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    Award Winning || BG Productions Photography and Videography
    Al and I Artists. We are down-to-earth, energetic wedding professionals! We will work hard to make sure that your day is everything you planned it to be. We want to help it go smoothly and help you smile! 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.

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One of the most breathtaking new trends for 2015 is in floral centerpieces.  I deliberately left it out of my last blog post (see below if you want info on the newest trends in dresses, bouquets, and color palates for 2015!) because I feel like it deserves (almost) an entire blog of it’s own.

This year, centerpieces are literally being taken to a whole new level.  Couples are opting out of centerpieces placed on the center of the table, and instead are having them suspended from the ceiling!  We started seeing this around 2013 and 2015 will see this trend go full steam ahead, and with good reason.  It truly creates a breathtaking look, drawing the eye up and creating a dramatic look in a reception room.  Depending on the size of the suspended centerpiece, you can accent the table with small vases of flowers, or skip flowers on the table completely.  See below:

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As you can see, these centerpieces compliment long guest tables (sometimes referred to as King Henry tables) beautifully, and these tables were a trend we saw start last year and has no inclination of going anywhere.  Concerned that these suspended centerpieces may be out of budget?  Well, with centerpieces so dramatic, you won’t need as many to make an impact in the room, so it is still worth asking about (be sure to ask about set up and break down costs).

Ceremony decor has us ‘looking up’ as well, as backdrops are including high strung lights or backdrops that go from floor to ceiling.  This ceremony decor is stunning, and if the reception is going to be in this room as well, the sweetheart table, cake table, guest book table or gift table can be placed underneath, so as to continue to use it as a gorgeous focal point:BG Trend Ceremony

This ceremony piece looks like a ‘standing garden’ and creates a stunning backdrop for a ceremony.  Once the ceremony is done, continue to use it by again placing the gift table or place card table in front, or utilize it as the backdrop for a photo booth!

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Looking for a backdrop that is a bit more personalized?  I LOVE this idea below. Create a backdrop/runner that shares your vows, words of love, married name, wedding date, whatever you wish!

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As far as catering goes, the cocktail reception trend is here to stay as well, though 2015 will see it with a new twist: The Taster Reception.  People have enjoyed cocktail receptions immensely as they allow guests to enjoy passed finger foods for an extended period which allows them to move around and socialize and not feel tied to a dinner table.  It also allowed people to eat as they were hungry, and enjoy a variety.  So 2015 is going to kick this up a notch; instead of 5-6 butlered hors d’oeuvres and/or appetizer stations, guests will enjoy 6-8 different food selections, prepared in small ‘taste’ portions, either passed or stationery, or both!  Think mini-grilled cheese with a shot glass side of tomato soup, beef sliders and mini-dumplings.  Who wouldn’t love a wedding spent dancing the night away while munching on mini macaroni and cheese cups and mini mozzarella balls in sauce!?

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Again, what do you think?  Like, love, or loathe what 2015 is bringing our way?  Share your thoughts!


Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!
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In the wedding industry, I always love seeing what trends the new year is bringing, and 2015 is NOT going to disappoint.  Dramatic, elegant and chic is being combined in a way that is a hint of vintage, a hint of modern, and total sophistication.
For colors, the Merlot palate has taken hold.  This wine color has several variations, from deep burgundy to a pale cranberry, and everything in between, including deep eggplant and light pink.  It pairs beautiful with browns, purples, even some reds and oranges, leaving options widely open for floral colors and complimenting linens.  It looks gorgeous next to a gray suit, black tux, blue suit or more casual khaki pants and complementary colored shirt.  What people love about this palate is that it’s a neutral without being boring; bold enough to feel unique, but neutral enough to play with:
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Another place we are seeing color is bridal gowns.  While adding touches of color has been a big trend in the recent past, now having gowns that are a full color is becoming popular.  We are seeing a lot of gowns that are of a gold hue, blush tone, and even silver tone walking up the aisle, and with good reason.  These gowns warm up the skin, look stunning either with beading or without, and allow a bride to go just a bit different or completely dramatic – see the gowns here for examples:
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We are also seeing a lot of feminine but dramatic touches in gowns, from detailed lace (like the above gown in the gold hue) or beaded sleeves to plunging necklines and deep low cut backs, or backs with extremely ornate designs:
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To compliment this ornate back trend are simpler veils or use of only hair jewelry or fascinators instead of a full veil (who wants to hide a back that gorgeous?!).  We saw this trend of fascinators start around 2005, and it continues to pick up speed.  While most brides want something in their hair as they say that the veiling or hair jewelry is what makes them feel like a bride, 2015 sees most brides selecting more elaborate hair jewelry/pieces to wear and either skipping the veil completely, or only wearing it for the ceremony.
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For flowers, we are seeing elaborate yet simple bouquets; bouquets that have one or two large blooms, surrounded by several smaller flowers or babies breath.
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We are also seeing crafted bouquet that are more ornamental than ever:
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What do you think? I love everything!  I’ll be posting more about trends for centerpieces, décor and Groom and Groomsmen attire, but let me know what you think of these first!  To all newly engaged couples and/or those tying the knot in 2015, happy planning!

Amanda + Danny || Rhode Island Wedding Photographer || BG Productions

What a sweet couple! We were thrilled when we hear our friend (and Awesome wedding Planner who runs Pastore Events) Colette’s sister as getting married and wanted us to capture it all! Al and I always love traveling to other areas to photograph weddings and we hadn’t been to Providence Rhode Island, so that made it even better! Amanda and Danny were so sweet and easy to work with. They just wanted a fun, laid back wedding day to celebrate with their friends and family! And that was exactly what they got! Everyone had a great time celebrating, dancing, and eating s’mores with them!! and they have another reason to celebrate- they are having their first child in about 3 months!! Congrats!!

Here are their Awesome vendors

Venue: Agawam Hunt Club

Makeup – Get Glam by Dawn and Hair by C.King Brides

DJJett Jam Entertainment

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All the florals were done by Amanda’s step dad and he did an Awesome job! and the cake from Johnson and Wales University

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!!

  • January 20, 2015 - 7:29 pm

    BJ Saybolt - The total package reflected who Amanda and Danny are as a couple. Casual,family oriented,loving with a sense of humor. Their love was caught in their eyes as they looked at each other in the many candid pics. Good job one and all.

  • January 21, 2015 - 3:58 pm

    Gabrielle - My vote is #53 (I think it’s #53? The head-to-head profile shot you posted on FB!). Very romantic, her stole is gorgeous, and you can see the bling!

    Super close second is her rocking out as he’s pointing at her belly. How adorable!

  • January 21, 2015 - 7:39 pm

    Dot - Photography was beautiful! There were a lot of photos I liked. One of my favorite is Amanda & Danny on stairway . A loving moment alone……
    The photos captured the true happiness & love of all who attended Amanda & Dannny’s wedding day.

    Great job Cathie & Al!

  • January 22, 2015 - 8:00 am

    AP - I’m in love with everything but my favorite would have to be number 44!!!

  • January 25, 2015 - 7:46 pm

    Stacey Baratelle - I live the black and white shot of Danny and Amanda sitting on the sofa about to kiss.

2015 is now in full swing, and couples newly engaged over the holidays are starting their planning in full force.  It can be overwhelming with all the decisions you have to make but don’t stress!  Below are a few things to get you started, and January is a perfect time to tackle them:

Search for your gown:

January is referred to as “Bridal Christmas” in the wedding world, because this is when all new designs come out in wedding and bridesmaids gowns.  Your selection will be huge, and with all the newest trends.  This is also a great time to snag a gown at a discounted price; check out the gowns that have been discontinued by designers, as they will be HUGELY discounted (a past bride purchased what was originally a $7000 gown for $1500 just by shopping in January!).  Also check your local consignment shops.  Many will be flooded by bridal shop donations, as they need to clear their floor for new designs.

Book Your Venue:

It goes without saying that this is the biggest task; you can’t book other vendors until you have a locked in date, and you can’t have a locked in date without a locked in venue.  If you have a specific day in mind, book your venue SOON. This is the biggest engagement time of the year (there will be a small surge on Valentine’s Day too) and you don’t want to wait too long.

Book A Make-Up/Hair Trial:

Make-up artists and stylists have been newly schooled on all of the trends for 2015 in hair and make-up.  You may make some decisions about bridesmaids gowns and linens based on the colors she chooses for you (I know this sounds funny, but it’s true!), and getting to play with possible looks is fun!

Book Your Engagement Photos!

If you are doing Save The Dates, you will most likely want to include a photo of the two of you on it.  Book your engagement session soon, so you will have plenty of time to sort through, pick your favorites, and get your Save The Dates printed.  Not to mention, engagement sessions are so much fun.  This is often the time that it becomes real; you are really engaged, and going to start your life together as a married couple.  It can be a very emotional and beautiful time.

ENJOY your engagement and wedding planning!

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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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