5 Great Ideas for Salt Lake Bridal Photography

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

So you’ve chosen the dress, the venue and the bridesmaids.  You’ve finally managed to finish the seating chart.  The flowers have been ordered.  Everything is going to be perfect.  You just know it.  So maybe it’s time to just take a deep breath and have some fun.  You can do this with Salt Lake bridal photography.  Make this into a stress-free time where you just get to dress up, go somewhere beautiful and have fun.  Here are a few tips for wedding photography:
  1. Keep it simple.  Sure, you’ll be wearing your wedding dress and you’ll get your makeup done professionally.  However, many brides look back at their wedding pictures and find that their hair and makeup is done in a way that makes them unrecognizable.  This doesn’t mean that you have to go with your everyday look but choose a slightly more natural hairstyle and get a natural look with your makeup so that you look and feel like yourself.
  2. Go somewhere that you love.  Many people might be going to a certain park for wedding photos but if your favorite place in the world is that beach right across from your parents house, then that’s where you should go.  You can also go to more than one place but remember to make sure that you do visit your favorite spots.  You’ll feel happy there and this will show up in your photos.
  3. Do a retrospective.  You could take some wedding photos at the place where you and your spouse-to-be met or where you had some special moments.  These might be places where you generally dress casually but the contrast of your wedding clothes with a casual place can be fun and eye-catching.
  4. Strip a little.  We don’t mean this literally!  However, you could take wedding photos in your full wedding regalia to begin with but get more casual as the shoot goes on.  Kick off those high heels and get on a swing.  Let that veil fly off in the breeze.  Pick up that skirt and put your feet in the water.  These might even turn out to be the photos you like best.

Contact us for more tips on wedding photography; we’ll make sure that this is one shoot you’ll remember and cherish for the rest of your life.

by Opie Janzer

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The Tradition of Not Seeing Each Other Before the Wedding

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Wedding couples hear traditions all the time; we accept it because it's tradition.  Wedding traditions happened for a reason.  We never think to ask because we don't dare question tradition.  Sill we decided to answer it for you.  Where did that superstition come from?

In countries where arranged marriages were custom marriage wasn't about love.  These marriages were business arraignments to gain something (countries, power, wealth, etc) and fathers of the brides wanted to make sure nothing messed it up.  The fear is if the groom saw the bride before the wedding, they would cancel the marriage due to the bride's appearance.  It would bring shame and dishonor to the family if this were to happen.  This tradition was set in stone in hopes that one party doesn't change their minds prior.  The bride and groom doesn't see each other at all.  When the bride goes down the aisle the groom would have no choice but to marry the bride.  It was a way to force their hand in marriage, and it would make the groom and his family look bad if he cancelled in front of everyone in attendance.

The tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding is also tied to the veil and the bride.  The veil is connected to the tradition.  The veil was a way to hide the bride's face until the ceremony began.  The groom would lift it up and see the bride after it became too late to back out.  Brides were not supposed to look at themselves before the wedding (no mirrors!).  The reflection will leave some of herself behind inside the mirror. 

This tradition is still around today, yet brides do get to choose who they marry and it's not by force.  Many couples stick with the tradition not believing that the person would leave them, but because it would jinx the marriage ceremony before it starts.  Others see the tradition as a element of surprise to make the day exciting and special.  However, many couples forgo this rule as well.  This is done to have portraits taken before the ceremony takes place and to relax the couple before marriage.  The veil is treated like an element of surprise today as opposed to hiding how she looked.  Not looking at themselves before the ceremony went out of style years ago due to the obsession with makeup and looking young.

Honoring it or not really depends on how the couple sees this tradition. Contact us for more information.

by Opie Janzer

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 blue to your wedding

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Blue goes great with any color scheme, and weddings are no exception.  In wedding tradition Something Blue.... is at the end, but it is not forgotten.  Along with something new blue is the second easiest thing to find yet it's also the trickiest.  The idea is to be creative.  With white being a prominent theme, it's difficult to squeeze blue in without messing up the color scheme.  However, the color blue can range from being in plain sight to hidden from view.  These ideas will show you that blue doesn't have to be depressing.

Blue is the wedding symbol for loyalty, purity, love and faithfulness.  It's the symbol of the Virgin Mary, and it works in all wedding seasons.  Show your significant other that you're in it for the long haul with these blue ideas. 

The chosen blue is a blue garter.  Many people aim for this blue garment, but blue isn't limited to this.  Blue underwear and shoes are other clothing options.  Some people are bold enough to wear blue wedding gowns.  Another way is to keep the traditional white gown but have a blue under-layer on the inside.  For the ones aiming for other blue options to choose from here they are:

Compact or clutch - carry one of these blue accessories down the aisle

Hair accessory - add this hair accessory to your hair

Flowers - add blue flowers in your bouquet or in your hair

Ribbon - tie blue ribbon around your bouquet, in your hair, as corset laces, or on your wedding dress.

Reception dress - you can represent blue and jam in style; the best of both worlds

Bridesmaid dress - your bridesmaids have to wear something; let them wear the color instead.

Reception color theme - turn your whole reception area into a blue theme.  Add blue in centerpieces, favors, cake topper and blue packaging (for sweet treat party favor).

Icing on the cake - make your wedding cake with blue icing.  

Jewelry - if the jewelry owned has blue shades in it wear it on your wedding day.  You can also use jewelry pieces such as rhinestones, diamonds and crystal beading to add to your wedding dress, veil, sash, shoes or bouquet. 

Sash - speaking of sashes you can get a blue sash for your wedding

Embroidery - as you sew initials, names and symbols of your love on your wedding accessories, use blue thread.  Sew it inside your dress, inside your veil, or on your handkerchief.

Makeup - blue eye shadow or glitter is a simple solution.

Fingernail polish - paint your toenails or fingernails with some blue polish for subtle results

First Dance Song  - if the song title has the word "blue" in it, choose that as "something blue." Who says blue has to be a color you can see?  It's blue in spirit.

This pop of color comes in different shades, and it doesn't matter which shade you choose.  Feel free to combine your "something blue" with "something new," "something borrowed" or "something old." Let your personality shine. Contact us for more information.

-by Opie Janzer

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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 old to your wedding

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Connect to the past with a wedding item that represents something old. Something Old represents the link between you and your family.  The tradition leans toward the mother or grandmother, but the father or grandfather works too.  Even if none of your family members isn't around to see you in your dress, you can remind yourself of them.  There are plenty of options you can use.  The key to find something old is being creative.  Here are some ideas below.

  • Photos of parents or grandparents on wedding day
  • Vintage jewelry
  • Borrowed wedding dress or shoes
  • Antique veil, dress or flower crown
  • Pieces of their wedding dress
  • Heirloom items passed down from family to family
  • Family recipe
  • Handkerchief
  • Handheld mirror
  • Lipstick holder
  • Hair comb
  • Vintage barrette or compact
  • Flower crown
  • Favorite perfume you're loyal to
  • Vintage underwear

Using the chosen "old" item isn't limited to holding it in your hand.  You can; if you prefer your hands free during the wedding attach something old to your veil, bouquet, jewelry, hair or dress. Make sure it blends in well with the trend you're going for; your wedding shouldn't be filled with eyesores.  It's all about creating a peaceful, elegant celebration.  Create a bracelet or necklace to wear, create a charm or locket to attach or tie something old around your ankle with a ribbon.  Finding something old for the wedding doesn't have to be visible to everyone in attendance.  The goal is for it to be there with you on your wedding day.

Something old, in a sense, is also about leaving your old life behind and starting a new one with the one you love.  You will never forget what your family did for you, hence why something old should connect to family.  Something old can also double up as something borrowed or something blue if you don't have much to work with. 

This tradition of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" is a tradition that is held in high regard to this day.  Bring good luck to your wedding by adding an item to your wedding that represents the "old."  Contact us for more information.

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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Should You Do a First Look on Your Wedding Day?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Tradition dictates that the bride and groom do not see each other on their wedding day until the bride walks down the aisle. If you are wondering where this tradition comes from and whether you need to abide by it, here are some answers.

In the days when marriages were arranged, the bride and groom usually did not meet until the ceremony itself. In those days, weddings were business or political arrangements that benefited the couple’s families by bestowing money, power, prestige or all three. The woman’s family, In particular, wanted to keep the bride under wraps lest the groom change his mind before the deal (ceremony) was completed. Those “wraps” included the wedding veil, another tradition from that time whose purpose was to conceal the bride’s face until after the ceremony.

Although today’s couples do not have to abide by either tradition, many brides want to wait for the groom to have his first glimpse of her in her wedding dress when she makes her entrance into the ceremony. However, there are several reasons why a bride and groom may want to discard this custom.

Today, many couples have their “First Look” in private, away from families, attendants, and guests. They want to have this special moment as a couple, without anyone looking on. This gives them a chance to share a few quiet minutes together before all the festivities begin. Also, some couples use part of this time to have their photographer take pictures of the two of them together. The time saved by doing this gives the couple extra time to spend at the cocktail hour or reception mingling with their guests.

So, should you do a "First Look on your wedding day? As with every other detail of your wedding, what you decide to do should be what you both want and what makes sense for you. Never let anyone pressure you into making a decision that makes you uncomfortable. If you want your first look to happen when you walk down the aisle, by all means do so. If, for whatever reason, you as a couple want your first look to be a private one, then go ahead and do what makes you happy.

This is your special day, and one of the things that makes it special is that you can tailor it to your own personality, wants, and wishes. So, private first look or grand entrance -- it's sure to be a memorable and beautiful event.

At OpieFoto, it's our job to capture every detail of your special day. Contact us for more information.

 by Opie Janzer

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