Wedding Plans

Sandra Bullock is looking to expand her family, but she wants to do it on her own terms. There’s a new report that says the Hollywood actress wants to adopt another child in the near future while also putting her wedding to her long-time boyfriend Bryan Randall on hold. Sandra already has two children, 7-year-old Louis Bullock and 5-year-old Laila Bullock.

Sandra is more focused on giving her children another sibling than making her relationship with Bryan official. She’s been even telling friends that she already feels like she’s married to Bryan, since they are always together. One source close to the situation told E! Online, “Sandra is not opposed to having more kids in the future. She has her hands full with her career, but having children is what she is most proud of in her life.”

Sandra Bullock Puts Wedding Plans On Hold For Secret Adoption

So does this mean that Sandra wants to be adopting her children as a single mother and without Bryan’s help? Is she trying to protect her kids by keeping Bryan out of her adoption plans?

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Then again, if Sandra really did want to tie the knot with her boyfriend, many of her fans believe that she would have done it by now. In fact, there’s a good chance that Sandra simply doesn’t want to make the same mistake she made with her ex-husband, Jesse James.

Everyone remembers how Sandra’s good-girl reputation was almost jeopardized by Jesse and his scandalous lifestyle. If that weren’t enough, he recently went on the record to say that he had no regrets about divorcing Sandra or cheating on her for that matter.

So after all these years is Sandra still trying to mend her broken heart? Could that be the reason why she’s stalled her wedding for so long now? .

So far the actress herself has not made any comments about her future plans. Tell us, do you think Sandra Bullock is delaying her wedding to Bryan Randall simply because she wants to adopt another child?

Let us know what you think by dropping us a line with your thoughts in our comments section below. Also, don’t forget to check back with CDL for all the latest news and updates on Sandra Bullock right here.

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wedding vows

Sydney Elizabeth Dehmer and David McCauley Fields will be married April 22 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Raymond. The bride-elect is the daughter of Joseph Theodore Dehmer III and the late Ashleigh Arnold Dehmer. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Theodore Dehmer Jr. of Jackson, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Steele Arnold Jr. of Madison. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Lee Fields of Meridian, and Dr. and Mrs. John Fields of Tiptonville, Tenn.

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He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Fields of Tiptonville, Tenn., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Hays McCauley of Philadelphia. Miss Dehmer was graduated from Jackson Academy. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi with a major in hospitality management. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. After college, she worked in the management training program at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Miss Dehmer is the assistant property manager at Henley Property Management in Oxford. She is a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.

Fields obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi with a major in business administration. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. After college, he worked for Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Crested Butte, Colo. He is an endoscopy sales representative for Smith and Nephew Advanced Surgical Devices in Oxford. A reception will follow the ceremony at The County Seat in Livingston.

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Lee Hayward and Katie Ellis

Romance blossomed over the treadmill for personal trainer Lee Hayward and A&E nurse Katie Ellis.

The couple’s eyes met across a busy gym and it was love at first workout.

It’s true what they say – exercise is good for you,” laughed Katie after the couple’s winter wedding.

“I went to the gym to get fit and look what I came out with.”

The couple, who married at the sumptuous Eaves Hall near Clitheroe, are both in the health business.

Lee is senior wellbeing personal trainer at the Nuffield Health fitness centre in Walton-le-Dale.

There he carries out health MOTs for clients as well as delivering one-to-one fitness programmes.

Katie works on the trauma team at the Royal Preston Hospital, delivering critical care to seriously ill and injured patients from across the North West.

Colleagues from both the fitness centre and the hospital were at Eaves Hall to see the couple marry.

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“It was an absolutely wonderful day,” said Katie.

“It was everything we had hoped for, in fact even more.

“We couldn’t have wished for it to go any better.

“As it was a winter wedding you always worry about the weather.

“There were storms the day before and the day after, but it was perfect on the day itself. We really were so lucky.”

Katie, eldest daughter of Alison and Brian Ellis from Longton, revealed Lee proposed in the romantic Italian town of Sorento, overlooking the Bay of Naples. Their honeymoon was spent at the Long Beach Golf and Spa Resort in the Indian Ocean paradise of Mauritius.

“I think it’s obvious Lee is a bit of a romantic,” said Katie.

“But I’m not complaining, it’s wonderful when you’re made to feel special.”

Lee, one of three brothers whose parents Brian and Joan Hayward live in Chorley, said: “It was just another day in the gym until Katie walked in. Then it was all bells and whistles.

“I didn’t believe in love at first sight until that day. Sounds soppy that doesn’t it? But it’s true.”

Maid of honour: Amy Ellis.

Bridesmaids: Amy Williams and Lucy Bridges.

Flower girls: Abbie and Sophie Hayward.

Best man: Ste Thompson.

Ushers: Tom Ellis, and Terry Ormesher.

Wedding dress: Amelia’s Bridal Boutique, Clitheroe.

Flowers: Flowers with Passion , Longridge.

Make up: Lucie MUA.

Hair: Naomi Byron @ Hall of Hair in Lostock Hall.

Venue dressing: Creative Cover Hire of Whitestake, Preston.

Stationary: Brides Little Helper of Clitheroe.

Bridesmaid dresses: ASOS.

Suits: Nigel Clare of Chorley.

DJ: Dance Floor Couture of Preston.

Wedding singer: Wayne Farrow from Burnley.

Cake: Shelagh Rawlinson.

Photography: Kerry Woods of Mellor.

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Wedding Shoot

Often the phrase, “less is more” is attributed to wedding styling, but for this shoot, they went the opposite way with a “more is more” attitude! And we are definitely loving it!

The choice for this shoot is very evident in the luxurious haute couture feel to the dresses the models are wearing, shying away from the traditional white or ivory dresses and adorning them in rich colors and sumptuous fabrics. Lush!

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The inspiration behind this shoot was founded on an Edgar Allan Poe poem –the Annabel Lee, in particular, where the lines “we loved with a love that was more than a love” was cited. The dark and romantic nature of this poem was woven through the shoot with deep reds, elegant blacks, and opulent golden touches.

The Hedsor House was a natural choice for the venue with its iconic looming stature and its luxurious interiors.

This wedding style would suit a stately home or grand hotel and it exudes high-end luxury and extravagant details and with such a rich color palette this would be ideal for a winter wedding.

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Wedding Inspirations

In a first for the magazine, South African Wedding Inspirations is sponsoring the fashion show at The Wedding Expo, which takes place at the Ticketpro Dome on Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 March.

During the show, visitors can expect to see gowns from recent magazine fashion shoots on the ramp, bringing the pages of Wedding Inspirations to life. The twice-daily fashion show is one of the major drawcards of The Wedding Expo.

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The fashion show will showcase a range of gowns that have been featured in the magazine, highlighting the work of talented local designers as well as a diverse selection of tailored ready-to-wear international ranges available through local retailers. Trends such as lace embellishment, illusion necklines, long sleeves, coloured gowns and ballgown skirts will all make their mark on the fashion ramp during the fashion show.

“We are delighted to be partnering with The Wedding Expo to give our readers and followers an immersive live-action magazine experience. It’s thrilling for us to be able to showcase the very talented local designers and international retailers who form the backbone of our fashion pages,” says Wedding Inspirations editor Julia Boltt.

Readers will also be able to snap up the new issue of South African Wedding Inspirations for an Expo-exclusive price, available only at The Wedding Expo.

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Wedding Photography

I’m a wedding photographer, and I love it. I don’t shoot anything else and I really don’t want to either.

In all my career as a freelancer I have shot everything from boxing matches to restaurant interiors. Nothing has ever been as challenging as photographing a wedding.

There does seem to be a general consensus among the public that weddings are where photographers start on their journey to becoming the next Annie Leibowitz. However, I’m proud to be a part of a generation that is very slowly starting to change that misconception.

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When I studied Photography at University I was (and still am) fascinated by the notion that photographs can trigger and even replace memories.

This fascination led me to a two year investigation into the importance of the photograph. I found case studies where individuals had forgotten lived experience and replaced it with the memory of a photograph. This startled me, but became obvious when I attempted to piece together my own childhood. Certain events I have no recollection of, yet I can recall the photograph.

The importance of the photograph was taken to new heights when I proposed to my now wife. In that moment nerves completely overtook me. I can remember the intense emotional experience, yet oddly I have no visual recollection of the event. Because of these instances (and my fascination with the connection between the photograph and memory) I hold photography in general and especially wedding photography in the highest esteem and take my work incredibly seriously.

The highest level of trust is placed in a photographer. I approach it is as if someone has entrusted me to capture their memories for them. For this reason, I consider it an honor.

The Technical Challenge

To be an exceptional wedding photographer you need to have mastered very nearly all photographic disciplines and be able to execute each skill consistently. It tests everything you know about your camera, lighting, and people’s behavior and will always throw something unexpected into the mix.

A wedding is often so tiring that shooting two in a row will exhaust you for the rest of the week, such is the level of concentration required.

Light is constantly changing throughout the day. In any one moment an event can occur in your peripheral vision, one must stay sharp and know the camera inside out to compensate for changes in exposure. I relish the challenge that comes with being quick on your feet being able to work at pace. Dark churches, people standing in doorways, even walking from shade to sunlight can produce huge jumps in exposure.

The pressure of capturing each moment keeps me mentally sharp and I produce some of my best shots when I work instinctively.

The above image is an accurate representation of the lighting on this day: overcast, some rain, fairly dark.

When the rain is intermittent, the pressure is on to work quickly and maintain quality. I’m constantly taking pictures of my hand throughout the day. Guests often look at me like I’m mad but it’s a great trick for achieving accurate exposure in changing conditions.

The solution? Place the couple under the boughs of a tree. This places them in shadow, but more importantly, creates a difference in exposure between them and the background. Would you believe it’s raining?

A wedding photographer must know how to manipulate daylight as well as flash. Be competent shooting inside as well as out (thanks to the British weather) and equally as important, know how to work with people. The biggest test for the modern photographer, however, is the ability to capture the in-between moments. Modern SLRs and lenses can cope with nearly all lighting conditions, and this has opened the door to photographing weddings in a reportage style.

To this extent all photographers must have an element of documentary in their work, even if their speciality leans towards fine art. Even if one is shooting 35mm film, film speed and fast aperture lenses means no longer capturing these moments is inexcusable.

This is one of the primary reasons why I love shooting weddings: the unexpected.

People go through a variety of emotions on the day: laughter, tears, and pure joy, all within the space of ten hours. It is truly magical. Because of this you have to be mindful of everything going on around you, not just the key moments of ring exchanges or first kiss. Guests may be crying, flower girls may be yawning, anything could happen and that’s why they’re so exciting.

Wedding photographers need to be prepared for anything.

Each wedding is a brand new challenge and guarantees to keep you creatively engaged. Even if you shoot the same venue three weddings in a row, the light will change, the weather will change, and the people will change. Each of these factors will dramatically alter the final story. No two weddings are the same, so they should never be approached in the same way either.

The evolution of the day also keeps you sharp, and I love to be tested.

Often photographers will cite the pressure as being a reason why they dislike weddings. The burden being too much to deal with. For me, each phase of the wedding offers a chance to take the best photograph you have ever taken. The moments are there, and if you wait for them they will come to you.

There is a certain fluidity of shooting that comes when you fully embrace this idea and think less and shoot more. There is no sorcery involved, be in the mix and the moments come to you.

Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere

I love that I can shoot almost every sub set of photography. Weddings give you portraits, close ups, macro, still life, photojournalism, action, and more. Fleeting glances, posed portraits, or close ups of the tables and cake—everything is covered. For this reason, plenty of arrows can be added to your photographic quivery and constantly improved upon.

Articles on food and cook books offer amazing insight into the world of food and lifestyle photography. Fashion magazines, paintings, and art blogs are always giving me inspiration on how to pose people. YouTube documentaries on Joel Meyerowitz and Garry Winogrand offer insight into the wonders of street photography.

Each of these avenues can inspire a method or approach which can ultimately be applied to improving your wedding photography.

Weddings bring out something in people that you never encounter in everyday life: a level of openness and vulnerability. Our relationships with our partners are kept to ourselves, only on this one day will you declare how you feel publicly. To allow yourself to be vulnerable is one of the bravest things I can imagine. Being so emotionally charged that you can’t help the way you behave and the way you feel.

There is a purity of emotion that is inaccessible at any other point in one’s life. This purity is what I love to capture.

Shooting products and still life will always be overseen by a shoot director. Their job is to maintain brand identity and communicate brand values through imagery. With weddings you’re able to sculpt your own identity and shoot exactly how you believe the day should be captured. Ultimately, you deliver a product to a commercial client. To a wedding client, you deliver so much more.

You make an emotional connection with wedding clients, to the extent where you feel like you’ve known them your whole life.

I’m a big old softy at heart and adore my wife; I find it easy to emotionally invest in other couples when I see the love they have for each other, because I recognize it. The love felt on the day isn’t just between the couple, but family and friends too.

The single most rewarding thing about photographing a wedding is when a client tells you they can relive the day through the images. If my photographs re-enforce what they felt and mirror everything they experienced on the day, then I know I have done my job.

In no other field of photography will you receive such personal feedback. A commercial client will never tell you they shed tears of joy when they watched the slideshow. Weddings offer any photographer the ability to make a tangible connection with other human beings and this is why I don’t want to photograph anything else.

The Group Shots

Ask any wedding photographer what their most disliked part of the day is, and ninety nine times out of one hundred they will reply, “group photographs.”

Why is it difficult? It requires moving large numbers of people (who would often rather be drinking) into position. Guests don’t want to stand still and the couple don’t want to waste time. The way I see it, the couple has asked you for them, it’s your job to deliver. I’ve only ever photographed one wedding where no group pictures were required. With this in mind you should definitely switch your mind set and learn to enjoy them.

It is yet another challenge, something new to master. You need a big voice; if you struggle to summon your inner Pavarotti then employ an usher to shout for you. (Side note: I’d love to know if anyone has ever used a megaphone!) Organization is key. An extensive list which starts with big groups and whittles down to smaller groups of immediate family.

Why do I love group pictures? First of all, they have great potential for candid shots—groups of friends in a row will often make each other laugh. Secondly, and most importantly, where others fail I can flourish. We all know guests hate group photographs. At every wedding I have shot everyone compliments me on how quick and efficient I was at organizing. Not only that but they will then often recount a tale; “the last wedding I went to the photographer took two hours!”

This means the next time a friend of their gets married, I am more likely to be at the top of the referral list.

Both of the above images were taken right after the ‘formal’ group shots. Keep shooting through a moment and you’ll capture much more genuine emotions and images the client will cherish.

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Believe It Or Not, You Can Shoot It How You Want

If a client books you based upon what is in your portfolio, then they buy into your vision of a wedding. One of the best stories I ever heard about a photographer at a wedding involved the legendary William Egglestone. He delivered an album full of pictures of the sky. Truly unique.

You don’t hire William Egglestone to take pictures of your dress hanging up in a tree, back lit and shot at f/2 on a Contax 645. You hire him because you believe in his vision. Would I hire him to shoot my wedding? No way, he could just as easily deliver photos of ash trays. The point remains: if you show what you want to shoot in your portfolio and people hire you based on that, then you don’t need to compromise.