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How TheKnot.com Editor Gets Married!

Photo: Mel Barlow // Featured: The Knot BlogPhoto: Mel Barlow
Oh boy. Here it goes. Planning a wedding as the editor of TheKnot.com came with its perks, and honestly, its downsides. On the one hand, I knew exactly who I wanted to have design my invitations, photograph my engagement photos and wedding, and decorate my cake.... read more

Engagement Photos In An Antique Store!

Thrift Store Engagement Photos by Mel BarlowThrift Store Engagement Photos by Mel Barlow
Ben and I are thrift store people. Always have been. Our apartment is full of flea market finds, reclaimed wood furniture and lots of little artifacts we've found throughout the years together. In fact I found that shirt I'm wearing in the photos below at a thrift store in Tucson, Arizona. So when our photographer... read more

My Airstream Engagement Photos!

Airstream Engagement Photos by Mel Barlow on TheKnot.com
I'm a huge fan of fashion photography-inspired engagement photo shoots. So when it came to finding inspiration for my own, I found it within the pages of a Jon Hamm and Rebecca Hall W Magazine photo shoot. Moody, sexy and real all rolled up into one -- total engagement photo shoot material.... read more

My “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” Video Proposal!

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I knew who I would ask to be in my bridal party well before we got engaged. I also knew that I wanted to do something different and creative when I went to ask them. After having already created a video tied to our engagement, I decided to put together a cheesy photo montage video full... read more

Today Is My One-Year Engageaversary! When is Yours?

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It was 4 p.m. on a Tuesday and I was in a meeting at work when a co-worker tapped me on the shoulder and said, "There's a situation upstairs." I pretty much immediately knew that I was getting engaged. (I'm not psychic -- we had been talking about it and the timing just seemed right.)... read more
The right chairs and chair treatments can transform what was a hodgepodge room into something that's elegant and refined. If it's a black-tie wedding, cover every chair in rich, silk fabric and add a coordinating sash. For a wedding that's outdoors, consider using simple chiavari chairs instead of the plastic folding kind. You can also use your chairs to highlight the season. Pay tribute to the time of year by decorating every one of the chairs with a miniature wreath for a winter wedding, or tie fresh blooms to each of the chair backs if you're having a springtime affair.
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