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Posts in Real Engagements
Vintage Lace Wedding Invitations ... Inspired by a Springtime Styled Engagement Session at Schedel Arboretum and Gardens
Gorgeous Bride-to-be in a White Lace Dress with a Black Bow at the waist #lacedress #blackbow | photo by Style and Story Creative

Today's styled engagement session is titled "Beautiful Day in May" and took place at the Schedel Arboretum and Gardens in Elmore, Ohio. The photos by Ben and Les of Style & Story Creative are beyond stunning, especially the ones with the huge pink tree blossoms behind the gorgeous couple. The bride-to-be's beautiful lace dress with the black bow inspired me to create a brand new invitation template for my shop, Brenda's Marketplace. You can find the print at home template for the Vintage Lace Wedding Invitation here and the rest of the spectacular engagement session below the invitation . . .

Engagement Session Photos by Ben and Les of Style and Story Creative
A Reddit Proposal : Man asks girlfriend to marry him online with memes and 21 commissioned original works of art

Today, on this Friday I bring to you . . .

one of the most unique wedding proposals EVER!

Simone emailed me on Wednesday to announce "My boyfriend proposed to me over Reddit!". Not only did Simone's boyfriend, Malcolm use memes on /r/AdviceAnimals to pop the question - he also commissioned 21 special illustrations by 18 artists that he found via deviantART and shared those on /r/pics. If you aren't familiar with how Reddit works {like me}, Simone has an explanation at the end of this post ***. Some of my favorite illustrations Malcolm had commissioned can be found below in the gallery. I am in complete awe of the thought Malcolm put into his proposal and in having the artwork created. Now, along with the gorgeous ring, they both have AMAZING keepsakes to treasure forever. As Simone writes:

"While "traditional" proposals are quite romantic, this was so much more meaningful to me, since so many of the images he commissioned represented nerdy and geeky things we love and that brought us together as a couple. I also loved being surprised by a proposal that played out over one of my favorite online hangouts."

Read on after the artwork gallery to see how the proposal went down as written by Simone {oh, and I should say that she said YES!"} . . .

How the marriage proposal on Reddit happened as written by Simone herself . . .

Malcolm knows I check reddit several times a day (it is one of my favorite online hangouts), so he knew that the site would be a great place to surprise me with the special images he commissioned from artists found through deviantART.

He ultimately made two posts, one to a subreddit called /r/AdviceAnimals, which revolves around memes, and another to /r/pics, which revolves around cool images. The /r/AdviceAnimals consisted of a meme-based proposal that linked to the album shared on /r/pics. He made the two posts to hedge his bets, since it's really hard for anything to end up on the front page (and that's how he would be sure I'd see it). He wanted it all to happen naturally- without me being prompted to do anything.

As it happened, the post he made to /r/AdviceAnimals gained traction- fast! Within a short period, it made it to the front page of the site (I imagine this is because a LOT of people saw what he was trying to do and wanted to see if it would work). 

Because Malcolm's meme-based proposal post from /r/AdviceAnimals made it to the front page of reddit, I saw it when I made my routine morning check of the site. I was flabbergasted- not only by seeing something equivalent to an article targeted at me on the cover of the New York Times (in my world, at least), but by having that humorous, meme-based post link to the album full of gorgeous, heartfelt, meaningful images.

When Malcolm, who was in the next room over, heard me reacting to the posts, he came in, got down on one knee, and proposed to me. I was so overwhelmed by everything that he had done he had to remind me to answer! Of course, I said yes, and then posted as myself in the threads on reddit to inform the curious crowds that had formed that Malcolm's efforts were not in vain. 

In the following hours, both of us were surprised by how much attention Malcolm's proposal garnered- people either loved the idea or hated it! Though I know his approach is not for most people, I found it to be the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me. He spent months thinking about what I love most, and packed as many of our favorite things as a couple into one beautiful gesture. I feel like the luckiest fiancée out there!

I was so honored to have Simone share her story personally with me so that I could share it with all my readers. Now, not only do I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to Simone and Malcolm, but you will now find me going back thru the gallery again {and again} to look at the spectacular artwork. Since art is my background - I'm in total awe of the talent of each of the artists.

*** And, now for those that might be wondering how Reddit works - Simone is here to fill us in on the details . . .
People often call reddit "the front page of the internet," and it is rather akin to a newspaper. It consists of many sections (called subreddits) to which people submit relevant content and engage in conversations (this can be anything from submitted images of cute things (/r/aww) to very didactic discussions of history (/r/askhistorians).
People can subscribe to different subreddits, to ensure they just see updates from those sections of the site, however all signed out users see the same default sections (reddit's top picks, as it were).
Anything submitted to reddit will gain or visibility by getting up or down votes (anyone signed in can vote something up or down). So things that make it to the front page of reddit (or one of its subreddits) are generally very good (because many people "endorsed" them by voting them up.
Calling All Brides and Grooms : Announce Your Engagement
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Something new and exciting is launching on the blog today. First off, I want to send HUGE congratulations to my happy couples that are planning their wedding and getting ready to celebrate their love to one another. Secondly, I want to let you know that you can now share your exciting news with everyone, right here, on the blog. Under the "I'm Engaged" section, there's now a place to keep track of all the upcoming weddings and we will be able to say cheers to you all virtually as your BIG DAY approaches. Simply complete this form and you're on your way to sharing the wonderful news. {oh, and if you supply me with your mailing address, you might just receive a little something via snail mail from either myself or some of my many sponsors}

above is a favorite photo from a recent engagement session photographed by Shannon Lee Images - the lighting is amazing!!!
A sweet and stylish engagement session in Arizona from Studio Moirae

I don't share too many engagement shoots on the blog anymore but when I come across a stunning one, you can be sure it will be shared with all my readers. Just like this one today from Studio Moirae which features the couple Jenna and Brian and you can completely see how in love they are - it just radiates all around and the bride-to-be? Oh My!!!! What style. I just love her fashion choices for this e-session and the photography is absolutely stunning. I'm loving each and every photo in this post, but the super dramatic ones with the GREAT lighting are just WOW!!!! As is the beautiful backdrop of nature behind them. The couple brought many personal items with them for this shoot, including several outfit changes, chairs {a Craigs list find}, clocks, blankets, marshmallows, hot chocolate, suitcases, and their dogs.

See what I mean about the dramatic lighting? {below}

This has to be the sweetest thing I've ever seen in an engagement session - the couple each writes in a journal and it starts with . . . "It all began with..." and then the meet up in the session to read them to each other. LOVE THIS IDEA!!!!!

I LOVE Jenna's red coat.

Such a great way to display your wedding date.

Now, it's time for some camping with hot chocolate and smores.

Congratulations to Jenna and Brian on your upcoming wedding and thank you to Jasen and Christy of Studio Moirae Photography for sharing this sweet enagement session with us today.

It's all about the chemistry - a comic book style engagement session

Location: California

Today's engagement session from Sphynge Photography is so much fun. I'm not usually much of a fan of photos with lots of filters and special effects applied, but in this case, it works. Carlos is a chemist and Lori is a social worker - and they love comic books. So their engagement session was based on when a comic book strip meets photography. Which resulted in Dr. Love being born. As Caroline of Sphynge Photography says . . . "it's all about chemistry, right?". After the comic book session, Carlos and Lori ended their session with a 1950s airplane which led to a fun vintage feel.