Saturday, December 29, 2007

Wedding albums for everyone

There is no arguing with the fact that nothing beats a professionally designed wedding album. Photographers work hard to perfect the art of editing pictures and designing layouts that please the eye. And the feel of a genuine (and often higher in price) album can't be beat. I personally can't wait to see the album Derek Photography is putting together for my own wedding- I am sure it is going to be truly gorgeous.

One tip that I often pass along to clients, and used myself to make albums for both sets of our parents, is that there now exist several websites that allow you to create high quality coffee table books at a fraction of the price. If your photography package included the disc of images from your wedding, you can now design your own albums that turn out at a much more professional quality than a homemade scrapbook- which for a long time, was the only DIY option for saving wedding photos. Two great websites are, and If you have Power Point on your computer, you can really get creative with your layouts and design, and bypass using the templates the sites provide you with (I have some great instructions on how to do this; feeel free to e-mail if you would like me to pass them along). It does take some time and patience, but the end product is definitely worth it!

Here are a some of my favorite pages from the album I created in Power Point and printed using blurb:

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Engaging tips

With wedding season right around the corner in the coming New Year, 'tis the season for engagement picture sessions. I figured what better time than the present to pass along some helpful pointers to ensure your photos turn out as fantastic as possible. A big thank you to my lovely clients Crystal and Chris, who are tying the knot in May; and of course, Sarah K. Chen, whose phenomenal photography we have to thank for the images below.

Tip #1: Take your pictures at a location that is either special to you or that you enjoy as a couple. If you want to do something really unique, think beyond the beach or park; Crystal and Chris chose a train station to capture the urban and edgy feel they desired.

Tip #2: Long gone are the days when the Bride-to-Be had to wear white. If white is not you, then wear whatever you feel is. Your clothes should reflect your style as an individual and as a couple.

Tip #3:
Wear clothes that you are comfortable in. If you are uncomfortable, it will show in your pictures. How cozy do Chris and Crystal look?

Tip #4:
Many Brides choose to team up their engagement photo shoot with a hair and makeup trial. This works great, especially if you know you will be happy with the vendors work. Or, you can even go to a makeup counter and get your makeup done for free if you are going for a special look.

Tip #5:
Last but certainly not least, don’t be afraid to be yourself and let your love show. The best pictures are captured at moments where the two of you are just being yourselves. True happiness never fails to shine through in pictures.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Not all wedding professionals are created equal

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the ABC-OC (Association of Bridal Consultants- Orange County) Holiday Party. In additon to a great networking event, it was a fabulous party, to say the least! I got into a great discussion with a well-known wedding photographer about how nice it is to have an Association like the ABC available for wedding professionals to join. This conversation later had me thinking about why wouldn't everyone eligible, join a professional Association??

As you may have learned by now, not all wedding professionals are created equal. Why, you ask? Some professionals out there work hard to further educate and involve themselves in the wedding industry. Others, do not. Some important questions you should ask any potential vendor you are looking to hire: what are your qualifications? What Associations are you a member of? What training and education have you had that makes you better than the rest? The answers to these questions will more often than not, assist you in finding a vendor that takes their business seriously and is enthusiastic about what they do.

If you were to ask me these questions, I would tell you that I am a proud and active member of the ABC. I am in the final steps of completing both the Professional Development Program, as well as their Weddings as a Business Program. I have found both to provide a wealth of knowledge and wonderful resources, and am thrilled to say that I have passed all 5 sections of the PDP with honors! Once I complete the final exam on these two programs, I will have earned my title as a Professional Bridal Consultant.

At the end of the day, anyone can tell you they are a wedding professional, but not everyone can prove it! Those vendors who can are in a different league than the rest.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

When a glass slipper just won't do...

Every bride wants to look and feel her best on the Big Day. Nowadays, this goes beyond finding 'THE Dress', and includes the ensemble as a whole- shoes, jewelry, veil, the whole shebang! Why not use this as an occasion to treat yourself to a pair of heels you've been dying to buy, but just haven't gotten around to. Or maybe even add a splash of color where it's least expected- on your feet. Not everyone is guaranteed to notice, but those that do are sure to be pleasantly surprised! Here are some 'great moments in bridal shoes history' as captured by the lovely Crissy Farah.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bouquets with BLING!

One fabulous trend that has caught on big time is bouquet jewelry and accessories. I am a big fan as it is an easy way to add a small but noticeable personal touch to your Big Day. Afterall, your bouquet ends up making the rounds when it comes time for pictures. You can find a lovely and affordable brooch at many department stores; or if you are lucky enough, use an heirloom passed down from a female relative (that would take care of something old!). Enjoy the following pictures for some inspiration, courtesy of the wonderful Trista Lerit.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Creativity comes to life

Don't you just love it when you find the perfect vendor that can bring your vision to life? Recently, one of my couples (shout out to Ashley and Cort- stay tuned for their sure to be gorgeous wedding at the St. Regis this July) enlisted the services of Stacia from Serendipity Designs to create a custom Save the Date. Ashley had seen a vintage post card somewhere along her wedding magazine travels, and knew exactly how she wanted to work that into a unique Save the Date for her Big Day. The result? See for yourself; it is truly fantastic (and one-of-a-kind).

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Kerrie (me!) + Greg (hubs!) at the Surf and Sand Resort, Laguna Beach

One of the things I pride myself on is being available to my fabulous couples as not only their Consultant, but their friend in the (sometimes crazy) wedding world. I consider it an honor and my pleasure to share in their Big Day's; so I only think it's fair to share mine with you. The pictures below are from my recent wedding at the wonderful Surf and Sand Resort (a big shout out to Kevin and Renee Derek of Derek Photography). Enjoy!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

More than 'just flowers'

With flowers, a little can go a long way.

Many Brides assume that you have to spend thousands of dollars to have 'amazing' flowers- and this is absolutely not the case. Most florists are willing to work within a set budget; as long as you understand that some flower types do cost more than others. I've seen gorgeous centerpieces made out of only a few well placed blooms in groups of small, attractive vases. The sky literally is the limit!

Here are some fabulous flowers to get your imagination going...

Sunday, September 9, 2007

It's all in the details

You'll probably hear me say this a lot: 'It's all in the details'. But really, it's no secret that it's the little things that make every wedding unique and special. The easiest way to make your Big Day memorable, is to infuse it with details that are 'you'. Here's a little inspiration: