Top 2 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer – It’s a decision you won’t regret!

Wedding Photography

The most precious day of your life is surely your wedding. You want to ensure that every moment of your special day is captured in a unique and beautiful manner.   I have heard from many couples after the fact about their poor decision in hiring a friend or family member to do the job.   Their failures and inexperience lead to your heart ache and disappointment, and unfortunately you will never be able to capture that moment of time again.  You have spent thousands of dollars to have a one-of-a-kind unforgettable wedding and when it’s over you have only your memories and your photos.  Don’t you want the assurance that those photos will tell your story – your every special moment – as splendidly as the day was.

So – here are two compelling reasons NOT to hire that family member or friend:

Commitment – Professional photographers won’t flake out on you like a friend or relative, because they are obligated by contract to be there. They have backup systems, cards and batteries.  They know that equipment can fail, but that won’t stop them.  They are ready for that.  They are dedicated to doing a great job for you because they depend on your referrals to pay their bills.  Full time professionals are committed to doing the best job possible.  Would you hire an amateur to pull a tooth?

Experience – Professionals have spent thousands of hours photographing weddings.  They know how to get the best shots even in tricky lighting.   Professional photographers in other genre can struggle with weddings – weddings are a beast!  It’s a fast pace day, you have to know how to handle tricky situations like Aunt Betty and her I-pad up in the air, and then top in all with amateurs not knowing anything about posing. Professional experience is invaluable.  Your friend or relative doesn’t have that “experience” to predict or anticipate a special moment, and they don’t have the dedicated concentration to stay alert for special moments – like a mother’s admiring glance at her daughter getting married. 

RESULTS! – That’s what matter.   I love when couples look at their photos from a professional and many times they are surprised at the many funny and moving moments the photographer captured that they never witnessed.  An amateur isn’t going to capture them, and you’ll never know what you’ve missed.

Your wedding day only happens once!  Keep those precious memories and moments alive by NOT compromising on photography.  Cut the size of the cake, or the guest list – but keep the professional photographer – because you can savor those images for a lifetime.

 

St Louis Art Museum – Venue Profile Review

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum - BrideStLouis.com

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum – BrideStLouis.com

VENUE NAME:  St Louis Art Museum

Address:   1 Fine Arts Dr, St Louis, MO 63110

Website:  http://www.slam.org/dining/social.html

Phone:  314-655-5387

Representative:  Erica Stone

Facebook Site:  https://www.facebook.com/PanoramaAtTheSaintLouisArtMuseum/?fref=ts

Twitter Site: none

Description:

Showcasing stunning facilities, as well as classic galleries including Sculpture Hall, the Saint Louis Art Museum is an elegant setting for your special event. With many space and catering options to meet your specifications, we can accommodate everything from small, intimate parties to grand-scale receptions, and anything in between. Dining options for your event will be prepared by Executive Chef Ivy Magruder, known throughout St. Louis for his creative culinary style.

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum - BrideStLouis.com

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum – BrideStLouis.com

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type: (Either Banquet, Restaurant, Golf Course, Winery, Hotel, Historic Home, Historic Bldg. or other)  Museum

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor, Garden, Barn, other)  Classic Elegance

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 20-275

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? Yes Details

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities?   No

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator?  Yes

What is your Cake Cutting Charge?  None on our wedding packages

Is a Dance Floor Included? Yes

Are Decorations Permitted?  Florals and Uplighting only . Please list anything that is not allowed: Balloons, Glitter, Banners.

What’s Included with your facility: (tables, chairs, linens, etc.)  Tables, chairs, basic linens, glassware, table settings, and parking garage are included in our wedding packages

Parking Options: (Valet, Street Parking, Secured) Garage is included, Valet is additional_

If your venue is “all inclusive”, what’s included?  No

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area?  No

Do you have an outdoor area?  Yes.  The new South Terrace off of the Sculpture Garden is included in the rental fee or King Louie Plaza on Art Hill across the street for rent through the St Louis Parks Department

Are there good photographic locations close by?   Yes  –  It’s Forest Park

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area?  No

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen?  No

What is your pet policy?   No pets

What is your Rehearsal Policy?  None offered

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price? (Multiple Rooms List on Separate Sheet)

Room Name  Sculpture Hall

Rental Price :  $3000 Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests, 100-275 Seated, up to 400 for cocktails

Ceiling Height   78’      Chandelier(s)  No

Describe Space:   A large open space, with high ceilings, marble floors, and a neutral décor so that any wedding colors fit beautifully. It is an elegant, unique venue, for the classic bride.

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum - BrideStLouis.com

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum – BrideStLouis.com

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE?  Yes.   Executive chef is Ivy Magruder

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person?   $150-$200

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service?   Yes

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service?   $5 per person

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum ?   $10,000 in Sculpture Hall, $5,000 in Taylor Hall

Do you have a Liquor License?   Yes

When is Food Tasting?  Within 2 months of the event so that you may taste what is in season
Is there an Outside Catering Option?  No

 

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum - BrideStLouis.com

Venue Profile Review St. Louis Art Museum – BrideStLouis.com

Concordia Turner – Venue Profile Review

Black Forest 1 (1)VENUE NAME:   The Black Forest Room at Concordia Turners

Address: 6432 Gravois Ave. St. Louis, MO 63116

Website: ConcordiaTurners.org

Phone: 314-352-9388

Representative: Maria Brett

Facebook Site: https://www.facebook.com/concordiaturners/?ref=bookmarks

Description:

Our renovated Bavarian Style Black Forest Room and Bar is the perfect setting for your south St. Louis wedding reception, anniversary, birthday or other special occasion. Bring in a caterer of your choice at no additional fee! The room holds up to 150 people comfortably with tables and seating, dance floor, and full bar! The room will hold 180 people without the dance floor.

Black Forest 9

SPECIFICATIONS:

Venue Type: (Either Banquet, Restaurant, Golf Course, Winery, Hotel, Historic Home, Historic Bldg. or other) Banquet room and bar.

Venue Style: (Classic, Traditional, Outdoor, Garden, Barn, other) Classic

Total Minimum & Maximum Number of Guests: 180

Is your venue Handicap Accessible? yes

Do you offer Audio Visual Capabilities? no

Is there an on Site Event Coordinator? Yes What is your Cake Cutting Charge? na

Is a Dance Floor Included? yes

Are Decorations Permitted? yes Please list anything that is not allowed: no glitter or confetti

What’s Included with your facility: facility, table and chairs

Parking Options (Valet, Street Parking, Secured): parking lot and street parking

Do you have a Ceremony Only Area? no

Do you have an outdoor area? no

Are there good photographic locations close by? yes

Do you provide a Bridal Prep Area? no

Do you provide an area for Groom & Groomsmen? no

What is your pet policy? no pets

ROOM OPTIONS & PRICES

What rooms are available & what is the price? (Multiple Rooms List on Separate Sheet)

Room Name : The Black Forest Room

Rental Price $100 an hour. Maximum Number/Minimum Number of Guests 180

Ceiling Height 12ft Chandelier(s) no

Our renovated Bavarian Style Black Forest Room and Bar is the perfect setting for your south St. Louis wedding reception, anniversary, birthday or other special occasion. Bring in a caterer of your choice at no additional fee! The room holds up to 150 people comfortably with tables and seating, dance floor, and full bar! The room will hold 180 people without the dance floor. Call or email us today to schedule your tour!

Concordia Turner - Venue Profile Review BrideStLouis.com

 

FOOD OPTIONS:

Is all food provided IN HOUSE? none

What is Price Range of Food Service Per/Person? Your choice on catering company.

Does that price include Basic Liquor Service? no

What is the cost to upgrade to a premium bar service? $12-15 per person

Is there a Food & Beverage Minimum ? no

Do you have a Liquor License? yes

When is Food Tasting? N/A – Coordinate with Catering Company
Is there an Outside Catering Option? any

Are there preferred catering companies? no

Don’t Have Regrets!

Generic Wedding

 

When I ask brides who decide to have a “family friend” photograph their wedding or why they cut the budget for photography, I usually receive one of the two responses below.

 

  1.  I want to spending my money on the things that are more visually gratifying such as the flowers, my dress (of course), the food, and the venue.
  2. I think that my friend’s images are “good” and that that he/she can do a good job.

And then I have asked those same brides after they were married, how they felt about their photos.  The first thing that many brides will say to me is, “Yes, you were right.”  I regret not hiring a professional photographer.  I guess I was focused on making the day the best it could be, and forgot that the photography would help me remember that day more clearly for the rest of my life.  The day went so quickly!  Or, “I like the images good enough but they he/she didn’t capture our first kiss (or the walk down the aisle….that could be just about anything here), and I feel that I can’t really say anything to her/him about that.”   Our reception was very dimly lit and she/he didn’t get photos of that part of the day.

Don’t have regrets.  The value of remembering your day with great images has no price.

 

Enjoy the Moment!

Bride and Groom holding hands

When you walk down the aisle and join hands with your husband-to-be, it is one of the most emotional moments of your life.  You have come together to begin a life united as husband and wife.   And quite naturally, this is a time that your guest should be totally focused on what is happening.  BUT, so many guests are clicking away with their camera phones, capturing a so-so image that they probably will toss at a later point in time, when they really should be focused on the wedding ceremony.  Many brides are asking their guests to ditch the phones and cameras and truly be a PART of the ceremony.  As a bride you have spent lots of time, energy, and money to create your dream wedding, and while many guests might disregard this request, it really brings the focus back on the purpose of the day.  How do you feel about this “No Photos” rule?

Top Wedding Locations for Photos

Ferreira-442Do you have a favorite location in mind for your wedding photos?  Yes, we all know about the Arch and the Stadium, but what about something a little different?  Do you have a beautiful overview or street location?   Write to us at bride@BrideStLouis.com and let us know what you think.  We will composite your ideas and share those with you in the next few weeks.