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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.

Hello Again! Jon and Fara’s Binghamton, NY Wedding

The strange thing about wedding photography is that we work so hard to make your portraits unique to you, to try to understand the couple and make it a “perfect day” – at least where your wedding photography is concerned – and then for the most part you never see us again. It’s sad!

But, amazingly, we have seen Fara before. No, she didn’t get married again and use us both times (though there is no shame in that – we would gladly photograph anyone again). We met Fara as a bridesmaid in two other weddings before she and Jon decided to tie the knot. Both of those brides were back to share in Fara’s big day and for us it felt a little like a reunion!

When the time came for choosing a wedding photographer, Fara knew exactly which photographers she wanted for her wedding day – after all she had seen our work in action twice – and she wasted no time setting up her included engagement portraits last fall.

Well, the big day arrived and it was nothing less than perfect. Here are a few images to capture the emotions of the day.

In case you wanted to know, the dress came from Wedding Works and the flowers were designed by Becky Cooper of HollyBerries.

The ceremony took place at Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell, NY

What would a Binghamton wedding be without a carousel?

The cake came from Baked By Camille

The reception was held at the Holiday Inn Arena, and decorations were by House of Treasures.

Check out the custom made photo guest book with their engagement pictures in it. Now they have a keepsake instead of a dust collecting guest book.

Thank you Fara for being such a great bride to work with and for trusting us with your wedding. Oh, and Jon too of course! Congratulations to you both – it was a special day and we wish you a long and loving future. Who knows, maybe we’ll see some of your bridesmaids again!

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.

Binghamton, NY Weddings – The Treadway Inn

Every once in a while you photograph a wedding that is just about flawless – and since we know all you readers out there are looking for tips and wedding ideas to make your day, well, yours, we thought perhaps you would like to know some of the choices other brides are making. So this post is all about a great vendor in the Binghamton, NY area. Binghamton is one of our two locations and will always be special to us as the place where Captured Emotions got its start.

Please note the disclaimer: There are lots of great wedding vendors in the Binghamton area, so before you start leaving comments about how we have grossly misjudged someone, or left them out, come check us out again to see more great vendors in future blog posts.

Now, on to the post:

One of our favorite reception venues in the Binghamton, NY area is the Owego Treadway Inn and Conference center

Look how beautiful this reception is. The House of Treasures did a great job decorating and the uplighting & name on the wall from DJ Jimmie Malone is amazing!

Aside from their incredible Sunday brunch, which we are huge fans of, the Treadway does a great job with receptions, and their outdoor settings for portraits are gorgeous. There are views of the Susquehanna, a gazebo, and a bridge just to name a few gorgeous picture spots. Just take a look.

Of course, we may be biased, but we think your best choice in vendor for your wedding just may be choosing Captured Emotions as your photographer. But rather than toot our own horn, we’ll just let our pictures speak for us and you can decide for yourself.

Something Old- Wedding Traditions in Binghamton, NY Wedding Photography

Someone once told me, “we stand on the shoulders of giants”. While I now know he was actually just quoting somebody else, at the time the idea struck me as brilliant. We all have the benefit of learning from those who came before us, and it is not that we are very tall or impressive, but our families and our friends provide the shoulders for us to stand on. Our past has made us who we are and made us strong.

So we wanted to highlight two couples who embraced their heritage by upholding or re-adjusting the traditions handed down to them by their forefathers (and probably their fore-mothers too!).

Recently, we photographed the wedding of a bride whose Christening bonnet had been turned into a handkerchief for her wedding day. It very neatly became her “something old” (you know the rhyme – something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue). What’s more, apparently she can turn it back into a baby bonnet in a few easy steps and use it again for her own children someday. It was accompanied by a cute little poem describing what it was used for, and a place to record the dates and events that hanky has participated in. What a great idea! For instructions, visit this website:

They also were able to incorporate traditional kilts into their reception, in order to uphold a tradition without compromising their wedding ceremony aesthetic ideals. This way they have plenty of pictures of the groom in his tuxedo, but he got to have a little family fun too.

Or take this couple who upheld their orthodox traditions by including crowns in their ceremony. Though traditional orthodox crowns are often made of metal, they chose to use flower crowns instead.

They also participated in the tradition of the bride taking off her veil during the reception and replacing it with a bonnet made out of her mother’s wedding dress.

Making a space for that “something old” is a great way to honor and preserve your heritage, and let your children know just whose shoulders they are standing on.

A Splash of Color

Bobbi-Jo and Matt worked extra hard to make their wedding day special. From the gorgeous splash of color on Bobbi-Jo’s dress, to the secret cowboy boots underneath, these two found a way to make their day elegant, beautiful, and extremely personal to who they are. Here’s a sneak peak of their wedding pictures. I am sure there will be more to come.

Money Saving Wedding Tips

In this economy, or let’s face it, any economy, if you are planning a wedding, money is one of your major concerns. So let’s talk about realistic ways to cut down on cost and still have a wedding you are proud of.

Choosing which items to cut back on is a very personal decision.  But here are some ideas, and some cuts to avoid we think you should know.


  • Limit the number of guests at the reception. We think this is pretty self explanatory. The fewer people you have to feed and water, the cheaper your event will be.
  • Have a cash bar instead of an open bar. This decision is pretty dependent on the amount of drinking your friends and relatives are accustomed to. It certainly saves you money, big money, but it may feel cheap after the fact if people weren’t able to have a good time because they didn’t know to bring cash.

  • Don’t have a full dinner reception. This is tricky if your reception venue requires you to use their caterer, but I have always been partial to a dessert reception. Get married at sunset and then provide special coffees and teas and a whole host of desserts which includes but is not limited to the wedding cake.
  • If you don’t mind getting up REALLY early, have a morning wedding with a brunch reception – eggs and pancakes are much more cost effective than steak and chicken. Just keep In mind that you will have to get up while it is still dark out to have your hair and makeup ready for a brunch reception.

  • Hire a DJ rather than a live band – maybe. Check the prices. You really get what you pay for when it comes to wedding entertainment so you may find it is generally cheaper to get a DJ over a live band, but if all you want is a guitar playing acoustic melodies then you may be able to find a musician to do that for a similar price.

Ideas to avoid:

  • Don’t do your own hair and makeup. Having someone else do these for you is a pleasant experience, so enjoy it. You don’t get married very often and you need to have some luxuries, even on a tight budget. Plus, you will be the centerpiece of most of the wedding pictures so you need to look really nice.

  • Don’t forget to do your nails – even if you aren’t usually a manicure kinda gal. This is one you can probably do reasonably well yourself or ask one of the Bridesmaids to do if you are trying to save money. You will probably have lots of pictures with your hands in them, because that is where the rings are.
  • Don’t cook the food yourself. One bride I knew stayed up all night before her wedding making spaghetti dinner for all of her guests to cut down on the cost.  Don’t do it. It is not worth it. If you want a homemade meal, give your spaghetti recipe to cooks you know and have everyone bring some with them.  There will be food for all and less stress for you.
  • Don’t elope to save money. It will definitely save you money, but part of the fun of a wedding is sharing the day with people who love you. Don’t rob your friends and family of the privilege. If you must elope, have a surprise wedding instead. Consider renting a back room of a restaurant, a ballroom, or a park for a “family reunion” or a “surprise party”, invite the family and friends, and then surprise them with a wedding when they arrive. You pick an officiant and a photographer (Captured Emotions, perhaps?), they get to share in the day, and you have your low maintenance wedding. You could even wait until after dinner to spring the surprise and then all your guests will have paid for themselves! (this is  little bit tacky though so consider carefully)

Have more money saving tips you want to share? Leave a comment and let us know.

Fun Idea Friday: Replacing the Rice Throwing

On Fridays we try to write about some fun new versions of old wedding traditions – in celebration of creativity in wedding planning. This week:

Throwing Rice

It was traditional for the guests and members of the wedding party to line up outside the church (or the reception) with handfuls of rice (or paper cones of rice) and gently toss the rice kernels at the happy couple as they exit to the safety of their getaway car and drive slowly off into the sunset. Now we all know rice isn’t very good for the bird population, so some folks have switched to bird seed (ouch) or butterflies (beautiful, but hard to control whether or not they fly when released – like these butterflies below who refused to leave the Bride’s bouquet)


or bubbles (now we actully really like this one if you coordinate the bubble blowing timing well).

But have you ever thought about trying something completely different, like maple tree helicopter seeds?

Our backyard is full of helicopter seeds each spring, and once those seeds dry out, they look gorgeous when you throw them in the air because they take their time whirling to the ground. Why not collect a bunch of seeds in the spring, dry them out, and have guests throw them in the air as you leave the ceremony. This way no one is pelting you with birdseeds or releasing butterflies too early, there’s no mess on your dress, and they are larger and easier to brush out of your hair. Warning: there is some indication that when eaten, maple leaves or seeds maybe harmful to horses, so skip this tip if you are getting married on horseback or on grandpa’s horse farm.

Not into having things thrown at you, but like the idea of a grand sendoff? One wedding we’ve been to gave all of the guests sparklers to light just as they were exiting the reception. These were beautiful and would fit in great for either a July or a winter wedding. The only downside is training your guests to light them at just the right time (and of course being specific that no one throw them!). I am happy to report that no one threw any sparklers at the one we went to.

Want something softer? You could think about flower petals. Rose petals usually fit the bill, as you likely are using roses in your ceremony somewhere so your florist is liable to have tons of extra petals. These are one of the softer options we came up with, just be aware that they don’t fall slowly to the ground, you have to have the right technique to make them seem to float in the air. But you could consider using smaller petals, like daisies, that might remain airborne a tad longer.

Going green? How about paper from a shredding machine? Then you can have someone else sweep it up and put it into the recycling bin – the price is certainly right and it won’t harm the environment. Just make sure guests can’t string together their pieces and get your personal credit card information, or the wedding may cost you more than you thought!

Throwing rice may seem antiquated, but that doesn’t mean you can’t offer your guests the chance to send you off in style with a little creativity, and a little help from us.

If the Slipper Fits…

Finding the right shoes for your wedding is a very personal and possibly overwhelming task. Do you find a pair of white chuck taylors to make a statement, find some ballerina flats to be more comfortable, or wear some heels to take you to new heights?

Whatever your choice, here is some advice about shoes we think you should know:

1. Buy your shoes early and bring them to your dress fittings. Your alterations personell do not want to have to guess how tall to make your dress.

2. You will be wearing your shoes for a very long time on your wedding day – so go with something comfortable enough to wear for 8 or 9 hours. If you need to take off your shoes because your feet hurt during the dancing, your floor length dress will be too long and it will either get dirty or stepped on.

3. Just because you have a long wedding gown does not mean your feet won’t show. Shoes matter!

4. If you have chosen an ivory gown, choose your shoe color carefully as there are many shades of white. Bring a fabric sample shoe shopping in order to get a good match. Or consider going with a different color entirely. Perhaps your ruby slippers will be a better match for your rainbow themed wedding! 

And of course, let’s not leave out the guys. They have feet too. Here are some shoes we’ve seen lately. We hope you have as much fun choosing your shoes as we will photographing them.

Its all in the details

You work very hard to make your wedding day one that will be memorable, sentimental, beautiful, and uniquely “you”, and the proof is in the details; all of those little things that when joined together make your wedding, well, yours. At Captured Emotions, we think the details are important. Especially because you will have so much going on during your wedding that you may not even have a chance to see them until you get your pictures.

When someone says to you “the devil is in the details” they are trying to say that the hard part of planning a wedding is getting all of those details just perfect. We can’t speak to the involvement of the devil, but we can appreciate that making all of those details perfect is hard work. Which is why at Captured Emotions, we are “detail oriented”. We like to take some time to make sure we can capture as many details as we can. When we post your portraits on our secure website after your wedding, we like to make a folder just for those extra detail photographs.

So go ahead, sweat the small stuff. If you choose Captured Emotions as your wedding photographers, you’ll be sure to get a chance to see how it all turned out and you’ll be able to keep those details your whole life long.