I love weddings! They are all unique and each couple's story is amazingly different. We encourage our couples to step outside the wedding box. Think of places, activities, ideas that would tell something about your story, show your interests, display your characters and personalities. But sadly, when it comes to wedding photography, most couples just assume that the images should look a certain way, should be taken in traditional locations, and include traditional poses. And that is what they settle for.
Here's a non-traditional couple who opted for some very non-traditional wedding images. I've never had more fun doing wedding images than with them! She's a photographer (friend) and he's an avid fisherman. They also love hiking in the desert. Wanna' see more? Click here.
If you live in West Michigan you don't even have to have a destination wedding to find amazing locations for images. All you have to do is plan an extra few hours into your wedding plans to get some amazing images. This can be done the day of your wedding, or even better, the day before or after. Day of can run into your wedding festivity timeline, but day before or after provides a relaxed time-frame for creativity and fun!
Here's some examples of outside the box images: Barefoot and beautiful!
Got some fun ideas you'd like to incorporate into your wedding portraits?
Every bride wants her wedding day to be the fulfillment of all her dreams. However our dreams often look very expensive. Never forget this important fact. The reason you are having a wedding is because you love each other and want to spend your lives together. No matter what your wedding is like, the end result will be that you are married and starting your life journey together.
Having said that, let me repeat, our dreams often look very expensive, but they don't have to be. You can find creative ways to make your budget stretch or to tastefully mimic expensive ideas you like. BUDGET...that is an important word in planning a wedding. You need to figure out before you starting spending on your wedding what is reasonable for you (and your family or whomever else will be helping you pay for it) and then stick to that amount.
How do you determine what you need to spend on your wedding? Here are several expenses you will have and some ways to save:
Saving money requires planning and research...find ideas online. Look for deals. It also requires networking. Ask people for referrals to vendors who can do the job well and save you money. DON'T settle on an inexperienced or cheap vendor just to save money. You could be sadly disappointed afterward, as I mentioned about photography. Planning will save you money, and as I said in a previous blog, it will save you stress and lots of headaches.
Connie Rohne, Photographer Your wedding day will be one of the most emotional and memorable days of your life. You want to be able to enjoy every detail of it. However, if you are responsible for the details on your wedding day, you will be too busy making sure everything is done right and cared for, that you won't be able to relax enough to enjoy your special day.
Josh Rohne, Photographer Weddings are complex events. Details include preparation, a ceremony event, a party event, and exit plans and first night and honeymoon details. Details include clothing and accessories, flowers, transportation, music, traditions, food, personnel, guests, vendors, decor, and much more.
A wedding coordinator can ensure your wedding day will be a dream come true rather than a nightmare. Whether hired or volunteer, you want an organized, managerial person who will be responsible for all the details on your wedding day so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding, family and friends. Do not expect to deal with details and be relaxed. Do not make a close family member or friend that will want to be involved in your wedding activities your wedding coordinator.
Connie Rohne, Photographer I photographed a wedding last year that the bride had planned so carefully, even creating a detailed manual of events. On the day of the wedding she was still the "go to" person to answer questions. She was so stressed she cried through the pre-ceremony preparations and most of the wedding. When a wedding coordinator is on the job, every question can be directed to that person rather than the bride.
Connie Rohne, Photographer There are three choices when you consider a wedding planner. Do you want/need:
• a full-service planner who will plan every detail (getting your approval on everything)
• someone to choose your wedding location and vendors
• a day-of coordinator (who will actually be involved with you for the last month before your wedding)
The first two will most likely be hired, the third could be. If you are considering hiring a wedding planner, here's a good guide to help select one.
Connie Rohne, Photographer Should you select a friend/family member to be a day-of coordinator, select someone you feel comfortable with knowing personal details; someone you trust; someone who understands and supports your wedding vision, theme, dream. Remember, do not choose a family member or friend who will want to participate in the activities/details of your day. It needs to be someone who will enjoy your wedding as a onlooking worker. Consider these questions. Will this person work within your budget? Do you have enough history with this person to know and feel comfortable with they way he/she works? Do your personalities work together well? Do you trust this person to make instant decisions that will carry out your plans?
Josh Rohne, Photographer How do you work with this person to get prepared for your wedding? It is all about organization. Hopefully MONTHS before the wedding, you start working with a wedding planning guide, a book or online. Your wedding coordinator can use this planning guide to complete and fulfill your wedding plans. The last month before your wedding, schedule several meetings to go through details. The first meeting you, the bride, will be sharing these details. By the final week before your wedding your coordinator will be the one to answer questions and share all these details. At your rehearsal and on your wedding day, your coordinator will ensure your day is the fulfillment of all your wedding day dreams.
Photographer, Joshua Rohne
Your wedding day should be the most wonderful day of your life. Unwanted stress shouldn’t darken your joyous day. Stress is caused from unexpected problems. How can you avoid it? Following are a couple ideas to help as you get started in your planning.
Day-dream about your wedding day. Write a description of what that dream looks like and then use the tools below to make your dream real.
Connie Rohne, Photographer Get ideas from wedding websites, like theknot.com, weddingwire.com, theoverwhelmedbride.com and Pinterest. You can create a page to save your wedding ideas on Pinterest, which you can make private so only you can see it, or public to share with others.
Even if you are really organized, check a wedding planner guide to make sure you don’t miss any planning details. Even a small simple wedding involves lots of details. Use as little or as much as you need.
Check out these free planning resources:
Want more tips? Check our Wedding Tips Page or watch for upcoming blogs.
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