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A little wedding advice for couples planning a wedding from our photographer friend, Eva Derrick...
it's wonderful if you can customize your wedding and have things over the top pretty with lots of details, ambience and atmosphere. celebrating it with the people we love, the people we've known the longest and the people we hope will be in our lives for many years to come. underneath it all, a wedding is really about one thing: commitment.
committing yourself to the one you love and the one that you want your forever to be with. they may come with a small or large family, perhaps none at all. they may have a big group of friends, a few acquaintances, or just close co-workers. the constant that remains from wedding to wedding, is the commitment you are making to each other.
being that it is a extremely large part of the rest of your lives it only makes sense to have those assisting you with wedding, be it, your officiant, florist, photographer, decorator, or whomever be just as committed as you are to one another... so to speak.
i was inspired to write about commitment based on some recent events that surrounded my industry, in specific, wedding photography. sadly, in 2015 alone, i have heard more and more stories from bride's and grooms, friends or colleagues of couples hiring someone that has left them before the wedding day, than in my entire 9 years of being in business. they took a deposit and vanished; sometimes they would get the odd email in the beginning but after some time it was the same, they were unreachable.
most of these circumstances the vendor was a part time vendor, with a lot of other commitments from their "real job".
it truly breaks my heart to hear of these situations happening, again and again. in any industry this is completely unacceptable, since weddings often, only happen once it feels extra wrong here. i take my job very seriously, i have a ton of fun doing it, but i am very serious about what i do and how i do business day to day. i think this is something that people often overlook. we are suppose to be running a business, and it needs to be treated as such. and since we are offering a service, your clients deserve to be treated with trust and respect.
as a wedding photographer you should feel honoured and privileged to be chosen to document such a special occasion. i always say to myself, "they picked me". i am not the only photographer my clients meet with, they probably look at a number of websites, send a dozen emails, and meet a handful of photographers, and they picked me. they respect that i make a living off my art form, and are allowing me into their circle to document the beginning of their new family. how can you take that for granted?
these stories got me thinking about commitment. having vendors that are just as committed to the industry, to their craft, to their full time business, to your relationship together and your wedding day is just as important as committing to anything.
Heather + Brian Industrial Glamour
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These wedding photos... get me all fired up about the start of wedding season! And I'm even hoping for a little rain-the photos in the rain turned out to be a few of the couple's favourites!
From the photographer: Heather and Brian worked in insurance for the same big company but never actually ran into each other in the building, partly because Brian at the time worked as an outside Rep and didn't come into the office frequently. They met each other out at a company sponsored event, after which point became inseparable.
The bride got ready at the beautiful Wythe Hotel with amazing floor-to-ceiling windows of the Manhattan skyline, and an interior staircase leading to a private terrace. Surrounded by the toile wallpaper, and beautiful exposed beams, she was in love with the space and felt completely calm and at ease getting ready with her beautiful bridesmaids.
For the ceremony, Heather wore a gorgeous lace mermaid gown which she found at The Bridal Garden, a not-for-profit bridal boutique in New York City in which all proceeds benefit education for disadvantaged children. "It was awesome to know my purchase went to such a terrific cause! I bought it off the rack and it fit me almost perfectly!" says the bride.
"The rabbi read our vows of why we wanted to marry each other, the touching vows Brian wrote brought me to tears and my favorite part during the ceremony was when Brian reached over to wipe my tears away," says Heather. "I am Jewish and Brian Protestant, so we decided to fuse our backgrounds by incorporating an Irish 'hand-fasting' and a stomping of the glass, both beautiful traditions and incredibly sentimental."
Brian gifted Heather a locket with a picture inside of her mom and her. Her mother had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago and was physically not able to attend the wedding and this was extremely difficult for the bride.
The couple fell in love with The Green Building for its effortlessly beautiful interior and the vintage flair. The Green Building was previously a brass foundry and has beautiful original brick walls, exposed beam ceilings, gold chandeliers, and even a back speakeasy room equipped with vintage decor and red velvet curtains. Their vendors helped create a warm and intimate setting. After the dinner, dancing, and cake we ended with a food truck by Wafels & Dinges which was a huge hit! Paying homage to the speakeasy theme, guests took home little bottles of whiskey.
Wedding tip of the week: Choose a wedding venue rich with character and a style that fits with your wedding vision. This takes a little pressure of your self or the planner to have to bring things in to 'decorate'.
Photographer: Zorz Studios//Calligrapher: Butler's Pantry Calligraphy//Dress Designer: Marchesa//Transportation:Supreme Valet Parking Inc.//Makeup Artist: Marlena Singh Makeup Artistry//Favors and Gifts: Pope Liquors//Hair Stylist: Pravana Hair Studio//Caterer: Purslane Catering//Location: Wythe Hotel//Floral Designer:Boos Floral Showcase//Equipment Rentals:Broadway Party Rentals//Bakery:CMNY Cakes//Linens and Coverings: For Your Party//Photo Booth Equipment:Good Times PB//Tuxedo and Mens Attire:Hugo Boss//Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo Collection//Cinema and Video: Kiss The Bride Films//Officiant:Michael Ehrlich//Shoes:Miu Miu//Event Planner: Parties N All LLC//Jewelry:Rent the Runway//DJ:Rhythm of the Night Entertainment//Groomsman Attire:The Black Tux//Dress Store: The Bridal Garden//Reception Venue: The Green Building//Cake Designer:Wafels and Dinges//Invitation Designer: Wedding Paper Divas//
Rob + Christine A Wedding Film
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Rob and Christine enjoyed their lovely summer outdoor wedding at Honsberger Estate-the estate comes complete with horses, a beautiful barn and a stunning 110 year old victorian home... our favourite was watching Rob see his beautiful bride for the first time on the wedding day! Enjoy their highlights film made by Nataschia Wielink Photo + Cinema
Gia + James a Winery Wedding
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This winery wedding from Julie Nicole Photography is over the top with details as beautiful and warm as the couple! We love hearing from the couples featiured on the Swish List...they know first hand what worked best for them while planning their wedding and Gia kindly sent in a little advice for our readers:
'Our wedding day was beyond perfect and it exceeded our expectations. If I could go back in time before the wedding I would tell myself to enjoy every moment of our special day- take a deep breath and smile! Would I plan something different? I would definitely make sure my groom and I have a private moment for the "first look." Make sure to tell family and friends this is your moment and privacy is very much appreciated. My favorite memory of our wedding is definitely seeing all of our family and friends having a great time on the dance floor- feeling everyone's energy exuding love & happiness! My advice to any bride would be to get your groom involved in planning your special day. My husband and I planned our wedding ourselves, side by side as a team; and the planning experience was invaluable as an exercise in working together as a partnership and foundationally defines who we continue forward to be as husband and wife.' -Gia, Bride.
Congratulations Gia and James!
Photographer: Julie Nicole Photography Other Location: Campovida LLC. Event Planner: Dandelion Events Floral Designer: Dragonfly Floral Caterer: Grapevine Catering Musicians: Louis Romero's Mazacote Dress Store: Panache Bridal Studio Musicians: Ricardo Peixoto
Tony + Enid married at Vineland Estates Winery
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Tucked away in the escarpment and overlooking acres upon acres of vineyards you really do feel like you're in another world. Vineland Estates Winery was the perfectly romantic venue for Tony and Enid to exchange their vows. Their beautiful wedding was captured by Love Madly...enjoy!
Rhonda + Bob by Robert Nowell Photographer
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These brilliant yellow florals and the beautiful decor should brighten your thursday afternoon! I'm also inspired to look for my roasting sticks and set up our back yard fire pit to roast a few marshmellows! Thank you to photographer Robert Nowell for sending over a few images from this lovely Niagara orchard wedding!
From the Photographer: My very first wedding at Kurtz Orchards was perhaps one of my favourite weddings I've ever done. Bob & Rhonda are an easy going couple, both work in real estate and their first priority for their wedding was that it be fun for their guests. I'm pretty sure everyone was already having the time of their life but when the staff broke out the chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows to make s'mores at the fire pit tables I was really impressed. A beautiful and elegant wedding reception meets summer camp! Love it!! Kudos to the wonder staff at Kurtz and to you Rhonda & Bob. Also special thanks to my assistant Lauren Valvasori! Florals by the lovely and talented Marsha Howe of Marsha's Floral Design.
Photographer: Robert Nowell Photographer Venue: Kurtz Orchards Flowers: Marsha's Flower Designs