Personalized Wedding Dress Hanger | Review

If you read wedding blogs or wedding photographer's blogs, you've probably seen a few shots of the wedding dress with one of these adorable personalized hangers. The wire that connects the bottom is bent to form the name of the bride. I really liked these, since it adds a personal touch to the images instead of just being a generic picture of a wedding dress.

While I was preparing to shoot Aaron & Megan's wedding, I hopped on Etsy just to see if there were any of these hangers for sale. I found Emily's Emporium - they specialize in these custom hangers, as well as some other fun personalized wedding favors and gifts. There are several other sellers on Etsy who offer similar hangers, but I chose Emily's Emporium because I loved their round, curly script and was impressed by the evenness of the writing.

I got two hangers; one personalized for Megan, and another one that just says "Bride," which I could use for anyone. They came securely packaged, wrapped in tissue paper. They're just beautiful... I chose the dark cherry finish and I LOVE it! It's so rich and glossy. The wire is very thick and the writing is neat and uniform. Definitely a quality, keepsake product.

I opted for plain hangers, but Emily's Emporium also offers decoration options, including flowers, rhinestones, bride/groom sets (one white with a flower, and the other black, painted like a tux!), and different colors. You also have a choice of several "fonts"... mine are Classic script, but they also have Romantic script, or Modern script.

If you're getting married, I highly recommend you check out Emily's Emporium... a personalized hanger adds a special touch to your wedding day and looks great in photos (which is what it's all about anyway, right? ;-).

Aperturent | Review

I knew I would need a flash for Grant & Sarah's wedding. The ceremony wasn't starting until 6pm - I'd have time to squeeze in formals before the sun set, but by the time the reception really got going it would be 8pm and DARK. If you have been reading my blog for any significant length of time, you know that I hate flash with a passion. Which explains why I don't own one. Usually I would be able to borrow my friend's, buuuut... she was second shooting for me. So she'd need her own.

Enter Aperturent. I seriously think that renting equipment, especially when you're just starting out, is a fabulous way to expand your gear without forking out hundreds or thousands of dollars. With renting, you can easily wrap the rental costs in with your pricing, so you are out $0 and you can use the high end stuff!

I chose Aperturent mainly because I had a coupon and so it was the best deal. :-) A lot of people it seems like BorrowLenses, and I'm sure they are a wonderful company too. But we're not talking about them right now. :-)

I rented a Canon Speedlight 580EX II, and a Lightsphere diffuser. Since I'm not local to Aperturent, I rented for a week, which was really nice because I could practice around with the flash before the wedding. The items arrived on the day I specified, securely packed in a handy plastic container. I really liked this, as I could just cart that tub with me to the wedding. The Speedlight came with it's padded case too. I think I hardly need to mention that the gear was in great condition and working order. :-) I have pictures to prove it.

It was almost too easy. You just receive the gear, save the cardboard shipping box, use the equipment for a week (or however long you rent for), then pack it back up in the box and slap the included return shipping label on top of the old one. Drop it off at FedEx before their last pickup of the day, and voila!

I will definitely consider renting again in the future... I'd love to try out some L series lenses. :-) And Aperturent provides a great service, so I would certainly use them again! Try it out yourself - they have generously offered 10% off to my readers! Just enter coupon code KGRACEBLOG at checkout!

*Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Review: Fracture

Okay, folks, this is one of the neatest ways on the market to display photographs in your home (or office or wherever). How would you like to have your photos printed on glass?? Yep, you heard me. Fracture prints your photo directly on glass, with your choice of border (or without a border entirely, as you see I chose... I like edge-to-edge printing :-), and you get the choice of wall mount or stand-up mount.

Fractures come in several different sizes... 8", 10", 12", 14" and 18", measured diagonally. They also offer custom services if you have another size in mind!

I received a 10" and an 18" Fracture to review, and as I was aware of their products previously and consequently knew they were nice :-), I went ahead and ordered two additional ones to send to grandparents.

The Fractures arrived securely packaged in a unique stacked package, containing sturdy black cardboard "nests" for the photos. It's really very nice presentation, so if you had ordered for a client you could present them to the client right out of the package and you'd look very professional doing it. :-)

The colors produced in the photographs are very vibrant and the images sharp. A little card that came with them claims that "some call it the 'HD-TV of picture frames,'" and I think that's a pretty good description. Unlike a traditional framed photo, where the glass window dims the photo slightly, Fractures seem to get their vibrance from the glass... probably because that's what it's printed on. :-)

I chose wall mounts for mine, since I figure that leaves me the freedom of hanging it on the wall or displaying it on a stand. They come with a screw and a built in hole in the back of the frame for easy and invisible hanging (both of which virtues I highly esteem - ease and invisibility... as far as hanging frames goes).

Fractures are surprisingly affordable, especially when you compare it to wrapped canvases. Though I do love the look of canvas, this is equally beautiful in its own way and much easier on the purse. :-)

So... the conclusion. Would I buy Fractures? Well, silly question, since I already did. :-) And I would definitely buy from them again in the future. Fractures are a beautiful, sleek and modern way to "frame" and display photos... check them out! Fracture has generously offered a 10% off coupon to all my readers - just enter the code PRAIRIEROSE at checkout up to August 1, 2012.

*Disclaimer: I received the products mentioned in exchange for writing a review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.