Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fun Idea Friday: The Candy Bar

We all know there should be cake at a wedding, but a fun new trend that is popping up is to also have a “Candy Bar”, the cute little name for a Buffet of candy guests can grab from at the end of the night (or all night long if you like). These can be elaborate or simple, you can theme them with your wedding colors or do it yourself with homemade candies (we strongly recommend delegating out that responsibility!!!). Candies like M&M’s can be bought in single colors now, so the sky is the limit.

When I was a kid growing up in Endicott, NY there were a few little pleasures I always looked forward to. Pleasure one, was going out for Pat Mitchell’s ice cream. Pleasure two, was selling (and eating) Gertrude Hawk candy. And pleasure three, was getting to visit a little candy store in Endicott, NY not too far from OLGC which sold nickel candy in every variety imaginable (or so it felt at the time). Since my parents weren’t too fond of passing out candy, I distinctly remember that euphoric feeling of finally being allowed to go in the store with my dollar and buy bunches of nickel candy. It was like walking into 8-year-old heaven. It came in a crinkly brown paper bag and the feeling was a mixture of Halloween and Easter rolled into one.

Your wedding guests might just feel the same way too when they walk up to your candy bar and don’t even need a nickel to enjoy some of those awesome childhood treats.

If you were thinking this might make a good “Do It Yourself” project, here’s a link to a website with detailed instructions:

Valentine’s Engagement – Binghamton, NY

I just spoke with someone who is planning a very special, very public, proposal in the next few days, and I thought about the many couples who have just gotten engaged in this valentines season. So if that is you, congratulations!

This time of year is a great time to be in love, especially this year when the weather is so unpredictable and you just want to cuddle by a fire to keep warm (or occasionally go on a long walk in the warm sunshine because it is unseasonably hot).

This groom-to-be wants to make sure his proposal is fantastic. He decided to wait until after valentine’s day to pop the question, and it looks like this is the week. Of course, I can’t give away all of his ideas just yet, on the off-chance his bride-to-be finds this on the internet, but I do want to point out that one way you can make your engagement special is to bring us along. Most engagements do not happen in front of all your family and friends, but when I was proposed to many years ago, I was lucky in that someone thought to invite a photographer to the event. It was my future father-in-law to be exact, who knew he couldn’t be with us and wanted to be able to share in the moment. I would like to add there was so little news going on in town that we made the front page.

So if you are planning a proposal, think about bringing us along – we have all kinds of ideas we would be happy to talk over with you, but more than that, we are all about captured emotions, and there are few moments more emotional than your proposal.

And if you already got engaged don’t worry! Engagement portraits come free with our wedding packages, so we are happy to re-create it for you too. Happy proposals everyone!

Enjoying your Engagement: Tools to make wedding planning a tad easier

So you are planning a wedding! CONGRATULATIONS! We plan to be at lots of weddings, and have even planned a few of them ourselves over the years. (I believe I personally have been a bridesmaid 8 times in addition to planning my own wedding). So while there is a lot to learn, here are a few tools that might be useful to take with you on your journey to marital bliss.

1. budget tool. You have to create a login, but it’s completely free to use the budget calculator at, which means you can type in your total budget, number of guests, and size of wedding party, and the calculator will create a sample budget for you to get started with. Then when you actually start to purchase items, enter the real cost into the calculator and the budget automatically readjusts the amounts you have in your other categories. So for instance, you budgeted $1500.00 for a dress, but you find the dress of your dreams in your size off the rack for $800.00, the calculator will put the extra $700 into the categories you have left. Want to put that extra money into your photography (wise choice – we say), no problem. Just type it in. This saves a lot of calculating and helps you determine if paying $2000.00 for a wedding cake will blow the rest of your budget. has lots of other features, but this was my favorite feature way back in the day when I got married, and it only has gotten better since then.

2. – it’s an online wedding registry that allows you to register for anything that is sold on the internet, no matter which site it is sold at. This will be particularly handy if you have a lot of out-of-town guests, as they prefer to buy gifts ahead of time or give you cash so they don’t have to carry your gifts around while they travel. It may not be as useful if most of your guests are local, as they will probably prefer to buy you something they can bring with them – and some at the last-minute.

3. Get a wedding planning calendar, like the one on This will help you gauge when you should be looking for photographers, reception venues etc. I am sure there are lots of these out there, this one was for a 9-12 month engagement.

4. Start thinking now about marriage counselling. My wedding ceremony venue required it, and most pastors will offer this service for little or no charge. It is great to learn to communicate well and get to know each other better before the stress of planning a wedding overwhelms you both. It’s no fun to find out after the wedding that he doesn’t want kids when you do, because you never bothered to ask.

5. New to wedding etiquette? Check out the etiquette advisor tool on This tool will walk you through wording your invitation, creating seating charts, etc. Of course, you get to decide for yourself how formal you want to be, but this can be helpful for first time wedding planners as a guide.

6. Best tool of all – talk to us at Captured Emotions. We are happy to point you in the direction of a DJ we enjoy or florists who do beautiful work. Of course, you use them at your own risk so do your homework – but we’ve been around a while and can make some suggestions of who to look at first. We are a little biased when it comes to wedding photographers, however, so don’t look for many suggestions in that department.

Have your own favorite tool? Leave a comment here and let other brides know what really worked for you.

Destination Weddings – Bring us Along!

Baby, it is cold outside, but it doesn’t have to be. We COULD all be leaving winter in NY and travelling to an exciting destination for your wedding. At Captured Emotions, we love to travel and would happily be your wedding photographers at your destination wedding. Perhaps an island wedding adventure in the Bahamas sounds really ideal right now? Or a romantic tango in Buenos Aires?

In fact, it occurred to us this week that we have never photographed a wedding on a cruise. So if you are thinking of having a destination wedding on a cruise ship – we will take 25% off the price if you select us to come along. Thinking of a marriage in Europe, a ceremony in Hawaii, or looking like a desert rose in Arizona – we’ve got you covered. Check out pictures samples on our website, and contact us to get a better feel for who we are and what we can do for you.

Not planning a “destination” wedding, but located outside of NY? Well, we do that too. Choosing the right wedding photographer is very important business, so don’t count us out because we aren’t located in your area. It might even save you money to bring us to your town if the photography market in your area is over-priced.

Remember, most people lock in a photographer 9-12 months before the ceremony. If your wedding is sooner than that, then let us know what you need as soon as possible and we will do our best to fit you in.

We have our passports ready, and while the bags aren’t packed, all we need is your destination and we’ll get right on that. We could all use a little tropical dreaming right about now, let’s make those dreams a reality.