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Buying fun and creative groomsmen gifts is no easy task! Most of us tend to think of the engraved flask or the pocket knife but here are two great place to find unique gifts!

Man Crates
This is a company that really gets what a man is all about. These gift “baskets” will sure make an impact to any man who receives one. I love the Man Crate Manifesto:

“We say ‘no’ to ugly neckties, cologne samplers and executive trinkets. We don’t save wrapping paper, we don’t do ribbons. We ship bragworthy gifts for guys. Gifts that you can’t wait to arrive because you know the recipient will love opening them. Gifts that people gather round at the office, people following the sounds of wood being torn from wood by the included, laser-engraved crowbar.We are Man Crates, and we deliver awesome gifts for men.”

Man Crates - groomsmen gifts

They have something for everyone from the Retro Gamer, to the Whisky Connoisseur, the NFL fanatic to the Outdoor Lover. Here are a few of my favorites!

Man cates - groomsmen gifts

If you’re looking for more of a classic gift but with a twist check out Groovy Groomsmen.

They believe that “Your wedding is a catalyst for celebration, but your groomsmen having fun together is an important side bar to really giving your wedding a great feel. Also, the concept of a groomsmen party should be about bringing a collection of guys together to celebrate and have fun together.”
Here are a few fun things that this great site has to offer!

Cufflinks are a classic gift but get creative with them!

groomsmen gifts - creative cufflinks

SOCKS! Who said boys can’t accessorize? Colorful and patterned socks that matched the bridal party were all the rage this year.

groomsmen gifts - socks

My personal favorite has to be the customized signs! How unique.
Customized Groomsmen Signs

Hopefully these will make shopping for your groomsmen a little easier!

Jaclyn L Photography

I love Newport because of the rich history and beautiful historic estates. I photographed these beautiful twins at the Elm’s mansion located on Bellevue. As we were shooting I couldn’t help but think of Downton Abbey! Two sisters in their cotton garden gowns frolicking about the yard. These beautiful natural cotton wedding dresses were designed and made by the The Cotton Bride. Their cotton couture gowns are completely hand-made in New York City. The gowns being work (in order of appearance) are Myrium in Champagne {my favorite} | Rahel in Champagne | Melissa in White | Jozanne in Off-White. Shout-out to Anna Dunn who did the girls hair!

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

The Cotton Bride Bridal Gowns

Jaclyn L Photography

Oh Charleston, I can’t tell you enough how I love thee… le sigh.

While in Charleston I visited the William Aiken House , a national historic landmark, which is conveniently located downtown. The mansion is a large plantation style home which was built in 1810. It includes 2 spacious manicured courtyards, expansive outdoor covered piazzas off of the 2 large ballrooms and the most beautiful interior decor.  The mansion is a popular destination wedding venue and features four large rooms  (two formal dining rooms, an elegant drawing room and gentleman’s study) which can be used for intimate dinners, cocktail hours or an indoor ceremony. Most brides opt to have their ceremony outside in front of the beautiful white pergola and reflecting pool which sits in front of the most breathtaking wall of ivy. *swoon* My favorite thing about the mansion is the outdoor dance floor by the cute carriage house which is lit by strings of lights. This mansion is so romantic and the perfect place to host your elegant southern wedding.  I’m very much looking forward to working at this venue!

Charleston SC wedding photographer

Charelston Wedding Photographer
My Favorite Room!

Charleston Wedding Photographer
I couldn’t let this beautiful light go to waste!! I love Michelle’s pink skirt against the green wall.

Charleston Wedding Photographer

charleston Wedding photographer

Charleston Wedding Photographer

This is the most amazing wall of ivy I have ever seen! This is a killer backdrop for photos.

Charleston Wedding Photographer

Charleston, see y’all soon!
Jaclyn L Photography

Russell Morin Fine Catering has done it again! They have opened a chic new space called ‘Vue which is conveniently located on BelleVUE Avenue in downtown Newport!  Here’s what Morin’s had to say about the space!

” After months of thoughtful design, planning, and renovations, we are thrilled with the results. The main feature of our space is the impressive open tasting kitchen. Designed with our clients in mind, we created an interactive atmosphere that encourages collaboration with our chefs in hopes every client gets the chance to design the perfect event menu. ‘VUE can accommodate approximately 75 seated, and upwards of 150 people cocktail style for a private event. This means it is perfect for a rehearsal dinner, private party, or intimate gathering. ‘VUE’s clean design elements can be easily adapted to suit any type of event whether it be nautical glam, or rustic farm to table.”

 

Russell Morins Vue

russell morin's 'VUE

russell morin's 'VUE

RUssell Mornins 'Vue

Russell Morins 'VUE

For more information on hosting your special event please contact Morin’s Newport Office at 401.848.0472

I can’t wait to photograph your next event here!

Jaclyn L Photography

Skincare Basics1
 

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** Shana is a licensed cosmetologist and specializes in make-up artistry. She trained on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts.** Makeup Artistry by Shana

 

As a make-up artist, I can’t stress how important skincare is. I work with brides almost every weekend, and the women who have the most glowing complexion are those who follow a good skin regimen. For this reason, I truly believe that the skin that wears the make-up should be taken care of. Below I have listed steps that you can take to be on your way to better skin. Enjoy!

 

Cleanse, tone and moisturize twice daily.

*Keeping your pores clean is going to help your skin stay free of breakouts. Cleanse your face in the morning after you wake up to remove any oil buildup from when you slept. Always remove your make-up before bed. NEVER go to sleep wearing make-up, it is one of the worst things you can do for your skin!

*Toning is important because it balances the pH of your skin. Whether you tend to have dry, oily, or combination skin, toning is important. Toning will also help tighten pores after they are cleansed.

*Moisturizing is the last important step. Just like you hydrate your body, you want to hydrate your skin with a good moisturizer. Something with a SPF is good for daytime, and before bed use something heavier that will really moisturize your skin overnight. Products such as serums or face creams specifically made for nighttime are ideal. It doesn’t hurt to use a night cream with retinol which boosts collagen production and helps fight wrinkles and pre-mature aging.

*Exfoliation is a great step for putting that glow into your skin. Buffing off the dead layer of skin every couple of days will bring healthier skin to the surface. This helps make-up go on much easier, and allows for a more flawless coverage.

One thing that’s important to remember is that it’s never too early to begin new skincare, but DO NOT attempt any new products or processes a week or two prior to the wedding. You want there to be plenty of time to figure out what products to switch to in the case that you have a reaction to anything new. Begin good skincare months before the big day!

 

– Shana Christoforo { Makeup Artistry by Shana }

Thank you Shana for writing up this piece on the importance of skincare!

Jaclyn L Photography