Wonder Woman–Themed Elopement in Santa Barbara
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-34.jpg

This Wonder Woman themed elopement was a comic book lover's dream! Audrey and Cody are just the cutest couple and she totally rocked her Wonder Woman look. Everything from her dress to their color palette to the rings was breathtaking, and the setting amongst ruins deep in the hills of Santa Barbara just brought it to another level.

Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-2.jpg

I love how this ring is so reminiscent of the original Wonder Woman's crown.

Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-4.jpg

Their intimate couple's picnic was set like an elaborate feast fit for gods and goddesses.

Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-11.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-28.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-5.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-6.jpg

This cake featured a gold "crown" inspired by Wonder Woman's crown in the latest movie iteration.

Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-20.jpg

I am downright obsessed with this bouquet from The Flower Shop!

Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-8.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-22.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-17.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-12.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-13.jpg

The sun was coming through the clouds in the most gorgeous way, as though the heavens were shining down.

Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-26.jpg

A vintage gold headband and gold geometric cuffs gave a subtle nod to Wonder Woman's costume and famous bullet-proof armor. So of course we had to get a shot with her most well known pose! (Little secret: Her "powers" in this photo are actually an effect done in real life, not in Photoshop! Any guesses as to how I did it?)

Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-33.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-30.jpg

Seriously, how cute are these two?

Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-29.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-24.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-23.jpg
Wonder-Woman-Wedding-Southern-California-36.jpg

CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography
Styling / Planning: Fandom Affairs
Cake / Cupcakes: Sugar Studio
Florist: The Flower Shop
Hair / Makeup: Absolutely Fabulous Glamour Studio
Dress Store: Adina's Bridal
Groom's Suit: Friar Tux
Rings: Princess Jewelers
Couple: Audrey Gloger, Cody Gigold

As featured on...

 
 
 

10 Signs You Shouldn't Hire That Wedding Vendor
Wedding Vendor Red Flags PNG.png

Odds are you've never hired a wedding vendor before, and internet horror stories can certainly tell you that it does not always go well. How do you hire the right people that will make your day awesome? I've got you covered. Here are ten warning signs that wedding industry pros know to watch out for...

 

1. Their Portfolio is Inconsistent

Skilled, established wedding vendors should have a portfolio that reflects their style and ability. If their portfolio features some great work and some less-than-stellar work, you probably will be able to expect the same inconsistency if they work at your wedding. You should also be wary of very contradictory styles. If a photographer has bright pastel images one minute and in the next switches to vintage black and white, you won't be able to know what to expect from them. (And in some cases, this can be a sign of a stolen or misleading portfolio.) You should like at least 70% of a vendor's work, anything less means they're probably not for you.

2. They Take a Long Time to Respond to Emails

Vendors want your business. Any professional wedding vendor will respond to you within 48 hours at most. The occasional slow email may be unavoidable (vendors are people too, after all), but if they consistently take several days with every response, they are not valuing you. When you're stressed out the week before your wedding, you'll regret having hired someone who leaves you hanging for days.

3. They Don't Have a Contract

Contracts are meant to protect both you as a client and the vendor. Having everything written down in advance helps everyone be clear on what they're committing to and what happens in case something goes wrong. If you're paying a vendor but have no contract, there's no guarantee as to where that money goes or what happens if they cancel. There are honest wedding vendors who just don't tend to use contracts, but they should be willing to provide you with everything in writing if you request it. If you can't get some kind of record of your agreement, you should walk away.

4. You Can't Find Any Customer Reviews

Unless your vendor is new to the industry, a quick google search should turn up some customer reviews. If you can't find a Yelp page, Facebook reviews, a WeddingWire page, or something like that, this might be a red flag. There are genuine reasons a business might not be a member of review sites, but you should be able to find something. Testimonials on their own website can be useful, but since they're custom curated by the vendor you'll want to find some other referrals.

5. They're a Really Great Deal

If you've been quoted $1000 for the same cake everywhere else, and suddenly you've been quoted $500, there's a reason behind that—and they should be able to give you a good explanation. If the vendor is just starting out and gaining experience, a much lower price might make sense, but out-of-nowhere low prices can be a sign that something is up. It may mean the vendor is compromising on quality or service, or it could even mean they're untrustworthy. If someone's price is unusual, be skeptical and use your best judgement.

6. You Don't "Click"

When you meet in person with your vendor, you should walk away feeling excited about your wedding. If you feel odd, uncomfortable, or awkward, they're probably not the vendor for you.

7. They Don't Have Insurance

Insurance protects you, your venue, and everyone else from anything going wrong. Professional businesses need their own insurance if they have anyone on-site at your wedding, and many venues even require all vendors be insured. If a vendor doesn't invest in insurance, you know they're already okay with cutting corners.

8. They Gossip

If a vendor is gossiping about other vendors or putting down other couples they've worked with, you should run in the other direction. Wedding vendors should behave professionally and, while they can definitely let you know which vendors to avoid, they should be doing it in an appropriate and respectful way. The best wedding vendors build strong and positive industry relationships that you can benefit from as a client. And if they're complaining about other couples or making fun of them, you can never be sure they're not doing the same to you.

9. You Can't Get A Price List

Pricing is tough for small businesses, so some vendors may be hesitant to give you an exact number, but if you ask for a price, they should be able to give it to you. For some businesses this will be a price list or catalog and for others this will be a detailed invoice. Prices should be predictable and consistent, and they should be able to tell you if and when prices will increase.

10. They're Always Late

Being late happens to everyone, but when vendor meetings always start with 30 minutes of toe-tapping waiting for them to arrive, it's a problem. They aren't respecting your time and they'll likely be unpredictable and late on your wedding day.


Let's Be Friends!
Join the newsletter for planning advice, inspiration, special offers, and awesome freebies!



Colorful Punk Wedding in Highland Park
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-36.jpg

I've always loved color. I've also always loved punk rock and black. Growing up, my bedroom was pink and black with an entire wall plastered with band posters. That pretty much sums up my aesthetic. But for some reason, people think "punk" is synonymous with "black". Not true! This wedding is a gorgeous example of combining punk rock elements with a neon, 80s-inspired color scheme.

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-3.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-26.jpg

Studded napkin holders and matte black dinnerware plus hot pink napkins and a killer  geometric table runner perfectly merged punk and vibrant. The best part? The table runner is a simple DIY made out of just colored paper!

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-38.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-1.jpg

I'm obsessed with this invitation suite from Alexis Designs Things! 

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-21.jpg

LA Speakeasy provided on-theme colorful cocktails.

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-31.jpg

This awesome graffiti-inspired cake was created by Nicole Bakes Cakes. I love the metallic zipper details.

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-6.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-8.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-40.jpg

Upon entering, guests are greeted by this custom graffiti board with "seating card" pins that guide them to their table and double as name tags. (Plus, they're a fun little take home souvenir!)

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-30.jpg

Guests can get "inked" from this custom tattoo bar with American Traditional -inspired designs.

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-7.jpg

Can you believe she did her own hair? Autumn is a hair stylist and makeup artist so she crafted her own look, complete with "hair piercings" and a braided bridal mohawk.

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-39.jpg

Check out that ring! I love how the hidden skulls add a touch of punk rock that you only notice if you're looking closely.

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-19.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-28.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-15.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-16.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-1-2.jpg

A leather jacket is officially my favorite bridal accessory.

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-3-2.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-37.jpg

This nearby graffiti wall just happened to match their color scheme. I'm pretty sure that's fate.

Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-35.jpg
Colorful-Punk-Wedding-LA-34.jpg

And to wrap up this punk affair? Time to rock out in the York Manor's underground speakeasy where the party can last into the night!

 


CREDITS

Photography: Jade Elora Photography
Styling / Planning: Rock n’ Willow Events
Venue: The York Manor
Tabletop Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals
Cake / Cupcakes: Nicole Bakes Cakes
Florist: The Flower Shop
Stationery: Alexis Designs Things
Hair / Makeup: Autumn Skibinski 
Couple: Autumn Skibinski and Aaron Garrett

As featured on...

 
 
 

Important Photography Terms to Know When Hiring a Photographer
Wedding Photography Terms.png

If you're hiring a photographer and aren't a photographer yourself, you've probably already encountered a handful of "industry words". Many photography terms are extra tricky because they apply to a combination of photography techniques, editing styles, equipment types, and camera settings. Just to confuse things further, there are a lot of photographers out there who use these terms incorrectly. So here's everything you need to know (without the technical details) about how these things affect your experience and the photos you get.


Shooting Styles


Photojournalism/Documentary

A style of photographing that is entirely candid and freeform. It involves little to no posing of subjects, but rather the photographer seeks to accurately portray things as they unfold.

Where you've seen it:  Newspapers, Online News Galleries

 

Traditional

The classic photography approach incorporating formal posed portraits (often with subjects facing the camera and smiling) with more candid photography of events like a wedding ceremony and reception.

Where you've seen it:  Your Grandparents' Wedding Photos

 

Dramatic/Fashion

A heavily posed, editorial-inspired style that often uses dramatic lighting and more moody or artistic poses.

Where you've seen it:  Fashion Magazines, Perfume Ads

 

Fine Art

A highly intentional approach to shooting where the photographer emphasizes unusual angles and creative lighting. The final images would likely work as standalone art pieces.

Where you've seen it:  Art Galleries, Museums

 

Lifestyle

A style combining a candid feel with simple, relaxed posing. The resulting images seem natural and unposed but benefit from a bit of styling.

Where you've seen it:  Right here on my website!


Editing Styles


Clean

Color and lighting looks natural, as you'd see it in real life.

 

Dark & Moody

Lighting is darker and tones are warm. Bright areas that would otherwise look white seem more gray.

 

Light & Airy

Lighting is brighter overall, highlights are very bright. Skin tones seem lighter. Colors are often less saturated or pastel with bluer greens.


Other Terms


Depth of Field

The measurement of how much (or how little) is in focus in a photo. Having a really blurry background and a crisp subject is typically indicative of a shallow depth of field.

 

Digital

Digital photography, in contrast to film, is usually very sharp and clean. Edges and lines are crisp but smooth areas are not grainy.

 

Film

Film photographers can have a range of styles but film has a unique "grainy", soft look. Film colors are often pastel or desaturated. Film photography requires multiple rolls of film, specific cameras and equipment, and processing, which makes it more expensive.

 

Golden Hour

The time of day when the light is glowy and warm (i.e. 'golden') usually during the hour before sunset. This is the most flattering time of day for portraits.

 

Lens Flare

When light catches the photographer's lens in such a way that it creates a hazy look or unique shapes of light like circles or sunbursts. This can be done unintentionally or intentionally for creative effect.

 

Natural Light/Ambient Light

Using no additional lighting like camera flash or light stands. The lighting used can be sunlight or indoor lighting (that already exists in the room). Some photographers use exclusively natural light where others use a combination of natural and artificial (flash) lighting.

 

RAWs

Camera files as they are downloaded from the camera. These files are the unedited, unfinished product that will eventually become your final photos.


Let's Be Friends!
Join the newsletter for planning advice, inspiration, special offers, and awesome freebies!