No, not juicy, hot celeb gossip. These secrets are much, much better!
You may not know this, but Springfield, Missouri, is home to many incredible photographers. Yes, Springfield, Missouri!
And that’s just secret number one!
Hang in there, you’ll know more secrets in just a sec.
What isn’t a secret is that your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life.
Of course you want it captured well so you can relive that beautiful day over and over again.
I partnered with nine incredibly talented and caring Springfield based photographers to provide you with wisdom and encouragement * essentially, five top-notch secrets * for your big day.
And if you’re wondering, yes, they will travel for you.
(you already got secret #1)
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Beth Solano suggests you “find a photographer who you can build a relationship with and you feel comfortable around. hiring A photographer who you can trust, communicate well with, and someone who sees your vision for your wedding day, is so important. Having a photographer who understands your values for your story, will be the photographer who will stick with you and capture your day well.”
When it comes to choosing your photographer, Abigail Derrick encourages you to “think of it as adding another member to your wedding party. Find someone you click with and enjoy being around. Look at their style. Does their style match your venue, overall look, and ideas. Each photographer has a unique way of telling a story. Pick the one that will best tell yours.”
Make Your Day Your Own
I love what Adam Williams of Adam and Dawn Photography shares. He reminds us of something so important with his secret.
”Don’t get too caught up in what you are ‘supposed’ to do at weddings. Instead focus on things to create actual memories. Make it more personal and organic. Just because there is a bouquet and garter toss at every wedding, that doesn’t mean you have to do it. Fill your day with things that are uniquely you and something that you can create a memory with. Don’t over complicate things.”
Andrew Edwards echos secrets #2 & #3 with this words of wisdom: “My first bit of advice would be to have your wedding exactly how you want it. It's okay to remove any obligation and celebrate one of the best days of your life the way you want to! Second, make sure you have a solid connection with your vendors, by establishing a relationship with them you can feel more at ease and know for sure they've got your back! For me, I know I'm there to document your wedding but I'm also there to celebrate right alongside you and your best friend!”
Focus On What Matters Most
Kyndal of Inner Images Photography wisely shares, “it's so easy to put yourself last on your wedding day. You're surrounded by family, friends, and opinions and you don't want to let anyone down. but listen, friends, take intentional breaks. Breaks where you can escape the chaos (Preferably with your photog! Those intimate moments are the most beautiful.) to just hug each other. To smell the air and love on each other.”
“If you don't schedule those in, something will always tear you away from that time together. If you look through my pictures you'll notice most of them have laughter or tears of thankfulness. That's because I tell my couples how important that time is. So do yourself a favor and put you first, even if for 10 minutes. Take some breaths, refocus and process what's happening together.”
I love what Shelby Lung of Shea Brianne Photography has to say about focusing on what matters most and letting that direct your decisions.
“When it comes to wedding photography, my advice is this: clear your head of anything that your friend did at her wedding or what you saw on Pinterest and instead visualize that moment when you walk down the aisle to see your groom. That feeling you get when you imagine him in his tux standing there looking at you, full of love and anticipation, all of your closest friends and family surrounding you two is the feeling that needs to lead your decisions during this process, including when choosing a photographer.”
“Realize that with wedding photography, you're not just trying to find someone who fits your budget and style, but are choosing someone to craft the heirlooms that you and your spouse will carry down for generations. Choose your photographer based on whether you feel they understand you, your vision, and if they will tell your story both well and beautifully.
You will work with this person from before the wedding until after, so there should be a natural connection you enjoy! Don't be afraid to ask your photographer for suggestions, advice, and help––because that's what they're there for!”
Hannah Arnzen Photography helps you stay focused on what maters most with these secrets.
“Use Pinterest as inspiration instead of your expectation.” Your wedding is your special day with details that matter to you. Pinterest is a tool, but it is not the authority on what details should be included on your day and in your photos. Focus on what matters most and is personal to you and your love, and include those details.
She also slid in one of my personal favorite secrets (I’m biased for sure). Hannah tells you the truth here, “Invest in a professional wedding coordinator for your big day! Let's face it...we all know Aunt Lori wants to enjoy herself to drinks and dancing instead of carrying around a clipboard all evening. A professional coordinator allows me to do what I do best...document your day!”
So good, right?! You’ll get to focus on your relationship, story, and the sweet moments of your wedding day with these great secrets!
roll with it, baby
Elise, of Elise Abigail Photo, reminds us to lean in to whatever the day may bring.
Elise shares her valuable perspective, “as a wedding photographer not only do I witness the joyous celebration and beauty of a wedding day, but I also witness the not-so-pretty moments as well. Let’s all be honest here, Pinterest and Instagram wedding features are only showing the good, perfectly styled, posed and curated moments of a wedding day, but that’s not how any entire day goes in this world.”
“Every single wedding something goes wrong, but I think “wrong” is the wrong word (too many wrongs in one sentence??) a better word is unplanned. Sometimes there is 25+mile an hour wind on a 20 degree day and ice on the ground at the spot you planned for bridal party photos, it’s bone chilling wind and you lose feeling in your toes but everyone is laughing and doing their best to smile through the gusts and it is hilarious and terrible all at the same time. Or it down-poured the day before and that beautiful field is so full of mud, but you don’t care about your wedding dress getting a little dirty on the liner because that sunset light is worth it —and hey that is what dry cleaners are for (seriously, magicians those people!) My favorite moment is when a couple leans into those feelings that they will only feel a few times in their life, those tears that come and mess up makeup or turn your eyes red, those good good emotions of deep love and support from all.”
“These are all unplanned moments, stuff you can’t control
but lean into it— let that wind blow, that mud squish and
those tears come, because you only get this day once,
Sean Reid offers heart-felt encouragement. He shares, “of all the weddings I've seen and experienced, including my own, there has rarely been a wedding I've seen that goes exactly as planned. No matter what or who it is, stay a step ahead by not overthinking it all. It's your one and only day so relax, don't overthink it, live it, experience it, soak it in and leave nothing to stress over - that's why we're there, to take the weight off your shoulders! Believe me, It goes by fast - so own it!”
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Here’s a bonus tip for you
“If you are looking to do some kind of a night time exit like sparklers or glow sticks or lanterns, don’t wait until the end of the evening. Instead turn it into an experience and a firework photo instead of a sendoff. Try taking a moment during the reception and go out with your wedding party and just your family and do it then. You guys can play around with it and have fun with each other and make it a really awesome moment. Or if you want it on a grander scale, take a moment before you do your first dance and have your guests go out and line up for it. Then you can transition from that to your first dance and it makes a great opportunity to have the guests all around you as you have your first dance together and make it truly magical. If you wait until the end of the night, you will usually have a much smaller scale and when there is alcohol involved, that makes it a little scary at the end of the night when they are holding fire.”
I hope you felt the love in these tips from these amazing photographers! Let us know which of these great secrets helped you the most in the comments below.