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Photography Spotlight – Erin Mcginn

This week the Photography Spotlight is on Erin McGinn!

1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you started a career in photography.

After graduating URI with a degree in Marine Biology, I moved to San Diego for the most amazing three years, thinking about what comes next career wise (meanwhile shooting tons and tons of film in the beautiful surroundings), and started dating a friend of mine from URI.  He and I moved back to little Rhody together in 2006, as New England never left our hearts, and we missed our families and friends.  After a brief stint as a travel agent (and getting engaged in Prague!) I began working as an event planner for the renowned Longwood Events at Belle Mer in Newport, Rhode Island and planned 40 weddings and my own wedding in the same year (phew!).  Seeing my couple’s photos come back and immersing myself in weddings everyday through planning my own big event, I was sold that “marrying” my newfound passion for weddings and my long time love of photography was the career path I wanted.  While developing my skill set and completing RISD’s CE program in Digital Photography, I worked for Southern New England Weddings magazine as a blogger and editor, and then as a staff photographer, editor, and blogger for Bliss Celebrations which really helped me hone in on my eye for editorial based imagery, and helped create so many lasting relationships with vendors I love!

2. What is your style of photography?

I’m a natural light wedding photographer with a focus on editorial style imagery and fine art processing, striving for timeless, bright, and warm photographs.  With a unique background in event planning and as a magazine editor, I see not only moments, but details and design in order to tell a complete story.  I’m very laid back and easy breezy when it comes to working with my clients, I choose to look more for the natural, organic, intimate moments between the laughter and happy tears of the day, rather than intricate posing. I’m a minimalist and try to simplify everything for my clients and myself.  People who view my work often comment on how relaxed my clients look, and I think that has a lot to do with my focus on building relationships with them from the beginning, doing an engagement session, and being there not only for them on their wedding day, but throughout the planning process as a resource who is intimately familiar with the ins and outs of the local industry.

3. How far do you travel to provide your services?

I travel anywhere and everywhere!  I’ve photographed couples in the Caribbean, mid-west, the south, new york city and all over New England from the coast to the mountains.  Travel is something very special to me, and I welcome the chance to go somewhere new any chance I get. I’m hoping to shoot more weddings outside the US, and would love the opportunity to do more of that!

4. What is the key advice you give to those being photographed?

The key advice I give my clients is to just simply focus on each other, and forget I’m there. This is a special time in their lives, and this day is about the two of them.  Let everything else blur away, and just stay razor focused on what the day is really all about – celebrating their marriage.  It doesn’t matter if it rains, if there is a misspelling on their ceremony program, if one bridesmaid’s dress is hemmed to high, or one groomsmen forgot his matching socks. You can’t control everything, but you can control how you react when things inevitably go wrong.  Another big tip I give to all my clients is to consider an unplugged wedding, or wedding ceremony. Having everyone watching with their eyes and really taking it all to heart instead of behind a screen is just so special (and so beautiful to photograph)!

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Credit: Ella Iannotti

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Photography Spotlight – Erin Mcginn

This week the Photography Spotlight is on Erin McGinn! 1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you started a career in photography. After graduating URI with a degree in Marine Biology, I moved to San Diego for the most amazing three years, thinking about what comes next career wise (meanwhile shooting tons and […]

Jeweled Bouquets

Most brides walk down the aisle with a beautiful floral bouquet, but what if you were able to carry a bouquet that never dies? Danielle Aspinwall of DA Couture creates beautiful jeweled bouquets that are custom-made for every bride and can be passed down from generation to generation.

1. Tell us how your brand came to be.

I have always been creative, but didn’t think I could go anywhere with it so I put that thought on the back burner and just tried to focus on being successful in sales. I ended up losing my job due to an injury and knew I wouldn’t be able to get a job for a while so I needed to figure out a way to make money on my own and out of my home. My husband and I were newly engaged at the time and my mom asked if I wanted to put my grandmother’s brooch in my bouquet. I loved the idea, but being a bling girl I started thinking about a bouquet filled with them! I started searching online and ended up being so intrigued by them — I had to have one! My only problem was none of them spoke to me. I wanted something different than what I was finding and it had to be perfect for my wedding day. That’s when it hit me; I could do this! I wanted to elevate the quality and craftsmanship of it. It’s such a special day and jeweled bouquets can be passed on throughout the generations so I turned away from the crafty side of it. I focused on the quality of my product and I’m very picky on what type of brooches I use as well as the rest of the material. My goal is to make them come to life and have my brides feel unique and special. My bouquets are available for purchase through Klienfelds Manhattan and they are all over Season 14 on “Say Yes to The Dress.” We have been invited to be a part of NYFW and Couture NYFW, we have been in a bunch of print magazines, blogs, even some TV time. I officially became a part of Swarovski this year which is a great stepping stone for everyone to understand my level of commitment in making my products unique and of quality. With this I am also trying to brand our business on more of an international level as well as expand on offering more to my brides.

2. What type of accessories do you create?

We offer jewelry bouquets, wristlets, boutonnieres, headpieces, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and shoulder and body jewelry

3. Are they all handmade? What types of materials do you use?

Yes, they are all handmade metal and hand painted. I use enamel on my own flowers, Swarovski Crystals or Australian crystals, and mother of pearl or other things I find to fit in and make the pieces more unique.

4. Is it custom order only or do you have collections as well?

I accept custom orders and I have a collection as well. The best seller still to date is the “Aubrey.”

5. What is down the pipeline for your business?

I want to grow as a designer and continue to keep challenging myself, working with other products and offering more too.

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Jeweled Bouquets

Most brides walk down the aisle with a beautiful floral bouquet, but what if you were able to carry a bouquet that never dies? Danielle Aspinwall of DA Couture creates beautiful jeweled bouquets that are custom-made for every bride and can be passed down from generation to generation. 1. Tell us how your brand came […]

Champagne Shimmer and Blush

Champagne metallic elements combined with rose quartz hues and fresh greenery create a luxurious ambiance

Erica Powell of Reverie Gallery had a vision to design a wedding filled with over-the-top glamour that was both luxurious and romantic at Aria. “I wanted to design a gorgeous ceremony area using Aria’s existing ceremony structure, a beautiful outdoor lounge area with flowing greenery, a formal table setting, and lots of unique touches throughout,” Erica explained. Setting the tone, an invitation suite featuring laser cut “door” that was bounded by golden twine was designed by Coral Pheasant Stationery + Design. Forgoing traditional bridal party attire, Erica chose full beaded evening gowns in varying silhouettes for the bridesmaids. For the bride, a blush gown featuring a beaded bodice and chiffon train. Floral bouquets were replaced by custom-made jewel bouquets by Danielle Aspinwall at Jeweled Bouquets, a growing trend in bridal fashion. The outdoor lounge was the epitome of luxury with a mantle that was covered in lush greenery surrounded by tufted settees.

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Champagne Shimmer and Blush

Champagne metallic elements combined with rose quartz hues and fresh greenery create a luxurious ambiance Erica Powell of Reverie Gallery had a vision to design a wedding filled with over-the-top glamour that was both luxurious and romantic at Aria. “I wanted to design a gorgeous ceremony area using Aria’s existing ceremony structure, a beautiful outdoor lounge area with […]

Modern Texture

Modern texture for the modern bride. Shot at the Taylor Memorial Arboretum in Pennsylvania surrounded by rich green velvet and foliage, the latest BHLDN bridal collection was unveiled. The BHLDN Fall Capsule collection is filled with intricate bead work, elegant lace in dramatic patterns, and smooth satin in a variety of silhouettes. From high necklines, to bell sleeves, to a jumpsuit, each silhouette is more intriguing than the next. The collection has an overall ethereal, whimsical vibe that we cannot get enough of…

Modern Texture – BHLDN Fall Bridal Collection

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Modern Texture

Modern texture for the modern bride. Shot at the Taylor Memorial Arboretum in Pennsylvania surrounded by rich green velvet and foliage, the latest BHLDN bridal collection was unveiled. The BHLDN Fall Capsule collection is filled with intricate bead work, elegant lace in dramatic patterns, and smooth satin in a variety of silhouettes. From high necklines, […]

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