August 20, 2013

Saratoga Wedding Photographer: Wedding Trends 2013

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Classic Black and White Wedding Photos are making a comeback.

OK, so I was just reading an article on Wedding Trends for this year at, and I am so happy to report that my brides, as always, are right on trend (and many are way ahead of trend, but that is a subject for another post).  The fun part of being a wedding photographer, especially in an area like Saratoga and the Adirondacks, is seeing what things are trending and how people personalize their event to make it their own.  The following are some of the trends that are current:

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The envelopes of this invitation not only have pockets, they are also made of recycled paper. The invitation has a light green pattern/picture as an accent.
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This invitation is within a pocket and tied with a ribbon.

1.  Invitations–Pattern or pictures are very current.  Invitations with pockets and folds to lend a three dimensional look are big this year.  Also, there is a trend toward gleam and glitter with silver or gold foil accents.  Monograms are still in vogue.  Getting photos of you invitations can really help add to the overall design of your wedding album.

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This centerpiece/wedding favor is a plant the guests can bring home for their gardens.

2.  Going Green–a move toward recyclable or sustainable products, particularly in paper goods and invitations.  Plantable trees as favors for guests are gaining in popularity for centerpieces.

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A tuxedo jacket with a black tie is always elegant and handsome.
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Bonus points for a tie that the groom must tie himself instead of just a clip on.

3.  Black Tie is back!  Yay!  So handsome.

Inn at Erlowest Wedding Photos
Peonies are so delicate and beautiful, but are only in season for a very short time.

4.  Flowers with a delicate petal, such as peonies or roses are on trend right now.

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These flowers look as if they were gathered from a formal garden.

5.  English Garden floral design–Brides are looking for arrangements that feel like the flowers were just picked from a formal English Estate garden rather than informal, “weedy” looking arrangements.  Bouquets with tons of green are definitely on the way out, as are orchids.

The Wishing Well Restaurant Saratoga Wedding Photograph
The laser cut paper garland is from the Pink Orange.
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This floral garland, which was used as an altar decoration, is by Ambiance Floral in Albany, NY

6.  Garlands are big–either as floral arrangements, paper garlands or garlands hanging from chandeliers.

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The champagne glasses were a vintage find at a thrift store.
Mohawk Country Club Wedding Detail Photo
The Signature Cocktail at this wedding was blue, which contrasted nicely with the purple linens on the high top cocktail tables on the terrace. The Mother of the Bride gets bonus points for coordinating her bracelet to the drink.

7.  Barware with a vintage feel–think the look of a champagne saucer instead of a flute.  Or mint juleps served in silver cups.  Martini bars are on the way out and are being replaced with artisanal cocktails.  People are looking to make a statement with signature cocktails.

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A more traditional shape and decoration for wedding cakes is back.

8.  Wedding cake silhouettes are returning to a more traditional shape.

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Emerald wedding shoes.

9.  The Pantone color of this year is emerald.  Looks great for shoes, especially in an unexpected combination for weddings like suede with a cork heel.

Mohawk Country Club Wedding Photo
I loved the way Rudy at Experience and Creative Design decorated the terrace for this wedding last year at the Mohawk Country Club in Niskayuna. The white chandeliers with the purple linens was very elegant and fun.

10.  Chandeliers in outdoor areas to make the space feel more formal or whimsical.

Mohawk Country Club Wedding Bride and Groom Photo
I really liked the peacock blue of the bride’s dress. What you can’t see is that this 1950’s inspired cocktail dress had pockets–so fun! Sidney looked elegant and fashionable while staying true to her personal style.

11.  Color in the bride’s dress–YAY!

I love seeing the current trends my brides choose to incorporate in their weddings.  I especially like that all of them put their own twist on things to reflect their individuality.  If you are on the cutting edge, we would love to photograph your wedding.

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