Category Archives: Wedding planning

14 Fun ideas for your Wedding Send-off

14 Fun ideas for your wedding send-off

I was talking with a bride the other day about ideas for her wedding send-off. It prompted me to write a quick post to give you some fun ideas for your wedding send-off.

We’ve all seen bubbles & sparklers quite a bit for the wedding exit. But I scoured the internet for a few more ideas with examples to help you think about how to make your wedding exit unique, memorable & totally you! OKAY I CHEATED. I’m writing this post at almost 11:30 at night and didn’t feel like searching through computer files trying to find samples of all the exits I’ve photographed.

I just wanted to blast out a fairly quick post so you wouldn’t think I was kidnapped by Aliens. Since it has been a little while since my last post. But soon you will find out why.

Anyway, back to the topic (ADD, wink). So if you’re still on the fence about what to do about your big departure, have a look at these samples and see if you find something you like or maybe one of these will spark a new idea in that creative mind of yours.

I’m offering my two-cents commentary, for what it’s worth.

Newer to the exit scene – FLUTTER FETTI!

So colorful, easy and pretty. You can even match your wedding colors. Love it!

Flutter fetti


Wedding Tips from Past Brides

Wedding tips from past brides can be so helpful in planning your own wedding.

Today’s wedding tips comes from my past bride Ceasarine, who created a gorgeous wedding! In fact, so gorgeous that her wedding has been chosen by four publications so far!

CEASARINE – The wedding day goes by very fast and is over before you know it- so make sure to slow down, take it all in and enjoy because you have all your loved ones celebrating this day with you. Also steal as many private moments as you can with your new husband .. we did this while dancing, during dinner and a few times between the ceremony and reception.

TESS – So true! I hear this from brides all the time. Sometimes they feel like the day was a “BLUR”. This is another reason photographs are so important. Capturing every detail, even the ones you may not remember. A “first look” is a wonderful way to have a private moment with your future spouse. The feedback from couples that choose this option has been very positive.

Wedding tips from past bride


Bridal Tip Tuesday – Elegance on a budget

Denise,  what advice would you offer to brides planning their wedding for this week’s Bridal tip Tuesday?

Denise – We wanted an elegant wedding, but were still trying to do it on a budget. We saved money by keeping the centerpieces simple but elegant. We had the guys wear suits instead of tuxes. I also saved money by having the bouquets done in silk flowers. They’ve come along way. I never thought I would carry them on my wedding day.

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Tess – And obviously you pulled it off beautifully, because your wedding has already been featured twice and will be featured again, April 2nd on In Love In The City’s blog. There’s always ways to save money and still have a beautiful wedding! Putting the bulk of your budget into the things that matter the most and finding ways to save in other areas is always a great idea.


Creating the best wedding day photo experience – Planning

Over the many years of shooting weddings, I’ve seen my share of wedding day blips, delays and down right disasters.  Everything from a groom with no pants, to a wild animal eating half of the wedding cake.  Oh the memories and stories I could share! Although stressful and crazy at the time, looking back on them, some were a little comical. No matter how well you plan, some things are just out of your control. But some aren’t and that’s what I want to talk about today.

I know as a wedding photographer, I have a big job ahead of me at every wedding, which is very important to me.  I want each couple to get the most out of their photographic investment.  That’s why I take a hands on approach to their wedding day timeline.  I send a questionnaire that helps me to gather all the information I need to compile a seamless flow for the day, based on each individual wedding and the amount of hours purchased (see a sample at the end this post). The questions posed give you time to think things through in advance and plan accordingly. The final result is peace of mind knowing that there is a plan and that we will do our part to keep everything flowing smoothly.With so much on your plate, this service can be a real blessing.  Good planning usually yields good results.  Having a plan will also help you to relax and enjoy your day. We got this!

Okay, so we’ve invested thought and time in creating a fabulous wedding day schedule. You’ve shared that schedule with the key wedding day players.  But, now it’s the wedding day and everyone’s late! What?!? Yup, I see this more than any other issue. And if you have contracted me for 8 hours, but show up an hour late, this alters the ENTIRE wedding day schedule. We have to rush trying to catch up, which may limit the time we have to be creative or lessen the amount of photos we have time to take. Lateness causes stress and you don’t need any extra wedding day stress!  Although not every hiccup can be anticipated or avoided, there is much you can do to aid in getting your wedding day off to a good start.


New York Bridal

I visited this awesome store with one of my brides. I was blown away by the gorgeous, modern, roomy motif & endless dress selections. I just had to get my camera and snap just a few photos before the store was closing. I could spend hours there photographing all the beautiful accessories.  I’m kind of obsessed with bows & bling and every other girly thing!

If you are a bride still looking for your dress, be sure to check out New York Bride & Groom.  They also have great dresses for all occasions, just go check them out.

Here’s some teaser eye candy.

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Wedding Photography Giveaway for 2014! -Inspiration & Design Photography

I am super excited about this Free Wedding Photography Giveaway announcement!

One of my favorite things about my photography business is all the wonderful clients I’ve met & worked with over the years.   I have had so much fun getting to know each of them. I love  hearing about their love stories and sharing part of their lives with them, as I capture one of the most important days of their lives! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE WEDDINGS, wedding details and how each couple make their special day a unique reflection of who they are. Each client touches my life in a memorable way.  I have gathered so many fond memories of locations, love, laughter, joy, beauty and tears (sometimes my own, okay I’m a romantic sap).  For each client that has blessed my life I want that blessing to flow back out and bless others. I hope to do that by offering my time and talent to benefit a wonderful and unique engaged couple!

So part of this contest is the uniqueness of your love story and as well as the stylish originality of your wedding details.  Your wedding doesn’t have to be extravagant, just unique. Whether it’s designer, or do it yourself, just make it you!  I want to hear how you met and fell in love and what makes you unique as a couple.  Share any random fun facts about yourselves.  Your wedding can be local or a destination.


So…What do you win? Click the read more button and find out!


Wedding planning – What’s most important to you?

With so many important decisions to make when planning your wedding, suggestions are made to pick the top three most important and put the bulk of your budget into these and find ways to cut back in other areas. To get a feel for the current day bride’s priorites, I thought a poll would be fun! Be sure to leave a comment if I have missed an important aspect of your wedding planning that you would like to mention. Thank you for your participation!