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Finding Gratitude Within the Grief (APW Guest Post)

Finding Gratitude Within the Grief (APW Guest Post)

Today I am so excited to send you over to A Practical Wedding blog where I am guest posting! If you’re a regular around here, you may recognize this post from last year but I am so excited it is reaching a new audience. I have been a longtime fan of APW, since my friend Clara first introduced me to them some four years ago. If you’ve been reading since the beginning of this blog, you may remember when Clara and I attended the release of the APW book in Brooklyn. A Practical Wedding is the sanest wedding blog on ... Read More »

Walking Towards Hope: Love, Loss, and My Wedding Day

Like many little girls, I grew up fascinated by the idea of one day being a bride. While most girls’ daydreams are comprised of big white dresses, bridesmaids, and a mystery groom, I grew up wondering about what it would be like to walk down the aisle because I lost my father to cancer at the tender age of five. When my Daddy died, I could sense my mother’s sadness. With youthful optimism and childlike faith, I told her not to worry – she could find another husband. Read More »

My Best Wedding Day Advice

Yesterday I met a friend for coffee who is weeks away from marrying the love of her life and having the wedding she has always dreamed of. She asked me if I had any advice to give. I laughed and asked, “Other than the archives on the blog?” (You know I love sharing advice!) After a few moments considering the best advice for a bride at the end of the wedding planning process and quickly approaching the day she says I do, this is what came to mind. Be present. As simple as that may sound, showing up as a wholly present person ... Read More »

5 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

5 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Wedding Photographer

Our first kiss as a married couple, photo by Hoffer Photography Good photography is worth the splurge. Your wedding day is such a momentous occasion that should hire someone you can trust to capture the details to look back on and relive for years to come. When planning my wedding, photography was very near the top of my list of priorities. Yes, like any other craft, artistic photography shot by an experienced team costs a good amount of money. But how do you find that person in the first place? Here is how I found mine. Read More »

Erika’s 2013 in Review

“The only point of clocks and maps The only point of looking back Is to see how far we’ve come.” Dawes, How Far We’ve Come You know by now how much I love to look back and set new goals. Last year, I decided not to set hard and fast resolutions, but try the ebb and flow of Jon Acuff’s goals called The 52 & 7 Challenge. While the idea of reevaluating and making smaller resolutions is one I did revisit throughout the year, I didn’t do a great job of keeping a public record of them. So here’s the ... Read More »

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