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Hi Future #brides and #grooms!! It's been a while since I posted something for Throwback/Tips Wedding Saturday. I've been working my tail off at weddings, engagement sessions and some styled shoots. Also when I wasn't behind the camera I was in front of the computer or on a plane. So it's been a little hectic lately; however, in a great way! So for #tbws I know some of you brides and grooms are getting married today or next Saturday or in the not so distant future, and you are strolling thru Instagram right now looking inspiration or trying to keep your mind occupied. You may have some nervous tension going on or even some doubts. I know, it's a huge step you are about to make in your life. My tip to you is to simply take a deep breath and remember why you love the person that you agreed to marry or proposed to. Take a stroll down memory lane. Take yourself back to that first time you saw each other, now to that first kiss. You remember that joy you felt. Now go back to that first "I'm in love smile". That smile is what causes the butterflies and the heart palpitations. That smile causes you to see that she or he is looking at you in a way that you have never noticed before. And that smile is filling your heart up with so much love. You are not only seeing it, you are feeling it too. That's what I want you to remember. That's the same "I'm in love smile" that you saw back then, you will see during your first look or the first time seeing each other as he or she is coming down the aisle, and that same smile will show itself again during that intimate first dance when there are ton of people watching you, but all you will see is the your love of your life in front of you. So don't have any doubts, you love them and they love you. That love is all in that smile.

Madison Wisconsin Wedding Photographer | Advice for the Groom | Guys Relax and Enjoy!!

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Wassup guys! I've been a little quiet this week. I was trying to catch-up with some work. But today is Saturday and I didn't want to miss my chance to talk to the guys today! But first, to all the brides and grooms I say congratulations on your big day today. May you be blessed with many years of happiness.

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I'm gonna keep it short and sweet today. So on this #tbws (Throwback Wedding Saturday) it's about the men of the day. Sometimes on wedding a photographer walks into the room or wherever the groom and groomsmen maybe and find there is a nervous and stiff groom on  gameday (aka wedding day ūüėā) and your a few groomsmen maybe the same way. Remember it's your wedding day! A day of love, a day of fulfillment and a day of extreme celebration!! So don't let the day get to you guys. You are all together with your buddies, homies, buds, your brothers from other mothers. Let your personalities show and flourish! Be yourselves, drink beer and be loud! Believe me when I say this, the bridesmaids are going to have fun and a day to remember!! Enjoy the and have fun and celebrate with you best buds!!

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Happy Socks a Groom's second best friend

There is always that desire to be different and stylish at the same time for the groom and his boys at a wedding.  Some just dont want to be traditional and the trend over the last few years has been "rock the socks".  So let me introduce you to a company that I love. 

I was introduced to the sock company Happy Socks a few years back by my sister, believe it or not. She purchased a pair of red, white and blue polka dot socks and I feel in love with them. I've always was an argyle fan, but I wanted to step my sock game up to the next level and that is where Happy Socks came in. I now wear my funky, bright, eye popping colored socks to every wedding Blu Moose Photography photographs. You would be amazed at how many compliments I get on my socks. So soon-to-be-husbands if you want your sock game on point. You have to visit Happy Socks. They have all types of designs, color palettes, and funky eye catching styles. However Happy Socks is not just for the guys and they just don't sell socks. They have crazy socks for women as well as kids. So ladies if you want to spice it up and go against the grain, go ahead and get some crazy socks for you and your bridesmaids... and take a look at Happy Socks too. They are now in the underwear business. So you can actually match your undies to your feet.  

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So this is a good way for the groom and/or bride to make their wedding a bright and unique wedding day and at the same time it can be wonderful wedding party gifts as well. Also you wedding photographer will love you for it!!! 

Until next time, Stay Happy....and Keep Smiling!! 

It's that time...wedding planning time!

Take in a big breath...do you smell that? Now open your eyes wide and notice all that in the air...and no I'm not talking about the pollen.  It's LOVE!!! Engagement season has started for this year's late fall and 2017 weddings. So what to do now. You already have step #1 out of the way (you said "yes") now comes the more interesting part of the planning process.

Once you set your budget for your wedding (yes, I said budget) and settle on your wedding colors, wedding party and guest list, it is now time to really get down to business. Personally I say start with insuring that gorgeous engagement ring. Many don't think of this, but if you want to start off your wedding planning upset and stressed let something happen to the ring.  You really do not want anything to happen to that gorgeous ring. After the rock is insured, start thinking of dates (if you haven't already) and get that venue booked. Your specific wedding day will depend on you booking your venue.  There is that one venue that has the amazing grounds, picturesque scenery and gorgeous hall that you can see yourself getting married and dancing your wedding day away in. So start researching and get it booked for the date you desire. Always have option 1 and 2 and possibly 3. The longer you wait, the better the chance that date you want to get married on may be booked at that venue.  In other words, the sooner the better. During the researching venue process, you want to make sure if you can bring in your own vendors such as coordinator, caterer and etc. and not just be dedicated to using that venue's caterer and etc.  Also if you plan on having alcohol check on requirements for that as well. This will help you in booking other vendors or not. Also be sure to see if that venue will be able to accompany all your guests, especially if you are planning a big wedding.

Next you move on to the creative people like myself, that will ensure your wedding day is a very special and memorable day. If you and your finance¬ī are very busy people you may want to consider a wedding coordinator or consultant.  Hiring a planner can make your planning process so stress free.  Also this where you may receive recommended vendors if you don't have them in mind already. Once you have made the decision to have or not to have a wedding consultant, then move on to other vendors like  photographers, florists, musicians/DJs, caterers and bakers.  Just like the venue, you want to research and book your vendors as soon as possible.  They too, get book up to a year in advance.  So make a list of what vendors are most important to you and go in that order.  Personally I say book your photographer then go on to the other remaining vendors, but I may be a little bias :)  A matter of fact, just contact me right now :)

Then it is time to say yes to the dress!!  Before you go shopping with the ladies of the family, best friends and bridesmaids do a little research on the style of wedding dress you may want.  Be sure to see what styles may fit your body type best? What wedding dresses are made of what materials that fits the season you are getting married in? What neckline flatters you best and so forth?  There are a ton of options out there so do a little research before you jump into the dressing  room.

Oooh!! Before I forget, also do you wedding registry before you engagement party and bridal showers.  Have the hubby-to-be sit down with you to think of the items you may want to start your lives together. And let him pick out a few items too. This would be a great time to look at wedding trinkets for your guest as well as gifts for the wedding party.

One thing you have to do is remain composed during this process. Maybe even set up a calendar or certain days to do specific things to keep yourself organized and and less stressed.  You don't want to burn yourself out during this process and/or become a "brideziila or groomzilla".  This is a day that you two lovebirds want remember forever, so why not make it a great memory.

Until next time...Stay happy...and Keep smiling!

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