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Lovely Wedding Collections from

One of the biggest special editions we did in our community newspaper, during my time there as editor, was the annual Bridal section. The people in our area were the resource for our editorial content. Features on local couples, their engagements, their plans and nuptials were always a highlight for our readers.  After all, everyone loves a wedding. Our comp department, however, had to reach outside the locale for their advertising designs, with photographs and illustrations from first, good old clipart books, then eventually online resources. The more ads, of course, meant more pages to fill, though. So while we worked hard to come up with original content, sometimes we had to count on canned copy, including pictures to help fill the space. in the publishing industry, accessing beautiful images these days to enhance a story or ad is simple with the availability of online image resources. Check out these lovely collections from : Bride and Groom Photos Brides Gr

Top Website for Wedding Animations

Here comes the bride,  posing for pictures, floating gracefully down the aisle, strutting happily into the  hall on the arm of her groom following the service. Weddings are all about motion — from the flurry of the preparations, to the quiet actions of the ceremony,  from the congratulatory hugs and kisses,  to the gyrations and snuggling on the dance floor. From my own nuptials decades ago, to the most recent marriage of our youngest daughter, there have been a lot of weddings to attend in between for my husband and me. Generally, they have been the happiest of occasions, prolonged celebrations that actually began with the engagement. Unquestionably, among the events we take time to be part of, the marriage between two people is the most extended party there can be.  There is so much excitement in the early planning stages, followed by showers, bachelor and bachelorette shindigs until finally the big day arrives, filled with more activity morning to night than one can imagine. Th

Top Sites for Wedding Illustrations

Wedding planning is an exciting time — fun, but not without its stresses. Deciding on  the right venues, booking a minister, photographer, caterer, entertainment, choosing the dress, the bridal party...  the list of details that need to be addressed is endless. Somehow, our youngest daughter made this all look easy. I never noticed a time when she was particularly stressed, perhaps because she was clear on what she wanted before the planning even began.  Basically trying to find a dress that suited me was probably the most daunting task we faced. With stress pretty much taken out of the equation, one of the easiest  tasks we did together was selecting the clipart  she wanted for stationery needs and favours.  The variety available online for a nominal fee to ensure we need have no concerns about copyright infringement, was phenomenal. With a subscription to she was able to find everything she needed to design her own invitations, cards, etc. She even managed to fin

How to Photoshop Your Wedding Pictures

As a photographer, you have just finished shooting another wedding. The bride has come and gone, but after a long day of setting up photos and capturing candid moments,  you know that a lot of the work still remains. I remember my wedding photos. What the photographer got that day was what I got from him.  He relied on talent and good fortune to achieve the results I saw. There was some playing that could be done in the darkroom, but it was much more difficult in those days to save a less than ideal photo. Not to mention, the only special effect we could  expect would be some black and white thrown into the colour mix. Melding two images into one, creating a vintage look, adding text or an illustration hadn't been done yet. Nor thought of I expect. It was, after all, in the time long before computers and Photoshop. Today's brides and grooms see completely different results when they view their wedding photos. Images have been enhanced, technically and artistically. Here

So You Want to Be a Wedding Photographer?

The bridal season will soon be underway and most engaged couples, if they're smart, have the majority of the planning done. As anyone who's been there knows, being organized early can alleviate much of the stress later as final details are worked out and the grunt work begins. One of the things that's very important is meeting with the wedding photographer to decide on poses that capture the essence of the day and give insight into who the bride and groom are together. While formal bridal party shots, the traditional pictures with parents and images of the actual service are still popular, imagination and spontaneity are also at the forefront. Our younger daughter studied photography in college and when the time came for her to be married, she  approached that aspect of her wedding as she would were she on the other side of the lens. In hiring a photographer, 'Hugsy' knew exactly what she expected.  From the engagement photos through the big day they worked cl