to include these gems in the earlier posts on whitney and dan's wedding?
just finished this wedding and have been enjoying watching their slideshow over and over again. i love the day that we finish a wedding and i get to call our sweet clients and let them know that all their photos are ready to enjoy! sometimes i wish we could spy on them with a web cam and watch their faces and reactions as they watch the slideshow for the first time. if you would like, take a little peek at whitney and dan's show over here. it makes me happy.
it's been quite some time since i've posted a sweet thing (much too long). sweet things are kind of like a martha stewart "good things" but with a one love photo wedding spin. our featured sweet things are clever and creative things that our clients do to add a personal touch to their weddings. such as this colorful candy bar from mary and erik's christmas wedding!
what made their candy bar extra special was that a good friend dressed up in a cute apron and took on the role as their "candy bartender". she set it all up and kept it tidy. she explained which were mary and erik's favorite treats. and she helped all their guests dig in and not be shy! with her encouragement no one felt guilty about getting a sugar buzz on before dinner was served. candy bars are a really easy and great way to treat your guests. add cute bags to the table for them to fill up and you have a perfect gift.
oh how cute! mary is passing on her favorite (gummy sharks) and eating erik's candy of choice, orange slices! i have to vote for erik's favorite on this one. the other day at the zoo, my dad and nephews were having a weird conversation about meat. my dad was asking them what was their favorite type of meat to have for dinner. am thinking it seemed weird to me since i don't eat meat and we were at the zoo. i had to laugh out loud when my nephew reece quickly replied "gummy hamburgers from grandma sally's!" he is our junk food kid through and through. warning: don't let him anywhere near your candy bar.
love this....dinner roll in one hand and orange slice in the other!
we seem to attract very clever and creative couples and feel so privileged to work with them! the other
day my mom asked me if all our clients were graphic designers and
artists, i laughed and replied "it certainly seems that way, doesn't
it?!" feel free to visit past "sweet things" and get inspired while reading about our client's awesome weddings here and here.
was quite excited to be the first one to shoot a polaroid at nancy
and dustin's wedding. of course i had to take a photo of the photo. because this is what goofy photos girls do.
the magic of watching a thick square image appear instantly. i always
shake them for some reason, thinking it helps them develop. it must
root back to my good old stinky darkroom days.
when i was a photo teacher at a high school, i would shoot a polaroid of each
student. they would decorate them, write little facts about themselves on the back.
i would study them, flipping through the piles, getting to know them.
connecting a face with the name. everyday i would use them instead of the sheet provided by the office to take roll.
because there is no negative or digital file, polaroids are little one of a kind treasures. once i bought a
collection of them from an artist in mexico. i couldn't believe
she would part with her originals. but she had boxes and boxes. she traveled all over mexico with her polaroid camera, boxes of film and coins to manipulate the surface. i spent over
an hour deciding on my collection of five. her little polaroids of
statues and doorways inspired me. i referenced them as i attempted to paint for the first time. i still cherish them.
using polaroids at a wedding is a great way to capture your guests. the images are candid and playful. i love the special polaroid guest books. each page has on little square to slide the photos into and lots of blank space for sweet messages.
what's not so sweet is that polaroid announced on feb 8th 2008 that it will discontinue production of all instant film. check out save polaroid to get more info. you can still get a combo deal on amazon, guest book and a twin pack of film for $86.20 (not bad). get it while you can.
a few of my top picks: upper left: photo of my toilet that i shot before going off to the plumbing store. i wanted to show the guy which type of toilet we needed parts for to fix. apparentely we have a rare old toilet. for some reason i can't throw this one away. upper right: my favorite image that i bought from the woman in mexico. i attempted my first painting using this as my guide. i prefer the polaroid to my painting. but it was fun to try. two bottom ones: shots from my messy colorful classroom. i let the kids paint the walls and their stools. the pink stool on the right says "photography is for suckers-booyah!" you have to love adolescent self expression.
one of my favorite places to admire pretty polaroid images is at nectar and light by jenifer altman. her four year old daughter adie has her own blog as well. i don't know what is cuter her funny photographs or her comments on them.
A sweet vino inspired gift idea for your guests, a glass to toast at home!
Claire and Brian decided to give each of their guests a delicate gold rimmed wine glass as a gift to remember their wedding celebration. This was a clever way to give a nice gift since they applied the
money that they would have spent on renting toward buying the glasses. The wine glasses were set at each place setting, with a hand written note tied to the bottom so everyone would know that the glass was a gift. They filled each one with a couple chocolate treats wrapped up in a pretty gold package. It was lovely!
At another wedding I photographed last summer, Holly and Jay also gave wine glasses as their gift. They approached it differently and had a variety of glasses in different shapes and sizes that each guest could choose from. The glasses had different quotes printed on vellum paper tied to the stems. Together they selected a variety of their favorite quotes about love and marriage (some were sweet and some were pretty funny). Holly said she started buying the glasses 6 months before the wedding. Whenever she would see a good deal at a store, she would buy a set. She kept her eyes peeled for small sets with interesting shapes and patterns. Since she wasn't going to have matching glasses she wanted each one to be a little different. Her guests loved the gift. Everyone was reading their quotes to each other and comparing glasses as they visited during the sunset cocktail hour. To see more vino wedding inspiration check out Sweet Thing #6.
Sweet Things are clever & creative little things that people do, to add a personal touch to their weddings. At a wedding this summer Shawn and Owen asked their guests to contribute to a painting instead of signing a traditional guest book. They wanted to have a piece of art for their home that would remind them of their wedding day and all the special people who came together to celebrate with them.
They asked their friend Kathleen
to act as the "art director" for the project. Kathleen selected an image of sunflowers to sketch on the canvas. Once
the sketch was complete she drew a grid on the canvas over the image.
At the wedding each guest was asked to paint one square of the grid. On
the cute art table, there was a variety of paints,brushes and directions that explained the art project in detail. While Shawn and Owen sneaked off for photos, they had a lovely cocktail
hour planned in the side yard at their Aunt's house. Owen's brother
played acoustic guitar while their guests nibbled on seafood and
painted away. Kathleen kept an eye on the progress of the painting
and encouraged guests who were shy about picking up a brush. After the wedding she filled in the blank spots and then delivered the colorful painting to the happy newlyweds.
I asked Shawn and Owen for their thoughts on the completed project. They love the painting and always see new details when they look at it. They said if they were going to do it again, they may limit the amount of paint color choices. I think their bright painting matches their cheerful spirits and home perfectly! I was excited about this project and decided to do it at my friend Cory's wedding. I asked our talented friend Janice to be the "art director". She did a great job taking on the project. We decided the painting should be the view of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound from Cory's Cabin. Janice went to the cabin and took photos of the view from different angles. She then worked her magic on the canvas, sketching the detailed mountain scene. We picked a limited palette of blue and green paints. There was a photo of the view available for people to reference while painting their square. After the wedding Janice smoothed out the squares and added her own artistic touch to the painting.
To see more "Sweet Things" for your wedding click HERE and scroll down.
I think a thoughtful little gift is always a Sweet Thing! At a wedding we photographed this summer Margot and Stephen gave a classy gift. Each guest received an engraved wine opener. The centerpiece on each table was a basket full of old corks and the wine openers. I love the photo above of one of their little guests with his hands full of goodies. I am sure this little guy wished the centerpiece was filled with chocolate or something sweet, but the adults loved the gift! I really appreciate the simplicity of this vino theme. Add a couple bottles of wine to the table and you have a simple yet elegant dual purpose centerpiece. While reading a post over on the Bridal Buzz titled Wine-O-Weddings I saw the perfect detail to complete this vino theme, wine cork place card holders. The photo below is from Plum Party where you can purchase them. Although I think these place card holders could easily be a DIY wedding project.
A couple bottles of wine, engraved wine openers, wine cork place card holders and old weathered corks sprinkled around. Voila! A perfect Wino-O-Table!