Introducing lifewithstyle.co

Hello! It's been a while since my last post here. The fall and winter were very busy personally and professionally. Right around the new year I began to dream up a new project based on styling and entertaining at home. It is a natural progression from my EventChic brand aptly named Life with Style. Lifewithstyle.co is a lovely space online (designed by The Whistler & The Well) featuring celebrations, inspirations, and honest insights into making a house a home. Check it out and subscribe!

Riley & Matt - Garden City, KS

Riley & Matt - Garden City, KS

How fortunate I am to do what I do - THE FUN, THE DETAILS, THE LOVE! Riley & Matt's Garden City, KS wedding had all that in abundance. During my initial consultation with Riley, I quickly learned she had a heart for vintage flare. Not the shabby/rustic chic that is being coined "vintage" these days, but true WWII era romanticism. She knew from the beginning that she wanted to incorporate her fashion designer grandmother's dress sketches from that time.

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Weddings have become more and more customized, detailed, and time consuming. In my totally biased, not so humble opinion, we have to acknowledge the role social media has played in contributing to the hyper-aware bride. This bride not only wants her day to be perfect because she's been dreaming about it her whole life, but because she can now share her day with the world via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (to only name a few). Gone are the days when a wedding photographer was just hired to make sure Uncle Bob didn't blink in the family shot on the altar after the ceremony. Now, the demands on a photographer include multiple set-ups for portraits of the bride, groom, bride and groom, wedding party, families...Don't forget to get those precious detail shots of the ceremony and reception spaces before guests arrive...Oh, and lots of candid shots that capture moments like the ones seen on Pinterest.

My goal is to create a photography timeline so that the photographer can capture as many of those happy memories and dazzling details as possible. Photographers have come up with a couple of creative solutions that you may want to consider for your big day:

THE FIRST LOOK - The First Look is when the bride and groom share a private moment before the ceremony. The photographer is there usually to capture it in somewhat of a paparazzi style so as not to intrude. More and more photographers are making a case for the First Look. Those that are fans of it say that it helps the couple relax and allows them to take pictures together before the ceremony thus alleviating some of the time crunch that can occur afterward.

THE DAY AFTER - The Day After is not as common as The First Look, but it is gaining in popularity. The Day After is a special session just for the bride and groom who usually re-dress in their wedding attire, but in an undone sort of way. For instance, the bride may wear her hair down versus the updo she sported for the wedding. The groom could choose to leave his tie untied. They could both go barefoot. The photographer should still take posed shots of the couple on the day of the wedding, but may not feel as pressured to fit everything in knowing some can be reserved for the next day.

Whether you choose to incorporate these special sessions into the mix or stick with a more traditional approach, to ensure the best photograph you should relax and enjoy each moment.

Jennifer and Andrew's SoCal Wedding

I was so excited when Jennifer and Andrew approached me to plan their wedding. Oh by the way, it was to be held in Rancho Santa Fe, California! Jennifer had always dreamed of getting married outside at her family's home. The happy couple now call Dallas home, but Jennifer will always have a special place for SoCal in heart - and it's not hard to understand why. Kris Skurja Photography

The setting was stunning for their September 1, 2013 ceremony and reception. About one hundred guests were treated to delicious food provided by Waters Fine Foods and Catering. If you're ever in the area, I urge you to check out one of their Fine Foods Cafes - so so good! The tables were adorned with navy silk satin linens (Jenn's favorite color), gold rimmed glass chargers, and gold flatware. The large centerpieces were a mix of white hydrangea and phalaenopsis orchids cascading over antique blue and white  porcelain vases. Lots of candles added romance to an already enchanting evening.

Kris Skurja Photography; Third Bloom

The celebration went into the night with the dance floor lit by glow sticks and the pool lit by their custom monogram created by Steve Mac.  I was honored to create a wedding befitting this classically gorgeous couple who are so obviously in love. I wish Jennifer and Andrew nothing but a lifetime of happiness. Cheers!

Kris Skurja Photography; Monograms by Mac

Rebecca & J Mack

Rebecca and J Mack are two creative souls who fell head over heels for each other. When you are around them you can't help but get transported to a wonderland full of love and beauty. That is exactly what I wanted their wedding to capture through lots of personal details and whimsey as if their guests stumbled into Rebecca and J Mack's own little rabbit hole. Two became one on March 30, 2013 at the Marty Leonard Chapel in Fort Worth, Texas. The ceremony decor was kept simple so that the message and the people were the focus. Their dear friend officiated the union and a mix of bridesmaids, bridesdudes, groomsmen, and groomsgals served as attendants. J Mack's sisters performed a beautiful song while Rebecca and J Mack swayed with tears of joy and reflection.

"You may kiss your bride!" Marty Leonard Chapel; Apryl Ann Photography

Flower Girl - Apryl Ann Photography

Family and friends were invited to celebrate in a world created just for Rebecca and J Mack at the Stonegate Mansion, Fort Worth, Texas. In fact, there was a sign directing them into the "Rabbit Hole" with a friendly warning, "We're All Mad In Here!" A combination of old world rentals, moss, and bright, quirky flowers achieved the underground habitat effect. The decor was anything but simple at the reception as it told the story of Rebecca and J Mack's love through details, details, and more details! Just to name a few:  The tables were named after the couple's favorite love songs and poems. Their childhood relics adorned the entry table. Three clocks hung above the head table set to the times of their wedding and their parents' weddings.

Stonegate Mansion; Apryl Ann Photography

Stonegate Mansion, Apryl Ann Photography

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Stonegate Mansion; Apryl Ann Photography

Like the ceremony, the reception was filled with loving words for the Bride and Groom and another special performance...Rebecca and J Mack had choreographed a dance complete with costumes to the surprise and delight of their guests. Rebecca is a talented ballerina and J Mack is a natural performer. She was very focused on the technical aspects and he brought the showmanship. Sounds like a perfect match, indeed! Cheers to many years of dancing through life together!

Cake by Creme de la Creme; Apryl Ann Photography

Apryl Ann Photography