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10 Steps to Help you Choose your Elopement Dress

10 Steps to Help you Choose your Elopement Dress An elopement dress is not just any dress that you’ll wear for an outdoor wedding. It’s the perfect choice for an elopement whether that includes hiking or a bohemian vibe for a desert landscape. Elopement dresses can be very similar to a wedding dress, depending on what you’re looking for or be completely different and compliment the environment or be nontraditional. There is no right or wrong choice as long as you are happy with your decision. If you’re trying to find an elopement wedding dress, consider some points and factors that will help guide your decisions. 1) Your style: What do I like? Do some soul-searching and figure out your personal style. Think back to all of the events in your life where you had a specific outfit; consider the styles which make you feel comfortable and beautiful. Keep it simple with a focus on functionality or add drama with accessories such as beading or feathers.  2) The location: Where am I getting married? Consider the varied landscapes you’re surrounded by and select a dress that matches the environment. It can be fun to incorporate nature into your look with flowers, feathers, or other natural elements. 3) The vibe: What kind of mood do I have? There are so many ways to express yourself in your wedding dress – choose the one that best reflects you. Are you all about looks or function? Intentions can be good motivation for choosing your dress, especially if it will help sway your decision-making process. 4) Your partner’s preferences: Do you want them to be surprised or have input? Grooms can certainly have the option to participate in selecting their bride’s gowns, but there are also dresses which are designed with masculine qualities to appeal to both partners. Keep in mind your prospective husband’s likes and dislikes before making a choice; he may picture the perfect dress for you to have less ballroom type qualities and have more of a modern silhouette that hugs your best features. 5) To veil or not to veil? A wedding veil is a staple for many brides, but it’s not the only option. Depending on your desired look, you can choose from headpieces that match your style and personality to complement the dress. If the dress has enough drama then consider getting rid of a veil all together or go with a piece that is similar in length like a cape to maintain balance. 6) The fabric: What will I be wearing? Fabrics have different properties which should be taken into consideration before deciding what you want out of your elopement dress. For example, a silk chiffon material is lightweight and airy while a satin is thicker and smoother – both are great options, depending on what kind of weather you’ll be experiencing for your special day. Certain types of lace weigh more than others, so if you prefer a little more coverage in the shoulders or arms then go with something like tulle. 7) The waistline: What do I want my figure to look like? Planning your dress well in advance is important since it will take some time to get fitted – especially when there are custom options available. Whether you’re looking for an empire waistline that emphasizes your bust line or a mermaid silhouette that makes your legs appear longer, this is where many alterations can be made to achieve the perfect fit.  8) The train: How much fabric should it have? Your elopement wedding dress doesn’t need to include any trains at all; they can also vary in length based on your personal preference. While a train can add drama to your look and make it look like a full wedding gown, you should consider whether or not it will be appropriate and practical for the location of your ceremony. 9) How much skin is too much skin? This question is more for brides who want to wear something revealing – there are plenty of options out there that don’t show any cleavage or bare shoulders, so worry not! If you’re looking for a dress with this kind of cut then take into consideration the rest of your body shape as well; an off-the-shoulder bodice can highlight your slender upper half while a strapless silhouette looks great on hourglass figures. It’s also important to know what kind of material you’ll be dealing with and how it 10) Ask your elopement photographer for advice. Your elopement wedding dress is only one part of the equation; you should also be thinking about how your overall look can be captured on camera. If you have an elopement photographer ask them what dresses they feel photographs well. If you have a color preference or a certain theme in mind, share it with your photographer – they may have an idea of how you can use the dress to your advantage.  

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Photo Posing Tips

Elopement Photo Posing Tips

The Best Photo Posing Tips for your Elopement Wedding The key to any good couple’s photography is to capture a “natural” or effortless look and feel. Nothing looks worse than stiff bodies and unnatural, complex poses and gestures, especially in photos that are supposed to be special and capture important memories like your elopement. What are the best photo posting tips for your wedding? And… how is this accomplished without going to some kind of modeling school? You’re in luck, we have put together this small guide to help couples take stunning, natural-looking photos without any hassle. *** ALWAYS STAND TALL, SHOULDERS BACK A BIT and LADIES SHOULD DISTRIBUTE WEIGHT ON ONE LEG (Whether crossing one leg over another or shifting all weight to back leg.  This will create an hourglass figure that flatters most ladies) The Importance of Bending Joints Think about how you move around throughout the day. You’re rarely stiff, with your joints locked. This is the number one mistake people make when they “pose” for photos. You never want to lock your joints, it’s what gives you the appearance of being stiff and uncomfortable. Not only this, but these kinds of stiff unnatural poses tend to show on the faces of the people being photographed, which usually means the whole composition comes off as awkward. This is the last thing you want for your elopement photography session!  The more you look at each other, laugh with each other and kiss.. the better the photos come out.  Your photographer will let you know when he/she would like for you to look directly at camera for a more formal pose. When getting into a specific pose, remember to relax your body and bend. Don’t lock your knees (ladies should put all weight on back leg), bend your arms, and make sure your hands are doing something. It’s very rare during the course of a day when our hands are just flat and resting stiffly at our sides. That’s unnatural and it will show in the final product! Always try to touch, hold hands or arms around waist One of the most important parts of capturing natural, stunning elopement or wedding photos is intimacy. No matter what pose or angle you take, there should be some kind of interaction between the couple. There are some basic but highly effective posing tips for capturing natural intimacy that are super easy to do and will take your photos to the next level. To create as natural-looking photo as possible, you should be sure to touch each other as much as possible.  For men, if your hand is not touching your partner, the other hand should be placed in your pant pocket. Belly Button to Hip This simple, classic pose has the typically shorter of the pair facing the hip of the taller, preferably in an embrace or at least touching. Remember to bend the elbows and knees, don’t force yourself into a stiff posture, and try gazing at one another for added effect! Chest to Chest! Nothing says romance quite like a chest to chest pose. Can be an especially powerful pose to highlight peak moments of the ceremony or to show off anything you want to camera (like rings!) if the couples extend an arm toward the photographer. Touch foreheads or kiss for an extra dash of romance. You can’t go wrong with this intimate pose. Together but Open – generally holding hands You don’t always have to be in an embrace to create a romantic composition. This pose has become popularized in social media like Instagram in recent years. All you really need to be doing in this pose is holding hands with your significant other at a distance, but it helps if you look as if you are in the middle of doing something, like sharing a joke or just walking along. Modified Prom A different take on a classic pose. Standing one in front of the other, one embraces the other from behind. Be sure to be touching each other’s arms or hands for added intimacy. This is one of those sweet poses that is easy to pull off and creates the perfect elopement feel. Remember to keep time of day in mind if you are shooting outdoors. You want the light to be favorable and not too harsh, so early morning or evening lighting is preferable to noon or midday. Likewise, if you are indoors, try to take photos in ambient lighting, or with the right equipment so that shadows aren’t too harsh. You want soft light and a primary light source so there aren’t a bunch of messy shadows. There are a lot of factors that go into stunning elopement photos but these are the most important. If you remember to stay flexible, pose naturally, and take your photos in good lighting, it’s easy to create beautiful shots that you will come out just the way you want and that you can cherish forever.  For any additional posing questions, reach out!  We are happy to assist in any way. Grab our 5 secrets to a successful (and stress-free) elopement and receive a FREE checklist!

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