Thrifty Thursday-Wedding Edition: Part Two

10 Creative Wedding Photos to Take Before the Ceremony #weddingphotography #bridge #groom #love

It is certainly prime wedding season and with two of my very best friends getting married in the upcoming weeks, I have been immersed in a lot of wedding talk. A few weeks back, I covered Part 1 of the Wedding Series with 10 Creative Save-the-Date photo ideas. Today I am covering 10 Creative Wedding Photos to take Before the Ceremony.


From an adorable text to send to the groom the morning of the wedding to capturing Dad’s “First Look” of the bride, these 10 photo ideas will help you to ensure that no special moment goes un-captured before your wedding ceremony.


 1. Bedheads

Take a photo of the brides with her bridesmaids on the morning of her wedding day. #creative #wedding #photography

Take a photo of the bride alongside her bridesmaids the morning of the wedding before getting ready.

Photo c/o W Magazine

2. Three Generations of Women

Three Generations of Women #wedding #photography #bride #rings

Take a photo of the bride with her mother and grandmother, along with their rings.

Photo c/o Megan-W

3. Love Letters to One Another

A shot of the couple before the wedding, reading each other’s letters. #creative #love #wedding #photos

Take a photo of the bride and the groom reading love letters they wrote to one another before their “first look”.

Photo c/o D. Personett Photography

4. Dad’s “First Look”

First Looks aren't just for the groom. Love this father's reaction to seeing the bride before he walks her down the aisle #wedding #Photography #fatherofthebride

Before the father of the bride walks his daughter down the aisle, capture his reaction to seeing the bride for the first time on her wedding day.

Photo c/o Juliea Whitlock 

5. “Super” Friends

Super Friends. Love this photo of the groom with his groomsmen. #superhero #tshirts #groom #groomsmen #weddingphotography

Take a creative photo of the groom with his groomsmen. I love this idea of the men showcasing their superhero T-shirts under their suits.

Photo c/o Dumpaday

6. “You’re a Real Life Princess”

Bride and Flower Girl #sweet #weddingphotography #weddingday #getready

Capture a special moment between the bride and her flower girl.

Photo c/o Bobby Earle Photography


7. Don’t Forget the Ring Bearer

Such a  sweet photo of the Ring Bearer and Groomsmen #photography #wedding #groom

Take a photo highlighting the ring bearer with the groom and groomsmen in the background.

Photo c/o Pinterest

8. “Toast to Love”

Bridesmaid Toast Before the Wedding #love #wedding #photography

Take a group shot of the bride and bridesmaid toasting before the ceremony.

Photo c/o Pinterest

9. “I Woke Up Like This”Capture the groom getting ready for his big day #wedding #photography #groom

Capture a photo of the groom getting ready on his big day.

Photo c/o Adene Photography

10. “Wait Till You See Her”

"Wait Til You See Her". Take a photo of the bridesmaid hiding the bride and text to groom the morning of the wedding #wedding #photography #love #groom #bride

Take a photo of the bridesmaids “hiding” the bride and text it to the groom the morning of the wedding.

Photo c/o Pinterest


I hope you all enjoyed Part 2 of the Thrifty Thursday Wedding Series. Stay tuned for next week’s Part 3 when I will cover 10 creative photos to take during the wedding ceremony.

Create a beautiful Thursday!

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"They Told Her that to make her fall in love I had to make her laugh. But every time she laughs I fall in love" #sweet #love #quotes

“They told me that to make her fall in love I had to make her laugh.

But every time she laughs I fall in love”

*For more wedding-inspired posts: Check out 10 Creative Save-the-Date ideas, Kristin’s DIY Framed Wedding Lyrics, and Wordless Wednesday:True Love.

On-Trend Tuesday: Peplum Romper

On last week’s edition of “On-Trend Tuesday”, the beautiful Kayte of the lifestyle blog Mass Musings rocked a fabulous Maverick Maxi. While maxi’s are definitely a closet staple of a summer wardrobe, another essential summer item is a great romper. Lucky for us, Jyo from the fashion blog CUPPAJYO has got us covered when it comes to mastering the Romper.

On-Trend Tuesday: Peplum Romper #summerfashion #floral #romper

Hey guys, Jyo here! Summer is officially in full swing with temperatures here soaring way in the 90′s. Other than the popular option of dresses, shorts and skirts, a romper is one of the easiest things to wear in the summer. It is effortlessly chic and incredibly comfortable. They come in a variety of cuts, prints and styles; so there are tons of options to choose from. My romper obsession continues! Albeit the annoying bathroom situation, I love a fun little onesie for summer. If you missed my previous romper post, clickhere. This gorgeous vintage floral print romper is from Sheinside. The details in this romper are so beautiful : the deep v neck, the flattering peplum cut and the open back. I usually shy away from a very deep cut, but I decided to take the plunge with this outfit! The v neck cut in this romper is just so perfect : neither too revealing nor too modest. The colors and the unique print makes this a great outfit for a summer barbeque or a night out in town. These photos were taken by Danielle from DC Photography Boston at the stunning mansion at Borderland State Park.

Jo from fashion blog CUPPAJYO in a floral peplum romper #summer #fashion #romper



Adore this Peplum Summer Romper #floral #romper #summer #fashion #flowers #openback

Can't get enough of the peplum on this floral summer romper #peplum #romper #summer #fashionLove the open back of this floral romper #summer #fashion #openback

Love the details on this floral  peplum romper #floral #romper #summer #fashion

Romper : c/o Sheinside
Bag : Michael Kors
Wedges : Aldo (similar here)
Photos by : DC Photography Boston

Create a beautiful Tuesday!

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Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. #quotes #georgebernardshaw #create #motivation #cuppajyo

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” -George Bernard Shaw

Photo c/o of CUPPAJYO

Make it Monday: Cilantro Lime Jalapeño Chicken Salad

Cilantro Lime Jalapeño Chicken Salad wrapped in a slice of cucumber #lowcarb #healthy #chickensalad #cilantro #jalapeno #lime

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For the past two Mondays, I have prepared this cilantro lime jalapeño chicken salad in order to stock my fridge with lunches for the week. Packed with fresh cilantro and a hint of spice that is balanced by the sweetness of a lime, this chicken salad is the perfect twist on a lunchtime classic.

There’s just something about enjoying a killer chicken salad at lunch.This is the type of recipe that everyone will enjoy.

I, for one, have enjoyed the Cilantro Lime Jalapeño Chicken Salad in many forms. I have had it on two slices of toasted wheat bread with Cape Cod Chips packed inside, wrapped it in thin slices of cucumber, and have also enjoyed it alongside slices of avocado on a tortilla wrap. And of course, I have eaten it many times just straight out of the container with a fork.


Alright, is your mouth watering it? Well you’re in luck, because here’s the recipe:

Cilantro Lime Jalapeño Chicken Salad sandwich #healthy #chickensalad #cilantro #jalapeno #lime

Recipe Inspired by Natalie’s Daily Crave 


  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • poaching liquid*
  • 1 jalapeño (diced with seeds scraped out)
  • 4 Tbs. cilantro (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/4 red onion (diced fine)
  • 1/2 c. mayo
  • 1 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • salt and pepper



  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper and *poach*. Remove chicken from liquid and shred with a fork.
  2. Once chicken has cooled toss with mayo, Dijon, curry powder, lime juice, salt and pepper.  (Add more lime if necessary).  Mix in the red onion, jalapeño and cilantro. Cool in fridge for several hours to let flavors merge. Serve as a sandwich on French bread with a slice of avocado or lose the carbs and wrap with slices of thin cucumber.
*To Poach*– In a medium pot add chicken breasts to the poaching liquid (chicken stock, water, carrots, celery, onion, thyme, bay leaf, peppercorns). The chicken should be completely immersed.  Bring to a boil and then immediately reduce heat and partially cover.  Reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes (be sure to just simmer and not boil….and no longer than 10 minutes since you don’t want the chicken to turn “rubbery”).  Remove from heat and let chicken remain in the liquid for about 15 minutes.  Reserve the liquid for future use.
Create a delicious Monday!
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I STAND UPON MY DESK  TO REMIND MYSELF THAT WE MUST CONSTANTLY  LOOK AT THINGS  IN A DIFFERENT WAY" -Dead Poet's Society #quotes #robinwilliams #inspiring #perspective

Thrifty Thursday: 10 Creative Baby Announcements

10 Creative Baby Announcements #creative #diy #creativelylu #babyannouncement

A few weeks back, I featured 10 Creative Save-the-Date ideas in honor of wedding season. As the saying goes “first comes love then comes marriage…” I thought it was only appropriate to now feature  10 Creative Ways to Announce You Are Having a Baby:


1.”Every Superhero Needs a Sidekick”: Take a photo of your child. Write the due date on the sidewalk with chalk for a creative way to share you’re having another child.

creative way to announce you are having another baby #babyannouncement #siblings #creative #diy

Photo c/o Pinterest

2. Coming Soon: Place baby shoes on top of a calendar to announce your due date.

Creative Baby Announcement: Place baby shoes on top of a calendar to announce your due date #babyannouncement #creative #duedate

Photo c/o Etsy

3.  For Sale: Take a humorous photo getting rid of things from “Pre-Baby” life

Funny Baby Announcement #creative #babyannouncement #diy

Photo c/o Chezburger

4. “I’m going to be a big brother”: Throw a dinner party featuring your child and an empty seat announcing that baby #2 is on the way.

Creative Way to Announce that Baby #2 is on the way #creative #babyannouncement #diy

Photo c/o The Samantha Show

5. “And then there were 3″: Hang a sign announcing your pregnancy featuring the expectant couple in the background.

"And then there were 3" Creative Baby Announcements #pregnancyannouncement #creative #diy

Photo c/o Three Bee’s Photography


6. “We’re Prego”: Take a photo with a jar of Prego Tomato Sauce for a fun spin on a  pregnancy announcement.

We're Preggo: Creative Baby Announcement #creative #diy #babyannouncement #funny

Photo c/o Indulgy

7. Soon to Be Party of 3: Take a photo celebrating the arrival of your little one.

Soon to be party of 3: Creative Baby Announcement #pregnancy #announcement #creative #diy

Photo c/o VIntageStyles


8. Sibling #2: Take a photo of your child checking off their to-do list to “become a big brother or sister”.

Sibling #2: Creative way to announce you are having another baby #babyannouncement #creative #diy

Photo c/o Keeping Up with the Morgans

9. Little Feet: Line up your shoes alongside a pair of baby shoes.

Creative Baby Announcement using pairs of converse sneakers #babyannouncement #creative #diy

Photo c/o Indulgy

10. “Im going to be a big sister”: Put a sign announcing your pregnancy around your dog.

Creative way to announce your first pregnancy using your pet #babyannouncement #dog #creative #diy

Photo c/o Good to Know

Create a beautiful Thursday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration…"Kid You Will Move Mountains" -Dr. Seuss #quotes #nursery

“Kid, You’ll Move Mountains” -Dr. Seuss

Photo c/o Bright Drops