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Something Blue: Great Ideas for Adding a Hint of Blue to your Bridal Attire

Monday, August 18th, 2014

If you want to follow the tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue included in your bridal attire when you get married, you may find that adding your something blue can be a little bit tricky.  Most brides do not incorporate a lot of blue into their wedding dresses, but there are many cute ways to hide a little blue in your accessories.

A popular way to add a little blue is to have a blue garter.  Some women decide to spice up the wedding night with blue under garments. A blue bobby pin is a cute way to hide a little blue in your up-do.  There are many cute ways to add blue to the soles of your shoes.  You can have your bridal party write wedding wishes on the bottom of your shoes with a blue sharpie. Nail polish is a fun understated way to add some blue to your manicure or pedicure. Another popular trend is to embroider the inside of your dress with your wedding date or groom's name in blue thread.  Of course blue jewelry is always a popular option as well.  

Once you have all your "somethings" added to your attire, be sure to ask your wedding photographer to get some cute shots of your somethings old, new, borrowed and blue.

You've put a lot of thought into every detail of your wedding, make sure you have a photographer that cares about all the little things as much as you do, please contact us for amazing wedding photography in Utah.

by Opie Janzer


The Origin of Throwing Rice at Weddings

Monday, July 21st, 2014

We know about wedding traditions but never the origin.  We need to understand the history and the reasons why these time-honored traditions occur instead of doing it because everyone else is doing it.  One wedding tradition is throwing rice at a couple after kissing the bride.  It showers down on them as they exit the area.  One answer is the bridesmaids hated the dress.  While this rumor seems sensible, it isn't true.  Here's the real reason why guests throw rice at the happy couple. 

Throwing rice goes back to the ancient Romans who threw wheat.  Wheat represents fertility or childbirth.  During this time, dried corn and oats were thrown too.  The Egyptians, Hebrews and Assyrians continued the wheat/oats/corn tradition because of their belief that the couple will have a bountiful life.  The Middle Ages is responsible for replacing wheat with rice, which resembled fruitfulness in childbirth.   The Tudor era in England threw shoes at the married couple.  Tribal cultures believed rice brought the couple together in matrimony.  In addition to these traditions, throwing rice is believed to provide prosperity and keep evil spirits away from the bride and groom.  

Today's weddings don't make throwing rice mandatory.  It stopped because of the possibility that birds died if they eat the rice.  It remains an option for couples to consider because the possibility turned out to be false.  Because of slips, falls and painful impact, guests can also throw rose petals, flower petals, birdseed or blow bubbles at the couple instead of rice.  Some venues have banned rice because it makes a mess and guests don't clean it up after the ceremony.  Noisemakers, streamers and confetti are also acceptable alternatives at weddings.  Foreign countries will throw rice, wheat or candy at the couple.  Some weddings forgo the tradition.  There are no wrong answers. 

As the couple is showered with rice, petals or seed - or not, - it makes for a great wedding photo.  Walking down the steps or out of the wedding area with the groom in tow is what a park city utah wedding photographer can capture for your wedding album.  Contact us for more information.

by Opie Janzer

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Something Old... Antiques In Wedding Photography

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue..." So goes the wedding mantra, and it is a wonderful touch for a bride to wear something that was her mother's or grandmother's, especially if they were particularly close, or had a very happy marriage. A groom may wear something of his father's or grandfather's for the same reason.

Antiques have a very special aura to them. They call forth a time when things were made to last. Rustic barns that have weathered the elements, taking both the good and the bad, are wonderful settings for antiques as they share that much in common; they have withstood the test of time. Likewise, a couple about to embark on the journey of marriage hopes that they, too, will last through the years.

Here are some ideas to incorporate the essence of things that were built to last into your wedding photography:


An antique "Regulator" clock is symbolic of the passing of time. A vintage clock that has faithfully counted off the hours for a hundred years or more is a clear symbol of a love that will last a long, long time.


Do you have your parents', grandparents', or even great-grandparents' wedding photos? Honor their memories and their own special days while commemorating yours as the latest to take that big step.


Antique furniture tends to be very solid, like you want your marriage to be. A sideboard, a bookshelf, even a loveseat all make for excellent props, backgrounds, or (in the case of the loveseat) seating for the newlyweds, calling to mind a quality to last the ages.


Sometimes you don't have vintage photos, furniture, or other, larger items. Perhaps all you have is your grandfather's pipe or your grandmother's shawl. These sentimental items can be used as subtle decorations set on a small table or draped over a chair. Just be sure to keep them as decorations and not as a focal point. It's all about you, after all!

Antiques harken to a time when things were built to last. They speak of durability and an ability to withstand the test of time. They symbolize everything that you want your marriage to be. If they happen to be personal family heirlooms, they mean that much more. Contact us to help get your wedding commemorated in a classic way!

by Opie Janzer

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The Perfect Wedding Dress For Your Body Type

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

In order to be camera ready brides need the perfect wedding dress.  The dress must not only be beautiful but flatters figure.  The dress will be a constant reminder of your wedding day, and it's something you should look forward to every time you open your leather flush mount wedding album.  Find the one dress that brings out the best features of your body. 

  • Pear shaped or triangle figures have hips that are larger than their shoulders.  Pear shaped bodies need to choose something that will accentuate the top and hide the bottom half.  A-line, empire and ball gowns achieve this very well.  The flare part of the gown softens the bottom half to blend in with the narrow piece of the midsection. 
  • Hourglass bodies have the curvy feature too, but the bottom and top halves are equal in length.  You have the option of highlighting the bottom half, the top and bottom halves, or hide it all.  Ball gowns highlight the top half by hiding the bottom.  Sheath gowns hide all of it, creating a straight line.  This allows the curves to fall in place.  The mermaid (or trumpet) gown highlights both the bottom and top halves.
  • Inverted triangles or apple shapes have shoulders that are wider than their hips.  You need to eliminate the commanding top half while emphasizing the bottom half.  Ball gowns will do just that.  It will bring balance to the body.  Sheath dresses have the same effect.  Short dresses with flare at the bottom provide balance.
  • Boxed bodies like a rectangle have the same sized shoulders and hips.  The difference is the waist is not small; it's the same size as the shoulders and hips.  Dresses that fit your boyish figure include sheath, empire and a-line gowns.  All of them smooth out the rectangle shape and (thanks to the flare) creates a curvy shape for you.  Feel free to add a nice belt or string near the waistline to create the curve if it's not built in the dress.

Custom made, store bought, strapless, sleeves, sleeveless, Hollywood glamour, what shade of white to wear - some of the many dress choices you're going to make.  Petite or plus sized and tall or short, there is a dress for you.  It's all about choosing what you want to parade and what you want hidden.  It's a good idea to get it fitted to your body shape.  Pick a dress in your current size now and continue to have it fitted until your wedding day.  Your size may change between now and then.  Loose clothes give an illusion of adding pounds. Additional tips include shopping around, being patient, sticking to a budget, dressing for the location and wearing for style and comfort.  Don't shop for gowns after work or with an entourage. 

There's no reason to wear the wrong dress when there are many styles and designs to select.  It's an important piece of the puzzle that can be daunting at first glance but necessary.  When the dress is chosen, feel free to contact us for photography sessions, tips and tricks for your wedding day.

by Opie Janzer

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5 Scenic Venues For A Rustic Barn Wedding In Utah

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Are you planning a rustic barn wedding in Utah? Take a look at these beautiful venue locations for some inspiration and planning information:

  1. Wheeler Historic Farm, about 30 minutes from Salt Lake City - This gorgeous farm provides a picturesque setting for a wedding ceremony, reception, or both. Mountain backdrop, historic farming equipment and structures, and flexibility in planning options all make this venue ideal for those who want a beautiful view and choices in catering, decor, and entertainment.
  2. Green Barn Gardens, about 45 minutes from Salt Lake City - This simple and rustic setting boasts of bountiful gardens in season from May 1 through October 15. There are also many places for guests and the couple to wander along creeks or among forests. One neat offering by this venue is the free use of certain decor, backdrops, tables, and chairs!
  3. Kelley Creek Farm, Hunstville, Utah - Located about an hour north of Salt Lake City, this scenic and animal-friendly farm presents stunning views and nicely groomed lawns. There is also a pond -- perfect for photos, and of course the barn. Sheep are pastured nearby and may make some friendly ba-ahs for your nuptials or reception.
  4. High Star Ranch, near Park City - The well-maintained facilities at this rustic location provide guests with convenience and comfort in a farm-like setting. Mountain and lake views are aplenty, and dining options include outdoor seating or indoors in the quaint "Country Store."
  5. Rendezvous Ranch, near Park City - The gorgeous grounds and buildings make Rendezvous Ranch a nice location for couples who want a luxury setting with a rustic feel. The views overlooking the lake and mountains are breathtaking and majestic, so photo opportunities are abundant. All-inclusive packages are offered, making this an easy to plan location.

Once you've booked your rustic barn venue, contact us for your engagement, bridal, and wedding photos.

by Opie Janzer

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The Tradition of the 1st Dance at Your Wedding

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

One of the most memorable moments at a wedding is the bride and groom’s first dance. It is both the first dance of the wedding and the couple’s first dance as husband and wife. This long-standing tradition of the 1st dance at your wedding has its roots in the 17th century when it was customary at formal balls to have the guests of honor or the hosts perform the first dance.

In Paris at that time, the first dance was traditionally the minuet. In England, during the Victorian era, it was the quadrille, and in 19th century Russia it was the Polonaise. In the United States, the first dance was traditionally a waltz. Today – anything goes!

If you google the term “wedding first dance”, you will get dozens of links to the most popular choices. Favorites include At Last (Etta James), Because You Loved Me (Celine Dion), Could I Have This Dance (Anne Murray), Our Love is Here to Stay (Billie Holiday), and Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel).

Your first dance as husband and wife is a special moment that you will always remember, so it’s worth taking some time to pick just the right music. It should be a song you love and one that is special to both of you – but that doesn’t mean that it has to be traditional or popular. Like everything else about your wedding, it should be a reflection who you are as a couple. And if that couple loves disco, funk, country, or hip hop, then go for it.

If you are worried about your dance moves, most dance studios offer special lessons for brides and grooms. They will help you select, choreograph and practice your dance. If you want to include the whole wedding party in a dance extravaganza, they can do that, too.

Another reason that the first dance is so special is that it may be the first time on the wedding day that the bride and groom get a few minutes to themselves. After hours of getting ready, being photographed, and greeting a few dozen (or hundred) family and friends, it is nice to have a moment to catch your breath and savor this special day.

For beautiful photos of your first dance -- and all the other beautiful moments that will happen on your wedding day -- contact us.

by Opie Janzer


Adding something borrowed to your wedding

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Borrowing something from someone else in general means that you want to use it temporarily.  You'll hand it back to them when you're done.  It's the same thing in weddings; it just has more meaning to it.  Borrowing something, or Something Borrowed..., is a symbolic gesture that represents happiness.  So the person you're borrowing from is giving you their marital happiness.  The importance falls on what you borrow and who you borrow from. 

Who do you borrow from

Tradition stresses borrowing from family members or friends who are married.  You already know the person, you trust the person, and the person already knows what it's like to have their special day a reality.  To you it completes or brings you one step closer to completing the phrase "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."  To the borrower the former bride or groom's job is to pass the good luck on, and passing an item used at their wedding on to you is a good way of paying it forward.  For anyone not close to their family members, don't have any friends or without married family or friends, you can borrow something from the spouse's family.  You can lean on your soon-to-be-married partner for the borrowing part if all else fails.

What do you borrow

It's easy to borrow anything from someone.  To match wedding tradition to the letter, borrow something that relates to wedding tradition and values.  Otherwise you defeat the purpose of this good luck charm.  The borrowed item is supposed to bring long happiness to their wedding because the person they borrowed from is having a successful marriage.  The main things brides borrow on their wedding day are a wedding veil and a wedding dress.  If the dress don't fit you can borrow parts of the dress (beading, lace, etc) and add it to your dress, hair or bouquet.  Other items include jewelry, wedding vows, cuff links, a dress for the reception, a knife to cut the cake, a pocket watch, the first dance song or a penny.  Don't grab any penny; make sure this is the penny they taped to their shoe for her wedding.  Winter wedding brides can aim for a shawl, wool coat, ear muffs or other borrowed winter wear to keep warm during your wedding.&nbs p; A creative thought is to borrow their lake house, beach house, or their home/backyard as the scene for their wedding or reception.  To complete the tradition you must give the borrowed item back after the wedding. 

Something borrowed must be cherished by both individuals.  It's all about sentimental value, and the item chosen should bring sentimental value to your wedding.  For more information on something borrowed contact us.

by Opie Janzer


Adding something new to your wedding

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Forge ahead to the future and purchase Something New for your wedding day.  In tradition, something new is something that represents life ahead or optimism for the future.  It's a way to bring good luck as you and your spouse start a new chapter together.  This is not the time to splurge; buying something new should be symbolic without breaking the bank.  The theme here is unity. 

There are so many things you can buy new, but there are only few that are accepted in weddings.  The main item brides use as "something new" is their wedding dress.  This is the one reminder that will bring good luck to the bride for a very long time.  It is both a lucky charm and a symbol of the future ahead. 

If the wedding dress is considered "something borrowed" or "something old" you can still use something new to match the wedding theme and double as a good luck charm.  Here are some ideas. 

  • You can buy a new dress for the reception. 
  • You can buy a necklace, bracelet or hoop earrings.  Those work because they form a circle, and circles represent unity. 
  • Use the key of the home you and your spouse will live in as "something new." Tuck it in your bouquet or add it as a charm on your bouquet.
  • Take the engagement photos you took with your spouse and attach it to your bouquet.  You can also wear the photos as a necklace or in your locket.
  • If your handkerchief isn't something old or borrowed, buy one.  Make sure it's personalized to the family name, crest, nickname, sports team, or other sentimental word/picture.

Frugal brides will love these options.

  • Use their monogram as a symbol.  You are either gaining a last name (while dropping yours) or attaching it to your name.  Attach your new initials to the wedding dress, sash, bouquet ribbon, jewelry or veil.  Anyone that isn't changing their name can benefit from using first initials of you and your spouse. 
  • Tape a penny to the bottom of the shoe.  The phrase "a lucky penny in her shoe" works with wedding tradition too.  Find a penny made in your wedding year and tape it to the bottom of your shoe.  Add the penny as a memento in your scrapbook or frame it to remind you of the special day.
  • Use pieces of old items from both families and attach them together to make something new.  This is great for brides who have a lot of something old but don't know what to do with it. 

Finding something new for your wedding is the easiest of the four traditional items.  The trick is choosing an item that fits your budget and representation of marriage.  For more information on wedding traditions contact us.

-by Opie Janzer

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The History and The Tradition Of Wedding Cake.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Marriage is one of those events that are full of so many beliefs and traditions that it takes on an almost magical air even without the fancy trappings of a royal wedding. Some traditions are unique to each couple, such as being married at the same location that parents or siblings were married at. Others are long-standing traditions that make a wedding a wedding, such as the tradition of wedding cake.


The modern wedding cake has an interesting tale to tell. In ancient Rome it was customary to break a piece of bread over the bride's head to ensure good fortune to the couple. Bread has long been connected to prosperity and good fortune in many cultures.

In France, a tradition is the "croquembouche", which is a tower of bread rolls. The tradition was that if the bride and groom could kiss each other over the top of the tower without knocking it over, then it meant good luck for the marriage.

The modern wedding cake, with it's multi-tiered shape owes the concept pf the tower to the croquembouche, but its cathedral-like appearance owes itself to, well, a cathedral! Appropriately enough, it was inspired by St. Bride's Church in London, England. As the story goes, in 1703 a baker's apprentice from Ludgate Hill named Thomas Rich fell in love with his boss's daughter. He wanted to make the best, most extravagant cake he could, so he recreated the church as best he could in cake.

Rings, Flowers, and Grooms

It used to be tradition for the bride to hide a glass ring inside the cake somewhere. Whoever found the ring would be the next to be married. One can imagine how many people may have accidentally bitten down on the glass ring! Fortunately, these days we just throw a flower bouquet.

Early wedding cakes as we know them today were called "bride cakes", and were traditionally a plum or fruit cake. Fruit was a symbol of fertility which helped the fruit cake gain in popularity as large families were the desired thing.  Along with the bride cake, there used to be a "groom cake", which was traditionally smaller and darker. Though popular in the 17th century, the practice of serving the two cakes has faded, though it is still fairly common in the American south.

Cake-toppers usually represent the bride and groom, in essence combining the idea of both cakes in the form of a little figure on top. Some cake toppers reflect hobbies or other themes. The varieties available are endless.


Wedding cakes, as bride cakes have come to be known, are no longer normally a fruit cake. They are now most likely to be a pound cake iced in white to symbolize purity. Other symbols of purity still found on wedding cakes are calla lilies.

Where groom cakes are still used, they often reflect the groom's profession or hobbies. This, however, is slowly becoming popular for couples. One couple who liked to travel a lot had a tiered cake made up to look like a stack of suitcases!

Cutting the cake is another symbolic aspect of the wedding cake. Early traditions had the bride cut and serve the cake herself. As wedding cakes became larger and heavier, the groom began to help the bride cut and serve the cake. This evolved into the symbolic cutting of the first piece together to symbolize their union and willingness to provide for each other.

While some couples enjoy the playfulness of smashing the cake into each others' faces, you may breathe a sigh of relief if you are more traditional in your approach. The commonly held belief is that some couples would feed each other the first bite of cake and sometimes the icing would get a little messy. The idea of smashing it to "get it over with" is a contemporary practice borne out of a joke and is not required. Yes, ladies, you needn't fret about your hair, your make-up, or your dress getting slathered in wedding cake if you don't want to!


In Victorian times, some couples kept the cake intact until their first anniversary in the belief that it prevented problems from arising in the marriage. Since these cakes were fruit cakes made with wine, they often stayed quite well preserved.

Bridesmaids would take crumbs of the wedding cake home and pass them through a ring in the hopes of dreaming of their future husbands. Some also went the extra step of putting some of the cake in their left stockings overnight to improve the chances of having such a dream.

An American tradition is to hide a token or a ring inside of one of a group of ribbons around the base of the cake. Whoever finds the token will be the next to marry.

Also an American tradition, some guests will eat the crumbs of the cake, leaving nothing on the plate or serving tray, in the hopes that it will bring the same good fortune to them as it is supposed to for the newlyweds!

A wedding cake is not only a work of art and a decoration at a reception. It is a tradition that goes back hundreds and hundreds of years. Deeply symbolic, yet customizable for the couple, it's the ultimate must-have for your wedding (aside from an actual couple to be married!). And if you should honor some of the traditions and superstitions and someone calls it an "old wives' tale", remind them that an old wife is what you are attempting to become!

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-by Opie Janzer

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Winter Bridals at La Caille

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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