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Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at This week for Wedding Wednesday we have guest blogger Sheila of SNF Makeup Artistry with some tips for looking your best on your wedding day!

A few steps to ensuring a GORGEOUS makeup look for your wedding day:

First – be sure to address any skin issues a few months prior to your wedding day. If you have exhausted all your drugstore resources, then it is crucial that you make an appointment with your dermatologist. They will likely take 15 minutes to evaluate your skin, write up a prescription and send you on your way. Sometimes, your dermatologist will request a cortisone shot, this is really the quickest most efficient way to get rid of those painful and embarrassing pimples. It will shrink in minutes!

Second – schedule your trial with your makeup artist. Be sure to look through pictures and send them to your makeup artist ahead of time. Your trial appointment should last anywhere from one to two hours and really is your time to be creative and open minded. Try all the looks you would like to see on yourself, start with the lightest, and work your way up to the more dramatic look. Take pictures of each look and let your makeup artist know which one is your wedding day look. Also, do not be shy or afraid to explain in detail to your makeup artist what you do and DO NOT like. We are professionals and we appreciate the feedback because we understand that each persons idea of natural or dramatic can be completely different then ours.

Third – a few days before your wedding. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated! Drink lots of water; your face will thank you and so will your makeup artist. Also, try to fit a message in your schedule or get in a yoga class, anything that will make you relax and keep calm. The days before your wedding should be the beginning of your celebration, enjoy it.

Lastly, – wedding day. Your makeup artist will have a thorough write up followed with photos of your desired makeup look; from the blush color to the type of lashes you picked. He/she should have it completely under control so you sit in your glam chair, drink your mimosa and enjoy your wedding day!


Sheila in action during our shoot last Saturday

Today I saw an article Fitness magazine posted on Facebook about foods that reduce bloating, and I thought it would be great to share since I know how focused brides are about looking their best when they walk down the aisle. Here is a link to the article:

After months of travel (and, consequently, terrible eating) Matt and I are about to do a mini cleanse for the rest of May. We follow the rules for the Daniel Fast, which we do at the beginning of every year. It’s a lot of work to prepare the recipes and almost impossible to stay on if you are on the road, so that’s why we’re doing it when our schedule allows. Here are the things we avoid during our cleanse:

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

You might be thinking – so what do you eat? The simple answer is tons of fresh veggies and fruits. Fresh juices, salads made with homemade (and preferably non-oil based) dressings, vegan dinners, and raw desserts. The first time we tried it, we thought we would never make it. Now that we’ve seen how good we feel (and we’ve found things we enjoy eating) it’s a lot easier to do. The longest we’ve been able to do this at one time is 3 months and the health benefits were amazing. Matt dropped 100 points off his cholesterol and 30 pounds! Maybe some day we’ll be able to commit to this full time, but it would be a huge lifestyle change. For now we can only commit to it for set periods of time.

But the biggest thing is exercising, and I know so many of our brides are pretty hardcore about working out leading up to the wedding! It’s not necessarily about shedding weight, but about toning up for those strapless dresses. We had a personal trainer leading up to our wedding, and she kicked our butts! I learned some great things from her, like the absolutely best exercise for toning arms (in those stubborn target areas). Exercising bores me to death, so I needed someone yelling at – er, motivating – me to keep going. It was worth it, because by the time the wedding came I went down by another dress size!


If you don’t mind exercising, we have a giveaway with some effective (and fairly simple) exercises that will help you look wedding perfect! It’s the book Buff Brides by Sue Fleming. A lot of these are exercises that our trainer had me doing, so I know they work. If you’re interested in winning the book (for yourself or for another bride to be that you know) just let us know your best fitness tip! It can be a favorite recipe, exercise, or an idea (like how to not get bored with your routine). Since this is a physical prize, you have to be in the U.S. to win.


When I received an email from one of our brides last December asking if she could download photos from her gallery, I knew our current proofing site wasn’t the right solution for the future. I had heard of a system called PASS, but it wasn’t until I attended Justin & Mary’s “What’s Next?” tour in LA that I realized PASS was right for our business!

What exactly is PASS? It’s a cloud-based gallery that allows you to view, share, and download your photos! The dynamic gallery is stunning, and the interface is so easy to use! Here’s a brief introduction:

PASS – A new way to share your photos from Showit on Vimeo.

Gone are the days of worrying about losing or scratching up a DVD. PASS has you covered! With PASS, we can also get photos to you with lightning speed, rather than burning discs, packing them up, and sending them through snail mail. As soon as your gallery is up, the photos are at your fingertips! Share away on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

The PASS gallery is online for one year, with an option to renew at the end. If you choose not to renew, your photos are stored in the cloud in case you ever need to retrieve them again! Can you say that about a DVD?

We’ve been using PASS for all of our 2013 weddings and so far the feedback has been great! Aside from a few user error issues (on my end), it has been a fast an efficient way for me to deliver photos to our couples! The layout of the galleries is just beautiful, and I love that you can save galleries right to your phone. Our couples can literally take their wedding photos with them wherever they go! I save them all to my phone too, so it’s my portfolio on the go!

The best part about PASS is that I can deliver photos faster. We recently had a nightmare of an experience where a package we sent to one of our couples was lost in the mail for almost 2 months. With PASS, I don’t have to worry about photos getting lost in the mail, which is really great for our international couples and couples who live out of state. Once the gallery is up, they have their photos! I know this makes them happy, and it makes me so happy, too!

If you want to see PASS for yourself, check out this cute gallery I put together of some cute animals that Matt and I have taken photos of:

PASS Gallery

I think PASS has identified a real need in the photography industry. DVDs are becoming obsolete, as evidenced by many photographers moving to USB drives and my vendors sending me emails about new presentation cases for USBs. But USBs pose the same problem – you can lose them! I’m relieved knowing that my couples’ photos are safe in the cloud.

For those photographers who don’t deliver digital files, PASS gives you the option to turn downloads off (on paid galleries only). Yes, photographers can try out PASS for free with galleries that are available for 30 days. But when you calulate the cost of DVDs and the presentation case plus shipping (oh, AND the cost of a proofing site on top of all that) the gallery costs about the same, or in my case even less! For all the benefits it offers, I consider it one of the best investments I’ve made in our photography business!

Another plus for photographers is that you can see the reach of the photos. Our couples have friends and family all over the world!

PASS map

Right now we are offering an opportunity for any of our past GTP clients to try out PASS with a free one year gallery! If you would like us to put your wedding or portrait photos on PASS, please shoot us an email at! : )

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Wedding Wednesday post! I have a ton of topics ready to chat about, so I thought I’d get back into it with a fun contest!

Matt and I LOVE wedding movies, and last night we watched our favorite one, 27 Dresses. It was on TV, but whenever we watch it we like to watch the “Bennie and the Jets” scene twice. And just saying, Matt usually holds the remote, so he’s the one who started that tradition. We just snuggle up on the couch and laugh so hard at that movie. Katherine Heigl and James Marsden are the perfect example of how opposites attract!

And speaking of Katherine Heigl, she’s in a new wedding movie coming out this week called The Big Wedding! It has a terrific cast, including Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, and the list goes on! It looks absolutely hilarious, and we want to send YOU to go see it!

So here’s the contest… all you have to do is comment below and tell us your favorite wedding movie and we’ll choose a random winner to receive $25 in Fandango bucks! And as a bonus, if you are the first one to list that movie, we’ll give you an extra chance to win, so uniqueness counts! You have until midnight tonight to enter. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page tomorrow!

Good luck! : )

UPDATE: The winner of the contest is Carolyn, who chose “Father of the Bride” as her favorite wedding movie of all time! Keep checking back on the blog and our Facebook page for more contests! : )


Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at

Matt and I just returned from an amazing trip to New Orleans for the annual ImagingUSA Expo! Imaging is the big convention held by Professional Photographers of America (PPA). We’ve been PPA members since the start of our business, but this is our first time attending Imaging. We’re definitely planning on going again next year! I’ve been to the big convention and trade show held by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and while they are similar in a lot of ways I got a lot more out of attending Imaging.

Part of the reason is that Matt was there with me, so we were able to sit down and review everything we learned and all the products we saw and start doing a lot of business planning on our trip. We were on the expo floor almost the entire time that it was open, meeting with vendors, asking questions about their business, and looking at their products. We are really excited about the changes we will be making to our packages very soon! We also found lots of pretty things for our studio (REALLY can’t wait for you to see that!!). We also attended seminars presented by some incredibly talented photographers, such as Jerry Ghionis, Robert Evans, and Kenny Kim!

We got some snippets of everything on our iPhones so you can see for yourself what Imaging is all about! : )

Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at

Before the holidays, I was having coffee with our bride Whitney and we were talking about Pinterest. I had been avoiding Pinterest because I knew how addictive it would be. I love inspiration boards, so joining a social network based on pinning things you are interested in was a dangerous place for me. But I caved in and asked Whitney for an invite, and over Christmas break I probably spent at least 30 hours on there. While I do have boards for my multi-million dollar dream home and exotic places where I want to travel, I have found some practical use for my boards. I’ve created an online recipe book (plus helpful tips for the kitchen) and DIY projects for the house that I’ve actually used already.

But the reason why this is a Wedding Wednesday post is that I’m also pinning lots of wedding pretties! Flowers, wedding attire (including fabulous shoes!!), cake designs, and misc. wedding inspiration. I’m so excited about having a place to store all the things that inspire me instead of trying to remember where I saw it! So there are basically two ways to add to your boards: 1) you can re-pin things from other boards on Pinterest or 2) you can download the “Pin It” button and pin just about anything on the web. Love love love it!!

If you’re on Pinterest, we’d love to follow you! You can find my page at I’d love to see what inspires you!


Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at

We recently went on the road to shoot Claire & Oliver’s wedding in California (which we will be sharing on the blog TOMORROW!!! Yay!), so we thought we would document some of the trip so we could share it on Wedding Wednesday. We had direct flights both ways, which we definitely prefer when traveling for weddings. I’m always willing to drive down to my hometown of Orlando if it means we can get a direct flight! We also flew for the first time ever on Virgin America, and we love it! Virgin and JetBlue are definitely our favorite airlines! Great customer service and comfortable flights!

While in California, we also visited with our album vendor to pick up an album for one of our other CA couples, Linelle & Jonathan. We also saw some of the new materials they were testing out and found out that they used one of our albums as a sample! Pretty cool!

On Sunday we met up with 3 of our couples (including the bride we picked up the album for). It’s always great seeing everyone when we come out there! Sadly, I didn’t think to get any pictures with them! We were going to do a photo shoot, but it was cold and rainy. At least it was beautiful for the wedding!

In the second video, Matt reviews our LowePro 200x Roller and our LowePro Flipside backpack. We absolutely love them both! The roller carries 4 camera bodies, 4 speedlights, our 2 large zoom lenses, about 5-6 prime lenses, and a bunch of accessories. We used the backpack to carry all of our chargers and batteries. In the event that we were on a small plane that couldn’t accomodate our roller bag, we could put our two main cameras bodies, two zoom lenses, and a couple primes into the backpack. We’ve actually traveled to a wedding on a plane that had about 10 seats, so the backpack is for the worst case scenario because it will absolutely fit on any plane. It’s not likely to happen on a cross country trip, but always better to be prepared! I’m all about logistics and constantly thinking of “what if…”

I also brought my ShootSac (given to me by my wonderful friend Rupa) which packs pretty flat and Matt used the backpack as his camera bag on the wedding day in lieu of his regular bag (which is a bit bulky). We also bring the roller bag with us to the wedding to carry extra lenses, batteries, chargers, etc. We pack our tripod and lightstands into our checked bag along with our clothes. Well, Matt’s clothes. I’m proud to say that all of my clothes (except for my suit) fit into a small carry on bag! We also bring a bag to carry the lightstands in and pack it in the checked bag (it takes up very little space). If you have any questions about our roller bag or backpack, please feel free to email us at

Apologies for the shaky camera work. I used my iPhone to capture everything, but I hope you enjoy it! : )

LowePro 200x Roller from Gwen Tundermann on Vimeo.

Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at

I must have cake on the brain lately! On our last Wedding Wednesday, I shared some ideas for cake toppers. Yesterday, I shared an article from Get Married about how to schedule a cake tasting on our Facebook page.

This week, I thought I’d share some more photos from the cake designed by Metro Custom Cakes for Tey & Mike’s wedding at Palm Valley Gardens. If you saw their wedding, you know that it was full of gorgeous details. Aside from the Vera Wang gown and the Jimmy Choos, there was another WOW detail that I think deserves a little more attention, and that is this stunning cake! When I saw it, I was in awe! The detail on this cake is truly impressive, and I think it deserves it’s own chance to shine on our blog! When I talked to the cake designer, Trisha, she said that it took 4 hours to do the lace design on this cake! Talk about attention to detail! This is a company that creates not just delicious tasting cakes, but works of art!




It really was a stunning cake and almost too beautiful to eat! But I can vouch that it tasted just as beautiful as it looked! When the cake comes from Metro Custom Cakes, we always make sure to have a slice. After all, how else could we give such an enthusiastic recommendation?! : )

Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at

The wedding cake is a focal point of the wedding reception. It’s a work of art and it’s a conversation starter. You can really make a statement with what you put on top of the cake! We know that couples put a lot of thought into what to adorn their cake with, so we thought we’d share some cake topper ideas!

Let’s start with the iconic cake topper – a bride and groom! These days, the bride and groom have a modern or humorous twist, but every once in a while we see the classic cake topper. If you truly want to be traditional, use a family heirloom such as your parents’ cake topper like some of these brides did!

There are a lot of novelty cake toppers that take the traditional look and truly make a statement. If you want to set the mood for a fun evening, get your guests giggling with some of these hilarious toppers!

Groom running away cake topper

Groom holding a fishing pole with a ring on the end of it

From the front it looks like a traditional cake topper, but in the back the bride is pinching the groom's butt!

If you want something unique, try a handmade cake topper from Etsy. Alexis & Matt had this adorable custom cake topper made to match their wedding attire and also included their cat!

Your cake topper can also tie into your wedding theme. Check out how these couples showed off their personal style:

Dave is a hockey coach, so Shannon found a cake topper that had the groom holding skates and a hockey stick

Jackie & Zac used a Nightmare Before Christmas figure as their cake topper

Missy & Brian put starfish on the cake for their beach wedding

What becomes of your cake topper AFTER the cake is gone? These couples opted for porcelain cake toppers that could be put on display in their home. This is what Matt & I decided on! Since we did a dove release, we went with a pair of doves (just like Carmen & Kyle’s cake below)!

If you don’t want to save your cake topper, why not eat it? These toppers are not only adorable – they’re edible, too! : )

A simple, yet elegant way to top your cake is with a monogram. You can choose to just have the initial of your new married name or include both the bride and groom’s first initials.

If none of these cake toppers appeal to you, why not decorate your cake with flowers? It ties in to the centerpieces and bouquets, you don’t have to keep it after the wedding, and it may just be the prettiest way to top a cake!

What’s the best cake topper you’ve ever seen? What did you decided to top your cake with, and why?

Wedding Wednesday is a weekly feature discussing all things wedding-related! To suggest a topic or question, contact Gwen at

After an insane travel schedule in August (where I was gone more days than I was home) I had quite a bit of catching up to do and I’ve been slacking on the Wedding Wednesday posts. And after working with 3 amazing interns at Solutions Bridal, our guest blogger series titled “Dress Talk” has come to an end. But since so many of you have said you miss the Wedding Wednesday posts, we have come up with some new topics (and some fun ideas) to share with you each week!

This week, though, I’m going to get down to business and let you know about our process after the wedding. I started writing out the steps in our post production process for my own benefit, and it’s pretty eye-opening. You see, I’m simultaneously working on several projects and each step in the process is done in pieces, so I never looked at how much time was going into the entire process – just the individual pieces. And on top of all of these tasks I’m managing the business, shooting, going to meetings, networking, planning – sounds like it’s time to start a new list!

Everyone has their own post processing workflow. Here is how we do it:

Part 1: Immediately After The Wedding (2-3 hours)
Upload cards to hard drive in individual file folders (Disc 1, Disc 2, Disc 3, etc.)
Rename files in Bridge (ex: Disc 1_001)
Upload folders to Lightroom
Back up images on external hard drive
Save original discs until everything has been edited and backed up on disc, external hard drive, and Pictage
Choose one image for blog sneak peek – flag and rate 5 stars in Lightroom
Edit in Lightroom and Photoshop and resize/watermark for blog
Create blog post and publish
Email bride and groom to let them know about sneak peek
Link sneak peek on Facebook
Add sneak peek image to “Weddings” folder on Facebook
Go to bed… zzzzzzz…

Part 2: Cull Images (about 2 hours)
Go through all images and flag the ones to be edited

Part 3: Blog Post (up to 10 hours)
Select images for the blog and rate 5 stars
After all blog images have been selected, color correct in Lightroom
Export 5 star images
Edit blog images in Photoshop, resize, watermark and rename in Blog folder
Create file folder for blog images on website and upload via FTP
Write blog post and link images
Publish blog post and send emails
Link on Facebook and upload blog images to Facebook album
(Add up to 3 more hours if slideshow is included in blog post)

Part 4: Lightroom (between 13-18 hours)
Go through all flagged images and apply color/lighting corrections and any necessary straightening or cropping (about 5-10 hours)
Export images to “edits” folder (up to 8 hours)

Part 5: Photoshop (about 5 hours)
Open each image and adjust as necessary to make images ready for print
May do some cloning to remove distracting items (ex: people in the background at the beach)

Part 6: Bridge (about 1 hour)
Move all images to event folder with categories for each part of the wedding day
Open each folder in Bridge and sort images by capture time
Rename images in each folder

Part 7: Back Up Edited Files (about 2 hours)
Back up event folder to external hard drive (keep on computer until project completed)
Create a disc backup of all edited images

Part 8: Pictage (about 20 hours)
Upload all images to Pictage (up to 20 hours)
Submit event and wait for Pictage to release event site (within 24 hours)
Choose main image and double check all settings
Release album to bride and groom and send them an email to explain how to use the Pictage gallery

Part 9: Slideshow (up to 3 hours)
Choose slideshow images and create slideshow
Send link to slideshow to bridge and groom
Upload slideshow to Facebook
(This step is sometimes done with the blog post)

Part 10: Album Design (up to 8 hours)
Pre-design album layout using InDesign
Export full size files and create a low resolution copy for proofing
Upload to proofing site
Send first draft to bride and groom for revisions
Make necessary changes and send to bride and groom for a second review
Make final changes and send to bride and groom for final review before sending to print
Submit files to album vendor to be printed

Part 11: Back Up Album Files
Back up final album pages to external hard drive

Part 12: Create Discs (about 2 hours)
Create disc of images for couple
Create DVD slideshow for couple

Part 13: Delivery of Final Product
Once the album has been received and reviewed for any errors, pack products for mailing or pick up

This is just a brief portion of what I do as a wedding photographer. Over the weekend, a friend of mine said photography was a dream job. And while it truly is an AMAZING job, it is not quite as glamorous as people might believe. Someone posted a link to this article on Facebook after I published this Wedding Wednesday post, so I thought I’d come back in and share it:

I can honestly say that I have worked harder at this job than ANY job I have ever had in my life! But in our 4th year of business, I can tell you I love it even more now than when I first started.

So now you can understand why I love Starbucks so much (and why I add that 4th shot of espresso to my caramel macchiato)! I could outsource a large part of this process, but how an image is handled in post is part of the art of creating a digital image. We have a particular style that we want to achieve, and when we outsourced our work to one of the major editing companies before we were extremely disappointed with the result. And I have to admit, I love going through the images again and again, remembering each moment and watching the story come to life in the blog highlights and the slideshow.

And because every blog post is better with a photo, here’s one of Erin & Rob, who are getting married this weekend in Charlotte!!!