The Personalised Gift of Luxury For Your Better Half!

Congratulations Gorgeous! You just got engaged and a ring on your finger and permanent butterflies in your tummy remind you of the same every few hours. You are still getting used to being called his fiancee as it suddenly dawned on you- the holidays are just around the corner! This means the first year of gift-giving to your fiance and you want to get things right. You want to shower that man with the very best, but are a little lost on which way to head. What do you get for someone who seems to have everything, pursues the finer tastes of life, and has an excellent style? If you need a little hand-holding in the labyrinth that fiance gift-giving is, say no more. Let us go through some of the premium gifting options that you can choose for your special person, as per their unique area of interest.

Culinary

  • Smokeless Wood & Charcoal Burning FirePit: If your man appreciates a good barbeque but can do without the hassle, welcome to the Firepit. This firepit BioLite makes making a fire as easy as flicking a switch on. It comes with an app that enables easy control of the fan setting, the intensity and there is no dodging-the-smoke-plumes activity involved.
  • The Barista Express Espresso Machine: We all agree on how that morning cup of coffee is everything. Gift this amazing espresso machine and be the first thought in his mind every morning by ensuring his morning coffee is made just right. Be it for the coffee nerd, or someone who appreciates a morning pick-me-up before diving into a busy day, this is perfect.
  • The Iconics Collection: For the guy who takes cooking very seriously, a set of kitchen knives and essentials is very important. The Iconics collection features a minimalistic clean design and a luxurious feel to make any foodie heart happy. It comes with various wood colors and handles color options to suit most kitchen aesthetics.

Tech

  • Arccos Driver Tracking System: If he is a lover of golf and technology, this is the perfect gift for him. This gadget uses GPS and Bluetooth technology to carefully map out the bird’s eye view of the golf course while capturing his best drives. This means more competitive golfing with friends, more bragging rights. The app syncs well with any iPhone or Android device.
  • Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset: This virtual reality headset will be the best thing ever if he is into watching football games or playing video games. This VR set requires no computers, phones, or wires and comes with built-in audio, so no additional headsets required.
  • Lifestyle 650 Home Entertainment System: Any tech lover will appreciate the jewel cube speakers and the 360-degree sound which will make any movie date a special event. It also comes with WiFi and Bluetooth-equipped glass-topped console which is sleek and classy to look at, making it a great addition to the home decor, even when not in use.

Family

  • M-E (Typ 240) Mirrorless Digital Rangefinder Camera: This camera is nothing less than a work of art. A Leica is surely a camera that he will love to have for his entire life, and he can capture the memories of the time spent with his family for years to come. This camera is high-end and comes with a super-tough body, and will bring out the shutterbug in him and have the memories to tell the story for years.
  • Boudoir Book: Turn this Christmas into the best Christmas ever for him by putting together a tastefully done boudoir book for your partner. Gift him this and watch that smile spread over his face and light it up. This can add some playful spice to your life while letting him know that you were thinking fondly of him.
  • Genetic Testing Kit: What better than the holiday season than to feel closer to your family? Ancestry.com is spectacular for tracing and helping you navigate the occasionally confusing family roots and does the most authentic and premier quality DNA testing out there. Not only does it provide a detailed genetic analysis, but it also recognizes any potential health risks and explains any personality quirks.

Outdoorsy

  • Cacoon Hanging Tent/Hammock: The sweet spot between a tent and a hammock is where this amazing product is tucked away. This elevated relaxation pod can take any camping trip from okay to indulgent in a second. Your man can now hang out in the woods and feel like a stylish hummingbird while at it.
  • Radiate Portable Campfire: This easily portable campfire is a genius creation that makes the exemplary outdoorsy gift. It is perfect for the outdoorsy man who loves to be outside and a good campfire but likes things to be hasslefree. This amazing product has three hours of burn-time and when he is done, he can pack it and carry it on his next adventure.
  • Shearling-Collar Leather Bomber: This leather bomber is the perfect companion for all the adventures out there for your out-and-about man to explore. It comes in buttery Berluti leather, shearling collar, and a luxurious silk lining and is beautifully indulgent. This gift is surely the one for keeps and will keep your man warm and comfy.

Health-focus

  • The Mirror: Welcome to the future! This smart mirror is definitely made for the world of flying cars and time travel. And it is especially perfect for your fitness-focused partner and will comfortably slip into his daily fitness regime. This mirror streams fitness classes on-demand and closely monitors one’s moves. It is not just a mirror, it is a virtual personal trainer.
  • Smart Yoga Mat: If your man has a penchant for yoga, this is the most unique and appropriate gift to give him this holiday. This is a yoga mat to put all yoga mats to shame. You can snap this mat into place and there will be no curling around the edges as you use it. When done, just click the snaps, and the mat rolls out on its own.
  • Dolce & Gabbana Electric Citrus Juicer: If your partner doesn’t ever pass on that morning glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and also has a deep appreciation for D&G, we’ve found just the perfect gift for him. Smeg’s retro kitchen appliances and D&G had a baby and this stunning juicer happened. We can’t think of a more classy way of doing morning OJ.

Professional

  • Harness Bedrock Leather Briefcase: This exquisite leather briefcase is that preppy accessory which will not only make him the most dapper commuter but will take care of his essentials in the most perfect way. This will certainly get him some impressed looks as he arrives and leaves from his workplace.
  • Formula 1 Chronograph 43mm Watch: While he is hustling around and getting things done, he will look debonair with this elegant watch slung on his wrist. Its classy design will suit most formal attires and the blue backdrop gives just a pop of color to him an exclusive primacy.
  • Apple Watch: This next-generation Apple Watch not only makes a sleek accessory, but it is also an incredibly nifty gadget to keep your man ahead of his schedule, meetings, and deliverables. It comes with a state-of-art design and an 18-hour battery life, while also being water-resistant. It makes a perfect comrade to take him seamlessly through his busy workday to his after-work plans.

Some men have a simple taste while there are others who like the tested best of things. For the latter type of men who come with a taste for the finer tastes of life, this list will surely hit home and be an assured success. Your lovely to-be-husband deserves nothing but the very premium quality of things. So get him a Christmas present which will bring that child-like spark of awe in his eyes. For more holiday inspiration, check out Lauren and Kyle at Ironstone Ranch, and discover more amazing ideas.

Staying Connected While Wedding Planning

So you just got engaged and your mind and home are in a flurry of activities. You find yourself swept away by the wave of congratulations, soon accompanied by unsolicited advice,  expectations, and options which demand your immediate decision-making attention. You are soon spread thin amidst the pressure to plan the ‘perfect wedding’, the race to hunt down the best of vendors and making 167 decisions a day, be it flowers, napkin designs, silverware, and more. Result? Frayed nerves and snappy quips between you and your partner!

Abort mission and sit down and take a deep breath! Wedding planning is supposed to be fun, remember? If it is threatening to weight down on your nerves and test your relationship, maybe you are doing something wrong. Retract and analyze and reframe. You got this!

Here we have some more advice (unsolicited, but hear us out!) which will help you glide through your wedding planning activities gracefully while you are still connected to your special one! You can thank us later!

Shared Vision: Before you haul yourself right into the wedding planning activities, sit down with your partner, and talk. How important is the wedding party for you? How involved are you going to be? Do you want a church wedding or a destination wedding? What is the vision for each of you and is there any way to meet in the middle? Talking will leave no room for discrepancies later on, which means no ugly surprises. Starting from that shared vision will set you off to a good start, so we can’t stress on this enough.

Equal Involvement: While it seems more often, that the brides take control of most wedding-related decisions, it is a good idea to ask the groom (or the other partner) for inputs too. A wedding is a collaborative occasion and should depict both parties equally. While chances are that one partner might want to take the backseat and let the other drive most of the decisions, popping in for preferences and opinions every now and then is healthy, so that the least involved party doesn’t feel like they are being overridden and their opinions don’t matter.

Go on Dates: Don’t let everything about your relation be just about the wedding. Keep your dating routine unaffected by the wedding preparations. Every now and then, go out on a date and just enjoy each other’s company and keep the wedding talk away. Continue investing in your relationship and don’t lose sight of what matters. Putting the rest of your life in a pause just because of the wedding might take a toll on your relationship. Keep all ‘wedding talk’ on mute on your dates and just relax!

Perfection is a Myth: Don’t expect perfection because you will be disappointed. Something will go wrong, and you will break down, and trust us, we are not coming from a mean place here. With so many things to be done, its only math is that things will not be perfect. Be flexible and remind yourself constantly that it is okay if things fall short or don’t go as planned. Expect problems and have plan B. Be flexible and figure something out. People will not notice, whether the shade of blue matches perfectly or not but they will certainly notice, thanks to wedding photography and wedding videography, the frayed nerves on the wedding day.

Delegate, Delegate, Delegate: Don’t insist on doing everything on your own. Delegate your bridesmaid, your family members, and friends and they will be happy to help. But holding yourself accountable for a million different things will not only ensure you let a ball slip but might also lead to a very stressed you, which will reflect wrongly on your relationship with your partner. Hire a wedding planner if you have to. Call up your best friend. Ask your partner’s help. Just, don’t do everything on your own.

The wedding day is important and might be the most magical day of your life. But its the marriage which should be the prime focus. A gentle reminder: the wedding is just the celebration of your love while the marriage is for the long haul. We know things can get blurry in the light of wedding planning and a simple decision like the choice of silverware might seem like life or death. But it’s not! So eyes on the prize, people. All that matters is each other. So hold on to each other and this too shall pass.

Highlight Film Vs Insta Film: Made Easier by byDesign Films

The wedding trends all over the world have been taken over by social media. Weddings are not just about the ‘whats’ but also about the ‘hows’ nowadays. Wedding photography is on the verge of becoming passe as videography is gradually taking over the wedding circuit and how!

Wedding videos are of various types depending on their timing and relevance. As social media has deepened its claws over literally everything, it is inevitable for weddings to be spared. Boomerangs are a rage ever since they were introduced to the world. People do not shy away from capturing every little detail of their routine be it sharing the coffee you are sipping with your bae or enjoying a luxurious vacation at the Bahamas!

How can weddings not take any advantage of the social media revolution? From ‘save-the-date’ being announced on Insta story to engagement videos being put up as Highlights, it’s just the beginning. Wedding videography via aerial coverage is the latest trend to hit the wedding circuit. Well, filming weddings have been a thing for decades, however, the ever-evolving technology has taken it a notch higher.

Various new forms of videos are gaining strong popularity these days. The latest to join the bandwagon is the Highlight films and Insta films. Both are videos of a specific duration aimed at providing a gist of a wedding. They are videos that carry snippets from a wedding in case you haven’t noticed or heard about these, we’ll enlighten you. There are a couple of differences between a Highlight film and an Insta film. Let’s take a look at them.

Timing

Timing is one of the biggest differences between a Highlight film and an Insta film. While Insta films are restricted to 60 seconds or less, Highlight films can last up to 3 minutes. The crispness and shortness of Insta films are enough to create a buzz about the wedding. However, Highlight films carry more details and therefore, are meant to be for a longer duration.

Information

Given the nature and purpose of Insta films, they are required to carry minimal but gripping and most important information. Insta films include scenes that involve the family members of the bride and groom only. Other important people such as those behind bringing the couple together get space in an Insta film. On the other hand, Highlight films include a more elaborate glimpse of the wedding. They include scenes related to the venue, family, and relatives of the bride and groom and the story of their wedding.

Range of Popularity

Instagram scores all the way! Insta films have more reach than Highlight films as they can be shared easily and have a better chance to reach a widespread viewership. They can be easily be posted and viewed on Instagram, which is currently the most popular and widely used social media tool. Highlight films, on the other hand, can be shared via Vimeo and Youtube.

The word popular does not do justice to social media and its tools. And it is even better to know that a wedding can make perfect use of social media nowadays. You can increase the reach of your wedding by a strong margin by utilizing tools such as Insta films and Highlight films. Post it to your profile, share it with your friends and relatives or just cherish it for your lifetime, wedding videography is taking the wedding industry by a storm! For more wedding videography inspiration, check out the rest of our blog.

Wedding Trends To Watch For In 2019

We’re barreling through 2019, and we know that you couples with a 2019 wedding date are already looking ahead to what will be on trend. When you film weddings, you pick up on subtle changes over time, hinting at trend changes that are on the horizon. These are a few of the things we noticed popping up in 2018 that will definitely explode onto the scene in 2019!

Photo: Jana Williams

Custom Cocktails

Couples are adding personality to every aspect of their wedding. One of our favorite ways is through custom cocktails! Share your two favorite drinks with your guests and put a fun spin on their traditional names to really make them stand out.

Photo: Rebecca Yale Photography

Micro Weddings

Formerly known as elopements or “intimate weddings,” micro weddings are quickly gaining popularity amongst brides and grooms. “In simple terms, a micro wedding is an abbreviated celebration of marriage that has only a handful of invited guests (commonly 20 or less), is shorter in duration and is more simple in format, relaxed in atmosphere and less stress to organize than a traditional wedding.” (Huffington Post)

Rich Color Palettes

Yes, “millennial pink” certainly had its moment and then some. But in 2019 couples will be looking more towards rich color palettes of maroon and navy – and incorporating bright accents and make their details pop!

Custom Wedding Films

When it comes to memorializing your wedding day, it’s okay to want more than a standard wedding film! We have more and more couples requesting custom details such as aerial footage, same day edits, and pre-wedding love stories. Luckily, any byDesign wedding package can be totally customized to fit your dreams – so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and choose details that will really take your wedding film to the next level.

Statement Florals

Grand floral chandeliers, elaborate pampas grass displays, and bold texture combinations are on the horizon. Brides and grooms are branching out from roses and peonies and getting adventurous with florals!