Softball season is in full swing, and it is bringing back memories of Alyssa’s senior Sportrait session last year. Alyssa, her mom and myself met at the Eureka High softball field and had fun creating some memories together. We got a great combination of some more natural poses as well as some more dramatic off camera flash images.
I arrived at Miranda’s Rescue in Fortuna, California at 3:30 to begin shooting the details and getting ready shots for Tyler and Mackenzie’s night time wedding. I spent about an hour bouncing back and forth between Mackenzie getting ready with her girls and Tyler hanging with the boys. Mackenzie’s Mom Kathy, the wedding coordinator for this wedding was very organized. The entire wedding party was ready to go for formal pictures right on time which makes the whole day flow much smoother! We snapped some fun shots with Tyler and his groomsmen and then shot Mackenzie and her bridal party separately. Tyler and Mackenzie had opted not to do a “first look”, but Mackenzie did a first look with her dad and it was beautiful!
The ceremony was slated to start at 6:30 pm. There was a light haze in their air from the California wildfires, but that did not put a damper on their evening. The ceremony went smoothly and they added a special touch as their dog was the ring bearer. The look on Tyler’s face as he watched Mackenzie walk down the aisle was priceless.
They celebrated with friends and family under the twinkle lights and there were even a a few fireworks.
Oakley contacted me through email in March to schedule her October Avenue of the Giants elopement. We corresponded through email, so I was really excited to meet them on the day of their elopement. We met at the perfect little redwood grove. We picked a spot in the middle of some clovers, surrounded by ancient majestic redwood trees. The sun showed its face to add a magical element to the photos. Their ceremony was officiated by Dana Hope and it was perfect. After they exchanged vows, we made our way around the redwood forest shooting more couple photos. Elopements are favorite of mine as they are all about the couple, and the typical wedding day stress is non- existent. It is about the joining of two people and their love for each other. There is just something special about elopements!
Congratulations, you are ENGAGED!!! With so many details to think about, its very easy for things to slip through the cracks. Once you have decided on a vision for your day, it’s time to start on the small stuff. Whether you will have 10 or 500 guests in attendance, there are always new and different ways to add creative touches to your special day! Here are some of our favorites:
“Man’s Best Friend!
Have a furry friend? Include them in your special day!! Give him a bow tie, a chalkboard sign, and send him down the aisle in style!
2. Your Bouquet
Pinning something to your flowers can be a great way of carrying something with you that has meaning! This could be your grandma’s handkerchief, a piece of your mom’s wedding gown or small photographs of loved ones who couldn’t make it. This can be something that is very visible or not depending on what you are looking for.
Dessert is an essential part of any meal, but it doesn’t have to be a 4 tier wedding cake! You can do a candy, dessert, or cookie bar! Guests can decorate their own cookies, or customize their bag of candy with their favorites! Use chalkboard signs to tell them what it’s in store!
4. Welcome Bags
These can be a great touch for guests coming from out of town or as a welcome for a destination wedding! Include items that go with your theme! Ex: sunscreen, aloe, toiletries, snacks, advil and a fun letter from you with tips of local sights to see in the area!
5. Guest Book
A picture says 1,000 words! Have a friend with a polaroid camera and film? Or a photo booth set up by your photographer?? Set up a station by your guest book and have your friends document the evening! They personalize the guest book when they sign it with their photo :)
6. Personalized Details
Koozies, napkins coasters and other personalized touches can be super fun way to show off your personality and doesn’t have to break the bank! Include fun slogans, like your wedding hashtag, and color for a unique look!
Ex: “To Have and to Hold and to Keep your Drink Cold” #johnsonwedding2018
7. The Send Off
When you are leaving the ceremony, instead of giving the guests rice to toss, give them handfuls of lavender or confetti! Your photographer will give everyone the cue to shower the bride and groom as you come down the tunnel! You can also do this with sparklers as a final send off for the evening!
Gone are the days of sugared almonds and melt away mints! The more thoughtful and practical you can be with your favor, the more memorable it will be! This could be as simple as flip flops for tired feet, sunglasses for an outdoor wedding, or a succulent for a more natural feel! Most of these items can be bought in bulk so they won’t break the bank!
Whatever is unique to your big day, make sure your photographer knows about it so they can make sure to capture those moments! Remember, if you don’t have a date yet, this is the most important, and NEXT is choosing your photographer! What are some unique details do you want to include in your big day??