10 tips to stay zen during the organization of your wedding!

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Many of you are in the middle of their wedding organization. The pre-wedding rush has already begun and with it stress and pressure sometimes comes along. So I thought of you and I send you my 10 tips to stay zen during the organization of your wedding!

Here is my checklist:

  1. Delegate: Learn to let go and do not refuse help from your entourage. Learn to assign missions and ask for help! It creates stronger relationships and also new good memories.
  2. Do some sport: This is the best way to prevent stress from building up and invading your body and mind! Take your sneakers, a swimming-suit, a racket, whatever you prefer… Choose an activity that will allow you to let off steam and build up new energy so that you can come back to your to-do list in a fresh way! The state of well-being that follows the training is made possible by endorphin. A true natural drug, it allows athletes to feel serene and at ease. To optimize the release of endorphins, it is necessary to make an effort of at least 30 to 45 minutes with a comfortable endurance rhythm, with at least 60% of your breathing capacities, so that still allows you to talk. The amount of released endorphins can then reach 5 times the level of endorphins while resting! Happiness in its purest form !
  3. Become the queen of the organization: A little effort is required! Make the habit of making lists, sort the tasks in order of importance, and make sure all deadlines are respected. This is the ideal solution to avoid being overtaken by events! You are a disorganized person? Go back to point 1 and ask your most organized friend to coach you for the occasion. She will be flattered and you will emerge from this experience with a new skill, very smoothly.
  4. Share your fears: Tell your partner and your bridesmaids about what’s bothering you. I am sure they will be good listeners and maybe have good advices.
  5. Find time for a date with your fiancé: Enjoy every moment of tranquility. Take time for romantic date like a candlelight dinner or a short excursion with your fiancé to escape for a while!
  6. Pamper yourself: Tensions related to wedding preparations can be felt both physically and emotionally! Take care of yourself: treat yourself with a massage or a hammam and you will come out radiant after this small moment of relaxation.
  7. Go out with your girl-friends: They will always be ready to make you laugh, to change your mood, to chat and make you forget your particularly hectic daily life at this time. City-trips, drinks out and bachelorette parties are very welcome to change your ideas! It is also a very good way to produce oxytocin, commonly known as the “hormone of love”; in addition to promoting social interaction, it helps reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels, which reduces anxiety. Our body is fantastic!
  8. Beware of cosmetic experiments: Do you want to be dazzling for the most beautiful day of your life? Why not trying a vitamin boost, a natural contouring or a make-up that goes out of your daily routine? Let yourself be guided by professionals but be mindful and don’t let a bad cosmetic experience spoil your day because you don’t feel yourself anymore!
  9. Put everything in perspective: Organizing a wedding is not an easy game, and it can sometimes turn into a source of disagreements. Keep it cool, do not forget that you are preparing one of the happiest event of your life, so smile and enjoy every moment!
  10. Remember to sleep: the secret for a fresh complexion and an unequalled efficiency is to wrap yourself in your sheets and fall asleep peacefully…and remember that sleeping before midnight recharge your body energy twice because human growth hormone is (HGH) produced by the Pituitary Gland during the hours of sleep before midnight. – note for myself ;-)!

I hope that these ten easy-to-follow tips will help you to fully live your wedding preparation in joy and good mood.

May the Love be With You

Aurore

Oh Darling!

As promised last week here are some pictures of the wedding event Oh Darling Festival.
I was there with my son Elliott and my attention was divided in two and both my hands were around him.
So I only had the chance to take few pictures but it gives you the idea of the atmosphere.

At the end of the day Elliott was also tired but happy.

May the Love be With You

Aurore

Looking for some inspiration for your wedding?

Oh Darling! Festival

It takes place on the weekend of January 13th and 14th, 2018, at the Château Terblock (Overijse) and this first edition offers meetings with specialized service providers, animations, creative workshops, tastings, catwalks and a training day (on January 15th) for wedding professionals. So we leave the classic wedding fair concept with its succession of custom booths and their coldness to switch to a warmer atmosphere. The organizers of this new event have preferred to recreate atmospheres with the help of some wedding providers and you’ll be able to walk and get inspired.

Two girls are behind the main organization of this Festival (Yeah!) and they are moreover two great personalities of the wedding world in Belgium that have already proven themselves in terms of good taste. They are Ainsley, the blogger/photographer of the very popular “And I said yes” and Aurélie whose name rhymes with “Jours de fête” and who specializes in the organization of atypical weddings.

Quoting their own words, “the couple Oh Darling! is totally in love. These lovers let themselves be lulled by the image of a sweet and beautiful festive day, surrounded by their families and friends. They like pretty things and are sensitive to quality relationships. They have character, taste and style, but don’t belong to any category. They are looking for inspiration, fun and lightness”.

The idea behind this festive event is to respond to a direct request: to inspire and advise, without closing doors. Being in the trend, without wanting to lead. Propose new things, without over-doing. To dream, while remaining rational.

I cannot wait to wander there this week-end! And you ?

See you next week for a visual story-telling.

May the Love be With You,

Aurore

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Getting married in Belgium in 2018

Wedding: a tradition that evolves

Today, weddings are contemporary, modern. We see things with a fresh look. Now, every wedding is unique and the couples feel free to indulge themselves, to display their personality and not to lock themselves in duties.

So if you have always dreamed of an old car, rent it, if not forget it; if you cannot imagine the party without a wedding cake, go for it, but if you find it ridiculous to make applause in front of a cake, do not plan one; if you like sugared almonds, perfect but many are now the couples who prefer to redirect this budget to a cause that is close to their heart.

Take the time to sit down quietly the two of you to talk about what you want to live together: an intimate elopement in a special place, a big and luxurious family ceremony, a super party full of friends, a hippie-chic day in the countryside? And you, what do you want for this day that will remain in your memories forever? Take the time to talk about it in depth so that you can organize the event that suits both of you. What are you waiting from that day? Which meaning do you want to give to it? What family traditions and social uses do you want to keep or eliminate? Remember to make yourself happy before you want to please others, this is the best way to make this day unforgettable and share a piece of yourself with your loved ones. So plan several long nights to discuss all of this together. Even if you know each other for a long time, this will allow you to have a deep dialogue and to better discover your differences.

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How is Professional Wedding Photography like in Belgium?

Each country has its own photographic culture. In Belgium, professional photographers have long considered wedding photography the “bottom of the basket”. Then the influence came from the United States, where it was more traditional to hire a photographer for a family event.

You therefore find excellent professional wedding photographers in Belgium who will each have their own well-defined style. Some make pictures with a lot of humor while others pose their eyes with gentleness. Some dare strong contrasts while others like pastel shades. The photographer’s personal gaze always emerges prominently in his work. But be careful; beware of photographers who are selling their services at a very low price. Because it is clear that if their price is low they will not be able to invest in quality material, nor in their continuing education and even less in a secure system that allows you to keep your memories safe.

So think well of your priorities and the risks you are willing to take if you are looking for a good deal. Knowing that when the party is over, the photos are everything that remains after and are the guardians of your memories.

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Are you looking for a wedding photographer in Belgium ?

If the answer is yes let me begin with « congratulations » and a big virtual hug !

The adventure of getting married is a huge experience… for one year now you will become a master in DIY, you will get inspired on Pinterest, then you’ll have to choose who are gonna be your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Some of these moments will be very funny and other will be trickier and you’ll have to stay calm and keep your energy high leading to good vibes.

At the end of this incredible journey you will manage to create your wedding day which will be 100% fitting to both your personalities and it is going to be the perfect white page on which writing your future story together.

In these ups and downs you will have to make important choices like choosing the perfect location and choosing your photographer and videographer. Where to begin and how to do it right? 

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My Favourite Wedding Photography Lenses

I am very excited to write the very first article of my blog and I decided to choose a wedding photography technical topic. I’ll be very happy to read your comments and don’t hesitate to ask me questions, I’ll be here to answer.

Today I’ll be sharing what lenses I use while shooting a wedding. This article will be organized following the different periods of a wedding day (preparation, ceremony, reception, etc). I’ll walk you through the process that is happening in my mind during a wedding day (minus the temptation of helping the bride to dress up, the tears I have to contain even after years of shooting weddings and the tendancy to dance all night) in relation to what I’m carrying in my bag and what I hide in my car. I normally have a large backpack with me that I hide here and there during the day. And I also use smaller bags to carry specific lenses that I will only need in some situations to avoid carrying the large bag every time which allows me to be discreet. I shoot from preparation until the end of the ceremony with two cameras and a Hold Fast strap to make sure I always have a wide angle and a tele at disposal immediately. Then I work with a single camera to avoid being over-tired because of weight and lose creativity in the late evening. I am working with Canon L series lenses.

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