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Flowers are always lovely, but it’s hard to make a real statement with the bouquet you choose for your big day. Here are a few bouquets that are a bit different and will leave a lasting impression.
by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
PS….Our very own Brittany is teaching a paper flower class on Skillshare next week…if you’ve been itching to make some paper flowers ever since seeing the giant ones she made for her wedding, this is the class for you! Sign up here.
VENUE: Once we got engaged in Scotland, the next challenge was figuring out where to get married. While London offered us a lot of opportunities, we decided to go for New York, my home town. We love going to concerts and saw that the Music Hall of Williamsburg was available for private events. We had a look around the space when it was empty and saw how much potential the venue offered us. We could have the ceremony and reception in the same place and still have enough room for a cocktail hour. It was perfect! We wanted the wedding to be an extension of us, an opportunity to share the music, food and place we love, and the Music Hall let us do all this. We were lucky to have an amazing space to start with and the flexibility to give it the look we wanted with our own chuppah (made by James and friends), string lights and bunting/flags. Little did we know, we had a vision for the space but didn’t fully appreciate it until the day. I was almost crying when I walked into the space on the wedding day and saw how beautifully James and his groomsmen transformed the space. Glen Miller was being played on the loud speaker and I truly felt like I had stepped into a Music Hall from another era.
INVITATIONS: James knew about them as he use to live around the corner from their workshop in London, which is tall and slender and chock full of printing presses. We loved the typography work they did with initials and quickly were able to design a simple but bold invitation for our wedding. The green we used in the invite would reappear throughout our wedding.
FOOD: Elizabeth, owner of Betty Brooklyn, was recommended to us by our DJs and we instantly liked her and her approach to food. She sources locally and cooks seasonally. We didn’t know what the weather would be like but thought comfort food, that lines your belly, was the way to go. She was also incredibly accommodating to make our menu accessible to the various family member’s food allergies including a mini gluten free, dairy free red velvet cake! The drinks were provided by the venue and they were kind to have cocktails of our choice, Blacks Russians and White Ladies, ready for guests after the ceremony.
DRESS: I did not have any vision in my mind as to what my dream wedding dress would look like. I found my wedding dress on my first day of looking. The girls at The White Gown take such good care of you. They understand your response/taste and find dresses to match this. They also have a great selection of dresses. The were also incredibly accommodating to fit my fittings in/around my dates in NYC and did some last minute alterations.
SHOES: I wanted to have pretty shoes that I could dance in. Couldn’t look much further than Repetto! Althought I was greatful to have some white sparkly Tom’s to change into at the end of the night.
HEADPIECE: I knew I didn’t want to wear a veil but wanted something to complete my outfit for the day. I thought I would wear my headpiece for the ceremony and then lose it but I ended wearing it the whole night!
BRIDESMAID: The had dresses in the exact green we used in our invitations so it felt like the right place to go for the dresses. The variety was great and could accommodate everyone’s style.
SUIT: While James didn’t wear a traditional morning suit, he did kit himself out like a proper English gentleman and got his suit, shoes and waistcoat all on Jermyn Street
RINGS: There’s an amazing antiques market near Bond Street in London called Grey’s Antiques Market. Both James and I found our wedding rings there in the same day.
MUSIC: Have a dance party with our friends and family was a number one priority. The enthusiasm from Abby and Tom for our space and vision was exactly what we wanted for the night.
FLOWERS: Saw Taylor’s designs in NY Magazine and found her arrangements playful but delicate at the same time, with an amazing eye for detail. She was great at sourcing the quirky flowers we were after and worked with the layout of the tables to fill the long ones with apothecary glass vases. The brown glass really played off the metal and industrial feel of the space.
FAVORS: We kept trying to find ways of combining the UK and NYC together and our favors offered a great opportunity. Found the ‘We are Happy to Serve You’ Greek coffee cups online (so NYC!) and then filled it with our favorite candy and tea from the UK. We used the favors to double as table cards using initial badges on shipping tags.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Sas was recommended to us and we could quickly see from her portfolio that she could capture truly amazing moments in time. We were keen to have a photographer who would capture everything but without us knowing they were there. She was exactly what we wanted. We look back at our photos from the night and feel like we are able to relive all the fun and happiness through her work. She also did an amazing job of tracking down some great spaces for our photos – mere minutes from the venue. I can’t speaking highly enough of her work, from portraits to action shots. She makes every photo unique and special.
Venue: Music Hall of Williamsburg
Invitations: Harrington and Squires
Food: Betty Brooklyn
Dress: The White Gown
Hairpiece: Colette Malouf
Bridesmaids: J Crew
Suit: Jermyn Street
Rings: Grey’s Antiques Market
Flowers: Fox Fodder Farm
Photography: Sasithon Photography
Portrait location: The Jungle
[images from Sasithon Photography]
If you haven’t been to BLDG 92 in the Brooklyn Navy Yards yet, you should definitely look it up as a potential wedding venue, because its pretty damn awesome (as these photos can attest). Its got the rustic, its got the modern, and this couple really worked both in perfectly.
[images from Isabelle Selby]
Isabelle Selby is a sponsor of Brooklyn Bride
Getting Published: The Editors Speak
October 12, 2012 —
Experienced and emerging wedding shooters alike know the absolute best way to gain exposure is by being published, either in print or on one of the thousands of local and national wedding blogs that exist. No matter your market, there’s a publication for you—from “Newport Wedding Glam” (newportweddingglam.com) to “Marry Me Tampa Bay” (marrymetampabay.com), and all cities in between. But what are the sure-fire ways to get published? We spoke with six editors from leading wedding publications and blogs to ask how many submissions they consider, which photos are absolutely played out, and what gets noticed by their discerning eyes.
Perhaps the grand daddy of wedding everything, The Knot and theknot.com cover it all, and photo director Rebecca Crumley says that photographers are always encouraged to submit to the publication’s twice-a-year deadlines for print (organized by region), and rolling digital submissions.
“For blog submissions, we usually have an answer [back to the submitter] in two to three weeks; for print, we work six months ahead,” Crumley says. “Our New York print region runs about 12 to 15 features, and we probably get over 100 submissions per deadline. We look at geography, new venues and something that will speak to each bride whether her style is classic, vintage, etc. For print, we obviously want these images to have a really long shelf life; I want to make sure the trends still feel fresh six months from now. Online, it’s more ‘we like it, it’s pretty, let’s go.’ ”
But what is pretty according to The Knot? While Crumley ultimately wants images to reflect the magazine’s brand (hint: study it), weddings that make the cut typically have “a color palette you don’t ordinarily see, a clever theme or something that makes you stop,” she says.
For Crumley, who’s inundated with images, there’s a ton of overlap, so it’s the creatively composed portrait or shot with forethought that stands out. “I like when the detail shots have environment to them,” Crumley says. “I’m all about environmental portraits—the hills and the setting. It’s a good way to push the style of the wedding.”
Once you have the detail shots and unique angles, Crumley says there a few things to leave out of your submissions: “Feet; they were really big for a while, and if you do it well, great. But I’m sick of seeing bad execution of a cute idea.” The photo director says if you’re shooting a cliché subject, the trick is to make it special by using your own style. She also says that not thoroughly styling a shot or taking a detail shot without a clear focus is a pet peeve of hers. “The shot should be clean and pretty,” Crumley says. “A lot [of photographers] will fire off detail shots with things like crooked silverware—not straightening silverware is a flaw.”
As editor-in-chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom magazine and fashion editor of Washingtonian, Kate Bennett is privy to multiple photographic influences. But for photos that get published, both in print and on Washingtonian’s Bride & Groom blog, “I look for the same thing that brides are looking for: attention to detail,” Bennett says. “I love the moments shots, whether it’s a candid of the flower girl or detail of the veil. I also like food shots, if there are beautiful hor d’oeuvres or drinks. Those detail moment shots are…almost like the artwork depicting the day and surrounding the main players.”
While wedding submissions tend to come “in crazy amounts,” Bennett says it’s photographers and wedding planners who best understand publication’s editorial component. “We’re only [published] twice a year, we feature on average 12 real weddings an issue and we [like to think] we’re the most important wedding magazine in the Washington D.C./Maryland/Virginia area,” Bennett explains. While photographers’ typical first goal is to be featured in print, “for the weddings that don’t make it into the print edition, I try my best to at least get them up on our blog.”
What won’t get featured? “We get a lot of Washington monument shots that are pretty, but it gets old,” Bennett says. “I wish I could see more interesting backdrops or more interesting ways to shoot couples by those backdrops.”
Bennett says interaction between the bride and groom is also key. “When we look for a cover, we’re always looking for the couple with the most real emotion. Even if she has a beautiful smile, it may not work; we look at how [the couple] feels and how that comes through.” Bennett says that because Bride & Groom’s average reader tends to spend more than the national average on her wedding, the publication is something to which photographers often aspire. “Our brides are well-educated, working women, savvy about who they’re hiring and what they’re paying, so for a photographer to reach our audience is a coup.”
Brooklyn Bride’s editor, Vané Broussard, depends solely on submissions (mostly from photographers) for 100 percent of the weddings and engagement shoots she features; however, she only publishes a fraction of what she receives.
“While the name Brooklyn Bride may be a little misleading, the blog is really about modern weddings, so I’m really looking for unique spaces, very design-oriented, architectural, clean, etc.,” Broussard explains. “I love seeing white spaces like galleries with lots of pops of bright colors.”
And what has she had her fill of? “I’m really hoping the whole vintage wedding trend will come to an end in the future; if I never had to see another mason jar filled with field flowers, or a couple posing on a bale of hay in a barn filled with twinkle lights, it would be too soon!”
Instead, Broussard favors a photojournalistic approach over more posed submissions. With about 220,000 page views per month, Broussard says, “Blogs can really help drive traffic to photographers’ sites because it’s a direct link, versus when in magazines, the bride would have to remember to go to that photographer’s website after the fact,” Broussard says. “There’s also a bit more immediate gratification because you don’t have to wait months for a wedding to get posted as with magazine printing schedules.”
As its “about” section suggests, Classic Bride is “devoted to perfecting the artful mix of old and new to create a uniquely sophisticated aesthetic.” Editor Sarah Darcy, who started the blog in 2007, says about 65 percent of submissions come directly from photographers, in the forms of real weddings, engagement shoots or bridal sessions, but she typically only publishes about 25 percent of what she receives.
What kinds of shots is she looking for? “I always like to see the ‘full story’ of a wedding—from the make-up to the ceremony to the reception and send-off…I love when photographers include a write-up of the day from the bride and/or groom,” Darcy writes via e-mail. “I love to see emotion…photos where people appear unaware that a photographer is even there. A few planned shots are always nice to include, but it’s the mix that I always enjoy. I also have a soft spot for grainy film shots. There is something undeniably classic about film.”
When it comes to trends that are played out, Darcy says there are too many. “The jumping shots—I’m seeing less—but I had to put that out there because I just never understood that trend,” she relays. “I’m also really tired of dress shots where the dress is hanging in front of a window. I almost never publish these photos with the real weddings I feature. Ring shots are a close second; it’s so much more interesting to get those detail shots when the bride is actually in the dress or wearing the ring.”
With hundreds of weekly submissions for only 12-to-15 featured spots, the competition to be featured on wedding blog powerhouse JunebugWeddings is intense.
“We’re former wedding photographers and we have a commitment to publishing only outstanding photography…so the very first thing we look for in all submissions is the quality of the images,” says co-founder and executive editor Christy Weber.
Weber recommends that photographers do their research about Junebug before submitting, send submissions in the requested format, respond to questions promptly and be generally easy to work with. She also suggests that you “submit your weddings to one publication at a time. Most blogs and magazines have some sort of exclusivity policy, so if it’s clear you’re blanketing the industry and sending one wedding out to a bulk mailing list, most editors won’t consider it seriously.”
But what, specifically, are Junebug editors looking to see? In addition to flawless exposure, consistent processing and an artistic point-of-view, “We love photos that illustrate the couple’s story,” Weber says. “How did this couple create a wedding that truly represents them, visually and emotionally? In what ways did they follow their hearts? How did the wedding professionals involved help them bring their vision to life? We feel that our readers are looking for permission to explore all the things they’re day-dreaming [about] for their weddings in a uniquely personal way.”
While Weber says her editorial team loves to see the latest in digital processing, there’s also draw in the “old fashioned” technique of slowing down, composing and shooting a photo the way you intended the first time. “The zone system of creating images that include rich blacks and whites that still show their detail will never go out of style,” she says.
Vermont Vows, WellWed Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket, WellWed New York, WellWed Hamptons and soon-to-be-launched WellWed Maine & New Hampshire are a bevy of regional boutique wedding publications produced by Literati Creative Group. All these image-heavy titles, plus the blog (www.vtvows.com/blog) require stellar photography, and editor and publisher Krista Washburn says about 30 percent of the publications’ images are based on submissions, with about 20 percent of submissions actually being used.
“It’s market-specific,” Washburn says of the types of images she’s looking for. “If I’m working on the Vermont book, I want to see photographers tying in the local scenery—be it architectural, landscapes, etc.—a local element is key; a vintage farm tractor on the side of the road, or a classic Vermont barn, highlight the rustic-chic appeal that Vermont offers. Photographers should play into the strengths of wherever they are shooting.”
But there are plenty shots Washburn would rather not see when it comes to submissions. “Cake-in-the-face shots and hoards of people dancing don’t do it for us,” she says. “Those types of images aren’t inspiring and they lack detail that appeal to our viewers and readers.”
What does the reader, and Washburn, look for in images that run? “Details are always key. Sometimes it’s the extra effort of going in ahead-of-time to photograph the table top setting, and even moving a plate or glass to get the perfect centerpiece shot. Our reader wants to be inspired by ideas and what others have done—shots of the decor, invitations and bouquets, along with couple shots highlighting their stylish attire—that’s what they want to see, but also, that’s what I want to see. That’s what’s really inspiring.”
A Wider Net
If you’ve shot a killer wedding and know the images are worthy of publication but don’t have a specific publication in mind (or you want to cast the widest net), consider uploading to online publicity platform Two Bright Lights. Brought to our attention by WellWed editor Krista Washburn, who uses the site often, Two Bright Lights has more than 300 editorial partners (i.e. wedding blogs) that use the site when they’re looking for content. Here’s the process: content creator (photographer, videographer, vendor) becomes a member, uploads images to the portal and selects the magazines and blogs to which he wants to submit. Content publisher (blogger, print or web editor) is notified, combs the site for appropriate photographs that match the story he or she is looking to run, and Voila! A match is made and exposure achieved. Both free and paid membership options are available.
Trends, Trends, Trends
What trends in wedding photography have our editors noticed during the past three years?
They fill us in.
Photographers focus on the details and design of weddings now. The shoe shot is pretty much requisite. Years ago, it was a new and clever idea, now it’s just one of a huge list of shots to be expected (not sure if that’s good or bad). I’ve also noticed sun flares showing up more in wedding photos. Personally I like the effect, but I know many editors will disagree.
—Sarah Darcy, Classic Bride
I’ve noticed more storytelling. For a while it was just family wedding photos, then it went to photojournalism. Now it’s a hybrid where it’s a little of both—the trend to get the needed shots, but also storytelling. Brides are looking for more well-rounded photographers who can do both.
—Kate Bennett, Washingtonian Bride & Groom
We admire Elizabeth Messina, because she has pioneered a whole genre of romantic natural light portraits and details, and we love the intense, sexy images of Ben and Erin Chrisman, and the imaginative work of Jeff Newsom, who has pushed the envelope with his perspectives.
—Christy Weber, Junebug
The whole vintage trend was huge for a while, and it’s still kind of lingering, but going through different stages. There was a phase where Polaroid transfer was big, and a lot of people love images with a vintage wash. Now, I think it’s becoming the film, romantic look. I actually embrace and respect it because it requires craft and you have to know your film.
—Rebecca Crumley, The Knot
I think photographers are figuring out what bloggers are looking for with shots (i.e. lots of details), but at the same time, I’m seeing the same shots over and over. Pretty much every submission has that shot of the couple lifting up their respective dress/pants to show the shoes.
—Vané Broussard, Brooklyn Bride
Photographers are doing both still and cinematography with the same camera throughout the day, which is awesome in generating increased revenue. Also, the “first-look/before-I-do” photo of the couple seeing each other for the first time, pre-walking down the aisle. Couples love it, and it’s a great, emotion-filled shot for their wedding album.
—Krista Washburn, WellWed and Vermont Vows
“What does it mean?” is a continuing series where we ask a blogger how they used their wedding as an expression of their union with their significant other. Today we are honored to hear from Ashley and Andreas Ludaescher. Ashley is a photographer of travel and weddings and blogger of Chasing Heartbeats. She and her husband live in Berlin, Germany.
I am originally from California and met Andreas while I was working in Germany’s beautiful Black Forest. When we started to plan our wedding we knew we wanted something small and intimate, a long weekend for our families and friends to relax and get to know one another. The location was the easiest decision we made, as we got engaged in Cape Cod and it has always been one of my favorite places in the world, in addition to the fact that it is pretty close to half way between our two homes. Another reason it is so close to my heart is that my family has so much history there. My grandfather grew up in Cape Cod and later in his life built his sister a little lakeside cottage there, which is now my family’s little home away from home. The property it sits on has been in our family so long that it was originally paid for in British Pounds! Andreas has also grown to love Cape Cod the way I do, and we wanted to share it with the rest of our family and friends who had never visited before.
The ceremony and reception was held at the same location where our guest stayed, a rustic lakeside resort with 9 little cabins complete with canoes and sandy beach. The ceremony itself was held under a grouping of trees next to the lake and our 44 guests held hands in a circle, which literally surrounded us with love. We wrote our own vows, mine were spoken in English and Andreas replied back to me in German so everyone there could understand- and the vows were both playful and romantic.
We were married by my uncle who is a fantastic writer and incredibly creative. He came up with the idea of having all our guests literally “tie the knot”- each guest wrote their name on a piece of fabric and used rope to tie their piece to those next to them, which tied not only Andreas and I together as a couple, but our family and friends together as well. It was not only a lovely idea, it is a keepsake from the wedding we will always cherish.
After the ceremony we had planned to go out in my boat “Lady Jane” to spend our first few married moments just the two of us out on the lake. Unfortunately it looked like a storm was rolling in as we started the ceremony, but magically as soon as we headed out in my boat, we were graced with the most incredible sunset I have ever seen- it was extraordinary. My mama said it was my late grandparents wedding gift to us, as they were there in spirit, celebrating right alongside us.
photography by Davina + Daniel