Tag: bridal photographer
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They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck. It’s said to be a sign of cleansing, growth and prosperity for the bride and groom; so, I figure that SNOW – which is waaaay cooler and stays much longer - has to be doubly as good, right? I knew it :)
Well, even if it’s not, one thing is for sure… it makes for some in-cred-i-ble wedding pictures! And in lieu of the holiday spirit (and the fact that it was the first day for snow in Indiana – whoop whoop!), not only am I dreaming of a White Christmas, but I can’t help but to also dream of sugar plum weddings as well!
Wedding pictures in the snow – for the brides bold enough to bear the cold – really do capture a sense of magic. I mean, who remembers Phoebe Buffay’s wedding to good ‘ole Mike Hannigan on Friends??? Snooowww romantic!!! (Pun intended, haha!) Many pictures look like the pages of a fairy tale, and it’s no wonder… surrounded by crisp white and twinkling ice, any girl would look all kinds of ahhhhmazing!
Just look at these bad boys (and girls, duh!)!
photo courtesy of rebekahwestover.blogspot.com
photo courtesy of robinroemer.com
photo courtesy of grazierphotography.com
photo courtesy of kerrymorgan.com
Haha! (photo courtesy of blog.photoskill.biz)
photo courtesy of manolobrides.com
photo courtesy of english-wedding.com
December 1, 2010
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
- Guest Book
November 12, 2010
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
photo courtesy of cheap-wedding-planning.blogspot.com
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!
photo courtesy of miamilimousine.us
- 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.
photos courtesy of marilynskeepsakes.com
- 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.
photos courtesy of ruffledblog.com
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
photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com
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
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
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
(Takes a minute to compose herself before writing…. <breath>… and ready!)
You’ll have to excuse the extra seconds I’ll be taking throughout this week to compose myself, but with less than a week to go before I’ll be Mrs. Tanner Dietz (aaaah!), I have found myself in a state of perpetual exhilaration! And if you think I’m exaggerating – which I tend to do from time to time, hehe – you’d be seriously mistaken. This has been the BEST time of my life. It’s an uncanny combination of eager anticipation, calmed readiness and sheer enthusiasm that has my heart beating through my throat and out of my chest. It’s like I want to laugh and cry all at the same time, and sometimes, depending on what part of the day I’m in, you just might catch me doing both.
To know that I’m officially making the best part of my day (aka Tanner) part of my every day is an incredible feeling, and to know that it’s merely days away from happening is even more exciting! The joy surrounding the past months has been absolutely undeniable, and I just don’t think my heart could quite possibly be filled with any more love, thankfulness or hope than it is right now.
Actually, you want to know what it’s like? It’s like I’m the Grinch at the end of the movie… you know the part where he still hears all the Hoos down in Hooville still celebrating Christmas even after he’d stolen all their stuff ? As he listens, he can’t help but tear up, as his heart grows bigger and bigger and fills with more and more of the Christmas spirit. For cereal, that’s my heart, and even though medically an enlarged heart doesn’t bode well for those who have it, I’m quite certain I could be the first medical miracle it who works it out.
I’m fully ready to do the work, because I know how much fun there is in store. And over the course of the past several months, I’ve had the pleasure to come across other people in love who have also decided to tie the knot… and if you ask me, there’s nothing more amazing than to capture that love on film. Below are some of my favorite wedding photos I’ve come across through out my planning. Please enjoy!
Image Courtesy of Austin & Dara Photography
Photo Courtesy of Angelica Glass Photography
Photo Courtesy of Clayton Austin Photography
Photo Courtesy of James Christianson Photography
Photo Courtesy of Brooke Photography
Photo Courtesy of Jessika Feltz Photography
Photo Courtesy of Kelly Moore Photography
Photo Courtesy of Michael Norwood Photography
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Collings Photography
November 23, 2009
Now, look over here… watch the birdie… watch the birdie… and BIIIIG smiles… and… 1, 2… OH, shoot, whoops! <CLICK> And perfect. Next!
We’ve all been there. For at least twelve years of our lives, we were forced to sit on wobbly stools, accompanied by God awful, neon colored backdrops and force out our best BIIIIG smiles for underpaid, overworked school photographers who really could care less if our foreheads were sweaty and our hair was quaffed with Alfalfa sprouts. (Yes, I’m still bitter about that one myself.)
It is true. Awkward poses are simply part of life, but no awkward pose can ever – and I mean EVER – compete with the infamous “prom pose.” Which is why I feel it’s vital that some sort of jimmy rigged, back dropped gazebo be a part of my wedding reception celebration; so, everyone – young and old – can relive their glory days.
Of course, I’m hoping that our set up will be a little bit classier and produce a little bit better images, but if a few overly forced, uncomfortable shots show up, I’m good with that too :) To be completely honest, weddings are a celebration for all. Most girls, even those not pertaining to any part of the ceremony, still spend hours finding the perfect hair style to match their perfect dress topped off by the perfect shade of gloss.
So, why not have a chance to showcase it with a professional photographer?? We decided to go with a royal wedding photography package, which includes two photographers on at our big day events. (Shout out to the incredible Feltz husband and wife duo!) And at our reception hall, there is both an entrance foyer and a main, party vestibule; so, the Mister and I were thinking about setting up an area in the lobby area where couples, families, groups of friends, etc. could all go out and get their picture taken. (Can we say, next year’s Christmas card?)
We could also exploit this area to snap images we want of certain groups. For example, college roommates, co-workers, high school buddies, so on and so forth. It would be similar to the wedding Photo Booth idea that has popularized itself in recent years… but better! We plan on providing funny wigs and costumes for the more outrageous; a dry erase board for those looking to make a statement and a universal backdrop for the more traditional. *Glamour Magazine and the WeddingBee show great examples of my vision.
And while most of the wedding day details have been focused on vintage – the dress, the shoes, the centerpieces – this is one area I think contemporary style will really shine. And I encourage all you fabulous brides out there to do the same! Find your perfect blend of trend, tradition and personalized style to create a wedding day experience that you’ll cherish forever!
June 24, 2009
I better rock out mine like nobody’s business! Haha!
It seems that while planning my wedding, everyone has their own little pearls of wisdom to share, and my beautiful cousin, Carla, provided me some of the most precious pearls to date. She said, “Mary, while you can scrimp / cut back / trim down on many areas to keep your wedding budget from tipping the scales, there are two areas you should never… and I mean NEVER ”settle” on. One is your entertainment at the reception. Two – and perhaps more importantly – is your wedding photographer!”
After thinking about it for a moment, I realized how right she was. A photographer not only will provide you with some of the best, most everlasting keepsakes from your wedding day, but they will also set the tone for many key events – from your first professional shoot at the engagement to the post reception send off. So, it was extremely important for me to find a photographer that not only did amazing work, but who also meshed nicely with the Mister and me.
Truth be told, my cousin Carla’s wedding pictures were BEAUTIFUL, but she was miserable. Her wedding photographer acted more like a Mussolini incarnate, dictating the bridal party with loud orders rather than a professional picture taker. She said she felt as if she was back in grade school – afraid to even whisper - in fear that she would lose a gold star. Haha!
I lucked out and found a girl who not only captures the simplest of moments beautifully, but who has the personality that will be able to rally the troops instead of instilling fear in them. Her name is Jessika Feltz, and she has been nothing but wonderful. This weekend we have our engagement session, and she has been gracious enough to drive to where it all began… back to IU in Bloomington! I’m oh-so-excited, and I’ll be sure to post the pics! Wish me luck!
April 29, 2009