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Guest Post: Kim Philippi on 7 Surefire Tips to Stay Sane During Wedding Planning

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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You’re engaged…Congratulations!! As a recent newlywed, I share in your joy of marriage and… your potential miseries surrounding planning a wedding! What’s that, you say? Planning a wedding might not be 100% fun? For those superhumans out there who relish every second of planning your wedding, I commend you (and also would like some of whatever you’re drinking). For the rest of us mere Homo sapiens, I have compiled a list of surefire ways to stay sane while planning for the biggest day of your life, based on my own–completely biased–experience: Scroll down for the scoop!

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1. Hire a wedding coordinator. I know, if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, “I love planning and am so organized! Why would I waste money on this?” My venue required that I hire a day-of coordinator, and it ended up being my saving grace. My rockstar coordinator Michelle thought of tiny details I never would have thought of, allowed my family members to enjoy the day and not have to coordinate, and ran everything so seamlessly that if anything had gone wrong, I certainly had no idea (until our sendoff when the sparklers prematurely had burned out, which we actually found hilarious/made for fun pictures of cell phones lighting our path). If I could do it all over, I would have hired a full-time coordinator!

2. A friend gave me this piece of advice, which was such a stress/money-saver: “Choose three things you care the most about to spend money on, and see where you can save on everything else.” And I believe it’s possible to do this within any budget. You love flowers? Don’t skimp on those. Dream of a fabulous dress? Dream big! For us, our priorities were venue, booze, and photographer. We worked to save on everything else (we booked our flowers through a close family friend, and I got my dress second-hand), then towards the end when we found we had some wiggle room in our budget, we were able to add some fun extra things like a reasonably priced photo booth and cigars.

3. Have a destination wedding where everything is planned out for you ahead of time and you don’t have to worry about anything. You think I’m kidding…I’m not kidding.

4. If you’re not taking suggestion #3 above, give yourself time to plan. I had a seven-month engagement, which isn’t exactly short, but when planning a Hill Country wedding for 140 guests, having a few more months to plan would’ve been nice. Because we had to bring in most of our own vendors (which we wanted, to have our own personal touch), I felt like I had to make a decision every day. By the end, I didn’t want to make another decision ever again EVER.

5. Make time for wine and a close friend at least once a month week day (this is a safe space, y’all).

6. Lean on your hubby/wifey-to-be for support. In the midst of wedding planning, my then-fiancé and I decided to build a house because WHY NOT?! (protip: Don’t do this.) After several (hundred) mortgage and floorplan emails had been exchanged, I–shaking, on the brink of hysteria, wine bottle clutched in hand–calmly asked my fiancé if he’d handle all house stuff until after the wedding. He gladly did so without complaint. Hey, what’s a life partner for?

7. Take a deep breath, and remember what this is all about: you and your partner making a vow to love and support each other for the rest of your lives. And that’s the easiest part about all of this.

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Follow newlywed Kim as she eats, drinks and plays her way through Houston at AdventuresInANew(ish)City, and on Instagram!

 

 

 

 

Guest Post: Taylor Golden on Creating Heirlooms with Wedding Photos

Friday, February 10th, 2017

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Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

Once again, we’re thrilled to feature award-winning Houston wedding photographer Taylor Golden on the blog, this time with a very personal story about her favorite family photo—and a question for you that may lead to an heirloom photo of your very own. Want to let Taylor know your answer? Tell her in person, at the I Do! Wedding Soiree, Tuesday, Feb. 28 at The Corinthian. Tickets for our incredible signature bridal show and VIP cocktail party WILL sell out—get yours now…and read on!

How do you impress upon a couple the importance of pictures? As a photographer it may seem like a self-serving statement to say that your photography is the only thing you have after the wedding, but it IS true. With the photos that document your story, and your history, you are in fact creating your first family heirloom as a married couple — one that will be passed down for generations to follow.

Case in point: my grandparents.

Mimi was 18, born and raised in Germany, visiting a private lounge in her local town when she met my grandpa. He was in the military and was the first American to enter the French zone of Germany in 1951. Papa said that Mimi sat down on the stool next to him and as she turned to look at him he nearly fell off his stool! Later on in life, he would say, “As soon as I saw her walk in the door, I knew was going to marry her.”

The catch? Mimi was actually engaged to someone else. Also, neither of them could speak the other’s language. But, still, they were smitten with one another. When her parents told her she was never to see him again, due to him being an American, she made up her mind that she in fact would.

Four weeks later they got Mimi’s father a bit intoxicated so he would sign his permission for her to get married as 18 was under the age to do so without parental consent. Shortly after, they were wed.

Papa says that on their wedding day someone who could speak a little English told him, “At the wedding, when the mayor looks at you, just say, ‘Yah!’” He says he has been saying ‘yah’ for the last 66 years ever since!

This photo is the only photo they have to celebrate their day since they didn’t have a traditional wedding. How it came to be taken, according to Mimi, is that they were walking along the street and Papa looked into a photographer’s shop window — she assumed because he admired the photographer’s work (remember, he couldn’t speak German and she couldn’t speak English!). They went inside so that Papa could possibly buy a landscape photo. The photographer assumed they wanted pictures of the two of them, so he began a photo shoot, and I’m so glad he did.

I’m proud to say this photo is hanging in my home and every home of my family’s. First, it was a beautifully produced photograph. Even to this day, the technique and style are sound. Second, they are a gorgeous couple! And third, this is my family’s history. I have pictures of all my grandparents in my house, because it is my family’s legacy and the pictures are a family heirloom passed down from my parents.

THIS is why photography is so important on your wedding day, because this is what your children will look at, hang in their home and pass down to their children to hang in their homes. It is your family story.

What do you want your story to say?

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Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

Guest Post: L’Atelier De Artonit’s Sergio Escalona on Natural Wedding Day Makeup

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

We are so thrilled to have expert makeup artist Sergio Escalona of Houston’s L’Atelier De Artonit on the blog today, with his tips for wedding day (and evening-out) makeup that looks effortlessly natural. Check out his tutorial below…and then check out L’Atelier De Artonit to schedule your consultation for flawless, professional wedding day makeup for you and your bridesmaids!

Many brides-to-be are concerned about their makeup looking too overdone on their wedding day. Most brides prefer a “natural” look, but one that conceals problem areas. Here are some tips on how to get an effortlessly natural bridal look that looks as dramatic and beautiful on camera as it does in person:

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  • Make sure to get plenty of rest, adequate diet and keep yourself hydrated before your wedding day. This will help your skin to look at its best.
  • Shape your eyebrows a few days before the wedding to avoid inflammation and redness.
  • Sleep with a mask of your choice (depending on your targeted needs), and moisturize your face and under eyes right before starting your makeup application.

1. Eyes first! This will save you some time, as excess eyeshadow will fall under the eye while applying. If you have face makeup on before, you will have to clean up and reapply.

2. Choose three eyeshadow shades: A shade close to your skin tone, a medium-deep shade for contrast (not dark), and a medium shade. Make sure they do not have a metallic or pearly finish. Use semi-matte eyeshadows for a more subtle look. If you want to achieve a romantic look, use a shimmery eyeshadow.

3. Use a shadow base on the lid and proceed to apply the base color all over the eyelid. Apply the medium-deep shade on the lower lid and the medium at the crease to diffuse both colors.

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4. Apply waterproof eyeliner on the upper eye waterline close to the lash line.

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5. To open up your eyes and give them a flirtatious look, apply false eyelashes. Avoid extremely long or tapered ones. Look for faux lashes that are a hint longer than yours, and made with human hair. Make sure the lash band is invisible. Tap a little glue to your lash line and to the lash band as well. Wait a few seconds and proceed to apply. Work on one eye at a time. Dark glue will work better than a white or clear, so that when it dries it blends in with your liner.

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6. Apply eyeliner on top of the lash once it has dried and gently smudge.

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7. Time to clean up. Use a wipe and clean under eyes. Make sure to clean 45% of the outer corner to enlarge and lift the eyes.

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8. Apply a light concealer in the inner corner of the eyes and one close to your skin tone under eyes. Start dabbing and blend both colors for coverage. This gives you an overall well-rested look.

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9. Proceed to apply the foundation. Traditional makeup works best for daytime and outdoor weddings while airbrush is more likely to go under the radar at nighttime. Avoid excessive contouring if you want to look natural. Subtle strobing is a nice touch for the natural look. You can also use a bronzer to achieve a natural sculpting if you desire.

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10. Apply powder with a soft, fluffy brush to avoid caking. The use of the sponge is always helpful at the time to take off some shine around your forehead, nose and chin.

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Once you’re done, apply the lip color of your choice, add one final swipe of powder to “set” your makeup…and get ready for your close up!

Photos: Courtesy of L’Atelier De ArtOnIt

Guest Post: Taylor Golden on Getting In Sync with Your Wedding Photographer

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

This week, super-talented Houston wedding photographer Taylor Golden returns to the blog, with expert tips on what to expect from your photographer on your wedding day, and how to make the most of your photographer relationship, at your wedding…and beyond!

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Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

The Wedding Day

For the wedding day, most couples need 8-12 hours of coverage. Of course, every event is different, so be sure to work with your photographer and planner on your timeline. I typically suggest to my couples that they plan to have photography coverage start at about three hours before the ceremony to document the bride and groom getting ready. If the couple is doing a “first look,” then coverage typically starts five hours before the ceremony.

I like to break the day into five sections

  • Bride Prep (1-1.5 hours)
  • Groom Prep (1-1.5 hours)
  • Ceremony (1-1.5 hours, includes family formals)
  • Creatives (bridal party and bride/groom alone- 1.5 hours)
  • Reception (3 hours)

Once the reception starts, you’ll typically need coverage for about 3 hours to document all of the important moments, including the cutting of the cake, dances, bouquet toss, etc. If you’re planning a dramatic exit, you’ll want to hire your photographer to stay through the very end of the wedding, as that image will be a great way to conclude your wedding album.

Beyond the Big Day

After the glitz and glam are over, life does not end…I promise! You’ll be busy picking out pictures for your wedding album and decorating your home, but beyond that, most of you will start a family.

Many photographers offer continuing programs; I call mine “Client for Life,” and I offer couples the opportunity to purchase a one-time package that covers all their sessions, to document their growing family.

If you had a good experience with your photographer, this should be a natural extension as you will already be comfortable working together and know exactly what to expect. This is one of my favorite parts of my job—I get to document the happiest times in people’s lives and become a part of their family as they grow!

Thinking about everything involved in the months leading up to and years after a wedding can be daunting. The key is to hire a professional you trust and whose work you love, and to consider what is most important to you for your pictures. From there you should be able to consult with your photographer on what you want and then enjoy the beautiful journey of life you are on!

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Photos: Taylor Golden Photography

Multi-international-award-winning photographer Taylor Golden counts politicians, professional athletes and celebrities among her clientele. Newly returned to Houston after a long Midwest hiatus, Golden is HOT on the wedding scene. Find out more about Taylor Golden Photography & check out her gorgeous pix right here.

Guest Post: Taylor Golden on Photo Sessions Before and Beyond the Big Day

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

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Photo: Taylor Golden Photography

Planning a wedding is a process that typically starts anywhere from three to 18 months before the big day. There’s a lot that goes into the main event itself, but there are plenty of other wedding-related elements that you should consider when thinking about your wedding photography. After all, this is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion—don’t you owe it to yourselves to capture all of the magic and beauty surrounding it?

The Engagement Session

Your “wedding” photography typically starts with your engagement session. I advise my couples to complete their engagement session at least six months before the wedding, to give them time to use and enjoy the images to the fullest—for instance, as part of their save-the-date announcements.

The engagement session also is a great time to get to know your photographer better, and get used to their style of shooting so that the wedding day flows more smoothly, and you comfortable throughout the day.

You’ll typically print one or two large portraits from your wedding. Using engagement photos to balance out these wedding photos ensures that the photographic artwork you display in your home captures you and your spouse in a range of locations, poses and outfits.

And speaking of that range…when it comes your engagement shoot, I say the more diversity the better! Something I like to do for my couples is shoot their session in another city. It’s particularly great when we can incorporate a city that is meaningful to them personally, such as where they got engaged, where they love to vacation, etc.

The Bridal Session

The bridal session gives you a chance to get beautiful bridal portraits, regardless of how hectic, chaotic…or stormy…your wedding day may be. It is, in essence, a fall back to ensure that you get everything you want in photos of you, and possibly your groom, on your wedding day. There are two ways to do this session.

1. Before the wedding with the bride alone. This is typically more traditional and the purpose is to get a beautiful portrait of the bride to display at the reception. You’ll want to do this about three months before the wedding.

2. After the wedding, with both the bride and groom. This is my favorite option because it allows us to get creative and do something really unique. This can be done the day after the wedding or a year after the wedding—there is really no time restraint. However I recommend doing it no later than three months after, as life tends to get in the way. This session may also be done in another city to create diversity in your images. Say you always wanted pictures of you and your husband, horseback on a beach…this is your chance, and will result in beautiful imagery for your home, and allow you to wear the dress of your dreams for your wedding, after your wedding, when you don’t have to worry about getting it a little…roughed up.

Happy wedding wishes, Houston couples!

Multi-international-award-winning photographer Taylor Golden counts politicians, professional athletes and celebrities among her clientele. Newly returned to Houston after a long Midwest hiatus, Golden is HOT on the wedding scene. Find out more about Taylor Golden Photography & check out her gorgeous pix right here.

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Photo: Taylor Golden Photography