Serendipity has the pleasure of knowing some of the best vendors in the special events industry: musicians, DJs, florists, photographers, lighting experts, and rental companies are just some of the key vendors that help pull together an incredible wedding experience. Let’s take a closer look at a wedding photographer, after all, the photographer will capture all of the greatest moments of the big day, and have an eye for the little things that might get overlooked.
Recently we worked with Taylor Jones Photography and we were blown away with her ability to grab the most significant moments in the most natural way. We asked her a few questions about herself and the best parts about being a wedding photographer:
How did you discover your love of photography?
No one would believe it now, but I was painfully shy as a kid. Between my stuttering, glasses that had confetti in the frame, and my affinity for wearing oversized 90’s Hanson Brothers tour t-shirts 5 days a week (just so you can get a visual), I was painfully awkward, too. However, at the ripe old age of twelve, I got my first camera and learned that it was my outlet. As cheesy as it sounds, photography was where I learned to express myself creatively and socially. It allowed me to develop an identity at such a young and awkward age. My small group of friends always knew I’d have a camera wherever we were going and that I’d document whatever escapades we were getting into as teenagers. I always hoped it would turn into my career, but never thought I’d be lucky enough to actually pursue it!
Honestly, we (meaning my business partner and husband, Mike) love being with the couple on the happiest day of their life. We spend more time with the bride and groom than their own parents do, and I absolutely love that aspect of weddings! The excitement, the tears, the emotion, we see it all and totally thrive off of the energy that encompasses a wedding day.
Wedding photography can be pricey, but fully worth the investment. What do you say to brides to ease their worries when investing in a great wedding photographer?
We completely understand that photography is an investment–it’s an understood luxury at a wedding. When you wake up the morning after your wedding, one of your first thoughts is going to be, “What just happened?” Your wedding day is a beautiful blur. But your second thought is going to be something along the lines of, “I can’t wait to see the photos!” Photographs are one of the only concrete memories you’ll have of your wedding day. You’re not only investing in those images, but you’re investing in someone who lives to serve couples and invests more time and money into the couple’s happiness than they may ever realize. Ultimately, a couple is investing in someone who is invested in them, their happiness, their wedding day, and the overall experience you have with them before and after your wedding day has come and gone. We make sure our couples are as stress-free as possible during the planning process and the day of their wedding. We’ve offered wedding decorations, fixed tripped power circuits, made sure our couples have wine or beer in hand after the ceremony, given up our shoes when the bride is blistering from her heels, and even gone wedding dress shopping with our brides.
What was your favorite wedding to be part of and why?
There have been so many weddings we have been blessed to be a part of, and having a bride and groom want us at their wedding is the utmost honor in our eyes. Our favorite weddings are the ones where the couples are sincere and understand what a wedding day is all about, which is the start to a beautiful journey called marriage. It’s so refreshing to see a bride and groom who are just happy to be simply married. They spend the entire day glowing, and the photos are natural, emotional and sincere.
Why is it important to work closely with a great event planner, like our event experts at Serendipity?
Couples have a tendency to underestimate how fast a wedding day goes, and we were just as guilty when we got married. However, we had witnessed first-hand how comforting it is to have someone unrelated take on so many of the burdens of the wedding day. When you’re getting you dress on sipping a mimosa, you don’t want your florist wondering where everything goes, why the vases aren’t on the tables, or why the DJ still hasn’t shown up to set up. Your concern as a bride should be about your loved ones and getting to the altar. Having a planner taking care of your timeline, all of the last minute details (which there are a lot of), and answer questions from vendors, relatives, and guests, makes your day go by without a hitch. And the hitches that there are, you won’t know about!
What wedding trends are you looking forward to this spring and summer?
The first look has grown tremendously in popularity over the last few years and I am so grateful for that! Initially, I believe it was started for the sake of cute photos. However, the first look has turned into such an intimate time for the bride and groom to simply be and honestly, a part of the day our couples look most forward to. We always encourage our couples who are on the fence to do a first look, bring a bottle of wine, and just be together while we capture the moment. I sure hope it isn’t a trend and is here to stay!
If you could photograph any celebrity couple’s wedding which one would it be, and why?
I think Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s wedding would have been pretty epic to shoot! Blake wore boots and jeans and Miranda cries at every award ceremony, so I’m assuming their wedding day would have followed suit and been full of emotion, cowboy and cowgirl boots, and some seriously fun whiskey-inspired photos!