The guys got distracted and had to go off on a light saber fight…
The guys got distracted and had to go off on a light saber fight…
Well this wedding wasn’t in Georgia, it was in North Carolina. My ex husbands best friend finally got hitched, and we enjoyed a beautiful mini vacation in Charlotte.
And to be clear, they are NOT actually kissing… and that is my ex husband making out with the groom… yup. Proud moment. (No I didn’t turn him gay.)
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A photographer can be one of the most important components of your wedding day. When friends or relatives volunteer to take your wedding pictures, think long and hard about it. A professional will thoroughly understand lighting techniques and will be experienced in capturing the joyous occasion. Interview photographers early, at least 6 – 12 months in advance. Visit their studios, review their portfolios, and talk about the pictures you envision of your wedding. Be sure to enquire about special effect photography and decide if you want it included in your wedding portfolio. Determine your budget clearly at this meeting. Be sure you understand exactly the quantity and size of prints you will be buying, when proofs will be available and if you get to keep them, the type of proofs provided, when the finished work will be ready, and how long the negatives will be kept in the photographer’s filing system (if they’re not given to you). Remember, price is not the most important item – look for quality and creativity. Also make sure that they will respect the sacredness of the ceremony and not turn it into a “show” (i.e. some photographers disregard this and take flash pictures during the ceremony or walk up and down the aisle just so they can get the best pictures). Be sure to confirm the name of the photographer who will actually be at your wedding – some places send assistants instead of themselves. Ask for references. Finally, be sure you feel comfortable with the photographer.
You will have one dilemma regarding photographs – when should the formal portraits be taken. Ask yourself, “Do I want to see my fiance prior to the ceremony?” Some couples want to minimize the time between the ceremony and reception so they don’t keep the guests waiting too long. If you’re in this category, there are two options. One choice is to take all the formal portraits prior to the ceremony. The second choice is to take only the formal portraits that don’t involve both the bride and groom together so that the moment the bride enters the sanctuary is a big moment for both her and the groom. These pictures might be of the bride and her bridesmaids, the bride and her parents, the groom and the groomsmen, etc. So consider your wedding day schedule and the size of the wedding party when you, your fiance, and the photographer decide.
During the formal portraits, you might want to have your mistress of ceremonies assist by making sure all essential family groupings are taken.
Finally, if there are any sensitive situations in your respective families, such as recently deceased grandparents or divorced parents, stepparents, etc., you should inform your photographer.Here’s a list of over 150 wedding poses which may work for you. A list is great to let the photographer know the pictures you want the MOST. Try to find a photographer who will also look for pictures throughout the day that will tell the story better than any posed set-up shot. This type of photographer is usually associated with the ‘photojournalistic’ style and will make sure your photos will tell the story of YOUR day, and not look like everyone else’s!
__ Bride arriving at church
__ Groom and Best Man arriving at church
__ Bride alone in mirror
__ Mother adjusting Bride’s veil
__ Bride pinning boutonniere on Dads lapel
__ Bride pinning corsage on Mother
__ Bride alone looking out window
__ Groom alone (full length)
__ Groom alone (3/4 length)
__ Groom alone (head & shoulders)
__ Groom profile
__ Groom profile with hand to chin
__ Bride looking at Groom’s ring
__ Groom looking at Bride’s ring
__ Bride and Mother
__ Bride in foreground with Father (or Father & Mother) looking at her from background.
__ Groom and Mother
__ Groom in foreground with Mother (or Mother & Father) looking at him from background.
__ Father kissing Bride on forehead (or cheek)
__ Father dropping penny in Bride’s shoe
__ Bride and Father
__ Groom and Father
__ Groom pinning boutonniere on Dads lapel
__ Groom pinning corsage on Mother
__ Mother pinning boutonniere on Groom
__ Bride, Mother and Father
__ Groom, Mother and Father
__ Bride and Flower girl (looking at each other)
__ Bride and Flower girl (looking at camera)
__ Flower girl admiring Bride’s gown
__ Groom and Ring bearer
__ Bride giving bouquets to Bridesmaids
__ Bride and Maid (or Matron) of Honor full length
__ Bride and Maid (or Matron) of Honor head & shoulders
__ Groom and Best Man
__ Best Man showing Groom watch
__ Best Man wiping Groom’s forehead with handkerchief
__ Bride and Bridesmaids
__ Groom and Groomsmen
__ Groomsmen dragging Groom into church
__ Bride and Groomsmen
__ Groom and Bridesmaids
__ Individual portrait of each Bridesmaid
__ Individual portrait of each Groomsman
__ Mother putting Garter on Bride
__ Maid of Honor putting Garter on Bride
__ Guest book & Attendant
__ Guest signing guest book
__ Ushers seating Groom’s Grandparents
__ Ushers seating Bride’s Grandparents
__ Usher seating Mother of Bride
__ Usher seating Mother and Father of Groom
__ Soloist and musician(s)
__ Bride, Father, and attendants lined up ready to enter Sanctuary
__ Groom and Family (Mom, Dad, Bro., Sis.)
__ Bride and Family (Mom, Dad, Bro., Sis.)
__ Groom with Brothers & Sisters
__ Flower girl & Ring bearer coming down aisle
__ Individual Bridesmaids coming down aisle
__ Bride with Brothers & Sisters
__ Bride & Father coming down aisle (front view)
__ Bride & Father coming down aisle (back view showing full train)
__ Time exposure from back of church during ceremony
__ Bride & Groom lighting unity candle
__ First Kiss as Husband and Wife!
__ Bride & Groom with flower girl and ring bearer
__ Bride & Groom taking Communion
__ Bride and Groom returning from Altar
__ Reception (receiving) line (with
__ Exterior view of Church
__ Bride posed alone (front view-full length)
__ Bride posed alone (back view-full length)
__ Bride posed alone (front view-3/4 length)
__ Bride posed alone (back view-3/4 length)
__ Bride posed alone (head & shoulders)
__ Bridal profile
__ Bride with Grandparents
__ Bride and Groom together looking at camera (full length)
__ Bride and Groom together looking off camera (full length)
__ Bride and Groom facing each other, holding hands (full length)
__ Bride and Groom together (3/4 length)
__ Bride and Groom together looking at camera (head & shoulders)
__ Bride and Groom together looking off camera (head & shoulders)
__ Bride (w/back to camera) facing Groom (both looking off camera – head & shoulders)
__ Groom with Grandparents
__ Bride and Groom with Bride’s Parents
__ Bride and Groom with Bride’s Grandparents
__ Bride’s Grandparents (together)
__ Bride’s Grandmother
__ Bride’s Grandfather
__ Bride and Groom with Groom’s Parents
__ Bride and Groom with Groom’s Grandparents
__ Groom’s Grandparents (together)
__ Groom’s Grandmother
__ Groom’s Grandfather
__ Bride and Groom silhouetted against stained glass window
__ Bride and Groom with preacher
__ Candid of Clergymen congratulating couple
__ Bride with attendants looking at ring
__ Time exposure of Bride and Groom looking at rings with candles in foreground
__ Time exposure of Bride and Groom kissing with candles in foreground
__ Bride and Groom kissing with wedding party peeking from background
__ Bride and Groom with wedding party
__ Bride and Groom leaving church (running through rice, etc.)
__ Bride’s Cake alone
__ Bride and Groom cutting Bride’s cake
__ Photograph(s) of Bridal table setting
__ Bride feeding Bride’s cake to Groom
__ Groom feeding Bride’s cake to Bride
__ Groom’s Cake alone
__ Bride and Groom posed on front steps of Church
__ Entire wedding party posed on front steps of Church
__ Bride and Groom cutting Groom’s cake
__ Bride feeding Groom’s cake to Groom
__ Witnesses (Best man, Maid of Honor) signing Marriage license.
__ Groom feeding Groom’s cake to Bride
__ Bride and Groom at dinner table
__ Wedding party at dinner table
__ Punch and cake servers
__ Bride and Father dancing
__ Bride and Groom with wine glasses
__ Best man toasting Bride and Groom
__ Close-up of hands, rings
__ Close-up of hands, rings, napkin
__ Close-up of hands, rings, flowers
__ Gift table alone
__ Gift table with couple
__ Bride and Groom opening gifts
__ Groom removing garter
__ Groom throwing garter (posed, looking at camera)
__ Groomsmen & other men catching garter
__ Bride throwing bouquet (posed, looking at camera)
__ Girls catching bouquet
__ Spotlight of the invitation and bouquet
__ Bride and Groom dancing together
__ Groom dancing with his Mother
__ Groom dancing with Brides Mother
__ Bride dancing with her Father
__ Bride dancing with Grooms Father
__ Photograph of the Disk Jockey or Band
__ Candid photos of any special friends of Bride & Groom
__ Candid photos of certain (or all) tables at reception
__ Outdoor, romantic poses of Bride and Groom (full length, close-up, etc.)
__ Wedding Party/Friends Decorating Bride & Grooms Car
__ Decorated car ready to leave
__ Bride with Groom looking on from background
__ Groom with Bride looking on from background
__ Candid of soloist
__ Candid of organist
__ Bride with friends
__ Groom with friends
__ Parents hugging/kissing couple good-bye
__ Bride and Groom with car decorated (exterior view)
__ Groom carrying Bride in arms (with decorated car in background)
__ Groom holding car door open for Bride
__ Bride and Groom in car ready to leave
__ Bride and Groom in car leaving Church or Reception
__ Bride and Groom looking out rear window of car
__ Any Large Family Groups
__ Bride’s Father with pockets turned inside out
This was list of 150 photoes was taken from a post by Dave Kesier (email@example.com) of Keiser Photography on alt.wedding.
So we all know not everyone has the money, or wants to spend a ton of money on their wedding day. This doesn’t mean one cannot have a nice wedding on a budget.
The first thing to figure out is “whose paying”? Traditionally the bride’s parents pay for the wedding. A more contemporary approach is both families split the cost. And lastly, the bride and groom may pay for their own wedding. No matter who is paying, there is going to be some form of budget, high or low.
Here are a few tips to stick to a lower budget for your wedding:
1. Venue. Are you a member of a church? Many church’s do not charge members to use the grounds for a wedding or event. Do you have, or do you know someone with a nice big backyard? Have a backyard bash! Hold the reception at the same location – does your church have a reception hall or cafeteria? Get creative on a nice, but free or low cost location for your big day! I personally saved spending ANY money on my venue by using our church sanctuary and cafeteria. A wedding venue doesn’t have to cost big bucks. Think out side the bun.
2. Music. Do you know any musician friends/family? Would they like to play/sing on your big day? If not, there’s always the good ole CD player. Download some of your favorite love and wedding MP3’s (even legally they are 99 cents each) and ask a distant relative to hit play and stop – just make sure you get a CD player with speakers that are loud enough.
3. Food. You don’t have to pay for a big, elaborate meal for your guests. Plan your wedding mid day, between meals. Have a cocktail party with finger foods. Or if you do want an affordable meal, consider a buffet and purchase party platters. Utilize tables and chairs at your reception location if possible. Get “fancy plastic ware” as far as plates, cups, eating utensils… get nice paper napkins. Plastic tablecloths. CAKE – get your cake from Sam’s or Publix. Someplace you know makes DELICIOUS cakes. They charge much less than other bakeries who specialize in wedding cakes. Consider doing a cupcake tree. If you want a fancy cake, do a small one and a sheet cake. The following cake is a fountain wedding cake that came from Publix – they even delivered and set it up. I honestly don’t remember how much we paid, but I do remember it was significantly less than the Tiffani’s bakery in the Mall. And it taste better.
(Photo by JB Photography)
4. Drinks. If your family is not big on alcohol, this is a big money saver. Create a “champagne” punch with 7up and Ginger ale. Maybe you do want a nice glass of wine or champagne for your bride & groom toast – visit a local restaurant that sells it by the bottle, like Olive Garden. I suggest this because I love their wine – and I’d rather purchase a bottle from a place I know has good wine then from a place I don’t know – and we can’t all afford a luxurious trip to a winery. Lastly, if everyone likes cheap beer… then get cheap beer. 😉 Make it a BYOB! The moral of this story is, your guests don’t have to get drunk at your wedding, at least not on your dime.
5. Dress & Accessories. DO NOT buy your accessories from the bridal store. If the dress you must have comes from a bridal shop and you cannot find it anywhere else, then get it there. If you aren’t set on a specific dress, shop clearance, ebay, 2nd hand stores… But your tiara, veil, bra/garter, shoes, and jewelry – do not pay their ridiculous mark up. I cannot stress this enough on everything: If you are planning a wedding on a budget, SHOP AROUND. Walmart has bridal accessories, so does Michaels. My veil came from Michaels and my artistic mother in law glued on the rhinestones. Instead of $200 it cost me $20. I found my tiara at a smaller, more local dress shop – for $30 instead of $150. My shoes came from PayLess. My unity candle, ring bearer pillow, guestbook… all from Michaels for much less. Shop around for bridesmaid dresses – another thing that doesn’t have to come from the same bridal shop as your dress.
(Photo by JB Photography)
6. Flowers & Decor. Flowers – go silk. Again, stores like Michaels and Hobby Lobby can be your best friend. They sell arch ways, silk flowers, columns, aisle runners… anything to make your ceremony venue gorgeous and save money while doing it. GET CREATIVE – I photographed a wedding where the bride made a GORGEOUS bouquet out of bridal magazines and buttons.
7. Photos. Ok. One thing I cannot stress enough – this should be one of your best investments for your wedding. Do not skimp here. There are plenty of other things you can skimp on and no one will know the difference. But extremely cheap photography usually doesn’t equal good photography. This is the ONE part of the entire day that will provide lasting memories for years to come. Shop around – google wedding photographers. Compare prices. If you have to go cheap make sure you see an adequate portfolio and make sure they know what they are doing as far as proper exposure, in focus faces, etc. Photographing a wedding is not a task to be taken lightly – no it is not as easy as it looks. 😉 If your wedding photos get screwed up, there is no redo. I’m not saying spend 1000s on a wedding photo package. There are some of us photographers out there who charge less than $1000 for their smaller packages.
8. Rings. The one thing you will carry away from your wedding day and keep with you forever. Make sure they are quality. NOW, if you must go cheap on rings for the big day, at least plan to replace them further down the road. Many couples have gotten $20 rings for show on the big day, then waited until they were more capable of spending a couple $100 on quality rings.
Lastly, the most important thing is to “do the math”… set a budget and stick to it. Get all the “must haves” done first, so if you have to cut the less important things, it won’t matter as much.
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Your wedding. One of the biggest moments of your life that will not be repeated. Something you want to remember the rest of your life – and your photos are the only tangible memories from your wedding day. Trust this special day to a professional who has been there, and trust that you won’t regret the money spent years down the road. You spend thousands of dollars on a dress that will be put in the back of a closet, possibly to never be seen again. You spend thousands of dollars on a venue, flowers, and the details for that day – and the only way you’ll be able to look back and see those things is through your photographs.
Trust your wedding day photos to someone who has taken the time to learn and understand not only how to properly use their equipment, but how to shoot in all situations, low lighting, and who has experience photographing weddings and will help coordinate so that your day goes by much more smoothly. Someone who has YOUR best interests at heart, and who has the ability to make sure your wedding is creatively documented for you to look back on and smile… not say, I wish we’d have hired a professional instead of letting Joe Bloe, or even Uncle Joe, photograph us. Trust me, I know this from experience. I hired a professional wedding photographer, and I am so grateful to have those memories.
I did NOT hire a professional videographer, and I wish I had. Can I go back and remake that day and reshoot it? Nope. Sure can’t. I trusted that moment to a family member, whom I love deeply and am grateful we got A video of that day… but the video was NOT what I wanted, especially 20 minutes of the floor while a guest talked randomly because he forgot to turn off the camera. 😉
My point? Trying to stick to a budget? There are plenty of things to skimp on that won’t matter 10 years from now… but don’t skimp on your photography. The one thing that you will still have 10 years from now to remember your wedding day.
Some tips when searching for a wedding photographer:
1. Any Tom, Dick, or Harry can pick up a nice camera these days and say “Look I can be a wedding photographer!” There is much more to it than the camera being used. Make sure you see a portfolio with a decent number of images from several weddings, proof that this photographer can do the job before you write them a check. Visit their website – focus on their photos, not necessarily the design of the website. Read the site for details, but remember the PROOF of what they can do is in the photographs. Yes, every new photographer needs a break to shoot their first wedding, but there are right and wrong ways to do this… the best way is as a second shooter, so the bride is still getting their day properly documented from the main photographer, but a new photographer has the opportunity to get their feet wet and fully understand the responsibility of capturing this event. A word to the wise – do not hire a “newbie” photographer as your main photographer on your big day. Too many people get sucked into this thinking they can save a buck, and most of the time, they regret it.
2. Compare several photographers to get an idea of quality, style, and prices that are out there available to you. Average price for a GOOD wedding photographer, in the ball park of $2000. Some are more. A few are less. We try to offer packages for a wide variety of budgets. Trust that what you are paying is for quality and expertise in addition to the physical product you will receive after the wedding.
3. Review and meet with your photographer before the big day. A photographer should have a good reviews or testimonials page with comments from their clients. This is another key sign of the photographer’s professionalism and ability. Schedule a consultation appointment so you can discuss pricing and details. Ask questions, make sure you will be getting what YOU need. Once you book a photographer, stay in communication with them until the big day.
4. Discuss wedding equipment used – although you may not be a photographer yourself and fully understand the equipment, the photographer should. Ask them questions about what type of equipment they use, such as what kind of speedlite they use – if they use the onboard flash, this should be a red flag. Ask them the speed of their lens – if they don’t understand this question or know the answer, this should be a red flag. Find out if they shoot in manual, or if they use P or auto (you want the photographer shooting in manual.) Also ask if they shoot in RAW (the answer should be yes, especially for weddings.) These things are key to shooting weddings due to the low light and shooting conditions that are generally involved. There’s a lot more to it, but this will give you a better idea if the photographer knows what they are doing.
5. Lastly, as with any major decision, sleep on it. After you’ve met with a few photographers, think it over, determine who you feel meets your needs. Call the photographer you choose back, and ask them to pencil you in tentatively until you can sign the contract and put down the deposit.
Back to the main point – trust your BIG DAY to a professional. Not only will you be getting a photographer who understands how to photograph a wedding, but the photographer usually comes in as a “coordinator” – as they understand the general flow of weddings, and they can make sure things go smoothly.
So looking back on 2011, here are some of my fav’s!
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