Bridal DIYs

What Props to bring for photoshoot ?

Just a few days ago, I stumbled upon this forum thread discussing about what props to bring for photoshoots and I was pleasantly surprised to see Oh Dear’s photo popping up and the brides-to-be were saying how cool they think my shoots are. *BIG LOVE!* 

Too often my couples are asking me for ideas what props to bring on a shoot. 

The props might be secondary because the Love that is shared between a couple and their story is what makes the shoot unique and lovely. But some good o’props would turn a lovely shoot into something AWESOME and personalized. So preparing some to bring along is good, plus it gives you something to ‘play’ with so you won’t feel too awkward when faced with a mad-snapper (aka Me). Lol. 

So where’s a list of PROPS TO BRING ALONG TO A PHOTOSHOOT.
(This is by no means completed, just some suggestions. Feel free to add to the list by commenting at the end of the post). Here goes! 

#1 – BALLOONS

Balloons make LOVELY props. They are fun, happy, colorful and of course Float. It’s alright if you can’t get helium ones, blow your own balloons and scatter them around the meadow. Looks whimsical enough too.
Plus they come in lots of shapes and sizes, there are heart shapes, balloons with smiley face, balloons with messages, animal shapes etc. Endless fun.

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#2 – BROLLY

Not only does a brolly makes beautiful props, they come in really handy as well. Shades you from the sun from the rain. Plus they are easy to find. 

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#3 – BUBBLES

Kids LOVE bubbles. Try blowing some around some kids, you become an instant celebrity. Heh. Well that aside, bubbles are fun, cheap and dreamy. Yay! 

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#4 – FOODIE

FOOD!! Bring along cupcakes, cakes, candies, cokes, lollipops, pizzas, apples, peaches, chicken wings, whatever. You get to EAT them after everything, terribly practical. 

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#5 – HANDWRITTEN SIGNS

Unique and personalized. Most importantly, easy to make. Just type in Words, print them out and VOLIA! You can also handwrite them or draw. Easy peasy. Convery messages, dates, anniversaries, names. 

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#6 – MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Dreamy dreamy. Don’t we just love musics? I do. Bring a lot instruments that you play (ok recorders are allowed). I play the gu-zheng. And I been DREAMING and DREAMING of shooting with a real piano set in the middle of a meadow. Ahhh… 

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#7 – PETS

Gonna love our furry kiddos. Bring along your mouse, your kitty, your puppy, your chick (Yes, I had a pet chicken before) your snake, your horse. Anything. Just no creepy crawlies thank you. Heh. 

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#8 – LITTLE TRINKLES, TOY!

Toys are happy and FUN. It can be your first ever doll and if its erm.. not available, bring along the first soft toy that your guy gave you. Cute. 

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#9 – VINTAGE VESPA

Can be bicycle as well. I dunno, they just channel a very 70s vibe to me. I like. I though they look so sweet. Don’t you? 

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#10 – VINTAGE CARS

I saved the best for the last. VINTAGE CARS!! I LOVE vintage old cars. It’s the vibe they give. Every mile traveled, every bend turned, every scratches are all stories untold. Me and husband owe a 22yrs old car ourselves. Very attitude car, but we love it. 

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And lastly, as a BONUS.. 

#11 – ANYTHING GOES!

As the title, anything! Bring along photo frame / vintage suitcase / hat / shades. Or even your chair / mattress / books / board games.. ANYTHING. So long you’r not afraid the item might get abit dirty, then yeah!! 

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DIY bridal – Pearl & Crystal Bouquet + Boutonnieres

Here’s an instruction on how to DIY a Pearl & Crystal Bridal Bouquet (& Boutonnieres).
(I DIY-ed this pearl Bouquet for my wedding during dec09 and ‘wow’ alot of my guests. Hope its useful to the other brides-to-bes who might wanna try something different from the usual out-of-mill fresh flowers..)
  
What you will need:
– 10 packs of silver wiring (This really depends on how big you want your bouquet to be. I used up 8packs. Got mine from Chinatown GoldDragon)
– Handicraft Pearls (Again depends on how big you want your bouquet to be.)
– Handicraft Crystal Beads (This can be replaces with anything else you fancy. Say Diamontes or rhinestone works well too)
– White Silk Ribbons about 3cm thick (Thicker ribbons make it easier to wrap the stems of the bouquet)
– Charm (Optional, I used the Chinese Character ‘Xi’. but it can be anything, vintage rings, swans, more crystals. up to you.)
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Instructions:
Step 1: Twist One pearl into One Wire (see drawing – Step1)

Step 2: Keep repeating step 1 untill you get desired size of bouquet.
Step 3: Bound all the wire+Pearls together (see drawing – Step2)

Step4: Tie all the wirings up with ribbon (I had approximately 200pearlwirings + -)
 
Its really easy to bunch them together to form this “round mushroom shape”.
What I did was to place them ALL together in a vase and hold them tightly together.
(The outter part would naturally bend down to form the round shape. Ahh Im bad in describing it, you have to Do it to understand what I meant)

I tied the whole bunch with rubber bands and string (to secure them you see) before going around the whole thing with a thick satin Ribbon.
 
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As for the DIY Groom Boutonnieres
 
Its the same thing. Just snip off the wire to about 18cm and repeat Step1. This means that the boutonniere will be about 8cm. If you want a longer Boutonnieres, just snip off less of the wiring. Hope im making sense here.
Make about 12Pearl+Wiring and tie it up with ribbon
Trim the ends and Horray you are done!

(Updated: I’m really glad this DIY Crystal-Pearl Bridal Bouquet is such an inspiration to you brides-to-be out there.. Please do add photos of your completed bouquet Here at OhDear Fan Page! (I would LOVE to see!!) Maybe include some helpful tips to other Brides out there? ;D)