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Wedding Photo Musts: Bride and Groom Holding Hands Before the Ceremony

We have looked at some of the most tender moments of a wedding, which must be caught on camera, such as the grooms first look, the father of the bride’s first looks and the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony. We have also discussed capturing the most sentimental article of clothing in the wedding – the bride’s something blue. Today, we are talking about a new trend that I love – the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony. It is similar to the blindfolded kiss, but instead of the bride seeing the groom as they kiss, neither person sees the other. Like the blindfolded kiss, it is a time where the couple can meet without breaking tradition. This usually means meeting on opposite sides of a wall or door. This may mean simply holding hands and talking or saying a prayer together. Unlike the blindfolded kiss, this meeting is only meant to provide some reassurance and calm each other’s nerves.

I love it, because it is a moment of calm for the happy couple before the hustle and bustle of the day truly sets in as they become husband and wife. It is the couple’s last moments as singletons before they take the plunge, and it is sweet to see them spend it together. I love that when the bride and groom are nervous about beginning a new chapter of their lives to henceforth be known as ‘Mr. & Mrs.’, they go to each other for comfort. It is definitely not a moment to be missed. The newlyweds as well as their friends and family will want to be able to look back on those photos for years to come. If you are planning your wedding, you may want to include this new trend. If you do, be sure to have a friend or photographer nearby.

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Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


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50 Reasons Why I Love My Boyfriend

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My boyfriend and I celebrated six months together this past week. Due to the fact that it is our first year together, we wanted to celebrate each of our milestones together. Both of us feel as though we have been together much longer than that, which I believe is to be taken as a good thing. However, our anniversary was a bit bumpy. We actually forgot on the day of anniversary that it was our special day. I thought it was the following day and he simply forgot until he texted me a bit later that day.

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Yeah, that was a little embarrassing. To add to that, we did not have gifts for each other that day. Mine was set to arrive the following day and he just did not know what to get me. We may have argued a bit as well. Like I said, it was a bumpy day. However, we did recover later by celebrating properly with a nice dinner.

Although we did not have the day we intended, we still enjoyed it simply because of its significance for our relationship. That day made me think of everything about us – from our first date to our trip to Italy {which I will post about later} and I felt that it was only right to pay a little bit of homage to him. In honor of my six month anniversary with my boyfriend Max, I have compiled some of the sweetest reasons why I love my boyfriend.

 

  1. He does not sit in the armchair that he loves, because I want him to sit on the couch next to me.
  2. He always lets me put my feet on his lap.
  3. He walks everywhere simple because I like it despite the fact that he HATES it.
  4. He gives me a massage whenever I ask for it.
  5. He watches the TV shows I want without complaining even though he has no interest in show.
  6. He puts up with me making fun of his shows {although I only get five jibes per show}.
  7. We have so many inside jokes.
  8. He is reserved with almost everyone else except me.
  9. He cleans without having to be asked and also when I ask.
  10. We agree on many things.
  11. He is very expressive and always tells me how much he loves me.
  12. He consistently puts in more effort and tries more than I expect.
  13. He is a homebody {cannot believe I like that, but I do}.
  14. He does funny dances randomly throughout the day to make me laugh.
  15. He is not bothered at all if I do not wear makeup or do my hair, but he appreciates it when I do.
  16. He cuts his hair and shaves when I want him to.
  17. He always tells me the truth even when it is not great.
  18. He likes to go grocery shopping with me.
  19. He carved pumpkins for the first time in his life with me even though he was not interested.
  20. He is not into watching sports at all.
  21. He warms me up when I am cold.
  22. We speak to each other in Latin and Spanish like nerds.
  23. His response to nearly everything is, “Yes, my Claire.”
  24. He gets upset when I am upset.
  25. He has curved his love of beer for me.
  26. He has changed his diet for me.
  27. He stops me from eating junk.
  28. He loves holding hands.
  29. He went along with every single thing I wanted to do in Italy {even in the rain}.
  30. He loves my cooking.
  31. He tells me that I am his number one priority and demonstrates it.
  32. His day is off if we do not cuddle.
  33. He confides in me.
  34. I confide in him.
  35. He lets me have final say on almost everything simply because he wants to make me happy.
  36. I have convinced him to exercise.
  37. He does not sleep well without me.
  38. We watch awful TV shows together and make fun of them.
  39. He is intelligent and ambitious.
  40. He always puts my feelings first.
  41. He makes corny jokes and my derision does not deter him.
  42. He tries to make me proud/impress me in meaningful ways.
  43. He keeps calms and maintains a level head when things go wrong.
  44. He remembers all the small details that I tell him.
  45. He loves having lazy days together.
  46. I have rubbed off on him and he has rubbed off on me.
  47. He is quick to apologize.
  48. He lets me wear/take his shirts.
  49. He is never in a bad mood.
  50. He is handsome.

What can I say? It may not be the most important thing in the world, but I cannot deny how handsome he is :) Cannot wait to see what the future holds for us.

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For some more “love”, check out our favorite love quotes.


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Wedding Photo Musts: Your Something Blue

There are many sentimental elements and moments in a wedding worthy of being photographed. In case you missed our previous posts on the subject, we have thus far discussed the grooms first look at his bride, the father of the bride’s first looks and the blindfolded kiss before the wedding. I love the something blue, because it is a traditional element of weddings that has lasted for quite some time. As I have said in the past, I love traditions in weddings {and in general}, because they tie the past, present and future together. In terms of clothing, it does not get more traditional or sentimental than the ‘something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue’. While the first three of theses are very personal and unique items for each bride, the last element is something every bride does similarly. If you are looking for creative ways to do your something blue, definitely check out this post on creative ways to do your something blue. Regardless of how you choose to do your something blue, make sure it has personal significance and be sure to get at least one photo wearing your something blue, so you can look back at it for the rest of your life. If you need some help in choosing just what your something blue should be or how you should have it photographed, check out some of the photos below for inspiration.

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Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


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Awkward Halloween Photos

We have been talking about so many lovely things lately, so I felt that it was only appropriate to change subjects to something a little bit less lovely and a little bit funnier. Seeing that Halloween is only a few short weeks away, I think that we should turn gears toward that holiday. Rather than attempting to celebrate the scariness of the night with decorations {as we have done here and here}, with food {like this and this} or through costumes for kids or adults, I want to enjoy the things that go wrong that night through awkward Halloween photos.

If you have seen our other posts regarding awkward photos on various occasions such as weddings, engagement photos, Christmas, Easter and Halloween in the past {if not, check out the links below for a good laugh}, then you know just how much I value photos that are less than perfect. They make for the most memorable moments, because they are the photos that will be pulled out over and over by family throughout the years to undoubtedly bring back the best memories….even if they are not the best memories in your mind. These people clearly have some great photos {and I am sure stories to go with them as well} and I am so glad that they were kind enough to share them with the internet.

So, without further ado, I hope that these awkward Halloween photos get in the spirit of the upcoming holiday, and if you happen to have any gems like these of your own, consider sharing them with Awkward Family Photos….or just us :) Happy Halloween!

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If you enjoyed these awkward Halloween photos, be sure to check out our photos from last Halloween.

We also have Christmas and Easter collections.

For more occasions, check out when wedding photos go wrong {editions onetwothreefourfivesixseveneight and nine} and our awkward engagement photos.

 

photos @ Awkward Family Photos


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56 Comfy & Chic Autumn Outfits I’m Loving

Although it may not feel like autumn in Los Angeles right now {the temperature here was a blistering 99° yesterday}, but other parts of the country and world are fortunate enough to enjoy the season of autumn. The crisp, cool air and the leaves covering the ground in a beautiful yellow, orange and red collage – I am jealous of it all. It makes me want to turn up the AC to an uncomfortably cold temperature just so I can sip on some hot tea or cider and dress up in some of these fashions in preparation for the cooler “winter” months. Although I cannot wear these comfy autumn outfits at the moment, that does not stop me from loving them. It did not stop Lindsey last year, either. I hope you can make use of some of these autumn outfits for just them for some inspiration.

Plaid

A tried and true, perennial favorite of winter and autumn outfits is plaid. It is always classic {especially for scarves} and can be used for casual outfits as well as getting gussied up.

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photo @ Pinterest

checkered skrit with ruffled blue shirt and burnt orange cardigan fall fashion

photo @ Deep Roots at Home

plaid shirt with red skirt and blue scarf colorful fall fashion

white dress black leggings and scarft fall fashion

photo @ Liz Marie

plaid shirt with skinny jeans and leather boots fall fashion

photo @ Style Kick

holey sweater with plaid scarf, skinny jeans and platform shoes fall fashion

preppy autumn outfit

long wool skirt with blue button up scarf and boots thrify fall fashion

photo @ Look Book

plaid scarf with tan open cardigan, skinny jeans and ankle boots fall fashion

photo @ Heart Swoon

big plaid scarf with layered sweater and dress shirt and wool coat fall fashion

preppy plaid fall fashion

plaid scarf with white button up and jeans fall fashion

photo @ Butiksofie

Leather

Although leather is seen in all seasons of the year, it starts to become quite prominent in the autumn. Then, leather jackets, skirts and more come out of the closet for chic and comfy style.

skinny jeans and brown leather jacket and orange scarf fall fashion

photo @ See Anna Jane

brown leather skirt and sweater with button up underneath fall fashion

brown leather shorts with oversized black sweater and black tights and leather ankle boots with leather purse autumn outfit

photo @ 17th & Style

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photo @ Img Hut

brown leather jacket with big brown scarf fall fashion

photo @ Pinterest

Denim Shirts

Denim is normally associated with warmth, which makes it fitting as shirt material for colder weather. It is perfect for a casual outfit and although it is a normal piece of clothing, it is not as common as other tops.

denim shirt and black leggings and floral scarf fall fashion

photo @ The Pleated Poppy

khaki skirt denim shirt tights scarf and boots fall fashion

photo @ Deep Roots at Home

denim shirt, pearl necklace, black leggings and knee high leather boots autumn outfit

photo @ Polished & Pink

Shorts {and Rompers}

Although autumn is traditionally a time for warm clothing and accessories, shorts are still functional and stylish, especially with a pair of tights.

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photo @ Fine & Feathered

knit sweater with wool shorts, black tights and red scarf fall fashion

photo @ She Inside

floral romper with chunky khaki scarf and brown tights

photo @ Etsy

Dresses and Skirts

The same goes for dresses and skirts. I love seeing beautiful dresses and skirts of all lengths in fall fashion, especially with tights or leggings. No woman should be confined to pants for the autumn and winter. With some creativity, you will be able to get a unique look and be warm at the same time.

chunky white sweater with skinny black belt fall fashion

photo @ Workday Weekend

red dress with black tights and chunky brown scarf autumn outfit

photo @ Pinterest

green dress with brown leather belt black tights autumn outfit

photo @ Pinterest

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photo @ Tumblr

yellow skirt and turquoise jacket autumn outfit

photo @ Styleoholic

pink sweater, khaki scarf and gray wool skirt classic fall fashion

photo @ Styleoholic

pink scarf brown jacket and dark skirt with leggings fall fashion

photo @ Styleoholic

dark dress with dark tight and light shirt fall fashion

photo @ The Clothes Horse

white lace shirt with blue jacket and red maxi dress fall fashion

photo @ Deep Roots at Home

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photo @ Pinterest

chunky scarf with jacket, dress and tights fall fashionphoto @ CAbi

Floral Designs

Floral designs are usually associated with the spring and summer, but I have been seeing floral shirts, skirts and scarves in many autumn outfits and I love it. Autumn outfits have a tendency to be full of muted and natural colors, something too much so, and I love the design and color accents that floral patterns are bringing.

floral top with jeans and brown boots fall fashion

photo @ Her Lovely Style

skirt cardigan and scarf classic fall fashion

photo @ MaieDae

floral dress with chunky scarf and long cardigan and patterned tights fall fashion

photo @ Pinterest

blue dress with mustard cardigan and red tights autumn outfit

photo @ Fine & Feathered

maroon autumn fashion

photo @ Thoughts by Natalie

Other Comfiness

Above all, do not underestimate the other power of comfiness in your autumn outfits. It will add to your style and enjoyment of the clothing throughout the season. Whether that comfiness comes from oversized sweaters, leggings, leg warmers, chunky scarves, a long cardigan or big boots, what is comfy and cozy is best.

brown thermal and black leggings autumn outfit

photo @ Free People

casual layered brown and green sweater and jeans autumn outfit

photo @ Pinterest

polka dot dress with white cardigan and red chunky infinity scarf autumn outfit

photo @ Pinterest

red and blue autumn outfit

photo @ Fine and Feathered

sweater pants and heels fall fashion

photo @ Styleoholic

black leggings with muted top and cardigan autumn outfit

photo @ Lilly Style

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photo @ Mayte Doll

comfy sweater with black leggings, legwarmers and boots autumn outfit

blue and white autumn outfit with leather boots

photo @ Pinterest

dark scarf and jeans with light dress shirt fall fashion

navy and gray casual autumn outfit

photo @ Annn Marie

white knit sweater with light red scarf, skinny jeans, legwarmers and leather boots autumn outfit

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sweater boots with gray fall fashion

 chunky scarf, big sweater cozy fall fashion

simple and colorful fall fashion

photo @ Babble

What outfits are you loving this fall? Do you see a trend you like? Let us know below.


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