Category: Tips for brides
| View all recent posts
October 26, 2013 · Tips for brides
♥ Facebook ♥
October 19, 2013 · Tips for brides
♥ Bride Reveal ♥
Kelly and Doug had the kind of wedding day that felt like it flowed naturally. They were so relaxed and calm throughout their day. It was a truly memorable day in the way that everyone was fully present and excited.
Kelly and Doug told me it was important to them to be able to spend time with their friends and family that had traveled from far and wide to celebrate with them. We agreed to take all of their photographs before the ceremony so that they could then relax and enjoy time with their loved ones.
We started their day with a bride reveal. Doug waited patiently in a mountain meadow facing tunnel mountain as Kelly approached from behind. Doug told me that he liked the quiet moment he had to himself that it felt like a reset button. The instructions given to both of them was that Doug was not allowed to turn around until he felt Kelly touch him. I loved how playful Kelly was as she approached him.
It was a memorable moment and the perfect way to start their wedding day together.
|I love how Doug has his eyes closed and his lips are anticipating her touch. Her finger just barely touching his neck.
September 10, 2013 · Tips for brides
♥ Tips for getting the best winter wedding photos ♥
I have a lot of really fun winter weddings coming up this year that I'm super excited about. I have shared these tips in the past but thought it was worth repeating for my brides this upcoming winter.
|I am in love with winter weddings. Winter Weddings are absolutely gorgeous in the mountains and offer the kind of intimate coziness that is perfect for weddings.
Over the years of photographing winter weddings in the mountains I have come up with a few tips to make sure you get the best photographs possible that I'd like to share here.
|Tip #1 : FOOTWEAR
The first things to get cold during your winter wedding photo session will be your feet and hands so come prepared. I love it when couples find cute winter boots that not only help them get around easily and keep their feet toasty but look fun in photographs too. Most dresses are long enough that you won't even see your winter boots.
|Tip #2 : MITTENS
Keeping your hands warm during your winter wedding photo session is very important. It's also the perfect opportunity to accessorize with something colourful and personalized. Pick up mittens for you and your wedding party and stuff them with hand warmers to keep everyone comfortable during photos.
|Tip #3 : WINTER COAT
Make sure you both have stylish winter coats to wear that will look great in photographs if it is simply too cold outside to take your coats off for photographs. Colour looks fantastic against the snow in photographs.
|Tip #4 : DOWN COMFORTER
If you want to be able to take photos in your dress without a coat but need a warm up in between photographs I suggest bringing a down comforter or other warm NON-SHEDDING blanket to cozy up in. It's soooo much easier to get in and out of a blanket than to wrestle with a coat and your veil.
|Tip #5 : COLOUR
People often think of white when they think of a winter wedding but white tends to get lost against the snow. I suggest using pops of colour for vivid winter wedding photographs. Where can you use colour? The bouquet, the bridesmaid dresses, the groomsmen's socks, mittens and coats.
|Tip #6 : WINTER LIGHT
There is no season where it is more important to schedule your day to take advantage of the natural light than in winter. We can lose the light as early as 2pm some winter months. Therefore it is critical that you schedule your ceremony and portrait time so that you can capture the best light and be able to see the mountains.
|Tip #7 : CEREMONY LIGHT
If you are having your ceremony inside often times the light you will typically get from windows in the summer is non-existent in the winter so it's important to have other lighting not only so that you can get the best quality photographs but also to create a cozy mood. When choosing your wedding venue make sure that is a venue that has good indoor options for portraits and family formals if it is simply too dark or too cold to go outside for photographs.
|Do you have any winter wedding tips to share from your own experiences? Please share them in the comments below.
August 14, 2013 · Tips for brides
♥ Wedding Day Emergency Kit ♥
|I always recommend putting together a little wedding day emergency kit to have with you in your room when you get ready. I have seen it all from the zipper on the bride's dress breaking as she gets into it and having to be sewn in, to a heel break as the bride was set to walk down the aisle and many other wedding day surprises.
Here are a few must haves:
- Scissors. Small and sharp! An absolute must have in the bridal suite.
- Needle and thread. Hopefully you won't have to use it but if you need it you need it.
- Sunscreen. You don't want a burn that lives on in your wedding photographs forever. Besides arriving to your honeymoon with a sunburn is never fun.
- Lint roller for the boy's suits
- Static cling for bridesmaids' dresses
- Pepto bismol, advil and anything else to settle tummies and headaches
- Band aids for blistered feet
- Krazy glue or whatever else might work should your heel go astray.
- Bug spray
- Stain remover. Somehow a groom's collar always ends up with lipstick on it from hugs. Better yet bring 2 shirts for the groom!
- Crochet hook if you have a dress with a million tiny buttons that do up with tiny loops
- Safety pins
- Bobby Pins
- Extra tube of your wedding day lipstick for touch ups
What else would you include in your Wedding Day Emergency Kit? Do you have any funny wedding day mishaps to share where an emergency kit came to the rescue?
March 14, 2013 · Tips for brides
♥ Content Call : Calling all Orange Girl couples! ♥
I'm calling out all couples whose weddings I have photographed to share some advice and insight on my blog for couples who are planning their very own mountain weddings.
What I love about weddings is witnessing the moments and sharing in the stories that make every wedding unique. I feel very lucky to have witnessed some powerful and touching moments throughout my years of photographing weddings.
Here's the idea. I really want to know what photographs have resonated with you and why. Please share 1-3 photographs and tell me why they are important to you. I'm not talking necessarily about the photo of the two of you that you used on your thank you card or your most favourite photographs, although that works too, but I am interested in knowing the story behind a photograph that you like and why. It can be a photo from any moment of your day, your ceremony, a detail, a portrait of a loved one. I want to know the story of why a particular photo means something to you. It doesn't have to be "the" favourite photo, I'm interested more in a photo that has a story for you, that resonates with you, I want to know what makes that photo special for you.
I'd love to have you share some insight from your own wedding and marriage with couples who are planning their own mountain weddings. You are my community of experts! I feel extremely lucky to have witnessed some truly heartfelt weddings and I know you have a lot to offer other couples from your personal experiences. So in addition to 1-3 photographs I'd love for you to answer one or more of the following questions;
- What tip or piece of advice would you offer to couples that are planning their mountain weddings?
- What worked well for you on your wedding day? What advice would you give a couple to help them have a joyful wedding day?
- What was a favourite memory from your wedding day?
- What have you found that creates success in your marriage?
- What do you do in your own marriage to make each other feel loved and appreciated?
|I'm calling on you, my community of experts, to share your story. I love stories!
- Please send me an e-mail to email@example.com with the subject line "Love story".
- In your e-mail please tell me what 1-3 photographs had meaning for you and why, tell me the story behind why you chose those photographs. (use the file number to reference the photos so I'm sure to share the right ones)
- Finally please answer any or all of the questions above.
The hope is that I will have a series of blog posts to share here to inspire other couples and celebrate the stories of couples whose weddings I have been lucky to photograph. I'm not asking for a big thought out essay, I just want your true thoughts jotted down to share to inspire.
So what do you think, are you in?