2016-2017 Wedding Guide Katie Coon Photography
WEDDING + ENGAGEMENT
You are planning one of the most important days of your life. Flowers, colors, decorations, dresses, suits, ties, tables, chairs, invitations... Oh! And photography!
That's where I come in. Let me assure you that among all the planning and preparing for your wedding, photography should be one of the most fun and joyful parts. And it'll be the one thing that lasts beyond the big day. Your photos will commemorate the day and hang on your walls for years to come.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
As the bride and groom, the only thing that matters is you. My objective is to deliver exactly what you want in a timely and professional fashion. I would deliver nothing but my best work to you. It is incredibly crucial that you have a timeline of your special day so as to not miss any picture perfect moments!
In an effort to help you get the best product for your investment, I offer digital images in all packages. Most weddings produce 200-600 beautifully perfected images and will be shared with you 4-6 weeks from your wedding date.
HOW YOU CAN PREPARE
The best way to prepare for your wedding photography is to provide me with a timeline of the day and specific shots that you MUST HAVE. Missing the shot with the grandparents or your in-laws is the last thing we want to have happen. Those are important moments that have to be captured! Write out how your day will progress - you can be as specific as you like, but the basic information I will need is time and duration, location and what kind of shots you're hoping to capture there. If you need help with this, I am there for you!
It is highly recommended (though not required) to designate someone - most likely someone in your bridal party - who can wrangle people for your family and friends portraits after your ceremony. Unless you opt out of spending time doing this, the process will be a lot smoother if you have one or two people who know the crowd fairly well to gather people in time for their photos.
I don't want you to have to sacrifice any time for your bridal session because of a time crunch. The time we spend capturing your first look, portraits and bridal party photos should be a fun, joyous activity. The time we spend capturing your family and friends portraits can easily take over the timeline if we don't come prepared. I would never want you to feel stressed or anxious about the time so be sure you are prepared to follow your timeline as closely as possible.
One of the most special and emotional moments for any bride and groom is when the soon-to-be-married couple sees each other all dressed up for the first time on their wedding day. Planning a wedding timeline can be stressful when you have so many things crammed into an 8-hour period. One of the most challenging decisions that you will make is whether you should do a first look. A first look is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time prior to the ceremony. A lot of couples choose not to do it because of their tradition and family expectations; they want their weddings more traditional, they want to have the moment when the bride walks down the aisle and sees the groom for the first time, and that’s totally fine. If that’s your decision and you feel good about it, that’s all it matters because in the end, it is your special day and only you know what you want.
However, if you’re unsure about it, I really want to stress the benefits of doing a first look. I want you to consider all your options and their pros and cons so that you make your decision with confidence. There are far more beneficial reasons to do it than not.
I’m sure there are more reasons why you should do a first look on your wedding day, but here are three of the most important ones:
- Not miss out on cocktail hour – If you choose not see each other before the ceremony, the only bridal party photos you can get are the bride with her bridesmaids and the groom with his groomsmen. When you look at your wedding album or photos to hang on your living room wall, the most important ones are probably the ones of the bride and groom together. Doing a first look 30 minutes to an hour before the ceremony will free up some time for bride + groom portraits and once you’re done, you can enjoy your cocktail hour without having to worry about missing out on mingling with your lovely guests, as a result, I can get more candid photos as well.
- Control – First looks can be done anywhere. You have the option to choose the backdrop/scenery and lighting. You can also determine the energy around you, whether you want to make it very intimate, just the two of you, or you can have the bridal party surround you, which can be very energetic and cheerful, as opposed to seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony, where you have no control over lighting and everything else around you.
- More time – You have more time than just the 60 seconds that you walk down the aisle to really soak in this special moment that you’ve been waiting for so long. And to be able to take the time and say to each other “OMG, we’re getting married!”, it’s priceless; you won’t get the chance to do this during the ceremony.
- Very emotional – This is a very intimate moment between the bride and groom and it allows you the time and space to soak in the day together and everything that is about to happen. I have found that all my brides who have done a first look said that it calmed their nerves and made them even more excited to get through the rest of the day with their loved ones.
Engagement sessions are so much fun! We get to take portraits of you and your fiancé with gorgeous backdrops and incredible landscapes. Whether you're an urban couple or a nature-loving partnership, there are plenty of God-given places that are more than worthy of your love. Location choices are dependent on your taste: if your session is booked to take place in my base area, I am more than happy to select a location. If you have places in mind that mean something to you, then that is even better! The more intentionality, the better.
Engagement sessions are expected to take no more than 2 hours. It is crucial that we are efficient with our time in order to make sure that we capture all the beautiful moments. With this in mind, engagement sessions are limited to no more than 2 locations and they must be within short driving distance of each other. Also, engagement sessions are expected to have 2-3 outfit changes so you can have a range of different styles to choose from.
When choosing your outfits for engagement sessions, the best practice is pick a color palette. I would never recommend that you and your fiancé wear matching clothes. Rather, select a color that you love or means something to you and play up contrasts and complementary accents. Try this: if you love the color blue, try choosing a solid blue for yourself and a patterned blue, grey or even yellow (if you're feeling bold) for your fiancé. Perhaps you love the color purple. Try choosing a neutral color for yourself (such as grey or white) and choose a soft purple for your fiancé. If you need help with this, I'm there for you!