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It’s has been quiet some time since we talked about wedding dresses. The last time we did address the subject was when we discussed winter wedding dresses (and backless wedding dresses came before that). It is time to come back to that wonderful subject. Lately, sleeved wedding dresses have been catching my fancy. And, seeing that the cold seasonal months of autumn and winter are around the corner, now is a perfect time to discuss options for sleeved wedding dresses.
Sleeves were common in preceding centuries, but they became less prominent as new styles were introduced as showing more skin became popular. Straps, strapless and halter options were the new and exciting fashion additions in the mid and late twentieth century. However, many contemporary brides are now looking back to sleeved wedding dresses as a way of making their wedding dress choice an uncommon or one in today’s fashion.
I love sleeved wedding dresses, because they offer many elements that their counterparts do not. 1.) They offer more canvas for more detail and embellishment. 2.) They offer more neckline options. 3.) They can offer modesty or a creative way to show skin. 4.) They can fit any style and personality.
Sleeved wedding dresses come in many lengths, but for the purpose of simplicity, we will call them short sleeved and long sleeved. Today we will discuss long sleeved wedding dresses. There are so many options that is is difficult to know where to begin. So, we will start with the basics.
One simple and timeless long sleeved wedding dress option is the employment of plain sleeves.
Sleeves can add to a dress in ways other than patterns, though. They can add a dimension just through the cut of the sleeve. For instance, the puffy sleeve can add grace and dimension to your dress, especially when done in contrast to a well-fitted long sleeved wedding dress.
Many women avoided sleeved wedding dresses due to the fact that they wanted to show off skin. However, this is still possible with sleeved wedding dresses. You can mix modesty with modern style in a tasteful way (or a not so tasteful) by using a sleeved wedding dress. There are innumerate wedding dress available that mash styles and reinvent the conventional in stunning ways.
Lastly, one style that has worked well with sleeved wedding dresses and does not require reinvention is the Bohemian style. The Bohemian style uses draping bell sleeves to accentuate the loose flow of the dress. If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.
The wedding reception entrance is an important moment of the wedding and the start of the marriage of the bride and groom. It is the first time that the couple presents themselves as husband and wife after the altar. More importantly (or maybe just more fun), it marks the start of celebration with friends and family. A couple can make the wedding reception entrance as fun or as sentimental as they want to make it to fit their personalities.
You can set the mood with the music that you choose. You can make the wedding reception entrance dramatic with epic music, fun or funny with your favorite oldie, or sweet and sentimental with a classic love song.
Your entrance itself can be as unique as you guys as well. If you want to involve your friends and family in your wedding reception entrance, you can have them make a tunnel for you. Or, they can hold up a paper poster for you and your new husband to burst through (think high school pep rally). If you want to make it entertaining for your guests, you can enter with a dance – perhaps a choreographed dance (like this or this). Or, for something sweet and momentous, do an ‘unveiling’ of you guys as a newlywed couple. This can be done using using curtains, hanging garland, a staircase or anything else your imagination can come up with.
Regardless of how you choose to make your wedding reception entrance, be sure to capture it on camera. It is sure to be a memorable moment full of love and excitement. It is a once in a lifetime occasion that you will want to remember forever.
The main reason that I (and most other women) love weddings is the romance. The beauty that comes with flowers, wedding dresses and centerpieces is an added bonus. The love between the man and woman who just vowed to spend their lives together is what we all want to see in photos, and it is what every bride wants to capture in her own wedding photos. A bride wants a gorgeous wedding cake, but more than anything else, she wants romantic photos from her wedding day that she can hang around the house, so that she can feel the excitement and love that was that day.
The perennial question is which poses for the bride and groom photo ideas should you use to capture this romance? We have shown you some sweet and gorgeous photo ideas before such as the blindfolded kiss, the groom’s first look, the secret hand-holding and more couple photo ideas. These photos capture the intimate moments between the bride and the groom during an otherwise busy and crowded day. Bride and groom photo ideas in this collection capture not only the romance of the day, but the wedding ambiance as well. If you are getting married in the fall, take advantage of the orange leaves falling around you. If you have a summer rainstorm on your big day, include it in your photos. That will not be forgotten by you or your guests. If you get married on the Fourth of July, then include sparklers or fireworks. If you got married in the woods on a sunny day or on the rooftop of hotel in the city at night, capture the ambiance in your wedding photos. Whatever is most unique or dear to your heart about your wedding day, include in your couples’ photos. It is the memory of that feeling that photos capture.
If you are stuck on what to do for your own bride and groom photo ideas, use these photos below for some inspiration.
It has been far too long since I posted a collection of awkward photos. We have loving posts for Mother’s Day, but motherhood is not always full of good times. There are moments that are exhausting, frightening and awkward that will only be funny in retrospect. After all, nobody is perfect and there are bound to be far more awkward moments than picture perfect moments. Fortunately, some of these moments have been captured on camera. Enjoy them with your mother and tell her thank you for taking care of you through the good moments and the awkward moments (although some of those may have been her fault). Happy Mother’s Day!
You can blame the fashion trends, having a bad day or just the innate awkwardness that comes with growing up. Regardless of what is to blame, these photos are worth more than a thousand words and are fare more enjoyable than picture perfect moments. I hope you enjoyed these awkward photos for Mother’s Day as much as we did!