One of the biggest challenges you’re going to have on your big day is remembering that your wedding day is … all … about … you. Your family is there, your love’s family is there – and don’t forget about your friends! If you’re not careful, you’ll spend so much energy making sure everyone else is happy that you’ll find it difficult to let your day be a reflection of you – and, of course, drama free!

But, would it really surprise you if we told you there’s no such thing as “drama free?” Of course it didn’t. Don’t get stuck on that though, because there IS a silver lining to the drama storm cloud. No matter how big or small, drama can’t be avoided, but you CAN minimize it and then, probably laugh about it later.

As much as we’d all love for every wedding to be beautiful, glamorous, and trouble free, but if we’re being real here – and we do like to be real here at Krista Mason Photography – a lot of the time, family dynamics usually mean drama in some form or fashion. Whether it’s your in-laws, your louder-than-necessary cousin, or that one college frat brother, there’s bound to be some tension. And they’ve got to be included, so what are you to do? Everyone keeps saying, “This is your day! It’s all about you!” but the truth is, everyone actually thinks it’s all about them instead.

Our bride and groom really wanted a first look, that peaceful few moments to be alone together before everyone starts pulling you in all different directions. And of course, at Krista Mason Photography, we ARE all about you. We’ll do our best to help keep the peace and play along with the family politics, but at the end of the day, you and your love are our number one concern.

But, what do you do when the person trying to upstage you is none other than your beautiful flower girl, the daughter you share with your love? Our Bride and Groom really wanted those precious peaceful moments with a first look. Of course, they wanted the time to be together, but they also needed those precious quiet moments to gather themselves for the rest of the day. However, their daughter had other ideas. She just couldn’t bear to have mommy and daddy out of her sight for even one moment. Let’s also not forget the other family members who just as excited to enjoy these moments.

In spite of the pressures of their family dynamics, with a little extra help from us (the image of me pre first look running off to pass their beautiful daughter to her bridesmaids, not pictured, lol), they did finally enjoy those special moments and then went on to have a beautiful ceremony! Gianna, of Chic Celebrations, said this about the wedding: “I’m sure by the photos you can tell that Julie loves sunflowers. Anything sunflowers! When we asked Julie if there were any other flowers she liked, she didn’t even know the names of any others. We knew it had to be a focal point. Everything else at the wedding was neutral and calm (grays, wood tones and clear) so that the sunny blooms really popped. Serra Plaza offers so much light that she wanted the entire day to feel airy and bright. Success!!! For the ceremony, the couple wanted to feel like they were in their own little sunflower field so we lined the aisle and altar with clusters of sunflowers.”

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Planner: Chic Celebrations  / Photographer: Krista Mason Photography  / Florist: Heavenly Blooms / DJ: Elevated Pulse / Ceremony Musician: Ryan Zimmerman / Catering, Cake, Rentals, Linens: Jays Catering / Venue: Sera Plaza

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It’s a wonderful feeling to have … I’m sure you have felt it … that “my heart just might burst” feeling or the “how did I get this lucky?”
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Those magical days, with your soon-to-be husband, your adventurous one-year old or that little human growing inside of you … they will soon be just a magical memory. Before you know it, you’ll glide into the next phase of your family without even realizing it has happened. You don’t want to forget these moments, do you? Of course not!! Don’t let these moments become another happy memory floating around in your brain along with tomorrow’s to-do list and what’s for dinner. Hire a photographer to capture these moments so you can commemorate them! But just how do you make the perfect session happen in-between your long list of to-do’s? Some days you can barely handle getting up and out of the house, much less coordinate a Pinterest worthy photoshoot!
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Well, as a professional wedding and portrait photographer, it’s my job to make this experience happen for you. I can make your next photography experience one that’s a fun, relaxing, stress-free adventure. I’m happy to say that my experiences over the years have helped me build a client experience that will deliver beautiful images of your family that matches your home perfectly!
Just so you know, this doesn’t happen by coincidence. It takes prepping and planning together to create the experience and images you have dreamed up.
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Every family is different: from fashion, to decor, to style, to colors, to personality … so it’s crucial to communicate well with you to ensure that your photographic art coordinates not with just your style and personality, but your home as well.
At Krista Mason Photography, we have found the best way to make sure you get images that will blow your mind is to schedule either an in-home visit or a Skype call where we can cover a series of important questions. My goal is to create beautiful art to display in your home AND to remind you of those fleeting magical moments. This all happens in your planning consultation.
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This is what sets us apart from the photographer down the street. You know the one that just shows up to take your photograph? Without some careful preparation, you could end up with images that are busy and distracting because there wasn’t enough attention given to details like your outfits or location selections or you may miss an important wedding moment because the timeline wasn’t scheduled properly. You might even end up with images that are wonderful, but just don’t match your home. I think that would be the worst of all! All that time and effort, not to mention the financial investment you’ve made in your session, and then to not be able to display your images in your home because they don’t really match.
That is why we spend the time and energy to communicate with you prior to your session about your likes, your personal style, family dynamics and the timing of your event. Then we guide you with mood boards and other elements of inspiration, so that when you show up for your session, there is no doubt in your choice. When you review the images, you are already visualizing the perfect place in your home for your new art.
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Whether you’re an engaged couple, a family with 2 kids under the age of 4, or a new expectant mother, you are all going to have very different characteristics. It’s these unique differences that really deserve to be treated as individual as you are. As your photographer, learning about you and your family and how you spend your time is a very important part of our process in capturing your images. That’s what the planning consultation is all about.
You should feel natural and comfortable with your decisions, from your location, clothing options and how you plan on displaying your beautiful memories. We hope you’ll allow us to partner with you to make some beautiful images and some new memories along the way.
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We will help preserve your memories of this special moment in time, capturing what makes you unique – whether it’s your activities, your personalities, or the fashion at the moment – and delivering them to you in a way that you can cherish for years to come.
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I have known Maggie and Chad for a few years. It was so excited to hear they were engaged! I was honored when Maggie reached out to me to tell me she wanted to hire me. It was very important for Maggie and Chad to have a photographer that they knew and trusted. In her words, she and Chad were “so awkward taking photos”. lol … I would disagree with that, I mean look how cute they are! But believe me, I understand. Don’t we all feel that way … a little uncertain and awkward when it comes to having our photos taken?

We were slightly outside of their photography budget, but Maggie and Chad made it work. Being creatives, they knew how important it was to find a photographer that they liked stylistically. They also knew they needed one that made them feel confident and comfortable. Maggie and Chad wanted beautiful images but, more importantly, they wanted to enjoy their day with their friends and family. They made the decision to invest what they needed to find that right photographer. Lucky for me, I was it!

As most couples do, Maggie and Chad both had some pre-wedding jitters. Not about getting married, that’s the easy part. They were more nervous about making sure everything went smoothly the way they had dreamt about. Knowing that Maggie and Chad were nervous about photos, I knew I had to make them forget that anyone else was there but us. Maggie later told me that she loved how I could easily make her laugh by just laughing along with her (that was one of the biggest selling points for her, lol). I’ve been told on numerous occasions that I have a contagious laugh and I love to laugh, so that was an easy win for everyone.

Getting to know my couples and building a deep relationship with them is one of the most important elements of capturing amazing and beautiful photographs. If I don’t build that bond, I can’t anticipate when and how to help you relax, laugh and enjoy your photo session so you can have those images that blow your mind.

Maggie and Chad understood the importance of a good photographer from both a stylistic aspect and that personal bond. They both told me how happy they are that I was their photographer. From how much fun they had, how their bridal party had a great time and to how beautiful their images are. It may have been a bit beyond their means, but everything ended up way beyond their expectations. It was the amazing experience they received and stunning images that they will be able to share for a lifetime.

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Having professional photos taken can be quite stressful. For most people, being in front of the camera doesn’t feel natural! You’re feeling nervous and awkward, wondering what locations or outfits are best. What about timing for the best light? Oh, and don’t forget you’ve got to work around your kids’ nap schedules! Then you’ve got to figure out how to look gorgeous and natural without looking too posed. I mean, come on! Even a selfie pro has to take a bunch of snaps to get that one Instagram worthy shot – and she likes being photographed! All these questions and thoughts are running through your head before your session and all this anxiety is just building up more and more. But wait … it doesn’t have to be that way. Read on for some of my best tips for a stress-free portrait session!

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At Krista Mason Photography, we want you to have a fun, relaxing, stress-free session. You can do that by leaving all the details to us, the professional photographers. Our goal is to capture your family – whether it’s just the two of you or your growing family of 4. We do this in a fun and relaxing way that allows us to capture your genuine personalities with love and laughter.

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You can be sure we’ll do our part, but how do YOU make a great photo session happen? Read on for our tips:

Choose the right photographer

Not all photographers are the right photographer for you. The most important step in the process to finding a photographer is finding one that you connect with and feel comfortable around. A photographer that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable and confident.

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Pick the right timing

It’s a fine line between picking the perfect time for gorgeous natural light and that time when your little ones are going to be in their best mood. Communicate with your photographer if you have specific time frames you’d like to work with. But, keep in mind the best lighting is just before sunset. Of course, during the summertime, that’s the witching hour for the little ones and can prove a challenge to get kids to cooperate. The best photographer is willing to work with you and your family’s schedule while still striving for the best options for getting those amazing shots.

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Have a consultation with your photographer

Feeling confident about your location and what you are going to wear are crucial in capturing the best images. Be sure to communicate your expectations with your photographer and your family. This will make for a smooth session. An experienced photographer will be one that asks lots of clarifying questions either with a Skype call or an in-home visit. This will go a long way to getting images that will blow your mind; images that you’ll proudly display in your home – beautiful art that will remind you of that fleeting magical time!

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Keep it light hearted

Your kids or husband may be driving you up the wall while you’re getting ready and rushing out the door for your session. Stay focused and don’t let it get to you. Do your best to keep everyone calm, cool, and collected … including yourself. If you need a moment to relax – even just 30 seconds alone to regain your sanity – just take it. Nothing is worse than showing up to a session trying to capture the love between you and your family but you just got in an argument. Even worse? Trying to get the kids to listen but one of them goes into full-on meltdown. Today is supposed to be a peaceful day! Bonus tip: bring a little something to keep the kids entertained and focused … a favorite toy (or even a new one), music, snacks … candy is my go-to favorite! Of course, I don’t have to go home with them, though – lol!

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Prepare and be ahead of schedule

Nothing adds to the stress more than running out the door in a panic because you’re late for your session. Allow plenty of time to get ready and arrive on location for your session – maybe even add on a little extra time to deal with those unexpected hiccups that inevitably occur. We suggest at least 2-3 hours to get ready. Lay out all your outfits the night before – including shoes, socks and all the accessories – because there’s a good chance you’ll forgot the socks or won’t be able to find those shoes that make the outfit complete, lol. We also suggest to double your expected travel time, it is LA after all. It’s always better to arrive early enough to look around. It lets you and the kids unwind from the travel rather than being in a frantic high-strung state because you got stuck in traffic. Don’t make specific plans after your session, like dinner reservations, ball games or anywhere you have to be at a set time. Sometimes things can go a bit longer than anticipated.

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Trust your photographer

Trust your photographer to capture you and your loved ones. Let them guide you and direct you. That takes the pressure off of you. Trust they have your best interest in mind and want you to love your images just as much as you want to love them. Don’t worry about anyone but yourself, your photographer has your back and is looking at everyone to make sure you all look your best – even the kids and fur babies.

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Be well rested and have a snack (especially the kiddos)

Get a good nights sleep. Try to get everyone to take a nap if you’ve got a late afternoon or early evening session. Eat a light snack before your session. Yes, I know that you are trying to fit into that stunning dress, but hearing your tummy grumble during a session will for sure be a distraction. And we all know how testy a hangry toddler or husband can be!

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Hair and Make-up

Consider professional hair and make-up for your session. Pamper yourself a little and take the stress off of getting the perfect style and look. Don’t have time to go to the salon? No problem … many hair and make-up artists now come to you, like our friends at glam squad!

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Have fun

The most important tip we can offer you is this: have fun and let loose. Allow yourself to laugh, enjoy the silly moments, whatever it takes for your session to be fun. Let your inner child run free, and of course let the kids be kids. It’s about capturing the precious moments and a genuine reflection of your family. Look at your session as an adventure, a date night or an enjoyable excursion with the family. You’ll be happy when you see images that tell the truth about who you are as a family!

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What happens when you have to find a new ceremony location just two weeks before to your wedding day? Is your team of vendors going to help you with the process or add more stress? See how this couple handled their potential wedding day disaster!
Dara and Eugene were planning a very intimate ceremony and dinner reception with 25 of their closest friends and family!
When Dara first reached out to me, they were planning to have their first look at Mama Shelter and their ceremony and reception at Madera Kitchen. Both are very cool local spots that the couple loves and have significant meaning to them. These locations were the perfect place for them to celebrate this most important day.
About two weeks before their date, Dara and Eugene unfortunately found out their rabbi was unable to preform their ceremony at Madera Kitchen, due to religious restrictions. By this point, Dara and I had worked out all the details for the perfect elopement package and session locations for the two of them. In a panic, she called me and told me she had to not only find a new location for her ceremony, but it had to meet the specific restrictions. All this had to happen within the next two weeks! Dara and Eugene had fallen in love with Madera Kitchen and she had her heart set on saying “I do” there, so, needless to say, she was just a tad bit stressed.
Over the years, I’ve come to realize something. Being a professional photographer isn’t just about being able to capture the moments, but about being able to understand your clients needs and concerns and provide them with the experience that will make them look back on their photos with joy and happiness.
I could easily have made the situation worse by going into a panic mode myself. Most people would instinctually point out that she wasn’t going to find anything that compared to her first choice in just two weeks. But who needs that added stress?
I reassured her that everything would be fine and she would find the perfect ceremony location. I was especially careful to remind her we would make her photos work no matter what happened. Her biggest fear was losing the visual beauty of her ceremony location. It was also very important to stay local. I told her, “I promise that you will look back on your photos with absolute confidence and joy; you’re going to love them!” I was confident that no matter what venue she selected, she was going to have an amazing experience and I would rock her location. My personal confidence help her feel at ease about the whole situation and built her confidence in not only us as a photographer but in her search for a new location.
And you know what? After loads of research and lots of scouting, she was able to find a new venue that she felt was the right one. Just like I told her, I found some beautiful backdrops for all her photos! What a happy ending!
And we can discuss how cute her puppy is. I adore it when our couples include their furbabies!
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Your girl-friend just sent you information for a photographer she swears will change your life, your co-worker sent you another photographer that they loved and your cousin sent you another that she’s been raving about.

Has this happened to you? By now, you and your fiancé have browsed what feels like thousands of photography websites trying to define and select the style of photographer that you like. You’ve probably even narrowed it down to your top choices, probably around 3-5 photographers.

You’ve decided photography is important to you and you’ve probably set your budget set for hiring the perfect photographer. Your dilemma is this: you’re finding that wedding photographers fall into significantly different price categories and you have no idea why or how to move forward. Hey, they’re all great photographers. You would be happy to have any of them take your photo.

So how do you make a final selection? Especially when you’ve noticed that wedding photographer’s fees can range anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 and even more.

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Of course, you don’t want to make a decision based solely on price, so how do you know you’re getting your money’s worth? Let’s be honest here … your budget is only part of the decision, right? You still have to make sure you hire the right photographer to capture your day just as you had imagined it. Someone to make you look amazing, guide you and capture all those moments you didn’t even know where happening, like your parents tearing up at your ceremony, your friends laughing during your speech and all the tiny little details you have worked so hard to pull together.

So why are similar photographers priced so differently?

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The truth is in the personal experience, the photographer’s skill and the experiences the photographer provides for you throughout the process and most importantly on the most important day of your life.

You’ve probably already received a few quotes … some way outside of your budget and some seem too good to be true. So how do you choose? How do you know if you are making the right decision for one of the most important investments on your wedding day? Yes, everything is important: from the flowers to the cake to the rentals and tableware. After all is said and done though, the photographs are what you will be left with to serve as a reminder of the best day ever.

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Just like any product or service, there will always be a cheap option and an expensive option and lots of options in between. It’s hard to say what to budget. Magazines will tell you $3,000 to $5,000. Your coordinator will tell you 10% of your overall budget. Your friends will definitely tell you what they spent if you ask. These are good rules to follow. Some other factors to consider are where you’re getting married, the time of year and how much you personally value photography.

I’ve put together a little insider information about why photographers range so much in price and how you can expect to get what you pay for:

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“Just Starting Out”

Usually under $2,000

These photographers are newbies. They’ve only photographed a few weddings or maybe it’s even their first one. They are looking to gain experience from your wedding. They’re prices are under cost because they’re working to build their professional portfolio. Most likely, the “just starting out” photographer has a full-time job and is photographing weddings just for fun or as a side job for a little extra cash.

“Finally Got Serious”

Usually between $2,000 and $4,000

These photographers are just starting out full time. They’re passionate and want to make a career out of wedding photography. They’ve photographed a few weddings, maybe even as many as 20. With about five years experience, they probably have a decent portfolio. They’re continuing to build and define their style. Unfortunately, they still lack the knowledge, experience and education to deal with the high pressure situation of photographing a wedding. Knowing how to anticipate precious moments to ensure they aren’t missed, dealing with camera gear that malfunctions on the spot and still getting the perfect shot, handling emotional situations with many different personalities all with ease and grace so you feel confident and comfortable … and at the end of the day, if you aren’t confident and comfortable, it will show in each and every image captured.

“Seasoned Photographers”

Usually ranging from $4,000 to $8,000

These seasoned photographers have years of experience: at least a minimum of 8 years and have most likely shot 100 plus weddings. Their body of work and portfolio are consistent and they have defined their personal style. Don’t get me wrong…they are working on their skills and will keep growing their style to produce more powerful imagery. But, as with any artist, it is definitely consistent. They know how to anticipate every moment and give you a personalized experience from the initial meeting and beyond to your day. Not only do they know how to capture the magic of your day, but actually take part in it, helping you create the perfect moments. Their work has been featured in various online and print publications. Most importantly, they have experienced almost every situation and can truly anticipate your needs. They inspire a sense of confidence and knowledge. They have invested a lot into their business – from equipment to education and more – and are running a full time business with all the expenses that come with it.

“Mentor Photographer”

Starting around $10,000+

These photographers have everything the seasoned photographer has and more. They are highly experienced. They have been published in high-end magazines and online publications. They may be shooting with actual film or a hybrid of film and digital. They offer high-end quality products and services that are heads and tails above the competition. You will definitely see a different in their work, if for no other reason than they have the most number of weddings under their belt. The biggest difference between mentor photographers and seasoned photographers is they are mentoring and educating other photographers – inspiring the next generation of professional wedding photographers.

Still wondering how much should you spend on your wedding photographer?

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As we mentioned before, it all depends on your budget and how much you value your photography. I can guarantee you this: the cheaper the photographer – the lesser amount of experience – the more risks you take, as with any service or product. So you have to ask yourself at the end of the day … and even try to imagine 20 years from now: “Will I regret trying to save $1,000 or even $3,000 and be unhappy with my choice and wish I could do it all over again?”  Are you willing to risk not be fully satisfied with your images or – heaven forbid – hiring a photographer that ruined your day.

Our couples continually comment about how much of a role we play in their big day: helping them stay calm, fixing minor issues such as a broken bustle, grabbing them that glass of champagne before they even ask, anticipating when their nerves are running high and being able to help them be in the present, basically enjoying every part of their day (even the moments when their cheeks hurt and their family is driving them crazy). We are more than just photographers that capture your day, we help make your day the best day ever. All that takes years of experience, knowledge and confidence in knowing we have the art handled, no matter what situation is thrown at us as photographers.

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Beautiful photos don’t just happen by pointing and shooting. Photography is an inspired art, a honed skill and an important service to you on your big day.

Together, evaluate what your budget is and how important quality photography means to you. Do you really want to take a chance on a photographer that may lack experienced and has the potential to make your day even more chaotic than it already is?

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Think about what you’re really getting when you hire a professional photographer. You’re not just paying for their time, but their expertise and professionalism as well. Anyone can show up and push a button. It takes experience, education and skills to not just capture the mood of the moment but deliver the images that will blow your mind and exceed your expectations … the images that you will show off to all your friends and family as you relive the story of your wedding day, flooding your heart with all the emotion you felt on the day with just a single image.

As you are receiving different quotes, and before you make that final decision, take into consideration everything I’m mentioned and ask yourself “How important are my wedding memories and experience?”

At the end of the day, you should go with what feels right for you. Remember: hiring a photographer is an investment, not just a purchase. And as with any big investment, you get what you pay for.

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Alina and Steve reached out to me before they even had a date or location. All Alina knew was she wanted a small intimate courthouse wedding and she wanted me capture it. After chatting with her to get to know her a bit, I suggested the most beautiful courthouse I know, Santa Barbra Courthouse.
After hearing what Alina had visioned for her day, I thought it would be the perfect fit for them. As it turns out, they were heading to Santa Barbara the very next week for a weekend trip. It was perfect timing to scout it out. When Alina called me back to confirm her date, she told me she booked it on the spot … she loved it so much. It was exactly what they wanted and was so beautiful.
While her guest list grew from 20 to 75, it was still the intimate outdoor setting she and Steve had dreamt of. It was such a special moment. With their closest friends and family circled around them, they were witnesses to their commitment to each other. Of course, those special moment were filled with droplets of laughter at all the inside jokes! Alina wrote her vows on the back of a cookie box, lol. I love when couples have fun and quirky little things included in their wedding! What a privilege that I get to capture them and their quirks.
While your wedding day may go beyond what you had initially envisioned, like Alina and Steve’s growing guest list, don’t lose sight of who you truly are. Alina and Steve made adjustments along the way, and at the end of the day it was perfect for them. Having a vendor team that understands you is important in making sure your perfect day happens. While things may go off track, your vendors can make sure things stay in line with your original vision.
That’s how you can have the perfect dream wedding, just like Alina and Steve. Between the phone calls and emails, I worked with them – step by step – to get to know them and what they desired. When it came time to capture their perfect day, it was a no brainer. Alina and Steve wanted an intimate ceremony with a small party and beautiful images that they could look at later and reflect back on their day with complete ease and joy.
No matter what your dream wedding is, big or small, ballroom or garden, cozy or formal, extravagant or simple … be true to you and make sure that you hire a team that understands you and your vision. Things will happen and you will need those people to help guide you through all the hiccups that will happen even before your big day. Because you have a crew that is by your side standing for you and knows exactly what you want, you’ll make your dream wedding come to life.
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You have planned your perfect dream wedding, down to every last detail and you can’t wait to see it all come together!
Your big day has come and now you realize what everyone means when they say it goes by so fast and you won’t be able to take it all in.
That’s why it is so important to hire the perfect team to bring it all together. From your coordinator who helped bring your vision to life, to your florist who made it so lush and beautiful and every other vendor in between, and finally down to your photographer who captured every last detail, because, be honest, you didn’t get to take it in because it was a whirlwind of a day.
You’d do it again in a heart beat because everything went perfectly smooth, but some things you just missed, like seeing the overall room before your guests got there, for example. But guess what? Your amazing photographer was there to capture it all and they went beyond your expectations.
While you were busy taking your family photos and then enjoying your cocktail hour with your guests, your photographer was there capturing all those moments you couldn’t be there for so you can relive every detail. From the ceremony to the centerpieces, the invitations and all your guests parting … it was all captured beautifully.
But not everyone can tell that same story after their wedding is said and done. For whatever reason, you decided to go a different route for your photography needs. And of course, you were probably disappointed with the outcome.
Photography is such an important part of your wedding day. Especially since it’s what you are left with at the end of the day, except for the memories. All those details you did get a chance to see were captured by your amazing and wonderful photographer. Things you din’t even know where happing, you are able to see and reminisce with your husband, to laugh or cry over and wonder when the heck your ninja photographer was able to capture that!
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Your wedding day is all about you. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the case, you have your mom, MIL-to-be, bridesmaids and then there’s your guests to consider, and sometimes your dream can get a little clouded.

You’re not alone! We know it’s all about you, even if others temporarily forget that, and that’s how we photograph your day. Building a strong relationship with you from the first moment we meet is a priority for us.

Take a couple just like you, Nicole and Ed. From the first time we chatted we started building exactly that kind of relationship. We love people and noticed their fun loving attitude to life which helped us to advise them in the perfect outfits for their engagement session. Something that they felt comfortable in and showcased their personality. We were able to get a strong sense of Nicole and Ed’s style and this directed all of our decisions through the wedding, and album order.

I didn’t think much of the fact that Nicole had two dresses, as many of our brides do. That was, until the post ceremony photos with her and Ed. He kept calling her a pretty princess – of course, all in loving tones, lol. While obsessed with Nicole’s first dress, to be honest, after getting to know Nicole and Ed, it isn’t what I expected her to wear. They admitted to me mom stepped in and it got carried away. It started as this stunning dress and then mom went crazy with the tiara and all the other added accessories. The second dress is the one Nicole loved and I imagined for her.

And sure enough, as soon as she walked out onto the beach, I knew without a doubt that this was much more her style. No one got in the way of the decision making here.

I made sure that Nicole and Ed had plenty of photos with the look and style that fit their personality. These were the images they were going to love and hang on their wall. It’s who they are! The other photos were stunning and beautiful and they will cherish those and share them with their family, but these are the ones that will reflect who they are. As their photographer, this isn’t something that the couple can just tell you. We had built a relationship with Nicole and Ed from that very first conversation, taking the time to get know them and investing in learning about them and their style and relationship. Because for us, it’s all about you, the bride and groom.

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You have gathered your closest and dearest family and friends to celebrate with you and your (oh my gosh..eek) soon to be husband! These are the people that matter the most to you and you couldn’t be more excited to share this special moment with them! And what a special moment it is: you and your fiancé declaring your love for each other and becoming Husband and Wife.

What’s more special and romantic than that? It probably wasn’t the easiest decision to decide who was going to be there with you on this special day. It’s like a snowball, if you invite this one person then you have to invite these other 10 people that are part of this group and so on and so on. But together, you and your fiancé finally made the tough decisions about who would be your special guests.

Whether it’s a destination or your favorite local spot, many couples are opting to keep their guests list small. Just like Jenny and Alex did with 25 guests attending their wedding at the Montage in Kapalua Bay in Hawaii.

It’s definitely a major challenge to pull off a smaller guest count, but your day can be much more meaningful with only those that truly matter there as witnesses. With no bridal party for Jenny and Alex, it meant everyone was included and that made for some amazing intimate moments. Many of the girls were in the bridal suite helping Jenny get ready and they were having such a blast! They were drinking champagne and having the best laughs! What a relief from the usual pressure of all the bridal party hoopla!

Everyone gathered around for the ceremony as Jenny and Alex said “I do.” There were laughs, tears and glassy-eyed guests all around – they were all so excited for this couple.

The reception was small and intimate as well. It was sweet and heartfelt with all the guests cheering, dancing and getting the celebration started for this couple!

As you are gathering your guest list, don’t be afraid to cut back and make it the intimate and special wedding you and your fiancé have dreamed of. For you, that could be 25 or 250. Remember, it’s all in who you both want to be there to celebrate and witness your love for each other

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