June 14th, 2013
I love looking at photographer’s blogs for engagement shoots, they are so much fun and always different from each other! Something fun in the planning process that couples should do are engagement photos! Here are some great reasons why:
1. Get to know your photographer- it is very important that couples like their photographer on their wedding day because they will be with them the entire day. If your photographer annoys you or you don’t mesh well with your personalities, you are not going to be happy on your wedding day. Doing an engagement shoot gives couples the chance to be a little more playful and get to know their photographer in a more informal setting before the big day. In exchange to getting to know your photographer, it’s also nice for the photographer to get to know the couple so they know what they like, what they don’t like, and how to best pose them/shoot them and make the most of their time the day of their wedding.
2. Have Great Pictures of the two of you! Chances are, all the pictures you’ve taken of the two of you up to your wedding are from someone close to you’s point and shoot or the turn around feature of your iPhone. And while you may be a pro at instagram, you’re not a professional photographer. Engagement photos offer you the chance to get some amazing images of the two of you both in casual clothing and dressed up to use through your house and for your wedding as well! Think guestbook, or just to display.
3. Get used to being in front of a camera. Wedding day is always a time crunch! You want to make sure that the limited time that you have with your photographer is used wisely! That being said, engagement photos are a great time to get the awkward feeling you may have in front of a camera out of the way so you are completely comfortable and get the best photos on your wedding day. You may not be the most affectionate of people and having your photographer tell you to kiss 8,000 times over could get old fast, but you want to make sure you convey your love through every single image!
4. Have fun! Engagement photos are a great way to have some fun, check out the images below from some of the photographers we work with often to see just what types of crazy, fun, and interesting things and poses that you can do! (Photo Credit: Rob Spring Photography and Jeff Foley Photography)
May 24th, 2013
Kate and Robert were married last fall at Key Hall at Proctors and their wedding was recently featured on The Every Last Detail Blog! We loved working with them, and creating a pinterest board for them Check it out!
May 16th, 2013
Hand Fasting is an ancient European tradition that many couples are incorporating into their wedding ceremonies. Fun Fact: this traditional ceremony is where the phrase “tying the knot” actually comes from!
In a traditional handfasting ceremony, the ceremony would symbolize a joining together for “a year and a day” (almost like an engagement period) or a “lifetime” and sometimes took the place of a wedding entirely. In modern times, some couples are introducing the idea hand fasting in place of a unity candle or a sand ceremony or because it is a throwback to one of the couple’s heritage (mainly Celtic, Scottish, or English).
In a more modern take on the hand ceremony, couples will cross their arms and clasp hands, which in essence will make an infinity symbol with their arms. Their hands are then tied together with a series of cords (you can use ribbon, twine, theme it to your wedding colors) to symbolize their bond to each other for the rest of their lives, usually right after the vows. Hand fasting is a great idea to incorporate because it’s all encompassing, and doesn’t discriminate!
May 2nd, 2013
As wedding season approaches, it’s easy to forget that it’s also anniversary season! The traditional gift for the first anniversary is paper, we’ve discussed this before and those ideas are here, but we love these ideas too that are different and out of the box!
After the first year of marriage, many couples may have purchased a house, or combined homes, and are in desperate need of decor items. These canvases are super easy and fun to make and can be ordered online from companies like Shutterfly or Canvas on Demand. The couple took their vows (which they wrote themselves) and transposed them onto a canvas! So adorable, and such easy and meaningful artwork for your home!
We are sure you have tons of fabulous photos from your wedding that you want to showcase, but keep in mind, your wedding and your marriage is about the two of you and the life you build together, not just one day! This is such a cute way to remember the first year of your marriage, photos from every day of the first year. I am sure this will tell an amazing story as not every day will be sunshine and rainbows and there will be some hard moments captured in there as well, but what a powerful way to say happy anniversary! (keep in mind, you’ll need to order it after the anniversary in order to capture an exact year.)