From The Couple
What was the most important thing to you while planning?
The most important thing for me while planning was to make sure that I was not stressed while planning and didn't have that "we should've eloped" moment, I also wanted to put on a great party for ourselves and our guests. Austin and I have been together forever so we deserved a great party!
How did you find your vendors?
I found all of our vendors through many different outlets, I found our desserts ninteen27 smore's from when I was working at Crate & Barrel at one of the wedding events. Some were family members - hair & makeup is my cousin Cassandra Kennedy, flowers also by a cousin at Andrew's Florist. I found our venue just by googling which was so lucky! Our food we have used for years for family gatherings. The best is that my bridesmaid dresses were found through targeted instagram ads - sometimes they are legit!
What creative touches did you use throughout your wedding?
I used more black for our wedding because that's more our style and I felt like with our colorful flowers it made them pop SO much more. Also we had a black cake - which stained our teeth and lips but was worth it. I made all of our signage with one of my bridesmaids which I felt gave it a personal touch. Austin and I also jumped the broom, and I decorated the whole thing on my own which was really special to him. Also our table numbers were all personal, I used just a basic clear plastic frame and used pictures of us throughout our years together and drew the number of each table with gold pen - it matched and was simple but still gave a personal touch to each table.
Did you forego any of the traditional aspects of weddings?
We had a pretty classic wedding - we did all the dances all the tosses and the whole shebang but we did not do a big send off - we know we wanted to dance and socialize as long as possible so we skipped. We did have a trolley pick us and our guests who were staying nearby up and take us all to our afterparty and that was pretty awesome! Also my fashionista husband said no thanks to a traditional button up shirt under his suit and wore a turtleneck + chains and he and his boys looked fab, I loved their look and feel like even though it was different, it still will be timeless!
What was your favorite part of the day?
From The Photographer
How did you prepare your clients for your style of shooting and the harsh light?
I had a candid conversation beforehand about working together and approaching our shoot as more of a collaboration than anything. We ended up going into it like good friends and they had immense amount of trust in me to make the most out of any situation and to make it work, which worked out really well in my favor!
What techniques did you use that were out of the norm?
I have the most fun using the prism during the first dances, especially when there’s cafe lights strung across the ceiling because I find it creates really fun effects. That and using the tilt shift during portraits for some dreamy focus and to bring attention to the couple. Because they had such different skin tones I also was aware of the surroundings and tried to set them up in spots that would best flatter them both. One of my favorite shots of them is in front of the red barn with the dark tree, with her in white standing in front of the dark tree because it really flattered both of them and embraced their good looks; his green suit looked beautiful in front of the red barn!
Do you have any advice for other photographers or vendors when it comes to weddings?
Practice! Always practice! Don’t just always shoot in ideal lighting situations because on a wedding day there’s only so much you have actual control over and you need to know how to shoot in all different kinds of lighting. Make sure you’re ready for any situation.