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47 Different Types of Wedding Cakes!*

Different Wedding Cake Types – Here’s the thing with wedding cake. Over the past 10 years of photographing weddings – and eating lots of wedding cake – there is A LOT OF AWFUL wedding cake. Seriously. So many wedding cakes that don’t taste good. So much money spent on bad bad bad tasting wedding cakes.

But the bright side of that is – there is also so much money that has been saved by buying… not fancy, not expensive wedding cakes… and people still went home happy. Seriously. Also – having a cake tasting IS important if having good cake is important TO YOU. You can’t just assume that your wedding cake is going to taste good. You can’t just point to the pretty one in the case and say make me one of those, except bigger. What if you don’t like the way it taste but you like the way it looks? Better find that out before your drop that $500 on it right?

I f*cken love wedding cake. I mean sure – I don’t always get to get some because well sometimes there just isn’t enough to go around. I’m supposed to wait for all of the guests to get their piece of cake first, and then I have to offer some to my 2nd/3rd shooter, and then if there’s any left, I can have at it. Oh. And. I. DO. Because come on! It’s wedding cake! IT’S WEDDING CAKE! How many other times do you get to find out what $300, $500, $700 CAKE taste like? ALSO. Different wedding cake types.

$700 CAKE?! Yeah! That sh*t better taste damn good and be pretty for my photos because otherwise you might as well have gone to Publix and just had them wipe off ‘Happy Birthday’ and stick your cake toppers on top. (because Publix cake IS amazing yo!)

Have you ever had $700 cake? I have. LOTS. I’m fancy like that.

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Our creative director told me I shouldn’t just write complete nonsense in this post (like I usually do) and that I should at least try to throw in some useful bit of information. So here. Some useful bit of information. Different wedding cake types.

How do you go about creating, picking, deciding on your wedding cake? I don’t know.

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But hey – don’t stress out about how your cake looks. Stress out about how it tastes. There are many ‘cake designers’ out there and not all of them know how to make good tasting cakes. And dammit – if you’re going to spend $700 on a cake, it better taste good. Right? RIGHT. Suckas. ALSO. What color do you want your cake? White? That’s classic and formal and romantic and modern. WTF?! I KNOW! You’re like “I just want a big good tasting and pretty wedding cake” and your cake designer is like “oh well would you like a romantic cake? what about a formal one? or how about a formally romantic wedding cake?” Yeah… can you throw in a unicorn with laser eyes? I’d pay $700 for a cake like that. Oh and it has to be a purple unicorn.

The best part about making decisions on your wedding cake? THE CAKE TASTINGS. You know – where you try out the different flavor cakes from a specific cake-maker. Basically an excuse to eat lots of cake on a Wednesday afternoon for no other reason THAN TO EAT CAKE. Getting married is worth it just for that part alone.

I guess you could also have pie instead of a cake. or cupcakes. whatever. this post is about CAKE. Shut up about pie and cupcakes.

Also. Sometimes people have the colors on their cake do that matchy-match thing with the rest of their decor from their wedding. You can do that too. You should do that. It makes everything look nice. And people like nice looking things.

As you can see from these photos – our brides don’t always give a f*ck about the Geneva Cake Convention rules and did whatever they wanted – and they rocked the sh*t out of their wedding cakes. I know I was beating back my assistant for a piece.

Finally – buttercream over fondant ANY and EVERY day. Come on – even the word Buttercream PWNS over the word fondant. (does anyone even say pwns anymore?)

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Wedding Videography!

Okay. I know – wedding videography is usually an after thought, or 2nd thought, or never thought. But really – come on – it’s important. Why? Because.

Even if you don’t hire a professional wedding videographer – you should do it for the speeches and toasts. Sure, recording the ceremony is OBVIOUS. Duh. But what’s not so obvious is recording all of the speeches and toasts.

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I know – my photos do in fact ‘capture’ that part of the evening – but not in the same what that video captures it. Plus. Let’s talk about this part. We won’t have everyone forever. Sometimes, depending on who’s speaking – those people won’t be with us very long, or anymore, or whatever. You know what I mean. Say a grand parent gets up and says some amazing words. Or a parent. Or ANYONE. VIDEO IT.

Even if it’s just phone video. Even if it’s just voice recorded. (although – phone video is SO EASY) – have SOMEONE VIDEO THE SPEECHES. You’ll miss them if you don’t.

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Oh – and hire a professional wedding videographer cause they make cool stuff and you’ll wish you did. Trust me. You’ll wish you did.

Alright! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.

 

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Why You Need a Wedding Videographer

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Wedding Videography is something literally EVERYONE wants. I want it! Strangers want it! YOU WANT IT.

Most people stick wedding videography waaaaaay too far down on their list of wants and needs. I’m not going to say it’s a must – because we all know that other than actually getting married, wedding photos are the only must (ha!) and unlike the flowers, the chairs, or beef brisket – your wedding video won’t be forgotten. In the same way your photos will capture the day and guests – your wedding video saves even more of your day – but more importantly, it will help you relive your wedding day in ways that photos, no matter how brilliant, can’t.

Speeches, toasts, special moments that must literally be watched – these are the real reasons why you want to hire a wedding videographer.

A wedding day is full, and I mean FULL of love. From a father seeing their child entering a new phase of life to a grandmother literally doing everything they can to be present… Because who knows about the future?

I’m saying hire a videographer because you will never be sorry you hired a videographer for your wedding. You will never say I wish I didn’t have video of my best friends and family with me on my wedding day.

You’ll never say “Oh just looking at the photos and barely remembering what my mother said during her toasts is totally enough.”

You will never say “I’m glad we don’t have any video of how happy we were that day, who wants to remember that?

Put wedding videography on the table. Make it a higher priority than pretty chairs, more important than your name in lights on the dance floor (everyone knows your names!) and definitely more important than putting 10 mason jars on every table filled will fake green moss.

 

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Have we mentioned that we do family portraits? And newborns? And Maternity sessions? And… heck. Pet Portraits? And I know we should probably have some wording on this website about how we ‘capture the true emotion and essence of your family’ or ‘we capture your personality, your quirks, your You’… um.

Well. I just want to make nice photos. um. Really nice photos?

Whether it’s in Arizona, Pennsylvania, here in Georgia, or anywhere else – having photos of your family is important. Sure I’m a photographer so of course I believe that – but over the past few months we’ve really started focusing on booking more maternity, newborn, and family portraits. Now more than ever as Jonah continues to grow up,- I really appreciate family portraiture. Not just from a photography stand point – but from the simple viewpoint of having a good photo, and being IN a good photo with the people you love the most.

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We’re regularly asked, “What camera do you recommend I buy?” – and our answer is simplythe one you’ll use most often.Because a great & expensive camera is useless if you don’t actually pick it up and take photos with it.

Now obviously there is a difference between hiring a Professional Photographer and just taking family photos with your point & shoot on a tripod, or a table – and although we suggest that everyone hire a photographer every now and then – we even MORE suggest that you take the time to make your own photos of the people you love. Because any photographer will tell you that the best photos are always the ‘in-between’ shots.

And compared to the two hours that we have with you during a session, you have opportunities everyday to take photos that we could never dream of making.

So yes – we’re always happy when you hire us and we love making beautiful photos of you and your family – but you should be making those photos that we can’t. Those are the best ones anyways.

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The Classic Getaway Car (Your Wedding Exit)

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Your ‘getaway mobile’ is literally the very last photo-opportunity that will occur during your wedding day.

Obviously – some people care about what they drive off in – and some people couldn’t care less.

These are obviously the people thatcare – because they went to the trouble of hiring not just nice cars, and not just a plain limo – but vintage classic cars. The type of car you don’t normally see driving down the road on your morning commute. Clearly these couples wanted to drive off in style.

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Different Types of Wedding Exits

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How do youend your wedding? Do you just… turn on the house lights and tell everyone to go home? Trust us – if you don’t make a plan for the end of your wedding – that might actually happen. Because once the DJ is finished – it’s usually over. So why not end everything in style and put a perfect end cap to your amazing wedding day!

But how should you make that exit? Here’s how some of our past couples have made the walk.

1. Bubbles!(can be tricky – make sure someone cues everyone to start blowing bubbles at the perfect moment just before you start walking)

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2. High Fives & Harmonicas!

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3. Glow Sticks!(There was a fire advisory in the area so the couple couldn’t have sparklers for their exit – so they had glow sticks!)

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4. Party Poppers(… can be tricky… everyone held onto theirs so it all tangled and became a net that caught the couple and wouldn’t let them get away!)

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5. Streamers(attached to sticks!)

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6. A Parade(flanked by the groom’s mother and sister, this couple led all of their guests in a parade to their awaiting limo)

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7. Driving a decorated golf cart while being pelted by lavender(I think it was lavender… or rice… I can’t remember…)

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8. Sparklers!(By far the most popular choice for exits at night! Honestly though – you want to get the foot long sparklers and not the shorter ones you can buy at the grocery store. Even if you have to have them brought in from a nearby state it’s totally worth it! They’re always selling them at the state line anyway (fireworks of that level aren’t legal for sale here in Georgia.)

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One of the best things about photographing weddings is howdifferentweddings can be. Even the same ‘type’ of wedding, such as a backyard wedding. We plan and plan and plan – but in the end it’s generally always a good bit crazy. What’s kind of funny is that the weddings wherecrazy is ‘planned’ – are the weddings that can best handle changes or serendipitous happenings. The weddings that are planned in 5 minute blocks – those are the ones that often times don’t account for crazy.

And hey – doesn’t it just sound more fun to account and plan for crazy? (although I should probably not call it crazy, and call it something like ‘whimsical fun’ – because sometimes crazy turns intocrazzzzzzzzy -and no one wantsCRAAAAZZZZZY, just you know, ‘crazy’, the good kind!)

Oh. Andrea & Cara. LOVE.

You. Are. Awesome.

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Sometimes it’s bright & sunny on your wedding day. That hasn’t really been the case for most of our weddings this year so far. Sometimes your wedding takes place on a mountain top so high that you’re literally getting marriedin the clouds. See how thick the fog is in these photos? That’s because we were literallyup in the clouds. Check out the shots.

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Six Reasons to Have a First Look (Or Not!)

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A ‘First Look’ is generally when the two people getting married see each otherbefore their ceremony. It’s usually a semi-staged event, where your Asian photographer (me!) says hey person 1, stand here and look that direction - and then I’ll tell person 2, hey, walk over there and say hi.

Well. Basically something like that.

Shouldyou have a first look before your wedding? Should you wait and not see each other until your wedding ceremony? Yes.

No.

Yes. And no.

I used to push for the first look – because that’s what photographers do. Wewant that specific time set aside for us, so we’re guaranteed our space to make literalamazing.I used to push for it. Now? Not as much. What I do require is a 30 minute block of time for the couples portrait session. That can take place beforeor after the ceremony – as long as itdefinitely happens. No matter what. No matter how late the schedule gets. No matter what. Here are the things to consider when you’re deciding whether or not to have a first look before your wedding ceremony.

1. The Time of Your Ceremony

If your ceremony is at sunset then your portrait session will probably be taking place in the f*cken pitch black dark. That’s a situation when we should’ve had a first look because we need more light than NONE. Of course – if your ceremony is a little bit earlier and then the timing of your portrait session is sunset – that’s PERFECT. See? In that situation wedidn’t need the first look. AND now the portrait session is taking place a much better time than at 3pm in the midday sun. Think you can’t have a slightly earlier ceremony time? WHY NOT? It’syour wedding.

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2. Do you want to enter your reception earlier?

The timeline goes like this:

5:00 – 5:30 Ceremony

5:30 – 6:00 Family Formals

6:00 – 6:30 Portrait session

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If you don’t have the first look – you’re saving 30 minutes of time before you enter your reception. To be honest though – some photographers are SLOW. I’ve heard of other photographers taking an hour+ to complete the family formals and then you STILL have to do your portrait session. That’s a nightmare and that photographer should be fired. Who takes two hours to complete family formals and the portrait session? Anyway… if you happen to have a slow photographer, then YES – you will want to have a first look because otherwise it’ll take 2+ hours before you ever enter your reception. But if you have a generally great photographer – they’ll knock the family formals out and then take care of you during your portrait session and you won’t feel like anytime has passed anyway – and as long as you have a real cocktail hour (you know – with DRINKS and hors d’oeuvres) everyone should be fine.

Of course – you’ll also need to take into consideration any travel time if your ceremony is taking place somewhere other than next door/at your reception venue.

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3. Do you even want ‘First Look’ Photos?

The thing with the ‘first look’ is that without it – you can’t makethose photos. If we try to make them after your ceremony, after you’ve seen each other already… well… now we’re just REALLY faking it. It won’t be genuine and also it would just be kind of weird. So yeah – that’s definitely something you should consider. Do you even want those ‘first look’ photos? I think this is actually the NUMBER ONE question you should ask yourself when making the decision to have a first look or not. Sure we try to go into the portrait session right after this, but if you don’t even want the first look photos then the portrait session can definitely take place after the ceremony.

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4. It’s tradition to not see each other until the ceremony.

I won’t argue this fact. Itistradition to not see each other until the ceremony. However – I will say that nearly half of our couples DO have a first look, so this tradition is kept up only about half the time among the couples that we photograph. So there. How about that. It’s not good or bad oragainst tradition – but it’s definitely a perfectly great option that you shouldn’t feel bad about choosing.

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5. Where might your first look actually take place?

This is a tricky one. Because you could have an amazing location in mind and your photographer might not know how to handle it. There’s a chance your photographer makes average photos in amazing places. On the flip side – your photographer might know how to make amazing photos out of lousy spaces. On the side-side, it’s not your job to do your photographer’s job. Of course – a little help is always appreciated. If you know that the only place we can do the first look is a broom closet – maybe…. maybe we shouldn’t do the first look. Of course – if you don’t care that it’s in a broom closet – then by all means, have at it.

But HEY. This is YOUR WEDDING DAY. Why not give the first look the time and space it deserves because you got dressed up and you look f*cken amazing. Why would you stick yourself in a broom closet for a first look? If you have to take an extra 15 minutes to go over to that amazing spot where the sun hits everything just right – then DO IT.

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6. Aw screw it. HAVE A FIRST LOOK DAMMIT.

Seriously. HAVE A FIRST LOOK. I don’t know anyone who’s ever been like -aw man, look at all of these extra photos we have of us being ridiculously happy and in love.

If you’re paying me a trillion dollars to photograph your wedding then I recommend you get your money’s worth – and demand that we do the first look. It’s okay – you don’t have to feel bad about it. I’ll be fine. Really. So if you want the first look just let me know and we’ll turn on the faucet that sprays amazing and beautiful everywhere while you guys meet up and bask in your love (you know – along with having an Asian guy yelling you to kiss/hold hands/be in love, etc.)

DO IT. Have a first look.

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We are very fortunate that we get hired to photograph a wide variety of weddings. Weddings that take place in churches, parks, art museums, and of course – farms in Iowa. Anne & Dominic first flew me out to San Francisco where they live, for their engagement session (see here). A few months later we all flew out to Iowa where Anne’s parents live. And yeah. It was all pretty, and awesome, and beautiful – and check out thatBLUE SKY. And yes – the idea that someone would fly me across the country twice – just to photograph them – is kind of crazy – and amazing – and just… we definitely wanted to do a great job for Anne & Dominic. We wanted to make them some photos that we just couldn’t make anywhere else.

That’s the trick though isn’t it? Especially for us when we’re being flown all over the country to photograph weddings. Photos from a wedding in California shouldn’t look like photos from a wedding in Maine. Photos from a wedding in Boston shouldn’t look like photos from a wedding in Berkeley. Different locations, different times – and definitely different clients. Even if you use the same poses – a good photographer would know how to make the shot unique to that situation; unique to the couple.

Anne & Dominic? Amazing. Awesome. Dominating?… ah… I should’ve stopped while I was ahead.

(oh – we also flew our photobooth all the way to Iowa as well! Check out those crazy shots, here.)

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Five Tips for a Better Photobooth at Your Wedding

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We do not like failure. We don’t like losing. We don’t even like things thatkind of lose or fail. Especially photobooths. Especiallyyourphotobooth at your wedding. No one likes a dead dance floor at a wedding and we absolutely hate a dead photobooth. SO. Here are a few tips on how to make sure that your photobooth is busier than me at a Chinese buffet.

1. Location, Location, Location

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Where you put your photobooth, matters. The closer to the bar – the better (makes sense right?!) If not near the bar area, then at the very least put it somewhere in the reception space room with the dance floor. DO NOT put it by itself on a different floor or other room tucked away in the back somewhere, hoping people go out of their way to find it (at some plantation home weddings the only space for it is in a completely other room, where guests probably won’t ever visit.)

Your photobooth should be considered another piece of entertainment – so put it in the vicinity of the dance floor or bar.

2. Have an Open Bar

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I mean – yeah you don’t need to have alcohol to have a kickass photobooth – but it definitely won’t hurt…

3. Tell your guests about the photobooth

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We’ll do everything can to get people into the photobooth – and of course have it announced by the DJ/band – but one of the best ways to make sure people know you have a photobooth is by telling them. You don’t have to go around and notify every single person – but as the two people getting married – you should definitely make your own visit to the photobooth – and bring along your best friends. All of them.

4. Have Props for Everyone!

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PROPS. Your photobooth company will probably provide props – but if you have any crazy ideas for props or want to bring your set – DO IT. Also – ANYTHING can be a prop. ANYTHING.

5. Have a GREAT Photobooth Attendant!

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Some photobooth attendants are basically just button pushers. Boring, boring, BORING button pushers. What you want is someone who will not only pull people into your photobooth – but that will also get the ‘best’ out of them once they’re in there. You don’t want 4 boring photos of them just staring blankly at the camera. You want different poses, different looks, and a lot of fun attitude! Your photobooth attendant is the emcee… of that 10 x 10 space for 3 hours… (I know, it’s like being the captain of a rowboat but whatever! We love it!)

BOOK OUR PHOTOBOOTH.

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