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8 Questions to Ask Wedding Pros Before Booking

Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be quite stressful.  How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know who to trust?  Where do you go for advice? First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to…

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2015 Instagram Review

Love seeing some home improvement projects made my top 9 Instagram posts! I’m surprised more photos of the boys weren’t in there though, lol! Just thought this would be fun to share and look back on in later years :).

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Michael & Jennifer | Veritas Winery Wedding

Mike and Jennifer were inspired by their love of wine when planning their Veritas Winery Wedding. They took their theme to heart with wine tastings during cocktail hour, wine barrels all around, wine bottles with custom labels featuring their engagement photos on each table, tables named after different varietals of wine, wine cork place cards…

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My Life : Rob is 2!

This is part of a series of letters I’m writing to my boys on their birthdays documenting what they are doing right now so as the years go by I don’t forget. Dear Rob, You turned 2 this week and it seems so odd that you are only just 2. I have to remind myself…

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5 Tips to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

It’s engagement season, that time frame from Thanksgiving to Valentines Day where guys are getting down on one knee and surprising the one they love with hopefully a knock-out ring! I have no idea when the term Engagement Season was coined but I noticed jewelry stores are now even advertising it in their commercials so…

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I’m Melissa Arlena

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