Love Birds

October 27

I like when an element of the event design can be used in a couple of different ways. I love this modern and simple centerpiece made of painted manzanita and faux birdies.

From the super talented Rebecca Thuss are these adorable favors.

These birdie themed sticks are suppose to be plant labels, but how cute would they be as seating cards?

Gotta love any clutch from Red Ruby Rose!

And a wedding cake also by Rebecca Thuss. Its perfect for a fall or winter wedding.

Images: 1. Tina Rupp 2. & 5. Rebecca Thuss 3. The Modern Gardener 4. Red Ruby Rose via Etsy

60′s Pop

October 23

From cake stands, to tissues, to platters, French Bull‘s products are a jolt of color that would be perfect to add to a vintage themed wedding. How freaking cute are the individual tissues?


October 21

These shoes are so adorable, I the love the bow on the toe of the shoe. Shoes by Valentino, photo by Katie Moos.

Birds of a Feather

October 08

I love the deep jewel tones of peacock feathers. And used in a subtle way, it could be the perfect element to bring your wedding’s design together.

I love how this hair piece uses the peacock feathers with a tiny cluster of crystals at the base.

For bridesmaid’s dresses you could use aqua and deep blue colors from the peacock feather.

For a clutch, this peacock print bag is perfect.

Images: 1. Photo by Arrowood Photography, tabletop design by Camilla Svensson Burns 2. Sweets n Lo 3. Left, Monique Lhuillier, Right Jcrew 4. Red Ruby Rose

Words of Wisdom from Elizabeth Messina

September 26

Our final post for photographer’s week comes from Elizabeth Messina:

weddings are such beautiful rituals…..the celebration of life & love with family and close friends….as a photographer I feel so blessed to be included in many of the most intimate moments at a wedding celebration…..

it is an honor and a tremendous responsibility…..i have learned many things over the years…one of the most important is to remember to breath…to look around and feel the moments as the unfold….there is magic all around you…..laughter….

light coming through the trees….your dress….your new husband looking at you… on tables…the very ones you spent hours deciding on…. all of these things together, little and big, are celebrating the love you have found with another human being….

even the things that go less than perfectly, become part of your history, your story….embrace all of it….and as your wedding day come to an end….remember it is not an “end” at all but rather the most wonderful beginning….you will take three
very important things with you….your husband…your memories…and your photographs of that moment in time….as you are deciding on a photographer to capture your wedding….

its important that you really connect with their work and more importantly with the photographer as a person….the more at  ease you feel in the presence of your wedding photographer, the more beautiful your photos will be….your wedding images are in many ways family heirlooms that you will share with your children and your children’s children…..there are so  many wonderful photographers, in every price range…so be thoughtful and don’t worry…its a little like finding the right man….you only need one…. wishing you love and happiness….elizabeth

Photojournalism with Harper Smith

September 25

Our next post comes from Harper of Harper Smith Photography:

Photojournalism is defined as using photography to tell a story and document life. Capturing a moment in time without interfering or changing it’s course. Objective, honest, and above all else…incredibly real.

The root of my photography comes from a strong photojournalism background which lends a unique approach to the weddings I shoot today.  I’m a fly on the wall, an outside observer, moving unnoticed and stepping in at just the right moment to capture just the right shot.

Often these are moments you wouldn’t normally expect because they’re natural and un-posed. The nervous bride having a private moment alone in the limousine after all her bridesmaids have exited before her. These moments – which maybe awkward or embarrassing at the time – often turn out to be the most beautiful, intimate photos in retrospect. That’s why one of the biggest challenges of photographing in this style is earning the trust of the bride and groom so that on their wedding day they do let their guard down and trust that you’re capturing the images they never expected but always dreamed of.

I fully encourage couples to have their photographers arrive 3-4 hours before the wedding for this reason. The unscripted, unrehearsed moments that capture the real, raw emotion of the day often take place during this time.

I also encourage the bride and groom to let go, live the moment, and pretend there isn’t a camera around.

{Editor’s note}

Harper actually shot my wedding and I had to share one of my favorite images she captured of me that day. My mom had brought some champagne for me to sip on while I was getting ready and Julie Morgan, the thoughtful makeup artist that she is, brought straws with her so I could drink without messing up my lipstick. This is the un-posed, all natural, photo Harper got of me:

Behind the Scenes with Tim Halberg

September 24

Our next post is from Tim Halberg of Halberg Photographers:

Read the wedding magazines and they will give you check lists of things to ask your photographer: do you shoot digital or film, who will actually photograph my wedding, do you offer the digital negatives…

What the magazines don’t tell you to ask is how your digital negatives will compare to the photos you saw on your photographer’s website, the photos which drew you to their work in the first place. You need to know what the difference is between a print you will receive from the digital negatives when you upload them to your local lab vs. a finished print you will receive when ordering directly from your photographer.

Photographers prepare files for several different uses: marketing ie: their website and ads, proofing for brides/grooms to first view their images, album images and finished prints are among the most common.

Photos used for finished prints, albums and marketing have usually been processed through Photoshop to ensure the images look their VERY best. Depending on the photographer this may include adjustments that can take anywhere from a minute to an hour.

Usually printed proofs and online proofs have simply been adjusted in a digital workflow program such as Adobe Lightroom or Apple’s Aperture. Most photographers utilize this software to adjust brightness/exposure as well as color balance. The process is much more involved than this – but to go into detail would require an entirely separate and fairly technical article, but the end result is a photo which is close to correct for exposure and color.

With all of this in mind, there are some additional questions you may want to ask your photographer before hiring them:
*Can I see a complete wedding as delivered to a previous client for proofing (ask for more than one) – this will give you an idea of what to expect in your proof images vs. what you see on the photographer’s website.
*What does a final print look like when delivered from the photographer? – hopefully this will look very similar to what you have seen on the photographer’s website.
*What type of retouching is included in the cost of a print, and what does additional retouching cost?
*What type of adjustments/retouching will be included with the images delivered as digital negatives?
*Why should I order prints from you vs. using the digital negatives to have prints made down the street?

Your digital negatives will usually be a match to your proof images. This means if you order prints from your digital negatives from a lab down the street such as Walgreens/Walmart/Snapfish/Costco/ your prints will not come close to the quality of what the photographer would deliver as a final print if you were to order from them (that is if the photographer does retouching when you order your prints).