From the bride: "My (now) husband and I have always been into costuming and fun, so when it was time to plan our wedding the theme of 1920’s was an easy pick. It was a great way to incorporate the older generation of family members to get involved and the costumes, and ultimately ended up loosening up the whole party and uniting our many groups of friends and family. Having such a fun theme made decorating decisions and planning all much clearer. We did things simply, keeping the whole wedding under $6000. The venue was outside and while we were nervous about the weather we were blessed with a sunny late June afternoon for our nuptials. We asked guests to dress up but provided a prop table to add a little 20’s pizzazz to classic wedding outfits. My dress was a creamy lace, and while not 100% 20’s style, defiantly had a nod, united with a feather headband and era style makeup. Tables had glitz, glam, and feathers – sticking to our gold and black scheme. Lots of pieces were borrowed and put together by family, the day and months preceding were all a group effort. Our band played jazz & lindy hop music, we brought cigars and one guest even brought a tommy gun for a prop! The theme kept things classy while bringing in a fun element."
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Someone popped the question, and the answer was yes, now it’s time to propose to your bridesmaids. Proposing to bridesmaids with little gift kits is in, and while you can get premade proposal kits online, try making your own for a more personal effect.
Kits are a fun way to introduce each bridesmaid into the wedding party. Make her feel special and valued. The wedding is going to be about you, so make this gesture about your girls.
To cha-cha, or to swing? To tango or to rumba? Dare you foxtrot with your new spouse on the dance floor?
What do you want your first dance to say? You’ve said your vows, now show it with your body language. Trust, grace, love, and laughter all have a place in your first dance. How do you want to start your marriage? In this day and age, there is a dance for all occasions. While you could do the dougie if you wanted, there is a way to pick a dance form that reflects how you want to start off your marriage.
If you are looking for elegance and sophistication, of course, I would recommend a waltz. Waltzes are ageless dances that convey grace and class and it says volumes about listening and working together. Waltz is the most popular wedding dance of our time, because it is a classic that says a lot of wonderful things about teamwork and truly hearing each other.
Are you a couple who prides themselves on their passion? Perhaps you should start the ball rolling with a tango. A tango is going to emphasize the raw power within your relationship, and demonstrates a confidence in yourselves that is truly unique among dances.
A swing dance (and I recommend west coast swing) is adventurous. Infuse it with some lindy hop moves to show that fun loving side of your relationship. The fun lindy hop moves also demonstrate trust and bravery. A swing or lindy hop will show that you are risk takers with a penchant for excitement.
Intimacy and deep feelings will come through clearly in a rumba. Rumbas are very sweet, but very passionate, and Latin dances like this will make you feel like you and your new spouse are the only ones in the room.
Something that is pure fun would be a Charleston. This dance form is straight out of the 1920s. The embellishing moves that can be thrown in with the basic steps will cause laughter and smiles. While the footwork seems complicated, a lesson or two would be able to break it down, and the footwork will become second nature in no time. You will be unique with this dance choice, as it is neither traditional nor very serious, but if fun and laughter are your priorities in marriage, why not show that with your dance?
Looking for something easy to learn? Try a salsa. Salsa is easy to pick up, and always looks beautiful. It’s a fun dance where, once you’ve got the basic steps down, you don’t really have to think anymore. It is a nice choice if you just want to improvise with your spouse within a loose structure. A salsa says that you think on your feet, and you like to roll with the punches.
A personal favorite of mine is the cha-cha. Cha-cha is playful and fun, but it can also be complex and full of surprises and unexpected turns. With this dance, you will be showing that you are hard workers who love learning and growing together. Cha-cha shows that you meet challenges head on, and with quick, solution-based thinking. This dance will keep you on your toes, but so can marriage.
Another thing to consider is a medley of any combination of any of these dances. Hiring a choreographer will make this easier, but make sure you tell the choreographer what you want to say with your first dance, and why you’ve chosen to include each type of dance.
In the end, it’s just a dance, but it is also the beginning of a magical new chapter in your life. Your first dance can say something about who you as a couple want to be in this marriage. Use the first dance to set an intention within yourself to be mindful in marriage, and aware of your strengths as a couple. What will your first dance say about you? What will it say to your family and friends?
Sammy and Andrew's magnificent wedding at The Creek at Clayton Meadow is full of beauty and laughter, and Katheryn Moran Photography captured it wonderfully. The venue, flowers and decor are lovely, and we can't help but love a couple who have donut holes at their wedding. Read on to see this couple and their guests have an absolute blast!
Michaela's and Sam's small, charming Langley, B.C. wedding, photographed by Courtney Price Photography, was simple, but full of joy. This group looks like they had so much fun together!
Courtney Price said: The wedding party (including the bride and groom) had traveled 8+ hours to Langley. It was a fun-loving group that obviously enjoyed being together for this great event!
Pat and Syd's relaxed garden-party wedding photographed by Katheryn Moran Photography has so many of our favorite things: a gorgeous bride, stunning flowers, an utterly personal touch, and a sparkler sendoff! And how could you not adore their cake topper?
What do you get when you mix a beautiful venue, a crafty and stylish bride and a talented photographer? This beautiful wedding at Broadway Hall in Bellingham, photographed by Courtney Price Photography. Meredith and Dan's wedding is simple with a personal touch, and we just adore the wildflowers and Meredith's birdcage veil.
We just love this colorful, joy-filled wedding from Katheryn Moran Photography. And could this bride look any happier? Kelly lights up every photo she's in, and Oscar's no slouch either! We love a groom that takes such an active role in the wedding!
Read on past the photos to see what Kelly has to say about her wedding day.
Katheryn says: Kelly Runerstrand and Oscar Alvidrez had been engaged for about a year prior to their wedding date. I did an engagement shoot with them in Portland with the same theme that turned out great. See it here.
I had known these two for quite some time as friends before I shot their wedding, so it was a real treat to be there and meet all their extended family and friends. This venue isn't used often in Bellingham, but it provided so many great backdrops for photos and had lots of awesome natural light. I loved this theme, although it was a funny choice because Oscar, the groom, is color blind. Nonetheless, he hand-stitched each of the groomsmen's shirts with collar and cuff lining to match the color they were in the wedding party. Most of the giant wedding party knew each other because they all went to school together.
While it can be wonderful to have big, ornate centerpieces, we think something small and simple can have just as big an impact.
We've gathered together some of our favorite uncomplicated centerpieces to inspire you.
Shelley and Jason's January 18, 2014 wedding was held at Herban Feast's Sodo Park location in Seattle, and was photographed by Shelley's friend Ozlem Yavuz.
Read on after the photos to read Shelley's memories of their beautiful and meaningful wedding, and her thoughts on the wedding planning process.