Real California Engagement Photos: Floriza and Reycie

Posted by Caitlin on Mar 06, 2014


Photo: Leah Marie Photography

Can you guess where these two lovebirds got engaged? On a hot air balloon! It only made sense that Floriza and Reycie incorporated an “up, up and away” theme into their engagement session. “We wanted to reenact a fun, picnic scene in a secluded park,” she said. White netting hung from an oak tree to create a canopy; inside, were decorative pillows, blankets, and books, and outside, were fresh strawberries, cheese and crackers, chocolate cupcakes, and a bottle of raspberry champagne. Let’s not forget the bicycle too! View more photos here.

Old, New, Borrowed, & Blue: How to Make Old Traditions New

Weddings are chalk full of traditions. Really, a wedding ceremony itself — with the symbolic wedding rings, vows, aisles, white wedding gowns, and a following wedding reception — is all tradition. So, when bride’s start to question if they want to have a “traditional” wedding, by having a wedding it is traditional. But, the little traditional details can of course be picked over to cater to the bride’s beliefs and wants, and each of these traditions can be modified and otherwise modernized. One of the more fun and widely known traditions comes from the Victorian rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe,”  listing the popular traditions and superstitions of the time. These traditions pulled together as one is a popular tradition today that is easily tweaked and made unique for the bride-to-be.

What do they mean? The something old in this tradition is meant symbolically link the bride to her heritage and past, a past that then looks forward. The something new is this looking forward: It is a symbol of looking to the future with optimism. Then something borrowed is meant to represent borrowing happiness. The intention is that the bride would borrow something from a woman in a happy marriage and borrowing something from her would then bring happiness and longevity to the marriage of the new bride. Next, something blue is a symbol of good fortune and fidelity. And finally, the sixpence in your shoe is supposed to bring prosperity to the marriage.

A new ring to the New Year! A ten-table diamond ring seen ten tables away, or a family heirloom passed down from the groom's family. Here, Tiffany's Soleste diamond engagement ring. Photo:


Bling! A ring on your little ole finger.

Platinum, gold. solitaire, pave, three stone. Cushion, round, princess, square. The perfect engagement ring. A symbol of love and commitment. An engagement ring is also a shorthand reminder of the many social engagements to come during 2013. Are your really ready? Who announces the engagement; how is it worded? What is the best way for the bride and her family to herald the good news?

There are essentially three ways to announce an engagement: at a formal party, at a more casual event and/or with a printed engagement announcement card. And, of course, your engagement news first arrives via texts, emails and a flurry of telephone calls.

How to Announce Your Engagement

Posted by Kim on Jan 04, 2013

Photo by Servidone Studios

You probably want to shout the news of your engagement from the rooftops. And while that may be an option, there are more efficient ways to share your big news. Here’s the right way to do it.

1. Tell Your VIPs Some couples prefer to enjoy a few private days of being engaged before spreading the word, while others want to share the news right away. However you decide to proceed, be sure to tell your closest family members and friends first – preferably in person, or, if there’s a long distance between you, by phone. Usually the bride’s family is the first to know, then the groom’s, then close relatives and friends. As you’re telling family and friends, let them know to keep the news off Facebook and Twitter until you give them the go-ahead. It may take a few days to get in touch with all of the people you want to tell via phone or in person, so be patient!

2. Get Formal The most traditional way to announce your engagement is to send out formal engagement announcements and/or place an ad in a local newspaper. While you certainly don’t have to go this route, it’s commonplace in some areas, so feel free to go for it! Check out some announcement cards in our photo gallery.

3. Have a Party Engagement parties are a fun way to celebrate your exciting news. You can go a few routes with this: you or either set of parents can throw a party, or your friends may offer to throw a celebration. It’s important to note that if you or your parents are hosting, you should only invite guests who you fully intend to invite to the wedding. If your friends are hosting, they can be more lax with the guest list. We recommend keeping things relatively casual for your engagement celebration – a cocktail reception at a favorite restaurant or a backyard BBQ, rather than a formal event at a grand space. Find vendors for your engagement party on EventWire.

4. Set Up a Site If you’ve got a great proposal story (and really, who doesn’t?), share it on your wedding website. The link to this site should only be provided to those who are actually invited to your wedding, though.

5. Take Some Pictures Set up an engagement session with your photographer, once you’ve booked him or her. You can use the photos for save-the-dates, your wedding website, and at your wedding itself.

How are you announcing your engagement? Let us know in the comments!

Engagement Photos (Round 1)

Posted by rose on Nov 09, 2012
This past weekend Rose Dude and I had our first round of engagement pictures taken. Although we have been fortunate to have really nice weather here in Oregon, I wanted to wait until the end of summer/early fall for our horse pictures to be taken. The reason? I wanted to have the ground dry enough so that we could have our favorite animal, hobby and family members in our pictures, our HORSES!

My friend Barb is an amazing photographer and has a lot of experience in taking horse pictures, so I asked her to take some pictures of us with our special four-legged friends. Bryon’s horse did really well (he is the dark brown horse) and my girl, Annie, also did well with the exception of trying to get her ears to perk forward (we were lucky a couple times)

In two weeks we are going to have a second round of pictures with Bryon’s kids, and I am really looking forward to having these taken as well. Hopefully soon after, I can order our save-the-date cards.

Best wishes!

Rose Bud

Barb did an amazing job of capturing the beauty of our horses