You may or may not know that at Anhalt Photography and Design we offer a complimentary engagement session with all of our newly booked weddings. And this is why (it’s stolen right from our FB page… lol)
“A engagement photo session, is my compliments to you when you book a wedding with Anhalt Photography and Design. I think an engagement session is absolutely critical because it shows the beginning of the greatest story in the world: YOUR LOVE STORY! This is your happily ever after. It is also, for most guests, the beginning of our working relationship together and sets the mood for your big day. I personally strive to make it fun, personable, and that the session showcases you as a couple. You may even choose to change outfits and go to different locations for your complimentary engagement session.This is also the stepping stone to announcing your engagement, many guests choose to add on save the dates, which can be magnets that are sent to family and friends to announce your wedding date. Another favorite is to have your favorite image enlarged and placed in a matted frame, and used as a guest book at the wedding. This guest book doesn’t just sit on the shelf, it becomes a piece of art hanging on your wall remembering all of your family and friends that came together to celebrate your first day as Mr&Mrs.What are you waiting for? Lets write your fairy tale together….”
Do you wanna know what’s so great about our engagement sessions, besides our couples of course? I’ll show you in a couple of photos…
1. The Ring. Show off that gorgeous ring!
2. The Love… Showing off how much you guys love eachother.
3. The Theme. I am all about a good theme…
4. Weather. Make the best of what you have to work with. Just because it’s raining or snowing doesn’t mean it will ruin your photoshoot.
5. There is no photo for number 5 because we touched base a little bit about it above, this for most of our couples, the first time we work together. On your wedding day, you’re going to have 101 things on your mind, at the engagement session, we can get a feel for one another. I’m a laid back photographer, and we will have a good time. I like to spend time with my couples, so that on the wedding day it’s one less thing you have to worry about. 🙂
Today’s post will be about our WEDDING WELCOME BAGS! Honestly, I think these were my favorite.
We are from Philadelphia and we LOVE our city, my husband has some Philly themed tattoos. We got married right outside of Philadelphia, so we had a block of Hotels at the Crowne Plaza on City Ave (technically Bala Cynwyd) and because of many of our guests stayed the entire weekend – we wanted to have a special thank you for them. The front desk was nice enough to hand them out as our guests checked in also! If you are thinking about this – ASK – most hotels will do it free of charge, and for an additional fee leave them in the rooms. And this only applies to people who booked under the room block, anyone who didn’t they weren’t able to keep track if they were for our wedding or not.
First we ordered bags from Oriental Trading that said “welcome to our wedding” they were $7 for a dozen. We also made water bottle labels from there as well. We uploaded our picture, and my Matron of Honor came over one day and helped me put them on our water bottles. Most of our items we bought in Bulk, because we needed about 22 bags. So we went to BJ’s wholesale for a big box of Herrs chips, tasty kakes, and of course the water. We also added some peanut chews, a Philadelphia staple of course. Each bag was filled with 2 waters, 2 chips, 1 tasty kake and a handful of Peanut chews. I’d like to ask if anyone noticed a theme in these foods, if you were thinking they all came from Pennsylvania – YOU WERE RIGHT!! Now I’d like to know which of my wedding guests (who read this) knew that?
Of course food is the most important part of the wedding welcome bag, but also we included some other fun stuff. I mentioned in the last post that my Husband is a graphic designer and he made a lot of our “paper” items for the wedding. In our bag we included a special welcome note, which invited our guests to a farewell brunch on Sunday and the schedule for our shuttle on the backside. We also included a “door hanger” which was my favorite to see them hanging on the door the next morning – he even created one for me for the wedding day which said “please do not disturb, Bride getting ready for the big day.” We also included some Philadelphia fun facts and he made a map of Philly with our sports team logos, and a list of “top places to visit” in Philadelphia courtesy of visitphilly.com.