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.