Can I let you in on a secret? Even as a full-time wedding and couples’ photographer, my husband I struggled to find the perfect song for our first dance. 😅 If you’re like Bradyn and me, music plays such a a special part in a relationship. So if you’re at the stage in wedding planning where you’re searching for the perfect tune to slow dance to with your honey… I gotchu. I created an entire playlist of songs for your first dance, just for you!!

Before you dive into the playlist, I want to encourage you to search for a song that really reflects your relationship. Music is one of those things that has the ability to bring us right back to a moment… So make sure that the song you choose does just that. After all, in years to come, you’ll listen to your song and be brought back to your wedding day, surrounded by all of your favorite people.

Pop open a bottle of your favorite beverage, cozy up on the couch (or practice your dance moves), and turn on this FIRST DANCE PLAYLIST 🎶 full of the perfect songs for your first dance 🥂

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As a full-time wedding photographer (and recent bride!), I know how many details go into planning your big day. Planning your wedding day is HUGE. Not only do you feel the pressure of finding the perfect wedding venue, booking your dream wedding photographer, and hashing out all the other little details, the logistics of your actual wedding day sometimes get brushed aside. But that’s where I come in! I’m letting you in on the 2 must-know getting ready tips to help your photos pop 💥 This one goes out to you, brides!

TIP #1

Believe it or not, the most overlooked part of a wedding day can often be what you are wearing.

I know, I know – what?! I’m not talking about your wedding dress that you’ve been dreaming of wearing. I am talking about what you are wearing while you are getting ready for your big day.

And even more specifically, what you are wearing underneath. That’s right, your BRA.

If your wedding dress is strapless, backless, or even a halter – proceed cautiously when it comes to choosing your bra. As if we didn’t already have enough reason to hate wearing bras… they leave marks or indents on the skin.

Unfortunately, it takes those marks quite a bit of time to disappear. The last thing you want is photos of you looking STUNNING in a dress that fits you like a glove, only to see indents of your bra straps or band. 

My biggest suggestion to support the ‘ladies’ that morning? Opt for a bralette. Sometimes even a sports bra would work, as long as it zips in the front so you don’t have to pull it over your head. Which brings me to:

TIP #2

Now that we’ve taken care of what you’re wearing underneath while getting ready… what are you going to wear on top?!

Whether you and your girls are planning to wear matching robes or pajamas, make sure it’s not something you have to pull over your head. No matter how careful you are, your makeup or hair is bound to get messed up if you’re pulling a t-shirt over your head. 

I am a huge fan of button-ups or even zip-ups for a wedding day. There are so many cute options out there that you won’t even miss wearing your comfy t-shirt. Even cuter!? Wear your soon-to-be HUBBY’S button-up. 🥰

There we have it; the 2 must-know getting ready tips. Looking for more wedding planning tips? Check out the blog HERE ✨ I gotchu!

As always, head over to my Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos); I’m dropping even more tips there.

Happy wedding planning, babe! 🤗

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Oh my goodness, you’re ENGAGED! As you begin to tackle all of the fun tasks that come with wedding planning, you might find yourself wondering how to book your dream wedding photographer. As a full-time wedding photographer (and recent bride!), I know firsthand just how important it is to find the perfect photographer for you. So if you’re looking for a little bit of guidance, keep reading!

Do Your Research

Every photographer is a little bit different. From editing styles, to posing, and even how the level of involvement they would have leading up to your wedding day. Nail down what kind of tones you like (warm and moody, true to color, light and airy, etc.). Are you looking for a photographer that does more classic portraits, or a photographer who has a more “candid” approach? When it comes to your wedding day, the right photographer will want to be involved. Whether that means helping with a timeline or even offering other resources to assist with wedding planning, there is someone out there for you.

Meet Them!

Fun fact: most couples end up spending more time with their photographer than each other on their wedding day. Make sure you are comfortable and enjoy spending time with them. When meeting them, ask yourself if the conversation is forced or if it flows easily. Is it easy to laugh with them or is the conversation pretty dry? 

Ask Questions (LOTS of questions)

When you meet with your potential photographer, come prepared! Some questions to help get you started are:

  • What happens if you can’t make it to my wedding?
  • How do you back-up your images?
  • How soon can we expect our gallery? When do we get sneak peeks? 
  • Do we have printing rights?
  • How is the gallery delivered? (USB, online gallery, etc.) 
  • Are there any hidden fees? (Travel fees, second-shooter fees, etc.)
  • What is your booking process?
  • Are engagement photos included with our package? 

Moving Forward with Booking

Once you find a photographer that checks all of the boxes, you’re ready to move forward with BOOKING THEM! 🙌🏻 When moving forward with booking, make sure there is a contract in place. Not only does this protect your photographer, but it protects you if anything were to go wrong. Once you receive the contract, read it thoroughly to ensure you understand every little term and/or condition. Most photographers will include a non-refundable retainer fee or something of that nature to lock in the date. 

There you go! Now that you know How to Book Your Dream Wedding Photographer, get after it! If you’re still searching for a wedding photographer to capture you love story, I’d love to connect with you! Fill out my inquiry form HERE Happy wedding planning, babe! 🥂

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Let’s talk about first looks! If you and your honey are still up in the air about whether or not to have a first look, have no fear. I’ve put together a sweet little list of 3 Alternatives to a First Look. As a full-time wedding photographer, I have seen my fair share of first looks, traditional “first looks” in the ceremony, and everything in between. Whatever you decide, my biggest piece of advice is to do what feels right for you. Lets’ get into it!

1. Private vows

One of my favorites! If you are nervous about spilling your heart in front of hundreds of your family and friends, this can be a great, intimate option for you two. You can stand back-to-back or face each other while holding hands and speak from the heart. When it comes to the ceremony, you can say a variation of your private vows, or say traditional vows; whatever feels most comfortable!

2. First touch

I love this option! You and your spouse can stand back-to-back, or around a door/corner from each other and simply hold hands and talk. If you choose to not have a first look, you most likely won’t see or talk to your spouse until the ceremony. A first touch can help calm some nerves and give you a few moments of peace and quiet together before jumping into the rest of your day. Such a sweet alternative.

3. Private letters

If you want everyone (including your photographer) to sob on your wedding day, write letters to each other before the ceremony and read them privately. This allows you to step away from chaos the morning of your wedding day and take a deep breath with your person. This is intimate like the vow option, but often includes more inside jokes and can be a real tear-jerker.

There we have it, friend! 3 Alternatives to a First Look. Once again, do what feels right for you and your honey! If you’re also in the market for some Wedding Day Exit Tips, click here. As always, be sure to follow me over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos) for behind-the-scenes and even more Wedding Tips

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Morgan

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Welcome to the chapter of your life which is wedding planning!! Whether you’re just beginning to plan or you’re really in the thick of it, soak it up – no matter how stressful it is at times. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back at your wedding day photos wondering where the time went.

Hey… speaking of wedding day photos… 😉 I’m letting you in on my ultimate list of what items you should give your photographer for detail (or flat lay) photos. 

Your wedding photographer may provide you with a list of what to include, and may refer to it as either details or flat lay details. A flat lay is a compilation of all the little details you want photographed on your big day. The smallest details are frequently the most important details that you want captured. Alright, let’s dive in!

Detail Photos List:

  • Dress
  • Veil
  • Bouquet
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry 
  • Ring(s) – engagement + wedding bands
  • Paper suite (save the date, RSVP card, invitation, envelope with your names, etc.)
  • Vows
  • Perfume
  • Cologne
  • Tie
  • Watch
  • Cufflinks
  • Socks
  • Belt

Alright, now that you know what to include, be sure to check out my 5 Getting Ready Tips for Your Wedding Day to ensure you have a stress free morning. *Hint: put all your details in a box to be ready for your photographer; they will thank you. I know this is a quick little list, but trust me: this will be a game changer for your wedding day! Is there anything in the What to Include in Detail Photos list that you forgot about?! Let me know below!

If you’re looking for even more wedding planning tips and behind-the-scenes as a wedding photographer, I’d love to be friends on Instagram @morganelizabethphotos.

Xx,

Morgan

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When planning your big day, there is a lot to consider. As a full-time intimate wedding photographer (and recent bride!), I know how stressful the planning process can be. My goal is to provide you with tips to help make this process as simple and seamless as possible for your wedding day! I put together 5 getting ready tips every bride should know, to help you prepare for your wedding day.

As you get ready the morning of your wedding, I guarantee your mind will be fluttered with thoughts – are the flower arrangements in the correct spots? Do all of the groomsmen have their suits? Does my spouse have their outfit steamed? I know how overwhelming the morning of your wedding day can feel, but I’m here to help.

Here are 5 getting ready tips to help you prepare before your wedding day, help you avoid potential pain points, and help keep the morning of your wedding relaxed as possible.

Let’s dive in!

1. NATURAL LIGHT

Here’s the deal, the more windows that are in your getting ready space, the better! This will help your photographer capture the most beautiful images for you, without artificial light. (If you’re in the early stages of wedding planning – I strongly recommend taking this into consideration when choosing your venue!)

2. AVOIDING CLUTTER

Nobody wants a bottle of Aquafina or snacks in the background of their photos. I suggest designating a basket or corner of your getting ready suite to hide the clutter (including garbage!). TIP: Have a bridesmaid or your maid-of-honor in charge of keeping the space tidy!

3. WEDDING DRESS & BRIDESMAID DRESSES

Have all the dresses steamed and ready to go before your photographer arrives for your day. I find that it helps steaming all dresses the night before or immediately once you arrive to the venue! Then, don’t forget to remove tags and cut off unnecessary straps. Lastly, I highly suggest avoiding plastic hangers to display your dresses. You can find affordable wooden hangers at Target, IKEA, or even a thrift shop!

4. FLORALS & BOUQUETS

As you communicate with your vendors closer to your big day, I suggest connecting with your florists to request that bridal and bridesmaid bouquets are delivered to the venue by the time your photographer and/or videographer arrive. Florals can be expensive, so you want to make sure you get beautiful photos of them and this detail can easily be overlooked if they aren’t delivered in time!

5. FLAT FLAYS/DETAILS

As a photographer, the first thing I do when I get to a venue is give the bride a huge hug, and then I get to work! Detail photos, also known as flat lays, are a collection of smaller details from your day that you want photographed! For example: all rings (including the groom’s!), your dress, veil, shoes, bouquet, invitation suite, jewelry, perfume, etc. I suggest placing all details in a designated box before the day of your wedding. That way, when your photographer arrives they can just grab the box and get working. The sooner your photographer has those done, the sooner they can start photographing YOU!

As I was preparing for my wedding day, I was so thankful to have a little list of what I needed to do as the bride, to ensure I had a stress-free day. Your photographer will likely tell you these same tips, but if not, be sure to save this to reference later! 

If you’re looking for more Wedding Tips, make sure to check out past blogs and keep up with me on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos). What tip did you find most helpful? Let me know below!

Xx,

Morgan

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