Join Wedding & Portrait Photographers International

After working with hundreds of photographers over the years, we’ve realized some things about these artists that you may not observe as an outsider. Photography as an artistic expression is a talent that lies within your soul; it seems like a talent that you’re born with rather than one you can simply learn. That being said, photography, specifically wedding photography, is an ever-evolving industry full of talented creatives who are always eager to learn and on the search for new technology.

WPPI, or Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, is an international organization that works to help foster the careers of both amateur and professional photographers by providing continuing education courses, networking opportunities, and year-round support. The WPPI Conference and Expo takes place ever year in Las Vegas where photographers can learn from others in the industry and take seminars on subjects like lighting, posing, and business.

Members of WPPI receive benefits that include subscriptions to photography publications Photo District News and Rangefinder, special pricing for the WPPI Conference along with exclusive events at the conference, discounts to other photography conferences, and discounts associated with post-production, insurance, printing and cleaning vendors.

Some of our favorite photographers, Jose Villa, Elizabeth Messina, Ben Sasso, and Jessica Janae are members of WPPI, and if you’re an up-and-coming photographer looking to network with these incredible talents, WPPI is the perfect organization for you. Click here to find out about membership costs and more information about WPPI. Find WPPI on Facebook and follow their blog for updates!

Image 1 & 3: Elizabeth Messina | Image 2: Jose Villa | Image 4: Jessica Janae | Image 5: Ben Sasso

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09.03.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Intimate Outdoor Spring Elopement

There isn’t a rule that says you have to have an elaborate wedding. Some of the most beautiful moments in life are simple, where you’re surrounded by just a few friends and family. This intimate elopement, sent to us by Heather Payne, is the epitome of that philosophy. The darling couple gathered just a few friends and family around them to watch them say their vows and start a new life together. Every detail of their small ceremony was divine, and we simply adore the florals by Kelly Perry.

We would love to know if you would consider having a small elopement-style ceremony like this as opposed to a full-scale wedding. Maybe you’re already married, and you would do it differently if you had the chance to do it over again. We’d love to hear from you!

Photographer: Heather Payne Photography | Florals: Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers | Getting Ready Venue: The Carolina Inn | Ceremony Location: The Old Well | Reception Venue: Fearrington House

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09.02.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Top 10 Wedding Braid Hairstyles

Top10BraidsWe have loved sharing these round-ups with you over the past few weeks! We hope it makes it easier for you to find some inspiration for your wedding hair, and today we’re excited to share our favorite ideas for integrating an old classic into your wedding hairstyle- the braid!

1. Try this waterfall braid tutorial (pictured above) for a sweet and simple wedding style! (By the way- this has been one of our most pinned hairstyles!)

messy-braid-tutorial2. This is a twist on a fishtail braid like we’ve never seen! Wear this for a casual, yet elegant braided style on your wedding- see the tutorial here.

diy-interwoven-braid-tutorial 3. We loved styling this interwoven braid with Mimi & Taylor at the Erich McVey workshop, and would love to see a classic bride wear a style like this down the aisle. See here for the tutorial!

diy-rope-braid-updo4. There’s no rule that says your braid has to be traditional. Try out this bold braided updo and you’ll definitely turn some heads!

diy-tousled-ponytail5. And this bold braid would be stunning on a bride wearing a flowing and non-traditional gown!

braid-halo-with-ribbon-600x3986. And another classic that we are simply enamored with is the braid crown! Find the original tutorial here.

diy-crown-braid-hair-tutorial17. And if you’re looking for a more dramatic version of #6- try out this elegant crown braid tutorial!

diy-side-braid-tutorial-ideas8. And for brides with long, lush locks- try out this romantic side braid!


9. ….And there’s always a classic fishtail braid! See the entire tutorial here.

crown-braid-chignon10. And this may be our favorite crown braid variation ever! Try it out for yourself.

Graphic: Hannah Lee

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08.29.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Top 10 Wedding Processional Songs

In your day-to-day life, making a grand entrance probably isn’t something that crosses your mind that often. Sure, we all have friends that insist on being fashionably late, but the opportunity to have all eyes on you is generally reserved for your wedding day.

Considering how special this moment is, the perfect soundtrack is an absolute must. Do you want your wedding processional song to be sunny and upbeat? Maybe a little more moody and romantic? Whichever route you choose to go, there’s a lot of pressure on this tune to set the tone for the rest of the event.

It’s easy to get distracted by a song you’ve always loved or even something trendy, but I suggest you start by deciding on your ideal vibe. This way, you can focus your search to something that really makes sense with the overall plan of the day.

When picking your wedding processional song, be sure to consider tempo, lyrics and length. If you’ve got a large bridal party that all need to make it down the aisle within the allotted time of the song, you might have to rule out a few shorter options.

With that in mind, here are my top 10 picks for wedding processional songs:

1. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths

2. Be Here Now – Ray LaMontagne

3. Addicted to Love – Florence + The Machine

4. Across the Universe – Rufus Wainwright

5. Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve

6. You and I – Ingrid Michaelson

7. Forget Me Not – The Civil Wars

8. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole

9. Sea of Love – Cat Power

10. Something in the Way She Moves – James Taylor

Article: Stephanie Schertz | Graphic: Hannah Lee  | Image found Here: Original Source Unknown

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08.28.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning