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Let's face it, the venue for your wedding says a lot about who you are.
Some people want the rustic look, so they go with a beautiful barn venue. Some people want the manicured look so they go with a beautiful botancial garden. Others like the traditional look, so they go with a church or chapel and then there are the ones that don't want a venue at all and choose the mountain top, the waterfall, or river. It is completely up to the couple on what the theme and look will be and every couple is different. I have found as a wedding photographer that a venue that is a little less popular as the others is always the one that is most loved.
When you live in a city that has 2 to 3 main venues in the city limits, it is always a breath of fresh air to get a bride that has a venue out in the sticks, that I have never heard of before. Its a challenge to pull up to photograph at a location you have never seen but the benefits usually out weigh the challenges . The venues that aren't over used give your pictures the unique look that makes people ask "where were ya'll?" Below is an example of just that!
This venue is a hunting lodge that doubles as a wedding venue. I had never been there, nor heard of it. It was 30 minutes outside of town and worth every mile. It is a hidden gem. I fell in love with everything about this place and I hope that I have other brides that use it in the future! www.facebook.com/weddingsathighpine/
The bride and groom both come from families who hunt so this location was pretty much a no brainer. The hunting lodge did have the theme of "hunting" and "shotgun", so true to theme, the groom wore a shotgun shell shot from his grandfathers shotgun as a boutonniere and the groomsmen wore shotgun shells shot from her grandfathers shotgun as their boutonnieres. The color purple was incorporated as the bridesmaids dresses because her grandfathers shotgun shells were purple. The wedding was put together so beautifully and every detail was thought of.
When you are picking a wedding venue, think of who you are as a couple. I know that doesn't always cross your mind when planning a wedding but the venue can fit right into your wedding day like a fitted glove. It can be that place, that when people show up to take their seats they think "wow. . this looks just like them." Give the venue a deep thought and think of it as a backdrop to your relationship and not just a pretty place to exchange your vows. I promise you won't be disappointed!
I always LOVE when my clients like to think outside the box! I am the type of photographer who loves to grab something beautiful and put it where it doesn't belong. This session was no different. Providence canyon for the win!
Paige is heading to Auburn University and what a better way to share than with unique background pictures. The kind that not everyone else has! I love it when a client asks for this type of thing! I thrive when my creativity can shine through. Always, if you have the opportunity, make your pictures unique for you and your family! That way, you will always love them.
Ashlee and Quin 4.17.21
Its wedding month for Ashlee and Quinn! The dress has been bought, the venue has been booked, the flowers have been ordered, the timeline has been made. The day is getting close and the excitement has set in. The countdown begins...
And we couldn't be more excited to share this day with them and be their wedding photographer!
Ya'll don't forget the in studio easter pictures are booking now!! I honestly don't have a ton of days open before easter so get booked quick!
Grab your hiking boots, your pack, your dress and bouquet and lets hit the trail to say "I do"
We started the day at the cabins by the water. All these beautiful boats were all around and we took full advantage of taking pictures with them to catch all the vibes of the day.
We changed her into the dress to head to the trail...but first... one more with the boats
Adventure weddings are the hottest thing right now! They are so unique and special and I LIVE FOR THEM!
What is an ADVENTURE ELOPEMENT?
It is just that! An elopement that is filled with adventure!
It can be a yurt sleepover with all your loved ones, in the middle of no where or just the two of you under a waterfall.
Think breathtaking views and becoming one with nature. People love this type of wedding because they feel most connected when in the great outdoors.
WHO WOULD DO THIS
The couples who want this type of wedding tend to have a love of travel and passion for exploring. They want to be unique. They throw all the rules out the window and do things the way they want to. They typically don't want the stress that "traditional" can bring. They are fearless and definitely not afraid of a little dirt. They live life on the edge, wear their hearts on their sleeves and value experiences over things.
WHERE CAN WE DO THIS
With an adventure wedding, the possibilities are endless. From mountains, to waterfalls, to beaches, to caves. To get to the destination of your choice, you can have four-wheeler rides, horseback riding, helicopter rides, Literally, wherever or however your imagination takes you!
WHEN SHOULD WE HAVE OUR ADVENTURE WEDDING?
Consider where you want to go and research.
Look at weather, does your destination have a rainy season?
Think about Tourism, is it a tourist area and does it have a peak season? If so, consider the crowds, longer lines and booked lodging.
HOW DO WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?
Contact me and we can reserve your date, Talk about pricing, ask and answer all the questions, bounce ideas and then all you have to do from there is relax, have fun, enjoy yourself and of course adventure!
Need Timeline Ideas? We got you covered there too!
*Starting your day pictures
Lace up your boots and put that pack on.. we catch it all on camera and video too!
Is there anything better than those beautiful pictures where he sees you for the very first time in a place that both of you are amazed by?
*Getting to your ceremony destination
Rather it be by foot or four-wheeler we are catching it all on camera!
Imagine pulling up to this amazing view for a beautiful intimate ceremony. Its everything you didn't know you needed!
The family and friends who couldn't make it can still be involved.
Of course if you want guests there to watch you marry the love of your life, they should be. If not, then why not ask them to all write a little letter full of best wishes to read after the ceremony and catch those sweet moments on camera and video.
*The first dance
why not have your first dance just the 2 of you with this amazing view! Who can say they did that??
hiking, kayaking, off roading, fishing, or walking through town with that gorgeous dress and beautiful smile that the 2 of you share will all be caught on camera!
TAKE MY ADVICE
Always dance with your father and mother at your wedding day! Those pictures and videos may be all you have one day sooner than later. I didn't do a parent dance at my wedding. I lost my father a year and a half later. And I kick myself everyday for not having those photos and that experience with him.
My client and friend got news her father was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He wasn't given very long to live. She was determined that we will walk her down the isle. So she threw together a wedding in 3 days so she could have those memories and these photo's. She lost him soon afterwards. These pictures are something she will always cherish. She messages me often and tells me how thankful she is to have them.
So on your wedding day, if you are not eloping and even if you think it is an inconvenience, plan for those special pictures and/or the dances. I promise you won't regret it!
SMOOCH BOOTH SESSIONS
For Valentines day, I had a themed session called the "smooch booth" and they were super cute! We took a pallet and made it into a prop called the smooch booth. We had all things Valentines day including heart shaped balloons, messenger candy, and "love" signs. Although they weren't the most popular themed session I have ever done, they turned out sooo cute! I will be doing these again next year as well.
I am the person behind the lens for Marilyn Ray Photography. I have been been a lifestyle photographer for 5 years and have made my way into the wedding and marketing industry. I really enjoy what I do. I love being creative and stepping outside the ordinary box.