the short list

It is the grand finale of the J.Crew fashion show! Today it’s all about the bride but we’re keeping this short.

Call me biased (because I did it), but I love a short wedding dress. I’m a leg girl, and after our dreadful winter, don’t be afraid to show them off this summer! Here are J.Crew’s collection of short bridal dresses. short dressesBride

What about you… Did you go short? Would you? What about shorts? I’d love to know. C0772_NA6434_m

Click here to visit the J.Crew website and find my other Navy by the Sea posts here, hereherehereherehere, here and here

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i spy

… a good idea.

The fun part about being a wedding photographer’s assistant is you are a fly on the wall most of the day. Not saying much but observing everything. And as a fan of all things weddings, it is handy! So, when I spot a good idea, a nice touch, or something magical, you know I am going to share.

At this weekend’s wedding I noticed a sweet gesture. The Groom’s parents privately gave the bride a beautiful necklace before the ceremony. It was an olive branch – and apparently, it signified her bravery for joining the family. (ha!)

Extending an Olive Branch: Tiffany & Co. Paloma Picasso® Olive Leaf Vine Pendant 31406404_929973_EDphoto

Photo: Taken with my spyPhone (aka iPhone): The Prince George Hotel, Halifax.

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i spy…

… a good idea.

The fun part about being a wedding photographer’s assistant is you are a fly on the wall most of the day. Not saying much but observing everything. And as a fan of all things weddings, it is handy! So, when I spot a good idea, a nice touch, or something magical, you know I am going to share.

On Saturday I was back in the Valley for the third weekend in a row (am I beginning to talk like a valley girl?). It was a beautiful day with a beautiful couple. They looked so young, which makes me feel like I may be getting old. Argh. Anyway, the one thing that really stood out from other weddings I’ve been to was that immediately following the ceremony, the guests filtered into a large room. On their way to, they passed by the Bride and Groom making it the most efficient receiving line ever! Once everyone had their afternoon beverage (iced tea/lemonade), the Bride and Groom entered and had their first dance right away.

Reasons why I love this.

  • Over and done with (especially if you are a shy couple)
  • The photographer gets great natural light for the dance
  • The romance of the wedding ceremony is still strong
  • It gives the guests a little treat before the couple is whisked away for pictures
  • Then, while pictures are being done, the guest can casually make their way to the cocktail / reception at their own leisure.

Often, your first dance is after dinner and dessert. Guests have been sitting a long time, the tables may still need cleaning, the line up at the bar is long and people are loosing their attention. In all of the reception chaos, it is harder to pump up the romance when people are just waiting to pump up the jams. You still get to start the dance party off with a few special moments including the Father-of-the-Bride and the Mother-of-the-Groom dances so it is a win-win. I have also seen the first dance happen at the beginning of the reception (before dinner) and this too is a great idea but there was something extra special about combining it with the ceremony.

Brides-to-be: Consider this. I know I will suggest it. Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

Photo: Taken with my spyPhone (aka iPhone): Acadia University, Nova Scotia.

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banner up

The third wedding shower post this week is all about the banner.

When we (the Bride and one of her bridesmaids) visited the venue in March, I noticed there was a great place to hang a banner along the beam that separates the raised platform from the rest of the pavilion. The head table will be up on the platform with the Bride and Groom at centre stage so I thought it be fun to hang a lovely message over their heads: CAYLUM LOVES AIMEE. And, to make things easy for the guests, it will be the official hashtag of the event.  #caylumlovesaimee

<My mom says what? A hashtag for an event is a basically a method of linking common communication through social media. If you want to post a remark or photo of the big day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. use the selected hashtag so you can share your stuff with fellow wedding guests and their network.> 

Anyway… back to the banner.

Aimee and Caylum’s wedding is at a vineyard so imagine gold, cream, champagne, corks, burlap, barrels and wine. With this in mind, I decided to go with a burlap backing and printed letters on top. Here are the steps:

  • First, I found a roll of burlap at MichaelsDSC_0991
  • I cut the burlap into 4 x 5 inch squares
  • I printed and cut each letter to fit individually on a burlap squareDSC_0996
  • I rounded the corners of each letter with a rounded paper cutterDSC_0998
  • I used Mod Podge to glue the letters to the burlapDSC_1002
  • With a small hole punch, I punched the top corners of each letter
  • And finally, I weaved twine through the holes and separated the letters appropriatelyDSC_1014

Voilà! An easy banner!DSC_1016

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picture perfect

Earlier this week I mentioned that I’d show you how to make a simple photo booth backdrop.

You will need

  • 2 X Gold Foil Doorway Curtains (I got mine from Party City)
  • Oh Joy! for Target 12 piece Wall Decals
  • Tape
  • Clothespins (or something to hang the curtains from)
  • Tripod and camera
  • Silly props (optional)

For me, the easiest place to hang a photo booth backdrop was from the frame of a window. That way, I didn’t need to tape anything to the walls. However, because I used a window frame, I had to hang a large grey blanket behind the tinsel to hide any background outside. Our windows have great ledges so it was easy to hang both the blanket and foil curtains with clothespins.

I found (on clearance!) these wall decals and taped them to the foil for a bit more excitement.circlesDSC_1021And voila! An easy photo booth back drop. IMG_0657DSC_0002DSC_0011DSC_1031DSC_1052DSC_1055 Oh, and here is David testing out the props before the party.DSC_1024psst. If you like what you’re reading, please subscribe and share. xomeg