I hope you're visiting with the excitement of just receiving a stunning ring given to you by the love of your life...so in lament's terms, that must mean you are engaged!! Or maybe you're here just to check out some pretty amazing couples and the fun we have photographing gorgeous weddings, you've come to the right place and I'm so glad that you found us!
After being a professional wedding photographer and having my own business for 4 years now, the feeling of excitement before a wedding day still drives me. I've come to admire all the beauty and sacrifice that goes into planning a uniquely beautiful wedding. Out of the entire day I never tire of photographing all of the joy, excitement, exquisite details, portraits with heartfelt laughs or tearful first looks, twirls, and dips at sunset...I just can't pick a favorite, and I love it all! I can't be thankful enough that I've had so many #hopbrides entrust me with capturing and telling their love story on a day that only comes once in a lifetime.
With the exception of our families which includes our cute rescue pups, photographing weddings are the highlight of our weeks and it is overall just a satisfying part of our lives, and we couldn't imagine spending our time any other way. One of the most rewarding parts of our jobs are the wonderful friendships we have formed with our HOP Brides, which we like to continue far after the wedding day has passed. We believe that your wedding day and your photography experience deserves nothing less! Keep on reading on what it means to be a HOP bride and how it isn't just an ordinary experience.
First Things First: Let's Become Friends
There are many options for your wedding day, and not every one of these are going to be a good fit for everyone. Our HOP Brides are unique and we work hard to find them. There is a certain type of bride who knows that she would enjoy happier photographs featuring genuine smiles and joyful laughs with your new spouse, but it's more than just these precious photos. She is the type of bride who needs an exceptional experience throughout the process! First, we will have to see if we are exactly what you are looking for, and we can move onto the first step of the booking process!
Secondly: Save The Date
You've decided there is no better fit than to be a HOP Bride! Fantastic!! Let us check our calendar and make sure your date is available and secure so we can get this party started. If you're local, we'd love to chat face to face and meet you both where we will go over all the must knows and show you how easy it is to accept your custom quote online to pay your retainer, sign the contract, and then everything is official and we can move on to more exciting subjects! Now that you're a Hop Bride & Groom, what's next?
Getting to the Fun Stuff: Engagements
This is where things really start to become stress free and enjoyable! Planning your engagement session will be a breeze, and we will find a date to schedule your session. I send a questionnaire where I get all your insights that will help us plan your dream shoot! Even if you or your partner does everything to avoid photos and "just doesn't like being in front of the camera", I promise that won't even cross your mind and you'll be having a good time within the first 20 minutes and become pros. We pride ourselves in making all of our couples feel totally comfortable in front of the camera and to not hold back their personalities. This helps a ton to shake your nerves for your wedding day and to remember this special season of your lives. You'll be able to enjoy your photos in your personal online gallery where you can download and share with family and friends.
(Fun fact: We got caught in a torrential downpour, so we decided we would take things to the next level...so all 3 of us got into the lake at knee height for this romantic shot!)
Next Up: Timeline Help
This is a very important part in your wedding planning. We will set a meeting over a month before your wedding so we can go through all the details so we are completely prepared! We often help with creating custom timelines that fit your wedding day so we can achieve all those amazing detail shots during your getting ready, laughing friend shots, dreamy bridal portraits, and creative and carefree sunset and nighttime photos. We want you to have all these stunning memories to be able to look back on, and that's why we enjoy helping you create the perfect timeline for a photography-friendly day!
FINALLY: Your Wedding Day!
Time has flown by and the day has arrived! This is the part where you relax, celebrate, and enjoy the moment while we do all the work. I believe in a documentary experience, so we never work less than 8 hours on a full wedding day. The day is going to be gone in a blink of an eye, and we want to make it a priority that we capture all the moments we can so you can relive the day over and over. We tell your story in a timeless, and creative way that is unique to your wedding. By far our favorite time of the day is when we just have the 4 of us together for your bridal portrait time! These are the images that go on your wall and in your heirloom albums, and we have fun while we document this exciting time for you as newlyweds! It's also a joy to meet all your lovely family and friends as you rejoice in this milestone of your love story. We will share sneak peeks all over social media, even as early as that same evening if we can, because we hate to keep you waiting!
There's More: Reveal Party Day
That's right, there's another time where you get to celebrate your wedding, surrounded by closest friends and family. This is one of the most fun parts of the whole process for me, and I can't wait for the anticipation to be over for you and to finally view your wedding photos! I make it a big deal with a slideshow, desserts, and time to scroll through your hundreds (and I mean hundreds!) of photos and fall in love all over again with your spouse and the special day you had together!
Last Step: Album Designs + Prints
After your wedding day is over, your memories are waiting to be enjoyed on print and off your computer. We specialize in helping in the whole process of finding your very favorite photos, choosing wall design options, creating stunning heirloom album that fits your style and shows off all the love and fun you want to relive each time you see your portraits, and whatever else you're imagining for your photos! It's a great feeling when you're able to look at a portrait and transport yourself to that very day and feel the emotions you were feeling. You deserve the entire experience, from beginning to end. You'll be a part of the HOP family for life, and that really means a lot to us!