Hillary & Aaron - James River Country Club

It poured buckets the day of Hillary & Aaron's wedding at the James River Country Club. But had you looked at their faces, you never would have guessed. They didn't stop smiling at each other all day! One of the highlights of the day was seeing Aaron sing to Hillary during their ceremony. There wasn't a dry eye in the whole room!

I'm so thankful for sweet couples like these two. Thank you Hillary & Aaron for letting me play a small part in your beautiful wedding day!

3 Questions To Ask: Your Videographer

In helping each of my couples prepare for consultations with their prospective vendors, I often give them a list of questions to ask. While there are so many things they can ask each vendor, I do my best to give them the 3 most important questions to make sure to have answered.

So today, I'm going to share the 3 questions you should ask a videographer when trying to decide if they are the right fit for you and your wedding!

How do you shoot the ceremony without being distracting to us and our guests?

The last thing you want during your ceremony is to constantly have a camera or a microphone in your face. You want to be in the moment, taking your vows, and promising forever to each other. Likewise, you don't want your guests being distracted by your videographer or trying to see around them while they're in the middle of your ceremony. It's important that your videographer know how to get the best shot, without being the main attraction during your ceremony.

Have you worked alongside a photographer before?

There are so many moving parts on a wedding day... it's vital that the group of vendors you hire work together like a well-oiled machine. Especially when it comes to your photographer and videographer. These two vendors will be spending the most time with you on your wedding day, both trying to get the perfect shot to capture your perfect day. If they aren't careful, they could figuratively {and literally} end up tripping over each other. So it's important that they work well together, respect each other's craft and space, and do whatever they can to document your memories in an unobtrusive way.

Can I see one of your recent wedding videos?

All wedding vendors {photographers, videographers, florists, etc} are constantly honing their skills and evolving in their craft. How their work presents today does not look the same as it did even a year ago. To make sure their style is the right fit for your wedding day, you should always ask to see samples of their recent work. Also, feel free to ask for references from couples they worked with over the past year or so.

A big thank you to Justin from Gibby Visuals for helping to educate me a bit on wedding videography!! Go check out his work if you're looking for a videographer for your big day!

And a little piece of bonus advice, pertaining to all your wedding vendors: It's so important to establish a connection with each of the individuals that will be contributing to your big day. You'll spend a lot of time communicating with them leading up to your wedding and it's imperative that you mesh well with them. If at all possible, always request a consultation before booking a vendor based solely on what you see on their website and social media.

Guest Book Inspiration

The wedding industry is forever evolving. And I love watching it happen! Thanks to sites like Pinterest, couples are coming up with new twists on a lot of the more traditional elements of the wedding day.

One of the most common evolutions I've watched revolves around the guest book. Gone are the days of the cloth-covered guest books from Michaels that rarely get filled up with signatures and well-wishes...and usually get packed away in a box somewhere never to be seen again. Couples are opting for guest books that they can display in their homes, use on a daily basis, and be reminded daily of the amazing friends & family that took part in their special day. It's so exciting!

Below are a few of my very favorite twists on the traditional guest book!

Shannon Moffit Photography

Shannon Moffit Photography

Rebecca Keeling Studios

Rebecca Keeling Studios

Elizabeth Friske Photography

Elizabeth Friske Photography

DCPG

DCPG

Elizabeth Henson Photos

Elizabeth Henson Photos

Elizabeth Henson Photos

Elizabeth Henson Photos

Angie McPherson Photography

Angie McPherson Photography

Kirstyn Marie Photography

Kirstyn Marie Photography

Angie McPherson Photography

Angie McPherson Photography

Lauren Bright Photography

Lauren Bright Photography

Carolina & Daniel - Suffolk Planter's Club

Carolina and Daniel were SUCH a fun couple! Their St Patrick's Day wedding was the perfect combination of Daniel's Irish heritage Carolina's Colombian. They incorporated both their families in the best ways, included so many incredible DIY touches {Daniel even MADE the beer their guests drank}, and threw the most amazing party for their friends and loved ones.

Carolina & Daniel, thank you so much for letting me play a part in your perfect wedding day!! And a huge thank you to the vendor team that helped make their day so wonderful!

Venue: Suffolk Planter's Club // Photographer: Lauren Bright Photography // Coordinator: Just Dandy Events // Caterer: Winston's Mobile Catering // Officiant: Take Me To I Do // Cake: Rachel Bakes // DJ & Photobooth: Boardwalk Photo Booth Co // Makeup: Dhalia Edwards // Hair: Stephanie Michelle Hair

Kaitlin & John - Oyster Farm at Kings Creek

I can't think of a better way to spend a holiday weekend then sending a fun-loving JDE couple down the aisle to say I do. So that's how I spent part of Labor Day weekend! Kaitlin & John were married at the Oyster Farm at Kings Creek on the Eastern Shore and, despite some questionable weather, it was the perfect day!

Kaitlin & John met at JMU, they have one of the cutest and sweetest dogs I've ever met, and they celebrated their love with about 45 of their closest family and friends. I'm officially in love with small weddings!!

They also chose a first-class group of vendors to help them get married and I loved every second of working with each of them! Here are a few of my favorite images captured by my sweet, sweet friend Emily from elovephotos. Enjoy!!

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Venue: The Oyster Farm at Kings Creek // Planning: Just Dandy Events // Photography: elovephotos // Videography: Gibby Visuals // DJ: Astro DJ - Danny Gray // Cake: Rachel Bakes // Florist: Florist By The Sea // Linens: Eastern Shore Events & Rentals // Hair: 76 West Salon // Makeup: Sarah Beth Perry

Congratulations Kaitlin & John! Thank you so much for letting me play a small part in your beautiful day! Give my love to Dewey!! :)

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And here's a little teaser of the day from Gibby Visuals!!