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Archive for January, 2016

Ideas for a Dreamy Beach Wedding

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

More and more couples are planning their wedding day at the beach. Fortunately for you there are many beautiful and unique decorations for you to choose from when a beach wedding is your theme.

Your beach wedding will be less stressful and a lot of fun with these helpful beach wedding decoration ideas.

So let’s begin to plan.

Beach Wedding Aisle Runner:

The internet offers a number of choices for beach wedding aisle runners that can be personalized just for you. Scatter real or silk petals down the sides of the runner or if your are having a flower girl she will do the job for you.

Ceremony and Reception Guest Chairs:

Here are a couple of ideas to dress up your guest chairs. Tie a length of theme colored tulle around the chair and tie a huge bow in the back. Add a lovely flower and a six to eight inch palm leaf to the center of the bow. You may tie a ribbon around the back of the chair and rather than a bow tie a cluster of seashells to the middle of the ribbon

Ceremony Arch or Canopy:

Cover the arch with tulle in your theme colors and decorate with small seashell and starfish for a magical look. If you are having a canopy, drape strings of simulated pearls along with small tropical flowers to make a perfectly dreamy place to exchange your vows.

Beach Wedding Photo Backdrop:

Also, to be found on the internet are really nice backdrops for beach weddings that you can set up and have a beach pail of disposible cameras where guests can take one, take a picture and it makes a really fun wedding favor.

Reception Area Decorations:

If it is fire safe, put flaming tiki torches around the perimeter of the reception area and what is more beach and romance than the glow of tiki torches. Drape nets from the walls or ceiling and hang tropical flowers or seashells and starfish from the netting.

Wedding Table Centerpieces:

In keeping with your dreamy beach theme how about filling a clear glass bowl with sand and add small sea shells, glass marbles, faux pearls and small star fish. Place a glass votive in the center and see how the light from the candle reflects beautifully off the shells, marbles and whatever else you have put in the sand.

Miniature lanterns are available in black or white and arrange in the middle of your tables with either a candle or seashells, starfish and other beach items. Use a reflective mirror or sand under the lanterns for a finished look.

Beach Wedding Cakes:

A beach themed wedding cake is a way you can use your personality and creativity in a tasty way. Look through the internet sites and books for ideas and then you need to find a baker that will turn your wedding dream cake into a cake to celebrate your day. It might take time but will really be worth it.

Beach Wedding Music:

As you plan your beach wedding music, the two of you should sit down and discuss the music you like and means the most to both of you. Your wedding is the perfect time to choose those songs you want for your beach theme and your wedding day. If you are using a DJ make sure he knows all your desires well before the day.

A gorgeous rendition for your first dance music is Sam Harris doing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Take a listen to it on YouTube. I bet it gives you goose bumps.

I truly hope these dreamy beach wedding ideas are helpful and perhaps starts your creative juices going and the two of you enjoy your day with family, friends, the sea and the soft warm sand.

Wedding Photography – 4 Specific Styles and Techniques

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Each photographer has his or her own style of taking pictures. After many years of shooting, you usually can narrow the various techniques and approaches into different style categories. I have narrowed it down to four different typical formats of wedding photography that we cover. We are completely and fully comfortable shooting each one and allow the couple to choose which style best represents their personality and personal flair!

1. Wedding Photojournalism

A wedding photojournalistic style of photography involves the photographer not being involved nearly as much as normal. The story is told though the photographs and emphasis is taken off of the typical posed and planned pictures. With this style of wedding photography, we tend to stand on the sidelines and shoot from the background, becoming as unobtrusive as possible. However, the photos we capture put the viewer right in the mix of what is going on. We capture natural moments that happen in reality without the typical setting up and posing a picture. With this style of photography, we consider ourselves to be “photographic storytellers,” guiding the viewer through the “story” of your wedding day. This is our choice format of wedding photography. We truly enjoy finding those definite moments of significance that often pass by too quickly and capturing them within our lens.

2. Traditional Wedding Photography

Unlike the wedding photojournalistic style, this style of photography has much involvement from the photographer. Many of the portraits are set up and posed, incorporating a more traditional approach to wedding pictures. The wedding photographer acts as a director of sorts, guiding the wedding party and guests into formations and poses for photos. Although the main style of shooting for our studio is the Wedding Photojournalistic style, we do have experience in directing and leading wedding parties into the posed group and individual formal pictures.

3. Fashion Wedding Photography

This style of wedding photography rings true with its name – it is focused on the element of fashion. Brides who request fashion wedding photos to be taken often book studio time outside of a normal wedding day shoot. This allows the photographers to plan out a session incorporating more lighting and creative techniques. Doing a fashion wedding shoot in studio also allows the bride more freedom in moving into typical fashion poses (such as the hands on the hips, hunched back pose) paired with a more serious and “fashion-like” facial expression. Both brides and grooms request this style of wedding photography to add something different and dramatic to their wedding photo album.

4. Trash The Dress Wedding Photography

Synonymous with its name, this style of wedding photography involves the “dirtying” of wedding dress worn after the fact. This style of wedding photography is also called “fearless bridal” or “rock the frock.” Typically, brides choose this after everything is said and done to offer a creative alternative to storing away their wedding dress that they will never wear again. A bride can venture out to a beach or a fountain, take pictures in city streets or on railroads, in abandoned buildings or fields, or even get muddied up in the woods. Often times, brides feel that this helps them release the deep tension from the wedding. It can be a bride’s declaration that the wedding is done and the dress will never be worn again, so why not be creative and artistic with it? At our wedding photography studio, we are more than happy to work with brides who would like to “Trash The Dress!”