Its been almost one year since I jet set to Las Vegas, Nevada for WPPI.  First time in Vegas, first time at WPPI. It was a thrilling  adventured with my friend Christina. We said if we went, we wanted to shoot a conceptual shoot while we were there – for sure!  And sure enough we did!!!!!! Here are some images from the shoot at Red Rock Country Club with our lovely group of photographer friends. :–)

This year we will be skipping Vegas and trading the desert landscape for the beaches of Cancun-Riviera Maya in April.  Be on the look out for that fun adventure!!!!

Coordination & Design: Scheme Events
Venue: Red Rock Country Club
Cake and Macarons: Gimme Some Sugar
Cotton Candy: B Sweet Candy Boutique
Sequin Table Linens: La Tavola
Sequin Table Runners: Koyal Wholesale
Wedding Dress: Bella Bridesmaids
Bridesmaid Dresses: Style the Aisle
Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals
Floral: Enchanted Florist
Hair & Makeup services: Amelia C & Co.
Cotton Candy Favors: Welcome Bag Shoppe


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  • Andrea Stallman

    Katrina Cook from Waterloo, IA gave me your name (we go to church together and she is my hairstylist). Our daughter is getting married in Cedar Falls, IA June 11, 2016 and I was wondering if you would travel that far for wedding photography? My email is:

2015 is starting off to be just great for you!  Congratulations!  I thought it would be a good idea to start out the first Monday of the year with a blog series on the process of planning a wedding.  This will include suggestions of vendors and their work, how to tutorials, tips and tricks and some give-a-ways.  If you would like a specific topic covered in this series leave a comment below and I will get it covered. :–)

Let’s start off with the ‘5 things you should start planning now for your wedding’.  Good place to start, huh? ;–)
Maybe you got engaged over the holidays or maybe you are just now getting to your planning process. After you take some time to celebrate together with family, take a deep breath, get the pen and paper out and make this list.  Let me help you with the first 5 items you should start planning for your wedding.
#1  Wedding Date
Oh boy! Everyone wants to know.  The second thing that people will ask you following your announce of your engagement is, “So, when is the big day?!”  Break out your family planner.  Maybe there is a date that means so much to you like an Anniversary date. Perhaps you’d like to share the wedding date of your parents.  Your wedding date doesn’t need to have special meaning but make sure that the wedding date works for you guys.  Write down several dates 5-10 dates and start discussing each date.  Before you know you’ll have your date.
Keep in mind that this wedding date is about you. Don’t sweat it if people can’t make it.  It will be merely impossible to meet everyone’s schedule.  Pick the date you both want and your loved ones will be there.  Promise!
#2  Set your budget (Cha-ching!)
Before you can start picking vendors you must set your wedding budget.  I know, I know, you are antsy to start looking at pretty stuff but setting a budget is important.  This will set the tone and make the planning process go easy breezy. ;–)  You will want to pick vendors that are in your budget and not show up to a meeting wasting everyones time when they are out of your price range. This budget will help with this.  Consider having the people paying for the wedding present at this part of the meeting.
And as a side note, no one really likes discussing money.  So make this part fun.  Pop some popcorn, break out the bubbly and sweets available.  This meeting will be over before you know it. ;–)
#3  Venue Location
Once you have your date settled, now comes all the fun stuff. Picking your vendors.  The first place is a venue.  This with set the tone to your entire wedding theme.  Are you looking for a farm? Country club?  Maybe you’d like an industrial wedding look.  These are things you need to keep in mind.  As soon as you pick your date, pick your venue asap.  Venues book up fast depending on your desired location (10months to 18months out).
#4  Pick your photographer
Now this is NOT #4 because I am a photographer.  Truly.  Photographers book out 9-12 months in advance so if you have a particular photographer you want the longer you wait the chances will be greater that they are booked.  So make sure you make #4 a priority….along with #3.  Once you have selected your photographer you will want to schedule your engagement session too. If you happen to be getting married in puerto rico click here to see the best puerto rico wedding photographer.
#5 Consider a Wedding Planner
Wedding Planners are not just for the busy, out of state couple.  They are truly there to help you find the best of the best vendors within your budget, make decisions based on your desires and to be there for you to run the show on your wedding day.  #5 will be one of the best investments.  I suggest to my couples to at least consider hiring a wedding coordinator for the day of.  Imagine all of the hustle and bustle being taken care of by the wedding planning and you get to enjoy every ounce of your wedding day.  Sounds like a dream, huh?

How is your wedding planning process going? Have you come a crossed any hick ups?  Or maybe you had success with something in your planning process- what works for you?

Are you struggling as to what on earth you should do for your engagement session? Are you dreading standing in front of the camera awkwardly smiling to capture that moment in time when you were first engaged. Maybe you are clueless on what to wear.  Well lets just scrap that whole fear and lets have fun with your engagement session.  Let me help you change your thoughts towards your upcoming engagement session.

What if I told you engagement sessions can be fun?  Did you just gasp?  Understandable.  Let me share with you 5 things that will make for a grrrrrreat engagement session.

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#1. It’s all about you!
My personal approach is to capture your ‘relationship’ on camera.  Take a moment and think about what you and your love like to do together.  Do you like hiking?  Perhaps you enjoy snowshoeing or sledding.  Are you musicians? Play music with each other. It’s required that if you book with me, you must incorporate your fur babies. 😉  Ultimately, let’s take your interests and make that apart of your engagement session.  We will have plenty of time on your wedding day to take portrait type photos.
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#2. Relax.
No need to get all up tight and nervous about being in front of the camera.  Deep breath. Relax. Enjoy the moment and have fun with your love? Easier said than done, I know. Do whatever it takes to relax before the session to calm your nerves.  The more you relax the more you will look natural on camera. If it’s a liter of Coke, drink it.  If its a 2 miles run, run it.

#3. Don’t over think it.
I recall scheduling photo sessions for myself for updated head shots.  Some of the best photos I received were the ones that I didn’t over think.  I grabbed my favorite outfit that day, wore my best make-up or I hired a make-up artist, and I accessorize with my fav jewelry.  Going into the session feeling like yourself – the photos will reflect you as well.

Minneapolis Wedding Photography_Minnesota Wedding Photographer_0027#4. Pick clothes that reflect you.
What to wear is one of the top questions couples will ask me.  First things first, do not wear something that isn’t you or that you wouldn’t wear on a daily basis.  With that said, do consider coordinating your outfits; do not wear matching outfits. #twinses. Sorry to crush your dreams. Choose complimentary colors.  Don’t be afraid to wear prints or layer your clothes.  The key thing here is wear your best.

#5. Trust your photographer.
If an engagement session is important to you when picking your photographer, pick a photographer that you completely trust and feel comfortable around.  If you do not trust your photographer, the look of concern could translate onto the camera and will also rob you from the experience in tip #1-#3.
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Is there something that you are struggling with when going into your engagement session? Let me know, I’d be happy to help.

Just remember, be you, relax and remember you are getting married to your one true love!