Picture Perfect

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you’ll cherish the memories of it forever. All the planning, scheduling, and list making has been completed in preparation for your “I Do’s”, but you might consider making one more list before the day arrives. Creating a shot list of poses and pictures for your photographer is a great way to ensure you get all the pictures you want, and it provides a checklist for the photographer so that they are able to go above and beyond to take the pictures you want and more. Plus, sitting down and thinking about what you’re looking for in pictures will help you and your photographer better capture your big day. We love to help our clients out, so here’s some great picture ideas that you can add to your shot list!

Before the Ceremony

  • The dress
  • The bride getting ready
  • Mother of the bride helping her get ready
  • The bridesmaids getting ready
  • The bouquet
  • The rings
  • The accessories (shoes, jewelry, veil, garter, etc.)
  • The groom getting ready
  • The groomsmen getting ready


Photo: Courtesy of MODwedding.com


During the Ceremony

  • The venue before guests arrive
  • The details (flowers, programs, decorations, guestbook)
  • Guests and family
  • Mother or bride and mother of groom during their walks down the aisle
  • Bride walking down the aisle
  • Bride’s first look
  • Groom’s first look
  • Bride’s father giving her away, kiss on cheek
  • The vows
  • The rings
  • Important ceremony traditions/unique ceremony pieces
  • The kiss
  • Bride & groom during their walk down the aisle

Kathlyn Dragna Photography

Photo: Courtesy of Kathlyn Dragna Photography


After the Ceremony

  • Bride with her family
  • Groom with his family
  • Bride and groom with each family
  • Bride and groom with combined families
  • Bride and bridesmaids
  • Groom and groomsmen
  • Bride and groom with wedding party
  • Flower girl and ring bearer
  • Bride and groom


Photo: Courtesy of Kimbry Studios


At the Reception

  • The venue
  • Tables, gifts, and decorations
  • The cake
  • The food
  • The arrival of the wedding party
  • The newlyweds greeting guests
  • Toasts (best man, maid of honor, bride and groom to each other)
  • Father/daughter dance
  • Mother/son dance
  • The first dance
  • Entertainment
  • Reception events (cutting the cake, feeding cake, bouquet toss, garter toss, games)
  • Guests
  • Guests with bride and groom
  • The send off
  • The bride & groom in the send off car/carriage


Photo: Courtesy of weddingwire.com


Just for Fun

  • The bride and groom’s shoes
  • Wedding party reaction to bride and groom kiss
  • Props for bridal/bride & groom portraits (firefighter suit, baseball bat, basketball and whistle, Bible, superhero shirts under suit, lightsabers etc.)
  • Bride & groom praying together



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Holloway-Murillo May 2015 Wedding

What a joy it was working with Ashley and Val to plan their May 2015 Wedding!  They are beautiful people inside and out and you can see their love for each other in everything they say and do.

Here are a few of our favorite memories from their wedding day.

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A very special thank you goes out to Annie Hall with Annie’s Culinary Creations for saving the day and making these amazingly beautiful and delicious cakes after Romano’s Bakery unexpectedly and suddenly went out of business.  Ashley had just paid her final payment to Romano’s when we learned they closed their doors.  Annie jumped in and made the Bride & Groom’s cake dreams a reality!

Having a videographer with a Drone was extra fun and it made for some incredible video.  Take a look at Ashley & Val’s Video Trailer here: 

We extend huge thank you’s to ALL of the amazingly talented vendors that made this day perfect for Val & Ashley and their families and friends!!!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Occasions at Stone River, Royse City, TX

Minister: David Hartley

DJ:  DJ Avenger, Erick Delcampo

Ceremony Musicians: Serenata Strings

Photographer: Harry Photo, Harry Harjabrata

Videographer:  Sparkys Video Productions, Sparky Sorenson

Photo Lounge:  Harry Photo

Florist:  Flor by Melissa, Melissa Morsinkoff

Cake:  Annie’s Culinary Creations, Annie Hall

Limo: Adam’s Limo Service, Abdul

Hotels:  Marriott Dallas City Center, Renaissance Dallas, Holiday Inn Express & Suites-Royse City

Wedding Planner/Coordinator:  Exceptional Events, Melanie Hill and Team

We hope you enjoy sharing in these beautiful moments as much as we enjoyed this wonderful couple. Please let us know if we can help make your wedding or special event exceptional!

Ga-Ga for Garlands!

Garlands are becoming a staple at weddings and other special events.  The long strands really wow the guests with their high visual impact. They are also a great way to incorporate your colors and theme of the event.  Garlands can be used in a variety of ways to spice up your decor and can be made out of fabric, flowers, or paper.  Below are a few ways we like to implement them:


Garlands can be added along structures such as fences, walls, or gates to soften the ceremony space. Putting garlands down the aisle is a great way to not only decorate the space, but they’re also a way to let guests know that the aisle is reserved for the wedding party or family.

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Get the most out of your floral by keeping it low and flowing. Add candles for height and this romantic look will be sure to get endless “oohs” and “awes.”  Another thrifty and sparkly way to add color is to hang a paper or fabric garland to the front of the table. This helps add interest and texture to your decor.

Photo: Courtesy greenweddingshoes.com


Add swag to your chairs! This not only makes for beautiful pictures, but it also allows you to quickly identify your seats. Having a glamorous party or event? Add beads and faux pearls for a little extra sparkle to your chairs.

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When it comes to garland, you can buy it, rent it, or make your own. There are plenty of choices to decide from! One thing is for sure though, garlands will definitely add that extra bit of pop to any wedding or event.

It Takes the Cake!

The cake. It’s a wedding day staple that comes in all shapes and sizes. Although the taste is incredibly important, the way the cake is decorated is equally, if not more important. Viewed as a wedding centerpiece, your wedding cake is a huge part of your day so we have some great ideas for a unique and fun cake topper!

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Photo: Courtesy theknot.com

Traditional, yet adorable — this wedding topper models the typical bride and groom topper with a more whimsical twist. Toppers done in this style come in a variety of shapes and sizes including everything from balloons to bicycles.

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Dogs are truly a man’s best friend, so why shouldn’t they be a part of your wedding as well? Many retailers specialize in four-legged wedding toppers that are a great solution for pet lovers who want to involve their other true love in their special day.

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Everybody loves monograms and your cake is a great way to display your new initials! From rustic to elegant, monogrammed cake toppers can be found to match every theme. It’s a perfect way for you to show off your new last name!


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For the couple with a sense of humor, there’s the more eclectic cake toppers. Motorcycles, footballs, and fishing poles are just a few of the options that are available when it comes to funny toppers like this one.


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There’s beauty in the unexpected and this silhouette is just that – beautiful and unexpected. Don’t be afraid to shy away from the figurines and letters for something a little different. With a little searching online, you’re sure to find a cake topper that is perfect for your big day.

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