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Thanks to our AMAZING brides and grooms, we have once again been qualified as “WeddingWire Rated” for 2011! Not only are we rated, we’ve achieved Gold Status for having 25 reviews!

This achievement means so much to us because it comes from the support of our couples! I’m not sure if you all know just how much you mean to us, but you are so much more than just “clients” to us! : )

To see all the sweet words our couples have written, you can click on the badge below!

I’m so excited to announce that as of TODAY we now have a Facebook page for Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography! Please “Like” us to find out about our latest news! We’ll be using our Facebook page to announce any sales and promotions and also for fun contests! So if you don’t “Like” our page, you’ll be missing out on all the fun!! : )



Jumping The Broom

May 16, 2011

Jumping The Broom

I’m always a sucker for wedding movies, so I’m thrilled that there are 3 wedding movies out right now! Last week, I went out to a matinee to see “Jumping The Broom” with my friend Katrina from Made of Honor Weddings. There were some weaknesses in the movie (such as rushing the beginning of the story, forcing the characters to be over the top ridiculous and far too many sub-conflicts) but overall I really enjoyed it. It’s not going to be an Oscar-worthy movie and there are no performances of a lifetime here, but if you’re looking for entertainment I think this movie has it. It made me laugh and cry and yell at the screen, and that was well worth the $5 I spent on a matinee movie ticket!

The biggest thing to take away from this movie is that when you marry someone, you marry their family, and things aren’t always going to be perfect. It’s a challenge when your family pulls you in one direction and your spouse pulls you in another. You shouldn’t have to choose, but this movie exaggerates the point by making the mother of the groom unwilling to compromise. In fact, before ever meeting the bride she is biased against her, and you just know it’s going to be bad. Just how bad it gets may surprise you, though. I was ready to jump out of my seat and hit her myself!

I’m definitely going to buy this one on DVD when it’s released. I still need to see “Something Borrowed” and “Bridesmaids.” Anyone up for a matinee?

A couple weeks ago we went to Charlotte to hang out with our sweet friend (and former bride) Nancy of I Do Wedding Consulting! Nancy decided to create an amazing tablescape for us to shoot, and then she had the brilliant idea of using the table for dinner! It was by far the fanciest dinner I have been to, and it was so lovely and intimate with all the candles and elegant decor. It really was an amazing time!

The setting was perfect for an outdoor spring event! The flowers were so romantic and fragrant, and Nancy made adorable cocktail stirrers out of paper flowers. They almost looked real! The linen Nancy chose was so colorful, and the brown chiavari chairs were an elegant touch. The long table made for great conversation as we passed plates and poured wine. The mirrored mosaic vases and cracked wine glasses added a modern touch to it all. While I loved looking at it, it was even better to sit at the table and enjoy the evening. Table decor just sets the mood for any event!

We’re really looking forward to shooting a wedding with one of Nancy’s couples next fall! She’s amazing at what she does!

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Our lovely friend Heidi from MagnetStreet Weddings has sent us a very fun and informative graphic about various wedding communities and what they have to offer you, the Bride!! There’s a little something for everyone and if you can’t get enough of weddings, this list will definitely keep you busy!

Heidi is also the voice behind one of our favorite wedding blogs, Truly Engaging. It’s packed with wedding inspiration, especially if you are contemplating how your wedding stationery will reflect your wedding style! MagnetStreet Weddings is a great resource for creating your own Save The Dates, wedding invitations, reception cards, and more! If you can’t already tell, we are HUGE fans! Thank you Heidi and MagnetStreet for letting us share this information!

So what is your favorite wedding community?


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Top Wedding Communities [Infographic]
Source: MagnetStreet Weddings

Last weekend we had the opportunity to do an inspiration shoot with Katrina McCullum from Made of Honor Weddings. I think it should officially be called the “It’s so PRETTY!!” shoot! We’ve been talking about this since last fall and it finally came together thanks to Katrina’s hard work putting together a team of great wedding vendors! Katrina coordinated three different looks for the shoot. For the sassy bride, she put together a sexy green and black design that featured bling, lace, and feathers (all things flirty and fun!). The second design was full of romantic pinks (perfect for the romantic bride dreaming of a fairytale wedding). The outdoor setting gave it a sort of English garden/tea party feel, and we had a lot of fun with it! The last design was Katrina’s baby – an elegant wine red and slate grey set with stunning linens. It’s ideal for the sophisticated bride.

It took a lot of amazing people to make this shoot a success, and we’d like to thank everyone involved for their hard work:

Floral Design by Angie Gay Davis of S & A Weddings and Events
Napkin Rings from Remarkable Rhinestone (as seen on My Fair Wedding with David Tutera)
Linens by Melissa Hyderali of Royalty Events
Chairs from Cassandra Cherneski of Flaire Weddings and Events
Cake Design by Trisha Millican of Metro Custom Cakes
Makeup by Lindsey Wirht
Hair by Kasey Blake
Our beautiful model – Leah Ashley M.

And last, but certainly not least, the venue for our shoot – Hidden Hills! Their staff was so accommodating and gave us all afternoon/evening for the shoot, moved furniture where we needed it, brought plates and glassware, and provided beverages for us. They were fantastic, and it’s a beautiful venue for an event! I will definitely recommend them the next time a bride asks about venues!

Now for the bling-tacular photos! Kudos to Katrina on her first inspiration shoot! You did an amazing job coordinating everything, and it was so fun to work with you and all the vendors who were part of this project! Thank you for letting us be part of it! : )

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Jacksonville, FL – January 25, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography has been selected to receive the prestigious annual WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Wedding Photographers!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

“WeddingWire is honored to celebrate the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire community,” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program, WeddingWire has the unique opportunity to recognize the best wedding professionals across the US and Canada. We applaud Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography for their professionalism and dedication to enhancing the wedding planning experience last year.”

We are happy to announce that Gwendolyn Tundermann Photography is among the very best Wedding Photographers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at www.weddingwire.com/biz/gwendolyn-tundermann-photography-llc-jacksonville/b1eeb440ef0bd155.html.

For more information on the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

Bride's Choice Awards 2011 | Jacksonville Wedding Photographers

I love reading through all the articles on my blog reader and then seeing familiar images in them! Yesterday, I was excited to see that Truly Engaging wedding blog featured Stephanie & Dave’s St. Augustine wedding photos! Heidi is the voice behind Truly Engaging, the inspiring wedding blog of MagnetStreet Weddings (love their stationery designs, and our couples do too!). She is also one of the panel members for our big wedding photography giveaway (which you only have 2 weeks left to enter – hint hint!). ; )

Of course, most of the comments were about Stephanie uber-sexy Badgley Mischka shoes! And OF COURSE it happens to be a shot that I can’t take credit for, because my dear partner in crime Matt totally out-shot me on this one! See, we’re competitive like that, and this is just another reminder that Matt is really the master of getting killer shoes shots!

Badgley Mischka wedding shoes

But it just begins with the shoes! The couple and the rest of the wedding day (the ceremony at the historic Llambias House, the reception overlooking the water) were just as gorgeous! Thanks so much to Heidi for featuring their wedding! We just loved everything about Stephanie & Dave’s St. Augustine wedding!

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Shooting with Justin & Mary

December 13, 2010

I’m still recovering from all the fun I had this weekend with the awesome Justin & Mary Marantz! They flew down from Connecticut to shoot a wedding in Miami and invited me to come along and help out. Secretly, I think they helped me more than I helped them! I learned so much just watching them in action. But then, over the years I’ve learned so much from them, whether through their blog, their workshops and presentations (like their Spread The Love tour), and from a private mentor session I had with them last year. Seriously, photographers, other wedding vendors, and even brides and grooms should follow their blog! It will inspire you!

One big thing I learned this weekend was that you can create amazing images even if the situation is not ideal. You’ll never know by looking at their images that the bridal suite was filled with ladies getting ready and gift bags filling the floor. I admitted to them that I just always thought their getting ready images look like they had a huge room with a lot of open space and very few people in the room. And while they often get a lot of time for formal photos, the wedding this weekend was on a bit of a time crunch and they still shot incredible couple shots and family photos. They just blow me away. Give them a challenge, and they will find a way to make it work. And while they are both incredibly talented, I’m more impressed by how they work as a team. They are just all kinds of awesome!

They just posted a sneak peek of Lauren & Matias’ Miami wedding photos on their blog today! What a sweet and adorable couple! The wedding was beautiful, so you don’t want to miss all the details!

Justin & Mary, thank you so much for this opportunity! My head is spinning with ideas and thoughts about the upcoming year, and I really appreciate you challenging me to start thinking about what we want to happen in 2011. Matt gets back from his trip tonight and we have so much to talk about! We both are so thankful for all the knowledge that you share and for your encouragement! We can never give back all that you have given us! : )

Dress Talk is a bi-weekly post featuring wedding dress shopping and gown advice by guest blogger Sam Owen of Solutions Bridal Designer House. Make sure to check back for more bridal fashion information and also add The Bridal Closet, official blog of Solutions Bridal Designer House, to your blog reader!

This past week New York City hosted its semiannual Bridal Market. Also referred to as New York Bridal Fashion Week, the event was filled with runways, designers, dresses and celebrities that give us bridal gurus googly eyes. Among the googly eyed was Solutions Bridal’s very own sales manager and buyer, Tali Gallo! In an interview exclusively for this blog, she gave me the inside scoop!

Q: What exactly is Bridal Market?
A: “Very similar to New York Fashion Week, Bridal Market is a time for designers to showcase their inspiration and designs to all buyers from Neiman Marcus to independent boutiques. Press such as Southern Weddings, Style Me Pretty and the Knot also attend to cover the up and coming trends of the season.”

Q: What is the advantage for you to go directly to the fashion shows of Bridal Market?
A: “A designers sketch is a piece of art, and they do not always take into account the production of the dress while drawing. Practical decisions and changes need to be made. It’s like I would never advise a bride to buy a wedding dress based on what they saw in a picture. By attending I can also speak with designers about customizations and changes that can be made to their dresses.”

Q: Who were you most impressed with this year?
A: “Anne Barge, but I think I change my mind everyday depending on my mood. She (Anne Barge) has always had a classic-lace-meets-editorial look, but this year she really went back to her roots of beauty and southern elegance. Jessica (who accompanied Ms. Gallo) even had goose bumps!”

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Q: What details or styles should the trendy bride be looking for as the next big thing?
A: “Every season in bridal fashion is a carry-on of the previous season, but with bolder looks. Loud, large floral designs were everywhere; lots of shear details, black sashes, black beading and other black details were very popular. It’s a very glam look.”

Bridal Market Fall 2010

Bridal Market Fall 2010

Q: What kind of celebrities attend Bridal Market, and were you lucky enough to spot any?
A: “Every year it’s a bit different, but I know Martha Stewart attends, Preston Bailey and all the huge industry celebrities. Saturday night I sat right next to Randy from Say Yes to the Dress. “

Bridal Market Fall 2010

Bridal Market is how the fashion world lets everyone know what’s hot, what’s not, what’s new, and what you need to do to be stylish on your wedding day. The next market isn’t until the spring, so if you didn’t get your fill from the interview with Ms. Gallo, don’t worry…there’s a whole lot more where that came from!