I had a wedding I photographed recently featured on IDoVenues.com. It was a great day with Jessica and Brett at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco’s Union Square. It was a beautiful sunny day and this was one fun crowd. You can see in the post just how fun and beautiful this event was to photograph.
My good friend Laurel Winzler of Laurel Designs did an amazing job with the flowers and it’s really important to work with great people to help you in your own job. It can be really daunting to plan a wedding and book vendors. I always recommend a professional wedding planner or professional event planner but sometimes it’s just not in the budget or people really want to do it themselves. Be prepared to spend a lot of time planning your wedding! When you hire a professional they can recommend people they know well and trust. This is the most important step. A lot of times I walk into a wedding event and know the DJ, florist, venue coordinator or caterer and it’s great because we make sure we are all on the same page and make sure it goes off without a hitch. Other times it’s important to introduce myself and make sure we keep communication open during the event to keep things running smoothly.
However way you decide to go with either a wedding planner or no planner make sure you are in communication with your vendors and you know they are dependable and reputable and experienced. I know budget is a concern sometimes. But just be sure you hire the best you can afford. One example of a vendor I worked with that was not good is a videographer I had never met before. I’m not sure what their experience was but some things that I noted and actually had to point out or fix myself was:
- An electrical cord lying completely across the dance floor
- Electrical cords untaped in the middle of walkways
- The light from the camera always in my shots
- No communication on planning and staying out of the way of each other
These are all very serious issues. Can you imagine if your grandmother were to trip over a cord? That is really inexcusable. So hire the best you can!
I hope you enjoy the images on IDoVenues but here are a few too from the hilarious engagment session we had at the Embarcadero waterfront and Flora Grubb in Hunter’s Point, San Francisco.