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How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed in Your Wedding Photos

How to Honor Loved Ones Who Have Passed in Your Wedding Photos

The ones we love never really leave us. And, though it can feel maybe a little incomplete when someone beloved is not there physically on your big day, you know they are still with you spiritually. And what better way to keep them a part of your happiness than to honor them in your wedding photos?

Highlight Mementos

Choose something unique and personal that grounds a connection to you and feature it in your photos. Whether it be a locket from your grandmother, highlighted in a close-up, or a passed-down pocket watch, front, and center in a groom’s shot, a special little piece of them will always be with you in pictures.

Photos Within Photos

Have a meta moment by setting up some time for a shoot of you and your partner that also features photos of your loved one around you. You can still have shared pictures with them this way – just with a little creativity.

Save a Seat

Plan out your seating plan in advance for the ceremony and save an empty seat for your missing person. Be sure to get a few photographs highlighting that chair as if they are watching you from that spot through the pictures.

Add Their Photos to Your Bouquet

The simple act of adding a few small snaps of your loved one to your bridal bouquet is a wonderful way to have them walk down the aisle with you. When you look back at your wedding photos, you’ll see them right there with you.

Your big day should be all about memories: making new ones and honoring your treasured ones.

It’s All About the…Cake!

Mmm mmm! Every sweetest day is topped off by the sweetest thing: Your wedding cake! Through the wedding cake, both the bride’s and groom’s personalities can shine and converge. Whether you have buttercream dreams or opt for fuss-less frosting, you know for a fact the cake is where all eyes will go come reception time. It is a work of art, a centerpiece, and it sure is tasty!
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Check out this classic and romantic centerpiece of a cake! With icing that looks like heavenly chiffon and soft, real flowers, this is an absolute dream.
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You can’t resist a tasteful gold accent. And those edible flowers look almost too good to eat – almost! This decadent delight tops off a classy affair.
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Cakes don’t have to be so traditional. They can allow you to showcase your personality in big ways, like this jet-setting dessert for a traveling duo.
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Cakes can be bold, beautiful, and true works of art. This painted-on peacock fits the colorful personality of the happy couple and is a real showstopper!
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Bright pops of color mixed with artistic brushstrokes make for an unconventional beauty of a cake. This all but screams happiness and warmth.
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An elegant take on a love that sparkles, this cake is a dream for combining a classy gold base with soft, romantic flowers.

There is a wealth of options anymore for choosing a wedding cake as unique as you like! Your wedding is an expression of you and your partner, through and through, so why not really have fun with expressing yourselves through pastry? With details that shine (and flavors that go the extra mile) it really is all about the cake!

Wedding Favors We Love, and You Will Too!

Wedding Favors We Love, and You Will Too
What is a wedding without a memorable send-off for your beloved guests? There is a wide world of options out there with some truly creative and out-of-the-box ideas. Whether your wedding is made in the shade or a classy affair, there is a unique and smile-inducing favor to meet – exceed! – your dreams.

Personalized Wedding Candies

Personalized Wedding Life Saver Candies
Is your wedding just the sweetest? Does your ceremony have a lovely candy-coating? These custom Life Saver candies are an adorable addition to your big day. Keep your guests feeling minty fresh and have your wedding personalized down to the smallest detail.

Personalized Mini Sunscreen

Personalized Sunscreen with Carabiner
Is your wedding a destination event or an outdoor affair? Not only are these travel-sized sunscreens absolutely adorable, but they will show your guests you’re prepared and you care. They can lather up and enjoy all the fun in the sun festivities.

Snazzy Succulents

Live Succulent Favors
Favors as alive and thriving as your love! We just can’t get over how adorable these succulents are – a living reminder of your special day that is sure to brighten up every home. The best part, too, of succulents, is that they are easy keepers, so they are a win all over!

Mini Honey Jars

Mini Honey Jars
Cute, sweet, and “meant to bee” – just like your love! Even after the day is over, your guests can keep on spreadin’ the love. Not only will your guests go home happy, but these mini honey jars make cute table toppers that will look great in your photos. If you ask us, this favor is the bees’ knees!

Gold Feather Frames

Gold Feather Frame
Golden memories for years to come! Give your guests the gift of gilded memories with this finely feathered frame. Your day is number one and so are your guests! The perfect way to frame your precious memories.

We know your big day is special and you want it to be magical – every last detail, that is. With these amazing and one of a kind favors, the magic is all but ensured.

Part 1: Flattering Poses for the Apple-Shaped Body

We believe every bride looks like a princess on her wedding day, and what princess doesn’t want to look her very best in her photographs? Every princess, too, can benefit from some helpful hints on flattering poses! We started with a general introduction to this topic but this will be an ongoing series focus on every body type. Today, we’re going to start showing off all the assets of the apple-shaped body and making sure you’re posing your best. Here are five poses for apple-shaped ladies.

Be Aware of Your Camera Angle

To best maximize your curves and not create an illusion of widening, make sure you’re having photos shot from above – even just a slightly heightened angle will make a world of difference versus waist level shots.

Keep Your Head About You

Just as important as posing your body, the angle at which you pose your face makes a world of difference as well. Keep your head angled slightly down and tilted at a bit of an angle to highlight angles in the most complimentary fashion.

At Arm’s Length

Your arms can be a very important asset in creating your perfect pose. Holding them at an angle, and, especially resting a hand on your hip, not only makes your arms look toned but also slims and accentuates your waistline.

Do the Leg Work

To help elongate your body and make good use of the camera’s angles, rather than standing with your feet together at attention, lean back a bit and cross one leg just slightly in front of the other to streamline the body and create your own lengthened angles.

Twist & Shout

Standing straight on allows the camera lens to pick up more of your body and start to do the whole famous ‘adding ten pounds’ thing. So, instead of posing straight on, turn your body at a 45-degree angle for a more flattering pose.

There’s no more important day than your wedding day, keep in mind these simple tips, and you are sure to look simply stunning.

So that’s it for Part 1. More posts are yet to come so stay tuned:

We’ll update THIS POST with the other parts as we post them too.

Our Favorite Dallas Wedding Venues: Rustic Grace Estate

Our Favorite Dallas wedding venues – Rustic Grace EstatesIf you’re lucky enough to be tying the knot in Dallas, you surely know there are a plethora of gorgeous spaces. We have our own tried and true favorites, though, and Rustic Grace Estate stands out for its undeniable charm.

Things we value highly at Convey Studios are authenticity and unique customization tailored to every love story, and Rustic Grace Estate hold that same ideal in high regard. But it’s not just the options and the customizability that sets them apart: they are a true fairy-tale setting in their own right, for our favorite fairy-tale weddings! We believe every bride is a princess and every groom a prince, and that the charms of your special venue should be as warm as timeless as your love.

Whether it’s the lake, the fountain, the vintage barn, or the fact that you can incorporate gorgeous Arabian horses right into your special day (our inner childhood hearts are lighting up at the mere thought!), this venue is sure to bring the magic. Picture fairy lights strung about, a charming chapel, acres of pastoral pastures, yet still modern enough with a large dancefloor and a number of included amenities. And come rain or shine, you are blessed with both indoor and outdoor options, the chapel or lakeside, each as gorgeous as the other.

When a day as special and tailored as a wedding dawns, we absolutely relish the places that celebrate that. Fairy-tales aren’t actually hard to find, when you know to be looking for the soft touches of love.

And with charm, character, and the ultimate cozily romantic, Rustic Grace Estate is undoubtedly our dream wedding day escape.

It’s All About the…Flower Girls!

flower girls in white dressesAdorable flower girls wаlk dоwn the аiѕlе in frоnt of thе bridе оr the bridаl party. Flоwеr girl etiquette iѕ аlwауѕ changing, hоwеvеr, timеlеѕѕ wеdding traditions ѕtау the ѕаmе оr get slightly uрdаtеd with current trеndѕ and реrѕоnаl tоuсhеѕ.

Flower girls and brideThеrе аrе a соuрlе оf imроrtаnt flоwеr girl dutiеѕ you muѕt be аwаrе оf whеn рlаnning уоur wеdding.

Before the Wedding Day

flower girl and ring bearer

  • Bеѕidеѕ bеing сhаrming and dеlightful on the wedding dау, flower girlѕ аrе rеԛuirеd to аttеnd the bridаl shower аnd rеhеаrѕаl dinnеr.
  • Sреnding time with the bridal раrtу will hеlр the flower girl tо inсrеаѕе thеir comfort level, introduce thеm tо thе rest of wedding party, аnd make thеm feel imроrtаnt.
  • Make sure to givе уоur flоwеr girl a littlе jоb tо dо during уоur bridаl ѕhоwеr оr rehearsal. It will hоld thеir аttеntiоn аnd help you to bоnd.

Flower Girls Wedding Day Checklist

bride and flower girls in printed dresses

  • On thе wеdding dау, flower girlѕ typically саrrу a basket оf flоwеr petals аnd ѕсаttеr thеm whilе walking down the аiѕlе in front оf thе bridе.
    • Anоthеr орtiоn iѕ thаt thеу саn ѕimрlу hоld a ѕmаll flоwеr bouquet, smiling and lооking сutе.
    • Sоmе mоdеrn brides will еvеn аѕk their flower girls tо hоld balloons to bring a сhееrful mооd tо thеir сеlеbrаtiоn. Do not give уоur flоwеr girl too mаnу bаllооnѕ, уоu do nоt wаnt hеr tо flу аwау!
  • During thе сеrеmоnу, thе flower girlѕ dutу is tо stand nеxt tо the bridеѕmаidѕ аnd behave. If your flower girlѕ are уоungеr thаn 5 уеаrѕ оld, it will bе gооd if they саn be ѕеаtеd nеxt tо thеir раrеntѕ during thе сеrеmоnу.
  • When lеаving the ceremony, flоwеr girls will wаlk in frоnt оf thе mаid of hоnоr.
  • During the wеdding dinnеr, уоur flоwеr girlѕ will stay with their раrеntѕ оr ѕit аt the kidѕ’ table depending оn уоur wеdding аrrаngеmеntѕ. It will be more fun fоr flоwеr girlѕ, ring bеаrеrѕ аnd other guеѕtѕ’ kidѕ tо bе ѕеаtеd in the ѕаmе аrеа.
  • Anоthеr flower girl dutу iѕ tо take рiсturеѕ with thе bridаl раrtу. Yоu ѕhоuld рrасtiсе with уоur girlѕ in advance аnd ask раrеntѕ tо supervise during your рhоtо ѕhооt in оrdеr to gеt thе best pictures роѕѕiblе.

Flower girls smilingOnе of the mаin questions regarding flower girl etiquette iѕ whо pays for the flower girl’s drеѕѕ. Nоwаdауѕ, it iѕ ԛuitе flеxiblе аnd dереndѕ on thе rеlаtiоnѕhiр thе couple hаѕ with the little girl’s parents. But, trаditiоnаllу, thе раrеntѕ of the flоwеr girl usually рау fоr thе drеѕѕ, shoes аnd accessories. Thiѕ outfit саn bе еаѕilу uѕеd fоr оthеr celebrations like Eаѕtеr оr a birthdау. The bride and groom provide the flowers or balloons she’ll carry at the ceremony.

5 Top Things to Consider for an Autumn Wedding

5 Top Things to Consider for an Autumn Wedding
Autumn weddings are breathtaking. They have a magical feel to them, they are blessed with rich fall colors, and they make the romance truly cozy. Brisker temperatures, crisper air, and the promise of many nights curled up by the fireside really sell anyone on this season. But, while an autumn wedding is pretty much to die for, there are certain things to keep in mind when planning your fall day.

The Temps

It may be the obvious one, but keep in mind that Autumn temperatures can fluctuate wildly! Average temperatures take into account all the wild highs and surprising lows and have back up plans. We suggest recommending your guests wear layers, and, if you are planning an outdoor wedding, remind them to bring a heavier coat than they might think they need, just in case your day gets unexpectedly caught in a cold snap.

Invest in a light shawl or bolero for yourself as the bride as well – we don’t want any cold shoulders or cold feet!

Date Conflicts and Time Slips

Autumn is definitely the springboard for the holiday season! While we all know to keep in mind the big fall holidays (Thanksgiving Halloween, etc.) but keep in mind the lesser thought of days as well (Labor Day, Black Friday, etc.) as they may affect travel times and also days off.

Remember, too, that Daylight Savings Time comes to an end, so that will affect your daily timing for photographs and amount of light!

What’s in Season for an Autumn Wedding?

From flowers to food, the Autumn season has its own seasonal highlights if you’re looking to embrace the theme fully.

Sunflowers, garden roses, and dahlias are gorgeous in-season blooms that will bring a warmth of color to your bouquets and settings.

For the eats, consider a seasonal menu that leans more towards comfort foods and fall flavors such as butternut squash, maple, pumpkin, mashed potatoes, and more. Feel free to really lean into the season with a hot cocoa station, gourd centerpieces, or some mulled wine!

Demand

Since Autumn is such a picturesque and temperate season, it is, naturally, in pretty high demand. In fact, September and October are often cited as two of the top four months for getting married. Because of this, venues are booked up relatively far in advance, so we recommend reserving your location as quickly as you can so you don’t miss out!

The Colors

Be inspired by your season of choice! Autumn is the perfect time to lean into those rich, warm hues. Embrace golds and reds, and allow your palette to reflect the coziness of the seasonal setting.

The bottom line is that Autumn weddings are gorgeous. You have a lot of freedom to craft a truly picturesque day and, if you keep the above in mind, you are sure to have a fabulous fall festivity.

Pros and Cons – Big vs. Small Weddings

There are two schools of thought as old as time when it comes to wedding size: go big or go home versus keep it small and intimate. While the many reasons for each can be overwhelming, the bright side is that neither is wrong! To help lay it all out, we’ve pulled together some pros and cons for each:
Pros & Cons – Big vs Small Weddings

Big Weddings

Pros

  • No hurt feelings: you don’t have to spend as much time whittling down that guest list, and you can theoretically keep everyone happy with an invite
  • More gifts: Realistically, it really is expensive starting a whole new life together, so the more gift cards and necessary appliances you can have come your way, the better off you’ll be.

Cons

  • More expensive: All those extra people correlate to more food, alcohol, square footage, etc. needed, which can ramp up that bottom line
  • There’s gonna be more detailed planning: Be prepared to suddenly need to be aware of everyone’s food allergies, family drama, etc. as your designing your big day.

Small Weddings Pros and Cons

Small Weddings

Pros

  • More extensive choice of venues: with a smaller crowd size, you have fewer space restrictions to worry about and therefore more options.
  • More time spent with each guest: No matter the size of the party, you’re only going to have a limited amount of time. With a smaller group, you’ll get more quality time with each important person.

Cons

  • The potential for some upset friends and family: There are surely going to be a lot of people that understand, but you can almost count on at least one would-be guest being hurt at not receiving an invite.
  • Making those cuts: Even if you know for sure you only want a few people at your big day, actually sitting down and making the ranks and cuts isn’t the most fun feeling.

At the end of the day, there’s no such thing as one being better than the other. Listen to what you really want and make sure you and your partner are satisfied first and foremost. Size doesn’t matter, but your happiness does!

It’s All About the…Groom!

Weddings are known far and wide as being “the bride’s day,” but that’s really just half the story! It’s also the groom’s day, and he should be just as involved and excited. While there are hundreds of thousands of lists and posts for brides getting ready for their big day, there just aren’t that many for the men in the picture, so let’s fix that just a little. Hey groom, this one is for you!

It’s All About the...groom!

The Tux

While shopping for a tuxedo doesn’t come with quite the overwhelming amount of options as does shopping for a wedding dress, there are a number of factors to keep in mind. The wedding colors, for one, will play into your choice, which can be as pronounced as a cummerbund or as small as a pocket square. There is also the color of the suit itself: Do you opt for a traditional black, a wedding white, a well-matched neutral, or a bold color? While you want to match your bride and compliment the wedding, make sure you don’t sacrifice your own comfort and satisfaction.

The Vows and the Toast

Whether you write your own vows and your toast, or just one or the other, you are definitely going to be up and speaking in front of people on your day, so make sure you’re prepared. If you’re not a natural maestro of prose, don’t feel obligated to write your own vows, or feel free to keep them short and truly from the heart. For the toast, a little levity is great, but do make sure to give it a second and third read over and maybe pare down the sheer number of jokes. Make sure to thank the right people, and relish your time in the spotlight.

Take Some Time for You and Your Partner

Yes, you two are going to be in a whirlwind of activity all day, and you will have a pretty tight schedule to stick to, but don’t forget that this is your day and you should make sure to enjoy it. Don’t let the stress get to you. Step away for a few minutes to remain centered and ensure you’re actually enjoying and taking in the occasion. Make some time for you and your partner to be together, basking in happiness, so your memories of the wedding are light and happy and not rushed and stressed.

Get in Those Photographs

Yes, there will be a lot of ‘bride/bridal party only’ photo sessions, but don’t be afraid to make sure you are in many other pictures. When you and your partner look back at pictures, you would like to remember that both of you were there and happy. Schedule some groomsmen party shots, too, get some solo groom portraits, buddy up with your bride, and make sure to not only have serious shots but sneak some fun and levity in as well.

Remember Groom It’s Your Day, Too

Aside from your partner, there will be all kinds of pressure on you from family and friends to do things a certain way, invite certain people, say certain things. Just remember: if it’s not what you and your partner want or if it’s something you’re not comfortable with, don’t do it!

Grooms, support your partner, help things go smoothly, but, most importantly, remember not to let yourselves get lost in the shuffle. There is no wedding without you, after all, so set some time aside and enjoy your day just the way you want to.

The Biggest Wedding Photo Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

The Biggest Wedding Photo Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)Your big day is going to have you running around, but you’ll also want things to go smoother than smooth. The last thing any bride wants is to think about flubbing something for the photographs. With the noble goal of perfect pictures in mind, we’ve gathered a quick list of the biggest wedding photo mistakes and how to fix them before they even happen.

5 Biggest Wedding Photo Mistakes to Avoid

Looking directly at the camera all the time. You’ll want to capture unstaged authenticity, but the natural instinct for many can be to be hyper-aware of a camera, feeling the need to stop what you’re doing and look right at it. Practice staying focused, in the moment, and fight the urge to put on a pose. If you find yourself always looking for the camera, work on refocusing your attention deliberately to your partner, your guests, the cake, etc. and purposefully pull your eyes away.

Not creating a finalized schedule. It may seem like more detail work, but not developing and sticking to a schedule for photos on the day can wildly throw your plans out of balance. Some lights are better than others for certain pictures, and some shots have to be given enough time to set up for. Sitting down with your photographer and developing this schedule will go a long way to not feeling like you’re winging it the day of, and making sure you stick to that schedule will ensure everything you want documented is done so smoothly.

Not protecting the professional shots. Of course, your guests (especially close family) are going to want to take their own pictures during your ceremony, but those shots and cameras can very easily get in the way of your professional and ruin many shots. It’s recommended to put up signs or notices around certain areas of the venue, and have the master of ceremonies remind guests before the ceremony begins to refrain from taking their own pictures or to be aware of the line of sight for your photographer.

Not hiring a high-quality professional photographer. Wedding budgets can certainly be tough, and some couples will look to skimp on hiring a professional photographer that’s a good fit. Generally, when it comes to documenting your biggest day, you get what you pay for, and that bargain photographer or friend of a friend came to you so cheaply for a reason. You’re going to want to look back at your wedding photos with pride and happiness, so you’ll want to make sure you are choosing quality and a photographer you feel comfortable with.

Worrying versus enjoying. Bottom line: Your wedding day is your day, and it’s once-in-a-lifetime for the two of you. If you want happy, relaxed, loving photographs, don’t forget to allow yourselves to stay happy, relaxed, and loving. One you set out the details and expectations, your professional photographer is there to ensure they get the shots – your job is to go get married without a worry!

Planning a wedding can certainly be a lot, and you want your pictures to capture the essence of your day. Get all the scheduling and details ironed out ahead of time, and when your big day comes, your photographer will have all the perfect shots of your happiest moments.