Planning a wedding in 2021? The game has seriously changed! I have compiled an amazing list of Wedding planning tips for 2021 to help you get started or continue planning your wedding with ease! This is a list of MY personal favorite sites, stores and blogs; from publishers and companies like Harpers Bazaar, Ceci NY, Figgie Shoes, or the Mrs Box and The Black Tux!

Bokeh Love Photography Top Ten Wedding Planning Tip for 2021
If I could plan my wedding all over again, I totally would do so many things differently. This list is compiled of all of my favorite things. I hope you love it, as much as I do and I hope it helps you to plan your dream wedding!

SO HERE IT IS! The BLP Top 10: Wedding Planning Tips for 2021

  1. Ceci NY: Invitations – I have been following Ceci NY since they first emerged around 2006. I absolutely loved how they were a small startup invitation company who incorporated letterpress into their workflow. They create absolutely beautiful designs, and are now a huge name in the wedding industry based on out New York. A female owned and operated business also makes me adore them! Check them out here, and make sure your invitations are show stoppers! You won’t be disappointed! *Also, you can order a sample pack here: Sample PackCeci NY Website Screenshot, Wedding planning tips for 2021

  2. The Black Tux: Grooms Attire – Let me first start off by saying that this company is the best rental service for men’s wedding day attire that I have ever seen. I have photographed many grooms, and their details, and this one is the best! When I walk in and see a Black Tux box waiting for me, I know it’s going to be an amazing day! I have also partnered with them, so of course I love them, but I would not have partnered with a company that I didn’t absolutely love. If you want to have the very best service, reach out to them via this email, tell them that Lauren from Bokeh Love Photography sent you, let them know your wedding date and they will take amazing care of you! Also, feel free to browse their site! TheBlackTux.comThe Black Tux

  3. The Mrs. Box: Details– Let’s talk about heirlooms, or as their website says, “Modern Heirlooms”. These little boxes are more than just boxes. They will set the mood of your wedding day. Your rings being photographed in these beauties while you’re getting ready. It’s a photographers dream! You can get them in 44 different colors. They’re velvety perfection will just melt in your hand! Imagine the detail shots! You will want to frame these images all over your walls! The Mrs Box

  4. Figgie Shoes: Attire – I have been in love with these shoes from the first time I laid eyes on them. As an artist myself, I can really appreciate these. They aren’t just shoes, they’re a work of art! Brides always want their shoes to be a statement, and this is for sure the best statement because they will be custom designed to match exactly what you are looking for! FiggieShoes.comFiggie Shoes

  5. Riley & Gray: Wedding Websites – If you are looking to have a wedding website, but don’t quite fit in with the boring templates that those chain wedding websites have to offer, then check out Riley & Gray. You can design a free wedding website, but you can also purchase a plan as well. They have wedding websites for design-forward couples. “Enjoy an editorial experience with limited-edition wedding website templates created by the same digital tastemakers from brands like the New York Times, Marie Claire, Glossier, and Condé Nast.” Whatever you want, Riley & Gray can do for you. Riley & Gray

  6. Nearly Newlywed: Brides Attire – If you want a designer wedding dress, but don’t feel like spending full price on your gown, there is no shame is getting a previously owned gown. Wedding dresses are only worn once, cleaned and preserved. Sometimes, you may not want to keep it, or really just want to recoup what you’ve spent. Nearly Newlywed is an amazing site that allows you to both sell and purchase wedding gowns at a percent of the price that was originally spent. Check them out to see what they offer, and maybe you’ll be listing your dress here as well! nearlynewlywed.comNearly Newlywed

  7. Bazaar Bride: Planning Resource – An exclusive membership brought to you by Harpers Bazaar, for the newly engaged. It is the most fashionable bride resource on the internet. You will find wedding inspiration & advice, discounts up to $25,000 in savings, 1 on 1 consultations, video series with Vera Wang, and more! Bazaar Bride Membership Bazaar Bride

  8. BHLDN:Bride Attire– A dress boutique by Anthropologie that offers absolutely stunning bridal gowns, bridesmaid/bridal party dresses, mother of the bride dresses, shoes & accessories, decor, gifts and more! These dresses are reasonably priced, unique and absolutely stunning! Check them out:

  9. The Modern Bride: Delicate Details – If you are looking for beautiful, and delicate jewelry to adorn your skin on the most amazing day of your life, then take a look at The Modern Bride. In addition to jewelry, they also offer lingerie, belts, and more. I would stay clear of trying to purchase a dress here though because they are based in Canada, and unless you want to go on a road trip, this may be a pretty far drive for a dress. tmodernbride.comThe Modern Bride

  10. Etsy: Wellness Favors – Right now, Wellness Favors are trending on Etsy for custom bath soaps, bath salts, candles, oils and more. Not only are they a great thank you gift that can actually be used and isn’t clutter, it’s also super cute and thoughtful. Check out this page to see some really nice bath salt favors in glass jars: Etsy Bath SaltsEtsy Bath Salts


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Top Ten Tuesday

March 10, 2020

Wedding planning tips for 2021

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Details, Details, Details!
I know planning a wedding can get super stressful, but there are so many details you cannot forget about! I know every bride (yes, even myself) thinks about how to wear flats, flippers, or even flip-flops on their wedding day. But here’s the thing, you will be getting these fancy things photographed. I want all of you soon to be brides to think about these details. Shoes, in particular are so super important. Yes, bring the flip-flops for later, the cowboy boots, the Toms, the UGG’s if it’s cold and that is just how you roll. It’s all fine and dandy, BUT spend some money on some beautiful, gorgeous, jaw dropping shoes. I want to photograph them. I want you to have EPIC photos, and most of all, when we do your DIP SHOT – I want this super stinkin’ adorable shoe to pop out under your dress – not your Toms or your Flip Flops! It’s your day to be a princess, and a princess you shall be!

Some of my favorite all time shoe shots that I’ve taken:


Now that you’ve seen the shoes I’ve shot (which were all beautiful shoes, and I’m so in love with them all) I’d love to share with you some shoes I would LOVE to photograph! And of course I have a list! Now this list is from me searching on the internet from designers I ADORE! The first one, is my absolute dream shoe. Figgie Shoes! She is a true artist! You send her your blank shoes and she creates a work of art for you on the most amazing day of your life. WHY NOT have a personalized shoe of such a personal day? It takes time to plan, and must be done months ahead, but seriously? GAHHH, it’s love. Will someone please get FIGGIE SHOES? I will love you forever! .. So without anymore delay, Here is it, my list of amazing shoes that I am sure I will add to after I wake up and realize there are more sparkly, fantastic shoes out there: (The images below came directly from their websites, and were not photographed by BLP)

1. Figgie Shoes – I love them because they are personal. They are meaningful and they are 100% YOU!
Find them here: Figgie Shoes


2. Kate Spade New York – Clarice – I love them because they have just a hint of sparkle. They will look amazing with your rings on the heal, and will be a perfect addition to any wedding album!
Find them here: Zappos Couture

3. Kate Spade New York – Ilexa – I love them because they’re PINK! They’re bright, off the wall, GORGEOUS, they have ankle straps (which I totally adore) and they’re just so girly and fun!
Find them here: Zappos Couture

4. Sergio Rossi Strass CNY Pump – I love them because of the amazing butterfly obviously. They’re classy, timeless, beautiful and regal.
Find them here: Zappos Couture

5. Blue by Betsey Johnson ‘SB-Kiss’ Sandal – I love them because I had Betsey Johnson shoes for my own wedding, they bring back memories. They aren’t the exact shoes I had, but they are still gorgeous, and I love a good ankle strap. Did I mention they’re covered in crystals?
Find them here: Nordstrom

6. Menbur ‘Narke’ Pump – I love them because they are beautiful. Perfect for the couture bride! These shoes tell me that the bride knows what she wants, she’s a trend setter, and she loves to look and feel feminine!
Fine them here: Nordstrom

7. Christian Louboutin, Jazzy Doll Braided Metallic Red Sole Sandal, Gold – I love them for their red role, for their shimmer, their ankle strap is to die for and the braid down the center of the foot is so beautiful.
Fine them here: Neiman Marcus

8. Christian Louboutin, Pigalle Python Point-Toe Red Sole Pump, Blue – I love these for their bold color, this is your something blue, and that red role is perfection! These Python pumps are killer and would make the perfect match for any bride that wants to rock them and show their sassy side!
Find them here: Neiman Marcus

9. Manolo Blahnik Cerchi Crystal Mid-Heel Pump, Gray – I love these. Oh My Goodness. Go to the website, watch the video. You will see just how sparkly these beauties are! Amazing!
Find them here: Bergdorf Goodman

10. Jimmy Choo, Kaci Crystal Suede Leaf Sandal, Nude – I love these because they’re just fabulous! These are for the true fashionista! That is all!
Find them here: Bergdorf Goodman

I hope you enjoyed drooling over this AMAZING shoes, like I did. I could go on all night long searching for beautiful bridal shoes! All in all, these are my DREAM shoes to photograph, but you don’t need to break the bank getting fabulous shoes. Use your judgement. Think BOLD, think GLITTER, think FABULOUS! I will take care of the rest!

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May 1, 2014



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