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Wedding Departure Ideas

When meeting with couples, it is obvious how much time and effort is spent on preparing for and planning a wedding day. A lot of thought and attention is put into the wedding location, the logistics and flow of the day, and which vendors to hire. Few couples consider how they will depart their event at the end of the evening or how they might transport themselves throughout the day. Having become aware of this, during a recent interview by Weddings Portland Style, I wanted to offer some suggestions and tips on unique wedding departure ideas.

Vintage Wedding Rentals

Have you heard the latest news?  Champagne Wedding and Event Coordination has added a vintage rental line to their services.  Their eclectic offerings include everything you need from tea cups and saucers to dinner plates, cake stands, and more.  We recently had the opportunity to check out their rentals and couldn’t believe the variety of options.  If you are looking for something a little different for your wedding, make sure to check out Champagne’s Vintage Wedding Rentals.  They were even recently featured on Style Unveiled.

Friday Humor

I just love these responses!!  Happy Friday everyone.

1.         HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. — Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with. — Kristen, age 10

2.         WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?

Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then. — Camille, age 10

3.         HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids. — Derrick, age 8

4.         WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?

Both don’t want any more kids. — Lori, age 8

5.         WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?

Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. — Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. — Martin, age 10

6.         WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?

When they’re rich. — Pam, age 7 (Love her)

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that. — Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do. — Howard, age 8

7.         IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?

It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them. — Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

8.         HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?

There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there? — Kelvin, age 8

9.         HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck. — Ricky, age 10

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Site Reviews

Here is a bit of humor we thought we would share during the busy wedding season.  A friend of mine passed this link along to me, and I just had to share.  This is a great example of why we do site reviews with all of our couples just prior to the wedding day — to avoid mistakes like these…

The title of this YouTube clip is appropriately titled Wedding Photographer FAIL — enjoy and be prepared to laugh!

Jennifer - July 9, 2010 - 8:57 am

“Holy water!” I’ll bet that’s what he said when he fell. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

Wedding Diptych

I thought this would be a different kind of blog post, one that plants a different kind of thinking toward your wedding photography.  You see, when most couples meet with a wedding photographer, they are typically thinking about more immediate things such as wedding albums and receiving all the images at full resolution on disc.  But what about how your wedding photography will look around your house after the wedding?  Are their certain areas in your home where a nice collection of images could hang?  Wouldn’t that be nice?

That’s why we offer a print certificate in all of our levels of service.  This way, in addition to having the images at full resolution on disc, you also have the ability to purchase actual prints at no additional cost to you.  We are firm believers that if you hire a wedding photographer, you should receive actual wedding photographs – not just the digital files.

Erin and Ron were married at The Abernethy Center on September 14, 2008.  I remember their wedding vividly.  It started off at a bar with the guys catching a Lions/Packers game and ended with one of the funniest departures from a wedding I have ever seen.  Let’s just say that wearing bicycle helmets while riding off in a convertible is quite hilarious.  Well, Erin contacted me by email today to order a gorgeous 16×24 Canvas Wrap along with a handful of prints.  As part of her print order, she chose 2 very special images and left instructions on how she planned to hang them on the wall.  She wants to create a little wedding diptych of the moment the two of them read their vows to each other.  I absolutely LOVE this idea and wanted to share it with all of you.

Jennifer Walker - May 27, 2010 - 7:38 am

I love this. So beautiful and such a cool idea.

Portrait with Paul

The way we communicate has forever changed.  With wireless technologies and gobs of various social media outlets, we stay in touch and we communicate with those around us with ever-increasing frequency.  It is truly phenomenal in scope and supremely powerful in bringing us all together so closely.

I was chatting with Dana on Facebook, a bride we had photographed not just over a week ago.  Knowing already that she had just returned from her honeymoon (evidenced by her humorous status updates), I asked her about her travels.  In fact, she was online because she was in the process of updating the photos from her trip onto Facebook.  How neat!

Well, while we were talking (IM’ing actually), Dana expressed excitement in seeing her photos soon.  I told her we were busily working away on the edit and everything was looking great.  Dana then mentioned that she was particularly interested in seeing the formal portrait we did together.  You see, when Dana sent in her formals list for our review — it included a portrait with me!!  I felt so honored.  Almost no one asks to have their portrait taken with their photographer!  So, rather than slow down their wedding day with a portrait of me, I decided to wait until the VERY end of the evening to take the picture.  I thought it was a lovely idea and after chatting with Dana, I decided I should put it up on the blog.  I feel like this may be the beginning of a new photo series for me this year.  Any other brides interested?

Dana Voelker - May 5, 2010 - 8:12 pm

That is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! I am so honored that we were the first! What a handsome couple to start with!!! I love it!

Tammy Voelker - May 5, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Wow! What an awesome picture! You did a fantastic job with the Wedding photo’s. Thank you soooo much!

Sparkler Departure

Interested in an idea that is low in cost but has a high impact on your wedding photography?  Who doesn’t — right?  Well have you considered a sparkler departure?

I recently came across a wonderful website that specializes in sparklers for weddings. Sparklers online sells 10, 20, and 36 inch sparklers.  The longer the sparkler, the longer it will stay lit!  Check out their site for all sorts of creative ideas.  The other option for those of you getting married after the 4th of July, is to wait until right after the holiday.  Many locations typically slash their prices after the holiday, and it is a great way to take advantage of the bargains.  The key is to make sure you have lots of lighters so all your guests can light their sparklers at the same time.  With everyone waving their sparklers as you depart, rest assured that you will have a fantastic image of your final send off for the evening.  Here are a few recent sparkler departures that we have documented:

Cheap Mbt Shoes - May 3, 2010 - 6:01 am

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Hermes birkin bag - May 10, 2010 - 11:13 am

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Suddha - March 6, 2011 - 7:33 pm

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