Beautiful Wedding Images by Ashlee

August 30, 2012






















































































































































































All photos by Ashlee at Trinity Paul Photography.




Fun and Unique Wedding Locations

August 29, 2012


Everyone wants a wedding that they feel is uniquely theirs.  Your wedding location is one of the first things that are decided once you’ve set the date and a unique wedding location can really set your wedding apart. If you’d like to have your wedding somewhere other than a local church or event space, there are a number of choices available to you. Pick something unique or spectacular and wow your guests with the setting. If you want your guest to wish your wedding would never end then here are some ideas for unique wedding locations that can’t be beat.

Tourist Destinations Make Very Unique Wedding Locations

This is your big day; make the setting just as big by having your wedding at an incredible tourist destination.  You can choose a tourist hot spot near your home or even have your wedding at your honeymoon destination.  Say your vows in view of the Eiffel Tower, on the top floor of a New York skyscraper or in a historic Virginia plantation. Almost everyone is within driving distance to a great tourist destination that can make a fun and unique wedding location.

Go the fairy tale route and have your wedding at Walt Disney World.  Wear your own “glass” slippers as you walk down the aisle and create your very own Cinderella wedding.  Disney World goes all-out for weddings and it’s also a great place to honeymoon.

Let Nature Provide Your Unique Wedding Location

A great way to create a calming, carefree feel to your wedding is by using nature itself as your décor. Many parks, beaches, and riverfront resorts provide facilities for weddings.











Let Mother Nature’s beauty provide the perfect backdrop as you begin your journey into a new and exciting chapter in your life.  Outdoor weddings in a national or state park, on a gorgeous beach or in a beautiful field mean that much of the décor is already provided for you. Simplicity is especially stylish in an outdoor wedding, so you can often save a great deal of money without sacrificing style.

















One popular trend in outdoor wedding locations is the farm wedding. This is a great way to use nature as your backdrop and create a country theme. Many farms and ranches offer wedding packages on a regular basis but you might also find a local farmer who’d be more than happy to host a wedding on their land.


Unique Architecture Makes for a Unique Wedding Location











Historic architecture provides an incredible site for a wedding ceremony.  You don’t have to restrict your choices to historic churches; think about castles, historic inns, old plantation houses or a picturesque town square.

Wherever you choose to have your wedding, whether it’s a grand cathedral, an amusement park or your grandfather’s barn, choose a wedding location that means something to you.  Your wedding and your unique wedding location will be a part of your history forever. Let it be uniquely yours.


One of a Kind Wedding Cakes that Take the Day

August 23, 2012


Your wedding cake should be just as special as your wedding dress.  This is a piece of the wedding picture that tells a story about the bride and groom. It reflects your style, the theme of your wedding, and sometimes it tells the story of how you met. The cake is the second most remembered thing about a wedding. Here are some one-of-a-kind wedding cakes that can inspire some great ideas for your wedding!

Sophisticated and Beautiful

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You can choose a classical look with modern touches like this three-tiered cake shown in the picture above. This look consists of smooth surfaces, delicate details, and punches of bright color. The button and scroll design lends a modern touch, yet the overall look is timeless. Your wedding cake should be the masterpiece of your wedding. No two wedding cakes should look alike and each one can be an expression of the bride and groom’s styles seamlessly blended together.


Making Yours a Truly One-of-a-Kind Wedding Cake

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Not every wedding cake needs to be traditional or classic in style and design.  A truly one-of-a-kind wedding cake allows you to express yourself, show a little creativity and even tell a story. The cake pictured above would be a great design for a Victorian-themed wedding or even a modern wedding with a funky/frivolous air.


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The cake pictured above is vibrant in color, and has a unique shape and style that would also look great at a modern, retro-styled wedding. It reflects a fun, casual feeling and you could play with the colors to match your wedding’s theme. It is a great example of a couple thinking outside the box and creating a masterpiece that they will remember for the rest of their lives.

One-of-a-kind wedding cakes are a great way to tell a story about who you are as a couple or even how you met.  Did you meet your intended while on a trip to France? Why not decorate your cake with fleur- de-lis or images or have it made in the shape of the Eiffel Tower? Are you either music teachers or musicians? Have your baker add golden musical instruments to your cake’s design.

There are so many ways to get creative with your wedding cake that your imagination should be the only limit. Create your own masterpiece and make your one-of-a-kind wedding cake as unique as the two of you.


Planning Your Wedding on a Budget

August 20, 2012


Weddings can be overwhelmingly expensive which can cause a lot of unnecessary stress on a new couple. Don’t begin your lives together with a financial burden. Worrying about finances can sap the joy of getting married and put a damper on your special day. By setting priorities and agreeing on what’s important to both of you, you can plan a wedding that perfect for both you and your budget.

Decide How to Divide Your Wedding Budget

There are several parts of a wedding that can really add up financially. Decide together what you can cut, where you can save and where you want to spend the most money. Do you want most of your budget to go toward your dress? Do you want to purchase less expensive flowers for the reception and budget more for your bouquet? Do you need party favors or can you do without them (or make your own) to save cash? These are all things you can consider while planning your wedding budget.

Wedding favors, gifts for guests and live music are nice if your budget can handle it. If you’re paying for your own wedding or you are on a tight budget, none of these things are essential. The thing to remember is this is your wedding. It is important for your guests to be comfortable and enjoy themselves but their focus will be on you.  Spend your money making the day special for yourselves; your guests will be just fine.


Simplicity and Thrift Can Be Elegant, too

Just because something is simple and budget-friendly doesn’t mean it can’t be classy or sophisticated. Classic white is very elegant and can be elevated with just a touch of color for a high-class look at a low cost. There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars on table settings, centerpieces and extravagant decor.

If fancy floral arrangements aren’t that important to you, consider buying your flowers from a farmer’s market and having a talented friend create the arrangements.

If you cringe at the idea of spending thousands of dollars on a dress you’ll only wear once, why not buy a dress from a consignment shop or even rent an expensive gown?

Consider wholesale wedding suppliers or look for things that aren’t made for weddings (and don’t have the wedding mark-up) for items that fit your décor and budget. Think simple solutions. Vases for the reception tables don’t need to say “wedding vase” they just need to be able to hold flowers. Look for beautiful, simple designs online or at discount home design stores. This can allow you to use your creativity in the small details save you a great deal of money.


Save Big with Small Changes

Save money for the main things in your wedding like attire, cake, and décor by cutting costs on the little details like invitations, thank you letters and wedding favors.

If you want an outdoor wedding have it in a friend or relative’s beautiful back yard or garden. Almost any location can be an elegant and inviting space with a little imagination and creativity.

You don’t have to sacrifice invitations or “Thank You” notes, but you can use thinner card stock or simpler designs or create your own and print them through a printing center.  Instead of spending money on both place cards and wedding favors, have your guests’ names printed on inexpensive favors and use them as place cards, too.

These are just a few ways to save money on details that won’t be missed by either you or your guests. This day should be the happiest day of your life. Don’t let overspending or worries about money spoil your joy!


Important Info about Wedding Photography

August 16, 2012


Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and it should be documented as such. Finding a talented wedding photographer involves so much more than flipping open the Yellow Pages and choosing one based on an advertisement— not only will you be giving your wedding photographer the responsibility of capturing your wedding memories, you’ll be paying them quite a bit of money to do so.

You Get What you Pay For

Although cost is often the most important determining factor for couples when it comes to hiring a wedding photographer, remember that shopping around for a photographer isn’t the same as shopping for your wedding gown: you won’t see what you paid for until after the fact, and by then it may be too late.

Consider the following when looking for a wedding photographer:

  • Personal referrals. Personal referrals are a good way to ensure that others have had positive experiences with the photographer. A friend or relative is not going to lie to you about their own experience or the quality of the photographer’s work.
  • View the photographer’s portfolio. These days, most wedding photographers have websites featuring online portfolios of their work. Take advantage of this, and look at the wedding photos they’ve taken recently. If they do not have an online portfolio, ask to sample wedding albums in person.
  • Speak on the telephone. If you like someone’s work enough that you’re considering hiring them, speak to them on the phone. A short phone interview will answer a few of your important questions and provide you with basic information before deciding if you’d like to proceed.
  • Meet in person. If the phone interview went well, meet the photographer in person. They’ll be playing a major part in your wedding day, and you don’t want to hire someone that you aren’t comfortable being around.
  • Finalize specific details before paying a deposit. Be sure to get all of your questions answered and all of your wedding photography details finalized before giving the photographer any money.


Current Wedding Photography Trends

In order to wind up with the type of wedding photos that you want, you’ll need to use a wedding photographer that can meet your needs. It’s up to you to let your photographer know of any special requirements or wedding photo ideas that you have in mind.

We’ve all seen relatives’ wedding photo albums full of dated pictures that make us want to laugh because of the bad hairdos, ugly bridesmaid dresses, and goofy poses, but the truth is that trends come and go— even in photography. Those pictures looked good when they were taken, but times change.

Some current wedding photography trends include:

  • Wedding Photojournalism. A wedding photojournalist captures photos for the duration of the entire wedding day, everything from the bride getting her hair and nails done to the final guests leaving the reception. Wedding photojournalism is a popular alternative approach to traditional, posed photos, and it’s done to tell the story of the day through photos. The photojournalist typically captures images quickly using the camera’s flash as opposed to studio lights.
  • Outdoor Photographs. Even if you’ll be getting married indoors, some of your wedding photographs can be taken outside. Thanks to the sun’s natural light, the beauty of nature, and the use of architecture as a backdrop, outdoor wedding photographs can be an absolutely stunning addition to your wedding album.
  • Photos Taken by Guests. Placing disposable cameras on reception tables is still a great way to wind up with some unique wedding photos. Giving your guests with cameras will ensure that they’re willing to take pictures of the party, and they’ll probably capture photos of things you never even noticed. Wedding guests often take great pictures of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and the other guests.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of developing film and scanning the pictures, forgo the disposable cameras and ask your guests to upload their digital photos to a photo hosting website. You can easily create an online wedding album and provide everyone with the username and password so they can contribute their own photos. Alternatively, you can have a laptop at the reception where guests can download their photos directly from their camera before they leave for the evening.

These are just a few current trends in wedding photography. If you have other ideas or suggestions, be sure to bring them up when you meet with your photographer.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions—after all, you’re spending your hard earned money so this person can take pictures of your special day, and there’s no such thing as a dumb question.


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