The Back Story The Cottage at Riverbend Shoot. So I feel like I should be up front with the story behind this shoot. As a photographer I am all about getting creative. I think it helps me grow as a photographer and fills my cup. Sometimes I get caught up on the the social media […]
This Oregon Coast Inspired Bridal Session was all about bringing Idaho talent to Oregon beaches. I had the opportunity to shoot an amazing Coastal wedding in Oregon last month and I was so lucky to have this shoot come together. This shoot was beach inspired right down to the florals that were created. I mean air plants in a bouquet that’s just genius. With a fun color palette and florals at a whole new level. I like to think we brought Idaho to the Oregon Coast
First and foremost this shoot could not have happened without amazingly talented vendors. Gerald from Gerald’s Floral in Nampa was the mastermind behind all of it. I had mentioned to him that I had a wedding in Lincoln City and he was all about putting a shoot together. He not only drove from Nampa Idaho, he brought all the amazing florals from Idaho and his daughter came along to do hair and makeup and the Model was a long time friend of his. Literally this shoot would not have been possible without him and I am so thankful for his friendship and his amazing talent at creating stunning works of art.
The dress was given to me by an amazing bridal shop here in the Treasure Valley, B.B. Bridal has a gown for everyone. They carry an amazing selection of all shapes and sizes. This gown was made by Allure. It was gorgeous and the model rocked it. Thank you B.B. Bridal for this amazing gown.
The weather was hit and miss as it often is in the spring time at the Oregon Coast. I do not think the weather people know what is going on most of the time. Literally my husband and I were having breakfast at this little hole in the wall café and it is raining so hard literally coming down sideways. Thankfully it cleared up just enough to create some magic but it could have been warmer. I loved doing this sort of shoot, and it really allows me to really explore my creative mind. I am thankful for all the wonderful vendors involved that made this dream come true. This Oregon Coast Inspired Bridal Session was absolutely gorgeous.
Inn at Spanish Head Wedding Inn at Spanish Head Wedding. The Oregon Coast did not disappoint. Jeremy and Chelsea’s wedding at the Inn at Spanish Head was a dream. Chelsea and my husband had worked together back when we lived in the Portland area. When I found out Chelsea was engaged I reached out to […]
A McCall Idaho Winter Engagement session is just what I needed. These months I do not get to create as much as I want to. Let’s face it, it is just plain cold outside. When Nicole and Thomas were thinking about their engagement shoot in McCall, Idaho I was all for it. We usually are up there a week in February and a week in March. The two of them rarely get time off together so this was the perfect opportunity for a day trip to McCall. McCall is my happy place here in Idaho. No matter the season it is always beautiful.
McCall holds a place in their love story. They have celebrated milestones during their relationship. I was happy that we were able to make it work. I hand picked out several different local spots that would showcase the mass amounts of snow that town gets. The first was the famous Payette Lake which is frozen over this time of year. However did you know that even on a frozen lake you have to trek through the snow to get out there? I needed snowshoes! Step after step I would sink in at least to my upper leg. It was a workout to say the least but so worth it. I only wish someone was videoing us trying to make our way out there.
Nicole and Thomas did great on their outfit choices. Both outfits complimented one another very well. I loved their dressy outfit and they were brave because it was COLD outside. During their outfit change I was able to photograph Nicole’s ring. Talk about gorgeous. They even brought their cute little pup Harley to join in on the fun. Though it was a cold cloudy day I still think the snow and setting made these engagement photos magical. I look forward to their wedding later this year. This beautiful McCall Idaho Winter Engagements was a shoot to remember.
Winter Meridian Temple Wedding There is something magical about a Winter Meridian Temple Wedding. Every time I get a chance to photograph a couple at the Meridian Temple my creative soul does a happy dance. This session was a tad different than the rest. It has been a good year since I have had the […]
What type of wedding are you planning? Weddings these days are much different than they were just two years ago. When planning a wedding the first question you and your partner need to ask one another is how big of a guest list are you hoping to have. I find myself questioning are big weddings a thing of the past? Sure hope not, but with the current state and a global pandemic weddings are looking much different these days.
I often find myself wondering if it is possible to have an intimate wedding that is both elegant and practical with a small guest list. I believe it to be so true just because your guest list is unable to be hundreds of people does not mean that you can not have that elegant wedding you have always dreamed of. Here are some tips to up leveling your wedding and scaling down your guest list.
First hire a Planner! I honestly can not say this enough to my couples. The benefits of a wedding planner go on and on. As a photographer I have never met a bride that regretted investing in a planner. Planners are good for so many reasons but one of my favorites (Probably because I am not talented in the area of design) is their amazing ability to create beautiful design elements. These elements bring the whole day together. They are truly what makes your dream wedding vision a reality.
Erin with Dreamer Events here in Idaho is so much more than just a vendor. I have had the pleasure of working with her now and I can say with confidence she will make your wedding a dream come true. Erin is going to set your tables, make sure all your candles are straight and lit. Her attention to all the details is immaculate. Erin is going to watch for those stray hairs and fluff that dress when needed. She will make sure you look your best while creating beautiful design elements to add to your wedding day and make it a dream come true.
Second, up level your stationary. The guest list may be significantly smaller than expected this means less invitations to go out. Hire a local designer that specializes in creating gorgeous invitations. Have them create stationary that represents the style and tone of your wedding. There is something to be said about custom invitations. Denise with Something Lettered does just this and is local to the Treasure Valley. Her work is stunning and speaks for itself. Check her out Denise HERE. Another option is Paperie and Pen. They are right here in the Treasure Valley.
Third, just because your wedding may be on the smaller size does not mean that you need to skimp on the florals. Use some of your extra budget to create floral masterpieces. Maybe instead of 15 center pieces you are now only in need of five. Make those five tables absolutely stunning. Maybe you are not having a wedding party, instead invest in that bouquet of yours. I can make your whole wedding day photos look like you had flowers for days if you invest in your wedding bouquet. There are some fabulous local florists that are able to do the kind of work that you see in the photos below. If you are needing suggestions, reach out I would be happy to send you a few amazing artists that I fully trust.
What type of Wedding are you Planning? No matter the size of your guest list your wedding will be beautiful. If you are unable to have 100s of people it does not mean that your wedding dreams can not come true. I hope this post has helped shed some light on the fact that a beautiful wedding is still possible with a small guest list. If you are considering limiting your wedding size think about streaming it for your friends and family that were unable to attend. These times are not the best but it does not mean you need to completely change how you envisioned your wedding. If you are affected by COVID-19 please also check out this blog post it may help you click HERE
Gorgeous Venue A Creekside Affair in Parma Idaho A Creekside Affair is a beautiful venue located in Parma, Idaho. Parma is the cutest little farm town and has some unique charm. I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a workshop at the venue. I had seen a lot of photos from it but I was […]
Wintery Boise engagement Session. I have been following Stephanie and Brian’s engagement journey for a while now. It has been so neat to see pieces of her wedding come together. She’s got some family in the planning industry so she is in good hands. She reached out to me the night before their engagements as their original photographer got stuck in Arizona due to the fog. Brian lives on the East Coast as he is in the Military. They had a small window for timing their photos. These two have a beautiful wedding planned in Downtown Boise in the fall as people will be traveling from all corners of the world. I was so excited to get to know these two and their love story. These two are some of the most good hearted souls I have had the pleasure of photographing. I have to say I sure do get lucky with amazing clients.
It was a cold foggy day. By cold it was in the mid 20s you’d never know it by the photos. We were quick and efficient. I feel like you have to be as is just so could outside. We started about 90 minutes before sunset. We managed 4 locations and 2 outfits, 7 flights of stairs and a small hike. These two were troopers they kept up with all my craziness and laugh the whole time. The end of the shoot they popped some bubbly to celebrate their engagement. Congratulations to these too. Happy wedding planning bliss. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to photograph the two of you. I call this Wintery Boise Engagement Session a win! It may have been a tad cold but we kept moving. These two were are fantastic in front of the camera. Downtown Boise is one of my favorite locations to explore.
Intimate Boise Idaho Wedding Hayley and Bill said I do in a very intimate Boise Idaho wedding. They were surrounded by their closest family on a very rainy Saturday in October. Hayley contacted me a couple weeks before her wedding in Boise, Idaho. We chatted about her special day and came up with a plan […]
Parma Idaho Engagement Session. Megan and Nate’s engagement session was absolutely amazing. They chose to do it at Megan’s family ranch in Parma, Idaho. Parma absolutely beautiful her family property sits right along the Boise River. This was the first time I had met Megan and Nate in person. They had booked me during the first stages of our current state. It was so nice to finally meet in person.
Engagement sessions are included in my wedding packages. They are so beneficial. It helps the couple get comfortable in front of the camera and helps me get to know them and vice verses. It is one of my favorite parts of the wedding experience.
We started out right alongside the Boise River. The fall foliage was in full force the golden and auburn tones were a sight to see. The second location was just down the road in a meadow with old trees that were all so unique. We changed outfits to change up the look and later added their fur baby to the photos. I love it when couples bring their puppies to join in on the fun. We finished up along the Boise River again and stopped to admire the sunset on the way out and snap a couple more photos. Thank you Nate and Megan for taking me on a fun adventure. It is just what my soul needed!