Mason jars can bite me.
There. I’ve said it. Mason jars can bite me. They can kiss my voluptuously formed, Levi Strauss covered bum.
I’ve seen mason jars used as vases for bridal center pieces, hung from trees, given out with homemade jam, served with lemonade inside, made into tiny terrariums, and filled with poor little fireflies that light the way to cars. (Seriously?? What did they do to you??)
There is, most likely, very little you can do with a mason jar to get it back in my good graces.
That doesn’t mean, however, that I dislike wedding trends! Far from it! The second I see something I’ve never photographed before, I’m drooling like a techno geek in line for the latest Mac gadget. I just think…given the amount of centerpieces I photograph a year, I’m entitled to hating this little (thankfully on its way out) trend if I want to.
I like to equate the wedding industry to the co-captain of the High School Cheerleading squad.
The wedding industry is a trendy place. It’s an offshoot of the fabulous fashion industry…sporting poof sleeves, cut out backs, selective color editing, blown out highlights, country bumpkin signage, and the list goes on. I like to equate the wedding industry to the co-captain of the High School Cheerleading squad. It follows the leader…
just shy of being most popular.
If you’ve been in the industry a while, and you’ve kept your eyes open, trend spotting becomes a kind of game. It’s a game pretty much anyone can win (although, when you lose…you are subject to ridicule by pretty much the entire blogosphere).
The wedding industry is NOT a leader in trends. The wedding industry is a follower. We take what seems to be going well for a select few other industries and run with it.
For instance, Anthropologie lead the way last season to indie, hippie hand made amazing-osity. They inspired hordes of stay at home moms and college students to break out of the box and start producing some of the most beautiful (and hideous) handmade craftage known to man. For the last 12 months, photographers have been photographing bride and groom chalk board signs, apple pies and, you guessed it, mason jars.
So where is this season going to take us?
…you’re missing a veritable neon jungle of acid wash monkey models and slap bracelet snakes.
If you haven’t walked through Macy’s recently, you’re missing a veritable neon jungle of acid wash monkey models and slap bracelet snakes. Yes…the 80’s apocalypse is upon us.
Most of the hideous 80’s has stayed in it’s respective decade, but the colors and patterns have made their daring escape. (Let’s just hope that the shoulder pads stay firmly entrenched in the world of sports where they belong.)
Bright colors in make-up (steering slightly to the right of MiMi’s look from the Drew Carey Show)…
So what does all of this mean for the wedding industry?
Here is my guess: Although I don’t think we are heading towards hard core perm poofs, I do think sharp angles and brighter colors are on our horizon. Save the dates with chartreuse, yellows, pinks, violets and blues are just one stationer away from being in front of your lens. And you might as well start adding vector style boom boxes to your list of must haves for portfolio perfection.
I think the wedding styles will be a marriage (pun intended) of Princess Kate elegance and a softer 70’s Alice and Olivia compliment. Why 70’s? Although 80’s are going to be rampant throughout the design, 70’s has softer lines and patterns…more applicable to the wedding industry.
So bring on the 80’s!! Long live hot pinks, wedge shoes and heinous floral prints!
Well…until next season, anyways.
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