Footstone in Italy Post 4 – Siena!
July 24th, 2014

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Upon entering our third week in Tuscany, I’m grateful to feel a little more settled and equipped to wander and explore with ease. However, we’re admittedly starting to miss our comfy beds and big showers. (Bathrooms are very different here!)

Our excursion to Siena may remain as a favorite to all of us. The atmosphere is so very different here than the other cities we’ve visited. The streets are very quiet and quite narrow with a perfectly romantic charm that makes you feel as if you’re walking through a painting. This medieval city is built atop three hills and considered Italy’s ultimate “hill town”. We parked below the city and took an escalator up, up and up into town. Only residents and cabbies can drive into the main part of the city which makes it a wonderful walking experience.

There are two main sights in Siena, the Duomo and Il Campo, or the Main Square. When we came upon the baptistery on the back side of the Duomo, we were in awe and assumed the Duomo is what we were looking at. Then quickly realized this was just a small part of the magic we’d see by walking to the front side of the building! What made this experience even more powerful is we turned the corner and just a handful of people were sitting on the steps and a few onlookers lining the streets. But access was easy and the area was calm. It felt like we had a learned a special secret and were expected to keep it to ourselves.Footstone Photography in Siena Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 04 #footstoneinitaly Footstone Photography in Siena Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 04 #footstoneinitaly Footstone Photography in Siena Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 04 #footstoneinitaly Footstone Photography in Siena Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 04 #footstoneinitaly Footstone Photography in Siena Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 04 #footstoneinitaly Footstone Photography in Siena Italy - Italian Vacation Travel Journal 04 #footstoneinitalyThe image above left was the baptistery that we saw first. Though incredibly beautiful, you can see why we were in such awe as we rounded the corner and saw the front of the Duomo. This cathedral sits atop Siena’s highest point so that it is visible from miles around. The current structure dates back to 1215.

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Update :  

Don’t forget… in July of 2015, Paul & Kristin are inviting FOUR couples or families to join them for an Italian Portrait Experience!  You will walk through the vineyards and countryside and tour the streets of Florence. After you’ve seen the gorgeous city, enjoyed a glass of wine and an incredible meal, you’ll head to the hills of Tuscany and they’ll photograph your family under the setting sun. You will have the experience of a lifetime sharing these moments with your family. The best part is, you’ll have the memories captured as art and printed to last a lifetime.  If you’re already sold on joining them in Italy next year, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with Kristin and Paul and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Portrait Experience!  We will also put you in touch with our travel agent to start planning right away.  

Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  -  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  -  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

 

 

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Footstone in Italy Post 3 – Florence!
July 22nd, 2014

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To even begin to describe the beauty of this country is quite futile. Walking through streets that were built before the medieval ages and seeing the great art that you’ve heard and read about since you were young, is just magical. We were so grateful to have Sally and Patrick, Paul’s sister and brother-in-law, join us recently. As silly as it sounds, to see a familiar face and hear a familiar voice almost brought tears to my eyes!  It’s been so special to share part of this incredible experience with them.

Our first venture out was to Florence, just about an hour’s drive from our little villa.  Again with the help of Rick Steves’, we found parking and the bus that we rode into the city. This spectacular place is home to the most famous Duomo, Michelangelo’s David, and of course, many other treasured pieces of artwork and history.

You are always just a few steps away from an amazing restaurant in any Italian city. While walking along the Arno River by the famous bridge, Ponte Vecchio, we stopped for lunch at the most charming little spot called the Rivalta Cafe. With a gorgeous fresco on the ceiling, an enormous chandelier and the perfect old world atmosphere, we all enjoyed one of our best meals so far. I had a pesto gnocchi that was to die for!  But Paul, Sally and Patrick all ordered lime chicken and mashed potatoes and Win had a burger… missing home maybe?

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Brasher found this little shark toy, now named “Sharky” at a market in Camaiore. Sharky has been on every adventure with us so far!

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Sally and I wanted to do just a little bit of shopping… our sweet boys waited so patiently!

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This beautiful carousel was in the middle of the Piazza della Repubblica near the Duomo. The boys have sincerely enjoyed these rides along with the regular gelato breaks!

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Some interesting history that I read was that when the Duomo was built, the technology to complete a dome had not yet been created. The builders were confident someone would eventually figure it out and left the hole open where the dome would go. It took 14 years for architect Filippo Brunelleschi to build the structure and finish the first Renaissance dome that would be copied by many cathedrals throughout history.

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These magnificent bronze doors are located on the Baptistery that faces the Duomo. These happen to be a copy of the original doors created by artist Lorenzo Ghiberti. Michelangelo claimed these doors were fit to be the gates of paradise.

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Our next excursion was to Sienna, which has actually been one of my favorite cities so far. While Florence was grand and even mind-blowing, Sienna is small, intimate and quite charming. We’ll share those images very soon!

Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette)

Update :  

Don’t forget… in July of 2015, Paul & Kristin are inviting FOUR couples or families to join them for an Italian Portrait Experience!  You will walk through the vineyards and countryside and tour the streets of Florence. After you’ve seen the gorgeous city, enjoyed a glass of wine and an incredible meal, you’ll head to the hills of Tuscany and they’ll photograph your family under the setting sun. You will have the experience of a lifetime sharing these moments with your family. The best part is, you’ll have the memories captured as art and printed to last a lifetime.  If you’re already sold on joining them in Italy next year, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with Kristin and Paul and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Portrait Experience!  We will also put you in touch with our travel agent to start planning right away.  

Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  -  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  -  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

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Footstone in Italy Part 2 – Camaiore!
July 18th, 2014

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Our home base while we stay in Italy has been in Camaiore, Tuscany; a lovely small town that sits on the west coast about an hour’s drive of Florence. The little 2 story villa sits on top of a mountain that’s part of the Italian Alps.  There are 4 homes on this property and the main house was once owned by the Prince of Spain.  (We’re hoping to tour the home before we leave!) The other three smaller homes were restored recently and date back to the 15 century.

Paul has been quite impressive navigating the area and driving just as fast and haphazardly as the locals.  I must admit I’m slightly worried about him sitting behind the wheel again in the States after being allowed to drive like this… But he’s found us the perfect little market to buy groceries.  He knows exactly how to get on and off the “autostrada” as we venture out of Camaiore.  And he’s only ended up heading into oncoming traffic once!  The drive up the mountain to the house, however, is a ridiculously frightening experience. It takes us a good 5 minutes or so just to make our way up the gravel road and around the super sharp turns, with absolutely no shoulders, that slope down to sudden death… As the boys shrill with joy and ask for daddy to go faster, I’m curled up in the fetal position with my eyes closed.

After our super yummy dinner at Ristorante da Oscar in Milan, I attempted to make a similar dish in our tiny little Italian kitchen.  Of course, it wasn’t just as perfect, but it was a delicious meal made even better while sitting on the front terrace overlooking the mountains and the sea.  A little ways North from the villa, you can see the cliffs and beaches of Cinque Terra.  This is a quite famous area with the colorful homes jetting out of the side of the mountains. We plan to drive there in just a few days for another excursion.

A couple nights ago, I asked Paul, “well, what are we going to do tomorrow?”  He responded… “Why don’t we go to Florence?”  The simple fact that those words could come of his mouth made us both chuckle.

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Paul and I spent a lot of time researching where we wanted “home base” to be. Camaiore has proven to be a great choice because it’s not a high tourist area so we definitely get a more local experience.  The property that the house sits on is actually an olive grove.  The first time we walked down to the pool, we assumed what we saw all over the deck under the trees were acorns.  Nope… olives.  It was the first time I ever had to say, “Brasher, don’t throw olives in the pool please!”

The gentlemen who maintains the grove and also the rental properties doesn’t speak any English at all.  It’s been quite fun trying to communicate with him because we both just keep repeating ourselves in our spoken language and eventually one of us recognizes a word and the message becomes clear.  Getting our linens washed took us about ten quite laughable minutes to work out!

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Another great thing about this area is that we get to enjoy both the mountains and the sea.  Just a few kilometers away is the Ligurian Sea. It’s an interesting area with miles of private beaches where you reserve a cabana and have access to bathrooms, pools and restaurants right off the beach.  Lido de Camaiore was compared by a local to our  ”Hamptons”. Can you see the rainbow in the image below?!

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Our view at sunset each night is magical.  The cliffs you see in the distance in the image below are the south side of Cinque Terre.  On clear nights you can see a light house on the farthest island and ships passing.

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Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette)

Update :  

Don’t forget… in July of 2015, Paul & Kristin are inviting FOUR couples or families to join them for an Italian Portrait Experience!  You will walk through the vineyards and countryside and tour the streets of Florence. After you’ve seen the gorgeous city, enjoyed a glass of wine and an incredible meal, you’ll head to the hills of Tuscany and they’ll photograph your family under the setting sun. You will have the experience of a lifetime sharing these moments with your family. The best part is, you’ll have the memories captured as art and printed to last a lifetime.  If you’re already sold on joining them in Italy next year, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with Kristin and Paul and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Portrait Experience!  We will also put you in touch with our travel agent to start planning right away.  

Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  -  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  -  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

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Footstone in Italy Post 1 – Arriving!
July 10th, 2014

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We finally have internet!  What an incredible few days we’ve had!

Our month-long journey began with a night of little to no sleep as we fearfully packed what we guessed we may need for our family of four on our Italian Adventure. With a moderate amount of research and some absolute divine intervention, friends, family and Rick Steves gave advice on how to pack light with but with most necessary items. Paul created a remote system to house most of our boys favorite movies on two devices so that both could be entertained as we made our almost 17 hour trip across the ocean.

Thank you to Sally for dropping us off at the airport so we didn’t have to pay an exorbitant amount for parking!

We almost missed our last connection because we were standing in the wrong line to make it through customs. When Paul saw the line for “brief connections” we raced with a stroller and a six year old (and still too many bags) to a gentlemen who thankfully helped us move quickly and asked others to let us go ahead.  The terminal door had already been closed but the incredibly gracious attendant smiled as if she knew who we were (she probably did and now KLM is my favorite airline) and ushered us in the tunnel.  I’m carrying Brasher on my hip, a backpack on my back and a satchel hanging at my waist.  (Keep in mind this poor 3 year old hasn’t slept all night either)  I guarantee I hit every single passenger as I bumped my way to the very back of the plane. Remember we were the only passengers who hadn’t been seated and I suspected they had waiting here for a few minutes because the flight was supposed to take off in just 5 minutes. I looked into some of their eyes hoping for an understanding or empathetic smile… didn’t happen. It’s ok. I think all these passengers had missed a nights sleep as well.

Below, you can see our view flying over the Swiss Alps.  After seeing this, we may be changing our plans for the last 3 days of our trip!

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Leaving the airport, we found a wonderfully kind driver named Christian. As we drove to our hotel anticipating just a few hours nap (which they say not to do when trying to adjust for the time change), he shared with us the “must see” spots in Milan and even circled the locations on a map for us.  I think Paul was just watching the ridiculously crazy cars on the road with no apparent lanes or speed limits to worry about, knowing he’d been driving alongside them soon.

After a short nap, we headed out on foot to walk through this spectacular city. We found a perfect little park called Giardini Pubblici Indo Montanelli.  The boys played alongside adorable little Italian children.  Brasher just stared confusingly at them and Win desperately tried to communicate.  It was a moment I think we’ll all remember forever.

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We had dinner at a perfectly lovely little spot we actually found on Yelp.  Yes, Yelp is in Italy!  It was called Ristorante da Oscar. We definitely scored big with our first dinner!  The waitress spoke English well enough so that we felt comfortable, but challenged us a bit to order in Italian. The meal was incredible and oddly enough, Win had is first Coke!

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On our second day in Milan, we made our way back to the airport to rent our car. Paul was part excited, part petrified to drive!  ”Io guida! Io guida!” I kept shouting as he shrieked just a few times maneuvering through speedy and narrow Italian city streets with no road signs in English!  Paul advised that as soon as we got internet, we needed to search “Italian street signs” asap.

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The next morning we visited the Piazza del Duomo. This is the fourth largest cathedral in Europe and definitely the main attraction in Milan.  The square was just magical with people from all of the world walking, talking, playing and running from pigeons. While Paul and I were in awe of the grand church, the boys screamed, “crane”!  A construction crane was in the distance and was apparently as exciting as this enormous medieval cathedral!

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In the next post we’ll share pictures and details of the amazing little villa we’ll be based at for most of our trip.  Located in Camaiore, Tuscany, we have a view of the sea to the west and the Italian Alps to our North.

More soon!  Follow us at #FootstoneInItaly on Instagram (@footstonephotography) and Twitter (@footstonephoto @kristinprivette).  

Update :  

Don’t forget… in July of 2015, Paul & Kristin are inviting FOUR couples or families to join them for an Italian Portrait Experience!  You will walk through the vineyards and countryside and tour the streets of Florence. After you’ve seen the gorgeous city, enjoyed a glass of wine and an incredible meal, you’ll head to the hills of Tuscany and they’ll photograph your family under the setting sun. You will have the experience of a lifetime sharing these moments with your family. The best part is, you’ll have the memories captured as art and printed to last a lifetime.  If you’re already sold on joining them in Italy next year, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with Kristin and Paul and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Portrait Experience!  We will also put you in touch with our travel agent to start planning right away.  

Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  -  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  -  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

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Departing Tomorrow to Italy!
July 1st, 2014

So today may go down in history as one of our busiest and laughably hectic days!  (Stephanie keeps shaking her head with amusement as she’s one too have been packed and ready for any trip several days out).

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At 11am tomorrow morning we embark on our journey.  Our trip starts in Jacksonville where Sally (Privette) has graciously offered to drop us off at the airport.  Then we go to New York, then Amsterdam (the looooooooonnnnggg flight) then to Milan.  So 17 hours later we’ll be in Italy!  We’ll stay in Milan for a couple days and tour this spectacular city.  On the 5th, we head to our little 2 bedroom house in Camaiore, Tuscany. From here, we’ll do excursions to Florence, Siena, Cinque Terra, Lucca, etc.… the end our trip with a few days in Venice.  Of course, we’ll be passing along many of our images so please check in each week for updates!

The goal is to find several perfectly beautiful locations to bring our clients back to next year.  Plus to start making a list of fun suggestions of things to do while you visit.  We hope that you’ll send us a note if you’re interested in joining us in 2015!  We have two spots left for next year!

 

Update :  

Don’t forget… in July of 2015, Paul & Kristin are inviting FOUR couples or families to join them for an Italian Portrait Experience!  You will walk through the vineyards and countryside and tour the streets of Florence. After you’ve seen the gorgeous city, enjoyed a glass of wine and an incredible meal, you’ll head to the hills of Tuscany and they’ll photograph your family under the setting sun. You will have the experience of a lifetime sharing these moments with your family. The best part is, you’ll have the memories captured as art and printed to last a lifetime.  If you’re already sold on joining them in Italy next year, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with Kristin and Paul and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Portrait Experience!  We will also put you in touch with our travel agent to start planning right away.  

Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  -  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  -  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

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Patricia – Gainesville Senior 2014
June 25th, 2014

It’s that time of year again when another round of parents look at each other and wonder how the years went by so fast.  Their precious babies are grown up and graduating from high school!

Patricia is one of the beautiful young ladies graduating as a part of the class of 2014.  For Patricia’s session, she wanted to do something relaxed and casual.  We also incorporated her greatest love… softball!  We knew the Haile Village Center would be the perfect location for her session because it offers the beautiful outdoor spaces, but also has the unique feel of a charming small town.  The images you see below are the spreads of her senior album.  While this is a wonderful keepsake for mom and dad at the present time, we also hope it will be a treasured heirloom that Patricia will have to pass down to her family in years to come.

Congratulations, Patricia!  We know great things are in store for your future!

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Farren and Derrick’s Southern Engagement Session
June 20th, 2014

The night Farren met Derrick for the first time, she jokingly asked her mom if she looked okay, as she “might be meeting her husband that night”. Coincidentally – she did! A year later Derrick proposed to Farren, and now we are all so excited for their upcoming wedding!

These images of Farren and Derek fishing and spending time together outdoors capture some of their favorite activities in very special places. We can tell from the engagement session that the details in the wedding are going to be absolutely perfect.  Farren is planning a gorgeous outdoor ceremony on her family’s property, so their wedding colors of  barn red, teal, and sunflower yellow are going to be just perfect.
Farren described their relationship as a “real, effortless love”. Couples like Farren and Derrick are the reason we love what we do.  We can’t wait for the wedding and are incredibly happy for you guys!

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Footstone is going on a Field Trip!
June 18th, 2014

Italian Portrait Session

 

Have you always dreamed of an Italian vacation? The vineyards, the art, the beautiful historic cities… well, now you have another amazing reason to start planning your trip!

Paul and Kristin will be staying in the Tuscan countryside this July.  They plan to have an incredibly amazing family vacation while also scouting out locations for NEXT year’s trip!

Yes, that’s right… in July of 2015, they are inviting FOUR couples or families to join them for an Italian Portrait Experience!  You will walk through the vineyards and countryside and tour the streets of Florence. After you’ve seen the gorgeous city, enjoyed a glass of wine and an incredible meal, you’ll head to the hills of Tuscany and they’ll photograph your family under the setting sun. You will have the experience of a lifetime sharing these moments with your family. The best part is, you’ll have the memories captured as art and printed to last a lifetime.

This summer, Paul and Kristin will also be visiting the printing company who prints their wedding albums.  Graphistudio is located in Alba, Italy.  If you’ve seen our wedding albums, you know how exquisite these books are!  They are excited for this opportunity and look forward to sharing pictures and details of the tour.

If you’re already sold on joining them in Italy next year, email or call the studio and we’ll arrange a time for you to meet with Kristin and Paul and start dreaming and planning for your ultimate Italian Portrait Experience!  We will also put you in touch with our travel agent to start planning right away.  We actually have two families who are already looking into their plans, so that might leave us with just two spots left for next year!

Follow the blog as they will share images and stories of their trip throughout the month.  You can also keep up with us by following: Footstone on Twitter at @footstonephoto,  Kristin on Twitter at @kristinprivette, and #footstoneinitaly

While we’re away… 

The studio will be open!  Stephanie and Kaitlyn will be in the studio and be able to communicate with you, and us!  We will not be scheduling sessions or consultations during the month of July, but look forward to getting together with you when we get back.

 

Update :  Our first summer in Italy was an amazing experience!  Find out more about the trip on these blog posts (linked below).  Contact us to start making your plans for the summer of 2015!!

Italy Blog Post 1: Arriving  -  Italy Blog Post 2: Camaiore

Italy Blog Post 3: Florence  -  Italy Blog Post 4: Siena

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Tuesday Tips | The Getting Ready Room
June 17th, 2014

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So your wedding day is here!  You have spent weeks, months, and maybe years making sure everything is perfect for this day.  Beautiful decor, stylish outfits, yummy food, vendors to keep the party hopping… have you left anything out?!  One thing that may be a last minute thought, if it is even a thought at all is where you will spend your morning getting ready.  It is actually one of our favorite times of the day to photograph.  These moments often become our brides favorite ones and make spectacular spreads in your album. Also remember that your groom, plus family and friends do not get to see this part of the day.   So here are a couple of tips to consider as your choosing this important location.

 

1.  Think about light!  Light is the key to beautiful wedding images.  Typically spaces with lots of windows, big windows, or lots of natural light provide for the most beautiful images during this time of day.

2.  Think about space!  Typically, you are not getting ready by yourself!  Think through how many bridesmaids, mom(s), friends, stylists, etc. will be in the room with you during this time.  Don’t forget that each person is going to come with stuff, too.  There will need to be enough space for each of you, as well as enough open space to clear out while we are photographing you.  For instance, consider a hotel suite instead of a hotel room that will allow us more room to photograph you without beds and other furniture to be in the background.

Wedding Day Getting Ready Room Tips and Tricks by www.footstonephotography.com

3.  Think about decor!  You have spent all this time making sure that everything for your wedding matches, coordinates, or falls into the theme of your day.  What if the room your getting ready in doesn’t?  Is there rustic decor on the wall when you are going for a modern theme?  Are the carpets a color that clashes with the beautiful bridesmaid dresses you have picked out?  Is the room overly decorated, overly plain, or overly crowded with mismatched furniture?  While these may not be thought about or noticed on the wedding day itself, it is greatly noticed when we are putting your keepsake wedding album together.  We want the entire book to reflect the colors and feel of your wedding.

Piedmont Estate Atlanta, GA wedding getting ready room tips and tricks by www.footstonephotography.com

4.  Think about distance!  There are positive and negative arguments for getting ready at the same location you are holding your ceremony.  On the positive side, you don’t have to be as concerned if the timeline gets a little bit off during the day because you know all the activity is happening right where you are.  You don’t have to factor in the travel time into your timeline.  However, on the negative side, not all venues have a getting ready area that fits some of these other ideal tips.  There just might be a beautiful space you can rent or a family home you can use that will match your wedding’s theme, decor, or style a bit better than the room provided by the venue.

5.  Think about coordinating locations for the bride and groom!  We know it is so important to keep the bride hidden before she sees her groom for the first time, but don’t forget that we also love to capture images of the groom and groomsmen during this special time of day.  These images all add to the story in your album, so having a location for the groom to get ready is a very important factor to consider.  All of the other “tips” apply for the groom’s getting ready room, but especially consider a space that coordinates well with where the bride will be.

Tips to consider for your getting ready room on your wedding day - by www.footstonephotography.com Tips to consider for your getting ready room on your wedding day - by www.footstonephotography.com

6.  Think about what is most important to you!  Now, we will probably be the first to admit that there probably isn’t a space that fits all of the above tips perfectly for you.  You have to consider what is the most important to you!  Don’t be afraid to talk through these ideas with us or your wedding planner as we meet with you throughout the planning process.  If we have been to you venue before, we will definitely have great recommendations for you.  We are creative and can definitely work around any of the above factors if they don’t work out perfectly.  However, thinking through some options is always a good idea!

Bridesmaids in matching monogramed shirts while they are getting ready - by www.footstonephotography.com

 

Do you have any wedding, family, or commercial photography related questions for us?  Let us know and we will consider them for future posts!

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Brittaney & James’ Gainesville Engagement Session
June 13th, 2014

Brittaney and James had been friends throughout their undergraduate years at The University of Florida, and started dating right before Brittaney moved away for a job. After a few years of long distance, James entered the Air Force as an Officer and knew a huge relocation (all the way to Oklahoma!) would be following. After his OTS Graduation, and much to Brittaney’s shock, he took her out to a beautiful water front area in Montgomery, Alabama and proposed!

Even though they live out of state now, Brittaney and James came back to Gainesville for their engagement session. The time they spent together in college was something they both treasured and wanted to relive some special memories. They are getting married this upcoming August at the Cypress Grove Estate House in Orlando, Florida. This wedding is super special to us as Brittaney is Kaitlyn’s sister! We’ve been getting the inside scoop throughout the planning process and know it’s going to be a fabulous day!

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