Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Published on The Lovely Find - Hope and Ben

Please follow this link to see our feature on The Lovely Find ~ Fabulous Tea Party inspired wedding at the Knoxville Botanical Gardens!



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How to make the most of your wedding day photography

Valerie Foley Photography (VF Photography)

Here are several ideas and tips on making the absolute most of your wedding day photography opportunities. These are things that we commonly use at any given wedding. The most important part of all of this, is the relax and enjoy part!!!

 Plan ahead with your photographer, venue and planner

 Come up with a good timeline of the day

 Have enough time scheduled with your photographer

 Have two photographers

 Pick a photographer who fits your style, and is willing to work with you on this,
 one who is flexible

 Have a wedding inspiration file/Pinterest board/ folder with photo’s etc. and share with your photographer before the wedding – at your engagement session or other prior communication

 Schedule around the sunlight – especially the sunset (www.sunrisesunset.com)

 Do not run late, plan extra time to get hair and make-up done

 Get ready in a well light room, photographers LOVE natural light, and the more the better

 Have all your accessories, dress, shoes, rings, jewelry etc. ready when the photographer arrives

 See the groom before the ceremony  - have a "first look" moment and start your day this way!!

 Know that you will need to eat and drink during the day – bring snacks-bananas, protein bars, etc.

 Relax and enjoy the day

 Don’t look at the camera – wait for you photographer to ask you to look.

 Be willing to try new things and have fun with it


 Know that your dress may get a bit dirty in the process and be OK with it, there are many great cleaners out there who will get it clean and this is (likely) the only time you will wear it (not torn up, muddy or otherwise ruined, I just mean, it's OK to walk in the grass, or in a dirt field )

 No family paparazzi allowed – this is time for your photographers to do their best work, and cannot do that with other people trying to photograph you as well. Some brides and grooms are going to a “limited” photography request from their guests.

 Take a moment to yourselves without anyone around – walk away for just a few minutes and take a breath.

 Reception time – have your DJ or planner discuss with your photographer the reception timeline

 Have things for your guests to do: photo booth, live music, etc.

Find us on our website, Facebook, Pinterest and Blog ~ Thank you!

www.VF-Photography.com 865-233-0349 www.Facebook.com/VFdigitalphotography

Being deeply loved by someone

Gives you strength,

While loving someone

Deeply gives you courage.

Lao Tzu

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rachel and Wes, Magnolia Manor - Lenoir City TN

Rachel and Wes at Magnolia Manor in Lenoir City. They had a super cute country chic wedding theme with some wonderful details.  The simple touches like mason jars, and draping flowers, the candy bar and chalkboard pulled it all together.  Another really fabulous venue that you absolutely must consider if you are looking for an outdoor wedding!!  This was another great fall day this year ~ truly enjoyed getting to meet and know them.
Valerie Foley
Maryville wedding photographer, Knoxville wedding photographer

Danielle and Jason, Park Vista Hotel - Gatlinburg TN

Danielle is an absolutely stunning bride ~ such an amazingly fun personality and you can see that her friends are pretty similar to her in that!!  The cake in the face - not reserved for just the bride and groom at this reception - HA!!
What a great day it was ~ Love it!!
Valerie Foley
Maryville wedding photographer, Knoxville wedding photographer

Christen and David, Sampson's Hollow - Walland TN

Christen and David were married at one of my favorite outdoor locations - Sampson's Hollow in Walland.  This gorgeous farm wedding had wonderful details, like the seating chart posted out front, to the mason jar candles hanging on the fence by where the horses came to see the bride and groom. The flowers in the field were amazing that day, as they usually are.  I loved getting to know them at their engagement session and it was even more fun on the wedding day!!  I loved how in love they are ~ yes, that is a lot of love going around ;}
Valerie Foley
Maryville wedding photography, Knoxville wedding photography