Wedding Photography Tips for Couples

One of the things that wedding photographers hear all the time is: “the groom doesn’t like having his photo taken.” Today’s photographer, Michele Hart, speaks right to that with a styled shoot she designed specifically to help couples feel more comfortable in front of the camera (and we can’t deny, that we love how she styled the couple’s wardrobe, too).

Here are some of Michele’s tips and thoughts!
“This is a real couple, Abbie and Andy.  I chose them because I love the way Andy touches Abbie, and I think that the groom can make or break couple portraits. Many grooms who don’t like having their photo taken will tough it out for their bride, but if they don’t, it can be hard to get great photos.  Sometimes, because they are uncomfortable, grooms rush the session, and it becomes a bad experience for the bride. 

It is your photographer’s job to make you look and feel great in front of their camera, so that he or she can get natural looking portraits that show your love. My top tip if your groom is hesitant about photos is: be sure to talk with your photographer – all together – about the groom’s concerns and ways to ease them. Meeting up to get to know one another and talk through the session is helpful. Or maybe your groom could do some photo “homework” to browse through images and get ideas – it’s possible that he isn’t comfortable with PDA or that there are certain images that he feels are cheesy, and talking through them in advance will help your photographer navigate your session better.”

We also love Michele’s styling ideas for the groom: “I wanted to show that grooms can add a little extra style to the wedding day. Andy is wearing a herringbone suit coat layered over a grey cardigan. It adds a cozy touch to a crisp, early spring day.”

Photography: Michele Hart Photography | Venue: GOZO | Florist: Park Floral | Makeup: Beth Walker | Dress: Anne Thomas Couture | Invite Designer: Jolie Stationery | Hair: Treehouse Hair Spa

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03.08.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

How To Host The Sweetest Spring Wedding

It should be no mystery why spring is one of our absolute favorite seasons for weddings. The bursting blooms in soft pastel colors and the blossoms littering the once-bare trees should be reason enough. You can find our full guide here, and below are a few ideas to implement into your own wedding for that quintessential spring feel we love:


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03.07.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Elegant Clear-Top Tent Real Wedding

While we will always love an outdoor wedding, we know that it’s not always practical. Whether you’re limited by location or weather, a tented reception can always be a good option. In Anna and Adam’s case, their clear-top tent makes for a gorgeous reception venue, bringing in the beauty of the natural setting while keeping guests comfortable all night long. Of course, that wasn’t the only reason this wedding was beautiful. With Once Wed Premium Vendors Jessica Sloane Events and Vintage Florals at the helm of the decor, the details created a stunning, personalized event, including a luxurious color palette, letters to each of their guests, and an amazing floral chandelier.

Read on for more from the event designer, Jessica Sloane:
“What stood out to me most about Anna and Adam and their family was how kind and thoughtful they all were. Their intentionality showed in the details of their wedding. Shades of red were complemented by the simple gold accents, while Anna’s bridesmaids shined in their beaded gowns. The intimate ceremony was held in the stunning Church of the Assumption in Nashville and the reception was at Cheekwood Botanical Garden’s Museum of Art and Swan Lawn. The grounds at Cheekwood inspired the natural arrangements with pops of burgundy and sprawling branches. It was a night to remember!”

Event Designer: Jessica Sloane Events | Photographer: Rylee Hitchner | Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros | Ceremony: Church of the Assumption | Reception: Cheekwood Botanical Gradens Museum of Art | Florist: Vintage Florals | Caterer: Kristen Winston | Cake: Dessert Designs | Rentals: MCTE | Lounge Furniture: Please Be Seated | Cocktail Music: Lisa Webb | Reception Music: Super T | Videographer: Anchor Heart

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03.07.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Nomadic Love: Wedding Dress Trends from Rue De Seine

Pulling together all of the individual pieces for your wedding can be a challenge, especially when you’re wanting a cohesive design that is representative of you and what you love. We feel that a wedding design needs to be reflective of its environment, which is why we absolutely love the new wedding dress collection from Rue De Seine, called “Nomadic Love.”

Rue De Seine tells us, “Our latest collection is inspired by travel, different cultures and love’s journey. The collection features beautiful bold laces, textures and hand beading that reflect diverse parts of the world. Each gown is romantic, effortless and embodies the bohemian nature of our brides.”

The designer looks at bridal fashion from a different point of view, following current trends and high-end fashion, and filtering these ideas through their love for travel. Rue De Seine is inspired by nomadic tribes and, of course, their own brides planning weddings world-wide, influenced by nature.

For a behind-the-scenes look at Rue De Seine and how their gowns come together, follow them on Instagram. Visit here to find Rue De Seine in a boutique near you.

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03.05.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog