Have you ever seen a more stunning wedding? Have you ever seen two more stunning brides? I don’t think I have. Tayanna Nelson captured the entire day perfectly and really showed the love these two have for one another. They also got married in such a unique venue that I had to feature this wedding! Check out the rest, and show the vendors some love.
From the Couple
What was the most important thing to you while planning?
We felt the most important thing to us while wedding planning was finding a balance between what we wanted and what was expected of us to have. We wanted to make it perfect for us, but memorable and fun for our guests as well.
How did you find your vendors?
We found most of our vendors through a lot of online research. We were looking specifically for LGBTQ+ friendly vendors, and that took some digging.
What creative touches did you use throughout your wedding?
We are both musicians, so the music used throughout our ceremony and reception was pretty important to us. We spent a lot of time choosing songs from our life together to sprinkle throughout our day. We also made every guest a mix CD to take home as a party favor!
Did you forego any of the traditional aspects of weddings?
Yes! For planning, we had to immediately get rid of the tradition of “the grooms family pays for this, and the brides family pays for this”. Both our families and us contributed equally to every aspect of our wedding. We opted to drop the garter toss and dollar dance. We had little to no focus on our wedding cake, and instead opted for homemade treats from family! And we didn’t take a honeymoon right away – we’re saving up money first!
What was your favorite part of the day?
Our favorite part of our wedding, aside from actually marrying each other, was being surrounded by everybody we love in our lives. We were very fortunate to have friends and family travel from all over the world to celebrate with us, and our wedding was amazing because of them.
From the Photographer
How did you prepare your clients for your style of shooting and the light?
I let them know I would be bringing a powerful flash with me to get the night shots they were wanting and to show off the grandness of the venue. When we spoke before they were informed about stage lights and I just let them know we’d embrace them rather than try to fight against them with too much external light from my side
What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?
I’m not sure if there were necessarily techniques used but I did the “one light” method for their portraits in the entrance area of the venue and I also worked with the lighting tech to get detail shots using the spotlight for the shot of their dresses.
Do you have any advice for other photographers or vendors when it comes to weddings?
I just see so many people who micro manage and I guess if that’s your brand it’s fine, but my whole brand is to be excited about my couple but chill af on the day of unless you need me to not be. I’m not stressing over things that can’t be changed and if I need to do things like troubleshoot your mac for your slideshow because my day job used to be an Apple technician then whatever, let’s get it done. I’m more interested in watching your day unfold than making you repeat moments 40 times to get one that looks perfect.