Wedding Day Essentials BagA Bag of Wedding Day Essentials

We often get asked what we carry in our bags on a wedding day and while the gear is important to our craft, there is a bag that we carry that is even more important because it’s for you, our bride.  That bag is our Wedding Day Essentials Bag of items that is filled with everything from Advil to crochet hooks.  Want to know more about what we carry and why?

What’s in Our Bag

Probably the oddest thing we have in our bag is a crochet hook but that little tool is a life saver for dresses with tiny buttons and loops as well as when it comes time to bustle a wedding dress at lightning speed.  Next up we have a Tide Pen for cleaning up spills on dresses before portrait time.  Less exciting items include:

  1. Advil
  2. Tylenol
  3. Larabar
  4. Feminine Products
  5. Benadryl
  6. First Aid Kit
  7. Bobby Pins
  8. Safety Pins
  9. 3M Hook
  10. Coat Hangers
  11. ring cleaner

These may sound like pedantic things to write about or even read but I can’t tell you how many times hair has fallen down, stains have occurred, or a headache has popped up to mess with what should be a stress free wedding day.  I believe that your wedding day should be focused on the event and not searching for a safety pin to hold your dress in place.  I believe that I am more than just your wedding photographer, I am there to serve our brides in a way that sets a sense of calm and alleviates stress.


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Heritage Farm Wedding with details of rings

A Summer Heritage Farm Wedding

The weather could not have been more perfect for Nena and Tre’s wedding at Seven Springs this past weekend.  I think it’s due in part to them burying the bourbon beforehand. From dance parties with the girls as they got Nena ready to the boys lounging in the tavern and playing darts, it was a relaxed, job filled and elegant affair.

Married between two Magnolia trees on the back lawn of the property, the guests witnessed these two sweet souls say “I Do” with a special added touch of being married by Nena’s aunt Rachel.  She told of how they met in high school through mutual friends.  Surrounded by their family and closest friends, they joked and told stories of growing up together during family formals.  During portrait time we had a special visitor that you absolutely do not want to miss below.  He was the perfect segway into a lively reception filled with dancing, delicious cake, and heartfelt toasts that brought joy and tears to everyones face.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Facison.  May your marriage be even more beautiful than your wedding day was.

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Venue: Seven Springs

Wedding Planner: Wood Grain & Lace

Floral Designer: Amanda Burnette

Hair: Katia Ocampo

Dress: Bridal Elegance RVA

Dress Designer: Willowby by Watters

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Bridesmaid Dresses: Show Me Your Mu Mu

Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang

Invitations: Epoch Designs

Rentals: Paisley and Jade

Rentals: Rent-e-quip

Catering: Champagne Taste Catering

Cake: Arley Cakes

Videography: Rachel Curry

DJ: Cam DiNunzio

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Including Your Pet on Your Wedding DayIncluding Your Pet on the Wedding Day

If you have a beloved pet, it may be unimaginable to celebrate your wedding day without including that special member of the family.  This isn’t just about honoring your companion; this is also about sharing milestones with the new family the two of you are forging.  By far, the cutest way to show your shared love for your pet is by including him/ her in the ceremony. If your furry friend is mannerly, consider making him a dapper ring-bearer, or bestowing the title of flower girl on her. A pup in a floral crown or bowtie is simply too charming to resist!  If you do so, insure that you designate a friend as the pet sitter to insure that throughout the ceremony they are looked after and that during the reception they have a comfortable quiet place to hang out.

If it’s not practical for your pet to be present, there are still sweet ways to keep them close. The bride can carry a paw print pendant with the bouquet, or wear a locket with a picture enclosed. The groom can feature a sidekick in his accessories such as tie clips, cuff links, or even embroidered socks.  We especially love the silver cufflinks below of one of our couples adorable fur baby.

We also encourage our couples to consider bringing their sweet furry companions on engagement sessions or if not for the wedding ceremony, then possibly the first look before the ceremony.  Your wedding is the ultimate celebration of family’s legacy, no matter how many legs they have.

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groomsmen gifts Groomsmen Gift Ideas

When it comes to wedding traditions such as gifts for groomsmen, many guys draw a blank or simply don’t have time to find the perfect gift to say thank you.  Today I am going to encourage you to think inside the box with  memorable statements of appreciation.  A few months ago, I shared how much my husband and I love subscription boxes. They are often highly customizable, meaningful, and easy.  J and I can vouch that your groomsmen will actually use, and enjoy their gifts.

The Classy Gentleman

For the classy, discerning gentlemen, I can’t tell you how much we love Bespoke Post! They cater to everyone’s inner Mad Men with products such as whisky stones, artisan flasks, and stylish leather goods.  While J has it as a monthly subscription, you could purchase individual boxes or gifts as you choose.

The Fun Loving Guy

If your groomsmen are fun-loving, nerd culture types, then Loot Crate will be their personal paradise.  There are a plethora of custom crates that are tailored to specific interests like gaming, comics, film and tv.

The Outdoorsy Guy

Man Crate, and Kinderbox are great for the manly-men. This company offers choices such as gourmet jerky, beard grooming products, personalized bar ware, grilling, and an array of options for sports fans.  Your wedding is the perfect opportunity to express gratitude to these important friends with whom you’ve chosen to share your joy and we love the idea of tailoring gifts to each person in your bridal party rather than simply getting a gift with the one size fits all mentality.

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Pink dress and navy suit with bowtie engagement session

Dressing for Your Engagement Portraits

If you recently got engaged and are planning your engagement portraits, you are probably wondering what to wear.  You may also find that your version of what to wear is very different than what your groom had in mind.  That is where we as your photographer come in.

We want you to not only feel amazing during your session, we also want you to have a great time with little no stress in regards to getting ready so here are our top 5 tips for getting ready:

  1. Try everything on 3 days before your shoot to insure that everything fits well and that nothing needs to be dry cleaned or ironed.  This also gives you a chance to snap a quick photo and send to us or share on social media.
  2. Have your makeup professionally done and your hair if your concerned about it frizzing like mine does.
  3. Drink a lot of water starting two days before hand.  This adds a nice glow to your skin.
  4. Bring chapstick for him and lipgloss or lipstick for you to the shoot.
  5. Avoid spray tans two weeks before the session

Now that you feel prepared for the session, you are probably wondering what to wear.  Here are some of our tips for finding the right outfit:

  1. Find your outfit first and then his
  2. Women look more elegant in dresses and heels tend to elongate your legs.
  3. Pick one outfit that is semi-dressy and one that is dressy to give you the diversity of two looks
  4. Accessorize with pretty earrings or a necklace
  5. Make sure that your guys outfit coordinates with yours but isn’t overly matchy matchy.
  6. When in doubt, Rent the Runway is a great place to find unique and elegant attire.

Want more information on removing stress from your wedding day process?  Check out our newsletter below.Free People dress for engagement session blush pinkWinery Engagment with blue bowtie and suspendersRent the runway fur vest engagment portraitHot pink heels in the snow dress for your portrait


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