Archives for July 2013

JESSICA LEE BLOG IS GETTING A FACELIFT

Jessica Lee Blog is getting a facelift come August!

 

 

Nikki, from Doodle Dog Creative is currently out on maternity leave and will be returning come August. She was amazing to work with the first time around when we created a design more geared for Jessica Lee Media. Her patience for my hyper-detailed, please.move.it.one.pixel.to.the.left, is matched by no other!!

 

She and her team took such great care of me and made me feel super confident throughout the whole design process (it’s really difficult to release something so close to you and trust someone will give it the time, attention and love that would equal your own). I can’t wait to work with her and her team again on the new corresponding design direction for Jessica Lee Photography!

 

USING PROPS WITH YOUR ENGAGEMENT SESSION

I always encourage couples to use props in an engagement session, it’s a great way to personalize their experience.

 

 

Think of things you like to do together – it could be going on a picnic, checking out a local amusement park or enjoying a great glass of wine together. It can be as simple as incorporating a few items from your favorite coffee shop or as elaborate as a fully stylized shoot (my personal favorite).

 

 

What ever you decide to do, make it your own, keep it meaningful and have fun with it.

 

 

I believe that engagement photos are best when they highlight the relationship and show who you are as a couple.

 

GIFTING THE GROOMSMEN

 

Finding unique gifts for your groomsmen can be quite a challenge, especially when it comes to wedding-related man items. Your friends are probably very diverse in their hobbies and interests so, to keep things easy, you will want to accomplish a few goals with the groomsmen gifts: make it a little personal, a bit practical, and round it out with it being some cool man gear.

 

 

 

 

Move away from the standard cliche and go for something a little less traditional that they’ll use for years. Try,

1     THE WOOD SIX PACK  Each carrier is designed to hold any style 12oz beer bottle.

2     LEATHER IPAD ENVELOPE  Soft chrome leather with a magnetic closure, linen lining and a laser-engraved initial.

3     BESPOKEPOST  Curated theme sets that allow you to choose specifically for each personality in your bridal party.

 

You can find other unique groomsmen gifts on my Pinterest board, Gifting the Groomsmen.

 

UNIQUE UNITY CEREMONIES

I believe the goal of any marriage is to achieve a true blending of hearts and lives. I love the idea of a unity ceremony, symbolizing the idea that in a strong and healthy partnership, joys are multiplied and sorrows divided when you share them.

 

As with any unity ceremony, the wine ceremony represents the two individual lives being combined. Although one may find it sweet and the other dry, it serves as a reminder of how we may perceive things differently, but being right is never more important. The sharing and drinking of the combined wines signifies this and the commitment made to each other to live as one family. (source)

 

Personalized ceremonies with heartfelt words and rich significance get me every time. Here are some other unique unity ceremony ideas that have a deep-rooted meaning,

 

1     THE TREE CEREMONY  Symbolizes the roots of the relationship. Like the deep roots of any tree, it gives us a firm base from which to grow.

 

2     THE KNOT CEREMONY  One of the simplest knots to tie, but the strongest there is; it will not break, and will only become stronger when under pressure.

 

3     THE TASTING OF THE FOUR ELEMENTS  Four elements – salt, sour, spice and sweet – demonstrate the challenges in life you will face together.