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Hello hello! Today I’m super stoked to share a project I was working on with Leah of BlueBirdChic! She’s the mastermind behind lovely camera straps and asked me to help design a special collaboration strap, all Rahel-style :D Yes, I was really darn excited!! The colors are lovely and soft, the fabrics are custom designed by Leah with hand painted florals and a watercolor ombre effect for the back. I mean. AMAZING!

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And because Leah is the sweetest gal, she’s letting me host a fun GIVEAWAY so you can win your own strap! Since I’m a big Instagram addict the contest is over on that social media outlet. Click here to learn more and to enter!

Leah is also giving everyone a chance to buy the strap on a discounted rate. 20% off to be exact! And let me tell you, her straps are so well made, this small investment is totally worth it! And don’t even get me started on how many compliments you’ll get when you wear it ;) LOL Go straight to the straps and use RAHELmenig as your coupon when you check-out. The coupon is good until 9/4/15  ♥

GOOD LUCK!!!

XO, Rahel ♥

As the summer days grow in number, I’m getting antsy to start harvesting my tomato crop. Yes, I have a veggie garden and love to spend time in it! Back in the days when I was a kid and lived in Switzerland, my Mom used to have a huge vegetable garden. Let me tell you. I DESPISED that damn garden! Salad would occasionally be served with a slimy extra portion of protein and at one time broccoli crowns were stuffed with nasty caterpillars. I swore to never ever ever have a garden. Until last year.

I started small, a few tomato plants, some herbs and a few buckets of potatoes. I had so much fun watching my plants grow and produce a small harvest, that early this Spring, I added additional containers for growing stuff. Yes, we have a sweet little container garden. Takes care of the rock hard California soil. And gophers. Damn those gophers!

Instead of buying little tomato plants this year, I decided to grow them from seed. Since I had never done this whole seed-growing-business before, I wanted to make sure there would be enough little plants, just in case something would go wrong. I ended up with just above 20, lovely, strong seedlings. All of them survived. And I couldn’t get rid of them, after all they felt like babies to me. So all of them were planted out and boy oh boy, have they grown!!

About a week ago, I got to harvest for the first time! 4.5kg in total! One of the huuuuge ‘Old German Tomatoes’ was just below 1kg (2lb) – just image how excited I was about THAT! I made a huge pot of lovely tomato sauce, with herbs and seasoning and all. Ready to be devoured sometimes in the Winter months. I have to admit, I feel like a little squirrel, collecting, conserving, stacking my little pantry for the months to come :) lol

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And then, the other day, while visiting my next crop of toms, I see that someone has been enjoying my fruit of hard labor as well! A handful of unripe, green tomatoes were laying on the ground and two of my humungous ones had huge bites taken out of them! My suspicion was quickly on Leya, our pup. One of the toms had a lovely little bite mark, and upon closer observation, it fit perfectly between those large canines… Oh well, you win some, you lose some!

I’m curious, how do you feel about producing your own veg? Would you ever have a garden too?

XO, Rahel

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The day couldn’t have been any better for this Beach Boho Shoot. The sky was blue, the private beach completely empty of people. Have you ever been to the beach and there’s not one footprint to be seen? Surreal!

It’s always so good to work with a dream team of amazing wedding vendors. The best part, seeing old friends and making new ones! Eileen did such a wonderful job of gathering Kelly and my ideas and taking them to the next level. Pure magic. And then the sunset came and transformed our little beach party into a real love fest. Head over to Magnolia Rouge to see the full feature! Enjoy ♥

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Planning & Design // E Events Co. | Photography // Rahel Menig Photography | Makeup & Hair // Kelly Jones Makeup | Floral Design // Willi Wildflower | Dress // Rue De Seine Gown & Stone Cold Fox Dress from LOHO Bride | Cake // Pure Bliss Baking Co. | Paper Goods // Waldo Press | Henna Design // Natural Henna Art | Groom’s Attire // Zara

And a special thanks to the super adorable real life couple Heather & Mike!! You guys did an amazing job!

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xoxo, Rahel ♥

It’s early August and on my calendar is a big fat ‘Month In Review Blog Post‘. Yes, I’m so totally old school that I still need a large agenda. The kind where you can write in with a pen. And while I didn’t want to break the cycle of this series (because in all seriousness, I was ROCKING it until now), I can’t write this post today. It seems I haven’t taken any photos this month. Not of my private life anyways. So instead of scratching together whatever I have left, I’d much rather talk about something else!

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In the past my love for interior design has really morphed into a passion. I anxiously await Friday mornings, because that’s the one time of the week that I allow myself an hour or so of blog stalking time. Interior design blogs. Scandi style. White beautiful perfection. Meaningful and practical items. Cozy minimalism. (Yes, I just made up a whole bunch of nonsense :D ) Living minimal has become a huge focus in my life these past months. Living in a way where you don’t always have a big mess at home. Living in a way that showcases the decor you really, truly adore. Things that make you happy when you look at them. Living with a common thread, not overspending and not encouraging clutter.

Clutter is like a living, breathing monster. It feeds off you. It can grow quickly and can overwhelm you completely. Clutter has only one side, it’s dark and nasty side. Clutter kills creativity and clutter attracts… more clutter!

(see my hatred for clutter?)

I was made conscious of simple living by this lady and her capsule closet. Back in the days I used to buy all sorts of clothes – if they matched or not. Who cared. The more the merrier. I would look into our (tiny) closet and feel like I had nothing to wear. Nothing. Some pieces would make me feel fat, some pieces would make me feel sad and depressed (most grey clothes) and some pieces I would like, but had nothing to wear them with. Huge problem. I’m being sarcastic.

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Finding out about the focus people have with a capsule closet gave me that much needed grip. I raided my closet, put on every single piece and sorted them into No’s, Sorta’s and YES’s. The YES’s went back, all hung neatly on wooden hangers and the No’s were immediately packed up into bags. The Sorta’s were sorted out one more time and only the best – or the ones with most chance of being worn – were added back to the closet. I was down to about 25 pieces! Including just about everything!

When I shop, I think about the purchase. Do I really, truly need it? Do I really, truly feel GREAT in this piece? Does it fit with what I’ve got – can I find at least one other piece I can wear it with? If these three questions are answered with a strong yes, the piece comes home with me. If not, well, then I feel great about turning it down. I have found focus.

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The same has started to happen with my – ever growing – collection of interior design pieces. It feels so damn great to know what I want and need, versus just buying it, hoping it will fit somehow. The best part is that my collection has started to work together. I can pick just about any 3 pieces and they seem to be the perfect fit. Creating little clusters of prettiness has never been so easy!! So so so much fun! (and Adrian’s happy with a bit more savings each month)

This post just took a whole different turn! I wanted to share some pics of pretty Interior Design and boom – we’re going deep!

XO, Rahel

You know I love to write about engagement fashion tips, right? Today we’ll cover what is ultra beautiful in images. You see, the camera sometimes takes away (or adds!!) from what we see with our bare eyes. For example makeup. If you’re getting your makeup done for a photo shoot, the artist will add just a hint more. Because the camera eats it all away. The same can happen with your clothing. Some pieces might look gorgeous in real life, but the camera can’t quite grasp it the same way. So here we go.

1. Beautiful, Flowy & Full

When you pick your dress, gravitate to something flowy and full. Especially when we plan your session on the beach and wind is a possibility. You want lovely layers that play with the wind. You want a long Maxi Dress or Skirt that truly hugs and caresses your feminine figure. Soft, luxurious fabrics are best. Like chiffon, silks or soft tulle. For some reason the camera loves this. And you will feel oh so beautiful!

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Engagement Fashion Tips Flowy Long Dresses with Floral Accents at the Beach

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2. The Right Color, My Dear

While I full heartedly believe that you should wear something that makes you feel gorgeous (aka, your favorite color, your favorite cut) I also know that some colors don’t look quite as amazing in print. With my style of photography lighter colors are best. Sweet pastels, earthy neutrals… Pinks, blues, cremes… You also want to consider your wedding colors, especially if you’re going to use the images for Save The Dates or your Invites. Make it cohesive all around. Another point to consider are the seasons. Which brings me to the last tip for today.

3. Seasonally Correct

While you are considering your wedding colors and your location, there’s one last thing to think about. Seasons. If you’re getting married in Spring, sweet pastels are darling. But if you’re planning your wedding in late Summer or Fall, you might want to consider richer colors. Like a gorgeous burgundy or a soft purple. Even though slightly darker, these look phenomenal in images and will really tie together your entire wedding – from engagement to big day.

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BONUS: Add A Splash With Flowers

So your outfit is gorgeous, but you might be yearning for a little bit of of a color splash. Noooo problem! Ask your wedding florist for a bouquet and flower crown (or let me know and I’ll gladly share some amazing floral designers with you!) Add long, beautiful ribbons to the bundle and you’re good to go! The beauty of adding floral is – other than the actual beauty of the flowers – that we can add the texture of the blooms for one shot, yet change up your look drastically by leaving out the bouquet for another. Perfect simplicity!

Where To Buy

Here are some of my favorite places that satisfy above tips. Have fun shopping!! Morning Lavender // Alexandra Grecco // Lulu’s

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So here you go! Three plus one tips for choosing the right dress for your engagement session! If you want to know tips for your guy, give this post a thumbs up and I’ll put together some advice for mens fashion!

xoxo, Rahel ♥