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“Listen to me, I’m a genius”: Five Hilariously Funny and Sarcastic Tips from Seacoast Photographer Christian Pendergraft

Wedding photographer and self-proclaimed “genius” Christian Pendergraft met with our summer intern Emma Kemp to give Seacoast brides and grooms his top five wedding tips from his decade of photography experience… All of which should be taken with a grain of salt! 1. Light It Up! When choosing your venue, Christian begrudgingly explained that, “When they made most churches one hundred years ago, they didn’t make them so I could have fantastic lighting to make glorious pictures. On the flip…

Shine A Light On It

Your wedding day is one of the most important of your life. Eating good food, wearing the “perfect” dress, and being surrounded by friends and family are all pivotal components of this special event. Event planner Kate Malloy reminds us of another equally important aspect of your wedding: “Good lighting can make all the difference in the overall look and feel of your wedding.” Lighting can entirely transform a space. The color of light you use, what is illuminated by…

Wedding Wisdom

DIRECTION/LODGING CARDS “Everyone has a GPS on their phones or in their rental cars,” Finigan says. Instead, put your resources toward a wedding website- a nod to tradition meeting technology- and include information about the venue, accommodations, and day-of parking instructions. Guests can be directed to your website with a quick line on the bottom of your invitation. CUSTOM MAPS Whether included on your save-the-date, wedding website or in with your invitation, including a custom map is all the rage.…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The photo featured was taken by Eric McCallister Photography. Trend: A Close Relationship With Your Wedding Photographer Great photos come from open conversations between you and your wedding photographer, resulting in evocative, authentic photos. “You definitely get better photos,” says Delamater. “I like it when couples come to me with suggestions about the shots they want.” Trust your instincts and choose a photographer you like since you’ll be spending most of the day with her.…

Wedding Planning Q & A

Q: Any ideas for stretching out the fun of our wedding weekend? A: Absolutely! Consider a destination wedding with a twist. As part of an “experiential” wedding, couples might invite guests for a weekend of hiking and “glamping” (glamorous camping), according to Jennifer Williamson of Jenny’s Cakes in Amesbury, MA. “It’s a great way to enjoy more time with your guests,” she says. Chris Weber of The Black Tie Co. based in Portland, ME, says a big trend these days is…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The photo featured was taken by Mon Petit Studio. Trend: Collaborative, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Weddings Couples want to personalize their weddings by doing some of the work themselves and work hand-in-hand with professionals to get it done right. “They still view us as the experts,” says Renee Habashy, assistant sore manager of Madeleine’s Daughter in Portsmouth, NH. “But they want a say in how the wedding looks.” DIY takes time, however, so make sure you have…

Wedding Wisdom

INVITATIONS Invitations are the piece de resistance, the first real sneak peek into your big event. Have fun with them! The options are seemingly endless, but one thing Courtney Daniel of C. Daniel Design insists is a must: texture. Whether that means layering the inserts in a pocket-style invitation or incorporating other textiles, like satin or jewels, this is your chance to give guests something they haven’t seen before. SAVE-THE-DATES Although not 100 percent necessary, more often than not, couples…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The photo featured was taken by Erin Little Photography. Tip: Up Your Tablescapes Different plants, flowers, candles at varied heights, even antique cake stands and other details add visual interest to tablescapes at your reception. Consider the look and theme of your event, from linens to flowers. Betsy Scott of Flower Kiosk in Portsmouth, NH, has used potted ferns, moss, flowers, even small log, to create a woodland-themed setting. She also likes to incorporate sentimental…