The groomsmen from the wedding I photographed in Nashville a couple weekends ago, wore fabric flowers in their boutonnieres, so adorable and sustainable! Check out the post for a close-up of the bout. They actually held up all day unlike real flowers. I loved the idea and after purchasing the recent Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, I noticed that it’s an up and coming trend for weddings! I thought I would share some of Martha’s tips on tissue and flowers as well as her tissue hanging pom-poms. By the way – very eco-friendly! More info: Shaped Crepe Flowers, Pom-Poms and Luminarias, Dulken & Derrick (middle flower photo above, silk flowers). Some are DIY!
I was at my local Salvation Army thrift store in Chicago the other day looking for old frames to display some of my wedding photography. During my rummaging, I came across all these old dishes!! I thought how adorable would it be if you could use mismatched, vintage-like plates for your table settings! So the digging started! If you’re looking for a charming way to provide table decor for your guests – this is it! The plates ranged in price between 50 cents and $2. Perfect if you’re hosting a small, intimate reception or if you’re looking to be creative within a budget! Once you’re done – donate them back or give away as gifts. More table setting photos… (more…)
Purses that pop! No need to have your purse dyed the color of your dress or carry white! There’s always a few little items that a bride and her bridesmaids need during the wedding day; lip gloss, mirror, blotting tissues and maybe some documentation. While you may not need to carry a purse around all day, it does serve an organization function and provide an extra punch to your dress! Clutches are most popular for weddings and special occassions because they are small and hand-held. The purse above is from BCBG Max Azria – check out more purse ideas! (more…)
Grooms want to be in style just as much as the bride! Not just another fun detail for wedding photography, but many brides give their grooms cufflinks as a wedding day gift to help spruce up those rental tuxes! Cufflinks aren’t only for elegant, upscale weddings they help your polish your entire look. Think about your attire ahead of time – once you’ve decided whether your event will require a tux or casual suit, cufflinks can be picked out to compliment your personality and attire. I’ve even co-shot a wedding in San Francisco where for the reception the groom put on blue basketball cufflinks and blue retro Nike hightops to match! Plus, if your groom wears suits for work – the cufflinks can be reused! More cufflink ideas… (more…)
Looking for unique and handmade wedding hair accessories? Twigs & Honey is the hair adornments line by Myra Callan. She offers custom designs! Boutonnieres, bridesmaid head bands, and incredible birdcage veils! “If you are a bride or a fashionable lady interested in a personalized hair piece for a wedding, special event, or for everyday, convo me to get started on your own custom design,” – Myra
If you’ve been turning pages in bridal magazines lately or have gone to a friends wedding, you’ve probably seen candles, string lights or paper laterns! (Check out my image in The Knot) Lighting at your ceremony or reception adds a romantic, sensual and fun twist. Wedding photographers love having extra lighting during a dark reception to help give the room a glow without using the harsh overhead lights. These aren’t the easiest products to find and wedding coordinators usually have there sources and buy in bulk. Cultural Intrigue seems to have the best selection, however, it’s wholesale only (sold to licensed retailers only) – see if your wedding coordinator can buy from them. At least you’ll get an idea of what’s out there and what to look for! If you’re not using a wedding coordinator, consult with your venue coordinator about ways to incorporate these types of lights before you purchase.
I’m all about thinking out of the box when it comes to weddings! The kids involved in your wedding add a special, whimsical, and fairytale-like feeling to the day. Let your flower girls shine with vibrant colors, patterns, and designs. Find a great fabric and pattern then have a dress sewn. Not only will it save on budget but adds such charm to the overall day. Plus – they can wear it again! Check out TutuCuteBaby for more tutu ideas and PrettyMe for the cutest skirts and dresses. From a photo standpoint, adding ‘props’ to the event adds greater dimension and personality to your wedding. These RibbonWands do just that! Boys and girls would go crazy running around your outdoor space with these – what incredible colors!
It finally feels like spring here in Chicago!! And what could be better then sipping on a fresh cocktail in the mid afternoon…oh wait, I know cocktail hour! Your wedding’s cocktail hour sets the stage for a night of celebration. You want to impress while still keeping it simple and elegant. Tips, ideas, and you guessed it….drink recipes! (more…)
Did you know that the word ’boutonniere’ comes from the word ‘button’ in French? Little tid bit for ya! Ode to the bout…I’m not sure if trends have really come on gone with boutonnieres (well ok, baby’s breath is pretty scarce these days), however, the past couple years these mini bouquets have gotten pretty creative! Choose the boutonniere in the same fashion as you would the bouquet, but allow your groom to be involved in the process. Think about your wedding theme, colors, decor, color of his tux or suit and functionality. Boutonnieres tend to take more of a beating throughout the wedding day so be sure to consult with your florist when picking a style. Don’t forget the bout is worn on the left jacket lapel. Also, I highly recommend having your florist show you how to put one on in case there’s a time crunch on the wedding day. Two florists worth checking out for unique designs: Bay Area – Passiflora Designs & Chicago – Hello Darling. Check out more creative bouts! (more…)
Time to plan some hair dos! Wedding hairstyles should be classic, playful, sexy, timeless and MOST importantly….comfortable! The more comfortable you are with your appearance the better the photographs turn out! Guaranteed! It’s important to plan a hair strategy when organizing your wedding plans. Check out all the pictures of hairstyles you can (until it makes you sick) because as for many – the hair sets the mood. And most importantly – check with your hair stylist to see if it works for you – always leave it to the pros. If you plan on doing it yourself – practice, practice, practice…can’t say that enough. I’ve included several of my fav hairstyles within this posting along with some of the runway trends this year. Check it out! (more…)
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