Us too. Here at Louise Michaud Photographer we custom design some of our backgrounds for your portrait. I love having a unique background to offer my clients. It’s exciting to make something one of a kind that my clients can only get from me! I got my inspiration to paint this background from Annie Leibovitz’s legendary body of work. I am most inspired by her Vanity Fair style fashion shoots. You’ll be seeing some portraits using this Oliphant style canvas backdrop. It helps having a BFA in Visual Design!
If you’re fortunate enough to be able to make a three generation Family Portrait … Lucky you!
Celebrate your relationships. I had the pleasure of taking this family portrait and photographing these special people…. And now they have a priceless gift for Mothers Day. I love seeing the resemblance in all of them. And to find out more about Ladies Day Out, Girls Day Out and photographing woman in a contemporary fashionable way call the Studio. We would love to hear your ideas and collaborate on making a special portrait for you. Bring your Sisters, Daughters, Moms and Grandmoms! Remember to book a night out afterwards, because you will look gorgeous.
Springtime is a time for renewal and new beginnings, making it the perfect time to start a journey. Lana and Kevin celebrated a beautiful new life together with a historic Hawthorne Hotel wedding, taking advantage of our warming weather to also snap some great shots in some of the iconic Salem, Massachusetts, locations.
Both Lana and Kevin are professors, and I think you can see from the energy between them that they were a kind, wonderful couple to share such a special day with.
Of course, who could resist a snapshot of this little fellow escorting his bridesmaid down the aisle?
Those of you familiar with the Hawthorne Hotel will also notice their own fresh look in the Grand Ballroom–the walls have been painted, lightening the room significantly. We absolutely love it!
Congratulations, Lana and Derek! It was a pleasure celebrating with you.
This post concludes my very special Wedding Planning Timeline–enjoy!
The Day of Your Wedding
Present your parents and one another with any gifts you have to give.
Give your wedding bands to the Best Man and Maid of Honor.
Give the Best Man the Officiant’s fee envelope to be handed off after the ceremony.
Bring light snacks and water to keep yourself satiated throughout the day. This is very important! Many brides get so busy that they forget to eat and stay hydrated—take care of yourself
Breathe—this is a special day. The planning is over and whatever will happen will happen—so let go and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.
Stay tuned! We’ll be doing another post with a timeline specific to working with your photographer with details about how we typically work with our wedding couples here at LMD.
As you get closer to your wedding, no doubt part 4 of the LMP Wedding Planning Timeline will prove helpful to you. Have additional tips? Let us know!
The Month of Your Wedding
Review your RSVP list and contact anyone who has yet to respond.
Meet with your photographer a week or two prior to go over the specific details of what you want and how they will photograph the wedding/ceremony, etc. You’ll want to provide them with a Must-Have list of shots. (More on this in a later post.)
Have a pre-wedding haircut (and color, if applicable) about two weeks prior. This is true for the bride AND the groom—you don’t want to be getting this done too close to the wedding day.
Give your venue and caterer a final guest count. Make sure to include the vendors who will also be present the day of your wedding—photographers, band members, DJs, etc.
Plan the reception seating chart. Don’t wait until the last minute to do this!
Attend your bachelor and bachelorette parties. We recommend that you avoid holding these the night before the wedding (consider 2-3 days out instead).
Press and/or steam your wedding gown, if necessary.
The groom should have a final fitting and pick up his formalwear. Always try it on before you leave the store—sometimes pieces are missing or sleeves are the wrong length. Find out before you go so corrections can be made.
Ask the Best Man and Groomsmen to attend fittings as well.
Hand off place cards, table cards, menus, favors, and any other items for the tables to your caterer and/or reception site manager. They’ll take care of this for you.
Call your transportation company to confirm pick up times and locations.
Ask friends and relatives to help collect out-of-town guests at the airport.
Deliver the welcome bags or baskets to the hotel concierge. Avoid individualizing your welcome packages—while it may be a nice touch for your guest, it proves difficult for the hotel check-in staff when they have to find the right bag for the right guests!
Have a mani/pedi a day or two before your wedding. Enjoy the time to just relax.
Pay off any final balances to vendors prior to the wedding day—you don’t want to be worrying about this the day of your wedding.
Attend your rehearsal ceremony/dinner. Let everyone know what time they need to be ready for the photographer and where they need to be—this is especially important if your formals will be done before the service. You don’t want to rush your photos because someone is missing from the wedding party.
Hand off your marriage license to your Officiant.
If you have gifts for your attendants, give these to them the night before the wedding—especially if it’s something to be worn during the wedding.