The Knot LIVE Season 2/Episode 10: Diann Valentine, Splurge vs. Save Ideas, and Engagement Photos 101

This week on The Knot LIVE, event planner to the stars Diann Valentine stops by the office to share her favorite ways to make a wedding extraordinary, our wedding style guru Anja gives her best tips for how to save (and when to splurge), and our photo pro Rebecca fills us in on how to get amazing engagement photos.

Saw something you loved? We've got a rundown of this episode's ingredients below.

Special Guest: Diann Valentine

Diann Valentine is one of the best at finding ways to make a wedding unforgettable (she's planned weddings for A-listers like Toni Braxton, Usher, and Kelis), and shares her top tips to wow your wedding guests. Get more ideas at, and check out Diann's wedding stationery line at

Photo: Jonathan Scott

Splurge vs. Save

Love the ideas featured on today's splurge versus save segment? Here's how we pulled it off:

Sprays for your Day

Want to enhance your wedding day look? We enlisted top beauty pros Temptu ( and MG Hair & Makeup ( to share their best tips bridal beauty tips.

Plus: Find a hair and makeup artist in your area

Engagement Photos 101

Pro engagement photos aren't just a great keepsake -- more and more we're seeing unique ways that couples include their engagement shots into their wedding day. Our photography expert Rebecca shares her top tips to getting standout engagement photos, plus a few ways to display them in your reception.

Special thanks to the photographers featured in today's segment:

  • Daria Bishop Photographers
  • Sweet Little Photographs
  • Tara Parker Photography
  • Heidi Ryder Photography
  • Kismis Ink Photography
  • Steve DePino Photography
  • Heather Waraksa
  • Jodi Miller Photography
  • Stephanie Williams Photography
  • Kay English Photography
  • Daniel Koyio
  • Erin Hearts Court

Knottie of the Week

Check out Lesley's bio! Plus, here are the pros who help put together her wedding:

  • Photography: Bella Pictures (
  • Videographer: Peter Mowry
  • Invitations and Programs: Mew Paper Arts
  • Florist: Sebesta Design
  • Wedding Dress: Mika Inatome
  • Tent and Tables: American Rentals
  • Wooden Chairs: Rentalex
  • Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
  • Caterer and Cake: Adeline Leigh Catering
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