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Not-So-Average Photobooths

Not So Average Photobooths

Fun Additions For Your Reception!

Picture perfect weddings are usually pretty high on the wish-list for most engaged couples, but cookie cutter weddings? Not so much.

It’s getting pretty easy to blindly follow the pact and have the stereotypical Pinterest wedding, so don’t forget to put your own personal spin on things.

One of my favorite ways to spice up your big day? Getting creative with your Photobooth (or switching it up altogether).

Here’s How:

Video Messages. Instead of photos, why not live video? A lot of videographers can set up a video station where guests can leave well wishes, recall fun memories, or maybe even record a funny (drunken?) dance for you to watch and laugh over.

Selfie Stations.   We are the selfie generation after all. Set up an iPad on a selfie stick and have a guest-operated photobooth. Or just provide the selfie stick and an Instagram hashtag.

Photo Apps. If you like the idea of seeing your event through your guest’s eyes, but want to make sure you have access to all the photos afterwards, look into wedding apps that cater to that.   Look into Wedding Snap, Wed Pics, or Capsule.

Dance Floor Cams. Staged photos are fun and all, but candid dance-floor pics make for great memories. Sure you could just have your photographer capture it, or you could set up cameras timed to go off every minute or so. Better yet, get a dance floor Go-Pro or two!

GreenScreen Photos. Replace regular run of the mill Photobooth pictures against a white background with just about anything you want. Greenscreen technology allows you to super impose your guests into any scene you want; pretty vineyards, famous stadiums, the top of Everest or specific moments in history.

Red Carpet Pics. Have all your guests photographed like a movie star on their way into your reception. Keep the fancy rec carpet and paparazzi like photos going through out the night too, for a fun spin to your wedding photos. So glam.

Drones. How techy of you! But for serious, aerial shots are amazing. So attach a camera to one and get some sweet footage from above.

Photo Frame Backdrop. Instead of having your guests crammed into a booth, or stationed in front of a plain backdrop, get creative with your Photobooth station. Get crafty and make your own with fun messages, pretty decorations or cut out frames for people to stand behind or pop through. So fun!

Love, Mrs. Newman

Why Rain Won’t Ruin Your Wedding


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It’s been a pretty rainy summer here in the continental US so far.   If you’re getting married this summer (or in general, really) all this rain might be freaking you out. Don’t let it! Rain is NOT going to ruin your day. Here’s why.

Rain is usually pretty patchy.

Even if your weather forecast shows rain showers all day, it most likely won’t downpour for 24 straight hours. Rain and storm clouds are moving entities; which translates to patches of rain in varying amounts. You might have some serious downpours, but you’ll also get some clear patches.   Take advantage of the moments of clear skies (even if they’re fleeting). Get those must have photos, or bend your schedule a little to accommodate the ceremony. If you have to move the ceremony back 20 minutes while the torrential rain passes through, do it. Being flexible will make everything easier on you. Helpful tip: Download a radar map so you can see what’s coming your way, and how long it’ll last.

Rain is actually better than extreme heat and humidity.

A day with some clouds, patches of rain, and a cooler temperature is more comfortable for mass crowds. Think about it – guys wearing suits and sport coats will be sweating to death on that sunny, 85 degree day while enjoying that “picture-perfect” cocktail hour.   With milder weather, no one has to worry about sunburns, or sweating their make-up off.

You have a back-up plan for a reason.

If you’re getting married outside, or having any part of your day outside, then your coordinator or venue rep has outlined what the back up plan is for a rainy day wedding. Obviously your Plan B is your second choice, but you shouldn’t commit to a venue if you hate the back up plan.   You need to make sure you know where everything will end up taking place if the weather doesn’t cooperate, and you NEED to be okay with having it there. If you’re happy with both your Plan A and your Plan B, then no matter what happens weather-wise, you’ll be all set.

Forecasts are dumb anyways.

Don’t stress over the weather forecast. Once the final countdown hits, it’s so easy to keep refreshing the ten-day forecast. Don’t. Do. It.   Wait until the day before the wedding to count on the forecast, or even the morning of is possible. The forecast can change so fast, and dwelling on the weather the week before the wedding is silly.   You have your plans in place for weather, so when you wake up the morning of your big day, look out the window, check the forecast, peek at the radar map, and make the call. Then move on, and get excited for your WEDDING!

Have you seen the rainy day wedding photos?

No, seriously, have you? They’re uh-mazing.   Get on Pinterest right now and look at how stunning the rainy day wedding photos are. Like here, or here, or here. Yes, please.

And the most obvious perk…

HELLO!? Didn’t you know that rain on your wedding is good luck?   And no, that’s not something that people just say to make brides feel better. It’s actually a sign of cleansing and fertility in some cultures, which is pretty cool. Rain is also a sign of renewal, which is also a great thing for your wedding day; a new beginning and a fresh start for your new life together.


So here’s to wishing for a rainy wedding day! If you have other reasons for wanting rain, leave them in the comments!


Mrs. Newman

I’m Sorry You Hate Engagement Photos

Scrabble Love

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Hates Engagement Photos.

*Warning: this post is less advice-driven and more of a heated reaction to an article I don’t agree with.  I apologize in advance for any profanity that offends anyone.

Lately there’s been a viral blog post going around that explains why everyone should hate engagement photos (and basically everything they represent).   And it makes me angry.

A few keys points of the post include the following:

  • It’s a new and obviously unnecessary part of getting married that the generations before us didn’t participate in.
  • Engagement photos are all the same, cheesy, and very cliché.
  • All the guys that participate in engagement photos should automatically be labeled as whipped and are evidently emasculated.
  • Should you participate in engagement photos, expect a less expensive wedding gift because of the turmoil you’re obviously causing everyone.

All in all, the article was the most extremely bitter piece of writing I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading.

I’m completely onboard with people forming their own opinions. I love that the world consists of people who have such varying views on the world. And I can even participate in a debate where in the end we can simply agree to disagree. But here is my issue with this post: it’s maliciously villainizing people who are just trying to celebrate their lives.

Nobody that’s posting engagement photos, or their wedding photos, or even pictures of their kids or their happy families, are doing it for YOU. They are posting them for themselves. To commemorate their life. To keep record of some of their happiest moments.   And they are sharing them publicly on social media because they most likely have family and friends that enjoy seeing them. And in extreme cases, even the most selfish, self-centered people who could potentially be posting photos of their relationship just to show off, aren’t doing it as a personal attack to anyone.

How terrible of them, right? To use their page as a forum to share their memories. God, people are just so selfish, aren’t they?

But guess what? YOU DON’T HAVE TO CLICK ON THE PHOTOS OR SCROLL THROUGH THEM.   Nobody is shoving photos down your throat. Last time I checked social media platforms don’t insist you look through an album before scrolling through the rest of the news feed. You can even hide them from your timeline! How novel. Furthermore, did you ever think that you may have posted something online that someone didn’t want to look at before? I don’t like seeing photos of abused animals, but I understand that people are just trying to raise awareness for animal rights. And I really dislike seeing the deer you killed while you were out hunting, but I realize that there are a lot of people who don’t share that sentiment with me, and I don’t berate them in an aggressive blog post.  Live and let live a little bit, can we?

If you jumped on the bandwagon of this article, and liked or shared it, or even agree completely with it, lets review a few things.   Like it or not, engagement photos are a thing these days. And while it might be a new tradition, it’s pretty common.   And while they may all look similar, a lot of couples have fun trying to find ways to makes theirs special or unique to their partnership. Those props and signs you think are cheesy were probably made with great care and attention.   Those guys that you think look forced or camera-shy are doing something that makes their fiancé happy. It doesn’t mean they’re whipped. It doesn’t mean she wears the pants. It means he made a concession to make his fiancé smile (how dare he).  And lastly, it doesn’t give you the right to give a shitty wedding gift.   No one posts engagement photos to inconvenience anyone. And if they make you irritated enough to even contemplate getting less of a gift, why don’t you go ahead and RSVP no.

So if you want to hate on engagement photos, go ahead. We’re all entitled to our own opinions. You don’t have to like it, and you definitely don’t have to look at it (that last part might solve this problem altogether). But making other people feel bad about sharing their memories, regardless of if you think it’s staged” or “forced”, doesn’t just make you a cynic, it makes you an asshole.

I hope one day you find someone who you love enough to marry. And when that day comes, I bet you’ll get engagement photos taken.  And then you won’t be a cynical asshole anymore, you’ll just be a hypocrite.

End rant.

Mrs. Newman

Wedding Photo Wish List

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When you meet with your photographer, they’ll be able to walk you through the typical shot list for a wedding. When you’re going through the list, make sure you speak up about anything specific that you do (or don’t) want taken that day.   While most professional wedding photographers know what to capture, you should never assume that they’ll prioritize your wedding photo wish list the same way you do.

Make a list of must have shots, and give them to the photographer ahead of time. This way everyone will be on the same page, and you’ll be much more likely to be a satisfied customer (something both parties want!).   Here’s a sample wish list to bring to your meeting, with asterisks by my personal must haves:

Before The Wedding

  • Groom getting ready*
  • Groom with best man getting ready
  • Groomsmen getting ready
  • Groom with his parents candid
  • Bride getting ready
  • Bridesmaids getting ready
  • Bride and MOH candid
  • Father of the Bride first look*
  • Mother of the Bride first look*
  • Bridal party on the way to the ceremony candids

During The Wedding

  • Venue before guests arrive
  • Details before guests arrive: programs, flowers, altar
  • Venue as guests arrive
  • Groomsmen ushering guests
  • Groomsmen walking down aisle
  • Groom walking down aisle
  • Parents during their processional
  • Bridesmaids, Flower girl, ring bearer, and MOH during processional
  • Bride coming down the aisle*
  • Groom’s face as Bride comes down the aisle*
  • Ceremony Readers
  • Vows
  • Ring Exchange
  • First Kiss*
  • Recessional

After The Wedding

  • Bride and Groom candids
  • Receiving line or exit from ceremony
  • Candids from cocktail hour of guests
  • Reception Venue before guests arrive
  • Reception Details: centerpieces, place settings, cake*
  • Reception Venue as guests arrive
  • Bridal party introductions
  • First Dance*
  • Toasts
  • Father Daughter Dance*
  • Mother Son Dance*
  • Traditional Dance
  • Cake Cutting*
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Garter Toss
  • Dance floor candids
  • Reception candids
  • Bride and Groom leaving reception

Group/Portrait Photos (Before or After, however they best fit into your wedding schedule)

  • Bride and Bridesmaids
  • Bride and Flowergirl
  • Groom and Groomsmen
  • Groom and Ringbearer
  • Bride and Groom with Officiant
  • Bride and Groom with entire bridal party
  • Bride and Groom with bridesmaids
  • Bride and Groom with groomsmen
  • Family Portraits***For your family portraits you are going to want a very exact list ahead of time to give to your photographer. Not only will this keep the family portrait portion of the day moving along quickly, it will keep you in charge of who is in each photo. Only you know your family dynamics, so providing a list of names for each and every portrait you want allows you to avoid any awkwardness on the day of your wedding.

If I missed something, leave them in the comments! And as always, never hesitate to contact me if I can help you further!


Mrs. Newman

Tom and Heather’s Wedding in Estes Park

A Wintry Wedding at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau

Photos by Becky Young Photography