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14 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

Posted by Kim on Oct 21, 2013

questions-to-ask-photographer-1Photo by Jenny Lindsey Photography

Finding the right wedding photographer isn’t unlike finding the right person to marry. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your photographer throughout your wedding day (including some personal moments), so you’ll want to make sure that you get along well with him or her. And of course, you’ll also want someone with talent, creativity, and a style that reflects your own. So what’s the best way to find “the one”? First, search WeddingWire’s vendor reviews to find a list of talented photographers near you, check out their portfolios, and pick out three or four photographers you’d like to interview. Before you sit down with them, first make sure that they have your date available – if the answer is no, there’s no need to schedule an in-person interview. But if they do have your date available, meet for an interview and ask the following questions:

Preppy Navy Blue and Coral Summer Wedding in Canada

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 23, 2013

Cheryl & Dave

August 23  

Milton, Ontario, Canada 


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

Our venue had an intimate feel for celebrating with our family and friends.  We loved the rustic yet elegant décor, and that they use their on-site garden and local foods to create the most delicious meals!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. We each wrote our own vows, then followed them with joint vows that we created together.  This made our ceremony feel so personal and special to us.  

2. We cut up a fallen tree trunk near our home and used the cross sections of wood as the base for our centerpieces and décor.  

3. I had custom cufflinks made for my groom with pictures of our beloved dog Gus, so that he could be with us on our wedding day!

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our crazy and amazing family planned a surprise flash mob before the best man’s speech!


5 Posing Tips To Flatter Your Figure

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 29, 2013

By: Leeor Pilo


Photo: Katelyn James Photography

Everybody wants to look fab on their wedding day, and let’s face it, it’s the one day in your life where you’ll be photographed the most! To avoid looking back at your wedding pictures with dread, we’ve collected the 5 best tips to keep you looking picture perfect.

Shift Your Weight – Never distribute your weight evenly on your feet, this creates a stocky look that can be unflattering for women. Instead, shift your weight, leaning with your hip to one side to complement the natural curvature of your body. To accentuate this curve, gently tilt your head to the side for a demure look.

The Knee Pop – If you find yourself standing to the side when you’re posing with your bridal party or during other group photos, angle your body at a ¾ angle facing the camera with your front knee popped. This goes back to the weight-shifting rule and will keep you looking lean in your photos.

The Skinny Arm – Show off those shoulders by placing your hands on your hips and bowing your elbows out. This is a surefire way to keep arms looking svelte in photos, even if you haven’t been going to the gym! If you’re posing with your bouquet, clasp both hands around it and keep arms slightly bent in front of you. Pressing your arms against your body can make them appear bigger than they are so keep them in a relaxed position.

Head, Neck & Shoulders – When you smile for the camera, allow your head to bow down and look up at the lens. This angle is very flattering as it accentuates the jawline and avoids creating a double-chin. Complete this pose with your shoulders back and your neck long for a favorable photo.

Don’t Forget to Smile! – The most important thing you can do for your looks in front of the camera is to be natural. Relax! Have fun and goof off with your spouse. Bare those pearly whites and smile! Your wedding day is all about the two of you, and the love you share, so be candid and allow the camera to capture your best moments.

Artistic Spring Cafe Wedding in South Carolina

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 26, 2013

Brantly & Kent 

April 6

Easley, South Carolina


Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one? 

It’s the shared history: Kent and I grew up in this church together, so there was really never a question. It made for an amazing day—walking down the aisle on which we had chased each other around at various youth group functions and seeing so many familiar sights from our past. The fact that the church itself is absolutely lovely didn’t hurt either!

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Colors: My inspiration came from a Vincent van Gogh poster I purchased in Amsterdam that has graced my bedroom walls for years, creating a very content and calm atmosphere. I wanted the same for the wedding and carried the theme throughout—from the invitations to the bridesmaid dresses to the flowers.

2. Holly Graciano, our photographer: I first heard of Holly as an Art History undergrad when my professor mentioned that his wife was doing wedding photography. When I looked her up after our time had come, I immediately fell for her eye for design and composition. For someone like me, who could spend hours looking at paintings and drawings, was extremely important to me that we have mementos that were both meaningful and beautiful.

3. Handmade and handpicked bits and pieces: I loved that my mom and I were able to work together to create a really thoughtful day. We made signs, lanterns, the ring bearer’s “pillow,” which turned out to be a shell from the beach where Kent and I were engaged, and the heirloom cake recipe that my Memaw used to make. She passed away years ago, but I didn’t feel like she was so far away when Kent and I shared that first bite of Italian cream cake.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day that you can’t stop thinking about.

Aside from replaying my few “last words” with my father before we walked out of the bridal room, it’s the getaway and the feeling that all was well with the world at that moment. Our friends and family, many of whom had never met before and would likely never meet again, surrounded us as we walked out of a perfect reception into a perfect evening with beautiful sparklers and wish lanterns lighting the night sky. Holding Kent’s hand, I knew that I was blessed, undeservedly, beyond measure and that this moment would be one to never forget.


Top 6 Couple Photos To Take On Your Wedding Day

Posted by Caitlin on Aug 21, 2013

Photographers will most likely concentrate on documenting the traditional milestones of your wedding day (i.e. getting-ready, walking down the aisle, first dance, and cake cutting), but be sure to add some fun with these creative shots you won’t want to miss:

1. First Look


Photo: Marlon Taylor Photography