Wedding Photography: New Trends in Mess the Dress Photos

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | Filed under: Bright Ideas for your wedding, wedding ideas, wedding planning, wedding receptions | author: By Keith Sly,    

When the Mess the Dress photo trend first started, many people were shocked that any bride would subject her wedding dress to destruction. But we’ve come a long way from the days of brides sliding down muddy hills or smashing chocolate wedding cake against their skirts. The trend now is to arrange for artistic mess the dress photos, with the bride posing for magazine fashion spread-inspired stylistic images in the ocean surf or in other natural settings. The resulting mess to the dress is purely exposure to natural elements like sand or a grassy field; it’s the bride relaxing and not worrying about getting anything on her dress. The mess the dress photo sessions that our New Jersey wedding couples are booking with our preferred wedding vendors and other New Jersey wedding photographers work very much just like high-fashion photo shoots, complete with stylists, makeup artists, and pro photo teams with light reflectors and other professional photography equipment.

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

Before you worry about your wedding gown, keep in mind that many brides purchase second, often inexpensive, wedding gowns to be used in their mess the dress photos. Local brides purchase these gowns at NJ wedding gown shops’ sample sales and trunk sales, or through online auctions, choosing pretty styles that suit their vision for elegant and artsy mess the dress photos.

Here are some of the most popular styles and settings of mess the dress photos:

  • On the beach, with the bride standing ankle-deep in the ocean surf, perhaps kicking some water, or holding her skirt up a bit and dancing in the surf. Since many of our New Jersey beaches have beautiful, fine sand as well as sparkling sandy beaches like Cape May’s, a popular beach photo is the bride simply walking barefoot along the water’s edge in the perfect sunlight to get those Cape May diamonds and sea glass pieces sparkling.
  • Underwater shots, with the bride looking like a mermaid fully submerged, her hair flowing, the dress flowing.
  • Field shots, with the bride walking, dancing or lying in a grassy field of flowers.
  • Farm shots, which are especially popular with our New Jersey wedding couples who enjoy the natural atmosphere of our many New Jersey family farms. These photos may be posed in an apple orchard – perhaps with the bride perched in an apple tree, with an apple in her hand – in a pumpkin patch, sitting on top of an enormous hay bale or on a hay bale pyramid, even on horseback.
  • In a tree, another favorite of our New Jersey wedding couples. They may invite their wedding photographer to their family home so that they may have photos taken of the bride and of themselves as a couple sitting in the same tree the bride may have climbed as a little girl.
  • Snowy shots, with the bride playing in a fresh snowfall, or making snow angels, or a playful shot of the bride sledding down a hill in her full wedding regalia.
  • Fall weather shots, with the bride playing among piles of colorful fall leaves, making the most of our beautiful New Jersey autumn foliage scenery and creating a colorful photo that may be displayed in the couple’s home.
  • Painting the dress, a new trend in mess the dress photos, inspired by high-fashion’s recent showing of hand-painted dresses. New York City bridal gown designers have even opened their fashion shows with artists painting bridal gowns with watercolors, so brides are quite inspired to do the same with watercolor flowers and designs painted onto their dress’s skirt.
  • Sitting on a vehicle. Some popular vehicles on which the bride may perch include classic cars and convertibles, perhaps the wedding-day limousine, and some brides ask permission to hop onto the back of a parked fire truck for a fun photo.

Mess the dress photos no longer raise eyebrows when they’re styled fashionably and when they reflect the bride’s love of the shore, or a farm setting, or when they capture the exuberance of her winter wedding. And many brides create flip photo books of their entire mess the dress photo sessions, finding these as pleasing and keepsake-worthy as their official wedding day photos.

Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

Wedding Photography: Capturing the Location

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding photography, wedding planning | author: By Keith Sly,    

As you’re researching or working with your New Jersey wedding photographer, your wedding photography focus is likely on the different photography styles – photojournalism, candid, and so on – and how they would deliver the most important images of your day. As you explore the websites and portfolios of professional wedding photographers, look within their galleries for location images, those detailed shots of the wedding venue and wedding gardens, the banquet hall’s architectural details…photos that convey a sense of place.

Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

You’ve chosen your wedding location for its beauty and breathtaking details, and on your wedding day, with wedding décor further enhancing the natural beauty of this wedding locale, your photographer can capture the stunning details that set the scene for your dream wedding.

Here are some of the most popular details that wedding photographers encourage you to add to your requested-shot list for your photographer’s use:

  • Photos of the entryway, featuring the elegant, inviting design of the doorway itself, elaborate floral arrangements at the entrance, servers standing with trays of champagne or mimosas, and so on.
  • Your ceremony site, fully decorated, before any guests arrive – a ‘ceremony setting before it all begins’ wedding location photo.
  • Your reception ballroom, fully decorated, before any guests arrive, the same ‘setting before it all begins’ photo as above.
  • An elevated view of your reception banquet room, such as from our balcony, providing for a sweeping, panoramic photo of the decorated, guest-free ballroom…and then other photos from the same perspective later on, when guests are dining and then dancing.
  • Photos of the room’s architectural elements, such as our cathedral ceiling, arches, chandeliers and other design accents of your setting.
  • The bridal suite, decorated, free of guests.
  • Water features throughout the wedding site and wedding gardens, including a reflecting pool, ponds, reflections of the gardens on the lake’s waters. Your photographer may suggest photos of you both at the ornate fountain in addition to extreme close-ups of the water bubbling from the fountain itself. The goal is to pair the two photos in a frame or album, for a lovely effect.
  • Panoramic shots of the wedding garden grounds, from the front of the property and across the lawns, especially if the trees are in bloom or in full autumn leaf-changing color.
  • Close-ups of your wedding location’s trees in bloom.
  • Close-ups of the wedding reception hall’s sign.
  • Close-ups of the food displays within the wedding cocktail party menu, capturing images of the banquet chef’s artful presentations of gourmet cuisine.
  • Lighting effects, such as your names or designs projected onto the dance floor using special-effect gobo lights.
  • Evening photos of the grounds and fountains lit up for decorative effect.

An experienced NJ wedding photographer knows best how to capture these wedding location photos and wedding detail photo, in extreme close-up or panoramic vistas, with masterful use of lighting and special effects in his or her editing session.

During your wedding celebration, you’ll likely be dancing, dining, celebrating with friends, in a blissful whirlwind, and you may miss the entryway décor or the presentation of the gourmet wedding menu at the cocktail party. So having these photos perfectly capturing the beauty of your wedding’s scenery, down to the finest décor detail, is priceless.

Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

Wedding Entertainment: Line Dances

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011 | Filed under: wedding ideas, wedding music, wedding songs, wedding themes | author: By Keith Sly,    

Some wedding couples feel that traditional line dances are too cliché for their wedding entertainment, that line dances don’t fit in with their elegant wedding setting, and they may request that their wedding entertainers eliminate all line dances from their reception playlist. However, the line dance is making a comeback in wedding reception entertainment here in the New Jersey region, as it is across the country.

Wedding Entertainment

Wedding Entertainment

• Here are the top trends in wedding reception line dances:

• Guests know the steps and moves to the most well-known line dances, and they may feel more confident on the dance floor doing these dances than they do dancing to club music or other ‘free-form’ music.

• Guests love to rush to the dance floor in groups, to do line dances together.

• Kids enjoy line dances tremendously, since they perform them at minor league ballparks such as our nearby popular ballparks in Newark, Bridgewater, Lakewood, Atlantic City, Montclair and also at professional baseball games. When the stadium deejay plays the “Cha Cha Slide” or “Cotton-Eyed Joe,” the kids rush to the aisles to perform the dances, and adults join in as well. The same group thrill can fill your dance floor and give your wedding videographer fabulous footage as guests have a fantastic time showing off their line dance expertise.

• Country line dances may be well-known to your group, especially if you enjoy line dancing nights at your favorite country-western bar in the tri-state area.

• A new trend in wedding entertainment is to include a number of retro line dances such as the Bus Stop and the Hustle…dances that your guests in their 50s and 60s know well, and are happy to perform as a fun-loving group on the dance floor.

A great line dance is a pleasing surprise in wedding entertainment, not a dance floor-clearing loss of your reception’s momentum. So be sure to think about recent friend and family weddings and how line dances were received by your same guests, and if your personal wedding website features a polling tool, ask your guests to cast their votes – line dances or no line dances – to help you decide if you’ll include the wedding reception trend or if you’ll give your wedding deejay or wedding band the ‘do not play’ directive for line dances at your reception.

Michael Mahle, Director of Communications, Pleasantdale Château

To make an appointment with a banquet manager, please contact us at 973-731-3100.