Wedding Photography can be a bit overwhelming for engaged couples. There are so many decisions to make! Just a few of these decisions include which photographer to choose, what style of pictures to get, what way to pose, and where to get pictures taken. So, to alleviate some of your stress, we talked to the experts to get some tips and tricks of wedding photography.
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when it comes to working with a wedding photographer?
Lauren Schwarz of Lauren Schwarz Photography: Your wedding day is most likely the first time you have had to hire a professional photographer, and many times couples come to me with sticker shock and not understanding the value of hiring a professional to photograph their wedding day. That’s ok! It’s not something everyone knows about, and my job is to educate my couples and
ease their sticker shock with explaining why hiring an artist to capture their day is
valuable. It is all they will have left 40+ years from now to remember the day. To me, that
is worth every penny. I think it is so important to find someone talented that is close to
your budget and be willing to maybe extend a little more for someone you really love. In
the end it will be worth it!
Brittani McFadden of Brittani Elizabeth Photography: One of the main things that couples don’t always realize is that different photographers have different styles! I’ve known couples who booked one type of photographer while thinking that they would still get a different style of photography. Always, always, always, talk to more than one photographer! We want you to be confident and excited with your decision to work with us or any photographer.
Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography: It's nice to get a list of "must have" photos, but when I am presented with a list of Pinterest-type photos from other photographers, specific poses and set ups, it is heartbreaking to me because I feel that I need to copy someone else's work in order to make my client happy. Photographers excel best when given the time and freedom to be creative in their own way. I always want to make photos of my couples that are unique and stand out, but if I have a list of poses they want together, I spend my time worrying about whether or not I got that shot exactly how they want it, and don't get to push my creative boundaries to creative something truly breathtaking.
What trends are you seeing within the industry in regards to wedding photography?
Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography: The editing of digital photography changes year after year. There are different trends. A few years ago, it was trendy to have your photos look a little washed out and sepia toned. Now it seems like many are going the darker, moody route. The adventure wedding is really popular right now.
Brittani McFadden of Brittani Elizabeth Photography: Over the last few years there has been a lot less interest in print products and most couple prefer digital files. Most couples are not immediately looking for albums or prints, but they do like having the option to order those products later!
Lauren Schwarz of Lauren Schwarz Photography: I have been seeing a lot more intimate weddings that focus on the couple rather than over-the-top details. Couples are also choosing unique venues like arboretums, historical B&B's, and wineries.
How should couples prepare for their engagement session?
Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography: I send my couples an engagement shoot guide that has all sorts of suggestions on picking a location or activity, what to wear, etc. But before that even happens, I ask the couple some questions about their relationship. What sort of things do they like to do together, hobbies, etc. Then, we come up with an idea of what to do for their shoot. I like the engagement shoot to tell a little story about their lives. My favorites are going to the place where they had their first date, where they got engaged, in their home together.
Lauren Schwarz of Lauren Schwarz Photography: Definitely choose a fun location that has meaning to the two of you! If you have trouble brainstorming, your photographer will have some fun options. I try to encourage shooting somewhere different than the wedding day to mix things up. I also encourage two outfit options, something casual and something a little more
Brittani McFadden of Brittani Elizabeth Photography: One of the most common things that couples say as we start their engagement session, is “Well we’re going to need A LOT of help because we’ve never had professional photos taken.” When I hear this it is actually like music to my ears! It is absolutely PERFECT that they haven’t had professional photos taken. because this gives me a chance to direct them and it makes it easier for them to understand what we’re going for!
To actually prepare for an engagement session, I ask our couples to take a look at some recent engagement sessions on our blog as well as our engagement gallery. This particularly helps when the prospective groom sits down to look through and get an idea of poses that they like and don’t like but also to recall what the “final” image looks like as I start to pose them in similar ways! It helps the couple to know that I don’t always want them looking at me, and I want them to laugh and cuddle and enjoy their time on camera.
Also, it never hurts to take a little extra time getting ready! Since there is some new bling, we often photograph hands so a nice manicure really pops in photos. I’ve had girls get their hair and makeup done and others who totally rocked their own hair and makeup. More than anything we want couples to feel beautiful and confident and it really shows when they do!
What advice can you give engaged couples about choosing a photographer?
Brittani McFadden of Brittani Elizabeth Photography: Don't forget to ask how soon you can expect to see photos! Does the photographer post a blog from EVERY wedding they shoot, when will that blog be posted, how long until the full gallery is done? These are things that leading up to the wedding don’t seem to matter too much, but after the wedding the anticipation is killer! Knowing the answers to these questions will help couples know what to expect after their wedding day.
Lauren Schwarz of Lauren Schwarz Photography: Do your research, check out lots of artists and narrow down the work you absolutely love first before reaching out and asking for pricing. Many photographers list a starting package option on their sites so look for that to get an idea. Then schedule consultations with your top three favorite ones. Meet in person, find out if you click personalities. Your wedding day is a long day and also the most important day ever, you will want to have someone by your side that will make you at ease and enjoy the day!
Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography: Go with your gut! Meet your photographer in person to get a feel for their personality. When you book a photographer, you enter into a partnership with them. They become intertwined in your entire wedding day and planning process. You're going to spend a lot of time with them, so you want to make sure you work well together.
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I feel that one of my duties as a wedding planner is to know what big trend will come next in the wedding industry. It's easy to know what's in style now, but knowing what will be popular a year from now can be somewhat of a guessing game. I have a feeling when it comes to Fall and Winter 2016, we are going to see a shift away from the blush color and move toward darker, bolder colors. Don't get me wrong, I love blush! It's my signature color. However it's about run it's course with bridesmaid dresses. This Adrianna Papell dress, which was THE bridesmaid dress this year, needs to retire. I used to love this dress, but after seeing it pop up in every wedding of 2015 and 2016 I am tired of it.
Fall and Winter 2016 will be all about hunter greens, plums, and mixed metallics. Gold is here to stay as well. Greens will take over tablescapes with white florals.
We're going to see a shift away from Rustic Chic wedding vibe, and see more of an Ethereal wedding vibe. Boho, Industrial Chic, and Whimsical weddings will also continue to be strong going into 2017. Here's some pictures of color palettes that we will probably see very soon.
If you're planning a wedding and can't decide on a color palette, pick a color that represents you and your fiancé. The color should also flow with the season you are getting married in. If you're getting married in the spring or summer, stick to lighter colors like pastels. For fall and winter weddings you can go darker and bolder. Also your colors should go with your venue. Heavy metallic dresses probably won't look right if you're getting married on a beach.
If you're really stuck, check out the styled shoot section of wedding blogs. Styled shoots usually show colors for the upcoming season and can give you some major inspiration. Pinterest is also a great tool for wedding planning, but it can be a bit overwhelming. It's best to find one or two wedding blogs that represent your style. Wedding planners, designers, and stylists are also a great source to turn to when your stuck.
OK, so I showed you a dress that will be on it's way out very soon. So here's a dress from Dessy that I think (hope!) becomes popular later this year.
From time to time I like to highlight a wedding website or a bridal product that I feel does not get the attention it deserves. The Paisley Box is one of those hidden little gems! The Paisley Box is a website that sells cute wedding tanks, robes, tumblers, and a ton of accessories.
My Table 1 Events brides and grooms get FIFTY PERCENT OFF most of the items on the site. Yes, you read that correctly- half off!
All of the items are super cute! I wish there was a website like this back when I was engaged! The Paisley Box sells cotton robes, jersey lace robes, and getting ready robes. If you are looking for a cute gift for your bridesmaids I would highly recommend this site. Robes also make a really great 'getting ready' picture of your bridesmaids.
The site also sells tanks, personalized shawls, makeup bags, totes, and flower girl and ring bearer gifts. Below is one of my favorite items on the site! Happy shopping!
Getting your makeup done correctly for your big day is just as important as finding the perfect dress! You want to look and feel your absolute best on your wedding day, so we went straight to the source to chat with a makeup artist! Allison McAllister of Allison McAllister Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist gave us some great advice when it comes to wedding day makeup.
Allison says, "Be true to yourself, but be open to your makeup artist's advice. It is so common for brides to tell me they don't wear makeup daily, and they want just a little bit 'for the photos.' On the other hand, I have brides that bring me tons of Pinterest photos and get caught up in looking exactly like the picture, but not really thinking about how the particular style will work with their facial features and coloring. Talk with your makeup artist about what you like and don't like. If you don't feel comfortable in a ton of makeup, tell the artist what you normally wear before they get started. If you see a photo that you love, show it to your artist and talk about the parts that you like the most. Allow your artist to take in everything that you've said, and make suggestions based on your likes and dislikes. Understand that your best look will be achieved when the artist combines what you like with what works best for you, and sometimes that requires you go (just a little bit) out of your comfort zone. My goal as a bridal makeup artist is for the bride to look like a fancier version of themselves. I want the groom's jaw to drop when he sees her, not to wonder who the woman is walking toward him!"
When it comes to trial runs, Allison says "Come prepared! Bring photos of looks you like and don't like. Photos of your dress, hairstyle (if it's not being done by the same artist), and overall wedding look will help the makeup artist get a better feel for who you are and have that reflect in your makeup. Also, don't be pressed for time. I tell my brides to allow 90 minutes for a makeup trial. It's rare that it takes that long, but it give us the opportunity to play around with a couple different looks without being crunched for time."
"I usually tell my brides to schedule a trial within two months of the wedding if possible. In my experience, brides that have a trial too far ahead tend to forget how it looked and request a second trial. It will save you some time and money to do it closer to the big day when all the details are ironed out."
Allison's one tip for brides: "I'm big on airbrush foundation for brides. Bridal makeup has to last for a long time and should be comfortable. In my experience, airbrush makeup is lighter, and more flawless overall. It lasts longer too, especially on hot summer days. A misconception I hear often is that airbrush is very heavy, while others expect that it won't have enough coverage. Airbrush is custom to you and the look/coverage you want. It can be as light or as heavy as you want. Once the brides let me try it on them, they never go back to traditional!"
Allison McAllister has been specializing in event hair and makeup for over 10 years. She has trained extensively with Jean Madeline Aveda Institute, MAC Cosmetics, Alterna, Aquage, and many other well known companies. She has spent much of her career working in hair salons as well as educating other salon professionals in makeup artistry.
To learn more about Allison McAllister Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist go to http://www.allisonmcallister.com
Clueless groom? First time wearing a tux? Don't stress because we've got you covered! Table 1 Events sat down with the tux guru himself, James Buchakjian, owner of Saget's Formal Wear in Drexel Hill. James is lovingly known in the wedding industry as "Jimmy Tux". Here he gives grooms some advice when it comes to their big day.
When selecting a place to go to for formal wear, James suggests doing your research online and reading reviews. Call ahead to see how you feel about their expertise. Make sure the rental company carries the latest in men's formal wear and carries top designers. Make sure they carry the trim modern and skinny fit tuxedos along with trim and skinny pant options.
And just like a bride, have a fitting prior to your wedding day to ensure everything fits correctly. If you have groomsmen coming in from out of town, arrange with your tuxedo supplier for a tailor to be present for any last minute alterations.
Did you know Saget's offers "Day of Wedding Services"? Think of a Day of Coordinator just for the guys. Tuxedos are delivered to the grooms location, and James is personally there to assist with every last button and make sure every crease is pressed. This is an invaluable service, since most men are not tuxedo experts. Also, Saget's will come and pick up the tuxedos after your wedding, so you don't have to run around to drop them off. To learn more about 'Jimmy Tux' and Saget's, go to www.sagets.com or call 610-259-3251
We talked to Carly Totten of Carly is Inspired to get some tips on wedding day florals. She shared the following information for engaged couples who are looking for floral inspiration.
When asked what the biggest mistake couples make when choosing florals for their wedding, Carly said something that resonated with me as a wedding planner. Pinterest! Carly elaborated, saying Pinterest is a wonderful tool, but the images featured sometimes make it seem as though something is completely obtainable when a flower or design may be far outside of a couple’s budget. It can be so difficult to meet with a couple whose hearts are set on a specific flower or design before hearing about the costs associated. She wholeheartedly believes in sourcing inspiration, but it’s so important to let it be just that – inspiration. Just like a wedding dress or venue, don’t fall completely in love and close yourself off to other options before you know you can absolutely bring that exact vision to life. Another version of your vision may be even better for your wedding than the one you found online!
When asked what trends she is seeing regarding florals, Carly talked about bouquet trends. Her favorite trend is using long flowing ribbon to tie around bouquets for brides and bridesmaids. She loves turning to Frou Frou Chic and Adorn Company because both design hand-died ribbon in the prettiest colors to create a soft, effortless look. Opting for a cascade of ribbon is such a beautiful, updated take on a classic ribbon bouquet wrap, and bouquets always look beautiful when there’s a light breeze to blow the ribbon during portrait sessions.
When asked how couples should prepare for a meeting with their florist, Carly suggested to first take a peek at Pinterest. It’s helpful to arrive at a meeting with a semi-curated selection of items that you LOVE as well as some that aren’t quite your style. Florists want to see both, especially right before we create a floral proposal. While you’re gathering your selection together, think about adding bouquets, ceremony styles, and centerpieces to the mix.
Second, have an open mind. While it’s helpful to know what you like and don’t like, try to be open to the florist’s suggestions for your wedding. He or she may mention a look they feel will match your style and aesthetic wonderfully that is different than what you may have had in mind prior to your meeting, or they may mention a different variation of the flowers than those you thought would fill each of your pieces. The best florists and stylists always have your wedding vision at heart. We’re trying to make it the best that it can be!
When asked to give advice to couples, Carly said to make every attempt possible to use in-season flowers. It’s a great way to honor the season in which you’re getting married, plus the variety of blooms and colors is always greatest when you can source them from a variety of places due to their vast availability. If there are flowers you absolutely have to have, consider setting your wedding date during a time when that bloom will be in season (mid-May – early June is peak season for peonies!), allow your florist to suggest a flower that has a similar look to the one you love, or opt to use an out of season bloom sparingly to keep your budget in tact and truly make a statement with your favorite flower at your wedding.
Recently engaged or plan on getting engaged soon? Read up on these tips from Lauren Priori, Graduate Gemologist and owner of L. Priori Jewelry located in Rittenhouse Square.
Table 1 Events: What is the biggest mistake couples make when it comes to selecting engagement rings or wedding bands?
Lauren Priori: The biggest mistake is not finding out what the bride-to-be wants. Having an honest conversation about her dream ring will help ring shopping go smoothly. Even better than that? Shop for the ring together. I adore working with couples on a ring. For one, it lets me get to know them and see their love firsthand. But it also lets me talk through the details with the person who is going to wear it forever. Don't worry about ruining the surprise- the surprise is in how you ask!
T1E: What trend are you seeing within the wedding industry in regards to engagement rings or wedding bands?
LP: Rose and yellow gold are back in a huge way! Brushed metal, bezeled stones, and antique
details all look gorgeous in rose and yellow. I'm also seeing renewed interest in fancy cuts- radiant cuts, princess cuts, and ovals are all making a resurgence. The round stone will always be a classic, but I love the movement towards unique shapes.
T1E: When should an engaged couple purchase their wedding bands?
LP: Ideally, you considered your wedding band when you picked out the engagement ring. If it's important that the band fits flush with the engagement ring, you'll need the engagement ring design to accommodate that.
Visit your jeweler two to three months before your wedding to finalize your wedding band selection. A custom ring can take 4-6 weeks to create in the busy season. Even if you're buying something out of the case, engraving and other customizations can take time. You're going to have so many last minute tasks to take care of the last few weeks- get your rings square away early so you can focus on the final details with your vendors.
T1E: What advice can you give to couples regarding wedding jewelry?
LP: Wear something meaningful. Consider wearing an heirloom piece from you or your fiance's mother or grandmother. If you don't love a piece as is, let's update it so that it fits your style! A sparkly new pendant will mean so much more if it's holding your family's diamonds.
Also, visit your jeweler a week before the wedding to have your ring cleaned and polished one last time. You want your ring to sparkle in those wedding photos.
Lauren Priori is a graduate of the Gemologist Institute of America To learn more about L. Priori Jewelry and their offerings click here
Bridal Boot Camps used to be considered a luxury wedding item. Nowadays, they are becoming part of the normal routine when brides are prepping for their wedding. If you don't know what a Bridal Boot Camp consists of, picture a 'spa day' with the girls, Now pictures this day spanned over the course of several week, or even months. Brides, bridesmaids, and mother-of-the-brides sign up for "boot camp" style spa treatments with a med spa. Treatments typically include facials and massages, but have recently expanded to include botox, fillers, mud wraps, eyelash growth serums, and laser hair removal. The girls go back to the med spa several times leading up to their wedding day for continued treatment.
Essent Spa and Salon, an extension of The Radnor Hotel, saw the need for a bridal boot camp for men. They created 'Groom Get Ready', a boot camp specifically designed for the guys. Grooms, groomsmen, and dads can all enjoy spa services and products catered to men's needs. As part of this package, men receive two facials, a body wrap, massage, and hot shave. They can also receive laser hair removal treatments for their chest and back, and back of the neck. Additional treatments consist of botox and fillers, and microneedling on their hair line to promote hair growth.
More and more grooms-to-be are signing up for med spa treatments like oxygen facials, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. And yes, there has been a big uptick in the number of guys receiving filler treatments like botox.
Dr. Alison, Owner and Medical Director of Essent Spa, says that these treatments are medically proven to help you look your best on your wedding day. She suggests the men should sign up at least six weeks prior to their wedding to ensure they look their best on their big day.
For more information on the Groom Get Ready spa package and other great options for men, check out Essent Spa website.
This June 4th will be my five year wedding anniversary! To celebrate, Brian and I are heading to sunny Florida! We haven't been on a trip with just the two of us in a loooong time.
On a daily basis, I find myself looking at pictures of other people's weddings. But since it's my anniversary, I figured I would post some of my favorite pictures of my own wedding! We got married at St. Joseph's Church in Aston, then headed to Penn Oaks Golf Club for the reception. All pictures are by Clair Pruett Photography.