The Photography Report, just in time for Summer Weddings!

The Photography Report

These are the share-worthy photography and video trends you’ll want to focus on.

Epic Action Shots

Couples are requesting shots like doors slowly opening for a bride to walk down the aisle, a mom or dad wiping their tears or an aerial shot of the dance floor, say Joann and Mark Anthony of Nineteen Studios. “These are the images that really tell a story,” they say.

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Ready to Share

Chances are you already have your wedding hashtag, now consider setting up a selfie station at your reception. And make sure your guests know when to click (ceremony, no; anywhere else, absolutely) and how to post.

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Old and New

“We’re finding a rise in clients asking for a mix of film and digital,” say Los Angeles-based photographers Miki and Sonja Rakicevic. “Each offers their own look.”

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Just the Highlights

“Sharing has become such a hot commodity, so more couples are valuing the short highlight films that are easily shared online,” says Shannon Acevedo of Hoo Films. These are snippets that videographers turn around soon after the celebration, while everything’s still fresh in guests’ minds. The fully edited film comes later.

Find out more about planning your dream wedding at our Houston Hotel.  Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE is a boutique hotel located in the heart of CITYCENTRE. Email Maria Gonzalez or call 713.827.3508 to find out more.

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The Wedding Songs and Sounds for 2016, Hotel Sorella’s Music Report

The more the merrier

The days of picking between a DJ or a band are over. “Couples are viewing each aspect of their wedding celebration as an opportunity to bring in different entertainment options,” says Antonia Christianson, founder of Antonia Christianson Events in Virginia Beach. For example: a cabaret singer to serenade guests during the cocktail hour, a retro orchestra to add to the ambiance at dinner and a rocking dance band or DJ to keep people moving well into the night.

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Mix things up

“Just a few years ago the trend was to do contemporary music only — Beyoncé, Rihanna, Katy Perry,” says Alex Donner, leader of New York City’s Alex Donner Orchestra and Alex Donner Entertainment. “But now I’m seeing more requests for a blend of retro to contemporary. Lately I’ve seen more interest in Elvis numbers — it’s fun and people haven’t heard it in a while.”

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Focus on your roots

Greek bands, bluegrass, Motown…whatever music matches your culture and heritage should become a part of your special day.

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It’s All about that Cake! This season’s wedding cake trends.

The Cake

They look too pretty to eat, but that won’t stop us from slicing into these awe-inspiring cakes.

Back to Buttercream

After taking a backseat to fondant-covered cakes, buttercream textures are in demand again, says Erica O’Brien of Erica O’Brien Cake Design in Hamden, Connecticut. “Brides are liking the more organic finish that you get from traditional buttercream,” she says. What keeps these cakes from being stuck in the ’80s are contemporary colors for the blooms and different textures.

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 Ooh, La La!

Speaking of frosting, sometimes you just don’t need it. “Naked” cakes, which are unfrosted (or partially frosted) and simply adorned with berries or fresh flowers, are trending from coast to coast — and at both relaxed receptions and more formal affairs, says Nataly from the Great Dane Baking Company in Long Beach, California.

wedding cake trends

Brush Strokes

Hand painting is another versatile trend, lending itself to a bohemian vibe or something more luxe and elegant. This is a great way to pick up the motif of your dress or your invitations (especially if they’re also hand painted). Or try it just for the wow factor.

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Decadent Flavors

No doubt couples have a more sophisticated palate these days. A vanilla cake just won’t do anymore, says O’Brien. One of her most requested flavors for 2016 is salted caramel. Others on the rise: white chocolate mousse, lemon, champagne, lavender-vanilla, apple spice, green tea and chai latte.

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Hotel Sorella’s Creative take on the Wedding Cocktail Hour

His and hers cocktails! What better way to give your guests a glimpse of who you are than by serving them your favorite libations? Laesserkeck points out that this trend is not only easier on the budget (no more guesstimating for an open bar) but it’s an instant conversation starter. At Hotel Sorella you can be assured that your wedding plans will stand out from the crowd and be on, or ahead, of the current wedding trends.

So, lets toast the creative cocktail hour!

Pink

Rosé wine is fast becoming a mainstay at weddings, says Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs in NYC. Couples are including it in the wine selection at dinner, serving rosé champagne for toasts or offering a variety of rosés from different regions as a sampling during the cocktail hour.

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Gardens Galore

Beer gardens that offer a selection of craft beers are a growing trend, but why stop there? “You could do a tequila or champagne garden, a martini bar with fresh juices, even a water bar with a variety of favors in fat and sparkling,” says Correale.

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Grown-up popsicles

For summer weddings or as a mid-dance refresher, try turning your signature cocktail into a frozen treat. Laesser-Keck says the best-looking cocktail popsicles are made with a fresh fruit juice and an edible flower.

Find out more about hosting your dream wedding at Hotel Sorella Citycentre. Our boutique hotel located in Houston’s CITYCENTRE offers all the luxury and sophistication that brides dream of.

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The Invitation!

The Invitations

Stationery suites set the stage for your big day – so stay on trend! Hosting your dream wedding at Hotel Sorella will steal the show!

Thank you Bridal Guide for keeping us all on trend!

Putting on the glitz

“Shimmer, sparkle, glitter — across the board everyone loves high shine,” says Amber Harrison, style expert for Wedding Paper Divas. Warm tones like rose gold and copper are the most requested metallic shades for 2016. And the trend is showing up on stamped and foil-pressed lettering and in shimmery papers.

wedding invitation styles, fonts and monongrams

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A fondness for fonts

There’s such a strong cultural interest in words and graphics that it couldn’t help but spill over into the world of wedding invitations. “Using multiple fonts on an all-type invitation adds fresh personality,” says Tifany Wunschl of Gourmet Invitations.

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Custom monograms

Monograms will always be in high demand, says Minted’s CEO Mariam Naficy. What’s new for 2016 is that couples are now working with designers to create a truly unique stamp that will appear on everything from the save-the-dates to photo and website backdrops to recipe cards for the signature cocktail.

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Hands-on approach

Illustration, painting, lettering — anything done by hand is in demand, says Laesser- Keck. “In the digital age, people love to see that special hand touch,” says Taryn Sutherland, founder of Twinkle and Toast custom paper goods.

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Location, location

Cityscapes and other location-inspired imagery is on the rise, says Harrison. Many places have a specific look and feel, she says, so couples increasingly want that to translate to their stationery suite. Choosing a dramatic wedding ceremony and location like Hotel Sorella Citycentre is a premiere location for destination weddings in Houston, TX.

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the importance of wedding location

Photo Credits: Caroline + Ben Photography

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Wedding Floral and Centerpiece Trends 2016

The Flowers & Linen

The right mix of style and simplicity will be the cornerstone of fabulous wedding floral arrangements in 2016.

Thank you Bridal Guide for keeping us all on trend!

Arrangements that feature both whatever is in season and whatever is local are gaining traction. Sometimes couples request a “wild” look, say Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet in Los Angeles. “What they’re after are freshly picked blooms.” These free-form bouquets and centerpieces often include a mix of big and small blossoms in more than one color, and might use spiky flowers or fruiting vines to serve as exclamation points.

wedding floral trends 2016 at hotel sorella

Tone-on-tone explosion

A concentrated cluster of one color lends a graphic impact to centerpieces. Ask your florist to choose three to five different flowers in the same shade — the slight color variations create an ombré effect. For an uber-romantic feel, stick to the opposite ends of the color spectrum — either pale or deeply saturated. To set the table for fun, pick a hyper-vivid neon or a playful sorbet shade.

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Flowers not always necessary

Potted trees, succulents, ferns, lavender sprigs and decorative leaves (such as magnolia, begonia) are no longer reserved for anchoring flower arrangements — these days they can become the focal point of the décor. Flowering plants and blooming branches (think flowering quince, crab apple or cherry blossom) also work well as creative centerpieces. And a budget-friendly elegant idea is to adorn bare branches with crepe-paper flowers or sparkly jewels.

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Try this trend

Mix up your centerpieces. “All tables need not look the same,” say Amber Karson and Emily Butler of Karson Butler Events in Washington, D.C. and California.

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Romance awaits you at our CITYCENTRE hotel

Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE has created a variety of Italian inspired romance packages that allow you to celebrate love all month long! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, our romance packages include luxury accommodations at our boutique hotel, champagne, dinner at Radio Milano and more!  For shopping, dining and nightlife, make Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE part of your lifestyle and part of your perfect Valentine’s Day!

Find out more about our romance packages! 

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Wedding Planning & Picking your VIV’s – Very Important Vendors!

Now that you’ve decided on where, when, how many guests and who will be capturing the most special day of your life with photos, it is on to the next very important vendor.

With this there is some flexibility, dependent on how far in advance that you begin planning and what is included within your venue. For example, if you are going with a “bare bones” rustic barn or old warehouse in the city, they probably will not include catering, tables or chairs. This should be the next step as catering and the setup staff will be a HUGE portion of the budget. And let’s not forget that people in the South love great food! On the other hand, if you are opting for a museum or an upscale hotel venue such as Hotel Sorella, the catering, staffing, setup, tables and chairs will most likely be included. The next important vendor in line here would be the DJ or Band. Of course, people in the South love entertainment too.

Advice from Elle: “Ask prospective caterers for a tasting, even if there is a small fee. Also, ask your DJ if they have any videos or recordings from previous wedding that they have played at!”

food stations for weddings

Hotel Sorella offers creative catering menus featuring delicious Southern food stations. Contact Elle Hutchinson for rates and availability at 713.827.3508 or by email  at ehutchinson@valenciagroup.com.

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Picking your VIV’s – Very Important Vendors!

Once you have determined your “when, where and how much” the fun really begins! While I would personally like to dive right into gorgeous blush hydrangea bouquets and tasting of lemon curd cakes with buttercream icing, first things first. For me, this was the Photographer. Remember, after the Wedding day is over you will have your wonderful memories and pictures of the day. This is one vendor that I recommend selecting as soon as possible, as some companies can book as far as two years in advance.

Advice from Elle – “Photography can be one of the priciest parts of the Big Day! While it’s easy to think that you will be able cut cost on another vendor later down the road, this may not happen. Don’t book an overly expensive photographer that doesn’t fit within your budget. There are GREAT photographers at many price points.”

Don’t forget to contact me for your dream wedding Hotel Sorella! Our chandeliers make for great pictures! Call 713.827.3508 or email me today at ehutchinson@valenciagroup.com.

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The first steps to your last single days…

After the initial excitement of becoming newly engaged subsided, I needed to make a few important decisions, and rather quickly. First, when are we hoping to get married? As many venues book 10-18 months in advance. Second, how many guests are we planning to invite? As this will affect the size of your venue. Third, what’s our wedding budget (dun dun dun)… This can be an uncomfortable conversation, but it is absolutely necessary.

So I’m not going to sugar coat it. Those first three steps were very stressful on me, and I’m a professional. If you become stressed, it’s natural. Reach out to a wedding planner or the coordinator at the venue you are interested in. Just know, after you and your fiancé (perhaps with your families as well) come to an agreement on the above you will get to enjoy the FUN and begin planning the BEST day ever!  

Advice from Elle: “Be sure to discuss the above questions with all parties involved in the Wedding planning. It would be so unfortunate to reserve a venue, on your favorite date that will not accommodate all of the guests you and your families hope to invite.”

Don’t forget to check availability for your dream wedding Hotel Sorella! We would love to assist with planning your special day!  Call me today at 713.827.3508. 

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