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Woah – I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is already here! This year has zoomed by and soon enough it will be Christmas!! This year has given me so much to be thankful for: a wonderful fiancé, weddings galore, and getting to travel to some amazing places.

While I count my blessings and things to be thankful for, I do still enjoy those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. This year I’ll be out photographing a wedding, so no crazy shopping for me, but I’ve already seen some great deals for wedding related purchases online. I thought I’d share with all of you other brides out there.

Etsy is a great way to support small businesses! Etsy offers unique, handmade items that are perfect for weddings. I’ve ordered countless things from various shops and have loved them all!

The Mrs. Box offers the most beautiful heirloom ring boxes. I bought one before I even got engaged because I love them so much!

Kate Spade X Keds has some adorable sparkly shoes that are reception perfect. Give your feet a break.

The Knot Shop has a lot of great gift ideas for parents, the wedding party, and for guests.

Fossil  for nicer gifts, like a watch for your groom, Fossil has some beautiful pieces. They are able to customize and engrave things which is another plus!

Lulu’s is one of my favorite retailers to shop from. Their quality, customer service, and shipping is great! They sell outfits that are perfect for engagement sessions, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, bridesmaids, and your honeymoon.

Check out this adorable engagement session photographed by yours truly!

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For more information on wedding photography in Southern California or to get a quote, please visit our website at www.shyheartstudios.com or give us a call at 657-221-8882.

 

Our Proposal Story Part 2

We slowly made our way over to the lake. Since it was New Year’s, I decided that I wanted to set some goals for this year. As we walked, I told Dustin I wanted to set three goals: a personal goal, a work goal, and a relationship goal. We started talking a little bit and as I said my relationship goal (to hopefully get engaged this year!) we finally got to the lake.  Dustin faced me out towards the lake and we stood there for a few minutes. There was a feeling of serenity and we looked out at the water. I began to ask Dustin what his relationship goal was… right as I do so, he turns me around and I saw Brianna. This. Was. It. After almost 8 years together – this was finally it. I knew Brianna would be there to photograph our proposal one day and as soon as I saw her walking up, I lost it.

Right as I began crying, Dustin said, “Well, my relationship goal is to propose to your right now. Alex, will you marry me?” Through the ugly tears, I smiled and said “Yes!!” Or at least I think I did. I blacked out a little bit from the shock. My dumb ass was still holding my tea from earlier as he slipped the most beautiful ring on my finger. I debated on throwing it into the lake, but I knew I’d never live it down and there’d be photos of that forever *face palm*. So I held me tea and gave my fiancé a huge hug. I couldn’t believe it was finally our turn to get married!!! We called our family and friends right after and celebrated with some champagne! So far, I’m calling this the best day ever. I know that will all change when our wedding day is finally here!

Check out our actual proposal photos capture by Brianna.

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For more information on wedding photography in Southern California or to get a quote, please visit our website at www.shyheartstudios.com or give us a call at 657-221-8882.