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Allison and Luke Wedding

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Allison and Luke Wedding

Allison and Luke's wedding was worth the wait...it was held at a gorgeous private residence (bride's Mom's home) down the Bitterroot situated on the banks of the river with mountains framing the skyline.  Allison's dress had every little detail you could possibly imagine!  Luke looked amazing in his suit and decided to take off the baseball cap that appears to be permanently attached every other day!  Their wedding could not have been more perfect!

You can view the highlights of the day below.  If you're having trouble click on this link:

https://daxphotography.pixieset.com/allisonandlukewedding/

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Winter (Spring in Montana) wedding in Red Lodge Montana

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Winter (Spring in Montana) wedding in Red Lodge Montana

This couple has to be the sweetest couple ever!  Their wedding was simply gorgeous and the weather cooperated just enough for them to get some AMAZING photos!  And don't even get me started on the vows...Sarah's vows to their little boy had everyone in tears!  PS if you get a chance go check out Red Lodge it's a super cute town in the middle of nowhere with some great restaurants (one even introduced us to Brown Sugar Bourbon!)

 

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Montana Destination Wedding

Montana Destination Wedding

This adorable couple came up from Arizona...they wanted a Montana destination wedding.  For months Paige kept mentioning that she wanted snow capped peaks in the background of her images.  Boy did she ever get it.  Such an amazing couple who got the background of her dreams in her wedding photos!

Winter Wonderland Wedding

Winter Wonderland Wedding

We got dumped on with snow the night before the wedding which made for an AMAZING winter wonderland background.   This wedding was simply gorgeous...down to the hand grown wheat that was incorporated in each silverware bundle.  Congrats again to this gorgeous couple!  Thanks for trudging the 4ft of snow with me!!!

 

Wedding Planning Tips From an Expert-Placement of the Ceremony

Wedding Planning Tips From an Expert-Placement of the Ceremony

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You need to be cognizant of two main things when deciding on placement of the ceremony...lighting and distractions. I'll cover lighting in another tip in more detail. The important thing is to make sure you don't have distractions behind you either while you're standing up there during the ceremony or the one EVERYONE forgets is at the beginning of the aisle. When the bride walks in it's imperative that the background as she walks in is clear of any distractions (buildings, road signs, kegs, guests, etc etc etc)! I can't tell you the number of things I've had to edit out of "entrance" photos. Most photographers will shoot from the end of the aisle looking back to capture the faces of the wedding party and family as they enter. No one remembers to make sure that angle is clear from distractions. So remember, as you walk down the aisle towards your future make sure what's behind you isn't a cluttered mess! To see all my bride tips visit www.daxphotography.com

Wedding planning tips from a wedding expert-Addressing checks

Wedding planning tips from a wedding expert-Addressing checks

Make sure to politely/tactfully remind your guests to properly address checks using your maiden name or to use the word "OR" not "AND" when filling them out. (I.e. Make payable to Mr. OR Mrs Smith). Some banks will make it very difficult for you to cash these after the wedding, especially if you haven't changed your name yet (may even require proof of marriage).

Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert-Asking Attendants

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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?"  

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

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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.

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Gina and Troy Winter Wedding At The Daly Mansion

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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!

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Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: Wedding Group Shots

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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/

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Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: Asking For Discounts

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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

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

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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

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Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: The Kiss

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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

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Wedding Planning Tips From a Wedding Expert: The Guest Book

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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