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I’m going to trash the “Trash the Dress” trend

I am just going to step up on my soap box here for one moment ….

There is so much talk about all of these amazing Trash the Dress photos, and some really incredible events that go with these shoots (like the death of a canadian woman recently drowned during one of these shoots). I have tried to ignore it, but my little inner stomping voice keeps wanting to say something. For those that know me I am pretty easy going, I am also pretty outspoken on topics I feel passionately on…. so here is one that I am going to shout out about…

Each person is totally entitled to do as they please without hurting another person, so if you decide to Trash Your Dress please consider your own safety and everyone elses. For goodness sake please remember you will drown if you swim in a corset you cannot remove and a mountain of absorbent material. You don’s swim normally in your jeans let alone your wedding dress! Its also a dress and that means it will rise up and show your knickers just in case you thought that wouldn’t happen as well. A groom will probably drown in a three piece suit as well. Please do not put your brain aside before any photo shoot no matter how famous your photographer is.

Is she going to hop down yet? No still going….

There are alot of people who cannot afford what you can afford. There is always someone worse off than you. So if you are in a position in life that you can afford to trash your wedding dress, may I also suggest you are in the position to donate the dress to charity, just a thought. 

Would I refuse to shoot one of these? Probably… I really like the images but they are for other photographers to create. They are very contrived and rarely natural and I spend so much of my time helping to achieve natural beautiful images without trashing the gorgeous dresses I would feel quite sad to intensionally throw paint or set fire to what I regard as a piece of art itself.

How full on and opinionated I am today! My goodness, back to editing…

Some good trash the dress shots in this article:

http://www.aforadio.com/index.php/wedding-fashion-trends-dressing-to-be-married-or-buried-aforadio-com/

As a photographer, I love the little details, the smallest moments, the intimate choices that each couple make to put their own signature on their wedding day. I am fortunate to work with many wonderful celebrants and I have found that those with a great passion for the little details, seem to create the most poignant services…you know the ones - where everyone’s heart in the room is united and all the love is directed straight toward the couple…when there that sense of ‘wow’ in the congregation.
One such celebrant I have had the good fortune to work with is Rita O’Reilly from Devine Celebrancy. Rita is a deeply caring and considerate person, and full of joy. I really loved all of the finer details she put into her work and I know that her couples really value that personal care. I love finding people who are passionate about their work! Contact Rita on 0408 699 866 or through her website:
http://www.divinecelebrancy.com.au/
or facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/divinecelebrancy

As a photographer, I love the little details, the smallest moments, the intimate choices that each couple make to put their own signature on their wedding day. I am fortunate to work with many wonderful celebrants and I have found that those with a great passion for the little details, seem to create the most poignant services…you know the ones - where everyone’s heart in the room is united and all the love is directed straight toward the couple…when there that sense of ‘wow’ in the congregation.

One such celebrant I have had the good fortune to work with is Rita O’Reilly from Devine Celebrancy. Rita is a deeply caring and considerate person, and full of joy. I really loved all of the finer details she put into her work and I know that her couples really value that personal care. I love finding people who are passionate about their work! Contact Rita on 0408 699 866 or through her website:

http://www.divinecelebrancy.com.au/

or facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/divinecelebrancy

Time to get vintage ? ... Tea Cups and Roses

Looking for all those beautiful funky details to trim your day in elegance? Call Sarah at  Teacups and Roses…I meat Sarah recently at the Belgenny Farm Wedding Expo and fell in love with all things vintage. Her displays are beautiful and I will look forward to photographing them one day!!

Yet another beautiful location on the Northern Beaches of Sydney… Whale Beach…. This is Julie and Jason’s wedding in the sunshine on the sand… a perfect day of fun and loads of gorgeous little details I will post soon as well :o)

Yet another beautiful location on the Northern Beaches of Sydney… Whale Beach…. This is Julie and Jason’s wedding in the sunshine on the sand… a perfect day of fun and loads of gorgeous little details I will post soon as well :o)

Cupcakes In Camden

To continue my love affair with the Macarthur area, i am going to blog all of the fabulous wedding services I have come across recently … starting with Cupcakes In Camden. They definitely should have won an award for their expo display table at the Belgenny Farm Wedding expo last week… these delicious and not so little sculptures need to be seen (and eaten) to believe!!

They are also on facebook …. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cupcakes-in-Camden/223309011019636

Your wedding day, will only ever be, the length of one day. But it will be your wedding day, a day you will remember for the rest of your life.

Your wedding day, will only ever be, the length of one day. But it will be your wedding day, a day you will remember for the rest of your life.



 

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”

Steve Martin 

I love breakfast and lunch time weddings, I cannot help but sense the couples have the loveliest of days followed by a romantic evening together - or a big party with all of their friends or even flights off to some exotic location!

It is something to consider, but do you want to wait around all day for your wedding day to begin? I think Steve Martin’s quote sums it up very simply!

Sue and Tony had a beautiful wedding ceremony on a recommissioned old Sydney Ferry on Middle Harbour (Sydney) followed by a delicious and decadent lunch at Ormaggio at the Spit overlooking the water. Everything happened in the sunshine, and at 4pm they were on their way to having a beautiful night just the two of them. 

Happy Planning!
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” Steve Martin I love breakfast and lunch time weddings, I cannot help but sense the couples have the loveliest of days followed by a romantic evening together - or a big party with all of their friends or even flights off to some exotic location! It is something to consider, but do you want to wait around all day for your wedding day to begin? I think Steve Martin’s quote sums it up very simply! Sue and Tony had a beautiful wedding ceremony on a recommissioned old Sydney Ferry on Middle Harbour (Sydney) followed by a delicious and decadent lunch at Ormaggio at the Spit overlooking the water. Everything happened in the sunshine, and at 4pm they were on their way to having a beautiful night just the two of them. Happy Planning!
“When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun’.” 
Groucho Marx

“When you’re in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, ‘Damn, that was fun’.” 

Groucho Marx

Strap me in!
Tips for Getting you into your lace up corsett dess….
Flattering to the waste and all body shapes, corsetts have long been a popular brides choice. It is quite a sensation getting tugged into one, and certainly needs the assistants of brides maids and / or your mum. So here are some little functional tips to help your getting ready go smoothly.
1) Allow time - it takes at least 20 minutes to get into a lace up corsett dress and that is if it goes perfectly. Allow 30 minutes to half an hour and your should be fine. Remember the person in the shop will be quicker than your bridesmaids on the wedding day and dont add to the pressure on them or yourself.
2) Put your perfume and deoderant etc on about 5 min before you start to get into your dress and let it completely dry so you do not yellow your dress
3) The person allocated to lace you up on the day needs to have done it before. So make sure that she gets to practice even just once, and preferably within a few days before the wedding. All problems are best dealt with then, and she will have a clear picture as to both how to do it, and what it should look like. You will also have time to work out how the dress should feel when it is in the right spot.
4) On a public forum I wont go into too much ‘secret women’s business’, but to smoothe out your back lift your arms in the air and having the bridesmaid run her hand between your skin and the dress
5) If you are a very thin person, you may find a tight corsett will not give out during the day as everyone tells you it will. This may mean, that before you eat your entree, you may need to release your corsett just a little so your food has somewhere to go.
Happy Planning!
x ness

Strap me in!

Tips for Getting you into your lace up corsett dess….

Flattering to the waste and all body shapes, corsetts have long been a popular brides choice. It is quite a sensation getting tugged into one, and certainly needs the assistants of brides maids and / or your mum. So here are some little functional tips to help your getting ready go smoothly.

1) Allow time - it takes at least 20 minutes to get into a lace up corsett dress and that is if it goes perfectly. Allow 30 minutes to half an hour and your should be fine. Remember the person in the shop will be quicker than your bridesmaids on the wedding day and dont add to the pressure on them or yourself.

2) Put your perfume and deoderant etc on about 5 min before you start to get into your dress and let it completely dry so you do not yellow your dress

3) The person allocated to lace you up on the day needs to have done it before. So make sure that she gets to practice even just once, and preferably within a few days before the wedding. All problems are best dealt with then, and she will have a clear picture as to both how to do it, and what it should look like. You will also have time to work out how the dress should feel when it is in the right spot.

4) On a public forum I wont go into too much ‘secret women’s business’, but to smoothe out your back lift your arms in the air and having the bridesmaid run her hand between your skin and the dress

5) If you are a very thin person, you may find a tight corsett will not give out during the day as everyone tells you it will. This may mean, that before you eat your entree, you may need to release your corsett just a little so your food has somewhere to go.

Happy Planning!

x ness


"Love comforteth like sunshine after rain"William Shakespeare 
(from the poem Venus and Adonis)

"Love comforteth like sunshine after rain"
William Shakespeare

(from the poem Venus and Adonis)



Tips to a great wedding day….
Turn up
Be yourself
Have fun
Love your partner
Remember what is important
Follow this guide and you will have very few regrets

Tips to a great wedding day….

Turn up

Be yourself

Have fun

Love your partner

Remember what is important

Follow this guide and you will have very few regrets

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today

—Matthew 6:34

Not keen on location photos? No problem!
The way I like to think about location photos (ie the portrait shoot between your ceremony and your reception) is that you are having time together on your wedding day. You don’t have to do anything in particular unless you want to.
I love placing couples in a beautiful scene and capturing that scene. But it is not about me.
Take 15 minutes out together, and just be. Hang out, check in with each other, have a laugh, take a moment to cuddle and just soak up that you are now married.
There is another great functional way to look at this time too, you are giving your guests a chance to get to their car, drive to the reception, park, get the present out, check into their hotel, arrive, go to the bathroom, check the seating arrangements, grab a canape, have a drink in hand, find their seat, get another drink in hand and get ready to celebrate your arrival! Ok, maybe not all of the above, but usually there is a fair bit of it.
I often have couples say to me ‘I don’t want to leave my guests waiting’ but in truth, your wedding guests will have a ball, they have a fair bit to do.
Allow yourselves time to relax at some point as the reception is a whole bunch of ceremonies again, and can be quite overwhelming.
It is also a chance to catch up time if any part of the day up to that point had run late.
It is unlikely that if you are already worried about your guests and considering their needs, that anyone of them will regard you as inconsiderate.
Happy planning!

Not keen on location photos? No problem!

The way I like to think about location photos (ie the portrait shoot between your ceremony and your reception) is that you are having time together on your wedding day. You don’t have to do anything in particular unless you want to.

I love placing couples in a beautiful scene and capturing that scene. But it is not about me.

Take 15 minutes out together, and just be. Hang out, check in with each other, have a laugh, take a moment to cuddle and just soak up that you are now married.

There is another great functional way to look at this time too, you are giving your guests a chance to get to their car, drive to the reception, park, get the present out, check into their hotel, arrive, go to the bathroom, check the seating arrangements, grab a canape, have a drink in hand, find their seat, get another drink in hand and get ready to celebrate your arrival! Ok, maybe not all of the above, but usually there is a fair bit of it.

I often have couples say to me ‘I don’t want to leave my guests waiting’ but in truth, your wedding guests will have a ball, they have a fair bit to do.

Allow yourselves time to relax at some point as the reception is a whole bunch of ceremonies again, and can be quite overwhelming.

It is also a chance to catch up time if any part of the day up to that point had run late.

It is unlikely that if you are already worried about your guests and considering their needs, that anyone of them will regard you as inconsiderate.

Happy planning!

Reminder! Harbord Diggers Wedding Expo This Sunday
25th March 2-6pm at the Harbord Diggers, Freshwater
I will be there - come say hello!

Reminder! Harbord Diggers Wedding Expo This Sunday

25th March 2-6pm at the Harbord Diggers, Freshwater

I will be there - come say hello!

Parasols for sun, umbrella’s for rain, either way we can be fun and creative with them.
Alot of people look for white umbrellas for their wedding day, but if you are thinking about the photos, I would recommend colour or black…. why? Generally the bride is the only one wearing white (or a shade close to it) so the focal point of the photos are all drawn to wear the bride is. If all of the umbrellas are white, it detracts away from the bride. Colour is fun, black is sometimes ok too.
If it is really raining and you need to walk from one place to another under a big umbrella, may I suggest clear! That way you can also see where you are going :o)

Parasols for sun, umbrella’s for rain, either way we can be fun and creative with them.

Alot of people look for white umbrellas for their wedding day, but if you are thinking about the photos, I would recommend colour or black…. why? Generally the bride is the only one wearing white (or a shade close to it) so the focal point of the photos are all drawn to wear the bride is. If all of the umbrellas are white, it detracts away from the bride. Colour is fun, black is sometimes ok too.

If it is really raining and you need to walk from one place to another under a big umbrella, may I suggest clear! That way you can also see where you are going :o)