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Since February is all about love, and Valentines Day is right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to explore a few non-cheesy ways to make your wedding day more romantic. Over the years I’ve seen it all, from releasing doves to horse drawn carriages. Although, those can be amazing moments, I’m a big fan of adding more romance to your day with simple yet effective additions. These are just a few of my favorite ways to increase the romance.

 

Incorporate Sentimental Elements

Maybe you picked your wedding venue because it happens to be the spot you got engaged. Or maybe you plan to wear your grandmothers veil. By choosing to incorporate sentimental touches throughout your wedding day, you’re honoring the past, present, and future of your lives together. The possibilities are endless, so start brainstorming way to make your wedding more sentimental.

Exchange Letters

What better way to start your wedding day than opening a heartfelt letter or card? This is a great opportunity to reflect of your relationship, your hopes for the future, and your excitement to marry your best friend. Many people also choose to exchange gifts, but a thoughtful letter is always a good idea in my book.

Involve Your Family and Friends

A wedding day isn’t just about the joining of two people, but also their family and friends. Consider incorporating one or two traditions to involves everyone. A ring warming ceremony, or couples dance during the reception can be a simple but effective way to include your guests in the romance.

Write Your Own Vows

Nothing says I love you more than choosing to write your own wedding vows. By recounting stories, sharing your hopes and dreams, and making promises to one another you are personalizing your vows and sharing more about your relationship with your guests.

Consider a First Look

I’ve written about this before (the pros and cons of a first look), and choosing to do a first look is a very personal decision. But if your open to the idea, I highly recommend it! It allows for a rare moment of alone time with you and your soon to be spouse, on an otherwise busy and sometimes hectic day. You can even exchange gifts or notes to each other during this time, or just bask in the excitement and joy of the day.

Dinner By Candle Light

We all know that candle light screams romance, so why not include that in your wedding reception? This is an inexpensive and impactful way to create an ambience of love and closeness. This works wonders regardless of your location, both indoor and outdoor receptions can benefit greatly from a few candles!

Now I would love to hear from you, what are you planning to make your wedding day extra romantic? Are you already planning on incorporating some of the above suggestions? Stay turned for more wedding day tips and tricks, and more of the amazing styled shoot above with The Joy Parade, Rebelle Fleurs and many more!

Most people get a little worried when overcast skies and rain are forecasted on the day of their shoot, not Valerie and Jake! These two were all smiles for their modern Malibu engagement. Being from Seattle, Valerie was especially thrilled for a bit of inclement weather. This was such a refreshing change for me, and I just love how these two came to life in front of my camera.

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  • Rachelle - So pretty!! Love the soft light and pastels.

This is the time of year I look back on the previous year. Before charging forward I like to examine what worked, what I can improve on, and decide on my goals for the New Year. After doing this for the last few weeks, I needed a break.

So I thought it was the perfect time for a behind the scenes look at my 2015 wedding season. Last summer was one of the hottest summers I can remember. This meant lots of water, short dresses, and let’s be honest, there really was no point in wearing your hair down.

Looking back, I have learned a few very important things. I wrap my camera strap around my shoulder but rarely actually use it,, people love me on the dance floor, and my second shooters never miss a moment (especially when I’m doing something weird).

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The moment you realize someone is taking a picture of you, taking a picture.

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Enjoying a glass of water, or waiting for the enemy the attack?

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Posing while shooting, I got this!

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For the record, the laying down photo was not my idea! lol

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Seriously surprised I didn’t fall in the water! #winning

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Things always get a little weird on the dance floor…

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3 of my brides in one photo, love this sooo much!!

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Always laughing at myself!

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  • Rachelle - Love it! Looks like you have fun no matter where you are especially on the dance floor. ;) Keep up the great work!!

Lisa and John came all the way from New York for their engagement session, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have spent a few hours with them before the New Year. Their energy is infectious, and my cheeks hurt from smiling as I drove away at the end of their shoot. This is a sure fire way to tell it’s been an awesome engagement shoot, and might be my new personal goal of mine. ;)

So without further ado, get ready for a few of my favorites from their cozy engagement!

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  • rachelle - Such a lovely natural setting! Congrats to the couple!

This time 6 years ago I took the plunge and went full time in my photography business. I wish I could say I charged bravely toward my dreams, but the truth is I lost my job. Although I had been slowly building my business, I was in no way expecting to make the transition to full time so quickly. It was a sink or swim moment, and ever since then I have been swimming.

I like this analogy because we all know swimming requires work, and a lot of it! Such is true with running a business. Over the last few years I have worked harder in my life than ever before. Countless late nights, editing until I can’t see straight, back-to-back weddings, and hours in front of a computer pushing my business forward. It has been an adventure to say the least, but the one thing that has surprised me is how much I’m a constantly growing as a business owner and a person. I’ve learned my boundaries, what works and what doesn’t, new techniques, and simple practices that have made the world of difference in my daily life. Please don’t misunderstand this to mean I have it all figured out, because I don’t. Far from it actually. I’ve been knocked on my ass more times than I’d like to remember, but the important thing is that I continue to get up.

One of the more difficult lessons has been this. “You can’t do a good job if your job is all you do.” When you have a career you love, it’s easy to work ALL THE TIME. I used to think this was a good because was moving forward, but I quickly learned there is a difference between progress and just spinning your wheels.

So for 2016 I’m hoping to work smarter, not harder. A few of my goals involve streamlining my work flow, setting work hours, and outsourcing tasks I just hate doing (hello accounting). This means a happy, healthier photographer who is ready to take on the day.

Before the year gets ahead of me, I wanted to send out a heartfelt thank you for joining me on this journey! I truly can’t imagine doing anything else, and I’m excited to see what the future has in store. Here’s to another 6 years!!

kaysha-weiner-photographerPhoto from our 3 year anniversary shoot with Brandi Welles.

  • rachelle - Congratulations on all your have achieved and all of the new dreams that will born as you walk the path of growing your art and finding your voice. I can’t wait to see where the journey takes you!! XOXO