Last week was bridal fashion week in New York. I couldn’t get enough of the tweets, twitpics and blog posts. As always, I was not disappointed. I WILL be there next year. All the gorgeous designs reminded me of something and it’s a secret, especially if you are newly engaged and in search of THE dress for your wedding day.
What is this secret? The wedding dress industry is wicked mean. If you are a gorgeous size 6 in street clothes, you might and I say MIGHT, wear a size 8, but probably better fitted into a size 10. WHAT!? you ask. I know! It’s wicked mean isn’t it? Of any demographic to mess with, a bride. If you are a plus size bride, then be aware there is usually a plus size fee. If there is one thing I could fix in the wedding industry, it would probably be the sizing of wedding dresses.
How do you handle it? One of the first tips I tell my clients and frankly anyone I know who is engaged to be married: make your first dress shopping trip in a REAL bridal salon. Here in San Antonio you have your choice of one of my favorites: Julian Gold There is also The Bridal Salon of San Antonio.
Be sure and make an appointment, have an open mind, these gals know how to fit Don’t be afraid to ask all the questions you may have. Be aware almost all brides need alterations. Only once in my long career of wedding planning did I have a bride wear a dress as is. Lastly, once you have visited the upscale salon with impeccable customer service, you will be prepared to visit those a store such as David’s Bridal or Alfred Angelo and the shock of not fitting into a 6 won’t blow the mind.
Good luck and happy planning!
I have discovered a very cool product: ChrysQ Luxe Slipcovers These are beautiful slipcovers for your wedding photo album. What a great way to display, carry and store your precious memories. I’ve seen some beautiful albums, but in the end, they just kind of sit there, either on the bookcase or coffee table. What a stylish statement, using a ChrysQ Luxe Slipcover.
ChrysQ is designed and custom manufactured by Christina Quintanilla, wife of Ben Quntanilla (a wonderful wedding photographer). As Christina describes, BenQ needed a way to display his incredible work in a manner which reflected his brand. They designed a very luxurious line of wedding album slipcovers which are just to die for. Christina has a background in fashion design and a passion for accessories, mainly handbags (my kind of gal). Her abilities in design in allow to please all personalities and styles: rockstar leather look, vintage lacy, or fiery red hot metallic. (I want fiery red hot metallic)
There are two lines available and many swatches and customization options available. The Deluxe line for this Fall is available for order until December 31, 2009. The Deluxe line changes every season (3 months) to keep up with current fashion.
The Standard Line is available year round. You can find more pictures and swatches online.
These slipcovers are available for albums as small as 4×4 and up to and larger than 16×12. Each one is custom made per the client specification. The suggested MSRP ranges from $50 – $400 and higher depending on customization. Christina’s brilliance does not stop with album slipcovers. She also has iphone and laptop covers AND has designed handbags too. I am just in love with ChrysQ. Photo album slipcovers are available through your photographer, so have them give Christina a call asap. What a great Christmas gift for you family when you gift them their parent album, make sure it was wrapped in luxury, a ChrysQ Luxe Slipcover.
last two photographs courtesy of Grant Isaac Studio
I know what you’re thinking, that is a lovely centerpiece. YES, it is! I originally was going to talk about hiring a florist / designer with some vision, but in the end I know what makes beautiful photographs (and it isn’t just in the eye of the photographer)
While opulent centerpieces, luscious linens and walls washed in colored lighting make for beautiful pictures, what really makes a photographer happy is photographing happy brides and grooms. When the stress of wedding planning shows on your face, no amount of decor and wedding bling will make your pictures look great. When the bride and groom are enjoying themselves, so will everyone else. If something went awry and the centerpiece or cake is off a little, don’t obsess: it will show up in the pictures. Besides, you just married the man of your dreams.
When the love the is there, it shines through.
Today’s Texas photography features Tanya and Cesar Perez of Perez Photography. based out of the Dallas-Forth Area. Tanya and Cesar love coming to San Antonio for weddings. They have such great personalities and such a fun couple to work with. Be sure and visit their blog and follow them on twitter.
We both always had an interest in photography and took courses in high school then a few in college and loved it. I’m not going to lie and say that we dreamed about being photographers as kids or what not. But we have always both been creative and photography allows us to express that creativity. Cesar started Perez Photography and Tanya came along a couple of years later.
How would you describe your style?
We would define our style as timeless and classic with a little bit of a modern edge. We love simplicity in everything, we think simple is beautiful!
What is your favorite aspect of the job?
Our hands down favorite thing about our job is the people we get to meet and make friends with along the way. It’s definitely really interesting how as photographers we get to meet so many REALLY fascinating people… both vendors and clients.
How many people shoot for Perez Photography?
Two at the moment (Just us), we are training a third. He is currently our studio assistant and helps with editing and all of the back-end stuff. He rocks our socks.
What is the starting investment for a wedding?
Tanya’s favorite part is the getting ready shots, the anticipation, first dance, all of the emotions running high and all of the details. Cesar’s favorite part is definitely the fun receptions, he loves when people just let loose and have a good time.
Greatest length to get the perfect shot?
Walking through Sewer water. Enough said! 🙂
Anything else we should know about Perez Photography?
We love Sprinkles, love to travel, and are pretty laid back.
Tanya wanted to be a singer/dancer … doesn’t everyone? Cesar wanted to be a famous painter.
Greeeeece! Ahhhh, one day!
Can’t live without?
Our I-Phones, that’s totally lame we know, but we don’t know what we did before we had them. But truly we couldn’t live without the support of the people around us.
Cesar can draw really well! Tanya is really good at remembering numbers in general, (Phone numbers, license plate numbers, etc) it’s really weird.
jennifer says: wow, me too, I am freakishly good with numbers
One of them is “If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives” by Vince Lombardi
Best compliment ever received?
The best compliment that we have ever received is being hired to shoot other wedding photographers weddings. It’s crazy nerve wracking but so flattering all at the same time.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?
Tanya would probably be a teacher; Cesar would probably be a graphic designer
Describe your perfect day?
Just spending time with all of our families together, and having them all in one place at the same time. We have family that lives all over so that’s hard to do. That would be our perfect day.