Thursday, June 16, 2011

Photo Booth- Iowa Style

My childhood best friend, Melissa, got married this past week-end.  The wedding took place in our home town.  I love a good home town Iowa wedding.  Seriously.  Nothing better.

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As any good matron-of-honor would do…I overwhelmed the bride with some wonderful ideas beforehand. Because I’m awesomely helpful.

One idea I loved was setting up a photo booth at the reception (I act like it was my wedding). I first saw the idea here (some of you may recognize that this blog was the prequel to Our Little Beehive.  Felicity always has such classy ideas). I like the idea of the photo booth because it allows you to capture photos of your guests..which you probably wouldn’t get otherwise.

The bride’s dad whipped up a nice backdrop and Nate was forced willingly took all of the photographs.  I was surprised at how willing the guests were to have their photo snapped.  I think the free beer fun accessories may have helped.  Even Grandma got in on the fun!!

Here’s a sampling of the photo booth success…

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Once we are done editing the photos, we are going to make a photo booth guest book for the bride and groom as part of their wedding gift.  We might get it to them by their 5 year anniversary…seriously…

Speaking of editing…oh, the things you can do in Photoshop Elements.  Below is the before and after using Elements.  We’re still debating if black is the right answer but we liked the classic look and how it makes the “subjects” stand out.  What are your thoughts?

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I should learn how to fix my greasy face…

There you have it.  A photo booth at an Iowa wedding.  If only I had saved you some of that tasty wedding cake…

Seen anything unique and fun at any weddings you’ve attended this summer?

Remember Teddy, our winner of the PetSmart Gift Card Giveaway?  Check out his loot here.  Isn’t he cute?


  1. What a great idea, the photo booth!! and that setting was gorgeous!!! Thanks for the compliments the other day too!! I always enjoy your posts!!

  2. So fun! I wanted to do a photo booth at our wedding but ran out of energy to make it happen. Those pictures are so fun! What great memories. : )

  3. the wedding is decorated so beautifully! i love all the fabric streamers from the ceiling!

    this is just my opinion, but i like the white backdrop better. Is there a way to make it whiter so it looks like a studio backdrop? I actually think the subjects are too dark with the black.

    I love it though, what a fun idea and the props are the best!

  4. Fun idea! I looked into it for our wedding, we didn't make it happen. I have been to so many great weddings (and other than the wedding itself) the photo booth has always been the big hit of the night.

  5. That is a great idea. Your best friend is lucky to have you "encouraging" her.

  6. What a brilliant idea! The photos are adorable, she's going to love having this as part of her wedding memories.

  7. looks like sooo much fun! Our wedding venue had crazy hats all over the walls of the bar and the later/drunker people got, the more hats came out! LOL... it was a blast!!!

  8. I love photobooths! Sweet photoshop skills.

  9. Fun! I'm digging the glasses. :) Where did you come up with all of those accessories? It looks like you had a great time!

    And to answer your question, Rick just was hired (yay!) at an independent pharmacy nearby. And it IS too late to tell him to turn back since his student loans are more than our mortgage (not yay!) and my teacher salary most certainly will NOT get those paid off before we a nursing home. :-P He's happy with his job, though! :)

  10. Awwww, how cute is Grandma in her pink sunglasses?
    Awesome idea :)

  11. Great idea! Love the memories she will have!

  12. That looks like a fun wedding. I haven't been to any this... mmm... winter.


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