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Coastal Engagement Session at Point Pelee National Park 10.11.2013 Vicki Bartel Photography This cute couple from Connecticut traveled north to the Canadian coast for their nautical engagement session. After growing up together in Ontario, these high school sweethearts headed to the States for college and wanted their engagement photos to reflect the nautical culture they had grown to love. With a few simple props, this engagement session is all about the picturesque coast and this couple’s love. Feel free to peruse the full gallery here to see more of the beautiful images Vicki Bartel Photography captured of this coastal engagement session. beachside engagement beach engagemant white and purple bouquet From the Bride: Michael and I moved to Connecticut for school and now work. Living on the east coast boasts a very relaxing life style, relaxing on the beach on the weekends and of course the boating/sailing life. This is something we didn’t get to enjoy growing up in Windsor Ontario. We do not know how long our stay will be in Connecticut so we thought it would be a great idea to incorporate the beach, sailing and the feel of the east coast in our engagement pictures so that we could capture this moment in time in our life. There is nothing we have done differently. We love our engagement pictures. Vicki truly capture us has a couple. sailboat engagments sailboat engagement ocean side engagement session sailing at sunset engagement session ideas Read more at http://www.weddingchicks.com/2013/10/11/coastal-engagement-session/#kWrk0XFK87zZVojV.99
8 Tips for a Stylish Fall Engagement Session

8 Tips for a Stylish Fall Engagement Session

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With football on t.v., a warm fire going, and hot chocolate in hand, fall is underway! There are so many things I love about this season. Pumpkin carving, apple cider donuts, and not to mention Thanksgiving are some favorites, but I have to say the best thing about fall in Charlottesville are the colors. The beautiful autumn colors make for a great time for portrait sessions and we know lots of couples are going to take advantage of the beautiful scenery coming up. To help with getting the most out of your engagement pictures, we have created a style guide with 8 helpful tips on how to look your best for your photo shoot! For more be sure to check out our Engagement Style Guide today on the Aaron Watson Photography Blog to see three great color palettes for this fall and what locations we love to pair them with around Charlottesville! Enjoy, Aaron & Amy of Aaron Watson Photography 1. Go with a theme! Anything that represents your lifestyle – such as casual, classic, or formal. autumn engagement session Venue: Belle Haven engagement pictures Venue: Mount Ida Farm engagement photographers Venue: Barboursville Vineyards 2. Adding a pop of color to your outfit can really make a photo. A bright shirt, red shoes, or a fun piece of jewelry are great ways to add color. Venue: Carter Mountain Orchards engagement style Venue: Maymont Park, Richmond, VA mount ida engagement session Venue: Mount Ida Farm 3. Be creative with your outfits. Accessorizing with things like headbands, hats, jewelry, jackets, and boots can create a very stylized look. fall engagements Venue: Mount Ida Farm (left) and Crozet, VA (right) indoor engagement sessions Two Sweet, Richmond, VA 4. Try to coordinate outfits without looking overly “matchy”. Avoid wearing the exact same colors and instead, find a color palette you love and piece together items from that palette that are complimentary to one another. For more inspiration you can find 3 great color palettes for this fall in our Engagement Style Guide! engagement photo shoot Blue Ridge Parkway keswick vineyards engagement session Venue: Keswick Vineyards engagement photographers Venue: Carter Mountain Orchards 5. With mild days and chilly nights, layering not only keeps you comfortable, but also adds lots of depth and interest to the outfit. engagement photographer Venue: Belle Haven carter's mountain engagement pictures by Aaron Watson Photography Venue: Carter Mountain Orchards 6. Don’t be afraid to use props. Incorporating things such as signs is an easy way to make your pictures stand out. These can also make great pictures for save-the-dates and thank you cards! engagement outfits Venue: Trump Winery (left) and Mount Ida Farm (right) 7. Engagement sessions are meant to be fun! Stay away from restrictive clothing and wear something you can move around in. fall charlottesville engagements Chris Greene Lake fun engagement session Two Sweet, Richmond, VA engagement style guide Venue: Belle Haven 8. If you can’t decide which outfit to wear, don’t choose just one! Changing outfits or part of an outfit halfway through the session is a great way to create variety in the pictures and show off a couple different looks. - See more at: http://www.charlottesvilleweddingblog.com/8-tips-for-a-stylish-engagement-session/#sthash.mqdmojr1.dpuf
Fall Wedding Dresses

Fall Wedding Dresses

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Fall weddings are a great idea! So when choosing a wedding dress choose fall inspired wedding dresses.
Fall is a great time of year to have a wedding. The temperature is great, venues and photographers will be easier to book and the season offers a natural beauty that can only be created by our one and only Mother Nature.
When having a fall wedding brides are given the opportunity to take greater risks and really let their imagination run wild. Fall allows brides to get away with a bolder look especially since you will be competing with such a vibrant backdrop.
When choosing a wedding dress for the fall season, it is always essential to choose colours or styles that best incorporate the season. A dress that flows naturally or provides a great accent of golden tones; through embroidery or a simple sash is the best way to go. Also colours such as purple, light pink, champagne and ivory are great compliments for a bride on her special day, which creates a feeling of warmth that is often associated with autumn.

 taken from : http://myinspiredwedding.com/weekly-wedding-ideas/wedding-dress-tuesdays/wedding-dress-tuesdays-fall-inspired-wedding-dresses


Fall Wedding Trends 2013, must see

Fall Wedding Trends 2013, must see

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Summer is coming to an end and fall is right around the corner, but we're not sad to see it go -- there are some great wedding trends to look forward to next season!
Designer Melissa Sweet stopped by HuffPost Live this week to discuss the biggest fall wedding dress trends. Sweet noted that short dresses, illusion necklines and deeper shades of ivory are emerging as leading trends, and that dramatic backs -- one of the biggest trends on the spring bridal runways -- will continue to be popular next season.
"You hope your photographer gets a picture of you from the back -- the right shot. You want that for your album," Sweet said.








Taken from : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/09/fall-wedding_n_3733256.html


One Step Closer With Anna Campbell, Designer

One Step Closer With Anna Campbell, Designer

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Talented Melbourne designer, Anna Campbell, is taking the Australian fashion world by storm and at the tender age of 23, it’s only just the beginning. Known for her beautifully elegant and very feminine designs that celebrate the female silhouette, Anna was named a Melbourne finalist in Sydney’s highly acclaimed Chambord Shine Awards and also just celebrated the opening of her new boutique in Brunswick, Melbourne. Anna shares the inspiration behind her collections and tells us what being a fashion designer is really like. When did you realise you wanted to be a fashion designer? I really just fell into fashion. My high school had an incredible arts area, and in Year 11 I started textiles, and majored in wearable art. I also focused on life drawing, and printmaking, and had a tough time choosing between fashion, costume and print. How would you describe your own style? My personal style is related a lot to our label. It’s about accentuating the female figure; showing off beautiful waistlines and curves. I love wearing heels and a lot of lace. What is a typical day like for Anna Campbell? Unfortunately, it’s not as glamorous as most people would think. I work in the boutique one day a week, which is definitely my favourite day. I enjoy working with clients one on one. Most of the time I am on the phone, or answering emails, writing invoices, and following up accounts. The designing, photo shoots, and generally fun and glamorous parts are few and far between. Where do you draw your inspiration? Inspiration can come from anything and anywhere. Collections in the past have been inspired by things like the new flowers blooming for spring, from a certain era; our last collection was inspired when designing the interior of our boutique which has a 1920s art Deco vintage feeling about it. I have sketch books that we constantly relate back to, and in them we record any new ideas or inspirations. Sometimes something that I have drawn 2 – 3 years ago and forgotten about suddenly becomes relevant to a range. Where do you source your materials? We are lucky enough to wholesale the majority of fabrics locally. We have just started importing the most exquisite embellishments from India, which will feature in our Winter 2011 range. We will still keep our production here in Melbourne though. - See more at: http://www.onyamagazine.com/australian-affairs/australian-conversation/australian-conversation-with-anna-campbell-designer/#sthash.oLwYiqAF.dpuf
Taylor Tomasi Hill's Crimson-Red Hair by Ally Betker

Taylor Tomasi Hill's Crimson-Red Hair by Ally Betker

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WHO: Taylor Tomasi Hill, New York City–based creative director of Moda Operandi WHAT: “I’ve been a redhead for over a decade now. In high school, I would mix my color at home using different shades from Ricky’s that were recommended to me by different hairstylists. Let’s just say that chemistry isn’t my forte and I may have ended up with purple hair once or twice. In my college years, as an art student, I experimented with fire-truck red and electric green. My mother has had this specific shade of red for as long as I can remember, so at some point, she inspired me to make the switch. I’ve been hooked ever since, and I always try to make it brighter and brighter.” WHEN: “Red requires a lot of maintenance, and when I say a lot, I mean every three weeks. My salon is my little secret uptown sanctuary and my hairstylist brings me back shampoo from Japan that helps to preserve the color. I can’t read a single thing on the bottle but the only thing I need to know is that it works. At the beach, I wear a scarf wrapped as a turban. I try to maintain the red by shielding it, as the sun strips it very quickly. In a pickle, I can dye it myself, but I’ve never colored from a box! I pick it up from the salon, and I take it home. Once, while traveling, I colored my hair in my hotel room. It looked like I’d committed murder. I felt like I owed housekeeping an explanation. Photo: Courtesy of L’Oreal Other than that, my hair-care routine is pretty simple. I prefer the messy bedhead look to clean shiny hair. However, true to my Texas roots, I love a good hair spray. My favorite is L’Oréal Elnett.” WHY: “I think it suits my skin tone as well as my personality. I’ve heard that redheads have quick tempers. I wonder if I’ve become feistier since my hair has been red.”
8 Tips for Great a Wedding Toast

8 Tips for Great a Wedding Toast

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How Do You Give a Great, Personal Toast? I analyzed toasts when writing Wedding Crashers and realized that, like a movie, a toast needs a character arc and roughly five sections: background, an anecdote, comic relief, a turning point, and a conclusion. [Read Faber’s toast points, for the full rundown.] What If You’re Uncomfortable Giving a Toast? Go for a poem if you don’t know the guest of honor well, you have mixed feelings about the person, or you’re nervous. When a jet fighter is going down, he reaches for the escape hatch. For me, that’s a few lines from Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Should You Speak Directly to the Guest of Honor? I prefer to look straight ahead. If for some reason the person isn’t smiling, you might panic, thinking that he or she hates what you just said, and there goes your speech. It’s easy to misinterpret reactions when you’re under pressure. Is Using Notes OK? Nothing says, “I Googled this last night,” like reading index cards. Try memorizing key phrases, then freestyle the rest. What About Length? A 45-second job won’t seem heartfelt; half an hour is painful. keep it between 5 and 10 minutes. And If a Joke Tanks? Own it. Say, “Well, that was supposed to be funny.” you’ll get the sympathy laugh. No one wants you to screw up. Do Drinking and Toasting Mix? I usually need liquid courage. But make sure not to overdo it. Any Other Don’ts? Audience participation: Don’t put Aunt Debbie on the spot. Also avoid talking about the guest of honor as if you’ve lost your friend in a war. That can get weird. For more pointers, see how to make a toast.
Vintage Wedding Dress

Vintage Wedding Dress

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Last week, I covered my ten new favorite handmade wedding dress designs for 2013. Last year I shared my picks for ten amazing handmade wedding dresses that are great for the summer months. I also rounded up my top picks for vintage dresses last year, and now that they’ve all long ago sold, I’d like to follow up with this year’s vintage finds! As wedding season approaches, we’re noticing that the trend of uber DIY weddings hasn’t faded. Crafty, handmade loving brides-to-be are clamoring for unique wedding invites, floral alternatives and vintage and down-home touches like mismatched dinner plates and ceremony chairs. As I’ve noted before, if you’re super into a specific dress from a shop like David’s Bridal or even a designer option, consider checking out used online shops like Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses or Once Wed to see if you can “recycle” a dress. Below are my ten favorite picks for online vintage finds. Consider scouring your local Goodwill for scores of your own. Beautiful vintage white and yellow 1950s floor length gown. Metal zip on the side. It has a small bit of rust right at the top, but it still looks nice. You might want to sew on a hook-eye if needed. Yellow floral lace shoulders, cross in the front. Long full skirt. Double layer of tulle, and a solid skirt underneath. (Zwzzy, $168) This dress has been specially modified by Birdy James – he eliminated the sleeves of this wedding dress, originally from the late 60s early 70s, to give it that extra modern touch. It is completely on trend now, and not only does it feel beyond special while slipping it on, but it photographs very well – every bride’s dream. Completely original and unique. (Birdy James, $1200) Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-vintage-spring-and-summer-wedding-dresses.html#ixzz2RPEosF4h