Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Asking Attendants

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Asking Attendants

This one hit close to home recently...my brother is getting married this summer!  And in classic little brother fashion, he just assumed that I would be in the wedding...no asking, discussion or talk.  I had to hear from my Mom that I was in the wedding.  He finally got around to asking if I would be in the wedding after the rest of the fam was giving him crap about it over Christmas (months later).  Anyway, the moral of the story here ladies and gentlemen is to make sure you ask your attendants if they will be in the wedding (don't assume anything)...furthermore make it special somehow and personal to you both!  I mean you are asking them to stand next to you on the big day after all!  For our wedding Jen actually had some super cute laser cut bridesmaids boxes made on Etsy for her attendants and even did one for my Mom that said "Thank you for raising an amazing son, will you be my new Mom?"  

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Ceremony Lighting and Shadows

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Ceremony Lighting and Shadows

When you're deciding on the details of your outdoor ceremony there's something you may not have taken into consideration...the lighting!  The lighting is extremely important not only for the photographs but also the guests and even the couple.  Too often I see shadows on the couple, or worse yet just on one or the other.  I've seen couples crying, not from emotion but from having to stare into the sun.  I've seen guests, blinded not by the beauty of the bride but the glaring sun right in their faces.  The best thing you can do is to try and orient the ceremony so that the entire bridal party is evenly lit by the sun and the guests have their backs to it.  Don't stand directly under a gazebo or tree unless you can ensure even shade throughout.

Fashion Photography Model Portfolio-Chelsea

Fashion Photography Model Portfolio-Chelsea

A few months ago I got the work with Chelsea again to update her model portfolio.  She's always a blast to work with, and seriously the sweetest woman ever!  It was freezing out in Montana so we decided to do a few in the studio using gels and the rest we braved the elements.  The snow created this amazing glow on her face and the killer coat she brought didn't hurt either.  

 

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Transitions Lenses

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Transitions Lenses

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've photographed families at weddings only to have it look like 'Dad' is wearing sunglasses because he's wearing transitions lenses!  This is a HUGE problem especially for outdoor weddings.  As a photographer it's tricky because I have two choices...have them look like Ray Charles or ask them to take off their glasses which often times they wear ALL the time so they don't look like themselves in the photos.  If it's someone who is really close to you and will be in a ton of pictures (groom or Dad) simply ask them ahead of time if they could bring/get another pair of glasses that aren't transitions lenses, or if they have an old pair they don't use that you could pop out the lenses on for the important photos.    

Gina and Troy Winter Wedding At The Daly Mansion

Gina and Troy Winter Wedding At The Daly Mansion

I absolutely LOVED working with this amazing couple and their fantastic family!  Gina must have some serious pull with the Daly Mansion because she as able to convince them to have the first ever wedding INSIDE the mansion!!!  I've shot at the Daly Mansion before but they've always had weddings on the grounds which are beautiful, but never inside this masterpiece of a building.  Gina and Troy are just a gorgeous couple so it made my job extremely easy...gorgeous couple + incredible mansion= wedding magic worth swooning over.  Enjoy this winter wonderland wedding!

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: Wedding Group Shots

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: Wedding Group Shots

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography: Wedding Group Shots. Have you ever tried to take a picture of 250 people at once?!?! Whether your family group shots are a few people or a few hundred there are a few things you can do to help. First off, make sure you move all the shoes, purses, bouquets, etc behind the photographer (not to the side). Secondly, fill in the gaps...if you can't see the camera...the camera can't see you. Finally, just keep smiling and looking at the camera...don't check to see if the person three people down from you is smiling (nothing ruins a shot quicker than people looking in every direction). A good photographer will roll through group shots quickly and effortlessly making sure everyone is entertained through the whole thing. I usually start with the large group (to make sure everyone is there) then peel off people as needed. Even with the biggest family groups these shots shouldn't take more than 40 minutes to take. Love, your friendly neighborhood photographer. :) To see the ultimate list of bride tips, click here: http://www.daxphotography.com/bride-tips/

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: Asking For Discounts

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: Asking For Discounts

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography: Asking For Discounts. I know how expensive weddings can be and fully understand that EVERY bride is on a budget. As a bride you should never be afraid to ask for discounts from your vendors...you never know until you ask and they just might surprise you. One of your best ways to get discounts from vendors is if you have a wedding date that is an off day (i.e. not a Saturday or holiday weekend). If a vendor doesn't have anything booked for a Friday or Sunday they may consider a discount more. Your chances of getting a discount also increase if it's later in the season and they don't have that date booked (i.e. last minute weddings). DON'T tell the vendor that you would like a discount because your wedding will "only be a few hours"...if they book a wedding at a discount for that day they are giving up the opportunity to book that day at full price and probably will say no. DON'T ever tell them it will be great exposure...just don't! DON'T tell them that you can do some of the work (editing photos for example)...a professional wedding vendor takes pride in giving you their best products and services and won't want to jeopardize that. Bottom line is that everything is negotiable and it doesn't hurt to ask but don't be alarmed if the vendor simply says no...they are making a decision based on what's right for their business. www.daxphotography.com

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert:  Smiling During The Ceremony

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: Smiling During The Ceremony

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography-Smiling During The Ceremony. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've seen a wedding party that doesn't smile during the ceremony. No more RBF people!!! This goes for EVERYONE! Remind your wedding party that they NEED to smile during the ceremony! During the entrance it always looks best if the couples entering are smiling and laughing at each other. While standing up during the ceremony, some smiles and glances at family and friends in the crowd is perfect. During the exit smiling and high five'ing the guests in the aisle is wonderful. And let's not forget the couple should be smiling at each other with a few laughs towards the crowd. It should be the happiest time for everyone involved...show it. Love, your friendly neighborhood photographer. www.daxphotography.com

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: The Kiss

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: The Kiss

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography: The Kiss. My best recommendation regarding the kiss at the end of the ceremony is to actually kiss twice! I guarantee that you won't be able to not smile in that moment which is absolutely adorable! If you're going to do a dip make sure it's perpendicular to the crowd. No tongue...period! Take your time up there and revel in the moment. By all means practice ahead of time...photographers orders :) www.daxphotography.com

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: The Guest Book

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: The Guest Book

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Bride Tips from Dax Photography: The Guest Book. As more and more brides get creative with their guest books (thanks pinterest), make sure you have VERY clear instructions on what you want guests to do. At my own wedding we did a fingerprint guestbook where guests were supposed to put their prints in a cluster to look like balloons above a cute drawing I did of a couple...let's just say that didn't happen (not even close). Guests need instructions and maybe even a picture of an example you're looking to create. Bottom line is that the sky is the limit for creativity regarding guest books, just make sure your guests know what to do to create your memento. www.daxphotography.com

Wedding Planning Tips From A Wedding Expert: Size of the Bouquet

Wedding Planning Tips From A Wedding Expert: Size of the Bouquet

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography: Size of the bouquet. This post may be a bit touchy for some of my fellow wedding vendors, but I'll try and be as tactful as possible. I'm seeing a troubling trend with florists and wedding planners...the bouquets are getting HUGE! As a general rule, the bouquet on your wedding day should never be larger/wider than the bride...period! Don't get me wrong they are still beautiful but let's not forget that the bouquet is an accessory for the bride to carry down the aisle. In fact...probably the least important accessory (think family jewelry, etc) and is meant to enhance how she looks the day of her wedding...not be the focus. From a visual perspective if you have a bouquet wider than the bride it naturally makes her look bigger than she really is. Ladies, simple and elegant should always be the rule, plus a smaller bouquet will save you money. www.daxphotography.com

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Guest List Numbers and Percentages

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Guest List Numbers and Percentages

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography: Guest list numbers. Ever wondered how many guests actually attend a wedding if invited?  As a general rule you can expect about 85% of local guests to show and about 55% of out of town guests to attend if invited. Granted that can vary but those are pretty darn good numbers to go by when planning your wedding guest list. www.daxphotography.com

Wedding Tips From a Wedding Expert: Who gives this bride away.

Wedding Tips From a Wedding Expert: Who gives this bride away.

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography: Who gives this bride away? ALWAYS hug your Dad...and Mom for that matter during the part of the ceremony where the officiant asks "Who gives this bride away?" I get it...in that moment all eyes are on you, your heart is racing and you can't take your eyes off of your groom, but just breathe and make sure you hug your parents! It's a small but VERY important gesture to acknowledge how much they've done to help get you to this moment. Enjoy that moment, revel in it, hug it if you will. :) www.daxphotography.com

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: The First Look Is NOT Required!

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: The First Look Is NOT Required!

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography: The First Look IS NOT Required. A first look is when a bride a groom see each other before the ceremony. I've heard from a few brides now who were, let's say pressured, into doing a first look by either their photographer or wedding planner. Despite what wedding vendors may tell you it is NOT necessary to see each other ahead of the ceremony. For me whether you do a first look or not is totally up to you and really doesn't save any time or make things easier in most cases. I LOVED seeing my bride the day of our wedding at the end of the aisle and I wouldn't trade that moment for anything...in fact I encourage couples to do just that; wait til the ceremony. www.daxphotography.com

Vintage Airplane Engagement Session Featured on Montana Bride!

Just had one of my engagement sessions featured by Montana Bride, Inc!  This was the second time that the Missoula Airport/TSA has literally shut down air traffic for us to shoot.  They have been so great to work with and on this one we had the Director of the airport drive us around.  Just as we were starting a gentleman was just parking his vintage Yak-52 and graciously allowed us to use it!  Congrats again to Tim and Meagan!!!!  Check out the feature here: http://www.montanabride.blogspot.com/2015/08/montana-bride-featured-e-session-meagan.html

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: Hair and Makeup Order

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: Hair and Makeup Order

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography: Makeup and Hair order.  The order in which you and your girls get your hair and makeup done the day of the wedding can make a huge difference in the flow and schedule of the day.  I've seen some weddings where they save the bride til last to get her hair and makeup done...DON'T!  Say you have 5 bridesmaids all getting hair and makeup done by the time they get to the bride things are undoubtedly running late (it's a wedding after all) which puts pressure on the hair and makeup people to get done faster and adds stress to the bride in general.  My best advice is to never have the bride go first or last with hair and makeup but rather to have her go 2nd or 3rd.  That way she's done and can relax and if something needs to be touched up it can be done before she leaves the salon.  Not everyone has a photographer that can do hair and makeup ;)  www.daxphotography.com

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Parent Entrance

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Parent Entrance

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography-Parent Entrance.  I often see parents and grandparents being ushered to their seats during the beginning of the ceremony.  Many times this means that the Dad or Grandpa is left to awkwardly walk behind the usher and Mom/Grandma.  This is not only awkward for them but also makes photos of them entering virtually impossible.  I would recommend that unless one of those family members is a party of one or needs assistance, then to let the couples walk in together and let them share that experience.  www.daxphotography.com

Wedding Planning Tips From Dax Photography-Dance Circles

Wedding Planning Tips From Dax Photography-Dance Circles

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography.  Dance Circles.  No...just no!  These are the worst during a reception and yet they always seem to happen.  We've all seen them...it's when all the guests awkwardly circle around someone on the dance floor who has some moves.  But once the person in the center is done doing the worm then it get super awkward.  It breaks up the flow of dancing and makes it super awkward for all the people on the dance floor who don't want to be the center of attention...those who just want to dance and have a good time.  My advice...give instructions to your wedding party to do their best to break them up if they occur.  www.daxphotography.com  

Bride Planning Tips From A Wedding Expert-Nails

Bride Planning Tips From A Wedding Expert-Nails

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography: Nails. Bottom line you NEED to have your nails look amazing the day of your wedding! Whether you get them professionally done or just do them yourself, it's a must. From photos, to everyone asking to see your ring...EVERYONE will see your nails, so make sure they're presentable. Simple elegant is always best...crazy colors and designs just distract.  www.daxphotography.com

Bride Planning Tips From A Wedding Expert-Prints

Bride Planning Tips From A Wedding Expert-Prints

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Bride Tips From Dax Photography:  Prints.  After you get your wedding photos back...get prints!  I don't care if they're large, small, canvas, metallic, etc, etc...just get them done!  My wife and I took 6 months to get some prints made and I'm a photographer!!!  Don't just post them to Facebook or worse yet just leave them on the discs to only be viewed on anniversaries.  Too often I see couples' homes that don't have a single image from their wedding.  If you're looking to save money the best places to use are AdoramaPix and Costco.  Adorama's metallic finish is just beautiful and Costco believe it or not does a pretty damn good job for how cheap their prints are...seriously a 20x30 inch print is only $8.99!   For Canvas prints...CGProPrints simply can't be beat in quality and price!  www.daxphotography.com