By: Leeor Pilo
Photo: Katelyn James Photography
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.
Photo by: Katelyn James Photography
Don’t forget to prepare yourself before you check off the last item on your to-do list–marry the love of your life!
1. Dress Alterations & Fittings – On average, brides go to three to four fittings. The key is to time them right–go too early or too late and you might not end up with a proper fit, especially if you have lost (or gained) weight. Remember to bring your undergarments, shoes and accessories, so you can envision your overall wedding day look.
2. Hair & Makeup Trial - During the planning process, it’s so important to meet with your vendors. A trial is the perfect opportunity for a hair and makeup artist to showcase what they do best and for you to share any concerns, whether it’s a skin sensitivity or even a bad hair day.
3. Check In & Confirm Honeymoon - Call ahead to confirm your reservation. If you’re traveling outside of the U.S., keep in mind that your passport must match the name on your airline ticket and hotel room.
4. Drop Luggage Off at Hotel - If you’ll be staying at the same hotel as your guests, drop off an overnight bag the day before.
5. Drop Dress & Accessories Off at Venue - If you and your bridesmaids aren’t getting dressed at the hotel, drop off your dress the day before.
6. Pack for Your Honeymoon Early – Consider just a carry-on suitcase. You won’t be needing a lot of clothes (just your bathing suit), if you’re going to an exotic location in the Caribbean.
7. Eat, Drink & Be Married - Don’t go through the day on an empty stomach, pre-order oatmeal with chia seeds for breakfast, salad for lunch and an afternoon snack like trail mix. The oatmeal along with the chia seeds will keep your skin glowing from head to toe, the salad will diminish unnecessary bloating and the trail mix will cure your hunger in between the ceremony and reception dinner. Hydrate with water before you pop the bubbly!
8. Gift Caretaker - Before you can rush back to the hotel to put the “do not disturb” sign on your door, designate someone to take your presents home. Give them a key in advance.
Photo: Katelyn James Photography
In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we wanted to highlight a traditional moment during the wedding reception that is often filled with tears–the father-daughter dance. Finding a song that encapsulates the relationship you’ve shared over the years can be hard, especially when the options are almost all classics and few modern. To help you choose, we’ve compiled our favorites below:
1. “My Girl” by The Temptations
2. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
3. “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel
4. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
5. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
6. “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
7. “Daughters” by John Mayer
8. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
9. “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
10. “Unforgettable” by Nat & Natalie Cole
What do you think of these picks? Share your father-daughter dance song in the comments below!
So the saying goes, “It’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day.” Symbolically, rain signifies unity, which means that a stronger bond is created when you are “tying the knot” in the rain. Water makes a knot harder to untie compared to a dry one. Just think: Your bond will not easily be broken. Even though rain is never quite welcome, being prepared is key. Here’s how you can keep dry with these rainy day wedding must-haves:
1. Rain boots: Treat your bridesmaids to a matching pair of rain boots that corresponds with their dress and don’t forget to get a pair for you and your husband.
Photos (from top to bottom): The Feds Wedding Collection and Susan Stripling
Categories: Ideas + Trends, Just for Fun, Wedding Planning
Tags: Allyson Magda Photography, Hannah Marie Photography, Jessica Watson Photography, Katelyn James Photography, Photography by Kimberly Coccagnia, rain boots, Rainy Day Weddings, shawls, Susan Stripling, The Feds Collection, umbrellas
Vintage Grey Gables Bridal Shoot
From the Photographer: “This bridal shoot was shot on Grey Gable’s Plantation in Staunton Virginia. The bride and groom actually reside at this farm currently and they are starting their own chicken farm! It was a perfect place to capture Jill’s bridal session! The rolling hills give her images of a very “Pride and Prejudice” feel!” ~ Katelyn James Photography
Photographer: Katelyn James Photography | Reception Venue: Grey Gables