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Why choose a wedding day scent.

A few years ago I began encouraging my brides to pick out a “wedding scent” for their big day. This is not something that wedding blogs, magazines, or curated check lists of “wedding to-dos” tell you about, so without fail, I usually always get the same response from them; “what’s a wedding scent?!”

   Photo by:    Lindsay Davenport Photography

Photo by: Lindsay Davenport Photography

At some point or another, every one of us has experienced a flood of memories triggered by a certain smell (good or bad). Some of my favorite smells are those of fall because they take me back to the time when my kids were infants and I would spend afternoons cuddling them while a variation of a pumpkin scented candle would burn in the background. What causes this connection between scents and memories? Am I the only one to experience this phenomenon or is there some science behind it? As it turns out, scents are the most powerful memory triggers.

The way we process scents is different from what we hear, taste, touch, or see. Our olfactory bulb is responsible for what we smell, and its close proximity to our hippocampus (which is responsible for our memories) and our amygdala (the area responsible for emotions) causes a strong connection between the three. Not only does a scent trigger a memory, but also the emotional response associated with it.

So, what’s a wedding scent? It is the fragrance you’ll choose to remember your wedding day by. A perfume for yourself and/or a room fragrance we can treat the venue with. It is the subtle smell that will forever bring you back to your wedding day, not just mentally but also emotionally. And, you never know, your guests might also create an unconscious association of your day for themselves!


Here is a short video with a better scientific explanation, in case you are curious :).


Tips to consider:

Not all scent defusing methods are created equal.

  • Candles provide a warm, continuous smell that travels through the room.

  • Concentrated room sprays need to be reapplied every couple of hours to properly treat most spaces, but this is the easier method we’ve found that works.

  • Oils with diffusing sticks are my least favorite because some can take up to 24 hours to provide proper coverage.

  • For large event venues, consider purchasing a single wick candle for each of the guests restrooms.

  • Most importantly, this SUBTLE. Be mindful of your guests. You want to treat the room, not give your guests a migraine!

  • Bath and Body Works offers a wide variety of scent collections and their coupons are wonderful. Did you know they offer a 3 day grace period on all promotions?! Can’t beat that!

Cheers,

Ana

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Tips on booking the right photographer for your event.

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Tips on booking the right photographer for your event.

Whether you are getting married, having a baby, celebrating your birthday, or just wanting to have those long overdue family portraits taken- you'll need to book the perfect photographer for the job. In such a vast industry, trying to sort out the right photographer can be quite the daunting task. Allow me to share with you the steps I take when booking a photographer for myself or any of my clients. 


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Define what you're looking for in a photographer. What characteristics are most important to you for the specific event you are hosting?  How do you want to be captured? What are you envisioning your images will look like? Consider your environment- is your event taking place indoors or outdoors, is it a daytime or nighttime affair? Having a clear picture of what you are looking for and what your needs are is half the battle. It's important to remember that most photographers have a signature style which they carry across their various clients. It doesn't mean that every client is photographed exactly the same, but you can definitely see the photographer's heartbeat reflected across their work. There is nothing worse than hiring a photographer whose style doesn't reflect your own, and sadly enough this is something you might not realize until it's too late to do something about it.

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Do your research. Browse for local professionals. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Once you've compiled a list of potential photographers, research each vendor individually. Visit their websites, social media sites, blogs, etc. Read their reviews. Were there any negative remarks? If so, how did the photographer address the complaints? Study their portfolio. Does their style appeal to you? Can you spot a trend, pattern, or niche in their work? This is key- remember when I said to consider your environment? If your event is taking place in a dark venue or your style is dark and dramatic, then you probably won't want to hire a photographer whose entire portfolio reflects light and airy photos. The images you'll find online will more than likely reflect that photographer's strong suit. Be sensitive to those details. 

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Is there chemistry between you? This part is not something you'll pick up from online researching. Schedule a consultation. If you are hiring a wedding photographer, include your other half in the process. It is crucial that you are both equally comfortable with the person you'll choose to capture your big day. This initial consultation will act as an interview for both parties (your potential photographer and yourself). During this time you'll both have a chance to get to know eachother. Be sure to communicate your vision, style, and ask questions regarding pricing and package details. Most photographers will bring with them one or more sample client books. Books usually have a larger image sampling than what you'll find online, so this is something you'll definitely want to take a look at, especially if you are hiring for a big event or if you are considering to purchase a photo book for yourself. Always, always, always see and feel the quality of a photo print product before committing to purchase it for they are not all created equal!!!

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Ensure all paperwork is in order. Review the contract thoroughly. Take the time to go over every line. Does everything make sense? Each photographer tailors their contract slighly different, and that's ok. Look for key elements like event details (date, time, venue, etc), scope of service/agreed upon coverage or package, rescheduling clause, cancellation clause, pricing, discounts (if applicable), payment schedule, and acceptable methods of payment. Don't get lost in long, legal termonology and clauses. A good, solid contract contains the main components needed to ensure both parties are in mutual understanding of every aspect regarding the transaction that is about to take place. A lot of photographers require a 2 party signature from their clients (usually for weddings and engagments). This is something I personally prefer because it adds an added layer of accountability and ensures my clients and their significant others are both aware of the service agreement prior to finalizing the deal. Keep in mind that service agreements are put in place to protect you as much as the vendor you are getting ready to hire.  

I hope these tips prove helpful to you in the future. Thank you for stopping by. Happy planning, and good luck with your search! 

Cheers,
-Ana


Looking for photographer recommendations in the DFW area? Contact me for a list of tried and true industry pros! 

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One designer's thoughts...

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimension."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

  My name is Ana Rodriques, and I like to party!   Seriously. I LOVE to throw a good party. Every aspect of planning an event is an invigorating and fresh experience. Developing each unique theme, creating a connection with each guest, and facilitating a captivating environment are a few of the reasons why I love what I do. Full disclosure though- it's not always all rainbows and butterflies.  I have had my share of rough, exhausting, and joy depleting experiences- which haven't been fun but most necessary for growth. Those have pushed me to think differently, to explore new angles, and to exercise caution when necessary. Did I enjoy them? Most definitely not; but I am incredibly thankful for every success and failure I've navigated in my journey as an event planner and stylist.   So what am I going to do with all of it? I'm going to share. Tips, tricks, maybe even a case study or two... Why? Not because the world needs another blogger, or because I've "arrived," or I'm switching careers. But because I think it will be therapeutic. Also because I'm a total dork and geek out about some creative projects. And who knows? Maybe someone else out there will have the same appreciation for them as I do. So join me, if you want!  Cheers,  - Ana        

My name is Ana Rodriques, and I like to party!

Seriously. I LOVE to throw a good party. Every aspect of planning an event is an invigorating and fresh experience. Developing each unique theme, creating a connection with each guest, and facilitating a captivating environment are a few of the reasons why I love what I do. Full disclosure though- it's not always all rainbows and butterflies.

I have had my share of rough, exhausting, and joy depleting experiences- which haven't been fun but most necessary for growth. Those have pushed me to think differently, to explore new angles, and to exercise caution when necessary. Did I enjoy them? Most definitely not; but I am incredibly thankful for every success and failure I've navigated in my journey as an event planner and stylist. 

So what am I going to do with all of it? I'm going to share. Tips, tricks, maybe even a case study or two... Why? Not because the world needs another blogger, or because I've "arrived," or I'm switching careers. But because I think it will be therapeutic. Also because I'm a total dork and geek out about some creative projects. And who knows? Maybe someone else out there will have the same appreciation for them as I do. So join me, if you want!

Cheers,

-Ana 

 

 

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