Ideas & Tips:
Please ask if you have questions about anything or would like
a location or vendor referal:
For the Bride
yourself plenty of time to get ready and plan accordingly.
If you're having help with hair and make-up try to get a realistic
gage of how long this will take on the day of your wedding.
Most vendors like to give you the most for your money, some
may say it will only take an hour but end up spending two
or three hours.
you have a trial make-up or hair appointment keep an eye on
the clock and get a realistic idea for how long it can take.
sure if you'd like to hire a professional hair stylist and
make-up artist to come to your dressing room or if you'd rather
go to their salon before you get ready. Both are workable
options but it depends on the travel distance between locations.
Would you rather wake up in your hotel room and have everyone
come to you or run errands the day of your wedding. If the
hair salon you like is only a few blocks from where you are
getting dressed it might be easier , faster and more affordable
to go to them. Often you can have both your hair and make-up
done at the same salon.
a realistic timeline will help to make everything flow smoothly
on your wedding day.
the Bride & Groom
to forget about the camera as much as possible. Don't purposely
turn away from the photographer....but just let us blend into
the background as much as possible.
Naturally, with all of the friends and family you'll be visiting
the photographer ought not be a focus. After your wedding,
when you're looking at the photographs from your day you'll
enjoy the shots that capture true moments the most. Yes, of
course some nicely composed photographs with people smiling
at the camera are certainly nice but this does not mean you
should turn and smile every time you see the photographer.
present on your wedding day and engage and enjoy all the people
you see and love. As wedding photographers it's our job to
follow the emotions and translate the love we see in your
life. This is what you treasure and want to savor forever
with memory and photographs.
For The Bride & Groom
Something to consider
when planning your wedding day is the time of sunset on that
Light may not
be top of your checklist when you're thinking about all the
details of your wedding but it does make for beautiful photographs
as it is furthest from directly overhead. Our favorite time
to take posed photos of family or romantic couple photos of
the two of you is from one hour before to one hour after sunset.
Depending on the
size of your families and the number of posed photos you're
having, one full hour is usually plenty to cover those important
group pictures and romantic couple photos.
For The Bride & Groom & All Your Guests
a place to stay may seem overwhelming but it doesn't have
to be. Whether you wedding is in Santa Barbara or Los Angeles
or anyplace in-between there are several ways to plan lodging
for your out-of-town family and friends.
If you have a wedding website to share all the information
with your guests, list a few vacation rentals along with hotels
and let your guests choose what they like. If you don't already
have a personal wedding website you could compile your own
list of faavorite places to stay and e-mail it to your wedding
If your wedding
is at a large hotel they will often offer discount room rates
for more than twenty room reservations. Having everyone at
the same hotel can be a convienient arrangement.
But in addition
to the large resorts there are several vacation rentals listed
online at weekend or weekly rates. This is a great way for
your out of town guests to feel at home in Santa Barbara and
other costal communites. A vactaion rental for the week, sleeps
more people and is often less expensive than a hotel room.
offers vacation rentals that range from a simple guest cottage
for two to an elaborate estate mansion that sleeps twenty
or more people in total luxury.
For The Bride
and diamonds are a great option to help keep things within
a budget and in the family. If there's a dress in your family
that is not exactly your size, and slightly dated in style
take it to a bridal seamstress and you'll be amazed at the
transformation. Similarly, if there's a diamond ring in your
family that isn't your style, take it to a jewler and ask
to use the diamond in a new ring tailored to your design specifications.
For The Wedding Guest
your cameras and take photos if you're inclined. Also be aware
of the professional photographers at work, they will be documenting
all the key stages of the ceremony and other important moments
throughout the day.
You will be invited
to view and order any of their photos that you like from the
online photo service.
we never mind taking group photos for people at the wedding,
ask as you see appropriate but please also understand that
the bride and groom and their photo wishes for the day are
our primary focus.