Are you ready to say "As You Wish"? Please take your time and read over this wedding guide carefully. I outline a ton of important information about your wedding day and your contract with me as your wedding photographer. Contact me at any time if you have questions!
A 40% non-refundable retainer fee is required to hold your date. This can be paid by cash, check, bank transfer or credit card. The remaining balance will be due no later than 30 days before your wedding. Without the retainer, your wedding date is fair game - so don't delay! Preferred method of payment would be bank transfer, cash or check. Cards are also excepted but has an additional transaction fee.
If I'm traveling more than 150 miles to get to your wedding, a 2-night stay in a private hotel/AirBnb room with a bathroom is required. If we're flying, we can also discuss payment for flights. I book all my own travel - just to be sure that everything is in my own name. Standard travel fee of $.58/mile applies for any location that is 50 miles from 98524 when driving.
So the non-refundable retainer is - non-refundable. If you chose to cancel, it must be 100 days before the wedding and then you will not be responsible for paying the remaining balance. If you cancel with less than 100 days to-go, you will be responsible for paying the remainder of the balance. If you want to reschedule the wedding it needs to be within 6 months of the original date. A $300 rescheduling fee will be applied and a new retainer fee will need to be made in order to secure your new date.
But wait, COVID! If you have to postpone your wedding due to COVID (like the State has banned weddings or something similar) I will allow for you to reschedule your date 1-time within a 12 month period and move your non-refundable retainer to the new date.
This is an important one - I HIGHLY recommend that you have an unplugged ceremony. As a guest to many weddings, I've seen the aftermath of what the photos look like at a wedding ceremony where family members have raised their cell phones and iPads to take their own pictures. I know they have the best intentions, but you are hiring me to do a job I specialize in. Guests never realize how much of the view they are obstructing and on your dime. If you chose to allow guests to have their cellphones, or they do it anyways, I am not responsible for editing those devices out of your final photos. Also, it's your big day! They should be watching you with their own eyes instead of through a screen.
This basically means that these photos are for your use only. They are not to be used or "sold" to make additional profits. I DO want you to be able to use and print your photos for your own enjoyment. Make a scrapbook or even Christmas cards, but please don't let them sit on your hard drive unseen.
This may sounds silly, but I need to eat too - haha, You'd never see me hangry on your wedding day, but I'd be feeling it on the inside; and that just wouldn't allow me to do my best work. As part of my contract, a hot meal needs to be provided for me for any wedding that's 5 hours or longer. If a hot meal cannot be provided, no problem! Just know that I will take 30 minutes to go purchase/eat a meal. But don't stress, I'll be done in time to capture the toasts, dancing and cake cutting!
When your wedding is finished, I'll start working on your online gallery where you'll be able to view and download both high res and web-sized versions of your photos. PLEASE do not screenshot your photos. It'll lose it's quality.
When you post fuzzy or poor quality photos, it:
Communication is KEY to our relationship. I never want you to feel like you're bothering me. Ask your questions. Tell me if your uncomfortable or if you have an idea you want to incorporate. I'm here for you and want to be as helpful as I throughout your wedding process. I'm so excited to be going along with you on this journey and documenting your big day!