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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. : )

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!


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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