You've been planning this day for quite some time now. Putting your energy into this one day. We've talked about the time line and what you want photographed - but what is going to happen during the day? Keep reading to see how your day will play out (there are times where we have to change a few things, but don't worry, I'll be there to make sure your day goes smoothly as possible!)
When I arrive, I like to start with detail photos. Your gown, shoes, jewelry, perfume, bouquet, etc. You spend so much time and money getting all the little things together that they deserve their time to shine! Once everyone is dressed, they will help you get your dress, shoes, and jewelry on. Be sure to eat and drink water (I know, I sounds like a Mom, what do you expect?!) It's going to be a long day and I just want to make sure everyone is okay.
I love doing first looks, it is your 1st intimate time before you two say "I Do!" This part is all you and your almost Husband! We talk about he is going to turn around but the rest is all you! This typically lasts about 10 minutes - then we go on to the bridal and family photos. I like to schedule them before the ceremony so you two can enjoy your cocktail hour.
We'll arrive before your ceremony starts to get the details. All you have to worry about is saying your "I Do's!" We'll capture everything from when you get there till when you exit the ceremony space! From then, we will be going to the reception space to start photographing there.
Bridal Party & Family Photos
The bridal and family photos are typically done after the first look. Both normally last about 15-20 minutes. First, we'll get the whole bridal party together and then we'll separate the sides to photograph each party. Then, we'll get the families together. We'll have a list so we make sure no one is missed!
Before your guests enter, we get the details in the reception space. This is another favorite time of the day - because this is when the party starts! All the planning and stressing (Yes, it's true. And if you're reading this, please take time for yourself to chill!) is done and now its finally time to have fun (not that we weren't already!)
It all starts when your bridal party enters! Then all eyes on the newlyweds! First dance, parent dances, then let the party begin! We'll be there to capture everything. From cake cutting to all the break dancing! If you decide to, we'll go out when the sun is setting to get a few more photos of you and your husband/wife! After that, we are pretty much done for the day. It will be a long day, but we will have so much fun!
One of my best friends is finally marrying the man of her dreams! I have known Samantha and Jarrett since high school so when she asked me to photograph their wedding I was so excited! Yes there were some tears but all happy tears! As soon as I got there, I could feel the love in the air. All their planning has finally paid off for this one day. I wish them all the best in their next chapter!
Noel is best friends with Jessica (who makes all of our cakes!!) So I was excited when she first messaged me saying she wanted me to photograph her wedding. The day started out at Noel's house then we ended up in Beachwood for their first look. Tim was so nervous but quickly calmed down when he saw his Bride! We had some fun on the dock with their bridal party. Their ceremony was at the same venue as their reception - which is always a plus! The weather could not be any better! Sunny and warm for September. The details were rustic but classic. Everyone had such a great time - thank you for letting me capture this new chapter in your life!
Sarah + Alex :: Married :: Stroudsmoore Inn, PA :: NJ Lifestyle Photographer :: Krista Marie Photography
Sarah and Alex got married on a gorgeous day in April at the Stroudsmoor Inn in Stroudsburg, PA. When they told me where their wedding was going to be in the Poconos - I instantly knew this was going to be one of my favorite weddings to photograph! It was very elegant but you couldn't get away from those rustic details. The weather could not have been more perfect!
Sarah looked stunning in her gown and Alex was very dapper in his tuxedo. You could just feel the love between these two! Their ceremony was overlooking the mountains and the view was breathtaking. The couple danced and talked the day away with friends and family. I wish you two all the happiness this life has to offer. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Rosemblat!
My bridal shower at Victoria on Main in Toms River, NJ was such a lovely time with friends and family. This bed and breakfast also serves tea with delicious scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts. I love the vintage decor - one of the reasons why I picked this place! My mother and bridesmaids helped make my shower a special day for me. I really felt like a bride and I was able to just relax and have a great time. I am extremely grateful for those that could attend - and I know a few that would be there if it weren't for life getting in the way. Although it was supposed to be a surprise - I figured out right away when a close friend asked me to go to her "belated birthday party" at the place where I wanted my bridal shower to be! I was still excited and loved every minute of the day. I can't thank my mom enough for putting this all together. Also, my bridesmaids went above and beyond to make the day special!
I hope you all found my last blog post helpful - here is the link if you missed it
How to put together a Wedding Planning Notebook
Before I was engaged I was looking on Pinterest for ideas weddings in general. I came across this one link that lead me to making this binder idea. I thought to myself that this was such a get way to keep everything in one place. Now I can't take the credit for this but I do want you to have this binder in your life!
I did change a few things that fit better with my wedding planning. You may also have to do the same - which I think is better so you don't have unnecessary pages.
Supplies I used:
Binder, folder, page dividers with tabs to write on, notebook, clear zip pouch, pen
Categories I have:
Important - vendor contact list, bridal contact list, timeline, emergency kit check list
Budget - I have worksheets that helps me keep track of how much the cost is
Ceremony - contracts, officiant contact info, music, decor, program, save the date/invite
Reception - timeline, music, decor, set up, menu, beverage, favors, food/cake, speeches
Guests - accommodations +guest list tracker
Attire - makeup/hair/dress for bride and bridesmaids, attire for groom and groomsmen
Photography - photographer contact info + contract
Florist - florist contact info, worksheet, contract
Miscellaneous - registry info + honeymoon travel details
I also have a clear zippered pouch that I hold business cards, pen, and anything that I get that is important. I also made envelopes for tip money and have them in there as well. This is such a great idea to hold the little things instead of putting them in the folder where they can fall out and get misplaced easily.
Tip money envelopes
I thought this would be such a great way to know in advance who you will be tipping. Inside the envelope I wrote on a little piece of paper how much it costs me and how much the tip should be. That way I know how much I have and how much I have yet to put in. Then come wedding day, just remember to take out the piece of paper and give the envelope to hair stylist/makeup artist/photographer/etc.
Very stress free!!
Other than figuring out what fits your wedding the best, my job seems to be done for today! I hope you enjoyed this blog and I highly recommend you do this. If you guys have done anything different that has worked for you, please comment below!
Hey everyone -
I have decided that I wanted to start blogging! How awesome is that?! I have a few topics that I am going to be talking about. Read below to find out :)
Engagements + Weddings - but not just about what I photograph. I am planning my own wedding for next July and I thought what a better way than to help those brides who may not know where to look for ideas or where to even begin! I will update the blog every step of the way - photos will be included!
Contests + Giveaways - who doesn't love them?! When I have anything dealing with this topic I will post about them on my blog. So be on the look out! :)
Photos from sessions - whenever I have a session or wedding, I will post them here. I can't wait for you all to see the amazing photographs taken so I will try my best to have them up as soon as possible.
Daily Life - now I wont post everything about my life here - but I will post the special moments. I want everyone to see what goes on behind the lens and to see who I really am (this will include my furbabies as well - they are a huge part of my life and I want to share them with you guys).
Last but not least - Business - when something awesome happens within Krista Marie Photography - you guys will be the first to know! I have so many amazing things planned and I can't wait to get it all in motion.
If there is something you want me to blog about - just let me know and I will certainly make time for it :)
I hope you all enjoy my blog ideas because I am so excited to be starting this!!
Here is a collection of my blogs. I hope you all enjoy!