Jul 30, 2011
Courtesy of Martha Stewart
For Your Portrait
Aim to Flatter
During formal pictures, "stand at a slight angle, not straight on," says Donna Newman, a photographer in Miami. And remember the basics: Take a deep breath, exhale, then tilt your chin down and look up. Also, people look slimmer when photographed from an elevated point, so ask your pro to hop up on a chair for some shots.
Bring a Friend
Have her stand off camera to carry on a conversation -- bonus if she's the funniest bridesmaid. "There's nothing more attractive than a sincere laugh," says Thayer Allyson Gowdy, a San Francisco-based photographer.
Hold the Bouquet with One Hand
Rather than clasping both hands around it, clutch it loosely with one and let the other hang naturally by your side. It'll look more relaxed.
Be Nervous -- It's Okay
Everyone's a bit jittery on the big day. Rather than forcing a smile the whole time, let yourself be real. "If I can catch the bride staring anxiously out the window or welling up with her mom, I know I've got a good one," says Gowdy. "Raw emotions make for gorgeous photos."
Just You Two
Ask for Some Alone Time
At the start of your session, have your photographer give you a few minutes while she discreetly shoots, paparazzi-style, from a distance. You're more likely to act natural without a third party right there, Gowdy explains.
Take a Walk
Hold hands and set off on a short stroll, even if it's just across the lawn. "The hair moves, the dress flows, and there's energy to the image," says Gowdy.
Kiss (Yes, Really)
It may feel cheesy at first, but it's your wedding -- go for it. "I joke and tell couples, 'Okay, you two, you can finally make out,' and they always laugh and have an awesome kiss," says Gowdy. "Let your guard down, and you'll get a beautiful image."
And no, we don't mean moustaches. (It's official: They've jumped the shark!) Seek out items that are part of the scenery. If there's a statue outside your city venue, climb on. Getting hitched by a lake? Pose in a rowboat.
Your Wedding Party
Find a Backdrop
The ocean is always nice, but a wedding party lined up in front of funky hotel wallpaper or peeking out from the windows of a B&B is interesting, too.
As with the bride and groom, it helps to walk. Newman likes to have giggling flower girls and ring bearers chase the bride and bridesmaids while she shoots.
Varying the height within a group can look much better than the standard lineup. If you have couches or vintage chairs set out for the reception, take a seat.
Make It Look Random
Max Wanger, a photographer in Los Angeles, often staggers people or asks everyone to look in a different direction. "Group shots are best when they're not so uniform," he says.
Catch the Guys Off Guard
Most men aren't exactly pro posers, so Wanger likes to capture them doing something -- like clinking glasses of Scotch or throwing a football.
I am so honored to be a part of the PW Hostess team.
If you have any questions or need help with ANYTHING please do not hesitate to ask. Send me a PM and I'll be there no matter what it is. Support is KEY when dealing with the ups and downs of planning this very special day and I am so happy to be in a position to provide whatever help may be needed.
To my PW Family
Wishing everyone a very Happy Valentines day!!!!!!
Valentine’s Day reminds me
how meaningful my feelings are for you.
You have a special place in my world
that no one else could fill.
Out of your overflowing heart,
you add color and light to my life.
You continually cross my mind,
like a precious dose of sunshine,
lighting me up inside--
as I think of you
and the lasting memories
we have created together.
No Valentine gift
is as precious to me
as you are,
my Valentine friend
I hoep you all have a great day with you FI or DH (Our first MARRIED Valentines day eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee)
LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!♥♥♥♥
You may kiss your bride
Aidan & Kieran step up to the alter
Mike: Aidan & Kieran, I just want to thank you for sharing your mom and your own lives with me. I can't wait for each day knowing that all three of you will be in it with me.
You have made your vows, one to the other, before your family and friends, and exchanged tokens of your love.
In the Promises you have made and with the exchanging of the rings you have you created life anew. Step, into that new life, and rejoice in your love.
Mish: As per the Justice Quebec
“Michael......, do you take Lorna......, here present, to be your wife?”
Michael: “I do”.”
Micheline: “Lorna ..... do you take Michael ....., here present, to be your husband?
Lorna: “I do”.
Micheline: “By virtue of the powers vested in me by law, I now declare you ,Michael James Legare and Lorna Parker united in the bonds of marriage.” And by the power of your love, I do pronounce you Husband and Wife.
Mike…YOU MAY KISS YOUR BRIDE!!!!!
By the exchange of these tokens of your love for one another, so are your lives interlaced. What one experiences, so shall the other; as honesty and love build, so will your bond strengthen and grow.
The Circle is a perfect figure, without beginning, without end, with no area of weakness. It is a symbol of the Cycle of Life, of birth, death, and rebirth. This shall serve as a physical reminder of your vow, and that all things begin and end and begin again. These rings shall serve to remind you that life goes on, that these moments pass. When you are engulfed in anger or in sadness, look to your hand, and remember that the Wheel turns forever onward, and it is love that turns the Wheel.
Lorna: This ring I give to you is a symbol of our love, and of the promises I have spoken to you on this day.
Mike: I shall wear this ring as a symbol of our love, being always mindful of the vows we have spoken on this day
Mike: This ring I give to you is a symbol of our love, and of the promises I have spoken to you on this day.
Lorna: I shall wear this ring as a symbol of our love, being always mindful of the vows we have spoken on this day
You have witnessed the promises made by Lorna and Michael one to another and the exchange of the symbols of their union. They are now connected to experience together whatever life may bring them.