Married in a Magazine!

In January, Carolina Bride magazine released their January/March issue and included our wedding. For those who don’t live in the Charlotte area, you can read the article online and check out the photos. We didn’t hire a wedding photographer with the plan of getting our photos in a magazine – but some do.

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Most wedding magazines are looking for the details: the creative/personal touches you put on your day. Interesting cakes or dessert bars, cute sayings or quotes, chalkboards, floral designs, inclusion of family heirlooms or trinkets, all of those make for great photos and are clearly personalized. Also, while corrected photos can be absolutely gorgeous, most magazines want photos with natural light and very little correcting.

JPRBv.St.138Some magazines will tell you exactly what they like to include. If you’re set on having your wedding featured in a magazine, be sure to check out their requirements before you sit down with your photographer for the first time. Setting an expectation up front for what you want to happen, can make the process much easier. As I mentioned in this article, sharing photos with your photographer of what you want to be captured can help them understand your style and plan for specific poses.

8ptWa.St.138Be sure to understand the magazine before setting your heart on submitting photos. Some magazines only accept photos from vendors who advertise with them, such as Carolina Bride Magazine based in Charlotte, NC. Also, they only accept photos from weddings in Charlotte or from Charlotte based couples. Southern Weddings magazine based in Chapel Hill, NC, features only Southern weddings (duh!). Making sure you have the right amount of southern will be a key to being featured in their online blog or in print. The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings are other magazines that you could shoot for, but understand that they get a lot of submissions!

15om1u.St.138Make sure who it is that needs to submit the photos and ensure all forms are properly completed. Each magazine accepts a different number of photos, and some just want a “preview” of your wedding to see if they will consider it.

nzr2U.St.138Understanding what the magazine’s current views are will also help. If you’re submitting a DIY wedding to an upscale wedding magazine, your chances of getting accepted may be slim. The same goes if you only submit posed and corrected photos to a magazine that’s requesting candid shots, creative shots or natural shots.

OfULY.St.138Make sure to include photos from throughout the day, as well. You want some from the moment you start getting ready…

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Both posed and having fun… (and with matching umbrellas in case in rains)mFOZW.St.138While posed photos can be perfected with multiple shots, sometimes the candid ones are the best:

1nPika.St.138Make sure photos are taken of all the DIY items you put time and energy into:

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And those special “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” items:

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It goes without saying that you want your first dance captured from start to finish (consider how you want this to look – people in a circle around you? Semi-circle? Only you two? Do you want guests pictured at all?):

WtR8Z-1.St.138More importantly than getting magazine perfect photos, you want to make sure that the photos represent you and your husband (or wife). They should capture your day, your personalities, and be keepsakes that you want to hang in your home for the rest of your life. Getting the right mix of posed and candid shots is key, and adding in some of those fun shots with your wedding party will make you smile for years to come. DSC_6686As I’ve mentioned before (and you can see from the photos), it rained on our wedding day. We were able to get most photos done before the ceremony and then ones with everyone together afterwards in between showers. Every time we tried to go outside after the ceremony, it seemed to rain harder, so I do believe we missed out on a few shots that we would have gotten otherwise.

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Our photographer (all photos by Pixel Photo and Design) has offered to come back and capture some more shots for us – which we are debating. A) Not sure we want to get all dressed up again (rent suit, clean dress again, hair/make up) which could be upwards of $500 and B) we wouldn’t have our guests or wedding party there to participate (unless we have a 2nd wedding!). So we’ll see about a second round of wedding photos, but that’s why it’s even more important to make sure on the day of that you have all the ones that you want – and have a rain plan in your back pocket so you aren’t figuring out poses and new spots the day before the wedding.

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I did not capture all the magazines that will feature real weddings, so be sure to search for wedding magazines in your local area or region and don’t be afraid to aim high. While styled shoots can be inspirational, brides love to see real weddings, especially in their venue so they can get ideas. Share your best photos and best ideas (and go with a photographer you’ve seen featured in the magazine  if you want to up your chances) and make sure to scoop up extra magazines for your parents if you do get published!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogging bride!

Sorry I have been MIA for a few days, I am traveling for work this week through Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama and heading back home on Friday (is it Friday, yet?). However, I couldn’t pass up the chance to share this goodness….

My blog went live for Carolina Bride Magazine, based out of Charlotte, NC! You can read all of the goodness here! I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity and it came just one little day after a friend of “the other bride” called and left me a message mentioning that I was selfish. Maybe I am… but I’m also way happier with the way things are now!
option2I’ll be blogging once a week for CB, with step-by-step details on my own wedding through August and then back to being a bridesmaid after that! I would love to hear your feedback on the blog, so leave a comment if you please!

And thanks… for reading and helping make this possible! xox

Workout Wednesday!

You may remember, I posted a while back about my workout plans for 2013. And anyone who knows me, knows I love to work out (read: Run. I love to run). I’m really trying to incorporate weights and classes again this year so I can tone up before the wedding (and honeymoon!). I’ve been running as much as possible – mostly to stay on track for my half-marathon in March, and on Mondays I’ve been taking Group Power (similar to BodyPump), and this morning, I busted out my newest workout DVD. Okay, I may have purchased 2 DVDs… one  (Body Toners) at EarthFare when I was supposed to be getting food in case we got iced in and the other from Amazon (Wedding Workout). This morning, I tried the Women’s Health DVD.  workoutI had no clue what to expect when I hit play because I honestly just bought the DVD because it said “Wedding Workout.” I was pleasantly surprised when I was given the Strapless Dress or Short Dress workout options. AND then it gave options for DAILY workouts. How nice is that to have your whole week of workouts planned for you? I chose Thursday because I wanted the “upper body, core & cardio” workout, even though I opted out of the cardio. IMG_3960I thoroughly enjoyed this workout and think I could do it every morning. It’s nice to have that available when I’m traveling for work and taking 3 graduate classes this semester. I can get everything done before 7:30 AM and feel energized for the rest of the day.

Review of the Workout:

  • I liked that it incorporated moves I don’t typically do. This challenged me and made me feel like I was hitting new muscles and areas that I don’t normally focus on.
  • I loved that it had planks and push-ups. Using both weights and body weight in workouts is proven to be more effective, so I was a happy exerciser when these moves came up.
  • The abs part started with “standing abs” which again made me feel like I was doing something new and challenging new muscles. (I was already sore from my Monday abs workout so I can’t confirm if this had an effect).
  • Downfall: At one point it asked you to combine your weights in one hand. A) I don’t normally use 10 lb. weights but by combining both of my 5 lb. weights, that’s what I had to lift. B) I have tiny hands, so grabbing 2 dumbells is not an easy task. I would have preferred a screen telling you to have multiple weight options available – and I would recommend that to others.

Overall, I liked this workout. I recommend it for other brides-to-be and for people who just want to tone up (it does feel a bit like Spring out there today, eh?). I didn’t get much feedback last time I asked about your favorite workouts, but I would love to know if you’d be willing to try this one based on my review. Or if you have other favorites that you recommend? Or please share if you have another butt-busting method of getting in shape for the big day!