Why I Blog

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by: Lauren
I felt like sharing something about myself today, I hope you all won’t mind. It’s the answer to the question, “Why do you blog?” If you had asked me at this time last year about blogging, I wouldn’t have had an answer because I had no idea about it! I knew that they existed, but I didn’t know about the vast amounts of information, ideas, and inspiration (the three I’s, how cute!) that were available through blogs.

In January (described in more detail here), I was told about Style Me Pretty. From then on, I was forever a member of the blogosphere. There are so many things that I would have done differently if I had been reading blogs earlier on in my wedding planning, as I’ve said several times in my blogging.

Why I Blog via TheELD.com
Photo from author’s personal collection

I decided that when I returned from the honeymoon, I was going to start a wedding blog. But I didn’t want to start a blog just because I was still in love with weddings. I started this blog because I want to help other brides, bridesmaids, mothers of brides, basically whoever is involved in a wedding! I want to provide tips and tricks to brides so their planning experience is fun and their wedding day goes smoothly.

I realized that I was one of the first in my circle of friends to get married, and therefore I didn’t have anyone to go to for advice. At times, I know I was annoying my friends and mother with discussions of bridesmaid dresses, invitations, monograms, flowers, the list goes on and on. There were times that I felt like I had nowhere to turn for answers to questions about my wedding.

So brides, grooms, bridesmaids, mothers, fathers, whoever is reading: feel free to ask me questions! If you need some ideas, you can’t decide on a monogram, invitations, centerpieces, whatever it may be, two heads are better than one! I would have loved to have someone to collaborate with on some of the decisions I had to make when planning my wedding. Leave me a comment, or send me an email. I will be more than happy to help!

In my few months of blogging and connecting with others in the wedding industry, I’ve realized that I truly do want to help others enjoy their wedding day. I’m working to gain more experience in the wedding industry so one day I can physically be there to help brides have the best wedding day that is possible!

So, for my friends, family, blog readers, and anyone else who was wondering, this is why I blog! I absolutely love doing it, and I can’t wait to share more with everyone!



by: Lauren

I loved this wedding shot by Studio222 Photography (said as two twenty-two) so much that I had to share ALL of it in it’s beautiful photographical goodness.

Studio222 Photography is comprised of Becka Knight and Nate Robinson, an engaged couple very much in love who just so happen to be amazing photographers! Their photography is innovative yet traditional, providing a perfect blend of photography styles.

Go on and “scroll” through their newly relaunched blog. I love it, especially because it provides a look into who they are as people as well as photographers.

Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com

Similar to what occurred in our “party bus”.

Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com
Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com

I LOVE these bridesmaid dresses!

Featured Photographer: Studio222 via TheELD.com

It looks like everyone had a great time at this wedding! I’m sure it helped that Becka and Nate were shooting. I can’t wait to meet them when they shoot my October bride’s wedding!



by: Lauren

I didn’t have a chance to put together an Inspiration board, but I felt as if I still needed to provide some inspiration for today!

Color Me Inspired is a great new blog that Becka of Studio222 Photography and Trisha of Black.White.Bliss started! They showcase great color palettes, complete with gorgeous photographs and free printable items! It’s such a great idea!
Inspiration Tuesday via TheELD.com

Inspiration Tuesday via TheELD.com

Head on over to Color Me Inspired for more beautiful inspiration and free goodies!

DIY Decor

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by: Lauren

I’ve had questions about ideas for DIY items, so I wanted to share some great DIY decor ideas. Every bride almost always ends up doing some sort of DIY project, whether it’s for the bridal shower, bachelorette party, or the wedding. There’s an urge that overcomes you when planning a wedding. You just HAVE to make something. And of course what better way to fulfill that urge than to make something useful and beneficial to your wedding? So behold, some great DIY decor ideas for you crafty brides (and bridesmaids, and mothers, and friends).

Ice Cream Sundae Buffet
DIY Decor via TheELD.com
Instructions found at Eat, Drink, Chic

Wishes Banner
DIY Decor via TheELD.com
Instructions found on Style Me Pretty’s Style Circle

Stir Sticks
DIY Decor via TheELD.com
Instructions found on Style Me Pretty’s Style Circle

Lighted Garland
DIY Decor via TheELD.com
By Anna of Rifle Designs, Instructions found at OnceWed

No-Sew Garland
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Instructions found at paper n stitch

Any other ideas for DIY decor? Are you incorporating any DIY items into your wedding?

I’ll be posting some DIY favor ideas next in the DIY series. Feel free to send over anything that you’ve “done yourself” for your wedding, bridal shower, or just any party! I’d love to see what everyone is doing!