Thankfully it's more common now than a few years ago, but having a second photographer at your wedding is of the most important and overlooked pieces of wedding planning. You might have set aside a specific piece of your budget for your photography services, and the photographers you inquire with ask you if you would like to add on a second photographer to your potential package.
I met Erika over a cup of coffee, as I usually do with my clients. It's one of my many love languages, as I talk about often on my Instagram page. Erika had expressed concern that she wasn't sure where to start planning a wedding, so it was important to her to work with vendors who were helpful, informative, and could easily take the reigns. We originally met to discuss their engagement photos (which we took at Cannon Beach on the hottest day of the year), but by the end of the consultation, she had said her decision was made on her photographer...now all she had to do was choose her venue. (Spoiler: she chose a really beautiful one).
Booking your venue is one of the most important parts of wedding planning, but I don't have to tell you! Luxury venues with high demand book two to three years out. In order to help you stay organized, I asked Samantha Struck of StruckSured Events to help create a list of the most important questions to ask a venue before booking. You might be surprised by some of the things you should consider before booking!
On Friday I had the honor of sitting down with Lane' Bigsby of Something Borrowed PDX at her warehouse and asking her my biggest questions for renting furniture and details for upcoming weddings. We talked about the renting process, the biggest wedding trends, and advice she has for couples planning their own 2017 and 2018 weddings.
I'm often asked what I have in mind for my own wedding day. "You see a lot of weddings, and probably know exactly what you want, right?" The truth is, I really don't know! Sure, there are some things I'd love to make sure I include, but I don't really have an actual plan. Where would I get married? Would it be small or big? What time of the year would it be? Who would I hire to be MY photographer?
Six weeks before my client's wedding, I make it a priority to send them an email to review and finalize all of our plans. At the four week mark, many brides are often overwhelmed by finishing tasks, and find themselves frantically asking for help. I've found that the Six week checkpoint is the perfect time to write all finishing tasks, so that when you reach that one-month-until mark, you've completed the majority of your projects and will get to enjoy the last two weeks without having to worry about last minute details.
Wedding Photographers are privileged to get to know a couple and their wedding on a deeper and more intimate level than most vendors. We spend a lot of time in communication over phone and email, schedule frequent consultations, and create timelines together for a more perfect wedding day. It's for mostly this reason, we are often asked "What is YOUR favorite part of a Wedding Day?"