Advice from a Photographers Perspective

The first dance is such a sweet moment in the wedding day. It’s a challenge for shy brides and grooms (since all eyes are on you!), but I think it’s a particularly lovely tradition, one that can yield some fantastic photographs, and one that deserves some thoughtfulness in the planning of your wedding day. Here are a few easy tips to get you started:
1. Choose that just-right song.
Emotion in real life = emotion in your real photographs. The song can be magical or meaningful, sentimental or just plain fun, but definitely choose one that makes you two dance.
2. Consider the lighting and space you’ll use.
Lighting can add drama, but it also shows off your faces. And I know I’m always reminding folks about their grannies, but your grannies will be glad they can see your faces, too. This might mean planning your first dance just before or after sunset if you are planning an outdoor reception. Or it could mean bringing in lighting to accent the dance floor if you’re planning an indoor or late night outdoor reception.
3. Practice!
I don’t necessarily mean you have to take dance lessons, though I have seen—and thoroughly admired!—some spectacular choreographed and rehearsed first dances. Practice could simply mean slow dancing around your living room a few times before the wedding (which you’ll probably love anyway at that point in the planning!).

by: gia canali


wday vid #4

a perfect example of why i want our wedding recorded with an iphone app.

Untitled from Brooke Hoehne on Vimeo.


ABSOLUTELY in ♥ | wday photography

Thank you Samm Blake for these beautiful & stunning photos. Tough they are simple, they embody the newly weds love and personalities. Two great characteristics of beautiful photography.

...and what a coincidence that these are our wedding colors too.


meet the bm's dresses

**missing octavia's dress

Here is a sample of the bouquets i may have for the bm's. i am also thinking of something more tropical looking.

photo credit via


our Wday colors (finalized)

dresses & venues & more...oh my

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so... im happy to say that the dress(es) are bought & venue is picked (but not finalized yet, that'll happen later this year.)

remember this dress here and here... well i ended up getting it today for 1/4th of the cost. can you believe it. i was window shopping yesterday at the waikele outlets and happened to find myself in bcbg with their great additional 50% off sale. to my surprise they had a couple of these dresses and they were marked down to $149 and with the sale they were an additional 50% off, making the dress $75. so i tried it on & again i was in love. just like i was when i first tried it on a year ago. i mean what are the chances, right?

along with the dress i also found another great short dress that i need to reconstruct a little before its perfect for another wedding event. that dress was $25. (sorry no picture.)

i find it funny (& so me) to have found my wedding dress on my own by myself. :) Though i'm sure I would of totally had my girlfriends b.k.a my bridesmaids see it in person if they were here on this rock with me. :)

there were a couple of legit reasons to why I'm ok with a wedding dress that costs $75. reason #1 i could save some money for my top choice awesome venue, the cupola, #2 the dress is simple, classy, flattering, and a champaign color, #3 if i decide to not use it for our wedding, at least it was just $75.

there are also some legit reasons to why i really, really want the cupola. #1 its interior is bare & modern, #2 it's air conditioned, #3 there is a parking lot, #4 they have nice chairs that are grey (that are included to renting the venue), #5 venue includes lighting, sound system and projector, #6 there is an awesome wine bar right next to it so guests can help themselves #7 leena (lady in charge of renting venue) is very sweet, nice and personable, #8 their food menu looks good (the taste test is TBA), #9 it's close to town, #10 the venue supplies the tables, chairs, flatware, glassware, linen

beautiful dresses