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Bridesmaids – The Tradition Of Having Bridesmaids In Your Wedding

How many bridesmaids will be in your wedding?  Why do we have bridesmaids?
At one time, a bride had a court of maids and the primary reason was to fool evil spirits, yes that’s right, evil spirits.  Bridesmaids clothed themselves in a similar fashion as the bride;  it was to confuse ill presences hovering around the wedding.  The ill presence could be in spirit form, or the human kind that just might have intentions to kidnap the bride.  Don’t you know it is difficult to nab the correct woman when her maids are dressed in similar attire!  This superstition of dressing the bridal party the same,  also offered protection from an ill-doer wanting to steal her dowry, which is confusing to me, did she have that on her person?
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In Rome, law demanded that witnesses come to the wedding to add confusion to the spirits that had evil intent for the bride and groom.  eHow’s “History of Bridesmaids” states that: “female wedding attendants came to a marriage ceremony in garments akin to the bride’s, while male wedding attendants–the forebears of ushers–wore attire that resembled the groom’s own clothing. This supposedly threw off bad luck that could be directed towards an easily identifiable bride and groom.”  Honestly, I never really knew why the wedding party wore the exact same outfit.
We have photographed all varieties of bridal party clothing; men who are required to wear a dark suit of their choice and matching ties, or bridesmaids that wear a dress of their choice all in a similar color, people in casual clothing; parties in all matching dresses, all matching tux’s.  I think bridal parties, at least partially, are breaking from the old tradition.
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The tradition of kidnapping brides has pretty much died off, though, I can’t say for sure if evil spirits still hang out weddings.  That is definitely out of my realm.  In the past, no person of social status was unattended, the more the status, the bigger the wedding bridal/grooms party, a nice way to show off the family’s wealth.  So, why do we still have a bridal party in modern times?  From what I can tell, a girl likes to have her friends around her on a special day, and a guy likes hanging with his buddies to celebrate.   And let us not forget the added bonus of the parties that friends often help throw for the bride and groom leading up to the wedding!
On the wedding day; the bridesmaid is kind of like an executive assistant and helps the bride with her needs on her wedding day.  She is someone who the bride can lean on and celebrate with.
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I am guessing the bridal party exists today for a multitude of reasons.  They definitely are a big help to the bride and groom, fulfilling little tasks, tying loose ends last minute etc.  Tradition certainly plays a role, although, I am convinced that the average bride and groom are probably not familiar with the true beginning of having attendants.  Moral and emotional support given by the party on this important day is definitely a reason to have close friends around.  The end result is a nice support system of friends that always end up having a laugh and a good time!  It seems like a very nice tradition and a way to bond with friends!

Denver Wedding Photographers – Denver wedding Sample Slideshow

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I was putting together a sample slideshow for a corporate client recently, and decided to test out the software on a recent wedding we shot in Denver, at Artwork Network (see the blog post below for the pics).  What do you think?

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Ginger and Josh’s wedding day started out as a better ski day, than a wedding day, but as you will see the weather turned out to be beautiful conditions for wedding photography!

We met up with the ladies at The Retro Room Lounge and Salon, and the men at The Hotel Magnolia.  Took some shots with the entire wedding party right in front of the magnolia, then off with just Ginger and Josh around Denver.  Despite the snowy and cold weather, they were troopers!  Big props to Ginger who was not feeling well, yet was in such high spirits.

Their ceremony and reception was held at Artwork Network  in the Art district in Denver.  What a cool and unique venue!

This amazing day could not have happened with out the help of these talented and professional wedding vendors:

Organizing:  Mark Christopher Weddings and Events:  http://www.markchristopherweddings.com.  We have worked with Mark on several weddings.  He is not only extremely organized and professional, but a blast to work with!
Ladies get ready:  The Retro Room Lounge & Salon:  http://theretroroom.homestead.com
Gents get ready & lodging: Hotel Magnolia:  http://www.magnoliahotels.com/denver/magnolia-hotel-denver
Ceremony and Reception: Artwork Network:  http://artworknetwork.com
Ceremony and Cocktail hr Music:  Masterful Musicians:  http://www.masterfulmusicians.com
Catering:  Three Tomatoes:  www.threetomatoes.com
Flowers:  Bella Calla:  http://www.bellacalla.com
DJ:  Dance Trax Productions:  www.dancetraxproductions.com (ask for Jacob Sanchez. He is really great!)
Linens:  Chair Covers & Linens:  http://www.linenhero.com

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Denver Engagement Session in Lodo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I was just going through and editing my blog when I noticed this blog post didn’t have any text.  We photographed this engagement session in downtown Denver, in Lodo.  You could not have asked for a more beautiful day!

Allow me to go off on a tangent here…  we do a lot of our “urban” photo shoots in Lodo.  It has so many locations to shoot at in a very small radius, making it very productive for the time we spend with our clients.  It also has architectural elements that match our style of photography, from rusty metal textures & brick, to  not so pretty alleys.  We love to utilize these gritty elements to contrast our pretty, good looking clients.  Again, check out our website to see more images that display what I’m trying to describe.

Colorado Wedding Photographers – Urban Denver Engagement Session

Last week I met with clients at City O’ City restaurant in the Capital Hill neighborhood in Denver.  As I was walking from my car to the restaurant, I was noticing how many great spots there were to shoot an Engagement session.  Well… we put my observations to the test yesterday, when I met Megan and Joey to shoot their Engagement session.  We met at City O’ City for a beer, then headed out to shoot in the alleys and streets of the ‘hood.  I have a feeling that this won’t be the last time we shoot here.  Check out their pics!  We had a great time.

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Colorado Wedding Photographers shoot second Denver Engagement session in two days!

Our Engagement session with Lyndsay and Shawn, and their dog Luna, was the second session of the weekend, and I have to say, it was an awesome one.  We had a ton of fun in a short amount of time.  They live in (or near???) the Highlands neighborhood of Denver, in a cool old house.  Anyone that knows the area can attest that is full of artistic areas to shoot.  The area really fits our style of photography.  Utilizing textures and colors of bricks, stone, trees, metal and wood buildings, is what we love shooting to contrast the fun, and sometimes dressy look of our shoots.

Lyndsay and Shawn have a great sense of fashion, and knew what they were looking for!  For the last half of the shoot they got dressed up, with Shawn wearing dress clothes with a pair of classic wing tip shoes, and Lyndsay, in an over the top, formal gown, with combat boots (again… adding an awesome contrast to the look!).  We did the shoot in less than a one block radius of their house! Hopefully you can see how much fun we had:

Colorado Wedding Photographer – Denver Engagement Session – “Take One”

This weekend was a busy one, with two Denver Engagement sessions, for some of our awesome 2012 Wedding clients.  For this session I met Michelle & Jimmy at the Denver Beer Co for a beer and chat about their wedding.  If you haven’t checked out the Brewery yet, what are you waiting for?  Amazing beer!  The plan for the day was to follow the actual path of an elaborate Engagement that Jimmy planned, that included bar hoping across town, and finishing at the Oxford Hotel.  Saturday’s session was the first of two sessions that we will be doing to fully cover replication of the Engagement day!  Look out for Part Two in the Spring of 2012!

“To be continued”!!!