All the Little Details: Kristina and Christopher’s Wedding

From the desk of: Veronica

When you strip it all down to the basics, a wedding is really just two well-dressed people at a chosen location, usually with food, cake, and music. If that were all weddings were, you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart.

It’s the little details that make all the difference – all the little choices the bride and groom made along the way to make the wedding especially theirs – that draw your attention and make you think “how sweet!” “how cool!” and “I never would have thought of that!”

I got to attend a wedding this weekend, and it was a fantastic example of those little details lighting up the wedding. The bride and groom spent a lot of time and effort to include all those little things, and I loved them. So, as a tribute to the little details of a wedding, I bring you Kristina and Christopher’s wedding. (It’s important to note, as I am just the blogger part of this equation, these are iPhone photos, not Sean Purcell Photography photos J)

When I walked in about an hour before the wedding to start getting Josephine dressed (she was one of the flower girls) and to double check the schedule of events (I was a child-wrangler/wedding party-helper), the first thing I noticed was my cousin’s dress (of course!) While it would have been lovely all on its own, the belt was such an amazing touch that I couldn’t stop staring at it!


Isn’t she a beautiful bride?

Perfect, isn’t it?

Right inside the door was a sign that screamed Kristina and Chris:


What I have loved about them as a couple from the very beginning is that Chris encouraged her to be herself and be silly, and they are quite the goofy pair. They bring out the best in each other, and I have never seen her happier. Therefore, it was perfect to be greeted with this sign. We all knew we were at their wedding, and not just “some wedding” that was just like everyone else’s and nothing would stand out in our memories.

Next, we were treated to their love story, which I found downright adorable.


Below their love story was a handmade guest book (made by my sister who learned her craft in a Master’s program in book arts) and a sign asking guests to take an entire page to write a message instead of just signing in.


Next, I saw the cake table (my eye always travels there, even though I’m off dairy because my baby is allergic – old habits die hard). Even though the best part of the table is obviously the CAKE, I love a cake table with a little something going on.


As for the space as a whole, they went with one of my favorite decorating strategies – I am a total sucker for lights under tulle, table cloths, and curtains. It’s a nice little touch during daylight and makes the space look magical once it gets dark. Everywhere you looked, there were lights. It was well worth the effort it took for them to string them all up.


Now for the bridal party. The colors were black and bright pink, and I loved how everyone coordinated, down to the sashes and flowers on the flower girls’ dresses that mimicked the bridesmaids.


On the subject of bridesmaids, I like how instead of going the different-dress or same-dress-different-color route for her matron of honor, she went subtle with a flower affixed to her dress to differentiate her from the other bridesmaids.


They also thought of something fun for the bridal party to wear upon entrance to the reception.


Speaking of those little cuties, there was a lot of little details that went into the flower girls and ring bearer as well.

I thought it was fun that the three of them walked down the aisle together, in place of a basket of petals, the girls carried beautiful pomanders, and instead of a pillow with rings, the ring bearer carried this adorable sign.


Petals were simply scattered before the guests arrived and the center aisle was reserved for the bridal party.


Oh, and that sign?


Too cute, right?

I also accidentally coordinated with the hostess. How serendipitous!


I think this photo might sum the wedding up the best.


“What a wedding!”

Thanks, Kristina and Christopher, for letting me share all your great ideas with the Internet!

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Straight roads

When it seems like you’ll never get there, remember there are some GREAT things about long journeys:

1. You know where you’re going (no matter how far away it might seem)

2. There’s no reason to turn around.

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Have a great weekend everybody!

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How do you see yourself?

From the desk of: Amanda

You’re not this hard on others, so why are you so hard on yourself?

Just a little something to keep in mind the next time you look in the mirror   😉

**Video originally found here

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Write a NICE letter

From the desk of: Veronica

I’ve been thinking a lot about the letter someone slid under the door of an autistic boy’s grandma the other day. I thought and thought about how I wanted to say something about it on my blog, but I didn’t. All I could think of was writing about how horrible it was, but I don’t know how much good that would do. Hate for hate? Eh. Probably won’t do much.

Then I thought of something little I could do. I could write a letter of my own and leave it for someone to find, only my letter would tell someone how great he or she was. Instead of finding a letter that makes you cry, wouldn’t it be great to find a letter that makes you smile?

So, naturally, I asked my three-year-old who the recipient of the letter should be. She chose her playgroup leader*. She told me things she liked about her, and I wrote it all down.


Our plan is to surreptitiously leave it on her desk after our next playgroup meeting. I thought it would be better if we left it for her to find instead of standing right there while she read it. (For clarification: the tattoo was temporary)

Josephine had a lot of fun doing this, and so did I. It was easy, made us feel good, and made someone else feel good. While I don’t necessarily believe that one nice note could cancel out the hate that the other note created, you all could always do the same and we could start a wave of positivity.

What do you think? Do you have the time to write a letter to someone who makes you happy? If you do, leave a comment, leave a link to a blog post, or tag it #writeaniceletter on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

*P.S. Josephine goes to a playgroup once a week through the Great Start program. If you have one in your area, I cannot recommend it enough. It is like a miniature preschool, it’s free, and the people are fantastic.

You can find Veronica at her blog, Veronica M.D. (no, she’s not a real doctor), on TwitterInstagram, (and Pinterest!). Feel free to stalk her. She encourages it.


Re-evaulating your priorities .. your dream might not be as far out of reach as you think!!

From the desk of: Amanda

Is there something that you’ve always wanted, but think you can’t afford?

A vacation? A new ring? A portrait session?

Family portrait, Sean Purcell Photography, Virginia PhotographerIt might not be as far out of reach as you think.

We’ve all been there, and most of us are probably there now. There’s one big ticket item that no matter how badly we want it, we constantly talk ourselves out of buying. We have a very hard time justifying spending the money on it.

Recently, I was on one of the blogs I read on a semi-regular basis, Psychology for Photographers, and Jenika had just posted an article that broke everything down, and delved into the psychology of it all. I won’t re-invent the wheel, if you want to read it, you can find it here. Basically, people are afraid to spend money if the amount is something that they consider high, but they have no problem spending the same amount of money, broken down into several smaller expenditures. For example, I want an iPad. Almost need one these days, and I keep telling myself that there are plenty of other things I have to do first, like front end work on my car. However, last month, taking a quick look at my bank statement, I realized I’d spent at least half, if not close to three-quarters the cost of an iPad on… nothing. I went out to eat a few times. There went $75. I rewarded myself for a long week’s work with a clothing spree. I limited myself to $50, but I did that at three stores. Oops. A trip to the jeweler. A trip to the salon, where I had not just my nails done, but my hair cut and highlighted. Numerous trips to the coffee shop. All of these “small” expenditures added up so fast! Almost to the cost of the tablet that I want so badly. It really didn’t feel like I was spending the amount of money that I did. Eating at home, staying away from the tank tops, being happy as a less caffeinated brunette, and I could have had my iPad.

Coffee, Sean Purcell Photography, Virginia Photographer

So, I challenge you. Take a glance through your bank statement. I’d guess yours looks an awful lot like mine, and the money you don’t think you have for that dream item? I bet you’re still spending it, but able to justify it because each expense isn’t as large. Trust me, you’ll be far happier with yourself if you go for it, and get what you really want. Look at it this way. What would make you happier, dinner at the steakhouse downtown, that’s gone in a few hours, or a falling asleep to a gorgeous family portrait hanging on your wall? I think I know what your answer is. 😉

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Four Years Later

From the desk of: Veronica

Since I shared my fears about my photo shoot with you, I thought it only fair I tell you how it went. I know you’ve already seen some of the family portraits and some of the shots of me and my husband, but I want to tell you about the making of those pictures of me and Jeremy.

I knew that this session was intended to make up for my lousy wedding photos, but I was very focused on the family photos we were to take at the beginning of the day. If you’ve ever taken a photo of a child, attempted to take a photo of a child, or even, you know, watched a child run around like a wild animal, you know that it can often be impossible to get kids to cooperate. Then try to do it with two of them. Oh, and make sure their parents are also looking good and not talking to the kids or trying to get them to smile. I was worried we wouldn’t get a single good shot, and to be honest, by the time we were done with those pictures, the worry had exhausted me. Of course, I had nothing to be worried about, but try and tell me not to worry – it doesn’t work.

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So, by the time Jeremy and I were supposed to leave the girls with my mom and be romantic in front of the camera, I was already worn out. But then something wonderful happened.

Everyone else melted away. It was just me and Jeremy.

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Seriously. We were giggling like kids, smooching, and whispering in each others’ ears. We were smiling so big my face hurt. I couldn’t stop looking at Jeremy. I felt like we fell in love all over again.

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When we were done with the shoot and packed the girls in the car, we just kept looking at each other with big goofy grins.

“That was like … a date!” I told Jeremy, and he agreed. We had an amazing time, and seriously thought even if we never saw any of the pictures, we had already gotten so much out of the experience that we were completely satisfied. We were madly in love and had a fantastic day.

And THEN, we DID get the pictures. Bonus! And they were amazing! BONUS bonus!

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I had no idea this experience would be so profoundly moving, and I have to tell you, I realize now just how fantastic it must be for brides and grooms to work with an amazing photographer on their wedding day. To have had that kind of moment on what was the greatest day of my life would have been perfect. Thankfully, I got that moment, four years after the fact, thanks to Sean and Amanda.

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The Dimicks … After Dark

From the desk of: Amanda

Veronica and Jeremy

In my last shoot recap, I talked about what an awesome time Sean and I had with our blogger, Veronica, and her beautiful family. The second part of their shoot was just for them. As you might remember, Veronica and Jeremy had quite the wedding photo story. After their family session, Sean and I spent some time giving these two lovebirds some photos that will hopefully alleviate some of the disappointment over the ones from their wedding.

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These two were SO easy to work with, it was unreal. Sean spent countless hours researching posing for couples, but a few shots in, it was obvious that we didn’t need any help. Veronica and Jeremy were naturals in front of the camera.

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How perfect is this?

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Or this?

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I can’t make this stuff up, guys. This is truly the stuff fairy tales are made of. They really ARE this much in love.

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Looking for more of our portrait work? Just wait till you see Amy Z and her family. But that will come soon enough. There’s already too much awesomeness in this post. We don’t want to break the internet, do we? <wink>

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