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Bridal Photography at Marty Leonard Chapel in Fort Worth

 

The Marty Leonard Community Chapel is an intimate location for Wedding and other life affirming ceremonies with it's architectural build and interesting angles making it a breathtaking location for artistic imagery. The Marty Leonard Chapel, is a favorite on the list of Igor Wedding Photography, because of all the interesting places to shootit makes for unique images each and every time we are invited back.

Featured is our stunning Bride Kaitlin and along with the Marty Leonard Chapel that offers a serene, natural light lit venue, and a little extra TLC made the Imagery included in this blog, simply a work of art. We love this venue for our bridal photography sessions!

Still looking for a wedding chapel venue? Have a look at the Marty Leonard Community Chapel you won't be disappointed with it's open spacious views, and sun bathed Chapel, and it is conveniently located in Fort Worth, Texas . Choosing this location, guarantees for optimal opportunities to create Fine Art Imagery.

If interested in truly, one of a kind masterpieces, that take a little more attention to detail and care from our studio, contact us today about creating Fine Art Bridal Portraits that are uniquely tailored, crafted just for you. Use a Fine Art Print for your wedding reception, placed by the guest book or as a beautiful artful canvas for your home.

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Engagement Session at the Hollow Hill Farm Event Center

 

When looking for a home country feel with all the classy elements you couldn’t find a more perfect wedding venue with all the qualities you need then at the Hollow Hill Farm Event Center in Weatherford, TX.

This wedding venue crafted out of love is a family run business with unique features such as the ‘Old Town’ which includes a western replica of a Jail house, a School and a vintage store displayed with trinkets, fully furnished rooms with beautiful hand-made touches, such as The Bunk house (the grooms room) and The Cantina (the brides room). The attention to detail is amazing on all the buildings, decor and landscaping.

Artistic Engagement Photography in DFW

The country landscapes this venue provides are breathtakingly beautiful, you could have an outdoor ceremony at their Pavilion or in the romantically lit Barn House.

When approached by our Bride to be Sascha and her fiance Brad she relayed to us she wanted something country inspired, preferably a red barn for their engagement photos. Hollow Hills Farm is the first venue that came to our mind, since this venue provides the perfect country backdrops and scenery to create timeless country engagement and wedding photography.

Enjoy a few photos from our fun and country inspired engagement session!

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Fort Worth Water Gardens - A Modern Bridal Session


Looking for the perfect modern location for your Engagement or Bridal portrait session? Be inspired by the Fort Worth Water Gardens, an unique urban park and fee free location with a variety of photo backdrops to choose from.

Featured here is our beautiful bride to be Danielle, the elegance of her bridal gown was able to be showcased with the simple backgrounds of the Fort Worth Gardens - at the quiet, "blue meditation pool" that is encircled with cypress trees and towering walls and at the "aerating pool" that features multiple illuminated spray fountains under a canopy of large oak trees, and because at Igor Wedding Photography we love to incorporate modern lines and beautiful architecture as well, the pools, concrete walls and the vertical depth of the stairs added a dramatic, yet modern flair to her bridal photos.

We would love to talk to you about any ideas , locations or any questions you may have, The limit is never to far, we like to be pushed outside the box of creativity. Contact us soon about your upcoming bridal portraits, engagement session or wedding, let's make something special together.

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Ceremony Vows

Thinking about writing Vows on your own ?
Find a quiet place to reflect on your relationship with your significant other, when did you first meet ? How did you feel when you first saw him/her ? Let these emotions inspire you as you write your vows. Below are questions to consider while writing :

  •     Why did you decide to get married?
  •     What hard times have you gone through together?
  •     What have you supported each other through?
  •     What do you want to accomplish together?
  •     When did you realize you were in love?
  •     What do you most respect about your partner?
  •     How has your life gotten better since meeting your mate?
  •     What about them inspires you?
  •     What do you miss most about them when you're apart?
  •     What qualities do you most admire in each other?

 Come up with something you promise to do each day or promise to do in the future.
This is the whole purpose of writing Vows and reciting them to each other , "Include promises that are broad in scope, such as 'I promise to always motivate you,' also something very specific to the two of you, like 'I promise to say "I love you" every night even if you are away on a business trip.

A Dallas Bride writing a love letter to the groom.


Write everything out and start structuring a speech:
You have all your bullet points now, it's time to try to make it all flow together and to write a first draft, probably the first of many.  Affirm your love, uplift your partner, offer promises and close with The final vow. Write this almost in the format of an essay ,where you write a short love story, then come back to it at the end.
 

Do away with Cliches:
You have a first draft or two, it's time to make edits. Borrow from poetry, books, religious and spiritual texts, even from your favorite romantic movies, but try not to let someone else words compete with your own, Remember that your vows need to sound like they come from you and that they define your relationship.
 

Too Personal?
It's your wedding day and family,friends and loved ones are present to hear you solidify your bond, so be aware that everyone wants to feel included in this moment. That means putting a cap on inside jokes, deeply personal anecdotes and obscure nicknames or code words. If you are not sure and trust a best man or maid of honor to read it aloud back to you, hearing your words may help you revise your vows, and get the feel for how something comes across, ask for their feedback as well if you feel comfortable.
 

Fight the urge to write a novel :
Vows are so important, but they should not run on and on where someone will have to eventually cue the music. Say all the meaningful things and then wrap it up. This is also why reading it aloud will help you edit, if you run over two minutes, it's time to edit. If you have more to say , write it in separate message with a gift and have it delivered to your fiance on the day of your wedding.
Fin
You've written epic vows, you have tears in your eyes from crying or laughing, either is good.
Now read it aloud with her or him in mind and rest easy that you have one more thing checked off your wedding list.

 

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The Hall Of State Wedding in Fair Park, Dallas

 

Once in a while I do a styled wedding or bridal shoot together with some great wedding vendors. I only do it if I have a strong concept that I want to photograph and if it's something that I have never done before.

The reason for doing this glamorous styled wedding shoot at The Hall Of State in Fair Park in Dallas was to capture a wedding in this stunning venue and to showcase it's architecture and to combine it with a luxurious wedding party. The theme and style had to be classy and glamorous with a mixture of both vintage and contemporary fashion feel.

It was a pleasure to work together with Dominique from the Luxe Society Event Group on this styled wedding. We had a really strong vendor team for this shoot, including an amazing Galia Lahav designer gown, provided exclusively by Neimann Marcus Bridal Salon in Dallas. The pretty Bridesmaids dresses were provided by Pence & Panache, the unique jewelry by Kendra Scott and the sharp Groom and Groomsmen suits by J. Hillburn in Dallas. Please see below for the other terrific Dallas wedding vendors that made this shoot so fantastic.

 

If you want to see the entire The Hall Of State Wedding Gallery with all the angles, poses and decors, please visit the following gallery: www.dallasfortworthphotographer.com/hall-of-state-styled-wedding

Wedding Photography: IGOR Photography
Photography Assistant: Victoria Hamilton
Cinematography: Steward’s Productions + Gaurav Sitaula
Bride and bridesmaids: Margosha Kr, Kayci Cole, Mika McCroan
Groom and groomsmen: Steven Busby, Zak Jones, Gino Vigil, Grant Farmer from The Dragonfly Agency in Dallas
Make up & Hair: Jenny Niemann (Carpe Diem Bride) + Vivienne Vermuth
The Gown: Designer Galia Lahav | Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon
Bride’s Earrings + Hair Accessories: Neiman Marcus Bridal Salon
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Pence & Panache
The Suits: J. Hilburn
Jewelry: Kendra Scott
Cake Artist: Celebrity Bakery
Floral: Vella Nest
Linens + Tabletop: Celebration Event Rental
Bar & Banquette: Suite 206
Throne Chair: DFW Lounge Rentals
Decor: Gold Dust Vintage + Luxe Society Event Group
Lighting: It’s Your Night
Gift Wrap: Courtney Corbeille
DJ: Fitz Lauder

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Wedding Planning I do's & Dont's

 

1. Relax , Okay it is easier said then done but try not to be a super bride, It's easier to think you can do the wedding planning nuch better than anyone else , but you should try to relinquish some tasks to the rest of the bridal party, family and groom (if he's interested:)

Don't arrive at the big day with unpolished shoes, unassembled party favors and unstamped invitations.

Something you might not know, Is that people want to help with your wedding planning! Especially your bridal party, they want to relieve some stress from you and make this an event to remember.

Do take a spa day, relax and drink a Mojito or 2!

2. Cash bar? This notion can actually come off a little rude and off-putting.

The last thing guest want to do is to flip open their wallets when trying to enjoy a celebratory event. Your wedding! Ask your cater for lower cost options, for example only serve beer and wine instead of mixed cocktails that are steep in price. If you want to include a variety of drinks you don't have to include Top-shelf liquor . When invited to a wedding party you don't want to have to pay for the "fun".

3. Don't keep your guest waiting.

It's understandable that there are things that absolutely need to be done or can't be helped. But one thing that you can do to minimize the down time in between is try to make the ceremony and reception in the same location, if not relatively close. If the locations have large gaps, try to accommodate and provide transportation.

Taking formal pictures after the ceremony? Have your wedding coordinator or wedding photographer have a list on hand of the pictures and the arrangements you must have, all other pictures can be taken later during the reception. Remember, while guest are dancing or eating you can always use these moments to borrow your photographer and take some romantic pictures with your groom .

4. Don't watch a marathon of HGTV and" DIY" your entire wedding.

While I do envy the creative, spunky bride, ' DIY" needs to be in moderation, unless you really just enjoy these things then I say "Go for it!" but once again this is your day, and I highly advise delegating these tasks to other members of the bridal party. The idea of DIY is to save money and make your wedding one of a kind, but if you aren't the really hands on type of bride and you are just trying to save money, then DO beg, borrow or simply buy the rest of the things you need. Some DIY creations can end up being more stressful in the end.

Last but not least

5. Do include your fiance.

This is as much his day as it yours, although most people put the emphasis on the bride, this is a life changing event for the two of you.

Don't get stuck on deciding between mini sliders, crab cakes or flower arrangements, instead focus on your future together and in having a great time, in the midst of all this wedding planning ask him what color he wants to paint the bedroom. Try to avoid wedding talk for 24 hours and plan a date night that centers on the both of you.

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Wedding Rehearsal dinner at Sambuca in Dallas

 

Matt & Melissa's wedding rehearsal dinner at restaurant Sambuca in Dallas. I wish more couples would hire a professional wedding photographer to capture the wedding rehearsal dinner/party. It's always such a fun and casual way to get some great candid photos of family and friends. As you can see there was a lot of fun and laughter at this wedding rehearsal. Look at the last awesome candid photo, "We now declare this Holly Pizza delicious", LOL!

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Green is the new White, Eco-friendly Weddings

 

Want to leave a green foot trail on your big day?

We have compiled a list of fun and inventive ways that actually cushion your bank account, accommodate your guest and add lasting memories to your wedding in an Eco-friendly way.

When it comes to being more Eco-friendly most people associate this movement with more cost but it doesn't have to be.

  • Glam-squad

Did you know there are environmentally conscious makeup lines, with green in mind? For instance a company named RMS $36, the product not only nourishes your skin, they put special care into the packaging which is made from recyclable glass & recyclable aluminum lids.

- The Lip Bar Lipstick $20, sounds like a lot but compared to other brands like Mac, they are about the same price, except The Lip Bar provides the ecological factor, using natural & organic ingredients.

  • Say Cheese - Eco-conscious Wedding Photography

When it comes to our wedding photography, we try to leave a green thumbprint in many ways as well! Here at IGOR Photography we provide you a link to a gallery that lets you, friends, family and loved ones access your pictures, share and download them and choose the ones that you want printed or framed. Try to cut down on the paper-trail by asking your photographer for digital photos. That way you can look at them online and choose which ones you would like to print, before requesting them all to be printed. If you want more ways to be Eco-friendly, you could also see if your photographer fits your green values with this simple check list.

Does your wedding photographer use:

- rechargeable batteries,

- non-toxic ink

- 100% post-consumer waste paper

- LED or CFL bulbs

- Recycling

Are we there yet?

Not only do we want all of our guest to arrive on time and safely at the given destination, but why not add a green stamp to it as well? We can kill two, or 3 birds with one stone with these simple ideas.

Have you choose a venue for the ceremony or reception yet? If not, try to choose a venue that can be acceptable for both or if it has to be two different locations try to make them close and have one large van that can transport everyone in one large or a few short trips instead of everyone taking their own car. Carpooling, or an energy buss/trolley work for this purpose as well to cut down on emissions.

  • Be Charitable.

Be Eco-chic. Most brides never think of this last option and for some it may not even be an option! But if you are one of the few who decide that you took pictures of your beautiful gown and that's the  best way it will be remembered, you possibly would like to donate your gown after the big day. Let someone else make memories of their own in your dress.

other options:

- Family gowns have fit and altered.

- Eco-friendly wedding designers (they exist)

- Eco-couture gowns

-One time wear bridesmaid dresses

  • Something to remember me by.

Party favors:

This simple element of every wedding can be extravagant or as small as you'd like, but let's be honest most of these trinkets are destined for the garbage can, adding to the already amounting waste we have in the world.

Think green! Give gifts that are sure to be used or at least re-gifted.

- Soy candles

- Potted plants

- Edibles

Charity Donations:

After all, wedding favors can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars for all guest, another non tangible idea could be making a small donation in honor of each guest to a charity that is important to you and your groom.

No matter what your style and taste, there or endless ways that your wedding can echo volumes to the contribution of the green revolution.

 

 

 

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Something Blue & Saying I do

 

When it comes to the important details of your wedding, it all boils down to the intimate details that you can look back on and cherish.

That's why I love the longstanding superstition behind a well versed chant, known to many brides to be.

Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe!

The Something old is to represent the brides family/heritage or anything from her past that is dear to her that she is carrying into the future

Tips & fun ideas :

Some brides like to (If handy) have a piece of their mothers or grandmothers dress or veil sewn into bouquet or the inside pocket of the new dress, an even better idea if you have the budget have the dress your grandmother/mother wore custom fitted to you with modern touches added to fit your present style.

Other ideas?

  • Necklaces, pearls, beading representative or belonging to someone dear to you added to dress or bouquet.
  • Do you have a old love note/letter hubby- to be wrote you ages ago? Fold that up really small and seal it in your bouquet as well, or wear it in the bodice of your dress, close to your heart.

Something new:

This symbolizes your future with your husband and starting a new life. Most likely your dress that you're wearing or your shoes are new, and that can fill most requirements but if not, usually a gift from groom to be before the ceremony or the brides parents and/or bridesmaids.

Something Borrowed:

This can be vary in different ways to many brides. This can be a gift that is presented from a friend or mother that is happily married, bringing good fortune to you on your wedding day and in your marriage.

Ideas?

  • Earrings that person presenting gift wore on their own wedding day.
  • a garter is a fun idea as well and the most traditional, just make sure to bring a back up garter, so hers doesn't get tossed in the activities.
  • a venue/city, are you getting married in the same chapel or city your parents did? This can also be considered your something borrowed and also bringing a closer bond to your parents, their son-in-law and you.
  • wrap your dads tie around your bouquet to make an elegant statement.
  • a veil from mother or grandparent.

Something Blue:

This part of the rhyme is by far the most interesting a symbol of fidelity and love. Did you know white wasn't even considered a traditional color until late 19th century? It was Blue, like The Virgin Marys clothes in Christian Art. Something blue, is where brides like to get the most creative!

  • Blue stitching in the hem of the gown, with "something blue" written or initials, dates, and cherished words.
  • Ribbons, flowers or sapphires delicately placed in the hair or the bouquet.

Fun ideas?

  • Have your bridal party write brief personal notes on the bottom of your heels with a blue sharpie or a new trend "tar-dis-blue" it's small vinyl decals that can be put on the bottom of your heels ..or cake, wedding invitations, or centerpieces .
  • I've even seen blue henna tattoos in place of the garter, (something the groom can't take off but definitely admire on the honeymoon).

and last but not least, a sixpence (equaled to 6 pennies) in her shoe, placed in the left shoe or taped to bottom to bring good luck and wealth.

  • Can be as simple as a penny or whichever coin you choose.
  • Want to be authentic? Check Amazon or Google for actual sixpence coins and have it delivered before your wedding day.

 

Don't stress if you can't meet all the requirements, following these traditions is a fun way to create new lasting memories in your marriage.

 

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Classy Bridal Photography in Fort Worth

 

This is a classic and dramatic bridal session with Niloo in downtown Fort Worth. We got some amazing photos during a cold winter day. I love shooting bridal portraits and bring out the beauty and personality of the bride. I took the freedom to create a dramatic stormy sky on one of the photos since we had a pretty dull overcast day.

Fort Worth Bridal Portraits

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Great Gatsby Bridal Photography at the Art Deco T&P Station

 

Since I love the 1920's style and Art Deco architecture, it was a real joy to photograph a Great Gatsby inspired bridal shoot for the Pence & Panache bridal boutique. The T&P train station in downtown Fort Worth was a perfect setting for this photo shoot. The architecture is stunning and made a great backdrop for the beautiful brides with amazing Great Gatsby inspires dresses and accessories.

All weddings that incorporate Art Deco styling and Great Gatsby bridal and wedding photography have always been one of my absolute favorites themes to photograph, it's visually stunning with rich colors, patterns and details. A wedding photographers dream!

The glamorous 1920's brides lived in an era where music was made for dancing, the champagne was flowing and the fabulous wedding dresses and jewelry took a leap into the future. The elegance and glitz was at it's peak and people did not spare any money into making grand events and weddings. The whole area seemed to be a big extravagant party, an epoch of fantasies that has made a huge mark on today's fashion, furniture and architecture.

Enjoy these two beautiful Art Deco brides at the historic T&P station, we had a great time Photographing Izzy and Tayana. Let us know what you think about this styled shoot?


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Japanese Garden Engagement Photography in Fort Worth

 

My most recent engagement photography session was at the beautiful Fort Worth Botanic Garden and at the Japanese Garden, on a marvelous winter day. This was a perfect day and photo location for Alex and Jason's Fort Worth engagement session. Their love and joy was intense, and plenty of kisses where frozen in time, it was a blast capturing it frame by frame.

I have photographed more engagement sessions at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden than my brain can remember, but this location still remains fresh for me and every session I do there still has a new look and feel. There are so many areas within the gardens that have all different looks and that are perfect for engagement photography during all the months of the year. If you are planning an engagement photography session in the DFW area, you should definitely consider the variety of the Fort Worth Botanical Garden and the smaller and very lush Japanese Garden for your engagement photos.

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3 Best Wedding Photographers in Fort Worth

 

I'm very honored and happy to have been selected to be among the top 3 best wedding photographers in Fort Worth by The Three Best Rated.

I have been reviewed and rated by an independent review company, threebestrated.com, they handpick the Best Wedding Photographers in Fort Worth, Dallas and other cities. They check customer reviews, testimonials, history, complaints, ratings, client satisfaction, trust, value and the general excellence as a top wedding photographer in Fort Worth.

I  definitely get happy whenever I get an award, a positive review or any type of recognition as a top wedding photographer. After all the hard work and commitment, It's a good feeling when you get recognized as a great wedding photographer. The clients direct feedback is the most important but industry and organizational awards are also important.


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Indian wedding photography in Dallas & Forth Worth

 

This is why I love to photograph Indian weddings and receptions! The colors, the dresses, the jewelry, the henna tattoos, the decorations, the food, the traditional Hindu dances and last but not least the incredible celebrations and joy that's always in abundance. View some of my Indian wedding photos below and you will understand why it's so much fun photographing Indian weddings in Dallas and Fort Worth.


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Dallas Engagement pictures at Las Colinas

 

I had tons of fun doing Jessica and Wesley's engagement session by the beautiful Mandalay Canal at Las Colinas in Irving. The area around the Mandalay Canal has always been one of my favorite spots for engagement pictures in Dallas. The area has such a great southern European charm to it and is perfect backdrop for a classy engagement portrait session. I can't wait to photograph Jessica and Wesley's wedding at the Old Red Museum in Dallas, they are so much fun to shoot.

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Get your entire wedding for FREE

 

I have been contacted by a big TV production company and have been asked if I could help them find cross-cultural and interfaith couples that are getting married in 2015 and that are interested in telling their story in a prime time TV documentary, they are looking for couples that have family members that may disapprove their marriage due to race, culture, sex, class or other issues. If you get selected for the documentary you will be very generously compensated, the payment should pay for a very nice wedding (including my wedding photography, wink, wink). If you are interested, please contact me with a brief bio and tell my why you think you will be a good candidate at: contact@igorphotos.com, or  682-233-5367, please read the information below before you contact me to see if you are a good fit:

Additional information directly from the TV production company:
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"We are seeking Interfaith couples who are destined to be together, but have someone in their family that doesn't approve of the relationship. We'd like to bring the family together before the wedding in hopes of allowing the couple to have their dream wedding, with all of their family members in attendance. The show aims to prove that love can conquer all, and that no one should miss a loved one's special day because of miscommunication or any other adversity.

First and foremost, we want to share the couple’s love story and follow them along their journey down the aisle. We don’t want anyone to change their lives while they are sharing their story, so everyday should be life as normal: work, laundry, shoveling snow, cake tastings-whatever their day to day life already is, we would like to follow it. In asking family members to participate, we want to share the ups and down’s that come with major life event, and sometimes, it doesn’t go as planned.

Our dream is to bring the couples together with their loved ones and initiate a dialogue of openness. We will bring in experts to help facilitate this process. We are hoping to showcase couples who are cross-cultural and interfaith. These are situations that many families still struggle with and we’d like to follow this journey in hopes to give open-mindedness and empathy a platform.

For couples who are willing to share their story, the program would do anything they could to make their wedding day special. There is also very generous compensation in return for allowing us on their journey. We want to have the couple be able to start their married life off with the support of their family, as well a nest egg to celebrate their new life together.

I'd also like to reassure you that this new series will be done as a documentary and NOT reality drama. For couples who are willing to share their story, the program would do anything they could to make their wedding day special. There is also very generous compensation to the couples in return for allowing us on their journey".

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The tradition of the Engagemnt Ring & Wedding Ring

 

The Wedding Ring as a symbol of everlasting love and the perpetual bond that joins a man and a woman in marriage, has a long, interesting and intriguing history.

Since its appearance in Egypt nearly 5,000 years ago, the wedding ring has represented several facets of the traditional wedding vows.

The ancient Egyptian civilization grow up along the fertile flood plains of the river Nile. This river was the source of prosperity and life to the Pharaoh's people, and from plants growing on it's river bank were the first wedding ring fashioned. The wedding ring is a circle, symbolizing the cycle and eternity of love.
The first wedding ring was usually made out of a plant material, most often hemp, grass or reeds, and lasted only a year or so before replacement was necessary. Back then it was only a symbol of love and commitment and not a status symbol at all.

The wedding ring was worn on the fourth finger of the left hand, as is a custom today, due to a belief that a vein in this appendage ran through the body and directly to the heart. This wedding ring idea was enthusiastically embraced by the Romans and many other European cultures, who worn rings made of iron and gold. During the reign of George I of England, the wedding ring was often worn on the thumb. Louisa of Prussia, wore the wedding ring on the little finger of the right hand, while an old Russian custom made the bride and groom to wear the wedding ring on the fourth finger.

Another widespread myth which still persists in some cultures is the idea that the wedding ring must fit absolutely perfectly, or otherwise it would be detrimental to the entire union. It was believed that a wedding ring which was too tight would hint at an oppressive marriage that would be riddled with jealously, control and suspicion, while the wedding ring that was too loose would lead to carelessness and perhaps even infidelity for the newlywed pair.

The Engagement Ring

An engagement ring is a symbol that the person wearing it is engaged to be married and represents a formal agreement, especially in Western cultures. In many Western countries, engagement rings are only worn by women, and rings can feature diamonds or other gemstones. In other cultures around the world both women and men wear matching engagement rings. In some cultures, engagement rings are also used as wedding rings.

The woman's ring is presented as an engagement gift by a man to his prospective spouse while he proposes marriage or directly after she accepts his marriage proposal. In Western countries, it is normally worn on the left hand ring finger, though customs vary across the world.

After marrying, the couple may wear both engagement rings and wedding rings, or only the wedding rings. Some brides have their engagement and wedding rings permanently soldered together after marriage.

Today, most wedding rings are made from gold, silver or other precious metals, but regardless of their material they still symbolize the strength of love and unity to one another. Nowadays most wedding rings feature precious stones, most commonly diamonds, the wealthy started to use diamonds rings around the 15th century in Europe. In modern times the most common type of wedding ring is a gold ring with a solitary diamond or several diamonds. The many varieties of styles of wedding rings can be customized to the wishes of the couple and you can be sure to find one for any taste and budget.

So once you get that precious engagement and wedding ring, make sure to get it beautifully photographed by a professional wedding photographer and have it included in your wedding album.

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Let's create Unique & Creative Bridal Photos

 

Let me know if you have a special image in your mind that you would like to create as a fine art photograph. Let's do it! I love to collaborate and create unique bridal and wedding photos that break the mold of conventional and traditional wedding photography. Almost everything is possible. We can plan the project from start to finish to get exactly what you want or you can let me take care of the creative process.

I can also offer you a hair and make up artist and stylist to get an amazing look for the photo session. We will finish the bridal photo session with advanced editing and retouching for any creative look and a very unique bridal photograph.

Creative bridal photography by IGOR Photography

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A Guide to Beautiful Wedding Invitations

 

Wedding invitations are an integral part of a wedding’s theme and the “mood” you want to set for your ceremony. After all, if the purpose were to solely inform the guests of the details of the event, then you could just send an mass email or standard postcard. However, the invitation also serves as a souvenir of a special occasion, and an announcement of a couple’s love. Like the wedding ceremony itself, it should be beautiful and personal.

Selecting the Wedding Invitation’s Design

There are thousands of ready-made wedding invitations to choose from; simply select a design, choose a photo, send the details, and the printer can have it ready within weeks. With such a wide selection, it may be difficult to pick which one is best. Here are the things to consider:

  • Formal or casual. You want a wedding invitation to complement the overall theme and mood of the wedding. Is your wedding formal or casual? A formal wedding may need classic script fonts, formal wording, and the traditional double envelope. A more casual invitation may use more modern fonts and more natural wording (i.e., instead of “we cordially invite you”, say “please join us…”) and an engagement photo, but care must be taken to retain the solemnity of the occasion. Let’s say you want to enclose a photo of you and your fiancé—not typically done for more traditional invitations. Wear appropriate clothes to the engagement photo shoot: shorts and tank tops simply don’t work for this photo session.
  • Color. You should always choose a subdued color. If you are using a rather bright color for your motif, like turquoise, opt for a delicate ribbon trim or small accents at the sides or corners rather than applying it to the whole invitation. This makes the invitation look more classy, and again, is in keeping with the nature of the event. It’s a wedding, not a party at a trendy night club.
  • Personal Touches. You can add a short poem, a photo of the engaged couple, or a song lyric from the wedding ceremony.

Wedding Invitation Inserts, templates and personalization

Most wedding invitation companies can provide a selection of templates where you just have to fill in the specific names, include photos, places and dates. However, many couples prefer to make their own, to make the invitation less stiff and more personalized. If so, here are a few guidelines:

  • It is not necessary to put the entourage in the invitation. However, you can have a separate piece of paper listing the members that can be inserted in select invitations—specifically those that go to the entourage themselves, and to the more immediate family and friends. They would appreciate the souvenir; plus, it is a way of thanking them for their participation.
  • Include a nice engagement photo in the invitation to make it more personal and modern
  • You’d never forget to put the date and the venue, but many couples forget to put a map to the church and/or reception area. A map would be very helpful, and would save many guests any inconvenience especially if the wedding is located in a place they are unfamiliar with.
  • If you are trying to control the number of guests, insert a small card that says, “We have reserved __ seats for you.” This is a subtle and polite way of minimizing the headcount.
  • If you are moving to a new home after the wedding, you can include another small insert announcing your new address.

Regardless if you choose a pre-made template or you create your wedding invitation from scratch, make sure that you put your personal touch to it, it doesn't have to be complicated, you can even include a handwritten note to add that personal touch to it. Have fun in making your beautiful and personal wedding invitation!

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