This holiday season not only brings emotions of good tidings and cheer, it also brings the emotion of love and reflection. Statistics show that many dating couples will get engaged over the Holiday season. This is super exciting! Not only do you get to celebrate a great time of year with friends and family, you now get to celebrate your happy engagement!
But once the holidays are over and life gets back to normal you realize that you have a wedding to plan! Planning a wedding can be overwhelming as far as figuring out what to do when. I thought I’d quickly give a few tips of things you should be starting to look at within six week of getting engaged.
1. Share the Good News!
This seems like an obvious point but I think it should warrant a little comment. Make sure you either visit in person or pick up the phone and tell your loved ones your happy news. Loved ones don’t like to find out important news via a third party or through a Facebook post. I know in your excitement you will want to tell the whole world right away but I just want to encourage you to spend a bit of time to keep this happy moment between you and your closest loved ones until the all find out.
2. Pick a Date
The next most important item will be to pick a date. If you are thinking of a shorter engagement then a date needs to be picked quite quickly. Consult with your closest loved ones first to make sure that the date does work for them. It’s advised that save the date cards should be sent out 8-12 months in advance if booking a destination wedding and at least 4 months in advance for local weddings.
3. Research + Book Your Venue
Next to picking your wedding date, this is the most important item on your to do list. Popular venues tend to book two years or more in advance. If you are willing to pick a weekday for your wedding you may have more flexibility. Think about what type of wedding you want- are you more outdoorsy and adventurous– then an outdoor more rustic venue may be perfect for you! If you are classy and enjoy all the glamour then a high profile wedding venue may be best suited for you. There is really so much out there for every type of couple!
4. Book a Photographer + Videographer
Like the above point, photographers and videographers tend to book a year or two out. Popular dates tend to book up quickly. Do your best to research the right fit of photographer for you. I highly recommend an in-person meeting to see if you click. Come prepared with a list of questions that you may have for your photographer. Most photographers will also come prepared with examples of their work in printed form.
5. Think about Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
While this is not much of a time pressure, its good to discuss with one another who you’d like to be sharing and standing up for you on your wedding day. Having some pretty awesome people surround you is so important and you want to make sure you make the right choices in asking people who you know will support you!
I hope these quick tips will help you in your wedding planning! I’m currently booking weddings for 2018 and 2019 and have openings still, if you were interested in learning more about my wedding packages I’d love to hear from you! We can chat over email, over the phone or meet up in person over a hot beverage or my favourite, a glass of wine!
Sarah and Jake’s wedding was my last Niagara Wedding of 2017 and it was such an incredible way to close out an amazing wedding season! Sarah is my cousin and when she asked me to photograph her wedding, I couldn’t have been more excited! In our extended family, we have had a lot of the boy cousins get married but Sarah was the first girl cousin of mine to get married.
Both Jake and Sarah are pretty chill people and I really felt the calmness all day long. They really emphasized the love that they shared but also the love that they have for their family and friends around them. Oh and a love for good comfort food- they did their wedding their way and chose to have pizza and wings for dinner- seriously so amazing!
I started the day with Sarah and the girls as they were getting ready at Sarah’s grandparents house. When I walked into the house, everyone was just chilling together and preparing for the day. There was laughter, mimosas, and of course a few selfies! Sarah’s dad, my Uncle Brian has been a long time volunteer firefighter and was able to secure a vintage firetruck to bring Sarah to the church in. It was so awesome and I didn’t find out until I was there with the ladies– it was so special for them!
Jake and Sarah said their vows to one another in front of their family and friends at Bethel CRC in Dunnville. It was a lovely ceremony filled with so much love. One of my most favourite parts of a wedding day during the ceremony just looking at all the people that come and show their support. It’s amazing to know that the bride and groom are surrounded by so many amazing people who want to a part of their lives.
The day was a little chilly and we had off and on rain but we were able to get some amazing portraits with the wedding party and with Jake and Sarah. We ended off our portrait session with Jake and Sarah inside a little church at Marshville Heritage Centre. I’m pretty sure we could have shot in that little church all day long- the light in there was incredible! These two rocked their portrait session! To warm up the bridal party headed to Tim Horton’s afterwards.
Their evening started off with an amazing meal of pizza, wings, salads and an ice cream bar for dessert. This was such an awesome meal!! We got to hear some amazing speeches by their parents, best man and maid of honour. These were some of the best speeches I’ve heard left me with both tears and with lots of laughter. I left when the dances were about to get started but I’m pretty sure they danced and had fun well into the night!
Congratulations again Jake and Sarah! I wish you God’s blessings as you continue on your adventure of married life together!
Below are some of my favourites from throughout the day. A huge thank you to Jamie Machin for being my amazing second shooter for the day- I can’t wait to work with you again! And also as usual the list of all the vendors who helped make this day possible are listed below as well. I’m now booking 2018 weddings and would love to have some more Niagara Wedding bookings! For more information please send me an message using my contact form here!
Hair – Colleen Slappendel – Elle & Amore
Make-Up – Erin Hogeveen – Lux Artistry Makeup
Flowers – Diana Slappendel – Love Etc.
Dress – David’s Bridal (Bride & Bridesmaids)
Reception – Dunnville Community Lifespan Centre
Suits – Moores
DJ – Affinity Productions – Devin Pavkovic
Catering – Dunnville Christian School Booster Club (Pizza & Wings – Squires Pizza, Dunnville)
Cupcakes- Emma Vrugteveen – Emma’s Baked Goods
Photobooth: Shawn Crozier – Digital Affair Photo Booth
I’ve been meaning to blog a few more of my fall family sessions as I feel its been so many weddings and not much else! So I’ll try to be better at featuring more of my current family work here 🙂
This was my second time meeting with the Walker family and photographing them for their fall family portraits. I met them just over two years ago when their kids were a bit smaller. It’s amazing how time flies by and how quickly kids grow and change! I always enjoy hanging out with their family and just in the short amount of time I got real sense of how tight knit their family is.
Here are a few (okay not so few!) favourites from our time together. For our session, I took them to one of my favourite spots in Avening on Airport Road. This little hidden gem is a favourite for our family so I was excited to be able to share it with them!
Thank you again Walker family for having me photograph your family! It has been a blessing to get to know you over the last couple of years!
It’s so hard to put words to such a perfect day! The day that Brittany and Scott got married couldn’t have been a more perfect day for a wedding. They chose to get married on a Thursday because the date of October 19th was so important to them. That date marked 10 years of being together. And what other way to celebrate then get married on that very same date! For being late October, the weather was simply incredible. Warm sun throughout the day and then a chill in the air for coziness in the evening. The perfect combination for an outdoor barn wedding at Valley Croft.
When I met the ladies earlier in the day, they were chilling together and getting ready for the day. Brittany was a vision of calmness and beauty. The feelings of togetherness and love was felt throughout the whole day. They chose a first look to start their day together and it was the sweetest moment to document. Brittany and Scott chose to write letters to each other before the actual first look. Cue all the tears! Their smiles and love for one another is something so special.
Then we got to hang out with their amazing bridal party. They are surrounded by some of the most awesome friends and we had they had so many laughs together and maybe even a few drinks! Their ceremony was so sweet and their rings were carried down the aisle not by one but by three little ring bearers. These three cuties pretty much stole the show! They shared their vows to one another as the light shone on their faces and warmed their backs. Smiling up at them in love and happiness were their closest friends and family.
After such a beautiful day filled with so much laughter, some tears of love and so many smiles they treated their guests to the most amazing firework show. It was such an awesome way to close out a gorgeous day. When I left for the evening they were just beginning to dance the night away with their friends.
Congratulations again Brittany and Scott! I wish you so many blessings of happiness as you continue on your journey of married life together. It has been such a blessing to get to know you both over the last while!
It’s always a pleasure to get to know so many talented vendors and I’m happy to be able to be listing a few of my friends in this list!. Its so fun to work alongside friends! And a huge thank you to Emily Jean Photography who helped with me capturing some pretty amazing moments. Her images are sprinkled throughout this post.
Girls Getting Ready Location: Horseshoe Valley Resort
Venue: Valley Croft
Flowers: Rural Roots
Hair + Makeup – Jordan Ashley MUA
Dress: Helen’s Bridal, Barrie
DJ: DJ Mastermix
Cake: Baking up Treble
I am currently booking for 2018 and 2019 weddings. Please contact me here for more information about packages and coverage for your special day!
I had the opportunity about a year and a half go to take a video storytelling course. It was an amazing course and hands down the best one I’ve ever taken. Not only did I learn the technical side of doing video with my camera, it taught me that not everything has to be perfect. My heart felt completely drawn to doing video and its so amazing to see it all come together in the end. But after that final project I’ve only completed two other films. I can’t quite pin it down to fear, time issues or just feelings of unreadiness.
A couple of weeks ago I got to visit Christine and her kids for a photo session. The last time I saw this family was when little A was only a few weeks old! On a whim, I asked her if I could take some video footage of our session as well. I’m so glad I did. As a mom, my heart obviously can relate to other moms. I know how motherhood can bring exhaustion, joy, frustration and love all at the same time. I really feel that we as mothers need to tell our stories. Not only just in still pictures but in everyday moving pictures. This is life.
Going forward I will now be offering Moving Picture sessions for my clients and I couldn’t be more excited for it! For more information about the sessions, please send me a message via my contact form or just shoot me an email at email@example.com And these sessions make great Christmas gifts, just saying 🙂