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8 Expert Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Wedding Photographer from Pharris Photography & Philms

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8 Expert Tips to Help You Find the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Your wedding photography team will be responsible for documenting your most special event and be part of every intimate moment of the day, so it’s important to find the right team for the job. To get the inside scoop on how to find the perfect wedding photographer for you, we’ve reached out to the husband and wife duo, Josh and Kariss of Pharris Photography & Philms, to lend their expertise. We’ve asked them all the burning questions brides have as they start this process, so before you book a photographer check out this helpful Q&A!

Photos // Pharris of Pharris Photography & Philms

How do you know if a wedding photographer is right for you?

When vetting your photographer options, we suggest you ask yourself the following questions to ensure you are making the right choice. Some things to consider are, “Do you get along with the photographer? Do you like their work? Do they have good reviews on wedding sites? Does their style match yours?” When asking these questions, you can help narrow the pick and eventually find the perfect match!

How can you tell if you will get along well?

To better understand the photographer’s personality, meet with the them in person or over the phone. Knowing that you connect with your photographer will make sure that you and your partner are more relaxed throughout the experience. This will bring out a more genuine and personal side to the photos. You need to remember they will be following you and your bridal party around throughout your special day, so you want to make sure you enjoy their company!

What should couples know before they start looking for their photographer?

A few critical factors, for any couple, to assist in finding the right photographer is knowing your budget, the style you are looking for, what you want in a photographer, and what you want in their photography package (hours, albums, etc.). By knowing exactly what you want, this will help with your process of elimination when deciding what photographer to go with.

What are some characteristics couples should be looking for in their wedding photographer?

When looking for a photographer or photography team, or in our case, a photography husband and wife duo, you want to look for friendliness when communicating with their clients and peers, patience when planning and booking, creativity that can be shown via their website and social media platforms, and timeliness. If your photographer has all of these traits, you can guarantee a great wedding day!

What is the most important thing that people overlook when looking for a wedding photographer?

Most brides try to conserve their budget by lessening their photographer/videographer budget. We can’t stress enough that the photography is all you have left of the wedding. With that being said, that’s the one place you shouldn’t cut back on as these photos will help preserve the memories that will last a lifetime.

When interviewing photographers, what should couples be asking about?

There are a few questions that you should make sure to ask any photographer. Firstly you should ask to see a full gallery; photographers use their website as an online portfolio so they showcase the best of the best. By asking to see a full gallery, you will know that your photos will be of the same quality. Secondly, you should ask how the photographer approaches the wedding day as a whole. By doing so you can envision how the day will go based on how they work. Lastly, ask how the photographers back up their files. This is a major question that often gets overlooked, as everyone is quick to book without thinking longterm. Having these questions answered will help take pressure off of making the right decision for the perfect photographer.

How necessary is a test run with the photographer?

A test run in the form of an engagement session is crucial! It’s a sneak peak into what your wedding day will look like. Doing a test run will show you how you and your photographer get along and how the photographer runs a session. Once you do a test run you will know how you vibe with your photographer and they will know exactly how you want your wedding day captured.

What is the sure-fire way to know you’ve found the right photographer for you?

When you know you know, but there are a few things to keep in mind that will make the decision effortless; if their packages align with your needs, you get along with the photographer(s) as people, their style matches what you are looking for in your wedding, and they have good reviews. That being said, the right photographer will always know how to make you and your partner shine in front of the camera!


Special thanks to Josh and Kariss Pharris of Pharris Photography & Philms for sharing their insights with us today! You can contact this husband and wife team directly via their online profile on Brides of North Texas here.

Meet our 2019 Looks of Love Contest Winners!

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Meet our 2019 Looks of Love Contest Winners!

Our 9th annual Looks of Love Contest has been absolutely incredible! One lucky finalist received the most votes, and we’re excited to announce our 2019 Looks of Love Contest winners are Abby and Parker! Their gorgeous photos were captured by Kelly Costello Photography and we couldn’t be more smitten! We are thrilled to gift this couple with a one night stay at The Warwick Melrose-Dallas in deluxe suite accommodations, a three-course chef’s tasting menu for two with wine pairing in the hotel’s restaurant The Landmark, nightcaps for two in The Library, breakfast for two in The Landmark or in room dining, complimentary overnight valet parking AND a welcome amenity of sparkling wine and macarons, PLUS all 16 finalists will receive a pair of tickets to Club Corp’s LUXE Wedding Showcase event! If you missed their story, check it out along with all the other finalists by visiting our Looks of Love finalists page! Parker proposed with a message in a bottle on their very own little island – so sweet! Thank you so very much to all those who entered! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Au Courant Affair Wedding Inspiration from Embrace the Day Events

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From bright blooms to bold patterns, everything about this Au Courant Affair from Embrace the Day Events is made for celebrating — and we’re loving this contemporary wedding inspiration! Exquisite floral arrangements from Root + Bloom Floral Design accent every vignette of this styled shoot creating a fun juxtaposition of drama in the peaceful surroundings at Ashton Gardens. The entire space is full of fun touches like the confetti from LaneLove Paper Co., the intricate designs on the cake from Butterfly Cakery, and the modern-style acrylic pedestal and chairs  from Beautiful Event Rentals. With all that beauty around her, the model bride is still the focal point with her ethereal gown from The Bridal Salon at Neiman Marcus and a soft-swept updo created by Grand Slam Glam. Gorgeous!

Enjoy pouring over all the darling details and be sure watch the fun-filled behind the scenes video from the shoot below, captured by Bay Productions! Cheers!

Photos // Deven Ashley Photography

Video // Bay Productions

From the planner, Amanda Davis of Embrace the Day Events: “Since Brides of North Texas is celebrating a big anniversary, this design has an underlying, elegant anniversary party theme. The gorgeous linen makes a bold statement and really set the tone for the design.”

Meet the Mag Creatives – Brides of North Texas 10th Anniversary Issue

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Meet the Mag Creatives - Brides of North Texas 10th Anniversary Issue

Another incredible issue has hit newsstands across the metro, and the 10th anniversary issue at that! And while we can’t wait for local brides-to-be to dive into all the imagery that’s filled the new issue, we also want to connect our audience with the incredible mag creatives who brought each piece of wedding inspo to life. Click below to meet the local North Texas weddings planners, florists, rental companies, hair and makeup pros, cake and dessert bakers, invitation designers and caterers featured in the Spring/Summer 2018 mag to begin building your own wedding day team. Happy Monday!

WEDDING PLANNERS

FLORISTS

RENTAL COMPANIES

HAIR & MAKEUP PROS

CAKE & DESSERT BAKERS

INVITATION DESIGNERS

CATERERS


In need of other wedding services? See our complete list of featured vendors here, and get your copy of the Spring/Summer 2019 issue here.

Looks of Love Contest 2019 – Cast your vote for our Sweet 16 Finalists!

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Looks of Love Contest 2019 – Cast your vote for our Sweet 16 Finalists!

Our inboxes were flooded with so many adorable submissions for this year’s Looks of Love Contest! It was unbelievably difficult to narrow it down to 16 finalists, and we can’t imagine trying to pick a winner, which is why we’re enlisting the help of our followers! This year, we’re letting YOU decide – pop over to our Insta Story at @bridesofnorthtx to vote on our Sweet 16 finalists March Madness style (or Bachelor fantasy league style – whichever you prefer!). We’ve made the bracket – you tell us whose story is your fave! Each day we’ll eliminate half the couples so that on February 13th, the final two finalists go head-to-head. So check in daily (weekdays) to vote for your favorite couples, and read each duo’s adorable story here!

The couple with the most likes will be crowned the Brides of North Texas 2019 Looks of Love winners and will be treated to a one night stay at The Warwick Melrose-Dallas in deluxe suite accommodations, a three-course chef’s tasting menu for two with wine pairing in the hotel’s restaurant The Landmark, nightcaps for two in The Library, breakfast for two in The Landmark or in room dining, complimentary overnight valet parking AND a welcome amenity of sparkling wine and macarons, PLUS all 16 finalists will receive a pair of tickets to Club Corp’s LUXE Wedding Showcase event!

Check back on Valentine’s Day to see the 2019 winners, and tell your pals to follow @bridesofnorthtx to vote!

CLICK HERE TO TO VOTE ON INSTAGRAM NOW!

Photos top left to bottom, top right to bottom: Kelly Costello Photography, Sami Kathryn PhotographyMegan Kay PhotographyBrittany Clark PhotographyJen Symes PhotographyNate and Grace Photography, Amy Herfurth Photography, Kate Pease Photography, Sarah Kate | Photographer, Madeline Shea PhotographyMegan Kay Photography, Brooke Taelor, Alba Rose PhotographyBay Productions, Sparrow and Gold Photography