I watched Bridalplasty last night.
There are many things about that show that evidence the demise of humankind, such as a) the fact that the show exists, b) the fact that you can win plastic surgery on television via wedding planning aptitude competitions, c) the fact that the only girl who actually deserved to get the surgery she wanted was the girl who had parts of her breasts removed due to breast cancer. And guess what? She was the first to be booted off by her fellow brides, because SHE POSED THE STEEPEST COMPETITION. So, that set me up to hate each and every competitor on that show, which was conflicting because I simultaneously felt beyond awful for them because they all hate their bodies so much that they went to the effort of signing up for an E! plastic surgery reality show competition. So, yeah it’s very conflicting. But the scales are always tipped by the utter lack of human decency expressed by the lot of them when it came to voting off the only deserving girl in that first round. How could anyone vote off the young woman who hated the shape of her breasts after they had been deformed by breast cancer? Seriously, how. Howwwwww. I’m asking. How is this possible. And don’t even get me started on Jenessa.
Anywho! This has been quite a week here on TKB, eh? Eh? Yup, it sure has. First and foremost, voting began on our Free Wedding Photography Giveaway on Wednesday, and it continues all the way through to next week, where it closes on Thursday morning at 9am, PST. And, clearly, you all have your favorites, because there have already been approximately a lot of votes cast thus far. I’m thinking we should make this interesting, a gentleman’s bet, perhaps? One prediction was that there would be about 1500 votes overall. Well, given that it’s morning of Day 3, and HOLY SHIT we’re up to 612. Em, seriously, you’re gonna need to find your graphing calculator. My TI-84 has too many games on it from Calc class to operate properly. I’ll go look for my abacusseseeses – abaci. Can’t wait to track those IP addresses! No, but seriously, we love how into it you guys all are, and we can’t wait to see who comes out victorious! But I digress…
It’s a snowy Friday morning where I am, and snowy days always bring to mind black and white photography. Here in NY, when it snows, all you see is concrete and flurries. And I know that doesn’t necessarily sound too lovely, but trust me, it is. Anyway, you don’t see a lot of black and white photography on most wedding blogs because, quite obviously, it doesn’t *pop* like color photography does. And this is a valid concern, in many respects. But black and white photography, done right, is supremely gorgeous and can most definitely *pop* with the rest o’ them, not to mention, it can often be far more successful in capturing the mood and emotion of a moment, without the distractions that color might bring to the image. So, on that note, I’d like to share with you a brilliant couples shoot by one of our amazeballs Vendor Love members, Chudleigh Weddings.
Britt Chudleigh is based out of Utah, but shoots weddings worldwide. Britt and her husband, Peter, also a photographer, found themselves in Central Park, NYC for this shoot. By the way, I just wanna note here that Britt is totes one of my favorite people in the world, let alone, in this industry. She has the kindest soul and the most playful, upbeat personality! Couples lucky enough to work with her are in for the most amazing experience, mark my words. Ok, here’s what she had to share about Kimmy and Chris’ soft, romantic shoot:
We met Kimmy and her husband, Chris, early in the morning at our hotel on the West Side. After enjoying a breakfast of bagels and orange juice we hit the streets. Ladies, if you ever want a pick me up, look like Kimmy, put on a wedding dress and walk around Central Park. I can’t even count how many people stopped us to tell Kimmy how lovely she is or congratulate her and Chris. Of course it helps when the model is stunning, the gown is fabulous and the groom is devastatingly handsome.
You know, this just articulates one of the reasons I love this industry. I love weddings. I love people in love and apparently, so does New York. We have shot in public places in our hometown before and were not met with this enthusiastic response. It was a little magical.
Chudleigh Weddings is a member of Vendor Love, The Knotty Bride’s Preferred Vendor Guide.
At the end of the day, it’s entirely up to you to decide what you want out of your wedding photos. Color, black and white, or both (we think a nice mix of both is the optimal way to go). Color photography is absolutely gorgeous, and we can’t get enough of it in our wedding diet – which is probably pretty obvious if you visit us daily. :) We’re just hoping to bring to light the magnificence that can be achieved with black and white photography… when done right. It’s just as magical as color, if not more at times, and we don’t want its brilliance and timeless appeal to get lost in the shuffle!
P.S. – I almost forgot, I’d love to know what you think of Bridalplasty. Let me know on Twitter or here. I just can’t believe a show like that EXISTS, and I’ve gotta know if I’m in the majority on this.
Happy Friday, friendlies!
xoxo! – Alison
P.P.S. – OMG you guys, Colin Cowie named us in his #FridayFollow again! AGAIN! (FYI, “#FridayFollow” is Twitterspeak for people you suggest should be checked out/followed by others.) The event planning genius of our time suggested that people follow us. We just set up shop on Cloud 9. Wheeeee! :)