wedding

YOUR LOVE, YOUR WEDDING, YOUR DAY

As a photographer one of the most common question I am asked from couples about to get married is: “What do people normally do?”. As I reply: “You can do whatever you want.” I can hear both their frustration and feelings of relief in the sound of their sighs. As an example of what this can look like I am sharing what I did for my wedding just so you can see how backwards things can get. I understand there are steps people come to expect at a wedding and mine definitely caused some confusion at times, but it is what made us happy and once people understood that, nothing else really mattered. What is really important about this day? After I explain to couples that they can do whatever they want I follow with this: “I encourage you to really think about what is important to you.”  It is easy ...

I’M GETTING MARRIED IN SEVEN MONTHS, AND NO, I’M NOT GOING ON A DIET

It’s 65 degrees as the sun sets in Glen Arbor, Michigan. My boyfriend and I are on the beach, finishing our picnic with our instafamous Bernese Mountain Dog, Maple, when he asks if I want to go for a walk along the shoreline. He grabs my hand. We walk a few yards down from our blanket. I see a heart drawn in the sand. He gets down on one knee, sticks his hand into his pocket, and I don’t even hear what he says other than, “Marry me,” because I’m crying, and then he’s crying, and all of a sudden a ring is on my finger, and HOLY CRAP IT FINALLY HAPPENED! A few weeks later we’re having fun picking our venue, photographer, florist… and then I get to go to a stunning wedding dress boutique downtown to try on dresses. Yes, I was that girl who binge-watched Say Yes to the Dress. Mimosa, please! I...

THE BRIDE

The Bride.   The spinning wheel came to a halt The world around her paused The moment seemed to have frozen in time And the vows were called.   The innumerable thoughts that kept her Anxious and fidgetty The unexplainable questions causing the stir The cliched butterflies And the atypical fervour Brought about their might.   Its absolutely normal, don’t fret The world advised She wasn’t afraid, she is not a novice to change It was a huge step that she was waiting to tread Yet it felt wonderfully unfamiliar To be the one, for her own one   Amidst the chaos of the wedding rituals She found the unflustered belonging Which now had to be shared Between her own kinsfolk and his   A sudden gush of longing to hug her mom To be her father’s little girl To gossip away with h...

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD YOU BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

As a seasoned photographer and cinematographer, I get asked a lot of questions. I love it because it let’s me know that people really care about their wedding experience. It also let’s me know that they trust me as a professional to ask questions. One of the most frequent questions I get asked by couple’s booking wedding photography or videography services is how far in advance should they booked their wedding vendors.  Most reputable vendors and venues book six months to one year in advance. Here’s a guide that works for most weddings when it comes to Wedding Photography & Videography:   Wedding Photography   Depending on the popularity of your wedding date and the wedding photographer you desire to hire, an available date may be limited. Most photographers and videographe...

BRIDESMAID-ING: 8 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

He asked. She said yes. And then? She asked you. Minutes after he was no longer just her boyfriend, you were no longer just her friend. You were someone she’d want up there helping her seal the deal. It’s an honor! It’s also not about you. And sometimes that’s the hardest part. Over the past year I’ve gotten married and stood up in four other weddings. Having done the preparations numerous times, I thought I’d share some tips I’ve learned for bridesmaid-ing well. Brides aren’t the only ones who can earn the “zilla” added to their name. We’ve all gotta do our part not to lose our cool on the big day. Here are eight things that have helped me!    1. Celebrate; don’t control.  We can all agree that weddings are some of the BEST events of the year. And yet, there is a tendency in all of us to ...

THE BRIDAL PROJECT

We don’t have to look very closely to see the undeniable obsession with weddings that exists in our culture. Many women, though they may be happy in their marriages, experience post wedding blues going into their newly wedded life. Anybody who has been to a wedding in the past 5-10 years can see that weddings today have taken on a whole new avenue. Most probably see this in the form of dollar signs as they scan the venue, see the dress, and take in all of the carefully thought details. A bride and groom are probably receiving more attention than they have received in their entire life. From the moment they announce their engagement all the way to their wedding day. They are given the utmost attention. And then one day it all comes to a screeching halt. The spotlight is readjusted to that n...

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