Get Ready For The Best Time of Your Life: Your Wedding Day
Getting Ready for Your Wedding
Now that you’re ready to marry the love of your life, it’s time to start planning! Your wedding experience begins the day she says, “Yes!” Did you get the proposal on camera? It happens as you choose the menu for your reception, as you pick out flowers, plan a bachelor/bachelorette party, all the way to writing thank you notes. Planning the wedding of your dreams is an amazing time. When you hire Valerie and Co. as your wedding photographers, the planning and celebrating will become even more enjoyable! Our goal is to make sure that not only the love you share is documented, but also that the entire photographic process is easy, stress-free, and fun!
What to Expect from Our Photography
Photography is so important- it captures and focuses on all the little things that make you, as a couple, so unique. You need photos that accurately express all that you are together. Our style perfectly balances art, authentic expressions, emotions, and technical expertise. If this is what you desire in a photographer, look no further! We are experts with over eight years of full time professional wedding photography experience. We see weddings as an art form. We gracefully combine high energy with high quality by infusing color, texture, and emotions. We make it fun to vividly relive your wedding every time you see your photos. Our desire, even after all these years as wedding photographers, is for every wedding we shoot to be better than the one before. (Our goal is for your wedding to be the best one we’ve ever shot!)
Engagement Photos and Bridal Sessions
It’s time to tell the world that you two are tying the knot. Why not do it in style? Look at our awesome engagement photos and see how other couples have had their love captured in our photos. After engagement photos, comes the bridal session. If you aren’t from the south, you may wonder what these wonderful photo sessions are all about. They are a long held southern tradition that celebrates the bride, but also work as a great test run for your wedding day.
Planning Out the Day
As you’ve probably been told (over and over again!), your wedding day will go by in the blink of an eye. When scheduled properly, you’ll float through your wedding day stress-free, soaking up all the special moments as they happen. Wedding planners are great for mitigating this- but what if you don’t have one? No worries! Whether you have a planner or not, our Valerie & Co. staff will sit down with you and strategize how to perfectly schedule your day. We’ll even break it down into 15 minute increments, beginning with our arrival, your hair and makeup, getting ready, group pictures, all the way to leaving the reception. If you want to ensure that your wedding goes off perfectly, then schedule one of our day-of-coordinators.
We completely understand the flow of weddings, so you don’t have to worry! First and foremost, we want you to be able to step back and spend your time before and after the wedding in a joyous state. No tenseness or rushing with us! Group and family photos do not have to be a grueling experience. (No, really they don’t!) Planning your wedding timeline also gives us the advantage of allowing enough time for us to be able to provide you with our best work. Nobody enjoys a rushed timeline! We want to help you, and our vast experience with weddings means that we can help you. Our wedding clients are our priority. Questions are encouraged in our studio! If you email us, we email back as soon as possible; if you call us, we will immediately call you back.
What to Expect on Your Wedding Day
After months of planning and anticipation, it’s finally your wedding day! The most special, wonderful and magical day of your life is finally here! This is when all of our careful pre-planning pays off. You are officially absolved of all responsibilities other than sitting back and soaking in the magic. Leave the rest up to the professionals you have so carefully hand-picked!
Since we have already carefully gone over your wedding day timeline, its now time for you to sit back, relax, and let the day flow. We highly suggest hiring a wedding planner or day-of coordinator to help. They kick butt, so you don’t have to! That said, they can’t be in two places at once, so we make sure to help them out as much as we can on the photography level.
The hours before the ceremony really set the tone for the day. We make sure to get there as you are getting ready, documenting all the little things that go into preparing for your big day. This includes getting shots of everything from the place settings, to the bride’s ‘something blue’, to the groom’s boutonniere. Nothing you put time and effort into will be forgotten!
We also like to take photos of the bride and bridesmaids, and the groom and groomsmen before the wedding. This leaves you with only family portraits and bride and groom portraits after the wedding, which means more time to enjoy the reception. This also gives us more time to anticipate and capture all the special memories that you will be making during the ceremony and reception. Our goal is to be there for every moment of the day- be it seven or nine hours of shooting. (In fact, that’s just the way we like it!)
After Your Wedding
Woohoo! You are officially husband and wife!! Now sit back, take a sip of something fruity, and relax with your spouse at your side.
We know that as newlyweds, you want the chance to settle into married life with minimal sources of stress. As such, we guarantee that all of your wedding images will be fully developed and ready for pick-up within two to three weeks after your wedding day. Or, if you just can’t wait that long, you can choose to add a seven day turnaround to your wedding package.
We have tons of great wedding package add-on options available after your wedding day. The most popular package add-on option that we have is our custom-made wedding albums. These beautiful 8 by 10 inch books are specially made in Portugal, and boast of leather covers and custom binding. What is really special about each album, though, is that we hand design them to tell the story of your wedding day. We carefully place the best of your images on each page, and arrange them to best describe your wedding. There’s no drag and drop option- we spend hours carefully perfecting the look of your album! When the design is ready (typically a few days after your images are), we set up a meeting with you. You get to come in, and go over every page we’ve designed; nothing goes into your wedding album without your approval. Afterwards, you can choose your cover image and what type of binding you want (we have hundreds!). You can even order miniature versions of your album, as special gifts for your parents.
We also hand design thank you notes, and have top of the line canvas options to choose from.
We love working with couples even after the wedding is over and done. We also photograph couple’s anniversary sessions, ladies’ boudoir, maternity, newborns and family.