Alternative ideas to the Unity candle for your wedding

We’ve all seen the traditional unity ceremonies. You know, the lighting of two candles and the pouring of two different colors of sand. They are lovely. The idea of a unity ceremony of sorts appeals to most couples. It’s a wonderful way to express the uniting of two families as one. But some of today’s modern couples are searching for alternative ideas for uniting as one. Here are some awesome ways to show your union that you might not have seen before. Maybe you can incorporate one of these into your own wedding! Continue reading

Emily & Andrew | Hot Air Balloon Engagement Photography | Charlotte, NC

Getting the weather to cooperate for Emily and Andrew’s hot air balloon ride was somewhat of a challenge, but on the third attempt, we finally got it right! We’re so glad they stuck it out and got to take their first ever ride with Fusion and the team at Cool Springs. Thanks Kristie for helping coordinate everything!

Cool Springs Barn Charlotte, NC

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Five tips to write better wedding vows

Have you and your fiance decided to write your own vows but not sure where to start?  What to say?  It can be a daunting task to write your own vows.  All those people listening, all that pressure to say the right things to your soon to be betrothed.  Here are five tips to help you write better wedding vows.

1. Do some research on wedding vows.

There are countless books on Amazon for helping you write your wedding vows, we recommend one at the end of this post.  Determine what styles, words, and approach you like and work from there when writing your vows.

2. Write down your notes for reflection later.

Don’t try and write you wedding vows all at once.  Read, reflect, write, then write your best wedding vows

3. Use promises that are important to the two of you

Use promises that are broad in scope, don’t be to specific.

4. Stay away from over used cliche’s

Sure wedding vows that use cliche’s can be cute and funny at times, but this is not the time to overuse someone else words.  This is a personal time to write meaningful and personal reflections between your soon-to-be spouse.  Be genuine.

5. Keep your wedding vows short and simple.

Don’t drone on and on and repeat yourself.  Try and keep your wedding vows between one and two minutes.  Rehearse them days before to get your timing right.  Too long? Edit.  Too short? Add more.

One of our favorite books on writing your own wedding vows.
How to write your own wedding vows. By Dr. Elena Michaels

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Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts for Brides week leading up to the wedding

Five things brides should DO the week of the wedding

  1. Pack your honeymoon bags.  Don’t leave this to the last minute or you’ll end of forgetting essentials.  Make a list of what you will need based on what you will be doing and only pack essentials, don’t over pack.  Also, consider packing some essentials in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost.  Change of clothes, toiletries, a good book, etc.
  2. Schedule a massage for yourself and/or your bridal party the week before the wedding.  What a great way to spend some time with your besties over mimosa’s and massages.
  3. Wear your wedding shoes around the house and break them in the week before the wedding.  You have dancing to do, you don’t need sore hooves from ill-prepared heels.  Pick up some Solemates for you and your bridesmaids as well.  These are great at keeping your heels clean and mud free, plus they will assist you when standing in wet grass during photographs.
  4. Pull together your vendor tips and put them in little micro envelopes.  Assign a close family member to keep track of these and hand them out as the reception comes to a close.
  5. Write your love letter to your betrothed early in the week.  Allow yourself some time to make changes over the course of a few days.  You can share this letter during your gift exchange before the ceremony.

Five things brides should NOT do the week of the wedding

  1. Do not get a haircut the week before the wedding.  Do not dye, trim, bleach, or even think about touching your hair the week before the wedding.
  2. Do not go tanning the week before the wedding lest you look like an Oompah Loompah.  In fact avoid the sun as much as possible, if you have to go outside wear plenty of sunscreen.  You don’t need to get burned and be peeling on your wedding day.
  3. Stay away from the dental office the week before the wedding.  Any dental work unless it’s an emergency, should be done weeks ahead of the wedding day.
  4. Do not get any facial treatments the week before the wedding.
  5. Stick with your normal routine as much as possible the week before the wedding.  Do not try any new products, go skydiving, stay up too late, eat too much fast food or anything else that deviates from your normal routine.

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Sonia & Emilio | Enso Sushi & Charlotte Skyline Engagement Photography | Charlotte, NC

Sonia and Emilio approached us for their engagement photography session a few months back. They wanted and Uptown Charlotte feel with lots of architecture and busy streets. We started by walking around downtown Charlotte, followed by some drinks at Enso Sushi and finished off at a sweet new skyline location. Check out their engagement session photos below.

Architecture Kiss All White

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Alli + Austin | Lake Norman Engagement Photography | Mooresville, NC

Austin is one of Deevo’s oldest friends in Charlotte. They met playing soccer even before Deevo launched his own league. It was a real treat to do these two’s engagement session out at the Lake House. It had rained on the drive up to Lake Norman, so the clouds were full, but the sun was bright which makes crazy good light for photography.

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The 10 Best Books for planning your wedding

For those brides that may or may not have the budget to hire a wedding consultant, we scoured the web for some of the best wedding planning books for purchase, here they are.  Each is available for purchase on Amazon or feel free to drop by our studio we also have each one.

  1. The Busy Brides Bible for Planning a Fabulous Wedding Without the Expensive Cost of a Wedding Planner by Angela A. Kear
  2. The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner: Worksheets, Checklists, Etiquette, Calendars, and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions by Carley Roney
  3. How to Plan Your Own Wedding and Save Thousands – Without Going Crazy by Tracy Leigh
  4. Wedding Planning For Dummies by Marcy Blum
  5. A Bride’s Book: An Organizer, Journal, and Keepsake for the Year of the Wedding by Marsha Heckman
  6. The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day by Mindy Weiss
  7. The Smart Couple’s Guide to the Wedding of Your Dreams: Planning Together for Less Stress and More Joy by Judith Sherven PhD
  8. The Everything Wedding Organizer: Checklists, Charts, And Worksheets for Planning the Perfect Day! by Shelly Hagen
  9. Simple Stunning Weddings: Designing and Creating Your Perfect Celebration by Karen Bussen
  10. The Knot Book of Wedding Lists by Carley Roney



Fusion does Wedding Videography | Charlotte, NC

We always get questions about whether or not Fusion does video for weddings… and the answer is “YES” we do! I’m writing this article to introduce myself (Hi, I’m Clint!) as fusion’s designated video team member to all the Fusion Brides and any others that may be looking for wedding videography in Charlotte. Check it out and hit us up with any questions here.

Charlotte NC Wedding VideosMy approach to wedding videography is different from traditional wedding videos. I believe the days of just setting up a camera in the back of the venue and hitting record are over. I treat this once-in-a-lifetime special event with the respect I believe it deserves. I have a Photojournalistic style of capturing the day and I love incorporating motion into your video by utilizing specialized pieces of film equipment.

My workflow with the Fusion Team is extremely seamless. Being that we have all worked together for years, we really understand each other’s personalities and shooting styles. We all have similar approaches, it’s just that I differ by shooting video versus photos. The great thing about being such a cohesive team is that we stay out of each others shots and allow each other to capture those special moments without causing any hiccups. Sometimes when different companies shoot the same event, they tend to butt heads if there isn’t proper communication throughout the day, and that’s not good for the bride and groom. By utilizing Fusion for your Photo and Video, you ensure this is a non-issue and you can be comfortable knowing you’re going to get the best product available.

Brides can expect the highest quality video from Fusion. I am constantly learning new techniques and upgrading equipment to ensure you get the best experience money can buy. I strive to provide an emotional and candid view of your day that includes high production value. I produce a product that feels more like a movie, instead of a wedding video.

Charlotte Wedding Videos Clint

I pride myself on being a sincere, up-front and pleasant person who is here to serve the bride and groom while having your best interests at heart. By sitting down during your consultations with the Fusion Team, I get to know the couples and their desires for their wedding video. I really enjoy creating an emotional film that you will be proud to show your family and friends for years to come!

I believe being on the forefront of technology is an important aspect of the video business. I just aquired a new camera that captures True Slow Motion. This is something I have really looked forward to utilizing, but until recently was out of range financially. By utilizing slow motion, you can capture emotion unlike regular cameras can deliver. You can expect a minimum of 3 cameras capturing your ceremony. This ensures you get a close angle of the Bride and Groom and also a wide view of the ceremony. By shooting this way, you get a dynamic view you would never experience otherwise by using a 1 camera setup most videographers use. I am also a big believer in motion in my shots. I utilize Camera Cranes, Dollies and Steadycams to add motion just like you see in your favorite movies in the theaters. By using these high end tools, it adds tremendous production value and really allows me to evoke the motion in the final films.Wedding Videos Charlotte NC

I really believe I was put on this earth to serve people through the use of Video cameras. It’s not a job to me, it’s a passion. I enjoy telling stories and to me, a wedding is the ultimate story to tell. I look forward to telling yours soon :)

To see some of Clint’s work check out Fusion’s Vimeo page. Or you can look at some of our faves by clicking the links below:

Teisa + Chris | Blue Restaurant & Charlotte Rooftop Engagement Photography | Charlotte, NC

When Teisa and Chris came in for their wedding consult, they already had the idea of recreating the first time they met for their engagement session. These two were definitely prepared! We coordinated their event with Ashley at Blue Charlotte and got these two set for some basketball shots, a rooftop pose (with Teisa’s sweet Camaro!), and drinks at Blue where these two were first introduced.

Game Basketball Save the Date

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