Wedding Flower Inspiration: Floral Fridays

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Pink and white wedding bouquet, large romantic wedding bouquet, lamb's ear, olive branches, peony, lisianthus, O'hara roses, Plum Sage Flowers, IN Photography

Plum Sage Flowers presents a romantic bouquet with soft textural elements and an equally soft palette. This romantic stunner has great volume and looks downright pet-able! I love a bouquet with so much interest that your eyes meander for while taking it in. Contents: White and pink O’hara roses, white peonies, lamb’s ear, olive branches, dusty miller, and white lisianthus.

(Floral Design by Plum Sage Flowers | Photography by IN Photography)

See more of this beautiful wedding on the photographer’s blog. The table arrangements are incredible!!

Real Colorado Wedding: Erin and Paul | Devil’s Thumb Ranch Wedding

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Tabernash wedding, West End Photography

All photos by West End Photography

Bride: Erin, 30 – Physical Therapist.
Groom: Paul, 34 – Nurse
Date: July 27, 2013
Location: Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash

Today’s Devil’s Thumb Ranch wedding has a lot of great things going for it; including an Intricate Icings cake (always so well done), one of my favorite venues, lovely photography, awesome homemade lawn games, very cool signage, a cute dog, and so much more. But my favorite part of this wedding is the sweet couple. Erin and Paul are so expressive in pictures. They are so invested in the important moments of this day. And Erin has the happiest, giddy grin that makes me want to squeeze her. She smiles with her eyes just like my son. She’s like the human equivalent of this. I adore these two!

Their Story:

Paul and I were both out with friends in downtown Boulder.  He with a couple good guy friends and me with a few girl friends.  I was actually participating in the Thursday Night Cruiser ride and the theme was 70’s.  I was wearing some very tight, very yellow bell bottoms and they obviously caught Paul’s attention!  We met at the Rio, exchanged numbers and got together for our first date a couple days later.  At the time, we were both really into riding road bikes so our first date was a ride to Carter Lake – something like 60-65 miles round trip.  I wanted to impress him so when he was riding faster than I might normally go myself, I didn’t dare ask him to slow down.  And I continued the conversation even though I could hardly breathe!  3.5 hours later we finished, I still maintain it was the hardest ride of my life. Harder than most races I have participated in!  He took me to lunch afterward but I could barely eat because the exertion made me nauseous!  I didn’t admit all this to him for years! – Erin

The Details:

  • They made the choice to let their event planner help them with a lot of the details. They were very pleased with that decision as it freed up time, removed stress, and gave them access to her awesome decor items! ;)
  • The couple (and their friends in some cases) made all of the fun lawn games including checkers, twister, cornhole, and giant Jenga.
  • Erin and Paul picked, pitted, and made jam from about 50 pounds of cherries that they collected from their neighborhood trees (that’s about 100 jars)!
  • The couple wrote their own vows and had a friend officiate.
  • That awesome geometric cake echoes the ceremony programs.
  • They had 2 members of their wedding party (not including the dog) – both bridesmaids who carried very different bouquets than the bride.

The Best Part:

The dance!  That’s 80’s Band was totally awesome! – Erin

Venue and Catering: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Photgrapher: West End Photography | Event Coordination and Floral Design: Love This Day Events | Bridal Gown: Nicole Miller via Anna Be | Shoes: Donald J Pilner | Rings: J. Albrecht Goldsmiths | Cake: Intricate Icings | Band: That Eighties Band | Officiate: Neyah Margolis (friend)

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Styled Shoot: A Colorful Wood Themed Wedding | Artwork Network Denver

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You’ve heard me say before that Artwork Network weddings are always some of my favorites because they are colorful, original, and just plain great. Apparently styled shoots there are no exception! This wood themed wedding rocks my world! Every piece of this shoot is on point and the details so well thought out. Nothing seems overwhelming and there is excellent cohesion. The theme was fully extrapolated without feeling corny (just woody…okay I’m corny). They achieved this by using the wooden elements in all the right places – and one completely unexpected one with that cool bow tie! And I have to say that I’m impressed to find out that Kristina Marshall (Kristina Lynn Photography) is a triple threat as a great photographer, designer, and stationery making genius. What a renaissance woman to have on your team! Such a lovely thing to have a vision and be able to not only create it, but capture it on film just as your imagined. That’s the dream man…

This shoot started as a collaboration between Jenae from Flowers Made Unique and I. Her wooden arrangements were the initial inspiration. We came up with the idea of a hipster inspired theme where we could bring in different wooden/natural aspects but also tie in an urban feel. Artwork Network, with its mix of white walls and exposed brick, provided the perfect setting for the shoot. An added bonus, the artist who’s show was going on at the time had pieces that fit with the shoot’s color scheme. I decided to use one of Artwork Network’s metal tables for the main tablescape and their metal bar for the dessert table. I loved how they brought in an urban vibe and a great juxtaposition with the vintage pieces that were used [A Vintage Affair]. The white chairs [Chairs with Character] and the white table settings were a nice contrast against the dark metal table while the cornflower blue napkins gave a little pop of color. The dessert table was an elegant display of traditional candies in beautiful apothecary jars, vintage accents, and pops of color through the delicious bundtlet and bundtini cakes by Nothing Bundt Cakes.To carry on with the wooden inspiration, I created a custom wedding invitation suite, menu cards and signs that I printed on real wood veneer.The bride’s dress was a custom creation by local designer, Nikki Hascall, and the bride wore a beautiful head piece by Kitty Mae Millinery to complete the look. Since this was a hipster themed shoot we wanted the groom to have a laid back but polished look so he wore a simple button down shirt accented with striped suspenders, wooden bow tie and colorful boutonniere. Makeup was provided by The Pretty Bride Shop and hair styles were created by Eileen Kantor. – Kristina Marshall, Kristina Lynn Photography & Design

Venue: Artwork Network, Denver | Photography, Design, and Stationery: Kristina Lynn Photography & Design | Floral and Event Design: Flowers Made Unique | Bridal Gown: Nikki Hascall | Headpiece: Kitty Mae Millinery | Makeup: Pretty Bride Shop | Hair: Eileen Kantor | Wooden Bow Tie: Two Guys Bow Ties | Vintage Rentals: A Vintage Affair | Chairs: Chairs with Character | Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes

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Real Colorado Wedding: Alissa and James | Chatfield Botanic Gardens Wedding

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Bride: Alissa, 21 – Student at CSU
Groom: James (J.W.), 24 – Employed by Fiber Lok
Date: June 6, 2015
Location: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Littleton

I love couples with a story – even an awkward one if it becomes a silly part of their history that they can embrace later. Including that into the wedding makes for such a unique and personal day. Alissa and James’s Chatfield Botanic Gardens wedding is way cute! It feels fresh and like a party should with pops of color and whimsy. And I have to say, Alissa’s bouquet is probably one of my favorites ever!

We met at a church camp in Nebraska in 2008, right before my freshman year of high school started. It was the first night of our camp and I was on a teeter-totter with my best friend when J.W walked over and asked to join me. So after a couple minutes of convincing, I accepted his request. We didn’t even get one full “teeter” in before he jumped me off of the teeter-totter. I went up into the air and hit the middle of the teeter-totter and rolled off. I was so embarrassed it happened in front of so many people! He came over to make sure I was okay and all I could do was hug him and bury my face. It never occurred to me that I was bear hugging a total stranger. I ended up with a large bruise on my arm and the rest of the week I was known as ‘the girl who fell off the teeter-totter”‘and J.W forever gave me the nickname Totter. We have been best friends ever since!

We got engaged on New Years Day (January 1, 2014) on top of Lookout Mountain. It was a very cold and windy day. It didn’t quite go as he had planned. He wanted me to stand on top of this large rock where you could see the whole city of Denver, it really was a beautiful view, but it was so windy I couldn’t stand there long! I started walking down and back to the car when he ran after me and proposed quickly on the path. I felt a little bad because it wasn’t how he planned it, but it ended up being a perfect proposal because it was our moment and a great memory! – Alissa

The Details:

  • As a fun take on a unity ceremony, the couple poured paint onto a canvas as a keepsake.
  • Guests filled jars with money to determine if Alissa or J. W. would “wear the cake”. Spoiler Alert – looks like the groom by a landslide. [Editorial Note: This is WAY more fun than the money dance.]
  • The groom made all of the wooden teeter-totters that adorned the tables at the reception – an obvious nod to how they met.
  • The adorable little succulent favors were ordered in bulk and then wrapped in scrapbook paper and twine. That is an undertaking!
  • They also made the candles and table runners on each table.
  • Alissa’s grandmother sewed the curtains at the ceremony entrance and her aunt made the card box bunting.
  • The bride made all of the signs, ceremony programs, and the photo guestbook!
  • Some store bought items that were further spruced up include the “Who wears the cake?” jars, ring box, card box, and the marquis initials.
  • The bridesmaids carried single, over-sized, paper flowers. 

The Best Part:

My favorite part of our wedding was being at the reception because everything was done and I was able to just be with my new husband and it was great to eat and be with our families! – Alissa

Venue: Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield | Photography: Erika Overholt Photography | Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Gowns: David’s Bridal | Groom(smen) Attire: Macy’s | Hair and Makeup: Beso Hair Skin Laser Spa | Rings: Jared | Cake and Dessert Bar: Whipped Bakery | Floral Design: Sweet Pea Flowers | Rentals: Event Rents | Succulents: The Succulent Source

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Styled Shoot: Double Your Pleasure | One Venue Two Ways

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All photos by Sonja K Photography

The bright, airy ambiance of ultra-modern Windsong Estate in Fort Collins is a wide open canvas for weddings. Clearly the design team on this shoot was doubly inspired because we get to the see the same venue done in two very different ways! Something these setups do have in common is that they are impeccably styled and subtly gleaming with metallic accents. Wedding #1 is bright and colorful with boho touches, handmade wooden tables, and gold embellishments. Wedding #2 is fun and flirty elegance with a high contrast black and white color palette and silver details. Both of these stylized weddings are abundant in floral inspiration with nearly every shot featuring beautiful blooms. A true study in contrasts; the brides show how a red lip can be right at home on a Mucha-inspired bride in lots of lace a floral crown or a modern bombshell with a very clean aesthetic. You have to give it up for the hard work and versatility of these vendors who turned out not one, but two shoots in one day to show how one space can be twice as nice.

Venue: Windsong Estate | Photography: Sonja K Photography | Event Planner: Jolly Events | Rentals: Flexx Productions | Gowns: Encore Bridal | Hair and Makeup: The Glam Concierge | Tuxes: Dora Grace | Floral Design: Ivy Lane Floral Design | Calligraphy: Avo Ink

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Events: Drink & Be Married

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As I’ve mentioned in the past, wedding planning can be a very isolating experience. Your friends and family might not be “there” in their lives and it’s often hard to talk to other people about the craziness of planning today’s wedding. But there is a whole community that cares! Here’s a very different wedding workshop experience. Sit with wedding professionals and other couples as you nosh on good food, have drinks, and discuss what is going on with your wedding planning!

Welcome to the first event in our Drink & Be Married series! A unique and enlightening experience rooted in the exchange of ideas and stories for couples immersed in the planning process for their special day. The Antithesis of the Bridal Show, Drink & Be Married strives to build relationships and support all couples. Join us for appetizers, drink and great conversation about building your dream wedding, whatever that may be!

When: Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Studios at Overland Crossing (2201 S Delaware Street, Denver, CO 80223)

Facebook Event Page | Eventbrite Tickets

Presented By: From the Hip Photo and Brindle + Oak | Catered By: Footers Catering
Graphics Provided By: Whimsy Design Studio | Flowers by: Poppy & Pine

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Wedding Flower Inspiration: Floral Friday

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A true winter delight, these beautiful arrangements feature pine cones and juniper foliage/berries. They also contain red and white roses, white ranunculus, and an unexpected pop of gorgeous clematis. It’s Christmas in July!

Photography: Rayna McGinnis Photography | Floral Design: Love Letters Floral Design.

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Real Colorado Wedding: Erin and Ethan | Lone Hawk Farm Wedding

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Bride: Erin, 28 – Preschool Teacher
Groom: Ethan, 27 – Store Manager
Date: September 28, 2014
Location: Lone Hawk Farm, Longmont

Oh. Man. Culling images for this one HURT! With such great photos and soooo many incredible details, that last 10 images that I had to remove made me a sad panda. Talk about original, warm, and quirky! This Lone Hawk Farm wedding rocks my world. Erin and Ethan seem so legitimately perfect for each other. Even though they had a first look, Ethan looks at Erin when they are standing at the altar as though he’s seeing her for the first time that day – maybe truly for the first time ever. This couple is for keeps! And the photography makes you feel like you are getting glimpses into a person’s memories or daydreams. From the details to the photography to the couple themselves, this wedding is unique and genuine!

Their Story:

We are both from New Mexico. Friends introduced us the summer after high school. We went to a baseball game on our first date, which is funny since neither of us are very into sports. We spent the game chatting about photography and music. We have been together on and off since then, about 10 years. We did long distance three times in those 10 years. We lived together in New York City and then moved to Boulder, Colorado, where we currently reside. Ethan proposed to me at Ojo Caliente, a beautiful hot springs in Northern New Mexico that we have returned to throughout our relationship. Ethan and my sister, Julia, picked out a ring that is perfect for me. It is a delicate and unique damascus steel ring with a small gold square and a small diamond, created by the artist Namu Cho.- Erin

The (Gloriously Not Generic) Details:

  • Erin wore an antique dress that was over 100 years old. It was restored by a tailor to its former glory and worn with a pair of beautiful heels from an Etsy shop. The dress is a family heirloom…but nobody knows who wore it!
  • For the reception, she changed into another beautiful white dress and flats. Both ensembles were so airy and unexpected!
  • Ethan wore a turquoise bolo tie that was gifted by Erin’s father.
  • The bride’s grandfather officiated the ceremony.
  • Erin’s cousins played violin while guests waited for the ceremony. Ethan’s friends (former bandmates) played both the ceremony and reception.
  • In lieu of a traditional cake, they chose a desert table with VooDoo Doughnuts, his and hers robot cakes, and a make your own sundae bar!
  • A quirky food truck provided the catering.
  • The reception featured lawn games and a pinata!
  • A southwestern theme and color scheme were selected by the New Mexico natives.
  • Little pepper plants from Ethan’s work (Trader Joe’s) served at colorful, understated centerpieces.
  • “We worked hard to decorate with simple and elegant crafts that we made ourselves,” explained Erin. The overall effect is very cozy, yet curated and exceptionally personal. Among the projects were:
    • Erin and her sister made the yarn ceremony backdrop and yarn-wrapped branches used throughout the decor. They also made many ojos de dios (“eyes of god”) out of yarn and sticks to display at the reception – another nod to the couple’s shared southwestern background.
    • The bride’s grandmother folded all of the paper cranes that hung at the ceremony altar.
    • We strung these between kraft tags with well wishes, advice, poems, lyrics, and drawings that our friends and family members sent back with their RSVPs,” described Erin. “We loved this piece because it was a way for people to send their love and support, even if they couldn’t be at the wedding.”
    • A friend crocheted the adorable little flowers that were strewn about the reception tables.
  • Something Old: That DRESS! | Something New: Shoes | Something Borrowed: The peach sash she tied around her ceremony dress belongs to her mother | Something Blue: The turquoise ring she wears daily to remind her of home

The Best Part:

Our favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony. We spent a lot of time shaping the content of our ceremony to reflect ourselves as a couple. Both of our parents walked each of us down an aisle and we met at the front. We wrote our own vows and carefully selected music and poems to share with each other and our guests. We incorporated important people in our lives in the ceremony itself and we were married under the kraft tags and cranes that symbolized our community’s well wishes. We incorporated the Jewish tradition of stomping on a wine glass at the end of the ceremony, to honor Erin’s blended family. Her mother’s family is Christian but her father (technically step-father) is Jewish.  The ceremony was truly simple, beautiful, and unique. – Erin and Ethan

The Soundtrack:

  • Processional: “In These Arms” – Swell Season (Performed by Ethan’s friends)
  • Recessional: ” You Are the Best Thing” – Ray LaMontagne
  • Reception Highlights: “Hey Ho” – The Lumineers | “All of Me” – John Legend | “I Want to Grow Old with You” – Adam Sandler (All played by Ethan’s friends)

Venue: Lone Hawk Farm | Photography: Megan Alvarez Photography | Ceremony Dress: Restored by Nina, Tailor Plus (Palo Alto CA) | Ceremony Shoes: BaliELF | Reception Dress: Reformation | Reception Shoes: Seychelles | Rings: Namu Cho via Imec Abq | Ice Cream: Sweet Cow Ice Cream | Doughnut Bar: Voodoo Doughnut | Caterer: RollinGreens | Florist: Boulder Blooms

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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

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I’m sure in your wedding planning you have encountered at least 5 articles like this one. But before you dismiss it, I assure you that this one is different. When I found it on a local photographer’s blog, it resonated with me so much that I had to ask for a co-post! April O’Hare Photography hit the nail on the head with this analysis of the oft overlooked aspects of wedding photography. If you are new to weddings (which nearly every couple is), you probably don’t realize that some of these things are even…things. As a veteran of this industry now, I have seen tens of thousands of wedding photos. And I can honestly say that there are so many nuanced things about photography that I wish rookies to the game could know. A great many of them are included below. I have copied the transcript of the original article below with my editorial notes in grey. I hope that they help you find your ideal photographer!

Questions to Ask Photographers in an Interview

Original article by April O’Hare Photography with editorial notes by A Colorado Courtship Blog

If you are reading this article, chances are that you’re a bride (or groom!) on the hunt for a great wedding photographer.  The search itself is daunting enough but what about when you’ve narrowed it down to your favorites and you’re not sure how best to compare them?  There are a ton of articles on the internet with ideas about what kinds of questions you should be asking your photographer.  Many of them have some good starting questions to ask like “Are you the photographer who will actually be photographing us on our wedding day?”  But, most of these articles don’t really explain what you should be looking for once your shortlist of photographers have each answered all of those questions of the basics to your satisfaction.  Below are some other questions that I think can help you figure out if a photographer is a good match for you.

1.) Ask if you can see some FULL weddings.

Listen, anyone halfway decent with a camera can come up with enough pretty shots to fill a website. [Especially if they aren’t the photographer! Here is an article about photo piracy.]  A website portfolio has been carefully curated and is designed to reel you in with the best of the best photos.  It’s not always a good place to show off an entire wedding for a number of reasons.  One reason being that it’d be incredibly boring to pore over photograph after photograph of other another couple’s family formals.  Still, skimming through a few full weddings from a photographer will give you a better idea of what the true coverage of your wedding will be like.  Your wedding will not be all “highlight shots”!  Go beyond the highlights and ask for a more complete picture of the overall quality of their work.  Which leads me to the next question you should ask your photographer…

[Likewise, a blog shows the highlight reel with careful attention given to creating continuity and showcasing the best a photographer has to offer. Sometimes I get a lot of unusable images! So what you see on a blog – even one that admittedly shares too many pictures like mine – is still not a “full wedding”. Even though things like the family portraits are not “important” for a blog, they will be a very important part of your wedding package. And if you dislike how a photographer poses groups, half the group is squinting or in the shadows, the portraits are heinously under edited compared to the “showstopper” pictures, etc. you need to be aware of that. You should be satisfied with the quality and attention given to all the images. But also be aware that not every image is going to be absolute magic. There are typically only a few of those in a full wedding! Don’t let Pinterest fool you!]

[Photographers: I know some of you loathe this advice because it’s tedious to share albums. Consider having a couple of albums of your best full weddings on your website or photo sharing account like Pass that are only visible to seriously interested clients. Send them the link before they sign. Know that this is where wedding photography is headed and it’s not really that much to ask in a day of Photoshop and fauxtography.]

2.) How do they handle reception lighting?

Ask if you can see photos from your venue or from a similar venue if they’ve never photographed there before.  Good photographs are the result of good light.  You’ll want to find out what your photographer’s photos look like once that pretty sunset light has vanished.  There’s only 1 golden hour on a wedding day (assuming you won’t be using the one at daybreak) and you need a photographer who can produce good photos for you no matter the lighting circumstance.  Not every wedding venue has huge windows with gorgeous natural light pouring in.  What about the dark cave-like venues or reception halls with strange lighting?  While you may love what your photographer can create under beautiful perfect lighting conditions there’s a good chance that your wedding day will have moments when the natural light is not ideal.  Make sure your photographer can supplement their own lighting in those situations.

[I’ve learned that “natural light photographer” can be a big red flag. What it translates to is, “I don’t have the equipment needed to shoot indoors.” I really feel like reception pictures are what separates the men from the boys so to speak. Taking away all sunlight at night can lead to some dismally blurry pictures if not handled well. And even good photographers have different styles of lighting reception photos so pick ones that excite you.]

Dark reception photography, reception lighting, exposing for the subject and background, April O'Hare Photography

“Proper use of off camera flash ensures that the subject looks natural. Improper use of flash can lead to an extremely washed out subject and vacant black background.” – ACC

Dark reception photography, reception lighting, exposing for the subject and background, April O'Hare Photography

“Another great example where off camera flash and ambient light were balanced to properly capture the mood of this scene.” – ACC

Dark reception photography, reception lighting, exposing for the subject and background, Off camera flash, first dance photo, glowing rim, April O'Hare Photography

Left: “Off camera flash behind a couple creates that magical halo of light.” Right: “The dark brick of Mile High Station could easily result in a vacuous background. The amber lighting could also cause the couple to appear yellowed. The combination of flash and ambient light creates this perfect shot.” – ACC

Night shot of wedding venue, Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, blurry people motion photo, April O'Hare Photography

“An artistic, long exposure shot of the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. The movement of the guests is captured as blur with the static details in focus and glowing.” – ACC

Low Light Detail photography, night detail photography, exposing for the subject and the night sky, April O'Hare photography

“Here’s an example of low light photography on a decor element. Proper use of flash allowed for beautiful exposure on both the subject and the sky behind it.” – ACC

3.) Ask them what their approach is to planning the timeline on a wedding day.

Unless you are taking a chance on a newbie, your photographer has probably been to quite a few weddings and has a really good idea of what the flow of your wedding day will be like and the various pitfalls you may face.  Even if you have a wedding planner helping you create a timeline you should always check with your photographer to make sure that the allotted time for your photos will work.   Professional photographers find a way to work within your unique constraints, and it is especially helpful when you share your vision for the wedding day upfront.  You may find yourself being impressed by your photographer when they raise some imaginative solutions to potential pitfalls you hadn’t even thought of. A good photographer will help make sure your day goes smoothly as planned.

4.) What can I expect for the post-processing?

Post-processing is a huge part of the puzzle when it comes to wedding photography.  If you’ve ever wondered why wedding photographers cost so much darn money the answer can generally be summed up in one word:  editing. The work from your wedding day doesn’t end for your photographer at the end of your reception.  After the party’s over it’s time for them to work their magic.  And you need to be sure that you are fond of their particular magic.  If you love clean and classic photos without a lot of faux-film Instagram-style processing it doesn’t make any sense to hire a photographer whose portfolio includes a lot of faded yellow skies does it?  It’s not just about making sure you dig their style though.  Some photographers only deliver a proof version of your photo. Some fully retouch the photos that they put on your sneak peek and some fully retouch X amount of your photos.  And if you are buying the digital files be sure to ask what size they will be.  Some photographers sell digital files that can be printed at any size and others choose to sell digital files for photos to be printed 8×10” and smaller.  It’s a good idea to ask specifics about how much they’ll be retouching your images.*  Ask if you can see some before-and-after pictures.  If they are delivering proofs ask what that means to them.  As much as we love to create beautiful artistic edits for our clients, the truth is that there are thousands of raw shots to sort through after a full wedding day and it’s just not possible to do majestically artistic editing for every single shot taken and delivered.  Every photographer picks and chooses the right photos to spend the most time on to make those special ones really shine.  So be sure to do your homework and find out what your photographer plans to do for your images after the wedding is over.

*[If you are going to want arm flab or a birthmark edited out of every image, expect to pay dearly because that equates to MANY hours of extra work for a photographer. Some photojournalistic photogs won’t even do it on principle.  Others are legitimately terrible at such things in Photoshop and it will show. One of the most obnoxious misconceptions of the digital age is that any old thing can “just be Photoshopped later”. Magazines have separate photographers and retouch teams for a reason. They are two vastly different careers with huge learning curves. And those retouch teams spend many hours on one image to make it look that unrealistic. ;) Conversely, if you don’t want those details of your day to go missing, you should be clear ahead of time.]


5.) Do you click?

This last one isn’t a question to ask your wedding photographer, but a question to ask yourself after you’ve met or chatted on the phone.  It may seem obvious, but it’s important that your photographer is someone that you would enjoy spending a fair amount of time with.  After all, they will be with you for the majority of your wedding day.  You may even spend a few hours with them before the wedding at your engagement or bridal photo session too.  Sometimes you’ll even meet again when you order an album to look at the swatches that are available to you.  Even if you love the work they do, if their personality rubs you the wrong way it’s going to be hard to look past it and enjoy your beautiful photos after the wedding.

[I would like to add a potential #6 here. It’s important to be aware if the kinds of images you will be getting are in keeping with your expectations in terms of subject matter. Many of you may be aware that I found out the hard way that some photojournalist style photographers do not take images of wedding details or allow posed shots outside of the portrait session. If I had asked to look at an album or even really paid attention to his site, I would have noticed that. I did not do my due diligence to ensure that our expectations jived. The blame on that rests solely with me. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with that style, if you frequent wedding blogs and value pictures of your decor, shoes, silly staged photos, etc. then you may be disappointed.] 

[Update 7/22/15 – A very important #7 (this could get out of control) was brought to my attention by Ashley Kidder (Urban Safari and Ashley Kidder Photography) in the comments. Be sure to inquire about their liability insurance! A lot of things can go wrong on that big day.  I’ve heard of photographers who have had their equipment run over, stolen, lost, or malfunctioned. Media cards have a lifespan and can fail without warning. These are important things! Often photographers will also take out insurance for injury, facility damage, and legal recourse policies.]

April O'Hare Photography

April is a Denver based wedding and lifestyle photographer. She has a degree in art (emphasis photography) and 10 years of professional photography under her belt. Her work has been featured in various publications. She’s talented, helpful, and clearly cute as a button.

Renaissance Faire Jousting Proposal

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And now for something completely different than I’ve ever published! Though sadly I have never been to a RenFest myself, I’m absolutely friends with “those” people. I have seen serious dedication to the events with homemade costumes, outlandish makeup, and even custom chainmail – with each link of metal carefully twisted together by hand. But they all pale in comparison the work that this fellow committed to pull off a surprise jousting proposal. His girlfriend would be selected to hold the prize for the jousting competition, completely unaware that the real treasure in that cask was to be her own…

Courtney and Tony have know each other for two years and are the most unique couple I have ever met. Courtney is a permanent make up artist while Tony is a motorcycle riding, comic book loving electrician. When Tony decided that he was going to propose to Courtney, he poured his heart in it and it took him 6 months of secret planning to finally pop the question (and the black diamond ring). For six months Tony learned how to ride a horse and joust, sword fight in a heavy armor and play the part of the “Black Night”. Under the cover of helping his friend with dance lessons for his wedding (this friend was not going to get married, it was all pretend!), Tony spend every week end practicing and had to show Courtney his new (made up) dance moves after long days of rolling in the dirt. Then the big day came and in the tiny town of Wellington, a group of performers gathered for a jousting tournament. Courtney and Tony showed up along with 100 other friends and family members. (Courtney was quite perplexed to see so many people she knew!!) As the fighting and jousting took place, Tony stayed in the audience until Courtney was selected to hold a box that would be the grand jousting prize. She was given the key to the box and was instructed to keep it locked until the remittance of the prize to the winner. Courtney sat with her box as a black knight walked right past her and proceeded to win the tournament. The knight had a very tough time winning as tears (of joy) started to stream down his face as soon as he put his helmet on! At the end, Courtney was led to the podium and opened the box while Tony took of his helmet. There were many more tears shed, both on Courtney’s side and the audience. The rest, as we say, is history and Tony and Courtney are now happily engaged. – Annabelle Denmark Photography

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