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08/16

Choose the most gorgeous dresses for your bridesmaids

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Obviously, your wedding is very important to you – but so is for the special people in your life. Your bridesmaids, for example, will want to feel really special on such an important day for you – and while there are surely a lot of wedding planning elements you still have to think of, your bridesmaids’ dresses should definitely not be among the least important ones.

How to choose the most gorgeous dresses for your bridesmaids? Here are some great tips to help you with this:

  • Stick to simplicity, don’t go too crazy, and keep practicality in mind. You may think intricate dresses that imitate a ballgown are really pretty (and they are!), but chances are that these dresses will cost too much and will be quite uncomfortable too. Better stay with simpler designs and fabrics, as well as with affordable choices!
  • Leave it up to your bridesmaids. A simple way to choose dresses your bridesmaids will actually like? Send them some color swatches and brief guidelines on what they should wear, and leave it up to them to make the final choice. After all, every woman knows what suits her – and your bridesmaids make no exception. Also, keep in mind that you can connect your bridesmaids’ looks with the bouquets too, not just with the color and/or general design of the dresses.
  • Whatever you do, remember that your wedding will only last one day. Your friendships, on the other hand, are forever. There’s no point in risking your friendship over a dress – so make choices your bridesmaids will actually appreciate and they will look splendid!

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08/16

Every wedding should have a gorgeous color scheme!

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Your wedding’s color scheme is more than important for the overall look and “feel” of this special day in your life. And yet, choosing just a couple of colors from such a wide range of choices can feel almost impossible when you don’t even know where to start.

If you are lost for ideas and don’t know what colors to choose for your Big Day, be sure to read on and find out more:

  • The venue matters. Take a very good look at your venue and how it looks. Think of colors that work well with what you have – otherwise, you might have to invest in extra-elements for your wedding décor.
  • The skin tone matters too. You and your bridesmaids should feel complemented by the wedding color scheme. After all, you will be surrounded by these colors (and, in the case of your special ladies, dressed as well).
  • The season should be an inspiration. Take a look outside – what are the colors that dominate your wedding season? Steal some inspiration from “Mother Nature”- there’s no greater artist than that!
  • The colors should look great together. Do some research and learn about the basic color theories. Search up the meaning of each color. Imagine your color combinations together and think of ways in which your imagination could be brought to life.
  • Texture can make all the difference in the world. Adding some texture to your wedding color scheme can be a complete game-changer, especially if you want the décor to be chic and stylish.

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Allusion Photography is ready to capture the beauty of your wedding in ways that are creative, unique and genuinely candid. If you are searching for a talented wedding photographer in Illinois, be sure to contact us as soon as possible!

07/16

These tips will assist you in choosing a great wedding cake

 

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Your wedding cake is such a powerful symbol of your love story! As an important part of the wedding, you will surely want this sweet treat to be perfect from A to Z.

 

Are you curious as to how to select a great wedding cake that will make you happy, complement your wedding, and satisfy your guests too? We have some useful tips for you – so read on and find out more.

 

  • First of all, find the right baker. There will be a lot of talented wedding cake creators in your area – but only one of them is, well, the one. Talk to multiple vendors, check their reviews, look at their style and see if they would fit you, your style and your wedding. Once you have found the right wedding cake designer, be sure you establish all the details in writing before you actually sign your contract with them. Be clear about the design, delivery, price, extra-costs and all the other details a wedding cake comes with!

 

  • Settle on a particular wedding cake style. This should coordinate with the wedding style, formality, theme, motifs, colors, as well with your own love story and with who you are as a couple. Yes, it can be difficult to narrow down your options according to so many factors – but with attention to detail, it can be done and it will be more than worth it.

 

  • Find your perfect flavors. Remember, this is your wedding, so you have the right to choose cake flavors you really love (instead of deciding on what you think your guests would like). Believe us, a bit of uniqueness will actually be a pleasant surprise for the people invited at your wedding, so don’t be afraid to go past tradition and “trends”.

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Allusion Photography can capture the beauty of your cake and the amazingness of your wedding in a style that truly suits you! Candid and personal, our wedding photography services are here to help you create an absolutely gorgeous wedding album!

 

07/16

Create a custom look for your wedding garter

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Tossing the wedding garter has been with us for a long time – and while some brides may choose to skip this tradition, the truth is that many of the couples still choose to do this at their own wedding (for entertainment purposes if not for anything else).

Personalizing your wedding garter is a great way of adding just a bit of “hidden” uniqueness to your wedding attire – so it is surely something you should consider doing. If you are curious as to how you can create a personal garter, then read on to find out more:

 

  • The history of the wedding garter is quite ambiguous, as nobody knows exactly where this custom originated from. Some say that it was a gesture made to show the marriage had been consummated, others say that a bride’s attire would have brought good luck (and since she didn’t want to have her dress torn off, she threw her garter). One thing is for sure: this tradition is here to stay.

 

  • When creating a personalized look for your wedding garter, the only limit you have is your own imagination, really. From garters inspired by brides’ favorite colors or seasons, to garters inspired by pop culture and cartoons, there’s something for everyone.

 

  • Last, but definitely not least, take your dress into consideration when creating a custom garter. Although you will wear it underneath the gown, it is important to choose a shape and size that go with the dress itself (e.g. if you are wearing a mermaid-dress, you will need a slimmer garter, so that it’s not very noticeable from under the dress).

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Searching for a photographer to capture the fun garter moment at your wedding? Allusion Photography will be there for you! We will capture the most magical, unforgettable, entertaining and emotional events at your wedding, so that you can always remember these candid details with a smile on your face! Contact us and find out more about our wedding photography services in Illinois!

07/16

Choosing the best wedding theme is crucial for the outcome of your big day

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Although it is not absolutely mandatory, choosing a wedding theme for your big day could have a hugely positive impact on the success of this very important event in your life. Do you know how to choose the best wedding theme? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • This is a timeless classic that will never cease to fascinate us all – so if you want to be classy, romantic and unique, choosing a vintage theme is a great option for you. To make things even more special, settle on a specific type of vintage or retro décor: Victorian, Roaring Twenties, Pin Up 50s, Hippy 60s, Disco 80s, 90s Nostalgia, and so on.

 

  • Rustic-chic. This wedding theme has been extremely popular over the course of the past few years – and we definitely love it too. Somewhere in between casual and touches of elegance, rustic-chic weddings are so successful precisely because they strike the perfect balance. These weddings allow brides to dress in gorgeous feminine dresses and decorate their weddings in a chic style, but also sprinkling everything with bits of beautiful natural landscapes and an overall casual “vibe”.

 

  • Don’t want to linger in the past? You can definitely have a unique, modern wedding! The key with this theme is to find contemporary elements that are elegant, outstanding and very personal and bring them into the Big Day. For example, you could plan a modern wedding based on geometrical shapes and bright colors, but you could also plan a minimalist wedding focusing on low-key shapes, colors and décor.

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No matter what wedding theme you may choose, rest assured that Allusion Photography can help you capture it in a gorgeously creative way! Contact us in Illinois and we will make sure your wedding day stays memorable for the decades to come!

07/16

Keep your wedding guests entertained at the reception table

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Your guests want to have fun at your wedding – and you definitely want the same for them too. And yet, how do you bring entertainment to each of the reception tables? What are some of the best ideas to know about making guests feel really great while celebrating your wonderful event?

We have some ideas for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Fun wedding favors. Sure, everyone loves a good cookie as a wedding favor – but why not take this opportunity and make your favors truly entertaining for your guests? Mini-games of checkers, tic-tac-toe, or even Rubik’s Cubes can be amazing favors and it can allow people to toy with them at the table (while they are taking a break from the dance floor, of course).

 

  • Conversation starters. They say beginnings are always awkward – so help your guests break the ice by placing fun cards on their tables. Include questions about their social media activity – such as what was the last text they sent, whose status they liked, and so on.

 

  • Drink vouchers. Make things even more entertaining by offering each guest a card with an “assignment” (such as finding the first person dressed in blue and asking them a particular question). Once this is done, the guest can go with their “assignment” person at the bar and redeem a cocktail for their card with the answer on it.

 

  • Amazing food. This comes without saying, but food is always a great way to make people feel good. Provide them with delicious dishes (be them hors d’oeuvres, comfort foods or a fancy seated dinner) and they will love it!

 

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Allusion Photography can capture your wedding’s most joyous and unforgettable moment s – so if you’re still on the lookout for a marvelous photographer, make sure to give us a call. We will not disappoint you in any way!

06/16

Be creative with the way you decorate with florals at your wedding

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Your wedding florals are a crucial in creating the perfect ambiance at your wedding – they should reflect the beauty of your love story and the uniqueness of who you are as a couple. Are you still seeking how to be creative with the way you decorate the florals at your wedding? We have gathered some inspiring tips – so read on and find out more.

 

  • Floral pomanders. If you want to make your wedding look whimsical, playful and yet extremely elegant and sweet use floral pomanders to decorate the ceremony and/or the reception. Play around with the colors for a more energetic ambiance, or keep it classy with pomanders in the same color (or very close shades of the same color).

 

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  • Floating flowers. Planning a wedding by the poolside or riverside? Use the amazing natural décor to beautify the atmosphere at your wedding reception! Decorate the water with floating flower arrangements and guests will surely love the idea.

 

  • Flowery chandeliers. If you want to have a wedding that’s classy, opulent and glamorous, chandeliers are an absolute must. Sweeten them up with pretty flower arrangements that add grace and elegance to the entire décor – it will look absolutely stunning!

 

  • Taped flowers. This may not sound like an elegant idea – but it can really add a lot to your wedding décor. Tape flower stems unto the walls (for example, the backdrop of your wedding cake table) and it will look playful, sweet and romantic. Lovely idea for a vintage or retro-inspired wedding!

 

Allusion Photography captures people’s most beautiful life events in a way that’s candid and full of emotion – so if you’re searching for a photographer who will know how to find and immortalize the essence of your Big Day, you have come to the right place. Contact us and hire us for your wedding – we will make sure it’s never forgotten!

06/16

Choose your wedding venue with ease by following these tips:

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The wedding venue you choose is really important – especially since it will dictate a lot of other wedding-related decisions you have to make. From the guest list to the style of your wedding, there are a lot of elements that depend on picking the right venue – so you should definitely make sure you do this the right way.

Do you know how to choose a wedding venue with ease? Here are some tips you should follow:

 

  • Think of how many people you want to invite. The exact maximum number of guests you can invite will be determined by the venue’s capacity – but before you sign on the dotted line, you should at least know if you want to have a very large wedding or, on the contrary, a more intimate one. Too many people in a very small space can be dangerous, while not enough people in a large space can be uncomfortable and it can create an unwanted atmosphere.

 

  • Consider getting there. Your venue should be easy to reach – so make sure you check with the traffic conditions, as well as with weather conditions that may interfere with your venue’s accessibility. For instance, if you want to get married in a mountainside location, during the winter, check to see if the venue can be easily reached even in very harsh weather conditions.

 

  • Take your venue’s services into consideration. Every venue has its own policy when it comes to the vendors they work with, so make sure to ask this before booking anything. Furthermore, check with the venue’s music accommodations and ask them about any other services they may offer. To be certain they will keep up to their promises, check with online reviews as well – they can give you a much better idea of whether or not the venue you have chosen is really high-quality in terms of service.

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Searching for a talented and dedicated photographer to capture the magical moments of your Big Day? Come visit Allusion Photography and we will be there to make sure your wedding is truly memorable!

 

06/16

Create a gorgeous wedding with a French inspired theme!

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There’s something inherently elegant and timeless about the French – so why wouldn’t you take these features and bring them into your wedding theme? What does it take to plan a superb French inspired wedding? What are some of the best ideas with regards to this?

We have some tips for you – so read on to find out more.

 

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  • The table setting. The French style is effortlessly elegant – so don’t over-analyze every detail on your guests’ tables. Miss-matched plates look really wonderful with this wedding theme – and so do the glasses as well.

 

  • The table décor. Your French inspired wedding should be really sophisticated – but that doesn’t mean you should spend more than what you have. Some simple, white table linens, with napkins decorated with your wedding monogram – this is the kind of simplicity everyone loves!

 

  • The drinks and the food. A bottle of wine and a carafe of water should be on every table, always. This way, you don’t risk that anyone takes a seat at a table where he cannot be served. As for the foods, don’t be afraid to go all-French and organize a delicious cheese and fruit combination. This idea would be healthy and it would definitely satisfy your guests.

 

  • The background. You may not be able to travel to France to have the French appeal – but you can definitely choose a space that resembles it as much as possible. Choose an awe-striking location for the wedding and your French-themed wedding will be memorable!

 

Allusion Photography can help you capture all the adorable, candid and romantic moments at your wedding. Come visit us, take a look at what we usually do as photographers and book us for wedding pictures that are flawless, creative and truly stunning!

 

 

06/16

Your bridal bouquet should be stunning! Make sure you are aware of the latest trends

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Your bridal bouquet is not just a bunch of flowers. It is the bouquet you carry down the aisle as you make the first steps of the rest of your life. It is an accessory that should reflect who you are and what you believe in, as well as what your love story is all about too.

Of course, you want your bridal bouquet to be stunning from all points of view! But how do you do that? What are some of the latest trends in the wedding florals’ world? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on to find out more.

  • Foliage and greenery. You don’t have to have a bouquet with actual blooms. If you want a bouquet that looks natural, beautiful and really unique, you can opt to have a bouquet made out of greenery 100%. This will be really gorgeous and it can save you some serious money too, as greenery and foliage tend to cost a lot less than actual blooms.
  • Fruit and foodie “treats”. Another great trend in the floral world is that of incorporating edible elements in the bridal bouquets. Thus, herbs and fruit have become a stunning part of the bridal bouquets we have seen this year – and this can make for a really nice addition for a bride who wants her bouquet to be vibrant and joyful.
  • Flowers as accessories. Don’t want to wear a bouquet? Or maybe you want to accessorize it with matching beauties? Flower crowns, flower garlands and even flower bracelets are a trend right now and they look amazing on brides!

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Allusion Photography can help you capture the romanticism, beauty and magic of your wedding! Contact us, see what we offer and hire us as your wedding photographers! You will not be disappointed!