Star Telegram Bridal Show is today! Will Rogers Memorial Center from !0:30am to 4:30pm Look for top DFW wedding vendors Opulent Cakes, Randy Ro Entertainment, Ed’s Signature Weddings and fashion show by Susan Huston. Free tickets today while they last, Call us at 817.233.0024 (two per bride, while they last). See you there!
by Jim Rode
Living Your Job
I read today about how the celebrated writer Charles Dickens wrote 150 years ago. He
wrote from 11-4 daily “walking the carpet, counting flower after flower after flower” as
he organized his thoughts. Then he’d invest five hours, “walking street after street after
street”. He did after all, get inspiration from the people of the streets.
My point? Those dedicated photographers out there already know it – you need to live
with your camera at your side (with your other arm around your husband or wife of
Too many wedding photographers are only picking up their cameras on the wedding
day. Once, twice, three times a month they are picking up the camera and expecting
intuitively to be creative.
Getting it Right
A wedding is a fast paced – get it right – no second chance – event that requires instant
adjustment, composition, direction, all under changing light. Plus, at the same time,
good photographers always have their eye open for stunning moments of emotion. This
is the greatest day of their life, and not the time to be calculating the right f-stop/shutter
You don’t get better if you are devoted to another job. You don’t get better if you are
only picking up the camera once a month…twice a month. You only are getting better
when you spend your days Monday through Friday thinking photography. Sure, we
need good teachers, salesmen, bus drivers – whatever you do, but to be a great
photographer you must eventually move your loyalty to photography seven days a
No one gets better with spray-and-pray. Spray-and-pray by the way, is the amateur
fallback of simply holding down the shutter button, out of frustration, shooting thousands
of shots hoping to pull out a few great shots by default. Spay-and-pray relies on luck.
If this is how you shoot, you haven’t noticed the love in his eyes when she walks the
aisle or that subtle gasp of her breath in the first dance when he leans in three inches to
whisper “I’m so happy”. You must be watching for the decisive moment. Spray-and-pray
means you have settled on hoping to find these moments in the coming weeks at your
The greatest shotmaker in golf was Ben Hogan. A young pro golfer once came to Ft.
Worth to catch him at breakfast at his club hangout. (the retired Hogan didn’t like to
be disturbed) He sat down and asked him the secret to his success. Hogan simply
said, “It’s in the dirt,” before abruptly leaving. The young man didn’t get it for months.
Then one cold, drizzly morning, not wanting to practice, he forced himself to get out to
the range and hit shot after shot – for hours. Frequently shaking the moist dirt off his
club, the light bulb went on – he got it. Practice. “It’s in the dirt.”
If you are a photographer, start walking street, after street, after street -like Dickens did.
Photograph friends, strangers, the next party your friends throw. Get your practice in.
Learn to adjust to the light without even looking at the camera. At your next wedding,
you won’t have time to think things out step-by-step during that first dance that lasts just
3 minutes! It all moves to fast to study the camera. You should study the people, study
If you are a bride searching for a photographer, ask who you interview if they are
married to another job. You will not get artistic, fun shots at your wedding from the
insurance lady who magically transforms into a “wedding photographer” twice a month.
Find a man or woman who loves photography and loves working the camera like a pro.
Jim Rode is a Fort Worth, Grapevine, & Dallas Wedding Photographer.
Find out more at www.JimRode.com
Around the offices of Dallas Wedding Planning we spend a great deal of time researching weddings and staying ahead of the trends. If we didn’t we’d still be recommending Chocolate Fountains, etc. Obviously a Photobooth is the big hit at Dallas Wedding Receptions right now. What is next in photo booth? How about a 3D booth from Omote in Japan. Still too time consuming for a wedding reception since it takes about 15 minutes to scan your body! (our Fort Worth Photo Booth snaps pictures in a fraction of a second) How long until it is the latest trend for a Fort Worth Wedding reception? No way of telling, just know it’s coming soon!
Great news for Fort Worth Brides! The best DFW “Venue” bridal show of 2012 was at the Ruthe Jackson Center in Grand Prairie, Texas. The event was standing room only and brides had a chance to book the creme of the crop vendors. The date of the 2013 bridal show was just announced by Cheryl Allgood, wedding planner and coordinator at Ruthe Jackson Center. Allgood said the Tuesday, February 26, 2013 show will be a stunning mix of tastings, trends, and tablescapes. This year’s theme is “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Once again it’ll feature top DFW wedding vendors, including floral from Kate Foley Designs and Dallas lighting and draping experts, Randy Ro.
Cappella Court Gardens in Carrollton, Texas, and Alexander Mansion, in Garland, Texas, both closed without notice this weekend. Brides with upcoming weddings have had their dreams shattered and are left stranded without a venue. Phones at Cappella Court and Alexander Mansion have been cut off and it’s website is shut down. Careful examination into the venues WeddingWire Review account may shed some light on it’s problems. See that here goo.gl/16Jn6 and here goo.gl/cYbZs
The Association of Wedding Professionals, Dallas, will feature a panel of wedding entertainment experts at their next meeting. The panel includes Dallas booking legend, Carol Marks, and Dallas Wedding DJ, Randy Roberson, CEO of Randy Ro Entertainment. The meeting will take place Tuesday, November 13 at the Cooper Fitness Center on Preston, in Dallas.
Here are the two most important questions to ask your Dallas DJ about the music they play:
- Is the music purchased and licensed for playback at events?
- Is the free of foul language?
First you need a guarantee that the DJ isn’t downloading music off of undependable websites. We’ve seen video of a father/daughter dance where the song was obviously downloaded that way. After the first 30 seconds the song quit working. You could see the hurt on the bride face as she realized what happened.
Just as important, you want to make sure your guests aren’t subjected to any inappropriate language. Can you imagine having your grandmother hearing something as harsh as an F bomb?
Most quality Fort Worth Wedding DJs will belong to a radio level subscription service that edits, licenses, and guarantee’s latest hits, etc. It is a substantial extra expense to the DJ but it separates the top Fort Worth DJs from the amateurs. The last thing you need on the most important day of your life is an amateur DJ. This is the best way to make sure you have premium quality music playing at your reception. During your initial consultation, ask your DJ what subscription service they belong to. If they can’t answer that question we suggest you keep looking.
The first thing your guest sees when they arrive is the door they walk through. A wonderful first impression for your Fort Worth Wedding Reception is to drape the doorway and include your colors in up lighting. Pictured here is the entry to the hallway that leads to the ballrooms at The Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Fort Worth Wedding Draping and Design experts, Randy Ro Entertainment, provided the stunning draping and washed the hallway in champagne lighting. There are also two identical monograms. One is on the dance floor and the other right at the beginning of the hallway. For wedding draping and lighting in Fort Worth, Randy Ro Events is becoming one of the top referred among top DFW wedding venues.
You are dancing to I Gotta Feelin’ by Black Eyed Peas at a Dallas Wedding Reception. You are singing along to the best parts (it happens at all great receptions) “Fill up my cup (Drank) Mazel tov (L’chaim)”. Assuming you aren’t Jewish, and already know what it means, here is the meaning behind those words. Mazel tov is a phrase used to express congratulations for a happy and significant occasion or event. L’chaim is Yiddish for “to life”. Black Eyed Peas are God’s gift to the wedding DJ. They are to the dance set as Michael Buble is to the dinner set. Perfect for a celebration!
I was recently helping my parents clean out their house when I came across a box of old 8mm movie reels. Most of them were shot with the family movie camera when my sister and I were kids. One of them was larger and in a nice, plastic case, not a metal canister. I couldn’t remember seeing it before and was curious about what could be on it.
So, I dug out the movie projector (that’s what we had before DVD players and VCRs), blew the dust off and fired it up. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. The images were of my parents’ wedding in 1954, but they didn’t look like the homemade images of my youth, they looked better. I was speechless as I watched the silent images of their ceremony and reception.
There stood my parents, happy and youthful, sharing their wedding day with friends and relatives, many of whom were no longer with us. I saw their first dance. I saw my grandparents, who were probably my age now. I saw my great-grandparents, who were probably the age my parents are now.
I asked my mother about the film and she said that they had hired a professional for the wedding. While that’s commonplace now, I’m sure it was very progressive in 1954.
Fast-forward 18 years and I’m approaching my own 29th anniversary. I would love to be able to pop in a DVD and watch the highlights from our wedding. I’d love to hear our vows, see our first dance and watch our friends and family getting down on the dance floor, but I can’t.
You see, when we were planning our wedding, B.I. (Before the Internet), no one asked us if we wanted video, so we never really had a chance to decide. We were the first of our friends to get married and we didn’t have anyone to ask. All my fiancé had for planning help was a national wedding magazine to look at for dresses. There were no wedding TV shows or local magazines.
If someone came to us on our 29th anniversary and said they had a video of our wedding, what do you think it would be worth to us? Priceless, right? When I see the amazing wedding movies that today’s brides are getting, it makes me wish, even more, that we had one of our wedding. If only we could share with our two sons those special memories. One day, when we have grandchildren, I’d love to be able share those memories with them.
I’ve been in wedding media for over 20 years and one of a couple’s biggest regrets after their wedding is not having a video. Lucky for you, if you’re reading this, you still have the chance to capture your wedding memories for your children and grandchildren. If you already know you’re having professional video, great. If you’re on the fence, I hope my personal story will help you decide.
If you were thinking of not having professional video, do yourselves a favor and at least take a look at what’s being done by today’s video pros. Your future grandchildren will thank you.
Dallas Wedding Planning Editors note: This article is by Top Wedding Expert, Alan Berg. A former marketing director for The Knot, Alan now travels the world speaking to and educating wedding professionals.