Maybe you are the couple that has just gotten engaged, and he decided to propose via flash mob, or maybe you both have an affinity to make people laugh and have a great time! Either way, choreography is the way to go.

Consider that very popular dance that was viral a couple of years ago, when the couple danced down the aisle before their wedding. This is so unexpected and fun, that it lightened the mood, and made the anticipation that much more entertaining.

The choreographed first dance is becoming increasingly popular with couples because they want to have fun, and do something different. Couples are now doing a nice slow dance for the beginning of the song, and then it suddenly stops, making it the dance song. This gets the attention of the crowd, while the couple is having a lot of fun at the same time.

Doing a choreographed first dance is a lot of fun, and can also be a lot of work. Budget at least two to three weeks before your wedding for rehearsals, and practice often. Pick unexpected music and have fun!



Boudoir Photography

For the most part, the wedding planning process is done by the bride, and for the bride. The wedding ceremony and reception is built around the brides specifications, and the groom really doesn’t have a say in what goes on. Most brides don’t allow their future husbands to take part in helping plan the wedding, while others are begging for help. This can create a divide in the relationship, and some brides are taking notice.


A recent trend in photography has men’s eyes wide open due to the new boudoir style photography. Brides are feeling the need to do a little something for their future husbands or new husbands, so they are making a “For His Eyes Only” photo shoot. Some brides feel like this is a “thank you” photo shoot that will make up for the months or year long crazy person they have had to deal with.

The boudoir pictures can be taken in the comfort of your own home, or at a studio, whichever you prefer. Most of the time, the bride will be clothed, but not all the way. The bride has probably bought special lingerie to wear on her wedding, or just bought it for the shoot.

Most brides have the pictures presented to the groom on the wedding day, sort of like a, “look what you get later”story for the groom.

This boudoir style of photography is becoming increasingly popular, and is here to stay!


TREND REPORT: Fun Engagement Pictures

TREND REPORT: Fun Engagement Pictures



A new trend in photography is engagement pictures or an e-session. An engagement session is typically held by couples who want to get some professional pictures done before the wedding. Having an e-session is advantageous in many ways. You can meet and get a feel for each photographer before the engagement, wedding, or even bridal portraits. Talk to your friends and see who they might recommend for your engagement and bridal portraits, they might just know someone they’ve used in the past. After all, nothing is better than personal experience!

HAVE FUN: Recently, some popular engagement shots is of couples holding balloons. You could do the traditional “stand against a wall” picture, but who wants the same pictures as everyone else? One of the most original pictures Premier Bride has seen was of a couple that had cut out their date and acted like it was literally falling off of a bridge! This picture was used as the couples save the date, which meant that they literally “saved-the-date.”

YOU AS A COUPLE: If you have a certain game that you play like Monopoly or Scrabble, play those games and capture the fun of winning and the sting of defeat in your pictures. This will create a relatable and memorable picture that you can treasure for years to come. Do you as a couple like to go to the movies? Head to the theater and let your photographer tag along! Get pictures taken while waiting in line for tickets and popcorn, even sitting in the seats. These everyday shots will look great too!

HAVE A FAVORITE MOVIE?: Your favorite might be “The Notebook” or “The Dark Knight,” it doesn’t really matter- just dress up and have fun. A gorgeous engagement session inspired by your favorite movie might be just the ticket to getting some incredible shots. If you search on the internet, you might be able to find some engagement sessions to spark your interest.

SNAP SOME PORTRAITS TOO: You are already paying for pictures, why not take advantage of some pretty shots of you too! The lighting is good and you are already dressed up, might as well benefit from the opportunity!

CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES: Take some extra clothes along with you to your shoot and change it up! When you change your clothing you are add more interest to the shoot. It will be that much more fun to look back on your memorable engagement session years down the road.

Featured Vendor – Vans Studio of Photography

Van’s Studio – The Photographer

For over 30 years, Van’s Studio has specialized in wedding photography, family, and senior portraits in the San Joaquin Valley. In that amount of time, many photographers & trends have come and gone. Through it all, Van’s has remained constant in their attention to detail & classic design.

Van traveled throughout the United States, bringing the warmth and imagination to his brides and grooms. Whether at Wolf Lakes, CA or Jackson Hole, Wy, as a Van’s bride you can be assured that your day will be as important to Van’s Studio as it is to you. For over 30 years Van had a love affair with his imagery. His custom studio built in his home town projects his vision and his search for the ultimate images.

A true wedding professional, Tess Danielle will mesmerize you with her ability to perform magic with her digital imagery. As Van’s daughter, her lifelong exposure to the photography industry, has helped her form a unique style and superior background to all of the tricks of the trade.

The excitement Van’s Studio has found in their photography blends with Tess’s ability to listen and understand a brides’ needs and desires.

With classic traditions and a twist of modern flare, Van’s Studio is the perfect studio for all of your portraiture needs!

Come and join our family here at Van’s. See your wedding, child, or family portraits come alive!

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A Picture Perfect Day

It may be hard to imagine now, but after many months of hard work and detailed planning, your wedding day will suddenly arrive… and zooooom! The hours will fly by in a blur of beautiful, moving, memorable moments. And after the cake has been eaten, the dress has been carefully put away, and the gifts have been opened – you and your new spouse will be left with the most precious gift of all: memories of your special day. There is simply no better way to capture and preserve these memories than with a collection of beautiful photographs that not only document the day and its events, but also embody the emotions and spirit of your wedding. Quite frankly, this is simply nota component of your wedding planning to treat lightly! Invest the time, attention and budget necessary to ensure that your wedding memories will be preserved for the future.
What’s your style?
Start by determining which style of wedding photography is right for you and your fiancé. Here are brief descriptions of the three main styles.

Photography by Mark Janzen Photography

Formal or traditional. This style produces color, posed portraits of you and your groom, your wedding party, and your families, along with all of the traditional wedding moments such as the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss.
Photojournalistic. This style is a popular trend in wedding photography, and it means your photographer will be shooting your wedding as if it’s a news event, capturing hundreds of candid moments on film. These photographers tend to use more black & white film, for a classic, timeless and emotional effect.

Artistic. Artistic photographers use a variety of special effects to create a dramatic, one-of-a-kind piece of art. Effects could include double exposures, hand tinting, special borders and much more.
Most photographers offer a blend of two or more styles, but tend to specialize in, and focus on, just one. If you like the photojournalistic style, but want some posed formal portraits to showcase your families or the day’s special moments, find a photographer that can comfortably do both.

So which style is right for you? The first step is to think about the end product: what is most important to you, to have after your wedding? Do you definitely want to have beautiful, timeless, color portraits of you and your groom that you can elegantly frame and display? Do you want a large number of candid, heartfelt moments – many captured in black & white, to document your day? Are you envisioning a one-of-a-kind, artistic piece to hang on your wall after the wedding that incorporates one or more images from the big event?
To help you, take a look at friends’ wedding albums, surf around professional photographer’s web sites, clip photos from magazines of photography that moves you, and spend some time in photographers’ booths at wedding shows. All of this research will help you zero in on what style of photography you seem drawn to, and ultimately, which one you want to use for your wedding.

How to find the right photographer.
Once you’ve established the style that is best for you, it’s time to find a professional photographer that meets your needs. Start the process by collecting referrals from friends, reviewing helpful resources like Premier Bride, attending bridal shows and surfing the Internet. Create a short list of potential photographers that specialize in the style you desire, based on their work and your budget, and set up an in-person or phone consultation with them.
Your goal at this consultation is to evaluate three main areas:

  1. Do you like their work? Be sure to see complete wedding albums along with individual photos, to get the best idea of the end product you can expect to receive. Also, be very sure that you know exactly WHO will be shooting YOUR wedding – and view their work, as some larger studios have more than one photographer.
  2. Do your personalities mesh? Of all your wedding vendors, the photographer is the one vendor with whom you will spend a good deal of time on your wedding day. You want to feel comfortable with this person! Even if he or she is a great photographer, if your personalities just don’t ‘click’ – you may want to keep looking.
  3. Do they fit your budget? It’s so critical to have a budget amount in mind before looking for a photographer, so that you can feel confident that the one you’ve decided on, and love, also meets your financial requirements.

The different parts of a photography package.
As you’re selecting your photographer, it may help to be aware of the various elements generally included in wedding photography packages. Most photographers also offer these elements ‘a la carte,’ or can create a custom package that specifically meets your needs – so be sure to ask.

Bride & Groom’s Album. There are a wide variety of wedding albums available today, and they vary in size, color, material, construction and price. When comparing different photographers’ bride & groom albums, be sure you’re noting the quantity of photos and in what sizes, to make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples.”

Parents’ albums. The parents’ albums are smaller versions of the bride & groom album, and have traditionally included about twenty 5×7 photographs. Photos should be carefully selected for each family, to create two (or more) custom family albums.

Extra prints. You will probably want to order extra photographs in addition to the main album and parents’ albums, for yourself or your parents to have some framed portraits at home, for members of the wedding party, and for other close friends and family members. Don’t underestimate how many prints you will want after the wedding, as this will definitely impact your budget.
Proofs. Ask your photographer how many proofs you will get, and in what format. They may be provided as small photos, in digital format, on the Internet, or on contact sheets.

Engagement photograph. This is a posed portrait of the newly engaged couple, which can be sent to newspapers with information announcing your engagement. You may also choose to put a framed engagement photo by the guest book at your reception.