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The upcoming week is going to be a busy one! Here’s what’s hot and happening.

Fine wine and arias at dusk to perk you up midweek? Sign us up! Blithewold has enlisted the Opera Providence Ensemble to perform on July 29th at their outdoor production “The Best of Opera Providence.” So bring your picnic basket, sprawl out on the grass, and let the music take you away.

We’re still swooning over the dreamy dresses offered up in Elizabeth Fillmore’s Spring 2016 bridal collection. Head on over to the The Plumed Serpent to check it out for yourself.

The bite-sized pretzel dogs by Capers Catering & Delicatessen for Boston Magazine’s 2015 Best Fest are making us wish summer could last forever. Get inspired and make your own version for that backyard bash this weekend. You’re welcome!

Brides-to-be on the hunt for their bling should make a beeline to the Summer Wedding Band Event by Long’s Jewelers this Thursday, where for three days you can ogle over their expanded selection of sparkly little numbers.

These chic paper goods from Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design are making us think #StationerySaturday needs to become a thing.

Happy weekend, everyone! Rest up!

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Bliss Loves!

The upcoming week is going to be a busy one! Here’s what’s hot and happening. Fine wine and arias at dusk to perk you up midweek? Sign us up! Blithewold has enlisted the Opera Providence Ensemble to perform on July 29th at their outdoor production “The Best of Opera Providence.” So bring your picnic basket, […]

Haute Couture – Paris July 2015

The haute couture fashion shows wrapped up earlier this month in Paris and we wanted to share some of our favorite gowns with you! Mode à Paris happens twice a year and it is the haute couture event of the season. The worlds most renowned fashion designers gather in Paris, France to debut their latest collections which can only be described as wearable art.

Chanel Spring/Summer 2015

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Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2015/2016

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Maison Margiella Fall/Winter 2015/2016

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Giambattista Valli Autumn/Winter 2015/2016

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Haute Couture – Paris July 2015

The haute couture fashion shows wrapped up earlier this month in Paris and we wanted to share some of our favorite gowns with you! Mode à Paris happens twice a year and it is the haute couture event of the season. The worlds most renowned fashion designers gather in Paris, France to debut their latest […]

Seaside Hues

Sayles Livingston Flowers did a wonderful job curating color for this seaside wedding at Rhode Island Country Club. The bridesmaids wore soft green dresses which blended beautifully with the seaside. Sayles Livingston Flowers designed simple yet elegant bouquets comprised of various cream flowers for the bridal party.

The centerpieces introduced a pop of blue to the seaside color palette with hydrangeas. Pillar candles in glass vases with sand and starfish brought the seaside inside while creating an intimate setting at each table. A three-tier cake adorned with small blue flowers completed this serenely beautiful seaside color palette.

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Seaside Hues

Sayles Livingston Flowers did a wonderful job curating color for this seaside wedding at Rhode Island Country Club. The bridesmaids wore soft green dresses which blended beautifully with the seaside. Sayles Livingston Flowers designed simple yet elegant bouquets comprised of various cream flowers for the bridal party. The centerpieces introduced a pop of blue to the […]

3 Reasons You Should Film Your Wedding

Courtesy of Artistic Wedding Films

Courtesy of Artistic Wedding Films

With the cost of weddings rising, it’s tempting to try and cut corners, and with cell phone camera quality rising even faster, it’s also easy to see the appeal behind forgoing a professional videographer service in lieu of a few quick cell phone snaps. We spoke with F. Mike Henriques, the Artistic Director and Lead Filmmaker of Artistic Wedding Films, who was able to give us some solid reasons against nixing your videographer from the list and corralling your gal pals as a temp film crew:

  1. Sound: The one clear advantage of filming your wedding is the audio component. Mike’s team strongly emphasizes the significance of the sounds and words spoken in the wedding films they produce, using them to enhance the story literally being told in tandem with the moving images. They capitalize on those sound bytes to really forge a connection between the viewer and video, asking personal questions during their interviews, such as what makes their spouse amazing or listing interesting facts about each other. If there’s any one thing you need to convince you to film your wedding, let it be this one. After all, who wants to forget the sound of their spouse’s nervously happy voice reciting their handwritten vows?
  1. Technology: Mike’s crew makes it a point to utilize the best tools for each client’s big day, toting around steady cams and sliders for Hollywood style shots in addition to the proper microphones. He’ll even bring along drones for aerial shots of the soiree. Having industry-grade gadgets record your “I Do’s” as opposed to the standard cell phone means a more polished product, and will make replaying your video less cringe-worthy. It will allow you to really pay attention to the scene and not the quality. It’s unlikely you or your loved ones will be able to DIY this, when the gear you hope to use comes into into question, which brings us to our next point…
  1. Professional Experience: Let’s face it. Your cousin’s subpar iPhone camera skills just won’t cut it. At the end of the day, you’ll want seasoned pros with years of experience handling the footage caught on one of the most important days of your life. Mike says it will certainly take longer to have the final product (it takes his team around 2 weeks to edit all those hours of footage), but it will be superior. This makes for a more consistent, artfully composed video. Also, you shouldn’t just rely on your friends to capture your big day, because it’s not fair to them. After all, they want to partake in the festivities, not hide behind a lens!

In your quest for a videographer, Mike offers these helpful pointers:

  • If possible, investigate how many full-time staffers there are. Artistic Wedding Films is comprised of three other full-time filmmakers/editors, which is more than most, as it’s common for videographer services to freelance out their gigs. Ultimately, the wedding video you pay for may not be as cohesive or as creative. Mike credits much of his film work inspiration to having full-time staffers to constantly bounce ideas off of.
  • Make sure you and your videographer share the same style and vision. Typically, wedding videos are divided into two categories: documentary versus cinematic. Documentary is much more traditional, with its linear structure, the music in the opening scenes, a full length edit of the ceremony, a very direct interview process, and plenty of straight-on shots. A cinematic technique takes more artistic license with a less formal structure and incorporates more varied shots from interesting angles and intimate details. The documentary style could be a good option for those who prefer to play it safe and want to know what they can expect (a videographer can cost a pretty penny after all!), but it’s more limited in its creativity and may translate as stuffy or less sincere.
  •  Discuss a fluid shot list and what matters most to you. It’s common for women to have themselves recorded while putting on their gowns, but a few may not feel comfortable with this, and they should express that clearly to their videographer. Let your videographer know all the little details you’d like them to be aware of, like how the aunt you haven’t seen in ten years flew over 2,000 miles to attend your wedding, or that your dog is the reason you met your spouse, and ask if there’s any way they can incorporate those loved ones into the video. For example, Mike’s Rhode Island-based crew made it a point to include shots in one video of a clients’ meeting place located a few hundred miles away in New York City. If a videographer ever says no to any of your requests and is unwilling to compromise, they may not be a good fit.

If you really do believe you need to cut the expense of a videographer to stay within your budget, you can opt to have a few of your friends record moments throughout the big day and then send them to a video editing service for a few hundred bucks. Mike suggests having your loved ones hold their phones horizontally while they record, so that when you replay the footage on a computer or television screen, the video will display better and won’t look obvious it was recorded on a phone.

Make no mistake, he still believes you should invest in a pro, but even he agrees, one cell phone camera is better than no camera. As for Mike’s final bits of advice, he says allow your videographer some time between shots so the moments aren’t rushed and have fun! This dramatically increases your chances of having a joyous, memorable wedding video that you’ll love to re-watch again and again.

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3 Reasons You Should Film Your Wedding

With the cost of weddings rising, it’s tempting to try and cut corners, and with cell phone camera quality rising even faster, it’s also easy to see the appeal behind forgoing a professional videographer service in lieu of a few quick cell phone snaps. We spoke with F. Mike Henriques, the Artistic Director and Lead Filmmaker […]

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