Natalie and Douglas were married at Holimont Ski Resort in Ellicottville, N.Y. on September 1. “Holimont is a private ski resort, near the area we got engaged,” Natalie said. “From having the entire space to getting married at the top of the mountain (ferrying guests to the ceremony via chairlifts) to the gorgeous woodwork and floor to ceiling windows inside, we absolutely adored the overall flow.” The bride wore a sweetheart beaded bodice wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a feather hair pin in her updo and a birdcage veil, while the groom wore a gray suit, accessorized with an argyle tie. Bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids wore gray chiffon and cream lace dresses and carried dried flower arrangements. The vows took place in a traditional handfasting unity, but the processional and recessional music choices were super fun, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The newlyweds’ favorite part of the reception? “The menu — British/American fusion — passed canapes, Pimm’s cocktail toast, five-course tasting, mini cupcakes in a variety of flavors, and s’mores bar,” she said. “Our favors were custom koozies, and a caricature artist too!”
There’s no doubt at it, posed portraits with your wedding party are an essential (and formal) part of any wedding day, but that doesn’t mean you can get creative in between! From parasol shadows and peak-a-booing to silly shades and battling of the sexes, use these 32 clever, funny pictures as a starting point for inspiration. You never know, you might just have to try one, two, maybe three or more.
Finding the right wedding photographer isn’t unlike finding the right person to marry. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your photographer throughout your wedding day (including some personal moments), so you’ll want to make sure that you get along well with him or her. And of course, you’ll also want someone with talent, creativity, and a style that reflects your own. So what’s the best way to find “the one”? First, search WeddingWire’s vendor reviews to find a list of talented photographers near you, check out their portfolios, and pick out three or four photographers you’d like to interview. Before you sit down with them, first make sure that they have your date available – if the answer is no, there’s no need to schedule an in-person interview. But if they do have your date available, meet for an interview and ask the following questions:
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Our venue had an intimate feel for celebrating with our family and friends. We loved the rustic yet elegant décor, and that they use their on-site garden and local foods to create the most delicious meals!
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. We each wrote our own vows, then followed them with joint vows that we created together. This made our ceremony feel so personal and special to us.
2. We cut up a fallen tree trunk near our home and used the cross sections of wood as the base for our centerpieces and décor.
3. I had custom cufflinks made for my groom with pictures of our beloved dog Gus, so that he could be with us on our wedding day!
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
Our crazy and amazing family planned a surprise flash mob before the best man’s speech!
Everybody wants to look fab on their wedding day, and let’s face it, it’s the one day in your life where you’ll be photographed the most! To avoid looking back at your wedding pictures with dread, we’ve collected the 5 best tips to keep you looking picture perfect.
Shift Your Weight - Never distribute your weight evenly on your feet, this creates a stocky look that can be unflattering for women. Instead, shift your weight, leaning with your hip to one side to complement the natural curvature of your body. To accentuate this curve, gently tilt your head to the side for a demure look.
The Knee Pop - If you find yourself standing to the side when you’re posing with your bridal party or during other group photos, angle your body at a ¾ angle facing the camera with your front knee popped. This goes back to the weight-shifting rule and will keep you looking lean in your photos.
The Skinny Arm - Show off those shoulders by placing your hands on your hips and bowing your elbows out. This is a surefire way to keep arms looking svelte in photos, even if you haven’t been going to the gym! If you’re posing with your bouquet, clasp both hands around it and keep arms slightly bent in front of you. Pressing your arms against your body can make them appear bigger than they are so keep them in a relaxed position.
Head, Neck & Shoulders - When you smile for the camera, allow your head to bow down and look up at the lens. This angle is very flattering as it accentuates the jawline and avoids creating a double-chin. Complete this pose with your shoulders back and your neck long for a favorable photo.
Don’t Forget to Smile! – The most important thing you can do for your looks in front of the camera is to be natural. Relax! Have fun and goof off with your spouse. Bare those pearly whites and smile! Your wedding day is all about the two of you, and the love you share, so be candid and allow the camera to capture your best moments.