Tip: How to Arrange the BIG Group Shot

Have you considered a BIG group shot with all (or the majority of) your guests? What better way to commemorate your wedding day and the joining of all of your favorite people in the world! This is easier to manage if you have a guestlist that is on the smaller side, perhaps 100 or less. But with some thought and planning, you can certainly manage this with a larger guestlist as well! I personally think the best time for this shot is immediately after the ceremony. To inform your guests, simply put a note in your wedding program, and if possible, ask your Officiant to make an announcement (if you think he/she wouldn’t mind). And make sure your Ushers are aware so that they can direct any stray guests who try and wander off after the ceremony :)

If your ceremony is A) at a church, then request that guests wait outside the church steps for you to come out. If your ceremony is B) at a venue, request that guests remain seated and then come back out with your bridal party to join everyone for the picture.

If this is something you are considering, be sure to let your photographer know in advance so that you can talk through the logistics. They will need to figure out where to position themselves so they can fit everyone in the shot. And don’t forget to allocate at least an extra 10 minutes for this process before your cocktail hour!

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Via Style Me Pretty; Photo by Anna Page Photography

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Via The Bride’s Cafe; Photo by Unusually Fine Photography


For our 2007 wedding, we noted in our ceremony program for everyone to remain seated and then we walked back out after the recessional. Looking at the picture now, I would have liked to ask the guests in the far back to fill in behind us, but oh well… Our photographer, Dennis Lee, perched perilously on a ladder to capture this moment!.

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Photo by Dennis Lee Photography

Are you planning on taking a group shot?


Photography Beyond the Wedding Day

Everyone knows how important it is to find the perfect photographer for their wedding day. You want to find someone who’s work makes you go ga-ga, and who’s personality puts you at  ease. And of course, don’t forget price point and package offerings. But today I’m here to explore the world beyond wedding day photography…


Pretty much every bride is now familiar with the concept of an Engagement Photo Shoot. You want to get comfortable with your wedding photographer, but more importantly, you want some gorgeous photos to capture the love in your eyes when you are young and crazy in love. Couples can get really creative with fun props and favorite locations as evidenced in the adorable pictures below of hollie engagement shoot sweetchic events seth morris photography 1 hollie engagement shoot sweetchic events seth morris photography 7 hollie engagement shoot sweetchic events seth morris photography 4-tile
Images by Seth Morris Photography


Whoaaaa, what are these scandalous pictures doing on the Sweetchic Blog?! These are examples of Boudoir photography, a new trend that is slowly getting more popular as brides want to give their men a little sumthin’ extra as a wedding gift. Hey girl, if you’ve got it, flaunt it! Revealed Boudoir does amazing sessions in Chicago, so gather your courage and your sexiest lingerie (or your fiancé’s white button down shirt?!) and give him some pictures he’ll drool over :)

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Images by Revealed Boudoir


The Bridal Shoot is a southern tradition that hasn’t quite taken off in the Midwest yet. But photographer Jenna Cole (who recently relocated to Chicago from Texas) gave these reasons as to why the Bridal shoot, which are taken a few weeks or months before your wedding, are all the rage down south:

1. To have a practice go with your wedding day “look”. I know several girls who have switched their hairdressers/makeup artists after doing the session and seeing how things looked in photos.

2. To display gorgeous photos at the reception.

3. For your mom to hang a bridal portrait in her house :)

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Images by Jenna Cole Photography


The Trash the Dress shoot (like the Boudoir shoot) is not for the weak-hearted bride. Well there are various levels of “trashing”, but these ladies below really got down and dirty! The resulting pictures are one-of-a-kind keepsakes and works of art! Photographer Melissa Diep really makes her brides look (and feel!) like rock stars. If you can’t bear to part with you real wedding dress, there is nothing wrong with finding an inexpensive dress that you don’t mind trashing!

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Melissa Diep Photography


It’s common knowledge that pregnant women have a “glow” about them, so why not take advantage of those special, fleeting months? My favorite maternity images ever are of my friend Bee Kim (aka Mrs. Bee!), by photographer Punam Bean. Bee is absolutely gorgeous here and she now has lovely reminders of the 9 months she carried her darling Charlie Cole.

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Since this photo session fell around their wedding anniversary, Bee’s hubby ordered Bee a re-creation of her wedding bouquet – a gorgeous, classic pavé of red roses!

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What type of additional photo shoots are you planning on taking?!


Everything You Need to Know About Photobooks

A friend of mine started a brilliant new site, PhotobookGirl, based on her serious love of taking pictures and creating photobooks for her friends and family.


She recently wrote a series of blog posts about how to integrate photos and photobooks into you wedding. She has some amazing tips, my favorite is her Wedding Slideshow post:

Along with her blog, she also scours the web in search of photobook coupons and DEALS – Buy-one-get-one-free, free shipping, 20% off, 50% off – if it’s out there and it’s photobook related, she finds it!

My other favorite section on the site is the Photobook Reviews section, where she provides detailed reviews of over 20+ different companies, from MyPublisher, Blurb, MPix, Shutterfly, Kolo, RitzPix, to many companies we (as photobook novices) have never heard of!


And she also compiles an easy-to-use Spec Guide for each of the companies:


Photobooks make amazing post-wedding gifts for parents and relatives, and there are also SO many ways to integrate your favorite images into your wedding!

How are you using photos in your wedding? And have you tried any of these photobook sites?