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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!

 

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!

04/16

Consider a naked wedding cake for your wedding!

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Gorgeous and delicious, wedding cakes are among the most important “Big Day elements” for brides and grooms from all over the world. Why are naked wedding cakes such a huge trend right now? What is it that makes them so beautiful, so popular and, in the end, so versatile?

We have gathered some ideas you might want to keep in mind – so read on and find out more about naked wedding cakes.

  • In very brief terms, naked wedding cakes are cakes that don’t have frosting. This might have been odd just a few years ago – but with this trend growing more and more popular, we can see just how beautiful a “frostless cake” can look.

 

  • The best part about these cakes is that they look very natural and inspiring. They come in a very wide range of flavors and fillings, so they can satisfy even the pickiest guests. What’s more, they can be decorated in a multitude of ways too: with powdered sugar, fresh fruit or even beautiful blooms. All in all, these cakes are the perfect complement for a rustic chic, shabby chic or simply an outdoor wedding.

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  • Naked wedding cakes also come in all sizes too. From very high towers of deliciousness to short stacks of elegance and grace, these cakes are suitable for weddings of all sizes. Even more, if you cannot decide on one cake only, you can definitely have more of the smaller naked cakes (which also leaves your guests with more options to choose from).

 

Searching for a talented photographer to capture the beauty, grace and magic of your Big Day? Contact Allusion Photography and take a look at our portfolio! Come see what our services can offer and book us for the most unforgettable day of your entire life!

 

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04/16

Spring has arrived! And what better way to celebrate than incorporating it into your wedding?!

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As one of the most beautiful and most loved seasons, spring is an all-time favorite among brides of all kinds – and if you’re one of the ones who have chosen to tie the knot in this splendid season, you know very well why it makes for the perfect option.

How to incorporate the delicacy and elegance of spring into your Big Day? Here are some ideas you will love:

  • Flowery ceremony. Your wedding ceremony is one of the most important moments of your life – so you will surely want to create a décor for it that speaks about the importance of this event. For an awe-inspiring ceremony décor, we suggest you go wild on your florals: lush bouquets to line up the aisle, flower-decorated chuppahs and even flower petals for the aisle make for wow décor pieces everyone will love.
  • Low-rise centerpieces. Of course, tall centerpieces are still an elegant choice – but why not make your wedding centerpieces a bit more unique by going for the low-rise ones? The secret to creating elegant low-rise centerpieces is to choose arrangements that are very opulent and generous.
  • Special chairs. Your wedding reception décor is not consisted of centerpieces only – so make sure to bring spring into every detail of this special party. For example, chairs with floral prints on them will look extremely beautiful when paired with simpler table linens and flower centerpieces that go with the prints on the chairs.

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Allusion Photography can help you capture all the minute, delicate and candid details of your Big Day – so, if you are searching for a fantastic, talented and dedicated photographer in Illinois, you will definitely love our services. Contact us and let’s talk about your wedding and how we can immortalize it in the most beautiful way!

04/16

Being the mother-of-the-bride is a big deal! Make sure you are aware of your duties

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As a mother, you want your daughter to be happy – and, on her wedding day, you want to make sure she feels like the true princess she is. What are some of your duties as the mother-of-the-bride? What are some of the things you are expected to do before and during the wedding? We have gathered some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

  • Help with the wedding registry. Since your daughter shouldn’t include wedding registry information on the invitations, it is up to you, the groom’s mother and the couple’s close friends to spread the news. This way, guests have the opportunity of buying something the bride and the groom will truly love.
  • Walk her down the aisle. In traditional Christian weddings, the father is the one to “give the bride away”. However, if he cannot be there or if the bride chooses to honor you as well, you might be expected to walk down the aisle with her.
  • Be part of the receiving line. Traditionally, the mother-of-the-bride is the hostess of the wedding – so she is also the first in the receiving line. Be there with a warm smile on your face to help your daughter receive the guests and make them feel truly welcomed!
  • Be a very good friend. You love your daughter more than anyone else in this world – and more than anyone too, you also know what she’s going through. Be her support, her friend and her shoulder to cry on as the big day unfolds – you will both remember these moments as some of the most candid and sentimental ones you have ever had!

Allusion Photography can help you capture precisely these moments: the seconds of wordless emotion that will sprinkle your big day with tears of joy. Contact us, find out more about who we are and hire us for your wedding!

04/16

Make sure your wedding reception follows an appropriate timeline

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Your wedding day is going to be an absolutely unforgettable event in your life. Starting from the moment you open your eyes on the big day and ending with the moment you are back in your hotel room. This day is going to be exciting, exhausting and slightly scary as well.

Creating a thorough wedding reception timeline can help you put all the wedding highlights in the right order and give you some clarity of mind as well – Do you however know the appropriate steps your reception timeline should follow? Read on and find out more.

  • The cocktail hour. As the name suggests, this is the first part of the reception and it will last for approximately one hour. This is the time for you to get away with your photographer and shoot some photos, while your guests indulge in snacks and drinks.
  • The introductions and the cake cutting. This shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes total – and it usually involves mentioning the parents, the wedding party and announcing the entrance of the couple. The intros are usually followed up by the cake cutting. The reason this is after the introductions is so the vendor can then have the cake cut into individual pieces and ready to be served for desert immediately after dinner.  After the cake cutting comes the wedding toasts (which shouldn’t last for more than 10-15 minutes total).
  • The dinner and the party. Once the toasts are over, the first course is served. The dinner itself lasts for about 1 hour or so and it is followed by another 1 and a half hours of dancing. Of course, the timings are approximate, but if you have rented the venue for a very specific number of hours, you should try to stick to a stricter timeline.
  • 1st Dances – The night is usually kicked off by the bride and Grooms first dance followed by the father /daughter and the mother/son dances.
  • The bouquet and garter – The DJ usually saves this for the end of the night.  This is followed up by about 1 hour of dancing and a farewell to the bride and groom.

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  Allusion Photography can capture all these amazing moments in a beautiful, original and truly candid way – so if you are still searching for a wedding photographer in Illinois, give us a call and we’ll be there for you!

03/16

Be unique when creating your signature wedding cocktails!

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Your wedding should reflect who you are, what your style is and what your love story is all about. From the colors you choose to the flowers that decorate the Big Day, everything about this event should be about you – and your cocktails make no exception from the rule.

To help you serve excellent cocktails at your wedding (and make your guests happy), we have gathered some of the most delicious and unique ideas right below – so read on and find out more.

  • Popsicle cocktails. Perfect for a summer wedding, popsicle cocktails are fun, unique and really tasty. Basically, any cocktail can be turned into a playful popsicle – so whatever your favorite drink may be, you can definitely pull this off. Your guests will love the idea!
  • Vintage cocktails. Planning a vintage-inspired wedding? Make sure your cocktails are inspired by the old times too! For example, a cocktail inspired by the Prohibition era can be a really tasty surprise for your guests.
  • Craft beers. If you plan on having a more casual wedding, don’t be afraid to replace the more traditional cocktails with beer. Serving a good variety of delicious craft beers is guaranteed to satisfy your guests’ tastes.
  • Ice tea. If you don’t want to serve alcohol at your wedding (or if you want to provide all of your guests with non-alcoholic options too), ice tea is a very good idea. It is delicious, refreshing and it allows you to provide your guests with a wide range of options to choose from.

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Allusion Photography can capture the beauty and grace of your Big Day in a way that’s truly special and candid. Contact us, find out more about our services and photography style and we will make sure to provide you with amazing wedding photos!

03/16

As the Best Man, make sure you create the best wedding speech!

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Being the Best Man in a wedding is an amazing experience. On the one hand, you will stand by your friend’s side as he ties the knot (and as he plans the Big Day too). On the other hand, this role will be accompanied by a lot of responsibility.

Of all your tasks as a Best Man, delivering a great wedding speech is one of the most important ones. After all, you are the groom’s honor attendant – and everyone expects you to give a speech that’s funny, emotional and truly honest.

How can you create a wedding speech that will leave everyone smiling? Here are some tips to consider.

  • Don’t procrastinate. Writing a good speech doesn’t just happen overnight, so take your time to write and edit – also take your time to practice it in the mirror as well. Doing this can make the entire difference in the world!
  • Keep it short. In general, wedding speeches shouldn’t be longer than 5 minutes (or even shorter than that, depending on the day-of schedule the bride and groom have created). Stick to being short and sweet and you will definitely nail it!
  • When in doubt, follow the pattern. That white sheet of paper can be quite intimidating, so if you feel lost for words, follow the “classic pattern”: start with an introduction (a joke or a pun), thank the hosts for the event, tell a story about the groom (which shows his qualities, as well as the qualities of his bride) and wrap up the speech with a toast (wishing the couple a happy life together).

Is your friend searching for someone to capture these amazing moments? Tell him to contact Allusion Photography and both he and his bride will be more than happy with our services!

03/16

These lighting techniques will create a beautiful atmosphere for your wedding

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Wedding lighting bears a huge importance when it comes to creating a very beautiful atmosphere for this very special event. What are some of the techniques you should know of before you decide on anything? We have gathered some tips to help you navigate the sometimes confusing lighting lingo – so read on and find out more.

  • Fairy lights or festoon lights. Usually used as interchangeable terms, fairy lights and festoon lights are more or less the same type of lighting – with the exception that the first are usually used indoors, while the latter are used outdoors.
  • Gobo lights. If you want to personalize your wedding with a projected monogram, you are looking for Gobo lights. Unique and modern, this type of lighting works especially with elegant, contemporary weddings.
  • Pattern projections. Want to make a simple wedding venue look more elegant and intricate? Hire someone to project beautiful flowery patterns or arabesques at your wedding. Doing this will instantly change the décor!
  • Up lighting. In general, up lighting refers to colored lights that are arranged in a way that emphasizes different areas of the venue (e.g. the dance floor, the corners of the walls, and so on). With modern technology at your disposal, you can choose pretty much any color you want for your up lighting.
  • Pin spotting. If you want to make your wedding centerpieces really stand out, use pin spotting lighting. This will project a very thin beam of light right through the center of your table, so that it makes the centerpieces look brighter and more elegant.

Searching for a photographer who will know how to capture the magic of the Big Day regardless of what type of lighting you choose? Contact Allusion Photography and we will bring in our experience, our talent and our true creativity!

 

03/16

Have you chosen a date for your wedding yet? Take a look at some lucky days, and days to avoid!

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Choosing a wedding date is one of the first and foremost important steps in planning a wedding. How to make sure you choose a really lucky date, though? What are some of the myths and superstitions surrounding wedding dates? We have gathered them right below – so read on if you need a bit of inspiration.

  • According to the Jewish tradition, Tuesdays are considered to be suspicious when it comes to weddings. Furthermore, they also say that a wedding should take part after a new moon, which will also grant luck and blessings to the newlyweds.
  • In astrology, the beginning of the month is also considered to be quite lucky – so you might want to heed this tip of advice and settle yourself wherever you feel best.
  • 8th of August. Planning a summer wedding? Have it on the 8th of August, then! In some Asian traditions, the number “8” is associated with prosperity and good fortune. So, August 8th may be a great choice for your wedding date as well.
  • Depending on your religious denomination, you might not be allowed to have your wedding during certain religious holidays (or the fasting period preceding them). Before you type out the Save the Date cards, make sure to double check with your ceremony officiant and see for sure.
  • While Christmas is considered the most wonderful time of the year, and 4th of July is full of excitement, they may not be the best days to choose for your wedding. With many holidays throughout the year, choosing your wedding date around them may be better than on them, as many people usually have plans already made.
  • Last, but not least, don’t choose a wedding date because someone else suggests it, but because it makes sense to you and your love story. Regardless of what date you choose, know that your loved ones and friends will be there to enjoy your big day.

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Searching for a truly dedicated photographer who will shoot this very important day of your life? Contact Allusion Photography and have us shoot marvelous photos at your wedding! You will definitely love your wedding album!