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Drakeford Wedding at Camp Bauer

Jeremy and Rene’ were actually neighbors in the small town of Scotia. A friend suggested that Rene try a dating site. She saw that a guy on the dating site lived in Scotia. She told him," “ I live in Scotia too. What street do you live on?” He answered, “Main Street.” Rene responded with" “I used to live on Main St." . He said, "Oh really? Where? " She answered "Across from the fish hatchery". He responded with "Rene' ?" A few months later, they decided to meet for drinks and have been together ever since.

Jeremy proposed on Christmas. Traditionally they do stockings first, but that particular year Jeremy wanted to do them last. When Rene’ pulled the ring box out of the stocking, Jeremy told her to read the tag. It said to “My fiance' “ The sentiment went right over her head. When she unwrapped it, he got down on his knee & the rest is history.

This beautiful couple loves to explore Humboldt County by fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, going on bike rides, and spending time with their two boys. No matter what they do together, they don't have to talk to connect. He is selfless, a good dad, and would do anything for his family. Rene still gets butterflies eleven years later. They are puzzle pieces that fit together perfectly.

I was blessed to capture both their engagement and their Camp Bauer wedding in Korbel (Blue Lake) California. They got ready at the Blue Lake Casino and were blessed with abundant sunshine for their picture perfect fall wedding. : )

5 Questions to Consider when planning a Humboldt County Fall Wedding

5 Questions To Consider When Planning A Fall Wedding

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Congratulations you are engaged!!!!

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Now all the planning begins. One of the most important decisions to make when it comes to wedding planning is the date! When are you going to get married? Spring and Fall weddings are beautiful, but don't count out fall weddings. They can be absolutely gorgeous here on the north coast. If you are thinking about planning a fall wedding there are 5 things to consider.

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  1. What will you wedding color scheme be? In the fall think of colors that naturally appear in nature during the fall season. Plums, oranges, reds, yellows, mauves and earthy tones. A fall wedding is not the best season to have pastels or bright colors. These colors will clash with the season especially if you are having an outside wedding.

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  1. What flowers are in season? 

  • Asiatic lily

  • Celosia

  • Dahlia

  • Orange gerbera

  • Purple alstromeria

  • Calla lily

  • Chrysanthemum disbud

  • Leucadendron

  • Rose or Bi-color Rose

  • Yarrow

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As you will notice all the colors of these follows are orange, purple, yellow and reds.

 

    3. Give it a rustic feel. The fall is the perfect time to have rustic wedding theme. Here are some ways to add in the rustic feel

  • Mason jars for glasses or desserts

  • Have a barn wedding

  • Use barrels of hay for decor or seats

  • Use burlap for decor, small details, and table clothes

  • Use wine barrels for decor or tables.

 

    4. What type of food will you serve? Great fall wedding food includes

  • Wine and cheese boards for cocktail hour.

  • Serve apple dishes like tarts, candy apples and apple cider.

  • For a wedding favor have a popcorn bar, where they can create they own popcorn treats to take home.

  • Have a smores bar. Fall wouldn’t be fall without smores.

  • Instead of a cake think about doing mini pies for everyone. This adds a rustic fall feel.

    

 5. Are you going to have your wedding outside or inside? The fall is a great time to have an outside wedding. The temperature is beautiful during the day with a chill at night. The chance of rain is extremely low and the trees have changed colors. Here are some things to consider if you are going to have an outside fall wedding.

  • If your reception is at night make sure to have heaters or blankets for your guest. Nothing is worse than being in a strapless dress and it drops 20 degrees once the sun goes down.

  • Think about incorporating a bon fire if that is an option.

  • As the wedding moves closer to November it will start to get darker earlier so take that in consideration for your photos when planning your ceremony and reception time. You can google sunset times for your wedding date and discuss that with your wedding photographer.

  • Use the fall leaves as props in your wedding photo. Nothing is more beautiful than a bride and groom surrounded by the fall leaves.

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I hope these five questions to consider when planning a fall wedding help you plan your perfect fall wedding. Remember picking your date is the most important step but picking your photographer is the second most important. These fall wedding photos will last a lifetime. I would love to hear from you, what are your favorite fall wedding planning tips?

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What to look for when hiring your Humboldt County Wedding Photographer

I hear it over and over again. I meet with  potential clients and they start to tell me about how they do not feel comfortable in front of the camera and suck at being photographed.  "We don't know how to pose, we get awkward." Trust me guys, I get it. I feel the same way about myself  in front of a camera (that’s why I am always behind the lens!) In all honesty, it takes two to tango, or teamwork to look your best in your wedding photos…. that’s right, you and me, we’re a team. 

Choosing a wedding photographer is a personal decision. Many factors play a role in choosing who will document your wedding day. Price, personality, editing style, package features, and location all play a big role in choosing your wedding photographer. While these factors are all important, one thing that is of utmost important (almost more important than any of the above) is finding someone who makes you feel comfortable to be yourself. 

At the end of the day, your photographer is more than a vendor. They are someone that is with you step by step on one of the biggest days of your life. They have to see you as you get into your dress, coordinate your family photos,  win over your unruly groomsmen, corral flower girls and ring bearers, and assure you that everything will be fine. The key to beautiful wedding photos is feeling comfortable with the person you chose to capture your day and to trust that they can handle whatever might be thrown their way. Photographers must be flexible.  We walk into new spaces, new venues, new weather situations, new lighting all year long. We have pretty much seen it all and we are never surprised. Weddings are unpredictable, just like the weather.  They are living, breathing phenomenons with high emotions and we want to help make this the best day of your life. 

You want to look beautiful in your photos right? Memories you and your family can treasure for years to come. Pick someone who you connect with, whose work you absolutely love, who knows how to pose people, crack jokes, round up crowds, and puts you at ease. Choosing a photographer is far more important than picking someone who takes pretty photos – it’s about choosing a human that you want to be there as a story-teller on one of the most important days of your life. Look at their work, check out a full wedding gallery, follow their instagram. Do you connect with them on a personal level more than just a professional level? You should. And most importantly, just remember to have fun. If you feel uncomfortable, it shows. Relax, loosen up, have a blast, and smile! You are beautiful and your photographer will only enhance that beauty!