Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Things Your Photographer Wants You To Remember For The Wedding Day

Your wedding photographer is one of the pros on your wedding team who is with you the longest. From getting ready to reception departure, they've seen it all when it comes to big days-- no matter if the weddings take place at home or in a grand ballroom.

Since they are pretty much experts in wedding time flow and details, I reached out to Hampton Roads wedding photographers to get the scoop! What would they want brides and grooms to remember on the big day? What is going to help make their images go from beautiful to sheer visual perfection? Well, you'll just have to read below to find out!

Visualize Your Exit
"If you want to have a reception exit, have a sign that tells guests when it will be taking place. If they know the exit is just 20 minutes away, they'll probably stick around to send you off instead of slipping out early. And if the exit will take place after dark, sparklers will photograph the best."
- Caitlin of Caitlin Gerres Photography

Show That Happiness
"Smile throughout the day! As silly as it sounds, practice your smile in the mirror. You'll recognize your own smile and be comfortable with it. Then when your big day comes you'll be confident and naturally show it off a lot more! This goes for brides AND grooms!"
- Susan of Fowler Studios

Fancy Up The Fancy
"Bring a non-plastic hanger for the gown. A gown that you only wear once, spend lots of money on, and is gorgeous. It deserves to be on a pretty hanger for a dress shot!"
- Ashley of Luke and Ashley Photography

Channel The Camel
It's not directly photography-related, but I always remind my couples to drink lots of water. Even if they don't feel like eating, the water thing is vital! Bring a case of water for your wedding party to share. Not just good for the skin, but it also helps with your energy levels and keeps you pepped up during those longer photo timeframes like family formals. We lose a lot of water when we least expect it, especially during the summer, so no worries about those potty breaks and big poofy gowns! You're just replenishing what your body needs. And if you don't see your photographer drinking water, make sure he or she does so as well; he or she's probably losing a lot more running around! There is no greater bummer on the big day than an entire wedding party with heat exhaustion!
- Chelsea of Bit of Ivory Photography

Own Your Bridal Beauty
"This is less about photography and more for the bride, but I always tell my brides to look in the mirror! Sometimes brides get so worked up getting to the next step that they forget to look at themselves and enjoy! I'm speaking from my own experience as a bride, too."
- Dani of Dani White Photography

Make That Ring Sparkle
"Don't forget to clean your engagement ring for those close-up shots!"
- Maggie of Portraits by Maggie Ann

Leave The Trident To King Neptune
"Skip the gum on the wedding day and instead provide mints to those who need fresh breath! Consider putting them in welcome bags, the bathrooms at the reception, gift bags for wedding party, and especially in your getting ready gear. This way no one will accidentally walk down the aisle chewing away or end up with endless chewing pictures (or even worse, film footage). We want to see confident smiles in front of our cameras."
- Tyler of The Girl Tyler

Details, Details, Details
"If you want pictures of the details, be sure to lay out any special jewelry, shoes, garters, and the sort before I arrive so that I can be sure to capture them for you."
- Stephen of Kinstler Photography

Ask And You Shall Receive
"We are there to serve you and capture the beautiful moments between you and your new husband or bride, and if you have a request - ask! While we would love to have mindreading skills, we need to hear you because we want you to have the best pictures of the best day of your life!"
- Bethanne of Bethanne Arthur Photography

Just Snuggle
"Unless you have a fun choreographed dance planned, try not to talk or sing the entire first dance song. You might get unwanted awkward open mouth photos! Just enjoy and spend time snuggling and dancing together."
- Melody of Melody Gillikin Photography

Raccoon Eyes Are Not Cuddly
"If you can avoid it at all costs, don't have your ceremony outdoors in the middle of the day in open sunlight. Just don't. The sunlight will give everyone raccoon eyes and make harsh and unflattering shadows on everything. Obviously this isn't always something that you will have control over but moving your ceremony back just a few hours to give you the benefit of prettier sunlight that is lower on the horizon will make your photographer's job of making everything look like it was from a storybook that much easier. If you absolutely can't do anything about it, build some time into your day closer to sunset so that the photographer will have some pretty natural light to wrap your love-fest all up in. Ask your photographer about "golden hour" if you want to make their day."
- Chris of Chris Malpass Photography

Do you have a tip to add to help make wedding day photos look better? Share in a comment!

All photos by Beth Hamilton Photography.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rustic East Carolina University Inspired Wedding by Beth Hamilton Photography and Nuvoria

Gold and a whole lot of purple, there was some ECU pride being cheered on with some sweet nuptials at Krissy and Kyle's Windsor, Virginia wedding!

Being huge (possibly an understatement) East Carolina University fans and graduates, this fun couple made sure to rock out some collegiate pride with pirate's booty can koozies, garters emblazoned with athletic logos, an ice sculpture shaped into a pirate... but most memorable? A purple smoke reception introduction with the groom wielding a pirate's sword in homage to the school's swashbuckling mascot... all to the tune of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze."

Pack it up, college fan readers! We're done here. If that's not the most epic entrance ever, then I don't know what is. Thankfully Beth Hamilton Photography and Nuvoria were there to capture it because this was a major theme win, all in the stylings of rustic romance.

Photography: Beth Hamilton Photography // Cake Designer: Cakes by Crystal // Bridal Gown: David's Bridal // Bridal Shoes: Jack Rogers // Event Rentals: Distinctive Event Rentals // Hair Stylist: Eden Salon and Spa // Florals: Kilby's Flower Shop // Menswear: Men's Wearhouse // DJ: Jeremy Branch // Videography: Nuvoria // Transportation: Royal Coach Limousine Company // Catering: The Catering Place // Signs: DIY by Bride // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Thursday, July 17, 2014

From Sea to Shining Sea: A California Summer

We saw California at Christmastime, but now it's summer! And I'm so excited to have my crazy cat mom/blogger friend Ariana of Hey Wedding Lady back here on Tidewater and Tulle to share some West Coast inspiration with us. From weddings to local summer happenings, she's got the Golden State down!


There's a common misconception about the Central Coast of California - that it's always sunny, all the time. I can't lie, we do get more than our fair share of sun, especially during the spring and autumn, but there is a phenomenon here known as summer fog. In the summer months, most mornings dawn with a pearly gray cap covering the sun, slowly burning off as the day grows warmer. In the evenings, you can see it moving swiftly over the water, crawling steadily back in to claim the beach. It may not be the beach day that every visitor imagines, but it can make for the most enchanting pictures.

I wanted to capture that warm, enveloping gray that is such a central part of summer on the Central Coast, and compliment it with the quintessential California cypress green, and sunshine orange.


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - A staple of my childhood, this is the must stop destination for tourists in the Bay Area! It's had a few facelifts over the years since this is the oldest operating beachfront amusement park in California. My favorite ride, the Giant Dipper, a historic wooden roller coaster has been in operation since 1924, and you can still hear rider's screams echoing across the bay!

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Another favorite of mine! The Monterey Bay Aquarium is world famous for some of the most incredible sea life displays as well as a dedication to increasing awareness about ocean preservation. They have an amazing otter sanctuary, penguins (my favorites!), and the most phenomenal Outer Bay tank, taking visitors to the center of the ocean.

Point Lobos State Park - Point Lobos is quite possibly the best place to hike in the Bay Area. Trails wind through protected landscapes, over cliffs golden with lichen and through groves of the most beautiful, twisted cypress trees. There's something otherworldly about the view, which looks as close to Never Never Land as we're going to get without fairy dust. If you're lucky, it's the best place to see otters in their natural habitat, too!

Nepenthe - This restaurant is legendary - not just for the amazing food and selection of local wine, but for the sweeping, panoramic views of the Big Sur Coastline. The best end to an adventure in the Bay is a glass of wine and one of their famous Ambrosia Burgers, watching the sun set over the coast as the fog creeps back in.

- Ariana

Curious to see our Hampton Roads summer inspiration over on the West Coast?
Head on over to Hey Wedding Lady to see when the East takes over! :)

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Orange Florals: Christine Farah Photography via Style Me Pretty // Geometric Lantern: Jose Villa Photography via Hochzeitsguide // Weathered Wood Steps: Lisa Lefkowitz Photography via Style Me Pretty // Misty Bride and Groom: White Albums Weddings via Style Me Pretty // Sea Glass Bottles: Millie Holloman Photography via Style Me Pretty // Sunset Cocktails: Paige Jones Photo via Green Wedding Shoes // Patina Lanterns: Brittany Frid