Hello! My name is Heather and I am so happy you stopped by! This blog is a place where I will share love stories of amazing couples who I had the honor of photographing. It is a place where I can express my passion with images where my words fall short. Photography has changed my life drastically and I am so thankful that God has blessed me with this gift. I wish I could say the same thing about my singing voice, but what can you do?!
I can honestly call this a dream wedding from start to finish. When I pulled up to the RU’s Farm property, I knew immediately that I was going to be extremely inspired all day. This venue has it ALL! A gorgeous barn with chandeliers, endless rows of vineyards, a majestic cork tree at the ceremony […]
I can honestly call this a dream wedding from start to finish. When I pulled up to the RU’s Farm property, I knew immediately that I was going to be extremely inspired all day. This venue has it ALL! A gorgeous barn with chandeliers, endless rows of vineyards, a majestic cork tree at the ceremony site, and outdoor dining beneath twinkle lights. But what made this wedding so dreamy was the amazing couple I got to photograph. They are so fun to be around especially since I can tell they have nothing but fun when they are together. It is no wonder their bridal party had me in stitches the whole day! I especially loved capturing the dance party in the barn as the live band, Cover Me Badd, had everyone on their feet all night. I am so excited to share these images with you all! Congrats Courtney & Andrew!!
I literally could not wait to shoot Jenna & Mike’s wedding! Not only because we had so much fun on their engagement shoot, but also because it had been exactly 10 months since my last wedding due to bedrest and maternity leave. I was dying to get out there and do what I love again, […]
I literally could not wait to shoot Jenna & Mike’s wedding! Not only because we had so much fun on their engagement shoot, but also because it had been exactly 10 months since my last wedding due to bedrest and maternity leave. I was dying to get out there and do what I love again, and returning to the scene with the two nicest people EVER was such a blessing! Jenna & Mike were incredibly gracious throughout the entire process and were a dream to photograph. Jenna has a background in theatre and dance which was totally evident in how graceful she moved. I love how passionate they are for each other. The way they embraced and snuck little moments together throughout the day and even during group photos was so very sweet to witness. AND it was so great to see so many kind faces again as I had photographed her sister Kelly’s wedding 2 years prior!
V. Sattui Winery is hands down one of my favorite wineries to shoot at! The ceremony site is straight out of a fairytale as it surrounded by lush greenery, stone walls, and twinkle lights above. It was the perfect setting and I am so very happy for these two!
Hayley and Ryan are two of the sweetest and most joyful people I have ever met, so it was no surprise that their friends and family were equally amazing! It was a pleasure being a part of their Saratoga Springs wedding and capturing the happy tears, the bursts of laughter, and of course the love that surrounds them. I especially loved Hayley’s slinky backless gown and the gorgeous bouquets with succulents and feathers! Her palette of mint and coral is one of my favorites! Of course, Ryan was very handsome in his bowtie and three piece suit, but he had some major competition with their puppy Ozy, who had on a “Best Dog” scarf! Oh Woof! One of my favorite moments was the Mother-Daughter dance. I had never seen one before and thought is was a great idea especially if your mom is one of your best friends! I am so happy for these two and know they have nothing but lots of laughter and adventures to come!
Congratulations! Â You are engaged!! Â It is definitely a time to celebrate and bask in the joy of it all! Â I remember being told on a daily basis to enjoy the engagement period afterÂ my husband proposed. Â It can sometimes be hard to focus on how amazing it feels to be engaged when there is the never […]
Congratulations! Â You are engaged!! Â It is definitely a time to celebrate and bask in the joy of it all! Â I remember being told on a daily basis to enjoy the engagement period afterÂ my husband proposed. Â It can sometimes be hard to focus on how amazing it feels to be engaged when there is the never ending wedding ‘To Do’ list to get through. Â It can seriously become a full time job! Â BUT, I am here to tell you that what feels like a HUGEÂ task can actually be simplified and therefore, dare I say…fun?
Step 1: Set aside 30 minutes every night or even just once a week to talk about the wedding planning and why not pour yourselves a glass of wine while you’re at it? Â You might as well make it a fun ritual. Â During this time together create a master checklist because getting your ‘To Dos’ on paper frees up mental space in your brain. Â Also how amazing does it feel to cross something off!? Discuss bridal party, budget, and guest list. Â When theÂ time is up, resume normal everyday conversations and if something comes up that you want to talk about, write it down for tomorrow night’s Wine and Wedding chat.
Step 2: Go venue hunting. Â Turn this into a day dateÂ by wine tasting if you are looking for venues in the wine country, orÂ get lunch at the restaurant on site if the venue is at a hotel. Â Also to relive planning stress, look for venues that are all inclusive soÂ you don’t have to worry about renting tables, chairs, linens, providing alcohol, and catering. Â Sometimes the venues even come with a day of coordinator which is a major score! Check out this greatÂ site for narrowing down your search: www.herecomestheguide.com
Step 3: StartÂ a Pinterest Board to create a visual story of how you want your wedding to look and feel. Â There is almost too much inspiration out there so having a board will help you to narrow your focus. Â You can create one for lots of different categories including Dress, Hair, Flowers, Photography, Color Palette etc. Â This is something that will be helpful to share with your vendors as well!
Step 3: Book your Team. Â I say ‘team’ because that is truly what you are building…a team that willÂ bring all their individual skill sets together to create something magical for You! Â It is crucialÂ to meet with your vendorsÂ in person to make sure you not only love their work, but you love them! Â You can bookÂ most of these vendorsÂ according to the amount of importance you place on them. Â Here is the order I suggest:
Wedding Coordinator: Can provide you with guidance, tons of resources, and vendor suggestions. Â They can be just a day of coordinator or someone who helps you plan every last detail.
Photographer: That’s where I come in 🙂 99% of my couples tell me that the photographer is the most important person they book on their wedding day because the photos will be something they will cherish forever. Â Photographers can book out as early as a year in advance so if there is one that you really connect with, best to book them ASAP. Â Plus theÂ sooner you book your photographer the sooner you can get your engagement photos done for your Save the Date. ClickÂ Here for everything you need to know about doing an engagement session!
Live Band or DJ: Like a photographer they can only do one event per day so they can book out early. Â Plus aÂ live band or DJ really sets the tone for the party so important to get a good one!
Caterer: Food is another very important one to a lot of my couples. Â Most may only be able to accommodate one large event a day so book this team early especially since a catering company mayÂ also provide you with tables, chairs, linens, and a coordinator! Â Boom, a lot of your stress can be handed off to one vendor!
Dress: Â Yah! Â This isn’t a vendor, but sometimes the price of a dress can be equivalent to one, and well, since you will be wearing it all day, it is indeed a crucial part of your team 🙂 Get your best girlfriends together for brunch then head to 3 or 4 bridal boutiques to try on dresses! Â Make sure to have appointments set prior to your arrival. Â Most alterations places will need about 6 months or so to get your dress perfectly customized to your size and liking soooo…lucky You! Â This may be one of the first things youÂ get to go hunting for!
Invitation Designer: Â This teamÂ will often times do your Save the Dates as well as your Thank You cards to give your guests after the wedding. Â A greatÂ company that has a huge selection of beautiful and unique invitations forÂ reasonable price is PaperLess Post.Â Save the Dates can go out as soon as you have a date and a venue, butÂ in general they should goÂ out 6 months before the wedding if it is a destination weddingÂ so guests have time to book hotels and flights. Â If it isÂ a local wedding then 4-6 months before the wedding is perfect. Â Finally,Â Wedding Invitations typically go out 6-8 weeks before the wedding.
Florist: This is a very important person in your team! Â They can take your vision and bring it to life! Â Meet with them and get a feel for how they work. Â Is their a creative process or do you simply give them your colors and let them run with it? Â You can really tell right away which ones take a lot of pride in their craft. Â They can accommodate many weddings in one weekend so that is the only reason they are in the 2nd tier of priorities.
Videographer: Â This is an important team to capture the live story of your day and the good ones can do it so beautifully that it will brings tears to your eyes as you relive your wedding day. Â Like photography, it can eat up a large portion of your budget so it is one of those vendors people book if they feel passionate about having a wedding video. Â It is important to check out their previous work and askÂ how they normally work alongside aÂ photographer.
Cake Designer:Â Just like with a florist, a bakery should be able to accommodate multiple weddings and itâ€™s something you can book a little later in the planning process.
Hair & Makeup: Â A lot of times this is the same team. Â It is important to book these people early so that you have a team you are confident in and know will make you look your best! Â It is also great to have this team in place on the earlier side so they can also do your makeup for your engagement session. Â It can act as a makeup trial and you will be able to see how it photographs! Â The first step to looking your best is having amazing skin as a foundation for your makeup artist. Â A great place to start is with a daily skin care regime. Â Click Start ConsultationÂ for a one minute quizÂ to find out which premier skin care regime is right for your skin type. For amazing longer fuller lashes that are 100% yours try this amazing miracle product LASH BOOST. Â I use it, and OMG my lashes are so long!
Officiant: This person can be someone that is near and dear to you, someone you find at your church or even online. Â Either way, they need time to prepare, get certified if not already and/or get to knowÂ you both as a couple.
These are the last priority as they are all mostly optional teams for your wedding day and can accommodate several events in one day: Rentals,Â Lighting,Â Transportation,Â Ceremony Musicians.
Don’t forget that this doesn’t have to be a grueling process! Â In conclusion, make a checklist, set goals for getting things done, plan lots of date nights (threw that in there cuz we all need more of those), and have fun!…oh and drink lots of wine 😉