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Love Stories — 2015 Wedding Photography Giveaway

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2015 Wedding Photography Giveaway // Emily Wenzel Photography

If you’re getting married in 2015, you’ll want to read this! Because I’m giving away free wedding photography to one lucky 2015 couple, starting today. So, if you’re getting married here in Spokane. Or in Seattle. Or California, London, New Mexico, and anywhere in between. Or really anywhere I can get to. And it’s really simple to enter. All you have to do is email me a few things. See that below. Also see a bunch of legal stuff down at the bottom so we both can keep out of trouble. :)

Why?

Because tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I want to hear your love stories. Love is one of the strongest emotions. And I think that the world needs more love stories. More stories of beauty and joy and pure happiness. I turn on the news, or head to social media, and I feel like all I see anymore is negativity. Working in weddings, I’m surrounded by people who are celebrating some of the greatest moments of their lives. So when I see terrible things on the news, it hurts. Last year, I held a Pay it Forward contest, asking couples to tell me how they’re making an impact on their communities. This year, I want you to tell me your love stories.

Engagement Photography at Home
The Awesome Wedding Photography Giveaway:

I’m looking for a couple who feel like I’m a great photographer for them. A couple that wants my style of photography and style of shooting. You should be passionate about each other, your wedding, and love my work.

The winning couple will receive 7 hours of wedding day photography with Emily Wenzel (that’s me!), a disc or USB of the edited images in a mix of color and black & white (low resolution, printable up to a 5×7), a personal print release, and an online gallery to share with family and friends for one year. The package is worth over $2,500! The winning couple will have the choice to upgrade the package by adding hours, high resolution images, a second shooter, and so much more! Couples can be located anywhere in the world and their wedding can be anywhere too! However, any wedding outside Spokane will have travel fees for airfare/car and hotel. Couples entering must be willing to have their love story and wedding photos posted on my website and social media.

UPDATE!!! The wonderful people at The Wedding Hanger Shop contacted me, and they’re adding a personalized hanger for the couple that wins! 

If you’re not getting married in 2015, I’m sorry, this giveaway is not for you. Never fear, there will be other goodies coming your way in a couple months! I’d love for you to spread the word to your friends and family who are getting married this year. Email, Facebook, Twitter, or smoke signals. The more people that know about, the more stories I get to read. And I will read every single one of them. And perhaps you’d like to give my Facebook page a like? That way you’ll get to hear snippets of the love stories, see who wins, and hear about other great offers.

Winthrop Wedding // Emily Wenzel Photography

How to Apply and Win!

It’s easy. I’ll be accepting entries by email starting today (February 13, 2015) and ending at 11:59pm PST on March 6, 2015. Simply send an email to emily@emilywenzel.com with with subject line “Wedding Entry Giveaway”. I want you to tell me your love story in under 500 words. Any and all couples can apply, as long as they’re human and engaged with a wedding date in 2015. Things you can tell me:

– How did you meet?
— When did you fall in love?
— What makes your love unique and special?
— Why do you want to win?

Be sure to also include the following:

– A (non-professional) photo of the two of you — it will be used for the winning announcement.
— Your names!
— Your wedding date, location (city/state), & venue(s). You must have all three already set in order to be eligible!
— Your contact information.
— Sum up your wedding in one sentence. What do you want your wedding to be like?
— Please like my Facebook page and share this post. Make sure to tag Emily Wenzel Photography so I know you shared it! If you don’t have Facebook, let me know in the email.

>>>You must submit your story, a photo, and like my Facebook page to be entered!<<<

The winner will be announced the week of March 9-13, 2015. If there are a large number of entries, I may contact a few “finalists” to chat more with them, find out more wedding details, and see if I’m a good fit for them.

St Aloysius Wedding // Emily Wenzel Photography

Important Legal Notes:

1. You must be 18 or older to enter.
2. You must be getting married between March 15-December 31, 2015, and have set your wedding date and venue. Only entries that are for dates that I’m still available will be considered. Your date may be booked during the contest, thus making your entry unacceptable. If that happens, you will be notified.
3. You must be willing and able to appear on the blog and have (a little of) your story told here.
4. Late and/or incomplete entries will not be accepted. Emily Wenzel Photography is not responsible for any malfunction or failure to perform of any email service or device.
5. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
6. All decisions are made by Emily Wenzel Photography and are final.
7. The grand prize winner will be notified by email and announced on the blog during the week of March 9-13, 2015.
8. Depending on the number of entries, finalists may be contacted and interviewed to determine a grand prize winner.
9.The winner will need to confirm the grand prize within one week of announcement, otherwise it goes to the runner-up at my (Emily Wenzel Photography’s) discretion.
10. Everything is subject to change without notice.
11. No purchase necessary to enter.
12. You cannot be booked with another photographer — that’s just not okay — or with Emily Wenzel Photography. Only new inquiries!
13. Emily Wenzel Photography reserves the right to cancel the contest if there are no entries that either (a) meet the requirements for entry or (b) fit her criteria for winners.
14. Facebook is not responsible for the entry, and the grand prize is subject to change. Questions: email Emily at: emily@emilywenzel.com

Romantic Vineyard Wedding // Emily Wenzel Photography

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Nicole & Eric // Camden Ranch Wedding — Spokane Wedding Photography

It was such a joy to be back at one of my favorite area venues, Camden Ranch, for Nicole and Eric’s wedding last September. Eric and Nicole filled their wedding with sweet little touches that made their wedding so unique to them, like a sand ceremony and all the sweet little frames and notes Nicole & Eric left for their guests. I especially loved how Nicole had her bridesmaids pick their own black cocktail dresses. Each of the ladies was so happy in her dress! I think it’s such a great wedding trend, and I’m glad it’s coming back into style. It only took…a century? ;)

Enough talk, check out this sweet wedding! {PS – check out the Harry Potter baby! I love it!}

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Venue – Camden Ranch // Officiant – Serendipity Spokane // Hair – Wink Salon // Makeup – The Make-Up Studio // Caterer – Charley’s Catering // Florist – Just Roses Plus (now Rose & Blossom) // Baker – Marsell’s Cakes // DJ – Complete Music // Bride’s Dress – Marcella’s Bridal // Groom & Groommen’s Tuxes – Tuxedo Gallery

 

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Tips for Clients — From Around the Web

There are a lot of wedding vendors in this world. And while I try to share my knowledge, sometimes I realize that another lovely lady or gentleman has said it all better than I ever could have. Here are my (current) favorite wedding planning tips from around the web.

You NEED a Wedding Planner, from Every Last Detail. Now, I’m far from the one to tell anyone what their wedding “needs” but I’m speaking from experience here. You NEED a wedding planner (or at least a venue coordinator). We planned a backyard wedding, long distance, at a family residence and, had I been able to find a planner who I could have hired for *at least* day of coordination, I would have. Even on a tight budget, the money you spend on a wedding planner can save your sanity and your budget. They’ll be able to tell you where to get the most for your money, help you figure out what you do and don’t need, and keep you from making last minute decisions that cost you thousands. For us, I wish we’d had a day-of coordinator (sometimes these roles can be played by a venue coordinator), because a lot of those responsibilities fell to me, my maid of honor, my mom, and my brother. Not that I don’t love my family for stepping up, but it would have been great to have them enjoy everything and not worry about setting up tables or cleaning up afterwards.

Romantic Vineyard Wedding // Emily Wenzel Photography

How to Think Like a Wedding Planner, from Carly Bish. Carly is a great photographer and friend from when I lived in Seattle. She wrote this post about timing and light and not roasting or rushing through the day better than I ever could have. The photo below, from Laura & John’s wedding, was taking at high noon. It was hot, it was sunny, but we had made a plan for that timing beforehand, and done some location scouting. [Note: there’s not always a chance to location scout, for this wedding, it was easy, because I walked this path almost daily during my years at Gonzaga! But if you’re not getting married at GU, plan some extra time for portraits.] So, before you send out those invites for a 4pm ceremony the first week of August, think of how hot it’s going to be (hot) and how much more you & your guests will enjoy the day if they’re not dying of heat stroke and squinting straight into the sun.

St Aloysius Wedding // Emily Wenzel Photography

Why Are Wedding Expensive? Putting the Record Straight + A Guide to Managing Your Wedding Budget from Love My Dress. I see it all the time. A couple gets engaged, and then they’re shell shocked by the cost of weddings. They expect to throw a big wedding at the fanciest venue in town for $5,000, and are surprised when they can’t. Weddings aren’t cheap, because they’re a huge party. To sum up one of the quotes in the article: marriage isn’t expensive, weddings are. If you want to get married, you only need a license, someone to marry, and someone to officiate that marriage. You can get married for a couple hundred dollars. Now, having a huge party, that’s expensive. Never fear, the article ends with tips for how to save money and budget well. My number one tip: prioritize and be honestWhat is important to you? Spend money on that. Have a tight budget? Be honest when you’re talking to vendors, they’ll appreciate it. If they can’t work with your budget, they can often refer you to someone who can.

Food for thought: You go out to dinner with your love at a decent restaurant. An appetizer to split, two entrees, drinks (2 each), and two desserts is going to cost you around $100. That’s about the amount of food that is going to be provided at most sit-down wedding dinners. So don’t be surprised that you can’t feed 300 people for $500.

Stew Dietz Catering Methow Valley

For more great tips about planning your wedding, check out the rest of my Tips for Clients series, and find these, and more articles, on my Planning a Wedding board. Got a favorite that I’m missing? Post it in the comments below!

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Let’s Get Personal — Spokane Wedding Photography

In my efforts to bring back the personal posts, I’ve got some random thoughts for you today. Happy Friday!

Learning to shoot film // Emily Wenzel Photography

Film Photography:

My mom had a huge Minolta camera when I was growing up. She’d take pictures of us on vacation and we’d laugh over the images, months later, when we finally got them developed. My first camera was a small Olympus 35mm. I loved that camera, and it was my gateway to photography. Using that camera, I won my first awards. That camera broke when I was 17, and shortly after, I switched to digital. It would be almost 3 years before I used a film camera again.

Today I shoot most of my film on my Nikon FG-20. It’s a standard SLR 35mm camera, I bought it off Ebay for around $40. I don’t want you to think you need a fancy camera to try out film. There are some great film cameras out there, and I don’t think you have to spend a lot to get one. The image is one of my favorite images. It’s nothing special, it would never win an award, and yet it reminds me of the power of photography. I’m standing on the road outside H’s grandma’s house in Germany. Hers is the last house before these vineyards, just off to the right of the photo. It’s early in the morning on a gray October day; I was just about to go to the train station and head to Munich. Right before I got in the car, I took this one quick snap. The great thing about film is that you have to wait for it. When you finally get your images back, it’s like experiencing your adventures all over again.

Learning to shoot film // Emily Wenzel Photography

This week: 

I’ve been working hard to post more often, and while it’s been a struggle since I spent the long weekend fighting a cold. Me, who never gets sick, has been sick twice in 2015. Not cool. Last Friday, I announced my 2015 Wedding Photography Giveaway. I’d love for you to share it with others. And I also posted this sweet couple’s session on Wednesday, and in my cold haze, never said anything about it. Oops!

Today I’m feeling better, which is good, because I have a newborn/family session and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I love seeing my friends and clients having beautiful babies.

Learning to shoot film // Emily Wenzel Photography

Self Portraits on Film:

Below was my second self portrait. I think I look absolutely ridiculous, but I’m really proud of how I was able to get this all set up with no one around to stand in. I had to estimate where to focus and then went for it. Can you tell that it was crazy windy? My hair is practically standing straight up! And my timer is off a little, I think, but I still love this because it was taken in Munich.

As an aside: everyone is always talking about shooting digital “for the film look” but here’s the thing: this is film. This is film that I had scanned and then did NOTHING to it. These colors are still rich, although the skies seem a bit more pink than I remember, the colors are still rich, especially on a gray day. It all depends on what you’re using for film. And I know that there are a lot of photographers out there trying to emulate film with digital (it’s cheaper, it’s faster, I get it), but you can’t fake the fun of waiting for a silly self portrait (that was the last frame, so I wasn’t even sure it would come out. Anyone else remember that feeling?) when you get your scans/prints back.

Learning to shoot film // Emily Wenzel Photography

Happy weekend everyone! What are you up to?

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