if you’re a long time reader of this blog, then you know how big of a fan i am of elopements.  i love that the focus is purely on the couple with only a handful of their loved ones sharing this big moment.  i love how calm and simple it is.  and most of all, i love the intimacy.

some of my favorite photographers have captured THE most amazing elopements.  the moments, the candids, the love that they end up shooting are purely breathtaking and can be forever cherished.

so i am more than THRILLED to help announce this photography giveaway for AN ELOPEMENT.

remember this ever amazing engagement session in an abandoned church?




is giving away an elopement package to one awesome couple!

AUBREY RENEE PHOTOGRAPHY  is really into passionate, intimate, wonderful love. There  really aren’t enough adjectives and it truly shows through her work. And I mean the love that has you climbing mountains and dancing in fields. Getting married somewhere that makes your soul sing? Having only your very closest friends and family? Have a million and one words for how your love makes you feel?


i am so excited to help Aubrey with this giveaway because her work is pure amazing and absolute solid gold.  see for yourself on HER BLOG.  the couple who wins this giveaway is going to be so lucky.


1. Follow Aubrey on instagram (@aubreyyrenee), “Like” the giveaway announcement post on instagram, and answer the question in that post.

2. Hop on over to aubreyrenee.net for more details AND the final step: tell Aubrey about the one who makes your heart dance.

Other important details:

Deadline for submissions is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014. Winner will be announced November 21, 2014 via instagram (@aubreyyrenee). Winner will receive 8 hours of wedding coverage and digital images. Travel fees not included. Wedding date must not be previously booked. First time inquiries only, please.

good luck to all!

*throws confetti*



quick little  announcement before you take a look at this week’s confetti throw friday.

O’MALLEY PHOTOGRAPHERS are giving away a free engagement shoot!  these guys…don’t even get me started on them.  but those who are newly engaged, get on this giveaway and it’s super easy to enter.  check it out right HERE.

ok now onto what you all have been waiting for…






and lastly, i know this blog isn’t all about detail and focuses mainly on the wedding photography, however, when the detail involves the photography, you kinda have to include it in confetti throw fridays, ya know what i mean?


and another month is done.  i still haven’t figured out what my stomach issue is, but some days, i’m still not able to keep food down.  so yes, i’m finally going to a doctor.  i’m assuming having a stomach issue for one whole month is valid enough to go see one?  i’m sure a lot of it has to deal with the emotional stress that my family has been through and still going through.  my sister will be in town for another week so you can bet i’ll be spending more time with her.  i’m excited to be able to just be with her this long weekend and do LA things.  this grieving process has been indescribably hard.  when people ask how my sister is doing, i don’t really know what to say to them.  because there really aren’t any words.  heck, sometimes i don’t know how i’m doing myself.  the only thing i can say is that just having the presence of others speaks volumes and i love those who have been there for me the recent months to the moon and back.

anyways, it’s a long weekend.  so ready for it.  i plan on eating steak, regardless of what my ridiculous stomach issue thinks.  and probably try to keep cool in this piping hot heat.

hope you all have a great weekend.  happy labor day all.

*throws confetti*



update:  winner of this giveaway is Sara Rowe!  i’ll be in touch with you so you can get your gift card!  thanks to everyone for participating!

been a long time since i’ve done a giveaway.  so here’s a great one from one of my favorite shops that has the best vintage dresses there are in this world!

i’m a girl that believes i was born in the wrong era and belong sometime where everything was retro just so i could wear these retro-style dresses from SHABBY APPLE.

SHABBY APPLE has graciously joined up with me to giveaway a $75 gift card to a lucky winner!

 so here are the super easy simple guidelines:

1. go LIKE Shabby Apple on Facebook.

2.  come back here and comment saying you have done so and leave your name and email too.

that’s it!  now hurry and grab your chance to win a super stylish vintage dress from Shabby Apple!

you have until noon this Friday, 05/17/2013, to enter!  so hurry hurry!



i know quite a few of you all got engaged over the holidays…

so this giveaway is totally up your alley!!

check it out…

head on over here to see more of what you could be getting with winning this amazing giveaway from



{giveaway} fizz and frills…

excited to bring this announcement to you
and check out the giveaway below:
Do ruffles make your heart race? Do sequins make you weak in the knees? Do pom poms fill your heart with glee? If you say “I do”, we vow to delight the frill lovers in you!

Fizz & Frills is a wedding marketplace, produced by Utterly Engaged Magazine and event designer Lovely Jubilee. It’s a day where brides and their girls can get their shop on for their wedding and beyond. If you’ve been eyeing that birdcage veil online, saving that cute dress on your wishlist, thinking about those sexy pair of shoes at night, Fizz & Frills is the place to make that commitment and buy it already! But please be warned that you might be tempted to buy more than you need for the wedding. Just sayin’.

Not married and don’t have any bride to tag along with? Don’t let your status stop you from joining in the frilly fun. Although this event is very much catered for the brides, we can’t deny that the stuff for sale will speak to the frill lovers in all of us. So who’s to say brides get to have all the fun? You’re invited too!

WEBSITE FizzAndFrills.com
Sunday, September 9, 2012
11am – 6pm
Pandora on Green, 33 West Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91105
General Admission $30 Buy your tickets before its gone.

Shop & Meet the Artists & Designers
A Swag Bag of goodies
A Raffle Ticket for Giveaways
Bridal Styling by Lovely and Bridesmaids Styling by Ruche in our Fashion Lounge
Groom Styling tips by Pocket Square in the Grooms Lounge
Mini Makeups at the Beauty Bar by Symmetry Beauty by Nyrie
Decor Inspiration from our Event Designers Showcase like Sweet Emilia Jane, The Little Branch, Lovely Jubilee and more
Ice Cream from the infamous Sweet Lucie‘s
Champagne & Cakes with Susie Cakes
Photobooth Fun & Live Music

Here’s your chance to win two tickets to Fizz and Frills:

  leave a comment and tell us why you want to come to Fizz & Frills?
AND tweeting about the contest using this phrase counts as two entries…
“@UtterlyEngaged @ever_ours I want to win tickets to @FizzAndFrills! I especially want to (what are you excited for at Fizz & Frills) http://bit.ly/Iw4nu2
“like” Fizz & Frills + Utterly Engaged Magazine in facebook and let us know you entered! every extra comment helps your chances of winning!
the winner will be announced this Friday morning!
don’t miss your chance.  there is so much pretty that will be there!
good luck!


{giveaway} the five year engagement…

super excited for this movie.
just cause i love anything jason segel and/or emily blunt.
plus it’s got alison brie from mad men.
“The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall joins the producer of Bridesmaids for THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT.  This irreverent comedy looks at what happens when an engaged couple (JASON SEGEL and EMILY BLUNT) keeps getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. 

Exactly one year after Tom Solomon (Segel) met Violet Barnes (Blunt), he surprised her with a ring.   By all accounts, Tom and Violet are destined for their happily ever after, but career plans and comical problems manage to torpedo every “save the date.”  Five years later, two people who once dreamed of the perfect day just want to get it over with.   Through the humorous trials of discovering who they will become as a couple, Tom and Violet will learn if they have what it takes to survive their five-year engagement.”

here’s the trailer:

here’s your chance to go see The Five Year Engagement in theatres.
just leave your name and contact info in the comments
for a chance to win:
$25 Visa cash card for a “Night at the Movies”
Five-Year Engagement Cosmetic bag filled with lip shine, nail file matchbook, eye mask, purse hanger, comb/mirror, faux engagement ring 

you have until this 12:00 PM, Friday, April 20th, 2012 to enter
and i’ll then pick a random winner!
so hurry!

and while you’re at it, go visit the bride and groom to be,
Tom and Violet’s wedding blog.
good luck all!


this is a sponsored post brought to you by Universal Pictures’ The Five Year Engagement, in theaters April 27. photos courtesy of Universal Pictures.

{you need this} the music bed…and a giveaway!

so most of you know that i am a HUMONGO fan of music,
i don’t nearly update my tumblr as much as i should nowadays
but i still have fun sharing whatever i can and whatever i love.
and this is thanks to Shade Tree Films for the intro.
so i’m pretty excited to introduce all of you, especially photographers and videographers, to:

1.  What is The Music Bed?
The Music Bed is an online Music Licensing group that licenses specifically to wedding photographers, wedding videographers, and non-profits for their videos & slideshows. However, we will be adding corporate and independent film licenses soon!

2.  How did it come about?
We were actually wedding videographers originally and were never able to find good music that we could legally use in our productions. So we decided to create The Music Bed to fill the gap.

3.  How do you pick the artists?
We handpick most of our artists based off of what we believe our users will like, and use. But we also take suggestions from our users.

4.  What is the process of getting a license?
All you have to do is use our site to search through the music based off of genre, mood, etc… listen through the song to make sure you LOVE IT, and then click license. You will pay on the site, and then the song will go into your account where you can download it to your computer. 

5.  Favorite aspect of The Music Bed
Our favorite part is definitely the music… Cliche I know, but before anything else, we are music lovers. We believe that music can create emotions, break barriers, and change people. And therefore, we believe that the right song can make or break your video. 

6.  What’s on your playlist now?
HA! Ask everyone in our office, and you will get different answers, so let’s just play a game. I will shout the question to the office, and you will get a list of everything I hear. I do not take responsibility for any of it:
Here it goes:
Ben Rector
The Naked and Famous
Sleeping At Last
Imagine Dragons
Brooke Wagoner
Grizzly Bear
The Arcade Fire
Black Keys
As you can tell, this is our favorite question. AND we tend to fight over the music in the office. We should probably get on a rotation or something. Obviously not all of those are Music Bed artists, but we can dare to dream right. 
One day my friends. One day.
huge thanks to The Music Bed for taking the time to chat!
love that they find somewhat unknown artists that create such on par music for wedding photography and videography.
i know that some of you have a hard time picking songs for slideshows and your videos,
so you most definitely should check it out and see how useful and nifty this site is.
the music they have available is so up my alley.  i like to listen to the songs just to pleasure my ears.
and now for a little fun.

for your chance to win a song,
please do the following:

1.  please go “like” The Music Bed on Facebook.
2.  come back and leave a comment here saying you did so.
in your comment, don’t forget to leave your contact info too!

you have until tuesday, november 22nd, 2011 to enter!
and i’ll announce a winner on wednesday afternoon!

again, thanks to The Music Bed for this giveaway!

contest is over and the winner is:
Em from Gem Photo!