Wedding Photography Tips :: Part Four // What Wedding Moments Are Overlooked The Most?

Wedding Photography Tips :: Part Four // What Wedding Moments Are Overlooked The Most?

We hope that after your wedding day when you sit down to look at the beautiful photographs, you don’t have regrets over certain significant memories being overlooked. It is a great idea to discuss any of those must-have moments with your photographer ahead of time. 

MRSter :: What kinds of shots are often overlooked during the wedding day?

Parker :: Every photographer has their favorite parts of weddings to capture, and for me it’s the details. I know some wedding photographers aren’t interested in photographing all the beautiful details, and when I view their work I feel they are overlooking so many beautiful shots! Always make sure you hire a photographer who is prepared to capture what is the most important part of your day, to you. That’s just my personal two cents. I am also a huge believer in capturing images of the venue. A lot of photographers automatically grab these shots, but rarely do I hear couples requesting them. If you’re spending money on it and putting time and energy into it, make sure you’re hiring a photographer who is going to capture it! I’m a huge fan of images of parents seeing their child that’s getting married all dressed up for the first time. Basically, a parental first look. There is so much emotion during this time, and setting up a specific part of the day right after getting ready to capture this makes the moment even more special. Other frequently overlooked on the wedding day, are portraits of the couple! During the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, as the couple gets tired and just wants to relax at the reception, the romantic portraits of the two of them can feel less important in the moment. These are the images that you’ll be putting on your wall, the images that you’ll be showing to your children and grandchildren, and are the single most important portraits of the whole day… Don’t overlook them! In addition, a lot of couples will include very special details into their wedding day, (heirloom jewelry, engraved rings or watches, etc.). Always tell your photographer about these items and anything else that is special to you about your wedding so they can capture these items in a way that helps tell the story of why you included it. These are the images you will still treasure in 15 years because they’re all the more meaningful.

MRSter would like to thank Parker of {MRSter Approved} company The PK Photographs for joining us in providing his professional advice to some common questions regarding wedding photography. He is pretty awesome, huh?! Don’t forget, you can check out his {MRSter Approved} photography company here. And, don’t miss part one, part two, and part three of this blog special.

Psssttt :: MRSter is proud of the dynamite team of experts that we have assembled on our ever growing FABuLIST, and are so happy to have offered these professional tips from one of our seasoned professionals. Be sure to check our website regularly for expert advice and inspiration as you plan your wedding, and remember that MRSter is a leader in wedding equality!

Wedding Photography Tips :: Part Three // Proper Lighting During Wedding Pictures... Does It Really Matter?

Wedding Photography Tips :: Part Three // Proper Lighting During Wedding Pictures… Does It Really Matter?

As we already mentioned, wedding photography is one of the biggest investments for many couples on their wedding day. You are likely to spend thousands on hiring a professional wedding photographer, so believe us when we say they certainly know best… This detail is truly one best left to the professionals.

MRSter :: How important is proper lighting?

Parker :: Proper lighting is the most important aspect of photography. Very few couples think about it, and it’s the aspect that the photographer has the least control over during a wedding. I’ve seen so many couples fill Pinterest boards with bright, daylight images, but their portrait time isn’t until after the sun has gone down… The images will look completely different. If the ceremony is taking place at noon (when the sun is the highest in the sky and produces the most unflattering shadows), it will have a huge impact on how the images look. If the ceremony is under a tree where light is shining through some of the leaves, it will often produce an unattractive pattern of shadows on everyone in the shade. With regard to indoor venues, some churches have a lot of natural light, while others are quite dark, (and generally it’s difficult to incorporate flash in a church during the ceremony). If having an indoor reception that the photographer can light well is important, choose a place with a white ceiling that isn’t too high. This gives plenty of options to direct and bounce light around. 

MRSter :: Ditto what we said about the timing of your photo shoot… When it comes to the intricate details of photography, it’s best to trust in the professional you hired.

Check out Parker’s {MRSter Approved} business The PK Photographs here.

Don’t miss Parker’s professional wedding photography advice part one and part two.

Wedding Photography Tips :: Part Two // Timeline Question! When Is The Best Time For Formal Pictures?

Wedding Photography Tips :: Part Two // Timeline Question! When Is The Best Time For Formal Pictures?

MRSter :: What is the best time to have your formal photo shoot?

Parker :: Personally, I love being able to do formal images of the family, bridal party, and couple before the wedding ceremony, (this typically involves the couple doing a first look). As a general rule, you want to be able to take these images in the daylight. Morning and late afternoon are two ideal times, and with the average wedding timeline, late afternoon seems to work best. Not only is this typically a great time for natural light, but everyone is looking their best. Bridesmaids haven’t lost their flowers, groomsmen haven’t accidentally headed off to the reception yet, and people are typically less drunk than they might be later in the evening! There are still a lot of couples who do not want to do a first look, and want to see their spouse for the first time during the wedding ceremony. In these situations, I ask my couples to inform everyone ahead of time who will be needed for these portraits and that they’ll need to hang back at the end of the ceremony, and then also have the officiant reiterate this at the end of the wedding ceremony. This helps everything flow smoothly and we stick to the timeline much better.

MRSter Tip :: You two have enough on your mind on your special day. So, when it comes to memorializing your wedding day, trust your professional photographer to take care of the details… That is what you invested in them for, after all.

Check out Parker’s {MRSter Approved} business The PK Photographs here.

Did you miss part one of Parker’s professional wedding photography advice? You can find it here.

Wedding Photography Tips :: Part One // Is It Rude To Ask Guests To Not Take Photos At The Wedding?

Wedding Photography Tips :: Part One // Is It Rude To Ask Guests To Not Take Photos At The Wedding?

Photography has been rated as one of the top investments when planning a wedding, so we understand the value and importance of it. It holds that moment, that memory, for a lifetime, and those photographs become everlasting moments captured in a flash. You may find yourself with questions regarding this aspect of your wedding, so it is a good idea to brush up on some basic wedding photography tips, and of course, be sure to talk it over with your chosen wedding photographer before the big day.

Today, MRSter is so excited to present a four part blog post with Parker Radbourne of {MRSter Approved} company The PK Photographs. Parker will be offering us some professional wedding photography advice to some of the most common wedding photography questions…

MRSter :: Why and when is it important to ask your wedding guests to refrain from photo taking?

Parker :: I truly hate the idea of asking guests to completely refrain from taking photos. This is a huge, emotional event, and when people who rarely see each other are together, it only makes sense for them to be taking photos of themselves, with others, and of course of the couple getting married. That being said, as a professional wedding photographer, I always advise my couples to consider having an “unplugged ceremony”, where the guests are asked at the beginning of the ceremony, (some couples include it on their invitations), to refrain from taking photos, to sit back, and enjoy the event by being present. This usually sets a precedent for the rest of the event, as well, by just making the guests aware of the fact that professional photography is important to the couple.

There are two reasons for an unplugged ceremony. The first is flash, and the second is guests accidentally getting in between the professional/s and the couple… Causing missed shots. Occasionally, guests will use flash at the same time as the photographer is shooting. The photographer’s camera is set for a specific lighting situation, so the guest’s flash will completely ruin the image, and most wedding ceremonies can’t be redone to recapture images that were ruined by external factors. In addition, most guests at weddings, (even those who bring expensive cameras), aren’t used to having to work around, and constantly be aware of the location of hired photographers. When they get in the middle of the aisle to get a great shot of the couple during their first kiss, they don’t even realize that they stepped between the professional wedding photographer that the couple hired, and the couple. Then the photographer just has an image of the guest’s back… And that’s not what most couples are paying thousands of dollars for! Most guests stay seated and are quite polite during wedding ceremonies, but by asking guests to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony altogether, it rules out a lot of potential issues. Same idea during formal portraits and events during the reception. I don’t think guests should necessarily have to put away their cameras/phones during these events, but it’s very important to be respectful of the fact that the couple spent a lot of time and energy hiring a specific professional photographer.

Be sure to check out Parker’s FABuLIST listing here.

MRSter Tip:: Letting your guests know when they can take photos themselves is quite acceptable. Ways of doing so could include; having the officiant let everyone know, have it written in your ceremony program, a sign at the entrance of your ceremony, or asking your reception entertainment to announce when it is okay to take photos.

For more suggestions as to how to politely inform your guests that you are having an unplugged wedding, check out our blog post here.

Psssttt :: If you are searching online to find your wedding photographer, of course we hope you have checked out the badass MRSter Approved vendors on our FABuLIST!! Let us help connect you with the PERFECT wedding photographer!!

MRSter :: Because Love Is Love!

:: MRSter :: Because Love Is Love ::

MRSter {miss-ter} has been a wedding planning resource for LGBTQ and straight couples for years now, and we recently decided to invest even more time and money into the growth and development of the site. We created MRSter to bring BADASS vendors to the fingertips of modern couples {and your mother, your brother, your sister AND your friends…}!

Our resource provides a place for all engaged couples to get ideas and be inspired while planning their wedding.  We now have marriage equality nationwide {YAY!}, yet couples unfortunately still face a lot of bias today. This is why they need a place like MRSter to go to; somewhere they can be confident knowing they will be treated with respect and never have to ask if it’s okay to do business with any vendor.

We are connecting with amazing vendors nationwide, and are currently running an awesome promotion to spread the love this Valentine’s Day, and grow our MRSter family! Check out this BIG news below…



Yep, you did read that right… We are giving away 1100 FREE listings!! Be the first of twenty vendors from each state or country, and receive a FREE listing for THREE months on our FABuLIST of ‘MRSter Approved’ vendors. The FABuLIST is a collection of rad industry professionals who have already joined our open arm revolution in celebrating ALL couples.

So, what’s the catch? Simply, if you believe in what we’re doing, all we ask is that you ‘sample’ becoming a part of the MRSter family {for FREE!}. We are confident that you will LOVE what we are about, and continue to grow with us.

Give us an opportunity to connect you with AMAZING couples. Don’t miss out… Click here to fill out an application to become MRSter Approved {for FREE!} TODAY!!

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Wedding Wisdom Wednesday :: The Most Affordable Flowers For Spring Weddings

:: The Most Affordable Flowers For Spring Weddings ::

Ahh, flowers! They are beautiful, festive and add so much pizzazz to any celebration, especially your wedding! The tradition of displaying and/or carrying flowers at weddings go back many centuries and continues to this day.

For a spring wedding, there are a number of inexpensive blooms that your florist can arrange in many delightful creations. Make sure to communicate your ideas to your florist, even if they are just general ideas, so he or she can have a direction from which to build the various arrangements for your special day. Here are a few blooms that are relatively inexpensive in the springtime, making them perfect, and affordable flowers for Spring weddings:

:: Alstroemeria :: Also known as the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, it comes in a variety of beautiful colors and tends to last a comparatively long time. (Especially nice when you plan to give away your flowers to guests at the end of the festivities.) They resemble a delicate miniature Lily and are lovely in bouquets and flower arrangements, and even hair pieces (see below).

:: Carnations :: Probably the cheapest flowers available, these beauties also last a long time. Interestingly, their scientific name comes from two greek words   “dios”, referring to the god Zeus, and “anthos”, meaning flower. Carnations are thus known as the “The Flowers of God”. Their various colors have come to represent different meanings. For example, red carnations represent deep love and affection while white carnations represent pure love and good luck.

:: Daisy :: These naturally white but tintable springtime blooms can be used to make up an entire arrangement or can be used as filler flowers. Pretty and versatile, they are one of the most well-known flowers on earth.

Daisy Bouquet

Floral :: {MRSter Approved} Butterfly Petals               Photography :: {MRSter Approved} Depoy Studios

:: Chrysanthemums :: Also known simply as mums, these pretty and whimsical flowers are great in bouquets and centerpieces. They symbolize fidelity, optimism, joy and long life.

:: Sweet Peas :: Wonderfully fragrant and available in a variety of colors, these springtime blossoms can be used in arrangements ranging from the elegant to the rustic, either alone or mixed with other blossoms.  

Take your time to choose your flowers. Work closely with your florist, and enjoy the beauty and fragrance these springtime flowers bring to your wedding day!

Don’t forget to check out our FABuLIST of MRSter Approved floral companies here!

Scottsdale, ARIZONA :: Erika & Roberta :: Proposal Picnic // Real LGBT Engagement

:: Proposal Picnic ::

Submitted by :: Maria of Elizabeth Douglas Photography

Erika and Roberta (Robbi) were in from Harvard visiting Erika’s family for the holidays. Erika is a true Zonie (aka unicorn…born and raised in AZ), where Roberta is an East Coast gal. They took a day trip down to Southern Arizona where Erika LOVES to hike and explore. Roberta had something else in mind, so they stopped to pick up some wine, cheese and crackers, and turned it into a proposal picnic! I was completely taken in by the lovely ring, as I noticed a hint of blue in it…sure enough, it’s an aquamarine! What a wonderful choice for a beautiful bride to be (hey, and she’s already got her “something blue” for their wedding day!).

Needless to say, Erika said, “YES!” and we had the pleasure of capturing their Engagement Session, along with family portraits for Erika’s family. Keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be meeting back up with them, either in Sedona or Hawaii for their wedding day as well!

CONGRATULATIONS, you two! Oh, and Erika, you still owe me a slice of Egg Nog Pie! LOL! (Erika is an AVID baker, and her goods look and sound scrumptious!).


Surprise. Proposal Picnic. Something Blue.


Photography :: Elizabeth Douglas Photography


Scottsdale, Arizona.

Concord, NORTH CAROLINA :: Little Red Riding Hood & The Huntsman // Justin & Bridgit // Real Wedding

:: Little Red Riding Hood & The Huntsman ::

Submitted and Photographed by :: Ellen of Due West Photography

Both Justin and Bridgit are incredibly creative people, and I knew their wedding was going to be beautiful and unique to their personalities. I love weddings where you can see the love, excitement and effort that the couple have poured into it, and this was the most personalized wedding I’ve ever seen.

They went with a Little Red Riding Hood and the Huntsman theme, and it was beyond anything I could have imagined! The venue was perfect (cozy and in the middle of the woods) and the decorations were out of a fairy tale. This wedding was an accumulation of an absolutely giddy couple who were delighted about their wedding, two incredible families and some seriously amazing bridesmaids and groomsmen who really took the day to the next level.

Everything seemed to cooperate with this wedding, even the weather; the rain held off just long enough for the ceremony and couple shots, and the woods were vibrant green and smelled incredible from the storm the day before. It cooled the temperature down perfectly on what would have otherwise been a typical hot and muggy North Carolina September day. And most importantly, it could not have been more obvious how happy everyone was for Justin and Bridgit. This was one of those weddings that reminds me why I do this, and why this is one of the best jobs in the world.

If you’re thinking this beautiful couple look familiar, you may have spotted their ‘Roadtrip Romance’ engagement shoot on our blog before! Take a peek here.


Nature. Creativity. Fairytale.


Venue :: Farm at Brusharbor
Photography :: Due West Photography 
Apparel {Bride} :: Nordstrom 
Hair :: Jessica Nicole Myers with Ashleigh P Hair Studio 
Makeup :: Megan Deputy Cooper 
Apparel {Groom} :: Gentleman’s Emporium
DJ :: DJ Marty
Cake :: Ruthie Fernandez at SoDelish


Concord, North Carolina.



Top Five Friday :: 5 Things You Have To Do Now That You're Engaged!

:: 5 Things You Have To Do Now That You’re Engaged ::

Congratulations! You two decided to share your life together. Now that you’re engaged, your activity will be stepped up as you start thinking about what needs to be done to prepare for the big day. Here are some suggestions to help you get going:

1 :: Start A Wedding Activity Journal in which to jot down ideas. You may want to list your music selections as they occur to you, including your special dance. List ideas for your color scheme, flowers, attire, who you want in your wedding party, possible honeymoon destinations and the like. Keep your journal with you at all times either electronically or in notebook form so it will be handy when an idea occurs to you. You may also want to create a task timeline in your journal to make sure you are on top of all you need to do.


wedding planner‘ by Natasha Mileshina is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

2 :: Create A Budget and start saving immediately. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a parent who can foot the bill, you still need to know what money will be available, and for what purpose. List expenses for attire, photographer, caterer, gifts for the wedding party, invitations, venue, transportation, officiant, beverages and so forth. Your budget will be specific to what you want and what you can afford.


[Photo credit:] :: ‘Budget‘ by Simon Cunningham is licensed under CC BY 2.0

3 :: Develop Your Guest List :: Be aware that this list can grow like crazy to the point when it becomes unmanageable and oftentimes hard choices have to be made. Start with the most important people in your lives and let it grow from there.


Guest cards‘ by Erkin is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

4 :: Select Your Date :: Whether the big day is 3 months from now or a year from now, get that date fixed firmly in your head! Everything from now on will be targeted to that magic number.


big-day‘ by Russell Harrison Photography is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

5 :: Secure Your Venue :: There are lots of options out there, so this research may take some time. Start by narrowing your search to places you can afford. Make sure the two of you visit the venue in person before handing over your deposit.


Get shit done! #checklist‘ by Cristian Borquez is licensed under CC BY 2.0

MRSter Tip :: Save yourself a good deal of stress and anxiety by hiring a wedding planner. We happen to know some really good ones that you can check out here. Just sayin…