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Booms Wedding

  • Published: Tuesday, 02 July 2019 21:17
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

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A Special Wedding Wednesday Announcement: Gift Registries are Here!

  • Published: Wednesday, 12 June 2019 11:41
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

We’ve finally worked out the kinks and are excited to announce that Sweet T Photography & Service’s gift registry is now available! This is a completely optional, complimentary service which we hope will make it easier for our clients  to receive all the heirloom quality photo products you desire!

How it works:

If you choose to participate in the gift registry program, you’ll be given a gift registry form with a list of the products we offer.  Simply  mark the form with the number and item you would like to register for! You can also register for gift cards if you so choose!

Once you send the form back to us, a custom gift registry will be created and a link sent to you for you to share with your family and friends!

From this link your loved ones can purchase stunning, heirloom quality gifts for you (similar to if you were to register on Amazon), purchase gift cards to go toward your items or upgrades, or even help you cover the cost of your package!

A physical certificate will be mailed to the purchaser to present to you as their gift and credit will be tracked and added to your file for when you place your order after receiving your gallery! (Cash credits can be designated toward coverage up to two weeks before the big day.)

Because digital technology can eventually fail, and looking at a USB doesn’t bring the same joy as having your photos decorating the areas of your life, we believe everyone should have the beautiful, heirloom quality products they deserve! We look forward to adding this service to the list of ways we’re making things easier and more affordable to our clients!

 

Dubs Wedding

  • Published: Tuesday, 04 June 2019 22:30
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

As if the castle like vibes of this fantastic private residence ceremony weren’t enough, the personal and emotional touches made throughout the day gave a strong reminder that while wedding days are indeed about the bride and groom, they are even more so about family and love.  

The festivities began with first looks between the bride and her uncle and then the bride and her grandmother. While the groom prepared for the nuptials surrounded by his groomsmen, the bride shared an emotional moment with her bridesmaids as she was presented with the gift of a teddy bear made from the shirt of her father who sadly passed from cancer before the wedding day, as well as a bottle of the cologne that he wore.   Surrounded by loved ones both heavenly and earth-bound, Kevin and Sammi were pronounced husband and wife just as the rain began then , after photos, were greeted by their guests at the newly renovated Pigeon VFW Hall. A memory table in celebration of loved ones lost, wooden guest books for both children and adults, and even a candy station adorned the hall assuring every guest was made to feel included.

Loving words were spoken by many in the bridal party followed by a cake cutting that quickly turned into a cake smash bridal chase, first dance between the couple, the bridal party, and Kevin and his mother. There was not a dry eye in the house as Sammi dedicated the song that had previously been chosen for her dance with her father to those who had been lost to cancer, honoring them each individually by having their name read aloud. The day will be forever remembered as one filled with gestures of love and remembrance.

 

Dubs Wedding

  • Published: Tuesday, 04 June 2019 22:30
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

As if the castle like vibes of this fantastic private residence ceremony weren’t enough, the personal and emotional touches made throughout the day gave a strong reminder that while wedding days are indeed about the bride and groom, they are even more so about family and love.  

The festivities began with first looks between the bride and her uncle and then the bride and her grandmother. While the groom prepared for the nuptials surrounded by his groomsmen, the bride shared an emotional moment with her bridesmaids as she was presented with the gift of a teddy bear made from the shirt of her father who sadly passed from cancer before the wedding day, as well as a bottle of the cologne that he wore.   Surrounded by loved ones both heavenly and earth-bound, Kevin and Sammi were pronounced husband and wife just as the rain began then , after photos, were greeted by their guests at the newly renovated Pigeon VFW Hall. A memory table in celebration of loved ones lost, wooden guest books for both children and adults, and even a candy station adorned the hall assuring every guest was made to feel included.

Loving words were spoken by many in the bridal party followed by a cake cutting that quickly turned into a cake smash bridal chase, first dance between the couple, the bridal party, and Kevin and his mother. There was not a dry eye in the house as Sammi dedicated the song that had previously been chosen for her dance with her father to those who had been lost to cancer, honoring them each individually by having their name read aloud. The day will be forever remembered as one filled with gestures of love and remembrance.

 

Featured Vendor: Simply Unstabled

  • Published: Tuesday, 14 May 2019 01:19
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Featured Vendor:  Simply Unstabled: A Roaming Horse Bar

Simply Unstabled is a unique boutique mobile bar tending service located right in the thumb of Michigan! This renovated horse trailer bar is a great fit for any event large or small, especially barn, nature, and backyard events!

After years of staging weddings, Megan grew tired of seeing tables set up as a bar and decided that brides needed an option that would stand out and make a statement. With the help of her husband, John, she converted a horse trailer into something truly spectacular and Simply Unstabled opened for business in 2018!

The mobile bar features a cedar interior, mini fridges, keg tower, liquor dispensers, sink, and more! With Simply Unstabled, every detail  carefully crafted to make your event one to remember! As a licensed bartender, Megan can even create unique custom cocktails for your event!

Be sure to check out Simply Unstabled at www.simplyunstabled.com, on facebook at Simply Staging or call Megan to schedule your appointment to see it in person at 810.201.0400!

Getting the Most Out of Your Vendor Meetings

  • Published: Tuesday, 07 May 2019 20:35
  • Written by Theresa Hoard

Be Prepared.

Whether it’s the photographer, videographer, florist, or make- up artist, you  likely have things that you’d like to discuss with your vendors. Because life is busy and  wedding planning is crazy, it’s all too easy for your mind to go completely blank during your meeting. To make sure all of your questions and concerns are taken care of at the meeting, consider taking a few moments a day or two prior to collect your thoughts and write them down. If you have ideas or inspiration that will help your wedding vision come to life, be sure to bring them to the meeting as well! A picture really does say a thousand words! Feel free to bring photos of the styles that you enjoy for your vendors to reference! You can always send these things to your vendors afterward if there is something you forgot, but being prepared will help cut down on the calls, texts, or emails you need to send later!

Ask Questions!

When it comes to meeting with your vendors, there are no bad questions! While some questions may feel awkward to you, keep in mind that while this is likely the first time you’ve planned a wedding, your vendors have done it dozens of times and have probably dealt with anything you can come up with! Your vendors are there to help guide you through the wedding process, so if it’s important to you, it’s important to them as well!

Trust Your Vendors Experience

As said above, your vendors have been a part of many weddings before. Chances are that you’ve hired them because of their skill shown at previous events. While vendors love to hear your ideas and inspirations, they may also have suggestions for your big day. Perhaps something that you want is not feasible with your timeline, budget, or venue or maybe the vendor has an idea to help things go more smoothly. Their suggestion might not be your exact vision, but vendors can often be aware of logistical problems that you may not have thought of and will be able to offer solutions to them.

Bring Your Future Spouse.

It’s no secret that there is usually one member of the couple who has little to no interest in the wedding planning process. While vendor meetings may not excite them, if they are willing, consider bringing them as well. Your future spouse’s input is very important (when they will give it) and attending meetings might just get them excited about the process as well! As a bonus, your vendors will be happy to have the chance to get to know you both before the wedding.

How Photography & Videography Work Together to Capture Your Day More Completely

  • Published: Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:19
  • Written by Super User

 

Photography has been a must have, and often a priority, on the wedding planning list for generations and for obvious reasons. You want your memories captured in such a way that you can display them for everyone to see! When your memory fails you, those photos will remind you of the strength of your love and the beauty of your special day. A good photographer will capture the most important moments as well as the details, so where does videography fit? Do you really need a videographer when you already have a great photographer? While it is true that both photographers and videographers will often capture the same moments, they do so in an entirely different way! While it may not be entirely necessary to have both media covering your wedding, adding video makes the capturing of your memories much more complete (especially if you hire the same company for both media)! Each media is able to provide what the other can not! Read more below!

 

Photography

Photos can be everywhere, all the time! Hanging on your wall, in an album on your coffee table, framed on your desk at work, in your wallet…photos take a special person and special moments in time and proudly display them for the world (or even just yourself) to see. Unfortunately, videos just can’t be hung on the wall or carried with you wherever you go.

With just a simple glance, you are reminded of that person and moment who means so much. No need to start up the blu-ray player! They provide the perfect memory when there’s not enough time to watch a video.

Photos are passed down generation after generation no alteration needed. Because of the rapid rate that technology changes, we really don’t know what the future holds for video devices. (But the good news is no matter how many times media changes, there’s almost always a way to change the type you have to the type you need…CDs to digital for example).

 

Videography

Capturing full motion. While photos take a snap shot of time to help you remember, video can capture the entire process. With video, you can watch the smile appear on your loved ones face, see every motion made during your first dance, and won’t miss a second as you smear cake into your loves face!

The sounds. Music is often thought to be greatly connected to our emotions. Video can show you your day with the emotions of song along side it. Even better, video captures the voices. Where photos can only show who was involved in each part of the story and bits of what they did, video can remind you of what was said, how it was delivered, and your reaction to every word! You can actually hear the quiver in your spouse’s voice as they say “I do” and listen to the loving words of your bridal party all over again!

 

Ryan & Tori Parker

  • Published: Wednesday, 12 December 2018 01:19
  • Written by Super User

 

Surprises at every turn! Most couples dread the unplanned or unexpected happening on their wedding day, but the wedding of Ryan and Tori had surprises in store for just about everyone and the day couldn’t have been more wonderful!

The day began with a surprise for Tori’s grandparents and then her father as they were given the opportunity for a first look with her (a special time to see her in her dress and share a moment with her before the walk down the aisle). The surprises continued at the alter where, to the amazement of all of the guests (bridal party included), Tori’s daughter received a ring of her own from Ryan in a heartfelt moment that left barely a dry eye in attendance. The happy tears continued to roll during the reception when Tori gave a beautiful speech in honor of all military, especially her brother who was unable to attend. Little did Tori know, she would later receive a Facetime from that brother to share his love and congratulations. After dinner, the couple cut their cake with a personalized axe and shared their first waltz as Mr. and Mrs., which started out slow and then completely changed to a specially choreographed, upbeat dance with props included! There was even a teddy bear toss for the kids and lottery tickets were attached to the bouquet and garter for the toss!

While the surprises seemed to be endless, one thing that is no shock to anyone is how happy and perfect Ryan and Tori are together!

 

Benefits of Hiring One Company for Photography & Videography

  • Published: Wednesday, 05 December 2018 02:26
  • Written by Super User

Benefits of Hiring One Company for Photography & Videography

A photographer and videographer both want the same thing while simultaneously wanting COMPLETELY DIFFERENT things. Both want to provide you with the best possible product (their reputations depend on it)! Unfortunately, because photo and video are entirely different in their capture and creation, those doing so are often left vying for what they need and sadly, this often causes conflict. The photographer needs to come in for a close shot, but the videographer doesn’t want them in the video and vice versa. As a company that offers both photography and videography, Sweet T Photography & Services understands both sides. While hiring separate companies for the two coverages is always a possibility, there are great benefits involved with hiring the same company for both.

Better Communication and Coordination: It’s no secret that photographers and videographers can often butt heads. By hiring the same company, you can rest easy that both teams will be able to communicate and coordinate effectively. The people working for the company have worked together before. They know what the other needs and how to best work together to ensure that both sides get what is required of them! That means no one is fighting for the angles they want for certain shots as they already know where the other needs to be and how to stay out of each other’s way. What’s more, they can capture what each side needs more effectively, offering you more time and less hassle on your big day! (For example, while doing photos of the bride and groom, we already know what footage our photo and video team are both going to want, so we are able to take the same shots at the same time rather than having you repeat them). Think of it this way: you wouldn’t hire a band who is performing together for the very first time to play at your wedding…just as a band who plays together often would make better music, a photo and video team who works together often will translate into a better overall product.

Saved Time Before the Wedding: Planning a wedding is exhausting and time consuming. Each company you hire will want to meet with you to go over the details of your big day at least once if not two or three times. This ensures that they are aware of your vision for the day as well as the timeline and other important aspects. Hiring one company for photo and video combines these meetings saving you hours of precious time! Likewise, combined contracts make for less paperwork to review and sign, and you have less contacts to make should anything change and less people to respond to when the time comes for confirmations!

Added Value: While price shouldn’t be your only factor for deciding what photography and videography company will cover your big day, it doesn’t hurt that many offer great incentives for booking both medias together!  For example, Sweet T Photography & Services offers a discount as well as a free video save the date and photo slide show of your wedding images!

 

 

 

Great Gift Ideas For and From the Couple!

  • Published: Wednesday, 28 November 2018 13:04
  • Written by Super User

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Consider giving the gift of memories. Whether your big day has already passed or is still on the horizon, Christmas presents a wonderful opportunity to share the love with your friends and family. Check out below for great gift giving ideas that can enhance the memories of your wedding day both before and after it occurs (they make great gifts FOR the bride and groom as well)! (Sweet T Photography & Services has all of these options available, so feel free to contact us for some great gifts!)

 

Photography/Videography Gift Certificate.

From the Couple: Gift certificates show that you gave some forethought to your gift while still allowing the recipient to choose what they like without just throwing cash at them. For those not walking down the aisle, a gift certificate can help them capture the love of their family, themselves, their friends, their pets, or really anything!

For the Couple: For those about to tie the knot or those who have recently done so, purchasing a gift certificate from their wedding photographer works double duty! Not only does it cover the Christmas gift, but can also help the couple fund their big day by helping them purchase the photography/videography coverage or by helping them to purchase prints, albums, or other great products for them to display in their home afterward! Talk about the perfect item to put on your Christmas wish list!

 

Photo Ornaments.

From the Couple: You already know Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, and other family members will be wanting photos from your day, so why not make it extra special by gifting them a photo of you and your spouse or you and the person in question on a Christmas ornament! Now your wedding photo and Christmas gift have become an instant heirloom! Haven’t said your “I Do’s” yet? An ornament with  a photo of you and your closest friends would make the perfect bridal party proposal!

For the Couple: There can never be too many reminders of the love you share with your family and friends! A photo ornament of you with the bride and groom or even just the bride and groom will become an instant hit and will be cherished for generations!

 

Photo Calendar

From the Couple: You should have received a ton of photos with your friends and family on your wedding day. How great would it be to pick twelve of your favorites and have a calendar created with all of the most important dates?! They’ll never miss a friend or family members birthday or anniversary again and will get to relive the joy of the day all year round!

For the Couple: Life as newlyweds can be hectic! Help them keep organized by creating a reminder of all the important dates while simultaneously giving them the opportunity to stop for a moment and remember what it’s all about!

First Look VS Tradition

  • Published: Tuesday, 13 November 2018 18:38
  • Written by Super User


One of the hardest things about planning a wedding is often the wedding day timeline. Every aspect of the day is determined by this timeline... when do I need to start getting ready? how long do I need to book my vendors for? Will I be on time for my reception? There are a LOT of factors that go into this timeline, but one of the most important factors (one that will help determine how other things are done) is whether or not you plan to do a first look.
For those unfamiliar with the concept of a first look, it's when a couple decides that instead of waiting for the walk down the aisle as tradition dictates, they see each other and have photos taken before the ceremony. Both the first look and traditional aisle viewing have their pros and cons! Check out some of them below!

Traditional
Pro: You don't have to be ready as long before the ceremony. Let's face it, that gown weighs a ton and getting up super early to get your hair and makeup done (and then worrying about it coming apart later) isn't a lot of fun.
Pro: You're keeping tradition and allowing everyone in attendance to share the beautiful moment when the two of you first see each other.
Con: Bride and Groom photos, as well as full bridal party photos will need to take place after the ceremony, leaving less time to just breathe, go to the bar, or just have a moment between the two of you. This also means that there may be less time for photos and you may have to skip some that you really wanted because of it (family photos can be time consuming and if everyone is not present and cooperative it can take time away from the more fun shots.)

First Look
Pro: You get to chose the exact place where you first see each other (you can chose a place that has meaning to you both, or just somewhere that you feel is more beautiful for photos).
Pro: Your first time seeing each other is more intimate and can be captured in greater detail. It's just the two of you (or if you allow, a small gathering of onlookers).
Pro: You can have all of your bridal party photos (including the two of you) done before the ceremony so there is less pressure to speed through photos and get to your reception allowing you to better enjoy the moment. (If there's not time for a particular photo you want, it can still be taken care of after family photos!) This can also leave extra time to just hang out with your closest friends and family!
Con: Your entire bridal party will need to be ready and present earlier in the day and your flowers (if real) will need to be delivered earlier.

The decision is ultimately yours and can be captured beautifully either way!