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Mr. DeMille Wants to Know: Are You Ready for Your Wedding Close-Up?

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While weddings take months to plan, it feels like the actual day itself can go by in an instant. Making the following analogy ideal… Planning a wedding is to the actual day as Michael Phelps’ training is to the Olympics.

Phelps trained day in and day out for years in order to jump in the pool, swim less than a minute and take home the gold… 8 times. It’s madness, I tell you! Complete madness!

And while your wedding day might not garner you the same fame as eight Olympic gold medals did Sir Phelps, it’s still one you’ll hopefully want to remember forever. But how do you remember something forever when it’s done in a flash?

In pictures, of course!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a schmillion times… Your wedding photos are hands down some of the most important – if not the most important – keepsake you’ll have from your day. So, it’s important to make them count!

Recently, put out a list of the 50 (New!) Must Have Wedding Photos for Your Album, and I’m dying to know what you think (or what you would add!)! While I consider several of the items to be a bit of “Pete and Repeat” and slightly unorganized, I do think it’s crucial to get as many ideas as possible; hence why i even put a few more of my personal suggestions at the end as well! Whoop, whoop! So, without further adieu, here they are (with a couple examples from our big day courtesy of the ahhhhmazing Jessika and Jimmy Feltz!!):

1. A Really Good Kissing Shot

2. The Guys Getting Ready (see also #21, #41, #43 and #50)

Ohhh to be a dude on the wedding day. (photo courtesy of

3. Your Bouquet (see also #10, #14 and #49)

4. The Reception Tables

5. Your Shoes (see also #25)

Granted, this is merely the heel of my shoes... but I love this shot! (photo courtesy of

6. You — In Action

7. Your Favors

8. Your Wedding Party Kids — Junior Brides, Ring Bearers, Flower Girls, etc.

Haha! Yessss! (photo courtesy of

9. The Wedding Cake

10. Bridesmaid’s Bouquets (see also #3, #14 and #49)

11. The Ceremony — Pulled Back

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church (photo courtesy of

12. Your Dress

13. Your Hairstyle

14. His Boutonniere (see also #3, #10 and #49)

15. Candid Shots of Your Bridesmaids

Love love love these ladies! (photos courtesy of

16. The Ceremony — From a New Angle

17. Your Wedding Party –Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Ushers, Miniature Attendents, etc.

18. Your Guests

Might I suggest doing a Photo Booth? The pics WILL be epic. (photo courtesy of

19. The Scene (see also #32)

20. The Reception — Pulled Back

21. Getting Ready with Your Mom (see also #2, #41, #43 and #50)

22. A “New Angle” Photo (see also #46)

23. The Ceremony Details

Part of the Four String Quartet (photo courtesy of

24. Your Jewelry

25. His Shoes (see also #5)

26. A Sign of the Times Shot — Twitter, iPad, Facebook, etc.

27. Your First Dance

28. A Posed & Composed Couple’s Shot

From our editorial / aeroplane shoot :) (photo courtesy of

29. The Escort Cards

30. A First Look Photo

31. A Silhouette Shot

Feel free to include the groom too, hehe! (photos courtesy of

32. A Scene Setter (see also #19)

33. A “Magic Hour” Photo — reference term of photographers for right before sunset or right after sunrise when the light is best

34. The Wedding Dog

35. The Little Odds & Ends

One of our reception decorations standing proud. (photo courtesy of

36. The Getaway Car

37. A Dramatic Couple’s Shot

Again, from our editorial / aeroplane shoot! (photo courtesy of

38. A Funky Backdrop Couple’s Shot

39. A Movie-esque Old Hollywood Shot — Black & White

40. The Lighting

From inside one one of the trees :) (photo courtesy of

41. Your Bridesmaids Before the Ceremony (see also #2, #21, #43 and #50)

Grouped together outside the church! (photo courtesy of

42. You and Your Dad

43. Getting Ready Photo of You (see also #2, #21, #41 and #50)

44. A Before the Ceremony Toast

45. Your Glamour Shot

46. An Artistic Angled Shot (see also #22)

47. A Stolen Moment Away

Just the two of us! (photos courtesy of

48. Your Fashion Shot

Hiiiiiiiiit it! (photo courtesy of

49. The Boutonnieres (see also #1, #10 and #14)

50. A Before the Ceremony Shot (see also any # that becomes before the ceremony, hehe!)

I would also like to offer few more shots you could benefit from… ’cause goodness KNOWS I did!

  • Cake Cutting
  • Other “Special” Dances (ie. father/daughter, mother/son etc.)
  • Speeches & Toasts
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Garter Toss
  • The FOOD! (Dead sere, these were some of my faves!)
  • Bridal Exit from Church
  • Wedding Party Entrance to Reception
  • Grandparents
  • Guest Book

November 15, 2010 at 11:47 am 1 comment

Let Their Mistakes Be Your Lessons Learned: brought to you by

Thanks, mom and dad, for all your continued, loyal support!... wait. what? (photo courtesy of

Like any good blog stalker, this pretty little lady has her FAVES saved for go-to good reads.  It truly is one of my life’s truest joys to not only read what people are writing about but also, to see how and even why they’re writing about them.  While I have a tendency to lean (almost too) generously towards wedding blogs the world over, I can’t help but stray from time to time when a true gem rears its fabulous face onto my screen.

One such gem, you may wonder??  Well, that would be

While it’s generally one of my most golden rules not to bully (aka. put others down to bring myself up), I can’t help but point out the majority of treats being posted on this site (and now BLASTED on ours) have been and continue to be submitted by the “stars” themselves.  So, they really only have themselves – and the photographic genius behind the lens – to blame.

So, without further adieu, may I present to you SEVERAL rules you should consider, and photographic evidence of why it’s so important :)

Rule #1.  Firstly, make sure you pick a wedding photographer who’s got the goods – shout out to Jessika & Jimmy Feltz who have the BEST goods ever! – otherwise, you run the risk of what this bride calls her uncle’s (yes uncle!) lack of “professionalism.”  Poor, potty mouth bride!

Just what every bride wants... a pic with a Port-O-John! (photo courtesy of

Rule #2.  Don’t give me no lies, and (tell them to!) keep their hands to themselves!  Nothing ruins a good photo quite like uncomfortable groping from the peanut gallery.  I mean, photo op #1 is awkward enough with the painful parent poking, but photo op #2??  Somebody needs to tell sister friend in the corner to ease off… he’s taken for sobbin’ out loud! 

Mom, PLEASE! (photo courtesy of

Some bridesmaids simply have no boundaries (photo courtesy of

Rule #3.  If you doubt it, don’t show it.  And if you show it, perhaps it’s best to not do it.  It appears that no one, and I truly mean NO ONE, is comfortable with these marriages becoming offish… brides, grooms, family members, even officiants.  Mayhaps, things should’ve been thought through more thoroughly before the big plunge.

Can't you tell everyone agrees that it's a "nice day for a... white wedding!" (photo courtesy of

Wow. You know it's a good ceremony when even the priest objects. (photo courtesy of

Rule #4.  BEWARE OF BEWILDERING BACKGROUNDS.  Some of these I honestly have no other words for other than… whhhhyyyy?

You've heard of "Four Weddings & a Funeral" but what about having YOUR wedding and a funeral? (photo courtesy of

The sentiment is there - sure - but we can't get passed the poor guy gettin' butt grabbed from a distance. (photo courtesy of

I blame the bride mostly for her bridesmaids blending into the decor. For the record, there is such a thing as TOO matchy / matchy. (photo courtesy of

Rule #5.  Finally, don’t fall victim to vicious photo editing!  As stanted in Rule #1, choose your photographers wisely or you may end up with these tripped out treats.  Granted, the photos are dated several years, but the rule remains as modern day as ever…

Why's the groom snarling at me? Better yet, why are they both floating above the entire ceremony? Wizard wedding? (photo courtesy of

'Cause you were always on my miiiiiiiiiind! This trippy photo is CREEPED to the max! (photo courtesy of

October 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm Leave a comment

Why Fit-in, when You were Born to Stand Out!: Decorating the Getaway Car

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The wedding send-off is becoming an increasingly personalized trend with epic photographic appeal.  No longer are couples settling for the typical getaway anymore – oh no!  With trendy weddings flying all over the 2010 Doppler radar, it’s paramount for the send-off to stand out; so, for all you Maids of Honor and Best Men out there, this decor and more post is for you! 

Here are a few of the hottest getaway trends heating up nuptial exits everywhere.  Feel free to be inspired:

Riding Flirty (and yes, I took it there, hehe!) – The actual send-off vehicle itself has really taken off as a wedding statement.  The typical limousine just isn’t unique enough anymore.  Newlyweds these days are opting for all kinds of getaway cars, from classy to quirky.  Here are a few of the faves:

  • Volkswagon Vanagon.  This retro rewind is fun, whimsical and charmingly nostalgic.  Max up the charm with the brightest paint job you can find and send them back to the future or simply to their honeymoon suite in one of these peace sign pleasers.
  • Vintage Rolls Royce.  A wedding car that is quickly becoming a classic, these vehicles scream of an era full of opulence and glamour… which is totally why the Mister and I did it…. Thanks, Papa!

photo courtesy of Geoff White Photographers

  • Party Limo or Bus.  Extravagant?  Yes.  Fun for the entire bridal party?  Of course!  These party vans are a little more playful than your standard limousine, as they invite quite a crowd to their showy interiors…and more room to decorate and let’s be real, get down!

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  • 1960’s Mustang. Meant for a couple who likes to let their hair down, these little speedsters are vintage sports car perfection. The redder, the better.

Trendy Transportation –  After you’ve chosen the perfect getaway car, it’s time to decide how to make it even more magical.  Traditional embellishments include “Just Married” written in soap or lipstick and attached tin can strings hanging from the back bumper.  Trendier adornments, however, suggest more personality and flair… and who couldn’t get behind these?:

  • Window Clings.  The ultimate touch of personalization, custom clings display the couple’s newly minted name together, their special date, and any other details you would want to include.  And beyond being a unique and thoughtful gift to the newlyweds, these decals will also serve as a memorable keepsake for years to come.

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  • Streamers.  The beauty of the wedding theme shouldn’t stop at the reception.  Garnish the getaway with streamers, rich in the wedding palette colors.  This creates some more wedding eye candy, and a feeling of continuity.
  • Pom Pom Strands.  Another great way to incorporate color, these DIY pomanders pay homage to the romance of real flowers without the added fuss or cost.
  • Flag Garland.  Due to their effortless assembly and charming aesthetic, “Just Married” pendant garlands and banners are one of the more popular farewell flourishes.
  • Balloons.  A classic and quieter alternative to the tin cans, these bright blow-ups will float off the back of any bumper flawlessly. Customize with the bride and groom’s names for a personal touch.

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Ultimately, the couple’s aisle style is what will determine the exit embellishments. Just keep in mind that many car rental companies have strict decoration policies, so you make sure to call ahead to see how much creative freedom is allowed.  Everyone is sure to appreciate the trimmings, but aid the brand new twosome in enjoying the interior – with a bottle of bubbly on ice.

September 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm Leave a comment

Boudoir Sessions Bring the Bow-Chicka-Wow-Wow to Pre-Wedding Countdowns

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I believe Right Said Fred put it best when he grunted, “I’m too sexy for my shirt.  Too sexy for my shirt.  So sexy it hurts.”  And if something hurts from too much sexy, brides everywhere are learning to simply take it off. 

With the vast of amounts of wedding trends overtaking traditions, there have been several bridal developments that have seemingly risen above the rest.  One of the biggest wedding trends to raise eyebrows and heartbeats is the little bit naughty / lot bit nice nature of Boudoir Photography Sessions.

“Boudoir” – deriving from the French word bouder, meaning to pout – is defined as a woman’s dressing or private sitting room.  By definition alone, “boudoir” is rather a straightforward term, but it’s not the definition that gets most men hot under the collar.  It’s the connotation surrounding the word that has a much more attractive, revealing appeal. 

While boudoir photography wasn’t always viewed in the most positive light (especially by the more prudish), it has now become a big selling point between wedding photographers and their potential clients.  By presenting these scantily clad sessions in with their packages, wedding photographers offer future brides the ability to give their soon-to-be husbands a gift that is inclusively sexy, suggestive, fun and flirtatious.

They can be everything from provocative and over-the-top to simply sweet and sassy.  The designs, layouts and clothing (or lack thereof) are really up to the comfort level of the bride and her photographer, and while the end results may look different from person to person, they are all surrounded with the same notion of legendary sex appeal. 

The romantically sensual sessions are then packaged up neatly and given to the future husbands as gifts before the wedding day, and no man under the sun could deny that level of hotness.  It’s an art form that brings the inner pin up girl, saloon bar maid or Moulin Rouge rebel out of even the most demure of girls and the biggest man to his knees.  Ooh la la!

Of course I would love to give you examples of some of my favorite shots, but this is a family site, people!  Haha!  For the braver cohorts reading this who are interested, simply Google “boudoir photography,” and you’ll see what I mean :)

May 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm Leave a comment

Impress Your Guests with a Star Studded Exit

All Aboard! It's Trolley Time! (Photo Courtesy of Erin Chris Photography)

A Poem for the Getaway Girl in all of us…

It’s time for stretch limos and fancy cars to take a rest.

Because brides and grooms want to “WOW!” their guests!

And there’s no better way to leave a lasting impression,

Than an exit devised by pure imaginative obsession…

For real though, it’s all about avant-garde getaways these days.  Not only are they a super fun way to tie in your personalities to your big day, but they also create incredible photo ops and leave the guests cheering for more. 

I mean think about it, we’re a world obsessed with grand finales and happy endings; so, what better way to “exit stage right,” than with something that has “Mr. and Mrs. (Insert Your Name Here)” written all over it?  Whether you choose a customized mode of transportation or simply just try something fun… I can guarantee your guests will love sending you off with love when you leave them in style! 

Here are some of my favorites…

Tandem bike for two? Whoop-it-tee-do! (Photo Courtesy of Grazier Photography)

Newlywed nerves? No way! (Photo Courtesy of Google Images)

Fairy tales DO come true with carriage rides! (Photo Courtesy of An Urban Affair)

ReV up the love! (Photo Courtesy of Kurt Photography)

This is just plain hilarious! (Photo Courtesy of Google Images)

Saddle up your partner and ride into the sunset! (Photo Courtesy of Emily Porter Photography)

Be a motorboatin' maniac! (Photo Courtesy of Claudia Akers Photography)

Jet settin’ has never looked this good! (Photo Courtesy of Richelle Dante Photography – love her!)


January 18, 2010 at 4:12 pm 3 comments

Having Trouble Posing?: Practice Makes Perfect in Wedding Photography

At the risk of everyone judging me, I’m just gonna say it… I love America’s Next Top Model.  There, I said it, and I can’t even say I’m sorry.  The show is ridiculous.  Between Tyra’s over-the-top level of love for herself and the models absurd arguments – exchanged for what I can only assume is more camera time -, ANTM is hands down the guiltiest pleasure this side of reality TV.

However, Ms. Banks, in her self proclaimed, infinite wisdom, did teach me something very crucial in the ways of wedding photography… KNOW.YOUR.ANGLES.  Every bride wants to feel beautiful on her wedding day; hence, why I consider it the most epic of tragedies when even the most beautiful bride hates the way she looks in her wedding photos!  It’s borderline blasphemy to work for hours on getting beautified, only to fall dreadfully short when a flash is near.

But this is something that can be fixed, as long as you know your angles.  Everyone has a “good side,” and it’s important for every woman – especially one getting married – to know hers.  It can be defined as the side and angle of your face that is most flattering for you and should be exploited at every opportunity.  I mean, helllllooooo???  Ever notice how Mariah Carey only angles her face one way when she sings?  If you haven’t yet, you will now.  Or take my best friend and I… we always joke that we’re best friends because her “good side” is her right side, and mine is my left, making it incredibly easy for us to know our rolls when it comes to picture taking.  Haha!  

If you don’t know yours, simply look at yourself in a mirror – preferably one that’s full length… in a well lit room… behind a locked door, hehe – and just go from side to side finding the positions your face and body look best in.  Then, on your wedding day, mimic the good angles and avoid the bad.  Of course, you’re never completely safe, because you’re guaranteed to have someone (who I’ve dubbed the Personal Paparazzi Predators) lurking, snapping those infamous, “candid” shots, which will either make you look homeless, disgruntled, polluted or misshapen.   Yep, you gotta love family :)

I would also encourage all of you to get on your favorite photographers’ or stock photography sites and find pictures that peak your interest or you would like to try for yourself.  Because so much of the day flies by in a flash, it’s nice to have as much organized in advance as possible; so, work with your photographer and let them know what you want to try and how you look best… believe me, they want to make you look as fabulous as possible…. because if you look good, they look good.  And who doesn’t love a win / win?

If you’re just getting started, try out or to get the “lights, camera, action” wheels turning, print out some of your faves and use them as reference.  And if you’re using the same photographer for your wedding pictures, as you are for your engagement session, feel free to test run some of the stand out poses.  I’m telling you, it’s worth it to be comfortable in your own skin and self aware of your body movement.  Because Lord knows, if you’re uncomfortable in your photos, it will come across, and there’s no need for you to be… you’re fabulous, remember!?? 

And for your viewing pleasure, here is a sampling of wedding photos provided by and… enjoy!

Let your groom swing you like thunder!

Or take you for a dip!

Create a retro rewind to all those awkward high school dances.

Just look over your shoulder, honey!

*Sigh* Young Love!

Too stinkin' cute!

Pop a squat on a staircase and conversate!

Action photos are always fun!

Gotta love schmookin' under the veil!

Hahahaha! Love it!

... and they danced by the light of the moon!

*Please note: females tend to look better when photographed from above and males are flattered more when photographed from below.

A kiss on the hand (truly is) continental!

Use your surroundings to the fullest! Even a lonesome bench has great potential!

Watch the birdie and say cheese!

Always cute to incorporate your flowers!

January 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm 2 comments

Wedding Photo Booth (& Day) Success… YES!

I’m baaaaack!  I know you all missed me – it’s inevitable when you reach my level of fabulosity.  Haha!  For cereal, though, I’m super excited to announce that this is my first official post as THEE Mrs. Dietz, and in a word, I’m pumped!  The Mister and me’s wedding day went off without a hitch (okay, there were “hitches” but who cares???), and it has easily over taken all previous days and captured the ultra elusive spot as my most favorite day ever!!  I’m head over heels with gratitude for all the ahhh to the mazing work everyone did in order to make it happen!  So, thank you!  Thank you!  THANK YOU for all your over the top support and effort!  It truly means the world!

Now, let’s get down to all the juicy deets, shall we?  One of the best parts of our wedding was the photo booth we set at our reception.  We successfully (and by “we” I mean the Fabulous Jessika Feltz Photography Team!) launched the most ultimate photo arena this side of the Miss’ippi, and I suspect that many others will want to follow suit.  Photo booths, honestly, are one of the best and easiest ways to get your guests involved, as well as capture wedding day memories (and advice) that would’ve otherwise been lost!

While the Mister and I toyed with the idea of renting a photo booth for the big day, we couldn’t be happier that we altered the plans slightly and had a “prom posing” picture taking area set up instead.  Fit with a white backdrop, perfect lighting, ridiculous props and a white board for special messages, this über unique section of the reception produced some seriously incredible (and outrageous) results.  Here are some that I dug the most!

My Sister-in-Law with her SILs and the infamous bedazzled jean jacket!

Three of my little cousins - showing off their inner rockstars!

One of my bridesmaids with her hubby, brother and mom - what a fam!

Haha! My Mister with my co-workers! Classic!

My new In-Laws, sporting their ultimate saying, "Yes, my love!"

Yep, just me, some friends and one killer mousstachio - sheer perfection!

A group of friends showing off their Sunday Best - haha!

The Mister & Me with our fabulous photogs - Jessika & Jimmy Feltz! (Oh! And Arnold - long story)

My uncle sporting the gag gift Tan Man got him for Christmas one year - increds!

Me with my two brothers - wow, what a trio!

December 2, 2009 at 11:23 am 4 comments

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