December 13, 2012

Thinking about getting a little creative for the holiday season? I might be able to help, since I've stumbled upon some really adorable DIY gift tags!

I've always struggled with wrapping gifts. It's just something I've's really not my forte. I usually (somehow) manage not to make a lumpy-looking present by dressing the package up with ribbons and decorations. This year, I've decided to really personalize each gift with a pretty tag - maybe it will be enough to pull a friend's attention away from a small tear in the corner? Oops!

Tying the Knot loves DIY projects, and while it's not completely DIY, these are just too adorable and clever to pass up on. Below I have here a small collection of beautiful, printable tags. If you find yourself some nice cardstock paper to print on (and some extra ink!), this would be a fantastic idea to dress up a present!


Country Christmas Gift Tags

These beautiful tags can be found here! From Ellinée.


Beautiful Christmas Tag

These can be found here. From lovelydesign.


Beautiful Winter Birds Tags

If you're a fan of birds, try these printing these little peepers here. From rebecca's misc.


Christmas Gift Tags

These cute tags can be found here. From Kelli Murray.


Creative Christmas Tree Ball Tags

You can print these colorful tags from here. From Please Note.


Elegant Christmas Tags

These elegant tags can be found here. From Three Eggs Design.

Beary Cute Animal Tags

If you're looking for some Christmas critters, head over here. From Studio Morran.


Whew, so many to choose from! I might have a hard time deciding for myself. Good luck with all of the holiday wrapping!

posted by Laura at 11:12AM
December 11, 2012

Today we have Luminaria Photography in the spotlight! We spoke with Michelle Macirella, the owner, a fabulous Portrait Photographer who's a photo pro. She specializes in Wedding Photography as well as Lifestyle & Studio Portraits for Families, Newborns, and Pets. 

She is currently the Photo Editor/Contributing Writer for Pup Culture Magazine and a Contributing Photographer/Writer for Lake Affect Magazine. In addition, she does Head Shots, Commercial Pet photography and Product photography for businesses and artists. Michelle is also available for freelance assignment/editorial work.

Here's a little bit about Michelle and her fantastic work - scroll down to take a look!


What initially interested you into photography?

I've been in love with taking photographs since I was a kid. Around 8 years old I got my first camera. When I was young I think I just really liked the idea of being able to capture everything I saw and experienced and wanted to remember. As I got older it was that reason along with the challenge of getting a really good photo and helping others preserve their memories.

How long have you been professionally shooting?

5 years

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

That is a hard question because as a photographer you build a relationship with the couple and are invested in helping to make their wedding day a success. It would be hard to choose one because I feel connected to all of them and each wedding has been so different and beautiful to capture.

What is your photographic style - traditional, photojournalistic, etc.?

I think of my wedding photography style as a mix of modern, traditional and photojournalistic. I will always do a few "semi-posed" set ups where I give a little direction to set something up, but then let people do what they want so I can capture them more naturally. That's mostly with the family photos and the time I have with the couple and their wedding party. The rest of the day is much more photojournalistic.

Do you shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?

I always shoot everything in color and then will change certain photos to black and white in post processing.

What is your camera/weapon of choice?

I use professional Canon equipment: cameras, lenses and flash. Right now I have a 7D and a 40D, but am looking forward to the soon-to-be-released 6D which we will be adding to our camera family.

Film or Digital?

I shoot everything in digital now. Like many photographers I learned with and used film for a long time, but switched to digital about 7 or 8 years ago. I will always like film and how it looks, but as a professional I can do so much more with digital.

If you could work along side any one photographer who would it be?

There are a lot of talented wedding photographers out there, who I'm sure I would love to work alongside with and learn from, but one of my favorite photographers I would jump at the chance to work with is Zack Arias. He's not a wedding photographer, but an amazing portrait, editorial and commercial photographer who I really admire.He has a series of workshops and instructional dvds on how to use light that I learned so much from. His vision, style and the way he works are really inspiring.

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Try not to choose your photographer solely based on money and always go with a professional photographer as opposed to a friend with an expensive camera who says they will shoot your wedding for free. I remember what it was like when I was planning my own wedding and how many expenses there are. I was trying to cut costs wherever I could, but my wedding photography was never an option to cut costs on. I'm not saying you need to book a photographer who's thousands of dollars out of your budget, but don't let a few hundred dollars difference lead you to a choice you'll regret. When this one single day that you've been planning for over a year (and for many women their whole lives) is over, the only major tangible thing you and your family will have left to preserve and remember that day are your wedding photos.

The other factor to consider is finding a photographer you click with and enjoy being around. You want to find someone whose package, style and vision for your wedding day fits with yours, but if you can't stand their personality you should keep looking. They're going to be with you ALL day during your wedding helping to guide you throughout the day. And you're going to have a relationship withyour wedding photographer for at least 6 months or more from the time you first meet with them through several months after your wedding.

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posted by Laura at 3:20PM
December 3, 2012

Today we're celebrating our relaunch. And we have BIG NEWS!

Tying the Knot is now offering FREE wedding websites! If you absolutely love what you see you can upgrade to a full website for $99.

To celebrate you can now take 25% off any upgrade between now and 12/25! Hurry before this fantastic offer ends! Use code: 25DAYS25OFF

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November 27, 2012

Photographs are key to our memories. What better way to preserve that special moment in your life than taking a picture? Some of us have the expertise in photography, while others have to find someone with it! If you're the latter (like me!) and thinking about finding a photographer for your wedding, you might want to read this. We recently spoke with Jennifer Medeiros, a wedding photographer who knows how to capture and preserve "true, honest human emotion."



What initially interest you into photography?

It was kind of an accident how I stumbled onto photography.  In my sophmore year of high school, I had one more class I needed to fill and a friend had mentioned that she heard photography was a fun class.  So I took it.  And man, I fell head over heels in love!  But then I had children right after high school, so I did the responsible thing and put my dreams on the back burner to raise my kids.  Now that they are older (13 & 10), I decided it was time to get back into it and give my dreams a real shot.

How long have you been professionally shooting?

Almost two years.

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

I would have to say my first.  It was a beach wedding in Sarasota, Florida and it was really a litmus test for me.  I really wasn't sure how I felt about photographing weddings.  To be honest, they scared me.  How could I handle being responsible for capturing the single most significant day in a couple's life together?  But again, I fell completely in love and haven't looked back!

What is your photographic style?

I very much prefer a more photojournalistic style.  To me, there is nothing more beautiful than capturing true, honest human emotion as it happens.  I know that when I look back at my old photographs, the ones that draw the most emotion are the candid moments and not the school portraits or the "say cheese" ones.  But that's just my opinion...

Do you shoot mostly color, black and white, or both?

I like to do a combination.  I never really know what I'm going to do until I sit down to edit and I just kind of go with my gut.

Film or Digital?

Well, it's funny you asked.  In the time I had put my photography goals aside to be a mom, the shift in the industry went from film to digital and when I decided to pick it up again, I felt like I had to re-learn photography.  Most of the things I did in the darkroom I could now do in the camera and that was definitely a learning process!  But now I shoot primarily digital.  I do still have my film camera, but it needs to be dusted off!

If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be?

Without a doubt, Jasmine Star.  She's amazing and we totally have similar personalities!

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Honestly? I would say to do some research.  Your wedding day is so important and the relationship between a bride and her photographer is very intimate.  At the end of the day, one of the most important elements to choosing the right photographer is that your personalities mesh well.  I think this makes the day run very smoothly and you both have the same goals in mind.


bride on a beach, lace wedding  gown, mermaid dress, train
bride in woodsbride and groom, trolly ride
black and white bridal portrait
the first dance
rustic bridal photo, red flowers, vailbride and groom, black and white, walking away
first dance, close up
bridal shoes, crystal heels, clear stilettos
exchanging of rings
sunset silhouettesunset portrait, kiss

Want to see more? Check out Jennifer's website.

Don't forget to like Jennifer on facebook!

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November 20, 2012

Getting ready for a winter wonderland? If you're like me, it's a tough time of the year! Rough skin, chapped lips, frizzy hair, and at worst getting sick...get ahead of the game and stop the discomfort before it happens! Especially if you're putting together a winter wedding. Sure you may be busy preparing for the big day, but this is the time to start caring for yourself!

Cracking skin? This could be because of too many hot showers and a lack of good body cream. Sure those steaming showers feel great (and are oh-so tempting!), but one too often will result in water loss in your skin. Keep your hot showers quick and like Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy Calming Body Wash Daily Shower Oil. Pat your skin dry! Moisturize while you're still damp for the best results. Try something like Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion if your skin is really dry! Also invest in a humidifier while you sleep to help.

Chapped Lips? To prevent, use a wax-based lip balm as much as possible during the dry, cold weather. If you're already suffering with it, then go with a moisturizing lipstick or lip balm (petroleum jelly or Vaseline are always your best friend). Avoid licking your lips and breathing through your mouth! If you're out and about, a chapstick with SPF (sunscreen!) will do you some good.

Difficult hair? Keeping your hair under control in the winter is a chore sometimes. Using a deep conditioner once or twice a week (depending on the condition of your hair) can help!Dry hair/itching? Look for specific brands of shampoo or conditioner that are hydrating. Head & Shoulders® Classic Clean Shampoo can help with any dandruff symptoms that can pop up during the winter season.

Starting to feel sick (oh no!)? Many people swear by products such as Airbourne or Emergen-C (I recommend the latter! However, our graphic designer Courtney swears it tastes like chalk) but eating fruits and warm, liquidy foods such as chicken noodle soup or something hot, can work. Find yourself some daily vitamins (I take the chewy kind like Vitafusion MultiVites™ Gummy Vitamins for Adults Berry Peach and Orange! It's not bad at all), cut back on smoking and alcohol. Stop touching your face to prevent the spread of germs, cough into that elbow, and try to get to bed a little earlier.


Rule number one: Don't stay dehydrated. Try to keep your body healthy by drinking lots of water! It will help with all of the above :)

Beautiful Winter Bride in the Snow

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November 13, 2012

At Tying the Knot, we love a well-designed wedding invitation, and are huge suckers for lace! We found both in one when we spoke to AnnMarie of Lavender Paperie. She specializes in lace wedding invitations for a "vintage, rustic and shabby chic themed" weddings. We asked AnnMarie some questions about her work and her gorgeous Etsy Shop.


How did you get started on wedding invitations? 

I love everything wedding and also love the art of creating something beautiful for ones big event.  Since I was little, I always had a love for paper and decided to take that passion and combined it with my love for weddings and decided to start creating wedding invitations.

When did you start designing for weddings? 

It was right after I had lost my job teaching 3 years ago.  It was my opportunity to go full force and start my business.  I'd have to say, at the time, losing my job was devastating, but looking back it was the best thing that ever happened to me. 

What are your favorite materials?

Lace is a pretty obvious one, since almost all over our invitations have lace on them.  Right now though, I obsessed with glitter paper.  I can't get enough.  We are in the process of creating our glitter line. I can't wait to reveal it!!

What’s the craziest invitation you’ve been asked to design?

Since most of our invites are for couples with weddings with a vintage flair we really don't get many crazy requests as most of their themes are very elegant, classic, etc.  I'd say, out of all our invites, the only one that sticks out the most would be the one we created for a couple where we used hot pink lace, ribbon and cardstock.  That one was definitely out of the norm of our usual realm of colors.  I'd have to say, it was also probably one of my favorite invites to create!  I loved working outside the box!

Ampersand or And?

Either or, really have no preference.  It all depends on the style of the invite and what works best!

What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding invitations? 

Make sure to start early if you are looking for custom invitations.  The whole design process can take up to 6 months or more to create.  This way you can avoid having to pay rush fees and also have the comfort of knowing that the invite you fell in love with can be created in time. 

Kraft card invitation, pink lace, burlap
kraft paper pocketfold, lace invitation
Dark blue pocketfold invitation, lace
dark gray pocketfold invitation, pink accents, lace, baroque pattern
wedding invitations, gold matted, white lace
black and white invitations, black lace, swavorski crystal
light gold invitations, cream lace, rose applique

Visit AnnMarie on her Website

Like Lavender Paperie on Facebook

Follow @LavenderPaperie on Twitter


Want to be one of our featured vendors? Contact Laura today!

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November 12, 2012

Having a bad day? Feeling the stress building up? Need a chance to smile?

After revisiting one of my favorite long-running blogs “1000 Awesome Things” (it was launched back in 2008! So if you don’t know about it, go get your read on. If you do, I apologize for making you reread all 1000) and remembered that #992 was “Being the first table to get called up for the dinner buffet at a wedding!” 

Beautiful Wedding Table

"When you’re on The Outside there is no greater wedding high than being the first table to get called up to the dinner buffet. Suddenly you’re on The Inside, honorary winner of the prestigious Gets To Eat Before Everyone Else award, dipping your ladle into Alfredo sauce before it films over, toothpicking meatballs before they congeal into sugary meat pyramids, surgically removing the perfect first triangle of cheesecake before the serving dish gets all gummed up with clumpy graham cracker paste and marischino cherry glue."

Catch it here and fondly remember that memory of the time you were called up first!

I highly recommend “1000 Awesome Things” for anyone who wishes to reminisce on the little things and appreciate the moment. It’s the most heartwarming blog I’ve ever come upon in the vast world of the internet. Go on, read it and get your smile on!

posted by Laura at 12:16PM
October 23, 2012

Recently, we sat down with Laurel from Go Against the Grain, a shop specializing in all kinds of cupcake toppers, drink stirrers and labels for different occassions...including weddings! She was kind enough to let us know all the ins and outs of her absolutely adorable Etsy shop and give us a little discount goodie (see the end of her interview for more details.) We also added a few extra photos in the spirit of Halloween. Maybe you will be inspired to use that discount code?

We hope you enjoy!

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How did you get started on your cupcake toppers?

I noticed that most cupcake toppers were in the shape of a circle and wanted to do something different. Buntings and pennants have always been popular so I tried out the flag shape and they are quite popular! They are a fun and simple way to add a little extra something.

When did you start designing for cupcakes?

I have always been a fan of cupcakes, even before they gained popularity. I started designing my cupcake flags around 2008 for holidays with my family. 

Everyone would comment about how great they were so I thought I'd try selling em! Now I've branched out quite a bit to flags for drinking straws and other fun things you can use to adorn cupcakes and treats!

What are your favorite materials?

I would be lost with out my trusty Macbook Pro, some sharp scissors and a paper cutter, lots of colored cardstock, my printer and various types of adhesive.

What's the craziest project you've been asked to design?

I had a company called Knurture contact me for 1,000 custom cupcake flags! To date it is my largest order. It is also a pretty random one as they didn't use the flags on cupcakes!

They were included in kits that they sent out to their prospective clients as part of a contest! The kit included little stuffed aliens with my flags stuck in their hands.

The contest was to take photos of the aliens doing all kinds of things. It was great to see such creative thinking! You can see some of the entries at

What do you love the most about your work?

I love that while the products are essentially the same, they are each very unique in their own way.

Is there anything else you'd like to add for our Tying the Knot readers?

Readers can get 10% off in my shop! Use the code: TTK10


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posted by Laura at 10:23PM
October 23, 2012

Bridal shoes sure are expensive! Not to mention slipping into new shoes for the big day can make your feet sore. Ouch. Do you have a pair of simple white shoes that you've worn and adore? There's an alternative way to walk down the aisle in style: Bridal Shoe Pins. With these, you can simply find a shoe that you're very familiar with or comfortable in (got to be able to dance at the reception!) and dress it up to match your gown. They come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes, and can range from feathery fluff to sparkling crystals. 

Bonus: buy an extra few pins to put in your hair to match the shoes...or your bridesmaids! 

Here are some lovely pins we found on Etsy!

Flower Burst Bridal Pins Beautiful Wedding Pins

By Cshiver.

Pale Cream Bridal Pins for Beautiful Bride

By FlowerCouture.

Beautiful Feathered Ivory and Sage Bridal Pin

By sofisticata.

Wedding Bridal Flower Pin with Golden Beads

By NiaPersonBridal.

Beautiful Wedding Bridal Pin Crystals and Blue Bow

By ShoeClipsOnly.

Beautiful French Lace and Crystal Jewel Pin

By PowderBlueBijoux.

Beautiful Wedding Rhinestone Shoe Clips

By BridesBoutik.

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October 15, 2012

Today we have a special Wedding Feature; Meet Lena and Anders, all the way from Norway!

Lena and Anders's wedding was held at Eidene GÂrd in Tj¯me, Vestfold in Norway. If you need to touch up on your geography, this particular location can be found on the south-east coast of Norway right by the sea! The Eidene GÂrd is a Red Cross center equipped with a restaurant that doubles as a party house. This beautiful location walked guests down a narrow pathway to a huge pier (1076 square feet!) which held all seventy guests for a private ceremony.

Now, unless you have a deep love for snow and ice, June through September are the best months to visit Norway, the Land of the Midnight Sun. But for Lena and Anders they held their wedding late May and were rewarded the warmest weekend of the year; 77 degrees and sun!

Lena bought her dress in a bridal store called "Dinn" in Oslo. Lena found herself a Cinderella-esque dress. Anders wore a traditional Norwegian folk costume, a red vest made by his mother.

Lena and Anders held a non-religious wedding arranged by the The Norwegian Humanist Association. This particular organization bases their ethics on human values, and can wed couples virtually anywhere - which is very difficult to do if you don't know someone from the church of Norway. Overall, the ceremony was simple and they let the beautiful seascape do all of the work. Lena's father walked her down the aisle to "Staralfur" by Sigur Roos, an Icelandic singer. Poems were read by Norwegian songwriters and songs were sang by Norwegian bands.

For the reception, Lena wanted to stick to comfortable and simple themes. She bought plenty of vintage vases for colorful flowers, bell jars to use as candle holders for the dinner tables, and customized garland that read "Lena <3 Anders" in red and black - all from Etsy and shipped from the USA! Instead of a guestbook, Lena and Anders opted for a guestbox where guests wrote greetings for the bride and groom. Polaroid pictures were taken, and guests rocked out on fun blow up instruments. There were red and white striped candy bags with confetti and wedding program designed by Creative Start Design. Their wedding cake was decorated with a hand-made crochet heart for a cake topping.

To complete their big day, Lena and Anders left the reception in style; rolling out in two little vintage Mini Morriss'; one bottle green and one beige!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Wedding with a Water View
Wedding Programs in Popcorn Bags with Confetti
Traditional Norwegian Wedding
Traditional Norwegian Groom OutfitPrincess Bridal Gown
Bride Applying Makeup
Father of the BrideLena and Anders wedding on Tying the Knot
Flower Girls
Exchanging of Rings
The first kissWedding guests throw confetti
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Bridal bouquet, roses
champagne glasses, strawberries
wedding reception, appetizers
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fake lips on a stick, fake mustache on a stickWedding Chalkboard Heart
Bride and Groom
Mustaches on a Stick
Best Man KissLips on a Stick, maid of honor
Chalkboard heart, initials
Bride, groom, mini morris
bride, groom, green mini morris
bride, groom, mini morris
Green mini morris

Photos By: Michal Tomaszewicz

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