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Kyle + Kayla Sneak Peek // Bozeman, Montana Wedding Photographer Brie Thomason

Kyle + Kayla Sneak Peek // Bozeman, Montana Wedding Photographer Brie Thomason

Kayla is exactly who I would imagine that Kyle would spend the rest of his life with.  She is calm, caring to everyone around her, funny, slow to anger, and she's also athletic...which was a must if anyone was going to marry Kyle.  Kayla has also changed Kyle in many ways. None are bad, I will say that right now! She just seemed to open up his shell in a way that I never saw growing up.  It's almost like Kayla helped Kyle find the best of everything in life.  Without a doubt, this is a marriage that I believe in 100% and if my tears during the first look, ceremony, and first dance weren't an indicator- then I don't know what is.  

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Kyle + Kylee // Sneak Peek

Kyle + Kylee // Sneak Peek

As I wrap up Kyle and Kylee's wedding album, I couldn't help but jump on here and share a couple highlights from their wedding day! They were married in the gorgeous St. Stanislaus church in Lewiston, Idaho.  We were able to sneak away for a few quiet moments to capture their portraits and then they partied the night away with their closest family and friends.  

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Chelan + Antonio // Lewiston, Idaho Wedding

Chelan + Antonio // Lewiston, Idaho Wedding

Antonio and Chelan were married in Lewiston, Idaho this May. Click inside to read more about their love story and see some highlights from their wedding.  

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McCall Idaho Wedding Photographer // Winter Editorial

McCall Idaho Wedding Photographer // Winter Editorial

McCall wedding photographer, Brie Thomason, photographed this snowy editorial in the winter in McCall.  This shoot was published in Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine.  

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How To Get the Best Getting Ready Images! Advice from Boise Wedding Photographer Brie Thomason

How To Get the Best Getting Ready Images! Advice from Boise Wedding Photographer Brie Thomason

As a Boise wedding photographer I love to give my couples insider information on what creates the best images on their wedding day.  This blog specifically focuses on the getting ready images.  

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Zach + Kaylee // Lindsay Creek Vineyard Wedding // Boise Wedding Photographer

Zach + Kaylee // Lindsay Creek Vineyard Wedding // Boise Wedding Photographer

Boise wedding photographer, Brie Thomason, traveled to Lewiston to photograph Zach and Kaylee's gorgeous Lindsay Creek Vineyard wedding. 

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Muted Tone Fall Wedding Inspiration- Boise Wedding Photographer

This beautiful shoot took place in a very small town outside of Mountain Home, Idaho called Pine.  I had fallen in love with the location when my husband and I were up exploring the mountains one day.  I felt so inspired by the river, that I knew someday I was going to do a photoshoot there.  As a Boise Wedding Photographer, I am always watching the surroundings for what could be a great location for a shoot.  I love to have many options for my clients to choose from for locations. 

This shoot was such a fun project for me.  I had a vision in my head and an inspiration mood board, but I was still extremely challenged about how I was going to make it all come to life.  I met Kimi and Gabe, my models for the shoot, at a coffee shop in Boise.  I was the creep who gave them a business card and asked them if they'd ever want to do a photo shoot with me.  I saw their chemistry while getting coffee and knew that they would be so fun to photograph- and they were! These two were so madly in love, they made my job ridiculously easy! 

We were racing the rain, which is never fun! We knew it was supposed to be a rainy day, according to the forecast, but we saw that a little bit of a break was coming in the morning and we wanted to take advantage of it! It stayed dry until I was finishing up my very last roll!  Granted, I probably would have kept photographing them forever.  They were just too fun to capture! 

A great team of local Boise wedding vendors came together for this shoot! Please check out their information and websites below:

Gown: Wedding Gowns by Daci

Florals: Just so. Event Floral

Hair: Meagan Caudelle

Makeup: Ashlynn Cseh

Calligraphy: Inkling Calligraphy

Cake: Flour Child Boise

 

 

Chris + Shanae //Still Water Hollow

Chris + Shanae// Still Water Hollow Wedding// Boise Wedding Photographer 

Chris and Shanae were the type of couple that reminded me why I am as passionate about my job as I am.  The entire day was full of nothing but love and respect for every person that attended the wedding.  In fact, during their consultation before the wedding they talked strongly about how excited they were to see all their guests and expressed their stress about how much they wanted them to have fun...and fun they had! In fact, after we all choked back tears from their ceremony and toasts, we all spent the day laughing and smiling ear-to-ear.  

Some details you should look for in this wedding: Shanae hand stitched Chris his hankie, Chris got a little emotional when his gorgeous bride came down the aisle, and the guest book for the wedding was vintage post cards collected by Shanae's grandparent's during their life's travels.  This day was full of little details that made an amazing overall wedding.  I was so honored to be a part of Chris and Shanae's wedding! 

Venue: Still Water Hollow

Flowers: Antique Vase

Makeup: Kristi W. of Kristi's Couture Style

Hair: Kristy G of TraK's Hair Salon

Dress: Margene's Bridal

Wedding Day Coordinator: Megan Worden

Catering: Kurt Wallin

Officiant: Scott Shaw

Mike + Makayla // Fourth Street Gardens, Emmett Idaho

Mike + Makayla //Fourth Street Gardens in Emmett Idaho //Boise Wedding Photographer

When I met Makayla I instantly knew that her wedding was going to be amazing.  Her clothing style, verbal description of the wedding plans, and her personality were all exactly what I expect the perfect wedding to have!

I had the privilege of photographing Makayla a couple of times before the wedding and her and I just clicked perfectly.  With Makayla being a photographer she understands my direction and posing and knows how to just react naturally in front of the camera.  She also trusts my lead and knows that if I ask her to do something random that it's for a good reason.

Makayla also chose the perfect vendors for her wedding, which makes a huge difference on the total picture of the wedding!  Her styling and coordination were on point, as Heidi from Ira and Lucy always does! Seriously check out Ira and Lucy to see her design and coordination for your own wedding! Her florals were to die for..I mean, peonies galore! Lemon Blossom Designs does an absolute amazing job in the Boise area!

Here is what Makayla had to say about her wedding:

As a bride who is also a professional photographer, I had seen hundreds of these "picture perfect" weddings by the time I was engaged. When the day came to start planning, I knew for the most part what I wanted in my dream wedding, I just needed to find the right people to make that dream come true! (And don't worry, my fiance was not forgotten- his only request was to get married to me, haha!)

My first tip for brides in the midst of planning right now: 

Get a wedding coordinator. 

Even though I had a bit of a head start in the planning process due to the fact that I knew lots of local wedding vendors and people in the industry, I could never have imagined how truly overwhelming it can all be! Just a couple months in, I realized that I there was no way that I wanted to do this alone (nor could I!) My fiance and I met with Heidi the owner of Ira and Lucy Wedding Planning and Design upon recommendation from our florist, and I am so thankful that we did. When we met her, she had this calming presence that I knew someone like me would need on our day. Being very type A and wanting to plan everything myself, I knew instantly that Heidi was probably the only other person in the world I would trust my whole wedding day to.

On the day of our wedding, I woke up knowing that everything was being taken care of. Not by myself, not by my family, but by a professional design/coordination team!

I literally cannot put into words how perfect our day was. How beautiful it looked, how it felt to see all that you had pictured come to life. Our photographer and her second shooter showed up early and were getting all the little details. Our videographer was seriously EVERYwhere, not missing a moment. The team at Ira and Lucy was setting up bright and early and making sure everything was running on schedule throughout the entire evening. Our DJ knew all the songs we wanted and did such an amazing job at keeping our guests entertained and the dance floor alive. And I was hanging out with my friends, family, and husband, not stressing, taking in every detail and not missing a single moment.

I think my favorite detail of the day was definitely our altar. I knew it would be incredible based on the sketches, but when I saw what Heidi and Laura had done with it I couldn't believe it. Blush draping on the sides with these amazing peony/vine floral pieces, and right in the middle was a wooden cross my fiance had put built and stained. A couple days before our wedding I was scurrying around trying to find something to drape over the cross, and at rehearsal Heidi told me not to worry about it. When I saw the beautiful greenery she and Laura had used to drape over it, that was really something that stood out to me. It seems silly, but that little detail just reminded me of how helpful having a coordinator was. it was just a weight off my shoulders to not have to worry about those little details and to see something that had been in my head come to life so perfectly.

All in all, my husband and I had the best night of our lives on our wedding day. Because we hired professionals to help us out, we were actually able to enjoy our big day and throw our friends and family basically just a huge awesome party. People couldn't stop raving about how gorgeous and fun it was, and really we couldn't take much credit! While it was inspired by my fiance and I, it only came to life because of our vendors.

After the wedding I honestly had post wedding blues. It was the best day of our life, and it was over! Then while my husband and I were on our honeymoon, we got a facebook notification that our wedding highlight video was up.

My second tip to brides- 

Hire a videographer.

I know that not everyone can have a big budget for a wedding. I know that there are certain things that seem unnecessary. But let me tell you- watching our highlight video brought my husband and I to tears. It brought a flood of emotions from our big day. It was like watching a movie! There were moments that I couldn't believe our videographer had gotten because he was everywhere yet remained invisible all day! And when the time came for our wedding video to be released, our family and friends were all dumbfounded at how spectacular it was. As a photographer, I know that a picture speaks a thousand words. But there is something so special that a wedding video can bring you that a photograph never can. The sound of your husband's voice cracking as he reads his vows to you. The joyful laughter of your guests as the toasts are given. The crazy jam packed dance floor as your friends dance like idiots. I'm speaking up for the videographers now because I feel like they are always overlooked but please- seriously consider getting one and making it a priority!

Thank you to everyone who was apart of making Mike and I's day so perfect. Thank you to our families who helped us out to make our dream come true. Thank you to our vendors who took such great care of us. We weren't just another summer wedding to you guys- we were Mike and Makayla and it showed ! The love and care that went into making sure everything ran smoothly is something we will forever be grateful for.

Vendors: Venue-

Fourth Street Gardens

Photography-

Let It Shine Photography

Florals-

Lemon Blossom Designs

Wedding Coordination/Design-

Ira and Lucy

HMUA-

Behren's Artistry

Catering-

Open Table Catering 

Videography-

Blue Chip Media

Bridesmaids Hair- Kayla Hoff

DJ- Jeremy Wilson

Officiant- Bob Grove

Dress/Veil-

LaNeige Bridal

Bridesmaids Dress-

Jenny Yoo

Cake/Macarons-

Le Bisou Bakery

~Makayla

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Brie Thomason Photography is Boise wedding photographer who travels the world photographing gorgeous couples and perfect moments. If you are looking for a Boise wedding photographer please contact me here.

Cliffside Proposal in McCall, Idaho

Brie Thomason Photography // McCall Idaho Wedding Photographer Let's talk about major goosebumps here for a second! Brennan and Jess live in Canada and came up to McCall, Idaho for the Fourth of July.  Brennan contacted me several months ago about him going to propose to Jess and he wanted to find a local photographer who could capture the moment! I felt so honored and so stoked to be that photographer! Because they weren't very familiar with the area, I suggested that Brennan take her up to Osprey Point inside of Payette National Park in McCall, Idaho.  I sent him a few photos of the area and he thought that it would be perfect! What we didn't talk about would be the exact spot that he would drop down on one knee, but can we all agree that he nailed it? Yes, Brennan, you boss!

So how exactly did we pull this off? My husband and I pretended to be tourists.  We took selfies, pictures of each other, snapchat videos, you name it.  We were trying to hard to act normal, but keep watching them out of our peripherals.  Thank goodness I brought my partner in crime because I wouldn't have been able to pretend as well as I did having him there! Having him there was also fun because he was able to snap chat and save the entire process so that I could share it with everyone and also send them the video too! So fun!

Guys, if you are considering hiring a photographer to photograph your proposal, do it! Don't even think twice.  It is so fun to have these photographs forever and always be able to go back and see how it all went down.  I would love to help you get something set up so please contact me if you would like to set something up!

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How to Get the Best Getting Ready Images at Your Wedding

How to Get the Best Getting Ready Images at Your Wedding

Getting ready images are a perfect way to start the narrative of your wedding day. So many really great moments are happening and good lighting can help capture them in a more elegant way. It is my goal as a wedding photographer to give my couples all the tools they need to get the best possible photos.  Please consider these tips for how to get the best getting ready images.

How to Get the Best Getting Ready Images

The most ideal lighting situation would be a room with large windows that have enough natural light that we would not need to use overhead lights.  Another ideal factor would be that the room would have interesting decorations and mirrors, which both add a lot of character to your photos.  Hotel rooms can sometimes be great and can at other times be very difficult.  Watch out for rooms that have awkward signs, poorly placed air conditioning units, and questionable carpet choices.

How to get the best getting ready images

If getting ready images are important to you, please consider looking into cool bed and breakfast spaces or search AirBNB for a house that you could rent for the day. These spaces typically offer a lot of great visual interest that set your wedding apart from others.

How to Get the Best Getting Ready ImagesHow to Get the Best Getting Ready ImagesAnother important aspect of your wedding image collection will be happening during the getting ready portion of your day, and that is your detail shots.  I will be photographing your dress, shoes, veil, and any other details that you have prepared for me while I am taking your getting ready images.  The location for these images is very important.  As the wedding photographer, I sometimes ask my brides to go with me to a location that I have scouted to do some of the more intimate moments, such as putting on the dress, putting on the jewelry, or makeup touchups.

The next photos you will see are from the exact same wedding where the bride was getting ready at a hotel.  We took her dress, shoes, and veil and went to capture the detail shots, but we were just not loving what we had for options of where to hang the dress.  The lead photographer and I asked if she wouldn't mind taking her dress to the venue with her and putting it on once she got there, rather than getting in her dress at the hotel room.  The location and lighting transformed the photos from good to great.

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I hope that these examples and tips help you during the planning process of your wedding! I know there is so much to think about and plan, but if the images from your wedding are one of your top priorities than these tips are extremely valuable! You've invested so much time and money into your wedding and it is my goal to showcase that as best as possible.  If you have any questions or would like some advice please send me a message in the contact form!

Brie Thomason Photography is an Idaho based photographer traveling worldwide to capture weddings.  Brie focuses on the candid moments as she captures raw emotions and details that make up the full story of the day.

Should we do a First Look? Advice from an Idaho Wedding Photographer

Advice from an Idaho Wedding Photographer

 
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One of my favorite things as an Idaho wedding photographer is seeing the emotion that comes out on a wedding day.  I love seeing the groom grin the biggest he has even grinned, or see a tear falling down his cheek; or the bride having "her moment".  Whether or not my couple chooses to do a first look is 100% their decision.  However, I will offer my experience and advice because if getting great photographs is one of your top priorities, then you should know what a photographer needs to make that happen.

The tradition of not seeing your bride before the wedding came from the time when arranged marriages were custom. The groom had never met his bride, the marriages were a business deal between families where a bride typically married into a rich family that owned land. Father of the brides feared if the groom saw the bride before the wedding, and wasn’t attracted to her, he wouldn’t marry her. Which would be of detriment to the brides family. That also explains why brides wear a veil until the last minute. While an arranged marriage isn’t as popular as it once was, some brides still opt to keep with tradition.

I want the decision to do a first look, or not to do a first look, to be a decision that you and your fiancé make just between the two of you.  This is your wedding day, and no one should persuade you to do something that you don't want to do; but (there's always a but, isn't there?) I told you that I was going to offer my advice and now I'm going to.

By choosing to do a first look you can:

-Ease the jitters! I often suggest that when doing your first look you do it without an audience.  It is just the two of you and me.  That way, all the pent up emotion and nerves that you have can just come out and you won't be embarrassed or shy because of an audience.  When my husband and I got married, our first look was the time that we shared a private prayer together and that prayer is one of my favorite parts of my entire wedding day.  If we wouldn't have done a first look I don't know when we would have been able to share in that prayer.

-Get a true reaction! Just like I mentioned in the point above, by doing a first look alone you can get a true reaction for the both of you.  Sometimes grooms get stage fright and don't let their true reaction of seeing you come out when they are in front of everyone.  When you are alone that true reaction can come out!

-It allows more time for photos! Your wedding day will FLY by- I promise! I just don't want our time to take photos to also fly by.  I need to make sure that we have adequate time to capture couples photos, family portraits, and everything in between.  If you choose to do a first look, we can take all the wedding party photos and even some of your family portraits before the ceremony.  This will allow you to go almost immediately into your reception and eat (yay for food!) and not make your guests wait an hour after the ceremony for photos.  I will still steal you away for a little during sunset, but you won't be missing your entire reception.

 Now, if you decide not to do a first look, that is totally fine! Remember, this is your day! I will always work around your plans as your Idaho wedding photographer! We will just need to change your schedule a little more to get the most out of the time that we have.  Another thing that you might want to consider is finding ways to bring even more emotion into your day. Here are some ideas:

-Write each other heartfelt letters.  By writing each other a letter you can share your feelings about each other and about your big day on something that you can keep forever.  If you are comfortable with it, I will have you guys read your letters aloud privately so that I can capture the emotion that you feel while reading it.

-Write your own vows.  While my husband and I did do a first look, my husband's emotion didn't come out until he was reading his handwritten vows to me.  About halfway through he had to stop reading and take a deep breath.  That moment kills me!

-Have family portraits be as organized as possible! As your Idaho wedding photographer, I require you to provide me a list of who you want in family portraits.  I will work personally with you to make this list.  However, you will still want let all of your family know ahead of time that they are going to be in a family portrait and need to be ready for their turn at location X.  This might sound a little strict and bossy, but family portraits can be a daunting and frustrating task for everyone if it is not done in a semi organized way.

-Have a planned cocktail hour.  If you are not doing a first look we will need a little more time to take your family portraits, whole group shots of your wedding party, and couples portraits.  A 45 minute cocktail hour after your ceremony will allow us more time to get these photos done and not make your guests just sit and wait.  Some guests will be hungry and we don't want them to become hangry (hungry and angry!) so if your budget allows, try to offer some hors d’oeuvres for your guests during cocktail hour.

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Brie Thomason is a McCallLewiston, Sun Valley, and Treasure Valley Idaho Photographer. Are you outside of that area? I love to travel! Let’s get in touch!