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My Wedding Recap

Wedding dress hanging up in the window | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Let’s celebrate—we got our wedding photos back! I am so excited to finally be able to share with you some of the pictures from our wedding. Plus, this means I get to start Wedding Wednesdays back up!

So today I’m just going to “let ‘er rip” and share my favorite images that give a feel for the day.

If you don’t want to see dozens of wedding photos, now is the time to leave. If you like weddings, me, or love, keep on scrolling!

Wedding dress hanging up in the window | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

My Mom getting her makeup done | The Thrifty Ginger Wedding Recap

Flower Crown Redemption

Flower Crown with white dress in high grass

I had planned to wear a flower crown at my wedding. Honestly, I knew it would look goofy in photos 20 years from now, but I wanted to have flowers adorning my head for the reception. So I gave my florist instructions, measured my head, and she delivered a flower crown to the wedding venue. But, the thing is, I did not wear a flower crown at any point on my wedding day.

Flower Crown with white dress in high grass

I’m going to level with you. I completely forgot about it. At the end of the day, I thought everything went swimmingly. It wasn’t until a week later when I noticed my florist’s photo of a flower crown, MY FLOWER CROWN, when I was devastated. And, the weirdest thing is, no one has any idea what happened to it or where it ended up. George can’t remember where he put it, and the packaging the crown was in never turned up at the venue. It was stored with beautiful boutonnieres for the mothers, which also didn’t get used. Ugh.

Falling Petal Photography Fail

Lauren under shady tree

Do you ever get an idea for a perfect photo, only to find you can’t make it work?

This happened to me last week. We kept seeing these beautiful flowering pink tress (I’m not sure what they’re called) that had thousands of little pink petals. It must have been later on in the blooming cycle because the petals were blowing off the trees so elegantly, making a pretty shower of pink and piles of charming petals on the ground.

I thought it would be just perfect to capture a portrait with petals softly falling in the background. After all, the wind kept blowing the petals off the tree in such a soft and beautiful manner.

It didn’t work at all.

First, I set up the camera for George, using him as a model to meter and determine settings. When I handed it back to him, we waited for a big gust to blow some petals in the background. When no gusts came, we took decided to take matters into our own hands.

Lauren under shady tree

Panning Action Photos | On a Bike

Panning action photos on a bike- how to

This week George and I are away on a mini trip to relax and recharge before the final wedding preparations begin. We’re enjoying our break and keeping a pretty chill schedule. But we did bring our bicycles with us and biked over 30 miles the first day!

Panning action photos on a bike- how to

We have barely biked this year, so there wasn’t any training to get me ready. We literally had only taken the bikes around the block last week to make sure they worked before our mini-vacay. Needless to say, my legs are feeling a bit sore.

The biking was a good opportunity to try out some photo panning that I’ve been meaning to practice. The general idea is that your subject will be clear, but the background will be blurry from movement. You accomplish this by moving with your subject and keeping a slow shutter speed (leaving the shutter open for 1/40th or longer). It was a little tricky to do because we were both on bikes, pedaling beside each other. I didn’t have space to get too far away from George, and it’s certainly hard to steer, maintain speed, set up the shot, and take a picture. I’m still really happy with how some of the pictures came out. Here are the best couple shots. Maybe I’ll try and get some more next time we’re out biking.

Tips on buying your first DSLR

Advice on buying your first DSLR camera // on The Thrifty Ginger

This past summer I purchased my first digital SLR camera. Prior to that I was using an advanced point-and-shoot by Sony. It really wasn’t working well for my blog photos or personal photos, so I decided to buy a DSLR. I’m not a camera expert, but I can share my experiences purchasing my first DSLR.

Advice on buying your first DSLR camera // on The Thrifty Ginger

Figure Out What You Want
So you know you want a new camera, but why? Are you looking to take better pictures of your family? Are you looking to learn photography? Do you want to take videos as well? It’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting the newest, greatest thing. Plus, cameras can get very expensive. Get to the root of why you want a DSLR camera and that will help you in your search.