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Morgan Bubba Michele Shore Photography Texas Engagement01

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Morgan Bubba Michele Shore Photography Texas Engagement03

Morgan Bubba Michele Shore Photography Texas Engagement04

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Morgan Bubba Michele Shore Photography Texas Engagement09

Morgan Bubba Michele Shore Photography Texas Engagement10

Morgan & Bubba wanted to do their engagement session where they first met, which was at their friends ranch house in Lucas, Texas. They are planning a wedding for this July in Fairview, Texas, which we can’t wait to see! This couple has great inspiration for a simple farm engagement. They are truly enjoying the scenery and each other’s company.

Photographer:  Michele Shore Photography//
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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We’re back chatting with fabulous wedding vendors again this month after taking a break in April since it was packed to the brim with real wedding features all month long, which, by the way, we hope you LOVED! So much inspiration to be found!

But now we’re back. And this month we’ll be chatting with photographers and they will be giving lots of great insight into how they make stunning photographs (with your help!) and lots of practical tips that will help you as you look for and work with your wedding photographer. So guess who we’re talking to today?

ME (Emily, ILFW’s editor-in-chief)! Ok, so you probably already know, but when I’m not hanging out with you here at I Love Farm Weddings, I’m a professional photographer with my studio located in Minneapolis, MN. So it’s my treat to be able to share a little bit from the other side of my business over at Emily Walen Photography! I’ve been a professional wedding photographer for 12 years. I nervously photographed my first wedding in 2001, and fell in love with photographing that wedding, and every wedding since. It’s a pretty remarkable thing to be able to share in one of the most incredibly joy-filled days in folks’ lives.

Emily Walen  - MN farm wedding photographer

Emily Walen - MN farm wedding photographer

Though I could, I am not going to sit here and just go on and on about how gorgeous weddings are, we’re going to talk about something less exciting but SUPER important when planning your wedding photography…

YOUR BUDGET.

Ugh, right? It’s a weird feeling when you are planning a wedding and you start rolling up expenses up into the thousands. For someone very practical like me, it took some getting used to. And your wedding photography is no exception. I know everyone has a different budget. That is perfectly fine.

But more importantly, whether your budget is small or large, HERE ARE FIVE IMPORTANT BUDGET TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND AS YOU PLAN YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY…

1. Don’t blow your wedding budget on only your “day of” photography coverage. There are other things that cost money that are JUST AS IMPORTANT as having a photographer with you on your wedding day… How about doing something with your photographs after the wedding? Maybe an album, or prints, or wall art, or an iPhone case with your wedding photo, whatever it may be. As a photographer, I can tell you that it TRULY breaks my heart when I hear about couples who have gotten married and still haven’t done anything with their photos. They are just sitting on a disc, or a USB drive, or are files on their computer. Oh, PLEASE DON’T DO THAT! In part, it takes a good photographer to help guide you to create keepsakes. I know looking at 500-1,000+ photographs can be paralyzing to figure out what to do with them, or how to narrow it down when you have so many favorites (so look to your photographer for guidance). But here’s what sadly happens more often, couples simply run out of money in their budget to do anything with them. They had sticker shock on album prices, or large prints for their walls, or figured no big deal for now, and thought, “oh, we’ll just wait until after the wedding and decide then.” Which brings me to my next point.

2. NO ONE wants to spend money after a wedding! Most couples are simply spent-out. Meaning they don’t want to decide another detail, or spend another decent chunk of money. Why, oh why, spend so much money on a wedding photographer not to carefully consider ahead of time what you want to do with those photographs. If you do nothing with them, or casually print out a couple 4x6s, it just doesn’t do your photos justice.

3. MAKE A PLAN AHEAD OF TIME! Think about where in your home you want photos from your wedding, and how big you think you might want them to be. Consider if you want a professionally handcrafted photo album or want to make your own scrapbook. Price out how much that’s all going to cost and factor it in to your budget. It might give you a little less than you planned for your day-of coverage, but at least what you do have photographs of will be properly enjoyed and preserved (and within budget so you don’t have to stress about that).

4. Keep in mind too, that with any photography package you choose, there will likely be expenses to factor in to your budget – taxes, mileage, travel fees maybe. Those can add up when numbers start in the thousands. You don’t want to start your wedding photography experience by going over budget by several hundred dollars when you don’t keep those in mind. It adds up fast, so just be mindful of the fees.

5. My next piece of advice is similar to advice given to brides looking at wedding dresses… Don’t try on a dress more expensive than you can afford. Similarly, don’t meet with photographers out of your price range. There are talented people in all price ranges and you just need to find them! And this is really important if you keep in mind numbers 1-4 above. You don’t want to start higher than you can end up affording when you remind yourself about fees and planning for keepsakes to enjoy after the wedding. Starting your marriage in debt or with lingering stress about how much you went over budget is NO good. Start planning within a range that you will be able to look back on after and feel good about.

Emily Walen  - MN farm wedding photographer

Emily Walen  - MN farm wedding photographer

I will ALWAYS advocate for couples to hire a wedding photographer. Don’t let your wedding day go undocumented. But please, pretty please, make a plan and do something with your photographs after your day has come and gone. Those photographs represent the start of your family. Remember that they will be passed down through generations honoring you and your relationship. Pass them down in a way that can be cherished. A DVD might just not cut it. Your grandkids will probably wonder what that shiny relic is.;)And, stick to your budget. It’s easy enough to do if you make a plan. You can do it!

Cheers to you all as you find and work with your wedding photographer! If you’d like (I’d like it), you can follow more of my work at my website, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest (you know you’ll see some farm love there too!).

Emily Walen - MN farm wedding photographer

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Kim Lucas New York Moments Photography Farm Wedding01

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Where do I even begin with Lucas and Kim’s wedding? I LOVE the fun bridesmaids and groomsen photos. The black and white checkered floor in the tent is brilliant. Kim’s intricate hair, lacy dress, and elegant bouquet may actually speak directly to my heart. The recycled window table seating chart and personalized jam favors are such nice DIY touches. And that wedding cake? It looks as delicious as it is beautiful!
(Click through the gallery for inspiration at their DIY photobooth!)

The details from Kim:

“We are both from farming families. I grew up on a dairy farm in South Jersey and Lucas grew up on a vegetable farm in Western New York. We are best friends and crazy about each other. We chose to get married in Western New York in a little town called Elba. Lucas grew up in Elba, New York. We got married in his parents yard. It is a beautiful farmhouse surrounded by a beautiful garden. We figured our children could always go back to it one day if they would like to get married there.

“We loved the idea of having a farm wedding because we both grew up on farms and its part of whom we are. We used old crates to make a cake stand. We had an old milk jar case to hold cards at the wedding. We used old barn windows as seating charts. We painted one side black and the other side we used white paint markers to write out the names and table numbers. On each table we used jam jars as the favors on the tables. The wine at the wedding was from my cousin’s vineyard called Meranda-Nixon Winery in Ohio. We had a time capsule with notes in it to read 10 years down the road. Lucas had a red tractor for us. We both love IH red tractors. Lucas collects red toy tractors and I love vintage furniture and other antiques.

“The flowers had garden roses, some wild flowers, hens and chicks, and we used mason jars on each table. Each table had mercury glass candleholders on them with chalkboards used for the table numbers. We had a soft serve ice cream machine. There was a photo booth with props. Our wedding photographer helped us set it up. We used old lawn furniture and barn doors as our backdrop. Everyone went crazy with it. In addition, we had lawn games such as can jam that we made ourselves. It was a perfect day even with being quite warm.”

Photography: Moments Photography by Laura
Tables and tent: Sterling Tent Rentals
Linens: Rochester Table Toppers
Catering: Penna’s Catering
Flowers: Chase’s Green house and Florist

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Katie Time Rockton Illinois The Pavillion at Orchard Farms Just Love Me Photo01

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I could gush about this wedding for ages. It’s filled with inspiration for fall! I love the handmade ceremony doors and the “Here Comes the Bride” sign. I love the simplicity of Katie and Tim’s wedding so much that I had to create a gallery of extra photos. The ones on the dance floor are priceless! The Pavilion at Orchard Farms makes for a beautiful reception venue- that open ceiling is gorgeous. One of my favorite details is the nontraditional wedding topper. I love how the cowboy boots on the entire wedding party tie everything together for a true farm wedding! Congratulations Katie and Tim!

Photography // JUST LOVE ME {PHOTO + DESIGN}

Wedding Gown // MAGGIE SOTTERO

Ceremony + Reception Venue // THE PAVILION AT ORCHARD RIDGE

Wedding Day Coordinator // KACIE BENJAMIN, Pavilion at Orchard Ridge

Flowers // BALLOONS + FLOWERS BY HALEY

Cake // CAKES BY DEA

DJ // MUSIC BY CHANCE

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

  • April 30, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    Powerbrides - Any bride that can rock cowboy boots and knows how to work a riding lawnmower is our kind of bride! Badass and beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    Aniia - Love the farm wedding!Really unique and amazing!Thanks for sharing the great moment!ReplyCancel

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Brenda Matt Oregon farm engagement Murray Photography01

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Brenda Matt Oregon farm engagement Murray Photography03

Brenda Matt Oregon farm engagement Murray Photography04

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I love the secluded location of Brenda and Matt’s engagement! It’s like their own secret garden where they can just focus on each other.

From Brenda, their story:

“Matt and I met through mutual friends while I was home from college on break, and Matt was living in a nearby town. Fast forward six years, through my failed attempts at finding the one, while hearing people say to me, “You never know, it could be someone that you’ve already met, timing is everything!” Meanwhile, Matt was going through his own life changes after becoming single again for the first time in years.
“Matt’s calls to go hunting or fishing turned into his trips out to the prairie during harvest to see what I was up to. This turned into me putting on mascara to wear in the field just in case he stopped by. Then one night at a small town concert, he pulled me aside and told me that he wanted a chance. This was the start to our wonderful adventure.
“He proposed to me out on the prairie where we had fallen in love. We were sitting in his hot rod after taking an evening drive, watching the sun go down, and he pulled a ring out of his pocket.
“Then starts the wedding planning! We soon found Ali and Matt from multiple recommendations. We met with them for breakfast and saw couple that we related to and felt comfortable with. They seemed to understand how we had many parts of our lives that were important to capture. This is something that is obvious when you looked at our final photos. For example they captured not only shots with our dogs, but also pictures in a filbert orchard with the hotrod, and pictures with an old barn on a farm we own together. Everything we saw when we looked at our pictures just made us feel like they truly knew us.
“Matt and I are getting married on June 22nd at my family’s farm in Oregon. It is incredible how far you have come and how at home you feel in a place that was right there staring you in the face for 8 years. I told someone the other day, who was in their own frustrating plight to find “the one”, that you never know, it might be someone who you’ve already met, timing truly is everything!”

Thank you so much for your wisdom, Brenda! Congratulations to you both. We can’t wait to see your summer wedding!

Photographer:  Murray Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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  • May 1, 2013 - 12:09 am

    Brenda - Thanks so much for posting our engagement photos and our love story!! It’s so fun to see them all together like this! I look forward to more Farm wedding photos!ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    Ravyn - I absolutely love this session! Oregon is such a beautiful place to be in love!! Living in Portland, I don’t get out to the ‘country’ as much as I wish I could … so this totally makes up for it! Murray Photography did a great job. Such a cute couple!ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    Ali Murray - Thank you so much Emily for featuring our work for the first time. Farm weddings are a passion of mine, and I am so happy that I found a blog that is geared towards such a unique specialty. I just love your blog and am so honored to be included among the ranks of so many other talented photographers.ReplyCancel

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