By Lacy Wallin
Congratulations, love birds! You are excited, you are here and considering a photographer to capture your big day, but beware, photographers tend to book up quickly in the summer and fall so contact them right away to ensure they have your date available. They will schedule a meeting or phone conference to discuss your vision for your wedding, and to make sure they can perfectly fit your vision and style. When you decide on a photographer, a deposit is usually required to secure your date. Once booked, the photographer will probably discuss the best package for you and develop a solid timeline for the day to ensure all your “must haves” are taken care of. The week before the wedding they may visit your venues to refine the timeline. They should communicate with you on any and all changes and details. Your photographer can be an amazing resource to answer questions on timeline, help structure your day or refer preferred vendors.
Your day has arrived, and you want to be able to take it all in. The photographer will help drive the timeline and keep things on schedule. A good photographer will make adjustments where needed and let you and your wedding party just enjoy the day. They will likely have an assistant, or second shooter (depending on the package selected), to help execute the coverage smoothly. A good photographer always brings backup equipment and is prepared for any technical issues. So you can just breathe …
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After your wedding, the photographer may post a sneak peek for you to see and share on social media. Your complete fully edited images will usually be ready approximately 6-8 weeks after your big day. Ask your photographer if your package will include a print release to order your images wherever you wish. Photographers can professionally print the images for you, but they can also usually provide printing recommendations.
My dream was always to have my wedding in the beautiful and historic town of Northfield. The town has so many scenic spaces around the downtown area which makes for an experience you won’t find anywhere else. I contacted East Oaks Photography to capture our wedding day in the Northfield style – simple, elegant and charming. My husband and I married at Northfield’s Church of St. Dominic and celebrated our reception at the Northfield Ballroom, which is just up the road, making easy travel for our guests. The bridal party reserved a stay at the historic Archer House River Inn. The staff was so accommodating and ensured our stay was nothing less than great. There was a lot of space to get ready for the ceremony at the Inn, and it provided unique photo opportunities that showed the wonderful architecture of the building. Northfield is the perfect place to have a wedding day!
– Heather Suemnick