my dad’s request

March 26, 2010

My dad has been asking me a lot of questions about what he should wear on the wedding day – a tux or a suit? a bowtie or a tie? Honestly, I didn’t really know what was best. We’re doing everything outdoors so I know that makes things less formal, but I wasn’t sure if all the dads had to discuss and confer and agree on a degree of formality or colors. Anyway, I asked Angel and then did a little big of blog research.

Surprisingly, it was really hard to find pictures of the bride being walked down the aisle. I assumed I could just look through one photographer’s archives in Google Reader, but my archives for Caroline Tran and Bonnie Tsang proved to be less helpful than I had hoped.

Here’s what I found – a few of the nontraditional escorts~

Caroline shot a wedding where the bride was escorted by the mom

A wedding shot in Hawaii by Bonnie where the bride was escorted by her mom

A wedding Caroline shot where the bride walked herself down the aisle

Then here are a few of the traditional dad-walking-bride shots:

From a wedding Caroline shot

From a wedding Bonnie shot

From another wedding Bonnie shot

Unfortunately, a simple size of 3 weddings wasn’t enough. I was hoping for dozens! Hm, hm, hm. I wasn’t sure which over photographers blogs to dig through, but then, I clicked “All Items” for Orange Turtle Photography and BOOM! Jackpot!

Orange Turtle shot my friend Sara’s wedding last fall, and they (and we!) loved them so much that they’ve been roped into shooting another wedding for my friend Kim this year.

When I say jackpot, I mean, JACKPOT. Feast your eyes on TEN beautiful pictures of brides and dads… plenty for my dad to observe and compare with. Thanks Cindy & Dan!

Note: I’m not sure why, but I can’t seem to access any of the actual wedding blog posts! Hopefully they’ll be up and running soon

Final tally: 4 bowties, 8 ties.

Maybe since Cindy & Dan always shoot together, they’re able to capture this moment, while maybe Caroline and Bonnie shoot alone most of the time and then aren’t in the position to get these shots? I have no idea… but either way, thankful for Google Reader and blog archives!

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NAMW: wedding trends

March 24, 2010

*NAMW = Not At My Wedding

Trends obviously become trends because when they’re discovered, they’re extraordinary, unique, creative, and generally wonderful ideas. No one sets out to do something “because everyone else is doing it”… but sometimes, being a regular reader of wedding blogs makes me think that there must be some kind of unawareness or contentment with doing what other people are doing.

No, I don’t mean having floral centerpieces or a video save the date or even custom water bottle/wine bottle labels (all of which are “trends” to a degree, but have been around for a long time). I’m referring more to:

Vintage Books (often as centerpieces)

from a shoot by Simply Bloom photography posted on Elizabeth Anne designs

from a real wedding shot by One Love Photo posted on Snippet & Ink

from a recent wedding posted on Ruffled

Birds & Owls

from a shoot by Simply Bloom photography posted on Elizabeth Anne designs

from a recent wedding posted on Ruffled

Birdcages (often used at the guestbook/welcoming table)

from a recent wedding shot by Joshua Caine on Green Wedding Shoes

from a wedding shot by Amelia Lyon, featured all over the place, including Green Wedding Shoes

from a recent wedding shot by Blink Photography on Ruffled

Mason Jars

from a recent wedding shot by Blink Photography on Ruffled

from a wedding featured on Once Wed and in Martha Stewart Weddings

Vintage Typewriters

from a real wedding shot by One Love Photo posted on Snippet & Ink

from a recent wedding shot by Blink Photography on Ruffled

from a wedding posted on Once Wed

And mind you, there are tons of other wedding trends: mustaches (on a stick), vintage suitcases (popular in engagement sessions), library card files (ever since they were beautifully used at Jessica Claire’s wedding), homemade jam favors, pinwheels… and more.

I have absolutely nothing against these trends individually. In fact, I loved the way that Angel used vintage books and a typewriter at my friend Veronica’s wedding a few years ago. I just don’t like that everyone seems to be copying everyone else instead of doing something that’s more about THEM. Even though books and birds start with B, I’m pretty sure that we won’t be using them at our wedding.

*Note: I didn’t have to look very hard for the images above. I found most of them in blog posts from the past month and only from a few blogs. If I had tried to, I think I could have easily found 10+ examples of each trend across multiple blogs and sites.

real wood save the dates

March 23, 2010

I scroll and browse through so many blogs on a daily basis that most of the images just kind of blur past me… but this save the date featured on Elizabeth Anne not only caused me to pause, but to admire, email it to Janet, and post about it myself!

SO COOL, right?! Bryan and I didn’t really have time for save the dates (engagement to wedding is just over 3 months) but I know that my practicality would have prevented me from even dreaming up something like this. Beautiful textures, I love the fabric and stitching… just… love.

my bouquet

March 22, 2010

My lovely friend Hannah is going to come out of semi-florist-retirement to help me with my wedding flowers. I sent her TONS of images and random commentary about what I did or didn’t like but it turns out that my directions are not very cohesive. Darn!

So, these days, I’ve been skimming through/browsing through weddings to find purple bouquets and to send them to Hannah with my commentary. Here are some of the ones I’ve sent her:

from Heidi & Michael’s wedding, shot by Boutwell Studio

I didn’t like this bouquet very much and Hannah pinpointed why- too much variety (shades, textures, flowers) and not enough uniformity.

from a recent wedding shot by [b]ecker

I also didn’t love this bouquet. I think the color disparity between the two blooms is a little too distinct and if anything, I already knew I didn’t love roses or hydrangeas enough to have them be the primary flowers in my bouquet.

from Nhu & Luv’s wedding, shot by Caroline Tran

This was actually a bridesmaids’ bouquet but what I did like about it was the tulips! Bryan recently sent me flowers at work for our anniversary and he thoughtfully asked them to make it a purple/green arrangement to match our wedding colors. It provoked a lot of thought about which purple flowers I liked, and despite the poor quality of my Blackberry’s camera, I think you can see the pretty, dainty tulips, right?

from a recent wedding featured on Style Me Pretty

I unfortunately can’t see most of this bouquet (this was the best picture I could find even when scouring the websites of the photographer/florist/planner/etc)… but I liked it! I don’t like that maroon flower in the middle (Hannah, is it an orchid??) but I liked the colors of the other flowers that I could see. And if I’m not mistaken, are those carnations? I know carnations… they’re cheap!! (Now watch, I’m completely wrong and purple carnations are incredibly expensive. I should just stop now.)

I am now realizing that I really lack an eye for floral arrangements and decor. I can look at pictures and say that I like or don’t like them, but I’m horrible at articulating why! Maybe I’ll make it a point to learn some more about flowers after the wedding…

pictures in puddles, remix

February 24, 2010

So I’m not the only one who apparently loves reflection pictures!

Junebug Weddings recently posted about reflections in pictures too, with a new selection to admire. I love the first Amelia Lyon picture (I think I’ve mentioned how much I like her before…) but I still think Jerry’s is the best :P

more white dress thoughts

January 16, 2010

Now, don’t hold me to this, but I think I’m going to opt for a non-strapless gown. I want to make some kind of hugely broad generalization and say that 90% of wedding dresses these days seem to be of the strapless variety, but for a lot of different reasons… I’m thinking of going for something a little different.

I did a wedding dress survey of on Amelia Lyon’s blog because I noticed she seems to shoot a lot of LDS weddings and apparently LDS weddings require covered shoulders or something like that. Anyway, it provided a lot of examples of what is possible outside the realm of plane jane strapless white dress. By the way, I really really like Amelia Lyon’s style and editing and everything… If something ever happened to Jerry & Ingrid, I’d probably try to make friends with her :)

Nancy’s dress:

Now, this dress is not an LDS dress by any means… but I think it’s the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen. I can’t possibly imagine wearing one like it, but it really made me stop and admire it’s beauty. I mean, WOW right?!

Anyway, an easy solution to add sleeves is just to put on a shrug… and I’m thinking this can be done tastefully and in a way where the shrug and dress compliment each other, like Alicia’s dress:

I’m not a huge fan of the bodice with the lace or beading/embellishments, but the overall fit/style I like.

The next two dresses are interesting. I’m not sure how these dresses have sleeves, but it looks like they were originally strapless gowns and they had an alteration done where sleeves were added???

Kaitlyn’s:

Very simple with no lace/embellishments and just some wrapping action… right?

and Kelly’s:

I like the way her dress and her veil look together… (the/a veil is definitely a topic that will be further addressed at a later date)

I’m definitely curious to find out how much this costs and how easy it is to do… can it be done to any kind of fabric or are there a lot of specifics involved? This would potentially be a good solution because there are SO MANY STRAPLESS DRESSES… okay, I’m going to stop saying that (even though it’s true).

Then, there are dresses that are actually made with sleeves!

3/4 sleeves like Morgan’s:

If you click through, you can see the details of her dress. I don’t like the design on the bodice, but I really like what it looks like from this perspective.

or short sleeves like Jenn’s:

So cute! I’m actually surprised by how much I like this dress… so here are some more images:

I started this post thinking I didn’t like the whole drop-waist trumpet style… and I’m not sure if this is that, exactly… but I think I like how this dress fits! … doh. What am I saying? I have to try it on. Body shape plays such a big part in the fit! Well, just a thought.

I didn’t notice this feathery detail before, and I’m not sure I’m crazy about feathers, but I definitely see why there needs to be something special at the focal point since the lines of the dress point to that corner.

Another shot of how the dress fans out.

As I was scrolling through weddings, I came across this dress- Stephanie’s:

I’m not a fabric expert, but I’m guessing this dress has flow-y chiffon at the bottom, giving it a totally different look from the more structured silk(?) type materials. Pretty, no?

As I’ve been told, a preliminary visit to a bridal salon to try on dresses and get an idea about preferences is crucial… but just thought this would be a good way to think some things through and bookmark my favorites.

Despite planning and coordinating dozens of weddings over the past few years, I’ve never been involved in the whole dress decision for one reason or another. To be completely frank, I’ve grown rather bored of wedding dresses and have probably said that I don’t care about it… which is a lie. Of course I care! I just care a lot more about the photographer (love) and dessert and venue and paper and… you get my drift. I just don’t have as many preferences about the dress!

After a friend’s wedding, the boyfriend made an offhand remark about how everyone’s dress looks the same and proceeded to describe the “typical” dress (strapless, low back, lowered-waist, etc). I didn’t realize how right he was until I started to scroll through my Google Reader and grew even more bored with wedding dresses. Horrible, right? I feel like the dress is “supposed to be” the most glamorized, girly, exciting part of the wedding (a la “Say Yes to the Dress”)… but maybe just not for me?

I’m now torn between a few different dress philosophies:

1) I don’t care about the dress, so I won’t invest too much thought, money, or time in it. Go to David’s Bridal or some other XYZ Bridal Salon and find a non-designer dress, get it altered (inevitably), and be done with it.

Cost: probably less than $500 and 1 day of trying on, deciding, then getting alterations there or somewhere else

2) I don’t like most dresses and don’t want to spend a lot of money, but I’ll try really hard to do something different and go the resourceful-determined path of ebay/craigslist-ing and pre-owned wedding dresses to hopefully find something cheap(er) and unique that I love.

Cost: probably less than $500 but a lot more time spent researching/searching/trying on and then getting alterations done separately

3) I want to get married in less than 6 months and although I don’t care that much about the dress, I should! Find a free weekend to go to SoCal and visit the LA Koreatown bridal salons (like Glamour Closet or Bella Wedding) where you can rent a high-quality, designer dress (or even one custom-made).

Cost: probably closer to $1000 and hopefully 1 day of trying on dresses and it sounds like most of these places handle alterations in-house

Don’t get me wrong, I love dresses and dressing up! It’s just a lot of money for a dress that I’ll never want to or get to wear again. There’s also the issue of, who am I going to go shopping with?? My mom is not the biggest fan of shopping but if I shop in SoCal, all of my future-bridesmaids are either in NorCal or abroad.

More thoughts on the dress to come…

nom nom dessert nom nom

January 15, 2010

This is a BEAUTIFUL wedding shot by Jasmine Star and then published and lauded multiple times. I recently started looking at wedding planner blogs and landed at JL Designs… and look what I found, more beautiful wedding with benches! BENCHES! Okay sorry, this is about dessert.

Apparently this Carissa is self-proclaimed (or self-blogged) “die hard sweet-tooth” and she’s not kidding! Beautiful desserts from their wedding done by a combination of their caterer, Vanilla Bakeshop, and a central California bakery, The Dotted Apron.

Yum, yum, yum.

Mini peach pies- so beautifully and carefully made! Everything mini is.

Milk shooters with home-made chocolate chip cookies

Brownie pops

Cinnamon sugar donut holes

Baby banana splits!!! This is adorable.

I can’t imagine trying to eat all of this in one day, but I bet I could try…

more bouquet thoughts

January 14, 2010

Surprise surprise, there were more interesting bouquet images in my Google Reader. Yay!

Leila from Inspired By This (Be Inspired PR) did a post with some bouquets by La Partie Events… which of course sparked a lot of thoughts.

Another Stephanie Williams bouquet:

I must be biased toward yellow, but wanted to point out that this bouquet is also cute… yellow fabric/ribbon (whatever it is, it’s not shiny!) and pretty green stems. Lovely.

I liked these pictures by KLK Photography and thought about whether or not I’d want my stems not as tightly bound and more loose and free like this. I think these look really nice too, maybe also because this is a more casual-feeling portrait. If I was having a more casual, informal wedding, I think I’d consider the loose stems… but with somewhat more traditional future-in-laws… I have a feeling everything’s going to be more formal (which is not a bad thing! just a decision that won’t have to be made).

Here’s a bouquet I spotted on a wedding posted on The Bride’s Cafe. I thought the rope/twine/etc was a nice alternative to fabric and also keeps it neutral.

Another example of rope from EA Designs:

photo by Susan Stripling

I’m not sure why I’m on such a bouquet wrapping posting spree… I must be a little preoccupied, huh?

NAMW: thoughts on bouquets

January 13, 2010

Today I did a little survey of bouquets by looking through some of the most recent weddings on Stephanie Williams’ blog and made a couple of conclusions.

As previously mentioned, I’m not huge on flowers. I really can’t name names but I realized that I do have preferences about how the bouquet STEM looks. Small and insignificant right? Here goes anyway!

Here’s an example of something that definitely falls into the “Not At My Wedding” category:

Julie & Patrick’s wedding

It’s actually not the green succulents that I don’t like- those are interesting. What I really don’t like is the fully-covered stems! It looks so… weird and foreign.

Here’s another example of something I definitely DO NOT want at my wedding:

Alex & Josh’s wedding

A little too much shiny satin for me. I love the little bit of stems you can see… but too much satin. I don’t like the shiny! I feel like the shiny-ness of the satin takes away from the natural beauty of the flowers.

And last but not least, the bride’s bouquet from Jordan & Josh’s wedding.

As a young “tomboy” growing up, I abhorred lace. I’ve slowly grown out of that misplaced hatred, but I still don’t think that the lace in the picture above fits very well. I definitely don’t have anything against pretty fabric, though, as you’ll see below.

Now, here are some more examples of bouquets I like a little more:

from Roni & Peleg’s wedding

I think this is a GORGEOUS bouquet! The white flowers are classic and the little bits of green and blue make it really pretty–not to mention the very pretty, tight, clean, green stems that show through. This is something classic that I would consider giving to my florist as a reference.

If I were to get a little more crafty and colorful… here’s what I might draw inspiration from:

These are actually the bridesmaids bouquets from the same wedding as the lace bouquet above. However… I like these! I’m not sure I like the lopsided feeling I get from the roses in the actual bouquet, but I love the touch of fabric that adds a little flair. I’m not sure if I’d have the time or want to take the effort to go find coordinating ribbon, but something to keep in the blog files!