How did you get started ?
When I was planning my own wedding, I discovered there was no service that offered what I was looking for - help with my precious little fur baby on my wedding day. Many of my friends said they either had or were having the same problem, so in the midst of planning my own wedding, I started the company!
What are your services- How does it all work ?
It's a completely custom service . We work with our couples to develop a timeline for their pet, we'll weave that into the overall wedding timeline, and handle the transportation and day of care. We'll also work with the photographer to help get the pup's attention during pictures. We have a ton of information on our website including our fees - https://www.pawfectforyou.com/occasions-services
How long before their wedding should a bride and groom book your services ?
I generally recommend our clients to reach out right after they book their photographer. At that point, they have a rough idea of their timeline, so they can reserve us and make sure they have a sitter in place for their day and time. We always do a coordination call about three weeks before the wedding, so we finalize the fine details at that point.
What do you love most about your job ?
Dogs and weddings lol, what’s not to love!! My favorite part would have to be seeing the couples faces light up as soon as their pet arrives!
How did you get started ?
It all started back in 2011, for my own wedding...
I was working in the medical field for about 14 years; the last 8 being in oncology. I wanted to have something very special and meaningful to walk down the aisle with, so I decided to ask my friends, family members and oncology patients of whom I had worked with over the years if they would donate a piece of jewelry that meant something to them. I ended up having 50 pieces to include in my bouquet. It was then when I knew my bouquet would be extra special. I was literally going to be holding something filled with history and memories that I would be keeping for a lifetime.
In 2016, I decided to take a leave of absence from my work, and be a full time mother with my second daughter.
As I was playing with her, I looked at my bouquet that was on the shelf in my dining room and started to think about
all the people who so graciously gave me a piece of jewelry. I though to myself "why don't I do something like this
for other people" ? But, make flowers using upcycled clothing to make it more unique? It was at that moment when
Forever Brooch Bouquets was born.
What can you create ?
Forever Brooch Bouquets not only creates custom floral arrangements and bouquets, but we also create boutonnieres, corsages, metal cuffs, headpieces, crowns, home décor, memorial pieces, in addition to head bands and ankle wraps for babies.
How long before a wedding should a bride contact you ?
Being the fact that everything is custom done and unique, we recommend a bride contact us anywhere from two months to a year, depending on how large the order may be.
What materials do you use, etc ?
Each flower can be made from any type of fabric; your grandmothers wedding dress, your fathers ties, the lining of your grandfathers suit jacket, the onesie from your favorite niece, or even your sisters leather jacket. Even though we are called "Forever Brooch Bouquets", it does not limit you to just brooches and jewelry. We can include any type of memorabilia, such as your grandmothers ceramic tea cup, or the cork from the wine bottle that you both shared on your first date.
Essentially we use upcycled clothing and jewelry (or memorabilia) from friends and family members to create a unique piece that you can keep forever. We use wire, never any Styrofoam, to ensure durability and longevity. Our goal is to have your memories come alive again, and to last forever.
Anytime we are given a piece of clothing that we need to make into flowers, we respectfully cut the seams and do our magic. Nothing is ever ripped apart without a tender hand, as respect is given no matter what. Whatever we do not use, we fold it up and neatly package it up with the order to go back to the family.
What do you love most about making these items ?
I am lucky enough to work so closely with my brides. I learn so much about their family, and the history behind each piece that they want included. Being the fact everything is so custom done, no one order is the same. I cry with them, and I laugh with them. It is truly an honor to not only build these memories into something they can keep for a lifetime, but to be chosen to handle some of their most precious items.
Any stories about items you've made
One of my very first orders was for a bride who lost one of her closest friends to cancer. She wanted to include a cardigan of hers and had asked me to make it into roses. It was definitely an emotional piece. Because she contacted us, we were able to have her best friend be there with her on her special day.
She was a client who quickly turned into a friend.
I was also contacted by a bride who lost both of her parents years ago. She had been given me her late mothers wedding dress that was 50 years old, and her late fathers button down shirt. She didn't quite know what to do with these pieces of clothing, but she knew that she needed them to be a part of her bouquet in someway. We made roses and peonies out of fabric and sewed a small picture frame on the handle to hold a photo of her parents on their wedding day. This bride was married on what would have been her parents 50th anniversary and was able to have them walk down the aisle.
It was truly, truly an honor to do this piece for her. She wanted something for her daughter to wear in her hair, so we decided to make a comb holding a single peony made from her grandmothers wedding dress, and a pink rose made from her grandfathers shirt.
About a year ago, I had a man contact me to make a bouquet for his anniversary, he had asked me if I would be able to replicate that she had 5 years prior on their wedding day but add their children in some way. The result was breathtaking. I was able to replicate her flowers to the T, and wire a handful of frames holding photos of the family throughout. She was able to display her bridal bouquet in bright vivid colors in her home next to her wedding photo.
A bride contacted me to make a piece for her wedding using her grandmothers shirt, her (now) wife's fatigues that she had worn in Afghanistan, in addition to 27 pieces of jewelry that her friends and family gave to her. We were able to incorporate everything and build a piece that meant so much.
Forever Brooch Bouquets has been published in a number of 6 page spreads in Manhattan Bride Magazine, in addition to winning Manhattan Brides "best of 2018" award. We have also been published in the Royal wedding issue of BRIDES UK Magazine, in addition to the issue following the Royal wedding. We have also recently been contacted by Vogue London.
Forever Brooch Bouquets
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As a wedding photographer in Saratoga Springs, NY, a high percentage of the weddings I photograph are destination weddings. In addition, I have been hired to go to other locations to photograph destination weddings.
All of this has made me aware of many of the little considerations you might want to take into account when planning your own destination wedding.
Visit the area
I highly recommend you visit the area where you are planning your destination wedding at least once.
It would actually be ideal if you could visit it more than once.
In addition to helping you feel more comfortable, meeting with local wedding professionals in person will faciliate their understanding your needs, preferences, and expectations especially if there is a language barrier.
If you are working with a coordinator at the venue, make sure they understand both your vision in addition to your
budget- budget being the key word here
During your visits, make sure to check out the hotels, restaurants and other local businesses--you can then let your guests know where to eat and shop. You can also let them know what to expect in
terms of expenses for meals, etc. so there are no unpleasant surprises on their end.
If you can’t visit more than once, it helps to arrive several days to week ahead of time so you can take care of any final details, have a hair and makeup trial, and generally relax a bit before the big day.
2. Timely Matters
Did you know that by being flexible with your date, you could possibly save a substantial amount of money by avoiding peak tourism weeks?
You could literally book your event a week later and save big. Many of the most popular destination wedding locations are also very popular tourist locations.
Find out before making a final decision on a location what the peak dates are for tourism.
During peak tourist season, rates for everything will naturally be higher. You might not care so much, but your guests definitely will! Additionally, it may be more difficult to book room blocks during the most popular weeks.
Hotels will need to be reserved well in advance for you and your out of area guests-sometimes by as much as a year ahead of time. Also keep in mind that on the off season for any destination location the weather might not be ideal.
You would not want to book a destination wedding in a tropical location during peak hurricane season.
3. Research local marriage requirements
I highly recommend that you investigate local marriage license requirements well in advance of your event. Requirements for a legal marriage vary from county to county- even state to state. Some countries even have a residency requirement. In England that requirement is seven days. France has a 40 day requirement. If you want your marriage to be legal, you cannot emit this step. Calling the local City Hall is a great first planning process.
4. Use local wedding vendors
Seriously consider using the local wedding vendors for your event. While you may be tempted to bring someone in from your home state for entertainment, photography, etc., it may not be the most cost or quality effective decision.
Local vendors are used to working in their local venues. The bands/Djs know what equipment they need to bring specific venues to get the best quality sound for your entertainment. Likewise, the local photographers know all the best locations/times of day to ensure beautiful photos.
In addition, bringing in out of town vendors will require expensive travel fees on your end. They may even require special work visas, depending on the country you are getting married in.
5. Take good care of your guests
When planning your destination wedding, be sure to consider the comfort of your guests. This entails more than providing cute Welcome Bags. This entails booking room blocks and group rates at hotels. At the very least, consider providing a detailed listing of different hotels in different price ranges to accommodate all budgets.
If you have guests arriving by plane, it would be great if you could help them navigate transportation from the airport to their hotel. If you don't want to be responsible for actually getting them from the airport to the hotel, perhaps you can introduce people so they can coordinate arrivals to share taxis. A wedding website or private social media page would greatly facilitate this.
Inviting all of the out of town guests to the rehearsal dinner and day after brunch is thoughtful and considerate. Consider planning a fun group activity such as a bowling dinner cruise as an "ice breaker" for your guests.
If your destination wedding takes place in multiple locations, you may also want to provide shuttle buses to and from your venue so people do not to rent cars and drive around in an unfamiliar location. It is also a good idea to put together a simple little guide with your recommendations for local restaurants and
salon/spas, as well as other local businesses. it will help them really enjoy their time in a special location.
6. Money matters
Weddings can be expensive in general, but sometimes destination weddings can really add up. Be sure you can factor in possible extra/hidden expenses. Be sure to ask lots of questions so you are not surprised with the final tally. Some venues charge additional fees for setting up the ceremony site with chairs or decorating the reception site. Other things to consider are hidden taxes and gratuities, pressing or steaming your dress/suit, and transportation for guests, to name a few. Make sure you get everything in writing before the event.
7. Choose an appropriate attire
Carefully consider your wedding destination when choosing your attire. If you are getting married in a tropical location with high humidity, you will want light weight, breathable fabrics made from natural fibers.
If you are hosting a winter wedding, you might want to have heavier fabrics in addition to appropriate outerwear for outdoor photos-who doesn't love a real faux fur ?
Here in the Adirondacs, I always suggest to my brides that they invest in a good pair of snow boots if they are getting married in the winter. Some of my brides even bring thermal underwear to wear under their dresses for outdoor photos in the winter. Regardless of where you are holding your destination wedding, these tips will help ensure you have a fun and stress-free event.
About the Author : Susan Blackburn is a Wedding and Portrait Photographer based in Saratoga NY. She believes in capturing authentic and timeless memories for her clients that express their individuality as
How did you get started photographing weddings?
I actually started out with only shooting abstract/arsty stuff with a little point and shoot. When my daughter was born, of course me being a new mom, I started to take pictures with her as my model. I began to realize photography was more than putting a subject into a picture. It was hard work, thinking outside the box, tapping in to your creative mind, and the mathmatics of making the perfect combination with your shutter, ISO, and aperture.
Photography took hold of me once my daughter turn 2 years old. At that point I was photographing everything from, seniors, engagements, weddings, maternity, newborn, families, births, birthday parties...etc etc. Finally I took the plunge and devoted myself to only work with couples during their time of being engaged and their wedding day. Even after their wedding I end up working with them again with anniversary sessions or family sessions.
What do you love most about photographing weddings?
Honestly, just being with my couples. I make sure that the couples I meet are the right fit, first and foremost. However, for the most part, I can get along with any personality. While my couples are planning their wedding I stick by their side and help them in anyway I can. I'm just the kind of person to try and always help people. During this time I develop a true relationship with my brides and grooms. So, with all of that being said, just getting to hang with my couple on the day of the wedding and documenting their wedding as it unfolds is what I love most.
What should a bride & groom ask a photographer before booking?
There are so many questions you can Google on "What to ask your photographer?" but try thinking of asking the photographer some more personal questions. Like what shows do they like, what do they do for fun when they are working, whats the best place they've traveled to....etc. Asking these questions are going to help you see your photographers personality which, again, you can decide if you guys are a perfect fit by having things in common.
Do you have a wedding style?
Someone said it best when they were describing my work and I have latched on to it. I feel it's true in so many ways. My work is all about capturing the human spirit and all of its essence. I want my newly weds to have something to take home where they can embody those feelings all over again by looking at their pictures. My goal is to make sure I capture them as a whole and bring out their personalities in the pictures. Be able to have complete strangers look at the image and think "Man, they look like they would be so much fun to hang out with".
What do you need from the bride&groom before their wedding?
Family lists and times that are set in stone for the day. I like to make timelines with my brides so both of them will know where I am and what I'm shooting throughout the wedding day. This also helps them see how long (from my experience) certain events can take.
Do you shoot solo or have a second shooter/assistant?
I shoot my weddings with just me for 98% of the time. This is another reason I make a timeline. This way the couple can see that everything is going taken care of with just one person. I do have brides that would prefer to have another shooter there, and thats when I call in my badass friends to help a girl out.
What time do you arrive on the wedding day?
Always 30 mins early. Regardless if I have shot at their venue/location I want to scout the area out and start racking my brain for ideas on pictures. Plus, I also like to have more time with detail shots haha.
How far in advance should a bride & groom book a photographer?
I know some couples think they have plenty of time at 6 - 8 months before their wedding. They need to understand there are other couples that are going to book the exact same day. Even if they think their wedding is during off season, photographers can still end up being booked during that time. Normally, off season is the time (well at least for me) that they will take a vacation. To be blunt, book your venue then your photographer a year in advance.
Whats your favorite part of the wedding day?
I love photographing my couples but I do love me some details. Especially when a bride has devoted extra time into her details.
What packages do you offer?
I offer 3 different packages but I tell my couples my packages are considered as starting points. They can customize one to better fit their day.
Can we order albums and other products?
Heck yes! I make it a fun process to order an album and see it before its printed. I actually love being able to see what pictures people end up picking for their album
What happens if you get sick on my wedding day?
Ahhh the famous question. I have photographed many weddings where I have been sick, had a migraine, and dealt with sinus issues. Unless there there is a zombie apocalypse, actually even then I would show up to try and get a zombie to be a photo bomber haha. Seriously though, I will always be counted for on my couples wedding day. If for some weird reason I can't make it, I have such an awesome group of amazing and talented photographers (whose styles are so similar to mine) that I know, in a pinch, they would me help out.
Do you travel?
YES!! I am not bound down to just NC. I love to get out of dodge and explore, see new sights, and experience new things. My goal in the next couple of years is to book more weddings out of state and out of the country. I even have a bucket list of places I am dying to visit
Claire is a wedding planner with a very niche specialization. She helps couples plan their weddings in Central Park. She has been doing it since 2012 and in that time has planned approximately two hundred and fifty weddings.
How did you get started?
I was living in upper east side Manhattan with my boyfriend at the time, and we decided to get married . We lived close to Central Park, we walked our dog there, went running there and liked to chill out there.
The cliché about it being New Yorker's backyard is true. So, we got married in our back yard.I am British, and I had to do some research before I got married. I had to find out about the paperwork necessary, and also to find great people I wanted to be involved in my wedding, the Officiant and also a Photographer and Videographer
I was looking for a career change at the time, and it occurred to me that I could set up a business helping other Brits do the same ( and Americans, and Australians and many other nationalities as it turned out)
Where do your weddings take place ?
I specialize in weddings in Central Park.
The ceremonies can take place anywhere in the park; some ceremony locations are more popular than others, while some are suited to certain group sizes.
Some couples come to me with a very clear idea of which location they want the ceremony in, and some need my guidance. I can talk through what a couple needs depending on how many guests they will have, whether they want a beautiful view or privacy, seating with a roof, or other things that matter to them. I've also planned weddings in other public parks in New York City.
Do you customize the ceremonies and help couples with their vows ?
Yes, I have a series of questions that I ask each couple that allows me to write ceremony wording for them. I ask about their relationship, their past, and what they expect for the future. I ask if there are any guests in attendance
they would like to thank and if there are any loved ones not there who they wish to have remembered. We also discuss whether they want a reading in the ceremony and whether they want to incorporate any
personal or religious rituals. Sometimes couples just want to say " I Do " and very little else , while others want to write lengthy personal vows. It's my job to help the couple get the ceremony that suits them.
How long does the wedding ceremony usually last?
It all depends on the couple and how much they want the officiant to say, and how much they want to say themselves.
It is usually around fifteen minutes long with the signing of the paperwork; that's why people don't mind standing up at a wedding in Central Park.
What services can you book on behalf of the couple.. And what do they need to do themselves?
I book all the vendors needed for the wedding itself. So, I can organize an officiant, photographer, videographer, musician and floral arrangements for your ceremony. Or , I can do some of that and you could do some of it yourself, whichever you prefer. I offer a Customizable wedding package so we can customize our agreement.
I often get asked, but I generally don't get involved with receptions. This is partly because it allows me to focus on specializing on one thing - weddings in Central Park. It is also because of the huge amount of choice available of restaurants in New York. There are so many options in terms of taste, budget, location, availability of private rooms, open bars/table reservations, etc.
Everyone has different needs and I cant predict how long it would take me to find what each client would want, so I can't price it into my fees.
The other thing I can't do is make decisions for the couple. I can help them see their options and guide them through the process. They must decide what they want, and I can make it happen.
Do you attend weddings ?
I usually do not attend weddings , but I have been to several I have planned.
I am the mum of two young children and that is my full time job. This is my part time job and I work at it around my children's schedule. So, any time out of my routine would be costly. I am efficient and protective of my time, and I don't waste time on things that I don't think my couples really need.
This is one of the ways I keep my prices as low as I can. If a wedding planner attends your wedding, they will of course be charging for their time.
The people I work with are great communicators and are very reliable, they know where to be and when, and they can be trusted to preform exactly as planned on the day.
So, when I do attend my weddings, all I do is stand at the back and have a good cry along with the guests.
What is the wedding planning process like ?
I have planned approximately two hundred and fifty weddings to date, so I have a robust process now. I generally start with the big stuff and work my way down to the smaller stuff. So , we'll decide when and where it will be, who will be involved, what will be said, where photos will be taken and so on.
I find that as we work through the big stuff we logically get down to the details, such as who needs to be where and at what time.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner
I love being part of the first day of a couples marriage. I love that I can make their wedding day as stress free as possible, so they go into their marriage as relaxed as can be . I love giving couples the wedding day that suits them best.
Did you know that there are approximately 99 trillion wedding photographers to choose from for your upcoming wedding? If you’ve already started searching, then you’re well aware of this very accurate, scientific calculation of mine.
Some people have an easy time pinning down the perfect photographer for their wedding. Maybe they LOVED the wedding photographer at a friend or family member’s past wedding. Or maybe you have a talented friend you already know you’re going to hire. Whew! … you’re fortunate! That’s one HUGE item you can check off your list!
But if you’re like a lot of couples, you’re going to have to do some leg work and search around until you find the right person for the job. At first, it may seem pretty easy to rule out a portion of the wedding photographers you come across online. Some just aren’t good (in your opinion). Or some are wildly, wildly out of your price range
So you make that first cut.
Now you’re left with 88 trillion wedding photographers. As you drift from one web site to the next, you find yourself loving, well, most of what you see from all the different photographers. You can see that they all have different prices (in fact, you might be a little confused why the pricing varies so much from one photographer to the next. More on that later.
You’re not 100% sure what you SHOULD spend on a photographer. And you’re not 100% sure what “style” of photography you want anyway. You just know that each site you’ve looked at has beautiful photos that definitely represent the quality of photos you’d like for your wedding day memories.
YOU’RE NOT IMAGINING THINGS. THERE ARE A LOT OF REALLY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD PHOTOGRAPHERS OUT THERE!
There really ARE so many incredibly talented photographers in business today. Try not to let this overwhelm you. It’s actually a really great “problem”. Somewhere out there is truly THE perfect person for your special day. And with some patience, you’ll find him or her.
As you’re looking and chatting with photographers, here are a few things to keep in mind.
1.) Personality is EVERYTHING!
Imagine if someone who truly gets on your nerves was with you throughout your entire wedding day … right there by your side while you’re getting ready … standing at the alter … cutting your cake. Now imagine that as you’re gritting your teeth and trying not to roll your eyes every time she speaks, she starts photographing your less-than-pleased expression. And she keeps doing it over and over and over again. That’s what it’s like being photographed on your wedding day by someone you just don’t like.There is no vendor that you will spend more time with on your wedding day than your photographer. You need to not just tolerate this person … but genuinely CLICK with them.
Wait. Can you tolerate him or her if the price is right? Or because your Mom really wants that specific photographer? Simply put, NO. You shouldn’t. Because it will show in your photos. You’re not hiring someone just to capture static photos of your centerpieces (although, those are important too!). You’re hiring someone to capture EMOTION. Therefore, you want to hire someone that elicits GOOD emotions from you. Someone whose energy and presence makes you feel calm, reassured, and happy. You want to feel like this person truly cares about YOU.
If you FEEL good in your photographer’s presence, this will show up in your photos.
Now, here comes the hard part. A photographer’s web site may give you some insight into who he or she is as a person. But you’re going to have to go farther. This brings us to our next point.
2.) In-person meetings are so important!
Meet with prospective photographers in person. Or at the very least, via Facetime or Skype. This is the only way to see if you really “click” with the person. It’s a lot of work to schedule meetings … especially if you’re considering a handful of photographers. But it will pay off in the end. Honestly, something as silly as the photographer’s voice, laughter, potty mouth, etc. could drive you batty. And if so, the person isn’t right for you … even if her work is outstanding.
With so many photographers out there these days, there’s no reason to settle for anyone other than a person who just feels like the perfect fit.
You want to wait until you find the person who leaves you thinking, “this girl needs to come hang out with my friends and I! Where has she been hiding all these years?!”
3.) Listen to the photographer’s story.
A great question to ask a photographer while you’re having your in-person meeting is this: “What led you to become a wedding photographer?” And “what’s your favorite part of this job?” Now … sit back and listen carefully. Watch the photographer’s face. You’re looking for someone who starts to come alive as he or she speaks about her job. Not just someone who does this to make ends meet.
Remember, with trillions (literally) of photographers out there, you don’t have to settle. If you aren’t hearing excitement, passion, and joy in the voice of your future wedding photographer as she speaks about her work, then this is probably someone you don’t want to hire for your wedding.
4.) Pricing varies … it helps to understand why.
I know it would be so much easier for brides and grooms if all photographers followed a similar pricing structure. But that’s never going to happen. And simply put, that’s because there will never be two identical wedding photographers. We’re like snowflakes : ) Each photographer is going to offer you a completely different background and skill set.
Some will have completed extensive amounts of professional development. Some edit all their photos themselves. Others don’t. Some limit the number of weddings they take per month in order to maximize the energy they can offer clients. Others regularly shoot 3 weddings in a weekend. Some work part-time as photographers. For others, this is their full-time job and only means of supporting their families. Some have been shooting for 10 months. Others, for 10 years. Some are shooting with an arsenal of incredibly expensive equipment. Others have minimal gear. All these differences factor into the price a photographer needs to charge his clients.
Once you understand why the differences exist, it can help you to feel less frustrated by them!
What’s one of the biggest things that will cause a price increase? Years of experience. Once a photographer has literally hundreds of weddings under her belt, she now can offer clients something that newer photographers can’t: a guarantee that she can handle anything your wedding throws her way. She’s already done it all! She’s worked hard over the years learning and growing. As with any business, the more experienced the worker, the higher the salary.Is it really important to you that your photographer has at least five years of experience as a wedding photographer? If so, then you may have to pay more.
Can you find a newer photographer with a lower price who is awesome?! Absolutely. Will you know beyond any shadow of a doubt that this individual can smoothly handle anything your wedding throws her way? No. But for some, the lower price makes it worth the gamble.
Lastly, when it comes to pricing … remember that every photographer offers different end-products. Some will give you all your digital files. Others have lower prices for their services, but then require that you purchase files or prints from them after the wedding. So carefully consider the overall cost of each photographer’s packages.
5.) Decide if you want a trendy style, or something more timeless.
When I first got started in wedding photography 10 years ago (eek, hooooow is it that long ago?!), selective color was THE coolest thing ever. You may not have ever even heard the term “selective color.” Waaaaay back then, people wanted their photos in black and white, with the flowers left in color. Or, maybe the groom’s bow ties in color. I mean … people LOVED it. These days, very, very, veeeery few people want that effect on their photos. It’s just NOT the style anymore. But if that’s how your photographer edited your photos 10 years ago … that’s what you would have in your album today. You may or may not still like the style.
Five years ago, light and airy was the all the rage. Photographers began shooting with film again (great way to get this light and airy look!), or editing their digital files with film overlays to get the look.
And today? It’s all about muted and earthy tones. And elopements to Iceland ; )<
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with trends. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting to have your photos captured in a trendy way. It’s simply important to remember, that one day, that trend will be a thing of the past. Will you still love your photos? If so, then look for a photographer who is clearly ROCKING the latest trend. Conversely, if you know that you’d like something more timeless (i.e., classic black and whites, true-to-life colors), there are plenty of photographers who specialize in this type of “classic” photography and you’ll definitely want to work with one of them.
6.) Here’s something important to remember about solo shooters: they could get hit by a truck the week before your wedding.
I reeeeeeeeally hope this doesn’t happen. But it could. This fact scares some people enough that they opt to hire a photography studio that employs a large number of photographers. You may not get to choose which photographer you work with on your wedding day, but you can be absolutely certain that someone will be there. (After all, if one gets hit by a truck, there are 24 others.) The downside to this, of course, is that since you don’t get to choose your photographer, you may or may not like his personality or style of shooting.
Most people opt for a solo photographer … or one not associated with a large studio. And this is simply because, as mentioned in the number one point, personality matters SO much.
Most people opt for a solo photographer … or one not associated with a large studio. And this is simply because, as mentioned in the number one point, personality matters SO much.
The likelihood of your photographer getting hit by a truck is low. But here are a few things to check with the photographer you’re considering hiring:
Has she ever had to miss a wedding due to illness?
What happens if she is unable to attend the wedding? Do you get a full refund? Will she help you find a new photographer? Does she have a backup person standing by?
What are her thoughts on this subject? (Sidenote: A good photographer takes this point seriously and won’t poo poo it. She should be able to clearly answer your questions about this subject.)
Like all things in life, there’s a little risk involved in going with a solo photographer. But most of us take this job seriously. We know people are counting on us and we work hard to take care of ourselves. We show up injured, ill, or 8 months pregnant. It’s just part of the job. But juuuuuuust in case something were to happen, it’s always good for couples to have a backup plan in mind. Maybe have the number of a big studio with 29 photographers handy juuuuuust in case you have to call them at the last minute.
If you’re really stuck on this point, let me see if I can help. I’ll tell you what I would do. I’d hire a solo photographer. I’m fully aware of the risks involved, but I also know that it’s worth the risk to hopefully get the photographer of my dreams at my wedding.
7.) Ask to see a few real-life galleries of full weddings.
Yes, the photographer’s web site has amazing photos … so you know she’s good. But it can really help you to know if someone is a great fit for your day if you can see an example of exactly what a client receives. Whatever is EXTRA important to you — whether it’s the candid moments or posed bridal party photos — make sure you see plenty of that in the gallery.
8.) Yes. You DO want an engagement session.
It can be tempting to try and save some money by opting out of an engagement session … but you don’t want to do that. Here’s why.
Couples who have engagement sessions always have better wedding photos. It’s true.
Why? During your engagement session, you bond with your photographer. You all get to know each other. And while you’re shooting, he’s learning about you two as a couple. He’s learning how to put you at ease. And you’re learning with each click of the shutter, that you trust this person more and more. You’re now 100% sure you’ve picked the right person. (Hopefully. If not, it’s probably not too late to make a change!) A few weeks later, you look over your engagement photos, and you’re thrilled. You LOVE them. You’re SO excited about this photographer being at your wedding. And that energy? That excitement? It carries through to your family and friends as you talk about how much you love those engagement photos … and what a blast the session itself was. Now you and EVERYONE around you are so excited about having this photographer around on the wedding day. He shows up, and it’s like an old friend has walked into the room. People aren’t nervous about this guy. He’s AWESOME! Thanks to your engagement session, you’re able to hit the ground running with photos on your wedding day.
In fact, the difference is so noticeable, that I no longer shoot weddings without first doing an engagement session. I know that my clients love their engagement photos. But the fact that their wedding pictures are actually BETTER because of the engagement session is the reason that it’s so important to me.
9.) Don’t waste money on things you don’t really want.
A few years back, I switched from offering albums in all my packages, to a streamlined package with basically only the digital files. I’ve found that for some people, this is truly all they want. They want to share their photos online, and then they want to be able to use their digital files to create their own albums, prints, etc. My clients are THRILLED that they own those files. And their excited to create their own albums.
There are people who choose to not work with me because getting a custom-designed album from their photographer is a priority. And that’s great because there are tons of photographers who offer custom-designed albums. But as I started to see more and more people prefer to make their own albums, I loved the idea of streamlining a package and making it more affordable for those who DON’T want the custom albums I used to offer.
For my clients who truly just want the digital files, it would honestly be a waste of their money to purchase a package with other items in it.
And you? What do you TRULY want? An album? Lots of prints? Digital files? If you can take a moment to really figure out what you’d like to walk away with after the wedding is over, it can really help you to choose a photographer who can offer you EXACTLY what you want. Remember, photographers are like snowflakes! And part of what makes us all different is the types of packages we offer clients.
10.) Hire a true professional.
Yes, a good personality is critical. But it’s not enough. You need to KNOW that you’re photographer will be there on time and ready to work on the day of your wedding. You need to know that he won’t curse out Aunt Peggy even after she elbows him while trying to get a shot of the cake cutting with her iPhone.
I’ve heard a few horror stories … like the photographer who literally shot the whole ceremony before realizing she didn’t have a CF card in her camera. I don’t understand how that’s even possible. But I was told she was medicated because she was going through a tough divorce and was just really struggling in her personal life. Life happens. And it happens to wedding photographers, too. But there’s NEVER an excuse for being unprepared, unprofessional, unkind, impatient, or rude. Never.
A true professional will be punctual for all meetings, will return your emails and calls promptly, will offer you detailed and neatly prepared information about her services, and will only work with you once a contract has been signed.If you notice from the start that communication is difficult, that meetings are frequently cancelled, or the photographer is late for meetings … these are all bad signs. Remember … there are trillions of photographers out there. Most of them are true professionals. If your gut is telling you that you’re talking with someone who isn’t, even if you LOVE her personality, move on to the next.<
If you’re currently looking for a wedding photographer, take a peek at my wedding portfolio. Or check out two of my latest gorgeous weddings
www.katecallahanphotography.com/blog/giacomo-and-casey-married-winterthur-wedding/Casey and Giacomo’s Fairytale Wedding at Winterthur
I work with clients in the Hudson Valley region of upstate NY, Delaware … and everywhere in between. And I loooove to travel for weddings.
If you think I might be a good fit for your special day, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org@gmail.com. I can’t wait to hear about your wedding … and chat with you to see if my style of wedding photography might be a good fit for you. But if not, don’t worry. There’s someone out there for you! I promise!!!!!!!!
1) How did you get started?
My passion and love for everything beauty related began when my good friend Gabrielle introduced me to the "art of makeup". I was very shy at first, but after training with the skilled professionals at Metamorphosis I've had the desire to become one of the premier makeup artists in the NYC area.
2) Whats is the difference between Bridal Makeup and everyday Makeup?
Bridal makeup differs from everyday makeup in a couple of different ways.
Staying Power- You are ten times more nervous than any other day.Why? because you are marrying the man of your dreams. So, to insure that your makeup stays for the 8-10 hour day you are going to embark on, additional prepping steps have to be inplace.
Photos- Unlike everyday makeup your every move will be photographed with a high definition lens, so attention to detail is important as well as the product that is used and how its applied.
Real Life vs Photos- This is very important as well because no bride wants to feel like they have packed on makeup, and you want to insure that you still look like yourself, which is important. So these are just some things to consider.
3) How does a bride make sure her makeup lasts all day?
Skin prep is probably one of the most important steps in bridal makeup.
1. You want to hydrate your skin with a treatment depending on your skin type.
2. Hydrate eye area (very important so you don't have creasing in your under eye) .
3. Primer (there are different types based on your skin type).
4. Setting powder to keep makeup in place.
5. Setting spray to lock it in so it lasts all day.
4) Will you do a trial before my wedding ?
I highly recommend doing a trial before your wedding day. On your wedding day you are on a clock, you have many different moving pieces (bridal party, florist,last minute questions from the venue, etc) At the trial is where we create as many looks as you would like to see on your special day. This gives you a first hand look on how I work and also gives you ease on how long your look will take.
5) Do you recommend airbrush or regular foundation?
I highly recommend doing airbrush for many reasons. It lasts a lot longer than liquid or powder foundation. It doesn't transfer (to clothes or other people) like liquid and/or powder foundation will. It is air so it gives you the most flawless finish.
6) False Lashes ?
This is a personal preference. Big lashes give the illusion of a larger eye. If you haven't worn false lashes before, doing a trial to try on some different styles is very important. It can take 2-15 minutes to adjust to depending on the size.
7) Will I have to travel to you or can you come to me ?
I am a traveling makeup artist. I travel throughout the tristate area (New York,New Jersey,Pennsylvannia,Delaware) as well as other destinations for an additional fee.
8) Do you have a team of assistants or will you be the only artist that day?
This is a great question and also a very important one. Depending on the size of the bridal party getting their makeup done, I will bring 1-4 assistants. I like to bring an assistant to clean brushes even if it is a small bridal party, that way everything runs smoothly. This minimizes the time needed for the bridal party to wake up for preparation and also allows me to focus on you.
9) What happens if you're sick or have an emergency on my wedding day?
Things happen, that is life and its normally unpredictable. Luckily for you I am backed by Metamorphosis which has a team of 350 makeup artists so you are in good hands should any emergency arise.
10) Will you bring your own products or will I be responsible for supplying them?
Unless you have a product that you never stray from I will be supplying everything. Even if you have allergies those are all things to be discussed on the trial and in those instances I will have the proper products.
11) If a bride was going to splurge on makeup for the wedding, what items should she choose?
I would always recommend purchasing loose setting powder, that way you can freshen your face and remove any oiliness.
Another great item to purchase would be the lip color that you choose to wear to the wedding day, so you can reapply as needed.
You also have the opportunity to purchase mink lashes should you want to go for a fuller glam look.
12) Any other tips or tricks for the special day?
Make sure you stay hydrated,drink lots of water.
Stick to your skin care routine daily and nightly.
Enjoy your special day, you dreamed about it and now it is here.
Beauty By Goldberg for Metamorphosis
Phone # (917) 324-9786
How did Sayville Bridal get started?
My mother managed and later owned a local bridal salon. I grew up at her store; it was my second home. After graduating college & working in the industry, we decided to venture to our newest salon, Sayville Bridal. We wanted Sayville Bridal to be a small, intimate bridal boutique, with the latest bridal fashions.
Favorite thing about Sayville Bridal?
My favorite thing about Sayville Bridal is that we work with one at a time. I really get to know my clients and help them make one of their first decisions as a bride/wife.
What makes you different from other bridal salons?
We are truly a bridal boutique! We carry different luxury looks and styles in an intimate setting.
What gown collections do you carry?
We proudly carry selections from Blush by Hayley Paige-Hayley Paige- Mikaella- Ti Adora - Alvina Valenta and Lazaro. We also carry bridesmaid dresses, veils, head pieces, jewelry, shoes, athlesuirewear, and more
When should you start shopping for your wedding dress?
You need to order 8 – 10 months prior to your wedding to avoid any stress. The earlier the better! However, we understand that sometimes you don’t have the time needed and we try our best to accommodate shorter time frames.
How many guests should I bring to my appointment?
Family and friends who's opinion you value and who understand your personal style. This is an intimate purchase, we suggest a small group of no more than four. We ask that you do not bring children… this is your time to shine!
Do you have trunk sales?
Yes! Follow our website and social media accounts (@sayvillebridal) for all of our upcoming trunk show sales! Trunk shows are a great time to purchase because not only are you getting your dream dress at a discount but we will have an even larger selection and possibly a free customization (ex. Free extra length).
Can I buy a sample?
Of course! Sample dresses are purchased as is.
Please visit Gina and her courteous professional staff to unlock the dress of your dreams.
Located at - 40 South Main Street Sayville NY 11782