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.

Advantages of Having Three Photographers On Your Wedding

The gold foil in your wedding invites will soon fade, the flowers will fall away and wither, and the fragrance in your dress will waft away to nothing. What will remain is the spouse you have chosen to share your life with and the memories. And what better way to explore those memories than to flip through some photographs or to watch your wedding film?

Opting for a good photographer and videographer is the best investment you can make in your wedding. When all is said and done, its the camera which holds the memories of the day forever. While having one good photographer to capture the day is great, having three photographers is thrice as good, and we come with reasons to back that statement too!

Capture Everything

You don’t have to worry about losing those precious moments of your special day. Having three photographers to back you up will ensure that every moment is captured and none of the moments have slipped away uncaptured. This means you can basically relive the entire day to its last finest details and not just the highlights of the day. More lenses, more to document, right?

Follow the Couple Separately

While one photographer is capturing the bride while she is getting ready, another one can be with the groom and document his side of the story. The third photographer can capture the guest pouring in or the ceremony. Having different photographers gives the wedding a 360-degree coverage, letting the photographers capture multiple locations at the same time. This means important details like the groom’s reaction to the bride walking down the aisle, your little nephew dancing away alone, and the couple’s mothers’ exchanging a secret joke, everything is caught in the camera.

Explore Different Angles

A single subject can look different from three different angles. While having three photographers at hand is incredibly handy, in terms of a wider range of coverage, photographers can also explore different angles of the same subject, giving it a more cinematic coverage. While one photographer can cover more traditional angles, there will still be room for the other photographers to explore a wider range of angles.

Mix Different Styles

No two artists are the same and the same can be said for their art. Having three different professional photographers means you get a healthy mix of different styles of photography backed with different lenses and filters. Not only it brings a sense of depth in the final photo or video album, but it also lets you have a variety of coverage, ensuring your final album is not one dimensional.

More Footage, More Creative Freedom: This holds true especially for wedding videography, as you never know what turns out to be important amidst all the footage which was captured. Having more footage captured surely can be more taxing to work through, but also gives the wedding videographer more creative freedom and expression to create a wedding film which they are proud of. There is no restriction as per what footage to pick and what not to- as they would potentially have more than enough.

Having multiple lenses at your disposal, especially when it comes to important days in your life like your wedding day, is the best thing you can ask for. It means more coverage, more angles, more creativity, and hence, a truly cinematic representation of your wedding. What more can you ask for? Convinced? We rest our case!

Top 5 Locations for a Dream Destination Wedding

Destination weddings give a chance to all friends and family to enjoy days of celebration with the bride and groom. A resort is booked, usually for a couple of days, where everyone celebrates a much-anticipated wedding, together.

Deciding about a perfect location for your dream wedding is a big challenge though. The world is too big for all to be explored and known, by anyone. Exotic locations are not just restricted to beaches and mountains. Some places are the epitome of romance and it’s only unfair not to get married there.

Well, if you are planning for a destination wedding and haven’t decided upon your dream location, we would love to be of some help. For your ease, we have shortlisted the top 5 hottest locations from across the globe for a magical destination wedding. Read on to explore the most trending dream wedding destinations.

Lake Como, Italy

Remember that epic wedding of Anakin and Padme in one of the episodes of Star Wars? That happened around this gorgeous lake in Italy. Lake Como is the third largest Italian lake and boasts sparkling blue waters surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. The villages nearby such as Bellagio, Tremezzo, and Menaggio are beautiful places to explore, giving a true Italian experience. There are various luxury resorts and hotels which can provide you with magical lake-side wedding experiences such as Villa Cipressi, Villa Monastero, and Villa Balbianello. Lake Como is as luxuriously traditional Italian as it can get.

Marrakech, Morocco

A current rage, Morocco destination weddings give you a true feeling of authentic Moroccan culture and beauty. From henna and hammams for the brides and bridesmaids to beautiful scenic weddings near a beach or a typical traditional Moroccan courtyard, this country offers everything that you’ve envisioned for your dream wedding with uber traditional vibes. Among the most popular resorts to host a destination wedding are the Four Seasons Resort, Palais Namaskar, and beautiful luxury camps at Agafay.

The Bahamas

In the sea of destination wedding locations, nothing compares to the Bahamas if you wish to have a whimsical wedding featuring seas and sea breezes and jaw-dropping landscapes. The Bahamas comprise more than 700 islands and cays boasting gorgeous landscapes and delicious seafood! It’s relatively closer to home which makes it an ideal place to have a destination wedding that is convenient for most people. While Nassau and Paradise Island are the most popular islands, others like Exumas and Harbor Island offer more private and laid-back wedding experience. The turquoise waters of the Caribbean islands and beachfront villas are irresistibly dreamy. Among some exceptionally popular resorts in the Bahamas are Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort, Atlantis Bahamas, and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Fiji

This island paradise located in the South Pacific is a perfect blend of white sand beaches, bluest of waters, and rich tropical forests. The beauty of Fiji is untouched and offers breathtaking views and great adventures for all. There are myriad islands in Fiji that have been most preferred for destination weddings like Mamanuca Island, Savusavu, Turtle Island, and Vanua Levu. Beqa Lagoon Resort, Koro Sun Resort, Mana Island Resort, and Castaway Island Fiji.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Think clifftop resorts, vibrant landscapes, and rustic architecture – and Viola! Welcome to the Amalfi Coast. The ethereal and romantic beauty of the coast is sure to take your breath away. The villas overlooking blue waters take you back to the authentic traditional era of Italy and play perfect hosts to your dream wedding. Some of the most popular resorts and villas to get married here are Villa Cimbore, Hotel Belmond Caruso, Villa Treville, and Palazzo Avino.

The world has no shortage of natural beauty and it is indeed very difficult to pick one! There are so many more that are waiting to be explored. Although we must add that the beauty of the wedding venue and location can truly be covered only in exceptional videography. Photographs cannot do enough justice to such dream wedding destinations. At ByDesign Films, we offer exceptional professional service by our trained wedding videographers which ensures that every aspect of your dream wedding is captured flawlessly.

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.