Category archives: For Brides

Ideal Wedding Day Timeline

Ideal Wedding Day Timeline
After you have decided on a wedding date and venue for your wedding, you will want to begin planning the timeline of your wedding day: your ceremony time, dinner time, and exit time. As a photographer, your wedding day timeline is one of the biggest factors of getting the most beautiful, natural light pictures. Let me share a little secret with you: I planned my whole[...]

How to Plan for Your Marriage (Not just your wedding!)

How to Plan for Your Marriage (Not just your wedding!)
1. LEARN Read + Listen One of the best decisions you can make when you are engaged is to learn as much as possible about marriage. You will reap the benefits of everything you learn during this time for many years to come! Be sure to read several books that focus on specific topics related to marriage: prayer (The Power of a Praying Wife / The Power of a Praying H[...]

How to Plan Your Wedding Day Around Film Photography

How to Plan Your Wedding Day Around Film Photography
Here's the most important thing to remember about film photography: it's all about natural light! If you're a bride that loves the look of film photography (like we do) and has booked a wedding photographer that shoots in film, here are important steps to think through as you are planning the details of your wedding day. Your most meaningful details: Prepa[...]

Five Things I Have Learned While Being Engaged

Five Things I Have Learned While Being Engaged
1. You do not become someone different when you get engaged. I remember thinking before I got engaged, that once it happened I would be so on top of my game and everything would fall into place so smoothly. That definitely did not happen. I was a stressed bundle of mess, and if it weren’t for my wonderful mom who took over as I finished school or my sweet fiancé wh[...]

Choosing our Wedding Vendors

Choosing our Wedding Vendors
I remember right after Andrew and I got engaged people constantly asked me if I had already had my entire wedding planned after dating Andrew for 7 years, and being a wedding photographer. To be completely honest, I had nothing planned or thought out. I knew a whole lot of what I did not want or like, but not much of what would make up my “dream” wedding. There was im[...]

Southern Weddings + Framebridge

Southern Weddings + Framebridge
If you get the chance to visit my home in person, or see my home tour, you'll know that our home is filled to the brim with images from our wedding weekend! I've decided that it's impossible to have too many wedding pictures displayed in your home. They stand as an everyday reminder as we walk through the rooms of our home of the day that we committed our lives to eac[...]

Callie’s Advice: Wrap Up

Callie's Advice: Wrap Up
The real adventure begins here, in the moment where you walk away from your wedding reception and into marriage.   It has been great fun for me to share insight about our wedding photography for the past couple of months! In case you have missed any of my posts, click here to see all of them! My hope is that my advice will help brides think more like a photographer[...]

Wedding Advice: From a Second Shooter’s Perspective

Wedding Advice: From a Second Shooter's Perspective
I remember the first time I officially helped Nancy with a wedding, having some sort of real responsibilities.  It was Nancy Ray's first wedding in Charleston, with the Ceremony at a Catholic church downtown, and the reception at the South Carolina Society Hall on Meeting Street.   I got an in-depth primer on the use of our professional equipment and we reviewed t[...]

Callie’s Advice: Getting Your Wedding Published

I still have to pinch myself when I see our wedding in Volume 7 of Southern Weddings Magazine. It was a true honor to have our love story and wedding day featured in their magazine and then later on their blog. I have followed Southern Weddings for quite some time and remember the exact moment that I told Nancy it would be a dream to have my wedding featured in thei[...]

Photographer & Bridesmaid

Photographer & Bridesmaid
Hi friends! Nancy here - I'm chiming in on Callie's Wedding Advice series to give some advice of my own: how to be a bridesmaid and a photographer! I'm letting you into how I planned to photograph this beautiful wedding, as well as encourage, love, and support Callie on her big day. I'll never forget the conversation that Callie and I had the day after Jamie pr[...]