baby blue is the perfect color for a girl, certain shades of blue are so feminine and lovely….

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sweet cake idea….have the baker who created your wedding cake, make a cake for a smaller celebration…we do it sometimes for parties or birthdays….you can transport yourself back to the magic of your wedding day & enjoy a scrumptious cake….this beautiful baby blue cake was created by christine dahl….it was an amazing vanilla cake with white chocolate frosting….

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jacqueline tobin has been an editor at PDN magazine for over twenty years….she has seen first hand how wedding photography has evolved over the years….so its no surprise that her new book “Wedding Photography Unveiled” is absolutely fantastic…she hand picked twenty of the best wedding photographers around the country (i was lucky enough to be among the 20 photographers chosen)…. her book is a stunning collection of images and insights….wedding photography has become such a beautiful mix of fashion, lifestyle, editorial & photojournalism….her book will undoubtably be the wedding photography “bible” for both photographers and brides…..
the official release date for the book is march 17,2009…
here is a sneak peak & giveaway for you….xoxo
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(the cover image was taken by jose villa)

we are giving away two copies of “Wedding Photography Unveiled”
  
one copy to a photographer….simply write a comment and tell us why
you love to photograph wedddings…..


one copy to a bride….simply write a comment and tell us why
wedding photography is meaningful to you…..

here is THE list of jacqueline tobin’s top 20 wedding photographers…..

Liz Banfield 
Virginie Blachère
Chenin Boutwell 
Philippe Cheng
Suzy Clement 
Mike Colón 
Amy Deputy 
Shannon Ho
Jesse Leake 
Kathi Littwin 
Charles & Jennifer Maring
Melissa Mermin 
Elizabeth Messina
Melanie Nashan
Christian Oth
Parker J. Pfister
Ben Quillinan 
Meg Smith 
Amanda Sudimack
Jose Villa

(and for those of you who are interested in getting your own copy
of Wedding Photography Unveiled you can purchase it at amazon)

 

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sean & candace were married in los angeles in truly exquisite style….their wedding was planned by the amazing sharon sacks….their style was very old world & elegant….candace got ready & slipped into her beautiful strapless melissa sweet gown in the  Oviatt Penthouse, known as an art deco catsle in the air…their rooftop ceremony was adorned with beautiful florals created by mark’s garden….it was a truly elegant affair….sean, an entertainment business manager’s, groomsmen included will-i-am from the black eyed peas….sharon sacks transformed los angeles hot spot Cicada into a fantastic dance party & reception for the happy couple…there were orchids & chandeliers everywhere….the 1920′s style of Cicada complemented the vibe & style of the wedding perfectly….sean & candace danced the night away with the amazing  DJ AM’s spinning music through the night….it was truly a one of kind event….sean & candace are such an elegant couple…their love filled the air….there was so much joy &  beauty everywhere you looked…….the perfect sweet ending to a perfect night was the beautiful cake made by the one and only cake divas….everything was simply stunning….

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you may have seen sean & candace’s beautiful wedding grace the pages of los angeles weddings

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remember when dressing up was a delight? and your mother’s shoes could transform you into a princess? i still love any excuse to dress up, it’s one of my favorite past times…sadly, i never seen to do it enough…life gets in the way of day dreams…thank goodness for weddings, a day when dressing up is celebrated…and you get to where your pretty dress all day long….i say, pull out your high heels and a completely inappropriate dress, maybe even your wedding dress & make some pancakes this weekend….why not? if your husband doesn’t understand, your children certainly will….xoxo

dress-updress up & down….and someone please pass the syrup….

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A Destination Wedding….. just the words “destination wedding” sounds special…. exotic…. romantic…. the truth is, just about every wedding is a destination wedding…..chances are, someone had to travel to get there….but more importantly, anyone can have a destination wedding, even in your own backyard….think of your wedding as an experience from beginning to end…..and anticipate your guests’ needs in addition to your own….having cocktails the night before you exchange vows & brunch the morning after, can make your local wedding have a “destination” feel….food, lighting & sounds can all contribute to the overall experience for you & your guests….want to have a french wedding at home? give your guests little bundles of french lavender….serve french food with edith piaf playing softly during dinner….have your officiant say a blessing in french…..travel the world in the comfort of your home…..

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no matter where you are….a destination a million miles away or at home…remember the most important thing is the man standing next to you & your friends & family celebrating with you…xoxo

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formal portraits on your wedding day are such an important aspect of your day…..as much as i love getting ready images & details….there is something so profound about the legacy of family coming together in joy & celebration….i think of group shots as family heirlooms….they become more special & valuable with time….there are a couple of things to consider when planning your group photos…what is the best time for formal photos?? there really is no right answer, just what is right for you….doing them before the ceremony has some advantages….it frees up your time after the ceremony, which can be nice if you want to enjoy your cocktail party….this may not be the best plan though, if you are a true romantic….seeing your groom & his family before the ceremony may be great for photos but does not work for some couples who want to see each other for the first time at their ceremony….there are a couple of alternatives….you can do all the formal portraits after the ceremony….which maintains the magic of the first glimpse of each other at the ceremony….but often means missing some or all of your cocktail party….or you can do some formals before the ceremony separately & then again together after the ceremony together….which is a good solution, but will demand more time from you & your families…or i also like to plan a special moment where the bride & groom can see each other before the ceremony, alone….it maintains some of the magic & importance of the first moment of seeing each other and then also enables the groups shots to be done before the ceremony….whatever you decide, make sure you communicate you desires both with your photographer & your families….good communication makes for beautiful photographs…..happy wedding….xoxo

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there is nothing quite as wonderful as a girl’s best friend….the one who gets all your jokes
& holds your hand when mr. not so right hurts your feelings….and the one who jumps up
and down when the love of your life proposes….whether you are shoe shopping or sipping
tea…or belly laughing over nothing at all….friendship is an indescribable gift….give
your best friend a call today  & tell her how much she means to you….

friendship2aas you grow…so does the texture of your friendship….we all experience
growing pains from time to time…at the end of the day…. a true friend is simply
an extension of your family…and no matter what, that is what really matters….

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Leah C is a true artisan…..she creates some of the most beautiful veils & headpieces i have ever seen….each one is handcrafted & made with the utmost care…..she is based in new york city but has clients all over the world….from handmade french lace to feathers & silk flowers…each piece is one of a kind…..there are so many styles of veils & headpieces…some brides will wear one design for their ceremony & then change into another one for their reception….your wedding style can evolve all throughout your wedding day….she can also make headpieces for your bridesmaids, which really unifies the looks & feel of a bridal party….so take a look at some of the beautiful Leah C Couture Millinery designs & decide for yourself…..

 

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these beautiful bridesmaids are adorned with leah c creations

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“Women come to visit my atelier in search of satisfying a desired emotional state that has entered into their system at one time or another. One can strive to have a feeling even though they haven’t yet seen the object that will match that emotional state and make it come alive. Our minds and our senses are very powerful and I believe my creations serve to realize many sensual (visual, touch, sound, of compliments and praise) pleasures and fill the space between dream and reality.In a sense for a bride, the ceremony moment is a moment of vulnerability and if veiled, she is looking out on the world though a floating shield theoretically protecting her.

A Leah C. veil is made with the finest veiling once woven in France and extremely rare now. These fine sheaths of wide net material play many roles as discussed above but for me predominantly they enhance one’s natural beauty.

I hope my veils bring together that vision of when we think about presenting ourselves in the most beautiful light possible with the reality of that emotional state we strive for of feeling our most radiant and desirable.”

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women are just beautiful…and veils & headpieces are just another way to express personal style….and really embrace dressing up, especially on your wedding day…bless the veil & the bride beneath it…

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