Thank you to twobrightlights for honoring us with an Editors’ Choice Award for our wedding photography in 2014!
Oh, yes… it’s exactly what I mean. You scour websites, you have a million questions about your wedding… why? Because for most of you, this is your first wedding.
So what do I really mean by Wedding Bouncing Board? I’ve been in the wedding industry for over 25 years, and personally photographed over 800 weddings. I am grateful to have some of the most amazing contacts in the wedding industry that are located all around the globe. Myself and my invaluable network of vendors that I work with all have opinions… because… well, we have seen A LOT OF WEDDINGS, we have been involved in A LOT OF WEDDINGS, and our opinions and suggestions are based on real world experience.
So lets sum this up and give you the goods. We aren’t here to tell you “don’t do” or “do” anything. What we are here for is to answer your questions in a very experienced way. Go ahead, flowers, timing, planning, DIY, invitations… we will be giving you some of the pros and cons to see what your options and realities really are. Of course all final decisions are up to you, but if you need someone maybe outside your wedding planning box to give you some ideas or helpful hints… this is the place to be!
If your question seems to hit a nerve or something we think needs to be a little more detailed, we will do a separate blog post on it too.
Go ahead… pass this along to your friends. With 25 years of experience and over 800 weddings I’m happy to help any way I can, and if I don’t know the options or answers – I know how to get some from some very influential people in the wedding industry.
The planning. You meticulously plan your beautiful wedding day. Planning consumes your time and thoughts. You pull inspiration from every corner of your life. Exhaused – the last few days before the wedding bring excitement and maybe a little anxiety while you have to finish a few tasks, welcome guests into town, and realize that you will be walking down the isle shortly. You can breathe deep if you have had little to no drama in the process, while others are overwhelmed and just want to skip to the fun part… the honeymoon.
The wedding day. A few months or maybe a year or more have passed and the wedding/ceremony day is here. You may loose some sleep the night prior; but now it’s time to let go. Remembering that you are the ones that everyone is there to celebrate. Letting go may be the hardest thing you do, because up to this point – you have detailed a minute by minute plan of how your day will flow. Regardless of how long the day actually is – it will fly by in a few blinks of your eyes and you will only remember a very small fraction of what happened on the day of your ceremony. Wedding planner or not – you try hard to let go of the details and just enjoy what this day actually means to you and your loved ones, as well as the future you have ahead of you. The day passes… and as much as you sigh partly in relief that the day is over, it is also a little sad that such an amazing event ends so quickly. It is a roller-coaster of a day, of emotions, of excitement, and a culmination of all your hard work months previously.
The honeymoon. Pure celebration of you being with the one you love, typically outside of your normal reality. Fun or relaxing… it is time needed to bond, to reflect on the ceremony day, and to be yourselves.
Back to reality. All of the ups and downs of planning, all of the crazy busy and chaos of a ceremony day has come to the end. You come back to real life as you know it – at least you think.. but returning to work or your normal routine. Then you realize something little may be missing… with the months of planning prior, you may feel a little bit of loss as well. Those days scouring Pinterest, the trips to fit the dress, searching for vendors actually filled up more of your time and were more enjoyable that you remembered and many think – what to do now. Always best to fill your time with fun stuff for a few weeks to let yourself down easy. After a few weeks you get a chance to look at photos and videos and reminisce about your day. Looking through the photographs you look at each other and giggle or shrug your shoulders… wondering what that person was saying when they made that funny face, asking “who was this” for an extended family member you may not know from your spouse’s side of the family, or even say “I had no recollection of this happening at all.” The beauty of photography & video documenting your day.
5 year anniversary. Hopefully you pull out your wedding album yearly, but now a few years have past. You may have moved onto children, and in that case you graze over photos and tell stories of your wedding day. You are proud to show off such an amazing event, you get flutters seeing you and your loved ones so happy together, and if you have kids – “mommy you looked beautiful” may pass their lips.
15 year anniversary. You may have had a few or many ups and downs in your life together already. Stresses and strains, wear and tear at you after this long. If you have children – they are getting older and your lives together may be more about them. If it’s just the two of you, you may have drifted a little apart to find yourselves again. And if you’re lucky you are just in love as the day you met or more. Regardless of your situation – you pull out your wedding album to renew your sense of why you came together as a couple. With a few more wrinkles maybe, but your had the best photographers and all you see in your photographs are the smiles, romance, and emotions that made you love that person all those years ago. See… we all change a little, but the wear and tear of life doesn’t change the base… you can still see the twinkle in someone’s eye if you look hard enough, you can still see how their smile is ever so slightly changed if you look hard enough. Your photographs of your wedding day are gold at this stage – snapshots are fun and great too – but photographs that can show you the love and connection you have/had with one another have become priceless in reminding us that no matter how much life has changed around us that there where amazing things at play to bring you together and fall in love.
50 years together. You still visit your wedding album together, and you can feel an amazing sense of accomplishment that you have been tried and true and weathered many storms together throughout the years. You have build a legacy through your children and grandchildren. Or if you decided no children.. you have still accomplished great things together. If you do have grandchildren, your wedding albums are mesmerizing to them. They see how beautiful you are, they come to realize the value in both their grandparents and parents and the love that made this happen. You as an individual, and you as a couple have affected this world in some way, and most likely many ways. If you have passed your love down to other generation – just seeing the love in photographs from your wedding day can give your children and grandchildren hope that they too can find that kind of lasting love. You may assure them that it wasn’t easy – but that it’s about the journey, it’s about caring for someone maybe a little more than yourself, and a legacy to leave them.
Every day is a gift. Every love is a miracle. Give 100% and only expect 20% in return. Forgive, and move forward. Treat your loved one like they are a queen or a king, and be their support always. And look at your wedding photographs closely and often – there is a reason you connected… look hard and find it over and over again by reminiscing about the beginning of your life together.
I wanted to take a minute to introduce Andrea Cordova and Bridal Bootcamp. I talk to a lot of brides who all seem to chatter about dieting for their big day, and I think this is such a good alternative – and it produces great results. Please visit her website at SLIM DOWN FOR THE GOWN!
The Ultimate Bridal Package by Sysbro Fitness offers an exciting 12 week exercise, health, and nutrition program for future brides and anyone wanting to lose weight and feel great! We are on a mission to help brides and grooms jump start their new lives together feeling strong, sexy and confident! It is our goal to create an effective health and weight loss program for the individuals committed to Sysbro Fitness in Northglenn. It is important to us that each person receives special attention which is why we limit the class sizes to 12 people per class. At Sysbro Fitness, we understand that achieving quick and effective results is of great importance to our members, so we focus on muscle confusion when designing our exercise programs, reassuring members that they will not plateau, but improve with each week! The Ultimate Bridal Package is more affordable than personal training and members receive more personal attention than they would working out at the local gym. We offer our brides and grooms more than health and nutrition; each month after breaking a major sweat during workouts, our members enjoy a salon visit where our partners pamper them helping them look as good as they feel! Although this program is only 12 weeks long, it is a part of our mission to coach the current members well enough so they can easily continue on the correct path to health and wellness and live happily ever after.
Give them a call for more details today at (720)934-7157 and follow them on twitter at @slimdwn4thegown
More importantly, it gives you a boost of confidence on your wedding day so you feel as beautiful as you look!
It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Europe and have an awesome adventure planned this year to Germany & France. I’ll be posting a little here and there until the trip late April 2013, and of course will be posting TONS of images during and after my trip too. I have some amazing clients that live in Germany will be photographing a number of dancers in some amazing places. Then… a quick trip for a few days into Paris & Versailles for an intimate wedding and I just got word from the bride that she found her dress. How exciting!!!!!
Here are some of the locations I’ll get to play with while I’m photographing:
Kaiserslautern Germany, Frankfurt Germany, Versailles Castle, Paris, Mackenbach Fields.
Landstuhl Castle may be one of the playgrounds… how beautiful is this?!!!
Onyx Room… (link to this info)
Originally known as the Grand Salon when the hotel opened in 1892, the Onyx Room featured white onyx wainscoting and columns, as well as an immense central medallion on the ceiling in the center of the room. Although the original onyx remains, over time the mural was destroyed. In 1980 the hotel commissioned artist M. Lloyd Way to recreate it, using notes from the hotel’s original brochure: ‘here are blue skies and soft fleecy clouds amid which rosy, blossom-wreathed cupids disport themselves.’ Since the artist had nothing more to go on, he painted the cupids faces utilizing his relatives’ (and his) likenesses, giving an adult-look to each of the cherubs.
The modern wedding many times includes “all in the family” and why not let the kids dress up again too and make your bridal shoot fun? Using some imagination and own your bridal style!
Styling/flowers: Isabelle Kline Design
Hair & Make-up: LadyCharm Artistry
Photographer: Jeanine Thurston
Location: Sarchet Event Center
We all have vendors that we have worked with or just love, if you are in the wedding industry – you know exactly what I mean. Your personalities click, each helps the other and you become in theory a dream team because you all have the same amazing goal to make a wedding perfect. While we don’t always get to choose who we work with at a wedding, in about April this year I wanted to have a chance to work with some of my favorite people in the wedding industry and do an inspirational photo-shoot.
Originally it started small, Melissa Schans (model/actress) was all excited and we were planning for sometime in May 2011. I gathered a couple of vendors that were willing to work on this project, but as you can’t control everything that happens – if we would have done the shoot in May I would not have had Samantha Koch as my MUY/Hairstylist. We decided to post-pone so that she could still be part of this production. In the end, it was good that we waited – because good turned into great.
Julia Kaaren, owner of Mulberries Flowers was in the group from the start. She has amazing energy along with a creative eye – and well – of course I just love her dearly as a vendor and person. I am forever grateful that she brought Jon Taugher into the shoot as he had some amazing Retro Bicycles that added some fantastic imagery.
Then of course there is Susan Dillon of Kitty Mae Millinery. I had never met her personally… fb friends, and of course Melissa always spoke highly of her. Above all, her artistry in hair pieces speaks for itself. Then after some chats on facebook… there was not a doubt in my mind that our personalities clicked.
In July, after having a hundred dreams about what I wanted this shoot to look like; let’s be honest, I couldn’t make it all happen while working a full schedule and with two kids at home on top of it. I put a post on ISES board for a wedding planner, and Isabelle and I met for coffee a couple of days later. Loved her, and could tell she “got” what I wanted to photograph and she organized my mind for me along with every other detail. We also brought in LeAnne to assist her in some of the details as well.
Katharine Salzgeber of BoutiqueDeBijoux jumped right in with her hand-made jewelry designs. They are beautiful, one of a kind pieces that fit so perfectly with our look.
Then of course there is Blushing Bride Colorado. Danielle has a beautiful little boutique dress salon in Windsor, Colorado. I’ve known Danielle for many years and she jumped right in, providing us with dresses for our models to fit the look we were going for in this project.
Melissa Schans was in from the start. She has done some bridal modeling for me before and she is an instant sell when it comes to bridal modeling. She has all the poses, expressions – and best of all she makes everyone smile.
Brittany Quinn, I had the opportunity to photograph this summer and was so happy that she was able to be a part of this photo-shoot. Fresh… just back from spending some time in China – I’m surprized that she didn’t still have jet-lag from such a long trip, and she looked amazing.
Kirsten Sletten, was the third model for our shoot.. and I so wanted to bring her on sooner but I had already had another model at the time and didn’t want to have too many. But, the instant that the other model wasn’t able to make it – I couldn’t have been happier to have Kirsten come on! What a beauty – and hope I get the chance to photograph her again – she is gorgeous.
Then of course comes THE MAKERY. I was at the Grant Humphrey Bridal show when I first got to taste their cupcakes, and I’ve been sold on them ever sense. Yum, beautiful, great to work with. Will always refer them – love them and their creations. Even my husband is completely sold on that they have the best tasting cake EVER as he would put it.
Pampered Passions also was kind enough to loan us a vintage piece for some shots. Beautiful quality.
Then last, but certainly not least, Michael Sasser. He was my wild-card. I had never worked with him, never met him, and two days before the shoot he agreed to take some video and create a little vendor promo for us. I’ll be honest, I’ve worked with a lot of videographers – and the talent really varies a ton, so I went by a referral from another photographer with my fingers crossed. I can not say enough about how amazing the video he created was, and loved working with him. Personality… love, video… love, and the simple fact that he pulled it together so quickly for me was amazing. Many, many thanks to him and he has definitely made it to #1 on my referral list.
In my mind – it went AMAZING… wouldn’t have done anything different and we have some great images, video and made a few more long-lasting friends in the process.
KITTIE MAE MILLINERY l MULBERRIES FLOWERS l LADYCHARM ARTISTRY l ISABELLE KLINE l FOTOTAILS PHOTOGRAPHY l MICHAEL SASSER VIDEOGRAPHY l BLUSHING BRIDE COLORADO l THE MAKERY l BOUTIQUE DE BIJOUX l RECYCLED VINTAGE BICYCLES
Sunday – Sept. 26th finally! After about 6-8 weeks of planning/coordinating… and more, it all came together perfectly. Beautiful upper 80s for weather… bright sun, everyone involved showed up on time or early. I have had a chance to work with Heathyrre Kautz a few times over recent months and she again… worked her magic on the models turning the canvas into absolute perfection, and Claudia Opara was assisting Heathyrre. Berenice worked on hair…. and when she arrived she was a little quiet… with a little nerves because it was actually the day before her wedding. While the models rotated in and out of chairs between make up and hair the ones on break poured over bridal magazines and chit chat until everyone was ready to go to play dress up for the afternoon. David was the lucky “groom” for my ladies, with huge beautiful light brown eyes that would make about any girl melt. To round out the models we had Tristin Huntamer, Rachel Vigil, Melissa Schans, and Courtney Dalton. Newberry Brothers provided us with a couple beautiful bouquets, and I did a quick stop at Fun Services to add balloons to a few shots too. Danielle from Blushing Bride Colorado met us at the park with so many beautiful gowns, and even a tux for David. It was a completely exhausting day – but so much fun, and loving the images that we all managed as a team.
I would love for you to visit the little video we put together with some selects from the shoot : Bridal Fashion