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    Al and I are down-to-earth, energetic wedding professionals! We truly LOVE what we do! We will work hard to make sure that your day is everything you planned it to be. It’s important to hire a team that you are comfortable with- you want to be able to laugh and have fun- this helps you feel more at ease and helps your pictures come out better. And we have become great friends with so many of our past clients!

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I heard this discussion at work yesterday, and I thought ‘how perfect! Next blog post, this is it!’  The sticky situation? 7 bridesmaids, all with different styles; how to make them look cohesive on the wedding day?

Personally, I enjoy a little diversity in a bridal party.  Just because they are all one party doesn’t mean they need to look like they came down a conveyor belt or like a parade of carbon copies.  However, if you have a bridesmaid whose style is normally goth, another whose style is normally sheer vogue glamour, and another who takes her style tips from Marilyn Monroe (who I am not knocking by the way, I think she is gorgeous!) you may need to have a discussion about make-up and neckline expectations for the big day (especially if your officiant or ceremony location leans towards a more conservative appearance).  So, what to do?  Start here:

Have everybody have their make-up done by a stylist you hire.  Welcome your bridesmaids to punch it up with a set of false eyelashes or some deeper lipstick, but everybody will have the same general pallet which will create a nice cohesive look.

Give an accessory as your gift.  You can have variation here while keeping to a ‘theme.’ Think a pair of simple pearl earrings for your more conservative bridesmaid, a longer more 40′s style pearl necklace for your more Marilyn bridesmaid.  Or, give everybody a scarf and they can accessorize how they like with however they tie it (full drape over the shoulders for one, single wrap around the neck for another).

Allow for some variation in the dress. The trend of picking one or two colors and a length but letting the girl choose the gown is a becoming the norm and for good reason – it allows everybody to choose a cut that flatters them.  J. Crew has a GREAT line of bridesmaids dresses that won’t break a bridesmaids bank and, even better, the line ‘you’ll wear it again’ actually applies!  Take a look:

And, take a look at this photo from one our fabulous past couples.  The bridal party looks like one party, but with little variations in dress cut and hair style, each bridesmaids personal style still shines through. Still formal, totally fun, and utterly fabulous. Well done!

BG Productions- lindsay and jesse-162

In all wedding planning, some sticky situation must fall.  Ask any married couple and I am sure they will have one or 2 (or more!) stories about some situation in their planning that caused tension, arguing (or even worse…awkward silence…). So, I’m dedicating a few posts to how to handle some typical sticky situations that can arise:

Dilemma 1: We are having a destination wedding so we have a much shorter guest list. My mother/sister/soon to be in-laws still want to celebrate with people and want to invite these people to the shower. Is this OK?

In a word, no.  Even though people generally understand being left off the guest list due to the wedding being a intimate and traveling affair, the rule still stands that you only send invitations to the shower to those who are invited to the wedding.  However, this does not mean you cannot give everybody a chance to celebrate your engagement with you.  Instead of a shower invitation, throw an engagement party, where etiquette still says all can be invited.  Or, after you return home, throw a casual party in your hometown, inviting everybody to celebrate with you, and show off your gorgeous photos.  You can do formal invitations or simple email/e-vite blasts.  Do not include any registry information; this is a celebration, not an obligation for a gift (though you will probably find some gifts will arrive. Enjoy them! And enjoy every minute of your second celebration – how wonderful to get to have TWO!!)

Dilemma 2: My mother continues to press her ideas, and because she is paying for a good portion of the wedding insists she gets to have what she wants. I don’t like what she is suggesting. Help!

This could be one of the stickiest of situations, as the mother has a point here. It’s her dime, so she gets to have a voice. However, she does not get to have the only voice.  My suggestion – let in a little negotiation and it will take you a long way.  Focus on a few things that she wants (certain flowers, a centerpiece, a cake design, a transportation car) and give her her way on those.  Better yet, feign a little excitement and show appreciation for it.  If you give her a little wiggle room and give her the cake she wants, every time another issue comes up you can fend it off with a ‘…hmm, let me think about that…but again, I LOVE the cake and am so happy you helped me choose it!’  It goes a lot further than you think.  If you absolutely cannot stand something that she wants (she has a complete different opinion of what you should choose for your gown, for example), gently state that it is not your style and you understand if she does not want to pay for it, and find a way to pay for it yourself.

Dilemma 3: I have 5 close girlfriends, and my soon to be spouse has 5 sisters OR, he/she has 3 sisters, I am only close to one. Who do I have to ask to be in my bridal party? Is it wrong to leave some people out?

You have to weigh out what the ‘fall out’ will be in leaving some people out.  If your soon to be spouse does not feel strongly about all of his sisters being included, ask those who are close to you to stand beside you, and give jobs to the others (guest book attendant, a reading during the ceremony, etc.).  If your soon to be spouse would like them to be a part of the wedding, and/or there will be hurt feelings or grudges held (remember, this will soon be your family too!) it may be best to ask them to be a part of the wedding.  Already have 8 bridesmaids and can’t squeeze in another?  Ask them to dress in a complimentary color, enter just before the parents enter in the ceremony (escorted either by their significant other or by another family member) and take a seat in the front row.  Give them a corsage and another role to play (again, readings work well for this!). Or, if they have a talent or skill that can be used on your big day (a beautiful singing voice, can make a gorgeous bouquet or beautiful cake) ask them to be a part this way, and mention them in your program.

Have a sticky situation you are facing? Let us know!  We love to help. Or, if you had a situation and handled it, let us know what you did!


I love when I find fun wedding items that aren’t your ‘typical’ finds but still say wedding.  Being able to give an original gift to a soon to be wed couple, or finding something to make a wedding more unique is just plain fun. For this blog post, I set out to find some new and fun things to share with you that aren’t what you normally see…and I found such cool things! Check these out!

You finally get that gorgeous ring on your finger and you never want to take it off. But weights at the gym, sporting activities, job hazards, etc. make it risky to keep it on.  The answer – this cool little ring cozy! The ultimate protector so you never have take that beautiful bling off (and worry about it falling to the bottom of your purse and never being found…or other horrible things that go through your head when you have to take your ring off…) -

Ring Cozy, your partner in crime for protecting your ring while keeping it on and staying active. For engagement rings, wedding rings, bands, working out at the gym, playing outdoors.

Bridesmaids and/or family members – want to provide the bride with her ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue.’? Do it with this! An absolutely charming presentation that takes a gorgeous picture and can be used time and time again (could become a tradition to utilize among friends and family too – how cool!)

Available on etsy (another site I am now addicted to)

Something Blue Wedding Gift Boxes - Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Looking for a unique gift for the couple?  I LOVE this idea – an Anniversary journal! With pages designated for every anniversary, from the 1st to the 50th, it allows couples to capture how they celebrated each year and the special moments that year of marriage brought.  It also includes a section called “Advice and Wisdom” which can be either be words written by the couple each year about things they learned, OR, use it during their engagement party or wedding for other couples to write their words of advice and well wishes.  All around, a beautiful gift and keepsake. Give it a look:

Is your wedding creating a blended family, or do you know a blended family in the making?  Make that statement paramount on the big day with a specially created cake topper!  A cake topper made of figurines of all family members, pets too!  (another creation available on etsy -

 Custom  Family Wedding Cake Topper- Two Adults, Four Children, and Love Sign

 Or, if you want something a bit simpler of a wedding cake topper, I love this too (can be used for couples or newly created families! I think it would look great added to the cake topper above too…)

You spend hours selecting your cake, only to cut into it and then…it’s gone.  Create a keepsake that can be displayed anywhere in this sweet ornament specially created through Aberrant Ornaments – just send them a few photos, and they will sculpt a replica that you can enjoy for years!  Learn more at either or via one of our other favorite sites, OffBeat Bride -

Know of any other fun wedding gifts or gadgets that are a step away from the norm?  Please comment below! We love the ‘just off the ordinary’ things!

  • July 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Vicki G - We put personalized cornhole bags with one team as mr. McKenna and the other as mrs. McKenna on our gift registry so we can use them at the wedding! :)

  • July 15, 2014 - 6:24 pm

    Stacey - Cool idea! Can’t wait to see pictures!!

Habor Park Family Session || Sharp Family || Philadelphia Family Photographer || BG Productions

This session was so bittersweet! We finally got our AMAZING, AWESOME POSSUM Accountant and her family behind the lens. Unfortunately it is because the Accounting firm (and other AMAZING AWESOME POSSUM Accounts/Owners ) got her a BG gift Certificate because her and her family are moving to Austin!! I know we are STILL if great hands with Sonya and Gus- but we will soooooo miss Meg!! She has been a rock for us! She totally got our books and tax accounts straightened out after our last accountant totally messed us up!!

While it would have been nice to be able to capture them in their home before they move- it is all packed up and just so much going on there! they chose to go to the new pop up park- Harbor Park at Columbus Blv and Spruce Street!  It was so awesome meeting rhr husband and two adorable girls!

We wish them well with all their new adventures to come- and remember- we DO TRAVEL!! lol!!

And Please leave a comment saying your favorite photo and WHY and if they get at least 10 comments they will get the most popular one as a FREE 8×10 gift print! So show them some love and help them out!

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  • July 12, 2014 - 9:34 pm

    Sonya Pappas - We love the eleventh pic! Actually we love them all but you asked us to pick one.

    We are so lucky to have people like meg and her family and great clients like cathie and al in our lives.

  • July 12, 2014 - 10:29 pm

    photosbycat12 - We are lucky to have you in our lives!

Al and I meet some Incredible people!! We Love what we do and Love getting to know so many Amazing people. Abby and Liam are one of those couples that have an extra special place in our hearts. (and one of the couples I have the most texts from!!) We got really  close to them when we did their beach engagement session and went out for pizza afterwards. I have been in close contact with Abby over many details of their wedding. I remember getting the text with her dress- and LOVING it! I am friends with her on FB and have seen her shower, bachlorette party, and all the other fun moments with her bridesmaids. I always describe her as my “bridally bride”. I just KNEW she was going to look Stunning!! and I was right. Lisa from Proud to Plan did an excellent job working with the couple to male sure everything was in order.  And Thanks to Jen and Brian for being our Awesome Possum second photo and video shooters!!

After their church ceremony we headed to Springfield Country Club for their Reception. Everyone had a great time dancing to their band The Heartbeats. Liam and Abby couldnt stop smiling all night!! We are so thrilled to have captured this awesome, sweet, adorable couple.

And Please leave a comment saying your favorite photo and WHY and if they get at least 10 comments they will get the most popular one as a FREE 8×10 gift print! So show them some love and help them out!!




  • July 11, 2014 - 11:27 am

    rose - absolutely beautiful pictures beautiful bride beautiful family

  • July 11, 2014 - 11:49 am

    Mimi - Abby was stunning and her wedding was perfecto!

  • July 15, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    Beth - These are AMAZING!!!!

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    Our approach is a photojournalist style. But that being said- dont worry, we still make sure we get all the posed formal pictures. However we love to capture all the funky shots. i am usually on the floor at some point and on a chair if allowed by the venue! Al can be seen with his video camera high over head on the dance floor and often using his glide cam for all those really smooth shots! We also fully support the DIY weddings. There is so much you can do yourself or through other handmade goods. there is a plethora of cool Indy wedding blogs and we encourage our clients to check them out. Mostly we believe your wedding day should be all about you and your personalities- not what some wedding magazine tells you it should be. so go ahead- think outside the BOX!!! So check out our work and we look forward to capturing your BIG day!!
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