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Seneca SC | The Lighthouse | Aaron + Verrio | Wedding Highlight Video | Better Tie Photo and Video

 The day started out with beautiful weather on Lake Keowee at the Lighthouse Event Center. The chairs and ceremony all setup, complete with games and boat rides ready for the guests. Just as the ceremony started, the clouds came in and the rain came down. But it did not damper the beauty of this couple saying their “I Do’s” - we moved everything inside the tent and the wedding ceremony went on. And as if on cue, as the bride came down the aisle so did the sun and everything came together so wonderfully.

The bride was beautiful and calm and the groom kept us laughing all day. We are so thankful that Better Tie was able to capture this true love story. I hope you enjoy their Wedding Highlight video.

Greenville SC | Twigs Tempietto | Wedding Photography | Tori + Barry |Better Tie Photo and Video

We have just finished Tory and Barry's wedding day photos and just can't wait for you to see all the fun that was had that day! The wedding and reception was at the amazing Twigs Tempietto and it was a pleasure to with Carrie T. Moore and Uptown Entertainment . Take a few minutes and look over some of their wedding photos from their day. You can also go here to see their engagement photos. Vendors:

Photography - Better Tie Productions

Coordinator - Carrie T. Moore

DJ - Uptown Entertainment

Venue - Twigs Tempietto

You can also go here to see all of the images from their special day, the password is the grooms last name #----->

Greenville SC | Twigs Tempietto | Wedding Photography | Kellan + Stephanie | Better Tie Photo and Video

Greenville SC | Twigs Tempietto | Wedding Photography | Kellan + Stephanie | Better Tie Photo and Video

Excited to share Stephanie & Kellan's wedding with you guys! It was at the beautiful Twigs Tempietto located in Greenville SC. We had an amazing time with them as well as their family & friends. We worked with the very talented people of ProsOnly, Danielle Baker is the WOMAN when it comes to wedding officiants, the very tasty cake was provided by Tasteful Elegance, and of course photo provided by us Better Tie Productions.  Check out some of their wedding photos here. Vendors:

DJ & Photobooth - ProsOnly

Officiant - Danielle Baker

Photography - Better Tie Productions

Venue & Flowers - Twigs Tempietto

Cake - Tasteful Elegance

To see all of the pictures go here #----> Kellan and Stephanie's Wedding Password is the brides maiden name

Greenville SC | Certus Loft |  Wedding Pictures | Katherine + Evan | Better Tie Photo and Video

Greenville SC | Certus Loft | Wedding Pictures | Katherine + Evan | Better Tie Photo and Video

Unfortunately for Katherine and Evan their wedding turned out to be the same time as a monsoon, it rained for the whole wedding day! But the couple was so wonderful to work with and gave us some amazing shots. We made the most of it and was able to grab some shots outside in-between rain clouds at the Courtyard Marriott.  I always love photographing downtown Greenville SC at the Huguenot Loft / Certus Loft. Dave McMilliam with Memories by McMillian created all the floral arrangements Susan and her amazing team, Willrich Bridal, took care of all the wedding planning. You can also check out her engagement pictureswedding day pictures, Wedding Video,  bridal portraits

Marc + Taylor Wedding Photo

What a beautiful day it turned out to be for Marc + Taylor's wedding at the incredible Lindsey Plantation. Marc + Taylor were so easy to work with, it was impossible to take a bad photo of either of them. Their wedding was very elegant and set in an amazing country background. We were so glad to be able to capture Marc + Taylor's special day. Congratulations and Best wishes. Enjoy these images from their day.


Valerie + Ryan Wedding Trailer

We had the pleasure of working with Valerie and Ryan on their beautiful wedding. I'll do 3 posts on their wedding as we photographed, filmed, and provided the lighting for them. I provided the uplighting at the reception, which was done at the beautiful Huguenot Loft. All of the decorations were set up and designed by Susan Sanford and her team at Willrich Bridal as well as coordinating the entire event. We also provided the wedding photography of the event too but will post that later. This blog is about their wedding videography. I had an amazing time working on their wedding videos. It was tough to go through all of the footage and not use it all.  We were able to capture so many great moments and loved creating some wonderful videos for them to have for a life time.

Here is just a sample of of their wedding day with this Highlites trailer.

Harris + Mattfeld Wedding Trailer from Better Tie Productions on Vimeo.


As always leave some love and let us know what you think!

Daniel Yopp
Better Tie Productions

The cake. How to choose one.

Ok, so I have to admit as much as I try to stay away from it, I just love to sneak a piece of cake at the end of the night when most of the guest are leaving. As photographers and videographers working at the wedding you can't help but be drawn to that sweet treat. Sometimes we are looking for another slice and sometimes we are trying to figure out why it doesn't taste as good as it looks. I thought it would be good to put up a link of what to look for. Since I know nothing about cakes (other than eating them, not sure that counts) I thought I would let the experts from She Knows Wedding tell you.  

1- Choose a reputable bakery

Palmero wedding cake

"Brides-to-be should absolutely begin their research online. Visit general wedding sites to obtain real customer feedback from other couples. Then visit the bakery's website to view images of their work. If the photos aren't up-to-date, their work isn't either. You want to work with a bakery with positive feedback from married couples and a wide range of cake offerings."

"Next, you should visit the bakery in person and meet with the staff. It's important to walk out of the bakery with an image of the cake — either drawn or rendered via computer — so that there aren't any surprises. If you don't feel comfortable with the bakery staff, you won't be happy with your cake. Most cake specialists have a dedicated staffer and a separate area in which to sit down and review wedding cake design. If the sales associate rushes you or fails to answer basic questions, you should consider going somewhere else."

 2 - Give yourself adequate time to pick a wedding cake

"Three to six months is enough time to plan the cake. Once a bride knows her color scheme and the wedding venue, it's good to get the cake designed and ordered before she enters the 'crunch period,' which is usually the last two months."

3 - Make sure you love how the cake tastes

"I can't stress this enough: Arrange for a cake tasting before the cake is ordered. If the cake has multiple flavors, taste all of them. Basic flavors like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla will vary depending on how the cake is made, its formulation, its frosting and more. Don't assume — taste!"

"Also, with regard to taste, avoid the exotic. A good bakery can make vanilla taste amazing. Exotic flavors sometimes alienate guests who don't recognize the flavor."

4 - Get creative with the design

Palmero wedding cake

"The age of the cookie-cutter tiered white wedding cake with a plastic figurine at the top is long gone and, personally, I'm happy to see it go. Many brides bring their color scheme (wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses) into the shop for color coordination. Others are coordinating the jewels they wear on their special day with cake adornments — pearls, diamonds and rubies, for example. If a bride is wearing them, we can replicate the look on a cake."

"Also, themed weddings need a themed cake. From outdoor spring weddings to religious ceremonies, any type of wedding can be accommodated with a custom cake."

5 - Need inspiration? Try a cake trend

"Matching the bride's dress to the cake is a big trend this season. We've matched the ruffle on a bride's dress to the cake. We've also matched specific pieces of heirloom jewelry on the bride to the wedding cake."

"We're also seeing a return to classic buttercream frosting — the original style of frosting that looks more realistic and has a richer flavor than modern frostings. As for shapes, ovals are really this season's hottest shift. Round is traditional, square can be a lot of fun, but an oval-shaped cake draws a lot of attention and allows us more room upon which to create."

6 - Don't make these cake mistakes

"There are two cardinal sins of planning a custom wedding cake: The first is waiting until the last minute to design and order a cake. Most bakeries have their custom cakes calendared out weeks in advance. Special ingredients and decorations sometimes need to be ordered and, in some cases, created from scratch, which takes considerable experimentation."

"The second mistake is to have too many people providing input. I've seen many brides driven crazy because they involved both sets of parents, friends, cousins, the entire bridesmaid party, etc. When you come to the bakery, keep your entourage down to one or two people at the most. Choosing a cake is about what feels good to you as the bride."


Why am I hungry for cake now?.. Okay so get out there a taste some cake and let me know who is your favorites and maybe will post the top 10 for everyone to see.

As always I hope you have a great wedding, and if I'm there be sure to save me a piece of cake. :)

Daniel Yopp
Better Tie Productions
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