Saturday, August 30, 2008

Our Dream Wedding, Part 2

This installment of our dream wedding is about drinks. Of course, Nathaniel's dream wedding when it comes to drinks would almost certainly mean the wedding was at Biltmore Winery in North Carolina. We have done weddings at wineries in this area, but on the east coast, this is very definitely his favorite.

That aside -- even though we never drink at weddings (except for iced tea or juice, of course), we always see the champagne toast and cocktails all around us. We've seen many champagne fountains and a whiskey sour fountain. Even iced tea and lemonade displays have been really fun this summer. Check out this huge cannister full of fruit tea ~ it was a wedding we photographed at Stronghold Mansion. The tea was ssooo good and the presentation was perfect for the personality of the wedding.

We recently did a wedding at Ten Oaks Ballroom with a gorgeous martini bar. The drinks were colorful and glam, and they displayed them on mirrors, which looked incredible!

Still.. I have this old school wedding fantasy of a champagne tower and have yet to see one built, poured or served in real life. You know... the stack champagne glasses shaped like a pyramid where the head waiter stands up on a stool above the tower and pours champagne into the top glass and it trickles down until all the glasses are full.

What a dramatic and lavish display that would be! I wish I had a photo of one to share so you could all see what I mean exactly, especially those who have never seen them on TV. Alas I have never seen one in person. I did find a cool link that describes how to stack and pour them, though, so check it out!

Maybe, just maybe, I will get a huge thrill in the next months, year and photograph my first champagne tower at a wedding. After all, that's why it's part of my dream wedding.

Another dream wedding drink is mead. Have you ever tried it?It's honey wine and is available in sweet, dry and sparkling varieties. It's ssooo tasty and has a backstory with weddings. In many parts of Europe it was traditional through history to supply a newly married couple with enough mead for a month, ensuring happiness and fertility. Some people believe it is from this practice we get the word honeymoon (you know, mead for the full cycle of one moon after the wedding).

Mead is available brewed locally from Berrywine Plantation in Mt. Airy, MD. Berrywine's mead is slightly sweet. We also are crazy about the mead from a Finger Lakes winery called Montezuma. They brew eight varieties of honey wine, including plum, cherry, raspberry, blackberry flavors and traditional mead in sweet, semi-sweet, dry and sparkling.

And with that, I wish you all a sweet weekend, full of popping champagne bottles, fabulous wine tasting and gorgeous swanky cocktails.

Bottoms up!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Maeion's Open House

About a year ago we were introduced by a client to a wonderful make-up artist named Maeion Bryant. We've done several headshots with her in the months to follow and today she celebrated an impressive business milestone: her new commercial space in Ellicott City!

We attended her grand opening in Dorsey Search. She is sharing a gorgeous first floor suite with J&K Hair Techniques. It's located at 4785 Dorsey Hall Rd. in Ellicott City. At her open house she previewed fall make-up colors and for the evening's entertainment, her son Louis (he goes by the artistic name Th3rd) read poems from his newly published first volume of work!

Louis's work was wonderful ~ and being a poet myself, I hold other writers to a high standard. His work was winding and sensual -- and very popular with the ladies! Perhaps at some point, he will grant me permission to share one of his poems here with you.

Besides getting to mingle with Maeion's 30+ guests, eating delicious sushi, and listen to Louis's fabulous poems, one of the other highlights for Nathaniel & I was seeing the pride and love Maeion had for her son. It was heart-warming and everything you want to believe that all children have from their moms. Louis had even written a poem to her, full of gratitude and genuine admiration.
Maeion gets a hug from Louis. In the background, Shawn Anthony.

Thanks Maeion for inviting us to be part of your grand opening party! We had a terrific time and are so happy for you.

Wishing you great success and many happy clients in your lovely new place!

More Bridal Show Fun for balance!

Ladies... we just signed on for another one.

Visit us at the Dream Event Planning Bridal Showcase on Sunday October 26th from 3pm to 6pm. The Show will be at The Gathering Place, 6120 Day Long Lane in Clarksville MD 21029.

This show will feature door prize drawings, bridal fashion shows and of course... my favorite part of wedding shows... cake samples! Yummy! They are also going to have live entertainment, I am told.

The tickets are reasonably priced at $5 in advance or $8 at the door for all attendees.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Farewell to friends

Rissa nailed it, we spend a lot of time with our clients. Not necessarily in person, but looking at them through their pictures. We are the only vendors that still work with our couples after the wedding is over. Everyone else you deal with before and on the day-of, *poof* gone at the stroke of midnight!

Our clients come back to us again and again because they value our work and they value the importance of good photographs throughout their lives.

In those interactions we often form a friendship. So many of our couples have become our good friends.
McKenzie & Gedalya, Baltimore 2008

Sadly , two of our clients turned friends are both moving this month, and ironically, both to Chicago. We want to say farewell to Jessica & Stephen and McKenzie & Gedalya, and wish you all the best in your new lives in Illinois. Your friendship will truly be missed, but never gone because of only 700 miles.

Jessica & Stephen, Miami 2007

I have many fond memories from Chicago myself. My grandfather was the head photo editor for the Chicago Tribune in the 80's and I used to visit him every summer. They lived in the twin towers downtown and until then I had never been somewhere so cold!

Jack & Helen, photo courtesy Scott Robinson ca.1985

Seeing as how another of our couples this year already lives in Chicago, (Derrick & Heather October 4, Costa Rica), we are well on our way to establishing a following there and will more than likely make many trips for deep dish and weddings in the future.



Sometimes I think folks imagine that all wedding vendors do is work... that photographers are constantly laboring over retouching and album designs; that florists are constantly trimming thorns from roses and carefully selecting gorgeous ribbons; that bakers are always rolling out fondant and mixing up buttercream.

Well, there's some truth in that. Most of us do work a lot.

But we all know each other and often, we like working together. There are a lot of bonds forged between vendors at weddings and parties and other events. We get to see each other in all sorts of scenarios and inevitably, we become friends.

Today we met up with several of our wedding vendor friends at Sweet Bakery & Cafe in historic Ellicott City. It was a three hour lunch and loads of fun.

We got to visit with Carla David, Vicky Johnson, Vanessa Ard, Lidia Miller, Randy Woods, Chris Sikora, Candice Owens, Ken Rochon, Christina Martin, Carole Langrall and John Paul Berry. All of them totally rockin' wedding vendors. : )

Check out the afternoon, photos by Brittany Singer, our newest addition...

Carole (center) hands some cards to Lidia (left). Nathaniel on the right, Chris in the background.

Randy and Carla share a joke.

Vanessa, far left, Nathaniel in the middle talking with Carla & Rissa on the right (cool updo, huh?)

A few of the incredible cakes at Sweet, artistry by Tracey Buchanan. She is the master of cake decorating!!! Lovely!!

Candice enjoys some chocolate cake.

This the awesome cake Tracey made for our gathering. It was soooooo good. Some of the group ate two pieces. I'll never tell who, though.

Thanks y'all for a super fun time. And for Chris & Tracey at Sweet for hosting this rowdy bunch.
Let's all meet again soon... On the job or off. : )

~ Rissa

Brittany got her RING!

There is big news at balance ~ Brittany is engaged!

Her boyfriend, Ryan, asked her on Sunday evening. They were going to Ocean City to visit Brit's parents and took a detour to Salisbury University, where they met.
Brittany was surprised to find her mom and old friend Liza there waiting by the fountain.

In perfect form, he proposed on bended knee. The ring is a custom creation by Radcliffe, just near the Betsy Robinson Bridal Salon. We think it's stunning.

Brit & Ryan are planning a April 2010 wedding... We are excited to see the plans come to life and watch our fabulous graphic designer & assistant become a Mrs! Now comes the fun part: venues and caterer and flowers -- oh my!!

We are all so happy for you both!

~ Rissa

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Howard Magazine

We love seeing our work in magazines. Like Howard Magazine.

Several months ago we photographed Ashley Riddle from Up Do's for I Do's at her studio for a piece in the magazine about women-owned businesses. After long waiting... here it is! The entire issue focuses on women in business from Howard County.

As a female small-business co-owner myself, I really loved all the articles and learning about other local women who are pursuing their dreams and making them reality. When balance was started in 2000, it was just me (Nathaniel came on board as co-owner in 2003), and I am always inspired and excited to see other women out there, doing it & doing it well.

Congrats to all the women featured and especially Ashley, whom we love and adore!

~ Rissa

Treats for balance

Most of the time, when it comes to our wedding clients, we meet with them a few times before the day-of, maybe do a engagement session, we see them all day on the wedding day... and then not again until we meet with them for their albums and display prints.

Ultimately though, it feels like we spend a LOT more time with our couples. Before we even start their albums, we spend hours and hours looking at their images through the production process. I'd say we spend roughly 40 to 80 hours, depending on the size of the wedding, with each couple in production. Imagine looking at folks that long... it's like you've been hanging out with them for weeks & weeks.

So, when the proofs are all done... we always hope couples come by in person to get them. We want to see you after we've been looking at you for so long!! Unfortunately, with many people these days being so incredibly busy, many couples want us to mail them their proof packages. It's a big treat for us when a bride stops by in person and we had just such a fantastic treat recently.

Carey and Matt got married on July 19th in Ellicott City and had a beautiful reception by the Bay at sunset. When Carey stopped by to get her proofs and other goodies personally, she gave us another huge treat. She actually sat down and looked through her photos. In all the years we've been shooting weddings, I have to say -- this is the most unusual treat of all for us -- getting to see a bride react to viewing her photos for the very first time. Getting to see her smile and laugh as she remembers her Day.

So I wanted to say ~ thanks Carey! Not only were you a beautiful bride, who had a wonderful Day ~ but we are so grateful you stopped to visit over lunch and look through your photos with us. It was great to catch up (your honeymoon sounded awesome!) and we hope you and Matt both love your collection of images from the wedding.

Congrats to you both & your families!
Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, health and romance together!
~ Rissa

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

9/28/08 ~ Fall Bridal Showcase

Attention Brides... Wanna meet us in person and fill up on tons of cake samples?

Well come to the Sheraton Baltimore North Fall Bridal Show on Sunday September 28th. The show is from 11:30am until 3pm.

There will be more than 40 wedding vendors there, as well as a fashion show of gowns, dresses & tuxes and a free honeymoon giveaway.

Located at 903 Dulaney Valley Rd., Towson MD 21204.
For tickets, call 410.321.7400 or visit the hotel online. Show is free for the bride, $5 for all others.

See you there!

Moving In

So after almost four years with our wedding website, we are launching a new one. It has music, it has Flash, it has multiple scrolling galleries ~ it sings, it dances. Okay, maybe not singing and dancing. But it will be a dramatic change for us.

Launch date: this week... we are waiting for the hosting company to send it live. We were told that today -- August 19th -- was the day. By midnight tonight. (I plan to stay up and find out.)

Honestly, we aren't all moved in yet. There are still a few more photos to be added and several entire sections we are still unpacking, so to speak, in our new online home.

So this is a soft launch. If you are reading this... you're an insider. A friend. And you are welcome to look around the new site while we finish setting up.

Everyone else will wait for the official open house, but in the mean time, stop by and check out the new digs. Make yourself at home.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cherry from Tennessee

I spoke earlier of how my grandfather was making us a table. Well, our tiny two-person dining room table is no more. It has been vanquished to the make-up room and has been replaced by an incredible masterpiece that seats 6 to 8 people.

My grandparents (Gran and Pop) came to visit along with my cousin Jesse - bringing our new furniture along with them. It was really cool to have some of my family here and I definitely appreciate that they made the 700-mile trip to see us.

I sat and stared at the new table for a few hours the first night it was here. And Ris and I have had great dinners at it nearly every night. If you come to the house any time soon I will most certainly introduce you to it as I am very proud!

Here is Pop assembling and putting the final finishing touches on the table. He got into woodworking when he retired from teaching photography at WKU. First he turned bowls on a lathe and slowly worked his way up. He now makes all sorts of beautiful creations: tables, chairs, walking sticks.
It's huge! The wood is cherry and it comes from a tree that fell down during a tornado, the same tornado that went straight through downtown Nashville quite a few years back. The tree fell on the old farmhouse porch on my grandparents farm, right in front of my cousin Austin as he was about to walk out the door. It's cool that the wood has been put to good use ~ Pop has made several pieces from the lumber it provided.

Gran & Pop and Jesse stayed for a few days and got to visit lots of fun places: Baltimore, DC, Annapolis, Catonsville, and my favorite, Historic Ellicott City.
This is while watching a street performer downtown. Pop said he was singing "their music" (that's oldies).
and also, a dragon!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wedding Nightmares/Wedding Dreams I

Girls ~
Please listen to me! I see everything that happens at weddings. I talk to brides after the Big Day. Really, photographers have the "scoop" on all aspects of weddings. We see it all: the good, the bad and the ugly.

There are mistakes that we see getting made over and over. They turn into wedding day nightmares for the brides that make them. Seriously ~ listen to me now! Save yourself the time, stress, headaches. We have decided to "spill" and tell the public about the nightmares we see ~ the things that go wrong that could have been prevented. The things that could have been wedding day dreams.

And if you don't listen, you can't say you weren't warned up front.

Because we see so many weddings, we are going to write this as a series. Today's installment & the first wedding day nightmare is...
the hairstylist from hell.

Now, we are not going to name any names. I am not going to show any nightmare photos of brides crying when they saw their hairstyle in the bathroom mirror. There is absolutely no need to do that. But YOU don't want to be in that picture, either!!

The first thing you need to know is that your regular hairstylist is not necessarily an expert at formal up-do's or even down-do's. In the hair biz they talk about someone who is great "at the chair." These means that person is great with cuts and color. You should not automatically assume they have honed their skills beyond that. Or perhaps ~ beyond doing hairstyles for high school girls going to the prom.

You are not going to the prom. This is your wedding day. You want to look a little more sophisticated, elegant and grown-up than the average high school junior. You need a pro.

To help me out on this blog, I interviewed my very, very favorite hairstylist. Her name is Ashley Riddle and she owns Up Do's for I Do's. She is a hairstylist from heaven, imho.

According to Ashley, the first step in having dream wedding hair is to do some research. The obvious is pulling out sample photos from books and magazines of styles you like. But also consider your dress/neckline, as well as your jewelry and the hair accessories you will be using, such as a veil, tiara, headband or flowers. Finally, think about the weather and time of year for your wedding. If you're getting married in the middle of July and the heat & humidity will be off the charts, you may want to think in terms of practicality ~ like how much cooler your neck and back might feel with an up-do, for example.

Next, you should schedule a hair trial. Take all your homework with you: the pictures, your veil or hair accessories and even a photo of the dress. Ashley says that most hairstyles work best with one-day dirty hair. I know, I know -- you feel gross. Get over it.

"You really need to listen to what your stylist needs from you and follow instructions," Ashley told me. "One of the biggest problems we see is when girls don't listen. Things like the one-day dirty hair. They show up with it totally clean and wet from the shower instead. That makes the stylist's job much more challenging."

At your hair trial ask a lot of questions and really get involved. Be HONEST!!! Let me say that again so everyone sees it... BE HONEST. Both with the stylist and with yourself. I can't even count the number of girls over the past two years who have whispered to me on their wedding day, "Rissa, I am so unhappy about my hair. I hated the trial but figured she'd do something different on my wedding day! I should have listened to you about this." Don't do this to yourself, ladies!!

(And you know, it's not fun for me either when I'm with you and you hate your hair, just as a little sidenote. I've had girls ask me to redo their hair when they hated the style they got and ladies ~ I am a photographer! Seriously, doing hair is not my line of work! I simply cannot put your hair in a loopy up-do. I'm sorry!)

The hair trial is to there to determine a lot of factors. How do you like working with the stylist? Are your personalities a good match? Do you like her work, her artistic way of doing hair? Is she communicating with you? Do you feel comfortable with her ~ enough to speak your mind and guide her on your likes and dislikes?

"At hair trials I am always telling brides that they will not hurt my feeling if they ask me to change something," Ashley explains. "It's hair, it's not unalterable. You're not dying or cutting or coloring. It's easy to change and move. It's often a simple fix. Sometimes changing the smallest thing makes a huge difference. Something like moving the part, moving a curl, making something tighter or looser. Sometimes it's even moving the veil or tiara slightly. She just has to talk to me."

Try anything you feel you want or need to at the hair trial. Ask a lot of questions. Will they come to you on the wedding day? Is there a travel fee? How many wedding have they done? You should expect to spend a little money on this. If the cost is only $50 for your day-of 'do ~ that is not a deal. You are going to be crying in the bathroom while I am handing you a tissue and reminding you about your mascara.

Ashley suggests asking about the stylist's training and license. The state of Maryland requires this for all hairstylists. She also says to look for professional quality products and equipment. Your stylist shouldn't be using hot rollers from Target on your wedding up-do. Finally, most formal-occasion hairstylists have had a good deal of continuing education classes to keep up to date on trends, products and techniques. You can ask about that, too.

Some other things to look for... Are there bobby pins sticking out all over your head? Well, that's not cute. You shouldn't see bobby pins, they should be pretty much concealed. Check for it. Also check to make sure the style feels secure because you are going to be dancing all night and getting hugged something like 2,500 times on your wedding day. That style has got to stay put. And of course, go home and try it on with your dress. Do you like them together? If not, maybe have another trial and do something different.

So... your trial is all done and you A) love it or B) don't love it so much.

Let's examine both possibilities...
A) You love it! Awesome! Well -- don't wait another second! Seriously, book that stylist! Good hairstylists can book up wedding weekends a year or more in advance, just like any other vendor. And make sure you are signing a contract to get the SAME PERSON who did your hair at the trial. That's a big deal. A really big deal. Get it in writing.

B) Yikes... you don't love it. You hate it, actually. Well -- this is going to sound like common sense, but DON'T BOOK that person. Keep looking. For some reason, girls get this thing where they feel bad about not booking a hair stylist even though they didn't like her or hated the trial or whatever. I mean... why? It's not personal, you just weren't a good match. Move on! This is the Baltimore/DC metropolitan area. I guarantee there is someone else out there who can do the perfect wedding day style for you. Guilt or a sense of obligation are the wrong reasons to book a stylist. Would you buy ugly carpet just cuz the guy who was selling it was really nice? Of course not! Who wants an ugly carpet? It's no different. Move on. Try someone else.

If you are thinking of going to your usual girl at your salon, just ask her point blank if she has training and/or history doing the kind of style you are thinking of for the Big Day. It has been our experience that most "great at the chair" stylists aren't always the perfect person to do your wedding day hairstyle. Perhaps yours is an exception... there are always exceptions. Let me tell you though, we have seen some nightmares come from a few of our brides' regular stylists this summer. I have often walked away wondering if those girls were ever going to go back to their regular stylist. Honestly, I wouldn't have.

Ashley told me her career as a stylist started in a salon, though now she is a formal-occasions specialist.

"Most people in a salon only do formal hairstyles twice a year - homecoming and prom. When I was in the salon, we had maybe one wedding party a month. That's it. And there was other stuff going on, too. I'd have another client in foils, people waiting to be shampooed, and be doing the bride's up-do at the same time. It's like we just fit her in," Ashley said.

Also, many salons do not have special contracts for wedding hair styles. You will just make an appointment and if your girl is off, someone else ~ whoever is there ~ will cover for her. I've seen this go down the toilet too, at wedding earlier this year. No one in the bridal party was really pleased with their hair and nearly a thousand bucks was spent on everyone. So much for the regular girl at the salon for that bride. Sigh...

"There are so many moving parts to a salon," Ashley explained. "We had a bridal party once and we didn't have keys to get in at 11 when she showed up for her appointment. The receptionist had her days mixed up and never came in to unlock the door. We started the bride and her bridesmaids' hairstyles standing on the sidewalk. Until it was all sorted out, she was an hour late because of a confused receptionist."

Ultimately, your hair is your crowning glory on your wedding day. It should look radiant and beautiful and make you feel confident. Find the perfect fit. You will go to all that trouble for a great dress (duh), for color coordinated napkins, for the right manicure to show off your ring. Seriously ~ go for the right hair stylist. She's out there.

"Personalities have to click. Weddings can be stressful, you need someone who can go with the flow and work with you," says Ashley. "Hairstylists are artists. As you go on and become an artist, you develop your own style and techniques. The way you do things, you approach them differently. Even something simple like a basic French twist, there are different ways to do that. You need someone who has proper technique, not just the glamour-appeal."

Please.. listen to my advice! Don't hire the hairstylist from hell. Find your own personal Ashley instead. Someone you trust, have faith in and really genuinely like. I wish this for all my brides!

Wanna meet Ashley? Find her in her studio at Up Do's For I Do's, based in Catonsville MD.
We also like Erica at Silver Immersion. She's based in Catonsville, too.
Are you in Virginia? We like Ky Washington at Richie Make-Up (tho there aren't any of her hair pix in the website last time I looked - we know her from weddings!)

Oh and hey..Wanna peek? I know you do. I know it! Here are some dream pictures... hairstyling by Ashley Riddle:

In closing... Another very smart and practical tip from Ashley: Hair with multiple layers of color or highlights can really show off a complicated hairstyle!

"Having some dimension in your hair will really make a difference in the pictures," she says. "Even just a shade or two lighter will show up beautifully."

And you know, I am ALL ABOUT anything that makes pictures look better.
Happy hair-hunting, ladies!
~ Rissa

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Finger licking good

Here are some photos from our recent trip to New York's beautiful Finger Lakes region, just north of Ithaca. We went for an event called Grapehounds, where 16 wineries along Cayuga Lake open their doors to wine tasters and their canine companions. We have been the official photographers of the event for three years. Although we go to work, it is also like a mini vacation that we can bring our hound, Lochrima, along for. We always enjoy the slower pace, the cool summer weather, and the incredible scenery, but one of the best reasons to go is for wine tasting. I promise you will come home with a few bottles!

The area can be remote at times, often reminding me of rural areas where I grew up in Tennessee, but it was peaceful to be so far out of range that the Blackberry was even cut off. While it was nice to not have work emails following us on our country excursion, there was an interesting juxtoposition of the satellite TV in our cabin and the roosters outside waking us up every morning. As not to waste our time on vacation watching TV, I put on the 40's radio station which set the mood perfectly. (Although Rissa probably would have preferred to watch Food Network a little more!) If you want to check out the PET FRIENDLY cabins yourself: Fingerlakes Cabins

Here is Taughannock Falls State Park, where we hiked to on Sunday. It's quite beautiful and very dramatic. Rissa couldn't believe that the giant ravine was made by water and not men! Lochrima enjoyed cooling off her paws in the stream after the hike.
Everyone looks this good while hiking right???
I had to hunt this little guy for quite some time through a stream before I got the photo I wanted. Rissa and Lochrima were very patient, but probably a little more bored than they let on!This hound licks his chops much like me at seeing all that wine! Some of our favorite places to go on Cayuga Lake:
Bellwether Hard Cider- Our absolute, #1 FAVORITE! Hard Cider made here is the best we have ever had. It's okay that it is so easy to drink because the alcohol content is lower than wine and beer, otherwise you'd be in trouble!!! We are such huge fans of Bellwether, we always bring back a case or so of their ciders.
Cayuga Ridge- They have a wonderful sparkling cranberry wine that is just delicious.
Montezuma- Unusual fruit wines like peach, apple, and blueberry in sweet, dry and sparkling varieties. Also they have Mead!
Buttonwood Grove- They have my favorite dry reds of the region - make sure and try the Vermillion...
On your way out towards Ithaca, stop at the Cayuga Lake Creamery for some homemade small batch ice cream or some wine sorbet. MMMMMMM! This little country eatery also has a yummy menu of fried foods - always a nice treat.

Once you get back into downtown Ithaca, go to the Moosewood Cafe, a destination Rissa has been trying to get to for 15 years. This is the year we finally found it (downtown Ithaca is somehow confusing to navigate for us, tho we get around DC just fine!). The restaurant was the first major vegetarian eats in the United States, started in 1973. The original chef, Mollie Katzen, has written zillions of great cookbooks and her recipes will dazzle your taste buds either at home or in the cafe. And the vegan chocolate cake was really, really delicious!

Now that we have planned your whole vacation for you, go before summer is over - and please bring us back a bottle of cider!

Wedding Dash

You may never hear me say this again. Ever. But, gosh, I wish I had a PC right now... See, we work on all Macs, we have a bunch of them and I LOVE Macs. Love them. But you can't play "Wedding Dash" on a Mac, it only runs on a PC. Sigh.

Today Nathaniel & I went to Studio Edge to have a Power Plate session and Karen, the owner, introduced us to "Wedding Dash." It's a totally cute game where a wedding planner named Shannon has to design a wedding and then run it the day-of for her client/couple. There were fun options to help the bride with, like flowers, appetizers and cake. Shannon also has to stop fights between bridesmaids, gets music requests to the DJ and help the photographer set up shots, among other wedding-related "disasters" such as bee attacks and drunk guests.

Anyhow... maybe it's for the best I can't play Wedding Dash. I might not get anything else done this weekend. Till then, if you have a PC, you can check it out by going to Yahoo Games and downloading the trial version. It's totally fun. Play a round for me, please!
~ Rissa