Erica & Adam - MARRIED!

Erica & Adam were married at Camp Lincoln in Kingston, New Hampshire. They had an absolutely beautiful day for their wedding and were able to rent the camp for the weekend so they could spend as much time as possible celebrating with everyone.

How amazing were their details?! Life-size Connect Four, Jenga & other fun games, their table numbers, and their awesome name cards attached to a wine glass for each of their guests! (Props to Laurie from  Everyday Details  on the name cards and the giant games!)

How amazing were their details?! Life-size Connect Four, Jenga & other fun games, their table numbers, and their awesome name cards attached to a wine glass for each of their guests! (Props to Laurie from Everyday Details on the name cards and the giant games!)

Their story is a unique one. So unique that I have to share it. They have known each other for more than a quarter of a century...

I adored their first look! How cute are they!?

I adored their first look! How cute are they!?

Erica & Adam met each other on their first day of pre-school and became fast friends. They ended up in the same class during Kindergarten, first, second, third and fifth grade. (If their mom's hadn't already guessed, this one was made to be... Apparently, the mom's were way ahead of them and had been planning their marriage for years before it finally happened!)

After elementary school Adam and his family moved away, but returned to the area for high school. It wasn't all love-at-first-sight during those years, but they hung out occasionally.

After high school, they became good friends again, as they had been during their elementary years. And then, Adam joined the Marines... They kept in touch here and there, and after he returned from his deployment, Erica & Adam spent an evening catching up over dinner and beers. The third time they hung out after his return, something unexpected happened... Adam kissed Erica! It was a complete surprise, but they agreed it just felt right. Apparently, Adam had his eye on Erica even during his time on active duty, so I guess Erica was the only one who was actually surprised. ;o)

I didn't do engagement photos with Erica and Adam, so this was the first time I had gotten to spend a large amount of time with them in person. The things you learn about people on their wedding day are always so interesting. You get a good sense of who people are by listening to their friends and family talk and give toasts, but also by observing them on what can be one of the most emotional days of their lives.

I am so thankful I was given the absolute privilege of peering into their lives for this one day. Erica was the perfect bride. The one as photographers we all hope we get a dozen of! Not only was she absolutely gorgeous, she was so laid back and was actually more worried about making sure everyone else was okay and had what they needed than herself. I believe self-less is an understatement when it comes to Erica and how she cares for her friends and family. She loves people well.

I didn't get to spend as much time with Adam as I did Erica, but from where I stand, they are a wonderful match. Not only could I see their love, I could feel it. It was a wonderful day and when I say it was FULL of love, I might be understating it.

Congratulations guys! Thanks for sharing a little bit of your story with me!

Erica & Adam's Wedding Day Team:

It's the little things.

Weddings.

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of weddings on any given Saturday. Fridays and Sundays, too, but mostly Saturdays.

So, what is it that makes YOUR wedding different than all the others?

YOU.

You, your fiance, your personality, the things that make you YOU. As individuals and as a couple.

I've recently come across some really cool "little things" that people have done and are doing to add their personality to their wedding that I thought were worth sharing. Pinterest is, of course, FULL of ideas of things you can DIY, etc., but these were a few I thought were pretty cool.

  1. Programs.
    • This "off-beat" idea was awesome and a great way to communicate with your guests about some of the decisions you made for your wedding and what your expectations are for them as guests. I also liked how different it was from the traditional wedding program. The site I found it on calls it the "funniest wedding program ever", which is definitely an overstatement, but, it is still a really neat idea. Check it out at the link below.
      • http://offbeatbride.com/2011/12/funny-wedding-program
  2. Save-The-Dates.
    • This is a great place to showcase your personality and who you are as a couple in a more casual way. Incorporate some of your favorite activities into your engagement photos so you'll have some beautiful photos to use, and you can add personal touches by sealing your envelopes with stickers of the two of you!
  3. Escort/Place Cards and Favors.
    • Pair your escort card with your wedding favor.
    • Personalize it for your guests.
      • One of the coolest ideas I saw recently was the use of a photo of the bride/groom with each guest. This may not work for larger weddings if you don't have a photo of yourself with each guest, but for the smaller, more intimate weddings, this would be a fun idea.
        • You have the photo on the front and the you can write the table information on the back, or on the front. You could also use pre-made labels (shipping labels, address labels, etc.) with the table information and a fun memory of you and the guest, or just a special message for them. Maybe even a "thank-you" for making the time to share in your celebration. I love these or these for this!
    • Keep with the theme, and keep it personal.
      • Two weddings that stood out to me for their personal and themed  escort cards and favors were Lauren & Dan and Kathleen & Andrew.
        • Lauren's dad is a beekeeper and they used honey from his beehives as their favor.
        • Kathleen & Andrew had their wedding in a library, and in keeping with that theme, the escort cards were little "books", and each table name was based on a genre of literature or one of their favorite author's names. The other thing I loved was that their centerpieces were stacks of some of their favorite books and were the guests favors to take home.
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Here's to the happy couple! Part 1

Ah, the wedding toast. One of the key pieces of any reception, and one of the biggest sources of anxiety for those asked to deliver them. Fear not! In the coming weeks I will share some tips to help you with your wedding toast, and for the bride & groom, a couple of pieces of advice as you choose who you may want to deliver a toast or speak on your behalf at your reception

To get us started, let's look at the WHO.

Who usually gives a toast at the wedding? Traditionally speaking, here are the basics:

  • The Best Man- typically goes first
  • The Maid/Matron of Honor- typically follows the Best Man
  • The Couple- if the couple chooses to offer a few words at their reception, they will usually follow the Maid/Matron of Honor
  • The Parents- Traditionally the Father of the Bride will offer a toast to the couple and a thank-you to guests and the Groom's family. The Father of the Bride would then be followed by the Father of the Groom if the couple elects for him to speak as well.

As with other traditions in the wedding world these days, the rules are that there aren't really that many rules any more, so if you want to skip having anyone do a toast, you can certainly do that, or if you want to have someone else do the toast, that's okay, too. The only thing I warn against is "open-mic" toasting, but we can get into that in another post...

Shavawn & Chris - Married!

We rang in the New Year with Shavawn & Chris and their friends and family who had come from all over the world to share in their wedding day.

Shavawn did an AMAZING job planning her wedding. She had an incredible vision for her wedding and it was so exciting to see it all come together so perfectly. I actually couldn't believe how smoothly everything went! I rarely see things happen according to schedule at a wedding, but these guys were on time or early for every single part of the day. It gave us so much time to play with photos and locations. Not to mention the hour we had with the Bentley to take photos! (If you are looking for a Bentley for your wedding, contact Grace Limousine. It is BEAUTIFUL.)

There were so many beautiful details at the wedding, and the cake... OH. MY. THE. CAKE. It was the Times Square ball dropping over the New York City Skyline. I have NO idea how Jacques pulled it off, but it was spectacular!

My other favorite part of the wedding was at the end of the night. They had the Times Square countdown live-streamed into the reception and as a surprise for their guests, had a huge confetti drop when it hit midnight. It was beautiful and so much fun!

(Click here to see the rest of the wedding.)

As always, without the rest of the vendors, I wouldn't have nearly as many beautiful things to photograph, so if you like what you see in the photos, here's the info on the rest of Shavawn & Chris's wedding day team.