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Shooting the Proposal
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Brady Bunch-Style Bridal Party Photos
Photo by Cynthia Chung
Stop-Motion Wedding Photo Film
Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher
Photo by Corbin Gurkin
Dreamy Film Images
Photo by VUE Photography
Father-Daughter First Looks
Photo by Alison Conklin Photography
Photo Booths with Social Media Integration
Photo by Pure 7 Studios
Showing Family Photographs
Photo by Candace Meyer
Photo by Falcusan Photography
Photo by Jonathan Canlas Photography
Casual Family Photos
Photo by Autumn Burke Photography
Photo by CJK Visuals
Of course your nuptials will be romantic for you and your partner no matter what, a stolen moment alone after dinner, your time with the photographer, and of course that whole ‘getting married’ part!
But how do you take your guests along for the ride, and let them feel as wrapped up in your wedding as you?
Check out our tips for upping the romance factor on your wedding day, and creating the kind of ambiance your guests will never forget…
1. All The Lights
Lighting is perhaps the one element that can transform the feel of your wedding instantly.
Whether you have a budget for lighting production, you speak to your venue about what they can offer or you simply reuse your fairy lights from Christmas, carefully considering how to best light your space, will work wonders on romancing your guests.
2. Valentine Vows
Your wedding ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the day, and is one of the parts where you can really guide the atmosphere.
Opting for really romantic ceremony readings, personal vows, and unique ideas like a family blessing of the rings, a hand-tying ceremony, planting a tree or lighting a unity candle, all add to the loving vibes. And get your guests involved from the start.
3. Scentscape Your Day
Scentscaping (yes, it’s a thing!) is a huge buzzword in luxury weddings, but can also be adapted on a budget for any big day. Smell is perhaps the most powerful sense for evoking emotion, but it’s often overlooked for weddings (understandably) in favour of food, music, and the look of the day.
Companies like Gemma Hopkins’, Design In Scent can create a gorgeous bespoke scent that will become the fragrance backdrop to your day. For a DIY version, think verbena candles, lavender centrepieces or freesia bouquets. A wedding that smells as good as it looks is steeped in romance!
4. Ambient Music
Of course at some point your guests are going to want to hit the dancefloor and Shake It Off to Taylor Swift. But before that, your wedding music can go a long way to setting the feel for your day.
Choose personal, un-cliched songs, with a dreamy feel for your ceremony, cocktail hour, over dinner, and for your first dance. You can even include some slow sets throughout the evening for the couples! (Check out our Valentine’s playlist for inspiration!)
5. A Romantic Feast
Your choice of food and how you serve it can be a big help in creating a romantic atmosphere at your wedding. We’re not saying you need to woo your guests with oysters and dark chocolate – though I’m sure they wouldn’t mind!
Avoid buffets, BBQs, sliders or street food, instead try elegant shared table dishes to get conversation flowing and guests dining in a more intimate fashion.
6. Love Seats
As with the catering, planning your tables to create an intimate, chatty atmosphere will absolutely amp up the romance at your wedding.
There’s something really special about long dining tables, that creates a closer, familiar feel over the more formal round variety or top table set-up. Choosing a sweetheart table will also give you and your other have a chance to have your own romantic dinner for two at your wedding.
7. A Wow Venue
Choose a romantic wedding venue, and all the hard work is done for you!
A medieval castle, a beautiful glasshouse, a pretty garden, or an atmospheric old church; take a stunning venue, add some candles (see below) and et voila, you’ve got yourself a seriously romantic setting.
8. A Touch of Whimsy
Photo by Ashley Ludaescher Photography
Sometimes your guests might feel more like they’re witnessing your romance than feeling it for themselves. But adding an element that’s fun and sweet, will soon get them involved in your day.
We love the idea of this balloon march from one venue to the next, (with a release at the end!), you could also have a waltz lesson, an open mic for toasts or some fun games to bring your guests together and feeling the love.
9. Copious Candles
Candles work magic in any room, even more so at a wedding. This is perhaps the most affordable way to add instant romance to your soiree.
Tealights can add the ambiance, and pillar candles in hurricanes or lanterns will look really stylish, but for full on romance, it has to be tall candelabras for a dramatic, gothic, feel.
Fireworks or Lanterns
Did you feel fireworks in your belly when you first met your other half? Why not share that feeling with your guests?
Launching sky lanterns, putting on a fireworks display, or having a sparkler sendoff adds serious sparkle to your wedding and ensures you finish your night on the most romantic note possible.
25 Tips How to look Fabulous in Your Wedding Photos
25 Tips from the people who know best – the photographers.
1. Be Yourself. Don’t try to look or be anything other than yourself. If you are self-conscious about a certain thing and it manifests itself physically, it will ultimately come through in the photography … Be your best self and you can ensure that the photos will indeed portray you as your best self.
2. Relax. Were often our worst critics when it comes to pictures. Remember that you want to be seen the way others see you too. While you want flattering photos, you want to make sure that it still looks like you in the pictures.
3. Laugh! It’s flattering on everyone.
4. Think about the moment. Capturing the romance of the day, the emotion, excitement & intimacy is what it’s all about. Don’t look at your photographer, look at your new spouse and savour it all. Your photographs will be amazing & true.
5. Forget the camera is there and try your best to be playful and warm.
6. Have an engagement session. This is so valuable for client and photographer. The clients have an opportunity to relax and be in front of the camera and the photographer can get to know his or her clients. By the time I am at the wedding we are friends and this makes everyone more relaxed!
Get the Look
7. Practice in the mirror! Study your face and figure out the best smile (or maybe you like your serious face better) and angle for you.
8. Be comfortable. For engagement and portrait shoots, wear clothing that is flattering, but comfortable too! If your 6 inch stilettos are hurting your feet, it will show in your face!
9. Keep makeup and eyelashes normal and classic.
10. Mind the lens. Try to not allow one part of your body to be closer to the lens because it will make that part appear larger than the rest of your body.
11. Get in position. To make your neck look more elongated, drop your shoulders and raise your chin. Imagine that you are being pulled by a string from the top of your head.
12. Be prepared. If you are prone to have flyaway’s or random frizzies in your hair, have a toothbrush with hairspray on standby! One squirt and swoop will tame most frizzies and help your hair look super smooth for pictures.
13. Have white chalk handy. White chalk hides stains on wedding gowns. If you are worried about grass stains, general dirt or in case there is a spill on your wedding day, make sure to have some on hand! It works in a jiffy and no one will know but you!
14. Dab. If you are planning on getting married in the summer and want outdoor photos, oil dabbing strips are a MUST HAVE! Make sure the groom has a hanky too. Sweaty photos are not pretty!
Strike a pose
15. Not head on. To look thinner, keep your shoulder to the camera and avoid facing the camera straight on. Hide behind the groom a bit or tuck into his armpit to slim yourself down.
16. Don’t look down. To avoid a double chin, have the photographer shoot from above the eye/face level. Tilt the head a bit sideways to hide the chin and have the photographer avoid shooting from the side. (I also remove as much of the double chin as possible in editing with Photoshop.)
17. Hand on hip. Every girl feels insecure about her bare arms in a strapless dress. The remedy? Instead of the arm laying flat against the torso and making it look wider, simply toss the hand on the hip. It will make the arm much more toned looking.
18. Angle yourself. Balance your weight on your back foot and cross the other foot in front of the other in a T fashion. Pop a hip towards the camera but at an angle. This is universally appealing and slimming, especially when
combined with hands on the hips.
19. Natural light is your friend! Getting ready in a room with windows makes for great pictures. Not only is the light beautiful, it is also flattering and makes your skin look amazing. Opening the shades whenever you can will add a lot to the pictures in any situation.
20. Make sure your reception is well-lit. The best wedding receptions seen in magazines have lighting covering the dance floor and on the cakes and table arrangements. Consider hiring a lighting company to light your reception or ask the venue/band/DJ to light your reception for you. The pictures will be amazing and you won’t regret it!
21. Don’t let it get TOO dark during dancing. DJs and bands love a dark dance floor to entice people to get loose. Photographers, of course, want this too and want to get fun dance shots of the crowd, but we need a little light to focus on people. Ask the venue ahead of time not to turn off the lights entirely. Also, during your first dance, have spotlights! Will and Lauren Aves, Aves Photographic Design
22. Use spotlights. If you are planning a candlelight ceremony, be sure to have a spotlight shining on the area where you will be saying your vows.
23. Prevent the squinty look. If the sun is really bright, close your eyes and ask your photographer to let you know when s/he is going to take the picture. Open them when s/he tells you and that will eliminate the ’squinty’ look. This also works if you typically wear glasses and do not want to wear them for portraits.
24. Love yourself. After photographing hundreds of brides I can tell you that every single bride is beautiful on this day, regardless if they consider themselves plain, overweight etc. The transformation is always astounding. Accept it, believe it and be confident the camera will see it.
25. Be happy. Happiness is beauty!
Bridal belts come in many fabric choices such as satin, taffeta and organza to add just the right look to any wedding gown.
You can even add a splash of color in your sash and the color of choice this season seems to be blush pink.
Beading is very previlent and you will see both pearls stones and bugle beading. Lace applicate adds quite another feeling giving your gown a more tradition even vintage look. Flower belts are perfect for a more laid back romantic look. Do you have an antique broach add that to for a sentimental yet old world style.
The wonderful thing about a belt is that it allows you to add your personality to your wedding gown. Enjoy!
Here at Occasions, we encourage brides not to spend more than they can afford. We offer these tips for staying within a formalized budget, once it has been determined.
Allow some money to any emergencies, expected or not. They will always show up.
Keep track of all expenses. If the gown goes over budget $400, you must cut costs elsewhere – $100 less on flowers, food and accessories, $50 less for invitation and party favors.
Learn to improvise. If your dream is a band, cut back a couple of hours. If your dream is to have the reception at a luxurious location, have it an hour when hor d’oeuvres rather than a sit-down dinner are sufficient.
Have an off-season wedding when things are less expensive. Keep it simple. Quiet elegance is always in style.
Do come in and let us help you plan a truly memorable event! Remember to book you appointment now to take advantage of our special sales and events.