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Questions to Ask a Photographer Before you Book.

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Questions to Ask a Photographer Before you Book.

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Your photographer is really the keeper of your memories. For many couples, their wedding day is a blur of emotion. It is through your pictures that you will be able to re-live the happy day. Because of that, you want to be sure to pick the best photographer for you. Here are a few questions to help you narrow down the list.

1. Have you shot at my venue? What did you love? What was challenging?

2. Do you bring a second shooter? Is that an optional add on?

3. Are your packages flexible? Can we work to create a customized package?

4.What is your turn around time? When can I expect my images?

5. Do you work from a shot list? Am I able to request a specific shot/pose?

6. Will you put together a photography timeline of the day to ensure everything we discussed is captured?

7. Should a tree fall on your head (or you are not able to shoot the wedding last minute), what is your back up plan?

8. What is your refund policy should you not be able to shoot my wedding or should the wedding be cancelled or postponed?

9. Approximately how many images should I expect to receive?

10. How much post production editing do you guys do?

11. What is a “perfect” wedding for you to shoot?

12. What can I do to ensure we have amazing pictures?

13. How do you coordinate with videographers and make sure neither of you are in each other’s shots?

14. If we run late on time, and need to extend your hours day of, is that possible? What are the costs associated with doing so?

15. Do you provide your own lighting equipment?

16. Would you like a meal provided for you? Any notes or dietary restrictions on that meal?

17.Do you need to take any additional breaks that should be factored into the timeline?

18. Is there an extra cost to go to additional locations on the day?

19.Do you prefer shooting indoors or outdoors?

20.Is there an extra cost to receive my images on a flash drive? Am I able to receive all the images?

Just remember, you are making a significant investment. Take the time to ensure your are investing in the right company.

Hope this helps!

Real Oregon Wedding: Brittany and Doug at Castaway

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Real Oregon Wedding: Brittany and Doug at Castaway

Brittany and Doug were married at the gorgeous Castaway Portland. While they had a few rain drops on their wedding day, you would have never known it by the brightness of their smiles and their infectious happiness. It was a beautiful day and every detail came together beautifully.

I love the personal details they included in their reception, including the use of Doug’s family plaid. It was the perfect Spring wedding!

We have included a complete list of vendors at the bottom of the page for your reference. All were incredible to work with!

 

 

Vendors:

Portland Vendor Shout-Out: Instant Adventure Photobooth

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Portland Vendor Shout-Out: Instant Adventure Photobooth

Are you interested in having a photo-booth at your wedding? Well we have found a great booth for you to use. Meet Kenneth Poirier, owner of Instant Adventure Photobooth. We love how easy going and flexible Instant Adventure is to work with, and their pricing makes them a no-brainer. If you are interested in adding a photo-booth to your wedding check out Instant Adventure!

AOW: Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?

One of the lucky few to be originally from Portland.

AOW: What is your favorite thing about Portland?

Portland has everything you could want from a big city, but still has the small town feel.

AOW: What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?

During the NBA season there is a great chance you will find me at a Blazer game. Rip City Baby!

AOW: How long have you been working as a wedding professional?

I have been in the industry for over 10 years, but the photobooth is fairly new. I am always looking for fun ways to stay involved in this great industry.

AOW: What is the best part of your job?

I love seeing the pictures after the event. People really have a great time in our booth and it shows!

AOW: What do you attribute to your success as a wedding vendor? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?

We got into business wanting to simplify photobooth rentals for local couples. We wanted to make the rental affordable, and we also wanted to allow for shorter rental periods. You can rent a booth from us for the entire event, or two hours. We try to be as accommodating as possible.

AOW: At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?

It’s a misconception that you can wait to book a photobooth. We get booked up to a year in advance and it is always sad to have to turn down awesome couples. If you know you want a photobooth at your event, contact as soon as possible

AOW: Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?

One of the things we started doing recently was creating a video of the best images from the night. Its a fun way to share the highlights with your friends and family on social media.

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AOW: What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?

I encourage couples to talk to the photobooth owner about their equipment. You want to make sure it is reliable and that the photos will be clear and crisp.

AOW: What is your best advice for wedding clients?

Photobooths give your guests a fun and exciting souvenirs from your wedding day. Its not only a fun, interactive way to participate in your wedding, but it also is a terrific keepsake. Remember, a wedding isn’t a spectator sport.

AOW: Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?

When I am not working on weddings, I am a freelance graphic designer. This really comes in handy as we create custom designs on our photo-strips.

Real Oregon Wedding: Jin and Eric at Wilmes Hop Farm

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Real Oregon Wedding: Jin and Eric at Wilmes Hop Farm

Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous wedding!  Jin and Eric’s wedding was fun, romantic and oh so stunning. The colors they chose really popped against the vibrant green there at Wilmes Hop Farm. Take a look at their images and get inspired!  We included a complete vendor list down below the pictures. They had one heck of a team!

Vendors:

Raindrops and Rainbows; Spring Time Wedding Inspiration

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Raindrops and Rainbows; Spring Time Wedding Inspiration

Everyone knows it rains a lot in Portland. While outside folks think that is a negative, us locals know it’s the raindrops that give us the beauty our region is known for. However, raindrops on your wedding day can so often bring about a frown. But don’t let it make you too sad. In addition to being good luck, raindrops often lead to beautiful rainbows. So if you are getting married in the Pacific Northwest, always have a solid rain plan, a few clear umbrellas on hand, and keep your eyes open for a beautiful rainbow. It could be the start of your happily ever after!

This inspiration shoot is the perfect way to celebrate the raindrops and rainbows that are so prevalent in springtime weddings in the Pacific Northwest.

A big thank you to the vendor team who put this beautiful shoot together:

Venue: Scandinavian Heritage Foundation
Catering: Broder
Photographer: Klover Studios
Coordination/Design: Your Perfect Bridesmaid
Flowers: Milwaukie Floral
Stationary/Paper Goods: Colleen Schwab
Dessert: Petunias Bakery:
Dress: Ania Bridal
Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals
 

Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

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Real Wedding – Julia and Michael

Hello 2017! We hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and we wish all of you an even better 2017. The year of the Chicken or Rooster is upon us. Still a few more weeks until that changes over and I bet many of you are ready for a fresh start, new energy and opportunities. I know I am. 2016 was a rough one on many levels for myself and my family but within the dark times there is always light.

I’m excited to start the first post of 2017 off with a real wedding! This wedding is stunning and makes us want to book a flight to Australia right now. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of Julia and Michael’s wedding day. Cheers!

The Details…
How did you and your partner meet?
Michael and I met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when we were 18 and 20. My family had just moved overseas after I’d finished high school, and I had just commenced at university. Feeling homesick for my mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, I asked friends to join me at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael. I was struck at first sight, and we were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically ever since. We spent 10 years courting, finishing our relative studies, and travelling, studying and working overseas, before moving in together and starting our lives together in Canberra nearby family and adopting our furbabies, Snowy the Japanese Spitz and Tintin the rescue kitten.


How did he propose?
Michael proposed on April 1st 2015, which was a significant date; he proposed with his grandmother’s beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring, which she had worn for the duration of her long marriage to Michael’s grandfather. April 1st was the date that Michael’s grandfather had proposed to his grandmother, and so Michael wanted to follow this tradition especially using that ring. He did add his own flair, however, having starting the day with various April fool’s jokes designed to trick (and simultaneously terrify) me. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), he went to the cupboard to make me breakfast, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee, with the ring box and proposed to me. After I said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated our first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where we first met


How did you choose your wedding gown?
I didn’t have specific inspiration for my gown, I just wanted to choose a gown that made me feel myself, and this was perfect. I loved my gown which was a fit and flare, strapless luxurious satin gown designed by Cristiano Lucci. Featured an intricate beaded belt and dramatic beaded skirt and train. I loved how this gown made me feel and how it fitted on the day! It matched the glamorous theme I was hoping for! My accessories were as follows:

My veil- a custom length 4 meter veil by Wedding Veils Australia, exclusively stocked through  two-tier veil, made in ivory glimmer tulle, customized cathedral length, and beaded edges made up of Swarovski clear crystals along the edges, with top tier having teardrop crystals spaced along the edge.

My shoes- Badgley Mishka “Gene” shoes, satin Mary Jane peep toe shoes which had embellishments on the heel that matched my gown!

My something blue was offered by my delicate lace garter, which my maid of honour and best friend had bought for me when we were travelling together in Venice in 2012, long before the engagement!


What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I wanted an old fashioned gold glamour with romantic touches, with main colours of gold, and accents of creams, soft pinks and maroons. I once saw a wedding photoshoot set in a forest, with strong bold berry colours but accented with metallics. I was inspired by the bold colours and how beautiful they were alongside the metallics and so we developed the mix of creams, pinks and maroons to contrast leafy greens in the flowers, with a strong a gold base. I fell in love the champagne gold sequin fabrics and sought out the elegant bridesmaids gowns to bring the dream to life! I was also able to source matching gold sequin fabric overseas, and created all the table coverings to match.


Any DIY décor elements?
Almost everything was DIY! We did the tablecloths, mirrored seating chart, table numbers, centerpieces, most stationery and bonbonniere amongst other things!

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I would take more photos with my family, as we somehow missed the opportunity because it was so busy!

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Tips on how to enjoy the engagement:

Really remind yourself that the wedding is a celebration of your love and commitment to each other, forever. We took on board a lot of family support and ideas, which can be stressful. For us we wanted to make sure our families were happy, and took that stress on willingly, as our families have done so much for us. At the end though, we just had to remember that the day would mean we’d be married, and all the stresses sort of become insignificant! And have a party, why not!

On Planning:

I adored wedding planning, at every stage. I would recommend that brides use so many of the resources online and in bridal magazines that helped me along. Our relatively short engagement period meant we had to be decisive in decision-making and I loved what we came up with. I felt that the day was a perfect representation of what we both wanted, which is so important, and in the end the day will be what it is! Money can be stressful too, but just make sure to use DIY options available!

 And on the Wedding Day:

BREATHE! I nearly forgot to do this so many times. But you’ll have surrounded yourselves with vendors and people you trust. So take a back seat to the operational aspect of the day, and focus on the actual event- marrying your fiancé!

Thank you for your submission. You too can submit your real wedding for a chance to be featured on our blog. For info on how to do so CLICK HERE. Here are all the fab vendors that made their day so special.

Who Made it Happen?
Couples Names:  Michael Wentworth-Perry and Julia Price
Wedding Date:
26th February 2016
Dress: 
Cristiano Lucci http://www.cristianolucci.com/gallery.php?i=122
Makeup:
Shopgirl Beauty
Hair:
Leslie Henshaw
Stationery: Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Shoes: 
Badgley Mishka
Accessories: 
LOVEON Jewellery http://www.loveonjewellery.com.au/
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore  Jadore.com.au
Grooms Suit:
Overseas tailor
Photographer:
Keepsake Photography http://keepsakephoto.com.au/
Cake:
Traditional cake- Cake of Your Dreams
Croquembouche: Croissandor
Food:
ANU House
Flowers:
Silk Florahttp://silkflora.com.au/
Ceremony Venue:
St Christopher’s Cathedral, Canberra
Reception Venue:
ANU House
Videographer: Say Hello to Forever http://www.sayhellotoforever.com.au/
DJ: Mr Michael Music
Live music: Jay Boats
Transport: Select Limousines

Real Wedding of Jess and Jeremy

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Real Wedding of Jess and Jeremy

You are in for a special treat. The real wedding of Jess and Jeremy has rustic charm mixed with elegance written all over it. We love the combination and special details they added to make their day their own. Take a moment to enjoy images from their beautiful day. Thanks for sharing with us!

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The proposal. Details please!
Jeremy surprised me with a holiday at Binna Burra when he came back from a 4 months’ overseas deployment. He took me for a hike to a lookout and clearing over a mountain stream, and proposed on the rock ledge in front of the stunning view. We celebrated with champagne and a delicious dinner at the mountaintop restaurant.

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How did you and Jeremy meet?
Jeremy and I actually met at the gym!

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The Gown! Where from and why?
I chose my wedding gown at Belladonna Bridal in Brisbane. I was looking for really beautiful and intricate classic detailing but still wanted something I could dance and party in and feel comfortable in all day.

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The Style of the wedding day?
Classic, timeless and elegant. We let the venue speak for itself. We splurged on our venue, photographer and dresses. We also paid for guest accommodation so they could stay the night in a gorgeous lodge and celebrate with us the next morning for breakfast. After all, they are some of the most important parts and it was our venue that created the elegant atmosphere we were after. We saved on transport, with the ceremony and reception at the same place.

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If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Remembering to take my engagement ring off before the ceremony! I completely forgot and had to quickly take it off and put it on the other hand.

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Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Keep your perspective centered. A wedding is just one day, and things do go wrong; embrace it. The weather on our day was absolutely crazy but as a result, some of our best photos are swirled in fog and rain!

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How about your favorite moment?
We played the shoe game and cried with laughter. The crazy weather was also memorable. We had sun, rain, storms and fog. It made the view even more incredible and cosy inside.
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Meet the vendors that made their special day happen.

Photography: Studio Impressions http://www.studioimpressions.com.au/
Ceremony + Reception Venue:
Spicer’s Peak Lodge https://spicersretreats.com/spicers-peak-lodge/
Bride’s Dress: Watters gown from Belladonna Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses:
Custom Made
Hair + Makeup:
Dollhouse Hair and Makeup Artistry
Groom + Groomsmen Suits
: Custom Made
Coordinator:
Chloe Douglas of Spicers Peak Lodge
Flowers:
Blooms Bridal http://www.bloomsbridal.com.au/
Cake:
Special Moments Cakes Made with Love
Stationery:
Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Music: Matt Fasso and String Ensemble
Celebrant: Renee Wilkins
Accessories: LOVEON Jewellery www.loveonjewellery.com.au
Engagement Ring:
Xennox Diamonds
Bride’s Wedding Ring:
Saleras
Groom’s Wedding Ring:
Michael Hill

Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

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Real Wedding: Jessica and Chintan’s Sparkling Civil Ceremony, Portland, Oregon

You know we swoon when we get to share a real wedding with you. This one is so sweet, beautiful and one of a kind. Who ever said you need a fancy location to feel opulent is just plain wrong. A court house wedding can be stunning and filled with your special touches, just as Jessica and Chintan show us below. Take a moment to view and read about their love story, enjoy!

Dress: Custom couture from Embellish Designs
Makeup:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon
Hair:
Melanie Lindsey of Picasso Artistic Salon http://picassoartisticsalon.com/
Shoes:
Christian Louboutin for the ceremony, gold sequin Converse for the reception
Accessories:
Custom 24k necklace/earring set from Mumbai, the gold bracelet was my “something borrowed and something old” and was lent from my best friend Erin Smith (it was her mother’s, and her mother wore it at her own wedding 40 years ago)
Bridesmaids Dresses:
N/A
Grooms Suit:
Custom made in Mumbai
Photographer:
Powers Photography Studio http://powersstudios.com/
Stationery:
Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/
Cake:
Dream Cakes http://www.dreamcakesportland.com/
Food:
Display from Voodoo Doughnuts and two food trucks for catering on site (PBJs Grilled and Koi Fusion)
Flowers:
Brooch Bouquet custom made from Secret Garden Bouquets
Ceremony Venue: 
Multnomah County Courthouse (Portland, Ore. USA)
Reception Venue:
Our custom built home (we moved in four days prior to the wedding)

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Their Story

We met seven years ago at a nightclub in Portland which no longer exists. Fittingly enough, by chance we had our photo taken the night we met. During the pedicab tour after our American wedding, we re-created the same pose and photo from seven years prior.

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How He Proposed

A few weeks after returning from India where I met his family, it was nearly Valentine’s Day. He had his brother send the ingredients for my favorite Indian food, street-style pizza. In India, you often have to offer bribes to get what you want. He said the pizza ingredients was my “bribe” if I’d let him be my husband. (Technically, I was proposed to with Amul cheese—although there was a ring, too).

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Her Wedding Gown

I initially wanted something short and simple. However, in my husband’s community, all-white is reserved for widows. The choice to have a couture gown custom made was a process of elimination. There were no dresses I liked, particularly with accent colors. I’m a big fan of Zuhair Murad’s designs, but nothing was available that was “just right.” Going with a custom gown was the only way to get what I wanted, although “what I wanted” drastically changed in the year-long process.

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Style for their wedding day

For our American wedding, just a few weeks following the large Indian wedding, we wanted something small and simple with just friends. Since neither of us are Christian, the idea of a church wedding was already out. There’s always been something sweet and romantic about the notion of getting married at the courthouse. The day was informal, fun, and simple, which is just what we needed after spending a month in India.

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The Decor

I am not a DIYer, but many of the details were from Etsy designers and shops. I also surprised my husband by having a brick placed in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Square. You can purchase a permanent brick in what’s dubbed Portland’s livingroom. It read “J+C 4.1.16.”

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Any advice for fellow brides to be?

Prioritize making time to spend with just your husband on your wedding day! After all, that’s what it’s really about.

Your favorite moment of the day…

For an hour in between the ceremony and reception, we took a pedicab tour around downtown Portland. It was time where we could just spend it together before hosting the party at home. We also got married again (our third time after India and the courthouse!) at Voodoo Doughnuts where legal ceremonies are performed with blessings from the “Voodoo gods.”

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