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Drooling over those gorgeous ring shots on your photographer’s blog? Or the way the paper pieces are perfectly styled together with the wedding jewelry? The truth is, photographers love spending time setting up all of your gorgeous wedding day details to help tell the your story cohesively with the event itself. Unfortunately, these stunning shots only happen if the bride takes a little extra time to plan for them to be executed. This summer I’ve been sharing advice on how to improve your wedding photographs without hiring a different photographer.

One of the easiest ways to give your photographer a head start is to organize all of your details the night before… create a “bridal bag” to collect all the important pieces so they are ready to pass along when your photographer arrives. Make sure to keep all the rings in the bridal suite before the wedding, pass the rings along to the best man or ring bearer before the ceremony so they are together with the engagement ring to be documented. Don’t forget to include the invitation suite and all the important paper pieces. Have your calligrapher create an extra envelope address to include in the photographs… you can even use a dummy address if you want. Make sure to communicate all of the important pieces so your photographer knows what to highlight and which elements have the most sentimental meaning to the day. Lastly, make sure to schedule your floral delivery ahead of the photographer’s arrival so the bouquets and boutonnieres’ are ready to shine!

Happy Wedding Planning!

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Here I am in action on Monday during our styled shoot at the Bayside Workshop with Natalie Franke and Krista Jones in Annapolis. I dropped Cam off with my in laws in Baltimore and crossed the Bay Bridge to join these two amazing photographers at the historic Kent Manor Inn. We started the workshop in classroom mode and finished with a gorgeous styled shoot designed by Kruse and Vieira Events. I had such an amazing time meeting all the girls and spending the day on the spectacular grounds of the Kent Manor Inn… what a special place to have a wedding! I love the historic nature of the waterfront property along the eastern shore of Maryland. We could have photographed on these grounds all day! Thanks to Natalie for these behind the scenes shots!

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Full note-taking mode here… ha ha! Am I biting my nails?!?

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** All images above by Natalie Franke Photography

Our dinner spread… this table deserved a styled shoot all its own! What a great way to wrap up the day!

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Thanks you guys!!

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We met the Watson’s during our first few weeks in Rye and have loved hanging out with them since. Their daughter Savannah became fast friends with Cam… well as friendly as 1-year olds can be… and now they’ve added a second little one to their family, baby John! I captured a few shots of John and his big sister Savannah… he’s got the biggest blue eyes and the cutest little baby-mohawk ever! Congrats you guys!!

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We had to get big sister Savannah in a few shots with her new baby brother! Love these baby smiles!

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Alicia and Paul traveled halfway around the world to hold their dream New York City wedding… an intimate Central Park ceremony with their closest friends and family and a Big Apple backdrop to document their special day. When I first emailed with Alicia, I knew she and Paul lived in Australia and planned to wed in Manhattan. In college I studied abroad for a semester in Western Australia… in Fremantle, a beach town close to Perth… also known as the most isolated city in the world. Perth is closer to Singapore than to Sydney with a massive red desert in between. Most of the time when I meet Australian’s I tell them where I lived and they’ve never been to that side of their country. So when I told Alicia about my experience down under, I did not expect her to have any association with Freo. To my surprise, she and Paul are from Perth! I mean… it was meant to be! I could not have been more honored to help these western Aussies document the first day of their new lives together here in my home city.

Congrats you guys! I had a blast! My favorite part… being surrounded by those amazing Australia accents again… I loved it!

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We left the Surrey Hotel on the Upper East Side to meet Paul and their families at Bethesda Fountain for the ceremony. I love this shot of Alicia and her dad, ready to walk her down the aisle!

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It wouldn’t be Central Park without a violinist on hand to play some music!

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Sisters!

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The whole Aussie crew!

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After photographing the family portraits we dismissed the group and spent the next several hours wandering around Central Park to the boat house and through the archways and then on to Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock, Grand Central Station and then finally down to the lower east side… to meet the group for cocktails and a dinner party at Beauty and Essex.

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We braved the lake at the Boat House and climbed into one of the infamous row boats for a few shots!

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Top of the Rock is one of the best views of Manhattan and the surrounding rivers and waterways… it’s incredible! We had a blast taking portraits on the rooftop decks!

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Congrats you guys!! Hope married life is treating you well!

**Credits coming soon**

 

  • Karen Hemsley - wow. . . what an amazing gift you have given to this couple in your talent for taking such beautiful photos for their very special day. I am sure that all of us in Australia feel like I do in that these photos make us feel like we were there as well, and that these are our memories as well as Alicia and Paul’s. They certainly picked someone with an exceptional outlook on people/places/life to give them such wonderful memories in print.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Such amazing photos Jessica!! They turned out perfectly :) ReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Thank you so much Jessica! We now have these amazing pictures to keep the memory alive years from now!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Burdett - Beautiful Wedding,
    Beautiful people
    you have really captured the love that they have for each other.
    SO jealous, perhaps I need to come get married again in NYC…. or maybe just renew my vows
    Congratulations on a job well done :) ReplyCancel

  • Cathryn - Talk about a dream wedding! Stunning photography is the icing on the cake. Beautiful :) ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Young - these photos are amazing :) your special day was captured in all the best ways possible!ReplyCancel

  • Jade galambosi - Stunning photos! Such beautiful moments captured xoReplyCancel

  • Rachie Hawkins - Oh im crying all over again, absolutely stunning photos I wish I could have been there xxReplyCancel

  • emma lewis - Alicia is one of my best friends in the world and I am so honoured to be a part of Alicia and Pauls lives. The photos are so beautiful and have made me cry! Can’t wait to see the next steps in their journey together. Wish I could have been there with you. Congratulations you two!ReplyCancel

  • Deb Blecha - Such a beautiful couple, and amazing photographs to remember it all by. The beginning of an adventure that shows that home is wherever both of you are. Wishing Paul and Alicia a wonderful and fulfilling life together.ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Chambers - I love the row boat pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty - Absolutely beautiful pictures.

    Awesome photography!

    Congrats Alicia & PaulReplyCancel

  • Jarryd - Absolutely gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Ee - Congratulations Alicia and Paul, you both look so amazing and make an amazing couple. What beautiful, stunning pictures, great photography!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Clark-Hayes - All I can say is WOW! These photos are extremely beautiful Jessica!
    My cousin Alicia looks absolutely stunning and Paul you look very handsome!
    I’d like to say a big congratulations to the gorgeous Bride Alicia and the Groom Paul, I hope you both live happily together for the rest of your lives! xxxReplyCancel

  • Slavica Ciffolilli - Wow, such beautiful wedding photos! What an amazing day it must have been. Congratulations Alicia and Paul. May your lives always be filled with love and happiness xxReplyCancel

  • Nikki - Amazing Photos! Congrats guys! xxReplyCancel

  • Rev. Annie Lawrence - Wow what Gorgeous Photo! Alicia & Paul, you must be over the moon! It was an honor to be your NYC Wedding Officiant & I’m so happy to have this to remember you! Thanks Jessica! With Love, @RevAnnieNYCReplyCancel

  • Ruth - Stunning pictures made me feel I was there with them xReplyCancel

  • Kate Sinclair - So gorgeous, what a beautiful wedding. You have really captured the love that they have for each other :) ReplyCancel

  • Grant Armstrong - Jessica, what amazing photos. You have captured some of the most proudest and happiest moments in my life.
    Congratulations again Paul and Alicia, it has been one of the most amazing weddings I have been to. I wish you all the best and happiness for the rest of your lives. Paul,ReplyCancel

  • Mady - So beautiful Alicia! So happy for you both!! XxxReplyCancel

  • emily - These pictures are amazing <3 congratulations once again xoxoReplyCancel

  • Paul - Very nice Jessica. Thank you and julienne for capturing amazing moments and memories of our day. Looking forward to my wife putting them up around the place ;) ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - Absolutely stunning photos! Congratulations Paul and Alicia! Love you guys! xxReplyCancel

  • Hawkins Snr - What beautiful photographs. It was a very special day for our families and the photographs captured Paul & Alicia’s happiness. We had the pleasure of spending quality time with them both when they came to visit us here in Houston. We travelled to New Orleans, San Antonio, Louisville in Kentucky and Nashville in Tennessee. We had a fabulous holiday and to top all that off with their wedding was wonderful. Thank you Jessica & Julienne for capturing the splendour of the day.

    How do we order a few photo’s?ReplyCancel

  • Irene Sims - How delightful….these photos are beautiful. As part of Paul’s family in the UK, these give me a feeling as though I were there…..gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • farzana - Lovely to read the blog and see all the fantastic photos! I flet like I was there too! :) wishing Alicia and Paul all the very best always!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - So beautiful and tender. :)

    Congratulations, guys. xReplyCancel

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During my May coaching session with Katelyn James, she and I picked apart my blog and website design. It’s hard when you see something every day to look at it from an outsider’s perspective so it was great to hear her thoughts and advice. After the session I quickly “freshened” my website but I spent more time hunting for the right style for my blog design. I wanted something professional and boutique looking for my brand yet fun and fresh; and of course, something that looked cohesive with my portfolio site. When Tonic Site Shop released their new collection of blog designs this summer… I knew I found the one! It’s not quite custom but certainly a professionally designed boutique looking design that I easily personalized for my brand using ProPhoto. I love the new look!

If you’re wondering what on earth these photos have to do with my new blog design, they don’t! Today marks four years since Dave and I got engaged on Napeague Beach in between Amagansett and Montauk in the Hamptons. These are a few of my favorite photographs from our engagement weekend! We spent another long weekend out there again this weekend relaxing with friends and family. It’s a little slice of heaven on the east end of Long Island with the most amazing corn on the cob and fresh lobster rolls on the beach. I’m always surprised how beautiful it is when you leave the hustle and bustle of New York City. Can’t believe that was four years ago… my how time flies!!

I know my blog has been on a little bit of a hiatus as I’ve been redesigning everything over the past month but summer is winding down and I’ll be picking up where I left off… let me know what you think of my new look!

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