September 24

Fun Brewery Engagement Pictures

This week’s adorable real engagement happened in a trendy spot in Atlanta, Georgia. Sharon and Tyson are a sweet couple that met on eHarmony about 3 years ago, and wanted some lively engagement pictures to commemorate their fun personalities.

How they met:  After a couple weeks of chatting, we went on our first date at a rooftop bar in Atlanta. We clicked instantly. Our conversation flowed effortlessly- mostly because of our common interests and sense of humor. Before we knew it, 3 hours had passed! We’ve been inseparable ever since.

Proposal Story: We were traveling in Paris, when my fiance Tyson, popped the question!
On the day of the proposal, we were planning to see the Love Lock Bridge (Pont des Arts) in Paris. It was first thing in the morning, and I was still pretty groggy. Since I was still waking up, I didn’t read any nervousness that Tyson might have been showing. As he wasn’t involved in the activity planning for that day, I had no clue that there was a big surprise headed my way!  (If he were to propose, I always thought he’d schedule a fancy dinner or a romantic walk, you know, something totally obvious that would tip me off.) But he played it cool that day, and went along with whatever I thought we should do.

Once we got to the bridge, we placed our lock on the bridge and then needed to throw the keys in the river. When I asked Tyson for the second key, he pulled out the ring, and got down on one knee. I was in SHOCK; not that he proposed, but that he was able to surprise me! After his dreamy proposal, we spent hours just walking around Paris and chatting about the events that led up to the proposal (how my parents reacted when he asked, how his mom reacted, etc). It was such an amazing day :)

How they picked their photo shoot location: When planning our engagement session, we wanted a place that meant something to us. Most of our hobbies involve food and drinks, so I was struggling to think of a good place that would mean something to us, and also give us great engagement pictures. I briefly mentioned our love of beer, and the SweetWater Brewery to my photographer, and she jumped at the idea! She loved how unique and personal it was for us. We visit this brewery all the time with friends, and it’s my fiance’s first choice for beer during any occasion (we’re having it at the wedding too!), so it was perfect! Our photographer spoke to the Manager who was just as excited to have us shoot some cute brewery engagement pictures there. The whole staff was so gracious to us and let us shoot all over the brewery. We had an amazing time drinking some of our favorite beers and capturing moments that would last a lifetime.

Photography Credit: Carrie Joy Photography

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engagment pictures with talented wedding photographer taken at Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta

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Do you have a Real Wedding or Engagement Submission? We would LOVE to see it! Please see our submission guidelines here and we hope to hear from you!


September 23

DIY Wedding: Hanging Program Pockets for Your Big Day

Looking for a way to make your wedding stand out? DIY it! Making your own accent pieces can maximize your budget while lending a uniquely personal touch to your ceremony or reception. After all, your special day should exemplify your one-of-a-kind love. To get the most beauty for your buck, check out this fabulous (and simple) DIY wedding project—that is sure to make your ceremony or reception unforgettable.

With this easy and elegant DIY wedding project, you will ensure that each guest receives a stylish program. Add a bright confetti pouch to your pocket to guarantee a colorful and festive recessional.

What you need:

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  1. Fill your small gift bags with confetti.
  2. Fold over the opening of each bag and seal with a gift tag sticker.
  3. Take layered pocket card and punch a hole in the top center.2015_0731_WPD_DIY_CerPocket_Progress
  4. Thread ribbon through hole and tie to desired length.
  5. Place program and confetti pouch in layered pocket card.
  6. Hang layered pocket on chair corner for a stylish and effective way to distribute wedding programs.

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September 22

Wedding Sweepstakes with Mindy Weiss!

Today we have celebrity wedding planner and Wedding Paper Divas style partner Mindy Weiss back on our blog telling us all about the exciting Instagram sweepstakes she’s hosting with us! Mindy is the leading wedding planner to the stars with over 20 years of experience planning weddings and events for Hollywood personalities like Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, and more.

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I’m so excited! Why? I’m combining two of my favorite things in the world: wedding planning and Instagram! Wedding Paper Divas and I are coming together to host a one-of-a-kind Instagram sweepstakes to help all you engaged couples with your wedding planning dilemmas!

All you have to do is post a photo on Instagram of you and your future husband/wife along with a short caption that details a wedding planning dilemma you’re currently facing, using the hashtag #HelpMeWeddingPaperDivas (remember, your profile should be public).

Maybe you disagree on the floral set up, or maybe you simply can’t decide on the best season for your upcoming nuptials. I’m here to help! Three lucky winners will receive a personal video response from me on Instagram and I can’t wait to help answer your burning questions! You’ll also win a copy of my best-selling Wedding Planner & Organizer and Wedding Book as well as a wedding stationery suite from Wedding Paper Divas (up to $750).

So what are you waiting for? Get to posting, friends! You have until Monday, September 28, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PT to submit a photo. The sweepstakes is open to engaged men or women ages 18 or older, residing in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. We’ll start announcing winners by October 2, 2015.

Find all the fun details here.




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September 21

Black, Pink and Gold Wedding Ideas

For today’s inspiration we’re featuring jewel-tone magenta and rich black for a luxe, formal wedding. Pink doesn’t always mean princess! The right shade of pink mixed with pops of purple and black create a rich, sophisticated aesthetic. Think a black-tie event that’s not afraid to go bold.

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Black is the perfect backdrop for pops of color. For example, gold brings an elegant look to a tablescape, cake and wedding invitation. An invitation can give guests a sneak peek into a bold, formal wedding.

Featured Wedding Invitation: Gilded Lilies. See our full Wedding Invitation collection here.

Let’s take a closer look at the wedding decor and details.

Something as simple as a chair can add so much personality to your reception. Maybe it’s using two special seats for the sweetheart table, like gilded black French chairs. Every bride and groom deserves to feel like royalty! Gold Chiavari chairs for the guests add a metallic accent, contrasting a beautiful black tablecloth.

Even the wedding cake is all dressed up in formal attire. Black fondant is the perfect backdrop to sculptural ivory roses. The black-and-white contrast enhances the architectural elements on this two-tiered cake.  Because this black cake is so versatile, it allows for pops of color within other wedding elements, such as pink and gold.

Find fun little ways to add to your color theme. Groomsmen’s socks in a fun fuchsia or argyle pattern are a playful detail. These make for excellent photos, too. Remember that every detail is an opportunity to show off your style.

Table Setting:
We think this table is the perfect balance of pink, black and gold. The different shades of magenta flowers and table napkins really stand out against a black backdrop. Notice the gold lamps as the centerpiece—indoor furniture turned into stylish, outdoor decor.

This floral bouquet has pretty pops of color all over. Bright magenta and softer baby pink hues are very apparent. In fact, they take center stage. While the wedding bouquet does not match the black cake or gold Chiavari chairs, it does complement them both perfectly! This pink, black and gold wedding theme is chic and lively.

Have fun with your wedding theme and find your stylish way to literally bring your personality to the table!


September 15

DIY Wedding: Gold Deer Figurines for Your Reception Table

Looking for a way to make your wedding stand out? DIY it! Making your own accent pieces can maximize your budget while lending a uniquely personal touch to your ceremony or reception. After all, your special day should exemplify your one-of-a-kind love. To get the most beauty for your buck, check out this fabulous (and simple) DIY wedding project—that is sure to make your ceremony or reception unforgettable.

This DIY wedding project marries whimsy with modern to give you the best of both worlds. When finding their place cards atop miniature, gilded stags, your guests’ faces will surely light up.

What you need:



  1. Place deer figurines several inches apart on top of a clean tarp, drop cloth, or newspaper. (This step makes clean-up super easy)
  2. Spray paint the visible side of each deer and let dry.Resized_Deer
  3. Flip each deer figurine over to reveal unpainted side. Repeat step three so that entire deer is now painted.
  4. Once dry, prop place card on the deer’s antlers and enjoy your rustic-glam look!





September 14

Glam Fall Purple and Gold Wedding Ideas

As we’re coming into fall, jewel tones get us excited about the changing season. After enjoying summer beaches and the hot sun, using rich purples and gold are a perfect way to show off a fall wedding. We’re calling it Glam Fall: gold touches on traditional fall motifs. glam-gold-purple-jewel-tone-wedding-ideasPhoto Source: Gold Succulents | Centerpiece | Boutonniere and Bow Tie | Bridesmaid | Cocktail | Macaroons

Gold isn’t your color? Try silver, rose gold or copper for your theme. We have these lovely metallic colors for foil accents to your wedding invitations. Today we’re featuring the gold foil that matches perfectly with a purple and gold wedding theme. Find this wedding theme in all of the autumn details, from the macaroons to the table decor—right down to the bow tie!


Featured Wedding Invitation: Spectacular Swirls. See our full Wedding Invitation collection here.

Ways to incorporate special details for a special wedding:

Decorate Dessert:
Sweet treats look even better with a little extra styling. We love how these macaroons match the plum purple from the invites. The brushed metallic gold adds a thoughtful detail just like the gold foil on the invites—a detail any “sweet tooth” would love.

Paint Decor:
Think of ways to add your colors and give your decor a Glam Fall look. Don’t be afraid to pull out the paint! Turn any item into a simple DIY project so it follows your vision. Who knew how good these succulent place card holders look in gold?

Cheers to Colors:
Toast with a refreshing drink that follows your wedding theme! This blackberry cocktail is a genius way to bring in the plum color, as well as an opportunity for a unique drink.

We hope we’ve inspired you to think of ways to make your wedding beyond the expected. We think your wedding should be just as unique as the two of you!