5 Things I would Redo if I Got Married Again: Personalization

Welcome to this 5 week blog series on the things I would re-do if I got married again.  It’s been 9 years since I got married and when I look back at my wedding day, there’s not much I would change.  Everything went as planned and it was a super fun and smooth day.  Although, now that I’m on the other end of the camera, there are a few things I would do different that would enhance our images.

If you missed previous posts in the series, check them out here:
5 Things I Would Re-do if I Got Married Again- First Look
5 Things I would Re-do if I Got Married Again- Engagement Session
5 Things I would Re-do if I Got Married Again- Makeup Artist


Add Personal Touches

When I got married nine years ago Pinterest wasn’t around yet. So I didn’t have tons of ideas on how to personalize my wedding like all these creative and unique ideas I see at weddings lately. If I could get married again I would add more personal touches to my wedding day. Even if it’s just the little things.

Invitation. One thing I would do is create invitation that would show all our guests what they can expect for the wedding. The invitation is the first little taste they will be getting of the color theme that you chose for your day. There are graphic designer’s out there that will create your invitations to match your vision. I would personally go a step further and create some fun save the dates using engagement pictures. These are so fun and I guarantee they will put a smile on your guests faces when they open them!

Guest Book. Another thing I would do is have a custom guestbook. At my wedding we had a book that had papers with lines. Guests just signed their names and that was it. I would have loved to have an album that not only showcased our engagement pictures but also left room for guests to leave a little note for us. Our guestbook ended up in a drawer somewhere after the wedding. If I had one of these I would definitely display it in my home.  Check out the end of this blog post to see a custom guest book.
I loved this guest book the bride made herself!  She took an old book, painted over the typed words, and then hand wrote out their love story through out the pages.  She added pictures of her and her fiancé and also pictures of her bridal party and that was their designated page to sign!  Such a fun and unique idea!

Ceremony programs. I love going to weddings and seeing ceremony programs that let me know the order of events and bridal party names (I love it when things are organized!).  You can keep these as simple and clean as you like or you can get creative. I have a feeling Pinterest will have tons of ideas…

Thank you notes. When I sent out thank you notes, they were all handwritten on a blank card. I love the idea of a handwritten, personalized note sent to each guest that attended my wedding, but I would’ve loved to personalize it even more by adding wedding pictures. Majority of your guests are probably anxious to see pictures from your wedding day so sending them a card that is designed with your favorite images is perfect! This can even be designed with blank space to allow you to write your personalized message. Side note: when I sent my thank you notes, one of my mom’s cousins commented that she loved that her thank you note was written just for her and it wasn’t a general thank you that went out to everyone. So take it from my experience, that your guests will feel special opening a note from you that has your wedding day images and a personalized note.

Signature drink/cocktail.  I saw these at a wedding and it’s something I would have personally never though of doing!  But I love it.  You can create your own drink for all your guests to enjoy!

As I read through this post I realize that just about everything I would incorporate has to do graphic design! Before I was a photographer I was a graphic designer so that’s probably why I think those things would add fun personalized touches to a wedding. But I know there are some creative people and wedding planners out there that will have even more ideas on how to personalize your wedding day and incorporate your personalities!

Josh & Elena {Soho 63 Styled Shoot}

 

I had so much fun putting this styled shoot together!  It was everything I wanted it to be.  I was going for something modern and fashion forward.  I looked everywhere for a venue with clean white walls to help give that editorial look I was going for.  I was so excited when I found Soho 63 in downtown Chandler!  It’s such a fun and gorgeous venue that had everything I was looking for.  And the staff is amazing to work with!

For hair I wanted to stay away from “traditional” but still have a beautiful bridal look.  So I decided to do a fun faux hawk.  I absolutely loved how it turned out.  Charly from Babydoll Weddings, styled the hair and she is an up-do genius!  Amanda, also from Babydoll Weddings, did the amazing makeup!  I told her I was wanting a more smokey eye, but still classic and she delivered!  The makeup turned out so beautifully!

I was able to go to Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique and pick out the perfect gown!  I was wanting something a little more form fitting but still had some “va va voom” and this Kitty Chen gown was the perfect one!

For florals, I wanted something bright and colorful with unique and different flowers.  I told Hoot & Holler what I was going for and she created this amazing bouquet and boutonniere.  I love the pop of color against the white venue.

I have to give a big shout out to all the vendors I listed above!  I could not have done it without them!  They are some of the best in the business!  And of course, my fantastic models, who nailed this shoot and were so amazing to photograph.  They were absolutely perfect and I loved having them in front of my camera!

5 Things I Would Re-do if I Got Married Again: Makeup Artist

Welcome to this 5 week blog series on the things I would re-do if I got married again.  It’s been 9 years since I got married and when I look back at my wedding day, there’s not much I would change.  Everything went as planned and it was a super fun and smooth day.  Although, now that I’m on the other end of the camera, there are a few things I would do different that would enhance our images.

If you missed previous posts in the series, check them out here:
5 Things I Would Re-do if I Got Married Again- First Look
5 Things I would Re-do if I Got Married Again- Engagement Session

 

Hire a Professional Makeup Artist
These past few years I have come to realize just how valuable professional makeup artists are! I’ve had the privledge of working with some amazing ones! If I could plan my wedding again I would hire professional makeup artist. On my wedding day I did my own make up. I don’t even remember why I decided to do it on my own but I did. I remember practicing every day for weeks before my wedding to make sure I could do it how I wanted. But now that I have worked with some amazing make up artist’s, I’ve learned their skills and talents are so valuable! Here’s why I would hire a professional:

1. They know how to accentuate facial features.

2. The make up will last all day.

3. The bride will be feel pampered.

1. They know how to accentuate facial features.
Let me dive into some more details. Makeup artists know how to accentuate features and not only that, they know the right amount of make up to apply that will look amazing in natural light (where majority of wedding pictures will be taking place). Make up artists know how to contour and how to define cheekbones. They know how to accentuate your eyes and make them shine even brighter. They know how to apply eyeshadow for your particular eye shape. There’s so many things they know how to do that will enhance your natural beauty and not cover it up, from the brushes they use to the products they choose.  Not only do they know the technique, but they know the perfect amount to put on as well.  Have you ever done your make up, thinking it was on point, took a picture of yourself and when you looked at it looked like you didn’t have any makeup on, when clearly you did?!  Happens to me all the time.  Makeup artists know the perfect amount that will be beautiful and will still look like you and also look amazing in photos.

2. The make up will last all day.
Another thing that I noticed when I photograph someone who had their makeup professionally done as opposed to someone who did it themselves, is their make up lasted longer. I noticed their mascara wasn’t running, their foundation looked fresh, their lips were still colored.  I contribute that to two things- a makeup artist who knows what they’re doing and one who uses high-end quality makeup. Oh and don’t forget the lashes! All makeup artists that I have worked with always apply false lashes.  Jessica even trims them to fit each particular eye shape.  Lashes are like the cherry on top of an ice cream sunday, something little but it makes a huge impact in making the bride’s eyes pop in photos.

3. The bride will be feel pampered.
The last reason to hire professional makeup artist, in my opinion, is so you can be pampered on your wedding day. It’s your (and your fiancé’s) day and it’s okay to take a little time on your wedding day to sit down and be pampered with hair and makeup! Remember when I got married and I was practicing for weeks leading up to my wedding day?  What a relief it would have been to let go of that responsibility and give it a professional who knows what they’re doing! Then when wedding day finally comes all you have to do is show up and let the pros take care of the rest!

I have worked with some amazing makeup artists who also do hair check them out:
Babydoll Weddings
Jessica Fierro

 

 

Patrick & Chazilyn- Styled Shoot {Phoenix Wedding Photographer}

Recently I put together some styled bridal shoots.  I love them because I am able to pick out and plan every detail.  Even though that can get a bit overwhelming, it’s still such a blast to see all the pieces come together.  For this shoot I wanted to do a more natural, earthy, but with a touch of glam.  So I knew The Desert Botanical Garden would be the perfect location!  I couldn’t have done it without some amazing people!  Florals by Hoot & Holler.  Dress from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique.  Hair and makeup by Jenny Brown.  And of course this beautiful couple, Patrick and Chazilyn.

5 Things I Would Re-do If I Got Married Again: Engagement Session

Welcome to this 5 week blog series on the things I would re-do if I got married again.  It’s been 9 years since I got married and when I look back at my wedding day, there’s not much I would change.  Everything went as planned and it was a super fun and smooth day.  Although, now that I’m on the other end of the camera, there are a few things I would do different that would enhance our images.

If you missed previous posts in the series, check it out here:
5 Things I Would Re-do if I Got Married Again- First Look

Do An Engagement Session

When I got married we didn’t have our wedding photographer take engagement pictures of us.  Having her take them would have been nice for two reasons:

1. To get comfortable with our photographer
2. To have a variety of images for invitations, guestbooks and save the dates

As a photographer, I feel so strongly about the importance of engagement sessions.  I was talking with a colleague the other day about engagement sessions and her and I like to think of the engagement session as the second date in our client/photographer relationship.  Our first date was the initial consultation where we spent time getting to know each other.  The second date (engagement session) we are already acquainted with each other, so we can pick up where we left off.  We will be able to get to know each other even more during the engagement session.  This helps create trust between us and that trust helps create ease and comfortability when you’re in front of my camera on your wedding day.  When our third date (wedding day) comes, you will hopefully be more comfortable with me than our first date, which will help you to relax and that will translate through to the images.  After all, I will be with you the majority of the wedding day, so having a photographer you know and trust is always a plus, especially since I’ll be the person in the room documenting the bride slipping into her wedding dress!

Engagement sessions also help the guys to relax and get comfortable being in front of the camera.  From what I hear, most guys aren’t super excited to get pictures taken whether it’s the engagement session or the wedding.  Doing the engagement session helps the guys see that I strive to make this an easy, enjoyable and painless time.  So many times after a session I have heard from the guys “That wasn’t bad” or “Thanks for making that painless”.  So now that they experienced being in front of my camera for engagement pictures, they will not dread “picture time” on the wedding day because they already know what to expect.

The second reason I love engagement sessions is so you can have images to create some fun and unique things for your wedding!  Some of my favorites are guestbooks and save-the-dates.

I love this guest book!  It’s custom designed with lots of white space to give your guests room to sign something more personal than just their name.  When I got married, we just had a book with lines in it, nothing fancy or cute like this!  If I had this, I would totally display it in my home!

These save the dates are fun too!  A custom designed card using engagement images… your guests will love opening the envelop and seeing your faces!

Want to see some cute engagement sessions?  Check out these ones:
Josh & Megan at Papago Park
Anthony & April in Downtown Phoenix
Dallas & Emily in Downtown Tempe

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