europe in color…

Traveling is always one of our biggest forms of inspiration, and something that we try and do as much as we can!  We recently celebrated our 5 year anniversary with a trip to London and Paris!  ”Ahhhh Paaarrieeee” one of my favorite places, it was such an amazing trip that it has taken us awhile to go threw the photos and choose some of our favorites!  Here is just a quick look at our trip, a view of Paris and London in color!!

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June 27, 2012 - 12:07 pm

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a ton of bricks…

Its that time of year, where it seems that we’re going from one wedding to the next managing clients, shoots and a hectic wedding schedules.  Don’t get me wrong this is my absolute favorite time of year!  It’s what drives us, and makes us love what we do, not because “I love being busy,” not at all, but because it still amazes me this is what Kyle and I do.

Back when I was planning our wedding I was having one of those “over wedding planning entirely should have eloped” type of days and I’ll never forget what my boss at the time told me…  Sitting in her office, tears of frustration flowing, she told me to remember that “this is the one day your life all the people closest to you are coming to celebrate you and Kyle and the love you have!”   The magnitude of that statement hit me like a ton of bricks, most likely no other time in my life will so many people come to celebrate us.  That is why this time of year is my favorite, because I love being a part of that moment and day for all of our couples.  Every wedding we shoot I think of that statement, and cannot help but feel honored at the fact that we are so lucky to be able to capture that for our clients!

Here is a sneak peek at the wedding we shot from last weekend… Can’t wait to show you more.

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incorporating color into your wedding by Green Ribbon Parties…

We met at the paper garland station, during a Christmas Party hosted by Urbanic.  There over snowflake paper and glue I started talking to Nicole, owner of Green Ribbon Parties, she is a amazing event planner with a eye for style and color.  We traded business, cards, emails and then sharing a love for all things preppy we worked on some styled shoots together!  The one thing I love about Nicoles sense of style is her use of bright colors in a way that doesnt feel loud or overbearing.  When it came time to ask someone for advice on how to incorporate color into a wedding the first person I thought of was Nicole, here are her 5 tips for adding some color in all the right spots into your big day!

Color is a great way to not only bring some personality to your wedding, but also add some pop. Color not only allows you to show your creativity and style, but it can be a reflection of who you are as a couple.
There are several ways to incorporate color into your wedding -
1) Flowers
This one is my favorite ways to add color because I am a big fan of flowers. I get so excited when a bride comes to me and wants flowers in every color! I usually see this at outdoor weddings because bunches of wildflowers look right at barn weddings. In addition to multi-colored flowers, tonal flowers are pretty as well. Just think of what your theme is – are you trying to do something romantic? Then blush tones are for you. Preppy? Pinks with green and navy accents. Fun? Yellow for sure. How about Trendy? Orange as an homage to the Pantone color of the year Tangerine Tango! There are so many beautiful options out there, just keep your colors consistent throughout the reception and you can’t go wrong.
2) Bridal Party
Obviously you can pick one color and have your whole bridal party in one dress. However, I love it when a bride chooses different shades of the one color in the same dress or takes it even further and selects different dresses. Lately, I have even been seeing bridal parties with complementary colors. Not everyone looks good in the same color, so this is also a nice way to allow your bridesmaids to have a say in what they are wearing. How far you are willing to take it really depends on what type of wedding you are having, but it is a creative way to add color and just think of how fun the photos will be!
3) Dessert
I am a huge dessert fan and I LOVE a good dessert table. Lately, I have seen many people forgo a traditional wedding cake, in favor of a smaller cake with several types of dessert. This is where the color can come in! Not only can you use color in your mini desserts with colored icings, frostings and fruit toppings, but it can be used in your display pieces as well. You can rent or buy colorful cake plates, bowls and dishes to make your dessert table a standout at your reception. You should also incorporate flowers and a great linen here for a real wow!
4) Paper goods/Signage
Another way to make your wedding your own is to add all of those fantastic personal details, the ones you drool over when reading the blogs. Seating cards, table numbers, menus, favor tags – these are all the perfect places to add fun graphics and loads of color. Whether you do it yourself, you order from etsy or you hire a graphic designer – a color infusion will make the pieces pop.
5) Linens
If you are able to afford to rent linens, there are so many fun choices to be had. Most linen companies offer a wide range of colors and textures. And for the adventurous bride, there are plenty of awesome patterns to be had. Even if you you don’t want to go nuts, you can always add a runner, overlay or add a special linen for your dessert table or seating card table. If you can’t rent linens, you can use house linens and inject some color through the use of napkins made with fabric from your local store. You can even design your own fabric online in your wedding colors and use it throughout – you can’t get more personal than that!
I hope you are inspired to use color in your wedding. It truly makes for spectacular photos and an unforgettable event!
Here are a few images of the fun projects Nicole and I have worked on together.
A fun colorful engagement celebration dinner.
Our East Coast Shoot featured on Style Me Pretty
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our life in instagram.. may!

May was a great month, filled with lots of sun, lazy days on the patio, weekend getaways and just enjoying the moment!  We are in full wedding season mode now and life gets pretty busy this time of year, so we always try to slow down when we can and just be!  Here are a few of our favorite things last month… flowers that make the house cheery, warm nights perfect for fires on the patio, beach days we can stick our feet in the sand and listen to the waves roll in, Chloe napping in the sun, and everything in-between!

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5 things… advice from real brides about their wedding day!

For our second post in our “Real Bride Advice ” series a past bride of ours Zoe shares her 5 peices of advice that helped her on her wedding day (number 3 is my favorite)!  One of the things I love the most about sharing this post in particular is sneak peek photo of her recent materninty session we just did!  Such an amazing expericence to be able to share in the amazing moments of our clients lives!  Hope her 5 pieces of advice help your wedding day be all you dreamed it will be!

1.       Take a moment and BREATHE.  Most of the time, brides are so preoccupied with what’s going on and what will go on, that they don’t have a moment to look around and absorb the beauty of everything that surrounds them on their special day.  I have had girlfriends who had gotten married before me, who didn’t remember what their centerpieces looked like or how their cake tasted like or how it felt to have all eyes on them.  So what I did on our BIG DAY was to make sure that I took a moment in whatever setting I was in to take a deep breath, look around me and to take in everything that was happening.  I remember vividly, sitting at the sweetheart table… still not taking a bite of any of the appetizers or a sip of my apple martini, taking a deep breath, relaxing myself and looking at all the people that were there that day to celebrate our union and love.  I remember my centerpieces, the ballroom set-up, who was sitting wear and most importantly, I remember how my heart was beating, sitting next to the love of my life.

2.        Make sure to have a Wedding Day Schedule.  We were lucky to have a wedding coordinator (which came with the hotel package) to help us out.  However, it is every bride and grooms responsibility to make a schedule.  Make sure you outline hour by hour what will be happening… from getting your hair and make-up done to the time that the photographers/videographers get there, to when you meet up with the groom for pictures, the ceremony breakdown (including songs you would like to be played), to the grand entrance.  It matters!!!!  Be sure that all your vendors have a copy of the schedule.  Take the time to meet with them or set-up a conference call prior to the wedding to make sure that everyone is on the same page.  If you have a wedding coordinator, be sure to give all your vendor’s information to him/her.  Don’t leave anything to the last minute.  I had my schedule done a month prior and still checked in with all my vendors the week of the wedding to confirm all details.

3.       Don’t sweat the small stuff.  No one but YOU will notice if anything goes wrong.  All of your guests will think it’s part of the act.  So play along and act the part. At the end of the night, you might even forget about it or laugh about it later.  Don’t hurt the moment, by worrying about anything or stressing or being upset… it’s not worth it.  Just smile and be happy.

4.       Don’t wear stilettos if you’re getting married outdoors, especially on a grass field.  A few days before our wedding, it had rained, so the soil was still moist.  I had put on a gorgeous pair of white, satin Badgley Mischka’s that I had paid a fortune for.  Didn’t think twice ( I was so wrapped up in the moment) that standing out on the grass, that eventually my heels would begin to sink in and the grass and soil would stain my shoes.  If I had to do it over again… I would wear wedges or flats for the ceremony and then switch over to the heels later on in the evening.  It would have been much more comfortable, then trying to hold my balance while hand in hand with my hubby.

5.       Just have FUN.  Everyone’s there to celebrate your union.  Be all smiles, laugh and cry tears of joy…… Soak up all the love and excitement around you.  You’re not there to make sure all your guests are ok or if everyone else is having fun.  They will have  great time knowing that you and the groom are having the time of your lives.

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