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So this might seem like an odd topic to talk about on a photography blog but I have always loved sharing my journey in life in the hopes that it speaks to others like me! Plus I know so many brides are looking to lose weight before their wedding so I thought my experience might be…

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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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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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It’s Thursday and your probably wondering where is today’s wedding!  Well we are taking a break this week (aka Melissa had a Saturday off), but no worries there are two fabulous weddings coming up on the blog very soon!  Instead we are going to talk about proposals and give me an excuse to show off…

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  • SarahNovember 1, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    Melissa! How am I just running across your site, being a fellow VA gal :) Your work is gorgeous, lots of talent & passion there! Your ringshots are amazing too – are they with the help of a dreamy 100 macro by any chance?

  • melissaNovember 1, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    Hi Sarah! Yes they were shot with the original 100mm macro, I will be honest though I usually have to shoot 20+ and I’ll have at least 1 or 2 that are crisp. I tend to sway when I shoot and that is not so great with macro ;) I should try a tripod but I hate carrying extra gear :)

When I was planning my wedding I had a folder on my work computer and one on my personal computer where I copied photos that I loved to get ideas for my own wedding.  It never failed though that the photo I needed was always on the other computer.  There were sites to create inspiration…

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