The Excitement of Planning a Beach Wedding

beach weddingHave you ever wondered how it would be like to get married by the beach? Are you one of those engaged couples who dream of exchanging vows in a serene, romantic beach resort? Do you find this idea exciting and practical?

Well, the thought of a beach wedding surely gives thrill to many couples. It is one of the several options a future bride and groom discuss when planning or their wedding as soon as engagement is done. Some couples consider a beach wedding as more romantic and solemn than the traditional wedding setup we are used to having indoors. It is one good reason why they contemplate on having a beach wedding.

Public vs. Private

A couple can either choose a public or private beach resort as venue for their wedding. They can look for a resort near their location or find one in another city or country – it will be like a destination wedding. Public and private beach resorts vary in many aspects though.

In public resorts, there are often permits or documents that you need to obtain in order to be allowed to get married in that particular venue. While it may cost you less, a wedding in a public resort might give you less privacy especially if you choose a peak or busy season where other uninvited guests might peek or pry during the wedding. You have to decide carefully on when and which beach resort is best to choose.

In private resorts, you have the option of having the wedding ceremony outdoors followed by the reception or wedding party indoors. You can also choose to have both the ceremony and reception outdoors if the expected weather is fine. They can put up tents for you and your guests to take cover and feel more comfortable.

More Practical Option

Many people say that a beach wedding is a more practical option especially if you are on tight budget. It is somehow true but will still depend on how you plan your beach wedding. There are factors that can help you achieve your goal of spending less on a beach wedding. Among these are wedding decors, wedding resort venue, wedding professionals and number of guests.

Since it is a beach wedding, you can order fewer flowers and display less decors on the table and around the venue. The beach alone is a wonderful decoration and backdrop for wedding photography essex when the wedding photographer takes pictures of you and your spouse. You can also choose to limit the number of guests to make your wedding more private and exclusive and of course lessen the cost.

As for hiring wedding professionals, you can opt to hire local wedding professionals so you do not have to pay extra for their travel. You can choose a popular local food caterer or two staffordshire wedding photographers if you are in that region.

Amenities and Rates

There are beach resorts that offer wonderful amenities, lower rates especially during peak season and so much more. You only have to persevere in searching for great beach resorts online or by asking your friends and family. Compare the prices they are offering and consider also the accessibility when choosing the resort. It is best to choose one which won’t make you and your guests spend too much on transportation.

A beach wedding is without doubt an exciting and practical option to choose. You can make your beach wedding successful by carefully deciding on all major aspects that can affect it. Start planning early so there is still time to make changes when necessary.

Makeup Tips for Great Wedding Photographs

Makeup plays an important part in making sure the subject looks good on camera. This rings truer when it comes to weddings and wedding photography in particular. Considering that this is a once in a lifetime moment, the bride especially should have some exceptional makeup made on her face for best results.

Makeup artists have shared some important tips for that great makeup work to show in photos:

  1. Skin care is important

Great makeup starts with a good canvas, which in this case is the face itself. While makeup artists can work miracles, makeup can only go so far. What is more important is to take great care of the skin. Any quality makeup will look better on a face that’s healthy, hydrated, and well cared for. And it will show especially in the photos even with little makeup applied.

  1. Pay attention to the eyelashes

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Statistically, most women have never had false eyelashes before. But on a special occasion like a wedding, fake eyelashes are an essential to better highlight the eyes especially on photos. Applied correctly, the subject will look stunning in photos and will look more photogenic than ever.

  1. Don’t ignore the lips

Most take lip care for granted, but it is a very thing to do so. Dry lips or cracks are not good to see so a bit of work on the lips is needed. One can use a lipstick or a lip gloss.  Or if one is not fond of either product, one can use a lip balm to take care of those chapped lips.

  1. The eyebrows are just as important as the eyes

Most people tend to ignore the eyebrows. But if the eyes are the windows to the soul, the eyebrows are the curtains. Thus, the eyebrows greatly affect how one would look in the camera. Thus, it is important to do even a little bit of work on the eyebrows that will help one look more natural and pleasing especially to the camera. If one has not done work on the eyebrows before, it is recommended that a considerable amount of time be given in doing so for better results.

  1. Test out the makeup on camera

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Even if quality products are used, not all makeup is meant for photos. It is therefore a recommended practice to test out on camera with a Manchester Wedding Photographer how the makeup that was done on the subject would look. It is also recommended that these would be done before the wedding so that any issues that may arise would be resolved early and that there can be more choices that can be made to achieve that perfect look

  1. Prepare everything by the big day

On the day of the wedding itself, the makeup routine should already be planned out. Whether one will do the makeup herself or hire a professional makeup artist, it is important that the type of makeup that will be used has already been determined through the testing as described in the previous step. Also, it is important to relax and get enough rest and sleep. Signs of anxiety or lack of rest or sleep will easily show on camera and it would adversely affect the quality of the face even with makeup applied. As a way to give oneself the favor and for the skin to have a natural glow in time for the big day, it is advised to be prepared, be well rested, and enjoy the day itself.

Choosing the Perfect Dress for Your Beach Wedding

wedding tipsIn weddings, the bride-to-be is expected to be the most excited person for the occasion. She looks forward to looking great in this very special event in her life. No doubt that looking for a wedding dress is among her top priorities since she wants to appear exquisite for her groom in their wedding.

Choosing the perfect wedding dress for your wedding is not easy though. Your choice will have to depend on several factors like the wedding location, your body shape, budget and wedding theme. A wedding dress that is suitable in an indoor church setting may not be appropriate for a beach wedding.

In traditional weddings, the bride will normally wear a ball gown or dress with a long train plus a wedding veil. But then, if you are planning to get married in a more different setting like on the beach, then you will have to choose a more suitable wedding dress.

Expect that in a beach setting, the weather can be sunny or rainy as well as windy. You might also be walking on the sand thus you will have to skip the long train for it will be difficult for you to move or walk on sand.

Below are several tips to help you choose the perfect dress for your beach wedding

  1. Choose an easy to carry, lightweight dress

If you will be traveling to get to the wedding location, you must consider a dress that is easy to carry. Fabrics like silk chiffon are a good choice since they don’t wrinkle too much when wrapped. With a wrinkle free, soft fabric, you don’t have to worry about your luggage getting lost with your dress in it since you can just hand carry it and steam a little to remove the wrinkles.

  1. Style must blend well with the setting

The design or style as well as the color of your wedding gown must mix well with the beach setting. Skip the ball gown and long trail because it will gather sand when you walk and you also won’t feel comfortable with a ball gown. Choose a mermaid or princess line style or a similar style with less design for it is more appropriate for a beach wedding.

  1. Pick a style that suits your body shape

You need to be aware what styles suit your body shape and from there choose what style you want your couturier to make for you. You can also check bridal shops for a gown that you can rent if you’re on a budget. There are bridal websites also that can guide you on what style to choose based on your body shape. Several clients of this London wedding photographer found the style they want from bridal or wedding websites.

  1. Find accessories that match your dress

Even with a simple dress, you can make yourself look more spectacular by choosing the right accessories. You can find a stunning necklace or pair of chandelier earrings to go with your wedding dress. With great accessories and a perfect dress, you surely will great especially in wedding photos taken by a professional wedding photographer Hertfordshire.

Remember to avoid wearing heels for your beach wedding, wear flat sandals or similar footwear instead so you will feel more comfortable moving around.

My Mate Wants Me to Photograph his Wedding on an iPhone – WHAT!

wedding photographyI got a call from a mate asking me to photograph his wedding. At first I was really excited since I’m a newbie in Wedding Photography and I’d really like to apply what I have learned over the past months. But then, when he suggested that I use my new iPhone 6 instead of my professional DSLR camera to cover the wedding, I was dumbstruck since I don’t think an iPhone is enough for the job.

My friend then said that they’ll have a primary wedding photographer to shoot during their wedding and he wants me to give iPhoneography a try. He knows how I love my iPhone and how I’ve been busily taking pictures using this incredible smart phone. He even saw some and was amazed at how fantastic the iPhone images look.

To those who are not aware yet, iPhoneography is coined after the words “iPhone” and “Photography”. It simply refers to taking pictures using Apple’s flagship smartphone “iPhone”. iPhoneography is slowly becoming popular among photo enthusiasts and even professional photographers like Wedding Photographer Birmingham. The latest products Apple released last 2014 are iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

I have my iPhone 6 for 3 months now and have been using it daily. I love the accessibility and ease of use that my iPhone 6 is offering. I studied and practiced taking pictures with it and so far I am enjoying the experience.

I know some of you got an iPhone so I will share with you some tips on how to best shoot and edit images using an iPhone. I plan to use it in covering my friend’s wedding.

  1. Use camera grid in setting up your shot

The camera grid can help you best position your camera so it is set at your desired angle. The lines in the grid will serve as your guide so you can plan where to position your subject.

  1. A tripod can be your best friend

Like in DSLR, you can use tripod to help reduce camera shake when taking pictures using your iPhone. The les s shake, the sharper pictures you produced.

  1. Get close with the subject

Unlike in DSLR where you can produce nice pictures even when you zoom in your lens, with the iPhone it is best to avoid zooming and get as close as you can to your subject instead. Zooming on an iPhone produces grainy and lesser quality images.

  1. Configure your iPhone’s camera settings

Have a look at the settings of your iPhone’s camera and configure it so the highest resolution images come out from it.

  1. Clean the lens regularly

Cleaning the lens of your iPhone can help you get sharper images instead of blurry, poor quality ones.

  1. Edit images using VSCO or similar apps.

There are several photo editing apps for smart phones that can assist you in making your photos look more creative and brilliant. Among the most widely used by iPhone users today is VSCO. This app has plenty great filters and photo effects that you’ll definitely like. Even the professional photographer of Newborn Photography Calgary uses this app.

I still have a lot of preparations and studying to make before my mate’s big day so I can cover it successfully. In the future, I might consider offering my clients the iPhoneography wedding service once I can make it perfect (or closer to it).