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February 27, 2016 · Tips for brides

♥ Unplugged Wedding Ceremony ♥
here are several reasons why an unplugged ceremony may be a good fit for your wedding day and I wanted to share some insight based on what I have experienced in recent years.

For those of you who have not heard of an unplugged ceremony there is a movement in action where couples are asking their guests to be fully present with them during their wedding and leave their cell phones and cameras turned off for the duration of the wedding ceremony.

I have witnessed a huge increase in the amount of guests who are spending the entire ceremony with a camera, cellphone or iPad in front of their face photographing the entire ceremony instead of being present with the couple.
As a photographer I am hired to capture important moments for a couple and I have been shocked at how many times guests have literally stepped out into the aisle to get a photograph of the bride walking down the aisle with their iPhone while blocking my ability to capture that photograph for the couple. I have been forced to delete a lot of processional and recessional photographs due to a guest stepping out into the aisle to take a photograph. I understand guests' excitement to capture that photograph to post to Facebook or Instagram but couples typically invest a significant amount of money and trust with their wedding photographer to capture those moments for them.
I have heard far too often that photographers take too long to get couples their images or won't allow them to share them so friends and family feel desperate to take their own photographs to share with family and friends who couldn't be at the wedding. If you think an unplugged ceremony is a good fit for you then talk to your photographer in advance and ask about when you can expect to have photos to share with loved ones. Some photographers will provide a sneak peek couple of images for you to share right away if they know in advance you are having an unplugged ceremony.
I think the key to having a successful unplugged ceremony is to prepare your guests well in advance and let them know all the reasons it is important to you. You can give your guests a heads up that you having an unplugged ceremony on your wedding website, your invitation, your program and have a sign at the ceremony.
This guest was so excited about photographing the ceremony that she stepped in front of me and blocked my ability to photograph the ceremony for the couple.
Here are just a few reasons why an Unplugged Ceremony may be right for your wedding day:

  • When you walk down the aisle or look out at your guests during your ceremony you want to see their faces not their iPhones
  • You have invested a significant amount in hiring your wedding photographer and you don't want their ability to capture your wedding ceremony to be put at risk by overexcited guests stepping in front of their camera or blocking an important photograph
  • You have found it distracting when attending other weddings when guests spend the entire ceremony snapping photos and moving in their seats to get a better angle
  • You want the first photos of your wedding ceremony on social media to be the professional photographs your wedding photographer has taken for you
  • It's important to you that your guests be fully present with you while you say your vows to each other

February 1, 2016 · Tips for brides

♥ 18 Essentials every Bride needs on her wedding day ♥
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.

Most of the weddings that I photograph are at locations where a corner store is not nearby or simply not an option so it's best to come prepared with everything you need.

Here are a few must haves:

  • Scissors Small and sharp! An absolute must have in the bridal suite.
  • Needle & Thread Hopefully you won't have to use it but if you need it you need it.
  • Extra Earring Backs I've been to a lot of weddings where an earring back gets dropped on the floor rendering the earrings useless so bring extra backs.
  • 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
  • Feminine Hygiene supplies
  • 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
  • Lipstick Extra tube of your wedding day lipstick for touch ups
  • Mints because gum always looks terrible in photos
  • Handkerchief for happy tears, looks much better than a wadded up ball of kleenex

March 1, 2015 · Tips for brides

♥ Facebook ♥
had a few people ask me about finding me on Facebook. I just signed up today so I can keep people up to date on blog posts and tips about making the most of your time in the mountains. You can search for Canoe Wedding to find my Facebook page or simply click here.

May 6, 2014 · Tips for brides

♥ Canoe Wedding - 5 reasons to do a bride reveal ♥
have had a lot of couples trying to decide whether a bride reveal or first look is right for them on their wedding day. I've shared some thoughts on that over on Canoe Wedding.

If you had a bride reveal on your wedding day I'd love to hear your perspective on your experience. Click here to share your story.

February 27, 2014 · Tips for brides

♥ Canoe Wedding just launched!!! ♥
y husband Kevin and I are thrilled to announce the launch of a new project we've been working on for months and dreaming about for years. We are immensely grateful that we get to live in the mountains and work with incredibly talented people who love the mountains and weddings.

We wanted to share our favourite things to do, places to eat, wedding venues and tips for getting the most out of your visit to the mountains.

For anyone you know getting married in the mountains or planning a visit here please share Canoe Wedding with them.

Visit us at Canoe Wedding and let us know what you think.

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