Thank goodness for talented photographers, who capture the fun shots in the midst of what can be a serious time. Why not have a little fun with your best friends and family? I love these photographs captured by our photographers right before our ceremony:
Photos by: Sargeant Creative
So, brides relax a little on your wedding day! Don’t let the pre-wedding ceremony jitter bugs get to you and enjoy every fun and silly moment!
Hi Garden! We have all seen those “Just Married” wedding signs, and I love that they add that extra special detail to anyone’s big day. They make for a great shot of the newly married husband and wife. Here’s where some of my inspriation came from:
Photo: Rock N’ Rock Bride
A good friend of mine made our sign with her cricut paper cutter, and we took some fun shots with it after the ceremony and right before the reception began.
Photos: Sargeant Creative
Just one more fun and simple detail to add to your wedding day, don’t you think?
Hi Garden! Last week my hubby and I received our gorgeous wedding album from our wedding photographers, Sargeant Photography, as well as all our images from the big day. The album which was designed by West Coast Albums, came out perfect and I wanted to share a few pictures with you all! I highly recommend including a wedding album in your photography package, it’s something that you and your husband will cherish forever!
The book is probably one of my favorite things from the wedding. I can’t wait to show every page to our children someday
Did anyone in the Garden include a wedding album in their photography package? Great decision, right?
In the age of technology, our phones are usually the one thing that are always within reach, the first thing we touch when we wake up, and the last we touch before we go to bed. Using your phone for a camera has made the world more easily photograph-able, and weddings are no different.
Taking photos at weddings is something that I think we have all done. Whether it was with your Polaroid camera in 1995 or with your iPhone in 2013, we’ve all done it. We like having those memories to look at down the road is important, and back in the day we used to have them printed whenever we developed our film. Now, they just sit around on our phones, collecting dust, perhaps shared on Facebook or Twitter…but really, do they serve any purpose other than to remember you were once there?
This brings me to my point. Why do people find it necessary to take pictures at weddings. With all the money that the couple usually shells out for a photographer, should they be the only one to be taking pictures? Great pictures at weddings, of the first kiss, the groom seeing the brides for the first time, and the bride walking down the aisle, have been RUINED by flashes from other cameras. While a professional photographer should know how to prepare for this, I wanted to make sure this could be avoided.
Another issue that is much more common now is this…
Source: Wedding Party
A professional photographer, taking pictures of your friends and family who are there to see you get married…and half of their faces are covered up by their phone/camera. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology, but I don’t want it to show in my timeless wedding photos.
So, Garden, what’s a bride to do? Well, in our program, I added a little note…it says:
In order to keep the photos that our fantastic photographers are taking beautiful, we ask that if you are going to take photos, please do not use a flash. Also, bear in mind that in our pictures we’d like to be able to see the faces of the people sitting in the seats, not the back of their phones! We would be more than happy to share our photos with you after we receive them, but be courteous if you notice our photographer pointing his camera in your direction! Smile, put down your camera, and enjoy the beautiful ceremony!
I’m hoping this is enough to deter people from taking pictures during the ceremony, or at least to be conscious of where our photographer’s camera is pointed. I have seen brides completely ban cameras at a wedding, and if I can get permission from our parents, I may end up doing that. It may seem harsh, but in the age of technology where I can send Great Aunt June all of our wedding photos with a single email, I don’t really feel badly about doing it.
Did you ban/suggest to not use cameras and phones at your wedding? Am I being unreasonable or does it make sense?
Girl meets guy. Girl falls in love. Girl gets engaged. What’s next? Well, for me it was setting up an engagement session. You may be wondering why that was first for me. I had been wanting Strawberry Dude and I to have professional photographs taken for a while, but there is no better excuse than an engagement shoot! So, I asked around the small town I live in and looked online for the perfect photographer that had the perfect balance of the style we were looking for and to fit into my budget. I found a lady, who was just starting up her business and had taken mostly pictures of families and babies. However, she had one gallery of a couple that I just fell in love with, and I decided to contact her. We hit it off. She was so attentive to my wants and needs and was so accommodating to me for the month before the shoot. On the day of our shoot, it was cloudy and windy and cold! I had not planned for this, and our clothes really didn’t go well with chilly weather. As it was too late to change anything, I decided to just go with the outfits I had decided on and freeze! When we met up with the photographer the very first thing out of her mouth was hello of course and then she said,”If I do not get the shots I want today because of the weather then we will schedule another time.” She made me feel so at ease that I knew the pressure was off and we could really enjoy this experience.
The first location of our shoot was where SD proposed. At a farm on the campus of Mississippi State University. We got some great shots there, but it was really windy and cold, and we were both uncomfortable. But as you can see the images turned out really great!
Next, we moved on to the next location, which the photographer picked out. We drove about ten miles out of town with four of those miles down a dirt road might I add to the place. It was an old cabin sitting on a small lake. She informed us that this cabin and property survived the Civil War so we thought that was a really cool addition to the already beautiful location. This place was surrounded by trees, which made it about ten degrees warmer. We were happy to get started. These photos turned out amazing, and I could not have been happier!
SD and I had a not so fun engagement shoot with the weather. Near the end of the shoot when we were standing on that dock it started pouring rain, and we had to run back to the cabin to seek shelter. I thought we would have to redo the entire shoot, but I am so happy with the results. This reminded me that everything may not be perfect, but the end result can still be wonderful!
If I could give any advice about finding a good engagement session photographer, it would be to ask around. I asked several women with children in my office along with ladies I knew in town and on a forum online. Next, look at a ton of their work. If you like it then you’ll probably like the pictures they take of you! And lastly, if you’re in Mississippi then look up Monica Allen Photography, and you will not be disappointed!
Red has always been a color I am attracted to, so when planning a wedding I knew I wanted lots of it! To be honest, I wanted a bright red wedding dress but I knew my mom and dad would freak out. So instead, I had my bridesmaids in bright red cocktail dresses with a pop of yellow for their bouquets.
One of the projects my mom and I were able to do together was our favors. My parents used to have a garden and would grow peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, etc. and every year they would make their own salsa. It got pretty popular among their friends that sometimes they would only have one jar left to themselves!
MG Bear LOVES anything spicy, so I figured why the heck not! My mom was a little leery at how big this was going to be considering we had to make enough for 130 mini jars, but after we talked about it she was beyond happy to have a project to do with me.
We had to chop the project into two days because we could only make 60-70 jars per day. We went out to the local farmer’s markets and road side stands to find the best deals, and you wouldn’t believe that the second weekend we were supposed to finish up the salsa, we couldn’t find tomatoes ANYWHERE! My dad drove around everywhere, and it had been so hot that local places didn’t have many tomatoes! He ended up finding a nursery that gave him a deal, but it ended up costing a little more than we expected to pay.
We were able to finish up the jars two weeks before the wedding, and my mom got assigned to decorating the jars. We got little printable tags made from Etsy and used twine to tie the tags onto the jars. We also put the salsa in Kerr mason jars because it was my maiden name (cute right?!?!), but that also back fired on us because we ordered the jars from Southern States thinking similar to what they looked like online that the lids would have “Kerr” written on them and they didn’t! They were plain so the only place that had the name was on the front of the jars, but they were so small that it was hard to see. We were all super bummed, but we moved on and finished up the project without any other glitches!
Here are some pictures from the whole process!
Here is the final product at the wedding!
Everyone LOVED the favors and some people didn’t even wait until they got home to eat the salsa! We got so many compliments, which made the hard work worth it.
Who wants to see some bridal portraits?
I’m actually extremely proud of how they turned out. They are GORGEOUS and were A LOT of fun to do!
My fan bouquet! The photographer called it a “fan-quet,” which I thought was funny and a little clever. This one is one of my favorites, actually.
Recently I found this blog that had some really great reasons to have a first look. I immediately posted it to Violet Dude’s Facebook page and told him he needed to read it. I have been trying to talk him in to a first look for so long now because I know how important it is to have a quick transition between the ceremony and the wedding, and if we did all our pictures after, it could end up taking two hours.
Some of my favorite reasons from the blog include:
Calming your nerves: I know that I’m not usually the nervous type but Violet Dude definitely is. He hates public speaking, so even if he will be repeating after the officiant, he’ll still be really nervous to have to do that. However, it’s our wedding day…emotions will be running high and I’ll be nervous myself and I know that in that moment, I’ll want to be able to see him just as badly as he’ll want to be able to to see me. Calming your nerves is a great reason for a first look, because it reminds you that it isn’t going to be the end of the world and that it’s better to be excited than nervous when you walk down that aisle!
One of the things that are incredibly important to me is the photographer for my big day. I spend so much time looking at bridal magazines and websites and drooling over other couples’ photos that I want to make sure that mine are top quality too. This of course comes at a price.
Photographers take up a huge portion of a wedding budget, but for good reason. These people not only spend hours photographing your wedding but they spend a major amount of time after the fact. Their job does not end with the last dance. They edit, re-edit, print, put together albums, change things around and make sure that every detail is perfect. They are artists and they know that what they are doing will be one of the few things that you will look back on for a very long time. These are the images that will be the basis of your memories of your wedding day.
Your wedding photographer is someone that you are going to spend a lot of time with on your wedding day. They are going to be following you around like a puppy and will be sharing your most intimate moments with you (possibly even some in your underwear…) it is for this reason that it is essential that this is someone you can connect with and like.
Because I am doing a destination wedding I cannot personally meet and “interview” photographers. Luckily for me I have my power team back home that can…so after getting a few recommendations from locals and spending a long time on their websites and online portfolios I set up a few meetings for Gerber Mom and Gerber Big Sis.
Mom and Big Sis fell in love with photographer #1 and pushed me to book her immediately as she is super popular and I didn’t want to miss out. I had been emailing back and forth with her and will admit that I already felt a connection with her and knew that we would work well together. But me, being the worst procrastinator in the world wanted to shop around some more.
So I got some more referrals and set up some more meetings. Emailed a bunch more people and drove Gerber Mom and Gerber Big Sis crazy. In the end, of course I ended up where I started, with my amazing photographer Yvette Gilbert. I am so excited to work with her and I know that my photos will be awesome. I also know that I will be more than happy to have her follow me and Gerber Babe around the whole day.