Today I’m sharing a simple and inexpensive way to display prints in your home. We are obviously big about printing your photos and not just letting them live on your hard drive. I’m going to do a whole separate post about why that’s good advice. But for now, a lot of people have trouble coming up with print ideas for your home. These are our new gift prints we sent to clients and I just love them. The company I order them from is Artifact Uprising and anyone can have an account with them! These prints are amazing. We purchase the ultra-thick Signature Prints from them. They’re sturdy, true to color and I love the finish on them. I found them while at WPPI, so I basically traveled all the way to Vegas to fine these guys. It costs $30 for four 5 x 7 prints and once you feel the quality you’ll realize that isn’t that much really. Artifact Uprising has several cool holders for the prints, but the one shown here I purchased at the Kodak Gallery in Las Vegas. You could even easily make your own if you are crafty and own power tools. You just stand the print up in the notch and voila! no frame or mat needed. I love when it’s that easy. You could even put them on a ledge or shelf or lean them against seasonal decor. The prints can be framed as well but I love that it isn’t needed.
Melissa and Ryan are so cool y’all. We first met Melissa at Cigar City Brewing which is always a recipe for success if you ask us. Melissa really wanted a Tampa sunrise engagement session in a filed of flowers and they arrived early, cheerful, and very well put together ready to smile for us. I am just in love with these images and this location. Melissa & Ryan are getting married next September at the Tampa Garden Club and wanted an earthy feel to their engagement photos. We had to drive a ways but boy was it worth it. They also included some props later in the session paying a wink to their travels together. We had a blast getting to know them and spending the first hours of the morning together. Here are a couple fun facts about them!
Melissa & Ryan have an adorable dog-child named Mookie.
Ryan is a professional poker player.
They have traveled to many countries together, including Costa Rica, Thailand, Denmark and Italy.
Thanks again guys for the awesome location and encouraging us to wake up just a little earlier ;)
Saturday’s wedding of Emily & Mike was bright and cheerful with a color palette of green, gold and pops of orange. The ceremony was at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church and it was, unbelievably, our fit Orthodox wedding! We got to capture some wonderful traditions that I am excited to share. The reception had a gorgeous view of Tampa Bay at the Westin. I just love Emily’s invitation suite which was designed by Kelly, one of her bridesmaids. Such a personal touch for a wonderful memory. Can’t wait to blog this whole event! But you can head over to our Facebook page if you want to see all the sneak peeks from Emily & Mike’s someday slideshow ;)
Oh my word y’all this couple is amazing. When we had our first meeting with Kirstin in downtown St. Pete for gelato I knew I just HAD to be friends with her. I was gonna be devastated if I did not get to shoot this girl’s wedding. She is such a positive force who makes you feel all the warm and fuzzier. Fast forward to their adorable wine picnic engagement session in Hyde Park and we learned that Evan is just as adorable and sweet and Kirstin. We had so much fun becoming friends with these guys leading up to their wedding and it made the wedding day that much more amazing. Kirstin & Evan are the epitome of our brand. A wedding that while it had amazing details was so much more about the amazing people and the commitment they made to each other. They have too many incredible portraits to show them all, and this post is already a huge one. One thing I don’t usually show in a blog post are the reception entrance photos, but sometimes as a wedding photographer we just fall in love with a bridal party or a family and want to remember them. When shooting the wedding party photos I asked everyone to get into a “flying V” everyone loves a Mighty Ducks reference when most of you are children of the 90’s. When I’ve done this at previous weddings I usually get a chuckle. Kirstin & Evan’s bridesmaid and groomsmen started yelling “quack, quack, quack.” it was epic and I just love those guys! I could go on and on but see the wedding story for yourself.
Kirstin & Evan, it’s time to have you guys over for wine soon isn’t it?! Congrats again you guys and cheers to what will surely be at least 60 years of an amazing marriage.
We got to work with some of our most trusted Tampa wedding vendors including Kelly Hancock Events and Andrea Layne Floral Design. Here’s the whole team:
Getting Ready Location: Renaissance Vinoy | Church: Christ United Methodist Church | Reception Venue: St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts | Planning: Kelly Hancock Events | Florist: Andrea Layne Floral Design | Catering & Cake: Olympia Catering | DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates | Hair & Makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Invitation Suite: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridal Gown: Alfred Angelo | Menswear: Men’s Warehouse
We just delivered Nikki & Nick’s giant 12″ x 12″ leather album and album box to them last weekend. Their wedding at Rusty Pelican in Tampa was so stunning and I think this album totally does it justice. Now you might be saying, “Why Caroline, I don’t remember you ever offering an album box” and you would be right! This is a brand new product and one that right now we’re only offering as a referral gift. That means, anytime one of our couples sends us another couple, they both get really nice presents from us :) This is one of my favorite albums to date. We had it bound in the new purple leather our album vendor, KISS, just started offering and I am just loving the purple! Nikki & Nick’s album has engraving on the front as well as a cameo window cutout. I am seriously considering this being our next sample album because it looks so good. We’ve never been photographers to push products or require an album but this baby shows why it is such a good idea to print your photos into something tangible. It’s just game changing.
You can really see in the next photo how the full two page spreads look along the crease of the books. While I make sure no one’s eye is ever over the center of the page, anything else goes because these pages really do lay flat. You can showcase your favorite portrait over two pages with no issues, it’s fantastic.
And just for fun, and so you can see the size, I grabbed a phone shot of them looking through it for the first time when we met up for coffee. This is my favorite part of it all you guys! Seeing the happy faces of our brides and grooms while they relive their wedding. The best feeling.
There are a couple different ways to choose your tie. A lot of guys do what they’re told either by their fiance or the salesmen at the rental shop. If you’re the more particular type then it’s possible you’ve already exhausted a number of hours searching though the unlimited options that exist online and in stores. Let’s make things a little simpler and break it down.
First things first, you need your color. Fortunately this is most likely your easiest decision as the tie most often matches the wedding colors. There’s likely more than one wedding color to choose from so choose one that goes well with your suit. Next you’ll be choosing from material options and tie type (bow tie or neck tie). These come down to personal preference; consider all your options and see what appeals to you. I love this reference for choosing your favorite tie pattern.
For this post we got together with Hoboties, an amazing Etsy shop based in North Carolina. All of their products are hand made and really make an outfit pop. They are perfect for a casual wedding or a formal event where you really need to let your personality shine. Make sure you check out their entire catalogue to find the one that’s perfect for you. And here’s the best part of this post: we’re doing a giveaway! Read the rules at the bottom to learn more.
We got together with Alexa Rivera from @adornbyalexa our official Groom’s Guide stylist and shot at the always killer Green Bench Brewing in St. Petersburg, FL. We had a few brews and got to work showing these ties off. So if you need a little guidance in choosing your tie, take a look at the shoot below and see if any of these guys have the look you want.
We’re so excited about these ties that we’re giving away 2 for free! Head on over to Instagram to enter.
1. You must be following both @groomsguide & @hoboties on Instragram.
2. Like our giveaway post to be entered.
3. To get an extra entry, tag a friend in the comments on our Instagram giveaway post who you think would love these ties.
4. For 2 extra entries, take a picture of yourself in an outfit that is missing one of these ties, head to Instagram and tag @groomsguide and @hoboties and use the hashtag #groomsguidegiveaway
That’s it! We’ll announce the winners next Monday!
We hung out and shot with Brittny & Mike around downtown St. Pete and eventually the Dali Museum where the wishing tree is. I didn’t realize how adorable that thing really is- Brittny had brought a ribbon to tie on for the two of them and we decided to end the session there after hitting a few other spot around downtown. We tend to shoot most portraits around the golden hour at sunset, so much that I almost forgot how beautiful the right morning light can be. We have a sunrise session scheduled next week that I so stoked about. Well we had some really sweet light during Brittny & Mike’s session. And the past few weeks the SHINE mural festival has been going on around the Grand Central district of St. Petersburg and I knew I had to shoot at one of the murals that day. Can’t wait to shoot at some of the more new graffiti art around town. I also can’t wait to spend more time with Brittny & Mike on their wedding day next month, these guys were really fun and funny too. I just love laughing with our couples.
How gorgeous is Brittany’s engagement ring? They had it custom deigned and I just love the cut.
I just love this simple and classic wedding at The Hilton Clearwater Beach. It was bright and sweet, just like Christina & Stephen and I loved the combo of light blue and lavender along with beachy starfish details. It always so refreshing to see two families so happy to be joining together. You probably can’t tell in the photos, but being in mid June this was one of the hottest and most humid days, but these two are so happy their not even sweating! And it was particularly cute because Christina really wanted a shot of her wrapped in Stephen’s jacket. I felt so bad for covering her in a big ‘ol black coat but boy did it turn out cute. Just love when our brides also have a vision for their photos! The Hilton Clearwater Beach was also a new venue for us and we can’t wait to be back there next March for Brittney & Matt!
This is always a hard week emotionally because I’m not sure if I’m sad Summer is over or if I’m thrilled that it’s Pumpkin Spice Latte time. I think this is an awesome wedding for the transitional season because of the fun lime green and very fall-appropriate navy colors, evan though it was officially the hottest and sweatiest wedding of the year. On our way to The Vinoy, it was 105 degrees out. That’s one-oh-five, folks. 105 in Florida is a lot different than desert 105, let me tell ya. But despite the heat Allison and AJ were even more adorable than usual during their wedding day. I loved working with these gorgeous bridesmaids at one of our favorite downtown wedding venues, The Museum of Fine Arts and then Trinity Lutheran Church . I wish I knew you could get married in a museum when we got married. How cool right?! The conservatory at MFA is beautiful, and we got to shoot 2 awesome weddings there this season (tune in next week for the other one!) Allison looked like a princess and we just had a great day hanging out with her and AJ. I really adore some of their ceremony photos, the church was a sweet and intimate space.
I just am nuts over this cake from Olympia Catering- a perfect nod to the couple’s summer camp history together :)
First Look & Portraits: Vinoy | Church: Trinity Lutheran Church, downtown St. Pete |Reception Venue: St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts | Catering & Cake: Olympia Catering | Florals: 2Birds Events | Bridal Gown: Ava Clara Couture Bridal Boutique | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
The Groomsmen Gift; this is an area that I have seen attempted, completely forgotten, and knocked out of the park. I want to help you be the guy who knocks it out of the park. First off, this might not even be on your radar- it certainly wasn’t on mine. Many of the topics I’ll be covering in the Groom’s Guide are things I wish I had done better in my wedding now that I’ve gotten to see so many people do a better job at being a groom than I did. So, make sure it’s on your to-do list. A proper groomsmen gift doesn’t just thank your guys for being there for you, it lets them know you appreciate them as your friends. Plus when done right, it helps to establish what kind of day this is going to be.
My gifts to my groomsmen were simple, I did what I thought I knew was supposed to be done and I went to Things Remembered. On the wedding day my guys opened personalized glass beer mugs with their names on them. I don’t mean to suggest that that wasn’t a nice gift, it just wasn’t actually personal and didn’t do much to tell them what they meant to me. A lot of decisions need to be made when choosing the contents on the gift. Here are a few tips:
- The groomsmen gift is a good opportunity to include any required items for the day, like the tie and socks if you have purchased special ones for them.
- It’s all about the booze. Whether it’s in a flask, a sample bottle or a 750ml bottle, a nice whiskey goes a long way. The closer you can get to the top shelf, the better. Not only do most guys like a nice drink (especially one that costs more $$ than they’d usually spend on themselves), this is a good opportunity for everyone to share a drink before the wedding.
- I see a lot of grooming supplies and it always goes over well.
Now it comes down to packaging. Be creative and fun but keep it classy, hop on to Pinterest if you need inspiration, there’s no shortage there (Pinterest isn’t just for the bride, there’s no shame in clicking). Cigar boxes are popular which doesn’t mean you should avoid it, they’re classy and functional. Find something that fits your group- whether you’re fraternity brothers or all play golf. I like the personalized coolers below for fishing buddies.
So take a few minutes to sit down and think about it, maybe spend a little bit more money than you had planned. These are the guys you’ve chosen to have your back up there, show them how much they mean to you. Above all remember that your wedding should be personal, and so should every detail.
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