Trends We Love: Personalized Wedding Hangers

Personalized wedding hangers have been around for a while now and there appears to be no end in sight. Not surprising since these wonderful little extras make for some wonderful photos and memories.

girlandtree on Etsy

TearDropFox on Etsy

Want to make it even more magical? Have personalized hangers made for your bridesmaids as well.

MadeByCRose of Etsy

braggingbags on Etsy

Check out Etsy for hundreds more gorgeous, handcrafted wedding hangers.

Feeling inspired to create your own?

by Offbeat Bride

There’s some great DIY tutorials out there for you. Pick up some cheap wooden hangers and get creative. In a world of endless paint colors, ribbon, crystals, and letter decals, you’re only limited to your imagination.

What your thoughts on this trend?

Planning a Disney Fairytale Wedding? Be sure to join us at the Disneymooners to see what wonderful ideas our brides have come up with for their big Disney day!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Photo Shoot

The following post was written by Disneymooner Vanessa.

Many couples choose to add a Bridal Portrait Session at the Magic Kingdom to their wedding plans; however, many do not realize that you can also have photos taken at the other parks.  My husband and I decided to add-on a shoot at Disney Hollywood Studios too.  Since we were married inside Epcot that meant that we would have photos from three of the four parks at Walt Disney World.

One of the best things about adding on an additional park is the flexibility you have in backgrounds for your photos.  The photographers are willing to be creative and work with you to get the types of pictures you want at that park.  The majority of couples only choose a Magic Kingdom Portrait Session, so adding on another park gives the photographers a chance to be more creative with their shots.

We were picked up at our resort hotel at 5:30 a.m. and then headed over to take our photos at the Magic Kingdom.  Since it was March this was well before sunrise allowing us to get some photos in the dark with the lights on the castle.  By the time we left the sun was up and we had some additional pictures taken in the daylight.

Our photographer and his assistant had us climb back in their van and then drove us over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We arrived long before the park was scheduled to open to the public giving us the flexibility to take pictures throughout the park.  We entered in near the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith making our first stop for photos.   My husband loves this ride, so we were able to get pictures with the large guitar at the park’s entrance behind us.

From that point we walked through most of the park.   We had a lot of great pictures taken with us walking down Sunset Boulevard with shots of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in the background.  We were also able to have photos taken with a vintage Hollywood feel in front of several of the shops on Hollywood Boulevard.

The photographer took a number of pictures in front of the Sorcerer Mickey Hat.  We also had photos in front of the Great Movie Ride since we were having a Hollywood theme for our at-home reception just a few months later.

At this point the photographer let us pick where we wanted additional pictures in the park.  Since I collect Wizard of Oz memorabilia I asked for a picture near the block dedicated to Judy Garland with imprints from the Ruby Slippers in front of the ride.

We then asked for some pictures in the courtyard for Muppet Vision 3-D.  I remembered looking at photos from fellow Disneymooner’s Julie wedding reception that was held in the courtyard and I knew that it would provide great pictures.  Plus, we grew up during the era of “Muppet Babies” and Miss Peggy was one of my favorite characters.

As we were leaving the Muppet courtyard the photographer took us over to the Streets of America to have some photos taken with the New York backdrop and near some of the buildings.  These photos are so unique because they look like we were actually in these locations without having to travel thousands of miles.

We were also given the option to have photos taken near the Star Tours ride.  Since neither of us are huge Star Wars fans we opted out of having any done in that section of the park.  However, this is a great thing to know for any Star Wars fans who would like to have wedding pictures there.

The current pricing for a Magic Kingdom Portrait Session is $1,500.  Adding on a second park only costs an additional $200.  While the cost is only $200 more, the prints that you receive do change with the two park package.  Instead of receiving a 12 print album, proof disc and 4×6 keepsake prints you receive thirty 5×7 prints in a Disney-themed album.

If you decide that you only want a portrait session in Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Disney’s Animal Kingdom without any photos in the Magic Kingdom the cost is only $850.  Disney Fine Art Photography also provides options for resort portrait sessions and Trash the Dress sessions at the water parks.

Disney Fine Art Photography gives couples the chance to have photos taken in some of their favorite areas inside the Disney parks.  So, if you are a Star Wars or Muppets fan or you love riding the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror consider adding Disney Hollywood Studios to your portrait session.

For more stories about theme park photo shoots please join our private forums Disneymooners

Disneyland Vendor Reveal: White Rabbit Photo Boutique

Continuing our new series of “Vendor Reveals”.  Through our Disneymooner forums we’ve found our members have used a number and variety of Vendors for their Disney Wedding and we’ve been asking those Vendors to reveal just a little more about their business……. and themselves!

Our next Vendor Reveal comes to us from the West coast servicing Disneyland Fairytale Weddings.

What is the name of your business/service and what is your offering?
My  business name is the White Rabbit Photo Boutique, and I offer wedding photography, custom invitations, and am just getting a new photo booth(!!!) A lot of people assume that I decided on the White Rabbit name because I’m a Disney fan. It’s semi-true, but the biggest reason was because it was exciting to start my own business, and it felt a little like Alice following the Rabbit down the rabbit hole on her way to a new adventure. It also was whimsical, and I’m a big fan of whimsy.

What is your name, seems obvious I know but maybe it’s different from your business name?

Jenna Henderson

What do you believe makes your business/service unique?
The biggest difference between myself and other photographers, is my training as a visual anthropologist. I had to photograph different cultural events and people, and so I learned to document everything about the environment I was in. Because of this, I’m great at capturing the overall details and feeling of the wedding day, as well as showcasing the personalities of the couple. The thing that ties in weddings to my anthropology training, is that I’ve had art training since I was very young, so I try my best to capture the day in a way that is also beautiful.

How did you get started and how long have you been doing this?
Ack! This is a long story! Many moons ago, I worked at a popular photography studio in the Central Valley as a second shooter. I was working towards my degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Digital Media. I was hoping to eventually get contractual work photographing other cultures in different countries around the world. I loved anthropology, but then I unexpectedly met my husband and didn’t want to travel for years at a time without him. Instead of applying for grad school and anthropology contracts, I used my backup plan and began working as a kindergarten teacher for two years. When we adopted my son, my teaching contract just happened to end because our school was closing. While I was at home raising my son and looking for jobs, I started blogging and posting photos about our life (www.thislittleblog.com). This led to being asked about photographing an engagement shoot, which led to being asked to photograph a pirate wedding, which led to being asked to photograph a proposal in the Dream Suite, which led to being added as a preferred vendor at Disneyland! I couldn’t believe my good fortune, and cried happy tears on the phone when I was told I was being added to their vendor list, because I’m sappy like that!

When not working a wedding at Disneyland (or another venue for that matter) what are you doing?
I love, love, love, to spend time with my husband and son. We are big foodies, so we love to try out new restaurants and cook. Other things I love: walking, hiking, quilting, gardening, and reading. Oh, and I spend a lot of time at Disneyland with my son, who thinks Mickey Mouse is the coolest person on the planet. After mom and dad, of course. 😉

What is your favorite part about your job?
Hands down, getting to photograph people on one of the happiest days of their lives.

What types of wedding packages do you offer Disney brides? (please feel free to add a link for Brides to get more information if applicable)
I have four photography packages starting with escape weddings and moving up. All of my packages include my services for the entire day (I don’t like time limits!) and a beautiful Custom Designed DVD with all of the high resolution images. Brides and Grooms can print images on their own, or have them printed through my professional printing company. I also design albums, do custom framing, engagement books, and anything else you can think of. People are usually surprised when they see my pricing, but I like keeping my pricing affordable because I know what it’s like to pay for a wedding and I think everyone should have the chance for beautiful pictures on their wedding day.

What is your favorite wedding trend right now in relation to your business/service?
I think it would be all the creative details people pull into their weddings. I’m always amazed at how creative and classy the Disney Brides are.

What’s your favorite thing about doing Disney weddings?
This is hard because there are so many things I love about Disney Weddings. I love getting to know the couples because we have a common love of Disney, but I also love working with the Disney Coordinators. They love their job as much as I do, and it is really fun to work with their team. They tell me about how beautiful a dress is going to be, or how neat the details of an upcoming wedding are. It’s great working with people who are so excited about the weddings that I’m going to be photographing. It’s a really fun, rewarding, and positive environment.

What was your strangest request when working a Disney wedding?
I haven’t had any strange requests yet. This is probably because I went to school for anthropology and am still waiting for the day that someone asks me to try a soup that’s made out of bug juice.

What’s your most memorable moment that you have taken away from a Disney wedding?
Ack! I am going to sound so silly, but here I go….When I worked at the park ages ago, I used to take the long route and made a point of walking through the castle every morning so I could hear “When You Wish Upon a Star”. My favorite line from the song was when they’d sing, “fate is kind, she brings to those who love”. It happened to play when I walked through the castle on my first shift at Disneyland, so it was special to me. If I heard that part of the song when I walked through castle at the beginning a shift, I knew it was going to be a good day. Not too long ago, I was photographing a Morning Castle Shoot for Tina and On Wa. I walked through the castle and heard that particular part of the song. I had this moment where I felt like things had come full circle, and that I was the luckiest person on the planet to be able to do something I love so much.

JUST FOR FUN
If you were getting married at Disneyland where would you have your ceremony and reception and why?
My husband and I talk about this all the time, and we decided we’d get married in New Orleans Square. We love the atmosphere over there, and think it would make an awesome spot for a wedding. Second runner up is the Mark Twain River Boat.

Who is your favorite Disney character and why?
Alice, of course! I love how logical she is about the quirkiest things. I often feel like I’m having Alice moments.

Which is your favorite Disney attraction and why?
Storybook Land Canal Boats, because I worked there for five years and that attraction was my baby. I have a hard time riding it now, because if I see one single thing misplaced, it makes me want to bring the Attraction Tinker Fairies some cookies so I can get it fixed pronto.

FINALLY
Why should a Disneymooner choose your service?
THIS! Coming from the worst salesperson in the world! I would want a Disneymooner to choose my service because they love my photos. After your wedding, the only thing you’ll have to look back on are your photos and videos! It’s so important to choose a photographer that is going to give you photos that you want for always. My son’s favorite book is our wedding album, and I’m so glad we took the time to find a photographer that we loved! Disneymooners should do the same, and if it happens to be me? Yayyyyyy, that’s awesome! I can’t wait to work with you!

Jenna Henderson
White Rabbit Photo Boutique
Los Angeles/Orange County/Central Valley
1 (909) 293 8064

White Rabbit Photo Boutique Website
jenna@whiterabbitphotoboutique.com

Thanks to Jenna, White Rabbit Photo Boutique for answering our questions as part of our Vendor Reveal series, if you would like your work revealed to our readers please contact yourfairytalewedding@disneymooner.com

Trends We Love: Photo Booths

By far one of the biggest weddings trends we have seen are Photo Booths, and they are making their way to Disney Fairytale Weddings as well.

Photo Booths are a great way to capture memories is a funny and unique way. Some couples choose to have props for their photo booths to really amp up the fun-filled energy of the wedding. Others choose a more classic approach and go with black and white film strips.

Disney Fairytale Weddings as up with the current trends and we have seen these used at Atlantic Dance Hall as well as other locations( as showcased on their official blog).

As always, we advise you to consult your Disney wedding planner for the cost renting this would cost your event.  As with most additions to your wedding, you can hire an outside vendor to do your photo booth if it is an out of park reception. The prices of these photo booths vary but couples can estimate at a couple thousand dollars.

If that price is too high for a couple to budget or they want the same effect for their reception; here are some fun cheaper ideas:

*get a Polaroid camera and leave a note for guests to take a picture and write a message for the couple.

*Get disposable cameras and have an area for guests to take their picture. You can develop them later and even make them digital and create photo strips online.

Have you had a Photo Booth at your wedding?  we would love to hear your experience and stories.  Please join us on the Disneymooner Forums

Photography Trends: Day After Photo Shoot

This post was written by Disneymooner Debbie.

A trend that’s big right now in wedding photography is the Day After shoot. This is a photo shoot that occurs the day, week, month, etc. after your actual wedding. You can decide the timing with your photographer. Many Disney brides opt to have an in-park photo shoot after their wedding. This is another option if an in-park shoot isn’t right for you.

A Day After shoot can be in the form of bridal portraits, trash the dress, or something more casual. Planning a Day After shoot can take the pressure off of getting all the pictures you want on your wedding day and give you more time with your guests. It’s also a great way to get pictures at an alternate location or with a different look and feel. This is the perfect opportunity to get pictures on a clear day if your wedding day has rain. Or to get daylight pictures if you have an evening wedding. Some brides opt to for a fun casual pajama shoot in their hotel room.

The disadvantages to a Day After shoot center around cost. Your photographer will undoubtedly charge a fee for the shoot. And you will need to pay for hair and makeup again unless you plan to do it yourself. One other disadvantage might be delaying leaving on your honeymoon for a day to take pictures. But having a day to catch your breath before leaving on your honeymoon isn’t a bad idea!

If a Day After shoot sounds like something you might be interested in, be sure to ask your photographer about options.

Some Day After Photo Samples:

Photo from: http://santiagovalencia.com

Photo from http://cassandra-m.com

Photo from http://www.estherlouise.com

Photo from http://jaclynmariephoto.com

Photo from http://www.taitphoto.com