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Photographs that every wedding album should have!

It’s obvious that you two will be the center of attention on your special day, especially through the photographs that are taken. These are memories you’ll want to capture to have forever, but each picture will necessarily be of the both of you. Check out the list of detailed photos that every wedding album should have.

Your Venue  – You’ll want to remember what it looked like, regardless of whether you choose a beach, a ballroom or a chapel. The photographer can capture the exterior in a few shots so you can remember it perfectly.

The Dress, Solo – You probably spent a lot of time searching for the perfect dress; and chances are, you spent a lot of money on it too. Having your photographer take a few iconic shots of the gown hanging solo before you put it on will give you the opportunity to love it for years to come – without the wine stain and dirt you acquired during the ceremony and reception.

Down to the Details – If you are carrying or wearing something special with you, like the locket necklace that belonged to your grandmother, or a note from your grandfather, these memories need to be photographed too. Make sure you let your photographer know what special details you want in your wedding photos.

The Accessories – Every detail from jewelry to shoes to bow ties makes your look unique to you. These accessories, though necessary, may not be noticeable in all of the photos you are wearing them in. Your photographer should try to get a few photos of these items so you can remember what you were wearing.

The Rings – Your newest accessories, the engagement rings and wedding bands, should be included in the list of solo photos before you get to wear them. The photographer of choice often takes a few creative photos with the rings for you to have.

Flowers Everywhere – Making sure your photographer gets shots of the bouquets, boutonnieres, and any other flowers you. Years from now, you’ll want to remember how gorgeous they looked.

Ceremony Décor – You aren’t going to spend a lot of time gazing around at all of the details and décor. Chances are your thoughts and eyes will be on your future in front of you. Let the photographer take some photos of all your ceremony decorations up close so you can view them later on.

Wedding Party – It’s an honor to have your nearest and dearest standing by your side. You’ll want to remember how they looked as they watch you wed.

Your Family’s Reactions – When your focus is on your soon-to-be spouse, your vows, and your officiant, there isn’t much time to look around at anything else. The emotions your parents, close friends, and relatives will have on their faces will be something you will miss during the ceremony. It is your photographer’s job to capture those important moments.

Reception Décor – From the centerpieces, to the linens and lighting, right down to the color palette you chose, the hours you spent picking these out, the hard work finally pays off on your wedding day. The photographer traditionally tries to get wide shots of the reception area as well as close-ups of the centerpieces and details. These should be taken before guests’ arrival, so the flowers and décor are perfect and pristine.

The Stationery – If you love your invitations or save-the-date cards, be sure to bring a copy so that your photographer can take photos of them.

The Food and Drink – In case you are too busy mixing and mingling at your wedding, your photographer can take photos of the food you chose to serve so you can remember what it was and what it looked like – even if you didn’t actually taste it.

The Cake – Being almost too pretty to eat, you’ll want photos taken before the cake is cut. Then the famous cake cutting photos can commence.

The Kiddos – The small guests of the party provide the comedy. Awnry and all, you’ll want to remember how cute they were on your big day – especially with all those chicken dance moves.

Your Guests Getting’ Their Groove On – Hoping mostly everyone will hit the dance floor at some time in the night, you’ll want your photographer to capture these moments. From your Great Aunt doing the YMCA to your besties making a train around the room, these are memories you’ll want to look back on to see all of the crazy dance moves years from now.

Enjoying the Party – Although it is nice to take a look around at your reception and see all of the people you love in one room together, you may not be able to remember everyone that was there when thinking back to your special day. Your photographer can capture this moment, with photos of the groups of people mingling and dancing around so you can look back and be happy that your aunt from Florida or your friend that you haven’t seen in years actually got to show up!

The Toasts – Wedding toasts may be completely emotional and make everyone cry, or just plain silly. These moments come from the heart. You will want some photos of each special person as they give their toasts during your reception to remember how grateful, silly, or embarrassed each one made you feel.

Although you will love the focus being on you on this very special day, you’ll want to remember the exceptional details like decorations and attendees who came to spend time with you, when it is all over. Leave capturing the details to a LimeLight Expressions photography professional, so you have every memory for years to come.

Wine & Dine: Choosing the best wine to serve at your wedding

wine1Couples naturally want their wedding to be perfect, from the fit of the dress to the awe factor of the cake. Highballs and punch ladled from big bowls have long been staples of wedding ceremonies, yet many of today’s brides and grooms seek more sophistication in the beverages they serve at their reception, with wine playing an increasingly large role. Whether you’re planning a party for 20 or 200, the questions are still the same: Which wine should I buy?

Basic wine information: Get to know your seasonal wines

Brisk white wines, dry rosés, and light- to medium-bodied reds are ideal for warm-weather weddings because they offer more refreshment than heavier Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah/Shiraz, and Zinfandel.

Brisk whites include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris/Grigio, unoaked Chardonnay, Riesling, and sparkling wines.

Medium-bodied reds include Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Italian Valpolicella, Spanish Rioja, and Rhone Valley Côtes du Rhône.

For winter and fall weddings, wines with more weight and power (Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, and the like) pair best with chilly temperatures and rich comfort foods.

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What type of wine should I buy? 

Although sparkling wine is a wedding fixture, consider also serving one red and one white still wine if the reception includes a meal or hors d’oeuvres. Most wedding planners advocate serving equal amounts of red and white wine—if only so you don’t disappoint half the crowd. For those who want to pour just one wine with the meal, there is a happy compromise: dry rosé, a wine that’s refreshing and also substantial enough to drink with sturdy foods.

Sauvignon Blanc is a super-versatile white that goes splendidly with seafood, chicken, eggs, vegetables, and salads. The citrusy 2008 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc and the pleasantly pungent 2009 Brancott Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand are tremendous values and they’re often discounted. Or go with crowd-pleasing, easy-to-drink Pinot Gris.

Also consider un-oaked or lightly oaked Chardonnays, which are great to sip alone and, with their unadulterated fruit flavors, match a wider range of dishes than the toasty, buttery type of Chardonnay.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the most popular red wine in America, and it’s best suited to serving with hearty beef and lamb dishes. There are indeed affordable Cabs made in Napa; look for one that is supple, medium- to full-bodied, and has textbook cassis and cedar Cabernet character.

Silky, earthy Pinot Noir is extremely flexible with many foods, including fish and vegetarian dishes, yet it also pairs nicely with light red meats, pork, and poultry. Pinot can be pricey

Sweet white Zinfandel is fine for casual, at-home quaffing, but weddings call for a more serious pink wine. Dry rosé is crisp and fruity, does not have the sweetness of white Zinfandel and other blush wines, and pairs beautifully with salads, poultry, pork, tuna, salmon, and even sirloin. Rosé also hits the spot in both warm and cool weather, day and night.

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How much wine to purchase will depend on various factors, including the number of guests, whether it’s a wine-drinking crowd, the format of the reception, the time of year and time of day, and the menu. Here, some general rules of thumb provided by wedding planners, caterers, and married couples who have been through it already:

It’s better to have too much wine than not enough. Guests grumble when the wine runs out and they still have prime rib on their plate, or if they have an empty glass for the toast. Unopened leftovers can usually be returned to the seller (or taken home, of course).

•The standard 750-ml wine bottle holds 25 ounces; count on five servings of wine, at five ounces each, from one bottle. For sparkling wines served in flutes, allow for four ounces per serving (plus foam), which equals six servings per bottle.

• Most caterers count on each guest consuming one-half bottle of wine—roughly two glasses—every two hours. If the party lasts four hours, count on one 25-ounce bottle per person. These calculations allow for the fact that some folks will drink more, some less, and some not at all. One bottle each might seem like a lot of wine, yet many attendees want to sample everything, even though they don’t drain their glasses (half your wine may sit at the end of the night in half-empty cups).

Please note: Buying wine in bulk—by the case—can save you money. But not all venues or caterers allow the client (you) to choose or bring the wine, so check with everyone involved before purchasing.

For more information or helpful tips for your wedding, contact LimeLight Expressions.