I Heart Weddings!

If you read this blog on a regular basis, you know I was recently in a friend's wedding. I blogged about her pinwheel centerpieces about two months ago. Well now I've received her Thank You note in the mail yesterday and I just had to share.


On the big day, as the receiving line carried on, my friend's wedding guests were ushered outside after a brief ceremony at the Westwood Country Club in Williamsville for a group photo of the entire wedding. Once outside, guests were asked to stand straddling a rope that was strategically placed on the ground in the shape of a heart in front of a large cluster of rocks.


In the moment, I wasn't in love with the idea - standing for what seemed like way too long in 90 degree heat in the blazing sun and 4" heels on grass but I knew it would be worth it for the bride and all her guests. With the bride and groom at the tip of the heart, surrounded by the wedding party on either side and the parents at the top, the photographer climbed the rocks (also while wearing a dress and heels).


After a lot of shifting of the rope and the guests - one step forward, two steps back (a la Paula Abdul), everyone was properly spaced and we were ready for the picture...until the photographer decided she wanted a step ladder on the rocks to get an even better aerial view. All was worth the wait when the picture came in the mail, as a Thank You postcard. The photographer, Donna Stewart (www.photosbydonnastewart.com) took a beautiful picture and even helped the bride and groom create the Thank You postcard, with a design on the reverse side as well.


This is a great idea for a small wedding if your setting allows for it. Here are some tips on how to make this work. Make sure your rope (or extension cord)  is the correct size for the number of guests. This wedding had about 100 guests. I wouldn't attempt this with many more than that.  Lay the rope out ahead of time with the photographer's help so he or she can make sure the angle and the light will be right. Try to avoid guests looking into the sun so you don't have squinters in the picture. This would also be the time to get any needed ladders. Secure the rope to the ground in a few spots so it keeps its shape. Definitely don't open the bar to guests until this is finished. Corralling people is hard enough - even harder when there are other things for them to do. You could also make a note in your program asking for guests to follow you outside for a group photo immediately after the ceremony, which will make the process a lot faster.




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