I think we can all agree that this is a major DO. My sweet friend Jenna, who has had short hair for as long as I've known her (nearly ten years now!) got engaged recently, and found herself wondering if she should grow her hair out for her wedding day. You can see her adorable haircut in her engagement photos below.
I think a lot of women have a preconceived notion of brides having long, flowing locks. Personally, I think short hair is incredibly modern, chic, and stylish. But the most important thing is that you look like you on your wedding day. If you love your short hair, you don't want to look back at photos of you with long hair and wonder who that unfamiliar person is! Even Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of all things elegant, rocked a pixie cut on her wedding day! Need I say more?
Short hair also lends itself beautifully to headpieces, headbands, and other fun accessories. Krista, an adorable bride of mine, wore her pixie with pride and looked absolutely stunning.
All photos by Hello Love Photography
So brides, what do you think? Are you growing your hair out or chopping it off? I'm always admiring pixie cuts but haven't taken the plunge yet!
Photo by: Orchard Cove Photography
I'm tempted to give my bridesmaids the option to pick their own dress in a color I've chosen. I went with a salmon color to match our design palette. I'm a bit concerned, though, that my version of salmon is not their version of salmon. Do you have any helpful tips on how to calibrate our colors with out being too nit-picky?
Great idea to pick the color and let your bridesmaids choose the perfect match for their body and budget. I did it myself, I see it all the time and I'm wild about the idea. I would say, however, try to keep it simple and not go with a color that's subject to interpretation. One maid's salmon is another's grapefruit. Allow them some latitude by selecting a more general color- like pink for instance - and give them a little ownership in the process. When your ladies look and feel happy, it will show up in their overall glow! And you can't go wrong with a monochromatic blend of dresses for your A-team.
You can also add some fun to the process. Attach a simple little note pinned to swatches of a few different pink fabrics or ribbons that you love and say "I'd love for you to be pretty in pink for my big day. Make sure it's comfortable and that you adore it, because I adore you!"
Good luck and be sure to send us pictures of how it all turns out.
Looking for a little something different to spruce up your wedding wardrobe? Adding a cover-up to your dress can be a great way to add variety to your wedding photos. A capelet, like this gorgeous one from BHLDN, is a very on-trend option. If you only wear the cover-up during the ceremony, or only during your portrait session, it's a great way to have an outfit change without buying a second dress!
BHLDN lent the capelet to us for a recent shoot Becca and I did, and it is stunning in person. Here's a shot of it in action!
Photo by Hello Love Photography
What do you think? Will you wear a cover-up at your wedding?
For me? A total do. I'm personally all about them, but with one major restriction: that they are tastefully shot. We are women of the millennium, let's be proud of our bodies, our minds and our hearts...but let's not reveal it all. Part of the beauty is leaving something for the imagination.
Thinking about getting some shots for your Valentine this year? Here are some of my favorite pieces from the ever-amazing BHLDN:
I mean, how cute is that bow and the little pop of color?! It's romantic and sweet. I would love to hear your thoughts on Boudoir Photography. xo, Becca
I'm getting married this summer (yay!) and my fiance and I have chosen to have an outdoor wedding ceremony. We're not religious, but we'd like to make our ceremony feel really personal and unique, and we'd like to include our guests as much as possible. Besides doing readings, do you have any other interesting ideas?
Stumped about the Ceremony
I totally understand! We all want our ceremony to seem like a true reflection of us, instead of just the same readings and ceremonies we've seen for years. This summer, I saw a few couples use the traditions of Quaker weddings. There are many things that make a Quaker wedding unique, but the tradition I've seen used is allowing guests to stand and speak during the ceremony (think a celebratory toast). I saw this at two weddings I photographed this summer, and I thought it was so sweet and touching. Friends and family stood and spoke about how they knew the couple, stories of their courtship, and their words of wisdom and advice. One of the ringbearers actually stood up and spoke, which was (of course) a huge hit! I thought it was a really beautiful addition to the wedding ceremony.
A little word of advice: the couples I worked with spoke to a guest or two before the wedding ceremony and asked if they would agree to speak. This broke the ice and made other people feel more comfortable standing up and giving a toast of their own. Something to think about!
Best of luck!
Photo by Hello Love Photography
Have you been to any wedding shows in your search for vendors and venues? They can all start to feel the same after a while, but I'm here with some good news! This weekend in Boston is the Lovesick Expo.
Billing itself as a "concert-like event that unites engaged couples and vendors who typically wince at the thought of attending a wedding expo," the Lovesick Expo sounds like the place to go if you're looking for unconventional and modern vendors. You'll be able to browse and meet loads of photographers, DJs, floral designers, fashion boutiques, planners, and more. There will even be live bands and a bar! Sounds like a fun beginning to a date night in the city for you and your new fiance. ;)
Photo courtesy of Love Me Do Photography
The Lovesick Expo will take place from 11:00 - 3:00 at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter (which is one of my favorite wedding venues) at 100 W. 2nd Street in South Boston. Tickets are $6.50 online at www.lovesickexpo.com and $10 at the door. More information can be found at www.lovesickexpo.com.
Dear Becca and Casey,
After many long and sometimes tough chats, my fiance and I decided we would not include any attendants in our ceremony. We felt strongly about having it be just the two of us standing alone as we make our vows together.
This made perfect sense in the romantic moment but maybe I didn't think it through. Now I'm terrified my best friend growing up will be deeply hurt when I tell her the news. We used to dream about being in each other's weddings.
I can't avoid talking to her much longer, and I'm having crazy difficulty finding the right words to say. What do I do? Am I going too far outside convention here? Should I make an exception and just include her?
Feeling a bit paralyzed, Unconventional at the Altar.
Dear Unconventional at the Altar,
In this day and age you are in good company. Many more brides and grooms are choosing to do away with the old tradition of attendants. On the ceremony day, I have seen a wide spectrum of how modern couples choose their bridal party, from weddings with 10 attendants on either side, to one party having a smaller representation than another side, to siblings only, to no one at all.
As hard as "the talk" may be for you to have with your friend, try to remember that this wedding is about you and your fiancee. This is one of your first decisions you will make as a family. Don't sacrifice what's important by caving to potentially hurt feelings. You can actually use the moment as an opportunity to celebrate your friendship.
Here's a start: invite her over for a wedding planning session and cocktails. When it's time, be transparent about the difficulty you had in making this call. Raise a glass of bubbly to her friendship and its importance in your life. Insist with her that her closeness will be crucial in this scary/exciting next chapter. A good friend will honor your sincerity. After all, she can still be an honorary bridesmaid who gets to pick her own fabulous dress and shoes!
We are so excited to launch Boston.com's newest Community Blog, Blissfully Inspired! We are wedding industry professionals and former brides ourselves: Becca, the mastermind and lead designer behind Petal Floral Design and Casey, the owner and lead photographer at Hello Love Photography. After meeting within the wedding industry, we became fast friends. While nurturing our friendship, snapping photos, and tossing bouquets, we have spent many hours discussing all things weddings. We are here to not only offer you loads of wedding wisdom, advice, and ideas from our time spent behind-the-scenes, but to connect with you as much as possible. We want to hear what you love about weddings too!
You can expect to see lots of great content here every week; from an advice and etiquette column, to the latest in wedding fashions. We hope to offer you an engaging New Year full of weddings and love stories of all kinds including feature trends, DIYs, and inspiring photos throughout.
A little more about us:
Winter Sundays in my house are for sitting by the crackling fire, sipping peppermint tea, cozied up under a warm blanket. It was under these comfy circumstances that I glued myself to the TV screen and welcomed back my favorite PBS family. That's right, those incorrigible Crawleys are wandering about Downton Abbey again...the fact that this week featured an over the top wedding was just the cherry on top.
(I don't want to give too much away, so if you haven't seen it, I promise not to ruin it. Watch the trailer below for scenes to come in Season 3)
Lady Mary wore the most perfect drop-waist, long-sleeve, whisper-white dress that trailed down the grand stairway into her her father's arms. The elegance and simplicity of this dress alone was a show stopper.
At weddings, I'm continuously a sucker for dresses and flowers, these are the elements that strike a chord (or not) right away. I went to one of my all time favorite ladies, Chelsea Tyler, owner and wedding stylist of Everthine Bridal Boutique for her expert opinion on which dresses will act as the perfect inspiration for your own English-garden-inspired wedding.
She chose two drop dead gorgeous dresses both by Jenny Packham.
all images by Michelle Gardella
We are excited to offer a "question and answer" column as a part of our new Blissfully Inspired blog, and starting next week we will be accepting questions from you! I decided to kick-start this column with a question I get asked by almost all of my couples: should we see each other before the ceremony?
As a photographer, I'd say my couples choose to do "first looks" about 75% of the time. First looks are a newer development as more and more couples choose to forego the tradition of waiting for the walk down the aisle, and your photographer can capture your meeting for posterity. From a photo perspective, it definitely makes the day flow more smoothly and allows for a more relaxed time taking portraits of the two of you. It's also really nice for you to get all of your photos done before the ceremony so that you can focus on enjoying yourself afterwards. I also think that couples appreciate having a moment to connect and take a deep breath together before the craziness of the day begins.
But (and this is a big but), if either of you would like to go the traditional route, you absolutely should. I find that the groom often has an idea in his mind of seeing his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle, and you shouldn't give that up if you don't want to. There are always ways to get the photos taken. A good compromise in that situation is to do what the couple pictured below did - hold hands around a corner so that you can connect with your spouse-to-be without ruining the surprise!
Photo by Hello Love Photography
Whatever you choose, seeing your spouse-to-be for the first time is definitely one of the most emotional and memorable parts of your wedding day. Have fun!