Bouquet and Garter Toss Alternatives

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The majority of my couples are deciding to throw out tradition all together in favor of creating new memories for their wedding. In today’s blog, I offer a few options for couples looking for bouquet and garter toss alternatives. Who needs to toss flowers when you can toss a cat? (I’ll explain.)

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11 Details Your Wedding Photographer Needs to Know

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Everyone knows you need to tell your wedding photographer when to arrive for the ceremony, but did you know there are a number of smaller details that may affect your photos? In today’s blog, filled with photos from Stephanie and Shane’s rehearsal dinner at the Smith, I give you a list of the 11 details your wedding photographer needs to know — but that you might have overlooked.

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Top Fears About Wedding Photographers

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Over the years I have heard some horror stories from guests and clients about other weddings. These tales of terror have in turn instilled certain universal fears of worst case wedding photography scenarios in the minds of couples. But fear not! In today’s blog, the top fears about wedding photographers, and some solutions to put your mind at ease.

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Venue Checks: How They Help Me Prepare For Your Event

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You may have heard me say, ‘I’m going for a venue check.’ Sounds like I’m going to the doctor, no? In short, it means that I am going to physically visit your venue. When I do, I’m looking for a few key things. Here is your all access, behind-the-scenes view of what happens next in my event photography preparation battle plan.

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Creative Wedding Gift Bag Ideas

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In keeping with this week’s destination wedding theme, I thought I might turn my attention to your guests. No matter where your wedding is located, you no doubt will have out-of-town visitors in attendance. As such, I have put together a list of creative wedding gift bag ideas to have ready at the hotel as a warm welcome to all your family and friends.

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Wedding Website Tips

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A belated happy turkey day to you all!  With Thanksgiving behind us, it’s time to get back to work. If creating a wedding website (or ‘wed site’ as it has become known) is on your list of things to do, have I got a blog post for you. Please enjoy this comprehensive list of wedding website tips as you munch on your Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Central Park Rowboat Photos, Or My Adventure on the High Seas

Groomsman in a Central Park rowboat

Thinking about having photos taken in a Central Park rowboat while you paddle around The Lake? It’s an adventure worth taking, and here are the details of my recent experience photographing bride and groom, Carolina and Erich, on the high seas in Central Park.

Bride and groom in a Central Park rowboat

The trick to getting the best photos on The Lake in Central Park is to include photos on dry ground as well as from the perspective of inside the boat. I recently had my first opportunity to get my feet wet in an iconic Central Park rowboat with Carolina and Erich, who were married at the Loeb Boathouse. Originally they had wanted to arrive to their reception via gondola. Yes, gondola. You can rent a gondola from the Loeb Boathouse, complete with a gondolier adorned with a striped shirt and straw hat. While the Central Park website says that the gondola is available for rent from April through November, sadly the boat was unavailable for Carolina and Erich’s wedding.

Groomsman in a Central Park rowboat

Groomsman James, however, would not be deterred. He took it upon himself in a fit of spontaneity to rent a rowboat, pick Carolina and Erich up at the dock, and then tow the couple around the lake so that I could get photos of the couple. We had a blast, and James really put his back into rowing.

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Bride and groom in a Central Park rowboat

Truth be known, however, I’m more of a landlubber. With expensive photography equipment tied to my body and my body floating precariously above water, I was a bit nervous. That said, we did indeed get some great photos of the couple together, and more importantly, of their fantastic guests in the background cheering them on as they kissed. This photo would not have been possible if I had not been in the boat.

Bride and groom in a Central Park rowboat

Note, however, that this set up was tricky to manage. If you are planning on renting a rowboat, either bring your own muscular groomsman to power the boat or plan on doing the work yourself. Our set up at the wedding included four people in the boat: I was behind James who was rowing, and Carolina and Erich were at the end of the boat together. For me to take the photo of Carolina and Erich, James – who I might note is not a small guy – had to bend precariously out of the shot. This is a great perspective, but it is a limited shot – you two can only move so much without tipping the boat, and thus the only real change is the background behind you. Also, keep in mind that I can only backup so far without having to swim, thus further limiting my camera’s perspective. In order to get multiple angles of you both, I need to be on dry ground.

Bride and groom in a Central Park rowboat

Time was limited when Carolina, Erich, James and I took the boat out, but I would recommend that you perhaps start with me in the boat, get photos close to the Bethesda Fountain with the Manhattan skyline and park in the background, then deposit me back on the dock and I will follow you on foot along the lake. Remember that you can take the boat as far out as Bow Bridge and the Ladies Pavilion. With both telephoto and wide lenses in hand, I can get the iconic photos you are looking for with you in the boat and the two towers of the Eldorado apartment building in the background. I can also get some unique perspectives shooting directly down on the boat from Bow Bridge or from Wagner Cove near Strawberry Fields.

Groomsman in a Central Park rowboat

If you would like to rent a rowboat or gondola, they are available weather permitting from April to November, 10:00 a.m. until sundown at the Loeb Boathouse. There are 100 rowboats available, but only one gondola. The rowboats hold up to four people, and cost $15 per hour with $4 for each additional 15-minute interval (plus a $20 deposit). All payments must be made in cash. The gondola, powered by gondolier Andres Garcia, holds up to 6 people, and can be rented for $45 per 30-minute interval.

Enjoy the photos, and have a great weekend!

Bride and groom in a Central Park rowboat

Bride and groom in a Central Park rowboat

Bride, groom, and groomsman in a Central Park rowboat

Bride, groom, and groomsman in a Central Park rowboat

Bride, groom, and groomsman in a Central Park rowboat

If you would like to see more images from my portfolio, such as these Central Park rowboats photos, please visit my website – www.KellyWilliamsPhotographer.com

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Creative Party Favor Ideas

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Let me start by saying this: you by no means are required to give your guests a gift. You have invited people to your celebration and are already providing your guests with free food and drink, so swag is not necessary. That said, if you want to give your guests a token of appreciation for coming to your event, here is a near exhaustive list of creative party favor ideas.

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Everything You Need to Know about Hotel Room Blocks

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I photographed a fantastic pre-wedding party at the East Village bar, Dream Baby, on Friday night. The bash was a wonderful way to say thank you to friends and family who had traveled from as far away as Australia to help celebrate Sarah and Dave’s upcoming nuptials. With so many out-of-town guests in one spot, I thought it might be a good time to address an issue that has been on the minds of my clients: how do you book hotel blocks for your wedding guests?

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