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Dan & Tiffani // Monopoly inspired styled anniversary session

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Dan and I have been together for a long time. This past September will mark our 9 years together, but more importantly it has marked a significant landmark in our lives. We have been married for 5 years! As our 5 year mark has come and gone, there is so much for me to remember, but even more for us to look forward to. 5 years of learning and growing together; living and building our faiths together. It’s definitely been a journey, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way. With so many amazing landmarks for us, I believe it is important to remember US, as we are now. Dan has supported me through all of my endeavors. I love this man, I love our puppy, and I love our life together.

 

To celebrate , I wanted to do something really special. A Monopoly inspired styled anniversary session seemed to be the most reasonable way for me, as a photographer and Dan as a monopoly lover, to celebrate us. When Dan and I thought through this idea, I wanted it to be our own with things that we loved.  Monopoly seemed a perfect fit for our anniversary session. First of all, we are quirky nerds who love games. Dan is a child at heart. He loves board games and playing them with lots of people! I love this about him. We always have someone over playing a game of Monopoly or sharing coffee over discussing past games. Dan even has a group of  Monopoly friends that gather every week to play!  Our house is always full of fun and laughter because of it. When it comes to me, I love all things vintage/parisian with a steampunk twist. To me, there is so much beauty in something weathered and old. I love rust, crumbling walls & old items that were once beautifully constructed. If you mix those old broken things with beautiful florals & lace, that’s where my heart is.

 

As we began to plan this monopoly inspired anniversary session, so many thoughts, vision boards, and DIY projects ran through my mind.  Being a wedding photographer, myself, I have seen many beautiful weddings styled by insanely talented designers. This project became overwhelming with the idea of putting this together all on my own. To help me get started, I brought this idea to Nicole from Nicole Alexandra Designs. She has always been an amazing person to work with at weddings. Her enthusiasm and dedication to her brides personal style is what drew me to her for this very unique project. The best part about Nicole, is that she guides ideas most beautiful realizations, building them into something personal and beautiful.  Nicole kindly edited my ideas, tied in so many beautiful ideas, florals, and vintage items and turned this styled shoot into what you see. She rallied some amazing vendors like Dish Wish Rentals, Sun & Sparrow Photography, & Cheryl Nacario (hair and makeup) behind this project.

  

The DIY projects were very important to me – making things by hand adds to each story and makes those personal details last. The main table with the sewing machine base, Dan and I built. We took the old petal sewing machine and an old piece of wood; sanded, stained & created a beautiful desk/table. The bow ties for the boys were next in line. For the puppy, a glittered bow collar that I made from an old belt and fabric sitting in my closet. Dan’s bow tie was simple, black and easy. His cufflinks were 4 separate pieces, two vintage cufflinks and two vintage gold monopoly hats that I fashioned together with special glue. I also made the cake topper & cupcake toppers, the “5 years” sign on top of the centerpiece, the “playing since 2008” cake topper, as well as made all of the paper goods myself. My favorite, and most personal, DIY project were the hand-painted cards. I absolutely love watercolor & calligraphy. Being that these are my free-time hobbies, this project was close to my heart and the perfect way for me to express my love for my husband.

 

I must talk about the details and fashion!  Laura from Dish Wish used her creative eye and provided us with fantastic vintage plates that correlated to each monopoly plot color.  Some of the other playful items were sourced from Anthropologie and from fabulous local vintage shops.  Both of the gowns featured in the shoot were Claire Pettibone Bridal Gowns.  These gowns fit me so beautifully, showing off my curves and natural beauty. They were truly works of art!  The gorgeous Hair and Makeup was done by talented Cheryl Nacario. From the braided bun to the beautiful red lips, she knew exactly what I wanted and pulled the entire shoot together. Dan’s amazing navy & black suit was from H&M.

On the day of the session, everyone really came together. Ellie and Claudia from Sun & Sparrow made the photo experience super fun and vibrant. While everyone was setting up each section of our session, these two girls were like a whirlwind. Taking photos of details and smiles, they helped Dan and myself feel very comfortable. She was able to set us up in snuggled poses as well as helped us smile and laugh at ourselves. Dan and I are honored that we were able to celebrate our 5 years of marriage together. We were even more honored that our friends were able to support us by styling, posing, painting, and laughing! Thank you to everyone involved in making this so memorable for the both of us.

 

Collaboration of concept by Tiffani from Sun & Sparrow and Nicole Alexandra Designs //  Styling and design by Nicole Alexandra Designs  //  Hair & Makeup by Cheryl Nacario // Photography by Sun & Sparrow  (Shot by Ellie & Claudia) // Cake and Cupcakes by Cake Bake Shop //  Flowers by Bride & Bloom Flowers // Vintage Dishes and Flatware by Dish Wish LA //  Dresses by Claire Pettibone // Suit by H&M

©2014 Sun & Sparrow Photographers  // So happy to have been a part of this Monopoly inspired styled anniversary session.

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 ©2013 Sun & Sparrow Photographers // Monopoly inspired styled anniversary session

Collaboration of concept by Tiffani from Sun & Sparrow and Nicole Alexandra Designs //  Styling and design by Nicole Alexandra Designs  //  Hair & Makeup by Cheryl Nacario // Photography by Sun & Sparrow  (Shot by Ellie & Claudia) // Cake and Cupcakes by Cake Bake Shop //  Flowers by Bride & Bloom Flowers // Vintage Dishes and Flatware by Dish Wish LA //  Dresses by Claire Pettibone // Suit by H&M

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Perfect wedding vow guide for your perfect day!! Get to know My Love Ink!

 

C.K. Alexander believes that wedding vows are THE most important part of your wedding day. C.K.’s love for all things romantic and her professional training in writing and journalism led her to start Love Ink, a special occasion writing and coaching service that specializes in creating custom wedding vows and more. If you’re having trouble finding the perfect words for your special day, Love Ink is here to help you every step of the way. We chatted with C.K. to find out more about Love Ink and what inspires her to help couples create beautiful words. This is a little bit about Love Ink, here to give your perfect wedding vow guide. Check out our interview below:

 

1. Please tell us a little bit about your background and how you created such a unique service.

I am a professional writer by trade and I studied Journalism at Howard University in Washington D.C. and I received my Masters at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. I have always been a hopeless romantic and loved everything about love. Naturally, being the writer in my circle, my friends would come to me to assist them with writing everything from love letters to greeting cards to love notes and I loved helping them capture their true feelings. I launch Love Ink in 2008 and officially became a Vow Coach when my best friend asked me to help her and her husband with their wedding vows. It was such a rewarding experience that I knew I had to help other couples and individuals who had trouble articulating their feelings in words.

 

2. What type of services do you provide?

Love Ink offers a variety of services. We specialize in wedding vow coaching, where we assist you in writing your own words. We also have custom writing services where we have created an extensive interview process so that we can capture your true feelings and create the words for you. We also write love stories that you can feature on your wedding website or wedding program, we assist the best man or maid of honor with their speeches, we create custom thank you cards, poems and so much more. We help you create the perfect words for any occasion. There is no limit to what we can do here at Love Ink.

 

3. How does the process work for custom created wedding vows?
We aim to take away the stress and anxiety often associated with writing your wedding vows. The process begins with a vow consultation, which we can do over the phone, via Skype or in person. During the consultation we discuss what you would like to convey in your wedding vows. I have two vow packages, there is a coaching package and a custom written package. For clients that know what they want to say but are having trouble organizing their thoughts and feelings, I offer my coaching session. The Coaching Session is a one- hour- training session where we create the wedding vows together.. For the client that has the love in their hearts but they’re not comfortable with articulating their feelings in words, I offer my custom vow creation package. I have an uncanny ability to get into the heads and hearts of my clients and extract their deepest feelings and emotions. This is when I interview them and create the vows for them based on everything that we discussed during our interview process. Both packages include custom printable PDF’s of their final vows and custom designed note cards that they can use at the ceremony.

 

4. Why should couples or individuals consider hiring a professional Vow Coach?
I think wedding vows are the most important part of your wedding day. These are not just words. These are the words that will govern your marriage, create your legacy and be a constant reminder of your choice to walk in this life with one another forever. This is deep. These words have to be perfect. I understand that everyone doesn’t share the same abilities when it comes to writing. I am here to help those who want their words to their partner to be amazing. Hiring a professional does not make your words any less sincere. Even the president has speech writers! When you have to write words that mean everything to you, you want to make sure you do it right and that’s where I come in.

 

5. What is your inspiration?

I am inspired by genuine love. There is nothing greater than being in the presence of two people that love each other madly! It’s so infectious and beautiful that I can’t help but to be inspired. Everytime I meet a new client it reaffirms that this is my passion and my purpose. I live to help people create beautiful words.

 

6. How can our readers find out more about Love Ink?
Your readers can visit me at www.myloveink.com or email me directly at ckalexander@myloveink.com.

I am also on Twitter @Love_Ink and on Facebook.
I’d love to hear from you! Please send me your wedding vow questions!!!

 

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