Today’s Wedding Wednesday is filled with information about aisle runners. It’s not a topic that is typically even discussed–until now. With many weddings leaning towards outdoor ceremony vs. indoors I want to educate brides-to-be. Here is some of the best advice I can share about doing a aisle runner outside:

1. Make sure to stake down the aisle runner! It can easily be done using with golf tees spaced a few inches apart from each other. Then cover the sides of the runner with some sort of flower petals (to hide the tees)

2. Don’t pull the aisle runner out right before the walks out, instead pull the runner out and stake it down before guest even arrive. Then at the back of the aisle put a ribbon so guests know to venture to their seats from the outside.

3. High heels and aisle runners don’t mix outside. Never have, never will.

4. Aisle runners tend work best inside, not outside. So want to skip the headache of an aisle runner all together for your outdoor ceremony? Fantastic! There are so many other options for outdoor weddings; shepard hooks with pomanders hanging, flower petals placed into a pattern, or even fabric lined aisle will work wondefully!

Take it from my best friend, and former bride, who decided to have an aisle runner (image to follow below):

“I would have to say my aisle runner at our outdoor wedding was our biggest $20 mistake. Since the ceremony was on the lawn at a park, I knew I wanted something rather than nothing so grabbed a white one on a roll from Wal-mart. They appear easy to set up, but because it was a windy day it proved to be rather difficult for the ushers to place it securely before my dad and I made the walk down. Once we started walking, I could see it blowing around and laying twisted or in half on the ground. It was so distracting to try to walk, as my heels were getting caught in the fabric, and look at my soon to be husband and all of our guests. I probably would have fallen over if I wasn’t holding on to my dad’s arm. I hope I played it off well in real life but even in our wedding video I can see my struggle at walking normal. I put it out of my mind once getting up to the altar and getting married and enjoying our reception, but looking back at our wedding, that is the one and only thing I would have changed.”

So there you go, take it from a real bride and skip the aisle runner unless you can properly place it. Thanks again to my friend for telling her story and granting me permission to use one of her photos.

 

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It’s not that often that Alex and I get the chance to photograph together, so we loved photographing Michael & Shannon’s special day as a team. We arrived at Shannon’s family home to a gorgeous setup for their outdoor wedding. The theme was simple, but beyond gorgoues–shades of blue! Even as rain clouds moved in these two smiled and just went with the flow. Luckily the rain held off the entire time that we needed it to, so we were able to photograph at some incredible locations. They brought us to a new location that we’ve never been to called Black River Falls, Shannon’s father told us that in early spring the falls are filled with water from the melting snow. Once at the reception we enjoyed all the little touches, from the centerpieces to the handmade cupcake stand made by Michael’s Grandfather. And even though it was raining, we decided to make the best of it and pulled the couple out of the reception for a few moments to photograph them in the rain. We truly can’t thank Shannon & Michael enough for being so wonderful! We look forward to being part of their lives for years to come!

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Any moment now Chris and Carmela could be welcoming their baby girl into the world. That’s why today I wanted to showcase their adorable pregnancy session! I first met Carmela during my stops into A Bride’s Choice (wedding dress shop), she’s always been superful helpful! I’ve watched her grow and grow with excitement as she anxiously awaited the delivery of her daughter, which she’s named Hadley. I was so honored when she asked me to photograph her pregnancy session, it truly is a wonderful event to have photographed. Alex and I brought them to a new location, with dreamy light and splendid birch trees. We positively enjoyed photographing them, getting to know the two of them more, and being part of their amazing journey. Thanks again Chris & Carmela and good luck welcoming baby Hadley into this wonderful world!

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Wedding cakes…oh heavenly sweet treats! In modern times a cake is just another way to decorate and pull together the overall look or theme, while adding a delicious desert for guest to enjoy. One of the first traditions of the idea of wedding cake began in Ancient Rome where bread was broken over the bride’s head to bring good fortune to the couple. Big or small, handmade or artfully designed–the wedding cake is a tradition that will be around for ages to come.

Here’s the a few pieces of advice when picking out that perfect cake:

1. Do a taste testing! It is one of the best parts of planning a wedding, so make sure your cake artists has something for you to try. Plus with so many flavors to choose from, a testing can help narrow down the choices.

2. Can choose just one? Then don’t! Most cake artists offer a popular option in modern times: a cake buffet! So many flavors, so many options, and smiles all around!

3. Want the pretty cake without the price? Ask about a having a fake cake that is decorated for looks, while sheet cakes are cut and served for guests!

4. Cake toppers are cool, not the plastic bride and groom figurines of the past, but all the other modern options; sugar flowers, monograms, and custom order cake toppers. Etsy has so many options to choose from alone, so before you grab something generic take a look for yourself.

5. And last, but certainly not least, do not partake in the old tradition of freezing the top of the wedding cake and eating it on the one year anniversary. It.will.taste.horrible…….trust me. Rather, save the cake for the one month or one week celebration.

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The handsome husband, the fantastic marriage, and that gorgeous dress–sounds like the perfect reason to have a ‘Rock the Dress’ session after the wedding! Why just wear that amazing dress just once when you can celebrate not only the dress, but a wonderful marriage?!

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since Brad and Angela got married in the gorgeous town of Munising, MI. On that day we photographed them at some of the most gorgeous woodsy and rustic places–so when it came time to choose a style/location for their Rock the Dress session the choice was simple…..urban it was! The couple joined us downtown Marquette, MI. with their adorable dog and some fantastic accessories! We loved every minute with this fun, playful, and loving couple!

If there ever was a time to do a Rock the Dress session, there is no better time then now. Especially after you see their gorgeous session!

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