Thursday, May 13, 2010

anna + keith

at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix Arizona.

RISD bride

I wish that I could photograph every single union of RISD grads. When two artists like Keith and Anna come together, the details are singular, lovingly crafted and absolutely this lego cake topper that Keith created. Yes, she is holding a bouquet of lego flowers.

lego cake

A beautiful photograph from the ceremony by second shooter Rachael.

risd wedding

desert botanical garden wedding

succulent boutonniere

Keith & Anna have a love for and an intimate knowledge of the species found in the garden, like this century plant below and the cool succulents above.

century plant

risd wedding photographer

A bouquet with succulents by How Appropriate in Scottsdale. If you are getting married near Phoenix, I highly recommend these florists. holy wow.

succulents bouquet

cactus table decorations

RISD wedding

Not only did Anna make these rings, the couple also made paintings of their favorite plants from the gardens. These delicate botanicals showed up all throughout the wedding.

risd couple

cactus decorations

Desert Botanical Garden
Dress by Watters
Cake by Piece of Cake
Coordinator - Kristin Cook
Jewelry and rings by Anna
Print design and overall wow by Anna + Keith

Monday, May 10, 2010

albums - flush mount vs matted

If you're having trouble choosing between a Matted album and a Flush mount album for your wedding, it's very likely because it's confusing! (especially if you're not familiar with book-making) I'll share two examples below from my trusted album company, and I'll try to explain the difference between the two.

FLUSH - In a flush-mounted album, the print extends all the way to the edge of the page. The white that you see pictured above, is part of the print.

Flush-mounting allows for a slimmer volume, with slightly thinner pages. This style encourages a modern edge in the layout design because photographs can easily be placed anywhere on the page.

MATTED - A matted album tends to be a thicker, weightier book.

Smaller prints are mounted onto the page, and then a matte / liner is placed on top. The white that you see below is a separate layer surrounding the print. Simplicity is key with this style; you generally want to stick with one or two prints per page and a slow, measured pacing.

The matted layout is akin to museum presentation, giving each chosen photograph a certain weight and importance.

I am a big fan of both styles. If you are still having trouble choosing, consider this: (by no means a rule of thumb, but potentially helpful)... If you love design, tend to choose sleek modern decor, and if you like your photographs to be large, then a Flush album will likely be a good fit for you.

If you are a bit of a romantic, love old things, relish tradition, and hold a certain preciousness about photographs... then you will probably want a matted album.