Sunday, May 31, 2009

Shopping for your wedding gown

Maggie Sottero

One of the first things a bride does when planning for the big day is shop for her wedding dress. There are several things you should know and you should do when choosing “The” dress. I am sure by now you may have an idea of your dream dress, you may have flipped through a thousand wedding magazines, designed your gown in your mind or have had your princess gown with lots of tulle in your head since you were a little girl.

My advice to you is to try on at least five dresses. This may not seem a lot to you. You may know a former friend who tried on more then twenty. No matter how many dresses you may try on… choose one dress you thought you would never wear. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not talking about a dress that is clearly not your style. I am talking about the dress you think you may not look good in. You may be only trying on empire waist dress or a haltertop dress, also try on one strapless dress. If I had a nickel for how many brides I have convince to try on a dress they would have never thought of and it ended up being the dress they picked; I would be a very rich women.
Next, your undergarments; yes very important. Places like David’s Bridal have private changing rooms and even offer bras and slips but there are some bridal salons that has one giant changing room. So if you don’t want everyone to see your private unmentionables, you may want to take that into consideration if you are shy. If the bridal salon does not offer bridal undergarments to try on you may want to wear a strapless bra. This will give you a better idea of how your dress will look. Now even if you have a private dressing room, you will still need help getting in and out of your gown… just like on the day of your wedding. Which brings me to my next point bring someone with you.

Bring your best friend, or a family member. You may want your wedding gown to be a surprise to not only your groom but to everyone else. In that case, your wedding planner would be more then happy to assist you.

Lastly, a picture is worth a thousand words. Check with your bridal shop before hand to check if they allow cameras. Boutiques and private salons will not allow cameras. Larger bridal shops will allow you to take a photo. This will give you a better view of how you look in your gown. You can then look at the pictures and choose your favorite.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wedding Book Giveaway

10 of the best wedding books are being given away. Wow, what a great prize. Get your inspiration boards together and submit your entries by May 31st. Here is the information directly from

Perfect 10 Giveaway with LA Style Unveiled
If you were browsing
The Lounge yesterday on LA Style Unveiled, you would have seen their Perfect 10 Wedding Planning books post :) Well, we have
some fabulous news to share!!! LA Style Unveiled and
Jomygoodness have teamed up to give away all 10 wedding planning books on
that list!! Yes, you heard right!! This is a major giveaway and will
help you or someone you know plan their wedding with ease :) So, what do
you have to do to win this amazing prize?!? Here are the
1. Gather together 6-10 photos that best showcase the
theme and inspiration for your wedding day. IMPORTANT: make sure you
note where each photo came from, ie: Martha Stewart Weddings or Jose
Villa's blog, etc. Entries without photo credit will NOT be considered.
The easiest way to do this is to save each photo with the source as the
title. 2. Email these photos to:,
with the subject line: Wedding Book Giveaway 3. Include in your
entry your name, wedding date, and a brief description of your wedding
Entries must be in by May 31st. We will announce the winner on
The Lounge and on Jomygoodness on April 5th, by showcasing a collage using the
photos from the winner. Not only will the winner receive the amazing prize
of the Perfect 10 wedding planning books, but their wedding collage will help
inspire other local LA brides!! :) So, go out into the world of the web,
find some amazing photos, and send them our way!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Win Engagement Session

Brides grab your grooms and head over to Barnes and Noble in Mandarin on May 13th @ 6:30 pm. Corinna Hoffman is giving a lucky couple a free engagement session. Corinna is a great photographer and she recently covered Ruby and Mikes engagement and wedding. She also happens to be our photographer in the "Wedding Wishes" Contest. May seems to be the magical month. Good Luck couples!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Vendor Spotlight: Corinna Hoffman

Corrina Hoffman Photography
(Wedding Wishes Contest Vendor)

Your name: Corinna Hoffman
Company Name: Corinna Hoffman Photography

Years in Business :Been doing weddings since April 2004, had my official website in Sept. 2007 and became full-time with my business in Sept. 2008

How did you get started: Always been into nature pictures and community events photo-documentation. Had a nice camera and someone asked me to photo-shoot their wedding, and ever since then, especially after my own wedding in May 2007, I can't get enough of weddings. I love everything about it--from the time a bride has her hair and make up done to the end of the night when all the guests are cheering the bride and groom for the big send-off :)

Best advice you can give to a bride: - Plan your own wedding and tie in a lot of sentimental values to it, but also hire a wedding planner/coordinator to help you out :) Another best advice is that, to never skimped on your wedding photography budget. You get what you paid for, and your wedding photos are priceless!

What has been your strangest request? - Brides asking for bodouir photo sessions (or rather, sexy pictures for their husbands). At first, it was a bit strange to ask me, but I'm so comfortable with it now--that I love doing it for the brides :)

Do you work with an assistant? Yes, my wonderful husband and if he's not available, my other friend photographers. What would you say is your style? Photojournalistic style of documenting the day. I love detail shots too! Details, details.. and candid moments :)

Who is the person you most admire? Jesus Christ

Who is the person that inspired you? National Geographic photographers ;-)

What is your proudest moment in your business? Is when other photogs acknowledge my work, new photogs asking me for tips and questions, and lastly creating a long-lasting friendship with my clients :) Oh yeah, when my own friends insist to start paying me for photo services somehow just touches my heart and helps me become humble with my work.My husband is my greatest assistant and hero. He also helps me stay grounded. :)