OrangeDog Images: Blog en-us (C) OrangeDog Images (OrangeDog Images) Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:49:00 GMT Tue, 19 Dec 2017 23:49:00 GMT OrangeDog Images: Blog 120 95 What's a Bridesmaid For? And Other Bridesmaids FAQs What does a Bridesmaid do?

The modern bridesmaid has can take on a lot of different roles. They can be strictly for show, or they might have a designated task list. Either way, you should be up front about your expectations for your maids or you could end up disappointed. There is no “standard bridesmaid” so just like a job interview, make sure you talk about your expectations for their role when you ask someone to be your maid and let them know there will be no hard feelings if they don’t feel like they have the time to accept the position. If you bridal party activities might include destination bachelorette parties, spa days and bridesmaids dresses more than $200 than make sure you are being realistic with those expectations with everyone in your party. Even though it is your wedding, no one should go broke or feel pressured to spend money they can’t afford in the name of friendship.


Do you have to have as many bridesmaids as groomsmen?

As a rule - It’s your wedding so it's up to you.  But there is not a wedding rule that dictates there must be equal amounts of maids and men.  Adding girls to try to equal the grooms can result in a mix match of personalities as you scrape together enough girls to equal the guys.  Or cutting friends out of your wedding can result in hurt feelings.


How do I plan out everyone’s hair and makeup?

It depends on what everyone is planning on doing. But the general rule of thumb is 2 hours per person with 3 for the bride.  That includes an hour for hair and an hour for makeup if being done professionally.  Time management is especially important for weddings, but that means every girl needs to know how they want their hair and makeup before the wedding day. We see a lot of bridesmaids on their phones picking out hair and makeup styles twenty minutes before their turn with the beauticians. To avoid this plan a girls night and pick out hair and makeup together.  But remember, while the Bride can make suggestions, you shouldn’t be the ultimate decision maker on every girls makeup and hair details.


My maids and I planned a luxury spa trip, but some of my girls don’t have enough money and are backing out of the trip. I really wanted them to be part of my special day and it hurts that they didn’t plan ahead.

Life happens and sometimes we get caught off guard. Friends that could have reasonably put together a budget that had allowed them to participate might have been caught off guard by the end cost or other unexpected expenditures.  Bottom line, there is no reason to dismiss them as bridesmaids. Instead have a talk and make sure the wedding costs aren’t too much for them. No one should go broke trying to keep up with the events.


Do all the bridesmaids have to wear the same dress?

The days of matching bridesmaids dresses are on their way out.  More and more brides are opting to let their maids choose their own dresses - from anywhere.  Instead they usually go shopping together or with color and fabric choices.  This option is popular because each girl gets to choose a dress that they would wear again, they look great in, and they feel great in. It also gives variety to the group pictures, instead of a sea of certain color.


I want all my Bridesmaids to keep their shoes on all night. I don’t want bare feet all over my dance floor!

This is more common that you think.  There are two solutions to this problem.  1. Forgo the stiletto heels and choose a shoe that is super comfy. Maybe a wedge or an ankle boot.  2. If the heels are a must, let each girl bring a pair of neutral flats for dancing (which is a great idea anyways because alcohol, heels, dancing and long dresses are almost never a good combination.)


I am going to enforce a no alcohol policy among the bridal party.  I don’t want everyone to get trashed and embarrass me!

This is super tough. Imposing a rule like this makes your bridal party feel like they are being treated like children. But if you know your friends and know they like to really party, it might be worth having. The compromise? Ask the bridal party to only have 1-2 drinks an hour before the real party begins, and lead by example. By the time the dancing starts at most receptions, the less party oriented guests start to leave, and the ones that stay won’t be put off by harmless drunken shenanigans.


I’m having a DIY Pintrest wedding, but my maids aren’t keeping up with what they said they’d do. I’m stressing out about not having my decorations/invites/flowers/signs done.  What can I do?!

Pintrest is the devil. It’s all picture perfect, adorable and completely on trend. But it is easy to get lost and drown in too many projects. Well meaning friends might suddenly have other responsibilities or problems that take up the time they promised you, and that can hurt when it feels like a friend bailed. Call them and explain your stressing out and really need some help. As people volunteer assign duties. But if you find yourself alone on Pintrest island than there is another way. You can ask friends that aren’t in the bridal party, or maybe even family members.  If you are really stuck, than take a good look at what you absolutely must get done and what would be nice to get done. Eliminate projects that require a lot of hours or additional supplies, finish the ones you’ve already started, or change half finished projects into something more feasible.


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5 Thoughtful Bridesmaids Gifts Other Than Floral Robes First, there is nothing inherently wrong with those floral robes.  But they've been done, and done again.

And I'm here to tell you that those robes you've seen all over Pinterest - don't stay closed. As pretty as they are, they have zero functionality. So may I present some ideas for gifts for your gals that are not a robe. 


1. Personalized Coffee Mugs $22.99.





Have a coffee lover in your party? Check out these stainless steel beauties from Etsy seller LifeTime Creations. They are practical and a super thoughtful alternative to the standard floral robe (which is not warm at all). Get them here.


2. Adulting Gold Stars Shot Glasses $10 each.



Maybe you've got more of a party crowd. Celebrate Adulting with these cute shot glasses from MaxandMitchCo. $10/glass or $32 for the set.


3. Sterling Silver Serotonin Molecule $29.99 each.

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This is for all my STEM girls. This is a molecular representation of Serotonin or the molecule which gives you happiness.  But it here.


4. Wall Art



There is nothing worse than bare walls. Pay homage to your long lasting friendship with this sign by LittleDoodleDesign. $24 each.


5. Beauty Gift Set



Give them this bath set to cure the danced-all-night ache! This set by PeaceOrganics is $21 and includes body butter, lip balm, lip scrub, and a bath bomb. Get it here.



There you have it, 5 easy ideas for bridesmaids gifts other than a floral robe! Let us know what you think down below.

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How Wedding Photography Works How Wedding Photography Works


If you’ve never had a wedding, you probably have some questions about how wedding photography works.  Here is a quick and easy breakdown about wedding photography.


Step One: Pick Your Wedding Photographer This step is generally the hardest.  There are a lot of wedding photographers out there! Why are there so many? There's are a lot of different reasons but mostly it has to do with being an easy field to step into.  You don’t need a lot of equipment to get started and it seems like it is really easy (spoiler - it’s not!). This tends to split the market into two types of wedding photographers: Part Timers/Hobbyists and Professionals.  Generally, you can pay $0 to about $1500 for a Part-time wedding photographer and $2000 on up for a professional.  There is a lot of overlap in between there depending on the market and the individual photographers.  The best way to pick your photographer is to first decide on your budget, and then find a photographer whose pictures you love. After you put together a short list of 2-3 photographers, set up meetings, see what each photographer offers, and decides on who you really want to spend the day with. Your photographer will literally follow you around the entire evening - so they better be someone you want to hang out with for the night.


Step Two: Once you pick your wedding photographer you can take advantage of any engagement or boudoir shoots they offer before the wedding.  We strongly recommend booking an engagement shoot. It is a test run between you and the photographer. You can make sure you enjoy working with your photographer, and that you like how your images turn out. It also gives your photographer an idea of how you feel and react to being in front of the camera which can help them plan out pictures and get to know what kinds of pictures you like the most.


Step Three: Make a list of the formal pictures you want. Professional photographers know you want pictures walking down the aisle and of the first kiss, but they don’t know your guest list or family members. The list you should make should be a list of family pictures you want. A list of no more than 20 formals is a great way to keep things moving quickly.  Bonus tip: Nominate a friend or family member who is not afraid to be heard and knows almost everyone, to call out, and hunt down, family members for each picture. If you are self conscious about any part of your body, now is the time to make sure your photographer knows so they can do their best to minimize your body fears in your images.


Step Four: Get Married! Your wedding photographer will be the fly on the wall all night. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice (Do you know how to bustle this dress?!) and ask them for a special picture with your Great Aunt who surprised you at the wedding! Your photographer is a resource, use them!


Step Five: See you pictures! A few weeks after the wedding you’ll see your images for the first time. Depending on your photographer and what you ordered, you may be selecting images for your wedding album at this meeting. Pick out your favorites and be sure to ask your photographer for help filling out your album’s story.


Step Six: Print your pictures, share them online and enjoy them! Most of all, enjoy each other and the life you’ll build together.


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What to do When Wedding Planning Gets Stressful It happens to every couple. At some point planning a wedding can get to be too much.  Here’s a few suggestions on what to do instead.


Take a Breather! - Take a moment to forget about the wedding for a moment and focus on why you’re getting married! Have a date night - without talking about wedding - and just relax.


Remember, the Wedding is just one day. Sure, it’s a special day but it shouldn’t be the single best day of your entire life. Otherwise that means no other day in your marriage will be as good as your first - which is of course ridiculous.


The easiest way to control your budget is to limit the guestlist. Unless your a billionaire you can’t have it all. If you’re guest list is as trim as it gets make your wedding less formal. There are tons of deals to be had in the wedding ‘off season’ generally November to March, by having your wedding on a Friday night or Sunday or even just having a morning wedding (Please make my brunch reception dreams comes true!).


Is the guestlist the problem? If you have a set budget and know you’re limited to 120 guests but are stuck at 130 you can try a couple of things. Remove anyone under 18 first. While parents might gripe they will most likely thank you in the end for the date night. You don’t need to invite co-workers, people you have never met before, and anyone you haven’t spoken to face to face in the last two years. You’re also not required to allow guests a plus one. If your parents are wanting to invite friends give them an exact count they are allowed to invite and leave it to them, if they would like to invite additional friends than maybe allow your parents to pay for the additional dinners. If your parents are already paying some or all of the wedding you might have to allow them more control of the guest list.


Have a family member with too much opinion? Give that person a single task that’s all theirs like choosing the deserts or designing the invites (anything that you aren’t really into planning). If they are still All. Over. Everything. Sit down and talk with them frankly. The one caveat is if they are paying for everything. If this person controls the checkbook you may be out of luck.  In this case, choose your battles wisely.


Last, consider hiring a professional wedding planner. Most have lots of different packages, including planning meetings to help put you back on course. Professional wedding planners have seen it all and can help put everything back into perspective and give you some sanity back.


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Telling your love story, without saying a word. Have you ever stopped to consider what you’re going to do with your wedding photos after the wedding is over?  Other than the handful of images that you post on social media, what purpose do all those lovely pictures have?

We’ve spoken to so many couples that received their photos from their photographer and immediately put them aside to deal with later.  They get busy living their lives and the photos never make it out of their storage spot.  Years go by and those images sit there and collect dust.

We totally get it.  That’s why every wedding we photograph includes a gorgeous, handcrafted album.

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Imagine:  Your album comes in a lovely presentation box.  You lift the lid and pull out your book.  As you turn the pages, you start to relive every precious moment all over again.  You remember how nervous you got while you were getting dressed, how your faces looked as you saw each other that first time, and your tears while you danced your very first dance as a married couple.  You fall in love all over again.

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Paging through my album never fails to make me teary eyed.  It always reminds me why I got married in the first place.  And as the years have gone by, some of the people I love have passed away.  There they are in my album, looking happy and helping me celebrate one of the best days of my life.

We feel strongly that each of our happy couples deserve to have something tangible and meaningful to take away with them when the wedding is done.  It's one of our favorite jobs to carefully craft an album that will tell every couple's love story to them and their loved ones for generations to come.

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Destination Engagement Photos Engagement pictures are often treated as a check-in-the-box on the wedding planning checklist.  Please, don’t do this!  Engagement pictures can be so much more fun, and more memorable!


There seems to be a split among the interwebs about whether or not engagement photos are worth it or “gag worthy”. It can be easy to dismiss the idea of engagement shoots are a waste of time or self indulgent, but I promise you engagement sessions can be so much more.


Not everyone is used to being in front of the camera for more than a quick selfie (or four because let’s admit it no one looks good in that first on ;) Having an engagement session lets couples work out those camera nerves and also gives you insight into how your photographer operates.  This even more important if you hire a team of photographers (like us!), since having multiple cameras at different angles can make even the most camera comfortable couples need a minute.


Engagement sessions are more relaxed than the pictures taken on your wedding day.  Wedding days are packed with a huge range of emotions, people and vendors who are all competing for a moment of your limited time. Even if you are the most careful of planners, weddings can fall behind schedule and often it’s the photography time that gets squeezed.  Having an engagement sessions not only gets you comfortable with your photographer, but gives your photographer an understanding of how your relate to each other as a couple.  It helps us build your wedding story visually and lets us quickly plan photos that illustrates your personalities.


More than that, engagement photography can highlight a specific place that has meaning to you as a couple.  Your wedding photos have meaning because they tell the story of your wedding, while engagement pictures tell the story of you. Picking the place you met, your first date, or your favorite city allows you and your photographer to showcase a larger part of your love story without worrying about timing or having other people interrupt. It is a lot more fun and much more relaxed.


If you are camera shy, but you, your partner or you both, really want beautiful wedding photos - don’t skip the engagement shoot.  It will help you get used to both the camera and the photographer. You will be much more comfortable when your wedding rolls around because you will know what to expect.


The most overlooked aspect of engagement photography are destination engagement photos! This is actually a thing and it happens in two ways.  First, before you were engaged you had planned a vacation of some sort.  Take advantage of your travel plans and book a photographer at your destination before you leave. Doing this lets you get some amazing vacation photographs from a local photographer who might take you somewhere you wouldn’t have otherwise visited.  


The second is by booking a little vacation with your photographer.  We did this with a couple who’s favorite city is San Francisco. It is their favorite city and their favorite weekend get away.  We took them around the city for a two day photoshoot and had so much fun.  By the time their wedding came around they were very comfortable in front of the camera and knew exactly what to expect.  They even used one of their engagement photos as a wedding sign in!

Don’t skip the engagement photos.  Use them to conquer your fear of cameras and take them to the next level by planning a special shoot with your photographer.  Skip the local park and find a place that means something to you - even if it’s your own home.

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Lake Tahoe Wedding Photography Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful locations in the world to get married.  The alpine lake is beautiful all year round, boasts spectacular views and has a little something for everyone, from luxury hotels to the viking-esq setting of Vallahala: 

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You might know you really want to have your wedding at Tahoe but picking a location can be difficult.  The best place to start is to decide what kind of reception you'd like.  Do you want an all night dance party or an intimate dinner?  Deciding how you want to celebrate your marriage can help narrow down the different types of wedding venues all over Tahoe.  Bonus: This also helps you decide how big of a guest list you want. Next, start compiling a list and compare the wedding venues to your budget.  Even if they don't initially line up, remember having your wedding off season or on a Friday or Sunday can save you a lot of money.

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During a recent wedding at June Lake, a forest fire started not too far from where the ceremony was to take place. The fire, called the Owens River Fire, is estimated at about 6,000 acres and 20 percent containment as of today. We expected that we were going to have to be evacuated from the area at any time. As this photograph shows, the setting sun lit up the smoke incredibly. Big congratulations to Katie and Ryan.

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San Francisco Engagement Session IMG_1621IMG_1621 We photographed our first Destination Engagement session in my beautiful home town of San Francisco. 

When Shaylynn and AJ proposed this idea to us a few months back, we thought about it for a total of one second. There was no way we could say no to a fun and lovely couple, a chance to wander the streets, and a chance to hang out in The City.

The weather was perfect and the crowds were small. AJ's only requests were a shoot at AT&T park wearing their Giants jerseys and sunset on Baker Beach. Done and done!

Although it was difficult to narrow it down, here are some of my favorite photographs. Peace.

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Engagement Session Locations It certainly feels a lot like Spring! As the warm weather rolls in we often see higher requests for engagement sessions.  One of the most frequently asked questions we get is "Where should we go?" Well, it depends. Engagement pictures should be fun, and tell a story about the couple.  You could schedule your shoot where you first met or your favorite place:

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Maybe you both have a shared love of hiking and adventure,

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or perhaps you want to capture your engagement the moment it happens!



When narrowing down possible locations there are some considerations in order to make the most of your shoot.  Time of day is probably the most important. We like to shoot either early in the morning or later in the evening.  The sun is far too strong during the middle portion of the day to take pictures comfortably, especially around Reno and areas without shade.  Pedestrian traffic can be a nuisance at popular beaches and parks, especially if there are special events happening at the same time as your shoot.

Weather is only a consideration if you don't like to be in it.  Otherwise stormy skies, rain and snow can make amazing pictures, just make sure your outfit matches the weather.  If you want a snowy picture than sleeveless shirts and shorts may stand out in a negative way.

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Clothing choices are up to you, but it is best to stay away from loud patterns and neon colors. Also out of trend are matching outfits.  If you are in doubt we can help you choose.

Engagement sessions are a lot of fun and a great way to get to know your photographers.  If you tend to be camera shy than we highly encourage an engagement session so that you'll be less nervous on your wedding day. We offer beautiful engagement books that are perfect for sign-in guest books at your wedding, or as a compliment to your wedding album. Engagement session images also make wonderful printed or digital Save-the-Dates and photo invitations.






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Happy New Year everyone

We would like to thank everyone for all the help and support this year.  We exceeded our expectations for our business for 2015, thanks to all our wonderful clients.  It's always so satisfying to be able to capture the emotion and beauty of a single moment.  We appreciate every single couple for allowing us to share their special day.  We look forward to new and exciting things in the coming year, and expect some epic photos for 2016.  Thanks and best wishes from Kacie, Catie, and I.

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Lindz & Chad's Wedding at Tahoe Paradise Resort Schryer-114First Look                                                                         From the First Look



It’s always an honor to be asked to photograph a wedding, but it’s an extreme honor when you’re asked to photograph the son of friends that I photographed 19 years ago!

I’ve known Chad from before he was born and have seen him grow up to be a quite a man. When I met Lindz, Chad’s fiancé’, I knew this was going to be a fun and memorable ceremony. 

The wedding and reception were held at Tahoe Paradise Resort in Meyers Ca. Nice places for a party, beautiful scenery, and open space.

This was also a chance for me to see some old friends and get caught up after 20 yrs. 

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Rainbows and Thunderstorms at a Ranch Wedding The entire week leading up to this wedding we worried about the weather.  The forecast called for temperatures to be in the triple digits and a nearby wildfire was sending all of it's smoke into the valley.  This sort of weather is miserable for everyone involved; the guests, vendors and the Couple. It's even worse when the ceremony is held in the middle of a grassy field without any sort of shade. Luckily the weather took a turn for the worse ;)

It was hot when the day started, but as soon as the ceremony time started approaching, huge storm clouds began their approach.

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As the guests arrived it became darker...


and darker as the wedding party arrived...


Lightning started flashing in the distance followed by low rumbles of thunder just as the bride arrived in her horse drawn carriage.


The lightning and thunder picked up during the ceremony but the couple only laughed it off.


The ceremony continued on as the storm approached.  At this point guests started nervously laughing with the couple as the lightning and thunder grew closer.


Then, just as the couple exchanged vows a rainbow formed behind them.


And, no joke, the cows in the field next to us starting making all sorts of noise - and then you could hear them running. The couple started walking down the aisle as Husband and Wife and this strong wind swept through the fields:

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Just as they reached the end of aisle it started to rain torrential downpour!


This amazing couple could have cared less.  Instead, like the scene of a movie, the Groom swept the Bride up in a hug and spun around as they kissed in the rain.

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During the storm the caterer's tent blew over (thankfully everything was fine and dinner was only a few minutes late), and three small fires were started on the mountains you see above. The rest of the night it rained on and off but was beautiful.  We were even gifted with more rainbows and an amazing orange sunset!

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While most brides would worry about this type of weather it often makes for the best memories and photography.  Check out the photos below for some glimpses at the spectacular details and planning that went into this unforgettable wedding.

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Ashley and David engagement session Life just continues.

One way to notice life is getting away from you is watching your kids starting on their own life’s journey.

I’m fortunate enough to be able to capture these moments of change with my camera, as was the case recently when I was asked to do some engagement photos of a girl I have watched grow up with my daughter since 2nd grade. Wow I’m getting old. engagement photos-15engagement photos-15

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Ashley and David, with their pups, let me have the privilege to capture some awesome photos at Rancho San Rafael yesterday.

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Yea, anytime you schedule photography outside it’s going to be cold and rainy, but on the plus side no one else will be out there in your way.





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10 Questions for Reno Limos  
When planning a wedding a lot of things are obvious; the wedding attire, the location and of course the limo! Your wedding day is the one day you shouldn't worry about driving yourself (and your spouse!) anywhere.  Hiring a limo can sometimes be a daunting affair.  There are a lot of companies to choose from and poor service or a dirty limo can really put a damper on the day.  We were able to talk to Reno Limos and Lake Tahoe Limousine, two different companies with the same owners, about how to hire a limo, what to look for and when the best time to book is.
1.  How did you get started?
This company was started after the owners dealt with unsatisfactory service from local rental companies.
2. What are some things people should know when they rent a limo for a wedding?
When you rent a limousine for your wedding, there are a couple of things you're going to want to know. First, you're going to want to ensure the company actually owns their vehicles. You can ascertain this by calling and asking to come view the vehicles before putting down a deposit. When you put down a deposit, be sure to read the contract carefully to ensure you understand the potential damage charges.
3. How far in advance should someone book you?
The wedding season is the busiest in the entire year, so be sure to rent as far in advance as possible. Some couples decide to rent a year in advance.
4. Are there any misconceptions about booking a limo?
Yes! Many people believe that renting a limousine is much more expensive than it actually is.
5.  What makes you different from the other companies in town?
You will find that we pay careful attention to providing the best service. We go above and beyond to bring you the latest and greatest in amenities to ensure your night out is one to remember.
6. What's the easiest way to gracefully, and photographically exit a limo?
Ideally the bride would have the hand of someone to support her to make it as graceful as possible. Posing goes a long way!
7. Besides transporting the bride and groom, are there any other wedding services you provide?
We offer some wedding tips throughout our wedding guide on our events page.
8. How affordable is a limo rental?
A limousine rental is something that shouldn't break the bank! At the same time, a very cheap price tag may come with cheap service, so you want to reach a middle ground. The best way to find an affordable, trustworthy service is to check out reviews!
9. When couples are getting ready to make the reservation for a limo, what should they consider?
Be absolutely certain that you consider the amount of passengers in the limousine. With wedding attire, you're going to want as much space as possible. Many people don't know that state departments of transportation often set the allotted space for each passenger, and it's usually something ridiculous like 14 inches.

10.  What is your favorite part of being involved in someones wedding?

We love being able to make the wedding day go a bit smoother!

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National Dog Fighting Awareness Day From the ASPCA web site

Get Tough In honor of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD), we’re asking animal advocates across the country to help us Get Tough on dog fighting. This brutal form of animal cruelty occurs in every part of the country and in every type of community, and it must be stopped. We’re working to eradicate dog fighting by assisting in raids and rescues alongside law enforcement agencies and by advocating for stronger laws and sentencing for those who commit this terrible crime. But we can’t do it alone—we need the support of animal advocates like you.

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Anyone who loves dogs or animals in general should get a kit and help spread the word that dog fighting is not permissible in our society.

Dog fighting is something that the whole OrangeDog family feels strongly about.  Tristan's good buddy Bosco was rescued from the fighting world, and carries the scars.  Even the OrangeDog himself has faced discrimination, mainly due to the damage that dog fighting has done to mar the pit bull breed.  Both Tristan and Bosco are kind and gentle family dogs, despite mistreatment and abuse.  Please join with us and the ASPCA to end dog fighting!!



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10 Questions for Avec Amour Events We recently had the opportunity to chat with Molly and Jessica, owners of Avec Amour Events.  While they are based out of NYC, they work with clients on both coasts.  Wedding planners make wedding planning look easy, and these girls make it seem effortless.  They will make your wedding The Event your guests just can't stop talking about. 

  1. What inspired you to start Avec Amour Events?

We always had a passion and skill for planning events but it wasn’t until we each planned our own New York City Wedding that we realized we wanted to take our skill to the next level.

While traveling together in city of love we were inspired by the passion, culture and romance of Paris. It was here that we realized that it was time to pursue our passions, explore and hone our talents, and summon our collective energies to create Avec Amour. We thought, Avec Amour (with love), would be the perfect name to describe what we put into every event we create: love.

  1. Tell us about the different kind of services you offer.

We offer three different Wedding planning packages. However, we often customize these packages to create something that works for each client.

  • Wedding Planning Services:

    • Full service

    • Month of wedding coordination

    • Initial Wedding Jump Start

  • We also specialize in planning more intimate events such as:

    • Bridal showers

    • Baby showers

    • Dinner parties

    • Birthday celebrations

    • Anniversaries

    • Engagement Party

    • Corporate Events

    • Fundraising events

  1. What should potential clients expect when working with you?

  • We strive to provide our clients with a one of kind experience

  • We work closely with our premier vendors to take our clients ideas and make them into a reality.

  • There is constant communication between us and our client as well as keeping the client in the loop of our discussions with vendors.

  • We create visually stunning and stylish events.

  • We bring new creative ideas to every event, we constantly think “outside of the box.”

  • We like to think of ourselves as not only playing the role of event planners but also that of friend, mentor, therapist, and a shoulder to lean on.


  1. Your events are bright, colorful and really fun. How do you work with work with your clients to make their events come to life?

During our initial consultation we ask very specific questions which allow us to really get to know our client. We believe that every event should be an expression of our client, which is why we take the time to get to know them and come up with an event that reflects their personality. We do not alter our clients’ ideas, but rather we strive to complement and enhance their dreams and expectations. We take our clients’ ideas, add our creative skills and experience, and make those dreams a reality.

  1. A lot of couples think that unless they have a huge budget event planners are going to be unaffordable. How can couples on any budget benefit from the expertise of event planners?

We maintain close relationships with vendors and are able to get the best price possible for our clients. We help couples save time by sifting through the never-ending list of wedding vendors and recommend those who will be a good match for their budget. Utilizing us and our resources saves couples a huge amount of time and money. Couples can easily feel overwhelmed by all of the options but we are there to steer them in the right direction. The most important thing that we can do for a bride and groom is provide them with peace of mind.  Hiring a wedding planner will make the planning process stress free and that is priceless!

  1. What is your advice to couples who are feeling "over-inspired" from all their ideas on Pinterest?

Our best advice comes from our favorite fashion guru, she once said:

"Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory." —Coco Chanel

The same concept can be applied to couples “over-inspired” by pinterest. You never want to overdo anything, it best to stick to ONE idea and run with it.

  1. Looking at 2015 what trends are you seeing in NYC that you are really excited about?

Each year we notice new trends emerging not only in wedding planning but in fashion as well. This year we are really excited about how couples seem to be opting for a more “traditional,” feel for their weddings. Recently, we attended a WeddingWire conference where Monte Durhan (Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta) spoke about how brides are shopping for traditional dresses with a modern twist. We’ve seen this carried out in all aspects of Wedding ceremonies and receptions. Brides are putting a modern twist on the traditional wedding color palettes. They are choosing various shades of white and ivory and adding a pop of color like fuchsia or marsala (2015 color of the year). In 2015, we have also seen a lot of greenery. Brides and florists are opting for ivy, smilax, and magnolia leaf as table runners and chair décor, which adds a minimalist yet classic touch. Couples have also been going nuts for Farm-to-table dining. Locally sourced and seasonal fare is a must these days. Brides are ditching the typical fondant wedding cake and going with the traditional butter cream icing. Some brides are scrapping the wedding cake all together and opting for pies, macaroons, and doughnuts. The couples we work with have a solid sense of individualism and want their weddings to be a reflection of their own personality. We love to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and find ways to incorporate these trends into our clients’ events.

  1. What one thing should every modern wedding have, and what one thing could you do without?

Every modern wedding should have seating arrangements. Even the most laid back wedding can benefit from having assigned seating. This makes it easy for the guests to quickly get seated when the dinner portion of the evening begins.

One thing a modern wedding can do without is the garter/bouquet toss. While it can be fun, it takes up time and doesn’t let all of your guests participate.

  1. Weddings take a lot of time and because of that you are only able to take on a limited amount of clients a year. If someone is on the fence about hiring you what one thing should they know?

The one thing that sets us apart from a lot of wedding planners is that we are two for the price of one! Both of us work hand and hand on all of our projects. We are able to offer our clients different perspectives and ideas. Our different styles and skills created great chemistry! The fusion of our efforts, talents and personalities make us a vibrant and formidable duo in the event planning industry.

  1. East coast and west coast events differ a little bit from each other. What is your favorite thing about weddings on each coast?

Our absolute favorite thing about a west coast wedding is the weather! No matter the time of the year (and of course depending where you are) the weather makes for a great day and there is always an option for an outdoor wedding year round!

To go back to what we said above about how we love traditional weddings, The East Coast does a great job of keeping it traditional especially in NYC where we are located.



Thank You so much to Molly and Jessica for taking the time to answer our 10 Questions.  You can learn more about them at their website

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Faith Alive Food Pantry and His Closet Sometimes I discover that I have not been appreciative of all the good things in my life.



Recently we were asked to do some photos for a brochure intended to get more donations for a very worthy cause. We donated a few hours of our time to take some photos for the Faith Alive Christian Center (FACC) Food Pantry and His Closet. foodbank-26foodbank-26 foodbank-28foodbank-28 foodbank-21foodbank-21 foodbank-5foodbank-5

All the members donate their time setting everything up and handing out much needed nourishment and clothing. foodbank-76foodbank-76 foodbank-44foodbank-44

Thanks to Mike and Terry for giving us the chance to help those who need it. foodbank-80foodbank-80




































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Paola, Diego and little Santiago are expecting!  


I love when I get to capture a family during one of the most exciting times in their life…expecting a new baby! I was so excited when Paola asked me to photograph their second pregnancy. I also met their first child, Santiago, how adorable their little guy is, SO HANDSOME!


Paola had talked to me about some ideas she had come up with and I had some ideas I wanted to try out. After bouncing some of them off of each other I was able to create what I think are some of the best maternity pics I have ever been privilege to photograph.  It’s so much fun for me during these sessions when a couple trusts me in making them look good and natural.



I can’t wait to be able to photograph the new addition to their family!


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Dream Bridal Show, Sacramento


This past Sunday we exhibited at the Dream Wedding Show in Sacramento, California. It was a huge wedding show, 5 buildings packed with exhibitors. We brought the OrangeDog himself, Tristan, to help us great everyone! Tristan was so wiped from the show he didn't even make it out of the parking lot before falling asleep!

There were lots of inquiries about Tristan "Pupcedo".  It was hand crafted by Arla Designs.  Tristan's tux is really well made and was very comfortable for him, even after 5 hours of wear. 

We met lots of great couples and vendors! We want to give a shout-out to Icing on the Cupcake in Rocklin, California. They make some of the best cupcakes we've ever run into. I took some home with the full intention of making some cute cupcake photos. They didn't even make it to dinner.

We are starting to receive more and more inquiries every week for bookings this year. If you haven't reserved your date yet, but are thinking about choosing us I recommend contacting us soon! We've already have had to turn down multiple weddings because we were already booked!  It is downright gloomy having to tell couples we are already booked, so please make our lives a little brighter and reserve your date today!


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