wedding photography

Planning a Wedding - Where to Start?

You just got engaged and everything is super exciting! You’re telling your family and friends, posting pictures, everyone is so happy. But then it comes the time to think about the big day and everything seems overwhelming.

Most people feel this way. Here are 4 SIMPLE TIPS to give you a good head start on this whole process:

  • Priorities First, Budget Second

Set your priorities. Sit down with your fiancé and write them down. What matters the most to you? Do you have a Venue of your dreams? Or a dress that you’ve always wanted to wear? Everything will cost money, but once you prioritize you can find a budget and still have the wedding of your dreams.

  • Wedding Date

Find your ideal date and have a plan B, C and D. Being flexible with your date will make it easier to book the Vendors you want. If there is a specific photographer you want and they’re already booked for your date, having a few more options will make your life easier. Also, getting married any other day that’s not Saturday is less stressful. We got married on a Tuesday, only had 3 months to plan our wedding, and had no problems booking any of the vendors we wanted.

  • Rough Timeline

95% of the Vendors you’ll meet will ask you if you have a timeline of your Wedding yet. So, build a rough one right away. Things will change through the course of planning, but knowing more or less what you want your day to look like will help you and your vendors tremendously. Think about certain things you wanna have for sure, like the bouquet toss, first dance, toasts, etc. If you have no idea what order they should happen, photographers and videographers are really good to help when it comes to that, ask them.

  • Number of Guests

This is also something you’ll get asked frequently while talking to vendors. This might affect the price of some of the things you have to book, like the Wedding Venue and Catering. So having a headcount is useful right away! And let’s be honest, most people know who they want at their wedding even before they get engaged.

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Wedding planning can be fun, seriously. Just remind yourself it’s your day and you get to spend it how you want to, not how other people think it should be.

Husband & Wife - Fresno State Photo Session

Professional photography services are a luxury. You know that and we know that. It’s not a necessity. It’s not food, water or toilet paper. So, like any luxury, we save it for special dates like weddings, anniversaries, graduation, family photos for holiday cards, etc.

But sometimes this luxury brings a lot more than just pretty pictures. Sometimes a photoshoot can make you relive certain memories and put a huge smile on your face. And that’s what happened during this photoshoot last Sunday.

Chantea and Michael are married and have four beautiful kids. They met at Fresno State, the same place where he proposed to her, right in front of the library. She had this vision to relive their student days during the photoshoot and we got on board right away. We had such a good time, shot them in four different locations, with three different outfits in just an hour and a half, it was a blast!

So yes, professional photography is a luxury, but it’s also an experience! A photoshoot can make a regular day turn into a special day! You’ll end up with pictures to remember that particular date forever, and even if it’s not the biggest occasion of your life, it’s still worth having memories of.

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