Gluten-Free + Wedding Registry!

artisticmnweddingphotography-celebratorywonderHere’s a toast to eating gluten free AND healthy! And – to getting all those kitchen gadgets that will make that super simple!

This goes out to all of my fellow gluten-free-foodies out there – who want to make the most of their wedding gift registry for maximum GF kitchen enjoyment! I’ve been following Jennifer Fugo over at the the Gluten Free School blog for a while, and I really dig her wisdom. I’ve been GF for over 6 years now, but there is always more to learn! Here, Jennifer posts about her favorite must-have kitchen utensils for making the most of your gluten-free kitchen. Dig in and enjoy! (PS: Ladies – to get the hub-to-be on board with your registry plans…. tell him he can be in charge of the laser-pricing-gun. In. like. flint.)

Please click HERE to check out those kitchen-must-haves over at the Gluten Free School!

 

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Inspiring Women Who Play Dirty

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Hey all!
As you know – I’m into all-things-authentic! While this particular post isn’t specific to weddings, I realized that maybe I don’t have to continually share only wedding-bits in order to get your creative juices flowing – hmmmm? In my quest for more loyal blog-followers, and with the recent upgrade-give-away by our friends at Slow Motion Booth, I found myself a new blog to follow! Whether you’re getting married, or already wed – you can find some fab stories, ideas, and insights on the Crafted In Carhartt blog!

For WOMEN, brides, non-brides, guys who dig women in Carhartt apparel while working with those beautiful hands, the down-home, the STRONG, the INDIVIDUAL, for the fiercely feminine, as well as ye adorable tom-boys, and DEFINITELY for the Do-It-Yourselfers out there – – – Enjoy!

Denise Mack Photography… Loving genuine art, self-expression, pure emotion, and non-conformist-anything! Serving the community as an authentic representation of such things, with truly candid & inspiring wedding documentary. Got a wedding coming up and you want to keep it Original, Meaningful, REAL, and Fun? Then drop me a line!

Pot O’ Gold – Comin’ Atcha!

It’s that time of year… SPRING, GREENAGE (soon), St. Patty’s Day… and GOLD! I learned a bit about some unique gold offerings available out there from this graphic – provided by SimplyBridal.com.

A little inspirational ‘schooling’ this week. Enjoy!

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Permission to be YOURSELF?? Definitely GRANTED!

Slow Down and Enjoy Your Wedding…. Slow WAAAAY Down!

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EXTENDED FOR ONE MORE WEEK! WINNER TO BE SELECTED BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014!!
{Scroll to the bottom for details about their Free-Upgrade Offer!}

Okay – as you know – I’m not a huge trend-follower per say. Howevs, I AM all about FUN! And, I’m all about stopping to smell the roses, as they say. Your wedding day will FLY by. (No exaggeration. It moves so fast.) Here’s a memorable way to slow things down, and gather some amazing moments with fam & friends that you’ll truly want to watch again and again with them. I am love, love LOVING this fresh approach to professional wedding videography! It’s like a ‘photo-booth’ set-up, only in a larger space, and TONS more engaging! It’s called the Slow Motion Booth {Check it out here at SlowMotionBooth.com} – It combines your favorite friends and family conspiring with slow-mo creators to capture them doing zany, silly, hilarious ‘mini-stunts’ with one another and YOU! The final edited product is more than entertaining, and a great new way to immortalize your event, while highlighting the joy of the occasion.

If you only have a quick minute – check out their promo vid HERE.
If you have a couple extra minutes to peruse their other enticing samples, check them out HERE!

Here are a few words from Chris Meyer, of The Slow Motion Booth, MPLS:

DMP: What got you started in your field/ what inspired you?
CHRIS: Having been in the photography/wedding world for 8 years, I have always been interested in the different trends that come along. When I saw the Slow Motion Booth idea, I knew that this was an idea that I had to pursue. It’s something cool, different and fresh, and I LOVE providing the service at weddings and corporate events.

DMP: Who do you feel can benefit the most from what you have to offer?
CHRIS: Anyone that is looking for something different and unique, The Slow Motion Booth is the perfect addition!

DMP: If you could only highlight one thing about your product/ service/ location, what would it be?
CHRIS: The Slow Motion Booth is the most unique addition to any event, providing slow motion documentation of the most hilarious moments.

DMP: Your best tips for acquiring your products/ services?
CHRIS: The Slow Motion Booth is available nationwide, and while we would love to capture moments at everyone’s events, we can’t be everywhere at once (yet). Dates are booking up quickly, so give us a call or shoot us an email to check availability!

DMP: What is your top-favorite memory from your wedding day?
CHRIS: SO many great moments! One that sticks out though is our first dance. I surprised Kim with bringing in a musician friend of ours to play a special song for us. The look on her face was perfect!

DMP: If you could do it all over again – what is one thing you would do differently knowing what you know now?
CHRIS: I wouldn’t change a thing!

DMP: What is your best piece of advice about marriage in general/ planning a wedding/ or anything related?
CHRIS: Planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful. An open line of communication between the bride/groom and the parents is essential to a smooth wedding date.

Thanks so much, Chris!

Now, for some juicy news! Chris has generously offered to provide a free upgrade – valued at $700 – to one lucky winner! If you are considering hiring The Slow Motion Booth for your wedding, and you want a chance to win a free upgrade with your purchase, sign up to FOLLOW the DMP BLOG (upper right column)! Easy-Peazy. *(I hate spam too. I promise to keep your email info confidential, and you can always ‘un-follow’ me if you change your mind later. No hard feelings.) *By entering your info in the follow section, you provide me with consent to provide your name and email address to Chris Meyer of The Slow Motion Booth, Minneapolis, for give-away/ upgrade eligibility purposes, upon winning. (This is the only info I’ll be sharing, enabling you to receive your gift.) A random winner will be selected from new blog followers by Wednesday March 12, 2014. Eligible entries (via followers) must be received before midnight Eastern Time, Tuesday March 11, 2014. Winner and Chris Meyer will be notified via email on Wednesday, March 12. Winner must contact the Slow Motion Booth directly to receive their upgrade offer upon booking The Slow Motion Booth for their event. Additional details will be provided by The Slow Motion Booth, and all matters pertaining to booking or upgrade eligibility become the responsibility of winning client and The Slow Motion Booth team.

Bored by All the Mirror-Image Wedding-Hype?!

Hey all… Is it just me, or are so many of the wedding forums out there rather typical – and so often a mirror-image of one another? *[Kind of like wedding photography in my opinion as well!]*  This doesn’t mean these sites [or those photographers] aren’t ‘good’… It just means that they maybe aren’t quite as exciting, unique or fun!! Perhaps there just isn’t anything remarkable that stands out being shown, shared, or captured…Unconventional-and-Natural-MN-wedding-photography

Well breathe that sigh of relief – because I’ve found some less-trendy, atypical, and much more enticing wedding boards out there! Here’s the list – with a short description for what I personally like about these boards – and what you stand to gain as well… My belief is that the wedding board shouldn’t lead us to becoming wedding-bored.

#1) Let’s start with a fab-find in this regard! They encompass any and all aspects of non-traditional wedding planning – AND LIFE – which happens to mean fully-inclusive. Really anything outside of tradition – without limits – is a prime candidate for inspiration here. We’re talking weddings in the wild, weddings with a twist, weddings that are beyond personalized to the max, and weddings that cater to all human beings – such as wheel-chair-bound individuals and our friends within the GBLT Community! (I have even come to learn during my research that they share in my ‘language’ –  using terms like “kick-ass” and “non-boring”…. It must be LOVE!)
It’s none other than the outlandishly lustrous Offbeat Bride! They take the unconventional and give it a glorious spotlight – with all kinds of amazing features, tips, ideas, and shizz you probably haven’t even thought about! I personally enjoy reading about some of their Real Wedding features – and getting a glimpse into each wedding. You actually get to SEE what they did to make the celebration their own – (rather than being left with 2 or 3 teaser images). Here is one such posted, rockin’ wedding, that serves as an ideal example; I happen to really appreciate what the bride says (near the end of the post) to answer the question, “What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding?” {I also clap-to how they incorporate narrative directly from the couple.}
Just when I thought they couldn’t be any more original, rebellious and fun (sound familiar?)… They also have an Offbeat Home & Life forum – for life after the wedding. Your offbeat, non-conformist, and personalized lifestyle just got even more inspired! {Swoon!}

#2) Another variety-enhanced inspiration-generating board is Emmaline Bride!  This site places their emphasis on the hand-made and truly original finds that you just can’t locate in the typical ‘wedding market’ — (at least not without tons of online searching and time!) It provides a hub to combine originality and utterly unique design, as well as many DIY tips and treasures to be made, found, and had. They seek to find those wedding day items and people who just stand out from the overly-saturated and under-varietous wedding market trends. *{One of the things I appreciate about this site – is that when they first began in 2009, THEY contacted ME – saying, “You’re exactly the kind of thing we’re looking for!”} Yay! Me too, me too! Be sure to check out my 2 Featured Weddings on their site! Jenny & Tom’s Lakeside Wooded Wisconsin Wedding    AND   Megan & Tony’s Snow-Kissed October MN Country Club Wedding   (Disclaimer – We hadn’t yet figured out proper image-sizing for this one.) Thank you Emmaline Bride! {Heart}

#3) Third place goes to another ideal resource for my nature-loving-side – and surely it will appeal to yours as well! It’s the Rustic Wedding Chic guide, and they know how to do that down-home wedding up right! If the terms “rustic wedding”, “barn-wedding”, “wooded-wedding”, “lakeside wedding”, “ranch-wedding”, “farm-wedding”, “country wedding”, or generally “outdoor wedding” come to mind – you’ve found the right site. In addition, if descriptions such as rustic-elegance, laid-back, woodsy, or vintage are part of your repertoire – you’ll find a plethora of ways to make the most of your earthly-love and bring the outdoors to the inner-most portions of your wedding day! It’s truly your top source for all things outdoors in the way of weddings. So kick up your boots and wrangle yourself a few new idears to celebrate… All their tabs are loveable! {Yeehaw Cowbride!}

#4) My final wedding resource suggestion is for a forum called Rock n Roll Bride. Although many of their acknowledgements and connections stem from or are located in the UK, it lends itself well at spotlighting couples who step outside of tradition, and the details that help them make their weddings into very personalized and meaningful celebrations. (Delish!) You can eat up a lot of this inspiration too – and get your mojo rolling for your own nuptial-nuance! Loads of fun to scroll through! (TIP: Click on the actual title of the post to see greater detail, and then scroll to the bottom to look through the full ‘gallery’ of images selected for that highlight/ post.) {Cheers!}

These forums should definitely help to get those creative juices flowing – especially for those of us who know we want something different. There are no rules. It’s YOUR day, and should be reflective of your style in every way! These boards won’t leave you feeling like you just chomped on some more cardboard cut-outs… Au contraire – ’tis Much more YUM! I hope this provides you with all kinds of new and meaningful means of fully representing on your wedding day.

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A Most-Loved Wedding Meal Idear…

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Wedding Mashed Potato Bar!

Pinterest has gained such momentum in helping people dream, plan – and learn, see, and do… I remember honestly feeling reluctant about signing on for yet another “social media platform” – but figured, since I’m in the biz of visuals – I outta check it out. SO glad I did! (Rather addicting – but hey – it’s so much fun. Who doesn’t enjoy a wander through fields of endless possibility and a fully illustrated day-dream?)

I’m still working on some new & fun wedding-related boards that are yet-to-come, but for the time being, I’ve had quite a few hits on my “Wedding Details by Denise Mack Photography” Pinterest Board. The top re-pin award goes to “Wedding Meal Ideas: Wedding Mashed Potato Bar!”

I have to say – it is a superbly fun way to do the eats in a non-traditional and more laid-back fashion! This clever bride and groom shared in this top-pin-award-winning-wedding-meal during their wedding reception – held at the Minnesota Boat Club in Saint Paul. They had fancy martini glasses stacked in an eye-catching design – with mashed potatoes and all the fixins! Nom.

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The martini-glasses were stacked in an eye-grabbing sculpture!

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All the Fixins!

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They had a few other stations featuring things like these…

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Fine cheeses and crackers…

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a drink station with lemonade and iced tea…

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and raspberry champagne!

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And let’s not forget the desserts!

It was a fun and laid back way to feed the masses without a formal, sit-down dinner or traditional style buffet. Mix it up and have fun with it! That’s what I say 😉

If you enjoyed this snippet – be sure to follow me on Pinterest for all my personal likables as well as my wedding-related-revelations. Check out my posts to the WEDDINGS, Weddings, WEDDINGS! board as well as the Wedding Details by DMP board for more inspiration. As always – feel free to follow this blog (enter email in the upper right) to stay up on all the latest and greatest fab-finds!

Denise Mack Photography – capturing real-life wedding moments in real-time using a very real approach to gathering real emotions….. FOR REALZ!