Professional Wedding Photography

The steady, ongoing work produced from wedding photography generates the majority of new clients for most photography studios and freelance photographers. A wedding photographer will need to comfortable with the following activities & skills:

Candid shots (photojournalistic) and posed shots
Making slides, prints, and slideshows (digital or otherwise)
Traditional albums
Taking shots in the outdoors at a party, beach, or rustic locale
Snapping shots indoors at a temple or church

In the late 1860’s in America, couples started hiring photographers and posing at the wedding. The art form of photography for the wedding was created by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. However, the idea of live action shots and of capturing the event itself came up after the Second World War. Often, the photographers would just show up inconspicuously at a wedding, snap the photos, and venture to sell them later on to the family. This forced studios to start covering the events, lest they be booted out by freelance photographers.

After the wedding is over, a small time lapse is incurred, and, thereafter the photographer shows “proofs” to the couple. The proofs can be in the form of prints, thumbnail galleries, or all of the images on CD-ROM. They may also make separate galleries or slideshows, and they’re sometimes themed.

Photographers may sell additional prints to the couple through a web site with thumbnail galleries and an e-commerce back-end, often in conjunction with a vendor or broker website that charges a commission for each print purchase.

The common types of wedding photography include the photojournalistic realism and spontaneous photographer behavior of some, the classic or traditional posed method, and a hybrid of the two called fashion-based wedding photography.

In big cities, there are often studios devoted to wedding photography because photography for the wedding is such a mammoth market in metropolitan areas. People are always moving in and out and getting married. Take a look at a portfolio of the photographer’s former work for assurance.

The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and, especially, the Wedding Photojournalists Association (WPA) offer training, professional support, and tips to member photographers.

Why Couples Should Decide on a Budget for Their Wedding Cake

“Do you have a budget allocated for your wedding cake?”

Here are a couple of answers that we face:

“Don’t worry, money is not an issue!”

“We really don’t know how much a cake costs?”

“We just want to enquire”

These are understandable, but let’s take a look at why a budget is required.

Please take note that there is one condition which eliminates the requirement for a baker to know your budget, and that is if you provide a design that you want replicated exactly.

For cases that are not the above, the two important reasons why a budget is important are:

1) Wedding Cake designs can be INFINITE.

A wedding cake can cost anything from $100 to $10,000 depending on the extent of the design. It is much more accurate to design knowing the limitations. Themes, colours, preferred floral work and other interests of the lovely couple provide guidelines and inspirations for bakers, but a budget creates a cap on how far they can go with the “extensiveness” and/or minute details of the design and the elements we place on it. This results in us not “shortchanging” your cake; in fact it makes your cake more holistic. Also, the best part is that you get it at YOUR price.

2) The sub-standard finesse

A good and successful cake design, like many other works of art, requires various elements, to be incorporated in such a way that they compliment each other in order to meet the couple’s various interests and vision. Thus, when a budget is not provided, two things could possibly happen:

The cake exceeds your budget and you request to remove certain elements from the design that you feel is expandable. As much as this seems logical, it affects the overall design. As mentioned earlier, designing is done on the wedding cake as a whole, so removing or replacing design elements post-design to suit your budget might actually be a disadvantage to you. And furthermore, the outcome may still not satisfy your budget. It would be best to avoid this process.

To redesign the entire cake to suit your now understood budget, is the best the baker can do to accommodate you, but this might cause delays in the process.

Although, these processes might have proven successful in the past, it is not something we recommend. And when we do have to, we pay careful attention to the final design to make sure it still accomplishes the overall vision and objectives of the lovely couple.

So, how do you actually decide your budget? Look out for our next article on tips on deciding a budget for your wedding cake!

The Intimate Wedding Venue in Denver

Small weddings are becoming more and more popular. Not only because they are obviously less expensive, but also because they are spent with the people dearest to the bride and groom. Below are some selected venues in Denver where you can hold an intimate wedding ceremony and reception:

For a small yet elegant wedding, consider The Black Swan on the border of downtown Denver. This charming two-story brownstone building has a private event space on the ground level that can fit 30 to 50 people. With high ceilings, wooden floors, and a grand staircase, its ambiance exudes nothing but simple elegance. They also have a back area where you can put up a tent if you want more space.

An art gallery is one of the most perfect settings for an intimate and not-so-typical wedding. In Denver, event gallery 910arts has two venues you can choose from: Studio 11 that can accommodate up to 50 people and Emerging Artists Gallery that can seat a maximum of 35 people. Either of these two art-filled options will certainly make your wedding full of character.

If you have a modern Japanese theme for your wedding, the best place would be Mikuni Sushi. It’s a hip bar/restaurant adorned with paintings of Japanese warriors mixed with metallic décor. However, they only allow i-house catering. They have a small banquet room where you can hold a reception for 20 people.

Another unique Denver wedding venue is D’Vine Wine, which you could rent if you have no more than 70 guests. It would be like having a wedding in your very own winery. Located right in the middle of Denver, D’Vine Wine has a cozy winery with a Tuscan theme as well as a bar and a patio where your guests can enjoy your wedding and the wines.

There are also plenty of historic Denver wedding venues if that’s what you’re looking for such as Historic Georgetown. It has two indoor house museums with a total capacity of 60 people – a Victorian Home and an Italian style two-story house. It also has two parks for outdoor events that can accommodate up to 100 guests, one of which – Hamill Park – has a covered pavilion with catering facilities.

These are just some of the Denver wedding venues that you may want to consider for your special day. To make your selection easier, finalize your guest number and decide on the ambiance that you want for your wedding. One thing is for sure, whether you want an elegant, quirky or quaint venue for a small wedding you will not run out of options in Denver.

Digital Photo Wedding Album

For a contemporary, unique and highly personal wedding album, have you considered a digital wedding album created by you with the help of your wedding guests? The result is a wonderful collection of intimate, personal pictures presented as a top quality album in the style of your choice.

The days when wedding albums were heavy leather-bound paper tomes, inevitably stuck in the back of a closet gathering dust are long gone. A digital photo album is a fantastic coffee table book that you will want to show off and look through again and again.

Obviously professionally taken photographs are fabulous, but you cannot underestimate the variety and spontaneity of photographs taken by your friends and family. So many couples spend their wedding day in a whirl of excitement, with little time to draw breath, and many admit that after the wedding, they felt as if they missed out on spending time with many of their guests, particularly if it is a large wedding. Imagine the joy of looking through your wedding photos, contributed by your guests, and seeing your wedding through their eyes. Wedding guests often capture moments that are missed by the official photographer, and using a collection of photographs from several different guests will increase your chances of having photographs of the majority of your guests.

If you know in advance of the wedding that this is the kind of album you want, you can let your guests know so that they can use their best photography skills on the big day! If you have a few guests who are keen amateur photographers, they will probably be snapping away all day anyway, but if they know what you are planning to do with the pictures, they can really make the most of their talent. Make sure you have all aspects of the day covered including of course the bride at home before leaving, guests arriving at the venue (e.g. church), the wedding party (bride and groom, bridesmaids, parents etc) after the ceremony, the meal and the reception.

You will undoubtedly find photos that you absolutely love, and you may decide to have these printed to be framed and displayed in your home.

The process is simple. Sign up for the service. Create your album by choosing what page size you’d like to have. A classic wedding album size is 12″ x 12″. Setup your album for sharing with your friends and family. Invite them in to upload their best photos and or just browse through the collection of digital photos. Begin creating your album’s pages using the photos uploaded in to the gallery. Creating a page is as simple as selecting the page design, dragging photos on to the design and optionally adding text.

For a special touch, you could add other elements to the album by scanning and then uploading them to the gallery, such as the wedding invitation, the order of service and the menu.

Once you are done designing your album you then publish it making it ready for ordering. You can decide on what paper weight and finish you’d like (satin or glossy).

Because the album is created online, it is easy to try different layouts and experiment with alternative templates in a way that is not possible with a conventional bound album.

As well as being truly individual style of wedding album, a digital wedding album can be a cost-saving way of presenting your photographs. Once you have your first digital photo album, you may never go back to traditional albums! Digital albums are great not just for weddings but any special occasion; digital pictures of a newborn make a fantastic baby gift and a selection of party photos is a great way to remember birthdays and anniversaries.

John Carbajal is seasoned in Internet, digital imaging and printing technologies. He founded Fotocodex, [http://fotocodex.com], an Internet based service dedicated to making it easy for newlyweds to gather together the best digital photos taken during their wedding and transform them in to a truly stunning digital photo wedding album.

Fotocodex brings social networking to the process of digital photo book making. Your wedding guests can easily upload their best wedding photos directly in to your wedding album’s on line gallery. You decide which digital photos to use and where to use them. You can even allow some of your guests to lend you a hand in creating the album’s pages!

Fotocodex uses the best in digital photo printing technologies to print your album’s pages. All their albums are bound carefully by hand by old world craftsmen.

8 Unique Venue Ideas for Your Wedding Day

Winery – Ideal for small, intimate weddings a winery can be an excellent location for an outdoor ceremony or even an indoor reception overlooking the vineyard. If you love wine, this is a gorgeous place to have your special day.

Museum – Why not add a little culture to your wedding by having it in a museum? With lots of space and beautiful exhibits, a museum makes an excellent place to say ‘I do’.

School House – An intimate wedding in an old school house can add historic charm to your wedding whether it is indoor or outdoor.

Art Gallery – An art gallery is a unique venue for artsy couples that want something different. There are many different sized art galleries, and many offer wedding packages as well.

Bed & Breakfast – With the option of having a small, indoor wedding or an outdoor garden wedding, a bed & breakfast is an ideal location for smaller weddings. If you want the homey charm of having a wedding at home without all the work, this may be for you.

Mill – A wedding at an old mill can add a natural, elegant feel to your wedding. And plenty of photographic locations for wedding pictures.

Barn – A unique location to say ‘I do’. Barns offer plenty of room, and a lot of options to decorate.

Restaurant – Is there a restaurant where you and your fiance had your first date? Or do you guys have a restaurant you just absolutely adore? Why not see if the venue will host your wedding? And there’s no need to hire a caterer.

Personalized Weddings: Five Newport, RI Wedding Venues That Reflect Individual Styles

There is an emphasis these days to bring a little of you and a little of your fiancé into your wedding theme. Many couples are incorporating their hobbies and interests into their wedding reception for a more personalized touch, and to give their guests a unique experience. Everyone wants their wedding to be remembered, and by personalizing your wedding, people will be talking about your event for years to come.

Here are a few ideas, by personality type, that go beyond your typical Newport Mansion wedding.

You and your fiancé are dedicated sommeliers: Why not take your love of wine and put it to good use? Treat your guests to a romantic dinner under a tent surrounded by vines of Pinot Gris. Greenvale Vineyards of Portsmouth, RI, can accommodate 50 guests for a smaller wedding or rehearsal dinner inside their Tasting Room and a tent can be placed on the property for weddings up to 150 guests with a dance floor.

You and your fiancé are art connoisseurs: A very unique and undoubtedly chic location would be a wedding at the Newport Art Museum. This 1864 Mansion was once the home of John Griswold, a China Trade Merchant, but now is the site of America’s oldest known surviving Art Association. The Newport Art Museum can accommodate up to 250 guests in a variety of spaces, either by tent on the lawn adjacent to the outdoor veranda, (perfect for cocktail hour), or in their main gallery. If the idea of having your wedding reception inside a gallery sounds like heaven, than this is a place for you.

You and your fiancé LOVE tennis: If the US Open makes you giddy, consider having your wedding reception at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Originally built as a casino for the rich and wealthy in 1880, the International Tennis Hall of Fame has hosted tennis celebrities Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe to name a few. The various indoor galleries can be used for cocktails, and the outdoor porches and the famous Horseshoe Piazza offer a variety of space to accommodate up to 200 guests with a dance floor.

You and your fiancé are military buffs: Consider the historical significance of having your wedding and reception at Fort Adams National Park. Originally commissioned in 1702, the 6-acre parade field, a space contained by the casements of the fort, can be rented and offer a completely private location. Brides of military enthusiasts will find this location a good “compromise” as the North lawn can be tented for a spectacular waterfront view.

You and your fiancé are all about being “green”: If incorporating the words organic or natural to your wedding is your goal, consider a tented reception amid fields of flowers and vegetation. Located in Middletown RI, Sweet Berry Farm is a local favorite for veggies, but also now hosts tented weddings in their fields. With tent sites that can accommodate up to 500 people, including the ceremony, a wedding reception here is a memorable event.

Planning a New Jersey Wedding in the City of Vernon

New Jersey is a state of contrasts; from the beautiful beaches of the Southern Shore to the Statue of Liberty of the New Jersey Gateway. The state offers many chances to celebrate a beautiful New Jersey Wedding with a variety of beautiful backdrops. When looking for a place in New Jersey to celebrate a typical New Jersey wedding consider Vernon, New Jersey. This town is a four-season destination. Vernon offers activities and sights all year round.

Vernon is located on the Wallkill River within the scenic rolling hills of the New Jersey Highlands. The region is home to beautiful lakes and streams cutting through rich forests and offering a rich agricultural heritage. Vernon is also a part of nationally famous Appalachian Trail. Vernon has a rich history and culture dating back to 1793. Being a four-season destination allows Vernon to offer special activities for wedding guests all year round.

During the winter months, Vernon is transformed into a winter ski town, with bed and breakfasts that offer guests warm cozy fires and world famous ski slopes. Guest may be able to catch a glimpse of Olympic hopefuls training on the ski slopes. For winter accommodations, consider the Mountain Creek Resort or the Hidden Valley Club. Both locations are close to ski slopes, the hidden Valley Club offering a spacious windowed lodge setting for a memorable New Jersey wedding.

The fine hotels with their beautiful gardens are a perfect setting for a spring wedding. A perfect example for a New Jersey wedding is the Crystal Springs Resort. The resort offers different wedding venues from elegant ballroom to more intimate settings for a smaller group. The Crystal Spring Resort offers a Wedding Garden, complete with well-manicured beautiful spring flower gardens that also include a bird sanctuary.

During the summer months, the nationally famous Mountain Creek’s Waterpark can be a great cooling activity for the guests. Guests can also sail or water-ski on Greenwood Lake in this nearby town of Warwick. Outdoor wedding venues with dramatic backdrops are plenty. Couples can look into the many Bed and Breakfasts located in the Vernon that cater to make an exception New Jersey wedding experience.

The fall offers spectacular fall foliage. Guests can tour local wineries and distilleries and for younger guests a visit to a pick-your-own apples orchard can be a treat. Vernon delivers fall wedding venues and activities for guests for a perfect New Jersey wedding. Besides the usual garden setting of area resorts, hotels and bed and breakfast consider an outdoor farm wedding. Vernon is in the middle of horse country. This area is home to many horse farms providing a unique wedding setting.

Neighboring communities can also offer an abundance of activities and services. Vernon is only an hour’s drive from New York City, where shows, galleries, and entertainment are located. Next door to Vernon is the Town of Warwick, which has Victorian charm and is home to two art galleries. For the history buff, there is an old chapel in Vernon that was erected in the 1700’s that may be available for weddings.

This part of the Skylands is perfect for a New Jersey wedding, not only does Vernon provide activities for wedding guests, all wedding related services can be met. Local caterers, photographers, and wedding planners can make your wedding experience perfect.

How to Plan a Green Wedding – Real Tips Beyond the Fad

Sure, green weddings are all the rage, but the key is to make yours more than a trendy buzzword. It’s easy enough to find recycled wedding invitations and serve organic cuisine, but you’ll need to go the extra mile to make your wedding stand apart from the rest of the band wagon green weddings. Here are some tips to get you started:

Getting Started – Things To Consider:

Simplify – the overarching theme should be simplification. There are eco-friendly versions of most wedding products, but the best option is to forego the items altogether. Reuse wherever possible – and save not only resources, but cash too.

Weigh the expenses – that said, some items you just can’t live without, and usually the natural, organic, or green version is more expensive than the original. You’ll need to factor this into your wedding budget.

Patronize – many new companies have entered the growing green weddings market. Before booking your vendors, check out businesses that claim to provide green services and see if they really do.

Inform – one green turn deserves another. Let your guests know the steps you’ve taken to plan your green wedding, and show them that an elegant event doesn’t have to be harmful to the environment.

All In The Details – Ideas:

Stationery & Invitations

Recycle – use recycled paper or paper made from alternative fiber – such as hemp or bamboo. Check out these resources for an array of custom, recycled papers: Custompaper.com or JamPaper.com

Splurge on calligraphy – calligraphy may cost more, but it saves inks, toners, solvents and chemicals involved in printing.

Condense – save trees by minimizing inserts and other paper products. Always print on front and back and try to fit it all on one sheet.

Go completely green – send all correspondence via email. The etiquette gods may swoon – but electronic mailings are the most earth friendly way to go.

The Location

Rent for a cause – find a venue that will benefit from your site rental fee – such as a museum, gallery or other cultural organization.

Go outside – a beach, the woods, gardens – they all make an ideal setting for a green wedding (just be sure to leave it as you found it).

Find a green venue – some venues are demonstrating a commitment to saving water and energy, reducing waste, and serving locally grown/organic menus. Check out these resources for green minded venues: Green Hotels Association or Green Seal

Decor Elements

Use candlelight – not only are candles energy efficient, they also create a soft romantic glow for an elegant reception.

Use bamboo – one of the most sustainable materials on earth, bamboo is an earth friendly décor option with an organic, modern feel. Use bamboo stalks for centerpieces or other décor elements.

Flowers

Think double duty – invite your ceremony arrangements to the reception! You can use them to decorate your cake or gift table – you’ll waste less and save money doing it.

Buy organic, locally grown blooms – organic flowers are grown in an environmentally friendly way, without pesticides. Getting locally grown ones will save the fuel burned from transporting the flowers. If you can’t find a local florist who can provide organic blooms, visit OrganicBouquet.com

Conserve cut flowers – using cut flowers just once is a waste. See if you can share yours with another wedding party taking place on the same day.

Skip cut flowers altogether – top your tables with potted arrangements for guests to take and plant in their yards after the wedding.

Attire

Go secondhand – a used gown reduces fuels used in creating a new one.

Get green fibers – natural fibers like silk and organic cotton are better for the environment than synthetic

Go couture – if your wallet can afford it, couture gowns are usually made from natural fabrics.

Donate – provide a green gown decision for another bride when you give or sell yours after the wedding.

The Menu

Think organic – ensure that you, your guests and the workers won’t be exposed to pesticides. Many caterers specialize in organic foods; however, almost any caterer can provide an organic menu if you ask them.

Think local – if you’re concerned about the cost involved in a completely organic menu, go local instead. Serving locally grown food eliminates fuel reliance and supports local farmers. Check out Localharvest.org or Localfoodworks.org to find farmers markets, farms and other sources of local food.

Reuse utensils – find a caterer who recycles materials and or uses linen and china instead of disposables.

Donate the leftovers – work with your caterer to send leftovers to a food shelter or other organization.

You can find even more tips on planning a green wedding in this theme weddings guide.

Finding Wedding Cake Design Ideas

Every bride wants the perfect wedding cake design. But how without a background in design and at least a general familiarity with the baking business how do you know what is possible and what is not? Indeed, there are probably more wedding cake designs than wedding themes. So if you’ve been wondering how to find ideas for my wedding cake design, here are some tips for you.

Fortunately, while “How do I get ideas for my wedding cake design?” is one of the most asked questions among brides, the answer is that there really are several outlets for wedding cake design ideas.

There are an abundance of wedding cake galleries on the Internet. Do a search for “wedding cake pictures” or “wedding cake designs” then take some time to browse and picture each design as a part of your celebration. Then if you find one that really strikes your fancy, you can print out a picture and file it to show your pastry chef when it comes time to find a bakery to create you masterpiece. Note: Doing the same search with your city and state included might find you a skilled wedding cake provider that you are unfamiliar with.

Another option is a wedding planner; they will often have pictures of wedding cakes that you can adapt to meet your needs.

Go to weddings, when you can get an invitation an look at the wedding cake – this will give you the opportunity to to taste it as well which could lead you to – and / or away from certain bakeries as well as giving you design ideas.

Ask to look at your friends and family’s wedding photographs. It’s a rare individual that won’t jump at the chance to show them off and the picture of the cake they commissioned might inspire you.

If you are talented at design, you could even sit down and draft your own design for a wedding cake that reflects your wedding only.

Most bakeries have a book that contains a picture gallery of wedding cakes but save your visit to any pastry chef (regardless of whether they are in a formal bakery or are employed by the hotel that is hosting your reception)until after you have a pretty good idea of what you want. Why? Simply because an experienced pastry chef will be able to help you adapt an idea to fit your budget, but he or she can only do that if you have an idea for your wedding cake design in the first place.

Wedding cakes come in all colors and shapes and can be adapted to what you want. From the traditional designs with garlands and icing flowers to a cake that looks like a stack of wedding presents, to a stack of crowns, to a tower of pastry, pillars, and flowers complete with butterflies – your options are endless so don’t wear yourself out worrying about how to get an idea for you wedding cake design. There are plenty of sources out there.

The “Un-Wedding” Wedding

Getting married is as popular as ever these days, but no so the traditional wedding. It seems like more and more couples are opting for celebrations which are as unique as they are and which have more in common with a great party than a typical wedding reception. Take a look at the trend for fresh and fun “un-wedding” weddings.

What truly sets an “un-wedding” reception apart from its more traditional counterpart is attitude. An un-wedding celebration is rarely formal, never stuffy, and a lot of fun. The emphasis is on throwing a party which promises a great time to friends and family, full of delicious foods, wonderful wine or cocktails, and relaxed conversation. This style of wedding celebration can take place at a traditional venue, but may also be somewhere other than the standard club or hotel.

Restaurants are a great venue for an un-wedding reception. A party in a restaurant is going to feel more like a great big dinner party than a standard wedding reception. And by choosing your favorite restaurant, you can be sure that the food will be utterly fantastic, a far cry from the usual chicken or beef entrees served at most receptions. The bride and groom can choose relaxed attire, rather than a heavy looking tuxedo and ornate ballgown. A modern silk organza gown with a black ribbon trim and handcrafted bridal jewelry would be tres chic.

Keep the decor informal and interesting. If it fits the room, a few long tables will feel more family friendly than many small ones. A great look for the table decorations would be a long runner over a simple tablecloth with a variety of decorative elements loosely arranged to tumble down the length of the table. A mixture of flickering votive candles, fresh seasonal fruit, and flowers in short vases will suit the restaurant venue perfectly. One word of caution: not all restaurant venues have room for a dance floor, so decide if that is important to you, and select your restaurant accordingly.

Unusual settings are also popular for un-weddings. Why not select an interesting site like an aquarium or a trendy art gallery for your reception? The space itself will be so visually engaging that you will need to do very little in the way of decorations. Plan your menu to suit the space. At an art gallery, stations featuring contemporary and unique cuisine would be ideal for dinner. Naturally seafood would be appropriate for a wedding in an aquarium.

When working with an off-beat venue, choose your colors to suit the locale. Watery blues and greens would look wonderful for an aquarium, for instance. At a site like a gallery which will have a lot to look at on the walls, a restrained color palette like white and charcoal would blend well. This color combination is one of the most popular for weddings this year for everything from bridesmaid dresses to invitations to handcrafted bridal jewelry. Charcoal dupioni tablecloths with a bit of shimmer and texture can be topped with tall clear cylinders filled with a modern flower like white allium.

An un-wedding reception can take place anywhere that strikes your fancy. It could be an airplane hangar, a city loft, or an antique carousel. When you do away with tradition, your wedding can be anything that your heart desires and your mind can envision.