Expert Tips for Bridal Accessories

Every woman wants to have the best gown and the most beautiful accessories for her wedding day. Having a thought-out approach towards shopping for the individual pieces is very important for getting the best accessories to match your overall look.

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Dress – The Most Important Choice
The wedding gown is indeed the most important accessory for the day and hence should be chosen first, according to the taste and preference, so that all the other accessories can be chosen accordingly. Many people get carried away by the beautiful accessories like a tiara or a splendid necklace only to find later on that it does not go with their wedding dress – by choosing the dress first you can build everything else to fit.

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Accessories for your head
Tiaras have been the tradition of past, popularized even more by Royal Weddings. However, beautiful feathers, fresh flowers, flower crowns and even simple to ornate headbands are in vogue and can be easily matched to your dress.

Stephanie's Tahoe style hair

Colorful Dress Accents
Accessories such as sashes are a simple way to add a light pop of color or sparkle without overdoing things. Offsetting a sash with your shoes can show a bit more of your personal style and is an accessory that is always fun to splurge on.

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Wedding Rings
Lastly, the wedding band should be carefully chosen and the design should elegantly align with your own personal style, whether featuring a family heirloom diamond, or set to match a bracelet or ear rings. Angelic Diamonds is an online retailer working to help ease the diamond ring shopping process.

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Kayla and Nick’s West Shore Cafe Lake Tahoe Wedding

The first time I talked to Kayla and Nick on the phone I knew they were my people. With stories of bird hunting, boat building and all around good fun – there wasn’t a question we’d get along.

When it came time on their wedding night to do portraits, I knew they would be down for the cause to hike up the beach a ways to a private dock (ask for permission later…?) and it ended up being a GREAT call:

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I will never question myself about sneaking somewhere I’m not supposed to be – sooo worth it!west shore cafe wedding 06

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Kayla got ready for her West Shore Cafe wedding on property which allowed for a relaxing morning creating images of Kayla and her closest friends laughing and goofing off as the boy got ready next door.

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Nick spent his getting ready time sipping whiskey with the boys – but when it came time to clean up, he did so in style and with ease.west shore cafe lake tahoe wedding

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Tahoe is all about adventures and one of those is boating. While they didn’t go for a ski session after their ceremony, Nick and Kayla did take a wood boat ride after their West Shore Cafe wedding.Lake tahoe wedding 09

Did I mention Nick’s buddy’s brought some whiskey? (yes, I tried it, it was good!)Lake tahoe wedding 08

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Sometimes asking a couple to dangle their feet off a dock 20+ feet above the water is just what you need for an epic series of photos.Lake Tahoe wedding 04

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Thanks so all the awesome wedding professionals who came together to make this a perfect wedding:

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Bonnie with Summit Soiree

Martha Bernyk Floral Design

Traveling Photo Booth

Black Market Jazz Orchestra

Ric and An’s Kunde Family Estate Wedding

An and Ric’s Kunde Family Estate wedding in Sonoma Wine Country was what a winery wedding is all about. Rustic yet elegant, indulgent, but understated.

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I loved how playful An was and that she was game to head out into the dirt for the perfect image.
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Their musician was the perfect accompaniment to the day with the acoustic in the background from pre-ceremony through the reception.
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Ric may be a bit more reserved, but he didn’t hold back his emotions when he saw An.
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I loved how they incorporated Ric’s son into the ceremony and the importance they put on being together as a family.
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The rustic ruins at Kunde Family Estate were featured in the movie Bottle Shock – as well as multiple other amazing sites on property.
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My idea of an adventure is getting lost in the woods, and An and Ric had their own version of this during their reception under the trees on Kunde’s Olive Hill wedding site.
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Ric and An put a huge smile on my face when they asked me if I would meet them for a “day after” session back on property to help them get a ton more beautiful photos of them exploring different spots and letting loose more than they were able to on their wedding day.
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Having them walking up and down rows and rows of vines and playing on property was my idea of a perfect session.
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I can’t wait for my next Kunde wedding. What an amazing wedding location with soooo many different nooks and crannies to explore and get lost in!

Josh and Tia’s Styker Sonoma winery wedding

Josh and Tia had their beautiful Sonoma Vineyard wedding at the Styker Sonoma Winery and made my day by having their dinner reception in the middle of the vines! Great wine, amazing food, perfection of indulgence in wine country.

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Tia’s smile lit up the room and the day – she not only had me smiling, but all of her friends as well! :-)
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Putting on a wedding dress is an adventure in itself and it’s always fun to capture the process and the expressions that go with it.
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Getting ready on property at Mayacama Golf Club in a private home created the perfect atmosphere to indulge the camera with beauty and sophistication around every turn.
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0692-2W2A7494What a GREAT wedding with some amazing wedding professionals! Rachel from So-Eventful made it all come together and Gustavo from Silver Tie Films create a beautiful film of the day!