Tuesday Trends: 5 Ways to Use Social Media at Your Wedding

If social media had a mission statement, it would be to bring people together while simultaneously keeping them informed. Here are 3 ways to do just that for the bride and groom’s big day!

1. Planning: A decade ago, wedding planning meant stacks of magazines and a three-ring binder for most brides. Today, everything needed to plan a wedding can be found on a smart phone. Pinterest is a great resource for getting ideas on everything from hair styles to bridesmaids dresses to event decor. And for the brides that don’t want every detail of their wedding shared before the big day, Pinterest has secret boards. If a bride needs more than inspiration to plan a wedding, Google has a wedding budget template and apps like lover.ly and The Knot can help tame the chaos before the nuptials. 

2. Day-Of Coordination: Utilize apps like Wedding Party, Wedding Planner for iPad, and appy couple for a more seamless day of experience. These apps have can coordinate vendor information, send out email reminders to the wedding party when they need to be somewhere, keep a shot list for photographers and so much more.


3. Crowdsource Your Photographs: Wedding photographs are the piece of the ceremony and reception that will last forever and many couples don’t want to miss out on the moments between their guests. Crowdsourcing wedding photos is a great way to involve their guests and have photographs they would otherwise not have. A popular trend now is creating a wedding hashtag and having guests share their photos on twitter and Instagram using the hashtag. Apps like WedPics, Snapable, and Eversnap allow the couple, the wedding party, and all the guests to share photos and videos during the ceremony and reception and order prints and albums to help remember the day.

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Did You Know Series: Elmwood Cemetery and Our Own Shonna Springer

Did you know that Shonna Springer, Mahaffey’s own Operations Coordinator, has graciously volunteered to be Elmwood Cemetery‘s Photographer-In-Residence? Check out some of her AMAZING work at Memphis’ most beautiful and beloved cemetery. Furthermore, one of her photos was chosen for the cover of a trade magazine called American Cemetery Magazine!

Established in 1852, Elmwood Cemetery has become the final resting place to over 75,000 inhabitants including mayors, governors, madams, blues singers, suffragists, martyrs, generals, civil rights leaders, holy men and women, outlaws and millionaires. It is the final resting place of those who created Memphis history and has emerged today as Memphis’ finest and oldest active cemetery. The grounds of Elmwood were entered on the National Register of Historic Places on March 20, 2002. If you’ve never been, it’s a Memphis MUST!

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As an added bonus for this week’s “Did You Know” series, we thought you should know that Shonna has also started her own photography business, Shonna Nicole Photography. Be sure to check out her website and book a session!

Mahaffey Partner Spotlight: Annabella Charles

When taking part in weddings and events, it’s always a wonderful thing to have partners that are reliable and exceptional at what they do. This time around, we’re doing a spotlight on a fabulous Memphis photographer: Annabella Brandon of Annabella Charles Photography {formerly Asian Bees Photography}, one of Mahaffey’s preferred partners.

A wife and mom to a little girl, Annabella has been working solo as a wedding photographer in the South since 2009. Her work is professional, beautiful, and elegant {though the pictures have already told you most of that}.

Check out the Annabella Charles blog or find her facebook for more information on how to have her photograph your wedding.



*NOTE: All photos by Annabella Charles Photography