• 22 Jun 2022
        Cocktail hour is an essential part of your wedding day as it gives your photographer time to capture shots of the couple and their wedding party. But if you're nervous about guests feeling bored while they wait for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance, there are fun activities you can plan for them while they wait-especially if you're heading off-site for more than an hour. A full bar and great appetizers are sure to please your friends and family, but the addition of games and activities will surely make you the best host ever. Here, we share eight great ways to keep your guests occupied while you're off taking photos.   Lawn Games Lawn Games Encourage guests to mingle with each other during outdoor cocktail hour. Go beyond the quintessential corn hole and do a series of lawn games so more guests can participate. I suggest Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga, or [create] a customized crossword puzzle about [you and your future spouse].   Mix It UpUpgrading your bar selection is sure to be a hit with your guests. Hiring a mixologist can offer up new cocktails while also teaching your guests about craft drinks-as well as history behind drinks special to your location. Interacting with your guests, while educating them about their favorite drink is a sure fire way to keep your guests engaged during the cocktail hour.   Get Crafty Make your cocktail hour activity a little more permanent by establishing a fabric station where guests can write well wishes on squares to be included in a quilt that you'll cherish throughout your marriage. The options of crafting during cocktail hour are as endless as your creativity.   Read All About It In lieu of traditional programs, create a custom newspaper of the story of the both of you as a couple. Not only is it informative, but also a way to show the connections that the couple [has] to each attendant.  
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  •     Cocktail hour is an essential part of your wedding day as it gives your photographer time to capture shots of the couple and their wedding party. But if you're nervous about guests feeling bored while they wait for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance, there are fun activities you can plan for them while they wait-especially if you're heading off-site for more than an hour. A full bar and great appetizers are sure to please your friends and family, but the addition of games and activities will surely make you the best host ever. Here, we share eight great ways to keep your guests occupied while you're off taking photos.   Lawn Games Lawn Games Encourage guests to mingle with each other during outdoor cocktail hour. Go beyond the quintessential corn hole and do a series of lawn games so more guests can participate. I suggest Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga, or [create] a customized crossword puzzle about [you and your future spouse].   Mix It UpUpgrading your bar selection is sure to be a hit with your guests. Hiring a mixologist can offer up new cocktails while also teaching your guests about craft drinks-as well as history behind drinks special to your location. Interacting with your guests, while educating them about their favorite drink is a sure fire way to keep your guests engaged during the cocktail hour.   Get Crafty Make your cocktail hour activity a little more permanent by establishing a fabric station where guests can write well wishes on squares to be included in a quilt that you'll cherish throughout your marriage. The options of crafting during cocktail hour are as endless as your creativity.   Read All About It In lieu of traditional programs, create a custom newspaper of the story of the both of you as a couple. Not only is it informative, but also a way to show the connections that the couple [has] to each attendant.  
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  • 22 May 2022
          I love Detroit, I really thing the whole city give a variety of different locations for people engagement photos. From Classic to casual there are so many hidden gems to find. These locations are some popular locations my couples love getting their photos taken at. Belle Isle Conservancy : Belle Isle is a great place for stunning dreamy greenhouse engagement photos from the fountain to The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. This is such a classic and elegant spot. You do need a permit to have your engagement session here, Your engagement photographer should be able to acquire it for you.     The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum: I love The Detroit Institute of Arts, the back steps are really the showstopper. This is a popular spot so be aware you may have to wait your turn if others are there using them . You can only be outside, you cannot have your session inside the museum. The entire grounds are breathtaking so you are going to have a beautiful session here.   The Belt-Library Street Collective: such a hot spot and so cool if you have never been there before. Its a great little artist alley around Library St. Know that if you go on a Saturday around sunset tables come out as the alley is the outdoor dining patio for a handful of restaurants in the Alley. Weekdays or Sundays are the best.       Bloomfield Hills Engagement Session Locations: Bloomfield Hills is the location of the National Historic LandmarkCranbrook Educational Community and other historic sites listed on the national register of historic places.   Cranbrook House and Garden: Incredible vistas at every turn, the relaxing melody of water streaming out of several iconic fountains, the comforting smell of flowers in one of the many remarkable gardens, the feeling of history and architectural wonder all around you…just a taste of what awaits at Cranbrook House and Gardens, located at the heart of the Cranbrook Educational Community, a National Historic Landmark   Ann Arbor Engagement Session Locations: Ann Arbor is such an amazing college town. There is so much to explore and take photos of, it could be manicured parks, to the grungy downtown look you want for your photos,. This place has it all, this is only a few of the hidden gems that is in Ann Arbor. There is so much to explore. Delhi Metropark: Nestled in a quiet bend of the Huron River, Delhi Metropark offers natural beauty to enjoy. You’ll find mature stands of oak trees, open lawns and well-maintained ecosystems along the water that herons, turtles and deer call home. Come relax in the fresh air with family and friends under our picnic shelter or give kids the space to explore on our playground. Start a bike ride from the park or explore the river by canoe or kayak.    
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  •       I love Detroit, I really thing the whole city give a variety of different locations for people engagement photos. From Classic to casual there are so many hidden gems to find. These locations are some popular locations my couples love getting their photos taken at. Belle Isle Conservancy : Belle Isle is a great place for stunning dreamy greenhouse engagement photos from the fountain to The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. This is such a classic and elegant spot. You do need a permit to have your engagement session here, Your engagement photographer should be able to acquire it for you.     The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum: I love The Detroit Institute of Arts, the back steps are really the showstopper. This is a popular spot so be aware you may have to wait your turn if others are there using them . You can only be outside, you cannot have your session inside the museum. The entire grounds are breathtaking so you are going to have a beautiful session here.   The Belt-Library Street Collective: such a hot spot and so cool if you have never been there before. Its a great little artist alley around Library St. Know that if you go on a Saturday around sunset tables come out as the alley is the outdoor dining patio for a handful of restaurants in the Alley. Weekdays or Sundays are the best.       Bloomfield Hills Engagement Session Locations: Bloomfield Hills is the location of the National Historic LandmarkCranbrook Educational Community and other historic sites listed on the national register of historic places.   Cranbrook House and Garden: Incredible vistas at every turn, the relaxing melody of water streaming out of several iconic fountains, the comforting smell of flowers in one of the many remarkable gardens, the feeling of history and architectural wonder all around you…just a taste of what awaits at Cranbrook House and Gardens, located at the heart of the Cranbrook Educational Community, a National Historic Landmark   Ann Arbor Engagement Session Locations: Ann Arbor is such an amazing college town. There is so much to explore and take photos of, it could be manicured parks, to the grungy downtown look you want for your photos,. This place has it all, this is only a few of the hidden gems that is in Ann Arbor. There is so much to explore. Delhi Metropark: Nestled in a quiet bend of the Huron River, Delhi Metropark offers natural beauty to enjoy. You’ll find mature stands of oak trees, open lawns and well-maintained ecosystems along the water that herons, turtles and deer call home. Come relax in the fresh air with family and friends under our picnic shelter or give kids the space to explore on our playground. Start a bike ride from the park or explore the river by canoe or kayak.    
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  • 25 Apr 2022
        1. Make a Surprise Entrance Bride or groom, who doesn't love a grand entrance? Viral clips of bridal parties dancing up the aisle are everywhere, so look to transport instead. It's lovely to be picked up and chauffeured to your reception, but this actually offers the perfect opportunity to surprise your wedding guests before they've even laid eyes on your outfit. Decorated trailers, wagons, horseback, bicycles, a fire truck, a motorbike with a sidecar, a tractor, a vintage double-decker bus or a vintage VW camper van ... if it's fun and you have access to it, then arrive with a bang! Everyone can pile back into the ceremony space when they've finished cheering!   2. Take Song Requests No we don't mean everybody stands in line at the DJ box (even though that tends to happen anyway!). Taking a song request from your guests can be done in advance and then seamlessly woven into the wedding band or DJ's set. Simply, add a line on the RSVP where guests can fill in their song choice and watch their face light up when it starts to play!   3. Make Wedding Welcome Bags The people you love can often travel long distances to be there on your wedding day, so what better way to surprise your VIP guests and also show them you appreciate their effort than by placing wedding welcome bags in their rooms. Add an extra special touch by choosing locally made or sourced items to the selection, and a handwritten welcome note. F   4. Silent Cocktail Menu Add intrigue to your day with a silent cocktail menu, which is also a great way to give a personal nod to your guests. How does a silent cocktail menu work you ask? Simply assign a special signature cocktail to each table, and place a card with a note of explanation as part of the table setting (like the one pictured above that says: "Secret squad surprise. Say table 11 at the bar for a luxury libation") so that your guests know something special awaits them.    5. Plant Table Games Placing games on each table is not only fun, but are a great way to loosen up the crowd, or act as icebreakers for guests who don't know each other. Create a themed trivia quiz, or print out Dingbats - visual word puzzles of famous sayings - for people to guess. Alternatively, you could play Irish Wedding Bingo (more on that, as well as a handy prinatable here!). One table game that's growing in popularity at weddings is the After Eight Challenge before the speeches. How does it work? Take an After Eight chocolate, place it on your forehead and attempt to get it into your mouth, without using your hands! Let's just say the photographs of this will be some of the funniest of the whole day. Make sure to have a little cup or token for the winner - they'll deserve it!   6. Get Creative With your Guest Book Your guest book is one of the mementos you'll keep for years after the wedding, but it doesn't have to just be a decor focal point, as it can actually be a fun way to surprise your guests!  Make sure to leave signage instructing your guests what to do, and ask someone in the bridal party to remind guests to sign, so it's full by the end of the day.   7. Get Creative With Speeches When it comes to your wedding speeches don't be afraid to rip up the rule book. Sure you can have the usual suspects stand up to say a few prepared words, but why not open up the floor to other guests. An unexpected open mic session could result is some hilarious anecdotes being shared, and maybe even a few (happy) tears being shed. Needless to say, you don't have to stick rigidly to the traditional time or place for speeches either. Why not gather everyone outside if the weather is good, to say a few words before setting off some fireworks? Or even break up the speeches with unexpected entertainment! More on that below.     8. Create a Spot for R&R While it might be high energy and shenanigans everywhere else, having somewhere quiet and comfortable to chill out can also be a nice surprise for guests. Creating a quiet room, or a space away from the dance floor, is great for older guests, those with social anxiety or sensory issues, or guests who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can add cosy blankets if it's outdoors, or if it's indoors create a setting with low, ambient lighting, plenty of cushions and lay out some traditional board games or books as alternative activities.   9. Surprise Entertainment These days couples are thinking beyond the band, and adding to their live wedding entertainment line up with less conventional acts like magicians, drag performers, mixologists, fire breathers, Celtic drummers and more. Check out our favourite unique wedding entertainment ideas to truly add the wow factor to your celebration and impress your guests, whatever their tastes, and yours, may be!     by JESSICA O'SULLIVAN
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  •     1. Make a Surprise Entrance Bride or groom, who doesn't love a grand entrance? Viral clips of bridal parties dancing up the aisle are everywhere, so look to transport instead. It's lovely to be picked up and chauffeured to your reception, but this actually offers the perfect opportunity to surprise your wedding guests before they've even laid eyes on your outfit. Decorated trailers, wagons, horseback, bicycles, a fire truck, a motorbike with a sidecar, a tractor, a vintage double-decker bus or a vintage VW camper van ... if it's fun and you have access to it, then arrive with a bang! Everyone can pile back into the ceremony space when they've finished cheering!   2. Take Song Requests No we don't mean everybody stands in line at the DJ box (even though that tends to happen anyway!). Taking a song request from your guests can be done in advance and then seamlessly woven into the wedding band or DJ's set. Simply, add a line on the RSVP where guests can fill in their song choice and watch their face light up when it starts to play!   3. Make Wedding Welcome Bags The people you love can often travel long distances to be there on your wedding day, so what better way to surprise your VIP guests and also show them you appreciate their effort than by placing wedding welcome bags in their rooms. Add an extra special touch by choosing locally made or sourced items to the selection, and a handwritten welcome note. F   4. Silent Cocktail Menu Add intrigue to your day with a silent cocktail menu, which is also a great way to give a personal nod to your guests. How does a silent cocktail menu work you ask? Simply assign a special signature cocktail to each table, and place a card with a note of explanation as part of the table setting (like the one pictured above that says: "Secret squad surprise. Say table 11 at the bar for a luxury libation") so that your guests know something special awaits them.    5. Plant Table Games Placing games on each table is not only fun, but are a great way to loosen up the crowd, or act as icebreakers for guests who don't know each other. Create a themed trivia quiz, or print out Dingbats - visual word puzzles of famous sayings - for people to guess. Alternatively, you could play Irish Wedding Bingo (more on that, as well as a handy prinatable here!). One table game that's growing in popularity at weddings is the After Eight Challenge before the speeches. How does it work? Take an After Eight chocolate, place it on your forehead and attempt to get it into your mouth, without using your hands! Let's just say the photographs of this will be some of the funniest of the whole day. Make sure to have a little cup or token for the winner - they'll deserve it!   6. Get Creative With your Guest Book Your guest book is one of the mementos you'll keep for years after the wedding, but it doesn't have to just be a decor focal point, as it can actually be a fun way to surprise your guests!  Make sure to leave signage instructing your guests what to do, and ask someone in the bridal party to remind guests to sign, so it's full by the end of the day.   7. Get Creative With Speeches When it comes to your wedding speeches don't be afraid to rip up the rule book. Sure you can have the usual suspects stand up to say a few prepared words, but why not open up the floor to other guests. An unexpected open mic session could result is some hilarious anecdotes being shared, and maybe even a few (happy) tears being shed. Needless to say, you don't have to stick rigidly to the traditional time or place for speeches either. Why not gather everyone outside if the weather is good, to say a few words before setting off some fireworks? Or even break up the speeches with unexpected entertainment! More on that below.     8. Create a Spot for R&R While it might be high energy and shenanigans everywhere else, having somewhere quiet and comfortable to chill out can also be a nice surprise for guests. Creating a quiet room, or a space away from the dance floor, is great for older guests, those with social anxiety or sensory issues, or guests who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can add cosy blankets if it's outdoors, or if it's indoors create a setting with low, ambient lighting, plenty of cushions and lay out some traditional board games or books as alternative activities.   9. Surprise Entertainment These days couples are thinking beyond the band, and adding to their live wedding entertainment line up with less conventional acts like magicians, drag performers, mixologists, fire breathers, Celtic drummers and more. Check out our favourite unique wedding entertainment ideas to truly add the wow factor to your celebration and impress your guests, whatever their tastes, and yours, may be!     by JESSICA O'SULLIVAN
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  • 07 Apr 2022
    I DID NOT take this photo nor do I own the rights to this photo     In today's technology-obsessed culture, stealing several hours of gadget-free time for an unplugged wedding ceremony should be a gift to your guests. But, prying Instagram-obsessed friends away from their devices may pose a #problem for some. The gadget-free wedding trend certainly isn't for everyone, but for couples wishing to take the plunge, how exactly do you go about enforcing a no cell phone policy without taking the fun out of the affair?   What Is an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?  An unplugged wedding ceremony is a ceremony in which the couple requests that guests put away cell phones, cameras, and any other devices in order for them to be present in the moment.   I have had the pleasure of covering over 15 unplugged weddings and I have to say its very special for family and friends to sit back and enjoy the moment instead of worrying about posting photos and videos online. Not to mention the bride and groom don't have to worry about unflattering photos leaking, or not being the first to share their special day.     When guests aren't fixated on texting or capturing the money shot of the bride walking down the aisle, the event immediately grows in intimacy. "For the couple, it focuses the entire energy of the whole ceremony onto what's actually happening and that sacred moment of the actual wedding," says van Son, which is, you know, the reason your nearest and dearest have gathered together in the first place.   Eliminating phones and cameras is also a blessing from a photographer's perspective. "It gives us clear shots, which is awesome," adds van Son. "We don't have to struggle to find an angle and it's a more visually appealing look than phones in the air." Because no couple should have extended limbs obstructing their professional pics. And, let's be honest—of the snippets from each guests' unwarranted photoshoots, one or two might make it to Facebook or Instagram, while the rest will merely live on their phones, out of sight, for all eternity.   Know that, with this fad, you're not obligated to restrict technology for the entirecelebration (unless you're so inclined). As long as guests remain respectful of the photographer at the reception (van Son cites stories of iPad-armed relatives blocking her first dance shots), there's no reason why everyone can't resume their normal phone activities after the ceremony. After all, that wedding hashtag content won't create itself.   First things first—send out a heads-up before the wedding...and then a few more. "If you're going to do it, make it clear in advance, and also repeat it," advises van Son. "Saying it another couple of times somehow helps." Spread the word through your save the dates, wedding website, and/or day-of ceremony program for one final reminder. However, van Son warns that some guests may think that they're exempt from the no-phone rule (i.e. the groom's aunt who simply MUST get a photo from the aisle). Signs spaced throughout the venue can easily help spread the word, but they have become a bit commonplace, meaning attendees may not acknowledge them. For a more effective method, have your wedding officiant gently mention it during his/her welcome speech. "They're an authority figure, so people tend to listen to that," she says.   If you prefer a more hands-on method of separating your guests from their phones, try providing a cell phone storage station or baskets where attendees can individually tag and stow their devices safely, labeling the space with a quirky sign stating, "Hold the Phone!" or "Call It a Day!". Above all, make sure your guests don't feel compelled to fork over their phones if the device is truly necessary (say, for urgent business matters or a family emergency), and refrain from jumping into punishment mode if a guest sneaks a selfie or two. Ultimately, banning phone and camera use at wedding ceremonies fosters a stronger bond between newlyweds and their guests. "I think our culture has gone to a place where everything is so instant and connected, to a point where we're not connected," says van Son. "It's nice to slow down." Two thumbs up for this refreshing movement.       source   Tyler Atwood and Blair Donovan              
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  • I DID NOT take this photo nor do I own the rights to this photo     In today's technology-obsessed culture, stealing several hours of gadget-free time for an unplugged wedding ceremony should be a gift to your guests. But, prying Instagram-obsessed friends away from their devices may pose a #problem for some. The gadget-free wedding trend certainly isn't for everyone, but for couples wishing to take the plunge, how exactly do you go about enforcing a no cell phone policy without taking the fun out of the affair?   What Is an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?  An unplugged wedding ceremony is a ceremony in which the couple requests that guests put away cell phones, cameras, and any other devices in order for them to be present in the moment.   I have had the pleasure of covering over 15 unplugged weddings and I have to say its very special for family and friends to sit back and enjoy the moment instead of worrying about posting photos and videos online. Not to mention the bride and groom don't have to worry about unflattering photos leaking, or not being the first to share their special day.     When guests aren't fixated on texting or capturing the money shot of the bride walking down the aisle, the event immediately grows in intimacy. "For the couple, it focuses the entire energy of the whole ceremony onto what's actually happening and that sacred moment of the actual wedding," says van Son, which is, you know, the reason your nearest and dearest have gathered together in the first place.   Eliminating phones and cameras is also a blessing from a photographer's perspective. "It gives us clear shots, which is awesome," adds van Son. "We don't have to struggle to find an angle and it's a more visually appealing look than phones in the air." Because no couple should have extended limbs obstructing their professional pics. And, let's be honest—of the snippets from each guests' unwarranted photoshoots, one or two might make it to Facebook or Instagram, while the rest will merely live on their phones, out of sight, for all eternity.   Know that, with this fad, you're not obligated to restrict technology for the entirecelebration (unless you're so inclined). As long as guests remain respectful of the photographer at the reception (van Son cites stories of iPad-armed relatives blocking her first dance shots), there's no reason why everyone can't resume their normal phone activities after the ceremony. After all, that wedding hashtag content won't create itself.   First things first—send out a heads-up before the wedding...and then a few more. "If you're going to do it, make it clear in advance, and also repeat it," advises van Son. "Saying it another couple of times somehow helps." Spread the word through your save the dates, wedding website, and/or day-of ceremony program for one final reminder. However, van Son warns that some guests may think that they're exempt from the no-phone rule (i.e. the groom's aunt who simply MUST get a photo from the aisle). Signs spaced throughout the venue can easily help spread the word, but they have become a bit commonplace, meaning attendees may not acknowledge them. For a more effective method, have your wedding officiant gently mention it during his/her welcome speech. "They're an authority figure, so people tend to listen to that," she says.   If you prefer a more hands-on method of separating your guests from their phones, try providing a cell phone storage station or baskets where attendees can individually tag and stow their devices safely, labeling the space with a quirky sign stating, "Hold the Phone!" or "Call It a Day!". Above all, make sure your guests don't feel compelled to fork over their phones if the device is truly necessary (say, for urgent business matters or a family emergency), and refrain from jumping into punishment mode if a guest sneaks a selfie or two. Ultimately, banning phone and camera use at wedding ceremonies fosters a stronger bond between newlyweds and their guests. "I think our culture has gone to a place where everything is so instant and connected, to a point where we're not connected," says van Son. "It's nice to slow down." Two thumbs up for this refreshing movement.       source   Tyler Atwood and Blair Donovan              
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  • 05 Apr 2022
        There will be more weddings in the United States in 2022 than any other year since 1984, according to a new survey by The Knot. The wedding planning site estimates that some 2.6 million weddings will take place this year, a boom that follows a record number of cancellations, postponements, elopements–and lots of Zoom nuptials–during the past two years. “Weddings are, without a doubt, back to pre-pandemic levels,” says Hannah Nowack, Real Weddings editor at The Knot.     While some couples will certainly continue to host small, intimate micro-weddings and minimonies, wedding vendors, venues and planners note a return to traditional ceremonies with larger guest lists. In the second half of 2021, The Knot saw the average guest count climb up to 110. In 2022, the average number of guests is projected to be 129, which is in line with pre-pandemic numbers, when the average was 131. “After so many months of planning, and time spent away from loved ones, these couples are eager to reunite and celebrate with a blowout bash,” says Nowack.    Jennifer McNicholl got engaged in December of 2020, before the nationwide rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccines, but immediately knew she would still opt for a big, traditional Long Island wedding. “I planned a big traditional wedding right from the start,” says McNicholl. “I didn’t hesitate because by 2022 the vendors and I were confident that we wouldn’t be in a state of emergency.” Last week she sent out invitations to all 250 guests for her July 2022 wedding. Couples are also ready to once again shell out more green for their white wedding. The Knot found that, on average, couples spent $28,000 on their ceremony and reception, back in line with 2019 levels. And for the sixth year in a row, October will be the most popular month (17% of all weddings), with October 22, 2022, being the most sought-after booking date. Other trends include the rise of domestic destination weddings and weddings as multi-day events, which hotel venues are ready to capitalize on. Venues and hotels are now adjusting to the return of the big wedding, while still answering to the bride who craves an intimate gathering.   “Big ‘traditional’ weddings will never go away . . . but intimate, smaller weddings are also here to stay,” says Vasso Power, director of catering at The Gwen, a hotel located in the former McGraw-Hill building in downtown Chicago. Two years into the pandemic, The Gwen reports that 65% of all wedding inquiries are for smaller affairs and micro-weddings. “Requests for 20- to 30-person weddings at The Gwen have increased tremendously and we receive inquiries daily,” says Power. “The most popular package is the non-package,” she continues. “In essence, it’s all about customizing the experience to reflect the couple’s style. With smaller weddings, there is more of an opportunity for the culinary team to play with flavors and cuisine that is meaningful to the couple.” Value-focused planning is another big priority for the newly engaged, especially for Millennial and Gen-Z couples. “Instead of simply seeing their nuptials as a fun celebration, they're also finding ways for the big day to leave a positive, lasting impact,” says Nowack. In addition to dealing with supply chain issues, brides are more mindful about wedding wastefulness and the pandemic’s long-lasting effect on small businesses, new brides are supporting the local economy and environment whenever possible. As a result, hiring local vendors, relying on seasonal flowers and produce are becoming central to the wedding planning process. Domestic destination weddings are especially popular post-pandemic, according to Nowack. “With the uncertainty couples may feel when it comes to international travel regulations, we're seeing some to-be-weds opting for U.S.-based destinations that remind them of international spots,” says Nowack. Marcy Cline, a hair colorist in New York City, is maid of honor to a couple getting married in Miami next month at The Villa Woodbine, a venue designed by Walter de Garmo, famous for his Mediterranean-Renaissance style. “They’re expecting more than 100, and people are flying in from out of the country,” she says. The bride and groom also don’t have any safety measures in place, and have been pretty easygoing about planning—up until the weeks leading up to their Jack-and-Jill wedding shower in January, right after the omicron spike during the holidays. “Finally, they were pretty nervous,” says Cline, “but their wedding will go on as planned.” In 2021, The Knot found that 85% of couples enforced at least one health and safety measure, with three on average. Affianced couples in 2021 were able to plan without any delays due to vaccines, eased restrictions and a rise in available testing. But like McNicholl, many 2022 brides are altogether ditching the norms that the brides of 2020 and 2021 had to enforce. “There are no masks, no restrictions at all,” says McNicholl. “I'm paying thousands of dollars to my photographers, and I want to see the emotions and happiness.”       written by Tanya Klich     
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  •     There will be more weddings in the United States in 2022 than any other year since 1984, according to a new survey by The Knot. The wedding planning site estimates that some 2.6 million weddings will take place this year, a boom that follows a record number of cancellations, postponements, elopements–and lots of Zoom nuptials–during the past two years. “Weddings are, without a doubt, back to pre-pandemic levels,” says Hannah Nowack, Real Weddings editor at The Knot.     While some couples will certainly continue to host small, intimate micro-weddings and minimonies, wedding vendors, venues and planners note a return to traditional ceremonies with larger guest lists. In the second half of 2021, The Knot saw the average guest count climb up to 110. In 2022, the average number of guests is projected to be 129, which is in line with pre-pandemic numbers, when the average was 131. “After so many months of planning, and time spent away from loved ones, these couples are eager to reunite and celebrate with a blowout bash,” says Nowack.    Jennifer McNicholl got engaged in December of 2020, before the nationwide rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccines, but immediately knew she would still opt for a big, traditional Long Island wedding. “I planned a big traditional wedding right from the start,” says McNicholl. “I didn’t hesitate because by 2022 the vendors and I were confident that we wouldn’t be in a state of emergency.” Last week she sent out invitations to all 250 guests for her July 2022 wedding. Couples are also ready to once again shell out more green for their white wedding. The Knot found that, on average, couples spent $28,000 on their ceremony and reception, back in line with 2019 levels. And for the sixth year in a row, October will be the most popular month (17% of all weddings), with October 22, 2022, being the most sought-after booking date. Other trends include the rise of domestic destination weddings and weddings as multi-day events, which hotel venues are ready to capitalize on. Venues and hotels are now adjusting to the return of the big wedding, while still answering to the bride who craves an intimate gathering.   “Big ‘traditional’ weddings will never go away . . . but intimate, smaller weddings are also here to stay,” says Vasso Power, director of catering at The Gwen, a hotel located in the former McGraw-Hill building in downtown Chicago. Two years into the pandemic, The Gwen reports that 65% of all wedding inquiries are for smaller affairs and micro-weddings. “Requests for 20- to 30-person weddings at The Gwen have increased tremendously and we receive inquiries daily,” says Power. “The most popular package is the non-package,” she continues. “In essence, it’s all about customizing the experience to reflect the couple’s style. With smaller weddings, there is more of an opportunity for the culinary team to play with flavors and cuisine that is meaningful to the couple.” Value-focused planning is another big priority for the newly engaged, especially for Millennial and Gen-Z couples. “Instead of simply seeing their nuptials as a fun celebration, they're also finding ways for the big day to leave a positive, lasting impact,” says Nowack. In addition to dealing with supply chain issues, brides are more mindful about wedding wastefulness and the pandemic’s long-lasting effect on small businesses, new brides are supporting the local economy and environment whenever possible. As a result, hiring local vendors, relying on seasonal flowers and produce are becoming central to the wedding planning process. Domestic destination weddings are especially popular post-pandemic, according to Nowack. “With the uncertainty couples may feel when it comes to international travel regulations, we're seeing some to-be-weds opting for U.S.-based destinations that remind them of international spots,” says Nowack. Marcy Cline, a hair colorist in New York City, is maid of honor to a couple getting married in Miami next month at The Villa Woodbine, a venue designed by Walter de Garmo, famous for his Mediterranean-Renaissance style. “They’re expecting more than 100, and people are flying in from out of the country,” she says. The bride and groom also don’t have any safety measures in place, and have been pretty easygoing about planning—up until the weeks leading up to their Jack-and-Jill wedding shower in January, right after the omicron spike during the holidays. “Finally, they were pretty nervous,” says Cline, “but their wedding will go on as planned.” In 2021, The Knot found that 85% of couples enforced at least one health and safety measure, with three on average. Affianced couples in 2021 were able to plan without any delays due to vaccines, eased restrictions and a rise in available testing. But like McNicholl, many 2022 brides are altogether ditching the norms that the brides of 2020 and 2021 had to enforce. “There are no masks, no restrictions at all,” says McNicholl. “I'm paying thousands of dollars to my photographers, and I want to see the emotions and happiness.”       written by Tanya Klich     
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  • 05 Mar 2022
          Three hundred and sixty-five days—and counting! The first year of marriage is in the books, which means it's time to celebrate. Any couple who tied the knot in the midst of a global pandemic deserves an epic first anniversary celebration (and a seriously thoughtful one-year anniversary gift too). Whether you're shopping for your spouse or your favorite newlyweds, we've raised the bar when it comes to finding the best presents for this amazing milestone. From sentimental keepsakes to cool, practical presents, there's something on our list to suit every spouse and every couple. But before we get started, find out everything you need to know about the traditional and modern first-year anniversary gifts below. (Hint: This year is also known as the paper anniversary.)Decided to go down the traditional route? There are so many creative ways to honor the paper anniversary (aside from writing a sweet card, of course). We've found some of the coolest paper anniversary gifts you've probably never thought of before, from origami earrings to book subscriptions. Ready to get started? Find the perfect first anniversary gift for your husband, wife or the happy couple right here.           Thoughtful Photo Book     As far as paper gifts for your first anniversary go, a custom photo book is one of the most sentimental. Fill it with snapshots looking back on your first year together, starting from the day you each said "I do." This timeless photo album comes with a linen cover protected by a full or partial dust jacket showcasing an extra-special memory (one of your favorite wedding photos, maybe?). ORDER NOW       Wedding Invitation Cuff Links     Here's another unique paper accessory you might not have seen coming. These special cuff links are personalized with little pieces of your wedding invitations. Durable and designed to last, your S.O. can truly wear their heart on their sleeve in the form of this romantic present.       Letterpress Wedding Vows       Why not have your wedding vows elegantly printed on luxe paper? Not only is this a lovely reminder of your wedding day, but of the promises you both made. Print them out yourself or leave it to a professional; this letterpressed option is totally wall-worthy.       Fun Adventure Journal     You've probably had your fair share of date nights after a year of marriage, so it's totally normal if you're starting to run out of ideas. If that's the case, this bestselling book is the solution. The pages come printed with surprise, scratch-off activities for you two to do together, from blindfolded baking to recreating your grandparents' first date. To help hold onto every memory, you can also upgrade to a gift set that comes with an instant camera.    
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  •       Three hundred and sixty-five days—and counting! The first year of marriage is in the books, which means it's time to celebrate. Any couple who tied the knot in the midst of a global pandemic deserves an epic first anniversary celebration (and a seriously thoughtful one-year anniversary gift too). Whether you're shopping for your spouse or your favorite newlyweds, we've raised the bar when it comes to finding the best presents for this amazing milestone. From sentimental keepsakes to cool, practical presents, there's something on our list to suit every spouse and every couple. But before we get started, find out everything you need to know about the traditional and modern first-year anniversary gifts below. (Hint: This year is also known as the paper anniversary.)Decided to go down the traditional route? There are so many creative ways to honor the paper anniversary (aside from writing a sweet card, of course). We've found some of the coolest paper anniversary gifts you've probably never thought of before, from origami earrings to book subscriptions. Ready to get started? Find the perfect first anniversary gift for your husband, wife or the happy couple right here.           Thoughtful Photo Book     As far as paper gifts for your first anniversary go, a custom photo book is one of the most sentimental. Fill it with snapshots looking back on your first year together, starting from the day you each said "I do." This timeless photo album comes with a linen cover protected by a full or partial dust jacket showcasing an extra-special memory (one of your favorite wedding photos, maybe?). ORDER NOW       Wedding Invitation Cuff Links     Here's another unique paper accessory you might not have seen coming. These special cuff links are personalized with little pieces of your wedding invitations. Durable and designed to last, your S.O. can truly wear their heart on their sleeve in the form of this romantic present.       Letterpress Wedding Vows       Why not have your wedding vows elegantly printed on luxe paper? Not only is this a lovely reminder of your wedding day, but of the promises you both made. Print them out yourself or leave it to a professional; this letterpressed option is totally wall-worthy.       Fun Adventure Journal     You've probably had your fair share of date nights after a year of marriage, so it's totally normal if you're starting to run out of ideas. If that's the case, this bestselling book is the solution. The pages come printed with surprise, scratch-off activities for you two to do together, from blindfolded baking to recreating your grandparents' first date. To help hold onto every memory, you can also upgrade to a gift set that comes with an instant camera.    
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  • 17 Feb 2022
        It’s no secret that social media changes how we approach different life events. Everything from birthdays, to holidays, to natural disasters, to new box-office hits can be documented by a hashtag, and the conversation is open to everyone. This is especially true when it comes to wedding hashtags. Couples usually come up with a hashtag shortly after they become engaged and document the engagement, wedding planning, and actual wedding with their hashtag. Besides being a great organizational tool, hashtags also engage your friends, family, and guests who are unable to attend your wedding.           How to create an original hashtag?   Choosing the right hashtag is extremely important. You do not want to merge your hashtag with someone else’s, and you also want to make it easy for friends to avoid spelling errors. The traditional approach to finding a hashtag is putting a spin on last names. There are a few wedding hashtag generators out there that can help you come up with an original one.I like Shutterfly’s Hashtag Generator which is free, and also has a search option to check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. WeddingMix also has a free hashtag generator that allows you to customize based off your style. Choose from “Classic,” “Fun,” and “Offbeat” to get the right vibe for your wedding. Finally, if you’re hitting walls coming up with the perfect wedding hashtag, Mister Write offers personal services for crafting your hashtag. Note: this is also a great resource if you’re looking for customized vows, speech writing, and even proposal ideas!If you’re a crafty wordsmith you can look to movie titles, song lyrics, band names, and don’t be afraid to get punny with it. You want something that people will remember and that sets your wedding story apart.       Found a great hashtag, now what?   Now that the hard part is accomplished, it’s time to put that hashtag to work! Think of your hashtag as a photo album for your wedding: what you ate for lunch on the day you went dress shopping is a fun detail to include, but not every delicious meal you share on Instagram belongs in that hashtag category. Share things like addressing invitations, attending bridal showers, and meeting with your planner. It will be fun for you to look back on all the planning and see the process that brings you to your big day.   Inform guests & invite them to contribute.   The best part about having a wedding hashtag is getting to see your friends, family, and guests use it. After the big day, you can sit back and scroll through all the different perspectives captured at your wedding. You definitely don’t want to miss out on all these photos, so make sure your guests know how to use the hashtag.The best way to keep them informed is to have several reminders. Include the hashtag on your invitation–it can even just be on the RSVP card. Place strategic reminders out at your ceremony, on the wedding program, by the gifts, and on the reception tables. There are tons of cute props out there to help you do this creatively and aesthetically. I like these printables from Wishful Paperie.Contrary to popular belief, your wedding hashtags don’t have to be insanely witty. Switch your names into one of these simple and fuss-free wedding hashtag templates which do the job perfectly.     #WilliamsWedding2022 #WilliamsGetHitched #MeetTheWilliams #HappilyEverWilliams #FinallyAWilliams #WilliamsSayIDo #WilliamsToTheChapel #WilliamsTieTheKnot #WilliamsInLove #JonesWedsWilliams #WilliamsVows #CheersToTheWilliams #Jones2Williams #WilliamsGetWed #WilliamsSquared #MrAndMrsWilliams          
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  •     It’s no secret that social media changes how we approach different life events. Everything from birthdays, to holidays, to natural disasters, to new box-office hits can be documented by a hashtag, and the conversation is open to everyone. This is especially true when it comes to wedding hashtags. Couples usually come up with a hashtag shortly after they become engaged and document the engagement, wedding planning, and actual wedding with their hashtag. Besides being a great organizational tool, hashtags also engage your friends, family, and guests who are unable to attend your wedding.           How to create an original hashtag?   Choosing the right hashtag is extremely important. You do not want to merge your hashtag with someone else’s, and you also want to make it easy for friends to avoid spelling errors. The traditional approach to finding a hashtag is putting a spin on last names. There are a few wedding hashtag generators out there that can help you come up with an original one.I like Shutterfly’s Hashtag Generator which is free, and also has a search option to check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. WeddingMix also has a free hashtag generator that allows you to customize based off your style. Choose from “Classic,” “Fun,” and “Offbeat” to get the right vibe for your wedding. Finally, if you’re hitting walls coming up with the perfect wedding hashtag, Mister Write offers personal services for crafting your hashtag. Note: this is also a great resource if you’re looking for customized vows, speech writing, and even proposal ideas!If you’re a crafty wordsmith you can look to movie titles, song lyrics, band names, and don’t be afraid to get punny with it. You want something that people will remember and that sets your wedding story apart.       Found a great hashtag, now what?   Now that the hard part is accomplished, it’s time to put that hashtag to work! Think of your hashtag as a photo album for your wedding: what you ate for lunch on the day you went dress shopping is a fun detail to include, but not every delicious meal you share on Instagram belongs in that hashtag category. Share things like addressing invitations, attending bridal showers, and meeting with your planner. It will be fun for you to look back on all the planning and see the process that brings you to your big day.   Inform guests & invite them to contribute.   The best part about having a wedding hashtag is getting to see your friends, family, and guests use it. After the big day, you can sit back and scroll through all the different perspectives captured at your wedding. You definitely don’t want to miss out on all these photos, so make sure your guests know how to use the hashtag.The best way to keep them informed is to have several reminders. Include the hashtag on your invitation–it can even just be on the RSVP card. Place strategic reminders out at your ceremony, on the wedding program, by the gifts, and on the reception tables. There are tons of cute props out there to help you do this creatively and aesthetically. I like these printables from Wishful Paperie.Contrary to popular belief, your wedding hashtags don’t have to be insanely witty. Switch your names into one of these simple and fuss-free wedding hashtag templates which do the job perfectly.     #WilliamsWedding2022 #WilliamsGetHitched #MeetTheWilliams #HappilyEverWilliams #FinallyAWilliams #WilliamsSayIDo #WilliamsToTheChapel #WilliamsTieTheKnot #WilliamsInLove #JonesWedsWilliams #WilliamsVows #CheersToTheWilliams #Jones2Williams #WilliamsGetWed #WilliamsSquared #MrAndMrsWilliams          
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  • 24 Jan 2022
        One of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding can be knowing exactly when to let friends and family know about your upcoming nuptials. Too far in advance might evoke some eye rolls and forgotten invitations—while too close to your event might not leave guests enough time to prepare. With destination weddings, day-after events and, not to mention, all of the festivities leading up to the wedding itself (like engagement and bachelor/ette parties), there are a ton of moving pieces to keep track of when it comes to sending out invitations. Today, then, I wanted to break down some basic rules for spreading the word via snail mail.           Save the Dates   I recommend mailing out wedding Save the Dates 6 months prior to the event. For a destination wedding or multi-day affair, you’ll want to send them out 8-10 months in advance to ensure you give traveling guests plenty of time to book their hotel room and airfare.       Wedding Invitations   In general, wedding invitations should go out 8 weeks in advance. As always, though, the rules are a bit different for destination weddings—those, you’ll want to send out 3 months in advance. Remember, wedding invitations are a two-way street: they require a response. The closer you cut it to your actual wedding date, the less time you’ll have to collect RSVPs, build a seating chart, etc.   Bachelor(ette) Invitations   For most bachelor(ette) parties, a handful of the invited guests will have to travel. As such, you’ll want to send out invitations 6-8 weeks in advance so your out-of-town guests have time to book their travel accommodations without getting hit with lake-booking fees and surged airfare.           Bridal Shower Invitations   Bridal shower invitations should go out 6-8 weeks in advance, depending on how many out-of-town guests you’re inviting. Remember, traveling can be expensive if you don’t book accommodations far in advance, so be sure to give those out-of-towners plenty of time to plan—especially if they live super far from the venue. If you’re planning a shower in California and have a friend who lives in New York, for example, you might even want to give her a call before the invitation comes just to give her a heads up.     Engagement Party Invitations   Engagement party invitations can be simple—an e-invite is fine, especially if you’re planning on inundating guests with paper invitations for future wedding-related events. Your invitations should be sent out as close to your engagement as possible, as you want the news to be fresh and celebratory (and you want to hold the party before wedding-planning woes kick in). In general, holding an engagement party within 2-3 months of getting engaged and sending out the invitations 3-4 weeks before the event is a good rule to follow.     Day-After Events   I recommend slipping a separate card in with your wedding invitations for the guests you want to invite to any day-after events (brunch, send-off parties, etc.). That way, out-of-towners can take that information into account when booking their flight home. If you’re unable to include this information with your original invitations, though (i.e. if you decided to tack on a day-after brunch after already mailing out your wedding invites), an e-vite sent 6-8 weeks in advance will also do—but, again, keep in mind those traveling guests.     Rehearsal Dinner Invitations   If your rehearsal dinner guest list includes lots of traveling guests, you’ll want to send out formal invitations 6-8 weeks in advance. If, on the other hand, it’s small and laid-back affair that only includes local guests, you can get away with sending e-vites 4 weeks in advance. Remember, rehearsal dinner invites should always be sent out after the original wedding invitation.    
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  •     One of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding can be knowing exactly when to let friends and family know about your upcoming nuptials. Too far in advance might evoke some eye rolls and forgotten invitations—while too close to your event might not leave guests enough time to prepare. With destination weddings, day-after events and, not to mention, all of the festivities leading up to the wedding itself (like engagement and bachelor/ette parties), there are a ton of moving pieces to keep track of when it comes to sending out invitations. Today, then, I wanted to break down some basic rules for spreading the word via snail mail.           Save the Dates   I recommend mailing out wedding Save the Dates 6 months prior to the event. For a destination wedding or multi-day affair, you’ll want to send them out 8-10 months in advance to ensure you give traveling guests plenty of time to book their hotel room and airfare.       Wedding Invitations   In general, wedding invitations should go out 8 weeks in advance. As always, though, the rules are a bit different for destination weddings—those, you’ll want to send out 3 months in advance. Remember, wedding invitations are a two-way street: they require a response. The closer you cut it to your actual wedding date, the less time you’ll have to collect RSVPs, build a seating chart, etc.   Bachelor(ette) Invitations   For most bachelor(ette) parties, a handful of the invited guests will have to travel. As such, you’ll want to send out invitations 6-8 weeks in advance so your out-of-town guests have time to book their travel accommodations without getting hit with lake-booking fees and surged airfare.           Bridal Shower Invitations   Bridal shower invitations should go out 6-8 weeks in advance, depending on how many out-of-town guests you’re inviting. Remember, traveling can be expensive if you don’t book accommodations far in advance, so be sure to give those out-of-towners plenty of time to plan—especially if they live super far from the venue. If you’re planning a shower in California and have a friend who lives in New York, for example, you might even want to give her a call before the invitation comes just to give her a heads up.     Engagement Party Invitations   Engagement party invitations can be simple—an e-invite is fine, especially if you’re planning on inundating guests with paper invitations for future wedding-related events. Your invitations should be sent out as close to your engagement as possible, as you want the news to be fresh and celebratory (and you want to hold the party before wedding-planning woes kick in). In general, holding an engagement party within 2-3 months of getting engaged and sending out the invitations 3-4 weeks before the event is a good rule to follow.     Day-After Events   I recommend slipping a separate card in with your wedding invitations for the guests you want to invite to any day-after events (brunch, send-off parties, etc.). That way, out-of-towners can take that information into account when booking their flight home. If you’re unable to include this information with your original invitations, though (i.e. if you decided to tack on a day-after brunch after already mailing out your wedding invites), an e-vite sent 6-8 weeks in advance will also do—but, again, keep in mind those traveling guests.     Rehearsal Dinner Invitations   If your rehearsal dinner guest list includes lots of traveling guests, you’ll want to send out formal invitations 6-8 weeks in advance. If, on the other hand, it’s small and laid-back affair that only includes local guests, you can get away with sending e-vites 4 weeks in advance. Remember, rehearsal dinner invites should always be sent out after the original wedding invitation.    
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  • 19 Jan 2022
              JWhitehornMedia Named Winner in 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®           14th Annual Couples’ Choice Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Nationwide and Abroad Detroit, January 19, 2022. -- JWhitehornMedia was announced as a winner of the 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leading wedding vendor marketplace.   To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews within its Vendor Directory across more than 20 service categories—from venues and caterers to florists and photographers—to find the most- and highest-rated vendors of the year. The winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service and quality when interacting with the millions of couples who turn to WeddingWire to help with their wedding planning process each month.   Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards® are members of WeddingPro, a leading B2B wedding brand. A marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on WeddingWire and The Knot, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.   JWhitehornMedia is honored to be one of the top vendors in Photography in Detroit on WeddingWire.   For more information about JWhitehornMedia, please visit us on WeddingWire.   To learn more about the Couples' Choice Awards®, visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.   About JWhitehornMedia   JWhitehornMedia is a wedding videography and photography company located in Detroit, Michigan. The cinematographers at the company strive to produce superb and high-quality films and photography. The company's team consists of creative and self-motivated professionals who are enthusiastic about capturing your wedding day on camera.   Services Offered   JWhitehornMedia provides videography, photography, website design, and logo creation services. The company aspires to provide couples with professional and affordable wedding packages. All of the photography packages offered by the company include high-resolution digital images, online viewing, image processing, and an emergency backup photographer. All of JWhitehornMedia's videography packages include audio coverage, copyrighted music, and a final product in digital HD. The final video is delivered to couples in an SD card format. The cinematography packages range from one hour of coverage to eight hours of coverage, depending on your preference.         About WeddingWire   WeddingWire is a trusted online marketplace, connecting couples with local wedding professionals and a suite of comprehensive tools that make wedding planning easier. Operating within a $250 billion global industry, WeddingWire helps millions of couples every month find the right team of wedding professionals to personalize and pull off their special day. Couples around the world can read millions of vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a directory of hundreds of thousands of vendors local to them. Visit WeddingWire online at WeddingWire.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/WeddingWire and @WeddingWire on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.    
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  •           JWhitehornMedia Named Winner in 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®           14th Annual Couples’ Choice Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Nationwide and Abroad Detroit, January 19, 2022. -- JWhitehornMedia was announced as a winner of the 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leading wedding vendor marketplace.   To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews within its Vendor Directory across more than 20 service categories—from venues and caterers to florists and photographers—to find the most- and highest-rated vendors of the year. The winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service and quality when interacting with the millions of couples who turn to WeddingWire to help with their wedding planning process each month.   Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards® are members of WeddingPro, a leading B2B wedding brand. A marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on WeddingWire and The Knot, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.   JWhitehornMedia is honored to be one of the top vendors in Photography in Detroit on WeddingWire.   For more information about JWhitehornMedia, please visit us on WeddingWire.   To learn more about the Couples' Choice Awards®, visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.   About JWhitehornMedia   JWhitehornMedia is a wedding videography and photography company located in Detroit, Michigan. The cinematographers at the company strive to produce superb and high-quality films and photography. The company's team consists of creative and self-motivated professionals who are enthusiastic about capturing your wedding day on camera.   Services Offered   JWhitehornMedia provides videography, photography, website design, and logo creation services. The company aspires to provide couples with professional and affordable wedding packages. All of the photography packages offered by the company include high-resolution digital images, online viewing, image processing, and an emergency backup photographer. All of JWhitehornMedia's videography packages include audio coverage, copyrighted music, and a final product in digital HD. The final video is delivered to couples in an SD card format. The cinematography packages range from one hour of coverage to eight hours of coverage, depending on your preference.         About WeddingWire   WeddingWire is a trusted online marketplace, connecting couples with local wedding professionals and a suite of comprehensive tools that make wedding planning easier. Operating within a $250 billion global industry, WeddingWire helps millions of couples every month find the right team of wedding professionals to personalize and pull off their special day. Couples around the world can read millions of vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a directory of hundreds of thousands of vendors local to them. Visit WeddingWire online at WeddingWire.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/WeddingWire and @WeddingWire on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.    
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  • 19 Jan 2022
              JWHITEHORNMEDIA NAMED WINNER OF THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2022   16th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Recognize Top Wedding Vendors Across U.S.   Detroit, MI/January 19th, 2022—JWhitehornMedia is pleased to announce that he has been selected as a 2022 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading all in one wedding planning destination.    In its sixteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2022, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This year, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award.   To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.    “I AM A WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER CREATING CINEMATIC, CANDID, & BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES.,” JWhitehornMedia, Photographer|Videographer, Wedding Photography + Videography.   The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs - from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can connect with any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country, and The Knot Best of Weddings award gives couples the confidence to book the best vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology helps all couples seamlessly plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs.   Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, a leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.   For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.       About (JWhitehornMedia) I AM A WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER CREATING CINEMATIC, CANDID, & BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES. You, your family, and friends will be amazed with the quality of production.   About The Knot The Knot is the nation’s leading digital wedding resource offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com and #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, The Knot national wedding magazine, and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. Visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.    
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  •           JWHITEHORNMEDIA NAMED WINNER OF THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2022   16th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Recognize Top Wedding Vendors Across U.S.   Detroit, MI/January 19th, 2022—JWhitehornMedia is pleased to announce that he has been selected as a 2022 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading all in one wedding planning destination.    In its sixteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2022, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This year, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award.   To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.    “I AM A WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER CREATING CINEMATIC, CANDID, & BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES.,” JWhitehornMedia, Photographer|Videographer, Wedding Photography + Videography.   The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs - from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can connect with any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country, and The Knot Best of Weddings award gives couples the confidence to book the best vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology helps all couples seamlessly plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs.   Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, a leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.   For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.       About (JWhitehornMedia) I AM A WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER CREATING CINEMATIC, CANDID, & BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES. You, your family, and friends will be amazed with the quality of production.   About The Knot The Knot is the nation’s leading digital wedding resource offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com and #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, The Knot national wedding magazine, and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. Visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.    
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  • 10 Jan 2022
        When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and there are things you need to know—advice so essential any bride who's lucky enough to hear it thinks, "I'm so glad someone told me that!" If you're wondering whether there's something you may have missed (or even if you've got everything under control), check out our indispensable planning secrets below.           Investigate Wedding Blackout Dates   Know ahead of time if your wedding date falls on the same day as a trade conference, charity walk or other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability. Here's a handy list of potentially problematic wedding dates coming up in the calendar.       Guests Come First   Get a grip on the approximate number of guests you'll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there's ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it's really not if you count the space you'll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor.   Lighten Your List   The easiest way to trim your wedding budget? Cut your guest list. Remember, half of your wedding expenses go to wining and dining your guests. If it's costing you $100 per person, eliminating one table of 10 can save you $1,000.   Make a Meal Plan   Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding day crew. Before you sign the contracts, make sure you're not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead. You will have to let your wedding caterer know a couple of days before the wedding exactly how many vendors you need to feed (don't forget photography assistants and band roadies) and what you want them to serve.     Get Organizationally Focused   In a three-ring binder, compile all your correspondences with vendors, notes you make during meetings, and photos or tear sheets from magazines you want vendors to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding, and store important vendor numbers in your cell phone. For on-the-go planning that keeps everything in one place, download the The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app to keep all of your planning info digitally on-hand at all times.     Don't Be Afraid to Ask   Your wedding vendors should be your go-to, most-trusted experts during the planning process. When working with them, you should feel free to really explore what it is you want—maybe it's serving a late-night snack instead of a first course or doing a bridal portrait session rather than an engagement session. The bottom line is that you should feel like you can have an honest conversation with them about what it is you want. Their job will be to tell you what you can and can't make work given your wedding budget.     Prioritize Your People   Pare down your guest list with the "tiers of priority" trick. Place immediate family, the bridal party and best friends on top of the list; follow with aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends you can't imagine celebrating without. Under that, list your parents' friends, neighbors, coworkers and so on. If you need to make some cuts, start from the bottom until you reach your ideal number.     Make a Uniform Kids Policy   You have four choices: You can welcome children with open arms; you can decide to have an "adults only" wedding; you can include immediate family only; or, you can hire a child care service to provide day care either at the reception space, in a hotel room or at a family member's home. To prevent hurt feelings, it's wise to avoid allowing some families to bring children while excluding others (unless, of course, the children are in your bridal party).  
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  •     When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and there are things you need to know—advice so essential any bride who's lucky enough to hear it thinks, "I'm so glad someone told me that!" If you're wondering whether there's something you may have missed (or even if you've got everything under control), check out our indispensable planning secrets below.           Investigate Wedding Blackout Dates   Know ahead of time if your wedding date falls on the same day as a trade conference, charity walk or other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability. Here's a handy list of potentially problematic wedding dates coming up in the calendar.       Guests Come First   Get a grip on the approximate number of guests you'll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there's ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it's really not if you count the space you'll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor.   Lighten Your List   The easiest way to trim your wedding budget? Cut your guest list. Remember, half of your wedding expenses go to wining and dining your guests. If it's costing you $100 per person, eliminating one table of 10 can save you $1,000.   Make a Meal Plan   Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding day crew. Before you sign the contracts, make sure you're not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead. You will have to let your wedding caterer know a couple of days before the wedding exactly how many vendors you need to feed (don't forget photography assistants and band roadies) and what you want them to serve.     Get Organizationally Focused   In a three-ring binder, compile all your correspondences with vendors, notes you make during meetings, and photos or tear sheets from magazines you want vendors to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding, and store important vendor numbers in your cell phone. For on-the-go planning that keeps everything in one place, download the The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app to keep all of your planning info digitally on-hand at all times.     Don't Be Afraid to Ask   Your wedding vendors should be your go-to, most-trusted experts during the planning process. When working with them, you should feel free to really explore what it is you want—maybe it's serving a late-night snack instead of a first course or doing a bridal portrait session rather than an engagement session. The bottom line is that you should feel like you can have an honest conversation with them about what it is you want. Their job will be to tell you what you can and can't make work given your wedding budget.     Prioritize Your People   Pare down your guest list with the "tiers of priority" trick. Place immediate family, the bridal party and best friends on top of the list; follow with aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends you can't imagine celebrating without. Under that, list your parents' friends, neighbors, coworkers and so on. If you need to make some cuts, start from the bottom until you reach your ideal number.     Make a Uniform Kids Policy   You have four choices: You can welcome children with open arms; you can decide to have an "adults only" wedding; you can include immediate family only; or, you can hire a child care service to provide day care either at the reception space, in a hotel room or at a family member's home. To prevent hurt feelings, it's wise to avoid allowing some families to bring children while excluding others (unless, of course, the children are in your bridal party).  
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  • 07 Jan 2022
        Sure, catering, décor, and dancing might be what makes it feel like a wedding, but the vows you exchange with your partner are what make it actually a wedding. You can’t get married without vows! But how to know if you should write your own vows or go with some old classics? It really depends on your personal preference and comfort level—and whatever you choose should be your choice, not someone else’s. Personally written vows come out extremely well in video format. If you are using a videographer it will give them a lot more room for editing.            Do you love writing?   When thinking about if you should write your own vows, having a creative side and experience writing (extra points if you really love it!) make a huge difference. Maybe the idea of reading someone else’s words makes your skin crawl, maybe the idea of writing your own vows sounds worse than getting a cavity filled. Writing vows is a deeply expressive and creative endeavor and while you definitely don’t need to be “good” at writing or a “professional” to write amazing vows, the process of writing and performing them in front of dozens of people will be a lot more enjoyable if you vibed with the process and are proud of the result.       Are you comfortable reading in public?   This question goes hand-in-hand with the one above—even if you love writing, you might hate reading your words aloud in front of people. That’s a whole ‘nother ball game for most writers and creatives, so you’re not crazy if you feel this way. If the idea of standing before your guests and reading your most intense and personal emotions out loud makes you feel squeamish, you may wish to go for pre-written vows (you can even inject a few of your own sentences throughout to personalize it!). Reading words that are not your own can significantly cut down on the fear factor (because it won’t feel like you’re pouring out your heart and soul) and help you stay focused and grounded. If you love the idea of writing your own vows but not necessarily performing them, recite them in private to your partner the night before your wedding, then opt for traditional vows during the ceremony   Do you have the time?   A big part of deciding if you should write your own vows comes down to timing. The process of writing your own vows should be an emotional and enjoyable experience. If you’re so swamped with wedding planning and the rest of your life you can barely find the time to put pen to paper, however, the process can feel like a chore, or even worse, like a last-minute project you have to cram into the night before your wedding. That’s not fair to you or your spouse-to-be! You simply will not be proud of your vows unless you give them the time and energy you deserve to give them (and your future spouse deserves to receive). If you’ve spent too much time constructing a donut wall and don’t have enough time to devote to writing your vows, go traditional—and add your own flair as needed. If you’re just starting your planning journey and want to avoid backing yourself into a last-minute corner when it comes to writing your vows, block out a few hours a week in the months leading up to your wedding to spend only working on your vows. You’ll be glad you did once the time comes!   Is your partner planning on writing his or hers?   It’s not a rule of thumb that if one of you opts for custom vows, the other must too, but it is something to think about. Your universal vows might feel out-of-place after your partner reads their handwritten ones. If one of you has a steadfast opinion on going handwritten vs. traditional, that could help decide what the other chooses. It will make for a more unified ceremony if you both make the same decision. And if you choose to go handwritten because one-half of you is really into the idea, you’re totally allowed to workshop your vows together to make sure you’re both feeling confident and comfortable when the big day comes. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you both get to do what feels best on your wedding day, and in the grand world of wedding planning, that usually entails working together and making compromises.  
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  •     Sure, catering, décor, and dancing might be what makes it feel like a wedding, but the vows you exchange with your partner are what make it actually a wedding. You can’t get married without vows! But how to know if you should write your own vows or go with some old classics? It really depends on your personal preference and comfort level—and whatever you choose should be your choice, not someone else’s. Personally written vows come out extremely well in video format. If you are using a videographer it will give them a lot more room for editing.            Do you love writing?   When thinking about if you should write your own vows, having a creative side and experience writing (extra points if you really love it!) make a huge difference. Maybe the idea of reading someone else’s words makes your skin crawl, maybe the idea of writing your own vows sounds worse than getting a cavity filled. Writing vows is a deeply expressive and creative endeavor and while you definitely don’t need to be “good” at writing or a “professional” to write amazing vows, the process of writing and performing them in front of dozens of people will be a lot more enjoyable if you vibed with the process and are proud of the result.       Are you comfortable reading in public?   This question goes hand-in-hand with the one above—even if you love writing, you might hate reading your words aloud in front of people. That’s a whole ‘nother ball game for most writers and creatives, so you’re not crazy if you feel this way. If the idea of standing before your guests and reading your most intense and personal emotions out loud makes you feel squeamish, you may wish to go for pre-written vows (you can even inject a few of your own sentences throughout to personalize it!). Reading words that are not your own can significantly cut down on the fear factor (because it won’t feel like you’re pouring out your heart and soul) and help you stay focused and grounded. If you love the idea of writing your own vows but not necessarily performing them, recite them in private to your partner the night before your wedding, then opt for traditional vows during the ceremony   Do you have the time?   A big part of deciding if you should write your own vows comes down to timing. The process of writing your own vows should be an emotional and enjoyable experience. If you’re so swamped with wedding planning and the rest of your life you can barely find the time to put pen to paper, however, the process can feel like a chore, or even worse, like a last-minute project you have to cram into the night before your wedding. That’s not fair to you or your spouse-to-be! You simply will not be proud of your vows unless you give them the time and energy you deserve to give them (and your future spouse deserves to receive). If you’ve spent too much time constructing a donut wall and don’t have enough time to devote to writing your vows, go traditional—and add your own flair as needed. If you’re just starting your planning journey and want to avoid backing yourself into a last-minute corner when it comes to writing your vows, block out a few hours a week in the months leading up to your wedding to spend only working on your vows. You’ll be glad you did once the time comes!   Is your partner planning on writing his or hers?   It’s not a rule of thumb that if one of you opts for custom vows, the other must too, but it is something to think about. Your universal vows might feel out-of-place after your partner reads their handwritten ones. If one of you has a steadfast opinion on going handwritten vs. traditional, that could help decide what the other chooses. It will make for a more unified ceremony if you both make the same decision. And if you choose to go handwritten because one-half of you is really into the idea, you’re totally allowed to workshop your vows together to make sure you’re both feeling confident and comfortable when the big day comes. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you both get to do what feels best on your wedding day, and in the grand world of wedding planning, that usually entails working together and making compromises.  
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  • 01 Jan 2022
        For most people, the idea of striking a pose in front of a photographer, while also cuddled up to your beloved, is less than natural. The camera flash goes off and the best you can offer is a, "cheese!" and a smile. But, don't worry, this is why you hire a professional wedding photographer. With an experienced and talented creative by your side, you'll end up with wedding photos that you'll look back on fondly for years and generations to come.     From hiring the right person to knowing the exact shots you want to scouting out the best locations for your vision of a perfect portrait, here are tips to help you nail those shots.     Hire the right photographer for you   There are countless wedding photographers out there with different styles, personalities, and ways of working with couples. What's important for great wedding photos is hiring the right one for you. Before all else, consider the actual photography skills and whether you like a photographer's editing style—you won't love your photos if you don't like the style.       Get to know your wedding photographer   When there's a friend on the other side of the camera, that's when you capture some of the most authentic moments. So, set up a date or two with your photographer to not only discuss the wedding shoot and the workflow of the day, but to get to know each other as people. It's easier to let loose when you know that the person behind that fancy mirrorless camera also enjoys a margarita and tacos on a Tuesday night, just like you do.   Take engagement photos   An engagment session is your chance to have your makeup artist do a trial run to make sure you're camera ready, to see if you really like those presets you've seen on social media, and to understand the different angles that work for you when posing for a professional wedding photographer. Hey, you can even practice that first kiss a few times   Create a shot list   This could include everything from a shot of your wedding dress hanging in a dramatic window to one of the bridal party shooting off confetti to the first dance, cake cutting, or even a photoshoot with your dogs. Think of every wedding as my first wedding and spell it all out. If there's something that you absolutely want to see in your wedding photographs, make 100% sure it's on that shot list.  
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  •     For most people, the idea of striking a pose in front of a photographer, while also cuddled up to your beloved, is less than natural. The camera flash goes off and the best you can offer is a, "cheese!" and a smile. But, don't worry, this is why you hire a professional wedding photographer. With an experienced and talented creative by your side, you'll end up with wedding photos that you'll look back on fondly for years and generations to come.     From hiring the right person to knowing the exact shots you want to scouting out the best locations for your vision of a perfect portrait, here are tips to help you nail those shots.     Hire the right photographer for you   There are countless wedding photographers out there with different styles, personalities, and ways of working with couples. What's important for great wedding photos is hiring the right one for you. Before all else, consider the actual photography skills and whether you like a photographer's editing style—you won't love your photos if you don't like the style.       Get to know your wedding photographer   When there's a friend on the other side of the camera, that's when you capture some of the most authentic moments. So, set up a date or two with your photographer to not only discuss the wedding shoot and the workflow of the day, but to get to know each other as people. It's easier to let loose when you know that the person behind that fancy mirrorless camera also enjoys a margarita and tacos on a Tuesday night, just like you do.   Take engagement photos   An engagment session is your chance to have your makeup artist do a trial run to make sure you're camera ready, to see if you really like those presets you've seen on social media, and to understand the different angles that work for you when posing for a professional wedding photographer. Hey, you can even practice that first kiss a few times   Create a shot list   This could include everything from a shot of your wedding dress hanging in a dramatic window to one of the bridal party shooting off confetti to the first dance, cake cutting, or even a photoshoot with your dogs. Think of every wedding as my first wedding and spell it all out. If there's something that you absolutely want to see in your wedding photographs, make 100% sure it's on that shot list.  
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  • 14 Dec 2021
        If you’re just engaged, it can be super-tempting to immediately dive into wedding planning. After all, you probably started getting questions from well-meaning loved ones within seconds of announcing your engagement. Is hair and makeup team coming to you or are you going to a salon? What time is the bride’s hair and makeup scheduled to start? Do you plan on doing a first look? If so, do you know where would like that to happen? Do you have any spots in mind where you would like to do wedding party and bride and groom photos? How many people are in your wedding party? Do you have any “must-have” photographs?     It can be easy to feel the pressure to kick wedding planning into high gear within days (or even hours!). My advice? Wait. No matter how hard it may be, wait. Give yourself and your partner enough time to simply enjoy being engaged. You’ll be thankful, I promise. So, how long can you savor that "just engaged" feeling? And when should you start planning your wedding? Well, it all depends on your wedding planning timeframe.     The one conversation to have immediately…   While I don’t recommend starting to actively plan your wedding within seconds of being just engaged, I do think there’s one important conversation to have shortly after the ring is presented. Talk to your partner about if you want to have a long or a short engagement. There are indeed advantages to each, and the general engagement length you choose does have an impact in your planning timeline. You don’t have to have an extensive discussion with your partner or set your wedding date, but the estimated timeframe is a good one to chat about right away.       If your wedding is a year or more away...   The average couple is engaged for 13 months, and I think that’s a great timeframe if you can make it work. I recommend waiting about three weeks before jumping into wedding planning. This gives you time to revel in your engagement, but not too long so you don’t lose momentum. Once you’re ready to start planning, take it step by step—it’s not a good idea to try to plan your whole wedding at once. Start by coming up with a budget and an estimated wedding guest count, then begin researching venues at your own pace. Depending on where you’re marrying, it’s unlikely that many venues will be booked up just yet, so you're likely to have your pick of dates, venues, and vendors.   If your wedding is in less than a year...   There are lots of reasons why a timeline of less than a year might be right for you and your partner. Perhaps you got engaged in December and always dreamed of a fall wedding, but don’t want to wait nearly two years to wed. Or maybe you just don’t want to wait that long—totally fine! If you’re planning on going from “just engaged” to married in less than a year, I recommend waiting about two weeks before starting to think about the specifics of your wedding. You don’t even have to talk about your wedding for this timeframe, and just brush off any questions you may receive from family members or friends. This is your time to enjoy this blissful period, so feel free to ban that wedding talk until you’re good and ready.   The Wedding Planning Process: First Steps   Once you've had a chance to relax and revel in your post-engagement period, it's time to start wedding planning. Whether you have more than a year or just a few months to plan the big day, the process of how to plan a wedding pretty much looks the same. Here are the first steps of your wedding planning journey to help you get started.  Decide if you're having a destination wedding or a local wedding. You've probably heard that creating your budget is the first to-do on the wedding-planning checklist. Well, that's partially true. Your wedding's location has a major role to play in how much you'll spend—weddings in major cities tend to cost more than those in more rural areas, and destination weddings tend to host more than hometown events—so it's a good idea to figure out where you're getting married (general area, not specific venue yet) before setting your budget.    Set your wedding budget. Now that you've chosen your big day's location, check out the WeddingWire Cost Guide to see how much a wedding costs in your area. Then, talk to any stakeholders who are contributing financially to the wedding to come up with your total budget. Once you have that total amount, plug it into the WeddingWire Budget Tool to determine how much you can spend on different wedding-related products and services.    Choose your wedding style.  Rustic or classic? Glam or boho? Choosing a wedding style can help you narrow down venues, discuss wedding ideas with vendors, and create a big day that feels cohesive and uniquely yours.    Create an estimated guest list.  While you don't have to have a final guest count just yet, coming up with an estimate will help you select a venue that's just the right size. Talk to your and your partner's families to come up with the number of guests you'll invite.    Hire a wedding planner. A wedding planner may be an added expense, but it's one you won't regret. If you've decided to hire a full-service planner who will help you plan your big day from start to finish, now's the time to start the search. Once hired, your planner can help you pick a venue and book the rest of your vendor team.    Pick your wedding party.  Your maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, bridesmen, groomsladies, and other attendants have important roles to play on your wedding day—and now it's time to ask them to be part of your VIP crew.    Select a wedding venue and set the date.  Time to find your venue (or venues, if you're hosting your wedding ceremony and reception in separate locations). Check out the WeddingWire Venue Directory to read reviews, view photos, and learn more about venues in your area. Then, schedule tours of a few of your favorites before selecting your dream wedding venue! Once you've booked your venue, you've officially set the date for your big day.    Hire your wedding vendors.  Once you've chosen a venue and set your wedding date, it's time to build the rest of your vendor team. Here's a basic list of wedding vendors you'll want to research and book:    Wedding Planner (if you haven't booked one already) Caterer (if your venue doesn't offer in-house catering) Florist Officiant Photographer Videographer Wedding Cake Baker Wedding Band or DJ Ceremony Musicians Rentals Company Stationer Wedding Attire Retailer Hair and Makeup Pros  Transportation  
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  •     If you’re just engaged, it can be super-tempting to immediately dive into wedding planning. After all, you probably started getting questions from well-meaning loved ones within seconds of announcing your engagement. Is hair and makeup team coming to you or are you going to a salon? What time is the bride’s hair and makeup scheduled to start? Do you plan on doing a first look? If so, do you know where would like that to happen? Do you have any spots in mind where you would like to do wedding party and bride and groom photos? How many people are in your wedding party? Do you have any “must-have” photographs?     It can be easy to feel the pressure to kick wedding planning into high gear within days (or even hours!). My advice? Wait. No matter how hard it may be, wait. Give yourself and your partner enough time to simply enjoy being engaged. You’ll be thankful, I promise. So, how long can you savor that "just engaged" feeling? And when should you start planning your wedding? Well, it all depends on your wedding planning timeframe.     The one conversation to have immediately…   While I don’t recommend starting to actively plan your wedding within seconds of being just engaged, I do think there’s one important conversation to have shortly after the ring is presented. Talk to your partner about if you want to have a long or a short engagement. There are indeed advantages to each, and the general engagement length you choose does have an impact in your planning timeline. You don’t have to have an extensive discussion with your partner or set your wedding date, but the estimated timeframe is a good one to chat about right away.       If your wedding is a year or more away...   The average couple is engaged for 13 months, and I think that’s a great timeframe if you can make it work. I recommend waiting about three weeks before jumping into wedding planning. This gives you time to revel in your engagement, but not too long so you don’t lose momentum. Once you’re ready to start planning, take it step by step—it’s not a good idea to try to plan your whole wedding at once. Start by coming up with a budget and an estimated wedding guest count, then begin researching venues at your own pace. Depending on where you’re marrying, it’s unlikely that many venues will be booked up just yet, so you're likely to have your pick of dates, venues, and vendors.   If your wedding is in less than a year...   There are lots of reasons why a timeline of less than a year might be right for you and your partner. Perhaps you got engaged in December and always dreamed of a fall wedding, but don’t want to wait nearly two years to wed. Or maybe you just don’t want to wait that long—totally fine! If you’re planning on going from “just engaged” to married in less than a year, I recommend waiting about two weeks before starting to think about the specifics of your wedding. You don’t even have to talk about your wedding for this timeframe, and just brush off any questions you may receive from family members or friends. This is your time to enjoy this blissful period, so feel free to ban that wedding talk until you’re good and ready.   The Wedding Planning Process: First Steps   Once you've had a chance to relax and revel in your post-engagement period, it's time to start wedding planning. Whether you have more than a year or just a few months to plan the big day, the process of how to plan a wedding pretty much looks the same. Here are the first steps of your wedding planning journey to help you get started.  Decide if you're having a destination wedding or a local wedding. You've probably heard that creating your budget is the first to-do on the wedding-planning checklist. Well, that's partially true. Your wedding's location has a major role to play in how much you'll spend—weddings in major cities tend to cost more than those in more rural areas, and destination weddings tend to host more than hometown events—so it's a good idea to figure out where you're getting married (general area, not specific venue yet) before setting your budget.    Set your wedding budget. Now that you've chosen your big day's location, check out the WeddingWire Cost Guide to see how much a wedding costs in your area. Then, talk to any stakeholders who are contributing financially to the wedding to come up with your total budget. Once you have that total amount, plug it into the WeddingWire Budget Tool to determine how much you can spend on different wedding-related products and services.    Choose your wedding style.  Rustic or classic? Glam or boho? Choosing a wedding style can help you narrow down venues, discuss wedding ideas with vendors, and create a big day that feels cohesive and uniquely yours.    Create an estimated guest list.  While you don't have to have a final guest count just yet, coming up with an estimate will help you select a venue that's just the right size. Talk to your and your partner's families to come up with the number of guests you'll invite.    Hire a wedding planner. A wedding planner may be an added expense, but it's one you won't regret. If you've decided to hire a full-service planner who will help you plan your big day from start to finish, now's the time to start the search. Once hired, your planner can help you pick a venue and book the rest of your vendor team.    Pick your wedding party.  Your maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, bridesmen, groomsladies, and other attendants have important roles to play on your wedding day—and now it's time to ask them to be part of your VIP crew.    Select a wedding venue and set the date.  Time to find your venue (or venues, if you're hosting your wedding ceremony and reception in separate locations). Check out the WeddingWire Venue Directory to read reviews, view photos, and learn more about venues in your area. Then, schedule tours of a few of your favorites before selecting your dream wedding venue! Once you've booked your venue, you've officially set the date for your big day.    Hire your wedding vendors.  Once you've chosen a venue and set your wedding date, it's time to build the rest of your vendor team. Here's a basic list of wedding vendors you'll want to research and book:    Wedding Planner (if you haven't booked one already) Caterer (if your venue doesn't offer in-house catering) Florist Officiant Photographer Videographer Wedding Cake Baker Wedding Band or DJ Ceremony Musicians Rentals Company Stationer Wedding Attire Retailer Hair and Makeup Pros  Transportation  
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  • 13 Dec 2021
        Congratulations! In order to take your relationship to the next level, you'll be faced with two key tasks: buying a ring and picking a proposal date. Both are equally important, and their timelines are actually woven together. Regardless of whether you have a specific proposal date in mind yet, you might be curious to know the best time to buy an engagement ring. When you need to buy the engagement ring depends on a number of factors, including the kind of sparkler you want (like a pre-designed ring or a bespoke piece), your proposal plan, and the specific retailer you'd like to work with. So, to help determine the best time to buy an engagement ring, we tapped two jewelry industry experts to reveal everything you need to know about planning your ring purchase before you start shopping.     When is the Best Time to Buy an Engagement Ring?   There is no right time. The timing for buying an engagement ring depends on the couple. There is no right or wrong time to start shopping or to purchase because the timeline of finding your dream engagement ring is different for everyone. While the jewelry industry doesn't necessarily have a prime purchasing season, engagement ring shopping can be affected by the holidays. If you have a strict price point and are looking to get an engagement ring for a discount, you might consider shopping during the holiday season. While retailers don't often offer major discounts on high-quality diamonds, Black Friday and Cyber Monday jewelry sales are definitely a thing. So, while you might not find largely discounted diamond prices as you would for clothing or home appliances, you can certainly get great perks like expedited shipping, free high-quality gifts with your purchase, or discounts on additional factors of the ring style, like the setting.   But, even though this time of year can sometimes offer better prices, it is significantly busier for jewelry stores and private sellers. "If you're not planning on a holiday proposal, waiting until after the new year can be wise instead of getting started in November or December when jewelers are busy and inventory might be more limited, with longer lead times," says Boston-based private jeweler Hannah Florman. "The holiday season from October through New Years' is incredibly busy because clients are also competing for attention with those designing fine jewelry as gifts." So, while shopping during the holiday rush can deliver great prices, it can also take longer to get the perfect ring. And if you're envisioning a Christmas Eve or New Years' proposal, it's better to start the process earlier.   Another consideration to keep in mind is that the jewelry industry is still recovering from supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, which can increase the time it takes to deliver your ring. "The reality is that the jewelry industry is experiencing longer lead times for materials—even the traditionally 'accessible' ones, which translates to higher cost of goods for the consumer and longer wait times," Florman explains. That's not to say you need to start shopping months in advance, though. Many retailers and jewelers are equipped to deliver your ring as soon as possible—this is simply helpful to know for your own planning purposes. Because, when it comes down to it, the best time to buy an engagement ring depends on when you actually want to pop the question.       Buying an Engagement Ring, Based on a Proposal Date   With this knowledge in mind, experts recommend using your proposal date as a guide for deciding the best time of the year to buy your engagement ring. It'll be helpful for your jeweler to have a general idea of when you want to get engaged, like if you're envisioning a Valentine's Day proposal or if the moment will happen on a planned summer vacation.   According to The Knot 2021 Jewelry and Engagement Study, which surveyed over 5,000 couples who got engaged in 2021, 16% of proposers started looking at rings 3-4 months before the proposal. Of course, this timing is highly subjective based on your plans. We found that 14% of proposers started researching rings a year in advance, while an additional 15% started their search 5-6 months before the date.   When it comes to choosing when to buy the ring, it's crucial to know if you'd prefer a pre-designed style or if you'd rather go the custom route, as these have different production timelines. Because of this, it can be beneficial to give yourself plenty of lead time when shopping for the ring. "For all rings currently listed on our website, our customers can plan on receiving their rings three to four weeks after placing their order," Searle explains, noting that custom pieces tend to have a longer turnaround time.   While there isn't a steadfast formula to follow when picking the best time to buy an engagement ring, here's the bottom line: Aim to buy a pre-designed ring at least one month before your intended proposal date, while two months minimum should be allotted for custom diamond jewelry. Our study found that, for 32% of couples, the entire ring selection process (from start to finish) took 1-2 months, while it was a 3-4 month experience for 29% of respondents. Note that specific timing details will vary among retailers, so it's always best to check shipping timelines on the store's website or make an appointment with an experienced gemologist.   Ultimately, it'll never hurt to give yourself plenty of lead time. "Having time on your side will always feel like a great asset when you're talking about such a significant financial investment," Florman says. "The timeline of your engagement ring design will depend on your level of clarity and communication of needs and preferences along the way. Trust in the experts and you'll get a beautiful ring just in time."  
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  •     Congratulations! In order to take your relationship to the next level, you'll be faced with two key tasks: buying a ring and picking a proposal date. Both are equally important, and their timelines are actually woven together. Regardless of whether you have a specific proposal date in mind yet, you might be curious to know the best time to buy an engagement ring. When you need to buy the engagement ring depends on a number of factors, including the kind of sparkler you want (like a pre-designed ring or a bespoke piece), your proposal plan, and the specific retailer you'd like to work with. So, to help determine the best time to buy an engagement ring, we tapped two jewelry industry experts to reveal everything you need to know about planning your ring purchase before you start shopping.     When is the Best Time to Buy an Engagement Ring?   There is no right time. The timing for buying an engagement ring depends on the couple. There is no right or wrong time to start shopping or to purchase because the timeline of finding your dream engagement ring is different for everyone. While the jewelry industry doesn't necessarily have a prime purchasing season, engagement ring shopping can be affected by the holidays. If you have a strict price point and are looking to get an engagement ring for a discount, you might consider shopping during the holiday season. While retailers don't often offer major discounts on high-quality diamonds, Black Friday and Cyber Monday jewelry sales are definitely a thing. So, while you might not find largely discounted diamond prices as you would for clothing or home appliances, you can certainly get great perks like expedited shipping, free high-quality gifts with your purchase, or discounts on additional factors of the ring style, like the setting.   But, even though this time of year can sometimes offer better prices, it is significantly busier for jewelry stores and private sellers. "If you're not planning on a holiday proposal, waiting until after the new year can be wise instead of getting started in November or December when jewelers are busy and inventory might be more limited, with longer lead times," says Boston-based private jeweler Hannah Florman. "The holiday season from October through New Years' is incredibly busy because clients are also competing for attention with those designing fine jewelry as gifts." So, while shopping during the holiday rush can deliver great prices, it can also take longer to get the perfect ring. And if you're envisioning a Christmas Eve or New Years' proposal, it's better to start the process earlier.   Another consideration to keep in mind is that the jewelry industry is still recovering from supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, which can increase the time it takes to deliver your ring. "The reality is that the jewelry industry is experiencing longer lead times for materials—even the traditionally 'accessible' ones, which translates to higher cost of goods for the consumer and longer wait times," Florman explains. That's not to say you need to start shopping months in advance, though. Many retailers and jewelers are equipped to deliver your ring as soon as possible—this is simply helpful to know for your own planning purposes. Because, when it comes down to it, the best time to buy an engagement ring depends on when you actually want to pop the question.       Buying an Engagement Ring, Based on a Proposal Date   With this knowledge in mind, experts recommend using your proposal date as a guide for deciding the best time of the year to buy your engagement ring. It'll be helpful for your jeweler to have a general idea of when you want to get engaged, like if you're envisioning a Valentine's Day proposal or if the moment will happen on a planned summer vacation.   According to The Knot 2021 Jewelry and Engagement Study, which surveyed over 5,000 couples who got engaged in 2021, 16% of proposers started looking at rings 3-4 months before the proposal. Of course, this timing is highly subjective based on your plans. We found that 14% of proposers started researching rings a year in advance, while an additional 15% started their search 5-6 months before the date.   When it comes to choosing when to buy the ring, it's crucial to know if you'd prefer a pre-designed style or if you'd rather go the custom route, as these have different production timelines. Because of this, it can be beneficial to give yourself plenty of lead time when shopping for the ring. "For all rings currently listed on our website, our customers can plan on receiving their rings three to four weeks after placing their order," Searle explains, noting that custom pieces tend to have a longer turnaround time.   While there isn't a steadfast formula to follow when picking the best time to buy an engagement ring, here's the bottom line: Aim to buy a pre-designed ring at least one month before your intended proposal date, while two months minimum should be allotted for custom diamond jewelry. Our study found that, for 32% of couples, the entire ring selection process (from start to finish) took 1-2 months, while it was a 3-4 month experience for 29% of respondents. Note that specific timing details will vary among retailers, so it's always best to check shipping timelines on the store's website or make an appointment with an experienced gemologist.   Ultimately, it'll never hurt to give yourself plenty of lead time. "Having time on your side will always feel like a great asset when you're talking about such a significant financial investment," Florman says. "The timeline of your engagement ring design will depend on your level of clarity and communication of needs and preferences along the way. Trust in the experts and you'll get a beautiful ring just in time."  
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  • 11 Dec 2021
        Lifestyle photography sessions are designed to depict a day in your life doing what you enjoy with the ones you love. Whether you’re going on an adventure or telling a story of a day at home, a photography session like this is sure to be full of emotion and fun.  The greatest part about these sessions is that they are unique to you.  The key to planning your session is to incorporate activities which encourage ways to interact.     Have Activities Planned Out   Below is a list of some example Activities for your session.  Choose activities that feel genuine to you. you can be as laid back or adventurous as your heart desires.  If you’re feeling super adventurous, use this photo opportunity to learn something new!     • Always wear clothing you feel comfortable & confident in.         • Coordinate clothing with others.  Think same tones and complimentary colors.         • Avoid busy patterns.  These can be distracting in photos.             • Think Neutral  tones,  Vibrant colors reflect lighting and can mess up skin tones in photographs.         • Whites and pastels photograph beautifully | STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR NEWBORNS • Cuddles in bed look awkward in a suit and tie!   What to Wear?   Dress for the occasion… We will be shooting your session in your home or out and about in nature or your favorite spots to frequent.  You can dress as casually or formal as you desire just make sure it blends with your location choices. Mostly just wear something you feel AMAZING in!     Take Time to Get Dressed and Feel Awesome   Moms listen… Life is hard when you have a little one.  We know by experience! You hardly have time to get your kids up in time for school much less get dressed yourself. Who even FEELS like it right? But for the shoot, you deserve it. Start your morning correctly and take an hour for yourself prep and get your energy up.  This is a professional family session. You paid for someone to come into your home and take photos of your little family. You owe it to yourself to get ready and feel good about yourself before we show up.  Put daddy in charge that morning to get the kids fed and dressed and take time for yourself.  Taking the time to get ready will make you feel awesome will put you in gear to take on the world, I promise. If you are hiring a photographer to only take photos of your kids, get ready anyways. I PROMISE you, you’ll want a few photos with them after you see how much fun they are having.     Relax, Smile, and Have Fun    My interest as a photographer is to capture the beauty that is your family being yourselves. This is for you parents! A photographer is coming into your home to photograph your family.  Not to get a dozen formal portraits. The goal in these sessions is to remember your family as they are.  Parents often have a tendency to want the perfect little portrait of their family and we will try to get one or two,  but we don't want you to feels overwhelmed when your little one doesn’t sit still and act like a perfect little gentleman.   Lets be real, kids NEVER sit still for long in real life anyways? Let your kids be kids. If they like to run around and scream at the top of their lungs for no reason.. let them. This is your family.  EMBRACE it. Concentrate your energy to smiling and laughing for the camera. Look at your kids, play with them, run around with them, ENJOY THEM.    Relax… Don’t worry about the photographer. I love to run around after your kids. Your kids will have a better time at the session if you run around WITH THEM and you grab them and tickle them rather than telling them to STOP IT and come sit down.    So laugh it out, run around and keep that smile on your face. Just have fun! This is a documentary of your life as parents so embrace your sometimes-out-of-control children and your hectic life and let the photographer show you how beautiful it truly is looking in from the outside. Music…Turn on the tunes! Whether it be Mozart, Katy Perry, Young Jezzy, or Disney songs, whatever helps your household feel "normal" is what we should be listening to during our session.   Know what makes your child giggle… If your session involves a baby or child that is 9 months or older, it is really helpful to me if you know what makes your little one laugh. Spend some time before the session thinking through things that you do as a family that get the best giggles; and keep those tricks up your sleeve just in case. In many cases, we don’t need these tricks, but sometimes we do. So, whether it is a favorite song on Pandora, a silly noise daddy makes or words in a favorite book, plan to have these things ready just in case we need them.   Be yourself! Embrace the short attention spans, grass stains, and dogs licking your face mid-frame. These portraits are not about everyone sitting up tall and nailing the perfect smile at the camera, they’re about your silly awesome life.  Let the kids be kids and their personalities will shine through the photograph.  Years from now, these images will bring the biggest smile to your face, for real! We promise.     Cleaning Up the House   -Clean up- just a little by De-cluttering the shooting space.  These rooms don’t need to be magazine worthy. I don’t want you to go out and buy all new furniture for our session, but I do want those bright spaces to be the best version of your house.   -Pale neutrals and whites really help to accentuate natural light – dark and bold colors will tint the light and leave color casts on you in camera. Consider swapping colored bedding and curtains for whites or paler colors/neutrals. (Totally up to you, not necessary)    
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  •     Lifestyle photography sessions are designed to depict a day in your life doing what you enjoy with the ones you love. Whether you’re going on an adventure or telling a story of a day at home, a photography session like this is sure to be full of emotion and fun.  The greatest part about these sessions is that they are unique to you.  The key to planning your session is to incorporate activities which encourage ways to interact.     Have Activities Planned Out   Below is a list of some example Activities for your session.  Choose activities that feel genuine to you. you can be as laid back or adventurous as your heart desires.  If you’re feeling super adventurous, use this photo opportunity to learn something new!     • Always wear clothing you feel comfortable & confident in.         • Coordinate clothing with others.  Think same tones and complimentary colors.         • Avoid busy patterns.  These can be distracting in photos.             • Think Neutral  tones,  Vibrant colors reflect lighting and can mess up skin tones in photographs.         • Whites and pastels photograph beautifully | STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR NEWBORNS • Cuddles in bed look awkward in a suit and tie!   What to Wear?   Dress for the occasion… We will be shooting your session in your home or out and about in nature or your favorite spots to frequent.  You can dress as casually or formal as you desire just make sure it blends with your location choices. Mostly just wear something you feel AMAZING in!     Take Time to Get Dressed and Feel Awesome   Moms listen… Life is hard when you have a little one.  We know by experience! You hardly have time to get your kids up in time for school much less get dressed yourself. Who even FEELS like it right? But for the shoot, you deserve it. Start your morning correctly and take an hour for yourself prep and get your energy up.  This is a professional family session. You paid for someone to come into your home and take photos of your little family. You owe it to yourself to get ready and feel good about yourself before we show up.  Put daddy in charge that morning to get the kids fed and dressed and take time for yourself.  Taking the time to get ready will make you feel awesome will put you in gear to take on the world, I promise. If you are hiring a photographer to only take photos of your kids, get ready anyways. I PROMISE you, you’ll want a few photos with them after you see how much fun they are having.     Relax, Smile, and Have Fun    My interest as a photographer is to capture the beauty that is your family being yourselves. This is for you parents! A photographer is coming into your home to photograph your family.  Not to get a dozen formal portraits. The goal in these sessions is to remember your family as they are.  Parents often have a tendency to want the perfect little portrait of their family and we will try to get one or two,  but we don't want you to feels overwhelmed when your little one doesn’t sit still and act like a perfect little gentleman.   Lets be real, kids NEVER sit still for long in real life anyways? Let your kids be kids. If they like to run around and scream at the top of their lungs for no reason.. let them. This is your family.  EMBRACE it. Concentrate your energy to smiling and laughing for the camera. Look at your kids, play with them, run around with them, ENJOY THEM.    Relax… Don’t worry about the photographer. I love to run around after your kids. Your kids will have a better time at the session if you run around WITH THEM and you grab them and tickle them rather than telling them to STOP IT and come sit down.    So laugh it out, run around and keep that smile on your face. Just have fun! This is a documentary of your life as parents so embrace your sometimes-out-of-control children and your hectic life and let the photographer show you how beautiful it truly is looking in from the outside. Music…Turn on the tunes! Whether it be Mozart, Katy Perry, Young Jezzy, or Disney songs, whatever helps your household feel "normal" is what we should be listening to during our session.   Know what makes your child giggle… If your session involves a baby or child that is 9 months or older, it is really helpful to me if you know what makes your little one laugh. Spend some time before the session thinking through things that you do as a family that get the best giggles; and keep those tricks up your sleeve just in case. In many cases, we don’t need these tricks, but sometimes we do. So, whether it is a favorite song on Pandora, a silly noise daddy makes or words in a favorite book, plan to have these things ready just in case we need them.   Be yourself! Embrace the short attention spans, grass stains, and dogs licking your face mid-frame. These portraits are not about everyone sitting up tall and nailing the perfect smile at the camera, they’re about your silly awesome life.  Let the kids be kids and their personalities will shine through the photograph.  Years from now, these images will bring the biggest smile to your face, for real! We promise.     Cleaning Up the House   -Clean up- just a little by De-cluttering the shooting space.  These rooms don’t need to be magazine worthy. I don’t want you to go out and buy all new furniture for our session, but I do want those bright spaces to be the best version of your house.   -Pale neutrals and whites really help to accentuate natural light – dark and bold colors will tint the light and leave color casts on you in camera. Consider swapping colored bedding and curtains for whites or paler colors/neutrals. (Totally up to you, not necessary)    
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  •     Cocktail hour is an essential part of your wedding day as it gives your photographer time to capture shots of the couple and their wedding party. But if you're nervous about guests feeling bored while they wait for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance, there are fun activities you can plan for them while they wait-especially if you're heading off-site for more than an hour. A full bar and great appetizers are sure to please your friends and family, but the addition of games and activities will surely make you the best host ever. Here, we share eight great ways to keep your guests occupied while you're off taking photos.   Lawn Games Lawn Games Encourage guests to mingle with each other during outdoor cocktail hour. Go beyond the quintessential corn hole and do a series of lawn games so more guests can participate. I suggest Bocce Ball, Giant Jenga, or [create] a customized crossword puzzle about [you and your future spouse].   Mix It UpUpgrading your bar selection is sure to be a hit with your guests. Hiring a mixologist can offer up new cocktails while also teaching your guests about craft drinks-as well as history behind drinks special to your location. Interacting with your guests, while educating them about their favorite drink is a sure fire way to keep your guests engaged during the cocktail hour.   Get Crafty Make your cocktail hour activity a little more permanent by establishing a fabric station where guests can write well wishes on squares to be included in a quilt that you'll cherish throughout your marriage. The options of crafting during cocktail hour are as endless as your creativity.   Read All About It In lieu of traditional programs, create a custom newspaper of the story of the both of you as a couple. Not only is it informative, but also a way to show the connections that the couple [has] to each attendant.  
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  •       I love Detroit, I really thing the whole city give a variety of different locations for people engagement photos. From Classic to casual there are so many hidden gems to find. These locations are some popular locations my couples love getting their photos taken at. Belle Isle Conservancy : Belle Isle is a great place for stunning dreamy greenhouse engagement photos from the fountain to The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory. This is such a classic and elegant spot. You do need a permit to have your engagement session here, Your engagement photographer should be able to acquire it for you.     The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum: I love The Detroit Institute of Arts, the back steps are really the showstopper. This is a popular spot so be aware you may have to wait your turn if others are there using them . You can only be outside, you cannot have your session inside the museum. The entire grounds are breathtaking so you are going to have a beautiful session here.   The Belt-Library Street Collective: such a hot spot and so cool if you have never been there before. Its a great little artist alley around Library St. Know that if you go on a Saturday around sunset tables come out as the alley is the outdoor dining patio for a handful of restaurants in the Alley. Weekdays or Sundays are the best.       Bloomfield Hills Engagement Session Locations: Bloomfield Hills is the location of the National Historic LandmarkCranbrook Educational Community and other historic sites listed on the national register of historic places.   Cranbrook House and Garden: Incredible vistas at every turn, the relaxing melody of water streaming out of several iconic fountains, the comforting smell of flowers in one of the many remarkable gardens, the feeling of history and architectural wonder all around you…just a taste of what awaits at Cranbrook House and Gardens, located at the heart of the Cranbrook Educational Community, a National Historic Landmark   Ann Arbor Engagement Session Locations: Ann Arbor is such an amazing college town. There is so much to explore and take photos of, it could be manicured parks, to the grungy downtown look you want for your photos,. This place has it all, this is only a few of the hidden gems that is in Ann Arbor. There is so much to explore. Delhi Metropark: Nestled in a quiet bend of the Huron River, Delhi Metropark offers natural beauty to enjoy. You’ll find mature stands of oak trees, open lawns and well-maintained ecosystems along the water that herons, turtles and deer call home. Come relax in the fresh air with family and friends under our picnic shelter or give kids the space to explore on our playground. Start a bike ride from the park or explore the river by canoe or kayak.    
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  •     1. Make a Surprise Entrance Bride or groom, who doesn't love a grand entrance? Viral clips of bridal parties dancing up the aisle are everywhere, so look to transport instead. It's lovely to be picked up and chauffeured to your reception, but this actually offers the perfect opportunity to surprise your wedding guests before they've even laid eyes on your outfit. Decorated trailers, wagons, horseback, bicycles, a fire truck, a motorbike with a sidecar, a tractor, a vintage double-decker bus or a vintage VW camper van ... if it's fun and you have access to it, then arrive with a bang! Everyone can pile back into the ceremony space when they've finished cheering!   2. Take Song Requests No we don't mean everybody stands in line at the DJ box (even though that tends to happen anyway!). Taking a song request from your guests can be done in advance and then seamlessly woven into the wedding band or DJ's set. Simply, add a line on the RSVP where guests can fill in their song choice and watch their face light up when it starts to play!   3. Make Wedding Welcome Bags The people you love can often travel long distances to be there on your wedding day, so what better way to surprise your VIP guests and also show them you appreciate their effort than by placing wedding welcome bags in their rooms. Add an extra special touch by choosing locally made or sourced items to the selection, and a handwritten welcome note. F   4. Silent Cocktail Menu Add intrigue to your day with a silent cocktail menu, which is also a great way to give a personal nod to your guests. How does a silent cocktail menu work you ask? Simply assign a special signature cocktail to each table, and place a card with a note of explanation as part of the table setting (like the one pictured above that says: "Secret squad surprise. Say table 11 at the bar for a luxury libation") so that your guests know something special awaits them.    5. Plant Table Games Placing games on each table is not only fun, but are a great way to loosen up the crowd, or act as icebreakers for guests who don't know each other. Create a themed trivia quiz, or print out Dingbats - visual word puzzles of famous sayings - for people to guess. Alternatively, you could play Irish Wedding Bingo (more on that, as well as a handy prinatable here!). One table game that's growing in popularity at weddings is the After Eight Challenge before the speeches. How does it work? Take an After Eight chocolate, place it on your forehead and attempt to get it into your mouth, without using your hands! Let's just say the photographs of this will be some of the funniest of the whole day. Make sure to have a little cup or token for the winner - they'll deserve it!   6. Get Creative With your Guest Book Your guest book is one of the mementos you'll keep for years after the wedding, but it doesn't have to just be a decor focal point, as it can actually be a fun way to surprise your guests!  Make sure to leave signage instructing your guests what to do, and ask someone in the bridal party to remind guests to sign, so it's full by the end of the day.   7. Get Creative With Speeches When it comes to your wedding speeches don't be afraid to rip up the rule book. Sure you can have the usual suspects stand up to say a few prepared words, but why not open up the floor to other guests. An unexpected open mic session could result is some hilarious anecdotes being shared, and maybe even a few (happy) tears being shed. Needless to say, you don't have to stick rigidly to the traditional time or place for speeches either. Why not gather everyone outside if the weather is good, to say a few words before setting off some fireworks? Or even break up the speeches with unexpected entertainment! More on that below.     8. Create a Spot for R&R While it might be high energy and shenanigans everywhere else, having somewhere quiet and comfortable to chill out can also be a nice surprise for guests. Creating a quiet room, or a space away from the dance floor, is great for older guests, those with social anxiety or sensory issues, or guests who are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can add cosy blankets if it's outdoors, or if it's indoors create a setting with low, ambient lighting, plenty of cushions and lay out some traditional board games or books as alternative activities.   9. Surprise Entertainment These days couples are thinking beyond the band, and adding to their live wedding entertainment line up with less conventional acts like magicians, drag performers, mixologists, fire breathers, Celtic drummers and more. Check out our favourite unique wedding entertainment ideas to truly add the wow factor to your celebration and impress your guests, whatever their tastes, and yours, may be!     by JESSICA O'SULLIVAN
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  • I DID NOT take this photo nor do I own the rights to this photo     In today's technology-obsessed culture, stealing several hours of gadget-free time for an unplugged wedding ceremony should be a gift to your guests. But, prying Instagram-obsessed friends away from their devices may pose a #problem for some. The gadget-free wedding trend certainly isn't for everyone, but for couples wishing to take the plunge, how exactly do you go about enforcing a no cell phone policy without taking the fun out of the affair?   What Is an Unplugged Wedding Ceremony?  An unplugged wedding ceremony is a ceremony in which the couple requests that guests put away cell phones, cameras, and any other devices in order for them to be present in the moment.   I have had the pleasure of covering over 15 unplugged weddings and I have to say its very special for family and friends to sit back and enjoy the moment instead of worrying about posting photos and videos online. Not to mention the bride and groom don't have to worry about unflattering photos leaking, or not being the first to share their special day.     When guests aren't fixated on texting or capturing the money shot of the bride walking down the aisle, the event immediately grows in intimacy. "For the couple, it focuses the entire energy of the whole ceremony onto what's actually happening and that sacred moment of the actual wedding," says van Son, which is, you know, the reason your nearest and dearest have gathered together in the first place.   Eliminating phones and cameras is also a blessing from a photographer's perspective. "It gives us clear shots, which is awesome," adds van Son. "We don't have to struggle to find an angle and it's a more visually appealing look than phones in the air." Because no couple should have extended limbs obstructing their professional pics. And, let's be honest—of the snippets from each guests' unwarranted photoshoots, one or two might make it to Facebook or Instagram, while the rest will merely live on their phones, out of sight, for all eternity.   Know that, with this fad, you're not obligated to restrict technology for the entirecelebration (unless you're so inclined). As long as guests remain respectful of the photographer at the reception (van Son cites stories of iPad-armed relatives blocking her first dance shots), there's no reason why everyone can't resume their normal phone activities after the ceremony. After all, that wedding hashtag content won't create itself.   First things first—send out a heads-up before the wedding...and then a few more. "If you're going to do it, make it clear in advance, and also repeat it," advises van Son. "Saying it another couple of times somehow helps." Spread the word through your save the dates, wedding website, and/or day-of ceremony program for one final reminder. However, van Son warns that some guests may think that they're exempt from the no-phone rule (i.e. the groom's aunt who simply MUST get a photo from the aisle). Signs spaced throughout the venue can easily help spread the word, but they have become a bit commonplace, meaning attendees may not acknowledge them. For a more effective method, have your wedding officiant gently mention it during his/her welcome speech. "They're an authority figure, so people tend to listen to that," she says.   If you prefer a more hands-on method of separating your guests from their phones, try providing a cell phone storage station or baskets where attendees can individually tag and stow their devices safely, labeling the space with a quirky sign stating, "Hold the Phone!" or "Call It a Day!". Above all, make sure your guests don't feel compelled to fork over their phones if the device is truly necessary (say, for urgent business matters or a family emergency), and refrain from jumping into punishment mode if a guest sneaks a selfie or two. Ultimately, banning phone and camera use at wedding ceremonies fosters a stronger bond between newlyweds and their guests. "I think our culture has gone to a place where everything is so instant and connected, to a point where we're not connected," says van Son. "It's nice to slow down." Two thumbs up for this refreshing movement.       source   Tyler Atwood and Blair Donovan              
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  •     There will be more weddings in the United States in 2022 than any other year since 1984, according to a new survey by The Knot. The wedding planning site estimates that some 2.6 million weddings will take place this year, a boom that follows a record number of cancellations, postponements, elopements–and lots of Zoom nuptials–during the past two years. “Weddings are, without a doubt, back to pre-pandemic levels,” says Hannah Nowack, Real Weddings editor at The Knot.     While some couples will certainly continue to host small, intimate micro-weddings and minimonies, wedding vendors, venues and planners note a return to traditional ceremonies with larger guest lists. In the second half of 2021, The Knot saw the average guest count climb up to 110. In 2022, the average number of guests is projected to be 129, which is in line with pre-pandemic numbers, when the average was 131. “After so many months of planning, and time spent away from loved ones, these couples are eager to reunite and celebrate with a blowout bash,” says Nowack.    Jennifer McNicholl got engaged in December of 2020, before the nationwide rollout of the first Covid-19 vaccines, but immediately knew she would still opt for a big, traditional Long Island wedding. “I planned a big traditional wedding right from the start,” says McNicholl. “I didn’t hesitate because by 2022 the vendors and I were confident that we wouldn’t be in a state of emergency.” Last week she sent out invitations to all 250 guests for her July 2022 wedding. Couples are also ready to once again shell out more green for their white wedding. The Knot found that, on average, couples spent $28,000 on their ceremony and reception, back in line with 2019 levels. And for the sixth year in a row, October will be the most popular month (17% of all weddings), with October 22, 2022, being the most sought-after booking date. Other trends include the rise of domestic destination weddings and weddings as multi-day events, which hotel venues are ready to capitalize on. Venues and hotels are now adjusting to the return of the big wedding, while still answering to the bride who craves an intimate gathering.   “Big ‘traditional’ weddings will never go away . . . but intimate, smaller weddings are also here to stay,” says Vasso Power, director of catering at The Gwen, a hotel located in the former McGraw-Hill building in downtown Chicago. Two years into the pandemic, The Gwen reports that 65% of all wedding inquiries are for smaller affairs and micro-weddings. “Requests for 20- to 30-person weddings at The Gwen have increased tremendously and we receive inquiries daily,” says Power. “The most popular package is the non-package,” she continues. “In essence, it’s all about customizing the experience to reflect the couple’s style. With smaller weddings, there is more of an opportunity for the culinary team to play with flavors and cuisine that is meaningful to the couple.” Value-focused planning is another big priority for the newly engaged, especially for Millennial and Gen-Z couples. “Instead of simply seeing their nuptials as a fun celebration, they're also finding ways for the big day to leave a positive, lasting impact,” says Nowack. In addition to dealing with supply chain issues, brides are more mindful about wedding wastefulness and the pandemic’s long-lasting effect on small businesses, new brides are supporting the local economy and environment whenever possible. As a result, hiring local vendors, relying on seasonal flowers and produce are becoming central to the wedding planning process. Domestic destination weddings are especially popular post-pandemic, according to Nowack. “With the uncertainty couples may feel when it comes to international travel regulations, we're seeing some to-be-weds opting for U.S.-based destinations that remind them of international spots,” says Nowack. Marcy Cline, a hair colorist in New York City, is maid of honor to a couple getting married in Miami next month at The Villa Woodbine, a venue designed by Walter de Garmo, famous for his Mediterranean-Renaissance style. “They’re expecting more than 100, and people are flying in from out of the country,” she says. The bride and groom also don’t have any safety measures in place, and have been pretty easygoing about planning—up until the weeks leading up to their Jack-and-Jill wedding shower in January, right after the omicron spike during the holidays. “Finally, they were pretty nervous,” says Cline, “but their wedding will go on as planned.” In 2021, The Knot found that 85% of couples enforced at least one health and safety measure, with three on average. Affianced couples in 2021 were able to plan without any delays due to vaccines, eased restrictions and a rise in available testing. But like McNicholl, many 2022 brides are altogether ditching the norms that the brides of 2020 and 2021 had to enforce. “There are no masks, no restrictions at all,” says McNicholl. “I'm paying thousands of dollars to my photographers, and I want to see the emotions and happiness.”       written by Tanya Klich     
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  •       Three hundred and sixty-five days—and counting! The first year of marriage is in the books, which means it's time to celebrate. Any couple who tied the knot in the midst of a global pandemic deserves an epic first anniversary celebration (and a seriously thoughtful one-year anniversary gift too). Whether you're shopping for your spouse or your favorite newlyweds, we've raised the bar when it comes to finding the best presents for this amazing milestone. From sentimental keepsakes to cool, practical presents, there's something on our list to suit every spouse and every couple. But before we get started, find out everything you need to know about the traditional and modern first-year anniversary gifts below. (Hint: This year is also known as the paper anniversary.)Decided to go down the traditional route? There are so many creative ways to honor the paper anniversary (aside from writing a sweet card, of course). We've found some of the coolest paper anniversary gifts you've probably never thought of before, from origami earrings to book subscriptions. Ready to get started? Find the perfect first anniversary gift for your husband, wife or the happy couple right here.           Thoughtful Photo Book     As far as paper gifts for your first anniversary go, a custom photo book is one of the most sentimental. Fill it with snapshots looking back on your first year together, starting from the day you each said "I do." This timeless photo album comes with a linen cover protected by a full or partial dust jacket showcasing an extra-special memory (one of your favorite wedding photos, maybe?). ORDER NOW       Wedding Invitation Cuff Links     Here's another unique paper accessory you might not have seen coming. These special cuff links are personalized with little pieces of your wedding invitations. Durable and designed to last, your S.O. can truly wear their heart on their sleeve in the form of this romantic present.       Letterpress Wedding Vows       Why not have your wedding vows elegantly printed on luxe paper? Not only is this a lovely reminder of your wedding day, but of the promises you both made. Print them out yourself or leave it to a professional; this letterpressed option is totally wall-worthy.       Fun Adventure Journal     You've probably had your fair share of date nights after a year of marriage, so it's totally normal if you're starting to run out of ideas. If that's the case, this bestselling book is the solution. The pages come printed with surprise, scratch-off activities for you two to do together, from blindfolded baking to recreating your grandparents' first date. To help hold onto every memory, you can also upgrade to a gift set that comes with an instant camera.    
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  •     It’s no secret that social media changes how we approach different life events. Everything from birthdays, to holidays, to natural disasters, to new box-office hits can be documented by a hashtag, and the conversation is open to everyone. This is especially true when it comes to wedding hashtags. Couples usually come up with a hashtag shortly after they become engaged and document the engagement, wedding planning, and actual wedding with their hashtag. Besides being a great organizational tool, hashtags also engage your friends, family, and guests who are unable to attend your wedding.           How to create an original hashtag?   Choosing the right hashtag is extremely important. You do not want to merge your hashtag with someone else’s, and you also want to make it easy for friends to avoid spelling errors. The traditional approach to finding a hashtag is putting a spin on last names. There are a few wedding hashtag generators out there that can help you come up with an original one.I like Shutterfly’s Hashtag Generator which is free, and also has a search option to check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. WeddingMix also has a free hashtag generator that allows you to customize based off your style. Choose from “Classic,” “Fun,” and “Offbeat” to get the right vibe for your wedding. Finally, if you’re hitting walls coming up with the perfect wedding hashtag, Mister Write offers personal services for crafting your hashtag. Note: this is also a great resource if you’re looking for customized vows, speech writing, and even proposal ideas!If you’re a crafty wordsmith you can look to movie titles, song lyrics, band names, and don’t be afraid to get punny with it. You want something that people will remember and that sets your wedding story apart.       Found a great hashtag, now what?   Now that the hard part is accomplished, it’s time to put that hashtag to work! Think of your hashtag as a photo album for your wedding: what you ate for lunch on the day you went dress shopping is a fun detail to include, but not every delicious meal you share on Instagram belongs in that hashtag category. Share things like addressing invitations, attending bridal showers, and meeting with your planner. It will be fun for you to look back on all the planning and see the process that brings you to your big day.   Inform guests & invite them to contribute.   The best part about having a wedding hashtag is getting to see your friends, family, and guests use it. After the big day, you can sit back and scroll through all the different perspectives captured at your wedding. You definitely don’t want to miss out on all these photos, so make sure your guests know how to use the hashtag.The best way to keep them informed is to have several reminders. Include the hashtag on your invitation–it can even just be on the RSVP card. Place strategic reminders out at your ceremony, on the wedding program, by the gifts, and on the reception tables. There are tons of cute props out there to help you do this creatively and aesthetically. I like these printables from Wishful Paperie.Contrary to popular belief, your wedding hashtags don’t have to be insanely witty. Switch your names into one of these simple and fuss-free wedding hashtag templates which do the job perfectly.     #WilliamsWedding2022 #WilliamsGetHitched #MeetTheWilliams #HappilyEverWilliams #FinallyAWilliams #WilliamsSayIDo #WilliamsToTheChapel #WilliamsTieTheKnot #WilliamsInLove #JonesWedsWilliams #WilliamsVows #CheersToTheWilliams #Jones2Williams #WilliamsGetWed #WilliamsSquared #MrAndMrsWilliams          
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  •     One of the trickiest parts of planning a wedding can be knowing exactly when to let friends and family know about your upcoming nuptials. Too far in advance might evoke some eye rolls and forgotten invitations—while too close to your event might not leave guests enough time to prepare. With destination weddings, day-after events and, not to mention, all of the festivities leading up to the wedding itself (like engagement and bachelor/ette parties), there are a ton of moving pieces to keep track of when it comes to sending out invitations. Today, then, I wanted to break down some basic rules for spreading the word via snail mail.           Save the Dates   I recommend mailing out wedding Save the Dates 6 months prior to the event. For a destination wedding or multi-day affair, you’ll want to send them out 8-10 months in advance to ensure you give traveling guests plenty of time to book their hotel room and airfare.       Wedding Invitations   In general, wedding invitations should go out 8 weeks in advance. As always, though, the rules are a bit different for destination weddings—those, you’ll want to send out 3 months in advance. Remember, wedding invitations are a two-way street: they require a response. The closer you cut it to your actual wedding date, the less time you’ll have to collect RSVPs, build a seating chart, etc.   Bachelor(ette) Invitations   For most bachelor(ette) parties, a handful of the invited guests will have to travel. As such, you’ll want to send out invitations 6-8 weeks in advance so your out-of-town guests have time to book their travel accommodations without getting hit with lake-booking fees and surged airfare.           Bridal Shower Invitations   Bridal shower invitations should go out 6-8 weeks in advance, depending on how many out-of-town guests you’re inviting. Remember, traveling can be expensive if you don’t book accommodations far in advance, so be sure to give those out-of-towners plenty of time to plan—especially if they live super far from the venue. If you’re planning a shower in California and have a friend who lives in New York, for example, you might even want to give her a call before the invitation comes just to give her a heads up.     Engagement Party Invitations   Engagement party invitations can be simple—an e-invite is fine, especially if you’re planning on inundating guests with paper invitations for future wedding-related events. Your invitations should be sent out as close to your engagement as possible, as you want the news to be fresh and celebratory (and you want to hold the party before wedding-planning woes kick in). In general, holding an engagement party within 2-3 months of getting engaged and sending out the invitations 3-4 weeks before the event is a good rule to follow.     Day-After Events   I recommend slipping a separate card in with your wedding invitations for the guests you want to invite to any day-after events (brunch, send-off parties, etc.). That way, out-of-towners can take that information into account when booking their flight home. If you’re unable to include this information with your original invitations, though (i.e. if you decided to tack on a day-after brunch after already mailing out your wedding invites), an e-vite sent 6-8 weeks in advance will also do—but, again, keep in mind those traveling guests.     Rehearsal Dinner Invitations   If your rehearsal dinner guest list includes lots of traveling guests, you’ll want to send out formal invitations 6-8 weeks in advance. If, on the other hand, it’s small and laid-back affair that only includes local guests, you can get away with sending e-vites 4 weeks in advance. Remember, rehearsal dinner invites should always be sent out after the original wedding invitation.    
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  •           JWhitehornMedia Named Winner in 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®           14th Annual Couples’ Choice Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Nationwide and Abroad Detroit, January 19, 2022. -- JWhitehornMedia was announced as a winner of the 2022 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leading wedding vendor marketplace.   To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews within its Vendor Directory across more than 20 service categories—from venues and caterers to florists and photographers—to find the most- and highest-rated vendors of the year. The winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service and quality when interacting with the millions of couples who turn to WeddingWire to help with their wedding planning process each month.   Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards® are members of WeddingPro, a leading B2B wedding brand. A marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on WeddingWire and The Knot, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.   JWhitehornMedia is honored to be one of the top vendors in Photography in Detroit on WeddingWire.   For more information about JWhitehornMedia, please visit us on WeddingWire.   To learn more about the Couples' Choice Awards®, visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.   About JWhitehornMedia   JWhitehornMedia is a wedding videography and photography company located in Detroit, Michigan. The cinematographers at the company strive to produce superb and high-quality films and photography. The company's team consists of creative and self-motivated professionals who are enthusiastic about capturing your wedding day on camera.   Services Offered   JWhitehornMedia provides videography, photography, website design, and logo creation services. The company aspires to provide couples with professional and affordable wedding packages. All of the photography packages offered by the company include high-resolution digital images, online viewing, image processing, and an emergency backup photographer. All of JWhitehornMedia's videography packages include audio coverage, copyrighted music, and a final product in digital HD. The final video is delivered to couples in an SD card format. The cinematography packages range from one hour of coverage to eight hours of coverage, depending on your preference.         About WeddingWire   WeddingWire is a trusted online marketplace, connecting couples with local wedding professionals and a suite of comprehensive tools that make wedding planning easier. Operating within a $250 billion global industry, WeddingWire helps millions of couples every month find the right team of wedding professionals to personalize and pull off their special day. Couples around the world can read millions of vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a directory of hundreds of thousands of vendors local to them. Visit WeddingWire online at WeddingWire.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/WeddingWire and @WeddingWire on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.    
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  •           JWHITEHORNMEDIA NAMED WINNER OF THE KNOT BEST OF WEDDINGS 2022   16th Annual Best of Weddings Awards Recognize Top Wedding Vendors Across U.S.   Detroit, MI/January 19th, 2022—JWhitehornMedia is pleased to announce that he has been selected as a 2022 ­­winner of The Knot Best of Weddings, an accolade representing the highest- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, a leading all in one wedding planning destination.    In its sixteenth annual year, The Knot continues its long-standing tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2022, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. This year, five percent of hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals listed on The Knot received this distinguished award.   To determine the winners, The Knot analyzed its millions of user reviews across various vendor categories—including venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—to find the highest rated vendors of the year. These winners represent the best of the best wedding professionals that engaged couples should consider booking for their own unique weddings.    “I AM A WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER CREATING CINEMATIC, CANDID, & BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES.,” JWhitehornMedia, Photographer|Videographer, Wedding Photography + Videography.   The Knot has inspired 25 million couples (and counting!) to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs - from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. On The Knot Marketplace, couples can connect with any of the hundreds of thousands of local wedding professionals across the country, and The Knot Best of Weddings award gives couples the confidence to book the best vendors to bring their wedding visions to life. In combination with years of trusted content, The Knot’s innovative technology helps all couples seamlessly plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs.   Wedding professionals who win The Knot Best of Weddings are members of WeddingPro, a leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on The Knot and WeddingWire, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.   For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and this year’s winners, please visit https://www.theknot.com/vendors/best-of-weddings.       About (JWhitehornMedia) I AM A WEDDING + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER CREATING CINEMATIC, CANDID, & BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES. You, your family, and friends will be amazed with the quality of production.   About The Knot The Knot is the nation’s leading digital wedding resource offering a seamless, all-in-one planning experience—from finding inspiration and local vendors to creating and managing all guest experiences, wedding registries and more. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding planning website TheKnot.com and #1 iOS and Android mobile app The Knot Wedding Planner, The Knot national wedding magazine, and The Knot book series. Since its inception, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. Visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.    
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  •     When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and there are things you need to know—advice so essential any bride who's lucky enough to hear it thinks, "I'm so glad someone told me that!" If you're wondering whether there's something you may have missed (or even if you've got everything under control), check out our indispensable planning secrets below.           Investigate Wedding Blackout Dates   Know ahead of time if your wedding date falls on the same day as a trade conference, charity walk or other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability. Here's a handy list of potentially problematic wedding dates coming up in the calendar.       Guests Come First   Get a grip on the approximate number of guests you'll invite before settling on a venue. This will ensure there's ample space for your crew. As a rule of thumb, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it's really not if you count the space you'll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor.   Lighten Your List   The easiest way to trim your wedding budget? Cut your guest list. Remember, half of your wedding expenses go to wining and dining your guests. If it's costing you $100 per person, eliminating one table of 10 can save you $1,000.   Make a Meal Plan   Another unforeseen expense? Feeding your wedding day crew. Before you sign the contracts, make sure you're not required to serve the same meal to your vendors that guests will receive. Otherwise, you could be paying for 20 additional lobster tails. Choose a less expensive (but equally hearty) meal for them instead. You will have to let your wedding caterer know a couple of days before the wedding exactly how many vendors you need to feed (don't forget photography assistants and band roadies) and what you want them to serve.     Get Organizationally Focused   In a three-ring binder, compile all your correspondences with vendors, notes you make during meetings, and photos or tear sheets from magazines you want vendors to see. Set up a special email address dedicated to your wedding, and store important vendor numbers in your cell phone. For on-the-go planning that keeps everything in one place, download the The Knot All-In-One Wedding Planner app to keep all of your planning info digitally on-hand at all times.     Don't Be Afraid to Ask   Your wedding vendors should be your go-to, most-trusted experts during the planning process. When working with them, you should feel free to really explore what it is you want—maybe it's serving a late-night snack instead of a first course or doing a bridal portrait session rather than an engagement session. The bottom line is that you should feel like you can have an honest conversation with them about what it is you want. Their job will be to tell you what you can and can't make work given your wedding budget.     Prioritize Your People   Pare down your guest list with the "tiers of priority" trick. Place immediate family, the bridal party and best friends on top of the list; follow with aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends you can't imagine celebrating without. Under that, list your parents' friends, neighbors, coworkers and so on. If you need to make some cuts, start from the bottom until you reach your ideal number.     Make a Uniform Kids Policy   You have four choices: You can welcome children with open arms; you can decide to have an "adults only" wedding; you can include immediate family only; or, you can hire a child care service to provide day care either at the reception space, in a hotel room or at a family member's home. To prevent hurt feelings, it's wise to avoid allowing some families to bring children while excluding others (unless, of course, the children are in your bridal party).  
    Jan 10, 2022 147
  •     Sure, catering, décor, and dancing might be what makes it feel like a wedding, but the vows you exchange with your partner are what make it actually a wedding. You can’t get married without vows! But how to know if you should write your own vows or go with some old classics? It really depends on your personal preference and comfort level—and whatever you choose should be your choice, not someone else’s. Personally written vows come out extremely well in video format. If you are using a videographer it will give them a lot more room for editing.            Do you love writing?   When thinking about if you should write your own vows, having a creative side and experience writing (extra points if you really love it!) make a huge difference. Maybe the idea of reading someone else’s words makes your skin crawl, maybe the idea of writing your own vows sounds worse than getting a cavity filled. Writing vows is a deeply expressive and creative endeavor and while you definitely don’t need to be “good” at writing or a “professional” to write amazing vows, the process of writing and performing them in front of dozens of people will be a lot more enjoyable if you vibed with the process and are proud of the result.       Are you comfortable reading in public?   This question goes hand-in-hand with the one above—even if you love writing, you might hate reading your words aloud in front of people. That’s a whole ‘nother ball game for most writers and creatives, so you’re not crazy if you feel this way. If the idea of standing before your guests and reading your most intense and personal emotions out loud makes you feel squeamish, you may wish to go for pre-written vows (you can even inject a few of your own sentences throughout to personalize it!). Reading words that are not your own can significantly cut down on the fear factor (because it won’t feel like you’re pouring out your heart and soul) and help you stay focused and grounded. If you love the idea of writing your own vows but not necessarily performing them, recite them in private to your partner the night before your wedding, then opt for traditional vows during the ceremony   Do you have the time?   A big part of deciding if you should write your own vows comes down to timing. The process of writing your own vows should be an emotional and enjoyable experience. If you’re so swamped with wedding planning and the rest of your life you can barely find the time to put pen to paper, however, the process can feel like a chore, or even worse, like a last-minute project you have to cram into the night before your wedding. That’s not fair to you or your spouse-to-be! You simply will not be proud of your vows unless you give them the time and energy you deserve to give them (and your future spouse deserves to receive). If you’ve spent too much time constructing a donut wall and don’t have enough time to devote to writing your vows, go traditional—and add your own flair as needed. If you’re just starting your planning journey and want to avoid backing yourself into a last-minute corner when it comes to writing your vows, block out a few hours a week in the months leading up to your wedding to spend only working on your vows. You’ll be glad you did once the time comes!   Is your partner planning on writing his or hers?   It’s not a rule of thumb that if one of you opts for custom vows, the other must too, but it is something to think about. Your universal vows might feel out-of-place after your partner reads their handwritten ones. If one of you has a steadfast opinion on going handwritten vs. traditional, that could help decide what the other chooses. It will make for a more unified ceremony if you both make the same decision. And if you choose to go handwritten because one-half of you is really into the idea, you’re totally allowed to workshop your vows together to make sure you’re both feeling confident and comfortable when the big day comes. At the end of the day, what matters most is that you both get to do what feels best on your wedding day, and in the grand world of wedding planning, that usually entails working together and making compromises.  
    Jan 07, 2022 140
  •     For most people, the idea of striking a pose in front of a photographer, while also cuddled up to your beloved, is less than natural. The camera flash goes off and the best you can offer is a, "cheese!" and a smile. But, don't worry, this is why you hire a professional wedding photographer. With an experienced and talented creative by your side, you'll end up with wedding photos that you'll look back on fondly for years and generations to come.     From hiring the right person to knowing the exact shots you want to scouting out the best locations for your vision of a perfect portrait, here are tips to help you nail those shots.     Hire the right photographer for you   There are countless wedding photographers out there with different styles, personalities, and ways of working with couples. What's important for great wedding photos is hiring the right one for you. Before all else, consider the actual photography skills and whether you like a photographer's editing style—you won't love your photos if you don't like the style.       Get to know your wedding photographer   When there's a friend on the other side of the camera, that's when you capture some of the most authentic moments. So, set up a date or two with your photographer to not only discuss the wedding shoot and the workflow of the day, but to get to know each other as people. It's easier to let loose when you know that the person behind that fancy mirrorless camera also enjoys a margarita and tacos on a Tuesday night, just like you do.   Take engagement photos   An engagment session is your chance to have your makeup artist do a trial run to make sure you're camera ready, to see if you really like those presets you've seen on social media, and to understand the different angles that work for you when posing for a professional wedding photographer. Hey, you can even practice that first kiss a few times   Create a shot list   This could include everything from a shot of your wedding dress hanging in a dramatic window to one of the bridal party shooting off confetti to the first dance, cake cutting, or even a photoshoot with your dogs. Think of every wedding as my first wedding and spell it all out. If there's something that you absolutely want to see in your wedding photographs, make 100% sure it's on that shot list.  
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  •     If you’re just engaged, it can be super-tempting to immediately dive into wedding planning. After all, you probably started getting questions from well-meaning loved ones within seconds of announcing your engagement. Is hair and makeup team coming to you or are you going to a salon? What time is the bride’s hair and makeup scheduled to start? Do you plan on doing a first look? If so, do you know where would like that to happen? Do you have any spots in mind where you would like to do wedding party and bride and groom photos? How many people are in your wedding party? Do you have any “must-have” photographs?     It can be easy to feel the pressure to kick wedding planning into high gear within days (or even hours!). My advice? Wait. No matter how hard it may be, wait. Give yourself and your partner enough time to simply enjoy being engaged. You’ll be thankful, I promise. So, how long can you savor that "just engaged" feeling? And when should you start planning your wedding? Well, it all depends on your wedding planning timeframe.     The one conversation to have immediately…   While I don’t recommend starting to actively plan your wedding within seconds of being just engaged, I do think there’s one important conversation to have shortly after the ring is presented. Talk to your partner about if you want to have a long or a short engagement. There are indeed advantages to each, and the general engagement length you choose does have an impact in your planning timeline. You don’t have to have an extensive discussion with your partner or set your wedding date, but the estimated timeframe is a good one to chat about right away.       If your wedding is a year or more away...   The average couple is engaged for 13 months, and I think that’s a great timeframe if you can make it work. I recommend waiting about three weeks before jumping into wedding planning. This gives you time to revel in your engagement, but not too long so you don’t lose momentum. Once you’re ready to start planning, take it step by step—it’s not a good idea to try to plan your whole wedding at once. Start by coming up with a budget and an estimated wedding guest count, then begin researching venues at your own pace. Depending on where you’re marrying, it’s unlikely that many venues will be booked up just yet, so you're likely to have your pick of dates, venues, and vendors.   If your wedding is in less than a year...   There are lots of reasons why a timeline of less than a year might be right for you and your partner. Perhaps you got engaged in December and always dreamed of a fall wedding, but don’t want to wait nearly two years to wed. Or maybe you just don’t want to wait that long—totally fine! If you’re planning on going from “just engaged” to married in less than a year, I recommend waiting about two weeks before starting to think about the specifics of your wedding. You don’t even have to talk about your wedding for this timeframe, and just brush off any questions you may receive from family members or friends. This is your time to enjoy this blissful period, so feel free to ban that wedding talk until you’re good and ready.   The Wedding Planning Process: First Steps   Once you've had a chance to relax and revel in your post-engagement period, it's time to start wedding planning. Whether you have more than a year or just a few months to plan the big day, the process of how to plan a wedding pretty much looks the same. Here are the first steps of your wedding planning journey to help you get started.  Decide if you're having a destination wedding or a local wedding. You've probably heard that creating your budget is the first to-do on the wedding-planning checklist. Well, that's partially true. Your wedding's location has a major role to play in how much you'll spend—weddings in major cities tend to cost more than those in more rural areas, and destination weddings tend to host more than hometown events—so it's a good idea to figure out where you're getting married (general area, not specific venue yet) before setting your budget.    Set your wedding budget. Now that you've chosen your big day's location, check out the WeddingWire Cost Guide to see how much a wedding costs in your area. Then, talk to any stakeholders who are contributing financially to the wedding to come up with your total budget. Once you have that total amount, plug it into the WeddingWire Budget Tool to determine how much you can spend on different wedding-related products and services.    Choose your wedding style.  Rustic or classic? Glam or boho? Choosing a wedding style can help you narrow down venues, discuss wedding ideas with vendors, and create a big day that feels cohesive and uniquely yours.    Create an estimated guest list.  While you don't have to have a final guest count just yet, coming up with an estimate will help you select a venue that's just the right size. Talk to your and your partner's families to come up with the number of guests you'll invite.    Hire a wedding planner. A wedding planner may be an added expense, but it's one you won't regret. If you've decided to hire a full-service planner who will help you plan your big day from start to finish, now's the time to start the search. Once hired, your planner can help you pick a venue and book the rest of your vendor team.    Pick your wedding party.  Your maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, bridesmen, groomsladies, and other attendants have important roles to play on your wedding day—and now it's time to ask them to be part of your VIP crew.    Select a wedding venue and set the date.  Time to find your venue (or venues, if you're hosting your wedding ceremony and reception in separate locations). Check out the WeddingWire Venue Directory to read reviews, view photos, and learn more about venues in your area. Then, schedule tours of a few of your favorites before selecting your dream wedding venue! Once you've booked your venue, you've officially set the date for your big day.    Hire your wedding vendors.  Once you've chosen a venue and set your wedding date, it's time to build the rest of your vendor team. Here's a basic list of wedding vendors you'll want to research and book:    Wedding Planner (if you haven't booked one already) Caterer (if your venue doesn't offer in-house catering) Florist Officiant Photographer Videographer Wedding Cake Baker Wedding Band or DJ Ceremony Musicians Rentals Company Stationer Wedding Attire Retailer Hair and Makeup Pros  Transportation  
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  •     Congratulations! In order to take your relationship to the next level, you'll be faced with two key tasks: buying a ring and picking a proposal date. Both are equally important, and their timelines are actually woven together. Regardless of whether you have a specific proposal date in mind yet, you might be curious to know the best time to buy an engagement ring. When you need to buy the engagement ring depends on a number of factors, including the kind of sparkler you want (like a pre-designed ring or a bespoke piece), your proposal plan, and the specific retailer you'd like to work with. So, to help determine the best time to buy an engagement ring, we tapped two jewelry industry experts to reveal everything you need to know about planning your ring purchase before you start shopping.     When is the Best Time to Buy an Engagement Ring?   There is no right time. The timing for buying an engagement ring depends on the couple. There is no right or wrong time to start shopping or to purchase because the timeline of finding your dream engagement ring is different for everyone. While the jewelry industry doesn't necessarily have a prime purchasing season, engagement ring shopping can be affected by the holidays. If you have a strict price point and are looking to get an engagement ring for a discount, you might consider shopping during the holiday season. While retailers don't often offer major discounts on high-quality diamonds, Black Friday and Cyber Monday jewelry sales are definitely a thing. So, while you might not find largely discounted diamond prices as you would for clothing or home appliances, you can certainly get great perks like expedited shipping, free high-quality gifts with your purchase, or discounts on additional factors of the ring style, like the setting.   But, even though this time of year can sometimes offer better prices, it is significantly busier for jewelry stores and private sellers. "If you're not planning on a holiday proposal, waiting until after the new year can be wise instead of getting started in November or December when jewelers are busy and inventory might be more limited, with longer lead times," says Boston-based private jeweler Hannah Florman. "The holiday season from October through New Years' is incredibly busy because clients are also competing for attention with those designing fine jewelry as gifts." So, while shopping during the holiday rush can deliver great prices, it can also take longer to get the perfect ring. And if you're envisioning a Christmas Eve or New Years' proposal, it's better to start the process earlier.   Another consideration to keep in mind is that the jewelry industry is still recovering from supply chain issues caused by the pandemic, which can increase the time it takes to deliver your ring. "The reality is that the jewelry industry is experiencing longer lead times for materials—even the traditionally 'accessible' ones, which translates to higher cost of goods for the consumer and longer wait times," Florman explains. That's not to say you need to start shopping months in advance, though. Many retailers and jewelers are equipped to deliver your ring as soon as possible—this is simply helpful to know for your own planning purposes. Because, when it comes down to it, the best time to buy an engagement ring depends on when you actually want to pop the question.       Buying an Engagement Ring, Based on a Proposal Date   With this knowledge in mind, experts recommend using your proposal date as a guide for deciding the best time of the year to buy your engagement ring. It'll be helpful for your jeweler to have a general idea of when you want to get engaged, like if you're envisioning a Valentine's Day proposal or if the moment will happen on a planned summer vacation.   According to The Knot 2021 Jewelry and Engagement Study, which surveyed over 5,000 couples who got engaged in 2021, 16% of proposers started looking at rings 3-4 months before the proposal. Of course, this timing is highly subjective based on your plans. We found that 14% of proposers started researching rings a year in advance, while an additional 15% started their search 5-6 months before the date.   When it comes to choosing when to buy the ring, it's crucial to know if you'd prefer a pre-designed style or if you'd rather go the custom route, as these have different production timelines. Because of this, it can be beneficial to give yourself plenty of lead time when shopping for the ring. "For all rings currently listed on our website, our customers can plan on receiving their rings three to four weeks after placing their order," Searle explains, noting that custom pieces tend to have a longer turnaround time.   While there isn't a steadfast formula to follow when picking the best time to buy an engagement ring, here's the bottom line: Aim to buy a pre-designed ring at least one month before your intended proposal date, while two months minimum should be allotted for custom diamond jewelry. Our study found that, for 32% of couples, the entire ring selection process (from start to finish) took 1-2 months, while it was a 3-4 month experience for 29% of respondents. Note that specific timing details will vary among retailers, so it's always best to check shipping timelines on the store's website or make an appointment with an experienced gemologist.   Ultimately, it'll never hurt to give yourself plenty of lead time. "Having time on your side will always feel like a great asset when you're talking about such a significant financial investment," Florman says. "The timeline of your engagement ring design will depend on your level of clarity and communication of needs and preferences along the way. Trust in the experts and you'll get a beautiful ring just in time."  
    Dec 13, 2021 150
  •     Lifestyle photography sessions are designed to depict a day in your life doing what you enjoy with the ones you love. Whether you’re going on an adventure or telling a story of a day at home, a photography session like this is sure to be full of emotion and fun.  The greatest part about these sessions is that they are unique to you.  The key to planning your session is to incorporate activities which encourage ways to interact.     Have Activities Planned Out   Below is a list of some example Activities for your session.  Choose activities that feel genuine to you. you can be as laid back or adventurous as your heart desires.  If you’re feeling super adventurous, use this photo opportunity to learn something new!     • Always wear clothing you feel comfortable & confident in.         • Coordinate clothing with others.  Think same tones and complimentary colors.         • Avoid busy patterns.  These can be distracting in photos.             • Think Neutral  tones,  Vibrant colors reflect lighting and can mess up skin tones in photographs.         • Whites and pastels photograph beautifully | STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR NEWBORNS • Cuddles in bed look awkward in a suit and tie!   What to Wear?   Dress for the occasion… We will be shooting your session in your home or out and about in nature or your favorite spots to frequent.  You can dress as casually or formal as you desire just make sure it blends with your location choices. Mostly just wear something you feel AMAZING in!     Take Time to Get Dressed and Feel Awesome   Moms listen… Life is hard when you have a little one.  We know by experience! You hardly have time to get your kids up in time for school much less get dressed yourself. Who even FEELS like it right? But for the shoot, you deserve it. Start your morning correctly and take an hour for yourself prep and get your energy up.  This is a professional family session. You paid for someone to come into your home and take photos of your little family. You owe it to yourself to get ready and feel good about yourself before we show up.  Put daddy in charge that morning to get the kids fed and dressed and take time for yourself.  Taking the time to get ready will make you feel awesome will put you in gear to take on the world, I promise. If you are hiring a photographer to only take photos of your kids, get ready anyways. I PROMISE you, you’ll want a few photos with them after you see how much fun they are having.     Relax, Smile, and Have Fun    My interest as a photographer is to capture the beauty that is your family being yourselves. This is for you parents! A photographer is coming into your home to photograph your family.  Not to get a dozen formal portraits. The goal in these sessions is to remember your family as they are.  Parents often have a tendency to want the perfect little portrait of their family and we will try to get one or two,  but we don't want you to feels overwhelmed when your little one doesn’t sit still and act like a perfect little gentleman.   Lets be real, kids NEVER sit still for long in real life anyways? Let your kids be kids. If they like to run around and scream at the top of their lungs for no reason.. let them. This is your family.  EMBRACE it. Concentrate your energy to smiling and laughing for the camera. Look at your kids, play with them, run around with them, ENJOY THEM.    Relax… Don’t worry about the photographer. I love to run around after your kids. Your kids will have a better time at the session if you run around WITH THEM and you grab them and tickle them rather than telling them to STOP IT and come sit down.    So laugh it out, run around and keep that smile on your face. Just have fun! This is a documentary of your life as parents so embrace your sometimes-out-of-control children and your hectic life and let the photographer show you how beautiful it truly is looking in from the outside. Music…Turn on the tunes! Whether it be Mozart, Katy Perry, Young Jezzy, or Disney songs, whatever helps your household feel "normal" is what we should be listening to during our session.   Know what makes your child giggle… If your session involves a baby or child that is 9 months or older, it is really helpful to me if you know what makes your little one laugh. Spend some time before the session thinking through things that you do as a family that get the best giggles; and keep those tricks up your sleeve just in case. In many cases, we don’t need these tricks, but sometimes we do. So, whether it is a favorite song on Pandora, a silly noise daddy makes or words in a favorite book, plan to have these things ready just in case we need them.   Be yourself! Embrace the short attention spans, grass stains, and dogs licking your face mid-frame. These portraits are not about everyone sitting up tall and nailing the perfect smile at the camera, they’re about your silly awesome life.  Let the kids be kids and their personalities will shine through the photograph.  Years from now, these images will bring the biggest smile to your face, for real! We promise.     Cleaning Up the House   -Clean up- just a little by De-cluttering the shooting space.  These rooms don’t need to be magazine worthy. I don’t want you to go out and buy all new furniture for our session, but I do want those bright spaces to be the best version of your house.   -Pale neutrals and whites really help to accentuate natural light – dark and bold colors will tint the light and leave color casts on you in camera. Consider swapping colored bedding and curtains for whites or paler colors/neutrals. (Totally up to you, not necessary)    
    Dec 11, 2021 161

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