Let’s talk about getting married. Nothing could be easier, right guys? You got the ring, hard part’s over. Now you can just sit back and watch your fiancé Pinterest and blog-search her way through the next 6 to 24 months. Right? No.
I’ve been a wedding photographer for over six years now and if there’s one thing I’ve seen a lot of, it’s clueless grooms. Now here’s the thing (and this is important) it’s not their fault. Men aren’t supposed to know these things. Guys, you’re not supposed to know how to pin a boutonniere or even what one is really. I could hardly expect you to be an expert on a properly tailored suit, the perfect tie length or the absolute maximum number of buttons that should be on your jacket.
This isn’t for the engaged David Beckhams of the world or really anybody that you would actually see featured in GQ. This is for the average guy. The guy who is wearing a shirt because it was the one at the top of the drawer, or the guy who picked out that watch because, you know, it tells time.
You’re not alone.
I’m a regular guy too. And I know you don’t care too much about all this stuff, but you should at least a little bit. It is your wedding day and you care about you her. But even if you don’t have a small fashion monger brewing inside you, I know that you love her and want to knock her off her pretty little heels when she sees you for a first time. And you also want to help a little with the wedding planning. Maybe even put in some of your own ideas? Buddy, you can’t do it alone. So let me help.
We’re going to cover it all, the fashion part but also: groomsmen gifts, pre-wedding drinking, hair, shaving, fitness and training, watches, accessories, DJs, and….. bachelor parties? Yeah, why not? And I’ll take it one step further; I see a lot of #weddingwednesdays in the Instagram world. Well, it’s time for #notweddingwednesdays where we’ll cover everything from home brewing to grilling and fantasy sports.
Also, I’m learning with you. I won’t pretend to be an expert or naturally gifted at any of this, I’m just well read on the subject and know the things that come up on the wedding day. I have a good reason to do the research for you so you can get back to Clash of Clans. So let’s do this together, we’ll all learn something, we’ll have some fun and damn it we’ll look good doing it. Welcome to The Groom’s Guide.
Today we are sharing Melissa & Jeff’s East coast wedding at The Hilton Singer Island that we shot in May. We love visiting the Palm Beach area and shooting weddings there. This is actually the venue that my cousin got married at 6 years ago- when Evan and I first tried out shooting a little wedding photography. Crazy to think we’d fall in love with the whole process and now here we are, 6 years into our business later. This wedding is special to us for another reason- Melissa was a friend of ours in high school. So we were so, so excited when she asked us to be part of her wedding day! And it was the most exceptional wedding ever. Nautical wedding details like buoys, stripes, tropical flowers, and we loved the beautiful painting Melissa’s Dad created for them that they turned into their invitations. The Hilton Singer Island was the perfect venue for them, a gorgeous view of the Atlantic Ocean and sea grapes everywhere. Oh and a color palette of turquoise AND blue?! After my own heart. We loved taking Melissa & Jeff to the oceanfront park next door for their portraits. I just love the East Coast of Florida so much.
Congrats again you two! I hope we get to see you next time we are in Palm Beach.
Venue: Hilton Singer Island | Cake: Hannah Campbell | Florals: Floral Gardens & Gifts | Bridal Gown: Molle Bridals | Decorator: Jorge Aquino’s Exceptional Services Event Planning
Hey there! Hope you all had a great holiday weekend. We are wrapping up editing our last wedding of the Spring/Summer season and just delivered this gorgeous Museum of Fine Arts wedding to Kirstin & Evan. We each took a few behind the images of each other shooting so I thought it would be great to share here with all of you! After the image of us, you’ll see the image we were taking during that moment.
During getting ready time I took the ladies to the Vinoy terrace for some portraits and Evan joined us after he got the guys into the limo. I sure look like a goober who loves my job huh? These bridesmaids had me cracking up and I am kind of obsessed with all of them. I NEED to shoot their weddings, they’re all too fun! Thank you again, Kelly, Kristen, Kendyl, Kirstin, Kristen and Kaitlyn for being so amazing :)
Time for wedding day portraits! This next set is what gave me the idea for this post. I actually posted an iPhone behind the scenes pic on our Instagram (check out #carolineandevanbts for more) and the moment below is what I had posted. That’s when I realized I had a ways better camera available and should get some nicer behind the scenes shots for a post :) I love this little series of Evan and some of the funny positions he gets in to shoot. Considering some of the things he does these are very mild. But Evan took these nearly right after the other and they have a completely different look and feel. We love giving our couples a variety in such a short amount of time!
And here we are at The Museum of Fine Arts wrapping up the last of Kirstin & Evan’s wedding day portraits! Evan was taking his turn and here are the shots he got at that moment. These are some of my favorite of the day!
I hope you guys enjoyed this. I’ll try to share a lot more behind the scenes stuff in the future. If there’s anything specific you’re wondering about- just ask! And maybe it’ll end up as a blog post too :)
I have been wanting to share for a while some personal insight from a few of our couples on what a First Look is like. It’s that one decision that many people ask us about and how to decide if it’s right for them. As far as I know we’ve never had a couple regret doing a First Look so I asked some couples to tell me a little about what it was like seeing their grooms before their ceremony. Thank you so very much to Jessica and Allison for sharing your experiences!!! And because both their weddings were this May, you’re getting a sneak peek before I blog them both this month. I hope to add to this as more interviews come in from more of our awesome brides!
“Well I had many emotions going through me. I decided to touch him on the shoulder and I remember feeling so nervous and hesitant to do that. But of course, once I touched him all that went away and everything became familiar again. It was awesome to just look at each other (that sounds weird ) But it was neat to see the details of his suit and tie, and for me to show him the little borrowed, olds & blues that were gifted to me that morning. It was a special moment of just him and I to share and I am glad we decided to do it!’ – Jessica & Juan, 5/23/2015
“Our first look can only be described as magical. It was something that we knew we wanted early on to save time later in the day, to get those nerves out of the way, and to have an intimate moment together before the ceremony. It was everything we expected and more. We were able to see each other for the first time in the place we feel most comfortable-with each other. It allowed use the freedom to be emotional and silly and take the moment in just for ourselves. It was surreal and I wouldn’t have changed a second of it!” Allison & AJ, 5/24/2015
Michela & Chris’ turquoise, white and pink beach wedding details left me even in awe yesterday. From the custom signs to the bouquets of peonies and hydrangeas, every detail was carefully thought out. The guys even had seersucker suits for a southern twist. But my favorite detail was they had their friend Kristen marry them. I just think this is the most special way to incorporate friends and family into your wedding and it personalizes the ceremony so very much.
Congratulations to Michela & Chris! We wrapped up the first half of our 2015 wedding season on St. Pete Beach with an awesome group of lawyers today. Michelle put together some amazing details and her dress sparkled. Sparkled! I can’t wait to share all their portraits, definitely some of my favorite for the year!
Are you ready for the cutest engagement session ever? Think, dogs, floral collars, a bicycle built for two and picnic on the beach. I don’t usually do a detail board for sessions but I just had to because this one had so many good ones. Tiffany & Brad’s styled bicycle picnic engagement session was just last week at lovely Ft. DeSoto park- a place we just love shooting at because it has so many options, we never end up shooting the same thing. Tiffany worked so hard on all the details and being sure to include Luke and Seven, their two doggies, for all the fun as well! Oh my gosh and the sunset that night! We don’t shoot many 3 hour engagement sessions but when you get a sunset like that you just have to keep shooting, it’s like a photography law I’m sure. We had an apically good time with Tiffany & Brad and cannot wait for their wedding next June at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market.
Congrats you guys, thanks for being so much fun last week and having us be a part of your amazing day!
Last month Evan and I journeyed with our friend Allison and the baby in tow to Weeki Wachee Springs for a few hours of paddle boarding and yoga…. on the paddle boards. Did you even know this was a thing, how cool right?! We put some behind the scenes photos up of Evan shooting from a paddle board on Instagram and we’ve had so many people ask about this session and when we’re going to post photos. I’m so glad everyone is so excited! Allison is a personal trainer, yoga instructor and all around amazing person. I often refer to her as our “adventurous friend” because she does all the things and travels to all the places you’ve ever dreamt of seeing/doing. She traveled the world for 10 months last year including places like Nepal and Africa. She is such an incredibly generous and beautiful soul and I look up to her tremendously. What would Allison do is becoming my new mantra when I wake up and think, should I go running this morning? We are probably going to shoot an aerial yoga session soon too, because it’s just too cool to not to and maybe I’ll even try it. In the meantime check out how amazingly gorgeous and strong this lady is. Every single one of these shots was taken from the water balancing very carefully. Evan shot all the first ones and I took over for the yellow outfit at the end when Allison said she wanted me to “boudoir her” lol! Hope you all love these as much as we do.
I sure love me some formal black tie weddings, especially this black & white museum wedding, even when it’s 105 degrees outside in Florida in June. The details of Kirstin & Evan’s wedding were completely classic with hints of sparkle.
So happy that Kirstin & Evan are finally married and they can be our newest married couple friends! Yay! We worked on this wedding at The Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Pete with some of our favorite vendors, including Kelly Hancock Events :) We got so many ridiculously good portraits and even behind the scenes shots so stay tuned in the next few weeks when we’ll share the entire wedding!
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