October 11, 2012

Who said Friday the 13th was unlucky? For some, it ís one of the most memorable days of their lives. Echoe and Craig met as freshman at Michigan Technological University and were together over 5 years when Craig proposed - on a Friday the 13th!

Craig had been out of town and was supposed to return on a Saturday due to a bad blizzard that had hit. It was about 8pm that Friday night when Echoe heard a knock at the door and Craig was there, in a suit, holding flowers. He got down on one knee, and the rest was a blur to Echoe!

Here are their fantastic engagement photos! With their adorable dog Lucca (named after a town in Italy where Echoe had visited).

The colored powder wars was inspired by this blog. Echoe and Craig wanted to go with something fun and unique, and they loved the idea so much that they tried their own version of it!

A big congratulations to Echoe and Craig!

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Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the KnotEchoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the KnotEchoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the KnotEchoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the KnotEchoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot
Echoe and Craig's Engagement on Tying the Knot

 

Want to see more?? Go here to check out more of Kristina's blog post about her photo shoot with Craig and Echoe!

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October 9, 2012

At Tying the Knot, autumn is one of our favorite times of the year. The colors, the food, the crisp weather! Here are a few things that what we're definitely looking forward to this autumn.


The FOOD

It's the best time for our fall food favorites! Apple pies, pastries, smores, candy apples...and then all the candy you can eat come Halloween time.

Autumn food and delicious desserts

Caramel apples for autumn

Brrr! Coming in from outside when it starts to get chilly makes it hard to take off your coat. But this will soothe the transition: warm cider, hot chocolate, coffee or espresso.

Warm drinks expresso hot chocolate

 

The FASHION

It's the best time of the year for a light coat and a scarf; the fuzzier and more colorful the better. This is the time to start layering: sweaters, coats, leggings, knee socks. Too hot? Take one off! Too cold? Put one on! Easy and comfy.

Warm red scarf for autumn

Our favorite boots come out of the closet. Oh, how we've missed you!

Old pair of boots lovingly worn-in


The ACTIVITIES

Apple picking! It's a big favorite and makes for an enjoyable weekend outing. There's nothing more satisfying than leisurely strolling through an orchard while biting into a fresh apple. Not to mention its sweet taste after struggling to climb a branch or two to get to the best one on the tree. Pumpkin picking is also fun (not very good to eat unless you bake it into something!) and roasted pumpkin seeds are very satisfying after a day of carving one or two!

Crates of apples for apple picking

We love taking long walks/drives to see the colorful leaves. The trees have so many incredible colors, its almost like stepping into another world. The scenery really speaks for itself!

Orange leaves on a road

Fireplaces start to heat up. There's the sweet smell of smoke as the air gets cooler and crisp, and the warmth of the fire can keep you there for hours. Happen to have a wood stove? There is nothing better than sitting near one of those to read a book and warm your back.

Warm fireplace with flowers

Attending autumn weddings!

This season is one of the best times of year to throw a wedding. In Fall, there are a variety of colors and themes to choose from. Ideas can range from simple and clean, to the more extravagant and decorated. Plus foilage weddings are absolutely beautiful; the use of natural items really add character to floral arrangements, centerpieces, wedding cake embellishments, wreathes, and bouquets. Can't forget the delicious favors; caramel apples, homemade perserves or little bottles of maple syrup.

Wedding Bouquet with soft white roses

Wedding Bride and Groom in front of a soft sunset

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October 1, 2012

Karyn and Brandon had their marriage ceremony and small dinner reception in the old castle library of the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec Old City Canada. Their guest list was small and stress-free, only inviting their immediate family and a few close friends.

Karyn and Brandon maintained a strict budget for their wedding, spending no more than $5000 for the dress, meal, cake, hotel, flowers, programs, menu and favors. Karyn's gorgeous dress was from the Vera Wang White collection, one that is only carried in select David's Bridals. In memory of Karyn's grandfather, her flowers were Yellow Billy Balls, Queen Anne's Lace, and Peonies; the same ones that always grew at her grandfather's farm. Their photographer was a former student of Karyn's, Dustin Genereux, and it was his first wedding.

The ceremony was very personal; Karyn & Brandon both wrote their own vows, and family members read poems and messages that had everyone laughing and crying.

Karyn's love for art, design, and deer were prominent at the reception. She personally handmade and designed wooden place cards for her guests. Each card was printed with the names alongside an image of a deer; females received a doe and males received a buck. She even bought two handmade deer toppers for the cake. Karyn also designed the invites, menu, programs, and canvas tote bags which were filled with goodies for the ride home.

Karyn and Brandon's wedding invites carried a different theme from the overall wedding. Since they both loved music and many guests were travelling more than seven hours, they created CD album invites for the long car rides. Her chalk-typography design and the silk screened CD with a vinyl press varnish made it look and feel exactly like a record.

Karyn and Brandon had one more thing to add to their wedding to make it special: both got tattoos of Karyn's wedding logo.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Place Holder Cards Deer theme for Wedding
Wedding Deer Theme Matches
Wedding Menu for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Deer Theme Goodie Bag Tote for WeddingWedding Vows for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Wedding Rings for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the KnotKaryn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Beautiful Teal Wedding Shoes and Rings
Karyn's Bouquet of Beautiful Country FlowersWedding Deer themed Cuff Buttons
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the KnotKaryn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the KnotKaryn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Appetizers for Karyn & Brandon's Wedding
Wedding cake with custom Deer ToppersWedding cake with custom Deer Toppers
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the KnotKaryn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Karyn & Brandon's wedding on Tying the Knot
Wedding Couple under an Umbrella
Karyn & Brandon's Wedding Couch Portrait
Karyn & Brandon's matching Wedding Tattoos

 

Want to see more?? Go here to check out more of Karyn's fabulous designs!

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September 28, 2012

At Tying the Knot, we hold a special place in our heart for wedding invitations. No, really, we love them!

Our co-founder, Courtney, is a seasoned veteran of wedding invitations and she’s always intrigued by innovative ways to invite guests to a wedding. Recently, we sat down with a bride for a wedding day feature (coming soon!) but were extremely excited when we were given some extra design goodies to look at…and we just had to share!

Karyn and Brandon are lovers of music. Despite the overall theme of the wedding, they decided to take a different approach to personalize their invitations. And they are fantastic. Guests were travelling more than seven hours for the big day, so Karyn and Brandon created CD album invites for the long car rides.

Here’s a sneak peek at these unique wedding invitations by Karyn:

 Photo Wedding Invite with CD and Chalk Details

Wedding invite with a matching mixed CD

Her chalk-typography design and the silk screened CD with a vinyl press varnish made it look and feel exactly like a record: incredible!

Wedding invitation designed as vinyl record

Be sure to check back to get the whole story on this wedding feature!

 

Want to see more?? Go here to check out more of Karyn's fabulous designs!

Want to be one of our exclusive wedding features? Contact Laura today!

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September 27, 2012

Looking for a beautiful, FREE website for your big day? Here's your big chance! 

Tying the Knot will be hosting a giveaway over the next few days. We are offering 25 FREE wedding websites using our Trilliant Plan. Over the next few weeks we'll be handing out some one time use coupon codes for you to grab.

If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll have the incredible opportunity to choose from a variety of our beautiful themed templates and tailor them to your every need! 

Here's what you'll be getting: 

  • A selection of Great Themes
  • Up to 9 Pages of Content
  • Add Photos to Pages
  • A Photo Gallery
  • Contact Us Form
  • Turn by Turn Directions
  • and One Year Hosting 

Think you're up to the challenge? 

Keep your eyes open for our coupon codes and grab a free wedding website before they disappear! 

Oh, and don't forget to check out our beautiful website templates to pick out your favorite one for when you win.

Custom wedding website in grey and pink

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September 11, 2012

Do you go with the wedding cake or an over-abundance of cupcakes? It narrows down to two things: traditional or fun? If you’re the kind of bride that’s determined to add casual, cute, and fun to their wedding, cupcakes are the best way to go. It’s definitely memorable, and is sure to be a big hit with the kids (and for anyone with a child-like streak). There would be no waiting for the cake cutting, there would be plenty of flavors to choose from, and they would much easier to smash into your newly-wedded spouse’s face (unless you’re not into that whole mess part, which I don’t blame you. You paid how much for that dress?!). Besides, what’s better than grabbing a cupcake and jumping onto the dance floor to get your sugar-high dance on?

I mean, just look at these! Not only do they look gorgeous (the level of detail in some of these is like mini-wedding cakes), but they add a healthy dose of delicious, childish fun:

Delicious Cupcakes for a wedding

Pearly vanilla cupcakes

Pink Rose and Chocolate Wedding Cupcake

Vanilla and Chocolate Pearl Wedding Cupcakes

You might want to stick with the traditional wedding cake if you’re inviting a bunch of traditional people to the wedding. But then again, it’s your wedding and your rules! The result will be delicious regardless.

Beautiful Pink Rose Chocolate Wedding Cake

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August 26, 2012

We can all agree that there are some very strange wedding traditions. Why do Brides wear veils down the aisle? Why are rings placed on the “ring” finger? Why do we call it “Tying the Knot” when we refer to marriage?

Today we’re going to take a look at where these customs originated!

Wedding Bouquet with Couple Photography

Bouquet - Wedding bouquets were originally arranged with thyme and garlic, which were used to frighten evil spirits. The aroma was also used to conceal the stink of people who had not bathed.

Bouquet Toss - In ye old days, a Bride was considered extremely lucky on her wedding day. So lucky that her wedding guests would sometimes try to take pieces of her dress to bring home. Thankfully the dress-ripping customs evolved into a bride tossing her bouquet as a souvenir for her guests at the reception.

Bridal Shower - When weddings were once arranged by family members, it was said that a poor Dutchman was in love with a girl whose father refused her a dowry. His friends decided to help out and shower her with plentiful gifts to start a household! Another story occurs around the end of the 19th century; the Bride's friends placed small gifts inside a parasol and opened it over the Bride's head. Literally showered with gifts! Imagine doing that with todays modern gifts? Ouch.

Lace Veil on a Bride

Bridal Veil - Back then, newlyweds were rarely allowed to see the other. It was so rare that the families were afraid that the Groom might be appalled by his Bride's face and refuse the marriage. This began the custom of the Father of the Bride "giving the Bride away" to the Groom at a wedding ceremony and lifting her veil for the Groom to see the Bride for the first time.

Carrying The Bride Over The Threshold - Grooms used to steal Brides and were often forced to carry her kicking and screaming back home to the Groom's tribe. Not exactly a romantic, but this wedding kidnapping grew into a very romantic gesture to welcome the Bride to her new home.

Garter - Before Brides realized bouquets could save their dressed, Brides originally tossed their garters to their guests. Around the 14th century this particular custom changed when Brides grew tired of warding off drunken men who wished to remove her garter themselves. In England, the story evolved from a tradition called "flinging the stocking," where guests would follow the wedding couple to their bedroom (talk about privacy back then!) to steal their discarded stockings and proceed to fling them at the couple. Mega points to the lucky person who could hit the Bride or Groom on the head, marking them the next person to marry.

Wedding Engagement Rings

Ring Finger - Before the 5th century, the ring finger was actually the index finger. It was only later that the third finger was believed to contain a "vein of love" that leds directly to the heart.

Wedding Ring - The original ring was actually tied around the Bride's wrists and ankles to "keep her spirit from running away." Egyptians originated the phrase "without beginning, without end" to describe the wedding ring, but their bands made of hemp and constantly wore out. Romans first used iron, which began the use of gold. Italians were the first to set diamonds on their rings, who believed the stones were forged from the flames of love.

Tossing Rice – For good luck, guests showered newlyweds with nuts and grains to ensure a “bountiful harvest” and many children to work the land. When the harvests were poor, rice was used to be thrown instead. (Oh, and that saying that birds eat the rice and explode? Apparently it’s a myth that came from churches who were tired from cleaning up after weddings!)

Wedding Cake Close Up

Wedding Cake - Wedding cakes were once baked of wheat or barley, which were traditionally broken over the new Bride's head by her Groom as a symbol of fertility. Another tradition was that the newlyweds were made to kiss over the top of their cake; this then became a game where many small cakes were stacked to be as high as possible, the Bride and Groom had to kiss without knocking i over!

Tying The Knot - This saying supposedly originates in Roman empire when the Bride wore a girdle that was tied in knots; the Groom untied the knots prior to the consummation of their marriage. This custom grew to actually tying the couple's hands together as part of the ceremony. They were not allowed to remove it until they had consummated the marriage. Another origin speculation was that illiterate sailors and soldiers of would send a piece of rope to their sweethearts when they wanted to get married. If the rope returned with a knot, it meant yes. Other speculation is from Hindu weddings where a the bride and groom would each tie a necklace of flowers to consummate the marriage.

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August 20, 2012

Our good friends Beth and Eleanor were recently wed in Baltimore, Maryland and graciously allowed us to share some photos!

Their venue was at Chase Court. The Gothic former-Episcopal parish house was built in 1879 and is now privately owned. The place is known for its lovely leaded-glass windows, private Shade Garden, and Gothic ballroom.

Eleanor found her dress at a local venue in the DC area called Curvy Girls Bridal. However, Beth’s gown was custom made by her mother.

Beth and Eleanor had a small ceremony with approximately 60 guests. Their families gave them off to symbolize the merging of both themselves and the two families. The officiant was Beth’s best friend, Theresa.

They had a sand ceremony (the couple pours various colors of unity sand from separate containers into one special container, the unity vase, symbolizing their coming together as one), and traded wedding bands which were engraved with two lines cut out around the band to represent two separate lives running side by side forever.

Beth and Eleanor’s reception was not typical: choosing a casual cocktail hour allowed guests enjoy a table with family photos, RSVPs were mad libs that were filled out from the invitations, and a small bar. There were heavy appetizers and an abundance of delicious Italian food.

Instead of the usual stuffy seated service, guests were welcome to casual seat picking and grabbed custom name place cards made from scrabble tiles. Centerpieces were old books and lit lanterns to match the cozy reception hall. Beth and Eleanor’s colors were turquoise, magenta, and grey.

Wedding Headline Invitation
Creative Headpiece for BrideSmiling Bride
Applying Makeup to a BrideBride Smiles into a Mirror
Brides at their Ceremony
Brides conducting a Sand CeremonyBrides kissing for their ceremony
Close Up of a Bridal Ring
Creative Custom Name Place Card
Colorful RSVP Invites for Ceremony
Creative Scrabble Name Places
White Shoes and Teal Shoes for BridesAntique Table Decorations for Wedding
Beautiful Dinner Table for Wedding
Two Brides Eat CakeTwo Brides in Gothic Candlelight

Their wonderful photographer was Sergey Gogolev.

Congratulations and much happiness to the new married couple!

 

Want to have your beautiful wedding featured on our blog? Contact Laura today!

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August 7, 2012

Our super amazing graphic designer, Courtney, painted her nails last night. She was inspired by Birchbox’s crazy take on nail design, and decided to test out her own techniques. And they came out lovely!

This design is super simple and very elegant looking. If you’re searching for an alternative to the traditional French manicure for brides or bridesmaids, here’s something to try! In five easy steps.

First and foremost: supplies!

Courtney is using Sally Hansen's Glazed Sand, French Shimmer, and Clear Coat:

Nail Polish, Scotch Tape, Sally Hansen, Hard as Nails

Step One – Apply 3 coats of the Sally Hansen's glazed sand.


Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Painted Nails, Nail Polish

Step Two – Let them dry for a really long time. Wait overnight if you can to ensure that the nail polish has completely dried. (If you’re too impatient like me, fill a bowl with ice and water before you begin to paint and then dunk your nails in when you finish; soak for a minute or two – however long you can stand! Then air dry, only pat them down if you’re sure they’re dry!)

Step Three – Take your piece of scotch tape and apply it to your nail at an angle. Paint over in 2-3 strokes in the French Shimmer.


Scotch Tape, Nails, Nail Polish, French Manicure, Sally Hansen

Step Four – Peel off the scotch tape before it dries.

 Diagonal manicure, french manicure, white, nail polish

 Step Five – Once you're done, add the top coat after the French Shimmer had dried.

Courtney's Nail Tutorial

Simple! And very pretty! A great way to put a literal twist on the French manicure.

Have fun, and be sure to watch out for more of our simple tutorials!

 

 

Before we go ... We have Nail Polishes to share!

Browsing around for some color? Or maybe looking for that perfect winter-white? If you're searching for the big day, here are some great nail polishes for brides who want to find a more modern and fun white polish:

China Glaze, White Nail Polish, French Manicures, OPI, Essie

1: China Glaze - White Kwik Silver

2: China Glaze - White Out

3: Essie - Marshmellow

4: L'Oreal Paris Pro Manicure - French Tip White

5: OPI Nail Lacquer - White Shatter

 

Or for your bridesmaids who need to match their dresses:

China Glaze, Pink, Essie, Crackle Nails, OPI polish

1: China Glaze - For Audrey

2: China Glaze - Dance Baby

3: Essie - Crewed Interest

4: L'Oreal Paris Pro Manicure - Sweet Nothings

5: OPI Nail Lacquer - Turquoise Shatter

There are plenty of colors to choose from! Make a date out of it and have a nail-polishing party. Pop in a movie, spread out some paper towels, and get your painting on.

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August 5, 2012

Time to take a look at exotic vacation locations. They may sound crazy and far-fetched at times, but who knows? Maybe you’ll find someplace new and exciting for your honeymoon (or if you’re like me, just a cool vacation getaway)!

So, are you an explorer? Adventurer? Perhaps a crazy rock lover? A best friend (she’s that last one, the crazy rock lover) of mine, Mollie, recently vacationed to Iceland; a strange place to go, considering that not many can picture more than…well…ice when the place comes to mind. But those who have gone to seek Iceland’s rocky beaches, dramatic cliffs, and gorgeous countryside know better.

Iceland is an island one-third larger than Ireland or Scotland. Eleven percent of its land is covered by glaciers, one of them called Vatnajökull (say that ten times fast), which is the largest in Europe! There is plenty of volcanic and geothermal activity.

Mollie had one fantastic trip, and took plenty of photos to prove it!

Here are a few:

Honeymoon Rocky Beaches in Iceland

Honeymoon Icelandic Beach Rock Formations

These incredible rocks appear at first to be man-made, but these pillar-like formations are actually created by molten basalt that cools and cracks in a particular way. Pretty awesome!

Honeymoon Destinations Icelandic Blue River

Honeymoon Huge Waterfall in Iceland

Honeymoon Gorge and Waterfalls in Iceland

It’s definitely a place of beauty. There are plenty of epic waterfalls and national parks to visit. You don’t need to be an expert hiker to appreciate the sights! The natural hot springs and pools are something to look into if you're searching for an epic spa getaway.

Wondering what else there is to do there? Head over here to take a peek.

Happy travels!

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