All Fun and Games

October 29th, 2012

Here are some photos from another recent wedding.  This one was special for me because it was my usual wedding assistant getting married.  They planned a wedding that was as quirky as they are, and it was a tremendous amount of fun.

The wedding’s theme was games, since bride and groom had met at a game night and are fervent game players.  They carried the theme through everything–including the ceremony.  One vow for each of them was determined by the roll of a six-sided die.

Each centerpiece used a different board game.  Here is Trivial Pursuit.

Each centerpiece used a different board game. Here is Trivial Pursuit.

And here is the game of Risk.

And here is the game of Risk. Table "numbers" were the name of each game.

Chutes and Ladders!

Chutes and Ladders!

Monopoly, too.  The flowers were different for each table.

Monopoly, too.

All the flowers were wacky and fun, as suited the day.

All the flowers were wacky and fun, as suited the day.

Here you can see how well the flowers suited the room.

Here you can see how well the flowers suited the room.

The bride made the card box to resember a six-sided die.

The bride made the card box to resemble a six-sided die.

The bride's Italian family created a proper send-off for them.

The bride's Italian family created a proper send-off for them.

DIY Weddings: Photography

October 22nd, 2012

You might look at the cost of professional photography and think you’d be better off without a professional photographer.  You might be right.  Or you might be very disappointed.  It all depends on how important photos are to you.

Here's a photo I took with my point-and-shoot camera and limited photography skills.

Here's a photo I took with my point-and-shoot camera and limited photography skills.

If having high quality photos of your entire wedding and reception is not your first priority, you can ask a friend or relative to document the day for you.  Someone with good photography equipment can probably take decent photos for you.

But if having professional quality photos is important, it’s difficult to get them without paying professional prices.  Professional wedding photographers have equipment and skills that ordinary mortals lack.  The best consistently take copious, excellent photos that capture the essence of your day.  They are on the spot and don’t usually miss any important moments.  It’s also important that they are not guests, but are hired to work for the entire time, so they will be alert and sober until the time they leave.  They know what to look for and how to take good (and often stunning) photos of your wedding.

The same cake in a photo taken by Agnes Malorny, professional.

The same cake in a photo taken by Agnes Malorny, professional.

As with all DIY projects, think this one through before you make a decision.  There is a definite difference in quality between amateur and professional photos.  Decide what is important to you, and then pay a professional if you can’t live without those photos.

Labor Day Wedding

October 15th, 2012

Labor Day weekend I was fortunate enough to work on a lovely wedding reception that took place in the back yard of the groom’s parents.  The couple’s vision of the wedding was one of utter simplicity and elegance.  They focused most of their attention on the entertainment, with a jazz trio playing during cocktails, a DJ for dancing after dinner, and a photo booth.  Here are some photos from the day to give you a taste of what is possible under a tent.

The only table decor was a floral centerpiece.

The only table decor was a floral centerpiece.

Here's a longer view of the guest tables.

Here's a longer view of the guest tables.

The sweetheart table and tables for the wedding party had slightly darker linens.

The sweetheart table and tables for the wedding party had slightly darker linens.

The bride and groom made the cute seating board.

The bride and groom made the cute seating board.

The backyard was already a nice place to have a wedding.

The backyard was already a nice place to have a wedding.

A close-up of the bridal bouquet.

A close-up of the bridal bouquet.

Teaser: Recent Weddings

October 9th, 2012

I’ve done three weddings recently that I wasn’t able to post anything about.  Here are a few photos from them.  Stay tuned for more on all three.

The state fair theme of this reception was reflected in both the table and room decor.

The state fair theme of this reception was reflected in both the table and room decor.

You almost couldn't get more contrast to the last reception than this funky, game-inspired decor.

You almost couldn't get more contrast to the last reception than this funky, game-inspired decor.

And here's something completely different from the third wedding.

And here's something completely different from the third wedding.

I’ll write a little something about each, so please check back.  I should have full photos from all three before long, too.  Those will go in the photo galleries.