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Extended Wedding Weekend 101

Extended Wedding Weekend 101

  These days, many couples are taking a new approach to their long-anticipated wedding event. With so much planning that goes into and the time it takes to do so, some engaged couples decide to prolong the festivities by turning their wedding into an extended wedding weekend. It’s over before you know it, so why not turn it into a weekend celebration? Here, our team shares their ideas for planning an extended wedding weekend.

Have a Welcome Party
If you have guests coming in from out of town or you have guests that you haven’t seen in awhile, consider having a welcome party. This is an excellent opportunity to greet your friends and family in a more relaxed environment. With all the craziness of the ceremony and reception, it can sometimes be difficult to spend time with particular guests and catch up. Having a welcome party will provide extra time to spend a little bit of extra time with those who may deserve the extra attention. A welcome party should take place a day or two ahead of the wedding. Whether you decide to host it, or it takes place in a separate location, try to keep it somewhere that will give you a great atmosphere to mingle with your guests. Consider inviting all of your out-of-town guests as they would probably appreciate the additional time with you and your fiance.

Host a Rehearsal Dinner

Having a rehearsal dinner can be beneficial in a few different aspects. Not only is a great opportunity to get everyone together for extra mingle time, it is also an ideal time to present any attendant gifts. Considerwedding weekend presenting the parents or any other guest that was helpful in the planning process with a token of your appreciation. Rehearsal dinners usually take place a day or two before the wedding. Try to invite your wedding party, close family members, and maybe even your officiant. This is a great opportunity to set the tone for the wedding and kick start the festivities for a memorable weekend. Consider inviting your wedding photographer as it could be an excellent opportunity to capture some amazing and meaningful photos to remember your extended wedding weekend.

Have a Farewell Brunch
Nothing wraps up a beautiful wedding weekend like a memorable farewell brunch. It provides the perfect opportunity to wind down and enjoy the last few moments with the friends and family before the weekend comes to a close. This normally takes place the morning after the weekend in the late morning around 10:00 or 11:00ish. That way, you aren’t taking up too much of the afternoon in case any out-of-town guests are anxious to get back home. Consider inviting the close family members as well as the out-of-towners. There are no specifics to having a farewell brunch. Perhaps make it a pot-luck where everyone brings a favorite breakfast dish or have it catered if possible. Check out Bell’ InVito for some more great ideas for a farewell brunch!

However you decide to spend your glorious wedding event, make sure that you take enough time to recognize and appreciate all the wonderful people that surround you. Extended wedding weekends are perfect for doing exactly that!

Wedding Party Bonding Time

Help Your Wedding Party Bond!

  RAW_1_SD219-2402-Let’s face it, weddings are meant to be fun! This always works out best when both sides of the wedding party get along. When planning your wedding, it is important to make sure that your bridesmaids and groomsmen are getting along and enjoying eachother’s company. No one wants to experience wedding party animosity. Especially on your wedding day. Here, our team at Saiaf Films shares their tips and ideas for ensuring that your wedding parties are on good terms and ready to have some fun!

Have a Wedding Party Night Out!
A night out is always a great way to get your wedding parties bonding. Consider making a reservation for a nearby bowling alley. Bowling is a great option as it is fun, active and leaves little room for awkward silences with an upbeat vibe surrounding you. Perhaps you could designate special teams that pairs up two people that don’t yet know each other. The goal is to get everyone talking and learning a little bit about the “other side” of the wedding party. Or, check out a local karaoke night. Karaoke is a great way for even the shyest individual to loosen up a bit. Plus- what better of a place to brush up on those dancing/singing skills for your big day!

Have a Wedding Party Night In!

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Why not kick back, relax and enjoy a night in with your wedding party? Make it easy and order a few pizzas or simple take-out. Everyone loves dessert, so consider throwing together a small ice cream bar or a brownie station? Go all out with sprinkles, hot fudge or caramel, cookies pieces, you name it! Relaxing at home always gives everyone the opportunity to share stories and get to know each other. Hey, they may even share some stories about you and your fiance back in the day! Those are always a great way to break the ice and let everyone notice what they have in common- you and your partner!

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Everyone loves food. Plus, it’s a great way for everyone to bond. Make it a potluck breakfast! Everyone can bring their favorite breakfast dish or side dish. Throw in a pitcher of Bloody Marys or maybe Mimosas? Or, have a barbecue. Simple and yummy! Bring out some hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and dip, or chili with sandwiches. The ideas are endless. But we promise, where there’s good food, there’s a happy wedding party.

Whether you choose a simple night out or an awesome backyard barbecue- the goal is to get your parties together to enjoy each other’s company and get to know one another. This is a great way to build some everlasting memories and perhaps even forge some new relationships in the process. We have captured so many amazing

and well-bonded wedding parties in our time. And boy, does it make a difference in the energy and closeness of your wedding. End result: a memorable and well-bonded wedding experience!

 

Wedding Spotlight: Loveen and Merin’s South Asian Wedding

South Asian Wedding In Scottsdale, AZ

  When our team at Saiaf Films first met Loveen and Merin, we were completely intrigued by their warm, welcoming South Asian Weddingand genuine nature. As multicultural wedding photographers, our crew has an impressive background in the variety of events that accompany a multicultural wedding. Loveen and Merin’s wedding event included all the wonderful details of a South Asian wedding. Our South Asian wedding photographers were there to capture Loveen’s Henna night, to the intimate Mehndi and all the way through to the night of their South Asian wedding.

We arranged to meet her at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona where we be capturing the moments during her Henna night.We were so excited to be apart of her Henna as it is always a very meaningful moment for a bride to take part in before her wedding day. Henna is a popular South Asian wedding tradition. It involves a detailed Henna application for the bride to not only provide a beautiful design on her wedding, but also for her to relax and feel peace on her special day. Henna is said to have calming properties that contribute to this. Our South Asian wedding IMG_4500-Edit1photographers and videographers are skilled at capturing the details of the Henna with our impressive state-of-the-art high definition cameras.

Loveen and Merin’s wedding events also included a beautiful and intimate Mehndi night. This particular event included only their closest family members which created a memorable occasion to capture on film. We were able to capture each candid moment that Loveen shared with the wonderful people closest to her. The photos and video that our skilled team captured of the Mehndi were crisp, clear and beautifully detailed.

Their elegant South Asian wedding was held at the Double Tree Resort in Phoenix, AZ. It was a glorious spectacle of colors and the bride and groom radiated beauty and happiness as they enjoyed their South Asian wedding event. We were so blessed that Loveen and her family chose our team to cover their amazing three day event. Thank you Loveen and Merin and we wish you the best of luck in your wonderful future.

Wedding Registry 101

Tips for Setting Up Your Wedding Registry

  Come on, you can admit it- setting up your registry can be super exciting. And don’t worry, there’s nothing selfish about telling your wedding guests about some things that you really want! Many brides-to-be get nervous about the registry process and sometimes don’t even register at all because there are iffy about designating what people should get them. Have no fear! Our team has attended an enormous amount of weddings and we have seen it all when it comes to the wedding gifts- some that are great, and some that are unnecessary. Here, we share our tips and ideas for your wedding registry.

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Make sure you register. And don’t wait too long!
Believe us when we say, your wedding guests want to buy gifts. There is nothing selfish or tacky about setting up a registry. In fact, it not only saves your guest’s time, it also saves you time in the long run. Instead of trying to find what you need after the wedding, some of your guests can take care of it ahead of time for you by getting something you really wanted. Try to get it finished up at least 2-4 months ahead of your wedding date. That way you can guarantee your friends and family have adequate amount of time to pick up their gifts before you say, “I do!”

Check the return and exchange policies ahead of time!
You really want to make sure your registry is user friendly for both yourself and your guests! Take the time to navigate around the registry you select to ensure it is easy to find the items you select. Also, be sure to double check their return and exchange policy in case you get duplicate items at your wedding. Plus, some stores have great incentive programs. Read the fine print and do your research to find the best places to suit your needs!

Consider a wide price range and be creative.
Of course, you can always choose a few pieces that are on the higher end. But it is really convenient for guests to have a variety of price ranges to choose from. Not everyone has deep pockets, but there are some who may want to spend a little extra for your special occasion. Also, don’t feel like you have to follow the cliche norm of only registering fine china or home appliances. These days, many engaged couples choose creative registry options like travel gear, sporting goods, or even gift certificates to their favorite stores or restaurants.

Finally, be sure to have fun and get excited! This is a great opportunity to look forward to your future with your loved one. Don’t forget to share the details of your wedding registry either on your wedding website or even on your invitations. Looking for more tips and ideas for planning your wedding? Be sure to check our blog for many other great ways to plan your wedding!

 

Wedding Venue Spotlight: Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ

Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ

  It’s your wedding day. Your ceremony has just taken place beneath towering palm trees that are surrounded by beautiful and 66e98abe23a3bef5a498a6bcebf2404blush green grass and a breathtaking landscape. In the distance, you hear the faint sound of fountains that created the perfect background ambiance as you exchanged your vows. Now, you are standing on skyline rooftop- seven towers high- admiring the sweeping views of Downtown Scottsdale. Camelback Mountain rests on the horizon providing the perfect backdrop for beautiful and unforgettable wedding photos.

In this week’s Wedding Venue Spotlight, our team shares their account for the Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ. The venue is trendy and perfect with a unique style that you cannot find anywhere else. With gorgeous scenery, delectable cuisine and tasty handcrafted cocktails- the Valley Ho is a wedding venue that is sure to leave with impressed and awestruck guests.Valley Ho

Venue Pricing
The Valley Ho is an unbelievably reasonably priced venue option if you are seeking a stylish, elegant and impressive wedding venue. They offer convenient, three tiered package options that can be selected to fit your wedding day needs perfectly. With prices starting as low as $2,000, each package is designed to add additional flair and options with each progressing package. Their choices that are viewable on their website.

Amenities
The Valley Ho is chock-full of amazing amenity options ranging from elegant ballrooms, to gorgeous cabanas and even luscious lawn front areas. With a range of unique settings, the options are simple and easy to choose from.

  • Room deals: The Valley Ho offers a 15% discount on their Best Available Rates. Planning to use more than 10 rooms? Don’t forget to request their 25% discount on room rates!
  • Complimentary options: You and your guest can enjoy complimentary internet, fitness room use, spa facility and limited free parking in designated areas.
  • Catering: The Valley Ho offers mouthwatering and delectable catering options that are sure to make any guest drool! With a variety of options, the ideas are limitless and vary in pricing options.
  • Stellar Ballrooms: Want to create a dramatic and memorable effect? Check out the beautiful ballrooms at the Valley Ho. The SoHo Ballroom features amazing floor-to-ceiling windows. The Valley Ho Ballroom is perfect for those seeking a more discreet and intimate wedding feel.24f189be9d0937a2a10e839979b04b9a
  • Palm Courtyard: This beautiful area features towering palms and awe-inspiring landscape. With gorgeous water features and a courtyard lawn, this area is ideal for both the wedding ceremony and reception.
  • Skyline Rooftop: This memorable location is scenic and breathtaking. Perched atop the seven-story hotel, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding town of Scottsdale.
  • Sands: This area is secluded and private. Perfect with unique decor and a spacious interior, bar area and a beautiful winding patio.

The Valley Ho is grandiose and perfect for those seeking a convenient and memorable location for their Scottsdale wedding. Our team at Saiaf Films has had the pleasure of capturing breathtaking wedding photos at this location and enjoyed the unique beauty and style that it offers.

Wedding Spotlight: Thomas and Jenny’s Scottsdale Wedding

Thomas and Jenny’s Scottsdale Wedding

  Scottsdale weddingThomas and Jenny requested our services for their wedding at a beautiful outdoor/indoor venue in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our wedding photographers and wedding videographer’s were there to capture every moment of their magical night. Their wedding was beautifully orchestrated and was an amazing event to capture.

To begin the day, our female photographer captured memorable and meaningful shots of Jenny while she was getting ready with her bridesmaids. It was an iconic moment as her friends and family made her laugh and carried on a wonderfully positive vibe throughout the morning. At the same time, Thomas was getting ready with his groomsmen. While in their room, our male photographer captured a photo of them with their colorful socks, laughing as they posed for the camera.

One of our favorite moments of this beautiful Scottsdale wedding was when Thomas and Jenny had their first look (these are always a Saiaf Films’ favorite!) They were IMG_0108both on the verge of tears and deeply in love. Our team captured the intensity of this moment perfectly! We really strive to focus on these particular moments as it is a perfect memory for the couple to cherish again in the future. When the intensity is strong and the love is obvious, those are the best photos to capture.

Their ceremony took place outdoors with a beautiful, lush and vibrant golf course behind them. Our team even got a shot of Thomas and Jenny as they ran down the golf course laughing with each other. When the sun was setting, our wedding photographer capture a beautiful and memorable shot of the couple IMG_0539silhouetted as they looked into eachother’s eyes. The night was exciting, lively and eventful. The event ended beautifully as the couple and their guests danced the night away. They were all such a spirited and lovely group. Our team genuinely enjoyed spending these moments with them. Thank you Thomas and Jenny for allowing us the privilege to take part in your beautiful union and beautiful Scottsdale wedding.

 

Hottest 2016 Wedding Trends

2016 Wedding Trends

  Out with old and in with the new! It’s the end of the year- and wow! It has been an amazing one. We participated, attended, enjoyed and captured so many beautiful weddings this year. Our team at Saiaf Films loved every minute of it. But now, this year has come to an end and we are looking forward to another wonderful year in 2016. With the new year upon us, we thought it would be a great idea to take a look at the upcoming 2016 wedding trends.

In the past years, it has been seemingly popular for brides to capture and recreate the feel and look of a wedding they discovered on Pinterest, Instagram, Google, etc. With the coming of 2016, there seems to be a shift in the originality of wedding styles. Brides are beginning to transition to a wedding that shows off their own style. Whether it’s a funky color, a unique location, or an unconventional setup- couples are discovering new ways to create a more personal 12189741_956531927752161_3752242460839180067_nexperience at their wedding.

Colors: This year, metallics are in! Elegant and whimsical, metallic colors are appealing and can create quite a dynamic feel. Rose gold, copper and silver will show up in the centerpieces, linens, and decor.

Ambiance: Lighting is the key to creating the perfect ambiance. The lighting in wedding trends for 2016 will center around soft glows. With pendant lights or bare bulb, you can create a romantic and intimate environment.

Seating: Instead of the standard reception layout of large round tables, couples are now opting to use long rectangular tables with a mix of square tables. These contribute to a smaller, more intimate vibe.

Flowers: Many couples are opting for the “wild” style of flowers this 2016 wedding season. Freshly picked blooms with an ombre variety of color are popular and will create a beautiful effect. Succulents, ferns, and lavender sprigs will make quite an appearance as many will be moving past traditional florals as well.

Food and Drink: Cocktail hour remains popular, but now- couples are opting to put a more personal stance to the event. There will be His and Her cocktails that showcase a favorite flavor from the bride and groom, Beer Gardens 11026790_956532074418813_4942419845035984911_nwith a signature selection of craft beers, and even Grown-up Popsicles with signature cocktails turned into a frozen treat. For the food, many couples are electing for table-side service bringing food carts to each table.

Cake: Buttercream will make a grand appearance throughout the 2016 wedding seasons. Brides are taking to the organic finish and subtle flavor that a buttercream cake brings. Popular flavors include: salted caramel, lemon, lavender-vanilla, green tea, white chocolate mousse, and even apple spice.

Photography: With the constant rise and demand for share-worthy photography, many couples are now requesting unique and memorable shots that create an everlasting impact (those are Saiaf Film favorites!) They want epic shots that capture meaningful moments like aerial shots of 12190070_956531847752169_7777831812389526652_nthe dance floor or venue (again- our favorites!)

You can probably tell, we can’t wait for the new year and the beautiful wedding seasons it is going to bring. We are so thankful for all the amazing people we have met over the years and cannot wait to see what 2016 will bring forth!

 

Reception Disasters and How to Handle Them

Reception Disasters 101

  As much as we don’t like to admit it, reception disasters can happen! But luckily, there are always ways to fix them. Our team of wedding photographers have attended a plethora of weddings. We have seen it all! Therefore, we would like to share our tips for what to do when those unexpected reception disasters take place.

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So, it’s the morning of the wedding and it has started to rain. Even if you are having an indoor ceremony and reception, you will still have to find a way to prevent your dress and hair from being ruined. The best way to handle the rain? Unfortunately, you can’t control how long it lasts, so- embrace it! Send someone to pick up a number of big umbrellas to keep you and your bridal party covered. Ask your hairstylist to stay on site a little longer to make any last minute touch-ups. Then, just wing it! Pose for some shots under the umbrella for a memorable reminder of that rainy day!

Wait, I didn’t choose brown flowers?!

It can happen to even the best flowers. After sitting for a while, they can start to wilt and discolor. Consider selecting blooms that don’t bruise too easily ahead of time- lilies, sunflowers and dahlias hold up nicely. Super soft flowers have a tendency to wilt faster, especially in harsher environments. If your florist prepped them correctly, your flowers should hold up decently on their own. Just to be sure, try to keep them away from heat sources. If you are showcasing them in vases, wash the vases beforehand with antibacterial soap to prevent unnecessary decay.

reception disastersWho brought those crazy kids?!

Whether it’s your ring bearer, flower girl, the children of your invited guests, or maybe it’s your own kids- after they have overindulged on the amazing sweets or they are just high on the atmosphere of the wedding, children can get pretty wild. But, kids will be kids. If you have invited kids to your celebration, it is best to plan for the rambunctiousness ahead of time. Consider sitting them at a table that is free from glassware and fancy centerpieces. For the younger kids, maybe cover the table in butcher paper and provide a box of crayons at each of their spots. If the venue allows, consider setting up a movie to play or hire some entertainment like a clown or a magician. Maybe you can even slip a $20 to one of the older kids to keep an eye on the younger ones while the party continues.

Obviously, these are just a few of the many potential reception disasters that can take place at your wedding. Keep an eye out for our additional tips for potential reception disasters and the best ways to handle them. With a seasoned eye, you will be able to plan in advance for any mishaps that may take place.

Wedding Spotlight: Clarissa and Anthony’s Engagement Photo Shoot

Engagement Photo Shoot in Queen Creek

  IMG_1370-EditWhen Clarissa and Anthony contacted us, they were looking for a team of wedding photographers to cover their engagement photo shoot in Queen Creek with a second shoot in San Tan. We discussed their options and selected the perfect engagement photo package to fit their needs. They were excited and enthusiastic which made planning their engagement photo shoot so much fun. To our team at Saiaf Films, we genuinely enjoy capturing the excitement of a newly engaged couple. It adds a unique reality to their photos and makes the process so much more fun!

When it came time for their engagement photo shoot, we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! It was cloudy and surreal. Our team loves cloudy days for engagement photo photography. Clouds can help create a gorgeous backdrop. They allow just the right amount of light and create an amazing contrast on the couple as we photograph. The photos are team captured that day were vibrant and colorful. This particular location was very ideal as it offered a large variety backdrops to work with. There was green grass, beautiful water, and even a photo-worthy brick wall that enhanced to couple perfectly.engagement photo shoot

During engagement photo shoots, our photographers really like to showcase the love that the couple has for each other. Clarissa and Anthony had no trouble with that! They were amazingly photogenic and exhibited their connection perfectly. We always try to make these moments as comfortable and as easy as possible, especially for those who are slightly camera-shy. Yet these two, didn’t need much help! To make it even more special, their two beautiful children joined in on the photo shoot. They were such a pleasure to be around and did an amazing job when it came time to pose and smile. Especially when children are involved, we prefer to make these moments memorable ones.

As the sun began setting, we captured IMG_1558-Edit-1amazing and unforgettable photos of the beautiful couple silhouetted in front of the sunset. One of our favorites was when they made a heart out their hands. It was a perfect symbol of their love! Clarissa was excited to have her engagement photos used in their Save the Date invitations. She was so excited when she saw the quality of the photographs. Clarissa and Anthony were such an amazingly beautiful couple! We enjoyed their engagement photo shoot so much. Thank you Clarissa and Anthony for the wonderful experience of capturing your love on film!

 

 

 

 

Wedding Hairpiece 101

Wedding Hairpiece 101

  IMG_5709-2Planning your wedding look can be an extremely exciting, yet difficult, part of preparing for your wedding. One very important aspect is selecting the perfect wedding hairpiece. A well selected bridal accessory can have the ability to pull your entire wedding look together. With all the weddings we have attended, we have really gotten to see just how many different styles are out there. Here, we would like to share some tips for selecting the best wedding hairpiece to fit your look and complete your wedding day style.

Decide your hairstyle in advance.

When selecting a wedding hairpiece, it helps to have an idea of what type of hairstyle you may want to go with. Perhaps you prefer to wear your locks down? Or maybe a ballerina bun is more your style? Whether you have long hair, thick hair or short hair, consider choosing a wedding hairpiece that not only stands out, but also can support the weight or length of your hair. Knowing the style you plan to have will be useful in selecting your bridal hairpiece when the time comes.

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Remember when you were selecting your wedding dress? You made sure that you viewed it from all angles right? Front, back, both sides? You should do the same with your chosen wedding hairpiece. Make sure it looks good from every angle and that it fits with the style you are trying to achieve. If you have someone with you, ask them to take a photo from each side, or a short video clip showing all angles. If you are shopping by yourself, as a salesperson to help you out. Even if you feel silly taking pictures at first, it won’t feel silly when you realize that you selected a wedding hairpiece that looks great all around. Also, don’t be afraid to test out a few different ones. Again, this accessory is just as important as the shoes or the jewelry. So take your time!

Consider the color.

It is important to make sure that the color and hue of your chosen wedding hairpiece compliments the color and style of your gown. Take note of your dress color- is it a bright white? Maybe is off-white with bead work? If your wedding hairpiece isn’t close to the same color, it may appear too bright or too dull next to your dress. Consider bringing a picture of your dress that really accents the colors when you are selecting your bridal headpiece. That way you can guarantee you are choosing a piece that matches well.

Wedding hairpieceDecide how you want to wear it.

An advantage to a beautiful wedding hairpiece is the ability to change up the style and the look with how you decide to position it. It can look completely different depending on where you place it in your hair. If you choose to place it higher, it gives a more dramatic look. Maybe subtle is more your style? Place it lower on your head. Same goes for hair clips and pins. Drawing them closer to your face will make them stand out more. Recognize your desired look and determine the position of your wedding hairpiece according to what will appeal to your selected style.

In the end, all of your accessories should go together in perfect harmony. One piece shouldn’t necessarily stand out above the others, as you don’t want anything to be too distracting. Choose your pieces based on the idea that they should enhance your style, not distract it. Need some more ideas for some beautiful wedding hairpieces? Feel free to browse through our gallery to check out some of the beautiful brides and their hairstyles that we have had the privilege of photographing.

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