Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Touching Article

I read some inserts into the LPS Newsletter. It was really touching. The article was about... What is a Daughter to a Father? What is a Daughter to a Mother?

I think something like this is so personal and nice to put in an invitation where the parents are doing the inviting to the wedding..

Read On:

"A Daughter is the happy memoirs of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future"

"Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a Father to a Daughter. In love to our Wives, there is desire; to our Dons, ambition; but to our Daughters there is something which there are no words to express".

"A Daughter is the sparkle in her father's eyes..."

"A Daughter is a gift of love"

"For a Father, a Daughter is a gift that keeps giving back even when she is gone"

"To a mother, a daughter is truly a part of herself reborn living a new life, a daughter represents the values a mother has embedded her with, she is a mother's best friend always sharing her sorrows and happiness, to a father she is 'the apple of his eye' she is 'that girl' the father loves unconditionally..."

"To a Mother, a Daughter is an Angel, The most precious Gift from God... You got a best friend for life; someone who understands you more than anyone. They brighten up your world in a way, no one ever would. They are the sunshine of your life."

I included this photo of one of our brides, Seema, and her mom. I love this photo as it was so sweet.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Houston Wedding- Hilton of the Americas

We just finished an incredible Indian Wedding in Houston for Rachana and Vijay. We worked with the couple and their families for almost 8 months to plan this extravaganza weekend. It was so much work but at the same time so much fun. They partied until 4am! We could not be happier for this amazing couple and we are so honored to now be planning their 2nd reception in Miami in January!

Our friends at Hakim Sons put together this incredible highlight instant edit that was shows at the reception. Thank you to all our fabulous vendors: Arden, Debra, Ajoy, Vik, Erica, Delene (who did the best decor ever), and of course, our very own, Dj Amrit! I have to thank my wonderful staff: Anna, Judy, Neeti, Jay for always making me look so good and doing such a tremendous job!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tips to Improve Your Wedding Video – South Asian Style

Our good friends at Celeste Studios wanted us to share these tips for our brides on how to improve the video:

10 Tips to Improve Your Wedding Video – South Asian Style
©Celeste Studios

Celeste Studios shoots approximately 50 South Asian wedding films each year, which now constitutes the majority of their wedding cinematography business. Here are a few tips they’ve found to help make your wedding video (and photographs) look fabulous!

1. Make sure the Mandap/staging area is free of plastic bags, paper towels and any plastic or paper goods. Put all ceremonial items in decorative containers, such as a brass cup or tray. Paper goods and plastic items can make the Mandap/staging area look cluttered.
2. Please request that your guests stand behind the official videographer and photographer when taking photos of key moments and/or to remain seated during the ceremony. Over zealous guests and even young children can easily block important shots.
3. Remove all shrink-wrap plastic from ceremonial items. Many families like to keep these items wrapped in plastic to reuse them again in the future, but camera lights and flashes can create a glare or reflection from the plastic. These things look better unwrapped.
4. Chair placement on the Mandap/staging area should always be arranged in a way that the person/people who are the center of attention are the main focus in the camera. For instance, if the bride and groom are sitting center stage, then all chairs on the sides should sit at least 18-inches away from the bride and groom and spread out so that everyone can be seen. The side chairs should be placed in a step-pattern with the chairs closet to the camera being furthest away from the bride and groom. See diagram.
5. Inform family members and officiant not to turn their backside to the camera, especially when bending over and not to stand in front of or block the camera. When bending over, make sure the camera has your side profile.
6. When using uplighting on the Mandap/staging area, be sure to sit at least three feet away from the colored lights. If you sit too close to the lights, your skin-tone will take-on the color of the lights.
7. You can help the videographer/photographer by asking the manager/decorator not to turn the house lights off or down too low, other than that let the videographer/photographer control their own lighting. For example, against our advice, we once had a bride ask the DJ for a high intensity spotlight to follow her during the procession. This type of light has a blue temperature to it that will make the skin-tone look unhealthy and make the image too bright. Most videographers use a low wattage camera light and can control how much light they need through the camera’s controls.
8. An outdoor wedding will look much better if it can be set up so that the bride and groom, as well as the guests are not in full direct sunlight. Shady areas or canopies work best.
9. If you are planning a performance, a unique dance or anything special let the videographer/photographer know about it in advance.
10. Try not to react to the presence of the camera, especially turning away, as this renders the footage unusable. When in doubt whether to look at the photographer or videographer, always look at your photographer unless he/she tells you otherwise.