Coney Island Engagement Session: Thea + Rachit

Coney Island Engagement

Happy Friday, friends! We couldn’t think of a better way to roll into the weekend than with this super fun Coney Island engagement shoot, captured by Amber Gress! The bride-to-be, Thea, is the talented lady behind the ultra lovely bridal accessory line Hushed Commotion, so we weren’t really surprised to see that she + her fiancé, Rachit, have some pretty spot-on style. Thea is rockin’ that decorated halo braid, bright fuschia lip + fun striped frock like nobody’s business. Right?! Such a fun match for the festive surroundings. Why don’t we hear a bit about how she + Rachit met before getting right to all the photo goodness:

Rachit and I have a somewhat fun “how we met” story – it all started on Twitter. Both of us are from NC, but we met in NYC. A mutual friend of ours “announced” Rachit on Twitter when we moved up to NYC and I decided to hit the FOLLOW button. As time went by we noticed we had a lot in common, especially when it came to food and adventures each one of us embarked on around NYC. After about 3 months of banter back and forth on Twitter, I asking him out on a food “friend date”. We had a blast. Two and a half weeks, and 5 dates later it was pretty obvious that we were both really excited about this. Rachit had planned a long trip home to NC for three weeks that month, so we parted ways but kept in touch. The day he got back, we arranged another food adventure in Bushwick and the rest is history: 4 and a half years later we are still taking adventures and still obviously really excited (and in love!) with each other.

save the date

classic car engagement

classic car engagement

classic car engagement

Coney Island Engagement

When I planned our engagement afternoon, I wanted it to feel like an extension of ourselves. We often take day trips outside of NY or to out of the way parts of the 5 boroughs, so when a friend of Ambers had a super sweet Thunderbird we could borrow – it all became clear. Rachit loves cars and I love anything vintage.

Coney Island Engagement

flower hair pieces

Coney Island Engagement

Coney Island Engagement

Coney Island Engagement

Coney Island Engagement

Thea + Rachit enjoyed champagne + cookies during the shoot. Shouldn’t all e-sessions include such delish luxuries? We think so!

cookies

Coney Island Engagement

Coney Island Engagement

Coney Island Engagement

Coney Island Engagement

Coney Island Engagement

color smoke bombs

color smoke bombs

color smoke bombs

Obsessed with these frames filled with colorful holi powder!

Coney Island Engagement

Coney Island Engagement

Coney Island Engagement

Such a fun shoot! Big congrats to Thea + Rachit and best wishes for your upcoming wedding!

photography: Amber Gress // hair: StylesOnB  // makeup: Nicole Sievers // cookies: college friend Sarah

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Downtown Salt Lake City Engagement Session: Taylor + Chad

Salt Lake City engagement

Hey guys, meet Taylor + Chad! These two cuties met on a blind date (love hearing a BD success story!) and decided on an intimate + simple setting for their engagement photos with Tyson French. Their sweet session started with some shots in their stylish apartment in downtown Salt Lake City. Then, the trio moved on to Jessica Peterson’s super rad photo studio where the blank canvas of a backdrop really allowed the focus to be on these two and their love for each other! Let’s hear a little more detail about how T + C met, shall we?

My dearest fiancé and I met on a blind date! I had no hope in blind dates because I had been on a few before and they didn’t turn out spectacularly. Chad was different. We went on a hike to a waterfall (which we never found) and we talked for hours. He left the next day to work in St. Thomas for the entire summer (which ripped my heart out) but we talked the whole summer and when he got back, the rest was history! We were inseparable…

Salt Lake City engagement

at home engagement

Salt Lake City engagement

brim hat

Salt Lake City engagement

Salt Lake City engagement

modern engagement

modern engagement

spinning

Salt Lake City engagement

Salt Lake City engagement

modern engagement

modern engagement

modern engagement

Totally love both Taylor + Chad’s style!

Salt Lake City engagement

Salt Lake City engagement

Salt Lake City engagement

Salt Lake City engagement

modern engagement

modern engagement

modern engagement

modern engagement

Salt Lake City engagement

Salt Lake City engagement

Two years later he proposed to me at our favorite pizza restaurant. He seemed nervous and strange all throughout the dinner but I didn’t think much of it. As we left the restaurant we started walking down the bright streets of Salt Lake City and he turned me around, got down on his shaking knee, mumbled something romantic and sweet and asked me to be his wife. I will always remember that moment and I can’t wait to continue our adventure in life together.

Super big congrats you two! :)

photography: Tyson French // venue: Jessica Peterson’s Photo Studio Salt Lake City, Utah

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DIY: Summer Floral Boutonniere

DIY summer floral boutonniere

We’ve been on a flower kick lately for the summer, and you may even recognize some of these blooms from our Seasonal Flower Guide: Summer, so it’s only fitting we share a DIY summer boutonniere that you can easily make for your guy and his dudes for your wedding day! Erin from Dandelion & Grey is sharing how to make these beauties, so lets see how she did it!

DIY summer boutonniere


What You’ll Need:
• Fresh Flowers (from left to right) Pittosporum, Leucadendron Jubilee Crown, Freesia, Snow on the Mountain, Blushing Bride Protea, Lisianthus
Clippers
Floral Tape
Ribbon
Boutonniere Pins

Gather your materials. When crafting a boutonnière, it’s a good ideas to mix several different textural elements in varying shades + sizes to create visual interest. Here, Lisianthus + Blushing Bride Protea were used as the focal flowers, with Pittosporum, Freesia, Leucadendron Jubilee Crown, and Snow on the Mountain acting as backing + accents.

DIY summer boutonniere


Step 1: Choose your focal flower + bunch together your ingredients until you are happy with the result, layering to create depth + height. Trim the end of the stems so they are all the same length.

Step 2: Wrap the different elements together using floral tape. We wrapped the tape almost all the way to the end of the stem, but if you prefer a different look, with more of the stem showing, wrap only a few times around the stem + leave the rest exposed.

DIY summer boutonniere


Step 3: Finish your boutonnière with ribbon. Wrap the stems to cover all of the floral tape + tie in a simple knot or wrap and dot with a glue gun for a cleaner look.

DIY summer boutonniere

DIY summer boutonniere


Seems like an easy + fun DIY, right?! We love the three different variations Erin created using different focal flowers + fillers!

If you make your own boutonniere, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks so much to Gregory Ross for the photos.

 

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