3 Tips for Military Brides planning their wedding day | GUEST BLOG POST by Brittney Galeaz

3 Tips for Military Brides planning their wedding day | GUEST BLOG POST by Brittney Galeaz

I am so excited to start my guest blogging series! Here is a new post by an Ali B Bride! Brittney and Sean will be getting married this coming December on Cape Cod and I can not wait! We had so much fun during their Boston engagement session. You can check out their engagement session HERE.  Huge THANK YOU to Brittney for taking the time to blog this subject! I know there are so many other millitary brides out there who will love reading this! Feel free to comment if you have any questions, myself and Brittney can answer them the best we can! 🙂

I first met Sean in 2012 through a mission trip our church organized. On the first day of the trip we did an ice breaker exercise to all get to know one another. The first thing Sean told me about himself was that he wanted to join the Air Force and my first thought was wow, that is going to be so hard on his future wife. Well, here we are 7 years later and I am the future Mrs. Donovan! 

Sean and I have been together through all of college, through ROTC, and are now living in DC with Sean stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Throughout this time, I had somehow convinced myself that Sean would never deploy. This was such an unrealistic mindset but it was the way I stayed positive through the uncertainly. Sean and I got engaged in September of 2018 and his first deployment was scheduled for shortly after. I had mixed emotions about the deployment and planning our wedding on my own. I was happy for Sean as this opportunity was what he had always wanted but of course I was hesitant.

Now, on the other side of our first deployment, I wanted to share some tips and tricks with my fellow military brides on planning a wedding with your person being on the opposite side of the world and still making the process what you always wanted it to be.

#1. Tip number one is include your family! I never would have gotten through wedding planning without my amazing mom, step-mom, future mother in law, my sisters, and all of my bridesmaids. Everyone stepped up in the most amazing way touring venues with me, stuffing save the dates, and planning. It was not only helpful but it was fun! My mom and I split too many bottles of wine to count talking about color schemes, wedding dresses, flowers, and more. I missed Sean during the planning but he was still able to be a part of it. We made every decision together and FaceTimed during venue tours. This way he still was able to plan his own wedding even from thousands of miles away.

#2. Tip number two is to talk to your vendors and your venue about military discounts. I am never one to ask for a military discount but I made an exception in this case! While not every vendor is able to offer for a number of reasons it NEVER hurts to ask. Additionally, ask about a military escape clause. As we all know, the military is unpredictable and if you have to move your wedding for one reason or another you do not want to deal with the cost of transferring the date for your vendors and venue. All my amazing vendors gladly offered this clause, and if someone isn’t willing to, they likely are not the vendor for you.

#3. Tip number three is to stay positive and enjoy the process. There were difficult days and moments throughout the planning process where I missed my fiancé and wanted him with me for cake tastings, venue tours, and everything else we had planned on doing together. I stayed positive mainly by keeping Sean in the loop always via our weekly FaceTime dates. I also leaned on the amazing people around me and took them up on the help they offered. I was beyond thankful that so many people stepped up, it is not something I will soon forget.

I’ll never forget my first reaction to hearing Sean wanted to be in the Air Force back in 2013. I laugh when I think about it now because my perspective is so different. Being a military spouse is an adventure, it takes you to places and cities you have never seen, it pushes you to be independent and self-reliant, and it strengthens your relationship making you stronger as a couple and individually. I feel lucky to become a part of it and become an Air Force Wife. 

I want to thank Alex for allowing me to write this piece to share our story! We feel so lucky to have her as a part of our day and our lives! Always proud to be an Ali B Bride! 

Planning Your Bachelorette Party on a Budget | Guest blogger: Aimee Lyons

Planning Your Bachelorette Party on a Budget | Guest blogger: Aimee Lyons

I’ve been really wanting to do  a series of guest blog posts and when Aimee Lyons, owner of DIY Darlin’ emailed me suggesting she write a blog about budget friendly bachelorette party planning I was so excited! This blog post is so great for all of you out there planning and/or attending a bachelorette party in near future! I am currently looking to have more guest bloggers be featured here and would love to hear from you! Please email me alibphotography.info@gmail.com or fill out my contact form for more information and to set up your blog post!

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Every year, over 2.2 million marriages take place in the United States — meaning some 4.4 million bachelor and bachelorette parties! Your bachelorette is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy quality time with your closest friends before you get married. Whether you want a wild bash in Cancun or prefer to sedately sip wine in Sonoma, there is a trip for every bride’s style. Planning the event can be difficult, however, especially if you’re on a budget. The last thing you want is for the weekend to become a legendary bachelorette party horror story. Follow these tips to ensure that doesn’t happen.

 

Create a Reasonable Budget

 

Establish a budget for your bachelorette party before you make any bookings. Decide on a guest list to figure out how many people you need to plan for. Then, there is transportation, accommodation, and food to take into account. If you’re planning to drink, consider alcohol costs, as these can quickly add up. You can save by having alcohol delivered to your hotel room via Drizly or a similar service depending on your location.

 

If you are thinking of attending an event, ticket prices are also a factor. Pop concerts, sporting games — a diversity of options is available. However, keep in mind that you don’t have to splurge on the most expensive tickets to have a great time. Also, check if group rates are possible. Some venues might offer discounts for larger bookings, which can often result in significant savings.

 

Choose an Affordable Destination

 

Once you have an idea of your budget, you can more realistically choose a bachelorette party destination that’s affordable for you. There’s no need to head across the ocean to Amsterdam or London or to fly down to Mexico. Many fun and popular destinations can be found within the United States. This guide from the Knot has fantastic ideas, from Cape May, New Jersey to Austin, Texas.

 

When picking your party city, look up transportation costs before making a final choice. Airline tickets can get expensive, especially if you’re not booking well in advance. If you’re strapped for cash, picking a spot within driving distance might be your best bet. A road trip is also a fun way to start the weekend. Follow these tips to save money on gas, such as avoiding highway gas stations and tuning the engine before you leave.

 

Pack Your Glam Ahead of Time

 

Part of the fun of your girly nights out during your bachelorette event comes from getting all dressed up. So, pack all your glam squad needs, such as nail polish and remover, makeup, party clothes, and hair straightener. If you’re flying, coordinate items like straighteners to avoid excess baggage fees — you don’t each need to bring one!

 

If you’re looking to vamp up more than usual for the weekend, consider getting eyelash extensions, which, according to Smart Style Today, have seen a boost in popularity. They look glamorous and even make you appear younger than you are. They also eliminate the need for mascara and heavy eye makeup, since they stand out on their own. Shop around and find a reputable salon, however; poor-quality extensions can leave your real lashes broken, damaged, and even falling out altogether.

 

Bring Some Bonding Entertainment

 

If your bachelorette party includes people from different areas of your life — for instance, work friends versus college pals — games are a great way to bond everyone. Cosmopolitan has a fun list of games you can play like a “How well do you know the bride?” quiz and a bar crawl scavenger hunt. These are cheap and not cringe-worthy.

 

As with any event, your bachelorette party is probably not going to go perfectly. Maybe a friend misses their flight or perhaps you drink too much one night — these things can happen. The important thing is to stay positive and not let these smaller setbacks derail the entire excursion. Follow the above tips to keep things running as smoothly as possible — and focus on enjoying the quality time with your friends.

 

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Hi there! I'm Alex,

Hello, and welcome to the Ali B Blog! I’m Alex and I am a wedding photographer  based in Bedford, NH. I hope you grab your favorite drink ( in my case, coffee) and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, as well as getting a little peek into my life.

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The Pavillion at Pinehills | Amylee & Gregory

The Pavillion at Pinehills | Amylee & Gregory

Hi Friends! I am coming at you from Wildwood New Jersery for his amazing wedding day sneak peek! Amylee and Greg had such a gorgeous wedding on Saturday at The Pavillion at Pinehills! It was so fun getting to work with Lisa, Katy and Beabout Exposure and it was so fun getting to see these two love birds again! The last time I saw Amylee and Greg was in November for their engagement session!

Amylee and Greg had so many sweet, personal touches on their wedding day. On Amylee’s flowers was a framed photo in memory of her biological dad. You can find a charm like this similar here. It was such a nice touch to having her father close by and in her heart on this day. She also had a charm made for Greg and presented his to him during their portrait session. Greg’s father had also passed away and she said ” He should be by your side today, because he would have been your best man. So I wanted you to have this.” It was such a sweet moment that made me a bit emotional behind the camera. I know what it’s like to get married and go through life together with the one you love, and not having a parent there to see it.

The weather on this day was crazy. We planned to have first looks in an area throughout the golf course with her dad and grandparents, however due to thunder and pouring rain, we had their first looks outside of the venue under their awnings out-front. I have to say that there is no bad place to have photos at The Pavillion at Pinehills.  The front porch are of the venue is so beautiful, it really made for a perfect backdrop for these moments.

Once the rain cleared up we took golf carts out to the gate for their first look. It was amazing how the clouds opened and the sun came out! It really was so magical! These moments they had together before anyone saw them were so special. They rocked their portraits and I am so excited that I get to share their sneak peek with you guys!

Amylee and Greg- Thank you so much for trusting us to capture these moments on your wedding day! You both embraced the rain and when the sun came out, you guys made some magic! See, rain on your wedding day is good luck! 🙂 Greg, wishing you a happy birthday!! I hope you guys have the best time on your honeymoon in Antigua! Here is a little preview to help you re-live the best day ever! xoxo.

Dress: The Bridal Secret | Florals: Flair Florals | Ceremony: The Pavillion at Pinehills | Reception: The Pavillion at Pinehills | DJ: DJ ResQ | Video: Beabout Exposure | Cake: Piece of Cake | Invitations: Minted |   In Memory of Charms: Etsy

Hi there! I'm Alex,

Hello, and welcome to the Ali B Blog! I’m Alex and I am a wedding photographer  based in Bedford, NH. I hope you grab your favorite drink ( in my case, coffee) and enjoy viewing my latest work, browsing resources for brides and photographers, as well as getting a little peek into my life.

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My photographic style is light, romantic, airy and, above all, authentic. I believe photography is about so much more than just images, and I strive to tell stories, frame by frame. I want everyone who looks at my work to feel fully immersed in the scene – because there is far more to a moment than what we see.

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Boston Seaport Engagement Session | Brittney & Sean

Boston Seaport Engagement Session | Brittney & Sean

Friends! I have to tell you, I just love the Boston seaport! It’s always a treat for me to be in the city and these engagement photos just make my heart happy! The backdrop of Boston was just the perfect view for these two before heading home to DC. We had so much fun and I can’t stop smiling when going through their images!

Brittney and Sean are planning a winter wedding on Cape Cod at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel! I can not wait to get back there for the 2nd time this year!! Brittney and Sean grew up around Boston and are currently living in Washington DC. They flew to Boston to spend some time with family and then to meet me! They chose this perfect backdrop for their session because Boston is their “home”. They grew up in surrounding neighborhoods and met on a church mission trip to Vermont in 2012! Brittney was in her senior year of HS and Sean was in his junior year. They were best friends for a year before Sean made the first move and here they are!

We had so much fun walking all around the Boston Seaport! They had me laughing at just about every prompt I gave them and I have to say… Sean is such a pro at my nuzzle pose! It was such a great night to end the weekend and I am so excited to share this sneak peek with you of some of my favorites!! Brittney and Sean, I am so excited to meet your friends and family on your wedding day! Thank you for such a fun session! I can not wait to see you guys again! xoxo

Wychmere Beach Club Wedding Venue | Joel & Rachel

Wychmere Beach Club Wedding Venue | Joel & Rachel

It was a FULL weekend for me thats for sure! I had back to back weddings on Friday and Saturday and I had the best time at both! Sunday I was in Boston for an engagement session and Monday I was back in MA for a newborn lifestyle session! All of these events I am so excited to share with you! You see, I might be exhausted, but I love my job and I get so excited when I have new work to share with you!

Rachel and Joel were such a pleasure to be around! They had this calming presence about them the whole day and it instantly made the day feel like pure perfection. Now, I usually meet my couples before their wedding day during an engagement session, however, Rachel and Joel were living in Cleveland at the time they booked with me ( a little over 2 years ago!) so we did not get to meet each other before their wedding day. Let me tell you, I was SO excited to meet them! Not having any clue of who they are before getting to the wedding day can be a little intimidating. When I am with my couples I just don’t stop talking. I prompt them and I tell them exactly what I need them to do. Were Rachel and Joel going to like my personality?? All of these feelings of the unknown quickly washed away as soon as I met them! Both had smiles from ear to ear and they were so happy to do anything I needed them to do. They were wonderful to work with and I am so honored they chose me to be their wedding photographer!

I had a lot of favorite moments from their wedding day. Getting to spend time with the wedding party on the beach after the ceremony was so much fun! We were all laughing and having a great time, and I even let them all go with enough time to join in cocktail hour. I loved getting to spend a ton of time with Rachel and Joel for their beach portraits as well as sun set portraits, just wait until to see those photos! Another moment that I loved was when Rachel’s grandfather gave the blessing. He is the absolute cutest thing and I just wanted to bring him home with me! His speech was the sweetest and he even got up on the dance floor a few times and busted out some great moves! Okay, one more! I loved Joel’s reaction when seeing Rachel for the first time walking down the aisle. He had the biggest smile on his face and he gave her a little wave! I thought it was just the sweetest gesture!! They both cried while reading their vows which was also, soooo sweet! Gah!

Rachel and Joel, Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart for trusting us on your wedding day. The day was absolutely perfect and we couldn’t be any more excited for you both! Rachel you looked absolutely stunning and Joel looked so handsome! It was so great getting to meet your sweet friends and family. I hope you are enjoying your first few days of Mr. & Mrs. and you love getting to look back on such a magical wedding day. xoxo

Dress: Calla Blanche | Florist: Tangled Web | Ceremony: Wychmere Beach Club | Reception: Wychmere Beach Club | Band: Silver Arrow Band | Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie +
BHLDN | Groom: The Black Tux | Invitations: Tankerville Press | Make up: Glamour Cosmetics Official | Hair: Maricruz Hairstyles