These are coming a little late, but here are a few photos from a wedding I had the pleasure of capturing back in September. The bride was gracious and calm, the groom was sweet and funny, and the day moved quite fast. I was second shooter to Giedre of Walking Dot Photography, and so my time was divided between assisting and shooting. I learned so much from her, observing her shooting style and how swiftly she handled the whole day. It's always inspiring and energizing to work with other creatives, and I truly believe only great things are birthed from collaboration.
When looking for a DJ or a band it is very important to take notice of what music he/she listens to before you sit down to talk business. Make sure they "read" you as a couple and understand the sort of crowd you will be hosting.
THE DRESS The next step was my favorite part, the Wedding Dress! My first word of advice is to go to the most prominent bridal shops and try on several different shaped dresses. This way you will eventually be able to put together the perfect cut, fit, fabric and color for you and for the event you're planning. Once your search is more focused you can try your luck at the million plus bridal shops and boutiques, or do as I did - find a really amazing seamstress. I gave my seamstress a picture of my favorite dress and we chose the fabrics together and voila! Not only did the dress cost a quarter of the price of the designer dress that I liked, but I was also involved in creating the perfect wedding dress for me!
THE PHOTOGRAPHER As students on a very low budget, the best help in planning a wedding is knowing people or having friends who know people. A friend of ours recommended a photography major who had just graduated from art school and who does artistic, as well as event photography. We loved her work and how natural and unstaged her photos were. We decided to book this photographer and, as she had just graduated and had little experience, paid about a tenth of the price the big photographers were asking. What's great about giving someone relatively inexperienced an opportunity is that they are looking to make their big break and come to the event energized and ready to make every moment count. Another friend of ours, an up and coming film director, offered to shoot the video of the wedding. Both the video and stills came out absolutely amazing!
HAIR & MAKEUP For hair and makeup, since I was looking for something very simple I had a regular makeup artist do me up. If you're like me and don't want to look overdone, my suggestion is to watch some makeup tutorials on YouTube that explain how to get the perfect look.
The best advice I can give you brides to be is to keep your cool and take everything in stride. Things are bound to go wrong at some point, so always have a plan B.
It has been a while since I last wrote about Andy and Nicolette's wedding, but I wanted to make sure I shared some of the other images I shot from their gorgeous wedding. I was so inspired by Nicolette's patience and calmness throughout the entire day, despite the fact that it started raining 10 minutes before the wedding was supposed to start! But alas, the rain cleared up, the ceremony was beautiful and the rest of the day was full of celebration, deep love, and adorable surprises that made me tear up a bit. It is always inspiring to see a couple so genuinely in love with each other.
How awesome is this ring stand they made for the ring bearer? Andy and Nicolette did such a great job of incorporating fun, handmade details throughout the day, which made it so much more personal.
Here's a little preview of the wedding Mark and I photographed this past weekend. Andy and Nicolette's wedding was such a delight; there were so many well-thought out details that made it so much fun to photograph. Despite the rain just before the ceremony (which promptly cleared up), everything turned out wonderfully, and by the end of the ceremony the sun was out and left us with some gorgeous golden light to play with. Congratulations you two, it was such an honor to be a part of your incredible day. More to come soon!