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I Adore…Pushing The Envelope

As any bride knows, the stress leading up to your wedding day can be extremely overwhelming! I say don’t let the planning take over your life, let someone experienced in the industry step in and provide their professional assistance to make your life a lot easier. That is why I adore Susan at Pushing The Envelope, because she not only knows how to make your wedding vision appear on paper, but she is such an awesome person to help bounce ideas off of and gets your own creative juices going about your big day! She specializes in unique, custom designed invitations that are just so drop dead gorgeous, I can’t say it enough!!

Here is her advice as one of my featured vendors:

Planning a wedding is not only exciting but it’s a series of “firsts”…The first time the bride sees her gown, the first time the groom sees his bride, the first kiss as husband and wife…all magical moments that come once in a lifetime.  But what happens before that special day can often cause stress UNLESS you have a plan.

One of the first jobs a newly engaged couple has to tackle is to decide where and when the wedding will occur.  Then, to find the perfect invite!!  One that will let your guests know they are sharing in one of the most important days of your life.

So where to begin?  First, think about what type of wedding you want to have.  From casual to formal the choices are many.  Then think about what colors speak to you and your honey.  Once you have an idea…it’s time to visit a stationer that can make it all a reality on paper.  At that first visit, don’t be afraid to bring those things that inspire you …pictures, color swatches…anything that can give the designer a sense of your taste.  Most importantly, have a budget in mind…knowing how much you have to spend helps the designer focus and lead you in the right direction.

Save the dates, engagement party invitations or announcements, wedding invitations, programs, fans, place cards or seating charts (and I could go on and on…) are all part of the paper products you might need.  Talk to your designer about all of these so even though they don’t have to be “matchy-matchy” they do have a cohesive design.

This year, bright colors have been very popular however, black and white is running a close second.  One pitfall to avoid is to remember that fabric and paper show colors differently so trying to match your bridesmaid dresses to the invitation could be tricky….a good designer can get it fairly close but again, you need to be flexible.

Another decision that has to be made is which font or typeface to use on the invitation.  Choosing the right one can be the difference between your invitations looking “blah” or designed with intent.  Casual or formal the invitation sets the tone for the day and lets your guests know it’s an event not to be missed!!

Every couple deserves the “fairy tale” and Pushing the Envelope works hard to be sure every couple realizes their dreams and without all the stress!


If you have any invitations needs for your wedding, shower, engagement, baby, or any party or celebration, I highly recommend Susan at Pushing The Envelope!

I Adore…Lingerie!

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love Boudoir shoots! I love being girly and spending the day with my clients and helping them express their inner goddess! For those of you that don’t know what a Boudoir session is, it is all about celebrating being a sexy, beautiful, and strong woman. The key element to any Boudoir session, is picking perfect lingerie. What woman can ever get enough of silk, satin, and lace? I asked Caitlin, fashionista extraordinaire of Haute Eyes, to offer her professional opinion on lingerie and to guest post on this super sexy topic!

Here’s what she has to say about LINGERIE…and make sure you click on all of the colors to see her suggested pieces! I love her choices!!!

images via pintrest

When prepping for your boudoir shoot, whether its your first or fifth, its important to pay attention to detail. Posing in front of a lens with little left to the imagination can be intimidating, but with the proper direction you’ll feel at ease in no time. Before you step in front of the camera you’ll want to plan out each look that you want captured. There are endless amounts of lingerie to choose from but its important that you choose the right selections for your body type and personality. Skin tone, hair and eye color all come into play. Darker features go best with the cooler shades of the color wheel (bluesgreenspurples) and lighter features tend to go best with the warmer shades of the color wheel (pinksyellowsoranges). And the classics: redblackwhite and nude look great with all features given that the right shades are selected. 

Bright colors and feminine patterns and frills are incredibly fun to work with and are all the talk this season. But its important to be comfortable in your own skin and to have fun during the shoot. Try playing with different options – consider wearing a fun panty with your man’s favorite team’s hat on, or drape a silk robe around you, or wear a lace thong with a mens oxford shirt – be creative. Play a role, use props, tell a story, and most importantly be you.


Caitlin of Haute Eyes

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So if you love Lingerie as much as I do, it’s time to feel sexy! Take Caitlin’s advise on lingerie fashion and book a Boudoir session with moi 😉

I Adore…Haute Eyes

I have decided to start a new series called “I Adore…” and it will be featuring something that I am just loving at the moment! It might be a great vendor, a new blog to follow, fashion & makeup tips for your sessions with me, or anything that I am feeling passion for that day! Today, I am loving my girl Caitlin’s fashion blog called Haute Eyes. She uses her killer sense of style to offer fashion tips and advise to all you fashionistas out there. My favorite part is she can incorporate inexpensive pieces with those pricey ones to give you an overall amazing look.

Check out her site and be sure to follow her on Facebook!

To all of my couples out there…if you are looking for style advise for your engagement shoot, or even want to meet with her for a consultation for style advise on your wedding day, she is the girl to go to! I highly recommend Caitlin of Haute Eyes to help make your fashion desires become your reality for any occasion!

Stay tuned…maybe we can get Caitlin to do a few guest posts on the Amanda Rose Photography blog for some wedding and boudoir styling tips!! 🙂 Ok, now go follow her blog…you won’t regret it!!