That’s Amore: What Do I Do with My Arms?

We headed to the park, and once I got out of the limo my worries about the wind were confirmed. It wasn’t only at the beach—all of the city was extremely windy. Prepare to see a lot of windblown pictures.


My brothers laughing as the wind whipped my veil all over the place

We decided to take photos at the Arts Park at Young Circle, the same place where we took our engagement photos, because their are so many attractions there—fountains, beautiful trees, and even a bamboo forest.

We decided to start with family photos of me and my siblings. I wanted some fun, happy shots of us, and our photographer delivered.



We then took family photos of my side of the family.


My favorite family photo. Olive is so cute and funny in this photo! No one had any idea she was doing that except the photographer.

We then had photos of Mr. G and his side of the family.


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And then I took a few photos with everyone.

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You may have noticed that I basically have one pose in these photos—arm at the hip. I read somewhere that the best way to look thin in photos is to put your arm on your hip so your arms don’t look chubby. I think I struck this pose a bit too much, though. I wish I’d practiced a few more poses in the mirror or had thought of having my bouquet sent to me before the photos. (I didn’t get my bouquet until I arrived at the ceremony venue.)

Are you worried about how to pose for your photos? Does anyone have any good tips?

All photography by Courtney Ortiz.

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Mrs. Gondola

Wedding Date:
December 1969
Classifieds: February 26, 2014
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  1. Member
    nowdontletsbesilly 1428 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:27 pm

    Your pictures are awesome! And OMG, the hand on the hip looks so much better than whatever crazy hand on thigh thing I was doing in like, ALL of our photos! It wasn’t even flattering, but for some reason I thought I had to have my arm bent a little. Hand on hip or even straight arms would have been better. But I never even thought about it beforehand! Definitely recommend practicing a couple looks in the mirror…

    Also, love love love Olive, she is SO ADORABLE!

  2. campfire Member
    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:41 pm

    These are so cute!!

  3. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 65 posts, Worker bee @ 2:53 pm

    Funny story – my one sister does the hand on hip pose in EVERY. SINGLE. PICTURE. Not just hand on hip, but right hand on right hip, body angled to the right because “it’s her better side”. So that’s what I thought of when I saw your pose!

    Anyway, you look fabulous!

  4. weathervane Member
    weathervane 171 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:09 pm

    What a good looking family! You and all your siblings are super cute! I love the popping colors on your pics.

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    MissAmour 39 posts, Newbee @ 4:11 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! On another note, YOUR NECKLACE is to. die. for. Where did you find that beauty?

  6. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 4:22 pm

    You and your siblings are all SO good looking!! You’re like an ad for wedding outfits!

    Love these pics AND the hand on the hip, it’s a good look! 😉

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    ecjohnson 157 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:29 pm

    I am so guilty of the hand on the hip! I was in a sorority so my family nicknamed sorority pose! I don’t care though because it totally works! LOL

  8. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 7:42 pm

    I think the windblown look works for you–gorgeous pictures!

  9. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:04 am

    These came out great, I love the location.

    I’ll just have you know I’ll be borrowing Olive to be my flower girl. We’ll have fun, I promise.

    And we have family members that always fuss about the hands on the hip – BM Dino, me, and their other girl cousins are always like “What do you want me to do with them???”

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    cosmo_gmr 488 posts, Helper bee @ 10:43 am

    I think the wind is working for your hair!!! Looks great :)

  11. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:56 am

    Olive is adorable and I LOVE your dress!

  12. parisian Member
    Miss Parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 10:57 am

    I totally only do the arm on the hip pose, I need to learn some new ones! lol the photos look gorgeous, what a good-looking family you have! (apologies if that sounds creepy ;-))

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:52 am

    @NowDontLetsBeSilly: Thank you so much. Isn’t it weird that we get these notions in our head that a certain pose will be perfect and it isn’t. So wish I would have practiced. I really want to see your hand on thigh pose now!

    @Mrs. Campfire: Thank you!
    @Miss Filly: haha! I respect a girl who knows her stuff! I wonder if she’ll do it in your wedding photos. I’d love to see!

    @Miss Weather Vane: Thank you! My photographer is really good at making her photos pop.

    @MissAmour: Etsy shop Emily Gao Jewelry. Great service and quality. I highly recommend!

    @Mrs. Jet Setter: Aww thank you! It makes me feel better to hear. I’m kinda worried that the hand on the hip pose was a bit too much.

    @ecjohnson: it does make your arm look skinnier right?! If it works, it works!

    @Mrs. Road Trip: Thank you! My hair was all over the place but most of the pics thankfully came out okay.

    @Miss Pyramid: As long as I can come with Olive to NOLA ! Then you can totally have her.

  14. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:54 am

    @cosmo_gmr: Thank you!

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: Thank you! Having that consultant find that dress for me was sooooo lucky.

    @Miss Parisian: Haha, not creepy at all! Thank you! And if you learn any new poses let me know for future use.

  15. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 6:14 am

    The wind makes your hair look perfect!

  16. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:18 pm

    These are so fun and little Olive is the cutest!

  17. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:09 am

    Haha, I’m normally guilty of the arm of the hip pose as well, but I had my bouquet for pictures, thankfully :) Olive is totally stealing the show, she’s so cute!

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