Jamie & Michael
These two and their laid back wedding are proof that wedding planning doesn't have to take over your lives leading up to the big day. Michael & Jamie got engaged just a short six months before their chosen wedding date, and managed to pull together all of the details without a hitch. It was simple and clean with a vintage flair, and just a touch of whimsy. I love that all of the little details reflected them as a couple, and all of the decor was simple with a slight ethereal feeling - nothing overwhelming. Clean. Classic.
And those shoes! If you've been following along this summer on my Facebook page, you'll know that I've been obsessed with all of my brides shoes lately, and it's not hard to see why. Blue suede Steve Madden's? Yes, please.
To top it all off, the bride and groom have the most adorable bulldogs, and what photographer doesn't love photographing a squishy face?
Jamie & Michael included a little memory box in their ceremony to be opened in the later years. It's so interesting to see what each couple chooses as a personal touch to add to their ceremony - I've seen Celtic hand-fasting, memory boxes, pouring sand together, and lighting unity candles just to name a few. It totally doesn't matter what you choose to do, or if you choose not to do any of those rituals; your ceremony should reflect you as a couple, and it's becoming more and more common to snuff traditions and go with new, modern rituals that resonate you as a couple and are less about following the norm.
I seriously can't say enough good things about my friend's company, Rustic Rebellion Events & Rentals - she has so many cool props to rent for weddings. Jamie chose a white antique sofa and chair set to rent for her family photos, and we ended up using them for most of the formal shots. If you really aren't sure what you want for your formals, or if you'd like to jazz it up a little bit, even one sofa or chair will do the trick. I just had a couple in my office the other day wondering what kind of props or extras they should be thinking about for their photos: the reality is, I've done entire wedding shoots in a ditch before. Yup. With no props and a whole lot of champagne. Wedding photos can be whatever you want them to be, and I can work with whatever is given to me. Props are just another way to show your personal taste, and let me tell you, grandma and grandpa never complain when they have their very own antique chair to sit on during family photos :)
The moral of the story: if you want props, rent from Rustic Rebellion Events & Rentals. If you aren't sure, don't sweat it. It's all going to turn out exactly as it should.
Only the cutest cake toppers ever! How hilarious that they were able to find two little bride and groom bulldogs to match their little fur babies.
A little nugget of photographer wisdom: It's so important as a client searching for a wedding photographer to make sure you know your photographer can shoot all lighting situations with confidence. Often you'll see photographers list "natural light photographer" on their descriptions, which can sometimes be a red flag. Although I prefer natural light shooting over shooting with flashes, you should always be prepared to use artificial light. I have a good story that is the perfect example! But that's for another blog post :)