fans immediately jumped to conclusions. Who could our girl, Demi, possibly be getting married to right now? We don’t even know who she’s currently dating! Then reality sunk in and everyone began to realize that it has been some time since the release of “Sorry Not Sorry” and that her next single was slated to be “Tell Me You Love Me.” Of course, the wedding dress was merely just a prop for that music video, but we had more questions. Who would she be marrying? Would we even see the groom? Would it be someone we know? It’s Jesse Williams! Yes, for those of you who have been with Yow Yow! since at least 2011, you know that I know that he’s also “Hotness Monster” from Greek.

The video is good. It’s not great. The song is still even better and mixed in with the video we love it even more. “Tell Me You Love Me” is easily one of my favorite songs from the album. Why? Because it’s not actually about someone else though you may think it is. Demi confirms that it’s actually about yourself. Self-love. Love for yourself and this is shown in the video in the most powerful way.

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A Royal Engagement

Waking up to the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle being engaged was the best news of yesterday morning. I actually was planning on writing a post last night after watching the full interview between the two of them, but was fan-girling out way too hard to keep my composure even in writing. It also meant that I had some extra time to do more reading on the news so that I could include extra links to better support this post. Say what you want about this engagement, but I haven’t spoken to a single person who isn’t obsessed with them especially more so now after this news has broken out. I’ll admit, I don’t know everything about Prince Harry, but I’ve been a fan of Meghan Markle’s since episode one of Suits. To top it off, not only is she beautiful and intelligent, but she’s a talented actress who also ran her own lifestyle blog and does so much more beyond that. Meghan Markle will be a great role model (if she isn’t considered one already) and while I know there has been a lot of criticism directed towards her, I don’t think any of those are actually that relevant – do you? :)

We’re in love with them. Emoji. Heart eyes.

Also in case you’ve been living under a rock and have no idea how this relationship escalated so quickly, here’s a great recap of their timeline from Vogue.

Curious as to what their titles will be after the marriage? We were too! [Source]

Harry and Meghan will wed this coming Spring 2018 at Windsor Castle.

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Wedding Mondays

Usually when I’m writing these posts, I’m multitasking. I’m watching the wedding video, I’m writing about it and I’m watching my television all at the same time. It takes a very special wedding video though for me to stop everything and give it my full attention. When it comes to Yow Yow! or any other platforms that I use, I don’t like to brag about my friends. They know how much I love them, but the only time I’ll truly do this is for Wedding Mondays.

Earlier this year, we celebrated Jennie and Zac’s wedding back in Washington and that evening was so wonderful that I wish I could go back. The day went by so fast, but I really enjoyed reliving that experience through this video. The entire day was something out of a fairytale, but more importantly, I loved our Princess Jennie getting everything she wanted that day! In some future posts you’ll find out why we call her that!

If this isn’t your first time here, then you may have heard me toss Jennie’s name around a few times. More often times than not, she’ll ping me on Mondays asking me if another Wedding Mondays post is coming her way. Well, this time it’s hers! Her and I share a love for wedding videos and actually spent a fair amount of time discussing hers and dissecting others (in a good way of course) Jennie and Zac are two of my favorite people to visit in Seattle and even though I’m seeing them when I’m returning to my hometown, they never miss a moment to play host whether that’s treating me out to dinner, sharing dessert with me at their home or letting me watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette on television with them. These two are just the sweetest and everyone loves being around them. I am so excited for them to share their life together.

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Blog Roundup

– Neopets and its internet girl culture movement [Rolling Stone]

– How to plan a wedding your guests will enjoy [Vogue]

– 5 Different women on getting dressed for work [Racked]

– What the “Stranger Things” logo could have looked like [Vulture]

– If you’re obsessed with “Jelena” like we are, here’s a timeline for every important moment in their relationship that you need to know [Vogue]

– My LinkedIn Photo [The New Yorker]

– 101 Ways to Make a $1000 [Money]

– Apple Park Visitor Center now open to the public [Inhabitat]

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Song of the Day

French Montana ft. Swae Lee – Unforgettable

This isn’t a new song, but I have so much more of an appreciation for it since I learned last night that this was the “first dance” song for DJ’s Harley Viera-Newton and Ross Schwartzman. Just… downright amazing.

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Wedding Mondays

Too often, some of my favorite wedding videos are ones that really get a viewer going. I like the grand entrance, a good drone shot, and the most upbeat music – these will typically be what I call a “crowd favorite.” 90% of the videos that I showcase for Wedding Mondays fall into these categories. Other times, I like to slow things down a bit. Every Sunday, I visit my two favorite wedding blogs (like I do every week) and round up all of the “Real Wedding Posts.” I hope in all of them that at the end there is a wedding video. That is often not the case most of the time. For the ones that do have wedding videos, I mute the TV, focus on the video and begin watching each one. I typically will watch the video first before going back and looking at all the photos and reading the “How they met” story or the “Here’s what mattered the most to me on my wedding day” story. When I got to Portia and Ting, I didn’t know if I would love it. I had honestly just watched five videos before that I didn’t love and was about to call this week a wash and throw up my hands and say “No wedding Mondays this week, I guess.”

Instead, I was pleasantly surprised. The video starts out with heartfelt messages from guests (guests that I believe could be parents or relatives!) Then we get into how they met… the airport. Just strangers. Who happened to be going to the same destination and had spoken the same language. There wasn’t anything that could rival just how sweet this entire video was. I don’t want to give any more away so just watch for yourself!

Catch the entire feature here at Style Me Pretty

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Bridal Week 2018

Romona Keveza Legends Fall 2018 Bridal Collection

How did we completely miss this?! I must have had a busy week to have completely watch all of these shows go by and not tune into a single on. I just caught up on Fashionista’s recap and since we already started with Wedding Mondays anyways, we might as well carry it on into showcasing some of our favorite looks. Do you all love these as much as I do?

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Wedding Mondays

I know it feels like we just waved goodbye to wedding season, but even in October I’m looking ahead to what I already have for next year. Next up? Two weddings in March – one of which I’m a bridesmaid! Honestly, I couldn’t be more thrilled, but this just means that we’ve always got weddings on the brain. I don’t hate it. You already know that. I especially don’t hate the wedding video that I’m sharing with you all today. When you’re reading a post about a wedding being featured on a wedding blog site, it typically follows a general layout. You start with a photo – it’s simple, it’s the venue or the decor, the shoes, or the invite. Then you get scroll down and get to see your first glimpses of the couple, the dress, the wedding party. You’re basically unraveling a story. As you get more and more into the details, you sort of hope there will be a video at the end tying it all together. Ugh, isn’t that just like the true beauty of a wedding video?

This one between Aften and Brian is so sweet. There are no verbal exchanges, but there is a lot happening here. It also doesn’t hurt that they featured one of my favorite songs – can you guess which of the four it is?!

Enjoy!

For the entire feature, click here to go to Green Wedding Shoes! (okay the song is Olmos – Hold Me! but ALSO Telepopmusik – Breathe) Trick question, it was two.

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What We Wore: Jodie’s Wedding

Dress – ASTR / Choker – Urban Outfitters / Clutch – Clarins / Heels – Vince Camuto

It just occurred to be that we haven’t even spoken about this look yet! My darling friend Jodie got married over Memorial Day Weekend this year and I was thrilled to be flying to Raleigh for the first time. I took a friend with me as a plus one and together him and I explored all over the neighborhood and had some of the best meals we’ve ever had including my favorite – BBQ! This was my first southern wedding though and I wanted to look the part even though I didn’t exactly know what that really meant. I generally have an idea of what I want to wear prior to weddings, but for this one, I hoped the look would just come to me. For my friends’ recent weddings, I’ve been wearing a lot of the same style. I am loving these long maxi dresses. They are so chic, sleek, and elegant. You almost don’t need to accessorize too much for it because it just wears itself.

One afternoon while perusing Instagram, I came across this ASTR dress. It looked beautiful on the model and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but I figured I couldn’t turn it down unless I tried. I went to my nearest Nordstrom, tried it on and sort of fell in love with it. The high neckline was something different in comparison to other dresses that I had worn in the past. I paired it with my favorite choker, which I thought was a little bit risky, but still worked. I also threw my hair up into a bun. Looking back on it, I actually regretted it only because I enjoy wearing my hair down more, but I wanted to see how it would look and now I know for next time that I should stick to what I know will work. My clutch isn’t even a clutch! It is actually a beauty bag from Clarins. I normally don’t gravitate towards red ever in my wardrobe, but for some reason with this baby blue dress, I wanted something that would make this look pop! The heels are simple and black and my favorites from Vince Camuto.

I don’t know if I did the “southern wedding” entirely correct, but I felt good about my outfit. This was a learning experience with this one and I definitely took a few learnings away from it that I can carry with me onto my next two weddings in 2018!

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday morning everyone! I don’t believe that I’ve ever shared a wedding video from the team at Lalo Vargas before, but just a few seconds into watching the beginning of this, I knew we had to include it in our series. Since this was a Mexico destination wedding, you’ll see a few different scenes as part of the wedding weekend. I’ve been doing this series of Wedding Mondays for as long as I can remember. And just so you know, the whole interest in this from the beginning was always events. I was not that little girl that dreamt of her future wedding day when I was five like many might think. What caught my eye about this wedding though is that it was so elaborate, but authentic and genuine. Often times, you don’t see the whole wedding weekend. A few years ago, you didn’t even get a wedding weekend, you would have a day or an evening and that was it. I’m always going to be #teamweddingvideo and I love that this is a thing for our time. Yes, it does need to be something that gets budgeted, but it’s so worth it.

To view the rest of the wedding feature, click here to visit Green Wedding Shoes.

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Wedding Mondays

Happy Monday everyone! I hope many of you are enjoying your day off if you have one and for those that are working today – thank you. It’s been a busy month over here with moving and a week-long vacation back home that we’ve actually neglected Wedding Mondays a bit. I decided to spend yesterday getting caught up on what I may have missed from all of my favorite blogs, but the one that we’re sharing today is actually a personal one. This past Memorial Day Weekend, I flew to Raleigh, North Carolina (my first time in the south, really!) to watch one of my first friends from college walk down the aisle.

Jodie and I met during our summer orientation before freshman year of college and she was the first friend I saw once I moved into my dorm. Over the years, the two of us have shared so many memories together both inside of school and outside. Shortly, after I left Seattle for California, she relocated to North Carolina and while I never did get to visit her before her wedding day, it was nice to spend a few days there getting to know the space that she lived in. Manan and I made a little trip out of it and ventured to a number of neighborhoods and sampling all of the must-have meals.

She was the most beautiful bride and this wedding video captures her and Greg’s special day perfectly. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of it!

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The Cream Event

Whenever the topic of conversation lands on weddings, my friends always say the same thing, “I love weddings. They are SO much fun, but so incredibly expensive especially if you are a part of them.” Now, this isn’t new to any of you. Weddings are expensive. This industry is sometimes madness to me and while I have shelled out quite a bit of $$$ for my friends, I can’t help, but do it out of love and knowing the fact that if it were me in their shoes, they would do the same for me.

This year, Bash Please brought their wedding expo to San Francisco for the first time and there was no way I was going to miss it. I’d been following them for years and have loved all of their ideas from previous weddings so I knew that their vendors at the event would be top notch and that it would feel like attending another wedding myself! I think a lot of my girlfriends would have loved to come to something like this, but the one girlfriend of mine that I wanted to take more than ever was Elisa. She got married just a couple of months after we went to the expo and was having a very small wedding in Mendocino, which meant that a lot of these vendors wouldn’t actually be a need for her. Regardless, I wanted her to still go through this experience and have fun with it! We sampled some of the best hors d’oeuvres and desserts, drank from four different kinds of cocktails, spent some time in the photo booth (a favorite of ours!) and got down on the dance floor. Side note, I entered the dance contest with my friend Kim and we got out in the first round. It wasn’t our finest moment, but like – were we even really given a fair chance?!

We were greeted with these refreshing Agua Fresca’s the minute we stepped foot into the venue. How cute are these little mini milk containers?

at the Bentley Reserve in San Francisco

Savory sorbets for an appetizer!

The prettiest dining table set up we ever did see

Overall, Elisa and I had a blast. We hope that The Cream event returns to San Francisco in 2018 because we will definitely be there. For those of you wondering if you can still attend an expo without being engaged, the answer is yes! No one is asking your status so go just for the fun.

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Wedding Mondays

We are overdue for a Wedding Mondays post and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this one with you all this morning. I’m actually headed to a wedding this weekend – my last one of the season! – however, before we get excited about that one, I wanted to express how much it pained me to have to miss the nuptials of Alyssa and Eric. I’ve known both of them since my freshman year of college and even remember meeting Eric during my first week at orientation. They both have been great friends to me over the years so it was difficult when I learned I couldn’t make their special day.

This video was everything though. I’m elated to see how special their day was and it was nostalgic thinking about how their relationship blossomed into what is now a marriage when I look back on their years of dating in college. Alyssa was a stunning bride and I’ve never seen Eric look so handsome. These two are so perfect together <3

Thank you both for sharing some amazing photos and this video to catch me up on what I missed. I wish you two a very happy marriage and a lifetime of happiness together.

 

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Anna Campbell’s Eternal Heart Collection

Of course I’ve thought about my future wedding dress. How many times have you seen me talk about that Johanna Johnson on Yow Yow! previously? The thing about this is that while I’ve thought about it, I know that my tastes can change. I used to want something very simple and loose fitting. Then I moved to wanting something lacy and a little bit more body fitting. Today, I find myself drawn to these beautifully embellished Anna Campbell gowns. Never have I ever pictured myself in something like this before because I’ve always found them to be too glam, but there is something so enchanting and regal about them. Something to note about this collection is that each piece comes with a customizable skirt so that you can make your wedding gown truly your own. Here are my favorites below:

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