Your Big Day - Be ready and stay loose: Top three things to bring in the room with you on your wedding day. by Melanie Grizzel

Your wedding day will be one of the best days of your entire life. You and your fiance have been planning it for months, even years in some cases. It's easy to be fixated on every detail but I'm here to remind you that your wedding day is the entire day. Take it in and really enjoy it.

It all starts in a room somewhere. Your dress is out of the bag and hanging up. Your favorite people are all a-flutter finishing up last minute details and pouring champaign and pampering you. You're sitting in a make-up chair chatting with the world's greatest make-up artist as she works her magic and lends you her relaxing vibes. The excitement and energy is palpable. In less than 2 hours you'll take a short walk down that aisle to greet your other half. Below are three things we feel are key to having a care-free wedding day.

Top three things to have in the room with you on your wedding day. 

1. your all time favorite people in the whole world.

Bride on her wedding day with the mother of the bride and sister of the bride getting ready at destination wedding in puerto rice
Same sex wedding bride getting ready with her wedding party in austin texas at vista west ranch, bride is laughing and getting dressed in her wedding dress.

2. Champagne and Laughter - a whole lot of champagne and giggles

Wedding Party laughing anf toasting the bride on her wedding day at her destination in Puerto Rico

3. And most important of all, a Breezy demeanor.

You've planned and thought about this day forever and now it's time to just let it go. Not everything is going to go exactly how you imagined it, and the things that don't happen as planned are the stories you'll share with your kids some day.

Bride laughing and holding her wedding flower bouquet photographed but the best austin wedding photographer. Bride is wearing a wedidng gown and a cathedral length wedding veil.
bride in wedding gown detail, buttons down the back of the dress, veil in front moody wedding photograph at Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood Texas

In the end you want the whole day to be relaxed and comfortable. In the blink of an eye you'll be walking down that aisle and this moment will have passed. 

bride and father of the bride walking down the aisle toward the alter during a wedding ceremony at Stonehouse Villa in Driftwood texas, Best Austin Photographer She-N-He

Engagement Highlight - Because we are thankful for YOU! by Melanie Grizzel

As we sat here thinking, what is the best way to start this month of Thanks, it's with YOU! We are so thankful for all of the beautiful couples who allow us to be a part of such an exciting time in their lives. We love getting to know your personalities during your engagement session and are thrilled when you choose us to spend your big day with. So, in honor of you, we highlight some of our all-time favorite engagement photos!

Ask M: Tips for Scouting Photoshoot Locations by Melanie Grizzel

"What are some things I should think about when picking location(s) for our Engagement photos?" - Natalie

This is a great question - thanks, Natalie! When prepping for your Engagement photos there are a few things to help lead you in the right direction:

1. Is there a specific location that has meaning to you? Did you meet at Jo's Coffee on S. Congress? Were you both volunteering at ACL when you bumped into each other? These details are part of your story and totally fun to incorporate in your shoot.

2. There is nothing better than natural light for photos, so a lot of photographers and couples alike choose outdoor locations for shooting. That doesn't mean indoor venues are out of the question, just be sure to keep lighting as a priority when doing your research.

3. Do something that matches your style as a couple. If you're always out and about on adventures, think about staging something on the road. If you're more Urban, find a location you can see the city's skyline. There are a perfect locations all around you, you just need to get creative!

Have you found an awesome location and want to share? Post a comment below! 

She-N-He Top 3: Austin Bridal Boutiques by Melanie Grizzel

The day is here! It's time to search for the perfect dress to say "Yes" to. We've picked three of our favorite Austin Bridal Boutiques based on bride recommendations and style. Take a look!

Unbridaled

Unbridaled is the epitome of an Austin Bridal Boutique. They cater to the non-traditional bride who's a little more eclectic, which sounds a lot like my kind of bride too. The boutique itself is intimate and the customer service is superb.

Image courtesy of: www.unbridaled.com

Image courtesy of: www.unbridaled.com

Image courtesy of: www.unbridaled.com

Image courtesy of: www.unbridaled.com

Blush Bridal Lounge

Blush Bridal Lounge is set up in an old home on W 35th street which allows for a unique shopping experience. Each room is lined with dresses and accessories which helps keep brides from being overwhelmed when they walk in. It's definitely a great stop when searching for that perfect gown.

Image courtesy of: www.jlmcouture.com

Image courtesy of: www.jlmcouture.com

Image courtesy of: www.jlmcouture.com

Image courtesy of: www.jlmcouture.com

Melange Bridal

Melange Bridal has been serving Austin brides for over 20 years. The boutique is bright and inviting with a great selection of well-known designers. The Melange team is extremely nice and the in-house seamstresses are awesome. *Bride recommendation - Ask for Taylor when you make an appointment.

Image courtesy of: www.melangebridal.com

Image courtesy of: www.melangebridal.com

Image courtesy of: www.melangebridal.com

Image courtesy of: www.melangebridal.com

Have a bridal boutique in Austin that you love? Let us know by dropping a comment below!

Congratulations Meagan & Diego by Melanie Grizzel

These are personal favorites from Meagan & Diego's Wedding Collection, hope you enjoy!

The Details

Venue: Tres Palmas Inn & Villas, DJ: DJ Boxhead, Catering: In-house Chef, Rentals: Melendez Rentals, Hair & Makeup: Sunset Spa Rincon, Cupcakes & Cake: The Pastry Shop, Event Planner: Ahava Events Puerto Rico

The Bride's Thoughts

"When Diego and I first started planning our wedding, we thought we'd stay in Colorado and do the norm -- find a venue, pick our caterers, send out invitations, etc -- the typical wedding way. We saw one venue and knew immediately that we couldn't have a cookie cutter wedding. This day was about us, and we wanted it to be a reflection of our personalities. Then, one day, we thought...why don't we get married on the beach!? 

So...we did. 

Our best friends are from Puerto Rico, so we knew that was the perfect place to celebrate our big day. We planned from thousands of miles away, and after losing our original venue, we put our faith in our (amazing) planner and thought, hell, we'll be on the beach...how could it possibly be a bad wedding?! 

Our day turned out far better than we could have ever imagined. The venue itself was nestled right up against the ocean. Thunderstorms are a norm in the afternoons in Puerto Rico, but the rain held out on us (hallelujah!), allowing for a phenomenal sunset. Our decor was simple, as the pure beauty of our surroundings was more than enough. We ate traditional Puerto Rican food, sipped on local Puerto Rican beers and rum, and danced the night away. 

When we initially thought about our wedding, our goal wasn't to have the fanciest linens or flowers, the best food or music; our goal was to bring everyone we held close to our hearts together to celebrate our love and create lifelong memories. Our family and friends from Paraguay, Texas and Illinois joined us on the beautiful beaches on Rincon, resulting in the best day of our lives. Thanks to Melanie and Steve, we can now relive that day over and over again." - Meagan

Seasonal Mini Sessions are here! by Melanie Grizzel

The Holiday season is quickly approaching! She-N-He Photography is offering Seasonal Mini Sessions for all of your family portrait and Christmas card needs!

Date: Sunday, November 6

Location: TBD

Investment: $225

What's included:

- 2o minute shoot

- 5 high resolution, digitally enhanced, print-ready files*

*Additional images available for purchase

There are only six sessions available for November 6. To book a mini session or if you have any questions, email Melanie at she@she-n-he.com.

How to Tell a Seasoned Photographer from a Noob by Melanie Grizzel

This is one close to our hearts. Photography has been such a journey and one that I have grown and learned from. With over 10 years of experience, I'll make the claim - I am a seasoned photographer. We're also big supporters of new photographers honing their craft! It takes time and practice to find your strengths.

We feel it's important that you have the tools to make the differentiation between someone who has been in the industry for awhile and someone who is new. Here are three questions that will help with that task:

1. "Are all of the shots on your website yours?"

You may be thinking, "What a silly question, why would a photographer put photos up that they didn't take?" My response - I don't know but people do it. Especially if a photographer is new and doesn't have a large portfolio yet, they may use stock photography to show the style they're inspired by. It's an easy question with an easy answer that can provide a lot of value.

2. "Please send me a link to three full weddings you've photographed."

This is another important request to get a sense of what to expect from a photographer. You can see if the photographer is more portrait-focused or likes to capture candid shots. Which is important to you? With new photographers, they may not have three collections to share, if any at all, which is okay! Ask them to share any examples of their work they have.

3. "Do you have any references?"

All photographers should have references, period. If a potential photographer doesn't have any past clients or professional contacts who are willing to vouch for them, you shouldn't be either. Treat it as a job interview. So, when you reach out to references, ask specific questions such as:

- "How did the photographer interact with your guests?"

- "How many photos were delivered in your wedding collection?"

- "What is one thing you wish the photographer did/delivered that wasn't?"

 

Have a photography experience you'd like to share with us? Post a comment below or shoot us an email to she@she-n-he.com. Seasoned Photographer

She-N-He Top 3: Austin Wedding Caterers by Melanie Grizzel

When planning your reception, there are three things that people will remember: Food, Drinks and Music. Today we're highlighting three of our favorite Austin Wedding Caterers who do it best!

Austin Catering

Austin Catering can make something so simple into something wonderful. They are extremely accommodating and love personalizing dishes for their couples. We've loved them since the very beginning. Oh, and should I mention, they've won four awards in 2016 already!

Austin Wedding Catering - Austin Catering

Austin Wedding Catering - Austin Catering

Catering with a Twist

Exactly what you would think, a catering company that breaks the mold. Not only is their food phenomenal, the caterers will dress to your theme. They'll wear matching suspenders/aprons or even dress in costume if that's what you wish! Their food is unique and the service is whimsical. They've been helping to "Keep Austin Weird" since 2009.

Austin Wedding Catering - Catering With A Twist

Austin Wedding Caterer - Catering With a Twist

 

Royal Fig

With Royal Fig, the food is downright incredible. They pride themselves on using the freshest ingredients by sourcing organic produce from Central Texas farms. While Royal Fig is a little more traditional than the other two, their culinary training is worth it.

Austin Wedding Caterer - Royal Fig

Austin Wedding Caterer - Royal Fig

Have a favorite caterers we didn't mention? Let us know is the comments below!

Ask M: Advice for DIY Bridal Makeup by Melanie Grizzel

Ask M: Advice for DIY Bridal Makeup

Randi B. from Facebook had a great question a couple of weeks back, "What's your advice for brides doing their own makeup, so they don't look like a disaster in photos- especially as the reception goes on."

This is such a great question because A. The way your makeup looks in the mirror is not necessarily the way it will look in photos, B. Not everyone has the budget for a professional makeup artist and C. Everyone wants to look great on their wedding day!

Below are five solid DIY Bridal Makeup tips for looking great in-person and on-camera.

1. HD isn't your friend when it comes to makeup in photos! Any sort of HD, anti-aging or SPF will give your face a white glow on camera. You don't want to look like a ghost on one of the most important days of your life!

2. Use a brighter lipstick than normal. If you usually go with more neutral tones, don't be afraid of color. Use your everyday neutral as a base and then add a pop of coral on top. It makes a huge difference on camera and gives you a bright, fresh look!

3. Extend your face makeup down your neck and even to your shoulders. You want to be sure your face blends with the rest of your body and there isn't a noticeable makeup line. You can also achieve this by blending your foundation into your neck really well with a blender ball.

4. Practice makes perfect! Do a couple of makeup trials before the big day. This will allow you to practice different techniques and get an game plan together for your wedding day. Also, take photos! This will help you to see how your makeup will be reflected on camera. Pro tip: Makeup artist Joanna Schlip suggests taking photos under different kinds of lighting (fluorescent, natural, candlelit, etc.).

5. Once your makeup is finished and you're ready to go, be sure you spritz your face with makeup setting spray a.k.a. hairspray for your face. This helps to set your makeup and holds everything in place for hours, which definitely comes in handy when you're cutting a rug at the reception!

Two great DIY Makeup resources:

Glamour Guide to DIY Wedding Makeup & Our Makeup Expert, Erica Gray

Have any other Makeup tips for the ladies? Share them in the comments below!

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This is our series, Ask M, where we take YOUR questions and answer them with honesty, love and care. Have any photography questions you’ve been dying to ask? We’re an open book! Shoot us a note on our FacebookInstagram or Twitter, or just leave us a comment below! 

Budgeting for Wedding Photography by Melanie Grizzel

Alright, let's get real, weddings aren't cheap. Whether you're having a small, intimate celebration or planning a big shebang, costs add up. We're not experts on everything wedding, but we are experts in wedding photography, so here's a realistic breakdown of how much of your wedding budget should be allocated for photography and why.

The Numbers: 10-12% of your budget should be dedicated to photography, JUST photography. This does NOT include videography costs. This means that if you're working with a $25,000 budget, you should be prepared to spend at least $2,500 minimum on photography.

The Facts:

- You're not just paying for the day-of shooting. You're paying for the photographers time for editing, processing, creating albums, packaging, etc. There's also pre-wedding preparation that has to happen.

- This might be a hard pill to swallow for some, but your cousin Gerry who bought a really nice DSLR camera on Black Friday is not a proper substitute for a professional photographer. When it comes to your Wedding Day, you'll want a photographer with experience. To make sure you don't end up like this couple, reference our Top 5 Questions to Ask A Potential Wedding Photographer.

- Most photographers have packages that combine multiple products/services such as a select number of prints or a complimentary album. They may also have a package that includes an Engagement shoot or Bridal Portraits. Packages are the photographers way of giving you the most bang for your buck. Pro tip: A lot of photographers are flexible and their packages can be customized. Always use the information a photographer has provided you as a starting point for a conversation, not the end.

Keep in Mind: Your photos are how you will remember your Wedding for the rest of your beautiful life together. Photographers catch the big and small moments that made your day so special. So, in our humblest opinion, photography is one expense that shouldn't be spared.

Have any photography budgeting tips? Share them in the comments below!

Congratulations Aly & Cece! by Melanie Grizzel

These are personal favorites from Aly & Cece's Wedding Collection, enjoy! 2016-08-08_0001.jpg 2016-08-08_0004.jpg 2016-08-08_0002.jpg 2016-08-08_0039.jpg 2016-08-08_0003.jpg 2016-08-08_0006.jpg 2016-08-08_0010.jpg 2016-08-08_0005.jpg 2016-08-08_0011.jpg 2016-08-08_0012.jpg 2016-08-08_0009.jpg 2016-08-08_0007.jpg 2016-08-08_0013.jpg 2016-08-08_0008.jpg 2016-08-08_0014.jpg 2016-08-08_0015.jpg 2016-08-08_0016.jpg 2016-08-08_0017.jpg 2016-08-08_0018.jpg 2016-08-08_0020.jpg 2016-08-08_0021.jpg 2016-08-08_0023.jpg 2016-08-08_0022.jpg 2016-08-08_0027.jpg 2016-08-08_0024.jpg 2016-08-08_0025.jpg 2016-08-08_0026.jpg 2016-08-08_0028.jpg 2016-08-08_0029.jpg 2016-08-08_0030.jpg 2016-08-08_0031.jpg 2016-08-08_0032.jpg 2016-08-08_0033.jpg 2016-08-08_0034.jpg 2016-08-08_0035.jpg 2016-08-08_0038.jpg 2016-08-08_0037.jpg 2016-08-08_0036.jpg 2016-08-08_0040.jpg 2016-08-08_0041.jpg 2016-08-08_0049.jpg 2016-08-08_0050.jpg 2016-08-08_0047.jpg 2016-08-08_0048.jpg 2016-08-08_0051.jpg 2016-08-08_0052.jpg 2016-08-08_0053.jpg 2016-08-08_0054.jpg 2016-08-08_0055.jpg 2016-08-08_0056.jpg 2016-08-08_0057.jpg 2016-08-08_0058.jpg 2016-08-08_0059.jpg 2016-08-08_0060.jpg 2016-08-08_0045.jpg 2016-08-08_0061.jpg 2016-08-08_0044.jpg 2016-08-08_0046.jpg 2016-08-08_0062.jpg 2016-08-08_0063.jpg 2016-08-08_0064.jpg 2016-08-08_0065.jpg 2016-08-08_0066.jpg 2016-08-08_0067.jpg 2016-08-08_0068.jpg 2016-08-08_0069.jpg 2016-08-08_0070.jpg 2016-08-08_0071.jpg 2016-08-08_0072.jpg 2016-08-08_0073.jpg 2016-08-08_0074.jpg 2016-08-08_0075.jpg 2016-08-08_0076.jpg 2016-08-08_0077.jpg 2016-08-08_0078.jpg 2016-08-08_0079.jpg 2016-08-08_0080.jpg 2016-08-08_0081.jpg 2016-08-08_0082.jpg 2016-08-08_0083.jpg 2016-08-08_0084.jpg 2016-08-08_0085.jpg 2016-08-08_0086.jpg 2016-08-08_0087.jpg 2016-08-08_0088.jpg 2016-08-08_0089.jpg 2016-08-08_0090.jpg 2016-08-08_0091.jpg 2016-08-08_0092.jpg 2016-08-08_0093.jpg 2016-08-08_0094.jpg 2016-08-08_0095.jpg 2016-08-08_0096.jpg 2016-08-08_0097.jpg 2016-08-08_0098.jpg 2016-08-08_0099.jpg 2016-08-08_0100.jpg 2016-08-08_0101.jpg 2016-08-08_0102.jpg 2016-08-08_0103.jpg 2016-08-08_0104.jpg 2016-08-08_0105.jpg 2016-08-08_0106.jpg 2016-08-08_0107.jpg 2016-08-08_0108.jpg 2016-08-08_0109.jpg 2016-08-08_0110.jpg 2016-08-08_0111.jpg 2016-08-08_0112.jpg 2016-08-08_0113.jpg 2016-08-08_0114.jpg 2016-08-08_0115.jpg 2016-08-08_0116.jpg 2016-08-08_0117.jpg 2016-08-08_0118.jpg 2016-08-08_0119.jpg 2016-08-08_0120.jpg 2016-08-08_0121.jpg 2016-08-08_0122.jpg 2016-08-08_0123.jpg 2016-08-08_0124.jpg 2016-08-08_0125.jpg

The Details

Venue: Vista West RanchFloral: Petal Pushers, Catering: The Peached Tortilla, Bartenders: Bar Butlers, Cakes: Mindy's Bakeshop, Music: High Fidelity (Reception), Justif (Biergarten & First Dance), DJ: Premier Entertainment Group, Event Rentals: Premiere Party Central, Photobooth: Pix in a Box, Day of Planner: Coordinate This

The Brides' Thoughts

"We started planning for our wedding about a year out, as Austin wedding venues and vendors book up so quickly. We absolutely fell in love with our venue, Vista West Ranch, as soon as we saw pictures of it online and then took a tour - it just felt right for us and what we pictured. From there, we were able to start putting together how our wedding would actually look and feel.

To give guests a feeling for Austin, we had Peached Tortilla serving dinner out of their very cool food truck. Keeping people full and happy definitely helped keep the night going.
Because music has been such a big part of our relationship and lives, the wedding had to have a music festival theme! We had touches of music, loud and quiet, everywhere - from the bands playing throughout the day and night, to our custom ceremony music, to our guest "records" (friends & family signed actual records for us to display in our home). A favorite memory for both of us is closing down the venue, dancing and singing at full force surrounded by so many loved ones!
We had tons of help from friends and family with so many parts of the wedding, and especially with keeping both of us brides happy and away from stress. It's impossible to avoid things getting a little crazy or details just not working out, but in the end, you just have to remember why you're really there and focus on the amazing, unforgettably happy moments. You get to relive a lot of your wedding by looking through your photos, and She-N-He helped capture so many of those moments we want to remember forever.
We can honestly say that the entire wedding lived up to our expectations, and more. Both of us look back at our wedding as 100% the best day of our lives yet. The day was filled with so many perfect (and perfectly imperfect) moments with the people we love the most!"

She-N-He Top 3: San Antonio Wedding Venues by Melanie Grizzel

San Antonio is a city full of culture. There are so many beautiful cathedrals, missions and historic locations that provide the perfect setting for weddings. While I've only had the pleasure of shooting a couple of weddings in San Antonio, below are my top three San Antonio wedding venues based on beauty, location and reputation.

The Southwest School of Art

The Southwest School of Art building has been part of San Antonio history since 1851 when it was established as the Ursaline convent and school for girls. Over a century later, the art school moved to the premises and turned the historical site into a beautiful mecca for art and education that is still vibrant today.

 

The Hotel Emma

While I haven't had the pleasure of shooting at The Hotel Emma yet, I look forward to the day I do. The hotel building was originally Pearl's Brewhouse, built in 1894, and reimagined as The Hotel Emma, which opened in November 2015. The architecture and design of the hotel sends you back in time as soon as you step inside.

 

The St. Anthony Hotel

The St. Anthony Hotel was originally built in 1909 as the first luxury hotel in San Antonio. Over the years it kept it's reputation by redesigning and innovating the luxury hospitality industry in SA. Thanks to a recent two-year renovation, the St. Anthony has been restored to it's original glamour with chandeliers lining the ceilings, marble floors and more.

Have a San Antonio Wedding Venue you'd like us to know about? Leave us a comment below!

She-N-He Mini Highlight by Melanie Grizzel

We absolutely love working with families and their kiddos. There's a pure joy within little ones that make for gorgeous photos. We wanted to highlight a few of our favorites from previous She-N-He mini sessions to give you an idea of what to look forward to with our upcoming Back to School Sessions (details below).

Date: Saturday, August 6

Location: Austin, Tx - TBD

Investment: $225

What's included:

- 2o minute shoot

- 5 high resolution, digitally enhanced, print-ready files*

*Additional images available for purchase

Spots are still available but going fast. To book your mini's Back To School sesh, email me at she@she-n-he.com!

Back To School 1

Back To School 2 Back To School 3 She-N-He Mini 1 She-N-He Mini 2

Ask M: How to Handle Complicated Family Photos by Melanie Grizzel

Photographer Shot List

"My family is...complicated. How do we handle family photos when relations are less than perfect?"

This is a GREAT question and a necessary one. We are totally aware that every family has different needs, especially when it comes to relationships. Are your parents divorced? Remarried? Are they friendly? Or would they rather not have any photos together? These are things your photographer needs to know in advance! Below are three steps to help prepare for those complicated family photos on the Big Day.

1. Be candid with your photographer, there's no judgement! It's important that we're aware of all situations that could arise so we can prepare. If we need to keep certain individuals out of pictures with each other, we will do just that. Should we call upon family units separately? You've got it.

2. Be explicit in your group shot list. Don't list "parents," especially when there are step-parents in the picture. Use specific names, i.e. Mom (Lisa) & Joe. Make notes if there are family members who shouldn't be in a photo together, i.e. "Aunt Caroline and Aunt Lucy should never be in the same photo."

3. Relax! At the end of the day, this is YOUR wedding, YOUR big day. Everyone will be on their best behavior - even Uncle Larry. ;)

Have a story to share? Or a question you'd like answered? Leave a comment below or shoot an email to she@she-n-he.com.

 

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Now Available: Back To School Mini Sessions by Melanie Grizzel

Back To School Mini Sessions  

Back to school is quickly approaching! Can you believe it? Another Summer in the books. She-N-He Photography is offering Back To School Mini Sessions to commemorate another successful Summer and kick-off the new school year.

Date: Saturday, August 6

Location: TBD

Investment: $225

What's included:

- 2o minute shoot

- 5 high resolution, digitally enhanced, print-ready files*

*Additional images available for purchase

There are only six sessions available for the August 6 date, so make good use of those shiny new school clothes and book today! To book a mini session, email Melanie at she@she-n-he.com.

Back To School Austin Mini Sessions

Group-ie Love: How to Get the Best Wedding Group Shots by Melanie Grizzel

After your wedding ceremony, everyone is so excited and all they want are a few minutes to shower the bride and groom with love. As I'm sure you've learned, you have limited time to get all of the group shots you need in between events. It takes a skilled people person to be able to rally the troops and get everyone organized while keeping everyone happy and smiling at the same time - I'm that girl. ;) Group shots are a tedious and we aim to make them fun, creative, quick and painless - below is the She-N-He method to the madness:

1. 30 days before your wedding we send out a questionnaire asking about timeline, must have photos and most important - your formal group shot list. We'll offer a comprehensive list of shot examples that couples have asked for in the past. We ask that our couples review the list and tailor it to their specific needs. You'll want to take your time with this. Ask your parents and other family members. Think about this list when you have time to give it some attention. Your wedding day is going to be fast and thrilling, you don't want to be racking your brain about who should have a group shot and forget anything.

2. Once we have your list we'll go over it with you. This insures that we don't have any redundancies and gives the bride and groom a chance to make any edits or additions necessary. You don't want to be like Hillary Swank when she won her first Oscar for Boys Don't Cry and forgot to thank her husband... that was a colossal mistake, she heard about it for months. Moral of the story - triple check and write it down.

3. Then, we organize. We make sure that grandparents are finished first so they can sit down and enjoy AC (or heat). If Aunt Becky needs to be at the reception venue, she'll be next. We make sure to prioritize each shot in a way that makes the most sense for your group.

Fun Fact:

While I'm shooting group shots, I notoriously forget names (what? there's a lot of y'all!). I make up light-hearted nicknames for everyone, which usually get a giggle or two, and we move forward. If at the end of the session guests are calling each other by their given nicknames - success!

Have any tricks of the trade to getting a great group shot? Share them in the comments below!

She-N-He Top 3: Austin Wedding DJs by Melanie Grizzel

It's no easy task to start the party and keep it going! We've been to many weddings, danced to many Macarenas and have somehow narrowed our top Austin Wedding DJs to the below (award-winning) three.

Greenbelt DJ

Greenbelt DJ is composed of four awesome DJs with big personalities - perfect for MCing. They have great knowledge of music and create a set based on each couples' personality. They know DJing is a big responsibility and they take it on with pride!

Byrne Rock Mobile DJ

Byrne Rock has the wedding DJ thing down. He's a self-professed audio addict and we'd have to agree, he knows music like no other. And lucky for us, Byrne composed a Song List chock full of hits for everyone. This is a great resource when deciding on your must-have songs!

Penguin Entertainment

The DJs over at Penguin Entertainment have been at it for almost 30 years! They're seasoned professionals who know exactly what it takes to make a wedding successful. Great MCing with tasteful humor and the knowledge of how to read a room - those are the ingredients for a great wedding DJ.

Have a DJ that you love? Let us know about 'em! Leave us a comment below or shoot us an email at she@she-n-he.com.

Congratulations Carolyn & Eric by Melanie Grizzel

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The Details

Venue: Montesino Ranch, Floral: Wild BunchesDJ: Penguin EntertainmentCatering: Chef Jay Events, Cakes: Bird Bakery, Ceremony Musicians: Montevista Strings and Jazz, Officiant: Rev. Lorelei Starbuck, Event Rentals: Whim Event Rentals, Bride's Hair: Chairish the Day, Day of Planner: Kelly Palella

The Bride’s Thoughts

"Our wedding was April 2, 2016 at Montesino Ranch in Wimberley, Texas. We had approximately 140 guests. We fell in love with Montesino when we first visited in 2015 when we started our wedding venue search. We wanted the style of the wedding to fit the venue and because Montesino itself is so beautiful very little decorations were needed. As far as wedding planning, our engagement was a little over a year. However, in that year I moved back from Seattle, we bought a house, I started a new job, and we started renovating the house. Needless to say, it was a busy year but we just chipped away at the wedding planning a little at a time and it all came together quite nicely at the end. The most important thing to both Eric and me was that we wanted it to be a fun weekend for all of our friends and family. I think we were both extremely calm on the day of the wedding because we had talked about how it didn't matter if we got off of our timeline or if some small detail went wrong. At the end of the day, we wanted it to be a laid back celebration and fun party." - Carolyn

Ask M: To shot list or not to shot list, that is the question! by Melanie Grizzel

Photographer Shot List To shot list or not to shot list, that is the question! And it's one that's answer is strictly opinion and preference. So, here it goes... I don't like shot lists.

It's so easy to get lost in "Pinterest-worthy" shots that you've been collecting on your wedding board since the day you got engaged (if not before - you know who you are ;) ). You've meticulously mapped out a shot list 100 shots deep that you're certain your photographer will be grateful for.

Eh. Wrong.

With a list that long, your photographer misses out on beautiful, candid moments because they're too busy looking at a piece of paper making sure they have all the shots you're requesting - that's no fun. This is YOUR real life wedding. You want to remember Aunt Sue gettin' down on the dance floor and Cousin Dan singing Frank Sinatra to your Memaw. These memories are priceless and definitely not ones you've found scrolling through Pinterest.

Now, I know there are some pictures you just HAVE to have. I send a questionnaire to all of my brides so I can get a feel for what's important to them. I ask for 10 shots they can't live without. Yes, 10. The rest is left to me to be creative and identify the moments you won't want to forget. This is where all that "trust" and "liking your photographer" stuff I write about comes in. It's so important that you believe your photographer knows what they're doing so that you can enjoy the best day of your life.

Just a few of our fav candids:

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