Friday, March 30, 2012
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Friday, March 23, 2012
What are your wedding colors? Do you feel like you are asked that from the moment you are engaged. Some brides know right away which hues to choose as their wedding colors and others need a little inspiration. Some color combinations seem to stand the test of time and yet others are new and trendy.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Friday, March 16, 2012
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
1. Do you have my date available?
2. How far in advance do I need to book with you?
Keep in mind: If you really love a photographer see when they are open before settling on a date. Think about the month you want to have your wedding in, don't focus on the actual date. A lot of photographers can be booked 6 months-1 year out.
Make sure to look through plenty of wedding photographers websites and find the style that fits you as a couple. As you look through their photos, notice if the photographers were able to capture the emotion of the day, the details, and stylistically, if their look matches your style. Photographers can be traditional, photojournalistic, creative, shoot with film, etc. so it is important to understand the differences between wedding photography styles so that you can discuss your preferences with your photographer.
To break down the styles a little bit:
Traditional, classic wedding photography generally includes posed photos that would look great in a photo album. Typically traditional photographers work from a "shot list" and are more focused on formality than creativity. I myself lean towards the non-traditional photography and have included some examples of non-traditional wedding photography below.
Photojournalistic wedding photography is a "reality based" approach to capturing a wedding. Rather than posing for pictures, the photographer captures candid moments as they unfold. It is incredibly popular and for good reason! Photojournalistic wedding photography tells a unique story about your wedding, from the nervous anticipation before the start of the ceremony to the reception's last toast. Photojournalism captures moments rather than poses, documenting the emotions and energy around the entire occasion.
There are also photographers who specialize in editorial or fashion photography who are able to create striking dramatic photos and photographers who are able to use natural light, which takes a great amount of skill.
Since I have worked in Nashville for the last couple years, here are some examples of different styles of photography specifically in the Nashville area.
This is a great example of photojournalistic style of wedding photography. The Ulmers are an incredibly creative indie couple who are photojournalistic wedding photographers. They capture light and emotion in an incredible way and who also use vintage film cameras.
Style Me Pretty's Vendor Guide is a great resource for photographers and other vendors in your area.
Now that you understand a little bit about the styles of photography, get to know the photographer; ask questions about how they work, if they blend into the crowd, want to build a relationship with you to fully understand you as a couple, if they create a more visible day of preference and take charge to choreograph the shot.
Also note that many wedding photographers are willing to travel so don't feel confined to your city!
Then, once you feel like you have found the perfect match, work out the nitty gritty:
1. Ask if they are going to be present on your wedding day or if they will have assistants or "second shooters" on the day of.
2. If the photographer is traveling to the location, talk about travel fees.
3. Ask the photographer if they have ever shot at the site you are planning on getting married at. If not, ask if you can do a site visit with your photographer before the big day.
4. Talk about timing for the day of and ask the photographer how much time they need to get the photos they need. Also ask what time they will arrive on site and how long they will stay.
5. Ask about additional charges including "if my wedding lasts longer than expected, will you stay? And are there additional charges?"
6. Talk about pricing and packages and if their pricing includes engagement photos.
7. Talk about the ordering process, if they offer album designs, retouching, color adjustments, and proofs.
8. Ask about written contracts, deposits, payment, and cancellation policies.
Ultimately, the goal should be to find a photographer who wants to get to know you and capture the unique details of your day. Many photographers truly value getting to know you as a couple.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Today we received a lovely note from one of our past brides. It made my day, my month even. Words such as this from a bride makes our job so fulfilling! Knowing we made their wedding the best day of their life is everything we could ask for and more.
"Working with Heather was by far the best decision I made with regards to planning my wedding. She spent a great deal of time communicating with me, answering all of my questions in a timely manner, with just the right amount of detail and in a positive way. In doing this she created a bond with me that was built upon honesty, trust and mutual respect. This made the process a positive experience.
Calluna Events is top-notch. The planners are professional, kind, knowledgeable and completely willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Hiring Calluna was hands down the best decision I made during my entire wedding planning process. I'd recommend Calluna Events to other bride's to be with no hesitation.
I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Calluna Events. My wedding was by far the most special day of my life and Heather is responsible in large part for that! I'm forever grateful to her!" ~ Brooke Allison
And here's a sneak peak at images from Brooke + Jeff's winter wedding in Denver at Trinity Methodist Church and Brown Palace Hotel. More to come soon! Thanks to the lovely Katie Thurmes from Jenna Walker Photographers for documenting their day so beautifully!
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
“I truly believe that the most profound and memorable moments of our lives occur when friends and loved ones come together for life’s celebrations” says Lauren. She is blessed to be able to make her living perfecting aesthetic details for memorable events and occasions that bring people together. Though she is originally from the Pacific Northwest, Lauren says, "the Southern culture is ingrained deep in my work and planning, as the relationships and emphasis on community and connection are the most important part of my job." Bringing a mix of West Coast and Southern culture, "I am thrilled to bring the mix of both worlds to the wedding industry in Colorado."
Lauren has "gotten her feet wet" in literally every facet of design she could get her hands on in Nashville from music video styling, musician personal styling for appearances and shows, branding for large companies, styling for events, album artwork and art direction, working with photographers to style photo shoots for artists and engagements, and styling weddings at at Historic Cedarwood, a wedding venue at a pre-Civil War 1830's antebellum farm estate with a historic home, vintage barn, rolling hills, and Mooncake Lake on acres and acres of natural spaces outside of Nashville.
Here is a sample inspiration board of some of her work:
Lauren's work has appeared on Style Me Pretty, Ruffled and Green Wedding Shoes. Take a look at Lauren's styling, Vintage Airstream Honeymoon just published this week on Green Wedding Shoes!
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