by: Lauren

Aside from choosing your venue, wedding planner, and the pros who will design your details and make sure you’re having fun, knowing how to hire a wedding photographer- researching, and let alone booking- can feel like such a…task. But, just like so many other wedding planning moments, finding your wedding photographer doesn’t have to be so hard! Instead, it’s all about turning to the people you trust most (family and friends… and us at ELD too!) and taking a moment to pay close attention to websites, responses, and how everything makes you feel.

Because we know you’re likely already envisioning the experience you hope to have, we thought it was time to talk more about how to find your wedding photographer. And, we’re not just talking about finding your photographer from the standpoint of what his or her packages include and whether that’s ideal for your day. We also want to be sure you’re thinking of the style of photography that looks ideal to you, as well as the moments you hope are captured for you to frame from your engagement and wedding day. So, we’re sharing our very own V List member Kimberly Photography’s advice about how to hire a wedding photographer, because her tips from her blog are on point!

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Step 1 – Ask Around!

This is the fun part! After photographing weddings for the past 15 years, I’ve got some stories and I bet your friends do too. Recently married couples are the perfect people to ask about their experiences with wedding vendors. They can tell you what they loved and didn’t love when working with their creative team. Here is where you get to sit back and hear all of the wonderful, crazy, out of this world stories! The other fantastic question to ask your friends, family, co-worker, or other wedding vendors…(you get the idea) is what would they do different? Let their life lessons help guide you on what’s best for you. Take the highly recommended vendors from your loved ones and create a list of names, websites, and phone numbers.

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Step 2 – Pick Your Favorites & Inquire

Your photographer is one of the very few vendors that is literally by your side…ALL DAY LONG. It’s important that you not only trust your photographer, but feel comfortable around them too. You should get a good feel for the photographer’s personality before ever making contact. Take the time to check out the photographer’s about page and reviews section. These details are just as important as looking at their galleries to see their favorite images and blog for the most recent events.

Once you’ve narrowed down your initial list to the ones you are most excited about contacting…it’s time to inquire! Either give a call or fill out the photographer’s contact form. Pay close attention to the responses you receive as this can make or break a deal already.

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Step 3 – What’s Your Experience So Far?

You’ve done quite a bit of work thus far, so while you’re waiting to hear back from your submitted inquiries, let’s take a breather. Grab your favorite drink and loved one and cuddle up for a minute.

Ah. That’s better! Okay, so let’s talk about your experience with each photographer up to this point. Your experience with each photographer begins from receiving your recommendations. Your next experience happens when you visited their website. Your third experience happens when you inquire and the type of response you receive. How did each one make you feel? Did everyone respond to you? Did they sound excited you said hello? Now you can narrow down your list of who you want to continue talking with.

 

Click here to continue on to Steps 4 and 5! 

 

Don’t these three things make you feel better already? We like to think of them as how to hire a wedding photographer…simplified. Those are just the first three tips from Kimberly’s post, and there are two more for you to review on her blog!

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by: Lauren

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! In case you haven’t noticed, ELD has been filled with Valentine’s-inspired shades of pink and red all week to celebrate this week of love. We’re continuing the celebration today in the most glamorous way with some pink and red wedding ideas from Kimberly Photography and FH Weddings! Planned by All That Shines Event Planning and featuring linens by Kate Ryan Linens, this shoot is filled with sparkle, romance, and glam and is absolutely gorgeous!

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Pretty stunning isn’t it? I needed some sparkle in my life this week, and this surely did the trick!

What do you think of red and pink combined like this? Are any of you going to be using one of these colors in your wedding? I’d love to hear what you think!

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Kimberly Photography / Flowers & Decor: FH Weddings / Design and Coordination: All That Shines Event Planning / Linens & Chairs: Kate Ryan Linens / Reception Venue: Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club

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by: Lauren

Happy Friday everyone! I don’t know about you, but this week went by ridiculously fast! But fast week or not, the posts must go on! ;) Today I have an elegant orange and blue wedding for you all from  Kimberly Photography! If you’re a Florida person, you may notice that orange and blue are the colors of the Florida Gators. I love that for this wedding, the colors were only used to infuse the Gators into the wedding a little bit, and then the rest was inspired completely by the Florida orange groves! The bride, Amy, has joined us today to share some of her wedding planning insight too, so enjoy!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

I would have to say my mom and my matron of honor helped me out the most before and during my wedding. I could also say that my husband made a couple phone calls, when I was started to go a little nutty right before the wedding :) 

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

I didn’t really have any pre-req when deciding who to work with for the wedding. However, I def needed people who understood and were able to portray my “orange grove” wedding theme.  

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

I wanted the old school Florida vibe to stick out, not the usual beach theme.  I truly loved everything about my wedding so it’s difficult to just pick one.  I would have to say when I finally arrived at the church and walked down the aisle, I felt an overwhelming feeling of calm.  I loved when we were both able to finally exchange vows.  I also really loved the old wedding photos of both, David and I’s family members at the reception.  

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

The best piece of advice I could give is to never forget that, you and your husband are taking vows to share the rest of your lives together and make sure you take in the moment.  All the other stuff us just a big party(which is great) however don’t lose sight of what your wedding day is really about because it goes by so fast!!

Thank you so much for sharing with us Amy, and thank you to Kimberly Photography for capturing this orange grove themed wedding so wonderfully!

I loooove the idea of an orange grove theme for a wedding! The mini orange tree centerpieces are pretty awesome, don’t you think?! What do you think? Are any of you having your wedding theme/style include a “nod” to your state or hometown?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Kimberly Photography, LLC / Reception Venue: Safety Harbor Resort and Spa / Ceremony Venue: Christ the King Catholic Church / Flowers & Decor: 2Birds Events / Event Design: Event Design / Cake Baker: Let Them Eat Cake / DJ: Grant Hemmond and Associates / Linens: Connie Duglin Linens


by: Lauren

The timeless style and classic details of Kimberly and Dennie’s Los Angeles wedding day made for a beautiful celebration with just the right amount of personality to make it pop.

They couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day as they exchanged their “I Dos” and enjoyed an evening of family and friends at Skirball Cultural Center in LA. A clean modern style with a gorgeous outdoor space, complete with lush landscaping and lily pad ponds, offered a neutral and elegant setting for their style. With guidance from their planner, Wish Wonder Dream, and the bright pop of flowers designed by Flower Allie we love how their overall style was simple and classic with a splash of bright pink to create a perfect palette for their spring wedding. We definitely think you’re going to enjoy the beautiful details captured by Sun & Sparrow Photography, along with a few extra words from this beautiful bride as they share their wedding with us.

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Tell us a little a bit about your wedding (your vision, color, style, and location choices).

Although we have been to alot of weddings, I was never the type that had envisioned my wedding to be a certain way. So when it finally came to wedding planning, I was very overwhelmed. Luckily, after a few wedding venue walk-throughs, we knew that after walking into the Ahmanson Hall at Skirball, we knew that was the one. From there, the vision started to come together, with the big help of Pinterest. I’m not a huge color person so I wanted it to be as minimalist as possible, but just a hint of pinks and green.

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What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?

We really wanted everyone to have a good time. Having been together for 6 years when we got married, all our friends and families became our biggest supporters and we wanted them to have as much of a good time, as we would.

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What were your favorite parts of the day?

The first look was my favorite part. With all the morning anticipation and chaos trying to get to the venue, it was so nice when I got to see Dennie. It felt as though all my stressed just melted away, as cheesy as that may sound.

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My family was very involved, but to be honest, Dennie and I look the lead on everything. We wanted to take on the challenge of planning a wedding and seeing how difficult it could be. It is very time consuming, but it can all be done.

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And as many of you know, one of our favorite wedding details comes in the form of incredible signage. In case you missed it, make sure you backtrack to catch the gold mirrored seating chart that is leaving us with heart eyes! We love this more modern detail that adds a fun punch to their design!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Sun & Sparrow Photography // Ceremony Venue: Skirball Cultural Center // Reception Venue: Skirball Cultural Center // Event Planning: Wish Wonder Dream // Floral: Flower Allie // Stationery: Color and Creation // Videography: etcetera Productions // Wedding Cake: Sweet Lady Jane // Hair: Kelly Zhang // Makeup: jennyung_mua // Rentals: Party Pieces by Perry // Wedding Dress: Martina Liana Bridal // Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Veil: The ivory suite Bridal