Pretty much every single person I know has a camera in some way; in smart phones, inexpensive point and shoots, an iPod…..the list can go on and on. With so many people having access to a camera it’s no wonder that weddings are filled with people taking pictures. It has become normal for so many wedding guests to be snapping pictures the whole day–walking down the aisle, kissing, cake cutting. You name it, it’s being photographed. It is hard sometimes as a photographer to truly capture a wedding how it should be, istead aisle ways are crowded with people leaning in to make sure they get their photos, not even considering that the professional photographer was hired to capture each gorgeous moment.

It is hard to truly enjoy the moment if you face is stuck in a camera or looking at a screen. That is why I want to invite any and all bride’s to be to take a stance have an uplugged wedding. Oh yes, I said it and I’d proudly proclaim it!

One of the best ways I’ve ever seen it worded was on a wedding program–it said. “We want you to be able to really enjoy our wedding day, feeling truly present and in the moment with us. We’ve hired an amazing wedding photographer who will be capturing the way the wedding looks-and we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax, and enjoy how the wedding feels. We’re respectfully asking that everyone consider leaving all cameras and cell phones off. We’re happy to share our professional wedding photos late, but the greatest gift you can give us today is just being fully here with us in this sacred and special moment.” Just think about how amazing that would be! No matter what you decide to do, I hope it at least gave you a little perspective.

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“Going to the chapel and we’re going to get married” a catchy song that repeats in my head at pretty much every wedding, especially when I’m with the bridal party heading to the ceremony location. I love when bride and grooms plan it out in advance for their wedding day trasportation, I find that everything goes much smoother that way. Here is a few other bits of advice to take into consideration when chosing a ride for wedding day:

1. Make sure the company is dependable, yes as silly as that may sound we have photographed a couple weddings where the hired transportation didn’t show up at all! This can lead to a big head ache! Make sure to get a contract, a contact phone number, and ask for referrals!

2. Sometimes it’s more fun as a group, so if budget allows try to reserve something big enough to hold the entire bridal party. A bus, a limo, a trolley–it doesn’t matter as long as you are all together.

3. Locally in Marquette there is an amazing team at Marquette Limo that always go above and beyond for each wedding. They even have a “man van” that will transport all of the guys to the ceremony location, while the limo takes the lovely ladies.

4. If nothing else, plan something for just the two of you. Take a families’ classic car, a clean new car or even a horse and buggy. It’s a little touch that will add to the photos and the story of the wedding.

5. Last, but certainly not least, if the whole wedding party is in a vehicle that allows alcohol (like a limo) make sure to stock up before had! It is one less stop, which just means more time for photos.

No matter which way you decide to get to and from locations on wedding day, just make sure to enjoy the ride.

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There is something about weddings that makes people grab their cameras and come running to photograph all the action. I never realized until I was a photographer how much this was true. Each wedding I was “fighting” the paparazzi of family and friends, trying to capture events that I don’t understand why they need pictures of. The best example–cake cutting! Crowds gather, flashes are going, and each time I look in amazement on how many people want to capture it.

I can’t tell you how many times my photographs have been ruined by someone’s flash going off or the sensor, that meters the light, puts a grid on their face during the cake cutting. It truly was heartbreaking! The bride and groom hired us on to take these amazing photos, then *FLASH*–my image is overexposed from someones flash going off.

The best thing about experience though is knowing how to deal with it now. At each wedding the masses gather, we politely ask guest to just enjoy the cake cutting and inform them that we will be having the bride and groom cut the cake twice. Once so we can capture the true emotion and actions of cake cutting and a second time so everyone can photograph it as well. A simple solution to a big situation. Now we don’t have to worry about getting images that look like the two below and for that we are happy, the bride and groom are happy, and the crowd is happy.

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My, my, my what a fantastic group of people joined us for our second Wrensday Workshop, our cheeks hurt from laughing so hard. This group was eager to learn about their DSLR’s and we couldn’t wait to share so many tricks and tips that we’ve learned along the way. Alex and I teach this class because we want to share our knowledge about DSLR’s and break it down into realistic terms.
Our next workshop is coming up on June 9th, and we’ve expanded it, but we still like to keep the class sizes small and intimate. We feel like the best way to learn is by doing it hands on. We look forward to helping out and watching those “a-ha” moments when everyone figures out how to use their cameras. If you are interested in attending one of our classes please email us: wrenphotography11@yahoo.com to find out all the details. Thanks!
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It’s no secret–I adore the historic Landmark Inn in Marquette, MI! Everything about the Landmark makes me love it more and more; the gorgeous location, the wonderful staff, the beautiful decor……there is just so much to love. So it’s no wonder that when a group of local vendors partnered up to put on a lovely Styled Bridal Shower that the Landmark was the ‘it’ place to hold the event.
The idea come while chatting with Knots & Kisses at I do. Events & Weddings. We wanted to put together a fabulous, chic bridal shower for inspiration. Knots & Kisses decorated in white, greens, and pops of blue that worked wonderfully against the European-inspired elegance of the Landmark Inn. The modern floral from Forsberg Flowers was impeccable and eye catching. The bride dressed in an one-strap teal gown from A Bride’s Choice that looked perfect for her skin tone. The bride’s hair and makeup was done by the talented Jessica Mariin and worked perfectly to show off her gorgeous earrings and ring from Richardson Jewelers. The jewel encrusted cake with stunning flowers was created by the brilliantJoe’s Cakes. Invitations and menu cards were uniquely designed and displayed by Panache. The bridal shower attendants joined in on designing their own locket from Lori LaMarch with Origami Owl. It was the perfect activity to do rather than a game of some sort.
This event truly showed off how fantastic a modern day bridal shower can be when the right vendors are on the job. We hope it is inspiration for any bride looking to make her whole wedding unique and modern.
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