Month: December 2020

Wedding Trends for 2021

As we head into the new year, changes to celebrations caused by COVID-19 are not going anywhere. However, there are several beautiful and social-distanced wedding trends to look forward to in 2021.

Outdoor Ceremonies and Receptions

2021 ceremonies and receptions will be held outside more ever before. You can treat this as an opportunity to do something different and allow your true personality to shine while engaging in your favorite things. If you enjoy nature and being outside, this is the perfect opportunity to incorporate it.

Micro Weddings and Elopements

You will most likely have to scale back on the number of guests you invite or create an intimate elopement style wedding. This allows for a bigger focus on the details and unforgettable experiences. With a smaller wedding comes a smaller budget. The budget will be easier to allocate, making it easier to plan your dream wedding and see it come to life in ways that you never thought were possible. 

Bigger, Bolder, Yet Relaxed

You should consider spending a portion of the money you save by accommodating fewer wedding guests on bigger and bolder decor. Fresh and natural colors like pastels, peaches, and powder blues as well as nature-inspired hues and other calming color palettes are expected to be all the rage in 2021. These colors will create a more tranquil, relaxed atmosphere for your loved ones.

Enchanted Lighting

Lighting has the effect to change the ambiance of your venue. This is not always easy to do with traditional decor such as florals. Dramatic lighting including specialty chandeliers, custom lighting fixtures, wrap-around twinkly light installations, outdoor fireplaces, and lots of candles lining just about every inch of your venue is going to give you that cozy, warm, and inviting feel that will truly make a huge impact.

Everything Virtual

From dress shopping to virtual venue tours and digital invites, the internet will continue to be your saving grace. Video-chat services like Zoom and Facebook also allow you to broadcast your ceremony live to virtual attendees. There are also “watch-party kits” to send to remote guests.

Weekday and Brunch Weddings

Weekday weddings have been on the rise. Venues charge less for off-peak days. This means your dream venue may be attainable for some other time during the week.

Extra Personal Touches

You should express gratitude to your guests for being able to join in on your special day. With a smaller setting, you can focus on keeping your guests safe and comfortable while having fun as well. Custom masks, mini sanitizer bottles, hydration stations, and fun social distancing layouts are ways to add those little touches. 

Let Hidden Creek Plan Your Wedding

Make your special day perfect at Hidden Creek. Our beautiful outdoor venue gives you the privacy you need and the beautiful scenery you want, and our wide-open field is perfect for capturing breathtaking wedding photos. Schedule your virtual tour of Hidden Creek today!

How to Choose a Wedding Photographer

What is Your Photography Style?

Most couples don’t realize how many different styles of wedding photography actually exist. Just like you need to know your wedding style before you can start picking out flowers or decor, you need to know what photography style(s) you love before you can start looking at photographers. Each photographer has their own style. 

Wedding Photography Styles (simply put)

Adventurous — This style is more of a personality trait rather than a look. If you and your soon-to-be spouse love to travel and explore, look for a photographer who will follow you wherever you go. Finding a photographer who describes themselves as an adventurer is a must!

Photojournalist — The purpose of being a photojournalist is to unobtrusively capture the wedding day as a whole, not just the planned moments. Photojournalism is newspaper style, so you won’t get the posed shots if you hire a true photojournalist. If you don’t like posing or staging, then hiring a photojournalist might be the perfect option for you.

Fine Art — Fine art wedding photographers are actively creating art while capturing the story of your day. Every moment has the potential to turn into a photograph that could be a stand-alone piece in an art gallery.

Traditional — A traditional photographer appreciates the staples of a wedding and will capture them for you with art and grace. You can expect a modern take on the posed photos of your grandparents’ wedding album. Traditional wedding photographers typically focus on capturing the details that are important to you, including family photos, décor, and other images that you might have on your shot list.

Editorial — If you love the look of photography in magazines, then you might like your wedding to be photographed with a similar feel. Editorial allows photographers to shoot creatively and over the top. While you won’t find candid moments in this style of photography, the editorial look is dramatic and edgy.

Moody and Dark — A moody or VSCO-look means that your photographer edits their photos in such a way as to mimic film imagery (or they might be a hybrid shooter — shooting both film and digital). If you love bright, bold colors and want your photos to look exactly how you remember your wedding day (color-wise), then the moody style may not be for you. 

Most photographers incorporate more than one of these styles into their work in some way or other. It makes it more fun and more interesting for their clients. So, keep that in mind when you start looking at portfolios! Make sure you pick a photographer that you are completely comfortable with, that their style “speaks” to you.

The Best Photogenic Venue

If you’re looking for the perfect outdoor venue with a fairy-tale feel, Hidden Creek might be the place for you. Our creekside venue combines the gorgeous scenery you want with the privacy you need. With separate bride and groom lodges and an open field for stunning wedding photos, you’re sure to have the ceremony of your dreams at Hidden Creek. Call or visit our website to schedule a tour today!