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Darklab Media enjoyed nothing more than being able to capture this stunning wedding held at the Omni in Corpus Christi, Texas. Candice blew us way with her stunning radiance during her bridal session at the McNay Art Museum, and not to mention the friendship we planted with this couple venturing The Pearl District in San Antonio, Texas for their engagements session. We want to wish them nothing more then a life time of happiness .


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9 Last Minute Things to Do Before You Walk Down the Aisle as a Bridesmaid

You may have helped the bride cross the finish line with her own personal checklist of tasks, but right before you celebrate your bridesmaid duties coming to an end with an epic night of champagne toasts and your finest dance moves, here's a list of 9 things you should remember to do before taking your first step down the aisle as a bridesmaid.

1. Go to the bathroom
The ceremony can last anywhere from 30 minutes to close to two hours. Make sure you make a quick trip to the bathroom before walking down the aisle so you can avoid doing the "OMG, I have to pee ASAP" dance. 

2. Stuff your bra with tissues
If ever there was time you could get away with doing this, now is it! You may find yourself shedding some happy tears up there at the altar, so come prepared with a tissue or two or you'll be ugly crying into the bridesmaid's hair in front of you.

3. Reapply lipstick
Put on one more layer of color since you may not get another chance to do so until halfway through the party.

4. Give the bride a sip of water
Keep her hydrated before she takes her first step down the runway of love.

5. Line shoes with Band-Aids
If you feel the blisters starting to sprout on your feet, line your shoes and feet with precautionary Band-Aids. It'll keep you comfy while you have to stand in them for the ceremony. 

6. Eat a protein bar or take a swig of an energy drink
No one likes watching a sleepy bridesmaid standing up there at the altar. Plus, yawns are contagious.

7. Silence your mobile device
Leave it in your purse somewhere safe. Avoid taking it with you as you walk down your aisle. Avoid the urge to pull it out and snap a selfie mid-ceremony.

8. Help shake it off
When the bridal party is lined up waiting to enter the ceremony, encourage everyone to bust out their favorite dance move. This will help those nerves disappear.

9. Take a deep breath
This is the moment you've been waiting for. The one you spent the past nine months preparing for. Enjoy it. Remember it forever.

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Here are some brilliant tips and tricks for the perfect wedding day and every day skin complexion!!!

Whats some of your secrets!!!

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Number 9 is by far the best part of this article....


9. Dance

This is your party and you’re gonna dance, damnit! 🙂 There comes a point in the night where you’ve done #8 to the best of your ability, and now it’s time to seriously let loose. Now, we’re not talking about falling-down-drunk loose (we never recommend that at a wedding), but the bustle-your-wedding-dress-and-DANCE kind of loose. Everybody loves a dancing bride/groom, and there’s no better way to get the party started than by getting out on the dance floor and having the time of your life. Bonus? This might be the only time in your life where you have a personal DJ playing everything you love! And speaking of that…be sure to give your wedding DJ a list of your favorite songs before the wedding. This will not only help shape the musical direction of the night, but will guarantee you a dance to your all-time most danceable song.

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7 Reasons Why Hiring an Amateur Photographer For Your Wedding Is a Huge Mistake https://www.darklabphotography.com/blog/2015/11/7-reasons-why-hiring-an-amateur-photographer-for-your-wedding-is-a-huge-mistake 7 Reasons Why Hiring an Amateur Photographer For Your Wedding Is a Huge Mistake
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When you start planning your wedding, you enter into a whole new world that can come with a shockingly high price tag.  It’s natural to look for places to cut corners, but here are some facts to consider before hiring an amateur photographer for your wedding day.

1. The number one regret of couples after the wedding is not investing more money in a photographer. 

When the wedding is over, all you have left are your photographs.  Unfortunately, it’s not until AFTER the wedding that most couples truly realize this.

“I’m a professional blogger whose wedding pictures were ruined because I hired an amateur. Even though I did all of the right things (showed her photography styles I liked, furnished a shot list, asked if she owned her own equipment–she lied about that one) I still got crappy, blurry, point-and-shoot looking snapshots of my wedding.

I have literally been heartbroken for years over this. I had a re-do photo shoot with my husband on our first wedding anniversary. Though we included all of our decor and DIY projects, a re-do can never fully capture your wedding day. There is no mom and dad dancing, no first kiss as husband and wife, and no funny kid antics… photographers and brides have one shot to get it right. Just one. I blew it by hiring an amateur, and there is no way to ever repair the damage done.” – Christie O. Mountainside Bride

2. An amateur doesn’t take your wedding as seriously as a professional, and it shows in his work and performance.

A professional photographer has invested thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, in quality equipment and education.  She’s only as good as her last wedding, and her reputation is on the line with every couple.  She can’t afford to bail on you a week before the wedding because something came up, or disappear with your files after the wedding.

“Knew a guy who had a camera store in a strip mall in a moderately fancy area of town…He said he’d be glad to do the shoot…he took 12 bazillion photos. Came back from honeymoon a week later, went to the store check in hand to get the photos, closed, gone, out of business, store for rent.

Called, called, called, found his residence to be a mobile home in a distinctly NOT fancy area of town. Went to get the pix, ‘Oh, he moved yesterday, left no forwarding address…’  We’re still married (I got to keep the bride, even if not the pictures of her) and it has been 18 years so far. She’s still furious…” –  Mike Arman, Florida

3. You need a photographer with specific wedding experience to guarantee high quality images, no matter what.

When things don’t go according to plan, and at some point you can expect that they won’t, an amateur won’t know how to recover.

“Professionals have experience in how to use poses, angles and lighting to enhance their bride’s best features and hide the imperfections.  Every bride wants to look their best. Professionals can do that – amateurs, because they are amateurs, can’t always pull it off.  A pose that may look fantastic on one bride, may not flatter another bride.  Professionals have worked with brides in all shapes and sizes and know which poses look best for which bride.” Tracy Wimberly, Any Occasion Photography

“The stress and variables of wedding day photography are not something to be taken lightly. It’s literally the fastest moving day you can ever imagine…If you are not prepared for that, or know how to handle those situations, the walls can close in very quickly! Even the best photographers in other genres can struggle. Wedding photographers have to learn to fire off great shots quickly, sometimes with fast changing light. Even with experience it’s hard, trust me! Throw into the mix guests wandering into frame, iPads being held aloft for the picture uncle Dave just HAD to get…. Experience and skill will help get you through most of this, but without it, you are losing limbs out there!” – Nick, Studio 1208

4. An amateur can’t afford a backup, which means you’re left without a Plan B.

You need a back up for everything on your wedding day so that you’re covered, no matter what happens.  An unprepared amateur can leave you with nothing.

“I recently had a couple who hired an amateur photographer who had a car accident and was unable to show up to the wedding. He did not have a plan B in place, and since he didn’t have any backup staff to cover the event – the only photos taken of the most important day of this couple’s lives were random cell phone shots from family and friends.” – Cindy Pierce, Wedding Planner at the Addison

“As world-famous Chase Jarvis says, ‘You don’t get to be in the PGA by being sorta good at golf.’ Professional Photographers make it work no matter what the circumstances are. Whether it be raining, or there’s a huge distraction at the venue, a professional will use the best of his/her abilities to get the best possible images.” – Adam Rasheed

5. An unprofessional photographer can ruin your wedding day.

A wedding photographer must be both assertive and engaging in order to take the images you want without irritating you or your guests.  This requires experience, professionalism and the right personality.  

“I have heard stories ranging from how their photographer showed up in sweatpants and a sweatshirt on their wedding day, to their photographer showed up stoned…I have even heard stories of how a photographer changed their mind and decided they couldn’t have their digital files (after that was what they had agreed on and paid for, but was never formally written into their contract.) The photographer then held their photos ‘ransom’ until they came up with $2000 more than they had already paid.” – Amy Zellmer, Custom Creations Photography, My Photo Biz Coach

6. Hiring an amateur means more work for you.

An amateur photographer won’t automatically know what shots to take or the traditional timing of events.  If you want all these details attended to, you’ll have to learn what needs to be done yourself and make sure they do it.

“An experienced wedding photographer will come to a bride with a shot list and work with them to determine every moment the couple would like captured. An amateur who is not experienced with wedding photography will not know what moments are most important, therefore putting much more pressure and work on the bride and groom to ensure they get the shots they want.” – Cindy Pierce, Wedding Planner at the Addison

7.  You’ll miss moments you never even knew happened.

When going through photos after the wedding, couples are often surprised at the many funny and moving moments the photographer captured that they never witnessed.  An amateur isn’t going to capture them, and you’ll never know what you’ve missed.

“My sister-in-law hired a fashion photographer ‘friend’ who gave her a next-to-nothing deal to shoot her wedding. He missed so much. Important wedding moments. Her dad walking her down the aisle? Not covered. Kiss at the altar? Out of focus…he just looked panicked and out of his element all day. I am sure in his own genre, or with more time, he would be great. But that counts for nothing in the aftermath. All she was left with, was some bit part memories of her wedding day, which for her (and us) was devastating.” – Nick, Studio 1208

“We were married before becoming professional wedding photographers so we, like so many couples out there, didn’t realize what it meant to hire a professional…She also missed our first kiss and come to think of it, she didn’t capture a single kiss by the two of us the entire day.” – Brian + Briana Elledge, Divine Light Photography

Your wedding day only happens once; make sure you hire a wedding photographer who gets it right.


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