Monday just got prettier. Issue No. 25 is here!

From Humble Beginnings Come Great Things.

Springtime is a time for new beginnings, a time to celebrate growth and new life. A wedding is the perfect beginning to a new chapter in a couple’s relationship, where two people come together to start their life as husband and wife. In this union comes new happiness to enjoy, new adventures to experience, as well as new challenges to overcome. With this issue, we want to capture the excitement and joy of starting a new beginning, and also remember the simple beauty of the place where it came from.

This issue is graced by so many beautiful imagery of love captured through the lens of renowned photographers, including Elizabeth Messina for “A Lovely Workshop”, where her talented wedding industry friends share tips and inspiration on creating a more lovely day for your wedding, and Jasmine Star in “Leather & Tweed”, where fashion trends for everyday style can be incorporated into your wedding day. Our honeymoon expert, Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons, answered questions from couples who are planning their honeymoon, which is usually the first trip they’ll take as newlyweds. In this issue, we also give you a double dose of He Said / She Said following the love story of two couples with two different beginnings, but both found their true love.

We interviewed two trendsetting women whose humble beginnings are making impacts and changing the industry, if not the world. Wendy Bird, the founder of Pearls with Purpose, shared with us the humble beginning of her pearl jewelry business, that has grown and helped the lives of hundreds of disadvantaged individuals and families in the Philippines and India simply by teaching them how to make jewelry and by responding to their basic needs. We’re also excited to share with you the story behind drop it MODERN, a contemporary backdrop company that started in a garage by Breanne Schaap, who was out to challenge the norm within the photography industry and introduced fresh, modern, printed backdrops for photographers and couples alike.

Putting together this issue, we feel utterly grateful for all the beauty that surrounds us and for our readers and contributors that have supported us all this time. We are nervous and excited as we approach our 4th year and cannot wait to welcome another new chapter in Utterly Engaged and invite you to embark on this adventure with us. And with this new year, we’re also gearing up to welcome another birth in our growing family, as our Co-Founder Henny is expecting her third child this summer. Congratulations to her and her family!

We hope you enjoy this issue and share stories of your own humble beginnings with us.

Lucia & Henny