Love stories often start with a simple hello, a hand shake or a connected glance.
When that love story grows it creates a friendship and love that is infectious and carefree. The timeline of a boy meeting the girl of his dreams can be seen in this fun and flirtatious engagement shoot with Tyla and Rob. While exploring along the Thames in Central London, these two love birds enjoy laughs, affection and the true happiness of being together.
What I am about to talk about today comes but once in a life time. Well unless you fall subject to the statistics and are part of the 50% of Americans…
Grooms Day! Grooms day should be a day of celebration. I mean, you are about to get married to the person you love and right before that you get to share in the experience with some of your closest friends around. Exciting right? Why don’t grooms have groom’s showers? Grooms sometimes feel like this is a huge responsibility, but as a groomsmen it’s tradition that you get a gift, get to party with your friend who is about to get married and be on stage in front of everyone…what’s not to love right?! Haha.
Check out this example of what to do with your guys while the ladies are at the bridal shower…
The afternoon started with Marcia, a cigar roller from Boston Cigar Factory, who sat with the guys and taught them how to roll cigars. A beautiful art in a beautiful setting. The guys followed up the cigar rolling with some cornhole and football and then headed down the bog to a whiskey tasting. The whiskey tasting was displayed on a handmade table from True North Event Rentals and the guys made notes on their whiskey tasting cards from Dulce Press.
After enjoying the whiskey, they headed back to the main bog where a table was set in the bog for dinner. The centerpiece of the table was created by All About Flowers for Weddings and was a creative mix of flowers and whiskey in a stack of whiskey glasses. At the bog, the men mixed up some cranberry old fashioneds and sipped on some local Cape Cod Beer. Friends toasted the groom, signed his football and were able to sit back, relax and puff on their new cigars.
So you found ‘the’ dress, the shoes, the bridesmaids dresses and possibly even the jewelry but now you must decide on whether to veil or not to veil? That is the question.
The tradition of wearing a wedding veil goes back further than the tradition of brides wearing white and although there is no definitive answer as to why a bride wears a veil, there is the history to support it’s presence and the final decision will be left up to you.
Here are some things to think about while deciding if a veil is for you..
Does your dress have an interesting back or details you want to show off?
Most of the time during the ceremony your guests will be looking at the back (or side) of you so keep that in mind with what you would like to show off during that time. A veil can often times take away from the back details as the main focus. If you do decide you want a veil then choose one that has less fullness at the top so that it will be more sheer and your guests will still be able to see and enjoy the design of the back.
Will you be holding a bouquet?
A bouquet is a great accessory to have while walking down the aisle and is a beautiful finishing touch but with one hand holding the bouquet and the other arm holding onto the person giving you away, you don’t have any other arms (I hope not) to fuss with the veil if it flutters behind you. Especially with a long veil. For that you will want to bring the veil over your shoulders and hold it slightly in your fingers so that as you walk it doesn’t get stuck or drag 10 feet behind you. With wind or carpeted floors the veil can be unpredictable.
Will your wedding be outside?
If so then you have the weather to worry about. With the wind comes a tornado of a veil and while you are saying your vows the veil could be doing a little dance on top of your head or even blow in front of your face. Not a pretty sight for photos.
As you walk down the aisle what would you like your groom to see?
Your eyes will be fixated on your groom as you walk down the aisle and it’s important to think about what you would like your groom to see. A bride with a halo of tulle framing her beautiful face and dress or a natural bride with flowers in her hair instead. What you decide will showcase your personality.
Veils look great in photos!
I don’t know about you but I think veils look great in photos and are beautiful for portraits of the bride. This may be a deciding factor if you want to look back at your photos and see a blushing bride with a veil. At the same time you can always have a veil on stand-by just for photos if you decide not to wear one down the aisle.
Location, Location, Location.
Where you are getting married may help you decide what to do as well. If your ceremony is going to be at a cathedral, church, ballroom, or your wedding is black tie then a veil creates the elegance for those locations and will look very appropriate.
How do you feel when you put a veil on with your dress?
It is important to at least try a veil on with your dress even if you think you don’t want one. You will be able to see for yourself what you would look like and you will know right away how you feel about it. Some brides end up not feeling like themselves while others are surprised at how a veil created a whole new element for them as a bride.
All in all, the choice is yours. What will you do?