Willow Creek Wedding and Events | Tony and Mariah


PHOTOGRAPHER | melissa shook photography     SECOND SHOOTER | ariana miller

CEREMONY & RECEPTION | willow creek

BRIDES DRESS |  davids bridal     GROOMSMEN SUITS | the black tux

HAIR & MAKEUP | taylor hatcher     DOVE RELEASE | doves 4 y’all

FLORIST |kim’s creations     BAKERY | renaissance cake company

When I first met with Mariah and Tony I knew this was a sweet and special couple.  They are both Ag teachers and we immediately had a lot to talk about.  Tony is also a photographer himself, so it’s a great honor to be asked to photograph another photographers wedding!  And I was excited about shooting another wedding at Willow Creek, it’s a beautiful venue.  After hearing their story and what they wanted for their wedding and then seeing all their hard work put together, it was beautiful!  It’s been raining a lot but we had a gorgeous June day.  The colors, flowers and details were perfect.  

Doves anyone?  This was a first for me and it was spectacular!  

Willow Creek Wedding and Events | Tony and Mariah

Mansfield Engagement Session | Jill and Elliot

Jill and Elliot are such a sweet couple and little Sophie is just adorable.  Their family/engagement session was a walk in the park.  Jill found me through her sister, which I have photographed her family for a couple of years now.  So we are super excited to photograph this wedding in September at The Laurel.  Ariana will be shooting this one and she is going to rock it!

Congrats to Jill, Elliot and Sophie!

Mansfield Engagement Session | Jill and Elliot

5 Things You Should Trust Your Wedding Photographer With

Trust is the key ingredient to any relationship and this is true for the relationship you have with your wedding photographer. There’s a reason you chose them to capture the most important day of your life.  While you may have a vision of how you want some of your images to turn out, for the most part, you are going to have to put a lot of trust in your photographer. Trusting your photographer a little more in these main areas will not only result in better images for you to remember your big day by but will also relieve you of some stress as well.

  1. Choosing the Location of the Shot

You wedding photographer will have taken the time to familiarize themselves with your reception location or areas around your ceremony site to find the best places to photograph. They’ll know where gets the best light and where the best scenery is.

  1. Time of Day to Shoot

Lighting is key to creating beautiful images and using the natural light of the sun will produce the best lighting setting but that doesn’t mean any time of the day will give you the same results. Your photographer will know what time of day will be best to take those gorgeous outdoor shots that won’t leave harsh shadows on your face or when to sneak outside to take some night inspired shots.

  1. Poses

Trust your photographer to know what pose is the most flattering for you. They can see how the light is illuminating you and what is in the background. While some photographers will take into consideration your picture ideas, you shouldn’t be offended if they shoot down your ideas. Most times you’ll be working with limited time and light and you don’t want to waste much of either on your big day.

  1. Editing Your Photos

Trust your photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. They will know which images will look best in black and white, color, cropped and which ones to add special effects to, if any. Part of the editing process is a part of their style and this is one of the reasons you hired them. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning.

  1. Handling Printing Your Photos

Your photographer knows where to get prints made and probably has a long-term relationship with a reputable printing company. The worst thing you can do is have a stunning image, order a large print and find the colors are off, the image is blurred or it simply looks dull. Knowing where to get your prints made, what size they should be done in and which ones will look best in your albums, wall art or thank you cards is part of the package you get when you hired a professional photographer. Trust them and listen to what they think will look best for what you want.

The Perfect Wedding Venue

Things to Consider When Selecting a Wedding Venue

Finding the right wedding venue takes a lot of time and research and can often be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding. You need to make sure that your venue checks all the right boxes before you make a final decision.

Your venue will influence your budget as well as the atmosphere on the day so before you sign on the dotted line, below are three important things to consider before you decide on your wedding venue.

  1. Venue size. Look at how many people you’re planning to invite to your wedding versus the number of people the venue can comfortably cater for. A crowded reception can be quite uncomfortable and if a venue is too large, it can affect the atmosphere and the overall look and feel. Put an initial guest list together before you start venue shopping so that you can make a better decision.
  2. What about the drinks? Alcohol and drinks are a big part of your wedding so it’s important to find out whether you can bring your own alcohol and what the costs are or if the venue will supply the drinks. Since you will also need a licensed bartender to serve alcohol, find out whether the venue can assist with this so that you can factor those costs into your final budget.
  3. Preferred vendors. You’re going to be working with several different vendors in the time leading up to and on your wedding day. Many venues require you to use their vendors so find out about this before you make a booking. If they do work with specific vendors, make sure that you’re happy with their experience, style, personality, and pricing. When a venue works with preferred vendors, it does mean they’re confident in their experience and ability to delivery but it’s more important for you to choose vendors that fit in with your budget and overall preferences.

There are many different factors to consider when choosing the perfect wedding venue but make sure that it’s a space that speaks to your personalities and style as a couple.  Need some help finding one?  Send me an email and I will be happy to give you a list of my favorite wedding venues.  Happy Planning!

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