18
Nov
Wedding Trend: Unplugged Weddings
categories: For Your Ceremony, Photography, Real Weddings, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

As a person who believes in moderation (except when it comes to popcorn, good wine, and spicy food), I’m keenly aware of people who live their lives through the lenses of their electronic devices. It kind of makes me sad to see someone using a large portion of their time at a wedding pursuing the “perfect image” rather than being in the moment as it unfolds around them. This was never more apparent than during a family wedding a few years ago when an aunt with a brand new smartphone took pictures during the ENTIRE ceremony. And yes, her shutter sound was on. And yes, the volume was set too high. It was so distracting and I felt really bad for the bride. I also felt bad for her professional photographer who had to, without a doubt, shift around to get shots that didn’t include this woman’s phone.

So you know where I’m going with this, right? Unplugged weddings, where guests are asked to refrain from using their devices during the wedding, are the “new” thing but we know this is just a movement back to good manners and common sense. Not only that, but having guests put down their phones actually  helps your professional photographer get the shots you’ll cherish…and happily, they won’t be of you exchanging rings with seventeen smartphones in the background. We’re told that the flash from even one smart phone can alter the lighting for the professionals, giving you less-than-perfect images.

To inspire you to consider going unplugged at your wedding, we’re sharing some beautiful moments that would have been quite different had there been many smartphones present:

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

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(Photo: SunStreet Photo)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

So how can you help your guests enjoy the day with you in person rather than from behind a camera lens?

1. Plan ahead. Being proactive by mentioning your decision to have an unplugged wedding in your wedding invitations or on your welcome bag itinerary will give your guests advance notice of your wishes; they’ll be more likely to comply if the request isn’t sprung on them last minute.

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(Signs via Etsy; KarameleShop and ShortandSweetheart)

2. Create signage. A well-placed sign at the ceremony entrance and/or on the ceremony programs that asks guests to refrain from using their cameras during the ceremony, and possibly even later at the reception, will do wonders for your wedding day atmosphere. We’ve seen clever, funny, and even sweet signs that are all effective. Most guests will happily refrain from jumping in the aisle to get that iconic picture of a bride and her father (and inadvertently getting in your photographer’s way) if they are simply asked not to.

3. Explain your plan to share your photos. Perhaps the best way to get your guests to feel at ease about leaving their phones and cameras tucked away is to make your plan to share the images very clear. If you plan to share them on Facebook, Dropbox, etc., communicate this to your guests so they know they won’t miss any of the images taken by your photographer.

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

4. Enlist your DJ and wedding planner’s help. If you want guests to have free reign with their devices during the reception but want the special moments to be unplugged (for the professional photographer to capture), ask your DJ and planner to help you. They’re used to directing guests throughout the wedding day and would be happy to guide your guests in this area- just make sure you or your planner provides the DJ with a detailed list of the events (like the first dance, cake cutting, etc.) that you wish to be device-free.

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(Above 2 photos: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Custom Sign: Brie Dumais Designs)

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(Photo: Jennifer Bowen Photography, Custom Sign: The Event Essentials)

If you don’t want to go 100% unplugged at your wedding but want a device-free ceremony, don’t forget to provide a hashtag so all guests can easily find the photos from your wedding as they are posted on social media. Remember, don’t provide the hashtag until you’re ready for guests to use their devices.

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11
Nov
Engaged: Liz and Alex
categories: Engagements, Meet Our People

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When we see an engagement session that has it all- gorgeous pictures, a couple that just “fits” together, a cutie patootie pup, and honestly, the most perfect ensembles you could imagine, we jump on the chance to share the session on our blog. Liz and Alex’s love story will surely inspire you…and maybe even tempt you to go shopping for your ultimate engagement session outfits!

How did you meet? Despite living only a few blocks apart from each other in Santa Monica, CA in 2010, we never met until we both moved back to Tucson. We initially met in the spring of 2012, however it wouldn’t be until a year later that a mutual friend set us up on a date. It truly was love at first date, and the rest, you could say, is history!

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This is Riley. Riley was, as Liz says, “the life of the engagement shoot”. Riley may or may not attend the wedding, despite her extreme cuteness.

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What’s your ideal “date night”? We love to cook together, so an ideal date night would include whipping up something exciting in the kitchen. Lately, we’ve enjoyed trying our hand at various ethnic dishes, particularly Indian and Thai cuisine. After dinner, we’d probably indulge in one of our guilty pleasures- Dateline murder mysteries. We are always getting way too into the episodes, playing detective and what not.

The Proposal: Alex and Liz have slightly different memories about the proposal but the gist of it is that they were planning to go on an anniversary trip to Coronado Island, which Liz suspected would include a proposal, but Alex caught Liz off- guard by proposing to her the night before. Liz’s perspective puts all the pieces together: I had planned out all these “photo-op” outfits in case the “big moment” were to occur during any point of our trip, and ended up being proposed to with no makeup and a worn-out dress. Looking back, I am appreciative for the way it happened: our love is so organic and real, I’m glad our special night reflected who we truly are as a couple instead of a staged moment.

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What is your favorite thing about each other?

Liz: Alex is a true gentlemen and romantic. He’s always made me feel like the most loved and special person in the world. He’s my partner in absolutely every facet of life, and I couldn’t be more excited for our future.

Alex: Liz is an incredibly passionate and energetic person and really balances me out well. She’s beautiful, smart, talented and caring and is always there for others before herself. It doesn’t hurt that she enjoys cleaning up after me! I’m truly a lucky guy.

How did you choose She.We Studio for your photos? We met Shelley through our wedding planner, Louise Thomas, and I instantly fell in love with her enthusiasm and passion for what she does. It has been wonderful to work through the creative process together with Shelley, and the pictures came out absolutely perfect.

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Congratulations Liz and Alex and thank you for sharing your story with us!

All photos courtesy of Elite Circle photographer She.We Studio (find She. We Studio online and on Facebook).

Did you notice how perfectly gorgeous Liz’s hair and makeup are? Elite Circle makeup artist and hair stylist Margarita of I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry works with She.We Studio clients on a regular basis. Together, She.We Studio and Margarita make an engagement session and wedding day dream team!

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5
Nov
Great Find: Belusso Swimwear
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Stuff We Love!

We were so excited for all of our readers who are planning honeymoons when we spied Belusso Swimwear’s Resort 2015 collection on the runway recently. These super sexy suits and cover ups feature many of the season’s hottest trends including monokinis, feather motifs, fringe, and cut–outs but also, we really REALLY like the colors. Some are sunset inspired, some are dark and dramatic, but either way, they’re perfect for honeymoon and resort wear.

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The shimmer in both the suit and cover up elevate these swimwear pieces from beach babe to resort diva. Work. It.

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Another reason for our swoon-fest? Belusso Swimwear has stylish options for gals who plan to enjoy excursions on their honeymoons and need more than just a string bikini.

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It’s never too early to start thinking about your honeymoon trousseau and if you’re headed to a beach or resort- style locale with your love, you’ll want to make sure your daytime look is super sexy and chic.

Find Belusso Swimwear online and in Scoop NYC stores nationwide

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27
Oct
Wedding Event In Tucson: Hacienda del Sol Boutique Wedding Fair
categories: fabulous reception sites, Open Houses, Wedding Inspiration

Every Fall, Hacienda del Sol hosts a Boutique Wedding Fair, and each year, they out-do themselves. This year, the big news is that in addition to having the very best Tucson wedding vendors on-site and giveaways to make any bride giddy, they’re adding a wedding fashion show to the agenda!

That’s right. If you attend the Boutique Wedding Fair on November 2nd, you will not only experience one of the most beautiful and authentic Tucson wedding venues, you will also get a sneak peek at the hottest wedding gowns, tuxedos, and suits for 2015! Wedding fashions from J Bridal Boutique, Maya Palace, Brooks Brothers, and George’s will be featured making it a fashion show you don’t want to miss.

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Not sure if you want a romantic, intimate, and beautiful venue for your wedding (Ha ha! Who doesn’t, right?)? These inspiration photos just might seal the deal:

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(Photo: Sunstreet Photo)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo: Kelly Rashka Photography)

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo: Jacob Chinn Photography)

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

 Bridal Show Details:

Hacienda Del Sol Boutique Wedding Fair :: Sunday November 2, 11am-2pm :: 5501 N Hacienda del Sol Road Tucson, AZ 85718 :: Contact: Rachel Allen at 520-901-1345

There will be giveaways from Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and Williams Sonoma, to name a few, as well as swag bags and exclusive discounts from participating vendors. Many of our Elite Circle wedding professionals will be there and they can’t wait to meet you!

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