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Don't Have a Boring Wedding: Ways to Incorporate Color into Your Day!
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Do you want to have a unique wedding, different from everything else you see in the wedding mags and neutral Instagram feeds? Do you live life vibrantly, out loud, and full of color? Is your wardrobe grounded in hues that make you happy rather than neutrals, neutrals, neutrals? I'm sharing ways that you can avoid having a flat wedding and incorporate some color and LIFE into a day that's forever classified as "white." It is, after all, a nice day for a white wedding, but it's an even better day for a RAINBOW one! This post goes out to all my girls who grew up with Lisa Frank's rainbow leopard as their spirit animal, who gravitate towards the vibrant, and just appreciate the richness of life and all the hues it encapsulates!

Now hear me, you don't have to go crazy, and there is certainly an important spot for timeless and elegant, but there's ALWAYS room for pops of fun in your details and decor! This is, after all, a STYLE, and if your style is not colorful, that's perfectly okay! Find a photographer that specializes in the light, airy, neutral palette that makes your heart sing. If you're a wild child and want all the bright hues, hit me up!! In this post, I'm sharing highlights from the most magical styled shoot (aka a "fake" wedding that showcases wedding vendors) that I've ever been blessed to be a part of! We will go through different elements of the day, dripped in color, to give you some ideas as to how your favorite shade can be present during your wedding, and even more importantly, how your personality can shine in a day steeped in tradition.

INVITES

This invitation suite by Penned by Alice features some pretty punchy pinks and unique papers and inks! Invites are your guests first impression of your wedding style and theme, so carefully consider the message the papers, colors, textures, and wording says about you and the vibe you want!

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FLORALS

God's creation is full of color, and nowhere is this more evident in a gorgeous floral arrangement. If you want to keep things pretty classic and simple but still get sprinkles on your ice cream from time to time, here's where you can go crazy! A super talented florist like the amazing Kerry Patel can take your fav colors and make a spray that's a stunner.

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CAKE

Desserts make everyone happy. Color makes everyone happy. See a correlation? This is another place where you can cater to the fun and whimsical and play with color. Your cake photos will be a fun part of the day (smashing sugar in your hubby's face?!), so make the cake itself fun too!!  This awesome naked cake by Neverland Bake Shoppe features a baby pink drip, rainbow sprinkles, and more vibrant flowers! Not quite ready to make your cake rainbow-tactic? There's always the cake stand or even the INSIDE of the cake to add a pop of color or fun surprise!

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DECOR

If you want to go maximum Lisa Frank, here's where you do it! The amazing, perfect, wonderful Jessica Oh Photography styled this shoot, and her use of balloons, confetti, streamers, and smoke bombs gave a loud and clear message that this is a unique wedding! I guarantee you that if you tell your photographer you want to use colored smoke bombs, they will probably buy you a pony, I mean, cry with happiness. 

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Of course, there's lots of other ways you can put personal touches on your big day, and I want to encourage you to never lose sight of that. Don't let tradition, outside pressure, cost, or especially wedding culture squash your creativity and enthusiasm. Weddings are all about YOU, so make them unmistakably YOU! Enjoy the process and let your imagination run wild!


Workshop:  www.njspark.cowww.instagram.com/njsparkco#igniteworkshop2018

Styling + Coordination :
Jessica OH
www.jessicaohphotography.com
www.facebook.com/jessicaohphotography
www.instagram.com/im_jessica_oh

Floral Design:
Kerry Patel
www.kerrypateldesigns.com
www.instagram.com/kp_designsfloral

Invitation Suite + Hand Lettering:
Alice Lonero, Penned by Alice
www.pennedbyalice.com
www.instagram.com/pennedbyalice

Hair + Makeup
Mary of Lighten Up Salon + Spa
http://www.lightenupsalon.com
www.instagram.com/lightenupsalonandspa

Cakery :
Neverland Bake Shoppe
www.neverlandbakeshoppe.com

Models :
 Mary Elizabeth Trotter & Eric Nakonechny
www.instagram.com/missmarynak

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Why Styled Shoots are Important For Your Wedding | Winter Wedding Styled Shoot at The Barn at Rayne Run, Marion Center PA
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When planning your wedding, do you rely on your friends recommendations, a google search, local magazines, or maybe bridal shows to find the best vendors? How can you be really sure that you are getting the best of the best, while still getting a good price for your area? It's become more and more popular for photographers and other local vendors to participate in "styled shoots", that is, a fake wedding that pulls together the best local wedding vendors to show off their services in as "real" of a setting you can get!

Styled shoots are great for you to look out for and pay attention to because it literally shows you a "trial run" of all the best, hand selected vendors in your area. Who better to pick a team of super services that those that are in constant community with each other in the wedding industry? As wedding professionals, we have worked with nearly every local vendor there is and can recommend the best to you through our styled shoots - because we picked them ourselves! For the guys reading this - think of it like your fantasy football draft of all the best wedding vendors in town, and they are facing off to show you their stuff!

The idea is that local vendors all come together in collaboration, donating time and services, to show you, the bride to be, the best of what they can do or offer. It's better than a recommendation, search engine session, perusing a magazine, or waltzing around a bridal show because you can see exactly what your wedding would be like if you were to hire them.

My great friend Jackie and I have been planning this styled shoot for months! We were over-the-moon excited when vendors one by one gave enthusiastic "yes!"s to help us pull off an unforgettable day! Be sure to check out the local vendors, hand selected by us for their excellent services, for your wedding, and be sure to like them on facebook and give them a follow on Instagram!


Photographers: J.Jae Photography + Jill Gearhart Photography

Venue: The Barn at Rayne Run

Rental Furniture: Penn Rustics

Gown: White Lace Bridal featuring Stella York

Shoes: Jewel by Badgley Mischka

Tuxedo: The 700 Shop  featuring Stephen Geoffrey

Jewelry: Luxenberg's Jewlers

Florals: The Flower Gallery

Calligraphy/Invitation Suite: Wood+Grace Calligraphy

Hair: JC Penney

Makeup : Beth Arnold

Tablescape: The Gathering Co. by Carolyn Carey + Hollie Davis

Models: Adam + Tara Maruca

Evergreen Swing and overall awesome manly help: Ryan Anderson


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How I Found Inspiration Again | Winter Wedding in the Poconos
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This year, after almost giving up after six years of business, I really decided to work ON my business and not just IN my business, and I found that inspiration during a styled wedding shoot and photography workshop in the Poconos. My photography story starts much like other people's - friends of mine got engaged, asked their "artsy" friend with a camera that wasn't a cell phone to take some pictures (Pinterest was just starting back then, and ipods still had the big circular touch ring on the front of them, cars still had CD players - it was basically the stone age). 6 years later I've met dozens and dozens of couples and was given the privilege of photographing their weddings, engagements, family sessions, and more! So why, even if it appeared that I was successful, was I feeling like I was in a rut?

While cruising Instagram feeling sorry for myself in comparison to other great artists, I realized that my business was actually just a hobby. I wasn't working on it everyday, I wasn't progressing. I didn't have momentum. I was stuck. Luckily, on that endless feed of others' highlight reels that we call Instagram, I discovered that the amazing girls of Spark, a Christian women's photography group, were hosting a photography workshop in March - on my birthday, to be exact. While I was blessed enough to call one of these women both my friend and wedding photographer 4 years ago, I had little hope that I would actually get to attend this extremely limited workshop. Whether it was divine providence or really good luck, I was accepted and able to take one of the handful of slots being offered. What a great birthday present! We learned so much that day about things like posing, blogging, client experience, second shooting, and more! The best part was that we were able to finish our day with an amazingly gorgeous styled winter wedding where we could shoot along these legends and build our portfolios at the same time. The photos for that magical day are featured below!

After the workshop was over, I had 4 hours to stew in my own self pity and comparison depression as I drove back home to Indiana. I know that many photographers, along with most anyone else who has a goal they are chasing, thinks the same kind of thoughts. Do I have what it takes? Am I wiling to put in the work? Am I even good at this? I'll never be *that* person, why don't I just give up? Luckily, I have been blessed with an amazing husband and a healthy dose of stubbornness, and after about a week of tumult in my brain, I emerged wide-eyed and ready to start new. I forged so many paths this year to gain this crucial momentum that I was scared of for so long. A website reboot, blog posts, social media posts, gear investment, networking, education, on and on. The biggest lesson I learned, however, is to stop doubting my talent, even if it's not like other peoples. Just like in life, it's crucial to find out who you are, this time in terms of business. Once you know what your style is, what your message is, and what make you uniquely better, everything else will fall into place. This has been the best year yet, and while it's been a lot of hard work, doubling my success in just a year is well worth the price.


VENDORS:

Dresses - Rent The Runway

Videographer- TONEmedia

Calligraphy Signs - Penned By Alice

Jewelry - L Priori Jewelry
Bouquet Ribbon - Honey Silks & Co.


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