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Consider having an Unplugged Wedding in the Lehigh Valley

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
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Photo by Michael McNett Photography

Why have an Unplugged Wedding

Technology, can be a good thing, but it certainly has its negative side too, even in the Wedding Industry. Maybe having an Unplugged Wedding is the best thing for couples to implement for their wedding day. At an unplugged wedding guests are not allowed to use their phones for photography.

I see it all too often, a guest takes out their cell phone to get a picture of a “big moment”, only to block the picture that the “professional photographer” is taking; the couple is about to cut the cake, and the guest jumps in between the couple and the professional to take a shot!  Talk about rude!  Another thing that upsets me, is when you see all the guests at a table, looking at their cell phone, instead of enjoying the couple’s first dance, cutting of the cake or even the parent’s dance!   What about the couple doing their first look and well-meaning bridal attendants, feel compelled to put pictures on social media, before the bride and groom are even married. One of my present clients voiced this concern “A friend of mine asked everyone to keep their phones put away during the ceremony to keep people from blocking the photographers’ shots, I would agree that this is a big concern of mine“.

It is a known fact that most churches are fairly dark.  In these situations professional photographers have invested significant amounts of money to capture images in darker conditions with high quality results.  LCD screen cameras like phones and iPad’s have very unsophisticated lenses and sensors, that cannot come close to anything the pros would shoot; but those high end cameras, in trying to capture a low light condition like in a church, will without a doubt make those little screens light up like a Christmas tree. It’s much better to let the pros get that really good shot and to share it with friends and family, than to end up with a bunch of poor shots.  The best way to enjoy a wedding is to enjoy it and then enjoy the pro’s images afterward.

Couples, it’s time to say enough is enough and to have an “unplugged wedding”! This will really allow your guests to be involved in all aspects of your wedding day!

Here are some ideas you may want to implement at your wedding, so that these things don’t happen to you.

  1. Inform your attendants, that no one is to take pictures, if they are there for the first look, or if they take pictures to please not post until after the ceremony!
  2. Put a note in your bulletin, asking everyone to turn off the ringers on their phone and to refrain from taking pictures at the wedding, that’s why you hired a professional photographer.
  3. Put a note in your bulletin to refrain from taking pictures with a flash.
  4. Ask your officiant to make an announcement to guests that they are to enjoy themselves and not take pictures.
  5. Put cards on the reception tables asking guests to please make sure that they are not restricting the photographer from doing his job.
  6. OffBeat Bride has some ways to word what you want to say, which will make it easier. They even suggest having someone from the bridal party enforce the no cell phone pictures and how to approach it. http://offbeatbride.com/2011/06/unplugged-wedding-templates

Wedding Season Began Early in 2016!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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Wedding Season began early for me this year at an Iacocca Hall Wedding, January 2nd.  The mother of the bride, Tracy, contacted me about 3-4 weeks before the wedding for my Day Of Coordination Package!  I had a lot to do and a short time to do it in, but hey, that’s why they hired me!  What made it easy were the vendors I had the privilege of working with!  In the Lehigh Valley, we have some of the “BEST” Wedding Vendors in their fields, but enough about that and back to my couple!

Meghan and Philip met and dated in High School.  Unfortunately, as happens in high school, they broke up.  They were apart for about 6 1/2 years but were always in close touch with one another!  When they got back together, they realized it was love and 2 years later decided to make it permanent.

The day started out on the cool side, after an unseasonably warm week. The day began with the bride Meghan, her mom and sister started the day out at Clementines Salon for hair and makeup.  The photographer Marissa and her assistant Tracey were phenomenal!  I really enjoyed how they took pictures through prisms of a Moravian Star, the effects were really cool.  They used many styles of photography, I have never seen a photographer use before, so that was really fascinating.  We then proceeded to St. Josephs in Limeport.  It was a rural country church and Father Buckley was a great host.  What was really neat, was the Christmas tree that held ornaments, the kids had made for years were on it.   My bride’s family had their ornament hanging in the tree, which made the day even more special.

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The photos after the ceremony, were at Lehigh University. at the Lookout and Iacocca Hall.  I am so glad that the light and the weather held out that they were able to get pictures taken out doors!

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The Reception was gorgeous, being held at Iacocca Hall, at the top of the mountain where Lehigh University sits.  The views on this evening were magnificent from the venue, you can see for miles on a clear night. Bethlehem, Allentown and even Easton were visible!  One of the most magnificent views I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot.

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Special moments of the reception, were the bride dancing with her grandfather, the groom and his friends dressed up as Kiss band members, a fabulous DJ (Wes from Wesley Works), who really kept the party jumping and phenomenal florist (Sara from Allium Floral Designs) who had the venue looking gorgeous with all the lit candles.  This really gave the venue a beautiful intimate atmosphere, to the reception.

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One of the coolest things about this wedding, was the Stepfather of the Groom, was a childhood friend of mine. The wedding allowed us to catch up with each others lives, when I had a quiet moment during the evening.  

What a beautiful Winter Wedding Day it was!

Professionals Included:

Venue: Iacocca Hall, Lehigh University

Florist: Allium Floral Design

Photographer: Marissa Joy Photgraphy

DJ: Wesley Works

Officiant, Father Buckley – St. Josephs Church, Coopersburg

Hair/Makeup: Clementines Salon

Transportation: J&J Limousine

Rentals: Action Party Rentals

 

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THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!

Friday, March 20th, 2015

How often do we read about the bad things happening in this world and then when you least expect it, it happens to you!

Well, as some of you know, my brother Mark Miller and his family’s house burned and they lost everything last Friday!  He is in the process of trying to pick up the pieces and start over.  I was at a loss, about how I can help!  The only thing I really feel I can do, is support him and to try to use my church, wedding vendor and personal community for help!

Well one of the wedding vendors came through ten fold!  Jim Marchetto from DJ Jimbo, was instrumental in helping and his church community came through, unbelievably!  I have also had members of my church family from Bethany Wesleyan in Walnutport, helping out with clothing for my brother’s family and the family, whose house the fire started in.  My sister started a GoFundMe account and the response has overwhelmed me!  I can’t begin to say thank you enough!  These people and all the anonymous people, who have helped my brother in his time of need, have been his angels and mine!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  You have only reinforced my belief, that people are inherently good and want to help!  God’s Grace to you all!

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Wedding Professional Reflections:

Friday, February 20th, 2015

My New Wedding Professional Reflections Section, will be featuring vendors, in various professions, that are centered around making your day “An Affair to Remember”!  This will give you the opportunity, to get to know some of the fabulous professionals, I have the privilege of working with in the Lehigh Valley, Phila, and the Poconos.

Today’s Featured Vendor is Michael McNett from Michael McNett Photography, in Bethlehem, PA!

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I met Mike about 2 years ago, when I was coming back into business, after my hiatus! I asked a friend, who they thought, were the best wedding photographers in the area? One of her choices was Mike.  When we met I loved him instantly! He has a quirky sense of humor and comes up with the cutest quips, when you least expect them. I am speaking from experience, when I say, he really is great at developing a close and committed bond, with his couples. As a planner, that is one of the most import things I look for in a vendor.  I always want to keep my couples as the prime focus, always keeping in mind, its their wedding.

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Can you tell my readers a little about yourself and how you decided to become a professional wedding photographer? I started in the photography field at the High School for the Arts, which is similar to the arts school, in the movie “Fame”. After completing that program, I then continued my education towards a Bachelor in Fine Arts (BFA) at Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, MD. I graduated in 2000.

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How would you describe your artistic style? Emotional reportage. It is a documentary style of photography, documenting emotions, not news.

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How many weddings do you shoot per year? Do you have a favorite place in the Lehigh Valley, Poconos or Philadelphia area, which you like to shoot? I shoot no more than 30 weddings per year and I really don’t have a favorite place. I prefer to shoot, based on places that are representative of my clients and who they are.

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Not all clients are creative or do well in front of a camera. How do you manage your client’s expectations to think outside of the box, when working with you? My packages include an engagement session for every couple and I find them invaluable. They give me the opportunity to really get to know the couple and it allows them the opportunity to really get to know me. It’s a matter of comfort and I want all of my clients, comfortable in front of the camera. MichelleKent-W-0622

I know you have many facets to your business, how do you manage your success? “By the seat of my pants”, he quips! Success is secondary to me. My love stems from my deep love for weddings and couples and the Wedding Day is as exciting for me as it is for my clients.

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What have been some of your more difficult shooting situations and how do you overcome them? I would say shooting celebrity weddings. Talent agents are always restricting access to the client and I function better, when I develop a more intimate relationship with the client. That can’t happen with an agent in tow.

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How long do you spend editing the average wedding? The editing takes 2 hours/hour of shooting time on the wedding day.

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 For clients that are considering working with you, what’s the best way for them to start? How far in advance should a client try to book you? I value personal, face to face contact. I can carry out more in a face to face meeting, than online or over the phone. If a client is looking for Fall Wedding Season, they should book at least 2 years in advance. Any other time, should book 1 year in advance.

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What are the best memories from your wedding profession? When I see my clients use a picture I took, from their wedding day, as their profile picture on Facebook, especially 5 years later.

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What else would you like my readers to know about you? Being a photographer, is a means to an end. Much is expressed in the design of the wedding album and other visual ways. I help the client in remembering their day, after it’s over, for years to come!

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Let’s Talk Wedding Programs!

Friday, January 16th, 2015

For as long as I have been in business, I have seen more programs than you can imagine. I think the one that really sticks out in my memory and being the most ingenious way to do a program, was my wedding in December.

My client was really into reading and literacy! Her whole theme revolved around reading. It was a newspaper! It explained the ceremony (Greek Orthodox) and traditions that are followed. It contained information on her bridal party and information about her and her husband and how their relationship evolved. Her newspaper is below.

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It was so cool, I decided to look into a few other alternative forms of wedding programs. One of the best places to find really neat and unique ideas for weddings is Etsy.

The first I found was By DesignsbyTenisha. She has designed a cootie catcher. I used to play with these things as a kid and it is adorable how she took this idea and adapted it to weddings. On the flaps, it can contain:

Prelude
Seating of parents and grandparents
Processional
Welcome and prayer
Giving of the bride
Scripture reading
Exchange of vows
Exchange of rings
Music
Pronouncement of marriage
Recessional

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The next one I found was by AnnaLouAvenue, it’s a great idea. Rolled scroll, ceremony program on Kraft paper. If you are having a rustic feeling wedding, these would work well.

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Here is another great one. This is by OneChelleofAMug, it is a personalized wedding fan, with the couples picture on it! Not only do you get to keep yourself cool, but you have all the pertinent information, such as Family, Wedding party, Ceremony, etc. at your finger tips!

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These are just some of the highlights of my research, and the different options you have open to you.  If I were to put all I have found, you would be reading for weeks! I hope you enjoy these ideas and if so, feel free to give feedback with any other ideas you may have.

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO BELIEVE!

 

We Won the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for 2015

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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My company was just notified that we received the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® for 2015.  This is the 2nd time we have been the recipient of this award.  I really am blessed to have received both this and The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2015, this year.  A huge thank you to all of my past clients, if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t have won this award!  You guys are awesome!  I so love what I do and reading your reviews, makes it all worthwhile! I am so looking forward to 2015 and all the great couples I am going to be working with!

“The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the top 5 percent of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States, Canada and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 200,000 newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2014 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).”

REMEMBER TO ALWAYS BELIEVE

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

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I want to take this time to thank all of my past clients for allowing me the honor of being an integral part of your wedding day!  I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me or how important you were in my life.  You all helped me to get through, what was a tough year with the loss of my mom, but I treasure time spent with her this last year. I wish all of you much love, happiness and success as you go through this next year, hand in hand together.

This past year was one of the best I have experienced, since taking time away from the industry.  Next year, looks like it may far exceed my expectations!

For my 2015 clients, I wish you peace, happiness and lots of fun, for the upcoming year!

My new word for this year, and goal is to always BELIEVE. “Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach, author 

HAPPY NEW YEAR and BEST WISHES TO ALL