March 11, 2015

Bridesmaid Bouquet Photos: Gather Your Girls

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One wedding photo that always makes us smile is the bridesmaids’ bouquet shot. Being surrounded by best friends and sisters is a beautiful moment for brides and good wedding photographers make sure to capture it. Formal wedding party portraits are classic, and playful or candid pictures are perfect for capturing personalities. But we have a soft spot for pictures of brides and bridesmaids posing close together, holding out bouquets to form a giant cluster of flowers.
We suggest asking your wedding photographer to take three types of bridesmaids photos: classic wedding-party portraits suitable for framing, shots that show off your wedding flowers, such as the clustered poses pictured here, and some wildcard photos of you and your girls being silly. Group leaps and jumps are popular for capturing that exhilarating wedding joy. Faux sexy-serious poses are also entertaining. What you want is wedding photos that reflect the spirit of your particular friendships. But if your group is having trouble letting loose, ask your wedding photographer for suggestions. Being directed to twirl, form a kick-line or throw all bouquets into the air will probably result in lots of laughter. And those may turn out to be your favorites.
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February 27, 2015

We Love: New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

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New York Botanical Garden’s 2015 Orchid Show: Chandeliers starts Saturday.

A beautiful wedding venue and valuable education center, NYBG is one of New York City’s true treasures. The Orchid Show always fills us with wonder but this year, we are extra excited about the theme. Floral chandeliers are one of our favorite wedding-flower trends right now. Delicate, vibrant orchids, in all their exquisite variety, are a perfect type of flower to use in creating chandelier designs. We expect to be inspired!

If you live in the New York City area, don’t miss this event. And meanwhile, take a look at one of our NYBG weddings: Picture Perfect.

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February 10, 2015

Five Romantic New Movies for Valentine’s Day

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Whether Valentine’s Day means date night, cozy time together at home, or dreams of finding true love, we are all in the mood for romantic movies. If you’re looking for something sweeter than the film currently¬†dominating the media, check these out in theaters and streaming online:

Old Fashioned
“Love is patient… love is kind…” Those perennial wedding-reading words from Corinthians are the tagline for a film about slow courtship and the healing power of love. This one looks really sweet.

 

Love, Rosie
A big hit in Europe, this British film about best friends falling in love with each other is set to charm American audiences this Valentines day.
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February 5, 2015

Hawaii Beach Wedding Under Hurricane Skies

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When I saw these breathtaking photos of my friend Katiann’s wedding, I asked her to share her story of putting together a beach wedding in Oahu while hearing reports that two hurricanes were about to hit. As you can see, this story does have a happy ending. In her own words:

The week leading up to our day was nothing short of stressful. With two uninvited guest on their way, our wedding week had officially gone in to high gear. Flowers and catering were the least of my worries, I now had two hurricanes coming for my day.

J. and I knew no matter what the weather had in store for us we had each other and Hawaii and that’s all that mattered. Changing our date and rearranging everything was minor in the big picture. All of the “stuff” that we brides stress over had fallen to the wayside. I was marrying the love of my life in paradise.
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October 18, 2014

Signature Cocktails With Spice & Sparkle

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imageWelcome guests to your wedding reception with a festive signature cocktail that embodies fall’s bright spirit. Signature drinks need not be fussy to make an impression. Standout recipes are often inspired twists on familiar classics. Take for example, the Pinterest-popular Apple Cider Bellini, a combination of cider, sparkling wine or champagne, plus a touch of fig or pomegranate liquor. Attracted to the concept of signature cocktails but not sure how to choose a drink that will please your crowd? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Consider Color: If your bridesmaids will wear plum and your bouquet and centerpieces will include purple orchids and lavender roses, champagne cocktails, created with crème de cassis blackcurrent liquor will perfectly coordinate.
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October 7, 2014

First Look Photos: This Magic Moment

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First Look photos have become a popular trend in wedding photography over the past few years. Couples are often unsure whether they want these sneak peak shots. There is a common expectation that the groom will first see his bride’s dress as she walks toward him down the aisle and if that moment has been built up in wedding fantasies, it’s hard to let go. Of course, cultural traditions vary. In Jewish weddings, for example, the couple gathers with a witness, before the ceremony, to sign their ketubah. For Jewish couples, documenting the First Look may feel more natural.

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Image by Aaron & Jillian

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