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French Inspired Styled Shoot

This French Inspired Styled Shoot brought a magical shoot to life by using a vibrant palette of blush pinks, pure white and rich greenery. Also, subtle details like macaroons and croissants helped create sweet, delicate French vibe. The result was a French-European inspired feel that showcased the love between two people. A perfect reminder for couples that everlasting love is about the small, kind gestures more than anything.

Romantic French Inspired Wedding

Photo Credit: sephoryphotography.com.au/

             Wedding Invitations: @invitationbweddings www.bweddinginvitations.com/

Photography & Concept: @sephoryphotography sephoryphotography.com.au/

Hair & Make up: @suzyselamakeup www.suzysela.com/

Menu & Place Cards: @adorninvitations www.adorninvitations.co.uk/

Stationery Design: Catsy Creative www.catsycreative.com.au

Printing: Inktank Printing www.inktankprinting.com

Flowers: @chloelashay_florist www.chloelashay.com/

Dresses: @raffaeleciucabridal www.raffaeleciuca.com.au/ and by @heleneconstancebride | @berta

Cakes: @maryeatscake www.maryeatscake.com.au

Jewellery: @loveonjewellery www.loveonjewellery.com.au/

Model: @oliviaa.williams from @giant_mgmt

Venue: @montdusoleil

First Look

We discuss today the pros and cons of having a First Look on your wedding day! Most brides don’t let the groom see their dress until the wedding day. Some brides like to let their groom see them just before the ceremony for a great, intimate moment together before they walk down the aisle.

The Pros of having a first look:

  1. If you or your husband to be are feeling nervous before the big reveal it’s nice to have the first look to reassure each other. Not only will the photographer capture real moments, but it’s a great way to spend a little time just the two of you. You can take time to truly connect before the chaos of the celebration.
  2. The time of day can also impact your decision to have a first look. If you’re getting married in the winter the light fades pretty early. So, having a first look earlier ensures you can use natural light for great photos.
  3. Another reason is just practical. A first look gives you time to get those pictures out of the way so you can get to the cocktail hour and reception sooner.

 

The Cons of having a first look:

  1. If you are a traditional couple that can be the only reason needed to skip it. If you want the magic of the moment when you’re walking down the aisle that’s not a problem.
  2. Timing can be an issue as a con as well. If you get married earlier in the day then that means your time table will need to be pushed up as well. You may have to get ready earlier and that also possibly means your bridal party may have to get ready too. Some brides include their party after the first look too
  3.  It’s not as private as you think. The photographer and assistants or videographer may be far away, but they’re still there to capture the moment. If you’re camera shy you may not get the genuine moment you want.

Small Wedding Party

As a new bride it’s tempting to rush out and tell everyone and invite all your friends to the big day but we’re giving away tips on how a smaller wedding party can make your life easier! Just because some friends are not IN the wedding doesn’t mean they can’t have a good time or enjoy the celebration with you.

We aren’t just talking about bridesmaids and groomsmen either. Having a small wedding party in terms of guests will help cut down costs. The average cost per guest for a wedding is $100 so multiply that by 100 guests and it adds up. Keeping your guest list limited is the first way to cut costs.

However, let’s address the small wedding party itself. Keeping your bridesmaids to three or four close friends will save you a lot of headache. For one, it’ll make things easier to stay organized. It’s hard enough to plan an entire wedding so be sure your bridal party makes things easy for you.

It’s easier to take photos after the wedding ceremony as well with a smaller wedding party. You can fit everyone in the same frame and have time to try fun pictures like goofy shots or even use props. Along with photo taking a smaller wedding party allows you to let your bridesmaids have more flexibility with their choice of dresses. If you are comfortable letting your girls pick their own styles the less people makes the “mix and match” look classy instead of messy. You could also give them the option to rent a dress instead of buy. Happy bridesmaids make for great photos!

A small wedding party will both cut costs and allow you more control over your big day!

 

2018 Wedding Theme Colors

2018 Wedding Theme Colors

It’s never too late to start planning your wedding! We explore some of the color themes you should think about for next Spring.

  1. Dusty rose and Green. We love this color palette because it’s feminine enough if you don’t want pink. Rose can come in several shades from a romantic light to a dramatic, almost plum shade. You can dress these colors up or down. If you want a glamorous wedding the rose and green theme can work very well with the darker accents. We are also loving the natural look of a dusty rose and green if you’re a more rustic bride.

2.  Lavender and Lilac. For Spring 2018 we love this color theme because it’s so versatile. If purple is your favorite color then this is the palette for you! And if it’s not, you can still think about using a lavender accent. The shades of lavender run from a beautiful light, dusty color to a deep plum.

3. Dusty blue and red. This palette theme us usually used in the fall but they can work for spring as well! The dusty blue is more of a romantic shade than a sea/cerulean blue and won’t make your wedding look like something from Fourth of July or under the sea. The deep red is a very romantic hue. It can be used to accent your bouquet or bridesmaids dresses

Ideas for Announcing your Engagement

Ideas for Announcing your Engagement

It’s the Holiday season and we have ideas for announcing your engagement! The holidays are a great time to tell family and friends your big news. It’s called the most wonderful time of the year so why not combine that with spreading the word about the engagement.

  1. We love the idea of surprising family. At a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner you could have guests write what they are thankful for on a leaf or festive paper. Then, at dinner, they can all read them a loud. Making yours about the engagement will be just the hint they need!

2.  Going out for pre-dinner drinks. If you and your new fiance don’t want all the attention at a family gathering consider going out for drinks and appetizers the night before. That way you don’t have the big announcement about your engagement putting pressure on the dinner. You can tell everyone at a local bar or favorite restaurant. You should be relaxed and enjoy telling people the news, not stressed and anxious about wedding planning.

3. We love taking a group photo as a reveal too! In the selfie age we don’t think it’ll be a problem to get everyone to agree to taking a picture. You can gather all the family and/or friends and as the picture is about to be taken hold up a sign that says “Save the Date” or “We’re engaged”. See who notices afterwards! If people are not noticing through their holiday drinking phase post the picture on social media.

4. Finally, we love giving gifts to everyone to announce your engagement! It doesn’t have to be big but if it’s near the Christmas season no one will think twice about receiving just a little something extra. We recommend buying one present in bulk like good quality chocolate, cheap cigars or jewelry for women. Inside the gift have a note presenting the save the date or engagement announcement.

Winter Wedding Ideas

Winter Wedding Ideas

Most people don’t think of a winter wedding as romantic or even easy to do but we have some ideas for you! A winter wedding can be just as much fun as any other time of year. Think of cozy fires, warm drinks, comfort foods and friendship.

Many brides worry about where and how they want their wedding photos to be done. You will love some fun winter wedding ideas like big, fluffy blankets or how about a snap of your bridal party around a bonfire with snow in the background? You don’t need to be outside forever but it’s always fun to jump outside without a coat, grab a picture, and hustle back inside.

For decor at your reception we love putting together cinnamon sticks and mulberries. This is not only a great smelling decoration but also could function as a place holder or napkin tie. The red berries are very festive for a winter wedding and the cinnamon is a wonderfully nostalgic scent for your guests. They could even put the sticks into a mulled wine or cider if you are offering that kind of beverage.

Another winter wedding idea is cheap and easy but looks fabulous. We love using cotton balls in your bouquets or wreaths! The texture of cotton is natural and resembles those open seed pods that spread out in the fall. You could blend both autumn and winter into your decor for bouquets or table center pieces.

And finally, we are loving winter wedding capes! Who doesn’t want to look and feel like a superhero? We love capes and the winter variety are the best because they function as both a warm piece for you and a beautiful centerpiece for your photos. A winter wedding can be a great time to get out something like a cape that’s bold and unusual. Most brides don’t think of wearing capes but in winter this could be the perfect time!

photo shot list

Photo Shot List

Photo Shot List

 

It is the job of your wedding photographer to create a photo shot list for your big day. That’s why you are hiring them! However, it’s good to understand what your photographer will want to cover and how you can help her get the best pictures on your wedding day.

It’s very important to work with your wedding photographer to make sure your wedding is captured in all its glory. Here’s a list of moments your wedding photographer will probably cover:

Bride Getting Ready
Groom Getting Ready
The First Look (if bride and groom are seeing each ot
her before the ceremony)
Ceremony
Posed Family Photos
Wedding Party Photos
Introductions as Mr. & Mrs.
Reception
Escort Cards and other Details
Wedding Cake
Toasts
First Dance
Cake Cutting
Bouquet Toss/Garter
Guests Dancing
Check out this list of“50 Must Have Wedding Photography Shots” for further ideas. We often think of photographers as documenting a wedding, but even the purest photojournalist has a special way of seeing the world. Once you have the right photographer, let them know what you like. We always recommend spending time with your photographer so they can get a feel for what’s important to you both. For example, some couples are very much into family photos, some love detail shots, some want a picture of their high school friends who flew into town from far away. Make sure to let your photographer know what you love.
It’s also nice to give them ideas of the images you favor or want to emulate. You want to provide them with as much context of your style and give them creative freedom to bring it to life. This way you can collaborate on the part of the photo shot list that is unique to your wedding!
pinterest pins of the week

Pinterest Pins of the Week

Pinterest Pins of the Week.
Clothesline Slideshow
. With beautiful Chicago weather upon us, we are loving everything related to the outdoors.  Chicago has so many beautiful green spaces, so we’ve been pinning a lot of outdoor-inspired ideas.  And this pin, well it might be one of our favorites.  Pictures have often been a part of weddings, and many couples choose to play a slideshow at their reception.  But for couples who celebrate with mother nature, a slideshow might prove to be challenging.  However, this gives couples a fabulous way to showcase special memories, while still keeping with the authenticity and vibe of an outdoor celebration.  So give us some twine and photos, and we’ll be on our way!

Photography: The Leekers

Instagram  Your Day.  Speaking of pictures, are you on the Instagram bandwagon yet?  We love this fun photo sharing site, and we are particularly smitten with how couples are integrating it into their day.  This pin gives you a great idea of just how easy this techie idea is.  Choosing a hashtag and letting your guests know the tag gives a great (and hip) way to collect your wedding day memories!  #countusin

Gold + White.  This pin is proof that sometimes simple is best.  Mix and match gold candlesticks with simple white taper candles for a sweet yet refined mood.  Grouped together they make quite the statement, and we can see this idea working for a garden party or an elegant celebration in a grand hall.  Want this look on a budget?  Scour thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales for mismatched candlesticks.

Photography: Julie Cate

 

3 Ways to Avoid Wedding Day Regrets

3 Ways to Avoid Wedding Day Regrets

3 Ways to Avoid Wedding Day Regrets. I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but you’re wedding day will go really fast. When it is all over with, you want to be able to look back and know that you made the most of the day and captured as many memories as possible. While planning the wedding, it is easy to get caught up in the budget and traditional must do’s, but there are some reoccurring things that brides often say they regret. Here is how you can avoid making the same mistakes.

Splurge on the videographer

Most couples skip the videographer due to budget restraints. They figure the photographer will capture all the major moments, so there is no need for a videographer. The truth is photos don’t let you relive your tear-filled vows, or re-listen to the speech given by your best man or let you re-watch your best friend’s attempt to do a split on the dance floor. If you can’t afford a videographer, at least ask someone who is good with a video camera to capture some of the most important moments.

REM Video Photography

R.E.M. Video & Photography

Don’t only order a few prints

Photographers offer a variety of packages with the option of prints, a disk with all the photos, or a combination of the two. Even if you decide to have the photographer print and assemble your wedding album, you should splurge on the disk with all the images. It can be overwhelming to choose from all the pictures and you might later wish you could print other images you didn’t originally choose.

whaley picture

Timothy Whaley & Associates

Take plenty of family photos

You may be tempted to rush through photos so you can enjoy the cocktail hour and start the reception, but don’t forget to take plenty of family photos. It isn’t that often that you have the whole family together (with everyone dressed up), so don’t miss the opportunity to get some great pictures.

hazelton photography

Hazelton Photography

These are just a few of the regrets brides often have. The key to avoiding regret is taking the time to enjoy every moment and capturing as many memories as you can so you always remember your special day. While you don’t want to blow your entire life savings on one day, you do want to make sure it is special, so do the things that are most important to you.

There’s An App For That!

Just when you thought there was an app for everything (and there is) a pleasant surprise for those of us in the wedding biz has come along that will revolutionize your planning experience. Appy Couple, is an invite-only way to create your custom wedding app for your very own wedding! Finally, something we can use! You would think for the most important day of your life there would be plenty of tech savvy tools for the iPad and iPhone, and in some regards there are, but for the more modern couple, the widely accepted and ultra popular wedding website is just a little too last season.

Appy Couple is like having your very own personal graphic designer custom curate templates and color palettes that reflect your own personal wedding style.  When you begin designing the app, there are more color schemes, personalization and gallery options than you could imagine. There’s even a fun animated champagne- bubble screen that you or your guests can compile “toasts” and other sweet salutations.

Now down to the practical stuff: hotel info, calendar of events and countdown clock are all right there for everyone involved to access down to the minute changes or instructions.  You can even RSVP to each event right from your smartphone or tablet.  And for guests who are only invited to the wedding and maybe not the rehearsal or bachelorette party? No problem, you can control which guests see what content and make sure there are no communication errors in between!  All content, including messages and photos, uploads in real time so guests and members of the bridal party can stay up-to-date (if they choose). Guests can also upload their photos and post messages and toasts on the couple’s message board.

Like other great inventions, this one was inspired by the creator’s real life experience and lack of technological resources when it came to keeping order in helping plan her sister’s 500 person wedding. With countless other events leading up to the big day, they both certainly would have benefited from this genius little tool.  And with its major assortment of layout and custom designs, the app is as gorgeous as it is practical. Some brides are using it as an extension of their wedding décor, by dropping little hints about the colors, flowers, and look of the day by using some of that in their app.  We suggest you jump on over to their site and check out this cool new idea that you will no doubt be seeing everywhere soon. And hurry, this app is free for now, but the company is planning to expand and start launching price packages later this fall.  Along with the new pricing, they promise even more options and customizations. We can only imagine they will be stunning and well worth the price of a download!