March 2018

Taking great honeymoon photos

Photo credit: Deborahann Photography

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

Should Taking Photographs Be An Important Part Of Your Honeymoon?

You have just celebrated your beautiful wedding day! The music has stopped and you have said goodbye to all of your guests and all of those photographs!!!! I guess that is enough to make anyone exhausted and totally ready for a honeymoon! Do you really want to be taking more photos? I say absolutely! There is something so special about honeymoon photos so let’s talk about some reasons why and how to capture the best images!

Tips For Taking Honeymoon Photos

Capture the beauty of your honeymoon locale

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What Is The Benefits Of Bringing The Camera Along With You?

I am sure after 10 hours of being photographed on your wedding day, you may feel like you need a break from photographs. You probably have chosen one of your most favorite places in the world to celebrate, rest, relax and just spend every waking hour for a week or however long you can escape totally together!! It is usual paradise for sure! Whether your trip promises sun and surf, snowy mountaintops, or breathtaking cities, you will want to pack your camera for sure! Capturing these beautiful memories will truly be something that you will be able to look back on for years to come.

If there are children in your future, they will absolutely enjoy looking back on their parents and laughing at the hairstyles that you chose, your clothing, your sweet kisses for sure, and everything else about your honeymoon that you were able to capture.

Factor the landscape into photos

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What Type Of Backgrounds Should One Look For In Taking Great Photos?

Landscape images are always gorgeous, but there are times during the day that you will truly get a better picture than other times. Morning sunrises are always one of my favorite images. Check on when the sunrise is and then choose a place where the sun is framed along a pretty area. i.e. over an ocean, maybe a pretty mountain range, or whatever is attractive to your eye. Show up about 15 minutes beforehand and then start shooting. Sunsets are magnificent, so be sure to find out from the concierge at your hotel where to capture the best sunsets! I would arrive about 30 minutes before the actual time it sets in order to really enjoy each stage of it. And do lots of shooting!

Taking flattering shots with people

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How To Best Capture Attractive Photographs Of Each Other Or Groups Of People

This is a subject that can be pretty tricky. When going out in the middle of the day be aware that the sun will be very high overhead, so it is not the most ideal time to take photographs. (Keep in mind here that it is different when shooting landscape, anytime is fine for that!!!)

Most of the time you will see raccoon shadows under the eyes of your subject! Whenever possible try to save the portrait time together until about an hour and a half before sunset.
This is called the “golden hour” which is a photographer’s dream hour! It is when the sun is much lower in the sky and the sun starts to cast that dreamy golden light! That is the perfect opportunity to grab some amazing photographs.

I know people always think that positioning your subject to face into the sun is correct, but honestly it is not the ideal position. They will have trouble opening their eyes and it will cause lots of squinting. So my suggestion is to backlight your subject. Just turn them so the sun is behind them and try and catch that pretty sunglow as it frames their hair.

I also recommend incorporating many people into your photo gallery such as your concierge, maybe your waiters at different restaurants, and new friends that you happen to meet! And please do not forget all the pretty details to photograph! Look around, you will find so much PRETTY!! Capture it all! (Beach chairs, umbrellas, drinks, sand and surf, fishermen and the list goes on!!)

Incorporate local color into your photos

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What To Wear For Some Pretty Photographs

If you all have been through an engagement session you probably already know how this works! My advice for my couples is to wear soft and neutral colors. It will create soft and dreamy pictures – I promise! Especially if you are on a tropical island and are doing beach photos, this is perfect! No matter where you are, just keep in mind not to wear any clashing patterns with each other.

Should You Hire A Professional Photographer On Your Honeymoon?

I think that is a totally individual decision. It’s a really cool idea, but I don’t really think it is necessary. There are always people around that are more than willing to grab hold of your camera and snap a few pictures for you.

I truly hope that you will incorporate beautiful fun memories as an important part of your special honeymoon! Enjoy every moment!!

Don’t forget to set up a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

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Express yourself with flowers

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

When meeting with a florist, the question is how do you pick the perfect bridal bouquet?  Your bouquet is an accessory to your wedding ensemble, just like your shoes, veil, earrings, and bracelets. It should complement your bridal gown and be the perfect accessory piece. After all, you have spend hours with family and friends finding the perfect dress that says who you are and what you will look like for one of the most important days in your life. Your flowers should play a big part in carrying out the theme of the day and expressing your personality.

Your bridal bouquets indicate formality of your wedding

Bridal Bouquet Styles

A florist should understand who you are as a person so we can determine what would make you feel wonderful holding your flowers. Most A-type personalities like control, nothing spilling out or too organic. Clean lines like callas lilies, orchids, roses and hydrangeas make people feel good that the softness is in control, whereas I see the creative brides like flowers with texture and movement such as poppies, tulips, sweet peas, peonies and garden roses.

Once you figure out the style that compliments the dress as well as the type of personality the bride is then the creating of flower picking begins.

Wedding the woods

White vs. Color

 I get this question asked every day, a white bouquet versus a colored bouquet? A white bouquet is part of the accessories and not one thing jumps out except how beautiful the bride is. When you have color it will always be about the color first and then the bride will come into focus. Our eyes naturally look at contrast.  There is no right or wrong answer as to what to choose; it is just what statement do you want to create as you enter to walk down the aisle?

Focus on the bride with flowers

Focusing On The Bride

Once the bouquet florals and style have been determined, we suggest wrapping the bouquet in the same color the dress is so the stems disappear and all you look at is the bouquet and the bride. Brides are often confused of wedding photos versus a photo shoot. During a photo shoot we love to add textures like pearls, brooches, ribbons and rhinestones to the stems handles so you see the creativity of the full bouquet. When you are a bride and beginning to walk down the aisle the focus should be on the bride and her ensemble not the flying ribbon across the pin tucked skirt pulling our attention away from her.

Trends in wedding flowers

Color & Style Trends

The color palette that we saw in 2014 will became a large part of 2015 is champagne and blush pinks. It is a very beautiful and soft romantic palette.  My concern is that brides get caught up on the media of the colors and end of picking them since that is what visually they keep seeing. There have been many brides sitting in my studio that when I dig deeper I find out that they actually do not even like the color pink. Then why do they pick it? Because many of us have trouble visualizing what our wedding is supposed to look and feel like. The wedding style, color and feeling are supposed to represent you as individuals as well as a couple. Being authentic and true to ones self while designing your wedding location, colors, style, activities will create truly a perfect moment in your life. You want to be able to look back in 10 years and still have it represent you.

Big bouquets dominate current trends

The big trend in floral for 2018 we are seeing are romantic, whimsical, and loose floral arrangements with lots of greens and textures. It is perfect for those winery, meadow weddings and Bohemian style shoots. Whites, crèmes and blush using anemones, sweet peas, peonies and ranunculus are the perfect backdrop – but adding the contrasting hues of blackberries, agonis, and burgundy dahlias create a warm rich palette that not everyone expects.

Allocating your floral budget

Allocating Your Flower Budget

Spend your money wisely, the big splurge should be on the bridal bouquet as that is the one item that will be photographed the most and displayed in your home.  Your ceremony is the least amount of time spent so I usually cut items there unless you are repurposing things like hanging pew jars that can be transferred to cocktail tables after the ceremony. Another way to save is to do maybe only 6 tall arrangements really well with abundant floral and smaller low lushes or candles will fill the rest of the room.

“Greens” can be just as much if not more then flowers so adding more of them is not always the right answer or suggestion to a florist.

Whatever color palette or style you end up choosing just make sure it is truly representing you as we all only have one chance to make this wedding a perfect moment in time.

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Focus on the bride with flowers

Bio: The Flower House of Livermore, CA specializes in flower design for weddings and other events. Their lead floral designer Jinger Leonard put her 20 years of experience in the wedding industry to work for you. Their website offers beautiful examples of popular styles and trendy color palates that can help create the perfect wedding experience.

Phone: (925) 960-1375

Email: orchid@theflowerhouse.com

 

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