Sponsored Post: Wedding Photography – A Guide to Posing by David Pearce

A while back I was approached by David Pearce of Oliver Cameron Publishing about reviewing a copy of his new book Wedding Photography – A Guide to Posing. Let me just say this is one of the most amazing photography books I have ever picked up!

If you are a photographer than you must have it in your arsenal because it has some amazing tips and techniques for creating beautiful poses and all of them come with photographic proof of the results. And for only $23.95 including shipping this is an absolute steal. You will have hundreds of inspiration photos right at your finger tips to look back on over and over again. Admit it, we aren’t all geniuses so having a little cheat sheet is completely fabulous.

This book isn’t just a great deal for photographers though, what about you brides? The average bride invests thousands of dollars in her wedding photos to look great. But pictures are only as beautiful as the people in them. This book contains 525 images that show you how ordinary people can pose for vogue quality photos. There are step by step guides to ever posing position imaginable and they are so easy to follow that you won’t have to worry about feeling uncomfortable in front of the lens for even one second.

Imagine being able to walk into your photography consultation with detailed instructions and samples of the images you want on your special day! Or what if you are planning a specific wedding theme or tradition? Wedding Photography – A Guide to Posing has wonderful shot ideas for every situation. Take a look at these gorgeous mendhi photos!

Here’s some of the benefits of purchasing this little book:

  • There are 525 images so couples can bookmark pages with images they love to show their photographer.
  • There is a step by step guide to a basic standing pose to ensure the bride looks flattering even when not posing.
  • It will help brides notice mistakes potential photographers are making which could result in sub-standard photography saving heartache later.
  • It will help brides determine which poses they think are right and suited for them.
  • By reading the book they will get a photographers perspective enabling them to work far more in harmony with them and be more relaxed as they have an idea on what they are trying to achieve.
  • It is full of inspiration and can fit into a handbag to take to work. Brides can the talk about poses at work during their break!
  • It only costs $23.95 including shipping so a very small amount to pay against the thousands they will spend on their photographer. It really could transform their wedding photos at 0.05% or less of their total wedding budget.

You guys know I was a budget bride so trust me when I tell you this book is a totally great investment! Order a copy today and be wowed by the amazing help you will receive from it.

And be sure to check out Oliver Cameron Publishing‘s other great photography books!

*All photos property of Oliver Cameron Publishing

Check us out on BSB!

That’s right folks, since I’m not getting much better with these recaps and budget breakdown you can still get an overview at Budget Savvy Bride. I am so excited we were featured as the Wedding of the Week!

Hop over there to check out more of our pro pics and get the basic budget breakdown. One of these days I’ll finally get the detailed scoop up here 😉

Life & Blog Update

{It’s Written on the Wall}

As you can tell, It’s been fairly quiet over hear :-/ I’m so sorry to all my loyal readers and I hope you don’t give up on me yet. The thing is it’s amazing how life changes like getting married can affect you. In the last 3 month, my personal focus has shifted to things more related to marriage and home life. Don’t get me wrong, I still love weddings and wedding blogs and wedding inspiration and everything else that weddings entail. BUT… I’ve needed a bit of a break to focus on the more important topic at hand of our life as a married couple and preparing for our future as a family.

I’m sure you’ve noticed this in the increased number of general life posts instead of wedding related posts. Since I want to keep this blog focused on budget wedding ideas and general wedding inspiration, I saw the need for a new blog.

Therefore I’d like to introduce Mismikado Down the Sidewalk. I want to acknowledge that not all my readers here will be interested in the Sidewalk but you are always welcome to come check it out. It’s going to be focused on my day to day life as a new wife and someday future mom. I will be sharing recipe and dinner tips, craft projects and home decor ideas, and updates on our spiritual activities as a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It will also have a strong section of posts catered towards homeschooling, natural birth and parenting topics, and the things I’m learning about the Montessori method of education and lifestyle. Even though Luke & I have no plans for children for another 5 years, as you’ve seen in this blog, I am a planner and since I want to develop my own homeschool curriculum taking the bests of everything and combining them, I’m starting on preparing myself now.

Another project underway is 365 Reasons Why I Love You More. Check out the about page to learn more about it’s birth and mission.

I’m planning on getting back into updating this regularly so stay tuned as the wedding recaps begin.

Thanks for sticking by me all this time and I look forward to sharing these next steps through life with all of you 🙂

Sponsored Post: Third Willow Weddings

Third Willow Weddings is a new Etsy boutique brought to by William Weethee – owner of the popular ETSY shop Third Willow Handbags and Accessories. This time, William Weethee has taken his gorgeous purse line to new heights with softer, more romantic designs specialized for today’s bride. With over a dozen styles, every clutch is customizable to your choice of color. The options are endless with over 75 colors of dupioni silk and almost 100 colors of ribbon. These clutches are truly amazing with their vintage charm and touch of modern aesthetics.
I had the wonderful privilege of connecting with William to discuss his new shop and line:
M: How did you first get into designing and making handbags?
WW: I learned how to sew two years ago. I lovingly draped every inch of our home within an inch of it’s life with pillows, curtains, slipcovers, etc. Once the house was fully upholstered, I moved on to new projects and tried a handbag from a pattern. I LOVED IT! But, was bored with patterns, so I made my own. Soon, I made handbags and clutches for everyone I knew. Finally, a friend suggested i try selling them and Third Willow was born. Now, after a year and a half of focusing on life after the wedding, I decided to try making clutches and accessories that focused on a bride and her maids! And Third Willow Weddings was born!
M: Where does the name Third Willow come from?
WW: My full name is William L Weethee III. Hence, my initials are WLW the
third. Reverse that and you get Third Willow.
M: Where do you find your best inspiration?
WW: Honestly, after I go to bed and when I begin to fall asleep. That in between phase before you finally fall to sleep is when my “design mind” is most active.  I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to will myself to remember my ideas. Some make it to the light of day, and some are dreams forgotten!
M: What has been your personal favorite piece to make?
WW: Most definitely the Bridal Blossom Foldover Clutch in Silk! I love the gorgeous petal textures you can achieve with silk!
M: Three words that best describe your current line of accessories?
WW: romantic, chic, vintage-inspired
William was also kind enough to send me one of his clutches to review. I chose theThe Sash and Bow Foldover Wedding Clutch which is described as a simple pouch clutch that can be folded in half and carried much like a bank deposit bag. This clutch is styled in sumptuous lemon drop yellow dupioni silk and is accented with a beautiful rouching on the outer side and completed with an adorable sash and bow.
My favorite part of this clutch is the size! I love that it folds over into a normal clutch size but expands to 10″x10″x1″ when you need that extra room to carry things.
The three deep pockets are great for stowing your favorite treasures and the lustrous black taffeta with fusible interfacing makes this bag feel extremely well made and durable.
Another great feature is the 10″ steel flex frame closure that opens to 5″x6″ opening that lets you find whatever you need without feel cramped but keeps your belongs safe and secure when closed.
Overall I give 5 bright stars to Third Willow Weddings for their wonderful craftsmanship and deliciously designed clutches. Not only would they make the perfect wedding day treat for any bride, but a loving bridesmaid gift as well!
All photos are property of Third Willow Weddings.

Lulu Photo Book Giveaway Winner

Sorry for posting this a day late…

The winner of the free 20-page photo book with your choice of size from Lulu is…

kelly o who said, “My cousin just got married last month and I’d love to put together a book of photos we took at the wedding!”

I’m sure your cousin will love this gift, Kelly! Congratulations!

But never fear if you didn’t win because Lulu has offered an exclusive coupon to Mismikado Down the Aisle readers for 25% off your Lulu Photo Book order. Simply use coupon code MISMIKADO before 8/31/10 to receive a max savings of $100.

Big thanks to everyone who entered and made this giveaway a success!

Pay It Forward

Have you ever had the chance to see the movie Pay it Forward starring Haley Joel Osment, Helen Hunt, and Kevin Spacey?


It very impactful, heart-wrenching movie based on the principle that the actions of one person can start a chain event that can change the world.


It’s a principle I’ve always admired, so when I read the post at How Joyful about applying this principle to the blogosphere I immediately wanted to join in on the action 🙂

The way it works is…

1. I will make a handmade gift for the first 3 people to comment.

2. I have 365 days in which to send you the gift.

3. The gift will be a total surprise.

4. You keep this going by posting Pay It Forward on your blog (obviously, you must have an active blog to participate).

To participate, just let me know when you plan to post the Pay it Forward on your blog.

Here’s the chain that I’m descending from for as far back as I could trace 🙂

How Joyful

Kimberly Michelle


Sandy a la Mode

Happy Serendipity

Slipcover Your Life

Giveaway: Free Photo Book from Lulu

This week I have another wonderful giveaway to bring you.

With DIY photo books being one of the biggest trends right now, Lulu has some great options available for designing your own book. And they are offering a free 20-page photo book with your choice of size to one of my awesome readers.


Imagine the possibilities that you could use this book for! Lulu lets you choice your own size and orientation from landscape, letter, square and wallet and you can choose either hardcover of paperback binding. They offer a variety of themes for any occasion and you can import your favorite photos from Flickr, Photobucket, Facebook or SmugMug.

How to Enter:

Leave a comment telling me what photos you would include in your photo book to receive your first entry.

You can also receive one extra entry for doing each of the following AND indicating you did so in a comment here…

  • Tweet “Enter to win a free @Luludotcom photo book via @mismikado http://wp.me/pq2RB-pj”
  • Follow this blog :)
  • Write your own post about this giveaway.

The giveaway ends Sunday, August 15th at 11:59pm(cst) and I will announce the random winner on that Monday. Can’t wait to hear your ideas! 🙂