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In the next few chapters I'm going to focus a bit on Clothing and Accessories. Stay tuned because we'll focus on the Bride & Groom, Bridesmaids & Groomsmen and even the Flower Girl(s) & Ring Bearer(s).
Obviously the point of the brides entire getup is to make her stand apart from virtually everyone at the wedding. Here we're focusing on what I'd like to refer to as a "Beauty Budget" - it's understandable that A) You want to look beautiful and have a stunning dress,and B) You want to keep it within expenses and not lose your look. We'd like to achieve a complete package overall.
Of course everyone's budget flexibilities are going to be completely different. For example, a $2,000 beach wedding (if you live near the beach), cuts out a lot of expense in decor if you're using the beauty of the sand and ocean, but on the flip side, a $2,000 budget for a Winter bride needing to decorate an indoor space, is completely a different matter. $2,000 maybe seem like a small budget, but to some, they've got less than even that to work with.
This week's creative photographer spotlight goes to Jordan Weiland (www.JordanWeiland.com and on facebook) who I also met on the PhotoBiz facebook page and who is also a new COLOURlover, so say "hi" - jordanweiland!
This engagement session was based on the likeness the couple had with the show, Pushing Daisies. A well missed, short lived show dedicated to vibrant colour, textures and a whole lot of personality.
I wanted to pick Jordan's brain a little on how she came about doing this session with all the little details and personality...so I asked her a few questions that might actually help you pick a photographer or communicate to your photographer about what kind of style you want for your engagement (or wedding) photos; or if you are an upcoming photographer, maybe grab some inspiration!
So you don't have a lot of cash or a lot of time to save, and even if you did, no one in either family could afford to travel to a destination wedding if you planned one. Don't lose hope! Isn't the next best thing to create a fun version of your dream destination in your hometown (or wherever you're doing it away from the actual destination you desire)?
Maybe you pictured having a beach or tropical wedding followed with a casual, "kick off your shoes" reception with palm leaves and drinks in coconuts? Well, you can still have that! As long as you're into a little creativity, imagination and fun decor.
I have a cool little treat for you today - I randomly found this gold nugget of fantastic colour use incorporated in this engagement session by Micah Williams Photography.
Big thanks to Micah (Micah Williams Photography on facebook) and PhotoBiz (www.photobiz.com). I found Micah on PhotoBiz's Facebook fan page (facebook.com/photobiz) randomly last week after seeing this photo (below) appear on their wall. This one was my main inspiration. LOVE her yellow shoes, with his green shirt and of course the awesome wall of coloured glass behind them.
Per my suggestion and introduction to our wonderful community in colour, Micah just recently joined us on COLOURlovers too (micahrae224). So be a colour-buddy and drop her a hello!
"Hey everyone! My name is Micah Williams and my true passion in life is photography - right now I still have a 'real' job being a teacher during the school year being a rock star to 25 kids, but when I'm not teaching, my camera is in my hand and I'm helping people hold onto those special memories in timeless photographs. I love to be artistic, colourful, and unique when shooting." - from Micah's profile
What I loved about this engagement session was what the couple wore in accordance to the location - not on purpose. Micah literally tells us what kind of personality this couple has. They are so adorable and I can tell they love colour too!
My friend, Anastasia, is getting married at the end of July and they decided to do pre-wedding photos in their wedding day getup. I asked if her dress was vintage as the style certainly seemed to be. It turned out that her mom made an exact replica of Princess Grace Kelly's from the 1950's. Pretty amazing. It inspired me to check out some other popular/celebrity/royal vintage pieces and their modern day re-makes and influences.
"Grace's wedding gown was a gift from the MGM Studio and designed by Helen Rose. It was a high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a fitted torso and billowing skirt made of twenty-five yards of silk taffeta, one hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie, tulle and 125-year-old Brussels rose point lace. She wore a Juliet cap that was decorated with seed pearls, orange blossoms, and a veil of 90 yards of tulle. The chief hairstylist at MGM Studios, Sydney Guilaroff, styled Grace's hair for her wedding. Grace carried a small Bible and a bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley. Prince Rainier wore a Napoleonic military type of uniform that he designed himself." - marriage.about.com
This is the start of a series of posts centered around low-budget wedding/reception advice involving my own wedding in 2005 and the weddings I've helped with since, including my most involved wedding recently for my brother Sam. I'll also be including a bit of outside research for other tips and tricks from people on the web.
Everyone's idea of a budget level is different. Sometimes I read low-budget wedding blog posts that to me, don't realistically seem low-budget for the average person. Maybe it was for that particular couple because they had connections, resources and/or were able to contribute their own skills. But what if YOU don't. What if you don't really have a friend who is a professional photographer or designer who can cut you a huge break or do it for free? What if you love creativity but lack the ability or even time to commit yourself to doing a bunch of DIY projects and no one is willing to help. I think there are a lot more than some who are in this predicament. How then do you do a low-budget wedding and still pull it off - being happy with it?
I want to throw out an example. I did a post at the end of March called, "Fiesta in the Garden". It was based on a post from Snippet & Ink about Donia and David and their fiesta style wedding. I absolutely loved everything about their 'low-budget' wedding, but in reading the post in detail, noticed a few things most of us don't have: generous creative resources. The dress alone was an ordeal, and granted, a lot of work, but she had the resources to get there.
Are you due for some eye-candy? Weather you want to make your own garter or buy one, this is a fun topic! Maybe you're wanting to find something more unique than that white lacy thing they carry almost everywhere (wedding or craft stores). I have concluded that any big company cannot possibly create something as cool as a hand made garter.
When I got married, I just figured what you see on the shelf is what you get. I'm not saying something white and lacy is bad, actually, you can find a number of white and lacy picks that have a lot of uniqueness about them still - simply in the quality or type of lace and/or ribbon used and don't get me started on embellishments! Peacock feathers, antique broaches and little charms are just a few used in these designs.
If you're looking for something wild or super sexy or absolutely adorable - I found that Etsy.com has the biggest and coolest, non-standard variety of wedding day garters than any average offline or online store could ever carry. You can also order a custom garter from places like mom and daughter team, Sew Unique Wedding Garters or ask an Etsy.com crafter to custom-design one especially for you. Ready for some beauties? Here we go...
(Etsy.com - pompandplumage)
Pom-Pom's are a terrific way to add fun colour to your reception. If you're crafty (or not) and are willing to get your hands dirty, this one's for you. This is something you don't want to be doing the week of though.
As I have mentioned before, I am coordinating and helping with the design for my little brothers wedding coming up here in just 2 short weeks.
A few Weekends ago, my Mom, and partner in crime for the wedding decor, spent some time putting mock tables and accessory layouts together. As we were coming in from a walk after all our projects were done for the day, my mom says,"I have decided not to add another project to our already big list of things to do." Of course, not two hours later did we come across these wonderful pom-pom's (pictured right)! So what do two crazy girls do with an idea? The very next day we gathered supplies and started dying 1,400 mini coffee filters a variety of lavender hues. We started at 3pm and she left after midnight. So much for not adding another project! I'd like to add that my mom has dyed over 3,000 more coffee filters on top of the original 1,400. When we get a bug in our bonnets we're all about business.
On to the actual project and our experience. The original idea came from a small photo (again, pictured right) from the last months issue of the Martha Stewart Weddings. When we originally spied the photo we naturally assumed they were made from coffee filters. As we figured we could get the general idea ourselves, we tried looking up a how-to on the subject with not much luck. So we did what we do best and made it up.
For the last 5-years wedding traditions have been melting away. Planning for the big day has become a lot more fun and has almost turned into a competition on being the most unique. We've got to lend credit to the many wedding-related TV reality series which cover anything from stress-crazed Bridzillas to dancing outside the box with Rock the Reception to the many cake related reality shows showcasing both wedding and non-wedding (Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes and Amazing Wedding Cakes). It's not that incorporating unique elements into weddings is something new. It's that more people are becoming aware of their options and that it is OK to do so. Be it your entire theme or just using funky little accessories here and there to add pizzaz.