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Including parents on your wedding day

Including parents on your wedding day

Traditionally, roles in a wedding day were set; parents of the bride were to pay for the wedding and as such, were the hosts of the wedding celebrations. Parents of the groom took more of a backseat – perhaps hosting the engagement party and planning the bachelor party.

Nowadays, couples are taking on the responsibilities of paying for and organising their own weddings, but that has made the role of parents on both sides unclear. The father of the bride will always be the one to walk her down the aisle, but how can you include other parents in your wedding day?

To help kick start your ideas, here’s some we have seen in the past few years.

* Have both parents of the bride walk her down the aisle for her grand entrance.
* Have both parents of the groom escort their son down the aisle at the beginning of the ceremony.
* Having the both Mums holding the respective wedding rings instead of the Best Man.
* Include all parents in the ceremony by asking them to work together in doing a reading.
* Candle lighting – ask your parents to light a candle for each of their families at the end of the aisle. Towards the end of your wedding ceremony, you can use the flame from each family candle to light your own family candle – a way to symbolise the joining of two families and the creation of your own.
* Have a close relationship with both your dad and step-dad? Have one take you from the start of the aisle to the middle, where you meet the other father figure. He will then take you the rest of the way down the aisle – so you can include both in your wedding day.
* Rather than just ‘dad’ making the speeches at your reception, ask mum and dad to work together for the traditional ‘father of the bride’ speech – and do the same with the grooms parents.
* We all picture the first dance as a beautiful moment in time – but with love songs being a little longer than you think, being alone on the dance floor with all of those eyes on you can begin to make you uncomfortable. Head off the dance floor, groom grabbing his mum and bride grabbing her dad for a little boogie. Then, have them dance together while you get your new father-in-law and hubby grabs his new mother-in-law for the last part of the song. Hopefully this gets the whole dance floor going!
* If you have a parent who has passed away, why not leave a seat the table free for them, and have their picture at the ceremony and reception? You could also have their picture in a locket/photo cuffs that you can wear and keep them close to you on your wedding day.

These are just a few ideas that might spark your own imagination. How are you going to include your families in your wedding ceremony?

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Wedding makeup tips

Wedding makeup tips

When it comes to weddings there are a lot of key factors to take into consideration. Not only will these factors determine the outcome of most of your wedding, they will always be remembered. Two very important factors to take into consideration when you are a bride is your photographer and the Adelaide makeup artist you choose. The two happen to go hand in hand and have a lot tied together.

Photography has changed over the years and it is not what it used to be. If we think back to the beginning of photography, photos were black and white everyone seemed to have flawless porcelain skin. If you take a black and white photo right now your skin will look perfect.

Times have changed, so has photography and as well the makeup industry. Everything is High Definition now. The clarity is unparalleled and amazing. As a photographer in our fair city of Adelaide, i have a few tips for future brides. I feel it is my duty to inform all future brides of what to take into consideration when looking for an Adelaide makeup artist.

There are things you can do to make sure your photographer has a great canvas to work with. As a photographer, my job is more than just taking beautiful photos. The main job of a wedding photographer is to provide assistance in every step of the bride’s big day. Finding the right makeup artist in Adelaide in a very important step as the outcome can make or break the photo session. The last thing a photographer wants is an upset bride with her photos because the makeup was flawed.

The first step when searching for your friendly Adelaide wedding makeup artist is checking her credentials. In the era of technology it is very easy to find a wedding makeup artists social media page and check out her portfolio. The best part about social media is that you will find tags of the work she has done from the events people attend. This way you get to see the outcome photographed by professionals and not just the photos she would take with her phone camera.

The second aspect you should take into consideration should be the products she uses. This is very important when it comes to photography. There is makeup that is HD and works perfectly when it comes to photo-shoots. If the products are a quality brand they will stay on longer and your photos will be flawless.

A third very important aspect when finding your Adelaide wedding makeup artist is booking a trial makeup session. It might be an extra cost but this way you get to be sure of the outcome on your wedding day. If there are certain colors or makeup strategies that do not suit you, you can let her know and make her job easier. Communication is key.

Makeup is about blending everything discreetly and perfectly even. The color of your foundation has to be just right otherwise your photos will show the discrepancy towards your jawline and your “clivage”. The contouring will make your features pop with the right amount of shadow or highlight. If there are any imperfections with a face structure, contouring will eradicate the flaws one might have. We aren’t all perfect, there are asymmetrical challenges that your Adelaide wedding makeup artist can fix. This way when your photographer is taking your photos it will give the allusion of perfection and you will be left with a flawless face.

As a photographer, I believe that finding the right wedding makeup artist in Adelaide will not only benefit the future bride but it will make my job easier. When the face is flawless or the imperfections are taken care of, your photos will not need as much editing. The photos will give off a natural vibe close to the moment they were taken.
I consider one of my main priorities to be that of building trust. Making sure your client feels confident and good about themselves is one of the most important parts of having a great wedding session. If they look in the mirror and feel good about themselves, they will most likely trust you and listen to your directions more easily.
Guiding my clients towards great Adelaide wedding makeup artist offers a multitude of benefits for me as a photographer. With the right guidance, you can give your clients the confidence that will radiate in their photos and be captured forever.

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Top 10 tips for an outdoor wedding reception

Top 10 tips for an outdoor wedding reception

We love outdoor wedding receptions. Maybe it is because in South Australia, we are privy to some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces on offer. There’s the beaches, wineries and fields of the Eyre Peninsula that we call home, or the gardens, wineries, forests and funky spaces of Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills that we have come to adore each time we stumble upon them.

But an outdoor reception can be hit and miss – the weather makes it difficult and you must always have a back up option. Depending on your choice of location, you also have issues to face like – where will people go to the toilet? How are the staff going to cook? What sort of seating do I need to truck in? To help you out, we’ve come up with these tips for an outdoor wedding reception.


1 – Check with the council or landowner before you lock anything in! Just because you have found this fabulous public park with amenities perfect for your wedding, doesn’t mean it is open for you to hold large scale events. Do your research and avoid a last minute drama (or fine!).

2 – Have a back up plan – we know you know this. But just in case!

3 – Create comfort – whether it be heaters for after the sun goes down, lots of water for guests, big fans throughout the area, comfy places to sit, flat shoes for the guests in heels that keep sinking in, and creating shelter, just spend some time thinking about what would make your outdoor wedding reception the comfiest, most thought out party it could be. (Don’t forget the pests of an Australian summer – stock up on aero guard!)

4 – Create a focal point – most wedding receptions have a specific area that shows off proudly as being the ‘front of the room’ or the focal point – it could be large floor to ceiling windows, or a spectacular design feature that draws the eye. Replicate this idea at your outdoor ceremony perhaps using an arbour behind your bridal table, or create a wow feature by decorating a tree in stunning hanging candle and flower arrangements.

5 – LIGHTING – you’ll need lots of it, but make it soft. Drape golden glowing fairy lights everywhere – if possible string them from one side of your reception area to the other a million times over to create a ceiling like a blanket of stars that you could reach out and touch! Lounge type areas with tall lamps look effortlessly cool, and paper lanterns offer lots of light potential while up lighting on trees or tall features are stunning. Just make sure you haven’t got a light that shines directly at your guests so they aren’t blinded by anything but your love at the party!

6 – The logistics – choose your location wisely. A wedding venue that has garden or winery spaces for outside receptions means you won’t have to think about hiring and bringing in things like tables, kitchen set ups, chairs, portaloos (ick) or marquees, as all bases are covered. Not only will you have a back up building for Plan B but it will take a lot less money and set up than a spot in the middle of nowhere where you need to bring everything (including the kitchen sink).

7 – Think outside the square – you’re already going against the grain of a traditional wedding reception, so why not play it up? Scatter picnic rugs for guests to enjoy finger food on, have an elaborate drink and desserts station, bring the indoors out with a lounge suite, coffee table and lamps, or set up an outdoor cinema to show off photos of the big day so far!

8 – Can you hear me? Make sure that your location isn’t a noisy one and that you’ve got plenty of audio equipment to make sure all speeches and music can be heard.

9 – Take professional advice – if the people you’ve hired to be involved in your wedding have an idea of advice for you, take it on board; it’s likely that they know what they are talking about and the hassles you might face having an outdoor wedding reception. For example, they might suggest having an earlier ceremony and reception, or starting the party first and getting married as the sun goes down.

10 – Embrace it – if you’ve chosen a summer wedding, let it be summer, put on some sandals under your dress, let him roll up his sleeves and wear havis, or if you’ve chosen spring or autumn, get a few ‘nanna rugs’ to cuddle up under as the sun goes down. If you embrace the weather conditions and have fun with them instead of fight them, it’s going to be one heck of a celebration!

While we continue to dream of photographing outdoor wedding receptions under a blanket of fairy light stars, we hope these tips will help you to plan your dream wedding reception.

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Have you heard about the first look?

Have you heard about the first look?

You might be a traditional bride who would prefer to do things the way they have always been done – by meeting your groom at the end of the aisle, and no earlier. But you may have noticed a trend of ‘first look photos’ and be a little intrigued. I know, that if you open yourself to the opportunity, you won’t regret it!

What brides really want on their wedding day is a reaction from their groom…but as they nervously wait down the end of the aisle and away from the one that makes them calm and brave, it’s not really an environment for over excited emotions to be expressed and you could end up disappointed. Basically, grooms normally become incredibly nervous on wedding days…. even if they seem cool and collected. For most grooms, the nerves kick in before they see their bride because when they see her, everything becomes VERY real! So when the nerves start creeping up, instead of keeping the groom in a secluded space until his time to enter the ceremony, what if you took him to a private place… no people, no on-lookers, no distractions…. and you let his beautiful bride, the love of his life, walk up to him and gently tap his shoulder. He would turn around and finally get his first look at his stunning bride and not only would he get to see her… he could embrace her… cry with her…. kiss her… and ENJOY that moment with her for as LONG as they wanted. As she shows him her dress, twirls a few times and then asks him what he thinks… his nerves start to diminish. After all, she’s the one that can make him most comfortable anyway.

Because they aren’t on a time crunch… they casually move into their romantic portraits. No one is around and there is no pressure; it’s just the two of them and their photographer….. capturing the excitement and the joy of their wedding day. This is their time to be TOGETHER…and to be ALONE. When does that happen on a wedding day? Without a First Look…. it doesn’t. When their time alone is over, they meet up with the bridal party and with plenty of time to spare the bride touches up a little makeup while the boys act like boys. After a few minutes the bridal party portraits begin and they’re FUN. They’re FUN because there is time to make them FUN. There aren’t any guests waiting impatiently at the cocktail hour and there isn’t a DJ coming to find the photographer to get a time check. It’s wonderful!

After portraits are done, the girls and guys separate and prepare for the ceremony. The guests begin to arrive and the ushers are in place. Pretty soon it’s time for the processional music to begin and one by one, the bridesmaids make their way down to the front of the ceremony. As the groom clasps his hands… they aren’t clasped out of nervousness but excitement. The music builds, the mother of the bride stands and all of the guests follow her lead. The groom looks up and here comes the BRIDE! His best friend, his companion, his sweetheart…..she’s stunning…. ABSOLUTELY stunning. The closer she gets, the bigger he smiles. This is it.

That’s why I love first look photos.

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