Poppy Red Wedding Palette

Red color palettes are fun and ideal for weddings in every season. Whether you are creating a luxurious theme or something passionate and cheerful, red is versatile enough to fit your style.  Red also represents prosperity and happiness in many cultures, and most importantly, red is all about love! As we welcome Chinese New Year and with Valentine’s Day just in the corner, here are some vibrant red inspiration for you!

Poppy Red Wedding Palette

Credits (from top left): Dress by Claire Pettibone, photo by Kelly Sauer / Jordan Brittley / Berry Bliss / Adam Barnes / Lisa Lefkowitz / Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography / Jordan Brittley / Lauren Kinsey / Lauren Kinsey / Jordan Brittley
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19 Romantic Wedding Dresses with Bows

If you are aiming for a sweet feminine look for your wedding day, consider having a bow or two on your wedding dress. Bows have always been very popular in the wedding world because they are filled with dreamy, elegant, and vintage inspirations.  Wedding dresses with bows tend to turn brides into lovely gifts of love as they walk towards their happily ever after.  If you are looking to be “bowed over” on your wedding day, get ready to dive into today’s beautiful post.

Bow at the back

19 Romantic Wedding Dresses with Bows

Credits (from top left): Chudleigh Weddings / Regent Singapore / Aire Barcelona / Sanyukta Shrestha / Jesus Peiro / Kim Le Photography / Sweet Little Photographs / Greg Finck

Bow on the side

19 Romantic Wedding Dresses with Bows

Credits (from top left): Yumi Katsura / Jenny Packham / Vera Wang / Gucio Photography

Bow in front

19 Romantic Wedding Dresses with Bows

Credits (from top left): Yumi Katsura / Zsazsa Bellagio / Weddinge / Edelweiss Bride / Vera Wang / Monique Lhuillier

One Thousand Memories of Love – Angela & Eric’s Engagement (from Kunioo)

Personality packed and filled with love, Angela & Eric’s stunning engagement session captured by Kunioo Photo & Cinema is like no other.  It doesn’t get any more romantic than a photo-filled backdrop showing the pure, let’s-grow-old-together kind of love between the adorable couple.  Angela & Eric’s story is a beautiful testimony of true love, showing that God’s plans are always beyond our imagination, always faithful, and always full of blessings.  Join us as we share their story below along with the heartwarming images from Kunioo Photo & Cinema.

One Thousand Memories of Love – Angela & Eric’s Engagement (from Kunioo)

The love story

Eric and Angela first met each other at Crescent Park in year 2000 on this bright, yet windy day near the end of August. Eric was having his routine softball practice when Angela and her family decided to check out this nearby park after just landing at Vancouver a couple days ago. Angela noticed Eric more than the others. For one, Angela has always liked the name “Eric”, and this Eric has a twin brother that looked almost exactly like him, which she thought was really cool. Most importantly, it was the rare combination of Eric’s humble character and handsome appearance that attracted Angela. These two traits are usually not found together and this definitely made a strong impression for Angela.

One day in 2002, Eric told Angela he liked her on msn and they both thought that was the beginning of their happily ever after. But challenges and misunderstandings arose faster than they were able to handle. Eric and Angela were both hurt in only under a week and decided to part ways since they thought it was the best way to solve the problem.

Summer of 2007 was when their love sprouted again. That summer, Eric’s parents hosted a karaoke party with many parents and their children. Angela’s family were invited as well. Eric got to know Angela all over again because she had been deliberately keeping her distance from Eric during the three years he had a girlfriend. They’ve both grown to be more mature. This was the day Eric got attracted to Angela again and wanted to find out more about her.

Eric frequently made visits to UBC and either brought dinner for Angela or asked to take her out to dinner after her orchestra rehearsals. At first, Angela was confused and doubted what Eric was trying to do because she still remembers their past experience back in high school.

After five months of hard work, Angela finally accepted Eric and began dating in December 2007. Before they started dating, they promised each other that this time, they will not let go. This time, they will fix problems together, stay by each other’s side, and never slip the line of “let’s break up” during arguments or times of frustration.

Ever since that December, Eric and Angela held that promise to heart and supported each other in Christ’s love through countless challenges and hardships. Five years have gone by and love never diminished but grew even stronger and deeper by day. And that promise has become a commitment of a lifetime.

One Thousand Memories of Love – Angela & Eric’s Engagement (from Kunioo)

Romantic proposal

On the evening of Feb 8th 2013, Eric decided to take their relationship to the next stage. Eric planned the sweetest and most heartwarming proposal for Angela. He decorated their new house with over 1000 photos of their memories from the day they started dating. In front of their family and friends, Eric told Angela their story all over again and asked for Angela’s hand in marriage on one knee. To this, Angela nodded in tears and said yes!! It was a night full of love and blessings.

Eric and Angela have come a long way. They are truly blessed and thankful for everything they have now, and most importantly, they cherish every moment they have together. It’s been almost thirteen years since they first met, and it was worth the wait.

One Thousand Memories of Love – Angela & Eric’s Engagement (from Kunioo)

Inspiration & ideas

Kunioo Photo & Cinema: Eric and Angela had contacted us to do an engagement session earlier this year. When we first visited them at their home, we were still able to see the flowing montage of photos that were used as part of Eric’s marriage proposal.

Eric proposed to Angela with a thousand printed photos, taken from their relationship, placed on the walls of their new home. We could not help but to visualize a surreal setting, with memories floating and surrounding them as Eric proposed.

Their favorite quote is: “Where you go, I’ll go, Where you stay, I’ll stay. When you move, I’ll move, I will follow you” (Chris Tomlin).

At Whytecliff Park, the string attaching all the photos represented the interconnected memories, and their love for “following” each other.

One Thousand Memories of Love – Angela & Eric’s Engagement (from Kunioo)

Thoughts from the photographer

Kunioo Photo & Cinema: With our concept, we really wanted the couple to relive the moment of the marriage proposal, but also wanted to incorporate different aspects of Angela and Eric’s lives as well. It was a mix of fantasy and reality. Music and photography plays a large part in their lives. Thus, we decided to bring them to play piano at a performing arts theater and reuse the photos from the marriage proposal and take them to a romantic place high up, overlooking the sea.

About Kunioo Photo & Cinema

Every country has a unique culture,  passed down through the generations. Likewise, all couples have their stories – which need to be captured and retold, too.

Through your funny, heartfelt or romantic stories (perhaps your goofy personalities, or even your aspirations!), we aim to retell your stories to the world.

Kunioo focuses on delivering amazing wedding films and images to every couple, creating unforgettable experiences and creating lasting relationships along the way.

Your Story. Our Inspiration.

One Thousand Memories of Love – Angela & Eric’s Engagement (from Kunioo)

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Makeup Artist: Elena Tsang

21 Adorable Baby’s 1st Birthday Cakes

A baby’s first birthday is one of the most memorable and special occasions to celebrate, and that means you are going to need a fantastic cake! From simple and sweet to over-the-top and creative, here are some adorable ideas to inspire you. Get ready to create a masterpiece for this milestone event.

For baby girls

21 Adorable Baby’s 1st Birthday Cakes

Credits (from top left): Sweet & Saucy Shop / Filigree Cakes (photo by Shannon Bullock Photography) / Raspberri Cupcakes / Becca Rillo Photography / Red Wagon Events / Jessica Cakes / Pink Ateliê de Festas / Darling & Daisy (photo by Natalie Spencer Photography) / Carmen Santorelli Photography / Sweet & Saucy Shop / Julie Harmsen Photography

For baby boys

21 Adorable Baby’s 1st Birthday Cakes

Credits (from top left): Rachel Christine on Pinterst / Janelle Dedini / De La Rose Cupcakes / Hello Naomi / The Designer Cake Company / BooBahBlue on Etsy / Helena Kastains / Hello Naomi / Sprinkle Bakes / The Pastry Studio

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 – Words of Wisdom from Bridal Fashion Designer Trish Lee

Finding the perfect wedding dress is without a doubt one of the most exciting decisions for a bride-to-be! Quite possibly the most beautiful garment you will ever wear, choosing your wedding dress should be an experience of a lifetime, but for many brides, the prospect of finding “The One” can be an overwhelming and even daunting task. So, we’ve asked Trish Lee , an up-and-coming San Francisco-based designer specializing in bespoke vintage-inspired wedding gowns, to share her advice for navigating your wedding dress shopping process.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 – Words of Wisdom from Bridal Fashion Designer Trish Lee
photo by Brian Dorsey Studios

What can a bride do to prepare before she begins her wedding dress selection process? Assuming she has her venue locked down, my best advice: don’t over-think it. Pull a few looks that resonate with you so you have a starting point, set a budget, and then make an appointment. Make sure it’s on a day/time that you’ve mentally set aside for dress-shopping. Do not squeeze in a shopping appointment haphazardly. Wedding dress shopping requires your full mental presence and you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you’re prepared to assess each gown you try on and give feedback to your consultant, so she can pull the right looks for you.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 – Words of Wisdom from Bridal Fashion Designer Trish Lee
photo by Erich McVey

Who should a bride bring wedding dress shopping with her? What do you recommend for brides with a large entourage? I see this happening all the time, where brides bring their whole entourage from bridesmaids to mother to co-workers, select a favorite gown, and then call back a day later exclaiming how she can’t remember what the gown looked like because she was too distracted by all the chatter or that she was carried away by everyone else’s reaction and just went along with the group consensus.

I highly recommend bringing one trusted friend that knows your style and will be honest and tactful. Once you’ve narrowed it down to your favorite one or two, maybe bring a different person to this final appointment if you want to share the experience with say, your mother.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 – Words of Wisdom from Bridal Fashion Designer Trish Lee
wedding dress by Carolina Herrera , photo by Vue Photography

What is the best mind set for brides to have during the search for the perfect gown? Hands down: keep an open mind. I would say that 75 percent of brides end up falling in love with a wedding dress she never would have envisioned for herself. Any time you set too many expectations on what the perfect dress will be, you’ll miss out on something amazing that your dress designer or consultant might suggest. Remember, they are experts because they have seen hundreds if not thousands of brides go through this exact process. They know what the gowns look like on different body types, and wedding dresses look really different on the hanger, so don’t be afraid to try on that “plain” silk crepe number, it might turn out to be stunning especially with the right accessories.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 – Words of Wisdom from Bridal Fashion Designer Trish Lee
Wedding dress by Inbal Dror , photo by Wai Reyes Photography

Do you believe in “love at first sight” when it comes to a bride seeing her gown for the first time? No, I don’t believe in “love at first sight” for everyone. I think this is a personal experience. Some brides fall in love with their partner on sight and some fall for their best friend of 10 years. Pick the gown that makes you feel like a better version of yourself and trust your instinct. You’ll never be able to try on every dress. Don’t fall into the trap that more is better.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 – Words of Wisdom from Bridal Fashion Designer Trish Lee
Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier , photo by Liga Photography

What should brides consider before making a final decision? Undergarments. I could talk all day about undergarments. Oftentimes, you try on a gown with a regular bra, but you should know the exact type of undergarment you’ll need to wear with your actual gown. If your wedding dress is backless, what are you comfortable wearing, or not wearing, underneath? Does the gown requires shapewear or a petticoat/crinoline? Will you be comfortable wearing this all day? You will be wearing your gown and its accoutrements all day, and nothing shows more on your face like discomfort.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 – Words of Wisdom from Bridal Fashion Designer Trish Lee
Wedding dress by Vera Wang , photo by Joy Marie Photography

Any last advice? Put on a little make-up, comb your hair, and wear nice undergarments. There’s nothing like bed-head, dark under-eye circles, and a sports bra ruining the dress shopping experience. You can try on the most gorgeous gown and make it look awful if you don’t look and feel your best.

One last thing, bridal sizes are not friendly. When a wedding dress is a size 10, it really is like a street size 6. Just go with it!

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 – Words of Wisdom from Bridal Fashion Designer Trish Lee
Wedding dress by Claire Pettibone , photo by Next Exit Photography

A huge thank you to Trish Lee for sharing with us her wedding dress shopping wisdom!

Are you just beginning your search for the perfect wedding dress? Be sure to hop on over to the Junebug Wedding Dress Gallery to view some of our most favorite designers and couture gowns. And don’t forget to check out the Trish Lee San Francisco collection while you’re there!

Wedding Dress Shopping 101 – Words of Wisdom from Bridal Fashion Designer Trish Lee

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16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

If you are a movie-lover, why not consider a movie-inspired theme for your engagement photoshoot? Here are some of our favorite ideas, from the romantic The Notebook and 500 Days of Summer sessions to the sweet Up-inspired shoot. There’s something for every type of movie-lover. Get inspired from these lovely ideas and let’s see if you can figure out which movies they represent.

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

The Notebook by Blushing Bride Studio

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Benny and Joon by Elizabeth Zuluaga

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Up by Wildflowers Photography

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

500 Days of Summer by Modern Vintage Weddings

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Axioo Photography

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Left: The Proposal   |   Right: Going the Distancenby Little Collins Pictures

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Water for Elephants by Marilyn Nakazato

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Tangled by Sam Haddix

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Moonrise Kingdom by N.Barrett Photography

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Alice in Wonderland by Three Nails Photography

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

An Education by Laura Vogt

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Indiana Jones by Diana Rush Photography

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Titanic by Dave & Charlotte

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Tangled by Connection Photography

16 Movie-Inspired Romantic Engagement Photos

Atonement by Stephanie Fay

25 Heartwarming “First Look” Moments

While many couples still prefer the more traditional route of not seeing each other before the ceremony, a growing trend is for the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding in a “first look”.

The moment before the first look is magical.  The couple’s hearts are racing and filled with anticipation to seeing each other.  The first look usually starts with a joyful encounter.  Many brides like to surprise the groom with some creative ways of showing up in front of him.  However, it is also an emotional moment between the couple where many get teary.  Should a first look be arranged or should you follow the tradition?  The following first look moments should answer your questions.

Emotional

25 Heartwarming “First Look” Moments

Credits (from top left): Andrea Lindquist / Kelly Stonelake Photography / Aric + Casey Photography / Kendra Elise Photography / Simply Bloom Photography / Katie Day Photo / Whittaker Portraits / Simply Bloom Photography

Romantic

25 Heartwarming “First Look” Moments

Credits (from top left): W. Scott Chester / Louisa Podlich / Bellagala / Swonderful Photography / Cody Krogman Photography / Peter Mahar Photography / Jasmine Star Photography / heartloveweddings

Fun & Joyful

25 Heartwarming “First Look” Moments

Credits (from top left): Paper Antler / Docuvitae / Rebecca Amber Photography / Studio Castillero / Tinywater Photography / Benj Haisch Photography / Feather & Stone Photography / Olive Juice Studios / Melissa Young