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How to Create your Wedding Pinsperation Board

 

Ohmigod!  You just got engaged. For the past few days you have been living on cloud nine, staring at your sparkle and living in the moment….but now it is time to put your planning pants on and get to business… so where do you start?!

I’ve been there…..even as a professional wedding photographer, with tons of knowledge about weddings, when I got engaged I asked myself the same question.  This is what I came up with and I hope it will help you too.

PINTEREST!

Step one: create a wedding vision board on Pinterest.

Step two: search “wedding pins” and add the first 25 pins that you love to your board

Step three: Step back and look at your board as a whole.  What does it tell you?  It’s amazing what we can discover about ourselves in a simple pin board!

Step four:  Answer these questions

 

  1. What do all of the pins have in common?
    1. For me, everything was flowy, light and airy, a little bit antique french feeling, a little fancy and there were a LOT of textures.  Write down 5 adjectives that describe your board as a whole!
  2. What color did I pin the most?
    1. Blue/grey was my most pinned color. So that became our main wedding color (after consulting my now husband, of course!)  Quick, write down your main color!  Now that you have a main color, you need to create your palate.  How do you do this?  Search for your main color color palates in pinterest….a load of options will show up before your eyes (I searched “blue grey color palates” and pinned my three fave.)  Quick, do a search and pin three!  Our colors ended up being: Blue/grey, champagne gold, cream, grey, and sky blue.  What are your colors?  Write them down!

 

Now that you have an overall feeling and color palate selected, answer these questions:

 

  1. What textures did I pin?

For us, it was wood, lace, chiffon, loose ribbon, and metal.  Mixing textures is a great way to bring dimension to your wedding day fashion and decor.  Don’t be afraid to go nuts with textures.  Write down which textures you see the most of.

 

  1. Were my pins mostly outdoor or indoor?

If your pins are mostly outdoor, perhaps you want an outdoor ceremony and reception.  This can help you make decisions on venue, time of year, and overall feeling of your wedding.  If your pins were a mix of indoor and outdoor, this can tell you things as well…perhaps you want an outdoor ceremony but an indoor reception…country clubs are always a good place to look for this!  Write down your thoughts on different types of ceremonies and receptions!

 

  1. What kind of dresses did I pin?

Because let’s face it, you know you pinned almost all wedding dresses!  Knowing the style of dress you like best can also help you determine your overall wedding style.  Natural waist ball gowns are great for more formal feeling weddings, where an A line or fit and flair can be a little more casual feeling and a perfect option if you want a more natural/outdoors vibe to your wedding.

Once you have answered these questions, you can start to hone in on your wedding style, which will make choosing colors, cakes, fashion, and decor soooooooo much simpler! Now you can walk into a vendor and ask for more specific help, narrowing out things you don’t need to see and giving you less to pick from/overwhelm you!

Now get planning, you lucky girl you!  And click below to schedule yourself a consult with me for wedding photos!  You will put so much hard work into your wedding day, make sure it is documented well. 🙂

 

 

 

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Styling, Floral, and Paper by Flower Bar

Dress from Enchanted Bridal Boutique

Venue Stockdale Country Club

Hair KMP Hair

Makeup Makeup Artistry by Casey

Rentals Walker Lewis Rents

Calligraphy BnB Calligraphy

 

Jessica and Brock’s Engagement Session

I took Jessica and Brock to my cousin’s property in Keene, CA. Again, I just cannot get enough of this location – it’s so pretty!

Jessica had two outfits. One was more casual while the other was dressier. We wandered around the property taking photos and I had the chance to get some amazing detail images of Jessica’s engagement ring. At the end of our session, my cousins took us all next door to get some photos with their horses and a DONKEY!

I got great images of Jessica and Brock under a giant oak tree…holding a donkey. I mean, how many people get to have a donkey in their engagement photos!? It was the coolest.

We had an amazing time wandering around the property taking photos. I love the images we got in the sunset light. Congrats to the lovely couple!

 

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Spring Film Styled Wedding Shoot

I got together with my lovely friend Jade of “The Kind Pear” to do a styled spring shoot in the almond trees. Our inspiration behind the shoot was simply “spring time.” We pulled light color tones of whites, blushes, greenery, peaches, and pinks. We had a bride (Jory), a little flower girl (Zoe), and even a baby mini pig! (Kevin)

We put Jory in two different wedding gowns and Zoe in two different flower girl dresses. The first gown we had Jory in was a white lace dress, it was a drop waist and was unbelievably flattering on.. We styled this with a floor length veil that looked just perfect with Jory’s long curled hair. Jory’s second gown was also lace but this one had an illusion cap sleeve and the most beautiful buttons up the waist. It was a natural waist A line with a plain tulle skirt and train. Both of them were absolutely stunning on her. Zoe’s first dress was a pink number that was lace on the top and tulle on the bottom, it was giant and came all the way to the floor. Her second dress was a simple white one and slightly shorter. She was just so cute in them!

Jory and Zoe had a fun time playing pretend as we took pictures of bride and flower girl. However, the icing on the cake was our little pig, Kevin. We all thought that she was the most adorable little piggy ever! (How can you not think that?!)We had a blast playing in the springtime afternoon light. As with any styled shoot, I shot all film. There isn’t an image that I didn’t love!

 

Styling and Floral by The Kind Pear

Perfume by Smith and McCain

Pig owner Kristin Smith

Dresses: Ladies and Gents Bridal

 

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Thomas and Chelsea’s Film Maternity Session

Chelsea and Thomas are some of my “As You Grow” clients. I took them out to my cousin’s property in Keene, CA to do their maternity photos. There is nothing that I don’t love about this location. It just makes for the best photos!

Chelsea wore the most beautiful white maternity gown with her hair down and curled while Thomas wore a dark suit with a light blue button up shirt. They were SO cute! We wandered down by the creek and got some beautiful images of the soon to be family of 3. I shot mostly film…I just cannot get over how well it picks up color and skin tones. There is something so magical about film!

One of my favorite things about As You Grow clients is that I get to capture families as they grow and change over time. I am beyond excited to meet the newest member of the Copeland family and absolutely cannot wait to photograph the newborn session!

 

Alyssa and Scott’s Film Maternity Session

Alyssa and Scott are my cousins on my husband’s side of the family. They don’t live in town, however, they were home for Easter and Alyssa asked me to do their maternity photos. I was BEYOND excited to do them! Maternity photos are always so much fun, especially when it’s family that I get to photograph!

For the photos Alyssa wore a long light blue maternity dress that had a full train. It was absolutely stunning on her. She had a flower crown and the prettiest bouquet, courtesy of House of Flowers. Scott was in gray dress pants, a white longsleeve button up, and matching tie. They were just so cute together….as always!

We went out to my cousin’s property in Keene, CA..it is seriously one of my new favorite places to shoot. I ended up shooting almost all film for this session because the light and location were too perfect not to. The light was so soft and subtle and the sunset was just magical. We had help from Alyssa’s sister Erin…she was a pro at helping me style the gown.  We had a great time hanging out and taking photos. Alyssa was a total champ…at seven months pregnant, got up on a rock in the middle of a bunch of wild grass just to get some photos!

I am so, so excited to meet our new baby cousin. His birth will be a great excuse to travel to Utah to visit, or maybe take some newborn photos!  Congrats Scott and Alyssa!

 

Penelope’s Newborn Session

Penelope is one of the cutest baby girls I’ve ever seen…I may or may not be a little bias considering she is the first born of my good friends Alex and Eric. She has the CUTEST smile you have ever seen. We did Penelope’s newborn session in my studio. She was the first session in my space (making this experience even more special, if that’s even possible).

I, of course, shot film. Alex brought sooo many cute outfits because what’s more fun than playing dress up with a sweet baby girl!? There was tulle skirts, bows on bows, flowers, swaddle cloths, and so many other adorable things to pick from that we weren’t even able to photograph all of our options.

We photographed Penelope surrounded by a ring of flowers, it was super fun. However, my favorite pictures of her are in this super cute wooden crate with gray/blue fabrics all around her and the sweetest gray bow on her head. She didn’t sleep much during all of this but that’s okay because we were able to capture her pretty eyes and adorable laughing smile.  It was so much fun to be able to capture such special memories with my two friends. I cannot wait to watch Penelope grow!