May 28

Santa Cruz Engagement Shoot

This weeks Santa Cruz engagement shoot features Janelle & Jamie at Wilder Ranch State Park & Panther Beach in Santa Cruz, California.

The couple met at the gym in San Luis Obispo, so it was only fitting that he proposed right after her beach run. They chose Santa Cruz as it is one of their favorite places to visit, and it made for the perfect backdrop for their engagement shoot. The scenery captured the couples laid back personalities and their love for the beach.

The couple is planning a destination wedding this summer at West Shore Café in Lake Tahoe.

Photography: onelove photography | Instagram

Santa Cruz Engagement Shoot

Santa Cruz Engagement Shoot

Santa Cruz Engagement Shoot

Santa Cruz Engagement

Santa Cruz Engagement Shoot

Santa Cruz Engagement

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May 27

Through June 2nd – Save 30% on Wedding Invitations

Today we are kicking off our 30% off sale at Wedding Paper Divas. It’s a great time to purchase your wedding stationery with Wedding Paper Divas promo code BESTSALE30 at checkout.

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Already have your stationery? How about thinking outside the envelope by adding a bit of style with our foil embosser seals and a custom embosser?

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Come see Wedding Paper Divas Embosser Seal DIY blog post: Sealed With Perfection

Happy wedding stationery shopping, and let us know in the comments what you chose!

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May 26

Easy Tea Cookies Recipe for Bridal Showers

Looking for easy bridal shower food ideas? Look no further, Lary shares with our wedding blog today a simple butter cookies recipe for your next tea time themed party. Quick to make and quick to go, these buttery and chocolatey cookies are guaranteed to make your guests asking for more.

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Ladies and gents it’s tea time! There is nothing better than enjoying your tea with cookies. These cookies are not your regular sugar cookies though. Oh no, I went beyond that. I present you Tea Bag cookies dipped in chocolate! So gather your tea cups and friends and let’s throw a tea party!


Tea Bag Cookies – Tea Time


Tea Bag Cookies - Tea Time
Easy Tea Cookies Recipe
Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract using a mixer or whisk just until the ingredients come together. Be careful not to over mix.
  2. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. Next fold your dry ingredients into the wet ingredients using a spatula. Divide the dough in half.
  4. Wrap each half in a plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for about an hour. Once the dough is ready to go preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Roll out your dough and cut the cookies to look like a tea bag, using a paper straw poke a hole on the top.
  6. Bake them for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Melt the chocolate chips in a heat proof bowl either in a double-boiler or the microwave.
  8. Once the cookies are cool and the chocolate is melted, dip the end of your cookies into the chocolate, then transfer to a parchment sheet to allow the chocolate to harden.

These were inspired by the lovely Tea Time bridal shower stationery collection. The minute I saw it I knew I should make these.

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Lastly cut some ribbon and place it through the hole of your cookies making a little knot on top. That’s it! You now have created the most adorable tea bag cookies to go with your Tea Time party! Aren’t they lovely?

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May 25

Charcoal Gray Wedding Invitations

With the Pantone color Glacier Gray as our inspiration, we put together this charcoal gray wedding invitations inspiration board. We are seeing more of the cooler and softer side of colors for weddings this season, but you can add in pops of bold colors as accent colors, like ravishing reds to bright yellows and daring hot pinks.

  • Wedding dress: Silk chiffon and lace with ostrich-feathers. Can we just say YES!
  • Wedding reception decor: Taupe chargers and light gray linens bring warmth and romance to this reception.
  • Wedding cake: Sugar Ruffles grey ombre wedding cake.
  • Groomsman: Grey suits are generally reserved for fall or winter weddings, but add a bright pop of color in the boutineer for a look for all seasons.

Featured Wedding Paper Divas Wedding Invitation: Exquisite Plumes

See our full collection of charcoal gray wedding invitations

Charcoal Gray Wedding Invitations

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May 22

Wedding Guest Etiquette: The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Guest

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog giving you advice and tips on how to be the best wedding guest. Amber Harrison is our resident authority on the latest wedding trends and etiquette guidelines. She combines tradition, personal style and the hottest trends to help each couple celebrate their unique love story on their big day.

If you’re not planning a wedding this year, chances are you’ve been invited to one! Today on Small talk. Big day. I’ll help you be the best guest.

Here are a few tips for great wedding guest etiquette:

  • RSVP On Time! You know that fill-in-the-blank card that came with the invitation? Yep, you’re supposed to mail that back, like, right now. Don’t make the couple hunt you down – just mail it before the listed deadline. Oh, and texts and emails? They don’t count!
  • Don’t Assume a Plus-One Unless your invitation specifically lists another guest, don’t assume you have a plus-one or that you can bring the kids. If you think you’ve been slighted, don’t take it personally and don’t confront the couple. There are a million reasons why you weren’t invited with a guest—including budget, which can be a really sensitive topic.
  • Stick With the Registry The registry is there for a reason – you really can’t go wrong! If you can’t find a registry, ask a family member or someone from the wedding party – it’s their job to point you in the right direction. Good exceptions to this rule include really personal, meaningful gifts, gift cards or cash.

Countless hours have been spent planning the perfect event with you in mind, so be a gem and return the favor. It’s bound to be an epic celebration with or without a date.

I want to hear from you! Post a comment to me below with your questions and I may answer them (anonymously, of course!) in an upcoming episode.

Don’t forget to follow along and show me all *your* favorite wedding inspiration. #SmallTalkBigDay

Follow on Instagram: @weddingpaperdivas | @amberkharrison

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May 21

Balboa Park Engagement Shoot

This week we are featuring Angelique and Daniel’s Balboa Park engagement shoot in sunny California. The couple met 6 years ago while accidentally bumping into one another on a night out in San Jose, CA. The couple describes it as love at first sight.

Their relationship hasn’t always been that easy though. 2 years into their courtship they were challenged with having to have a long distance love as Daniel moved to San Diego to continue grad school and receive his degree to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy. The couple then spend 2.5 years traveling back and forth over 400 miles to be together.

After Daniel’s graduation he moved back home and on a small mini vacation back to their dear little city that meant so much to them, he proposed on the beach! This is where they chose to take their engagement photos, at the place where they often went on dates and built a foundation for their future marriage.

Photography: Love in Photographs

Balboa Park engagement shoot

Balboa Park engagement shoot

Balboa Park engagement shoot

Balboa Park engagement shoot

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