Wedding coordinator for your wedding day? Wouldn’t it be great?! No one asks you where the pew bows are, or when the florist should be there. It WILL be great, because beginning next year, we will take care of all that for you.
We’ve seen the need, we’ve discussed it, and we’ve decided we can provide this better than anyone. Who knows the timeline of your day better than we do? Who knows what’s most important and what you really do NOT want better than we do? It’s a no brainer, and we are psyched about it! We have hired someone with supreme organization, and an eye for detail to begin caring for our brides all day long. It’s someone we’ve known for years, and who has a proven track record of caring for people in a way that makes them feel heard and cared for! You’ll love her as much as we do!
This is just another way for you to get the care you deserve to enjoy your wedding day, and let us provide you with what you need most! A day of your own with your lover, pulled off like clockwork because we take the stress and leave you the fun!
I was so lucky to be able to shoot this wedding for these two in this incredible venue!
They responded to a promotion we had offered earlier this year trying to get into cool places where we had not previously worked. I got to shoot their engagement and then made a movie poster for their wedding day in an old restored theater, The Philmore on Broadway. The theme of their wedding was old movie love stories! Charming and fun, and in such a cool place!
Ean and Jessica are crazy about each other! So much so that after the wedding, when it was time to kiss his bride, he didn’t want to stop, and lunged forward to get another kiss before they were proclaimed husband and wife. Their dinner was divine, flowers from Armstrongs were impeccable as always, and the day and night ran like clockwork thanks to a wedding planner we were so impressed with; Shawna at LaBella Eden, and her assistant Robin.
Congratulations Vanstroms! Thank you for choosing us! Here’s to a long and wonderful life together!
♥♥ Christen and Kyle Ellis’s wedding happened in the dark, after a tornado, MOMENTS after the power outage that tortured us all for the next week! We drove in ditches, around downed trees and power lines, and sweat like cattle. It was most certainly stormy weather of the most literal kind! Very few times have I counted on all the experience I have had with a camera in my hand to this extent. People chuckle sometimes when they see me come through the door with my rolling toolbox of tricks and extra gadgets, but they came in handy this night including extra flashes, extra tripods, white boards. and so much more. If you consider hiring a photographer who is just starting out, pray for ANYTHING but a night like this. Someone who shows up with their shoulder bag, filled with their flash and their camera body would have made this wedding invisible.
Their wedding went successfully though, with serene smiles on their faces, and a group of loving family around them, in a room with very little natural light. It is for that reason that I ask you to forgive the shadows. ♥♥
At the end of the day, downtown in Fort Wayne’s beloved History Center, it was all good. Fort Wayne Pro DJs spun music to keep people on their feet.The weather was a distant memory, and it had blown away some heat, temporarily. We went off on our own (which you know by now I LOVE to do) and got the tipsy love birds doing what lovebirds do best. We didn’t care by that time that none of our homes had power. We were giddy, and silly and happy. It was a good GOOD day after all.
Jess is the sister of a recent bride. She’s into music, and fashion and is a delightful woman. We met in downtown Fort Wayne, goofed around and then went to the mall.
I told her when I walked up, “You’re so beautiful!” Her mother, (having raised two pretty girls) chimed in “She’s really talented, too.” If you are raising a girl, you just smiled. I know you did!
People ask me all the time if I am just a wedding photographer. Heck no. That may be all the majority of the population sees from me, but that’s just because so many people are involved in a wedding day. I’m blessed to do professionally every type of photography I want to, and get paid for it! I’m also blessed to have this angel’s face in my portfolio!
Thanks for asking me, Jessica!
When you open a bridal magazine, or planning book you see intensely romantic, sometimes even mildly erotic bride and groom portraits. I love this myself. Some of them are like the 21st century version of Harlequin Romance covers.
You need to know a couple of things about these shots if this is what you want from your photographer.
FIRST, a competent photographer feels excited and intrigued at the notion that this is what you want. They won’t wince, or draw back; they’ll lean forward and breathe a bit harder.
The OTHER FIRST, (because it IS NOT second) is that these shots take time. Not hours, usually (unless we’re driving to an historic location an hour from your reception venue) but time away, without your best man yanking your chain because you’re showing your new wife some love, away from your mother who is to my right saying “HONEY SMILE”, away from the grandma who wants to coo and have her bachelor son with too-much-camera-for-his-skill jump in front of me and say “Let me get one”. If it’s not an ornately staged production shot, but you still want something romantic, and less Ken and Barbie-ish, you still need SOME time budgeted in your day! If you want creative/unique work from your photographer, please discuss your timeline with the photographer more than once prior to the week before your wedding. Allow time. This can be worked out.
A great way to do this is to take some time together BEFORE the wedding.
DON’T LOOK AWAY NOW.
I personally love this, and consider it more romantic.
Let me tell you why!
I urge the couple to choose a spot to see each other for the first time. I have the groom turn his back and have the bride approach. He gets to see her and review every detail of her, and she HIM. You get to say things to each other, compliment each other, soak each other in. The boutonnière is not crushed by the receiving line before she is alone with him. Her veil, hair and make-up are not wrinkled and wilted by hugs and perspiration. They are the first to see EACH OTHER, and in my experience, the stress bubble starts to deflate, and I see these two people begin to ENJOY their wedding day. They’ve seen their best friend; they begin experiencing the day TOGETHER. The dynamics of that kind of wedding day are immensely different from the scenario where he paces and sweats, she fumbles and tears up constantly, and the tension is what gets documented the first part of the day.
Many times I have heard resistance to this idea, and the notion that “if he sees me before the wedding he won’t feel that rush of seeing me at the other end of the aisle, it won’t be the same, and it won’t be the way it’s supposed to be.” Remember folks, I have shot LOTS of weddings now. I watch these people all day. The notion that he won’t look down the aisle and say to himself, “Here she comes. There she is. The girl I’m about to marry.” Believe me, the groom still wells up, the best man still pats him on the back, the bride still feels all the emotions she would have—she is STILL walking toward Prince Charming on her dad’s arm, she is STILL about to marry the man she loves, and that walk is still a very special one!
So, to recap, creative portraits take time to get. We can do it after the wedding and before the reception while your mom is hissing “HONEY, the guests are waiting” or we can get them done before, and then you two sail out of the church, onto the party bus or limo, have some extra time with your friends on the way, and you get there before the hoers oeuvres are gone. You can always put a delay between your ceremony and reception to get some fun stuff with your wedding party and then your new spouse. We can stop along the route to the reception, I’ll even ride in the limo if you’d like, or if we’re all finished, I race you to the party, get detail shots of your table settings and your place cards, and your cake before there’s a crowd around it, and greet you as the DJ announces to the guests that you’ve arrived.
Either way, if you plan it into your day, we get the shots you hoped for. The ones your girlfriends and sons and daughters will ooh and ahh over for generations. Either way, we get the documentary of your day. This is the only thing you have left after the gifts are put away and the gown is cleaned.
Your preparation for what you want is just as important as mine if you want more than the standard fare in your wedding album.
On the other end of the spectrum, if all you want is the standard fare, you DO NOT want one of those photographers that takes you away from your guests for hours before you get to the party. Check with other brides, talk to them, and don’t take their written word on the site for the final word. Was this person a commando who was rude to the guests? Did they have great ideas or look to the wedding party for guidance? Did the contract they signed represent what REALLY happened? Did this bride get her pictures in a timely fashion? Were they what she had hoped for? If there were any problems or questions whatsoever, did the photographer handle them in a CAN-DO way with prompt responses, and solutions to her issues?
I hate to be crude, but it’s true in some odd ways. Hiring a photographer is like buying a car. It can be pretty and shiny in their portfolio and their website, but they may be letting people down left and right, and if you don’t check, you’re stuck with a big clunker for the rest of your life.
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Great day with the Elwards and the Lydays. I started with them at the hotel, and followed to Cayote Creek Golf Club. The weather was perfect for the pond side ceremony,and we took some time before the reception began to walk the course while the sun went down, and get a cart to go back further and get some romantic stuff of just the two of them!
The party was fun, cake was beautiful and delicious,and the combination of these two families and their friends was a phenomenal mix of personalities.
Brandon and I had a ball working both sides of the dance floor, since everyone there danced the entire time!
Laura and Nick are getting married this summer. They were going to be home for Christmas, so we knew we wanted to do something during that week. Initially we were going to take a road trip to Purdue. They had loved Sarah and Sean’s engagement shoot and wanted to do something similar, but this winter did not coopreate. The week prior we touched base and decided it would probably be safer to stick closer to their hometown, and we’re all glad we did. We hit it out of the park right here in River City!
The snow was intense, and downtown was a ghost town. The convention center was closed, so we sneaked in through the hotel (he he he), and got some cool stuff there.
I’m proud of this work, and they are thrilled to death with it.