As I posted before, my good friend, Trang Dam, is an awesome photographer that does weddings and family portraits. Mr Smallville and I met up with him on Sunday for an engagement photoshoot on the National Mall in Washington, DC. She was awesome enough to feature us on her blog with a preview of the photos. Here are some pics:
I went to MAC to get my make up done right before the shoot. They gave me false lashes and a "daytime smokey eye." I was self-concious at first, afraid I looked too overdone. I dont think it looks too bad in these shots, though!
I am totally pleased and excited by the way it all turned out! I can't wait to see the rest. One of the images will be used on my Save The Date post cards, which i wish to print and send out before i leave for the Philippines April 8th.
That and in 2008 my family and I attended a wedding in Toronto where it's a fad to provide midnight snacks to your guests-- an adopted Italian tradition that they just made standard for all weddings up there. My mother and I were intrigued.
The venue doesn't allow for us to bring in our own food to serve. It must be ordered through them... But they're pricey. And I'm a budget bride.
However, I do know they allow FAVORS.
So I am adding yet another idea to my seemingly neverending list of favors.
This time, these favors will be self-service, and you pick them up at one table. You can snack on them right there if you want. You can even bring them home.
I can individually bag treats (cellophane bags) and label them w/ our monogram and a thank you note. Options for these are:
Being a multimedia artist has its advantages... I can edit footage, mix it and splice it with some music and special effects, and then make a DVD in about a day or two (16 hours-ish), with an awesome menu, slide show, and a custom designed DVD cover. I'd done it once for a family friend. The thing is, it's A LOT of work, though i know i'd be saving LOTS of time doing it.
So what do I do? Do I:
A) hire someone who does amazing shots, and pay for the raw footage
B) hire someone to do it all, and eat up the costs?
They offer a "Vintage Package" for $1400, which includes:
4 consecutive hours of coverage in High Def video
3 copies in Blue Ray DVD of a 15 minute fully edited highlight reel
a copy of the raw unedited full length video on DVD
So a 15 minute reel isnt the whole thing, but just the highlights of the day set to slow-mo with some music in the background. I think it's a great alternative to just having the raw footage, as I'll immediately have something to watch. I know it will take me a while to get around it, but I could definitely work on editing and putting the rest of the footage into my own DVD another day! I did customize it some by adding another 2 hours to the coverage, since the ceremony's at 4, cocktail hour is at 5, and reception is 6-11. So i have scheduled coverage to go from 3:45-9:45, which i think is perfect!
They sent me a DVD with great samples of their work,and they came highly recommended by my friend Trang Dam who is a fellow Multimedia Artist and wonderful Wedding Photographer.
Here is a sample of their video from their blog post about Rainy Day weddings:
They upgrade any event space, turning the most unconventional into a glamorous, elegant setting.
My venue has some very comfortable, bluish grey and gold chairs:
while they are not completely an eyesore, they don't exactly go with my colors of Burnt Orange, Chocolate, Gold, and Ivory. I could've rented chair covers and sashes as well, but i actually don't like the look as much as the Chiavari Chairs.
The drawback: Usually, rental for Chiavari Chairs are somewhere between $7-15 per chair! Yikes!
It was totally out of the question...
I ran into this one blog where the bride was talking about how she rented chiavari chairs for $5/chair for a nearby venue. Turns out her vendor was the same vendor the venue uses, only you didn't have to pay the surcharge for it!
So I'm renting with Leslee Addison of Special Occasions for gold chairs with ivory cushions for $5/chair, and chocolate colored napkins for $0.40/napkin. (My venue only carries, black, white, ivory, pink, and red, and rental for other colors is $2.50 per napkin).
Upon a recent recommendation, I have appointed Kate Ricasa of Kater2you Make-Up artistry to do my wedding party's make-up, as well as my make-up, hair, and lashes. I have a few pics of her work above, and this is her below:
She did a friend's wedding last september 19th. My friend told me she will actually do the makeup the way you want.
Several different scenarios played for bridesmaids gowns.
I originally wanted to save everyone some money and have them made in Manila, however now I don't think it's happening.
Well I have super-fashionista bridesmaids, whose concern is cut and fit of the dress. We visited a few stores to get a feel for some dresses. They even had me try on some stuff at our local David's one night.
My criteria for the gown:
Otherwise, I was confident that they'd find an amazing dress.
They have searched far and wide and made their decision on a dress.
It's by Jim Hjelm
It will be ordered in Sienna satin, which is a burnt orange, that matches the pantone ink i will use on my invitation perfectly.
My mother does wedding flowers on the side. It's been her dream to work on her daughters' weddings. I'm her one and only shot, since my sister will most likely have a destination wedding.
I'm letting her go all out on the wedding, her way.
However, I will call out the colors of my flowers, as well as the type.
Here are the flowers I love:
Orange Calla Lilies and Hypericum Berries
Orange Cymbidium Orchids
Yellow and Red English roses
Colors: The full analogous colorscheme of orange, from yellow orange to red orange, and some touches of green.
Pretty, huh? Those are just a few flowers. They're actually the flowers i want for my bouquet. There are some more flower ideas for things such as centerpieces and all, but i'll leave that for another post.