ShutterBooth ABQ is Voted Best Photo Booth

ShutterBooth ABQ is Voted Best Photo Booth

ShutterBooth ABQ’s most likely best moment of 2016 is being voted New Mexico’s Best Photo Booth Rental. Our photo booth earns this honor during the Perfect Wedding Guide New Mexico Bride’s Select Awards banquet.  Joining you in the celebration of your birthdays, anniversaries, quinceaneras, as well as marriages you allow us to become a part of the magic in making precious memories. As this is what we do best, you acknowledging us among the best in Albuquerque along with the Santa Fe area is truly a humbling experience!

Albuquerque Shutterbooth's Crown Achievement

Bride’s Select Awards 2016

Nominations are accepted for vendors in the Albuquerque in addition to the Santa Fe areas from over 400 brides. The nominations we earn throughout the course of the summer. Receiving such a large amount of support from these local areas is heart warming as well as encouraging.  It is a tremendous honor. We take great pride in being a part of this elite group of wedding vendors. The few categories receiving votes include the best in:

In addition to Best Photo Booth Rental…

Shutterbooth ABQ Crowning Achievement

Therefore it is with tremendous pride that ShutterBooth Albuquerque accepts this amazing award. Bride Selects recognizes us as the Best Photo Booth Rental! It is all due to your undying support that we are able to achieve this title. While we are happy to have this honor, we simply cannot do this without you!

To learn more about the Bride’s Select Awards visit: Bride’s Select Awards

Learn more about the Bride’s Select Awards Winners go to:  Bride’s Select 2016 Awards Winners

Most Importantly, thank you for your support!  

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Let’s Fall In Love: The Largest Bridal Show

NM Wedding Expo

Let’s Fall In Love: NM’s Largest Bridal Show

The greatest bridal event of the year is coming to Albuquerque New Mexico: The NM Wedding Expo!  Countless wedding professionals such as David’s Bridal, Alfred Angelo, and Ann Matthews Bridal to even our own ShutterBoothABQ are going to be in attendance! Delicious cakes, fabulous floral, to spectacular photo ops is going to be within an arm’s reach.  Add those final wedding touches with a flair only a true artist can apply! Make your upcoming nuptials memorable! Fall in love and find the picture perfect vendor at the NM Wedding Expo!

Over 100 Pros, No Cons! 

Albuquerque promises over 100 wedding professionals showing at the NM Wedding Expo! Whether you are looking for the right taste, smell (both fresh and silk), design, photographer or gown you are sure to find it here at the largest bridal event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It is all pros and no cons as this bridal event will feature some of the very best Albuquerque has to offer when it comes to saying ‘I do.’

Real pros you can expect to see at the event:

AND MANY MORE!!!

Abq NM Wedding Expo Fashion

The Big Event

This is the one-stop bridal event of the year! Couples who register have a chance at winning with about 100 prizes to be given away!  Some of the potential prizes include:

  • A Las Vegas Getaway
  • Discount E-book
  • 1 Year Subscription to Brides Magazine
  • $200 Gift Cards

So mark your calendars and register yourself for this event now!

When: January 22, 2017

Time: 12 pm – 5 pm 

Where: Isleta Resort & Casino

Address: 11000 Broadway Blvd SE Albuquerque, NM

 

For More Information Visit – NM Wedding Expo or NM Wedding Expo Event

 

Hope To See You There! 

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New Year Alternatives 2017: Goodbye Resolutions

New Year Alternatives 2017

New Year Alternatives 2017: Goodbye Resolutions

Why not embrace some new year alternatives in 2017? Let’s face it, waking up January 1st, you woke up the same person. Say goodbye to the practice of making resolutions alternatives to start this year as a better year with some fresh perspective.

1. Make A Commitment To Someone

While there is nothing wrong with self improvement, it is not uncommon for new year resolutions to be self-focused. Turning that focus outward and committing some real time as well as energy to someone else can make a real difference.

2. Highlight Your Strengths and Talents

Instead of focusing on your short comings along with areas you feel you can improve upon, why not take some time to nurture the areas where you show potential?

3.  Make New Year Intentions In Place of Resolutions

Goals and ambitions are great to have. However, when you do not obtain the desired outcome it can be  a real drag.  In place of pushing yourself to lose 10 or more pounds over the next year, you can have the intention of adopting a more healthy outlook on life. It is all about your approach.

4. Make A Gratitude List

Reflecting on the previous year we tend to look at what went wrong so we can try to improve upon it. Rather than doing this, consider taking a different approach. When you look back on 2016 look for the positive.

5.  Chose A Word To Focus On

Take a word that reflects the kind of person you want to be and apply it to your daily life. Make this word the center of your universe.

For more insight on these New Year Alternatives, visit the links below:

What To Do Instead of Making Resolutions

Alternatives to New Year Resolutions

Mindful New Year Alternative

 

 

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Festively Fabulous Hot Cocoa Recipes

Festively Fabulous Hot Cocoa Recipes

Festively Fabulous Hot Cocoa Recipes

Needing the extra upper this holiday season to keep you sane?  Are you looking to indulge your cocoa cravings this winter? Chocolate, booze, fruits, berries, candy, cookies, to classic treats…we have found it all!  Taste the holiday classics as you try some of these festively fabulous hot cocoa recipes courtesy of your neighborhood Albuquerque Shutterbooth!

Spiked Holiday Cocoas 

Like a little something extra in your chocolate? These holiday treats have a little extra something in them to lift your spirits. Rum, whiskey, bourbon, what will add the little extra warmth to your cocoa this holiday season?

Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Cocoa

The Hot Choc-Colada

Orange Pisco Hot Cocoa

Holiday Classic Cocoas

Are you wanting to get into the holiday spirit with a taste of the classics? Enjoy the tastes of your childhood days? Nostalgic for holiday flavors of gingerbread, peppermint, cinnamon, and fudge? These hot cocoa recipes bring a touch of holiday flavor right into your cup!

Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Snowman Soup Cocoa

Festively Fabulous Hot Cocoa Recipes

More Chocolaty Cocoa Goodness

Thirsty for more? Try some of these festively and just delightfully rich as well as delectable cocoa beverages! Butterscotch, peanut butter, and more. There is cocoa to be had galore! There is no end to this warm cup of chocolaty cocoa goodness for you this Christmas!

Food Network Hot Chocolate Recipes

22 Hot Cocoas To Get Through Winter

Holiday Cocoa Recipes

Do you have some of your own festively fabulous hot cocoa recipes to share? Share your holiday favorites with us! Cheers to you this holiday season!

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Winter Wonderland Holiday Inspiration

Winter Wonderland Holiday Inspiration

 

Winter Wonderland Holiday Inspiration

Winter Wonderland Holiday Inspiration anyone? Do you have the blues this season? Cure them with a little Winter Wonderland Holiday Inspiration! Experience the beauty this season has to offer. Create your own Winter Wonderland with  picture perfect photo ops! Albuquerque Shutter Booth is painting a marvelous canvas of Winter with natural beauties that you  are sure to draw some photography inspiration from this season!

Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

Baby, it is cold outside! There is a chill in the air. Gone or the long warm, fresh days of Spring. Gone too are the long hot, days of Summer fun. As it turns out, winter has its own magic that truly makes this frozen season, one of a kind. Sprinkle on some snow as well as some pine. Viola!

Natural Beauty 

Winter is commonly perceived as a season without life, growth, or flowers. It is known all too well too for the cold weather it brings. However, Winter harbors life and natural beauty of its own. Albuquerque Shutterbooth is going to  take you walking in a Winter Wonderland with some breathtaking photography of some natural beauty you onlyd  find during this magical time of year.

Holiday Inspiration

  • Berries – Holly, Ivy, and Mistletoe
  • Crystal Clear Air – Winter provides the most clear, blue skies from sunrise to sunset. These make for  spectacular photo opportunities with family and friends. Everything is captured in more detail.
  • Snow, Snow, Snow, Snow – There is nothing more pure or natural than a fresh blanket of newly fallen snow! Snow acts as a natural prism as it takes on any color the sun throws at it.

 

BBC Earth 10 Reasons To Love Winter

Top 5 Reasons To Love Winter

 

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2016 Christmas Wishlist Must Haves

2016 Christmas Wishlist Must Haves  

Christmas is less than a month away. Smells of cinnamon, peppermint, fir, pine, as well as holly are already thick in the air.  The one question on everyone’s lips is: What Do I Get…? Let’s do some window shopping and look at 2016 Christmas Wishlist Must Haves for him, her, teens, and a bit of well…EVERYONE!

2016 Christmas Wishlist

Holiday Gifts For Him 

What do you get the guy who has everything?  The list can become quite extensive when you are looking for just the right Christmas gift. Some sure to win gift ideas for him for 2016:

  • Whiskey or his favorite Alcoholic Beverage
  • Wireless Headphones, Speakers, and other Computer Hardware as well as Software
  • Shades, Cologne, Watches, and other accessories
  • Beanies, Hats, Slippers, and Gloves

35 Gifts For Him

Top 25 Gifts For Him

Christmas Cheer For Her

Buying for her is no less a challenge. Surprise mom, wife, sister, girlfriend, grandma, daughter, or friend with some of these holiday gifts!

  • Jewelry and Makeup Sets
  • Chilled Wines or other favored Alcoholic Beverages
  • Perfume, Lotions, Soaps, and other Pampering Products

20 Holiday Gifts For Her

Teen and College Age Wishlist

Teen and College Age Wishlist

Teenage & College Holiday Presents 

Keep your teens hip this Christmas with some of these awesome Christmas gift ideas. Don’t forget your college age students either!

  • Cellular Phones, Slips, and other Cellular Devices
  • Faux Shades or Frames for a guarantee of a good night’s sleep
  • Study tools: Pencils, Notebooks, Stationary, Backpacks, Etc.

33 Cool Gifts For Teens

 

2016 Christmas Wishlist

For The Little Angels & Sugar Plums

Here are some of the top recommended gifts for this holiday season!

  • Leap Frog and other Interactive Learning Tools
  • Classic Board Games
  • Dolls, Dollhouses, and Action Figures
  • Lincoln Logs, Lego Sets, Etc.
  • Tailed Blankets

35 Best Christmas Gifts For Kids

 

For a little more gifts for everyone:

13 Gifts For Everyone In The Family

 

 

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Popular Photography Practices: Photo Booths

 Popular Photography Practices 

One of today’s Popular Photography Practices are Photo Booths! They seem to be on the rise! They continue to capture our most precious moments after nearly a century despite the popularity of ‘photo friendly’ apps. What makes the use of photo booths so popular? Albuquerque Shutterbooth goes behind the lens to find out!

Popular Photography Practices: Photo Booths Then

An old fashioned Photo Booth

Popular Photography Practices: Photo Booths Now

A modern day Photo Booth compliments of Albuquerque Shutterbooth

A Little Photo History

Where did the use of the photo booth begin? There is likely nothing more magical, timeless, or classic than a beginning on Broadway! In 1925 Siberian immigrant, Anatol Josepho, introduced the Photomaton.

The photo booth had its first taste of popularity in 1953 when Hollywood star, Fred Astaire, sat for a photo! It has become an increasingly popular photography practice since!

Why The Buzz? 

What makes photo booths all the rage in a world where snap chat and Instagram thrive? Well…

  • Intimacy – Photo booths create an intimate space. Couples, friends, and even groups find themselves having to get close for the picture perfect photo op.
  • Instant Access – Photos taken in a photo booth allow participators to receive their photographs immediately following the experience. There is no wait! There is no hour to several hours long way for film development.
Instant hard copy photography

Immediate photography prints are available after each photo booth session!

  • Timeless – This generation as well as previous generations can enjoy all the joy photo booths have to offer. It is an experience for all ages!

To brush up on your photo booth history visit: A Brief History of the Photo Booth

To learn more about why Photo Booths are all the rage go to: Photo Booth Surge

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Holiday Blues: Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Blues: Holiday Survival Guide 

Not sure how you will survive the holidays? Got a case of the holiday blues? Dr. Holiday is in the house! Albuquerque Shutter Booth presents a Holiday Blues: Holiday Survival Guide that will see you through this busy time of year.

Holiday Blues

When you have the blues trying to get into the spirit can make even the brightest of reds look blue.

How To Survive The Holidays

Whether it is decorating, buying gifts, holiday parties,  or dinners here are some simple guidelines to make the holidays bright.

  1. Be flexible with your holiday decorations.  Do not focus your efforts on holiday decorum specifically designed for just any one holiday.  When putting together your holiday decorations try to incorporate items that can be used the whole year round. Glass candle holders, jars, or unscented electric candles can be perfect for any occasion  with the application of ribbons and brightly colored candies as well as beads!
  2. Escape when you can. When attendance over the holidays becomes mandatory or feels like an obligation arrive early enough to make yourself comfortable. Stay long enough to catch up and after making an appearance, excuse yourself. Making small talk and saving face sometimes is just enough to make a friend, family member, or co-worker happy.
  3. Keep the spirit of giving alive by making a list to help you organize your holiday shopping list.  When you are thinking of starting your holiday shopping, make a list of people you know. Next to them write what you want to get them. If you are not sure, write down some of their hobbies or interests.

For more holiday advice visit the following links:

Jill Martin’s Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide

4 Ways To Survive The Holidays With Family

 

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Feast Your Eyes: Unbelievable Thanksgiving Facts

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Feast your Eyes: Thanksgiving Fun Facts 

Food, family, and football who could ask for more? Feast your eyes  with some  eye popping Thanksgiving Fun Facts! Discover something about Turkey Day you never knew as Albuquerque Shutterbooth gobbles for Turkey Day!

Oh My Gobbler! 10 Unbelievable Things You May Not Know

  1. The first Tv Dinner was Thanksgiving Leftovers – In 1953  Swanson overestimates the amount of turkey Americans would consume. They create mini feasts of turkey, cornbread, dressing, peas, and sweet potatoes.
  2. The first Thanksgiving meal was prepared by only 4 women –  Of the 140 pilgrims who feast that first Thanksgiving, only four women are present to prepare the meal.
  3. There may NOT have been any Turkey! – The game was afoot, that is for sure! However,  there is no specification, as to what game or fowl, was prepared to feed the company for a week.
  4. Thanksgiving was meant to be a fast NOT a Feast – The devout pilgrims  practice the act of giving thanks in prayer as well as abstaining from food. The Wampanoag Indians, who celebrate with them that first Thanksgiving, share their harvest traditions.
  5. Everyone drank! – The state of water in London was poor. Adults and children alike drank beer as it was believed to be healthier than the water.
  6. There likely were not many Native Americans  – The indians fell in large numbers to illness.
  7. The First Thanksgiving was a 3 day affair! 
  8. Every year the U.S. president pardons a turkey. 
  9. The American South did not celebrate Thanksgiving during the Civil War.  – The southern states saw Thanksgiving as a ‘Yankee’ holiday during the Civil War.
  10. The average weight of a Thanksgiving turkey is 15 pounds. 

More Thanksgiving Fun Facts

Hungry for more? Feast your eyes, and your minds with these unbelievable morsels of knowledge!

Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Thanksgiving

15 Things You Didn’t Know About The First Thanksgiving

20 Things That You Did Not Know About Thanksgiving

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Shop Smart: Holiday Shopping Guide

Black Friday

Shop Smart: Holiday Shopping Guide

Tis the Season to go shopping! Black Friday is the BIGGEST shopping day of the year. Do your holiday shopping   safely and Shop Smart with this Holiday Shopping Guide from Albuquerque Shutterbooth!

1. When In Doubt, Shop Online!

Technology has enabled shoppers to purchase their holiday presents straight from the internet. Not much of a runner? Not wanting to deal with the extended wait periods? Browse some of your favorite stores online and catch some of those Black Friday sales online.

Keep in mind though, online sales, while liberating from the lines and hassle of cluttered aisles still comes with shipping fees.

Holiday Shopping Lines

2. Be Flexible With Your Purchase Selections

The hustle and excitement of Black Friday sales lead to a rapid succession of purchases. Avoid disappointment by having a list of backup purchases handy. For one thing that any shopper can be sure of during this Flash Sale is a LIMITED SUPPLY!

3. Begin Your Shopping Early!

While there are a number of deals that are exclusive to Black Friday, a number of sales are ongoing prior to. Knowing which sales are going on and worthwhile can better prepare you for real deals, because you just may save more buy shopping before! As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm!

4. BEWARE FINAL SALES

The prospect of major discounts on popular wish list items is bound to raise a fuss. However, a wise shopper need be wary and not get caught up too quickly in all the excitement. Be knowledgeable of return policies, as these Final sales can deliver a crushing blow with their restocking fees.

 

For more safe Black Friday shopping tips, visit the following links:

14 Ways To Prepare For Black Friday Like A Pro

Top 10 Black Friday Shopping Tips For 2016

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A Bountiful Meal: Thanksgiving 2016

 

A Bountiful Meal: Thanksgiving 2016 

A bountiful meal is not complete without some classic Thanksgiving favorites! Grab your forks, knives, and plates!  Fill your plates with some of these popular holiday recipes.

Gobbling Good Turkey 

Gobble Gobble! A Thanksgiving dinner just simply would not be complete without its centerpiece. Roasted, barbecued, or fried one thing never changes… a finger licking good bird!

Roast Turkey With Wild Mushroom Gravy

Roast Turkey With Wild Mushroom Gravy

 Herb and Lemon Stuffed Turkey

Herb and Lemon Stuffed Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herb and Lemon Stuffed Turkey Recipe

Roast Turkey With Wild Mushroom Gravy

If you love more of the southern flavor, then you would love a juicy, FireBird! It is a family recipe I refer to as the ‘Alcoholic Turkey.’ To make this delectable poultry featurette, you will need:

  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Green Bell  Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 12oz Can of Lager (beer)
  • 2 Whiskey Shots
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 Tsp Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • Turkey

Preparation:

  1. Brine turkey the previous night in beer, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Remove the neck and giblets for gravy!  Sit turkey for 12 hours in the brine.
  2.  Remove turkey from brine and  pad gently to dry. Place brine to the side. Apply the rest of the spices liberally under the turkey skin.
  3. Preheat oven to 400.
  4. Place the turkey UPSIDE DOWN onto cooking rack. Pour the leftover brine into the opening. Pour whiskey the same.
  5. Wrap cooking tray in foil. Cook until golden brown, basting bird occasionally during cooking.

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Tasty Side Dishes

The turkey may take the spotlight, however, it would not make much of a dinner featurette without some delightful costars!

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Green Bean Casserole With Fried Shallots

Grape Cranberry Sauce

 

More Thanksgiving Classics

Have some room on left on your table? Try some of these recipes!

Over 100 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

30 Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

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Halloween Soundtrack: Music Top Hits


Halloween Soundtrack: Music Top Hits

A night as eerie as Halloween demands the best, spine tingling soundtrack. Get your freak on, howl at the moon, and sing like a banshee with some of these timeless tunes!

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

 

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” remains one of the most haunting Halloween favorites. Featuring a spine tingling outro delivered by Vincent Price, this is one Halloween “Thriller” that never grows old.

Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper”

Enjoy a frightening rock classic! Applying the use of a cow bell, this spooky Halloween hit made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Marilyn Manson’s “This Is Halloween”

One of the most heart throbbing Halloween covers of all time, Marilyn Manson brings the dead to life with his rendition of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas‘ “This Is Halloween.”

AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” or “Hell’s Bells”

Ride one hot ride on a treacherous road with these rocking jams! While AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” was written about the strife of life on tour, it has never stopped adoring fans from adorning broken halos or horns!

The Rocky Picture Horror Show’s “Time Warp” 

Halloween festivities would not be the same without this musical classic!

Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me”

A big hit during the early 80’s, Rockwell’s “Sombody’s Watching Me” incorporated the vocal talents of Michael Jackson and his brother Jermaine. This creeper feature hit big in both the UK and the U.S.

Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash” 

The “Monster Mash” remains a Halloween music top hit favorite. Released in 1962, Bobby Pickett’s masterpiece still survives in the hearts of the living today.

More Halloween Music Top Hits Selections 

For more Halloween Music  Top Hits selections visit the links below:

The 20 Greatest Halloween Songs

The Best Halloween Songs of All Time

The Top 25 Halloween Songs

 

 

 

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Special Events for Women

Special Events for Women

It’s About Time!

There are 24 hours in a day, yet more often than not, it does not seem to be quite enough. Despite all our technological advances, time does not stop. However, when we find ourselves waiting the arrival of something, time seems to stand still. Especially when it comes down to waiting on the most difficult things…

TEDx Abq Women 2016 Event

TEDx Women Abq 2016

TEDx Women will be examining the question of time as well as ask some of the hard questions…because…after all…It’s About Time! TEDXx Women will be exploring issues for which time seems never to come fast enough:

  •  Racial Equality
  • Class Equality
  • Climate Change
  • Violence

AND MORE!!!!

When & Where:

TEDx Women Abq 2016 is on October 28th.  Speaker Sessions are from 1pm to 5pm. This will be followed by a happy hour and audience engagement from 5pm to 6pm. The event will take place at the African American Performing Arts Center on 310 San Pedro Drive NE, in Albuquerque New Mexico.

Learn more at: https://tedxabq.com/2016-women-event/

Speakers & Performers

The African American Performing Arts Center will set the stage for various speakers as well as performers. Among the speakers in attendance will be Michelle Justice, Meggan Gomez, and Ramona King. Performing at the TEDxAbq event will be WAZO, Ebony and Marya, as well as Valeria Montes featuring Hakim Bellamy.

About TEDx

TEDxAbq is a volunteer-driven organization. It has been so since it’s inception in 2010. They are dedicated to taking action and improving the community.

TEDxAbq core values:

  • Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Fun
  • Accuracy
  • Servant Leadership
  • Creativity
  • The Celebration of New Mexico

TEDxAbq Mission: To Build A Community Through The Power of Ideas

Find out more about TEDxAbq at: https://tedxabq.com/about/

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Wedding Ideas – Glamorous Ghoulish Wedding

Halloween Wedding Ideas

How To Have A Glamorous Ghoulish Wedding 

Honor the time honored wedding tradition vows of “till death do us part” by celebrating the joining of two lives by capturing the spirit of endless love in a glamorously ghoulish way!

Dark & Mysterious Wedding Glamor 

Capturing the spirit of Halloween with charm and sophistication can be a nightmare. A bride need not despair! The right touches can make a Hallow’s Eve wedding a breathtaking haunt.

Funky Formalwear 

Get your freak on with some funky formalwear! Groomsmen in tailcoats, swallowed coats, and striped socks can bring the Halloween spirit into your big day in the most phenomenal ways. Outfit your bridesmaids in deep, dark hues of purple, red, black, navy, to pumpkin oranges. Eerie accessories are sure to be a scream!

Bold Arrangements

Bring the elements of magic, mystery, and romance with splashes of blacks, reds, whites, and purples. Celebrate timeless romance with the use of blood magic roses. Honor the dead and immerse in the Halloween spirit with the application of black feathers, and deep colored calla lilies. Shed a little light over the gloom with crystal chandeliers.

 

Harvest Treats 

Spice things up with dashes of some fall flavor! Harvest tastes of pumpkin, apple, and corn can give your autumn festivities a sweet and savory flavor your guests will fall for! Apple martinis or pumpkin pie anyone?

More Devilishly Delightful Ideas 

Looking for more ghoulish flare? Visit these links to bring your blissful nightmare to life!

17 Ways To Design A Glamorous Gothic Wedding – https://www.insideweddings.com/news/planning-design/17-ways-to-design-a-glamorous-gothic-wedding/2568/

13 Stylish Halloween Ideas https://www.theknot.com/content/halloween-wedding-style-ideas

 

 

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A Picture Of Life and Death: The Origins Of Halloween Colors

A Picture Of Life and Death: The Origins Of Halloween Colors

Two colors immediately come to mind at the reference of Halloween. Those colors are none other than orange and black. What is the significance of these colors in regards of Hallow’s Eve? That is the question Albuquerque Shutterbooth is eager to unearth!

It’s A Monster Masterpiece

Orange, black, red, green, to even purples have been seen gracing the doorsteps of various Halloween celebrators. Every color has its own ghastly meaning.

Orange: 

Regarded as a color of life, bounty, strength, as well as endurance orange celebrates the Autumn Harvest.

Black:

As Halloween is regarded as a holiday in which honors the dead, black is often associated with darkness and death.

Red: 

Gore would not be gore without the crimson red color of blood. Vampire have become quite the spectacle since Stoker’s “Dracula” hit the shelves and film. Red could not be more menacing!

Green: 

Everything slimy, gross, ectoplasmic, or ghoulish is drearily green! A monster would not have the proper complexion without a grotesquely green face!

Purple: 

The mysterious, the unexplained, and the supernatural are all summed up in this royally spooktacular color! Purple is the perfect halloween color if you are looking to cast a spell!

 Would You Believe?

Light is to dark as yin is to yang. Would you believe it if you were told that orange and black are indeed opposites? Orange is a color that reflects the beauty of life during the harvest season. Whereas black, on the other hand, is a bleak hue that is familiarized with death, evil spirits, well as the underworld.

For More Creepy color insight visit:

http://isleofhalloween.com/halloween-colors-and-their-meaning/

http://www.allaboutpopularissues.org/origin-of-halloween-colors-faq.htm

https://www.bustle.com/articles/182109-why-are-orange-black-halloween-colors-the-symbolism-behind-this-tradition-might-surprise-you

 

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Hallowed Halloween Traditions

Hallowed Halloween Traditions 

Hallowed Halloween traditions, the practice of trick -or-treating and adorning ghoulish costumes are popularly accepted celebratory actions that mark this delightfully eerie holiday. What though of perhaps some of the more unnatural?  Some of the most gusto and truly unusual Halloween traditions are all around us, we need only dare to look!

The Strange, The Weird, and Downright Unusual 

Hiding Knives: In Germany, Halloween is regarded as a time in which the veil between the world of the living and the dead is weakened. So it can be assumed, that a number of the dead may return and walk among the living for this brief time. Playing on the side of caution, all knives are hidden away to ensure the safety of both the living and the dead. 

Chairs By The Fireside: On Halloween in the Czech Republic chairs are placed by the fireplace. One chair is placed for each of the living relatives in the family as well as those who have deceased. 

Get Into The Spirit!

Hallow’s Eve would be not much of a celebration without some Halloween spirit!

All Soul’s Procession: A journey of 100,000 souls takes place on Halloween in Tucson Arizona. Similar to “Dia de los Muertos,” this procession honors the lives of those who are no longer among the living. Participants of this event are encouraged to adorn masks, costumes, and floats that honor the dead. 

 

All Souls Procession

Zombie Crawl: Denver Colorado’s Zombie Crawl brings “The Walking Dead” to life! The undead sweep the nation, or at least the 16th Street Mall in this annual Zombie dash, walk, or crawl! 

Zombies Crawl Street Crossing

Scare More

Find more strange Halloween Traditions below:

U.S. Towns With The Strangest Halloween Traditions– https://www.flipkey.com/blog/2016/09/25/u-s-towns-with-the-strangest-halloween-traditions/

Halloween Traditions Around The World – https://www.crazylenses.com/blog/10-Weirdest-Halloween-Traditions-From-Around-The-World/

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Boo’s The Best Dressed?

Boo’s The Best Dressed? 

Boo’s The Best Dressed? What are some of the most anticipated and eagerly awaited Halloween costumes of 2016? This year has been an exciting one. Between upcoming elections, film, and music there is a little something fun for everyone this Hallow’s Eve! Here’s a sneak peak at some trending costumes for 2016 that are sure to be a real treat!

Cruella de Vil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lil Frappuccino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Ghouls and Boys

Trick or treat has never sounded quite so sweet as it will this year with these little holiday hits!

  •  Cruella de Vil
  •  A lil Starbucks Frappuccino
  • Darth Vader
  • Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Captain America
  • Charizard
  • Pikachu

Dunkin Donuts

Scare Pairs

Are you going trick or treating with your best friend? Boyfriend? Girlfriend? Maybe even your spouse? You might want to try going as one of these fantastic scare pairs!

  •  Dunkin Donuts
  • Joffrey Baratheon and Sansa Stark
  • A Bra
  • Sven and Olaf
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas’ Jack and Sally
  • Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head
  • Dr. Who and Tardis

DC Comic Harley Quinn

This Year’s Agonizingly Anticipated Top 10

Here’s one horrifying popularity contest! This year’s top 10 Hallow’s Eve costumes are going to be a real scream!

  • Simon Biles
  • Bill Clinton and His Balloons
  • Pokemon – Go Trainer
  • Starbucks Rainbow Drinks
  • Game of Thrones Hodor
  • Beyonce’s “Lemonade”
  • Finn, Rey and BB8 from Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • DC Comics Harley Quinn
  • Snapchat’s Puppy Filter
  • The Ghostbusters

Top 10 Most Purchased Halloween Costumes: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/top-10-halloween-costumes-purchased-in-2016

 More Spine Tingling Ideas 

Is your funny bone not tickled? Has your itching curiosity been satisfied? If not, feel free to explore some of these spooktacular costume ideas!

Genius Couples Halloween Costumes: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g2625/halloween-costumes-for-couples/

Fun Kiddies Halloween Costumes: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/g385/popular-kids-halloween-costumes/

 

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The Oh In Photography

The Oh In Photography

“Oh that photo is lovely,” or “What a beautiful picture” are flattering words that photographers and brides want to hear. What makes for timeless, memorable, top notch photography? What moments should be captured on film to commemorate your special day? Let’s focus our lenses and find out!

There is not a more tender, or heart warming moment than when the question is popped!

There is not a more tender, or heart warming moment than when he or she pops the question!

Capturing All The Right Moments

Make the BIG DAY one that is unforgettable by preserving these heartwarming moments:

  • The Proposal
  • Bridal Beauty
  • Father-Daughter First Looks
  • First Dance

These are just the first little hints of icing on the cake!

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2016 Wedding Photography Trends 

To get that Oh in photography try some of these popular photography trends!

  • Film photography 

Yes, classic film photography is making a comeback! As more traditional wedding practices make a return, the practice of capturing them is also becoming more classic.

  • Primes 

Quality photography is the objective and nothing says quality like primes! These are the kinds of shots that

  • Black and White

Vintage looks and wedding styles are becoming increasingly popular so it should come as no surprise that couples are going back to the traditional black and white photography layout. Nothing quite gives the throwback flare like traditional black and white photographs!

  • Tech and Style

Equipment, lighting, and position are all also key components in film. Tilt shift and art lenses are some of such said equipment that is becoming tremendously used in photography this year. It makes blurring a work of art as parts of photographs become more focused and ‘centered’ than others.

These trends are sure to put the OH in Photography!

For more insight on photography trends visit:

10 Best Wedding Photography Trends –  https://www.slrlounge.com/10-best-wedding-photography-trends-of-2016/

6 Huge Wedding Photography Trends –  http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2016/02/2016-wedding-photography-trends.html

Hottest Wedding Photography Trends –  https://www.theknot.com/content/wedding-photography-trends

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Bon-Appetite!

Bon- Appetite!

Seeking to tantalize tastebuds but on a budget? Want a delicious menu that you can sink your teeth into? Feast your eyes on some of these tasty choices as you explore your reception menu options!

 

Brunch

One of the most costly things any husband or wife has to pay for in their lifetime, is THE BIG DAY. Lighten the load on the wallet with a crowd pleasing brunch! Whether it is an omelet station, fruit salads, or  salad bar brunch offers a plethora of options that are bound to please everyone.

Food Trucks 

Keep things simple and provide a casual dining experience with the use of a food truck. While this trend is not quite one that screams traditional, it does offer a wide selection of food types. You want to go a little south of the border, perhaps have a little taste of Italy, maybe something for the insatiable sweet tooth, there is bound to be a bit of something tasty on wheels that can suit the occasion!

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Comfort Food

Who says there is nothing trendy or chic about comfort food? Bring a touch of home right to the table with some of your personal favorite fan fare. Say ‘I do’ to macaroni -n- cheese, hamburgers, pigs in a blanket, fried chicken, as well as biscuits and gravy  by giving them a little class through creative presentation.

More Tasty Ideas   

Not what you are looking for? Visit these links below for some more delicious ideas!

Wedding Food Trends 2016 – http://www.dishinanddishes.com/wedding-food-trends-for-2016/?doing_wp_cron=1473352045.3702819347381591796875

Top Wedding Food Trends 2016 –  http://www.delish.com/food/g3261/wedding-food-trends-best-wedding-cocktails/?slide=14

Bon-Appetite! 

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Labor Day: A Celebration of Work and Achievement

Labor Day: A Celebration of Work and Achievement 

The annual celebration of work and achievement, Labor Day, has some rather bleak beginnings. Over 100 years ago this holiday originated at the peak of the Industrial Revolution. It is at this time that workers united and took a stand in order to obtain some well earned comforts as well as rewards.

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Industrialization and the Working World 

 The Industrial Revolution sparked advances in the the systems of communication, banking, and transportation. The very manner in which work was carried out also began to change during this time. Work during this era, clock in for an average of 60 to 70 hours a week. Laborers sweated in grueling 12 hour shifts and were often subject to rather harsh conditions. 

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day? 

The harsh and sometimes unsafe conditions in which the laborers worked did not allot for time off or good pay. In fact, it was these same dismal circumstances that brought a number of workers to rise up together to take action.

In other words, Labor Day is a celebration of worker’s appreciation. Had laborers not gathered or formed unions, employees today would likely not have pay raises, days off, retirement, sick leave, or vacation time.

 Fascinating Labor Day Facts

  •  Labor Day’s founder is a subject of controversy as it is believed that either Peter J. McGuire or Matthew Maguire is responsible for the creation of this holiday.
  • While Labor Day is a National Holiday, not everyone gets time off.
  • The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882.

The Conversation – Forgotten Labor Day: http://theconversation.com/have-we-forgotten-the-true-meaning-of-labor-day-64526

Labor Day History: http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day

History of the Industrial Revolution: http://www.history.com/topics/industrial-revolution

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