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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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Since posting the “December Wedding, Should You or Shouldn’t You” post (see below) I have been seeing so many posts on holiday wedding ideas that I had to write another blog. And yes, this one is in support of the “do” for December/Holiday weddings!  The fashion alone makes it worth the risks you take by having a winter wedding…I have been obsessing over the fur wrap from the previous post ever since I posted it!

And along with a stunning white wrap for a bride, a December/Holiday wedding almost insists on a gown that will have wintery traits; think snowflake embellishments, mesh details, and hints of glimmer.  The illusion neckline that is popular right now fits right in with this kind of detailing; check out the gowns and necklines below. How stunning would these look next to holiday lights?

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The fun you  can have with bridesmaids gowns and accessories is endless as well.  Think you have to stick with red or green accents when having a December wedding? Think again!  This photo shows a deep icy blue that is sophisticated yet still depicts December.  Accented by a beautiful (and functional!) fur wrap and complimented with pure white bouquets, you have a bridesmaids ensemble that is simple yet stunning:

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Gentlemen won’t be left out of the December fashion fun either!  I love the look of a slate gray tuxedo or suit, and it can be complimented with so many other colors that fit the winter theme (ice blue, deep blue, red, burgundy, deep green – all look great next to a tuxedo/suit like this!):

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Top it off with a pine needle boutonniere and you have your holiday touch:

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A wedding on or close to New  Years can be a ton of fun to accessorize as well.  I LOVE the look of these silver bridesmaids dresses (and the age old line of ‘you’ll wear it again!’ is actually true for a gown like this!):

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Remember, have fun, enjoy the process, and no matter what happens on your December wedding day, ENJOY the day! No weather issues or traffic jams can take away the meaning of the day…Happy Planning and Happy Holidays!

 

Talk to any wedding professional and they will tell you that December weddings are a Catch-22.  They are no doubt beautiful (most cities have their holiday decorations out making street photos even prettier, venues will be decorated for the holidays as well), and this is often a quieter time for wedding professionals so their availability is better. However, it has it’s drawbacks as well. Weather can be crippling and make travel difficult, not to mention that traveling long distances can be expensive as it is holiday time and prices sky rocket. So, how do you know if a December wedding will work for you? Consider these things:

1) Where will your guests be coming from?  If the bulk of your guests are in the area (i.e., will not need to fly to attend) a December wedding can work very well.  A snowstorm won’t derail the bulk of your guest list, and if a snowstorm is on the horizon, your guests may be able to get a hotel room that will get them a bit closer to your venue (little tip…having your wedding and reception at the same place will be even more helpful with possible weather situations).  However, if you have many guests that will need to fly in, December may be a bad idea.  Flying is expensive at this time of year and could mean guests being unable to attend.

2) Do you like Christmas decorations?  If you do, perfect!  Venues and churches are bound to be decorated for Christmas (not to mention all the money you will save by a place being already decorated for you!).   However, if Christmas is not your thing, you may want to skip December.  Christmas décor will not be permitted to come down in most places, and cutting it out of every photo is simply not possible.

3) What is your honeymoon budget, and when do you want to go?  If you want a tropical honeymoon that will whisk you from the cold be aware that it will be more expensive at this time of year (and that snowstorms may derail your plans as well). However, if you are all right with postponing your honeymoon a bit (which is something more and more couples are doing, so as to have more time with their out of town guests and to enjoy awhile at home before rushing off), then December could work very well!

4) What are you picturing for your attire?  If you are hoping for a light dress and a groom in khakis and a Hawaiian shirt, December probably isn’t your month (unless you choose destination).  However, if you are a fan of furs, capes and full tuxes, they all look incredible in December.  When else will you get to wear something like this?

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Bottom line: if any of these factors are going to make you stress and lose sleep, try to stick to a safer month.  However, if you are aiming for a more intimate wedding and are dreaming of Christmas decorations in your photos, then December is for you. Enjoy. Take it in. And be ‘marry’ed!!

The calendar is down to just one page, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down!  Holiday planning is in full swing, and you may find yourself swamped with tasks not of the wedding kind…which is OK!  Enjoy this holiday hustle and bustle and the time with loved ones.  However, if you do find yourself with some time, December is a great time for certain wedding tasks. Read on…

Search for a dress:

In preparation for new designs in January, designers discontinue certain styles in December, and gown shops are told this.  This means their samples will be for sale at a greatly reduced price.  It also means that time is limited to order it, so if you find a gown you fall in love with, it’s time to buy! Ditto for veils, tiaras and hair ornaments.

Search for a bridesmaids dress:

Designers will discontinue certain bridesmaids gowns and colors at the end of the year too, which again means discounted prices! It also means crunch time for ordering. So, if you have selected a gown for your bridal party, encourage your bridesmaids to order their gowns, even if your wedding is not until summer.  Ditto for flower girl gowns, and mother of the bride/mother of the groom gowns.

Book your venue!

January and February is referred to as “Bridal Christmas” in the wedding professionals world, due to the number of engagements that take place between Thanksgiving Day and New Years Eve.  Venues will be swamped with appointments of newly-engaged couples looking to book. If you have a date in mind for 2015 but have not selected your venue, do it now, before the date gets taken away from you.

Purchase your bridal party gifts!

Sales abound throughout December, and this can mean great savings on your gifts for your party.  Personalized jewelry, glassware, bags and clothing are bound to be on sale, along with any thing else you may be thinking of!  Do a search on amazon and etsy and take advantage of the holiday sales.

Set your hotel and room block:

With all of those newly engaged couples setting dates, hotel blocks will fill up quickly too.  If you have not done so already, select your hotel and room block.

Book your honeymoon:

Once the calendar turns to January, travel prices are bound to go up. Book your travel now and chances are you will see savings.  Book it through a travel agent and you will get the best insurance prices too.  And then you will be able to start counting down the days to your wedding AND your honeymoon!

ENJOY THE SEASON!

December is bound to be a flurry of holiday plans, family, parties and cards.  Remember to enjoy it.  Take in every minute.  Set a few dates nights with your fiance so you are sure to get time together during the hustle and bustle, and think about how close you are to YOUR WEDDING YEAR and becoming a true married couple.  This phase goes so fast and you will miss it when it is done.

Wishing you a blessed and happy holiday season!

Love, BG Productions

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Deerfield Country Club Wedding || Liz + Anthony || Delaware Wedding Photographer || BG Productions

2014 was an AMAZING year for BG Productions and our last wedding of the year was just Perfect!! Liz and Anthony are just so sweet and laid back! The Whole day was smooth, beautiful, and full of laughter!!! We are so glad we met them through our friend Colette- Liz’s best friend (and MOH). Their wedding was at Deerfield Country club in DE. And although it was a bit grey out and chilly, this couple were Rockstars and didn’t let any of that bother them or keep them from doing some beautiful photos outside!! Even the adorable Genevieve (colette’s daughter) didn’t let the cold bother her and we were able to get some great pics with her too!!!

Liz looked GORGEOUS!!! As did all her bridesmaids and Anthony was dashing in his suit!! Of course our favorite thing about his outfit was the Star Wars cufflinks and sock that he and his groomsman wore!!! Such a great way to incorporate some personality into the mix!!! Pastore Events (colette’s company) did a wonderful job helping Liz with all her wedding planning and Tish stepped in the handle all the day of coordinating needs. Together with Deerfield Country Club, Forever Floral and Taz from Silver Sounds kept the party totally going!!! And being from Ohio and a BIG Buckeyes fan- as is Anthony- it was awesome capturing them opening a special present during the reception!!!

We were so thrilled to be chosen to capture such an Awesome Wedding!!!

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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  • November 24, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Gabrielle - My vote is for #55 – that treeline is such a gorgeous backdrop. And, for the record, #32 got me teary eyed! What a great moment to capture. :*)

  • November 24, 2014 - 7:40 pm

    Andy - Number 76 is the winner. Perfect couple picture with a beautiful sunset in the background. This is what a photo shop program cannot reproduce!

  • November 24, 2014 - 8:06 pm

    Michelle - Although I think #22 is the most beautiful picture of Liz, #76 captures the beauty of the entire day

  • November 24, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    Liz - I love number 76! Cat and Al there are so many amazing shots I can’t wait to pick them for our book!!

  • November 24, 2014 - 8:10 pm

    Ant - Number 76 is the winner :-)

  • November 24, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    Shel - #76 is absolutely gorgeous!

  • November 24, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    Amy - 76!

  • November 24, 2014 - 10:05 pm

    Brandon - Yeah, 76 is perfect I think. Though it’s still a hard choice because there really are some great ones to pick from. 2nd would be 55.

  • November 25, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Gail - Although 76 is beautiful my vote is for #50. They both look so relaxed and happy.

  • November 25, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    Eileen - #76. Loved the sunset in the background

  • November 26, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    Linda - Wow what great photos! I really like #50 very natural #76 is beautiful as well

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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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