Styled shoots seem to be all the rage now. I think a lot of that has to do with the ability to connect more easily with fellow vendors via Rising Tide Society. Planning a trip cross country? Hit up some vendors in cities you’ve always wanted to work in a make it happen! And I must admit, styled shoots are fun and fabulous! When else do so many photographers come together, photograph the same scene and end up with very unique captured images? Most styled shoots are wedding-themed though, and I for one enjoy champagne toasts at all times of day! So why not style a brunch at Lemoyne? Lemoyne Center for the Visual Arts has an absolutely fabulous courtyard. Vine covered walls. Fountains. Sneaky side gates. Foliage of all kinds. And of course lots of white walls that reflect light just beautifully.

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This styled shoot was born out of wanting a themed event that matched my branding. Any event will always be captured in my style of photography, but this styled brunch matches Poppie Studios colors and aesthetic too. Champagne, macarons from a local French bakery, cocktails, appetizers, giant balloons and a Kate Spade inspired cake. Yes, yes, yes please!

Another motivation behind the shoot was having the opportunity to get together with fellow film photographers. I created a local film photographer’s group, North Florida Film Photographers, and opened this event up to the members as a chance to get together and geek out over our love of beautiful, grainy, yummy film together. Nerd alert.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Sometimes, for whatever reason, a wedding vendor backs out last minute. It’s an unfortunate event and who knows what circumstances lead to that. But I do know it adds a crazy amount of stress to the otherwise happy bride-to-be. Such was the case with Sharmini, who happens to be the friend of a dear friend of mine, Susan. Thank my lucky stars I have friends who know they can count me and know my work. Susan got Sharmini in touch with me just five weeks out from their wedding day! Five weeks! I’m so thankful I was available for what ended up being a simply stunning Opera House wedding in Monticello, Florida.

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I’ve met Sharmini several times before because we share mutual friends. Tim and I even coincidentally attended a whisky dinner with Sharmini and Emile at a local speakeasy, and, from what I remember (haha!) it was a great time! Fast forward a few years (good grief how time flies!) and I had the honor of capturing their beautiful day on film. Might I add, shooting film in such a vintage glamorous locale made for some seriously gorgeous photos! I had a great time capturing all the little details and all the big moments.

Congratulations Sharmini + Emile! Thank you for letting me serve you – it was so great to see you again!

Sharmini + Emily Monticello FL Opera House Wedding

Sharmini + Emily Monticello FL Opera House Wedding

Sharmini + Emily Monticello FL Opera House Wedding

Sharmini + Emily Monticello FL Opera House Wedding

Sharmini + Emily Monticello FL Opera House Wedding

Sharmini + Emily Monticello FL Opera House Wedding

Sharmini + Emily Monticello FL Opera House Wedding

Sharmini + Emily Monticello FL Opera House Wedding

Sharmini + Emily Monticello FL Opera House Wedding

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Pineapples have long been a symbol of hospitality. One look around Charleston and you will see them gracing door knockers, on lamp posts and there’s even a large pineapple fountain! In the past pineapples were a fruit only indulged in by the very wealthy. When placed in the dining area for guests they indicated the amount of respect the host felt for them. With a rich history like that it’s no wonder pineapples have become a popular decorative element in weddings! Placed on tabletops and woven into stationery suites, pineapples are always a friendly and charming addition to wedding decor! Check out this pineapple wedding decor below for some great ideas you can use at your wedding or party!
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The delicious summer fruit can actually double as a festive accent at your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or even a tropical destination wedding — and no we’re not talking about serving piña coladas with umbrella straws. From centerpieces to floral arrangements, we rounded up five unexpected and surprisingly stylish ways to mix pineapples into your tablescape.

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Bonus: the prickly fruit symbolizes hospitality, so it’s a perfect way to greet your guests!

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There’s a lot more to working with your wedding photographer than just signing the contract and telling them where they’ll need to be. With so many details, moving parts, and moments on your wedding day timeline, having a well-informed and well-equipped photographer will help the day go more smoothly for both of you—meaning you’ll get all the images you want, and then some! To help you set yourself (and your wedding photographer!) up for success on your big day, Brides spoke with Jennifer and Shawn Moreau, the husband-and-wife team behind Moreau & Co. Photography, to outline the little things you can do to prep your photographer in advance that he or she will totally appreciate.
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Send an Invitation

Invitations are how you set the tone for your wedding with your guests, but it can help your photographer, too! “Giving your photographers a peek into what you’re planning helps them to prepare for the mood and style of your big day,” says Jennifer. Another perk? “Sending an invitation beforehand means your photographer can bring it to your wedding to include in those detail shots!”

Have Your Details in One Place

Speaking of details, do your best to keep them all together. Jennifer explains, “Getting ready the morning of your wedding can sometimes be chaotic. Since you have so much going on, this is the perfect time for your photographer to slip away and take pictures of your meaningful details and accessories—before you put them on, of course!” Make sure your rings, jewelry, cufflinks, garter, letters, and flowers are in a centralized place so your photographer can grab them and go instead of trying to corral items while you’re having your hair done. Adds Shawn, “More organization means less interruption for you!”

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Nominate an in-the-Know Friend to Help with Family Photos

“Family photos can be overwhelming, depending on how large your families are,” says Shawn. “Since your photographer hasn’t met your aunts, uncles, or grandparents, it can be really helpful to have someone who knows everybody on hand to assist with directing and grouping people.” Be prepared with a shot list that includes names of family groupings so both your photographer and the designated friend can move people along smoothly and get everyone to the party!

Feed Your Photographers When You’re Eating

You know you need to feed your photographers (and some of your other key vendors!), but the timing is just as important! “You don’t want your photographer to miss anything important while they’re in another room having dinner,” says Shawn. “By arranging to have their food served while you’re eating, they’ll be able to charge their batteries, unload memory cards or load new film, and refuel after a few hours on their feet, all while nothing too exciting is taking place.” After all, you don’t need any shots of you or your guests cutting into that filet, right? “When you’re done eating, it’s time to cut the cake, mingle, and dance,” Jennifer continues. “Since your photographer ate at the same time, they’ll be ready to jump up and get back behind the lens when you’re ready to go, without missing any important moments.”

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Provide a Vendor List

This is a key detail, especially for any couples looking to have their photos featured on a blog or in a magazine. “Your wedding day wouldn’t exist without the vendors you hand-picked for your wedding, and they deserve credit!” says Jennifer. “When photographers look to submit your photos for publication, they’ll be asked for all your vendor information, to both credit the people who worked so hard to bring your vision to life and to share the inspiration and contact information with couples planning their own wedding day.”

Credit Your Photographer on Social Media

“This might seem trivial, but tags and links on social media are a huge way your photographer generates referrals,” says Shawn. “And referrals mean new business!” Whether it’s a shot on Instagram or an album on Facebook, take a minute to add your photographer’s handle to the post or tag them in the pictures so your friends (and friends of friends!) can click through to your photographer’s profile. “Crediting your photographer will be much appreciated!” Shawn says.

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If you’ve decided to invite children to your wedding, you’ll likely have some adorable little guests running around in tiny suits and dresses — what could be cuter? However, you’ll also have younger guests who may not want to sit through dinner, and could lose patience halfway through your reception. A great way to keep the kids entertained — without their parents having to ditch the party at 8:30 — is to offer on-site babysitters to look after them while their parents are enjoying dinner or on the dance floor with you. Beyond hiring babysitters, do you need to set up kids activities at your wedding? Here’s what the experts think.
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While it’s not a necessity, putting together a selection of activities for your youngest guests to do during your reception is a thoughtful touch. Consider arming the babysitters with coloring books and crayons, games that appeal to a few different age groups, books, and a Disney movie or two so they can make sure everyone from your two-year-old flower girl to your ten-year-old niece has something to do. Keep in mind that most venues won’t have items like this on-hand, so even if you’re not putting together a whole evening of fun, you’ll want to bring in some craft supplies and games for the kids to play with.

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Consider wedding-related activities, like an I Spy game that will have kids keeping an eye out for a woman in a red dress, your cake cutting, or the first dance. If your venue has an outdoor space, a cornhole set or lawn bowling would be fun for children and adults alike. If you don’t have a separate space where the babysitters can keep an eye on the kids, set up a kids’ table at one end of the room, and top it with little gift bags full of no-mess activities for them to play with while their parents are partying.

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