If you're engaged, the internet can be an amazing source of advice for planning your wedding, and if you've been searching for a resource to binge read all of the wedding advice and wedding tips your browser can handle, then look no further! I've combed through all of my blog posts (almost 2 years of weekly material!) and pulled all of the best info for you soonlyweds to get your binge on! Share this with a bride to be to help answer some of the questions no one thinks to ask!
I sat down with a local pastor that’s officiated many weddings to ask him his real, honest opinion on why the ceremony can be the worst part of the day, things every officiant wants you to know but may not tell you, and some things that you can figure out before meeting up with him or her to make everyone’s life easier (also check out the downloadable freebie to help you plan it all out and look like a rockstar at your first meeting with your officiant!)
Every bride fears having a wedding day disaster that they can’t fix or recover from, and I can tell you from photographing dozens of weddings a year for the past 9 years, something usually DOES go wrong, but it’s never something you can’t recover from, especially if you have a positive mindset! Here I’m sharing the “disasters” I ran into and how they were solved:
How many people is too many? What if the Maid of Honor or Best Man isn’t good at planning? What if everyone lives far apart? How can you make sure the wedding day isn’t chaos? I’ll answer all of this and more, drawing on experience from being both a wedding photographer for years and a bridesmaid in a party of 9!
Calling all Soonly-weds! Here’s a collection of binge-worthy wedding tips - hand picked by yours truly! Read though tons of great stuff from my blogs over the past year and a half, all compiled nicely into one place! Tag a friend that’s sporting that rock on her finger - she’ll be happy to know some of the industry secrets!
Do you REALLY need a second photographer, or "second shooter", for your wedding day? In this post I give you lots of things to think about way beyond the obvious benefit of being in two places at once, and plus some really fun shots taken exclusively by second shooters (you’ve gotta see some of the reception shots at the bottom!)
It is, after all, a nice day for a white wedding, but it's an even better day for a RAINBOW one! This post goes out to all my girls who grew up with Lisa Frank's rainbow leopard as their spirit animal, who gravitate towards the vibrant, and just appreciate the richness of life and all the hues it encapsulates!
A look at Lindsey and Aaron’s whimsical backyard wedding, and some advice on what to do if you are camera shy!
Want to have FUN on your wedding day? It’s all about who you surround yourself with, and a great bridal party is key. A great way to grow camaraderie with your bridal party to ensure everyone is having a great time day of is to all spend time together before the wedding. It might be a challenge coordinating schedules, but when the whole bridal party knows each other and is friends with each other, it sets the atmosphere for the whole day, and definitely shows up in photos! Hope you enjoy the super fun (and beautiful!) highlights from this lighthearted and personality-filled wedding!
Don’t miss this! Are you planning a wedding that is full of personal details, DIY centerpieces, or make it yourself decor, but need some major advice so the end result doesn't leave guests saying, "what the...? Meet Brittney and Alex! In this post, you can learn from their months of planning, crafting, and creating their pop culture themed wedding and translate their ideas to fit YOUR theme! Plus, see their impossibly fun photos from a truly unforgettable day!
Are you thinking about eloping, or at least getting married in another state and are dreading the process of figuring out licenses, picking vendors, and choosing locations? In this guest blog post, my latest bride Tara is sweet enough to share some advice from her experience of planning a small, low-key elopement in another town! Here's what she had to say:
Wedding ring tattoos are really popular right now - for a good reason! Read all about the non-traditional wedding ring trend and things to consider beyond not having to remember where your rings are after you wash the dishes.
Don’t be left swiping your credit card days before your wedding! Check out these things that brides typically don’t think about or budget for, as well as some things you definitely need, and things that will make the day so much better and keep everyone happy!
In a recent survey I conducted with 20+ brides, I got the scoop about what their grooms were concerned about during the wedding planning process. Are any of these things your groom has voiced an opinion about? Some of it may just surprise you!
Styled shoots are great for you to look out for and pay attention to because it literally shows you a "trial run" of all the best, hand selected vendors in your area. Who better to pick a team of super services that those that are in constant community with each other in the wedding industry?
Not only is it really important to have great communication with your photographer because of personality, but its also good to let us in the loop so we can be prepared with the right gear (and literally be in the right place) to make sure every little detail and moment that is important to you is captured to the best of our ability.
I conducted a survey with real life actual brides, some past clients of mine and some not, and asked them "What do you wish you would have known earlier about wedding photography?"
Are you considering having your wedding on or around a holiday? As if weddings aren't overwhelming enough, let's throw the craziness and busyness of the holidays into the mix! But, there can be some great benefits to hosting your friends and family around such iconic times. Whether it's New Year's Eve like Casey and Jon, or a Labor Day wedding, Halloween wedding, Valentine's Wedding - whatever - there are lots of great reasons to take on the added logistics of a holiday wedding.
Answers to your biggest questions of the year, all right here! As a year end treat, I've wrapped up all of your favorite blog posts, shoots, and moments of 2017 to romp through all over again!
You spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on your wedding gown, and hopefully all that cash makes you feel like a million bucks on your big day... so why should the fate of your gown be a dark and lonely one in a garment bag in the back of your closet? What to do? Drag it out for an anniversary session!
Think you have all your wedding details covered? Stop right here! This post is more than just a look at a beautiful wedding at the Schwabb Estate Gardens at St. Francis in Loretto, PA. This post is all about the little details. The stuff that gets overlooked by even the most careful planner. The things that only are obvious after attending dozens of weddings and being on the back end of things.
Are you a bridesmaid? Do you have friends that are girls? Chances are, you will be in or involved in a wedding at some point in your life, and there's no better way to support your bestie than by being the most kick-butt bridesmaid or friend you can be on the wedding day. In this first ever guest blog post, the beautiful Mary Kuhne shares 10 lessons that bridesmaids can learn from her vast experience - 11 I do's and counting!