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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer

Planning your wedding day is one of the most exciting, and taxing times of your life. Making sure that every detail has been researched and planned for, you attempt to create the special day that has been the subject of your dreams. As you prepare for this momentous occasion take extra time in selecting the photographer just right for your style and personality, as your wedding photos will be the one item you can look back at years from now. When you gaze at portraits of that special day you should be taken right back to that moment in time and remember fondly the events of that day.

When selecting the right photographer for your event keep the following 5 Tips in mind.

Style & Quality

A thorough review of the photographer’s portfolio will tell you if you like their photographs. You should understand the style and approach of your photographer by reviewing their collection. Do you like how he/she is telling the “story”? You can ask yourself a few questions to help better understand what you are looking for: Do I like the overall feel of these images? Does the lighting seem appropriate and appealing? Do the people in the images look happy, natural and relaxed? Can I pick out the special elements of the day or event, as seen through the photographer’s eyes?

Once you have narrowed your choice to a couple of professionals, ask to review a sampling of their work representative of their various specialties and skill-sets. Often websites are not up to date with gallery posts, or may not truly be representative of the actual images offered. This allows you to gauge the consistency of their work, so you know exactly what to expect.

Personality

Once you have chosen a few photographers whose work you like, and their style seems to fit your wants and needs, it’s important to conduct an in-person interview. Not only should you enjoy their art, but also their company. A professional trust and genuine likeability factor should be present, allowing you to feel comfortable working with them and relaxed in their presence. A good working rapport with the person behind the camera makes it easier to capture the best pictures, especially the unanticipated moments. Beautiful and inspired wedding photography is mainly a result of having a great relationship with your photographer.

One last thought here, consider your guests as well. The photographer will better capture your family and friends in photos if they are personable and friendly. Assuring they are approachable and down-to-earth allows for candid shots captured throughout the day as it naturally unfolds, rather than forced poses and fake smiles.

Value (Cost vs. Product)

Think of your wedding photographs as an investment. They are expensive, but you get what you pay for – right? These images are meant to last a lifetime, and as such, you want to plan (financially) for something you absolutely love. Though budget may dictate your selection to a degree, be sure that you do not sacrifice cost for quality.

Likely your photographer has a variety of packages and is flexible on what can and cannot be included. Be sure to review options to get what you really want in the end. Do NOT neglect to ask about “hidden extras.” It’s better to know the cost associated with add-ons and upgrades well before the day of the event.

Experience

If you are planning any part of your wedding in a dark or dimly lit venue, or you’re having an evening wedding reception outdoors, you need a photographer that’s skilled with those lighting environments. Review their portfolio for weddings shot in similar lighting environments and ask them specifically how they would handle your particular situation.

When possible, interview photographers who have a lot of experience working at the venue at which you will be married. This eliminates a lot of the guess-work for both of you. Length of experience does not always mean that you will get the photos you were hoping for. If you are selecting a very seasoned photographer, keep a watchful eye while reviewing their collection of works to understand how their style has evolved and modernized over time. Most couples do not want their photos to look like they came from a bygone era.

Recommendations

It’s safe to say that merely asking for a list of references or testimonials is not going to give you an accurate summary of the photographer’s strengths and weaknesses. As you’re interviewing various photographers keep in mind the “must-haves,” the “wish list,” and the “deal-breakers”. Just like all of us, your photographer won’t be perfect, but they can be right for you. Ask up-front what their weaknesses are, as well as what their expectations are for you.

Then ask for a short list of past clients who would be willing to speak with you candidly about their experiences: the flow of their wedding day, the images captured and delivery of the final product. Don’t be afraid to ask them about challenges or disappointments when working with a particular photographer. Whatever their answer, remember that personality is probably partly at play here, yet the information gives you plenty of opportunity to review the total experience.

Closing Thoughts

When you have selected the right photographer for you, be sure to book them as soon as possible. Most in-demand photographers book out well in advance. For a small deposit you can secure them before anyone else does. If you really want to experience what it is like to work with your photographer before the big day, secure them to shoot an engagement session for you. Some photographers may include this in the package, while others may offer it as an add-on or upgrade. Regardless, this precursor to your wedding day will provide a “sneak peek” at the working relationship you can expect, allowing insight into the working style, creativity and personality of the photographer, while you still have time to make a different selection.

Most importantly, remember that quality photographs are one thing you will not likely regret purchasing. They should be the kind of images that will transport you back in time to your wedding day, each and every time you look at them.

 

3 Fabulous Gift Ideas for your Bridal Party

Wondering what to get the lovely ladies that will be standing by your side on your wedding day? I want to share & introduce you to one of my new vendor friends, Bridesmaid Gifts Boutique that can help you find the perfect gift for your gals.

Here are a couple of ideas to start the search:

Dazzling Duo

As I mentioned, they are new friend as I always love meeting new vendors & sharing them with our clients, so when they graciously asked me to pick a sample of my very own to have my name & initials on it, I of course said yes, please!

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I was very impressed with the packaging box. It had my name beautifully scripted on the front then when I opened it to see the sparkly tumbler {who doesn’t love a little sparkle with their favorite beverage} and comfy floral robe both initialed with the first letter of my name. I was in heaven with all the prettiness!

Being that purple & silver are my favorite colors, I chose those for both the robe & vinyl colors. You can choose from an array of colors they have to offer that fits your style & personality. I love using the tumbler with my morning to-go ice coffee & the lovely box is sitting pretty in my office. I’m waiting for the warmer weather to sport my robe!

Now, onto a few others that I thought would be great ideas.

Vintage Leather Journal

This would be the perfect gift for the writer in your life. What’s impressive about this journal is that it can be personalized on both sides with the specific details of your bridesmaid {or anyone else for that matter} and comes in a beautifully crafted wooden box.

nh wedding planner inked events

nh wedding planner inked events

Precious Pearl

Want something simple to go with their dress and that they can have forever to remember the day? This necklace just may be your answer!

The delicate pearl necklace comes with an engraved initial pendant that they will treasure for years to come.

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They have so many other options that you can choose from based on the personalities of your gals! Hope this helps in giving you some inspiration for your gals!

Enjoy!

Floral designs & tips for choosing the perfect wedding flowers

Flowers are an important part of the wedding ceremony and a thoughtful addition to the décor at the reception location. From boutonnieres and bouquets, to seasonal arrangements and petals down the aisles, flowers add color, mood and flair to your special day. How do you choose the floral elements that provide just the right mood, expression and style for your event? See below for tips when making your selections:

Establish a budget

The floral budget will surely influence the flowers used, and the arrangements created {in both size and quantity}, so establish your spending amount early on and share it with your florist. While it is not necessary to over-spend, its important to determine the number of arrangements needed and the types of flowers you wish to include. Often, the larger the budget the more elaborate the design can be. Adding greenery can be a beautiful alternative to pricier floral options.

Pay attention to the venue

Its likely that you have already considered the set-up and décor of the wedding venue when establishing your style, but re-visit it briefly prior to selecting your floral pieces especially if your chosen florist is unfamiliar with the space. Aside from the overall style and the colors that are permanent to the site, stop and review the options for tables, chairs and place settings, as well as any non-moveable decorative or architectural elements within the space. An historic mansion with burgundy and gold-leafed wall coverings may not play well with your dream of pale blue and lavender colored centerpieces. Consider the look and feel of the finished product before committing to a certain flower.

Consider the style of your wedding

Rustic. Traditional. Beachy. Glamorous. Modern. Elegant. What style are you aiming for with your wedding? Flower selections, and the displays used should complement the intended overall style of the wedding. For example, calla lilies provide an aura of time-honored elegance, while a bouquet of hand-tied daisies may reflect a more relaxed tone. If you are going for a “toes in the sand” & wind-swept feel, allow your flowers to reflect that. Your florist can be the best guide in selecting theme appropriate flowers while sticking to the budget.

Incorporate color scheme

Choosing a flower that comes in a variety of colors, such as roses, mums and tulips, means you are more likely to find just the right match for your color-scheme. Of course, your flowers do not have to be an exact color match, but they should complement the theme of the wedding. Consider bridesmaids dresses, table linens, and the internal decor of the wedding venue to avoid negatively contrasting elements.

Embrace the season

While some flowers such as roses and carnations are easily retrieved year-round, others are much more seasonal in nature. Though tulips, daffodils and hyacinths may be plentiful for a spring wedding, they can be nearly impossible to come by later in the year.  A late fall wedding may best utilize hydrangeas and dahlias, as they are plentiful during autumn. While your favorite spring bloom may be available in October, it’s likely that it will be harder to get, which in-turn raises the price tag. Meet with your florist to discuss in-season options that meet both your color requirements and your budget.

Floral traits and meanings

If you are sensitive to smells, do consider the fragrance of the bloom. For example, you may want to avoid lilacs, lilies, jasmine, and gardenias as they are some of the most perfumed flowers. When selecting items for both bouquets and centerpieces you might ask your florist if particular flowers have traditional meanings behind them that may have a significance to you or your fiancé.

25 popular flowers and the meaning they carry:

    1. Alstroemeria – Friendship and devotion
    2. Amaryllis – Splendid beauty
    3. Apple Blossom – Better things to come
    4. Aster – Love and Daintiness
    5. Carnation – Pure Deep Love
    6. Chrysanthemum – Fidelity, optimism, joy and long life
    7. Clematis – Love Vine
    8. Daffodil – Regard and chivalry
    9. Daisy – Innocence, purity and loyal love
    10. Freesia – Trust
    11. Gardenia – Purity and sweetness
    12. Hydrangea – Heartfelt emotions
    13. Iris – Wisdom and Hope
    14. Ivy – Marriage
    15. Jasmine – Amiability
    16. Lily – Purity
    17. Orchid – Exotic beauty
    18. Poppy – Imagination
    19. Rose –  Love
    20. Red Rose – Passionate Love
    21. White Rose – Innocence and Pure Love
    22. Red and White Rose – Unity
    23. Tulip – Perfect Lover
    24. Red Tulip – Declaration of Love
    25. Yellow Tulip – Hopeless Love

Whether or not you are a flower enthusiast, remember incorporating a few blooms into your event will not only soften the space, but also provide visual attraction to the important aspects of the day. For example, the bouquet and boutonniere will highlight the bride and groom, and an arrangement placed at the alter or near the ceremony allows for the “framing” of the honored couple. The bottom-line in choosing just the right options for you is – do your homework prior to engaging a florist, then rely on their expertise & guidance once you do.

5 Tips on What to Look for in a Wedding Makeup Artist

The process of booking a wedding makeup artist can be quite the exciting experience for some, while for others, it can be very daunting. Many of today’s brides aren’t very big makeup wearers and are worried about looking too overdone up. Therefore, it’s very important for the bride to do their homework before just booking any makeup artist.

New England Professional Makeup Artist, Nancy Gorman of Makeup by Nancy gives her thoughts on what she feels every bride should know while starting the process of booking a makeup artist. Photo Credit: Ebacher Photography

1. Do your research
Even if a makeup artist is referred to you by a friend and/or another wedding pro, you want to do your due diligence and make sure he/she is the right one for you. Be sure to read reviews, look at their website and portfolio. Make sure that their style is something you like and resonate with.

2. Book a consult
Make sure they offer a pre-wedding consult prior to booking as an option. The last thing you want to do is book an artist without trying them out first. Think about it, would you purchase a car without giving it a test drive?

One of our fabulous brides, Colleen getting even more gorgeous on her wedding day! Photo credit: Casey Durgin Photography

3. Personality Check
You will be spending the hours right before your wedding with your beauty team. You want to be sure you have a good relationship with your makeup artist. This doesn’t mean we need to become best friends, not that it hasn’t happened before, as I have become super good friends with many of my past brides and bridal parties. Having a sense of comfort with your beauty team during a nervous time right before your wedding is super helpful since they will help soothe your nerves and get you through them right up until you put your gown on.

4. Written Agreement
Never book a wedding vendor based on a verbal agreement. Be sure there is a contract in place and you read all the small print. You want to have a full understanding of all the terms and conditions, as well as if there are any hidden fees.

5. Quality Check
Find out what products are used, have an awareness ahead of time of any sensitivities you may have to something. This is also why it’s good to have a pre-wedding consult, so that you will know ahead of time if something irritates your skin or eyes. You certainly don’t want to be itchy on your wedding day! If the artist uses professional grade makeup, most irritations can be avoided.

Always get proof of education! Nowadays, anyone can learn to be a makeup artist just by watching YouTube, but there’s SO much more to learn than what you see in a video. For example, what makeup is suitable for wedding photography and how to correctly apply makeup for black and white photography. There is so much to consider, hopefully, this is a helpful step in the right direction for you.

Happy Wedding Planning!

Highly Rated Local Wedding Events Company Aligns with Southern Based Corporate/Non-Profit Event Planner

For Immediate Release

Salem, NH ~ Inked Events, a Salem (NH) based full service wedding & event planning company is joining forces with DYV (Dream Your Vision) Events, a corporate and non-profit event planning company currently based out of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Working as “sister” companies, the duo will continue to provide high-quality wedding services, while incorporating a strong corporate and non-profit event planning component. Under the partnership, they will cover events all over the east coast, with specific focus on Boston, New Hampshire and other New England regions.

“Our goal is to reach clients that we have not been able to focus on for the past four years. By partnering with DYV Events, we are able to use their six years of industry experience to do that and still be able to continue to provide specialized Wedding Day Management (aka Day-of Coordination) services along with design, full and partial wedding planning,” says Inked Events owner, Tracy Dapp.

“Inked Events is well established in the New England region and we are really excited about the opportunity to bring what we have done in the south with our corporate and non-profit clients such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas and Pinnacle Pointe Hospital to New England, ” says DYV Events owner, Michelle Stewart.

Inked Events and DYV Events are both award winning wedding and event companies. Inked Events has won several awards NH A-List Best Wedding Planner Award from 2015-2017, Wedding Wire’s Couple Choice Awards 2016 & 2017 and commands a 5-star rating on WeddingBee.com, TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com. DYV Events has also won AR A-List Best Wedding Planner Award in both 2014 & 2017, Wedding Wire’s Couple Choice Awards from 2015-2017, and the Bronze 2017 Best Planner Vendor Award from Borrowed & Blue.

To learn more about booking a private social event or wedding please visit www.inked-events.com, or contact Tracy at info@inked-events.com or 603-401-9938. To learn more about booking a corporate, conference or non-profit event please visit www.dyvevents.com or contact Michelle at dyvevents@gmail.com or 617-863-2398.

Guest Blog: Have you tried Arbonne yet?

I love when I have the opportunity to help & support a fellow boss lady, who also happens to be one of my past brides & is now a very close friend of my mine! So, of course, when she asked me if my clients would be interested in a product that she loves, I thought having her write a guest blog post to tell you all about it would be a great idea! I hope you enjoy….

Meet Darci Flynn … 

I am so excited to be guest blogging for Inked Events & my dear friend, Tracy. I met Tracy like many of you probably did (or will) — she was our rock star wedding coordinator extraordinaire for our Portsmouth wedding in September 2015. We live in Chicago, so having a wedding coordinator in NH that was helping us, was a LIFE SAVER.

Image courtesy of William Tangorra Photography 

We still may be 1,000 miles apart but Tracy has remained a friend. We catch up every time we’re home for the holidays and of course, chat in between. If you’re new to the Inked Events family and have heard her say “you’re a friend for life,” she means it and it’s oh so worth it.

So, my wedding is over and you’re probably wondering why is this girl blogging? Aside from my full time job as a social worker in Chicago, I run my own health and wellness business through a company called Arbonne. I launched my business in 2014 as I was in the middle of planning my wedding and thinking about my future. Having residual income to put towards our wedding, honeymoon, future plans of having children (someday!) and buying a home (purchased July 2016!) was something that really intrigued me. Three years later, I am loving having this financial freedom and get to work alongside some amazing people…. PLUS I still get to partner with Tracy! Great life, right?

So what is Arbonne? We are a botanically based health and wellness company that has fostered pure, healthy lifestyles for over 35 years. From skincare to cosmetics to a whole nutrition line including Sports nutrition, Arbonne has something for everyone. Whether you are planning your wedding, attending a wedding or recently married, there are dozens of ways to utilize Arbonne’s products. They make great gifts (for bridal parties, Mother’s/Father’s Day, graduation presents or simply a birthday) and of course, there are must-haves for yourself. But, this is a wedding blog, after all, so let me share some of my favorites that I swear by for your big day!

Glowing Skin

On my wedding day, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much and I was overwhelmed by the cameras — professional and friends/family snapping photos. Of course, you want your skin looking its best for the hundreds of photos you’ll be in, not just on your wedding day but at your bridal shower, bachelorette/bachelor party and rehearsal dinner. Arbonne’s skincare lines are free from harsh chemicals and we have a variety of formulas for each skin type.

My personal favorite is the anti-aging RE9 line but if you have super sensitive skin, I would recommend the Calm line. Don’t worry guys, we have an RE9 Advanced skincare line for you too!

Eyes, Cheeks, Lips, Oh My!

Celebrating marriage and a lifetime of love goes far beyond the big day. Engagement photos, celebratory parties, bridal shower, bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner, and of course your wedding day. The following three products are my go-to’s that quickly make me feel pretty without going over the “simple” look I want to maintain. These also make for GREAT gifts for your bridal party, mother/mother-in-law, or even for the brides in your life to gift for their upcoming festivities.

It’s a Long Story® Mascara

I have tried a variety of mascaras and always found my disappointment was due to clumping, not lasting all day or irritation of my eyes. But then I discovered Arbonne’s It’s A Long Story Mascara® and it was love at first try. It elongates my lashes, making them look full and my eyes pop plus it doesn’t irritate my eyes despite staying on all day.

Glow On Bronzer

A few dabs on the cheeks and I was looking sun-kissed and ready. Doesn’t cake on, doesn’t look like I was trying out for a Jersey Shore remake, and it stays on all day!

Smoothed Over Lipstick

Our newly formulated lipstick was not just a must-have on my wedding day, but it is in my purse every day! These lipsticks glide on so smooth and stay on! They are botanically based so you don’t have to worry about any harsh chemicals every time you lick your lips or eat/drink something.

Healthy life is a happy wife

I know, I know, probably not the saying you’re used to hearing. But health and wellness is something I am passionate about and starting my business three years ago really opened my eyes to what we put in and on our bodies. Arbonne’s vegan, gluten free nutritional line has some of the best products that prepared me to fit into my wedding dress and to feel comfortable and beautiful.

Our plant-based protein comes in vanilla or chocolate and it is my go-to for a quick and easy breakfast. I love mixing it with almond milk, berries, a banana and any greens that I have in the fridge (spinach and kale are always plentiful in our household). Arbonne’s Fizz Sticks are a great substitute for coffee or if you are like me and cannot live without one cup o’ joe in the morning, it’s a perfect pick me up without the caffeine crash at 2pm. They’re delicious, easy (pour one packet into water, stir and enjoy!), and will give you energy to get you to 5pm. After we got engaged, the champagne was popping and the wine kept pouring — everyone wants to celebrate! However, my body was often left feeling run down, so I would turn to Arbonne’s detox tea to fill up on nutrients and re-boost my body.

With over 400 products, I truly could go on and on here, but here are a few more of my favorites: the Liquid Sunshine mineral sunscreen is perfect for your honeymoon in the sun. Our Rescue and Renew detox spa line is a necessity for stressful days of seating charts and picking out linens. Our ABC Baby Care line is perfect once you get the weddings out of the way and your friends start to announce they’re expecting (so fun!).

Intrigued by these products? Contact me about our 30-day healthy living program that will leave you feeling super energized, your skin glowing, improve your sleep and help you to shed a few pounds! I’m here to meet your needs — whatever they may be — and I am so excited to help! Check out my business website anytime, anywhere! These products will arrive on your doorstep in 3-5 days after you order.

Questions? Curious? I’d love to tell you more about why I love Arbonne, feel free to contact me here so we can begin our conversation!

May your life be filled with pure joy. I cannot wait to hear from you.

Featured on New Hampshire Magazine Bride

I’m always humbled when I receive a request to be interviewed for a well known local magazine, so when NH Magazine Bride wanted to start featuring wedding planners in their Vendor Profile, who am I to say no?!

I’m excited to share that I was their first Vendor Profile to be featured earlier this month! If you happened to miss it on our social media pages or on our press page, check it out here!  🙂

Cheers!

~Tracy

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We love to connect with potential couples, old and new vendors on social media platforms that jive with our style & personality. It helps us to stay in touch with current & past clients too! It gives us the opportunity to showcase our work and to pass on valuable wedding information to you.

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