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

Jewel Toned Styled Wedding

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing our gorgeous styled shoot from the beginning of February! When I started planning this shoot I knew I wanted  jewel tones. I feel like lately soft colors like soft pink and pale blues have been part of every wedding, and I was so ready for rich colors! Rachel of 'Austin & Rachel Photographers' and I went back and forth for weeks with different ideas, and soon this beautiful shoot was born! I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. 

This shoot would have all just been ideas and multiple inspiration boards without all the talented vendors we worked with! All of the amazing vendors are listed below!

ENJOY! :)

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The DIY Venue

Hi Everyone!

Today I am talking about the difference between a “day of coordinator”, and a team that comes in to do the set-up and clean up.  I think there’s been a misunderstanding about what hiring a “day of coordinator” means.  If you pick a venue that doesn’t have staff to do the set up and clean up, hiring a coordinator doesn’t mean they will be there to put up tables and chairs, put on table linens, put food out, assemble your DIY centerpieces, and other decor, move chairs from ceremony location, to reception space, or to clean it all up, and pack everything up at the end of the night.  Hiring a coordinator means they will confirm with vendors, develop your timeline, do basic set up (i.e escort cards and table numbers) know all there is to know about your wedding, run your wedding ceremony, be the “go-to” person for the whole day, and so much more. I know from experience that when I’m trying to do 10 things at once, things get missed and the day can’t be as perfect as it should be. Most planners offer this service, but at an additional cost because it means bringing in more staff. 

Know that picking that amazing Pinterest-worthy barn venue that doesn’t have a staff to do set up, means you should budget for hiring a coordination team to run your day perfectly, set up all the beautiful decor you took months putting together, and put everything away at the end of the night so you, and your family don’t have to work, and get to truly enjoy your big day. Yes your family and friends could do it, but they shouldn’t have to. Hiring a coordinator-especially in that situation- is invaluable. 

neff+rutan photography 

neff+rutan photography 

xo, Val