You know when a wedding involves a cake cutting sword, it’s going to be awesome, right?

Aaron and Kjersti’s wedding was simple and relaxed, and anything but boring! After a sweet backyard ceremony, these two let loose at their reception, showing off their moves on the dance floor, cutting their wedding cake with the above-mentioned sword, and laughing up a storm with their guests before making their exit with a sparkler send-off. We don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty awesome to us!

Thanks to Lady & Gent Photography for sharing all the beautiful and fun photos from their special day.

Intimate at home wedding

Kjersti, 26 & Aaron, 25

Redmond, WA

Wedding Date: August 31, 2013

Number of Guests: 35

Wedding Cost: $6,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Groom’s parent’s home in Redmond

Wedding Reception Location: Groom’s parent’s home in Redmond

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5 Knockout Wedding Venues For an Intimate Beach Wedding

Sun, sand and no stress.  Sound appealing?  Have a destination wedding on the beach!

Not only do destination weddings naturally limit your guest list (and your stress level!), the stunning venues available to you will guarantee you a breathtaking backdrop. Here are some of our favorite tropical destination venues for an intimate beach wedding:

Voted as one of the best beaches in the world, the El Dorado Maroma in Playa del Carmen, Mexico offers couples small romantic thatched huts where they can exchange their vows right on the waterfront.

El Dorado Maroma - Marina Palapas

The Lady of Guadalupe Oceanfront Chapel at the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun, Mexico isn’t technically on the beach, but its floor to ceiling windows overlook the beach and give you an unobstructed view of the Caribbean while you say your ‘I Do’s’.

Gran Caribe Real - Chapel

Couples looking for a dreamy and private, island wedding ceremony can’t go wrong with Mexico’s Isla Mujeres Palace. With only 62 suites, the resort is blissfully small and the island offers plenty of untouched beaches and a relaxed vibe.

Isla Mujeres Palace Wedding

If Jamaica is your dream wedding destination, Couples Tower Isle offers couples the choice between resorts; a Jamaican island right off the coast and a secluded pier with a quaint gazebo, perfect for small wedding parties.

Couples Tower Ocho Rios

Located on the Pacific side of Mexico, Dreams Los Cabos‘ romantic garden beach gazebo wedding set-up and soft golden sands are ideal for an intimate sunset wedding ceremony and beach reception.

dreams los cabos beach reception

To find more amazing beach destination venues, check out and browse resorts by inspiration categories.

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What to Wear for Your Engagement Photos

Are you stressed out about what to wear for your engagement shoot?

Engagement shoots should be carefree and fun and showcase your style as a couple. A great place to start is by using your theme or location for the shoot as inspiration for your clothing. If you are having your shoot on a beach then bright maxi dresses will really give a summer feel. Shorts, flip-flops and a casual shirt for guys will complement this. Or, if you are really daring, wear your swimsuits!

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What Will Be in Bloom on Your Wedding Day?

When it comes to bouquet inspiration, a great place to start is by looking at what blooms are in season. Not only will you be able to see what is available and at their peak for the time of your wedding, but you will also save on costs.  Some flowers are available throughout the year and the colors vary per season. In season blooms will also give you the chance to be inspired by the gorgeous colors in your surroundings, which you can add to your wedding color palette elsewhere.

Lilacs, Calla Lily, Sweet Pea, Cherry Blossom, Daffodils, White Narcissus, Tulip, Peony, Ranunculus, Cornflower, Hydrangea, Nigella.

The season of renewal, new life and crisp sunshine. With many flowers blooming at this time, it is a great opportunity to take advantage of flowers that are just coming into season. Pastel colors work best for spring bouquets and flower arrangements consisting of soft peach, pale pink and yellow with hints of green.

tulip bouquet

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Keeping guests happy and entertained at a wedding can sometimes be tough. For the most part, the only entertainment provided is a DJ and a dance floor; and while this is great for all those that love to cut a rug, what about the guests with two left feet?  Enter the wedding reception lounge! With many guests preferring to spend the evening sitting and chatting with old friends and meeting new ones, adding a lounge space to your reception makes perfect sense. Not only do lounges look cool, but your guests will love having a comfortable place to hang out instead of being stuck sitting at their table or awkwardly standing by the bar/food table with all the other non-dancers.

If you’re interested in adding a lounge to your wedding reception, but aren’t sure how, we’ve put together some great tips on how to do it right!

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