It should come as no surprise that with a background in history, I'm very much rooted in and appreciative of tradition. One tradition that I would love to see make a comeback is the bridal portrait.
Not only do I think that the bridal portrait is a smart move, it's also something that you'll have to look back on as a memory in the years to come.
As a planner, I'm all about making the client experience as effortless and stress-free as possible, so frankly I feel it's my duty to encourage you to invest in a bridal portrait session.
Consider it practice.
Your bridal portrait session is a trial run of your hair and makeup, bouquet, dress , etc. Can't decide if you want your hair up or down? Do both! Wear it one way for the bridal portrait and another for the wedding day. Realize that it's difficult to hold that big bouquet you were dreaming about? Request something a little different with the florist for the actual wedding.
Be at ease.
The reality is that you'll have butterflies and some nerves or excitement the morning of your wedding day, and of course, you want to look flawless. By scheduling a bridal portrait in advance and having that run through, you'll eliminate some of that extra pressure because you know what the result will look like or you'll know what direction to give your vendor team to make sure you get the desired result.
Get comfortable in front of the camera.
Many couples schedule engagement photo sessions with their photographer, but not all. Scheduling a bridal portrait session allows you to get comfortable not only with your photographer, but with being in front of a camera. You'll get a feel for their work style and they'll get a feel for your level of comfortability which will make the wedding day much easier for them to shoot and for you to relax in front of them. It'll be a "Oh, I've done this before!" sort of feeling vs. "Am I doing this right?".
At the end of the day, you won't regret having a bridal portrait session, and the photographs will be a special memory for years to come. PS. They make excellent gifts for parents!
It's not every day that we work with couples whose weddings don't just have themes, but concepts. Rebecca and Troy's had just that, and we loved every second of it. A couple that has had their fair share of exciting adventures, they wanted to bring their relationship and journey to life for their guests.
Not afraid to buck tradition, these two opted to host a cocktail-style wedding with a ceremony that their friends and family are going to talk about for years to come.
The pair opted for a quick outdoor ceremony where their loved ones surrounded them outside of The Carriage Barn at Liseter. Upon saying their vows, a champagne toast kicked off the reception ... er... actually ... the full fireworks display did after they said "Cheers!". Unforgettable.
Inside, the idea was that throughout the night, guests would be able to experience the journey of the couples' relationship ... how fun is that?! Food was the star of the show, with stations provided by 30 Main's catering division: a California Station featuring cheese and wine, a Canadian Station featuring a poutine bar, a Philly Station with cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and more.
A DJ played hits downstairs for guests who were taking advantage of the confetti GIF machine or who were playing pong at the college throwback zone. Upstairs, Coast to Coast kept folks on the dance floor and when they needed a break they could pop over to the customized candy bar.
An amazing evening was had by all, and I think it's safe to say that Rebecca and Troy have one heck of an adventure to add to their repertoire.
written by intern Kristin Vollrath | edited by Alexandria Proko
This September, Leigh and Kevin said "I do" in front of all of their loved ones. Leigh and Kevin tied the knot at the beautiful Booking House in Manheim, just outside of Lancaster. The ceremony was held in the Rizzardi Room surrounded by exposed brick and wooden beams with glowing twinkle lights all around them.
Leigh walked down the aisle in a Vancleve Pavilion dress that was both flattering and simple, but still incorporated glamorous details. She looked stunning standing in front of the fireplace, staring into the eyes of her future husband, Kevin. The venue was decorated with florals from Flowers by Jena Paige, incorporating marsala and navy tones with lots of fresh greenery. The cigar box centerpieces were an amazing touch, and came from the groom's personal collection and meshed perfectly with the history of the Booking House (it used to be a cigar factory!). Throughout the remainder of the night, guests danced the night away courtesy of DJ Mast.