Sometimes it rains. HARD. And all day, despite your lovely outdoor preparations. But Tina & Leevan made the best of it. While there was a monsoon outside, there was love, family, friendship and one hot photoshoot inside! Here’s a sneak peek. More coming soon…

no rain in here...

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Can you believe it’s June already? I’ve been so busy shooting lovely weddings like Yolande’s and Richard’s I’ve been neglecting my blog postings. Forgive me. We were blessed with a beautiful, hot, summer day in NYC. Did I mention it was HOT? It was no joke, but the bride and groom kept their cool as they said their vows and jumped the broom. Here’s a sneak peek. More coming soon…

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jump the broom...

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There is nothing like Springtime in the city! Christine & Michael shared the most beautiful wedding day in NYC, ever. We had fun galavanting through Central Park, when we found this fresh little garden area, just waiting for us to shoot a few wedding photos there. Vintage Vera Wang never looked so good! Sneak a peek. More coming soon…

flower power

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{minna tip} #18

July 15, 2009

Watch a funny flick –  Yes. Drop everything. Put in that DVD and watch a funny flick. There’s nothing like a hilarious wedding movie to take away all your pre-marital stressors! Here are my top ten:

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10 – TIED: Green Card / Four Weddings & a Funeral

9 – The Best Man

8 – The Wedding Crashers

7 – 27 Dresses

6 – Sex and the City

5 – The Corpse Bride

4 – My Big Fat Greek Wedding

3 – The Hangover

2 – Bride of Chucky

1 – Muriel’s Wedding

 

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{minna tip} #17

July 3, 2009

Practice makes perfect – Bridal dresses can be quite complicated to figure out. So can headpieces, jewelry & bouquets. Especially last minute! Don’t wait until the day of your wedding to figure out how to bustle-up your gown before your first dance as a new bride. Count how many buttons there are at the back of your dress and bring a repair kit. Test the loops to make sure they can get around those tiny buttons. Don’t be too hasty when testing your zipper…be gentle and make sure the zip doesn’t get caught into the fabric. Know exactly where to fasten pins in your hair so your headpiece sits securely and complements your wedding-hairdo just right. Let your gown designer show you how to tie your bows the right way. More importantly, you must pass all this information along to your bridesmaids or whoever else is designated to help you shine on your wedding day. And practice. I’ve seen too many zippers run off tracks, buttons pop without the tools to replace them, and headpieces fall to the ground. Practice will not only make perfect, but it will save you a lot of time and frustration.

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{minna tip} #16

June 16, 2009

Prep for the bridal-prep – Most couples do enjoy ‘getting ready’ shots as the bride slips into her wedding gown to whisk away and meet her groom. So let’s talk about the bridal preparation area. In all honesty, most bridal prep rooms look like a grenade hit them and left behind dry-cleaning plastics, wire hangers, tissue paper, street clothes, and candy wrappers everywhere! The key is to create an organized-mess. Your wedding-day details will be captured – from crinolines to champagne flutes…but let’s move the organized-mess to the sides and in background so the bride (and her bridal party) can take their rightful place at center-stage. Don’t let the extraneous stuff become the main event!

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{minna tip} #13

May 3, 2009

Rely on your bridesmaids  –Why? Because they rock! Bridesmaids have the most awesome job on their friend’s wedding day, and that is to make sure the bride looks great! Here are a few things to help her out: Tilt those flowers – remember to tilt your flowers away from your body just a tiny bit toward the camera. That way, we get to see how lovely the flowers are arranged. Straighten that dress – if the bride’s gown has a train on it, straighten that dress when she gets to the altar, so she continues to look great from the back in her photos. Perform emergency surgery – Have a bag of emergency tools ready to assist with any hair & make-up touch-ups as the day progresses…especially through happy-tears and meals! Provide handkerchiefs, tissues, lipstick, blush…anything that will preserve her gorgeousness throughout the evening. Reduce stress – You’re her buffer from any stressors that may arise on her special day. Do whatever you must to squash it. She’ll look better in pictures and she’ll thank you later!

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{minna tip} #10

March 21, 2009

Choose a transparent veil – Make sure your veil is thin enough so we can photograph your gorgeous face as you walk down the aisle. When shopping for your wedding veil, take a few pictures with your camera-phone to view the transparency. Remember, all veils to some degree look diaphanous, so it’s a good idea to perform a test before purchasing. No matter your fabrication – tulle, organza or chiffon – run it through your fingers, drape it over your head, and check the transparency against your face. If the wedding veil you’ve inherited is a little opaque, no prob. Just make sure your dad or the individual giving you away, flips it back, right before you meet your groom. We want a clear view into all those lovely emotions you are feeling as you take your vows!

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{minna tip} #8

March 11, 2009

Utilize those moments of bridal preparation before walking down the aisle – Those few precious hours getting ready for the big show with your girlfriends & close family members is often filled with plenty of emotions….emotions you might otherwise miss, photojournalistically, if you’ve chosen to schedule your event from the ceremony, on. Nothing beats a room full of yakking, laughing, and crying between loved ones! Plus all of your bridesmaids are in the same room. Your faces are freshly made-up & your hair is in place. You know where your bridal bouquets are. And your dresses are still perfectly clean. Once the day gets going, it’s harder round-up the major players in your wedding, especially between courses at the reception. So take advantage of those warm, intimate moments with family and your bridal party prior to the ceremony.

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