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5 Things to Know When Planning Your Wedding

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Hey! That's us! We're Matt & Erin. We're photographers and videographers who got married back in 2014, way before we began photographing and filming weddings. When we got engaged, we didn't know what in the world we were doing. None of our friends were married or engaged yet, and the last time we were at a wedding was in the 90s when puffy dresses were cool.

Now that we've worked at over a hundred weddings, we could EASILY plan a wedding. We know what works and know what doesn't. We know how long it takes to put a wedding dress on. We know how long family pictures take. We know what time your ceremony should start.

We made this list so you can learn from our mistakes and recreate our happy accidents.

1. Choose a Photographer And Videographer Who Fit Your Personality

What we didn't realize when we booked our photographer and videographer was how much time we'd be spend with them on the wedding day. We spent more time with them than we did with anyone else, including each other.

The wedding day floods you with emotions. You'll be excited, nervous, happy, scared - All at at the same time. It's so important to choose people who can support you, keep you calm, and most importantly, not annoy you.

Sidenote, are you still looking for a photographer and videographer? Because we happen to be amazing at helping our couples feel incredible, calm, and not annoyed.

We take a limited number of weddings per year because we care so much about building a great relationship with our couples.

Want to see our packages, see more of our work, and get to know us?

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2. Look Up Your Date's Sunset Time

Okay so we don't know how this slipped past our radar, but the sunset time didn't even cross our minds during the 9 months we were engaged. We planned our sparkler exit for 7:00pm. The sunset was at 8:00pm, which meant we had a sparkler exit when it was still bright outside. We also bought sparklers that only last 60 seconds so by the time we walked out, most of the sparklers were burnt out already. Yeah, learn from us hahaha!

We've also shot a few outside ceremonies that started after sunset because the couple chose the ceremony time without realizing when the sun would be down. Don't let this happen to you!

Every couple's wedding timeline is different, but we typically suggest to our couples that the ceremony be finished a little over an hour before sunset. That should leave you plenty of time to get family pictures, bridal party pictures, and you and your fiancé's couples pictures finished before sunset, all during beautiful golden hour.

3. Get a To-go Box of Food

Everyone told us, "You'll hardly eat your wedding food." And we said, "No way, we paid way too much for this food to not eat it." The wedding day came, and we did in fact hardly eat our wedding food.

To avoid letting late night hunger stop you two from enjoying your wedding night, see if your caterer can pack you a to-go box of food. You don't realize how hungry you are until you're finally sitting down for nearly the first time that day.

Another option is to stop for some food! One of our couples stopped at Whataburger after their exit, and we came to film them sharing a milkshake and playfully throwing fries at each other.

4. DON'T Check the Weather

You'll want to. You'll really, really want to. But listen, in all of our years of filming and photographing weddings, we know firsthand that the forecast is wrong just as often as it's right, especially in Florida. Obsessively checking your weather app 10+ times each day leading up to the wedding is not worth the ups and downs you'll feel. First it'll be sunny, next it's back to rain, then back to sun, now it's 90% chance of lightning - And there's still 7 days left before the wedding day. Nope, don't do this to yourself.

Obviously, whether you look at the weather or not, sometimes it will rain, but that doesn't mean your day is ruined!

Have a contingency plan for sure (especially if your ceremony or reception is outside), but remember that you can't change the weather but you can choose to enjoy your wedding day no matter what it looks like outside.

5. Lastly, Don't Forget: This Day Is About You Two

It's important to honor your family, but remember that this wedding is about you and your new husband or wife. Mom wants you to wear her out-of-style veil. Dad wants you to change your wedding date because there's a football game on that day. Grandma doesn't want you to have a first look. Uncle Dick wants an open bar.

Love them and respect them, but make sure you two are making wedding decisions that are best for you as a couple.

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- Matt & Erin

We want the couple who thinks they're awkward in front of cameras. We want the nervous couple, who can't stop anxiously laughing during their portraits. We want the couple who wholeheartedly trusts us to tell their story. We want the bride who can't wait to marry her fiancé. We want the groom who doesn't know what to do with his hands. 

Above all, our number one goal is to be friends with each of our couples. The better friends we become, the more comfortable you two will feel on your wedding day. When you book us, you'll be able to ignore the cameras so you can focus on each other and actually enjoy your wedding day. 

Because we focus heavily on building a strong friendship with our couples, we take only 20 weddings per year.

2021 is filling up fast, so contact us and we'll get back to you soon!

In the mean time, let's become friends on the Internet!

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We are Matt, Erin, Kevin, and Judah.

We are a goofy, loving, and crazy family. We have been married for 6 years and have two incredible kids. 

We want to help you have the greatest possible wedding day. We're more than just a photographer and a videographer. We'll be there for you. We'll support you. We'll be your advocate.

Don't worry about feeling or looking awkward. That doesn't happen with us. We promise!

We would love nothing more than to be part of your wedding.

Be exactly who you are.

We'll take care of the rest.