A gorgeous, warm and sunny June wedding day was just made more fabulous for the awesome and oh so in LOVE bride and groom. Rick with his laid back, fun and kinda silly wonderful sense of humor kept Tammy, myself and the whole wedding party laughing all day! Bethany with her precise perfection and eye for lovely detail made the day even more smooth and beautiful!
Rick and Bethany met while working together 5 years ago and Rick was hooked immediately to his lovely lady and her 3 amazing children. A true romantic, Rick surprised Beth with a sweet proposal at a luxury hotel filled with rose petals and the ultimate gentleman gesture of getting down on one knee to ask her to spend their lives together! Awwwwww..... right!!?!!! :)
Thank you to Rick and Bethany and their entire family for allowing Tammy and I to capture their fabulous day!
Such a fun and fabulous birdal party!!! :)
Can't you just feel their love :)
Proud Mom and her gorgeous girls!
Mr. Junior Groomsman had a thing or two to say :)
A few details... isn't that ring AWESOME!!!
Special thanks and photography credit to the best second shooter and assistant out there.. Tammy Gock :D
There are many important factors to choosing your wedding photographer.
The first thing you need to determine is whether or not you like the images that a particular photographer has to show you. You should look up and view at least 5-10 different photographers’ work online and narrow it down to3 or 4 individuals who you will interview. It is definitely important to be intrigued or excited by the images a photographer shows you but this is not always the deciding factor. What is?.......
Most importantly is the personality of the individual who you will hire and invite as a guest to your wedding.
Personality. Now that you are meeting with the photographer face to face, the question you have to ask yourself is: Do I like this person? Do I feel comfortable with this person? Will my friends and family like him or her? Would I invite him or her to my wedding?
Personality and character may not be the first thing you judge when
interviewing a potential photographer but it is always a common thread that
influences the final decision. You have to really like AND trust the person who will be capturing your wedding images. You could find the best of the best wedding photographers, but if he or she bugged you in anyway and you are not totally honest with yourself, the only person who is going to suffer is you. The bottom line is, if you don’t like your photographer for any reason your wedding images and your memories or going to be reflected upon as if looking into a tarnished mirror.
The second and almost as equally important as personality is the photographers eye; the way he or she sees and captures the wedding day. This unique trait separates one photographer from the next. It is “the photographer’s fingerprint” no two are the same.
A photographer can copy another photographer’s style, but the fact is no two
photographers see the same way. When looking at different photographer’s work,
take notice of how and what they see. Do the images move you? Are they unique or different or do they look like every other photographers work you have looked at. Are they emotional? Do they tell a complete story? Are they artistic and
creative? Are they real? Do the people look comfortable? Finally, out of all
the photographers you met with, whose images did you gravitate towards the most and why? Usually, the answer to these questions will tell you who the right
photographer is for you.
Finally, the last deciding factor is usually Cost.
You spend hours if not days of your time interviewing photographer after photographer and now you have found the perfect one for you. Their images are amazing and he/she is the greatest person ever! However, your inner voice picked someone who is more than you budgeted for. What do you do?
Ask yourself a few important questions. After the wedding is over, what am I
going to have left? Answer: Your pictures. Everything else is going to be forgotten and only remembered through your photographs.
According to many different surveys I have researched, the
number one regret married couples had is that they wished they would have
invested more money on their wedding photography.
When the music is over, the food is gone, and flowers are dead, your wedding pictures are the only thing left to bring back those memories and the irony is that most people spend more on flowers or food than their wedding photography. It is your photos that will help you remember all those details years later.
Your wedding album will last long past your wedding day and then passed down to your children and grandchildren. If your wedding pictures are important to you, don’t you think wedding photography should be a place in your budget where you give priority too?
Shopping for a wedding photographer is like buying a house; you get
what you pay for.
In both cases the purchase and decision to buy is based on emotion. Buying a little more than you can afford is always a wise investment that you won’t regret as long as you have put in the time to find the perfect one for you. With that said, it doesn’t mean there are not ways to get the most for your dollar. One way is to buy all albums and products you might want up front as part of a package instead of buying a-la-cart afterwards. Another way is make sure you understand what it will cost before AND after the wedding.
Sometimes a photographer’s packages appear to be less expensive at first glance,
then after the wedding you get hit with add-ons you did not expect such as over
time fees, more expensive re-prints or additional album design charges. Then
you end up spending more money than you would have with a photographer who first appeared to have been more expensive but everything was included in his
Don’t make the mistake of weeding out photographers because you called or
emailed and asked for prices and then crossed them off your list because they
exceed a certain dollar amount that you determined photography should cost.
Calling on the telephone and price shopping won’t give you the same
education as actually meeting the photographer in person or having a face to
face conversation via Skype if your not in the same town.
Wouldn’t you feel better knowing you spent a little more on your wedding
images because you loved your photographer and your wedding photographs were so amazing that you wanted them all in your album VS. getting less than you
imagined and end up spending more than you dreamed.
Yay! After some technical difficulties, my BLOG is back up and running! I am soooo very behind and have many new posts to share!
Lets start with Crystal & Stephane's Hawaiian styled wedding. This was a warm and loving family affair, with many family members traveling into Prince George from all over Canada. The ceremony was held in the beautiful Easters Inn indoor garden area, with the bride and groom saying "I DO" in front of the lovely gazebo, while the waterfalls splashed beside them.
Crystal remembers the day Stephane popped the question, "It was Valentines day and I was sleeping, when Stephan called me to come downstairs. I argued with him that I did not want to get out of bed, but after him pleading so stubbornly, I got up and sleepily stumbled downstairs. At the bottom of the stairs was a dozen beautiful red roses, as I picked them up Stephan popped out from around the corner, grabbed my hand and a little teary eyed, got down on one knee and asked me to Marry him!"
All day the bride was so relaxed and not showing a worry in the world. The morning started out with the bride and her five bridesmaids having their hair styled beautifully by the lovely staff at Trendsetters Salon and Spa. Then off to the brides Aunty's house for makeup, finishing touches and the dresses! The awesome, brightly colored bridesmaid dresses were all hand made by the brides grandmother!
Even though they were running a few minutes late the bride stayed calm and cool on the way to the ceremony, but as the limo pulled up the excitement and emotions came out. After a few quick, beautiful tears, the bride was calmed by her supportive sister and it was all smiles the entire rest of the day! Congrats Crystal and Stephane, enjoy your Happy Ever After!
I am so lucky to work with such laid back couples for my weddings this year! And Mr and Mrs D were definatley that! No bridezillas here. :) Jen was soo very calm and relaxed and just enjoying her wedding day. Nothing seemed to bother her and I was very impressed with both the bride and grooms chill and happy attitude all day long, even as I pushed to do more and more photos! The lovely mother of the bride laced up Jens gorgeous dress, a quick makeup touch up from sister, the girls grabbed their beautiful hand tied rose bouquets and off we went to the ceremony. The ceremony was simple, quick and perfect!
Many loving family photos, a few fun wedding party shots, then it was time to PARTY and celebrate the love and commitment of the fun loving couple and their gorgeous, almost 2 year old, Aiden. The reception was intimate with close friends and family, held in the fantastic hall at Rowdy's Pub. (The brides sister owns the pub) The food was delicous, the cake beautiful (made by a close friend) and the mini candy bar set it all off! An amazing DIY wedding, hats off to the couple and all the friends/family whom put it all together! Congratulations Jen and Adam. May your love be happy ever after!
The show stopper! Little Aiden was the cute entertainment all day long! :)