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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!

    We also believe in being green and socially conscience. We will take a stand for what we believe in and live our lives working towards helping the environment and trying to make this world a better place.

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    BG Productions is proud to be a Green Company. We are listed on the Green Bride Guide. Please click here to learn more about our green practices.

Normandy Farms Wedding || Blue Bell Wedding Photographer || BG Productions Photography and Videography

Todays Wedding featured by Blue Bell Wedding Photographer  BG Productions Photography and Videography

The Rock Stars- Shawn Marie and Dan

The Location- Ceremony at  and Reception at Normandy Farms

The supporting Cast (Vendors)- -special thanks to colleen our 2nd shooter and for holding down the Always fun BG Booth, Awesome music provided by Martelle and DJ TKO Entertainment, Flowers by Schmidts Florist, and hair done by Clippers Hair Salon and makeup by Skin Deep

Favorite memories of the day-Oh soooo many!! First of all Shawn Marie look GORGEOUS!! Her dress was so stunning and the perfect gown for the day! and Dan- he looked so handsome in his Dress Uniform. I loved the whole sword ceremony- so cool!! While it was a bit windy- it was such a beautiful day out and a much needed blue sly after lots of rainy cold days lately.  and so glad they stuck with having an outdoor ceremony. though we mixed up the photos with some inside so everyone didn’t have to stay out in the chilly air too long at a time.  The Whole evening was just wonderful and this couple is the sweetest and most sincere people you would ever meet!

A very touching moment was when the wife of his BM (who stood in for her husband since he is still deployed in Afghanistan gave her toast and read a special letter to them- a lot of tears in the crowd on that one and a BIG THANKS to all our military.

We hope you enjoy the mini album photos as much as we enjoyed shooting them and editing them!! Please make sure to leave a comment saying Which Photo is your Fav and WHY!! If they get at least 10 comments that will get the most popular photo as an 8X10 gift print for FREE!! So help them out!!  To order any photos and canvas wraps please contact me at cathie.bgproductions@gmail.com

 

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Normandy Farms Wedding

Shofuso Japanese House ||Blue Bell Wedding Photographer || BG Productions Photography and Videography

Shofuso Japanese House Wedding || Philadelphia Wedding Photographer || BG Productions Photography and Videography

Todays Wedding featured by Philadelphia Wedding Photographer BG Productions Photography and Videography

The Stars- Tuyen and Vinh (and their adorable daughters!)

The Location- Ceremony at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and Reception at Sang Kee Duck House in Chinatown

Favorite memories of the day- Despite the cold rainy day- I loved how happy and cheerful Tuyen and Vinh were.  It was such a sweet day filled with family and close friends and lots of very adorable children. It was really cool to capture the Vietnamese Ceremony complete with a DRAGON!!!

Al and I had a wonderful time at the restaurant reception capturing memories and hanging out talking with folks. and sooooo much food!! There was even some karaoke at the end!! and I LOVED LOVED all the tule and the pink top of her second wedding dress!! So CUTE!!

 We hope you enjoy the mini album photos as much as we enjoyed shooting them and editing them!! Please make sure to leave a comment saying Which Photo is your Fav and WHY!! If they get at least 10 comments that will get the most popular photo as an 8X10 gift print for FREE!! So help them out!! and make sure to check with them in the next month or so to get their link to the full online gallery so you can see all the photos and order any you may want!!

Shofuso Japanese House Wedding, BG Productions

Shofuso Japanese House Wedding, BG Productions

 

 

 

 

 

Shofuso Japanese House ||Philadelphia Wedding Photographer || BG Productions Photography and Videography

The Bridal Gown Shopping Process

Priority #1 - Finding a dress that makes you feel beautiful and like a bride.

Priority #2 - Making sure this dress also allows your to breathe, move, and not end the evening with bruises…

I write this post because it is amazing how many brides forget Priority #2!!

A wedding gown is like nothing you have ever worn before, and  probably will ever wear again.  Being a bride means having the opportunity (if you choose!) to wear a gown with immense detail, beading, lace, long train, etc.  And if you are like a lot of women, you have been dreaming about it for quite some time.  So it is easy to see how so many brides get wrapped up in finding the gown that looks like the gown of their dreams, and forget to also pay attention to how it feels.  But this is a HUGE thing to consider.  You are going to be in this gown for a l-o-n-g time.  And not only are you going to be in this gown for a long time, you are going to be ACTIVE in this gown for a long time.  You are going to take photos, get in and out of vehicles, walk down aisles, stand, sit, stand again, dance, sit again, dance again, etc.  This is all difficult to do in a gown that is heavy or constricting.  And remember, you are going to be photographed while doing all of this…smiling while in a constricting, heavy gown is even more difficult.  So, some things to remember…

Make note of how heavy the gown is when you try it on.  Stand in it for awhile and see how it feels.  Walk around and see how difficult it is to navigate.  If the straps are digging in to your shoulders, imagine how that will feel after 9 hours (or in actuality, one hour).  If you have to lean forward so as to drag the train behind you, it’s probably to heavy to wear for an entire ceremony.  If you are hiking up a strapless dress several times in the span of a few minutes, again, imagine how annoying that is going to be all night long.  Ask the seamstress in the store if something can be done to more evenly distribute the weight of the dress (an inner corset can help with this a lot!) and if she says no…I hate to say it, but keep trying gowns on.  Also, ask how the train will be bustled.  See how this feels as well, as it will redistribute weight of the gown.

Make note of how the dress feels.  Again, you will be wearing this a long time and you are going to want to breathe, eat and drink comfortably.  There is SUCH a temptation to squeeze into a too-tight dress that you love (and I will be writing another post about do’s and don’ts for your wedding…buying a gown a size too small will be on the don’t list!) but again, please resist this.  Too tight means you will not be comfortable, nor able to eat or drink for the most part, and therefore at risk for passing out throughout the day.  Purchase a dress that fits you properly – I promise you, you will look more beautiful in a properly fitting gown than one that is too tight. Also, pay attention to the boning in the gown and if it pokes you, ask about how to fix it.  Put your arms down so you can feel the sides of your dress…does the beading pull or cut your arms?  If the answer is yes, see what can be done to fix it.  If nothing can fix these pokes or pulls…keep looking.

Keep these things in mind and you will end up with a beautiful gown that you will ENJOY your wedding in!  You have planned for the day for so long…don’t miss a minute of it because your gown is distracting you! See the two photos below as examples of gowns that fit brides beautifully!

These gowns fit these two brides perfectly. The bride on the left fits snugly in the strapless without pulls across the chest or belly area, and without squeezing her out of the top. The bride on the right fits comfortably in her gown; the illusion neckline lays flat, the boning through the front holds the dress but does not cut into her, and again, no pulling across the chest or belly section of the gown. Perfect!

This gown has been tailored perfectly to this bride!  She can lead forward comfortably and without the strapless cut hugging her so tight that her chest becomes constricted (the gown fits but she has room to move!) and on a side note, the blush tone is just gorgeous (don’t be afraid to add some color to your gown!).

Check out our Corporate Media Website! || Flat World Media Productions

Introducing the New Corporate Website\\ Flat World Media Productions

As many of you know we have a corporate side called Flat World Media Productions. Al actually had this company when he was in school at the Philadelphia Art Institute. While we have always done corporate work we put a lot more energy into our wedding/event side over the past couple years. So now we are running them with equal speed! We have so many Exciting things going on there! We LOVE our new highlighted service- The Video Profile and we have already completed a few and have several more in varies stages of productions.

But the MOST EXCITING thing is that we have just official released our new Flat World Media Productions Website! Thanks to the AWESOME Martelle Pitts for all his work on this site (as well as the BG Productions site). We LOVE that they really match each other in style in in a few days they will be linked via their separate splash pages!! If you are looking to redo and improve YOUR website to match your branding- then please contact us. Martelle and his web talent will be joining forces with Flat World Media Productions when web services are sought after!

You may notice that we have also Officially added the Super Cool Brian Davidson to the Flat World Team. He has always been our go-to-guy- but now it is much more Official!! We are thrilled to have him and his talents in our corner.

Also stay tuned later this Spring for the Flat World Video Profile!!!
http://flatworldmediaproductions.com/

 

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The Pinterest Pit…and why you should avoid it! || Wedding Advice || BG Productions

Pinterest has become one of the fastest growing sites around, and for good reason…you can find almost anything on it.  Recipes, home renovation, holiday crafts…you name it, pinterest will have an idea and inspiration for you.  And then another idea.  And then another idea. And then yes…probably another. and as a Philadelphia Wedding Photographer who wants your wedding to be unique and representative to who you both are- this can be a problem!

Don’t get me wrong, I am a big pinterest fan.  It is a great place to find new ideas or trends, and get some inspiration. However, it is becoming the site that can drown the bride or groom in ideas and ‘must have’s’ until their centerpiece selection consists of every shape, size, flower and color, their photo list is 118 groupings long, and the dress selection includes everything from mermaid cut to Cinderella skirt.

In other words, it can become overwhelming.

No doubt Pinterest is filled with beautiful pictures and ideas, but here are some things to keep in mind:

Many of the photos of bridal parties and couples are from photo shoots, not actual weddings.  The shot you are looking at could very well be from a staged bridal shoot, which took 30 minutes to take so as to get the lighting correct and the bride & grooms silhouette ‘just right.’  Your wedding is not a staged photo shoot.  It is a day filled with naturally occurring moments of love and laughter.  Capture those moments.  Select one or two ‘must have’ shots that you pulled from Pinterest, but don’t make a list a mile long.  Let your photographer capture the fun and spontaneous moments of your wedding day.  Those are the ones with the emotion and the memories.  The moments you will want to remember.  (Like this photo -pure fun that you can’t stage…and that you have worked hard to make happen!)

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But if you like something like this (me too!) it is a great shot, only mildly staged, completely fun, and easy to add into your line up of photos -

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Your options for centerpieces are endless…and this is part of the problem.  Flowers are beautiful, and many different groupings of them are gorgeous.  So, continuously perusing Pinterest for your inspiration is bound to leave you overwhelmed.  My suggestion here – decide on the colors you want, and the budget you have to spend.  Select a few different photos (5 MAX) of things that you like, and take them to your florist appointments to see what the cost estimate for each is.  Once you know which ones are in your budget, select what you want.  None in your budget?  Ask the florist for some ideas (flowers and size of centerpiece that ARE in your budget), look at Pinterest for a few ideas within those guidelines, and decide from there.  AND THEN STOP LOOKING.  Once a decision has been made, let it be made.  Don’t drive yourself crazy continuing to look and revise and look and revise again.

That rule goes for gown shopping as well.  Peruse Pinterest for some ideas on things you like (lace, satin, chiffon, and colors you like), and bring these ideas to your shopping appointments.  However, allow a salesperson to pull a few gowns for you as well.  They are experts in knowing what cuts and shapes look best on certain figures; you may find you love a gown that you never would have thought of.  And again, once you select your gown, STOP LOOKING.  You fell in love with a dress that made you feel beautiful and like a bride, continuing to look is only going to frustrate you and take the joy away from the process.

Bottom line – if your Pinterest page has taken on a life of it’s own, (you have more than 10 different ideas per category, it takes more than 10 minutes to see all that you have posted, and you find yourself spending more than 15 minutes at a time on it), it’s time to back away from the laptop.  You know what you like.  You’ll know it again when you see it, in person, during your planning.  Don’t fall into the Pinterest Pit.  It will suck you under until you drown.  Instead, look at some photos for fun, keep them, and use them as your own inspiration.  Your wedding is your day to express yourself, not re-post a Pinterest page.

We would LOVE to hear where you pull YOUR Inspiration from!

(leave a comment below and help others out with your ideas)

The Pinterest Pit…and why you should avoid it! || Wedding Advice || BG Productions

  • April 3, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Kate - I found inspiration from one of my favorite pieces of art, “La Loge”, painted by Auguste Renoir in 1874. The venue where we got married was built in 1876, so we wanted to stay true to the style & character of the venue by allowing the painting to inspire our choices from color palette to garment choices for the bridal party and ourselves. I am going to buy a print of the painting, because when I look at it, it makes me think of my wedding!

  • April 3, 2014 - 10:32 am

    photosbycat12 - that is so Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

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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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