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April 17, 2013

Weddings are a significant event, and planning one on your own can be a lot of work, stress, and time.  If you find yourself working long hours and have little time to no time for sourcing and managing wedding venues and wedding suppliers, why not call in someone to help you? This is where the wedding planner comes in; a professional who assists with planning, design, and organization of weddings. Today we spoke with wedding planner Jennifer Rios, founder of Jen Rios DesignJen specializes in creating carefully curated tablescapes, personalized wedding, and event styling, as well as developing customized wedding details! Check out the interview below as well as some photos from her gorgeous portfolio! Enjoy.


What initially interested you into wedding planning?
I have an interior design degree and worked professionally in that field from 2007 - 2011. After my wedding in October 2011 I wasn't ready to stop planning so I quit my job at a design firm that I held for almost 4 years and followed my passion for weddings!  


How long have you been professionally designing/planning?
I've been designing professionally since 2007 only in the interiors realm. I've been exculsively in the wedding industry since December 2011. I pride myself in NOT favoring a style. I want to cater to my client's style. I don't want to be known for one type of style, I want to be unique!   


What was your favorite wedding to work on?
Rayven + Alex - November 2012! It was black, white & glam! So modern, fabulous & fun!  


Do favor a particular design style?
I pride myself in NOT favoring a style. I want to cater to my client's style. I love being creative and pushing boundaries so as long as I get to express myself I am happy. I think my design background really allows me to stand out with years of experience and knowledge in a variety of styles. I don't want to be known for one type of style, I want to be unique! 


What is your weapon of choice/anything you can't leave the house without?
Sketchbook! You never know when inspiration will hit. You must be prepared to jot down ideas and sketch out concepts at a moments notice.


Do you have a favorite wedding location?
Anything out of the box. I love outdoor, non conventional locations that provide you tons of inspiration as soon as you walk in the door (or out the door if the case maybe!) 


If you could work alongside any one wedding planner/designer who would it be?
Holy Moly! I am so inspired DAILY by so many planners/designers out there! Right now I am loving Jesi Haack, Bash, Please, and Jacin Fitzgerald of Lovely Little Details! 


Do you have any advice for brides looking for a wedding planner?
Choose someone you click with and that you TRUST. It's a long, important process and if there isn't a strong relationship between you and your planner you will be miserable. Also, do your research and know what you are looking for. Is design and the overall look of your wedding important to you or are you more worried about timelines, checklists, and logistics. Every planner has a strength and a specialty so make sure you know what you are looking for!


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posted by Laura at 11:13PM
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April 2, 2013

We are obsessed with wedding invitations. For a bride, they're really special when it comes to spreading the news about her big day! And what better way to say it through beautiful graphic design and pretty colored paper? Dress it up in ribbon or twine, and you have yourself a gorgeous invite to send out to family and friends. So how do you choose the designer who best suits your needs? Research your favoite styles! Today we spoke with Julie Hanan about her wedding invitations! Check out the interview and her beautiful designs below. We hope you enjoy!

 

How did you get started on wedding invitations?

I actually fell into the invitation business on accident. I previously worked as an Interior Designer for a large company and unfortunately lost my job due to the economy. After looking for a job (without much success), a few close friends of mine were getting married and I offered to design their invitations for them since I had done graphic design work since I was young. Soon after designing their invitations, other friends saw my work and quickly asked for my pricing. I soon realized that I could turn my hobby into a business and Julie Hanan Design officially opened in 2010. I focus mainly on wedding and party invitations/stationery, however I do some side graphic design jobs for businesses as well!

What are your favorite materials?

I love any kind of embellishment that makes the invitation a little special. IE: Ribbon, Twine, Raffia.  I received my degree in Industrial Design, so having a product design background has really made me focus on the entire presentation rather than just on each individual card. 

Whats the craziest invitation youíve been asked to design?

I used to do more custom work than I do now, but every now and then I will do some custom jobs for close friends and family. A few crazy jobs in the past have been some birthday invitations. One girl wanted an invitation for a 1st birthday party and we used hand-made rice paper mixed with ribbon, metallic papers, etc.. to give it a very soft and elegant look. Each invitation was die cut in the shape of a balloon. The invitation turned out amazing but it was definitely time consuming!

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What do you love most about your work?

I love the feeling I get once I send out an invitation set and knowing that each invitation was hand made and the utmost attention to detail is put into each and every invitation. Getting the email from the bride saying how much they (and their guests) love them makes me so happy and makes the whole process worthwhile!

What do you recommend to a bride looking for wedding invitations?

I definitely recommend checking around a lot of different sources from local shops, to online. I ask my brides how much a card at Hallmark costs, and look what you get for that cost. Research the pricing and come up with a realistic budget. Determine which style invitations you love the most and what type of feel that you want your invitation to set for your wedding since this is the first thing that your guests will see.

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posted by Laura at 11:02AM
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March 20, 2013

Doing what you love is important! Today we spoke with Jenny from Captured Photography about her beautiful work. Jenny explains what she loves most about her job, and how important a relationship is between a bride and her photographer. Also, she just received a Two Bright Lights 2013 Editor's Choice Award! If you're a bride in Florida, the Caribbean, and the Northeast, you should check out her work! Enjoy!

What initially interested you into photography?

I originally worked in television news and have a major in journalism. I think I love photography because it is such a beautiful way to tell a story. I get to preserve memories for others. Itís a pretty sweet gig.

How long have you been professionally shooting?

I started Captured Photography by Jenny back in 2007. And jumped in to it full time once my oldest daughter, Ellie, was born in 2008. Honestly, it was super scary and intimidating to be a business owner at first. One thing led to another and after 5 years, I canít even begin to describe how happy I am to do this.

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

Oh man, I don't think I can pick just one. Obviously, the weddings were we really get to know the couple are always special. It's always fun to work on those, because you love the people in the images!

What is your photographic style - traditional, photojournalistic, etc.?

If I had to describe my style and tasteÖ it would probably be fresh, crisp, cleanÖ I love simplicity. I want my photos to be creative and modernÖ but still have a classic, timeless touch.

Do you shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?

Both!

What is your weapon/camera of choice?

I use Canon equipment. The Canon Mark 3 is what both me and my second photographer use to shoot weddings.

Film or Digital?

Mainly Digital.

If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be?

I love Millie Holloman, mainly for her business skills. I would love to learn more on that end from her!

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Understand what your budget is for your wedding and then decide how much of it you feel should be put towards photography. But donít just stop there. Understand what style of photography you like. Check out the photographerís portfolio and recent weddings. And be sure the photographer you are interested in does quality work every time. Then, meet with them. Get to know each other. After all, they will be with you the entire wedding day. You want to be sure they are easy to work with and helpful.

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March 5, 2013

Shoes. They are a girl's best friend, or total nightmare when it comes to finding that special pair! Trying to match your wedding dress? Or a particular shade of blue at the reception? Look no further, brides and bridesmaids. Today we spoke with Kate from Design Your Pedestal. She's been designing since 2007 and specializes in customizing wedding shoes! Take a look below to hear more about her and take a look at her beautiful creations!

How did you get started on bridal shoes?

I originally started doing custom designed everyday wear shoes for women, but then I found that working on wedding shoes and incorporating each bride's theme into her shoes was a lot more fun!

When did you start designing for weddings?

I've been doing wedding shoe designs since May 2011. I now also do sashes, handbags and hair accessories.

What are your favorite materials to work with?

Rhinestones and lace! Definitely! I love softer romantic looks that sparkle.

Whatís the craziest project youíve been asked to design?

I'm not sure I'd call either of these crazy, but I did have one bride that was getting married in an old library and she wanted "book pages" incorporated into her shoes. So, I found some fabric that had print on it and I used it to make the leaves of the flowers of her shoes. Then, I had another brides whose mother had passed when she was a teenager. Her mother's veil was pink thule and she wanted to somehow incorporate it into her wedding, so we used pieces if it for her shoes. (The ivory shoes with maroon flowers and book leaves and the pink wedges with pink flowers).

What do you love most about your work?

Being creative and being my own boss. It's a perfect combination. I get to play with pretty things all day!

What do you recommend to a bride looking for bridal shoes?

You have to feel confident, so it's a matter of defining your style and then expressing it. It's fun to watch it come together. I ask for a lot of details so I can help brides with their designs.

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posted by Laura at 11:19PM
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February 26, 2013

Photographers want us to get a special feeling when we see their pictures. For those who are planning a wedding, you'll want to have photos that always bring you back to that special moment. Today we spoke with Photography by Megan. Megan has ten years of photography experience, and has been as far as Mexico to get that perfect wedding picture! She has even covered some celebrity weddings! We hope you enjoy the feature.

What initially interested you into photography?

It all started when I was sixteen and I got my first camera. Once it was in my hands, it never left! I loved taking pictures of everything from my friends to the wheat fields beyond our farmyard. Back then everything was still on film, and I loved the thrill of opening up afresh package of pictures to see what I had captured. I then spent my college years studying photo journalism and design, learning everything I could about photography from the inside out, spending hours in the darkroom. I graduated in 2004, and In 2005, I launched my official business just as I was starting to break into the digital world. By the summer of 2007, I was able to resign from my day job to focus on myphotography full time, which was a dream come true!

How long have you been professionally shooting?

I guess I kind of answered that above... total would be almost 10 years! (My first wedding was shot in 2004)

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

This is a tough one, because I love each and every wedding for so many different reasons. The most memorable weddings have been my destination weddings (I've photographed in Mexico, Florida, and Arizonato name a few!) and some 'celebrity' weddings, including country music singers Ashlee Hewitt's wedding to Jesse Whitley (the son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley) and professional snowmobile racer and X Games gold medalist Levi LaVallee.

What is your photographic style - traditional, photojournalistic,etc.?

I would say a mix of both. I love posing people, however I try to do it in the most natural way possible. I want people to look relaxed and happy, not stiff and uncomfortable. At the same time, I try to capture those candid moments like the father of the bride wiping away a tear before he walks his daughter down the aisle, or the look on a groom's face when he first sees his bride in her wedding dress.

Do you shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?

I prefer color, and love BRIGHT colors!

What is your weapon/camera of choice?

I shoot with a Nikon D3s--LOVE Nikon and their lenses!

Film or Digital?

Definitely digital, but I love that I was able to learn on film. You truly appreciate the art of photography and all that goes into a photograph and where it all started from when you have to spend hours developing negatives and working with enlargers in a darkroom. My very first camera was even manual focus! I still shoot manual to this day with the exception of focus, in order to shoot quickly during the fast pace of a wedding day. I love having complete control over the image.

If you could work along side any one photographer who would it be?

Too many to count! If I had to narrow it down, maybe Jessica Claire. She's a wonderful photographer and entrepreneur, plus she has two little boys almost the same age as mine, so we'd have lots to talk about. :)

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Pick a great photographer that you love, even if you have to save up for them--they will be capturing your wedding day and some of those details would be lost if not for the pictures that are captured. It's good to start looking for a photographer as soon as you get engaged, too, because some of them book up fast and the summer months seem to bethe first to go, with fall a close second. Most of all, be sure to pick someone you "click" with (pun intended!) that has a great personality and can make sure your wedding day memories are captured forever! 

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February 13, 2013

Are you looking for gorgeous elegant and timeless accessories? Look no further, because today we have a vendor feature with Serephine! Serephine creates exquisite bridal sashes, hair flowers, head bands, hats, and more. We were lucky to get a chance to ask Serephine's founder, Erin, some questions about her gorgeous work and some advice about choosing a bridal accessory. Enjoy!

 

How did you get started on bridal accessories etc.?

I started my company shortly after my own wedding. My cousin was getting married a few months later, and she asked me to borrow the headpiece I had worn. I had had trouble finding my own wedding headpiece and ended up ordering a lovely one all the way from Australia, which worked great, but the craftsmanship was somewhat lacking and I wasn't sure it would last another wedding. I was a classical dancer for nearly 20 years and am quite familiar with accessories and costuming, so I decided to make my cousin a really special piece for her special day, myself. I did a LOT of research on high quality feathers, adhesives and found some gorgeous, claw-set vintage rhinestone jewelry and some French veiling, and got started. Since then, in the last 2.5 years, I have continued to grow my techniques and I have moved toward using more fabrics instead of mainly feathers, have begun using a millinery petal press, and I love mixing textures and materials.

When did you start designing for weddings?

After I made my cousin's piece, I got a lot of support from my husband, family and friends that my work was great, and decided to start a little online shop just to see. I then incorporated an etsy store as well and I'm still going strong 2.5 years later!

What are your favorite materials to work with?

I love using organza, silk organza, tulle, veiling, rhinestones, and ostrich feathers.

What’s the craziest project you’ve been asked to design?

I haven't really been asked to design anything crazy. I did have a bride send me her mother's beautiful, cathedral length wedding veil to repurpose into a very bold style for her, and I absolutely loved working on that special project.

What do you love most about your work?

I love having a creative outlet and getting to design beautiful things. I love more that I get to work closely with my brides and make them happy, and that I get to be a small part of such an important day in their lives. I also love the many, many talented wedding vendors I've gotten to know and work with. There is a LOT of talent and creativity in this industry and it's wonderful.

What do you recommend to a bride looking for bridal accessories?

I think it's important to look for quality and craftsmanship. Make sure the item is made with the best materials, and that it is going to be durable enough to last the length of your day, and beyond. Also, the style is very important. Pick a piece that reflects you and compliments your gown. You want something that speaks to your personality, so if you're bold and fun, maybe go with something a little riskier such as a larger piece, or one with some fun color accents. If you want a subtle, pretty touch, go with something that matches the shade of your gown, and is a bit on the smaller side. Also, I think its nice to pick something that you could see yourself wearing again for special events, and that you could see yourself passing to a sister or a cousin, or even your own child someday, to borrow for her special day as well.  

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February 5, 2013

Thinking about a handmade and extremely personalized-themed wedding? We have a special wedding feature today, Molly and Ozzie!

Molly and Ozzie held their wedding at a beautiful venue in downtown Wilmington, NC at Saint Thomas Preservation Hall. The place is a gorgeous historic building that was formerly a Catholic church, but over the years has been transformed into an event space. There were stunning stained-glass windows, exposed brick, and lots of space. Both their ceremony and reception were held there. 

There were close to about 160 guests; plenty of family and friends. Molly got her dress at David's Bridal. She found a gorgeous beaded lace tea-length dress, and knew immediately that it was hers! For shoes, Molly had ivory pumps with a teal heel, and a beautiful peacock feather painted on the sides.

All of Molly and Ozzie’s ceremony music was played on the organ by Molly’s Uncle Steve. She didn't want traditional wedding music, so instead she picked some of their favorite Beatles songs. They featured songs like “Let It Be,” "With a little help from my friends," "Here Comes the Sun," and of course, "All You Need is Love." The guests enjoyed hearing familiar music that they could sing along to.

Molly’s ceremony included a dedication to those who had passed: her maternal grandparents, her paternal grandparents’, her maternal grandfather, and her sister Emily. They set up a special alter of photos and candles. In memory of her sister, Molly had a special bouquet made for her, signifying her as an honorary bridesmaid.

Molly’s other bouquets and boutonnieres were very unique. She wanted to have something that would last forever, and that was fun and different and playful. She searched Etsy to find paper bouquets and boutonnieres, made from sheet music (courtesy of "Dana's Paper Flowers"). And not just any sheet music, but the music of "In My Life" by the Beatles, which also happens to be the couple’s song and the song that was played for their first dance.

Molly and Ozzie also wrote their own vows. Their wedding programs were specially created by Ozzie's mother. She is a talented stationery designer and wedding invitation specialist at a local shop. She also created their Save the Dates, invitations, and programs.

As for wedding themes, Molly wanted to center it around their names: Ozzie's real name is Chris, but she met him as Ozzie, a name used by close friends. Together they chose a celebrity couple name, "Mozzie," and it became a very "Mozzie" wedding! The two love the color purple and are both are proud graduates of UNC-Wilmington, who's main school color is teal. They decided to play off of those colors and stick with purple, teal, ivory, and burlap brown.

Molly’s mother played a huge part on the creative side of the wedding. She made hair clips for all of the bridesmaids and flower girls to wear; burlap, lace, and tool flowers glued to hair clips. She also made the ring bearer's pillow; a burlap pillow with lace sewed around it with ribbon and a flower. The table centerpieces were also hand done, mason jars with burlap, lace, raffia, and peacock feathers fastened around the jars. Her mother also made paper medallions to put into each jar. Each was unique and full of bright and beautiful colors to mimic a peacock feather. There were straw wreaths in a canvas fabric, and personalized to display the first letter of our the couple’s names to hang from the wreaths. Last but not least, Molly’s mother created adorable bird cake toppers and stamped Molly and Ozzie’s initials in it.

The wedding had a special guestbook; a fingerprint guestbook. It was hand painted with a tree and two little birds in the branches. All of the guests stamped their fingers and signed their names. There was plenty more decoration to the party: there were candy jars and favor bags, "MOZZIE" cocktail napkins, mason jar drinking glasses, striped paper straws, cupcakes and cake made by a dear friend, and to top it off the get-away truck was decorated by their dear friends!

A big congratulation to the happy couple!

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If you would like to view more photos of this amazing wedding check out Manda's post about the wedding!

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January 8, 2013

How did you get started on bridal accessories?

I started in bridal 30 years ago fresh out of college with my fashion arts diploma in hand. I started mainly making gowns for brides as my first job and fell in love with the bridal business, it wasn't until 15 years ago that I started making accessories for the bride. I was looking at the accessories & jewelry brides were bringing in to go with the gowns, and what bridal stores were selling and always thought I could offer something more style wise, so I started to design.

What are your favorite materials/weapon of choice?

I love delicate french laces, silk fabrics, freshwater pearls and of course lots of crystal, with Swarovski being my crystal of choice. I also love vintage and love to incorporate little touches of vintage into my designs through the use of vintage jewelry, lace, & tulle. I love to imagine what the story is behind every little vintage piece I find.

What do you love the most about your work?

I love to make a bride feel pretty for her wedding day. I only sell on-line these days so I don't often see the brides wearing my designs, and when a bride sends me a photo of herself on her wedding day I am so thrilled. It is such an honour to be a part of one of the most important days in a women's life.

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December 11, 2012

Today we have Luminaria Photography in the spotlight! We spoke with Michelle Macirella, the owner, a fabulous Portrait Photographer who's a photo pro. She specializes in Wedding Photography as well as Lifestyle & Studio Portraits for Families, Newborns, and Pets. 

She is currently the Photo Editor/Contributing Writer for Pup Culture Magazine and a Contributing Photographer/Writer for Lake Affect Magazine. In addition, she does Head Shots, Commercial Pet photography and Product photography for businesses and artists. Michelle is also available for freelance assignment/editorial work.

Here's a little bit about Michelle and her fantastic work - scroll down to take a look!

 

What initially interested you into photography?

I've been in love with taking photographs since I was a kid. Around 8 years old I got my first camera. When I was young I think I just really liked the idea of being able to capture everything I saw and experienced and wanted to remember. As I got older it was that reason along with the challenge of getting a really good photo and helping others preserve their memories.

How long have you been professionally shooting?

5 years

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

That is a hard question because as a photographer you build a relationship with the couple and are invested in helping to make their wedding day a success. It would be hard to choose one because I feel connected to all of them and each wedding has been so different and beautiful to capture.

What is your photographic style - traditional, photojournalistic, etc.?

I think of my wedding photography style as a mix of modern, traditional and photojournalistic. I will always do a few "semi-posed" set ups where I give a little direction to set something up, but then let people do what they want so I can capture them more naturally. That's mostly with the family photos and the time I have with the couple and their wedding party. The rest of the day is much more photojournalistic.

Do you shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?

I always shoot everything in color and then will change certain photos to black and white in post processing.

What is your camera/weapon of choice?

I use professional Canon equipment: cameras, lenses and flash. Right now I have a 7D and a 40D, but am looking forward to the soon-to-be-released 6D which we will be adding to our camera family.

Film or Digital?

I shoot everything in digital now. Like many photographers I learned with and used film for a long time, but switched to digital about 7 or 8 years ago. I will always like film and how it looks, but as a professional I can do so much more with digital.

If you could work along side any one photographer who would it be?

There are a lot of talented wedding photographers out there, who I'm sure I would love to work alongside with and learn from, but one of my favorite photographers I would jump at the chance to work with is Zack Arias. He's not a wedding photographer, but an amazing portrait, editorial and commercial photographer who I really admire.He has a series of workshops and instructional dvds on how to use light that I learned so much from. His vision, style and the way he works are really inspiring.

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Try not to choose your photographer solely based on money and always go with a professional photographer as opposed to a friend with an expensive camera who says they will shoot your wedding for free. I remember what it was like when I was planning my own wedding and how many expenses there are. I was trying to cut costs wherever I could, but my wedding photography was never an option to cut costs on. I'm not saying you need to book a photographer who's thousands of dollars out of your budget, but don't let a few hundred dollars difference lead you to a choice you'll regret. When this one single day that you've been planning for over a year (and for many women their whole lives) is over, the only major tangible thing you and your family will have left to preserve and remember that day are your wedding photos.

The other factor to consider is finding a photographer you click with and enjoy being around. You want to find someone whose package, style and vision for your wedding day fits with yours, but if you can't stand their personality you should keep looking. They're going to be with you ALL day during your wedding helping to guide you throughout the day. And you're going to have a relationship withyour wedding photographer for at least 6 months or more from the time you first meet with them through several months after your wedding.

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November 27, 2012

Photographs are key to our memories. What better way to preserve that special moment in your life than taking a picture? Some of us have the expertise in photography, while others have to find someone with it! If you're the latter (like me!) and thinking about finding a photographer for your wedding, you might want to read this. We recently spoke with Jennifer Medeiros, a wedding photographer who knows how to capture and preserve "true, honest human emotion."

Enjoy!

 

What initially interest you into photography?

It was kind of an accident how I stumbled onto photography.  In my sophmore year of high school, I had one more class I needed to fill and a friend had mentioned that she heard photography was a fun class.  So I took it.  And man, I fell head over heels in love!  But then I had children right after high school, so I did the responsible thing and put my dreams on the back burner to raise my kids.  Now that they are older (13 & 10), I decided it was time to get back into it and give my dreams a real shot.

How long have you been professionally shooting?

Almost two years.

What was your favorite wedding to work on?

I would have to say my first.  It was a beach wedding in Sarasota, Florida and it was really a litmus test for me.  I really wasn't sure how I felt about photographing weddings.  To be honest, they scared me.  How could I handle being responsible for capturing the single most significant day in a couple's life together?  But again, I fell completely in love and haven't looked back!

What is your photographic style?

I very much prefer a more photojournalistic style.  To me, there is nothing more beautiful than capturing true, honest human emotion as it happens.  I know that when I look back at my old photographs, the ones that draw the most emotion are the candid moments and not the school portraits or the "say cheese" ones.  But that's just my opinion...

Do you shoot mostly color, black and white, or both?

I like to do a combination.  I never really know what I'm going to do until I sit down to edit and I just kind of go with my gut.

Film or Digital?

Well, it's funny you asked.  In the time I had put my photography goals aside to be a mom, the shift in the industry went from film to digital and when I decided to pick it up again, I felt like I had to re-learn photography.  Most of the things I did in the darkroom I could now do in the camera and that was definitely a learning process!  But now I shoot primarily digital.  I do still have my film camera, but it needs to be dusted off!

If you could work alongside any one photographer who would it be?

Without a doubt, Jasmine Star.  She's amazing and we totally have similar personalities!

Do you have any advice for brides looking for photographers?

Honestly? I would say to do some research.  Your wedding day is so important and the relationship between a bride and her photographer is very intimate.  At the end of the day, one of the most important elements to choosing the right photographer is that your personalities mesh well.  I think this makes the day run very smoothly and you both have the same goals in mind.

 

bride on a beach, lace wedding  gown, mermaid dress, train
bride in woodsbride and groom, trolly ride
black and white bridal portrait
the first dance
rustic bridal photo, red flowers, vailbride and groom, black and white, walking away
first dance, close up
bridal shoes, crystal heels, clear stilettos
exchanging of rings
sunset silhouettesunset portrait, kiss

Want to see more? Check out Jennifer's website.

Don't forget to like Jennifer on facebook!

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