Tips To Get The Very Best Wedding Film Possible:


These are tips to keep in mind while you are planning your wedding day timeline:

TIME FOR INTERVIEWS:

• Interviews are what couples love about Serendipity wedding films. Build 15 minutes into your timeline at the start of our cinematography time to complete them – preferably before you put your wedding dress on. If we don’t do them right away they are impossible to get done later in the day.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:

• The Getting Ready footage is some of the best footage in your film. Think about your Getting Ready location: Is it well lit with lots of natural light? Visually appealing? Clean? Roomy enough for your bridal party, Photographer and Cinematographer? These are all important things to consider when choosing a location to get ready in.

CREATING BEAUTIFUL LIGHTING:

• Cameras don’t operate well in low lighting. It is important to consider lighting in every aspect of your day to get the most flattering footage possible. Think about the light at your Getting Ready location, the Ceremony site and the Reception. If there is not enough lighting, think about bringing some in. (Oh and uplighting is not considered “light” in our book!)

CINEMA TIME:

• Gone are the days of hours alone with your Photographer on your Wedding Day. To create the most beautiful wedding film possible, we need some shots with you too, and we don’t want to ruin your Photographers mojo by encroaching on their time or shouting out poses we need from you. Block out about 15 minutes of time for your Cinematographer separate of your Photographer so that we can get the shots that we need for your wedding film, ideally at the beginning of the shoot.

DOING A FIRST LOOK:

• 98% of couples do a First Look these days, and we highly recommend it. It allows us to get some spectacular footage of a hugely meaningful moment that you will be able to look back at and remember forever. It allows your Photographer and Cinematographer time to be more creative throughout the day, instead of racing against the clock and sunset trying to get all shooting done after the Ceremony.

CONSIDER AN “UNPLUGGED WEDDING”:

• You are paying a lot of money for us to capture your day, so ask your guests to be present in the moment and put away the phones and and cameras. When they are busy with their iphones and ipads they get in our way and ruin the very shots you are paying us to get.

EATING TIME:

• Talk with your catering manager about feeding your vendors when the bridal party eats. If we are fed after the guests, we don’t get enough time to hydrate and nourish ourselves and we could miss the start of your reception.

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Romantic & Timeless Arizona Biltmore Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

We can not get over how gorgeous this wedding was! It was such an honor to be apart of Rachael and Daniel’s special day. They got married in early December at The Arizona Biltmore. It was a perfect day with talented vendors and a beautiful color pallet. Read about their story below!

How They Met:

Daniel and Rachael first met six years ago through Facebook. At the time Rachael photographed an all girls punk rock band and Daniel happened to be friends with the bass player. Later Rachael found out Daniel was a photographer too and fell in love with his photography work. After a few weeks of non-stop texting and calling they decided to meet officially in person in the middle of the Tempe Town Lake Bridge. They spent two hours at the edge of the lake that night with Rudy, Rachael’s Gold Retriever, watching the sunset and talking endlessly.

 

The Proposal:

The proposal happened in NYC on Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center overlooking the breathtaking NYC skyline. While up there, you could see everything! It was cold, according to Rachael, but it was beautiful and so worth it! While they were up there, they had to get a photo so Rachael asked a random stranger to take their picture. (Fun Fact: Rachael and Daniel are AZ Wedding Photographers!) Then, Daniel very spontaneously got down on one knee and the rest was a blur for Rachael. All she really remembers is saying, “Yes!” The stranger who took their photo did an excellent job and the rest of their trip they celebrated!


The Wedding:

We love capturing weddings at The Arizona Biltmore. The feel of the old time Hollywood, mixed modern gives us all the feels. The architecture there is so unique and the background opportunities for photo and video are endless and such a mix! Rachael and Daniel’s wedding was a mix of classic Chinese with a modern American twist. The Chinese traditions they brought into their wedding, such as the tea ceremony, where Rachael was wearing her traditional red Chinese dress was such an honor to capture. We love being apart of the couples unique story, and capturing that throughout the day. The ceremony site was breathtaking, the floral by Carte Blanche Design were straight out of a fairy tale. We loved the mixed bridesmaid dresses, we’re a sucker for that. And the classic black and white tuxes the guys were in were flawless. We wish we could live this day over and over again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talented Vendors: Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography // Planning: Revel Wedding Co. // Venue: Arizona Biltmore // Florist: Carte Blanche // Linens: La Tavola // DJ: Desert House Productions // Officiant: Father Gary Regula // Hair & Makeup: Heather Van Houten // Invitations: Celebrations in Paper // Dress: Lillian Lottie {custom design}

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A Wedding Film is Worth the Investment:

First off, congrats to all the newly engaged couples out there! This is such an exciting time in your lives, and we hope you enjoy every minute of it! As you start looking for vendors and budgeting out your wedding, we wanted to give you a little insight as to why a wedding film is so worth the investment!

A Wedding Film is the first thing cut from the wedding budget, yet the number one regret a couple has after a wedding if they decided not to get one. The very thought of a couple not having a wedding film to document their wedding day makes us beyond sad. So many moments and memories lost, so here is our pitch! Take what you like and leave the rest!

1. Who is at your wedding sadly may not be here ten years from now. Over our ten years in business we have had 10 couples lose someone unexpectedly after the wedding. For many of those couples, their wedding day was the last time they ever saw that person and heard their voice. Can you even imagine not hearing your mom’s words to you as she zipped you into your dress? Or your dad’s toast to you on your wedding day? Or what your groom says to you the moment he first sees you in your dress? Lost, lost, and lost if you opt out of a wedding film. We hate to be morbid, but it is a truth. Document the day… No matter the curve balls life throws us you will be so glad to have a video record of those who were with you that day.

2. Of course you are going to have a Photographer on your wedding day. But Photos and a Wedding Film go hand in hand. A Photographer will give you snapshots of moments. We will give you the sound and motion from those moments. Together we are your memory team giving you multiple facets and angles of the day. We have never had a couple say to us that they had too many memories of their wedding day. As soon as people find out what we do for a living, inevitably the ones who didn’t have a cinematographer at their wedding always say to us, “That was our biggest regret.. I so wish we had a wedding film. We decided against it and I wish we hadn’t.” I have never had someone say to me, “I wish we didn’t invest in a wedding film.” Even if it wasn’t a great film, they are still glad they have it.

3. The day goes beyond super fast. The morning after your wedding you will discuss with your spouse how amazing it was and you will both agree that it went by lightening fast. And if you decided to invest in a wedding film you will have a sense of peace in knowing that you have that memory forever, but also that you will soon get to re-live that day when the film is finished. We will show you in your film, parts of the day, that you never knew existed. You will get to see your day from a completely different angle. You will get to re-live it like it is brand new again and that is priceless.

4. You will want this memory if you decide to have a family. While it may not be on the radar now, having a family might be in the picture one day and you will regret deeply not being able to share the day of your wedding with your future children. They will want to see what life was like before they came along. A wedding film is such a special memory to share with them.

5.  In this day and age with all of the technology it just makes sense. Wedding films can now be easily shared with family and friends. You want those that attended and those that couldn’t to be able to share in the memories, still be able to through your wedding film. Wedding films are nothing like they used to be, they are high quality productions now. They are a customized story of your wedding day, fabulous, and a must have in your wedding budget.

 

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My Top Three Vendor Must Haves | Arizona Vendors

Hi there! Hope you’ve been spending the new year with good company and big goals. We’ve missed you over here. We have had many big changes and we’re ready for a new year with consistent blogging, incredible weddings, and loving couples. We are already up to over 50 weddings and still booking for this season! So if you were one of those lucky gals or guys that got engaged over the holidays, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Trust me, I know all about popular wedding dates. I am a recent bride of Serendipity Cinematography and have been married for almost two months now! November 11, 2017 is when I tied the knot and getting vendors booked for this day seemed to be tricky. (I mean we did choose, 11.11.. what were we thinking?) So that is why I am sharing with you today, our top three vendors that were a must have and that we booked first! Are you recently engaged? Get to booking these vendors because they get busy, quick! If you have your eye on a specific vendor, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Want to check out my wedding and vendors at the gorgeous Paseo? Click here!

When my husband and I got engaged, we sat down and prioritized our budget and determined what was most important to us. We put a lot of thought into this. We thought about after the fairy tale day and we determined that the film and photos is what you will have to look back on for the rest of your lives together. Easily our top two choices were a videographer and photographer. These were the two people that would capture our day for us to look back on. We will get to reminiscence about our day with our children, grandchildren, and maybe even great grandchildren one day.

We got a lot of questions from family and friends, asking why a videographer was so important to us? A lot of them would say things like, “I haven’t watched my wedding video since the day we got it” or “It’s not that exciting to watch anyways, why spend the money on it?” Well first off, wedding videos aren’t like they used to be. They are films now, a full on gorgeous production of your day. Good bye to the wedding videos of just a long ceremony, first dance, and bad audio. These are hand crafted films of an overview of your entire day from getting ready with your girl friends, interviews of you and your fiance, to the first time he see’s you in your wedding gown, the ceremony, your first dance, and the party that ends the night!

When deciding we didn’t even think twice about booking a videographer. When you really think about it, if you don’t have a videographer there who is going to capture your personal vows and they way you say them to each other on your wedding day? The interview of your parents and grandparents? The toasts from your very best friends? The emotion and words spoken during your first look? You can never get those words, the emotion, and the sound behind them without a videographer there to capture it.

Now we needed one more vendor. This also came pretty easy to us. I am naturally very OCD and Type A. Having someone that could handle our day with the same vision as us was very important. I kept thinking to myself, do I want to spend the one day of my life marrying my best friend worried about where the florist will place the florals on the arch? How the table seating arrangements will get done? And how my bridal party will make it down the aisle flawlessly? No! I didn’t want to worry about one bit of it.

For us a Day Of Coordinator, was the perfect choice. I have had a lot of experience with weddings by working with Serendipity and planning with Pinterest made it super fun. (I mean how did anyone plan a wedding before it!?) I also purchased an Erin Condren planner to help me pace out when everything needed to be completed. But man oh man, is a Coordinator worth it! Planning a wedding is a ton of work. I give all the props to the Planners out there making these magical weddings happen!

There you have it! My top three vendor must haves. Do you have a top three? Comment below and let me know about them!

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Monique Hessler Photography

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The Paseo at Superstition Mountain Wedding | Videographer Phoenix 

How They Met:

Landon and Paige met almost nine years ago while they were both in high school working at their first job at Harkins Theaters at SanTan Mall. They were both in different places in their lives and young as they were not looking for anything serious. Paige talks about how she noticed Landon with his “Justin Bieber” hair cut and that she thought he was just the cutest. Landon says Paige caught his eye as very beautiful and he wanted to get to know her more. It wasn’t until about 2 years after working with each other that Landon and Paige’s friendship turned into something more.

Their first official date was on the 4th of July 2011. They went with some friends to tumbleweed park and watched the fireworks. After the firework show the traffic leaving was pretty bad. Paige decided to get out of the car and direct traffic herself to get them out of there. Landon said at that point he knew, and fell in love with her strong independent personality. Over the next six years Landon and Paige would move out together, adopt their fur baby Dash, and start living their lives as one.

The Proposal:

Landon and Paige formed a bond over Disney during their trip for her 18th birthday. Ever since that first trip, that has been “their place”. They go there to celebrate promotions, graduations, birthdays, anniversary’s, or even just a quick weekend trip because that week was just to much adulthood to handle. Landon knew that Paige had always dreamed of being proposed to at Disneyland since she was a little girl. Being the awesome guy he is, he knew he had to make that happen one way or another. So then the planning began.

Landon started ring shopping for Paige in September of 2015. Two stores later with his Mom, Sister, and Dad and he found “the one”. They planned a trip to Disneyland for Thanksgiving weekend of 2015. They arrived at the hotel the evening before Thanksgiving and went straight to sleep. The next morning while Paige was getting ready in the bathroom, Landon went into the luggage to grab the ring he stashed in a pocket. Paige rarely goes in that pocket, but his heart sank when he found that Paige placed something in that pocket the night before and thought she found the ring. He played it off and tried not to worry about it on their way to the park. All the while Paige was checking pockets to see if it was going to happen this trip as they had been talking about it lately. She didn’t see any ring boxes in his pockets so she forgot about it and started planning out their day.

When they arrived at the park Paige suggested that they head straight to the castle for a picture since the park seemed empty that morning. Landon agreed without hesitation. When they arrived and it was their turn for a picture, Landon took a little longer than normal to hand his phone to the photographer. Paige thought nothing of it until Landon walked over to stand with her for a photo and she could basically feel his heart pounding out of his chest. Landon then got down on one knee and asked Paige to marry him.. the rest is history! They celebrated by face-timing all their closest friends and family, and eating Mickey Waffles at their favorite restaurant, The Carnation Cafe. Landon had made a reservation weeks before to make sure it was the perfect day, and it was.

The Wedding:

Oh this wedding was one for the books! Such a gorgeous day that we were so excited to be apart of. This wedding was close to our hearts as the Bride is one of our cinematographers! Paige designed and planned the whole day and it was a fairy tale fit for a princess. The day started out at The Courtyard Marriott in Mesa were they both got ready. Harley Ann Artistry and Infinite Artistry rocked it out. They dolled up all the girls and got them ready for Monique Hessler Photography and us to capture some special moments. After they were done getting ready they headed to The Paseo for Paige’s first looks. Yes we said looks, with her Dad, Brother, and of course Landon! (You have to watch the Same Day Edit to see the sweet tears from him! Oh how he loves her!) We captured some beautiful moments in front of the gorgeous reception hall at The Paseo. Then later that evening in the desert we captured some magic of the couple during sunset, and that was dreamy. Then came reception and the most perfect sparkler exit to end the night.

The maroon, navy, and blush color palette worked so well with the gorgeous backdrop of the superstition mountains and the loose greenery throughout the reception decor. Her bridesmaids pulled off the mixed dresses so well and some even included some rose gold sparkle we can’t get over! The boys all rocked a navy tux with maroon bow ties and brown shoes. The whole wedding came together so beautifully and we are still in awe of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendor Dream Team: Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Monique Hessler // Venue: The Paseo // Florist: The Floral Theory // Rentals: Lace and A Barn // Officiant: 1st Officiant // Dress: Strut Bridal // Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse // DJ: Got You Covered // Bartender: On the Rocks Bartenders // Cake: Piece of Cake // Foto Bus: The Foto Bus // Catering: Creations by Sergio // Cookie Favors: T. and Cookies // Hair: Harley Ann Artistry // Makeup: Infinite Artistry

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Romantic & Modern El Chorro Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Romantic & Modern El Chorro Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:
Brittany and Justin met in college, during their freshman year at Arizona State University. They met through mutual friends and they all hung out in the same dorm. They also had the mutual bond of being Greek as they were both in a sorority and fraternity.

The first two years Justin and Brittany became very close friends. Eventually, they realized it was a lot more than a friendship that they shared. It was then towards the end of their sophomore year that a relationship began.

It has been a long journey ever since and they have endured all of life’s transitions since graduating from college. They even ended up breaking up for a year, but always knew they were meant to be together in the end. These two have been together for a total of 8 years and friends for 10 years.

The Proposal:
Brittany and Justin love to hike and work out! Justin took Brittany out for a surprise hike up Camelback Mountain at 6 am (in the pitch dark) to get to the top just in time for sunrise! Justin bent down on one knee, looking as if he was getting a water bottle out of his backpack, but really it was a ring! It was absolutely perfect Brittany says, and he also filmed it on his GoPro that was attached to his head!

The Wedding:
Brittany and Justin were married at the stunning El Chorro venue. Their color palette of blush, gold, and ivory complemented the picturesque location perfectly. We are a huge fan of anything that glitters so of course, we LOVED the bridesmaids dresses Brittany choose for her girls, as well as all the linens and decor that also were filled with sequins.

Their perfect day started out in an elaborate Orthodox Church and ended in a romantic outdoor reception.

Wedding Planner: Sam-Revel Wedding Company
Venue: El Chorro
Photographer: Andrew Jade Photography
Entertainment: MT Sounds
Florist: Sarah’s Garden
Linens: La Tavola
Invitations: The Paper Place

 

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We get asked all of the time from couples if they can have the Raw Footage from their wedding day. The short answer is no, and you should see the look on the couples face. It is as if we just told them their wedding dress was ugly. However, we want to take the time to tell you why. We promise we are not trying to be mean, keep precious memories from you or even hold it hostage for more money from you. The answer is because you don’t need it, let us explain.

Years ago before cinematic wedding films became the norm a videographer would show up at your event with a giant camera and record the entire day from beginning to end. Then they would deliver tapes of 10 hours of video footage of every single second of your wedding day. Those were the days before editing.

Amanda + Matt

Amanda + Matt

Somehow the idea though, that Raw Footage was absolutely necessary as a deliverable stuck. We are here to tell you that the Raw Footage is no longer necessary. Wedding Films have evolved. Nowadays wedding films are creative and cinematic edits that summarize the wedding day.

That being said, when we film a wedding we no longer film the entire day in full. We only film what we know we are going to use. We will say it again, We only film what we know we are going to use. Our videographers are shooting in HD so the files sizes are huge and we quite frankly don’t want to film every single second of the day for space purposes as well as editing purposes. It’s just too darn much footage to sort through. Since we know we are summarizing your wedding day, filming every single second is just not necessary anymore.

Before you start thinking there is a mountain of memories on the cutting room floor, to compensate for not having that Raw Footage most companies will offer Documentary Style Edits of the most important parts of the day. What that means is that on top of the Wedding Movie Trailer and Feature Film we will edit for you your Ceremony, Toasts, and First Dances. Most couples see those as the most important parts of the day so we film those and edit them in their entirety.

What we always tell our couples is that if something doesn’t make an appearance in the Wedding Movie Trailer, Feature Film or Documentary Style Films there is a reason why. To be clear though, ANYTHING of value is going to show up in one of those 3 places, we will be sure of it.

Raw Footage has become fluff. And when it is offered to couples in packages or as an add-on it is painted as this extremely necessary and valuable piece of their wedding day when it is pretty much what they already have.

The Raw Footage includes the shaky shots, poorly colored shots, and practice shots. We just don’t see the value of this. Again revisiting the size of the files most couples don’t even have the software to open the files or know what to do with them once they do get them open. Not to mention who is actually going to watch 10 hours of footage.

And finally not offering the Raw Footage is a brand management thing for us. The best representation of our brand is always going to be our edited films. With how easy it is to upload videos online these days we never want to run the risk of our Raw Footage getting out there and someone posting a practice clip and claiming that “this is how Serendipity shoots a wedding film”.

In summary Raw Footage is not what you think it is. If there is something of value we will be sure that you have it. We want you to have as many memories of your wedding day as possible. But we also want you to have the best viewing experience and the best experience is always going to be watching an edited film.

 

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Romantic Four Seasons Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Romantic Four Seasons Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Amanda and Matt were set up together through a mutual friend. It was a co-worker of Amanda’s and Matt happens to be good friends with her husband. Often you hear people say that they don’t want to be set up, but we see so often that your friends might know what’s best! You never know who could be waiting just around the corner.

The Proposal:

Matt and Amanda were getting ready to leave their apartment for brunch with friends & Matt turned to Amanda and said “Babe, can I ask you something before we go?”. He put on their favorite song (which also happens to be the song they had their first dance too) and got down on one knee. Amanda, of course, said yes! Then the two went to brunch and Matt surprised Amanda with my parents there, as well as he flew in her best friends from LA, and had 45 of their friends & family there to celebrate! The day was spent with lots of laughs, champagne, and yummy food celebrating the engagement.

The Wedding:

The day was a romantic and magical day at the Four Seasons resort in Scottsdale. The ceremony and reception were adorned in the most beautiful ivory and blush pink floral.  They had a picturesque outdoor wedding and an intimate candlelit reception.

We love that along with the blush pink color, they brought in touches of wine and gold to their day. We think it gives the day such a classy feel.

Amanda’s dress was perfect. It had such a flattering and fitting silhouette and we love the lace and sequin detail. It’s just enough to give the dress personality and fit the theme of romance that went throughout the day.

Wedding Planner: Some Like It Classic
Venue: Four Seasons Scottsdale
Photographer: Elyse Hall
Entertainment: The JJ’s Band
Florist: The Flower Studio
Linens/ Rentals: Y Knot Party
Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier

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Wedding Color Trends 2017 | Videographer Phoenix

Wedding Color Trends 2017 | Videographer Phoenix

Are you having a 2017 wedding? Here are the latest color trends for this year based on what we have seen so far in our spring and summer season and what we plan to see this fall and winter!

Neutrals and Metals -The Black Tux

Neutrals and Metals -The Black Tux

Neutrals and Metals:

We touched upon how popular metals have been for this year in our blog earlier, but they are really picking up speed for this upcoming fall season. Neutrals have slowly become more and more popular as well. We are seeing them executed in all sorts of unique and creative ways. Some of which include invitations, bridesmaids dresses, groom attire and floral.

When we think of a neutral pallet, we get excited. We have seen this color scheme carried out in so many different ways all perfect and all beautiful. Pair it with greenery and woods for a rustic feel. Or you can pair with sequins and crystal to give it a romantic and eye-catching impression.

Green - The Black Tux

Green – The Black Tux

Green:

Going green? We have seen an increase in the color green, in almost all the floral this year. Of course, it was always present in some way, but this year in a much more fabulous way. Bouquets, having a more natural feel with a cascade effect are all the rage. In these, we see succulents and eucalyptus being a major play on these floral arrangements.

Not only are we seeing green in floral, but also in the wedding party. Gorgeous shades of jade, hunter, and sage are just stunning in both bridesmaid and groomsman attire.

Blue and Blush - The Black Tux

Blue and Blush – The Black Tux

Blue and Blush:

Maybe one of our new favorite color pairings is blue and blush. It has both a feminine and masculine feel. It’s timeless, as well as romantic and elegant. It’s also perfect for brides who want to stay traditional and having their something blue. Though this is trending for the spring and summer, we also see it transitioning really well into the fall.

We like that you can pair navy suits with blush dresses to give the wedding party a coordinating feel without being too matchy matchy.

 

Video: Serendipity Cinema

Photo Credit and Tux Info: The Black Tux

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Romantic Four Seasons Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Romantic Four Seasons Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Karysnn and Brian met online. It was Brian’s profile photo of him standing in front of a tractor that stood out to Karysnn initially. She then read that he was tall, 6’5 to be exact and she knew she had to send him a message.

When Brian picked her up for their first date. He knew she was the one as soon as she started walking towards him. He couldn’t take his eyes off her black and white dress, and her beautiful blonde hair flowing in the wind. Sounds like love ask first sight if you ask us!

They had planned to go to a movie, but instead found themselves talking and listening to music in the parking lot of the movie theater. Totally missing the movie but enjoying every moment. Since their first date they have spent nearly everyday since together.

The Wedding:

As you watch Karysnn and Brian, you can just see how much fun they have together. Their entire wedding, and we assume in life they are just smiling, laughing and truly enjoying each other. You can tell that they are really best friends, and that is what life and marriage is all about.

We are obsessed with the color pallet of this wedding. The floral is stunning. We love the mix of the blush pinks, with magenta, and purple. It just feels so girly and pretty.

Karsynn’s dress is of course stunning and perfect for her. It’s a chiffon a-line that just makes her look like a princess. The wrapped bodice is so flattering and the hint of sparkle around her waist completes the look.

The bridesmaids dresses are perfect and unique. We love the two toned dresses and feel that the style really compliments each of the ladies she choose to stand with her on this special day.

Planner: Two Hearts and a Planner
Venue: Four Seasons

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