Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fun Idea Friday: What to do with the tattoo

On Fridays we like to take a moment to talk about new and fun ideas in wedding planning, and we call it “Fun Idea Friday” – I know, super original title. This week is dedicated to the modern bride and her tattoo. It used to be that if you had a tattoo, it was expected that you would cover it up at a fancy event like a wedding. Depending where your ink lives, that could have meant anything from a cover up (long sleeves, shawls, gloves, etc.), to cover up (i.e. makeup to hide your tat). But as tattoos are becoming more socially acceptable, flaunting yours at your wedding becomes more acceptable as well. Our recommendation – be authentically you at your wedding.  Rather than covering your tattoo, there are lots of ways photographers can work around them, so they don’t show up in every picture. This may be of benefit for Mom or Grandma or your new Mother-in-Law who never approved in the first place.

You also might want to consider how formal your tattoos are and plan your wedding accordingly. Most tattoos will stick out much more at a country club black tie affair than they will at a casual outdoor ceremony. Some brides and grooms actually get tattoo wedding rings, or matching tattoos as part if their pre-bridal events.

So here are some fun pictures designed to show or shush the tattoo, whichever you prefer.

And these same brides, photographed the same day with no makeup or other tattoo hiding devices

If you are really into tattoos, you could follow Shannon’s lead. Her back tattoos were not entirely symmetrical so she asked a tattoo artist to come on her wedding day and use a sharpee to even out the tattoos for public viewing.

So stop stressing. Ink might just be the new pink.

Fun Idea Friday: Dessert Receptions Done Right

Cookies, cupcakes, and pie – oh my! As a person who does not particularly enjoy cake, dessert at a wedding is often a disappointing affair. But, what if the whole reception was based on dessert, rather than serving a meal? Brittany and Josh did just that at their recent Binghamton, NY wedding, and it was a hit.

They chose desserts that were family favorites: apple and cherry pie, cupcakes, cookies, and of course a small wedding cake to cut, and then they set up stations where guests could help themselves.

They served the apple and cherry pie in adorable mason jars - how clever

The signs were very simple but super cute.

This is brilliant for several reasons:

1. This type of dessert reception is easy to tailor to any budget – and more unique than a traditional dinner. Plus, who doesn’t love dessert?

2. If you are planning an evening wedding, a dessert reception makes perfect sense as guests will want to eat before they come to the ceremony.

3. It is brilliant because it is personal. These were their favorite desserts, which helps you feel more intimate with the bride and groom and their families.

4. It is easy to make the reception feel more casual in this type of setting.

5. If you have a lot of local relatives who want to help, they can bake their favorite desserts (make sure this is ok with your venue/caterer)

If you have never thought about having a dessert reception before, we think this is a very classy twist on a traditional reception. Some other ideas we had to make it your own:

1. Add a coffee bar and a barista where guests can add liqueur to their coffees or flavored syrups. Perfect for dessert pairing and a version of an open bar that is much more affordable. My husband would have loved this at our own reception.

3. Have some savory appetizers or snacks to pair with all this sweet stuff

4. Not into coffee? Offer a wine bar that matches wine choices with the desserts folks choose.

5. Consider ice cream. It’s my favorite.

A dessert reception is a great way to keep your wedding budget reasonable and still offer your guests something unique and classy. We gave this one two big thumbs up for originality and creativity. Have your own ideas for a great dessert reception? Leave a comment and let us know!

Fun Idea Friday: Optioning the Veil

To veil or not to veil, that is the first question. But if you decide the answer is you want some sort of wedding veil, the options are just beginning. So here are some pictures of veil types we have seen in the last few years, and some pros and cons to go with them.

This bride opted out of the veil quandary  all together. After all, the veil comes from a tradition of hiding the goods until a transfer of property has been officially arranged via marriage. A modern woman might balk at that association.

Cathedral length veils or floor length veils certainly are very elegant. This California bride looks pretty stunning in that veil. Pros: gorgeous. Cons: gets in the way while dancing or turning at all, might cause quite a problem in an outdoor wedding on a windy day.

Ah, the netting. This classy throwback to the mid 20th century works in a very contemporary way. The choice of black easily lends itself to a hipster feel, or you could choose traditional white like the bride in the first picture on our blog. Pros: no messy veil in windy conditions, nothing in the way of dancing, super classy. Cons: not actually a veil in the traditional sense, so you can’t include the moment where it is lifted into your ceremony

Elbow length veil or mid-length veil with blusher (or piece that goes in front of your face). This is probably the most popular option so far this season. Pros: Easy to include the lifting the veil moment in your ceremony. Veil in front of your face is mysterious and beautiful. Cons: Having two layers makes the veil poofier (this might be a pro if you like that)

One tier veils, that don’t cover the face are also a popular option. Usually Elbow, waist, or fingertip length, pros: still get that beautiful veil look without having netting in your face, usually attached with a comb that can be removed for dancing or other fun times later in the night. Also, your veil look can be more streamlined and less poofy. Cons: you don’t get that flipping the veil moment, or those pictures photographers love to take with both couples inside the veil.

Whatever you choose, be true to who you are. And of course, remember that Captured Emotions is happy to photograph any kind of veil you like.

Lisa and Tim Are Married in Cortland, NY

Lisa and Tim have known each other since high school, but finally tied the knot last month. Here are a few pics from the wedding, and a few well wishes for a couple who has already proven their longevity, even though they are still newlyweds.

Lisa and Tim’s reception was at Gatherings in Cortland, NY

Congratulations on a beautiful day and your beautiful new life together. Thank you for sharing your day with us.