Marine Love Story: Rachel and Justin

Marine Love Story: Rachel and Justin

Rachel and Justin’s love story isn’t a meet cute from a John Hughes’ movie, in fact, it’s so much better. After meeting in high school, Justin went on to pursue a military career as a Marine. Leading two completely different lives, their love for each other grew despite this distance in mileage and lifestyle.  Wanting to capture Rachel and Justin’s engagement with a timeless, vintage feel, Aisha Khan, from Ama Photography and Cinema , took the couple to the adorable Jarrell Bridge in Houston, which was the perfect setting for this couple’s classic story.

Marine Love Story: Rachel and Justin

How They Met

“Justin and I met our senior year of high school; his best friend introduced us. We quickly became inseparable and really close friends but, unlike him, I wanted to remain just that as I had just ended a serious relationship. We would spend hours upon hours together, and the more I got to know him, the more I began to truly fall in love with him. The genuine love and respect he shows me and his family is something I really admire and love about him. He has the most kind heart and beautiful soul of anyone I have ever met.”

Marine Love Story: Rachel and Justin

The Proposal

“He asked me to marry him all the time not long after we started dating, but I thought it was too soon and that we should take things slower. Not long after that he left for the military. The distance apart made us closer and our love grew even stronger and though we were very young, we knew that we wanted to start a life together. So, after the military approved him a month leave for December, he flew home and went to my father to ask for my hand in marriage.”

Marine Love Story: Rachel and Justin

Marine Love Story: Rachel and Justin

“Our style as a couple would probably best be described as very classic. He’s an old fashion gentleman and I love anything that’s vintage and unique. We both wish we could have lived in the 1940’s era. Our personalities complement and even each other out perfectly. We enjoy simplicity and ease, and love just being in each others’ company and with our families.”

Marine Love Story: Rachel and Justin

Thank you so much for sharing your heartwarming story with us, Rachel and Justin. We wish you the absolute best in your new life together!

Marine Love Story: Rachel and Justin

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Gorgeous Chic Bridal Nail Art Trends We Adore!

When it comes to bridal manicures, there are many nail trends to choose from.  Whether you want your nails to look classic, sweet, glamorous, or bold, there is a ton of inspiration out there for every bride’s style.  In the hopes of steering you towards your personal bridal nail design, here are some trends we absolutely love.  Get ready to be delightfully inspired!

Bejeweled

Gorgeous Chic Bridal Nail Art Trends We Adore!

Credits (from top left): Sydney Micheals on Pinterest / Style Motivation / Yujinlub Blog / Swellmayde

Lovely Mint

Gorgeous Chic Bridal Nail Art Trends We Adore!

Credits (from top left): Paulina’s Passions / Beauty High / pshiiit / Meow13 on Weibo

Contemporary

Gorgeous Chic Bridal Nail Art Trends We Adore!

Credits (from top left): Obaz / Madeline Poole / Trophy Wife Nail Art / Ciate

Watercolor

Gorgeous Chic Bridal Nail Art Trends We Adore!

Credits (from top left): pshiiit / small-good-things / littlebeautybagcta on blogspot / truebluemeandyou-tumblr

Golden Sparkles

Gorgeous Chic Bridal Nail Art Trends We Adore!

Credits (from top left): Lauren Conrad / Nicole Stoner / Masami Yoshihara / Jennifer Cor

Coral, Navy and Gold Color Palette Inspiration

When transitioning to fall, choosing a coral, navy and gold color palette is the perfect way to include a striking summer hue, alongside the glamour and sophistication of navy and gold. The terrific trio of colors can reflect anything from a vintage to modern nautical theme for your wedding.

Coral, Navy and Gold Color Palette Inspiration

Photos by: Ely Brothers , Kristi Wright Photography , Chris Glenn , Kristen Weaver Photography , Kye Norton Photography , Raya Carlisle Photography , Harrison Studio , Whitney Lane Photography

We’re loving the bright pops of coral and subdued, yet dramatic, navy and gold tones. For more color inspiration, check out our wedding photo gallery , where you can search for images using our handy color picker!

Coral, Navy and Gold Color Palette Inspiration

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20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Did you know an easy way to add some flair to your engagement / pre-wedding photos is to have them taken at night? A nighttime photo session has the power to add a touch of romance to your pictures, and create dramatic scenes using professional lighting techniques. Join us as we share some of the most magical moments captured by talented photographers below.

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Axioo Photography

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: +M Photography

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Gaeul Studio

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Photold Studio

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Masato Kubo

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Axioo Photography

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Family Portrait

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Dixie Pixel

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Amor Wedding

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Hendra Lesmana

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Daran Wu Photography

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Lanny Mann of Two Mann Studios

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Donfer Photography

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Roger Wu

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Studio B.O.N.G

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Tiamo Photography

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Jennie Andrews Photography

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Rowell Photography

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Axioo Photography

20 Magically Romantic Nighttime Engagement Photos

Photographer: Mark Hu Photography

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

5o years from now, when you’re flipping through your engagement photographs, you’re going to want your photos to bring back memories of you as a couple. That’s why it’s important to ensure your engagement photos are authentic and memorable; filled with personality. We’ve put together 4 simple rules when it comes to planning your engagement photo shoot. Follow these rules, and your photos will always bring you joy!

1. Incorporate Your Hobbies

What better way to show your personalities than doing the things you love doing together in your photos?

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Angela Varveri of Rchive Visual Storytellers

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Photo by Jacki Bruniquel

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Photo by Daniel Stark of Stark Photography

2. Be Yourselves

If you and your partner are goofballs, staring intensely into the camera for those “serious” photos may not be the way to go. Don’t be afraid to be yourselves and get goofy in front of the camera.

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Photo by Spencer Combs

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Photo by Spencer Combs

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Brian Leahy of Brian Leahy Photography

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Photo by Ken Kienow

3. Get Your Pet Involved

Obsessed with your dog, cat…or chicken? Why not let them in on the fun? Just be sure to let your photographer know so they can plan ahead.

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Photo by Lauren Belknap of Callaway Gable

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

photo by Kristi Odom of Kristi Odom Photography

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Jessica Stout of Stout Photography

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Photo by Jason Tran of Jason Q. Tran Photography

4. Choose a Sentimental Location

Choosing a location that holds a special place in your hearts is so much more meaningful than just taking your photos at the most scenic spot in town. Get inspiration from thinking about the place you met, fell in love, your favorite date spot, or the proposal location.

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Shari Vallely of Shari + Mike Photographers

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Catherine Hall of Catherine Hall Studios

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Justin Mein of C&I Studios

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

Photo by Heather Waraksa of Heather Waksa Photography

Follow these four tips and you will definitely add personality to your engagement photos, and you’ll have more fun! For more engagement photo inspiration, take a look at our Best of the Best 2014: Engagement Photo Collection .

4 Ways to Add Personality to Your Engagement Photos

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22 Lovely Children’s Room Ideas

Many parents find it challenging to design and decorate the rooms of their little ones. Whether it’s a room for a sweet little princess or a hyperactive boy, the ultimate experts on what they will like best are kids themselves.  Get kids involved in the design process and listen to their thoughts.  It’s also a good idea to pick colors and elements that can be easily replaced or moved around to meet their fast-changing preferences. Think about imaginative furnishings, creative lighting, soft colors, comfort, safety, and joyful atmosphere. Let our creative collection below inspire you!

For the girls

22 Lovely Children’s Room Ideas

Credits (from top left): Altamoda Italia / Bibelotte / Decoratualma / 101 Woonideen / Skona Hem / Caroline Gomez / Home Designing / Pottery Barn Kids / Pottery Barn Kids / Home Designing

For the boys

22 Lovely Children’s Room Ideas

Credits (from top left): Xamatowa / Chad Jackson / Cox & Cox / Uglyanitsa Alexander / 3 Suisses / Pottery Barn Kids / Pottery Barn Kids / Heather McAdoo on Pinterest / ferm LIVING / Fawn and Forest / Luis Solano on Pinterest / Uglyanitsa Alexander

14 Beautifully Arranged One-of-a-kind Bridal Bouquets

Before you meet with your florist to discuss all-things bouquets, it’s good to have some ideas about what kind of flowers, styles, and colors you are considering, especially if you are looking for creative, one-of-a-kind floral arrangements. Packed with colorful inspiration, our collection of unique bridal bouquets below will show you how to create organic and elegant looks by blending flower shades, sizes, and textures. Get ready to experience the power of flowers!

Sweet & feminine

14 Beautifully Arranged One-of-a-kind Bridal Bouquets

Credits (from top left): Jen And Jonah / Corina V. Photography / Kate Flowerwild (photo by Michael & Anna Costa Photography) / Petals Ink (photo by The Bird & The Bear Photography) / Rose Bredl (photo by Lily Glass Photography) / Sebesta Design (photo by Lauren Fair Photography) / Ravenna Bloom (photo by Blue Rose Photography) / Studio Fleurette (Photo by Paper Antler)

Elegant

14 Beautifully Arranged One-of-a-kind Bridal Bouquets

Credits (from top left): Carrie Patterson / Jessica Sloane (photo by Austin Gros) / Abany Bauer (photo by Leslie Hollingsworth) / Sweet Woodruff (photo by Rebecca Amber Photography) / KT Merry Photography / Vintage Florals (photo by Taylor Lord)