Archive for ‘shooting stars’

December 4, 2011

Dare To Be Different Fashion Show

by z.lynn

Planning a major event takes time, dedication, effort and extra helpings of all three! Nothing ever goes without a hitch. Tonight’s fashion show was not exempt from that adage.

Up against a seemingly insurmountable task , ADHC Designs pulled off a great show! Hats off to the ladies and gentlemen who worked tirelessly to make this event happen.

 

😉

z

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November 17, 2011

EXPOSED – It’s HERE!!!!

by z.lynn

Stay tuned for details…

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November 16, 2011

#15 – All Things Bridal – Thematically Correct

by z.lynn

Setting a theme can add a level of elegance and a certain, umm, ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your wedding day or engagement photo session. Be different, and thematically correct with a theme. It can highlight things or activities that you enjoy as a couple, your fav book or poem or even your fav movie.

Check out this couple, these shots are just as beautiful and steamy as the movie they are based off of, The Notebook. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
The Notebook Engagement Story

Have fun!
Z
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November 8, 2011

EXPOSED by Jasmine Star

by z.lynn

EXTRA, EXTRA, read all about it…

EXPOSED – The Biggest Mistakes, Loneliest Heartbreaks & the Small Victories Along the Way

Jasmine Star has just released her limited edition magazine entitled EXPOSED – a behind the scenes look at the personal triumphs and setbacks that have catapulted her to international fame as a top wedding photographer. This is an anthology of the experiences of Jasmine Star, the person, not the business. As a fan of her work and style, I can’t wait for my copy to arrive in the mail and I promise to share with you all the juicy details! Since she is a ‘friend in my head‘, I know she wrote this JUST for me!! Thanks, girl!

I’ve always admired her tenacity and positive attitude, come what may, and strive to adopt the same philosophy in my own life. In the face of outright criticism and betrayal from people close to her, she has gone on to become a successful photographer. Check out CreativeLive’s interview with her for a sneak peak of the new magazine.

For those interested in purchasing the magazine, click here.

Congratulations, Jasmine!

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Image by nicolernorman via Flickr

Muah,

Z

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September 29, 2011

#13 – All Things Bridal – Know your vocabulary!

by z.lynn

What type of fabric is this dress made in? What kind of neckline is this? What type of dress is this?

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart via http://firstview.com/

There are many designers and many salons and many dresses, but the basics remain the same. Terminology, that is. Not to say that you must know everything there is to know about dresses. However, understanding how to communicate your desires is helpful in finding the dress of your dreams. Here are a few terms that you will want to be acquainted with:

Dress types:

Mermaid  or ‘ fit and flare’, Empire, Ballgown…

Veils:

Cathedral, Fingertip, Birdcage…

Necklines:

Sweetheart, Halter…

Fabrics: 

Taffeta, Organza, Silk, oh my!

Check out these articles for more important terminology:

http://weddingfashionfiles.com/2009/07/17/wedding-dress-vocab-101/

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/wedding-dress-terms.htm

http://wedding.theknot.com/bridal-fashion/wedding-dress-shopping/articles/wedding-gown-neckline-glossary.aspx

Happy Dress Shopping!

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July 6, 2011

#11 – All Things Bridal – Fascinate Them

by z.lynn

Your wedding is one very important day where you want to sparkle and shine. And why not, since you are truly the center of attention.

Some brides have opted to wear a fascinator instead of a traditional veil. A fascinator is a head covering worn on formal occasions, as was prevalent during the Royal Wedding of Will and Kate. The fascinator can take the form of a traditional hat covering most of the head or it can be a simple clip or comb with a floral or feather theme. Some brides have even chosen to include a birdcage veil which covers the face or just the eyes as a nod, of sorts, to the traditional veil.

Whatever you choose to do, make sure you FASCINATE them!

Until next time,

z

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June 20, 2011

#8 – All Things Bridal – Maid/Matron of Honor

by z.lynn

I am so sorry for the delay in getting these to you. It’s been pretty ridiculous around here. Thank you for your understanding and patience. Without further ado, the series continues here…

Maid or Matron of Honor

This position in the wedding party carries much honor but also a lot of responsibility. Among other things, the MOH is responsible for the bachelorette party, help the bride in choosing the details (dress, color scheme, theme, location, etc), planning the bridal shower, and the list goes on and on!

When choosing someone to fill this weighty role, some of these tips may be helpful:

  • Are they old enough and responsible enough to fulfill all of the duties – Accompanying you to find a dress and shoes is one thing, but can she plan a bridal shower – complete with sending invitations, helping you register and purchasing food (costs can be split with other BM’s)? Does she handle pressure well? As the days get closer and closer to the wedding, you will need to rely on her more than ever. If she stresses easily, you will become stressed. Is she organized? She will be helping you to keep track of most of the goings-on of your wedding. Does she have the time? Is her calendar already full? Most of us have jobs and family obligations not to mention other things that we are involved with. She should be available or be able to make herself available to assist you with whatever you need.
  • The MOH does not have to be a close friend or family member – It is customary to want to honor your friend, your sister or best cousin. But if they can’t fulfill all of the obligations of the MOH position, there is nothing wrong with considering someone else. If you feel as if you have to include that close friend or sister, there is nothing wrong with having more than 1 MOH, if necessary.
  • The MOH must be supportive of your decisions but tactful when necessary – The MOH is your right-hand-girl to help you with all aspects of planning and executing your wedding day and other events leading up to that day. She must help you make decisions but also support and, sometimes, communicate your decisions to the rest of the bridal party. There may be times, however, when she will need to kind of, rein you in, so to speak, if you may be getting close to your budget or don’t have enough time to complete some task, for example. Since the planning and the day itself can be stressful, the MOH should help to remind you of your obligations firmly but tactfully.
  • What is her disposition? – Is she friendly and cooperative? Or can she sometimes be a complainer or even jealous of you? Let’s be real, just because you’ve been friends, like, forever, doesn’t mean that she’s going to be the best choice when it comes to having someone who will do whatever is necessary to help you on your day. Ultimately, your MOH is cooperative, willing to do the job, can criticize without being critical, trustworthy, not selfish, knows when to compromise, and, among other things is truly happy for you even though she might not be in a relationship.

Although the MOH has a lot of responsibility, choosing the right person or persons will make your day even better!

Check out these other resources:

http://www.ourweddingday.com/advice/Traditions/5-Essential-MOH-Responsibilities/1145.aspx

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=169658616413549

http://www.themaidofhonorguide.com/

http://wedding.theknot.com/bridesmaids-mother-of-the-bride/bridesmaids/articles/maid-of-honor-duties-in-detail.aspx

See ya next time,

z

June 2, 2011

#2 – All Things Bridal Event – Planning

by z.lynn

“You may now kiss the bride…”

as the ceremony came to a close, i found myself elated and excited, but also proud of the fact that i had planned my wedding and everything was going off without a hitch. YEAH, me!

now, on to the reception…

bridal party processional – check

introduction of the B&G – check

dinner – check

first dance –  check

cutting of the cake – OH NO!! where’s the knife?? and the cake server??

can you believe, i forgot them both!?! as the photographer waited for my coordinator to find a knife, i ran back through the days’ events, in my mind, to try to figure out what happened to the knife. of course, the naughty little cake knife was at home, where it shouldn’t have been! as my new H and i are cutting the cake with a plain silver knife from who knows where, I was shaking my head.

although this part of the reception wasn’t the best, overall, i wouldn’t change a thing.

My tip for the day is to plan (as much as possible) for the contingencies and the what-ifs:

  • make a list, and check it twice (i know it sounds cliché…)
  • make notes on the list as to the location of items (mom’s car, MOH’s purse, etc) so you can eliminate some of the stress of trying to track things down
  • consider adding a wedding planner to your budget, if only for the day of (it will save you a LOT of stress)
  • utilize online wedding planning software or books to assist (if hiring someone is not an option)
  • if you can not hire a planner, have a “lady in waiting” to help you keep things organized on the day of

There are many options for wedding planning online, I used theknot.com as it had a detailed checklist for me to follow along with various other tools to assist in the planning. (just don’t forget to bring the items on the checklist with you to the ceremony! 🙂 )

No matter what happens, just relax and enjoy your day.

Stay tuned for more tips and trends. See you tomorrow.

😉

z

June 1, 2011

#1 – All Things Bridal Event – Photography

by z.lynn

as a wedding photographer, i feel compelled to begin our 30 day journey with a wedding topic so near and dear to my heart.

your wedding is a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. you want to be able to cherish those precious moments through your wedding album for years to come. the investment, now, of your time, energies and monies will pay off in the end in the form of treasured memories that will allow you to re-live your beautiful wedding day time and time again.

photographers are artists and that being said, no two are wholly alike. it is important to choose a photographer whose style you like and who has a personality that works well with yours. along those same lines, don’t choose a photographer solely based on price. that old saying, “you get what you pay for”, sometimes reigns true in this instance. look for the quality in their work, their attention to detail, their passion for what they do – all important qualities to have in a wedding photographer.

here are some of my tips to make the experience better:

  • if you haven’t already started, start looking NOW!
  • take time to scroll through their work
  • sit down face to face to discuss your needs and get a feel for them as a person (use Skype, if they are out-of-state)
  • prepare a wedding day schedule for them as well as a list of shots that you must have and those that you don’t want
  • schedule an engagement session or bridal session; you get to see their style in action and receive tips to help you look your best on your day
  • relax and have fun

Check out these other great links for more tips:

http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-photography-videography/articles/wedding-photography-getting-started.aspx?MsdVisit=1

http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/wedding-paper-divas-choosing-right-wedding-photographer.htm

 

see ya tomorrow!

have fun!

😉

z

website: zlynnphotography.com

email: zlynn@zlynnphotography.com

twitter: @zlynnphoto

 

June 1, 2011

30 tips for All Things Bridal!

by z.lynn

with the 2011 wedding season well underway, i thought it would be great idea to offer some tips and ideas to those of you who are planning a wedding. No matter whether you are just beginning or just getting ready to walk down the aisle, i’m sure you will find something that will help you along the way.

i am, therefore, launching my 30 day All Things Bridal event. specifically designed to provide current trends, tips and reminders along the way, while at the same time, helping you to remain stress-free. Every day for the next 30 days, you will receive new information geared towards wedding planning, reminders, stress-free tips, fashion, and more!

just click on the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION link to the right of this post to subscribe and stay tuned for all the help you’ll need for your wedding!

stay tuned…

😉

z