WEDDING BLOG
SECRET, SPECIAL, SIMPLE
February 23, 2014
SECRET, SPECIAL, SIMPLE

I so enjoy being reminded of the beauty of simplicity especially when it comes to photographing very small, special weddings. I was priviledged to be the photographer for a secret, outdoor wedding that was planned to emphasize the true meaning of a wedding...romance and commitment.  Even though the coupled planned their wedding on a budget, they did not forget about details like gorgeous flowers and amazing rings. The bride incorporated a family item (something old) by wearing her grandmother's mink jacket over her wedding dress. With the ceremony being outdoors on a very chilly February day, the jacket had not only sentimental value but was a warm welcome to have on hand.Another detail the couple included was making their first meeting special by exchanging love letters as they stood back to back. The romance was evident, and the surprise of seeing each other in their wedding attire was an added  excitement!The ceremony was held at a local park during the week when few people were around. This added to the secrecy but also made the location quite ideal for privacy. Late winter skies, though heavy with clouds, add a wonderful mystery to this ceremony of love.Whether a couple plans a simple ceremony or a very large celebration, the bride and groom will always acchieve their unique event by focusing on each other and the singularity of love on their big day!

CAPTURING PHOTOS
January 24, 2014
SECRET, SPECIAL, SIMPLE

Have you ever noticed that the word "capture" is used a lot when people talk about photos? Sometimes the word is over-used because it's such an effective way of describing how important photos are to maintaining the memories that we make as life flies by. But there are other descriptive words or phrases that can reveal the relevence of photos to everyone. PRESERVEPhotographs serve as a way of preserving moments in time. The subject of photos, at the very time they were taken, will never age or change. Look at older photos, and you'll find it easy to harken back to that exact day or season with either fondness or sadness. That memory is perserved.SEIZEThe word "seize" probably has the closest definition to capture. Think about what it means to seize something...like seizing a prize. When you seize your moment in time by having a photo taken or taking it yourself, you are guaranteeing that it will live on. It has been seized, never to be claimed by anyone else but you.GUARDTo guard something means it's worth protecting...it's valuable. If you guard your images as a way of chronicling memories, you want to keep them safe. Memories will always remain, but you are guarding the images left behind to remind you of the past.TO KEEP ALIVEMemories stay alive. We can stuff them down to try and not remember them. Or we can continue to recall them to keep them in the forefront of our ...

THANKS TO THE VENDORS
January 18, 2014
SECRET, SPECIAL, SIMPLE

If you have recently landed back on earth from your wedding day high, that means you have had time to reflect on your selection of vendors. These professionals can include your photographer, caterer, florist, coordinator, baker, venue site, or dress designer among others. If you were thrilled with their expertise, the best way you can show them your appreciation is to give them glowing praise. Your thanks can be shared with online site reviews, through word of mouth, and even with monetary gifts. Many vendors advertise at a variety of online wedding sites. They would be happy for you to post a good review for them on any of their sites. Be sure to directly email your vendor to ask which sites they prefer to have the reviews posted on. Prospective brides, while searching for a specific vendor, do a lot of "googling." That's where these site reviews really come in handy for both the bride and the professionals. Another way to show your appreciation to your vendors is to praise them among your friends and family. Word of mouth is a very effective and positive tool to help these professionals get more work. With this type of communication, a personal connection between client and vendor really shines to others. It lets brides-to-be know they can definitely trust the professionals you selected.Finally, a monetary gift is sincerely enjoyed by your preferred vendors. So many brides ...