The Art Of The Engagment Session!

Many wedding photographers include an engagement session in their
wedding photography packages. It is a fabulous way for you to get to know your photographer in preparation for your big day.  In order to get your juices flowing, John Partridge  sent over some engagement inspiration as well as a few tips to consider before having your engagement photos taken!

- It is not the location that makes great engagement photos, it is the two of you and the special bond you share. But, it is fun to
choose a meaningful location. Such as where you had your first date or possibly where where he proposed.

- Do not be nervous,  have fun and your photographer will make you look beautiful. You have a better chance of success by going out and having a fun, relaxed photo session than going for a serious, posed session.

- What should you wear? Choose something that represents your individual style! The goal of the engagement photo is to feature you both as you appear in your everyday life together.

- Another great way to use your engagement photo is to make an save the date out of it.

Here are some of our favorite engagement shots by John Partridge!

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How To Hire A Videographer!

Weddings By SML an, Orange County based video production house, shared a few hints on how to hire a Videographer. Along with the photographer this has been a popular purchase among brides. Your big day goes by so quickly, capturing all of the activities,  your ceremony and reception, on video will mean your wedding will be preserved for you and your family forever.

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Hiring A Videographer!

- When getting started on your search, before you make any phone calls, check online for samples of work. Any reputable company will be more than happy to either provide you with a DVD sample via mail, or send you a link to where samples can be viewed online

- Once you’ve seen footage you love, give that company a call to setup an in-studio appointment. It is imperative that you meet the person who will be shooting your wedding in person so that you can get a feel as to how you are going to interact with them on your wedding day. The NUMBER TWO complaint I hear from Brides who have used other companies is that their videographer was overbearing at their wedding. Make sure you “click” with the company you are interviewing. Also, check to see if they have worked with any of your vendors. If you can book a videographer and photographer who work well together, it will give you more time to enjoy the company of your guests and it will amplify the quality of the final product you receive.

- So you have found the company you love, time to figure out the cost. You’ll notice I didn’t put cost up at the top because this is the NUMBER ONE mistake brides make. If you simply choose your videographer on the cost of their packages, I can personally guarantee you will be unhappy with the final product. While there is a bottom line to your budget, and you probably have a price range in mind, don’t let it be the end-all be-all in choosing who is going to capture your special day. If it comes down to a couple hundred dollars difference between two companies, and you really like the work of the more expensive company, spring for the extra bucks. I promise, twenty years from now, when you watch your wedding day sitting next to your significant other and your children, you won’t regret it.

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I is for Idaho


Craig Wolfman was so kind to share this amazing venue in beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. The wedding was held at Trail Creek Cabin which was constructed in 1937, the Trail Creek Cabin offers a unique dining
experience amidst the unmistakably cozy atmosphere of the Old West. During the
winter, access by sleigh, snowshoe, nordic ski or car; summertime make
it a hike, bike ride or car trip and dine on the outdoor deck with
breathtaking views.

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Dymo Chick Giveaway

Dymo has offered one of our lucky brides-to-be a label maker and tapes in order to stay on top of the planning process. Simply leave a comment on how a Dymo Label maker would make your planning process a bit easier.  The Clutter Queen over at Dymo also shared some tips in order to make the planning process run a bit smoother. Every bit helps!

- Create a binder with sections labeled for calendar, dress ideas, guest list, registry, shopping lists, showers and parties, thank you cards, gift lists, bridal party schedules, and so on. Take the binder with you on appointments and meetings. Everything will be in one place for easy reference.

- To help keep track of the landslide of wedding gifts you receive, use file folders and label them by category – gift cards and certificates, receipts, returns, etc. Also, consider labeling the outside of the box a gift comes in with who gave it to you. This will help when writing thank you notes later.

- If you plan to provide a special CD for the DJ to use during the reception, clearly label the disc case with the song name and track number using a product like the DYMO™ Personal Labelmaker. For a more personalized disc, use the DYMO DiscPainter™ CD/DVD printer, which will print text and photos directly onto the disc. This way there aren’t any slip-ups during your special dance.

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