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Wedding Bouquet Tips

For todays Tuesday tip I thought I would share a little trick about wedding bouquets I picked up along the way… When ordering your wedding flowers, ask your florist to deliver your bouquets and boutonnieres an hour before you are leaving for the ceremony. They will most likely be resting in water for maximum freshness but it’s good to wrap them in paper towel for a good thirty minutes to be sure they won’t leave watermarks on your dress.

This will also give your photographer plenty of time to take some pretty photographs of the bouquets while the flowers look their best. Happy Tuesday! 

Colorful Wedding Bouquet

Tuesday Tips: Wedding Invitations

When it comes time to send out your wedding invitations, set one aside for your photographer. You can mail it to them or have it available with the rest of the goodies during the wedding preparations…whichever is easier. This way, they’ll be sure to get a nice photograph of this important detail. Happy Tuesday!

Bespoke Wedding Invitations

Tuesday Tips… Choosing a Wedding Photographer

After the ‘I dos’ are said, the cake is cut and the bouquet is thrown, your photographs will be there, telling the story for generations. This story should capture the joy, love and beautiful chaos that filled the day. It should reflect you, your relationship and your amazing guests.  It should make you laugh, cry and fall in love all over again.

So what wedding photographer will tell your story best? That depends on your style, personality and needs. Here are some tips for choosing a wedding photographer that is perfect for you.Photojournalist Wedding PhotographerStyle…

There are many different styles of wedding photography – editorial, artistic, fashion-based, traditional, photojournalistic – just to name a few. To determine what style suits you best, there are a few things to keep in mind…the mood of the photographs, the look of the photographs and the approach of the photographer. The most important thing is that the photographs speak to you. Whether it is visually, emotionally or both.

The approach of a wedding photographer will determine the time you invest for portraits and the impact the photographer has on the day. A documentary or photojournalistic wedding photographer will capture the day as it unfolds and will spend a short amount of time getting some natural portraits of the two of you. A photographer with a fashion-based approach may want to spend an hour or more with you creating dramatic portraits. Decide how you want your day to flow and how you want your story told. Ask the photographer how much time they require for group photographs and wedding portraits to ensure there are no surprises on your big day.

The style of a photographer extends into the post-processing of the photographs and the design of the album. I would recommend a clean and timeless style for both the photographs and album design as they will stand the test of time.Bride and Groom meeting at the top of the aislePersonality…

It is so important to choose a photographer that you and your guest are at ease with. This will allow everyone to relax, enjoy the day and ignore the camera. This will lead to better photographs that capture the atmosphere of the day and the essence of the people. For a majority of the day, it is best if the photographer is in the background. This way, they capture your day with little impact. For the group photographs, however, the photographer needs to come out from the background and ensure they give clear directions in a friendly and professional manner. If your photographer is experienced, organized and efficient, you will get beautiful group photographs without sacrificing  a lot of time away from the celebrations.Photojournalist Wedding Photography BostonNeeds…

If the time with your guests is top priority, look at a photographer with a documentary of photojournalistic style. If you would like a large amount of group photographers, a more traditional photographer may be what your after. Are you happy with a few hours of coverage or would you like every moment captured and presented in a beautiful album? Decide what you want from both your wedding day and your photographs – the right photographer can help you get both. Every photographer has their own speciality, it is important to find one that will meet your needs best.

Best of luck and congratulations!Candid Wedding PhotographyHave a look here for more information on my style and approach to wedding photography.

Tuesday Tip: Prepare for Bad Weather

Mother Nature has a mind of her own and she is impossible to control. But regardless of what she throws your way, it is important to embrace it! By remembering what’s important, you will have the perfect day whether it is filled with showers, storms or sunshine! Your photographer will be happy to venture out in any weather to create beautiful photographs! They will also have some great ideas for creating fantastic portraits indoors. These few tips will help you prepare for bad weather and offer a lot of peace of mind before and during your wedding day.

Umbrellas…

Umbrellas are great for rain and snow and can add a personal touch to your day as well. You can have them on stand by for yourself and husband to be, your wedding party or all of your guests. White, black and clear umbrellas are best as they are timeless and won’t create a color cast in the photographs.

Cover ups, Shawls & Blankets…

Cover ups, shawls and blankets can work wonders for shielding you and your guests from the wind and cold. By having a few cute blankets available for a chilly guest and some pretty cover ups and shawls for you and your ladies, the day can be much more enjoyable and even more stylish.

Prepare for bad weather cute umbrellaVenue…

When choosing a venue, ensure there is an indoor space that can be transformed to fit your vision. This way, if umbrellas and shawls just won’t cut it, you can escape inside for your ceremony or reception.

Weights…

A gust of wind can send your escort cards and linens flying. Have a few options for weighing them down to ensure they’ll stay put.

Candles…

A windy day can make it impossible to keep candles lit, to ensure your lighting won’t be affected, use lanterns, tall containers or christmas lights to create the perfect ambience.

Touch Ups…

Have a little bag with bobby pins, makeup, tissues and other touch up essentials handy.

Helpers…

Snow can block pathways and make it awkward for you and guests to get to you venue. Have a few helpers on stand by who can shovel a clear route.

If you are visited with snow, rain and wind…it can make these ‘bad’ weather days in the future that much more special and romantic. In fact, it is said that rain is good luck because a wet knot is harder to untie.

Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday Tips… Wedding Shoes

They say a lady can never have too many shoes and it’s the same on your wedding day. Along with your perfect heels, some comfy shoes can really come in handy. With a cute pair of flats, you’ll be free and comfortable to stroll around various locations with your new hubby during your portrait session. If it’s chilly, some boots with warm socks can be super adorable and keep you nice and toasty. Comfy shoes are also very helpful when executing those killer dance moves at the end of night!
Happy Tuesday!

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