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How To Have More Fun At Your Wedding

It has been a pleasure capturing many once in a lifetime moments, through the lens of my trusty camera over the years.  Witnessing on so many occasions, the act of two people saying their vows and beginning their journey of a life together has truly touched my heart and soul.  Each wedding I shoot has had its very own intimate love story to tell. How lucky am I to have been the one chosen to help capture these “once in a lifetime moments”!


Being a part of so many different couple’s experiences, I’ve seen firsthand the details that can make a wedding unforgettable!  In all of the weddings I have photographed and been involved with, there is one key ingredient that seems to make certain ones stand out more than the rest!  FUN… Yes, fun!

I mean, how can you forget a memory that brings a smile to your face each time you think of it right? Exactly!  To make the most out of your special day and to create some funny memorable moments, I’ve made a list of how to add more fun to your wedding!

Look at your reception from a different point of view…

The chances are really good that you already know how to throw a great party, one that’s fun for you and your people.  Now, I can’t tell you what your perfect entertainment recipe is, since ideas of fun are not universal. Some people might love the idea of dancing their socks off to hip-hop, while others might have a completely different vibe and style.  The trick is to figure out what makes you love a party, and then try to somehow incorporate that into your wedding.

The people…

The absolute most important element of your wedding is the people.  However, for some reason, your guest list also happens to be the one thing that the wedding industry will tell you to cut first.  It’s hard to get the idea out of your head of cutting your guest list down after hearing it over and over a thousand times. But when you walk away from a wedding, you ultimately think about the conversations you had, the people you caught up with, and the vibe of all those amazing folks in one room.  Trust me, it won’t be the decorations you are talking about a week later… So no matter how big or small your wedding ends up being, think of the people first, and make everything else secondary on your list.

Take care of your guests…

There is something a little vulnerable about arriving at a wedding where you don’t know many people, and wonder what your next few hours of your life will be like in the hosts’ hands.  Your hope is that they will feed you well and place you sitting next to a nice group of people, but you never quite know. Just as there are many weddings, there are also many ways to take care of your guests.  You could provide welcome notes at the hotel everyone is staying at, a way for guests to get to know each other (like name tags with a note about how you know each person). Or you could provide a seating chart with a small explanation about who your guests are.  Another kind gesture would be to have a basket of flip flops near the dance floor for your guests. This small detail shows your guests that their comfort is important to you, not to mention their feet might appreciate getting out of those high heels for a bit!

Balance is key

When putting together your wedding, the goal is to have a balance of what you love, as well as what your guests will like.  When it comes to music for instance, that might just mean mixing some of the songs and styles of music you’re into, with a variety of styles your guests like!  

Let people know what to expect…

Surprisingly, the majority of guests are good at “rolling with the punches” so to speak, as long as they know what they’re getting into up front.  For instance, if you only plan on serving cake and punch at the reception, let them know ahead of time, on the invite. This way they’ll be prepared and come with a full stomach but also ready to have a great time!  Use your invitations or wedding website (if you have one), and word of mouth to let people know exactly what kind of party they’re in for.

Feed people on time..

If there was one very important rule to not forget for every wedding no matter what, it would be this: Feed people.  Hangry guests are not happy guests, so be sure to feed people at appropriate meal times and with enough food.

Loosen the reins…

And finally, the most important rule of all.  Don’t be afraid to cut loose and have a good time!  Guests are paying very careful attention to you and your partner they’re going to feed off your vibe.  If you’re relaxed, they’ll relax too. If you’re dancing, they will want to dance too. If you’re having the absolute best time of your life, they will too…

Weddings are so much fun when everyone is smiling, laughing, and enjoying their surroundings.  Make the most out of your special day and create a really energetic atmosphere for all to enjoy!  A fun and uplifting experience is unforgettable, so make the most of it!


The stress free tips for choosing your wedding photographer.

Congratulations you are engaged!!!!

Now all the planning begins! The most important decision to make when it comes to wedding planning is the date! Second most important is who will your photographer be? After everything is said and done, only your photos will remain! Here are my top tips to consider when choosing your photographer:

  1. Decide on a budget

Photography is easily one of the biggest expenses you’ll have for your wedding. Part of this process will be figuring out how much of your overall budget you want to devote to photography. Every photographer has different packages they offer with varying lengths of time, coverage, products and cost options. Make sure you know what is included in each package and what you will be walking away with.

Note: On average, wedding photographers cost anywhere from a $2,000 to 10,000+, depending on the experience of your photographer and what they include in your wedding package. Coverage is usually about 8 hours or so, more or less time will influence your cost.

2. Consider the lighting at your venue

Is your wedding indoors or outdoors? Rosina Vineyards or The Fortuna Riverlodge? Depending on the lighting, your photographer will need specific equipment to shoot your wedding- for example: it is much different shooting in the summer wedding during the day, than it is in the winter wedding in an indoor location. Do they only shoot natural light or do they use a combination of natural light and off camera flash? By looking at your photographer’s portfolio, you’ll be able to see what they specialize in and make a decision based on what fits your venue.

Tip: Your venue will often have recommendations of photographers who have shot in that space before. This can be a great place to start looking for potential photographers!

3. Do your personalities mesh?

At the end of the day, you’ll be spending the ENTIRE day with your photographer! They will likely spend more time right alongside you than your own mother. Obviously you want to make sure you like their portfolio, but personality matching is just as important. Once you check them out online, always set up an in person meeting (or skype!) so you can make sure its a good fit for everyone involved.


4. Use your engagement photos to get to know your photographer

Being comfortable and natural in front of a camera isn’t always easy to do. Most of us aren’t highly photographed on a regular basis. So having a photo package that includes an engagement shoot is a must so you can get to know your photographer, their style, and personality! This will ensure nothing slips through the cracks the day of the wedding!

5. Questions to Ask:

  1. What is your primary style? Candid shots, natural light, off camera flash, portraits, etc.

    • If my wedding goes longer than expected, will you stay? Are there any overage fees?

    • Do you have insurance?

    • How long after my wedding should I expect my album to be ready?

      • Typical is 7-8 weeks

    • If other members of my family want to order extra prints, can they do that? How?

    • What is included in the package I am getting? How many photos will you edit/color correct?

    • Will you have an assistant?

    • How many weddings have you shot before?

    • How many backup cameras/lenses do you have?

    • How will you keep our photos safe during and after the wedding?

    • How long does it take to get our gallery back?

    • Do you travel?

    • Can I look at a full wedding gallery?



I hope these tips support you in choosing the perfect photographer. These photos will last a lifetime!


Do you need a photographer for your upcoming wedding? Check my availability here: www.parkyspics.com.I’m happy to answer any questions you have!


Ford Wedding|Baywood Golf Course

Anthony and Jillian married on a cool overcast day at Baywood Golf Course. Friends and family traveled from all over as far away a Louisiana. A great time was had by all. There were funny faces, plenty of tears, and some pretty amazing dance moves out on the dance floor. Vendor team

Groomsmen Tuxedos- Men's Wearhouse, 

Hair-Robin Smith

Make-up-Emy at Slay Studio 

Catering-Baywood GolfCourse 

D.J- Accurate Productions 

NorthCoast Event Rentals 

Videography- FVP Solutions