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It is a given that you want to look your best on your wedding day, but there are additional steps to ensure flawless wedding photos. Make sure your face and nails are photo-friendly and pamper your body. Here are 4 ways to look flawless for your wedding photos.
Pay Attention to Detail
Wedding portraits capture all of your facial details, so you want to make those details look their best. Get a face wax several days before the wedding so that your skin is not irritated on wedding day. Your face will be smoother for makeup and dark hairs won’t show through in photos. Use a lighted magnifying mirror to check that each blemish is covered fully. Don’t forget the importance of a bright smile, teeth whitening can really make the difference to help your smile shine in photos.
Get A Professional Manicure
Your guests won’t pay attention to your nails, but wedding band photos are popular and they will highlight your nails. Get a professional manicure the day before the wedding. A classic French manicure coordinates well with a white wedding dress. Consider accenting your ring finger with a special nail design. Have a friend double check for imperfections before you leave the manicurist.
Have an Easy Wedding Eve
The day before the wedding is a time to relax and pamper. Don’t do anything that will leave your eyes bloodshot and puffy. If you consume any alcohol, match each drink with a glass of water. Don’t try to lose an extra few pounds as you will probably feel tired on you’re wedding day. A full eight hours of sleep will keep you from looking sleepy in the photos but don´t take a sleeping pill because you will feel groggy in the morning.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Eat a well balanced diet leading up to the wedding. You will feel light and energetic on your wedding day. Eat lean proteins, vegetables, and healthy snacks. Stay hydrated throughout the day. Water cleans out the toxins in your body, hydrates your skin, and regulates digestion. Eat light meals the day before and the day of your wedding. Avoid foods that cause gas and bloating. Even one large meal can cause your dress to fit poorly.
Much of how you look on your wedding day is based on how you feel. Eat well and have a full night of sleep. Pay attention to the details of your face and your nails so that you will look your best in the wedding photos. The more prepared you are for the photo shoot, the more confident you will feel and that will show in the end result! Most of all, focus on your new spouse on the day—that will keep you happy and smiling, and your love for them will surely be reflected in those all important images.
This article was written by Dixie, a freelance writer who loves writing for business, finance, women’s interests, home and family and sometimes Miller Downtown Dentistry. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.
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When asked what part of the day that newly weds found most stressful, the answer that often comes back is the wedding photos. In each girl’s memory bank are the times they have poured over family wedding albums and many want their perfect wedding shot. If the pressure is mounting and you are nervous about how you will look in the photos, here are tips to ensure you are calm, composed and most of all enjoy capturing those special moments on your wedding day.
All brides get them in various degrees, how about you? Do you get anxious just imagining your wedding day? Is now the time to do something about the gurgling monster in your stomach? Luckily there are many techniques that can help from hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT/tapping), meditation and acupuncture. Don’t wait until you are overcome with nerves on the morning of your wedding, do the inner work so that you feel chilled now. This sense of calm will see you through the wedding day and help you relax during the photography session.
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Smile with Confidence
Your photographer should gently lead you to compile a list of ‘must-have’ shots combined with your preferred style that you love. Now, it’s all about you, your confidence and relaxed attitude on the day together with a winning smile. So, how do you feel about your smile? First, practice smiling in front of the mirror and examine your emotional reaction to your face. Make your smile genuine by thinking happy thoughts or about someone you care about (perhaps the groom!). It’s all about your eyes, smile lines, and authentic glow. Examine your mouth and teeth, is now the time for a trip to the dentist or to investigate teeth whitening or invisible braces? Rest assured you will look beautiful on your wedding day, but essentially it is how YOU feel about your smile that matters.
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A bride’s little helpers
Everyone wants to be involved so pick three trusted and responsible guests to liaise with your photographer on the day, which means you don’t have to. Let your photographer know that these guests have been briefed on the photography outline. Ask them to usher guests when big group shots are needed and keep the photographer to timescales.
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Unless you are a model, this may be the one occasion that you will be completely glammed up and the centre of attention. If you can’t enjoy it or this feels scary, read the first point again. Forget dodgy Facebook photos, these will be enduring shots of you looking your best, images to be cherished forever. When you’ve had enough, say so and take five minutes to chill out, and stretch those facial muscles. A good photographer will understand your need for a break.
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Kate Marillat is a freelance writer covering all areas of holistic health and wellbeing, from invisible braces from www.londonlingualbraces.com to nurturing sustainable and harmonious environments that we thrive in.
There are a lot of expenses involved in organising a wedding. So should you add a wedding videographer to your list? We think so. Find out why here.
Your wedding day is a magical experience but with all the activity around you coupled with the heightened emotions of the day, it can mean that your experience can pass you by. As a result, a fantastic way to re-live the biggest day of your life is by viewing your wedding video. Once the dust has settled on all the celebrations and your honeymoon suitcase is unpacked, you will find great pleasure in viewing what is one of the biggest events in your life. You might also find that upon viewing it that there were parts of the day that you completely missed, whether it was a song that your band sang or a guest’s outfit that you hadn’t noticed on the day.
Great planning and effort goes into organising a wedding day but no amount of planning can stop the unknown occurring. At the last minute a family or friend may be unable to attend and while showing photographs can make up for missing the event, viewing the day on video is difficult to beat. A wedding video captures the emotions, the event unfolding and the full celebration as it happens.
Sometimes people who view their wedding videos end up asking the videographer for some stills to develop as images. Often the videographer is at the event later into the evening that the photographer and as a result can often capture some of the more vibrant, natural moments. These will often make the best photographic images.
An experienced videographer will have made plenty of contacts over the years with other people in the wedding industry. When you find a reputable videographer, they can often be the best person to advise you on choosing a good photographer or band as they will have experienced their work regularly and will be able to give you an informed, yet independent opinion.
5. The Future
A wedding video is something which initially you might not watch often however it can become more valuable in time as your family grows. It is an amazing possession to have to show to your children and grandchildren in the future as you relive the memories you made years previous.
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Ronan Quinn is from Dublin, Ireland. He currently lives in Swords, Co. Dublin with his fiancé and their dog, Harvey. A popular choice for local wedding videos in Dublin, he also shoots weddings throughout the 32 counties of Ireland.
If you’re looking for a modern Wedding Videographer then contact Ronan under no obligation, and he will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Ronan will be able to reflect your personalities in Your Wedding Story, without your guests even noticing him!
When my wife and I were planning our wedding back in 2009, our strict budget meant we would only be splurging on one or two things. We decided to rank the services based on what we thought were most important. In the end, our biggest ‘splurge’ item was the wedding photographer we hired to take our engagement photos and shoot our wedding. After hearing time and again how it all goes by so quickly, we wanted to ensure that we captured every moment and have a whole set of beautiful, timeless images from both the ceremony and the party afterwards to look back on and enjoy for years to come.
We were thrilled with our engagement photos but wary when the photographer informed us that he was unavailable for our actual wedding date and would send his brother and partner instead.
We weighed our options and ultimately accepted the substitute, only to regret it when the pictures came back a couple of months later. Every complaint we could have had was represented in the photos we received. The photos had odd angles, cut off bodies and there were even moments that had been completely missed. We complained of course, but what recourse did we have? When it comes to wedding days, there are no do-overs.
The lesson learned here has to be: when it comes to your wedding, don’t settle for the second option on the things that matter most. Regardless of whether it’s the venue, the food, the dress, the band, or yes, even the photographer, make sure you get what you want, and follow up with that service until the moment you start walking down the aisle.
Always do your research, always meet with the vendor to make sure what you’re paying for is what you want; otherwise, you’ll be left with a slightly bitter taste in your mouth, no matter how much in love you are the day that you say “I do.”
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Often, people on their way to the altar fall victim to one of three myths.
Myth 1: Everything is going to work out perfectly because this is our “special day.”
Fact: Things can go wrong, even in the smoothest of business deals. Make sure your all of your vendors know up front exactly what you expect from them. Put the directions in writing, and keep a copy for yourself. If something does go wrong, or you’re not satisfied, you have a paper trail with which to try and get a refund, despite it being little consolation if it happens to be your wedding photos you are not happy with.
Myth 2: Once hired, the vendor will do everything in his/her power to make your wedding perfect.
Fact: There are many great wedding vendors out there who will go above and beyond to deliver what they promise but unfortunately it is a fact of life that there are some who won’t. Maybe your personal opinion of what constitutes quality or a value-for-money service just doesn’t match theirs. Whatever the case, don’t just sign a contract and expect them to live up to your expectations eight months later at the wedding hall. Check their reviews, meet in person where possible and don’t be shy in asking if you can book a ‘test’ run, so to speak. This may incur a little extra cost but at least this way you can check the end result before making any kind of payment. When it comes down to your photographer, it is especially important to feel comfortable and relaxed with them.
Myth 3: A signed contract will ensure quality of service.
Fact: While it is true that you should never accept word of mouth agreements and ensure that you get something in writing, a signed contract doesn’t not always guarantee that you will get what you expect. Always remember to read the small print clauses such as the disclaimer and deposit agreement so you know what you are agreeing to ahead of time. Whoever the vendor and whatever service they are providing, follow up with them and don’t hesitate to ask for status updates and progress reports on how things are coming together. If your vendor can’t offer what you have agreed, signed and paid for, don’t make the same mistake we did of simply settling for their second best offer. This is after all your special day!
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A native of the great state of Texas, Nick Georgandis has been a professional writer and editor for 17 years, and managed to defy the odds and stay married to his better half for the last 3-1/2 of those. His great passions include science fiction, Texas history, beagles, and above all else, being Daddy to his gorgeous one-year-old twin daughters.