VENDOR SPOTLIGHT: Dynamic Sound & Lighting, Casper

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Dynamic Sound & Lighting

Casper, Wyoming

970.324.9403

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We’ve greatly enjoyed working with Dynamic Sound & Lighting through the expos that we do throughout Wyoming! They have always been friendly, professional and have one heck of a set up. Here are some action shots from their events – including an outdoor reception at Devils Tower, Wyoming! If you’re shopping for a DJ for your wedding, this is a great company to check out!

INSPIRATION: The Bride’s Assistant

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I have so many brides ask me this question: “Is there one thing I should make sure that I have on our wedding day?” While I can’t easily narrow it down to ONE thing, I can definitely name one thing that I would not have a wedding day without — a bride’s assistant. This is someone that is NOT in the wedding party. I know your knee-jerk reaction is to name your maid/matron of honor to this position, and she does have a position like this to a degree…but I still argue that a separate, independent bride’s assistant that is party-tie free is essential. This is the person who needs to be aware of all the ins and outs of your day — when the flowers, cake, catering, etc. will arrive – when the DJ will set up — where the musicians are supposed to be located in the ceremony space (for when they show up and are unsure)… and so on.

Why should this person NOT be your maid/matron of honor, or one of your parents or your groom’s parents/family members? Because. OK, just kidding — there is a reason, and it’s a doozy. Because they’re going to be busy enjoying your day. Your parents have waited your entire life (+9 mos) for this moment, so please don’t bog them down with worrying about details. They’re going to do that anyway. Let them know that you have someone responsible who is in charge of this, so that they can watch you as you get ready and walk down the aisle and let the tears of happiness flow unabashed. (OK, that was poetic. But you know what I mean.) Same with your groom’s family, and your wedding party — they’ll all want to join in your day without the stress of minute details.

In addition, remember that the rehearsal and wedding days are full of hair appointments, keeping track of tux pieces, saying hello to friends and family and being there to give you a hug in the moment. Having someone who doesn’t have to be sitting in a salon chair while frantically calling the caterer or someone to check on the cake is a HUGE benefit to the stress and flow of your day.

So we’ve defined this person, we’ve argued the reasons why they’re essential — now what should this person do? And how should you go about informing them of all that happens? I was blessed to serve in this role for a dear friend of mine — she’s one of the most organized people I know. We kept in contact every now and then over a series of months beforehand, then the week beforehand she really gave me the whole skinny on the day. Here’s what she gave me:

Ceremony outline

Reception outline

Reception table and decoration schematic

Where items of decorations would be located, who would be bringing them, and who would be setting them up on the wedding day

When the cake, catering, flowers, band, DJ, etc. would arrive, and where they would set up

Whether everyone had been paid, and if not, who would be expecting payment and where to find it (make sure you have those checks prepared and made out for the appropriate amount! Then it’s easy-peasy for your assistant.)

Names of people in wedding party (an added way super organized you’re a rock star bride bonus might be pictures of each member of the wedding party and their name!)

Who has the wedding rings — let your assistant know if this is someone they should regularly check in with, make sure they still have them (you never know who might enjoy the pre-wedding celebrations a little too much…)

The time that you want everyone lined up for the ceremony

When everyone should arrive for the reception; when bar & hors d’oeuvres should begin (keep in mind that everything is approximate, and remind your assistant of that too)

Now — when I filled in this role for my friend, I showed up at the decorating time, expecting I’d be orchestrating everyone. The friends of the mom were expecting they’d be orchestrating everyone — and to keep from causing a ruckus, I backed off a little bit and let them have that show. I figured that was important to them because they were close to her mother. I did make sure that nothing was left undone, but quietly and in an unobtrusive way. Be sure your assistant understands how to work with personalities and not cause tension — sometimes these things just happen. Everyone wants the best for your wedding day and those that they love — so no one does this to be unkind — they just simply all have their own ideas on how these things happen. Just remember that, remind your assistant and tell her/him to be flexible. All will be well in the end!

Can’t I just hire someone? YES! You absolutely can, and that is one of the great things about our awesome wedding planners who serve Wyoming! Many offer a day-of-the-wedding package. OR, you can hire them to help you coordinate AND serve in this role, and you get twice the benefits. Check our vendor page for planners for Wyoming!

Questions? I know we’ve left points unanswered here — so please email (brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com) or post on our Facebook page and we’ll be happy to expand upon this topic!

‘Til Next Time…stay inspired and keep going! It’ll be a beautiful day just for you!

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

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SPOTLIGHT: Steam + Romance in Thermop by {k} photography

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Kristen of {k} photography in Thermopolis shared this really cool & unique romantic shoot…using what else, but native steam in the area. I love this idea — it’s so uniquely Wyoming! Check these out…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Autumn & Alex

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Thanks to {k} Photography of Thermopolis for sending in this wedding — Autumn & Alex’s beautiful wedding took place at the Big Horn Polo Club in Sheridan, Wyoming, on August 4, 2012. I love the happy expressions, on the bride & groom as well as the myriad of family and friends that took part in their day! It’s also a GREAT use of sunflowers too…I love these images!

CONGRATS to Autumn & Alex, and thank you to {k} Photography of Thermopolis for sharing!

Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

OUR SISTER PUBLICATIONS:  Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine http://www.wyolifestyle.com/ Wyovore  http://www.wyovore.com/ WYO XY http://www.wyolifestyle.com/WYOXY/index.html The Wyoming Woman http://www.thewyomingwoman.com/

WEDDING SPOTLIGHT: Megan & Sam

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Thanks to Ardent Photography in Laramie for sending us this gorgeous, AMAZING idea-filled wedding! Megan & Sam had a beautiful September 2012 wedding day full of personal touches. Read on for more information — and there were so many awesome shots, we had a hard time narrowing it down…

Here are the stats for the wedding — this is a great way to share this kind of information:

Ceremony Site: Curt Gowdy Ampitheatre, Curt Gowdy State Park, between Cheyenne & Laramie in SE WY

Reception Site: Hilton Garden Inn, Laramie

Floral: Poppy’s, Laramie
Photography: Ardent Photography, Laramie
Hair: Studio 220, Laramie
Makeup: Cassandra Garza, Laramie

Megan and Sam’s wedding was so thoughtful, from the intricate details to the care they put into planning their day to be so unique! This couple surprised each other with gifts before the wedding. Sam bought Megan a lovely necklace which was delivered to her in a handmade wooden box. Megan HOWEVER chose to surprise Sam with a MOTORCYCLE that he had his eye on for some time. She had it hidden at Hynds Lodge where he was getting ready and wrapped the key in the box presented to him as a gift. After that we had their first look which consisted of the couple concealed until first site by bunches of balloons adorned in their wedding colors. When the time was right they released their balloons and saw each other for the first time. Megan and Sam chose to say their vows privately to one another before their ceremony. This was such an emotional, heart felt and very touching moment. This couple chose to have their guests sign vintage skis in leau of a guestbook, which was a cute idea we have not seen. This entire wedding was well thought out, planned to perfection and just really screamed Megan and Sam.

Absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you to Ardent Photography for sharing this wedding, and Megan & Sam — my hat’s off to you for one personal wedding! Congratulations, and what a beautiful way to begin your life together as Husband & Wife. Many best wishes to you!

If you’d like to see your wedding or engagement spotlight on our blog, it’s super easy — email us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com and voila! We’ll need the blessing of your photographer, but they’ll get the kudos for the images of course!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

OUR SISTER PUBLICATIONS:  Wyoming Lifestyle Magazine http://www.wyolifestyle.com/ Wyovore  http://www.wyovore.com/ WYO XY http://www.wyolifestyle.com/WYOXY/index.html The Wyoming Woman http://www.thewyomingwoman.com/

WEDDING INSPIRATION: Rhea & Travis

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Thanks to Brian Harrington of bhpimaging for sharing this really cool wedding with us!  Rhea & Travis were married September 1, 2012 in Worland at the fairgrounds. But look at how they transformed a fairgrounds — and brought their own retro flair to the party! Here’s what Brian had to say… “This is a young couple with a lot of love and adventure ahead of them. Travis is in the Navy (as you tell by the blues…and the homage to the Sailor in Times Square image). Rhea’s family had a passion for classic cars, and their passion was laced throughout the entire day…sooooo many stinking cool cars there…” 

I have to take a moment to give Brian and bhpimaging a shout out, because I love what he says about his work:  “My images are simple, directive, fun, and youthful… My work tends to please the young couple looking for something different. I love working ALL OVER Wyoming, and destination weddings anywhere.” I love this. VERY cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to visit bhpimaging’s website and see more of Brian’s work…give him a shout at bhpimaging@live.com or 307-272-9903 and congrats to Rhea & Travis! If you want to see your wedding or engagement in the spotlight on our blog, email us at brides@wyomingweddingsonline.com.

‘Til Next Time…I’m seriously digging that car…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

 

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INSPIRATION: Photo Awesomeness

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Okay, now this is COOL. Way beyond super cool, I tell you!!! The links I provide here are for companies outside of Wyoming, but I encourage you to first check with your photographer and see if they can order these products for you… but if not, here are some links to check out. OH had I had things like this when we got married…(and I swore I’d never say that, but this applies 100%!)

Photofetti — Seriously, it’s just like it sounds.  Confetti made from your images.  Totally eeeek worthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration image from www.photofetti.com

Photo stickers from MOO — Use for your invitations, save the date cards, or thank you notes — totally a fun idea! Make stickers from your photos (for thank you notes, an image of your getaway transportation of choice with ‘Just Married’ in the image might be super adorable!), OR do like our buddy Brian Harrington of bhp imaging did and make some super fun stickers that incorporate your initials…here’s an example that our friends Snake River Brewing in Jackson made…

 

 

 

www.snakeriverbrewing.com — Store

We’d love to hear your suggestions — what else can you do with photos? From decorations to stationery to the end of the rainbow…HUGE possibilities!!!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor

editor@wyolifestyle.com

LINK TO OUR WEBSITE & FIND A WY VENDOR: www.wyoweddings.com

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