Our Perspective on Bridal Shows From Behind the Lens!

Observations Through Our Lens

Hello.  This is Lynda.  I am owner, along with my husband Eric, of White Tiger Enterprises.  If you are reading this, you are probably a bride, groom or parent of one of them.  Congratulations!  I have made some observations in the past decade of wedding photography that may help as you plan and enjoy your special day.  Please note:  These are my personal opinions, observations, helpful tips. My husband may or may not agree with them!  They may be taken with a grain of salt or a shot of whatever makes you happy.  

Observation One – Bridal Shows!

I am writing this in January 2019, so Happy New Year!  And welcome to Bridal Show Season!  Yes, there is a season for bridal shows, just like there is a wedding season.  Well, for us anyway!  Let me just say, I love bridal shows!  I think they are fun, exciting and a great way for brides to meet vendors.  And we get free cake!  Here are a few suggestions to maximize your experience. 

First, stop at every booth.  You just never know what you might learn.  Shows have booths for insurance, caterers, makeup, DJs, invitations and just about everything you need to plan your day.  Already have a DJ?  Doesn’t hurt to talk to another one, just to see their approach to managing your day.  Maybe they will give you an idea to talk to your DJ about.  And, take the free stuff!  If they are giving it away, take it.  

Second, plan on signing with vendors.  Or at least making an appointment.  If they have a show discount, take advantage of it.  If they have a drawing, sign up.  You could save hundreds of dollars this way.  Be sure to have your credit card, cash or checkbook handy for deposits.  If you want a quieter time to talk with a vendor, wait for the fashion show!

Third, don’t sign with the first vendor you talk to.  If you are looking for a photographer, visit each of them.  Compare what they offer.  Then decide which one best meets your needs.  Same with any vendor category.  Most shows have seating around the fashion show stage, sit there and review literature.  Then go back and talk to the vendors.  Look at what they offer, check out their website, ask questions!

Fourth, as you go through booths, take a picture of the signage of vendors you want to remember.  This will help you find them again when you want to revisit them, or when you are home and want to visit their website or give them a call.

Thanks for reading my first Observations Through Our Lens.  Hope it was helpful.  Let me know by leaving a comment.  I have a few more ideas of things to write about, such as “What is the secret about your dress that the dress shop hasn’t told you?” or “Help in scheduling your wedding day” or “Why do I care about what brand of camera the photographer uses?  And other silly questions listed in the bridal planner books”.  If you have a question or suggestion, let me know, otherwise I will just make it up myself.  

Jade and Wesley Engaged! – Fort Wayne Indiana Wedding Photographer

Jade and Wesley Engaged in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Jade and Wesley chose the Lakeside Park and Rose Garden for their engagement session.  It was a gloomy and blustery day, but we had a great time.

We will see this adorable couple again in June for their wedding in Fort Wayne.

Congratulations Wesley and Jade!

Sara and Sean Married!-Cataract Falls Indiana Wedding Photography

Sara and Sean Married at Cataract Falls
We joined Sara and her attendants at the Cannon Inn at the McCormick Creek Park in Spencer Indiana.  The Cannon Inn is a beautiful and historic location.  Once the girls were ready, we headed to the covered bridge at Cataract Falls for the ceremony.  The setup was a little different, being as we were on a covered bridge.  The guests were seated at the far end of the bridge, with the arbor set up in the middle.  Our Groom, Sean stood at the arbor as the attendants walked through to their places.  Then our beautiful bride walked in with her mother.
During the ceremony they performed a “lock ceremony” where our couple, their parents and daughter each placed an engraved lock on a family tree.  After the ceremony we took group pictures at the bridge, then walked up to the landing for some more of the couple and the bridal party.
Then we drove up to the Cataract Falls for some spectacular photos of our group and couple.  After photos we went back to the Cannon Inn for the reception.  Sara’s father had passed away, so they had his photo in what would have been his chair.  Sara and GROOM drove off in her father’s pickup.  
Thank you, Sara and Sean for choosing White Tiger Photographic to capture your special day!

Kim and Scott Married!-Bridgeman Michigan Wedding Photographer

Kim and Scott Married in Bridgman, Michigan

Last December we posted the engagement session for Kim and Scott.  We went to Bridgman Michigan for their wedding.

Their ceremony was held at the Pebblewood Country Club.  After the ceremony, we took family and group shots inside, then headed out to the course for more bridal party photos.  The covered bridge was a particularly lovely spot.  This fun and exciting group had a great time as we went around the golf course.  Then back to the clubhouse for the reception.  A flying flower girl and dancing dolls were a sign of a wonderful experience by all.

Thank you, Scott and Kim for choosing White Tiger Photographic to capture your special day!  Best Wishes and Congratulations!

Taylor and Cody Married!-Syracuse Indiana Wedding Photographer

Taylor and Cody Married in Syracuse, Indiana

Taylor has been a friend and former employee for many years, so we were honored and excited to photograph her wedding to Cody!  They chose the Hilltop at Oakwood Resort in Syracuse for their all inclusive venue.  The wedding party spent the night at the resort, then got ready there in the morning.  Cody and Taylor gifted their attendants with personalized flasks, which came in handy as the day went progressed!

Cody’s mom helped his brother with his vest, which needed major tightening!  We used the outdoor stairs for a the “don’t let him see me” photo session.  Cody was very good at keeping his eyes averted so Taylor could get in position behind him.  After their pre-ceremony photos, the guys needed to move away from the area so Taylor could come outside for photos. And what do you do while waiting, why play “Pokemon Go!” of course!  And we had some fun around the sign the venue had for the wedding.

After the ceremony we went to the wooded area and did group photos, then took the bridal party on a golf cart tour of the grounds.  We stopped at the chapel and then headed to the lake.  Our group braved the wobbly pier to go to the landing for some photos.  We even talked them into doing the “Toyota Jump”!  Then to the lakefront gazebo, which was a convenient stop to refill flasks!  Once we were done, we headed back to the Hilltop facility for the reception festivities, including the “Shoe game”, emotional and funny toasts, cake smashing, tosses and dancing!

Thank you, Taylor and Cody for letting us be a part of your special day!