Black and white photography

I go back and forth a lot on black and white photography.  My parents, married in 1945 as the war was ending, had their images only in black and white and customary to the day, had the images hand painted with color.  When I look back at the photography I think very much that these images are so timeless. and yet looking at the images that our brides send us I think that the look is contemporary at minimum.  For the fortunate few – some weddings are shot with a few cameras and we get to see the same angles or near angles of simultaneous imagery.  Then I can’t help but think, these images they send look ageless.  What’s your preference?

Black and White Photography

Wedding preparation with young attendant.

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Keeping Kids Happy at Your Wedding – a repost

Often a bride will wish to include the smaller members of her family or friends for her wedding party. These flower girls or ring bearers can be awfully cute in a wedding party but at times, can be plain awful as well.   Why is that? Well, often, this is the first time a small child will be exposed to so much attention placed on him. We as adults have had to experience of having that adrenaline rush when all eyes are focused on us but imagine a small child, for her, this can be the first time that the overwhelming feeling of too much attention hits them right before they walk down the aisle. So, what to do?

Read more below: Just a reminder – although we sell our flower girl dresses and suits at Pegeen.com exclusively online,  if you are visiting Orlando, we are located just 1.25 miles from Disney World.  Call to visit our factory or design studio. 407-928-2377

Light blue and chocolate silk flower girl dress

Explaining to them, especially the two year old, what is going to happen is really meaningless to them. In fact, the more you talk about it, the faster you will see their heads shake with a firm “no”. I hear it on the other end of the phone with the moms as they try to take their measurements for their flower girl dress or ring bearer suit. “Come on honey, let’s take your measurement for the pretty dress we talked about” – and low and behold, I hear the child scream and run away.

Here are my suggestions for the process:

  1. MEASUREMENTS: As you will need measurements for their outfit, make it a game! Ask them to stand against the wall, and place a pencil on their heads so that they can see the dot; enlist their help to do the measurement. Take a tape measure to the dot and for the age appropriate child, see them read the number to you at the floor. When you take their chest and waist, especially if they are giving you a hard time, ask them to take yours first. Soon, they will allow you to take theirs AND pretty much they will want to take measurements for every person they see!
  2. PREPARATION: Even the tiny ones will need to understand what they are going to be doing. There are many cute books out there to read or a scene from a movie to help them understand what they will be doing. On our Pegeen website, we have plenty of photos of children walking down the aisle. I point out one particular wedding from our Featured Weddings of the Month for February 2008 when you see the little girls coming down the aisle, with a “line leader” (the oldest, the Jr. Bridesmaid’s) holding a flower garland with the little ones trailing behind. A few photos later, out bursts a little one with a pink sash whom we imagined did not feel quite ready to go down that all too intimidating aisle. http://www.pegeen.com/Images/GALLERY/pegeen-real-weddings5.php#detail1 Preparation, talking, showing books and photos, and even a movie or two isn’t a bad idea.
  3. THE REHEARSAL: Certainly, the rehearsal is a way for everyone to know their places and responsibilities but for children, the practice doesn’t emphasize how many people the following day (usually the rehearsal is the evening before) will be “staring” at them, and although harmless, it can be very frightening to children, especially small ones. After the rehearsal, it’s not a bad idea to talk to them and let them know (tomorrow) all the people will be there but you know just about every single one! Name many of them and the following day, it can be a game for them to spot their cousins or aunts and uncles, especially if you ask them to sit at the end of the aisle.
  4. THE WEDDING: This is the toughest time. Remember though, anything they do will be accompanied by chuckles of your guests. The older children, those 6 and older, are usually with it and are not quite a shy as a three year old, so they can help the younger ones. If however the child is “solo” know that there may be some hesitation on their part but they will make it through especially if you prepare beforehand.

For the wedding:

Certainly, the rehearsal is a way for everyone to know their places and responsibilities but for children, the practice doesn’t emphasize how many people the following day (usually the rehearsal is the evening

Mustard yellow and cranberry flower girl dress with babies in wagon

We suggest that, when possible, consider the following:

  • Have them walk down the aisle with older children or their parents.
  • Make it a fun place when they get there – books are always good. When mine was little, I kept him busy at the ceremony with cheerios and hid them in my gown.

Here are some fantastic tips for keeping the kids happy at wedding receptions:

  • Hire someone to sit with them at the reception
  • Can’t say enough about that Kids table – they like the independence
  • Many brides are now supplying a “candy” table – okay this is the one time that I can’t say it’s a bad idea – keep it by the deserts but keep tiny fingers off till after their dinner.

Candy Table

Our chat is always open until 11pm, and at certain busy times, till midnight and we are happy to share ideas from other brides. We have a neat page that we put some great ideas on it – one of my favorites is the wagon! http://www.pegeen.com/great-ideas.php

Just a reminder – although we sell exclusively online,  if you are visiting Orlando, we are located just 1.25 miles from Disney World.  Call to visit our factory or design studio. 407-928-2377

 

 

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Very special dress for a Bat Mitzvah

We are just starting to catch up postings after a very busy summer season. This flower girl dress by Pegeen.com in our hot pink is a vibrant color called Boing and the young lady chose bubble gum for the sash and trimmed with a black rhinestone belt.  These colors complimented the theme of this Bat Mitzvah and our customer reported that her daughter fell in love with her Bat Mitzvah dress the moment it arrived!

Check price for this custom silk flower girl dressJust a reminder – although we sell exclusively online,  if you are visiting Orlando, we are located just 1.25 miles from Disney World.  Call to visit our factory or design studio. 407-928-2377

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New Nutcracker Dress Styles for 2016

Our Nutcracker Dresses have begun to ship.  We have added approximately 7 or 8 new styles for this season of The Nutcracker.  Every year we love this time because dance companies select some beautiful combinations.  Many other times, a dancer is chosen for the Nutcracker Party Scene and needs to purchase a dress.  Still others individually purchase for their daughter because she was chosen for the part during The Nutcracker auditions. Here are just a few of the dresses we have been churning out this week.  Visit the full line at Pegeen.com: details
Just a reminder – although we sell exclusively online,  if you are visiting Orlando, we are located just 1.25 miles from Disney World.  Call to visit our factory or design studio. 407-928-2377
Below are some styles:
Style 911 done in Caribbean Blue and Ballet Pink
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below: Style 720 Clara Nutcracker Dress done in Wisteria and Oatmeal
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below: Style 730 Clara Nutcracker Dress done in Aqualine and Oatmeal
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below: Style 725 Nutcracker Party Scene Dress done in Wolf Gray and French Blue
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Silver and Gold for Christmas Portrait Session!

We are very excited to present this absolutely stunning addition to our Pegeen Fairy Tale Collection and have named it, what else, The Princess Fairy.  When our head designer first saw this fabric, she went absolutely ga-ga! “Between the rhinestones, the embroidery, the beads and the 3-dimentional embroidery, I couldn’t wait until our order arrived.  In fact, I asked them to express the fabric in so I could have it in the studio when I get back the next day!  I knew EXACTLY how to make this fabric be seen at it’s best.

This flower girl dress is made of 100% pure silk, ten layers of tulle covered with a layer of glitter tulle in gold or silver, and on the bodice, the most incredible beading, rhinestones, embroidery and 3 dimensional flowers, all hand placed and hand sewn with each dress uniquely different than another.  See all images for this photo shoot by Donna G Photography @BoxerStudios where the mom chose these flower girl dresses for her two daughters’ Christmas Dresses.

Just a reminder – although we sell exclusively online,  if you are visiting Orlando, we are located just 1.25 miles from Disney World.  Call to visit our factory or design studio. 407-928-2377

Check price for this custom silk flower girl dress

Silver and Gold Flower Girl Dresses

Flower Girl Dresses of the Month for August 2016 in Silver and Gold Silk and Tulle - Pegeen Style 922

 

 

 

 

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