What to do for those who can't attend your destination wedding
PWE - Pre-Wedding Event!
If there is one word to describe destination weddings for both the wedding givers and the wedding attendees it’s this: expensive! There are usually family and/or friends that you would like to attend but can’t afford the travel or can’t do it for health or timing reasons. It’s disappointing for all.
The solution is a Pre-Wedding Event (PWE). It’s not a shower or an engagement party, it’s a gathering of people who share in the engaged couple’s joy and want to give them the hugs and good wishes they would give if they could attend the wedding. This type of event is a loving and gracious way to treat those who can’t attend the grand affair. PWE’s can be simple or elegant, depending on your budget. Sometimes they are hosted by relatives who are willing to open their homes for a small crowd, or to offer use of their church or club for a gathering. The intimacy of such a gathering can be very special.
As in all events, food and drink, however simple, are the connecting elements. The PWE can be a luncheon, or just an afternoon of desserts and drinks. The aim is to connect with those who cannot attend and to make sure they don’t feel left out. It’s a great chance to include photos of people important to the engaged couple who won’t be at the official wedding, in the whole wedding experience.
Location Spotlight: Lorain!
When the Cleveland sign was installed at Edgewater Park a few years ago, wedding couples rushed to be photographed there. If you’re a west-sider, you may want to be photographed closer to home. The bright new sign next to the Black River proclaims the name not only of the city but of the county: Lorain! It’s a terrific place for photos that announce your engagement or wedding, and shout out your joy! Photos of the nearby Black River and the Lighthouse on Lake Erie add to the collection of photo-friendly sites. The Lorain sign is fresh and new and part of the whole rebirth of the area including the expansion of the Black River Landing in Lorain. Call Daniel Photo Pro today to schedule pictures of your home.
Cinco de Mayo is a Great Wedding Theme
If your wedding or engagement party theme is Cinco de Mayo, you’re guaranteed to have dynamic, colorful photos to remember your celebration of love. This remembrance day of Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862 is still celebrated with grand fanfare. The ideas of warm beaches, mariachi bands and dancing, colorful drinks, tropical fruits, and an abundance of mouth-watering foods are only part of the fun. The colors that Cinco de Mayo brings to mind – vibrant red, orange and yellow, hot pink, sparkling green – are a glorious background for the bride in her breathtaking white dress. This decor and theme are also perfect for a quinceanera party.
Big or Small Your Wedding Will Still be Unforgettable!
Years from now when you’re looking at your wedding pictures on an anniversary, you won’t even think about the size of your wedding. In the long run, it doesn’t matter. It will be forgotten. What matters is the smiling faces in the photos, and the fun little memories that pop up. You’ll be in wonder at how much younger you look. You’ll realize how happy you appear, even if you were stressed. Time is the great smoothing agent. It helps us hold on to beauty and joy, and diminishes discomfort.
People all over the world have weddings of every size and in every imaginable locale for one reason: Love. That is why we humans do it. We love to fall in love, be in love, and share our love. So plan a wedding that will delight you and that will give you good photos to enjoy in decades to come, but don’t worry if it’s different or smaller than those of your friends. Trust it will be wonderful and indeed it will.
Lake Erie is a Beautiful Background for a First Kiss
In northeast Ohio, we are blessed with one of the Great Lakes, our own Lake Erie. Wedding photography is special when taken near any body of water, even a pond, but there is a magnificence about photography on our great lake. Sunset photography is almost always exquisite because you have the backdrop of the huge lake and the huge sky. The palette of colors that Mother Nature creates on this background makes the most amazing photography especially when you throw people who are deeply in love into the mix! Daniel Photo Pro specializes in lake scene photography.
Bride's Wedding Day Timeline
This is your Guide to being an organized bride on your wedding day. You'll be calm and centered because you've got this list in your memory, and you can just check items off. Before you know it you'll have glided onto the dance floor after the best day of your life. This is the magic list:
Photos with bridesmaids
Photos with groom/groomsmen
Post ceremony photos
Location spotlight photos
Cut the cake
Location Spotlight – Schoepfle Garden 2023
Schoepfle Garden in Wakeman, Ohio is a phenomenal place to photograph people in love! Schoepfle is springing forth right now in the glorious colors and variety that only Nature can create. It's only a 45-minute drive from Avon and is part of the Lorain County Metroparks open to the public. Call us to book an engagement session or post-wedding photos.
Schoepfle Garden has 77 acres of gardens and natural woodland bordered on one side by the Vermilion River, so it's fairly easy to find a secluded area to take your photos. Everyone looks their best in natural light, so we love photographing couples in this environment.
How to Adapt Your Dream to a New Beginning Together
When people marry and become one couple, their dreams marry as well. Of course, each person retains his or her personal and professional dreams or goals, but the wedding created a new entity – the shared dream of a happy and fulfilling life together. The wedding is the first step onto a bridge that leads to a shared life and it’s important for the couple to realize that. Sometimes people expect that being able to place the marriage first will automatically happen upon completion of the successful wedding. Sometimes it does! Usually, however, that’s when the work on communication, open-mindedness, finding balance, and compromise begins.
It will be helpful in getting settled into your marriage to look at your wedding photos, remembering the day when you rose to the occasion of putting your relationship above your individual self. Look at the photos of the parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, who walked across that same bridge in their day, and not only survived but thrived. Other than the birth of a child, a wedding day is when human hopes are at their height. Couples step forward in faith and hope that they are creating a wonderful new life together. Knowing that their elders did that too helps.
How to Choose a Photographer in Six Minutes
Take three minutes to look over a prospective photographer’s website. Take three minutes to talk to him or her. If your heart speaks to you, then you’re all set for the next step in booking your wedding photography. It really is that simple.
You listened to your heart when you said yes to getting married. It will be helpful in all your planning to listen to your heart in making the myriad of decisions required to have the wedding of your dreams. You’ll listen too much to other people’s ideas if you don't. This is your once-in-a-lifetime event. Only you and your fiancé know what best presents you as a couple and your commitment, to the world.
Take advantage of the beautiful Lake Erie Sunsets.
What to do when wedding planning stirs up family drama
No matter how much you love your family and they love you, wedding planning puts stress on everyone. At the time when people should be most supportive, they sometimes revert to childish behaviors and old grievances. When trouble arises, or you seem to be worrying more than having fun, stop, take a breath, and reach out to those you can count on to help you restore peace.
How to Have a Happy Wedding
Happy people…happy photographer…happy bride! Happiness will shine through your wedding pictures. Almost every one of all ages looks better with a smile on their face. That’s why babies coo and wiggle their arms and legs when people look down at them smiling. Humans are wired to respond to smiles. Weddings are typically happy occasions when there is a lot of smiling so the photography turns out well. However, if the bride is too stressed, no one is happy. More than anything else, a happy bride means beautiful pictures. So plan well and on your special day, let it all go and smile!
How to Have a Great First Kiss Photo
The first kiss of the newly minted husband and wife is important to nearly all couples, yet it usually occurs in an awkward situation. So, what’s the solution? If only for the purpose of the photo, do the first kiss in a private setting. Make it a stress-free first kiss, so all the emotion and joy you feel is present. It’s okay to do two first kisses – one for the audience – and one for the photo.
May it be the first of a million kisses you will give to one another over a long and joyful marriage.
How to Be Content with a Small Wedding Party
Wedding expenses are no small matter. Being part of someone else’s wedding party can be expensive too. Today there are so many facets of a wedding: engagement party, bachelor party, bachelorette party, destination travel costs, gowns, clothing, and of course…the gift!
The average cost of being a bridesmaid ranges from $1200 to $2000 these days. Sometimes all the expense infringes on friendship. The more people in the wedding, the more costly it will be. Some brides and grooms now choose to have one attendant each, and they don’t have to be the same sex. A bride can have her brother as attendant, a groom his sister, etc.
If it is important to you and your fiancé that the wedding include a shared meal, then cutting down on the wedding party expenses can be a way to find funds for food.
Wedding traditions evolve and change. Each couple is free to create their own experience. Just to be sure to photograph it all for your future generations!
How to Capture an Unexpected Great Weather Day
If you find an exceptional day for your photo shoot, but it’s not the wedding or engagement day, give Daniel Photo Pro a call. If at all possible, we will go to the special place you’ve found that you want to be part of your life story right away. Sometimes the best photos are spontaneous. Keep your boots at the ready!
How to Choose a Great Wedding Venue
Northeast Ohio is photogenic! We have many spaces indoors and out that make memorable engagement and wedding photos. Regardless of the season or size of the wedding, we can create your unique love story in pictures that you'll love. To choose a great engagement or wedding venue, you have to look with a professional photographer's eye. Light, lines, patterns, framing, symmetry, spontaneity, changing light through the day, natural elements, and manmade elements - all of these come into play when creating a great photographic background.
The Arcade in downtown Cleveland
Cleveland Museum of Art
Heinen's of Downtown Cleveland
Miller Nature Preserve - Lorain County Metro Parks
The Cultural Gardens
Olmsted Falls East River Park
Progressive Field Cleveland Indians
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel