Getting married is a process that is filled with oodles of decisions. We recognize it can be daunting. As a husband and wife wedding photography team, it our mission to help engaged couples sift through options and breathe. After all, a wedding is a celebration. We stand beside you and remind you of this along the way.
Early on we began sitting down with clients and what did we see? Deer in the headlights. Lots of blank gazes. When we start talking about the flow of the wedding we realized that for most couples this whole wedding planning world is a new and scary space. We were not speaking their language…yet.
So to break it down we meet with couples over coffee and review our work via our books and tablets. Most couples secure their venue and then find their photographer. So, we come into the picture at the very early stages. This is important because you typically secure your wedding photographer before a planner is even considered.
Couples want to figure out their overall budget. Often times they come to us with a set amount of time they want us to spend at their wedding. To ensure we don’t miss something important or are booked for too long, we like to ask a few questions and sketch out a very crude outline of the wedding day. This sketch has become our best tool. With it we have found that we are able to help couples figure out what they actually need for their day and it helps us ensure that things stay on track.
We realize that reviewing the day of events leads to a lot of procedural questions – it gets the couple thinking. We strongly encourage couples to do what it is they want and expect from their day. We tell them what traditional components are (some don’t know – which really shows how much weddings are changing) and then we share what new and creative ones we have seen over the years. Wedding Wire offers a great perspective on The Top 10 Things You Don’t Have to do on Your Wedding Day.
Our initial meeting provides the chance to get to know one another and allows us to develop a feel for the wedding, the couple’s style and personalities. We start with an estimated wedding ceremony time. From there we can build an outline of the day. Even if the couple isn’t sure, we can develop a very rough timeline. Since we are in the early stages there is plenty of time for refinement.
We stay in contact with our couples and continue to refine the wedding day schedule. We all go into the wedding day very prepared. And the couple gets a custom fit package that meets their every need.
As the wedding plans progress we coordinate with a variety of wedding vendors. We will have more on this in an upcoming blog that highlights the whole vendor/day of process!
We are currently booking consultations 2016 and 2017 weddings.
As Seattle area wedding photographers we get to visit amazing wedding venues in Washington and beyond. Wedding venues that offer a mix of outdoor and indoor spaces are the most flexible for couples – and they offer the most diverse backdrop for your wedding day photos. Kalley and Eric were married at Green Gates at Flowing Lake in Snohomish, Washington.
This venue has a fantastic open bluff that overlooks the Cascade Mountain Range and shoreline. The reception was held in the open air covered barn structure that, once night falls, literally glows with rustic romantic twinkly lights.
At every turn the venue offers great photo opportunities. The owners have put a lot of thought into making sure that there are many vantage points for wedding pictures. We were even given help in hoisting Kalley’s dress up for just the perfect setting.
The event went off without a hitch. We coordinated our photo schedule with the couple’s wedding planner Jennifer of Elements NW Events and Weddings so we were all on the same page for the days’ anticipated events. The wedding details were rustic and romantic. The tablescapes included dahlias and a mix of in season flowers set atop marvelously rustic tree platters.
Looking for a different twist on your wedding cake? Kalley and Eric have a love of brownies so they opted for a tower of brownies with all the fixin’s on the side. There was also a decadent candy buffet that the adults frequented more than the children.
Congratulations to Kalley and Eric! We absolutely loved your wedding and are so glad we could be part of the day.
Photography – Firstlight Photography
Planning & Coordination – Elements NW Events and Weddings Jennifer Vandeventer
Venue – Green Gates at Flowing Lake
Spirits – BevMo
Catering – Barry’s Catering
DJ – “Nick at Night” Nick MacDonald
Transportation – Rainier Limousine