How to Find the Right Photographer for You

Most people can agree that one of the most important decisions-and investments-you make for your wedding day is your photographer. They are pretty much single-handedly responsible for capturing all the memories of your big day and will provide the images that you look back on for the rest of your lives together-the pictures you hang on the wall or put into an album to show your children. Not to mention, photographers frequently have a hand in making certain aspects of the day run smoothly (although if you hire a wedding planner that's not as necessary!)

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What Time Should Your Ceremony Start?

Hi Everyone!

Today I am talking about what time your wedding ceremony should start!

I've been asked by a few of my brides recently if they should put down a half hour earlier on their invitations just to make sure everyone gets there on time. My short and [not so] sweet answer is this: if adults can’t respectfully arrive at least 10 minutes early to your wedding, that is not your problem, nor your responsibility to accommodate them on their tardiness.

Here’s a scenario for you: you receive an invitation in the mail with a ceremony start time of 4:00. You arrive to the church at 3:30 just to be safe. 4:00 comes and goes, and still no bridal party walking down the aisle. 4:30 comes and the ceremony finally starts. You’re annoyed and wondering what could possibly have delayed everyone a half hour. 

When I coordinate a wedding, we start at the time on the invitation. When I make the master timeline for the day that is what I follow, and give to all the vendors. If the ceremony is late, it delays everything else for the rest of the day. 

If your an engaged couple, plan to start at the time you put on your wedding invitations, and if you're a wedding guest, plan ahead and get to the ceremony at least 10 minutes before the start time. 

What’s your opinion?

xo, Val

2017 Wedding Trends

Hi Everyone!

Today I am talking all about the wedding trends I am predicting for 2017 wedding season! 

Greenery, greenery and more greenery! No longer is greenery just a filler! So many couples are wanting greenery like eucalyptus to be the star of the show in their bouquets and centerpieces! It’s goes perfectly with the bohemian, woodsy trend that seems to be replacing the oh so popular rustic theme we’ve been seeing for the last few years. 


Rose gold and copper! This is probably one of my favorite trends! Gold is still popular, but more couples are opting for copper and rose gold!

Bands are making a come back! Of course DJ’s aren’t going anywhere, but we’re seeing more couples opt for a band rather than a DJ!

Big weddings cakes! cupcakes, and different desserts like pies and ice cream were very in last year (and still are!) but big beautiful wedding cakes are definitely back! 

Photo Booths are back! DIY photo booths, with fijifilm instant camera’s were popular in 2016, but 2017 is proving that couples still want a fun experience for their guests by bringing in a photo booth company. 

Red Arrow Photography 

Red Arrow Photography 

What trend are you most excited to see this year?

xo, Val