Congratulations on your engagement!
I'm so excited for you both and I'm so excited that you are considering me to capture your special day. This Wedding Guide will provide you with all the details on what to know before you decide to book with me, as well as let you know what you can expect from your booking date all the way through to the delivery of your images.
Second, decide on a budget
What do you absolutely need from a photographer? How much do you value your photography versus your DJ? What are you willing to spend on a photographer? Is this budget flexible?
Meghan + Alejandro
“WOW. Natalie captured our best day every BEAUTIFULLY. No moment missed. She not only gave us pictures to look back on to remember our wedding, but embodied and expressed the love and raw emotions attached to each one. We are so blessed she took us on and went above and beyond. I wish Alejandro and I could get married a million times so we could have Natalie take more pictures!”
Congratulations, you're booked!
If you haven't already, I'd love to chat with you face to face. Whether that be over coffee at your favorite local coffee shop or over Facetime while you're still in your PJ's on your couch, I want to get to know you! Being more familiar and more comfortable with me will allow me to capture your love story more authentically. Also, I'll always be a single text away whenever you need me - a lot of my brides will come to me for hair and makeup artist recommendations or ask my opinion about their decorations, etc. I'm always happy to help you in anyway that I can.
Because I photograph dozens of weddings a year, I want to be able to provide as much insight as I can to help you prepare for your big day. I teamed up with Consumer's Advocate to share with you their article on Wedding Insurance. When you're spending the average of $30k on your wedding, how will you protect yourself in case of an emergency? What kind of coverage do you need? How much will it cost? Consumer's Advocate answers this all for you in their Wedding Insurance Guide.
One months out from your wedding date, you can expect to see a questionnaire in your email inbox from me. This is just a fun little form that allows me to get to know you and your partner better and also allows us to finalize all the details! If we have met in person, I may have already asked you some of these questions.
I'll also ask for a timeline of your day. This will help me have a better understanding of how much time I have to get the shots I need. One thing I recommend is by having either your portraits or your ceremony be an hour or two before sunset. This will allow the best light of the day to be shining on you while I capture all the important memories. This varies depending on if you're having a summer or winter wedding, so feel free to ask me about it, or google 'Sunset on <your wedding date>' to find the perfect time .
Congratulations, now you're married!
While you head off to celebrate your honeymoon, I'll get to work on your images. Expect your images to be edited and ready in about 2 - 4 weeks.
You'll receive your images in a beautiful gallery that you can share with your family and friends. You'll also be able to download your images straight from the gallery using a custom PIN number. And the best part? You can order all your prints and Christmas cards with just a few clicks. You can read about ordering prints and cards on my blog post here.