We just love when a group of Creatives get together to create beauty and learn at the same time!
This shoot was part of a styled shoot/wedding workshop, where students learned everything from posing + lighting to marketing + pricing. We hope you get inspired!
(The images are a mix of the instructors and students!)
Photographer: Moreland Photography//Hair Stylist: ArmeganStyles//Floral Designer: Carithers Florist//Design and Decor: Chalk It Up Norcross//Transportation: Classy Car Limo//Linens and Coverings: Graceful Tables//Event Planner: Karen Casey Events//Event Venue: Magnolia Pond Estate, LLC//Beauty:Naja's Beauty//Other:Vintage by Judith//Bridesmaid Dresses: Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique//
Models: Ultimate Model Management Inc.
Your wedding day is a huge celebration in life. It’s the day you’ve been dreaming of since you were little. It’s the day where you and your love make that everlasting commitment to each other. But love doesn’t always mean a perfect wedding day. Many mistakes can happen and knowing how to prevent common mistakes will help keep you safe, sane and stress-free.
Common Pitfall #1 - Not Hiring A Pro... Weddings are expensive. Having friends with talents can come in handy but when it comes to weddings, you are risking everything. When I say everything, I mean your memories, your sanity and your friendship. Friends should be there to have fun and celebrate with you, not be in charge of everyone else’s entertainment or your memories. Hiring a professional means having someone who has experience and know how to use it. When it comes to photographers, having a friend means risking not getting important pictures, pictures not “turning out” and more. Having a professional, whether low-key or full-time, photograph your wedding; you are walking away with a guarantee of having memories returned to you. Mistakes happen but do you really want to risk your entire wedding? Skipping music (or worse... Pandora ads!), bad images, floral arrangements that are wilting or falling apart, a cake that slides off the stand, etc. Are you ready for the fallout?
Common Pitfall #2 - Micromanaging Your Vendors... You spent time and energy (and a lot of money) on your wedding vendors. You chose them based on quality, style and personality. You chose them because you love their work. It’s tempting to try to control every single detail of your wedding, including the vendors. Don’t. Trust your vendors because they have experience and passion for what they do and you don’t have the time to worry. When you micromanage, you end up stressing yourself out, worry about little details you’ll never remember, and make it harder for your vendors to do their job. Proper vendors will have discussed issues before hand or have enough experience to deal with almost anything. Enjoy your big day and leave the work to the people you trusted enough to hire.
Common Pitfall #3 - Starting to Get Ready Too Late... Most brides want to get ready last because they’re afraid of their hairstyle not holding up or their makeup wearing off. A good practice is to schedule your hair and makeup in the middle of your bridesmaid’s appointments or have multiple hair and makeup artists. Why do such a thing? Your hair and makeup is more important that your bridesmaids. If time is running out, you don’t want to rush your appointment because you could risk a disaster later. Instead, give your vendors plenty of time to get your hair done. There are fast and easy hairstyles for bridesmaid’s but your bridal hairdo should be perfect before you walk down the aisle. Another thing that can be a set back... choosing a look that is trendy. And by trendy, I mean a look that you would never wear on a normal basis or a night out. Your makeup should be an accent of who you are. If you don’t wear much makeup, if any at all, your makeup should be natural but enough to make you stand out on your big day. If you typically wear bold colors, choosing neutrals may look bland. Having to start over because you don’t look like you is hard on your schedule. Get the bridal previews before the big day to nail down your look. Don’t know who to call? Ask your vendors. Wedding venues, coordinators, photographers, etc. all know who does makeup and will generally have a referral waiting based on experience.
Common Pitfall #4 - Rushing Your Photographer... Most photographers will give you options before the wedding. A professional will work with you on pros and cons and help nail down your timeline. They know how much time they need. Don’t underestimate and cut your photography time short. You risk missing important details and creating frustration when you feel rushed. If you choose not to have a “first look”, allow extra time after the wedding to get some couples portraits in. You’ll appreciate the quiet time and your wedding gallery.
Common Pitfall #5 - Being Too Strict With Social Media... Unplugged weddings are the newest rage. With the rise in cameras and cell phones, etiquette has been thrown to the wind so-to-speak. Some guests are standing up, in the aisles, or putting their phones up right before the big moment, and your photographer cringes. Most professionals are writing it into their contracts that outside cameras and phones are to be restricted. Instead of killing the mood, ask your guests to refrain from using the devices during the ceremony. If they must use their devices, ask them to be courteous of the photographer because you hired them to get good pictures and they can’t help when a guest throws their phone in the air right as you share your first kiss as a married couple. It’s so abrupt that the beautiful moment is missed or tainted. By restricting the use of phones and cameras, you really can hurt your guests. They want to enjoy your wedding and post the awesomeness on social media. Find a nice middle ground that suits your wedding.
Common Pitfall #6 - Taking Too Long Between the Ceremony and Reception... If you’re following tradition and not having the first look, you’ll have to schedule extra time between the ceremony and reception. However, if you have a large family or people drift off, your scheduled time can hurt your reception! Try taking some photos before the ceremony. Get as many done as possible. When it comes to the formal photos after the ceremony, limit your list. Yes, you definitely need all the pictures you want, but remember that some of them can be candid at the reception. Those are some of the best shots and everyone wins! If you are determined to have all formal shots, consider the first look.
Common Pitfall #7 - Forgetting to Eat... This one is a big deal in my book. Food is a necessity on the wedding day. You need to eat a good breakfast. High protein and low carb foods are best so you’ll have energy without needing to take a heavy nap. You’re not going to suddenly gain 10 lbs. and not be able to fit into your wedding dress. Have your maid of honor pack up some snacks and fruit to munch on while you’re getting ready. We can’t afford you getting woozy or h-angry, which is very common with the stress of a wedding day. You’ll feel better, have a good time, and not feel like crashing before the ceremony even starts.
Common Pitfall #8 - Not Feeding Your Vendors... Believe it or not, vendors are human too and they definitely require food. If you’re hungry, they are starving. Their jobs are not easy. They’re on their feet all day and it’s a courtesy to include them. Even better, allowing them to eat in the main area while you eat. Vendors need to be able to know what’s going on and move at a moments notice. Being stuck in the kitchen is rude and no one wants pictures while they’re eating. You eat; they eat. You party, they work.
Common Pitfall #9 – Not Having a Delegate... Know in advance who your go-to person is. Preferably the maid of honor, a close relative or parent. This person should know who to call, how to calm you down, and be able to answer vendors questions so you aren’t bombarded all day. It is a daunting task but there are so many things to confirm that having someone available to handle it for you is a lifesaver. The stress alone is enough to set back your schedule. Prevent that by having your confidant take care of the extra details. Now that you know what some common mistakes are, we hope you are prepared to have an amazing wedding day. You and your future spouse are in this together. You are not alone and you are loved. Enjoy the good times and remember that the little hiccups are temporary and will give you the best laughs later.
Couple: Ashley B. and Sterling B. | Photo credits: Lisa Silva Photography
Ashley and Sterling had their engagement session captured with pecan groves and cotton fields in Mershon, Georgia; they were the perfect backdrop for a sweet, Southern look!
Amanda and Patrick picked Charleston, South Carolina for their engagement session with Crouch n Crase Photography. Botany Bay provided a beautiful backdrop. They then decided to travel up the road to a seashell covered beach with scattered trees in the water.
As the story continues, then comes marriages, then comes baby in a baby carriage!!
But first, this beautiful maternity shoot of Amanda & Patrick! Their photographer, Crouch n Crase Photography captured the most beautiful images of Amanda's growing bundle of joy!
To make this celebration extra special, they revisited the spots where they had their engagement session a couple of years prior!
We couldn't be more excited to release this update with who is in the lead!! Most of the Top 5 are literally a few votes a part from each other!! This is the closest awards yet!!
This will be our LAST update until the end! To have made it to the Top 5 is an honor in its own. Good luck y'all!
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Photography by A Traveler's Heart Photography
Amanda and Ethan met off of Tinder, their first date was shortly after he came back from deployment. Amanda said from the beginning that she just knew he was the one, even though it sounded so cliche!
The couple flew their photographer in to Nashville for their engagement session to photograph them at some pretty amazing places, that have special meanings!
Opryland Hotel: The location Ethan asked Amanda to be his girlfriend.
Land Between the Lakes: Because it was simply beautiful!
Peabody Hotel: Where Amanda's parents had their reception and the original location where Ethan had planned to propose, but the rooftop was closed for the night.
Arboretum: Where Ethan officially proposed.
Centennial Park and the Memphis Zoo!
Bridal boudoirs have become increasingly popular over the years. The blushing bride wants to give her soon-to-be-husband a gift for their wedding day and the one things he hasn’t had yet, is a boudoir photo collection of his soon-to-be-wife.
You might be wondering what a bridal boudoir shoot is:
A bridal boudoir shoot is a chance for you to look and feel beautiful. It can take place in a bedroom setting, in your home, a studio, or even a hotel; if you’re a lover of nature, take your session outdoors in a secluded area. You can dress in lingerie, playful outfits, or simply cover up with a sheet to get some sexy photos of yourself! Not only is it a great confidence booster, but it also makes a great gift for your new husband. It’s far from being
X-rated though, think of it as Pg-13 or even NC-17! Some professionals like to call it “implied nude”, parts of you will be covered, whether it’s a robe partially covering you, props, blankets, or maybe it’s the position in which you are laying, like if you are lying on you stomach.
Many women will shy away from taking boudoir photos. We’re here to tell you that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL and your future husband thinks so too!
Here’s a few tips, written by DJ Hunter, owner of Prince Photography, if you’re thinking about a bridal boudoir shoot:
So you’re considering a boudoir session, but can’t decide if it is right for you or not. First off, what IS boudoir? It is defined as a woman’s private bedroom. In photography, it is a genre that showcases the intimate, romantic, and seductive side of a woman. There are many misconceptions about boudoir photography, as well as hindrances from all women as some truly don’t see themselves in that light. But the reality is, that is why boudoir is perfect for EVERY woman.
First, if you are considering bridal boudoir, then that you are already preparing to walk down the aisle, meaning you have already found the love of your life who accepts you for all that you are. Every flaw, doubt, insecurity, and “room for improvement” that exists within your mind, they have accepted, cherish, and are prepared to vow to spend the rest of their life enjoying. They love you, unconditionally, without reservation, and that includes the physical and visual aspects of you. They accept you. And it’s time for you to accept that, as well as accept and appreciate yourself.
Second, though a bridal boudoir session is presented to your husband as his gift, it is also a gift to yourself!
Women consistently measure themselves against other women and often tear themselves down with unrealistic expectations that just aren’t real. What most women don’t realize, however, is that EVERY woman does this. Yes, even the “she’s so perfect she never has to worry about beauty” super models, Instagram chicks, or girl next door that you believe jogs in skimpy clothes for attention way too much. This is what being feminine is all about. And what boudoir allows you to do is be shamelessly feminine. It is a statement that yes, I have flaws. No, I’m not perfect. But I am the perfect me that I can be, and that is more than enough.
So how is boudoir a gift for yourself as well?
Boudoir is more than just shots of you trying to be sexy for your man. You can do that with a camera phone. Most women haven’t seen themselves glamoured up, in a perfect setting since they played make believe as a child. And that is what boudoir is about: becoming the fantasy of yourself that you would like to be. Professionally being transformed, guided, and reminded that you are beautiful, you are empowered, you are sexy. For me, watching a client embracing her fears and doubts at the beginning of a session, then showing her, her images and watch her be taken aback that this really is her is a rewarding process for me. And if I feel it, and I am not emotionally attached to the images, imagine how you will feel seeing yourself in this very exclusive light.
Boudoir is more than just lingerie. It is a chance for you to define YOUR sexy. It can be as wild as a fantasy of a professional woman at the end of the day, to as simple as playfully having fun in your man’s shirt. The only question that needs to be answered is what makes YOU feel sexy? And you answer it by becoming it.
Bridal Boudoirs! Where do we even begin? Definitely not for everyone and that's okay, but bridal boudoirs sure are a growing trend that we're loving!! We hope you enjoy this session by Kasie Tanner Photography with the gorgeous bride, Kaylee! We hope it inspires you to be comfortable in your skin, to shine bright and giggle for a sweet and sultry gift to your Future Mr!
Also stay tuned next week for our editorial about Bridal Boudoirs!