I absolute adore this wedding from Chelsea Dawn
. Everything from the handmade dress and the night time ceremony, to the reception the following day is everything you could ever want from a Quaint Lakeside Wedding.
From the Couple
What was the most important thing to you while planning?
We wanted to keep things low key and simple. Weddings can so often get blown up into a big event in an attempt to please everyone, and we wanted to make sure the day was focused on our commitment we were making to each other, rather than putting on a big show.
How did you find your vendors?
Most were places we were already familiar with. We knew our photographer and Baker, frequently shopped with our caterer, and our venue was a place special to us.
What creative touches did you use throughout your wedding?
We made all of our centerpieces with some friends - each terrarium had its own unique theme. One even had live shrimp in it. Most of them lit up as well. We mixed a customized aroma for the day of ginger and bergamot, and made candles with it for everyone to take home. I made my dress, which reflected the style of the princess dresses I would draw as a child. We got married after sunset by lantern light.
Did you forego any of the traditional aspects of weddings?
We didn't stick with many traditions at all! Our private ceremony took place after dark, with about 6 people in total. Our officiant was a good friend of ours. There were no bridesmaids or readings or special songs. We just read our vows to each other and then had some cheesecake and champagne to celebrate. The reception happened the next day when we had about 60 close friends and family come out for food and drinks and music
What was your favorite part of the day?
I really loved our lantern light ceremony. We are night owls, so it couldn't be more perfect for us. And keeping it small allowed us to focus on each other instead of stressing about having an audience. Our photographer (Chelsea Higgins) was truly wonderful, and served more as a friend with a camera. She drove us into town to see Tiffani's Grandmother, as her health didn't allow her to make it out to our venue, and kept us calm when things got hectic on reception day.
From the Photographer
How did you prepare your clients for your style of shooting and the light?
We had already worked together (engagement session) so they were pretty familiar with my style and comfortable being photographed. I made recommendations for sunset photos and told them I’d play with flash during their ceremony since it was outdoors after dark. There were only a handful of people there for the vows so they were super cool with it!
What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?
I wasn’t sure how flash was going to look under the tree at night, so I brought a video light and ended up LOVING the results so kept it for the whole ceremony. The video light is now a staple for anything in the pitch dark!
Do you have any advice for other photographers or vendors when it comes to weddings?
Keep showing up and putting in the work. If you aren’t getting enough clients, do as much as you can for the few you do have. Be excited for your couples and their weddings - don’t get jaded. Don’t forget that they usually only get to do this once. Treat other vendors how you’d like to be treated.