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Wedding and Honeymoon Album Tips for the Traveling Couple
by Mixbook Social

Kara and Robin, purveyors of the Whimsy Soul lifestyle blog and local San Francisco adventurers, used custom photo books from Mixbook to immortalize their most memorable moments and inspire other people to explore the world around them - and they're always excited when one of their new creations arrives in the mail. Part of the reason? There's plenty of time after the fact to discover little details they might've been too preoccupied to catch the first time around.

"When we're not traveling, we love exploring San Francisco," says Kara.

"There's constantly new things to do and see. I like making travel content for people so they can feel inspired to go out and journey themselves... For us, I'd say it's really important to capture our memories into a Mixbook because we travel so much - and we take so many photos - that it's nice to relive those memories again that way. And it's a nice little surprise; it's like Christmas morning."

The couple, who crossed the country from Wisconsin to Cali for year-round fun in the sun, has been running the Whimsy Soul blog since 2015. The blog chronicles their journeys all over the world, from Napa Valley to the Deep South to Frankfurt, Germany.

"I think I can say for the both of us that we're really excited to see where else it takes us and documenting all those memories in a Mixbook," says Kara.

They loved using photo books to tell their whimsical story so much, so they made sure to create their wedding album and wedding guest book using Mixbook as well. 

Travel photo books are always a hit with the couple, where they document each step of their journeys to look back on later.

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Creating Your Own Honeymoon Travel Photo Book? Use These Tips to Make it Great:

You can emulate Kara and Robin's style as you create your own photo books or you can come up with your own - either way, the end result will be a beautifully memorable book to look back on your adventures. Check out these pro tips to create an exceptional travel photo book that you will treasure.

1. Tell a story with your photos. Use photos in order (at least roughly) so you can chronicle your whole adventure from start to finish. Open with photos on the way to the airport or of the car trip, and close with a photo you took while you were leaving - or even of your front door when you arrived home.

2. Don't be afraid to let other people's work inspire you. Mixbook's collection of designer photo books and other websites to find ideas and themes that really convey the way you feel about your adventure.

3. Use words to complement your story. Whether you're a big fan of sentence fragments (like "Fun in the sun") or you'd rather write out all the details, adding text puts more depth in your book - and it makes it even more special to look back on.

Here are some of our favorite travel photo book themes available now:

10 Types of Wedding Photos That Make Great Canvas Prints
by Christina Child

There’s no denying the lasting power of a good photo, especially on your monumental wedding day. Your wedding photographer will capture all the classic moments but candid photos capture all the emotions a staged photo might not and help you remember all the small details and memories from your big day long after it’s over. (Plus, you'll need awesome images to place in your wedding photo book). The best part is that your wedding guests can snap some of the most memorable photos of your wedding that you’ll want to enjoy as canvas prints at home or just scroll back through after the big day because the best photos aren’t always the ones taken by a photographer (even though those photos are pretty great). Whether you’re going to a wedding as a guest or getting married yourself, be sure to check out these 10 types of photos that make great canvas prints!

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 1.  The silly wedding party Is there anything better than a funny picture with the people you love most? Absolutely not.

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 2. The wild cousins Because you have to admit—they’re definitely the life of the party. And they’ll give you lots of chances to take a hilarious and candid photo as they show off all their moves on the dance floor.

 3. The happy grandparents letting loose Grandparents add a little flair everywhere they go. Make sure someone snaps a good pic of the most adorable guests while the night is young! 

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 4. The one with your pet Let’s be honest--pets make everything better, even wedding photos. 

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Photo Credit: Rylee Hitchner

5. A photo of the beautiful flowersDon’t forget to get a photo of the bride’s beautiful bouquet. They’re works of art worth remembering! 

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Photo Credit: Erin Trimble

6. One with the playful backdropYour ceremony backdrop is the place where you became a spouse! The moment you got married is the perfect one to turn into a canvas print to hang up at home. 

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Photo Credit: Dark Roux Photography

7. A cute pic of the tiniest wedding guests File this photo in the “things that make you go ‘awwww’” category. 

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8. A sentimental photo with family Do you really need an explanation for this? It’s one of those photos you’ll love to look at over and over again. And hint hint--it also makes an amazing canvas prints gift idea for family members! 

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9. One with a chalkboard sign Photos of you and your new spouse holding a chalkboard sign are trendy for a reason. They’re a great opportunity to get a jump start on your thank you notes or holiday cards, too!

 Photo Credit:  Onelove Photography

Photo Credit: Onelove Photography

10. The amazing getaway Let’s not forget the moment they happy couple drives off into the sunset. It marks the end of the night but the beginning of a many more adventures together! 

Q&A with a Wedding Videographer
by Christina Child

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Are you on the fence about hiring a videographer for your wedding?  You're not alone!  Squeezing another big item into your budget can feel like unnecessary expense, especially when you've already hired a wedding photographer...

BUT, when we've asked real brides what they would have done differently on their wedding day an overwhelming number of them regretted not opting for a wedding video!  We sat down for a Q&A with wedding videographer Kathryn Ray, the face behind the camera at Evergreen Era Films, to get an industry insider's take on wedding day film.  

What would you say to someone who is not sure about hiring a videographer? Film is very different from photos. A lot of people seem to think it is redundant to have both, when in reality it is a totally different experience than flipping  through still pictures. The beauty and purpose of film is that it is an all-encompassing sensory experience, where a mix of movement, music, and voice pull you back into each emotional moment. A lot of the most important parts of a wedding day aren't just visual, and things like personal vows or kind speeches are things that can quickly be forgotten. Therefore I always encourage people... if you can make it happen, hire a videographer!   

Why is wedding cinematography so "expensive"? I explain this in more detail on my blog, but in general there is a lot of time and expensive equipment invested in filming weddings.  The amount of hours spent with you before and during the wedding day pales in comparison to the amount of time spent in the editing room turning hours of raw footage into something beautiful... not to mention music licenses, USBs, shipping, packaging, travel, and many other costs associated with each wedding film.

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What is your specific approach to capturing a wedding? Being present when I need to be and being hidden when I need to be. My goal is that the only time anyone will notice me is when the couple needs me to make them laugh, help make a decision, or bring them back to the present moment amidst all the chaos. I don't like to be the boss and controlling the day; I like to let it flow naturally and capture the honest moments that occur between people and their celebration.  I don’t follow a guidebook... but that makes things real, and I think that is more important than following a strict formula. 

How do you make couples feel comfortable in front of the camera? One of the most important things I do is make couples feel comfortable with me first. I make sure that we meet, either in person or on video chat before we move forward in booking, where I ask them questions about themselves and what their relationship is like, along with sharing more about myself. I am naturally a positive, joyful, and gentle-hearted person and I think that creates a space of immediate comfort in most people.

I also use smaller and simpler gear rather than huge rigs, so instead of making people feel like they are on reality TV, they are less aware of my presence and interact more honestly.

What can couples do to help YOU ensure they'll receive a video that they love? I think the first thing is to make sure they love my previous work. I make each wedding unique but my style stays the same.

Secondly, HIRE A SECOND VIDEOGRAPHER, always! This is super important to have a more dynamic film, to capture more footage, and to keep a solo videographer less stressed and more focused/present throughout the day.

I also have all of my couples tell me what is most important to them throughout the day. Communicating this is critical!  That way I am able to create a film that has a strong focus on those unique specifics that depict a more intimate and personal reflection of the couple.

Any other tips for the wedding couple? Your photographers and videographers are going to be with you a lot throughout the day and you will be communicating with them quite a bit beforehand. Make sure you really enjoy them personally, along with their work, and want them to be a part of that day. I think it's important that they bring positivity and purpose to it and that they aren’t just there to capture it.

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About Evergreen Era Films Kathryn is a gentle heart with a contagious laugh. She finds respite when immersed in the wilderness, sipping on Earl Grey Tea, and surrounded by people she loves most. As an adventurer with a travelers spirit she will always call the Blue Ridge Mountains home, where she was born and has worked as a filmmaker for the past year after graduating with a photography degree from Appalachian State University. She prefers hugs over handshakes, honesty over perfection, and individuality over tradition. She strives to serve others the best that she can in all things her heart pursues. She gets motivation from learning more about the world and it’s incredible people, exploring new ideas, and growing in her person-hood.

Heartwarming Bride & Maid Of Honor Moments
by Sophie Waller

They are your closest confidants, best friends, childhood companions and family.

Your Maid of Honor is your right hand woman & your go to wedding expert! Here are some of the most heartwarming Bride & Maid of Honor pictures!

2. Your best friend from high school..

3. Or perhaps your sister!

4. Either way it might be an emotional moment for you two!

5. She will have done a lot to help you through your wedding!

7. She'll be the one who calms your nerves while you're getting ready!

8. And share some final giggles before you become a Mrs!

8. She'll be the one who helps you get into your dress!

9. You'll have some awesome photos together!

10. Ones you'll treasure forever!

11. You'll share a few laughs on the day!

12. And some tears....!

13. But she's there to make sure you have the best day ever!

14. We mean, the best time ever!

15. Because today is a big day!

15. And you've got a lot of love for each other!

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16. And there is nothing like a Maid of Honors love.

Which shots will you be adding to your shot list to showcase you and your MOH?

20 Wedding Photos You Need To Capture On Your Big Day
by Sophie Waller

No shame in planning your wedding photos ahead of time! Here are 20 awesome wedding photo opportunities that you should add to your 'Shot List' for your big day.

2. A reaction shot from the bridal party.

3. Your bridesmaids helping with last minute adjustments!

4. A photo that really captures your wedding venue.

5. If you're doing a first look with your groom, take full advantage of your surroundings!

6. A photo to show off the brides dress and the venue.

7. A touching moment with the Father Of The Bride.

8. A creative shot with your wedding party.

9. The funny moments that might go unseen!

10.The moment the bride walks up the altar.

 11. A stunning bridal portrait. Use the light throughout the day for creative shots!

12. See what we meant about the light?!

13. Having fun with your groom, it's a great day after all!

14. If you have a unique backdrop, use it to your advantage!

15. And capture a sweet moment with your groom.

16. Because these are definitely the moments you'll want to capture.

17. A moment with the best man and maid of honor!

18. And let's not forget an awesome exit photo!

19. The sheer excitement of being newlyweds!

20. Because after all, this day is truly magical!

A sweet and heartfelt wedding by Sage Studios Photography
by Stephanie

Today's wedding is a gorgeous celebration from Sage Studios Photography for wedding backdrops, which took place at The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills in New York. The bride and groom, Maria and Eric, are both teachers with close knit families who came together for an unforgettable wedding day. From the first moments of the bride getting ready to the adorable first dance photos, it's clear these two are crazy about each other!

Don't miss out on seeing more of this sweet and heartfelt wedding with tons of gorgeous details. Read on!

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How romantic is that last photo? Congrats to Maria and Eric, and thanks to Sage Studios Photography for sharing!

Vendors:

Photographer:  Sage Studios Photography | Hair Stylist: AG Beauty Services | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Floral Designer: Floral Fashions | Cake Designer: Homestyle Desserts | Caterer: Inn Credible Caterers | Groomsman Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero | Dress Store: Majesty Bridal | DJ: Much Music | Officiant: Rev. Jim Rooney | Transportation: The Trans Group | Reception Venue: The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills

A chic wedding at the Carondelet House by Katie Pritchard Photo
by Stephanie

Okay, why can't every wedding be as epic as Melanie and Ryan's chic wedding at the Carondelet House??? Yes that's a big statement — but this elegant wedding day has a secret ingredient that you won't see coming! Of course, Melanie and Ryan's day would be perfect even without this big surprise... their impeccable wedding day style, gorgeous and intimate ceremony, and stunning wedding photography by Katie Pritchard is completely swoon worthy. I mean, can you believe Melanie's cloud gray Reem Acra dress?

We really want to tell you the secret... but you'll have to find out just how awesome this wedding is for yourself! Get inspired by every moment and discover the secret sauce to this wedding after the jump!

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Surprise! It's Maroon 5! That's right, Melanie and Ryan's wedding day was one of the celebrations that the band crashed for their "Sugar" music video.

Well, that's definitely a wedding day that I'm sure Melanie, Ryan and their guests will never forget! Oh, and there's no way we're forgetting it anytime soon either — this has to be a new favorite. Congrats to the happy couple, and thanks to Katie Pritchard for sharing these lovely photos!

Vendors:

Photographer: Katie Pritchard Photo | Videographer: Love & You Video | Venue: Carondelet House | Event Coordinator: Burgundy Event Coordinating | Florist: Fanny’s Flowers | Hair & Makeup: Janet Miranda of BE.NYLA | Invitations: Paperless Post | Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus | Catering: Tres LA | Rentals & Lighting: Chivari Chair Rentals | Shuttle Bus: My Bus Charters | DJ: Smiles Davis of The Flash Dance | Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra | Shoes: Lanvin | Headpiece: Etsy | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Cufflinks: Heirloom | Tie Clip: Etsy

A nature-inspired wedding in Colorado by Brumley and Wells
by Stephanie

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If you're a nature-lover who couldn't dream of getting married anywhere but the great outdoors, we've got the perfect wedding for you today on the blog! Picture this: a beautiful, verdant forest in the mountains of Colorado, a bride with a simple and gorgeous dress, and a dinner party reception for the books. Sound like your type of outdoor wedding day? It certainly was the most magical celebration for Amber and Nate, who were married in a gorgeous, nature-inspired wedding in Colorado.

Their love story is truly special, and their wedding day was captured perfectly by Brumley And Wells. Read on to see more stunning moments from this big day, and to hear more about the couple!

From the Bride:

After our love survived two last years of high school, a year of long distance dating, several near death encounters upon mountain tops, two crazy summers filled with insane work schedules, and a school year spent in Denver, Nate proposed atop the same mountain where he asked me to be his girlfriend. 

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"Our post-wedding happily-ever-after includes plans for a cross country road trip, many early morning coffee dates, revamping our tiny apartment, spur of the moment city park picnics, mountain climbing adventures, late night popcorn binges, and lots of quality family and friend time. You can find the entire proposal story where Nate lost the ring on my personal blog."

How blissfully happy do they look? We can't get enough of those jaw-dropping portraits in the woods — Brumley And Wells are truly amazing when it comes to capturing stunning wedding moments! Congrats to Amber and Nate!

Vendors:

Photographer: Jacob Brooks of Brumley And Wells | Designer/Creative Director/ Stylist: Elsa Jagniecki of Heirlooms Durango | Florals: April Albert of Blossoms Durango  | Paper Goods: Annie Brooks of The Wells Makery | Calligraphy: Annie Brooks of The Wells Makery | Venue: Kairalla Residence | Cake Design: Flour Sack Durango  | Rentals: Flour Sack Durango | Catering: Cynthia Stewart of Harvest Grill And Greens  | Favors: Animas Chocolate Company | Wedding Dress: JCrew  – Manuela | Wedding Shoes: Madewell – The Criss Cross Sightseer Sandal