Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"The First Look"

Lately there has been a lot of talk about the "First Look". The first look basically implies that the bride and groom meet up- in their full attire- before the ceremony. Many do not like this idea as it is not traditional but it has been argued that it takes a lot of stress off of the bride and groom. Brides who have done this have said that the groom's reaction was something that would not have happened in front of friends and family and they insist that the ceremony is still special because of the friends, family, marriage officer/ priest and the music. Brides and grooms also say that by doing the photo shoot before the ceremony they get more time alone, spend most of the day together and have less pressure to rush the shoot- and the photographs are priceless. Sometimes it can be challenging for the photographer to catch the groom's first impression because most of the focus is on the bride or the ceremony area and lighting do not allow it. Would you consider doing the "first look"?






Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Engagement Shoot

Besides "on the day photography", photographers generally offer three other types of shoots- the engagement shoot, wedding boudoir shoot and the trash the dress shoot. This week I will be exploring all three. The engagement shoot is often offered for free in the photographer's package and is a great way for the bride and groom to become comfortable in front of the camera. It also helps the photographer get to know the couple and what their strengths and weaknesses are which will allow the shoot on the day to move along a bit faster. The engagement shoot should be a fun way for the bride and groom to take a break from all the wedding planning and just enjoy each other's company. The couple should plan a theme that suits their personalities. These photographs are a perfect way to personalise the save the date cards.

Look at these incredible pictures done by Unprecedented Pictures for Kelly and Lee Lubbee. Kelly is a fellow blogger over at Sunflowers and Spears.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Cameo Wedding Inspiration

Cameo is understated and absolutely elegant. It is easy to incorporate them into aspects of your wedding or to create an entire theme around it. Cameos are perfect for parisian or vintage themed weddings.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lawn Games

It is such a relief to see more brides and grooms starting to pay attention to the pre drinks hour- the time between the ceremony and reception. In the past many have just gone off to do their couple and family photo shoot and have left their guests to keep themselves entertained. Lately though drinks and special canapes are often set up or the latest craze are these lawn games. Easy to set up and affordable- they provide lots of laughs and entertainment for your guests.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Wedding Dress of the Week 14

This gorgeous dress is from the Naomi Neoh Fall 2012 Bridal Collection.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Pine Cone Decor

Pine cones have become a huge hit in the wedding industry. Rustic, winter and shabby chic themed weddings have made natural elements very popular decor options for brides and grooms. Pine cones can be used for almost anything and are an affordable item- often found in many parks for free.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bow Tie Napkins

We all know at a wedding, or any function for that matter, there has to be a napkin at each place setting. The question is how do you integrate that into your theme and where do you place it? For quirky, charming and fun brides and grooms these bow tie napkins could be just the answer.

Wedding Venue : Tswalu Grove Safari Lodge

If you are looking to get married at a venue that not every second person has then why not try Tswalu Grove Safari Lodge? This gorgeous venue, set in thatch and stone, is only situated 15 minutes south of Johannesburg. It is the ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg, offers six chalets (each decorated in in their own unique theme), free-roaming game and hiking. Want to get away for the weekend- this is the perfect place to try. For more information go to their website or contact 082 574 9841. The beautiful lodge is situated at 95 Bloekom Street, Hartzenbergfontein.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Wedding Dress of the Week 13

From Muzaffer Fall 2012 Evening Collection

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Lemonade Stands

It is no secret that I love different and fun stands at weddings and the latest to catch my attention is the lemonade stand. They are so easy to set up yourself and are cost effective. It is perfect to serve during the canape hour on a hot summer day. You will not need to organise waiters as it can be set up as a self-service stand or it would be a great way to get the kids from the wedding involved. They are eye catching and make for great photographs- perfect for shabby chic, rustic, picnic, yellow or even vintage themed weddings.