Vendor Spotlight: Rochelle Louise Photography

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We've had the chance to work with Rochelle Louise Photography on quite a few occasions now and she is one of our faves! She is so fun to work with and does amazing work. Her husband assists her at each and every wedding making for a great team. We had the chance to do a little Q&A session with Rochelle to find out more about her and her biz.

Tell us about your business.
Rochelle Louise Photography is a husband & wife photography team. My husband, Tom, and I shoot every wedding together and in the past five years, we have really honed in our working style. We love being able to be together as we document the first day of marriage for each of our couples. I also do newborn and motherhood sessions which is really fun to get to work with several of our wedding couples in the years following their wedding! Most of the weddings we shoot take place in the Minneapolis area, but we've also been able to shoot some destination weddings in California which is really fun for us to mix into our portfolio (especially if they are during the winter months)!

What do you love most about being a wedding photographer?
I love getting to know our couples from the time we first meet to their engagement session and finally the wedding day. It's really fun to build that relationship so that by the time the wedding arrives, it feels like we're hanging out with friends on the best day of their lives!

What led you to the wedding industry, specifically? 
Our own wedding (pre-pinterest, Instagram, etc.) is what really made me interested in the wedding industry. In fact, I started out doing wedding planning and after a handful of weddings, started getting pulled toward photography. Tom and I were each interested in photography starting in junior high & high school, but it wasn't until we had friends getting engaged that we started trying our hand at engagement sessions. Soon after that season, our first wedding was booked and to date, we've now shot over 75 weddings together over the past five years. 

What are your favorite wedding trends right now? 
I love outdoor weddings so much - especially outdoor dinners. Eating with friends and family under the stars and continuing the dance outdoors is a really romantic and cozy setting. It also makes for beautiful photos since we can utilize natural light through the evening. I also love the direction that wedding dresses are going - interesting necklines, textures and details. Our local Minneapolis boutiques are full of these gorgeous dresses and I'm so glad they provide these options to our brides!

Tell us about your most memorable and fun wedding/event. 
The emotions of a wedding day are probably the most memorable part of any day. When a couple has an emotional first look or walk down the aisle, those are things we don't quickly forget. It's easy to think about the fanciest or most unique wedding, but at the heart of what we do, we love couples who are invested in their marriages more than their wedding days. 

What makes you unique from other wedding photographers?
Being a husband and wife team is definitely an advantage for us. Our couples really appreciate that part of working with us. Tom and I are both pretty laid-back people, so we're a calming presence on the wedding day. On the flip side, we are also very aware that we are a driving force on the wedding day to stay on track with timeline, running family photos smoothly, and other parts of the day that can get a little hectic.

Can you tell us about your packages and price point?
Our collections are 8 and 10 hours of wedding day coverage and include a complementary engagement session. Our starting price point for 2018 brides is $3800 for 8 hours. We also frequently customize collections to suit exactly what a couple is looking for. 

Tell us one thing we might now know about you otherwise. 
Before jumping into photography full-time, I worked as a technology consultant! Totally different from the creative world of the wedding industry, but I loved my job and actually found it difficult to leave. Being two years full-time in photography has really allowed me to focus on growing our business and giving our clients the absolute best experience because there's now time to do it!

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Real Wedding: Rachel & Marty

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This week we're highlighting Rachel & Marty's wedding that took place at Legacy Hill Farm on May 12, 2018. Rachel came to us in the fall of 2017 looking for a day of coordinator for her big day.  She wanted someone who could help setup and teardown her decor, as well as make sure the day runs smoothly. We had also worked at Legacy Hill Farm prior and were very familiar with the venue which was a huge plus!

Fast forward to the weeks leading up to Rachel & Marty's wedding. Their lead event coordinator who was assigned to their wedding was thrilled to be part of their special day. We met with them a few weeks prior to their wedding to go over the final timeline and details. We confirmed vendor arrival times, finalized a detailed wedding day timeline and more in preparation for their wedding which is all part of our day of coordination package. May 12, 2018 was finally upon us in the blink of an eye! Our team arrived to the farm to start setting up and made sure Rachel, Marty and their entire wedding party were well taken care of. Shortly before the ceremony, it started to rain but that wasn't going to stop anyone. Umbrellas were on deck and the show went on! From there, guests enjoyed cocktail hour and were then making their way to the beautiful onsite pavilion to prepare for a dinner buffet provided by This Little Piggy Catering. The food was great, speeches were awesome, and dance party was a good time (shout out to Faith at Adagio DJ!). Rachel & Marty -- CONGRATULATIONS! Wishing you many years of love, laughter & happiness!

Ceremony + Reception: Legacy Hill Farm
Hair: Hair by BK
Makeup: Anna Joy Makeup
Photographer: Whitley B. Photography
Videographer: Caroline Hunt Films
DJ: Adagio DJ (Faith)
Florist: Flowers by Jerry
Catering: This Little Piggy
Dessert: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Draping: We've Got It Covered
Rentals + Photo Booth: Hello Wildflower
Transportation: White Glove Shuttle
Day of Coordinator: Events by Melody

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Real Wedding: Hannah & Tim

This week we're highlighting Hannah & Tim's wedding that took place at The Church of Christ the King and Minneapolis Event Centers-The View in Minneapolis on May 12, 2018. Hannah came to us in the fall of 2017 looking for a day of coordinator for her big day. She was looking for someone to help setup and teardown her decorations including place cards, centerpieces and more, as well as help ensure the day runs smoothly. Long story short... she came to the right place (Events by Melody!)

The cocktail hour and reception was held at the beautiful Minneapolis Event Centers (MEC new space downstairs (The View) and while we've worked with MEC in the past, we were thrilled to finally get the chance to work in their brand new space. Hannah & Tim's wedding was actually the very first wedding/event held in this space which opened up just a few short days before their wedding (how cool is that!?). Our team showed up to MEC mid afternoon to setup and ensure the space was completely setup before guests starting arrive after the ceremony. As Hannah & Tim's day of coordinator, we also helped coordinate the grand entrance, cued them when it was time for speeches and first dances, and communicated with vendors throughout the day to ensure everyone was on the same page. We also helped with teardown and packed everything up at the end of the night. Hannah & Tim -- CONGRATULATIONS! Wishing you many years of love, laughter & happiness.

Ceremony: The Church of Christ the King
Reception: Minneapolis Event Center-The View
Hair: Cristina Ziemer Beauty
Makeup: Heather Trachsel
Photographer: Brian Bossany
DJ.+ Lighting: Ignite Lighting + Entertainment
Florist: Simply Stated Elegance
Dessert: La La Ice Cream
Transportation: Schmitty & Sons
Day of Coordinator: Events by Melody (Melody, Brandi + Intern Jessica)

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Real Wedding: Andrea & Dakota

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This week we're highlighting Andrea & Dakota's wedding that took place at The Church of the Epiphany-Coon Rapids and Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove. Andrea came to us in 2017 in search of a day of coordinator for her spring wedding. Being it was in April, as us Minnesotans know, anything is possible when speaking about the weather. But who knew it would snow on their wedding day... in April... in Minnesota. But wait -- that's not it! Not only was it snowing, the state of Minnesota was having blizzard conditions. YES, that means 15+ inches of snow, high winds and cold weather. Sounds like January, right?!

Despite the snow storm, that wasn't stopping anyone from witnessing Andrea & Dakota say "I DO"! There was one hiccup where the wedding party bus actually got stuck out in the snowstorm during the cocktail hour and transition from getting from the church to the reception. Andrea's Maid of Honor called me and said, "Sooo... our wedding party bus is stuck... What is plan B!?" That is when I sprung into action as any good day of coordinator would do! I let the vendors at the reception know about this and we made the executive decision to push dinner back about a half hour (with plenty of notice, of course), and I helped organize a few vehicles to be sent out and pick up the stranded wedding party one-by-one and get them to the reception. About a half hour later, everyone started to trickle in and the party resumed! I also can't thank the vendors enough for how amazing of a team we made that day. We all put our heads together to provide the best possible outcome for Andrea, Dakota, and their family & friends. The best part of all -- Andrea & Dakota we're smiling from ear to ear all day long! They really made the best out of this given situation and it is definitely a wedding I will remember for years to come. Andrea & Dakota -- CONGRATULATIONS! Wishing you many years of love, laughter & happiness.

"If it weren’t for Melody and her team (Maggie AND Tyler!), I know our wedding day would not have gone as well as it did. Her team did all of the small things that you may not think about (transporting items, setup and breakdown of both ceremony and reception, etc), and even MORE since we had a blizzard. When the bridal party bus got stuck in a ditch, my maid of honor turned to me and said, “I don’t know what to do,” and without skipping a beat I said “call Melody!” Melody organized a convoy of vehicles to pick us up at the bar and bring us to the reception, and kept all of the vendors in the know of where we were so we didn’t have to. Once we all got there, she worked with all of the vendors to adjust our ever-changing schedule, and made sure every detail was accounted for. My wedding day is true testament that even if you plan for worst case scenario, it can ALWAYS get worse. I hired her for peace of mind, and boy did she deliver! If I could give her 10/5 stars, I would!" - Andrea & Dakota

Ceremony: The Church of the Epiphany-Coon Rapids
Reception: Rush Creek Golf Club
Hair: Cara Hinton
Makeup: Liz w/ The Finishing Touch
Photographer: Eric Vest Photography
Videographer: We Do Wedding Videography
DJ: Andrew w/ Three Six Sound
Florist: Custom Floral Design
Dessert/Cupcakes: Hyvee
Transportation: Premier Transportation
Day of Coordinator: Events by Melody (Melody, Maggie + Tyler

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What you need to know before registering for gifts

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While planning your wedding, it is likely you will fall victim to the whirlwind of stress that consists of trying desperately to check things off your to do list. Rather than sitting back and enjoying the experiences for what they are it can be easy to want to speed through your cake tasting, just settle on a centerpiece, or randomly select a DJ. Well, registering could be like that too - but don’t let it! Creating your registry with your future significant other can be an incredibly hilarious, stress – free, and fun bonding experience the two of you can share! In order to make this experience feel less like an obligation and more like an adventure here are some tips:

1.       Register at numerous locations

Make sure you are choosing more than one place to register so that items on your registry will be accessible to all of your guests. Choosing to register at between 2-4 stores is the most common. 

2.       Register where you feel comfortable

Visit the stores that you and your future spouse like to shop already – it will make you feel more at home while browsing which will lead to you taking your time rather than rushing through the store.

3.       Talk to a sales associate

Approach a sales associate when you get there and tell them you would like to set up your registry. They will gather your information and walk you through the process. They will then send you through the store with a scanner or smartphone to scan items you would like to add.

4.       Create a list

Keep track of what you already have at home and what you both still want or need. Having a list before beginning will help you remember what you already registered for so you don’t end up registering for a blender at every store.

5.       Don’t register for seasonal or clearance items

Try to stay clear of registering for an item that may be discontinued after a trend or season has passed. In most cases those items may no longer be on the registry when people go to purchase a gift.

6.       Register for items in different price points

Make sure to try to select items in different price points to give your guest some variety while shopping. If you only register for items under $20 you may run out of items quickly, but if you only select items over $200 some guests might not be able to gift them.

7.       Register for a lot

Guests will be buying gifts for numerous occasions during your engagement so make sure you have enough on the registry, or that you are replenishing. It is okay to go back and add more if need be!

8.       Don’t put any of this info on your save the dates or invites

Information like this is meant to be spread by word of mouth or on your wedding website ONLY.

Lastly, remember that you two are a team. This is another fun thing you get to experience together during your engagement - so enjoy it!

P.S. For couples who already live together you may find that you have everything for your home that you could possibly need. In cases like this, it might be beneficial to register with a site like https://www.honeyfund.com/, https://www.theknot.com, or https://www.travelersjoy.com/  where guests can gift money or experiences (such as dinners, movies, mini golfing, or even something as extravagant as scuba diving!) for your honeymoon.