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Newlywed Road Trip Love Shoot

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Remember this fabulous DIY wedding we shared this past winter shot by Ryan Ray? Today they are back to share their newlywed session – such a fun way to have lifestyle portraits of you and your hubby, and it’s a sweet before-during-after-wedding series! Ryan set up a small session in Rhode Island during their road trip this summer. View all images from this shoot in the gallery!

From Tracy: Doug and I were married last December, and decided there was no better way to spend our first summer as newlyweds than on a road trip. We are both teachers so we had six long weeks of travel time, driving from Florida to New York with many stops along the way (one of the most important being Doug’s brother’s wedding in Rhode Island!). We’ve always loved travel (we actually found the giant pine cone during our first camping trip together!), so the theme for our photo shoot with Ryan was easy to decide. We also incorporated some teaching elements, like the old books I picked up at a free teacher resource center. We spent some time on the Appalachian Trail during our road trip, which is where we found the two heart-shaped rocks (we collect rocks from every place we visit as souvenirs!). My sister-in-law and I made the paper airplanes with maps of every state Doug and I drove through during our trip. The suitcases were actually Doug’s parents’ wedding gift when they were married. Lastly, Moon River is one of my favorite songs, and we thought the lyrics symbolized just what our trip was about — traveling to places we had never been and spending the summer together.

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Eight Reasons to Have a Small Wedding

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If you’re on the fence about having a small wedding ceremony, you may like to know that there are lots of perks to doing so. While a large and lavish wedding may seem like a dream to come true, the realities that accompany such a large affair might not be worth the extra dough and energy. Explore the following reasons as to why an intimate wedding might be the best route for you.

1. Are you planning a wedding or a production? Large weddings typically have banquet captains and wedding planners behind the scenes equipped with headsets and walkie-talkies that coordinate each step in the production. Smaller weddings don’t require this type of manpower and reflect that by exuding a more personal and relaxed energy.

2. Large weddings require a lot of energy and time to plan, which equals more stress. If you choose to have a small wedding, then you’re proactively cutting out unneeded stress during the planning process, as well as your wedding day.

3. The most obvious reason to opt for a smaller wedding is because you’ll save money. Weddings, unless you go the extreme minimalist route, are expensive regardless of the size, however you’d be surprised at just how much you can save by cutting down the guest list. Every wedding guest requires an invitation, a meal, drinks, and a designated spot at your wedding; all of which comes at a cost.

4. If you have a smaller wedding, then you’ll be able to allocate more of your budget to your wedding getaways. How nice would it be to schedule a spa day a day or two prior to your wedding? Or going over seas to an exotic destination for your honeymoon instead of having to stay close to home?

5. If you opt to have a smaller guest list, then you can put more money into other aspects of your wedding, for example your wedding dinner. Having fewer guests could give you the opportunity to be choosey about your wedding food.

6. The fewer guests you have, the more time you’ll have to allocate to each guest. It’s proper wedding etiquette to visit with each guest at some point during your wedding reception and thank him or her for coming. If there are 600 guests at your wedding, then this respectful gesture becomes almost impossible.

7. Fewer guests also means you’ll have more venue options to choose from. For example you could hold your wedding at a home, in a backyard, a park, vineyard, restaurant, art gallery, or perhaps an adorable bed and breakfast.

8. There are countless romantic wedding destinations to choose from, but if you’re working with a small budget then you’ll most likely need to cut down your guest list in order to have your wedding at one. Destination weddings tend to be on the smaller side anyway, since a lot of wedding guests aren’t able to get away.

There are two (or more) sides to every aspect of your wedding planning, including the size of your guest lists. The most important aspect of this decision is that you know the pro’s and con’s of each, so that you can make the right decision that fits your budget and wedding vision.