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It doesn’t matter whether your Bridesmaids are covered in tattoos or have two left feet. Just make sure they are happy!
10 Rules to Keep Your Bridesmaids Happy!
Rule #1: Keep costs down.
A bride can be a total bummer when she picks out an incredibly unrealistic dress for her bridesmaids to wear. No matter what the lady at the dress salon may tell you, chances are this dress may never be worn again. Keep your bridesmaids happy (and their pocketbooks in check) with a beautiful – albeit realistically-priced – dress selection.
Rule #2: Pick out a flattering dress.
Every bridesmaid’s body shape is different, so the same dress style won’t flatter each girl the same. Instead, consider selecting an alternative dress – like a convertible dress – that can be worn multiple ways in the same shade. Believe me… they’ll be so happy you did. And, convertible dresses are DEFINITELY re-wearable!
Rule #3: Communicate (with Specificity).
If you expect your bridesmaids to tackle certain tasks, be specific. Communicate your wishes in advance and explain what you’d like them to do. For example, you might ask Stephanie and Monica to hand out programs at the ceremony, while Melissa places the aisle runner before the ceremony. Keep the tasks light and simple. Also, print out any info on a 3×5″ card for each bridesmaid just in case.
Rule #4: Select a neutral-toned shoe.
Do you know what color shoes your bridesmaids want to wear? The color shoes she already has. In her closet. Let your bridesmaids use their best judgment with a shoe that’s comfortable for them (and probably is already a favorite pair in their closet). For example, every girl has a pair of black heels (or flats). Keep it simple and tell ‘em to wear any shoe in a color that works with the dress. They’ll be so happy you did.
Rule #5: Nix any wedding talk on girls’ night.
You may have cake tiers and wedding hairstyles on your mind 24/7, but your bridesmaids are likely not obsessing over your big day. So, keep the wedding chatter to a minimum whenever possible – and, nix any and all wedding talk on girls’ night (unless they ask first). It’ll keep you focused on having fun (and keep you sane, too).
Rule #6: Give her a gift she’ll love to use / wear.
A bridesmaid gift is a token of your appreciation and a way to say thank you for being there for you. Giving a gift is a customary way to say thanks and means most when the gift has meaning or is custom-suited to her individual style. As my sister’s Maid of Honor, she gifted me with a pair of gorgeous silver and pearl earrings for special occasions, along with a cute top (suited to my style!) to wear with my favorite pair of jeans. I treasure the earrings and wear them at any chance I get, while my cute top is on constant rotation and became an instant favorite. Case in point: give a gift that she’ll actually use… and give a gift specially selected with her individual style in mind.
Rule #7: Have food available on the day of the wedding.
Some weddings begin at the crack of dawn with mimosas and hair appointments and last well into the night. Keep your bridesmaids happy by keeping them energized with food and drink available throughout the day. My sister – best MOH ever – brought Jimmy John’s sandwiches to the Church for us to snack on before getting ready. Best idea ever!
Rule #8: Give her a wedding-day itinerary ahead of time.
For the wedding festivities, have a plan in writing to keep the timeline organized. Let bridesmaids know where the rehearsal will be held, when, and what is planned afterward (such as dinner or brunch), along with the wedding time and location, a map, and cell phone numbers in case she needs to get in touch with you or a vendor.
Rule #9: Say thank you. Many, many times.
Simple as that.
Rule #10: Never, ever, ever be a bridezilla…
… because lunatic isn’t a shade that looks good on anyone. Also, being happy is contagious and a happy bride equals happy bridesmaids.
*rules listed by emmalinebride.com
I love everything about smiling little girls at formal portrait session. As a photographer you need to be very patient while photographing kids on a wedding day. There are so many distractions around for them. You have to be ready all the time for perfect moment cause they usually have their own thoughts on their mind. The best way is not to assume that they will listen your directions and follow your instructions exactly. You should adapt to their natural behavior. You never know what is going to happen. The more flexible you are, the better results you’ll have. Patience is the key while photographing kids. Photography: Gigi Goknur Olguner | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Athenaeum Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association| Floral Design: fantasticfloralevents | Event Coordination: | Invitations: Shine Invitation |Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids’ Dresses + Groomsmen Jackets: Rent the Runway
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We love using Philadelphia based confectionery for our edible products. They produces artisan chocolate bars that are printed with edible ‘Polaroid-style photo’ paper. These charming confections are completely custom, printed with any photograph, logo, or image of your choosing. They are available in different flavors: milk, white, dark or organic dark chocolate.
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Giving a bridesmaids gift for all they have done for you over the years and with your wedding planning is a must. A bracelet, necklace, shawl, umbrella or handbag are all great options that would last long beyond your wedding day. And don’t forget to get pair of flip flops for your beach wedding or late night comfort for your tired feet. For many more accessories and wedding day flip flops check out yapydesing.com and get ready to ‘Wow’ on your wedding day!
According to wedding reports 35,000 weddings are planned in the D.C. Metro area last year. The D.C. wedding market is now more competitive than ever. The excitement of getting engaged often replaced by stress because many places and vendors are already booked into 2013. We are booking for 2013 weddings in these days and we thought listing of D.C.'s most desired wedding venues might be a good idea for our future brides. Here is the simple list of venues that we enjoyed being there.
Please feel free to contact us if you need more information.
Image taken by Goknur at Newseum, one of our favorite venue!
We always worked with the best wedding album companies like Leather Craftsman, Graphie Studio, Quensbery, Couture, Cypres and more. We believe that a professionally designed wedding album is the best way to preserve and showcase your wedding pictures. Thinking of digital age and overwhelming social media existence, sharing your most intimide moments on a screen should not be the only way to go. Sure, it takes time to design, print, and bind a wedding album but it's future proof. We work with the best companies all over the world, and each and every wedding album professionally printed and bound in a beautiful linen or leather volume. If you have a CD of your wedding pictures, and want an album designed it is still here are tons of different options Just send me a note and we’ll send you the rates.
We would like to talk about a wonderful custom Presentation Box that Cyprus just created for photographers. Two of the slip-in cases on the left side of the box have velvet jewelry holders. There is a removable mat for a print that is magnetically held into the box. They also created a custom envelope out of fabric that slips under the tray and is easily removed with the ribbon.
As you can see the possibilities are endless! It's great to have everything from the wedding day all perfectly stored in an Heirloom Presentation Box.
We love it!
Here is the Wikipedia explanation of crochet but what I did tonight has no explanation. I thought I was watching the movie (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) but end up making this little monster. What do you think her name is?
Crochet (pronounced /kroʊˈʃeɪ/) is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the Middle French word croc or croche, meaning hook. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one loop is active at one time (the sole exception being Tunisian crochet), and that a crochet hook is used instead of knitting needles.
This idea came to my mind after I saw table filled with guest names at one of my California Coast wedding last year. I liked the idea so much and started to use it whenever I want my card stands out somewhere on the table. I took this photo at my kitchen couple of minutes ago to show you how it looks in general.
All time devoted assistant Fluffy is holding one of my favorite lens for portrait sessions. The Canon 85/1.2L is a great quality short telephoto lens. The lens produce an extremely shallow depth of field that throws away any background objects out of focus in medium light. I love the fact that it works perfectly without using a high noise ISO like 1600 or 3200 as well.
What I do in general is to focus on subject's eyes and hoping the viewers to accept the rest of the image rendered slightly soft.
This last portrait session I had at the medical center is a great example to show the importance of using a simple light reflector to turn the location into a studio. To bounce the light onto your subjects you can use reflectors with a variety of surfaces, white, silver and gold. The idea is to bounce some light into the shadow areas thereby reducing the overall contrast of the shot.
By moving closer to the subject or further away you can play with the amount of contrast.
In this shot I used white 22" round bounce to control the florescence light by reflecting some portion of the beam before it reaches the lens.