Monday, 17 December 2018

Ryan & Tori Parker

  • Published: Wednesday, 12 December 2018 01:19
  • Written by Super User

 

Surprises at every turn! Most couples dread the unplanned or unexpected happening on their wedding day, but the wedding of Ryan and Tori had surprises in store for just about everyone and the day couldn’t have been more wonderful!

The day began with a surprise for Tori’s grandparents and then her father as they were given the opportunity for a first look with her (a special time to see her in her dress and share a moment with her before the walk down the aisle). The surprises continued at the alter where, to the amazement of all of the guests (bridal party included), Tori’s daughter received a ring of her own from Ryan in a heartfelt moment that left barely a dry eye in attendance. The happy tears continued to roll during the reception when Tori gave a beautiful speech in honor of all military, especially her brother who was unable to attend. Little did Tori know, she would later receive a Facetime from that brother to share his love and congratulations. After dinner, the couple cut their cake with a personalized axe and shared their first waltz as Mr. and Mrs., which started out slow and then completely changed to a specially choreographed, upbeat dance with props included! There was even a teddy bear toss for the kids and lottery tickets were attached to the bouquet and garter for the toss!

While the surprises seemed to be endless, one thing that is no shock to anyone is how happy and perfect Ryan and Tori are together!

 

Benefits of Hiring One Company for Photography & Videography

  • Published: Wednesday, 05 December 2018 02:26
  • Written by Super User

Benefits of Hiring One Company for Photography & Videography

A photographer and videographer both want the same thing while simultaneously wanting COMPLETELY DIFFERENT things. Both want to provide you with the best possible product (their reputations depend on it)! Unfortunately, because photo and video are entirely different in their capture and creation, those doing so are often left vying for what they need and sadly, this often causes conflict. The photographer needs to come in for a close shot, but the videographer doesn’t want them in the video and vice versa. As a company that offers both photography and videography, Sweet T Photography & Services understands both sides. While hiring separate companies for the two coverages is always a possibility, there are great benefits involved with hiring the same company for both.

Better Communication and Coordination: It’s no secret that photographers and videographers can often butt heads. By hiring the same company, you can rest easy that both teams will be able to communicate and coordinate effectively. The people working for the company have worked together before. They know what the other needs and how to best work together to ensure that both sides get what is required of them! That means no one is fighting for the angles they want for certain shots as they already know where the other needs to be and how to stay out of each other’s way. What’s more, they can capture what each side needs more effectively, offering you more time and less hassle on your big day! (For example, while doing photos of the bride and groom, we already know what footage our photo and video team are both going to want, so we are able to take the same shots at the same time rather than having you repeat them). Think of it this way: you wouldn’t hire a band who is performing together for the very first time to play at your wedding…just as a band who plays together often would make better music, a photo and video team who works together often will translate into a better overall product.

Saved Time Before the Wedding: Planning a wedding is exhausting and time consuming. Each company you hire will want to meet with you to go over the details of your big day at least once if not two or three times. This ensures that they are aware of your vision for the day as well as the timeline and other important aspects. Hiring one company for photo and video combines these meetings saving you hours of precious time! Likewise, combined contracts make for less paperwork to review and sign, and you have less contacts to make should anything change and less people to respond to when the time comes for confirmations!

Added Value: While price shouldn’t be your only factor for deciding what photography and videography company will cover your big day, it doesn’t hurt that many offer great incentives for booking both medias together!  For example, Sweet T Photography & Services offers a discount as well as a free video save the date and photo slide show of your wedding images!

 

 

 

Great Gift Ideas For and From the Couple!

  • Published: Wednesday, 28 November 2018 13:04
  • Written by Super User

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Consider giving the gift of memories. Whether your big day has already passed or is still on the horizon, Christmas presents a wonderful opportunity to share the love with your friends and family. Check out below for great gift giving ideas that can enhance the memories of your wedding day both before and after it occurs (they make great gifts FOR the bride and groom as well)! (Sweet T Photography & Services has all of these options available, so feel free to contact us for some great gifts!)

 

Photography/Videography Gift Certificate.

From the Couple: Gift certificates show that you gave some forethought to your gift while still allowing the recipient to choose what they like without just throwing cash at them. For those not walking down the aisle, a gift certificate can help them capture the love of their family, themselves, their friends, their pets, or really anything!

For the Couple: For those about to tie the knot or those who have recently done so, purchasing a gift certificate from their wedding photographer works double duty! Not only does it cover the Christmas gift, but can also help the couple fund their big day by helping them purchase the photography/videography coverage or by helping them to purchase prints, albums, or other great products for them to display in their home afterward! Talk about the perfect item to put on your Christmas wish list!

 

Photo Ornaments.

From the Couple: You already know Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, and other family members will be wanting photos from your day, so why not make it extra special by gifting them a photo of you and your spouse or you and the person in question on a Christmas ornament! Now your wedding photo and Christmas gift have become an instant heirloom! Haven’t said your “I Do’s” yet? An ornament with  a photo of you and your closest friends would make the perfect bridal party proposal!

For the Couple: There can never be too many reminders of the love you share with your family and friends! A photo ornament of you with the bride and groom or even just the bride and groom will become an instant hit and will be cherished for generations!

 

Photo Calendar

From the Couple: You should have received a ton of photos with your friends and family on your wedding day. How great would it be to pick twelve of your favorites and have a calendar created with all of the most important dates?! They’ll never miss a friend or family members birthday or anniversary again and will get to relive the joy of the day all year round!

For the Couple: Life as newlyweds can be hectic! Help them keep organized by creating a reminder of all the important dates while simultaneously giving them the opportunity to stop for a moment and remember what it’s all about!

First Look VS Tradition

  • Published: Tuesday, 13 November 2018 18:38
  • Written by Super User


One of the hardest things about planning a wedding is often the wedding day timeline. Every aspect of the day is determined by this timeline... when do I need to start getting ready? how long do I need to book my vendors for? Will I be on time for my reception? There are a LOT of factors that go into this timeline, but one of the most important factors (one that will help determine how other things are done) is whether or not you plan to do a first look.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of a first look, it's when a couple decides that instead of waiting for the walk down the aisle as tradition dictates, they see each other and have photos taken before the ceremony. Both the first look and traditional aisle viewing have their pros and cons! Check out some of them below!

Traditional
Pro: You don't have to be ready as long before the ceremony. Let's face it, that gown weighs a ton and getting up super early to get your hair and makeup done (and then worrying about it coming apart later) isn't a lot of fun.
Pro: You're keeping tradition and allowing everyone in attendance to share the beautiful moment when the two of you first see each other.
Con: Bride and Groom photos, as well as full bridal party photos will need to take place after the ceremony, leaving less time to just breathe, go to the bar, or just have a moment between the two of you. This also means that there may be less time for photos and you may have to skip some that you really wanted because of it (family photos can be time consuming and if everyone is not present and cooperative it can take time away from the more fun shots.)

First Look
Pro: You get to chose the exact place where you first see each other (you can chose a place that has meaning to you both, or just somewhere that you feel is more beautiful for photos).
Pro: Your first time seeing each other is more intimate and can be captured in greater detail. It's just the two of you (or if you allow, a small gathering of onlookers).
Pro: You can have all of your bridal party photos (including the two of you) done before the ceremony so there is less pressure to speed through photos and get to your reception allowing you to better enjoy the moment. (If there's not time for a particular photo you want, it can still be taken care of after family photos!) This can also leave extra time to just hang out with your closest friends and family!
Con: Your entire bridal party will need to be ready and present earlier in the day and your flowers (if real) will need to be delivered earlier.

The decision is ultimately yours and can be captured beautifully either way!

Is a Professional Worth the Investment?

  • Published: Wednesday, 07 November 2018 13:17
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

With the dawning of the digital age, it seems everyone has a nice camera, or at least a smart phone with a decent camera capability. Wedding budgets are tight, so it can certainly be tempting to pass on investing in a professional photographer/videographer and ask a friend or family member to capture your day, but doing so may be setting yourself up for a disappointment that will last a life time. Here’s why:

You want your friends and family to ATTEND your wedding, not work it. You may think they can both take photos or video and be present as a guest, but for the majority of people, it does not work that way. Capturing a wedding is a high pressure job and your loved ones don’t want to disappoint you! How do you listen intently and let the couple’s vows touch your heart when you’re in the aisle tensed up waiting for the perfect moment? How do you relax and dance the night away knowing you’re missing capturing parts of your loved one’s big day? You don’t!

Your friend/family member doesn’t know the full extent of what capturing a wedding requires. Yes, owning a good camera is especially important, but there are things equally important that they likely don’t know. For example, how to manage the wedding day timeline, direct groups of people, keep posing natural, handle all manner of weather and lighting challenges, and much much more. Likewise, should a photographic tragedy occur (camera gets dropped, lens is cracked, equipment isn’t working right) a professional has a back up plan and back up gear to work with!

You want to remember every detail as beautifully as it happened. You’ve invested in every detail of your day from the venue to the food that is served to the music being played all the way down to the favors your guests will take home that night… but once the day is done, what will be left to remember it all? Your photos and video! So naturally, you want them to be GREAT photos and video that you will be proud to share with generations after you! While you don’t HAVE to be a pro to take good photos or video, hiring one takes the guessing and fear out of the end result! You don’t have to worry that your memories will be blurry, grainy, or missed all together.

You're not wasting money by using a professional over an amateur! If a professional’s prices seem steep, it’s because they have put the time and effort into their craft and will put a great deal of time and effort into your day. When you pay a professional, they aren’t just showing up on your day with their fancy equipment, clicking a button, and sending you images afterward.  They will spend hours and money on booking, conceptualizing, preparing, consulting, photographing, editing, distributing, and follow-up. A professional will also be licensed and insured with experience and education necessary to ensure things go smoothly from beginning to end!

Roth Wedding

  • Published: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 11:12
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Not your ordinary wedding! When most people think weddings they think sparkles and daydreams, but this wedding was more like a horror movie (in a good way)! Every aspect of Jacob and Tamra's Halloween themed wedding screamed of darkness from the skull centerpieces, to the customized tombstone at the entrance, to the bloodied rose and skull bouquets! Ever witness the moment a vampire first sees his daughter in her gown? You're about to! With their bridal party in black, Jacob and Tamra said their I-Do's in the presence of all manner of creatures (as guests were invited to dress accordingly). Even the cupcakes held the ghoulish theme, topped with tombstones and cut by the couple with a customized machete! This wedding was definitely one of a kind, and one you'll certainly want to take a look at!

 

Inclusive Pricing Rocks! Here's Why!

  • Published: Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:06
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Inclusive Pricing Rocks! Here’s Why!

 

If you’ve been following us for awhile now, you may have noticed that our wedding prices have changed to something completely different this month. In previous years, we asked that our clients pay us for our time and then select what they like for products after their images have been delivered. We have changed to inclusive pricing are so we can better service you!

What is inclusive pricing? Inclusive pricing means that our wedding day packages include all of our most popular items as well as some of the smaller charges that we, as a legal business, are required by law to charge! Here’s how inclusive pricing makes things SO much better!

1. No more calculating: Take the amount you pay for coverage, then add the cost of digitals and your other products individually, multiply by .06 for taxes… not anymore! Our wedding packages are now one set price! That means the number you see is the amount you pay for everything the package includes (a USB of digital images with print rights, taxes, travel, even an album, and more are all included in the price!)

2. Less Stress for You: Your wedding is all paid for, you’ve been on your honeymoon and things have finally settled down except… now you have to pay for the majority of your photography products, research what consumer company will have a decent quality album, spend hours designing the album… Nope! With the inclusive packages, most of your photo products will already be paid for and an heirloom quality album and design are included! You just have to choose which images you want and select the materials it’s made from.

3. Heirloom Quality: Some people enjoy creating their own albums and photo products, we completely understand that! Sadly, with a lot of consumer print companies, what you see is only what you get for a couple of years… the colors on the images fade, the cloth wears away….including items in your wedding package is an insurance policy that you will have an item from your wedding day that will stand the test of time!

4. Don’t Forget the Important Items: As professionals in the wedding industry, we’ve been through the process of planning a wedding a few dozen times. As such we are aware of some of the products that you may not even realize you want or need! Now they are included in your package!

5. The Realization You Need More...From Us: As we put together the new packages based on what brides were telling us they wanted, we realized that this new way of doing things gives you more choices and that can seem daunting. As such, we are now offering in person reveals and ordering sessions at no cost to you (we will help you every step of the way and you will be able to see and feel the luxury our products offer before deciding all the details). Our online galleries will remain as well! We also realize that this way of doing things may require a little more of an investment. To help with this, we are now offering payment plans and are also in the works of a gift registry program as well! Soon you will be able to add the products you want as well as the coverage you need to an online registry, much as you would at the big box stores, so your friends and family can give you the gift of your memories and artwork (which is way better than getting that third blender)!

After the Day- What to Do with the Dress After the Wedding

  • Published: Tuesday, 16 October 2018 15:13
  • Written by Theresa Hoard
1. Trash the Dress Photo Session! No, your dress doesn’t have to be completely ruined… A Trash the Dress Session can be tailored to fit your personality! It can be something as simple as getting dressed back up and going somewhere that you might not have been able to on the wedding day (whether due to time limits or need to keep the dress clean) such as a sandy beach, a creek, or even a carnival or arcade! If you want something a little more creative and don’t care about the dress after word? Consider a color, mud, or paint war with your new spouse! You can absolutely trash the dress if you want to!

2. Want to keep your gown forever? Your first step is to get your dress cleaned and preserved! Even if it doesn’t look dirty to the naked eye and you took every precaution to ensure it stayed clean, there can be unseen blemishes. The preservation process also protects the dress from fabric yellowing! 

3. Put it in a shadow box. What better way to keep one of the happiest days of your life front and center in your home? After the dress is preserved, consider placing it in a large shadow box with other items from the day and hang it in your bedroom, living room, or anywhere you like! Much better than keeping it in a box in the attic or garage!

4. Sell it. These days, brides are more financially savvy than ever before! If you have no desire to keep the dress, you could make another bride (who may not have been able to afford such a perfect gown otherwise) very happy and earn some cash back at the same time!

5. Donate it to Charity. Many places accept formal items as donation! One of our favorites is Every Girl’s Dream Inc which donates the dress to brides undergoing financial hardship in Michigan.

6. Create an Heirloom. Yes, some people would love to wear Grandma’s wedding dress, but with the fast tides of the fashion industry, and everyone having their own tastes, this is not a common option for brides. Instead of storing it for generations in hopes it will one day be worn again, consider having it made into baby blankets for your children or others, a christening gown, first communion dress, or even Christmas stocking!

Bischer Wedding

  • Published: Wednesday, 03 October 2018 09:26
  • Written by Theresa Hoard
This wedding truly had it all! Absolutely stunning from beginning to end, the wedding of Kyle and Whitney Bischer was packed full of fun and surprises! From the beautifully decorated aisleway, custom crossword puzzle newspaper style program, and unity cross during the ceremony to the bubble and sparkler exits and smores bar at the reception, there seemed to be no end to the exquisite details of this amazing day! 

Alex & Sara Ritter

  • Published: Tuesday, 25 September 2018 23:47
  • Written by Theresa Hoard
The classic elegance of Sara and Alex’s wedding left us with a stunningly beautiful day with emotional moments that really put it over the top!  Personal gifts were exchanged between Sara and Alex just around the corner from each other so as to share a special moment together without breaking tradition, Sara shared a special first look with her father before walking down the aisle, Alex’s mother helped him with his cuff links and watch, and after the main speeches were given, Sara’s father gave a special speech of his own! 
All in all, a truly wonderful day with a fantastic couple!

Featured Vendor: Especially For You by Corrine

  • Published: Monday, 10 September 2018 12:35
  • Written by Theresa Hoard
Welcome back to Wedding Wednesday! As you may know, hiring local companies can make a huge difference in your wedding day: it’s easier to meet with them, they often know your venue and the staff within, and the money you pay them contributes to your own community! (More on the benefits of hiring local wedding professionals next week!) This week, we’d like you to meet a vendor local to the thumb, Especially For You by Corrine! 


Especially For You by Corrine is a wedding florist and decorator out of Ruth, MI. Two of the highest stress situations for your big day are often the daunting task of decorating the venue and finding the items needed to do so at a reasonable cost. Corrine can help with both! Included in the list of many items available for rent are: chair covers and sashes, table clothes, table runners, table skirting, and centerpieces. Not only will she come set up any items rented from her, she’ll come pack it up as well (one less thing to worry about having friends or family deal with once the party is over)!
Especially For You by Corrine has years of experience in the wedding industry and was even the event decorator for the Ring the Belle Bridal Showcase in 2017! Her work is beautiful, you won’t regret your investment with her! To contact Especially For You by Corrine for your wedding rental and decorating needs, call 989-315-1831. Check out some of her work below! (Images are NOT property of Sweet T Photography & Services).