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Kimball Hall Wedding Photos Roswell Venue – Review (2018)

A Kimball Hall Wedding in Roswell is a great idea – because it’s an amazing venue. We got a chance to photograph a wedding there this last Fall and WOW. Just WOW. It’s just one street over from downtown Roswell but what makes it really great – is that everything is right there at the venue. The entire upstairs is the preparations/getting ready area for the bridal party (you can have the other side get ready there as well, it just gets really tricky if you don’t want to see each other before you’re… ready to see each other.)

Bride getting ready at Kimball Hall

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The ceremony location in the backyard of Kimball Hall is stunning and accommodates up to 200+ people comfortably. You can also accommodate just as many people inside for the reception. Now – some locations don’t have a good rain plan, but on the off chance that you need to bring your ceremony indoors – the reception space where it will be held – isn’t too terrible. Especially since the room is surrounded by wall to wall windows and you don’t feel like you’re in a basement (like some reception spaces seem to feel like…)

Beautiful couple portrait session at Kimball Hall

At Kimball Hall there is also a side patio for the cocktail hour as well as a covered front porch. It’s perfect, and great, and convenient. But I haven’t covered the BEST part and the REAL reason to book your wedding at Kimball Hall. It’s Julie. Julie White Stephens is the owner/main coordinator at Kimball Hall and SHE RUNS THE SHOW. I say that in the best kind of way. She will work with you to craft the exact wedding you’re wanting to have – and she will keep things moving along at a nice pace so that it all goes down smoothly.

Kimball Hall Wedding Photos

A groom sees his bride as she walks down the aisle

Epic Backlit bridal portrait

Wedding Couple dancing in the courtyard

The beautiful courtyard at Kimball Hall in Roswell, Ga.

Kimball Hall Wedding Timeless bridal portrait at Kimball Hall

An awesome wedding guests doing cool things because she's the coolest

Getting her hair done

Kimball Hall Wedding Love Love Love Wedding Details

Kimball Hall Wedding Ring

Kimball Hall Wedding Couple

I say this and I mean it – not all coordinators or planners are created equally. Some are amazing – and some just sit there and hide never to be see again after the ceremony. Julie is there all day and then she does it again the next day for the next wedding. She’s amazing and she works hard and you should be so lucky to have her on your wedding.

Kimball Hall Wedding Photos Roswell Venue Review

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The Solarium at Scottish Rite Wedding Venue Weddings

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Everything about a Solarium Decatur Wedding will make sure you end up with great photos. It is a great wedding venue deep in the heart of Decatur, Ga. It’s literally hidden away in a quiet neighborhood – just south of downtown Decatur. What’s also so amazing about the Solarium is how flexible you can be with the venue set up for your wedding.

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Solarium Decatur Wedding Photos

You can have your wedding indoors – or outside in the main entrance area – and both are fantastic options. There are two main rooms connected by a short middle hallway and a side walkway window room as well. 

What’s also a great feature is that when it’s time for the real partying to begin – any one of the rooms can be turned into a crazy dance floor and people CAN DANCE ALL THEY WANT. It’ll feel close and comfortable as opposed to how sometimes it feels like you’re dancing in a big, empty reception hall… 

Solarium Decatur Wedding | LeahAndMark & Co.

Atlanta Wedding Photographers LeahAndMark & Co.

Of course – I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention how amazing the grounds and outside spaces are for wedding portrait photos. They are amazing and your talented photographer will have plenty to work with when it comes to make brilliant and beautiful photos of the two of you on your wedding day. Seriously. You will love your photos taken at the Solarium. You’ll love your wedding there too!

Solarium Decatur Wedding | LeahAndMark & Co.

And if you needed more convincing – check out these amazing photos! We LOVE working there and we always have a great time. Partly because the people who book this venue are the best kinds of people. They’re looking for that balance of classic looks, but easy rules and comfort for their guests. A Solarium Decatur Wedding is ALWAYS, ALWAYS a GREAT TIME! Right? Right.

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M & J | Cator Woolford Gardens | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

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Cator Woolford Gardens Wedding photos and this is M. & J. They’re awesome. And I’m not just saying that because duh they paid a ridiculous amount of money for us to photograph their wedding so what else would I say about them? I’m saying they’re awesome because notably – they smiled SO MUCH DURING THEIR WEDDING DAY. Some people are nervous or anxious or just… fine – and really – one of the things we say about weddings is that it’s definitely a day when you shouldn’t hold back. Don’t Hold Back. F*ck being cool and really just… let yourself Love Out Loud.

Some people have infectious smiles and laughs and happiness – M & J are those people (at least they were those people during their engagement session and definitely during their wedding.) And honestly – infectiously happy people are some of my favorite kinds to photograph. Duh. Sure I write words and talk like some kind of cynical fucker full of fuckery but come on – I photograph weddings for a living. Deep down… ah nevermind – check out these photos! And all the GREEEEEEN.

Cator Woolford Gardens Wedding 

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SEEEEeee. Right from the start when we arrived – M. was totally totally being amazing and happy infectious and I knew the day was going to be all kinds of YESSSSSSSsssss.

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Alright – now I know you can’t see much of the house from these photos – but M. & J.’s house is purposefully decorated and the design throughout is… I LOVE IT MAN. Shut up. I can say that. Because I’ve been in their house and you probably haven’t so you didn’t get to see all the cool stuff they have – without it feeling cluttered and without it all coming from IKEA. Like my house. But I’m working on it okay? I am.

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Here’s the thing about first looks – sure they help things out logistically (since you can cut out 30+ minutes between your ceremony and reception) – but they’re a completely different type of session than only a portrait session. I know it seems like a little small thing – but the anticipation, the setup, and the angles that you get because of a first look can’t be recreated well from only a portrait session that takes place after the ceremony. Not always better – just always different.

But also – I’ve photographed several Cator Woolford Gardens wedding (s) but damn – the gardens were on point and impressive that day. The cloud cover with no chance of rain really helped as well. AND IT WASN’T HOT. Perfect? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.

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OH YEAH. And we got to work with a couple of our FRIENDS at this wedding – the always excellent and amazing sounding Luna Strings and the most magnificent Reverand Deanna Lancaster! It was seriously like a wedding vender get together – and it’s always fun to see your friends ‘at work’ right? Especially when they don’t suck. HA. Although I’m not so sure they would say the same about me – but it’s all good.

But now – with these last few words – I hit the 500 word count. So.

M. & J. You. Are. Awesome.

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Wedding Venue: Cator Woolford Gardens at the Frazier Center

Wedding Photographer: LeahAndMark & Co.

Wedding Planner: Terri – Everything and More Events 

Ceremony Music: Luna Strings

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How to Plan a Wedding Ceremony (the Easy Way)

Wedding Ceremony Planning can be easy and here’s the best way to go about doing that. Okay well – this is ONE way to plan a wedding ceremony. Even though all you really know is that you’re just trying to go from – “Hi” to “Do you wanna be married to this person” – literally – everything else in between is either fluff, or simply… an expression of how much you love the other person. 

Wedding Ceremony in the park

So – the super short version is just this:

“Hi”

“I Love You Forever and Ever.”

“I want to be married to you.”

You literally could say that to each other and be literally done. 

Of course – you won’t do that because dammit – your photographer (hopefully) requests that you take longer than 1.4 minutes on your ceremony. Okay? A little longer? Ha.

Wedding Ceremony Planning | A bride and her squad

Wedding Ceremony Planning:

  1. Processional (who and in what order do you want people walking to the altar/ceremony spot
  2. A greeting to your guests 
  3. Words about love in general
  4. Words about why you love the other person and your life
  5. Words from each of you, professing your love for the other person (vows)
  6. Exchanging of rings (if you want)
  7. Maybe a performance or reading by a friend/family member
  8. Other symbols/moments of unification (unity candle, knot tying, etc.)
  9. Kiss (if you want) 
  10. Walk down the aisle in TRIUMPH!

See? That’s it. I mean – that CAN be a lot – but it doesn’t have to be. What it should be (and even then I hate saying should) – is that it should be meaningful to the both of you. So. What do you want to say that would be meaningful. What do you want to happen in front of everyone, that either makes them feel included in your wedding ceremony and/or also presents the shift in your relationship from not married people, to married people.

I don’t mean that in some kind of obvious, or cliche, or cheesy way either. It’s not the major things that always make you feel ‘married’ – it’s all of the LITTLE things that you won’t really know until you are married, or have been married for a while. (I’m trying my hardest to not say “You’ll see”.)

And if you’re desperate – just look online and find a few wedding ceremonies to pull from and modify them as needed. But try not to take other people’s sacred traditions and co-opt them for yourselves toooooo blatantly, or at least not offensively okay? Of course – in the end, it’s your wedding, your ceremony – and fuck all else. What? It’s TRUE! 

Wedding Ceremony Planning | Bride & Groom Photo

Wedding Ceremony Planning. Atlanta Wedding Photographer LeahAndMark & Co.

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Planning a Wedding on a Budget (5 Tips)

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Wedding Budget Planning can be difficult or at the very least, challenging. Here are five tips that will help you cut out the bloat and make sure that you don’t spend money on things that don’t matter (to you!) – because you CAN spend things that don’t matter, as long as they matter to you. I know – that sentence kind of walked around in circles but it’s true. And it’s not true. And it IS true!

Wedding Budget Planning

  1. Get control of your guest list
  2. Instead of gifts from friends, as for their help
  3. Pick a free-ish location for your ceremony
  4. Go cheap on the food, like cheap cheap
  5. Forget the flowers (well mostly forget them)

That’s the list – now let’s dig deeper and think through a few things.

Guest List. Reducing the number of guests is the easiest way to reduce the cost of your wedding. Think about it – less people means less food and less drinks – but even then, there are different levels of ‘less’. The space for 50 guests to be comfortable is much less than the space for 100 guests. And then the space for 20 guests can be much more manageable than spaces for 50 guests depending on the situation. Especially when it comes to weddings. Many venues aren’t really a good option for under 50 guests – so even if you’re only have 50 guests, you may end up paying for a empty space. Don’t do that. 

Honestly? Depending on where you are in life – you don’t need all of the STUFF. You may not need a house full of appliances that you got from your wedding registry. Or even if you do want all those things – maybe just tell some close friends and family that instead of a $50 gift, you’d much rather have them be a part of your wedding – and have them HELP YOU. (ha if you say ‘be a part of my wedding’ that definitely sounds nicer than ‘I need you to decorate and clean up’.)

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Wedding Location. Hey you know what? Honestly (again) – people get married EVERYWHERE and ANYWHERE. Oh and they also get married WHENEVER they want to get married. Seriously. I’ve had people get married on Mondays, and Tuesdays, and Wednesday, and Thursday (and definitely, obviously – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, duh.) There are many not obvious places to have your wedding – and spots that don’t cost much money – just a little bit of luck and timing. Parks. I’m talking about parks. Many parks have a pretty lax policy when it comes to wedding ceremonies. All you have to do is stay under a certain person count and you can basically show up and have your wedding, no permission needed. Of course – it’s probably going to be on a first come first serve basis and you can’t be destructive/block things, etc. But still – FREE. That’s a great price.

Wedding Budget Planned High Museum of Art Atlanta, Wedding at Night

Food? Hey if you’re having your wedding in the middle of the day on a Wednesday – I don’t think your guests are thinking that you’re going to be buying them steak and lobster for dinner. Set expectations accordingly and you can serve (or not serve) anything to your guests and they’ll be fine. And if they’re not fine – fire those f*ckers! Just kidding… no, I’m not kidding.

Finally – flowers. Who needs them? I mean – sure grab some if they’re handy – but if you’re really going budget – flowers are not the place to splurge… Photography IS the place to splurge though 😉

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Wedding Budget Planning in 2018.

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The Social Goat Wedding Venue Weddings

The Social Goat, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Grant Park, Small, Affordable, Bed & Breakfast

We recently photographed a wedding at the Social Goat Bed & Breakfast and you know what? It was kind of amazing. No really – amazing. And comfortable. And relaxed. And exactly the way the couple wanted their wedding to be. What else is that I had no idea the Social Goat even existed until recently – and I literally lived just around the corner from it. It’s just south of Grant Park (and by just South I don’t mean like the next town south, I mean I think it still counts as being IN the Grant Park neighborhood.)

The Social Goat, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Grant Park, Small, Affordable, Bed & Breakfast

The Social Goat Atlanta Wedding Venue

Right. The Social Goat is a large house that serves as a bed & breakfast and also has a large ceremony space in the backyard. Perfect for a backyard wedding if you don’t have friends with decent backyards, or you don’t have one of your own. Cool huh? 

The Social Goat, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Grant Park, Small, Affordable, Bed & Breakfast

Atlanta Backyard Wedding Venues

And it’s just nestled in Grant Park and easy. Oh and plenty of room for you to get ready, and your wedding party to get ready, and your guests to have fun. Oh and not only that – but the grounds are well kept with a bit of quirk and uniqueness – so your photographer will have plenty to work with. And you’ll look amazing in your photos. Trust us. You will!

The Social Goat, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Grant Park, Small, Affordable, Bed & Breakfast

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Simple & Intimate Decatur Square Weddings

There is something to be said about choosing to have a smaller, more intimate wedding near Decatur Square in downtown Decatur, Ga. Sometimes you don’t want or need a venue that can hold 200 guests. Sometimes you just want a more relaxed atmosphere without all of the usual trappings of a WEDDING. Sometimes. And even then – you might want a small wedding but you still want it to feel like a wedding and not just a party or random dinner. You know what we mean?

Decatur Square Wedding in Downtown Decatur, Ga.

So you figure out what that compromise looks like to you and your partner. A great option that we recently photographed was this wedding that took place at the Iberian Pig restaurant right on Decatur Square in downtown Decatur, Ga. The couple confirmed the complete upper loft level for their ceremony and their guests. It was a simple and easy ceremony – and once that was over with – they got on with the  evening and enjoying their time with all of their friends and family that were in attendance. It was almost… too easy I suppose. But it was just right and perfect for them. And that’s really what we always hope for our couples. We want you to have the wedding that’s perfect for you

Iberian Pig Wedding in Decatur, Ga.

Whether that does mean renting out a banquet hall, or an entire farm, or just a medium sized room in upstairs of a restaurant. Have the wedding that you want to have and then get on with enjoying your lives. Right? Right. Perfect.

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Hightower Falls Wedding Venue in Cedartown, Ga.

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls is a wedding venue located in Cedartown, Ga. and WOW. It basically has everything you’d ever want from a countryside wedding venue. It’s about an hour away from Atlanta. It has a waterfall. A real waterfall, not just a baby pretend 10 ft trickle of a waterfall. It has a barn (which is kind of required these days for countryside venues right?) It has RUINS. And not just the foundations and some pillars. It has an entire building structure of ruins. (Very stable too so don’t worry.)

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls Wedding Venue

What else… oh yeah it also has a few horses and a giant open grassy field and forests and trees. And a decent river creek area. OH and a wooden bridge. So yeah. Hightower Falls is kind of the perfect wedding venue if you’re looking for ANY of those things – or if you just want ALL of them. Because it’s nice to have options right?

Atlanta Wedding Photographer LeahAndMark & Co.

One thing you’ll want to make sure you do – is schedule plenty of time for your photography. I’m not just saying that because I’m a wedding photographer – I’m saying that because you have SO MANY different and great backdrops for photos that you’ll want to spend more than 15 minutes on your portrait session. SERIOUSLYYYYYYYY. Look at this place! 

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Hightower Falls, Wedding Venue, Atlanta, Wedding Photographer, Ruins, Waterfall, Barn

Countryside Wedding Venue with a Barn & Waterfall

 

2017 Top 10 Best Destination Wedding Locations in the U.S.

First – this list is the MOST OFFICIAL of Official Lists EVER in regards to the Top 10 Best Destination Wedding Locations in the U.S. for this year of 2017. 

2017 Best Destination Wedding Locations in the U.S.

So. Here are the best cities and/or locations for destinations weddings in the United States? Easy. We got this. 

  • Atlanta, Georgia

    • Okay – I’m completely biased here. But really – Atlanta is a great destination wedding location! In fact – many, many, many of our past couples that have gotten married here in Atlanta – don’t actually live in Atlanta. Why? Because it’s a great central location – with an amazing airport that everyone can fly into very easily. Plus – the food is crazy good. The city is super, SUPER. And you have about a billion amazing wedding photographers within walking distance of any area of the city. Seriously. I should know – we compete with ALL OF THEM. And honestly – they really are ALL AMAZING. 
    • But more so – the night life here is great (not that I know) and the food amazing (have I said that already?) and well – the rates for everything here will save you a good bit over the wedding rates in places such as New York or Southern California (well, really ALL of California). 
    • Also – no matter what kind of wedding venue you want (farm, mansion, museum, industrial warehouse, etc.) – you can find that in or near Atlanta. Okay except a beach.
  • Sea Island, Georgia

    • Hey! You wanted a beach wedding? SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA is your place. 
    • Because Sea Island is basically a private island and you can only stay there if you’re at one of the two resorts, OR you happen to own a house there. So you’ll be avoiding all of the crowds of people that are visiting the nearby public beaches… alright that totally sounds bougie and elitist – but come on – it’s YOUR wedding. You’re not inviting EVERYONE anyway. 
    • Oh yeah – and from the chamber of commerce – tourquoise waters and pristine beaches – it’s like the Carribean except, not. And you can do all the cool beach resort things. 

  • Florida Keys, Florida

    • It’s still technically winter and I’m still absolutely wishing I was at the beach. SO. Another beach destination.
    • Because COME ON. It’s the FLORIDA KEYS. You KNOW it’s super cool down there. And your wedding will be super beautiful. And you don’t know anyone else that’s even had their wedding down there. You will literally be THE ONLY ONE you know who’s ever gotten married down in the Florida Keys.
  • Aspen, Colorado

    • Seriously. Pick a medium to small town in the mountains in Colorado and done.
    • So we picked Aspen. Because HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO COLORADO AND SEEN THOSE MOUNTAINS?
    • It’s F*cken AMAZING.
    • Now your wedding will automatically be F*cken Amazing just because of those mountains and all the mountain-y things 
    • People at the office will be bragging about how they got married at their Farm Barn and you can be like F*CK YOUR FARM. I got married at 8,000 feet. (or 13,000 if you get married at the top of a ski resort)

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

    • You know why you pick Las Vegas for your wedding destination? Because all you do is tell people when to show up and you’re done. 
    • Literally – pick a hotel/venue, buy their package where THEY DO EVERYTHING – and then you’re done. People won’t even be bugging you about what they should be doing because it’s Vegas and they won’t really want to see you until your wedding day anyway. UNLIKE other resort destination weddings where you basically have to babysit the whole group to make sure they feel welcome or some other BS. 
    • And if anyone asks you where you got married you can just say Aspen, Colorado.

  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming

    • I don’t know. I saw a photo and thought it would be a cool place. 
    • Maybe it’s too much like Aspen, Colorado.
    • Ah forget it – just get married in Aspen.
  • Coronado, California

    • I grew up there. (Silver Strands military housing yeah!) And it’s winter right now. I miss the beach. 
  • Wisconsin/Michigan

    • For us liberals that grew up on the coast – we would never, ever, think about having a wedding in Wisconsin or Michigan
    • But that’s too bad because it’s totally cool and beautiful there 
    • I know – Wisconsin and Michigan are two states and probably different from each other
    • But are they really? I don’t know – I’ve pretty much lived along the coastal states my whole life (except that part in Arizona – but even then everyone just escapes to San Diego whenever they can.)
    • So Wischigan. I’ve actually photographed 4 weddings there and one thing I can say is that THOSE PEOPLE ARE F*CKEN AWESOME. They love them their beer and I love them for loving their beer. 
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  • Hawaii, Hawaii

    • Pick an island
  • PNW (Pacific Northwest)

    • If you like trees they have lots. Pick a state up there. Make some #LiveAuthentic #Kinfolk #GetOutside Instagram posts 
    • You can visit my cats that live with my sister in Portland, Oregon
    • There are a lot of waterfalls apparently
    • But no really – visit my cats in Portland.

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Atlanta Headshot Photographer LeahAndMark & Co.

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There are so many amazingly awesome and amazingly bad headshots out there – and sometimes they’re both bad and awesome at the same time. I mean – it’s a fine line really between a headshot that’s just so-so or boring – and one that’s all kinds of badass and cool and… what you want it to be. 

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Of course. Different headshots for different people for different purposes. Right? Say headshot again. I dare you.

But really – you want your headshot to be a true representation of you and how you ‘look’ – but definitely close to the best presentation of you. No matter what side of you that you’re hoping to ‘present’. Alright I know – that was a lot of circular talk around headshots. I think what most of us can agree on these days is that we do not want anything resembling those old mall kiosks style glamour shots – and we don’t want anything resembling the old style portrait studio senior pictures either. (Unless you’re going for ironic – then of course you want those.)

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Still. Headshots for online profiles, for business profiles, for corporate press releases or speaking engagements – that’s why you want great headshots of yourself. Because these days – we all have to manage our own ‘brands’ and that means that we need to have at least one photo that wasn’t taken with a cell phone (although Apple will tell you otherwise.)

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SO. What do you tell your photographer? Because they’ll definitely ask. What kind of backdrop do you want? Do you want plain white, something outdoorsy (parks), or industrial (old warehouse) or funky/hip/edgy (why do people always think that means you have to stand in front of graffiti?) – Those are all great options and your photographer will be more than happy to oblige you and your ideas. They’ll probably also make sure that you get ‘safe’ headshots during your session. By ‘safe’ I mean – a plain backdrop with good lighting that presents you… professionally. Just not too creepy, not too cool, not too… posed. That’s the idea anyway.

Studio or natural light? That’s also a choice – and one that will change how your headshot feels.

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Your best bet – really – is to get both ‘looks’. You can have an outfit change for variation, and also make sure you change up the backdrops. Mostly – you want to give your photographer enough to work with, so that they can make enough photos for you to choose from. Because it would be nice if for your 1-2 or 3 headshots we only had to take 3 photos – but that’s not how things work. We take A LOT of photos to make sure that we find your best looks, and then also the best lighting, and the best backdrops. Right – we want to find ALL OF THE BEST of everything. I mean – why not right? Now – how long that takes depends on your photographer – but also other factors usually outside of their control. A great photographer will know how to find your best lookrelatively fast. They’ll know how to turn your chin up, down, this side, that side – they basically have a process they use in finding how to photograph YOU. 

Because while no one is ‘not photogenic’ – everyone has a few different ways that they ‘photograph best’. This means – you should be photographed from these angles and not those angles. You know what I mean. Right? Right. 

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Because honestly – unless you’re a model – you probably don’t already know your best angles. Or how to get that captured in a photograph. So you need a great photographer that can take care of that for you… like me. (Hey I had to say it!) 

 

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THE MOST ULTIMATE Wedding Planning Calendar Schedule and Timeline

If you’ve never cracked open a wedding planning book or guide – most of them are geared around a planning time frame of 1 year. For example – what should you be doing 12 months away from your wedding day? What about 9 months? Or 6 months? Or 2 months? Yeah. Stuff like that. But really – it’s like this. You start out thinking – great – a whole year. PLENTY OF TIME. Plenty. So much time I’m just going to throw away half of it and do nothing. And then all of a sudden 2 months away from your wedding you’re freaking out, vomiting tulle and champagne and wishing that you had at least glanced at what you were ‘supposed’ to be doing over the past 8 months. You can avoid all of that vomit. Well – at least some of it.

SO. Lets get to it right?

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Sample Wedding Planning Timeline – ONE YEAR

12+ Months

  • It’s all fun at this point – one of the first things you should do (if you haven’t already) – is start day dreaming (envisioning) what your wedding could look like. Simple things – think in broad strokes and ideas. Outside? In a church? 
  • Get your budget numbers sorted out.
  • Book your venues. All that envisioning and day dreaming you did up above? Start hunting down the reality version of those things. Find that perfect farm barn. Or that perfect industrial warehouse. Or that perfect… whatever…
  • Hire the wedding vendors (pros) that you MUST HAVE. Like if you need an amazing, ridiculously good and silly wedding photographer – hire them. ASAP. If you want a specific band to play your reception – book them NOW. YES – you can always find wedding vendors for your wedding – but if they’re GREAT – they might get booked by other people first.
  • Start searching for your wedding dress/wedding suit/wedding outfit

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9-11 Months

  • Order your save the dates (you can go through a designer and have them personally, custom made or you can order them thru templates online. 
  • Propose to your wedding party – I know – WTF “propose”. Basically – ask people if they would be in your wedding party. Sometimes it’s an honor, sometimes it’s a big fucken hassle. Whether it’s an honor or a hassle is largely dependent on you.
  • Create a wedding website. Because it’s 2017 and even hamsters celebrating their birthday have websites.
  • Book your photographer, florists, musicians, and any other vendors for your wedding.
  • Did I mention that you should book your photographer?
  • Order your wedding dress (or suit) and schedule fittings
  • Choose your bridesmaids dresses/bridesmaids suits – and get the groomsmen/persons suits in line as well (make sure people order them!)
  • Start registering (that means you’re supposed to go to 2 stores and ‘register’ – make a list of things people can buy for you as gifts for your wedding! – and totally put everything on there.)

6-8 Months

  • Plan out your ceremony – talk with your officiant and of course your partner – and plan out what all will go on during your ceremony.
  • Book your honeymoon trip! (cause that part is AWESOME)
  • Send those save-the-dates out to people!
  • Order your invitations and then also your thank-you notes
  • Find and hire a day-of coordinator for your wedding (or a wedding planner if you’ve gotten this far and you’re going CRAZY)
  • Schedule beauty trials (hair and makeup) – guys too if you want. 
  • Start planning out your rehearsal dinner. Where and who and when.

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4-5 Months

  • Confirm and/or finalize your floral design with your florist
  • Send out your wedding invitations
  • Go through all of your wedding contracts and refresh yourself on what you’ve hired people to do 
  • Complete and confirm your wedding cake or dessert order
  • Buy your wedding rings 
  • Setup and plan your transportation for your wedding day (often overlooked)

Example Wedding Planning Schedule and Timeline 

3 MONTHS!

  • Look up and Find out what the process is to acquire a local marriage license – local to the city/state/country where you will be getting married
  • Finalize your ceremony (what is actually happening during your ceremony) with your officiant

2 MONTHS!

  • This is when you mail your wedding invitations! (usually 6-8 weeks away). 
  • You’ll want to send out invites much earlier if you’re having a destination wedding or at least letting people that live FARRR away a bit more time to do some travel planning
  • Work on your wedding vows – write them – copy them – steal them – whatever. Work on them.
  • You’ll be having your first dress fitting around this time (oh and apparently you’re supposed to bring undergarments and shoes)
  • Get your reception food menu finalized with your caterer
  • Create a timeline for your wedding weekend (or at least the day before, and the DAY OF) – and then give/share that with your wedding party and other vendors (this is where having a planner can make EVERYTHING easier)

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1 MONTH!

  • If you have MUST-HAVE photos – make a list and send that over to your photographer (we actually have people do this at the two month mark – but we’re open to all suggestions from our couples at any times. Suggestions from uncles, cousins, and other people at your wedding?… we’ll humor them… and then tell them to go to the bar…)

1-2 WEEKS OMG

  • You should have a FINAL HEADCOUNT of guests – share that number with your caterer and planner
  • Complete and finish your dinner seating chart 
  • Go to your last dress fitting (YES!)
  • Designate specific people for specific task – give them JOBS. Because that’s what friends and family are for right?
  • Make sure all of your beauty appointments and planning is… planned and scheduled.

2-3 DAYS (WUT)

  • Steam your dress(es) and/or suit(s)!
  • Tell your Planner that they’re doing an amazing job
  • Tell your Photographer that they’re talented and amazing people (they’re artists so you know they have self esteem issues)

1 Day BEFORE! 

  • Give the marriage license to your officiant (or put someone else in charge of that – seriously)
  • Rehearse your ceremony with all the participants
  • Have dinner with your family and close friends!
  • Try to get some sleep okay?! YEssssssssssss. 

See? That’s all there is to it. One year OF YOUR LIFE. 

Also – Thanks.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Tioxon