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Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Flowers

  When it comes to selecting your wedding decor, there is one area that you don’t want to handle lightly- wedding flowers! Great wedding flowers can really set the tone Saiaf Films wedding flowers.: and ambiance for an event. There is one catch though- how do you choose when there are so many wonderful types, colors, arrangements, etc? One way to ensure you make the best decisions on wedding flowers is to hire a great wedding florist. Here, we would like to share our tips for choosing a great florist that is sure to point you in the best direction for choosing your wedding flowers!

Find Inspiration

As with any type of wedding decor, it really helps to gather some inspiration before you dive right into deciding what you want. Take Saiaf Films photography, flowers, wedding, love.: some time to look around and browse different avenues for wedding flowers. Obviously, the internet is a great place to look to get some ideas- but look around while you are out and about. Did a pretty bloom catch your eye while you were shopping for your wedding dress? Perhaps a specific color keeps standing out? Take notes or snap a quick photo- that way, when it comes time to sit down with your florist, you will have a collection of different colors and styles you may want.

Ask Questions

Once you have some ideas for the type of wedding flowers you want, you can Saiaf Films flowers.: begin searching for the perfect florist. Remember, you don’t have to settle on the first one you talk to. Do some research, check reviews, meet with them and make sure you get a great vibe! This is the person that will be ensuring your wedding flowers look amazing and stay amazing throughout your wedding. When you go to meet with a florist, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Some key aspects you may want to discuss could be:

  • Have they done many weddings? You definitely want to make sure you are getting an individual or company that has experience with wedding flowers. Their experience is a great indicator of their expertise in this particular area. Ask for examples of their previous work or samples of what they are able to do.
  • Have they worked at your venue before? If they have, great! They will already know the great areas for arrangements and can guide you in the best direction for styles and placement. If not, that’s not a problem either. Just ensure that they might be willing to check out the wedding flowerslocation before the wedding date so they can visualize its potential.
  • How booked are they for the wedding day? This is a useful little tidbit. You want to make sure that they are not going to be too busy to do a good job on your wedding. Just confirm that they have the staff to cover it and that the work will still be quality.
  • Budget? Make sure you find out whether or not they will be able to stay within your budget. Wedding flowers can rack up pretty quickly. Figuring out the basics beforehand can be extremely beneficial in the long run. Advise them what you are willing to spend and confirm that it won’t be an issue.

Once you locate a great florist, have confidence in knowing that your wedding flowers are taken care of! And don’t forget, have your team of wedding photographers capture unforgettable photos of your beautiful wedding flowers. That way, you can cherish them forever!Saiaf Films wedding flowers.:

Nisha and Neel’s Elegant Atlanta Wedding

Nisha and Neel’s Atlanta Wedding

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As traveling wedding photographers, we have the amazing ability to visit a variety of beautiful locations to capture impressive and exciting weddings on film. One of our favorite places to visit is the wonderful city of Atlanta. We have been there for numerous weddings and always enjoy visiting the beautiful area and all it has to offer.

In August 2015, we had the fantastic opportunity to be the wedding photographers in Nisha and Neel’s amazing Atlanta wedding. When we first met the couple, we immediately knew this was going to be an exciting event. They are an impressive and lovely couple and their event was nothing short of what we imagined!

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The venue that the couple selected was a splendid location for their Atlanta wedding. It was decorated in an exquisite style that complimented their wedding nicely. Floating candles in clear vases were placed elegantly throughout the venue and accompanied larger vases that showcased vibrant white flowers and red roses.

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There was a lighted backdrop that sparkled behind the couple and matched the hanging chandeliers- which created an unforgettable layout for amazing wedding photos! Nisha and Neel chose a delicious selection of cupcakes that were presented with an impressive table setup with a ring of yellow flowershttps://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/IMG_5504.jpg surrounded by beautiful colored rose petals that matched their wedding color palette perfectly.

Nisha was dressed in a beautiful light gold wedding dress that was adorned with perfectly placed jewels and beadwork upon it. She had gorgeous henna that was accented by impressive wedding jewelry. She looked absolutely stunning and was enthusiastic and excited throughout the entire Atlanta wedding. Nisha and Neel’s excitement was radiant and made for a memorable evening. Throughout the night, the couple, their friends and family were excited and danced the night away. Thank you Nisha and Neel for choosing Saiaf Films to capture your wonderful Atlanta wedding.

Planning A Wedding That’s Really Yours!

Planning A Wedding That’s You!

  One of the most unique aspects of planning a

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wedding is the ability to make to make it your own. Our team at Saiaf Films has attended countless weddings over the years, and one of the most intriguing aspects to a wedding are the little details that make it unique. Here, we would like to share our ideas for planning a wedding that is truly unique to you and your sweetheart.

Inspiration

It’s not like you plan weddings all the time. So chances are, you might need some help coming up with ideas for certain aspects of your wedding. That’s okay! The key is to gather, save and utilize inspiration. These days, you can scope out ideas nearly anywhere (check out our amazing galleries for some great ideas!) Whether it’s from your favorite wedding blog, or in a magazine at the grocery store, keep an eye out for anything that speaks to you. Don’t limit yourself to just wedding related sources either. Perhaps you saw an inspiring color in a flower you passed by, or maybe a centerpiece at a local RAW_3_SD016-2367--Editrestaurant really stood out? Whatever it is, if it really spoke to you, make a note of it and incorporate it into planning your wedding.

Dream It

One of the most exciting parts to planning a wedding is to visualize it before it even happens. Before you start making the major decisions, take some time to visualize your dream wedding. How big is it? How extravagant? Is it a simple backyard wedding with your closest friends and family? Or is it a grand scale event with everyone you know in attendance? What’s the style? Is it rustic? Vintage? Or classic? Even if your dream wedding is nowhere near feasible for you, it is still beneficial to dream it up. That way, when the real plans come around, you can still find ways to tie in some ideas from your dream wedding.

Remember, it’s about you!

And your fiance, of course. Don’t worry too much RAW_4_SD010-1161--Editabout what everyone else will be thinking. Obviously, you want to plan within reason- but try to find ways to incorporate the things that really matter. Such as you and your fiance! Maybe you both have certain hobbies or skills in common? Why not find subtle ways to share that with your guests? Perhaps you share a similar heritage and want to incorporate that into the theme of your wedding? People enjoy hearing or observing the little things that make the two of you who you are- so don’t be afraid to express some of those fun little details.

Planning a wedding will be one of the most exciting things you ever do! So make it yours and enjoy every minute of it. Besides. It’s those little details that make your special day stand out above any other!

Pre-Ceremony Rituals of a Sikh Wedding

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Planning a Sikh wedding this season? Or perhaps you have been invited to one? Whether you are part of the wedding or an invited guest, it helps to have an idea of what to expect when you are attending a cultural rich event like a Sikh wedding. There are a variety of meaningful and intriguing rituals and events that take place at these types of weddings.

As multicultural wedding photographers, we have an impressive amount of experience capturing the key moments of a Sikh wedding. Therefore, we would like to share a simple breakdown of the pre-ceremony rituals you may witness or take part in at a Sikh wedding.

The Roka: The word Roka means “to stop.” The purpose of the Roka is to symbolize that the search for the perfect partner has ended- as the bride and https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ENHANCED-7132.jpggroom have found each other. This takes place at the bride’s home where the groom’s family members are invited and two family members are arranged to meet.

The Taka: Taka means “set the date.” Once the Roka has taken place, the family will take the time to set the date for the wedding and any preparations are made for the engagement.

The Kurmai: This event involves a formal engagement ceremony. It is https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ENHANCED-2076.jpgnormally performed at the groom’s place. With the family present, the groom will present the engagement ring. The ceremony begins with a short prayer by a Sikh priest (a Granthi.) Then, a red scarf will be placed around the groom’s shoulder along with dried dates. The grandfather will feed the dried date to the groom. Afterwards, food and drinks are presented for everyone.

https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ENHANCED-1110.jpgChunni: During the Chunni, the groom’s mother will cover the bride’s head with a chunni (red scarf.) This represents that the bride will now be responsible for upholding the family pride and honor. The bride is dressed in clothing and jewelery by her inlaws. Then, the groom will mark the bride’s head with sindoor (red powder.) This initiates a sign of commitment. The bride and her family are offered sweets by the groom’s parents.

As you can tell, a Sikh wedding is full of meaningful rituals- this isn’t all of them! Be sure to check back for our next post about Sikh wedding rituals where we will cover the remaining parts of a Sikh wedding event.

Zaira and Emilio’s Mexican Wedding in Scottsdale, AZ

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  Back in October of 2015, our team of Mexican wedding photographers had the privilege of attending the elegant Mexican wedding of Zaira and Emilio. When we first met the couple, they were in search of a team of wedding Z&E_4--135photographers to cover their outdoor wedding in Scottsdale. Like most Mexican influenced weddings, they were planning a very family oriented event. Zaira and Emilio were an extremely laid back and relaxed couple. We knew immediately that their event was going to be a great one.

To begin the day, our female photographers spent a couple hours with the beautiful bride while she got ready for her big day. Her personality was infectious and so exciting to capture on film. We always love having the privilege to have our female teams present Z&E_1--1185for the moments of the bride getting ready. Those are always emotional and exciting times and the footage is unforgettable.Mexican wedding

For Zaira and Emilio’s wedding, we had the opportunity to capture some amazing shots of the couple themselves. This particular venue had an eye catching clock post that was a dramatic addition to their elegant wedding photos. Our team captured a variety of wedding photos featuring this particular prop- and we loved them! The couple posed perfectly together and we were really able to capture their love and passion on film.

As with most Mexican weddings, the reception was ultra-exciting! There was an amazing Mariachi band and everyone danced the night away. Their tables had a stunning set up with majestic centerpieces that were elegant and added to the beauty and ambiance of their event. Thank you Zaira and Emilio for selecting Saiaf Films to capture your Mexican wedding in Scottsdale, AZ.    Z&E_5--230

Great Wedding Photos You Must Have!

Great Wedding Photos You Must Have!

  When the big day arrives, it is going to be one of the most exciting, important and memorable days of your life! That being the case, you want to have a way to look back and remember those key moments. The best way to do that? Great wedding photos, of course! It always helps to meet or talk with your wedding photographer ahead of time- just to make sure you are all on the same page about what kind of wedding photos you want.

 

But- what if you don’t yet know what kind of wedding pictures you want? No worries! We are here to share our ideas for great wedding photos that you should definitely request. Obviously, the list is a long one. So keep an eye out for our future posts about additional great wedding photos you will want to make sure you get!

Getting Ready

One of the best memories of your wedding will be the moments where both the bride and groom are getting ready. Looking at these memories will help you remember the excitement of that very moment.

The Dress

You will have plenty of photos where you are wearing it, but why not get an everlasting memory of how it looked the first moment you saw it- perfect.

Fun Details

These include wedding photos of the rings, the shoes, special accessories or jewelry, perhaps important wedding decorations, invitations, welcome bags, the bouquets etc. These photos are fun to look back on and reminiscence about all the little details that went into planning your epic event.

 

The First Look

This moment is at the top of the list for most important memories! Looking back on your First Look moments will help remember those butterflies in your stomach with the enormous amount of excitement and love for your beloved.

Emotional Moments

You will definitely want a focus on any emotional moment that you experienced. Whether it be while the pre-ceremony notes are read, or the final moment before your father walks you down the aisle- these are memories you want to look at for years to come.

Ceremony Memories

Be  sure to have shots of the bride walking down the aisle, and the groom’s face as he watches.

Zaydee and Alberto’s Hispanic Wedding

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Wedding Spotlight: Zaydee and Alberto’s Hispanic Wedding

  When we first met Zaydee and Alberto, we were extremely intrigued by their personalities. They were exciting, lively and completely in love. They had a passion for each other that was so strong and apparent. The beautiful couple was planning a Hispanic wedding with about 100-150 people at the stunning Villa Siena– and we couldn’t wait to be a part of it!

When the wedding day arrived, we knew it was going to be an amazing event. The couple had selected a gorgeous color palette of deep purples, blues and an ivory white. Zaydee looked absolutely spectacular in her  wedding gown that was adorned with impressive jewels and beadwork. RAW6-SD286-1912-She was accented with diamond earrings and an eye-catching diamond hair clip that held her hair beautifully in place. Even her wedding shoes were perfectly selected to match her wedding ensemble. Zaydee looked absolutely radiant for her big day.

At this particular event, we were given the opportunity to capture unforgettable photos. The Villa Siena is full of RAW6-SD286-74-amazing backdrops for perfect wedding photos. With dramatic archways, eye-catching greenery and scenic architecture- this venue was a wedding photographer’s dream come true! Inside the venue itself, there was grand ballroom that was accented with perfect wedding lighting and adorned with an almost medieval chandelier.

RAW5-SD227-209-As multicultural wedding photographers, our team always appreciates the difference in the cultured weddings we attend. This particular Hispanic wedding held a loving and close-knit ambiance. The couple’s families were intriguing to watch as their bond was so obvious. At one particular moment, Zaydee had a first look with her father. It was done by surprise, and the moment was deep and memorable. She came out of the room, nearly in tears- and her father’s reaction was priceless. Our team cherishes these monumental moments. Thank you Zaydee and Alberto for allowing our team the beautiful opportunity to capture your Hispanic wedding on film! We wish you luck in your amazing future together.

 

Indian Wedding Rituals (Part Two)

Indian Wedding Rituals (Part Two)

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  Last week we shared a feature about the first portion of Indian wedding traditions. If you caught up with that post, then you already have an idea of how culture rich an Indian wedding can be. With a deep focus on family and the bonding or joining of both sides, an Indian wedding hosts a variety of meaningful rituals. In today’s article, we are going to cover the remaining portion of Indian wedding rituals- that way, in case you are planning an Indian wedding- or just attending one- you will have an idea of what to expect.

Vivah Havan (The Lighting of the Sacred Fire)- Following the Kanyadaan and Hasta Melap, the priest will then light the sacred fire or Agni. The Agni symbolizes the divine presence as a witness https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_68912.jpgfor the ceremony. When a commitment is made in the presence of Agni, they are considered to have been made in the presence of God.

Mangal Phere: The bride and groom will then walk around the sacred fire seven times. At this time, they will be thinking about the four aspirations in life: the Dharma- their duty to each other, their family, and God.), Artha- prosperity, Karma- energy and passion, and Moshka- their salvation. At first, the bride will lead the groom for the first three rounds, then the groom will lead the last four rounds. Rice grains will be placed in the bride’s hands (usually by her brother) as she completes each round. This signifies his pledge to support her or protect her in any time of need.

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As they return to their seats, the bride will sit on the groom’s left side. This signifies her taking the closest position to his heart. The groom will then place a mangalsutra, a sacred necklace, around her neck while offering her lifelong protection. He will also apply sindoor, red vermilion powder, on her forehead. It is at this time that they will exchange rings and feed each other sweets.

Aashirvaad: It is then time to bless the married couple. The women from both sides of the family will proceed to whisper blessings into the bride’s ear. After, the couple will bow to the priest, their parents and their older relatives in order to receive their final blessings. Afterwards, the guests will shower the bride and groom with rice and flowers while wishing them a happy and long marriage.

When these beautiful and meaningful rituals are complete, it is then time to celebrate! There is dancing, live performances and festivities to celebrate their union. The excitement is intriguing and makes for amazing wedding photos! If you would like to see more, feel free to browse our impressive selection of Indian weddings.

Venue Spotlight: The Ashley Castle in Chandler, AZ

Venue Spotlight: The Ashley Castle in Chandler, AZ

  Ready to turn your dream wedding into a reality? You can do exactly that in Chandler’s very own, Ashley Castle. Our https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/IMG_3830-Edit.jpgteam has had the privilege to attend countless weddings in the Arizona area. We have seen some of the most beautiful venues in the Valley and even captured some unforgettable footage at these locations. The Ashley Castle is definitely on that list. In this week’s wedding spotlight, our team shares their account for this elegant and enchanting wedding venue.

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When it comes to beautiful and impressive scenery, the Ashley Castle doesn’t disappoint. It hosts an array of sites where you can share your vows or have an eye catching backdrop for your wedding photos. From the luscious green of the surrounding gardens to the elegant and remarkable architecture of the castle itself, this venue is a wedding photographer’s dream come true. (Just check out the beautiful wedding of Mays and Ali.)

The Ashley Castle offers a unique European charm in a local setting, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a one of a kind wedding experience. With a host of ceremony and reception packages, this venue offers flexible options for those considering this location.  You can choose to have the ceremony only, or you can select their Imperial Package- an all inclusive option that takes care of nearly every detail. Whichever you select, you will have full access to the stunning and awe-inspiring scenery on the property.

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The Ashley Castle offers a variety of amenities and unique details as well.

Capacity: The maximum capacity for an outdoor ceremony is 300 guests. For an indoor reception, the maximum capacity is 300 guests as well.

Time Restrictions: Their set up time is flexible and can be arranged for early morning if necessary. All events must be complete by 11:30 pm at the latest. They do not currently offer Sunday events.

Rental Fees: Their rental fees range in price and a quote can be requested via their website.

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Additional details include: Event coordination, Bride and Groom dressing areas, podium or stage, tables and chairs, linens and silverware, outdoor lighting, security, venue set-up and clean-up, votive candles, large parking lot, non-alcoholic beverages included.

Overall, if you are looking for elegance and a striking wedding experience- the Ashley Castle is a wonderful wedding venue option. Need a more visual example of it’s potential, feel free to browse our the beautiful wedding photos from Mays and Ali’s Chandler wedding.

Rita and Hossam’s Epic Multicultural Wedding

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Wedding Spotlight: An Epic Mexican and Arabic Wedding

  In this week’s Wedding Spotlight, our team is proud to feature Rita and Hosam’s Mexican and Arabic wedding. After years as wedding photographers, we see beautiful and impressive wedding celebrations- all the time. This one in particular, was one of the most epic, invigorating and unforgettable events we have ever attended. Rita and Hosam were two very exciting and personable individuals. Their love for each other was so obvious- and amazing to capture on film. Our team genuinely enjoyed every minute of their beautiful multicultural wedding.

Getting Ready…

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The day started as our team of female wedding photographers spent time with Rita, her bridal party and a few friends and family members as they got ready for the epic event. Rita got ready at a hotel with her crew as our photographers captured the wonderful memories on film. They were laughing and having an amazing time as they prepped for her big day. Rita looked stunning as we got remarkable footage of her and her mother, her bridesmaids and even by herself.

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The Ceremony…

The ceremony was held at the exquisite Paseo near the Superstition Mountains. Our team has an unbelievable eye for amazing shots, so for us- the Paseo was a dream come true. The backdrop for their ceremony was breathtaking. With the magnificent Superstition Mountains on the horizon and a gorgeous surrounding scenery, our team was able to take monumental footage of their ceremony.

With all the weddings we attend, we genuinely enjoy the heartfelt moments that go with them. Rita and Hosam’s ceremony did not disappoint. At one particular moment, the couple exchanged some of the most moving and https://saiaffilms.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/RAW_3_SD016-748-Edit1.jpgheartbreaking vows we have ever heard. They had such passion and shared their beautiful story making their love even more amazing to capture on film.

Post Ceremony Photoshoot…

After their romantic ceremony, our team of multicultural wedding photographers had the opportunity to do a personal and stunning photoshoot of Rita and Hossam. The couple were patient and easy to work with, as well as beautifully photogenic. The desert landscape stood behind them marvelously as we took individual shots of each as well as photos of them together looking amazingly in love!

Reception…multicultural wedding

With a mixed influence from the Mexican and Arabic cultural, Rita and Hossam’s reception was an exciting and compelling event. The Paseo in particular was a fascinating venue. One aspect that stood out was the hall itself. It had such an invigorating open feel to it. Through the evening, the breeze would flow through and the ambiance was unforgettable. For the reception, Rita had changed into a beautiful dress allowing her the opportunity to dance the night away with her new husband. One of our favorite moments was when the angelic newlyweds were dancing under the string of luminous lights. They appeared to be so magically in love.

As multicultural wedding photographers, our team genuinely cherishes the mix of emotions and events of a multicultural wedding. Rita and Hossam’s wedding was truly one of the most epic and unforgettable events. It is one that we will cherish the memory of as the love, passion and excitement were so easy to capture on film. Thank you Rita and Hossam for choosing to work with Saiaf Films. We wish you a beautiful future.

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