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

photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com

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, theknot.com 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 jessikafeltz.com)

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 jessikafeltz.com)

6. You — In Action

7. Your Favors

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

Haha! Yessss! (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

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 jessikafeltz.com)

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 jessikafeltz.com)

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 jessikafeltz.com)

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 jessikafeltz.com)

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 jessikafeltz.com)

29. The Escort Cards

30. A First Look Photo

31. A Silhouette Shot

Feel free to include the groom too, hehe! (photos courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

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 jessikafeltz.com)

36. The Getaway Car

37. A Dramatic Couple’s Shot

Again, from our editorial / aeroplane shoot! (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

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 jessikafeltz.com)

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

Grouped together outside the church! (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

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 jessikafeltz.com)

48. Your Fashion Shot

Hiiiiiiiiit it! (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

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 AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com

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

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 AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com

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 awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

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 awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

Some bridesmaids simply have no boundaries (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

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 awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

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

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 awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

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

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 awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

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 awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

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

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

Catching a Glimpse: Should You See Each Other before the Ceremony?

photos courtesy of elimurray.com

Traditionally speaking, it’s considered “bad luck” for a bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony.  This type of old-fashioned thinking stems from an even more ancient tradition when the groom was not allowed to see his bride AT ALL before the big day.  Not ever.  Not once.  Not even a glimpse.  Nada.

While I’m happy to report that prearranged marriages and hide ‘n’ go seek brides – for the most part – have been eradicated in most cultures, there are still several people who like to hold the base of this tradition true.  Often times, couples will choose to not see each other beforehand because they feel it adds to the excitement and anticipation of their wedding day.  (Agree.)

Others, however, have poo-poo’ed  conventional thinking for a more modern day train of thought and choose to have a moment before the ceremony all to themselves.  This is a time just for them to really take each other in, and better yet, a time for a photographer to capture some beautifully candid shots.  (I mean, just get a load of this groom!)  Couples can have a moment of privacy to talk, hug, give a little smooch or simply calm each other’s nerves.  (Also, agree.)

For brides and grooms who see each other pre-ceremony, it can also help take care of some of the formal wedding photography of the bridal party, in order to allot more time after for everything else.  Woot, woot!  But regardless of what you choose, just know that there is no right or wrong choice… merely Choice 1 and Choice 2, and it’s up to you to decide which one fits you and yours best!  Good luck, and cheers to many years of happiness :)

photos courtesy of elimurray.com

July 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

The Road to Wedded Bliss (& Killer Groom Style) was Paved by Cary Grant

The delicious, Cary Grant (photo courtesy of Google Images)

For serious.  Look to your left.  (Go ahead.  Take your time.)  Can anyone else say, yummy?  (You’re still looking, aren’t you?)

As one of the most – if not THEE most – swoonworthy leading men to ever rock the silver screen, Cary Grant epitomized old Hollywood glamour and refined masculinity.  With his unreal, shake-what-cha-mama-gave-ya, good looks and overtly debonair demeanor, he might as well of wrote the book on men’s fashion during the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s.

But his timeless style didn’t just define the Golden Age of Hollywood – oh no, my lovely brides-to-be-, it lives on today, which is exactly why he’s the quintessential male to consider when stylizing grooms.

Regardless of the time of year you’re planning on saying “I do” to your boo or the level of formality you’re planning to capture, take it from me and take note from the man who did it best… Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, the many looks of Cary Grant:

*all photos courtesy of Google Images

Summer Style for Grooms

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Who says only brides get to wear white?  For summer weddings, let your groom channel his inner Cary Grant with light colored suits and colorfully dramatic ties.  Top off his look with a fetching fedora, and you’ll easily go ga-ga over his breezy, bold style.

Fall Fashion for Grooms

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Fall weddings are all about warmth, which is exactly why grooms will want to look ultra in HOTT in dark pinstripes, layers and classic lines.  Maybe you don’t want your man smoking a pipe (understandable), but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with heavier fabrics and deeper, neutral shades.

Winter Wardrobe for Grooms

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Won’t he look dashing in a tailored suit or tuxedo?  For winter weddings, try a more custom look with richer tones.  Here, Cary Grant pairs his uber sophisticated suit with a long trench and gentleman’s cap… ideal for weddings looking to be chilled to perfection.  (Pun intended – haha!)

Spring Sexiness for Grooms

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It’s all about a fresh sense of style for springtime weddings, which is exactly why grooms can delight in lighter fabrics and softer shades, while still maintaining a crisp look that only men in suits can have.  Feel free to try pocketless, grey suits with bright boutonnieres!

Groom’s Look for Informal / Mid-morning / Wedded Courthouse Contracts

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Hello, Mr. Casual!  For mid-morning or courthouse weddings, there’s no need for all the fuss.  Let your man feel comfortable in a tailored pair of slacks and a dress shirt, which can be paired with a sleek pullover in colder months.

Groom’s Look for Semiformal Afternoon Nuptials

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For those of you looking for something a little dressier than a backyard BBQ, suave suits are a must!  Weddings don’t have to be about tuxedos; so, for semiformal, afternoon nuptials, let your groom dazzle in tailored look without all the hullabaloo.  Don’t worry about bulking him up with layers; just let him shine in clean lines and a well, styled tie. 

Groom’s Look for Formal Afternoon Nuptials

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One word for this look.  Roar.  Grooms will ooze sex appeal and distinction in a contemporary suit or tux for afternoon “I do’s” looking to get a little fancier.  Complete the look with distinguished cuff links and a snazzy pocket square, and you’ll see why your man is such a catch!  

Groom’s Look for Formal Evening I do’s

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Oh, Mr. Grant, you are one dashing, dashing man… For formal, evening weddings, grooms should be dressed to the nines.  Think James Bond on his most debonair, 007 day or Brad Pitt in his finest red carpet wardrobe!

Groom’s Look for Very Formal / Black Tie-the-Knot’s

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Not everything sank on the Titanic, ladies.  For instance, for super formal, black tie weddings… simply shut your eyes and picture Leonardo DiCaprio waiting for you at the bottom of the stairs… ahhh, delicious.  Black tie affairs are all about the glitz; so, don’t be afraid to let your man get super fanci-fied in a top hat and tails!

And there you have it… Cary Grant inspiring generations nearly two decades since his last suit!  R.I.P, Senior Cary, and thanks for being such a stud!

July 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

Make a Statement with Your Monogram

In several areas and regions around the world, monograms have been used for centuries for a number of different reasons.  Customarily speaking, they were used to display an artisan’s signature on his or her creation, but through the years, monograms were adapted as a unique way of personalizing one’s possessions.

I know.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, right?  I can’t help it… my heart beats for historical facts :)

Anyhoot, when it comes to your wedding day, monograms can be a great way to personalize and detail your ceremony and receptions.  Because they can be produced as a design element, rather than just alphabetical letters, they are a timeless way for adding customized class.  Think of them as the most elite form of combining your initials to your Louvre’s initials to make one, succinct symbol of your devotion for all to see…

Too deep?…  I knew it.  I always do that.

Okay, maybe monograms don’t need to be thought of that deeply, but for your wedding, they can be a useful tool to bring a sense of elegant uniformity.  They can be done as subtle touches on your paper products, like stationery, favor packaging, ceremony programs, reception menus or place cards. 

For a bolder look, buy or make a monogrammed aisle runner. Perhaps in lieu of a traditional cake topper, have one that combines you and your spouse’s initials. Orrrrr wrap your bouquet with a monogrammed handkerchief.  It’s your wedding day… you can do whatever you want!

Bottom line, simply by taking your first name initial, his first name initial and plopping your new, shared last name initial in the middle, you can create an abundance of choices to add to your big day!  And who can’t get behind that?

And if you’re looking to add your monogram to your big day, be sure to check out our extensive line of Monogrammed Wedding Accessories & Personalized Gifts!

June 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

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 istockphoto.com or gettyimages.com 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 istockphoto.com and gettyimages.com… 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


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