Maggie & Daniel | Homegrown Wedding at Mercury Hall

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When Maggie contacted me back in July about her Thursday wedding, her email was so full of sunshine and happiness that I immediately wanted to be there — if not as a photographer, maybe as a guest! She explained that she and her fiancé Daniel were planning on an afternoon reception “with lots of lawn games, fun, and bright colors. As we are all about homegrown, local businesses, we are serving tacos and Quack’s cupcakes!” Add to the fact that Maggie and Daniel know my past awesome clients Polly and Rigel, and I just knew I had to be a part of this.

After their chilly first look on the Capitol grounds, Maggie and Daniel were wed at St. Elias Orthodox church downtown, and held their daytime reception at Mercury Hall. Surrounded by DIY paper flowers, colorful felt balls, lawn games, and giant cupcakes, the couple and their guests enjoyed hot cocoa, coffee, and heartfelt toasts. Special thanks to Stefanie at Your Wedding Your Way for keeping everything organized!

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“Say, are you doing anything later?”

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I loved Maggie’s Anthropologie coat that she wore over her dress. The lace on her dress is from her mother’s wedding dress! And because she can’t live without color, she included a mint petticoat, orange tights, and green shoes!

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5 Questions to Ask Your Potential Wedding Photographer

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It’s a little bit after the holidays, which means it’s Booking Season here in wedding-business-land. There are so many engagements that happen over the holidays (Thanksgiving-Christmas-Hanukkah-New-Year’s) that when January rolls around, people are getting their ducks all lined up in a row with wedding-planning, and usually they get the big 3 booked around this time: venue, planner, photographer.

As such, I go on a lot of job interviews. Yup! Being a wedding photographer means that I meet with many potential couples to see if we’re a good fit personality-wise — they know my work from my website, but I think it’s really important that we click in person, because I’m going to be spending a lot of time with them on their wedding day… and if they don’t like me, well, it probably won’t be a good experience for either of us!

I like meeting new people and talking with them, and seeing if our expectations for wedding photography are on the same wavelength — for instance, if someone comes to me asking for all sepia and lots of cheesy poses, I gently steer them towards someone else who is more their fit. But one of the more frustrating parts about the interviews (or meetups, if we’d like to be less formal) is when someone pulls out a notebook and there are 30 questions from some wedding website for me to answer, including stuff that has no bearing whatsoever on the kind of job that I will do.

I get it — this is a new experience;  you don’t hire a photographer every day; you are taking notes from a business that has been guiding many other couples in a similar predicament, so obviously they have some knowledge about this whole adventure, right?

These are the top 5 questions that I recommend you ask during a face-to-face (or Skype video, or phone) conversation with your potential photographer.

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Jackie & Thomas | Intimate Zilker Clubhouse Wedding

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This celebration was my last one of 2012, and it was amazing. It’s really hard to describe it to you, but I will try. Zilker Clubhouse is close enough to civilization to be easily found, but as you travel through the trees with the crunch of gravel under your tires, you feel like you’re leaving the world behind. The little clubhouse is at the top of a hill, and as you emerge onto the balcony, the Austin skyline is right there, clear as day. It was a cold December day, and Jackie wore her grandmother’s fur stole over her wedding dress. The inside of the Clubhouse was transformed with DIY touches, two crackling fires on opposite ends of the cabin, and tons of flowers by Petals Ink. And all the while, Jackie and Thomas were right next to each other, getting ready, making last-minute adjustments to their vows, and holding hands throughout the day.  It was so obvious how much they are in love.

Jackie and Thomas had twenty or so of their friends and family at their intimate celebration, and after the ceremony they sat at one long table, toasted each other with champagne, and enjoyed their dinner by Pink Avocado.

I loved being a part of their day.

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