When you’ve decided to hire ceremony musicians – you want to find someone who is very experienced playing weddings – not just in playing – but playing weddings specifically.
Do they have a list of music/songs that work really well for wedding ceremonies – that list will give you an idea of their experience – their knowledge – and the general, can they do what you want? Can they play what you want? Do they already have the sheet music for it? For example – a string quartet needs sheet music in order to play – and often times the sheet music isn’t available for popular songs you’ve heard on the radio.
So – someone – probably your musicians – are going to have to actually write that sheet music. I KNOW RIGHT? THAT’S SO PROFESSIONAL!
And if they can write the music – you know you’re working with badass musicians. Because not all musicians can actually WRITE music.
Alright – if we don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and we’ll talk to you later.
(also – that’s Kat up there in the video with me – you can hire her and her team for your wedding! Over at Luna Strings!)
If you’re having a wedding in Las Vegas, NV. – you’ll want to make time for a portrait session down on the strip – or downtown on Fremont St.
Let me say that again – MAKE TIME FOR YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION. Whether you have to do it the day before or the day after or the same evening – after your wedding reception and before the after party – MAKE TIME. It’s worth it. If you have a great photographer – it’s DEFINITELY WORTH IT. Don’t settle for only photos at your hotel – get out there and get some photos that LOOK LIKE VEGAS.
You won’t regret it.
Alright – if I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.
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Don’t focus on all of the horrible possibilities. What if you fall while walking down the aisle? What if your dress catches on fire? What if you’re mom gets sh*t-faced drunk and says the most awesome things to everyone?! (Okay that would be amazing for the rest of us) – honestly – those things are probably not going to happen.
In my experience (literally hundreds of weddings) – no one has ever caught on fire, no one has ever tripped and fallen while walking down the aisle. Most of the things that could go wrong – won’t – they just don’t on wedding days. Of course you can do what you should to prepare and make sure they don’t happen – but really that’s mostly done by just hiring a great crew and vendors.
Don’t obsess. Don’t worry. It’s going to be okay. And amazing.
Alright. If I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.
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One of the questions you’ll want to ask any wedding photographer you’re considering – is simply “Can we view a complete and full wedding gallery you’ve photographed?”
This is also one of the best ways to separate the good photographers from the really bad photographers (or the ones that are at least not as good.)
The truth is that a wedding portfolio will obviously have THE BEST photos that the photograph
Beautiful Arches and Ivy and Brick and Stone everywhere
er wants to show off – but that’s usually 1 or maybe 2 photos from each wedding. What you want to see is how they handle THE ENTIRE DAY – at least a few examples of complete weddings from start to finish.
There’s no hiding behind 1 or 2 great images if you’re seeing 400+ photos. Not only that – you’ll be able to see how that particular photographer handles different lighting conditions, different people, and different locations. Do all of their photos look like they could’ve been photographed anywhere (and not location specific? That may or may not be a good thing. If you picked a location because of a certain look – you’ll want that to be reflected in your photos.)
Does that photographer use the exact same pose at EVERY WEDDING? Obviously there will be some overlap – but if you get the feeling that the photographer only has 2-3 poses and that’s it… You may not want that.
Selecting a wedding photographer is so much more than just their photos – but you want to make sure that their photos are at least as good as you need them to be. You want to make sure that they don’t just get lucky shots every now and then. You’re paying them good money and honestly – for the most part – their photos need to be much better than anything your guests can take. That’s why you’re hiring a professional photographer.
Alright. If I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding – and I’ll talk to you later.
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I recently photographed Caroline & Paul’s wedding out in San Luis Obispo, California – and of course – the wedding was awesome! Caroline and Paul are awesome! Their friends and family are awesome!
And it’s been a while since I last photographed a wedding out in California – and ummmm, I have this thing where it just seems like California wedding photographers are cheating because they have SO MUCH GREAT scenery and varied landscapes to work with.
Of course – you want what you can’t have – I guess I’ll have to be content with just the normal amounts of f*cken amazing we have here in Georgia all the Southeast. YESsssss.
So. With that flight back from the west coast – I just edited a few photos on my phone but hey – what’s the difference these days right? Here’s the quick preview set.
If you want to have the most relaxed wedding day possible – you simply need to do as much planning as you can, up front. Get as much done as you can BEFORE the morning of your wedding. Not only that – if you can’t do it – make sure someone ELSE is in charge of getting it done. Whether that’s a wedding planner/coordinator – or one of your friends or whoever. SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOU.
People also shouldn’t be calling/contacting/texting you for directions or asking what time the wedding is that day. They shouldn’t be asking you questions that someone else should be answering. You shouldn’t even really be making any decisions at that point since they will have already been made – or the person you appointed is smart enough to just take care of things.
Oh – AND you need to be okay with that.
But basically – on the morning of your wedding – let it go. You did everything you could and things will happen the way they will happen. So relax.
Alright – if I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.
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When you’re making the schedule for your wedding day – one of the things you’ll want to do is actually planning and scheduling about 10-15 minutes of quiet, private time for the two of you. I know – it’s a super busy day and you have lots of people waiting, wanting, hoping to spend a few minutes with you.
But it’s also really easy – too easy to let the day slip by without ever actually connecting with your partner. So it’s very important to make the time to be together. Really be together – without your photographer or videographer. Don’t worry – our feelings won’t be hurt (well maybe mine will – but I’ll get over it!)
In Jewish tradition – this time is called the Yichud (seclusion) – and I think it’s a great idea for EVERYONE. Your wedding day is going to be crazy and everyone’s going to be trying to pull you two apart so they can get a moment with you, do this to make sure that at least one part of your day is actually YOUR DAY together.
Alright – if I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.
If you go through this blog (don’t) – you may notice that I almost never, ever, ever do styled shoots. Why? IDK. I’m too busy. They’re not my thing. Whatever – I just don’t do them and haven’t done them – like I said, almost never ever ever.
The way this one came about is because I was wanting to work with Brittani of Untitled Thoughts on a project – and somehow in her crazy mind she agreed to make five (5) dresses for me. A mini collection. But ummm, making five dresses is a big undertaking – especially THESE five dresses when you look at all of the fine hand embroidery done on them. Like a billion+ hours of manual labor went into each of her dresses. SO. I realized that I need to do more than just… photograph the dresses. I mean – I had to somehow make up for things on my side of the project you know?
So I contacted my friend Ashley over at the Barn at Oak Manor and she was kind enough to help us out and let us do the styled shoot there! With the dresses and the venue on board – I then just needed to find EVERYONE ELSE. Models, florals, decor, hair, makeup – a whole team. Right? Because the number of dresses already made sure that this wasn’t just going to be some small ‘couples’ styled shoot that could take place out in a park (free!)… You start somewhere and then keep going.
Dresses, venue, and then amazingly Courtney with Peachy Keen Decor signed on – and then and then and then… oh yeah and then I got some crazy idea that I also wanted artwork in this shoot (those peacock paintings you see in the photos.) So I collected some pieces from my friend Jennifer and even though we didn’t use them all – she was probably a little too trusting as she handed me her paintings… oh man. I just remember her saying – don’t pierce the canvas or you’re buying them. GULP!
Still. Hey. It worked out. Like Really. Worked. Out.
Since I was getting my ‘hawk refreshed – I figured that I’d cover a few tips on helping out your stylist for your wedding hair!
A few months before your wedding – find a hairstylists and have a ‘trial’ session. If they’re a professional stylists – they’ll ask you questions to narrow down your ideas and get a better idea of what you want your hair to look like on your wedding day.
You will want to bring anything you can to the trial with you. Photos of your dress, and then also photos of you IN your dress as well. Having those will help your stylist get a better idea of how your hair will sit on your head with the dress on your body. Sounds like common sense right? And it is – but this is wedding stuff we’re talking about so common sense GOES OUT THE WINDOW! Cause you know – weddings are bonkers!
Bring any photos you’ve gathered as well for ‘hair’ inspiration – and then also any colors, or fabrics or really anything you might want your stylist to incorporate somehow into your hair for that day.
Another good idea is to make sure you know what you DON’T WANT. That’s almost as important as knowing what you do want – and it’ll cut down on the wasted time of going through bad ideas that you were never going to like in the first place ðŸ™‚
Alright! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!
What IS a rehearsal dinner? It’s often the more intimate dinner/gathering, taking place the night before your actual wedding.
The day before your actual wedding – you may have an actual ‘wedding rehearsal’. After that – you go to dinner. Who goes to that dinner? Your wedding party (the people that attended the actual wedding rehearsal) – close friends, family, and then also, definitely – all the people that came in from out of town. They probably arrived the day before your wedding – which means that they’re not doing anything that evening – except coming to hangout with you.
Plus – you know – at your wedding they’ll only get to see you for like 4.6 minutes of the entire evening. So the rehearsal dinner is a great way to spend a little bit more time with some of the people you actually, really like.
Also. Hey. You can do whatever you want for the rehearsal dinner. You rent out a restaurant, an event space – or someone’s backyard. You have all the flexibility in the world with your rehearsal dinner – there aren’t too many rights and wrongs – and if there are – F*ck it all! It’s your wedding day!
Alright. If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!
Maybe you have nightmares about your wedding makeup. Maybe you don’t want to look like… a clown. Maybe the thought of wearing so much makeup that you don’t look like yourself – terrifies you.
You don’t want to look at your wedding photos and find out that you look like… well… you don’t want to be unhappy with your makeup on your wedding day.
Alright – right up front – look. Use your own eyes. If you look good (or bad) with your own eyes – then trust that, and have your MUA (Make Up Artist) fix it. Seriously. Don’t believe people when they say you need to cake it on ‘for the cameras’ – because this is 2016, and a professional photographer will have a badass camera AND know how to use it. Which also means that they will photograph you properly – and your makeup will look in the photos how it looks with our eyes. You probably won’t be under stage lights all day so you don’t need stage lights amounts of makeup.
OH – and if you need a 2nd opinion – that’s what your bridesmaids and/or friends are there for. Unless those people are annoying. Basically – have people you trust, around you while you’re getting ready. Don’t have an annoying relative saying back handed comments about your makeup. Kick those people out.
You want to be happy with how you look. With your eyes. If you’re happy with your makeup – then we’ll photograph it properly and you’ll look exactly the same in your photos.
Hey. If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding.
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