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Wedding Planning

Your wedding day is here! All the planning, and dreaming and preparing you have been doing led you to this very day.  It's beautiful, magical and exciting. Today is the day that you are going to marry the man of your dreams. Today is the day you are going to become a wife. But, as Destination Wedding photographer's, we are selfish creatures. We want you to get ready where there is the best possible light. Today we will help you decide where to get ready on your wedding

Let's be honest here. Unless you happen to have one of those "Instagram Husbands" your groom is most likely not going to be into the whole picture thing. Don't worry, you're not alone, and we get it! We often receive emails from brides who are worried their groom won't be into the engagement photo process. Well, we have great news for you - you are both more photogenic than you think! We constantly surprise couples by discovering their secret modeling skills and our most common response from our Moose Studio

The wedding day is coming to an end and it's time to make your grand exit. Aside from the gorgeous photo op, your wedding exit is the grand finale to one of the most amazing days of your life. It is the perfect chance for friends and family to literally shower you with love. Showering newlyweds with rice is a time-honored tradition said to bless them with prosperity, fertility and good fortune. However, many couples today are putting a unique twist on the tradition. Today we are sharing 21 creative ideas

As California + Destination wedding photographers we shoot a lot of engagement sessions. The number one struggle clients have while preparing for their shoot is choosing a location. We love to offer suggestions for the perfect location, but ultimately let the couple make the final call. We want them to feel connected and invested in the place they've chosen. Today we are going to share how to choose the perfect location for your engagement session.  Choose A Location That Reflects Your Personality If you hate the beach, then it doesn't make sense to

After the wedding day is over, and all the gifts have been opened, it's time to say thank you. When we first heard about people texting instead of sending a traditional post-wedding thank you note, we thought it was a joke. Despite being a part of the millennial generation, we think that trend needs to stop. As in, now. If someone gifts you a physical object, it's common courtesy to write them a physical thank you note for it. While it's easy for wedding thank you notes to make you feel overwhelmed and

As destination wedding photographers, we've seen hundreds of ceremonies. In fact, the wedding ceremony is one of our favorite parts of the wedding day! In just a short period of time, we get to witness the chemistry between the bride and groom and hear what brought them together. It is no doubt, a magical experience. However, the one thing that seems to make or break the ceremony, is having a great wedding officiant. The wedding officiant has the sole power to bring laughter or tears to everyone in attendance, setting the tone for the

When planning a wedding, no detail can be deemed too small. You've spent thousands of dollars to ensure your wedding day will be absolutely perfect. However, after shooting destination weddings for over 3 years now, we've noticed nearly every bride we've worked with, has always forgotten this one thing that can make a huge difference to your wedding photos : the wedding dress hanger. Today we wanted to offer a few tips to ensure your wedding dress is honored the way it should be on your special day. You've spent months trying

Photographing the getting ready details is one of our favorite parts of the wedding day because it allows us to prepare for the rest of the day. This is when the couple gets ready separately, surrounded by their family, friends and bridal party. We like to photograph a bride's details in a way that matches and showcases the style of the entire wedding day. Before we arrive, we ask the brides to gather any details they have so that we can walk in, say hello and begin! We usually start with

When we first heard about "First Looks," we weren't really sure what to think. Why would the Bride and Groom want to see each other before the wedding ceremony? That breaks a HUGE tradition! Well, after shooting our first one - our minds were blown - and we highly recommend one on your wedding day. Here's 5 reasons why you need to do a first look on your wedding day. 1. You Won't Waste Time Hiding From One Another No, seriously. We won't have to hold a piece of paper to our face everytime

The ring is on your finger and the wedding planning has begun! With checklists to get through and schedules to stick to, it can be undeniably stressful. But, before you decide to elope, we're here to help. Once the guest list is complete, it's time to send a save the date. A save the date is a courteous way to let guests know the date and location of your wedding so they can plan to be there. With save the dates being a relatively new tradition, the etiquette can often be unclear. Today,

A destination wedding is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your marriage in a gorgeous location away from where you live. Sound expensive? Actually, it's not! Every marriage begins with a unique love story. If yours is filled with a passion for adventure, wanderlust, and a motivation to celebrate your own way, a destination wedding might be the key to an amazing wedding experience. If you find yourself debating "should we or shouldn't we" and need some further convincing to plan a destination wedding, here are ten more reasons for you! According to a recent survey from The

With engagements happening every which way you look, I wanted to take a moment to share with you a few tips for couples planning their engagement session. Last I blogged my thoughts on Why Have An Engagement Session? so I feel like today's post would be the perfect followup! We absolutely love photographing engagement sessions because it brings the perfect opportunity to get to  know our clients better. By the time your wedding day arrives, you will be comfortable in front of our cameras and know how to work it! Dress Like A Model One of the

When it comes to wedding planning, the expenses start to add up, and brides are always looking to cut costs - makeup should not be one of them. Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime event and it needs to be treated as such. We believe you should leave makeup application to the pros, and here's why. Choosing Appropriate Makeup For a flawless complexion that will photograph well, you need about 30% more makeup than you usually wear on a daily basis. Professional makeup artists can determine your skin type

Many couples ask us - Should we get engagement photos done? Our answer is always YES! We whole-heartedly believe that in order for couples to have the best wedding photography experience possible, it should begin before the wedding day arrives. Here is our perspective on why every couple should have an engagement session. * * * Spend Quality Time Together After weeks of planning, scheduling, and coordinating your wedding, an engagement session is the perfect time to simply be together. Now is the time to slow down and remember why you are doing all of this in

Ahh, the much dreaded wedding guest list is on the agenda today. The wedding guest list doesn't have to be another chore to do, but a chance to spend time with your fiancé. The guests should be people you want to spend time with on your wedding day because they will be there to share the celebration of your love with you and your fiancé. Life is too short to argue over a simple list, make it fun by staying organized with these wedding guest list tips. Create The Master

The traditional wedding registry dates back to the 1920's, when department store Macy's invented one of the first gift registries. Today, the wedding registry has evolved into a variety of options such as donating to a charity, funding a honeymoon or a down payment for a future home. Here are 10 alternative options to the traditional department store wedding registry. There are a vast amount of reasons to forego the traditional wedding registry these days. One being that many couples such as Joshua and I, are choosing to live together before they are

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