Monday, June 30, 2008

Uplifting Weekend!

I had the privilege of working with a dear family and some fabulous vendors this weekend on a dream wedding at a private residence in the West Metro. The bride and groom were magical - not only beautiful on the inside and out but their love for one another was shining so brightly that day it was blinding.

The residential setting for the wedding was perfect and pristine to begin with. The talents of Apres Party and Tent rental, Linen Effects, and Martha's Garden's made the design out of this world. Jim Bach and the mother of the bride, along with a small army of others built ramps and safety features so that vendors and guests alike were safe and comfortable as they maneuvered their way through the natural glory of the yard and into the reception tent.

We had the usual elements that Minnesota is so famous for - birds, bugs, rain, humidity, and wind. The best part of the whole weekend was that we had all of it a few different times over the course of the weekend. This is why my motto of "expect the unexpected" holds so dear to me - you can't wish away the weather. Pretty amazing testament to the patience of all of us - but we did it and it was perfect! We did not have any soggy guests and though it rained during dinner, no one knew because the sound of their joy and happiness drowned out the raindrops.

D'Amico catering did an outstanding job of serving the guests and the food was top quality as usual. Sandy Vogel and her team should be very proud of all of their hard work. The incline of the hill they had to climb to service this event surely made for some sore calves on Sunday.

For this wedding planner the day was bitter sweet because their photographer, Hilary Bullock - a dear friend of Mother of the Bride Weddings for many years - told me that this was her final wedding and that she was on to a new career of garden and landscape design. We wish her well and know that with this, as with her photography she'll be at the top of her game.

I'm grateful to the amazing team of hardworking "service" angels that made another magical wedding dream come true!

- Nicolle

Friday, June 13, 2008

What's New in Minnesota Wedding Photography

In the past 20 years I have seen many changes in the world of wedding
photography. Early on, photographing weddings required more
equipment and technical expertise than it does today. With the
advent of digital cameras and the internet, the number of wedding
photographers has exploded. That being said, one thing hasn't
changed. Being a wedding photographer requires a tremendous amount
of people skills and flexibility. I can find myself dealing with
people who are emotionally stressed and worried about wedding day
details. This "worry" will be conveyed in their expressions which
is never a good thing. That is why having a good wedding coordinator,
like Mother of the Bride, can make all the difference. Happy people
will make better photos. Photographing a wedding is a collaborative
effort and being surrounded by good wedding vendors will ultimately
make the photographs better.