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REALWEDDING | John & Ellie

Lovefusion just crushing it again today!  The moody tones captured in this photo shoot by  adds a magazine-quality flair to this this real couple's engagement photos.  Captured by Gettysburg College, this urban, contemporary feel is captivating!  We absolutely LOVE how the couple included their dog in the shoot.  It added an adorable and personal touch and reminded us how animals can not only bring people together but so easily become a integral part of the family. 

We hope you enjoy Ellie and John's shoot as you plan your own Dream Wedding! 

PHOTOGRAPHY LoveFusion Photography

UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER | How to Communicate with Your Wedding Planner

You're engaged! You can hardly contain your excitement but the initial high has worn off and you now realize the magnitude of what you need to accomplish in order to have your dream day. You're a reasonable person and know you can't possibly expect to do this on your own. So what's the first thing you do? You start researching wedding planners. As you browse the 85,000 pages of Google search results, you begin to think, "how will I choose who to call?" 

Dana, owner of Dana M. McGinley Events & Design, has a few tips to offer in order to help you in your process:

"As a designer and a planner, my ultimate goal is to help couples realize their Dream Wedding. You want to feel comfortable and confident in your selection of a planner because ultimately, if they don't get you, you don't get your perfect day. 

First and foremost, meet with your potential planner in person to ensure you are a good fit. Make sure you select someone with whom you can have fun! Once you've partnered with a planner, start by verbalizing your priorities and inspiration to him or her. Remember to include what you see as the focal point of your day. Some people want jaw dropping floral arrangements, others prefer a unique lighting scenario. Whatever it is, it should be something that will make your wedding day memories unique to you! Lastly, be prepared to talk about budget. 

Obviously budget is a main focus. Make sure you manage your own expectations appropriately but involve your planner as early as possible so that he or she as the opportunity to steer your vendor selection process based on your budgetary goals."

You may think it's important to lead with the budget talk but Dana believes it's very important to begin discussing your dreams so that your expectations regarding budget are appropriately set from the beginning! 

CONCEPT & DESIGN by Dana M. McGinley Events & Design

Drama Queens | Urban Contemporary Styled Bridal Shoot

This is your big day.  You shouldn't be afraid to make a statement or turn heads, girl!  That was the inspiration behind this contemporary styled shoot, captured by Katy Trefry Photography for the Dream Weddings Winter 2016 Magazine feature.  Even though it's Spring and beginning to warm up, cool backdrops and dramatic statements are always a go when you're the bride.

We love that it really doesn't take much to turn a classic look into a dramatic one:  A simple, lace mask (perhaps worn at the reception?), a sheer, contrasting cape or a hand-tied headpiece can add just the right amount of flare to your bridal look.

We hope this shoot inspires you to turn heads on your wedding day!

PRODUCED & STYLED Martine Cajas | PHOTOGRAPHY Katy Trefry Photography| MODELS Erin Blackamn, Abbie Dischert, Delanie Dischert, Shannon Pastula, Kate Ursery | GOWNS & JEWELRY Cocoa Couture | COUTURE MASK Bradley Douglas Jordan | HAIR & MAKEUP Shelbi Harmes | LOCATION Excelsior

REAL WEDDING | Melissa & Matt

Ashley Gerrity always knows how to make us smile.  Time and time again, she delivers beautifully captured weddings and we feel like we actually know these couples with the way she brings out their love for each other in each of the photographs.  Melissa and Matt so clearly adore each other and we think it's the cutest thing!

Their urban nuptials took place in downtown Philadelphia and with the city as your backdrop, how can you go wrong?!  We love the styling in the reception space as well - Melissa and Matt truly chose a very elegant and classy look in the cream colored Cala lilies and hydrangeas, paired with the mauve taupe roses.  Naming the tables after places or elements of Philadelphia was a fun and personal touch.

We hope you enjoy this real wedding as much as we did!

PHOTOGRAPHY Ashley Gerrity | WEDDING DRESS DESIGNER Madison James for Allure Bridal from Country Bride & Gent | BRIDESMAID DRESSES Bari JayAdrianna PapellWattersJenny Yoo | MEN'S SUITS DESIGNER Vera Wang from Men's Warehouse | WEDDING PLANNER & COORDINATOR Caitlin Boshnack from JG Domestic | FLORAL DESIGN Beautiful Blooms | HAIR Bethann (A Family Friend) | MAKEUP Clayton Stacey (A Family Friend) | CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE, CATERING & CAKE JG Domestic at the Cira Centre | BAND Slippery Band

Throw the Perfect Bridal Shower!

Is this your first and possibly only time in the role of Maid of Honor? No doubt you’re feeling the pressure and you truly want to uphold your sacred duties to the bride. A big part of how she will look back on the experience with you by her side is of course determined by how successfully you pull off the bridal shower. So how do you plan and execute the perfect little party? Don’t worry! We have you covered.

First and foremost, leave your pride at the door. This season of life is all about her. There’s a reason she chose you to be the one right next to her on the big day…you’re her bestie! And as such, she trusts that you’ll put her tastes and preferences before your own when planning the prenuptial celebration.

Our first tip is that you weren’t meant to do this alone. Professionals exist for a reason – hire them and let them do what they do best! Designers, caterers, florists…who says they’re just for the wedding?! They are skilled at pulling necessary elements together for all types of events. Use them and make yourself look good. Make sure you book a professional photographer so the bride gets a sweet reminder of everything you did for her whenever she looks at the photos.

Try to incorporate decorations and style that are common with the wedding so each event is cohesive. However, don’t be afraid to also use other elements that the bride loves but maybe couldn’t include in her wedding theme.

Lastly, dress it up! If Carrie Bradshaw can stroll the streets of Manhattan for days in her Manolos, surely you and your guests can get perfectly primped for an afternoon. This is quite possibly the one and only bridal shower you will throw your very best friend. Get all dolled up and ask guests to do the same so that when the leading lady arrives, she is welcomed into a room filled with the most beautiful, loving people in her life.

Photography Katy Trefry  |  Produced by Martine Cajas  |  Photo Editing Artemas Photography  |  Dresses Lilla's Bridal Boutique  |  Hair & Makeup Maggie King of Mkup Beauty Studio  |  Floral Design Petals with Style  |  Candy & Dessert Bar House of Clarendon  |  Linens Special Occasions & Queen Street Linens  |  Paper Suite Carpenter Invitations  |  Chair Rentals Ace the Party Place |  Shot on Location at Excelsior