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Wedding Planning Recommendations Needed [May. 17th, 2011|02:22 pm]
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Quick post to gather recommendations for more wedding-related stuff. At some point I'll post an update on progress for general consumption, but that's not likely to be today :P

So two things I'd like to make progress on this week: Day of Coordinator and Photographer.

After talking with a bunch of people, some reflection, and urging from my mother, I want to hire a day of coordinator. I don't need a full-on wedding planner (I've done a bunch of that already) but I need someone to "Stage Manage" the show, and I really want all of the invited guests to ENJOY the party we're planning. So if anyone knows anyone, has heard of anyone, has had a friend of a co-worker's etc etc, let me know, and I'll check them out. Someone who is comfortable with some non-traditional things going on (no dancing, bride not-in-white, uneven number of bridal/groom attendant...) is a definite must.

I also need a photographer. I probably should not have pushed this off as much as I have, and as we're 4 months out (eeek!) I really need to get on this. We will be doing some formal/posed/family shots prior to the ceremony, but the most important part of finding a photographer is that they do candid shots well. I do not want someone who will pull people out of what they are doing for posed cheesy smile shots. Some people like that, and more power to them, but I want a record of what was going on that day, not just the smiles of who was there. We'll (probably obviously) want some digital copies in addition to physical prints

Because I have a lot of strong opinions about how I want things done, I don't want to work with anyone I already have a personal or social relationship with. While I like involving my community, I also don't want to cause social awkwardness if a working relationship goes wonky. We're not budget strapped for this shindig, and these are places where we've decided we're comfortable spending money on. So ideally y'all would know awesome people to work with, possibly who are part of the larger community, but that I don't run into regularly at smaller social gatherings (if they go to Arisia, that's fine. If they are on you're standard invite list, and I am as well, that's probably not fine.)

Thanks guys :)

[User Picture]From: drwex
2011-05-17 07:50 pm (UTC)

On the photographer

This is one case where a full-on wedding planner can help you. Many of them will have lots of sample books from photographers. You can see what those photogs have produced for past weddings and get contact info for the people you like.

The wedding planner herself gets a small kickback for sending you to the photog, so it's usually free to you and you get the chance to peruse a lot of sample books without pressure.

Whether they can also recommend an on-site manager is another question entirely. Both the people I would recommend to you for that job that we know are... um, gravid at the moment.
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[User Picture]From: laurion
2011-05-17 08:25 pm (UTC)
We used http://www.joanross.com/ and you can see her portfolios there. (Actually, page two of her wedding portfolio is all photos of us) She pulled us for some pics, because that was what we wanted, but she did so based on what pictures we wanted to take, and took plenty of great candids otherwise.
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[User Picture]From: deguspice
2011-05-17 08:32 pm (UTC)
Matt Ringel does wedding photography when he's not a network engineer. He seems to do good work.

For our wedding we asked a friend to act in the role of stage manager on the day of the wedding. We gave her a schedule and told her where things went and she took care of it. That worked well for us.
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[User Picture]From: omly
2011-05-17 08:39 pm (UTC)
We used Nivea of Loca Photo. She did some amazingly beautiful photography both candid and more traditional. (To see more of ours see my FB>) and she was incredibly reasonably priced. Plus she was incredibly awesome to work with.
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[User Picture]From: marphod
2011-05-18 01:02 am (UTC)
We went with www.johnlophoto.com ; nice guy, easy going, we liked him.

We also considered sergmayphotography.com (whom we couldn't tell if he was Mafioso or not, but thats a side point), http://www.modernartistry.com/ , http://www.nystedtphotography.com/ , www.sargentphotoworks.com , www.garonephotography.com , and www.symbolphoto.com/portfolio/weddings/boston-wedding-photography.php . Those were all starting prices of 2500$ or less (John Lo was ~1400$, IIRC, including an 'engagement' photo session).

We also considered (but did not interview with either because of cost or because they used Zapfino as the font on their website) www.jamisonwexler.com, www.symbolphoto.com/portfolio/weddings/boston-wedding-photography.php, stephaniewalesphotography.com, http://www.hinkleyphoto.com/, www.elizabethbradfordphotography.com, www.mkdphotography.com , newenglandvows.com, and www.melissarobotti.com .
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[User Picture]From: olszowka
2011-05-18 04:22 am (UTC)

Day of coordinator

I have an acquaintance named Rhonda who has a business called Consortium Events. Among other things, she does day of coordination. She probably also has other contacts if she is not available. She can be reached at
617-267-7526. I even assisted her at a wedding once. Just remember, crate the dog.
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