I’m so excited! I’ve been pinned. Not in the 1950’s sense of the word, but on Pinterest.com. In case you’re not familiar with this wonderfully addictive site, allow me to elaborate. Pinterest.com, the most crowd-pleasing creation since Facebook, is an entertaining Web site where people can build image boards based on what inspires them from photos found anywhere on the Internet. To be more precise, from Wikipedia, “Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing Web site that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies. Users can browse other pinboards for images, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos.” The topics run the gamut from travel to weddings. I’ve gotten lost in it for hours!

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I love how Marisa's florist was able to perfectly match her sister Elena's bouquet to her periwinkle blue suit.

Imagine my surprise when I was perusing the site in my spare time and discovered that some of my own photographs had been pinned. How cool is that?! In the words of the very talented actress Sally Field as she accepted her Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the movie Norma Rae, “You like me. You really like me.” I was so flattered that some folks liked my images enough to pin them on to their Pinterest.com image boards.

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The red glorious lilies steal the spotlight in this vibrant summer bouquet.

Which brings me to a very controversial topic among many of my fellow photographers. To pin or not to pin? Is this copyright infringement? Some say yes, some say no. Award-winning New York City wedding photographer Christian Oth gave a resounding no in his blog post entitled, “Pinterest — The Wonderful World of Pinning and Infringement.” He decided to remove “Pin It” buttons from his Web site because of copyright infringement. He stated in this post, “This is creating an entire network of photographers, designers, and other creatives who are seeing their work displayed without their knowledge or consent.”

I believe that it could be copyright infringement if the images are used incorrectly. If someone is pinning photographs on to an image board in a virtual scrapbook manner, the way Pinterest.com intended, I’m of the opinion that this is not copyright infringement. Photographs are works of art and should be enjoyed. If you’re going to post your images on the World Wide Web, then you need to be prepared for people to discover them resulting in potential usage. The degree to which they use them is where I have a possible issue. As long as the people pinning my images aren’t running down to their local Cosco or CVS store to make 5″x7″ prints, it’s fine with me. Let them enjoy my photographs by creating virtual scrapbooks within the image board format of Pinterest.com.

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It's all about the details. The french-braided ribbon and vintage rhinestone brooch applied on the handle of this wedding bouquet created just the right fashion statement this bride was looking for.

Is Pinterest.com perpetuating copyright infringement? Let us know what you think in our comments section below.

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

After being in hibernation all winter long, we’re ready to emerge like the flowers of spring. Future wedding content and photography coming soon!

Hydrangeas are some of my favorite flowers. We had 2 hydrangea bushes in our backyard when I was growing up. These lovely blue ladies are the epitome of springtime!

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Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

Happy New Year! It’s a new year filled with hope, promise and lots of wedding inspiration! We hope to bring you more and more wedding loveliness throughout the coming year.

Let’s kick off the new year right with a brief exposé on the fabulous accessory, the shoe. Whether you’re looking for a traditional bridal shoe or something that will make a statement, there’s no shortage of wedding footwear bliss.

First on our list is a beautiful brooch pump by Grazia. This shoe is an absolute knockout! Named, “Valentine”, this shoe “had me at hello” and stole my heart! Hello gorgeous!

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The shoe features a 4″ heel and is available in white or ivory.

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I can’t get enough of these shoes, so I’ve added a few extra shots from my recent photo shoot to give you some extra eye candy.

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I love how the lighting varies from one angle to the next.

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Nothing says “sparkle” like this pair of Grazia “Valentine” pumps. The rhinestone brooches are the ultimate in glitz and glamour!

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Coming in at #2 and #3 are Betsey Johnson’s rosette, peep-toe pumps and Madden Girl’s purple, glitter pumps.

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I love the punch of color these Madden Girl shoes provide. They’re that unexpected and unique twist on a bridal shoe.

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I just love the rosette details on these Betsey Johnson pumps and the leopard liners give them that extra pizazz!

Anything goes these days when selecting your wedding shoes. Brides can follow a more traditional trend by wearing white or ivory pumps, or they can pick a pair of funky, designer heels, flats, sandals, sneakers, or even flip-flops.

What’s your vision? You decide and remember to be true to your bridal style.

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile! :)

There can never be enough bling. As far as I’m concerned, the more the better! Today’s bridal accessories are full of rhinestones, crystals, beads, brooches and more. Take for example these Martinez Valero pumps.

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Don’t you just love the vintage-style rhinestone brooches?!

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I stumbled upon the ultimate line of bridal purses in a small, local shop. Designed by Bougainvillea, these clutch purses are swimming with pearls, rhinestones, and Swarovski crystals.  Can you say bling-deluxe?!

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The attention-to-detail is unmatched. Each purse is meticulously hand-sewn and embellished with only the finest beads, pearls and crystals.

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The craftsmanship is superb!

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Hello gorgeous! Which one would you choose? Are you an edgy bride that gravitates towards sparkle and glitz or are you more of a traditional bride that loves pearls and beads? Whatever your style, there’s no shortage of options to choose from.

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile!  :)

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I was an avid admirer of Diana’s from the time she became engaged to Prince Charles on February 24, 1981 to her untimely death on August 31, 1997. I was one of the 1 billion T.V. viewers that watched the royal wedding on July 29, 1981. I still remember waking up at 5:00a.m. and being glued to the television set along with my Mom and sisters, watching Barbara Walters’ and Peter Jennings’ live coverage from start to finish of the event. It was something truly magical and something I will never forget!

Last Saturday, I had the privilege of attending the Diana Exhibit’s exclusive northeast engagement that is currently being held at the Great Cedar Hotel at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut from September 16, 2011 – January 15, 2012. For me, it was the equivalent of a die-hard Elvis Presley fan being able to finally visit Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

The description on the official Web site says it all:

“Diana, A Celebration is an award-winning exhibition that chronicles the life and work of Diana, Princess of Wales. On loan from the Althorp Estate, the Spencer family’s 500-year-old ancestral home in England, the exhibition contains 150 objects, ranging from Princess Diana’s royal wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementos, paintings and rare home movies and photos.”

“Princess Diana’s beauty and grace touched so many people worldwide during her short and complex life. The stunning collection of her personal items invites visitors to share the milestones of her many roles, ranging from schoolgirl and athlete to kindergarten teacher and royal bride to devoted mother and charity advocate.”

“Throughout nine galleries, heirlooms, paintings, letters, videos and photos provide historical and personal context. Other items include 28 designer suits and evening gowns worn by the Princess in her public life; two diamond tiaras and other priceless family jewels; the original text of the Earl Spencer’s moving tribute to his sister at her funeral in Westminister Abbey; the score and lyrics of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin composition, adapted from “Candle in the Wind;” original heritage family paintings; and books of condolences left by people throughout the world.”

The highlight of the exhibit is definitely Diana’s magnificent royal wedding gown with its 25-foot train. When I saw the gown on display, it simply took my breath away! It is absolutely stunning even after all of this time. Being there in person is almost like stepping back in time to the day of the royal wedding. The decorative elements of the dress, the pearls woven into the veil, and the astounding attention to detail in the shoes can be seen in ways that no video or DVD could have shown. If photography was permitted inside the exhibit, I probably would have been there for days!

The royal jewels and tiaras, beautifully lit and presented in glass display cases, are a close second — and since I’m a bit of a jewelry junkie, I recognized many of the pieces from particular events and photographs.

Another highlight is the Style gallery, which showcases Diana’s fashion with 28 designer suits and dresses. When I saw the gowns and suits, my mind instantly flashed back to the books and magazine articles I had read which featured photos of Diana in these very outfits.

It was a day I’ll never forget. Thank you to my wonderful husband for making it all possible.

Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile!

Bridal Market pervades New York City this week! It’s comparable to “fashion week” for the wedding industry. Twice a year, in April and October, the top wedding designers present their latest styles of bridal gowns and bridal accessories to the press, photographers, retail buyers, and the wedding industry elite.

This week the runway is buzzing with the spring 2011 collections from Monique Lhuillier, Anne Barge, Ines Di Santo, Priscilla of Boston, Romona Keveza, Oscar de la Renta, Amsale, Reem Acra, Kenneth Pool, Pnina Tornai, Badgley Mischka, St. Pucchi, Ulla-Maija, Claire Pettibone, Douglas Hannant and more. You can view samples of the latest and greatest dresses on sister blogger Style Me Pretty’s Facebook page and at Aisle Dash.com.

The newest gowns flaunt amazing backs, ruched bodices, detailed necklines with tulle, beading, and ruffles adhered to straps and sleeves, as well as architectural designs such as textured skirts of roses, floral appliqués, and crystals. There’s no shortage of blingage either and mini wedding dresses are gracing the runway as well.

I’m waiting with bated breath for the release of images of the newest designs from the crème de la crème of bridal fashion, (and my personal favorite), Vera Wang! Stay tuned. Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile!

The wedding bouquet truly reflects the bride’s own sense of personal style. Is she a classic, traditional bride, a modern, fashion-forward bride or somewhere in between?

For your viewing pleasure, a few of my favorite wedding bouquets that I’ve had the pleasure of shooting.

Ellen’s Bouquet:
This is one of my all-time favorite bouquets consisting of roses, freesia, ranunculus, calla lilies and a pearl-accented monogram. It screams autumn wedding! Kudos to her brother-in-law Terry, her floral designer. Feel free to check out Terry’s blog, Down the Isle for all things floral.

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Marisa’s and Elena’s Bouquets:
I love how Marisa’s florist matched her sister Elena’s bouquet perfectly to her periwinkle blue suit. Pure perfection!

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Melanie’s Bouquet:
This bouquet won my heart not only for its fragrant roses and sweet peas, but  also the lovely jewel touches placed within the stefanotis flowers!

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Janine’s Bouquet:
Multi-colored roses and yellow orchids are ideal for a summer wedding. The bride’s pretty French manicure, stunning diamond engagement ring, and matching wedding band complete the beautiful look of this bouquet ensemble!

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I had the pleasure of second shooting for Wavecrest Studio at the wedding of Janine and Thomas. If you’d like to see some beautiful wedding and event photography, be sure to visit their web site and the Wavecrest Studio blog. Until next time, here’s a kiss and a smile!