Princeton Styled Series: Updike Farmstead

Updike Farmstead is a hidden gem right here in New Jersey tucked away on a Princeton back road. The acres upon acres of beautiful preserved farmland offers a charming farmhouse, rustic white barn, and signature windmill. We are so proud to showcase this venue first in our Princeton Styled Series - three consecutive styled shoots at Princeton venues, featuring local Princeton vendors, all for the Princeton Bride.  Keep reading to see how all of the details unfolded.

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The Wedding Dress Shopping Guide

One of the first things you do as a bride is dress shopping and for many this is the first truly intimate experience in your planning process. All of the sudden others are included in your wedding decisions and opinions come into play in a way that seems to matter. Naturally, it can cause many questions and concerns to arise, not just about finding the right dress, but also about who to include in your shopping experience, who to show your selection to, and how to remain true to yourself when others' opinions cause you to second guess your choices. This is your ultimate guide to shopping for your dream dress from where to look and what to bring to who you should include. 

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The Engagement Photoshoot Guide

Engagement sessions are an incredible opportunity to work closely with your photographer while learning cues and tips to achieve the best look. Even if you aren't sure if an engagement session is right for you I say do it! Not only do you get amazing images out of it to celebrate your engagement milestone but the practice also makes for a seamless and stress-free photo experience on your wedding day. Below is a complete guide on how to select your location, outfits, and props to create the engagement photo story you will love.

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Do I Need a Wedding Planner?

For most brides it takes a certain amount of wedding planning on their own followed by a moment of panic to realize you may be in over your head. If you have gotten to a point in your planning process where you feel overwhelmed or as though you have hit a brick wall, this guide can help you decide whether or not a planner is for you. 

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The Wedding Style Guide

With so many options and inspirations it can be overwhelming to think about your wedding style. Your style will influence almost all of your decisions about your big day from the venue and dress to the colors and decor. For me it's easy to hone in on a client's overall vision for their special day and conceptualize their style. When it came to doing it for my own wedding it was a little more difficult. So to help you, I will revisit my own wedding planning experience and walk you through my process. 

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