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TIPS:: First 5 Things To Do When You Become A Feyonce

The time has finally come when the man of your dreams put a ring on it! Congratulations! Those feelings you're experiencing right now...the higher than life excitement, the feeling of new love all over again, the abundant wonder of how life will be as a #wifey.....these are what getting engaged is all about! Sharing the proposal story with friends and family, showing off your new bling...and, of course, planning the wedding of your dreams! Welcome to one crazy, beautiful, chaotic, memorable, and charming year Miss Feyonce, shit's about to get real ;) 

I am all too familiar with the pressure of trying to make major wedding decisions. After the news sinks in, all of the sudden the realities of planning a wedding start to set in, and the things you thought you knew, you don't know... and the things you thought you wanted, you're not sure of...and, oh my god, are you a boho bride or a classic bride - cuz all of the sudden that tiered lace Rue de Seine is making you question your dreams of wearing a chic Vera Wang. Don't fret! Don't sweat. It's all going to be okay... 

And besides, that's why I'm here! With a big smile and a huge binder full of answers and expertise that will help guide you through the endless decision making processes and pools of emotion :) 

Blue Violet Event's list of the First 5 Things to Do When You Become A Feyonce:

1.     Make the calls! We all know that your parents should be the first to get the exciting news. They've been involved in your life since day one, and (particularly your Mom) has been waiting for this moment since you put on your first tutu! So please, before you update your status or work your way through the trending #isaidyes hashtags...pick up the phone and call the people in your life who deserve to hear your proposal story in person!!! You will make their day. 

2.     Celebrate the moment! You're engaged!!!! Grab a bottle of champagne. Dive head first into this moment of love with your new fiancé. Say the word FIANCE fifty times in a row, and I guarantee it still won't feel natural (really, do it, it's so fun). Hug strangers, cry with excitement, laugh out loud, and daydream about your dress. Before the realities begin to set in, take this blissful moment to thoroughly and truthfully enjoy the true LOVE you have found. You now have a life partner for all your days. Embrace the change, the memory, the sense pride you feel. It's a beautiful thing. 

3.     Get a manicure! Your devoted man spent countless hours sneaking around to quietly select the perfect ring for YOU, the woman of his dreams, and you finally get to show it off! Now do your hands a favour and get a manicure. This new sparkly appendage will be adorned by friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, and strangers for the next year...so compliment the sparkly goodness with pretty little fingers and then take a #ringselfie.

4.     Pick a Date. It doesn't matter when you tell people the exciting news, 5 minutes after it happens or 5 months later...the second question out of people's mouths is always, "What's the date!?" At first you'll answer with a cute, "Oh, we haven't decided yet, we're just enjoying being engaged for now." Then, after the 3rd week of sweetly smiling and quietly rolling your eyes...you'll just want to pick a dang date. We suggest narrowing down the year, the month, or simply the season, just to give people a general idea of when they can expect to see an invitation in the mail! *Bonus: when you pick the date, everything starts to feel real :)  

5.     Hire a planner. I'm not just saying this because Blue Violet Events wants to plan your wedding (but seriously, we do); I'm saying this from a loving place of concern and compassion. Before you start to make major wedding decisions, it can be very helpful to seek guidance and advice from a wedding planner in your area who is familiar with venues, vendors, budgets, and timelines. The helping hand of a Wedding Expert who knows the industry and can provide you and your fiancé with helpful tips and direction from the get-go is going to prevent a lot of stress and potential Bridezilla'ing. Not only that, but a good wedding planner will help determine your budget and keep you on track with spending, manage your timeline for booking vendors, and hook you up with trade discounts and the inside scoop. Trust me, you'll thank me later. 

Lastly, enjoy the ride. It's truly one of the most happy and loving times in your life. Breathe deep and lavish in the joy of being engaged. 

XO

INSPO:: Seven Sexy Reasons to do a Boudoir Photoshoot

We see them often in the wedding industry. Scandalous, too hot to handle, meow worthy photo shoots; where bride-to-be's take it (nearly) all off to present her foxy fiancé with a snapshot in time, a fleeting emotion. A small reminder of the minx he is so lucky to soon call his wife! Of course, I only speak for myself here when I say...most of these shoots are hella hot and uber sexy. 

So here they are. Seven reasons Blue Violet Events thinks you should stand up tall, bare it all, and own it! 

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1. Flaunt it While You Got It. 

You're only young(ish) once, and we're all too familiar with the relentless aging process! Chances are, you're going to be more comfortable in front of a camera today than you will be in ten years, and gravity ain't gonna wait for you to get brave, sista! So I suggest this: book a photographer NOW, without hesitation. Do (optional) crunches everyday 'til the photo shoot. Gather your besties. Take two (mandatory) shots of vodka when the photographer knocks on your door. Have fun!! Get into it. Be one with the camera. #strikeapose #vogue

2. Lasting Memories. 

On that note, the photos you take will forever be a wicked reminder of how hot you are!! Those all too familiar days your skinny jeans suddenly "shrunk in the wash" and (you think) you're having a bad hair day? Check yourself out. Pull out those old pics and take a long, hard look. You still got it girl! The boudoir images may be the best gift ever for your man...but they're also a great little boost to your self-esteem! Feeling good on the inside will radiate through your outward beauty and make you a better version of yourself :) 

3. They're Professional. They know how to make you look good. 

Camera shy? Let me tell you a secret. Photographers are professionals in their field for a reason. They know angles. They know lighting. Their job is to make you look your best! They will guide you, suggest postures and poses, tuck your hair behind your shoulder and place your hand in just the right spot to make sure you're really nailing it. They'll take pictures that will have you thinking, #damngirlyouisfine. Trust me, trust them! 

4. Who doesn't love to play dress up? 

Everyday, you play the important role of being yourself. And for most, the daily grind doesn't involve posing half naked in front of a professional lens, feeling sexy, and having FUN with something a little outside the box! This is your chance to role play a little. Pout your lip if you want to. Stare out an old window into the unknown (like your favourite album cover). Swing from a chandelier. Be dramatic. Replace your lip salve with velvet red lip stain. Wear lace. Play with your edge and push your personal boundaries....you'll feel liberated and excited as you begin to let your guard down! Be daring. We dare you

5. Go Shopping.

We get to an age where we should all just own nice, sexy, womanly undergarments. I remember turning a young-twenty-something, opening my underwear drawer one day and thinking, "holy shit, no one should EVER have to see these." So, I briskly threw all those embarrassments in the trash and started fresh. Boudoir photo shoots give you the chance to spruce things up in that neglected top drawer! Not saying you have to go to Victoria Secret and become an angel, but even your local Target offers some pretty sweet deals on cute little panties that will look great on film...and make you feel sweet in your everyday! Treat yourself. And your man, for that matter ;) 

6. You know he wants it. 

Let's be honest. What man wouldn't want professional photos of his babe in cut offs and a crop top? Name a guy that wouldn't be over the moon to see his lady sporting one of his ripped up old tees and a big ole grin? You know why this is irresistible to your man? Cuz you're displaying confidence, you're being playful, and you're doing it for his eyes only! Lord knows no one else (except your entire bridal party) is going to see these pictures, so it's your little secret. It's pretty much the best gift ever. #coolestwifeaward

7. Because you only live once. 

Because you only live once, and every girl deserves the chance to feel beautiful - inside &  out - and treat herself to a light-hearted, girls night, photo session that makes her feel sexy, confident, radiant, exhilarated, feminine, and fun!! This isn't about anything but YOU! So make a night of it! Gather your girls, stock up on champagne, collect your sparkly gitch and get glamorous! Get wild, feel free. Let your hair down and laugh it off. You'll have so much fun you'll end up making in it an annual girls thang. #girlsnightout 

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Still not convinced? Continue to visit our blog for boudoir inspiration and some stunning examples of sexy photo shoots that boast of class, sophistication, and romance. 

- Robyn

four simple words.

When the title reads DIY, Bohemian, Picnic & Wedding, you know the following sentence is bound to be good! Four of my most adored words and cherished activities in one collective heading. Naturally, I grabbed my coffee and dove in...this featured wedding is for those with an outdoorsy heart and free spirit :)  

Mary Grace & Drew hosted close friends and family for their wedding day, draping the desert in rustic love and diy's. An unexpected collection of vintage vases and lace, picnic blankets, and wild flowers that come together to orchestrate the perfect casual, but chic, lovefest!

Inspired by: Mary Grace's gorgeous two piece vintage lace dress, and the mismatched floral picnic blankets. The natural landscape of the desert. 

Swooning over: The Airstream. The hand painted wood signs. The antique chairs, and the floral garland hanging in the trees. 

Take note: String lights win at every occasion! 

Thursdayspriation, check! 

- Robyn

View the rest of the wedding at the infamously awesome wedding blog, http://greenweddingshoes.com/diy-bohemian-picnic-wedding-mary-grace-drew/