Nautical Wedding At The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Aug 26 2015

Classic Nautical Wedding

We’ve got a treat for our lakeshore lovers today: a nautical wedding at The Milwaukee Yacht Club! Jamie and Ilya’s outdoor wedding was intimate and on the water–just as they always wanted. The Yacht Club overlooks the Milwaukee Harbor so guests were treated to the lovely marina and the city skyline at the same time. We love their classy color scheme and their fun nautical wedding décor and maritime inspiration. Enjoy Jamie and Ilya’s sweet and sea-inspired outdoor wedding.

Nautical wedding at The Milwaukee Yacht Club (photos by Front Room Photography

Navy and white wedding accessories

BLue wedding shoes

Black and white shot of the wedding dress

Bride opening up letter from groom

Groom getting ready at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

White wedding bouquet with navy colored berries

Bride and bridesmaids dressed in ong one-shoulder assymetrical navy dresses

Groomsmen dressed in black with navy vests

Milwaukee Yacht Club wedding venue

Nautical wedding-bride being walked down the aisle by her father at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Outdoor wedding ceremony at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Bride and Groom at The Milwaukee Yacht Club outdoor wedding

Nautical wedding at The Milwaukee Yacht Club

Bride and Groom photo. Milwaukee wedding

Sweetheart table with nautical wedding theme

Nautical wedding decor

Nautical wedding reception decor

nautical wedding reception table decor

2-Tier white and black wedding cake

Bride and Groom wedding dance

Bride and Groom wedding speeches

Garter toss

Bride and Groom photo in nautical wedding theme

Photographer:  Front Room  | Bakery: Aggie’s Cakes | Dress Store: Bliss Bridal | Event Venue: Milwaukee Yacht Club | via Two Bright Lights

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Adorable Mint and Navy Wedding Inspiration

Aug 24 2015

A Mint and Navy Wedding for Fall

Happy “Color Monday!” This is the day devoted to all things color and inspiration. Today, we’re celebrating an adorable mint and navy wedding from Anna K Photography. So soft and pretty–mint and navy is fabulous for a fall wedding. Navy is a sleek color that emanates calm and confidence. Mellowing the navy are two greens–both soft and gentle. This gorgeous combo has a youthful, fresh and natural look and feel. And to set the tone for this event, we went with a modern invitation suite entitled, Forever Mine. Simple yet visually interesting, the back of the invitation and enclosure card feature a classic pattern while a bold and contemporary typography style keeps our attention focused on the couple. Super fun–clean and contemporary!

What do you think of our featured suite as well as mint and navy for a fall wedding?

Colors: Navy| Custom Green {c-23, m-0, y-31, k-0 | Mint

Mint and navy wedding inspiration and stationery suite--gorgeous for a fall wedding.

The Forever Mine invitation suite is an eye-catching design that features a timeless pattern with contemporary fonts. What would this design look like in your wedding colors? Make a statement by carrying your look further with this design on a Shaped trim. Want to see it for yourself?

Request a Free Sample … in your wedding colors!

Free mint and navy wedding invitation suite. Like this invite? Request a free sample--personalized in your wedding colors.

Photo Credits:
For allowing us to use their photography … much thanks to

All images by Anna K Photography

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Insider Tips: Cell Phone Photography

Aug 21 2015

Cell Phone Photography {Is it good enough for your Save the Date?}

Welcome to our new blog series and 3rd installment of Top Insider Tips for Printing Perfect Stationery. Today’s post is about cell phone photography and choosing your Save the Date photos for resolution and printability.

Top Insider Tips for Printing Perfect Wedding Stationery

Of course, we advocate using a professional photographer for all of your wedding stationery items–from your Save the Dates and Invites, to your Programs and Thank Yous. All keepsakes … and 5-10-20 years from now, you’ll appreciate the quality of one of the most important dates in your life.

But even such, cell phone photos have certainly come a long way haven’t they?! Read on for tips, tricks and recommendations for getting the best print results with your cell phone photography.

Cell phone photography tips and recommendations

  1. Get close to your subject when you’re taking a photo. That way the camera sensors have more control over the lighting of your subject and bright patches in the background won’t throw things off.
  2. If not automatic, always choose the highest resolution setting.
  3. Crop don’t zoom. It is better to crop and not use the digital zoom function on a smartphone camera. When you crop, you still have the good pixels of resolution (most smartphones have 8-megapixels or more), but when you zoom, the image can lose that resolution.
  4. It is better to edit your images on your computer as your computer will produce higher quality images.
  5. Keep in mind you can always make a picture black and white on your computer, but you cannot make it color if you take it in black and white.
  6. Cell phone flashes make skin yellow, red eyes, and motion blur.  It is best to use a real camera and flash in a dark setting.
  7. Take lots of shots and experiment. This way you can experiment with different compositions and angles-shoot from down low, up high, close up, etc and then you can pick the one you like best.
  8. Think about the basic composition rules, i.e. the rule of thirds. Basically, you imagine dividing an image down into thirds on a grid so that there are 9 parts. It’s about getting the viewer to interact with your photo.

Tips & Recommendations

  1. Whole body shots in a one-inch square Save the Date photo box will not look good.
  2. Don’t expect facial features to be clear in a photo taken from a distance.
  3. Photos appear lighter on a screen due to light source (and brightness settings) and all computer screens are calibrated differently for color.
  4. Don’t use Facebook photos–too low of resolution. If possible, get the original photo.

Keep in mind

  1. Photos printed on magnets print darker due to the UV protective coating
  2. Order a Just One® Save the Date {fully personalized} and see for yourself how your photo will look. Learn more about this program.

Need more help?

Here is a blog post that talks about resolution requirements for what size your photo needs to be at to print well.

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Early Morning Pacific Beach Engagement Photos

Aug 19 2015

Mindy and Sean’s Beach Engagement Photos

Which do you prefer … sunrises or sunsets? That’s a tough one isn’t it? But I know that photographers crave both for their wedding sessions. Such incredibly romantic lighting! Meet Mindi and Sean. They’ve shared a long distance relationship. Sean just finished up his degree at Kansas State University and Mindy lives in San Diego. Being from the Midwest, Sean knew he wanted to have an engagement session at the beach. Their early morning California shoot was captured by Third Strand Photography. All aglow with soft morning rays, we love the sweet simplicity and the beach engagement photo ideas for those wanting the same look and feel for their shoreline shoot. Oh, you’ll notice that there aren’t any “kiss photos” and that’s because they’re saving their first kiss for their wedding day! Super sweet. Enjoy!

Early morning beach engagement photo ideas--under or near the boardwalk.  Image by Third Strand Photography

5 beach engagement photo ideas from Mindy and Sean’s 70-degree session:

1. Early morning sun & surf
2. Cliff climbing along the coast
3. Shots under the boardwalk
4. Bicycling on the boardwalk
5. Walking along the beach and the sand

Sweet early morning beach engagement photo idea.  Image by Third Strand Photography

Beach engagement photo shoot. Image by Third Strand Photography

Beach engagement photo shoot.  Image by Third Strand Photography

Early morning beach engagement photo idea.  Image by Third Strand Photography

Climbing along Pacific coastline in early morning beach engagement session.  Image by Third Strand Photography

Beach engagement photo

Beach engagement session--couple running in the sand on the Pacific coast. Image by Third Strand Photography

Beach engagement photo ideas--ride a bicycle on the boardwalk.  Image by Third Strand Photography

Couple in early morning beach engagement session.  Image by Third Strand Photography

Flowers on rocks in beach engagement session.  Image by Third Strand Photography

Credits
Photographer: Third Strand Photography | via Two Bright Lights

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