Surely a New Wedding Trend in the Making

Y’all … I don’t even know what to say.

A woman in Tennessee recently made a big splash on her wedding day by ATTACHING HER NEWBORN BABY TO THE TRAIN OF HER WEDDING DRESS AND DRAGGED HER DOWN THE AISLE.

This is not a joke. For once in my life, I have no words.

What is the strangest thing you’ve seen at a wedding? I would just love it if one of you could top this in the comments section, so speak up!

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

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Where do those wedding traditions come from?

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The exchanging of the rings is one of my favorite moments during a wedding.  Everything about it is just incredible.  By this point in the ceremony the bride has already made her grand entrance and walked down the isle drawing “ooohs” and “aaaahs” from everybody in attendance (another classic photo).  Yeah, that tradition is incredible but from there the energy just keeps building.  Then there’s the wedding officiant, who can always be counted on to bring a lump to the throat and a smile to the face of everybody with their practiced words to the couple. Or maybe it’s the groom gently holding his bride’s hand as he slides the ring onto her finger? Or it could be our understanding of the eternal nature of the ring itself or collective hopes for happiness and love?  I dunno, but I’m telling you this, it’s very nearly an electric feeling!  Most of us know the rings, or circles, have long been considered symbols of the eternal nature of the marriage, but did you know the history of the ring itself?

Of course the exchanging of the rings isn’t the only tradition.  Ever find yourself wondering why the bride carries that colorful pretty bouquet?  (Pst…it has something to do with how those flowers smell)  Or how about that garter belt carefully selected but worn just out of sight?  What about the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?  The story behind these and other traditions may just surprise you with their origins.  

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Two is better than one. Of course five beats the pants off of that.

Marriage definition

“A combination of elements”.  That’s a definition of one of my personal favorite events, a marriage.  Um, hello…wedding photographer.  Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.

Happy people, teary eyed Moms, music, silly uncles dancing like nobody’s watching.  How can you not enjoy a wedding?  Now while I like to get down at a reception as much as anybody else, it’s not just a party.  A marriage is also the joining of two groups to make one, dare we say better, family.

Family

If you think about it, one of the best things is that they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes!  Kinda makes you feel like everything is right in the world while shooting a wedding with a couple who choose to make the entire family a central part of their big day.  Take this awesome couple below for example.  Their custom cake topper (awesome choice, by the way guys) was just one of the many ways their children were a central part of their day.  Their union was made to be a perfect party for five.

Family cake topper

Of course it really doesn’t hurt my feelings when the couple looks this hot doing it. Oh yeah, fellas THIS is how you do the “dip kiss”.  Just in case you were wondering.

The kiss

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Best Sugar Cookies and Frosting Recipe

You guys — Christmas is coming. I was pretty ahead of the game this year, not to brag or anything, and other than a few things that popped up, I only have one big task to accomplish.

COOKIES.

I’m not much of a baker. Or a cook for that matter. But it’s not like I’m bad at it, and I would like to enjoy it more than I do, so this year instead of stealing a bunch of cookies from my mom’s house (I mostly refer to her as Betty Crocker), I thought I would make some of my own.

Revolutionary. I know.

Anyway, I thought some of you might be like me and leaving cookies to the last minute and could benefit from my mother’s fantastic recipes. I can’t give them all away, but I was given the green light to share her Famous Sugar Cookie recipe and her Can’t Fail Frosting recipe.

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Traditional Sugar Cookies

Cream together:

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cup shortening

Mix in:

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs

Add:

2 teaspoons baking powder

5 cups flour

Mix until the dough is very stiff. Cover and chill at least one hour.

Roll dough between two layers of parchment paper. Remove top layer and cut into shapes. Remove excess dough, leaving cookies on paper. Transfer parchment paper to your cookie sheet to bake.

Bake at 350°F for 6-8 minutes until set, but not brown.

Wait until cool to frost (if using sprinkles or colored sugar, add to dough before baking)

Makes about four dozen cookies

Decorator Frosting

In a large mixing bowl, cream with an electric or stand mixer:

     1 cup shortening

Add alternately:

4-6 cups powdered sugar (I do five)

1/3 cup milk

Add:

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix on medium high speed for several minutes until fluffy and the desired consistency. You can always add more milk or powdered sugar as needed to arrive at the perfect fluffiness.

Veronica’s tip: replace the teaspoon of vanilla with ½ teaspoon of vanilla and ½ teaspoon of mint extract for perfect mint frosting.

PRO MINT TIP: It will taste even mintier if you add some green food coloring. TRUST ME.

And there you have it, folks. The best cookies. Happy baking to all, and to all a good night!

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My girls making cookies with my mom

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Walk the walk

SPP Blog quote Ben Franklin copyWe’ve all heard this question before, someone can talk the talk, but can they walk the walk?  It takes a long time for someone to forget what they’ve heard, but it’s likely they’ll never forget when we’ve DONE something for them.  Of course it’s also true that they’ll never forget if we’ve failed to deliver on a promise.  That’s why ol’ Ben’s quote is printed and framed above my computer.

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Prepping for a Photo Shoot

From the desk of: Amanda

You’ve made the decision to schedule a portrait session. These days, most photographers refer to them as an “investment”, and I really like that term. If you’ve taken the time to research and select a professional photographer for your photos, you’re showing that it holds substantial value to you. And because of that, it is very important that you are able to take advantage of what the session has to offer. Don’t let the research stop just because you’ve found the perfect photographer. There are a few more things that you can do to make sure that you get the most out of your experience. Plus, the more you’re prepared beforehand, the more relaxed you’ll be, and it will show.

The number one issue that most people run in to is …What on earth will I wear?!

The biggest thing that I cannot stress enough is, be comfortable. I’m not saying wear sweats. Dress nicely, but do wear something that is you. Something that you not only look natural in, but feel comfortable in as well. Remember that everything comes across on the camera, so if you’re feeling the slightest bit uncomfortable, it’s going to show.

If you’re really unsure of what will look good on camera, take Sean’s post from the other day into consideration. He talks about how to determine the type of skin tone that you have, and how to select colors that work well with you.
Warm colors

Cool colors

For family sessions, everyone is all over the board as to how each family member should dress. Some people think that everyone should match. Some people that everyone should wear the same color, but in different styles. Others think that it doesn’t matter, and you can wear whatever you want. There’s no real wrong answer here, it boils down to what YOU want on YOUR walls. My personal preference, and what I generally recommend to clients, is coordinating colors. I think that a variety of color is a great way to go, as long as they all complement each other. Here’s an awesome site that we use all the time to help us find coordinating colors. Don’t be shy. Test it out. I can guarantee that you’ll find an amazing color palette in there that you never would have dreamed of putting together.

color scheme homepageThe next thing I advise clients to take a look at is posing. I don’t mean picking out your poses. We know how to pose you in order to flaunt your strengths, and diminish your (for lack of a better term) weaknesses. But something that will help beforehand is to take a look at this site. It goes over all of the common poses that most photographers use, and it explains why we ask you to do what we do. I know, from personal experience, that sometimes when a photographer is firing off posing instructions, you can feel like some kind of a contortionist. But trust me, we’re not trying to get you to play Twister, there’s a reason for us asking. If you know ahead of time that we’re going to ask you do something that sounds odd, you’ll be expecting it, and feel a little more comfortable doing it in front of the camera, and in turn, you’ll look relaxed in your final images.

That’s really it. The rest is in our hands to show you just how amazing you look.

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Tips for the guys

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
Yogi Berra

There are many elements of the wedding planning that as guys we just have no say in.  Even if we did, let’s face it, it’s HER day and we’re just along for the ride.  But hold on, there are definitely some areas that fall squarely into our court and guys, it’s time to bring your “A” game and start planning.

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  • Popping the question!  Right…so you’ve finally gathered up the courage and now it’s down to the nitty-gritty.  Hey, if you don’t think “how” you ask is important, let’s not forget the all important “bragging rights” factor.  Just like she’s going to be bragging about the ring you give her, the next question is going to be “How did he ask?”  Come on, we’re guys, competition is what we do.  We’ve been competing since we were old enough to understand that someone had to be able to run faster and swing higher.  And it usually involved impressing a girl…so this is nothing new to us.  Here are some great articles on popping the question to make sure your fiance has top bragging rights at the next girls night event.

Make a plan…now make another plan.

Even CNN has some good tips.

  • Picking the groomsmen – Ahh, time to pick the Wingmen.  While it’s true that you shouldn’t start out with a concrete number (although as a photographer there is something to be said for symmetry with the number of bridesmaids), it just becomes unruly once you go past eight groomsmen.  They say blood is thicker than water and in this case, unless it is going to start World War III with your soon-to-be bride, inviting your brother and future brother in-law is a great place to start.
  • Bachelor party!!!  As a famous on-screen fighter once said…”The first rule of Bachelor Party, is you don’t talk about Bachelor Party.”  Okay, I may have that a bit wrong but it sounds like good advice, right?  But seriously, this isn’t something you want to rub in your fiance’s face.  She already is imagining something out of The Bachelor.  No good can come from you adding fuel to the fire with joking about strippers and clowns.  Rule number two is make sure that you schedule the big event early enough to leave time to recover from any hangovers, broken bones, or unexpected travel delays.  While it makes for funny movie drama, you’re never going to recover from being late to your own wedding.  Planning on a couple of weeks out from the wedding date is a pretty safe bet.  And rule three is plan ahead.  Keep in mind that it takes time to plan a good stag affair and as guys we’re not always the best at prompt responses to emails and texts.  So make sure to get the guys talking about this about 6-8 weeks out to make sure it’s something fun you’ll remember.

Need some inspiration?  Here are some…well…eventful inspirations for you.  However, I take no blame if you choose to follow them and end up in another country, married to a monkey or have a facial tattoo we’re trying to hide during your wedding photos.  Just sayin’

Finally, since we can be a wee bit competitive…I came across this guy’s truly epic movie based proposal.  Her reaction in the corner is just classic!

Hey Michigan, we’re headed your way soon!  We’ll be in Port Huron July 12th-14th for some awesome sessions.  We still have some openings or If you’re in the area, we’d love to say hello.

Purcell-79Hey, don’t just stop here , let’s get social 🙂  Come visit me on Facebook or Twitter and join in on the fun.  Or if you’re looking for something on the light side lets share our odd little worlds on “Instagram” at Sean_spphotography.   See you next time everybody 🙂

Sean

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