And the 2015 Color of the Year is …… (drumroll please)

From the desk of: Amanda

As we get ready to really kick off the wedding season, I thought I’d keep you guys up to date on this season’s popular colors! After last year’s trend of pastels and muted tones, couples are still keeping it somewhat muted, but heading more toward earth tones this time.

The color of the year, according to the color experts over at Pantone, is Marsala. The wine?! That was my first thought, too. Not surprisingly, marsala is in the burgundy family, but it lends more toward a dusty shade, rather than the bold traditional color you’re used to seeing.

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The executive director of Pantone, Leatrice Eiseman, says “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in
to its embracing warmth.”

I couldn’t agree more.

Not sure what to pair this unique color with? Pantone offers up some suggestions on their page, but here’s a quick look at a couple of my favorites:

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Not feeling the darker colors? No worries. Marsala isn’t the ONLY color this year. Other colors that brides are leaning toward include:

Greens:

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Photo taken by: Amanda Buckland

Vintage Pink:

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Photo taken by: Amanda Buckland

 

Icy Blue:

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Photo taken by: Amanda Buckland

 

and the lovely peachy apricot shades that our bride carried last weekend:

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Photo taken by: Sean Purcell

What are some of YOUR favorite wedding color combos?

 

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Theme Wedding!

From the desk of: Veronica

Fun fact about me: I LOVE a good theme wedding. I get done looking at pictures, and I just want more. I want to see every tiny detail, and bask in the glory of all the planning and creativity involved.

I found a good one for you guys to take a peek at: A Harry Potter wedding! Check out this glorious ceremony!

used with permission of Candice Benjamin Photography

used with permission of Candice Benjamin Photography

If you want to see the rest of the published pictures, head over HERE to see more details of the big day.

How about you? Do you love theme weddings too, even if it’s not something you would do yourself?

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.

 

DJ, Band, or iPod?

I recently read an article on Slate.com that I personally found pretty bold. The author claims you shouldn’t bother choosing between a DJ or live band for your wedding reception. He thinks you should just load up an iPod and call it a day.

Sure, I can admit that there are some weddings where this would work beautifully, but in the case of my wedding and many others I’ve been to, I don’t know — it sounds risky.

I certainly wouldn’t have done it for my wedding, because I am a very anxious person, and I would have been worried the whole night that the playlist I put together wasn’t working out, and as soon as the dance floor wasn’t packed, I would be racing over and skipping songs frantically. I would not have wanted to spend my night that way.

The author claims that too many DJs don’t take the pulse of the crowd and end good songs early or play too many lame songs. While I’ve been to some receptions with not-so-great DJs, to be sure, my DJ was AMAZING. I tell everyone I know in Michigan to use him.

I also never considered a live band, but I have seen some live bands really make the reception complete, and my father-in-law’s band played quite a few receptions, and I bet you a million dollars everyone was pleased with their choice.

Long story short (too late), I have a hard time agreeing that live bands and DJs are poor options for a reception and playing your own playlist is the easy and perfect option for everyone.

What do you think? What did you do for your reception if you’ve already had one? If you’ve yet to have a reception, what is your number one choice? Who was playing the music at the best reception you’ve every been to? Feedback, please!!

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.

Location, Location, Location: Jill + Jason

from the desk of: Veronica

In the continuation of the series of amazing weddings in unique locales, may I present the wedding of Jill and Jason Schmidt. I asked Jill some questions, and she was kind enough to answer them for me.

(all photos courtesy of their photographer, Whitney Carlson of Dove Photography, and Jill’s friends and family)

Location: The Barn at Chestnut Spring, Sevierville, Tennessee (Dolly Parton’s parents’ farm)

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How did you choose the location?

We wanted someplace really relaxed. Jason and I both have very hectic schedules with him being gone 3-4 days a week traveling all over the country in a tour bus, so we just wanted to go somewhere other than Nashville (where we live) and be away from the city. We talked about flying somewhere, or doing it in Michigan (my home state), but then my sister-in-law suggested looking near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. After seeing a ton of chapels that were not “us,” I finally found it. I saw the pictures and fell in love. Jason was somewhere on the road, and when I sent him the pictures, he said “that’s it.” My mom flew down last October and we drove over to check it out, and we put a deposit down that day.

How much did the location dictate the other details of your wedding?

The barn is very rustic. The interior is all old reclaimed barn wood, yet there are beautiful chandeliers hanging from the large beams. It was rustic and country without the hay bales and farm animals, so we just rolled with the theme the venue already provided.

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We had white linens with burlap runners, and a combination of mason jars and old milk vases for the centerpieces. All the flowers, with the exception of the bouquets, were all beautiful pinks, creams, and lavender spring flowers.

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photo courtesy of Noelle Moody

Outside there was an arbor we were married under that the florist draped lace curtains over and pulled them back with a flower arrangement.

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My favorite décor would be the six vintage picture frames holding pictures of our parents and grandparents. We both have a grandparent or two who are no longer with us, and it was just something that made us feel like we were still celebrating with them.

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Quick! Tell me one more thing about your wedding that made it special and unique!

Jason had an artist that we recorded with sing me down the aisle accompanied by the guitar player he currently plays with. Hope sang “When the Right One Comes Along” by Striking Matches. It was special to have someone we are close with sing a song that means so much to us.

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photo courtesy of Wolffy Lion

Vendors:

Flowers: Melissa Timm Designs

Catering: Luxe Catering and Events

Cake and Sweets: The Sweetery

DJ: Corey from Music in Motion

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Amy Smith

Photography: Dove Photography

Hair and Make-up: Hailey Rhea

Thank you so much to Jill and Jason for sharing their special day, and to Whitney Carlson of Dove Photography for letting us use her beautiful images. Your wedding was breathtaking, Jill and Jason! All my best for a long and happy marriage!

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.

Using the Stars and Stripes in photography

It’s that time of year again –  Independence Day weekend!  It’s usually a time when patriotic pride swells within us.  It’s a time for parades, celebrations, picnics with friends and families and flags are flown proudly.  I have a lot of British friends so of course there are more than a few emails and phone calls coming up this weekend.  Yeah, we tend to be a nation filled with pride, and many (myself included) would say rightfully so.  Seeing the Stars and Stripes flying high…or sadly flying at half mast…still brings a lump to my throat.  So it’s no surprise that we want the Stars and Stripes in our photography.  Just look at Pinterest and you’ll find countless examples of people proudly using our nation’s flag in their images.  Awesome idea…right!?  Wait a minute, before you pick up the phone or hit us up on the website with your flag inspired portrait shoots…there are a few things I’d ask you to think about.

I believe absolutely amazing images can be built around the flag…BUT, there’s a difference between a prop and a flag, and they’re important to remember as we start designing your photography experience.

Combination of symbols represented on a piece of cloth, serving as a medium of social, typically political, communication. It is usually rectangular and attached by one edge to a staff or is hoisted on a pole with halyards. Flags appear to be as old as civilized human society, though their origin is not well understood. The Chinese may have been the first to develop cloth flags, and it is believed that they were introduced to Europe by returning Crusaders. Most national flags in use today were designed in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Showing your pride by incorporating the Stars and Stripes is a wonderful idea, but here are a few tips to keep in mind.

– The flag should always be flown with respect, with the star field at the top.  A flag flown upside down is a sign of distress.

– Our flag should never be draped over something as a cover or used as a decoration.  Remember flags are draped over the caskets of our fallen as a sign of a nation’s respect.  Do you think the coffee table deserves that same reverence?

– The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground.

– I know it’s incredibly popular, but the flag should not be worn as clothing or used as a cover.  Using red, white and blue themed clothing works terrific as a stand-in and you’ll look incredible.  Patches worn on uniforms are the exception to this one.

– Should never be altered (writing, images, etc).  She’s pretty much perfect just the way she is.

There are some terrific images out there.  However, no matter how cute the kids, or beautiful the model, stepping on the flag, sitting on the flag, draping it over a nude body, etc…is still disrespecting a very important symbol of our nation.  I’m pretty lucky now days.  Living in DC there are countless opportunities and inspirations for incorporating Ol’ Glory into the images we create for our couples, but I constantly remember that that image is going to be hanging in the couple’s home.  The last thing I want to do is create a situation where there is an awkward conversation for them at the next family get-together.

If you’re like me, I tend to want to read it for myself.  So here’s a little light reading for you, in the form of a report prepared for a Senate committee.  Rachel Brenke, the Law Tog, wrote a great piece on this subject too.  You can check it out here.

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Location, Location, Location: Nik + Dave

from the desk of: Veronica

We all know location is everything when it comes to real estate, but what about weddings? Some weddings are really all about the location – it’s meaningful, it dictates other details of the wedding, and immediately sets the tone for the entire affair.

In the first of a series of amazing weddings in unique locales, may I present to you a couple who chose a fun and unique locale for their wedding: Nik Sushka and Dave Kunes. I asked Nik some questions, and she was kind enough to answer them.

(all photos courtesy of Nik and Dave; their families and friends via facebook; and their photographer, Philip Savard of Artistic Difference)

Location: Camp Puh’tok, Monkton, Maryland

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How did you choose your venue? Does it have a special significance?

We started out looking for a place we could enjoy for more than just a few hours with our friends and family, who we knew would be traveling from all over the country to come. As a result, one-day rentals like big grand halls were at the bottom of our list right away. Camping and adventuring is something we try to do at least one a year, so I initially looked into a lot of state and local parks. But even those were pricey and came with a ton of limitations! After a couple weeks, I stumbled onto this post on the Knot and found Camp Puh’tok in the comments. After researching, I was really, really hopeful it was available and affordable (sort of, after you factor in savings from lodging, self-catering, and cutting a lot of costs for things like chair rentals, and I would encourage anyone thrown by the quote to do the math first and consider that the money is going to a summer camp where 25% of the kids are on scholarships).

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The Camp also has a ton of amazing history. In the 1930s, it was relocated from Thurmont, MD to just north of Baltimore to make room for Camp David. In the 1940s, it was one of the only camps in the country that was racially integrated, and in the 1950s and 1960s, they worked with a great-grandson of Sitting Bull, Robin Jacobs aka Chief Sunrise, to create programs honoring Native American history. In 2002, they placed the camp land in permanent conservation easement through the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy.

How did you incorporate the camp theme into the wedding?

Friday night, we played a vicious game of capture the flag in Fort Mackinac. Saturday, we went hiking in the morning and played Ultimate Frisbee on the game field before the ceremony in the Council Ring and reception in the Thunderbird Lodge.

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We kept decorations very low-key because the camp is already very decorative. There are amazing structures all over the grounds, from the Fort to an Indian Village with several model Native American dwellings. The wedding party wore very natural colors–gray, tan, navy, and white lace—with colorful spring bouquets and camp badge boutonnieres from Color Patch. For favors, we gave people keychain flashlights and take home cookie bags.

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Food wise, BBQ was a natural choice for a summer camp, and we found a new favorite in Black Hog BBQ in Frederick. We served fruit cobblers and ice cream from a local deli instead of cake, and post-reception, a good friend built us a bonfire with s’mores that was a wonderful way to transition from the reception to late night fun.

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One of my favorite details was totally unplanned though: Friday morning, we got a slightly terrifying call from our amazing wedding coordinators that began with “Lindsay just called. A giant tree fell last night and is blocking the entrance to the camp.” We were told they were waiting for the flash flooding (yes, flash flooding) to subside so they could assess and hopefully clear it. When my family pulled up at 1pm, we met Joe the groundskeeper with chainsaw in hand, who told us it’d be several more hours before he could finish moving all of the cuttings out of the way. We all rolled up our sleeves and had it clear in 20 minutes. At the end, we asked Joe to cut us a slice of the tree, then set it up for people to sign as a guest book.

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Quick! What was one last awesome thing about your wedding?

My dad has a notoriously goofy dance he does to classic rock songs, so my family planned a surprise toast for Dave to initiate him into the family by teaching him to do the “Sushka Dance.” The DJ played the Stones “Start Me Up” and everyone did their best impression of my dad’s bicep flexing, knee bending boogie. It was hilarious and ridiculously special to me to see my husband and dad do that dance I’ve been laughing at my whole life.

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Vendors:

Photographer: Philip Savard, Artistic Difference

Coordinators: Bee Happy Wedding & Event Planning

DJ: Jenny Z Mobile DJ Service

Catering: Black Hog BBQ and Santoni’s Marketplace and Catering

Cake: Wegman’s

Flowers: Flowers by Dene

Thank you so much to Nik and Dave for sharing their wedding with us! I think I can speak for everyone reading when I say we wish we had all been there too!

If you would like to see your wedding featured in our Location, Location, Location series, please contact Veronica at veronicamdblog (at) gmail (dot) com

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.

Wedding day surprises

When it comes to planning the shoot sequence for a wedding, the only certainty is to plan the best I can and expect the unexpected…and I freakin’ love it.  But this wedding, this wedding day surprise is just epic!

If you’re planning something like this at your wedding, call me.  Seriously call me right now.  I have a killer deal for you just to be able to see this in person and get this on camera.

Don’t take my word on it.  Check this out and tell me this isn’t the coolest surprise ever.  Okay, that officiant may just be the coolest officiant ever too.

Here are some other awesome wedding dances.  Warning…what happens at 2:55 can not be unseen.  That being said, wouldn’t you like to be a guest at one of these?

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