I Love Love Mood Boards // Modern Minimal Tropical

While normally I lean toward the colorful and whimsical, I love myself a clean palette from time to time.  Modern isn't just reserved for a clean loft space, with the right vision, we can make a tropical beach wedding feel clean and modern.  To achieve this look, use lots of greenery and keep the palette limited to a few colors, and metals.  Bring in modern furniture for a sleek, unexpected look, and give your bridesmaids simple bouquets of protea and large leaves.  

Modern Tropical Wedding Inspiration

We Love Love A. Fatouros Photography

I'd love to introduce you to my friend, Anika.  She is the talent behind the camera of A. Fatouros Photography.  Anika and I have been partnering on a lot of fun projects lately, including our styled Mama Sessions in just a few days.  Thank you Anika for sharing with us! 

We Love Love A. Fatouros!

How did you get started in the wedding photography business?  

I have been shooting for a while mainly newborns and family. One day I got a phone call in regards to a wedding as the person loved my work and follows me on social media so they asked me to shoot their wedding. The responsibility of a wedding is a huge task but I met with the client and she was having a small wedding it just seemed to be the right fit to get me started in weddings.

How long have you been shooting? How long have you been shooting weddings?  

I have been shooting for 3 years now and I have been shooting weddings for a year now.

A. Fatouros Photography

How would you describe your photography or working style?  

I would describe my work as "the moment". I work hand in hand with my clients to customized their experience. From picking out colors to for their newborn session, what to wear, to printing portraits for their home. One of the biggest thing for me is that we live in a fast paced world and everyone wants things instantly. I try to educate my clients on the fact that digitals don't last forever and that it is important to print as these are tangible memories that gets passed down for generations.

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What's the best thing about photographing mamas and babies? 

Whether it's their first child or fifth, the birth of a new child always unites a family and it deserves to be documented. There are special connections between parents and siblings, and these moments should be captured. 

The worst? 

I would say the unpredictable pooping but it comes with the territory. When it happens we usually laugh about it. 

Any advice for aspiring photographers? 

Learn your device, practice, set up your business correctly, take classes and workshops, find a mentor. Do not undercharge you time is still valuable. Be open to constructive criticism it will make you better. Shoot how you feel, develop your own style and don't try and copy someone else's style. 

A. Fatouros Photography

What is your favorite thing to photograph?

Babies because I love capturing their innocence and I love capturing the love and connection between couples! 

In your opinion what makes a good wedding great?

The entertainment! Also I think when a wedding has elements that speak to both the bride and grooms personalities makes it great! 

Any other advice for brides planning their wedding?  

Make it your own!

Thank you so much Anika for answering our questions!!

I Love Love Mood Boards // Modern Rainbow Inspiration

A long time ago, a friend of mine showed me a photo from her parents wedding in the 70's, it was rainbow themed.  And it was not good.  Rainbows as an icon are making a HUGE comeback, they haven't quite hit the wedding industry yet, who seem to be all about the neutrals, but this mood board certainly makes the case for them.  Using slightly more subdued colors of the rainbow softens the statement and the ombre vibes I've presented here makes the colors flow nicely.  From the hand dyed napkins to the fabric backdrop, these rainbow vibes have our name all over it! 

Modern Rainbow Wedding

10 Personalized Wedding Gift Ideas

As a self proclaimed amazing gift giver, I am always on the hunt for the perfect item to give for a wedding.  After wedding showers and bridal parties, by the time the big day arrives couples are usually pretty stocked.  I like to get really creative and give gifts that will remind the bride and groom of their special day.  Here are 10 personal ideas I found on Etsy.  

CUSTOM WEDDING ILLUSTRATION

Personalized Wedding Illustration

STATE CUTTING BOARD

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PERSONALIZED EMBROIDERED TEA TOWEL 

Personalized wedding gift idea - Embroidered Tea Towel

CUSTOM WEDDING BOUQUET PAINTING

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CALLIGRAPHY FIRST DANCE LYRIC SIGN

Personalized wedding gift idea - First Dance Lyrics calligraphy sign

PRESERVED PRESSED WEDDING BOUQUET

Personalized wedding gift idea - Pressed Wedding Bouquet

FIRST DANCE PAINTING 

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WEDDING VOW CALLIGRAPHY SIGN

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CUSTOM HOUSE PAINTING

Personalized wedding gift idea - Custom House Illustration

CUSTOM WEDDING ILLUSTRATION

Personalized Wedding Gift Idea - Custom illustration

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I Love Love Mood Boards // Pretty in Pink Garden Party

It's spring!  It's spring!  Guess I was feeling extra girly this week, because this mood board is all about flowers, the color pink and butterflies.  Yes, butterflies.  They are making a comeback.  Mark my words.  Last time butterflies were a big thing, I was a teenager and Mariah Carey ruled the world.  Now it's Queen B, but butterflies none-the-less are making are back on the scene.  I think they could be so pretty sprinkled into wedding details, paired with pretty flowers, and spring colors.  

Pink garden party mood board