The wedding of Courtney & Derek was one of the best we shot. Much of it was due to preparation and planning that lead to photographic success. Photographic success is becoming a hot topic. As we are growing our reputation as the best wedding photographers in East Tennessee, I wanted to share a wedding that incorporated all the ideas and strategies of photographic success.
Their wedding was an extension of how they valued one another and honored the couple they were becoming. They sought out professional vendors for their priorities and added creativity for other areas. This is crucial – interview and hire professionals!
They chose red and black as their colors as those were colors for Phantom of the Opera – a play that was very important to them. They chose The Barn Event Center in Townsend to juxtapose the dramatic colors with a rustic setting. Mike & Leslie Blair were the chefs and handled catering. The Barn also provided concierge Paul Ashby, banquet manager Marilyn Boyle, with John & Felicia Cristole as servers.
They chose Heather Lynn with Simplicity Event Planners to guide them through the details and have strong personality to coordinate the day’s events. They found Wilcox Makeup with Tatyana Wilcox, and her assistant Karina, for hair and make up. Their cake was from The Sugar Shoppe out of Chattanooga. The chose Robert with Premier Party Machine for their DJ. They used Anderson Rentals for tables and chairs. Courtney’s dress was from David’s Bridal. Flowers were by Andrea Mervin.
Most of all they remained true to themselves throughout the process. And they choose Mile Marker Images not just because they both value the husband/wife team approach we offer, but also because my wife does the shooting in the bridal preparation areas. This was very important to Derek as he is quite protective of Courtney and wanted only women present during her prep time.
We worked with them closely throughout the planning process. Although we were familiar with The Barn Event Center, we visited their venue a few weeks before because the grounds can be different year to year and season to season.
We discussed the value of “First Look” and how precious a few minutes together before the ceremony can be calming and very sweet – even though they chose to not see each other; they did hold hands and whisper to one another around the corner.
They also chose to have an “unplugged” ceremony. They ask family and friends to not take photos during the ceremony. Before and after was fine; but watch, listen, and be mindful of all the love being shared was most important.
We worked with them to know which images were important and why. There were a few loved ones who had passed away and remembered with roses. And Derek wore his father’s tie to remember him as he had passed away recently.
Dining and dancing were very important and their guests joined in the celebration.
Courtney wanted a send off with a shower of rose petals. We counseled her to do this with a little light left in the sky so we could capture the petals as they showered her & Derek.
All these seem like little things. And they are. But these are the little details that MATTER. And communicating the info to insure the details are captured is what we do best! And it’s why we are growing our reputation as the best wedding photographers in the East Tennessee Region!