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Wonderful World of Weddings '17

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January, 2017 • Conley Media • Wonderful World of Weddings • 3 Classic or cool, today's wedding photography is all about individuality. Just like all the other choices classic and cool brides make for their weddings— from colors to cake—the way they choose to have their special day photo- graphed will make it their own. Here's a closer look at some of the classic and cool trends in reception photography for 2017: Timelines, Toasts, and Props Classic - According to Kim Bronder, General Manager of Edward Fox Photography & Video, a classic reception follows a traditional timeline —ceremony, happy hour, dinner/ reception, and departure—all of which are captured carefully in traditional wedding photography. Details are important to the classic bride, so in addition to all the traditional wedding shots, she will want shots of centerpieces, tabletop décor, the dinner service, the cake, memorabilia or childhood photo- graphs if included in the reception, the gift table, and her bouquet. Cool - "Props are big now in wedding photography and that makes for fun pictures," says Bronder. Contemporary brides set up stations or entire tables with props for guests—cutouts, masks, Snapchat or Instagram wedding frames, and wooden signs painted with captions. Some brides encourage guests to hashtag their photos. Photo booths continue to be a top trend, including open air photo booths for group shots and Pinterest or Etsy-inspired props for guests to use in the photo booths— everything from funny mustache-on-a- stick props and picture frame cutouts to boas and masks. Dance With Me Classic - The classic bride is looking for traditional photography to capture important moments—not only for the ceremony processionals and recessionals, but also for structured dances that honor special loved ones at the reception. She may provide the photographer with a shot list of must-have photos. Examples can include the couple walking onto the dance floor for the first dance, the touching father/bride dance, the groom and his mother, and both sets of parents dancing. A new twist on tradition is the anniversary dance which celebrates all married couples. Each couple is eventually eliminated based on the years they've been married as the band or DJ plays a song, explains Steve Hanke of Musicbox Entertainment. The last remaining couple is presented with the bride's bouquet as a gift. Cool - The contemporary bride may ask guests to include a favorite dance song on their reply cards. Contemporary wedding photography captures all the imaginative, playful- ness of the event—for example, the bridal party dancing down the aisle, acrobatic feats before the ceremony, post-ceremony dance exits, the bride's piggyback ride atop the groom for the reception entrance, guest dance-offs, interrupted first dances, choreographed father/ daughter and mother/groom dances, and flash mobs. The emphasis is on entertainment—and the photographer has to be ready! 253482001 A One-Stop Shop for A- Your We1ing N5ds! • B r i d a l • B r i d e s m a i d s • I n v i t a t i o n s • S u i t s & Tu x e d o s • W e d d i n g P l a n n i n g & C o o r d i n a t i o n • M o m s & E v e n i n g G o w n s • A c c e s s o r i e s & D e c o r Stonewood Village 8$BQJUBM%S#SPPLƋFME8* 2 6 2 . 7 9 0 . 7 0 9 8 G o S a v v y Bride . co m Stop and see us at Booth #217 Images provided by Edward Fox Photography Classic vs. Cool: Trends in Today's Wedding Reception Photography By Claire Kelly For Photography trends during the day, see page 5.

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