Junebug Book Preview- Your Wedding, Your Way

Junebug Book Preview- Your Wedding, Your Way: Junebug Book Preview- Your Wedding, Your Way

Junebug Book Preview- Your Wedding, Your Way

It seems like a lifetime ago when Blair, Kim and I got a call from the Globe Pequot Press, asking us to write a wedding planning book for their new how-to series called the Knack. JunebugWeddings.com had just launched, we were busy photographing weddings and fashion, and it would have been ridiculous to try to fit another project onto our plates. Naturally we said no (or so we thought). But it turns out that if you say no to a book deal, everyone you’ve ever met will tell you that you’re crazy. Apparently you just don’t do such a thing. (Who knew?) So eventually we said yes, and spent the next nine months of our evenings and weekends turning our wedding planning philosophy into an easy to use how-to book that we hope youre going to love!
The book, Planning Your Wedding: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Perfect Day, is scheduled to come out on December 8th and be distributed throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Were thrilled to have an opportunity to reach a wide audience of couples and to share what we know about turning wedding inspiration into reality. It’s a thorough, encouraging and easy to use visual guide to planning a stress-free wedding, and it has a great big focus (of course) on finding your personal style.
All this week well be bringing you excerpts from the book, beginning with todays post from Chapter 1 that shares our philosophy about how to get started planning a wedding thats totally you. Enjoy!
 Chapter 1: Wedding Style- Your Wedding, Your Way
Stress-free wedding planning tips to help you have your cake and eat it, too!
There are millions of ways to creatively express your love and celebrate your marriage. Finding your own way can be one of the most rewarding things about wedding planning and one of the most challenging. You want to hang on to the euphoria you felt when you first got engaged without having it turn into worries about planning your wedding. So before you begin to make the many choices that will make your big day unique, stop and spend some special time with your partner, focusing on these simple steps to stress-free wedding planning.
Step one: Share your dreams and expectations of what it means to have a wedding. Talk about the people and traditions you want to honor and the things youre looking forward to.
Step two: Make a top-ten list that emphasizes what each of you considers most important about your wedding day. Then share your lists with each other. Understanding each others dreams will help you make decisions youll feel good about when you get married and throughout your years together.  
Step three: Once you have your priorities set, decide on a wedding date and whom you want to tell about your engagement and when to tell them. Consider making your announcement special by hosting an engagement party, sharing it at a family event, or putting it in the paper or on a Web site. 
Step four: Last but not least, have fun finding ways to celebrate your preferences, your backgrounds, and your differences. Use your love and imagination to find new ways to work together. Remember: The partnering skills youll learn while planning your wedding will be a gift youll both be grateful for as you share your lives together.

Congratulations, You’re Engaged!

  • You said Yes! Youve made a commitment to spend the rest of your lives together. Revel in the reality of how lucky you are before you begin making plans.
  • Say I love you and count the ways. Let your partner know that youre thrilled to be getting married and share all the reasons you think this is the best decision for your life. It will do you both good to hear it.

Share Your Dreams
  • Really listen and share to find out whats important to you and the one you love. 
  • Chances are youll be delighted, surprised, and occasionally challenged by what you find out, so stay curious and open-minded.
  • Share some stories about weddings youve attended. Focus on the elements that made each of them unique. What parts did you appreciate and find really special, and what parts didnt you personally connect with?

Share Your Good News

  • The hustle and bustle of wedding planning is on its way, so be sure to savor the romance of the moment and celebrate this big step together.
  • Agree on a plan for sharing your news before you start.
  • Tell both sets of parents at the same time and before anyone else. Hearing the big news directly from you will be important to them. Share your news with family, close friends, and acquaintancesin that order.

Celebrate for Years to Come 

  • Start living your vows now. Take advantage of opportunities to demonstrate the commitment for better or worse, for richer or poorer as you plan your wedding.
  • Make keeping perspective a family tradition. Give your wedding the weight it deserves without getting weighed down by it.
  • Make a pact to keep your romance alive now and forever, no matter how busy you get. Designate at least one night a week as date night and give your partner your undivided attention.


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Top Wedding Blog Posts from Kat at Rock n Roll Bride

(photo of Kat Williams by David McNeil)
UK based wedding blog Rock n Roll Bride is all about helping couples planning their weddings find their ” individuality and general awesomeness” – a mission we fully believe in! We asked the fabulous blogger Kat Williams, the rock n roll bride herself, about some of her favorite blog posts from the last few years, and she came up with some truly great ones! Take a look…
(vintage wedding from Rock n Roll Bride, photos by Ashton Jean-Pierre)


Naturally Beautiful Wedding Makeup from Lynn’s Makeup Art

Here at Junebug, we love all things wedding makeup related. From the pretty, pristine packaging, to the way it can transform and enhance your look, we adore it all. So, we asked makeup genius and super-talented Junebug member, Lynn Switzky from Lynn’s Makeup Art, to tell us how to get a clean, romantic and natural look for your wedding day. Using one of her recent brides, Hailey, as the perfect example, Lynn gave us all the details…
The Idea: This look is great on any bride. Hailey was going for a soft romantic look for her wedding day. She doesn’t wear a lot of make-up on a day-to-day basis, so she wanted to look polished but not too dramatic. If a bride is looking for something subtle that will showcase her natural beauty, it’s always best to stick with earth tones. You can’t go wrong with them because they look great on everybody! Golds and champagnes are wonderful too because they add just enough light and shimmer to make the bride’s wedding makeup sparkle.
The Eyes: We wanted to emphasize her eyes, so we went for a soft smoky eye; which I sometimes call a daytime smoky eye – not too dark and not too light, but a wash of a medium shade all over the lid. We used a beautiful bronze from MAC called Tempting, all over her lid and blended it out with soft brown shadow, also by MAC, called Soba. To add a soft shimmering highlight on her brow bone, we used MAC’s Ricepaper. For a less dramatic look, we lined her eyes top and bottom with a dark brown eyeliner from MAC, called Teddy. It’s a beautiful dark brown with a bronze shimmer to add a little more light and emphasis on the eyes. I love to use metallic eye liners because they add so much light to the eye that the the eye color really pops. I curled her lashes, and of course, only applied waterproof mascara. It’s a must for the wedding day! It’s also a pro secret: only waterproof mascara will hold the curl! If you try regular mascara the lashes will just fall back to normal. We used a denser false lash for tiny bit of extra drama. They were thick from base to tip, and flared longer at the outer corners. For a more natural look, use wispier lashes that are thinner at the tips.
The Face: I think keeping the skin as natural looking as possible really allows the bride to shine, not the make-up. I love using Youngblood Mineral Radiance Moisture Tints for subtle coverage, and Chanel Teint Innocence for a little extra coverage and a dewy finish.  Always set with powder, like Youngblood Hi-Definition Powder to ensure the make-up lasts all day.
The Cheeks: I love using peachy-pink tones on the cheeks for a rosy and natural look. Sometimes pinks look a little too “doll” like, and peaches and corals can look beachy, so look for shades that are a mix of both pink and peach. To bring out the shape of your cheekbones, contour the cheeks with a bronzer, and highlight the top of the cheeks with a light shimmer powder, then apply the blush to the apples of the cheeks. This technique will give you a beautiful rosy glow and bring out your bone structure in photos.
The Lips: Longevity is key for weddings, so I like to use a natural pink liner and fill in the entire lip, then I used a soft nude/pink gloss, like Love Nectar from MAC. Most of my brides want something sheer, soft and comfortable to wear on their wedding day, so they usually wear gloss. Lip gloss is also easy to re-apply throughout the wedding. 
A few of Lynn’s make-up picks:


Holiday Giveaway Week – Wedding Planning Books, Tools and Treats!

Wedding planning involves lots and lots of details and decisions, so having great ideas, tools and resources at your finger tips can truly be a lifesaver. To help you plan your wedding-loving hearts out, we’ve got a great selection of items to give away today, the final day of our Holiday Giveaway Week! One lucky Junebug winner will soon receive:
– A Selection of Organic Chocolate Wedding Favor Confections and Your Choice of a Beer of Wine Chocolate Pairing Kit from Theo Chocolate
– A NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System
Read on to learn more about each item, and to enter to win just leave us a comment here telling us what parts of your wedding planning you’re most enjoying, and what tools have been especially helpful. We’ll accept entries for the rest of the week and over the weekend, and choose our winner randomly on Monday, December 19th, 2011.

Theo Chocolate is one of my favorite businesses here in Seattle, or anywhere for that matter. Obviously because they make incredible chocolate (seriously, it’s insanely good!) but also because they are head-over-heels passionate about being environmentally and socially responsible while they do it. Theo is the first and only organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the country, which means they use only pure ingredients that are grown sustainably, they source ingredients locally whenever possible, they partner with their growers to ensure they earn a living wage and have access to education for their families, and they use green energy sources and sustainable packaging and printing methods. Nope, they’re not messing around! So if you’re looking to include chocolate as a wedding favor, gift, or dessert at your wedding, Theo offers a delicious way to do it while incorporating an element of true eco-friendliness at the same time! For today’s giveaway, Theo is generously giving our winner a selection of their chocolate confections which are perfect for wedding favors, dessert tables, welcome bags and thank you gifts, as well as your choice of a Beer or Wine Pairing Kit. These pairing kits come with enough chocolate for six people to taste with their favorite beers and wines, and instructions on how to put together your party. What a fun thing to do at a shower, rehearsal dinner or bachelor/ette party, or to give as a thank you gift to your foodie friends!

While you’re wedding planning, no doubt you’re collecting inspiration and information from every which way. So much happens online and electronically these days, but what about all those brochures and business cards you’ve collected, the gorgeous magazine pages you’ve pulled out to save, or the photos of your parents and grandparents on their own wedding day that you find so much inspiration in – how do you easily bring those together with the digital images and information you’re finding on websites, blogs and Pinterest? Well, an easy answer to that question is NeatDesk. NeatDesk allows you to scan your images, magazine pages, and other visual inspiration with the push of a button and save them in a super organized digital filing cabinet. You can also scan all your receipts, brochures and vendor contracts so they’re saved in one central, secure location, and ready to easily turn into budget spreadsheets and reports. Even other existing digital files can be imported into NeatDesk’s software, where all the key information is extracted and made searchable to you. What technology can do! And the lovely people at NeatDesk are excited to help one of you try it out, so they’re giving our winner a complete NeatDesk Desktop Scanner and Digital Filing System. Pre

A few years back the Junebug team wrote a book all about wedding planning, Planning Your Wedding: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Perfect Day. It’s filled with stunning images from loads of amazing photographers, plus super helpful wedding planning information on everything from your ring to your venue to your fashion and your honeymoon. No topic was left untouched so that it would be a super valuable tool for any couple planning their wedding. Of course, we had to include a copy in today’s giveaway!
Thanks for playing along all throughout the week! You have until Monday the 19th, so don’t forget to enter yesterday’s Personalized Designs Giveaway, Wednesday’s Groomsmen’s Gifts Giveaway, Tuesday’s Bridesmaids’ Gifts Giveaway, Monday’s huge Bridal Fashion Giveaway, and all the photography related giveaways going on over on Photobug!


Malibu Garden Wedding at Stone Manor Private Estate – Details Event Planning

Today’s Malibu wedding is the epitome of garden elegance! When Catherine and Cédric asked planner extraordinaire Lisa Gorjestani of Details Event Planning to help create an amazing day at the stunning Stone Manor in Malibu, they’d struck gold. I love all of the unique touches, floral designs with fresh succulents, and fancy signature cocktails inspired by the setting that were captured by Katie Robertson Photography.
The Couple: Catherine and Cédric
The Wedding: 6.11.11 – Stone Manor Malibu, CA

What three adjectives best describe your wedding day? Elegant, relaxed and fun.
Was there a decor theme that ran through your wedding? What was the inspiration for that particular idea and how did it reflect you as a couple? We wanted to keep everything simple and elegant with the main focus on the food and good company. Birdcages were central pieces of our decor theme. We featured them as centerpieces at the dining tables and also scattered them throughout the grounds for decoration. Our favorite way to display them was to suspend them up in the trees and light them up at night by candle. They really provided a gorgeous backdrop for our reception.

What were some of the different ways you used decor elements to create the beautiful, cohesive event you were envisioning? A lot of the decor elements stemmed from the location itself. Our color palette was a combination of white and grey with hints of green and purple.
Where did you choose to hold your wedding, and how did the location influence your decor decisions? The location of our wedding was at Stone Manor, which is a beautiful private estate tucked away in the hills of Malibu. It has such a wonderful majestic feel that we let dictate everything else. The owners do a wonderful job of maintaining the grounds and gardens, so we didn’t feel the need to add much decor. We were inspired by the many succulent plants all over the property and incorporated them into our floral design.

Looking back, do you have a favorite project or successful decor idea from your wedding? During our cocktail hour we featured signature cocktails for which we still receive compliments. The greatest hit was the St. Germain Champagne Cocktail, which is champagne topped with a splash of Elderflower liqueur. The cocktail was garnished with a gardenia flower and a few specks of gold, it smelled and tasted like heaven!