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Expert Advice: Before You Hire Your Photographer, Decide Which Photography Style Is Right for You

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Take it from a newlywed, your wedding photographs will be one of your most prized possessions. When all is said and done, the “I Do’s” have been spoken, the cake has been cut and the sparkler-filled exit has been made, your photos will serve as some of the only lasting, tangible reminders of one of the biggest days of your life. That said, please make sure that the photographer you hire understands your wants and needs and that his or her photographic style matches the photos that you envision showing your grandchildren one day.

We enlisted the help of two of our favorite Nashville wedding photographers, Erin of The Collection and Whitney of Dove Photography, to educate us on the four main types of wedding photography styles and the pros and cons of each.  Keep in mind that our segmentation below is a generalization and simplified recap of our conversations with each of these two photography experts.  


This is a timeless photography style characterized by a focus on people, portraits and posing.  Some photos will be candid, others staged.  This type of photography has come a long way from just lining everyone up to take pictures.  While old school photographers may still continue to do this, modern photographers have taken traditional photography to a whole new level, focusing on a portrait style that captures people, sometimes candid and sometimes posed.

The ABG team would categorize Jenna Henderson under this style.  We love her work and her general focus on people.

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This style of photography is becoming increasingly popular in today’s weddings. The photographers shoot what they see, exactly when it’s happening. Think of them as voyeurs who are there to capture each moment of your day. The photographer that shoots in this style is usually more high-end and it is very popular with celebrities on their wedding day. While having completely natural, un-staged photos can be a wonderful way to remember the true essence of your day it can also leave out important staged photos that you might want, such as a picture of your bouquet, the wedding rings, or even just the two of you.  

The ABG team would put Dove Photography in this category.  This isn't an easy way to photograph, but they pull it off effortlessly.

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My favorite option of the bunch! This photography style is a mixture between traditional and photojournalistic. The photographer will take both staged pictures (wedding party, parents, bride and groom, etc.) AND act as a photojournalist, taking photos the moment that they are happening. I mean, who doesn’t want to see at least one photo of Uncle Bill breaking it down on the dance floor or Cousin Sue lovingly shoving your friends out of the way for a shot at that bouquet?!

The ABG team would put The Collection in this category.  They tend to combine the traditional with the candid.

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We’ve all come to love the stylized photographic style thanks to sites like Style Me Pretty… Those wedding are absolutely gorgeous and the details are amazing! But this style of photography does come with a caveat: yes, you will get lots of beautiful photos of the décor you spent hours dreaming up and the food that you spent thousands on but there won’t be many photos of actual people. Of course, there will be some photos of you and your groom and wedding party and others, but the focus will be much more on the style of the wedding than anything else.

The ABG team would categorize Zipporah Photography as this style.  

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Photographers may lean toward one style or the other or may offer a combination.  Your preference might too.  The best thing about weddings is that each and every one is unique! And each and every photographer has their own specific way of shooting your day. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! And, look at each photographer's portfolio to make sure their style fits yours.  In the end, when you hire the right photographer, you’ll always be able to look back on your big day with satisfaction and a smile.

Posted by Newlywed Heather | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Photography, 0 comments »

Save the Date: An Event for Nashville Grooms (and Brides):  Honeymoon Planning, Men’s Attire Styling

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

On Thursday, March 13 Nashville grooms and brides are invited to a Groom Night hosted by 2Travel Anywhere and Street Tuxedo.

This rare event, designed with grooms in mind, will focus on two aspects of wedding planning that are generally the groom's responsibility: the men's attire and the honeymoon.  Whether the groom is fully in charge or mildly involved, a team will be available to help him select from multiple men's attire and honeymoon location options.  

The event will take place at Street Tuxedo in Green Hills on March 13 from 6-8 p.m.  Sweet treats and food will be available, and attendees will have a chance to win a gift certificate and many more great giveaways!

RSVP and get more info on the Groom Night via this link.

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Posted by Ashley King | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Grooms, Groomsmen & Tuxedos , Honeymoon and Post Wedding, 0 comments »

Advice from a Nashville Bride: Wedding Traditions - What to Ditch, What to Keep

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Whether you've been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a little girl, or are just now learning the difference between tulle and taffeta, it's easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour when planning your wedding. Trying to please your family and friends, browsing through bridal magazine shoots or checking out the endless ideas on Pinterest can play a role in the decisions you make, and if you're not careful, you may end up planning aspects of your wedding that aren't in line with what's important to you and your fiance.

There are certainly traditional elements that are essential for any wedding, like saying your vows and exchanging rings, but many brides are opting to change things up to make their wedding day truly their own. Conversely, if you're a Southern bride steeped in tradition, feel free to include the details you find important in your wedding plans, whether those around you find them to be current or not.

Everyone will have an opinion about your decisions, but in the end, this is YOUR wedding and your desires and comfort level should play a role in many of the choices that you and your fiance make (yes, his opinion does count too!!).

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While planning my 2012 Nashville wedding, there were several aspects that my now-husband Jermaine and I decided to ditch.  Bouquet and garter tosses were at the top of the list of things we excluded from our celebration, and my bouquet is proudly displayed in our home.  Although both of my parents were in attendance, I chose to walk down the aisle on my own, and while I did have a cathedral length veil, I didn't cover my face with a blusher veil as some family members expected.

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Instead of having a receiving line, or going table to table, we accommodated my limited mobility by having our guests routed past our sweetheart table after they passed through the buffet line.  This way, we were able to individually greet each of our guests in a way that was comfortable for us. I can't stand for long periods of time, but our friends and family are aware of my situation and many people loved this idea! Feel free to change up the order of your reception or add a family tradition to your ceremony so that your wedding day truly reflects who you are as a couple and what is important in your relationship.

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Photos: Five By Five Photography & Design 


The most important thing to remember is that your wedding is a celebration of your love and commitment to one another. Compromise is certainly needed when two families come together, but be sure that you're not agreeing to aspects that make you uncomfortable just to please your maid of honor or father-in-law. It's ok to say goodbye to traditions that don't fit with your beliefs or lifestyle, and you don't want to spend your wedding day worrying about whether grandma will be upset that you decided to save your bouquet instead of throwing it to your single friends. However, if you've always dreamed of following every tradition to a T, then don't let others sway you from your desires simply to follow today's trends!

After the chairs have been packed up and the decorations taken down, the memories you create on this day will be most important to you and your partner as you think back on the day you started your new life together.

Posted by Jenn Dobbins | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Real Nashville Brides, 0 comments »

How Do You Make the Most of Your Wedding Budget?  We Ask the Planning Pros at Regalo Design.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

At some point during the wedding planning process, many brides and grooms find themselves spending more than they anticipated for their big day.

How does this happen? Sarah Goude, co-owner and lead event planner of Regalo Design, shares that couples often spend their money too soon and have an inaccurate vision of what their budget, no matter the size, will cover.

We got to chat with Sarah about this important aspect of the planning process. Check out the advice she had to share:


Co-owners Damon and Sarah Goude

You mentioned that couples often spend their money too soon. What do they typically spend their money on first?

They spend on what’s important to them, and it’s usually the venue that’s first. Seventy percent of people that walk in to meet with us have their venue before they walk into our office. They feel like they have to have that date so they will pay for it.  However, it doesn’t mean it’s the best option for their budget. Sometimes, a venue locks you in with their packages, forcing you to spend more than if you had waited and worked with a planner first. I remember a time when a client paid 80 percent of her budget on the venue and didn’t have much money left for anything else.

What is a common misconception that couples have in terms of budget?

Many couples come to us and tell us how much they’re going to spend on photography and cake, but they don’t ask professionals just how much they should be spending.  All of those budgets you find online are not set in stone — there’s no formula. In all my years of working, I’ve never seen a couple stay within a budget they found online. Every budget needs to be customized to a particular person.

When a couple gets engaged, what should they do first in regards to planning?

If you can, use a planner. One thing we do is combine our services into one.  We ask couples, what would you spend on a planner, decorator and a florist? We prove that the cost for us to do these three combined is less than hiring three individual vendors. There’s value in having one person to talk to about all those things. A planner will seek out vendors that extend loyalty discounts and can give a good value and service.

We sit down with our clients and go through each piece of their budget. We see what their likes and dislikes are in terms of style, ceremony, reception, etc. Then we’re able to plug in the appropriate numbers for them.

What advice would you give couples about how to prioritize their money?

Sticking to a budget is really important, and often times couples don’t factor in the extra costs that pop up during the process. No matter what, there always seems to be extra things that you have to spend money on. It can be as small as $100 here, and $100 there and then you find yourself over budget. Sometimes a bridesmaid can’t pay for her ticket, so you’ll have to pay for it. Or they find that the venue they reserved doesn’t include everything they thought it would. Couples should factor in five to 10 percent of their budget to miscellaneous fees. When planning, you’ve got to figure out what all your costs are so there are no surprises.

What tips would you give couples about how to make the most out of their budget?

First, prioritize your particular wants and needs and try not to stray too far from that. Next, seek advice from a professional. People tend to be pulled in all different directions — it’s such an exciting time and you’re given all this info! It’s hard to step back and filter all that when you haven’t been through it before; you’re not aware of the different options.

The planning process can be overwhelming — everyone is trying to sell you on their product, so they’ll be putting on their best face. Any planner you choose can really help you find those perfect vendors and is very beneficial..

Next, talk to no less than two or three vendors from each category to see who will best fit your needs. Then, step back and process all the information you’ve gathered.

Posted by Newlywed Leah | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Wedding Planners & Coordinators, 0 comments »

Expert Advice from Audio Video Art: Which Is A Better Option For Wedding Videos? DVD Or Blu-Ray?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

If you’re thinking about having your wedding day captured on video, you’re most likely wondering which option is best: DVD or Blu-ray? Does it matter? Is there truly a difference?

Matthew Currier of Audio Video Art says there most certainly is a difference and it's one you’ll want to consider based on your preferences. Check out his expert opinion on the differences of DVDs and Blu-Ray discs and learn a little bit more about the Nashville company:

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Guest Blogger:  Matt of Audio Video Art has over 11 years of experience and has produced over 400 Nashville wedding videos.

Your wedding on a high definition Blu-ray Disc versus a DVD...does it matter?

Yes, it does!

In most ways, Blu-ray is fairly similar to DVD. The players look the same, the discs look the same and even the disc menus are similar. So, what does it matter if your video company only provides your wedding video on DVD? What’s better about Blu-ray?

Better Image Quality - Almost Three Times The Resolution, Clarity and Detail

Superior resolution is a big part of what makes Blu-ray look great. In layman's terms, this means you'll see a more detailed image. The technical difference is that Blu-ray's maximum resolution is 1,920x1,080 (1080p), while DVD is limited to 720x480 (480p).

Beyond resolution, Blu-ray also uses better video compression methods, resulting in more contrast and richer colors. If you like the way HD from your cable or satellite provider looks, Blu-ray looks even better. It's the highest-quality video format available today.

Moving with futue of technology

When the home video format of choice changed from VHS to DVD, it was a rough change for consumers whose existing tape collection was slowly rendered obsolete. Luckily, that's not the case with this transition, as every Blu-ray player is capable of playing back standard DVDs.

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About Audio Video Art

We are proud of our videos. That’s why we provide you with six copies of your wedding — three HD Blu-ray Discs and three standard DVDs. We want you to proudly share them with your family and friends!

We understand that not everyone has an HD TV and a Blu-ray player, but five years from now, the majority of the people will. That is why we still provide three standard DVDs, but have the foresight to provide three HD Blu-ray Discs, too.


Sample: latest teaser video from Audio Video Art

Posted by Audio Video Art | Filed under: Advice & Planning, Videography, 0 comments »

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