have you heard???

you can ENTER to WIN me (ELIZABETH MESSINA) as your wedding
photographer & ALISON EVENTS as your wedding planner by joining
PINTEREST & entering CUPCAKE VINEYARDSLOVE DELICIOUSLY
contest – i am so thrilled to be part of this extaordinary GIVEAWAY

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so today i thought i’d share some of ALSION’s best wedding tips
if you are getting married & are feeling a little lucky ENTER NOW

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1. Keep it local: Spring is an amazing time of year no matter the location your wedding or event is taking place. Using fresh, seasonal and local items. These items such as herbs, fruits and vegetables can be used as a theme throughout your catering menus, a fresh spring on your place card or as a favor for guests to take home.
2. Use the warm weather to take advantage of the area your event is taking place: Provide your guests with information via your website or welcome packet including: Hiking Trails, water activities like kayaking in the russian river, cooking classes at a local resturant that practices farm to table meals, or wine tasting
3. Keep the palate simple: most outdoor venues will have whatever plants/flowers surround the area in bloom. use the landscape around you to enhance the look and feel of the wedding while keeping the table top clean, crisp and simple. This also saves  bit of money! You can even see if the venue will allow you to hand pick blooms, fruits or veggies straight from the property.
4. Pitch a tent. Spring is the best time to have an outdoor tented event. The weather in some areas can still get a little chilly in the evening so having a tent adds a a great sense of space, keeps things formal and acts as a just incase to keep your mind at ease.
5. Special Touches: Provide pashminas or throw blankets for your guests to use later in the evening if the wether cools down and also use these on lounge pieces or the backs of chairs for an added touch of decor!
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in celebration of CUPCAKE VINEYARDS amazing
LOVE DELICIOUSLY CONTEST  - ALISON HOTCHKISS & I are
giving away a copy of our books to a lucky someone – simply leave
a comment HERE  for a chance to win a copy of:
THE LUMINOUS PORTRAIT &
ALL THE ESSENTIALS WEDDING PLANNER
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& if you are engaged be sure to ENTER
the LOVE DELICIOUSLY CONTEST to win ME
as your photographer & ALISON as your planner
good luck to all – xoxo

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  1. Nancy:
    Mar 22-2013 , 08:42PM
    Simply lovely photography by Elizabeth Messina,, who I first became acquainted with through Twigs n Honey while scouring wedding websites & pinning for my eldest daughter's wedding in Sept. 2012. The fun continues now that my second daughter is engaged & planning her wedding. Good tips Alison!
  2. Nancy:
    Mar 22-2013 , 08:57PM
    Simply lovely photography by Elizabeth Messina,! I first became acquainted with her work through Twigs n Honey while scouring wedding websites & pinning for my eldest daughter's wedding in Sept. 2012. The fun continues now that my second daughter is engaged & planning her wedding. Good tips Alison!
  3. Mar 28-2013 , 05:06PM
    [...] Read more of Alison’s tips featured on Elizabeth’s blog. [...]
  4. Apr 03-2013 , 09:47AM
    Excellent work Elizabeth!
  5. Apr 09-2013 , 07:42PM
    Hello Miss Elizabeth,
    I first started following Kiss the Groom after you photographed my friend Nicole Hill Gerulat's wedding at Sundance in Utah a few years ago. Since then I have searched high and low for elegant crowns like the one you use for your portraits, and I have dreamed about having a special day like those you catch--brilliantly and beautifully!--in your photographs. Way back then, I sent you an email just telling you how much I admired your work, and I was so tickled that you responded! Somehow, it only seems right to let you know....I am getting married!! We are just beginning our engagement and I am thrilled. I came here to share the news and saw your dreamy contest with Cupcake Weddings; what a wonderful gift! Anyhoo....thank you for making love a priority and sharing it so beautifully and intimately. Have a lovely day!
    Jessica