Home on the Bayou

Home on the Bayou

It has been over a month since I have been home and with the upcoming Mardi Gras break I simply can’t wait! Therefore, with home on my mind, I bring you this week’s wedding wednesday: home on the bayou.

The perfect wedding for a girl from a small town. Chances are it’s featured on the front page of the local newspaper [or you can have fake ones printed and pretend like this couple]. An engagement session with a bayou backdrop is simply heavenly. This bride embraces her culture by featuring local swamp plant elements in her bouquet and the boutonnieres. Family and friends can grab a cold one from the pirogue ice chest then a “two less mud bugs” koozie. The groom’s cake features his favorite sport team [LSU of course] and his favorite seafood [crawfish]. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band play zydeco music while guests cut a rug late into the night.

Photos:

Engagement session: Unveiled Radiance

Boutonnieres: Magnolia Pair

Koozies: Paper Leigh

Chubby Carrier

Newspapers: Hum Creative

Profile Pictures Matter

For our most recent assignment in my strategic social media class we were presented with the task of writing a blog post on any article we have read in the class. I have chosen to write my blog post about “Why Profile Photos Matter-Is Yours Appropriate?” Sree Sreenicasan wrote this article. He suggested that we live in an age where the Internet is easily accessible (clearly). Sree wrote that employers would look up your profile picture online in order to see if you looked the same as when you interviewed. He also said many employers won’t hire you if you look different than your profile picture suggests. What do you do when someone mentions a name to you and you can’t recall the persons face? Why pull out your trusty iPhone (or smartphone…I’m biased) and browse Facebook of course. How many times have you done this? What do you think the first thing a potential employer does after reading your resume? If you guessed “Google me” you are probably correct. I know that if I were hiring someone, Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn would be the first place I looked. Therefore a nice profile picture would be key. Even though I have all of my profiles on private, meaning you have to ask my permission to see what I post, you are still able to see my profile picture.  If I have a profile that I am holding alcohol or one that cropped awkwardly, what kind of message does that send to a potential employer? Or better yet, how would it look if you are applying to a company and you look up the owner on Facebook and his or her profile picture is one with them making a silly face or a bunch of people in the picture. What kind of message would that send to you? Would you want to work for a company that does not care about their image?

 

Sree gave his personal formula for a good profile photo:

            Clear, recent close-up shot of your face

            No shots of you with a celebrity, a national monument, pet or child

            No wide-shot of you at a landmark

            No hats, wigs or sunglasses

            No tinting your photo (or putting a digital ribbon on it) in support of the cause du jour

 

 

Before I read this article, I understood the importance of having a good profile picture. I just thought it needed to be clean and just of me. So I would awkwardly cut people out even though you could tell someone else was supposed to be in the picture. For my sorority, we have to take composite pictures. These are basically headshots. I made the decision to change my profile pictures on the media that I try to be more professional on to this image. You can see the difference in my profile pictures below.

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I believe this article was one of the most important that we have been assigned in this class. This is senior level class and most of us are applying for internships and summer jobs. It is important to present our best self at all times in order to be our best self. 

Beachful Thinking

beach

I apologize for the delay in posting my Wedding Wednesday board. Finance tests come before blogging. =/

As the sun peaks out of the clouds in good ole Baton Rouge, I am wishing I was on the beach. I want to spend all of my time outside to soak it in while I can [not like me at all]. This inspired me to build a perfectly romantic sunny beach wedding.

The ceremony will take place with sandy toes and guests will enjoy a beautiful beachside reception. A simple sand like design on an ivory cake is the perfect adornment. This is the perfect beach wedding getaway. Can I be at the beach now?

Photos taken by:

Invitations: Emily Delamater

Table scape: Corbin Gurkin

Cake: Katie Parra

Ceremony: Elizabeth Messina

Save the Date: Carova Beach Crafts

How I Use Instagram

Monday and Wednesday morning, my professor lectured on benefits and tips for using Instagram. This challenged me to think about how I use my Instagram.

I constantly check my Insta feed throughout the day. I usually only post once maybe twice a week, depending on the occasion. I follow multiple wedding industry professionals, and some of them follow me back. I do not want to overload them with pictures that irrelevant and make them unfollow me.

I try to post pictures of events that I am working as well as pictures from important days. I often times like to take pictures of products that I especially (a.k.a. Tieks and Simplified Planner). I can never get the best lighting to make them look really good. I recently bought a white poster board just to take these photos. It helps to reflect the light better and helps to create better-looking photographs. 99% of the time, I use filters and my favorites include: rise and Valencia. I use hashtags sometimes to their full advantage. I try to categorize my pictures with them. For instance, if I am working a wedding I will tag my boss and the most popular hashtags that she uses on her photos.

I use Instagram for photos way more than I use any other social networking site. I rarely ever post pictures on Facebook anymore, and Twitter isn’t really for pictures. I really like how Instagram works with the newsfeed and liking other peoples pictures. I enjoy seeing my friends lives through Instagram. 

NYC Fashion Week Glam Wedding Wednesday

GlamWedding

In honor of Mercedes-Benz New York City Fashion Week, I thought I would create a wedding for the ultimate glam girl.

Imagine a simple and elegant with pops of unexpected glamour. That is this bride. Her bridesmaids are wearing this gorgeous red maxi skirt by Mark and Estel with a black fur coat. The brides’ flowers are elegant with a hint of black feathers. Both the invitation and cake are a simple ivory with metallic gold touches. This bride is rocking her sparkly gold Christian Louboutins like she is on the red carpet.

Bouquet: Afloral

Invitation: Lucky-Luxe

Cake: Hey There, Cupcake!

Insta Pic

Monday’s class was very intriguing. Instagram has been on the craze for a while, and I don’t foresee it stopping anytime soon. It’s a social media app that allows users to post photos. Users can interact with followers by liking and commenting on other pictures. Instagrammers (is that a real word?) can categorize their pictures by using hashtags. For instance, my sorority family really enjoys eating queso. So, when we take pictures together we use #quesofam. This way we can click on the hashtag and see all of the photos we have taken together. It is really ingenious.

The wedding planner I am interning for, Valerie at Sapphire Events, has been using these hashtags to her advantage. Each wedding day she will tag all of the vendors that were used that day. She will also use: #weddingdesigner, #weddingstylist, #weddingplanner, #eventplanner, #eventproducer, #eventdesigner, #neworleanswedding, and #southernweddings. By utilizing the hashtags, she is gaining reach within the wedding industry. Any time someone searches any of those hashtags, the pictures she has taken will come up. I think this is a great marketing and advertising strategy. Potential customers, as well as other industry professionals are able to see the work first hand. Instagram does not charge for an account or to post pictures. Why not utilize it to its full advantage?

 

In lecture, my professor shared some insight from Cory Doctrow: “think like a dandelion.” Dandelions do not worry about where they are going or whether or not they will grow into flowers one day. They just keep producing. Meaning that you shouldn’t worry about whether or not someone is reading every single thing that is put on social media. As long as you are producing content, you will gain the reach and engagement you desire.

 

The 5 tips of Instagram according to Amadou Diallo are:

  1. Shoot during the golden hour (sunrise or sunset) in order to capture the best lighting without shadows.
  2. Set the scene by creating a focal point and wait for the perfect moment.
  3. Get closer to the subject
  4. Change your perspective. Make in interesting and unexpected
  5. Shoot in black and white making images more dramatic.

 

Instagram makes me feel like an amateur photographer! I love sharing images of the people and things I love. Instagram is very personal and it is great to bring brands to that level of sharing. 

Wine-Oh Wedding Wednesday!

Vineyard Wedding

Monday night, one of my really good friends hosted a wine ice cream tasting. During the “ice storm” last week she tweeted Mercer’s Dairy in a desperate plea, and to her surprise, they sent 6 pints! I am not a big wine drinker, but I must say it was pretty tasty (especially the chocolate).This tasting inspired me to make the ultimate wine-oh wedding board. This wedding takes place just before sunset at vineyard off the coast of Southern California. The bride is in a lace gown with a bouquet full of ivory and blush flowers. Guests will have a seated dinner on the vineyard lawn as they watch the sunset. After cutting the cake atop a gorgeous glittered table, guests will be served a taste of the raspberry wine ice cream. Family and friends each get to take a bottle of wine from the vineyard after dancing into the night.

Photos taken by:

Couple in vineyard: Braedon Photography

Cake: Nancy Ray Photography

Bridesmaids: Patrick Moyer

Invitations: Em the Gem

Rings: Adeline and Grace Photography 

Favors: Angie Silvy Photography

Ice Cream: Stella Alesi Photography

Boutonnieres: Laura Ivanova

Table Scape: Jessica Burke

Bouquet: Jessica Burke