Photo booths have become a bigger and bigger trend for weddings and events. Even though you are spending thousands of dollars on professional photography, people still love to go into a photo booth and put on the silly props and make funny faces with their friends. They are always a huge hit. We are lucky enough to know someone that owns a photo booth business, called Remember the Times Entertainment, and works with Mr. C. We were able to get a good deal, and it looked great on the mezzanine at our reception! Their employee sat up with the booth and ran the table to get people props and their strips and did a great job.
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All right, it’s official. Being married is the best ever, and getting married was like a dream—the best dream ever, filled with everyone we love! We are setting out on our honeymoon and will be gone for the next two weeks, but I couldn’t leave without sharing a few snaps from our day!
We have loved seeing our guests’ photos pop up on Instagram and Facebook! We asked that guests not take photos during our ceremony—given the dark setting, we didn’t want iPhone flashes interfering with our professional photo and video teams, so we don’t have any photos from the ceremony yet. It’s so fun to see the day through our friends’ eyes and they make us all the more excited to see our professional photos and video soon!
iPhone preview from our photographer Anni Cee
Whoa, sorry for the radio silence there, y’all. I put “vendor reviews” as the next thing to knock out on my list, and it’s definitely a topic that’s more tedious and not as fun to write, so here we are a few weeks later. And wrapping up my journey here on the ‘Bee isn’t that fun either, so I guess I’m subconsciously delaying that a bit too. But now we’re back on track, and I figured it would be more manageable if I split the reviews up. Today’s post will focus on the New Orleans based wedding vendors we used, and next time I’ll share “everything else.” Sorry for the length, and the fact that it only applies to a small percentage of readers, but I wanted to make sure I was thorough.
I decided to use the same rubric as Mrs. Turkey to rank my vendors (highly recommend, recommend, recommend with reservations, and do not recommend), but honestly you’re going to see that most of these are raves. All of our vendors were fantastic to work with, and I have no regrets with who we chose, so I had to get really critical in my assessment here. Hopefully my explanations of each are helpful in deciding if a certain vendor is the right choice for you. As always, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message if you’ve got any specific questions.
Makeup by Amanda – Highly Recommend
Amanda is a part-time makeup artist, but she definitely has all the skills and equipment to be the real deal. She worked all day long doing makeup on myself, my bridesmaids, our moms, and a few extra family members. We had airbrush foundation and false eyelashes for a reasonable price. I remember she had to redo my eyelashes because some powder got on the falsies, and even though it took a little bit longer, I appreciated the extra attention to detail. In my humble opinion, I think everyone looked amazing, and if you’d like to contact her, just shoot me a message and I’ll send you her email.
Photo by Eau Claire Photographics
I have to give a lot of the credit of the success of our wedding to all our amazing wedding vendors. I’ve compiled a comprehensive list of everyone who had a hand in helping us pull off our big day with the hopes that it might help some local NYC/Brooklyn brides. I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend each and every one of them!
Wedding insurance: WedSafe. It should be no surprise that I’m listing our wedding insurance first because without the insurance, there would’ve been no wedding. We recovered our entire upfront payment of almost $22,000 from WedSafe when reBar suddenly shut down. The agent I spoke to was incredibly comforting (you can imagine how distraught I was on that telephone conversation) and the claims process was easier than I would have expected (even before reBar’s closing was official, we were allowed to file a claim). We received a check from WedSafe less than one week from when we filed the claim and were even able recoup other wedding expenses under the “extra expense” category. (More explanation on that in my budget post.)
Venue: The Liberty Warehouse. I cannot sing the praises of the LW loud enough. Jeff came to our rescue when we lost reBar and gave us an amazing deal on our progressive cocktail / stationed reception (I doubt we would have been able to afford the LW under normal circumstances). When it came to signing a contract with the LW, I was wary. After all, we had spent months researching reBar and poring over all the details of what was included and what wasn’t. What if the contract at LW had hidden costs? When I questioned Jeff on the potential additional costs of linens, table and chair rentals, staff, cake cutting fees, etc., he assured us, “If you have your wedding here, you will not have to worry about a thing.” And he was true to his word. Jeff and everyone at LW are expert professionals at putting on a memorable event, and Mr. S and I could not believe the level of service given to us and our guests throughout the planning process and on the day of our wedding. For all his bravado, Jeff was undoubtedly the fairy godfather to our Cinderella story, and we are ever grateful.
It will probably come as no surprise to you when I say that finding our wedding photographer was #1 on my wedding priority list. More than anything, I want to have beautiful pictures to look back on and remember the very best day of my life. Being a wedding photographer myself, I know how incredibly important finding a photographer who matches your style and vision is. I’ve also found that in order to really get the best images possible, you really to have to click with your photographer and feel both comfortable around them and confident in their skills and abilities. After all, they will probably be within a 10-foot vicinity of you 90% of the day, so it helps to hire a photographer you truly enjoy being around.
When Mr. C and I first got engaged, probably within the first few weeks, I was already researching local photographers. We had already sat down and made a rough estimate of our budget, so I knew the local ballpark that I had to stay within. While our initial budget was fairly small for everything we wanted from our photographer (all-day coverage, digital copies of images, and print release to name a few must-haves), I was willing to spend a little bit more if it meant hiring someone whose work I truly loved.
After researching prices for some of my favorite Lancaster photographers, sticker-shock set in and I began to get extremely frustrated and discouraged. My top pick’s all-day packages started at $6,000, and as much as I would have loved to hire them, there was no way I could swing that. I started going down the list of photographers whose work I love, only to find out that, again, they were all way out of budget. I finally decided that in order to get everything I wanted from my must-have list while staying in budget, I’d have to search for an up-and-coming photographer. Since I myself was just starting out (and practically begging people to take a chance on me) I wanted to give the same opportunity to another newbie photographer. Of course, I still wanted to love their work, be confident in their abilities, and connect with them on a personal level.
Working in the wedding industry as a photographer has taught me so much about weddings. Through working so closely with couples on one of the biggest days of their lives, I’ve gotten quite familiar with the ebb and flow of a wedding day, along with what makes the day flow easier and what usually causes the most stress. From all of these weddings I’ve taken away several key notes that I have kept with me while planning my own wedding. Naturally, I wanted to share them with you, too!
1) A TIMELINE IS A MUST.
I capitalized and bolded this statement for a reason, folks. I cannot tell you how many times I have asked couple to send me their wedding-day timeline only for them to respond, “We don’t really plan on making one…don’t you just need to know the start time of our ceremony and reception?” While you don’t need to micro-manage every single second of your wedding day, it will help your day flow and will be helpful to your vendors, specifically your photographer, videographer, DJ, etc. With that being said, I plan on drafting a loose timeline in the few weeks leading up to the wedding and then making a solid timeline a few days before. I’ll be emailing it to my vendors and will also be printing out a mini pocket version for our wedding party and family members/friends who are actively taking part in the day. This leads me to #2…
Sorting out our wedding-day timeline required changing around some expectations, including making the first look a “must do,” and moving the cocktail hour to before the wedding ceremony. One part of my vision that I did not want to sacrifice, however, was having an outdoor ceremony. New England is so beautiful in the spring, and I really wanted to showcase that beauty to all of our out-of-town guests. But an outdoor wedding at night? Was that possible? I did what any bride would, and I took my question to Pinterest.
Photo by Stone Crandall
A while back I posted about our friendor florist, Rachel from Church Street Flowers, and inspired by Miss Tractor’s recent post about choosing her photographer I wanted to post about our photographer, Katee Hendrickson of Katee Hendrickson Weddings.
You’ve already had a sneak peek of Katee’s work in my post about Mr. Crab and me getting hitched, and there is much more gorgeousness to come during our recaps, but I couldn’t resist an opportunity to describe how Katee came to photograph our wedding and to share some of her incredible work with you.
Crab and Katee camping in 2010
I met Katee through friends about 10 years ago the first year she came to a special camping party, called Camp Bullfrog, in the Michigan woods that I’ve been attending with my family since I was a baby. She has an intense and beautiful spirit, and we hit it off immediately. Katee is both naturally creative and dedicated to honing the skills of her craft. She’s trained in fine art photography and her photographs blow me away. Case in point:
Photography is a big one for most people when it comes to wedding planning. A lot of people place it as a number one on the wedding-planning list, and for me, I am no different there. The pictures help the day live on and capture some of the greatest moments.
When it came to finding a photographer, I knew that it was going to be a big decision and something that was going to eat up a good chunk of our budget.
The important elements of a photographer for us included:
- two is better than one
- journalistic/documentary style
- focus on capturing emotions
- unique style
- emotionally moving photos (less stiff and posy)
There are a ton of amazing photographers in Muskoka, and I did my share of searching. The thing is, even though we want to splurge on a photographer, our idea of splurging still was not quite in our budget for our favourite Muskoka photographers.