by Jasen Arias of Studio Moirae

(photos by Studio Moirae)

We all know that wedding  trends are moving targets, and the photos are no exception. Brides are no longer content with the traditional images with her family and new husband. Wedding photography trends are on the move and starting to include requests for more of an edge and focus on fashion. Images  can often take more time out of your special day. Unfortunately there are still only 24 hours in that day and there is still nothing that can be done about what time the sun sets.  So let’s look at how your day might potential play out.

8:00 A.M.: Your wedding day starts out bright and early. The ceremony is at 5pm so you can catch the 6pm sunset in your photos.  Since the reception starts at 7pm, you have more than enough time to celebrate with the 150 of your closest family and friends. Everything is timed perfectly with room to spare. You have checked with all of your vendors, your friends and family are all accounted for, this is going to be a perfect day.

9:30 A.M.: Friends and family start showing up to start the excitement of your day. Before you know it, you have had breakfast and you are on your way to an 11am hair and make-up appointment. Your photographer shows up at noon to catch all the excitement as you transform from bed-head to stunning bride in just a few short hours. It’s in that moment you hug your mom, your best friend and realize that in roughly 2 hours you will be walking down the aisle to start a new journey in your life. Now is the time to get in your dress. The photographer catches every angle, every moment, every emotion.

3:30 P.M.: You and your fiancé decided beforehand that you wanted to do a first look with the photographer. You are anxiously sitting, dreaming and tapping while you wait for your photographer to tell you it’s time. As you walk around the corner, you can see the future standing in front of you. His hands clasped together, giant smile on his face and the hint of a tear in his eye. It was a perfect moment and you have the perfect photos to remember it by.

4:00 P.M.: You have to be done by 4:30 to get ready for the ceremony so you sneak in a few formal portraits with your bridesmaids and groomsmen. The ceremony goes off without a hitch. A few tears, a few laughs and a load of moments to remember. You are running 10 minutes late, but what wedding doesn’t run a little late at some point. After all, you can’t rush Grandma.

5:50 P.M. : You walk back down the aisle. Trying to avoid your guests so you can catch the 6:07pm sunset, crazy Uncle Frank grabs your hand to give you a hug and tell you a short story about his wedding. You look at the sun and check in with your photographer who tells you that you still have 15-20 min after the sun goes down to get the sunset photos. You still have to get family photos and a full bridal party portrait. You remember telling both sides of the family to be available for photos directly after the ceremony, so no problem. As you gather the group, you see good ole Uncle Frank grabbing refreshments for everyone at the bar. You can tell his hands are full so you send your brother to help him. On your brothers way back he gets stopped by his best friend who steals a couple drinks out of his hands. You’re kinda starting to freak out, but then tell yourself…”relax, it will all work out”.

6:25 P.M.: You are wrapping up those family photos. No time for that awesome bridal party shot you wanted. You now only have 7 minutes of orange tones left on the horizon, so you and the photographers rush to a perfect spot where you can see the sky. Just as the color fades from the horizon you get one nice pose and a couple clicks. Not quite what you wanted and you start to worry about the photos you missed. What is your album going to look like without those images. Is there that iconic image you will want enlarged. What about the artistic shots of just you and your husband. Oh no! Dang that Uncle Frank, my Brothers best friend AND Grandma! This is their fault! If we only had another 20 minutes, this would have been perfect! Then you look over at the photographer with different type of tears in your eyes. That is when they tell you not to worry and remind you that you booked a “Day After” shoot. Once you remember that, you exhale with a huge sigh of relief. Your red eyes look happy again, and you realize you can get all of those images you wanted. . . . .and more.

6:45 P.M.: The planner approaches to tell you that you have 10 minutes till the DJ announces the bridal party. The excitement returns to your evening as you think about getting some food, refreshments and dance moves. No worrying about photos. . . .now you only hope that those new shoes don’t give you blisters before the night is over. Cuz you are rockin those glittery kicks and they are NOT coming off.

All too often brides are forced to decide between having a sunset ceremony or sunset photos. Most of the time couples cross their fingers and try to time it to allow for both. This not only rushes and adds stress, but can also leave them disappointed with photos or moments they didn’t get. Definitely not the way anyone should feel at any point during their wedding day and especially not after walking down the aisle. That’s why we are starting to see couples opting for a “Day After” shoot. Allowing you not only to wear that fabulous dress and glittery kicks again, but it’s a perfect opportunity to take as much time as you need to get all of those incredible bridal portraits you dreamed of. No stress, no time constraints and no Uncle Frank. You have so many more options as well. Do you take additional photos at the same venue or if you had another special location. This is the perfect way to add an additional set of images to that incredible wedding collection that you always dreamed of and will now always have.

 

Save the date  to attend Sedona’s Winter Bridal Show at Poco Diablo Resort February 16th, 2013.  Come experience the magic of the Red Rocks in Sedona, see Sedona’s Wedding Venues and plan your entire wedding all in one day at the fabulous Sedona Bridal Fair.  Sedona is the perfect location for a wedding. Whether you’re an intimate, classic, or a sensational Bride, you’ll find all your wedding vendors at the Sedona Bridal Fair. Over 8,500 sq ft of displays, vignettes, and exhibits along with more than 40 separate wedding pros for advise and inspiration.  Over 22 lush Sedona acres host three separate spectacular areas.  Simply the best.

Have a blast planning your dream wedding with the finest Sedona has to offer, all at one location. Enjoy ongoing entertainment, door prizes and gifts, along with food and cake samples.  The Sedona Bridal Fair represents Arizona’s most outstanding wedding vendors, including many award-winning specialists in their field. At the Sedona Bridal Fair you’ll find:  Sedona venues – A variety of locations, stunning, breathtaking, enchanting. Something for everyone: embracing old world charm, along lush creekside locations, chapels, gazebos, lakes, and of course, magnificent red rock views.

Our extensive list of vendors include:  World-class photographers, European trained florists, Award-winning caterers, Knowledgeable wedding planners and event specialists, Nationally recognized cake artists, DJs and musicians, Makeup artists and hair stylists, Officiants, Formal wear and more.  Just a short drive and you’re in another world – amazing Sedona! Take the scenic route Exit 298 at SR 179, scenic Red Rock route 179 to Poco Diablo. Come and see what Sedona has to offer!

 

By Rachel Fogel – Wedding Assistant – Some Like it Classic Wedding and Event Design

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe; this poem has become a tradition that brides uphold to this day. It can be difficult to infuse this classic ideology into modern weddings, but with the use of antique heirlooms, the solution is simple. Family heirlooms can be interpreted as absolutely anything ranging from a piece of jewelry, to your mothers veil, to intangible items as well, making the gamut of possibilities endless. It is important to inject a piece of your family and history into your special day, but that does not mean that you can’t add a modern twist.

Photo by Sara Johnson Photography | Bridal Gowns – Jennyvi Dizon Couture | Hair – Veronica Peebles – Salon Stylush |Makeup: Stephanie Nault Models: Recio Jackson Courtier / Ford Models

Whether you have your grandmother’s pearls or your mother’s wedding dress, these items can either keep their original form or get molded into a new item. Many women wear jewelry that has been worn in past generations or transform the pieces into modern rings, additions to their veils, part of their bouquet, and even as jewels on their dresses. Another great alternative to wearing the exact dress that your mother wore is to take a piece of it and create the “something old” component to your day. With even just a piece of lace you can make a garter, a handkerchief, and more. Although the heirlooms are amazing ways to incorporate tradition into your wedding, there are some unconventional options as well.

Creativity is essential in keeping with a modern day theme and traditional does not mean boring. An heirloom is not necessarily a physical object. Your parents first dance song, their choice in color combinations, the location of their wedding, or even a specific pose in a picture are all ways to utilize heirlooms in a way that can be contemporary and altered into any style. A unique idea could be to present your spouse with a gift that someone in your family has used on their wedding day.

The poem is significant in that it represents good-luck items through the use of antique heirlooms. Its nature is old and traditional, but has the opportunity to utilize any contemporary idea based on the individual bride. There is no right or wrong item. At Some Like It Classic, we picked out some of our favorite modern heirlooms that perfectly fit the poem!