Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Although most wedding day plans are made with sunny skies in mind, rain now and then is inevitable (though preferably not on weekends, please), and it really does not mean "rain on your parade" on your wedding day. With a few carefully planned details considered, some simple props can help stage adorable, memorable, any-weather wedding photos, and can also be special keepsakes.
A few helpful tips for the wedding couple planning a "weather contingency" are:
1. Explore the costs related so that you may reserve some funds in your budget in case the plan needs to swing into action on your wedding day. Some considerations to that point are: extra tenting, 6' wide awning walkways, and tent flooring. A very well designed weather plan may not even necessitate all of these components, and of course depends on your venue. And, if you've budgeted for them and don't need them, maybe the allotted funds can be added to your honey moon cash :)
2. Wellies. Trust me, you'll love having this accessory. Boots such as Hunter are not only exceptionally functional, but photograph well (see above, I mean....seriously, how cute!?!?). They come in any color you can imagine to match the feel of your wedding, and you'll use them forever.
3. Golf umbrellas. And why not monogram them?? (link below). Okay, so this one you'll need to go ahead and plan several weeks in advance. But a "just in case" special umbrella for the bride is a great idea.
4. Discuss a weather plan with your photographer so that she or he may strategize some great shots accordingly. The above photo was taken by Kevin Birch http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/kevin-birch-photographer-princeton/website/d90c3921b36a242a.html I tell clients wholeheartedly that some of the most memorable wedding photos I have seen were taken on days with rain. There is a lush quality to landscapes on these days, and the "lighting" is actually favorable.
Like so much in life, rain on your wedding day is "what you make of it". Make it fun, whimsical and personal. And as always, happy wedding planning! xo
Sunday, February 19, 2012
The Mountain Lakes House is one of Princeton's most unique and beautiful event venues. With acres of surrounding private wooded property and its namesake lake, the sprawling Cape Cod style house is the perfect setting for each bride and groom's personal, custom wedding.
The property offers ideal spots for an on site ceremony, either on the edge of the large lake at the base of the back lawn, or under one of its lush, mature trees. Cocktail hour flows perfectly on the back lawn or inside the warmly lit, quaint rooms of the house. A beautiful fireplace in the living room, that includes custom built ins all around it, is a great spot to feature some personal family photos or other props, which is just one example of how the house and property, with so much inherent charm, may be tailored by couples on their wedding day to truly be theirs.
Dinner is set on the raised slate patio, with its newly renovated lofty, glass ceiling awning, which stretches the whole span of the house. Guests enjoy a view overlooking the lake while they dine, and dance the night away on another slate patio just at the base of the dining area.
There is no limit to the custom touches that couples may bring to the table at The Mountain Lakes House, which set in the already incredibly charming space, makes for perfectly Garden Chic events!