Zach and Jessie's love story is one of my favorites. "We don't like to say that we met on Instagram, but we did," said Jessie, the bride. While they grew up going to high school just minutes apart, they didn't spend any time together. That was, until a few years ago. Zach was in the Marine Corps. and at the time and was living in California. Once they started talking, they couldn't stop talking. They realized their connection was instant and fierce. Zach invited Jessie to go to the Marine Corps. Ball with him and after that first date, they never were apart again- sometimes physically due to the military, but never in the heart. Zach finished his career in the Marines and moved back home to be with Jessie and her daughter Paxley.Read More
Day one adventures as we travel from Idaho to Ravello, Italy. Day one turned into two days, but you can read more about that by clicking below.Read More
Blake and Davi were married in Boise, Idaho by Boise wedding photographer Brie Thomason. Click to see more.Read More
Johnny and Jenny's wedding overlooking the Lewis- Clark Valley was absolutely a dream come true. The view was spectacular and the weather was literally perfect! All their family and friends gathered in the stubble field to watch these two pledge their vows to one another. After the two rode off in one of the coolest vintage cars I've ever seen, they danced the night away at their stunning reception at the Red Lion in Lewiston.Read More
Nathan and Joelle's private Idaho ranch wedding.Read More
Jayce and Laura were married at Blackhawk on the River in McCall, Idaho. Click to read more!Read More
I'm so excited to be sharing some sneaks from Albert and Melissa's big day on my blog! The two wed downtown Boise, Idaho at Angell's Bar and Grill. Their closest friends and family watched these pledge their vows to one another as the sun was setting between buildings. It was an intimate setting with lots of tears, smiles, and even more laughter! These two sure know how to have a good time!Read More
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.Read More
I will forever and always be fan of destination weddings! Andrew and Lynae were my first tropical destination wedding, and it was everything I thought it would be! The guests all had a blast exploring the island and relaxing before the wedding! Not to mention, the entire wedding party and guests got to go snorkeling and to a luau together before the wedding. The wedding wasn't just a few hours, it was a full experience from the time everyone arrived on the island.Read More
I can honestly say that I waited for this wedding to come for five years. I first met Emily, the bride, when her and I got jobs together at a local coffee shop. She was a junior in high school and was seeing a boy named Andrew. Emily always had crazy colored hair; that's actually one of my fondest memories of first meeting her. The other found memory was watching Emily and Andrew grow closer and closer as the years passed. Everyone who saw those two together knew that more likely than not we'd be seeing them standing at the alter together one day- and we were all right!Read More
This session is absolutely one of my favorites! We photographed first in Ponderosa State Park where I made them balance on stumps and then moved to a private beach to the dock shots. I am DYING over these dock shots!Read More
Sneak Peeks from Shaylan and Nicholas' wedding in New Meadows, Idaho just outside of McCall, Idaho. McCall wedding photographer, Brie Thomason photographed the couple at their private residence. Click the link to see more from this gorgeous wedding!Read More
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.Read More
Boise wedding photographer, Brie Thomason was the photographer for The Forage Workshop. See the gorgeous arrangements and behind the scenes images from the workshop.Read More
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.Read More
Get to know Boise wedding photographer, Brie Thomason a little better with this inside peek at her life.Read More
McCall wedding photographer, Brie Thomason, photographed this snowy editorial in the winter in McCall. This shoot was published in Rocky Mountain Bride Magazine.Read More
Headed on your very first Caribbean Cruise? Thinking about going on a cruise? Let me give you some of my tips that I've created over the past four cruises we have been on! These are very specific tips that you won't find anywhere else based solely on my experiences. I want to help you have the best trip possible!Read More
How can you breeze through the family formal images portion of your wedding day?
I'm back again with another informational post to help everyone who is actively planning their wedding! This week I want to talk about one of the simplest, yet important ways to help ease wedding day stress. Family formal images are some of the most important images from your wedding day! They might not be the images you "ooo" and "awe" about, but you will treasure them in years to come. For instance, the image from my wedding that makes me so grateful for is one of my late grandmother with me and my family. Having her at our wedding was one of the most important things to me, and having that image will always be a treasure.
Family formals have a tendency to cause stress for both the bride and groom and the family. I often describe it as "herding cats". Typically what happens during the wedding day is that family gets the opportunity to see one another for what could be the first time in a long time. Conversation flows, drinks flow, and attention spans are often very short. Couple this with a semi-tight schedule for these particular images, and you can see why the stress adds up. After 50+ weddings, I have learned how to handle this portion of the day quickly and efficiently, which is why I feel obligated to share some helpful advice!
First things first, organization is key. Like most things in life, the more organized you are, the less stress that will follow. When my clients are one month out from the wedding I ask them to make me a list of all the family formal images they want. I have a template that they follow to make it easier on them. Essentially, the template goes a little something like this:
Bride + Mom
Bride + Dad
Bride + Mom + Dad
Bride + Sister
Bride + Mom + Dad + Sister
And so forth....
As you can imagine, the list adds up quickly. I often warn my couples that it takes an average of 2 minutes per image. Sometimes we can cut this down, but it helps to budget for more time rather than not enough.
I have my couples prepare that list ahead of time so that I can print it and bring it with me. I then have my assistant help me by reading off the list and crossing off what images we have done. This helps us to A) get through the list quickly, and B) not forget anyone!
My biggest word of advice that I can offer you is to truly consider what images are most important to you. If you give me a five page list, I can make it happen, but we are going to have to compromise images in some other area. A five page list will take about one hour to complete. I suggest that if you are fine with it, we take some group images during your reception of some family groups that might not be quite as important as your immediate family (cousins, uncles, aunts, etc.) We often have some down time during dancing, and this is a great chance to grab some of those group images!
My second biggest advice that I pass onto my couples is to warn family ahead of time that A) they are in the images, B) where they need to meet, and C) what time we are meeting. I advise my couples to send a group message one day before the wedding with this information. It should look something like this:
"I'm so excited to see you all tomorrow at our wedding! I wanted to give you a heads up that I have included you in our family formal images. We are meeting at the ceremony venue at the front door at 2pm. Please arrive a little early, fully dressed, and ready for pictures at this time. My photographer will be running on a tight schedule to get all our images done before the wedding, so your timely arrival will help us greatly! I can't wait for tomorrow!"
The more specific that you are on time and location will help make things easier on everyone! I have had some groups who have taken to heart all of my advice and the family formals have run quick and smooth and we had extra time to go take more images of just the two of them, which was so exciting!
Lastly, there's one more thing that can help make these images go as smoothly as possible. Family members often like to take their own copies of the group images by using their phones, tablets, or cameras. I absolutely understand why they want to capture these sweet moments and have no problem with it. My only request is this: While I am taking the image, I need everyone's eyes on me and focused so that no one is looking away. Imagine that your aunt is behind me and to the right and your mom thinks she is taking the picture, so she looks over at your aunt, while the rest of you are looking at me. It can create more of a delay and be difficult for me to get everyone's attention on me. I would also hate to deliver you an important group image that has someone looking off into the distance, while everyone else is smiling at the camera. Allow me to take the image with everyone's fully undivided attention and then I will let whomever wants the image to step in my place and take their own. This way everyone gets a great image and we can keep on chugging along! Don't forget to remind family that they can get a professional quality image from you in digital or print format after the wedding day, so they do not need to stress too much about getting one on their phones (picking up what I'm putting down?? ).
I hope that this post sparked some ideas for you! As always, if you have any questions about my process as a wedding photographer, please just email me! If you are a current client of mine, we will be going over this in depth together as your wedding approaches!