Wedding Venues: Traditional or Non-Traditional? Jamie and Micheal | Orlando Wedding Videography | Golden Bear Club

Happy Monday! We’ve got a great video for you to check out of a couple who went traditional for the ceremony and a bit non-traditional for their reception, it’s not a typical ballroom.

Have you been trying to decide between a traditional wedding ceremony and a more non-traditional setting with a quirky venue? There are a lot of benefits to both, but it just depends on what you feel is most significant to you and your partner's big day.

When you're tying the knot in a church the structure is already in place - it's not their first wedding, they do hundreds of weddings a year, some multiple per day. You're not going to have to rent any chairs, set up an alter and most churches even have talented musicians available for you to pick from. You just have to show up bring some programs and you're ready! It may even be a cost saver if you belong to a local church.

If you're not feeling the traditional route and feel like you and your partner want to get creative, maybe you should look into a venue that's a little outside the box. With more and more venues coming out everyday, there will be no shortage of choice. With a non-traditional wedding location, you can do almost anything. The sky is the limit. Maybe you have your heart set on an outdoor lake setting with plenty of trees or heck, maybe it's tying the knot at your favorite brewery or an old airplane hanger. It's a more relaxed event and the atmosphere feels carefree. With these types of venues you can DIY to your hearts content or hire anyone to come in and decorate it for you. However, there are venues out there in Orlando that don’t require much decorating at all - it's just quirky all by itself. If you’re having trouble finding the right venue, check out Wedding Venue Map, they have almost every venue listed in Central Florida. And it’s searchable by every style of venue you can imagine and by your guest count! Seriously, go check it out.

No matter what you're looking for, it's out there. In Central Florida there are no shortages of amazing locations. Check out Jamie and Michael’s wedding video below. If you’d like to see more videos check out our video page here.

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Cassidy + Nick | Engagement Session Photographer | Orlando, FL | Cypress Grove Estate Park

Engagement session season is upon us! Don’t forget to book your session! Check out some amazing photos today with Cassidy and Nick at Cypress Grove Park. If you’d like to check out more of our work and more location ideas, you can visit our engagement session page here.

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High-Fives are always a good idea!

High-Fives are always a good idea!

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High School Senior Portraits | Winter Garden, FL | Portrait Photography

When you’re in high school, one of the things you look forward to is senior portraits. Senior portraits are a different from the school portraits, its where your child actually gets to pick a photographer and shoot the images that show off their style!

Here are some simple tips you can use to prepare for your child’s senior session.

  1. Location. Pick a location or a few locations that say something about who they are as a person. It’s important for your senior to feel comfortable with their surroundings too. Maybe you’re going to a local college, why not shoot some images there? Or maybe you’re the captain of your football team or he or she just loves art. Whatever it is, do you!

  2. Props. Have your senior bring some props that might help too. For example, if he or she plays basketball, bring a basketball with and we can do some images at a local basketball court. It’s just another way to help create natural images and real smiles.

  3. Clothing. You’re going to want to bring multiple outfits along too. You’ve probably chosen to go with one of our hour sessions, so there is time to change a couple of times to get various looks. Pick a few favorite items of clothing and a few different layers that can mix it up. Maybe you even want to bring your cap and gown if you have it just for fun. Don’t forget to think about color! Pick a few things that pop!

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Want to see more of our portraits? Check out our portraits section on our website here.

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Orlando Family Portrait Photography Tips | Cypress Grove Estate Park | Orlando, FL

Are you coming to Orlando on a family trip? If you are, look us up! There are so many benefits of doing a family photography session while in town. First of all, you look relaxed and rested, you're already having fun, and you're in Orlando with all our great weather! It’s February 1st and it’s 70 degrees outside!

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A couple quick tips when you're getting ready for your family photography session:

  1. Color Match Your Outfits. When I say color match, I mean pick patterns and colors that are similar but you all aren't wearing the same exact outfits. Maybe mom wears a solid blue shirt while dad wears a lighter blue patterned shirt. Maybe the kids have a mixture of solids, patterns and stripes in a variety of shades of blue. Also feel free to add another color if you'd like to mix it up but use it sparingly. Another great thing is layers. If you have a cool jacket, hat, or additional layers you want to add it gives you several different outfit options and looks to choose from in your photos.

  2. Eat Before Your Session. No one feels their best if their stomachs are empty. Hangry isn't a good look. If you have kids with you, they will probably be hungry during the shoot, so maybe bring a few snacks with you too. Plus, helps keep them happy when they are waiting for their turn.

  3. Have Fun. This is an important one! If you'd like, you can do an activity with your family that will be laughter inducing such as maybe Twister, Jenga, card games, or maybe it's water balloons! Whatever it is, bring it along. Photographs of families always look better when everyone is engaged and enjoying themselves. Maybe you have a pet, bring him or her along too! They are part of the family.

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Art & History Museums - Maitland | Wedding Venue Space | Orlando Wedding Photographer

How would you like to celebrate the big day with some historical significance? Maybe you should look at Art & History Museums – Maitland. According to their website, “There are 45 National Historic Landmarks located in the State of Florida, yet only 10 allow you to host a wedding, and many significantly limit access during normal operating hours. We think each couple is as unique as our one-of-a-kind historic venues, and the A&H’s experienced event planners will work directly with you to create the wedding of your dreams.”

We have worked with A&H several times and it such a beautiful venue to hold any kind of event, especially a wedding. We went around the entire venue and photographed the spaces so you can see what the empty space looks like. We also did a video walk-though so you could really get a feeling for the spaces.

Sip cocktails with friends and family in the Mayan Chapel and Courtyard, share a toast in the Germaine Marvel Building or have a ceremony in the Main Garden. They have 4 different spaces to rent, making it flexible enough to accommodate destination weddings, intimate weddings or large scale weddings up to 200 guests!

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The Main Garden  - Outdoor Ceremony or Cocktail Hour Space

The Main Garden - Outdoor Ceremony or Cocktail Hour Space

Germaine Marvel Building  - Indoor Event Space

Germaine Marvel Building - Indoor Event Space

Mayan Chapel  - Outdoor Ceremony Space

Mayan Chapel - Outdoor Ceremony Space

Mayan Courtyard  - Outdoor Reception or Cocktail Hour Space

Mayan Courtyard - Outdoor Reception or Cocktail Hour Space

Robyn and Andrew's Candid Wedding Video | Orlando Science Center | Orlando, FL

You've reserved your photographer, your venue, you have the perfect dress or suit, and all the details have been scrutinized for weeks in your wedding binder, but what about a wedding video? A lot of people were recently polled on a popular wedding website after their wedding and the one thing most people regretted after the big day was not getting a wedding video.

Wedding videos are different than photography. Videos provide sound, emotion and movement. You'll be able to hear the crackle in their voice as your partner reads his or her vows, the little sniff after you shed a tear, and the cheers from your guests as you enter your get-away vehicle after your super fun sparkler exit! And you’ll be glad you did!

We have a documentary style of wedding video production. A documentary wedding video captures the wedding day in a natural way - reporting on events as they happen, no moments are set-up ahead of time. Audio from the ceremony and speeches are included to tie it all together and bring in the emotion of the day. It can be edited together in a linear form (one event right after the other), but doesn't necessarily have to be (vows being overlaid in the audio as you're getting ready).  They tend to be shorter, but high impact which is great for sharing on social media with your friends.

Check out our video package prices by clicking here! We have several affordable wedding video options.

Check out Robyn + Andrew’s wedding video below, this is an example of our “Short” video package, which includes a 5 minute edit! Enjoy! If you want to see what their photography looked like, feel free to check here for their wedding photography.

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Dianne + Michael's Intimate Destination Wedding Photography | Westgate Resort | Orlando, FL

Ever thought about inviting fewer people to your wedding? It has some big advantages when everyone wants to spend a little less this year. Intimate weddings and destination weddings are a really great way to celebrate in a big way, even though you're keeping your guest list small. It has a some huge advantages. Check out the top three that we listed below.

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Top Advantages To Doing An Intimate Wedding in Orlando.

  1. You’ll Save Some Money. You won't have to pay for as many guests and venue rentals are usually cheaper so the money you save there you might be able to upgrade your food since you're only buying a couple dinners vs hundreds.

  2. It's More Personal. You will have a chance to speak to every guest, not just a few. Think about all the quality time you'll be able to get on your big day.

  3. Less Stress. Instead of worrying about so many people, you'll be able to focus on what really matters, which is celebrating the two of you starting a life together! Check out Dianne + Michael’s intimate destination wedding at Westgate Resort - so many big smiles!

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Robyn and Andrew Wedding Photography | Orlando Science Center Weddings

There are so many different types of wedding venues out there, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. Some people love classic weddings, many people now like the outdoor barn/shabby chic look, and others… well they just want to do their cake cutting in front of a massive T-Rex!

The Orlando Science Center has an outdoor ceremony or reception site on their 4th floor terrace overlooking Orlando. You can choose to do everything inside and use their Our Planet room or another exhibit on property. There are so many options.  They even have a killer spot for your exit as you get into your get-away car! It’s a stunning glass bridge over part of Downtown Orlando. It’s perfect for a bubble or glowstick exit. As a wedding photographer around Orlando there isn’t another place like this to get some fun and hilarious wedding images. Robyn + Andrew an awesome couple that had a super fun wedding, thanks for inviting us to be your wedding photographers! It was a blast!

Special thanks to all the vendors who made it possible: 4Rivers, Junction 88, The Flower Studio, Uptown Selfies, Orlando Science Center Meetings and Events, and Gezellig Cookies

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Putting the FUN into your Wedding Photography!

Your wedding is a pretty big deal, there is a bunch to organize, so many decisions to be made, and months of planning every little detail.  When it gets to the big day its time to chill out and let it all happen, remember you have put together your perfect team of vendors to be there for you every step of the way.  Wedding photography is a big part of the day and we know you want to look good, trust me when I say you will… especially if you're having fun!  We like to have fun with all of our clients, your wedding should be the happiest day ever, not the most stressful.  So here's some tips from us to make your wedding day more fun, and your images filled with smiles and laughs.

 

1.  Be yourself:  People look their best when they are relaxed, so don't over think the photographer!  Do what you normally do and have fun doing it (just pretend we are not there - it's pretty easy with us as Kellie is only 5ft tall so she's easy to miss).  We'll be there to get all the amazing moments without you worrying about "faking it".  The best smiles are the real ones, a "cheese" smile only uses the muscles in your lower face, a real smile (one that lights up a room) comes from the eyes.  You can't fake a real smile, so instead of worrying about how you look or if your arm is in the right place, just have fun.

2.  Don't worry about time:  Stressing about timing isn't going to make your day any more fun, plus it means you're going to look stressed in all of your pictures!  Let the people you have hired do their thing and don't worry about time.  Most couple we work with seem to think they are late when they are not.  Slow down and enjoy the day.  As photographers we know we have a set amount of time for portraits and that’s why we move quickly.   If your ceremony is running a few minutes behind, don't worry, we'll work on fast forward and make sure you get to dinner on time :)  It's our aim to get all of your images done asap so you can relax or even join your cocktail hour.

3. Ridiculous portraits:  OK, so we need the traditional family portraits, we'll make sure we get those done first, then its time to have some fun.  There's always one person in a wedding party that’s up for anything, we like this person, and I usually ask who it is - all fingers usually point in the same direction :)  Remember that not all images have to be pretty and perfect, why not have one where you are striking a pose, being chased by a T Rex,  or pointing in different directions for no reason at all.  Not only do these moment create fun images, they also create a moment for us right after that portrait to capture candid moments of you all laughing at how silly you just were.

4.  Don't sweat the small stuff:  There are a million little details that you pull together for a wedding, if one tiny thing didn't work out don't worry!  So many couple are concerned that something isn't right for the guests.  The likelihood is that people didn't notice the different type of flower in your bouquet or that the place setting was the wrong color!  It will look amazing and your guests will love it, and we'll be there to make sure every little detail is captured.

5.  Don't be afraid to show off your sweet dance moves:  We love all the special moments that a wedding brings, but some of the most outrageous are the ones from the reception.  If you're on the dance floor then everyone will be on the dance floor, and that makes for some pretty cool pictures, especially when your 92 year old granny who never dances decides to jump on the dance floor and grind it up (yes, that happened).  Drag them all on the dance floor and make them show you their moves.... even if they don't have any it will make for great pictures.

Your wedding day really will be one of the most memorable in your life.  Focus on the fun and all the amazing things that happen, and that’s what you'll remember for a lifetime.  

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Christmas Day Engagement Photography | Engagement Season has Begun! Disney Boardwalk in Orlando

It seems like everyone is happier around the holidays, and maybe that’s why the holidays mark the start of engagement season! In the USA there is a spike in the number of engagements starting from Thanksgiving and continuing to Valentines day. The number one day to get engaged is Christmas day!!! An almost guaranteed day off work to spend with loved ones, and a day that gifts are already on the mind so why not make that gift a ring. Plus its a great time to throw a surprise engagement party seeing as all of the family are already in town.

In our area 17% of proposals happen on the same 10 days of the year, and 40% of proposals are during engagement season. If you just got engaged, or know someone else that did, check out our new special offer on all wedding photography packages!

Payton and her fiance flew down to Florida on vacation with some friends to hang out at one of their favorite places…. Disney. We met them at the Disney Boardwalk to get some engagement photography of them during the holiday season. Disney’s Boardwalk is a great place to walk around and get multiple locations all in one shoot. We took an hour to explore the area, and got a bunch of great shots, here is just a small selection.

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