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series on my blog called “Ask Anything” and it’s basically a series of posts that answer FAQ’s from photographers! Well, today I want to open up the same opportunity for BRIDES!!  I’m definitely NOT a wedding planner but after shooting 80+ weddings and planning my own, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve see a lot! I’ve seen GREAT ideas, NOT so great ideas… amazing details, awesome timelines, etc. etc. So! I want to open up this wedding wednesday to YOU!! If you’re a bride or a really anyone with a wedding related question, today is the day to ask it! Just simply leave a comment for me and I’ll respond with answers next week for Wedding Wednesday! I’m excited!!

Oh! And to make this Wedding Wednesday just a little bit better… one commenter will receive a starbucks giftcard next wednesday as well! So start thinking of your questions blog stalkers!!! I’m excited to hear from you! Just to clarify, these wedding related questions can be anything from “What’s a great time for a ceremony” to “Where did you buy all of your birdcages?!“.  I’m up for anything so ask away!! I’m excited to hear from you!!  Here are some topic ideas that you may have questions about! :





xoxo, Katelyn
29 Comments Wedding Wednesday
  1. Tamara reply

    Your wedding and so many of the weddings you shoot are absolutely FULL of details and decorates – what is your best advice for having a lot of details on a budget? Any stores/websites you recommend?

  2. katie reply

    Okay, I’ve got a tricky one. When trying to come up/work with a budget I keep fighting myself on “this is our ONE wedding day we have to do it RIGHT” with “this is the start of our new life together and I don’t want to be swimming in debt!” Have you seen a huge difference in the weddings where it seems the couple went all out versus worked within a budget? By differences I mean the overall happiness and smoothness of the day, things like that. Thanks Katelyn! :)

  3. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Okay, this isn’t a question from a bride…just a wondering photographer! In Brian and Kristen’s wedding, how in the world did you get such beautiful bridal party portraits in full sunlight? Whenever I shoot in full sun I get terrible shadows across the front of the person, or (adversely) people squinting from the light. I would love any tips for shooting in full sun because I absolutely stink at it!! :) Thanks ahead of time. :)

  4. Sara S reply

    LOVE this! I am also curious about how to do DIY on a budget, but also really wondering – what do you recommend for a bride to prepare for possible rain? What kinds of places can you still shoot outside, how do you work with doing things inside, etc? Getting married in the summer means being worried about rain – and I want outside portraits! :) Thanks Katelyn!!

  5. Beth reply

    Thanks to blogs and Pinterest, there are SO many creative wedding ideas floating around. How should a bride begin to sort through the ideas? Thanks Katelyn!! :)

  6. laura reply

    Oh Katelyn, I could ask questions all day about weddings! haha.. my two biggest are we are having our wedding in a barn and have to bring in ALL our lighting. What is the best way to have good lighting for photographs? AND what are some great bridal party gifts that you have seen?

  7. Meredith Sledge reply

    Katelyn! What do you do if a bride and groom have their wedding at a church and reception at a different venue about 20 minutes away from the church? How would you photograph the table details, etc. if the place won’t have everything set up until it’s too late?

    Also, how long do you take to do family formals, bride and groom pictures, etc. if the couple doesn’t do a first look? Usually that happens during cocktail hour, right? But how long does that take?

  8. KateAnn reply

    When you shoot a destination wedding, who pays for your plane tickets and travel expenses!?

  9. Kristina W. reply

    I remember seeing your cute wedding thank you postcards on the blog. I wound up having prints made and including one in each thank you card. So… what is your favorite place to order thank you cards/Christmas cards from/stationery with photos?

  10. Erica C. reply

    My roomie is planning her wedding and I’ve been a bridesmaid 5 times. I’ve seen the range of wedding types and budgets (and spent my own mini fortune to participate) Should my day ever come, I’m concerned that the out-of-control wedding industry inflation will make even a simple, elegant wedding for my huge family cost prohibitive. Any thoughts to calm the anxiety and see the light in the tunnel?

    In the sea of possibilities, what sort of details have you seen to be worth the effort?

    And why, why are most of the wedding dress industry based on strapless?! Personally, I hope to find a dress similar to the one from the Haagen Dazs magazine ad in 2000:$(KGrHqYOKokE324tLjS8BOJMyrYbvQ~~_35.JPG

  11. Stephanie reply

    Speaking of budgets….have you ever been a wedding that didn’t serve a full meal (or heavy hors d’oeuvre)? I feel like so many people do so many things for their wedding because supposedly it’s tradition, or someone’s told them they just HAVE to. For me, food is one of those things. Does serving a meal to 100+ guests make or break what you’re really there for? I’m toying with the idea of having an evening wedding with very few hors d’oeuvre and a variety of some nice desserts and cake. Have you ever seen this before and what’s your opinion?! :) Thank You!

  12. Mallory reply

    I’m definitely one of those extremely detail-oriented brides but I still want to make sure everything flows well on the day-of. What is your best advice for creating the day-of timeline? (our ceremony is around 6:00pm next June)

  13. Amanda reply

    Hey Katelyn! I am so glad you did this because I have been wanting to ask you- when do you find the time to head over to the reception and photograph all of the details before all of the guests arrive? I’m still getting into my own flow of timeline but am stumped with this one! Thanks! :)

  14. Meg reply

    I am less than a month away from my wedding, and my biggest project is menu cards/programs/table numbers. How can I create paper products that look nice that don’t require a lot of money or time?

  15. Blythe K reply

    What is the best and more ideal wedding time line? From a photographer’s point of view what would you like to see and as a bride looking back, what would you have made more time for and how much time? Also – do you recommend a faux send off earlier in the evening so guests can party away without concern for where to be next & is there a best time for this? — ok that’s more than 1 question but it’s all under one big category! :) xo

  16. Victoria reply

    I’m getting married in 6 months (ah! excited!) and I wanted to ask about how to divide out tasks for your wedding day. For example, my venue has a STRICT timeline (have to be in and out in 4 hours) while our reception site is close, we need to make sure the venue is cleared and cleaned. What do you suggest? Should we ask groomsmen or would they need to be heading to reception? And where does photography fit it!? (Ok, that was a lot of questions…. :)

  17. Emily C reply

    Hi Katelyn!

    I fell in love with those necklaces Amelia & James had made for the bridesmaids and was wondering if you could please send me a link to that Etsy account… I’m dying to have them for my girls as well! I’m not on a huge budget, but I’d like to give the bridesmaids a nice token of my appreciation that is meaningful from me… any suggestions for a fall wedding are much appreciated! Thanks!

  18. Kyle reply

    Hi! Just curious if you during your weddings if you also shoot traditional portraits of the bride w/families (bride with mom, dad, siblings, whole fam, etc). I am constantly asked to shoot these for clients, often inside dark churches. Although I don’t mind them, they often seem extremely outdated.

    So. Do you shoot these? If so, any tips on modernizing them? Thanks!!

  19. Jaquielyn reply

    Hey Katelyn! What was your favorite couple to work with? I realize you may not be able to provide names, but what makes a couple super awesome to a photographer? What are the qualities of your ideal customers?

    PS. Love you work, I think you’re fantastic!!

  20. Heather reply

    I have seen so many of your wonderful pictures from friend’s weddings and being a grad of CNU myself I am so pleased to see all of your success and your strong faith. I’m not getting married any time soon, but when I do you will be getting a call! I was just wondering what kind of wedding favors you have seen… I know that people have been doing the candy bar as a popular favor but I was wondering what other kind of creative ideas you have seen. Also, you wrote about themed weddings once… besides your own (which is wonderful, turquoise is a stunning color) what are some of your favorite themed weddings and what made them successful?

  21. Mandy reply

    Where did you get your birdcages? I kinda want to buy a couple to decorate the future home with! It would be a good little souvenir of the wedding! :)

  22. Ashley Link reply

    i would LOVE to know what YOUR favorite part of a wedding is? if you can choose. hehe. i know i would have a hard time. like… what’s your favorite moment? or is it different every time?

  23. Jaquielyn reply

    Katelyn!! I had a comment but I’m not seeing it now :( I was wondering what the qualities of your ideal clients are? What takes it from a client being so-so to being super-awesome-want-to-photograph-them-foreverrrr kinda clients? Also, I think you’re wonderful!!

  24. Molly reply

    I think my biggest question is, with things like social networking and pinterest, do you see too many similarities between all weddings now? Or does it promote individuality?

  25. Stephanie Stewart reply

    Hi Katelyn! Do you always have your assistant/2nd shooter along side you for First Looks, bridal party, and additional bride/groom portraits? I usually have my 2nd shooter off capturing cocktail hour and other candids. Just curious as to how you handle this, especially when the timeline is tight and you have to get reception details prior to guests entering the reception area. Thank you! :)

  26. Meghan reply

    My fiancee just proposed to me last week (eek!!) and we are planning a two year engagement while am pursing my Masters Degree. What is the best timeline to have as far as photography is concerned, especially if we want to have fall engagement pictures and a summer wedding two years from now?

  27. Harris S. reply

    When you take photos of the rings for e-sessions or weddings do you ask for them and place them your self? Have you ever had a bride hestitate to let you hold her ring?

  28. Patricia Carlisle reply

    What time of day do you recommend having the ceremony and reception as far as lighting for the photography is concerned? Thanks so much! :)

  29. Faye Bernoulli reply

    How would you convince a bride and groom to make more time for their portraits, rather than multiple group formals?

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