Usually when things become popular I tend to run in the opposite direction. I either want to be way ahead (doesn’t everyone?) or so far behind that what I’m doing is considered “vintage”, not trendy.
The photobooth became the exception to that rule. With a photographer willing to supply the manpower, and Mamacado in possession of the equipment, I just couldn’t pass it up. It was free after all.
I collected wigs, gloves, hats, feather boas, and other accessories for people to dress up in. I started to wish our wedding was on November 11 instead of on October 11, because we would have been able to get all kinds of great Halloween stuff for really cheap! Most of the supplies actually came from the dress-up box of an 8-year-old family friend.
The mini white board was a very last minute addition to the prop box, and ended up being the hit of the booth.
On the floor we rented at Hotel 1000 we had 5 different rooms at our disposal. The atrium for the ring ceremony, the great room for the dinner, the library and lobby for appetizers, and a side room that we turned into a storage/photobooth area.
The umbrellas you see below, and the darling girl behind the camera is Jaquilyn Shumate. She and her husband came and volunteered their time to run the photobooth for the evening.
Opposite the photobooth photographer was a blank sheet of white seamless background paper purchased from a photo supply store. It was clipped to a stand that my mom owns.
Guests were instructed to stand in front of it and to be much more interesting than these three groomsmen.
Mr. Avocado and I were the first official visitors to the photobooth. I quickly scribbled a message on the white board and jumped in the frame with him.
Afterward I realized it was silly of me to think that we would want to send out a thank you card featuring my chicken scratch, so I Photoshopped that out and put in something much prettier.
We are in love, didn’t you know?
The photobooth pictures are without a doubt the funnest pictures from the entire weekend. The props helped people loosen up, and you saw people taking photos together who probably wouldn’t have taken the chance to otherwise!
My dear photographer friend Kelli Nicole jumped in with me.
And took a moment to show us all how crazy she is about photography. Yes, she carries both of those cameras around her neck all day long.
All of my dad’s brothers and sisters were present and took the opportunity to have their picture taken together. I’m sad I didn’t encourage my mother’s side of the family to do the same thing, since 6 of her 7 siblings were present that night.
It gave Mr. Avo’s friend from Poland the chance to jump in a photo with 5 sexy ladies.
The white board gave our guests the chance to send us secret messages that weren’t revealed until we got our pictures back. Look at the hot action happening on the right side of this photo! I love these guys!
Some of the messages were inside jokes that we understood. Thanks MOH Shay and BM Bree, I was so concerned about our little friend Pho!
Some of our guests took the opportunity to showcase their dry wit and sarcasm.
But most just sent us messages we didn’t understand.
Apparently, this is how Mamacado would write “We Love You” in Polish.
The booth gave these two sisters a chance to show off how they really felt about each other.
And best of all, gave my Great-Grandma the chance to look sassier than I’ve ever seen her before.
If you do decide to use some kind of a board, I would go with chalk if possible, as some of the messages were hard to read because of the glare from the flash.
Out of our 70 guests, 36 had their photo taken in the booth. I wish I had done a better job spreading the word about it, and making sure people understood how much we wanted them to visit, so the turnout would have been a little bit better. There were aalso a few times when people had their pictures taken with their own (not very high quality) cameras, and didn’t wait to pose for the photographer. I don’t have many regrets from the wedding day, but I wish the photobooth had seen a higher turnout.
I am grateful for the pictures we have, however, when going through them I realized that I can’t fault people for not visiting. In a 45 minute period, I only hopped in two different times. Once with Mr. Avocado, and once when my cousin dragged me in to do my best Captain Hook impression. I hear eye patches and birdcage veils are all the rage on the high seas these days.
In the end, my favorite photobooth shots ended up being of the photographers running the show! How could you not love someone who looks this adorable? So hot Jaqui.
And she just happens to be married to this guy. I don’t even know this couple, but this shot is most definitely my favorite from the booth. Thanks Jaqui and Travis!
This time, Jaquilyn Shumate gets all the credit for the fabulousness you just feasted upon.
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