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Tidbits: Q&A with Kirby

We have so many couples smack dab in the middle of wedding planning.. and we know there are so many decisions to make.
We thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of our previous brides and let them share a little advice on how they put together their big days.
For today’s Tidbits, meet Kirby.
Her and Andrew were married in Boston, MA at the beautiful Boston Harbor Hotel. To see their full post, click here.
–  Describe your wedding day. What details were the most important?
My wedding day was exciting and emotional! It was so amazing to be surrounded by all of our friends and family. I definitely paid close attention to certain details like whether my flowers we as I ordered, and whether the band played as long as we had paid them for, but what was more important was trying to put all of that stuff aside and focus on being in the moment since it goes by so quickly.
– How did you find your vendors? How would you advise other brides to find theirs?
For photos, I looked for photographers who had shot at my venue, and picked Jenny at Captured Photography because I liked their photos of the venue best. For rest of vendors, I used some combination of referrals and websites.
–  What were the most memorable moments about your day?
Seeing Andrew for the first time, dancing with my Dad, celebrating even more at the after party
– Whats something you wish you would have done differently?
I wish I had worn my hair up! It was a very humid day so my hair went crazy before I went down the aisle.
– What’s something you think every bride should do/have?
A good budget tracker! We created an excel spreadsheet early, and it helped us in sticking to our budget.
– Any other words of advice?
Enjoy the planning process as much as you can. Things will definitely be stressful at times, but it is a very special time.
Thanks Kirby!

Brandon & Anna- Palm Beach

Brandon & Anna have been together for over 6 years, but they knew from the beginning this was it. They fell hard for each other and nothing has changed.

Their wedding was classy, beautiful, and a ton of fun.

Here’s just a quick look back at their day.

And some of the vendors involved:

Ceremony: Royal Poinciana Chapel

Venue: Lake Pavilion

Florist: Flower Market

Catering: A Alexander 

DJ: Entertainment Connection

Videographer: Hope Media



Tidbits: Unplugged Ceremonies

So there you are gazing into the eyes of your beloved, saying your vows surrounded by your closest friends and family (the people most important to you)… You turn to sneak a glance at those wedding guests… and boom…. you are greeted by a sea of faces staring at their LCD screens.

I love the way Offbeat Bride said it in a recent article, “Welcome to the era of the over-documented wedding, where, even though you’ve hired someone to take photos, every guest has a camera or an iPhone and is tweeting the whole event. They’re there with you, but are they really there?”

There is a new wedding trend arising to help solve this problem… and honestly I think it may be my favorite one yet.

Unplugged Ceremonies.

What is an Unplugged Ceremony? Basically, the couple simply asks that guests and family members turn off all their electrical devices so that they are truly “there” during the ceremony.

Here’s an example of what a bride and groom might say to their guests…

And from my side, as a professional photographer, when a couple adopts this new trend.. I want to scream, GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH!

Professional photos can be- and have been- ruined by guests standing in the way or having their camera flashes go off at inopportune times. Not to mention you worked hard to find your photographer and spent a pretty penny to assure that we will get you fabulous images. So trust us to get the job done.

As you can see here… I am quite surrounded…

And in this shot, all of the phones really take away from the bride and groom walking down the aisle and getting to make eye contact with their guests!

It is really becoming an issue for us when the bride first walks down the aisle as well. Everyone wants to grab that shot, but really all they get is everyone else in their shot trying to grab that shot. I feel like I am having to creep more and more in to the center of the aisle, just to get a clear view. And, I definitely don’t want to be blocking the groom from seeing his bride arrive.

So, what’s next? Just relay the message to your wedding guests. Lauren over at Every Last Detail has some ideas on how to present those requests here. As well as the Offbeat Bride here.

If you are still in the planning pages of your wedding… we really encourage you to take a look at their ideas and have an Unplugged Ceremony.

Stay tuned for the next Tidbits… Tips for Engagement Sessions including what to do, what to wear, and when to do them!

Conrad & Kristen- Ft Lauderdale, FL

Conrad and Kristen had the right idea. They chose to do their wedding reception at one of their favorite restaurants. Valentino’s is a place they had already made so many great memories. They love the environment, the wine, and of course the delicious food. So they continued the tradition and had the most important event of their life take place there as well.

I loved the whole thing. So fun. So intimate. So beautiful.

Here’s just a little peek back at their wedding.

Getting Ready: Pillars Hotel

Ceremony: St. Anthony Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Valentino Cucina Italiana

Florist: Floral Creations by Blanca

Wedding Coordinator: Your Special Day by Joni

Band: Will Bridges Band